Tag: Retro Music Review

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…


The Ghastly Ones: A-Haunting We Will Go-Go (1998) Retro Music Review – By Baron Craze

Now, time to venture down  an offbeat path, with a band called The Ghastly Ones, likely most people never heard of this band or their style of music, but this month marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of “A-Haunting We Will Go-Go”. They emerged from Van Nuys, California, to some from the grave, playing a…


Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind (1983) 35th Anniversary Review – By Baron Craze

By 1982, Iron Maiden (from England) was one of the up and coming heavy metal bands storming the lands and chose to record their fourth album less than a year after the release of Number of the Beast, which marked the band with plenty of inspiration and energy, and Bruce Dickinson’s incredible vocal skills. As…


Lizzy Borden: Appointment with Death (2007) Retro Music Review – By Baron Craze

Lizzy Borden, a Los Angeles based heavy metal band, surfaced in 1985 after Motley Crue, W.A.S.P., and Twisted Sister, but their sound and horror lyrics themes unique to themselves, perhaps even hinting back to Alice Cooper. Their ride started with Love You to Pieces (1985) taking fame and criticism with their name from the infamous…


King Diamond Abigail (1987) Retro Music Review – By Baron Craze

This retro review returns to the year if 1987 with the solo artist King Diamond and his second album entitled “Abigail”, which marked his first concept record on Roadrunner Records, later leading to re-releases, first in 1997 with 4 bonus tracks, and a 25th Anniversary edition in 2005 with a bonus DVD. Over the years,…


Midnight Syndicate: Gates Of Delirium (2001) Retro Music Review

Twenty-one years ago Midnight Syndicate broke onto the scene of atmospheric music which struck a chord with horror and Halloween enthusiasts and gothic fans too, and since then over 10 albums released, composing music in two films The Rage and The Dead Matter. The core duo of the band, Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, continue…