Die Krupps – A Tribute to Metallica (Hollywood Records, 1993)

One of the things I miss the most about the nineties is the willingness major records labels had to release totally off-the-wall shit.  From Reprise unleashing the Boredoms’ utterly mind-fucking Pop Tatari on the unsuspecting masses to Columbia striking a deal to market and distribute Earache’s catalog full of ear-shredding death metal and grindcore records, major labels in the nineties exhibited a bizarre fearlessness that was oftentimes downright shocking, flying in the face of the notion that they were corporate, soulless, blood-sucking musical widget factories where underground bands went to sell out, get screwed over and die.

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Your Friendly Reminder that Glenn Danzig is the OG of Dungeon Synth

One of the more interesting developments in the underground over the past half-decade or so is the renewed interest in dungeon synth.  This was no doubt brought on by the rise of Dutch practitioner Old Tower, who released the excellent Stellary Wisdom this year on Profound Lore, as well as the recent reissues of Mortiis’ early works, coupled with his recent tours focused strictly on this “era one” material as opposed to his current industrial rock/metal incarnation.

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