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VIDEO THRASHBACK: Voivod – Astronomy Domine (1989)

The first thing I associate with Voivod’s Nothingface is a strange girl’s home. The girl herself wasn’t strange exactly; I only mean I didn’t know her and can’t recall a thing about her. But the house…Her parents’ house…It was a beautiful, ultra-modern place in a neighborhood that will be forever cost-prohibitive to me. I’d never been in a home like it. Haven’t since. It was cavernous, filled with expensive art and kept immaculately clean. I can’t remember how I got there or who I was with other than my friend Danny, the headbangingest bastard I knew [see: Brainwashed]. The girl’s parents were away, of course, and we were spilling beer and dropping ashes all over the place, but the chick didn’t seem to give much of a fuck.

Danny threw the tape in.

I’d heard it before, but things were different this time around. This time, everyone in the room was under the influence of LSD, and “Astronomy Domine” set our minds on fucking fire. It was the early stage of a new transition for me, and I soon embarked upon a journey beyond metal into wider, sometimes weirder realms. My use of LSD had just begun, and it wasn’t long before Metallica jumped the shark and I found myself practicing full-on Beatle worship, mining the Floyd vault, and charging headlong into the then burgeoning, heavy “alternative” scene:  Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Soundgarden and the like. Psychedelicized.

The trip lasted nearly 20 years. (The musical one, not the chemical one.) It was a fine excursion, and my mind was well expanded, but my return to metal a few years ago felt like a return to home. It’s good to be back. My tastes are wider than ever, but because of it, I’m way more stoked by metal now than I was before. I look at it differently than I did when the young metal me was formed, and I can now appreciate the groundbreaking and mind-bending of Nothingface soberly, but with a wizened ear. It’s a wonderful sound.

Mosh On.

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VIDEO THRASHBACK: Gothic Slam – Who Died and Made You God? (1989)

Around 1989, when I was 16 years old, the thrash metal scene was just beginning to wane, but a lot of great thrash albums were released that year nevertheless: Voivod’s Nothingface, Testament’s Practice What You Preach, and Sepultura’s Beneath The Remains to name a few. I believe this was also the year I happened upon a Gothic Slam show at this all ages metal club we had around here then called Devil’s Island. Afterward, my friends and I somehow got invited to the band’s motel room nearby. We were pretty jazzed about it, imagining rock star shit; booze, drugs and babes. At least booze. But we wound up just sitting around in a little room, bored, with this bunch of goofball, working class Jersey dudes, a few of their buddies, and a couple of other hangers-on. No booze (save for maybe a couple of six packs a few guys were sharing), no drugs, and no babes. Just some tinny thrash on a shitty boombox and me feeling awkward, disappointed, and wanting to leave.

But they were nice guys, and quite a bit better at playing thrash than they were at partying hearty. While my rock & roll fantasies went un-lived-up-to, my neck was sore the next day from the headbanging their music induced. Here’s a song from that time which turned out to be the one to take them as far as they were gonna get. The video was in regular rotation on Headbanger’s Ball for awhile, but that was that. They never released another album. Anyway, the video is hilariously terrible, and if you drink every time the titular phrase is sung or shouted (21x in 4 minutes), you’ll be assed before it’s over.
Ready…
Set…

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VIDEO THRASHBACK: Powermad – Nice Dreams (1989)

Okay, these guys look like Bon Jovi, but Minnesota’s Powermad were thrash innovators, melding the usual speed and crunch with a little pop songcraft and lots of melody. They looked like posers, and the melodic approach made us teenage purists a bit suspicious, but the power of the music just couldn’t be denied. Between 1986 and 1990, they released two EPs and one full-length, had a cameo in David Lynch’s Wild at Heart, then dropped off the metal map completely. They emerged from a 20-year slumber just last month with a new song called “Souls Descending“, which is pretty good, but this is Video Thrashback, so here’s a killer track from their 1989 album, Absolute Power.

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VIDEO THRASHBACK: Nuclear Assault – Brainwashed (1988)

I was first turned on to Nuclear Assault by a good friend of mine back in the day who I’ll call Danny (‘cause that’s his name). He loved this song. Danny was a true metalhead. He ate and drank the shit. He also drank an impressive amount of alcohol, and was the only eighth-grader my friends and I knew who could drink a fifth of Southern Comfort without dying. We had a lot of good times, and he introduced me to a lot of great extreme metal that I might not have heard otherwise. I was into the Big 4 and all that, but it was through Danny that I first heard scarier bands like Venom, Death, Kreator, and Voivod. I remember sitting up in his cramped, attic bedroom listening to these cassettes, sweltering in the mid-summer heat, having my mind blown by all this crazy, fucked-up music. They were some of the best times of my young life.

Unfortunately, Danny became a hopeless drug addict for a long time. He got clean before he wound up dead, but now he’s a super Jesus-y, creationist godbot, which is only marginally better if it is at all. And it’s both in fond memory of the transcendent metal moments we shared, and in disgust at the Christ cult taking advantage of his fragile state to claim his mind that I dedicate this Video Thrashback to him.

Mosh on.

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VIDEO THRASHBACK: Sacred Reich – Ignorance (1987)

As headbanging whippersnappers in the late 80s, thrash metal had me and my friends by the balls. Long hair, jeans with the knees ripped out, Ride the Lightning tees, and contempt for authority are some of the first things that come to mind when I think of middle school and high school. That and skipping class to smoke the tiny, two-dollar doobies we’d buy with our lunch money…

I mentioned once before in a post here that I drifted away from metal for a long while. My return began when I decided to throw on some of that old thrash stuff to work out to. Boy, did it sound great. I started to wonder why I stopped listening in the first place. First it was the upper-tier bands like Slayer, Metallica, and Testament. That  jogged my memory and led me to go deeper with stuff like Death Angel, Kreator, and Flotsam and Jetsam. Before I knew it, metal, old and new, dominated my iPod.

Busting out those neglected favorites helped reignite the passion I once had for the music, and primed me for the unparalleled aural assaults of today’s extreme metal. With Video Thrashback, I pay tribute to those pioneering bands of my youth by letting their music and videos speak for themselves.

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