82. Entombed, ‘Left Hand Path’ (1990)

CW: Some of the albums on this list are overtly Satanic. As a nonbeliever, I’ve been pretty comfortable enjoying sacred music of many traditions; Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th, and of course, Handel’s Messiah. I like a good chant now and again, and find the Islamic call to prayer as well as Jewish traditional hymns (whichContinue reading “82. Entombed, ‘Left Hand Path’ (1990)”

83. Baroness, ‘The Red Album’ (2007)

From 2002-2004, I played guitar in a three-piece out of Columbus, Ohio. Our band was grounded in punk and alternative rock, but we were disenchanted with the idea of style. As our lyrical content became more complex, we wanted to produce music that matched. Yet, we didn’t want to abandon the emotional content of theContinue reading “83. Baroness, ‘The Red Album’ (2007)”

84. High on Fire, ‘Blessed Black Wings’ (2005)

In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager I probe, which is now the farthest man-made object from the earth, at almost 14 billion miles from earth and counting. The hopeful people of the planet, who still had the good sense to believe in science by the way, extended their greetings to any interstellar alien species whoContinue reading “84. High on Fire, ‘Blessed Black Wings’ (2005)”

85. Darkthrone, ‘Transilvanian Hunger’ (1994)

“That romantic disease, originality, all around we see the originality of incompetent idiots, they could draw nothing, paint nothing, just so the mess they make is original… Even two hundred years ago, who wanted to be original, to be original was to admit that you could not do a thing the right way, so youContinue reading “85. Darkthrone, ‘Transilvanian Hunger’ (1994)”

86. Lamb of God, ‘As the Palaces Burn’ (2003).

[Nota bene, my review is not based on the 2013 remastered version of this album, which takes a very different approach to tone.] My cousin, Patrick Brennan (as opposed to Patrick Shay, Patrick Mahr, or Patrick Bachmann…I have a lot of cousins named Patrick), is a metal aficionado, and he and I agree on aContinue reading “86. Lamb of God, ‘As the Palaces Burn’ (2003).”

87. Manowar, ‘Hail to England’ (1984)

Its going to come up, so I might as well start explaining here. I’m not a huge fan of second wave British heavy metal. This is an accident of history, more than anything. Lemme ‘splain. When I was in sixth grade, I rode on a school bus with a couple of douche bags who wereContinue reading “87. Manowar, ‘Hail to England’ (1984)”

88. Pig Destroyer, ‘Terrifyer’ (2004)

A year ago, I was listening to four bands on heavy rotation that I called the “Barnyard Tetrad”. They were Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Lamb of God, and Pig Destroyer. I don’t know what it is about having a domesticated animal in the bands name. It works. The next album is by the last of theContinue reading “88. Pig Destroyer, ‘Terrifyer’ (2004)”

89. Nightwish, “Once” (2004)

The importance of expertise, professional judgement, and knowledge has never been more evident; yet many of us celebrate wrongness, stupidity, and a stubborn refusal to face facts as what…bravery? Heroism? Or my favorite: common sense. I’ve always thought that I was on the side of the former. Not all opinions are equal, and I’ll listenContinue reading “89. Nightwish, “Once” (2004)”

91. Naked City, ‘Torture Garden’ (1990)

Here are some experiences I’ve had in the last 3 months. 1. I watched my neighbor’s house burn. 2. In attempting to fix a tail-light on my car, I ended up doing enough damage to it to require $600 in repairs. 3. I moved out of a store aisle because a single person on theContinue reading “91. Naked City, ‘Torture Garden’ (1990)”