Since its original 1982 cassette version has the distinction of being the jump-off point for Metallica’s worldwide fame. Now 34 years and 13 volumes later, Metal Massacre 14 compiles a new wave of artists all sharing a true metal mindset. There’s no post-metal, deathcore or any of the myriad metal subgenres represented here – it’s strictly old-school denim and leather stuff, which gives it a nice cohesion (and is probably a clue to the preferences of Primordial’s Alan Averill, who compiled this volume).
It’s easy to slip into arrogant mockery when surrounded by the unfamiliar, particularly when the unfamiliarity in question is one that is as wide-eyed and bushy-tailed as Japanese Culture. The willy-nilly embracing of English, regardless of actual comprehension, is bound to lead to the inevitable silliness, but who the hell am I to laugh? Seriously.
Aggronautix has all your faves like G.G. Allen, The Meatmen’s Tesco Vee, Descendents’ Milo, Andrew W. K., and Circle Jerks’ Keith Morris. All Throbbleheads are a customized likeness of your favorite legend. The Plasmatics’ Wendy O’ Williams Throbblehead isn’t Tesco Vee in drag. They all closely resemble the actual performer they depict.