Tag: Retro Music Review

Alice Cooper: From the Inside (1978) Music Review – By Baron Craze

Alice Cooper’s health had hit an ultra-low point, his excessive drinking turned his blood almost to that of alcohol and that resulted in his shock value once on stage decline, hence lead to a series of albums which the music started frizzling out. He always had the booze to help him excel, but it became…


Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden (1980) – By Baron Craze

There’s not many metal fans who are unaware of the legendary history or status of Iron Maiden, but back 1979, they were merely a band striving for some footing in the music business and solid recognition; they didn’t have the mega albums or singles and definitely hadn’t thought about Flight 666. They were fortunate enough…


ALICE COOPER: WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE (1975) – By Baron Craze

This is the very first album Alice Cooper did as a solo artist, he needed it to solidify his independent standing, and without a doubt it packs a mighty punch, 45-years later the music and lyrics includes masquerading as a horror film and a charming ballad. His reputation ever increasing from there, with sick slick…


King Diamond: Them (1988) Music Review – By Baron Craze

If one is unaware of King Diamond, he used to be a member of Mercyful Fate, but left over creative differences and unable to push the envelope in musical design and style, he ventured off on his own, with incredible success. First with  ‘Fatal Portrait’, before truly developing horror stories and creating musical stories of…


Motorhead: Bastards (1993) Music Review – By Baron Craze

There is likely not a metal fan who doesn’t know of the fame or the lasting music that Lemmy generated, in early 1975 he was fired from Hawkwind, and curious enough his last song he wrote for them was called ‘Motorhead’. However, before Motorhead became that, it was known as Bastards, as revenge on the…


Samael – Ceremony of Opposites (1994) Retro Music Review – By Baron Craze

A sense of history with metal’s ancient lore back in February 28th, 1994, a Swiss group of young musicians with impressive talents waited their music to praise Baphomet; hence Samael born. Samael, early on caught the attention of Century Media Records, with their second record for them (third overall) launched a seriously wicked album, entitled…


Retro Review – Annihilator: Alice in Hell (1989) – By Baron Craze

If one thinks about the long-standing thrash bands a few names pop into one’s mind, Overkill, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, and Kreator, just to name a few, however one band some overlook on their lists is Canada’s Annihilator. A band that formed in 1984, taking the time to redefine their sound into a technical thrash, and…


Retro Review – Cannibal Corpse: The Bleeding (1994) – By Baron Craze

Many death metal bands tried to follow in the footsteps of Death, and with their music falling to more of a corrupting of decency, the lyrics often had horror theme references, hence Cannibal Corpse fit properly into that category. By 1993, the band released 4-albums but started to hit a downward rut with their impact…


Danzig: Danzig (1988) Anniversary Review – By Baron Craze

Danzig’s self-titled 1988 release of ‘Danzig’ featuring a white cow-skull cover art, came from Glenn Danzig, an underground artist with a large following from the horror-punks The Misfits, then the gothic rockers Samhain, now marking its 30-anniversary. Danzig’s debut set a new benchmark for him, first a professional production, and his vocal style marrying metal…


Slayer: South of Heaven (1988) Retro Review – By Baron Craze

Slayer fans were still enjoying and blasting the fastest neck hurting thrash record, likely at the time, entitled ‘Reign in Blood’ (1986) [my favorite track ‘Raining Blood’], however, a major switch started a different tempo, not quite slower but a new path for the next album ‘South of Heaven’, originally released on July 5, 1988. This effort established…