January 4, 2013 by Kriscinda Lee Everitt
This week’s Free For All Friday is all metal, because, I just don’t get enough metal into my posts during the week. There is no rhyme nor reason to this list*, so let’s just do this alphabetically.
Autopsy formed in 1987; this song is from their 1991 album, Mental Funeral. Founding member Chris Reifert played drums on Death‘s debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, in 1987. I mention that because Death is also awesome.
Dissection was formed in Strömstad, Sweden in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt, who was, unfortunately, a douche. Nödtveidt did ten years hard time for killing a gay man in 1995. That absolutely makes him a douche. When he got out, he reformed Dissection. In 2006, Nödtveidt shot himself inside a circle of lit candles. He had stated previously that a Satanist takes himself out at his peak. Presumably, he thought he was at his peak, which is a sad, sad thing. Honestly, I don’t know which of these facts is the douchiest thing about him: that he thought killing gay folks was neato, that he offed himself at his “peak,” or that he did it in a circle of candles, which might be the most cheeseball, unmetal thing I’ve ever heard. Whatever the case, none of this makes Dissection suck. Dissection, in fact, was awesome. Whatchagonnado?
Exhorder is a NoLa band, formed in 1985. This is the title track for their 1990 album. Broke up in ’92, reformed in 2008. They are bitchin’—enough said.
Obituary: Florida death metal, started in 1984 (as Executioner, or Xecutioner). This is from their 1990 album, Cause of Death. Here’s another little Death connection: James Murphy played lead on this album; James Murphy played with Death on the Spiritual Healing album that same year.
Sadus is a thrash band for Cali, formed in 1984. Last Death connection: Steven Digiorgio was one of the founding four of Sadus; he played bass on Death‘s Human (1991) and Individual Thought Patterns (1993). (He also has links with Autopsy and Obituary).
Vacant Grave is a death/thrash band from Missouri. Formed in 1982, they released their first demo in ’86. They’ve toured with a lot of big bands. I dig ’em.
* I realized after I started going through and adding little bits of info that there was a distinct Death-related thread running through some of the list. That was an accident. \m/
Bonus: If you click on Pat Robertson above, you will go to a hilarious blog post that can be quoted as such: “Although Ozzy denies being a “Satanist,” this photo clearly exposes him as a liar. Every witch and Satanist knows exact who pan is, and so does Ozzy!” You are welcome.