Let’s ruminate on thrash-prog, prog-thrash(?): Watchtower and DBC

Considering these two artists approach technical thrash from very different backgrounds, they ended up playing a remarkably similar style by 1989. Montreal’s DBC were a thrash/crossover band, who only managed to release two albums in their career, but still left a lasting impression on the scene. After releasing their self-titled ‘Dead Brain Cells’ of 1987, … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on thrash-prog, prog-thrash(?): Watchtower and DBC

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Let’s ruminate on GRIND: Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror

Grindcore is another funny one in metal circles. Much like thrash, the rise of grindcore was either championed by punks playing death metal, or by death metallers playing punk. In both cases the results were simplistic extreme music taken to its most absurd conclusion: micro songs playing at lightning fast tempos. The lyrics, again, reflected … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on GRIND: Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror

Let’s ruminate on the next generation: Death and Sepultura

And so we finally turn our attentions to artists who were directly influenced by the pedigree of the early and mid -1980s. Although the two releases we will be looking at here are pretty much contemporary to the classic works of Slayer, Celtic Frost, Bathory and, Sodom, this was now a younger generation of artists, … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the next generation: Death and Sepultura

Let’s ruminate on those between two worlds: Testament and Destruction

Thrash can be a funny one. In one respect it was a harder, faster, heavier version of its heavy metal forbears. The lyrics covered heavier subjects. References to love and relationships were ditched. This urgent music stood on a soap box and assumed the coming apocalypse was nigh. A certain level of musicianship was demanded … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on those between two worlds: Testament and Destruction