IN ROTATION: Our most played albums in June 2019

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NATIVITY IN BLACK I – A Tribute to Black Sabbath (1994)
Because: First of 2 volumes of Sabbath cover versions recorded by relevant bands of the time. Most work, especially Sep’s SotU. Learned that the title is a misnomer. Geezer tells the story.

MY DYING BRIDE – “34.788% Complete” (1998)
Because: No Powell, No Violins. Doom + Electronica. Not a complete departure for the band, but one they never pursued again on subsequent albums. Still, there’s a certain charm about % that works for me.

ANTHRAX – “Stomp 442” (1995)
Because: One that gets flamed to hell and back as one of their worst efforts. I don’t agree as much, mainly because of the Bush factor, but also the cleaner guitar production afforded to Scott Ian. Flame on if you wish….

DISMEMBER – “Where Ironcrosses Grow” (2004)
Because: Seen as somewhat of a return to form after 00’s Hate Campaign. WICG is a reminder of what Dismember is all about – Old school Swedish Death Metal. Ruthless. Trademarked. Faithful. Signature.

W.A.S.P – “The Crimson Idol” (1992/93)
Because: For me, the greatest Blackie Lawless creation ever! Must be listened to front to back for pure emotional impact. Also, Franki Banali/Stet Howland on Drrr! Holy Fkk! Proof = Track 10!