Defleshed – Fast Forward – Review

June 1, 2000

All the shredding half-steps and snarling vocals of, say, Kreator’s heyday, and crushing production that’ll leave you breathless as a hamster on a wheel.

Metalium – Millennium Metal – Review

January 1, 2000

Metalium follows the formula set by the greats, and perhaps in time will become great themselves. They have the chops, they just don’t write memorable songs.

Prophecy- Contagion – Review

January 1, 2000

Take a large Fear Factory motor, attach a Brutal Truth steering system, add some Skinny Puppy shocks, and use a Napalm Death transmission.

Kreator – Endorama – Review

January 1, 2000

I’m always surprised by how little I like Kreator’s ’90s releases. ’87’s Terrible Certainty is one of my faves, right up there with Slayer’s Reign in Blood.

Vader – Live in Japan – Review

June 1, 1999

A lot more than just a documentary of an impeccable machine at work, it’s hard evidence that Vader is among the best pure death metal bands today.

Vader – Black to the Blind – Review

November 1, 1998

Three records later and Vader have soaked up like so much bile, the work of all those New York and Florida technical deathsters, ingesting and learning it well.

Perpetua – Irational – Review

September 1, 1996

While much of the songwriting is bare-bones brutality, and that which isn’t is a rather juvenile stab at aggressive electronic music, I have faith in Perpetua.

Crowbar – Time Heals Nothing – Review

September 1, 1995

Their songwriting has improved. They are not just playing that slow slug stuff, but using more energy and groove, making this album a helluva lot more brutal.

Accept – Death Row – Review

June 1, 1995

Death Row moves Accept into the ’90s under the power of Hoffman’s rock solid, aggressive guitar style and Udo’s piercing growl.