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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Though most of Black Sabbath's classic material from this album ("War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Fairies Wear Boots," and the title track) can also be found on the collection We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll, Paranoid is essential for the completist. One of the best albums from one of the bands to define heavy metal, this album is chock-full of the best stuff from Sabbath's Osbourne years. (Where else will you be able to hear "Rat Salad?") The music isn't exactly complex, but it doesn't need to be; its importance lies in its evocative power, with which any teenager will be able to identify. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you have any interest in Black Sabbath....(you need this)
If your prepared to Ignore, what is quite possibly, one of the worst rock album covers in recent years. Then you'll not only find one of the greatest heavy Metal albums money can buy, but also finding Black Sabbath at the height of their musical powers. The album opens with the truly epic "War Pigs" which laments the governmental powers, which use military warfare as a means of controlling power. The propulsive crunching guitar and percussive drumming, paint a wholly dramatic apocalyptic musical landspace over which Ozzy extols the dire consequences in a bleak and Gloomy vocal delivery, in a song that is so convincingly complete, that this song would be covered by over artists (such as "Faith no more").

"Paranoid" was one of the very first track Black Sabbath tracks that I was actually introduced to (Via a various artists compilation), and was the track to fuel my interest in Black Sabbath, and remains one of (the many) highlights on this admittedly short album. but the combination of minor-key dirges loosely based around (or indeed on) a heavy blues-rock template, give their sound more gravitas, and the sense of lyrical confusion & paranoia in this track only serves to highten the considerable tension, which is based around severe feelings of alienation & insecurity.

"Iron Man" has to be quite possibly, one of the finest & easily identifiable guitar riffs in many years. Undoubtedly one of the strongest tracks on the album, that although will always be remembered for its primary & monolithic guitar/Drum dynamic, also finds favour by being relentlessly dark & Dramatic. Ozzy's uncluttered vocals, which rather than crowd the song out with unnecessary chorus or lyrics, eases back on the tales of supernatural/sci-fi horrors, and allows the musicians to truly be in their element, by cooking up monstrous riffs, and complex drum rhythms that are not only crushingly loud, they touch on approaching superbly crafted Jams.

"Rat Salad" is a rock instrumental that due to my fondness for instrumental music (its nice to hear if the music is built on a solid instrumental foundation) quickly found a place in my heart. Due to it not only being a incredibly tightly constructed piece of Heavy Instrumental Rock, but also with the Drum Solos, that frequently interject, and the technical virtuosity of the freewheeling guitar that frequently hint at funk/Blues, in a fiery electrified outburst invoking the odd nod to "Led Zeppelin" in their exuberance & Sprawling excess, and just like Led Zep, are able to produce a series of staggering riffs, that would go on to define the band.

If you are a causal listener to Black Sabbath (like myself), then (along with "Master of Reality" this, is the best starting point for their music. It's a touchstone album for the band, insofar as it was the album that truly broke out of the niche market, and thrust the band to a wider audience, and is a generally consistent album with no filler tracks (at 8 tracks, you'd hope not), and whether or not this album or "Master of reality" is their best album isn't really the point of this review.....the point I'm trying to make is that not only is this one of the finest (if not the finest) moment, of the bands recorded history, but also is arguably one of the greatest heavy metal albums ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars A HEAVY METAL MASTERPIECE
paranoid was amongst the greatest heavy metal albums ever and features some of my favourite sabbath songs like war pigs,iron man and paranoid.ozzy was one of the best singers and one of my favourites.get this with their brilliant debut and master of reality.five stars.CLASSIC ROCK RULES.PLEASE AVOID ALBUMS BY RAP METAL BANDS AND BANDS WHICH FEATURE ON MTV AND TRL.THANKS

1-0 out of 5 stars Classic doesn't always mean masterpiece.
Yes, the only reason you are here is for Iron man, paranoid, and war pigs....Ozzy was a horrible singer... Yes.

Althought this album is over 30 years old, that doesn't mean its good does it? Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple are about the same age as Sabbath and they were just as bad.

While the 60s did bring us all this "shock rock", atleast the classics have given us good artists from the disco era who are still remembered til today unlike those forgotten classic rock bands Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and The Doors.

Plus, most classic metal sucked, with the exception of Rap-metal of the late 80s/early 90s.

For good and truly inspritational metal, just listen to any of these modern MTV bands, because they are very groundbreaking. ... Read more

Asin: B000002KHH
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. British Metal    3. England    4. Hard Rock    5. Heavy Metal    6. Pop    7. Rock   


Master of Puppets
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica's best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In tackling various approaches to their subject, Metallica is insightful lyrically as well as musically: "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate and "Disposable Heroes" is the perspective of a soldier. If all you've heard of Metallica is what's been on the radio recently, check this one out. You're in for a surprise. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars RIP Cliff
this is my second favorite cd of mine from my favorite band (my first being ride the lightning). no weak spots on this one, solid all the way through. great cd, great band, ENOUGH SAID


5-0 out of 5 stars BEST CD METALLICA EVER MADE!!!!!
I wont bore you with all the single song ratings, I'm not gonna waste your time. Just putting it short, there is no flaw with this cd, it's Metallica in their prime. Master of Puppets (song)is my favorite Metallica song and best on the cd. Lots of awesome solos, really heavy and lots of madness. One of the best cds I've ever bought, definitely best Metallica cd. METALLICA RULES THE WORLD!!!!!!! BUY IT!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Great! You should know by now!
Most definitive of their catalog by far, they lost alot of writing ability after Cliff died and have never been this good since(live or studio). Not too many true metal bands left, check out Majur Bludd live if you like real metal like this. ... Read more

Asin: B000002H33
Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash    7. United States of America   


Reign In Blood
Average Customer Review: 4.5 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 slayer!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!?! rules......................
oh hell yeah this is so damn good.
can't really say much cause every thing has been said.
my favourite thrash album.

high lights: angel of death(duh), jesus saves, piece by piece and raining blood + the whole album

if like this get god hates us all and season in the abyss

4-0 out of 5 stars 500th review!!
This is a really mean thrash-album. Slayer knew when they recorded it they set a new standard. Yep, no doubt about that!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Metal Album Ever!!
You should be ashamed if you need to be told how good this album is, it is the most agressive, breakthrough, album ever. Not alot of good metal anymore like this, few true new metal bands left like this one, Majur Bludd has become my recent favorite. ... Read more

Asin: B000009QPE
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   

Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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After being booted from Metallica in 1983, Dave Mustaine put together his own band Megadeth and two years later released the mediocre Killing Is My Business ... And Business Is Good. At the time, it seemed clear who the real genius in Metallica was, despite Mustaine's claims to the contrary. But a year later, when Megadeth unraveled Peace Sells ... But Who's Buying, Mustaine's boasting took on new relevance. Despite some rather inane lyrics, the disc is one of the most powerful and contagious thrash records of the era. In addition to the propulsive title track, the album features the scorchers "Wake Up Dead," "Black Friday," and "My Last Words." The band would later simplify and commercialize its sound, but here is where it shines darkest. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories of high school
This album is quite simply amazing, there is no other word for it really. I would like to suggest that you obtain this version (the 1990 Capitol pressing) as opposed to the recent "remastered" edition that has come out recently, the "new" (and emphasis on the word new) version features George Lucas like qaulites such as rerecorded vocals and lacking serious punch in the backing vocals.

on to the album...

Even if i am no longer the raging metal head i once was back in high school, Megadeth still manages to get my blood boiling, even now; Dave's nihlistic growls, heavy as hell, yet musicaly rich guitar riffs, deep, angry, emotional lyrics, great album art work and a cool mascot, all these elements brew together to make one of the more interesting and provocative metal bands. I listened to Megadeth non stop from 8th grade all the way thru high school, i can still remeber to this day how i would sometimes write Deth lyrics in my note book during english class, for entertainment in an otherwise boring and lifeless enviroment. The argument for the best Megadeth album often goes to Rust In Piece, i can see the logic for that, it is probably thier most developed moment as musicians, but Peace Sells has way more emotion and angst in it's music, and that is what makes it my favorite. From the opener,-WAKE UP DEAD-, you are hit with a nuclear blast of metal, one of the greatest songs to kick off an album, it is a song about the horrors of cheating on your girl freind. -THE CONJURING- , while a bit slower, is menacingly evil and an underrated song from these guys. -PEACE SELLS- is one of the greatest heavy metal tunes even written, it's got the groovy bass opening that goes into the best riff ever devised. The politicaly charged lyrics are effing great and shows how Megadeth can collectivly beat the s h i t out of Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax combind. -DEVILS ISLAND- is a all out thrasher about the french prison island off of the pacific coast of south america. Side two is just as strong, although i really do not care for the Willie Dixion cover. GOOD MORNING/BLACK FRIDAY i guess would be considered the *epic* of the album, it boasts some pretty disturbing lyrics about a mainiac on a killing spree and some diabolical axe work to boot. BAD OMEN is average at best, but still manages to kick some @$$. The final song on this album also happens to be my favorite Megadeth song, MY LAST WORDS, which opens with some intracite acoustic guitar work and desends into aboslute sonic madness. At 8 songs, this album isn't that long, but still it is really about the qaulity of the music and not the qauntity.

This easily beats the bloated "Master Of Puppets" and the brain damaged "Reign In Blood" by miles. THIS should be the album of 86.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpeice!
If you don't think this is a masterpiece then you should be ashamed of yourself...ASHAMED!

This makes Tim Timmy's "Masterpeice" list!

4-0 out of 5 stars Deth's second best
Metallica was my fav band for a long time, and still are, but megadeth is catching up quickly. for an introduction to them, i bought Peace Sells, Rust In Peace, and Countdown to Extinction. while Rust is my favorite, i still enjoy Peace Sells. Peace comes across as a much more raw sound, with less thrashy guitar riffs as Rust. This is one problem i have with the album, its slower than Rust therefore making it less appealing. i also am not a huge fan of some of the lyrics, such as on Wake up Dead. I think the lyrics on this song are a bit too obvious and straightforward, which hurts it considering that the subject is pretty un-megadeth. however, it doesnt really hurt the album by itself, as the song structures and guitar riffs help the song and the others too. the conjuring's vocals take away from the track, yet again the guitar riffs help it. those are the only two flawed songs, the rest keep steady vocals lyrics and structures, devils island and peace sells being my two favorites. for an intro to megadeth, id pick up Rust in Peace first, but this should definately be in your collection also. ... Read more

Asin: B000002U9U
Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Progressive Metal    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash    7. United States of America   

Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Recognizing that there's no such thing as bad publicity, manager-Svengali Malcolm McLaren molded the Pistols into the most confrontational, nihilistic band rock & roll had ever seen. Propelled by Johnny Rotten's maniacal vocals, Steve Jones's buzz-saw guitar, and (most importantly) bass player Glen Matlock's hook-filled compositional skills, the Pistols' early singles "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen" defined the raging style of British punk. By the time they recorded their lone 1977 album, Matlock had been bounced, replaced by the image-correct but utterly untalented (and ultimately group-dooming) Sid Vicious. Not a 10th as good as the singles, the album nontheless remains a bile-filled emblem of the times. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get your facts straight!
Okay, the original lineup for the Sex Pistols was this:
Johnny Rotten-vocals
Steve Jones-guitar
Glen Matlock-bass
Paul Cook-drums

These were the four who played on the band's first single, 'Anarchy in the U.K.'Then, Matlock was fired and replaced by Sid Vicious, who COULD NOT PLAY HIS INSTRUMENT.HE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO TALENT AT ALL.You may ask, well, then who played the bass? The group rehired Glen Matlock as a session musician on their next single, and their one and only album, 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.'You may also may wonder who played bass in concerts.Well, to avoid the problem of Sid Vicious messing up all the songs, they just turned the bass all the way down.Anyway, this is all right, and if anything conflicts with this, it is WRONG.

By the way, the album is a must-have.

5-0 out of 5 stars England Punk.
England had some good bands like The Cure,Dreadful Shadows,Sex Pistols, Stone Roses. Sex Pistols is the type of band you dont want to bring home to meet the parents. Johnny Rotten with his angry voice and Sid Vicious with his guitar skills together made the band popular. Later on they changed England forever, so many people looked up to the Sex Pistols. Soon alter God Save the Queen became the Anthem in England all around. Even though they were banned in 78, they are still a great band to this day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Punk was born on that day...
The Sex Pistols...one of the greatest bands of all time. One of my favoret. You can pick Sid Vicious's voice out of ANYWHERE. It's so angery and revolting. This is what punk was and should have staied that way. The music on this album is so amazing. It has God Save the Queen, E.M.I., and of course Anarchy in the U.K. This is the ranchiest most rebeling agenst goverment album that I have heard out there. England produces such great bands...and this is proof. ... Read more

Asin: B000002KIE
Subjects:  1. Britain    2. British Punk    3. Pop    4. Punk    5. Rock   


Ramones Mania
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong!
If you enjoy music in general, you probably enjoy at least a few of the Ramones' songs.If you like punk music, it's mandatory to like the Ramones.If you are new to the rock or punk music scene you should give the Ramones a listen, and with this cd, you get a really good idea of what the Ramones, and therefore 1970's punk rock was really about.This cd contains most if not all of their best songs, and is the perfect introduction to the world of punk rock.Every song on this cd is good, although I have to admit you have to let some of them grow on you.If you want a broad range of Ramones tunes, I would also recommend the Ramones' "All the Stuff and More" compilations, but if you are just getting into the Ramones, you can't go wrong with Ramones Mania.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ramones Mania indeed
Let me begin by saying this if you are a punk rocker and you don't have any ramones cd's stop reading this review and buy this cd. But for those of you who don't have the money or are new to the world of punk let me inform you about this cd. It has 30 of the ramones best songs (all of them are good) and the best ones are bonzo goes to bitzburg, howling at the moon, and mammas boy. If you dont believe me listen to the demos on amazon if rock is your thing I think you will be pleasently surprised. Overall this C.D. is great for new ramones fans and old fans who want some songs they can't find, heck its great for anyone who likes rock and roll. A deffinite 1-2-3-4! 5 stars

5-0 out of 5 stars Gabba Gabba Hey!
The Ramones really got me into punk. They are really good. They may not have sang about much but they were really into the punk scene. Their tunes were extremly catchy. If your into the older punk scene you should definitely buy this cd! ... Read more

Asin: B000002LDX
Sales Rank: 6587
Subjects:  1. American Punk    2. College Rock    3. New York Punk    4. Pop    5. Punk    6. Rock   


Beneath the Remains
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 January, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars All killer, no filler
Not only are Sepultura as equally as responsible as Slayer for spearheading extreme/thrash/death metal, but Sepultura are also responsible for making "Beneath the Remains," a landmark metal album. Sepultura's first album drew numerous comparisons to Slayer, but Sepultura definitely came into their own with this album. They still play at the speed of Slayer, but with the heaviness of Morbid Angel (a band that came after Sepultura). Scorching solos, awesome riffs, pounding drums, "boom boom" beats...these songs have everything you could as for in album from this genre. This C.D. may pick up where "Schizophrenia" left off (and is sort of like"Schizophrenia, Part 2"), but who can complain? From the first track to the last, there isn't a single song that is filler. The aforementioned first song (the title track, which opens with an acoustic intro, ala Metallica's "Battery," then changes gears and rockets into hyper speed) and "Sarcastic Existence" (which has a drum intro, furious double bass work, and two scorching solos from Andreas Kisser) are two of the best songs and best representations of this album. Also, make sure you get the remastered version of this album, not the original that came out in 1989. Not only is the sound quality a lot better, but the remastered version also has two extra tracks ("Inner Self" and "Mass Hypnosis") at the end, which are brilliant instrumentals.

5-0 out of 5 stars The real deal
1989's "Beneath the Remains" marked a breakthrough for Sepultura.Don't let the acoustic intro of the opening title track fool you, "Beneath the Remains" is one of the absolute greatest death/thrash metal albums of all time, and remains the best album to come from Sepultura to this day.Max Cavalera's furious howls are enough to make your ears bleed, Igor Cavalera's thunderous double bass drumming is among the best to be heard in the genre, and guitarist Andreas Kisser's blistering solo work on "Slaves of Pain", "Sarcastic Existence", and "Mass Hypnosis" are nothing short of brilliant.There's not a single filler track to be heard on "Beneath the Remains", justifying it's reputation as an all time classic.This is the real deal, nothing Max ever conjured up in Soulfly could even compare to this, and the many bands populating the new "metalcore" scene today should give this a listen to hear how death/thrash/metal is really done.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Reign in blood Part Deux"
that is what everyone was calling this album when it first emerged on american shores in 1989...REIGN IN BLOOD 2! Well, it isn't but it is the second best metal album after "Reign in Blood." If you know squat about metal, you know "Reign in Blood" and "Beneth the Remains," period! The Slayer/Reign influence is evident here but Sepultura truly came up with their own brand of death n destruction on "Beneath." Every death/thrash/grind/spazz metal album was influenced by this, as well as "Reign" it's without a doubt Sepultura's best moment, and metal's hardest album. this album straddles the line between THRASH( Metallica, Anthrax ) and DEATH( Napalm Death, Obituary. ) The result? Man, gotta hear thjis for yourself!! It's a sham every fan of doo doo bands like Sevendust or Incubus or even Metallica's last album, who never heard "Reign in Blood" or "Beneath" need to get their wigs pushed back when this is popped into their stereos seriously!! I remember being a lil 15 year old metalhead and hearing all the hype about the "next Slayer from Brazil" and this album is CRAZY! Well, they hype is real like Slim Shady would say, when I first heard it I probably did a Beavis and Butthead esque "Whoaaaaaaaa hehe he hehehe this ROCKS heh hehe!!" Although bands like Carcass and Napalm Death may have gone to extremes in their vocals and sound...NOTHING is heavier than this here album! Not anything by Carcass, Napalm, Obituary, Terrorizer...and i love all thosebands! This is just the way it's supposed to be done! too bad we'll never hear another metal album as fresh or devastatingly brutal again! but come to think about it... that is probably what people said when Slayer did "Reign in Blood!" ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 15446
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 June, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Short, but sweet
Ok, so probably the furthest thing from 'sweet'....This little EP is eXc's anthem and an essential for any fan of the band, hardcore, sXe............

5-0 out of 5 stars Full force
This EP is Earth Crisis coming at you in full force and giving the world a hint of what was to come out of Destroy the Machines and Gomorrah's Season. The lyrics and the music are dead on in their message, check out some of the lyrics to Eden's Demise, "The oceans diseased, the stricken lands decay. Mankind's supremist mentality has set this world ablaze. Nature's plan forever altered, animals lost to extinction. This society based on greed fuels the onslaught of destruction. ... To end the enslavement and slaughter, the antidote is veganism. Don't let your outrage for injustice end where your selfishness begins. I have conquered through selfcontrol, together we can win. Respect for nature and innocent life, the end of human over human oppression. A peaceful world can evolve after animal liberation."

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this now
This album got me involved in the vsxe movement. Awesome awesome awesome (thats three awesomes). Heavy music and the best straight vocalist/lyricist out there before his style got death metaly. Buy it and "street by street, block by block, we'll take it all back" ... Read more

Asin: B000000IDV
Sales Rank: 87395
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Straight-Edge   


IX Equilibrium
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This is Emperor's third album and you will immediately notice that they have changed a bit. While on the previous albums the keyboards were very dominating, this time, they are more in the background, giving the guitars the opportunity to develop more. And the vocals are also much more in the foreground than on Anthems, but the speed of their music, Emperor haven't changed. It's still lightning fast, and very complex. My favourite songs are "Curse you all men", "Decristallizing reason", "An elegy of Icaros" and "The source of Icon E." As I supposed a lot of people don't like this album because Emperor have changed their style. But I don't care and neither should you. Just buy it for REAL Symphonic Black Metal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hail the mighty Emperor!
This was my first Emperor cd, but it won't be my last!It is very heavy, very brutal, and very symphonic/melodic at the same time.Ihsahn's black cvocals are scary as hell, but I still think the only black metal vocalist who should be aloud to do the clean voice is Vortex (Dimmu Borgir, ex-Borknagar)My copy had three bonus tracks: a short instrumental, a remix of Curse you All Men, and a very industrial sounding track i didn't recognize.I'd recommend this album to fans of all types of black metal, as well as to fans who listen to vicious death metal.It was a wonderful listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am really enjoying this album,I dont see whats wrong!
Why do people hate this album? Maybe because its a bit heavier than there older music, ok, well I can understand that, but they are still as symphonic as they have always been. This cd is really good, and I'm really loving it right now. I just got it today, so yea I am still getting into it, but so far I really love it. Not sure which is better, Prometheus or this, however, I do know that while this may not compare to Nightside, or Anthems, this album is still a good one, hell folks its emperor! do yourself a favor and buy this album, its very good. ... Read more

Asin: B00000IKI3
Sales Rank: 97267
Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Scandinavian Metal   

De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 May, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Black Metal
This is a great black metal album.One of my favorite cds.The songs are not the best musically, but it has a really cool dark vibe to it, which death/black metal bands often try to mimic now adays unsuccessfully in my opinion.
I enjoy the vocals on this cd, more than i do on any other mayhem release, because they are not as annoying as Maniac's vocals.The vocals on the song "De Myseriis Dom Sathanas" are awesome.When it comes to Mayhem, it doesen't get any better than this cd.
But yeah, if you love real, raw black metal... I suggest you give this one a listen.

3-0 out of 5 stars Can you say "overated"
I've read so much about this album from many sources
and I anticipated that I would hear something great.
Well, I have to say I was initially disappointed.
I think that those who want "atmosphere" need to hear
the works of "Xasthur" if they want minimalist black
metal that truely moves you. This album is very repetitive.
It seems as if all the songs start on the same note, but proceed just slightly different from the previous song.

Hey I like the album a bit. On some days I'd give it 6 out of 10, and when life really sucks I'd give it a 7. I don't think
Atila did anything for me. I do really like the split Mayhem
did with "Meads of Asphodel" "Dead" seems like a better vocalist.
In fact, I almost like every black metal singer better the Atila. Why this is the best black metal CD ever I will never
understand. And I am open-minded enough to enjoy all types of it. Hell, Varg on Burzam sounds way better. He captures the essence well and moves you far more than Atila.

Also, check out Bestial Mockery. Now that's a great band! They may be tormented, but at least they sound like they want to live another day; so they can drink most likely.

5-0 out of 5 stars How can anyone NOT love this?
Ok, this cd is great, its probally my favorite from Mayhem.First of all, the cover of the cd is really f*cking cool, second, the vocals sound really evil and dark and just cool, third the music is really good, and just everything about the album is great, anyone who likes black metal should own this, you cant call yourself a black metal fan if you dont own this.I dont know if its the best from mayhem, but its my favorite, just becuase its my favorite doesnt mean its the best. My favorite songs on this cd are: Pagan Fears, Freezing Moon, and From The Dark Past.If your a black metal fan, you already own, so if your wanting to get in to black metal, get this first. ... Read more

Asin: B000005HLV
Sales Rank: 30948
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Among the Living
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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If Metallica and Slayer invented speed metal, Anthrax brought it to the East Coast and imbued it with the attitude and excitement of New York hardcore. Among the Living is, without a doubt, their finest hour--a roaring, adrenaline-pumped collection of flailing beats, precise, razor-edged riffs and shout-along refrains. Unlike most full-throttle metal vocalists of the era, Joey Belladonna chose to sing as well as shout, giving songs like "Among the Living," "Indians" and "Efilnikcufecin" ("nice fuckin' life" spelled backwards) a decided melodic edge. Yet Scott Ian and Dan Spitz's buzzsaw guitar flurries, and Charlie Benante's insistent drumming, prevented the songs from ever degenerating into the run-of-the-mill heavy metal they so despised. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A band before it's time, yet still great in their time!
I always liked Anthrax.I think it is because they have great driving riffs, a good beat..and much "crescendo" in their songs.

Among The Living is perfect, from the cover art to the songs and the messages they deliver.Many people would look at the title of this band and say "sounds like thrash metal..I don't like thrash metal".Well it may have some thrash but it is not SPEED metal so you can understand the words tap your foot to it...so to speak.It's very driving music, and If you have never listened to this band, why not go out there and give some of their songs a chance, you will not regret it!

PS--a band that tried to somwhat copy this bands style would be limp bizkit.Don't let that deter you, like I said.."they tried" to "copy" it.Anthrax and early Faith No More pioneered the rap/rock sound. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

1. Among the Living
2. Caught in a Mosh
3. I Am the LawListen
4. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
5. Skeleton in the Closet
6. IndiansListen Listen
7. One WorldListen Listen
8. A.D.I./Horror of It All
9. Imitation of Life

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Ever
This made me an Anthrax fan, twenty-whatever years ago or so. Heard it thousands of times over the years. It should be in the library of any Neo-metal fan today.

That is all. Just get it. Classic Anthrax at their best. I say its their best because I came in after Spreading The Disease, so ATL has special signifigance for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Randall Flagg tips his hat to you
Anthrax unleased this monster of a album on the unsuspecting public in 1987. Many fans would probably agree that this is by far the absolute peak of Anthrax's creative and musical genius. I myself would agree, since i have worn-out at least 4 copys of this album from repeated listenings. This was were Anthrax found themselves after a generic "Spreading The Dieses",unfortuanatly "State Of Euphoria" wasn't so good.

The first thing is that this album has the coolest cover art ever(that is if you are a Stephen King fan like i am), a illustration of Randall Flagg in the middle of a crowd of faceless people, just smiling.If you have ever read The Stand by Stephen King, you will know that he is one of the most evil characters in modern fictional literature. That was one of the things i have always liked about the guys in Anthrax, while their contemporarys were writing about gruesome subjects (like Slayer and Megadeth namely), these guys wrote songs about pop-culture, movies/books/people that they liked and some things that they hated. This album has all of that and more, some of the most clever song subjects and lyrics call this album home, and it is all put to the best thrash(w/ a dash of hardcore)you will hear in your life. The album kicks of with the title track which lyrically is inspired by The Stand from Stephen King, going from a haunting crawl to an all out thrash fest. CAUGHT IN A MOSH is one of thier most famous songs, it argueabley invented the term "mosh" and moshpits. I AM THE LAW is one of my all time favorites! they decided that they needed to write a song about the exploits of the bands favorite comic book character, DUDGE DREDD. I gotta tell you that Dredd is one of my all time favorite characters, and this song makes me estatic. N.F.L.(EFILNEKUFESIN) was venting anger over the death of comedian legend John Belushi. SKELETON IN THE CLOSET is another Stepen King song, based on his novella Apt Pupil. INDIANS is the first song where the band tried to tackel a world issue, in this case, the treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. goverment. This is IMHO the best song Anthrax ever wrote, just listen to the chorus and the power of Joe Bellodonna's voice on this, add to that, that Joe is of Native American decent and it only adds to the songs genuiness. ONE WORLD is another serious song, although it's lyricaly a bit dated. It was an attack on Ronald Reagan and his policies, but one could easily apply this to the idiot in the oval office right now. After all of the awesome songs on this album which almost plays out like a greatest hits, the only complaint i have (a minor one at that) is that it ends on a rather bland note. A.D.I./HORROR OF IT ALL is 7 minutes of pure filler, i listen to that hypnotic acoutic intro, then skip it. IMATATION OF LIFE had potential but let me down. Even though the last two tracks are duds, that does not diminish the power of AMOUNG THE LIVING in the least bit. This is simpley one of the greatest things i have listened to in my life. When people name greatest thrash albums of all time, some will say "Reign in Blood", others "Peace Sells", most say "Master of Puppets" and a minority will say "Bonded by Blood", but i always think AMOUNG THE LIVING when the mention of the gendre comes up, to me, this is the essential thrash album. All of the songs are fist pumping, with angry shout-outs to boot, its got that essence of hardcore in it as well, mainly because of Charlie Benante's drumming and the backing vocals.I was disapointed with the follow up STATE OF EUPHORIA, which sounded like a watered down version of ATL, and don't even get me started on that clown John Bush. The thing is that i think that all of their other albums are just average to this, it has kind of spoiled me to the rest of Anthrax's music, oh well!

Get this if you know whats good for you! I brought this over to my freind Tony's place, and he S H I Ta brick when he heard it. This was much differant from his standard rotaion stack of Pantera,Whitezombie/Rob zombie,Static X and Manson. I tell you that fans were born that day!

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Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Speed Metal    5. Thrash   


Eaten Back to Life
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1993)
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5-0 out of 5 stars These Guys are such sweetiepies
When i bought this album the first thing that caught my eye was how romantic and cute the album cover was. These guys lyrics are so cute and innocent. These guys are the next Jackson 5!!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Dis Iz Not Deth Metul!!!
Letz look in da dikshunarie and find wut da tru meaning ov deth metul means:

DEATH METAL = Linkin Park

POP MUSIC = Cannibal Corpse

U C? Kaninball Korpz iznt deth metul! Dey R pop muzik! Linkin Park iz deth metul! Shame on U if U disuhgre.

1-0 out of 5 stars THISBANDSUCKS
I bought this cd thinking it would sound good. It didnt. And I kicked myself in the A$$ for wasting 17 bux on this. The production is BAD. the music itself is HORRIBLE. and the VOCALS are among the WORST I have heard. Please do yourself a huge favour and dont give Cannibal corpse your hard earned money. There was clearly no effort put into this album or any cannibal corpse record I have heard. the world is better off without money grabbing bands who put out bad records like this. If its metal you want check out metallica, ac/dc, megadeth, judas priest or iron maiden but stear clear of This or any other cannibal corpse record. Death metal is played out and repetetive. I would suggest burning your money rather than shell it out for this tasteless cd. No sane person can call this good music plain and simple. I still cannot believe i bought two cannibal corpse cds (which I have since gotten rid of thank god)But then again that is why i wrote this review to warn other people of this bad album before they part with their hard earned money trust me this cd isnt worth a penny. Theres plenty of great music out there you dont need to waste your money on this or any other similiar bands
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Asin: B000001C6G
Sales Rank: 17757
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Number One
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 August, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars As rare as it is good, a gem in the dirt
Not many people have ever heard of this band, much less this album.Definately worth the five stars, it stands out among its peers of its time Chains' Dirt or Korn's self title.Not that I am likening it to just another grunge album or Korn spinoff; it stands out like those albums did in their time as a pinnacle of the best of what music had to offer in its day.Pist-On took what it had learned from the last two decades and made something as angry as it was raw, as powerful as it was tight.Songs like Shoplifters of the World Unite, demonstrate a serious artist with serious ablility doesn't always take itself too seriously. Other songs like I am No One capture the kind of mood other bands like Fuel and Staind could never really do later, because it captures the mood without sounding like its whining and complaining, something I can't stand in a lot of more recent stuff.Somewhat lost in an era between then and now, you will be hard pressed to find it in your local record store, but don't pass it up if you do.

5-0 out of 5 stars NOT REALLY HEAVY, BUT AWSOME NONE THE LESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The most underrated band I've ever heard of!!!!
When I first heard Grey Flap, I could not believe that I had not heard of this band earlier. Piston has a unique combination of heavy guitars and harmonious vocals that blend into a very tasteful form of metal. It is a shame that they are not getting the recognition and attention they deserve. Outstanding band, outstanding tunes, easily a 5 stars rating. ... Read more

Asin: B000002I7Y
Sales Rank: 70681
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 June, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars It's Better Than Their Other Crap CD's
Deicide's first three albums are the only good albums. Otherwise, they're a bunch of worthless Christ bashers that have NO TALENT anymore. Where's the melody?

Anyways, the best track on this album is "Dead By Dawn". "Lunatic's Of God Creation" is a decent track also. This should be the only Deicide album you should buy. The two after that aren't bad, but the stuff after "Once Upon The Cross" SUCKS!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Death Metal CD's ever
I absolutely love this album.Deicide's hateful, satanic lyrics and powerful guitar riffs truly define what satanic death metal is supposed to be about."Sacrificial Suicide," "Crucifixation," and "Deicide" are among my personal favorites, but really, the whole album is great.No need to skip tracks here.

1-0 out of 5 stars REPENT!

Asin: B000007O7Q
Sales Rank: 6518
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Hordanes Land [Split]
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 July, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Devastating beginning for Enslaved
I'm going to focus this review entirely on the Enslaved portion of this release, although the four Emperor tunes are crucial as well in the understanding of that band's developement.

After a number of demos (including Yggdrasil, available as a split cd with an early Satyricon demo), on this cd lies the first official release from the Enslaved camp, recorded in 1992 for Candlelight Records.

From the 13-minute opening track, SLAGET I SKOGEN BORTENFOR (the Battle in the Forest Beyond), the vision of the band is established: long, dirge-like songs; screeching, angry vocals; fast, relentless drumming, prominent, repetitive guitar riffing, and consistent use of driving synths blended into the mix. In spite of the long song length, this tune motors along at a very fast pace, consistently interesting and often powerful. There are a number of breaks in the song when the pace slackens and a wave of guitar noise washes over the mix, but the drums inevitably kick back in and the horse continues on its furious path.

The 8-minute second track (ALLFATHIR ODHINN / Allfather Oden) is a reworked tune from the Yggdrasil demo. It's consistently faster than the opening track, and the intense moment when the banshee vocals break into the song for the first time is undeniably powerful. The tune does tend to bog down with a repetitive, slightly uninteresting guitar riff, backed by atmospheric synth, but overall it maintains its energy and power throughout.

Unlike the driving fury of the first two tracks, the 10-minute finale,BALFOR (Journey by Fire), is more of a mid-paced epic. The mood captured on this tune is not as evil, more even-tempered and cautious. Personally it captures the feeling of a hike through the forests of Norway, on the way to battle. Unusually pretty keyboard and synth work throughout this song give it more of a classical or folk feel. While I don't find it as interesting as the first two tracks, it is still a highly ambitious undertaking for a band on their debut release.

Overall, the Enslaved half of Hordanes Land is a must for Enslaved fans and an excellent purchase for those looking to explore some of the earliest roots of the Norwegian black metal scene. Like all releases by this band, this is serious, intelligent metal, intended to be listening to repeatedly and carefully. It's not for everyone for sure, but if you "get it", you're in for an amazing discovery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Emperor/Enslaved - Hordanes Land
This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. It starts with the all-time classic "I Am The Black Wizards" by Emperor, which is one of the best black metal songs around. Enslaved's half, containing songs like Allfadr Odhinn, is at least just as good. In fact, both Emperor and Enslaved are amongst Blackmetal's top 5 bands, in my opinion. Buy this split cd. You won't regret it. I know. I'm from Norway.

Why are there so few reviews for this album compared to "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk?"I'll tell you why: cuz people do not know what the *&^(*&^ is up! If you buy ANY Emperor album, buy this one (plus it comes with the Enslaved tracks instead of the Wrath of the Tyrant demo which sounds terrible)The Emperor tracks here are some of, if not THE, best black metal has to offer.Cold as all hell, beautiful, symphonic, yet still evil harsh heavy and brutal; nothing, NOTHING, else either by this band or anyone else sounds like this and nothing ever will.Do not waste your time with "Anthems," buy this instead.And fo all you people who think Emperor's later stuph is better than their earlier, I don't know what you're smoking........... I've been listening to bm for seven years so trust me..... :) ... Read more

Asin: B000005HLY
Sales Rank: 244925
Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Scandinavian Metal   

I'm the Man
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Hillarious and Entertaining!
    I first heard this album (on cassette, that's how long ago it was) and totally cracked up.As you can see, this was meant to be a joke and it is funny.The even funnier thing is that sorry ass bands like Rage Against the Machine and the like based their entire careers on the joke of a real metal band.I have always loved Anthrax and I think that this album proves that thrash metal guys can have a sense of humor too.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Wah Hah Hahhhhhhhh!
    I could not stop laughing when I first popped the tape of "I'm the Man" into my car stereo, wayyyy back when it came out.

    The sampling of Sam Kinison's famous scream, plus heavy metal riffs and New York white-boy raps were groundbreaking.

    Yes, it was a joke, but it was also a homage to hip-hop, and opened the door for the Rage Against the Machines and the like.

    Wished there was more on the recording;the cover of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" was good, as was the live "Caught In A Mosh."

    Got to see "I'm the Man" done when they opened for Ozzy Osbourne in 1989...a killer show, topped off with this.

    A great band that's grown but still tells the world to f--- off!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Rap/Metal
    This is a great album. I had this album back when I was in grade school so we are talking late 1980's. I'm not sure if Anthrax was the first band to fuse metal and rap but this has to be one of the first times that it was done. I cited this album as an example of that combination when I got into a long drawn out argument about the state of music with some friends of mine. One of them stated that Korn was the first band to fuse metal and rap and I just started laughing at him and then handed him this CD and told him to check the copyright date.

    This album also exposed me to Sabbath. I knew of Black Sabbath before I heard this album but I didn't get interested in them until I heard Anthrax's cover of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

    If you like Anthrax or this genre of music you might also want to check out S.O.D. Charlie and Scott put that band together back in the 1980's as well and that stuff is hardcore.
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    Sales Rank: 41200
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Vital to any CD collection
    This band should be HUGE!!The fact that it is not (they actually are not even currently signed to a record label) is a testament to both bad marketing and the general public's lack of imagination.This band single handedly created a new genre: "salsacore".They bring elements of tropical music, hip hop, jazz, and speed metal together to create what I consider a masterpiece.The variety and musicianship in this recording is impeccable.Some songs are so extreme that you don't know whether to dance or headbang. My advice: do both and buy this CD.You will not be dissapointed.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great mix of different types of music
    On FUNDAMENTAL, PUYA brings us some hard rocking songs that have a latin feel to them also. The percussion and horns on this album show us something unique and different from what is being played today. OASIS, FAKE, FUNDAMENTAL,MONTATE, are good songs that start the album off and they rock. WHATEVER is an average song, it is mostly rap, but the music is still there with some good beat but I personally could have done without the rap. RETRO slows down abit, but as the song plays on, it picks up its tempo and turns into a hard rockin song. KEEP IT SIMPLE is another slower song, it has some positive lyrics, but I think it is just an average song SAL PA FUERA picks the tempo back up and is a good song to rock to. REMORA is a fast, furious song that kicks ... and should make all the hardcore fans happy. TRINIDAD is a tribute to the boxer Felix Trinidad. Even though I dont care for the fighter myself, I wont hold that against the song,, it rocks. SOLO is almost a totally salsa song that the listener will start to dance to when played. NO INVENTES is the last song on the album. It has a heavy bass to it and rocks but it leaves me wanting for more. All in all, FUNDAMENTAL is a good album for metal fans who want to hear alittle spice to their music

    5-0 out of 5 stars This isn't "latin pop," this is BORIQUA METAL!!
    I heard Puya's record while still a college radio DJ, and it struck a nerve with me.Being a metalhead of Latino heritage, I didn't have many peers or touchstones to go by.So when I heard of a Puerto Rican metal group playing out of Florida who just signed to MCA, I knew something big was about to happen.But enough about my reactions; let's get to the record.

    Puya play what the uninitiated and trend-happy refer to as "nu-metal," but with a major and most welcome twist.A very puertoriqueno vibe can be found throughout their sound (Think Pantera and Biohazard jamming with Tito Puente [Vaya con Dios] and Carlos Santana).Add some Spanish-language rapping and you have a sound that's as heavy as metal gets and yet still remains as familiar and as homesickness-inducing as the island.

    "Oasis," "Sal Pa' Fuera" and "Retro" are the rockers on this disc that will have you screaming the lyrics (isn't Spanish a beautiful language?) and punching stuff in no time, even with the timbales and horns in the background."Remora," "Keep It Simple" and "Trinidad" will have you dancing salsa one minute and moshing the next with their boriqua sensibilities and neck-snapping riffage. "Solo" is the high-water mark here; a soulful and yet crunching ode to integrity, ethnic pride and familia that will have you singing, dancing, moshing and hugging your famms all in the space of four minutes.

    The short of it is this: If you like metal with originality and (more importantly) soul, then Puya is the band you're looking for.

    "Solo venimos, solo nos vamos.Y aqui nos juntamos, juntos aqui estamos" (Alone we arrive, alone we leave, and here we come together, here we are together.)-"Solo" ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 61200
    Subjects:  1. Latin Pop    2. Pop    3. Rock   


    Desire for Agony
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 November, 1993)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars NOISECORE!!....
    This album is brutal and grim. ONLY TRUE METAL WILL LIKE THIS

    4-0 out of 5 stars An unsung classic in extreme rock...
    I've never accually seen someone strangle himself to death, but this album probably gives me a good idea what it would sound like. Zeni Geva is a rock band only in the most grotesque and distorted sense of the phrase, combining jazz and punk with pure noise to create a sonic doorway into blinding pain, both emotional and physical."Stigma" and "Dead Sun Rising" open the portal wide to introduce the listener to new dimensions of suffering, while the title track and "Heathen Blood" shove you straight into it.By the time "Autopsy Love" and "The Body" wind down, your senses are all but hemmoraging.
    Japanese-sung lyrics become billy clubs to the head and body, guitar riffs become steak knives in the neck.Melodies exist only to amplify feelings of dread and terror.If anyone feels scared upon first listen, that's the point.
    Recommended for those who think Swans and Godflesh aren't dark enough.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Truly Psychotic Samurai Speed Metal
    I agree with the previous reviewer. This is one heavy record. It makes early Metallica and Slayer sound tame. It sounds like Toshiro Mifune (or John Belushi's crazy samurai impersonation of Mifune) on an angry rampage backed up by a wall of grinding guitar noise. ... This one will definitely have your neighbors calling the cops in under 10 minutes. ... Too bad only half the record approximates some sort of melody, the rest just sounds like a wall of noise. The craziest song of all must be "Heathen Blood" though: this will both scare ... you and make you almost bust a gut laughing, so Spinal-Tapped to the n-th degree it seems in its utter, brutal, paranooid heaviosity. ... Read more

    Asin: B000000F9F
    Sales Rank: 231163
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    Street Cleaner
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 June, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of a kind.
    There is no pretense on this album- no "look what I can do", no "look how many words I know"...just complete and utter oblivion. Majestically crushing, and unrepentantly dark and morose- this is a truly unique and self-dissolving piece of plastic. You completely lose yourself into it. Not to mention, it kicks an a$$ or two. Like Rats and Christbait Rising (a favorite- "don't hold me back/ this is my own hell") are immaculate. Really not recommended for people who don't appreciate crushing, dark music, but those who do will love it. I place it with Swans' Great Annihilator (that's more cereberal), Burzum's Hvist Lyset Tar Oss (that's more evil), and Ministry's Filthpig (that's sleazier), as the grand dukes of crushing spaciousness. This is more the "city" version of those, if that makes sense. If when someone says "Industrial", you think VNV Nation, and "Metal" you think "Iron Maiden", you'll hate this. This is completely it's own animal, and you will either hate it or love it. I love it, but these guys are despised by some people I play it for. It doesn't get much darker than this- there are hundreds of metal bands that could learn what real darkness sounds like from this cd. Not a cd for parties by a long shot, but somehow both aggressive and soothing at the same time, I usually listen to it when I'm by myself and either reading or screwing with photoshop. Buy it if you like looking the beast in the face, and tell him I said hi.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The sky is falling...oh wait, that's just a Godflesh album
    Even as a moderately hardened noise freak, I was not prepared for what awaited me when I first popped this, my first Godflesh album, into my stereo.Other bands have attempted to render the sound of the apocalypse with varying degrees of success, but these guys may have mastered it.Streetcleaner doesn't burst forth from your speakers so much as it oozes out, a primordial industrial-metal sludge that's almost unspeakably doomy in its pummelling.It's more about atmosphere than technicality and more about heaviness than complexity, but Godflesh accomplish their goals so well on this album that it's hard to take issue.In the category of frightening listening experiences, Streetcleaner is right up there with Meshuggah's Chaosphere, Soilent Green's A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down, and Today is the Day's In the Eyes of God.There are no catchy melodies to be found here and very few concrete song structures you can grab onto, just collages of irregular and imprenetrable beats.The ponderous bass and (mechanized) drum patterns are all twisted and distorted into rhythms and song structures that are difficult and unpleasant even for the industrial metal genre.The guitars don't play riffs so much as screeching shards of industrial noise, while Justin Broadrick's vocals are semi-intelligible scorched-earth growls seemingly calculated for maximum insanity.The deservedly legendary Christbait Rising is driven by an almost impossibly heavy groove, while Head Dirt lurches forth in a bizarre time signature that sounds sort of like a crossbreeding of Napalm Death and Skinny Puppy (come to think of it, that would rule!).Life is Easy and the title track are perhaps the two most horrific songs ever placed back to back on an album; the former a swirling, noisy testament to pain and disaffection, the latter a cavernous musical black hole which hope can neither enter nor leave.For this edition, the good folks over at Earache Records have also seen fit to include five bonus tracks, including the surprisingly uptempo Wound, pushing Streetcleaner to over an hour of sonic punishment.You now have no excuse not to check it out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars no words suffice
    In a world full of derivative music, Godflesh did what couldn't be done... create something totally unique.

    I actually bought this album based on some word of mouth. I had heard that Mike Patton named it his album of the year and said it made you think the batteries were going dead in your Walkman. So I immediately went out and hunted it down. Nothing was the same afterwards.

    13 years later and Christbait Rising and Life is Easy still give me chills. Hell, I don't know what else to say except to give a nod to the person who mentioned Gira - I've thought about that connection before too, especially when listening to the Swans live Public Castration is a Good Thing. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 104856
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    The Least Worst of Type O Negative
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Respect from a non metal music connosisseur
    If you're a casual TON listener like me, then this should be right up your ally. The basic TON essentials are here with titles such as "Black No.1" "Love You To Death" "Christian Woman" and "Everyone I Know is Dead. I'm not a big metal person but there's something about TON's music that keeps me listening. I think the fact that I've keept them in heavy rotation for so long says something about how good they really are. Maybe it's their gothic mystique or Peter Steele's voice that keeps me coming back. earthier way, they've withstood the test of time. If you're just getting into TON I would pick this album up first. It's not really an album, more of a collection....anyway, this is a great introduction to TON to get a soild feel for what they offer. give it a spin!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect.
    Nearly perfect collection, but where is All Hallows Eve?That's the only other song I would add.

    5-0 out of 5 stars strapped for cash?go with this.
    get this great retrospective of one of the top 10 bands of the 90's.you'll just end up getting all the cd's anyway like me,but what-the-hell. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004WMXN
    Sales Rank: 35176
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Goth Metal    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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