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    The Gathering
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Testament album since "Practice What You Preach"!!!
    I am a huge Testament fan. If you associate Testament's sound with The Legacy through Souls of Black, this album will sort of shock you. This album is a mix of death metal and thrash metal. With a line-up consisting of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and James Murphy, bassist Steve DiGiorgio, and drummer Dave Lombardo, Testament releases their best album in a long time. This album has exellent vocals from Chuck (I love his signature voice), dual solos from Eric and James, great bass-lines from Steve, and killer drumming from Dave. The album starts with "D.N.R.", one of my favorite songs on the album. Other great songs are "Three Days of Darkness" and "Legions of The Dead". My favorite song here, however, is the exellent "Carefull What You Wish For". This is possibly the best Testament song since anything from PWYP. If you do ot like this song, you deserve to die. All the songs are great, but th above mentioned songs are my favorites. If you want a good album from a crappy year (1999), and you like metal and/or Testament, you can't go wrong here. Needless to say, I love it.
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    1. D.N.R. [Do Not Resuscitate] 5/5
    2. Down for Life 5/5
    3. Eyes of Wrath 5/5
    4. True Believer 5/5
    5. 3 Days in Darkness 5/5
    6. Legions of the Dead 5/5
    7. Careful What You Wish For 999999999999999/5
    8. Riding the Snake 5/5
    9. Allegiance 5/5
    10. Sewn Shut Eyes 5/5
    11. Fall of Sipledome 5/5

    4-0 out of 5 stars Crunchy, leading into their great new sound
    Testament shows that a group doesn't have to move into nu-metal like Metallica to survive.This is an awesome show of power, even though you don't hear too much crazy stuff going on.The new sound is harsh, brutal, unrelenting.Chuck Billy goes from his normal clean voice to one of brutal, uncompromising grunt.

    They've nailed it on this one.Like hard metal?Hard thrash?Extreme metal with a direction?This is it.

    Too bad it's only in the 40 minute range.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best testament
    This is the best testament album beacuse its a mix of death metal and thrash. I didn't like anything they did before Low cause it was too thrashy and not heavy enough. Anyways great album. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000J6AD
    Sales Rank: 70511
    Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash   


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    Nemesis
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 February, 1997)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Sounds Like Slayer Which isn't a bad thing but.........
    Man I heard this band on satellite radio and I was like yeah new Slayer but when I looked to see who it was I saw Grip Inc. and I was like damn. I mean Slayer is a great band but I cant listen to another band that sounds like there ripping them off....and this band does just that. I mean damn, find your own sound instead using another bands. But...if you like Slayer then I guess it might not be a big deal to some people like it is to me so if you care then I would go buy this cd but to people like me I tried to listen to it but it just made me pissed off that to me, and other people may have a different opinion this band is making money off a sound that they didn't even make. Well like I said if you dont care then give it try and you will be guarenteed to like it but if u do care then dont evenb try. Later

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grip Inc. Shines Through...
    Ever since I heard Slayer's 'Hell Awaits' I was hooked. But when I found out that drummer Dave Lombardo left. I was really mad, but at the same time eager to listen to his new project. Grip Inc.'s 'Nemesis' is by far their strongest release of their career. Grip Inc. blends tradition thrash, with modern death and the combination is just suberb. Gus Chamber's vocals have true feeling in them, and you can feel that through out the album. "War Between One" is the best track on the record. The lyrics rock, the vocals are perfect, the guitar and bass just hit hard, and ya' know the drums are getting their use. The seond best song on the album is "Rusty Nail", it kind of reminds me of old school Slayer, but just a little bit harder. Another standout track is "Myth Or Man". It is hard to find a song like that, with so much emotion on most thrash releases. To sum it all up, Grip Inc. is one of the best bands out there. They have yet to release a bad album, so don't waste any time. Pick this one up right away...

    -MC

    5-0 out of 5 stars bLuDgEoNeD by Lombardo!
    The intro to Liar starts out similar but not like the song Ostracized did on the album Power of Inner Strength, and then it hits you like a bottle upside your head-hard. Rythmic pounding with guitar ripping waves of metal overpower Your senses like a welcomed wall of sound (metal shock is revealed), and there is still the rest of the album. I had a friend tell me to check these guys out, and now I have all three GRIP INC albums to date! IT IS NOT LIKE ANY SLAYER ALBUM, but I did like some of their music.This band has a different style entirely!
    Lombardo and his crew are hopefully going to be around for a while, but with all the projects Lombardo has delved himself into.....who knows! ... Read more

    Asin: B000001C9I
    Sales Rank: 34257
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock   


    High
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 June, 1997)
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    For Flotsam and Jetsam, the heavy metal highway has been sprinkled with nails. First, the band's frontman Jason Newsted quit to seek his fame and fortune with Metallica. Then, after securing a major label deal, Flotsam and Jetsam were cajoled into toning down to appeal to the masses. Eleven years after releasing its classic album Doomsday for the Deceiver, the band returned to the label that signed it, writing more aggressive material than it had in years. High is a declaration of hate, brimming with full-fisted guitar riffs and head-bobbing beats--an unrestrained battle cry from a band that refuses to lay down and die.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Flotsam & Jetsam - 'High' (Metal Blade)3 1/2 stars
    Looks to be F&J's sixth lp.After releasing three albums on the MCA label,the guys return to Metal Blade.Good move!'High' is decent trash metal.With cuts like "Hallucinational","Everything","It's On Me" and "Toast",one knows that Flotsam means business.I wasn't even sure what this band had been up to until here recently.Keep in mind that with 'High',some old fans may be let down.Obviously F&J draws at least some influences from Priest and Diamond Head.Should appeal to fans of Metal Church,Overkill,Exodus and Megadeth.A good catalog release.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD by a very under-appreciated band
    Flotsam and Jetsam, for having all the noteriety of being Jason Newsted's first band, have surprisingly NOT taken off in their genre.And if any album deserved to get noteriety by F'nJ, it's this one.High takes all of the elements that they had tried in all of their previous albums into one that can simply be put as one Hell of a metal album.The opener, albeit a long and slow intro, is one of F'nJ's best songs they've written.I can't say enough about these guys, they're so underrated it's criminal.Buy this CD if you love the thrash movement of the 80s, C.O.C., Maiden, Priest, BLS, Sabbath, Ozzy, etc.Oh and by the way, THE FORK!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Metal CD for the 90's
    I have seen Flotsam & Jetsam several times at Mason Jar in Phoenix, AZ - their hometown.I really appreciate that F&J play at Mason Jar (a small club) for their fans and not for the money. High is one of their bestalbum.If you like speedy & thrashing Metal with lot of melodic guitarriffs , this one is for you. Get this CD not only because you'll like itbut also to support a dedicated & die-hard Metal band. ... Read more

    Asin: B000001C9R
    Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash   


    Point Blank
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 March, 1994)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Nailbomb - 'Point Blank' (Roadrunner)
    'Point Blank' is the first of two releases by this short-lived band.Nailbomb was a side project of Fudge Tunnel's Alex Newport and Sepultura's Max Cavalera.Boy,is this CD H-E-A-V-Y!!Maybe too heavy for it's own good.It's decent,though.Good industrial metal to take in,that is if you're willing.All thirteen cuts kick ass,like "Wasting Away","24 Hour Bullsh*t","Cockroaches" and "Sick Life" especially.Just might appeal to some fans of Godflesh,Corrosion Of Conformity,Ministry and Napalm Death.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Thrash
    For years I hunted CD stores looking for another CD of this band, but then I found out it was a one time side project deal. Oh well...it's just one of those classic "must have" Cd's like SOD, or Evil Dead.

    It's basically like the other reviews - take the best guitars and aggression from Sepultura and that "brazillian" sound, and electrify it with some techno bits and samples. It is so flipping awesome, I love it. Some of the riffs are just badass...

    Must have if you're a metal head.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Landmark Album
    While Nailbomb may not be the most original band, they're one of the most powerful.Ministry was the first to use a two-man operation, a guitarist / vocalist, a bass player, and a drum machine, to play guitar driven industrial.Following in the footsteps of Ministry were Skrew, Rig, Godflesh, and Nailbomb.Next to Godflesh, Nailbomb was the best of the followers.
    Max Cavelera, of the well-known Sepultura, plays guitar and Alex Newport, of the less well-known Fudge Tunnel, plays bass.Together they made some of the heaviest and fastest industrial metal ever made.
    The suggested intensity and violence on the cover of "Point Blank" are a good preview of what the music is like.Also, the real life picture is sure to repel the antiwar hippie types, which is probably an intentional thing.
    The album has a military feel to it, but not in a patriotic sense.It's more like a full-scale destructive assault for destructions sake.The diving, grinding guitars have an acidic quality and can eat a hole right through flesh.The hammering drums can knock holes in brick walls.
    The album kicks off with the hyper-speed "Wasted Life", which foreshadow the punk nihilism that partly defines the lyrical theme of the album.The music along with the lyric gives a "nothing to lose type" feeling of freedom."Sum of Your Achievements", "For F:(ks Sake", "World of S:(t", and "Sick Life" drive their message home.
    The album is worth owning for the one of the greatest thrash anthems of all time, "Sick Life".Lyrical and musically, it's a glorious moment in all of music.Forget my friends, they already forgot me!" and"Because I hate myself" is some of the greatest sing along lines ever.The sawing guitars and hammering beat give away to a scream and heavy guitar power cords that lift you up like an explosion.The song falls apart into feedback and chaos in almost reminiscent of Sonic Youth.Then, it comes out even more powerful than before.It's easily one of the greatest songs of all time.
    There are very few albums out there can pummel your head like this one.If you have the bravery to listen to it, you will be forever changed. ... Read more

    Asin: B000000H6P
    Sales Rank: 105730
    Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Industrial Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    Carnival Diablos
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 January, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Priced Slightly Higher In Canada
    Another great Annihilator release.But sadly, with the exception of those who are reading this(as well as fans of the band), who's ever gonna know?In comes Joe Comeau on vocals.He had spent the last few years as one of Overkill's guitarists, and I was curious if he could make it as a singer.He sure does.I'm actually surprised at how well he does.He even manages a Bon Scott gone metal impersonation on Shallow Grave.With the exception of Shallow Grave, most of the numbers are very speedy, progressive thrash.Certainly lives up to the name of Annihilator.They even throw a silly song in at the end, which is fun.Shows they don't take themselves as seriously as some other thrash cornballs.So, what reason could you have not to get it now?

    5-0 out of 5 stars My savior
    "Oh God", another overrated thrash band such as Slayer and Metallica come out with a crappy watered down album (God Hates us All and St. Anger), and then Annihilator comes along. This album is insane. I'm surprised that not many people know of this band. They always hear Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Metallica. Well, if you are sick of those bands and want to listen to better thrash, get Annihilator, Testament, Dark Angel, Toxik, Exodus etc... Amazing album. 9/10

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

    Asin: B000055XVI
    Sales Rank: 141409
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Bigger Than the Devil
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 November, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars pretty frggin good
    s.o.d is great weather its metal or thrash metal and sometimes
    even some grindcore s.o.d plays it all and the funny songs kick ass this cd is pretty good and i like the remade version
    of arent you hungry

    4-0 out of 5 stars not as good as speak english or die but
    it is still awesome. i don't think s.o.d. will ever match speak english or die but this record amazes me. its one of my favorites. the lyrics focus on humor but a few songs manage to come off as serious. it still has the s.o.d. polictally incorrect stuff too. i still love the humor though, bands who put it in their music don't get enough respect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great
    The most recognizable member of this late 80s early 90s is Scott Ian, the axman for metal band Anthrax. Waiting 7 years after there previous disk, S.E.O.D, they have thrown together another 30 or so songs. Fast and loud. All around great metal to bang your head to. ... Read more

    Asin: B00003IQZN
    Sales Rank: 333768
    Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal   


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    Surf Nicaragua
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 February, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars out of print claasic
    cd contains 4 studio and two live songs and this ep is only 26 minutes but worth every penny, and especially for the title track and a killer cover of war pigs by ozzy and the boys

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best metal CD's of all time.
    ...Sacred Reich came out with this CD - not really a full length release, but it didn't matter.It had melody, anger, solos, and attitude.Not one metalhead of the time would listen to it and say a negative word.

    If you had long hair and know how to make a 'devil sign' with both hands while sticking your tongue out, then this CD should be in your collection.And if not, well, go buy some George Michael.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CD thumps. Forget that jiffy metal and check it.
    I bought this when it first came out in 88 and I still listen to it. Great guitar licks, cool lyrics. Your gunna freakin love this CD. ... Read more

    Asin: B000000OBB
    Sales Rank: 216491
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    Arise
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 January, 1998)
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    In their previous seven-year existence Sepultura had steadily established themselves as Brazil's premier metal outfit, but it wasn't until 1991's breakthrough album Arise that they truly captured hearts and minds. Subsequently rereleased with the addition of four bonus tracks--including the band's monumental annihilation of Motorhead's "Orgasmatron"--Arise highlights Sepultura's irrefutable kinship with Metallica. The harmonic guitar interplay between Max Cavalera's rock-solid rhythm work and Andreas Kisser's lead lines--on occasions the six-stringed equivalent of a dentist drill--is devastating. Max's tortured vocals and brother Igor's rhythmic battery are marked by sheer, unfettered aggression. Moments of restraint, as on the quite astonishing "Altered State," merely accentuate the band's trademark brutality, and "Dead Embryonic Cells" is coal-black Sepultura. Even with historical perspective, Arise retains its ignominious appeal. --Ian Fortnam ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Never underestimate the marketing power of an album cover
    I bought this album for the cover (found out about Morbid Angel's Blessed Are The Sick the same way)At the time, '91, I was looking for fast aggressive music and when I picked up Sepultura's Arise and saw the cover I said to myself "This album looks like its going to kick my ass into the ground".And it did.Not just because the music is so brutal and well recorded, but because of the nature of the lyrics which are thoughtful, very political and VERY angry.They're worthy of any number of '80s era punk bands (not the limp pop mind candy of today) that put their frustration with the world and it's injustice to music.Max Cavalera's almost death metal like vocal delivery just ups the intensity. Arise is Sepultura's finest album if not their most musically sophisticated.This is before they got interested in tribal music, when Max, Igor, Andreas and Paulo wanted to just kick some major ass, thrash and vent. Quite simply, at the time they were probably the best metal band on the planet.Who knew that sunny Brazil could be such a hotbed for metal activity?It's a long way from The Girl From Ipanema to Infected Voice.The bonus tracks included in this release make a great album that much better.Buy it now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic
    While the above Amazon review calls Sepultura's "Arise" their breakthrough, it's without a doubt that the band's real breakthrough was the previous classic "Beneath the Remains".That aside, "Arise" is another masterpiece from the Brazilian death metal machine, and this album found the band honing their sound.The title track, "Dead Embryonic Cells", and "Altered State" are classic Sepultura dirges, while their blistering cover of Motorhead's "Orgasmatron" must be heard to be believed.Max Cavalera's rhythm guitar picking rivals, and in some instances even excells over, James Hetfield; while brother Igor's drumming assault alone will make bang your head.All in all, "Arise" is another classic album from Sepultura, even though it's not as influential as "Beneath the Remains", it still remains an all time classic, and is sure better than anything Max has come up with over the past few years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yeah
    This album rocks or should I say thrashes.This album is a great follow up to BTR.I compare them a lot to Metallica even though Metallica is better.I hate to think that they both became watered down.They both stink as of now.I can only pray that they improve in the future.We'll have to wait and see. ... Read more

    Asin: B000000H3W
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    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   


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    Official Live
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 July, 1997)
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    It's a bit surprising that Pantera waited until 1997 to release a live album, considering how brutal and powerful the band had been in concert. At an average Pantera show, it would not be unusual to see security evicting overzealous fans, and club bathrooms filled with bloody wads of paper towels from mosh pit injuries. Official Live 101 Proof captures the group in its natural, violent element, combining abrupt, barbed riffs with pulse-pounding beats and furious vocals. The record spans Pantera's career, from the classic guitar lick of "Cowboys from Hell" to the fuzzbomb fury of "Suicide Note Pt. 2" (from album The Great Southern Trendkill). As an encore, the band offers album buyers two new studio tracks, the bluesy bonecrusher "Where You Come From" and the grinding piledriver "I Can't Hide." As the fortress of alternative rock continues to crumble, Pantera stomp vindictively through the rubble, their metallic legacy intact.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite live album--Pantera unleashed!
    Even before I read about their concerts online, saw live Pantera DVD's, or heard this C.D., I knew Pantera must put on a great live show. Most loud bands are good live, so super loud and intense bands must be insane. Plus, there are some songs (like "Hostile" and "Walk") that seem tailor made to be played live.

    I never really liked or appreciated live albums very much. I could never stand the crowd noise and I thought live albums paled in comparison to the band's studio albums. Pantera's "Official Live: 101 Proof" definitely changed my mind about these kinds of C.D.'s. This C.D. is 78 minutes long, so (obviously) Pantera played every song in its entirety, and, in some cases, (thanks to Phil's chatting with the crowd) these songs are longer than the original. About every song is played live as well as it was played on the studio album (no song is butchered). Furthermore, all of the guitar solos and almost all of the original lyrics remain in tact. Finally, the crowd noise is always kept to a bearable minimum.

    The energy and intensity levels increase greatly over the course of these 14 tracks, and the crowd noise helps to add to that energy. You don't just hear these songs; you feel them. The listener really feels like they are there in the Kentucky crowd, listening to this concert. But the crowd didn't come to the concert with this energy. Pantera put that energy in them. Their blood-pumping music (which consists of dominating riffs, shout-along choruses, fast drumming, and brutal screams) make mosh-ready pits and fans that probably never stopped jumping. And frontman Phil Anselmo only adds to it. Pantera aren't one of those bands that just stand up there, play there songs, and wait for their set to be over. Phil eggs the crowd on, yelling things like: "Come on," "Let me see your hands," "Answer me!," "Let's go," "Everybody!," "Don't just stand there!," "Let me hear you," and "Let me hear some of that f***ing noise I told you about!"

    1. "New Level" may (against all odds) actually sound better live. The crowd erupts as Pantera take the stage for the first time. The opening glass-shattering sound of this song is made by Dimebag's squealing guitars. The guitars then turn to a lurch, while Phil yells really heavily. After Dime's guitar solo near the middle, Phil mutters one or two spoken words (which are barely audible.) It's up for debate if the live version of "New Level" is better than on the studio album, but the live version is definitely louder.
    2. "Walk" is the next song. As soon as the world famous opening staccato riff begins, the crowd gets even louder. After a few riffs, Phil stops the song to talk to the audience. He says: "I'm gonna tell you something right the f*** now, we got the godd*mn cameras on you and we're filming for the godd*mn home video, so I wanna see you go ape s*** right now." I can only imagine how many mosh pits broke out after Phil said this. Phil then says to the drummer: "Vince, take it from the (first) verse." The rest of the super-catchy song follows, and Phil, of course, invites everybody to shout the chorus ("RE!SPECT! WALK!") Dimebag's famous guitar solo is still there, and it's as good as the studio version. This solo and this song proves that Dimebag didn't have a studio double. He could riff and solo equally as well. Plus, I've always thought it was cool how he could lay down riffs, pause briefly to do a solo, then pick up where he left off with the riffs.
    3. "Becoming" is begun with an address to the crowd. Phil says something about Pantera's "Far Beyond Driven" album going number one, and everybody bought the album. He also mumbles something about "commercial s***." The crowd sings this song's chorus, as well, but they make no noise during Dimebag's guitar parts. I'm guessing they were in shock and awe.
    4. "Five Minutes Alone" has famous stop-start lurching guitars and staccato vocals, which sound as good here as they did the first time I heard them. The crowd really lets Dimebag hear it for his guitar solo near the end. Phil bellows two huge, high-pitched yells here, as well.
    5. Phil then makes a rambling statement against "all these experts who are telling you heavy music is dead." He then tells the crowd that if heavy music is dead, then "Turn around and look at each other." He dedicates the next song to "Everybody that never gave up on the f***in' heavy music, ever. Everybody who ignored all the weak a** trends." This leads into the beginning of the song "Sandblasted Skin," where Phil bellows flattening yells of "The trend is dead!" Phil's voice is very dominating and crazy on the live version of this song.
    6. "Suicide Note, Part 2" has super heavy guitar riffs, throat straining vocals, and more fast, talented drumming, which make this song probably the heaviest on the album. Dime's guitars make a "wah wah" sound near the end.
    7. As soon as "Suicide Note" ends, Dimebag leads right into the next song (one which is very much like the one that came before it). This is one of my favorite songs from "The Great Southern Trendkill," and the galloping guitars, with Phil repeating yells of "Hey!" is my favorite part of this song.
    8. Phil takes a deep breath, then he and Dimebag launch right into "Strength Beyond Strength." This is a very speedy song with some more almost death metal yells, and it ends with a winding, bending guitar solo. Phil must've been quite winded by the time this song was over.
    9. "Domination" begins with Rex's low, beeping bass, which ascends in volume. Phil asks the crowd if they hear the bass, then he demands they answer him. This song, from the "Cowboys from Hell" album, ends after the instrumental beginning, and leads right into the song "Hollow." "Hollow" was originally a semi-ballad, but Pantera deleted the whole ballad part of it, and skipped right to the heavy bobbing beat/riffs and staccato vocals which ride the beat well. There's a pause near the end, and Phil counts to three, then the band comes back and finishes the song.
    10. "This Love" is the other semi-ballad from "Vulgar Display of Power." But, unlike "Hollow," Pantera play this song in its entirety. Phil tells the crowd "you all know this song, sing this motherf***er," but, to his dismay, they don't. This song's choruses are even heavier and more emotional than on the original studio album. Phil summons his inner demons for three big ending yells.
    11. "I'm Broken" is the last song before the encore. Phil tells the crowd he loves them, and encourages them to "get high, drop acid, get laid, and all that good s***." Phil's vocals are more high pitched than on the "Far Beyond Driven" album, and the song ends with Vinnie, Rex, and Dimebag banging on their instruments (making a "boom boom boom" sound, which echoes the end of the "Vulgar Display of Power" song "By Demons Be Driven.").
    12. It is no surprise that Pantera came back out to play three more songs, because no Pantera concert is complete without "Cowboys from Hell." This classic maybe should have been the second to last song instead of third, but as long as they played it sometime during the concert, I'm not complaining.
    13. "Cemetery Gates" was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Metal Performance," and rightfully so. The whole band perform this song flawlessly, and the soft-hard dynamic of this song is executed as effectively as the studio version. But Phil's ending yells come across as screeches, and they're not as high-pitched or Judas Priest-esque.
    14. There's one song left. Which Pantera song have they not played yet, and which song would make this concert complete? Phil yells "What do you wanna hear?!" He then waits for a response and tells everybody to take a deep breath. I'm guessing Phil used this time to stall, so he could rest his vocal chords. He then asks his band if they're ready, and the beat of "F***ing Hostile" explodes like a rocket. Every instrument is flying by so fast, yet they manage to stop for the chorus, so they crowd can yell it. I expected the live version of this song to be even more brutal and out of control, but it's not. It's equally as loud and controlled.

    "Where You Come From" is the first of two b-sides from the studio, and it sounds like it was recorded around the time of"Vulgar Display of Power." It has a guitar intro, and Phil makes an appearance around the 25 second mark. The guitar riffs continuously jump from the left headphone to the right (so they're only audible in one headphone at a time). This song builds to a midpoint then stops, and Phil's a capella vocals say: "I could care less!" The real highlight of this song, though, is the two part, ascending guitar solo. The first part builds greatly, and the second part has almost inaudible growling by Phil. Even though it ends with machine gun riffs, this song seems sort of calm and restrained for a Pantera song.
    "I Can't Hide" has a small drum intro, then fast (not the fastest, though) guitars and drums kick in. Even though it has some nice, trademark yells, this song has a bluesy feel to it. It seems like Pantera wanted to make a heavy song, but they couldn't break free of their restraints. The song ends with bobbing riffs.

    I only have a few minor problems with the songs Pantera chose for this concert, and the order they chose to play them in. First of all, as previously mentioned, I think "Cowboys from Hell" should have been the second to last song. Next, I would've liked to see Pantera include the acoustic ballad "Suicide Note, Part 1." I'm sure this would have been a very touching and solemn moment (even though that song isn't a good representation of Pantera). Finally, some bands do a cover song or two when they tour, and this album didn't have any of those. But all is forgiven, because the songs that ARE here are sheer classics.

    If "Official Live: 101 Proof" had some "Reinventing the Steel" songs on it, and I would say this is Pantera's greatest hits compilation. On this C.D., unlike their official Greatest Hits album, the band didn't ignore their "Great Southern Trendkill" album (probably because this C.D. came out in 1997, a year after "TGSTK" was released.)

    So, this is my favorite live C.D. I recommend it to all Pantera fans, fans of live albums, and metalheads in general. Even if you still aren't a fan of live albums, you should own "Official Live" for the two unreleased studio cuts (even though they aren't Pantera's best songs, they're essential listening).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Live ALbum
    Pantera, in my eyes, is a band that is MEANT to be live.The four man band, (Phil, with his demonic, but sometimes melodic scream, Dimebag, with his crazy guitar solos and whammy pedal wails, Rex with his fast-as-hell bass lines and Vinnie, who smashes those bass drums like there's no tomarrow) is a band that should have released dozens of live CD's over their career.Not one band over the course of the 90's could even come close to the brutal noise that Pantera fed the world.

    I wish that I could've seen them live before they broke up.Unfortunatly, I was still into the whole "pop" trend, and my ears hadn't even touched upon rock and roll.

    The Pantera live 101 album is a must have for any heavy metal fan.Most of the songs on the CD are fan favorites, and some of their biggest hits.Even the songs that sound relatively soft, like Cemetary Gates and This Love, are injected with sonic fury, so that some parts of the song are barely recognizible.

    1. A New Level - A great start to what will become a GREAT album.The CD starts off with the audience getting louder and louder, chanting "PANTERA!! PANTERA!!" until suddenly, Dimebag's guitar wails and the band kicks in for one of the craziest and heaviest live songs EVER

    2. Walk - I love this song live, just for the fact that right in the beginning, he tells the audience to go crazy for the Home Videos.If I was there, I'm sure that the mosh pit must've been unbelieveably crazy.

    3. Becoming - I definitely liked the song better as studio version.The guitar in this is extremely messy.The solo is reminiscent of Kerry King's solo in "Reign In Blood", except very sloppy.Overall, the song was pretty heavy.The whammy pedal sections during the chorus are drowned out by the bass and the vocals.

    4. 5 Minutes Alone - A great track, but once again, not as good as the studio version.I love how Phil's screams sound live, as opposed to studio.He really uses his gut here to scream.

    5. Sandblasted Skin - My least favorite song on the CD.I love the song on the studio version, but this one is just a mish-mash of sound.Phil's voice is so loud and crazy that you can't understand one word that he says.

    6. Suicide Note Pt. 2 - Not my favorite on the CD, but most definitely, without a doubt, the heaviest song on the CD.As soon as Vinnie kicks in with the drums, you know you're in for one crazy, hellbent ride.The last two minutes, with Dimebag hitting the heavy power chords and slamming his foot down on the whammy pedal, are awesome, just makes you want to headbang right where you stand.

    7. War Nerve - Much like Suicide Note Part 2, because it's crazy and fast.Phil spits out the lyrics like an angry bull.Dimebag's guitar is sooo heavy in this song, and Phil's sings fast.

    8. Strength Beyond Strength - I could not believe how fast the band got into this song.One minute you hear Phil talking in his deep voice, and the very next, Dimebag's guitar riffs kick in and Phil is screaming like a death metal singer.The song gets faster and faster, until the amazing and soaring solo.

    9. Domination/Hollow Medley - Not many people like this one too much, but I find it very entertaining.The song reaches it's highest point when Dimebag starts the Domination solo.Amazing... just simply amazing.

    10. This Love - I didn't like this song live.At all.It sounded as if Phil was wasted beyond being able to talk.The only thing that saved this song from going on my "dislike" list was the middle, where Dimebag starts his guitar solo.

    11. I'm Broken - Awesome, awesome song.The last song before the encore.I love how right at the end of the song, Dimebag, Rex and Vinnie just pound on their instruments for 40 seconds.Great way to end the song.

    12. Cowboys From Hell - Crank this song to the max when you're home alone one day... It's so crazy.The live version of Cowboys From Hell is like the studio version on steriods.It's pumped up a bit, Phil screams louder and heavier, and Dimebag is like a maniac on the guitar.

    13. Cemetary Gates - After hearing This Love, I didn't know what to expect with this one, with the soft beginning.But Pantera NAILED it.It was perfect.And at the end, where Phil usually does his Rob Halford/Bruce Dickinson like scream, he replaces it with a heavy metal scream.He really must've worked his vocals at that point.

    14.F**king Hostile - What a great end to a live album.Phil's "1, 2, 3 ,4!!!!!" is just amazing.The song is fast, furious and brutal.

    15. Where You Come From - A unreleased studio track.One of their best tracks... It's too bad that they didn't put this on The Great Southern Trendkill.It definitely wouldn't of sounded out of place.Dimebag gives one of his best solos EVER too.

    16. I Can't Hide - The very beginning of the song has a punkish bass line by Rex, but soon turns into a thrash metal song.Phil has some GREAT screaming here.

    Pantera is one of those bands that could've made a million live albums, and they all would sound great.They just have that brutal sound that is great to hear live.Even as the sound being emitted from the speakers blasts into your chest and into your ears, you still want to just kick the nearest person in the head when you listen to this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favorite live album, EVER!
    Before I get to the review, I just need to pay my respects to Dime. You were an amazing guitarist, one of the best ever. I still am trying to recover from the after-shock of the incident. I still can't believe something like this could happen. I'm glad his murderer is dead, but I'm >>STILL<< trying to accept the fact that he's gone. Farewell brother. See you on the other side...
    Now for the review. Like my title says, this is my favorite live album, even better than Decade of Agression (Slayer), Hell on Stage (Manowar), and Rude Awakening (Megadeth). This has an EXELLENT live setlist. I just wish they played more from Trendkill. (At the time of its release, it was 1997, so there wasn't anything from Reinventing The Steel). The song "I'm Broken" here is better than the one of FBD because it has some of the ending drumming patterns from "By Demons Be Driven", my personal favorite Pantera song. But my other tie for favorite song here is the ballad "Cemetary Gates". The lyrics are touching, on the live version, the pre-chorus isn't as fast, and the chorus is weaker then on the album studio version, but the ending solo from Dimebag (R.I.P.) makes up for it. Just one warning though: Do NOT buy this album if you're easily offended. Between songs, frontman Philip Anselmo has the tendency to use a certain four-letter word that rhymes with "buck" pretty much every other word between songs. I don't mind it though, just warning you. Anway, this is a great album. If you like heavy metal, this is a must-have. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002HQ7
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    Horrorscope
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 September, 1991)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Day For A Funeral
    When Overkill ditched their guitarist Bobby Gustafson in 1990, many predicted the end for Thrash's most enduring band. Few guitarists in the genre have ever been able to match his chops and technique, and for many fans, his playing provided much of the band's personality. Fans were concerned Overkill without Gustafson would have been like Black Sabbath without Tony Iommi.

    They needn't have worried. `Horrorscope' turned out to be Overkill's most mature and most consistent release of their career to that point. The new guitar duo of Merritt Gant and Rob Cannavino proved to be a match even for a guitarist as good as Gustafson, and helped revitalise the band.

    "Coma" starts with a haunting acoustic intro, before letting loose with a full on double kick drum and power chord typhoon. Immediately obvious- two guitars are heavier than one. Where DD Verni had often had to sacrifice a little of the bottom end to fill the vacant mid ranges now sat a second guitar. While studio trickery meant the rhythm guitar never dropped out during solos on previous Overkill albums, two guitars proved to be far more versatile, flexible and heavier.

    Overkill's unique character remained intact through the vocals of Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. While Blitz is not the best vocalist ever, he's one of the most distinctive, and probably the most versatile to ever front a Thrash Metal band. From soaring pseudo-Operatics on "Coma" to the pessimistic wailing of "Soulitude", Blitz covers a whole range of emotions, from rage to frustration, to bare faced aggression, sometimes within the space of a few lines.

    Gustafson was hardly missed in the song writing department either. The band wrote riffs by the bucketload, with songs like "Blood Money" and "Thanx For Nothin'" featuring some of the best ever. There are a few slower, brooding songs with a feel similar to "Playing With Spiders/Skullcrusher" from previous album `The Years Of Decay', although the focus is more on an atmosphere of despair and hopelessness than just playing slow to hit low frequencies. The grinding bass-led intro to the title track is an unstoppable juggernaut, creating a theme the rest of the song to build off without ever lifting the tempo above lumbering. "New Machine" features a closing passage which creates robotic, automaton imagery like a scene from the movie "Metropolis".

    While Overkill had always dealt with dark themes, the lyrics here had none of the camp silliness of older songs like "Hello From The Gutter", "Brainfade" and "Hammerhead". Instead, the lyrics on `Horrorscope' pertain to living with a sense of hopelessness or helplessness, and the inevitability and finality of death. The closing couplet of "Nice Day... For A Funeral" and "Soulitude" reach the depths of sombre introspection. The songs deal in turn with death ("Yeah, the last of sunshine/Oh, ya know, for what it's worth/Nice day for a funeral") and it's aftermath ("I remember here/Thought it was a dream/I never thought I'd come to this). While it may seem like a depressing way to finish an album, it is highly thought provoking.

    Showing a maturity which only comes through self-confidence, `Horrorscope' wasn't exactly what fans were expecting, but few were disappointed by it. Overkill showed up more famous peers like Metallica, Megadeth and even Exodus, by shifting their focus without compromising their principles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More Grade A Thrash from Overkill
    Overkill have got to be the most underrated thrash band ever, and this is probably the best album I've heard from them.(though it's pretty close between this and Years of Decay)They've got greater variety than just about any other thrash band, a way above average singer and some of the most consistent riff-writing around.Plus, they have some of the better lyrics in the genre, and lack the stupid posturing lots of metal bands tend to disply.Simply put, no thrash fan should be without this album.

    This album is noteworthy partially because it is one of the few straight-up old school thrash albums to actually have good production.The guitars are thick and clear, the drums thud nicely and it's all balanced out very well.Fortunately, it has superior songwriting to go along with the excellent production.Each of the conventional, driving thrash songs works well, and it's got a number of true classics. Coma is about everything you want from a thrash opener, although the intro is perhaps a bit too long.It's got some of the best riffs on the album, and lotsa nice double bass too.Blood Money is probably the best straight ahead thrash song here.I absolutely love the chorus, and it's got memorable vocals throughout.Definitely the most energetic song here too.Live Young, Die Free is an absolute clinic in thrash riff writing.(best riffs on the album for sure)All the riffs rule and they do a particularly good job of mutating the riffs.(Like how the main riff comes in has 2 main variants, one using triplets, the other alternate picking)It's got another good chorus too.The title track is a masterpiece of grooving, atmospheric metal. Overkill does slow material better than any other thrash band, and this is about as good as it gets. The riffs are absolutely crushingly heavy and the drumming is agonizingly slow and powerful.It's also got some really great vocals from Ellsworth.(As is typical of their slower songs.) The pair Nice Day For A Funeral and Soulitude close out the album as a single, 10 minute+ epic.Not as heavy as Horrorscope, but even more atmospheric, with more melody and some very nice lead work.The 2 choruses are great, once again.The chorus to Soulitude is pretty affecting, and it brings the album to a great close.The cover of Frankenstein is really cool too.It brings in a bit more melodicism and light-heartedness to the album, but it still thrashes pretty good.

    That's it.This is pretty much mandatory for thrash fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Overkill's best....and that is saying something
    Horrorscope is the crowning achievement from Overkill.They have consistently put out quality album after quality album and you rarely, if ever, hear an Overkill fan that feels like any Overkill album ripped him off (try saying that about many other 80's metal bands with a straight face).

    Horrorscope seemed to put it all together correctly.Every song is a classic and today, 13 years later, this album still doesn't sound dated.It is a true classic and is a must have for any metal fan. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002IRL
    Sales Rank: 61628
    Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Speed Metal    5. Thrash   


    $11.98

    State of Euphoria
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars State of Confusion rather than Euphoria.
    The Anthrax back catalogue--both one of metal's strongest,and,one that has been with me since the halcyon days of the late '80's/early '90's heavy scene.Anthrax developed from a great Thrash-metal band into a dynamic,highly influential and pioneering act that expertly fused musical styles and ideas,broke new ground(Rap/Metal crossover)and,even up to 2003,released excellent and hugely underrated albums.

    Rewind to early 1988.The band were on the brink of metal-megastardom,and maybe even mass appeal a la Metallica after the enormous creative and commercial magnum-opus,"Among The Living"(and the ultra-popular "I'm the Man" song/single/E.P which followed it).What followed was,and still is,a major disappointment and an album that threatened to undo the progress they had made thus far.It's the Anthrax album most criticized and I must say I agree.Anthrax's first three albums showed such musical and creative growth,all three are essential,but '88's "State Of Euphoria" is mixed-up,dull and lacks that spark that ignited the 'Thrax passion heard on the first three albums.It's not flat-out awful,or even very bad,just irritatingly mundane and mediocre,a disappointment since you know they have so much more talent in them than is showcased here.

    Highlights aren't exactly plentiful,but,there are a few saving graces--"Be all,End All" kicks the album off with some fine melodies and terrific DanSpitz soloing.In fact,the soloing on this record is,for the most part,exemplary.Shame such mundane tracks were built around such exquisite solos."AntiSocial",even though it's a cover,breaks a sweat and is still in the set-list today.Not great,but,head and shoulders above such obvious and generic tracks like "Out of Sight","Schism" and the woeful "Who Cares wins".Belladonna's vocals,while mixed up-front(as with previous albums)sound lost."Among The Living" was a perfect match of thrash musical-muscle and Belladonna's mix of operatic and deep tones,but 'Euphoria' boasts(If it is a boast^) some of the most wretched of vocal lines.Another reviewer mentioned this,and,it does go a long way to taking away from some tracks.The vocal lines,in places,are very poorly written,acting almost as an anti-melody,something to turn you off a song than get you grooving to it.

    Later albums were much better,although "Persistence"(the follow up to 'Euphoria'),while mostly good, still showed they were battling with vocal-melodies and arrangements.

    'Euphoria'--a misstep by the band,and,save for two or three good tracks,a disappointment for fans.One for the hardcore only methinks.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best from Anthrax
    "State of Euphoria", Anthrax's follow up to their classic and influential "Among the Living", is sadly one of the band's most lacking albums.Even though it features two of the band's most well known and beloved songs, "Be All End All" and "Antisocial", "State of Euphoria" still manages to come off as pretty average thanks to some just plain lame songs like "Make Me Laugh", "Schism", "13", and the closing "Finale"; all of which are possibly the worst songs Anthrax ever recorded with Joey Belladonna on vocal duty.That aside, the rest of the songs featured here are solid thrashers, but as a whole "State of Euphoria" can't hold a candle to "Spreading the Disease" or "Among the Living".All in all, if your a new fan to Anthrax, start with any of the previously mentioned albums or even some of the later John Bush era albums ("Volume 8" through "Greater of Two Evils") before picking "State of Euphoria" up.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A decent enough album, but...
    Its definitely not as good as Among The Living, Persistence Of Time or Spreading The Disease, but this is still a decent album. Some of the songs are classic, while some of them are just bad. Here's a rundown of the tracks:-

    1. Be All, End All- 9/10 A classic Anthrax song, this has excellent riffs and drums...
    2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind- 7/10 Not great, but a decent enough song
    3. Make Me Laugh- 6/10 another mediocre song, this one isnt very good...
    4. Antisocial- 8.5/`0 Another classic, this one has awesome guitar, verses and music(making up for a mediocre chorus)
    5. Who Cares Wins- 8/10 another great song, well written.
    6. Now It's Dark- 7/10 not bad... worth a listen, see what you think
    7. Schism- 5/10 this song is just bad... skip.
    8. Misery Loves Company- 7/10 not bad, just not great
    9. 13- 2/10 a boring filler. why did they record this?
    10. Finale- 6/10 not a great way to finish the album, they should have made this better.

    After studying this album, it seems like either they recorded it too quickly, excited by ATL's success, or they had "writers block" during its creation... That didnt stop them making a few decent songs though. Anyways, they fixed this up on persistence of time, and made another great album in it. Buy this for the good songs, and skip the crap ones. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 8261
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    $9.98

    Rust in Peace
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 September, 1990)
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    With Rust in Peace, Megadeth reached musical maturity. While not as slick and stripped-down as their later releases, it does bring the style developed on their earlier albums-basically, high-speed progressive metal-to a high point. Guitarist and singer Dave Mustaine and guitarist Marty Friedman are in fine form here, making technically complex passages sound easy. The lyrics aren't as smooth, but it's almost not worth quibbling over when the music is so good. It's all gut-wrenchingly aggressive, from "Holy Wars" to "Lucretia" to "Five Magics" to "Dawn Patrol," but "Hangar 18" and the title track are two high points, standing above the rest on what is already a fine album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Avoid the remix!
    This is the original mix with solid vocals. This album is superb in many ways. Slow, Fast, Soft, Heavy, Catchy... This is the best starting point for new Megafans.

    Lovely...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Thrash Metal
    Whether or not megadeth is just an offshoot or metallica is up to the fans to decide. As you most likely know, Dave Mustaine (vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main writer for megadeth) was kicked out of metallica in 1983 for drug abuse. That same year he formed his own little band of jazz-thrash-metal (along with jazz guitarist Chris Poland) and released the album Killing Is My Business... And Business is Good! in 1985. Aggressive, fast paced, intelligent, and at times simply silly, it showed the perfect combination of Jazz and Thrash metal. Metallica obviously kicked themselves for letting mustaine go, and if they did not feel that way upon hearing the opening track, they must have upon hearing Mechanix, mustaine's original version of metallica's Four Horsemen. Twice as fast, twice as skilled and twice as coherent, it was Mustaine's way of lashing back at metallica for them continuing to play his songs after he left, which they had the nerve to continue doing in their timeless classic Ride The Lightning. Fast forward 5 years and you see megadeth with a new lineup, with expert guitarist Marty Friedman. If Peace Sells was a great album due to its anti-social themes, politically minded lyrics and guitar interplay (all of which Rust In Peace possesses by the way), Rust In Peace improved the guitar solo even further. Name me another band where the Rhythm Guitarist and Lead Guitarist are almost equals (AND manage to pull it off without sucking) and their master work would still not compete with Rust In Peace. Granted many bands may have one guitarist capable or ripping these awesome solos. But can you name one with two? Metallica you say? I don't think so. While Friedman Mustaine and Hammet are all at about the same level, Hetfeild can hardly compete with Kurt Cobain, let alone Mustaine (admittedly the weakest of the aforementioned guitarists). Now i do tend to ramble, so let me just give a quick breakdown of the tracks and how i rate them.

    1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due- From the opening solo, you can tell that you are listening to the work of a great guitarist(s). Lyrics continue Peace Sells's political agenda. And then go into a different song about superheroes. Brilliant! 10/10

    2. Hangar 18- James Bond-ish opening. Based On Call of Ktulu. Possibly the most famous track from this album. Goes into conspiracy theory about aliens and stuff. The ending solo has a little duel going on between Mustaine and Friedman (i.e. one plays a small crazy sub-solo, drum interlude and them the other plays and it continues like that for a while) the most technically accomplished solo on this album (or possibly ever)by far. 11/10

    3. Take No Prisoners- More political stuff. I think you can tell by the title as you did in Holy Wars. Solo was not that much of a standout (especially after Hangar 18) but still good. The best part is the ending chant. 9/10

    4. Five Magics- This is the "Dungeons and Dragons" song on this album. Cool opening and tis almost as moody as KIMB's Looking Down The Cross. Cool lyrics and good guitar work. But not as good as the opening two tracks. Still, its almost epic. 10/10

    5. Poison Was The Cure - Another cool opening. This one is more of a jumble of words with a nifty little solo. I can swear i heard "Set Fire To Metallica" somewhere in the track. Not very long but adds mood to the album. Would be a 9 if it was longer and had a longer solo. 8/10

    6. Lucretia- Good grove to the track. Cool lyrics and vocal performance by mustaine. Guitar work was not very standout on this one though. But it does add a bit of a groovy feel to the album. Not the best track but still awesome. 8/10

    7. Tornado Of Souls- This is my personal fave from the album. I love the lyrics and guitar work. But the part that does it for me is the crazy solo. It is one of the most underappreciated solos i have ever heard. It sounds almost like the Hotel California solo. While it is not as complex muscially as Hangar 18, it sounds much cooler since it is slower and you can actually hear each separate note. Killer Track. Can listen to it for hours 12/10.

    8. Dawn Patrol- Just a bassline with Mustaine rapping about the environment in a fake british accent. Metallica stole the baseline in its "God That Failed". Not the best track, but it doesnt last too long fortunately. Seems more like a prelude to the end track. 7/10

    9. Rust In Peace... Polaris- Lots of good vocal work. Lyrically, this is my favorite track. They even have vic doing the deep voice which is really cool. it has a bit of a feel like the "bohemian rhapsody" operatic part, except with much less clean vocals. Good guitar work though no standout solo. But the lyrics and vocal performance of mustaine save it from extinction. Killer Track. Ends too fast. Awesome end chant. 10/10

    In Short. Kill 'em All Popularized Thrash. Peace Sells Revolutionized Thash. Rust In Peace Perfected Thrash.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a brilliant album from a brilliant band
    this is a classic album of thrash metal right here. a timeless masterpiece that will be looked at in 300 years and still blow peoples minds, every song is over the top amazing, and everyone who likes any form of metal, or rock even, should own it. ... Read more

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    Power and the Glory
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome rock
    i have been listening to saxon since 1982,and even though i have many different bands that i like,saxon enters my soul like no others.they play there music with passion that makes me feel like im there. i would have liked to have seen better consistency in there recordings as far as sound goes,but i will take what i can get. power,strong arm,wheels,denim and last but not least crusader are probably the best of the saxon collection. love the band,and i like to just let them rock!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but they've done better.
    The title track to this album is my all-time favorite Saxon song, but I think "Wheels of Steel" is a much better album. Get that first, then move on to this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of their best
    This is a must-have in the metal community!The remaster sounds great & the tunes are awesome!I would also like to say that the person who made the comment about "Suzy Hold On" was right on the money!I too miss that track because that version is far superior to the earlier one.I think the reason for this is that it was only on the American album."Midas Touch" was on it in the rest of the world (correct me please if I'm wrong).I am only glad to have a remaster of this at all.Looking for the new Crusader remaster out any day on Axekiller also!The Wolf ... Read more

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    Another Lesson in Violence
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars exodus rule
    I love this album, my brother downloaded one track from it about 3 years ago and as soon as I heard it I went straight down to the record shop and bought it. The guitaring, drumming and singing is quality and gets you so hyped up with a great track selectiion. I recommend this album to anyone who likes speed/death metal as it truely deserves my 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Look at us Now!
    I just need to add my approval, the best live thrash album I've heard. Better than most studio ones too. This album kicks with the intensity that thrash had back in the late 80's, with the production of Andy Sneap. It's bone crushing, the guitars and drums sound fantastic. The performance is inspired. Baloff sounds like a maniac having a ball. I'm not 100% sure what he means half the time, but in a break between songs, when there's a bit of banter and some idiot in the crowd yelling "Just play....just play", the riff starts, Baloff bleats "Look at us Now!", the drums kick in and there's just a f$%K off level of power that no one could refute. Floored!

    5-0 out of 5 stars you have no idea what your missing
    this is one of the greatest live albums ever,better than thier good friendly violent fun live album on their fabulous disaster tour.this is a reunion album from the old baloff-era.this is like another bonded by blood except well their is three songs from pleasures of the flesh.if this was a studio album of 1997 this would've been my fav album of all time.like i said before and ill say again,i would recommend bonded by blood ... Read more

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    ...And Justice For All
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    This record has so much good material that it's a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica's most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. "One" is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It's the epic of the album, but all of the songs are long, displaying impressive chops and songwriting. Metallica took a commercial turn after ...And Justice for All, and it's interesting to speculate on what would have happened to their music had they continued in the direction suggested by this album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ...and justice for all
    first off let me say this is a great cd. this is some really heavy stuff that we're dealing with. its got one of the best metallica songs on it (one). they played this song when i saw them live and the intro was amazing. there were big explosions on stage and they played the battle sounds. it was sooo cool. blinding and deafining but cool. there are no bad songs on this cd. the production is a little weird though so it doesnt sound as smooth as usual but that really doesnt make any difference. this is also the first cd the band made without cliff burton and it is the last cd before metallica went through their big change. (which really isnt wasnt that bad... in my opinion)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My review for .... ...And Justice For All
    This album came out in 1988.Megadeth's So Far, So Good...So What! came out the same year.I'm gonna review that but for now gonna do .. And Justice For All.This is the first album without cliff.Although the death of cliff is very depressing because he had such potential,he was sorta the Jimmy Page of Basses, I'm not sure this album would of been so successful without the death.This album holds one of the greatest songs of all time.It makes you wanna cry but when you listen to the music.. you dont wanna cry.. you wanna suck it up and have a good time and bang ya head.Thats what metal is all about....And Justice For All proved that sad songs can make you headbang.The best song on this album and also the main highlight is One.This is my all-time favorite Metallica song.Its sorta like Megadeth's In My Darkest Hour as far as music structure goes.. but One is written better.As you may know.. its based on a movie about a landmine taking everything away from a man.I never saw the movie.. but according to the lyrics. he lived.. he had to face living with no arms, no legs, and worst of all no soul.Metallica proved that they could make a song out of nothing.Other highlights would be Dyers Eve.. This is about neglection.This is the 2nd best song on the album.Really good stuff.The rest of the songs are ok.I really wouldn't know what to say if i had to review the songs.. but i can tell you that they are awesome.. and make the album a lil better than Ride The Lightning, and you gotta know that that's pretty hard to accomplish.I highly recommend this album.The same for Ride The Lightning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Metal Masterpiece
    These days many teens like myself criticize Metallica. Why? Becauseafter 1988's releasing of ...And Justice For All, Metallica took a leap into commercialized garbage. This is proven especially with St. Anger, the latest release and a mix of random, unrelated songs.These days teens like myself aren't exposed to Metallica's four greatest works. Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice For All were all milestones in metal history.

    ...And Justice For All is, though poorly recorded compared to Master of Puppets, my favorite Metallica album, and perhaps my favorite album of all time behind Megadeth's Rust in Peace and Peace Sells But Who's Buying albums. From start to finish this album blows your mind, leaving you wide-eyed completely by the time you reach the end of Dyers Eve (the final track). ... Read more

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    Cleansing
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 January, 1994)
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    The members of Prong are angry, no question. While rage is a worthy quality for heavy metal, it's not enough to make the music great. Unfortunately, Prong often sound like they're imitating Metallica, specifically Kill 'Em All In fact, they imitate so assiduously that the most interesting material--the groove-oriented quality of "Whose Fist Is This Anyway?," the occasional riffs of "No Question," the slow, heavy groove of "Cut-Rate"--get lost in the noise. And Prong is noisy, with the distortion all the way up, perfectly complementing a vocalist who snarls more than he sings. If you like your metal straightforward and heavy hitting, Prong may be just your cup of TNT. But if you're looking for innovation, you'll have better luck elsewhere. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars not as good as "Beg to Differ"
    Prong was the first and only group to record an album of tight, clean grind-core when they did "Beg to Differ" - the metal side of Godflesh.Cleansing is good music, and like the other reviewers have pointed out, a template for much of radio metal to come, but not as plainly original as "Beg to Differ".Who cares if Cleansing influenced Limp Bizkit - I wish they had listened to Beg instead, then maybe they would have been interesting.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the editorial review
    Anyone on this page will do well to ignore the editorial review from Amazon.Prong is just another one of the countless metal bands that had an extremely underrated career and never got the recognition they deserved; much like bands like Helmet, Faith No More, Corrosion of Conformity, Biohazard, etc., and while "Cleansing" isn't perfect, it's still exceptional metal listening.Laced with some jazz/blues-esque grooves, "Cleansing" is probably the best album to come from this band masterminded by Tommy Victor, with "Whose Fist is This Anyway?", "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck", "Cut-Rate", and "No Question" being solid tracks, even if it does wear thin towards the second half of the disc and some of the songs outstay their welcome.Despite that, Prong was just one of the many ignored and underrated bands that deserved attention while pretenders like Korn and Limp Bizkit blew up, and if your a fan of Pantera, Slayer, Helmet, or COC, then you should definitely give Prong a try.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A lesson in original material...
    I have owned this CD for about 10 years.You can take much of the "metal" being played over the radio right now and hear Prong's influence.These guys were doing it before it was cool or trendy, so listen to the roots and take in the sounds.If you ever get a chance to see a live show, don't miss it.I would never want to follow this band in a line-up.The energy and pulse is at the top levels.Tommy Victor's stage energy is great.You can tell he really enjoys playing for the crowd. ... Read more

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    Piece of Mind
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Maiden
    It you were to choose your first Maiden album, this should be it. It is not their best, but it captures the essence of the band perfectly. Unlike Seventh Son, for example, it is not heavy on lyrics and latent meanings, so it is easy for beginners to get into. It is also the band's first album with Nicko McBrain on the drums, and this group - McBrain, Dickinson, Harris, Smith, and Murray - proceeded to produce some of the Maiden's best albums.

    Now, to the contents:

    Where Eagles Dare is a classic opener - aggressive, fast, and will get you right into the Maiden frame-of-mind. It is also quite repetitive, which may become boring if you listen to it often.

    Revelations is one of their greatest ever. It is not a typical Maiden song, as it is slow and melancholic at times, but herein lie its true beauty and uniqueness. The guitar solo is great, and the lyrics are touching, if abstruse.

    Flight of Icarus is one of their most famous. Based on the myth of Icarus and Daedalus, it tells the story of the boy who flew too close to the sun. It is short but powerful.

    Die with Your Boots On is not a great song, but it ends very nicely with a guitar solo and Dickinson's "they died with their boots on" screams. The guy has the best male voice in the history of music.

    The Trooper may be their most famous and successful song ever. Aggressive, fast-paced, and speaking of war and death, it is a Maiden classic. Smith and Murray do a great job on the guitars.

    Still Life is great particularly because of the lyrics. Dark, mysterious, and macabre, it speaks of nightmares meshing with reality, and, of course, death. The entire Maidenian spirit is captured in this song.

    Quest for Fire is short and boring, but it contains an excellent guitar solo.

    Sun and Steel is short, highly repetitive, and one of their worst ever.

    To Tame a Land is a perfect piece to end an album. Written by Harris and based on the series of "Dune" sci-fi books, its pace changes frequently and it ends with a fantastic guitar solo, one of their best solos ever.

    In summon, while not their greatest album, it is nonetheless a masterpiece that every Maiden enthusiast should cherish.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Headphone Metal
    I grew up with this band. I bought the vinyl when it came out, and taught myself guitar listening to these songs.

    I recently re-discovered Piece Of Mind on my CD Walkman, and found that while working I can play this disc 3 or 4 times and not get sick of it. It is a bit over-mixed and layered in the production, but that is precisely what makes it such a unique an dtrance-inducing record.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Best of Pro-Pain
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Crumbsuckers
    That stuff will blow your mind away. I'm over 30 and still remember the Crumbsuckers, you sould also definitely check them out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insane in the brain!!
    Anger the neighbors and make your mom's ears bleed.Pro-pain throw everything at this album.Pure rage, angst and energy.Although this band is one of the most underrated in their genre.They definitely hold the title of heaviest over cohorts such as Biohazard, Sepultura and Soulfly.THIS IS HEAVY STUFF!!For fans of the band, this is a must for the live tracks which truly showcase the bands stage presence.Those casual fans looking for a great compilation of the best, this is it.A can't miss all-round

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pro-Pain is Hardcore Metal!
    Pro Pain has everything you need if you are a fan of heavy metal music. i bought this cd when i seen it advertised in a guitar magazine. i just loved the song "put the lights out", very powerful song, great guitarangst. Me, and my ECW friends rate Pro Pain Greatest Hits 5 stars, becauseit takes stress out of your life for you, and sounds good, even when wecranked it up going through the taco bell drive-thru, sorry about that! ProPain #1 in hardcore metal! ... Read more

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    Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed & the Way to Suck Eggs
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Ministry's followup to The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste makes use of the same aggressive approach but sinks to a darker and fiercer level. Chokehold opener "N.W.O." uses tape loops of then-President Bush calling for a "New World Order," which Ministry delivers by infusing their industrial savvy with machine-gunned, thrash metal guitars, relentless beats, and vocals that run the gamut from deranged auctioneer of the damned ("Jesus Built My Hotrod") to terrifying screams ("Just One Fix"). Fast and furious, Psalm 69 is an acidic taste of Ministry at their most focused and diabolical. --Erin Amar ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed & the Way to Suck Eggs~ Minis
    Psalm 69 being their release in the summer of 1992 is one of Ministrys best albums ever. Songs like Just one fix, Jesus built my hotrod, NWO and Psalm 69 can be considered to be the most metal like album that Ministry ever recorded. It is filled to the brim with grinding guitars, angry and venemous vocals, explosive drums and special effects. Alain Jourgensen has created one of the best cross over albums ever and the lyrics and vocals showed that Jourgensen is a much better singer and lyricist then people gave him credit for previous to this ground breaking release.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just One Fix...And That's It!
    Ministry's most famous and popular album "Psalm 69" is made by two guys...A. Jourgensen (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and P. Barker (bass, programming, vocals). There's six other persons but they aren't actual band. The song in this album are very fast and the sound is very thick and heavy. The songs "Just One Fix", "Jesus Built My Hotrod", and "N.W.O." (New World Order) are the most famous one from this album. "Jesus Built My Hotrod" is a weird song...there's no actual lyrics...he just sings "ding-a-ding-dang-dang.ding-a-ling-dang-dang..." and stuff. It has an upbeat rock rhythm. "TV II" has excellent guitar riffs...it is the best track after the tree greatest songs. "Psalm 69" is also a great song...the riff is unbelievable...the bass is so heavy...this album should be played loud!!! The rest of the songs make this album almost perfect. If only the title track would be shorter...it lasts over 8 minutes.Check the song "Corrosion": there's scary screams and heavy drumming. Actually "Grace" isn't a song...it's kinda guitar noise...but a great album I have to say.
    Stars: Jesus Built My Hotrod, Just One Fix, N.W.O., TV II

    5-0 out of 5 stars Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here....
    The greatest industrial album ever made and one of the heaviest rock albums ever recorded, Alain Jourgensen and Co.'s Psalm 69 is their best work, after the one-two punch of Land of Rape and Honey and Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, two other albums by the diabolical Ministry that I also recommend.

    Where can I start?For one, this album delves harshly into issues of political corruption, religious hypocrisy, drug addiction, and all of those other standard "American" values.The album kicks off this aggressive, hostile spirit with the opening track "N.W.O." which even features a voice sample of then president Bush speaking about good and evil and a 'new world order'."Just One Fix" enters with screaming, a comment on "junk", and then a full throttle aural massacre of the senses in its warped take on heroin."TV II" is a junkyard slab of distortion and fuzz, including lyrics about media lies, sodomy, and television itself, of course.This is followed by the raucous and rowdy "Hero" replete with guitar riffs that would make a speed/thrash metalhead wet his pants.It is also a confrontational song on militarism, the government, and war.

    At the middle of this album, next, is the electrifying, visceral, and hilarious hit "Jesus Built My Hotrod" which is utterly indescribable, you simply have to hear it for yourself, in my opinion."Scarecrow" is one of my favorite songs on here and actually is an eerie, ominous instrumental rendition of Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" fed through an icy, hellish, paranoia-induced sound.It also has its share of chilling, haunting lyrics, such as "crucified and left in isolation, picture of our lost morality".

    The title track "Psalm 69" is riddled with an assortment of apocalyptic sound clips, including the command by a preacher for his congregation to open to the book of Revelations, followed by a wailing choir, a girl talking about Christ, and people warning of fire...then it's straight into a menacing, malevolent extravaganza.

    "Corrosion" begins with a highly unusual and unintelligible voice murmuring and then blasts into probably the most intense track on the album, a brutal onslaught of head-splitting rhythms.The closer is "Grace", a slow, chugging fade out with heavily distorted, disconnected voices and no song structure or lyrics.

    Psalm 69 is an intense, bitter pill to swallow, but it's well worth it and it makes our current electronic-rock fusion bands look like nothing more than s**t in the dirt.

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