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Kerosene Hat
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 August, 1993)
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Many alternative-rock fans considered Camper Van Beethoven an important band, but I wasn't among them. Guitarist/vocalist David Lowerey always seemed smarmy and ridiculously happy with his own cleverness. Lowrey's new band, Cracker, has the potential to be even more annoying, since the quartet places the spotlight solely on its leader and songwriter, but its self-titled 1992 debut was a strong effort with a smart, infectious single ("Teen Angst"), and Kerosene Hat is even better. Recorded with stripped- down simplicity on an abandoned soundstage at the edge of the Mojave desert, the album concentrates on the band's undeniably catchy country-flavored garage punk."Go For A Ride" is perfect highway music, and the single "Low" is almost as good as "Teen Angst." Unfortunately, the most inspired title and song topic-"Hi Desert Biker Meth Lab"-turns out to be wasted on a short snippet of noise and studio chatter. --Jim DeRogatis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cracker's Best
Cracker's best albumn. Flavorful notes of 70's classic rock, hints of punk, a distinct 80's college radio nose, and a long southern blues finish. As much as Lowery gets (or takes) the credit (or heat) for being the up-front front man of this band, it is clear that Hickman deserves a lot of the credit for making their sound so rich and diverse.

"Kerosene Hat" is extremely strong thru the first ten tracks. In fact, taking away "Kerosene Hat" (song), this album is an absolute masterpiece thru "Lonesome Johnny Blues". "I Want Everything" is beautiful and powerful anthem--even more moving live! "Sweet Potato" is a gem reminescent (in a good way) of 1970 Led Zeppelin.

Then, after 10 tracks, Cracker forget when to shut up. "Let's go for a ride" is unremarkable and why they saw fit to re-record the Grateful Dead's "Loser" is absolutely beyond me. Track 69 ("Eurotrash Girl"), however, is worth wading thru all the empty tracks!!

In short, 30 minutes of genius packed into 45 minutes of listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Album by a Great Band
Probably Cracker's best... in the classic blend we've come to expect from them: flavorful notes of 70's classic rock, hints of punk, a distinct 80's college radio nose, and a long southern blues finish. As much as Lowery gets (or takes) the credit (or heat) for being the up-front front man of this band, it is clear that Hickman deserves a lot of the credit for making their sound so rich and diverse.

"Kerosene Hat" is extremely strong thru the first ten tracks. In fact, taking away "Kerosene Hat" (song), this album is an absolute masterpiece thru "Lonesome Johnny Blues". "I Want Everything" is beautiful and powerful anthem--even more moving live! "Sweet Potato" is a gem reminescent (in a good way) of 1970 Led Zeppelin.

Then, after 10 tracks, Cracker forget when to shut up. "Let's go for a ride" is unremarkable and why they saw fit to re-record the Grateful Dead's "Loser" is absolutely beyond me. Track 69 ("Eurotrash Girl"), however, is well worth wading through all the empty tracks!!

In short, 30 minutes of genius packed into 45 minutes of listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything seems like a dream...
One of the first albums in my now gigantic collection, Kerosene Hat is an odd man out, difficult to categorize despite its familiar roots-rock sound. Oddly romantic-sounding without trying to be (actually, all the more so for the fact that its blunt irony and unforced wittiness removes all "romatic" cliches leaving it sounding surprisingly honest and clear of hackneyed sentimentalism) it seems closer in hindsight to "alt-country" than to any of its grunge-rock contemporaries. I'd place it in the same basic category as the Jayhawks' "Hollywood Town Hall" which came out around the same time. What amazes me is that an album like this actually contained some "hits" which appealed to the popular consciousness enough to get Cracker on MTV and all over burgeoning alt-rock radio stations. Usually bands this intelligent are doomed to obscurity, for record geeks like me (and possibly you) to find and treasure while our girlfriends roll their eyes.

Like one reviewer below, I too would listen to this album back in high school and dream of beautiful women. I see no shame in that. It's an album that induces such hopefulness (or wishful thinking), and that's saying something for it. No it's not "Exile on Main Street" but it's in that vein for those of us who lived and breathed the early alt-rock movement, before crass commericialism sucked all the life out of it.

I'll conclude this diatribe by urging Cracker to create another album this good. I know they'll never read this, but in case someone who knows them does, please pass on the message. ... Read more

Asin: B000000W4I


Double Wide [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 June, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Give Him A Chance!
When I first heard Uncle Kracker I was like, "Who is he?". I especially love his song FOLLOW ME. I do think he's more pop than rap tho despite the influence of Kid Rock in his music.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Cd!
Wow! This is one of the best album's ive ever got. I listened to it for the first time and fell in love. Good Rap/Rock/Country Mix. Not Like His Other 2 albums.

1. Intro - Kracker gettin on a train...ready to go to the real world

2.Better Day's - Very good rhymes.Best Song on cd.Not My personal favorate though. 5/5

3.What Chu' Lookin' At? Another hit. 4.8/5

4.Follow Me- 1st single. Different then the rest. 3/5

5.Heaven (feat.Kidrock and Paradime)- My favorate. Kick a** 1,000,000/5

6.Steaks and Shrimp - Greatness. Another Hip-hop Track. 4.6/5

7.Who's Your Uncle - Hip-Hop Track. Good. 4/5

8.Whiskey & Water - A hip-hop/Country track. Could of Been Better. 4/5

9.Yeah Yeah Yeah - 2nd Single.One Of the better Songs. Its More Rock Then Hip-Hop. 5/5

10.Aces & 8's - Very Different. Tells a good story. 4/5

11.You Cant Take Me - Good Song To End The Album.

Overall: Could of been longer but its kick azz.

4-0 out of 5 stars By Far His best
Do not buy this album if you expect every song to be like "follow me", but if you like rock,country, and a little hip hop this is the perfect combination. I was very surprised I did not expect the album to be this good. I had never heard rap over a harmonica before, but not only does he pull it off he almost creates a whole new genre or sound. GOOD JOB KRACKER!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00004TJAU
Sales Rank: 56284


Reinventing the Steel [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hell yeah!
DAMMIT! Goddamn Electric is the BEST Pantera song I've heard for a LONG time! But, then there's Reinventing the Steel and Death Rattle, oh, and about 7 other crunching tracks that take Pantera back to the sound that made them one of the definitive metal bands, ever. If you look below you, you will gradually see more reviews giving full marks to this great record, than before. This is because these people will probably only be seing this record's true brilliance 5 days after they bought it. This is die hard Pantera and I love them for it. No fillers, no ballads, no real hit singles, just 10 hard-hitting tracks that heavy music needs right now. Pantera may be a number one selling band, but they stick firmly to their roots. They will not change. But, they will continue to make consistently great records that bow to no trend. True Pantera fans now this and as a result will totally love this record, which harks back to the classic vulgar display of power more than any of their other records - only, a lot more aggressive. People who were expecting this god awful 'nu' sound shouldn't be listening to Pantera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pantera, the band of the fans, and their near-perfect gem
My only gripe with STEEL is the lackluster lyrical content, (mostly drug-related nonsense) but other than that, this record kicks major ass as only these Dallas Cowboys from Hell can! The production is crystal clear, Vinnie's drums are bigger than Texas, Dime's guitars are heavier than molten iron, Rex's bass sounds like a bass and rhythm guitar playing at the same time (AMAZING!), and Drill Sergeant Phil lays down the law in this heavy metal boot camp!

Ten tracks with blast beats that remind you of salvo after salvo of enemy machine gun fire, guitar solos that shred your
soul into a billion trillion fragments, grinding riffs from the
deepest chasms of Gehenna, punch-you-in-the-jaw-and-
break-all-your-teeth vocal delivery, a sonic and athletic performance that Metalli-crap and the rest couldn't match to save their life (I dare say, not even Slayer/Death Metal)... but only the lyrics don't do me justice. But
that's okay because STEEL, like all true masterpieces, have at least one flaw that actually gives the work its beauty, no matter how twisted that may sound.

We all found out the ugly truth about Metallica even as far
back as '91: they are only in it for the money. Pantera came
as the "messiah" of all that is good and pure about heavy
metal. And, (gasp) believe it or not, these guys actually
appreciate their fans! (well at least Vinnie and Dime do)
It's too bad these guys had to break up. It wasn't Phil's
fault or anyone else's fault. It was drugs. Vinnie and Dime

know the truth about drugs but Phil is enslaved by heroin
and thinks anyone who does not use is less than human. That's
bulls*** bigger than Texas. (hell, even the whole damn
South!) But Pantera made the best damn heavy metal in all of
God's green earth and NOTHING can take that away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably Their Best!!!
This is probably Pantera's finest release. If there is one. i mean, all of their albums are so heavy and good, it's hard to say which one is best. But this one is probably their best one ever. Unfortunately, it was also their last one, with Vinnie and Dime forming Damageplan and Phil going with Superjoint Ritual and Down. But this album really ROCKZ! Just everything about it. There were no hit singles off this album, which shows that the band will never sell out to anything or anyone. Songs like 'Goddamn Electric' and 'I'll Cast A Shadow' I think should be included with their classic material, like 'Walk', and 'Cemetary Gates'. This is one of those essential albums that no true headbanger should be without. ... Read more

Asin: B00004S5DU
Sales Rank: 158436


Iron Maiden
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1998)
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This opening sonic salvo from Steve Harris's East End stalwarts pretty much defined the late-1970s post-punk rebirth of rock traditionalism known as the new wave of British heavy metal. Featuring the strident cockney roar of original lead vocalist Paul Di'Anno, Iron Maiden capitalized on the band's enormous grassroots following by storming immediately into the upper reaches of the album charts. A perfect balance of the irresistibly catchy ("Running Free"), the intricately epic ("Phantom of the Opera"), and the roguishly profane ("Charlotte the Harlot"), it's an assured debut, albeit one that's superficially marred by somewhat pedestrian production. Still, Iron Maiden--specifically the blazing, fretboard ferocity of its closing title track--is an utterly essential element of any self-respecting metal-head's collection. Furious, whiplash headbanging is not so much recommended as completely unavoidable. --Ian Fortnam ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Life before Dickinson
Iron Maiden (1980.) Iron Maiden's first album.

In 1979, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal took England by storm. Hundreds of hard-rocking bands emerged overnight, and every one of them was excellent. Unfortunately, very few of these bands found success in their music, and an even smaller number of them found success outside their native United Kingdom. Iron Maiden is a rare example of one of the genre's bands that achieved worldwide success. Through the course of the mid and late seventies, Iron Maiden had a number of line-up changes. They had recorded a demo collection and several tracks for compilations. Finally, come 1980 and the band was ready to release it's first full-length LP. With vocalist Paul Di'Anno, guitarists Dave Murray and Dennis Strattion, drummer Clive Burr, and bassist Steve Harris, their debut was recorded. How does their 1980 self-titled debut, recorded before legendary metal vocalist Bruce Dickinson joined the band, measure up? Read on and find out.

The first thing I need to state about this album is that it is NOTHING like the material that the band recorded with their most famous vocalist, Bruce Dickinson. The Di'Anno era of the band differs from those days drastically, but that doesn't mean the musical quality from this era was any worse. One of the band's finest early songs, Prowler, kicks off the album. Fast-paced punk-metal rock never sounded better, and the rather comical lyrics only add to the experience. Remember Tomorrow comes next. It slows things way down in the verses, but the chorus is the kind of hard and heavy stuff you'd expect from Maiden. The instrumental interlude between the second and third verses is particuarly memorable. Next comes the classic mid-paced hard rocker Running Free. I think this song is overrated by a lot of Maiden fans, but I remain confident that it IS a good song. It was also released as a single. The best track of all, Phantom Of The Opera, comes next. This is a lengthy and heavy epic, which served as a premonition to what was to come for Iron Maiden in their future days with Bruce Dickinson at the helm. The guitar solo is particuarly excellent. Following that, we get the classic metal instrumental Transylvania. Although not my personal favorite instrumental that the band has ever recorded, it's solid nonetheless. It fades right into the ultra slow and melodic cut Strange World. This song is VERY different than what you're used to hearing from Maiden, but it's actually a very good song. Charlotte The Harlot, the next track, is the most punk-sounding thing on the album, and this serves the band well. The lyrics here are some of the band's most memorable of all. Closing out the album is the song Iron Maiden on the album Iron Maiden by the band Iron Maiden. That doesn't happen too often! This track is a bit repetitive as far as the lyrics go, but that doesn't keep it from being excellent. And this is the best version ever recorded, period (Dickinson never could do this one right.) In the end, the band's debut album is a damn fine punk-metal hybrid that is worth listening to.

THE TEXT IN THIS PARAGRAPH REFERS EXCLUSIVELY TO THE 2002 STANDARD REMASTERED SERIES OF THE BAND'S ALBUMS. As a die-hard Maiden fan, I AM SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THESE REISSUES. Sure, the sound quality is improved over the original CD issues and there is some cool enhanced CD footage (all the remasters before the X Factor have this), but this reissue is lacking the most important thing a remaster needs - BONUS TRACKS. We get one bonus cut (Sanctuary), but that just isn't enough. The total play time is about forty-five minutes, and you can fit eighty minutes on a CD. There were a plethora of rare tracks from this era that have never before been issued by the band (except for in the restrictively expensive box set. These rarities include demos, compilation tracks, B-Sides, interviews, BBC session tracks, and others.) Another problem is the alterations of the covers of some albums. The band's debut album has had two alterations - Eddie's eyes now glow, and the band's name has been removed from the top of the album cover. Likewise, the No Prayer For The Dying album cover completely removes the grave robber that Eddie was strangling! And don't get me started on the slipcases. Sure, they look cool, but it's a pain to take them off and put them back on every time you listen to the album. To put it simply, if you already own earlier issues of these albums on CD, it's really not necessary to get the new remasters.

Iron Maiden's debut album was the start of something great. They hadn't yet found the sound that would bring them worldwide success, but their sound was still nothing short of excellent. If you're new to Maiden, take my advice and start with The Number Of The Beast, and stick to buying the albums with Dickinson on vocals. Even though this is a great album, I recommend the Di'Anno and Bayley albums to true fans only, as they don't really capture the band in its prime. Put simply, this is a great album, it's just not a great album to start with.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-have for any self-respectful metalhead
I listened this album after listening some albums from the metal gods, Iron Maiden. When I listened this album first time I was enchanted, even when I found kinda weird the new vocalist (all of the albums I heard before this was in the Dickinson era) Iron Maiden is a very focused and talented effort made by such young musicians that by them they showed a very big maturity since their first release, something very rare to find in the rock scene even nowadays. Iron Maiden's self-tittled album is powerful, raw, headbanging inducing, sometimes sound a little bit punky but definitely years light above punk rock. I've lost and bought this album 3 times (which means that it must be very good and essential if I spend the money again for hearing songs I know by heart) Since the begginning of the album to the ending ALL the tracks are amazing, and you can appreciate it better if you listen it in the order that it has (that means without shuffling) The first track prowler is a very hard and rythmic rocker, with GREAT guitar sound that you can almost touch it, the solos, everything seems to make a conspiration for keeping you hearing it. Then comes Sanctuary which is basically a punk-metal rock song and one of my favorites specially live, then comes the more mellow, and melodic remember tomorrow which in some point rocks hard but basically is a melodic song which evokes a lot of nostalgia to me. Running free is a very catchy song, with a very nice drums intro. Phantom of the opera is the most elaborate of the songs, very ambitious, complex, that's up to me the song that shows the superiority of Iron Maiden above all the other debuting bands of their time, a band that can make such a delicious masterpiece in their first effort is something really extraordinary. Not many bands make a 7 minutes epic song in their first recording and do it so... well done as Iron Maiden, and believe me Phantom of the Opera is not a boring song, and has no fillers all the parts of that song are essential part of it. After that comes Transylvania, a shocking instrumental that shows again the prodigiousity of Iron Maiden, since their first stages. Transylvania fuses with the slow and sometimes Pink-Floydesque(?) Strange World creating up to me the most spiritual momentum of the album. Then comes Charlotte the Harlot, with very good lyrics, that talk about a subject that will be always vigent, prostitution. Charlotte is a very hard rocker that in some part becomes a little bluesy. And the closure is by the energetic Iron Maiden, which leaves you with the feeling of waking from a dream or something, definitely a very smart way of finishing an album. All of the songs of this album kick-ass, and they can be heared separately or between a various artist heavy metal set of songs, but I recommend you that someday take the time and hear it completely and in order, trust me you won't repent.

Warning: This album is not recommended for hip-hoppers, casual Iron Maiden fans, NU-Metal posers, Poppers, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is were it all started (unless you count the 'Sound House Tapes). Iron Maiden, the cream of the NWOBHM hit Britain with this albam that would jump strait to N# 04. Make no doubt this is an excellent albam, strait from the first track, Prowler, you know this is something special. The pace continues in sanctuary, and the EXCELLENT Phantom of the opera and the strange but beautyful Charlotte the Harlot and the fan fav Iron Maiden.

As a band, Maiden show how good they were at a younger age, Di'anno vocals perfect for the job, and its difficult to imagine Bruce singing instead, although he would do later on. Murray and Stratton are killer together, whilst Harris plays the bass superb. Clive Burr is very steady on drums and keeps the band on course.

This albam is full of classics that are a found memory in any Maiden fan whoes heard this albam. Buy it, buy it now. ... Read more

Asin: B00000BKDS

Circus Maximus with Jerry Jeff Walker
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 April, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great writing, playing and singing; superb lyrics
The first few times you listen, some of you will probably think, like I did, how certain of these songs (2, 3, 6-8) could have come from a Byrds or Moby Grape album, or even 'Revolver'. And there is another song group that has a harder garage or punk sound to them (1, 4, 8, 10).

And then there are the odd ones of the bunch, the long, beautiful early underground jazz-rock classic 'Wind', and the very slow, new American folk ballad 'Fading Lady'.

But these early attempts at classifying mostly fade into uselessness the more you listen. The [4 and 5 star] songs here [the ones that keep getting better and better the more you hear them] are both rhythmically and melodically more inventive and complex than any of the models with which one wishes to compare them. This makes for more enriched listening the more you hang out with them.

The lead singing (on all the tracks) is excellent and unusually varied from song to song; and the blend of harmony vocals are as good as anything the Byrds, Beach Boys, CSN&Y or even those 4 bright lads from Liverpool could muster during their much longer careers. Mind you, though that Walker's and Bruno's voices are definitely not as finely tuned individually as were those more illustrious (?) contemporaries.

And believe me, these guys can really play their instruments!

And I repeat, this is one of the only albums I have hung out with that continues to amaze me more and more with all its levels of sound interaction. This extends to the range of meanings given forth by the lyrics [once you begin to really hear the words and grasp these evolving messages]. One severe criticism, given how incredible many of the lyrics are, is that on a couple few of the more raunchy sounding tunes, it's extremely difficult to understand their words.

In many ways, Circus Maximus' lyrics generally surpass most of what was being done at the time (as well as later on) - specifically in the manner they grab one's mind and/or heart. All of the song lyrics on the album are densely evocative! Even when I think they're trying to be obscure, I realize how amazingly intent both Bruno and Walker are as to the ever-present prospect of turning the phrase, re-inventing the language. Taken metaphor by metaphor, it's really not hard to grasp. They say things many others have said, but so often do it in a way that makes it into something utterly new, fresh and (get this!) - revealing, and psychologically invigorating. In other words, they'll get your head spinning, and your pulse might just jump, and more than a few times . . .

To make for an easier entry to the intricacies that are contained herein, one might consider listening to the 5-star songs first (2, 7-8, 11) first, then the 4 star songs (4, 6), and finally 3 stars (1, 9) and 2 stars (5, 10). Then again, why not scrap this subjectively based strategy and just dive into it?

There are abundant opportunities here to subject oneself to precious little rushes in the chest . . . taken all together, this music is of rare quality and of deep profundity, and is awesomely serendipitous throughout. But you have to listen to it rather intensively for awhile in order for its magic to begin to work properly.

2-0 out of 5 stars One Great Song - Wind
I purchased this album when it first came out, for one song: "Wind". It remains one of my favorites, but the other songs have not aged as well. If you are purchasing this album for the Jerry Jeff Walker tunes, well, skip it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wind
I purchased the album for Wind alone which is a terrific and breezy combination of jazz and psychedelic rock. This is the only reason I give the album four stars. The other songs are ok. CM comes off sounding like the Byrds or a garage band. Skip "Short Haired Fathers" which is a tuneless song about the generation gap. ... Read more

Asin: B000000EJN
Sales Rank: 82343


Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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Godsmack play their ghoulish hard rock with such a straight face, they make Metallica look like the Insane Clown Posse. For proof, look no further than heavily pierced frontman Sully Erna, who is not only a practicing Wiccan but the author of melodramatic declarations such as "Can't you see what this pain has fucking done to me." It's too bad the follow-up to the Boston band's triple-platinum self-titled debut rarely delivers with the desired intensity. Instead, the disc offers anodyne takes on the same old themes of aggression ("Sick of Life"), alienation ("Bad Magick"), and hocus-pocus ("Vampires"), with the all-too-familiar buzzsaw of nu-metal guitars and elastic bass grooves tearing throughout. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD, Great Guitar.
This album blows me away. The first CD is better, but that doesn't make this one [is bad]. I just got the 3rd album, Faceless.
It's really good, about the same as this one. The best songs are Awake, Greed, and Vampires. They all have the best guitars. Tony Rombola, the guitarist, is awesome. He plays that guitar better than Metallica's Kirk Hammet. Sully Erna, front man, is a powerful vocalist with an incredible voice for metal. This band is a mix of Metallica and Alice in Chains. Listen to it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great but not Awsome
This is deffinatley a good album. But it's not what I expected for a second album. I was blown away by the first and maybe my expectations were too high for this one. I love a couple tracks. Sick of life, Greed and Vampire have the metal grind and chop I have come to expect from them. I find myself barley listening to rest of the CD usally fast forwarding and eventually popping GODSMACK in after those three songs. I would buy it because there is deffinatly more than one good song. Here's hoping they have more good songs and fewer bland ones on the next.

5-0 out of 5 stars I was Awake!!!!!
This is the best CD I've ever had! Either smack me or this CD. If you don't like it, smack yourself upside the head!! Anyways, get this CD!! Sully is great with these songs. Much better than the 1st album! Get this CD today,you'll love it!! I don't like people who say this album stinks!! Rock on, Godsmack!! I'd love to see which album you like!! Whoever likes this album is cool!! ... Read more

Asin: B000050HS1


Balls to the Wall
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 April, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the quintessence of 1980's metal.
All the jokes have been made; 1980's metal seems to continue to come under fire, but, it may well be my imagination, as bands such as Nirvana seem to, with their very use of crunching guitar, mock heavy metal and its unbridaled passion, sensuality, and exhileration. Accept are my personal favorites in this genre, and I've probably heard over 90 songs, and, though some are better than others, I like them all, from the recordings of the late seventies on through today's recent releases. This particular album is their magnum opus, a seething mass of passion and furor yet unmatched. Check also Russian Roulette, Metal Heart, and Restless and Wild. Their are few bands today who continue to wave the banner of eighties metal, something of a passe proposition today. ASKA, a marvellous band from Dallas, Texas, continue to wave the flag today and are, in this day of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, my greatest hope for some sort of metal renaissance in the nineties.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great. First- class music by the German band !!!
This was the last "acceptable" album by Accept. IT has strong songs ("Love Child" is first-class), a good ballad ("Winter Dreams") and other good songs. After "Balls to the Wall", Accept began his downfall into openly commercial metal, almost glam, from which it never recovered.

4-0 out of 5 stars Early 80's Metal Go(o)dness
When listing classic 80's metal albums, this one has to be at, or near, the top of the list. Continuing their heavier, if not faster, attempt to out "Judas" Judas Priest, BALLS TO THE WALLS is a superior follow up to the decent RESTLESS AND WILD. The guitars are louder, vocals are grittier, and the homosexual innuendos more apparent. The standout tracks on this album are the early MTV hit "Balls to the Walls", "Fight it Back", and "Love Child." There is really not a bad song on the album. (You might consider "Winterdreams" the only weak song.) This is a worthy purchase be it new or used. It's hard, It's fast,...It's metal. ... Read more

Asin: B0000025YW
Sales Rank: 233586

Vulgar Display of Power
Average Customer Review: 4.36 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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4-0 out of 5 stars A quintessential metal album
For me, and probably for many others, "Vulgar Display of Power" was a gateway album, one of the albums that got me into metal a couple years ago. Pantera were able to combine a high level of accessibility with a full-on metal onslaught that brought together old-school thrash and Southern-style Sabbathesque sludge. Dimebag Darrell may not be the best guitarist ever, but he does come up with some creative, memorable and catchy riffs; the riff from "Walk" has been periodically getting stuck in my head for about the past year. The blazingly fast "...Hostile", featuring some extremely vitriolic vocals from Anselmo, is another highlight, along with the agressively anthemic "A New Level" and "Mouth for War." Lyrically, the album is stronger than many of its ilk, with diatribes directed at phonies, posers, and other lowlifes. On the down side, the too-slow "No Good" is rather weak, and the ballad "Hollow" is pretty wretched. Still, if you want to hear some metal with good, solid riffs, angry vocals and lyrics, and a strong songwriting (for the most part), VDOP is worth picking up.

5-0 out of 5 stars A landmark, and thats an understatement
"REVENGE!!!, I'm screaming revenge again!" From the minute Phil Anselmo screams those words on opening track "Mouth For War", your thrown in head first to what would become Pantera's landmark defining album, "Vulgar Display of Power". "Mouth For War" flows with intensity, Anselmo sounds just so angry it can't even be put into words, and (before he went Dimebag) Diamond Darrell's blazing guitar solo electrifies the song. "A New Level" is a powerful song of determination which you'll find yourself singing along to. "Walk" is Pantera's most recognizeable song and a concert staple. The catchy riff starts it off, and Anselmo's gruff voice carries the even catchier chorus. "Fucking Hostile" is another one of Pantera's most recognized songs and also a concert staple, and the infamous chorus, double bass drumming, and blazing guitar solo make it one of Pantera's best songs ever. If you don't know "Walk" or "Hostile" by heart your not a Pantera fan. "This Love" starts off as a ballad, but ends up becoming heavy as all hell, and is a great anti-love song and proves Anselmo can sing as well as he can scream. The fast paced "Rise" shows off bassist Rex Brown's talent, as well as Vinnie Paul's intense thrash metal drumming. "No Good (Attack the Radical)" is a fast paced tune as well, and it even sounds like Anselmo is rapping, and he does a good job. "Live in a Hole" is a mournful-esque tune, and the ying to "Regular People (Conceit)"'s yang which has boastful lyrics and an uplifting (well, sort of) feel to it. "By Demons Be Driven" is dark and uncommonly heavy, and is a song featuring the band's disdain towards religion. Closing track "Hollow" is mournful as well, and the lyrical content is Anselmo mourning a close friend who is in a coma. Anselmo once again proves his singing voice before the guitars start to crunch and your thrown into one of Pantera's best songs ever, and what makes it excell is you can hear the pain and dispair in Anselmo's voice, you can hear that it's real, not put on like in most of today's "hard rock" bands. A landmark album by no means, "Vulgar Display of Power" would go on to become Pantera's first platinum selling album (and is still their highest selling one to date), and would help inspire bands of today like Godsmack and Korn to carry on Pantera's aggro-angst metal (note I didn't say Godsmack and Korn could do it better, because anyone in their right mind knows they can't). All in all, this is one album that is a crime not to have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album
I have recently purchased this album, and i dont regret it. It one of the best metal albums of all time. I have also recently discovered this band, this cd got me into them. My favorite songs are mouth for war and walk. Go buy this album right away. ... Read more

Asin: B000002JOH


Ram It Down
Average Customer Review: 3.24 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars 10 tracks of Metal Perfection
I'm insulted when people bad mouth this album when it is the greatest thing that Judas Priest has ever put out. It's fast, it's heavy, and it's the epitome of rock and roll. The vast majority of the tracks are celebrations of the heavy metal genre, with such hard rock anthems like Ram it Down, Heavy Metal, Come and Get It, I'm a Rocker, Johnny B. Goode, and Monsters of Rock. Halford's voice screams beyond that which any human can ever achieve while Glenn and KKs guitars rip through the tracks at breakneck speeds. "Ram it Down"'s guitar solo is something that should go down in history as the best example of a trade off solo. "Heavy Metal" shows just how high Halford's voice can go. "Love Zone" is another fast and furious metal masterwork. "Come and Get It" is a classic priest number, with a great hook. "Hard As Iron" is disgustingly fast with heavy vocals, and machine gun guitar riffs. "Blood Red Skies" is a great priest slow jam, with a mellow intro, and an intense chorus to back it up. "I'm a Rocker" sounds like one of those songs you might hear being sung in a British pub, with... of course, with awesome guitar licks backing it up, of course. "Johnny B. Goode is one of the best covers ever done. It brought Chuck Berry's song to a whole new level of intensity. "Love You To Death" is a tongue in cheek little ditty backed up by whip cracks. And the finale, "Monsters of Rock" is a thundering conclusion to an album all about rock and roll. Give it a listen and feel the metal pulse through your veins.

4-0 out of 5 stars (4.5 Stars) Very Underrated
I don't see what the fuss is, this is an excellent priest album. All and all, I think this album is very good, by no way does it compare to Defenders of the faith, but the majority of the songs here rock! There's The title track, which has priest written all over it, and then there's "Hard as Iron" which will blow you away. Other tunes that are just killer would have to be "Monsters Of Rock" which is just dark and creepy, and kicks, and "Heavy Metal" which is a killer preview of what's next to come on Painkiller. Sadly, Priest only made one video from this album which was the Killer cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode", but I think that if they made a video to "I'm A Rocker", and "Blood Red Skies" this album would've taken off alot better. There's only one weak point, and that would be "Love Zone", which would be the only reason this album didn't get a full 5 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - why is this album so unappreciated?
Ram It Down (1988.) Judas Priest's eleventh album.

Although the early eighties had been Priest's all-time career high, the latter half of the decade brought extreme confusion to fans and the band alike. While the decade had started out with masterpieces of albums like British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance, the latter half brought on the Turbo album. And while I consider that album to be one of the band's many underrated masterpieces, many fans wanted nothing to do with it. In 1988, the band attempted a return to its earler, heavier sound. The Ram It Down album was released that year. Is this the all-important return to normalcy the band needed, or is it Turbo all over again? Read on for my review to find out.

In response to the question I asked above - this album is neither a return to normalcy, nor is it another Turbo. It's more like something in between. True, the band was back to its heavier sound, but the songs featured here were more commercial than their earlier material. The title track starts the album off. It's a fast and furious rocker reminiscent of Motorhead, another famous classic British metal band. The band started off the album with a track that would grab the attention of any metalhead and hold on to it - a smart move if you ask me. The second track, heavy metal, is NOT the Sammy Hagar song. It's classic metal with a slight industrial rock-styled touch, making it one of the most interesting sounds of their career. Love Zone a fast-paced mainstream-style rocker that almost certainly won't fail to please you if you're a fan of Judas Priest or classic eighties metal. Come And Get It is NOT a cover of the Badfinger song - it's another classic eighties metal-styled tune - and one of the finest songs to appear on the album. Another track worth mentioning is a little masterpiece called Blood Red Skies. Why didn't this track become more popular? It's a masterpiece! Only one song on the album really falls flat, and that's the band's cover of the Chuck Berry classic, Johnny B. Goode. The band recorded this song for the film of the same name. Unfortunately, as much as I LOVE Judas Priest, I have to say this - the band DESTROYED a classic oldie. By slowing down the general pace, they completely ruined the fast-paced classic rock and roll feeling that Berry created when he performed it. A little word of advice - if you're a metal band, you NEVER cover oldies. Despite that one blemish, the rest of the album comes off as nothing short of excellent.

Like the other Judas Priest remasters, this one has two bonus tracks, but it's a little different this time around. Instead of one rare live track and one rare studio session, this time you just get two rare live cuts. Sadly though, like the other live bonus tracks that appear on the Priest reissues, these ones fall flat when you compare them to the actual album tracks. Still, they're a nice incentive to purchase the new version of the album.

I can't believe so many Judas Priest fans diss this album. I think it's one of their finest works! I don't recommend the album to those new to the band, but if you're a Priest veteran, and you want to explore the band's underrated masterpieces, this here is an album you simply can't live without. Don't listen to the fans that call this a bad album - they have no idea how wrong they are. ... Read more

Asin: B0000026JV
Sales Rank: 131514

Iced Earth
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 March, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Power/Thrash albums of the '90s
Let me start out by saying that this is my favorite album that Iced Earth has released. All the songs have a unique quality to them that sets this album apart from most others of the genre. They are both slow and fast while at the same time not overbearing. The guitar duo of Jon Schaffer and Randal Shawver light this album up. Schaffer sets the tempo with a steely rhythm then Shawver comes in with an excellent solo. The base and drum work are good also, especially the drums as most of the songs have meter changes that are not easy to achieve. Another thing that is good about this album are the vocals. Most fans argue that Matt Barlow is the best singer the band could ask for but I disagree. The songs on this album sound better with the original guy in my opinion, almost like they were written for him. To curse the sky and When the night falls are my two favorites. Overall, I suggest buying this cd first if you want to get into the band. So don't wait, get it today.

4-0 out of 5 stars "ICED EARTH HAS RISEN"
This is definitley one of the best debut albums I've ever experienced. Considering it was originally done on only an 8000 dollar budget, this album does wonders for the heavy metal world.

My particular favorites here are "Iced Earth" and "When the Night Falls" both trully give fans an idea of what Schaffer and company are capable of.

However I do recommend that if you want a copy of this cd with better quality that you by the boxed set Dark Genesis. Includes remastered and remized versions of Iced Earths first three albums("Iced Earth", "Night of the Stormrider", "Burnt Offerings") as well as a cd version of the demo disc("Enter the Realm") which got them their first record deal and a cd which pays tribute to Iced Earth's top influences(KISS AC/DC Iron Maiden, etc.).

Also I'd recommend that you get "Days of Purgatory" which is a re-release of the best Iced Earth songs from the 89-95 era with vocalist Matt Barlow who has been with the band since 95. This guy blows Iced Earth's original two vocalists(Gene Adams and John Greely) outta the sky!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars iced earths first
This is a good debut album all in all. It suffers somewhat from the subpar production and from the vocalists terrible singing. but all the elements (atmospheric songwriting, intricate metal) that make this band great are intact. Like the above reviewer said dont buy this album first, start with anything else in their catalogue, once you listen to iced earth your sure to become a real fan of the group. ... Read more

Asin: B000005HL0
Sales Rank: 57782


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