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Metallica
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 August, 1991)
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Called "the Black Album" by many (due to its monochrome cover), Metallica marks the group's entrance into the mainstream, with shorter songs, simpler song structures, and slower tempos overall. That said, this is an excellent album, featuring some of the best songwriting Metallica has ever done. "Enter Sandman," "Wherever I May Roam," and "God That Failed," despite being slower and more groove-oriented than the band's earlier work, feature the same heavy riffs and heavier rhythms that have always been a feature of Metallica's music. The band goes introspective with "Unforgiven," and proves that they can write a ballad with "Nothing Else Matters," which succeeds better than one might expect. Overall, this is a high-energy album despite its laid-back approach, and is in many ways superior to the previous . . . And Justice for All, which was weakened by overly complicated song structures and mediocre production. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not near their best
People are always going on and on about how this album is Metallica's best. Um.. look at the name METALlica and you'll see the name "Metal" in there. Their previous albums were masterpieces, just works of art. Then they pretty much go downhill after "... And Justice For All". Is it a coincidence that after Metallica's self proclaimed "Black Album" that their other CDs turned out to be total crap? This CD is the one that killed Metallica.

"Enter Sandman" - I think that they were trying too hard on this song. The guitars, drums and bass guitar were decent, but by no way standard to any of their talent.

"Sad but True" - They sold out with this song. Listen to Kid Rock, and you'll know why.

"Holier Than Thou" - This song is actually very good. One of the better songs on the CD.

"Unforgiven" - If Ulrich wrote this song, he should die. But if Hetfield did, he should just be whipped.

"Wherever I May Roam" - Just.. blah.

"Don't Tread on Me" - Actually one of the better songs Metallica has produced. Reminds me of the old Metallica.

"Through the Never" - This song sucks so much, I can't even remember how it goes.

"Nothing Else Matters" - What.. in the hell.. were they thinking? I mean, don't get me wrong, it's a good song. But it's too slow.

"Of Wolf and Man" - Lyrics are horrendous, riffs are original. But it is a catchy song.

"God That Failed" - Bass guitar was good, that's about it.

"My Friend of Misery" - Reminds me of the last song.

"Struggle Within" - Cheesy song.

If you're a true Metallica fan, you will agree with me that this is not even near their best album.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Album for New Metallica Fans
Ok, most of everybody has probably already heard the songs "Enter Sandman," "The Unforgiven" or "Nothing Else Matters." Why? Because they get some radio-play. They are probably the songs that get most listeners into this band and pretty soon they purchase all the albums and become a metallica fan. That's how i became a metallifan because The Black Album was the first studio album i bought. Now i own all the albums and i would have to say that their best are 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning.'
But the Black Album is a great album with a more melodic side compared to the previous album "..And Justice for All." Their songwriting has evolved into a more complex meaning. The rhythm in all the songs are very catchy and well all the solos are strong and powerful because Hammett remains as probably one of the best lead guitarist along with Dimebag Darrell, Kerry King and Marty Friedman.
Here are reviews for the songs:

Enter Sandman: One of their best and most popular songs of all. 5/5

Sad But True: Great song with great drum beats. its too bad kid rock took the rhythm for this song to make 'American Badass.'
4/5

Holier Than Thou: Probably one of the heaviest songs in the album. Otherwise a great song.
4.5/5

The Unforgiven: A great slow song that talks about the government controlling weaker peoples' lives.
5/5

Wherever I May Roam: The intro is really great. This is one of my favorite songs in the album.
5/5

Don't Tread on Me: .."Liberty or Death" this sounds something like from 'Justice for all'. Better than average song.
3.5/5

Through the Never: Another really heavy song. Not as good as Holier Than Thou.
3.5/5

Nothing Else Matters: THE SLOWEST SONG metallica has ever done. It is another radio-played song that is dedicated to loved ones.
4.5/5

Of Wolf And Man: Great intro and a catchy tune. Lars Ulrich does great with this song. some wolf moans and noises make this song be a perfect song for a Werewolf horror movie.
5/5

The God That Failed: Great song with a great bass tune in the beginning. This song is mostly about broken promises.
4.5/5

My Friend of Misery: Another of my favorite songs. It is the longest song in the album and has probably the best songwriting.
5/5

The Struggle Within: The last and probably the heaviest song in the album along with 'Holier' and 'Through the Never'. AMAZING drumming from Ulrich makes this song a favorite for the heavy-preffered fans.

5/5

This album is REALLY GOOD and it's probably the best album to start off from. If you prefer the more heavy-metal style, then 'Master of Puppets' would be the best. But overall, this one and the previous albums are the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do the words, "Best CD Ever," mean anything to you?
There is no better hard rock band than Metallica. That issue isn't even up for question. They are amazing musicians who have stood the test of time and will never back down. Getting that out of the way, THE BLACK ALBUM as it is fondly called is specatacular. Although it has a few more slower tracks than fans are used to, it still has the in your face thrash metal that Metallica fans love.

Everybody knows who Kirk Hammet is, and if you don't, you don't know rock music. He is one of the greatest guitarists ever and is a brilliant musician. His bandmate James Hetfield is also amzing. Besides being a great guitar player, he is and excellent frontman. He has a low growling voice that can have it's softer moments too. Lars Ulrich, the drummer and the founder of the band is also a revolutionary rock musician. His drum solos are that of legend. And to think, he was almost going to be a pro-tennis player instead of a drummer for the best band ever.

Introductions done with, let's get to the CD. It starts out with the ever popular ENTER SANDMAN. This is one of Metallica's most famouse songs thanks to the ever present MTV. Besides it's overplay, it is a fantastic song. Next is SAD BUT TRUE, a track that really shows Lars' true abilities. There is nothing "sad" about this song. HOLIER THAN THOUGH comes next with a true Metallica spirit behind it along with good lyrics(like in every song). My favorite track comes next, THE UNFORGIVEN. It is the first of the slow ballads, but it still has it's kick-ass moment, such as Kirk's amazing solo. Following THE UNFORGIVEN, are three hard-hitting metal songs that all have self-explanatory titles. WHEREVER I MAY ROAM, DONT TREAD ON ME, and THROUGH THE NEVER. Another slow song comes next, that is and instant classic. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. With great lyrics, guitar parts, and vocals, this song has nowhere better to go. All the other songs are great, but you've probably stopped reading this by now, and I'm tired of typing.

All in all, this is a great CD that I recomend for every rock fan out there, no matter what genre you like, you'll like this. ... Read more

Asin: B000002H97


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State of Euphoria
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY UNDERATED!!!!
what a great anthrax album this turned out to be after their classic follow up to among the living.now this album is pretty damn weak....well just the production....but everything else kicks ass.as i said before joeys vocals are awsome as usual,guitars shred hear and their all over the place!!!.and lots of other things like more tributes such as stephen king.this album is kinda dumb to me cause it sounded like anthrax was getting into comic books,books,cartoons(maybe),etc..but everything else kicks and the best songs are:be all,end all,out of sight,out of mind,make me laugh,anti socail,now its dark....the only bad song was 13...ugh thank GOD it was short.anyways if your a big fan of anthrax and thrash metal...this is a must have in your collection!!.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Album for Anthrax
Following up the thrash masterpiece "Among the Living" would have proven to be difficult by most bands. Anthrax in this case showed that they could produce an album equal to their greatest effort. In some cases I prefer "State of Euphoria" over "Among the Living". The flow of the album appeals to me more I guess. This album contains some of my favorite Anthrax songs ever. "Now it's Dark", "Be All, End All", and "Who Cares Wins" stand out as pure thrashing mayhem. Sadly this would prove to be the last of Anthrax's pure thrash metal albums. The following "Persistence of Time" was brooding and much darker, and also gave hints to the change in musical direction for the band. If you want to expereince fun thrashing metal you can not go wrong with this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars "I drink three six-packs just so I can look at your face."
Anthrax has always been a sentimental favorite of mine. They were the band that was instrumental in seeing me off on my first steps as metalhead. My musical tastes have broadened considerably in the sixteen years (has it been that long?) since I discovered Anthrax, but every now and then I have to return to where I began my journey. 1988's State of Euphoria brings back fond memories of my headbanging salad days. Even though SoE was not the group's best album, it is still mindblowing when put up against the excrementitious butt-rock like Poison and WASP that ruled the charts back in the day. How could it have been their best when they released the groundbreaking Among the Living the year before? Asking them to top AtL would be like asking your geography teacher to find a larger ocean than the Pacific.

A quick song review:

1. Be All, End All - A song that came out at a time when heavy metal was given was given a lot of bad press for driving teenagers to suicide and devil-worshipping. The lyrics are a condemnation of suicide, much like Ozzy Ozbourne's "Suicide Solution". But you were never going to hear something like that from Geraldo Rivera. It starts off with a somber and beautiful cello intro from Carol Freidman before switching into crushing, but upbeat metal.

2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind - An attack on phony bands and political correctness before most of us knew what political correctness was.

3. Make Me Laugh - A seriocomic blasting of televangelists like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart. Lyrically, it's hilarious. But it's also scary because there are still a lot of gullible people in 2004 who are throwing their life savings away to these charlatans.

4. Antisocial - A catchy remake of the song from the little known, and then disbanded, French band Trust. It was so well-received that Trust reformed and briefly toured with Anthrax.

5. Who Cares Wins - Here they offer their take on the homeless crisis. The musicianship on the first two minutes is striking to point of Megadeth level technicality.

6. Now It's Dark - A haunting track inspired by the 1986 film Blue Velvet. Granted, the lyrics are told from the perspective of Dennis Hopper's character; but the profanity is actually bland from overuse.

7. Schism - Starts off with an amazing drum solo courtesy of Charlie Benante. The lyrics dealt with a certain pet peeve of the band: racism.

8. Misery Loves Company - Inspired by the Stephen King novel Misery, and it's told from the crazy nurse's side of the story. The highlight of the whole album is Dan Spitz's dual soloing effect. This would be their last King song.

9. 13 - The worst thing Anthrax has ever done, and the reason SoE gets a 4-star rating. A bass guitar, chanting, what sounds like a xylophone, and breaking glass with laughing at the end. At least it's short.

10. Finale - A comical, barnstorming ode to marriage with great lyrics like:

"And then you wake, and chew off your own arm,
Or face the only graduate of Satan's School of Charm."

On a final note, Anthrax is the only band left in The Big Four still cranking out worthwhile material. Megadeth's future, if any, appears uncertain. Slayer is now just a shadow of their former selves. And Metallica, don't get me started on them. Yet Anthrax keeps soldiering on and keeping it real.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FSU
Sales Rank: 35800


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Vile
Average Customer Review: 3.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 May, 1996)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Cannibal Corpse Rules
Vile turns out to be another four star rated album that is good
since the release of the outlawed success ''butchered at birth''.
It's song titles are gruesome from ''devoured by vermin'' and
''mummified in barbwire'' plus ''eaten from inside'' are down
right gruesome along with the lyrics to them and other tracks
but it somewhat drops compared the gory and disgusting lyrics of
''eaten back to life'' and ''butchered at birth'' were.
The album artwork is gruesome with the maggots but it somewhat
drops compared to the artworks of ''eaten back to life'',''butchered at birth'' and ''tomb of mutilated'' are.
Cannibal Corpse might get themseleves have fault finding when it comes to sticking with things that are original and musicianship being fixed up.You got the most horrifying and disgusting ways to die with ''devoured by vermin'' by getting eaten by rats
which has precise musical style with focusing complexity along
with ''bloodlands''.Songs are getting the best on ''relentless beating'',''absolute hatred'',''bloodlands and ''mummified in barbwire''.You might get alittle disappointed by the sounds on a few tracks but oh well this is a good album and should be listened to if you are a headbanger who wears spiked rings are your wrist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fisher's debut on cc...
Vile being the first album with fisher after barne's departure with the band and starting 6 feet under...Isn't a bad album infact its truly still brutal and has the same edge as before except cc became technical now--still tho, Its another brutal masterpiece by cc so just buy it!

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
At the moment i have been listening to a lot of opeth and i was recommended to listen to morbid angel (which are harder and louder than opeth). So i listened to some morbid angel stuff and thought it was ok.... i was then recommended to try out cannibal corpse. So i did the same as i did before and tryed them out and....well....lets just say i wasnt impressed. I do like a variety of music from punk to death metal but this is just poor! The lyrics are terrible with stupid track titles and the singer has no talent at all (compared to mikael from opeth)! If you're interested in listening to boring, obscure, original music then maybe you should try out this pathetic band. If you're interested in listening to progressive/death metal with superb lyrics and musical talent then try out opeth.

I rest my case. ... Read more

Asin: B000001CAL
Sales Rank: 115798


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Endorama
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not as Much Thrashin' But Who Cares?! Awesome CD!
Longtime Kreator fans may not like this one at first, but I was hooked from the very first listen! This one is so great, there aren't many words to describe it, but I'll try. First off, I should say, this isn't really like old Kreator stuff, where they always played real aggressive thrash. It's a real experimental CD, and kind of has a real "European" sound (not sure exactly what that is, just that it didn't originate in the U.S.). Mille Petrozza's vocals here are not as harsh and have been "lightened up" just a bit due to the slightly more commercial sound. Keep in mind this isn't pop-metal, just something a little different. But I found it instantly addictive. The music here really creeps inside you and stays there. The songs also have a lot of feeling (sorry about the "f-word", but that's all I could think of), but they are catchy as hell! Lead guitarist Tommy Vetterli has come up with some of the most memorable leads & riffs I've ever heard. Original drummer Jurgen "Ventor" Reil & longtime bassist Christian Giesler make an excellent rythem team and should not be underestimated. The best songs here (or at least my favorites) are the opening track "Golden Age" which would make an awesome concert opener; "Endorama", where Mille shares lead vocals with someone named Tilo Wolf. Never heard of 'em, but the song is one of Kreator's best ever; "Shadowland", which is a lot closer to previous Kreator CDs; "Chosen Few", which is definitely lighter, but it's still great; "Soul Eraser", another Kreator thrasher; "Passage To Babylon", which gets alternately lighter & harder all through it; "Future King", a song that really kicks some ass; and my personal favorite, "Willing Spirit", a song that is just overflowing with emotion, it has to be heard to be appreciated. So, to wrap things up, by no means should you skip this one. It really deserves to be heard by as many people, Kreator fans & non-Kreator fans alike. Just buy it and give it a good, loud listen. This is one helluva great Cd!

5-0 out of 5 stars Different but Awesome
I am a huge fan of Kreator and I've been a fan for a long time. I have all their albuns and love all of them (maybe with the exception of Renewal that suffer greatly from poor production). Let me tell you, do not by this album if you are expecting another version of Extreme Agression or Coma of Souls. This is a different Kreator, a slower more melodic Kreator. However this is a fantastic album, any metal fan with an open mind will love it. If it was a new band and not Kreator this album would be aclaimed and not thrashed as it's been. The talent of Mille and company is striking and they made one of my favorite albuns ever in a time where metal was desperate for good new albuns, the late 90's. Endorama and Testament's The Gathering are the two trully great metal albuns to be released in those times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not the pure thrash of their yesteryear...still AWESOME!!
Kreator is one of three hardcore german thrash bands of the 80's. Them, Sodom, and Destruction. As many a thrash band did in the 90's Kreator changed their style from pure fast thrash to a slower more contemporary sound,more industrial sounding like on Renewal, and then more melodic like on this album. Some thrash bands, like Overkill, Testament, and Exodus have changed their sound for the Worse. Except for Overkills I hear black album which I loved. But Kreator did not get worse at all. So long as you know that this album is different from the old stuff, I don't see how you can be dissapointed. This was actually my first Kreator album and it's by far my favorite from them. It's a highly melodic, medium-paced, thrashy, industrial-tinged heavy metal sound with excellent vocals from Mille Petrozza. Every song is an absolute winner on this album. It's one of those ones that you can just pop in, sit down and listen to so very easily. Sometimes I listen to it 2 or 3 times in a row if I'm doing something like surfing the net or playing video games. The lyrics on these songs are weird but very cool, ranging from suicidal existentialism to sci-fi/fantasy stuff. The emotion is there. The music is there. Don't beleive the negative reviews on this album. Those guys wouldn't know a good album if it crawled up their a@# and died. So what it isn't pure thrash...In many ways..IT'S BETTER!! ... Read more

Asin: B00001IVAK
Sales Rank: 82131


Better Off Dead
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 February, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable!
ok it might not have riffs as memorable in persecution mania or even agent orange, but it is a rock solid album and very enjoyable too. all songs are heavy and kick [butt] and not too many fast ones (actually the sound is more mature than that in their earlier releases). stand-out songs are "an eye for an eye", "saw is the law", "never neverland" and "stalinorgel".

5-0 out of 5 stars raging metalhead
this cd kicks royal fanny.blood trails and capture the flag are my faves but the whole cd is worth every hard earned cent. buy this one and crank it

5-0 out of 5 stars to hear metal
when the old people, money and hause falling up my head ...... all I want is this c.d ... Read more

Asin: B000040OCO
Sales Rank: 109990


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Bigger Than the Devil
Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 May, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This gets my vote for Metal album of 1999!
After waiting years for the follow up release of Speak English or Die,Bigger Than the Devil delivers in a monsterous way. The title track Bigger Than the Devil pretty much sums up the the content of this 25 song metal masterpiece. It is bigger...much bigger, in fact the devil probably wishes he could sound this heavy! This is one of the only cd's I own that I can't pick a favorite because all 25 songs are great! Billy,Scott,Dan,and Charlie sound better than ever. If you love metal HEAVY(and I mean HEAVY!) this cd is for you...if you are faint at heart then you need not apply...bottom line THIS ALBUM RULES!

5-0 out of 5 stars Yep . . . . . THEY STILL GOT IT!!
I didn't expect "Bigger Than The Devil" to come close to "Speak English or Die" (Won't SOMEBODY please re-release that album on CD??), but it blew me away nonetheless. DEFINITELY looking forward to seeing them live, as the new material is as offensive and non P.C. as the last album. My only complaint is that there aren't enough ballads on there. All the more reason to see 'em live. Best tracks are "Monkeys Rule", the title track, "The Song that Don't go Fast", and the classic "Aren't you Hungry", an original S.o.D. tune re-made by M.o.D. and includes the riff from Anthrax's "Imitation of Life" which Charlie stole from Billy when he wrote it. Sped up and heavier, it brings back great memories of thrash and grindcore before (c)rap "metal" took over. BUY IT NOW and see them LIVE!! Then, and only then, will you find out whatever happened to Celtic Frost . . . .

5-0 out of 5 stars The moment of truth is finally here
Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This is a GREAT CD. I would honestly give this 6 stars if I could. I love this CD and I love S.O.D., if you want to challenge me on it, I'll show you my S.O.D. tattoo. So what's great about this record? What's not great about this record? Every song (except "The Song That Don't Go Fast") is like the best crossover song you've ever heard only FASTER. The reason S.O.D. only put out two studio albums in 14 years is because they can say everything that needs to be said in 35 seconds. "Shenanigans" is priceless. "The Crackhead Song" and "Kill the A$$holes" are great. "Fugu." Yup. And they polish it all off with "The Moment of Truth," which might just have the best chorus I've ever heard, plus great lyrics about one of the most amazing event in history - the Spartan's stand at Thermopylae. How about that? A$$-kicking crossover and a history lesson all in one. If you don't own this, then you're just a sad sack of crap. ... Read more

Asin: B00000IWWQ
Sales Rank: 55338


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Heal
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 February, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Required Metal
Sacred Reich are completely underappreciated and overlooked, but they were one of the elite thrash / metal bands of the 80's and 90's. Heal is a fantastic album with everything you could want from a band. The riffs are cool, the lyrics are always up to par and the production rocks. Plus as an added bonus, Phil can actually sing which is a welcome change from today's junk.

5-0 out of 5 stars got a music problem? sacred reich will heal it
if you are suffering from mainstreamitis, give dr. reich a call and they will heal it. it's a shame that sacred reich broke up, but they paid their dues.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sacred Reich (What metal is all about)
Sacred Reich's follow up album from "Independent" Heal is a classic metal album. The power chords hit even harder than before, the starting track hits you with a shockwave of all out metal fury. The power groove rhythms are found through each track along side with the pounding drums and furious lyrics. A must have for any Metal collector. ... Read more

Asin: B000001C92
Sales Rank: 140705


Maximum Violence
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 July, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Six Ft Under exceeds previous efforts with "Max. Violence"
As good as the first two disks were, with their powerful, simple grooves and straight ahead heavy riffs, Six Feet Under simply devastate on their new album "Maximum Violence." Like on their previous albums, 6Ft Under crushes the listener with slower grooves and powerful headbanger riffs in the tradition of bands like Celtic Frost and Slayer, but on this album the band actually speeds up on some tracks. "Bonesaw" could be confused for a Cannibal Corpse song. Many songs, like the opener, "Feasting on the Blood of the Insane" use multiple tempo changes for great effect. I think the new guitarist Steve Swanson must have added much ferocity to this band and gave the band a creative shot in the arm. The band also recorded three awesome cover songs for the album: "War Machine" by Kiss, "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden, and "Jailbreak" by Thin Lizzy. It is surpising how even with Chris Barnes' limiting death metal growl they are able to pull these songs of so well! The outstanding cover art is the icing on the cake. "Maximum Violence" is a masterpiece of raging power. This is one disk that stays in my CD player for long periods of time.

2-0 out of 5 stars Failed attempt to reclaim the death metal crown
"Maximum Violence" can be summed up in just one word, "FAILED". In their attempt to reclaim the golden crown of death metal, Six Feet Deep have unleashed masterpiece of muddled riffs, and horrible vocals. At best, this is a mid-paced joining of metal and hardcore, combined with the outdated vocal belching of former Cannibal Corpse frontman Chris Barnes. With songs focused around death, murder, rape, and insanity, one could almost say the novelty is over. Also found on the album (depending on which version you have), there are 3 covers, "War Machine" by Kiss, "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden, and "Jailbreak" by Thin Lizzy. The slaughtering of these classics should have been left off, so that their good names would not be smeared in this failure. Not all of the musical efforts are bad, but they do not show any lasting improvements either, especially with the vocals. Bottom line, save your money for something better to come along.

5-0 out of 5 stars YOU CANT PASS THIS ONE UP.
I absolutely love this album and it is one of my favorite of six feet under albums.The music is really heavy and chris barnes vocals are really getting sick here.All the songs are awesome especially victim of the paranoid and war machine.If you are a fan of the band then you can not afford to miss this one.METAL RULES!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00000JHKS
Sales Rank: 36549


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Beyond the Gates
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 March, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy
This one is heavier than all...! The music is hard, fast and heavy and it has rythem. Its also so satanic as well. If youre into Death Metal dont missed this one. Possessed were one of the better bands out there until they broke up...what a shame.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Metal
Its great to see this album re-released! I havent heard it since it was released back in 86 and it still kicks! One of the greatest but unrecognized bands of the 80's metal/thrash scene! This is a must have for all who like metal! Lyrics are on the darker side but the guitars are top notch! Possessed is one of the better bands Ive heard and as I said its great to see this album re-realesed especially when the thrash/metal/hardcore scenes have become whinny in nature and this so called alternative music gimmie a break! Check this out its a must have for all as well as Possessed's other albums! Without a doubt one of the greatest metal/thrash albums of all time!!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Seven Churches," but still great
This CD is quite a bit different from "Seven Churches." Its a lot faster, I feel, more technical, less repetition, and the production is a little muddy. The intro is really cool, a definate step ahead for Possessed, because its mostly clean guitars. Jeff Beccara kicks some major booty on vocals! This dude has THE voice of death metal! ... Read more

Asin: B00000ICO3
Sales Rank: 64924


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Burning Red
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 August, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The More Things Change... This Time They Do Change
When I heard that Machine Head had lost the long time guitarist Logan Mader I knew that they where going to release a cd with a new guitarist, but I wasn't hoping one this good, not one track is bad, the low end on the drums isn't as good as in The More Things Change... but I liked the drums, simply because Dave McClain does some excellent drum arrangements, and the melodic parts on some songs shows that metal isn't just screams, from the intro (Enter the Phoenix) the cd is filled with very good metal, the rap-metal track Desire To Fire is good but I think Machine Head should experiment with other things, still the song is good, Ross Robinson (producer for KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, etc) made some good producing without having MH sounding like any of those bands, The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears is a very good song too, with a very good riff, the cover of message in a bottle is very well done, and the last track, the burning red is very soft and melancholic, a very good album, well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Burning Red
Let me break it down, this cd is awesome. Machine head has changed a lot from previous albums, but its definately a good change. The cd is a mix of slow, sensual, and melodic tunes, and hard core, high energy guitar riffs and vocals. The songs portray a sort of hopelesness and anger. The most meaningful songs on the cd are "five", "silver", and "the burning red". Silver is a strong and spiritual song. It conveys a message hidden behind well written lyrics. Robb Flynn's vocals alternate between soft and sorrowful, to loud and angry. Everytime I play this song i find myself repeating it over and over, it s truly a masterpiece. As for the rest of the album, you can say the same, an excellent album, and a must buy for metal fans out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Look a bit closer....
Firstly I'd like to express my dismay at the bad wraps that this album has recieved - generally by close-minded metalheads who are still stuck in the eighties and are afraid of evolution....on to the review.

I believe this album to be one of the most under-rated metal albums of the last 5 years and was (possibly still is) well ahead of it's time. Machine Head went for a really bold and exciting risk by doing this album and have produced something well ahead of it's time. (and yes I have been a fan since Burn My Eyes).

There are less solos on this album than on their previous works but the emphasis with the two guitarists has been placed on complimenting each others works with nuances and swirling background pieces intricate guitar work, but in saying that the heavy crunching guitars are still there making it unmistakibly machine head. Dave McClain does a great job on drums, showing great maturity in his playing with the emphasis less on blast-beats and super-fast drumming but more on off-beats, rolling rhythms and amazing cymbal work - in one word "classy".

Robb's Vocals sound great. He covers a large range of styles and has added some great melodic singing to songs to add some flavor and still retains his best growl which sounds as fat as ever. But all in all a great effort I believe Robb, and the whole band for that matter, have pushed themselves to become better, more versatile musicians.

Ross Robinson did an AMAZING job producing this album. Recorded at Indigo Ranch and using almost totally analog equipment this album sounds like the band is right in the room with you. There are so many layers of sound on each track - The more you listen to it, the more stuff you pick up. I suggest that anybody who owns this album gets a good pair of headphones and listens to this album cracnked through the headphones with the lights out and I guarentee you will gain newfound respect for the way this album has been made. I'd place it in my top 3 produced albums of all time.

Standout songs would have to be "Exhale the Vile", "Five", "The Burning Red", "The Blood, The Sweat...." and "Silver". Though all songs have their place on the album. ... Read more

Asin: B00000JLC4
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Obsolete
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 July, 1998)
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In this futuristic tale, our world has been taken over by the machines we created, but dissenters are bent on undermining the system that has ascended. It's an oft-told tale, and the quartet's ultrafast staccato guitar assaults are familiar, but there are some surprises in evidence on Obsolete. Burton C. Bell no longer just bellows. DJ Zodak scratches up the crunching "Edgecrusher." Drummer Raymond Herrera provides some engaging organic drum & bass mimicry on "Freedom or Fire." And the last two cuts feature a 12-piece string section. Given the aggressive atmosphere of what's come before, it's refreshing that the nihilistic finale consists of simple, mournful vocals; synth noises; and beautifully elegiac strings. --Bryan Reesman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favorite FF album next to Demanufacture
Alot of people complain about the slight change that Fear Factory did in 1998 with their Obsolete album. True, it is more experimental than Demanufacture but FF is an extremely progressive band. Soul of a New Machine was straight hardcore death metal, and then they made the transition from that to the more industrial-metal driven Demanufacture. Obsolete is more of a continuation from that album. Songs like the opener "Shock" and the brutal "Edgecruser" lay down the line for this brilliant concept album based upon Man vs. Machine. The liner notes that go along with the lyrics in the booklet (all written by Singer Burton C. Bell) is simply brilliant. Even the more melodic songs like "Descent" and "Resurrection", which fades into the gloomy closer "Timelessness", which show off Bell's true vocal abilities becoming instant classics. As always guitar work is good even though Dino Cazeras wasn't really THAT impressive of a guitarist. All the guitars are wrapped around the killer drum beats on most songs, a trademark FF sound. Along with Bell, drummer Raymond Herra shines through as always on this cd, and they are in my opinion the most talented in FF. But if you are new to them I would highly suggest either this or Demanufacture. Digimortal was good but just doesn't do them enough justice as this cd does.

5-0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better
Fear Factory's most recent release, "Obsolete" is by far their best work yet. While "Demanufacture" was toned down a bit from their previous album, "The Soul of a New Machine", it is considered by most to be an improvement. Well folks, Fear Factory has far outdown even "Demanufacture" this time. Every song on this album gives a different look into the tormented souls of the members of the band, while unfolding an album-long short story about machines taking over the world. With insane head-pounding songs like "Edgecrusher", "Shock", "Hi-Tech Hate", and "Securitron", Fear Factory keeps it's crazed, wall-banging fans (like myself) happy. They do this while showing their technical genius in songs like "Resurrection" which combines Burton C. Bell's steely, yet melodic voice with nasty riffs and power chords. Fear Factory even shows a mellow, compassionate side as they conclude their pessimistic, machines-ruling-man tale with the emotional song "Timelessness". The album's jacket even includes a storyline which fills in the missing details of the plot between the song lyrics. In all, this is, by far Fear Factory's best album to date, and is a must-have for any collector of heavy metal or industrial.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I never liked "extreme" metal enough to buy a CD. Most of the time, i like subtility. The thing with most modern metal bands is that the shock value is there, but past that you have little to listen to; great for headbanging, yet then the novelity fades quickly. Music gets repetitive, and repetitive gets boring.

My, was i in for a surprise with this band. "Digimortal", an album most people overlook as commercial had the songs and the production values, "Demanufacture" had the raw power. This one has it all. The songs are great, for starters, and range from death-metal, to industrial to "a-la-Pink Floyd" harmony parts (try "Resurrection" or "Timeless" for a taste of that). The production is very very good, the story is well carried and even the booklet is one of the best i've come arround in a while. Excellent.

If this is not your kind of music, but have and open mind, it's well worth a shot. I can't think of a much better start into modern metal. If you like headbanging, you owe it to yourself. ... Read more

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To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 October, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars don't listen to the death metal purists...
this album is great and it also marks the exit of entombed main song writer and drummer, leaving for the also great hellacopters. yes, this is as far from true death metal as possible, but as far as i'm concerned, that is all fine - entombed have saved metal into the nineties (and beyond for that matter) taking death metal, old school motörhead, mc5 (covered on the original released "family favorites) and all blends of punk rock to fuse them into something much more mature. maybe not as ground breaking as wolverine blues but still far from anything that the usual idiotic swedish death metal bands churn out. be sure to also check out: hellacopters, backyard babies, gluecifer and the awesome the hives (all from scandinavia) this is the future of metal, not some clown faced satan worshippers posing in the snow with swords and skulls.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not a hesher!
...As a matter of fact, I first listened to "To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak The Truth" because, well, I was a curious Hellacopters fan. I didn't know what to expect, but I wasn't disappointed. In many respects, this is a harsher, darker, angrier, violent take on the 'Copters "Payin' The Dues." It's sludgy, discordant, but full of huge riffs and hooks. Whoever said "To Ride..." is "The best rock and roll album ever recorded by a death metal band" hit it right on the head. Aside from a couple of unfortunate filler tracks on side two, this entire album rocks you like a gee dee hurricane from start to finish. This thing SWINGS where most bands of this genre are content to merely pummel, and the dirty garage-punk feel makes the death metal tendencies hit even harder.

Did anyone else notice that "Wound" is a really good Unsane impersonation? Or that "Parasight" (dig the Cheap Trick sample!) is a rather blatant riff-copping of Rocket From The Crypt's "Boychucker?"...

5-0 out of 5 stars a personal fav-o-rite from the tomb!
ok. if you wanna combine guitars that sound like buzzsaws with the chugging of a freight train, and then mix in some set trashin' drums and a bass that you can't hear, toppin it all off with LG Petrov screamin in your ear....this is what you get. this album slams like nobodys business. i don't know exactly what that means, but trust me. and although this grinding HEAVY metal has some serious sounding lines ("Look ma, the body's got no head") the truth is that these guys are having a great time. the lyrics are great, and i really have fun listening to this. i picture the concert with the music rippin you a new pipe, fists and beers in the air, and me yelling right along with LG. how can you beat it? out of all my entombed albums, this is my favorite. it's more consistent than uprising, just plain better than black juju, and more accessible than wolverine blues. it's not as "death" as their earlier stuff, and it's got this head bobbing drive to it that you'll just love. but it now! i love you baby when i'm dead! ... Read more

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Release From Agony
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 May, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This album rules!
In my opinion, this is the best album ever done by these Thrash Metal Masters... It's worthless trying to explain with words. You'd better buy it right now! The most technical album that's for sure... Enjoy it!!!!! ... Read more

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