Welcome to Metal Redux; a series featuring some classic Metal gems from the 80s & 90s that need to be unearthed and rediscovered.
Who Am I? My name is Steven O’Brien, I’m from Melbourne, Australia and I’ve been a metalhead since the late 80s. I also do the music for the Death Metal band Aeons Abyss – you can find links to our music (including Bandcamp) and social media accounts here https://linktr.ee/aeonsabyss
I’m a big supporter of Noob Heavy and wanted to contribute to his killer website, which is an amazing resource for the underground metal scene.
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The Fleshgod Rankpocalypse
Written by Kep A few weeks back on Twitter I floated the idea of ranking the discography of Italian symphonic death metal titans Fleshgod Apocalypse. I rank discographies via tweet thread periodically without issue, but this time when I started gathering my thoughts I quickly realized I had too much to say to be confined by…
Metal Redux: Skyclad – The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth (1991) (Thrash / Folk Metal)
The year was 1991. The band was Skyclad. The album was The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth. And thus was born a thrash metal gem, and also the genesis of Folk Metal. I reckon this album slays. Back in the day, I was drawn to this album through my love of UK Thrash legends Sabbat. After they broke…
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Metal Redux: Nuclear Assault – Survive (1988) (Thrash Metal)
The Band – Nuclear AssaultThe Album – Survive (1988)Lineup: John Connelly, Guitars, Vocals | Anthony Bramante, Guitars | Dan Lilker, Bass, Vocals (backing) | Glenn Evans, DrumsCountry of Origin – United StatesGenre – Thrash Metal (Crossover)Other albums from 1988 for context: …And Justice for All, Metallica | South of Heaven, Slayer | Leprosy, Death |…
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Metal Redux: Suicidal Tendencies – Self-Titled (1983) – (Thrash Metal / Crossover, Hardcore Punk)
My own band, Aeons Abyss is evolving from a studio project, to a live playing outfit … and I am thrilled that our bass player, Leigh “wukong gamesh” has some serious punk metal hardcore leanings. I’ve always enjoyed this style of music, and the main reason for this is the legendary Suicidal Tendencies, who way…
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Metal Redux: Trick or Treat (1986 Horror Movie) – De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (Heavy Metal)
Do you feel like watching an 80s Heavy Metal movie about selling your soul to the devil for metal, and coming back from the grave through your Hi-Fi speakers?
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Metal Redux: Brutal Truth – Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses (1992) (Death/Grind)
If you threw Terrorizer, Napalm Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, SOD and Nuclear Assault in a time machine blender and went back to the early 90s, you’d pour out a nice glass of Brutal Truth, and their standout album from 1992, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses (released on Earache).
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Metal Redux: Nocturnus – Thresholds (1992) (Technical Death Metal)
Other notable releases from 1992 for context – Soul of a New Machine (Fear Factory), Vulgar Display of Power (Pantera), The End Complete (Obituary), Images and Words (Dream Theater)
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Metal Redux: Gorefest – False (1992) (Death Metal)
When talking about Dutch Death Metal, most people will rightly cite Pestilence, Asphyx and Sinister as their go-to legacy bands (and the likes of Graceless as the newer generation). But for those of us who were kicking around in the early 90s, there was another Dutch master in the mix; Gorefest.
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Metal Redux: Massacre – From Beyond (Death Metal)
So back in 1991 there was a gigantic ripple in the Death Metal scene. An album recorded at Morrisound Studios was released. It featured band members who had been in Death, and who were heavily affiliated with the Florida metal scene since the early 80s. Oh yeah, and the singer claimed to have invented the…
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Metal Redux: Morgoth – Cursed (1991)
Morgoth came to me through the late night Aussie music video show, Rage, on the ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation). Most Saturday nights, around 3am they would play maybe ½-an-hour to an-hour of metal; it was great. I would set up the family VHS on long-play-record, and let it run overnight. First thing in the morning,…
Metal Redux: Destruction – Live Without Sense (1989)
Why would I include Destruction as part of Metal Redux, you may ask? One of the so called Big 4 of Teutonic Thrash. Surely everyone knows Destruction? Its a great question, as this titan of thrash metal has been kicking around for 37 years. And with 14 albums, several EPs, and two anthem re-recordings of…
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Metal Redux: My Dying Bride – As The Flower Withers (1992)
Noob Heavy runs a Metal Think tank for the contributors of his website, and within this group (CB – Just email for an invite), I asked the question, “What do you guys know about My Dying Bride?” Those that answered knew of the band, but weren’t overly familiar with their catalogue.
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Metal Redux: Sabbat – History of a Time to Come (Thrash Metal)
When something sounds evil, it has the ability to draw you in and although you may fear what is to come, you cannot help but to listen on. I remember the 1st time I heard Sabbat. It was in 1988, and their album History of a Time to Come (HOATTCC) had just been released, and…
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Metal Redux: Cemetary – An Evil Shade of Grey (Death/Doom)
An Evil Shade of Grey is an outstanding and very listenable Swedish Death Metal album with a genuine element of uniqueness. This comes from its tastefully written melodic riffs and song structures, that are layered with atmospherically textured elements, and all combined to create a gloomy ethereal listening experience. The production is dynamic and intelligent,…
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