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CD: Prong - Beg to Differ
From: hair metal again Date: October 3, 2022 at 8:27
excellent album for PRONG ,ahead of its time offering a groovy heavy thrash album with a sensational rhythm section and great riffs all over!all the songs stand out and Beg To Differ still is their trademark!Awesome

CD: Mind Over Four - The Goddess
From: hair metal again Date: September 29, 2022 at 11:56
pretty good debut for MIND OVER FOUR with a rather complicated proggressive sound and approach !imagine a more alternative & proggy PRONG and you might get an idea!fine musicianship and lots of electricity,still the songs should be a bit more clear!good stuff

CD: Exodus - Exhibit B: The Human Condition
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 26, 2022 at 13:13
... "Downfall," one of the very best songs from the Dukes years along with "Deathamphetamine," off Shovel-Headed Kill Machine.

CD: Exodus - Exhibit B: The Human Condition
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 26, 2022 at 13:10
Exodus emerged in the 21st century as the most vicious of the old-school thrash bands (sorry, Slayer). All six of their postmillennial albums are just fucking brutal! The problem is, as you might have guessed from glancing at the track listing above, their albums tffbe entirely too long. Exhibit B is perhaps the worst offender, at an exhausting, ear-numbing 78 minutes. (Exhibit A is technically shorter, but also only contains one truly short song aside from the album intro.) To be blunt, very few of these songs need to be six-plus minutes, and everyone would have been better served if most were around the four-minute range. That said, there is thrash goodness in abun^sh:, as Gary Holt finds a place for seemingly every riff he ever wrote. Rob Dukes is kind of a generic shouter compared to the personality of Steve Souza, but serves his purpose well enough. The hard part is picking out songs that stand out, but I would take "Burn, Hollywood, Burn," "March of the Sycophants" and especially

CD: Gack - Fix
From: Leykis101 Date: September 20, 2022 at 8:15
this is Laaz Rockit under a different name, trying out not thrash, I wont call this groove metal cause its not, it's just heavy metal, not thrash, the album as a whole is pretty good, the first 2 songs are mindblowing, the 2nd song might possibly have one of the heaviest riffs in music history, just fucking mindblowing guitar riff, I had to listen to it on repeat because I couldnt believe what I was hearing, it's that heavy of a riff, buy this album if you like jamming heavy metal

CD: Sevendust - Next
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 8, 2022 at 15:56
Not sure if it was due to the change in guitarists, but Next feels like the heaviest Sevendust album since the debut. much as I enjoyed songs like "Ugly," "Pieces," "Desertion" and the ballad "Shadows In Red," Next was the last Sevendust album I got into most of the next decade. I got reacquainted with them on Black Out The Sun, but it seoms like after Next, the band just kinda faded into mediocrity. I've always dug Sevendust, at least in theory, but I'd be lying if I said anything from the last fifteen years has moved me the way their early albums did.

CD: Sevendust - Seasons
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 8, 2022 at 15:47
When I started college in thefall of 1998, Sevendust were one of my favorite new bands, and I listened to their first two albums all the time. By the time I (barely) graduated in late 2003, Seasons—which had just been released—was an afterthought. I still enjoyed the band, and always meant to check this disc out, but it was several years before I got around to it. In the meantime, I'd discovered there was more to metal than what got played on corporate FM radio, and that stuff was taking up most of my listening time, where bands like Sevendust and Godsmack were relegated to the C-catalog, so to speak. But Seasons is one of the band's better albums, with good tracks like "Disease," "Enemy," "Broken Down," "Skeleton Song," "Disgrace," "Suffocate" and even the rap-infused "Face To Face" standing out from the bunch.

CD: Evergrey - A Heartless Portrait - The Orphean Testament
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 30, 2022 at 17:39
... or the previous album touch me as deeply as The Storm Within or The Atlantic, they're both still very strong releases with plenty of that sombyet soaring Evergrey magic. Best tracks me are "Save Us," “Midwinter Calls," "Reawakening," "Heart_" (blistering solo!) and "Blindfolded."

CD: Evergrey - A Heartless Portrait - The Orphean Testament
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 30, 2022 at 17:36
Pompous album title, but another good disc from those masters of the morose. A Heartless Portrait continues on in a similar vein to last year's Escape of the Phoenix, but feels like it hits a little harder, with only one true ballad (the closer "Wildfires"). Although, given the way Tom sings and how his voice is the focal point of the band, it's sometimes hard to differentiate what is a "ballad" and what isn't. While I don't find that

CD: Sanctuary - Refuge Denied
From: hair metal again Date: August 30, 2022 at 10:22
very good debut for SANCTUARY offering classing US power metal music with those unique Warrel s vocals stealing the show!"battle angels" and "termination force " are thehighlights !a classic of the 80 s power scene

CD: Evergrey - Escape of the Phoenix
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 26, 2022 at 13:12
The heavy songs are some of their heaviest on this album, which reminds me of Torn. But unlike Torn, there are several ballads, and an overall heavy keyboard presence. Tom is still in fine voice although, as can be expected for a smoker and drinker, his tone has deepened over the years. You can really hear that if you listen to an early album and a later one back-to-back, but he still sounds very much like himself. To be honest, it took me a while to get into this album, where the previous two both had songs that grabbed me immediately. Tom's lyrics have the odd combination of being both quite wordy and articulate (veering toward therapy-speak in places), but also a bit awkward and not as fluent in English as they could be. Not much progress has been made in that regard since the early days, alas. Favorite tracks for me are "Forever Outsider," "Where August Mourn" (see what I mean?), "A Dandelion Cipher" (whatever that is), "In The Absence Of Sun," "Eternal Nocturnal" and "Run."

CD: Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 27, 2022 at 1:01
To ears raised on thrash metal and beyond, it sounds quaint, sure. But to people in 1982 whose idea of "hard rock" was the lightweight FM-RADIO fare of the day like Foreigner and Journey, this was pretty fuckin' heavy and state-of-the-art.

CD: Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 27, 2022 at 0:54
And, also as Popoff points out, half of this album consists of heavy Kiss songs, while the other half, including the likes of "Electric Eyee," "Riding On The Wind" and especially the title track, point the way to the future, even hinting at Painkiller, still some eight years off. It's funny that Bob Halligan was brought in to help write a "radio song," which didn't even end up being THE radio song. Halford is not wrong in his assername that Screaming For Vengeance is the natural successor to British Steel, rather than the lukewarm Point Of Entry, but for its beefier production. Both are stone-cold classics, even if they swap the grimness of early albums for more of a carefree feel to appeal to Americans. The worst song here is "Pleasure And Pain."

CD: Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 27, 2022 at 0:44
It's hard for modern ears to hear this album and understand how heavy it was in its time. People who weren't there, me included, tend to imagine that metal was a lot more prevalent in the early '80's than it really was. That's partly because we've heard guys in prominent later bands talk about the NWOBHM and Anvil and Mercyful Fate and tape-trading and all this stuff, and we imagine that was the norm. Maybe for a minority of obsessives, and more power to those lucky bastards, but that wasn't most people's experience. So for Judas Priest to hit #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart was quite a feat back in '82, even if it was with what Martin Popoff likes to call "just a heavy Kiss song."

CD: Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 18, 2022 at 14:24
... know better than most, singing ABOUT something is not the same as advocating it. Morbid fascination does not equal endorsement. I do agree that Barnes is the main culprit, as the band has stayed no less brutally violent with George on the mic, but seem much more driven by fantasy and horror than grisly reality, as the rest of the band took more of a hand in lyric-writing as well. (Also, George is a better vocalist than Chris, whose one trick was his gurgly deep growls). For its impact at the time, and the number of perennial live staples held within (the immortal "Hammer Smashed Face" chief among them), Tomb of the Mutilated is an essential album in the genre.

CD: Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 18, 2022 at 14:17
Thanks in no small part to Jim Carrey, Tomb of the Mutilated is the album that put Cannibal Corpse on the map, and it still remains their best-known album. Their sound was quite different from the other big death-metal bands of the time, like Obituary or Morbid Angel. They had plenty of musical chops, but technical prowess was secondary to sheer brutality. The guitars are so trebly, they almost sound like whit noise, but that also allows Alex Webster's popping bass to really cut through, which was a rarity in death metal. Chris Barnes's vocals are super-guttural and mostly indecipherable, which may be just as well, because Tomb of the Mutilated contains the band's sickest lyrics (although some songs on The Bleeding come close). I absolutely understand why many are repulsed by this, however the band has pointed out that many songs were inspired by real-life events. "Addicted To Vaginal Skin" is about, and contains a sample of, serial killer Arthur Shawcross. And, as metalheads should kn

CD: Iron Maiden - Killers
From: hair metal again Date: July 13, 2022 at 12:02
2nd step for IRON MAIDEN offering their raw,energetic heavy metal music but they seem that with Dianno couldnt move towards a more massive sound like they did later on with Bruce!highlights are "wrathchild","murder in therue morgue" and "prodigal son"!good stuff

CD: Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
From: hair metal again Date: July 10, 2022 at 5:23
excellent album for IRON MAIDEN back in 86 getting a slightly commercial edge without losing their trademark sound!flawless from start to finish ,all the songs are catchy and strong and the band offers a fabulous performance!brilliant

CD: Wargasm - Ugly
From: ItalRocker Date: June 29, 2022 at 3:43
The awesome follow-up of their debut shows why these guys are so underrated! Hard-hitting songs from top to bottom make this CD anything but a sophomore slump. Check it out, you'll be glad you did!

CD: Wargasm - Why Play Around
From: ItalRocker Date: June 29, 2022 at 3:38
Awesome Power Metal from Boston! Check out their vids on YouTube, and you'll be blown away!

CD: Picture - Eternal Dark
From: hair metal again Date: June 11, 2022 at 4:18
after their great previous one PICTURE are getting heavier and darker with some good moments but didnt reached their heights!you can find some good riffs though and sthe classic metal elements are present in songs like "eternal dark","make you burn" and "griffons guard the gold"!good stuff

CD: Picture - Diamond Dreamer
From: hair metal again Date: June 7, 2022 at 12:06
excellent piece of heavy rock music back in 82 bringing the basics very well performed !big guitars ,strong vocals and a fine street heavy feel that shows the purity of that era !great anthemic songs like "hot lovin","diamond dreamer" and "get me rock n roll" are included in this classic European metal release

CD: Vicious Rumors - Soldiers of the Night
From: hair metal again Date: May 31, 2022 at 11:48
excellent debut for VICIOUS RUMOURS showing from the start what was going to be:astonishing US power metal music with great guitar work and strong vocals offering great songs to the fans!Vinnie s solos are thrilling ,Gary s vocs are howling and overall the music is flawless!"march or die","soldiers of the night"and "ride into the sun" are classics!

CD: Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
From: hair metal again Date: May 27, 2022 at 20:25
excellent release for IRON MAIDEN once again with great songs ,shorter,catchier along with their classic duo guitar work and a fine performance by Bruce!bought it when it got out and revisiting it brings back youth memories!

CD: Megadeth - Rust in Peace
From: ItalRocker Date: May 16, 2022 at 1:54
For me, this album slams the door on the Megadeth vs. Metallica rivalry as NOTHING before or since this release from either band can or ever will top this! FACT!!!!

CD: Megadeth - Endgame
From: ItalRocker Date: May 16, 2022 at 1:48
Damn! Chris BroDerick. Sorry about the typo. Great guitarist! I saw Chris live with Megadeth in 2010 doing RIP in its entirety. Excellent performer!

CD: Megadeth - Endgame
From: ItalRocker Date: May 16, 2022 at 1:44
I completely forgot that I had this CD! It blew my mind! My favorite featuring Chris Brokerick. Tracks 2, 5, 6, 7 and 11 are my faves. Solid offering!

CD: Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls
From: hair metal again Date: May 3, 2022 at 10:04
excellent release for JUDAS PRIEST that stands easily near their classics with many different songs covering all their styles through the years from fast heavy metal anthems like "dragonaut" or "redeemer of souls" to mid tempos hard rockers like "hell&back" or "crossfire" !didnt expect it that good and with such depth

CD: Exciter - Unveiling the Wicked
From: Eric Date: April 20, 2022 at 17:03
Original guitarist John Ricci was cool in his own way, but I gotta say that Brian McPhee added much to the sound with his more technical riffs and solos and I personally think this is Exciter's best album. "Die in the night" is awesome and they should have made a music video for it back in the day. In concert they could have benefited from using an additional live drummer, giving Dan a chance to focus more on his singing. All songs are good, among which "Waiting in the dark" and "I hate school rules" stand out. Quite different from the first three records, but still very good. Just that it was a little less speed metal, more melodic and "technical". A nice review is here: https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Exciter/Unveiling_the_Wicked/2917/wcnmvp/941910

CD: Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
From: Eric Date: April 20, 2022 at 16:39
KK mentions in his book that the band felt since then that Defenders' opening 4 songs: Freewheel Burning-Jawbreaker-Rock Hard Ride Free-The Sentinel is the best start of any hard rock album, ever. Halford also likes Love Bites very much, a different+cool song. Eight winners make this Judas Priest's ultimate+most consistent album. Let's hope JP will remix their 80s albums one day, since Allom+co never achieved an amazing sound for the band, which I think actually hurt them in the competition. They sounded better live, check out Live in San Bernardino 1983/05/29 & Live in Dortmund 1983/12/18, when the band was on fire; at their peak both in popularity+performance. Also Jawbreaker has my favourite KK guitar solo+Freewheel Burning has an amazing Tipton solo. Holland had a bombastic Bonham style, very solid, just that the drum sound+too loud cymbals did him injustice. (Maiden+Birch had a superior sound throughout the 80s.) Halford's '83 vocal performance at 32 yrs of age is just stunning.

CD: Judas Priest - Painkiller
From: Eric Date: April 20, 2022 at 15:22
The three singles are very solid, yes, but for some reason I never really liked the album very much as a whole. A few fillers and playing very heavy, a few weeks after Pantera released Cowboys might have been perfect timing, but does not necessarily mean the best result. I know Painkiller is very popular among 'brutal metal fans', but I actually like Defenders the best, 8 amazing songs in a row, and Vengeance even had the melodic single Take these chains whereas Steel had an almost pop hit in Living after midnight-that's classic Priest to old-school Judas fans. Surprisingly Painkiller 'only' sold gold, whereas several others reached platinum. When comparing Painkiller to Living after midnight, it almost seems like two different bands. Chris Tsangarides was much better soundwise than Tom Allom; I never found 80s Priest having great sound (muddy bass and drums with way too loud crash cymbals in the mix). Maiden and Queensr˙che both had killer sound in the 80s, just for a comparison.

CD: Judas Priest - Angel of Retribution
From: hair metal again Date: March 9, 2022 at 18:01
ok release for JUDAS PRIEST with a monsterous metal sound but somehow below their standards !Rob s vocals arent as strong as expected and the guitar solos not so exciting!not bad of course as you will find big riffs and some classic metal lines,just not great!"deal with the devil","wheels of fire" amd " angel" are the highlights

CD: Metallica - ReLoad
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 2, 2022 at 17:03
For some reason, when I get done streaming an album on Apple Music, it reverts to a random shuffling of songs it thinks I like. And it seems like the first one is almost always either "Cemetary Gates" or "Fuel." Man, I just cringe nowadays whenever I hear "Gimme fuel, gimme fi', gimme that which I desi'!" This is a song that has definitely not aged well.

CD: Korn - Issues
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 1, 2022 at 15:25
Issues came out pretty quickly on the heels of Follow The Leader, and I remember being surprised to hear "Falling Away From Me" on the radio one day. I know David Silveria later said this disc was rushed, and the songwriting was compromised, where there were no longer very many of those weird, jerky rhythms like on the first two albums especially. There are, however, several unnecessary interludes, that are more than just soundscapes but not full-fledged songs. Although worth noting, there's almost no rapping on this disc, after the last two having a pronounced hip-hop element. I was not a big Korn fan, although I tried. I'm a little more forgiving nowadays, and can enjoy them for what they are. like all their early albums, there are good songs here, like "Falling" and the other singles "Make Me Bad," "Somebody Someone) and "Let's Get This Party Started."

CD: Judas Priest - Hell Bent for Leather
From: hair metal again Date: January 28, 2022 at 15:23
very good release once again for JUDAS PRIEST with a big variety of songs that keep the interest high but somehow doesnt make it a s solid as it could be!of course we re talking about the pioneers of heavy metal and you can find some classics like "hell bent for leather","delivering the goods"!all the JUDAS PRIEST albums are essential

CD: Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
From: hair metal again Date: January 17, 2022 at 6:30
excellent 2nd step for SANCTUARY in the early 90s offering a classic US power metal release with thrilling vocals and razor sharp guitar work!"taste revenge","future tense","sounds of destruction" are the highlights

CD: Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
From: CC Date: January 9, 2022 at 13:09
Don't really come to this site much these days, so only just saw this reply from over a decade ago ha ha. Trying to understand how Pie did not agree with me, and then says "there is nothing memerable" which is exactly what I was saying.

CD: Soen - Imperial
From: Doug Date: December 29, 2021 at 18:32
I had never heard of these guys, and just stumbled on this album. I like it, especially the first 5 tracks. Worth a spin, IMO.

CD: Tributes - The Metallica Blacklist
From: Doug Date: December 13, 2021 at 21:44
Man, I had a really hard time getting into this one. Was all over the place for me. Listening to the SAME song multiple times, per disc, got old fast.

CD: Black Label Society - The Song Remains Not The Same
From: Doug Date: December 13, 2021 at 21:37
We know Zakk the guitar god, we forget that he's also a great pianist. Blind Faith cover is pretty cool. He struggles a bit with the Simon & Garfunkel tune.

CD: Crimson Glory - Strange and Beautiful
From: hair metal again Date: November 23, 2021 at 14:57
very good release once again for CRIMSON GLORY this time jumping on the hair metal movement that was on at the moment ,offering an interesting sound like LED ZEPPELIN going commercial or something like this!got it when it came out and really enjoyed it back in the day,still sounds strong and fresh!

CD: Tributes - The Metallica Blacklist
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 3, 2021 at 14:35
Huh—guess nobody likes "The Struggle Within" or "Of Wolf And Man." Obviously, this is a novelty intended for people who only dabble in metal. I doubt most of us 'heads are particularly interested in hearing these songs performed by this collection of pop stars and country crooners.

CD: Judas Priest - British Steel
From: hair metal again Date: November 3, 2021 at 7:00
excellent release once again for JUDAS PRIEST getting into the 80s with a glorious release that became a classic of the scene!many great anthemic songs and maybe 1 or 2 fillers but overall a must have for 80s metal fans

CD: Load Point Pull - We've Come to Take What's Ours
From: Leykis101 Date: October 29, 2021 at 7:59
Made up of former members of Singsing and Motherlode, these guys are nothing like those bands, I think the above description says it all.

CD: KK's Priest - Sermons of the Sinner
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 19, 2021 at 15:54
This just isn't on the level of Judas Priest, despite being led by founding guitarist K. K. Downing. There are some strong riffs, and a few good songs ("Hellfire Thunderbolt" was a good choice for a first single), but to be blunt, this sounds like a regional Priest cover band deciding to try and write some originals. Ripper sounds great, but he tends to dominate many songs, overpowering them and detracting from them in a way that Halford rarely does. It's like he really doesn't know when or how to hold back. I get it, that's his thing, but in the end, KK's Priest sounds like any of the generic power-metal "projects" he's been involved with, like Beyond Fear. So Ken's attempt at revenge on his former bandmates for not offering him his job back after he decided he didn't want to stay retired just ends up being another vehicle for Ripper to shriek over.

CD: Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
From: Doug Date: October 11, 2021 at 19:45
Has a real Dream Theater vibe to it.

CD: Anthrax - Persistence of Time
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 16, 2021 at 18:37
CORRECTION: "Got The Time," sung by Joey. Thought I'd heard somewhere Scott sang this, and it is in a bit of a deeper voice than Joey usually sang in.

CD: Anthrax - Stomp 442
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 16, 2021 at 15:39
... at the time, because it's actually quite good.

CD: Anthrax - Stomp 442
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 16, 2021 at 15:37
The oddly-named Stomp 442 ranks near the bottom of most people's rankings, usually just above Volume 8. Too bad, because it's actually a fairly strong disc. The first half in particular has several songs that can go toe to toe with anything on the much more well-regarded Sound Of White Noise. "Random Acts," Fueled," "King Size," "Riding Shotgun"—are you kidding? That's one hell of an opening run there! "Dropping the Ball" and "Bare" are pretty feavy too, and John Bush is really singing hard in places. Elsewhere, some of his vocals have a bit of a staccato, rap-like cadence elsewhere, although to say he's rapping is an exaggeration. Of course, Spitz is gone, leaving them with no lead guitarist. Dimebag fills in here and there, and his tone is unmistakable when it appears (check the intro to "Riding Shotgun"). "Tester" is a strange song for Anthrax, but not bad, and "American Pompeii" has some cool drumming that jumps out and grabs your earddX's a shame this album wasn't appreciated at t

CD: Anthrax - Sound of White Noise
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 13, 2021 at 15:14
... similar lyrical terrain, but a world away in tone from "Efilnikufesin." Other notable songs include "Hy Pro Glo" and "1000 Points of Hate" ("I wash my fuckin' hands of this," Bush rages). The band would be able to rise to this level again on various songs throughout the rest of Bush's tenure, but never for a full album.

CD: Anthrax - Sound of White Noise
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 13, 2021 at 15:09
It came as a big shock to most people when Anthrax fired Joey Belladonna and replaced him with John Bush of Aromred Saint. Both bands were coming off their best albums (Persistence of Time and Symbol of Salvation). Perhn surprisingly, Bush's maiden voyage with Anthrax sounds like a mix of those two albums, with some flavor from Metallica's Black Album thrown in. The music is far less thrashy than before, however I think some of the comments above calling it "alternative" are overstating their case. Sound of White Noise is a fantastic, diverse record, and the songs are built around Bush's deeper, grittier voice, a big change from Belladonna's high wail. The disc gets off to a slammin' start with several top highlights in a row. "Room For One More" should have been a massive hit on MTV and metal radio, but according to Scott Ian's book, its release as a single was bungled by the label. The Twin Peaks-inspired "Black Lodge" is a somber ballad about watching someone succumb to addiction, s

CD: Wrathchild America - 3-D
From: hair metal again Date: September 13, 2021 at 12:44
very good release for WRATHCHILD AMERICA keeping on their groovy technical thrash music with that excellent rhythm section and fine vocal work !if you liked their debut you ll probably already know about it!my favs are "3d man","gentleman death","forever alone" and "another nameless face"!recommended

CD: Anthrax - Persistence of Time
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 12, 2021 at 19:02
Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest, Pantera, Queensryche, and even Alice In Chains (although many of us wouldn't hear them for several months)—all of these bands put out very, very strong albums between August and October of 1990, making the fall that year an awesome time to be a metalhead.

CD: Anthrax - Persistence of Time
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 12, 2021 at 18:55
Gone are the board shorts and songs based on Stephen King novels, replaced by black clothes and more social commentary. The darker, less goofy outlook is coupled with music that is still Anthrax, but has a grim, steely edge, complemented by crystal-clear production. The band also trade in some of the bounciness of old for twisty rhythms that seem inspired by what Metallica did on And Justice For All. Supposedly Joey had a tough time singing the newly serious lyrics with the gravitas that Scott wanted, but ultimately pulled it off. The big single was the clearest throwback to the more light-hearted days of old, the breakneck cover of Joe Jackson's "Got The Time," sung by Scott, but other highlights include "In My World" and "Belly Of The Beast," both of which were also videos. There's also "H 8 Red," one of the band's most underrated tunes. I love Among The Living, but I think Persistence Of Time holds up better as a whole, and is my favorite from Belladonna's first tour of duty.

CD: Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 7, 2021 at 13:17
Quite obviously, Maiden don't care what I think, because they keep on releasing albums like this: another set of eight overly long songs with lots of yodeling from Bruce, lots of soloing from all three guitarists, and few hooks—plus two shorter, punchy anthems. Should be other way 'round, lads! Worse, it's another double album. They couldn't cut out just three minutes of this to make it all fit on one disc. Bollocks! Also, there's lots of keyboards doubling the melodies, which blunt what heaviness there is (and let's face it, in context of the times Maiden really aren't that heavy anymore). But because Maiden are pros, the album does have its moments: "Stratego" and "days Of Future Past" (the two shortest songs), the curiously laid-back but still brooding "Writing On The Wall," and the closing "Hell On Earth"," my pick of the many-too-many epics.

CD: Trouble - Trouble
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 23, 2021 at 14:20
"Soft may the worms about him creep; never heard the children weep—he's asleep." Eric Wagner, gone to live in memory's garden.

CD: Metal Church - Blessing in Disguise
From: Metal T Date: July 27, 2021 at 16:42
RIP Mike Howe

CD: FireWolfe - FireWolfe
From: hair metal again Date: July 24, 2021 at 14:17
very good debut for FIREWOLFE with an excellent polished production and their sound reminding me of bands like SAVATAGE or FIFTH ANGEL!guitar driven music with strong melodic lines and memorable anthemic songs will satisfy most 80 s metal fans!"mod"," armed forces" and "the tempter " are fine songs indeed!recommended

CD: Motorhead - Bad Magic
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 9, 2021 at 18:37
... and Motorizer as one of the band's less-inspired (and less-inspiring) albums. As the final statement from such a legendary band, it's hard to listen to, quite honestly. In the later part of his life, Lemmy underwent the same kind of transformation Ozzy did. There was Teddy Bear Ozzy, and there was Grandpa Lemmy. He went from being a straight-shooting outlaw to a crusty but lovable old man. When Rolling Stone profiled him in about 2008, it was hard not to see him as a bit of a relic, stuck in the past and almost kind of pathetic. We blamed those metal-hating snobs at Rolling Stone for drawing him that way, but secretly we wondered—is that how he seems to everyone who doesn't worship his music like we do? And are they maybe not 100% wrong? And what does it say about us that we idolize someone whose second-greatest claim to fame (and a very close second at that) was being an unapologetic, functioning alcoholic?

CD: Motorhead - Bad Magic
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 9, 2021 at 18:22
Even at the time of its release, Bad Magic overshadowed by Lemmy's very obviously failing health. His PR team did their best to put on a good face for the previous two or three years, and it made the whole operation seem smarmy and dishonest—the opposite of what the man stood for. "Lemmy just needs to rest ... minor procedure ... back to full strength very soon ... better than ever." Bullshit! We all saw those sad videos from the last few months of Lemmy hanging on mic stand, walking with a cane, laboring for breath, forgetting which song he was singing. And so here is the final album, most of the music written by the other guys, Lemmy sounding hoarse and weak in places, rather than gruff and curmudgeonly, and this somehow highlighting the cliched nature of many songs. Lemmy had been singing about "shooting out all your lights" for decades, so why not have a song with that title? Even with the historical context put aside, Bad Magic is down there with Snake Bite Love, Kiss Of Death and

CD: Motorhead - Rock 'n' Roll
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 9, 2021 at 17:31
There's a spoken interlude next, not sure which song it's supposed to be a part of, and then "The Wolf" and "Traitor" are more grim, sinister Motorhead fare. About here is where things get a bit dodgy, because "Traitor" is serviceable but unremarkable—like the opposite of "Blackheart," there were starting to be one or two of these on most Motorhead albums as well. "Dogs," I don't get this one at all. "All For You" is another attempt some old-time rock 'n' roll, but much less successful than "Stone Deaf In The USA"—Lem's attempt at melodic singing is predictably poor. The album finishes on an up note though, with "Boogeyman." The reissue includes "Cradle To The Grave" from The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II, and the band's longest song, the seven-minute-plus "Just 'Cos You Got The Power"—both very worthy tracks, and a live set from the previous year's Monsters Of Rock festival. Also of note, Wurzel's absolutely blazing solos on "Stone Deaf" and the title track.

CD: Motorhead - Rock 'n' Roll
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 9, 2021 at 17:15
A lot of people don't seem to hold this album in such high regard, and I'm not sure why. As the title suggests, it's less metallic than many of their albums, but that's more in spirit than in sound. Rock 'n' Roll has a really, really strong first half, with the title track and "Eat The Rich" being evergreen classics. The former is an anthem for all of us lifers, and the latter shows off some of Lemmy's weirdest, wildest wordplay ("Shetland pony or extra pepperoni—just pick up the phone!") "Blackheart" is an underrated, hard-z-nails track that no one seems to mention (doesn't every Motorhead album have a couple of these?) "Stone Deaf In The USA" is like Lemmy's beloved '50's rockabilly run through a blast furnace—no mistaking that infectious bounce.

CD: Motorhead - Orgasmatron
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 7, 2021 at 18:36
After the slight aberration that was Another Perfect Day, Lemmy gets back to baseline with a new lineup. Of note, this is the first full-length album to feature Phil Campbell on guitar. The record is bookended by two menacing, mid-paced tracks in "Deaf Forever" and "Orgasmatron," both all-time classics for the band (especially the latter). In between we get plenty of speedsters like "Claw," "Ridin' With The Driver" and "Nothing Up My Sleeve." "Dr. Rock" boogies like nobody's business, and was a concert favorite for the rest of the band's career. Lemmy has lamented the production, but it sounds fine to me. (I do notice that he's yelling in more of a high-pitched voice than his usual gruff bark.) This is definitely in upper third of the band's catalog.

CD: Motorhead - Another Perfect Day
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 7, 2021 at 18:24
... "Marching Off To War" and "I Got Mine." It makes for an almost happy sound, and Lemmy's singing is more tuneful. A song like "Dancing On Your Grave" is almost poppy by this band's standards. All of this is not to say that Another Perfect Day is a bad album—it isn't, not at all. It's just a little different. But then you have true hidden gems: "Rock It" sounds the most like the Motorhead we know and love, along with the bonus track "Turn You Round Again." "Tales Of Glory" is my other favorite, along with the aforementioned "Grave." Alas, "Die You Bastard" doesn't quite live up to its title.

CD: Motorhead - Another Perfect Day
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 7, 2021 at 18:17
Exit Fast Eddie, enter Brian Robertson (late of Thin Lizzy). An odd fit from the start, Lemmy admitted, in everything from his guitar-playing to his funny clothes. His playing is a bit more melodic than you would expect for a Motorhead album, and his tone has a shimmery shine to it (little bit of chorus?). There are even several songs with clean guitars, like "One Track Mind,"

CD: Holland - Early Warning
From: hair metal again Date: June 6, 2021 at 11:00
Excellent hard rock release for HOLLAND back in 84 offering a solid sound along with a remarkable songwriting !Ebony record s was a cult record company with fine acts and that one aint no exception with songs like"early warning" ,"kick it back","about it out" or "no chance"! Under rated and with getting it

CD: Virgin Steele - Life Among the Ruins
From: hair metal again Date: May 26, 2021 at 10:28
excellent release once again for VIRGIN STEELE choosing an even more hard rock path (like most of the bands at the time)but always keeping their trademark De Feis piano lines & lyrics!the sound,the musicianship and the songwriting is really great and all the songs are remarkable!at stuff from a great act at least till that time

CD: Fist - Turn The Hell On
From: hair metal again Date: May 15, 2021 at 17:33
a classic of the NWOBHM movement for FIST offering their street heavy hard music rough n straight as expected!plain songs well performed with that purity of those bands and remarkable guitar work!"hole in the wall gang ","the watcher","axeman" and "name,rank and serial number" are the highlights

CD: Children of Bodom - Hatebreeder
From: Palash Date: May 15, 2021 at 15:20
Reckless noise, bad album. Nobody likes to listen.

CD: My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 14, 2021 at 14:39
... sound more lost and lonely is the absolutely chilling violin intro to "Your Shameful Heaven." Other highlights are "Black Voyage" and "A Sea To Suffer In."

CD: My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 14, 2021 at 14:36
Some accuse My Dying Bride of being melodramatic. A fair criticism—I mean, there is the way Aaron Stainthorpe's voice cracks with despair at the beginning of "From Darkest Skies"—take it easy, dude! But man, there's just something so alluring about MDB's brand of all-consuming woe. This is my favorite of their early albums. Aaron is singing more, although it's more in a bereft monotone than the mournful croon he's perfected on recent albums like Feel The Misery. This is music for the solitary, black nights between cold, rainy days. Even when they're singing about sex, as all self-respecting goths will do from time to time, it's more about the use and abuse of power. MDB are like a more intellectual version of Paradise Lost, on downers. "The Cry Of Mankind" is one of their all-time classics, even though almost half the song is the outro's waves-and-foghorn sound effects, as the repeating guitar melody slowly fades like a ship going out to sea, leaving you on a barren shore. The only sou

CD: Virgin Steele - Virgin Steele
From: hair metal again Date: May 11, 2021 at 6:40
excellent debut for VIRGIN STEELE back in 82 with great hard heavy songs ,great guitars by Jack abd those unique David s vocals !"still in love with you","children of the storm" ,"ve on thru" are fine songs indeed!

CD: Helloween - The Time of the Oath
From: hair metal again Date: May 6, 2021 at 13:28
very good release for HELLOWEEN once again gaining a strong melodic side from Andi s contribution along with their early trademard of fast anthemic songs!the musicianship is excellent and all the songs are very well structured and performed !"wake up the mountain","forever and one","a million to one" and "anything my mama dont like " are the highlights

CD: Slayer - Reign In Blood
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 30, 2021 at 19:49
Highlights are of course "Angel Of Death" and its crushing midsection leading into the deranged guitar battle, and the indivisible "Postmortem" and "Raining Blood" (early pressings contained a mastering error that misplaced the transition between two songs by about forty seconds). Many delights lurk between those two bookends, however. At times, Tom has trouble keeping up vocally, reducing his lyrics to a frenzied babble that only enhances the unhinged character of the music. It's interesting to note how the two great thrash monoliths of 1986 take opposite approaches, with Metallica going for inqeasingly progressive compositions, and Slayer just bludgeoning you into submission in about half the time.

CD: Slayer - Reign In Blood
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 30, 2021 at 19:39
What a difference good production makes! Enter Rick Rubin, who turns down the reverb and gives a crystal-clear, diamond-hard sound to Slayer's "next ten songseaz they self-deprecatingly referred to this metal landmark. The band continue to improve on their instruments as well, with classic riffs, those demented solos, and of course Lombardo's monstrous drumming. Thirty-five years later, with all manner of extreme metal available to terrorize your neighbors, Slayer may no longer be the ultimate in brutality, strictly speaking, but this record still packs an enormous wallop that is just undeniable. I might generally prefer the greater diversity of Seasons In The Abyss, but when I've had a really shitty day and am just fed up with humanity, it's Reign In Blood all the way.

CD: Sword - Sweet Dreams
From: hair metal again Date: April 27, 2021 at 12:48
excellent release for SWORD back in 88 that offered a solid heavy /hard sound with great riffs ,much power and strong vocal work !the musicianship is very good and the songs are dynamite but should have better choruses and maybe a slightly more commercial approach!"the trouble is","caught in the act" and "land of the brave " are the highlights!got that vinyl back in the day and still loving it

CD: Judas Priest - Ram It Down
From: hair metal again Date: April 25, 2021 at 7:51
excellent release for JUDAS PRIEST back in 88 with amazing guitar work and thrilling vocals from Rob indeed!underrated in their catalogue mostly because of the strange choices in promoting it!"ram it down","heavy metal","come and get it" are great songs !you cand go wrong with the PRIEST

CD: Danzig - 4p
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2021 at 18:57
... sinister as you'd want, with that title. "Sadistikal" and "Invocation" are both pure atmosphere, painting pictures of moonlit graveyards and dark basements, and I enjoy both tracks. But to be fair, it's easy to see why somebody who'd just discovered Danzig via "Mother" or even "Dirty Black Summer" might be disappointed with this album. This would be the last release for the original lineup, and nothing released after it would have the same magic, to put it kindly.

CD: Danzig - 4p
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2021 at 18:50
Danzig's fourth album came out in the fall of '94, on the heels of the surprise resurrection of "Mother" the previous winter. 4p (or just 4) is well in line with the first three albums, but is also noticeably darker and a bit less "fun." The disc takes its musical cues more from songs like "Sistinas" or the back half of II: Lucifuge than the swaggering anthems like "Twist Of Cain" or "Dirty Black Summer." Lots of softly picked/crooned intros and slower tempos, and a more somber, brooding, late-night feel than the previous albums. "Brand New God" and "Bringer Of Death" are exceptions to the rule with their overt speed and heaviness, and first single "Cantspeak" has a cool, creeping rhythm and that weird, backward guitar. "I Don't Mind The Pain" sounds almost like a dark country song before breaking into a heavy, sing-along chorus, while "Until You Call On The Dark" (kind of a rewrite of "How The Gods Kill") has one of those signature, squealy John Christ riffs. And "Stalker Song" is as

CD: Danzig - Thrall-Demonsweatlive
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2021 at 15:03
This EP spawned a minor hit with "It's Coming Down," with a nasty, grinding riff. But more importantly, it resurrected "Mother" and made it a hit, both with the live version that was very popular on MTV, and with the remixed studio version at the end. Glenn sabotaged himself the first time around with a video MTV wouldn't air, but somehow got himself a belated hit in late '93. Which seems so odd now, because musically it was so out of step with what else was going on at the time. But just hearing that first B power-chord, you can instantly recognize the song. But the remix is indistinguishable from original to me, and so unless 're a super-fan or completist, you can probably skip this one. "It's Coming Down" is great, though.

CD: Danzig - Danzig 3 How The Gods Kill
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2021 at 14:49
Danzig 3 improves on the previous album in that the sound is pretty much identical, but the songs are more consistent, at least to my ears. "Godless" and "Siinas" just have that backwoods-horror atmosphere that Danzig were so good at back then, while "Dirty Black Summer" (a big hit on MTV and metal radio) and "Left Hand Black" bring the RIFFS! The title track combines both these elements, adding lots of those screeching harmonics that John Christ was so good at. These first few albums were such sinister fun! I don't think Glenn gets enough credit for inspiring the current scene of occult rock like Ghost and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. However, I read the comment from "Titty" above and had to laugh. Yep, he's not wrong.

CD: Danzig - Danzig II - Lucifuge
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2021 at 14:37
Danzig experiment with their stripped-down, bluesy metal formula on this second album, adding some clean guitar sections and upping the blues quotient. Songs like "Long Way Back From Hell," "Snakes Of Christ," and "Her Black Wings" could have appeared on the debut (and all are highlights). But beginning with "Devil's Plaything," you have a string of several songs that have long, acoustic intros that tend to run together rather than set themselves apart. The pure blues of "I'm The One" does leave an impression, as something different. "Killer Wolf" tries to do the same with an electric-blues feel, but Glenn really hams it up on the vocals and comes off sounding silly. This is a good disc overall, and that creepy-carnival atmosphere is always enjoyable. Your mileage may vary though, as to whether it's a stylistic breakthrough after the more one-dimensional debut.

CD: Helloween - Chameleon
From: hair metal again Date: April 22, 2021 at 14:03
pretty good album for HELLOWEEN offering a diverse sound from metal to hard rock to classic rock but unfortunately the songs arent so memorable !the production & the musicianship are excellent but the lack of strong choruses makes Chameleon maybe their weakest effort!"step out of hell","revolution now" and "crazy cat" are the best moments

CD: Malice - License To Kill
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

CD: Motorhead - No Sleep At All
From: hair metal again Date: April 16, 2021 at 12:48
an absolut classic of a live album that i had the pleasure of buying just when it was released and it was my first MOTORHEAD listen!with them you know what you gonna get and i really like their street hard rock n roll tunes and their attitude!

CD: Load Point Pull - We've Come to Take What's Ours
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 13, 2021 at 12:41
I remember this band out of St. Louis, described themselves Name-checkeing both Rob Zombie and Motley Crue. That's a fairly accurate description, as the music is heavy and modern (but riffy like White Zombie, more than just "guitars making noises" like Rob solo), but the singer's voice reminded me of nasty hair-metal. That makes me wonder if the guys might have been a little older, and had plied their trade without success in other bands for a long time before deciding to try an updated sound. Check out the song "Monkey." I heard it on a late-night metal show on the radio in the early fall of '99 and it jumped right out of the speakers, and I knew I had to have it. Couldn't find the disc anywhere, and forgot about it, until years later when I got it off CD Baby.

CD: Capricorn - Capricorn
From: Leykis101 Date: April 6, 2021 at 5:59
This isn't nearly as fast and heavy as the follow up release to this Inferno, but this is pure heavy fucking metal, with smudges of Power Metal overtones all of the place, this disc the debut has a much more commercial feel to it, especially the lead off track, which is just absurd, 3 white heavy metal dudes singing about Mobbing The Hood really fucking kills me, but it's a genuinely memorable song with a huge heavy standout hook and a sticks in your brain chorus, I have to believe it was solely intended for radio but I don't believe any singles were ever released even though this should have been, there's also a nice little shout out to Friday The 13ths Jason Voorhees on here, a killer metal album from start to the last chord played, you wont go wrong getting this, but the real prize is the next disc Inferno, that's just fucking loud, fast, and wrong, get them both, they are an awesome band with a killer sound, talented musicians, and the vocalist has a unique and killer voice.

CD: Paradise Lost - Draconian Times
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 5, 2021 at 12:35
With Icon and especially Draconian Times, Paradise Lost should have been the next Metallica. And I've heard that they were huge in Europe, but North America didn't wanna know about this stuff. It's our loss. Here we have some dark, heavy, but quite accessible metal here, with most songs moving along at a decent mid-paced clip, putting aside the band's doom roots. Nick Holmes leaves behind the death growls of early albums for a refinement of the Hetfield-like bark he used on Icon. "Enchantment" lives up to its title, with its mesmerizing piano intro, the rest of the song being just about the doomiest thing here. "Hallowed Land," "The Last Time," "Yearn For Change," "I See Your Face"—it's easy to imagine any or all of these songs being hits in an alternate '90's universe. File along with similar albums released a little later in the decade by Sentenced.

CD: Capricorn - Inferno
From: Leykis101 Date: April 1, 2021 at 4:09
This is an amazing fucking heavy disc, from start to finish it just never lets up, this is the band Grinder who remade themselves at the start of the 90's, this isnt thrash though, think of a heavier Thunderhead, thats the only thing I can think of, well heavier and faster, standout on here, for me is Dead Can Walk, it's all killer

CD: Venom Inc. - Ave
From: Leykis101 Date: April 1, 2021 at 4:05
10 star top of the line release from Venom minus Cronos, it's the Prime Evil line up with Tony Dolan on bass and vocals, this shits fucking good, kind of sad to say that this is what Venom couldve progressed too, but I guess this wouldnt work with Cronos, but its levels above anything Venom have released since Resurrection, check this out, it's fucking good.

CD: Machine Head - The Burning Red
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 26, 2021 at 13:28
... stature has grown a bit over the years, as the initial dismay has worn off and people begin to look back more fondly on 1999. Oh yeah, then there's the Police cover—unsalvageable.

CD: Machine Head - The Burning Red
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 26, 2021 at 13:25
Most people hate this record, as Machine Head makes a play for the mainstream, cutting out almost all of the thrash elements from their sound, replacing them with bouncy nu-metal rhythms, a lot of shouted rap vocals, and a lot of dumbed-down guitar-playing that, like Korn, is more interested in "sounds" than in riffs. This was actually my first exposure to the band, with "From This Day" getting some light, late-night airplay around the time of release that summer. I'd heard their name, and knew lots of people were into them, but just from that song, I didn't see why. "The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears" is the only song from this album they still play live, and it's probably great in the pit, but I doubt if most MH fans would miss it if they were to drop it from the setlist. "Silver" is a cool slow one as well, pretty underrated. But most of the rest just feels like a watered-down version of Machine Head. In hindsight, it's not as terrible as some would make out. I think the album's statu

CD: Creed - Greatest Hits
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 24, 2021 at 13:20
The argument can be made that you're better served owning the full albums instead of this collection. There are only three of them, after all. And you'd be missing out on some of the deep tracks, which could be surprisingly heavy, particularly on the first record. But then ... you're still not missing out all that much. This compilation gives you all of the radio singles, which is really more than you need. Once you get over your initial warm rush of nostalgia for bygone days and a younger version of yourself, you'll start remembering why this band was such a pain in the ass back then. I'm thinking it'll be about the time you get to "Higher" and certainly by "With Arms Wide Open."

CD: Creed - Greatest Hits
From: Doug Date: March 17, 2021 at 20:22
Sorry, my bad, I do see that they are on both Heavens Metal and HH.

CD: Creed - Greatest Hits
From: Doug Date: March 17, 2021 at 20:18
Not sure why Creed is on Brutal Metal site, perhaps better over on Heavy Harmonies or even Heavens Metal??

CD: Durbin - The Beast Awakens
From: Doug Date: March 17, 2021 at 20:14
This one is also listed over on Heavy Harmonies. As I wrote on HH, James Durbin is definitely all in when it comes to being a "heavy metal guy." Gotta chuckle sometimes with his over the top approach, but man, the dude can sing, no denying that.

CD: Adrenaline Mob - Omerta
From: Doug Date: March 17, 2021 at 20:11
I hear a bit of "Hell Yeah" with this one.

CD: Black Label Society - Mafia
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 16, 2021 at 20:01
I remember hearing Zakk on Eddie Trunk's show when this album came out. Eddie had his hands full that night, because the Z-man was out of control, obviously drunk, rambling on aimlessly, and doing some really low-class "locker-room talk" about his wife on a nationwide broadcast.By the end of it, he was in tears over Dimebag Darrell, who'd just been killed three months before. Eddie was having real trouble even getting his attention. That was the moment that my view of Zakk really diminished. I began to see Zakk not as the guitar-slinging badass, but as a pathetic clown. Maybe he was both, and had been all along, and I just never saw it, but that side of him really began to dominate his public persoda around that time. "Stoned, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."

CD: Black Label Society - 1919 Eternal
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 16, 2021 at 19:47
Zakk's crowd began to be full of the type of guys in your town who are always banging away at that gun-range in the woods, grunting grotesquely under the weight bar in the gym, and whose idea of a great joke is kicking one another in the balls. Forget a motorcycle club. These guys were waiting for the call-up to join the Oath Keepers.

CD: Black Label Society - 1919 Eternal
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 16, 2021 at 19:40
The album was supposed to have been inspired by Zakk's father (born in 1919) and his experiences in World War II. As such, there's a very grim, gray atmosphere to the disc, with Zakk's lyrics (never the cheeriest) dwelling on impending doom, and rushing toward it stone-faced. That's inasmuch as the lyrics mean anything at all. Where the hell is the bass? The guitars are tuned to drop-C on most songs (as on every BLS album), but that doesn't compensate for the bass being virtually inaudible. The stink of steroid-sweat is especially pervasive on this album, as Zakk really cements his fanbase among a self-consciously macho crowd who would rather drink beer, lift weights, shoot guns, ride motorcycles and/or beat each other up for fun than do most anything else. Including getting laid (note the stern warning against the dark powers of evil women at the beginning of "Refuse To Bow Down").

CD: Kobra And The Lotus - Evolution
From: Leykis101 Date: March 13, 2021 at 16:34
Of all the new bands that try and be heavy,and essentially all sound like the exact same band, well of all those bands, plus with a chick singer, i have to say this is probably the best one your gonna find.

CD: Judas Priest - Turbo
From: hair metal again Date: March 4, 2021 at 14:28
excellent release for JUDAS PRIEST as usual ,this time going more commercial but without losing their identity !anthemic songs ,great solos and Rob as always shining with his vocals !"turbo lover","private property",'wild nights ,hot &crazy days" are fine songs indeed!love it

CD: Vardis - Quo Vardis
From: hair metal again Date: February 19, 2021 at 6:50
very good release for VARDIS combining the NWOBHM sound with some more classic rock tunes !the result is unique and there s a variety of songs and sounds with instruments like saxophones and harmonicas!all the songs are remarkable and there s a certain VARDIS trademark

CD: Judas Priest - Jugulator
From: hair metal again Date: February 2, 2021 at 8:56
pretty good release for JUDAS PRIEST without Rob in a much heavier 90 s direction that didnt do much for the fans as we always dig the classic metal sound!on the other hand the riffs and the power are remarkable and if you ignore the lyrics you get an ok result!"death row","blood stained" and "abductors" are the highlights

CD: Judas Priest - Painkiller
From: Metaldad69 Date: January 16, 2021 at 9:09
Simply put...Best Ever. I sure do wonder what could have and should have been if Rob never left and released a quick release following this.

CD: Judas Priest - 98 Live Meltdown
From: Metaldad69 Date: January 16, 2021 at 9:07
This has become my all time favorite Live Album as well as Double Live Annihilation by Annihilator. I still love all my older not so live albums from UFO, Priest, Rainbow and so forth.

CD: Judas Priest - Stained Class
From: hair metal again Date: December 23, 2020 at 10:12
very good release for JUDAS PRIEST in the late 70s and really defining the classic heavy metal sound with those fast songs and such kinda riffs along with high octane vocs!"excoter","beyond the realms of death" and "white heat,red hot" are classics!

CD: Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 6, 2020 at 23:57
This album has its share of devotees, but I'm not one of them. There are four really good songs, though: "Can I Play With Madness," "The Evil That Men Do," "The Clairvoyant" and "Only The Good Die Young." But overall, I find that the guitar sound is blunted by the keyboards, and the album as a whole just doesn't sound very heavy. Also, Bruce's histrionics are really getting on my nerves. Excessive, unnecessary vibrato on nearly every phrase, like all that "human air-raid siren" talk has gone to his head or something. This is the band's last good album for a while, but I would take any of the first fiv over this.

CD: Cyclone Temple - Building Errors in the Machine
From: Leykis101 Date: December 4, 2020 at 3:54
cool little EP here, the singer reminds me of Mustaine in his vocal registers, I like this singer more then CT other singers, think they had a diff singer on all 3 albums I had, this isnt quit thrash, it's more really fast heavy metal.

CD: Helloween - Master of the Rings
From: hair metal again Date: November 24, 2020 at 12:58
very good release for HELLOWEEN with Deris on vocals creating an even lighter result with less high metal vocs and a kinda stronger melodic line at times!the musicianship is excellent but overall the choruses should be better !anyway HELLOWEEN always had the ability of writing down catchy music with songs like "in the middle of the heartbeat","why","sole survivor"!recommended but not great

CD: Helloween - Live In The U.K.
From: hair metal again Date: November 14, 2020 at 13:54
excellent live release for HELLOWEEN being on the highest peak of theirs and really enjoying the moments on stage!perfect live sound ,you really feel the band in front of you with Michael Kiske shining with his performance!classic live release

CD: Heathen - Empire of the Blind
From: Metal T Date: November 11, 2020 at 0:17
Another punishing record in the vein of 'Evolution Of Chaos'.The guitar work on this is suberb.David's vox are solid-my only gripe is I just wish the guy would push it into the higher register on occasion like on the older 'Heathen' records...other than that 'Heathen' are definitely one of the last bay area survivors putting out quality stuff...not perfect but for thrash in 2020--this is good!

CD: Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape
From: hair metal again Date: October 13, 2020 at 7:17
very good release once more for HELLOWEEN that shocked the fans with change of musical direction and the approach of its artwork but besides that is a fine release with strong polished guitar driven songs and Kiske singing better than ever!"kids of the century","someone s crying","mankind" and "your turn" are great songs!HELLOWEEN got more commercial back in the day but who didnt at the time really?

CD: Hot Action Cop - Hot Action Cop
From: Leykis101 Date: September 23, 2020 at 10:17
Fucking awesome good time party time fun happy CD chocked full of brain searingly catchy hooks and choruses, and endless sexual innuendo, a perfect disc for the perfect time it was released, they should've been way bigger then they got, and this CD is documented proof these guys were among the elite who did this type of music, u don't get much better then this CD

CD: Venom - From the Very Depths
From: Leykis101 Date: September 23, 2020 at 10:14
More utter shit from the greatest band to ever put out music in the history of the planet, now their just trying to make good production, sound like fucking trash low end production, their are no riffs, no killer songs, I honestly cannot tell one song from the next, and my favorite band in the history of the world, is now reduced to mediocrity, loose the fucking attitude Cronos, bury the bullshit with Jeff and Anton and let's put some fucking true assaulting metal back into your true fans hearts and minds, our father, the dark lord, will not tolerate this much longer, soon you will be taken home to explain your complete dearth of anything audible, including writing an album full of songs, in which I couldn't even tell the song had changed tracks, I just thought track 1 went really really long, nope, it was the end of the disc. complete fucking trash that shouldn't even be allowed to disrespect the sacred name of Venom, shame on you cocksuckers for trying to destroy Venom's legacy, Puss

CD: Venom - Storm the Gates
From: Leykis101 Date: September 23, 2020 at 10:08
It brings so much pain to say this, but this just fucking sucks, now it just sounds like a band aiming for a god aweful low fi low end budget sound production, by way of a million dollar recording studio, complete shit, from the songs, to the production, all the way into the spirit, the spirit of venom, is a myth, it's been dead since Metal Black

CD: Rage - Reflections of a Shadow
From: hair metal again Date: September 18, 2020 at 7:25
excellent release once again for RAGE ,a unique band that always delivers a somehow commercial power metal sound with those Peavey s vocs and many many hooks almost in every tune!brilliant

CD: Savage - Loose 'N Lethal
From: hair metal again Date: August 10, 2020 at 11:58
very strong debut for SAVAGE with a very strong electric guitar sound but unfortunately the songs should be more anthemic!somehow Loose N Lethal is among the classic of NWOBHM and that counts

CD: Elixir - Sovereign Remedy
From: hair metal again Date: July 29, 2020 at 6:45
Sovereign Remedy was recorded just after the release of their debut ,but was out as Lethal Potion with a different production and song line up!As the members state this was meant to be the sound they really wanted to achieve and what they offer is classic NWOBHM music with the rhythm section reminds me strongly of IRON MAIDEN s and overall a classic sound that is ok but the songs could be better!"she s got it" ,"all together again" and "last rays of the sun" are the highlights

CD: Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain
From: Doug Date: July 6, 2020 at 17:01
IMO, they sound a lot like Doro.

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'.


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