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License To Kill

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Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1987

Label: Atlantic (Japan)

Catalog Number: AMCY-2982

Average Rating: 87 / 100 (3 ratings)

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Malice License To Kill Album Cover

James Neal lead vocals
Jay Reynolds lead guitars
Mick Zane lead guitars
Mark Behn bass
Cliff Carothers drums
Produced by Max Norman.
1.  Sinister Double  4:39
2.  License To Kill  3:57
3.  Against The Empire  4:28
4.  Vigilante  5:08
5.  Chain Gang Woman  4:14
6.  Christine  4:49
7.  Murder  4:14
8.  Breathin' Down Your Neck  3:58
9.  Circle of Fire  3:49
Total Running Time:  39:16

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Existing comments about this CD

From: wadelink Date: November 9, 2001 at 9:26

From: Kim Date: January 18, 2002 at 15:55
AWESOME..............A must for every Metal lover.

From: Friday 13th Date: May 23, 2002 at 7:04
A must for an fan of Judas Priest, great album, and check out: 'Against The Empire' friday13th@robhalford.com

From: Kim Date: July 18, 2002 at 16:09
F A N T A S T I C. And I have both releases. THe original + the Bootleg with all the bonus tracks. Its a must for every metal fan. If you cant afford it. Get it as a cdr.

From: David Date: August 22, 2002 at 4:51
Dave Mustaine is a special guest on this album which is pretty good.

From: Steve T Date: September 5, 2002 at 10:27
Great band and good album. If they had held off on the debut and pooled the 5 good songs off each release together then they would have been world class. Jay and Mick were just amazing but the vocals were always the weak link.

From: Borkforker33 Date: December 27, 2002 at 3:41

From: Bruce Date: January 25, 2003 at 5:18
Malice kicks serious ass! Search both releases out, and purchase!!

From: culebra Date: April 17, 2003 at 6:35
I watch the movie VISE VERSA(1988) and saw MALICE LIVE.CRAZY IN THE FUCKING CITY !!!!!!!!!!

From: Date: April 18, 2003 at 5:31
Crazy in the night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Scandinavia Date: June 7, 2003 at 11:57
Awesome album! Great production! Didn't this band appear in some 80s movie??? My fave track is SINISTER DOUBLE...Sure they sound somewhat like Priest but I think there's alot more to this band than just that...

From: Scandinavia Date: June 29, 2003 at 5:38
I don't really understand what this band is doing here on BrutalMetal??? They should be on HeavyHarmonies instead...A lot of their stuff was pretty polished and not that heavy at all...

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From: Blue Charvel Date: December 5, 2003 at 12:04
I like this much better than the first. The music's great on both, but the lyrics were a little silly on the first one IMHO. Great stuff though, wouyld be nice to see them on HH, there's definitely heavier stuff on there...

From: Date: February 17, 2004 at 21:49
That Mark Behn is totally hot!

From: André Mud Date: May 20, 2004 at 7:48
The Pure Perfection

From: Metal T Date: June 18, 2004 at 23:04
The first two songs on this: "Sinister Double" and "License To Kill" really smoke. Good Luck finding the original press,its pretty scarce.

From: Rockhead Date: June 28, 2004 at 12:22
The reissue with bonus tracks and really good booklet is easier to get hold of on ebay. Do yourself a favour-buy it it rocks!!

From: exception Date: August 10, 2004 at 22:44
Are Malice lyrics posted anywhere online?

From: Bomkauf Date: December 28, 2004 at 16:10
Just wanted to chime in with a comment--one of the earlier posts talks about Malice's vocals being the "weak link"...what??? Having sung in a few bands, I can attest to just how talented James Neal was and how top-flight his vocals were on 'License to Kill.' A tad derivative--indeed. He out-Halfords Halford on "Sinister Double" and "Circle of Fire." But his range is incredible, his tone rich, and his vocal presence is strong. Hardly a 'weak link'...

From: smallfortunebas Date: February 20, 2005 at 14:33
Leave it to Atlantic to bury this treasure like an Easter egg. This time out the band has the confidence, songs, and attitude to spare. They have a Priest-like consistency, but here they deliver far more. "Against the Empire" is a practical blueprint for millenial power metal. "License to Kill" had an anthemic chorus (and cadence) similar to later Manowar hits. With its quiet-to-loud dynamic "Chain Gang Woman" is a good hard rock tune (a la VH or Dokken). Criminally overlooked in its time!

From: Tupak Sade Date: July 17, 2005 at 0:57
I saw Malice live at a small club in Toronto called "The Gasworks" and they kicked ass. I thought the weakest link was the drums, DEFINITELY NOT the vocals! Where's James Neal now? In a Buddhist monastery??

From: ninjapeter Date: July 31, 2005 at 2:30
Very good album here, I like it a lot. It has a little Judas Priest influence to it. I would rate it 8/10

From: hair metal again Date: April 20, 2021 at 12:33
very good release for MALICE offering polished heavy metal music with a strong production by Max Norman !the vocals and the guitars are outstanding and this album is flawless from start to finish with songs like "license to kill" ,"vigilante" and "chain gang woman"!James Neal reminds me of Lizzy Borden and overall this one is a classic of that era with athat fine artwork as well

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