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    Spreading the Disease
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Screams! In the Night.....
    People will constantly tell you how good Among The Living is, and how it is superior to any Anthrax album. In my opinion, this is wrong!
    This is one of the best thrash albums released with vocals you can hear. Not only that, but Anthrax possessed from 1985 to 1992 one of the greatest singers of the genre : Joey Belladonna. And this is why this album is the greatest Anthrax release, because this was recorded at the only stage in their career when they perfectly fused British Metal with Hardcore and the thrash sound. Check out Joey's singing on 'A.I.R', 'Lone Justice', 'The Enemy', all amazing songs, and the highlights for me. Other highlights include 'Madhouse', 'Gung Ho' and the amazing 'Medusa', which is sooooo cool. This album has that rush to it, and the musicianship is on top form, whcih is why you should buy this album now metalheads! This should be a classic, make it one by purchasing now

    5-0 out of 5 stars great album!!!
    this album kicks ass from begging to end. Joey Belladona does some great vocals.
    A.I.R. - great opener kicks ass! 10/10

    Lone Justice - kick ass! 10/10

    Madhouse - everybody loves this song 1000/10

    S.S.C./Stand or fall - great song 10/10

    The Enemy - underrated song but Belladona does some great vocals here!! 10/10

    Aftershock - 10/10

    Armed And Dangerous - it starts really smooth but then kicks in with some heavy riffs 10/10

    Medusa - one of my favs off this album great Belladona Vocals 100000/10

    Gung-HO - great closer!!! this song kicks my ass!!! 1000/10000

    5-0 out of 5 stars Anthrax's Silver Medal
    I love this album. It's not as good as Among The Licing, in my humble opinion, but it still kicks arse. There are great guitar solos courtesy of Dan Spitz, with tight rhythm work from Scott Ian, great bass-lines from Frank Bello, great vocals from the legendary Joey Belladonna, and awesome drumming from Charlie Benante (esspecially in "Gung-Ho"). The album starts with "A.I.R.". It's a good song, but it isn't the best song they've done, but it still rules. Another great song is "Madhouse". I'm sure everybody has heard it, so I guess I don't need to say anything. My personal favorite track here is "Gung-Ho", the closer. I love that opening riff, and I LOVE Charlie's double-bass drumming. All in all, this is a great album. It isn't as good as Among The Living, but it comes REALLY CLOSE. This album is recommended for fans of thrash/speed metal, heavy metal, Anthrax, or just good music in general.
    1. A.I.R. 5/5
    2. Lone Justice 5/5
    3. Madhouse 5/5
    4. S.S.C./Stand or Fall 5/5
    5. Enemy 4/5
    6. Aftershock 4/5
    7. Armed and Dangerous 5/5
    8. Medusa 4.5/5
    9. Gung-Ho 5/5
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    Asin: B000001FFR
    Sales Rank: 12973
    Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Speed Metal    5. Thrash   


    Licensed to Ill
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 March, 1995)
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    The joke of Licensed to Ill's cover--that the Beasties could crash their jet into the side of a mountain and keep on tickin'--serves as a good metaphor for a career that even some of their 1986 admirers thought might be over after the one-time-only shock of this full-length debut. That thousands of funk-junkie wannabes have since failed at re-creating its groove, breaking-the-law vibe, and ear-splitting mix of rock and rap is an even better joke. And funniest of all is the record itself, which packs dexterous boasts, aural puns, and lots and lots of yelling into a disc that can still be listened to with as much pleasure as it gave in '86. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars NO SLEEP TILL..........
    (I'm not really a kid)This album is a supurb blend of rock and rap. My fav on this album is Brass Monkey. To know the difference between the Beasties back in the 80's, when this album was released, and the Beasties now, listen to this. Then listen to their most recent album, To the 5 Broughs. They've changed alot, but they're still the same, great rock band/rap group.

    3-0 out of 5 stars the good songs are good, but it hasn't aged that well
    this is more like 3.5 stars. the beasties were a fun band and this is pretty much a fun album, but I think that the samples don't add that much to the music and honestly, it seems stupid to me oftentimes.when I am feeling strange and funky inside I put this on, but it is not something I come back to often.It is also not very consistent, and varies little from the "yo I'm so bad" format and repeats itself a lot.
    that said, songs like "no sleep til Brooklyn" and "girls" are highly enjoyable, and it was songs like those that convinced me to keep this cd.The beastie boys typically have a good amount of filler, but the whole point of the band was to be "terrible, and admit it" which is a fun and self deprecating thing for them.you should check this out sometime if you feel curious, it is kind of a novelty from back in the day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Licensed Classic
    At it's time of release in 1986 the blend of rock/rap/hip-hop was the greatest combination for the production found on Licensed To Ill.Not only was this the Beastie Boys debut, it was a breakthrough for rap being this was some white boys doing it."...the three bad brothers we know so well..." had everything covered from hardcore, party, comedy into this 13 track release.Production was done by co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, Rick Rubin.Getting help from all angles, Run-DMC wrote "Slow And Low" and also co-wrote with the Boys the classic, ever so sampled "Paul Revere".Beastie Boys often flowed in and out well to give us each a part of their personality that still hasn't been duplicated by a rap group to date.All tracks were basically singles, with no fillers, interludes or featured guests. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000024JN
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 October, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars valhalla awaits
    the most epic, powerful recording in the history of heavy metal. quorthon really translates the brutal state of mind that ancient viking's must of had during battle. his voice is like a brutal grunt, as if to say: i have no need for anything that doesn't directly relate to strength, such as grammer. he skips "polite" words like: "and & "a" and such. it really solidifys the intensity, and oh my how intense it is. use your imagination and this album can take you into another world and time. =)
    brilliant in it's own way. something erik the red might've listened to. this will guarantee quorthon's entry to the mighty gates of valhalla to do battle and eat all day and other great junk =)

    if you haven't heard this yet, buy it NoW!

    rip quorthon

    5-0 out of 5 stars Viking metal at it's finest
    Singing about Valhalla, and other things from a dead religion seems like the pinnacle of stupidity and about the worst idea for lyrics ever to me. So it would take something truly amazing within that concept for me to even tolerate, much less like it. Enter Hammerheart. This has to be one of the most unique albums I've ever heard and one of the better albums I've heard in a while, even the viking lyrics which I normally hate seem cool. The guitars are fuzzy black metal sounding, though I wouldn't necassarily call this album black metal. Ocasionally there are some acoustics. The rhythem section is solid, if not outstanding. The vocals are good though I can't figure out why. In a conventional sense, they are terrible. Off Key and dissonant sounding. They fit the context of the music perfectly though and sound very good within it. Guess it's just something thats not really meant to be figured out. Bathory also uses choirs somewhat on this album which add a nice unholy worship vibe to the album. I also think they might have been the first ever to do that but am not positive. It would take a genious of a musician to make me like viking metal and that's exactly what Quorthon proved he was on this. Unfortunatly he passed away recently and will certainly be missed. May his soul reach Valhalla, Hell or wherever he wanted to go. R.I.P.

    5-0 out of 5 stars R.I.P Quorthon.
    Because of this recent death, I would like to give a shout out to one of the best bands/musicians ever: Quorthon and Bathory. Satan rules- All hail Bathory. May your soul rest in Valhalla. ... Read more

    Asin: B000001H3G
    Sales Rank: 17424
    Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Scandinavian Metal    6. Thrash   


    Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Track for track and album after album, the Dead Kennedys were the most relentlessly political and controversial stateside punk rock band to gain much public notoriety. Originally released in 1987, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death collects 17 of the band's singles, compilation tracks, and rarities spanning the eight years they played together. This is a wide and deep collection of favorites like "California Über Alles" and "Holiday in Cambodia," but the real reason to pick up this disc is the more obscure and rare material. From 1979, "Night of the Living Rednecks" has hyperactive mouthpiece Jello Biafra relating a tale of being chased by irate rednecks while the rhythm sections jams. Their version of "I Fought the Law" rewrites it into a true-to-life murder ballad, while rippers like "Life Sentence," "Insight," "Pull My Strings" and "Straight A's" are off the map unless you were lucky enough to pick up the original singles or compilations that they're pulled from. And "Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round" is Biafra at his sarcastic best, as he tells of one corporate head instructing another on the economic necessity of a new war. The DKs were a truly important and relevant band, and Give Me Convenience provides 17 livid reasons why. Boy, could we use them now. --Carl Hanni ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars great starting point for an amazing band
    every DK classic is here (with the acception of a few tracks, I Kill Children and Nazi Punks F*** off, to name a few). but it does a great job giving you an idea of the band and their style (which is yet to be duplicated...successfully at least.)

    Jello is without a doubt one of the best vocalists of all time, and let's not forget Ray who is probably one of the most underrated guitarists of all time.


    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the first studio albums, but good anyways
    Some songs on this album, while good to own, are really not all that great, only foreshadowing the greatness the Kennedys (and even more so Jello) would go on to acheive. Both songs written by Sixty Twenty Five, "Short Songs" and "Strait A's", aren't up to the level of Biafra's. However, the original single versions of the songs "California Uber Alles" and "Holiday In Cambodia" manage to be better than the versions heard on "Fresh Fruit". "Police Truck", "Too Drunk to F-ck", "Pull My Strings", "I Fought the Law", and "Night of the Living Rednecks" (the earliest recorded Jello spoken word peice) are great tracks, making this a great buy for DK fans. While some of the tracks aren't the best in the discography, they are good to have in your collection anyways.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great and Important Band
    When I see people lavishing hero like worship on Rage Against the Machine, I just point them to Jello and the boys and say this is everything Rage wants to be.Not only are the Dead Kennedy's as political as Rage Against the Machine, but they do it in a more original, funny and smart way.
    Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death is a collection of some of the most smart ass and funny songs they ever produced.This collection focuses mainly on non-album tracks, making it a must own for any fan of the band.
    The material on this album ranges from standards like California Uber Alles and Holiday in Cambodia, presented in different versions than on their first album, to live performances like the Knack riffing Pull the Strings, and the funny as hell as improvised Night of the Living Rednecks.Not to mention I Love Short Songs, any punk fan will not be disapointed.
    If your just getting into the Kennedy's, I would recommend Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables first, but after that move on to Plastic Surgery Disasters or this album.Great collection of songs from a great band.Screw emo and Sum 41, this is a real punk band. ... Read more

    Asin: B000000F75
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   

    Under a Funeral Moon
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (18 July, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Total Grim, EvilBlack Metal
    If you like your black metal raw, grim, and primitive than you already know Darkthrone is the best at what they do. Darkthrone is True Norwegian Black Metal and they are quite possibly one of the most extreme bands in metal. This classic black metal CD proves why black metal is so great. The song "To Walk the Infernal Fields" is one of the better black metal songs I have heard. If you are a true black metal fan you know this album as well as all of Darkthrone's albums rule. Other Good Black Metal Bands: Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Marduk, Dark Funeral.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best from Darkthrone
    This album is a tribute to the primitive and thunderous Bathory albums which started the Scandinavian revival of that subgenre, using power chords like cudgels against boxy basic rhythms broken to fit dimensions of shuddering, resonant riffing. Fenriz strips down his drumming to emphasize its basic and simplistic tendencies, highlighting miniature epic pieces (in five power chords) with a light-footed sense of oncoming rhythmic change. While "Under a Funeral Moon" was controversial at its release for its deliberately distorted production, it is now seen as the forerunner of the "raw" experience that most of black metal is continuing to this day. One of the darkest voices of early modern black metal.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Truely Evil Masterpiece...
    Being one of my favorite cds of all time,I found myself obligated to write a brief review. Darkthone have the ability to conjure pure audible evil.The lyrics are compelling,sinister & full of emotion. Drummer & Vocalist Fenriz can tear your soul through your chest w/ his seething delivery(...or devilry..)Don't miss this True Norwegian Black Metal classic!! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004SZA8
    Sales Rank: 297106
    Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal   


    Punks Not Dead [UK Bonus Tracks]
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 April, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars true punk
    I see that only JL and chazz understand true punk. this is one of the best cds ive heard.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Exploited ARE Punk rock
    some of the people who wrote reviews here have no idea what they are talking about...first off, the Exploited are a "street punk" band...not anarcho punks...and secondly...you can't compare johnny thunders to the exploited...are you serious?...this is real punk rock music the way i like it....loud...rowdy....and in your face...the only reason that you don't like the Exploited is because you don't have any sack...THE GREATEST PUNK BAND IN THE WORLD...TRUST ME

    5-0 out of 5 stars TRUE PUNK ALBUM!!
    All you fags who wrote reviews about this album that said it sucked, Just proves that you are not true punks. Your just a bunch of pop punk sell outs, who never knew what true punk was to start of with! The Exploited might not be the most talented punk band, But a least they stayed true to punk from day one till now 2004 and never selled out. This their debute ablum is a classic true punk release. With lyrics some serious and same just a joke. Fast 2 minute blast of loud guitars and bass with a steady drum beat. Topped off with watties shout. A GREAT CD..ANYONE WHO IS A TRUE PUNK SHOULD BY THIS ALBUM...IF YOU PLAY BASS LIKE ME. CHECK OUT THE BASS TABS FOR THESE SONGS AT www.mxtabs.net THEY ARE AWESOME TO PLAY MAN.
    PUNKS NOT DEAD!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

    Asin: B000007WSN
    Sales Rank: 164922
    Subjects:  1. Anarchist Punk    2. Hardcore Punk    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   

    The Punk Singles Collection: '77-'80
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 March, 1998)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Punk Undiluted
    You can't begin to understand classic 70's UK punk rock without reference to Sham 69. It's true they weren't cute and media positioned like the Pistols, didn't have any pretence to being "clever" like the Adverts, didn't have the inventiveness or the social awarenessof the Clash. They were freakin' rabble rousers as every anthem on this album demonstrates. Full bore attack, with no mercy. This music is so raw it bleeds. Yes, as another reviewer notes, Sham did draw a heavyweight crowd that would probably have voted for the National Front if they'd known how to draw an 'x' on a ballot slip. Their performances did have a sense of 1930's Munich beer hall about them. Downright violent at times. But that was part of punk, ladies, it was a time of deep social divide, of mistrust, resentment and anger. This music tells it, in a way that the Pistols did not. There was nothing fashionable about Sham - it wasn't a bunch of middle class kids getting up on stage with safety pins through their noses. This was the real working class deal. And to his credit, lead singer Jimmy Pursey's stage command never allowed things to turn truly ugly. He could whip the crowd into a frenzy and with a word or a look stop them from going over the edge. To watch him perform was to understand what a working class hero looked like. Buy this music. Feel the sheer nobility of it, because beneath the juggernaut that is Sham 69 there is a purity and a dignity you simply have to respect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How could you give anything less than 5 stars?
    This is a classic. Punk sounds good in the old days. This is REAL punk. Even if you like the poseur bands like the sex pistols, greenday, blink 182, and good charlotte, I still recommend you getting this. Sham 69 is not only better than those bands I just mentioned, but these guys are legitiment punks. This is a CD I can listen to from beginning to end and never miss a beat. This was a great investment, and I strongly recommend this to old school and new school punx! BUY NOW!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Fun Punk
    Sham 69 was never meant to be the most important of punk bands.They wrote and performed, with abandon, a handful of memorable, simple sing-along anthems.Armies of guitars and vocals hit you over the head.Raise your pint glass and belt out those choruses!Since Sham 69 weren't the most consistent when it came to quality of songwriting, this collection is pretty much all you'll ever need.You get Borstal Breakout, If The Kids Are United, Hersham Boys, and a few other standouts, all together on one disc.This definitely belongs in your collection, if your collection includes things like Clash, Damned, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Buzzcocks, etc.If you don't have the seminal work from those bands, then you probably don't need this. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000061A6
    Sales Rank: 128727
    Subjects:  1. British Punk    2. Oi!    3. Pop    4. Punk    5. Rock   

    De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 May, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Black Metal
    This is a great black metal album.One of my favorite cds.The songs are not the best musically, but it has a really cool dark vibe to it, which death/black metal bands often try to mimic now adays unsuccessfully in my opinion.
    I enjoy the vocals on this cd, more than i do on any other mayhem release, because they are not as annoying as Maniac's vocals.The vocals on the song "De Myseriis Dom Sathanas" are awesome.When it comes to Mayhem, it doesen't get any better than this cd.
    But yeah, if you love real, raw black metal... I suggest you give this one a listen.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Can you say "overated"
    I've read so much about this album from many sources
    and I anticipated that I would hear something great.
    Well, I have to say I was initially disappointed.
    I think that those who want "atmosphere" need to hear
    the works of "Xasthur" if they want minimalist black
    metal that truely moves you. This album is very repetitive.
    It seems as if all the songs start on the same note, but proceed just slightly different from the previous song.

    Hey I like the album a bit. On some days I'd give it 6 out of 10, and when life really sucks I'd give it a 7. I don't think
    Atila did anything for me. I do really like the split Mayhem
    did with "Meads of Asphodel" "Dead" seems like a better vocalist.
    In fact, I almost like every black metal singer better the Atila. Why this is the best black metal CD ever I will never
    understand. And I am open-minded enough to enjoy all types of it. Hell, Varg on Burzam sounds way better. He captures the essence well and moves you far more than Atila.

    Also, check out Bestial Mockery. Now that's a great band! They may be tormented, but at least they sound like they want to live another day; so they can drink most likely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How can anyone NOT love this?
    Ok, this cd is great, its probally my favorite from Mayhem.First of all, the cover of the cd is really f*cking cool, second, the vocals sound really evil and dark and just cool, third the music is really good, and just everything about the album is great, anyone who likes black metal should own this, you cant call yourself a black metal fan if you dont own this.I dont know if its the best from mayhem, but its my favorite, just becuase its my favorite doesnt mean its the best. My favorite songs on this cd are: Pagan Fears, Freezing Moon, and From The Dark Past.If your a black metal fan, you already own, so if your wanting to get in to black metal, get this first. ... Read more

    Asin: B000005HLV
    Sales Rank: 30493
    Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Norway    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Scandinavian Metal   


    Let's Go
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 June, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars fast, loud, and like Green day
    The second album from Rancid is fast and less hardcore. it still is catchy, and it is filled withcatchy choruses and solos. its an album withmore pop, but still punk. it's just like greenday.

    since each song is short, it's easy to blow through tracks. Some are like a minute. And there grooves. each song is good until the end, 23 is a bad song, so the Cd ends there.

    It's still has the Rancid feel with solo and bass, where Freeman sings. It's filled with ngreat choruses, and verses. Sometines the verses exceed the chorus. Some good songs are Salvation, nilhism,radio, Sidekick, and I really liked tenderloin too. others were St. Mary, Burn, I am the one and......Just Buy it.

    It's one of there earely CD's too. there is no ska or that hardcore like their fith. It's like Greenday. It's the first CD to feature lars. Just avoid 23 if you are like me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rancid in their prime
    Rancid is one of the best bands to come out of the 90's, let alone one of the best punk bands to do so.If you enjoy a good cali punk band, and you've either exhausted all of your NOFX sources or are just looking for something different, then Rancid is the band for you.As long as Tim's voice doesn't annoy you (I'll admit it may be an acquired taste), there are enough songs on this cd to make any punk rock enthusiast happy.This is Rancid at their prime, with not too much punk to make them hardcore, and just enough ska to get you bobbing your head to the beats, this album is, in my opinion, the definitive Rancid cd to purchase.Rancid is both a good band to cut your punk rock teeth on, and a great band to listen to no matter how long you've enjoyed the punk scene.All in all, this is an essential cd for any collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This May be the best album of the ninteys
    It seriously may be. Strangly, it came out the same year as nofx punk in drublic, and green day dookie. They all gave thanks to eachother to. and billy joe co-wrote the song radio with rancid. Kinda cool. But watever. If your not a green day fan(which i can understand) and your a punker, you'll still probebly love this cd. Nihilism is an incredible song. catchy, but very punk. Thats what this cd is. It's real punk, but somehow rancid made it catchy. Radio is possibly the best song on the cd. Sidekick, salvation, tenderloin and let's go are an incredible stream of perfect songs. Then there is as one, not bad but the chorus is so boring, which is the core of most rancid songs. I'm not going to say every song but i'll tell you that ballad of jimmy and john, gunshot, ghetto box, dope sick girl, and 7 years down will blow you away. this is rancid, before they met good charlotte. And they are PUNK! ... Read more

    Asin: B000001IPP
    Sales Rank: 1911
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Punk Revival    4. Punk-Pop    5. Rock    6. Ska-Punk    7. Third Wave Ska Revival   


    Pretty Hate Machine
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 November, 1989)
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    Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Genius
    Trent Razor is a abosulte GENIUS...His lyrics are so angry and yet can be depressing...He has some true talent.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking.
    Hailed as the album that brought pop sensibilities into industrial music, "Pretty Hate Machine" is a real breakthrough in its genre.Nine Inch Nails (aka Trent Reznor) constructed an album of pain and anguish, of a mood of loss and anger, or mourning.The arrangements are sparse, far moreso than Reznor's later work, and its a much more pop record than any of his other material, and its got its own unique charm to it.

    The album succeeds best when Reznor keeps the backgrounds simple enough to really allow his voice to carry the work-- blessed with the ability to really invest passion into his singer, he excels at the morbid ballad "Something I Can Never Have", prodded gently by the mournful piano line and the fantastic "Sin"-- full of anger and rage over a straightahead beat, Reznor really cuts right into it and the results are nothing short of stunning.The infectious rhythms and the great delivery together with an irresistable chorus hook sink the song right in your head.Add to that a couple really great angry tunes to open the record up (the anthemic "Head Like a Hole" and "Terrible Lie"), a great wacky piece with a funky bass line that threatens ballad form even as it rejects it ("Sanctified"), and a couple pieces with confessional lyrics and great delivery ("Kinda I Want To", "The Only Time") and you've got a great record.In fact, the only thing on here that doesn't really work for me is closer "Ringfinger"-- it always seemed a bit lifeless.

    One other thing Reznor excels at is a sense of unity in his works-- "Pretty Hate Machine" is successful not just as a collection of songs, but as an album with a unified feel.It does drag a bit on the second half (although "Sin" is there to shake it up), but overall its a fantastic debut.Recommended.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I don't see what the craze about this album is...
    Maybe I have a different preference of my music than this album. There are a few good songs on here, but what kind of music is it? I couldn't help but to feel it was a mixture of pop and metal. I will say that is an interesting blend, but it came out all mixed up.

    I listened to this album and it sounds to me the man is angry and heading into a hole he can't get out of. Behind his lyrics is the twisted sound of his guitar and crazy sounding electric funk beats.

    On the other hand, some songs like "Sanctified" and "Head Like a Hole" are pretty good. They have a cool groove to them. These songs sound like they actually tried to make something meaningful.

    I'm not going to be rude, but this album was not as good as everyone says. You could grab someone off the street who has had a tough life and they could probably write lyrics to the same extent as well as music like Trent Reznor. I can't really "feel" his pain because his lyrics are whack and confusing. I just had to listen to the instruments rather than his voice.

    However, this is just my opinion. It did start a cult following and many other artists cop this style of music. Millions of fans can't be wrong about this album if they all enjoyed it.

    If you're like me, you'll probably be more interested in artists like Screaming Trees, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. ... Read more

    Asin: B000000GPY
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Industrial    3. Industrial Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop    7. United States of America   


    Vulgar Display of Power
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 February, 1992)
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    Probably the heaviest album ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power proved that, even in an era of alternative rock supremacy, heavy metal fans were still a force to contend with. Blending eerie, surging grooves influenced by Black Sabbath with thrashy speed metal riffs, Pantera created a bleak, oppressive disc that captured both ends of the speed spectrum without resorting to cliché, abrupt tempo shifts. Guitarist Diamond Darrell plays with as much crunch as the best Metallica, while vocalist Phil Anselmo screams loud enough to satisfy any GBH fan. Coupled with Vinnie Paul's insistent, double bass-drum onslaught, you're left with a record that's a dentist's wet dream--an album that'll shake the fillings out of even the strongest teeth. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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    1-0 out of 5 stars Vulgar display of too much power!
    Pantera is one of the many bands that ruined heavy metal. Everything sucks!. I hate the sound of the bass drums, volcals and everything. I can't believe this album went platinum with suck crappy sound. It's too intense for me. The only good metal bands out there are Black sabbath, Metallica, Iron maiden, And Alice in chains.( Alice in chains is really grunge but what the hay, they are awsome.)I dont't reccomend this DEATH METALalbum to any true metal fan. This album is a vulgar display of power. Too much power! Do not waste your money on this f****d up album. You'll cry!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh How I Love This Hate...
    First Let Me Do What Everyone Writing This Review Should And For The Most Does-Rest In Peace Dimebag Darrel.

    That Out of the way we can continue on. This one of my favorite albums, by my 2nd favorite band. Pantera is simmilar to my first in many ways. Metallica(#1) was lessening in it's Metal rampages, becoming more melodic much to the dismay of manya fan. But for those who turned away from Metallica(NOT me) there was Pantera=. Which bassically was the second coming of the Metal Christ(not sure those words should be used in the same sentance actually)-(Although This is their sixth album this to me is what go them REALLY Big. It seemed to fit with the s-it of the time). Alot of Metallica's Puppets and Justice was exactly what Pantera reminded me of, hitting home how much I love Metallica while I listened to great new stuff. And the vocals were great, not quite James but still gruff, perfect for anyone doing thrash the way it should be done. Needless to say this album eximplifies all the qualities of early Metallica while throwing in a few of their own for kicks.

    Vulgar Display of Power has memorable tracks (many of which are still often played on the radio) like Walk is an esspecially well known one. Slower, more Lepphar Messiah like, than thrash typically is considered it is none the less five minutes of wonderful riffs rebellious lyrics...Brilliant, Bloody Brilliant is this album.

    And nothing drives home that rebellious edge Pantera possess's better than in "F-cking Hostile" where "And I Won't Be The Puppets Servant" could mean many things(I won't serve you, your not big enough; I won't serve you period being afew) but above all it is a big hostile F-U.

    New Level takes the album early on just to that, a new level a hate. Which the song Rise only takes to a new level: "Hate This, Hate Me".

    Dimebags guitar playing is revolutinary even in Damage Plan he was still one of the Best out there. The lyrics put out in this album are solid and leaves you with no doubt and erases any feelings disdain towards metal. Spawning a new emotion one that rises up inside of you until it is solidified in one crystalline thought form:"My God I Love This Hate".

    1-0 out of 5 stars eyes likes pantera and sex wif muh sister
    dimebag, there's a reason you got shot in the head. not because you sucked (well, you did suck.) but because 99% of the people out there who call themselves pantera fans are absolute inbred retards. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002JOH
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Thrash   


    N.W.A. - Greatest Hits
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 July, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars NWA's Greatest Hits
    N.W.A is the best rap group of all time. That's coming from someone who NEVER listens to rap. I like N.W.A. though. It's too bad the radio stations were stupid at the time and didn't play their music. This album is a must have. If you don't have it, you're missing out on alot. I suppose this album is really important, because it introduces the young rap fans to how great rap was before it turned into the sh** that's on radio nowadays. It also shows them where some of their favorite rap stars started. I've introduced NWA to some of the new generation and now they're amongst NWA's greatest fans.

    1-0 out of 5 stars mongo never lingos epiaccly when he plays bingo
    ^thats good rap without all the f-bomb dropping. its not silly enoughy 4 me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Is For The Gangstas!
    NWA has been one of my favourite rap groups since forever. You can't deny the impact that these artists have had collectively and seperately on rap music. This album contains some of the most important songs in rap history, and never again will another group be able to do the same as them. There may be or will be groups who could be argued to be better than NWA, but no one will ever do it like them. This is a must have for any fan of NWA or rap music in general - these songs are just too important to miss out on. And besides the importance of the songs, they're damn good listens as well. There's not a bad joint on the entire thing. Even the skits don't disturb the flow of the album - you've got that ruff, old skool gangsta vibe throughout. You shouldn't even have to think about it, just pick it up. 5 stars.

    1. "Fkkk Tha Police"
    2. "Gangsta Gangsta"
    3. "If It Ain't Ruff"
    4. "Chin Check"
    5. "I Ain't Tha 1" ... Read more

    Asin: B000003ACG
    Sales Rank: 19475
    Subjects:  1. Gangsta Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hardcore Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. West Coast Rap   

    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 July, 1998)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Warning!!Read this before buying
    The first time I heard Bauhaus was in my brother's car in Portland, Oregon.The radio station was playing Bela Lugosi was dead and at the time I thought it was pretty good, however it should be noted that I didn't hear the whole song, just part of it.A few weeks ago I remembered Bauhaus and decided to buy an album without listening to any other songs.I read all of the reviews and decided that Crackle would be a good place to start even though it was just singles.I eagerly anticpated the CD and when I finally got it I threw it into the CD player and listened to ........... feedback ....... wierd guitar sounds ...... speaking and talking but no singing ...... more endless wierd noises and feedback.I thought mabye it was one bad song and fast forwarded it, same thing on next song, fast forward, same thing, fast forward .....

    In short, there is no music here in the general sense of melodies, hooks, choruses, nothing at all just wierd experimental sounds.This band literally went into the studio and recorded whatever they felt like and it is utter and total trash.That is why this band was overlooked, because there is absolutely nothing redeeming about this music.I can only assume that all of the positive reviews on this website are from the only 25 fans in the world.The very odd thing about this group is that part of them went on to make love and rockets which is much better in all respects.Maybe this was a formative period, I really don't know and I don't care.Now, I have to find someone to unload this piece of cr@p on and that will be a very difficult chore.My only advice is, before you purchase this please find some of their songs and listen to all of them.they are agonizing....I would rather go to the dentist.Enought said.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great music
    If I was asked to pick my favorite gothic band I would pick Bauhaus. The lyrics were so beautifully written, and the tune made even more better...With a talented lead singer Peter Murphey to make it even better. To this day hes still out there doing what he use to. He doesnt care what people think about him nowadays cause thats who he is he wants to be who he wants to be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS!
    This is a good get your feet wet disc.Not to mention, most of their best tracks from their last three albums are here, along with singles like Bela and others.They are all remastered and sound great.As far as entire albums go, I found their first to be the most interesting and fulfilling!So for me, this, along with In The Flat Field are just fine.(Gotham DVD is pretty good, too!) ... Read more

    Asin: B000007SP0
    Sales Rank: 33255
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Goth Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Punk    5. Rock   


    The Feeding of the 5000
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 October, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is what punk was really about
    People who think Green Day and Avril Lavigne are "Anarcho-Punks" are very ignorant. Most of these bands just sing about how screwed up the world is because that's what punk band do. I'm sorry to say but complaining is not enough. Even the Sex Pistols and the Clash were useless... All they did was wear horrible cloth and vandalise everything in their way will singing about how wrong the world is while bands bands like Crass and their fans were all united and determined to take action.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEGINNING OF CRUST !!!
    The best of all of Crass'albums-and the first of em all,for all of you who don't know.The drumming is incredible,the singing-more of a statement delivery,really-is unique and really nails you to the chair,while the music is weird and pogoing,the drumming is a unique " military style" like,the songs are full of ¨samples¨-tape loops really-lots of guitar feedback and radio sampling-not in the Ramones'fashion though.This and ¨Best Before are punker's favorites.You have to read from the lyric sheet while listening,otherwise you loose 90 % of theimpacts,coz lyrics is all this band's about,and that's no small accomplishment.You'll love every single second of this record,no damned fillers in here.32 minutes of the most exciting,powerful and never succesfully imitated anarcho-political PUNK ROCK.NUFF SAID !!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars unbeliveable!
    These guys are just absolutely amazing.Reminds me of Rudimentry peni with a cleaner sound, not much distortion on the guitars making for awesome base lines.Somehow the lack of distortion and crisp sound of the band make for a more spurratic chaotic sound.True punk. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 72000
    Subjects:  1. Anarchist Punk    2. Hardcore Punk    3. Pop    4. Punk    5. Rock   


    Agent Orange
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 February, 2000)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Classic!
    This is an oldie but a goodie.Back in the day Sodom were it when it came to thrash.Lots of people considered their sound a cross between Slayer and (old) Metallica and yes that may be a good assumption but Agent Orange is definitly a classic thrash metal album.Perescution Mania IMHO is their best but Agent Orange comes in second.If you want to be educated in where thrash came from definitly pick this one up.I highly suggest you pick up Perescution Mania or better yet Mortal Way of Live which includes all the best Sodom songs played in a live setting in 1988.Trust me, when you listen to Mortal way of Live you can feel the energy they gave off.The only song that disturbs me is "Incest"Online there were rumors that Angelripper wanted his own sis.Yikes.Why sing about it!?Could just be a rumor back in the day.

    Again, this is classic.I recommend three classic Sodom CDs which include this one, Perescution Mania, and Mortal way of Live.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AGENT ORANGE

    5-0 out of 5 stars Remember the fallen...
    So why did you start listening to heavy metal? The rebellion factor? Iron Maiden's cool covers? Hearing Black Sabbath from someone older? Seeing Bros on telly in the late 1980s and thinking "This is awful"?

    For me, it was the sheer childish pleasure of head banging, playing air guitar, and pretending to be Steve Harris. Metal looked and sounded like fun, so I tried it, and more than 15 years later, I'm still hooked. During that time, Sodom has given me a lot of pleasure (don't take that the wrong way!) and has caused me many a whiplashed neck from frenzied headbanging. Agent Orange is an album to slip on when no one is around, put away all breakable things in the room, pick up a tennis racket, and just let rip!

    Sodom were never a band to let technicality to get in the way of a good song. Equal parts Venom and Motorhead, this is thrash metal at it's most basic, and most effective. Like those two legendary noisy three piece bands, the trio of musicians in Sodom may not be the best in their field, but working on Motorhead's "Sod it, it's only rock and roll" theory, produced some of the most ungodly thrash noise ever to make it to record. At one time, Sodom were one of the most extreme bands in the world, even being labelled "death metal" back in the mid 1980s!

    It's hard to believe Sodom had slowed down for this album. Listen to songs like "Ausgebombt" booming out of your stereo and you'll hear a simple repetitive bass line, fairly basic piledriver drumming, catchy riffs, and Tom Angelripper's Teutonic shout over it all. It's not particularly tight in places, almost verging on falling apart during a few of the solos, but fuss is kept to a minimum. There are even punk rock shout-along choruses here. There's the odd solo thrown in, but you'll not find a self-indulgent fiddle-fest. Bands today who don't use solos should take note- you don't have to be Yngwie Malmsteen to play a good solo.

    The title track, "Remember The Fallen" and Ausgebombt" are the pick of the bunch here, although that said, there are really no dud tracks on this album. When this was released in 1989, Sodom were moving away from the anti-Christian sentiments of earlier releases, having found a deeper vein of inspiration in railing against the stupidity of war. One track which is just a little disturbing however, is "Incest". Apparently Angelripper fancied his own sister...

    "Agent Orange" has all the ingredients a good thrash album needs. Days later, the pounding songs will still be echoing in your subconscious, and you will be flicking Devil horns at everyone you meet. Remember the fallen! ... Read more

    Asin: B000040OCP
    Sales Rank: 6585
    Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Speed Metal    5. Thrash   


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