Forgotten Legends: Morbid Saint – Spectrum of Death

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. When I was growing up, my whole world revolved around Megadeth, Metallica, and to a lesser extent, Slayer. That’s it. They were the be all, end all of metal, and ignorance was as they say, bliss. However, as I grew older, my metal tastes slowly evolved and I started to take my metal more seriously. That’s one of the reasons why in fact I started to read a...

Spotify Gets Metal Aug19

Spotify Gets Metal

Spotify announced the creation of twelve new original shows earlier this year, covering a wide range of genres and aspects of music culture. One of the shows, which Spotify is calling “Landmark,” is a documentary style format covering important artists, groundbreaking albums, and big moments in music history, and kicking off the whole thing is “Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years,” which explores the creation of the band through the release of Ride The Lightning in four parts. Metallica’s early days with Mustaine on lead guitar and a couple of other guys who were in the band for about ten minutes is hardly untrodden territory, but it’s...

Vinyl Follow Up: In Mourning – Afterglow

  In Mourning’s superb 2008 debut album Shrouded Divine instantly made me a fan, and was a nice kick in the ass for a Swedish metal scene that had gotten rather stale by that point. The album weaved together progressive and melodeath cues quite well, with standout tracks like “Amnesia,” and “Past October Skies (The Black Lodge Revisited)” demanding repeated listens. The band returned two years later with Monolith, which while perhaps a bit more simplistic and straightforward than its predecessor, was still a very enjoyable melodic death romp nevertheless. I eagerly awaited In Mourning’s third release, The Weight Of Oceans, and then,...

A Sanctuary For Dynamics Aug01

A Sanctuary For Dynamics

  Despite the laundry list of projects Dan “The Man” Swanö has been associated with, most fans know of Dan from his years of service with Bloodbath or as the singular mastermind behind Edge of Sanity. Sure, his solo record, 1999’s Moontower, was stellar too, and so is some of his more recent output with his brother Dag under the Nightingale moniker, but it is really the first two aforementioned projects that everyone associates as “classic” Swanö. But I also think his latest project, Witherscape, may soon be held in the same high esteem as some of those earlier seminal works too, as its debut, 2013’s...

Them Schiit Boys Did It Again Jul29

Them Schiit Boys Did It Again

When I talked about the Schiit Bifrost Multibit DAC late last year, I figured that was about as low as they could get on the price scale with a modern R-2R DAC – not something based on a chip that Philips made a million years ago. Modern resistor ladder DACs are considerably more difficult to design and engineer than the usual cookie cutter Delta-Sigma DACs, particularly at the entry-level where most of them are a very similar collection of off the shelf op-amps and chips. This is primarily because R-2R DAC chips intended for audio are no longer made on a large scale, and so companies are either left with adapting chips intended for...

Review: Uada – Devoid of Light Jul26

Review: Uada – Devoid of Light

This year hasn’t been exactly a banner year for black metal, especially anything coming out of here in the States. Sure, Cobalt dropped a two-album bombshell back in March, and then there was Oak Pantheon‘s stellar release a few weeks after that too, but all in all, it’s been mostly slim pickings. However, there is one USBM record this year that as been making a lot of underground waves ever since it was released back in April, and that album is Uada‘s full-length debut aptly named Devoid of Light. If hailing from Portland has you thinking that Uada is just another bunch of tree hugging hippies who happen to dabble...