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THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 8: Rest in Power, Dimebag Darrel

The Legacy Music has brought icons upon icons to popular culture, but metal creates Gods.  There's a certain calling to the heavier side of music that's not unlike a new type of faith.  I could just be describing a cult following, but I bet every metalhead can admit that the influence was there from the … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 8: Rest in Power, Dimebag Darrel

THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 7: Ministry’s “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste”

The Legacy ...And now for the chaos.  Last month we looked at the burgeoning assimilation of industrial influence into the mainstream with Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine, fueled by songs of heartbreak and self pity.  The second half of this industrial miniseries within TMIM flips the rusty iron switch back to the metal track of … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 7: Ministry’s “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste”

THIS MONTH IN “METAL” No. 6: Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine”

The Legacy I know how metalheads are, and I'm already ahead of you.  Is Nine Inch Nails' full-length debut a metal album?  Not exactly, but we've got to step back and think bigger on this one.  October 2019's tribute kicks off the first half of a two-part industrial mini-subseries within TMIM.  Industrial synth rock record Pretty Hate Machine marks the … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN “METAL” No. 6: Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine”

THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 5: Mercyful Fate’s “Don’t Break The Oath”

The Legacy "I deny Jesus Christ, the deceiver" shrieks a piercing falsetto and you instantly know you're going to hell.  It's okay though, because while Satanism and the occult is a common fad in metal, few have ever made it so delicious.  This September marks the 35th anniversary of the righteous descent that is Mercyful Fate's Don't … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 5: Mercyful Fate’s “Don’t Break The Oath”

THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 4: Behemoth’s “Evangelion”

The Legacy I remember hearing about Behemoth in a computer class in the seventh grade.  Some eighth graders behind me were comparing the "most evil" metal bands, one pitting Slayer as the end-all-be-all.  The other quickly retorted, "Are you fucking kidding me?  Have you heard Behemoth?! They're horrifying!"  Maiden being the hardest band I listened to at … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 4: Behemoth’s “Evangelion”

THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 3: Alice Cooper’s “Trash”

The Legacy WAIT WAIT WAIT I see those metal elitist tongues eager to stab through my eye sockets and into my brain for a nasty headache. Belonging more to the classic rock category, Alice Cooper doesn't often fit into the metal genre. While Alice's 1989 release of Trash is, in essence, a hair metal album, … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 3: Alice Cooper’s “Trash”

THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 2: Sodom’s “Agent Orange”

The Legacy Thrash had already been growing in the 80's up until Sodom's release of Agent Orange on June 1, 1989.  Built on the foundations of speed punk and existing heaviness, thrash created a legacy of aggression that planted its feet as one of the core metal subgenres.  The first groups that come to mind at … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 2: Sodom’s “Agent Orange”

THIS MONTH IN METAL No.1: Mayhem’s “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”

The Legacy On May 23, 1994 a dark entity was shot into the ears of the metal community.  Mayhem's controversial buildup to their quintessential release already killed off two members at tragically young ages.  Dead, the band's former gut-puking vocalist who penned most of the album's lyrics, committed suicide before the recording process began.  Guitarist … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No.1: Mayhem’s “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”