Category Archives: In Retrospect

Essential albums that any sane person should listen to at least once.

Heard It Yet?: SikTh – The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild

Artist: SikTh
Album: The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild
Label: Unparalleled
Released: 2003

When I first heard this album round a friends house, he warned me to prepare myself for one of oddest things I was about to listen to. Back then a lot of my music taste was pretty tame, and when opening track ‘Scent of the Obscene’ began I was absolutely overwhelmed, and if I’m honest somewhat terrified. Continue reading Heard It Yet?: SikTh – The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild

Heard It Yet?: Russian Circles – Enter

Artist: Russian Circles
Album: Enter
Label: Flameshovel
Released: 2006

Enter, Russian Circles. A three piece act from Chicago who, despite only being together since 2004, have already toured with Tool and Isis, achieved critical acclaim for their debut release and are on the brink of releasing their sophomore effort, Station.

Enter begins simply. Carpe fools you into believing the song is over before it all kicks off again, erupting into a final climax that is calmly brought down by the band, before drummer Dave Turncrantz assumes control of the closing, slamming his foot on the bass pedal in a hypnotic thud. Continue reading Heard It Yet?: Russian Circles – Enter

Heard It Yet?: Million Dead – A Song to Ruin

Artist: Million Dead
Album: A Song to Ruin
Label: Integrity
Released: 2003

Despite only being together for five years at the beginning of the new millennium, Million Dead left quite an impression on those who were fortunate enough to hear them. Lead singer Frank Turner had a violent passion running through him, and energy which endowed itself into creating some stunning metaphysical lyrics, that defied the punk genre’s rather stale take on the use of words. It wasn’t just his lyrics that gave the UK band something else, but his stunning voice which went from raging screams to melodic chants in a matter of seconds. Continue reading Heard It Yet?: Million Dead – A Song to Ruin