Episode 188: Gruesome, Nightrage, Retox, Whorion 2015 Album Reviews

Individual Thought Patterns and the Sound of Perseverance 

Yes, I am intentionally making Death references in the title.  And, also yes, it was inspired by one of our album reviews.  However, those two album names also apply to the rest of the reviews in this episode, which makes me very deep and clever.  Or maybe it just makes me lazy, but either way, they fit. Anyway, you’ll notice that since we overwhelmed you with segments last week, we decided to strip down this show.  Ok, fine. That’s not really how it went down, but just work with me here…


Gruesome Savage Land (Relapse)
Nightrage – The Puritan (Despotz)
Retox – Beneath California (Epitaph)
Whorion – The Reign of the 7th Sector (Inverse)

Live Review: Every Time I DieThe Marmosets and The Eeries at The Webster Underground in Hartford, CT on April 26th, 2015

Gruesome – Savage Land

Nightrage – The Puritan

Retox – Beneath California

Whorion – The Reign of the 7th Sector


  1. While I have only listened to the one Gruesome song you played, I can still weigh in on the debate about making the same type of music that Death made 25 years ago. While I don’t begrudge anyone for wanting to get together and saying “hey, let’s make an album that sounds just like we used to make 25 years ago”, I also don’t feel the need to listen to it. Unless I loved the original music and a new album somehow takes me back to my youth to give me warm and fuzzy feelings, I don’t feel the need to listen to the type of thing that Gruesome is doing.

    Has there ever been an album that there was a 3 point difference between your ratings?

    Sounds like Whorion is right up my alley.

    1. To me, Gruesome was to Death’s early albums like the movie “White House Down” was to the “Die Hard” franchise – completely ripped it off but you didn’t care because it was still a blast…if you liked the original material. The difference here was that Gruesome made their intent to emulate Death known from the start.

      Another way to look at it is like that “re-thrash” period Metal went through. Some of those badns had the skills to stand out, but almost all sounded like they came out of the 80’s. So, if you didn’t like that sound then, you weren’t going to like it now.

      That all said, like I stated in my review, “Savage Land” worked as a one off album. If it is going to be an ongoing project, they are going to have to make that early Death sound more of an influence instead of just “ripping it off” because that will get old quickly.

      Moving on…I haven’t gotten to check, but I don’t there has been that big a difference, at least since it has just been the two of us. And yes, you need to go grab that Whorion album.

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