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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Though most of Black Sabbath's classic material from this album ("War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Fairies Wear Boots," and the title track) can also be found on the collection We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll, Paranoid is essential for the completist. One of the best albums from one of the bands to define heavy metal, this album is chock-full of the best stuff from Sabbath's Osbourne years. (Where else will you be able to hear "Rat Salad?") The music isn't exactly complex, but it doesn't need to be; its importance lies in its evocative power, with which any teenager will be able to identify. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you have any interest in Black Sabbath....(you need this)
If your prepared to Ignore, what is quite possibly, one of the worst rock album covers in recent years. Then you'll not only find one of the greatest heavy Metal albums money can buy, but also finding Black Sabbath at the height of their musical powers. The album opens with the truly epic "War Pigs" which laments the governmental powers, which use military warfare as a means of controlling power. The propulsive crunching guitar and percussive drumming, paint a wholly dramatic apocalyptic musical landspace over which Ozzy extols the dire consequences in a bleak and Gloomy vocal delivery, in a song that is so convincingly complete, that this song would be covered by over artists (such as "Faith no more").

"Paranoid" was one of the very first track Black Sabbath tracks that I was actually introduced to (Via a various artists compilation), and was the track to fuel my interest in Black Sabbath, and remains one of (the many) highlights on this admittedly short album. but the combination of minor-key dirges loosely based around (or indeed on) a heavy blues-rock template, give their sound more gravitas, and the sense of lyrical confusion & paranoia in this track only serves to highten the considerable tension, which is based around severe feelings of alienation & insecurity.

"Iron Man" has to be quite possibly, one of the finest & easily identifiable guitar riffs in many years. Undoubtedly one of the strongest tracks on the album, that although will always be remembered for its primary & monolithic guitar/Drum dynamic, also finds favour by being relentlessly dark & Dramatic. Ozzy's uncluttered vocals, which rather than crowd the song out with unnecessary chorus or lyrics, eases back on the tales of supernatural/sci-fi horrors, and allows the musicians to truly be in their element, by cooking up monstrous riffs, and complex drum rhythms that are not only crushingly loud, they touch on approaching superbly crafted Jams.

"Rat Salad" is a rock instrumental that due to my fondness for instrumental music (its nice to hear if the music is built on a solid instrumental foundation) quickly found a place in my heart. Due to it not only being a incredibly tightly constructed piece of Heavy Instrumental Rock, but also with the Drum Solos, that frequently interject, and the technical virtuosity of the freewheeling guitar that frequently hint at funk/Blues, in a fiery electrified outburst invoking the odd nod to "Led Zeppelin" in their exuberance & Sprawling excess, and just like Led Zep, are able to produce a series of staggering riffs, that would go on to define the band.

If you are a causal listener to Black Sabbath (like myself), then (along with "Master of Reality" this, is the best starting point for their music. It's a touchstone album for the band, insofar as it was the album that truly broke out of the niche market, and thrust the band to a wider audience, and is a generally consistent album with no filler tracks (at 8 tracks, you'd hope not), and whether or not this album or "Master of reality" is their best album isn't really the point of this review.....the point I'm trying to make is that not only is this one of the finest (if not the finest) moment, of the bands recorded history, but also is arguably one of the greatest heavy metal albums ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars A HEAVY METAL MASTERPIECE
paranoid was amongst the greatest heavy metal albums ever and features some of my favourite sabbath songs like war pigs,iron man and paranoid.ozzy was one of the best singers and one of my favourites.get this with their brilliant debut and master of reality.five stars.CLASSIC ROCK RULES.PLEASE AVOID ALBUMS BY RAP METAL BANDS AND BANDS WHICH FEATURE ON MTV AND TRL.THANKS

1-0 out of 5 stars Classic doesn't always mean masterpiece.
Yes, the only reason you are here is for Iron man, paranoid, and war pigs....Ozzy was a horrible singer... Yes.

Althought this album is over 30 years old, that doesn't mean its good does it? Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple are about the same age as Sabbath and they were just as bad.

While the 60s did bring us all this "shock rock", atleast the classics have given us good artists from the disco era who are still remembered til today unlike those forgotten classic rock bands Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and The Doors.

Plus, most classic metal sucked, with the exception of Rap-metal of the late 80s/early 90s.

For good and truly inspritational metal, just listen to any of these modern MTV bands, because they are very groundbreaking. ... Read more

Asin: B000002KHH
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. British Metal    3. England    4. Hard Rock    5. Heavy Metal    6. Pop    7. Rock   


Vulgar Display of Power
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 February, 1992)
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Probably the heaviest album ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power proved that, even in an era of alternative rock supremacy, heavy metal fans were still a force to contend with. Blending eerie, surging grooves influenced by Black Sabbath with thrashy speed metal riffs, Pantera created a bleak, oppressive disc that captured both ends of the speed spectrum without resorting to cliché, abrupt tempo shifts. Guitarist Diamond Darrell plays with as much crunch as the best Metallica, while vocalist Phil Anselmo screams loud enough to satisfy any GBH fan. Coupled with Vinnie Paul's insistent, double bass-drum onslaught, you're left with a record that's a dentist's wet dream--an album that'll shake the fillings out of even the strongest teeth. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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1-0 out of 5 stars Vulgar display of too much power!
Pantera is one of the many bands that ruined heavy metal. Everything sucks!. I hate the sound of the bass drums, volcals and everything. I can't believe this album went platinum with suck crappy sound. It's too intense for me. The only good metal bands out there are Black sabbath, Metallica, Iron maiden, And Alice in chains.( Alice in chains is really grunge but what the hay, they are awsome.)I dont't reccomend this DEATH METALalbum to any true metal fan. This album is a vulgar display of power. Too much power! Do not waste your money on this f****d up album. You'll cry!

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh How I Love This Hate...
First Let Me Do What Everyone Writing This Review Should And For The Most Does-Rest In Peace Dimebag Darrel.

That Out of the way we can continue on. This one of my favorite albums, by my 2nd favorite band. Pantera is simmilar to my first in many ways. Metallica(#1) was lessening in it's Metal rampages, becoming more melodic much to the dismay of manya fan. But for those who turned away from Metallica(NOT me) there was Pantera=. Which bassically was the second coming of the Metal Christ(not sure those words should be used in the same sentance actually)-(Although This is their sixth album this to me is what go them REALLY Big. It seemed to fit with the s-it of the time). Alot of Metallica's Puppets and Justice was exactly what Pantera reminded me of, hitting home how much I love Metallica while I listened to great new stuff. And the vocals were great, not quite James but still gruff, perfect for anyone doing thrash the way it should be done. Needless to say this album eximplifies all the qualities of early Metallica while throwing in a few of their own for kicks.

Vulgar Display of Power has memorable tracks (many of which are still often played on the radio) like Walk is an esspecially well known one. Slower, more Lepphar Messiah like, than thrash typically is considered it is none the less five minutes of wonderful riffs rebellious lyrics...Brilliant, Bloody Brilliant is this album.

And nothing drives home that rebellious edge Pantera possess's better than in "F-cking Hostile" where "And I Won't Be The Puppets Servant" could mean many things(I won't serve you, your not big enough; I won't serve you period being afew) but above all it is a big hostile F-U.

New Level takes the album early on just to that, a new level a hate. Which the song Rise only takes to a new level: "Hate This, Hate Me".

Dimebags guitar playing is revolutinary even in Damage Plan he was still one of the Best out there. The lyrics put out in this album are solid and leaves you with no doubt and erases any feelings disdain towards metal. Spawning a new emotion one that rises up inside of you until it is solidified in one crystalline thought form:"My God I Love This Hate".

1-0 out of 5 stars eyes likes pantera and sex wif muh sister
dimebag, there's a reason you got shot in the head. not because you sucked (well, you did suck.) but because 99% of the people out there who call themselves pantera fans are absolute inbred retards. ... Read more

Asin: B000002JOH
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Thrash   


Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 September, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Mindblowing Metal Experience
Listening to this album is like getting smashed in the face with a 20 lb. sledgehammer.You then get picked up and bodyslammed onto a slab of concrete as metal spikes rain from the sky and pulverize what is left of your body as you convulse from the sheer energy emitted from this amazingly powerful lineup of songs.If you don't have it or haven't heard it, you are missing out.

5-0 out of 5 stars love this cd its plainly awesome
its just so pure and raw and that what i love about this cd
the distortion on this album is awesome and the vocals are sweet
if you like pantera or corrosion of conformity you will love this album
even though this is different from both of the bands i named its good stuff

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made
Consisting members from Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, and of course the mighty Pantera, Down's 1995 debut NOLA is one of the best heavy metal albums ever made. On this album you have Phil Anselmo on vocals, Kirk Windstein and Pepper Keenan on guitars, Todd Strange on bass, and Jimmy Bower on drums. The opening song Temptation's Wings is one of the heaviest songs on here, and Phil really screams his head off on that one. The second track Lifer shows Phil's excellent singing abilities. Other great standouts include Swan Song, Stone The Crow, Rehab, Hail The Leaf, Eyes Of The South, and Underneath Everything. Overall this great album is an absolute must have for fans of Eyehategod, Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar, and of course Pantera. Buy this album now, ride "Temptation's Wings", and become a "Lifer". Peace Out!

Now for the song ratings

1. Temptation's Wings: 5/5 (Man I love that song)
2. Lifer: 5/5
3. Pillars Of Eternity: 5/5
4. Rehab: 5/5
5. Hail The Leaf: 5/5
6. Underneath Everything: 5/5
7. Eyes Of The South: 5/5
8. Jail: 5/5
9. Losing All: 5/5
10. Stone The Crow: 5/5
11. Pray For The Locust: 5/5
12. Swan Song: 5/5
13. Bury Me In Smoke: 5/5 ... Read more

Asin: B000002HJR
Sales Rank: 4415
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Doom Metal    4. Grunge    5. Heavy Metal    6. Pop    7. Post-Grunge    8. Rap-Metal    9. Rock    10. Sludge Metal    11. Stoner Metal   


When the Kite String Pops
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 August, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The equivalent of putting your brain in a blender
The term "underground classic" is one that gets thrown around quite a bit, but Acid Bath's When the Kite String Pops is one recording that can lay almost undisputed claim to the title.Unfortunately, the underground is just as full of ripoffs and one-trick ponies as the mainstream (well, ok, maybe not quite that full), but Acid Bath were one band that managed to stand alone with a distinctive sound that was decidedly ahead of its time in 1994.Between their stunningly tight and efficient musicianship and their flair for variety, one can only imagine what these guys would've accomplished if not for their early demise.When the Kite String Pops is a highly potent slab of controlled substance-fuelled death rock at its most discordantly evil, with songs chock full of tempo and vocal changes, but its unpredictability only serves to enhance the harrowing mood that persists througout its running time.At times brutally scathing, at other times hauntingly melodic, but always profoundly unsettling, this album is a psycho nightmare of epic proportions, with its fourteen pieces of nightmarish sonic impressionism pushing it to about an hour of nearly nonstop punishment.

Although Acid Bath did show some superficial resemblances to such southern metal brethren as Soilent Green and Crowbar, their sound was still their own creation, one that liberally incorporated elements of sludge, thrash, grind, and rock.Few bands have managed to convert angst and disaffection into great music-Neurosis and Godflesh are prominent exceptions-because such emotions tend to result in whiny, self-indulgent tripe, but Acid Bath succeeded where others have failed because their focus never deviated from creativity and songwriting.It also doesn't hurt that the band had Dax Riggs, easily one of the most distinctive metal vocalists of recent years, out in front.Befitting Acid Bath's abrasive sound and nihilistic lyrics, Dax alternated between an acidic, face-melting howl and a cleaner singing voice that managed to be every bit as disturbing as his more "metal" vocals.

While the overall mood of this album is one of menacing rawness and insanity, that doesn't mean Acid Bath weren't methodical in their approach, as the precision and eclecticism to be found here are uniformly impressive.Just check out the opener Blue, which effortlessly mixes slow, grinding torment with head-banging thrash-metal passages and plenty of Dax's doomy singing.From there, the album rarely lets up, as there are a couple of downcast acoustic numbers in the form of Scream of the Butterfly and What Color is Death, but those are definitely exceptions to the rule.Most of the songs on When the Kite String Pops are musical and emotional roller coasters, filled with intricate, oscillating riff patterns, frantic drumming, and malevolently pounding basslines.If forced at gunpoint to pick a favorite tune I'd have to go with the utterly unsettling Jezebel, but every song here is fully realized and brilliantly executed, a rarity for an album with this many tracks.If you're into extreme music, this album is a must-buy.And even if you're not, and you just want to hear something with some true emotion and intelligence behind it, you should still give it a shot.Demented as it may seem on the surface, in a music world dominated by brainless mainstream tripe, When the Kite String Pops managed to rise to the level of art.

5-0 out of 5 stars beginning and the end
this album is the beginning and the end. that's all you have to know. emerging from the same sludgey south that birthed eyehategod and buzz*oven, this album is much more ominous and more sophisticated than their hack and slash (but no less godly) brethren, employing the graven atmospheres and sung vocals of vintage candlemass, memento mori and solitude aeternus as well as elements of crust punk, grind, death metal and slow as f--k sludgecore breakdowns. this WILL kick your teeth in, albeit in a much more elegant fashion that dopesick did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent 90's metal
I've listened to all kinds of great metal albums from the 90's including Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power (1992), Down's NOLA (1995), Slayer's Seasons In The Abyss (1990), and onward, but Acid Bath's 1994 debut album When The Kite String Pops is possibly one of the best metal albums recorded in the 90's as well. Consisting of vocalist Dax Riggs, guitarists Sammy Duet and Mike Sanchez, bassist Audie Pitre, and drummer Jimmy Kyle, Acid Bath are one powerhouse of a band blending southern influenced metal with some angry sludgy guitar riffs, and a powerful rhythm section. Dax has in my opinion one of the most frightening and mesmerizing vocals in metal. He can go from a scream that will just scare the listener to a cool clean singing voice. My favorite songs on this album are Tranquilized, Dr. Seuss Is Dead, Cassie Eats Cockroaches, The Blue, Cheap Vodka, Dope Fiend, God Machine, and Jezebel. So if you're looking for some great 90's metal get Acid Bath's When The Kite String Pops now.

Now here are the songs and how I rate them

1. The Blue: 5/5
2. Tranquilized: 5/5
3. Cheap Vodka: 5/5
4. Finger Paintings Of The Insane: 5/5
5. Jezebel: 5/5
6. Scream Of The Butterfly: 5/5
7. Dr. Seuss is Dead: 5/5
8. Dope Fiend: 5/5
9. Toubabo Koom: 5/5
10. God Machine: 5/5
11. The Morticians Flame: 5/5
12. What Color is Death: 5/5
13. The Bones of Baby Dolls
14. Cassie Eats Cockroaches: 5/5 ... Read more

Asin: B0000017CA
Sales Rank: 16563
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Industrial Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Sludge Metal   


The Eclipse of Ages Into Black
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 February, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Gw is truly beyond words can express amazing !
I quess some people just do not apreciate amazing musicianship from a band that has only talent people in it, with one intense vocals and satanic lirycs along with original riffs thatis hard to foget and highly impressive. I seen goadwhore live in worcester , and, i was truly impress by their ability to give a great perfomance as well as keep our attention, too. Gw's "eclipse of ages into black" is for anyone into blackmetal or who ever can apreciate talent & original music. I recommend!

5-0 out of 5 stars for people who remember the old school black metal!
I notice with alot of these reviews they compare this band either by European Black Metal Bands or other projects they are in to determine the style of this band.Here's how I see it personally.These guys totally brought back the sprit of old black metal and I'm not talkin Circa 1991.I'm Talkin about Hellhammer,Venom,Bathory,That was straightforward black metal dude.But what I like about this band is they take the influences of these bands,and put in a little modern flavor of their own bands for what I feel is a awesome record that recaptures the spirit of old school black metal but in a very original, modern way without being totally retro sounding.I think you'll like this record if you are into any of the above bands but into newer stuff and not a total 80's black metal cave dweller.New one is great also.But it's my opinion so check em out.ALSO THESE GUYS RULE LIVE!! SEE THEM!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite album of 2003. HANDS. F*CKING. DOWN
whoever said this album sucked should be hung. oh my god.. this album doesnt EVER get boring from beginning to end. in the beginning, it is a little slow, which is why when i bought this album i put it down for a while. once i picked it up and ventured into songs past 5 or 6, the doors opened to my new favorite band!

they go from pummeling grindcore, to groovy southern death metal, to hardcore punk. than from that, they add in extremely beautiful and dark melodies that give you a chill up your spine when you listen to them. black metal at its finest and without the keyboards. the production is awesome, by the way. it's not bassy, its not sharp, its just plain, kind of like they wanted to show the atmosphere more than their unrelenting brutality.

they mix dark melodies with sheer heavines.. and for me at least.. it worked. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 109983
Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Hardcore Punk    3. Pop    4. Punk Revival    5. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 February, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars ROCKS!

5-0 out of 5 stars What More Could You Want
This is one great CD.It has that New Orleans metal vibe running throuh it.(at a million mph of course)Ben is a outstanding vocalist.He uses about three dirrent distinct voices,and all three kick major butt.You have got to see these guys live,if you have not already.So next time your in New Orleans,are the surronding area be sure to check them out.Its really hard to put a label on "Pussysoul" but here it goes...If you like death,hardcore,brutal,metal music,you must own PUSSYSOUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

Asin: B0000010OO
Sales Rank: 112817
Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Doom Metal    3. Grindcore    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Sludge Metal   


Gallery of Suicide
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 April, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best one
Don't lission to anyone else that says this is not a good cd this by far is there best one. Now do keep in mind that this death metal and most people don't like death metal because for starters most people will say that it sounds like just a buntch of screaming really low and so on and so on. But no this is proble the best gutiare work I ever herd for any of u who say thats it's easy try looking at the tabs for this then bet u want say that it's easy. I have been in death metal bands and it is hard to sing and play this style of music. If it's your first time trying them out or this style of music read the lyrics inside with the song that helped me when I started to lission to death metal back in 1993. No matter what anyone says Cannibal Corse rules and Slayer Is god!!!!!!!!!! If you don't like slayer or cannibal corpse u need to die!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Cannibal Album!
This is my favorite Cannibal Corpse album. Even though it dosent feature the best song they have ever made, "No Remorse".

This album is a blast to listen to, it will, without a doubt, get a mosh pit flowing. It has great guitars and amazing vocals. Good blast beats all around, and very intertaining artwork on the cover. Words cant descirbe how I feel about this album. Cannibal Corpse will continue to be the Death Metal masters, and one of my favorite bands!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Death Opened The Galley
This is one of my favorite Cannibal Corpse albums in my collection. I bought it sometime in the summer of 1998. Everytime the band has released an album, it has always delivered and this has been no exception. Their music is always addictive.

Now for my review. With this album, it is another new direction for the band. This is also the band's first album with Pat O'Brien. So prepare for a treat. This album is also the start of musical progreession for the band. Not to worry. They still maintain all of the basic elements that have made them who they are as a death metal force but with a lot more improvements and you'll hear that throughout the album. So you pretty much get it all, killer solos, blast beats, pounding bass, brutal vocals, sick lyrics as well as good, heavy, brutal, pulverizing death metal but taken to new creative, potential and musical hights. This is living proof as to why the band is one of the elite in death metal. So all in all, this is a mandatory purchase for the true death metal maniacs as well as the true Cannibal Corpse addicts. Some of my favorite songs here are Sentened To Burn, Blood Drenched Execution, Gallery Of Suicide, From Skin To Liquid, Unite The Dead, Stabbed In The Throat and Crushing The Despised. Buy this and prepare to enter the gallery. Enjoy the ride. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 29778
Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


Pierced From Within
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Their Best
This is one of the best Death Metal releases ever. It has everthing anyone could want from a Death Metal album, and more. The slow riff at the end of the title-track is so heavy it destroys everything. The only Death Metal band that I like more than Suffocation is Vital Remains (Dechristianize). Suffocation is one of the most talented Death Metal bands ever, and this is them at their best. The best song is the title track, and the rest of the album is just as excellent, not one track is considered below the others.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Know it's Good
Damn, Suffocation are one impressive Death Metal band.Though there are other good DM bands, Suffocation are the only one that I've heard that really understood the lesson of thrash metal:The riff is all that matters.So many DM bands think that they can just out-brutalize other ones and then be relevant, so they have the drums be to damn loud and they have the guitars just be discordant slop.Sure, they're probably being pretty precise and complex, but they put so little emphasis on writing a guitar riff that would be worth remembering that they might as well have just made it up as they went along.As far as precision and variety and memorability goes, no other DM band comes within a million miles of Suffocation. even the great ones.Hell, they may well be the best in any subgenre of metal.That, and they have an uncanny talent for writing hyper technical riffs that actually seem to go together, and kinda flow.Lots of other tech bands write good sounding riffs, but they sound kinda pieced together.They also write some pretty decent leads, which is particularly impressive as leads in DM albums tend to be a complete waste of time. (The little duel they do on the title track is particularly good)Admittedly, Suffocation can be pretty tough to get into, as the overall songstructures are anything but catchy, even by DM standards.But, the individual parts sound so damn good that it's a lot easier to put in the effort necessary then it usually is.Still, even after many, many listens I still can't tell you too specifically what some of the tracks on this album sound like, but this is less of a problem for them than for some other DM bands.And, again, it definitely works while your listening to it.

The title track is just about Suffocation's best song.(though I may prefer 'Demise of the Clone')Just listen to that ridiculously complex riffing they open the song up with.And the mosh break is just about the best written by anyone.It's just so unbelievably heavy and slow.'Suspended in Tribulation' is just about the most obscene riff-o-rama you've ever heard.7 minutes long, and an album worth of riffs on that song.

This is probably their best album, but if you don't have any Suffocation yet I'd actually recommend you get 'Souls to Deny' first.It's not quite as strong overall,but the songs are a bit more individually distinctive, and the production is a whole lot sharper then it is herel, so it's a little bit easier to get into, and it'll help you appreciate their earlier stuff more.Also, this is part of the 'Two From the Vault' series, so you might as well just buy the two-pack with the also good 'Effigy of the Forgotten' unless you really feel the need to have them each individually.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fist Of Legend
This is my all time favorite death metal album. Ever. And as we speak now I am utilizing every resource I have to get more good dm as I always have. Nothing comes close to this.. Not Legion by Deicide, not Bleeding By Cannibal Corpse.. not one of the great Cryptopsy or Dying Fetus albums come close... there is a band called Decapitated that has a ... 'similar sound' but this is the best ..... ... Read more

Asin: B000000H5Y
Sales Rank: 26508
Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 September, 1996)
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Heartwork proves that this band, which once buried technical perfection beneath layers of grotesque noise, is capable of shining as cleanly as the steel H.R. Giger sculpture on the cover of this death-metal classic. All of the bludgeoned progressions are intact, but this time they swoon rather than suffocate. This is a meticulously constructed grindcore masterpiece that sounds fresh, but never abandons the unique twists of the genre it helped create. By playing fewer notes, the impressive structure behind Carcass's compositions is revealed. It turns out the snarling skeleton that emerges is just as lethal as the menacing muck from which it crawled. --Ian Christe ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Killing us Slowly
Do you really think this band is good? Do you think they are carrying on a legacy of metal? I don't. Before you cry "Poser" let me explain.
What was something every metal band in the 80's had? A singer that could sing to save his life. A singer who could write lyrics to save his live. A singer who was not so bad at writing lyrics that he had to cover it up with his lack of singing ability to be "Unique". I play in a progressive metal band, using metal influences(including shredding, double bass drums, loud squealing fast guitar solos) but use a true singer. It sounds better than this. But back to my review. Metal went wrong when bands started to fuse metal and punk, creating the scream and grunt. After this it was all over. Now I solely blame this metal blasphme on bands such as Carcass, that were "Frontliners" of Death Metal in the 90's. Thank you guys for keeping metal alive, but you did it while stripping it of a key component, the crazy singer with the voice that could challenge that of a classic vocalist. If you want better(not heavier) metal, pick up "Thoughts Without Words" by Shadows Fall, or "The War Within". If your not into it, if it isnt hardcore enough then stay with your laughing stock of a metal scene. For god sake can't we all just get the Led out?

4-0 out of 5 stars Grooves to make your neighbors hate you.
I really didn't care for washing my insides out with a Brillo pad. And Carcass's earlier music was really just as abrasive as a Brillo. Less to care about there, and a lot of death metal, than in anything punk ever produced. But the tight grooves on this album are fantastic. 'Heartwork' is a fine disc that won't keep you guessing, but will keep you satisfied with beefy guitars and groove-laden songs. It's a great adrenaline rush. One problem, I always start singing 'People of the Lie' by Kreator when the chorus to 'Heartwork' comes up. But that's just me I guess.

This is my favorite album to pull out and let fly when the neighbors to the left decide to test their speakers throughout the day with whatever weekly cheeseball rapper's beats will make the windows wiggle. Sometimes it works. I think lately they're grooving on it too.
Might have to find a new one.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
If you're a fan of true Death Metal, check out every album Carcass recorded before this one.By the time they made this album they were clearly not interested in playing Death Metal anymore (neither were many of the founding bands of this scene by this point).This album is a silly blend of what the band used to be (Death Metal) and something akin to early 80's/late 70's British heavy metal.If you're into watered down pseudo-Death Metal, then this is for you (although there's better bands out there who do this lighter form of metal better, i.e. Iron Maiden or Judas Priest), but if you're a fan of true Death Metal and music that is heavy and fast, check out Carcass's earlier albums, or pretty much anything by released before 1994 by Napalm Death, Entombed, Morbid Angel or any number of other good bands that were out there founding the Death Metal scene. ... Read more

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Reign In Blood
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 August, 1998)
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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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5-0 out of 5 stars slayer!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!?! rules......................
oh hell yeah this is so damn good.
can't really say much cause every thing has been said.
my favourite thrash album.

high lights: angel of death(duh), jesus saves, piece by piece and raining blood + the whole album

if like this get god hates us all and season in the abyss

4-0 out of 5 stars 500th review!!
This is a really mean thrash-album. Slayer knew when they recorded it they set a new standard. Yep, no doubt about that!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Metal Album Ever!!
You should be ashamed if you need to be told how good this album is, it is the most agressive, breakthrough, album ever. Not alot of good metal anymore like this, few true new metal bands left like this one, Majur Bludd has become my recent favorite. ... Read more

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Beneath the Remains
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 January, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars All killer, no filler
Not only are Sepultura as equally as responsible as Slayer for spearheading extreme/thrash/death metal, but Sepultura are also responsible for making "Beneath the Remains," a landmark metal album. Sepultura's first album drew numerous comparisons to Slayer, but Sepultura definitely came into their own with this album. They still play at the speed of Slayer, but with the heaviness of Morbid Angel (a band that came after Sepultura). Scorching solos, awesome riffs, pounding drums, "boom boom" beats...these songs have everything you could as for in album from this genre. This C.D. may pick up where "Schizophrenia" left off (and is sort of like"Schizophrenia, Part 2"), but who can complain? From the first track to the last, there isn't a single song that is filler. The aforementioned first song (the title track, which opens with an acoustic intro, ala Metallica's "Battery," then changes gears and rockets into hyper speed) and "Sarcastic Existence" (which has a drum intro, furious double bass work, and two scorching solos from Andreas Kisser) are two of the best songs and best representations of this album. Also, make sure you get the remastered version of this album, not the original that came out in 1989. Not only is the sound quality a lot better, but the remastered version also has two extra tracks ("Inner Self" and "Mass Hypnosis") at the end, which are brilliant instrumentals.

5-0 out of 5 stars The real deal
1989's "Beneath the Remains" marked a breakthrough for Sepultura.Don't let the acoustic intro of the opening title track fool you, "Beneath the Remains" is one of the absolute greatest death/thrash metal albums of all time, and remains the best album to come from Sepultura to this day.Max Cavalera's furious howls are enough to make your ears bleed, Igor Cavalera's thunderous double bass drumming is among the best to be heard in the genre, and guitarist Andreas Kisser's blistering solo work on "Slaves of Pain", "Sarcastic Existence", and "Mass Hypnosis" are nothing short of brilliant.There's not a single filler track to be heard on "Beneath the Remains", justifying it's reputation as an all time classic.This is the real deal, nothing Max ever conjured up in Soulfly could even compare to this, and the many bands populating the new "metalcore" scene today should give this a listen to hear how death/thrash/metal is really done.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Reign in blood Part Deux"
that is what everyone was calling this album when it first emerged on american shores in 1989...REIGN IN BLOOD 2! Well, it isn't but it is the second best metal album after "Reign in Blood." If you know squat about metal, you know "Reign in Blood" and "Beneth the Remains," period! The Slayer/Reign influence is evident here but Sepultura truly came up with their own brand of death n destruction on "Beneath." Every death/thrash/grind/spazz metal album was influenced by this, as well as "Reign" it's without a doubt Sepultura's best moment, and metal's hardest album. this album straddles the line between THRASH( Metallica, Anthrax ) and DEATH( Napalm Death, Obituary. ) The result? Man, gotta hear thjis for yourself!! It's a sham every fan of doo doo bands like Sevendust or Incubus or even Metallica's last album, who never heard "Reign in Blood" or "Beneath" need to get their wigs pushed back when this is popped into their stereos seriously!! I remember being a lil 15 year old metalhead and hearing all the hype about the "next Slayer from Brazil" and this album is CRAZY! Well, they hype is real like Slim Shady would say, when I first heard it I probably did a Beavis and Butthead esque "Whoaaaaaaaa hehe he hehehe this ROCKS heh hehe!!" Although bands like Carcass and Napalm Death may have gone to extremes in their vocals and sound...NOTHING is heavier than this here album! Not anything by Carcass, Napalm, Obituary, Terrorizer...and i love all thosebands! This is just the way it's supposed to be done! too bad we'll never hear another metal album as fresh or devastatingly brutal again! but come to think about it... that is probably what people said when Slayer did "Reign in Blood!" ... Read more

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Master of Puppets
Average Customer Review: 4.5 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 RIP Cliff
this is my second favorite cd of mine from my favorite band (my first being ride the lightning). no weak spots on this one, solid all the way through. great cd, great band, ENOUGH SAID


5-0 out of 5 stars BEST CD METALLICA EVER MADE!!!!!
I wont bore you with all the single song ratings, I'm not gonna waste your time. Just putting it short, there is no flaw with this cd, it's Metallica in their prime. Master of Puppets (song)is my favorite Metallica song and best on the cd. Lots of awesome solos, really heavy and lots of madness. One of the best cds I've ever bought, definitely best Metallica cd. METALLICA RULES THE WORLD!!!!!!! BUY IT!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Great! You should know by now!
Most definitive of their catalog by far, they lost alot of writing ability after Cliff died and have never been this good since(live or studio). Not too many true metal bands left, check out Majur Bludd live if you like real metal like this. ... Read more

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Return of the Killer A's: The Best of Anthrax
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
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Return of the Killer A's is by no means a farewell to 13 years of pioneering metal. Rather, it's an assemblage of classics, B-sides, and covers that sums up their career. Scott Ian and bandmates cowrote the 1980s speed-metal bible in an era when most bands were fixated with hairspray, but the band persevered through metal's lean years. They defied convention by becoming one of the first metal acts to gain mass appeal with their reworking of Public Enemy's anthem "Bring the Noise." Their humorous "hit," "I'm the Man," is also here along with such mosh-pit faves as "Antisocial," "Indians," and a sprawling punk-enraged cover of Joe Jackson's "Got the Time." More recent tunes such as the Pantera-like "Hi Pro Glu" and "Crush" are included alongside a version of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion," with early vocalist Joey Belladonna and current frontman John Bush sharing vocal duties. --Shanthi Sivanesan ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Okay compilation
Anthrax is a great thrash metal band. They have MANY good songs, a lot more than the sixteen tracks here. While it is lacking, it has some good, redeeming factors. How does this stack up? Read on to find out.

-You get many of Anthrax's best works on one CD.
-It's a cheap compilation.
-Almost fills the limit you can fit on a CD.
-Has new songs. (i'll review them before I finish this review)

-WHERE THE F**K IS CAUGHT IN A MOSH?!?!?!?!?!??!?!
-Doesn't have songs from all of Anthrax's album.
-Has the RADIO EDIT of I'm The Man.

3. Potter's Field (Remix)-5/5-A great song gets a great remix.
4. Ball of Confusion-5/5-HOLY CRAP!!! Joey Belladonna, John Bush AND Danny Lilker on the same track!?!?!?!?! 'Nuff said.
8. Hy Pro Glo (Remix)-5/5-See track 3.

If you're new to Anthrax, DON'T buy any of their compilations, buy Among The Living.'Nuff said.

4-0 out of 5 stars They Have Their Law
Anthrax is one of the heaviest bands in the world...and no withouth a reason. The guitar riffs are very heavy and the lyrics are tough ones too. There's old songs and also newer songs. The half of the songs are sung by the old vocalist. The classic hip hop - rock songs "Bring the Noise" and "I'm the Man" go well with the heavy metal songs "Indians", "I Am the Law", "Madhouse" etc. I like more the old vocalist but the new isn't bad. He can sing very well the songs "Hy Pro Glo", "Only", "Room for One More", and "Inside Out". There's also a classic Joe Jackson cover: "Got the Time". Anthrax can sing it very fast but not as fast as Joe Jackson. It is a great question mark: Where's the classic songs "Be All End All" from "State of Euphoria" and "Caught in a Mosh" from "Among the Living". I and many other think that they are the best Anthrax songs ever. They have been left for some average tracks...hoh!
Stars: I Am the Law, Among the Living, Hy Pro Glo, Madhouse

I believe that this is a good compilation which has many of this bands classic hits.It is not perfect because it is missing some really good songs,but then again what compilations out there are ever perfect.If you dont have all their albums then this is a good place to start.METAL RULES!!! ... Read more

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Bigger Than the Devil
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 May, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars they haven't lost anything over the past 14 years
if you liked Speak English Or Die, you will probably dig this album. yeah, there are some subtle differences. the guitar sound isn't the same classic 80's thrash metal tone that made Scott Ian's rhythm playing famous. it's a little more sludgy. also, Billy Milano's vocals are a little meaner sounding with a lower, throaty growl compared to the S.E.O.D. album. but overall, the S.O.D. spirit is still there. the songs are still great, they're still heavy, funny, and offensive. probably one of the best metal albums of 1999. you may or not agree, but it has to be at least the best album on Nuclear Blast records that came out in '99.

4-0 out of 5 stars S.O.D is back and theyre angry
You want to exorcise your demons? you want to sweat all that piss you off? this album is the inspiration you need , is awesome how this guys kinda speak for you, social criticism is the main subject of the album, but you can find a lot of sense of humor in many of the tracks also, smashing riffs , loud and furious drums , angry vocals this album is a blast, more than 15 years we had to wait for a new album of this project but wait had its reward

5-0 out of 5 stars The moment of truth is finally here
Wow.Wow, wow, wow.This is a GREAT CD.I would honestly give this 6 stars if I could.I love this CD and I love S.O.D., if you want to challenge me on it, I'll show you my S.O.D. tattoo.So what's great about this record?What's not great about this record?Every song (except "The Song That Don't Go Fast") is like the best crossover song you've ever heard only FASTER.The reason S.O.D. only put out two studio albums in 14 years is because they can say everything that needs to be said in 35 seconds."Shenanigans" is priceless."The Crackhead Song" and "Kill the A$$holes" are great."Fugu."Yup.And they polish it all off with "The Moment of Truth," which might just have the best chorus I've ever heard, plus great lyrics about one of the most amazing event in history - the Spartan's stand at Thermopylae.How about that?A$$-kicking crossover and a history lesson all in one.If you don't own this, then you're just a sad sack of crap. ... Read more

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American Psycho
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 May, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The misfits are still sweet
This cd is great. It has a good vibe to it. But one thing i cant stand is people griping about the misfits. Yes I know Graves is no Danzig but he still is really good. Its good that they have a new sound too. I dont know why people complain about how they suck now when if they came back and sounded exactly the same as they used to people would still complain that its to much the same and that they should do something different. I also hate when people say " oh this isnt even the misfits " because Jerry only and Doyle were in the original misfits ( Doyle came in a few years into it) and the band has always had different drummers so the only thing that is different is the singer and the sound. Anyways... The cd is great and sticks to the 50s music vibe they've always had. Some good songs are "dig up her bones", " Shining", "mars attacks" and " the haunting ". If you like this cd pick up Famous monsters too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pure sh''!
This is rubbish! I hate this band! This isn't music! this is like saxon or tool!

3-0 out of 5 stars Old Misfits injected with a fatal dose of glitzy poser-punk.
But dont get me wrong, its not ALL bad. It does have some nice characteristics although it is NOT musically superior. It just sounds that way because the studio production is much more expensive than anything the Old 'Fits could have afforded. And alot of people just cant get over the fact that this album follows a formula. It does have its moments, but I just cant recommend this to any fans of the old Misfits. And for Chris, the reason why everyone is blasting this album is just because its insulting that they would slap the Misfits label on this with only one original member who didnt even really contribute musically to the original sound to begin with. And how can you say the Old Misfits sucked? They were geniuses at songcrafting and were a cornerstone in promoting punk music. You definitely need to rethink yourself before shooting your mouth off about stuff you know nothing about.

We all know after the 80s that the corporations moved in on punk music and basically made it a take-home commodity, An observation reflected by the relatively poor marketing of a politically correct punk movement that ushered in a new generation of teeny boppers who will never know what the old scene was like. And as for American Psycho, probably the best that the new Misfits offered, It just wasnt the same without Danzig who arguably WAS the old-school Misfits. Now what were left with is ironically a corpse, a frame of what once was and an attempt at reconstruction. Whatever, im over it, but either way its a halfway decent attempt even though it follows a formula... ... Read more

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