Category Archives: Musings on metal

The Crucible of Metal God

Halford “Crucible” (Remixed & remastered) was re-released in 2010 through Metal God Records.

I point out from the beginning that the article is about the reissued edition. To be honest, I have never heard the original CD. I got my hands on this current version of “Crucible” several years ago, having purchased it in a bundle with “Resurrection” and “Live Insurrection” from Rob Halford Music.

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“Ranch Hand” on metal frontlines

Sodom. “Agent Orange”. 1989. Steamhammer. Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

It seems there is just nothing left to add as so much praise has been dedicated to this piece of art. I also belong to the camp that sees Agent Orange as Sodoms’s best and to be honest I simply cannot even think of a single argument against this CD – it is pure perfection and below I briefly summarize why it may be the case.

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Not that ominous

A review of “Ominous” (2010) by The Wretched End (Norway)

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Meine Seele wurde gebrochen (epitome of minimalism)

Review of “Das Seelenbrechen” by Ihsahn (2013)

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” Sigmund Freud

And let it be so. I love Ihsahn. I respect Ihsahn. The legacy of Emperor, experiments of Peccatum, melodies of Hardingrock, his work on “Somnium” by Thou Shalt Suffer and on “Blood Must Be Shed” by Zyklon-B charm, bewitch and fascinate, leaving nobody indifferent. For many metalheads around the globe – including those already worshiping “Das Seelenbrechen” – these words will be the ultimate truth. But on the general background of extensive praise to “Das Seelenbrechen” I still feel the need to pour some cold water on this work of Ihsahn.

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