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CD: Obituary - Cause Of Death
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 21, 2020 at 23:53
Obituary's first two albus are both death-metal gold, but for me, Cause Of Death has a slight edge on its predecessor. The production is a little more balanced, although not much. John Tardy is wretching up more actual words, although not many, choosing to make horrific, miserable sounds, like some kind of monster vomiting up half-digested humans. The guitars are tuned down for a more sinister sound that calls to mind the sweltering atmosphere of their Florida home (or so we would like to imagine). Allen West's wild and woolly soloing has been upgraded for this one album with the more disciplined, fluid playing of James Murphy. The songwriting is improved as well, although when the guys cover Celtic Frost, the gradient is noticeable. Great tracks abound though, with the opening salvo of "Infected," "Body Bag" and the monolithic "Chopped In Half" all being gruesomely great. "Find The Arise" (whatever that means), the title track and "Memories Remain" are highlights as well.

CD: Obituary - Slowly We Rot
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 21, 2020 at 23:34
The rules of death metal were still being written in 1989, and those goofy pot-smoking kids in Obituary were partly responsible. The band's debut has that standard-issue Scott Burns/Morrisound production, but is absolutely dominated by John Tardy's roaring, ralphing vocals, which are mixed in well above the rest of the music and drenched in echo. This is somewhat ironic, because much of the time, he's not actually using words. He's just vocalizing, making agonized sounds to fit the overall mood of the music. There's not a lot of bass to be heard, so the guitars have kind of a buzzy sound, but this is mainly noticeable in hindsight. In '89, it must have sounded absolutely crushing.

CD: Rage - Secrets In A Weird World
From: hair metal again Date: June 20, 2020 at 5:53
very good release once again for RAGE with a new line up & logo but with their sound & quality remaining in the same high level!solid performance with those unique Peavey s vocal lines and a great guitar work !recommended

CD: Judas Priest - Point of Entry
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 15, 2020 at 15:02
I revisited this album over weekend, as I sometimes take a notion to do. And the thing that struck me is that, as seen in comments above and basically anywhere else Point Of Entry is discussed, there are three songs that are almost universally acknowledged as Priest classics ... and seven others that are almost never mentioned. I know "Solar Angels" is kind of a dark horse, and they opened shows with it on this tour, but that seems so strange to me given its slow tempo and general lack of a hook. Never been a favorite of mine in any way. Otherwise ... I dunno, man! "You Say Yes" has a bouncy, rock 'n' roll rhythm to it that's kinda fun. Maybe this didn't seem like too much of a disappointment at the time, to the average American listener?

CD: Monster Magnet - Spine of God
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 9, 2020 at 17:29
When this came out in 1992 (in America), hardly anyone was doing anything this weird, at least in hard rock. Butthole Surfers, maybe? "Medicine" must have stuck out like a sore alien thumb when it aired on Headbanger's Ball (which it did only a couple times). What you get with Spine of God is a tripped-out mess of reverb, flange, phaser and fuzz. The best song here is "Snake Dance," while most of the rest just makes you want to smoke pot and stare at blacklight posters. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Wyndorf is his nutty, badass self right from the start. "Pussy scratch-and-sniff in a Playboy" is my favorite line here.

CD: Monster Magnet - Superjudge
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 9, 2020 at 17:20
I first heard "Twin Earth" in the spring of '93 on a radio show called Metalshop. The announcer said something like, "Up next, we've got fresh metal that you'll swear was recorded in 1969." As a kid who knew hair-metal, a little bit of thrash, and not much else, I didn't get it at all. As an adult, I can easily identify the main influences here: MC5, Sabbath, Hawkwind, in roughly equal measure. "Twin Earth" has an off-kilter rhythm, while "Dinosaur Vacuum" is built around a pretty standard guitar riff. "Cge Around The Sun" starts out as a weird acoustic thing, detours into a twangy sitar solo, and ends with an impossibly long scream. Nearly the entire album is drenched in a trebly haze of fuzz that makes wonder if your speakers or headphones are fucked up. Dave Wyndorf is as twisted as ever lyrically, but mostly shouts his lines like a demented, but totally hep, street poet. And on the blues cover "Evil (Is Goin' On)," he hams it up to an almost Glenn Danzig level. To be honest, Superj

CD: Savage - Hyperactive
From: hair metal again Date: May 26, 2020 at 10:04
excellent release for SAVAGE offering a strong guitar driven hard rock sound with fine melodic lines and songs like "hard on your heels","blind rage","cardiac"!all the basics are done in a satisfying way and overall a classic UK sound

CD: Picture - Traitor
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 24, 2020 at 1:59
Cool album with some cool songs in it..."Traitor" & "Right Now" are my fave ones...tracks # 4 & 5 also 🤘 . 86/100

CD: Picture - Eternal Dark
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 24, 2020 at 1:51
This is the band's greatest record for sure,solid songs all over."Eternal Dark" & "Griffons Guard The Gold" are the ones for me but tracks # 3,4,6,7 & 10 follow closely... recommended stuff...87/100 🤘🤘

CD: Picture - Heavy Metal Ears
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 24, 2020 at 1:45
Classic Heavy Metal act.. This second release offered great songs such as # 3,5,6,7,8 & 9.80/100 🤘

CD: Black Sabbath - Paranoid
From: hair metal again Date: May 19, 2020 at 12:56
probably the best SABBATH release that became a classic of rock music and from the first tunes you can realize the brilliance of their sound and especially those riffs that became their trademark!the musicianship is the finest,the songwriting is excellent and many classic songs are born!milestone of course

CD: Rage - Perfect Man
From: hair metal again Date: May 19, 2020 at 5:26
excellent release for RAGE that was probably the trademark of their career as it made some impact in the European metal scene back in the day!heavy,dark but extremely melodic lines with catchy songs and those unique Peavey vocals hooked me and i remember spinning it a lot!"wasteland","death in the afternoon","dont fear the winter","perfect man" are great songs indeed!

CD: Titan Force - Titan Force
From: hair metal again Date: May 16, 2020 at 8:22
excellent debut for TITAN FORCE ,a band that somehow has its own style mostly because of the unique way that the Tyrant sings in that band!the Flores bros are fine musicians and that shows easily from the first tunes!"toll of pain","chase your dreams" ,"fool on the run" and "master of disguise " are great songs indeed

CD: Rage - Reign Of Fear
From: hair metal again Date: May 15, 2020 at 9:55
very good power/speed metal release for RAGE with high speeds,dark lines and those howling vocals from Peavey that are their trademark!heavy riffs and many solos of course in this high energy debut with songs like "chaste the flesh","deceiver" and " scared to death" will satisfy every heavy metal fan

CD: Testament - Titans of Creation
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 8, 2020 at 12:47
In some ways, Titans Of Creation is as good an album as any Testament have done. All the ingredients are there, and the songs slam as hard as ever. On the other hand though, like the previous album, I'm finding that not many songs are really sticking with me. The riffs and especially Chuck's vocal patterns and mebbodies all seem very familiar. Plus, the lyrical themes are a little tired. Still singing about the Nightstalker and the Heaven's Gate suicide-by-applesauce cult. Old news, in other words. And there's no getting around it: this album is way too long. And so, my favorite Testament disc of all remains The Gathering—what a fucking monster that one is!

CD: Excalion - Waterlines
From: Leykis101 Date: April 23, 2020 at 2:39
This is my fav disc from these Finnish rockers, this was just a much more melodic and sturdy release, I was torn on the debut, I liked it, but it was like your sitting listening to this band, and you can hear all this potential and u just keep waiting for it to kick in, and they just never did, they more then made up for it on this disc, I love this album and you will to, so go find it and buy it.

CD: Machine Head - Unto The Locust
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 21, 2020 at 14:24
After fans and critics almost unanimously hailed Machine Head's last release, The Blackening as a long overdue return to form, the band followed it up with another album in a similar vein. Immediately noticeable is the length of the songs, with just seven tracks taking up almost 49 minutes. The Blackening also included some really long songs, but here Robb's ambitions are beginning to overrun his abilities a bit, like on the overlong intros to the first and last tracks. (My hard-and-fast rule is "no kids' choirs!") But this won't really be a problem until the next album Bloodstone And Diamonds. The only real clunker here is "Darkness Within," which is basically a Stone Sour ballad, Robb doing his best Corey Taylor "brooding guy" voice.

CD: Machine Head - The More Things Change...
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 21, 2020 at 14:10
... better than the next two releases, I meant. Fuckin' phone! But not as good as Burn My Eyes or late-period classics like The Blackening or Unto The Locust.

CD: Machine Head - The More Things Change...
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 21, 2020 at 14:06
1997 was such a bad year for metal in America that you would be forgiven if this album slipped by you. There was just no mainstream exposure kind of music at that time. Machine Head followed up their '94 debut with this aptly-named sophomore release, and while things have remained more or less the same, the overall songwriting quality has gone down a bit, which Robb Flynn attributes to heavy drinking and drug use. "TenTon Hammer" is an all-time classic from the band, though, with Robb's trademark ringing, chorus-drenched harmonic blaring through the verses like a car alarm, really giving the sense of urgency. Other good tracks include "Take My Scars," "Down to None" and "Blistering." Machine Head were much heavier than the nu-metal that was just beginning to take hold at the time, and had more in common with Pantera and Biohazard than Korn or Coal Chamber. This album is about mid-pack for Machine Head, as it's better ext two releases (or the last one, Catharsis, for that matter), but i

CD: Scanner - Ball Of The Damned
From: hair metal again Date: April 20, 2020 at 11:21
very good power metal release in the classic German way with fast tempos ,many solos and big vocals!SCANNER is a band that didnt alter their sound with the years and i really like that !the songwriting and musicianship is in a decent level and fans who like a traditional sound will be satisfied

CD: Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 13, 2020 at 14:33
... aforementioned bands and twist them to their own designs. Burn My Eyes ends up as one of the better metal releases of the mid-'90's, and the band's best work until The Blackening in 2007.

CD: Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 13, 2020 at 14:31
Machine Head are often seen as a successor to Pantera, coming out with a similarly thuggish style of post-thrash metal. And by their own admission, several of the bandmembers were little more than thugs themselves, dealing drugs and brawling in the streets of a rough town like Oakland. The music embodies that streetwise mentality, similar to Biohazard, although Machine Head are better musicians. Right away, Robb Flynn's guitar sound is unique in that he uses a fair amount of chorus (you can really hear it on that one harmonic note that has become his signature—see "None But My Own"). But his sound is thick and a little muddy, and doesn't have that razor-sharp tone like Dimebag Darrell. He's a decent singer, although not outstanding in either his bellow or his "normal" voice. The songs aim for Metallica-like complexity, which is sometimes beyond the band's grasp, but for the most part, this is a visceral, rage-fueled affair, and the band tries to take the best parts of the aforementione

CD: Scanner - Mental Reservation
From: hair metal again Date: April 11, 2020 at 10:17
very good power metal release for SCANNER that reminds me of a more serious HELLOWEEN keeping it oldschool as it can get in times when the sounds got heavier ,darker and mixed!typical release of the German scene without those annoying pomp euro metal vocals of the 90 s!"rubberman","conception of a cure" and "wrong lane society" are the highlights of that forgotten one!

CD: Black Label Society - Sonic Brew
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2020 at 17:39
As some may know, Sonic Brew was remixed (or "re-blended" as Zakk calls it, trading in his booze references for coffee, like every middle-aged badass) and re-released for its twentieth anniversary. The sound on the new version is only marginally cleaner than original, still with that bass sound that even Lemmy would have turned down a bit in mix. We're also offered an acoustic version of "Black Pearl" and, conversely, a full-band rendition of "Spoke In The Wheel," as bonus tracks.

CD: Secret Rule - The Key to the World
From: juan carlos Date: April 1, 2020 at 14:58
Average Melodic Symphonic Metal with Female Vocal, not my cup of tea, not my style. boring solos, ok production. 65/100

CD: B-Thong - From Strength to Strength
From: Leykis101 Date: March 26, 2020 at 8:29
Stefan Thuresson is back bringing his incredibly unique and mega heavy riffs once again, this time using a guitar tone and sound that can only be heard, because it cannot be described, you've never heard a guitar sound the way his does on this disc, one of a kind, and works to perfection, whats not on this CD? the legendary Tony Jelencovich, who split to start Transport League, in his place, a Vocalist that isnt even remotely anything like Tony, therefore, this albums content is not like prior B-Thong outings, but with Thuresson chugging out riffs, it sincerely almost makes whoever is singing basically inept, song structures are not Groove Metal, this is more like Heavy driving Metal, the songs fit the vocalist well, this is a good CD, but nothing like Skinned or Damage, so if you can set aside Tony is not on this, and it's not nearly as heavy, but Thuresson is every bit as innovative with the riffs as he ever was, then you'll find this CD absolutely awesome, because it really is.

CD: B-Thong - Skinned
From: Leykis101 Date: March 26, 2020 at 8:21
Featuring arguably the greatest voice in Groove Core\Hardcore\Death Metal, in history, Tony Jelencovich is about as distinct vocally as Phil Anselmo or Rob Flynn are, once you hear him, you'll never forget his voice, the greatest unknown metal singer out there, this debut by B-Thong is possibly one of the worst fuck ups in Groove Metal history, this came out really when there were only a handful of bands doing it, and these guys brought it hard, not sounding at all like any other band, even to this day, other then Tony, B-Thong had an axe wizard, our first exposure to the one of a kind shredder Stefan Thuresson, he's not a showman, what he is, is a riff machine, you'll be hard pressed to find a song on any of the 3 B-Thongs discs that do not center around a devastating riff, his style makes this band what it is, it's an injustice someone could play like him, and never be even mentioned in the metal circles, heavy as fuck, not as good as Damage, but absolutely needs to be heard!

CD: Rebel Meets Rebel - Rebel Meets Rebel
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 20, 2020 at 20:08
There's just something about hearing DAC yell, "Get outta my muthafuckin' life!" that makes me smile every time. And I still remember getting this disc in the mail when it was released, not having heard any of the songs before. I put it in my stereo, and when the rhythm kicked in on the first track, I just laughed out loud with pleasure.

CD: Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla
From: hair metal again Date: March 17, 2020 at 10:58
ok debut for JUDAS PRIEST ,not the one expected from their later on sound , as it is much slower and not so heavy !actually there s not even hints of their talent and only in songs like "cheater","one for the road" and "never satisfied" you ll find some quality!

CD: Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
From: Doug Date: March 9, 2020 at 16:19
Tracks 3 & 4 are my faves on this one.

CD: Anthrax - Anthems
From: Doug Date: March 9, 2020 at 16:17
I really like the cover of Smokin'.

CD: Judas Priest - Point of Entry
From: hair metal again Date: March 9, 2020 at 7:46
very good album once again for JUDAS PRIEST and as Doghouse states this one is more on the hard rock territory than heavy metal !the quality is here ,the vocals ,the guitar solos that marked their sound but the speed is gone and the songs are in a mid tempo hard rocking style !"heading out to the highway " is a classic and "desert plains",'hot rockin",'"dont go" are fine songs also!every PRIEST album is a must have

CD: Cronos - Rock 'N' Roll Disease
From: Leykis101 Date: March 9, 2020 at 6:26
This is my lord and saviors CD, you all should buy, and worship as I do, All Hail Black Flame Of Satan!!

CD: Coroner - Grin
From: Leykis101 Date: March 9, 2020 at 6:25
One of my favorite discs of all time, these guys are technicians much in the same way as Voivod noodled through their albums, this is the pinnacle album by these thrash wizards, about as Tech thrash as you can get, not a bad song on here.

CD: Rebel Meets Rebel - Rebel Meets Rebel
From: Leykis101 Date: March 9, 2020 at 6:07
David Allen Coe, Pantera, WTF this is the coolest shit ive heard, you just gotta hear it to believe it, its fucking awesome.

CD: Shock Box - Droppin the Bomb
From: Leykis101 Date: March 9, 2020 at 6:05
This CD is kind of bittersweet, they try to do rap metal, but its not that cool, the music is fucking balls deep heavy, and is the only reason this CD is kind of saved, but it is one of those discs you have to make your own assumption, I have a track from it on YouTube, on my channel, just search for it, I cant really recommend it though, sorry.

CD: Eden - Eden
From: Leykis101 Date: March 9, 2020 at 5:49
This originally came out like in 85 or 86, I had the casette, it was fucking awesome, Pound It Out is a legendary track, but the whole thing is just killer metal, thanks in part to the vocalist Michael Henry, who also sang for the metal band Armed Forces, he was a true metal head(r.i.p) I'm glad this got a CD release, hopefully people will check it out, as it's pretty killer.

CD: Black Label Society - Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live!!
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 2, 2020 at 20:13
The other one is from 2005 and is called something like "The European Invasion: Doomtroopin' Live." This one obviously features more emphasis on songs from The Blessed Hellride and Mafia. If I recall, most of this was recorded in Paris, with the extra four (redundant) tracks from London. Many of theseversions are extended well beyond their original lengths with drawn-out guitar jams that really begin to feel repetitive and aimless as the show wears on. Leading into "Spoke In The Wheel," Zakk noodles for about ten minutes on his acoustic guitar, sometimes playing whole or almost whole songs ("Mama, I'm Comin' Home") without vocals, and sometimes playing nothing in particular for minutes on end. This makes the disc kind of disappointing overall. At this point, Zakk was beginning to seem like a bit of a joke, and his singing, never his strong point, was really suffering. He pretty much just yelled over a muddy mix the entire time.

CD: Black Label Society - Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live!!
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 2, 2020 at 19:59
Two other live offerings from BLINDS that don't appear on this site, probably because they're DVD's and not released as standalone audio: Boozed, Broozed and Broken-Boned (2003) was recorded at Harpo's in Detroit, if I recall, on a night when the BLINDS faithful drank the place dry. This one features a similar setlist to Alcohol Fueled Brewtality, with blocks of songs flowing into each other in the same way, but with a few tunes from 1919 Eternal, and also "Spoke In The Wheel." The downside is that Zakk babbles drunkenly and profanely, and worst of all, not humorously between some songs. I guess this seemed cool when we were all younger, but in hindsight, he just sounds dumb.

CD: Testament - Practice What You Preach
From: hair metal again Date: February 4, 2020 at 19:56
a classic release for thrash metal by TESTAMENT,flawless from start to finishwith those big riffs,solid rhythm section and those vocals by Chuckthat really stick to your mind!"practiice what you preach","the ballad" ,"sins of omission" and "perilous nation" are great thrash songs !

CD: Armored Saint - Symbol Of Salvation
From: Metal T Date: December 24, 2019 at 9:21
Always liked the band,but could never stand the singer-the vox & delivery of one John Bush were always the dealbreaker for me.

CD: Angel Witch - Frontal Assault
From: hair metal again Date: December 14, 2019 at 7:33
excellent heavy metal releasefor ANGEL WITCH in the mid 80 s going a bit more commercial at times and i really dig that one ,as they manage to be heavy at the same time!the riffs are there .the songwriting is very good indeed with tunes like "something wrong","dream world" and "she dont lie" !recommended

CD: Athena - Inside, The Moon
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 12, 2019 at 19:55
This debut dulls compared with the project's second release which put them in a higher level.The Dream Theater sticker is very remarkable and they continued in next releases.Tracks # 2,3 & 6 are acceptable ones.60/100 :-)

CD: Kreator - Past Life Trauma (1985-1992)
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 12, 2019 at 19:48
A solid compilation of a classic Thrash act...tracks # 1,3,5,6,7, 8(my complete fave in here),9,10,11,13,14,16 & 17 are just great head banging cuts.85/100 :-)

CD: Edguy - Vain Glory Opera
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 6, 2019 at 2:58
Cool follower of their debut...tracks # 4(nice),6,7,10 & 11 are the ones for me.75/100

CD: Fates Warning - Disconnected
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 6, 2019 at 2:38
The previous rate says it al (45/100)...the highlight in here is "Pieces of Me"...tracks # 2 & 3 perhaps...dull release to be honest but it's Fates if you know what i mean.70/100

CD: Fates Warning - Inside Out
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 6, 2019 at 2:34
Decent album being tracks # 1,2,4,7,9 & 10 the ones for me...75/100

CD: Fates Warning - Parallels
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 6, 2019 at 2:32
One of the band's best releases as it contains two brutal songs in the shape of "Point of View" & "Don't Follow Me"...some other fine moments are tracks # 2,3 & 8...enjoyable stuff...83/100

CD: Edguy - Kingdom Of Madness
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 26, 2019 at 2:37
Good debut 4 sure showing the potential of Tobias & C.o.for what they have become right now.Tracks # 1,3,6,7(♥,8 & 9 are mine.80/100

CD: Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 26, 2019 at 2:30
This act has been the influence of many nowadays popular Prog Metal groups but they haven't achieved the status necessary to be considered as one as well.Here you have good songs in the shape of #2,5(nice),6,7 & 8...cool release...70/100. :-)

CD: Elegy - Labyrinth of Dreams
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 26, 2019 at 2:23
Decent debut of a band that has growth since then...underrated nowadays :-( ...# 2,3,6,9 & 10 are in my book of music.75/100

CD: White Skull - Embittered
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 26, 2019 at 2:18
Decent Power Metal album with a frontwoman who sounds like a wild mix of Ann Boleyn(Hellion)& Blackie Lawless(WASP) :-) ...my fave cuts in here are # 1,4,6,7 (good cover of the "one hit wonder" band 4 Non Blondes),8,10 & 11...my rate for this one is 75/100.

CD: Creed - Human Clay
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 14, 2019 at 4:54
If it were possible to become even more oversaturated, Creed did so with their second album. My Own Prison was mostly a rock phenomenon, but with Human Clay, they became crossover sensations. "Higher" and 'With Arms Wide Open" were huge pop hits. It's not like they changed their sound all that much - it's the same generally slow-paced, unbelievably self-serious second-generation grunge as it was on the first album. The hooks are sharper and the melodies a little more uplifting. The nadir comes in the form of "With Arms Wide Open," a maudlin ballad for Stapp's son, that he actually sang to him in the delivery room. Unspeakably lame, in other words. Again, there was that feeling that Creed-mania wasn't real: they were everywhere, but no one seemed to like them.

CD: Creed - My Own Prison
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 14, 2019 at 4:22
Upon hitting radio in the fall of 1997, Creed almost immediately became overexposed. They quickly replaced Live for the most overrated, undeserving band to be heard every hour on rock radio. Scott Stapp was a blatant Vedder/Weiland clone, and the band came off as laughably earnest, in a sea of overly earnest alt-rock bands. Being completely fair, Creed were not without talent. By '97 mainstream rock standards, some of the deep cuts, like 'Unforgiven" are quite heavy, and Stapp does have a strong voice, as bland and derivative as his sound is. Of the four overplayed singles, "Torn" is the best. A big part of the problem, aside from their glaringly unoriginal sound, was that I, and many others, felt like this band was being pushed on us. I never knew anyone who would admit to thinking they were more than just okay, but they were inescapable almost from the word go. Twenty years on, this is tolerable in small doses, but is useful mostly as a relicc from my senior year of high school.

CD: Gamma Ray - Sigh No More
From: hair metal again Date: September 10, 2019 at 14:40
excellent 2nd step for GAMMA RAY and the band seems to enjoy its updated commercial metal sound ,with a great performance,great vocals & solos!all the songs are fine and after so many years still enjoying spinning it

CD: Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell
From: Doug Date: July 16, 2019 at 15:42
"Live Now!" is a great tune, the rest it's okay, IMO.

CD: Crowbar - Odd Fellows Rest
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 10, 2019 at 2:41
Crowbar have been incredibly consistent throughout their career, maybe with the exception of their very first album. From the self-titled sophomore disc on, they've been money if you dig their sound. And 'sludge' is the perfect descriptor. It's thick, it's dirty, it's toxic, it's slow-flowing, and it's unstoppable. Still, Odd Fellows Rest rises abov the murk as one of their better albums. The production is only serviceable, not like the crystal-clear-but-granite-heavy sound on the most recent albums, but it works. Kirk actually sings on tracks like 'Planets Collide' and'Behind The Black Horizon,' in a morose, throaty tone, gruff but melodic. 'New Man Born' has a cool, cowbell(!)-clanging slow groove. And the title track is just one tripped-out piece, clean guitars drenched in flanger and delay, just tha topening chord will make your stomach lurch. And the cover art - what a killer T-shirt!

CD: Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
From: Doug Date: July 9, 2019 at 21:33
IMO, the album that started their greatness.

CD: Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons
From: Doug Date: July 9, 2019 at 21:31
I really like this album.

CD: Black Sabbath - Sabotage
From: Doug Date: July 9, 2019 at 21:29
I'm one of those guys that preferred Ronnie James Dio than Ozzy; I like Ozzy the soloist. This album has it moments, though....

CD: Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog
From: hair metal again Date: June 23, 2019 at 9:40
very good release for ALICE IN CHAINS ,somewhere between the previous 2 ,with a clear polished massive sound and some good songs here and there like 'the one you know','red giant' and 'so far under'!Rainier Fog will satisfy all fans but wont drive you crazy

CD: Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
From: hair metal again Date: June 21, 2019 at 8:35
this isprobably the weaker ALICE IN CHAINS release ,mostly because of the songs are so consistent and memorable with no interesting hooks!the sound is here,the musicianship and the production are excellent but somehow that release miss the spot!'the devil put dinosaurs here','stone' are the highlights

CD: Alice In Chains - Jar Of Flies
From: hair metal again Date: June 20, 2019 at 4:36
pretty good release for ALICE IN CHAINS ,maybe too much in a few years though!mostly semi acoustic tunes in their usual style & quality with 'nutshell' stealing the show

CD: Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue
From: hair metal again Date: June 16, 2019 at 5:33
fantastic release for ALICE IN CHAINS keeping their sound & identity while doing a dangerous come back!excellent production &musicianship that shows how talented is Jerry Cantrell ,while the songs are very well planned and performed!'last of my kind','a looking in view','private hell' and 'black gives way to blue' are great songs indeed!highly recommended didnt expected it to be so good

CD: Manowar - The Triumph of Steel
From: hair metal again Date: June 10, 2019 at 9:43
pretty good release for MANOWAR and i must add that this tour was the first time i saw them live and i can remember they were quite electric !typical MANOWAR stuff with some fine songs like 'metal warriors' and 'spirit horse of the cherokee'! good stuff

CD: Edguy - Rocket Ride
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 7, 2019 at 23:00
Cool album of a band that is becoming bigger and bigger record after record.Tracks # 1,2;3 & 5 among others are my faves.85/100 :-)

CD: Manowar - Kings of Metal
From: hair metal again Date: June 7, 2019 at 9:14
pretty good album for MANOWAR ,but somehow below expectations as most of the bands released 'big' albums at the moment!the sound is heavy,raw with many fast songs and those unique vocals of Eric stealing the show once again ,but i d like to see more anthemic choruses !'kings of metal' and 'heart of steel ' are the highlights

CD: Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains
From: hair metal again Date: June 6, 2019 at 4:09
excellent release once again for ALICE IN CHAINS ,much darker and mellower almost sounds like an epitaph !the quality of music is very fine and the vibe that is created is thrilling!'sludge factory','head creeps' and 'grind' are very good songs

CD: Alice In Chains - Sap
From: hair metal again Date: May 29, 2019 at 6:08
fantastic acoustic ep by the mighty ALICE IN CHAINS with only 4 songs but with a great performing,songwriting and as always a fine groovy vibe!bought it back in the day and i was instantly hooked

CD: Manowar - Fighting the World
From: hair metal again Date: May 28, 2019 at 10:18
excellent release for MANOWAR in a clear commercial path with some anthemic songs that could get some airplay back in the day like 'blow your speakers','fighting the world' and 'carry on'!the rest is ok stuff ,typical i d say and overall an enjoyable metal release

CD: Soundtracks - Dee Snider's Strangeland
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 25, 2019 at 15:08
... ECW Extreme Wrestling compilation, to make up his weekly playlist. Interestingly, the show was called 'For Rockers Only,' and both the promos and the show itself carefully avoided use of the word 'metal,' opting instead for 'heavy rock.' If you go on YouTube and search for a channel called 'Dusty Old Tapes,' I posted a few old episodes that I had recorded. (No, I was NOT the host.)

CD: Soundtracks - Dee Snider's Strangeland
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 25, 2019 at 15:04
of the new songs, Sevendust's 'Breathe' is disappointing and not very catchy, and it's easy to see why it didn't make their first album. Snot's 'Absent' is a bit more ferocious than much of the material on their lone disc. The version of 'Not Living' by Coal Chamber is much more raw and agressive than the one that would appear on the next year's Chamber Music. 'I'm The Man' is the most 'rock 'n' roll' song off Nashville Pussy's debut and is thus a highlight, as is the vicious 'Eye For An Eye,' also found on their debut. The two Twisted Sister covers are just kinda 'there,' the (hed)P.E. track is rap-rock nonsense, and Bile's 'In league' is grimy, repetitive industrial metal. As a whole, this disc takes me back to my freshman year of college, which I've begun to view with some fondness although it was actually a pretty unhappy time. The local AOR station had a metal show late on Saturday nights, and the host relied heavily on this soundtrack, as well as the one from Chucky 4, and the EC

CD: Soundtracks - Dee Snider's Strangeland
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 25, 2019 at 14:56
I don't see what most songs have to do with the movie itself, but I remember Dee at the time saying he wanted the soundtrack to be a vehicle to promote metal. As such, this disc was, and still is, a nice sampler of where American metal was at in 1998. Remember, this was when nu-metal was just beginning to go mainstream. Wimp-rock bands like Semisonic, Marcy Playground, and Third Eye Blind ruled the airwaves, along with grunge-lite like Creed and Live. So here we have tracks by Anthrax, Megadeth, Pantera and Marilyn Manson that were available elsewhere, along with some B-sides from up-and-comers like Sevendust, Snot, Coal Chamber and System Of A Down. There's even an album track from Kid Rock, still mostly unknown but soon to be inescapable. The big attraction for old-schoolers is the new Twisted Sister song, which is anthemic and fist-pumping as you would expect, but sounds a bit dated in its surroundings (unlike Dee's solo song at the other end of the disc, which is right at home).

CD: Alice In Chains - Dirt
From: hair metal again Date: May 21, 2019 at 13:42
excellent 2nd step for ALICE IN CHAINS and the absolut success for them as it got the 4 platinum status and they became a global act!David Jerden did once more a great job and Wayne s gwriting became even mellower and darker but somehow commercial at the same time!big hits like 'would','rooster','down in a hole' and overall a classic

CD: Spitfire - First Attack
From: hair metal again Date: May 17, 2019 at 3:27
pretty good debut for SPITFIRE that could be better with another singer ,as his accent isnt the best around!classic metal/hard rock sound with remarkable guitar work and some good songs like 'lead me on','whispers' and 'walk alone'!

CD: Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos
From: hair metal again Date: May 15, 2019 at 3:01
excellent release once again for the mighty DREAM THEATER ,always faithful to their sound ,approach and the most important in the same high level in terms of musicianship and songwriting!every tune stands out and the songs are well structured and performed!brilliant

CD: Manowar - Sign of the Hammer
From: hair metal again Date: May 11, 2019 at 8:26
excellent release and kinda of unique that set MANOWAR as pioneers of what we call epic metal!every tune sounds so fresh and true and the music sounds flawless !'mountains' is a great song and so are 'all men play on ten','guyana' and 'thor'!essential for heavy metal fans

CD: Jag Panzer - Dissident Alliance
From: hair metal again Date: May 9, 2019 at 13:55
very poor release for JAG PANZER choosing a much heavier direction ,but the songs are quite strange ,the voice very bad and the only thing that stands is the great guitar work!avoid

CD: Anthrax - The Greater Of Two Evils
From: CC Date: May 8, 2019 at 5:34
It's ok, and nice to hear Bush doing the classics but in no shape of form are any of these songs better than the originals. Turbin, Belladonna and Bush all had very different vocal styles which is the main reason why the albums they sung on are so different. Belladonna for instance was probably the better actual singer of the three (and my favourite too) yet when he sang songs like Metal thrashing mad live, it never quite sounded right. This being a studio recording helps, but as I said before, the originals are still better.

CD: Alice In Chains - Facelift
From: hair metal again Date: May 7, 2019 at 4:20
excellent debut for ALICE IN CHAINS ,a band that somehow started as GNR wannabees but quickly shaped their sound and attitude and as Doghouse states managed to create something new and fresh !me personally i was instantly hooked by their groove and bought the vinyl and spinned it a lot !it was a great era buying both hair metal ones and such releases together

CD: Manowar - Hail to England
From: hair metal again Date: May 2, 2019 at 11:26
unique vibe & metal attitude by MANOWAR back in 84 that set em as pioneers of epic metal!strong vocals ,intense bass lines and anthemic epic choruses and also a classic artwork!'blood of my enemies','each dawn i die','army of immortals ' are classics indeed

CD: Anthrax - Fistful of Metal
From: CC Date: May 1, 2019 at 19:29
Anthrax are more famous for their albums with Joey on vocals and then with John replacing him, but Neil kinda gets forgotten due to it being a one and done as far as albums go. Musically this is a vastly different album to the Joey albums, and is actually kinda more of a NWOBHM sounding album than a thrash album. In many ways the change from this to the likes of Spreading the disease reminds me of the change of style from the Dianno era Maiden to Dickinson. There are some good songs on this one though, but anyone buying it that has never heard it before should at least be aware that this is not the Anthrax they are used to.

CD: Anthrax - State of Euphoria
From: CC Date: May 1, 2019 at 5:34
My first Anthrax album and still my favourite. Some great songs such as their cover of Antisocial, Now its dark, Be all end all, Out of sight out of mind and Make me laugh. Really do not get why this gets so much hate.

CD: Dream Theater - Octavarium
From: hair metal again Date: April 24, 2019 at 8:50
very good release once again by the mighty DREAM THEATER , in their usual prog metal path with strong melodic lines and amazing musicianship!those elements are present but the hooks and the songs could be better !great band but they just cant reach the heights of the 90s

CD: Dream Theater - Train of Thought
From: hair metal again Date: April 20, 2019 at 7:14
excellent release once again by the mighty DREAM THEATER with its sound being near the Metropolis but even more darker and mellower!the musicianship and production is as expected in the highest level and all DT fans should be happy!cant go wrong with those guys

CD: Manowar - Battle Hymns
From: hair metal again Date: April 15, 2019 at 6:01
very good debut for MANOWAR showing that they re unique in what they do and as i read before they liked pushing things to the extreme!raw and plain in musicianship ,it makes the perfect sound to Eric Adams to introduce himself to the masses!some classics here like 'battle hymn' and 'metal daze'

CD: Icarus Witch - Rise
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 14, 2019 at 15:12
The on-again off-again Icarus Witch are on again, with two members from the Songs For The Lost lineup (the only other disc I own from the band). I remember reading that Quinn Lukas had put the band on hold while he completed his degree in mortuary studies. Anyway, I keep thinking Christopher Shaner was in at least one other band whose name we would recognize, but can't think who offhand (want to say it was not a traditional metal band like IW). On Rise, the sound is a bit more modern, a little more commercial, although the band's roots are still clearly in the '80's. It's almost like they're making a muted attempt to get on the radio ('New Revolution' is a big anthem), but it obviously didn't happen. Nothing wrong with the songs or the performances, and Shaner is actually an upgrade over Matthew Bizilia, but ... I dunno, they sound like what they are: a fairly nondescript, Rust Belt power-metal band. They're just kinda 'there.'

CD: Icarus Witch - Songs For The Lost
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 14, 2019 at 14:55
Pittsburgh's Icarus Witch have gone through a lot of lineup and style changes over the years, but are best known as a meat-and-potatoes American power-metal band. That's the sound you get on Songs For The Lost. I hear a lot of Metal Church (Mike Howe and Ronny Munro eras), and maybe bands like Leatherwolf. Too heavy to be pop-metal, yet generally tooo slow to be thrash. The production is crisp and modern, but the music is pretty '80's. This is the sort of band who doesn't find anything cheesy about doing a song based on an Edgar Allan Poe story. 'Mirror Mirror' is a Def Leppard cover (ever notice how few of those there are?). This is a perfectly adequate band and CD, but I can't say a lot of it stuck with me.

CD: Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons
From: hair metal again Date: April 11, 2019 at 5:54
yes that song is pretty good ,but the rest of the covers is totally useless!the DREAM THEATER quality is here,the musicianship is excellent and the production is very very good!recommended just for the DM song

CD: UDO - Holy
From: hair metal again Date: March 29, 2019 at 7:05
another good one for U.D.O. in his own heavy metal path ,always straight ,raw,guitar driven and anthemic!never disappoints ,always delivering the goods for so many years !

CD: UDO - Decadent
From: hair metal again Date: March 28, 2019 at 6:23
very good release as usual for U.D.O. with a fine clear production ,remarkable guitar work by that duo and strong songs that will satisfy all fans!'speeder','house of fake','untouchable' are the highlights and overall its a good havit to have a new U.D.O. release every 2 or 3 years,as he always delivers

CD: Slipknot - Slipknot
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 27, 2019 at 22:16
Back then, Shawn Crahan was the chief spokesman for the band, a role that has since regrettably fallen to Corey Taylor. He's always shooting hiss mouth off about this, that or the other, and I've attempted to read a couple of his books. Even when I agree with him, he comes off as a blowhard who isn't nearly as clever as he thinks (in both the 'smart' and 'funny' senses of the word). A lot of his lyrics on this album are some of the most ridiculous, phony-tough-guy drivel, and he is an average singer at best, as Stone Sour has made abundantly clear. But there are moments when he sounds truly unhinged, and in the right mood, this can be affecting and cathartic. So yeah, a good disc for what it is, and quite a shock at the time of its release. You can't blame mainstream listeners, who weren't steeped in extreme metal, for thinking Slipknot were the heaviest band on earth.

CD: Slipknot - Slipknot
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 27, 2019 at 22:01
Albert Mudrian dedicates quite a long passage in his book 'Choosing Death' to arguing that Slipknot qualifies as death metal. Maybe that's partly because the band helped him sell a lot of copies of Decibel magazine? You would never confuse them with Immolation, despite Paul Gray's tattoo. The hidden track 'Eeyore' is about the closest they get. Still, there's just a palpable sense that 'something is wrong with these people,' that I just never got from any other nu-metal band. More than one profile at the time took the angle of 'there's something seriously wrong in the heartland,' and you definitely get that sense listening to this album (recorded in California, not some dank basement in Iowa). There are some cool riffs buried in all the weird noise, but Joey Jordison commands a lot of attention.

CD: UDO - Steel Hammer - Live From Moscow
From: hair metal again Date: March 26, 2019 at 14:56
very good live performance for U.D.O. presenting a very solid lineup and the expected amount of energy on stage!the songs sound great and i m very satisfied that he chooses from all his discography!recommended for fans

CD: UDO - Mastercutor
From: hair metal again Date: March 26, 2019 at 6:23
yeap Rick is right here and for U.D.O. is so easy to do explosive heavy metal music!once again you know what you get with those monster riffs ,anthemic songs and these unique rough vocals!'the wrong side of midnight','walker of the dark' and 'vendetta' are the highlights!

CD: UDO - Man And Machine
From: hair metal again Date: March 22, 2019 at 13:07
very good release once again for U.D.O. as usual !same style ,same thing ,same quality with a better production this time than the recent ones and maybe a slightly more commercial edge on songs like 'dancing with an angel','silent cry','like a lion' ,but also many rockers like 'man and machine','unknown traveller','network nightmare ' and 'hard to be honest'!recommended

CD: UDO - Solid
From: hair metal again Date: March 21, 2019 at 2:45
very good release for U.D.O. once again in his own classic style with those rough vocals and guitar driven anthemic heavy metal songs!i d say that U.D.O. s music is money in the bank and you know what you gonna get always!highlights are 'two faced woman','the punisher','preachers of the night' and 'the healer'

CD: UDO - Timebomb
From: hair metal again Date: March 19, 2019 at 14:17
pretty good release for U.D.O. changing their sound towards a heavier direction that reminds me of JUDAS PRIEST s Painkiller release!heavy,raw ,strong with howling vocals and guitars ,but the songs should be better especially in the choruses!Timebomb overall a good release but somehow it seems it was made in a rush!

CD: UDO - Faceless World
From: hair metal again Date: March 18, 2019 at 4:15
a def masterpiece for U.D.O. back in 90 with a fine commercial heavy sound ,strong songs and an amazing performance by Mathias Dieth one of the best of the genre!All the songs are excellent and i was lucky enough to buy that vinyl just when it was out and spinned it many times!essential

CD: UDO - Mean Machine
From: hair metal again Date: March 12, 2019 at 2:28
first real solo release for U.D.O. and as expected an excellent one with Matthias shining with his shreding !anthemic songs,howling guitars and a great performance is offered here with highlights being the 'painted love','don t look back','sweet little child' and 'we re history'

CD: Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events
From: hair metal again Date: February 20, 2019 at 9:18
pretty good release for the mighty DREAM THEATER somehow returning to their 90 s sound and that shows also from the artwork!the result is ok but not outstanding mostly because of the songwriting as most of the songs dont offer big &memorable choruses !'far from heaven','beneath the surface' and 'on the backs of angels ' are the highlights for a release that will satisfy die hard fans especially with the level of musicianship

CD: Huntress - Starbound Beast
From: Doug Date: February 13, 2019 at 16:27
There is a bonus track on this one not listed above. Priest's 'Running Wild.' They do a great job on it. I also like tracks 2 and 4.

CD: Armored Saint - Symbol Of Salvation
From: hair metal again Date: February 7, 2019 at 10:58
very good release for ARMORED SAINT with a slightly updated sound &approach but without losing their trademard with great guitar riffs and howling vocals!'reign of fear','last train home' ,'dropping like flies' and 'symbol of salvation' are the highlights!

CD: Lizzy Borden - Master of Disguise
From: hair metal again Date: January 31, 2019 at 5:29
sensational release for LIZZY BORDEN with a unique vibe somewhere between heavy metal&hard rock and overall creating a concept without the cliches!i believe that Lizzy reached his heights with this one and imho it remains fresh &flawless after so many years and still remember the moment i put that vinyl on the decks back in the day!essential

CD: Evergrey - The Atlantic
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 30, 2019 at 16:21
Also, no piano ballads. There's not a 'Closure' or a 'Missing You' to be found here, for better or worse.

CD: Evergrey - The Atlantic
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 30, 2019 at 16:19
The album itself is somewhat shorter than the last couple (only nine songs and a short instrumental, and only one song ('A Silent Arc') goes past seven minutes, the album itself right around 54 minutes. I thought the last couple dragged on a bit too long, particularly Hymns For The Broken. Nothing is as simplistic as the stuff on Monday Morning Apocalypse (which I enjoyed, but I know many hated it), but the songs are still fairly easy to engage with. Nothing is as immediate as 'Distance' off the last album (my favorite Evergrey song of all time), but highlights are 'A Silent Arc,' 'Weightless,' 'Currents' and 'Departure.'

CD: Evergrey - The Atlantic
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 30, 2019 at 16:13
To hear Tom tell it, The Atlantic is the last installment of a thematic trilogy about some shit going on in his personal life, this time out using an ocean voyage as a metaphor for leaving his wife(?) ... This is the heaviest we've heard from Evergrey in a while, and though it's not as 'busy' as the early albums, it's also proggier than we've heard in quite some time. There are some seriously grinding riffs here, like on 'Weightless' and 'A Secret Atlantis,' while songs like 'A Silent Arc' and 'Departure' throw a lot of different parts at you. As I've mentioned before, Evergrey is the power-prog band for people (like me) who normally hate power-prog. The heaviness of the music and the emotional weight, along with the themes of inner turmoil are a far cry from the typical gnomes-dancing-in-the-forest garbage like Rhapsody or Blind Guardian. Despite the volume, the atmosphere is one of late nights, dim lights, cold wind and hushed voices.

CD: Primal Fear - Apocalypse
From: hair metal again Date: January 10, 2019 at 5:03
excellent heavy metal release for PRIMAL FEAR with a massive guitar driven sound and production and songs that dont lack anything!somehow PRIMAL FEAR are an all star band with musicians of the highest level and very experienced and that shows ,as everything is performed in a fine way!'the ritual','hail to the fear','hounds of justice' are the highlights of that great heavy metal release

CD: Armored Saint - Raising Fear
From: hair metal again Date: January 2, 2019 at 12:17
excellent release once again for the SAINT in their classic way with great riffs and those passionate vocals by John !'human vulture','out on a limb' and 'isolation ' are great songs indeed!

CD: Armored Saint - Delirious Nomad
From: hair metal again Date: December 27, 2018 at 2:53
excellent oldschool heavy metal release for ARMORED SAINT under the valuable Max Norman s guidance ,delivering a commercial metal sound that i really dig!sensational vocals ,exceptional guitar work and great songs are offered like 'nervous man','long before i die' !a classic of the metal scene

CD: Hittman - Vivas Machina
From: hair metal again Date: December 14, 2018 at 3:33
very good release for HITTMAN back in 93 doing a clear commercial change ,even though they stated they didnt !!!!!!!anyway Vivas Machina is a great one with their sound being close to QUEENRYCHE s and maybe a little bit of EXTREME s more serious moments!it s a pity this album got overlooked by fans and unfortunately from the band also

CD: Morbid Angel - Blessed Are the Sick
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 1, 2018 at 23:42
More or less in the same line of previous releases but a more consistent though...tracks # 2,8,10,12 & 13 are the ones for me and surely for many others.70/100

CD: Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 1, 2018 at 23:38
Cool and cult album by the legendary M.A....some good Death Metal songs in tracks # 4,5,6,8,10,11 & 12...if you are into this sound then this can be an essential one for you to have.70/100

CD: Cradle of Filth - Midian
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 25, 2018 at 19:29
Not as good as the previous one but keeping the same catchy formula of featuring 'commercial' Black Metal thing all up.Tracks # 2,3,5,8,10 & 11 are the ones selected as faves.75/100 :-)

CD: Crematory - Illusions
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 25, 2018 at 19:25
Killer album of Gothic/Doom Metal...a raw one but with a seasoning.Tracks # 3,4,5,6,8,9 & 10 are going directly to my book of metal music eyes closed.85/100 :-)

CD: Sonata Arctica - Reckoning Night
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 25, 2018 at 19:21
Typical songs of the act in here...nothing new under the stars but to be honest is a quite pleasant release...tracks # 1,3,4,5,6,8 & 9 are mine.70/100 :-)

CD: Witchfinder General - Friends of Hell
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 25, 2018 at 19:17
A band that deserved more but with a little did quite a fuss in the Doom community back then.The songs for me are # 1,2,3 & 7(nice acoustic).If you are into early Black Sabbath,Saint Vitus,Solitude Aeturnus or Candlemass (just to name a few)then you must listen to this act out.60/100 :-)

CD: Motorhead - Iron Fist
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 25, 2018 at 19:00
After that fantastic live album came this 'Iron Fist' one.An album that continued with the same sound formula of making music as only Lemmy knew how to do.My fave song is the one that gives the title to the record...some other fine moments are # 2,3,6,8,9,10 & 12...enjoyable stuff as usual...80/100 :-)

CD: Soilwork - Natural Born Chaos
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 11, 2018 at 17:40
Something of a breakthrough release for Soilwork, as the keyboards are more prominent than ever, and Speed really comes into his own--dude can straight-up sing! At the same time, the riffs are still fast and heavy, the solos blistering, and plenty of aggressive vocals (mostly more of a thrashy shout, but with smatterings of deeper death growls). The guitars have a fuller sound, not as trebly as on earlier albums. Where In Flames really tarnished their legacy by turning into the Gothenburg version of Disturbed or something, Soilwork managed to evolve with their integrity pretty much intact. The band's grasp of English is still unreliable, as a lot of the lyrics are nearly nonsensical; I have no idea what a mercury shadow is, nor a black star deceiver, but they sound cool, dammit! Anyway, to me, Natural Born Chaos is one of Soilwork's best albums, if not THE best, and shows off everything they do.

CD: Slipknot - Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 29, 2018 at 17:31
The popular criticism of Vol. 3 is that Corey Taylor polluted the songwriting with the more mainstream sounds from his other band. And that's a valid complaint: 'Vermilion, Pt. 2' is a Stone Sour ballad in the style of 'Bother.' Several other songs seem more toned-down and straightforward, from a band who built their reputation on being over the top and out of their heads. Or maybe we were all just getting used to them by 2004, as even the more typical Slipknot ragers didn't pack the same shock and awe as earlier songs. It's hard not to see Vol. 3 as somewhat disappointing on the whole. Definitely a better album than All Hope Is Lost, but for me, the self-titled and Iowa are where it's at for this band.

CD: Angra - Fireworks
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 20, 2018 at 18:59
A decent album of a band that nowadays has lost that popularity of the past...well this release contains good cuts in the shape of # 1,4,5(my fave),8,9,10 & 11...enjoyable to say the least...83/100

CD: Metallica - Death Magnetic
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 13, 2018 at 19:57
Ummm...supposedly to be a 'back to old school Thrash' but it did not do the job at all...'Cyanide' is by far the best cut...tracks # 4,7 & 8 are also kinda good ones...nothing outta the extraordinaire to be honest...just another Metallica release.80/100.

CD: Exciter - Heavy Metal Manaic
From: hair metal again Date: October 8, 2018 at 5:09
classic debut for EXCITER back in 83,raw,strong ,heavy but imho not their best and certainly nothing blowminding!i respect that it is considered a cult release ,but i prefer their late 80 s ones!essential if you like speed music

CD: Grave Digger - Excalibur
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 7, 2018 at 21:53
A brilliant release that contains,i dare to say,one of the best songs ever recorded by the band and that comes in the shape of 'Excalibur'...some other fine moments of pure Epic European Poerr Metal are # 4,5,8,9,10 & 12...recommended eyes closed!...85/100 :-)

CD: Overkill - Bloodletting
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 7, 2018 at 21:48
A typical Overkill album with a** kickin'songs all over...# 1,2,3,6,7,8,9 & 10 are the ones that go into my book of HM...enjoyable stuff.80/100

CD: Kamelot - Karma
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 4, 2018 at 19:46
A catchy Power Metal album!...tracks # 2,3,4,5(nice)are basically hymns of the band...track # 11 is also in my book of songs.86/100 :-)

CD: HellYeah - Blood For Blood
From: Doug Date: September 4, 2018 at 16:44
Listening to this today, man what a cool song, 'Moth' is.

CD: Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica
From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 29, 2018 at 22:15
A wonderful debut!!!...an album with plenty of catchy Power Metal songs all over it...tracks # 2,4,5,6 & 8 are my fave ones...simply recommended...88/100 :-)

CD: Rob Zombie - The Best of Rob Zombie - 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 26, 2018 at 22:13
A skimpy compilations, as alll these '20th Century Masters' are. My interest in Zombie pretty much ended with the Sinister Urge, so most of the best stuff is here, although songs like 'Electric Head Pt. II' and 'Demon Speeding' are missed. But who cares, really? I have the original albums, and rarely listen anymore except La Sexorcisto.

CD: Anvil - Pounding The Pavement
From: Doug Date: July 30, 2018 at 16:15
We all know the fabled story of Anvil. Personally, I've never had much opportunity to listen to much of their catalog. Picked this up the other day. Not bad, kind of a poor man's Motorhead, IMHO.

CD: Jag Panzer - Thane to the Throne
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 28, 2018 at 21:21
A very solid album in here...this legendary band always breaks it through thick and thin pretty much.'King At A Price' is by far the best cut...some other fine moments are # 1,3,6,8,9(lml),11(lml),13,15 & 17 (nice)...recommedeable stuff...85/100 :-)

CD: Stratovarius - Twilight Time
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 28, 2018 at 21:14
Cool album...not one of their best but acceptable though...cuts # 1,2,5 & 7 are the ones for me.70/100 :-)

CD: Judas Priest - Firepower
From: hair metal again Date: July 18, 2018 at 9:48
very very good new release for the mighty JUDAS PRIEST and all the fans will be satisfied by their energy,quality and performing after so many years around!in general it reminds me of the Painkillers days but without the perfect production and the outstanding songwriting!'firepower','spectre','evil never dies' are the highlights

CD: Judas Priest - Metal Works '73-'93
From: hair metal again Date: July 10, 2018 at 4:54
fantastic collection for JUDAS PRIEST and a great introduction to their music!so many classics,so much energy ,howling guitars & vocals , i guess heavy metal cannot get any better!essential

CD: Hittman - Hittman
From: hair metal again Date: July 9, 2018 at 10:31
superb debut for HITTMAN back in 88 that i had the pleasure of buying back in the day and enjoy it much!heavy metal music at its best with great songs ,riffs ,howling solos and the most important not big boring songs!all the songs are catchy ,with big choruses that keep the interest!essential

CD: Godsmack - When Legends Rise
From: Doug Date: June 28, 2018 at 11:59
One of my favorite albums of 2018...

CD: HellYeah - Band Of Brothers
From: Doug Date: June 28, 2018 at 11:56
RIP, Vinnie. Miss 'ya. This is my favorite Hellyeah album.

CD: HellYeah - HellYeah
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 19, 2018 at 13:42
We all love Vinnie Paul for his contributions to Pantera, but quite honestly, HellYeah has always come off as music made by and for stupid people. 'Dumb rawk' can be brilliant in its own way, but HellYeah (along with Five Finger Death Punch) just make me think of some 'roided-up jock making a drunken nuisance of himself. The kind of guy who gets mad because he doesn't understand why he's been kicked out of a bar for being an asshole, so he starts smashing shit in the parking lot. And we got two guys from Mudvayne, a band that was initially hailed for their proggy take on nu-metal, but who immediately set about dumbing down. Not enough for these two, so they joined up with a big name and started pretending to be rednecks.

CD: Killing Machine - Metalmorphosis
From: CC Date: May 14, 2018 at 12:14
This is a weird one. The only member left from the debut is guitarist, Peter Scheithauer and it shows. The debut was a decent album, if maybe a little unoriginal, but this one is almost like they are trying to copy every big metal band and see which style sticks. The opening track (same title as the opening track on the debut, but a totally different song) is a 100% Judas Priest (Painkiller era) rip off, but as you listen to the album I hear everything from Metallica to Ozzy Osbourne, to even that old water bottle blowing up maniac, Thor. It's not a bad album, but personally the debut was better, and Mike Vescera was a far superior to the guy on this album.

CD: Accept - Russian Roulette
From: hair metal again Date: May 14, 2018 at 10:34
first comment for this 80 s metal classic? well i bought this vinyl 1 or 2 years after it was released and i was thrilled by its massive sound and polished production!the songs are strong ,guitar driven but in some way they are slightly commercial and i really dig that!i love Udo s voice and those big choruses and i guess it has many similarities with the excellent Metal Heart release!all the songs are fine and especially 'it s hard to find a way','monsterman' and 'another second to be'.essential

CD: Nightwish - Century Child
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 13, 2018 at 14:38
Nice stuff...tracks # 5,7,8 & 9 are the ones in my book of Symphonic/Melodic Metal...Tarja's superb as usual...shame she left them.82/100

CD: Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
From: hair metal again Date: May 8, 2018 at 4:23
very good 2nd step for the young JUDAS PRIEST somehow creating a heavier sound and those high octane vocals that led things into the heavy metal music!'victim of changes' and 'the ripper' are classics and overall an interesting album that set things for what was about later on

CD: Judas Priest - Firepower
From: Metal T Date: May 6, 2018 at 11:29
Impressive.This thing is loaded w/ great riffs.Halford's vox are strong and the tunes themselves are memorable.IMO 'Firepower' is the best thing they've recorded since either 'Jugulator' or 'Painkiller'.Good Stuff!

CD: Vision Divine - Stream Of Consciousness
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 30, 2018 at 23:56
'La Vita Fuge' is undoubtebly the track of this Record!!!...cuts # 7, 8 & 9 are also in my book of HM....Luppi...u simply rock...lml...80/100 :-)

CD: Masterplan - Back For My Life
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 30, 2018 at 23:49
A cool Ep being tracks # 1, 2, 4 & 5 (good instrumental) the ones for me.A very good Power Metal combo for sure.80/100 :-)

CD: Mastodon - Blood Mountain
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 30, 2018 at 23:33
I find this more easily accessible than the super-complex follow-up, Crack The Skye. But at the same time, it's faster and more progressive than The Hunter. Mastodon are a band I've listened to off and on, in the hope that I would one day finally see what all the fuss is about, and while I generally enjoy them, they would never qualify as a favorite.

CD: Mastodon - Blood Mountain
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 30, 2018 at 23:29
I always have to laugh when I hear 'mainstream' music writers describe Mastodon as 'sludgy.' Their riffs are neither slow or (for the most part) downtuned, and the guitar tones are much cleaner than a real sludge-metal band like, say, Crowbar, or even those other critics' darlings, Queens of the Stone Age. Blood Mountain was heavy stuff at the time, at least for people who rarely ventured beyond the White Stripes or the Black Keys. That said, it is a fairly good album, with songs like 'The Wolf is Loose,' 'Crystal Skull,' 'Sleeping Giant,' 'Circle of Cysquatch' and 'Colony of Birchmen' standing out. All the instruments are very 'busy,' particular Brann Dailor's continuously tumbling drums. All the band members trade off on lead vocals, but I can't say that any of them have a particular distinctive voice. Not exactly stoner-rock, but there are some elements, like some heavily-flanged guitar here and there, and those effects-laden, spacey vocals in 'Cysquatch.'

CD: Judas Priest - Live In London
From: Doug Date: April 30, 2018 at 14:57
I saw Priest the other night, really good show. I went back and listened to this live recording with Ripper. Considering it's been 17 years now and obviously Ripper's vocals were younger, I do have to say he did a great job. Yes, he did not have the presence of Halford and some of his in-between song comments come off sounding like he is a fan, not the front man, but if just judging vocally, the guy had the chops.

CD: Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
From: hair metal again Date: April 24, 2018 at 10:05
superb heavy metal release by giants JUDAS PRIEST and a classic of the 80 s scene for sure!excellent production by Tom Allom and the band achieves a mosterous commercial heavy metal sound that i really dig!many classics here like 'freewheel burning','some heads are gonna roll','love bites','eat me alive' and Defenders Of The Faith is one f their finest moments and essential in every collection

CD: Sentinel Beast - Up from the Ashes
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2018 at 12:56
A decent old fashion Heavy Metal album with some touches of Thrash here and there...Debbie Gunn sounds at times like Noddy Holder of Slade fame ...tracks # 7,9,10 & 11 are the ones for me...but add to those,in a less way,tracks # 1,2 & 4...my rate is 75/100.

CD: Space Eater - Aftershock
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2018 at 12:17
Great album!!!...fast and mean the way thrashers like ...# 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 9 (fave) are the ones for me.85/100

 

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