Oh, the early 90s. That’s when Music Television actually played music videos instead of some stupid reality tv shows. And the most interesting MTV show for me (and many other metal maniacs) was Headbanger’s Ball that was shown every Monday night between 1 and 3 o’clock. Oh, and Vanessa Warwick, who was a synonym for a hot female metal lady. Monday was usually a school day for me, so I always taped the show on VHS. That was our YouTube of the early 90s. You could basically see anything on that show. Or at least good metal videos and bad metal videos.
1. The Gathering: King for a Day. Most metalheads and headbangers remember this band from their Anneke van Giersbergen era (1994-2007). Their first album ‘Always…‘ (1992) was an interesting album. There was something really new to me: having keyboards and keyboards while playing extreme doom/death metal and growling your brains out. I almost forgot this band after their horrible, horrible second album ‘Almost a Dance‘. But fortunately, they got Anneke in the band in 1994, and ‘Mandylion’ was (and still is) a true masterpiece. And it’s a good thing Anneke and The Gathering are still doing well and rocking.
2. Death: Lack of Comprehension. I think this was the first Death video I ever saw. Chuck Schuldiner wasn’t just a death metal musician. He loved traditional heavy metal and it can be heard on this song. This isn’t traditional Floridan death metal of the early 90s. This could even be a precursor to melodic death metal and surely was one of the first progressive death metal bands ever. In the early 90s, I preferred ‘Individual Thought Patterns‘ over ‘Human’ but nowaways, I think ‘Human’ might just be the beast Death album, and specially the brand new, remixed version of the album. RIP Chuck, the world won’t forget you!
3. Carcass: Incarnated Solvent Abuse. Now, this video was funny. Me and my “metal school mates” used to call this “the plastic bag video”. Heavy, really heavy but still some tongue-in-cheek attitude. ‘Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious’ was a good death metal album but it was the next album ‘Heartwork’ that blew my mind. The best melodic death metal album ever? Could be, could be. I just don’t know if I want them to make another album. It would probably turn out to be a disappointment to many. But on the other hand, it could be a great album, too. Fortunately things like this are not up to me.
Ok, everybody back to the 2010s now. At ease!