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Bonded by Blood
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 October, 1989)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thrash done right
Listening to BONDED BY BLOOD one might have expected Exodus to go on to become as big as Metallica, Megadeth or Slayer. Certainly this debut album is about as good as the first albums by those bands, or better. Big success apparently wasn't in the cards, but this record is still a powerful one. Ripping through nine aggressive compositions in forty minutes, Exodus were clearly of the "fast n' brutal" school of metal. The twin-guitar riffing brings to mind a combination of Metallica's KILL 'EM ALL and Slayer's REIGN IN BLOOD. Fast tempos, bucketloads of riffs. Lyrically, Exodus apparently wanted to scare us with their tales of unholy violence, but whenever the words go a little over the top, the music is solid enough to keep things credible. I think the obvious highlights are the title track, 'A Lesson in Violence' and 'Piranha', but all the songs are enjoyable. BONDED BY BLOOD is one of the essential thrash debuts.

5-0 out of 5 stars true thrash gods
this was by far the best album from the early 80's thrash scene. recorded on a shoe string budget , while still souding amazing.the live shows from the "baloff era" were truly awesome.thrash celebrations on overdrive!paul baloff passed away 2-2-2002 from a massive stroke. very sad indeed. the original exodun line up had reunited a few years back and recorded a live album(another lesson in violence)and just played the chuck billy(testament)tribute show earlier this year. paul will be sadly missed. rest well metal brother

5-0 out of 5 stars PURE AWESOME THRASH!!! BUY IT!!
This is the best thrash album ever made. Listen to Paul Baloff's awesome screaming voice! The guitars shred and contain thick jams like you've never heard before. This is coolness the way you've always dreamed about!! Awesome lyrics; not too deep, not too shallow, mildly satanic, funny (as in Deliver Us TO Evil), and cool. Paul really only gave us one studio album. But man did he deliver.
You'll love this album. It's a timeless thrash classic that broke all the expectations of thrash. I mean when this album was released thrash was just getting started. True, Slayer was around, but the musicianship in slayer's old recordings don't even come close to this!!
If you buy this album, you won't be disapointed....If you are, your a tard!! ... Read more

Asin: B000003C4K
Sales Rank: 39201


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Reign In Blood
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 August, 1998)
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No one has bettered the ferocity, pace, and brutal power of this 28-minute 10-song set. Guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King fire out of the gate with the infamous "Angel of Death" and don't take a respite until the fifth cut, "Jesus Saves." And that breather lasts all of 30 seconds. Winding like a mutant Paganini piece, "Postmortem"'s hook is so inescapable that even metal neophytes will find it irresistible. Superbly sequenced and wonderfully executed, this favorite of producer Rick Rubin stands as the most extreme album in thrash-metal history. --Steffan Chirazi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful brutality...
Brutal is the only word that can accurately describe this album. Reign In Blood almost single handedly inspired the genre of death metal on the American side of the Atlantic, which is a testament to how heavy this album is. Even by today's standards, this is one extremely heavy album, which goes to show how it sounded back in 1986. Slayer's first 2 albums only hinted at their potential, but Reign In Blood was the one that brought that potential out in full force, and in very convincing fashion. While most will dismiss Reign In Blood as merely a wall of noise, one needs to truly appreciate the thrash style to decipher all that makes this album a classic. The musicianship on this album is absolutely amazing. No band could possibly top this record because no band can play that damn fast and still be precise, a quality that makes Slayer one of my favorite bands. The lyrics are a mixed bag. Some of the songs are very convincing, while others come off as being a little silly at times, but despite this, there are no weak tracks to be found. The total package, however, is an undisputed classic. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman are in top form on this record, busting out punishing and memorable riffs that they've never been able to top, especially on tracks like "Angel Of Death" and "Raining Blood." Tom Araya is also at the top of his game vocally, while Dave Lombardo's drumming is flawless, albeit extremely exhausting, even when you aren't trying to replicate his thunderous double kick bass. While future albums would feature better overall lyrical content and others would feature fantastic progressive musical composition, no album can match the total package of Reign In Blood. This album embodies thrash more than Master Of Puppets ever could, which is why I truly believe this album to be the greatest thrash album of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute essential
Reign in Blood is without question one of the best and most important metal albums ever released. This album marks the first Slayer album with Rick Rubin at the helm, and his expertise shows. With Rubin's guidance, Slayer was able to make the fastest and most extreme album ever produced. From the unbelievable riffs of the opening track, the infamous Angel of Death, to the progressive assault of Raining Blood, this album is an absolute assault. The talent of Slayer cannot be denied. Lombardo plays the kit with inhuman precision, while King and Hanneman's dual guitar solos speed along with ruthless aggression. Araya is also in fine form, with some of the most convincing vocals I've ever heard. Here's a rundown of the twelve tracks:

1. Angel of Death: An unbelievable way to start the album. Speeds along at over 200 bpm. The dual solo at the end is absolutely jaw-dropping. 10/10

2. Piece by Piece: The important second track doesn't disappoint. While there aren't any solo's, it's a very good track. 8/10

3. Necrophobic: Un ultra-fast song clocking in at under two minutes. One of my favorites, it's a shame Slayer doesn't play this live often. 10/10

4. Altar of Sacrifice: Another amazing track. Very disturbing lyrics. Tom is very convincing as he yells out "Enter to the realm of Satan!" halfway through. (For the record, none of Slayer are Satanists) 10/10

5. Jesus Saves: Marking a change of pace as Slayer slows down for the intro to this song. I love the build-up to the normal ultra-fast pace of the CD. 10/10

6. Criminally Insane: Another slow-starter, Criminally Insane never really manages to reach the pace of the rest of the album. It is not a bad song however. 8/10

7. Reborn: While the guitar work is simple, the vocals are extremely catchy and well-done. Tom Araya does very well here. 8/10

8. Epidemic: The most underrated song on the album. The song is much more complex structure-wise than most other songs on the album, and the guitars mix it up halfway through. An undiscovered classic. 10/10

9. Postmortem: As the Amazon reviewer mentioned before, Postmortem's hook is unescapeable. The beginning is very catchy, but soon falls into a more traditional structure. This all changes when Tom let's out a blood-curdling scream ("await the final Call!") From here on out, Slayer speeds through to the conclusion. Works best as an intro to Raining Blood. 10/10

10. Raining Blood: A total classic. Taking a more progressive approach than other songs on the album, Raining Blood builds to a ferocious conclusion. A great way to end the album. 10/10

11. (Bonus Track #1) Aggressive Perfector (fast version): Wow. Slayer took an old song and made it much better. A bit more accessible than the rest of the album, this is great song to use to get people interested in Slayer. 10/10

12. (Bonus Track #2) Criminally Insane (remix): In my view the weakest track on the album. I think the album would be better without it, but you can't really complain about a bonus track. 7/10

In conclusion, Reign in Blood is an absolute must. Well-worth your money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Reign-in Money
Just looking through my metal collection, trying to decide what to listen to, and I happened upon this acknowledged classic... and I finally decided to sit down and write about what has always bugged me about this album...or at least this particular issue of it, which has held sway in the catalog for many years now.

In violation of Amazon's "review guidelines" (sorry, Amazon, there's no getting around the fact that price is a legitimate factor in an album review) this review has little to do with the music on this album. It has always surprised me that amid all of the raves about this album, it is seldom, if ever, mentioned, what an unbelievable rip-off this issue of it is. It especially surprises me, when you consider how "anti-commercialism" most extreme metal fans profess to be. Who, at the record label, thought it was a reasonable value to issue a 28-minute album with only two insignificant "bonus" tracks that barely get the total playing time to 35 minutes...AND charge full price for it! Does anyone think this is a rip off, or is this album too much of a "sacred cow" in the annals of metal to mention what a lousy value--and what a glaring example of the music industry at it's consumer-screwing worst--this reissue is! If the label is unable to acquire the rights to one of Slayer's previous albums--such as the Haunting the Chapel EP--to pair with RiB, then they need to reduce the price of this album, accordingly, and get rid of these insultingly lame "bonus tracks." This is a classic example of commerce using the "supply and demand theory" as an excuse to screw the consumer: if it weren't such a metal icon, this EP-length "album"--in fact I have several "extreme metal" EP's longer and cheaper (and btw better) than this--would only be about ten bucks...hell, most Van Halen albums are longer than this (even Diver Down--ouch)! Also, shame on the band, to some degree, for allowing this rip-off to be perpetrated on the fans to whom they are supposedly so appreciative.

If you don't already have this album, buy it used, or have someone "burn" it for you. In its current form, it is not worth full price, "classic metal album" or not. ... Read more

Asin: B000009QPE


Ride the Lightning
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Don't let that classical-guitar-ish opening to "Fight Fire with Fire" fool you--Ride the Lightning packs a heavy-metal wallop. While not as ambitious as the subsequent Master of Puppets, this early Metallica album is indubitably one of their best. Thematically, it explores death and dying from myriad points of view: nuclear war ("Fight Fire with Fire"), electric-chair execution (the title track), and drowning ("Trapped Under Ice"). Interestingly, the best track on this album is probably "Fade to Black," a slower, more introspective song about suicide. There's also "Creeping Death," which remains a concert favorite. An excellent mix of rapid-fire guitar riffs, rip-roaring solos, and singer James Hetfield's trademark growl, this is thrash metal at its finest. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Musical Overview
Metallica are purely original in sound, pioneers in the broad, unexplored spanse of heavy metal music. Ride The Lightning helped Metallica get to the top, where they still are today, so here's an overview from a musical perspective:

Fight Fire With Fire: 10/10 How could you not love this song? It starts off with a beautiful array of clean sound. Then it gets really fast, really heavy, and everything great. The only thing I can say against it is that the lyrics are kinda dumb.

Ride The Lightning: 10/10 I love the opening lick to this track. The singing part is pure brilliance. I love the solo. Very old school metal genius.

For Whom the Bell Tolls: 10/10 The guitar in the beginning (I guess thats a guitar. I dunno, maybe its a bass.) that accompanies the simple notes of the other guitar is really cool. Then, again, the lead guitar helps it shine. Then the verses start with a simple riff, but helped along with great vocals. The refrain is great. Simple, slow, amazing song.

Fade to Black: 10/10 YES! This song is worth a billion stars. The chord changes flow so purely, so fluently. One of the best of Hammet's solos begins this masterpiece. The vocals are nearly as brilliant as the guitar riffs. I love it more than almost every other Metallica song. ("One" may surpass.) After four minutes, the song changes into yet another of the greatest riffs, followed by another. It ends in a solo that takes you on a journey.

Trapped Under Ice: 10/10 Really fast. This song has a really fast solo to start it off. Not the best song on the CD, but VERY good, and awesome enough for an easy ten. Metallica pulls through mostly on the guitars on this one.

Escape: 9/10 Definatly not the best on the album, but wow, is that cool or what!? It makes me wonder how anyone could not consider Metallica as one of the best bands to ever live. The chord changes are few, but the changes in the refrain are really cool. The ending is the best part.

Creeping Death: 10/10 great harmonies, then an awesome riff that makes you want to scream. This song is about the Exodus, which makes for an ususual set of lyrics. Another one of the best guitar solos takes place in this song. I think that the chord changes in the refrain don't exactly connect the verses, but the vocals connect to it well. The bridge is the height of the song, besides the solos. At about 6 minutes into the song, Hammet does some pretty basic tapping, which adds to the song as well.

The Call of Ktulu: 10/10 A great instrumental. Much better than Puppet's "Orion." The chords are meant to be together. I love the melodic introduction. Fantastic. Very thoughtful and inspiring solos. This is the longest song on the album at about 9 minutes.It approaches the end in a melodic set of very cool chords. Then, Lars whacks a low tom a few times and they play a few boring ending notes. I wish it ended with the melodic stuff.

This is one of the most positive reviews I've given, not marking any song down at all, and that really says something: "This is one of the greatest albums ever!"

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST album from these guys
This album is a GREAT album, actually their best. Better than Master Of Puppets(And that's saying a LOT).

All who think Master Of Puppets is the best, that's OK. It's a good album, no doubt, but Ride The Lightning is just a better album in my opinion. The Thing That Should Not Be is nowhere near as cool as For Whom The Bell Tolls, and Fade To Black is soulful and more melodic than Sanitarium.

Review of band:

James Hetfield(Rhythm Guitars/Vocals): Essential part of Metallica. He rocked the guitar scene and no one can change it. Apparently, he doesn't like the song Escape from this album. He sings pretty good, particularly in For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, Trapped Under Ice and Creeping Death.

Cliff Burton(Bass): The life of Metallica. This guy rocks, Pulling Teeth from "Kill 'Em All" proves that. It's very sad to see him go. Jason was a good replacement, but NO ONE can fill the shoes of Cliff. R.I.P. Cliff, say hi to Dave Williams(Drowning Pool frontman) for me. His moments are in pretty much all of 'em.

Lars Ulrich(Drums): This guy was so kick ass back in the day, but then went downhill from there, and it was his cause, but still, you just can't just hate him because of St. Anger. Nice work Lars. His highlits have to be Fight Fire With Fire, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Creeping Death.

Kirk Hammett(Lead Guitar): OK, Metallica isn't Metallica without Kirk Hammett, FACT! He's a classic shredder on the axe. His solos are so cool, especially in Fade To Black, the title-track, Creeping Death, Trapped Under Ice and The Call Of Ktulu.

Ride The Lightning is their finest hour by far. Here's the songs:

1)Fight Fire With Fire(4:45): The classic guitar opening is a great addition to an otherwise kick ass album. 30 seconds in or something into the song and it becomes a masterpiece. This song, much like the other songs, has a message, this one is about Nuclear Warfare and the Apocalypse. Not the best song on the album, but still a kick ass song. 4/5(B-)

2)Ride The Lightning(6:38): Another kick ass song, I guess this one's message is the Electric Chair. "I don't want to die" one line from the song, is probably the reaction to it. It's a cool song. Not a favourite but still addicting. Not as good a title track as Master Of Puppets, but still amazing. 4.5/5(B)

3)For Whom The Bell Tolls(5:11): About Death and the funeral, the opening bells fit in perfectly. A good song. 3rd best song. It just rocks, it has the longest opening on the album. This song is DEFINATELY in their top 20. 5/5(A)

4)Fade To Black(6:54): Saddest song on the album. Talks about Suicide, and a very good message at that to such a melodic and sad song. Great use of acoustics by Kirk and James. This one is in Metallica's top 10. It's just that good. This song is tied with Trapped Under Ice for 2nd best song. Very moving song, sadder and more melodic than both One and Sanitarium. Nice job Metallica. 5/5(A+)

5)Trapped Under Ice(4:03): Shortest song, but I like it. Tied with Fade To Black for 2nd best song. OK, this song's message is about Drowning and Freezing to Death. Thrash at it's total BEST! Cliff and Lars aren't too bad, but Kirk's biggest moment is now. 3 solo's in one 4 minute song. That's a good moment. Well done again Metallica. 5/5(A)

6)Escape(4:23): Unfortunately, Escape doesn't quite live up to the work that the last 5 had to offer, and it's my least favourite song. Apparantly, James hates this song, so they'll probably never play it live. But still... This song talks about Claustrophobia and escaping this true-false world. Just not as good as the last 5 songs. Still better than Leper Messiah from "Puppetz". 3/5(C+)

7)Creeping Death(6:35): Best song on the album, HANDS DOWN! This one talks about Ancient times, how the Pharaoh used Creeping Death to kill all of the first born male child of every family and how Mosus diseased Pharaoh with the 7 plagues. Nice work from the band. Better than most of the songs on Master Of Puppets. A very DAMN good song. 6/5(A+)

8)The Call Of Ktulu(Instrumental)(8:54): Don't know what this one's about. A little difficult due to the fact that uh.. it's an instrumental. Still, this instrumental is cool, better than Orion, and tied with To Live Is To Die. James gives his throat a rest, he'd probably need it after the cool vocals he's done throughout the record, and just played his rhythm guitar. Kirk really shred for pretty long, seeing as it's 9 minutes long. Lars and Cliff don't rest at all, they rock the song as well. I find this song as the gem of the album. Great song, and a great ending to the album. 4.7/5(B+)

That's Ride The Lightning, I don't care whether you press the helpful or not helpful button, I just did this review to help you decide. And I did.

Pick up Ride The Lightning NOW, and get ...And Justice For All and Master Of Puppets as well. And get something from Pantera while you're at it, particularly Vulgar Display Of Power.

Thanks, now get off the computer, go down to your nearest record store, and Buy The Lightning.

5-0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL THRASH ALBUM...
Just for the record, I am not a Metallica fan (I listen to bands on Nuclear Blast mostly). But I will agree to review this album because this is the only Metallica record I care for. I bought this album a couple years back but it has mostly been sitting on a shelf right now. Nevertheless, this truly is a legend in the annals of speed/thrash metal. This is an exceptional concept album that explores many angles of death and doom:

Fight Fire With Fire- 5/5 Brutal thrasher about nuclear armageddon straight out of the deepest chasms of hell.

Ride The Lightning 5/5 Awesome take on electric-chair execution with one of Kirk Hammett's most outstanding guitar solos.

For Whom The Bell Tolls 5/5 Melodic metal marcher about funerals.

Fade To Black 5/5 Best track on album. Suicide is theme and features great acoustic guitar riffs and hauntingly beautiful intro solo.

Trapped Under Ice 5/5 Great fast number with THREE (gasp!) phenomenal guitar solos! Can't quite figure out what it's about, though.

Escape 3/5 Weakest song on album, but kicks Leper Messiah's ass any day.

Creeping Death 4/5 Good swing-time rocker about Moses bringing the Ten Plagues to Egypt. The middle part ROCKS!

The Call Of Ktulu 5/5 I love instrumentals and this one sets the standard for all future Metallica instrumentals.

If you absolutely MUST have any Metallica albums, just get this one and you will be fine. For better speed/thrash metal, you should check out Nuclear Blast's catalog (two of my favorite NB bands are Dew Scented and Strapping Young Lads). ... Read more

Asin: B000002H2H


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Feel the Fire
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 July, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars BEST OF THE ORIGINAL OVERKILL
I would say this album is the best of the first four albums with the original guitar player. It shows power, and promise. This album took basic Maiden and Priest a step further into the fire, and though the band may sound totally different 12 years later, still there's no mistaking the capacity to obliterate and destroy with more force than required.

5-0 out of 5 stars overkill rules
this album is really sweet i'm not gonna waste your time this album sounds like iron maiden mixed with slayer it's really cool

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite Overkill album!
I bought Taking Over first, back when that album first came out, but Feel the Fire is by far my favorite of their albums, and if I was ranking their albums, I would actually rank them in the order of release (for at least their first 4 albums). Part of the appeal of this album is the over-the-top (almost comical) satanic lyrics that define the thrash scene of the mid-80s. There are no weak tracks on this album, and the greatness is in the great choruses during many of the songs. The only drawback is the weak mixing and mastering job, this is an album that improves greatly when the "loudness" button is used on the stereo to boost the bass. ... Read more

Asin: B000003T9B
Sales Rank: 48452


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Endless Pain
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 February, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars If you like early thrash this is for you!
Like all bands, you've gotta start somewhere. This album is vintage early thrash, very reminiscent of Show No Mercy -- in fact, some of the songs sound like they could have easily been traded with Slayer. Not quite the Kreator sound yet, they really seemed to come into their own with Pleasure to Kill, but very cool nonetheless. I've not heard the original recording, but the remaster is good -- probably cleaned up enough to appreciate the music a tad more (ie, the new KIMB). I would agree with others that this isn't the place to start if you're new to Kreator (I'd recommend Extreme Aggression or Coma of Souls for that) but if you know them and appreciate them, hearing this, their roots, should be enjoyable.

3-0 out of 5 stars classic in history, but NOT the place to start
At the time this came out, if you were young metal lad, this album was fun, bang-worthy, & slightly scary, breaking new ground in the underground. But really, it's dated -- very simple & crude. The guys were just starting off & learning their instruments & art. The songs are often catchy & cool, with lots of right-on death attitude -- there's definitely potential -- but the music & production is very raw. I can't imagine a modern listener being too impressed if this was the first Kreator they came accross. So if you're new to Kreator & love speed/thrash metal, why don't you get the latest CD "Violent Revolution"? Or for more midtempo, catchy thrashers, "Outcast"? Also, the excellent compilation "Past Life Trauma" overviews their early to mid brutal period, with 4 tracks from this album mixed in with stuff from their much more accomplished albums like "Coma of Souls" & "Extreme Aggression". Also check out the devastating "Terrible Certainty". But save this until later, unless you really prefer simple & raw death metal songs -- which this has in spades -- over more complex, multi-part speed metal compositions, which come later in their career.

2-0 out of 5 stars NOT!
Raw & unpolished, I'm getting tired of writing this & it not being posted. Get the next (3) releases prior to this ONLY! If you're a true speed/death metal fan. ... Read more

Asin: B000005DSM
Sales Rank: 94057


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Monument
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 June, 1994)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Old School Thrash
Hallows Eve were a standard thrash band. If you enjoy good grooves and moshing beats this is an ideal album. The production is not great but the spirit behind the music helps make up for this. What Hallows Eve lacked in originality they made up for in intensity. Not as strong as Death and Insanity (previous album which featured a song on the Rivers Edge Soundtrack) this album still has excellent riffs and rhythym. "Rot Gut" and "Monument" are examples of the mid tempo grooves that permeate this album. Not as slow as Celtic Frost or as fast as Slayer, Monument is a good example of a grinding, mid-tempo thrash album. The lyrics are not particularly inspiring but they do cover other issues besides the standard death and demons lyrics of most thrash albums. A cover of Queen's "Sheer Heart Attack" is included on this album and a playful parody of Elvis- type music at the end of the album reveals a sense of humor often missing from thrash bands. Check these guys from Georgia out if you haven't already. This is classic thrash.

5-0 out of 5 stars their best album
The title track is a testament to most great heavy metal bands that never achieve the commercial success they deserve: their albums are a great monument to nothing. I can't stand the band Queen. So they greatly improve the song Sheer Heart Attack. ... Read more

Asin: B000001C7J
Sales Rank: 171636


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The New Order
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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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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Biohazard
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 June, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE IN BROOKLYN...YOU BEST WATCH YOUR BACK!!
Biohazard's debut album is strong beginning to end. They incorperate elements of Metal, Rap and Hardcore music together to near perfection...Bassist/Vocalist Evan raps on some of the songs but don't expect stuff like Limp Bizkit or Linkin Park here...Biohazard's debut album is about as real, no nonsense and brutal as Hardcore gets. Rhythm guitarist Billy shares the vocals and his style is a little different than Evans which is cool for the overall effect. The Guitar riffs are memorable and filled with hooks and drummer Danny throws in some hip-hop beats here and there that makes you wanna risk life and limb and dive head-first into the pit...and as with most Hardcore, the lyrics are about subjects that you can relate to...especially if you grew up in a rough neighborhood...I definately recommend this album...and if you like this one check out CRO-MAGS "Age Of Quarrel" and "LEEWAY "Desperate Measures"...you can't go wrong with those...REAL NY HARDCORE!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hardcore In Its Purest Form
Biohazard is one of the most influential hardcore artists in modern music. With their loyal following of fans and fellow artists, they have taken the metal world hostage ever since the very beginning. As the reigning kings of true hardcore, these average Brooklyn boys have become a major staple in the world of the underground. Biohazard's hardcore roots can be summed up in this album, their self entitled debut. Their debut is undeniable proof that they have yet to sell out in a world the buys up wimp rock like candy. Normally, shoddy production turns me off when I listen to a record, but this brings out the trueness of the underground.... Musically, like every other Biohazard album, it is very strong. With the ability to go from hardcore riffs to some cheesey guitar solos in an instant, it seriously rocks hard. Vocally, Evan kills. His voice inspired metal records for years to come, and still screams just as good as he raps. Yes, I said raps. Let me warm you, this is not your normal rap-metal schlock that pollutes the airwaves of radio and MTV, this is the real thing. "Blue Blood" is probably my favorite track. It has a very memorable riff and just plain killer vocals. "Hold My Own" is a ground breaking mix of death and hardcore that will stick with you long after you finish listening to the album. Another track worthy of notice is "Victory". This song basically sums up all that hardcore stands for, loud, obnoxious, vulgar, and all out brutal. Biohazard's self entitled debut album is one of the greatest releases in the past decade, its brutal riffs, lyrics, and vocals make this one for the ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars '' A CLASSIC HARDCORE RELEASE '' ! !
AFTER SEEING THESE GUYS AT LAMOUR'S IN BROOKLYN , I WAS BLOWN AWAY TOTALLY ! I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT HARDCORE MUSIC WAS [no good], AND NOT REALLY METAL ! BUT AFTER HEARING THESE GUYS LIVE THAT NITE , HAD CHANGED MY MIND TOTALLY .. THERE ARE SO MANY HARDCORE BANDS OUT THERE , THAT THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY TO LIST .. BUT '' BIOHAZARD '' IS WHAT HARDCORE IS ALL ABOUT !! THE CD IS FULL OF INTENSITY AND SHEER AGGRESSION ! EVERY SONG IS FULL OF RAGE AND POWER -THAT WILL BE A HARDCORE FAN'S DELIGHT ... SO IF YOU WANT MUSIC THAT IS IN YOUR FACE LIKE A FIST THAN LOOK NO FURTHER .. AND ALSO GET '' URBAN DISCIPLINE '' !! AND '' STATE OF THE WORLD ADDRESS '', FOR A DAY FILLED WITH SOOO MUCH RAGE AS YOU'LL BE KICKING YOUR UPSTAIRS NEIGHBOR'S [rear] TO! MANY PEOPLE MAY SAY A LOTTA BAD STUFF ABOUT BROOKLYN , BUT '' BIOHAZARD '' ISN'T ONE OF THEM . THEY PUT BROOKLYN ON THE MAP OF METAL !! NY/HC STILL RULES! ... Read more

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Internal Overkill
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration from below
RH Gazley is Totally right. I am not that much a power metal fan but this album is really inspired. Most of its number could be pieces of classical music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible German thrash metal
Destruction was one of the best thrash metal bands to come out of the 80's and probably *the* best German thrash band. There is an incredible improvement in the musicianship between their first album, Sentence of Death, and their second, Infernal Overkill. Sentence of Death, while fun and good in parts, sounds like the band were kicked awake and given 20 minutes of studio time to do the recording. Infernal Overkill though, is incredible. The difference in quality is astounding, with the band showing its appreciation of classical music in some of the song structures. The best songs are probably Bestial Invasion and Black Death and the seriously impressive instrumental Thrash Attack (which sounds like it could have been written after channeling Beethoven during a seance).

If you like thrash or even death metal, give these guys a try, you will not be disappointed. ... Read more

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Taking Over
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A definite step forward
This is Overkill's 2nd offering, and it's a certain improvement over the original. The sound of the band got originality and style, also a desired heaviness and better songwriting. Most of the album is high-speed aggressive, even violent thrash with instantly recognizable Blitz's poisonous hateful vocal style. Though it may seem dated at present, nonetheless it's a good album and any thrash-metal fan would be advised to buy it. Also know, that the next 3 albums by Overkill are their top, and perhaps you should start from one of them, moving back to the roots in their discography.

4-0 out of 5 stars overkill is a good hard band with a unique sound i like
this album taking over to me is there best ever. its got alot of the older harder sound i like .

5-0 out of 5 stars WRECK YOUR NECK!
This may be Overkill's finest moment. New York thrash at it's very best! Uber-catchy choruses on classics such as "Wrecking Crew" and "Powersurge" highlight this great disc. Check out the completely insane neck-breaker, "Electro-Violence", which has to be my all-time favorite Overkill track. Overkill's style of straight ahead, energetic thrash metal has never sounded better than it does on this classic! A truly fun album to listen to by one of the most underrated bands out there. "We're gonna walk all over you, cause we are the Wrecking Crew![.]" ... Read more

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Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Heavy and energetic.
Celtic Frost is one of the few metal bands that have ever interested me. They have certainly put out some heavy and interesting material--especially the impressive album Into the Pandemonium. Morbid Tales is an album that's full of energy and metallic aggression. The disc is in a straight-ahead metal direction. All of the tunes are listenable. Thomas Gabriel Fischer handles the vocals and guitar work. I've always liked his voice, and the guitar riffs are thick, meaty, and energetic throughout. The album's musicianship, songwriting, and production are good, and the drum work is really cool. Some of the songs that I like are "Into the Crypts of Rays," "Return to the Eve," and "Circle of the Tyrants." "Into the Crypts of Rays" is a heavy tune with an eerie intro. The instrumental "Danse Macabre" is pretty ominous, also, and "Procreation (of the Wicked)" has a nice main guitar riff. I have had this CD in my collection for many years and still don't mind listening to it from time to time. It's one of the heaviest pieces of music that I've ever heard. Worth a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Celtic Frost's best album
...I had always been into Heavy dark music but as soon as I heard the primitive but brutal guitar riffs of tracks like "Dethroned Emperor" and "Morbid Tales" everything was pushed a step further. Even though the sound of the tape was [bad], I could make out the amazingly dark riffs, and Warriors demented cry's. A friend that went to USA, ...got the original album for me, but it had a different cover than the one they show here. The cover showed a huge demon, surronded by a gang of [women], who had him chained...Brutal artwork, why dont they have that cover anymore??? When I got to hear it, so crisp, so pure, it sounded a kazillion times better and I really encourage people to check this album out.Anyway, if your an old school metalhead you should really go and get the Celtic Frost albums, specially this one..If your new to metal and enjoy bands like Mudvayne or Slipknot, well, here you can see where it all started, excellent album by a killer band.

5-0 out of 5 stars celtic madness.
very basic, but very effective. dethroned emperor, morbid tales, circle of the tyrants, and procreation of the wicked are the highlights of this album. buy it now if you like dark, heavy music. ... Read more

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Jugulator
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Oh, how the masses laughed when they heard the once mighty Judas Priest had hired a singer from a Priest cover band to replace indomitable original vocalist Rob Halford. But on 1997's Jugulator, the band's first new album in seven years, it's Priest who get the last laugh. Admittedly, it's kind of strange to hear Tim "Ripper" Owens screeching like the ghost of concerts past, but the band's rhythmic assault is fiercer than ever, mixing aggressive death metal riffs with the group's tried and true melodic grind. Vengeance is theirs.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Overall, a Big Disappointment
This album has one piece of music that makes it worth having......Cathedral Spires, which is one of the awesomest-sounding songs ever done by Priest. But if it weren't for Cathedral Spires, I would be trading this CD in.....the rest of it is mediocre metal, with what have to be the dumbest lyrics ever to appear on a Priest album (they used to tell some good stories, now they're trying to compete with Cannibal Corpse).

I remember hearing a radio interview with the surviving members of priest, just after Halford's departure.....they said that they would eventually be recording a new album, once they found a new vocalist....and that "It would be the best album that Priest had ever done, that it would have to be, that they owed it to the fans." Sorry guys.....this is one of your weakest albums, and can't hold a candle to Defenders of the Faith and Screaming for Vengeance (in my opinion, the two best Priest albums ever).

Equally, a solo Rob Halford has not been able to create anything of import, so we obviously have a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. A few bands have been able to come up with some of their strongest albums ever, after signing on a new front man (consider Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell," where Ronnie James Dio took the reins from Ozzy).....but sadly, this is not one of them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Priest at its Heaviest
In an era where a lot of older bands are trumpeting how "mature" they've become, with slower music and more commercial success, it's good to know some older bands out there can still dish it out. Indeed, these claims of maturity sound increasingly hollow when you hear Priest's Jugulator. This is their fastest, heaviest, and meanest offering yet, anchored by the incredible Mr.Owens. The opening title track is what hooked me. I heard it on the loacl college station and couldn't get it out of my head. Other tracks like "Death Row","Burn In Hell", and the epic "Cathederal Spires" make this one a gem. For all the Priest fans who are moaning about how Priest has "joined the mainstream" of metal, you're either underestimating JP, or overestimating the Heavy Metal genre. Not many bands do it like this anymore, folks. A lot of younger bands do speed metal, but not of this caliber.We should all be thankful Priest hasn't abandoned us like some other bands out there have done to their older fans. This is GOOD Judas Priest, and an album with serious teeth.

5-0 out of 5 stars win one for the ripper
This is the only Priest record I have. It doesn't sound like anything they put out in the past. I've had this since it came out back in '97 and I still love it. From Jugulator to Bullet Train these guys just try to pound a dent into your head. I understand that fans of the old Priest won't like this. However, if you want just some good metal. Then you should check this out. ... Read more

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Slaughter the Weak
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 June, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars BRUTALITY AT IT'S BEST !!
A FRIEND GAVE ME THIS CD , AND I EXPECTED IT TO BE AN AVERAGE DEATH METAL CD . BUT I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO SAY THE LEAST .. THESE GUYS TAKE YOU BACK TO WHEN DEATH METAL WAS ULTRA BRUTALLY HEAVY ! NOT LIKE THE STUFF OUT TODAY . SOME SONGS REMIND ME OF HOW THE BAND '' OBITUARY ''USED TO BE - WHILE OTHER SONGS ARE LIKE THE '' DEATH '' OF OLD... IF YOU WANT IN YOUR FACE DEATH METAL , LIKE IT USED TO BE ! THEN CHECK OUT THESE DUDES ! AND GET THEIR OTHER 2 CD'S AS WELL .. THEY ARE EQUALLY AS BRUTAL !!HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE OTHER BANDS AS HEAVY AS THESE GUYS- BUT WE'LL JUST HAVE TO SEE.. THRASH ON GUYS !!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure
This album is not going to dazzle you. There's nothing technically amazing about it. It's just solid, mid-paced, groove-laden death metal. But it's well-written and performed, and the songs feature enough speed changes and progression that it never gets boring or repetitive. Basically, it's just good riffs, good vocals, and appropriately violent lyrics all sewn up into a satisfying package. Even those who don't usually like death metal will get into it. If you like this disc, check out "Mercenary" by Bolt Thrower.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is EXTREME!!!!!
though this band does not speed along like traditional death metal bands, it still has plenty of bite. if you're into the mainstream mtv trash, then this band is not for you. ... Read more

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Haunted
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 September, 1995)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Well, it IS Chris Barnes...
... but I don't care! Barnes was the man when he was back in Cannibal Corpse, but now he is a mere shadow of what he used to be. However, being a mere shadow of his former self, he's still pretty good. The rest of the band is a different story, the music is too slow, and is very uninspired. In fact, its kind of boring. Out of all the SFU CDs I have, Each have ONE GOOD SONG.

All in all, a decent CD for people just getting into death metal, but for people familiar to the genre, SFU leaves something to be desired... Well, at least its not some G@Y nu-metal cd! (other Bands that make SFU look like a sunday school choir: ZYKLON, Necrophobic, Cannibal Corpse, Death, The Crown (ex Crown Of Thorns on The Burning and Eternal Death) Emperor Callenish Circle) The list could go on for days, but im too lazy to keep typing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
By all accounts, this can be lumped in with Death Metal. Chris Barnes is one of the original DM vocalists. Allen West played Guitar for Obituary, and his riffs sound very much like those he wrote with Obituary. Bassist Terry Butler has played with Death and Massacre. Thing is, once you listen to this, there is a big difference between Six Feet Under and the DM norm. There are no blast beats, or thousand beats per minute kick drums. But there is a killer groove to all of these songs. DM feel, but a grooviness seldom heard from a DM band.

None of the songs here are extremly intricate, and none have Kerry King style guitar solos. And it wouldn't be difficult to argue that these aren't the most talented musicians in the world. But having said that, I still love this album. I have played this for guys who like grunge, and they bought into this almost immediately. It is just very listenable. In my opinion, this is the best SFU album. If you like Cannibal Corpse and Obituary both, then buy this. If you are only a fan of extreme DM bands like Nile and Vader, then this will bore you to tears. But I highly recommed at least giving it a listen. It may surprise you.

2-0 out of 5 stars 5/10 lame, not much
If you're considering buying a Six Feet Under cd and it's not possible to stop you from buying one, buy Maximum Violence 'cause that one is good. Chris Barnes sounds so goddam weak, all the riffs are reused Obituary riffs, Final Thoughts and End Complete get a real bashing! Aside from that Enemy Inside was great, a couple of others were ok and the rest were just plain no-good, repetitive and non-brutal...stuff.

And to the guy who says Six Feet Under are his favourite band and that he's been listening to Death Metal for 8 years? I feel sorry for you. No wonder the world thinks Death Metal fans are idiots, because the ones people notice ARE. ... Read more

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Spreading the Disease
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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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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Beyond the Gates
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy
This one is heavier than all...! The music is hard, fast and heavy and it has rythem. Its also so satanic as well. If youre into Death Metal dont missed this one. Possessed were one of the better bands out there until they broke up...what a shame.

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

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

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Power & Pain/Ticket to Mayhem
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars 2 THRASH CLASSICS ON ONE DISC !!!
WHIPLASH is one of my all time favorite thrash bands, and they should have been huge. Top of the line musicianship from all three Tonys in the band (Portaro,Bono,Scaglione) and a tight and heavy thrash/speed sound. Portaro,in particular,is one of the best guitarists in this style of music ever, in my opinion. Plus his gut wrenching and shrill sounding vocals (not the over used and eventually ridiculous growling vocals of some "Death metal" bands trying to sound heavy or evil) made it all the better.Not only were the songs fast and heavy, but had almost memorable "hooks" for lack of a better word. "Last Man Alive", "Spit on your Grave" and "Nailed to the Cross" are all classics, but the whole LP is awesome. "Ticket to Mayhem" takes over where the first LP started, just as fast,heavy and tight."Snakepit" "Burning of Atlanta" and "Respect the Dead" are brilliant thrash pieces. Both of these are must haves for your collection. Much more talented than some of their counterparts who got big. Awesome stuff....

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Thrash Release...
Raw and catchy, "Power And Pain" would be a great addition to the collection of any fan of the old school thrash scene. There is a tiny dash of hardcore fused into the sound, but not enough to toss Whiplash out of the thrash metal category. Great sing-along choruses are the strong point on this release, especially on tracks like "Last Man Alive". Although some may disagree, I feel that "Ticket To Mayhem" (the second album on this two-album collection) is the weaker of the two efforts, and just doesn't showcase the charm of "Power and Pain". Thus, the five star rating is actually for the "Power and Pain" album. Overall, this is a worthy release, and any thrash metal fan would certainly appreciate it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have 80's Metal
Any fan of true metal will appreciate this combination of albums. Overlooked by the mainsteam label fan during metal's peak when they came out, they're borderline thrash,speed and power metal. I'm not going to go song by song with the review, screeching vocals, lightining guitar riffs and bombastic drums should sum it up for these guys. I prefer "Ticket To Mayhem", which is one of those rare albums where you don't need to fastforward while listening because every song stands on it's own. If you liked early Overkill, Testament or Anthrax you will enjoy this combination of albums. ... Read more

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Darkness Descends
Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An All-Time Thrash Classic
This one hands down, one of my all-time favorite thrash albums. It doesn't get much better than this. This album also marks the Dark Angel debut for the drum god, better known as the drummer for Death, Gene Hoglan, so it goes without saying that the drumming on this album is nothing short of amazing and intense, the drumming is a definately a highlight. So if you wanna know where he started, look no further.

The title track starts off the album with a roar. Great drumming, Don Doty's usual growlinf, snarling, screaming vocals and the screeching riffs really make themselves known in this song.

"The Burning Of Sodom" begins with a blood-curdling scream by Don Doty, with a MASSIVE wall of drums! the brutality goes down just a tad in the middle, then starts up again. One of my favorite songs off the album.

"Hunger Of The Dead" starts off with a whining guitar sound, then goes into a massivley heavy mid-paced section, and BOOM! spped metal goodness! This song has a nice solo in the middle.

"Merciless Death"... THIS SONG RULES!!!It starts with a cool. rythmic bass line, then come the guitars then, the drums. This is a really awesome song and Don Doty really shows his snarling, growling voice in this song, and also shows that he can do high-pitched wails too!

"Death Is Certain (Life Is Not)" is yet another merciless thrash assault that doesn't let up until the end of the song.

"Black Prophecies" is the longest song on the album (8:34), but just as fast and heavy as all the other songs on the album. It does get a little boring because of the unessesary length(this could've easily been a 4 minute song), but it's still good.

"Perish In Flames" rivals "Merciless Death" as my favorite song on the album. It starts off mid-paced, and then just becomes a huge thrash beast, this some good vocals by Doty. Towards the middle, the paces down alittle, but it's still fast, followed by a pause with the instruments whining with feedback and Don Doty growling, then goes back into pure thrashiness.

This is an underrated thrash classic and if i could give every metal fan in the world a copy of this album, i would. This album is fast and heavy from beginning to end! If you're a fan of Slayer, Kreator or even Hellhammer, you'll really dig this. Let the headbanging begin!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the classic thrash metal albums of all time
This album ranks as one of the best metal albums of the 80s. It has everything you could ask for - fast furious thrash riffs, insane vocals, manic drums, and a howling twin guitar attack on every track. "Perish in flames" is a real classic - it thrashes along nicely until mid-song when lead guitarist Eric Meyer unleashes the most mind-blowing guitar solo I've ever had the pleasure to hear. But even this can't compare to album highlight "The Burning of Sodom", which lives up to its name with what must rank as one of the fastest and greatest thrash riffs of all time, crazed drumming from Gene Hoglan, and some truly demented screaming from vocalist Don Doty. If Hell has a soundtrack, then this is it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Harbinger Of Doom
There are seven studio tracks listed on "Darkness Descends". There are actually eight. The intro to the album's title track is actually an instrumental called "Harbinger Of Doom". In an interview I heard years ago on the radio, drummer Gene Hoglan stated that the track's title was left off of the album's jacket when it was pressed. That aside, "Darkness Descends" is, in my opinion, the greatest thrash metal album ever made. Yes, I think it's even better than Slayer's "Reign In Blood". Don't let the album's song titles fool you (i.e. "Merciless Death", "Perish In Flames", "Death Is Certain....."). The lyrics, for the most part, are smarter than anything Slayer could ever come up with. If you're gonna read the lyric sheet, you'll probably need a dictionary. The majority of the songs are very fast. They're also well thought-out. The drumming is amazing. Hoglan and guitarist Jim Durkin were a phenomenal songwriting team. So why weren't these guys huge? Sadly, events seemed to conspire against the band after the album came out:

1) They were dubbed "Slayer clones", a tag they did not deserve. "Darkness" came out about a month after "Reign". So the timing of the releases didn't help Dark Angel in this matter. Still, there are big differences between the two bands.

2) They were unable to tour properly behind the album. Singer Don Doty was having personal problems. Plus, according to Gene Hoglan, Doty had problems with his timing when the band performed live. When DA toured with Possessed in 1987, they had a different singer.

3) They put out two more albums after "Darkness", and neither one measured up. Constant line-up changes also hurt the band. By the time they put their final album out in 1991, all of the band's founding members were gone.

Don't be discouraged by these things. With "Darkness Descends", Dark Angel shined brighter than any other thrash band ever has. By the way, I don't hate Slayer. I just think that Dark Angel was better. ... Read more

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Beneath the Remains
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 January, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album Ever
Sepultura's 1989 release, Beneath the Remains, marked the band's transition from third-world obscurity to major contenders in the international extreme metal arena. As soon as the deceptively gentle acoustic intro gives way to the title track's thrashing brutality, the listener is propelled at maximum speed and intensity through to the very last crunch of "Primitive Future." In between, Sepultura offers its first bona fide hits with "Inner Self" and the inspired "Stronger Than Hate," featuring lyrics written by Atheist's Kelly Shaefer. It's not over there, as they charge ahead with the triple threat of "Mass Hypnosis," "Sarcastic Existence," and "Slaves of Pain," all of which feature mind-blowing solos from guitarist Andreas Kisser, thunderous double-bass work from drummer Igor Cavalera, and the furious howling of singer Max Cavalera. The complete absence of filler here makes this one of the most essential death/thrash metal albums of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thrash to the bone
"Beneath the Remains" and its successor "Arise" are, without a doubt, two of the albums that define the genre of extreme thrash. Taking the seminal thrash of originators like Slayer and Metallica to the next level, Sepultura helped provide the bridge that connected thrash to death metal. I think "Beneath the Remains," "Arise," and "Chaos A.D." make up a trilogy of consecutive classics, and here is where it all started. While this album isn't exactly groundbreaking, what it lacks in originality it more than compensates for in speed, heaviness, precision and aggression. On angry tunes like "Beneath the Remains" and the anti-conformity "Inner Self," Max and co. channeled their righteous indignation into some of the heaviest music that's ever been produced. Pretty much every song takes off at about warp five, propelled by Igor Cavalera's amazing drumming. Max's vocals are a deep, barking growl, and his lightning-fast riffs combine with Paulo's bass lines to create a driving, bottom-heavy groove. Andreas's solos are also terrific. They're fast, just like the rest of the album, and there's plenty of cool distortion thrown in. This remastered version also delivers a thick production that does justice to the music found here. If you're a fan of thrash/extreme thrash/death metal, you should have this album. Pure and simple

5-0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE of SHEER BRUTALITY
this is my first sepultura album but not the only one i've heard and let me tell ya this album wipes the floor with any slayer cd both musically and time length igor cavalera is as good as dave lombardo or better the drum work is awesome,Andreas Kisser's guitar work takes out kerry king's max cavalera doesn't growl but his vocals go perfect with every song i only make the comparison between sepultura and slayer because both had the same sense of death/thrash metal although slayer is great i think sepultura is better this disc gets you in a thrashing mood with blistering fast yet clear guitar work and fast double pedal i wouldn't change a thing on this album even the drum tracks on the remastered version are enjoyable ... Read more

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Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 November, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Satisfaction..." Leaves Little to be Desired
Hatebreed's first semi-major label full length release, "Satisfaction is the Death of Desire" is one of the most fulfilling hardcore albums in recent memory. The songs are simple and the lyrics are straightforward; no one could consider Hatebreed to musically or lyrically profound. But the content of the album showcases a strong sense of rhythmic power and dead-on aggressive styling. There can be little doubt as to the emotions conveyed through the lyrics or the music: discontent has bred in this group some of the best heavy music in the world today. Songs such as "Puritan," "Conceived Through an Act of Violence," and "Before Dishonor" belay a theme of strength through adversity. But while the heavily distorted, de-tuned guitars, the heavy double-bass drumming, and the brutal vocals are inspired seemingly by feelings of frustration and rage, the emotion most likely to be evoked by this album is one accompanied by a smile.

4-0 out of 5 stars This band really grows on you=)
One word: Wow.With most hardcore bands,you can only listen to maybe 3 or 4 songs and the rest sound the same or the album gets irritating.This album is true exception to that.While I do like other hardcore bands(All Out War,Poison the well,etc)This cd is probably my favorite hardcore album of all time.Brutal guitars and drumming with great vocals by Jamie Jasta which unlike some hardcore bands...sounds truely angry on this cd.Combine that with great sound structures and you have yourself the best hardcore album of the 90's.Don't let all the sell-out hype fool you,these guys are honest and the lyrics are really quite good,though they are obvious in their meaning.I saw these guys live a couple weeks ago in Syracuse and their live show is like NOTHING you have ever seen before...So if your sick of disgusting pathetic pop-metal bands...give this album a try if your new to hardcore...and for those who like hardcore..well you probably already have this..so I'll just stop writing

5-0 out of 5 stars Our Last Victory Breathe
Given Hatebreeds' climatic rise into MTV2 fame with Perserverance and The rise of Brutality, it's an amazing difference from Satisfaction is the death of desire. Some of the biggest breakdowns ever recorded are here, and the whole album sticks with you, unlike some of the tracks on Perserverance. Must hear songs include:burn the lies, our last breathe, puritan, worlds apart, not one truth, betrayed by life and the rest basically. Anybody who's into metal/hardcore/metalcore, etc even into rock music should pick this up. ... Read more

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