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Album reviews by Josh Hogan


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Metallica - Load

1996 Elektra

When I first heard this album, I didn't believe it was Metallica. It sounded like Hetfield singing for some "alternative rock" band. I was like "what the hell is this?"... had Metallica sold out? It's a matter of opinion; I think they just changed (for the worse). Bottom line is I might have liked this album if it wasn't Metallica, but I expected more from these Bay City Rockers. These guys were once the world's heaviest band, but now they're nothing more than "alternative rock".

GRADE D
Fav. Track - "House That Jack Built"


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Marilyn Manson - Portrait of an American Family

1994 Nothing Records

There's not enough nice things I can say about this album. It's good old "American" rock n roll music. As "American" as apple pie. As "American" as Marilyn Manson himself. This album is so much better than the 2 which followed, Smells Like Children and Antichrist Superstar. Back then, Manson wasn't about being the Antichrist. Don't get me wrong, I still like some of the tracks on AS, but I find it reminds me too much of NIN. PoaAF is about killing your parents, molesting kids, and eating candy, just like the "American way".

GRADE B+
Fav. Tracks - "Sweet Tooth", "Get Your Gunn"


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Ministry - the Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste

1989 Sire/Warner Records
Will these dreams still follow me
Out of dark obscurity
Can't you see up in the sky
As it kicks you in the face and sucks you dry

With lyrics like this, who wouldn't love Ministry? These guys rock. This was the first album I heard by Jorgenson and Barker (the Dynamic Duo). It's a good album, and it's amazing how these 2 could write such a fantastic industrial album after With Sympathy (Ministry's first album... they were brit pop) If you've heard and enjoyed Land of Rape and Honey or Psalm 69, you need to check this one out, too.

GRADE B
Fav. Track - "Burning Inside"


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