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Piece of Mind
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Arguably Maiden's finest hour
[Before you start reading this review, I want to apologize for making it so long. I had a lot to say, and there was no short way to do it.]

Just when no one thought Bruce Dickinson would be able to fill the shoes of Paul Di'Anno's former lead vocalist position in Iron Maiden, he proved just about everyone who doubted him DEAD WRONG. With the release of Number Of The Beast, it was clear Bruce was more than a replacement frontman - he was giving the band a rebirth! And in 1983, a great year for heavy metal, the band released what is arguably its greatest album - Piece Of Mind. Read on for my review of this album, as well as my comments on the remaster series.

Where Eagles Dare - An awesome hard rocker, this was the band's first song to explore one of Bruce's favorite lyrical themes - World War Two air combat. It's not quite as good as the more famous Aces High from Powerslave, but it's still excellent.

Revelations - This one's a little different than what can normally be expected from Iron Maiden, but it's still nothing short of excellent.

Flight Of Icarus - WHOA. Can anyone say "masterpiece"? This is by far the best track on the album. In addition to just being a great song, it proves just how flexible the band's themes can be.

Die With Your Boots On - A severely underrated track, this one deals with the classic theme that a captain should go down with his ship. A great song that never got the proper credit.

The Trooper - Many call this the best song on the album, and with very good reason. Dave and Adrian had never played guitars THIS GOOD before this song, and to date, THEY NEVER HAVE! This song is THAT GOOD, people.

Still Life - Although it's not called "Piece Of Mind", this one qualifies as the album's title track since it uses that phrase. Of all the songs on the album, this is probably the toughest one to get into, but once you get into it, you'll never want to let it go.

Quest For Fire - IF YOU CALL THIS SONG A FILLER, YOU MAY AS WELL SAY "I HATE IRON MAIDEN." This track features the band in its prime, doing an excellent song. Sure, it's no Flight Of Icarus or The Trooper, but it's still an excellent cut, and one of my faves from the band.

Sun And Steel - The most melodic rocker on the album, this one also gets severely underrated. Bruce's vocals are top notch on this one. WHEN YOU ARE LISTENING TO THIS ALBUM, DO NOT SKIP THIS SONG.

To Tame A Land - The first in a series of "lengthy album closers" by the band, this is a darker and harder rocker that is very often overlooked, due to the fact that it's the last song on the album. Don't make the mistake of overlooking it, or you'll regreit it for the rest of your life.

Now for my comments on the remasters series - as a die-hard Maiden fan, I AM SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED. 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. The total play time doesn't come too close to the eighty minutes that can fit 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 B-Sides (the band's cover of Jethro Tull's Cross Eyed Mary is priceless), interviews, BBC session tracks, and others.) To put it simply, if you already own the original issue of this album on CD, it's really not necessary to get the new remaster.

Are you just getting into Iron Maiden? Start with Number Of The Beast, and get this one if you like it. Don't bother with hits compilations, as not one of them to date has captured the true essence of the band. Buy that one first, and if you like it, get the other albums with Bruce (Don't get the ones with Paul Di'Anno and/or Blaze Bayley unless you're a DIE HARD FAN.) Piece Of Mind is a true metal classic. You've gotta hear it for yourself to believe it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Overrated and Underrated... but simply brilliant!
After the successful "Number of the Beast," drummer Clive Burr departed and replacing him would be their craziest and current drummer, Nicko McBrain. While Clive Burr wasn't bad, McBrain brought a zanier style to the Maiden fold and added to the live experience. Here's the lowdown:

Where Eagles Dare - Simply brilliant. The drums here showcase Nicko's abilities to the fullest. A little overlong, but why carp? A good opener.

Revelations - Another brilliant rocker. Bruce really belts it out on this one! It also has an epic tone to it and the lyrics themselves are great. Bruce really wrote a classic.

Flight of Icarus - One of my favorites! Great, rocking epic. Adrian and Bruce wrote this song together. The riff in this song is one of the most memorable riffs ever created by this great heavy metal band.

Die With Your Boots On - This one is bashed on by many, but I really don't see why. It's a little weaker in comparison to the previous tracks, but the essence of Maiden is still there.

The Trooper - My favorite from this album and one of the two hits. The chorus is unique and the lyrics awesome. Just a rocking good song with scorching solos by Dave and Adrian.

Still Life - Although it's not called "Piece of Mind," this is actually the title track of the album. This one's also a bit underrated. However, this is one of the strongest tracks on the album.

Quest for Fire - Kind of a midpaced epic. This one actually is the most debated song on the album; some like it, others don't. I didn't particularly like this one. The chorus isn't all that catchy and overall, this is the weakest here.

Sun and Steel - Pretty good rocker. This one's also midpaced. This one takes a little getting used to, but it's a solid song from start to finish.

To Tame a Land - This is also an underrated one. This is the big-scale epic of the album (practically every Maiden album has one). Although it doesn't hold a candle against Rime of the Ancient Mariner or Alexander the Great, this is still an impressive song. Bruce's vocals are excellent here as well.

All in all, this is one of the highest marks in Maiden's career. It's strange that it's both underrated and overrated; Overrated because many like it for The Trooper and Flight of Icarus alone and underrated because it has a slew of songs that aren't recognized like they should be (i.e. Die With Your Boots On). I recommend this for any fan of heavy metal and especially the Iron Maiden fan. This is a 5-star effort from one of metal's supreme bands.

5-0 out of 5 stars My First Taste of Iron Maiden
When my friend recommended Iron Maiden to me, I was a little skeptical. For some reason I had viewed Iron Maiden, before actually listening to it, as some sort of death metal band. Maybe I envisioned that because they like to put zombies/demons/whatever on the front of their albums. This was a case where I definitely made a mistake in judging the CD by its cover.

When I first listened to it, I wasn't that impressed. Sure, I liked the beginning of "Still Life", but after the first 2:44 it went downhill...or so I thought at the time. In truth, I just didn't listen to it enough to really appreciate the amazing guitar work. However, I can honestly say that I am not a big fan of Bruce Dickinson's vocals...it's not that they don't sound well with the music, it's just that I don't like that high pitched type voice (you see, I'm used to listening to James Hetfield of Metallica). Nevertheless, I didn't feel that not liking the vocals affected my enjoyment of this CD too much. There were several songs where I DID enjoy the lyrics as well as the guitar work.

I'd have to say that my favorite song on this CD is "To Tame A Land". It really demonstrates the right way to have a song over seven minutes that is interesting the entire time. The guitar work in that song is so varied that you often times forget you're still on the same song. I made that mistake the first few times I was listening to the song...I started falling asleep and then woke and thought that the CD started over again, but then I realized my CD player doesn't do that, and I was like, "What the...?", and then it dawned on me that I was still listening to the same song. It really is that varied.

Another of my favorites was "Flight of the Icarus". This was one of the few songs on this CD where I thought the vocals were absolutely astounding. I love midway through the song, when the lyrics start, "Just a babe in a black abyss/No reason for a place like this". That may be the best part of any song on the entire CD.

There were, however, a few songs I didn't care for. Number one on that list was "Quest for Fire". How can you take any song seriously that starts off with "In a time when dinosaurs walked the Earth"? I like songs that actually mean something to me, or can express in song what I feel emotionally. I don't think there is an emotion that would correspond with that.

The other song I didn't care for was "Sun and Steel". There really wasn't any one reason that I would pinpoint for not liking that song, it just didn't appeal to me. Maybe it's because, again, I couldn't really relate with things like "You killed your first man at 13", etc. It might also have been because I don't like hearing two or three voices singing at once, to me that sounds like I'm at my sisters middle school chorus concert, espcially when they are as high pitched as those in this band.

Overall though, I really liked this CD. It was definitely worth my money, and it also gave me something new to listen to now that I've heard every Metallica album. The friend that recommended this to me said he thought it was their best album. I can't be the judge of that since this is the only one that I've heard, but I can honestly say that this is one of the best albums I have heard in a long time, and I'm definitely going to be purchasing more Iron Maiden in the near future! ... Read more

Asin: B00000BKDV
Sales Rank: 117251


Ride the Lightning
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Don't let that classical-guitar-ish opening to "Fight Fire with Fire" fool you--Ride the Lightning packs a heavy-metal wallop. While not as ambitious as the subsequent Master of Puppets, this early Metallica album is indubitably one of their best. Thematically, it explores death and dying from myriad points of view: nuclear war ("Fight Fire with Fire"), electric-chair execution (the title track), and drowning ("Trapped Under Ice"). Interestingly, the best track on this album is probably "Fade to Black," a slower, more introspective song about suicide. There's also "Creeping Death," which remains a concert favorite. An excellent mix of rapid-fire guitar riffs, rip-roaring solos, and singer James Hetfield's trademark growl, this is thrash metal at its finest. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Musical Overview
Metallica are purely original in sound, pioneers in the broad, unexplored spanse of heavy metal music. Ride The Lightning helped Metallica get to the top, where they still are today, so here's an overview from a musical perspective:

Fight Fire With Fire: 10/10 How could you not love this song? It starts off with a beautiful array of clean sound. Then it gets really fast, really heavy, and everything great. The only thing I can say against it is that the lyrics are kinda dumb.

Ride The Lightning: 10/10 I love the opening lick to this track. The singing part is pure brilliance. I love the solo. Very old school metal genius.

For Whom the Bell Tolls: 10/10 The guitar in the beginning (I guess thats a guitar. I dunno, maybe its a bass.) that accompanies the simple notes of the other guitar is really cool. Then, again, the lead guitar helps it shine. Then the verses start with a simple riff, but helped along with great vocals. The refrain is great. Simple, slow, amazing song.

Fade to Black: 10/10 YES! This song is worth a billion stars. The chord changes flow so purely, so fluently. One of the best of Hammet's solos begins this masterpiece. The vocals are nearly as brilliant as the guitar riffs. I love it more than almost every other Metallica song. ("One" may surpass.) After four minutes, the song changes into yet another of the greatest riffs, followed by another. It ends in a solo that takes you on a journey.

Trapped Under Ice: 10/10 Really fast. This song has a really fast solo to start it off. Not the best song on the CD, but VERY good, and awesome enough for an easy ten. Metallica pulls through mostly on the guitars on this one.

Escape: 9/10 Definatly not the best on the album, but wow, is that cool or what!? It makes me wonder how anyone could not consider Metallica as one of the best bands to ever live. The chord changes are few, but the changes in the refrain are really cool. The ending is the best part.

Creeping Death: 10/10 great harmonies, then an awesome riff that makes you want to scream. This song is about the Exodus, which makes for an ususual set of lyrics. Another one of the best guitar solos takes place in this song. I think that the chord changes in the refrain don't exactly connect the verses, but the vocals connect to it well. The bridge is the height of the song, besides the solos. At about 6 minutes into the song, Hammet does some pretty basic tapping, which adds to the song as well.

The Call of Ktulu: 10/10 A great instrumental. Much better than Puppet's "Orion." The chords are meant to be together. I love the melodic introduction. Fantastic. Very thoughtful and inspiring solos. This is the longest song on the album at about 9 minutes.It approaches the end in a melodic set of very cool chords. Then, Lars whacks a low tom a few times and they play a few boring ending notes. I wish it ended with the melodic stuff.

This is one of the most positive reviews I've given, not marking any song down at all, and that really says something: "This is one of the greatest albums ever!"

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST album from these guys
This album is a GREAT album, actually their best. Better than Master Of Puppets(And that's saying a LOT).

All who think Master Of Puppets is the best, that's OK. It's a good album, no doubt, but Ride The Lightning is just a better album in my opinion. The Thing That Should Not Be is nowhere near as cool as For Whom The Bell Tolls, and Fade To Black is soulful and more melodic than Sanitarium.

Review of band:

James Hetfield(Rhythm Guitars/Vocals): Essential part of Metallica. He rocked the guitar scene and no one can change it. Apparently, he doesn't like the song Escape from this album. He sings pretty good, particularly in For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, Trapped Under Ice and Creeping Death.

Cliff Burton(Bass): The life of Metallica. This guy rocks, Pulling Teeth from "Kill 'Em All" proves that. It's very sad to see him go. Jason was a good replacement, but NO ONE can fill the shoes of Cliff. R.I.P. Cliff, say hi to Dave Williams(Drowning Pool frontman) for me. His moments are in pretty much all of 'em.

Lars Ulrich(Drums): This guy was so kick ass back in the day, but then went downhill from there, and it was his cause, but still, you just can't just hate him because of St. Anger. Nice work Lars. His highlits have to be Fight Fire With Fire, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Creeping Death.

Kirk Hammett(Lead Guitar): OK, Metallica isn't Metallica without Kirk Hammett, FACT! He's a classic shredder on the axe. His solos are so cool, especially in Fade To Black, the title-track, Creeping Death, Trapped Under Ice and The Call Of Ktulu.

Ride The Lightning is their finest hour by far. Here's the songs:

1)Fight Fire With Fire(4:45): The classic guitar opening is a great addition to an otherwise kick ass album. 30 seconds in or something into the song and it becomes a masterpiece. This song, much like the other songs, has a message, this one is about Nuclear Warfare and the Apocalypse. Not the best song on the album, but still a kick ass song. 4/5(B-)

2)Ride The Lightning(6:38): Another kick ass song, I guess this one's message is the Electric Chair. "I don't want to die" one line from the song, is probably the reaction to it. It's a cool song. Not a favourite but still addicting. Not as good a title track as Master Of Puppets, but still amazing. 4.5/5(B)

3)For Whom The Bell Tolls(5:11): About Death and the funeral, the opening bells fit in perfectly. A good song. 3rd best song. It just rocks, it has the longest opening on the album. This song is DEFINATELY in their top 20. 5/5(A)

4)Fade To Black(6:54): Saddest song on the album. Talks about Suicide, and a very good message at that to such a melodic and sad song. Great use of acoustics by Kirk and James. This one is in Metallica's top 10. It's just that good. This song is tied with Trapped Under Ice for 2nd best song. Very moving song, sadder and more melodic than both One and Sanitarium. Nice job Metallica. 5/5(A+)

5)Trapped Under Ice(4:03): Shortest song, but I like it. Tied with Fade To Black for 2nd best song. OK, this song's message is about Drowning and Freezing to Death. Thrash at it's total BEST! Cliff and Lars aren't too bad, but Kirk's biggest moment is now. 3 solo's in one 4 minute song. That's a good moment. Well done again Metallica. 5/5(A)

6)Escape(4:23): Unfortunately, Escape doesn't quite live up to the work that the last 5 had to offer, and it's my least favourite song. Apparantly, James hates this song, so they'll probably never play it live. But still... This song talks about Claustrophobia and escaping this true-false world. Just not as good as the last 5 songs. Still better than Leper Messiah from "Puppetz". 3/5(C+)

7)Creeping Death(6:35): Best song on the album, HANDS DOWN! This one talks about Ancient times, how the Pharaoh used Creeping Death to kill all of the first born male child of every family and how Mosus diseased Pharaoh with the 7 plagues. Nice work from the band. Better than most of the songs on Master Of Puppets. A very DAMN good song. 6/5(A+)

8)The Call Of Ktulu(Instrumental)(8:54): Don't know what this one's about. A little difficult due to the fact that uh.. it's an instrumental. Still, this instrumental is cool, better than Orion, and tied with To Live Is To Die. James gives his throat a rest, he'd probably need it after the cool vocals he's done throughout the record, and just played his rhythm guitar. Kirk really shred for pretty long, seeing as it's 9 minutes long. Lars and Cliff don't rest at all, they rock the song as well. I find this song as the gem of the album. Great song, and a great ending to the album. 4.7/5(B+)

That's Ride The Lightning, I don't care whether you press the helpful or not helpful button, I just did this review to help you decide. And I did.

Pick up Ride The Lightning NOW, and get ...And Justice For All and Master Of Puppets as well. And get something from Pantera while you're at it, particularly Vulgar Display Of Power.

Thanks, now get off the computer, go down to your nearest record store, and Buy The Lightning.

5-0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL THRASH ALBUM...
Just for the record, I am not a Metallica fan (I listen to bands on Nuclear Blast mostly). But I will agree to review this album because this is the only Metallica record I care for. I bought this album a couple years back but it has mostly been sitting on a shelf right now. Nevertheless, this truly is a legend in the annals of speed/thrash metal. This is an exceptional concept album that explores many angles of death and doom:

Fight Fire With Fire- 5/5 Brutal thrasher about nuclear armageddon straight out of the deepest chasms of hell.

Ride The Lightning 5/5 Awesome take on electric-chair execution with one of Kirk Hammett's most outstanding guitar solos.

For Whom The Bell Tolls 5/5 Melodic metal marcher about funerals.

Fade To Black 5/5 Best track on album. Suicide is theme and features great acoustic guitar riffs and hauntingly beautiful intro solo.

Trapped Under Ice 5/5 Great fast number with THREE (gasp!) phenomenal guitar solos! Can't quite figure out what it's about, though.

Escape 3/5 Weakest song on album, but kicks Leper Messiah's ass any day.

Creeping Death 4/5 Good swing-time rocker about Moses bringing the Ten Plagues to Egypt. The middle part ROCKS!

The Call Of Ktulu 5/5 I love instrumentals and this one sets the standard for all future Metallica instrumentals.

If you absolutely MUST have any Metallica albums, just get this one and you will be fine. For better speed/thrash metal, you should check out Nuclear Blast's catalog (two of my favorite NB bands are Dew Scented and Strapping Young Lads). ... Read more

Asin: B000002H2H


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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B000002H33


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Vempire Or Dark Faerytales in Phallustei
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 July, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest
After already making what I considered to be the greatest black metal album and certainly one of the greatest ever debut albums, it would seem impossible for a band to improve on something that was already so brilliant. Cradle of Filth, however, are of such mastery and creative perfection that they have managed to do just that.
According to Nicholas (the bands drummer) this EP was made simply as an 'out-of-court settlement' to release the band from their contract with Cacophonous, the record label who they'd been fighting with since the release of The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. Considering that this was just an EP between albums and between record labels it is truly a remarkable effort, for it would be an impossibility for other bands to achieve something this brilliant under the best of circumstances.
The CD starts with what is one of the best, most intense intros that you could ever hope for. The opening track, Ebony Dressed for Sunset, builds up and launches the album with the classic high-paced drumming, a furied combination of intertwining leads and synthesised effects and ends with the sexy, desire-filled female voice. The track flows beautifully onto what is a reworking of The Forest Whispers My Name. I was ecstatic when I first heard this track again because it was a favourite of mine from The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. They sped it up quite a lot, used some new synthesised effects, and introduced new female speech elements.

The track is indicative of the differences between Vempire and The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. Vempire, it can be said, is generally a faster album whereas TPoEMF is perhaps a slower and more passionate masterpiece. Vempire also has more occurrences of female vocals, some being slightly different from those on TPoEMF, as well as more prominent synthesised effects.
After The Forest Whispers My Name, comes what is my equal favourite (along with the final) track on the album - Queen of Winter, Throned. It starts off in the same way as 'A Dream of Wolves in the Snow' did. (On your first listen you might start to get worried that this EP was just a reworking of their first album.) However, it soon moves boldly in its own direction in what is an epic tale that is made up of 2 or 3 sections, that altogether lasts 10 minutes. It contains everything that makes Cradle of Filth so brilliant.
Nocturnal Supremacy starts off slowly, but impressively, with catchy bass drumming and gradually builds up speed until it is flying along with Dani's screams and an 'in-tune' female choir voice synthesis, which is used a lot in this song. It too is another classic Cradle of Filth track. The album now has its sole instrumental track in a lead-up to the final assault that is The Rape and Ruin of Angels. This starts off with extreme speed in a brilliant opening section which is then broken down to a short keyboard / synthesiser intermission. It then builds up again with many further twists and turns to finish off the album in perfect, classy and powerful Cradle of Filth style.

Vempire has more of an underlying sexual theme with sounds of 'vestal masturbation' as well as burning orgies and the like. A lot of work went into the CD covers of which there are two (one being 'Vempire' and the other 'Dark Faerytales in Phallestein') as well as other images of vampiric, sadomasochistic lesbians and a naked, gashed woman.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultra rare..ultra impressive!
This is by far Cradle's most nasty,fast,and brutal album...and it's not an easy one to find....but the trouble of doing so is well worth it! The screaching from Dani is spine shambling and the guitars and drums never sounded better....the sound quality is superb as opposed to "The Principals of Evil Made Flesh" everything about this album is greatness...this is an amazing album by one of Black Metal's best...it's fast it's furious and it's great...and the version of "The Forest Whispers My Name" is far superior to the original..."The Queen of Winter Throned" the 10 minute long blazing ball of hot magma will impact on you like a ominous message from the dark side...every song on V Empire is terrific..and for six songs this cd is rather lengthy..about 40 minutes....but the blood curdeling screams and disturbingly low belows make this album sound from the pits of HELL...if you can find this you won't be dissapointed...as this is by far Cradle's best most sinister album...and worth the trouble of tracking down a copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Supreme Vampiric Evil...
This is definately Cradle of Filth's most "evil" sounding record. While it's only an EP and contains just 6 tracks, this album is truly epic and 'supreme', by all means. I think the vocals on this album are the best, just above Cruelty and the Beast. Dani abandons the rhaspy style heard on the previous album, and replaces them with blood curdling fury... unlike on any other album.

While it doesn't have nearly as much gothic romanticism as some of their other works, it does make up for that with a pure focus on the power and evil of Vampiric lore, and really invokes the presense of "ancient evil".

The production and sound quality is also rather amazing, expecially considering the fact that this is only their second release, on their less than reliable label, Cacophonous.

Instead of being a mere collection of songs like a typical EP, this one adheres to a mini-album feel.

The opening track, Ebony Dressed For Sunset, is not like the usual C.O.F. intro song (which are all intstrumental). This one actually has guitars and vocals, and really ushers in the dark forces of the coming songs.

After this hellish peice, a new rendetion of The Forest Whispers My Name comes in... which is far superior to the original version. Much faster, theatrical, and all around "demonic". There are the ghostly moaning vocals by Sarah Jezabel Deva, which weren't at all present on the version heard on the debut. A true classic track...

The next song, Queen of Winter Throned... a 10 minute epic of monsterous porportions. We witness some of the most sinister screeches ever heard by Dani here... it's too bad he's lost this sound on the two most recent albums (Bitter Suites, Midian).

This symphonic opus quickly fades into Nocturnal Supremacy...
The first song I ever really heard by this group. Truly impressive and undeniably "perfect". Everything just blends and works together seamlessly. Nothing comes close to the power of this song... a must for any metal fan.

After these relentless assaults of the senses, you are given a chance to rest your ears with She Mourns A Lengthening Shadow. A moody and doomy instrumental, which sounds more like a prototype of The Graveyard By Moonlight than anything else.

The final song, The Rape And Ruin of Angels is the perfect closure for this record, by ripping away the somber melody of the previous track with a diabolical speed metal riff opening. There is some really dark and creepy ghasping & laughing on this one... and closes with the screaming agonies of women burning away. A masterful and frightening effect.

This is undoubtedly the most heavy of all Cradle of Filth albums, with a much more "metal" sound than any other. Flawless production and subperb music make this a must have. Much better than most of their releases, yet probably the hardest to find. It clocks in at over 36 minutes, and does have the feel of a full length album, which makes the trouble worth it in my opinion. ... Read more

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Master of Reality
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Black Sabbath's first two releases, Black Sabbath and Paranoid, were more than groundbreaking, they were earth-shattering, exposing the public to a brutal new form of noise pollution termed heavy metal. But it was the band's third album, Master of Reality, that cemented the group as blackened wizards of doom and gloom. Just listen to the echoing cough and sludgy guitar riff of the opening track "Sweet Leaf" and compare it to anything that existed at the time. Not only were Black Sabbath heavier than Deep Purple or Vanilla Fudge, they were also more experimental and controversial, exploring themes of darkness, drugs, and depravity that others dared not address. The heaviest and most influential disc of Black Sabbath's career, Master of Reality featured proto-metal sludge like "Children of the Grave" and "After Forever," which served as a blueprint for a legion of musicians including '90s Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Smashing Pumpkins. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Masters Keep going, Don't you know?!
The 3rd album sometimes is oddly forgotten by some. But as you may hear by the sound clips by Amazon they are also many hits on this album. Infact not one song is filler. Truely a master peice! Now may the sweet stuff fill your ears! Now onto my review of the songs: 1. Sweet Leaf - I truely can't remember the first time I heard this one. The cough's are so laughable. But they truely loved the stuff. . . .95% 2. After Forever - My fav. song on this album. With a interesting point of view, Ozzy speaks of relingen. Truely an awesome track. . . .100% 3. Embryo - Intro to the next song . . . 85% 4. Children Of The Grave - This song was so much in with the times (other than the dark parts). . . .90% 5. Orchid - Intro to next song . . .85%6. Lord Of This World - This song is about Satan and is of the evil of man. . . .90%7. Solitude - A soft number that sounds so not like Black Sabbath. (Some even say that Ozzy didn't sing the song, but They said he did!) . . .85%8. Into The Void - Fast ender. Speaks of the future and of space. . .90%If you like this album: Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Black Sabbath-Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath-Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Black Sabbath- Vol. 4, Black Sabbath-Sabatoge.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cough...Cough..Cough...
That is how Master of Reality begins, with the famous repetitive cough of "Sweet Leaf". On this 1971 release, Sabbath's third album, the band has become "masters" of their own sound. Calling Black Sabbath influential is an understatement. Listen to any of their first 4 albums and you can hear where several "metal" bands got their riffs, style, and "dark" image. Actually, the silliest idea about Black Sabbath is that they are all satan worshippers obsessed with death and think that everyone should commit suicide. Anyone who ever thought these things about this group should try reading the words that Ozzy Osbourne is singing. Their not evil words and a prime example is on Master of Reality. For example, in "After Forever" is clearly about finding God - "They should realize that God is the only way to love." and "Children of the Grave" (No it's not about little kids rising from their graves and killing people) is about a generation of young people who are tired of the hate filled world they live in and want to change it at any cost - "They'll fight the world until they've won and love comes flowing through." Tony Iommi has stated that much of the dark and demonic image associated with Sabbath can be chalked up to record company ploys to make money by making the band seem "evil" (For example, the inner sleeve of the debut LP, Black Sabbath (1970), contains an upside down cross which was not the band's idea at all). If you look at all 8 of the original line up's album covers, there is not an evil or disturbing image in the bunch, with the minor exception of the hooded figure on the debut cover which could be considered creepy by some. I grew up thinking negative things about Black Sabbath but I'm so glad I grew up and gave this pioneering band a chance because they created some very important music and if anything was ever called "heavy metal" it should be Black Sabbath even though they were creating these sounds before that term existed. Master of Reality is perhaps the statement that solidified the Black Sabbath sound, it is essential. One last question to those who think Ozzy Osbourne is "evil" - What hand gesture does he always give, particularly on the cover of Black Sabbath, Vol. 4? - The peace sign. Yes, maybe he is pure evil.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal History for Black Sabbath
Although Black Sabbath would later diversify their sound by experimentation, their first three albums were doomy, gloomy sludge metal of the early 70s. The latter of the three, Master of Reality, would set the standard for later metal through potency in riffs, lyrical content and sheer power. Some of their most memorable riffs like "Sweet Leaf" and "Children of the Grave" served up a couple of the hardest riffs of the 70s. This is truly Black Sabbath at their heaviest point musically but even more importantly, it secured their place in rock history. Perhaps even some of the first speed metal is heard in the closing song, "Into the Void." Also, the song writing ability matures here greatly. "After Forever" assures you your not the religously alone person you might have thought you were and "Sweet Leaf" is about the pleasures of pot. Everyone shines on this album with their power. Geezer's bass becomes more in tune with Tony's distorted guitar while Bill drums with jazz influences. In the end, this is some of Sabbath's best and darkest work along with Paranoid, Vol. 4, and Sabotage. Check it out for sure. ... Read more

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Paranoid
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Though most of Black Sabbath's classic material from this album ("War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Fairies Wear Boots," and the title track) can also be found on the collection We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll, Paranoid is essential for the completist. One of the best albums from one of the bands to define heavy metal, this album is chock-full of the best stuff from Sabbath's Osbourne years. (Where else will you be able to hear "Rat Salad?") The music isn't exactly complex, but it doesn't need to be; its importance lies in its evocative power, with which any teenager will be able to identify. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!
THIS IS AN AWESOME ALBUM. OF THE THREE METAL BANDS OF THE '60'S AND EARLY 70'S (LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE & BLACK SABBATH) I THINK BLACK SABBATH IS THE BEST. THERE ARE FOUR HITS ON THIS ALBUM, THEY ARE "WAR PIGS", "PARANOID", "IRON MAN" & "FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS". BUT ALL THE OTHER SONGS ARE AWESOME TOO. HERE'S A BREAKDOWN OF THE TRACKS:

WAR PIGS-THIS IS AN AWESOME ANTI-WAR PIECE WITH A VERY LONG AND AWESOME INSTRUMENTAL PART AT THE END. A+

PARANOID-ANOTHER CLASSIC, THIS SONG WAS (FROM WHAT I'VE HEARD) ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO BE FILLER BUT IT'S AWESOME, AND IT'S SORTA NICE SINCE "WAR PIGS" WAS SO LONG AND THIS IS SHORTER. A+

PLANET CARAVAN-THOUGH THIS SONG IS VERY SLOW AND OZZY'S VOICE IS TOTALLY WEIRD THIS SONG IS GREAT. THERE'S A NICE JAZZY SOLO TOWARDS THE END. A+

IRON MAN-YET ANOTHER MIND-BLOWING SONG. IF YOU DON'T KNOW THIS ONE YOU'RE SERIOUSLY BRAIN-DAMAGED. A+

ELECTRIC FUNERAL-HOLY HECK IS THIS GREAT!!!!!!! THE RIFFS ARE SO DISTORTED THAT YOU CAN BARELY HEAR THEM. IT'S A VERY DARK, OMINOUS SONG ABOUT DEATH. A+

HAND OF DOOM-FITS VERY WELL WITH "ELECTRIC FUNERAL" 'CAUSE THIS IS ANOTHER SONG ABOUT DEATH. NOT QUITE SO GOOD THOUGH. A

RAT SALAD-THIS SONG IS A VERY NICE, SHORT INSTRUMENTAL PIECE. I LOVE HOW IT STARTS WITH VIOLIN AND THEN A GUITAR RIFF, VIOLIN AND THEN THE SAME GUITAR RIFF. A-

FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS-THIS IS A GREAT, FUNNY AND ALTOGETHER AWESOME SONG. THIS SONG IS SO COOL. A+

FROM THE BEGINNING OF "WAR PIGS" TO THE ENDING OF "FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS" THIS IS AN AWESOME ALBUM.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums ever
Without a doubt, this album can lay claim to the 'Granddaddy of all Metal' albums. While their debut 'Black Sabbath' was excellent, it was much more blues oriented. 'Paranoid' however is darker, heavier, and has riffs that are a must to learn for all rock guitarists. Can anyone imagine the metal world without the songs 'War Pigs', 'Paranoid' or 'Iron Man'? This is where metal began folks. Tony Iommi is a true master when it comes to writing heavy riffs. Considering the fact that the man has no fingertips and cannot feel the strings is even more amazing. For those who do not know, Tony suffered an accident while working in a factory, resulting in the loss of his fingertips. He plays with plastic coverings. That's why in most photos, he usually hides his hand.

Anyway, 'Hand of Doom', 'Electric Funeral', and the infamous 'Fairies wear Boots' (what were they smoking when they wrote that one?), even the album out to make it a listening pleasure. I never understood what the heck 'Luke's Wall' was though. There is nothing between War Pigs and Paranoid. And to this day I still have no idea what Ozzy is singing about in Planet Caravan. I could find the lyrics, but that would take away from the mystery of the song. Geezer's bass playing is top notch on this disc. His is probably the most under-rated bass player on the planet. Ozzy's vocals are haunting and lurk behind the music just enough to make the patented Black Sabbath sound.

I still remember being broke and living on my own for the first time. Without a TV, I would just play 'Paranoid' over and over again playing solitare on the floor. I would eat cold cuts without bread and wait for my girlfriend to come over, she rarely did. Those were some great times though. This is one of Black Sabbath's and Heavy metal's best albums. It's the Holy Grail for guitar players and will be a jewel in your CD collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars awesome
Try as I might, I don't think I'll ever be a metalhead. I may be pi$$ed about certain things that frustrate me in my life, but I don't think I'll ever be that angry (in fact, I can turn happy-go-lucky insanely fast when five seconds ago I was in a violent rage), but it can't stop me from enjoying some metal music. I like all sorts of music, and metal is one of my favorite genres, and Paranoid, one of the first metal albums ever, is awesome in my book, and it starts out with one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, song of all-time.....

1. War Pigs 100/10 How people could consider the title track a classic over this monster boggles my mind (even though the title track is great). From the slow, vast intro, to the hi-hat tapping and Ozzy's opening operatic vocals, to the ass-kicking riffage and soloing, to the mindblowing outro, you can wait and wait for this song to get boring and it never will, and I'm not even a hardcore metal fan. Speaking of the outro, as if the rest of the song isn't amazing, the outro is incredibly powerful, and gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, beginning with a simple arpeggiated chord progression, coming to four climatic riffs, and a crushingly beatiful haunting, dark, but faintly hopeful riff to finish it off, topped by what has to be Iommi's best solo. I'm not sure if it will stay this way, but for now this is definately my vote for the best rock song EVER

2. Paranoid 7/10 A good song, but I think it's a bit overrated, especially after the religious experience of the previous track. But its lyrics I can definiately relate to when I'm frustrated and bored and just out of it.

3. Planet Caravan 10/10 Many people don't like this track, but it's dark, vast, slow, and haunting (i like stuff like that). Iommi also has a phenomenal jazzy solo for an outro, coupled with piano chords. All I can say is this must sound amazing stoned....

4. Iron Man 8/10 When I first heard this track, I was an Ozzy novice. Seeing him all out of it on MTV and hearing the computerized "I am IRON MAN!", I just thought it was kind of corny, but listening to it it's one awesome track, but not as good as WP. The speeding up for the solo was a great twist, something which Sab does often and makes them great. The outro soloing is amazing as well.

5. Electric Funeral 8/10 Wowwowwowewohhhhhh! The deep rumble of the opening notes definately sounds like the thunder of Armaggedon, which is basically what this song is about. I personally think it sounds scarier live, the song gets scarier as it progress to an almost jig-like beat with Ozzy's Cold-War era nuclear war lyrics slamming you in the face.

6. Hand of Doom 10/10 Sabbath epic #3 on this album, dealing with the mad drug addiction of a crazed Vietnam veteran, starts with a slow bass riff, which progresses into the album's first actual chorus, before kinda randomly going into a totally new jam with Ozzy's anti-drug rants, "But you, you know you must be blind...", it keeps progressing and surpising you, until the fantastic solo, and finishing out with slow dark lyrics of the painful death of the addict. Best song on the album except for War Pigs.

7. Rat Salad 5/10 I don't really like instrumentals, but if I do listen to them, I'll listen to Metallica's, and not this. It does feature an awesome drum solo that just goes to show you what a phenomenal drummer Bill Ward is, as if you couldn't pick that up with his primal pounding on the previous tracks. It also features what sounds like a jazzier improvization on Hand of Doom's solo.

8. Fairies Wear Boots 9/10 What a weird song. I don't like the lyrics because they really are CORNY, but I guess if you're doing drugs, you will write crazy stuff like that. The power of the track is in the awesome riffage and soloing on the part of Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler and Bill Ward continue to pound out awesome rhythms. It kind of ends with an anticlimax which is dissappointing: they should of finished with something epic and powerful like the way Metallica's "Creeping Death" finished, something that stays with you a long time, but its still great.

All in all, I'm not a nut about this album like metalheads are, but this is awesome, and even if you hate tracks 2 through 8, buy it for War Pigs, you won't be disappointed. ... Read more

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Theatre of Pain
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good songs, but poor sound quality
After the classic metal of "Shout At The Devil", this is where the Crue began to sell out. Or so the music critics and fickle fans say. Yes, this album did spawn the Crue's first top 40 hit--the remake of "Smokin' in the Boys' Room", which to me was a great cover, as well as the classic ballad "Home Sweet Home", which I consider one of the best rock ballads of all time. To me, this is a fine rock album with tracks like "Tonight (We Need A Lover)" , "Louder Than Hell", and "Save Our Souls". Not quite as good as their other '80's albums both before and after, but still good tracks. To me the biggest problem is with the sound quality of the album. If this had been mixed better, the album probably would have sounded better and more rocking.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great follow up to SHOUT AT THE DEVIL
THEATRE OF PAIN was the highly anticipated follow up to SHOUT AT THE DEVIL and the band didnt disappoint their fans. I was 14 or so when this album first came out and it just totally rocked. I admit I was alittle turned off by thier look, but I got pass that and listened to them. Music is what matters and the CRUE are a great rock and roll band that will go down in history as one of the greatest of all times. This album has some killer tracks: SMOKIN IN THE BOYS ROOM, HOME SWEET HOME, LOUDER THAN HELL, TONGIHT(WE NEED A LOVER), are just killer rock tracks that I always find myself going back and listening to. I bought this remastered version even though I already had an older CD, and I can say that I like the demo versions to the songs before the final takes that made the album This album rocks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Crue
I bought this when albums were still being sold. I listened to this every day then all my albums got stolen. I just recently started getting all the albums I had, but in CDs. This is classic crue. ... Read more

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Countdown to Extinction
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Megadeth is one of the few metal bands to have successfully handled the transition to the '90s, and Countdown to Extinction is proof positive; although considerably more streamlined and commercially oriented than their previous efforts, it's still a fine album, and arguably one of their best. Lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine's lyric-writing has improved, and the results can be heard on "Countdown to Extinction," "Symphony of Destruction," "Architecture of Aggression" (it's a rare songwriter who can make a line like that fit in a chorus), and "Foreclosure of a Dream". This is arena metal at its best; Countdown to Extinction (a reference not to genocide, as one might assume, but to endangered species) manages the difficult trick of being commercially appealing and musically sound at the same time. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This cd is amazing its heavier than their thrash cd's like peace seel but who's buying. I highly recomend this cd if you like megadeth get this cd. I'll now so you all the tracks on the cd.

Skin o' my teeth- my favorite track awesome beginning with Menza and drums cool lyrics and piercing solo by Marty.

Symphony of destruction- very heavy awesome chorus

Arctitecture of Aggression- heavy riffs in the beginning another great solo by Marty.

Foreclosure Of A Dream- quiet in the beginning then builds up great song.

Sweating Bullets- One of my favorite songs great chorus and great riffs when Mustaine is singing.

This Was My Life- Great riffs cool lyrics

Countdown To Extinction- cool lyrics

High Speed Dirt- great lyrics alot of solos one of my favorite songs

Psychotron- great chorus especially when Mustaine says call him Psycotron its a robot voice which is pretty cool and a ton of solos by Marty.

Captive Honour- One of my favorite songs I like the skit with the judge sentencing him. Great solos by Dave and Marty.

Ashes In Your Mouth- great riffs cool lyrics and great piercing solos by Marty and Dave. Another one of my favorites.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST MEGADETH CD EVER
Countdown to Extinction was released 8 years ago and still sounds fresh even buy today's standards. By far, this is the best effort by Dave Mustaine and company. This CD was the first release in which Megadeth toned their sound down a little bit....(only slightly though), and the first release that hit the big time. There are so many great catchy songs on this CD that you will end up singing along with: Symphony of Destruction, This Was My Life, and Countdown to Extinction to name a few. Musically, the guitars of Mustaine and Freidman are incredible. The drum work of Nick Menza is fantastic as is the bass guitar of Danny Ellefson.

This is one CD that I never get tired of listening to. Its heavy guitars, crashing drums and excellent vocals combined with well composed songs makes this one Hard Rock / Heavy Metal release that should be in everyone's collection. It is upbeat, and it will get your adrenaline pumping.

This is an excellent CD! Well worth the money spent!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album to start your Megadeth collection with
Megadeth's Fifth Album

On this outing you will see that Megadeth made thier songs a bit more commercialized and acessible. After listening to this album uncountable times I can honestly tell you that it doesn't even make a difference. This is Megadeth at the top of thier game musically and lyrically. All Megadeth fans should have this in thier collection, it is essential. Highlights Include; Symphony of Destruction, Sweating Bullets and Ashes In Your Mouth ... Read more

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Among the Living
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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If Metallica and Slayer invented speed metal, Anthrax brought it to the East Coast and imbued it with the attitude and excitement of New York hardcore. Among the Living is, without a doubt, their finest hour--a roaring, adrenaline-pumped collection of flailing beats, precise, razor-edged riffs and shout-along refrains. Unlike most full-throttle metal vocalists of the era, Joey Belladonna chose to sing as well as shout, giving songs like "Among the Living," "Indians" and "Efilnikcufecin" ("nice fuckin' life" spelled backwards) a decided melodic edge. Yet Scott Ian and Dan Spitz's buzzsaw guitar flurries, and Charlie Benante's insistent drumming, prevented the songs from ever degenerating into the run-of-the-mill heavy metal they so despised. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. Pure mandatory thrash metal
Among The Living(1987). Anthrax's third studio album.

Back in the mid 80s, a genre of frantic heavy metal music known as thrash metal was beginning to emerge from the shadows of the east and west coasts with big name bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, and Anthrax. While the four former bands emerged in the San Francisco Bay west coast area, Anthrax originated in New York on the east coast and brought many unique aspects to the thrash metal scene. Comprised of vocalist Joey Belladonna, lead guitarist Dan Spitz, rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, and bassist Frank Bello, Anthrax is a band about delivering songs full of raw energy, memorable riffs, and endless headbanging. Even though the more famous Metallica and Megadeth were influenced by the NWOBHM scene, Anthrax sports an almost punk-like quality to it, in addition to the insurmountable ammount of heavy metal power. To me, Anthrax has some of the greatest thrash musicians to ever grace heavy metal. Spitz churns out some AMAZING solos. Scott has incredible rhythm guitar talent (second only to Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer). Charlie manages to be an excellent drummer, and even Bello's bass playing stands out quite a bit. But to me, what separates Anthrax from all the other thrash metal bands is that they have the best thrash vocalist. James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine have NOTHING on Belladonna. Unlike the shouting and screaming that most thrash metal vocalists employ, Belladonna can actually sing WELL. His melodic vocals manage to dominate the songs on top of all the frantic instrumentation that's going on. With the talented playing and sheer power that erupts in each song, one can't help but be impressed by Anthrax.

The band started out in 1984 with Fist Full Of Metal and then released the masterpiece thrash album Spreading The Disease(1985). Among The Living was actually the album that got the band really noticed among the legions of metalheads. While Spreading The Disease is an excellent Anthrax album, ATL has the most punch to it and it's definitely their most powerful 80s album. The production is much more crisp and the guitar sound here easily dwarfs the one used on the previous album. Anyone could think that the guitars were straight out of a Metallica album, but the flavor of it all is undeniably Anthrax. The only setback on this album is that Belladonna shouts more here than before, which is a shame because his best voice comes instead from the singing. Still, there's no shortage of catchy anthemic choruses to sing along to, so this isn't any serious drawback. Just press play and prepare to be amazed (if you like thrash metal, that is).

ATL kicks off with a pleasantly powerful one-two punch in the title track and 'Caught In A Mosh'. 'I Am The Law' is an ode to the comic book Judge Dredd, though done in a non-cheezy manner. Of course, 'Efilnikufesin' is a stellar headbanger with a backwards subliminal message contained that's easy to guess (Strange how the media pressured Judas Priest for a song with a subliminal message that wasn't even there, and yet Anthrax really has one and gets away with it!) Next is the Stephen King inspired 'Skeleton In The Closet' which never fails to please, followed by the anthemic 'Indians'. 'One World' and 'Imitation Of Life' are pure thrash muscle numbers, while A.D.I. is the album's lengthy melodic track. All in all, a good collection of thrash songs with nary a moment of filler to be found anywhere.

I actually just bought this album yesterday, but after listening to it 3 times in a row, I wish I had bought it sooner. It's albums like this that remind me of why I wish I had grown up in the 80s, which was a time of prospering heavy metal music. Bands such as Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Testament were in their golden years. Instead I'm stuck in the now surrounded by the horrificly embarrassing Nu-metal scene, of which I hate with a passion. Everyone around me is obsessed with no-talent bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, KoRn, and Slipkot, and I have no interest in any of it. Though thrash wasn't the most popular metal scene at the time (hair metal actually was), even hair metal is better than what you'll hear on the radio now. With Megadeth and Metallica compromising their sound to an extent (the latter band did it to the point of becoming absolutely unlistenable), Anthrax, along with Testament, remains one of the true metal bands to this day who still retain their signature thrash sound. ATL is one great example of what heavy metal is all about. It gets 4.5 stars hands down. Any true metalhead already has this album in their collection, and if you don't, then make this your next purchase. BUY THIS ALBUM ALONG WITH SPREADING THE DISEASE AND PERSISTENCE OF TIME.

HEAVY METAL FOREVER!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A killer album
AMONG THE LIVING is a thrash masterpiece that shows ANTHRAX improving from STD. This disc has at least 5 classic metal songs that every metal-head should love, AMONG THE LIVING, CAUGHT IN A MOSH, I AM THE LAW, EFILNIKUFESIN(N.F.L) and INDIANS. SKELETON IN THE CLOSET is a very heavy powerful song as well as ONE WORLD. ANTHRAX has always been able to mix serious music with some comical messages and on this album. LAW is based on the Judge Dredd comic book character while INDIANS deals with the treatment of the Native Americans throughout this nations history. ANTHRAX might not have been as comercially sucessful as METALLICA, MEGADETH OR SLAYER, but musically, their talent cannot be denied. I highly recommend this album for metal fans

5-0 out of 5 stars The (other) #1 Album from Anthrax, it never tires
What more can you say about this album? It's a little faster than their (1985) "Spreading the Disease" [the other #1] album and the production is far better.

I don't think there is one bad song here. There are of course some that aren't as good as others...but you know you have a good album when the first four songs could easily be put on a "best of" album.

The guitar work is as tight as it gets. The Spitz/Ian duo creates some great main riffs and solos that aren't typical Thrash displays. They work hard and it shows. The bass work is great (even solos) at certain junctures (like "Skeleton in the Closet"). The drumming is interesting, Benante is a good drummer but I think his energy exceeds his ability sometimes. Nevertheless the typical Thrash fan will like the blast beats and double-bass parts like in the title track and "Skeleton" tracks. He also uses "explosion" beats a little too much. The best drum parts are on "I am the Law" where the time change ups are pretty cool and the main drum part is kinda funky (but in a Thrashy way).

The vocals really can't be described because Belladonna certainly has his own voice. I mean it's not like the other high-pitched Bruce Dickinson ripoffs out there at the time but it isn't like the Dave Mustaine growl either.

Favorites for me are the title track, "Caught in a Mosh", and of course "I am the Law". Anyone with even a casual interest in Thrash Metal (1981-1994) should own this album. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B000001G11
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Powerslave
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Slave to the Power of Music!
The review below is so idiotic! if the guy doesn't like the album he can at least tell us why? probably he can't tell us why because there is nothing wrong with this album, no only that, this album is for no doubt one of the best Heavy Metal album if not the best (there are 2 Maiden albums i like as much as this). It has both powerful fast metal songs such as Aces High, Back in the Village... and long complex epics such as Rime of the Ancient Mariner (what a song! ) and the title track Powerslave. Also it has songs which are between epics to catchy solid metal, such songs as the great instrumental Losfer Words, and The Duellists which shows how great are Adrian Smith and Dave Murray when playing together. Another thing must be said about this album is the way Steve Harris plays, for sure he his one of the top3 rock bassists in the world, his basslines are so deep, hard, complex and he uses wonderful technniqe, his ability to run through the riffs while adding so much to the music is amazing, if you hate metal buy this cd because of this graet bass player. If you like metal buy this cd simply because you won't find any other metal piece that is not under the name of Iron Maiden. Enjoy...

5-0 out of 5 stars I can't see why anyone would hate this..
Or their new album! Iron Maiden have always been the leading New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band and this proves why. Every song on here is a classic. With the harmonic "Aces High" to the 13 minute poetic "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner," Iron Maiden really showed their greatness. Solos, riffs, and bass galore! And the Amazing thing is that it's only 40 some minutes! "Powerslave", to me, is kind of the sequel to "Revelations," which told the birth of the pharoh, Now "Powerslave" is the death. "2 Minutes To Midnight" is a classic 80's metal song about the doomsday machine, and the best instrumental is on this too. "Losfer Words" is built on a strong fast riff. But this is nothing compared to the grand finale, "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner." Full of harmonies, singing and sreeching, bass work, solos, and time changes, this captures Iron Maiden in 13 minutes. This has to be their best album. No contest. UP THE IRONS!

4-0 out of 5 stars Here's Sand in Your Face . . .
For Iron Maiden, following up the metal classic "Piece of Mind" would be no easy task, but the band proved themselves up to the challenge. With the release of Powerslave, and the subsequent World Slavery tour, the group arguably climbed to the top of the heavy metal heap, emerging as the most popular metal band of the mid 80's.

At or near their creative peak, the band delivers powerful, energetic metal, dominated by the guitar work of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. The music shows growth and maturity, while still featuring driving riffs, blistering solos, harmony lines, and signature time changes. As always, Maiden's sound is propelled by the aggressive bass of Steve Harris. Nico McBrain is a solid, and often flashy drummer. And Bruce Dickinson continues to carve out a special place as one of metal's finest vocalists.

Steve Harris often draws on novels or historical events as source material for his songs. "Aces High", his song about the Battle of Britain, is an extremely tight number that is one of Maiden's finest compositions ever. It features the customary alternating solo break, with Murray going first, followed by Smith, showing again their contrasting styles.

"The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner", is Harris's 13 minute epic based on the famous poem. It starts energetically, drags a bit in the slow middle section, but then finishes strong.

Powerslave, drawing inspiration from ancient Egypt, is another tight, and powerful musical journey. Creating a rich atmosphere, it transports you there to feel the pain and despair of that time period. The Egyptian motif was both the album's theme, and that of the World Slavery tour.

Blazing out of the gate, and humming like a motor, the guitars on "Back in the Village", never slow down. Murray and Smith continue to take their guitar playing in new directions, with their individual sounds meshing almost perfectly on this powerful number.

Swordplay is the theme of two songs. Penned by Dickinson, "Flash of the Blade" is a dark tune with some interesting lyrics. Not particularly "heavy", it features some tasteful guitar work, and an unusual opening riff. "The Duelists", written by Harris, is a heavier, more traditional Maiden tune, with classic elements like time changes, arpeggios, duel solos, and harmony guitar. This under appreciated musical gem, finds Murray and Smith at their complementary best.

The electrically charged "Two Minutes to Midnight", is Maiden's commentary on the politics of war in the Reagan era, and has gone on to become a concert favorite. Rounding out the album is the instrumental "Losfer Words", which is more upbeat and light, than previous instrumentals like, "Genghis Khan".

Produced my metal specialist Martin Birch, the music is very tight, and precise. The guitar work is magnificent. The band continues to refine what it does best, and explore new musical realms as well. The writing credits reflect more balance. Bruce Dickinson's vocals are right on the mark, and never seem excessive. Powerslave is one of Maiden's finest recordings, and a classic for the period, and the genre. ... Read more

Asin: B00000BKDW
Sales Rank: 156183


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

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

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

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

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

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

HAVE A DRINK ON ME! ... Read more

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Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 July, 1997)
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Deceased may have their tongues firmly planted in their rotted cheeks (in Fearless Undead Machines), but Emperor are serious as an aneurysm. The most powerful surviving force in the Scandinavian black metal community (the one whose members have actually been arrested for burning churches and committing murder), in 1997 the band released its strongest, most pernicious album yet. Unlike its previous record, which stormed through like a lo-fi tornado, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is a multi-dimensional beast that drags the listener through varied metallic terrain, from speed-freak thrash to gothic doom. And even at its most aggressive, the record retains its meticulously layered structure. Evil awaits.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars majestic metallic art
I have to admit, I really hated Emperor until about a year ago. I had been into metal for around 5 years at that point, and I honestly gave black metal a shot (Emperor being one such band), but I still found it unlistenable and dismissed it as mindless noise.

Until one day, it just sounded GOOD. I can't describe how or when exactly it happened, but "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk" was suddenly in my CD collection after hearing (and this time appreciating for the first time) "Thus Spake the Nightspirit." Emperor's songwriting ability is showcased to its pinnacle on this opus, with every song rampaging like a whirlwind or going at an average tempo of Mach 26. "The Loss and Curse of Reverence" is probably not only the best example of this, but my favorite song on the CD as well. They even shot a really killer video for it (and MTV played it once at 3 AM after Korn and Limp Bizkit. Just kidding. But the 3 AM part might be accurate if MTV had any balls.)

Other standout tracks are "With Strength I Burn," "Ye Entrancemprium," (also featured on Century Media's "Identity IV" compliation, which I also highly recommend), and "Opus A Satana," a very pleasant classical/keyboard instrumental - a true black metal gem.

If I'd have to pick a favorite black metal album, this would probably be it, right next to Sanctus's "Aeon Sky." If you're reading this review, you like metal, right? Well, stop reading my endless praise for Emperor and this masterpiece of metal and order it now! Even if you're not into black metal, just as I was, you'll eventually see the light. This band and album are simply superior works in the genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rise to the challenge of Emperor
Most of the other reviews here are written by longtime black metal fans who are simply validating and reinforcing their own (and each other's) tastes. This review is written from a newcomer's perspective. My total exposure to black metal has been one month. This album, "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk," was my introduction to the genre. Although it took me a few listens to warm up to the style of the music itself, there are a number of metamusical attributes to the album, and the band, that made me willing to stick it out:

Most albums, in most musical genres, are collections of unrelated songs. There is rarely any relationship between individual pieces other than the obvious requisites (i.e. same artist, same genre). "Anthems," on the other hand, is structured as a complete musical work, with tracks corresponding to movements in a classical symphony. I say this not just because the tracks "sound the same" or are "about the same stuff," but because certain themes and motifs show up in multiple tracks under different guises. For example, "Ensorcelled by Khaos" and "With Strength I Burn" both have their own unique themes, but they also share a single motif that is developed differently in each piece as it interacts with the other themes. The same relationship also exists between "Alsvartr (The Oath)" and "In Longing Spirit" (the latter of which is not technically part of the album, being a "bonus track," but unless you buy an old pressing of "Anthems" you'll get the edition with the bonus tracks). This thematic interrelationship does not apply quite so strongly to "In the Nightside Eclipse," but both releases do share another important quality in this category, namely intelligent track sequencing. On both albums, the weaker tracks (and that is purely a relative term--there aren't any songs that I dislike on either album) are front-loaded, and give the album an almost narrative dynamic, i.e. the earlier tracks constitute an "exposition" that gradually leads up to a stunning musical climax. On "Anthems," that climax is the extraordinary "With Strength I Burn," and on "Eclipse" it is a tie between "The Majesty of the Night Sky" and "I Am the Black Wizards." (That's not meant to diminish the paradoxically Baroque sensibility that makes "Inno A Satana" so cool, but you have to admit that the track is, relative to the album, a kind of structural afterthought.)

If all you want is to kick some musical butt and simultaneously have your thoughts wander on a cosmic scale, get a pair of CD players and put Rammstein on one and Enya on the other. If you want to actually integrate the two effects, things get a little more involved. Emperor manages to fuse these disparate elements into a single consistent sound, and in fact the entirety of their oeuvre can be discussed in terms of duality--duality between beauty and brutality. (The tracks of "In the Nightside Eclipse" are a bit less facile in integrating these two; they tend to alternate between one mode and the other, only occasionally integrating them in the true sense of the word.) Occasionally a solo guitar is showcased in a clear, lyrical style (a la Metallica's more reflective moments), but far more often it is the synthesizer that acts as the vehicle for beauty in these pieces, with the guitar providing the brutality and aggression.

Compositionally, the songs are marvelously complicated in almost every significant way--in melody, harmony, instrumentation, even rhythm. (The two albums have different drummers, but they both are incredible.) All the songs feature shifting meters and rhythms, and these transitions are executed flawlessly, providing more evidence of the unusual amount of thought and care given to intricate structure. If you were to map the structure of these pieces into song form using letters for motifs (e.g. most Top 40 songs are of the form ABA, or maybe ABAC if you're lucky), you'd get up to F or G before you knew it.

The vocals are also worth mentioning. Black metal vocals are very rarely sung (although there is some true singing in "Anthems")--they are almost always screamed or spoken. Ihsahn is no exception, and in fact he exhibits amazing stamina as he screeches and squawks his way through the pieces; by the end of either album (but especially "Eclipse") you'll wonder exactly which space-age carbon fiber his vocal cords are made of. As for the lyrics, their content is just plain silly on "Eclipse," full of conjugation mismatches that make them sound like the utterings of a demonically possessed George from "Of Mice and Men." "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk," on the other hand, displays some emotive maturity--when Ihsahn shrieks "I return to the soaring cliffs/They truly shine of strength/Even though I nothing learned/With strength I burn" at the end of "With Strength I Burn," his voice suffused with sincerity, you can practically hear the tears in his eyes.

The bad news about liking Emperor, or any other black metal band for that matter, is that there is a black metal "scene" that comes with the package, complete with Satanism, medieval costumes, and face paint. The good news is that nothing forces you to participate in or even acknowledge that scene--if you're afraid the lyrics might disturb you, just don't read the booklet and that'll be the end of it, because you have zero chance of understanding them without the booklet's help (especially in the case of "Eclipse").

My recommendation? If you like to think of yourself as musically open-minded, run out and buy "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk" and put your self-assessment to the test. If you pass, you'll thank me and Emperor both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than I expected
I picked this one up noting that they are a highly respected black metal norweigen type band. Sure, they've had problems with the law up there in coldy norway (though not as bad or disgusting as like, uh, Mayhem) and this is before Tchort joined I guess. But I digress...

This is really good! You have this super harcore black metal poudning drums, blazing guitars crazy ass screaming. With symphonic orchestra works in the backround and melodic singing vocals. Really! I wasn't really expecting that second half. This is really good. I have to read the lyrics, but i'm guessing some of it is probably satanic and probably more serious than the obviously not serious satanism in Dimmu Borgir. But satan or no, it's a really good album. ... Read more

Asin: B000005HN9


Souls of Black
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 October, 1990)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Full of fillers, a rushed album
Felt rushed and uninspired. While "The end of the beginning/Faces in the sky" is a pretty good combo song, and the bass intro to "Souls of Black" is very catchy, the rest is kind of bland. Actually "the Legacy" is also a very good song (I seem to really enjoy Testament ballads).

A better choice is their first 2 albums, especially the New Order. Practice what you preach aint bad either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic, Killer Testament!!
This CD clearly shows the musical progression and songwriting maturity of Testament that continues to this day. Testament is not a band to rest on its laurels rather, they seek to grow and experiment with great success on each continuing album. This CD is no exception. The tracks, "Malpractice" & "Seven Days Of May" are 2 of the standouts. Both posess rythmic complexities alongside brutal, straightforward crunching riffs. And the background vocals are superb! Sheesh!! Testament shows its more subtle side with the track "The Legacy", which really showcases Chuck Billy's incredible vocals, as well as the rest of the band's stellar musicianship. This is a must for any "true" Testament fan, as it showcases the many talents of a band that is still one of the top acts of this genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars very underated!!!!!
overated????!!!!!...why dont you overate my ass!!.This is one of the greatest testament albums of all time!!. even though i still think the new order is there best album. this is so heavy great drumming,chuck billys best vocal performance so far,guitar sound like a bit like metallica but the riffs are awesome. highlights are:face in the sky,falling fast,souls of black,love to hate,one man's fate,the legacy,and the seven days of may.I never skip a track in this album this is simply put as a thrash metal classic.so if you like testament or any other thrash band you should get this!!!. ... Read more

Asin: B000002IPZ
Sales Rank: 52061


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Ultimate Sin
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 August, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Best
First off, as a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Veteran, I must say that Jake E. Lee is definitely Ozzy's best guitarist. Don't get me wrong, Randy Rhoads and Zakk Wylde are two kick ass guitarists, but they are very overrated. Jake E. Lee was way more talented and musically diverse. It really is a shame that he never received the credit he deserved all these years. But, anonymous musicans are ALWAYS more successful and talented in the long run. As for "The Ultimate Sin", I personally can't understand everyone's problem with this album, being that is definitely Ozzy's best. I've been listening to Ozzy for many years now and he never topped The Ultimate Sin, even the stuff before with Randy. Believe me, every song on this album is heavy and true. On a lot of Ozzy's later albums without Jake, there are only about 3 or 4 good songs that you'll actually skip just to listen to. The Ultimate Sin is an album that you can play for hours and listen all the way through without skipping to the next track. You won't find one weak, soft, out-of-place, or a filler song located in this whole record. Once you get this album, you won't want to take it out of your cd player for weeks, it's that damn good and absolutely addicting. Hell, I'm listening to it right now as I'm typing all this, lol. I must compliment on the guitar work as being absolutely brilliant, flawless, and phenomenal. Just plain brutal and lots of energy! I must also compliment on the cover art too, definitely Ozzy's best cover. You will also find that the musicians on this album (Ozzy, Jake E. Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo) are without a doubt the strongest line up in Ozzy's history. I can't believe that one guy earlier posted that Ozzy sounds tired on this record, B.S.! If anything, Ozzy sounds the most energetic and down right pissed off than in anything else he has ever done, period. I didn't claim The Ultimate Sin as possessing the strongest line up for nothing, it does, believe me. I just don't get the people who bash The Ultimate Sin,...I guess not many people know what good Heavy Metal is anymore, or they never did in the first place, amateurs lol. The only downfall is that this album is out of print everywhere so definitely purchase it ASAP. I think it's a damn good thing that they didn't re-remaster The Ultimate Sin like the others that were recently...they left it alone in it's 1995 22 bit remastered true and pure form. But if they did re-remaster it, it would be crucified like the rest, with the new bass and drums recorded over the originals,(Argggg!) In conclusion, make every effort you can to buy this album, it is hard to find and is only for the true and dedicated. No one will ever replace Jake E. Lee on guitars.

3-0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and energetic.
The Ultimate Sin is a good album from Ozzy Osbourne. It does sound a bit different from the previous albums. This disc has more of a commercial flavor. It's still a good hard rock album. The nine tracks are tight and cohesive. The album's sound is even better on this re-mastered version. Jake E. Lee does well with the guitar work. I dig the guitar riff to "Lightning Strikes." Ozzy never disappoints when it comes to his vocals. He's got his own unique voice. His singing is cool on "Killer of Giants." My favorite songs are "Shot in the Dark," "Killer of Giants," and "Lightning Strikes." Worth a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album deserves respect
Thoughts about this 4th studio effort by Ozzy from 1986 have varied over time. This came out when i was 17 and was highly thought of at the time. I don't remember anyone thinking this album was glam or anything short of another strong edition to Ozzy's already solid library. This album had a theme built around the nuclear scare that people felt back in the Ronald Reagan era. Accept also had an album around that time called Russion Roulette which had the same message. In retrospect, it is wild to look back now and see that you had musicians from different countries (Accept being from Germany) who had the same concerns and sang about it. "The Ultimate Sin," according to Ozzy was pushing the button to start nuclear war. The songs Killer of Giants, Thank God for the Bomb, and the title track are just a few that address this. I think this album is relatively heavy, the music is energetic, and it has substance. It makes you think and may leave you with a feeling of impending doom. It is not your basic Ratt and Motley Crue (though i love that too) stuff from that era that only talks about women and partying. Jake E. Lee is excellent on guitar and Randy Castillo makes his debut w/ Oz on drums. Maybe over the course of time and due to the rebirth that Ozzy had with No More Tears, this album has fallen in the Ozzy ratings but not on my list. This would be in my top ten 80's hard rock/metal albums. Don't miss this one. Also, wasn't this the coolest cover artwork? ... Read more

Asin: B000002B7U
Sales Rank: 8024


Ace of Spades
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 August, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A gritty, no nonsense approach to Metal.
I first heard of Motorhead through Metallica. I suddenly realized one day that I'd gone a long time listening to Motorhead with zero albums by them in my possession, so I decided to check this one out (seeing how it's their most well known album). This is a balls up, testosterone driven, fun, witty album. I particularily like the sharp, clever lyrics courtesy of Lemmy & co. The riffs that while sounding rock n' roll influenced still sound metalish enough for me. The vocals of Lemmy are also tight. My favorite songs on this classic are "Fast and loose", "(We are) The road crew", "Jailbait", "The hammer", and "Dirty love". Fans of classic metal should most certainly give this this band (and this album) a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
Despite the fact that I don't like Iron Maiden or Judas Priest, I love Motorhead. They give a speed and power that isn't heard in any of the other music. Bassist Lemmy has a talent like no other before or after him. The speed of songs like "Ace of Spades" combine gritty rock n roll with punk and thrash to make a completely enjoyable experience. The guitars are a great pressence on this album. The drums fly with a speed and hit with perfect timing that is mindblowing to most drummers. Lemmy's voice gives a bassy and gutter sound comparable with Metallica and other metal bands.

I suggest this album to any metal fan who does not own it. I also suggest it to punks who would like to open their mind to other types of music. It helped me and I listen to metal like a second language. This album is amazing and not many other albums compare.

5-0 out of 5 stars Metal forever!
This is a no-nonsense metal album from a no-nonsense metal band. They just want to make gritty, uncommercial, obnoxious heavy metal that will live through the ages as one of THE metal albums. My favorite song on the album is probably the hard driving title track, or maybe 'Love Me Like A Reptile'. This is one of my favorite heavy metal albums of all time. Take it from me. ... Read more

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Korn
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 October, 1994)
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Combining the stop-start rhythms of Helmet, the hip-hop assault of Rage Against the Machine and the brooding vocals of Faith No More, Bakersfield, California band Korn concocted a golden formula that would reanimate the dormant corpse of heavy metal. The band's self-titled debut is a teenage-fantasy-endorphin-rush--a subversive noisefest as angry and hostile as Slayer but with a propulsive groove perfect for skateboarding, vandalism, or jumping up and down until you're nauseous. Songs like "Blind," "Clown," and "Shoots and Ladders" blend dark, bleak riffs with head-spinning guitar effects and scream-and-response choruses. But even at their most vitriolic, Korn imbue their blustery music with a cathartic element of fun.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This CD Kicks...
KoRn's self titled debut is hands down, not only KoRn's best but THE BEST CD OF ALL TIME! On this album Jon lets his feelings out to the whole world more than any other album, and mixed with the crushing guitars, throbbing bass and pounding drums you've got one kick... CD
Here are my track ratings:

1.Blind: Exellent opening track, starts out with David's cymbals and then the guitar and bass start to kick in until the explosion with the challenge "ARE YOU READY" 10/10

2.Ball Tongue: Nice song, has Jon's scatting like hell 9/10

3.Need To: Lots of screaming and "I HATE YOU"s on this one 9/10

4.Clown: AMAZING SONG, GREAT CHORUS VERY WELL WRITTEN AND GREAT RIFFS, one of my favorites 11/10

5.Divine: Fastest track on the CD, also the shortest one 9/10

6.Faget:GREAT SONG very open, not homophobic (not that i care), another one of my favorites along with clown 11/10

7.Shoots and Ladders: awesome song with bagpipe solo at the begining then the guitar, bass and drums kick in 9/10

8. Predictable: 2nd worst song on the album, kinda like creed 8/10

9.Fake: Another great song, and one of my favs but not as good as faget or clown 10/10

10.Lies: Worst song on the album, but anything from korn is still good 7/10

11.Helmet in the Bush: Creepy song, jon's mostly whispering, set's the mood for the closer Daddy 9/10

12.Daddy: This song is not for the faint of heart, about Jonathan Davis getting abused by someone when he was young but his parent never believed him, the song ends with Jonathan crying (literally), the most emotional song in the history of music 10/10
PICK UP THIS CD AS SOON AS U READ THIS REVIEW COME ON!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Clowning Around
Korn has had a solid twelve year career built on heavy touring and a fanbase. This album recieved little or no attention from critics, MTV, or radio. The reason? Because it dared to step over the line, to go a little bit farther than the rest dared to go. People were scared of such a brave attempt. And what comes out from this explosive album is pure brilliance.

Blind - What a perfect intro for a CD. The quiet cymbol provided by David, and the signature line from Jonathan Davis: "Are you ready?!" And some of you may not be, most people weren't.

Ball Tongue - A great opening riff of heavy distortion. Jonathan's words are hardly audible, including a chorus where he sings nothing but gibberish.

Need To - At first a real dissapointment but as the song goes on, Jonathan basically saves the attempt.

Clown - With an avalanche of razorblade guitars and the first melodic moment on the CD, this is definately one of Korn's best songs.

Divine - Nothing but pure fast-paced heaviness. Awesome song

Faget - Jonathan gets emotional about his childhood on this beautifully crafted song. The sharp, heavy opening guitar riff is followed by tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the rest.

Shoots and Ladders - A surprise fade in from a pair of bagpipes played by none other than Jonathan Davis is met with a heavy repitious riff with pounding bass and drums. Jonathan spurts out some popular nurshrey ryhymes, with a chorus caiming: "Nurshrey rhymhes are said, verses in my head...look at the pages that cause all this evil" Definately one of the best on the CD

Predictable - The only big dissapointment, this song really ....

Fake - Great guitar hook at the end with weird vocals throught. Awesome

5-0 out of 5 stars best korn cd
This is an awesome debut by Korn, and in my opinion their best album. The music is so aggressive and fearless and I just love their signature sound.
Here are the best songs:

Blind- great opener and hit that started it all. Are u ready?

Clown- great guitars and overall kick ass song

Divine- great chorus and vocals and overall just awesome, possibly my favorite along with clown

Shoots and Ladders-nice change with the bagpipes, and i love the end with the thrashing guitars and drums

the other songs are all very good too, but i just mentioned these few because they are just awesome

Overall: this is a great cd with almost no flaws, that started a revolution in music ,new metal, too bad present day stuff isnt as good as this.

Buy this cd it is a classic! ... Read more

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Appetite for Destruction
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son [Expanded]
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1998)
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By the release of this landmark eighth album, Iron Maiden had settled into what's generally considered their classic lineup. With Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Nicko McBrain operating at the very peak of their form, bassist Steve Harris, the band's mastermind and main songwriter, decided to extend the Maiden remit yet further by unveiling their very first concept work. Contemporary critics scoffed in the face of such a grandiose gesture, but Seventh Son of a Seventh Son spawned no less than four British hit singles and remains an indomitable highlight of the Maiden's illustrious career. From the strident commercial metal of "Can I Play with Madness" through the keyboard-enhanced epic bombast of the title track to the fretboard intricacies and chest-beating machismo of "Only the Good Die Young," Seventh Son finds Iron Maiden at their most assured and creative. This is a spectacular example of 22-carat heavy metal. --Ian Fortnam ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An epic masterpiece
Coming out in the year 1988, where disposable hair metal trash like Poison and Cinderella, Iron Maiden released what would be the pinnacle of their creative genius, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. This epic concept album brings forth an onslaught of power and emotion.

RANKING OF SONGS (*=1 star, 1/2= half-star. Example- ****1/2 would equal 4 and a half stars)

1) Moonchild- incredibly powerful track to open up such an intense album, musically and lyrically. Easily ranks amongst previous openers for albums (Ides of March, Where Eagles Dare, Aces High, Caught Somewhere in Time, etc.)

***** stars out of 5

2) Infinite dreams- a melodic and solid follow-up to moonchild. Dramatic song that is just amazing.

***** out of 5

3) Can I Play with Madness- Maiden's attempt at a huge poppy single. Descent song, but at times embarassing. They tried too hard and ended up with a bit of a let down.

***1/2 stars out of 5

4) The Evil that Men Do- 2nd single off album that succeded where "Can I Play with Madness" didn't. Overall great song, but isn't powerful enough to be amongst the lines of classics like the trooper or hallowed be thy name. Just short of a classic.

****1/2 stars out of 5

5) Seventh Son of a Seventh Son- Every good maiden albums needs an epic track. Here is 7th son's, the title track. Dramatic and impactful epic track. Easily amongst the ranks of Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Alexeander the Great.

***** stars out of 5

6) The Prophecy- a highly underrated song. Nice chorus and guitar work. Like the evil that men do, just short of a maiden classic.

**** stars out of 5

7) The Clairvoyant- a true maiden classic that is a fast-paced rocker that has one of the most memorable choruses (it's hard to get out of your head). I think this song is better than The Trooper or 2 Minutes to Midnight. Favorite song on the album.

***** out of 5

8) Only the Good Die Young- an emotionally strong and moving close to one of Maiden's best albums. It brings forth the end and ends it on a powerful note. Incredible song. Literary expression does no justice to how great this song is.

***** out of 5

5-0 out of 5 stars A review by reviewer #175
[Before you start reading this review, I want to apologize for making it so long. I had a lot to say, and there was no short way to do it.]

Iron Maiden has always been a band that was willing to experiment with new styles, even if it meant risking their entire fan base. 1986's Somewhere In Time proved this beautifully - but the experimental/progressive sound succeeded in making them more popular than ever! Before the band fell down to earth, they would shell out one more progressive masterpiece - 1988's Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. This would be the last Maiden album for twelve years to feature the classic Dickinson/Smith/Murray/McBrain/Harris line-up (Smith left after this album.) Read on for track comments, as well as my comments on the remaster series.

Moonchild - An excellent melodic rocker, they simply could not have started the album better.

Infinite Dreams - This one starts slow and melodic, but soon enough it becomes a lengthy (and damn good) instrumental session. Another good track.

Can I Play With Madness - This is the band's most overrated song, period (Running Free is second), but it's still very good. It's a solid melodic rocker with the band in tip top shape. Need I Say More?

The Evil That Men Do - An excellent rocker that captures the band in its prime. It's no wonder it's become a fan favorite!

Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son - The title track of the album often goes unappreciated for some unknown reason. Why? This is quite possibly the best song on the album!

The Prophecy - Possibly the weakest track here, but also the most underrated. The chorus to this one must be heard to be appreciated.

The Clairvoyant - Another fan favorite. Once again, the band serves up a winner. I don't think anything else needs to be said about this one.

Only The Good Die Young - THIS IS NOT THE BILLY JOEL SONG. The band ends the album with a gloomy melodic rocker that often goes unappreciated due to the fact that it's the last track. Don't make that mistake!

Now for my comments on the remasters series - as a die-hard Maiden fan, I AM SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED. 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! To put it simply, if you already own the original issue of this album on CD, it's really not necessary to get the new remaster.

Maiden's two progressive albums from the mid-late eighties are excellent albums, no questions asked, but they aren't recommended for novices of the band. If you're new to the band, start with The Number Of The Beast (DO NOT BUY A HITS COMPILATION!) Put simply, this is an excellent album, it's just not great to start with.

4-0 out of 5 stars Maidens Supposed Dark Side Of The Moon
Before I listened to this CD I had high expectations coming in. Judging from reviews on this sight this was supposed to be an epic concept-album and Maiden's greatest moment. I was expecting, from a lot of high reviews and some low reviews, that this album is going to be a masterpiece or a pretentious synth-laden mess. I actually found a little of both. This album is sure overated. No way this is better than the immortal " Powerslave " or even better than its predeccesor " Somewhere In Time " This is still a great album to buy after you've bought " Number Of The Beast ", " Piece Of Mind ", " Powerslave ", " Somewhere In Time, and the awesome " Brave New World " It's supposed concept isn't well put together. Even for a concept album it's pretentious. You don't even notice the story while listening to the songs except for in the beginning and in the title track. It's also dissapointing that there's no epic songs on this album. Sure the title track is almost 10 minutes, but 2.5 minutes of a song with an insanely repetive chorus plus pretentious chanting plus 7 minutes of wankery, very good wankery though, does not an epic make. This album is also notable in that it was Maiden's commercial peak. It spawned an unprecedented 4 singles, 1 which was classic, 1 which was great, 1 which was good, and 1 which was an embarassing slice of cheese. Anyway heres my grades.

Song Grades

1. Moonchild-The " 7 deadly sins " intro is a great moment, it also closes out the album, but this, while a good opener, isn't as good as " Where Eagles Dare ", " Aces High ", or " Caught Somewhere In Time " The D & D lyrics also bring this song down and they could have made a better chorus. Still a rockin' tune though.

Final Grade-B

2. Infinite Dreams-Every Maiden album, except for the two Bayley albums has a masterpiece song on it and this one takes the cake on this one. This " Revelations " like energetic semi-ballad is perhaps Dickinsons finest vocal performance. They would rehash the subject matter of this song on " Dream Of Mirrors " on " Brave New World " This is Maidens best song ever released as a single.

Final Grade-A+

3. Can I Play With Madness-Here comes the first mistep on the album. Sure this got them some radio-play, but this embarassing cheeze-fest is still one of their worst songs. The chorus (is bad) and the lyrics sound like Poison using fantasy lyrics. " Flight Of Icarus " was a little cheesy too, but at least it was emotional and had great guitar. It wasn't ruined by the synths as this song was. Not that great to begin with anyway.

Final Grade-D+

4. The Evil That Men Do-It isn't the greatest song in the world, but its sung in such an energetic way and it has a great haunting chorus that you can't help but like it. I can't get the " Living on a razors edge, balancing on a ledge, you know... " chorus out of my head. It's the 2nd best song on the album. Great choice for a single.

Final Grade-A-

5. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son-You could view this either of two ways. If you view it as a song, it fails. If you look at it as a good mood piece on a concept album like " In The Flesh " from " The Wall " it's great. I'm still a little disappointed because as the title track it should be the best or close to the best song on the album. All of Maidens other title tracks are excellent by the way.

Final Grade-C+

6. The Prophecy-This is a pretty underated song. If they made better lyrics for this song it could have become a Maiden classic. The lyrics though bring it down.

Final Grade-B-

7. The Clairvoyant-Great guitar in the beginning. This was one of their big singles from this album. I really like the chorus on this song. This is a good song, but not as good as previous singles like " The Trooper " or " 2 Minutes To Midnight "

Final Grade-B

8. Only The Good Die Young-This song should have been released as a single instead of the retarded " Can I Play With Madness. The only problem I have is that as an album closer they could have made this song longer and more epic. This song had the potential. Could have made it into another " To Tame A Land "

Final Grade-B+

I feel that Maiden should have kept only the good material they wrote from 85-88. Then they would have had a tremendous album. They should have kept " Caught Somewhere In Time ", " Infinite Dreams ", " Heaven Can Wait ", " Alexander The Great ", " The Evil That Men Do ", " Sea Of Madness ", " Wasted Years ", and " Only The Good Die Young " Imagine what a great album that would have been. ... Read more

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Roots
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 March, 1996)
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If Sepultura's album Chaos A.D. established the band as more than just another death metal outfit, Roots expands both its search for identity and its quest for sheer aural destruction. Frontman Max Cavalera explores his past in "Roots, Bloody Roots" and "Endangered Species," and plays with a remote Brazilian tribe on "Rattamahatta". Elsewhere, Sepultura experiments with minor-key dynamics and atonal harmonics, imbuing their wall of noise with an oppressive sense of mystery. They also extend their musical horizons, adding clattering tin drums and what sounds like a jew's-harp to "Breed Apart," and garnishing "Lookaway" with DJ scratching, half-speed vocals, and a gothic, chiming mid-section.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Metal meets the third world
ROOTS is just a killer album. The riffs are awesome the songs are heavy and powerful. SEPULTURA has matured as a band and on this album, they arent afraid to experiment with new sounds. ROOTS BLOODY ROOTS, ENDANGERED SPECIES, ATTITUDE, CUT THOAT, SPIT, STRAIGHT HATE are heavy songs that the listener will enjoy and I think really stand out here. RATAMAHATTA is a great song that the band uses third world sounds and Portugeuese lyrics mixed with thier own heavy music that they pull off quite well. The two instrumentals JASCO with only Andreas playing an accoustic guitar and ITSARI which is in the same style as RATAMAHATTA with an indiginous chant are also killer. This was the last album to have MAX CAVALERA as the singer, and with this album he went out with a ban. The only song I didnt care for was LOOKAWAY. I would rate this more as a 4 1/2 stars

4-0 out of 5 stars In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle...
Sepultura's Roots went bravely where no other metal album had gone before. It mixed Afro-Brazilian drums and tribal rhytms/music with downtuned nu-metal guitar and death metal vocals. An astonishing achievement. However, there are some things I have to say about Roots as a whole...

It's not the masterpiece people say it is. It was released at a great time, rivaling and overtaking most other musical accomplishments of 1996(metal, anyway). Slayer had just released their very own Spaghetti Incident?, Pantera made one big mess of album in Trendkill, and KoRn's abysmal follow-up Life Is Peachy was out too. Amidst this, Sepultura released Roots. If you compare it to Metallica's Load, well...we'll just leave it at that. Nonetheless, it lacks the flare of previous releases. Beneath The Remains was a classic, Arise was a masterpiece, and Chaos A.D. was experimental and brilliant. Roots isn't. Better than other metal releases of the time, but not an opus everyone makes it out to be.

Chaos A.D. mixed the tribal elements with the music fairly well, but managed to thrash and burn like hell, with riffs occasionally slowing down enough to hurtle skullward. Many don't consider that album very highly, but it took the tribal stuff pretty far without commercializing it. On Roots, it's almost a gimmick. All the band members cut their hair and put on makeup. Solos are removed from songs, messy, or nonexistent-only to be replaced with percussion interludes and brazilian tribes singing. The speed isn't too slow, but it makes Chaos A.D. sound incredibly fast, and Arise sound lightspeed. The change from Chaos to Roots was completely uncalled for, regardless of the tribal stuff on Chaos. The tight playing is sacrificed for a sprawling 72-minute noisefest. Another thing-there's a lot of profanity in here! Not one or two words, mind you. The album's drenched in it, and there's no PA sticker!

Some songs are still good, and the album does the whole nu-metal thing much better than anyone of KoRn's 'influential' pieces of garbage. Highlights: "Roots Bloody Roots," "Attitude," "Ratamahatta," "Spit," "Born Stubborn," "Jasco," "Itsari," "Dictators**t," and the Canyon Jam.

I recommend this to Sepultura fans and nu-metal fans. It's not thrash metal, so don't expect vintage Sepultura here. Try to enjoy the experience. Roots truly kick started nu-metal, and opened the world to tribal metal. If you don't like it, check out Chaos A.D. for a thrashier approach, and Arise, Beneath, and Schizo for intense, brutal, aural insanity. Peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars "MOTHERF***ER, You Don't Understand..."
In the year 1996, the Brazilian Metal Gods Sepultura (Grave) decided to make something different. They set out to invent something called Tribal Metal, which they had previously tampered with on Chaos A.D. (1993). Tribal Metal consists of attitude, anger (most of the time), a variety of ideas, tribal drums/percussion and of course knowledge of your Roots. It was something that managed to bring people together; with the exception of those that stick to Beneath the Remains and Arise (good albums) and refuse to evolve fearing its selling out or whatever.

Max, Andreas, Igor and Paulo Jr. ventured into the Brazilian forest to spend time with the Xavantes Tribe in which they recorded the live song Itsari. The influence of what they did shows throughout the album. This results in not being the average Metal Album however. There is also some slight punk influence/atmosphere of rage on Cut-Throat, Ambush, and Endangered Species not to mention the short thrash song Dictatorsh*t. There is a small Acoustic song by Andreas Kisser called Jasco. Roots doesn't focus on Guitars as much like they did in previous releases. The amount of solos diminishes although doesn't become absent. The solos just are not that great but they don't drag the song down.

Instead the album focuses on the Tribal drums of Igor Cavalera. I myself am a drummer/percussionist and highly enjoy weird sounds, different styles among other things. An example would be that Igor uses a rusted Propane tank and a Djembe on the kick@ss song known as Dusted, Or the Berkimbau that Max uses on Attitude. (one of the best songs) Sadly, though Max has overplayed the usage of the Berimbau after the 3rd time of doing so in Soulfly.

The people that I spoke of earlier that stick to the Sep albums from 1985-1991 often accuse Roots of being a sellout album and slander it with it being "Nu-Metal". Sorry but it isn't "Nu Metal". Nu-metal involves Metal with Rap/Hip Hop influences (none here clearly) and no solos at all. Like I said earlier, while the solos have diminished and are not as impressive, they are still here and it concentrates more on the drums and overall sound. Max was still pissed off here like he was in Beneath the Remains or Arise or Choas A.D., it's just how it is carried out. For one thing he swears a lot more, but not on the overdone level of Soulfly's "Primitive" and fortunately a PA Sticker is not present (I hate those friggin' things). Despite this I can understand why it is labeled by those as Nu Metal because of appearance of Jon Davis (Korn) and it being produced by Ross Robinson (Korn's first 2 Albums and other things) and even the Appearance of DJ Lethal. But this was back in 1996. The abominable Limp Bizkit didn't exist until the next year.

The song Lookaway is written by Jon Davis and features him (you can hear him better on the remix) but at the same time we have Mike Patton to settle things out. The song is eerie and actually in a way, it keeps the album fresh. Tracks 5-7 may be considered filler by some, but the mood of Lookaway changes everything and grabs your attention. Don't worry it's not a rap song. I'll confess, I like Korn and very, Very few other Nu-Metal bands but other then the bizarre lyrics this in not a Korn song and once again I'll bring up the fact that you can hardly hear Jon at all on this version.

Roots was the best Tribal Metal Album that Max ever made and sadly it gets worse and worse with each Soulfly album. The effort and thought that went into Roots is part of makes it so good. They worked their a**'s off. Every song has its greatness. This was the last album with Max Cavelera who left during the Roots Tour when his Stepson was killed and there were a few tension within the band. However I can't help but feel that maybe it was for the best. I could easily see that if Max didn't leave that it may be a combination of Soulfly and the modern Sepultura. Sepultura will always leave their mark and leave us memories as one of the greatest metal acts in history. Buy this album for this is the true Sepultura (With Max). I hope this was helpful. ... Read more

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