Category: Diamonds & Rust

Diamonds & Rust: Sabbat – Dreamweaver, 35 Years Of Reflecting On Our Yesterdays

[Album artwork: Tim Beer] Metal freaks have and indeed always will burn infinite hours debating what should be considered “The All Time Greatest Year for Heavy Metal.” If you’re like me, a prehistoric beast perilously

Diamonds & Rust: Crossover Memories And 35 Years Of The Cro-Mags’ Best Wishes

[Artwork: The Appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva from The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust] “Blow that cigar smoke in my face one more time and find out.” The years have a way of getting fuzzy, but if memory

Best Of 2023 – Dan Obstkrieg: How Can I Keep From Singing?

Do you like lists? I like lists. One of my very favorite books is Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler, and inevitably, around year-end list-making season, I think about its first chapter.

Diamonds & Rust: Slayer – Hell Awaits (The Friday The 13th Edition)

[Artwork by Albert Cueller / Mœbius & Philippe Druillet] Don those hardhats and prep that protective eyeroll gear: Here comes your bagillionth reminder about how triumphant it was to be a kid growing up in

Diamonds & Rust: Killing Joke – Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell

[Cover artwork: Inhuman Rearing, by Victor Safonkin] Sentient Ruin label boss M. talks about his favorite album of all time, which was recently reissued: Killing Joke’s 2006 album Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell. A

Diamonds & Rust: 35 Years Of Rigor Mortis

[Cover artwork by Cort Johnson] We’re always told that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and of course, we still do. But the good news here is that this first Rigor Mortis album

Diamonds & Rust: Blood Money – Red, Raw And Bleeding! + Battlescarred

It is nigh-impossible to discuss the early days of heavy metal–especially in the U.K.–without at least mentioning the socio-economic conditions that allowed it to multiply like bacteria in a warm, damp Petri dish. From the

Diamonds & Rust: 30 Years Of Vader’s The Ultimate Incantation

[Cover art by Dan Seagrave] For a band named after a movie villain that tended to wax poetically about destiny, there sure was a coincidental amount of serendipity surrounding their proper debut album. But before