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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

CD: Magic Kingdom - Metallic Tragedy
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2018 at 11:53
A great album of European Power Metal!!!...all the songs are well worth listening to...my faves are # 6,7(epic instrumental),8(solid soft),9 & 10...if you are into Kamelot,Stratovarius or even...Dream Theater! then u might like this act.85/100

CD: Manowar - Fighting the World
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2018 at 22:12
A kinda commercial release but the power needed to still catch the die-hard fans' attention."Blow Your Speakers","Carry On" & "Violence And Bloodshed" are my fave ones and i'm sure of many as well.85/100

CD: Judas Priest - Firepower
From: Doug Date: March 29, 2018 at 12:25
This is one solid album! Listening to it now, lovin' it.

CD: Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 24, 2018 at 10:10
Brutal album!!!...tracks # 1(great!),2,3,6,7,9 & 12 are the ones in my book of metal...saying something additional about this Record is just a filler space...everything has been already said.86/100

CD: Edguy - King Of Fools
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 24, 2018 at 10:07
Cool Ep with that typical sound of the band...tracks #1,3 & 4 are the ones for me.60/100

CD: Dream Evil - Dragon Slayer
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 24, 2018 at 10:04
A good debut!!!...some guy called Gus G played here ...tracks #2,5,8 & 10 are excellent cuts of typical european Power Metal style.85/100

CD: Rhapsody - The Dark Secret
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 24, 2018 at 9:57
An epic release of those guys as usual but kinda predictable one to be honest...tracks # 1 & 2 are the cuts that caught my attention.50/100...next please.

CD: Judas Priest - Painkiller
From: hair metal again Date: March 23, 2018 at 11:36
one of the best ever heavy metal albums for JUDAS PRIEST and i recall i was shocked back in the day when it was out, i could nt believe how good ,strong 7electric Painkiller was!bought the vinyl ,spinned it a lot and i suggest you buy that masterpiece if you havent so far!classic

CD: Judas Priest - Painkiller
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2018 at 22:34
A good album with two of the greatests Priest songs in it("Painkiller" & "A Touch Of Evil")...basically the whole album is a dope of classic HM stuff..."Battle Of Hymn" is also another "killer" cut just to name a third one well worth listening deeply.85/100

CD: Judas Priest - Firepower
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 18, 2018 at 11:07
"Hey man--the new Judas Priest sounds a lot like Primal Fear!"Just kidding--I had to do it.

CD: Judas Priest - Firepower
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 18, 2018 at 11:06
Jugulator has its champions, but I would have to say Firepower is the best Priest album since Painkiller, certainly if you confine the conversation to albums featuring Rob Halford. The first five tracks are all jacked out of the park, so you don't even hardly notice, and easily forgive, Halford's very sparing use of his trademark shriek. The riffs are powerful, his singing strong, and the production is crystal-cear and heavy as fuck (but it's Andy Sneap, so that's a given). Fourteen tracks is about four too many for this band, even if one ("Guardians") is just an intro/interlude, so I would lose that, as well as both the slower songs, "Sea Of Red" and "Rising From Ruins." I'm having trouble recalling "Children of the Sun" and "Spectre" offhand, but aside from that, every other song leaves an impression, and a very positive one. Priest's days of breaking new zground or pushing boundaries are long over, but Firepower shows them sounding as confident as ever.

CD: Symphony X - Twilight in Olympus
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 16, 2018 at 23:19
Another cool album by this mighty band..."Orion-The Hunter" is my all time fave of them ...tracks # 1 & 5 are also in my list.80/100

CD: Symphony X - V: the New Mythology Suite
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 16, 2018 at 23:17
A good album that grows while it get spinned ...tracks # 3,11,& 14 are in my book of Power/Prog Metal songs.85/100

CD: Dio - Evil or Divine: Live in New York City
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2018 at 21:36
Decent live album by the mighty Ronnie...# 1,2,4,5,9,11,12 & 15 are among my faves in here.86/100

CD: Primal Fear - Devil's Ground
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2018 at 21:25
Powerful release!...Ralf is undoubtebly one of the best vocalist in the Metal business...one hell of a kind!...# 1,2,3,4,8,10 & 11 are great ones for sure.86/100

CD: King Diamond - Conspiracy
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2018 at 21:18
Solid album by the King!...it contains some of the man's nowadays classic songs...# 1,2,3,5,6,8 & 11 are in my book of metal.83/100

CD: Mercyful Fate - In the Shadows
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2018 at 21:12
Another nice shot by the master KD and his combo...tracks # 1,2,4,8 & 9 are with me.80/100

CD: King Diamond - House Of God
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 26, 2018 at 20:18
Typical album by the King of Metal,the Diamond himself...the ones for me are # 2,3,6,11 & 12...enjoyable stuff as usual.70/100

CD: Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 26, 2018 at 20:14
Nice and catchy Power Metal release by one of the most famous and charismatic acts of the genre...tracks # 2,3,6,8 & 9 are the ones for me :-) .80/100

CD: Angra - Rebirth World Tour - Live In Sao Paulo
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 26, 2018 at 20:02
A very enthusiastic live release,the first one with the "new" frontman on board Eduardo "Edu" Falaschi...my fave ones are # 1,2,3,5,6,8(drum solo),9,11,12,14 & 15...enjoyable stuff...86/100 :-)

CD: Manowar - Battle Hymns
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 18, 2018 at 23:00
...and this is where all began.For me the next efforts are far better than this debut but is because undoubtebly the guys of the band started to show their music skills on the way...tracks # 4,5 & 8 are the ones for me.83/100

CD: Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits
From: Doug Date: February 14, 2018 at 16:19
This album is growing on me, has taken a few spins though. I like tracks, #2, #5 and #12.

CD: Judas Priest - British Steel
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 13, 2018 at 18:42
This is a must one for every self respected rocker out there...catchy HM songs with Halford at its highest peak along with the rest of the boys the band.Tracks # 3 & 7 are just classics of the genre and of the act of course...basically the whole release is essential.88/100 :-)

CD: Nostradameus - Hellbound
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 9, 2018 at 20:48
This is the band's best effort to me...tracks # 5,6,7,8,9 & 10 are pure example of how to create powerful songs but with the essence of the commerciality in the making ...86/100

CD: Nostradameus - Words Of Nostradameus
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 9, 2018 at 20:45
Decent debut album of the typical European Power Metal genre...tracks # 5(solid ballad),7 & 11 are the ones for me outta this release.83/100

CD: Nostradameus - Prophet of Evil
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 7, 2018 at 17:55
An album that grows in attraction while it gets its spinning ..."Murder" is my fave song and probably is one of the band's best cut...another goodies are # 8,9,10 & 11...enjoyable stuff...85/100

CD: Iron Savior - Battering Ram
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 7, 2018 at 17:51
A good album that sounds ala Primal Fear here & there... "H. M. Powered Man" funny title but my fave one though ...tracks #1,2,3,4,6 & 9 are also in my book of metal.85/100

CD: Hammerfall - Crimson Thunder
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 7, 2018 at 17:47
Powerful yet very catchy songs all over ...the ones for me are # 1,2,3,6,7(nice),9 & 11...enjoyable stuff indeed if you like the commercial side of Power Metal.85/100

CD: Motorhead - Overnight Sensation
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 5, 2018 at 19:21
All the best Motorhead albums have a few surprises lurking, and here we have "I Don't Believe A Word," a semi-ballad featuring heavy, plodding bass in place of any wimpy guitar shimmer; "Shake The World," a slow blues making unlikely use of double-bass drumming, and "Listen To Your Heart," which does feature acoustic guitar, but in a hard-strummed, foot-tapping uptempo way to go along with Lemmy's more clean-sung vocals. These songs, if not necessarily highlights, keep the album varied, and point up the more traditional Motorhead-ness of songs like "Civil War" and 'Murder Show." It all just makes for an incredibly strong, well-rounded disc. Also of note, Lemmy's lyrics are somewhat less sex-crazed and more concerned with his cynical, even bleak worldview.

CD: Motorhead - Overnight Sensation
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 5, 2018 at 19:15
Another great album from the other great three-man lineup of Motorhead, their longest-lasting configuration as well. At this point, while the beats-per-minute are still frequently right up there with the early days, to the trained ear the sense of unhinged, half-mad velocity is missing, replaced with ruthless, machinelike precision. Such is the cost of the upgrade in musical ability of Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell. So there's a bit of a different feel to these later albums, but there's no denying the band has put out some of its best work ever since 1993. Overnight Sensation is an exceptionally strong release, even for Motorhead. After a solid but somewhat rote first track, highlights galore: "Crazy Like A Fox" (because a harmonica solo makes anything cooler!), the hard stomp of the title track and "Broken," the breakneck "Eat The Gun," "Them Not Me" and "Murder Show," and the more mid-paced, sneering 'Love Can't Buy You Money."

CD: Motorhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 5, 2018 at 17:36
Live albums simply did not sound like this in 1981. No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith (none of whicch was recorded at the Hammersmith) is raw and wild and frightfully loud for its time, yet it still sounds zgreat, not like a bootleg or some poorly-recorded noise like Husker Du's Louder! Faster (which might be its closest comparison in some ways). Andd this version of "Motorhead" the song thoroughly crushes both the Hawkwind original (of course) and the studio version from the '77 self-titled debut.

CD: Motorhead - Iron Fist
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 5, 2018 at 17:31
Final release with Fast Eddie Clarke on guitar. He also produces, and then bails two dates into the ensuing tour. Iron Fist for some reason gets a bad rap, maybe just because it comes after Ace Of Spades, admittedly a hard act to follow. It's still a solid 8.5 or 9, though; it's better and jmore consistent than the more often hailed Bomber, to my ears. All songs are prime Motorhead in the classic, nearly-out-of-control style of the period. The title tack is, of course, an all-time classic, with other favorites being "Heart Of Stone," "I'm The Doctor," "Go To Hell," the final four tracks. The stumbling block is the production, which starts out great, but for some reason falls off in the late going, particularly in the drum department. By the time we get to "(Don't Need) Religion," the thump is gone, replaced by a distant tapping.

CD: Motorhead - Bomber
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 5, 2018 at 17:25
Sandwiched between two albums that are perfect 10's, Bomber is more of a 7.5. And that comes down entirely to the quality of the songs. Even Lemmy admitted there were "a couple of naff tracks." And there are: "Talking Head," "Sweet Revenge," "Lawman," and maybe "Step Down" is a good song, but I don't want to hear anybody but Lemmy sing a Motorhead song. The all-time classics heere are "Dead Men Tell NNo Tales," "Stone Dead Forever," "All The Aces" and of course "Bomber."

CD: Motorhead - Overkill
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 5, 2018 at 17:20
Nearly on the same level as Ace of Spades among early Motorhead albums, Overkill is where they first truly embraced the speed for which they would become synonymous. Nothing outside of hardcore punk and sometimes Judas Priest was as fast as the title track in 1979. Then you get the salute to '50's rock in 'I Won't Pay Your Price," the ZZ Top-on-crank boogie of "No Class" and "Damage Case," and a trove of other delights. The only thing holding this album back from fully challenging Ace Of Spades is that the production isn't as strong. Philthy's intro to "Overkill" doesn't sound as powerful as it should and the tradeoff in Lemmy's bass is that, the more guitar-like it sounds, the less bottom-end you get.

CD: Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 5, 2018 at 17:12
My special favorites are the title track, "Love Me Like A Reptile," "Live To Win," "Fire Fire," "Dance," "The Chase ..." and "The Hammer." On the whole, Ace Of Spades is entirely deserving of its legendary status and its perch atop the Motorhead catalog.

CD: Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 5, 2018 at 17:10
Let's stop all the revisionist history already: I know Lemmy was (I started to type "is"--sniff!) sick of "Ace Of Spades" the song, and doesn't get why it, among all the others, should be the one Motorhead song that fans have chosen to elevate above all others. And yes, the band would grow more technically proficient and go on to release some absolute corkers, especially post-Bastards. But let's all agree that Ace Of Spades is the best album from the early, classic period. There's just something so reckless about the speed and volume and attitude that doesn't come across on later albums. Songs like the title track, "Fire Fire" and "The Hammer" just roar like a runaway truck. What passes for slow ("The Chase Is Better Than The Catch") is what most bands of the time would call normal. And the songs themselves are perfectly imperfect, not a bad one in the bunch. The production might lack the steamrolling power of future albums, but is about as heavy and loud as you could expect in 1980. O

CD: Burning Point - Feeding The Flames
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 29, 2018 at 20:21
A solid album that grows while you listen to it.Tracks # 1,2,5,6,7,8,11 & 12 are the ones for me.80/100 :-)

CD: Cannibal Corpse - Live Cannibalism
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 26, 2018 at 20:37
A brutal live release by this legendary Death Metal act...tracks # 1,5,7,10,11,12,13,15,16,17 & 18 are straight to your face kicking a** songs.70/100

CD: Freedom Call - Eternity
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 26, 2018 at 20:34
A fine release by this very catchy power metal band ..."Warriors" is my fave song but some other relevant moments are tracks # 2,5(nice),8(nice),9 & 11(nice).75/100

CD: Motorhead - Hammered
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 26, 2018 at 17:20
Another of Lemmy & Co.'s better latter-day albums, the songs just having that extra bit of Motormagic and only a couple by-the-numbers slackers. A thick, heavy sound (even more so than usual) aided by drop-tuning the guitars, and Lemmy at his black-hearted best, culminating with the utterly chilling spoken-word "Serial Killer" (and it's the Grim Reaper he's talking about, not any human butcher). Don't have the two bonus tracks, don't care about 'em.

CD: Motorhead - The World Is Yours
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 26, 2018 at 17:12
This is my favorite of the new-millennium Motorhead albums, I think. I like Aftershock a lot too, but 14 tracks seems a little too much for this band, and this disc's 10 feels more manageable. And there's just such a high number of standouts and a range of speeds and moods. I can't pick out a bad song, although maybe "I Know What You Need" is kind of forgettable. But when you have stuff like "Born To Lose," "Devils In My Head," "Rock 'n' Roll Music," "Brotherhood Of Man," "Outlaw," and "Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye," it's easily forgiven.

CD: Motorhead - Snake Bite Love
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 26, 2018 at 17:05
There's no such thing as a bad Motorhead album, just ones that are less great. Snake Bite Love is one of their--shall we say--more "serviceable" releases. Nothing wrong with it, except that few songs really distinguish themselves beyond being immediately identifiable as Motorhead. The band does have that tendency, especially post-Bastards, to pepper their albums with a handful of fairly interchangeable songs, where, if you heard them on shuffle, you wouldn't be able to name them until Lemmy barks the title. As such, Snake Bite Love just contains a higher percentage of those types of songs. It's a blast while it's blasting, though. My picks are "Love For Sale" and the rather frightening "Assassin." Other than that, I would have to go back and listen again to pick out more. Which proves my point.

CD: Motorhead - Everything Louder Than Everyone Else
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 26, 2018 at 16:56
I know we all revere No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith, because it's so fucking unhinged for its time, and captures the (first) classic Motorhead lineup at its peak. But in all honesty, this one right heere is a better live album. For one thing, two discs of live Motorhead are always better than one. For another, the production is better--you really get a sense of the sheer, overwhelming loudness of a Motorhead show. A third of the set is still made up of prime-era classics (and you can quibble about which ones should be here and do we need five fro Overkill), but the rest highlights the band's outstanding '90's material. And there's still room for a few '80's gems (although Deaf Forever" would've been cool in place of "Lost In The Ozone").

CD: Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 25, 2018 at 12:57
I'm finding that Grimmest Hits (not a compilation, same as Bringing Metal To The Children wasn't a kids' book) picks up where Catacombs of the Black Vatican left off. In other words, it's fairly slow-palced and not all that heavy. Surprisingly, the guitars seem a bit muddy and pushed back in the mix except for the typically blazing solos, allowing Zakk's trying-oh-so-very-hard vocals to take the fore, unfortunately. This makes two fairly boring releases in a row, and three out of four if you go back to Shot To Hell. It's not awful, especially taking one song at a time, but it's far from the greatness of the first four studio albums, sadly. Also, despite the credits, I think the drummer is the only one besides Zakk who actually plays on the record. Zakk has historically done all the guitars and bass himself.

CD: Kamelot - Siege Perilous
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 23, 2018 at 18:12
Not a very exciting release but still can catch the attention,"Rhydin" is my fave song in here.Some other fine moments are # 2,3,4 & 7...70/100

CD: Black Label Society - Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live!!
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 17, 2018 at 22:22
I remember hearing "Like A Bird" on the radio a few times back when this first came out, and the version played had some electric guitar laid over the acoustic, to the detriment of the song. It just strikes me odd that I've never found that version anywhere or even heard of it since, but I know I have it on a cassette from that time. One of the last songs I recorded off the radio, in fact, as my reliance on that medium was near its end.

CD: Raven - Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 31, 2017 at 12:00
A good follower of the great previous release "Life's A Bitch" ..."Gimme a Break" & "Stick It" are my faves...some other good rocking moments are tracks # 4,5,7,11 & 12...enjoyable stuff in here but not superior of the aforementioned previous Record.85/100

CD: Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
From: Metal T Date: December 23, 2017 at 21:46
RIP Warrel Dane

CD: Freedom Call - Stairway to Fairyland
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 15, 2017 at 19:16
Catchy Power Metal release,a debut that gave the genre a happy face ...tracks #4,5,6,9 & 10 are the ones for me.85/100

CD: Mastodon - Leviathan
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 15, 2017 at 19:13
A solid Metal album being tracks "Blood and Thunder" & "Aqua Dementia" my fave ones...80/100

CD: Metallica - Garage Inc.
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 15, 2017 at 19:10
A very cool cover album by the nowadays extremely commercial "metal" act Metallica...my fave ones are # 1,2,5,7,9,11(from disc 1) and 12,13,15,16,17,18,20,22,23 & 26.Enjoyable stuff in you are into this kind of releases.90/100

CD: Fates Warning - Night On Brocken
From: hair metal again Date: December 14, 2017 at 2:53
very good debut for FATES WARNING back in 84 and of course a classic of the US power metal scene !great riffs ,suitable vocals by John Arch and a certain dark vibe all over!all the songs are remarkable and that was a great start for a band that shined through the years

CD: Fates Warning - Chasing Time
From: hair metal again Date: December 11, 2017 at 8:54
excellent collection of songs that marked FATES WARNING career and we fans always loved to hear!the information inside is pretty cool ,as well as the unreleased stuff!recommended for fans

CD: Corrosion of Conformity - America's Volume Dealer
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 7, 2017 at 1:03
I read something the other day, Pepper Keenan praising John Custer's production skills, what a genius he is at getting the right sounds to match what the band hears in their heads, etc. I don't get it. Half the guitars on Wiseblood sounded like they were being played through a phone, and on America's Volume Dealer, they have a different, but no less weird sound (check the beginning of "Congratulations Song"). The drums sound like they're full of mud. There are times when I feel like maybe there's a heavy jacket or a pair of pants draped over my speakers. And then there's "Take What You Want," which Custer gets a co-write on, and which features a ridiculous slide-whistle sound effect, like in a cartoon when somebody throws something: "Phweeee!" My poit is, while I enjoy this album more than a lot of people do, I think its production holds it back, just like Wiseblood, and when I read that Custer is again producing the band's next album, I wince.

CD: Fates Warning - Darkness in a Different Light
From: hair metal again Date: December 3, 2017 at 3:05
totally agree with Wardy for this one ,as FATES WARNING easily offer quality tunes from every aspect!most important that they create a certain dark mellow vibe without exceeding and always having a slightly mainstream commercial edge."firefly","one thousand fires","i am" and "into the black" are excellent tunes!essential for every fan

CD: Lefay - The Seventh Seal
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 30, 2017 at 15:25
Decent release with some good cuts in the shape of tracks # 1,2,5,6 & 8(my fave one)...70/100

CD: At Vance - VII
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 30, 2017 at 15:23
Cool album with one of the greatest voices in the Power Metal field,Mr Mats Leven...tracks "Shine" & "Truth" are my faves.80/100

CD: Dark Moor - The Gates of Oblivion
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 25, 2017 at 12:58
A good band for sure but shamely,at least in here,with the "Rhapsody" monicker all over(voice,music,ect)and that makes it quite dull fo the cause...tracks # 1,4,5,11 & 12 are the ones for me though.80/100

CD: Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 23, 2017 at 18:17
Brutal releease by Carcass!!!...a band that has visited my country Venezuela many times ...tracks 2,3,4,6,8,9,10,11 and from that point onward hahahaha....80/100

CD: Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 17, 2017 at 19:18
Good album by the Sabs!!!...tracks 1,2,3(nice),5 & 6 are the ones for me...80/100

CD: Angra - Holy Live
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 16, 2017 at 18:57
Decent mini live album and i agreed with Mallorca's about the Andre Matos way of singing live...tracks 2,4 & 6 are awesome ones that put the band in a high status back then.70/100

CD: Labyrinth - Sons Of Thunder
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 15, 2017 at 17:52
A decent album in here...just that...this band has manufactured better ones than this IMHO...anyway tracks 8 & 10 are the highlights for me...also #2,3 & 6 can save the nation...70/100.

CD: Raven - Life's a Bitch
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 14, 2017 at 18:31
This one is a bada** release!!!...a mind blowing album with killer cuts in the shape of # 1,2,3,4,7,8,10 & 12...recommended eyes closed!...87/100

CD: Iron Maiden - Killers
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 8, 2017 at 17:40
For me this release is less consistent than the band's debut but still manages to catch the attention as it has many good songs in it such as tracks 2,3,6,7,9 & 10...Paul DiAnno was "the man" in here and he was giving the band that "punky touch" with his voice.83/100

CD: Altaria - Invitation
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 26, 2017 at 22:32
Decent debut...catchy Power Metal songs to be exact...tracks 1,3,5,6 & 7 are the ones for me.70/100

CD: UDO - Mission No. X
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 26, 2017 at 22:27
Cool album by the former Accept lead vocalist,typical songs,almost repetitive in all aspects to be honest but "acceptable" ones at the end..."Mad for Crazy" is my fave song but tracks 2,3,7,8,9 & 11 are also interesting cuts.83/100

CD: Seven Witches - Amped
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 20, 2017 at 21:55
This is just a decent album without a major spark in its songs at all...tracks # 1,2,4 & 8 are the ones for me.70/100

CD: Mob Rules - Temple of Two Suns
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 20, 2017 at 21:53
A good album that goes in the same mold as their debut one..."Eyes of All Young" is my fave song but add to that one tracks # 8,9 & 11....80/100

CD: Edguy - Monuments
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 12, 2017 at 13:49
Five new songs and a generous sampling of older material. This is a good compilation for someone like me, who doesn't have a huge interest in the band but doesn't know which single album is the best representation. (Same way I feel about Hammerfall). Also like Hammerfall, it's difficult to know just how seriously to take this band. Edguy play a style of stirring, anthemmic power-metal, with flashy guitars and yelping vocals. The lyrics are almost always cheesy and stupid, mostly in the fantasy realm of kings and wizards and crowns and swords. But then they add in the occasional juvenile sex tune ("Lavatory LLove Machine") to go along with music that retains more than a pinch of hair-metalness. And, just like Hammerfall (Edguy are kinda like Hammerfall Lite), I like most songs I've heard at least a little bit, but feel no need to venture beyond this compilation--especially not into one of their nerdy concept albums.

CD: Magnitude 9 - Reality in Focus
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 11, 2017 at 19:17
Lovely album of Power Prog Metal with a Fates Warning sound vibe in it...tracks "No Turning Back" & "What My Eyes Have Seen" are great ones!!!...some other fine moments are tracks # 6 & 8...recommended stuff...85/100

CD: Evergrey - The Inner Circle
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 11, 2017 at 19:11
Good album of a great band!!!...these guys deserve more for sure ...my fave cut in here is "Harmless Wishes" but add to that tracks # 1,2,7 & 8...the live acoustic B/T's are also pleasant ones.85/100

CD: Altaria - The Fallen Empire
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 5, 2017 at 19:31
A super catchy PM album!!! ...good songs all over being tracks # 1,2,3,4 & 8 the ones that go to my book of metal...enjoyable stuff indeed...85/100

CD: Wizard - Goochan
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 5, 2017 at 19:29
This act has released many good albums along its career and this one ain't an exception ...solid PM with character all over...tracks # 1,2,5,6,7,9 & 10 are the ones for me in here.83/100

CD: Virgin Steele - Visions of Eden
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 5, 2017 at 19:25
Manowar Manowar living on the road!!!...upppsss,sorry,this is Virgin Steele ...a band that in here sounded a 100% inspired by the guys of what they call "true metal" stuff...this release offers good cuts in the shape of # 1,2,3,7(nice),8 & 9...this is a classic HM/PM release with some Prog Metal elements here & there as well and the Manowar monicker floating in the air.85/100

CD: Amorphis - Silent Waters
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 5, 2017 at 19:21
Decent album but at certain moments could sound a bit monotonous in the structure of the songs..."Silent Waters" was a hit single back then and is one of the highlights for sure in it and a fave of mine...tracks # 1,4,6 & 10 are also in my list.75/100

CD: Grave Digger - The Reaper
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 20, 2017 at 19:22
Solid release!!!...tracks 2,3,4,8,9 & 12 are going directly to my book of Heavy Metal .84/100

CD: Grave Digger - Heavy Metal Breakdown
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 20, 2017 at 19:20
Classic album of a band that has done a lot but has received a little IMHO...the main song "Heavy Metal Breakdown" is a hymn of the germans and a must at any concert...tracks 4,5,7 & 8(cover)are also appealing ones.80/100

CD: My Dying Bride - 34.788... Complete
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 19, 2017 at 13:48
This is nobody's favorite My Dying Bride album, except maybe for Martin Popoff, and he's a contrarian anyway. Most of the ire seems to center on "Heroin Chic," an uncharacteristic electronic/ambient number with unusually (very) vulgar lyrics (even if they're heavily censored) for a band known for its dark but flowery poetry. I actually enjoy this song just for the sheer disturbing-ness of it. But no, not a song that's representative of the band's style. The more typical numbers are okay, but I wouldn't recommend this as anyone's first MDB album. (I actually think the most recent album, "Feel The Misery" is pretty great.)

CD: Razor - Shotgun Justice
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 15, 2017 at 20:53
Brutal release!!!...a lot of Hirax influenced sound here and there but that doesn't matter to be honest,powerful catchy old school Thrash cuts all over! ...many tracks that caught my attention such as # 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,13 & 14...recommended stuff...83/100

CD: Razor - Custom Killing
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 15, 2017 at 20:50
Cool album of old school Thrash Metal...tracks 4,6 & 7 are the ones for me.Production kinda average but remember this act has always remained underground even though they should have been big IMHO...75/100

CD: Freedom Call - Dimensions
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 14, 2017 at 21:30
A very catchy Record of a very talented and interesting act in the field of European Melodic Power Metal ..."My Dying Paradise" is my fave...some other good moments are tracks 2,3,6,8,9 & 11...recommended and enjoyable stuff if you like kinda the commercial side of the genre.86/100

CD: Falconer - Northwind
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 14, 2017 at 21:26
Another decent release by this act and keeping the same line as the previous ones...tracks 5,8,11,12 & 13 are the ones for me in here.70/100

CD: Dream Evil - Evilized
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 11, 2017 at 22:22
Cool release of this powerful Metal band that has in Niklas a great frontman and singer...my fave cuts are 1,2,3,6,8,9 & 10...my rate on this one is 82/100.

CD: Pyramaze - Melancholy Beast
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 11, 2017 at 22:15
Decent debut of a band with a strong Queensryche influence in its music..."The Journey" is my fave song and tracks # 5,6 & 10 are also in my book of music.80/100

CD: Vision Divine - The 25th Hour
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 10, 2017 at 19:04
After the very good previous release("The Perfect Machine"-2005-)comes this quite and IMVHO weak Record...Michele sounding great as always but the songs are lacking of of a really worthy punch to make them completely appealing.Tracks 2,3,4,9 & 10(nice)are fine to me though.It could have been a better one because the band is a train without brakes for sure but in here....ummmm...80/100

CD: Divinefire - Glory Thy Name
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 10, 2017 at 18:57
Decent and good debut by this act...3 killer tracks are # 7,8 & 9...85/100

CD: Labyrinth - 6 Days To Nowhere
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 10, 2017 at 18:54
Very good and catchy album of pure italian Power Metal!!!...many tracks i love(#1,2,5,7,9,10,11,12,13(nice)& 14)...enjoyable stuff indeed ...87/100

CD: Athena - A New Religion
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 8, 2017 at 16:55
A project led by the charismatic singer Fabio Leone(Rhapsody fame).A strong Dream Theater influence is noticed in here and even in the way Fabio sang the songs.Tracks 2,3,6,7,8 & 10 are the ones for me.84/100

CD: Labyrinth - Return to Heaven Denied
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 8, 2017 at 16:45
Good album by this italian lot ...tracks 1,2,4,5,6,7 & 9 go directly into my book of music.85/100

CD: Labyrinth - No Limits
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 6, 2017 at 21:46
Good and catchy italian Power Metal Record :-) ."In The Shade" is my fave one but add to that tracks 7 & 10.85/100

CD: Savage - Hyperactive
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 6, 2017 at 21:40
A good follower from the debut and being the cut "We Got The Edge" the highlight...some other fine moments are tracks 2,5,6 & 9.82/100

CD: Helloween - Gambling With the Devil
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 4, 2017 at 20:01
Catchy Power Metal release...way too sticky to be honest.Somehow it managed to have me interested in some songs such as # 6,7,10 & 11.Not a bad Record if you are into the commercial side of metal.85/100

CD: Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
From: Palash Date: August 29, 2017 at 4:09
Last rose of summer, an excellent ballad from Judas Priest. I don't know why this song is not given in their compilation albums.

CD: Hammerfall - Threshold
From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 19, 2017 at 14:18
Catchy HM/PM album in the way the band usually does ...tracks 1,2,4,6,8 & 10 are the ones for me.85/100

CD: Metallica - The 9.98 Cd - Garage Days Re-Revisited
From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 12, 2017 at 22:34
First record with Jason on board...a covers one...only 2 songs out of the 5 are in my book( "Helpless" & "Crash Course in Brain Surgery")...Jason rules over Trujillo,end of the story.80/100

CD: Viper - Maniacs in Japan
From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 4, 2017 at 21:32
Decent live album...tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13 & 14 (Ramones) are the ones for me.80/100 :-)

CD: Vardis - The World's Insane
From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 4, 2017 at 21:28
A lovely cult band that has always been unfairly second rated.. .this release contains good songs such as "Police Patrol" and the Hawkwind cover "Silver Machine"...some other fine moments are tracks 1, 4, 8 & 9...80/100 :-)

CD: Judas Priest - Point of Entry
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 11, 2017 at 15:18
To me, Point Of Entry is like a twin to British Steel. The overall sound of the album is nearly identical to its predecessor, to where you could easily picture the two being recorded at the same time. The difference lies in the songs, as there are fewer standouts, and somewhat more of an emphasis on melody and less on crushing (for the time) riffs. In the end, Point Of Entry comes off as a little more "hard rock" than "heavy metal," if you will. But "Desert Plains" is one of my all-time favorite Priest songs, and the other singles "Heading Out To The Highway" and "Hot Rockin'" (despite its cringe-worthy video) are classics as well. But there's no denying songs like "Don't Go," "Turning Circles" and "Troubleshooter" are filler.

CD: Judas Priest - British Steel
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 11, 2017 at 15:08
... incorporated, there to remain for the better part of the next decade.

CD: Judas Priest - British Steel
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 11, 2017 at 15:07
On one hand, British Steel is an absolute metal classic in almost everyone's mind, and contains some of the band's most popular and enduring songs. But at the same time, it can be argued that this album was a creative disappointment. There's a definite dumbing-down in an attempt to appeal to an American audience, both lyrically and musically. Much of the speed and aggression of past albums has been sacrificed in favor of simpler riffs and singalong choruses (although conversely, several songs don't actually HAVE choruses). The bleak, chilling imagery of Sad Wings of Destiny and Stained Class is often replaced by good-time anthems and soccer chants of metal solidarity. As a result, songs like "United," "You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise" and "Living After Midnight" sound more like heavy Kiss than the band who gave us "Dissident Aggressor," possibly the heaviest song on the planet at the time of its release. These developments were hinted at on Hell Bent For Leather, but are now fully

CD: Mind Over Four - Half Way Down
From: hair metal again Date: July 10, 2017 at 8:55
2nd step for MIND OVER FOUR back in a time that such releases had a prospective of commercial success !these guys are solid and have some skill ,but unfortunately the songs dont deliver and there are no hooks that could give the songs credit!their sound is somewhere between thrash,progressive,alternative and overall interesting ,but as a whole this is weak and it s no surprise that they stopped after it

CD: Anthrax - Among the Living
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 3, 2017 at 18:35
I saw Anthrax live on this Tour with an opening act that was just hitting the road with its debut "The Legacy"(Can u recall the band?,if noty,i tell u...TESTAMENT!)...my fave cuts in here are #4,6,8 & 9...my rate is for this one of 86/100

CD: Tank - Valley Of Tears
From: Metal T Date: June 30, 2017 at 23:54
ZP Theart's vocals are terrible! Evans/Tucker TANK are clueless.They replace a great singer in Doogie White and great drummer in Steve Hopgood and bring in this clown from Dragon Force to sing...Fake TANK have strayed so much from their old sound that its laughable.They sound like every other euro power metal band now with little distinction from what they once were.As far as the band's latter albums go 'War Nation' kills this....said singer bolted to sing for Skid Row

CD: Kalmah - Swamplord
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 21, 2017 at 21:53
This is like Children Of Bodom Jr. Very similar style music, although minus the prominent keyboards. The vocals recall Alexi Laiho's strangled screams as well, but his guitar firepower isn't represented. A good disc, though. It's as good or better than latter-day COB, although maybe not on the same level as that band's best stuff, due mainly to a relative lack of strong hooks.

CD: Mercyful Fate - Dead Again
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 20, 2017 at 16:36
Decent album by "The King"...my fave ones are 4,9 & 10...typical sound of the master of metal horror .80/100

CD: Asphyx - Deathhammer
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 18, 2017 at 10:41
Asphyx don't play "death-doom" in the style of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Novembers Doom or Swallow The Sun. Instead, this is just straight death-metal with occasional very slow passages. A cool riff or groove stands out here and there, and one of these songs carries a mournful, ominous solo above the crushing framework--but I can't even remember which song it is now. And that's the hell of it with Asphyx: ultimately, their music is fairly boring and one-dimensional to me. Not bad by any stretch, but it failed to leave a lasting impression.

CD: Falconer - Grime vs Grandeur
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 16, 2017 at 23:31
A regular release but still it gets on you one way or another...tracks 1,3,5 & 6 are the ones for me .70/100

CD: Judas Priest - Hell Bent for Leather
From: playhogan Date: June 9, 2017 at 20:56
This is a killer release. I have the 24K Gold Disc release by Audio Fidelity in 2010. I must say it is the worst HDCD I have ever heard. It really sounds bad for some reason. Other than that this is a great album.

CD: Monster Magnet - Mastermind
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 4, 2017 at 12:33
A couple things to jump out at me: was 2010 the year of the bass intro? Because it seems like half of the twelve songs start with fuzzy, gnarly four-string action. Also, the album tails off a bit toward the end, as the last two or three songs are the weakest. Wyndorf is at his lunatic best with the lyrics, but now his sex and sci-fi poetry is now colored by noticeable shades of regret, whether he's mourning the loss of a relationship ("Ghost Story"), his creativity ("All Outta Nothin'") or his youth ("Time Machine"). But the message is ultimately positive, as he counsels himself, and us too: "Get along, little doggie, get on / No one else is gonna sing your song / You can fuck recovery cuz you're already gone."

CD: Monster Magnet - Mastermind
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 4, 2017 at 12:10
By this point, Monster Magnet appeared on the decline: lost their deal with a major, the last member of the Dopes To Infinity lineup leaves (Mundell is listed above but I didn't think he played on Mastermind, or the one before for that matter), Wyndorf overdoses, spends time in a mental institution, and puts out the lackluster 4-Way Diablo. And then, like the true space lord motherfucker that he is, Uncle Dave comes roaring back with some of the best Monster Magnet songs since Powertrip. Lots of big riffs ("Gods And Punks"), thundering rhythms ("100 Million Miles Away"), interstellar freakouts ("Bored With Sorcery"), and lyrical genius (nearly every song).

CD: Metal Church - Blessing in Disguise
From: hair metal again Date: May 3, 2017 at 12:00
superb power metal release for METAL CHURCH and one of the best of the heavy metal genre in general!the production is awesome,the musicianship is truly excellent(especially the drums) and Mike s vocals really great!all the songs are excellent,the riffs &the hooks are everywhere and i really cant find something bad!highly recommended

CD: Metal Church - Metal Church
From: hair metal again Date: April 20, 2017 at 2:55
ok debut for METAL CHURCH back in 85 with an excellent production and very good musicianship!especially the guitar work is outstanding and overall they achieve a very heavy solid sound with a fine metal vibe!"beyond the black" and "metal church " are the highlights of a release that will satisfy all oldschool heavy metallers

CD: Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 13, 2017 at 17:17
A cult album by Thy King!!!...the opening song "A Dangerous Meeting" is really a killer one...tracks 5,6 & 8 are also in my list of faves.85/100

CD: Metallica - Load
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2017 at 20:15
As a postscript to my last comment, "King Nothing" might be the best song on the disc, but it's still an obvious attempt to copy "Enter Sandman," being structurally almost identical. Hearing any single from Load or ReLoad gives me a strange, bittersweet, not entirely unpleasant feeling of nostalgia. Not for the music, but for a time, half my life ago, that's been and gone and won't come again. Funny how the worst music of a great band's career coincided with a good time in my own life.

CD: Metallica - Metallica
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 4, 2017 at 14:13
An album that took the band into tihe commercial side of metal and caused many reactions among metalheads worldwide...my faves are tracks 1,2,6,7,8 & 12.86/100

CD: Metallica - Master Of Puppets
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 4, 2017 at 13:59
A particular moment lived here as this was Burton's last recording effort with the band before his tragic death...tracks 1,2 & 4 are in my book of music.85/100

CD: Motorhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 30, 2017 at 19:31
No comments on this classic? ,well life sucks then...tracks 1(a rock hymn,as simple as that),6,7,8,9,10 & 11 are the ones for me...enjoyable live raw stuff!.84/100

CD: Onslaught - The Force
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 16, 2017 at 19:54
Good thrashing album!...tracks 2,4,6 & 7 are excellent pieces of the genre "made in the U.K.".86/100

CD: Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 8, 2017 at 11:15
Also of note, the record is mixed by Andy Sneap, which results in a slightly different sound from the past half-dozen or so self-produced albums. But it's not as dramatic a difference as, say, his remix of Nevermore's Enemies Of Reality--and nor does it need to be. I wondder why they even spent the money on him, when they've been sounding just fine on their own.

CD: Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 8, 2017 at 11:12
Albums like ReliXIV and Immortalis seemed a bit lacking, but beginning with Ironbound, Overkill has delivered four absolute knockout punches in a row! So here's the latest, and it's prime-cut, Grade-A, tried-and-true Overkill. Blitz is not dodging the question or being glib when he says the best way to describe the new record is that "it sounds like Overkill." The mai difference is in the length of the songs: they're starting to creep up there again, sending the album as a whole over the 60-minute mark. Even if a simpler, punkier track like "Goddamn Trouble" is longer than you would expect, songs rarely outstay their welcome and contain enough moving parts to keep you engaged. More than any other, Overkill truly are the AC/DC of thrash. Highlights are "Mean Green Killing Machine," "Goddamn Trouble," "Our Finest Hour," "Come Heavy," "Red White And Blue" and the surprise Thin Lizzy cover "Emerald."

CD: Metallica - ...And Justice For All
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2017 at 20:53
Saw them live on this Tour in lovely U.K.(support act was Danzig)..."One" is by far the best cut of the album and a complete metal hymn...some other fine moments are tracks 1,3,6 & 7...recommended stuff.90/100

CD: Savatage - Fight for the Rock
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2017 at 20:38
More Hard Rock than Metal in here that somehow reminds me of an edgy version of Motley Crue ...tracks 7,8,9(cover) & 10 are the ones for me.85/100

CD: Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2017 at 20:24
One of the many successful albums of Mr Mustaine & Co...tracks 1,2,4,8 & 11 are the selected ones in my book of metal.80/100

CD: Tokyo Blade - Night of the Blade
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 3, 2017 at 23:21
Lovely NWOBHM band that,as many others,didn't get the recognition they deserved..."Warrior Of The Rising Sun" is my all time fave cut in here,tracks 1,2,5 & 8 are also in my book of metal.80/100

CD: Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 3, 2017 at 23:06
A big step for the band in here and the international stardom just around the corner for the guys,especially in the States..."The Hellion"(killer intro),"Electric Eye","Riding On The Wind","Screaming For Vengeance" & "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" are nowadays classics of the metal genre.85/100

CD: Judas Priest - Stained Class
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 3, 2017 at 18:08
Lovely Judas!..."Exciter" is my fave cut in here along with "White Heat,Red Hot"...tracks 6 & 9 are also appealing to me.80/100

CD: Battleaxe - Power from the Universe
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 3, 2017 at 17:52
Not as strong as the band's "Burn This Town" effort i think but still has some fine songs in the shape of 1,7 & 8....a cult band that needed more recognition back then but didn't get.75/100

CD: Overkill - W.F.O. (Wide Fucking Open)
From: hair metal again Date: February 24, 2017 at 9:30
very good thrash release for the very fine OVERKILL with their unique sound7energy!great basslines,Bobby s howlings everywhere and big riffs all around will keep your interest and i suggest you buy this one if you like oldschool thrash

CD: Nostradameus - Pathway
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 23, 2017 at 6:28
Prog Epic Power Metal in here ...tracks 2,6,7,11 & 12 are the ones for me.75/100

CD: Corrosion of Conformity - Wiseblood
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 11, 2017 at 14:47
Listening to this one again, and I'm thinking a big part of why I don't rate Wiseblood as highly as Deliverance is the production. It's just a strange-sounding album. The guitars don't have any bottom end, where a slow, chugging riff like 'man Or Ash" should just punch you in the chest, but doesn't. And there seems to be a lot of extraneous pick-scraping and finger-squeaking noise. The bass only makes itself known occasionally, and Pepper's vocals have an oerly processed, sung-through a bad mic quality, even when he's not (over)using the bullhorn effect. It almost has that highly compressed, heard-on-AM-radio quality that Queens of the Stone Age were going for on Songs for the Deaf. The songs seems to be there, but the sound is just so weird, it detracts from the listening experience.

CD: Messenger - Under The Sign
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2017 at 19:49
Ummmm not a very solid release and in fact is kinda predictable one...only tracks 2,4 & 10 caught my attention,HM with no ambition at all .60/100

CD: Sacred Steel - Bloodlust
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2017 at 19:43
Kinda cool Power Metal release!...tracks 7,8 & 9 are my faves .85/100

CD: Rage - Secrets In A Weird World
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2017 at 19:40
A very good Heavy Metal release with some Thrash moments here & there...tracks 5,6,8,10 & the live bonus 15 are the ones in my book of music.86/100

CD: Rage - From The Cradle To The Stage (Live)
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 4, 2017 at 19:01
Great live album!...i was going to say my fave cuts but there are so many in it that the only thing i have to say is to...BUY IT.95/100

CD: Accept - Metal Heart
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 3, 2017 at 12:02
This is really a pleasant one...typical HM sound but played with that commercial side that many bands did in mid 80's,even with some AOR feel as well...fave ones of mine are 1(best cut),2,3,4,5(AORish),9 & 10...highly recommended stuff...87/100

CD: Accept - Restless and Wild
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 3, 2017 at 12:00
Classic release from one of Germany's finest metal acts ever..."Fast As A Shark" should be named as a total hymn in Heavy Metal music(as i wrote in here way back in 2006)...tracks 2,4,7,8 & 10 are also kinda killer ones...recommended...80/100

CD: Dio - Holy Diver
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 30, 2016 at 12:32
First album of the mighty Dio as a solo artist and what a blast it was!..."Stand Up & Shout" is my fave piece of music in here...tracks 4,6 & 8 also are in my book of HM...87/100

 

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