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1. The Crusade
by Roadrunner Records
Audio CD (10 October, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 241
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A review of reviews.
This review will begin by quoting from what I found to be the most helpful and entertaining reviews written up until this point.I will then offer a few thoughts of mine on the album.The quotes:
3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best.
You know why Trivium are the NEW Metallica??? BECAUSE THEY RIP THEM OFF IN EVERY ASPECT THEY CAN...
3-0 out of 5 stars I like it, but not as much as Ascendancy
I'd give The Crusade a 3.5 star rating (I'd give Ascendancy 4.5...I love that record).I like The Crusade a lot, but it took a few listens to grow on me.It's an entertaining listen with solid riffs and nice leads and solos.Some of the lyrics are good, some not so...I do appreciate the obvious political/spcial themes of some of the tracks.I do like the singing, as I'm an old school metal fan, and I don't consider it a sell-out as many have called it.However, I got to know Trivium through Ascendancy, and later Ember to Inferno, and the change on The Crusade kind of threw me for a loop even though I knew before hearing the album this was the direction they were taking.I used to hate the screaming and Ascendancy was one of the records that finally got me to "get over it."lolAnyway, this is a good record with obvious Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden influence on it.If you like metal without the screaming, this is definitely worth picking up. ... Read more

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2. Blood Mountain
by Reprise / Wea
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars They Have Reached The Top
Mastodon may very well have become the pinnacle of all modern metal with their newest album "Blood Mountain." Now of course Mastodon has been ahead of the game quite some time. 2003's "Remission" was a crushing frenzy that showed the band's technical and innovative approach to song writing, while still hinting at greater things to come. And with 2004's "Leviathan," greater things did come. Not only was it a bold move made in the act of creating a concept record about Moby Dick, but Mastodon further expanded their technique, adding atmospheric and melodic elements to their sound in favor of creating something completely original and different from what they had done before. So how would they follow with their much anticipated third full length album "Blood Mountain?" As if they weren't already masterminds, this record further solidifies Mastodon as the premier innovators in today's metal world. From start to finish "Blood Mountain" is nothing short of a masterpiece, and if this is the kind of evolution and song writing we can expect Mastodon to expand upon in the future, I can only ask myself, "Where and what is next?"
5-0 out of 5 stars Mountainously brilliant
Mastodon's first album, Remission, was a gigantic shock to the system of modern heavy metal, combining ferocious grooves, head-spinning technicality, and fearsomely creative songwriting for the sort of truly singular sound a precious few bands in any genre can truly lay claim to.The followup, Leviathan, a musical interpretation of Melville's Moby Dick, packed more than enough dramatic weight to suit its title and subject matter, and saw the band branching out into more melodic and accessible territory without abandoning the complexity and pummelling heaviness that formed the base for their appeal.Now comes album number three (and number one on a major label after defecting from Relapse), Blood Mountain, marked once again by increasingly adventurous progressions in both musical and lyrical content, with a near-total abandonment of verse/chorus song structures and an epic fantasy/adventure lyrical concept running throughout.And once again, the band's skills have kept pace with their ambition, as Blood Mountain is quite possibly the most innovative, fascinating, and downright brilliant metal album of this decade, worth every second of the numerous listens it takes to fully absorb the experience.
5-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting, but WOW!
Someone who has listened to the other Mastodon albums: Leviathan, Remission, and Lifesblood over and over and over, like me, thinks they know what to expect from Mastodon. Catchy and steel-hard riffs, growling poetic vocals. And since they switched from Relapse to Reprise, gaining a much bigger production budget, you'd think the acoustics would sound different, maybe a little less fuzzy.
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3. Metallica
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (12 August, 1991)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets
Although it is somewhat true that Metallica sells out with their self-titled fifth album, ignore those accusations because the music here is just way too damn good.(Now as far as Load and all albums there after are concerned, that's a different story.)If this is a sellout effort, then, well, I guess I'm a sucker because I still love every second of the Black Album even after all these years--something I cannot say about ...And Justice for All.And these are the many reasons why:
5-0 out of 5 stars great album by Metallica
this was my first metallica album, and i loved it and i still do. i can see where its different from thier previous work, but its still enjoyable. standout tracks on here are "Enter Sandman"(of course), "Sad But True", "The God That Failed", and "My Friend of Misery". The only track i dont like on here is "The Struggle Within". i dont like how James sounds on this song.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE album of all time
This Metallica "album" is THE best music CD I own.
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4. Christ Illusion
by Warner Bros / Wea
Audio CD (08 August, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 586
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 SLAYER IS BACK AT THEIR BEST!!!
Hey, this is a great album! It takes you by the balls and flies you in the air as a flag. Only half point far from their best ever (Reign in Blood) but at least as good as "Seasons In The Abyss" and "South Of Heaven"! It's not only pure brutality...this is definetely a piece of art: technique and violence! The alchemy the classic line-up with Dave Lombardo on drums can create is something any other drummer can match...even the great Bostaph! "Flesh Storm", "Skeleton Christ", "Consferacy" and the new classic "Cult" above all...but do not expect any weak tune...SIMPLY GREAT!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Christ Illusion - METAL RISES AGAIN!
I agree with the earlier poster in that Christ Illusion is the best SLAYER since "Seasons".It's fast, it's heavy, it's harsh. In other words, it's BRUTAL.OK, I'm a little biased. I love SLAYER. I was tormenting my parents with SHOW NO MERCY back Bon Jovi was what "the kids" were listening to.CHRIST ILLUSION is not REIGN IN BLOOD, but I can tell Dave Lombardo is back in the lineup.

2-0 out of 5 stars Heavy doesn't always mean great!
This is a fast dark album that is really heavy, but its quite generic.It seems like it was thrown together.There isn't much that stands out, except the wanna be AC/DC intro in one of the songs.I was strongly displeased with this album.Granted its not as bad as the last 3 albums, but pretty close. ... Read more

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5. Blood Mountain
by Reprise / Wea
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Now Officially the Best Metal Band in America
Mastodon's last album was an epic tale of man against whale. Leviathan was the story of Moby Dick told through heavy metal. Now they've returned with Blood Mountain, another epic tale, although this time nothing quite so literary. Lyrically, this is the story of a man's quest to get to the top of the mountain of the title. Along the way he encounters all sorts of creatures, such as a cysquatch (a one-eyed sasquatch), the birchmen, and the hunters of the sky (dragons). In the end, our hero ascends close to the peak, but does he accomplish his goal? It's tough to say, as the final song on the album, "Pendulous Skin," is an instrumental.
4-0 out of 5 stars My perspective...here it goes.
I am just going to lay it out flat..Leviathan was a HUGE success for Mastodon, one of the best metal albums I've heard in a very very long time, so it's hard for me not to compare Blood Mountain to that, but in order to get a real understanding of this album, that is the wrong thing to do! Before listening to Blood Mountain, clear your mind and ideas on what you think your going to expect, because this baby is a whole other cake. Honestly I don't think it lives up to Leviathan, that's a tough one to beat. BUT this album is totally different, when listening to this one I think wow, what were they smoking when they wrote this because man it is OUT THERE! How in the heck do they come up with this stuff.
5-0 out of 5 stars One of the New Classics!!!
I had heard a lot of hype about these guys; everything from "they are the saviors of metal" to "the best metal album of the decade", but their previous work never clicked with me. Not that they were necessarily bad, or anything, I just didn't really see what all of the fuss was about. Then comes "Blood Mountain". Basically, this is a band that you really have to let sink in and pay attention to what they are doing, and when it hits you, well.....it's awesome!!! One thing these guys do so well is manage to combine seemingly disparate styles and influences into a seamless whole that plays like old-school stoner rock (Nebula, Queens of the Stone Age)fused with elements of other diverse genres. During the album, you are subjected to many musical touchstones...album opener "The Wolf is Loose" sounds like vintage Clutch. The spacey and somnambulent "Sleeping Giant" is reminiscent of Pink Floyd meets Alice in Chains. "Cappillarian Crest" recalls Rush and King Crimson,along with progressive elements of some of the more modern prog-rock bands. They are also prone to experimentation, such as the bizarre-sounding, uber-distorted vocals on "Circle of the Cysquatch" and the endlessly creative guitar effects on the album. Combined with the grinding, heavy and at times quite technical and acrobatic guitar, this album is just a thick, dense slab of meat. Flyin' the devil horns, baby!!! ... Read more

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6. Master of Puppets
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars this album ties w/ AJFA
this album ties with "...And Justice For All" as my favorite Metallica album.
4-0 out of 5 stars One of the few decent Metallica records.
I absolutely like Master Of Puppets and is better than most of their other trite records. This is as great as the black album and has a few of the greatest songs worth a listen in their "Battery", title, "The Thing That Should Not Be", and "Orion". "Disposable Heroes" is a really bad song! Get this with the Black album, but stay far away from the KILL EM ALL album which sucks big.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't explain
Metallica influenced almost every metal band afterwards. No joke. Many people may think of them as sell outs but before their load album, they dealt damage un explain able. Its hard to explain how much this album influenced me. Who am i? u may ask. I'm the drummer from Lamb Of God. This album influenced me so much. I won't say much because i know you'll make the right decision and buy this album. It'll be the best choice of your musical career. ... Read more

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7. Ride the Lightning
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Second Greatest Album from Metallica
In my oppinion this is their second greatest album, only becuase it is thier second album.But people who were worried that Metallica couldn't top their first effort were more then pleasantly suprised by this release.Metallica just went forward and produced another one of metal's greatest albums.Ride the Lightening has it all... blistering riffs and solos, awsome vocals, and a touch of maturity in songs like Fade to Black and Call of the Ktulu.This album is non-stop greatness that pounds you in the skull and leaves you for dead.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is the changing of music...amazing
This is the definative moment in music history. This is the manifesto of heavy metal. This changed the way the world viewed music. Ride the lightning is by far their best work. The first song I ever heard was "For whom the Bell tolls" absolutely change my view of music

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!
"Ride The Lightning" is, by far, my favourite Metallica album! Sure, "Master Of Puppets" has it's glory, but this masterpiece has the energy, the fire and the speed that, in my opinion, beats the hell out of MOP. My album top 5 goes something like this:
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8. ...And Justice For All
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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 Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's Last Thrash
THE BAND: James Hetfield (lead vocals, guitar), Kirk Hammett (guitars), Lars Ulrich (drums & percussion), and new member Jason Newsted (bass) formerly of Flotsam And Jetsam (replacing Cliff Burton, R.I.P.).
1-0 out of 5 stars Bad album from """"Metallica"""".
I like Metallica first of all. But this was their worst release along with Kill Em All. All the songs on this album are really horrendous. Metallica only made about a few good albums, want to get one???? Get Master of Puppets, Black, and Ride The Lightning. They all have about 3-7 good songs. This album is a waste!!!! Get those albums insted.

5-0 out of 5 stars A musical masterpiece on all levels
Hard-edged riffs, pounding cymbals and snares, quick and heavy bass lines, gruff vocals, and yet there's a beautiful melody all around. Thats a great description for Metallica's fourth album "...And Justice For All". You're probably here because you want a good listen or you just want the next installment in Metallica's saga of great albums. From the catchy riffs on "Blackened" to the final "go" on "Dyers Eve", this album is heavy. And i don't mean Judas Priest heavy, I mean "South Of Heaven" heavy (which i think was released in the same year). Most of the songs are based on Justice and war, which Metallica are great on. Unfortunately this is the last album from "Old Metallica" as some people put it. The Black album just didn't do it for me, and from all the positive reveiws on here, i'm guessing that it didn't do for a lot of you guys too. This album is filled with epics, solos, rip roaring choruses, terrifying verses, and most importantly Metallica's musicianship. This album's production ain't that great as you guys may know, but I still gave it 5 stars. This is because Metallica still cared about their fans on this one, and they still had heart. Because without heart they will never be the "old metallica" they used to be, and most excellently displayed here. All the songs are Excellent and bone crunching, but i must admit that the best songs are "Blackened" "And Justice For All" "Eye Of The Beholder" "One" "Harvester of Sorrow" and "Dyers Eve". If you want a rip roaring epic of an album filled with heavy riffs, gruff vocals, and mostly "Old metallica"'s heart, this album is for you. Highly Recomended. ... Read more

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9. The Poison
by Trustkill Records
Audio CD (14 February, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
Bullet for my Valentine basically take emo/hardcore elements, and serve them up with a healthy dose of thrash and melodic death metal, to create a sound that is definitely a cut above the rest.Sure, frontman Matt Tuck can get a little emo-ish at times, but he's also a good screamer, and the band is always quick with a blazing riff, a scorching solo, an Iron Maiden-ish melody, or a blistering double bass attack.I'd say this album is really more metal than anything, so if you've always wanted a bit more metal in this type of music, then you're likely to find plenty of enjoyment here.These guys are great musicians, who really know how to rock hard.Best song is "The End", a 7-minute epic that alternates between dark, haunting melodies, and powerful climactic riffs.The rest are in the 3-4 minute range, and a bit more straight-forward, but still full of interesting dynamics.It never gets boring for a second.
5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a band that does new metal the right way.
First off, I'm an 80's metal guy. I love bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Dio, Megadeth. And for years, it's been difficult for me to get into any new metal bands...until now! What an amazing band. Finally, you have a band that has the makings of a great modern day metal band, yet their music still firmly reflects their 80's roots. I love this album. If you love your metal with pounding riffs, killer solos, and a whole lot of attitude, buy this cd. This is the best British rock band to come onto the scene in years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stop listening to other people
Go buy it yourself and see what all the hype is about. These guys are the real deal. And while it might not be groundbreaking, it is metalcore executed perfectly. ... Read more

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10. Kill 'Em All
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (20 June, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Holy Bible of Thrash
The original Metallica: James Hetfield (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Cliff Burton (Bass Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums) AND DAVE MUSTAINE (LEAD GUITAR)!!! Most of the leads and riffs you'll hear on Kill 'Em All were written by Dave Mustaine which is why the 1st Metallica album sounds more like a Megadeth record than any other Metallica record. Kirk Hammett stepped in admirably to fill Mustaine's huge shoes but one is only left to wonder, if Mustaine had stayed in Metallica would they be the running joke that they are today? Probably not. Anyway, Kill 'Em All is a flawless rundown of Metallica classics from The Four Horsemen to Motorbreath to Seek and Destroy, the riffs just keep coming. Of all the Metallica albums, this is the one that I listen to the most. Some critics and fans may say that their subsequent albums (Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning) are better but to me this is the truest representation of what Metallica was meant to be. An absolute must-own classic! P.S. Why would they reissue this album and omit two of it's strongest tracks (Blitzkrieg and Am I Evil)?!?!?!?!?
5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning
The Bug (who wrote a review for this album of minus one trillion) should be dragged out into a field and shot twice in the head.Listen to this album and then listen to Green Day (who bug campares this to).Green Day sucks more then any other band in the history of sucky bands.And then he compares this to Dire Straights??!!!??!!!??!!Some people make me sick.This is one of the best, if not the best, metal albums ever recorded.The riffs and solos are without equal.The speed is mind numbing for its time.Bow down to this album of you might turn into a homotard like the bug.Metallica squashes the bug under their leather clad feet and urinate on the remains.KILL EM ALL FOREVER!!!!!!The birth of trully great thrash metal (along with Slayer).

1-0 out of 5 stars Wish I Can Give This Minus A Trillion!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Metallica were simply one of the worst most overrated and pathetic bands ever. Most of their trite albums deserve no stars. Their only good cds are either Master of Puppets, or Black Album. KILL EM ALL is such a bore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! James Hetfield, the lead singer just screams and can't sing at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Why???? Why can't he sing more proper like Lou Greamm(Foreigner), & Mark Knopfler(Dire Straits)????????
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11. Kiss of Death
by Sanctuary Records
Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Get your riffs in gear, or get on out of here.....
This is the group's 3rd completely uninspired album in a row. It is clear Motorhead are now going through the motions, releasing lesser iterations of old riffs, at least when they're not too busy re-releasing their 30th rehashed complilation album. I believe these guys are one of the top 10 rock bands of all time, but I suggest that their true fans encourage them to disband before they taint their legacy with more tepid material like this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pure Motorhead
This is a pretty simple cd to review. Motorhead is one of those bands that stuck to their roots, and this album is just that. Another good album. If you like Motorhead, you will like this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another solid release from the ageless warriors
You'd think a little thing like age would stop Lemmy, and you'd think wrong.After 30 plus years, Lemmy and Motorhead are still going strong, and "Kiss of Death" is solid proof.Give a listen to the rip roaring "Trigger", along with "Under the Gun" and "Sword of Glory"; both of which are great headbangers.The surprisingly gripping ballad "God Was Never On Your Side" is what helps make "Kiss of Death" stand out as one of Motorhead's better albums of late (but not quite as good as "Inferno") and will even have life long fans of the band standing up and cheering.Yes, it's a sound that we've heard from them before and all too often, but that is never a bad thing when it comes to Motorhead.They don't try to "re-invent" themselves with every few albums, they just stay true to their roots and continue to pump out fast paced and hard rocking music one album after another, and "Kiss of Death" is no exception.All in all, Motorhead fans already know what to expect with this one, and as for new fans, don't be afraid to dive in. ... Read more

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12. S&M
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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At a point in their career when most bands would rest their laurels upon a greatest-hits package or live album, Metallica has done both, but with a decidedly loopy twist. They've recorded a double-live greatest-hits package with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra "sitting in." Rock history and cutout bins are littered with previous attempts at a rock-symphonic fusion, from Emerson, Lake & Palmer to Deep Purple to the Moody Blues and the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band. But while previous efforts at mixing the low-brow with the high-brow have mostly ended up browbeating the intended audience, Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Only Kamen could've done this!
Michael Kamen is probably the only orchestral/composer that had the sensibilities to make metal and orchestral blend together. Earlier reviews wish that maybe Horner had taken the reigns. Perhaps this would've been a good idea if Horner could orchestrate or even write original material (witness "Willow's Theme" and the frightening copy of Schumann's Rhenish Symphony). This album is full of the bombast and pomp that goes along with metal, and the orchestra does a great job in both pushing and keeping up with Metallica. This is not a Best Of in my opinion as there are a few noticeable ommisions from that list, but overall this is a great concept album.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is how it all started...
About a year ago, I had a few Metallica songs in my computer and most of them wore from "S&M". I enjoyed listening to "Master Of Puppets", which was my favourite at that time, and so I bought the whole album! I wasn't at all disapointed and it suddenly became my favourite live album. Some of my favourite tracks are "The Thing That Should Not Be", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Battery"...but my all time favourite is "One" (a trully excelent live performance!). And..."this it how it all started". Today, I have almost all their albums and I really enjoy listening to all of them. It's really hard for me to make a Metallica album chart, but "S&M" is undoubtebly going for top 3!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hear the Call of Cthulu...with cellos
This is my fav Metallica CD. After being a diehard fan for many years, I would not have thought that I would ever like to hear Metallica's music goobered up in some grandiose Moody Blues way. But the fact is, I love this music, and I love hearing it in a new way.
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13. Reign in Blood
by American Recordings
Audio CD (12 March, 2002)
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Asin: B000062YAZ
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOD!!!!
This is by far the most brutal CD I own,and I own CD's by Death, Opeth, Meshuggah,and many other Death Metal bands. I knew when I ordered this CD to expect fast and heavy but this was rediculous. The song Raining Blood may be overrated but is still good, the best song by far is the starter track. It kicks in the door with Angel Of Death and the pure speed and brutallity does not let up untill the quiet rain on Raining Blood. Many people think that the length of the album hurts it, I don't think so. The formula for every song is fast, heavy, no melody, and a randomly picked whammy abusing noise solo. Trust me that formula would get old if it was any longer than it is. It basically comes in punches you in the gut then leaves. I listened to this album for the first time right before I went to bed with the lights off. BAD IDEA! This CD got my adreniline going like no other CD has. I couldn't get to sleep for hours after listening to it because it's so brutal. You know that feeling you get after you get off a really fast roller coaster. That's the feeling you will get after listening to this album. BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Intense album ever...
When I was 12 I had just got into heavy metal. I listened to alot of Heavy Metal Bands, Metallica,Iron Maiden, Guns N Roses,Pantera,etc. One day when I was out buying CDs, I was looking around and I saw the Reign in Blood album cover, and it looked cool. So I brought it, and when got home I listened to it. The album blew my mind away. It was only twenty nine minutes long, The fastest album ever. I was so impressed the Druming was great, so was the guitar playing. The next day I went out and brought the South of Heaven CD. It was good but not as good as this. So if you are are just getting into heavy metal check this album out. You also should get into Metallica, Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, Dark Angel, Lamb of God, Pantera,and Dio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Metal Record
Regarding the previous reviewer..not to nitpick but Slayer was around about 5 years before Death, who's first LP wasn't until '87. They had demos earlier and also under the name Mantas, but they weren't in wide release. And Metal Church? I know a lot of people consider them thrash/speed/death metal but I always thought they were kind of just a cheesy metal band..not a criticism I like cheese!They sold neckbraces with "Metal Church" printed on the side at their shows for chrissakes.They always seemed more in the Maiden/Priest genre of metal compared to Slayer.
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14. Cowboys From Hell
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (17 July, 1990)
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Asin: B000002JNJ
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Even those who scoff at the idea that rock & roll is the devil's music have to think twice when listening to Pantera. The pill-popping, strip-bar-ogling, beer-guzzling Texas combo takes Metallica's speed-metal cues to new heights of brutality and sacrilege.Fortunately, they're extremely good at what they do. The polyrhythmic complexity of Vinnie Paul's drumming in "Psycho Holiday" and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell's breathtaking solo in "Heresy" are examples of state-of-the-art metal musicianship. Vocalist Phil Anselmo often sounds like Metallica's James Hetfield, but his brooding croon on "Cemetery Gates" and his falsetto screams on the blindingly fast "Shattered" are more like vintage Deep Purple. Released in 1990, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I cant say this is better then Vulgar display of power...But I will!
I got this recently and actually I thought it deserved 5 stars!A very good album which has some of there best songs.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great 90s Thrash
This is more "groove" but there is enough thrash metal in here. Pantera is one of the greatest metal bands in the 1990s and one of the most well known in rock . these guys really can rock hard!
4-0 out of 5 stars Pantera put the"heavy" back into metal on this one
One this album,Cowboys From Hell,their first major label release,Pantera abandoned the pop metal sound that made them famous on their first four independent label albums in favor of a more supercharged metal sound crafted by producer Terry Date and this formula worked for the better and helped this Texas metal band gain a lot of new fans in an era when alternative rock was beginning to surface.
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15. Vulgar Display of Power
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (25 February, 1992)
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Asin: B000002JOH
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate in POWER Metal
I admit it, I had completely stopped listening to Pantera until the "Behind the Music" episode aired recently, but it was that TV show that inspired me to dig out my old tattered copy of VDOP. And you know what? I still LOVE this album, even as a responsible husband and father with the whitest of white-collar jobs! I had forgotten what a HUGE sound Dimebag got out of that little flying-v guitar, how Rex and Vinnie could shake my insides with their thunderous, tight grooves and most of all, how much Phil could get into my head with that straight-outta-Hell roar of his!! This is a timeless classic, and newer bands like Disturbed, Godsmack and System of a Down owe a debt of gratitude to Pantera for bringing the POWER metal to the forefront. One of the top two or three metal albums of all-time. If you are a true metalhead, you MUST pick up this CD! AWESOME!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Turn it up as loud as you can stand it
With raw, angry guitar and powerful riffs, Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power attacks from the very first note. Phil Anselmo's unholy singing growl was the perfect voice for these heavy, dark songs. One of the best metal CDs around with one of the best titles as well. Dimebag Darrell's solos snarl at you and by the time you finish listening you're exhausted. If you're having a lousy day or have any aggression you need to get out of your system, this is the CD for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Speed Metal classic
VDoP is, without a doubt, Pantera's best work; a Speed Metal classic.This it the Pantera that people will be listening 20 years from now. ... Read more

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16. Reload
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (18 November, 1997)
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Asin: B000002HRE
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's best album, by far.
Firstly, this is the first album by Metallica that I rate as a good album. I haven't listened to all their albums, but I have listened to pretty much all the albums that get nominated as their best ever. This album is a long way ahead of any of their other albums. Their Black album would come a distant second for me. I've reviewed some of the other Metallica albums I've listened to here.
5-0 out of 5 stars Stop calling this Metal though!
Stop calling Metallica METAL!this is POP MUSIC and you know it.Allbeit quite good, but I'm sick of people asking me "What kind of music do you like" and I say "I'm a metalhead" and they reply with some nonsense like "like metallica or iron maiden?"HOLY CHRIST! The genre has evolved since 197?, whenever you felt you last "ROCKED"
5-0 out of 5 stars From a [not-so-diehard-crazy] Metallica fan
OK. I'm going to admit it. Reload was the first Metallica album I got. Actually, it was sent to me by my friend in London. After listening to it in my car for a week or so it really grew on me. Low Man's Lyric is probably my favourite Metallica song ever. It strikes deep, tears at the soul. I lost...someone rather dear to me, lost him to heroin. That song was his song, and will forever remind me of him.
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17. Garage, Inc.
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (24 November, 1998)
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Asin: B00000FCBC
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This double-disc, all-covers release could come to represent a vital turning point for Metallica. While disc 2 is a straightforward collection of every cover the group have recorded in its 16-year history, disc 1 comprises 11 new selections drawn from the oeuvres of such exciting and diverse artists as U.K. punks Discharge and nefarious Australian Nick Cave. The heavier songs, such as the Mercyful Fate medley, Black Sabbath's "Sabbra Cadabra," and the Misfits' "Die Die My Darling," prove that nobody delivers a crunching riff better than these metal veterans. But it is vocalist-guitarist James Hetfields's confident approach toward the likes of Cave's "Loverman" and Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" that delivers the most electricity; here his raw, heartfelt vocals are largely untouched. Given that the recharged group spent only three weeks in the studio recording these tracks, it appears that these guys have remembered the value of studio spontaneity over laborious pontificating. Hopefully, that mindset will resurface in future projects. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's take on 27 covers
THE BAND: James Hetfield (lead vocals, guitar), Kirk Hammett (guitars), Jason Newsted (bass), Cliff Burton (bass on "Am I Evil" and "Blitzkrieg" only), Lars Ulrich (drums & percussion).
4-0 out of 5 stars Oh, how Metallica used to rock! Ahh, the agony and the ecstacy!
If there's anything out of 90s Metallica that can be salvaged it's this. Too bad it's not new Metallica at all but just some more covers.
4-0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, 4 1/2 stars
I bought this about 5 years ago and still have it. Great compilation of all the covers Metallica did on their biggest influences. On disc 1 you got the newest covers by metallica (1998, 11 new covers). Disc 2 is all the older covers recorded from 1984-1995(16 covers).
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18. Far Beyond Driven
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (22 March, 1994)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For Pantera, rage flows like water from a faucet. Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars I know that May 27th, 1994 still hasn't been resolved
This is the day I first listened to this album. May 27th, 1994 was a day that I was at a crossroads where I made wrong choices, but that's because I thought things would be alright. I know the night before I had a bad night, but then I took a girl I was interested in to breakfast for her birthday, and she kissed me, so I thought everything was fine, but looking back I know now I made some bad choices, and I know I watched "OLTL" that day, and Rebecca had rejected Todd, and so I listened to this. I know the first 2 albums were aggressive metal, but here it was starting to be more techno sounding, and it's rather annoying sounding. "I'm Broken", and their cover of Sabbath's "Planet Caravan" are the only 2 songs that are salvagable here. It also shows that the music scene was changing even as this album debuted at #1 on the charts.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pantera's Worst, But Better Than All Others RIP DIME
I really don't care for FAR BEYOND DRIVEN as most of the album is so lackluster in the musical department. However I do like Tracks 1-4 (Strength Beyond Strength, Becoming, 5 Minutes Alone, I'm Broken) and the last track (Planet Caravan, the spectacular cover of the third song on Black Sabbath's PARANOID record). Sometimes I listen to "Good Friends And a Bottle of Pills" just to get a good laugh. But I still have not been able to listen to the rest of the record because the midsection of the album was just...stupid. I can't find another word for it. They fall FAR short of the ideals set forth in COWBOYS and VULGAR, and it is clear they didn't care about the songs, but rather just trying to "outheavy" themselves, as is commonly referenced. But I would definitely listen to this one rather than all the other s hit that came out in that same year. This record is for the diehard Pantera fans. If you're new to Pantera, try VULGAR or COWBOYS first, then work your way to DRIVEN.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deep Down, Stronger than ALL
After all the acclaim and respect Pantera received from its sophomore effort, Vulgar Display of Power, it was going to be very difficult for the band to follow up with an album of similar magnitude. No problem. Its excellent production (Terry Date) and its punishing song lineup gave Far Beyond Driven a sound all its own.
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19. Load
by Elektra / Wea
Audio CD (04 June, 1996)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars dont like it then your dumb
this is a great album with blues influence i garuntee im the biggest metallifan on this site and this is not as good as the older more agressive albums but when im not in the mood to thrash i put this album in because it helps me relax and those of you who say metallica sold out your right every night they play they are sold out because of loyal fans like me they are the best band in the world and i garuntee that the next album will be better than slayers christ illusion (man they are to old for the satan thing) because i like all the albums (even st.anger) and they will always rule for they are the gods of all music!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars My favourite Metalbum by far
I think, while I sit eating a chimichanga and some vegetable soup, that there are a lot of people who have severely limited themselves, and themselves alone, with their defiance to this album.
4-0 out of 5 stars Change isn't always bad.
Metallica made their first mistake the day they decided to form a band - they played metal. If you don't want to be a band stuck in the same musical hole for your 25+ year career, you're best advised to steer clear of making your fans think you're gonna play metal for the rest of your life. Generally, metalheads are the most close-minded music fans on the planet. Every sub-genre of rock has their fanatics, but none moreso than heavy metal. They're rabid, and they want every album to have speed, pounding drums, and insane riffage.
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20. The Best of Fuel
Audio CD (13 December, 2005)
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Asin: B000BUE550
Sales Rank: 6502
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars This is it?
Okay, all the songs on here are fantastic. Shimmer is one of my favorite songs of all time. But a band this good could only come up with 11 songs to put on a best of. This is a little weak. Million Miles didn't even make it. I'd recomend either buying all there c.d.'s, or wait for a couple more albums and a larger collection of "Best of"s

3-0 out of 5 stars Great band, but was a Best Of really necessary yet?
The Best Of Fuel (1998-2003, released 2005.)
5-0 out of 5 stars A Complete Collection: 1998-2004
It may seem a little pre-mature for a band with only 3 albums to release a "best of" collection...but my guess is that this CD was released either to fulfill a contract obligation, or because of the fact that Fuel's lead singer recently left the band (though the group intends to continue on) and this is their way of closing a chapter in their career.
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