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Reign In Blood
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 August, 1998)
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No one has bettered the ferocity, pace, and brutal power of this 28-minute 10-song set. Guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King fire out of the gate with the infamous "Angel of Death" and don't take a respite until the fifth cut, "Jesus Saves." And that breather lasts all of 30 seconds. Winding like a mutant Paganini piece, "Postmortem"'s hook is so inescapable that even metal neophytes will find it irresistible. Superbly sequenced and wonderfully executed, this favorite of producer Rick Rubin stands as the most extreme album in thrash-metal history. --Steffan Chirazi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful brutality...
Brutal is the only word that can accurately describe this album. Reign In Blood almost single handedly inspired the genre of death metal on the American side of the Atlantic, which is a testament to how heavy this album is. Even by today's standards, this is one extremely heavy album, which goes to show how it sounded back in 1986. Slayer's first 2 albums only hinted at their potential, but Reign In Blood was the one that brought that potential out in full force, and in very convincing fashion. While most will dismiss Reign In Blood as merely a wall of noise, one needs to truly appreciate the thrash style to decipher all that makes this album a classic. The musicianship on this album is absolutely amazing. No band could possibly top this record because no band can play that damn fast and still be precise, a quality that makes Slayer one of my favorite bands. The lyrics are a mixed bag. Some of the songs are very convincing, while others come off as being a little silly at times, but despite this, there are no weak tracks to be found. The total package, however, is an undisputed classic. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman are in top form on this record, busting out punishing and memorable riffs that they've never been able to top, especially on tracks like "Angel Of Death" and "Raining Blood." Tom Araya is also at the top of his game vocally, while Dave Lombardo's drumming is flawless, albeit extremely exhausting, even when you aren't trying to replicate his thunderous double kick bass. While future albums would feature better overall lyrical content and others would feature fantastic progressive musical composition, no album can match the total package of Reign In Blood. This album embodies thrash more than Master Of Puppets ever could, which is why I truly believe this album to be the greatest thrash album of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute essential
Reign in Blood is without question one of the best and most important metal albums ever released. This album marks the first Slayer album with Rick Rubin at the helm, and his expertise shows. With Rubin's guidance, Slayer was able to make the fastest and most extreme album ever produced. From the unbelievable riffs of the opening track, the infamous Angel of Death, to the progressive assault of Raining Blood, this album is an absolute assault. The talent of Slayer cannot be denied. Lombardo plays the kit with inhuman precision, while King and Hanneman's dual guitar solos speed along with ruthless aggression. Araya is also in fine form, with some of the most convincing vocals I've ever heard. Here's a rundown of the twelve tracks:

1. Angel of Death: An unbelievable way to start the album. Speeds along at over 200 bpm. The dual solo at the end is absolutely jaw-dropping. 10/10

2. Piece by Piece: The important second track doesn't disappoint. While there aren't any solo's, it's a very good track. 8/10

3. Necrophobic: Un ultra-fast song clocking in at under two minutes. One of my favorites, it's a shame Slayer doesn't play this live often. 10/10

4. Altar of Sacrifice: Another amazing track. Very disturbing lyrics. Tom is very convincing as he yells out "Enter to the realm of Satan!" halfway through. (For the record, none of Slayer are Satanists) 10/10

5. Jesus Saves: Marking a change of pace as Slayer slows down for the intro to this song. I love the build-up to the normal ultra-fast pace of the CD. 10/10

6. Criminally Insane: Another slow-starter, Criminally Insane never really manages to reach the pace of the rest of the album. It is not a bad song however. 8/10

7. Reborn: While the guitar work is simple, the vocals are extremely catchy and well-done. Tom Araya does very well here. 8/10

8. Epidemic: The most underrated song on the album. The song is much more complex structure-wise than most other songs on the album, and the guitars mix it up halfway through. An undiscovered classic. 10/10

9. Postmortem: As the Amazon reviewer mentioned before, Postmortem's hook is unescapeable. The beginning is very catchy, but soon falls into a more traditional structure. This all changes when Tom let's out a blood-curdling scream ("await the final Call!") From here on out, Slayer speeds through to the conclusion. Works best as an intro to Raining Blood. 10/10

10. Raining Blood: A total classic. Taking a more progressive approach than other songs on the album, Raining Blood builds to a ferocious conclusion. A great way to end the album. 10/10

11. (Bonus Track #1) Aggressive Perfector (fast version): Wow. Slayer took an old song and made it much better. A bit more accessible than the rest of the album, this is great song to use to get people interested in Slayer. 10/10

12. (Bonus Track #2) Criminally Insane (remix): In my view the weakest track on the album. I think the album would be better without it, but you can't really complain about a bonus track. 7/10

In conclusion, Reign in Blood is an absolute must. Well-worth your money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Reign-in Money
Just looking through my metal collection, trying to decide what to listen to, and I happened upon this acknowledged classic... and I finally decided to sit down and write about what has always bugged me about this album...or at least this particular issue of it, which has held sway in the catalog for many years now.

In violation of Amazon's "review guidelines" (sorry, Amazon, there's no getting around the fact that price is a legitimate factor in an album review) this review has little to do with the music on this album. It has always surprised me that amid all of the raves about this album, it is seldom, if ever, mentioned, what an unbelievable rip-off this issue of it is. It especially surprises me, when you consider how "anti-commercialism" most extreme metal fans profess to be. Who, at the record label, thought it was a reasonable value to issue a 28-minute album with only two insignificant "bonus" tracks that barely get the total playing time to 35 minutes...AND charge full price for it! Does anyone think this is a rip off, or is this album too much of a "sacred cow" in the annals of metal to mention what a lousy value--and what a glaring example of the music industry at it's consumer-screwing worst--this reissue is! If the label is unable to acquire the rights to one of Slayer's previous albums--such as the Haunting the Chapel EP--to pair with RiB, then they need to reduce the price of this album, accordingly, and get rid of these insultingly lame "bonus tracks." This is a classic example of commerce using the "supply and demand theory" as an excuse to screw the consumer: if it weren't such a metal icon, this EP-length "album"--in fact I have several "extreme metal" EP's longer and cheaper (and btw better) than this--would only be about ten bucks...hell, most Van Halen albums are longer than this (even Diver Down--ouch)! Also, shame on the band, to some degree, for allowing this rip-off to be perpetrated on the fans to whom they are supposedly so appreciative.

If you don't already have this album, buy it used, or have someone "burn" it for you. In its current form, it is not worth full price, "classic metal album" or not. ... Read more

Asin: B000009QPE


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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Butchered at Birth
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 October, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Funny
I bought this album when it was brand new, before the cover was banned (like half of their covers were). This is Death Metal. I find reading the reviews below to be very funny. If you read the lyrics, you know that Cannibal Corpse do not take themselves seriously, at all. They're a bunch of guys having fun singing about sick stuff, and getting out a little agression. It's kind of fun to listen to a band sing something like "Blood Splattered Road Sign" instead of the usual Limp/Slipknot "I'll kick you're butt if you look at me funny" lyrics. Don't get me wrong, I like those bands, but CCorpse is something different.

Read the One Star reviews below. I haven't seen this many people made so angry by and album since Atari Teenage Riot "Burn Berlin Burn", John Zorn, or Naked City. If you think you like Death Metal and heavy music...and you have a good sense of humor, get this CD. It's fun.

2-0 out of 5 stars Decent
It seems to me that Cannibal Corpse gets alot of publicity merely because of their sick, perverted, vile and disgusting subject matter. Butchered At Birth is really just another Cannibal Corpse album. Heavy, fast, aggressive, intense, and shocking lyrics.

Its not an album that breaks new ground, and it won't convert anybody to metal. The fact is, if you're looking for good death metal, look elsewhere. Go buy Slayer's "Reign In Blood" or "Show No Mercy". They are ten times better than any of Cannibal Corpse's albums. The only people i can recommend this album to are Cannibal Corpse fans, extreme metal fans, those who already have all of Slayer's and Nevermore's releases, or those who are just sick and disgusting people like Cannibal Corpse.

2-0 out of 5 stars repitative aint the word
wow this cd is hard to listen too. nothing at all separates one song from the next. nothing at all..... terrible song structures cluttered with repitition and fast paced go nowhere guitar pounding. nothing special about the singer, very average death growl, no screams , no understanding shouts, nothing special all the way through this one. Id have to say the bleeding is there only cd with barnes that is even close to listenable as they finally figuered out that songs sound better when they have structures and changes in them. this sucks. period ... Read more

Asin: B000001C7Z
Sales Rank: 120516


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Insineratehymn
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 June, 2000)
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Old black-metal practitioners never die, but their puns get slightly whiffy. Incineratehymn finds vets Deicide listlessly picking through the same old pile of bones, a shadow of their once hell-raising self. Where Deicide once seemed to be the unimpeachable paragons of all that is evil, Insineratehymn finds them playing second fiddle to the educated blasphemy of Marilyn Manson , or competing with the industrial thunder of Type O Negative. What once was radical now seems slightly quaint. Meanwhile, the music--never the most convincing example of the devil having all the best tunes, it has to be said--rests upon indulgent guitar solos and chugging metal squall. Perhaps it's time for them to meet their maker. Whoever that might be. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Satan gets FUNKY!
Satan's most loyal servants Deicide are back on what is sure tobe the most hotly debated album amongst their following (of which I ama member). "Insineratehymn" (clever title) shows a newly found maturity in the evil ones; the band now adding all matter of bizarre time changes, slow, crunchy bridges, and some truly inventive riffs courtesy of the Hoffman brothers (that's Eric and Brian) to create their first truly standout album from the rest of their impressive catalogue of old-school death metal. The blastbeats now have taken a backseat to darker, heavier passages, and Lord Benton (that's Glen) here exercises more restraint with his vocal cords, sounding much more natural, yet still possessing that unmistakable "dual-tone" roar of his...best songs being "Apocalyptic Fear" with it's Slayer/Bay Area thrash influences, "The Gift That Keeps On Giving" with it's weird song structure (technical complexity is this album's biggest trademark), and "Forever Hate You" with Deicide's best guitar work to date, reminding me a lot of the kind of thing Possessed (remember them?) and Death used to crank out. Two factors, however, caused me to stop short of giving this disc the full five: 1) The production is a bit thin in spots, particularly the snare drum and rhythym guitar, occasionally sapping some of the heaviness of some of the material (no Scott Burns this time around to helm the mixing board), and, 2) while the song titles and lyrics are now much less tacky this time around, The band still continues to write entire albums with the same archaic Satan/Christ-bashing themes that have long since lost their shock value. Compared to some of their modern peers (particularly the numerous black metal bands coming out of Scandinavia these days, with their almost poetic approach to occult lyrics), Benton's rants are sounding increasingly juvenile and embarrassing. Nonetheless, Deicide here show that they still are the kings of old-school death metal. Check your brains at the door, dust of your baphomet, and meet me in the pit.

4-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly F*ckin Evil
I'll never be a huge fan of satanic metal or any anti-god lyrics, but,these motherf*ckers are very fast--and thats what I listen to metal for.Ben is just another loser whose angry at god and loves to wine about it.F*ck him and his bullsh*t lyrics.The speed on this album is amazing and thats what makes it worth buying.Its great the way alot of evil metal bands garuntee you fast,mind-warping velocity but often degrade it by growling dark nonsense...I suppose thats what makes it all the more powerful.Get it-just brush off the vocals.

1-0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish
Once upon the cross was one of the best albums of all time this album is the greatest pile of crap ever what is this band doing i bought this album on the backing of the first 3 albums which were class i literally burned this album after repeated attempts to listen to it AVOID THIS ALBUM AT ALL COSTS UNLESS U NEED UR HEAD EXAMINED ... Read more

Asin: B00004TQVA


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Schizophrenia
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 January, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars My favourite from the Jungle Boys
Although Arise is considered their best from the thrash era Sepultura, I think Schitzophrenia is the album that does it for me. I mean, how can you go wrong with this album? It's definately their most intense and tightest. I mean, could Inquisition Symphoney be one of the best instrumentals ever? Along with Metallica's Call Of The Ktulu, of course, but even then its still a brilliant song. Not to mention the others.

All the songs are full of raging guitars, thumping drums, hateful vocals (although not all they're made out to be) and amazing leads. From The Past Comes The Storms is the first song that Sepultura wrote with Andreas Kisser on lead guitar, but it sounds like a band who have been together much longer. I haven't heard Morbid Visions or Bestial Devastation yet, but from what I've heard about them this was certainly a step in the professional direction. Everything here feels right. Overall, it is a little repetitive which is why it's not 5 stars, but it's still a great album.

And to all you Soulfly fans, this is what real metal is about!

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic thrash/death done the right way!!!
Max Cavalera is an amazing death metal vocalist who comes up with good metal riffs. Andre Kisser does some of the best solos in all of metal. Paulo Jr. does the low end just fine. Igor Cavalera (Max's brother?) has great double bass chops. Combine their talents together and you have "Schizophrenia". This has to be the best death metal album ever. "From The Past Comes The Storms", "Screams Behind The Shadows" and "R.I.P. (Rest In Pain)" are the best on a killer album. Recommended to fans of old Slayer, old Metallica, and even Morbid Angel. Check out "Beneath The Remains" and "Arise" for more of the same, although "Beneath..." is slightly more melodic and thrashy and has less of that death metal sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Sepultura's best albums
Every song on Schizophrenia shows how real metal is supposed to sound: Raw, fast, aggressive, and in your face. Max Cavelera's raging hateful vocals and rhythm guitar work, Igor Cavelera's (Max's brother) punishing drum work, the fusing bass of Paulo Jr. and Andreas Kiser's guitar solos just devastate you. Get this album if you're a Sepultura fan. Also check out Max's other band Soulfly, they rock too. ... Read more

Asin: B000000H3X
Sales Rank: 48382


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Something Wicked This Way Comes
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 July, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE Definitive Iced Earth!
This is, without a doubt, THE definitive Iced Earth album. Heavy, fast, intense at times; light, slow, quiet at others. This is the album to buy if you're first getting into Iced Earth. It shows the best of everyone's abilities; band leader/rhythm guitarist/songwriter John Schaffer's heavy riffs and melodies, not to mention his superb songwriting skills, are among their best here. Matthew Barlow shows off the best of his vocal ranges on this album, hitting such high screeches and deep growls...one of the best vocalists alive, that's for sure. And Larry Tarnowski's lead guitar riffs are superb, as always. This album is full of unpredictable moments of heaviness and melody, except in the way the songs were arranged: heavy-soft-heavy-soft-heavy-soft-heavy-swaggering-heavy...and then there's the "Something Wicked" trilogy at the end. I'll get to that later. Meanwhile, a song-by-song review:

BURNING TIMES--"It doesn't matter what you've done, in my words you are a sinner..." I get chills every time at Matthew Barlow's growls in the chorus. A fairly fast-paced riff masterpiece, (with bells chiming at the beginning and end, similar to NIGHT OF THE STORMRIDER's "Angel's Holocaust", this is a great album-starter.

MELANCHOLY (HOLY MARTYR)--At first I was somewhat unimpressed by this song, mostly for the gentle, quivering, almost weak vocals at the beginning, but since then I've learned that this is a song about Christ on the cross, and his resulting sorrow--and I realized the vocals couldn't have been better. Soft acoustic passages in the intro and verses are nice breathers before heavier, lingering riffs and a beautiful solo.

DISCIPLES OF THE LIE--WOW! Probably one of the heaviest songs on the album, not to mention most intense. Starts off fast, ends fast. Matthew's howls of fury in the chorus...mindblowing. Drums really stand out in this song, too. Instead of a guitar solo, there is a haunting keyboard solo over the rhythm section, and then the vocals and guitars kick back in behind it...ooooh, good stuff.

WATCHING OVER ME--A good breather after "Disciples", this is a wonderful tribute to a late friend of John Schaffer's, who died in a motorcycle accident shortly before Iced Earth's first album came out. Quiet acoustic passages and a wonderful solo (performed by producer Jim Morris). Excellent stuff.

STAND ALONE--Far better than Godsmack's recent song of the same name (no relation otherwise), and with a better message: "Listen not to ones who preach/ Those who feel you're a freak...". This is a good song to listen to when depressed from peer torment. Excellent, heavy, angry, but soothing. Gotta love the little post-chorus solos! And whoever said this ... Metallica's "Blackened" should see a psychiatrist.

CONSEQUENCES--And back to the mellow...wow...this is a song that deserves lighters held high. Sad, quiet choruses, acoustic/clean electric guitars...the whole song is quiet for the most part, until the bridge, where heavier riffs come in to back a powerful and climatic solo. Matthew Barlow's screeches at the end of the bridge are perfect. My favorite slow song on here.

MY OWN SAVIOR--Great headbanging song. Fast, intense, and a good "... off" chorus to shout at while blaring this from your stereo. I love the quieter pre-chorus parts; sort of a place to take a breather before screaming your head off. Yeah, DEFINATELY a good headbanging song.

REAPING STONE--This is the only song on the album that I'd give less than 5 stars to. It's Iced Earth, don't get me wrong, but...it seems to "swagger" too much. The lyrics start off interesting, with a woman lost in the woods who runs accross some cursed "reaping stone", but then the rest of the song seems too focused on the seductive words of the reaping stone, as sung to her. It might have been better if the song described just what was happening to her. Good music though; the bridge is reminiscent of Metallica's "The Thing That Should Not Be"--NOT a ..., but SIMILAR. I like it like that. Okay song, but my least favorite on the album, possibly out of all Iced Earth's stuff.

1776--INSTRUMENTAL TIME! This song is fast, intense, amazing! Furiously lightning-paced, and a beautiful flute solo over a good drumroll in the bridge. Excellent instrumental, one of my all-time favorites from Iced Earth!

BLESSED ARE YOU--This is a song dedicated to all the millions of fans of Iced Earth out there; heavy yet melodic, with a great opening of clean guitars and singing. A great way of saying thanks--YOU ARE VERY WELCOME!

------SOMETHING WICKED (trilogy)-------

PROPHECY--My favorite song out of the trilogy, quite possibly on the whole album. Good 'n' heavy, nice guitar solo, and a couple sweet bass solos! Best part of the song would have to be just before the bridge, where the tempo rears up like some gigantic beast, then launches into this ultra-heavy and fast thrash monster. While the song is generally heavy throughout, the chorus riffs are so heavy and perfect...OOH! ...and then there's the plot. Ages ago, a race of beings foresaw the coming of the human race, which would threaten to wipe them extinct. They seek to create a savior for their kind, who will be born aeons later to wreak havoc on mankind. A chilling, Lovecraftian plot, this song ends with an honestly frightening (to me, anyway) sound: the tick-tock of a clock, signifying the passing of time as they prepare to bring about our doom.

BIRTH OF THE WICKED--The Watcher has been born! The story continues through this fast thrash piece, but not as chilling (to me) as "Prophecy".

THE COMING CURSE--The Watcher has begun his wreaking of havoc upon all! Here we find that he has begun the absolute apocalypse. John Schaffer stated that this trilogy of songs is sort of a precursor to a whole other story, one which we can assume will be a future concept album as the Watcher brings about the end of mankind and the return of his own kind. Can't wait!

5-0 out of 5 stars True Metal Never Retreats.
I stumbled across Iced Earth by sheer accident one day when I was killing time online. I was intrigued by the titles of some of their albums and the fact that they combined Metallica heaviness with Maiden lyrics. Since then I have bought all their albums and enjoyed each one immensley and Something Wicked was just that. All of Iced Earth's song styles are present on this album. Fast, slow, melodic and even a ballad (I use it loosely to describe Watching Over Me). The highlights on this album include 1776, Burning Times, Blessed Are You, and the final trilogy of songs, but all of them are great. The musicianship is once again up to IE standards. Jon Schaffer grinding away pounding rhythms on his guitar with the assistance of James McDonough on the base. He is a better rhythm player than James Hetfield could ever hope to be. Larry Tarnowski proves that he is a competent successor to Randall Shawver. Although I miss his wild solos that seem to go all over place without sounding bad and his writing input. Matt Barlow's voice is once again charged with passion rarely seen nowadays. And the drumming, provided by "the Creeper" is good as well. In short, this album is full of inspired songs, tight musicianship and an atmospheric feel that is all too rare in metal today.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good but Not what I think of When I buy Iced Earth
Somthing Wicked This way comes is a cd that I have been looking forward to purchasing for awhile now. I already owned Horror Show, the Dark Saga, and Tribute to the Gods. I love thes cd's and almost everything on them.There style is so unique and fun espeacially when they give time for people to hear the amazing vocals of Matt Bartlow. I felt that in this album he did not show his very best work. He seemed to ruch out his lyrics on a lot of the album and somtimes in verged on the sound of a lot of talentless "singers" out there that just shout or growl out an entire album.

Don't get me wrong, this album had a lot of strong points and I would defiently reccomend this album to any Iced Earth Fan because even with a few bad tracks this cd still kicks but. This album seems to have a little but of a religious theme, with a lot of songs about angels, jesus, corrupt priests and of course the anti-christ.

One of the best things on this album is the fourth song. THis song is for all the people that are big fans of the songs like Ghost of Freedom, and A question of Heave.It is about a guy who lost his freind but now he feels his angel guiding him through hard times. It is very good, and can be intense at some moments, which is somthing I love when listening to music.

So agian I Definitly reccomend this cd, just make sure that you buy Dark Saga and Horor Show First. ... Read more

Asin: B000009EAD
Sales Rank: 40973


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Crypt Of The Wizard
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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1-0 out of 5 stars More like crypt of the gay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God I hate this homo, his existence just pisses me off. What the hell is up with these retarted bat wings too? Anyways he's a sell out for leaving Emporer, so.......what a dumb gay guy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric ambient music..
This is completly different then his new stuff!
It's beautiful and epic, and at one part I started having flashbacks from a twisted nightmare I used to have when I was younger.
EXTREMLY DARK AND DEPRESSIVE!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best CD Ever (Mwahaha!)
If the computer let me give more than 5 stars, I would give the CD 20 stars. One word to describe it- beautiful. I am a fan of both medieval folk music, new age, and black metal, and Mortiis morphs the these genres wondrously. The songs are very ambient and atmospheric; simply listening can take one into a Tolkein book. And I've dreamed of being there in Middle Earth and if I close my eyes and listen, it's the next best thing. I recommend En Sirkel Av Kosmisk Kaos [A Circle of Cosmic Chaos]. If you like this, I also recommend the bands Tristania, Theatre of Tragedy, and Opera IX. If you don't like it, well, I think there is something wrong with you. ... Read more

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Fate: The Best of Death
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This "Best Of..." CD got me into death metal...
...along with Obituary's "Cause of Death," and I would highly recommend both! FYI, if you didn't already know, James Murphy, who played lead/rhythm guitars on Death's third release, "Spiritual Healing" ("Altering the Future" and the title track are featured on this CD), also previously played on Obituary's "Cause of Death," his only appearance with each respective band. I actually listened to songs off of both CDs for the first time on the same day. It was just before leaving to go to a Dio concert, and by the time I got to the concert, I wanted to listen to music that was a little "heftier" than Ronnie James Dio! Anyway, I was always a traditional metalhead: I graduated from high school in the mid-80's and listened to the hard rock/heavy metal of the times (Sabbath, Maiden, Testament, Slayer, etc.), although I tried to expand my metal listening tastes as time went on. I never actually liked what I perceived to be "death metal," which, to me, seemed like some guy barking and growling indecipherable "vocals" into a microphone; I had always prefered the "guitar virtuoso" metal and the like. On the other hand, perhaps through my own anger and frustation at some aspects of my life at the time, I wanted to experience harder, heavier, more driving music than what traditional metal provided. My eyes were opened when I first heard Death's horror movie influenced "Zombie Ritual," the first song on "Fate" and arguably Death's best song of all time. I had to have more! The entire CD is a great compilation, comprising the band's first four CDs, although I recommend listening to subsequent releases, as this band progressively gets better and better, although I wouldn't recommend that first-timers and fledglings start with something like "Sound of Perseverance".... Getting back to "Fate," this CD offers a comprehensive musical glimpse of the band up to their "Human" release, and of the death metal genre in general, so-named because of this band. If I had to select songs for this "Best of" compilation, I probably would have substituted "Evil Dead" for "Baptised in Blood" or Mutilation," all off of Death's first release, "Scream Bloody Gore." I would have also tried to get the title track of "Leprosy," or even "Choke on it," (same CD--"Leprosy") on this compilation, even if it meant adding more tracks! I'm sure that other listeners would want to add favorites of their own! If you're wondering whether this band is for you, check out this CD! For example, for those of you who like heavy, driving guitars and bass and a monstrously fast double bass drum line, check out "Open Casket," which also features some insightful, even somewhat comical, sad-but-true lyrics; for those of you that prefer deeper, more meaningful lyrics, check out "Spiritual Healing" and "Altering the Future;" for those of you that prefer heavy music in general, complete with complex guitar rythms, exciting tempo changes, intricate and thrilling guitar solos, along with a bottom end that almost leads more than follows...check out this CD! Then buy the rest of Death's CDs, at least from "Leprosy" forward! As for the "growling" vocals, I'll admit that they take a little getting used to, especially for a first-timer or someone like me who, at first, always "hated" death metal prior to this discovery, but you can actually understand them with with this band. Over time, as the band grew and changed line-ups, the lyrics became more thoughtful and, in turn, more thought-provoking. In any case, look past the "vocals" if you have to, because the musicianship on all of Death's CDs is far too superior to most metal bands to pass up! Finally, to echo what other reviewers have said: RIP Chuck, you are a musical genius and you could always find the greatest musicians to play on your records! You will always live through Death!

5-0 out of 5 stars I WILL TRULY MISS THIS LEGENDARY BAND.
This is a great compilation with many of deaths classic songs and is a great way to introduce new fans to this killer band.I would recommend getting the first four albums to truly get a feel for this band.Chuck schuldiner was a brilliant musician who will be forever remembered for his passion and talent.LONG LIVE DEATH!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I don't have much to say about this album...
...other than that it contains some of Death's classic material. You really have to get their first four albums though in order to get all of their best material. What I really want to say is that many people don't realize that the genre was named after the band, not the other way around. Death are truly one of originators. What really sets Death apart from, say, Morbid Angel, is their lyrics. This stuff is very controversial and shockingly intelligent for a metal band, although Metallica should be given credit for their social commentary as well. It's clear that Schuldiner does not want his words to fall upon deaf ears. Perhaps that's why he sings with a style that is surprisingly easy to decipher. The only way that early Morbid Angel keeps up with early Death is that it surpasses it in atmosphere. Overall, these early compositions are superior in many ways to those of early Morbid Angel, although both bands would become very progressive and melodic later on. It's interesting how Schuldiner can repeat a phrase like "torn to pieces" over and over again, and yet it sounds like so much more. This is definitely worth having if you want your death metal collection to be even remotely respectable... ... Read more

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Morbid Tales (+ Bonus Tracks
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Heavy and energetic.
Celtic Frost is one of the few metal bands that have ever interested me. They have certainly put out some heavy and interesting material--especially the impressive album Into the Pandemonium. Morbid Tales is an album that's full of energy and metallic aggression. The disc is in a straight-ahead metal direction. All of the tunes are listenable. Thomas Gabriel Fischer handles the vocals and guitar work. I've always liked his voice, and the guitar riffs are thick, meaty, and energetic throughout. The album's musicianship, songwriting, and production are good, and the drum work is really cool. Some of the songs that I like are "Into the Crypts of Rays," "Return to the Eve," and "Circle of the Tyrants." "Into the Crypts of Rays" is a heavy tune with an eerie intro. The instrumental "Danse Macabre" is pretty ominous, also, and "Procreation (of the Wicked)" has a nice main guitar riff. I have had this CD in my collection for many years and still don't mind listening to it from time to time. It's one of the heaviest pieces of music that I've ever heard. Worth a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Celtic Frost's best album
...I had always been into Heavy dark music but as soon as I heard the primitive but brutal guitar riffs of tracks like "Dethroned Emperor" and "Morbid Tales" everything was pushed a step further. Even though the sound of the tape was [bad], I could make out the amazingly dark riffs, and Warriors demented cry's. A friend that went to USA, ...got the original album for me, but it had a different cover than the one they show here. The cover showed a huge demon, surronded by a gang of [women], who had him chained...Brutal artwork, why dont they have that cover anymore??? When I got to hear it, so crisp, so pure, it sounded a kazillion times better and I really encourage people to check this album out.Anyway, if your an old school metalhead you should really go and get the Celtic Frost albums, specially this one..If your new to metal and enjoy bands like Mudvayne or Slipknot, well, here you can see where it all started, excellent album by a killer band.

5-0 out of 5 stars celtic madness.
very basic, but very effective. dethroned emperor, morbid tales, circle of the tyrants, and procreation of the wicked are the highlights of this album. buy it now if you like dark, heavy music. ... Read more

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House of God
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointing disc
House of God, King Diamond's ninth full-length disc that was released in 2000, isn't consistent. There are 13 tracks. The material is in a gothic hard rock musical direction. House of God is a concept album--I think that the storyline is interesting. Altogether, the songwriting is mediocre, the musicianship is skillful, and the sound quality is tight. King Diamond's vocal delivery is solid throughout; he's a unique, versatile, dramatic singer. Andy La Rocque and Glen Drover do well with the guitar playing. Keyboards are also used. Even though I find a handful of the cuts to be good, there are too many mediocre ones to make this an overall pleasing album. The compositions that I do like are "The Trees Have Eyes," "Peace of Mind," the interesting "Goodbye," the ominous "Upon the Cross," and the threatening "Passage to Hell." "The Trees Have Eyes" features a taut, clean main guitar riff and cool falsettos from King Diamond. The disc's closing track, the short instrumental "Peace of Mind," is nice and exhibits attractive guitar work. The rest of the album's material isn't terrible, but it isn't gratifying, either. Examples of songs like these are "The Pact," "Just a Shadow," and "This Place Is Terrible." "The Pact" is an unmemorable one that lacks in melody. "Just a Shadow" is forgettable, too, while the tuneless "This Place Is Terrible" is tedious. Though the title track, "House of God," has good guitar work along with certain other parts, it still drags. I like aspects of "Catacomb," especially the enjoyable intro with its smooth guitar playing, but this cut that starts off with promise unfortunately loses its momentum. The CD booklet that's included in my CD digipak contains the song lyrics and an individual color photo of each member of the group. The CD digipak displays a color photo of the band, an illustration behind the CD tray, and two other drawings. The disc is just over 51 minutes. House of God is weighed down by too much disappointing, forgettable material that's deficient in melody. It leaves something to be desired.

5-0 out of 5 stars A standout release
Wow, King Diamond and Andy LaRocque are amazing musicians. After close to 20 years together and writing THIS! As soon as you hear 'The trees have eyes' you're hooked! this is where you're introduced to King's theatrical style vocal delivery - he has many voices, which he uses to convery themes clearer, and add more emotion. He succeeds in making the music much more exciting. Of course, we can't forget about LaRocque's melodic genius. He is a renowned guitarist, played with Chuck on Individual thought patterns (and ripped!), and here delivers a less flashy (than on Fatal portrait for example) but more emotional performance. He truly goes along so smoothly with the melodic rhythms and it works beautifully. Diamond and LaRocque have great creativity and taste when it comes to writing songs. For example, when the hero falls in love, the music is very melodic, orchestrated (listen to the keyboards), smooth (the song House of God is beautiful!) and touching. The chorus to 'the Pact' just sounds hopeless! And the lyrics match it! 'Nothing is forever' she said. It's brilliant. Also, in that song, when he says 'this is Hell!', there's this sad melody with keyboard guitar and it just sets the mood so well! I mean, some of King's lyrics are filler (the story isn't cheezy though, I've thought about it, and I think King intended it to not be all straight-forward) but he just manages to make them all matter with the passionate music! After 'the pact', the song Goodbye is incredibly sad, with King's layered vocals to add to the atmosphere. 'Help!!!' has the contrast of an upbeat melody 'IIII......see the sun....the sun is up again..another day of JUST THE SAME!!" then it burst to the heavy riff - 'HEEELLLPPP!!!!!' It just works. Catacomb kinda reminds of me of Seasons in the Abyss (Egyptian, heh) but the chorus, again, fits the mood perfectly (the hero is afraid in the catacomb) This Place is Terrible starts with a memorable melody, and gets more and more intense, and the riffs show it. Finally, Peace of Mind is extremely and surprisingly peaceful, with acoustic playing and a smooth solo by Andy. The production is great, and the bass is sweet (especially effective on 'house of god'). The drumming is minimalistic in comparsion, but I'm sure King intended it. Overall, the melodies in the album, and the orchestration with King's voice is so varied, creative,and emotional! I've heard Fatal Portrait and Spider's Lullabye. This is much more mature, creative, and emotional. I can't wait to hear Abigail/Them/Conspiracy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Bad Album
I'm a big fan of King Diamond and there are a few albums produced
in the 90's that were God awful and this album is one of them.
It seriously lacks the 'magic' that the King used to offer.
The band continuity is not there. ... Read more

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Devolution
Average Customer Review: 1.67 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Too hard to find and not worth the search
This album is really dissapointing. Compared to Dictated Aggression by M.O.D. this cd is nothing. The best songs are: Devolution, The Angry Man, and Timb Bomb. The rest of the album is punk/metal that is mostly boring.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hard To Find, Not Worth The Search
For as hard as it is to find this album it just doesn't deliver. The best songs are: Devolution, The Angry Man, and Time Bomb. These really are the only tracks worth listening to. This album is just too bland and seems like you've heard it all before. It's also a lot more punk than metal. Go check out Dictated Aggression by M.O.D. instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars Milano is at it again.
Great all around effort. Nice Solid album from start to finish. ... Read more

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Speak English Or Die-Platinum
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Crossover That Is Sure To Offend
If you like metal or hardcore "Speak English Or Die" is a must. The album is one of the first to combine metal and hardcore. With the platinum edition, the sound quality is much better. Plus, the live tracks are pretty good especially when they break into Slayer's "Reign In Blood".
Billy Milano was the genius behind this album. Milano went on to form the hilarious and brutal M.O.D., while Scott Ian went to Anthrax- a mediocre thrash band with a horrible singer.
"Speak English Or Die" attacks foreigners, women, minorities, and Arabs without a second thought. Songs like "Kill Yourself" show a blatant disregard for all people in general. "Milano Mosh" and "Milk" are probably the best tracks on the album, but all the rest are a great also. The best short song on the album is "The Ballad Of Jimi Hendrix" which sums up everything good about the former musician. The only gripe I have is that is too short, but on the new version with "Live In Tokyo 1999 it's like listening to the album again.
"Speak English Or Die" is a volatile, manic assault both musically and lyrically. The album is not for the overly sensitive or the weak.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
A friend made a tape of this for me when I was a teenager and into thrash. This album is hilarious and fun, I am no metal head nor was at the time but had the impression that SOD was a conglomerate band (made up of members of other bands) that got together for Speak English or Die. Every track is boisterous and punchy (except for the plain silly What's that noise and the ballad of jimi hendrix), if you take these lyrics seriously then you are a loon. The lyrics are so ridiculous and hilarious that they are making fun of punk straight-edge themes. The reveiwer who said they are making fun of serious songwriters is correct. This is a playful fun record, it a nice complement to the Acid Jazz and Trip hop of my collection now.

Cheers,

Yingko

5-0 out of 5 stars Metal at its funniest!
This is the most hilarious album I have ever heard!!! All the songs are awesome, even the ones under ten seconds. My favorites are definitely Sargent "D" of the S.O.D., Freddy Kreuger, Anti-Procrastination Song, and The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix.
This is a must buy for people who love metal and making fun of other people. ... Read more

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9
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Nine? No way! Only two stars! :-(
This is the third album I've heard from this band after "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath" -which are both excellent albums.

I must say that this "9" is boring, too much thrashy and musically pretty flat and unoriginal, and has little or nothing to do with the Mercyful Fate I thought I knew: Vocals are poor and narrow in range and feeling; the guitar work is just good enough, but no more than that; lyrics add nothing to this CDs, while there is no shining in any other aspect of it.

Said in one sentence, this album is less than mediocre -although I must say that the production is good. But if you want to repeat the experiences you lived with the greatest King Diamond's and early Mercyful Fate's releases, look elsewhere: put it simply, this is not what you would call not even a decent release. It lacks of enchant, heart and mistery -which are the things I was expecting from this band after listening "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath", and almost every King Diamond's albums. So, I guess two stars is more than a fair score for "9". Satan, please send them some more creativity before taking them to Hell! And God, please forgive them for releasing such a bad album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mercyful Fate Explores New Directions
Despite a slight influence of modern musical tastes (which can be forgiven, considering it's Mercyful Fate about whom we are talking, and they are not likely to change), "9" is NOT an alternative or industrial album by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, this is a wonderful return to the darker side of music.

1. "Last Rites" could end up being the atheists' anthem. The song is heavy and fast-paced, but isn't anything special.

2. "Church of St. Anne" is a dark composition of sludgy guitar attacks and haunting vocals by King Diamond.

3. Sharlee D'Angelo finally struts his stuff on "Sold my Soul." Although he may never be on the same level as Geezer Butler for Black Sabbath, his incredible bass playing lends most of this track's luster. However, the lyrics are repetitive, but interesting enough.

4. "House on the Hill" has an interesting choral arrangement and a refreshingly original rhythm. Hank and Mike aren't slouches at the guit-box, and they prove it here. King's vocals and lyrics are also excellent.

5. "Burn in Hell" is the sister song of the former, and if no other track proves the return to the demonic evil of earlier albums, this one does. This is fast without being incomprehensible, and is a solid track on its own.

6. "The Grave" is even sludgier than the second track. I happen to like this one as much as any other song on the album. This song also marks a return to Mercyful Fate's dark roots.

7. "Insane" is one of the two weak points on this album--I don't particularly care for the rhythm or musical arrangement, and the lyrics are nonsensical at best, and downright stupid at worst.

8. "Kiss the Demon" picks up the slack of the previous track. I also happen to favor this song over most others, even though there really isn't that much to the lyrics. However, Hank Shermann shows why many consider him to be on almost the same level as Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, and the Big Pothead, Jimi Hendrix (but we won't get into that now...). Mike Wead also accompanies with a good crushing riff.

9. The next song, "Buried Alive" is on par with "The Grave" and "Kiss the Demon." I like the rhythm, and King Diamond's lyrics fit perfectly with the music. There aren't any clashing forces in this track.

10. Here, we've come to the weakest point of the album, sadly also the title track. "9," co-written by Mike Wead, is a failure in every sense. The power and intensity of King Diamond's vocals and lyrics are extremely lacking, although I doubt there is much you can do with such a puny attempt at rhythm jumping. The music is worse than a third-rate bar band, and even Hank's chords couldn't salvage this song from the junkyard. Bjarne T. Holm does his best on the drums, but if you're looking for a scapegoat for this song's gag factor, bring forward Mike Wead, and pass your judgement.

All in all, "9" is still a five-star album, but it does not reach deeply into the darker side of metal.

5-0 out of 5 stars To those who hate mercyful fate, or this album...
Anyone that does not like Mercyful Fate can die a bloody gory Death. If you don't like "9", you can die a bloody gory Death. The same goes if you don't like King Diamond. If you don't like Fate or Diamond, you are probably a little sissy f@g that listens to Korn...so go kill yourself. ALL Mercyful Fate albums are killer and all King Diamond albums are killer. ... Read more

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Best the Rest the Rare
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Helloween sampler
"The Best, the Rest, the Rare" is a pretty good Helloween sampler, a good album to pick up if you want to find out what all the buzz was about Helloween in the late 80's... "I Want Out" is the opener, the song that was pushed ad nauseum by MTV to hype up the Headbangers Ball Tour (remember that?); it's nonetheless a great song and one of their more accessible, friendlier tracks... a shame they don't do it live anymore... "Dr. Stein" is next, again a great track, off the legendary "Keepers Part 2" album... "Future World" is one of their best, Michi's vocals begin to come into their own on this track... "Judas", an old Kai Hansen-era track, was one of their heaviest up to that point... great lyrics... "Walls of Jericho" is an instrumental with the now familiar "Happy Happy Halloween" fanfare... "Ride the Sky", another Kai Hansen vocal track, is one of my favorites... great drums & guitars... "Halloween", the 13+ minute opus: what can be said? If you haven't heard this track by now then you don't know what songwriting is all about... "Livin' Ain't No Crime", a b-side, is kinda cool... "Save Us": Why is this here? I mean, out of all their tracks that they can label as "the rest" or "the rare", why this? Why not "White Christmas" or better yet "Oernst of Death" (if you've heard these rare babies then you know what I'm talking about)... "Victim of Fate", a re-mix done with Michi's vocals, is pretty good; the original, off the "Helloween" EP, is still heavier, though... "Savage", my absolute favorite track off this compilation, is the fastest thing Helloween has ever done; Michi's songwriting is so good on this song, I listen to his other stuff and I wonder, "What happened? You started out so promising..."... "Don't Run for Cover" is awesome; not too fast, but heavy... "Keeper of the Seven Keys" rounds out the album, their other 13+ minute song. Not as good as "Halloween", but pretty damn close... Like I said, Helloween fans will get this just to complete the collection (as any die-hard Helloween fan already has these songs through their various albums & EPs)... Newbies may want to pick it up to listen to one of the greatest metal bands of all times... the choice is yours...

3-0 out of 5 stars Average Hits Collection.
I've had this greatest hits collection from Helloween for several years. It's got some better-than-good songs on it, but there are also some songs that are just okay and nothing great. The best songs would be "Halloween," "Future World," and "I Want Out." The older songs with the different vocals (without Michael Kiske) are okay. "Living ain't No Crime," "Don't Run for Cover," and "Savage" aren't that great. No doubt though, Helloween have always been great musicians. This is a pretty good hits collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best band! The bests greatest hits
This great cd include the bests songs of Helloween, with some singles, that's why i say The Best ... Read more

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Game Over
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars 2 Record Set On 1 CD.........
There is not much to say about Nuclear Assault now that they have disbanded. This is actually a split album. "Game Over" was released in 1986 and "The Plague" was released in 1987. Now for the first time they combine the two albums on to one album, which is cool. I own this album and to tell you the truth, after all these years the 2 albums still sound fresh. After you listen to a lot of Slayer, Metallica and Testament this album is still a breath of fresh air for '86-'87. Classic songs off this fine piece of work are: "Cold Steel", Stranded In Hell", "Brain Death" and "Nightmares". Get this one if your a big metal fan, it's well worth the buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected, but it's legitimate
I got this album a few months ago, and when I heard it I found out that it wasn't as legendary as it sounds, and that it wasn't 73 minutes long like it said on CDNOW. This album doesn't have the best production but it's worth listening to. Songs like "Hang the Pope", and "(You Figure it Out)" really crack me up.
I'll tell you, Nuclear Assualt albums are hard to find in stores. It's a shame that Survive and Handle With Care are out of stock here. They're better than this one, but shorter.
And that's an other thing, I don't know if this makes scence to any of you but it's not really worth spending money on short albums(30-35 minutes in this case). This album turned out to be 58 minutes becase of a deput album and an EP being combined. Plus the albums have a few of those half minute tracks which to me are there only to stall.
But other than that Nuclear Assault is a real good band. It's great 80's thrash.

5-0 out of 5 stars "A new Dark Age is at hand"
This album is one of the best thrash CDs I've ever heard! And with two releases on one CD (19 tracks at about one hour), it is really worth it! Save for one annoying track, every song on this release is killer thrash that is also very accessible. Metal fans who have not dived into thrash will probably find this album a good way to start. Like the name of the band, the lyrics to most these tracks are filled with images of war, death, and destruction. The only selection I have to skip is "Hang the Pope" which is a lot of screaming gibberish. I've read the monotonous lyrics, but it actually sounds more like the vocalist is screaming "butterball, butterball, butterball, butterball." It is very annoying but only lasts for 43 seconds. On the other hand, the best track is definitely "The Plague." Thrash beautifully done. A lot of non-thrash fans will like this one. "(You Figure It Out)" is a fun track where the band have their say against their critics: "You know, we're probably gonna get a lot of slack for putting a blues part on a thrash album...You know for those people who criticize our [stuff] who have never gone to a recording studio..." A collage of tiny photos of the band and lyrics are included in the CD booklet. This one is a definite buy. ... Read more

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Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is
After the last greatest hits compilation of Anthrax material, "Attack of the Killer A's", didn't go down so well with older fans of the band due to a surprising lack of older material, another compilation featuring only older material was pretty much a no brainer. "Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax" may be no more than a record company's attempt to cash in, but it does offer a fine selection of some of the band's best older material. Yes, "Ball of Confusion" isn't here, but we get "Antisocial", "Caught in a Mosh", "Indians", "I Am the Law", "Belly of the Beast", the uncensored version of "I'm the Man", and naturally "Bring the Noise". If you already own all of Anthrax's older albums, there is no point in owning this; however if your looking to get into the band, this along with "Attack of the Killer A's" is a good place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a madhouse, or so they claim....
Next to "Attack Of The Killer B's", this is a great "Best Of" collection from the NYC thrashers. It includes some of their greatest songs from their early days (with Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz), from the albums Spreading The Disease, Among The Living, Perception of Time, and others. All of the songs have been remastered and they all sound GREAT. I think this is a great CD to buy if you're just starting out on Anthrax, or want to hear what they sound like remastered. Yeah, it was released by Island, but so what? If you like bands in the vein of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It's a good best-of from one of the most underrated bands in history. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's not totally comprehensive, but...
I'm a huge Anthrax fan. Always have been. But I was kind of conflicted with this one. I knew that this CD was a big faceless corporate record label trying to cash in on a great band. But what did I do? I cracked and bought it.

Here's my approach: I accept the record for what it is. It's a compilation with a bunch of great songs on it. It may be missing "Ball of Confusion," as so many here have noted, but I'm thinking of what it does include.

It's got "I Am the Law," "Indians," and "Caught in a Mosh," from arguably one of the best metal recordings ever, "Among the Living." It also has the uncensored version of "I'm the Man," which I so enjoy. And probably my two favorite songs the band has done, "Antisocial" and "Belly of the Beast." And it's got that great cut with Public Enemy, "Bring the Noise."

I give it four stars because it's not officially licensed and it's not 100% comprehensive, so in theory it should be a three star recording, but the quality of the songs chosen warrant an extra star. ... Read more

Asin: B00005LNG3
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Return of the Killer A's: The Best of Anthrax
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
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Return of the Killer A's is by no means a farewell to 13 years of pioneering metal. Rather, it's an assemblage of classics, B-sides, and covers that sums up their career. Scott Ian and bandmates cowrote the 1980s speed-metal bible in an era when most bands were fixated with hairspray, but the band persevered through metal's lean years. They defied convention by becoming one of the first metal acts to gain mass appeal with their reworking of Public Enemy's anthem "Bring the Noise." Their humorous "hit," "I'm the Man," is also here along with such mosh-pit faves as "Antisocial," "Indians," and a sprawling punk-enraged cover of Joe Jackson's "Got the Time." More recent tunes such as the Pantera-like "Hi Pro Glu" and "Crush" are included alongside a version of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion," with early vocalist Joey Belladonna and current frontman John Bush sharing vocal duties. --Shanthi Sivanesan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Anthrax
I don't think that this is the best of Anthrax. I like Anthrax very much (Pre- John Bush) and in order for this to be the true greatest hits album, it should include tracks like Caught In A Mosh, Be All End All, A.I.R., N.F.L., One World, A.D.I., Out Of Sight Out Of Mind. After Joey left they had no GREAT hits, they didn't even have hits! I just like the album becasue some of the older songs with Joey are remastered, to bad John has to sing on that track with Joey. (Dan Liker plays bass on that song also). They should Re-Release all of the Anthrax albums with Joey. Forget about John Bush, let him go back to Armored Saint.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM NEEDS FIVE STARS
Okay, I dont actually have this album, but I have just about every Anthrax studio album there is, and I have heard most of the remix albums too. Lets put it like this- Im a hardcore Anthrax fan. If you dont have any Anthrax CDS, get this one. Because it features just what it says, their greatest hits. See, Anthrax is a pretty hard band to get in to. They are the kind of band that you have to listen to their songs a couple of times before you get the knack of it. This album is good because it features most of their catchiest tunes and some personal favorites of mine, but to buy an Anthrax Album if you have never heard them is a risk. Espeacially if you are only used to thrash metal bands more like Metallica and Slayer or new metal bands like Korn and Staind, if that is what you are used to, chances are you wont like Anthrax. But give them a try, but this CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars PRETTY COOL ANTHRAX COMPILATION.
I believe that this is a good compilation which has many of this bands classic hits.It is not perfect because it is missing some really good songs,but then again what compilations out there are ever perfect.If you dont have all their albums then this is a good place to start.METAL RULES!!! ... Read more

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Kill 'Em All
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 1995)
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While not as timeless as Ride the Lightning or Master Puppets, Metallica's debut album--originally released in 1983--is still a fine piece of thrash metal, and as good a marker as any for the debut of the genre. Fusing the rapid-fire attack of bands like Motorhead with a guitar style reminiscent of such British heavy metal bands as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Metallica essentially created a new kind of metal. Several of the songs from this 1983 album have since become classics, including "Seek & Destroy", "The Four Horsemen", and "Jump in the Fire". The songwriting isn't as sophisticated as on Metallica's later releases; still, it's a great listen, and essential for any heavy metal fan. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The start of a legendary band.
Kill 'Em All is the debut album of Metallica. If Metallica didn't invent thrash, (that title goes to the black metal gods, Venom), they certainly perfected it with this release. Kill 'Em All has the speed, (Metal Miltia, Whiplash), and the intricate structures, (The Four Horsemen, No Remorse), that would set the standard for their first four releases as well as the entire thrash metal genre. Lyrically Kill 'Em All is very primitive for the most part, dealing with subject matter such as head banging, phantom lords, the devil, etc. A far cry from the political/angry lyrics of the future 80s albums or the personal lyrics of the 90s. This is forgivable and even honest sounding, considering Hetfield was only 17 or 18 when he wrote these songs. With that said, Hetfield does show lyrical promise in Motorbreath, a well written lyric about living life in the fast lane. Lars Ulrich's drumming is compotent but is not as tight and creative as all the future releases. Cliff Burton gets to show off his bass playing abilities in Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth). A very unique solo that allows one to witness the genius he displayed. What's more mind boggling is that he was 21 when he recorded it. Kill 'Em All, despite a few flaws and one misguided song, (Jump In The Fire), is easily outweighed by it's strong points and is a true metal classic. A groundbreaking album that belongs in every metal collection, and it foreshadows the even greater Metallica masterpieces that were to come.

4-0 out of 5 stars A strong debut. 4.5 really
Metallica's 1983 album is in no way comparable with Ride The Lightning or And Justice For All, but it is a classic. The thing that this album wins on, however, is aggression (James Hetfield was only 17!), which is a plus. For early thrash metal, it would get 5 stars, but as a Metallica album in general... well, you saw my rating. Anyways, here is, as usual, a breakdown of the songs.

1. Hit The Lights
Great solo! Another fast intro. A+

2. The Four Horsemen
A bit long, which is ok, but it has a very memorable guitar riff. A-

3. Motorbreath
Makes no sense at all, but is still a good lick. B+

4. Jump In The Fire
Another highly memorable riff. A

5. Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)
BOOOOOORING! Why'd they even bother? As an instrumental, it [stin]ks, especially when compared to, for instance, "The Call Of Ktulu". D

6. Whiplash
Certainly good relief. As the lyrics say, you'll "Bang your head against the ceiling like you never did before". A+

7. Phantom Lord
Nothing too special. B

8. No Remorse
Loud enough for my tastes, but a bit slow. B+

9. Seek And Destroy
The best on the album. Memorable riffs, and an excellent thrash section. A++

10. Metal Militia
Makes little sense, but is stil a good closing tune, especially on a debut album. A-

I would recommend it, but not over their next three that followed.

4-0 out of 5 stars What a way to get started!
I live in San Jose, CA where Metallica came out of. I saw them with the original line up with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and the bassist before the late Cliff Burton. These guys were breaking new ground and this album is concrete proof! Of course, their later work is better but what a way to get started! ... Read more

Asin: B000002H5E


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Cowboys From Hell
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 July, 1990)
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Even those who scoff at the idea that rock & roll is the devil's music have to think twice when listening to Pantera. The pill-popping, strip-bar-ogling, beer-guzzling Texas combo takes Metallica's speed-metal cues to new heights of brutality and sacrilege.Fortunately, they're extremely good at what they do. The polyrhythmic complexity of Vinnie Paul's drumming in "Psycho Holiday" and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell's breathtaking solo in "Heresy" are examples of state-of-the-art metal musicianship. Vocalist Phil Anselmo often sounds like Metallica's James Hetfield, but his brooding croon on "Cemetery Gates" and his falsetto screams on the blindingly fast "Shattered" are more like vintage Deep Purple. Released in 1990, Cowboys made Pantera one of metal's top draws during an era in which it was almost eclipsed by alternative rock. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nearly equal to Vulgar Display of Power
After a few Glam-Rock influenced records, Pantera became the Band we know and love on this album. CFH and VDOP are two milestones on their own that definitely changed the definition of Metal.

Cowboys from Hell isn't as heavy as Vulgar Display, but the trademarks are there: Diambag's guitar power and blues-influenced solos, Vinnie's incredible drumming, and of course, Phil's awsome voice that compares to noone else! Countless singers tried to immitate him, but he is the only one that definitely gets the point across: All the anger, hate and frustration he writes in his lyrics, added with a voice that's also able to deliver those feelings without just screaming along. But there are somethings that make this one different from Vulgar Display : The songwriting is way better and more diverse than on the follow-up. Songs like "Cemetery Gates", "The Sleep", or "Medicine Man" where never heard by Pantera again, they traded those mellow and diverse moments to more heavy and more brutal elements in their songs. In my opinion, Pantera didn't need that change. They made clowns out of themselves with album titles like "the great southern trendkill" or "reinventing the steel". To me, this post-"Far beyond" Pantera aren't the Pantera I know and love, although they are pretty good. But I'd always put "Cowboys" and "Display" over those records.

So here you got it, as I said a small milestone for Metal in general ( Pantera prooved that Metal hasn't to be hair-viking-camp like Manowar or poser-crap like Poison or Bon Jovi ), and an amazing record in it's own right!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Metal Album For Pantera's New Start!
Back in the days before Pantera were known as the "Cowboys from Hell," they were into glam metal and released records that didn't sell very good at all. Finally, they dropped the trendy look and released "Cowboys from Hell" after four albums.

The best songs on this album would have to be "Cowboys from Hell," "Primal Concrete Sledge," "Psycho Holiday," "Heresy," "Cemetery Gates," "Domination," "Shattered," "Medicine Man," and "The Art of Shredding".

The only songs I don't like a whole lot, but do not mind are "Clash with Reality," "Message in Blood," and "The Sleep".

Here is my rating for every song on the album:

1. Cowboys From Hell 5/5

2. Primal Concrete Sledge 4/5

3. Psycho Holiday 4/5

4. Heresy 5/5

5. Cemetery Gates 5/5

6. Domination 5/5

7. Shattered 4/5

8. Clash with Reality 3/5

9. Medicine Man 4/5

10. Message in Blood 3/5

11. The Sleep 3/5

12. The Art of Shredding 4/5

I hope my review was helpful to you!

5-0 out of 5 stars If not for this landmark album...
...thrash would have died out. That's the honest-to-God truth. I can easily recommend this album for anyone who's looking for a more brawny and hirsute alternative to Metallica. CFH has lots of outstanding tracks. My personal faves are "Cowboys From Hell", "Art Of Shredding", "Heresy", "Domination", and of course, the uber-ballad "Cemetery Gates". Some say that VULGAR is their best album, but I don't believe so. COWBOYS has better songs, better melodies, and it captures Phil, Dime, Rex, and Vinnie at their youthful prime. Especially Phil, though. Too bad he wasted himself; you can't train enough to have the kind of vocal talent Phil had during this time. Both COWBOYS and VULGAR are phenomenal albums, but this album has their most innovative material. Easily kicks Metallica's arses back to their fricking group therapy. Mwahahaha! ... Read more

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Danzig
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 August, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars MORE EVIL THINGS FROM GLENN
Not quite MISFITS & not really SAMHAIN this album was DANZIGs attempt at reaching a broader audience. RICK RUBIN saw SAMHAIN performing & since he was trying to fill his DEF AMERICAN label with different acts, he decided to sign them up. I'm sure GLENN was pleased as punch, since this was the closest he had come to a major label signing & decided to give it a try. If you hear GLENN talk now it was one of the biggest mistakes he made (that & signing with HOLLYWOOD records after his stint with DEF AMERICAN) in his life. DANZIG's debut album is a powerful metal onslaught that only GLENN DANZIG could create. It's not thrash or punk but in some ways it's heavier than both without crossing over. Afterall most of the songs were originally written with SAMHAIN in mind but probably came out a hell of alot different than GLENN had originally planned. Wether it was RICK RUBIN's influence or DANZIG's own attempt to reach a wider audience is unknown. Either way the album works, forget about any hints of satanism & just get DANZIG for the music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let the evil begin!
Start your danzig collection here! This album is the greatest intro to something new, let me tell ya! some of the bands greatest hits are here, like Mother, the song that brought them to the world originally. Then there's Twist of Cain, Am I Demon, and She Rides. Nothing but pure evil, kick ass metal here! I first bought this to see how Danzig could fare without his Misfits and Samhain, and shit he manages to pull off quite a set! If you liked the old Misfits and Samhain, buy this album. It'll start you off on a quest for every Danzig album there is, believe me cause I'm on that quest now! You might have some trouble when you relize that Black Aria is out of Print!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Debut!
This is the debut album that started one of the world's most prominent heavy metal bands, Danzig. Formed by ex-Misfits singer Glenn Danzig, with his trademark down-tuned drawl, Danzig explored the darker side of blues metal. And although some later efforts may be very well done, he and his band never really outdid this, and it remains a classic to this day. ... Read more

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