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Among the Living
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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If Metallica and Slayer invented speed metal, Anthrax brought it to the East Coast and imbued it with the attitude and excitement of New York hardcore. Among the Living is, without a doubt, their finest hour--a roaring, adrenaline-pumped collection of flailing beats, precise, razor-edged riffs and shout-along refrains. Unlike most full-throttle metal vocalists of the era, Joey Belladonna chose to sing as well as shout, giving songs like "Among the Living," "Indians" and "Efilnikcufecin" ("nice fuckin' life" spelled backwards) a decided melodic edge. Yet Scott Ian and Dan Spitz's buzzsaw guitar flurries, and Charlie Benante's insistent drumming, prevented the songs from ever degenerating into the run-of-the-mill heavy metal they so despised. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. Pure mandatory thrash metal
Among The Living(1987). Anthrax's third studio album.

Back in the mid 80s, a genre of frantic heavy metal music known as thrash metal was beginning to emerge from the shadows of the east and west coasts with big name bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, and Anthrax. While the four former bands emerged in the San Francisco Bay west coast area, Anthrax originated in New York on the east coast and brought many unique aspects to the thrash metal scene. Comprised of vocalist Joey Belladonna, lead guitarist Dan Spitz, rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, and bassist Frank Bello, Anthrax is a band about delivering songs full of raw energy, memorable riffs, and endless headbanging. Even though the more famous Metallica and Megadeth were influenced by the NWOBHM scene, Anthrax sports an almost punk-like quality to it, in addition to the insurmountable ammount of heavy metal power. To me, Anthrax has some of the greatest thrash musicians to ever grace heavy metal. Spitz churns out some AMAZING solos. Scott has incredible rhythm guitar talent (second only to Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer). Charlie manages to be an excellent drummer, and even Bello's bass playing stands out quite a bit. But to me, what separates Anthrax from all the other thrash metal bands is that they have the best thrash vocalist. James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine have NOTHING on Belladonna. Unlike the shouting and screaming that most thrash metal vocalists employ, Belladonna can actually sing WELL. His melodic vocals manage to dominate the songs on top of all the frantic instrumentation that's going on. With the talented playing and sheer power that erupts in each song, one can't help but be impressed by Anthrax.

The band started out in 1984 with Fist Full Of Metal and then released the masterpiece thrash album Spreading The Disease(1985). Among The Living was actually the album that got the band really noticed among the legions of metalheads. While Spreading The Disease is an excellent Anthrax album, ATL has the most punch to it and it's definitely their most powerful 80s album. The production is much more crisp and the guitar sound here easily dwarfs the one used on the previous album. Anyone could think that the guitars were straight out of a Metallica album, but the flavor of it all is undeniably Anthrax. The only setback on this album is that Belladonna shouts more here than before, which is a shame because his best voice comes instead from the singing. Still, there's no shortage of catchy anthemic choruses to sing along to, so this isn't any serious drawback. Just press play and prepare to be amazed (if you like thrash metal, that is).

ATL kicks off with a pleasantly powerful one-two punch in the title track and 'Caught In A Mosh'. 'I Am The Law' is an ode to the comic book Judge Dredd, though done in a non-cheezy manner. Of course, 'Efilnikufesin' is a stellar headbanger with a backwards subliminal message contained that's easy to guess (Strange how the media pressured Judas Priest for a song with a subliminal message that wasn't even there, and yet Anthrax really has one and gets away with it!) Next is the Stephen King inspired 'Skeleton In The Closet' which never fails to please, followed by the anthemic 'Indians'. 'One World' and 'Imitation Of Life' are pure thrash muscle numbers, while A.D.I. is the album's lengthy melodic track. All in all, a good collection of thrash songs with nary a moment of filler to be found anywhere.

I actually just bought this album yesterday, but after listening to it 3 times in a row, I wish I had bought it sooner. It's albums like this that remind me of why I wish I had grown up in the 80s, which was a time of prospering heavy metal music. Bands such as Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Testament were in their golden years. Instead I'm stuck in the now surrounded by the horrificly embarrassing Nu-metal scene, of which I hate with a passion. Everyone around me is obsessed with no-talent bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, KoRn, and Slipkot, and I have no interest in any of it. Though thrash wasn't the most popular metal scene at the time (hair metal actually was), even hair metal is better than what you'll hear on the radio now. With Megadeth and Metallica compromising their sound to an extent (the latter band did it to the point of becoming absolutely unlistenable), Anthrax, along with Testament, remains one of the true metal bands to this day who still retain their signature thrash sound. ATL is one great example of what heavy metal is all about. It gets 4.5 stars hands down. Any true metalhead already has this album in their collection, and if you don't, then make this your next purchase. BUY THIS ALBUM ALONG WITH SPREADING THE DISEASE AND PERSISTENCE OF TIME.

HEAVY METAL FOREVER!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A killer album
AMONG THE LIVING is a thrash masterpiece that shows ANTHRAX improving from STD. This disc has at least 5 classic metal songs that every metal-head should love, AMONG THE LIVING, CAUGHT IN A MOSH, I AM THE LAW, EFILNIKUFESIN(N.F.L) and INDIANS. SKELETON IN THE CLOSET is a very heavy powerful song as well as ONE WORLD. ANTHRAX has always been able to mix serious music with some comical messages and on this album. LAW is based on the Judge Dredd comic book character while INDIANS deals with the treatment of the Native Americans throughout this nations history. ANTHRAX might not have been as comercially sucessful as METALLICA, MEGADETH OR SLAYER, but musically, their talent cannot be denied. I highly recommend this album for metal fans

5-0 out of 5 stars The (other) #1 Album from Anthrax, it never tires
What more can you say about this album? It's a little faster than their (1985) "Spreading the Disease" [the other #1] album and the production is far better.

I don't think there is one bad song here. There are of course some that aren't as good as others...but you know you have a good album when the first four songs could easily be put on a "best of" album.

The guitar work is as tight as it gets. The Spitz/Ian duo creates some great main riffs and solos that aren't typical Thrash displays. They work hard and it shows. The bass work is great (even solos) at certain junctures (like "Skeleton in the Closet"). The drumming is interesting, Benante is a good drummer but I think his energy exceeds his ability sometimes. Nevertheless the typical Thrash fan will like the blast beats and double-bass parts like in the title track and "Skeleton" tracks. He also uses "explosion" beats a little too much. The best drum parts are on "I am the Law" where the time change ups are pretty cool and the main drum part is kinda funky (but in a Thrashy way).

The vocals really can't be described because Belladonna certainly has his own voice. I mean it's not like the other high-pitched Bruce Dickinson ripoffs out there at the time but it isn't like the Dave Mustaine growl either.

Favorites for me are the title track, "Caught in a Mosh", and of course "I am the Law". Anyone with even a casual interest in Thrash Metal (1981-1994) should own this album. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FTD


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Burn My Eyes
Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 August, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, the only Machine Head that really matters
I have allready reviewed "Burn My Eyes", but I feel I must review it again. A lot of people consider Machine Head a nu-metal band because of their lackluster (but good for its time) "Burning Red". This album is beyond heavy; Logan Madder's fleet fingered guitar playing is reminiscent of Slayer's Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and his solo on "A Thousand Lies" makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Robb Flynn sings with such intensity, while Chris Kontos speed thrashes through every song, while Adam Duce keeps the low end with his heavy bass licks. The standout tracks are "Davidian", "Old", "A Thousand Lies", and "I'm Your God Now", and if you've only listened to the newer Machine Head albums but never listened to "Burn My Eyes", you will be shocked. Arhue Luster has nothing on Logan Madder, Logan was a big a part of Machine Head as Robb Flynn is, and the band sorely lacks him today. All in all, "Burn My Eyes" is one of, if not the, finest metal debut of all time. This was how real heavy metal was done.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
I have been a pretty big fan of heavy metal for a while, and I had never been much of a fan of classic style metal, thriving more on stuff akin to Korn or The Deftones. When I heard Machine Head fit more of an old metal style, I was a tad disheartened but I decided to give them a shot anyway. I am so glad I decided to get this cd, because it is truly an album of greatness. There is nothing I would change here; if ever there was a perfect cd, this could very well be it.

The album kicks off with Davidian, which really shook the windows when I played it. This has become one of my fave songs from this band, as the riffs amaze me everytime. The cd moves on through other classics, such as Old, Thousand Lies, Nation on Fire and Block. It even contains a really deep and dark ballad, I Am Your God Now. The music is very powerful, and changed my whole perspective on what I thought metal was. Robbs vocals are very passionate and moving, and hes also a damn good guitarist. Together with Logan Mader, they create a punishing sonic wall of heaviness. The rythm section is amazing as well, fueled by Duce's sheer ability on the bass and Konto's ferocious drumming. Its a shame Kontos and Mader would leave, as it is that Machine Head released The Burning Red. As good as that cd is, it can never equal the power herein or on the sophomore cd, The More Things Change.

Thanks to finding this band, I found true metal. If you dig this, give Pantera, Slayer, and older day Metallica a spin. Peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely One of The Best Of All Time
I've owned this album since it's release in 93, listened to it 1000s of times and to this day, every time I hear it I feel like throwin a chair through a window, ripping my steering wheel right off, or gettin in a pit. Great flow from 1 song to the next - Never realized how much of a difference that can make. Just when you think this album cant get heavier or more intense, the next song blows you away. 'I'm Your God Now', 'Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies', 'Block' - 3 of the greatest songs ever. First time you hear these, I'd suggest bein in a padded room, cause whoever is next to you is gettin an elbow to the face! They should have quit after this album or changed names cause it was impossible to improve or come out with another that even comes close. Dont let newer Machine Head albums influence your decision to purchase this one. I guarantee it will blow you away... Only one other album had a similar effect on me and is still every bit as intense as the day it was released, but again, was so good that it ruined all their following albums - Grip Inc. - Power Of Inner Strength. Pick it up! ... Read more

Asin: B000000H6G
Sales Rank: 23157


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Demanufacture (Limited Edition Digipak)
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fear Factory's Best
well when i bought this cd i didnt know too much about Fear Factory but i had heard some of their songs and decided to buy Demanufacture.At first i felt like i shouldnt have bought it but after a few more listens i loved the cd.I can honestly say this is one of the best metal albums ever.The songs are brutal and melodic at once.Burton C. Bell is a great vocalist.He can growl and yell,and he can sing melodically.This album blends Melodic Death Metal with industrial and it really works.Dino is a great guitar player and his riffs on this album are heavy as hell.some of the key tracks on this album are Demanufacture,its a nice brual song and a good way to start the album,Replica is another hard song with a great rhythm and even some melodic sections and vocals.Pisschrist is another hard song that also has some melodies.H-K hunter killer is another good one.A therapy For Pain is the slowest most melodic and moving sonf on the album.it has synthesizers and melodic vocals the whole way through...........But the very best song on the cd is Self Bias Resistor,it has it all melody,brutallity,heavy riffs,amazing double bass drumming(i cant forget to mention that Raymond Herrera is one of the best drummers i have ever heard,extemely fast it just dosent quit)in all i think that anyone who enjois great metal should buy this classic Fear Factory album and listen to it loud in a dark room with nothing to disturb their listening experiance.

5-0 out of 5 stars The machine is now alive
Brutal, tight, furious. These are the proper words to describe this industrial-metal masterpiece. In my other reviews I've already stated that "Demanufacture" is one of the four albums that elevated industrial-metal genre from zero level to state-of-the-art perfection and spawned countless clones.

Fear Factory style is different from what other icons of the genre like Ministry or Nine Inch Nails have to offer. After all, in the beginning Fear Factory played Napalm Death-style death-metal, and it shows. The music is built with incredibly catchy and rhythmically effective guitar riffs backed by similar sounding bass-lines. Think of the riff in Ministry's "Thieves" and you get the idea. Drumming is absolutely superb. The speed and precision of those double-bass kicks is incredible, I even thought it was a drum-machine. But it was not. To add even more industrial feel to the sound, various factory noises are played in the background. Burton C. Bell varies his vocal tone from angry death-style rasps to clean anthemic singing. The latter, being sound-processed with a little reverb, makes the record sound kinda epic at times. The album is a relentless sonic attack, that, being played at considerable volume settings, has all the power to knock you off your feet and shatter glass windows.

Conceptual lyrics add more depth to the album. They tell a story of a man who grew tired of government lies and started up a rebellion. In the end he turns into a killing machine, then surrenders to regret, but when death comes, it refuses to take him away, so he has yet another day to live. Not the finest story, but it mixes with aggressive industrial music perfectly.

This album is one of the landmarks of rock, and surely Fear Factory's finest hour. If you are even mildly interested in metal or industrial music, you must give a listen to "Demanufacture".

PS I found myself among those few people who actually liked the remix albums "Remanufacture" and "Remanufacture v2.001". I think it shows the diversity of this band excellently, because I can't think of anybody else who feel themselves perfectly at home as with death-metal and grindcore, as with industrial, breakbeat or digital hardcore. While the lyrical integrity is lost in remixing, yet the music is good. Underground dancefloor DJs might also take notice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Un Incredibil album!!!!!
Monstru album pt. acesta formatzie.FEAR FACTORY arata ca este una dintre cele mai bune formatzii de metal din toate timpurile shi acest album este capodopera a intregii lor carieri.
FEAR FACTORY RULLZ! DAU ACESTUI ALBUM 1000 DE STELE!!! ... Read more

Asin: B000000H5J
Sales Rank: 9402


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Figure Number Five
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 May, 2003)
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2-0 out of 5 stars i NEVER thought i'd give soilwork 2 stars
this album bored me... there were a few catchy melodies... there was never really much on the disc that made me wanna bang my head either... to me it sounds like a watered down version of Natural Born Chaos... which was a watered down version of A Predator's Portrait. I don't think the melodies have gotten better, they were at the peak on A Predator's Portrait in my books.

I got into Soilwork with The Chainheart Machine back in 99 or 2000 or so, and that release totally ripped my face off... sounded so much better than most melodic death bands! they had memorable solos, and a good deal more technicality and catchiness... then APP came out and they toned down the speed a bit but it didn't matter at all, because everything else in their music got better! i was so excited for the next release... well i was a little disapointed with NBC... then this... ugh... everything i loved about soilwork... the agression, technical guitar work, solos, harmonized guitar parts, and catchy melodies... all pretty much gone. They were my favorite band at one point many years ago, but that has long passed... I don't understand what some people see in this disc from some of the better reviews... have they not listened to the older stuff? this just seems so superficial! like it was come up with in a week! it probably was... haha.... it just feels like they went through the motions on this release. Let's hope for a better one next time. Doesn't have to go back to the old agressive style... but just do SOMETHING that's catchy, melodic, and not predictable.. PLEASE.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Sound May Change, [They] Stays The Same
well i was so excited of such an amazing band coming out with yet another album i took the liberty of downloading it 2 weeks before it hit the US (because that's when Europe got it). this is a slight departure from soilworks previous album (natural born chaos) and a few thousand miles away from the bands debut (steelbath suicide) but with that said, I LOVE THIS ALBUM! it had less throaty growling and yelling then on the previous albums but it doesn't take away much from the sound of the band, it still has screaming just incorporated more melodic singing, witch is great. the only reason i gave this album a 4 instead of 5 is because the synth can be a little overpowering and some of the aggressive guitar work isn't as apparent but i would still recommend this album for its hardness to any metal fan or even any skeptical death metal fan, give this CD a try, it grows on ya! headbanging maturing great sounding band, no matter how much they change they still [rule]!

3-0 out of 5 stars Natural Born Chaos Lite
Let me start by saying if your just getting into Soilwork DON'T BUY THIS, start with Natural Born Chaos or A Predator's Portrait since they are much better. Figure Number Five goes in the same direction as Natural Born Chaos but is less heavy, more trendy and sounds like maybe they decided to use riffs that weren't quite good enough to make it on Natural Born Chaos. Thankfully the riffs on Natural Born Chaos were very good so even the stuff that didn't make it is still decent. If you own all their other stuff you might as well buy this too since, while it isn't as good as their older material, it's still pretty good. And while this album does follow the nu-metal trend more than I like, it still kicks Disturbed's ass anyday. I recommend buying anything from Susperia, At the Gates, Shadows Fall, In Flames, and old Soilwork before you get this. ... Read more

Asin: B00008WJ8E
Sales Rank: 56681
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The Art of Balance
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 September, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best CDs I've heard in a long time
This album is just incredible, Shadows Fall combine so many different styles of metal all into one amazing mix. I would describe the Shadows Fall sound like this: a combination of 80's thrash metal, Gothenburg melodic death metal, hardcore, and a little regular death metal thrown in. Basically it sounds like a mix of old Metallica, In Flames, Hatebreed, and a little Cannibal Corpse all thrown into one. Although that may sound like it wouldn't work, it does, and it works extremely well. This album kick off with a riff that you could swear would fit in right with Metallica's "Ride The Lightning", and then the singer starts growling and you know this is no Metallica clone. All the songs on this album have lyrics that would fit in with your average "hardcore" band which is why I think Shadows Fall still keeps the metalcore tag (metal mixed with hardcore). However, this band's fast guitar riffs, screamed/growled vocals, melodic vocals, and blistering fast guitar solos give this so much more dimension than a band like Throwdown or Poison the Well. With a band like Throwdown, an entire song is built around a breakdown. With Shadows Fall, we get an entire 4 minute song complete with solos and sung choruses, and THEN we get the breakdown. And believe me, a breakdown sounds MUCH better when their is an actual song in it. Anyways, if you like metalcore, hardcore, thrash metal, melodic death metal, or even if you like regular death metal I would suggest you at least try this out. This is also HIGHLY recommended for fans of Killswitch Engage or Hatebreed.

5-0 out of 5 stars TTTHHHRRAAASSSHHH MEEEETTTTTAAAALL!!!!!!!
YEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH! Metal RULES! Holy crap, Shadows Fall through out one of the best CDs I've gotten in awhile, not to mention one of the greatest thrash albums of all time. The guitar work, bass work, three-way vocal attacks, the drum work, and those SOLOS- everything just rips a giant metal rip. An excellent progression from 'Of One Blood' though thats an awesome album. This album shows that THRASH AIN'T GONE YET!!!!
The Band-
Brian Fair, clean vocals- Brian has to be the best thrash voice frontman since Chuck Billy, James Hetfield, Tom Araya-the list goes on. This guys voice fits in perfectly- just listen to Destroyer of Senses, Idle Hands, or the absolute thash anthem Stepping Outside The Circle. Also, be sure to hear his eerily resemblance to Roger Waters on the awe-inspiring cover of Welcome To The Machine.
Matthew Bachand, guitar/vocals- Matt is the guy you hear ripping those death vocals throughout the whole CD. Matt also comes up with some very cool rhythms on this CD. I mean no one can deny the absolute metal rhythms on Stepping Outside The Circle. Quite a guitarist.
Jonathan Donais, lead guitar/vocals- This guy is the one that sings those awesome clean backing vocals. He's also the one that just tears the shiz out of his guitar on every multi-layered, melodic solo throughout every song. His style really reminds me of Alex Sklonick's. Very cool.
Paul Romanke, bass- Finally some awesome heavy AUDIBLE thrash bass! Paul is a total inspiration for me, because his bass work is top notch through the CD. He does some awesome work on songs such as Idle Hands, Stepping Outside The Circle, the title track, and Destroyer of Senses.
Jason Bittner, drums- Jason sounds bashes out that awesome thrash drumming reminiscent of the stuff John Tempesta threw out on Testament's 'Low.' Not only does this guy know when and how to start up the pounding double bass work, his complex rhythms and cymbal work create an awesome thrash metal riiping ass tearing loud shredding rip metal noise! Sorry, I know I'm gettin' a little carried away but thrash just rules man!

This is an absolute must for all thrash metal heads that haven't seen the grace of the scene for awhile. Also, SF have been cool enough to add in an extra disc full of goodies and videos for hardcore fans like me! THRASH!

5-0 out of 5 stars Shadow's Fall do it Again, Best Metal since Pantera
Metal has finally made it's comeback, in the form of Shadow's Fall. It combines some but not many Hardcore elements, with many Classic Metal/Hard Rock elements. Almost like a combination of Metallica, Pantera, and Hatebreed. But with more of an original twist. They aren't afraid to bust out the occasional "Go crazy Led Zep" riff, nor are they ashamed to make a song with a catchy hook (Such as Stepping Outside the Circle). Then of course, there are the really Heavy songs on the CD. I'd say Thoughts Without Words is the heaviest track on there. And of course, the classic Pink Floyd cover. That has to be the best cover I've ever heard of a song. Kudos to them.

The new album comes out in September, and I look forward to purchasing it. But for now I am more than content with The Art of Balance. ... Read more

Asin: B00006IQLG
Sales Rank: 10737
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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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We've Come for You All
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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You'll find no rap metal or nu metal on We've Come for You All--just Anthrax's inimitable thrash-metal melded with contemporary melodies, dynamics, and booming, arena-worthy production. Two way-cool guests--Roger Daltrey and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell--are under-utilized on their respective songs, but with machine-gun, heart-pounding double-bass drums and vocalist John Bush's convincing snarl, it hardly matters. Bush, who has been in Anthrax since the early '90s, has been part of much of the group's best and most mature (if not most commercially successful) material. The dynamic "Superhero" is a winner, as is the radio-ready, not-too-heavy "Safe Home." "Nobody Knows Anything" and "Strap It On" are the best of the heaviest entries. Effective acoustic moments, Scott Ian's guitar work, smart lyrics, and a 7-minute-plus title track that never drags prove that Anthrax may not be metal du jour, but they're consistently superior. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What an album! ANTHRAX ROCKS!
Anthrax is the band that the general public (and HELLO, Rock radio?) should be paying attention to - not their old counterparts from the old school of thrash metal, whose name (which starts with an M) does not deserve to be mentioned.

This is the album that the "M" people should've made - every bit as angry, with very few exceptions, every bit as powerful ... the differences are that the recording is actually listenable, and, the songs are ACTUALLY SONGS!

We've Come For You All is perhaps one of the best Anthrax albums of the "John Bush Era." And everyone is in top form here ... especially Charlie Benate, and his feet. I know a few drummers (coughlarscough) who could learn a thing or two from listening to someone who didn't let his double bass drum chops go to hell playing ballads. Now, It's not all "speed" metal - Anthrax has prided themselves on not limiting themselves musically over their career - but it certainly all rocks, even the "radio friendly" Safe Home. I can't pick a weak song here... completely worth your time and money ... unlike some people's discs.

Kudos to the band - God bless Anthrax!

5-0 out of 5 stars Music Saviors
Anthrax have made one of the most complete albums ever, it is amazing from start to finish. I can not say enough good things about this album. I know that there are the "old school" fans out there that have some vendetta against John Bush, but this album is better than any Joey era Anthrax album. This album has so much diversity and dynamic to it - all drummers should take lessons from Charlie. Although this is one of my all time favorite albums I will not give a 10 to every song like some people do.
2. What Does'nt Die 10/10 - Incredible
3. Superhero 10/10 - Cool Intro Guitar Riff and drums
4. Refuse To Be Denied 9/10 - Cool Acoustic Intro, great lyrics
5. Safe Home 10/10 - The Radio Friendly Song, but still kicks...
6. Any Place But Here 9/10 - Great Dynamics
7. Nobody Knows Anything 9/10 - More typical Anthrax Thrashing
8. Strap It On 7/10 - Great Guitar Riff - Sing a long song
9. Black Dahlia - 10/10 - Amazing - Maybe the best drums ever?
10. Caddilac Rock Box 7/10 - Fun, typical heavy metal song
11. Taking The Music Back 9/10 - Arena Rock at its best
12. Think About An End 10/10 - One of the best songs ever
14. We've Come For You All 8/10 - Cool Riff and lyrics...Anyways, any fan of true metal/thrash music this is a definite must album. Anthrax is the most underrated and unappreciated band around. Thank You Anthrax for an amazing album from a life time fan.

1-0 out of 5 stars Truly embarassing! Where's the THRASH/MOSH???
I really wonder if most of the people who have reviewed this album were ever truly fans of Anthrax when Anthrax was actually a GREAT band!!?? This is NOT the same Anthrax who recorded such legendary and classic albums such as "Spreading the Disease" and "Among the Living". This is an Anthrax that has totally forgotten how to THRASH! What's with Scott Ian still trying to play 90's grunge rock riffs? What happened to the devastating MOSH riffs from the 80's Scott? Are you embarassed to play like that now? I really can't understand how anybody who was a fan of Anthrax can say this new material is good. Note to Anthrax: get Joey back in the band before he turns 80 years old, get Scott to start MOSHING again, and bring back Dan Spitz(if anybody can find him?). Until then, the real Anthrax is gone forever. ... Read more

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Dance of Death
Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Maiden keeps it going strong
"Dance Of Death" is further proof of the talent and longevity that Iron Maiden has. Since Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to the band in 1999, their sound has moved slightly towards the progressive arena, but unlike other older bands they have not compromised or catered to trends in an attempt to sell records. DOD's songs have contributions from every band member, including drummer Nicko McBrain's first songwriting credit on "New Frontier". Maiden fans don't need to be reminded about how good this album sounds, and how reminiscent it is of Maiden in their 80s prime, but everyone else would do well to experience this album, from the opening power chords of "Wildest Dreams" to the elegant, classically-tinged album closer "Journeyman". Maiden: not just for metalheads anymore.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Iron Maiden album that we all deserve
Well, Iron Maiden is getting older and so am I. I'm just glad as I've matured over the years so too have all the guys in the band. Instead of attempting a rather forced throwback to their former days like in the "Brave New World" recordings, Maiden went for a sound that was musically classic Maiden with lyrics that touch issues that never really played much prominence in the band's long history of non-political songwriting.

Tracks like "Face in the Sand," and "Age of Innocence" seem to speak almost directly to the turmoil of our times. "Wildest Dreams," "Rainmaker," "Journeyman," and "No More Lies" all address the need for change, redemption, or freedom in life and are all great Maiden rockers. The left over tracks run the gamut of an anti-war epic "Paschendale" to an anthem for the Templars "Montsegur" and the title track "Dance of Death" which is very reminiscent of "Number of the Beast." The only semi-floppy song of the album being "Gates of Tommorrow," a song lashing out against bio-engineering and playing God through science.

Stylistically, you can really hear the songs that started out as Murray-Gers partnerships to Murray-Smith partnerships. The latter partnership is much more heavy and musically layered but Adrian pretty much wails away on all the songs adding that extra creative power that was lacking since his departure. Bruce's voice is not nearly as creative as in "Brave New World" sounding more formulaic to the old Maiden sound albeit with a little deeper pitch than before. What is lacking are the grandiose flights of fancy on the guitars in the songs intros and bridges. While most songs tend to start off with very clean, delicate melodies that build into more crunchy, punchier distorted guitars, the time changes and intercut musical themes of Maiden-yesteryear are all but absent leaving behind a much more stripped down sound that would actually sound quite boring if Bruce wasn't singing.

I'd have to say that this album isn't the greatest thing I've ever heard but still very enjoyable. I almost would like to see the boys just go all out and try something totally new on their next album, maybe doing almost an entire acoustic set. At any rate, probably anyone reading this review is a total Maiden fan anyway and the point of me trying to convince you to buy this album would be pointless. It's definitely the best classic Maiden sounding album to come out since "Piece of Mind" or "Fear of the Dark." Good job. Up the Irons!

5-0 out of 5 stars HARD!
This is THE BEST album from THE BEST BAND EVER!!! Wildest Dream is pretty good, No More Lies is freaking cool (check out their video for it-it's bad!) Dance of Death is probably the best song of all time, Paschendale is amazingly cool, and so is Face in the Sand. The other songs are really cool too. Seriously, this is the best CD I have ever listened to. ... Read more

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Enemies of Reality
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Bottom line? Nevermore rules!
Ok, this release has less than great sound quality but the songs are all pretty good. Ambivalent's my favorite - GREAT guitar riffs and a vocal chorus that combine to create swirling vortexes of anger. Plunge in and enjoy. There's plenty of diversity on this album, lots of aggressive power and restrained beauty. I don't know if you've had the chance to catch this band in concert, but you haven't experienced their true power until you do. I saw them open for Opeth in 2001 and was hooked, then saw them again a few weeks ago. Jeff Loomis is nothing less than a phenomenal guitarist. This time around, I had all their albums so of course I was able to appreciate them so much more - Nevermore kicks total ass, plain and simple. Get this album, support these guys and keep metal alive!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Metal Masterpiece
Almost three years after their landmark album, Dead Heart In A Dead World, Nevermore deliver another metal masterpiece with Enemies of Reality. This is like Politics of Ecstasy in the sense that there is not one bad song on here. It mixes the technicality of Politics with the sheer agression of Dead Heart. If you're a guitarist, you will enjoy this cd; Jeff Loomis goes completely apecrap with his soloing. We all knew he was an amazing guitarist, but this just blows his other works out of the water. Warrel Dane, once again, shows that he is one of the most talented vocalists in metal today. His lyrics are as angry and bitter as ever. The rhythm section of Jim Shepperd on bass and Van Williams on drums pummels like a freight train. The song "enemies of reality" kicks the album off in high gear and does not stop. "Ambivalent" has probably my favorite solo. "I, Voyager" and "Create the Infinite" are probably my favorite songs. "Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday" can be considered the ballad of the album. "Noumenon" is a strange song that segues into the cataclysmic "Seed Awakening" with the powerful message, "There is no stronger drug than reality". Nevermore have, once again, proven they are metal gods.

3-0 out of 5 stars Proficient playing but dull songs
I've liked Nevermore since day one and I've got mixed feelings about this album.

First off, the playing & musicianship is top notch. Especially Loomis's guitar work; the man has gotten more skilled with every album and no-one else in metal right now is even on the same planet he is. Like Uli Roth in the 70's, he's completely in a world of his own. If you like guitar, you're guaranteed lots on jaw-on-the-floor, "What the HELL was THAT?!" moments.

The drumming is impeccable, although the standard in metal drumming is so high right now that it's hard to stand out from the pack, and while it's very good, I wouldn't say it's distiguished. The bass, sadly, doesn't play much of a role. Warrell's vocals are as always, unique, personal, and powerful and the most instantly recognizable part of the band.

The two problems are the production -- in a word, "mud" -- and the songwriting, which is way below par and turns out almost no classic, recognizable tracks. The title cut is good, and the ballad-y Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday is fairly memorable, though it seems to go on for too long. Other than that, I'm afraid they all sound pretty much the same; the same problem plagued Dreaming Neon Black to a certain extent, but it may be worse here. After the first spin of the disc there wasn't anything that grabbed me and made me want to go back to listen again; after several more listens (in the interest of giving it a fair chance) I reluctantly concluded that this one just wasn't going to catch on with me, and it hasn't seen much play time since.

For my taste, Dead Heart in a Dead World remains their peak effort. ... 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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Spreading the Disease
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Metal Thrashing Mad
SPREADING THE DISEASE is Anthrax' finest hour. From the near-thrash of "A.I.R." to the grinding riffs and hooks of "Madhouse," to the all-out Speed Metal of "Gung-Ho," SPREADING THE DISEASE in an unrelenting classic. Joey Belladonna lends the album something their debut lacked - a strong sense of melody to go with the grinding power. Anthrax never really tried to return to this style, and although most of their material that followed was very good, they still haven't matched this album's quality or consistency (although SOUND OF WHITE NOISE came close). Not a Speed Metal album, STD is still a very heavy "Power Metal" album. And a GREAT one at that. -(And if you like this one, I also recommend Armored Saint's SYMBOL OF SALVATION and Flotsam And Jetsam's CUATRO and HIGH CD's)

5-0 out of 5 stars THRASH!! (for lack of a better title)
Combine the thrash guitars of Scott Ian and Dan Spitz and bass of Frank Bello, the breakneck drums of Charlie Benante, the melodic wail of Joey Belladonna, combine metal with punk influence, and there you have it: the foundation for Anthrax's "Spreading The Disease", one excellent album. From "A.I.R." to "Gung-Ho", this album is fast, loud, and obnoxious as they wanna be. Yeah, the production isn't that great (this album IS from '85), but the songs more than make up for it. This was the LP that proved that Anthrax could seriously compete against Metallica and Megadeth in the thrash olympics. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Their Number One or Two Album
Spreading the Disease is where Anthrax went their own way with their own music. In 1985 you had plenty of bands playing your run of the mill Thrash, but Anthrax personalized Thrash in a whole new way.

The overall production is dry. But the album amazingly doesn't suffer one bit from that small detail. This is Anthrax's second singer as well. If you compare Belladonna and Turbin, you can see why the former got the job. (Turbin's good...in his own way.) Belladonna doesn't have a super high voice (like Turbin) but his occasional wail is well placed...he sounds like he's having fun.

The speed and tempos showcased here are very diverse -you have slow songs ("Madhouse" and "Medusa") and pedal to the metal songs ("Gung-Ho" and "Aftershock"). The guitar work is incredibly tight but experimental and varied with some of the best solos Thrash metal has to offer. Spitz and Ian make a good duo. The bass lines stand out in the parts where it matters and are pretty creative and time-varied. While Charlie Benante's drumming became better in later albums, the drumming here is still better than about 80 percent of the small time Thrash bands at the time. Not an excessive amount of double-bass on the album but it is well positioned where used.

I don't have a favorite Anthrax album, I have two. But this is no lesser an album than "Among the Living" the other #1. This is classic and no Thrash catalog (or even Metal catalogue) can be without this. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars b.s.
>Yo everyone, what is goin' down tonite?? I love all kinds of muzik, but the style I'm most passionate about has to be metal baby!! However, this Arch Enemy band isn't metal at all....not by a LONG shot!! They try and look all tuff and evil in their slick promo photos, but the music on the disc don't back up the image!! They look so dorky, with their out dated mullets, tight clothing with no brand names I recognize, cheesy poses and all around ugliness!! Also the singer looks like a girl, what exactly is going through this dudes head anyway?? And as for the music, oh man is it bad!! Simple minded vocals that sound like someone is gargling, stupid one chord riffs strummed way to fast, annoying solos, and a drummer who don't keep time good at all!! Please people, for good metal stick with the proven leaders like Limp Bizkit, KoRn, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Staind, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Blink 182, E Town Concrete and that silly cowboy Toby Keith!! Also hot is the debut from Clay Aiken and the multi-talented Justin Timberlake!! Have fun these artists and ignore these Arched Enema poseurs!! Peace out peeps...

this . . . . i don't even have words for this . . . this is such f***ing bull that i can't even handle it rite now. . . justin timberlake????? clay aiken?? wat is the matter w/ this person??? o yea just incase u didnt know THE LEAD SINGER IS A GIRL!! dumb*ss. shes an awesome singer too. damn if i could do that. . . here's to the limp bizkit fan who wrote this

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- this cd was good, angela gossow's vocals were good n the ammot bros were pretty good too, not as good as wages of sin, but still kick ass

5-0 out of 5 stars Apparently, someone needs an education in what metal is!
Okay, folks, this was among the CD's I purchased with my Christmas money, and I must say, it is among the 10 best heavy metal records of 2003. But "Fred Durst's Numbah One Fan" wrote a review that stated all sorts of incorrect things about this band AND heavy metal in general.

1. Arch Enemy are definetely metal.
2. None of the bands he mentioned are even REMOTELY metal (GOOD CHARLOTTE?! BLINK 182?! SUM 41?! TOBY KEITH?! CLAY AIKEN?! JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE?!).
3. Does he even know what a mullet is?
4. The vocalist doesn't just look like a girl, IT IS A GIRL!
5. The drummer has an excellent sense of rhythm!
6. Fred Durst is a big fat loser, and anyone who says otherwise should just curl up and die.
7. These guys are way heavier than Disturbed!
8. In my opinion, the vocals (done by Angela Gossow) may not be melodious, but they are a fine example of a good angry female singer. These guys, along with Otep, My Ruin, and even Kittie put Alanis Morisette to shame.

Other good things about this album:
The guitars, done by brothers Christopher and Michael Amott (Michael of Carcass fame), are very well balanced between individual harmonies and synchronized, agressive riffing. Also, bassist Sharlee D'Angelo has had a fine experience as the bassist of the legendary Mercyful Fate. I don't really know much about drummer Daniel Erlandsson, but he has some sick double bass skills.

The clean backing vocals on tracks "End Of The Line" and "Dehumanization" (done by Christopher) are very Vortex-esque. For those who don't know, Vortex plays bass and sings clean vocals for both Dimmu Borgir and Borknagar (although he has a different yclept name in Borknagar). The solos are very well done. The video for the song "We Will Rise" waspretty cool, and, like a lot of my favorite videos from the year, was not a daytime MTV megahit, but received considerable airplay on MTV2's second go-round of the Headbanger's Ball, and in addition made a spot on the show's soundtrack. All in all, this is among 2003's finest metal releases and probably the best grindcore release this year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Death metal chick rule
After the initial shock of recruiting a singer who is as beautiful as she is deadly on the mic, Arch Enemy needed an album to let the world know that they aren't just a band riding the gimmick of having a female singer. Anthems of Rebellion is that album. With singer Angela Gossow having fine-tuned her vocals and the band sporting a wickedly evolved sound, the new album from Arch Enemy is a vicious beast of millennium death/thrash.

The first thing you will notice here is Angela's ├╝ber-evil vocal attack. She seems to have really concentrated on developing her vocal style into a mutant, superhuman growl, and it has paid off in spades. Along with some serpentine effects on the song "Leader of the Rats", the vocals are absolutely top notch, some of the best and most signature vocals out there.

The thing I loved about AoR is the fact that Arch Enemy has perfected their sound without selling out or becoming repetitive. It is very unique, yet it still manages to scream out "Arch Enemy". They've morphed into a quasi-thrash band, mostly due to the vocal style, but partly due to the production. It seems that the powerful, death metal production has been toned a little differently to be more neo-thrash. They still retain their more moderate tempo, yet the heaviness is just slightly tweaked. I would have preferred the heaviness, as the guitar tone seems to be missing just a little bit at times. Overall though, I am satisfied with the production.

Another new element come in the final few tracks, which is some male vocals (delivered by guitarist Mike Amott, I believe -ed) a la Lacuna Coil. The Hetfieldian vocals are very subtle, so they do not overshadow any of Angela's vox, but they were a very welcome surprise, giving me what is oh-so-important in today's metal scene: the unexpected. A good number of the song themes have to do with no longer being second best, a title they have been battling to get rid of since their beginnings and the initial comparisons to In Flames. In my mind, they have overtaken their peers.

Another home run from Arch Enemy was integral to the survival of the band. In fact, I half expected them to falter on this release due to sad disappointments from countrymen Soilwork and In Flames. Yet, Arch Enemy remains fresh and powerful, rebellious and creative. I foresee many of these songs as being some killer live tracks. There's not a doubt in my mind that Arch Enemy are among the upper echelon of today's melodic death metal scene.

Stand out tracks.
We Will Rise - The single from album, incredibly catchy & inspirational
Instinct - This one will SHRED in the live setting
End of the Line - Interesting. Male backing vocals ... Read more

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The More Things Change
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5-0 out of 5 stars One truly great album!(No, really, it is)!
There are only two other bands (other than Machine Head) who can pack aggression onto a cd and make sound this good:Metallica and Slayer. This cd must have been an emotional rollar coaster because sure sounds that way! Simply put, if you're a metal fan, you should slap yourself in the face if you haven't bought this cd yet! Though I think that all the songs on this cd are great, there is one stand alone track that stands above the rest...

Track 8, or "Violate," is a haunting 7 minute ballid that starts of slow and rips into the skin by the end. Words cannot discribe how cool this song is. It really needs to to be heard. Other stand out tracks are: "Spine" and "Blood of the Zodiac."

So if you haven't bought this cd yet, get it now! Or would you prefer to listen to some more "Korny" metal?

4-0 out of 5 stars It's not "Burn My Eyes", but it sure is something
Machine Head virtually came out of nowhere with their instant classic debut album "Burn My Eyes". Old time metalheads responded with overwhelming joy to that album, and the band had quite a bit to live up to. In 1997, Machine Head released "The More Things Change...": a great album on it's own, but naturally paled in comparison to the band's brilliant debut. From 1995 on, the music scene became more and more watered down while bands like Pantera and Biohazard refused to change according to the musical climate and trends. While Machine Head eventually went the way of a more nu-metal sound further down the road, this album is still a testament of a once uncompromising band. "Ten Ton Hammer", "Take My Scars", "Down to None", and the epic "Violate" are all memorable tracks that display the band's once patented unending metal assault. It's not "Burn My Eyes" or even "Burning Red", but it's pretty close.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another MH Classic
The More Things Change is an excellent follow up to Machine Head's highly successful debut Burn My Eyes. It's their first album with Dave Mclaine who replaced Chris Kontos on drums, and the last one with guitarist Logan Mader who would be replaced by Ahrue Luster on the highly decent Burning Red and left after Supercharger. The album kicks off with a hard hitter in Ten Ton Hammer with it's memorable chorus. Take My Scars, The Frontlines, Spine, and Blood Of The Zodiac are great songs with some good guitar solos. Down To None (another one of my favorites ) is a juggernaut of buzzing guitars and double basses. For fast angry thrashers, there are Bay Of Pigs and Struck A Nerve which are really fast and fun to listen too. The 7+minute epic Violate goes from slow to, mid tempo, to absolutely ramming speed. All in all another great album and a must have for anyone who loves their metal heavy. Enjoy ... Read more

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City
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 February, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Geroggenous!
"scott" seems to be under the impression that this is supposed to be a death metal CD. Not so. While this does have it's [very] heavy points, there are a fair share of mellow spots also, and it's opener "All Hail The New Flesh" is almost majestic. Everything on this album is played perfectly, the production is great, all of the songs have a good theme and mood to them and are well-written. Oh My F**king God, Home Nucleonics and Underneath The Waves are the fast and furious ones that always seem to impress everybody; AAA and Room 429 are the breaks in the assault. This album is definately in a category of it's own. Lots of strong lyrics with a slightly humorous twist. The only thing I didn't like was the way Dev sings the verses on Room 429, his voice seems a bit raspy and out-of-whack. I wouldn't call Devin a musical genius based on this one album (although it is one of the best CDs I have, and that's saying a lot) but if you look at his whole musical career, all the countless bands he has been in (even a punk act), and the fact that he is still not even 30 years old yet, you'll realize that there are very, very, very few people in the music industry who can hold a candle to his creativity and inventiveness. This album offers just a slight showcasing of what this guy is capable of - I highly recommend this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite a heavy album. Rather good, overall.
I bought City after I bought the sublime Biomech album by Ocean Machine, Devin Townsend's other band. I knew Strapping Young Lad was heavier and less melodic, but nothing could have prepared me for this juggernaut of an album. It is the first "extreme metal" album I have ever heard, and it is fantastically heavy. SYL use contrasts to great effect; noise and silence, blistering speed and numbing slowness. To say that this album lacks melody would be untrue. Its main focus is percussive, but the understated tune in each song gives the album great power. The music is very precise and orchestrated - one could not imagine one of the band members veering off into a rambling solo mid-song. At first I was disappointed with the album's length, but SYL pack more music into forty minutes than most bands could in seventy. City makes traditional metal seem dreary and insipid. Its mood is dark, sad and angry, but not nihilistic or indulgently morose. Townsend is a genius, his lyrics are brilliant, and, within its scope, this album is near-perfect.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as heavy (or as good) as I expected.
Let's get this out of the way right now: I have a lot of respect for Devin Townsend. He's a great guitarist, has one of the best voices (metal or otherwise) in recent memory, and puts on one hell of a live show. Knowing that, I totally expected to be blown away by Strapping Young Lad. So I sampled this album and the self-titled followup (SYL).

Hmm...well, City is definitely good, but heaviest album ever? Not in this critic's humble opinion. It is heavier than SYL, which is watered-down by comparison and suffers from a small infusion of nu-metal traits (ick). But City is still far from being the best or heaviest metal album that I've experienced.

Before I continue to pan City, let me outline its good aspects, and describe it a bit. This album is probably best described as industrial thrash. It's got the speed of thrash, except that it's more riff-oriented with very few solos, and it also has the abrasive, noisy electronic sounds associated with industrial (think something along the lines of Psalm 69-era Ministry, sans the drum machines).

Devy lays down some pretty solid guitar playing, with some very fast (though not very complex) riffing. Also his vocals are awesome--most of the time he screams with an inhuman rage rather than grunting like a silverback gorilla, which is definitely a plus, and quite effective. The exception is the "ballad" Room 429, in which he demonstrates that he has a pretty good and eerie singing voice (he also sings a bit on AAA and Sprituality, if I remember correctly). The keyboards are surprisingly not out of place in this album, generally working well and even adding a sort of ambience to the music (odd, but it makes sense when you hear it). And of course, Gene Hoglan ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN' SLAUGHTERS on drums. He is so good here that it might rival the performance he laid down on Death's Individual Thought Patterns--high praise to say the least.

However, even with these solid attributes I feel that City (and Strapping Young Lad in general) doesn't quite live up to its reputation. By which I mean, this isn't as heavy or complex as the hype led me to believe. It's noisy and fast, but it's not super-super-heavy--Cryptopsy's Whisper Supremacy or Meshuggah's Chaosphere/Nothing would eat City for lunch. The above albums are also a lot more technical and contain more musical ideas. By comparison, Strapping Young Lad is more like Fear Factory on steroids. Also the lyrics are generally quite stupid, with buckets of gratuitous profanity. Yeah, I know it's parody, but c'mon, it doesn't mean you have to aim THAT low.

Still, this is a good album, and worth listening to and owning. It's well-recorded, features one of the most viscerally intense vocal performances ever, and while lacking in the subtlety and variety of Townsend's solo records, still benefits from some good songwriting and doesn't become repetitive (not an easy feat in the world of extreme metal). Highlights are All Hail The New Flesh, Oh My F--king God (definitely lives up to the title), Detox, AAA, Home Nucleonics, and Room 429. ... Read more

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