The Creatures From The Tomb – The Terrifying Menace (Rotten Roll Rex, 2018)

What’s this?  A goregrind band that doesn’t sing about gore?  Germany’s The Creatures From The Tomb (henceforth referred to as TCFTT) play groovy goregrind in the vein of Cock and Ball Torture, The Day Everything Became Nothing and Cliteater, but their songs are not about zombies or hacking people up or having sex with corpses.  Instead, TCFTT mine their subject matter from classic black and white horror films, such as The Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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Metal Gods: Judas Priest and the Art of Ass-Kicking Robots

It’s a widely accepted fact that British metal legends Judas Priest helped define the sound of heavy metal as we know it today.  But what isn’t as widely acknowledged is how they also helped define the visual aesthetics of heavy metal; indeed, Priest is as  much responsible for what metal albums look like as they are for what metal albums sound like.  Although they’ve never had a single unifying theme to their artwork (ala Iron Maiden’s Eddie or Motorhead’s Snaggletooth), no less than seven of their album covers do have something very important in common: ass-kicking robots.

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Birdflesh – Night of the Ultimate Mosh (Everlasting Spew Records, reissue 2018)

When I was in college, there were a few instances where I was beyond dirt poor.  Back then, people actually still gave a shit about CDs, so painful as it was, I’d sell off chunks of my music collection so that I could like, pay my bills and eat ‘n’ shit.  One of the CDs I sold was an original pressing of Birdflesh’s Night of the Ultimate Mosh on Razorback Recordings.

That was really stupid of me.

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RIP Frank “Killjoy” Pucci 1969 – 2018

Frank Pucci left this plane of existence for the great beyond on March 18, 2018 at the age of forty-eight.  The man otherwise known as Killjoy was among the founding fathers of American extreme metal; his long-running brainchild Necrophagia is considered to be one of the very first death metal bands to exist on US soil, releasing early demos around the same time as the likes of Death, Possessed and Master.  In addition to being the only constant member of Necrophagia, he would also go on to front a slew of other well-received projects such as Cabal, Killjoy, Wurdulak, The Ravenous and Haxxan.

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The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Virgin, 1995)

My wife recently surprised me with tickets to the Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour, and as such I’ve naturally been compelled to revisit their catalog.  For the longest time I’ve proclaimed that the band’s 1993 breakthrough Siamese Dream was my favorite Pumpkins album, but right now I’m thinking it might actually be Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

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