Retrospective #9 – Tool

Tool are a band from Los Angeles, California. Forming in 1990, the bands original line-up included Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey and Paul D’Amour. 1995 saw the bands one and only line-up change when D’Amour was replaced by Justin Chancellor. Tool have released a mere 5 albums throughout their history! It was JuneContinue reading “Retrospective #9 – Tool”

Retrospective #8 – Therapy?

Therapy? are a band from Northern Ireland originally formed in 1989 by Andy Cairns and Fyfe Ewing. After recording their first demo, they recruited Michael Mckeegan on bass guitar. Both Andy and Michael have been the mainstay throughout the bands 15 studio albums. My introduction to Therapy? was at Castle Donington’s ‘Monsters of Rock’ festivalContinue reading “Retrospective #8 – Therapy?”

Retrospective #6

System of a Down are an Armenian-American band that rose from the ashes of the band Soil in 1994. Over a 7-year period, they released 5 full length albums and are often discussed as being a nu-metal band, although I prefer to think of them as alternative metal. In the mid ’90’s, I bought aContinue reading “Retrospective #6”

The Almighty were a Scottish band, forming back in 1988. Over a 12 year period, they released 7 studio albums, with line-up changes throughout their career. Only Ricky Warwick and Stumpy Munroe remained a constant throughout. The Almighty’s importance to me and my journey through heavy metal can and should not be underestimated. In theContinue reading

Slight Changes

As I continue to write the next entry into my album retrospective series, I have taken the decision to make a very slight change. In the earlier retrospectives, I gave each album a mark out of 10. This isn’t a bad thing, giving the reader my perspective of a particular album. However, I think theContinue reading “Slight Changes”

Retrospective #3 – Monster Magnet

Monster Magnet are New Jersey’s finest! Originally formed in 1989, only Dave Wyndorf remains from the original line-up. This retrospective will cover their first 10 studio albums and does not include their latest 2021 covers album. In the 90’s, it was very hard to find Metal on terrestrial television in the UK. We had aContinue reading “Retrospective #3 – Monster Magnet”

Retrospective #2 – Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend burst on to the scene in 1993 providing vocals in Steve Vai’s ‘Sex and Religion’ album. Since then, he has amassed 25 studio albums in a variety of different genres as a solo artist and the leader of various bands. Album Retrospective – Devin Townsend Prolific is, perhaps, a word that still lacksContinue reading “Retrospective #2 – Devin Townsend”

Retrospective #1 – Rotting Christ

True Black Metal Legends, Rotting Christ have amassed 13 studio albums and numerous live albums since their humble beginnings in Athens back in 1987. Back in 2019, at London’s ULU, I turned up with my good friend ‘Evil’ Jim, who is not evil in the slightest, to watch UK Death Metal titans Bolt Thrower decimateContinue reading “Retrospective #1 – Rotting Christ”