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Night of the Demon (1981): Big Love

Demon, Night of the Demon (Clay Records, 1981)

[originally posted 14Feb2002]

Two hands claw at a tombstone made of flesh on the album cover.

Get out of the grave, Alan.
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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away there lived a biker-rock-cum-metal band called Demon. Demon were part of what came to be known as NWOBHM (the New Wave of British Heavy Metal), but were overshadowed, as so many early-eighties British metal bands were, by renewed interest on this side of the pond in the bands that had come before—Judas priest, Slade, et al. And so, despite the best efforts of a young, barely-known American band called Metallica (through numerous covers and the NWOBHM compilation album in the mid-eighties) to bring American attention to these acts, many of them faded into obscurity quickly.

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One-Track Mind, vol. 4

A week late and a dollar short, but finally here…

STANDING DISCLAIMER: It would be ridiculous to try and do Full Disclosure on these. Just assume I know everyone here at least via the Internet, and most of them in person. You’ll be right far more often than wrong.

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Machine (2001): A Worthy Follow-up…Mostly

Static-X, Machine (Warner Bros., 2001)

[originally posted 16Nov2001]

Some sort of abstract construction decorates the album cover. I have never been able to figure out what it is.

Heart in a bag.
photo credit: Wikipedia

Two years ago, Static-X’s debut album Wisconsin Death Trip gave solid evidence that Static-X were by far the most literate and intelligent metal band on the planet. Dada-esque lyrics and short, stuttery guitar lines meshed to create one of the best, and most accessible, rock albums of the previous decade. Now, we get their sophomore effort, and the question is—does it measure up?

Answer: yeah, kind of. Almost.

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Buzzbomb (2001): One Last Bullet

Terror Organ, Buzzbomb (The Rectrix, 2001)

[originally posted 2Nov2001]

The members of the band, wearing gas masks and seated in back-to-back wheelchairs, adorn the album cover.

Pity they got section-eighted out of the military.
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The day after receiving this album in the mail two months ago, I decided it had a strong chance of topping my year’s-best list. The intervening weeks have done nothing to dissuade me from thinking such.

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One Track Mind, vol. 3: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

STANDING DISCLAIMER: It would be ridiculous to try and do Full Disclosure on these. Just assume I know everyone here at least via the Internet, and most of them in person. You’ll be right far more often than wrong.

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Last Days Here (2011): All Your Sins

Last Days Here (Don Argott and Demian Fenton, 2011)


Pentagram vocalist Bobby Liebling in a performance shot on the film's poster.

Liebling looked better here than ever. Scary, isn’t it?
photo credit: Wikipedia


In the early seventies, Bobby Liebling was the lead vocalist for a band called Pentagram that you’ve probably never heard of. Pentagram were on the verge of stardom when, according to interview in the documentary Last Days Here, two incidents—one of them caused by Liebling, the other caused by two other band members—basically derailed their entire career, dooming them to lives of obscurity. Fast-forward to 2004. Bobby Liebling is a meth addict living in his parents’ basement in suburban Baltimore. In his late forties, Liebling looks at least thirty years older. He would probably have never been captured on film; indeed, he might well have died in obscurity were it not for Sean Pelletier, a record collector and Pentagram fan so obsessed with the band he contacted Liebling and offered to act as the band’s manager if Liebling could pull together members from some of the band’s classic lineups for a reunion, and as long as Liebling vowed to quit meth, as well as most of the other drugs he was using. Liebling agreed and started making calls, and Pelletier recruited Don Argott and Demian Fenton to film what Pelletier saw as Pentagram’s inevitable comeback and world domination. The result is the documentary you see before you.

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Insights of the Profane (2000): None More Black

Various Artists, Insights of the Profane (Ma-Kahru, 2000)

[originally posted 15Jun2000]

photo credit: Rate Your Music

The nobles with shackles of iron.

A CD split evenly between black metal and black ambient, Insights of the Profane explores the similarities and differences between the two genres while proposing the theme of various takes on what it means to be a Satanist today. Placing luminaries from both sides of the coin (Judas Iscariot, Abigor, BaaL, Veinke) next to bands on both sides just starting out (Myrmidon, GoatWAR, Subklinik) leads to an interesting mix of styles. And while it goes up and down, as any compilation album is bound to do, there’s a whole lot of strong stuff here. I don’t think Veinke’s ever recorded a bad track, ever; Subklinik turns in a selection from The Dawn of Desecration (reviewed below); Myrmidon promise to be one of the highlights of anyone’s metal catalog once they’ve finally got an official release out there; BaaL’s track is familiar. (Isn’t this the same one that’s on the last Fusion Audio comp, John?) Interestingly, my favorite track is the “hidden” one, a kind of mesh of black metal and power noise from a band I’ve never heard of called Allfather. Recording quality on this track (actually, on much of the black metal) could be better, but a cleaner recording of this track might well put you through the wall behind you. Powerful stuff. One of the better comps I’ve heard in recent days. ***


A bit of Allfather from a later release.