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Crimson Idol
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 February, 1999)
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Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of the Best
First, let me start by saying this is my Third favorite 'themed' album, behind Savatage's "Streets; a rock opera" and Queensryche's "Operation: Mindcrime".
Second, let me say that I've read some of the other reviews here, and I do not believe this album is fictional. Embellished, yes, but not truly fictional. I believe that this truly is Blackie Lawless' autobiographical masterpiece!

I heard this album back when it was first released and a roomate of mine bought it. Now, years later, I have been remembering the songs, and recently added it to my collection. it is *startling* how good this album is, and it's barely left my cd player in 2 weeks. Add great prodution with the fact I believe a Metal legend is baring his soul and history to his fans, and this is a *powerful* album that will touch you.

It's different than the other WASP albums, yet in some ways very similar. If you are a fan of old Metal, you owe it to yourself to buy this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars GET THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I originally got this album before it was released in the US, paying twice the asking price, and it was still a bargain. Probably the 2nd or 3rd greatest metal concept album of all time, behind Mindcrime and maybe Streets.

The story is a familiar one--a rocker finds fame and fortune isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially since he still does not have the one thing he wants most: the respect and love of his parents.

But the music is what really brings this story to life. Featuring some killer vocals and some Keith Moon-esque drumming, every song is a near classic. Chainsaw Charlie is a ripping classic, while the Idol is one of the most emotional tunes I've EVER heard. And the climax of the album is a very satisfying closer.

If you're a fan of heavy metal and a fan of concept albums, you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Heavy Metal
This album has got to be one of my favorite heavy metal albums of all time. My favorite track is "Chainsaw Charlie". The album is full of awesome tracks, far too many to mention, but they all deserve to be heard! As an owner of this great album, i'm here to tell you that you should get it, if you don't have it already!Blackie Lawless certainly knew what he was doing when he recorded this killer album! Kudos to the heavy metal master! ... Read more

Asin: B00000FEO9
Sales Rank: 107423


K.F.D.
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 July, 1999)
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Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely among Wasp's best
This is the kind of anger I wish Blackie would return to. I find this album, by far, more honest than most other WASP releases. I loved the departure into technical, synthetic sounding music periodically -- it gave the band an added dimension that really enhanced their sound. Easily among the angriest albums I've ever heard... I love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Album is The best!
This Lp Is The best w.a.s.p. album to date! if your a w.a.s.p. fan, and you don't like this album, then your not a real w.a.s.p. fan, at all. I dare anyone to compare this album to anyothers like this one out on the market, but their is no comparing this lp! if you enjoy Industrial, I would recomment this lp!

5-0 out of 5 stars To Hell With What Anyone Else Says!!!
This is the very best W.A.S.P album ever. Some people dislike it because it has a bit of industrial flair to it, but I feel that a little industrial sound added greatly to the disturbing elements of this album. Prepare for the onslaught. Listening to this album is the closest thing to psycological rape that I have found. ... Read more

Asin: B00000JKDO
Sales Rank: 173693


Deliverance
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 September, 1994)
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Deliverance evokes the sounds of a kinder, gentler era of heavy rock, a time before there was moshing. In those days, if you wanted to end up prone on a crowded coliseum floor and get stomped on, you just drank and smoked until you passed out where you stood. With this record Corrosion of Conformity, one of the most influential and caustic punk bands of the mid-'80s, make a dramatic shift toward groovy, Southern-fried metal á la Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and ZZ Top, and they do it quite convincingly. Fans of their previous releases may not think that's a good thing, but this album might snare a whole new crowd of devotees. --Adem Tepedelen ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Corrosion of Conformity Stands As A Benchmark
Just like another reviewer, COC's "Deliverance" album was the first COC album I got my hands on years ago. It was given to me by a friend who was into all sorts of hard music. The music overall is very groove driven, but has all sorts of tempos ranging from relaxed to frenetic. Pepper Keenan's guitar and vocal skills are great, and I hope he keeps producing COC albums once finished working with Phil Anselmo on Down's various works. Some people like to classify COC as 'stoner metal', but I just like to think of them as good ol' rock n' roll with both heavy and southern influences. 'Clean My Wounds', 'Broken Man', and 'Pearls Before Swine' will always be some of my favorites, but by far my most favorite on the album is 'Senor Limpio'. As a whole, the album is fantastic and I just love to throw this in when I'm in the mood for something to rock the house but not too fast or crazy to give me a headache. I highly recommend this to fans of Metallica and Down (considering Pepper Keenan does the main guitar work for Down so the riffs sound very similar). Check this out and enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars An overlooked underrated classic
When I first started listening to C.O.C. a few years back "Deliverance" was the album that introduced me to them. And what an introduction it was, six years later and this is still one of my all time favorite albums. "Albatross" (which I just found out the other day that a music video was made for it) and "Clean My Wounds" are catchy and simplistic, but are undeniably heavy and remain live staples for C.O.C. today, while acoustic instrumentals "Without Wings" and "Mano de Mono" add an emotional impact to the album. "Seven Days" is my all time favorite C.O.C. song though, the lyrics are tied into the crucifixion of Christ and the guitar harmonies are really pulled off well and has a solo nearly reminiscent of Slayer. "My Grain", "Senor Limpio", "Broken Man", and the title track are favorites of mine as well, and "Deliverance" is rounded out as my favorite C.O.C. album with "Wiseblood" a close second. If you have never listened to C.O.C. before but you like Pantera or the Down albums then any C.O.C. album is recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A long-forgotten gem
I was looking for music to review for amazon recently and one of the cds I came across was Corrosion of Conformity's "Deliverance". I bought this cd back in '95 or '96. It was awhile after the album was released. I bought it because I loved the song "Clean My Wounds". I'm not a big metal fan but I fell in love with the song almost immediately. It was nothing like the metal music I was exposed to back in the '80s and early '90s. CoC's music. The music is melodic and heavy enough for both genders to enjoy. I was really moved by the acoustic instrumentals "Without Wings" (my personal favorite of the two instrumentals) and "Mano de Mono". I was also moved by the ballad "Broken Man". "Deliverance" definitely delivers. It is truly one of the best hard rock albums ever. I wish there were more bands like Corrosion of Conformity. They managed to make music that would appeal to all types of people. ... Read more

Asin: B000002AOJ


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Bloody Kisses
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 May, 1994)
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Fronted by eternal cynic Peter Steele (ex-Carnivore), Type O Negative have evolved from an atmospheric punk band to a melodic gothic metal outfit. The band's breakthrough disc Bloody Kisses blends gothic keyboards, dense guitars, and mournful vocals reminiscent of Sisters of Mercy with metal riffs and surging rhythms that sound like a cross between Black Sabbath and The Cult. The combination is compelling, and on "Christian Woman" and "Black No. 1" (which features the chorus "Loving you was like loving the dead"), Type O Negative's negativity shines through in a way that makes depressed teenage girls dressed in black swoon. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exploring a fine line between dark and humorous...
Ah...Type O Negative, dark quartet of moody, macabre, sometimes offensive, sometimes funny, but always rocking music. Many consider this their best album, and it probably is. I certainly love it. Every track (even the fillers) contribute to a sense of schizoid darkness embraced in an air of humor. The first track alone, "Machine Screw," just sends chills down the spine. It's difficult to determine if I should laugh or cringe...so i do both. "Christian Woman" and "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" are classic tracks, and are utterly brilliant, possessing as much melodic beauty and technical musicianship as anything done by King Crimson, Pink Floyd, or Black Sabbath. "Fay Wray Come Out and Play," another filler that's either scary or funny, though it's probably more funny than anything. "Kill All the White People"...is just plain hilarious. Listen to it and laugh, for that's all it is: a mockery of racism at its most extreme, to the point of total humor. "Set Me on Fire," "Summer Breeze," the title track, "Blood and Fire," "Too Late: Frozen,"...all are incredible testaments to Type O's blending of gothic beauty with metal mayhem, mixing depressive emotions with unbridled hilarity. If the songs aren't mocking society ("Kill All the White People," and "We Hate Everyone") they're mocking ex-girlfriends and goth chicks. I read somewhere that "Black No. 1" was about an ex-GF goth chick of frontman Peter Steele's who liked him to wear a mirror so she could imagine f***ing herself...sounds like a depressing situation that could easily be made fun of to me, and that's precisely what the band does. Musically and lyrically, the album shows the band in top-form, easily making it their best album (although it is arguable that the following albums were just as good, and IMHO they are, if not better). Get this album!!! Listen to it...and either wallow in the dark and moody pastures of depression, or run in the plateaus of mockery and fun! Either way, this album is incredible!

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Goth Metal Album To Own
My first exposure to TON was October Rust. I absolutely loved that CD and I knew I had to get the entire TON catalog. I had heard that TON had generated a lot of controversy from their previous albums. But nothing would prepare me for what I was going to hear for the first minute of this album. The sounds of a ... Wow now that is a beginning. Bloody Kisses has got all the elements that make it a Goth classic. Slow long songs, distorted guitars, ethereal keyboards and vocals deeper than a grave. Although the music is dark and moody the lyrics are amusing in most cases. This album also contains two of the greatest Goth songs Christian Woman and Black No 1. These two songs are alone worth the price of the disc. But there are other gems too. The title song, an 11 minute dirge could only be attempted by a band like TON. Other songs worth mentioning are Summer Breeze that make a happy carefree song sound like a graveyard dirge. Too Late: Frozen and Blood and Fire are good standard Goth rock songs. The fillers are entertaining without getting too irritating. We hate everyone and Kill All the White People are reminiscent of their early work. Cant Lose You is another good song but suffers due to its length as it becomes too repetitious. My final verdict buy this disc blindly. If you are a fan of TON you must get this or die! If you are new to them or Goth rock/metal in general I would suggest you first try out October Rust and then their other work.

This album is a masterpiece. Finis.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best CD that Type O - has ever put out!
How can I define it SIK,A TREAT,or plain and simple perfect?
perfect.I loved it!

1.Christian Woman (10/10) Great Lyrics with a pleasing beat.
I enjoyed all 11 minutes of it!

2.Bloody Kisses (10/10) Scary!Talks About Romance and death
don't listen to it at night.

3.Too Late:Frozen (10/10) Amazing lyrics makes you feel like
your changing moods all of the time.

4.Blood & Fire (9/10)
Okay.Kinda reminds me of a Nickleback song.

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They are the same.A good mood song and thats great once in a while.(10/10)

8.Suspended in Dusk (10/10) Scary Don't listen to at all!

9.Black #1 (1000/10) YEAH! ... Read more

Asin: B000000H6D


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Rust in Peace
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 September, 1990)
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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

Asin: B000002UUX


Youthanasia
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 November, 1994)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Megadeth goes Metallica
If you liked "Peace sells" and "So far so good so what" you will put a price on Dave Mustaine's head for making this record. If "Countdown to Extinction" was rather your taste you will love this record, for it goes in the same direction, just a little bit less metal and more softer tunes. This isn't a bad album for people who liked Metallica's black Album or Reload, but for the ones that got to know Megadeth by their earlier recordings, I think it's hell. Forget about double-bass drumming, fast guitars and riot solos, welcome chart-song writing and MTV "serious rock" attitude. Don't get me wrong this Album has it's highpoints too: Dave doesn't sing as terrible as sometimes on the older records and there are no real weak songs like the shameful covers of "Anarchy in the U.K." or "I ain't superstitious". After some time, I got to like nearly every song on this CD, but it isn't a milestone and it isn't worth all the puplicity done for it. If you are looking for innovation, go elsewhere, if you are about to open up a bar and need some music for the rush hours, get it. But don't be fooled : This isn't a Metal CD, it lacks Attitude, Feeling and Energy.

4-0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change
You know its funny how I never really got Megadeth. I mean, I like thrash as much as the next guy (as well as death, black and power metal) but Peace Sells didn't ring any bells and I wasn't impressed by Rust In Peace either. So when a friend told me that he'd bought Youthanasia I had no reason to be interested. That is, until he played it to me.

Now, lets get this straight, I'm not a massive fan of rock. I prefer my music more extreme. But this CD just struck a chord with me that I didn't know was there. It's not metal, true, but its nonetheless a great album. I would say that a band who have expanded their sound have sold out. I mean, if you were a teeny-bopper would you buy an album by a band called Megadeth? This simply shows that they can write melodic rock as well as thrash, and in my opinion they do it better.

This contains some brilliant songs. It's got catchy choruses, great riffs, delicious leads (the fact that even though Master Of Puppets is regarded as Metallica's greatest album people still say that the best leads are on Kill Em All, and why? Because Dave wrote them) make for a very pleasing album. The opening track could be better, but all the others rock hard. The best tracks are Train Of Consequences, A Tout Le Monde and Youthanasia.

So anyway, this is a great album. Very listenable, very good. Oh, and a band who sell out don't continue to play solos like this. So accept it! Great album. Go buy now!

3-0 out of 5 stars Youthanasia
Reckoning Day 2/5
This song is based on a killer riff played during each verse in the usual 'verse chorus verse chorus' song structure. The lyric is about hate and revenge and based around emotions. I don't find the lyrics very deep or clever and it kind of ruins an otherwise good track.
Train Of Consequences 3/5
Fast paced song based around a clever riff. Catchy chorus and harmonica at the end. Lyrics are nothing special.
Addicted To Chaos 4/5
Mid-tempo melodic song with multilayered vocals at ending part. Emotional lyrics that are clever this time. Includes a guitar solo which is nothing to mention really.
A Tout Le Monde 4/5
Melodic ballad that is part in French. Powerful and emotional.
Elysian Fields 5/5
Epic song with religous context. Guitar melody works particularly good with chorus. Multilayered vocals at encore.
The Killing Road 5/5
Song based on the constant roadtrips of musicians on tour. Clever lyrics in verses and a chorus that's really annoying at first but once you accept it after a few listens it makes the song even better. Killer solo at end.
Blood Of Heroes 2/5
Weak song about superheroes.
Family Tree 4/5
Emotional ballad about family trauma. Intricate melody and clever lyrics.
Youthanasia 2/5
Song about todays youth. Weak vocal performance and slow paced tempo. Tvisted chorus saves the song.
I Thought I Knew It All 1/5
Song about life experience. Megadeth pop, doesn't work.
Black Curtains 2/5
Heaviest song on the record. It's about death and darkness. Nothing special.
Victory 4/5
Self-reflecting song on their career so far. Lyrics is a play on words with the titles of previous songs linked together. Fast paced tempo and strong vocal melody. Second part of song is filled with killer solo exchanges between the guitarists. ... Read more

Asin: B000002TPS
Sales Rank: 10153


River Runs Red
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 October, 1993)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums I've ever heard
This is a truly amazing album. Amazing and totally unique. Nothing sounds like this. Crushing guitars, tremendous bottom end, heartfelt melodies, empassioned vocals, and emotional lyrics abound. This is one of the most awe inspiring and emotionally charged works of art I've ever experienced. Keith Caputo has a soaring, unforgettable voice. Joey Z's guitar sound is massive, churning, razor sharp. Alan Robert, bassist and songwriter, is a musical genius who supplies a bottom end that makes this album groove and pound away. Sal Abruscato's drums sound great. The album deals with some very dark and personal issues. Depression, frustration, insecurity, and most prominently, suicide, are central themes. However, the music, and it's emotional content are almost uplifting. This was a band that tore through the New York Hardcore scene in the early 90's, with talented songwriting, aggression, and originality like no other. Every song is special, with standouts being: "This Time", "Respect", "Words and Music", "Bad Seed", "The Stain Remains", and the anthemic "Method of Groove" and "Underground." Get this album, as a metal fan, or anyone who appreciates the unparalleled emotional power of music.

5-0 out of 5 stars River Runs Red Review
This is a godly CD. It's definintly the best of LOA's CD's, not to say that the others aren't incredibly good as well. Keith's voice is a voice like no others', and it gives me chills every time I listen to the CD. Keith and Alan are so good at writing lyrics. This CD is filled with incredibly talented music, not neccessarily skill-wise, but creatively.

This Time-Still my favorite LOA song. It's about Kieth's trouble's with his father. That's a very broad overview of the meaning, but you'll have to find out for yourself.

Underground-A great anthem to staying true to one's self, summed up by the first lyric of the song "If you don't walk with me I will walk alone."

River Runs Red-Although this song is quite negative, it's still really catchy, and I personally love the lyric "I suppose I'll be dead by the morning light, don't be surprised if you mind when you find me."

Through and Through-A quicker song. This song is about, in my opinion, not doing anything until you're ready to avoid messing up.

Words and Music-Easily summed up by the chorus "It's these words and music that keep me leaving, keep me breathing."

Bad Seed-A song about Keith's mom's suicide, it's a really good song.

My Eyes-This is another negative song about suicide, but still, the opening riff is icredibly catchy.

Respect-A song about respect. The chorus kind of sounds like a cult-chant, but a good song still.

Method of Groove-An awesome song where Alan and Joey join Keith in singing. This is a very positive song filled with awesome riffs, like all of their songs.

The Stain Remains-This is about overcoming hardships in life and stay away from negativity, and making your dreams come true. Keith's voice in the beginning gives me chills everytime.

All the interludes in the CD are awesome, and the last one is really jaw-dropping. It's so sad, but really deep.

Hands down, this is the best CD ever. I can't really say any bands that relate to them, but if you like any sort of metal, you should love this. This CD is a great addition to any collection. BUY THIS ALUBUM!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
First of all, I'm not a big metal fan. Sute, I listen to Metallica and I love Tool. I grew up with KISS posters on my bedroom walls, but I prefer eighties rock and New Wave to most of todays thrash. About two months ago I caught an old Headbangers Ball live vid of "River Runs Red". I thought "Did I miss something here? Who the hell are Life of Agony?" I immediately purchased "River Runs Red" and I have not stopped playing it since. Crushing guitar work and insane tempo changes abound. My opinion of the vocals leaves a little to be desired, but the lyrics and melodies more than cover any range shortcomings. I gave this one five stars because there are only a handfull of CD's out there that can be played from start-to-finish at maximum output. This is one of them. ... Read more

Asin: B000000H6N
Sales Rank: 23921


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The Ritual
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 May, 1992)
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3-0 out of 5 stars my least favorite testament album...
Keep in mind that a band with a pedigree like Testament's worst album is still better than most metal releases. The Ritual was their response to the early 90s trend of swapping thrash metal for a more user friendly direction, ala Metallica and Megadeth. In the 80s Testament were just short of mainstream success achieved by their "big 4" peers, and I suppose the Ritual was a (label influenced??) attempt to capitalize on metal's newfound marketability.

Electric Crown is a killer song with a great chorus and solo, but unfortunately one of the most upbeat tracks on the album. This is my main point of contention w/ the Ritual... it's too slow. The riffs are there, but they drag along and don't hold my attention long enough.

Return to Serenity is the second high point of the album, an amazing ballad with beautiful guitar work, perhaps Testament's shining hour songwriting wise. After the Ritual they booted Alex Skolnick and released "Low" the heaviest and arguably best record of their career, avoiding the downwards creative spiral suffered by those two "M" bands

Testament rules

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and definitely worthwhile
First of all, here's where I stand. Testament is my favorite heavy metal band, and The Ritual is one of my favorite albums of all time. Here's why.

Everything begins with a brooding "Signs of Chaos," an eerie-sounding guitar solo, foreshadowing the things to come. It leads right into "Electric Crown," which has an element of Metallica to it, but that's exactly where that ends. The album continues with a heavier offering, "So Many Lies." Going on, we encounter "Let Go Of My World," an oddly-timed bit with an absolutely incredible guitar solo. There are quite a few surprises, up until the very end.

The compositions on this release are wonderful. There may be one or two weaker songs, with some riffs keeping with trite key progressions, but these weaknesses can be overlooked without much regret.

One thing that cannot be overlooked is the lead guitar work - Alex Skolnik shines on every one of the tracks with melodically complex and technically stunning solos. The highlights for me are "Agony", where the solo reflects the song title very appropriately, and the ballad "Return To Serenity," for which the guitar solo is long and varied, building up to its resolution - similar in compositional approach to such pieces as Scorpions' Still Loving You and Pantera's The Sleep.

The vocals are also quite good. I'm not a fan of the later vocal styling that Testament adopted, and this is very little like it. There is a clear melody in the singing, but it has a definite growl to it, which conveys quite well the adrenaline high that the singer experiences through his music.

The production quality is mediocre, but not so bad as to take away from the good elements of the record. If you play this on the most average speakers/headphones, you will be able to make out what the band's trying to play/say. Quality may be subpar, but at least it's consistent.

And on a final note, this album is not to be compared to any of Metallica's efforts. Metallica could only wish they had the guts to put out something like this, especially nowdays; their lead guitar, for example, does not even begin to compare. I'm amazed that people actually say that this album is inferior to Metallica's self-titled release. Production-wise, perhaps, but definitely not musically.

3-0 out of 5 stars A decent effort but certainly not the best
The Ritual is an album which although is good in both musical quality as well as excellent songwriting lacked one very important thing that defines them as being thrash metal. Where the hell is double bass drumming and that famous fast kick drum snare beat I had come to love over the years. It almost seems like they were attempting to write their Black Album or something. A decent effort but if you love thrash as much as i do you would be better off picking up The New Order or Low. ... Read more

Asin: B000002ITM
Sales Rank: 64736


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Bastards [Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 October, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars This Is Really Born To Raise Hell
The first time I heard anything off of this album it was on the beginning of AIRHEADS man that was one song that I could not get out of my head it rocked and the all of the true Moterhead fans already know that the name is BORN TO RAISE HELL!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's Motorhead, fools!
This is the best Motorhead album ever, and that's saying something, because Motorhead has released a lot of great albums. My favorite songs are "Liar," "Devils," and "I am the Sword." The only thing that could have made this album any better is if Bastards contained the version of "Born to Raise Hell" from the Airheads soundtrack (f/ Ice-T & Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe). This is also my personal favorite Motorhead album cover, even though it is plain old black & white, and kind of dark. You just know when you see the cover art that this album is going to kick your ass. So if you don't have it, and you are any sort of metal fan at all, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lucky
I came across this album at a small music store, my friend had told me about it but said it was hard to get so i got it. And im so glad that i did! This is one of my favorite metal albums i have. It's a true gem!! ... Read more

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Best of the Beast
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1996)
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The cover of the Iron Maiden retrospective Best of the Beast features the band's zombie mascot Eddie in seven of the various ghastly guises he assumed for the band's records. The image conveys volumes about the group's brash, visual form of heavy metal. Starting with Maiden's most well known track "Number of the Beast" (which was actually featured on the band's third album), the disc progresses through eight singles recorded during the height of its career and a handful of less memorable cuts that followed its glory years. Galloping beats, twin guitar leads, and eardrum-shattering vocals abound, along with lyrics that could have been plucked straight from the Tales of the Crypt comic books. Overall, a valid collection, but it suffers from the omission of classics like "Die with Your Boots On," "Flight of Icarus," and "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the best heavy metal band ever!
This double CD is an excellent compilation of the things that Iron Maiden did from 1978 to 1996. It contains very good material from all their albums, the CD artwork is excellent and it has the lyrics from all the songs there. I think that true fans maybe disappointed for the omission of "Flight Of Icarus", "Revelations", "Infinite Dreams", "Killers", among others, but people new to Maiden will really enjoy this magnificent compendium of songs.

My favorite songs are here, including the epic "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Live)", "Aces High" and Di'Anno's years masterpiece: "Phantom Of The Opera". "The Trooper" stands out along with "The Number Of The Beast". The "Running Free" live cut is awesome, even better than the original one (Bruce proves that he is an excellent singer on stage).

The 90's stuff has a lot of power on it. "Be Quick Or Be Dead" is a true Maiden song and "Fear Of The Dark" was recorded with an audience that the band hardly will never forget.

The Bayley's songs are outstandings. They show the full writing ability of the band on "Virus" and Harris's supremacy on "Sign Of The Cross".

This CD is a sample of some of the best Maiden songs ever, despite several tracks missing, such as: "Children Of The Damned", and the aforementioned ones.

It's a shame that this CD is out of print. However, try to get the live albums for a true Maiden experience. "Live After Death" and "Rock In Rio" are just OK!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is great for anyone who is new to Iron Maiden
This is the first Iron Maiden album that I bought. Being only 14 years old means that I was not about when Maiden were REALLY huge, and seeing as my taste in music is quite old it means that I have to rely on compilations like these. Anyone who is relativly new to Iron Maiden should certainly buy this album, especially seeing as it has been re-released with 2 CDs (and yes, I am upset about that!!). The album kicks off with The Number Of The Beast, which is, in my opinion, one of the best Maiden songs ever. It also contains brilliant songs such as Aces High, Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter and Hallowed Be Thy Name. If I went on to list all of the good songs I'd be talking about the whole album, so I think that I will stop there. The whole feel is also still there, even though it is lost with most other compilation albums by other bands. In short, I think that this is great. Why? Because I love music that is fast and furious, and both Heavy Metal and Grunge (Grunge meaning bands like Offspring and Nirvana) give me that type of music in one. Add that to the fact that Iron Maiden are most probably the best Metal group about. Keep up the good work guys!!(Maiden, I mean)

4-0 out of 5 stars The best Maiden hits package
[This review covers both the single and double-disc versions of this compilation. The average rating of the two rounds up to about four stars.]

In 1996, Iron Maiden released Best Of the Beast, its first hits compilation. It was available in both single and double-disc versions. Many of the band's fans were turned off with the arrival of new vocalist Blaze Bayley, so they must have thought a compilation of their classics would be a good way to win the fans back. Read on for track-by-track summaries. The songs on the compilation are arranged in reverse chronological order, but for convenience, I've put them in true chronological order (songs with an asterisk (*) are ONLY on the two-disc version.) Read on.

Iron Maiden (Demo)*- Ultra-rare version from the Soundhouse tapes. Doesn't quite touch the original, but it's still an excellent track.

Strange World (Demo)*- Another Soundhouse demo, but this one isn't too far off from the original.

Phantom Of The Opera*- One of the two "big masterpieces" from the Paul Di'Anno era.

Sanctuary*- Along with Running Free, the most overrated song from the Di'Anno era. It's not bad, though.

Wrathchild*- The other masterpiece from the Di'Anno era.

Hallowed Be Thy Name- A classic. This was an excellent track. Do I need to say anything else?

Run To The Hills- One of the band's most popular songs. That opening riff is just unbeatable.

The Number Of the Beast- Though it was controversial in the States at its time of release, this one has become a fan favorite.

The Trooper- An all-out rocker in which Smith and Murray play better guitars than they ever have and/or probably ever will.

Where Eagles Dare*- A highly underrated track from the Piece Of Mind album, I'm pleased to see this here.

Aces High- By far Maiden's best aerial combat song, this one tells the story of the Battle Of Britain.

Two Minutes To Midnight - By far the band's finest song not written by bassist Steve Harris.

Running Free (Live)- Mediocre song, mediocre performance. Bruce Dickinson just can't do the Paul Di'Anno songs very good (sorry, Bruce, but it's the truth.)

Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Live)*- The thirteen-minute-plus epic, in all its uncut live glory. EXCELLENT track.

Wasted Years- One of the finest tracks from the band's progressive years. Besides, A. Paul Melin would probably kill me if I spoke badly about it.

Heaven Can Wait*- Another excellent progressive era tune, seeing this here pleases me.

The Evil That Men Do- A tad overrated, but still an excellent tune worthy of a place here.

Can I Play With Madness- By far the band's most overrated song ever, but it's still an excellent one, worthy of a place here.

The Clairvoyant- Can anyone say "awesome song?" They don't get much better than this.

Holy Smoke*- WTF!? Holy Smoke on a BEST of Iron Maiden? Whoever compiled this set must have been experimenting with mind-numbing drugs!

Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter- Not a very good song, but it deserves to be here since it was the band's first number one hit in their native England.

Be Quick Or Be Dead- An all-out rock assault that's tough to beat by any standard.

Fear Of The Dark (Live)- Excellent track, excellent live performance.

Afraid To Shoot Strangers (Live)*- Blaze Bayley does the vocals on one of Dickinson's songs, and fares surprisingly well.

Man On The Edge- I'm not a big Blaze fan, but this is an EXCELLENT song, and I'm glad to see it made the cut.

Sign Of The Cross*- Good tune, but way too long. They could've filled the space with TWO tracks that were both better!

Virus- A new Blaze song. It's basically a generic rocker.

I was shocked to see how many tracks were omitted from this compilation. These include, but are not limited to masterpieces like Flight Of Icarus, Stranger In A Strange Land, Infinite Dreams, and Tailgunner. Plus, it doesn't have any post-1996 material, and the band has had some excellent tracks since then. However, I remain confident, this is a better hits compilation than Ed Hunter or Edward The Great. If you must get a hits album, get this one. I recommend getting all the albums rather than this compilation (starting with Number Of The Beast.) However, if you're budget-minded, stick with this. ... Read more

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Slave to the Grind
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 June, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock at its greatest
Slave to the Grind is the absolute epitome of Southern American Hard rock, from the same school as Blackfoot. The Guns 'n' Roses comparison is tempting, but GnR have a completely different style overall (with the exception of maybe "Welcome to the Jungle") and, as a vocalist, Axel Rose sounds positively weedy and strangled next to Mr Bach's mighty lungs. It must also be noted that Slash's solos lack the tight structures of Sabo's. This is not to say that one is better than the other, of course!

I should really award 4 stars, as this album does contain weaker tracks, which I would not normally allow in an album that I would consider a classic. Yet STTG raises itself proudly above its weaker moments with awesome strength and masterful rifferama.

The Bon Jovi comparisons are obvious - especially as JBJ himself "discovered" Skid Row (or should that be Skid Row II? The original SR was headed by none other than a 16-year old Gary Moore). Any comparisons with speed metal - especially Motorhead - are totally ridiculous. The title track is the fastest track on the album and, as has been pointed out many times, it kicks... But it's not speed metal in the sense that Kill 'Em All is a speed metal album (not thrash). STTG may have a back beat, but there are no intense moments of pure amphetamine fuelled double-bass drum/thrashed bass/single note ecstasy here - it's just very fast, very hard rock and roll in it's most undiluted form.

In a Darkened Room gives me shivers up and down my spine just by typing the title and hearing snippets running through my head. That is how good a ballad it is.

I do not really consider the lyrics to be poetry, except in the "sheer bloody..." sense. When you've cracked open a few tinnies, or simply got the car stereo cranked right up, you don't necessarily want Marillion-esque depth to the words, you just want something to scream out. This album fulfils that role with aplomb = every song is incredibly singable - in fact, if you sing the "weaker" songs, they seem to acquire a new strength. Get the F*ck Out was a...take of Extreme's single of the time "Get the Funk Out"...

Skid row re-define the pallette for their genre of hard rock with the remaining tracks, but just having the two greats of Darkened Room and the title track on the album give the rest of the music a context to work in. Hence, the album can be enjoyed as an entity from start to finish and seems to work best in the order it is presented in. This is what makes it a classic. The lights and shades deftly managed by artists working completely intuitively.

Great artists strive for this intuitive feeling to come through their work, and often only achieve it a handful of times. Think Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones, the Beatles (White Album) and Radiohead's OK Computer.

I'm not saying Skid Row are in the same league as those premiership luminaries, but that this album shares the same qualities of greatness. The whole feeling of a journey is there from start to finish - and that feeling at the end of having arrived somewhere. This is often accompanied by dissatisfaction, in the sense that it is better to travel than to arrive, and there is a powerful urge to start the whole thing over. In other words, it sounds best on repeat! You will be able to listen to it in 20 years time and hear something fresh in there. I guarantee it. But you will also, of course, feel the need to put it aside for a while and consume lighter music until your palette screams out for more.

If it's not already in your collection buy it. If you don't like it immediately, there's nothing wrong - you weren't given bad advice. Like any great work, some of the finer points take a while to pick up on - and this album is no exception to that rule!

5-0 out of 5 stars All time classic album!
This album from Bach and the boys is simply awesome, if you love hard rock, then this album is for you. I can honestly say that i have never heard a better singer (screamer?) than Sebastian Bach. His vocal ability is unbelieveable! he has incredible range, how he doesnt run out of breath on certain songs, "Darkened room" "quicksand jesus" is a mystery. Apart from that, the Music and songs are awesome ranging from the deep hard hitting songs, Darkened room, Wasted time and Quicksand jesus to the more "party anthems" of Monkey business (listen for bachs opening scream...awesome!) and Riot act. This is one of those albums that you can just listen to all the way through, no tracks to skip, just hard rocking all the way through (with a couple of ballads of course). Each member of the band is superb, excellent heavy riffs that will stay in your mind all day, awesome drumming from Rob Affuso and a cool base line throughout the album. In short this is one of the best hard rock albums ever created, right up alongside the likes of Guns n'roses, appetite for destruction and metallicas "black" album. if you havent got it......go get it now!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One Word- Amazing
This has to be one of the best if not the best rock CD of all time. Believe me, I am a huge fan of all things rock. Metallica, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Black Sabbath, you name it, I know it and love it. But this CD surpasses all of them by a long shot. It is spectacular. First of all, Sebastian Bach (vocals) has to be the best vocalist of all time. In my opinion, he's better than Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickenson, and even Freddy Mercury. He can scream better than anyone on the planet yet he still manages to sing beautiful ballads. He is what the record is, Amazing. The guitarist rivals the best and deserves to be recognized up on the pedastal with Slash and Eddie Van Halen. Although the bass and the drums are overshadowed by Bach, it is still obvious that they are great at what they do. I recommend this CD for any fan of Skid Row or Rock music for that matter. It is what metal stands for and is required for any true headbanger. ... Read more

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Dehumanizer
Average Customer Review: 3.99 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 June, 1992)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Worth any fan's money
I am a fan of both Black Sabbath and Dio, and I appreciate this album for what it is. However, don't even touch this album if you are new to either artist. This is some pretty generic metal. There are some good songs, such as "Computer God," "Time Machine," and "After All (The Dead)." For me, it is just great to hear Dio's voice roaring over Iommi's screaming guitar, Butler's pounding bass lines, and Appice's hard-hitting drumming style.

So let's put it this way: the playing is great, and will satisfy any fan. The songwriting could use a little help, though. This is NOTHING compared to the older Sabbath albums with Dio. If you want to hear Ronnie James Dio sing with Black Sabbath, listen to Heaven and Hell, which is one of the greatest rock albums ever created. Also, Mob Rules is quite good, and the 2-disc Live Evil isn't half bad, either. Dehumanizer is for fans only, but it is a nice little treat.

4-0 out of 5 stars an excellent album
While the work of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden became creatively negative by the early-mid 1980's, the Black Sabbath concept continued to represent hard rock music as a valid musical form, the band drawing from inspiration's well right up to 1992's 'Dehumanizer'. Objectively speaking there are four excellent songs here - "After All", "Letters...", "I", and "Time Machine" - , "Master of Insanity" still requiring some work, "Computer God"'s riff not being a strong idea, and a "Sins of the Father" lacking identity. The vocals are a bit of a liberty for Dio as their focus is on clarity and power rather than enchantment this time; it's nice to be reminded that Ronnie is alive, that a wind-up toy didn't replace him in 1984. Geezer Butler has a recognizable style; but the bass here could be anybody - it certainly doesn't sound like the player who is all over previous albums. The lyrics are outstanding - they come up strong against the dishumanity of our age's mainstream prophetiscisms. Rather than a stereo-typical 'headbanger' the cover should have had the victim be just a person - because this music is art for modern humanity rather than a youth phase - and should have been drawn by a better artist. Otherwise it represents the music well. Over-all I would give 'Dehumanizer' an eight out of ten - a seven amongst the great albums, and a nine for coming out in 1992; it has a style of its own and there is integrity in its bombast.

5-0 out of 5 stars Crush your enemies with Dehumanizer
Two words describe this ablum HEAVY and METAL.From the first punch of vinnie appice's thundering drums in the opening track Computer God,you know your in for a heavy ole ride.And the album just keeps crushing all the way through until you get to the end and can barely stand up or breath.Dio's voice is agressive as ever,tony's riffs are actually Technical as opposed to the basic (but killer)riffs he's known for.The produciton is HUGE,and the songs still evil as hell,what more could you want from sabbath other than Ozzy.Speaking of,i love the man(the only real sabbath) but dunno if his voice would have fit with this album.So when your mad,don't hit,don't yell,don't go kill your parents just pop in this album for a crushing good heavy metal time.Highlights---Computer God,I,Buried Alive,Master of Insanity(all). ... Read more

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Body Count
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 October, 1992)
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4-0 out of 5 stars "Ice-T" rocks!
You've got to give "Ice-T" credit. After he became the O.G. of the rap game, he went and put together a rap-metal band. I wont say this album started any kind of movement, but it is one of the early groups of the genre. This of course had all the "Cop Killer" controversy in 1992, and the track was eventually removed. The funny thing is how hardcore alot of the other lyrics are, so I guess it's ok to kill your own mother, just not cops. Anyway, even without that track, it's still a killer album. "Ice" even tries singing on "The Winner Loses", which is a really cool, ballad type song. Overall, it's a really good album, and a real sign of the times.

5-0 out of 5 stars EVEN THOUGH ''COP KILLER'' IS MISSING, THIS STILL ROCKS!
THIS IS THE CLASSIC CD WHICH ONCE HELD THE CONTROVERSIAL ''COP KILLER''. BUT, JUST MONTHS AFTER ITS RELEASE, ''COP KILLER'' WAS PULLED OFF THE ALBUM, AND THAT TRACK WAS REPLACED WITH A ROCK REMIX OF ''FREEDOM OF SPEECH''. NONETHELESS, THIS IS STILL A GREAT HEAVY METAL CD. SURE, THE LYRICS DON'T LOOK LIKE ANYTHING SPECIAL, BUT IF YOU LISTEN TO IT, YOU'LL WANNA BOP YO HEAD ALL DAY. THE BEST SONGS ON THE ALBUM ARE ''KKK B*TCH'', A SONG THAT ATTEMPTS TO SAY THAT INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT A BAD THING. ''EVIL D*CK'', A SONG ABOUT SEX. ''BODY COUNT'S IN THE HOUSE'', ALTHOUGH THIS SONG REALLY DOESN'T HAVE TOO MUCH LYRICS TO IT, IT JUST ROCKS. AND THE SONG THAT WAS PULLED OFF THIS ALBUM, ''COP KILLER'', AGAIN, EVEN THOUGH THERE ISN'T MUCH TO THE LYRICS, THE SONG REALLY ROCKS AND IT HAS A SERIOUS MESSAGE ABOUT CROOKED COPS. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ALBUM. VERY FEW OTHER BLACK BANDS HAVE THE IMPACT THAT THIS BAND HAS. OH, AND KEEP IN MIND THAT THE FRONTMAN FOR THIS BAND IS ICE-T. THIS ALBUM IS GREAT, BUT, THE UNCUT VERSION THAT HAS ''COP KILLER'' IS A RARE, MUST-HAVE ALBUM. EITHER VERSION OF THIS ALBUM IS PERFECT, BUT, THE VERSION THAT HAS ''COP KILLER'' IS THE BEST VERSION. A TRUE CLASSIC. FOLLOWED BY BORN DEAD.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Fine CD
I don't really know if Body Count are well-known out there in the US, but I just know one thing: they're good. Way before Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park mixed rap with rock (well, a little while after Run DMC with Aerosmith's "Walk This Way"), they did the same thing, and sometimes even better, if you ask me. Ice-T was "in front of his time"...
What you'll find here is rap-like lyrics with, instead of rap beats, guitars, basses and drums. And it works.
My favorite songs in here are "KKK B****", "Smoked Pork", "Voodoo", "The Winner Loses" and "Body Count".
What's bad about this CD is that many of its lyrics are dumb and some songs don't quite work. If it wasn't for that, it would surely be a 5-star. Actually, I'd give this CD a 3.5 star, but since they were one of the first to mix rock with rap, I think they do deserve 4 stars. If you like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and other rap/rock bands out there, you should really listen to this. If you don't like, you should too. Peace out! ... Read more

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Sound of White Noise
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 May, 1993)
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4-0 out of 5 stars One of their best albums
Sound Of White Noise is Anthrax's first album with former Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. This was also their first album released after thrash metal hit the mainstream with the release of Metallica's Black Album. Although grunge was in full swing in 1993, real metal bands like Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax actually had their biggest successes. In fact, this would be Anthrax's only album to make the Top Ten debuting at No. 7. However, while Metallica and Megadeth toned down their music at this time, Anthrax were getting heavier. While previous vocalist Joey Belladonna had a higher voice that at times didn't gel with their heavier material, Bush's voice was stronger and rougher which gave them a heavier sound. His presence also put the band's flirtation with rap music to rest and as shown here they became a better band.

Most of the tracks here are great and a few of them rank with their best work. The opening track "Potter's Field" is one of their most developed tracks, starting out with a slow grinding riff before gaining momentum during the choruses. The tracks "Invisible", "100 Points Of Hate", and "Burst" are among their heaviest songs and are highlighted by the monstrous drumming of Charlie Benante. The melodic "Black Lodge" is a great track featuring Bush's more understated vocals. The best tracks here are on the album's first half. "Only", "Room For One More", and especially "Hy Pro Glo" are all among their best work and are carried by Bush's mean vocals and Scott Ian and Dan Spitz's killer riffs. The remaining tracks "Packaged Rebellion" and "This Is Not An Exit" are also very good. This is certainly among their best work, probably their best next to Among The Living. It's certainly their best album with John Bush. Definitely worth checking out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Solid
Sound of White Noise brought a big change in Anthrax. Gone Joey Belladonna and enter new singer John Bush. He`s actually pretty good. I`m glad Anthrax did not try to find a Belladonna clone. His voice his deeper which brings more toughness to the group. Even though I still prefer Belladonna, Bush does a good job at the vocals. Now for the music, I have heard some good and some bad reviews about this album. So I decided to give it a chance and try to judge it objectively. I was amazingly surprised. This cd contains some of the best songs ever written by Anthrax such as ONLY, Hy Pro Glo, and Pottersfield. But even though some might disagree my favorite song on this album is the final one: This is not an exit. This track is pure thrash metal power from start to finish. Incredible thunderous riffs which automatically gets my head banging. I don`t know if this album is better or as good as Among the Living but it`s sure a hell of good a ride from start to finish.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sound of White f**kin noise!
I'll start by saying that this is my first Anthrax album. I decided to give them a go after hearing (and liking) the song madhouse off the spreading the disease. I didn't know when I bought this that it was a different singer, but I don't care because john bush has a great voice. I haven't heard much of the previous singer Joey's voice so I'm not gonna compare the two.
Anyway, this is a great album. The vocals are great, the drumming shines in certain parts of the songs and although most of the riffs aren't that complex the guitars still kick ass and the solos are great.
My personal favorite tracks are Only (the best song on the album IMO) , Room for One More, Hy Pro Glo, Packaged Rebellion, Invisible, This is not an Exit - hell they're all good. The song Black Lodge gave the album more variety and showed a bit more of the band's versatility.
Overall, this is a great album, it doesn't compare to reign in blood or master of puppets, but like those albums this is one of those cds that you can listen to all the way through and enjoy it all. ... Read more

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