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Use Your Illusion II
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 September, 1991)
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Had Use Your Illusion II been combined with Use Your Illusion I, keeping only the best material while dropping the filler, it would have been one of the best rock albums ever recorded. Instead, great songs like "Civil War," "14 Years," "Estranged," and "So Fine" compete with the inexcusable "Get in the Ring" and the well-intentioned but off-target cover of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." There's no point to the second version of "Don't Cry," either. On the other hand, when Guns N' Roses were good, they were very, very good, and some of the material on this album is unsurpassable. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

Reviews (147)

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than use your illusion 1
Use your illusion one was classic and had amazing songs but i think this album is even better- this is tied with appetite for destruction as one of my favorite rock/metal albums.
Review of album
1.Civil War-amazing 5 out of 5 stars/my favorite song on album probably
2.14 years-great song/4.5 stars
3.Yesterdays-4.3 stars
4.Knockin on heaven's door- classic/5 out of 5 stars
5.Get in the ring-4.5 stars
6.Shotgun Blues- 4 stars
7.Breakdown-3.5 stars
8.Pretty tied up-3.5 stars

9.Locomotive-4 stars
10.So fine-4 stars
11.Estranged- great song and video/5 out of 5 stars- tied with civil war as my favorite song
12.You could be mine-4.3 stars
13.Dont Cry-5 out of 5 stars
14.My world- 4 stars
Overall great album with essential classic songs/Recomended

5-0 out of 5 stars The Illusion project
While some argue over which Use Your Illusion album is better, in reality there both well matched, I cant decide which is the winner of the 2. And there both kick ass rock n roll albums. If youre going to purchase one of the Illusion albums then you have to get both for the complete experience. But if youre relativley new to Guns N' Roses then I highly recommened th original Appetite For Destruction for the best start. But anyways Illusion 2 is a great album. Its got all the nessecary items. Civil War, Shotgun Blues, You Could Be Mine, 14 years, and Pretty Tied Up, are the more heavy songs, while Knockin On Heavens Door, So Fine, Estranged, and the alternate lyrics of Dont Cry will be the more emotional ones but still keeping the rock n roll groove. (In my opinion the original lyrics for dont cry are better, but its still good)To me Breakdown and Yesterdays are just average, but still worth the listen. The only track I could care less about is My World, if its even a song. And a word of caution, STAY AWAY from the mix of both album, It doesnt give you the whole experience, only the hit songs, and you'll be missing out on so much. So go pick up your opy of both Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 and I can guarantee you wont be dissapointed. Definetley worth a listen. G'.N'F.'nR.'s

5-0 out of 5 stars Even better than Use Your Illusion 1!
Use Your Illusion II, continues the experments and open formula of Use Your Illusion I.Some of Axl's best singing and writing is on display here."Civil War",14 Years,Yesterdays,and a cover of Knocking on Heaven's Door, make for a killer first half of the album. There is also an alternate take of Don't Cry, as well as a goofy attack on some of the critics that gave Axl bad reviews, "Get in the Ring". If you own Use Your Illusion I, II is essential for you. ... Read more

Asin: B000000OSG


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Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
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Having previously released no less than four boxed repackages of their studio output, Led Zeppelin may well be the band who made redundancy redundant. Well,surprise! They've done it again. Culled from the band's first four albums by Jimmy Page himself (as if a fourth-grader with an FM radio would have been hard-pressed), this collection captures Page and company's blues-riff-ripping prime, relieved only by the folksy "Battle of Evermore" and the song that made Skynyrd's "Free Bird" (almost) tolerable, the ubiquitous "Stairway to Heaven." Strung end-to-end, this is pretty heady stuff, and a great introduction to Zep's core early work for anyone who's spent the last couple of decades hangin' with Gilligan and the Skipper. The rest of us may just grumble and fast-forward to the previously unreleased 1969 live video clip of "Communication Breakdown." The package includes a 24-page booklet with many rare photos. -Jerry McCulley ... Read more

Reviews (137)

5-0 out of 5 stars Despite missing tracks, this is a mindblowing album.
I'm going to start off this review by saying that I'm not going to waste your time by complaining about mssing tracks. Look, if you want every freaking song, buy the complete studio recordings box set! I am, however, going to tell you that this is an incredible greatest hits collection. If you want other songs, I'd reccomend buying Zeppelin I-IV, but if you can l ive without a couple of good songs, buy this album and you won't be disappointed. The album spans almost all of Led Zeppelin's tracks, only leaving out Misty Mountain Hop, Ramble On, and a few others. The music on this album is nothing short is incredible. It is the kind of music you can bang your head, or even mosh to on some songs, but you can also lay back and enjoy the sheer beautiful musicianship of Plant and Co. best demonstrated on this album. So buy the album, and let the original voice of Robert Plant, the shredding guitar work of Jimmy Page, the catchy grooves of John Paul Jones, and the great beats of John Bonham bring you musical enjoyment. I have also made an individual tracks review.

Good Times, Bad Times- 7/10 - A great song, though not one that would stand out, but has a very good guitar solo.

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You- 9/10 - One of my personal favourites off the album, with beautiful acoustic guitar work in the beginning before being taken over by heavy electric guitar work.

Dazed and Confused- 10/10 - Another personal favourite off the album. The song has a catchy groove all throughout that you can rock your head to slowly, and a heavy riff also. John Bonham shines above the rest of the band with his advanced drumwork on this cut.

Communication Breakdown- 7/10 - Another song that is good but not great. The song just does not capture my attention, but the song is worth a good seven stars.

Whole Lotta Love- 7/10 - Once again, good but not great, though probably better than the above song. The song could have been made a bit better, and the minute long psychadelic bit could have been cut too, as I'm sure that part is mainly directed to those with a joint in hand.

What is and What Should Never Be- 7/10 - A more jazzy song than the others. Not a song that really stood out to my tastes. And I can assure you there won't be anymore 'good but not great' songs in the review.

Immigrant Song- 9/10 - This song has a constant groove that you can rock your head to throuhghout the whole song. A short song, but one of my favorites.

Since I've Been Loving You- 10/10 - A great, bluesy song, with a beautiful mysterious feeling to it. Jimmy Page is incredible on this song.

Black Dog- 8/10 - An energetic rock song with very catchy riffs. Though they are written by John Paul Jones, the riffs in this song are awesome.

Rock And Roll- 8/10 - A song with an energetic, relentless beat.

The Battle of Evermore- 8/10 - Catchy, but also strange and mysterious, with mystifying guitar work.

When the Levee Breaks- 10/10 - A song with all around great performance by the whole band. A catchy groove.

Stairway to Heaven- 10/10 - An incredible song, with beautiful acoustic work before being taken over by a raunchy overdriven riff. What is there to say? It's Stairway!

5-0 out of 5 stars LED ZEPPELIN RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This album really get the greatest songs...althought i must say Led Zeppelin's early days had so many more great songs its hard to fit it all on one cd...but this is great... Babe im gonna leave you- a great beat wonderful song my words cant describe it!! Since ive been lovin you- the best songs ever by Led Zeppelin it is so wonderful i almost have a heart attack when i listen to it... those would be my 2 favorite songs...but as the others go When the levey breaks, Battle of evermore, Good times bad times, and stairway to heaven are also great songs. I do love this album and i would tell ne 1 to buy it if you like 70s rock.. LED ZEPPELIN IS THE BEST GROUP OF ALL TIME...

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
I don't see why everybody loves this stupid compilation so much. It leaves out so many of their great music and focues way too much on radio hits. Where is "How Many More Times", "The Lemon Song", "Ramble On", "Gallows Pole", "Friends", "Bring It On Home", and "Misty Mountain Hop". What really gets me is everybody loves "Stairway To Heaven" so much. That song has been overplayed to death and I am downright sick of it. I skip over it every single time.
I would have made this a 2 disk compilation and had it look something like this:

DISK 1:
1.Good Times, Bad Times
2.Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
3.You Shook Me
4.Dazed And Confused
5.Communication Breakdown
6.I Can't Quit You Baby
7.How Many More Times
8.Whole Lotta Love
9.What Is And What Should Never Be
10.The Lemon Song
11.Heartbreaker
12.Ramble On
13.Living Loving Maid(She's Just A Woman)
14.Bring It On Home

DISK 2:
1.Immigrant Song
2.Friends
3.Celebration Day
4.Since I've Been Loving You
5.Gallows Pole
6.Out On The Tiles
7.Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
8.Black Dog
9.Rock N Roll
10.The Battle Of Evermore
11.Stairway To Heaven(Really shouldn't be on here, but everyone
would complain if it wasn't)
12.Misty Mountain Hop
13.Going To Calfornia
14.When The Levee Breaks

Once again the best way to get a complete Led Zeppelin collection is to buy all of their albums including "Coda" and their new live album "How The West Was Won". Do not was your time with this dumb compilation. ... Read more

Asin: B00002SSRG


We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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An excellent introduction for one of the bands that set the standard for heavy metal. We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll features the original lineup of Black Sabbath, including Ozzy Osbourne on vocals; the songs are selected from the band's recordings up through 1975. The album features several classic songs, several of which are still on rock radio play lists: "Paranoid," "War Pigs," "Iron Man," and the ballad "Changes." There's also the humorous "Fairies Wear Boots," the vaguely psychedelic "Am I Going Insane," and the dark, macabre "Black Sabbath" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath." Most Sabbath fans will already have the albums from which the songs on this collection are taken. However, for the listener new to Sabbath, it's the perfect place to start. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

Reviews (66)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fine Collection of Legendary Hits
If you are a fan of metal, any kind, you must own this. This is the band to which every metal band (even Metallica, legends in their own rights) can trace its roots. You've got the big, famous songs, such as "Iron Man", "War Pigs", and "Black Sabbath", as well as some people may not know, such as "Am I Going Insane" and "Tomorrow's Dream". You would have to buy six albums to get all of these great songs, and well, that wouldn't be a bad idea, but this is a cheaper and easier way to do it. Any Sabbath fan can think of at least one song of theirs that should be on here but isn't ("Electric Funeral" and "Sabbra Cadabra" are two that jump to mind), but there is otherwise not a greater collection of songs from this time period. Even Led Zeppelin doesn't compare. If you are new to Sabbath, or just never bought any of their stuff, you must buy this immediately. Get it, take it in your car, put it on in the school parking lot to drown out the rap and Korn, cuz this is true metal, baby! Hail the masters!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the casual fan on a budget
One of the great rock bands in history is, without doubt, Black Sabbath. Many people have called these guys the original heavy metal band, and their music is nothing short of excellent. Recently, this compilation of the original line-up's biggest hits arrived in stores. Read on for my review of the compilation.

PROS:
-If you're the casual Sabbath fan and you don't want to shell out the extra cash for the dual-disc Symptom Of The Universe compilation, this is an excellent altrnative. All the big hits are here.
-It's easy to find in stores
-It's affordable

CONS:
-Let's face the facts - as good as these songs are, a single disc of Sabbath could never be enough
-Way too much focus on the early stuff, not enough on the band's latter years with Ozzy
-It only features classic line-up stuff, so there's no Dio-era material here.

OVERALL:
Despite my complaints, this is an excellent compilation if you're a casual, budget-minded fan of Black Sabbath. Though not perfect, it's an excellent introduction to the rock legends.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Place to Start if you want to get into Sabbath
It may not be anything special to a hardcore Sabbath fan, but if your new to the band and would like find a spot to start in their wide collection of albums We sold our souls for rock and roll is what your looking for! It contains all of Black Sabbath's most famous songs from 1970-1975. The only thing that could have been improved on this compilation Is perhaps a different song from Sabotage instead of Am I going Insane, The song really is out of place on the album. ... Read more

Asin: B000002KGA


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Ozzman Cometh
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 November, 1997)
list price: $17.98
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Reviews (94)

3-0 out of 5 stars So-so compilation that could have been better.
THE OZZMAN COMETH could have been alot better - first of all, the Black Sabbath basement tapes sound terrible (what was Ozzy thinking?), plus there are so many good songs left off like "Flying High Again", "Perry Mason" and "See You On The Other Side", and also, I don't like the the edit of "No More Tears". But it doesn't matter, 'cause Sony is releasing the 2-CD ESSENTIAL OZZY OSBOURNE on Jan. 28, 2003. I haven't seen the track list yet, but here's what I think should be on it:

CD 1
1. Crazy Train
2. Goodbye To Romance
3. Mr. Crowley
4. I Don't Know
5. Suicide Solution
6. Over The Mountain
7. Flying High Again
8. You Can't Kill Rock And Roll
9. Believer
10. Diary Of A Madman
11. Paranoid (LIVE w/Randy Rhoads)
12. Bark At The Moon
13. The Ultimate Sin
14. Shot In The Dark
15. Miracle Man
16. Crazy Babies

CD 2
1. No More Tears
2. Mama, I'm Coming Home
3. Time After Time
4. Road To Nowhere
5. I Don't Want To Change The World (LIVE)
6. Perry Mason
7. I Just Want You
8. See You On The Other Side
9. Tommorrow
10. Walk On Water
11. Back On Earth
12. Gets Me Through
13. Dreamer
14. Iron Man (LIVE)

1-0 out of 5 stars The Ozzman Killeth His Career
Released in 2002, The Ozzman Cometh was the first compilation available to the mass public for Ozzy Osbourne's solo career and a reissue of 1997's The Ozzman Cometh featuring newly remastered tracks(That means it sucks!).

OK Ozzy, we get it! Just because you don't want to pay up to your original band members doesn't mean "Re-Recording" all of your original albums with new bandmates so you don't have to dole out a few dollars in the millions you have! And of course, Ozzy re-releases his Ozzman Cometh hit set because it contained the original songs, so he had to destroy all these songs for the new re-issue of the Ozzman Cometh with his incapable band. How the mighty have fallen! A combination of Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne's solo career, this compilation spans over 20 years of material in 15 songs. Is 15 songs enough to cover one of the most popular heavy metal artists of all time? Read on to find out!

PROS-
IT'S OZZY YAY!- Ozzy is one of the most memorable Heavy Metal artists of all time, and this album has Ozzy on it. Therefore, that's all I have to say good about this album!

CONS-(PRE-HEATED TV DINNERS HAVE LESS THAN THIS)
-BLACK SABBATH MATERIAL IS SERIOUSLY MISJUDGED-If you are going to put Black Sabbath material on here, I think you would need more than three songs to do so. Ozzy made a serious error when he decided to put Black Sabbath material on here, as too many songs are missing, most notably "N.I.B.", "Iron Man", "The Wizard", and many more. If we wanted Black Sabbath, Ozzy, we wouldn't be looking here would we?!
-BLACK SABBATH MATERIAL SOUNDS TERRIBLE-For some reason, Ozzy decided to put the early "Basement Tape" versions of the first two Black Sabbath songs, and the sound quality is simply terrible. The only way you would get any enjoyment out of these songs is if you were seriously drunk or mentally challenged. The other Black Sabbath song, a live take on "Paranoid" from the album Tribute stands as one of the only good songs on The Ozzman Cometh.
-ALL THE TRACKS AREN'T EVEN THE ORIGINALS EXCEPT A SELECT FEW-All the songs from before the album No Rest For The Wicked are all new "Re-Mastered" versions Ozzy has done with his new band, so all the songs you hear are not the originals at all, but just a bunch of tribute songs! Also, No More Tears is edited for some unknown reason!
-THE LAST TWO TRACKS ARE NOT IMPRESSIVE- The previously unreleased track "Back On Earth" and "I Just Want You" from Ozzmosis catch Ozzy in his creative decline where guitars are less significant than the overdone synthesizers. I'm okay with synths, but Ozzy just way overdoes it. Not his best work!
-WHERE IS "FLYING HIGH AGAIN"?WTF!-Without a doubt, along with "Crazy Train", "Flying High Again" has to be my favorite Ozzy songs, and since it's a MAJOR radio staple its abscense here is unforgiveable, but at least you don't have to hear the terrible edited version of it!
-WHERE IS "I DON'T KNOW" AND "SHOT IN THE DARK"?WTF!-Without a doubt, "I Don't Know" and "Shot In the Dark" are two of Ozzy's biggest hits, so their abscense escapes reason! Why put "Goodbye To Romance" on here, which is not very famous, instead of the radio staple "I Don't Know"? The reason "Shot In the Dark" isn't on here is because Ozzy doesn't like the album Ultimate Sin, of which its from, but still it should be on a Greatest Hits package even if Ozzy doesn't like it!
-"I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD" LIVE ISN'T THAT GOOD!- Why put an inferior version of a good song? This version pales in comparison to the studio version off No More Tears, and I don't see why Ozzy makes us suffer through a live track!
-TOO EXPENSIVE!-Even if Amazon says it only costs 15 Dollars, at most stores this collection costs almost 20 Dollars, and that's a complete rip-off! For 15 terrible tracks, you shouldn't have to pay a rip-off price!
-SEEMS LIKE AN AFTERTHOUGHT COMPARED TO THE ESSENTIAL OZZY OSBOURNE!-That collection has a much better track list and it has the original recordings of all the songs, so The Ozzman Cometh is looks like dog crap in comparison! That collection is also much better, and will only cost you a few more dollars than this travesty!

Overall, this is a terrible compilation that only has about 4 tracks that have been unaltered, while all the rest have been changed and tainted with. Ommisions of songs like "I Don't Know", "Flying High Again", and "Shot In the Dark" make this collection incomplete, as those songs are some of his biggest hits. This was the first taste of Ozzy for me, and I almost didn't get any of his other stuff because this collection stunk so much. Thank god I picked up an original remastering of Blizzard of Ozz! Even the 1997 issue of The Ozzman Cometh is lacking, as it has "Shot In the Dark" yet doesn't have the other songs I wanted including "Miracle Man".

NOT RECOMMENDED! EVEN IF YOU ARE A CASUAL FAN, THIS COMPILATION IS TERRIBLE! IF YOU WANT TO GET INTO OZZY, BUY BLIZZARD OF OZZ OR DIARY OF A MADMAN, AS THOSE ARE MUCH BETTER STARTS THAN THIS CRAP! IF YOU REALLY ONLY WANT A GREATEST HITS PACKAGE, CHECK OUT THE ESSENTIAL OZZY OSBOURNE! DON'T GET THIS, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT YOU TO GET THE WRONG IMPRESSION OF OZZY LIKE I DID! Thanks for Reading!

3-0 out of 5 stars Coulda Been Better
I feel a little guilty that I only rated one of Ozzy's albums 3 stars, but on his first greatest hits there is so much to be desired. The track listing should have been like this:

Crazy Train
Mr Crowley
I Don't Know
Flying High Again
You Can't Kill Rock N Roll
Bark at The Moon
Center Of Eternity
Shot In The Dark
Ultimate Sin
Lightning Strikes
Miracle Man
Fire In The Sky
Crazy Babies
Mama Im Comin' Home
No More Tears
Desire
Perry Mason
Tommorrow

Now THAT would be a hard-wallopin' Ozzy collection. There is just so much missin here. You are better off getting all of Ozzy's albums. ... Read more

Asin: B00000I576
Sales Rank: 97095


Reign In Blood
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 August, 1998)
list price: $16.98
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No one has bettered the ferocity, pace, and brutal power of this 28-minute 10-song set. Guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King fire out of the gate with the infamous "Angel of Death" and don't take a respite until the fifth cut, "Jesus Saves." And that breather lasts all of 30 seconds. Winding like a mutant Paganini piece, "Postmortem"'s hook is so inescapable that even metal neophytes will find it irresistible. Superbly sequenced and wonderfully executed, this favorite of producer Rick Rubin stands as the most extreme album in thrash-metal history. --Steffan Chirazi ... Read more

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Reviews (389)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful brutality...
Brutal is the only word that can accurately describe this album. Reign In Blood almost single handedly inspired the genre of death metal on the American side of the Atlantic, which is a testament to how heavy this album is. Even by today's standards, this is one extremely heavy album, which goes to show how it sounded back in 1986. Slayer's first 2 albums only hinted at their potential, but Reign In Blood was the one that brought that potential out in full force, and in very convincing fashion. While most will dismiss Reign In Blood as merely a wall of noise, one needs to truly appreciate the thrash style to decipher all that makes this album a classic. The musicianship on this album is absolutely amazing. No band could possibly top this record because no band can play that damn fast and still be precise, a quality that makes Slayer one of my favorite bands. The lyrics are a mixed bag. Some of the songs are very convincing, while others come off as being a little silly at times, but despite this, there are no weak tracks to be found. The total package, however, is an undisputed classic. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman are in top form on this record, busting out punishing and memorable riffs that they've never been able to top, especially on tracks like "Angel Of Death" and "Raining Blood." Tom Araya is also at the top of his game vocally, while Dave Lombardo's drumming is flawless, albeit extremely exhausting, even when you aren't trying to replicate his thunderous double kick bass. While future albums would feature better overall lyrical content and others would feature fantastic progressive musical composition, no album can match the total package of Reign In Blood. This album embodies thrash more than Master Of Puppets ever could, which is why I truly believe this album to be the greatest thrash album of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute essential
Reign in Blood is without question one of the best and most important metal albums ever released. This album marks the first Slayer album with Rick Rubin at the helm, and his expertise shows. With Rubin's guidance, Slayer was able to make the fastest and most extreme album ever produced. From the unbelievable riffs of the opening track, the infamous Angel of Death, to the progressive assault of Raining Blood, this album is an absolute assault. The talent of Slayer cannot be denied. Lombardo plays the kit with inhuman precision, while King and Hanneman's dual guitar solos speed along with ruthless aggression. Araya is also in fine form, with some of the most convincing vocals I've ever heard. Here's a rundown of the twelve tracks:

1. Angel of Death: An unbelievable way to start the album. Speeds along at over 200 bpm. The dual solo at the end is absolutely jaw-dropping. 10/10

2. Piece by Piece: The important second track doesn't disappoint. While there aren't any solo's, it's a very good track. 8/10

3. Necrophobic: Un ultra-fast song clocking in at under two minutes. One of my favorites, it's a shame Slayer doesn't play this live often. 10/10

4. Altar of Sacrifice: Another amazing track. Very disturbing lyrics. Tom is very convincing as he yells out "Enter to the realm of Satan!" halfway through. (For the record, none of Slayer are Satanists) 10/10

5. Jesus Saves: Marking a change of pace as Slayer slows down for the intro to this song. I love the build-up to the normal ultra-fast pace of the CD. 10/10

6. Criminally Insane: Another slow-starter, Criminally Insane never really manages to reach the pace of the rest of the album. It is not a bad song however. 8/10

7. Reborn: While the guitar work is simple, the vocals are extremely catchy and well-done. Tom Araya does very well here. 8/10

8. Epidemic: The most underrated song on the album. The song is much more complex structure-wise than most other songs on the album, and the guitars mix it up halfway through. An undiscovered classic. 10/10

9. Postmortem: As the Amazon reviewer mentioned before, Postmortem's hook is unescapeable. The beginning is very catchy, but soon falls into a more traditional structure. This all changes when Tom let's out a blood-curdling scream ("await the final Call!") From here on out, Slayer speeds through to the conclusion. Works best as an intro to Raining Blood. 10/10

10. Raining Blood: A total classic. Taking a more progressive approach than other songs on the album, Raining Blood builds to a ferocious conclusion. A great way to end the album. 10/10

11. (Bonus Track #1) Aggressive Perfector (fast version): Wow. Slayer took an old song and made it much better. A bit more accessible than the rest of the album, this is great song to use to get people interested in Slayer. 10/10

12. (Bonus Track #2) Criminally Insane (remix): In my view the weakest track on the album. I think the album would be better without it, but you can't really complain about a bonus track. 7/10

In conclusion, Reign in Blood is an absolute must. Well-worth your money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Reign-in Money
Just looking through my metal collection, trying to decide what to listen to, and I happened upon this acknowledged classic... and I finally decided to sit down and write about what has always bugged me about this album...or at least this particular issue of it, which has held sway in the catalog for many years now.

In violation of Amazon's "review guidelines" (sorry, Amazon, there's no getting around the fact that price is a legitimate factor in an album review) this review has little to do with the music on this album. It has always surprised me that amid all of the raves about this album, it is seldom, if ever, mentioned, what an unbelievable rip-off this issue of it is. It especially surprises me, when you consider how "anti-commercialism" most extreme metal fans profess to be. Who, at the record label, thought it was a reasonable value to issue a 28-minute album with only two insignificant "bonus" tracks that barely get the total playing time to 35 minutes...AND charge full price for it! Does anyone think this is a rip off, or is this album too much of a "sacred cow" in the annals of metal to mention what a lousy value--and what a glaring example of the music industry at it's consumer-screwing worst--this reissue is! If the label is unable to acquire the rights to one of Slayer's previous albums--such as the Haunting the Chapel EP--to pair with RiB, then they need to reduce the price of this album, accordingly, and get rid of these insultingly lame "bonus tracks." This is a classic example of commerce using the "supply and demand theory" as an excuse to screw the consumer: if it weren't such a metal icon, this EP-length "album"--in fact I have several "extreme metal" EP's longer and cheaper (and btw better) than this--would only be about ten bucks...hell, most Van Halen albums are longer than this (even Diver Down--ouch)! Also, shame on the band, to some degree, for allowing this rip-off to be perpetrated on the fans to whom they are supposedly so appreciative.

If you don't already have this album, buy it used, or have someone "burn" it for you. In its current form, it is not worth full price, "classic metal album" or not. ... Read more

Asin: B000009QPE


Rust in Peace
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 September, 1990)
list price: $11.98
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With Rust in Peace, Megadeth reached musical maturity. While not as slick and stripped-down as their later releases, it does bring the style developed on their earlier albums-basically, high-speed progressive metal-to a high point. Guitarist and singer Dave Mustaine and guitarist Marty Friedman are in fine form here, making technically complex passages sound easy. The lyrics aren't as smooth, but it's almost not worth quibbling over when the music is so good. It's all gut-wrenchingly aggressive, from "Holy Wars" to "Lucretia" to "Five Magics" to "Dawn Patrol," but "Hangar 18" and the title track are two high points, standing above the rest on what is already a fine album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Megadeth-Keeping metal alive in the 90's
Some albums grab you and don't let you go until the disc stops spinning, Megadeth's classic Rust In Peace is one of those albums. Much more complex than their previous efforts, Rust In Peace really showed the complexity of everything Megadeth does. This album has one common theme throughout, the cruelty and unjustice in the government. Many bands have written about corruption of government but none pull it off quite as good as Rust In Peace. Holy Wars...The Punnishment Due and Take No Prisoners discuss the unfairness of war to the citizens and the people fighting, they are forced to fight and then left to die unrecognized. Dawn Patrol and Rust In Peace...Polaris show how pollution is leading to the ultimate destruction of Earth and the life on it. Hangar 18 warns of lies the government is telling us involving alien lifeforms in outer space. Not to mention the other four tracks, each with their own unique theme. Poison Was The Cure features possibly the most complex music on the album, with the slow bass and drum intro changing comletely into an all out speed metal assault. This album is nearly perfect, the only thing keeping it from a four star rating is the quality of the recording, but as far as the music goes, this is an unstoppable record. From the first chords of Holy Wars to the last scream of Polaris, Rust in Peace is an all out thrash metal assault.

5-0 out of 5 stars RUST IN PEACE
My 2nd favorite thrash record ever, only slightly behind Peace Sells which is the true master of thrash. The guitar work on this album is nothing short of brilliance. Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman are the best guitar duo there is. David Ellefson gets to show of his talent in Five Magics, Poison was the cure and Dawn Patrol. Nick Menza is one of the best drummers I have ever heard and his best work is on this album. Bassically this album is a chance to show off the brilliant musicianship Megadeth has, from shredding solos to killer riffs. From pounding bass lines to beating double bass drums, Rust in Peace stands in a class of it's own in the metal world. I only prefer Peace Sells over this because of it's dark vibe. Every song on PSBWB flows perfectly into the next. I just feel it is put together better than Rust In Peace. So if you want the best Megadeth check out Peace Sells but I assure you Rust In Peace is awesome to. Just buy any Megadeth album wheather it be this, PSBWB, SFSGSW, KIMBABIG, CTE, YOUTH, CTE, ect. VIC Rattlehead rules the world!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Megadave's best work
let me start off by saying that i have been a long time megadeth fan and i find them more appealing than metallica even though i'm huge fan of metallica's old stuff only i have to admit that Mustaine's vocals arn't great but hey his skills make up for that little defect. this album displays the work of 2 awsome guitarist who don't hog as much popularity as Hetfield and Hammet who receive so much credit as a guitar duo one of the only things that seriously pisses me off is that fact that they call this megadeth' highly overrated album i think that's just stupidity since every band has to release a masterpiece at some point in their careers that everyone talks about there's that and that fact that some people B!#%h about something that is overrated but then if a good band's material goes unseen and uncredited they B!#%h that other more respected bands get more attention while the other band doesn't get squat for their efforts in an underrated album... the only thing other thing have to say is that basically only true metal fans are able to appreciate work like this so go out and buy this album if you're one of those people you won't be disappointed MEGADETH KICKS (...)!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

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...And Justice For All
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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This record has so much good material that it's a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica's most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. "One" is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It's the epic of the album, but all of the songs are long, displaying impressive chops and songwriting. Metallica took a commercial turn after ...And Justice for All, and it's interesting to speculate on what would have happened to their music had they continued in the direction suggested by this album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars bad production stops this masterpiece cold
This album tried to take 1986's Master of Puppets one step further by looking at our corrupt justice system and other typical Heavy Metal topics: Insanity, rebellion...etc. And Metallica, considered by many (not me) to be the best band ever, comes out swinging. "Blackened" in Battery revisited, with scorching guitars and classic Metallica arrangment. However, once you get past the speed at which this album starts out, you notice one thing (well, at least I did) There's no bass. I pumped the bass up to the max on my stereo and still I couldn't hear anything, save for the occasional weak bass trying to work its way into the riffs every once in awhile. The result is that a lot of the songs, though well arranged, come off sounding thin and watery, without the punch that good bass brings to a song. I honestly don't know if Jason Newsted even showed up to the recordings. The production is crap, and it's a shame becuase it ruined whatever hopes this album had to be "best ever" status. Still, "Justice" does boast songs like "One" and "Dyer's Eve", great Metallica and a great effort. Buy this album, and just pretend there is some bass :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's most elaborate, experimental, & angry work.
Despite the poor production on And Justice for All, this stands out as Metallica's most complex album, and my personal favorite from the band. Most of the songs on And Justice for All are extremely long, but thats certainly not a bad thing when when you're dealing with Metallica. All the songs go through elaborate stages, changing up the tempo & mood constantly. It's very impressive just to sit back & listen to. Whether they're playing speed-metal, pounding you with some slow steady riffs, throwing in some acoustic parts, or going off on a classic, thrashy guitar solo, its all done very well on And Justice for All. This album has an epic vibe to it, and it has two of the best songs ever written by the band. There's "One" or course, widely considered to be the bands best song, and then there's "To Live is to Die", an emotional instrumental tribute to Cliff Burton. That song is simply breathtaking. The rest of the album is outstanding as well. James's lyrics on this album are the most meaningful he's ever written, shouting out against various injustices concerning the government. This is also the band's most passionate & angry album as well, as they vent from pain & sorrow of losing their close friend & bass player Cliff Burton. While Master of Puppets overall may be considered Metallica's best album, personally I like And Justice for All more because of its raw & angry sound. Its much less polished than Master of Puppets & plus its has "One" & "To Live is to Die" which are my two favorite Metallica songs. So you can complain about the poor production & nearly inaudible bass on And Justice for All, but Metallica fans cannot deny that the actual music on the album is among the band's most experimental, progressive, & best work.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 *
1. Blackened 5/5
2. ...And Justice for All 6/5
3. Eye of the Beholder 4/5
4. One 100/5
5. Shortest Straw 3/5
6. Harvester of Sorrow 3/5
7. Frayed Ends of Sanity 4/5
8. To Live Is to Die 4.9/5 too long
9. Dyers Eve 4/5

almost every song starts off the same way, but other than that, a very good album.

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Use Your Illusion I
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 September, 1991)
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Part one of Guns N' Roses' ambitious second album is arguably the better of the two. It certainly rocks harder, though this seems to be more coincidence than anything else; which songs went on which CD looks to have been a random selection. Use Your Illusion I stays closer to the band's bluesy hard-rock roots, with guitarist Izzy Stradlin contributing some of the best songs, including "Dust N' Bones" and "You Ain't the First." "November Rain" (clocking in at over nine minutes) became an instant classic, and there are a fair number of straight-ahead rockers, such as "Perfect Crime," "Don't Damn Me," and "Garden of Eden." Taking the best from this album and Use Your Illusion II would have made a killer single CD, but there's enough good stuff here to make it worthwhile. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars There's no illusion, this is great music
There are many debates as to which is the better Illusion album and I'd have to say I still haven't really decided after all these years. There are great songs on both and also a few average ones as well. Overall however this is a sensational album. The mega hit Don't Cry and the probably a bit too long November Rain are contained within. Some other brilliant songs on this one are Live and Let Die a remake of the James Bond classic theme song. Bad Apples with a bit of a Redneck theme in the intro. Don't Damn Me is also pretty good. Perfect Crime and Double Talkin' Jive are good but tarnished by a bit of pointless out of place swearing that seems to be on there for no reason other then to say we're bad or something. Coma is a bit stupid but You Ain't the First and Right Next Door to Hell are up there with the best. Dust N' Bones, Dead Horse and The Garden are also worth listening to.

The lyrics are included in the CD booklet and overall this isn't a bad album and contains some sensational songs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great album, but II's better
The Use your Illusions albums are tough to figure out. It's obvious that the band is split on what musical direction to take: Izzy Stradlin wants to keep the band rooted to it's hard rock roots, Axl Rose wants to use the musical genius we all knew he had to create serious epic art. (Slash doesn't give a damn as long as he can jam.) It would have been better to divide the albums between the two ambitions, put Stradlin's influences completley on 1 and Axl's on II. As is, 1 is more Izzy's album. Songs like Dust n Bones and Double-talkin Jive (Stradlin-sung)compliment the full-throttle rockers like Right Next Door to Hell, Garden of Eden, and Perfect Crime. Axl Rose contributes his share with the nothing-short-of-beautiful November Rain and proves he can still rock by penning Dead Horse. This album has much more weak material than UYI II however, Stradlin's You Ain't the First sounds like a Lies reject, II's version of Don't Cry is more meaningful, and Live and Let Die is a cover they never shoud've attempted. If you have to pick only one Illusion CD, go for II, even though November Rain is almost worth the money by itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars great follow up to Appetite and Lies!
With the real follow up to Appetite for Destruction, GnR stretches the formula out a bit. There are a lot of great rockers like the opener "Right Next Door to Hell",ballads like "Don't Cry" and "November Rain", with the later being different than their previous ballads and longer than must of the other tracks being about 9 minutes. There is also a cover of Wings "Live and Let Die". Use Your Illusion 1 is an excellent follow up to the classic "Appetite for Destruction".Axl and the boys open up their hard rock formula a bit, and try some different styles. ... Read more

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Attack of the Killer B's
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 June, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential collection of high-quality rarities
Anthrax with Joe Belladonna were a thrash band that managed to mix the funny with the serious perfectly. This record is compilation of rare B-sides from singles, EPs and other releases of that type. It may serve as a perfect introduction to Anthrax, because it has everything that band was famous for.

You have documented live performances in "Keep it in the Family" and "Belly of the Beast", tat show Anthrax at theur heaviest.
You have innovative unique Anthrax rap-metal blends in "I'm a Man" (released back in 1987) and the Public Enemy song "Bring the Noise", that's performed together with PE members.
You have tribute to their side-project S.O.D. in "Milk" (the song that started the blast-beat) and "Chromatic Death".
You have excellent covers of earlier punk-bands songs "Protest and Survive" and "Sects"
And finally, you have Anthrax's own hillarious tracks-for-fun in "Startin' up a Posse" and "Dallabnikufesin".

All in all, this records proves to be a great listen, and very varied, too. It steps far beyond your typical thrash-metal style. I won't even mention this line-up's highest proficiency with their instruments, it's a well-known fact. This CD will appeal to anyone with even just a mild interest in thrash or classic metal, and is a good purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars this was their last good album
anthrax's last good album with one of my favorite covers milk by s.o.d i think joey equaled if not sounded better than billy milano on it i am a very big m.o.d/s.o.d fan but this cover was a masterpeice. get this it was their last good album get from fistfull of metal (with neil turbin on it) to this album after this they sucked a reviewer said this was their last effort before they matured, my butt thrax ruled and was real metal after this it was like industrial poser crap john bush belongs in armored saint protest for danny and joey to come back
p.s God Bless death to false metal

4-0 out of 5 stars May The Attack Be Brutal!
Here is a collection of hard-to-find covers, new tracks and live stompers to brighten the black heart of any Joey Belladonna era Anthrax fan. Unfortunately, problems with Belladonna and with their record company came to a head during the promotion for this release. Tragically, Belladonna was fired, and Anthrax departed Island Records. Thus ended a classic era for speed metal. However, ATTACK gives us a clear picture of Anthrax's strengths and weaknesses; where they had been and their future directions.

MILK (ODE TO BILLY) - We begin proceedings with a cover song of Scott Ian and Charlie Benante's side project, S.O.D. A head banging ode to breakfast time, this tune turned me on to S.O.D, and I've being afflicted ever since. LOL! Joey Belladonna does a stellar job on vocals . . . but doesn't he always?!

BRING THE NOISE - The groundbreaking team up of Anthrax and Public Enemy on an updated PE classic. It also sewed the seeds of discontent in the mind of lead singer Joey Belladonna and caused him to be ousted not long after this album's release.

KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY (LIVE) - Live headcruncher from the 'Persistence Of Time' tour in Birmingham, England.It shows that Anthrax was getting more into the serious subjects than before. Something that would increase with the substitution of Belladonna with ex- Armoured Saint frontman John Bush.

STARTIN' UP A POSSE - A comment of Tipper Gore and the whole censorship debacle. The 'Wild West' theme is sprinkled throughout the track, with the 'Bonanza' theme thrown in for good measure. With Scott Ian on lead vocals, never has Anthrax been so cutting. "And this ain't sexist, neither!" This is pure, in -your-face stuff.

PROTEST AND SURVIVE - Stomping cover version of a track by Discharge.

CHROMATIC DEATH - Another S.O.D. ode, guaranteed to cause permanent whiplash. Short, sharp and brutal.

I'M THE MAN '91 - An updating of their innovative rap metal hybrid song, 'I'm The Man'. Spends the first part of the track telling us how innovative they were in the first place and putting down other rap/metal contenders. Not as good the second time round . . .I get my kicks with the original.

PARASITE - Energetic reading of early Kiss/Ace Frehley effort. Anthrax and Kiss were always intertwined having toured together, and Anthrax also covering two 'early period' Kiss tunes, 'Love Her All I Can' and 'She'.

PIPELINE - Can you bang your head and surf the finest waves at the same time? Anthrax sure as hell tried, with this instrumental surf classic.

SECTS - A cover of the band Trust, who also inspired Anthrax to cover their ANTI-SOCIAL for their 'State Of Euphoria' album.

BELLY OF THE BEAST (LIVE) - Pitch black and menacing killer song from the 'Persistence Of Time' tour, recorded in Birmingham, England.

N.F.B (DALLABNIKUFESIN) - A hilarious kick to the head for all those faux-metal bands who persisted in dishing up 'power ballads'. The scary thing is that Joey's voice suits that style to a tee. Wait for the track's payoff, it 'kills' me every time
(sorry about that!).Oh, and for those 'not in the know', read the title backwards!Got that? ... Read more

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Cowboys From Hell
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 July, 1990)
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Even those who scoff at the idea that rock & roll is the devil's music have to think twice when listening to Pantera. The pill-popping, strip-bar-ogling, beer-guzzling Texas combo takes Metallica's speed-metal cues to new heights of brutality and sacrilege.Fortunately, they're extremely good at what they do. The polyrhythmic complexity of Vinnie Paul's drumming in "Psycho Holiday" and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell's breathtaking solo in "Heresy" are examples of state-of-the-art metal musicianship. Vocalist Phil Anselmo often sounds like Metallica's James Hetfield, but his brooding croon on "Cemetery Gates" and his falsetto screams on the blindingly fast "Shattered" are more like vintage Deep Purple. Released in 1990, Cowboys made Pantera one of metal's top draws during an era in which it was almost eclipsed by alternative rock. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nearly equal to Vulgar Display of Power
After a few Glam-Rock influenced records, Pantera became the Band we know and love on this album. CFH and VDOP are two milestones on their own that definitely changed the definition of Metal.

Cowboys from Hell isn't as heavy as Vulgar Display, but the trademarks are there: Diambag's guitar power and blues-influenced solos, Vinnie's incredible drumming, and of course, Phil's awsome voice that compares to noone else! Countless singers tried to immitate him, but he is the only one that definitely gets the point across: All the anger, hate and frustration he writes in his lyrics, added with a voice that's also able to deliver those feelings without just screaming along. But there are somethings that make this one different from Vulgar Display : The songwriting is way better and more diverse than on the follow-up. Songs like "Cemetery Gates", "The Sleep", or "Medicine Man" where never heard by Pantera again, they traded those mellow and diverse moments to more heavy and more brutal elements in their songs. In my opinion, Pantera didn't need that change. They made clowns out of themselves with album titles like "the great southern trendkill" or "reinventing the steel". To me, this post-"Far beyond" Pantera aren't the Pantera I know and love, although they are pretty good. But I'd always put "Cowboys" and "Display" over those records.

So here you got it, as I said a small milestone for Metal in general ( Pantera prooved that Metal hasn't to be hair-viking-camp like Manowar or poser-crap like Poison or Bon Jovi ), and an amazing record in it's own right!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Metal Album For Pantera's New Start!
Back in the days before Pantera were known as the "Cowboys from Hell," they were into glam metal and released records that didn't sell very good at all. Finally, they dropped the trendy look and released "Cowboys from Hell" after four albums.

The best songs on this album would have to be "Cowboys from Hell," "Primal Concrete Sledge," "Psycho Holiday," "Heresy," "Cemetery Gates," "Domination," "Shattered," "Medicine Man," and "The Art of Shredding".

The only songs I don't like a whole lot, but do not mind are "Clash with Reality," "Message in Blood," and "The Sleep".

Here is my rating for every song on the album:

1. Cowboys From Hell 5/5

2. Primal Concrete Sledge 4/5

3. Psycho Holiday 4/5

4. Heresy 5/5

5. Cemetery Gates 5/5

6. Domination 5/5

7. Shattered 4/5

8. Clash with Reality 3/5

9. Medicine Man 4/5

10. Message in Blood 3/5

11. The Sleep 3/5

12. The Art of Shredding 4/5

I hope my review was helpful to you!

5-0 out of 5 stars If not for this landmark album...
...thrash would have died out. That's the honest-to-God truth. I can easily recommend this album for anyone who's looking for a more brawny and hirsute alternative to Metallica. CFH has lots of outstanding tracks. My personal faves are "Cowboys From Hell", "Art Of Shredding", "Heresy", "Domination", and of course, the uber-ballad "Cemetery Gates". Some say that VULGAR is their best album, but I don't believe so. COWBOYS has better songs, better melodies, and it captures Phil, Dime, Rex, and Vinnie at their youthful prime. Especially Phil, though. Too bad he wasted himself; you can't train enough to have the kind of vocal talent Phil had during this time. Both COWBOYS and VULGAR are phenomenal albums, but this album has their most innovative material. Easily kicks Metallica's arses back to their fricking group therapy. Mwahahaha! ... Read more

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Evil Empire
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 April, 1996)
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As the vitriol spewed from Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited follow up to their 1993 debut owes much to Chuck D.'s polemic fury and rapid-fire urgency--though as always the band rages without hip-hop machinery in favor of the heavy-duty power tools of rock. But no matter if Rage against the Machine amounts to revolutionary rap, protest metal, or a combination of the two, the band's command of sonic rage makes Evil Empire a powerful assault in any musical language.

But wait, there's more to the name. Raging against the machine, like yelling at the TV, is woefully misdirected. Lyricist Zack de la Rocha is clearly someone with strong political views--particularly when it comes to the plight of fellow Mexicans on both sides of the border. He vents his indignation sharply at times ("Vietnow," "Without a Face"), rather clumsily and artlessly most others. Music this angry should be aimed at something more specific than an entire race or nation or government, or else it risks sounding like the empty rants of confused postpubescent rebellion. If only Rage against the Machine's raw musical muscles were grinding over a focused message, lord knows how potent they could be. --Roni Sarig

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rage At It's Best!
First of all, let me start off by saying that I am the biggest Rage Against the Machine fan in the world! I worship everyone of their songs, even the ones on soundtracks, live shows, and compilations. I'm behind their political beliefs 100% Evil Empire is undoubtedly their greatest cd. here's a description of each song:

1. Peoeple of the Sun: Rage manages to gloriously blend alternative rock, funk, and metal with this revolutionary gem of a track. Definitely one of Rage's best!

2. Bulls On Parade: My personal favorite. This track starts off with a crushing two-note intro and continues its juggernaut assault on your ears and doesn't stop. One of the best rock songs ever!!!

3. Vietnow: One of their most angry songs, Vietnow mixes heavy metal with hardcore rap. Listen to this one when you're pissed.

4. Revolver: The intro guitar solo is unbelievable! It's kind of like a subdued Jimi Hendrix type solo. The rest of the song is superb too!

5. Snakecharmer: Many people overlook this one. Zack De La Rocha's (lead singer) mood swings are genius throught this entire song. Great great tune!

6. Tire Me: A grammy winner!!! Fast paced and entrancing, Tire Me is a furious track. Take a minute to catch your breath after listening to this one.

7. Down Rodeo: With highly offensive and revolutionary lyrics, odd guitar sounds, distorted, and furious drum loops, this song is a great example of what Rage is all about.

8. Without a Face: It was clear that the focus was more on rap for this song, and that's not a bad thing!!! Zack is unbelievably gifted. The end chorus is strikingly powerful (and loud not to mention!)

9. Wind Below: One of my favorite Rage songs (I'm not sure why), Wind Below is a devastatingly truthful tirade. You've gotta love it when Rage trashes major companies like GE and ABC.

10. Roll Right: The message at the end of this song ("Take 'em to the seventh level!") is just as powerful as "f*** you I won't do what you tell me!" This is a truly heavy song!

11. Year of the Boomerang: Not very heavy, but never the less catchy, Year of the Boomerang is a beautiful song and a wonderful way to close out the greatest cd ever made.

4-0 out of 5 stars Few flaws, but still a standout
After 3 to 4 years, Rage released this "more metal than rap" style album. Evil Empire doesn't have as much talent as the debut with the exception of a few songs(People Of The Sun, Bulls On Parade, Down Rodeo), but it's still better than Renegades. Battle Of L.A. Is better than this, but this isn't far behind. Tom Morello takes the guitar skills to the next level on Revolver, People Of The Sun and Roll Right. Zack De La Rocha really gives it the young Phil Anselmo style voice on the vocals on the songs like Snake Charmer and Tire Me. Well, here's the song-depth review:

1)People Of The Sun(2:30) - Shortest song, but really heavy. Pretty cool, sounds better live. This is a standout track. 4/5

2)Bulls On Parade(3:52) - My personal favourite on the album, much like everyone else. Seems really cool, no cheesy starts, just goes straight to the action. Not as good as Guerilla Radio from Battle Of L.A., but the best song on Evil Empire. 5/5

3)Vietnow(4:39) - Well, it's not too bad, but it's very average. A bit like Take The Power Back, only less good. Unfortunately it's my least favourite. 2/5

4)Revolver(5:30) - Long, but heavy. This is tied with Down Rodeo for 3rd best song. It's soft, much like Settle For Nothing and Born Of A Broken Man, but then it gets heavy with a lot of screaming. This is a song that never gets old. Standout. 5/5

5)Snakecharmer(3:55) - 2nd best song. It's nice, It's a fast song with a lot of screaming, much like Revolver, but shorter, heavier and more creative lyrics. Another standout. 5/5

6)Tire Me(3:00) - 3 minutes exact. This is the closest song to being much like 13 Steps To Nowhere from Pantera's Great Southern Trendkill. Perfect, but just loses to Down Rodeo. Still good. Zack really makes this a different Rage. This is the only song that even comes close to being heavy metal. 5/5

7)Down Rodeo(5:20) - Nice guitars. A pretty good tune. Nice screaming near the end. It's a very creative song, that doesn't drag on, despite the fact that it's 5:20. It's a perfect song. 3rd favourite with Revolver. 5/5

8)Without A Face(3:37) - Not bad. Just doesn't seem as good as the likes of Tire Me and Bulls On Parade. But still, you just can't skip it. 2.6/5

9)Wind Below(5:50) - Longest song on the album. Although it does tend to drag on, it's got a pretty cool guitar riff, courtesy of our dear friend, Mr. Tom Morello. Zack's vocals really make it seem like a lullaby when it becomes soft, but the chorus really makes him shine. 3.8/5

10)Roll Right(4:22) - OK, this isn't bad at all. Tom really shines here, as does Tim Bob. Zack shines again here. A combination of People Of The Sun and Down Rodeo, kind of. It's not a favourite, but it's listenable. 4/5

11)Year Of Tha Boomerang(4:00) - Nice, we end on a good song. Although not as memorable as Freedom, or the latter War Within A Breath from Battle of L.A., it really shines here. Screaming and rapping again. Nuff said. 4.3/5

That's Evil Empire. Go get it now, or start with the debut and work your way up. You might be disappointed, but it's still a good buy. Get it now.

1-0 out of 5 stars There is no logic to inciting violence to create peace
Look kids! If you shell out $16.00 you too can listen to the supposed socialist political musical stylings of Rage! So much for the band supposedly being anti-capitalism. Rage Against the Machine are 90% bullsh*t. I can't stand how they try to rationalize themselves. Violent, riot-like vocal inflections create riot situations (studies have shown). Vocalists don't get much more violent-sounding than de la Rocha (unless you're Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot, who has no relation to this album or Rage). Trying to get peace through inciting violent revolution doesn't work (and don't act like you don't know about the deaths attributed to tramplings at Rage concerts). I don't care if Rage played the Tibetan Freedom concert or not, it doesn't make them any more peaceful. Rage claim they're vehemently against capitalism, but then they go sell their records for profit. They don't even try to reduce the price either! F*cking hypocrites. Yeah, that's right: I'm questioning them, as anyone should be... just like everything political should be questioned. And unlike you Rage fans, I don't groove to the funky guitar solos of the upscale Harvard boy who has no business speaking for the downtrodden (I believe you fans know him as Tom Morello). I groove to my own beat of my own personal views instead. ... Read more

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Back in Black
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 August, 1994)
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Most critics complain Back in Black, the album AC/DC recorded after the death of their original lead screamer Bon Scott, is ridiculously juvenile, obvious, snickering, bludgeoning, derivative, single-minded about sex and booze, a big cartoon. All true, of course, and--on rock 'n' ragers like "What Do You Do For Money Honey," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and the title track--all great. As Scott's replacement Brian Johnson reminds us, loud and crunchy, no-holds-barred "rock and roll ain't noise pollution...it makes good, good sense." Never trust anyone who refuses to drink domestic beer, laugh at the Three Stooges, or crank Back in Black. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A good-tasting, energy-filled, meat-and-potatoes meal
The album Back in Black was released by AC/DC in 1980. Ten tracks are included, and they are in a straight-ahead hard rock musical direction. The songwriting is good, the musicianship is taut, and the sound quality is pleasing. I think that Brian Johnson is a unique, gritty-sounding, high-energy vocalist; this was his first album singing with the band. Even though I find every one of the cuts to be gratifying, the ones that I like the most are "Hells Bells," "Back in Black," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution." "Hells Bells"--the opening tune--is earnest and energetic in its delivery. The engaging, rousing song "Back in Black" sports a haunting and infectious main guitar riff. The well-written, brisk "You Shook Me All Night Long" features a strikingly forceful chorus and a cool principal guitar riff. The enjoyable, sprightly "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution," the disc's closing piece, displays a memorable refrain and primary guitar riff. The CD insert does not contain the song lyrics, but there is a black-and-white photo of each of the guys. The disc is just over 42 minutes. Back in Black is a satisfying, lively, no-frills, cohesive album from AC/DC.

5-0 out of 5 stars Back in Black is hard rock's premier album.
If you haven't bought this record yet, then obviously you are new to rock. AC/DC's power chords have become their trademark, and with a large following in virtually every continent the band is one of the most recognized hard rock band throughout the entire world. 'Back in Black' is the album that brought about the peak of the aussie band.

Largely known for its classical tracks 'Hells Bells', 'You Shook Me All Night Long' and the title track, this record's other 7 songs are a great listen as well, thanks to the great song-writing of the Young brothers. Making his debut on this record as the new vocalist for AC/DC is Brian Johnson, whose voice is now one of the most recognizable voices in rock. Angus Young's simple-but-awesome combinations of just a couple of power chords rock the speakers, and the the true rock lyrics that talk about sex, alcohol and rock 'n roll make the songs complete.

'Back in Black' has sold well over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone, and stands as one of the best rock albums of all time. This album is a great introduction to hard rock, as it is the best record of one of the best rock bands of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its Just RockNRoll
No Frills, Fun Rock'n'Roll. Its just good fun. The key To ac/dc's Simpleness Is That its Fun. Not to be taken too seriously. We have enough Rocknroll Musical geniuses around to please us (Hendrix, beatles, Pink Floyd etc etc etc) , But who is their to keep us rockin Day and night - AC/DC.
Ac/dc never got bogged down In the downside of rocknroll with boring songs about heroin addiction and all that mumbo jumbo, They Kept it fun and exciting, And 20 years on its still more fun and exciting thay any of these Pathetic new bands.Rock On Fellas

HAVE A DRINK ON ME! ... Read more

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The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 October, 1996)
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It took over 20 years for Van Halen to release a Best of album, and even then, the band downplayed the effort. Instead sticking to the original plan of releasing a two-disc set--one of material with original frontman David Lee Roth, and the other with his 11-year replacement Sammy Hagar--the band opted for a single CD chronicling their entire career. For the previously uninitiated, it's a golden introduction to a band that changed the face of '80s hard rock. Guitar-blazing old tracks like "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," and "Dance the Night Away" segue into more commercial numbers like "Jump" and "Panama" from 1984. These in turn, set the stage for Hagar's slicker, more polished vocals on "Right Now" and "How Do I Know When It's Love."But while newcomers will be thrilled with the delights within, old fans will probably find little of use, since the two highly touted new tracks with Roth are pretty disposable. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Slamming for the new kids
Disposable for the old fans. The two new songs with David Lee Roth weren't anything to write home about ("Me Wise Magic" was a decent song, but not up to standard), and the original idea was much better. Imagine the bang for your buck: two discs with 17 or 18 songs each from both eras of Van Halen. This way, early DLR gems like "Mean Streets", "Jamie's Crying", "Women in Love", "Hot For Teacher", "Ice Cream Man", "Drop Dead Legs" or "I'll Wait" would be included. This is not to mention the Hagar chestnuts like "Best of Both Worlds", "Summer Nights", "Spanked", "Black and Blue", "Runaround", "Not Enough" or "Feelin'". See the dilemma? There's probably a good 7 songs from each era they have neglected, almost all as good or better than the hits they included. I'd love to see an album like that put together, but it's easier to burn one. Besides, we couldn't risk any songs from "Van Halen III", the short-lived Cherone experiment...

2-0 out of 5 stars Ack! They should've stuck to the original plan
[This review is for the domestic release]

In the mid-nineties, Van Halen finally released a "best of" compilation after nearly twenty years of being together. Vocalist Sammy Hagar had just left the masters of rock and roll, and they must have figured releasing such a compilation then would help sales. Originally it was planned to have one disc of all David Lee Roth material, and one of all Sammy Hagar material. But NO! They made the foolish choice of sticking songs from both eras onto one disc.

Cramming two decades of music onto a single disc is NEVER a good idea, people.

Look at all the hits this is MISSING!
-You Really Got Me
-Jamie's Cryin'
-Feel Your Love Tonight
-Ice Cream Man
-You're No Good (never a hit, but one of my faves)
-Beautiful Girls
-Everybody Wants Some
-Oh Pretty Woman,
-And The Cradle Will Rock
-Love Walks In
-Finish What You Started

Look at all those missing tracks! How could they not stick to the original plan? And how could they separate Eruption from You Really Got Me? Sure, most of the hits from Roth's era are present, but THAT many omissions is simply inexcusable.

I LOVE Van Halen, people, but I can't believe how much material this so-called best of deprives people of. It also seems like they couldn't decide whether or not to make this a best of or a greatest hits (the title says best of and there are a lot of non-hits from the Hagar era, but with Roth they stuck to nothing but hits.) People, if you want to get into Van Halen, get their albums, not this horrid collection. It's blasphemy to call this the best of Van Halen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bunch o winers
Well everyone will get their wishes Best of Both Worlds is a two cd set with van halen's best so everyone can calm down. It is out on July 20, 2004 so get your copy. ... Read more

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Master of Puppets
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica's best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In tackling various approaches to their subject, Metallica is insightful lyrically as well as musically: "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate and "Disposable Heroes" is the perspective of a soldier. If all you've heard of Metallica is what's been on the radio recently, check this one out. You're in for a surprise. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Aggressive music
This album, in my opinion, is the pinnacle of Metallica's career. It is a 55 minute thrash-fest. But it's not just banging on drums. This album exhibits true musicianship, some intelligent lyrics (which most people don't listen to), and some great work. Most Nu-Metal bands can't hold a candle to Metallica, which is sad because that's what most people listen to. Anyway here's a breakdown of each song:

1. Battery- Starts out with a nice spanish sounding guitar piece and builds into a fast song. Nice opener. 10/10
2. Master of Puppets- A song about drug addiction. Slower than battery, but still heavy anyway, and an amazing solo. 10/10
3. The Thing That Should Not Be- Slow again, but also heavy. It's not the best song but it's not the worst. 9/10
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)- Start's out with a clean guitar into a surprisingly faster and heavier middle/ending. 10/10
5. Disposable Heroes- Amazing anti-war song, and amazing speed. This song can seriously can hold your attention for the 8:30 it goes. 10/10
6. Leper Messiah- I don't like this song, and I skip it because of that. So I can't write a proper review. ?/10
7. Orion- An instrumental. I absolutely hate this one too, but I will give credit to Cliff Burton who gave a good bass solo. 3/10
8. Damage, Inc.- My personal favorite song on this album. This song is amazingly fast. 10/10
Overall, even with the one (not including Leper Messiah) weak song, I give this a five out of five.

5-0 out of 5 stars hetfield of play
Metallica's third full length release, Master of Puppets, is possibly their finest work. The lyrics are smart, the fast sections(and I mean fast) are impossibly tight, and the slow sections are melodic and chilling. James Hetfield's vocals aren't exactly pretty, but his intensity matches the music perfectly. Drummer Lars Ulrich manages to hold things together through myriad tempo changes and time signatures(not an easy task) but bassist Cliff Burton seems to get lost in the mix at times. Not to knock Cliff. Listen close in "Sanitarium" and "Orion" and you'll hear some of the best rock and roll bass ever recorded. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is a chameleon, blending in as the situation calls; he is at times frenzied, at others morose. James Hetfield's rhythm guitar work is so fast and precise one wonders how in the world he manages to sing while playing. The production is a little rough but even that seems to fit. All in all, it's scary how good this album is. Listen and see why in 1986 all of the heavy metal haters were scratching their heads and saying, "wow, these guys can really play."

1-0 out of 5 stars One Word, SUCKY
I can't stand Metallica, they're the absolute worst band ever. Thats right all you old metal lovers, WORST BAND EVER. I don't get what some people see in them, the lead singer has the worst singing voice ever, and the lyrics are all about stupid stuff that stupid bands like Metallica sing about. The songs also are way too long, they can't even make a song under 7 minutes. All that this awful band does is just play guitair solos, cause thats all they can do. I can see why this band was popular 13 years ago, but not now. If there is anything positive about them, if anything. It's their old music when rock actually was played like that. Not now, now rock is good, and Metallica is screwing it up, their newest cd St.Anger and ecpessily that single is the worst cd ever. Look at your calenders all you Metallica fans, it's not the 80's anymore, its freakin 2004. Metallica sucks! ... Read more

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Appetite for Destruction
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best heavy metal albums of all time
The significance of this album is unquestionable. This was the 80s metal album that united those who liked hair metal (Poison, Warrant, etc), and thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer). It's an excellent mix of blues, hard rock, attitude and machismo.
Guns N Roses were one of the most essential and important bands of the 1980s. Axl Rose's aggressive and shrieking vocals were very adequate (despite the fact that he burned out too quickly and cheated his fans), and Slash's blistering guitar solos are amazing, and he's certainly one of the best guitarists ever. "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O'Mine," "Paradise City," and "Mr. Brownstone," are already rock radio classics that still sound juts as awesome today as they did back in 1987. You can still feel the power of the band in those songs, and for other songs on this album like "Night Train," "Out To get me," and "Rocket Queen." What a great album. I listened to this all the time when I was 6 when I'd steal my Dad's tape of it, until my parents took it away from it because of all the 'dirty words' on it. It is one of the most essential albums of all time, especially in such an era like the late 80s where bad music was just as normal as apple pie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best rock album of all time
Everythings been sauid about this album, but check out this guys post:

Yo hip-hoppa's, how ya'll be?? You know, just like everyone, when I turn on the radio, I wanna hear nu rock, nu metal and hip hopp!! Yet all I keep hearing is dumb old bands that have NO prupose now and have never had any purpose at any point in their careers actually!! Why is the airwaves clogged up with this junk anyway?? "Welcome To The Jungle" has a horrible riff, dumb lyrics, and is the theme song for the Cincinnati Bengals, the wrost football team ever!! "Sweet Child Ov Mine" is a cheesy toon about remembering childhood, "Mr. Brownstone" is about a cooky neighbor, and "Paradise City" goes on for about 6 minutes too long!! Enough with all the annoiyng guitar solos, their sooo annoying!! Axl also has the most whiny voice ever. Plus the bass playa sounds like he's just tapping his bottom string and not playing, listen to the intro of "It's So Easy" and ya'll see whut I be meanin'!!! For good music, look to bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Disturbed, KoRn, Bubba Sparxx, Eminem, Puff Daddy, Puddle Of Mudd, Seether, Saliva, Nickleback, Drowning Pool and the new talent like Clay Aiken and Smile Empty Soul :]!! Skip this WASTE of plastic!!! Peace out G'N R dudes....

First, DO NOT take this f*g seriously. He doesn't like guitar solos, and he listens to Eminem. Paradise City is the second best song on the album, and in no way is it to long. remember, most of the 2nd half is the outro solo, which, by teh way, is AMAZING. Second, if anyone's familiar with music here, you'll know that Bass is to support the band. To add bottom. Limp bIzkit and Linkin Parks bassists are 10 times worst than Duff (bassist for GNR) Plus, the intro to It's So Easy is played on the guitar you dumbass. it sounds like the bass, but it's not. Third, Mr. Brownstone is about the bands drug addictions, not some cooky neighbor.
This guy is obviosly a p*ssy a*s teen who doesn't appreciate real music. I mean come on, look what he said: " You know, just like everyone, when I turn on the radio, I wanna hear nu rock, nu metal and hip hopp." This guy doesn't appreciate rock n roll, so he has no buisness posting a review about music he hates. i think all Gnr fans should go post crappy reviews for nu bands liek Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. I think i speak for all true rock fans, when i say that Appetite For Destrucion is a CD of true talent, and is, in my opinion, the greatest rock album out there. Long live GNR (the originals atleast!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Appetite for Amazement
"Appetite for Destruction" is a CD in a league of it's own. It surpasses "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Back in Black" by far. It is the best CD's ever by one of the best bands ever. Guns N' Roses came into the spectrum at the height of hair metal band faz. Such as Def Leppard, Poison, and Motley Crue were all the rage. Not that these bands don't rock, it's just that GN'R does so much better at it than them. This CD is the third best selling rock CD in the nation (behind the 2 earlier mentioned), and it is hard to see why it isn't numero uno. It definitely is in my book.

First off, there is Saul Hudson (Slash) on lead guitar. The best guitarist of all time. He has his own distinct style and has the speed to keep up with Eddie Van Halen and Toni Iommi. Although he has had his problems with drugs (he was clinically dead for over 30 seconds), what Rock-star hasn't. Next there is the amazing frontman Axl Rose (Bill Baily). That is simply all you have to say about Axl. Amazing. Although he doesn't have the best voice in the buisness, he makes up for it in stage presence and attitude. He has to be one of the best frontmen of all time. While the other members of the band aren't as prominent as Axl and Slash, they still deserve to be mentioned. Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Isabel) on rythym guitar. Steven Adler on Drums. And Michael "Duff" Mckaegen.

These songs were instant classics. Who can resist that opening to "Welcome to the Jungle." Or the emotion behind "Sweet Child of Mine," (plus the best guitar solos ever). This debut CD for the band was all about their lives, the good and the bad. Such tracks as "Mr. Brownstone," "Paradise City," and "Rocket Queen," have obvious drug and partying references behind them, and rock just much as they should.

This is the CD that spawned millions of fan-clubs and websites all about the band. It is one of the essential rock CD's to have and of course I recomend it. ... Read more

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