Welcome to Metal Redux. My first Noob Heavy contribution in a series featuring some classic Metal gems from the 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 download our music for free from Bandcamp, and follow us on Instagram.
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.
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, I would grab some brekkie, and fast forward through the crap, and then normally after the grunge segment (that was pain), it would be metal time.
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 their classics, I am sure many of you know them, as well as their best tunes.
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.
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 I was listening on a the Sunday night to the once-a-week underground metal radio show called Metal For Melbourne. The song was A Cautionary Tale (the intro), and much like Bathory’s Storm of Damnation, or Slayer’s Hell Awaits, I knew that I was listening to something special.
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, accentuating moments within each track to compliment lyrical themes (a very strong point of the album), whilst also creating a perfectly crafted sense of melancholy. Although Cemetary have been labelled Death / Doom Metal, this album also has some Black Metal elements floating just beneath the surface.