Throwback Thursday: Panopticon – “Social Disservices”

Panopticon - Social Disservices
Social Disservices artwork by Austin Lunn

Last week US Black Metal underground hero Panopticon celebrated the five year anniversary of their massive and poignant third album Social Disservices. One of the darker points in the band’s discography, Social Disservices stands out among the often right-wing leaning political black metal and is an album whose message is still as vital now as it was when first released. Today, we look back on this piece of history. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

With Halloween just around the corner there’s no better time for a Throwback Thursday of the 1986 horror film Trick or Treat and Fastway‘s excellent soundtrack for the same film. Sure the movie is a little cheesy at times as well as a picture-perfect tale of teen angst but it stays focused on the aspects I love the most; metal and horror. Fastway, coming off of an album that veered away from heavy metal, found their sweet spot again here. Equal parts heavy metal and rock-n-roll, it compliments the movie seamlessly but also stands strong on its own. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Zgard – “Contemplation”

Zgard - Contemplation cover

In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we look back on an album from 2014: Zgard‘s Contemplation. Zgard is the project of Yaromisl Grozovoy, who handles vocal duties as well as all instruments bar the drums. As their Ukrainian origin denotes, they play black metal in the Slavic tradition, resulting in drawn-out, melancholic compositions that dip into the waters of folk music more than once. In this review, we will look at how well the different aspects of the music are balanced out. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Mayhem – “Esoteric Warfare”

Mayhem

Woe to the man who tries to utter the name ‘Mayhem’ without also inviting the band’s redudantly notorious history into the conversation. Yet that is precisely what we will do in the present Throwback Thursday. We will take a stab at Mayhem’s 2014 album Esoteric Warfare rather than Euronymous. This essay will explore the band’s most recent album to date and take a look at just how much of the band’s reputation relies on continued musical prowess, while also asserting the state of the Norwegian black metal scene. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Death – “Scream Bloody Gore”

Death - Scream Bloody Gore

Twenty nine years ago this month, death metal transcended its thrash roots and became the distorted and necessarily vile animal it is today with Death‘s full length debut Scream Bloody Gore. But even more amazing is that with each successive release the band kicked and twisted this blueprint into some of the smartest and most well written death metal ever put to tape. This is just how mastermind Chuck Schuldiner’s brain worked and with the healthy string of demos that preceded this release it was extremely apparent that the devil is, and always was, in the details. And all of these details were perfect for this release that to this day is an absolute pinnacle in the death metal genre. Continue reading