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Live Shit: Binge and Purge
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1993)
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This enormous live box set is a necessity for the hardcore Metallifan, though casual fans (if Metallica has any casual fans) might be scared off. It contains material up to and including the self-titled "black" album, including concert favorites "Creeping Death" and "Seek & Destroy," as well as classics like "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," and "Fade to Black." There are also a couple of ripping-fast solos from Jason Newsted and Kirk Hammett, and covers of "Last Caress," "Am I Evil?" and "Stone Cold Crazy." The videos are from a 1992 San Diego concert and a 1989 stop on the Damaged Justice tour in Seattle; both are guaranteed to turn any fan who hasn't had the considerable pleasure of hearing this seminal metal band live green with envy. Pricey, but very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Hey, I just got this thing for Christmas, and lemme tell ya, what a
great gift it was! Three discs of live music (and they blow S&M
right out of the water!), three videos, a 72-page book of pictures and stuff , a cool stencil for
which I need to find something to trace it onto, and something called
a snakepit pass, I don't know what significance it holds, but it's
cool. If you love Metallica, and are missing their thrashy edge, buy
this to reminisce. The live album is nearly perfect, with all their
great songs. My only complaints are that on "One", the
guitar at the end isn't very clear where the song starts to rock, and
that greatly takes away from it. Also, "Master of Puppets"
was cut in half, I don't know why they did that. But, other than
that, it's great. Especially check out Kirk's impromptu solos and
Jason Newsted's vocals appearing sporadically throughout the album.
They should record some stuff with him singing, he's got a mean-@$$
voice! He almost sounds like Max Cavalera! Also, the part with all
the drunk Mexican dudes screaming "Seek and Destroy!" is
hilarious. Anyway, this album is a must-have for the Metallica
completist.

Hey, I've got an idea: If Metallica ever makes another
album, they should do it in a similar fashion as the Black Album, with
Jason Newsted doing about 90% of the vocals. Also, check out Iced Earth, fans of old
Metallica will love them.


5-0 out of 5 stars This is Essential Metallica!!!!
Live Shit, is quite possibly the largest, grandest, and best live set ever released. I think this was Metallica's great triumph featuring all kinds of shit from the likes of ...And Justice for All, Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Kill Em' All, and the Black Album. From the footage of the Damged Justice tour in Seattle to the other videos and CD's showcasing the Nowhere Else to Roam tour this is the true Metallica fans dream come true. And you get to draw some cool shit with the stencil and impress your friends with the replica snake pit pass on top of that!!!! And if that wasn't enough you can hear Jason Newstead singing on " Seak and Destroy" and witness James Hetfield's vulgar stage show!!!! As I said, a true Metallica fan's dream!

5-0 out of 5 stars review of binge and purge
Well, I've read through all of the other reviews, and I'm not sure that any of them except for the first even come close to doing this set, no pun intended, justice. First, I'll start off on the Seattle show, since it's the earliest dated. Great quality, excellent stage setup, and they make it fun by slightly altering the lyrics in some songs to make jokes, as in "Seek and Destroy". I personally liked this show a lot better than the others because it was released before the black album and has more of the classic stuff that they never play in full anymore (like Blackened and ...And Justice For All to name a few). Next, the San Diego show. Yes, James playing the drums was interesting, and to tell the truth, he isn't that bad at them. My guess is Lars gave him lessons sometime. Kirk Hammet gives some top-notch guitar solos, including one where he plays it with his butt. You read right, he takes the guitar, puts it behind him, and rubs the strings against his butt. The scary thing is, he actually makes it sound good, like he actually practiced doing that ahead of time. Lastly, the Mexico City show. 3 cds, the longest show in the set, but definitely worth listening to. My only complaint with the collection is how in the San Diego and Mexico city shows, how they cut "Master of Puppets" short, stopping before the guitar solo interlude. Aside from that, a complete masterpiece, showcasing how powerful of a live band Metallica really is. It also contains many of their forgotten classics that they don't play live anymore, such as Fade to Black, Last Caress, Blackened, and Whiplash. If you're a fan of the old Metallica, and for some reason don't already own this set, I highly urge you to buy it, although I recommend the dvd version only due to the fact that it's cheaper. And some of the complaints (pages falling out of the book) have been fixed; the entire book is under the special features in dvd disc 2. Either way, it's worth every last penny that you're spending. ... Read more

Asin: B000002HEW


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Demanufacture
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 June, 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: B000000H64
Sales Rank: 72013


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Seasons In The Abyss
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 August, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the two or three best metal CDs of the 1990s
Good heavens, where to start. This album is nothing short of a masterpiece in rock history. Metallica only wishes they were this intense.

Things get off to a fine start with "War Ensemble," a thrashing, merciless rocker that bores its way into your skull for five loud, loud, loud minutes. The riffs sound like machine gun fire from a war film, the drums never let up, and Tom Araya's screaming makes Metallica's James Hetfield sound like Julie Andrews. I could listen to this song every hour of every day and I would never stop being blown away by it. It's a brilliant piece of metal and it sets the stage for the pounding nine songs that follow. Need I mention that not one is a ballad?

I consider "Seasons in the Abyss" to be Slayer's masterpiece, which is saying something when you realize that this is the band that revolutionized thrash metal with "Reign in Blood." "RiB" is fantastic, no argument here, but "Seasons" is better; the songs are more complex, the songwriting a step above, the overall impact more devastating.

If you think you like heavy music, by all means get this album. This is the gold standard right here.

5-0 out of 5 stars The evolution of Slayer
Coming off the classics "Reign in Blood" and "South of Heaven," Slayer continued their evolution with "Seasons in the Abyss." This album is perhaps their most mature, combining the speed and aggression of "Reign" with the more polished approach of "South." Yet somehow, it managed to be both heavier and more melodic than its predecessors. The production is clear, the songwriting's diverse, and Hanneman and King turned in a performance that cemented their place among the best metal guitar duos. And it's also worth noting that on his last album for the band, Dave Lombardo turned in a drum performance for the ages, with precision and variety that was just mindblowing.

The album fires out of the gate with the blazing "War Ensemble," which combines crushingly heavy riffing with a tempo that is fast even by Slayer standards. I like a lot of Slayer songs, but I'd have to say "War Ensemble" is in my top three. From there, the band changes things up a bit. The excellent "Spirit in Black" and "Born of Fire" are roaring speed-metal songs in the vein of the opener, but tunes like "Blood Red" and "Dead Skin Mask" slow things down to good effect. The closing title track is a great six-plus minute epic, with a terrific intro and some very haunting melodies. Tom's vocals are in my opionion at their best on this album, as he manages to occasionally do something that resembles singing without losing any of his edge. His vocals on "Dead Skin Mask" and the title track, especially, have a very eerie tone that suits the music perfectly. For fans of the older Slayer, though, there's plenty of good growling too.

Lyrically, the band also showed some signs of branching out, continuing the trend started on "South." The death-and-Satan approach of Slayer's first three albums could be seen giving way to a focus on evil in general. "War Ensemble" and "Blood Red" intelligently address the destructive nature of violence and war; "Indication of triumph/the numbers that are dead" from "War Ensemble" remains one of my all-time favorite lyrics. "Dead Skin Mask" deals with the crimes of infamous killer Ed Gein, while "Expendable Youth" talks about the problem of inner-city violence. In other songs the message isn't so clear, but the lyrical content is at all times dark and oppressive, just like everything else on the album. If you don't have this album, you're missing out on an essential piece of one of metal's defining bands.

5-0 out of 5 stars Close Your Eyes and Forget Your Name!
Another hard-pounding realse from the kings of dark thrash metal, Slayer. Just everything about it rocks you like there is no tomorrrow. Tom's voice has the typical Tom sound to it, and Kerry and Jeff's soloing is no less great. The lyrics are cool, too. The last track is the title song, which in my opinion is the greatest Slayer song ever written. Other standout tracks on this masterpiece include "Dead Skin Mask', and 'War Ensemble'. ... Read more

Asin: B000009QPG
Sales Rank: 164473


...And Justice For All
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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This record has so much good material that it's a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica's most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. "One" is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It's the epic of the album, but all of the songs are long, displaying impressive chops and songwriting. Metallica took a commercial turn after ...And Justice for All, and it's interesting to speculate on what would have happened to their music had they continued in the direction suggested by this album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars bad production stops this masterpiece cold
This album tried to take 1986's Master of Puppets one step further by looking at our corrupt justice system and other typical Heavy Metal topics: Insanity, rebellion...etc. And Metallica, considered by many (not me) to be the best band ever, comes out swinging. "Blackened" in Battery revisited, with scorching guitars and classic Metallica arrangment. However, once you get past the speed at which this album starts out, you notice one thing (well, at least I did) There's no bass. I pumped the bass up to the max on my stereo and still I couldn't hear anything, save for the occasional weak bass trying to work its way into the riffs every once in awhile. The result is that a lot of the songs, though well arranged, come off sounding thin and watery, without the punch that good bass brings to a song. I honestly don't know if Jason Newsted even showed up to the recordings. The production is crap, and it's a shame becuase it ruined whatever hopes this album had to be "best ever" status. Still, "Justice" does boast songs like "One" and "Dyer's Eve", great Metallica and a great effort. Buy this album, and just pretend there is some bass :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's most elaborate, experimental, & angry work.
Despite the poor production on And Justice for All, this stands out as Metallica's most complex album, and my personal favorite from the band. Most of the songs on And Justice for All are extremely long, but thats certainly not a bad thing when when you're dealing with Metallica. All the songs go through elaborate stages, changing up the tempo & mood constantly. It's very impressive just to sit back & listen to. Whether they're playing speed-metal, pounding you with some slow steady riffs, throwing in some acoustic parts, or going off on a classic, thrashy guitar solo, its all done very well on And Justice for All. This album has an epic vibe to it, and it has two of the best songs ever written by the band. There's "One" or course, widely considered to be the bands best song, and then there's "To Live is to Die", an emotional instrumental tribute to Cliff Burton. That song is simply breathtaking. The rest of the album is outstanding as well. James's lyrics on this album are the most meaningful he's ever written, shouting out against various injustices concerning the government. This is also the band's most passionate & angry album as well, as they vent from pain & sorrow of losing their close friend & bass player Cliff Burton. While Master of Puppets overall may be considered Metallica's best album, personally I like And Justice for All more because of its raw & angry sound. Its much less polished than Master of Puppets & plus its has "One" & "To Live is to Die" which are my two favorite Metallica songs. So you can complain about the poor production & nearly inaudible bass on And Justice for All, but Metallica fans cannot deny that the actual music on the album is among the band's most experimental, progressive, & best work.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 *
1. Blackened 5/5
2. ...And Justice for All 6/5
3. Eye of the Beholder 4/5
4. One 100/5
5. Shortest Straw 3/5
6. Harvester of Sorrow 3/5
7. Frayed Ends of Sanity 4/5
8. To Live Is to Die 4.9/5 too long
9. Dyers Eve 4/5

almost every song starts off the same way, but other than that, a very good album.

if you want to download this cd...go to winMX.com ... Read more

Asin: B000002H6C


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Brave New World
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 May, 2000)
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Iron Maiden are nothing if not consistent. Since 1980's self-titled debut, they've been one of metal's preeminent torchbearers, spewing forth dramatic old-school, Euro-flavored arena-style metal, that to a non-fan might seem akin to Spinal Tap. The band's legion of followers, however, will rejoice at the 67 minutes of archetypal Maiden found on Brave New World. The album reunites their classic-period singer Bruce Dickinson with his longtime band following his self-imposed six-year absence. Also back on board is guitarist Adrian Smith, giving Maiden a scorching three-guitar lineup. Maiden's lyrical scope is as historic and elaborate as ever, their muscular musicality verging on the melodramatic. But that's what Maiden have always been about, and their sound is instantly recognizable on such meaty cuts as "The Mercenary," "The Fallen Angel," and "Ghost of the Navigator." Brave New World's signature time changes, guitar harmonies, and urgent vocals render moot any question as to whether it will spawn Maiden classics to rival the likes of "Run to the Hills" and "Number of the Beast." Bruce is back, and all's right on this Brave New World.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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

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

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

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

Asin: B00004TH7Z


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The Number of the Beast
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1998)
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Throughout the 1980s, a damning generalization held true: British metal was essentially working man's food, loosely descended from biker-meets and Northern pubs; whereas, in the States, it was an outgrowth of stadium rock, which traditionally subordinated substance to spectacle. Plug-ugly and cartoonishly morbid, Iron Maiden were typical of the Brit effort, since they effectively emphasized a driving, no-nonsense approach to the music. Among metal aficionados, this album ranks as one of the defining moments of the entire genre. Of the eight songs here--including Maiden classics like "Run to the Hills" and the title track--only "Gangland" falls flat, though it's immediately overshadowed by "Hallowed Be Thy Name," acknowledged by many as this band's apotheosis. --Andrew McGuire ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of their best.
Maiden at thier best. If fans at the time were worried that Bruce may not live up to Di'Anno (singer on first 2 albums) then this would have thrown those worries out the window.

The album kicks off with Invaders and pretty much stays at that high quality. Children Of The Damned is very progressive, while songs such The Prisoner and Run To The Hills are full on speed assualts. My personal favs though, are 22 Acacia Avenue and the title track, Number Of The Beast. Those songs are excellent! Total Eclipse is a naff song but its a bonus track so it doesn't count and it doesn't detract from the overall power of the album. The album finishes with Hallowed Be Thy Name, another one of the best songs on the album...

...UP THE IRONS!!

Oh, and I would say that this is their best but that would be a total lie because being the metal Gods they are they have released too many outstanding albums to have a best......

5-0 out of 5 stars The Grail of Maiden albums
Iron Maiden are a great band. Part of the original British invasion, these guys broke out with then new singer Bruce Dickenson, who's nickname bacame 'The air-raid siren'. With good reason, Bruce has gone down in metal history as one of metal's greatest and most accomplished vocalists. His style is easily identified and cannot be imitated.

Maiden classics abound on this album and half the songs are still played at their live shows to this day. 'Run to the Hills', 'Hallowed be Thy Name' and the infamous title track with the ominous Bible quotation to start it off have all become Maiden staples to worldwide fans. 'The Prisoner' was always a personal favorite of mine.

On this newly remastered album, a new song has been added, 'Total Eclipse' previously only released in England as a B side. First time I heard this song was years ago on Iron Maiden's home video '12 Years Wasted', an excellent history of the band including live clips and interviews, but that is another review.

5-0 out of 5 stars A metal classic
[Before you start reading this review, I want to apologize for making it so long. I had a lot to say, and there was no short way to do it.]

In 1981, it finally happened. Due to increasing dependence on alcohol, the band was finally forced to expel vocalist Paul Di'Anno from the band. Many fans of the band were horrified by this turn of events and felt that no one would be able to fill Paul's shoes. However, Steve Harris had an ace up his sleeve. He had previously collaborated with another NWOBHM band, Samson. He was impressed by their lead vocalist, Bruce Bruce (better known to us fans as Bruce Dickinson.) Since Samson wasn't going anywhere, Steve welcomed Bruce to Maiden as their new lead vocalist. Many felt Bruce would never fill the shoes of Paul.

Boy, those people must feel stupid now!

Read on for my review of this album, as well as my comments on the remaster series.

Invaders - An awesome hard-rocking opener. An excellent way for the band to introduce fans to Bruce's vocal style.

Children of the Damned - A hard and gloomy track, this one has become a fan favorite, and with good reason.

The Prisoner - If the intro to this song doesn't give it away, this song is about the cult sixties television series of the same name. It's an excellent rocker in which Bruce's vocal delivery (especially in the chorus) is the high point.

Twenty-Two Acacia Avenue - The second song in the "Charlotte The Harlot" series. This is all-out hard rock with a darker sound to it. Not the best song here, but nothing short of excellent.

Number of the Beast - Oh, yeah. Though this song was the source of controversy in the States at its original time of release, it's since become a fan favorite. It's a song that must be heard to be appreciated.

Run to the Hills - The most famous song on this album, and one of the band's finest. The riff in the opening verse will show you why people love Dave Murray and Adrian Smith so much. Who would've thought someone could make a cool song about the slaughter of Native Americans?

Gangland - This is probably the weakest track here, but I don't see what everyone's problem with it is. It's a good solid rocker with the band playing in its prime. This would've been a better track if it had opened the album, or not come right after two of the band's biggest hits.

Hallowed Be Thy Name - The closer starts out dark and gloomy, but it becomes a fast and furious rocker in no time at all. How could you NOT love this song, people?

BONUS TRACK:

Total Eclipse - THIS SONG IS IN NO WAY RELATED TO "TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART" BY BONNIE TYLER. It's basically a typical rocker. One of the weaker tracks here, but still pretty damn good.

Now for my comments on the remasters series - as a die-hard Maiden fan, I AM SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED. Sure, the sound quality is improved over the original CD issues and there is some cool enhanced CD footage (all the remasters before the X Factor have this), but this reissue is lacking the most important thing a remaster needs: BONUS TRACKS. We get one bonus cut (Total Eclipse), but that just isn't enough. The total play time doesn't come too close to the eighty minutes that can fit on a CD. There were a plethora of rare tracks from this era that have never before been issued by the band (except for in the restrictively expensive box set. These rarities include B-Sides, interviews, BBC session tracks, and others.) To put it simply, if you already own the original issue of this album on CD, it's really not necessary to get the new remaster.

Are you just getting into Iron Maiden? THIS IS THE ALBUM YOU SHOULD START WITH! Don't bother with hits compilations, as not one of them to date has captured the true essence of the band. Buy this one first, and if you like it, get the other albums with Bruce (Don't get the ones with Paul Di'Anno and/or Blaze Bayley unless you're a DIE HARD FAN.) Number Of The Beast is a true metal classic. You've gotta hear it for yourself to believe it! ... Read more

Asin: B00000BKDU


Persistence of Time
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 August, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Anthrax's darkest with Belladonna
First, I was going to give this record 4 stars, but decided to refresh my memories before writing this. To my surprise, my impressions made me raise the rating to full 5 stars.

Anthrax are from New York City, and because of that, their thrash-metal style differs from what their contemporaries from San Francisco Bay Area provided at that time. This album is all about the rhythm. The music is tight and dense. Based on very complex drumming by Charlie Benante (one of metal's best drummers of all time) and capable bass by Frank Bello, the guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz create rhythm patterns with their inventive riffing. Joe Belladonna's vocals are consistently strong and expressive, though I'd say that his vocal range is rather limited. You won't find much of a melody here, like you would, for example, in Megadeth's "Rust in Peace". Instead, it's all about rhythmical play, changes of tempo, time signatures, riffing structure and so on. Very intricate and complex work that proves this line-up's technical proficiency.

I'd be hard-pressed to name a weak track on this album. They all are good, providing much variety, and allowing all band-members to show their worth with the instruments. If I had to choose the most outstanding moments, that would be:
- The beginning of song "Time", where ticking clock sound goes into a tight riff
- Tracks "Blood" and "In My World", that have plenty of inner energy and passion within their sound
- Track "Gridlock" for it's very complicated drumming part
- Intro to "Belly of the Beast", that clearly shows classical music influences
- Tracks "Keep it in the Family" and "Belly of the Beast", because they are great songs in every aspect
- Cover song "Got the Time", because it's a very good cover song, and provides a welcome mood change for this generally dark album. Plus it's got an impressive bass solo!

Basically, I could name every track, because, while having mostly the same feel about them, they all are different and have gems hidden underneath their dense and dry sound.

I think this is one of the strongest efforts by Anthrax. This record represents the sprit of it's time very well. You won't question Anthrax's place in the "Big Thrashing Four", together with Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth.

4-0 out of 5 stars Always something to brings you back
This first Anthrax album I purchased was Sound of White Noise. At first I really didn't like this album at all, after hearing S.O.W.N I guess I had high expectations. But in the end I took the album for what it is. This album is by no means the best metal/thrash ever made but your always tempted to go back and listen to it. My favorite song on the album(also the first one i truly liked) was In my world. If you haven't heard it then go [get] it now!!! The album is worth buying for that song alone. After a few more listens I fell in love with the likes of Belly of the beast and Blood Brothers as well Time and got the Time. Although there are some weak tracks on this album the excellent songs really outshine the bad ones. Take this one for what it is, it may not be as good as S.O.W.N or as energetic and killer as Among the Living but it's still great in it's own way. Joey went out with a bang not a whimper.

5-0 out of 5 stars The End of an Era for Anthrax
I would actually like toy give this album 4.999999 stars. This is by far Anthrax's best produced effort. The album is a departure from the good time thrashing the band had been known for. Instead we see a more focused and angerer Anthrax, spitting forth venomous social and political commentary and telling the world to wake up. This is what makes this album great. One small, minute problem as far as I am concern, the songs. I am not a huge fan of the direction that Anthrax followed after this album. Unfortunately this album shows the signs of that direction. The thrash like songs on this album are wonderful. I love the instrumental "Intro to Reality" etc... I just could not accept the rap like songs on the album. However, this does not take away the fact that it is still a great album. This is the last of the Joe Belladonna albums, and the last of the thrash for Anthrax. Check this gem out, and listen to the bands last horah. ... Read more

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Godsmack
Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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In a post-Seattle Sound rock world, there's still a hunger for music that's dark, dirgelike, and heavy. And the void left by Soundgarden and company is being filled by a spate of bands, including Boston's Godsmack, who even nicked their name from an Alice in Chains song. Like Creed and Days of the New, Godsmack are raging and disenfranchised, as singer Sully Erna's lyrics illustrate: "I am in a living hell / Makes me wonder if I'm alive" or "You're pathetic in your own way / I don't like you anyway." Though the territory being mined isn't new, Godsmack's grungy grooves, potent energy, and strong hooks are irresistible. With a dash of Tool and a smattering of Filter seeping through, Godsmack are on the money, especially on "Whatever," the tantalizing "Get Up, Get Out!," and the strident and syncopated "Bad Religion," on which Erna puts one in mind of James Hetfield. While Godsmack's approach may not be fresh, the foursome's strong songs and powerful energy are still intensely tasty--especially for those with a taste for songs on the sober--but never staid--side. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I hate writing titles.
It took me a while to catch on to Godsmack. I would usually hear them on the radio; songs like "Bad Religion" and "Voodoo". After I saw their incredible live show, I soon ran out and purchased this disc. I liked it. I did not love it. I think this is a cool cd though. Godsmack blends grunge and metal together quite well. Some talk about the repetetive theme("go away", "keep away", "get away") that occurrs throughout the album. That doesn't seem to bother me that much. I think that Sully Erna could sharpen his songwriting skills to make the songs more complex. Some say he sounds like James Hetfield from Metallica; but if you listen to Sully's growls, you'll find that he sounds little like James Hetfield. The guitars, bass, and drums are played well. "Moon Baby" and "Time Bomb" are probably the best songs. "Someone in London" doesn't really seem necessary. I think that the songs on here are considerably durable. This is a pretty good, but not great rock album. I think that the band could've done better if they spent more time on the album. Overall, this cd rocks. I expect more good things for Godsmack. Don't forget Godsmack's new album AWAKE coming out Halloween Day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where it all began again...
Remeber when metal was good? When Metallica's guys still had long hair? When Dave Mustaine and Megadeth were still riffing at Mach 2? When Pantera and Sepultura were in the Top 40? This album, released in 1998, brings it all back. Godsmack, although with their nu-metal and Alice In Chains influences, are one of the saviors of hard rock. This and Awake are the two best heavy metal albums IN HISTORY. When their epynonymous debut came out, it was still underground, but touring and MTV promotion boosted it to shift over 3 million copies. And they haven't sold out. Wow.

The obvious highlight of this album is the haunting tribal closer, "Voodoo". This song is perfect. Starting with a chant, and being augmented and filled with the jungle drums and light riffs, with Sully's poetic rhymes. Other good songs are the hit singles, "Keep Away," "Whatever," and "Bad Religion". Of these, "Whatever" was the big catchy MTV video. "Keep Away" was the sludgy metal anthem, complete w/ guitar solo. It also set the precedent for their entire next album. "Bad Religion" was the fast, quick, hard-hitting track that flows fairly well. That was history. Other noteworthy tracks on the CD are "Moon Baby," the sample-heavy opener, and "Time Bomb," a nice slow track. Sully's really paining to sound like Hetfield on this one, and it works. Now come the downsides:

The lyrics. Here's a recurring theme: "Go Away!" "Keep Away!" "Stay Away!" "Get Away!" "So Far Away" "Now Go Away!" Thankfully they get out of this rut by the time of Awake. Another thing: Tony's solos. Too few and far in between. Robbie. Not enough bass. We need more heavyness! Other than this, and the fact that all the songs sound remarkably similar, the album's a winner. It's better than Awake in that you can actually identify what song you're listening to, but Awake is the overall better album.

All in all, this was the beginning of a new age of metal. In 1998, people looked on in wonder as Godsmack revitalized the maimed corpse of rock music. All those people who down these guys, calling them 'ripoffs' or 'corporate, cheesy, teen-angst rock', you can go back to your Dream Street and Puff Diddy(or whatever his name is now) CD's now, children. Godsmack kick and will rule the future of metal with an iron fist!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great rock album, no frills
No dj, not gimmicks, Godsmack is simply one of the hardest rocking bands in the music scene today and this album is the perfect way to be introduced to them. First heard it being played at a Tower Records and bought on that first listen. A few months later their first single blew up on MTV and it still never gets old.

If you get the chance, see them live too. One of the few bands out there today who know anything about showmanship as opposed to just standing around under dramatic lighting and droning away. ... Read more

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October Rust
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 August, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Probably Type O's most eclectic album
After creating instant classic albums with "Slow, Deep, and Hard" and "Bloody Kisses", Type O Negative crafted another masterpiece with "October Rust"; their most eclectic album by far. Pete Steele and co. range from Sabbath vibed heavy numbers like "Burnt Flowers Fallen" and "In Praise of Bacchus", and then turn the album's theme around with more groove oriented songs including the fan favorite "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend", and of course we can't forget "Love You to Death" now can we? "Wolf Man", "Green Man", "Die With Me" and "Be My Druidess" are all great catchy goth vibed songs as well, and the funked out cover of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" is musical ear candy. While I still consider Type O's breakthrough "Bloody Kisses" a superior album, "October Rust" isn't far behind, and is an essential album for any Type O fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great record, very different
October rust is definitely Type o's most eclectic record (as stated by a fellow reviewer), the songs are full of melodies but at the same time, the whole record is continually dark, which pretty much is what Type O Negative is all about. Each song is very original and most are very good. There are only about 2 songs on this record I'm not crazy about, but when you're talking about a 12 track record, that's pretty good. Despite what seems to be everyone else's opinion about "My Girlfriends Girlfriend" and "Cinammon Girl", which they seem to love, these were the 2 songs I didn't care for on this record. They just felt too retro in my opinion, it was almost like I was listening to The Doors with Type O's Peter as singing frontman. It wasn't really my taste and I found the songs rather boring trying to be open to them. The final track "Haunted" was an OK song, but still nothing worth hitting the repeat button for.
Everything else though was GREAT. What you really have to do is listen to everything with your eyes closed, it's the type of great music you would hear in a dark fantasy movie, or great music you'd listen to when reading your favorite fantasy novel. The melodies on this one really open up the imagination. So if you're just getting into this band, THIS is the record to start with, I would put their latest record "World Coming Down" as the second record you'd buy if you were just getting into this band. What I suggest though is patience. Some songs on this are kind of long (about 7-8 minutes in length) so if you think you don't like them upon the discs first spin, give it another try, you'll appreciate you did, I guarantee it.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's been my favorite for years now...
A friend introduced me to Type-O Negative quite a few years ago. At first I was reluctant to listen to it because I thought the band was a bunch of vampire-wannabe freaks. Back then I knew nothing about Gothic music, but I was a huge metal fan--listening to everything from Metallica to Pantera and Halford in-between. Since my first listen and thousands more this album has grown on me exponentially to the point of being the one album I can listen to over and over and never get tired of. The music is just so full of emotion. At first some of the songs depressed me, but now it's like coming home. It actually cheers me up and puts me in a melancholy mood that fits perfectly with who I am. Type-O doesn't take themselves or their lyrics seriously at times, which is a waste in my opinion, because this album is a pinnacle that may never be reached again by any Gothic band. It's *that* good. I've been searching all over the place for something similar, but the haunting mood of this album can't be matched. In my opinion October Rust is the epitomy of Gothic music and Type-O hit the nail in the coffin (er on the head) with this album. Words can't express how good this album is. Buy it and let yourself be taken away to a world you never knew existed. "Die with Me" and "Love You to Death" are two songs I can relate to; love in its deepest form. "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" is so sad that you can't stop listening to it. "Haunted" is by far my favorite track. I could listen to Peter's deep singing all day. The interlude in the middle of the song is just perfect. "In Praise of Bacchus", "Burnt Flowers Fallen" and "Wolf Moon" are powerful. "Cinnamon Girl" and "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" are typical Type-O fun. If you've never heard Gothic music before and want to hear the best right up front this is the only album you will need. It will leave you wanting more. The other Type-O albums don't reach this level of perfection and emotion. They broke the Gothic mold and nothing else compares. 8 years since its release it's still best. Stop reading this review and buy the album now. If you don't you'll be missing out on something truly monumental in music. ... Read more

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Bloody Kisses
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 May, 1994)
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Fronted by eternal cynic Peter Steele (ex-Carnivore), Type O Negative have evolved from an atmospheric punk band to a melodic gothic metal outfit. The band's breakthrough disc Bloody Kisses blends gothic keyboards, dense guitars, and mournful vocals reminiscent of Sisters of Mercy with metal riffs and surging rhythms that sound like a cross between Black Sabbath and The Cult. The combination is compelling, and on "Christian Woman" and "Black No. 1" (which features the chorus "Loving you was like loving the dead"), Type O Negative's negativity shines through in a way that makes depressed teenage girls dressed in black swoon. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exploring a fine line between dark and humorous...
Ah...Type O Negative, dark quartet of moody, macabre, sometimes offensive, sometimes funny, but always rocking music. Many consider this their best album, and it probably is. I certainly love it. Every track (even the fillers) contribute to a sense of schizoid darkness embraced in an air of humor. The first track alone, "Machine Screw," just sends chills down the spine. It's difficult to determine if I should laugh or cringe...so i do both. "Christian Woman" and "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" are classic tracks, and are utterly brilliant, possessing as much melodic beauty and technical musicianship as anything done by King Crimson, Pink Floyd, or Black Sabbath. "Fay Wray Come Out and Play," another filler that's either scary or funny, though it's probably more funny than anything. "Kill All the White People"...is just plain hilarious. Listen to it and laugh, for that's all it is: a mockery of racism at its most extreme, to the point of total humor. "Set Me on Fire," "Summer Breeze," the title track, "Blood and Fire," "Too Late: Frozen,"...all are incredible testaments to Type O's blending of gothic beauty with metal mayhem, mixing depressive emotions with unbridled hilarity. If the songs aren't mocking society ("Kill All the White People," and "We Hate Everyone") they're mocking ex-girlfriends and goth chicks. I read somewhere that "Black No. 1" was about an ex-GF goth chick of frontman Peter Steele's who liked him to wear a mirror so she could imagine f***ing herself...sounds like a depressing situation that could easily be made fun of to me, and that's precisely what the band does. Musically and lyrically, the album shows the band in top-form, easily making it their best album (although it is arguable that the following albums were just as good, and IMHO they are, if not better). Get this album!!! Listen to it...and either wallow in the dark and moody pastures of depression, or run in the plateaus of mockery and fun! Either way, this album is incredible!

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Goth Metal Album To Own
My first exposure to TON was October Rust. I absolutely loved that CD and I knew I had to get the entire TON catalog. I had heard that TON had generated a lot of controversy from their previous albums. But nothing would prepare me for what I was going to hear for the first minute of this album. The sounds of a ... Wow now that is a beginning. Bloody Kisses has got all the elements that make it a Goth classic. Slow long songs, distorted guitars, ethereal keyboards and vocals deeper than a grave. Although the music is dark and moody the lyrics are amusing in most cases. This album also contains two of the greatest Goth songs Christian Woman and Black No 1. These two songs are alone worth the price of the disc. But there are other gems too. The title song, an 11 minute dirge could only be attempted by a band like TON. Other songs worth mentioning are Summer Breeze that make a happy carefree song sound like a graveyard dirge. Too Late: Frozen and Blood and Fire are good standard Goth rock songs. The fillers are entertaining without getting too irritating. We hate everyone and Kill All the White People are reminiscent of their early work. Cant Lose You is another good song but suffers due to its length as it becomes too repetitious. My final verdict buy this disc blindly. If you are a fan of TON you must get this or die! If you are new to them or Goth rock/metal in general I would suggest you first try out October Rust and then their other work.

This album is a masterpiece. Finis.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best CD that Type O - has ever put out!
How can I define it SIK,A TREAT,or plain and simple perfect?
perfect.I loved it!

1.Christian Woman (10/10) Great Lyrics with a pleasing beat.
I enjoyed all 11 minutes of it!

2.Bloody Kisses (10/10) Scary!Talks About Romance and death
don't listen to it at night.

3.Too Late:Frozen (10/10) Amazing lyrics makes you feel like
your changing moods all of the time.

4.Blood & Fire (9/10)
Okay.Kinda reminds me of a Nickleback song.

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They are the same.A good mood song and thats great once in a while.(10/10)

8.Suspended in Dusk (10/10) Scary Don't listen to at all!

9.Black #1 (1000/10) YEAH! ... Read more

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