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

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

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

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

Asin: B000002UUX


First Strike Still Deadly
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 October, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars An excuse to get away with no original idea's? I think not !
Re-recordings in my books usually suck. If a band re-records songs it's usually because

A) They've run out of idea's and want to cash in on their older material or;

B) They want to change their old songs to make them more 'accessible' (i.e. popify them) as Cradle Of Filth demonstrated on their last album.

If anything Testament have taken their original riffs and not toned them down, they've brutalised them. Far from being the tradtional thrash band that you couldn't tell apart from any of the others, Testaments newer work has become far more intellectual and identifiable. Chuck Billy's vocal's are far more original in style now, switching from traditional singing to all out death metal growling which I far prefer to the style he used on the original songs.

Put simply Metallica and Slayer are old news, Testament are truly the kings of thrash, often foraying into death metal territory (which considering is a less commercial sound, is very noble of them I think)

5-0 out of 5 stars There's no reason not to buy this if you're a fan
Like Suicidal Tendencies, Testament went into the studio to re-record their best stuff and it came out much better. Testament's first 2 albums were their best ones anyway, but now you can hear re-recorded selections with updated technology and the result is absolutely killer! They kept the guitars tuned down as they have in their more recent albums. Chuck's vocals sound a lot more evil. There's also some guest vocals by Steve Souza of Exodus. He does parts of "Alone In The Dark" and ALL of "Reign Of Terror". And Steve Souza sounds just as killer as Chuck Billy. This is for the true thrash/metal fans. As I said, Suidical Tendencies did the same thing. Re-recorded their first album and the new one sounds a lot better. I think more metal bands should do this. S.O.D. should re-record Speak English Or Die. D.R.I. should re-record Dealing With It and the Dirty Rotten LP with their current line-up. Hopefully this is the start of a small trend.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Title Says it All
I have to admit, I was also hoping for a new studio album and was a little bummed out when I learned that this is what they've been working on. I read on Testament's website that these songs weren't re-mixed, but re-recorded alltogether. I can definetly tell a difference between the sound of their earlier stuff and the more recent albums, so I figured I'd check it out. After all, they are my favorite thrash metal band.
My jaw hit the floor and I wasn't able to pick it up again until after the first few songs. I couldn't believe the quality of the recording!
The guitars are detuned and John Tempesta (who recorded with them on LOW) added a lot of double bass fills throughout the disc, which some people don't really notice until they hear the old songs right next to the re-recorded ones. The added drums really show in Into The Pit. Chuck's new vocal range is much better suited (I never really liked the high pitched screams, and yes, I love thrash metal, I'm just difficult), and his new vocal style only compliments the lower guitar tones. I can't think of anything wrong with this album other than I really wanted Eerie Inhabitants on it. Either than that, any Testament fan, old or new really needs to hear this thing. It is just that amazing. All of the little things add enough to push these versions over the top (over the top, Over The Wall, it's all good). ... Read more

Asin: B00005QK1A
Sales Rank: 62754


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Painkiller
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 August, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars PAINKILLER!!!
WOW! This is top-of-the-line, high-adrenaline, speed-thrashing, window-crashing metal music at its finest. For those of you who wanted another dark horse album like Defenders or Sin After Sin, and for those who didn't like Ram It Down or Turbo, look no further. The band has pulled all the stops and really let loose with a wild and envigorating intensity like nothing before it. Replacing their long-time drummer, Dave Holland, is the excellent and hyperactive drummer, Scott Travis. While Holland is better with keeping a steady beat, Travis has the advantage of being able to do all sorts cool tricks with the drums. This might've been what the band needed, since this proves as a major feast for the ears. Plus, Rob Halford screeches out with ethereal and haunting vocals, matching the guitars' dark energy with perfect precision. Every song on this album is great. It's not like an album with a few good songs spersed around. The best songs on here though are Painkiller, Hell Patrol, Leather Rebel, Metal Meltdown, Nightcrawler, and, oh hell, I like all of them. Painkiller and Metal Meltdown are Priest at its most deadly. Hell Patrol has a great beat that Priest hasn't done since Point of Entry. Between the Hammer and the Anvil is done in a classic 80's metal style, but I don't really like those lerics though. Nightcrawler is much like its Defenders counterpart, the Sentinel, except that it's harder and more haunting. A Touch of Evil is a very anthemic and poetic power ballad. Leather Rebel is all about attitude, kind of like Hell Bent For Leather and Breaking The Law. All Guns Blazing is okay. And the last song, One Shot At Glory is the perfect way to finish off this great album. Played at full volume, this album is the perfect way to take out your anger if you're mad, or even just to head-bang to. My only disappointment with it is that this is the last true Priest album. After that, Halford quit, they hired a replacement singer, and decided to go with a 90s comercial grunge metal sound to be like every other hardcore metal band. Even the new Jugilator doesn't even come close to topping Painkiller.

Simply put, Painkiller is a MUST for any serious metal music fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest refuelled! An instant classic from them, again.
This is about how a gang of old folks could update its sound to become a ground-breaking thrash metal band from one day to the next. Simply amazing! After listening this I'd say that JP's members will be young forever. The acquisition of the former Racer X drummer, Scott Travis, has a lot to do with this refuelling; but if you also pay attention to guitars, bass and vocals you'll recognise that Mr. Travis is not the only one that conducts this show to the success.

This is heavy metal at its purest essence. Glenn Tipton and KK Downing shred as crazies, showing recent influences even from Malmsteen or Paul Gilbert. In addition, Rob Halford screams, shouts and sings more aggressive than ever, yelling over a speedy background in a way barely seen before in his career.

The silliness of the lyrics of this album is the only thing I could have against it, but this is by no means a showstopper. For the sake of good music, buy this item to see what your grandpas would do in these days! Five stars, in spite of the childish style: after all, when you get older you return to your childhood, isn't it ;-)

5-0 out of 5 stars All!!! Guns!!! All Guns Blazing!!! Duh Nuh Nuh Nuh!!!
One of the Baddest Ass Records EVER!!!If this doesn't get your fists pumping then nothing will!

1.Painkiller-5/5 Consider the Opening Drums a Forwarning for what is to come!
2.Hell Patrol- 5/5 Just as Heavy if not heavier than the Opener.

3.All guns Blazing 666/5 My Personal Fav on the album! RIPS!!

4.Leather rebel 3/5 Kinda Gay, But So is Halford and He kicks ASS!!!
5.Metal MeltDown 4/5 A strong Song, Yet...Not a Swansong.

6.NightCrawler 666/5 One of the Baddest Songs EVER!!!

7.Between The Hammer and The Anvil 5/5 A kick ass song, Kinda has an "Eye of the Tiger" feel to it. Great Fight Song!!
8.A Touch of Evil 3/5 You havta have a slow one in there for the ladies.
9.Battle Hymn ?/5 I skipped this one.

10. One Shot at Glory 4/5 A good closer...I think people give this one more credit than its worth. But it's still good, like if your playin' capture the flag or somethin'... ... Read more

Asin: B0000027F3
Sales Rank: 107071


Heartwork
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 September, 1996)
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Heartwork proves that this band, which once buried technical perfection beneath layers of grotesque noise, is capable of shining as cleanly as the steel H.R. Giger sculpture on the cover of this death-metal classic. All of the bludgeoned progressions are intact, but this time they swoon rather than suffocate. This is a meticulously constructed grindcore masterpiece that sounds fresh, but never abandons the unique twists of the genre it helped create. By playing fewer notes, the impressive structure behind Carcass's compositions is revealed. It turns out the snarling skeleton that emerges is just as lethal as the menacing muck from which it crawled. --Ian Christe ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Carcass' best; probably one of the best metal albums ever
Heartwork is a fantastic album. While the production is very slick, and the music is actually accessible to people who haven't listened to Death Metal before, Carcass managed to keep Heartwork from being a sell out album. Even though they stopped being a grindcore or extreme Death Metal band (pick your label), Heartwork is extremely heavy, and the melodic classic/power metal riffs and moods accent the heaviness rather than kill it. They avoid a common problem in extreme music, where everything is so heavy or fast all the time that the songs become undifferentiated sludge (don't jump me for pointing this out; I love that as much as any other extreme metal fan, but it does alienate new listeners). The album shows incredible musicianship on every front; the drums and guitar are precise, technical and awesome, the vocals suit the music perfectly, and the songwriting is flawless. The lyrics are also very intelligent, another rarity in most extreme music. The topics addressed range from life in modern post-industrial society to anti-Christian lyrics; but not in the over-done, cliched satanist sense. Carcass is one hell of band, and Heartwork is one of the best metal albums ever. If you like this, you might want to check out Death's "The Sound of Perseverence," Mayhem's "Grand Declaration of War" or any Meshuggah album; all other bands which have technical music along with intelligent lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars metal feast.
This is no _Symphonies of Sickness_, or even _Neuroticism_ (an album of transition). The lyrics are still immoderately verbose, but with this album Carcass left grindcore behind them. Melodic, exhilarating, @zz-kicking metal is the order of the day with _Heartwork_ -- this is not a crushing grindcore sludge. While its influence on early NWoSDM may have been exaggerated (In Flames' _Lunar Strain_ and At the Gates' _Terminal Spirit Disease_ came out in the same year, after all), I think many bands were definitely inspired by the songwriting genius here.

The album is defined by its brilliant riffs: the sleek guitar harmony of "This Mortal Coil"; the toxic metal grooves of "Buried Dreams" and "Arbeit Macht Fleisch"; ripping chugga thrash-fests of "Heartwork" and "Carnal Forge"; the stop-start meltdown of "Doctrinal Expletives"; and so on and so forth. In terms of quality _and_ quantity, the riffs on this one album top the entire careers of most metal bands. I'm always blown away when I listen to this album -- the writing is just _that_ good. The guitarwork is totally imaginative and intense and brilliant. Michael Amott is a guitarist to rival John Petrucci, and naturally Bill Steer is a stunner as well. This guitar duo is easily up there with other master pairings like Murray-Smith and Wichers-Frenning. (If only Amott's current band, Arch Enemy, was as good as his work on this album! Then the dissolution of Carcass would not be so unfortunate.)

The mix's low-end is kind of "fwumpy" and Jeff Walker's snarling vocals sound synthetic and weird sometimes (although I like them anyway). These are niggling points in any case -- this is essential for metal fans.

*And* that sleek H.R. Giger sculpture on the cover sure is sweet... Heck, even if the music was awful it'd be a nice addition to the collection just to look at it.

1-0 out of 5 stars A boring and stupid carcass...
I wish carcass kept grind because they suck at trying to be deathmetal...Just doesn't work at all! I got this and i already hated the album cover and title--it showed change and it wasnfor the best. The songs realy bored me and the melodis weak. Over-all, truly dissapointing and still in shock thatcarcas used to be one fo the godsfathers of grind along with napalmdeath but what can you do huh ? Skip this and buy carcass early albums! simphonies of sickness, reek of putrefaction & necroticism-descanting the Ina but skip swansong and heartwork please... ... Read more

Asin: B00000583S


Alive in Athens
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 August, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most intense live sets I've ever heard
There was a time when I didn't understand Iced Earth.

Or the band's many rabid fans.

I kept hearing and reading "Iced Earth this" and "Iced Earth that." The band's name popped up everywhere. Even my fave reviewer Lord Chimp couldn't stop raving about them. And I figured if he likes 'em, there has to be more to 'em than I can see at face value. Or first listen.

So I kept at it.

IE's album graphics are typical metal horror images, with a logo that's more than a little reminiscent of Iron Maiden's. Since I love Maiden, I immediately took to IE's graphic image.

One day -- after hearing so much about the band -- I went out and bought every single one of their CDs, bought Dark Genesis, bought the 3-CD Alive in Athens set, and went through it all. CD by CD. Read the liner notes. Read the lyrics. Listened to the Jon Schaffer interview on the limited edition version of Horror Show -- the whole nine yards.

And here's what I discovered as I listened to Alive in Athens:

Iced Earth is an extremely serious, intense band that churns out riffs of unrelenting anger and ferocity. Their album graphics are cool. And chief orchestrator (Jon Schaffer) is as focused and driven as anyone I've ever known. He has kept Iced Earth on track for a lotta years, and he deserves credit for sticking to his guns, not giving in to the fickle winds of marketing trends.

Matthew Barlow's vocals sound a little like James Hetfield's, and it still drives me a bit nuts to hear one syllable words stretched into two (for example, "See" becomes "See-ahh"..."Me" becomes "Me-ahh"). Barlow's voice is an acquired taste for me. I'd have to listen to it more before I can get past his unique style. But I'll keep trying. (Just for the record, I prefer voices along the lines of Bruce Dickinson, Russell Allen, Dio, Jorn Lande, Harry Conklin, Paul Rodgers, Steve Perry, and others who have a powerful, clear voice.)

Alive in Athens is an atomic, captivating CD that'll blow you away if played from start to finish (especially the 3-CD version) at a fairly loud volume. The songs are pile drivers and your head is their target.

My favorite genre of music is progressive rock/progressive metal/symphonic metal (or whatever you want to call it), but I used to notice on Amazon that people who bought certain CDs in my favorite genre also bought CDs by Iced Earth. I didn't understand why then. Now I do. Although IE's music isn't the same as, say, Symphony X's, it still offers something to interest anyone with a love of metal guitar riffs. (And that would be me.)

Iced Earth is metal played the way metal should be played. Expect nothing more, accept nothing less.

5-0 out of 5 stars postwardream
iced earth is as we all know a band that brings american metal to the forefront of music.a band that is heavier than roseannes ass.this album demonstrates that heavy music is not dead,no matter what radio and mtv tell us.I think that iced earth are a thinking mans metal.fast guitars with melody and clearness that
i think hasnt been found since balls to the wall.the songs on this cd are fantastic.matts voice is what its about.someone found iron maidens music and cranked it up a notch or two.as with most albums the drums are overlooked because after all anyone can play the drums.right?brent smedley is one of the premier heavy metal drummers if you can find his original cd
with his band called oracle,you will not be disappointed.anyway back to the point of this iced earth is band that has put a dent in the crap that flows on the radio.if you want good heavy
music that stings with pride grab any iced earth album.the live
one is just a testament to the power of what iced earth is.to try and explain it would be a mute point,no explanation needed.
pick up the cd and see for yourself..up the irons!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars a very very underrated band, that shoulda been big.
I just got this wonderful CD, mine though had 3 disks. The 3rd was a bonus disk. Anyway, Iced earth is AMAZING live, these disks prove it. Heres some good points of this live album:

- Great song selection, nice tunes they chose out of their archive.

- great production, best live CD i heard. (2nd being Wrecking your neck live by Overkill)

Infact this CD wants me to hear em live more-so then before, truely a great live album. THIS IS THE BEST LIVE ALBUM I HAVE HEARD.PERIOD.

the production is just amazing, i have heard some pretty good live albums, but this takes the cake. Alot of songs on here, i liked live more then not.

I wish i could go over every single song on here and tell u its good points, but theres so much here. If your already a fan of iced earth, u would definately LOVE it. If you are not, its still a great place to start out, i started out on this live album actually. I then became a huge fan, it has a great selection of their songs. ... Read more

Asin: B00000JKFY
Sales Rank: 96634


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Chaos A.D.
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 October, 1996)
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For the first few albums of its career, Brazil's Sepultura was a better-than-average death metal band, but with the release of Chaos A.D., the group's true colors began to shine. In addition to focusing its rancor more deliberately, Sepultura began to flirt with tribal drumming and experimental guitar noises, elements that would later become trademarks for frontman Max Cavalera. In addition to creating torrents of volume, the band established a killer groove to propel its songs even during moments of sheer dissonance. The title track reveals Sepultura at its most caustic and aggressive, while "Kaiowas," with its tribal beats and acoustic guitar strums, exposes the band's more thought-provoking side.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A more mature sound for SEPULTURA
With the release of CAOS A.D., SEPULTURA has hit a peak and a maturity in their sound. Yes the music is still fast heavy and hard, but the sounds and riffs just seem to get better with each release up until Max left the band. Yes ARISE is a freakin killer album, but CAOS is better in my opinion. The riffs are killer, Igor's drumming is just unbeliveable and there is still Max's trademark growls and snarls. The lyrics are still angry and have a meaning to them. REFUSE/RESIST, TERRITORY, and SLAVE NO WORLD kick the album off and these songs will have you thrasing and banging your head in no time at all. We also get to see some elements of the tribal influences on this album with some of the rhythms. One track that is a real welcome surprise is KAIOWAS, which really has that tribal sound to it and just might be the sleeper hit of the album. For those who think that SEPULTRUA has sold out or got soft, I beg to differ. They obviously grew up as musicians and experimented with their sound. This album still rocks, but it is more mature sound that only indicated where the band was heading as witnessed on their next classic album ROOTS. I highly recommend this for all music fans. It is way better than anything out right now, 10 years after it was released. One more thing, dont forget to give AMEN, and PROPAGANDA a listen, those songs rock hard. METAL RULES

5-0 out of 5 stars definately one of my favorites
i've been a sepultura fan for a few years now and i still find myself discovering new songs by them on various albums. the more i listen, the more i like them. their musicality is amazing and only a person trying to recreate their music can see just how difficult it really is.

anyway, listening to chaos a.d. and trying to figure out whether it really is their best album can be difficult but in my opinion it is. not to put down their earlier thrash roots, but songs like slave new world and manifest are amazing and put them at a whole new level. this style of metal really makes you feel like your at the site of a war right during the peak of battle. no other bands that i recall have accomplished that (u might be thinking slayer but thats more like the sound of hell then war).

recently max opened up the possibility of reuniting with the band. i find it really interesting but i dont think it'll happen. they're so damn locked into darrin's singing (their new singer)and it really [stinks] because he cant even be compared to max. anyway by this album, you will be happy

4-0 out of 5 stars Choas A.D.
Not quite as good as Arise but it is different. So buy Arise first and then buy this. This give a more South American sound with out going overboard like Roots and maxs new band Soul Fly. The music is still good. Just not as good as Arise. ... Read more

Asin: B000000H4V


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Follow the Reaper
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 February, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars real classic death metal
this album is moledic and sinister.the cd is one of the best death metal albums i have ever heard and the guitar on the album is awsome.the group has a keyboardist which adds something special to the group not like most bands that have too many members who dont add any thing that great.i would say the lyrics are really evil but inlighting and very well writtin'.children of bodom have two other albums which are not as good but worth buying.the way i would classify follow the reaper would be classical music mixed with death metal quit refreshing not to see rap mixed a new cd, theres nothing wrong with it but its been way over done.it good to see a new idea that takes a lot of talent to pull off,like the classical style with a death metal intensity and something both genres will like.

5-0 out of 5 stars this thing smokes!!!
Before i begin, i have to do a littel ... and i hope someone at Nuclear blast is going to hear this..look if you want to print the lyrics of the songs print them all ...! Don't just print half of them, didnt they know with Alexi Laiho singing style its hard to understand what he's tryin to say! Now, after i got that out of my system we can finally start with the music..The album opener is the title track "Follow the Reaper" which is the kind of sound that defines this Finnish band, an intense use of ultra fast guitars that sends the song into the keyboard and "blackish" sounding voice. The whole albums flows nicely in the same vein since there is no surprise here...they haven't abandon their uniqe style of combining death, black, power and trash metal that their fans had grown to love and they even experimented on a slower track called "Everytime I Die," which sounded incredibly amazing! So buy this album as soon as possible!

5-0 out of 5 stars Death be not proud
A great album from a great band. The guitar work is phenomenal. Every aspect of this album is superb and of course Alexi's voice is the best out there. This album ranks as high as Dark Tranquility's "Damage Done". Get this album, NOW. ... Read more

Asin: B000056AQH
Sales Rank: 5428


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Far Beyond Driven
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 March, 1994)
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For Pantera, rage flows like water from a faucet. Far Beyond Driven vents the band's animosity in a maelstrom of hateful harangues fueled by thunderous drumbeats, piercing guitar noise, and raw-throated vocals.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pantera are STRONGER THAN ALL!!!
This is not only Pantera heaviest and best outing, but it was the first ever heavy metal album to ever debut at No.1 on the billboard charts back in 1994. It's hard to believe but Pantera were the first real heavy band to ever do that .

The hyperspeed opener Strength Beyond Strength is an awesome song packed with lightning fast drums, insane guitar riffs, and Phil Anselmo screaming in absolute rage. Dimebag Darrell also rips out one of his best solos ever in that song. Becoming contains some good double bass work from Vinnie Paul, and some good riffs too. 5 Minutes Alone and I'm Broken continue the non stop heaviness. Good Freinds And A Bottle Of Pills has bassist Rex Brown just ripping up his bass. Hard Lines And Sunken Cheeks is another good song with neat tempo changes and another good solo from Darrell. Slaughtered has the death metal feel, in which Phil growls in. 25 Years, Shedding Skin keep the album in a tight pace, while Use My Third Arm is an all out assault of raging blastbeasts, freinzied riffs and more of Phil's raging vocals. Throes Of Rejection has a good bass intro from Rex, and a good solo from Darrell. After 11 tracks of pure hate, rage, and adrenaline, the boys tuck everybody in with a cover of Black Sabbath's Planet Caravan. As far as this entire album goes, you want heavy, THIS IS HEAVY!

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Riffs
I was greatly inspired by this CD to start playing the guitar. The riffs are amazing. I don't think I've ever heard a better metal guitarist than Dimebag. Pantera isn't even my favorite band (Slipknot is, but Pantera is definitely up there). Anyone who says this CD has no talent should slit their wrists and die! Definitely my personal favorite Pantera album. Buy It, you won't be dissapointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Follow Up To Vulgar Display Of Power
Far Beyond Driven is the perfect follow up to Vulgar Display Of Power. This album was much more on the aggressive, and heavier side of Pantera while Vulgar Display Of Power was the album that had pantera perfect there sound and musicianship. Vulgar Display Of Power is known as pantera's finest hour and the best record that they made selling nearly 2 million records. Many fans of pantera were not sure if pantera could make another record that could match up to Vulgar's success, and intensity. Far Beyond Driven matched Vulgar Display Of Power's success, intensity, and more. With such ear shattering songs as "5 Minutes Alone", "I'm Broken", "Shedding Skin", "Slaughtered", and "Thornes Of Rejection" this album definately matches up to Vulgar Display Of Power. If you don't have this album in your cd collection. Get off your lazy butt, get some money and go out and get Pantera's Far Beyond Driven. You will not be dissappointed with this masterpiece. ... Read more

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Sound of Perseverance
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you've ever picked up a guitar, get this now
This was the first Death album I heard, and it literally made my jaw drop. I will go so far as to say this is one of the top five metal albums ever made. It is very heavy and melodic. However, these are not the flowing in-your-face melodies of the Gothenburg bands. They are very nonstandard, more subtle, technically precise.

Having listened to all the rest of Death, it is clear to me that Chuck and the constantly-changing rest of the crew got progressively better as musicians with each album, and the songwriting became more intricate, experimental and, dare I say, beautiful to match the skill. Voice of the Soul, Story to Tell, Bite the Pain, hell, this whole album is f***ing amazing.

Perhaps the only weak spot is the Painkiller cover. Don't get me wrong. The guitar work is still fantastic. But the vocals are absolutely painFUL to listen to. That still doesn't stop me from giving the album 17 stars. The most complex and impressive death metal this side of the Atlantic. Get it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Let us praise the glory of what used to be...
By now I'm sure you all know that Chuck Schuldiner has met an untimely, deppressing end. But we should not dwell in mourning, for we should only look at what Chuck has gave us over the years. This is considered the best among many Death fan, and I tend to agree. Everything is perfect on this album. The guitars are crushing and melodic, blowing away almost every release that year. The bass is heavy and chugging. The vocals rip you apart. The drumming is incredible. And last but definately not least, the solo work is absolutely beautiful and among the most complex I have ever heard.
The Band-
Chuck, vocals & lead guitar- The man was definately a living legen, and he will be remembered forever for his incredible guitar work. I mean, just listen to the lead of 'Scavenger of Human Sorrow', and the inginuity of 'Bite the Pain.' Chuck brought back diversity into the world of heavy metal, when it was most needed. No open low-E string hits for 30 minutes for Chuck. Every track on this album sounds different, making it one of the only album I can listen to without skipping tracks. And just listen to Chuck's pipes on 'Painkiller'!! This guy was just incredible. Sadly, I got into Death just a few weeks before Chuck passed. Hail to you, Chuck!
Richard, drums- This guy is probably the best drummer Chuck worked with. Not only is he faster than the drummer on 'Human', Richard's timimg is incredibly perfect. Every cymbal tap or crash is carefully excuted, every snare hit is cleverly done, all his rolls are well-placed, and every pound the bass drum is incredibly audible and will leave you stunned. Just listen to 'Bite The Pain.'
Shannon, guitar- This guy was probably the best guitarist Chuck worked with in his metal career, save for James Murphy, or the 'Leprosy' album's guitarist. To see his real talent, check out the live DVD or 'Live: Death & Raw.' The energy that is created with these two guitarists is awesome.
Scott, bass- This guy is great, and I've been looking for any other bands he in or was in. Listen to 'SOHS' or 'Spirit Crusher.' Extremely audible is his bass, and Scott is incredibly intricate, adding a sort of new look on the songs.

Well, there you have it. 59 minutes and 6 seconds packed into only 9 songs! If you have never gotten into Death before, this is an excellent start, but don't buy it if you're not ready for some progessive licks here and there (which isn't a bad thing at all, I'm just saying) and if you're not ready for a full on guitar assault. HAIL TO DEATH'S LEGACY!!

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is the bomb
Personally, I think this is not only Death's greatest album, but the best album in Metal...It's so progressive, with the time signatures changing constantly...I rate this 6 start, but the limit is 5... ... Read more

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Live Insurrection
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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His vital days with Judas Priest behind him, legendary vocalist Rob Halford has returned to his British heavy metal roots. This impressive 27-track double-disc covers all phases of Halford's career, from Priest to Fight to Two to his current band, simply titled Halford, a lineup of young backup players who attack Halford's songs with taut force and accuracy. From newer gems such as "Made in Hell" to Priest staples "Electric Eye" and "Breaking the Law" to a duet with Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, this comprehensive collection was largely recorded at various venues throughout a seven-month tour. Three studio songs close Live Insurrection, providing an indication of where the celebrated metalmeister is headed. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Halford stands alone.............
Anyone who knows anything about heavy metal, knows that the vocals of Rob Halford are a force to be reckoned with and have been so for 30 years. This CD let`s you know why Halford is called the METAL GOD! High notes, low notes, screams, growls, Rob pulls everything off with blazing intensity. Makes me shiver just thinking about it....This CD is, however, not only a display of Rob's breathtaking vocals but an unweiling ( granted, not their first recording together but I think the band sounds even more intense on this album than on "Resurrection" ) of a band that is guaranteed to blow your head off once you push play and crank up the volume! The Lachman/Chlasciak-duo is like Tipton/Downing with much improved sound and by improved I mean heavier. Riendeau on bass does a good job keeping up with the sheer virtuosity of the drummer, Bobby Jarzombek. Just listen to his fills and double bass and you'll know what I mean. If you know of any better heavy-metal drumwork than the stuff you hear on this CD, let me know!
Live Insurrection Highlights:
"Resurrection", "Into the pit", "Light comes out of black", "Jawbreaker", "Hell's last survivor", "Silent Screams", "Metal Gods", "Heart of a lion"
Finally, I'd like to say that HALFORD IS BACK.....AND THEN SOME.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of Metal's Best Live Albums
Live Insurrection is a double album of live material performed by Rob Halford and his Halford band which can stand proudly alongside the legendary live Judas Priest albums Unleashed In The East and Priest...Live! Actually, one could argue that this may even be a bit better than the afformentioned Priest discs due to such a large quanity and wide variety of music being played from so many years (1976-2001) not to mention Rob sounding more talented and invigorated than ever before; he still has all the vocal range and power and the massive supply of energy that he had before and now his voice often has a really raw, raspy sound that just makes him sound even more menacing. His band is excellent as well, not quite Judas Priest but still total professionals. Every song on here is a winner with basically all of them sounding better than the original studio recordings. The Fight material (Into The Pit, Nailed To The Gun) is an especially major improvement on the originals. The Judas Priest material on here sounds as exciting as it ever was; listen to the second guitar solo on Tyrant and you'll swear Glenn Tipton was up on stage playing lead with them. The two songs I think are the undisputed all time classics of Live Insurrection are Made In Hell and Silent Screams. Other material from Halford's Resurrection album is here (Ressurection, Cyberworld, Saviour, The One You Love To Hate with Bruce Dickinson) and it all rules but those two songs are among some of the best that Rob has ever written and on here they become two of the best metal songs ever recorded. Made In Hell is a heavy, midpaced banger with an awesome intro riff and killer chorus and is one of the best odes to the history of heavy metal music ever. Silent Screams - I'm not gonna say anything about, you just have to hear it to believe it - could stand proudly alongside a shortlist of Judas Priest's greatest songs, in my opinion. There are three solid studio cuts at the end of disc two - Screaming In The Dark is solid speed metal not unlike the stuff on the Painkiller album and Heart Of A Lion and Prisoner Of Your Eyes are re-recorded versions of then unreleased Judas Priest songs, both are great. Every Judas Priest fan must have this CD. Anyone who wants to hear live heavy metal at its best, buy this, you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars GOOD SONGS - GREAT PRODUCTION
Though I doubt that more than the drums are actually recorded live, and I'm sure the guitars and vocals were filled in from a studio recording, this CD has awesome sound. Unleased in the east was mostly redone in a studio, and I beleive so was this CD. But regardless this CD is worth every penny spent on it. Halford can make milk curdle with his screams.... ... Read more

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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

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Hall of the Mountain King
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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3-0 out of 5 stars A solid and energetic album.
This is a cool album from Savatage. They have done a good job of putting it together. Hall of the Mountain King is a solid and heavy piece of hard rock. I've had this album for many years, and I still find it to be respectable and listenable. Hall of the Mountain King is much heavier than the previous album Fight for the Rock. This disc contains a total of ten tracks--all of them are satisfying. The musicianship is very good, and the songwriting and production are tight. The production gives off quite a bit of bass. Criss Oliva does a great job with the guitar playing. His solos are cool, and his guitar riffs are really impressive. Jon Oliva also does a solid and lively job with the vocals--I've never heard another vocalist that even resembles him. I also like his shrieks. Hall of the Mountain King is in a hard rock musical direction. No ballads are included on the disc. The two instrumentals that are included are good ("Prelude to Madness" and "Last Dawn"). The album has a dark and gothic atmosphere that's really cool. The songs that I like the most are "Beyond the Doors of the Dark," "Hall of the Mountain King," and "Devastation." "Beyond the Doors of the Dark" emanates a lot of energy and is a very exciting and aggressive song. Criss Oliva's guitar sound throughout this album has a nice medieval flavor to it. "24 Hrs. Ago" and "Hall of the Mountain King" both sport very cool guitar riffs. "White Witch" sounds very similar to the song from the album Power of the Night called "Washed Out." I still like to listen to this disc from time to time. The album cover is also very impressive and interesting. Anybody that likes hard rock should get this album. It's worth a listen.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good classic metal, but not enough songs
Savatage's "Hall of the Mountain King" is a great classic metal album. I cannot compare it to other Savatage releases because this is the only Savatage album I own; however, I find this to be a pretty good metal album. The first three tracks, "24 Hrs. ago", "Beyond the Doors of the Dark", and "Legions" are very heavy power metal anthems. The "Prelude to Madness" and "Hall of the Mountain King" comprise the mini-epic of the Mountain King, which is are interesting pieces of music, although I wish it was a longer song. "Strange Wings" and "The Price You Pay" are my least favorite songs on the album, sounding like they were written for the radio, without any good substance. "White Witch" is a good fast-paced power metal song. "Last Dawn" is a nice little acoustic bit that introduces the final song "Devastation". I found this last song to be a little disappointing as it had no real moving power despite the apocalyptic lyrics and its role as being the final song on the album.

Overall, this is a somewhat good album. The reason I only give it three stars is because of the scarcity of quality songs on the album. The quality songs are good, but there are too few and they are too short. The album is 39:26, minus the weak tracks - Strange Wings, The Price You Pay, Devastation, Last Dawn (it's not a metal song). This leaves you with only about 25 minutes of good music - not worth the 12 bucks I paid for it. I'd only recommend this album if you can't find any other classic metal albums or if you are a Savatage fan. It's a good album, but not worth the money you'd pay for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Savatage's Best!
After a toothless album the Tag came back with this solid metal feast. The title track, 24 Hours Ago, and Strange Wings kick some major ass. Not a dud on the album, although White Witch comes close. Criss' guitar playing rules and brother Jon is in fine form. I can't think of another album by the Tag that is this solid, but you should also check out The Dungeons Are Calling and Power Of The Night! Their rock opera/concept albums are fine too but when I want tight heavy rock this is what I put in my cd player. ... Read more

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Carnival Diablos
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 January, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Metal masterpiece - half thrash , half melodic
The first album I bought by Annihilator was Alice in Hell, the first album and by many considered the best. For me though Carnival Diablos is the album that I play more than the others coz it is so damn good! Tracks like Denied, Battered and Hunter Killer are thrash masterpieces while the title track and Liquid Oval are melodic and less heavy which makes the album more listenable ie. not just non stop chugging. Simply, if you love Thrash/Heavy Metal with occasional melodic moments, get this album!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A metal masterpiece !
Joe Comeau. Finally, Annihilator gets a really GREAT metal singer, someone worthy of front manning Annihilator, and someone who can work at the same level as Jeff (Waters). The pairing of these two gave us two tremendous albums. This being the first one.
Denied, The Perfect Virus, Battered, Carnival Diablos, Time Bomb, Epic of War and Hunter Killer are all songs that would single handidly cause me to buy this album. All of them together on one album is absolute heaven.
There is no Bad song on thsi album, just some that rate a solid good.
Everything that makes Annihilator great is on this album. Awesome lyrics sung by an awesome vocalist, outstanding guitar riffs, that metal touch only Waters can bestow and a range of song types that only Annihilator can seem to pull off convincingly.
Epic of Wars' middle part is Iron Maiden done better than modern Maiden can do. It still blows my mind.
Battered is Metallica done better than modern Metallica can do.
And so on. Jeff shows us he still loves the true metal, but more importantly he shows us it can be done in a new, fresh and even heavier manner. Giving us an album all that all those great bands of yesterday should be giving us. But which of course they aren't (Although I do give Maiden points for 2 really solid albums lately).
There is nothing to dislike about this album. The only negative thing I can say about it is that Waking the Fury is even better. If you even remotely like metal, this album MUST be in your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars They're Back....
Annihilator always supplied incredible music across their discography because of Jeff Waters and his song and music writing abilities. However, the albums were always trying to achieve the intensity of 'Alice In Hell' / 'Never Neverland' which were the brute sound we all fell love with. 'Carnival Diablos' is the first one to give you a 120 volt jolt after a bunch of pharmaceutically engineered studio albums. Some songs are better then others, but the news here is the speedy, evil sounding kick in the groin thrash metal atmosphere throughout the album. Some of the best songs in the album are Denied, The Perfect Virus, Battered and Hunter Killer. The rest are as powerful but more predictable in their writing. The line up is a powerful as the 'Never Neverland' line up . Joe Comeau is probably the best vocalist after Coburn Pharr and delivers attitude that fits the bill not to mention the tight rhythm section driven by Ray Hartman. The humor of the bonus track at the end is just a great way to kick back and decide which is the next Annihilator album to buy. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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Taking Over
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A definite step forward
This is Overkill's 2nd offering, and it's a certain improvement over the original. The sound of the band got originality and style, also a desired heaviness and better songwriting. Most of the album is high-speed aggressive, even violent thrash with instantly recognizable Blitz's poisonous hateful vocal style. Though it may seem dated at present, nonetheless it's a good album and any thrash-metal fan would be advised to buy it. Also know, that the next 3 albums by Overkill are their top, and perhaps you should start from one of them, moving back to the roots in their discography.

4-0 out of 5 stars overkill is a good hard band with a unique sound i like
this album taking over to me is there best ever. its got alot of the older harder sound i like .

5-0 out of 5 stars WRECK YOUR NECK!
This may be Overkill's finest moment. New York thrash at it's very best! Uber-catchy choruses on classics such as "Wrecking Crew" and "Powersurge" highlight this great disc. Check out the completely insane neck-breaker, "Electro-Violence", which has to be my all-time favorite Overkill track. Overkill's style of straight ahead, energetic thrash metal has never sounded better than it does on this classic! A truly fun album to listen to by one of the most underrated bands out there. "We're gonna walk all over you, cause we are the Wrecking Crew![.]" ... Read more

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Seasons In The Abyss
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the two or three best metal CDs of the 1990s
Good heavens, where to start. This album is nothing short of a masterpiece in rock history. Metallica only wishes they were this intense.

Things get off to a fine start with "War Ensemble," a thrashing, merciless rocker that bores its way into your skull for five loud, loud, loud minutes. The riffs sound like machine gun fire from a war film, the drums never let up, and Tom Araya's screaming makes Metallica's James Hetfield sound like Julie Andrews. I could listen to this song every hour of every day and I would never stop being blown away by it. It's a brilliant piece of metal and it sets the stage for the pounding nine songs that follow. Need I mention that not one is a ballad?

I consider "Seasons in the Abyss" to be Slayer's masterpiece, which is saying something when you realize that this is the band that revolutionized thrash metal with "Reign in Blood." "RiB" is fantastic, no argument here, but "Seasons" is better; the songs are more complex, the songwriting a step above, the overall impact more devastating.

If you think you like heavy music, by all means get this album. This is the gold standard right here.

5-0 out of 5 stars The evolution of Slayer
Coming off the classics "Reign in Blood" and "South of Heaven," Slayer continued their evolution with "Seasons in the Abyss." This album is perhaps their most mature, combining the speed and aggression of "Reign" with the more polished approach of "South." Yet somehow, it managed to be both heavier and more melodic than its predecessors. The production is clear, the songwriting's diverse, and Hanneman and King turned in a performance that cemented their place among the best metal guitar duos. And it's also worth noting that on his last album for the band, Dave Lombardo turned in a drum performance for the ages, with precision and variety that was just mindblowing.

The album fires out of the gate with the blazing "War Ensemble," which combines crushingly heavy riffing with a tempo that is fast even by Slayer standards. I like a lot of Slayer songs, but I'd have to say "War Ensemble" is in my top three. From there, the band changes things up a bit. The excellent "Spirit in Black" and "Born of Fire" are roaring speed-metal songs in the vein of the opener, but tunes like "Blood Red" and "Dead Skin Mask" slow things down to good effect. The closing title track is a great six-plus minute epic, with a terrific intro and some very haunting melodies. Tom's vocals are in my opionion at their best on this album, as he manages to occasionally do something that resembles singing without losing any of his edge. His vocals on "Dead Skin Mask" and the title track, especially, have a very eerie tone that suits the music perfectly. For fans of the older Slayer, though, there's plenty of good growling too.

Lyrically, the band also showed some signs of branching out, continuing the trend started on "South." The death-and-Satan approach of Slayer's first three albums could be seen giving way to a focus on evil in general. "War Ensemble" and "Blood Red" intelligently address the destructive nature of violence and war; "Indication of triumph/the numbers that are dead" from "War Ensemble" remains one of my all-time favorite lyrics. "Dead Skin Mask" deals with the crimes of infamous killer Ed Gein, while "Expendable Youth" talks about the problem of inner-city violence. In other songs the message isn't so clear, but the lyrical content is at all times dark and oppressive, just like everything else on the album. If you don't have this album, you're missing out on an essential piece of one of metal's defining bands.

5-0 out of 5 stars Close Your Eyes and Forget Your Name!
Another hard-pounding realse from the kings of dark thrash metal, Slayer. Just everything about it rocks you like there is no tomorrrow. Tom's voice has the typical Tom sound to it, and Kerry and Jeff's soloing is no less great. The lyrics are cool, too. The last track is the title song, which in my opinion is the greatest Slayer song ever written. Other standout tracks on this masterpiece include "Dead Skin Mask', and 'War Ensemble'. ... Read more

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Covenant
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars DEATH METAL AT ITS FINEST!!!!!!
Yes, I will join these other people in saying that this is probably Morbid Angel's best album to date (Gateways To Annihilation comes close mostly for the fact that I like Steve Tucker's voice more than David Vincent's. Not to mention every track is great.) Songs like "Rapture", "God of Emptiness", and "Angel of Disease" are some of the best songs these guys have ever written. And I think I can say that Pete Sandoval is one of the best drummers in metal music and its a shame that he doesn't get the right attention. I have never heard anyone do double bass like him. Buy this now.

5-0 out of 5 stars "God of Emptiness" - the greatest death metal song ever
I was first introduced to the world of Morbid Angel through MTV's Headbanger's Ball, where I taped the video for "God Of Emptiness" (I still have the tape). I was completely amazed, as I had never heard anything like that before. I bought the album, and after listening to songs like "Rapture" and "Sworn To The Black" I was hooked. Morbid Angel's finest hour, no doubt about it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Im done with morbid angel !
Okay, im done with morbid angel because they truly suc like a vaccum, and, if any of you think i do not know deathmetal because i hate ma think again---blessed are the sick is also a terrible album so im not even going waste my time rating that crap! Buy any thing from suffocation or cannibal corpse or even deicide but skip morbid angel! Later! ... Read more

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Tomb of the Mutilated [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Just Shreds!
Seems like people either love this band or hate them. I happen to love them. If you love fast, grinding, ...hard death metal baby you will love it. If your the sensitive come hold me in your arms and kiss me type you'll hate this. From start to finish this album shreds. I love both Chris Barnes and Fisher on vocals. Weither you get early Cannibal or later stuff it all shreds. The riffs are brutal. I love it from start to finish. Tracks 1 and 3 are my favorites though. Yes the lyrics are brutal, but it's not any different then watching a horror film. Anyone with a brain knows that just cause you watch a horror film, or listen to a band that sings about death that does not mean you will go hurt someone. This music makes me happy and puts a smile on my face. Leave the love lyrics to the ones that want that cry on my shoulder stuff, bring on the gore for me baby. GO GET THIS RECORD IF YOU LOVE YOUR MUSIC HARD CORE!
The first track Hammer Smashed Face will have you wanting to turn your living room into a make shift Cannibal Pit and dance baby! ... Thank guys for the music. Get the explicit version, the clean one does not have lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cannibal's Most Extreme Offering : Delicious.
The guys from Cannibal Corpse definitely outdid themselves on this one. Especially Chris - whose vocals on this album are THE most undecipherable ever. His low, cupped-mic grunts contrast nicely with the razor sharp precision of the music. The instrumental execution is much improved from their previous 2 releases. One can hear every instrument distinctly - especially the bass. The separation achieved in the mix is quite different from almost any Death Metal release I have ever heard (and I've heard lots). The only gripe I would have is that it seems to be the shortest in duration of all their albums. One of their best (a top-spot tie with The Bleeding), yet so short. Ah well, just play it again!! The lyrics are also the most disgusting ever. Barnes was really good at this - his lyrics are better than the ones they are doing now. Definitely not for the faint of heart, and I would not recommend it as an introduction to this band, much less as an introduction to the genre. For that, I'd steer you to The Bleeding, or to any Obituary cd. But, for the already initiated DM maniac, this album is pure bliss.

4-0 out of 5 stars Patherson don't know Metal
I've never heard a CC album that didn't make me want to mutilate thing's(bunnies mostly). This patherson guy like rush (i hate rush) and brusce springstien, and thinks he knows anything about metal, how the hell did you get to a Corpse page anyways. The only thing bad about this album is that its clean. ... Read more

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Among the Living
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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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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Demanufacture
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fear Factory's Best
well when i bought this cd i didnt know too much about Fear Factory but i had heard some of their songs and decided to buy Demanufacture.At first i felt like i shouldnt have bought it but after a few more listens i loved the cd.I can honestly say this is one of the best metal albums ever.The songs are brutal and melodic at once.Burton C. Bell is a great vocalist.He can growl and yell,and he can sing melodically.This album blends Melodic Death Metal with industrial and it really works.Dino is a great guitar player and his riffs on this album are heavy as hell.some of the key tracks on this album are Demanufacture,its a nice brual song and a good way to start the album,Replica is another hard song with a great rhythm and even some melodic sections and vocals.Pisschrist is another hard song that also has some melodies.H-K hunter killer is another good one.A therapy For Pain is the slowest most melodic and moving sonf on the album.it has synthesizers and melodic vocals the whole way through...........But the very best song on the cd is Self Bias Resistor,it has it all melody,brutallity,heavy riffs,amazing double bass drumming(i cant forget to mention that Raymond Herrera is one of the best drummers i have ever heard,extemely fast it just dosent quit)in all i think that anyone who enjois great metal should buy this classic Fear Factory album and listen to it loud in a dark room with nothing to disturb their listening experiance.

5-0 out of 5 stars The machine is now alive
Brutal, tight, furious. These are the proper words to describe this industrial-metal masterpiece. In my other reviews I've already stated that "Demanufacture" is one of the four albums that elevated industrial-metal genre from zero level to state-of-the-art perfection and spawned countless clones.

Fear Factory style is different from what other icons of the genre like Ministry or Nine Inch Nails have to offer. After all, in the beginning Fear Factory played Napalm Death-style death-metal, and it shows. The music is built with incredibly catchy and rhythmically effective guitar riffs backed by similar sounding bass-lines. Think of the riff in Ministry's "Thieves" and you get the idea. Drumming is absolutely superb. The speed and precision of those double-bass kicks is incredible, I even thought it was a drum-machine. But it was not. To add even more industrial feel to the sound, various factory noises are played in the background. Burton C. Bell varies his vocal tone from angry death-style rasps to clean anthemic singing. The latter, being sound-processed with a little reverb, makes the record sound kinda epic at times. The album is a relentless sonic attack, that, being played at considerable volume settings, has all the power to knock you off your feet and shatter glass windows.

Conceptual lyrics add more depth to the album. They tell a story of a man who grew tired of government lies and started up a rebellion. In the end he turns into a killing machine, then surrenders to regret, but when death comes, it refuses to take him away, so he has yet another day to live. Not the finest story, but it mixes with aggressive industrial music perfectly.

This album is one of the landmarks of rock, and surely Fear Factory's finest hour. If you are even mildly interested in metal or industrial music, you must give a listen to "Demanufacture".

PS I found myself among those few people who actually liked the remix albums "Remanufacture" and "Remanufacture v2.001". I think it shows the diversity of this band excellently, because I can't think of anybody else who feel themselves perfectly at home as with death-metal and grindcore, as with industrial, breakbeat or digital hardcore. While the lyrical integrity is lost in remixing, yet the music is good. Underground dancefloor DJs might also take notice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Un Incredibil album!!!!!
Monstru album pt. acesta formatzie.FEAR FACTORY arata ca este una dintre cele mai bune formatzii de metal din toate timpurile shi acest album este capodopera a intregii lor carieri.
FEAR FACTORY RULLZ! DAU ACESTUI ALBUM 1000 DE STELE!!! ... Read more

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