Notable Anniversary Chat
A few notable anniversaries today, but none more important than the 35th anniversary of Bathory's Under the Sign of the Black Mark. Not just an immensely important album, but also a damn great one. R.I.P. Quorthon!
I completely agree. It was the first genuinely classic black metal record in my opinion & began a run of three mind-blowing releases in succession.
I just do not think that Quorthon was that good. I get the kvlt love for them but he really overshot himself and tried to be a lot more mature a performer than he actually was ever capable of becoming. As I have gotten older I have less and less time for Bathory and actually cringe when I try to listen to pretty much anything beyond 1988.
OK, so it's Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance's 40th and Paradise Lost's Shades of God's 30th, but they're not the anniversaries I want to celebrate.
Ministry's Psalm 69 was such a huge release for me. I recall listening to the title track on a cassette that Daniel recorded for me off some metal radio show. I was 15 years old, and it sounded incredibly different and exciting. The next time I was at Utopia Records I snapped up Psalm 69 and Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power. I listened to the shit out of both albums, and still love them to this day.
This was Ministry at the top of their game. The fantastic hard-hitting production really gets the best out of the inspired and varied track listing. Such a shame things started to go downhill for the band (more specifically for Al and his drug issues) after this.
Yeah I absolutely love "Psalm 69" too. It's definitely one of the pinnacles of the industrial metal genre in my opinion & is easily Ministry's best work.
Missed it by a week (sue me for not checking these things every day) but Dream Theater - Images and Words is now 30 years old. TBH, I'm kinda surprised that the album that has more or less defined progressive metal seems to have gone by with nary a word mentioned. Every progressive band afterwards owes that album at least some degree of thanks. I might wish that bands would ape DT a little bit less, but I&W is nothing but brilliance.
"Images & Words" was hhuuggee for me too & is still my favourite Dream Theater release today. "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory" has certainly caught up quite a bit over the years though & isn't far behind now to be honest.
That's what's so great about Dream Theater's output up until Metropolis Pt. 2, there aren't really any wrong answers for the best album...well, if you take into account the demo versions of Falling into Infinity anyway. I do need to relisten to Metroplis Pt. 2 though.
Anyway, today it seems is a very important date for Gargoyle, since they released three albums on this day over the years. Yaiba's pretty good, not their best, but the real treasure is Niju Yuugou, a rerecording of a bunch of their tracks, including a few rare ones. Pretty nice introduction to the band if you've never heard them before, though it omits their weirder side.
It's been 35 years since this beast of an E.P was released today. I could never get into the first couple of Destruction releases as a young fella & that hasn't changed over time but their run of 1986's "Eternal Devastation" into "Mad Butcher" into their 1987 fourth full-length "Release From Agony" (my favourite Destruction record) has always been right up my alley & represents the peak of the band's creativity in my opinion.
Three Guardians 35th anniversaries on the same day!
I don't mind "Rock 'n' Roll" actually. It's an under-appreciated Motorhead record in my opinion. In fact, I'd probably take it over the previous three albums which are all generally more highly regarded.
Another notable anniversary for me today, being the 30th for Fear Factory's debut album Soul of a New Machine. It was clearly outdone by the follow-up a few years later, but I listened to this album (which was initially in Daniel's CD collection but I think ended up in mine) a heap of times. I loved the industrial element along with the overall aggression. It's a still a nostalgic listen.
Yeah, I didn't mind "Soul of a New Machine". I wouldn't say that I fell in love with it or anything (which is perhaps why my CD ended up in your possession) but it was something fresh & a little bit different for the time & it also offered a bit of crossover appeal for some of my friends that weren't as into the more extreme underground stuff I was obsessed with at the time. I agree that "Demanufacture" was a significant step up from "Soul of a New Machine" & is clearly Fear Factory's best record still to this day. It wasn't as much in line with my taste profile as the debut was but it was just a classier outing all round.
Two big records for me are hitting major milestones today with German thrashers Protector's 1987 debut E.P. "Misanthropy" reaching 35 years of age & French atmospheric black metal masters Blut aus Nord's 2012 "777 - Cosmosophy" album turning 10. The Protector E.P. is one of the earliest genuine death metal records in my opinion & is also one of the best releases to come from the genre in the 1980's too (4/5). I love the sheer balls that Blut aus Nord displayed during their early 2010's 777 trilogy with "777 - Cosmosophy" being perhaps the best of the three releases (4.5/5).
A 20 year celebration for Void of Silence's Criteria ov 666, a great doom record from a very underrated Italian band.
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