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Sound of White Noise [US Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU ARE AN ANTHRAX FAN-BUY THIS NOW!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Anthrax And Its New Vocalist
Anthrax's new vocalist sings heavier but isn't like the old one. This album has tougher lyrics and sounds, for examle "Potter's Field", "This Is Not an Exit" etc.

There's three peaceful songs too: "Black Lodge" (a ballad), "Only", and "Packaged Rebellion".

The best track is definitely "Hy Pro Glo" which has very exiting riffs.

4-0 out of 5 stars arguably anthraxs' best album to date
This indeed reflects a mature band. 1993, the guys arent 23 years old anymore. No band can put out album after album that features 250 beats per minute thrash songs throughout. That coupled with the fact that drummer Charlie Benante's wife cheated on him which in turn resulted in him comprising 90% of this albums material, is at least inspiring. ... Read more

Asin: B00005NHJN
Sales Rank: 138132

Images & Words
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 July, 1992)
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Proof positive that one can be a virtuoso musician and also have heart, Dream Theater are in impressive form on this album, arguably their best. They do it by never allowing technical flash to overwhelm their songs; there's substance under the style, in the form of ear-catching riffs and aggressive rhythms. The opening "Pull Me Under" is, quite simply, a great song, from its sparse introduction to its heavy-duty main riff to its memorable lyrics. Dream Theater, as its name implies, is an introspective band, exploring the complexities of the human heart and bringing them to life with songs like "Learning to Live," "Take the Time," and "Wait for Sleep". Unlike many metal bands, they favor an optimistic outlook, as with "Another Day" and "Surrounded," and even the dazzlingly complex "Metropolis, Pt. 1" is an entertaining listen. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Balance Between Art and Rock
This is my second favorite Dream Theater album after When Dream and Day Unite, their debut release.

On this release -- Images and Words -- the melodies are flawless, the music is uplifting, the musicianship is unbelievable and the vocals (supplied by new vocalist James LaBrie) are soaring but not irritating as they are on subsequent releases. (He tends to overuse a melodramatic breathy-ness, but at least he's hitting the notes he's reaching for on this album!)

I'm not surprised this album catapulted DT into the stratosphere. Every song is brilliant. The guitar tracks are more out front than on their debut (but not so far out front that they've become bone-crushing and lacking in melody) and the production is superb. The balance is perfect between heavy and delicate, dark and light. Kevin Moore's keyboard work is nothing short of amazing. Check out the gentle intro to "Wait For Sleep."

"Pull Me Under," the opening track, was a big hit at the time of the album's release (1992). But, for me, the stand-out tracks are "Another Day," "Take the Time" and "Metropolis - Part I."

I've been on a Dream Theater binge lately (spurred by the release of their new triple-CD Live Scenes From New York, as well as listening to DT drummer Mike Portnoy's side project TransAtlantic). I've been listening to their entire catalog in order of release. Images and Words, a CD I haven't heard in years, is playing at the moment...and I'm realizing anew just how incredible it is.

Images and Words is brimming over with energy and stellar performances from all five members of the band. What a powerful album.

If you're fan of progressive rock -- or what's become known as "progressive metal" -- you need to have a copy of Images and Words. It's the perfect balance between art and rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
This CD is one of the most fulfilling collections of songs ever. The musicianship on this album is just astounding. John Petrucci is one of the best guitarists I've heard since Steve Vai, and being a guitarist myself, I am that much more in awe of his skill and technique, and his ability to play so beautifully. Mike Portnoy is far and away one of the most amazing drummers I have heard as well. Overall, this CD is one of the best. This CD alone (I also have Awake) is really making me make a transition from listening solely to thrash metal to Dream Theater's intricate progressive style.

With all the talentless pop music out there right now, it is nice to know that there are still bands like Dream Theater out there who are masters of their respective instruments.

Best songs on 'Images' are Pull Me Under, Take the Time and Metropolis Pt.1. All songs are unique and excellent in their own ways. A beautiful piece of work, but an incredibly talented band. It was a pleasure to listen to for the first time, and continues to get better with each listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars What hasn't been said yet?
Everyone already took the words and reviews from my mouth so I might as well just give it my 5 stars and just say

I have successfully converted people to becoming Dream Theater fans with this CD. Its an excellent cd to begin people with. ... Read more

Asin: B000002JPA


Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 January, 2002)
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Never a band to do things by halves, Dream Theater here delivers a two-disc extravaganza with a title track that clocks in at a prog-tastic 42 minutes. Very much in the style of its 1999 studio predecessor, Scenes from a Memory, the "Six Degrees" piece, which occupies the entire second disc, is divided into eight movements beginning, of course, with the overture. It's meaty stuff, though musically it alternately noodles and thrashes about in a somewhat haphazard manner while singer-lyricist James LaBrie's struggles to make an impression over the stunning instrumental onslaught. The first disc serves up five pieces averaging about 10 minutes each that hearken back to the grungier sound of 1994's Awake. The result is an album that fulfills fans' expectations. These guys have found a formula and they're sticking to it. --Mark Walker ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars We get it. You can all play really fast in 9/16. What else?
I'd like to start this review off with a request for Dream Theater.

For your next studio album... don't bring *any* "inspirational CD's" in with you.

Start with a completely empty slate, with no other "influences" to draw from, and try writing something that comes completely from *you*. Being inspired by specific bands or musicians is great and perfectly respectable. But when your music starts sounding as much like those bands' as some of the material on 6DoIT does, I think you start sounding less like an original band and more like a "wanna-be" band. If I want to hear Tool, I'll put on a Tool CD. I don't want to hear Tool when listening to a Dream Theater track.

Listening through 6DoIT, I can easily pick out numerous "influences" that are so blatantly obvious, it's almost embarassing. There's Rush, Tool, Peter Gabriel, Pantera, Metallica and I'm sure others that I'm not familiar with all mixed throughout.

If not bringing any CD's is just not a viable option, here's an alternative...
Next time around, bring three discs - and only these three - into the studio with you
1. Images And Words
2. Awake
3. A Change of Seasons (specifically title track)

If your writing sessions must be "inspired" by other recordings... how about being inspired by your own work, specifically that done with Kevin Moore?

Listen again to the melodies and arrangements and emotion that flowed through those earlier works... 'Space Dye Vest', 'Learning To Live' (the best song DT ever recorded, IMO), and 'Under A Glass Moon' come to mind. Mind you, I don't mean *re-do* those albums... but learn from them. Compared to the most recent CD's, it's almost like listening to a different, less musical band at times.

You can take your next cue from the title of another of your tracks...

Take The Time.

Or more to the point.. Take Your Time. I'm sure writing an album as fast as possible in the studio is alot of fun and spontaneous and what-not... but I don't think it's necessarily serving the music for the better. I believe that if you slowed down and let the songs grow and breathe and mature *before* going into the studio, they would take on so much more depth and emotion than what's been coming out of the last few recordings.

My review's not *all* doom and gloom, mind you... There *are* moments of brilliance throughout 6DoIT and Metropolis II that prove DT still have it in them to write like that.. but they're so fleeting and sandwiched between fits of playing as fast as they can, simply because they can, that they just don't carry the same impact. The one song on 6DoIT I would say mostly closely demonstrates what I'm talking about is 'Blind Faith' as well as "About to Crash" and the Reprise.

Another reviewer recommended this and I agree - next time - hire an outside producer - someone with an objective ear who knows and is experienced in your style of music to give an alternative point-of-view.. someone like Terry Brown, maybe. Remain involved in the production, but have that objective ear available.

And lastly... John Myung - PLEASE write more lyrics! John P. and Mike P. - take more time and thought with your offerings! Let them evolve and breathe and mature, too. They seem way too cliche'd and rushed on 6DoIT, with perhaps the exception of 'The Great Debate'. You've proven many times that you can do it.. A Change of Seasons's lyrics, for example, are brilliant, as is every song on IAW... All in all, I think James did a fantastic job lyrically in his contributions.. especially on 'Blind Faith.'

And.. that's about it... as for what I think of 6DoIT.. it's a great progressive album.. a bit too overwhelmingly self-indulgent and rushed-sounding, in my opinion, and certainly not representative of DT's best, but a good album nonetheless.

And that's my two cents!

5-0 out of 5 stars different but always the best
this kind of albums, can't be understood by guys who like the same music all the time, cause this double album, has everything but the same, dream theater has proved through the years how music has to be played, and so they do it their way, giving us always new stuff to listen to, and 6DOIT, isn't the exception is simply outstanding: the 5 guys are incredible, and i have to say that listen to labrie's melodies is very difficult to me, cause for the first time he sings different, its seems very relaxed and that's something i'm starting to like, he's always singing over the top, ans so in this album, but its sound different and thats something that only the bests could do. the music is mind blowing,there are no words to decribe the feelings the give me with every song, but most of all with solitary shell, goodnight kiss, overture, and blind faith, these songs are breath taking.

so if you want to have a new experience with dream theater go get this album, and i can say its great to know these guys will never let you down, they're the best band out there, and maybe ever; and i cannot wait to see the live here in mexico.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dream Theaters Best Album
This album expresses everything about rock. Dream Theater can express pretty much every mood in music with just five expert musicians. John Petrucci on his guitar blows me every time I listen to his solos. This shoots right up with Scenes from a Memory, equally matched. When I first heard Glass Prison, I thought it was impossible to make such a combination. If you're interested in Dream Theater I recommend this album along with a few others. The guys know how to make a good ballet; they've been doing it for about 12 years. Their technicality and talent is one that's lead them to my absolute favorite band. These guys brought out the way of Metal in this album, including the mixture of soft, hard, and medium level songs. Once again, I highly recommend this album to Metal and Rock fans. ... Read more

Asin: B00005UEAR
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Appetite for Destruction
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best heavy metal albums of all time
The significance of this album is unquestionable. This was the 80s metal album that united those who liked hair metal (Poison, Warrant, etc), and thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer). It's an excellent mix of blues, hard rock, attitude and machismo.
Guns N Roses were one of the most essential and important bands of the 1980s. Axl Rose's aggressive and shrieking vocals were very adequate (despite the fact that he burned out too quickly and cheated his fans), and Slash's blistering guitar solos are amazing, and he's certainly one of the best guitarists ever. "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O'Mine," "Paradise City," and "Mr. Brownstone," are already rock radio classics that still sound juts as awesome today as they did back in 1987. You can still feel the power of the band in those songs, and for other songs on this album like "Night Train," "Out To get me," and "Rocket Queen." What a great album. I listened to this all the time when I was 6 when I'd steal my Dad's tape of it, until my parents took it away from it because of all the 'dirty words' on it. It is one of the most essential albums of all time, especially in such an era like the late 80s where bad music was just as normal as apple pie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best rock album of all time
Everythings been sauid about this album, but check out this guys post:

Yo hip-hoppa's, how ya'll be?? You know, just like everyone, when I turn on the radio, I wanna hear nu rock, nu metal and hip hopp!! Yet all I keep hearing is dumb old bands that have NO prupose now and have never had any purpose at any point in their careers actually!! Why is the airwaves clogged up with this junk anyway?? "Welcome To The Jungle" has a horrible riff, dumb lyrics, and is the theme song for the Cincinnati Bengals, the wrost football team ever!! "Sweet Child Ov Mine" is a cheesy toon about remembering childhood, "Mr. Brownstone" is about a cooky neighbor, and "Paradise City" goes on for about 6 minutes too long!! Enough with all the annoiyng guitar solos, their sooo annoying!! Axl also has the most whiny voice ever. Plus the bass playa sounds like he's just tapping his bottom string and not playing, listen to the intro of "It's So Easy" and ya'll see whut I be meanin'!!! For good music, look to bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Disturbed, KoRn, Bubba Sparxx, Eminem, Puff Daddy, Puddle Of Mudd, Seether, Saliva, Nickleback, Drowning Pool and the new talent like Clay Aiken and Smile Empty Soul :]!! Skip this WASTE of plastic!!! Peace out G'N R dudes....

First, DO NOT take this f*g seriously. He doesn't like guitar solos, and he listens to Eminem. Paradise City is the second best song on the album, and in no way is it to long. remember, most of the 2nd half is the outro solo, which, by teh way, is AMAZING. Second, if anyone's familiar with music here, you'll know that Bass is to support the band. To add bottom. Limp bIzkit and Linkin Parks bassists are 10 times worst than Duff (bassist for GNR) Plus, the intro to It's So Easy is played on the guitar you dumbass. it sounds like the bass, but it's not. Third, Mr. Brownstone is about the bands drug addictions, not some cooky neighbor.
This guy is obviosly a p*ssy a*s teen who doesn't appreciate real music. I mean come on, look what he said: " You know, just like everyone, when I turn on the radio, I wanna hear nu rock, nu metal and hip hopp." This guy doesn't appreciate rock n roll, so he has no buisness posting a review about music he hates. i think all Gnr fans should go post crappy reviews for nu bands liek Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. I think i speak for all true rock fans, when i say that Appetite For Destrucion is a CD of true talent, and is, in my opinion, the greatest rock album out there. Long live GNR (the originals atleast!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Appetite for Amazement
"Appetite for Destruction" is a CD in a league of it's own. It surpasses "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Back in Black" by far. It is the best CD's ever by one of the best bands ever. Guns N' Roses came into the spectrum at the height of hair metal band faz. Such as Def Leppard, Poison, and Motley Crue were all the rage. Not that these bands don't rock, it's just that GN'R does so much better at it than them. This CD is the third best selling rock CD in the nation (behind the 2 earlier mentioned), and it is hard to see why it isn't numero uno. It definitely is in my book.

First off, there is Saul Hudson (Slash) on lead guitar. The best guitarist of all time. He has his own distinct style and has the speed to keep up with Eddie Van Halen and Toni Iommi. Although he has had his problems with drugs (he was clinically dead for over 30 seconds), what Rock-star hasn't. Next there is the amazing frontman Axl Rose (Bill Baily). That is simply all you have to say about Axl. Amazing. Although he doesn't have the best voice in the buisness, he makes up for it in stage presence and attitude. He has to be one of the best frontmen of all time. While the other members of the band aren't as prominent as Axl and Slash, they still deserve to be mentioned. Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Isabel) on rythym guitar. Steven Adler on Drums. And Michael "Duff" Mckaegen.

These songs were instant classics. Who can resist that opening to "Welcome to the Jungle." Or the emotion behind "Sweet Child of Mine," (plus the best guitar solos ever). This debut CD for the band was all about their lives, the good and the bad. Such tracks as "Mr. Brownstone," "Paradise City," and "Rocket Queen," have obvious drug and partying references behind them, and rock just much as they should.

This is the CD that spawned millions of fan-clubs and websites all about the band. It is one of the essential rock CD's to have and of course I recomend it. ... Read more

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Urban Discipline
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 February, 1999)
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Before Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock came Biohazard. Taking their lead from the thrash-hop hybrid pioneered by Anthrax's classic collaboration with Public Enemy on "Bring the Noise," Brooklyn's Biohazard spent the early 1990s mining the previously under-exploited overlap between hardcore metal and hip-hop cultures. In retrospect, the combination was a natural one: both types of music were vehicles for the expression of rage and disaffection. Biohazard made the fusion seamless with Urban Discipline. Vocalists Billy Graziadei and Evan Seinfeld swap lyrics over a backdrop of heavy beats and heavier guitars. Biohazard had a genuine political agenda: songs like "Punishment," "Loss," "Mistaken Identity," "Hold My Own," and the title track are rallying cries against the pitfalls of the urban scene that spawned them. Biohazard continued to make great albums, but Urban Discipline stands as the album that influenced an entire scene. For aficionados of hip-hop and heavy metal, it remains an essential purchase.--Robert Burrow ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars An all time overlooked classic
Whenever I hear kids talk about how original Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park are, it makes me sick. But what scares me is the fact that kids think that rap-rock started with them and Rage Against the Machine, hell there are kids that think heavy metal in general started with them. Well, this album should be used as a reminder of just who made who. "Urban Discipline" is one of the finest albums ever made, not to mention Biohazard's greatest. The mournful "Loss" is extremely well put together, and remains a concert staple today. "Punishment", "Hold My Own", and the title track are personal favorites of mine as well, all of which are layered with heavy hardcore grinding guitars guided by hip-hop beats. If you have never listened to Biohazard before this is the album that you should start with. "Urban Discipline" is an all time landmark in metal more than it is a classic, and it is essential to any metalhead's collection whether you like rap or not.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Biohazard album ever
Biohazard was the band that I listened to most during my high school years. It not only had captivating lyrics that dominated on the problems of urban life in the United States (drugs, crime, corruption, racism, etc.) but it also had some of the best metal acoustics in the 90's grunge-obsessed era. These guys were essentially white men experiencing the harsh realities of living in Brooklyn, and all of their songs expressed their hard-earned lessons. If you like powerful heavy metal guitars and drums that are guided by hip-hop beats, then you will love the fusion that Biohazard's "Urban Discipline" is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get it !
'Urban discipline'? One of Biohazard's best ever ! Get it by all means if necessary, you'll never regret it... It's a perfect crossover album which combines inspired hip hop lyrics with the nicest metal/hardcore songs ever issued. There is nothing to throw in the garbage in it and, a hardcore fan would be foolish ignoring this true masterpiece... ... Read more

Asin: B00000HZH0


State of the World Address
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 May, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Tales From The Hardside
This album is a landmark release from Brooklyn's Biohazard. it represents the last true representation of their sound, seeing as how Mata Leão was a punk-based album and post-NWD albums are incredibly stale. It features their last shots at mainstream success as well, not to mention the biggest f#%@ing PA symbol I've ever seen.

The songs are typical Biohazard fare: Street-wise hip-hop rhymes laid over intense hardcore beats. Billy and Evan seamlessly trade lines, resulting in some sweet call/release choruses. The lyrics are intelligent, and they depict gruesome stories of life on the mean streets. Profanity is used judiciously, but it never goes over the top. Tracks are infused with melody, and there are classics here, from "Tales..." to "Five Blocks to the Subway," and "How It Is" even features Sen Dog of Cypress Hill. Other unexpected treats show up, from wailing metal solos to flamenco guitar intros to a capella raps about tattoos.

A classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Biohazard's Best
I believe "State of the World Address" is the best album Biohazard has released to date, although I'm sure there are many Biohazard fans out there who would contend that "Urban Discipline", which I think isn't even as good as "Mata Leao", is better. Biohazard do a great job of putting melancholy street-life lyrics ("How It Is" & Tales From the Hard Side") to awesome wailing lead guitar riffs and solid drum and bass work. Evan does a good job of growl/rapping in many of the tracks on SWA (check out "How It Is") without sounding bad since his voice and delivery of his lyrics go well with the music. Some of my favorite tracks on this album include: "5 Blocks to the Subway", "Cornered", "Love Denied", and "Tales From the Hardside". If you have yet to buy a Biohazard album, or have bought only Biohazard albums that have been released since 1999, then you really ought to treat yourself and buy this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars State of perfection ...
With 'State of the World Address', Biohazard members reached perfection in their unique hard-core/metal style. To my own opinion, they have never issued such a good album again. It's hard to tell what I felt listening these (ALL) terrific songs when they got released ten years ago... Then, Biohazard was the band I used to revere the most at this time and, 'State of...' remained in my top of the list for a very long time... ... Read more

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Iced Earth
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 March, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Power/Thrash albums of the '90s
Let me start out by saying that this is my favorite album that Iced Earth has released. All the songs have a unique quality to them that sets this album apart from most others of the genre. They are both slow and fast while at the same time not overbearing. The guitar duo of Jon Schaffer and Randal Shawver light this album up. Schaffer sets the tempo with a steely rhythm then Shawver comes in with an excellent solo. The base and drum work are good also, especially the drums as most of the songs have meter changes that are not easy to achieve. Another thing that is good about this album are the vocals. Most fans argue that Matt Barlow is the best singer the band could ask for but I disagree. The songs on this album sound better with the original guy in my opinion, almost like they were written for him. To curse the sky and When the night falls are my two favorites. Overall, I suggest buying this cd first if you want to get into the band. So don't wait, get it today.

4-0 out of 5 stars "ICED EARTH HAS RISEN"
This is definitley one of the best debut albums I've ever experienced. Considering it was originally done on only an 8000 dollar budget, this album does wonders for the heavy metal world.

My particular favorites here are "Iced Earth" and "When the Night Falls" both trully give fans an idea of what Schaffer and company are capable of.

However I do recommend that if you want a copy of this cd with better quality that you by the boxed set Dark Genesis. Includes remastered and remized versions of Iced Earths first three albums("Iced Earth", "Night of the Stormrider", "Burnt Offerings") as well as a cd version of the demo disc("Enter the Realm") which got them their first record deal and a cd which pays tribute to Iced Earth's top influences(KISS AC/DC Iron Maiden, etc.).

Also I'd recommend that you get "Days of Purgatory" which is a re-release of the best Iced Earth songs from the 89-95 era with vocalist Matt Barlow who has been with the band since 95. This guy blows Iced Earth's original two vocalists(Gene Adams and John Greely) outta the sky!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars iced earths first
This is a good debut album all in all. It suffers somewhat from the subpar production and from the vocalists terrible singing. but all the elements (atmospheric songwriting, intricate metal) that make this band great are intact. Like the above reviewer said dont buy this album first, start with anything else in their catalogue, once you listen to iced earth your sure to become a real fan of the group. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Horror Show
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY good heavy metal
There is not much that I can say about Iced Earth that most people reading this don't already know. To me, they are THE premiere metal band around. I enjoy all styles of metal...death, black, thrash, doom, power, etc. But no band around makes me as proud to be a metal listener as Iced Earth.

Horror Show is a solid effort and a great listen. The first time I heard it I really liked it. I have heard it dozens of times now, and I like it more each time. In fact, I love it.

For those of you familiar with IE and Demons and Wizards, this cd is a continuation of the styles presented on D & W and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Actually, Horrow Show is more consistent than SWTWC, but the diversity is what alot of people enjoyed about that album. HS is very dark, very heavy, and very METAL. Richard Christy's drumming is awesome and Schaffer's guitar work is tight as always. For me the highlights of the album are.

1) Matt Barlows vocals.....he just keeps getting better. Definately one of, if not the, best around.

2) The song writing.....very melodic, very heavy, and very memorable.

3) The mood.....like I said, it is very dark.

I recommend that anyone who enjoys heavy music to get this album. There isn't too much more I can say. In my eyes, Iced Earth is carrying the torch for heavy metal, and keeping the spirit alive!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Iced Earth...what more do you need to know?
Iced Earth keeps the torch burning for "classic metal" in the United States. You really can't go wrong with this album if Maiden/Priest influenced honest-to-God REAL HEAVY METAL is your cup of blood.

The good news: The sound is as heavy as ever, if not even better. The rhythms are excellent, as always. Matt Barlow screams his lungs out and sings very well, too, proving once again he is one of metal's premiere vocalists. Lead guitarist Larry Tarnowski plays a couple good leads...unfortunately, not enough of them, as they seem rather sparse on this album. Some nice contributions from the Gods of Guest Shots, namely Steve DiGiorgio on bass and Richard Christy on drums. This is, without a doubt, a great heavy metal album with a wonderful idea for a subject...all "horror movies" (or horror "stories") except for a single "patriotic" song called "Ghost Of Freedom," which is also pretty cool.

The semi-bad news: If it hadn't followed the incredible "Something Wicked" album, this would've rated 5 stars from me. Unfortunately, while all of the songs are excellent to listen to, other than "Damien," none of the other tracks make me want to scream along with the choruses as songs like "Melancholy," "Watching Over Me," and ESPECIALLY the GODLY "The Coming Curse" from "Something Wicked" did.

In other words, this is an excellent metal album that would've been even better if it had been earlier in their career.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Cd is awesome, never heard the likes of it before.
This is the first CD that I ever owned by this band, but shorly after I hear it I went out and got 3 more, I think that says somthing about how good this CD really is. This is a unique album, the theme is all about Horror Movie (Duh) and amny of you, like me, who have never heard any Iced Earth before this will proabbaly think that the idea sounds pretty stupid. Well you would be wrong. This album is full of brilliant lyrics and a vast amount of originality.

The best song on the CD is "The Phantom of The Opera". This surpised me because out of all the songs on the list the Phantom of the Opera is the worst villian of horror. BUt this song is just so amzing with two vocalists, Matt Bartlow and some female going back and forth, and Right in the middle it gets so intense you can't help but get up and bang your head along with it.

Another really great song is "The Ghost of Freedom". For thsoe of you who own the CD Somthing Wicked This Way Comes, and the Dark Saga, this song is kind've along the lines of The 4th track on wicked and the last track on the Dark Saga, so if you like those songs this Cd will be great for you.

Tis is Iced Earth's Second best album to my Knowledge and a must if you really like Iced Earth or just good Metal. ... Read more

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The Best of Pro-Pain
Average Customer Review: 5 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 guitar angst. Me, and my ECW friends rate Pro Pain Greatest Hits 5 stars, because it takes stress out of your life for you, and sounds good, even when we cranked it up going through the taco bell drive-thru, sorry about that! Pro Pain #1 in hardcore metal! ... Read more

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Violence Has Arrived
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Their back with a new style.
This is one of GWAR's best yet. It was a great album. It was more metal than punk (as in previous albums) This is one of GWAR's sickest albums also. The album only has 2 of the cuss words in the entire album. All of the songs are about violence, gore, blood, and battles. Although I am surprised that track 13 "Happy Death day" made it on the album because of what went on with Columbine. Gwar has changed their style in music and their costumes are better on the cover art. If you liked "Scumdogs of the Universe" and "America Must be Destroyed" then definetly buy this one but if you like their more punk/thrash then this may be a disappointment. My personal favorites are "Abyss of Woe" "Licksore" and "The Song of Words" What is also good about this album is GWAR dropped the whole comedy lyrics and the songs are more grotesque. All in all it is a very good album if you are a GWAR fan like me you should like it. I bought the album and loved it. I hope you found this review helpful, Good Luck.

4-0 out of 5 stars good but not great, definately worth buying
Ever since Ragnarok Gwar's albums have kind of been lacking. I know Carnival must have drained the living energy out of the band to create and WKE is a very complex metal/punk album but its like they were trying a bit too hard. Even though its full length this album seems like and E.P. the songs are all straight forward Gwar metal. Now regular metal and Gwar metal are two different things, I think Gwar really have created their own sound, they draw their influences from ...punk rock, but twist it around some into something I can only call Gwar metal. There are some problems here, one the songs are not as fast as they should be. Half of them start fast but then start this really lame crash symbol yo homeboy lets jump kinda deal while Oderus sings the lines like there's a period between each word. While i'm sure my brain is going to be on fire and my body doing uncontrollable convulsions when i see Gwar live in a couple of days, on the album it doesn't really grab your attention. Its just kind of there and you wait for the next song. Abyss of Woe shows that Gwar DID catch the "whoa" fever when they did all those shows with the Misfits, not to mention its a classic. Apes of Wrath is PERFECT, i don't know if any of the guys in Gwar are aware of a genre called Death Metal thats insanely fast disgusting music but the vocals here almost reach that point, someone should tell them about this music someday. All these songs are pretty good, but Bloody Mary and Happy Death Day are horrible. It goes back on the Gwar metal thing and theory that none of the guys in Gwar listen to metal music at all. These songs sound like Guns N Roses or Warrant songs. Sure the lyrics are gross and disturbing but really! These songs are horrible! All in all its an ok Gwar album, a million times better than the awful Carnival of Chaos (mainly speaking of the 2/3rds of album filler that fill up most of the album, the ending last half of it is pure genius), but not as fun as We Kill Everything. A pretty decent effort, not the best introduction to Gwar, that will always be the Scumdogs album so get it first if you're new to Gwar. If you're not you know you'll end up getting it anyway, if you're the jaded gwar fan it probably won't renew your interest. But if your me you'll buy it and worship them like the gods they are!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gwar is effin awesome
My friend introduced me to gwar, at first i was a little apprehensive but OMFG i got hooked and now GWAR is one of my favorite bands.
p.s. anyone that reviews a gwar album and rates it bad saying its "sick and obscene and no one should ever have to hear it" and they talk about the lyrics and the quality of the music, they have no business listening to gwar or buying an album by the Scumdogs anyway! Gwar is awesome they have the balls to go on stage EVERY night and hose down legions of gwar slaves with faux alien semen, i mean c'mon any gwar fan loves that stuff, and they arent going to be swayed off a purchace by some idiot who cant take a joke. ... Read more

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Number of the Beast
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hallowed be thy name! Maiden lives
Iron Maiden have influenced so many fans over the years and have proven themselves to be one of metals best bands ever! They have won me over with this album! I haven't heard anything like this from any other band that I listen to. Bruce Dickinson is one of metals best vocalist ever! He can sing like you have never heard anybody sing! He can make his voice go up high! Almost to where he is Rob Halford of Judas Priest! They have excellent guitar, and bass playing but, at the same time you get great drumming and they are all amazing songs! Their talent is out of this world with Maiden classics like The Number Of The Beast, Run To The Hills, and Hallowed Be Thy Name!

Starting off with track one: Invaders you know you are going to love the song from beginning to end as soon as you hear the way Invaders starts off! This song tells you what thrash metal is when you hear the guitar solo about half way through the song! It is only one of the many classic Maiden songs on this album!

Track Two: Children Of The Damned is one of the best songs on The Number Of The Beast with its catchy fast riffs later on in the song that also add a classical touch to the guitars! It instantly makes you love it!

Track Three: The Prisoner is aheavy song that is pretty good especially when it comes to work on the guitars and bass which of course turn this into a speedmetal song when the speed kicks in! After a while you get the long awaited guitar solo and Bruce's lyrics are also very good!

Track Four: 22 Acaia Avenue is one of those songs that you have to like for its classical hooks on guitar!

Track Five: The Number Of The Beast is a hit that broke Maiden through with radio airplay! It has a great souund and the guitar solos are all over the place making this an album that cannot be overlooked!

Track Six: Run To The Hills is another hit from Maiden! The high pitched guitar sound makes the song a classic and it has alternate tempos that make this stuff great!

Track Seven: Gangland is a fast drumming song that starts off with guitars that keep going lower and lower! It has a solo that I have never heard come out of a guitar before in my whole life! It sounds like it should be in a horror movie!

Track Eieght: Total Eclipse has a very dark sound in it but, at the same time it sounds good!

Track Nine: Hallowed Be Thy Name is one of my favorite Maiden songs because, it is dark and slow at the beginning but, goes fast quickly! The guitar playing keeps getting darker and darker but, it is a classic song if you haven't discovered that out by now! It makes you draw energy from the dark side of the music with its guitar playing and lyrics! Bruce doesn't sing much in this song as it is an almost all musical song! This song has influenced alot of bands out their. British black metal band Cradle Of Filth has done a cover of this song and it sounds good because, it is much darker and Dani Filth's voice gives a different tone to it!

This band is great because, they bring such a unique sound to metal! This is one of my favorite albums of all-time and they are one of my favorite bands to! Get this album and you will see why it brought an influence to some of metals biggest stars of today! Marilyn Manson was influenced by Iron Maiden as a kid and he is one of todays most talked about artist of metal! I like Marilyn Manson and everything that he does on stage because, his music is great! Don't stop at The Number Of The Beast! Buy other Maiden albums like Iron Maiden, Killers, and Piece Of Mind! Maiden will forever be one of metals best acts and one of my favorite bands of all-time!

4-0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden's breakthrough album
Iron Maiden changed on this album. With new vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden turned into one of the greatest Metal bands ever. Although this album didn't please me much, it still had some good songs:

Invaders: 4/5 - Cool intro, fast, good music, nice solos and good singing but the chorus sucks.

Children Of The Damned: 5/5 - My favourite track, has everything I hoped for - awesome guitars, thundering bass, pounding drums and cool vocals. Worth the price of this album alone.

The Prisoner: 3.5/5 - Haven't seen the show, but the intro's cool. This song is ok, one of the average rating songs on the album, and takes a while to get to the vocals. Chorus is alright.

22 Acacia Avenue: 5/5 - The second song of the Charlotte The Harlot series should've been a single, has the most incredible music of all the songs on this album(maybe except for Hallowed By Thy Name), also Bruce's vocals shine on this track.

The Number Of The Beast: 5/5 - The title track of the album is a fan favourite and an album single. At first I hated it, but after a good few listens I realized that I was wrong for dissing this track. DON'T skip this track like I did, you'll regret it.

Run To The Hills: 4.6/5 - Awesome riffs at the intro as well as great drum beats. a single off the album. Great song but the chorus is kinda weird.

Gangland: 3/5 - Not much of a great song but has it's moments. A filler but worth a listen.

Total Eclipse: 5/5 - Like Sanctuary and Twilight Zone from the past two albums, this song is a bonus track on the remastered series, and is worthy for a place on this album. Cool song, if you don't have it on your original versions of this album, I suggest you download it.

Hallowed By Thy Name: 5/5 - In my opinion, the hit of the album. Haunting at the beginning, awesome afterwards. Now I know why it's played at most live Iron Maiden shows, it's just too damn good.

Bruce Dickinson - Vocals
Steve Harris - Bass
Adrian Smith - Guitar

Dave Murray - Guitar
Clive Burr - Drums

Overall: If it wasn't for the bad-marked songs, this album would've been my favourite. It's good but may need some better tracks.

4-0 out of 5 stars The classic album that made millions bang their heads
This is one of my favorite heavy metal albums of all time. It's just a really good album, everything that one needs to be a good metal album. The only song that stops it from being a five-star album is the sort of filler 'Gangland'. But that doesn't take away the glory of songs like '22 Acacia Avenue', 'Invaders', and, of course, 'Run To The Hills', which deals with the plight of the American Indian, which is a subject rather hackneyed, but Maiden were really the first headbangers to do it. Many old adults did not like this album at the time of its release, but now, with all the death metal garabage going on, the slightly Satanic lyrics seem tame. This is one of the greatesr metal albums to be ever recorded. Everyone should appreciate it, cause no metalhead's collection is full without it. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless album
This is a prime example of what every album should be. There is not a weak point on this entire album. It starts off with Aces High, which in my opinion is their greatest opener and one of their best songs ever. With its fast paced drum beat, dueling guitars, and the high pitched wail of Bruce Dickinson, it makes for the perfect opening to this album. Steve Harris bass work as always is incredible, and it can actually be heard which is not true in most metal bands. 2 Minutes to Midnight is a catchy tune with a great chorus which can be stuck in your head for days. Losfer Words is a nice little instrumental which displays the musical talent of each of the members. Flash of the Blade and The Duellists are both great songs, both with incredible guitar harmonies of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. The title track, Powerslave, is themed in Ancient Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs, and the guitar riff goes great with the theme. Powerslave also has one of the best solos ever. The album closes with the 13 minute epic, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, also another Maiden classic. From beginning to end, this album is flawless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maiden's Best!
With Powerslave, Iron Maiden took the epic elements from their previous album, Piece of Mind, and took it even further. Recorded at the peak of their creativity, Maiden created na album that was quite simply without ANY weak tracks whatsoever. From radio singles Aces High and 2 Minutes to Midnight al lthe way to the epic Powerslave and the super-epic(and best Maiden song ever) Rime of the Ancient Mariner this album shows off the band's talenty, musicianship, and songwriting skills. The often overlooked middle tracks in the album(Flash of the Blade, Duellists, and Back in the Village) are also great, and remedy what was a weak spot in earlier Maiden albums(filler like Gangland and Quest for Fire come to mind).
It's a must for any fan of Iron Maiden to get this msaterpiece; the only regret you'll have is not buying it sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Despite what certain spastic children may say...
...this CD is an amazing piece of work from the best of the NWOBHM bands. Sadly, a fellow by the name of "lucifer_666" doesn't appear to agree. He appears to prefer King Diamond, stating that "those guys [Note: He means King Diamond here, sadly, not Iron Maiden] are an awsome band with talent and originality and amazing solos with intense lirycs".
Now, I've never heard any King Diamond, so I can't judge them as opposed to Iron Maiden. But if this is the intelligence level of their average fan, I shall stay as far away from them as humanly possible. I don't know if Steve Harris ever has written "intense lirycs", but this is probably because I don't know what the hell a "liryc" is. Sigh. Still, I suppose that this is all you can expect from someone that calls themself "lucifer" in order to get attention. I AM TEH EVIL! PAY ATNETION TO MEEE!!1111!!!!1111 OMG LOL

Really, though, this album rules. You can't beat Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. Best Maiden song ever. Aces High, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Duellists, and Powerslave (the title track) itself ain't exactly bad either. Second best Maiden album - nothing beats Number Of The Beast. Powerslave, however, is better than even the substantial achievements of Brave New World, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, Piece Of Mind, and Somewhere In Time. And I won't even go into how superior it is to the Blaze Bayley albums. To summarize: Get this album. But try to listen to other tracks than "Flash Of The Blade", which is horrendously overrated. ... Read more

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Brave New World
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air after VIRTUAL Xi
Iron Maiden, the way it should be. Their classic lineup is reunited, with a newer face (Janick Gehrs) making a 3rd guitarist spot. This album is a return to what Maiden does best, and proof that these guys who are well into the 40's or 50's can still rock. Even though anything would have been great after VIRTUAL XI, this is almost as good as classics like SOMEWHERE IN TIME, POWERSLAVE, PIECE OF MIND OR NUMBER OF THE BEAST. Just listen for yourself, you be the judge. Not me.

1. Wicker Man (10/10) Their single, just to show us that they can still open an album with a swift kick.
2. Ghost of the Navigator (10/10) Great written song, it's interesting.
3. Brave New World (10/10)
4. Blood Brothers (10/10) Arguably the best song on the album, great when they play it live. Just listen to Nicko.
5. Mercenary (10/10)
6. Dream of Mirrors (10/10) Maybe as good as "Blood Brothers" I don't know, it's nice. Nicko has some crazy time signatures on those drums.
7. Fallen Angel (7/10) Like usual Maiden albums get kinda choppy towards the end.
8. Nomad (6/10)
9. Out of the Silent Planet (9/10) But then they get better.
10. Thin Line Between Love and Hate (10/10) Can you believe these beautiful lyrics?

5-0 out of 5 stars A new era of maiden
Whip out your spiked wrist bands, hang your Eddie posters back on the wall and don that leather jacket once more Iron Maiden is back in full force. After a six year absence of Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith, Iron Maiden has decided to reunite to produce it's first studio album under the original lineup ( with the exception on Jannick Gers) in over ten years. "Brave New World" is an exceptional album from start to finish, all 67 minutes of it. Bruce and Adrian shuffle back into the lineup like they never missed a beat, you would never know they have been departed from the band for such a long period of time. The vocals of Bruce Dickinson are some of his finest to date, the guitar work is a phenomal mix of raw, in-your-face rhythms and engaging harmonies delivered with flawless percision. The band decided to keep Jannick Gers on guitar creating a very potent three guitar arsenal. There are shades of vintage Maiden on such tracks as "The Wicker Man" and "Ghost of the Navigator" which will keep old-time metal heads banging thier heads with a sense of urgency. After two medicore efforts in "The X Factor" and "Virtual XI" and the drab vocals of Blaize Bailey it seemed the band had dropped of the face of the Metal earth. "Brave New World" is Iron Maiden's best effort since "Powerslave", showing that even in a day and age where heavy metal has seemed to have gone the way of the Dodo the band can still maintain it's edge. If you are an old Maiden fan you will find your self special ordering a record playing and dusting off your old vinyl that you forgot you had. If you are new to Iron Maiden, have a listen to the triumphant return of the greatest band in the history of heavy metal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astonishing...
And I mean this in a good way. I've owned this album since it came out (4+ years ago) and I still have not grown tired of it. Brave New World is how heavy metal music sounds when composed AND executed properly. Every band member gives a first-rate performance; Bruce continues to amaze with air raid siren vocals aplenty, whilst Dave, Adrian, and Janick deliver some powerful riffage and soloing. Of course, one cannot forget about the thundering rhythm section, courtesy of Steve and Nicko, both of whom could give Geddy Lee and Neil Peart runs for their money. All the songs are top-notch, but "Ghost of the Navigator" and "Blood Brothers" would be the top candidates for best track.
Any fan of rock music should give this album a try. ... Read more

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System of a Down
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Free Thinkers Are Dangerous
To be honest, my first review of SOAD's self-titled wasn't very thourough. Now that they (finally) have a new album coming out, I thought I'd rereview it.

SOAD is definately one of the most interesting and creative new bands I've come across. They're not your average "rapcore" band. Hell, they don't even fall in that category. In case you're wondering why a lot of its themes center around Armenia, all of its members are of Armenian descent, and their politics center around their homeland. As for the band itself, Serj has a voice that's pretty much unparalled from anyone out there. One on track, he can go from screaming to singing like your CD player is on twice the speed, to singing with a nice, mellow voice. Daron's crunching guitars add a lot to the band's sound, while Shavo's bass playing and John's drums contribute a lot to the atmosphere. And let's not forget the presence of uber-producer Rick Rubin, either.

The best song on here is Suggestions, without a doubt. Know and Spiders are close seconds, while Ddevil shows how multi-ranged Serj's voice is. Suite-Pee and Sugar also are some great, head-banging tunes. P.L.U.C.K. (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers) is a song that sums up SOAD's cause. My only complaint is that the CD starts to kind of wind down after track 6, but that doesn't mean that that's a bad thing. This CD, still, should be a part of any metal listener's collection.

One other thing I should mention is that System puts on one hell of a live show. They're just as energetic on stage as they are on their CD. If the songs I've heard that might be on their new CD (Metro, Marmalade, ChickNstew, etc) are any indication, the next CD is going to be killer. Can't wait to hear more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wild Creativity Yields Excellence
The self-titled debut from System Of A Down demonstrates what happens when you mix creativity with insanity and loud instruments. Its seems that the band is out to feed the fire within all who hear their music while intriguing with odd lyrics and a new sound. If thats what they came here to do, then they have succeeded two-fold.

Although they didn't really become a common name until they released the first single from their second album "Toxicity", I thought they were incredible and that they represented some new and different in music. Mainly focused on screaming the first time around, singer Serj Tankian performs each song with fire and intensity and at times, toning it down while rambling wild lyrics (i.e. the verses of "Sugar"). The instruments are not as focused as their sophmore release which make the album even more wild. Daron Malakian's guitar is low and deep, giving a kick in the face with every power chord and sudden maniacal tangents he plays. As usual, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan follow pursuit tightly and complete the full-on harsh sound of the album.

Most of these songs are the usual hard-hitting mosh-fest you'd find in "nu-metal" bands today, excluding "Spiders". I can't really pinpoint the best tracks because each one grabs hold and doesn't let go until the final note. Give it a listen and discover your favorite tracks.

System Of A Down's debut album is a strong album, exhibiting the best music of today's metal scene. This album is a must for "nu-metal" fans and anyone who enjoys the madness of the second album. There is more to this album than "Sugar" and "Spiders" so check it out. Its definitely worth a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
i dont know what you would call this music but it is nonetheless awsome. i like every song in this cd and is one of my all time favorites. not only is this a good cd but its political. there is alot of punk crap that has nothing to do with anti government. system of a down isnt even trying to be punk and this cd is more punk than what most of those crappy bands try to do. its only too bad that their later stuff fails to keep up with this one. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A New Type Of Killer Toxin
Every so often, a music group explodes with such a different and solid style that just about everyone who listens to it happens to love it. System Of A Down is one of these groups, blowing up with their 2nd official CD, "Toxicity". This CD is near-flawless all the way through and any fan of hard rock will fall in love with it quickly. The lead vocalist, Serj, has such a crazy sound to his voice that it really grapples you into the songs. All in all, SOAD is filled with very anti-regulation, rebellious, good hard music.

The album starts out with a very hard song, "Prison Song", which is sure to hit the listener hard with its lyrical content and sound. It's a great introduction to most of the material we will be hearing later on the CD. Following the first song are two great ones, "Needles" and "Deer Dance", both of which have hard choruses and flowing vocals by Serj. After these comes a pretty short song (barely over 2 minutes, but short songs are somewhat common to SOAD) but hard and fast. The drummer really kicks in and goes crazy on this song. Track 5 entitled "X" comes in a bit slower but just as solid as the rest... then Serj goes very fast on most of the vocals. Next is the single track that really hooked me to SOAD's newer sounding style (over their self-titled LP a few years back), "Chop Suey!". This was a huge radio hit and is one of those songs that you love listening to even though it's so mainstream. The vocals are really "chopped" up but all flow together, and the chorus is... well... "heavenly" I guess. Very angellic sounding, if that makes any sense. Awesome song.

The 2nd Half of the album is just as good as the first. And truthfully that does not happen as often as it should in music these days. Track 7, "Bounce", follows Chop Suey! up with a fast paced and *insane* song. Definitely the craziest on the album. "Bounce, Pogo Pogo Pogo POGO!!". Good song. Following that is "Forest", a semi-long song weighing in at 4:00, but possibly one of my favorites. It has a medium paced beat going with it as Serj screams after every line. At track 12, we come to "Toxicity", the title track and very deserving of this title. Slower paced and more instrumental, this is one of my favorites. Psycho is a pretty dark song and very emotional, with a screaming memorable chorus, "Psycho...Cocaine...Cocaine...Crazy!" in increasing speed. A really good cut. And the final track: Aerials. This was their 2nd single and the most mainstream sounding song with the exception of Chop Suey!. They made a badass video to go along with this slow song. Good lyrics, and good end to the album.

Overall, I was unbelievably impressed with the quality of the work that System Of A Down was able to produce with "Toxicity". It's much more mature sounding than their self-titled CD even though that is awesome work as well! The group really made their own nitch in the hard rock community with this release and it's going to be great to see what System can come out with in the future. GET THIS CD, PERIOD.

Overall Rating: 9.5 / 10

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly(?) Good for a jaded Metal Fan
O.k., I originally wrote System of a Down off as yet another wanna-be corporate Mtv "nu-metal" band. I WAS WRONG. THIS CD IS FANTASTIC! Yes, I do think that SoaD should get down on their knees and worship at the feet of "Faith No More" (this CD brings "King for a Day" and "Album of the Year" to mind), but they really have their own sound that comes out and distinguishes itself from other bands.

I really liked their first CD, and on "Toxicity" the band is even more polished. The only song that doesn't seem to fit on the CD for me is "Chop Suey!". It sound a little out of place compared to the other music, but that's probably because I've heard it on the radio so much. With good reason, it's a great song!

Anyway, the rest of the CD is a little heavier than the radio hit. I really like the lyrics. The lyrics of most of the songs talk about social or political injustices, like Rage. Unlike Rage, SOAD has a sense of humor and don't seem to take up an issue with Everything.

All in all, I think this CD is a safe buy. Metal friends of mine are split on their opinions of this CD. Some love it, some hate it. The odd singing and rapid time changes could definitely throw a listener off. I know this is often said, but I really believe that if you don't like it at first listen, believe it or not "Toxicity" WILL grow on you. So will their first CD. If you like Faith No More, Korn, and Rage; go ahead and experiment with System of a Down. If you can, see them live, too. Their energy could light the planet! (Am I the only person who thinks that the lead singer of System looks like B-Real on a massive ammount of stimulants?)

1-0 out of 5 stars corgancobainmalakian is a dipsh*t!!
corgancobrainmalakian, you make me want to vomit!! Zach De La Rocha is a much better singer than Serj Turkian (he's a stupid Turk) will ever be!! So what if RATM isn't around anymore, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath aren't together anymore. I'm glad RATM isn't in Hot Topic, its a sign that they're too good for that. Daron Malakian is a terrible song writer and guitarist. Soil's guitar solo was NOTHING to scream about. 99% of his songs don't make sense. RATM isn't one dimentional, each of their songs sound completely different from the rest. SOAD is a hypocritical no-talent new-metal (not nu) band, get that through your empty head you ass-raming chode!! If you're from England and if Amazon has a British website, go to that one you retard!! Stay in your own website!! I hate you and I hate any band who's main influences are Slayer and Cannibal Corpse. Go listen to the kids in my school, ha!! All the kids in my school are retarted, they listen to rap, or the rock kids listen to pop-punk emo crap like Simple Plan and Dashboard Confessional. The metal kids listen to Korn and SOAD. I hang around the classic rock kids. They can actually sort out good and bad music (something you can't do). Another reason SOAD sucks is because they're in favor of religion over science, why don't these guy might as well say creationism is more factual than evolution!! Face it corgancobrainblahblahblah, RATM was, is, and always will be better than SOAD. If you don't like the truth, suicide is your answer. ... Read more

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Steal This Album
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5-0 out of 5 stars Steal This Review
Let's get to the point, this album is awesome!! Here is a run-through of the songs.

1. Chic 'N' Stu-Very, VERY strange,but........no just strange. I liked it because it had that SOAD feel to it.

2.Innervision-It has a real kool Chorus and also that SOAD kick to it.

3.Bubbles-I like it. SOAD worthy.

4.Boom!-An amazing display of Serj's political views. I agree.

5.N - guns-Something about genocide.

6.A.D.D.-Very disturbing vocals. Sounds like something off of their first album. Your government is using you.

7.Mr. Jack-Spooky intro, kinda slow, but still SOAD worthy.

8.I-E-A-I-A-I-O -I got 8 words for ya..woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop.

9. 36-Short and Sweet. Too bad is isnt longer.

10.Pictures-This is one of the best song on the album. You just have to listen

11.Highway Song-Thought provoking. Just like a SOAD song.

12.F**k the System-Very interesting. Sounds like the first album in one song.

13.Ego Brains-The second best song on the album. Soft but hard.

14.Thetawaves-Simply amazing.

15.Roulette-Probably one of the best songs on the album. An acoustic masterpiece.

16.Streamline-The guitar is insane. Perfect example of SOAD's creativity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but uneven.
A great compilation, but fails to mesh at times. Also why "The Metro wasn't included is baffling.

1) Chic N' Stu- 9/10 (Funny, and political.)
2) Innervision- 10/10 (A great song that should have been on Toxicity - because it doesn't fit as well on this album.)
3) Bubbles- 9/10 (Pure rage, should have replaced Jet Pilot.)
4) Boom!- 9/10 (Poetry to music - literally.)
5) Nuguns- 2/10 (Annoying...)
6) ADD- 10/10 (Jumps starts it from Nuguns, a tough feat.)
7) Mr. Jack- 10/10 (Should be their next single. Much like Spiders in its melody.)
8) I-E-A-I-A-I-O- 9/10 (Great chorus and humorous lyrics.)
9) 36 - 3/10 (Pure filler.)
10) Pictures- 7/10 (Fast, but little depth.)
11) Highway Song- 9/10 (Dramatic and insightful.)
12) F**k the System!- 6/10 (Too much mumbling.)
13) Ego Brain- 8/10 (Great background, average lyrics.)
14) Thetawaves- 4/10 (No purpose, a poor song.)
15) Roulette- 9/10 (Great lyrics, should have had a bit more of a beat.)
16) Streamline- 7/10 (Sounds cobbled together, as you can tell becuase it is a different version than there was in Scorpion King.)

3-0 out of 5 stars let down 4 the system
I am a loyal fan, but the system has failed me for the first, and hopefully last time Steal this album frankly made the system seem to suck. 1 thumb down and a fart! ... Read more

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Practice What You Preach
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!
Now this is what thrash is all about. Chuck Billy to this day is still one of the best metal vocalists ever. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson make an awesome guitar team that can explode your speakers.

The title track is a roller coaster ride, nuff said! 'The Ballad' is OK, but seems a little out of place on this album. But when you play on stage at 1000 miles per hour, you got to slow down once to prevent your fingers from melting. I just can't believe they made a video for it. But it was the 80's and Testament needed money like everyone else and 'metal ballads' and 'power ballads' were the way to cash in.

Other favorites include Time is COming, Perilous Nation, and Greenhouse effect. If you call yourself a metalhead, you can't be without Testament in your CD collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars An underrated classic...
Testament was lumped in with all the Metallica "wanna-be"s back in the mid-to-late 80s, which was unfortunate, because this album resembled Metallica only in the sense that it was thrash metal. This album stands up just fine on its own, and comparisons to Master of Puppets are just unnecessary. The sounds are very different, from the bass guitar to the drums, to Chuck Billy's vocals.

The standout tracks on this album, for me, are: "Practice What You Preach," "Perilous Nation" (which has a nifty, jazzy little outro), "Sins of Omission" (an awesome, frantic thrash song), "The Ballad" (a nice acoutic bit that builds up to a great heavy ending), and "Nightmare (Coming Back to You)" (a blast of thrash).

The guitars, while generally going for that coveted late-80s "heaviest of metal" (insert sign of the devil here) sound, always maintain a subconsciously jazzy edge and Chuck Billy's voice is a nice compliment to them. The only thing I might have ever had a tiny gripe about was the "clickety"-ness of the kick drums. It would have been nice to put a little bass in there.

Overall, though, Practice What You Preach belongs on the shelf next to Master of Puppets, Peace Sells...but Who's Buying?, and Among the Living as some of great early thrash albums.

Get it if ya ain't got it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Thrash Thing
This is one of my favorite thrash metal albums. Everything about it is good. ... Read more

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The New Order
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars testament strikes again
after banging heads with The Legacy, Testament returns with another bunch of intense, headbanging tunes. one of the first things you'll notice is that in only one year, these guys have matured so much in their music. it's a lot more melodic and controlled. not to say it isn't good because it is, but it's a little different. chuck's singing is a little more mature and he doesn't shriek as much. louie's drumming isn't as fast but still good. however, eric(rhythm guitar) and greg(bass) both make their instruments heard on this one. and what about one of metal's most underrated guitarists, alex skolnick? man, he seems to have gotten BETTER.but anyways, enough of my rambling.let's read on...

1.Eerie Inhabitants-don't let that melodic intro fool you, this song will have you moshing in no time.and just listen to those lyrics. really a wakeup call for all of us about the world we live in. gotta love alex's solo on here man that is catchy.(he's 19 years old on this album might i add)

2.The New Order-what a catchy chorus.probably the first testament chorus i sang in the shower. man listen to those heavy guitar sounds. if you think korn has heavy guitars, you have not heard these. very heavy for 1988. alex let's that guitar fu*king WAIL on his solo. the song tells about the apocalypse. (that's what it is to me)

3.Trial by Fire-starts off distant and melodic, but then out of nowhere..BOOM! the song starts off. this song is a bit more midpaced,but still heavy. man how does eric make his guitar sound so HEAVY?

4.Into the Pit-killer speed metal.greg really lets loose with that bass on here. just listen to that fast,pounding beat louie has going here. chuck sings pretty damn fast here. speaking of fast just dig that solo.

5.Hypnosis-man how does alex do it? a two minute instrumental filled with VERY haunting guitar sounds by alex. this song can really send chills down your spine.

6.Disciples of the Watch-more haunting guitar sounds in the intro but then all of a sudden, you get struck down by those heavy riffs.chuck simply lets loose on this song. if you think your precious rappers spit out lyrics fast,then i'd like you to meet chuck billy! i think this might be alex's best solo on the album. very evil lyrics (it's based on Children of the Corn.)

7.The Preacher-THE PREACHERRRR!!!man chuck shrieks his heart out on this one. you thought he was fast before just listen to him here.i run out of breath just listening to him. cool lyrics too, it tells about a preacher making predictions. eric's guitar is probably at its heaviest here.

8.Nobody's Fault-i'll be honest here,i've never heard Aerosmith's version but this version ain't bad. the song kind of has a 1970s rock and roll vibe,as does alex's solo.ever hear chuck trying to sing a steven tyler song?pretty funny.

9.A Day of Reckoning-don't get me wrong this is a cool thrash song, but it seems kind of flat and dull compared to the rest.

10.Musical Death(A Dirge)-nice ending.alex shows such emotion when he picks up that guitar, you can totally tell that he was in a world of his own and he was so different from other thrash guitarists. this song was dedicated to a friend of theirs named Letty Csengeri(can anyone tell me who this is?)

man this is one hell of an album. if you liked The Legacy, you'll LOVE this one. i said The Legacy was like Kill em All. well i think The New Order is like Ride the Lightning. both albums showed musical growth for their bands and that they were not afraid to mature and make a name for themselves and not be just another metal band. and who would have thought that both bands had their best still in them? Metallica had Master of Puppets and Testament had Practice What You Preach. yeah PWYP is killer guys trust me, after you hear Testament's first two albums you HAVE to get that one, but that will be abother whole review.

enjoy The New Order my fellow metalheads!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars 1 star review? BS!
I can not believe the 1 star review of the album!! This album is amazing for many reasons. Skolnicks guitar leads never fail to set a great tempo, impress with their techicality and provide great melodic support. The album is chock full of CLASSIC thrash riffs and choruses, which are done magnificently by Chuck Billy who is a great example of a simple, but passionate metal singer who gets the job done amazingly well. Some really standout riffs are the main and chorus riffs to Trial by Fire , Disciples of the Watch, Into the Pit's chorus and the Preacher's chorus is done with headbanging heavienss of the highest order (Yes, that means a lot of CRUNCH). And, like the greats Megadeth, Testament doesn't waste time like Metallica likes to do in their 8 minute songs on MOP (and, ahem,btw, Testament sound nothing like Metallica, NOTHING) they use their time wisely and ALL the riffs link together perfectly, the bridge riffs are always quality and it should be very obvious that Testament are metal masters. Bad musicians? They linked melody and heaviness right together, without separating them like Metallica LOVED to do, and the result was perfect. And, they did have a really beautiful instrumental called 'Musical Death' dedicated to a friend and whoever that friend was should die a happy man. Beautiful spanish guitar, coupled with a solo by Peterson which proves that he, too, has a knack for beautiful melodic solos, and a nice touch of heaviness in the end to drift back into the melancholy acoustic again. Not memorable? I don't know right now, A Day of Reckoning is stuck in MY head, so imo they're very memorable songs. The only things that let this album down just a bit is simplistic drumming and a flat production in certain areas. However, i dont really give a f*ck this is a masterpiece of metal. Get it and hold a piece of thrash history from the greats.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hands Down Their Best Album, Must own Thrash Classic!
Heavy, Brutal, Great backing vocals, great main vocals...IT'S ALL SO GOOD! Where does one start with such a masterpiece?

I believe this is Testament's best album. Regardless of the merits of my position I do believe this is a major step up from thier debut the previous year. The album starts off with Skolnick's "Bach-rock" errie guitar playing intro only to then descend into a heavy mid-tempo Thrash song.

The Vocals are great. Chuck Billy's talents are showcased here: There are high points where he screams and there are low points where his growl makes you quiver. Very Talented.

The guitar work is one of a kind. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson make a great duo. The work is overall very heavy (for the time) and insanely complex (listen to some of the solos and intros.)

The bassist does a good job of making himself known unlike in their '87 release. Other than the bass-only parts, he blends in pretty well with the rest of the crew.

The drumming is generic but better than in their debut. Mostly just normal rock beats and blast beats. Their is a little bit more double-bass than in their debut -not much however if you are the usual '80s Thrash fan. The overall speed is mid-tempo, not slow but certainly not fast (exception: "The Preacher").

I would say that this is their finest effort. If you have even a passing interest in 80s Thrash Metal you need this album NOW. It is more intricate than some of the 80s counterparts but is just as harsh. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brutal, fast, furious. Testament at their best!!
Low marks a new standard for Testament as they move forward with their sound bringing to it a heaviness and fury not heard before. It's not that Testament's other albums haven't been killer, they have, but in Low Chuck Billy really goes all out with the vocals and in some songs he employs the full death metal growl. He doesn't overuse the death-metal voice however, preferring to use it only for extra emphasis on some of the tracks.
Lead guitarist Alex Skolnick is not present here, and though his signature sound is missed, Testament sounds none the worse for it, on the contrary, Skolnicks departure may have been the reason for this new heavier musical direction. As always, the band is not content to just play at hyper speed or simply downtune and distort their guitars beyond recognition of any musical structure as many other metal bands do. Testament has always delivered inventive songs and intelligent lyrics along with the bludgeoning riffs, and Low is no exception. A worthy addition to the Testament legacy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific modern thrash
"Low" showcases Testatment in peak form. The precision metal assault for which the band was known is in place as always. Songs like the opening title track and "All I Could Bleed" boast killer, forceful melodies, led by Chuck Billy's traditional howling vocals. The musicianship is razor-sharp, befitting a lineup with James Murphy and Eric Peterson on guitars. The riffs are tight, the solos shine, and the bass and drums thump precisely in the background. Ultimately, though, it's the album's diversity that raises it into the elite. I don't care much for ballads, but "Trail of Tears" is a terrific tune, with excellent playing and some mournful vocals about the problems faced by American Indians. On some songs, most notably "Dog Faced Gods," Chuck introduced low, death-metalesque timbres into his vocals, foreshadowing the band's future direction. Chuck doesn't have the best death metal voice out there, but it's good enough, and it's nice to have some variety injected into the mix. An outstanding album, like all Testament albums that I've heard.

5-0 out of 5 stars I NEVER write reviews, but...
I'm going through iTunes and updating artwork, release labels and dates, and all that. Of course, I'm playing some of the songs I haven't heard in a while. And, maaaaan, do I love this album. It rocks so hard I want to sing along at the top of my lungs here at 1 in the morning. Surely one of my favorites.

Testament is one of my few favorite bands from the late 80s to come back in the 90s and kick some serious tail. Low is proof positive. I prefer this to Gathering and Demonic both, so pick this up if you're not sure which one to check out. ... Read more

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