Tristitia – Crucidiction – Review

July 1, 1997

Blending Gothic sorrow, doomy darkness, and elements of black metal, Tristitia stands apart from even the pioneers of genre bending. They’re slower.

Entombed – Review

June 1, 1997

This self-titled release collects a few of the gems found only on EPs and the split 7″ with New Bomb Turks.

Bile – Biledegradeable – Review

June 1, 1997

Mutha Krysztoff did his usual brilliant work in the studio, but with Father Slave barely involved, Bile is missing half the chromosomes for a decent disc.

Staind – Tormented – Review

June 1, 1997

When Aaron Lewis isn’t crooning, croaking, and moaning mournfully about how really shitty the world is and how much he doesn’t like it, he’s screaming.

Puncture – Immune – Review

June 1, 1997

With distorted vocals, crisp drums, crunching guitars, and samples, Immune is a chaotic picture littered with the debris of a culture rapidly destroying itself.

Pist-on – #1 – Review

June 1, 1997

“Parole” opens the disc with a Master of Puppets-era growl, yet the fat-sounding guitars are more reminiscent of Type O Negative.

Oppressor – Agony – Review

June 1, 1997

Agony uses some of the dumbest clichés in the genre, but Oppressor quickly leap to the next change before I get pissed enough to throw the CD across the room.

Helmet – Aftertaste – Review

June 1, 1997

After a not-so-Helmet effort with 1994’s Betty, Page Hamilton and company come back with full knuckle-busting, abrasive force with Aftertaste.

Brutality – In Mourning – Review

May 1, 1997

Brutality release a straight-for-the-throat U.S. death metal album with just enough melodic guitar soloing to save it from being completely flat.

Therion – Theli – Review

May 1, 1997

For those who revel in a “heavy metal”-ish sounding guitar used alongside choirs, a lonely piano, and a full-on orchestra, here’s a real treat for you.

Dub War – Pain – Review

May 1, 1997

Dub War knows how to write catchy choruses for songs that are otherwise arty to the point of huh? That’s a compliment of the highest order.

Grip Inc. – Nemisis – Review

April 1, 1997

Fist-bang favorites, time changes, key changes, and while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-through-lots-of-effects, with Lombardo’s heavy tribal drumming influences.

Broken Hope – Loathing – Review

April 1, 1997

It’s hard to tell if a given song by Broken Hope is doing anything particularly interesting, but hell, it sure sounds like it’s taking the world by storm.

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