THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 11: Slayer’s “Hell Awaits”

The Legacy WELCOME BACK! If I had to identify the first album that actually scared me as a kid, it would be Slayer's thrash classic Hell Awaits, which turns 35 this March.  For once it wasn't just the cover, but rather the nakedness of aggression that felt like a genuine threat.  As a thirteen year-old … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 11: Slayer’s “Hell Awaits”

THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 10: Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath”

The Legacy It all had to start somewhere.  On Friday the 13th of February 1970, a prophecy was told.  There were warning signs; the occult was nothing entirely new to rock at the time.  Coven wailed of Satanic masses, Steppenwolf's distortion was said to sound like a motorcycle made of "heavy metal," and let's not … Continue reading THIS MONTH IN METAL No. 10: Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath”

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”