Artists-On-Albums: AOA#9 (High Places’ Rob Barber on Cause Of Death)

Rob Barber (High Places) on… Obituary’s Cause Of Death (Roadrunner Records, 1990) As a little kid, I was always attracted to creepy weird elements in pop music that I would hear on the radio. The eerie banshee backing vocals in "Give Me The Night" by George Benson, the really awkward horny sounds underneath the surface of "Wild Boys" by … [Read more...]

Porcupine Tree – The Incident

Over the last twenty years, Porcupine Tree has proven to be quite the unique and eclectic band. They can do anything from catchy pop to prog jams to ominous metal. In a world where artists are either high skilled musicians or simple but great songwriters, Porcupine Tree excel at both, creating some extremely complex music as well as some of the … [Read more...]

Dream Theater – Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Let me preface this review by stating that I truly am a fan of Dream Theater. Since discovering them six years ago, they’ve been a major influence and have served as a gateway to discovering dozens of other bands. Hell, 1999’s Scenes From A Memory is one of my favorite albums ever; it’s simply a masterpiece. That said, they’re newer works have … [Read more...]