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Fifth Angel Fifth Angel
One of the 1980's hidden gems. Fifth Angel, a little-known power metal band from Washington was stacked with good musicians (other than the underwhelming Ted Pilot on vocals) who played material that could not appeal to a wide audience. They played too melodically for the thrash crowd and their material was far too heavy for the hair metal crowd. Their lyrical content was also hard to discern if it was evil or good, as the Fifth Angel (from Revelation) is a Satanic agent, but the songs usually revolve around fate or struggling with evil, never glorifying it but rather seeing it for what it is.
Now the music itself is as good as any m
4.0
05.23.09
Black Sabbath Headless Cross
A spectacular album by Sabbath. Oddly this is Sabbath's "Hair Metal" album, as the production is clean with accessible riffs and tons of keyboards. The resemblance (the sound) ends there, as all the lyrics are about either resisting Satan, succumbing to Satan, or just plain ol' fashioned Satan.
While Headless Cross is not going to give you a more enlightened view on life or help you be kinder to your neighbor, you will rock out big time. The only part of the album that sucks is that there are only seven songs! Better that than filler, otherwise it's on par with Dehumanizer, Paranoid, and Black Sabbath.
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4.0
02.28.09
Tesla Forever More
I was pleasantly surprised with how passionate Tesla was with this release. Aping a sound that seems to fit between Radio Controversy and Psychotic Supper, this is as good of an album you are going to get for a reunited 1980s hard rock band. "Forever More" is almost as powerful of an opener as Hang Tough, and "I Wanna Live" speaks directly to Tesla's mostly aged audience. "So What" and "Just In Case" continue Tesla's hard rocking ways but then album begins to slow a bit, but not in an unenjoyable way. Definitely worth the price and a must-have for any Tesla fan.
3.0
02.28.09
Tesla Bust A Nut
Tesla never struck me as a metal band, and by 1994's Bust a Nut, it's obvious. The album begins the a strong opener (Invited) and has plenty of good material with the dynamic "Shine Away," ballad "Try So Hard," crossover/single "Need Your Lovin'," and the hard rocking "Mama's Fool" and "Earthmover." While there is plenty of strong material, the album lages as it piles on fourteen songs while lacking the accessible material that made Tesla,well... accessible. Tesla has my respect for their musicianship but it seems as if they got a little lazy with their last 'classic' release, as they would break up a year later.
2.5
02.28.09
Alice Cooper Brutal Planet
Brutal Planet is a surprisingly satisfying release. Based on a concept of "Social Fiction," Brutal Planet is a concept album of sorts about an apocalyptic future. However, the album is obviously a criticism of our modern-day decadent society. (The only songs that are obviously about the future are just about Revelations anyway.) As a result, almost each song has an intensely scathing point (except for the Neo-Nazi bashing "Wicked Young Man") and save for a couple lines of juvenille or gross-out lyrics here or there (to speak down to Cooper's intended audience, misguided 15 year-old kids), the words are simply powerful. Something I person
4.0
11.28.08
Alice Cooper Along Came a Spider
2.5
11.28.08
Tesla Mechanical Resonance
In the album sleeve, Tesla gives the listener the following advice: "Rock It to the Top!". Unlike their more mature future releases, Mechanical Resonance is Tesla at their most "glam". The result is incredible hard rock (probably metal), with "No Machines" of course. As stated in All Music Guide, each of the album sides are artistically different, with side A being more glam while side B consists of more hard rock, despite this each style pervades each side. "EZ Come EZ Go", "Cumin' Atcha Live", "2 Late 4 Love", and "Love Me" are mindless pleasures that quickly gain your attention. "Gettin' Better" is a slower paced and more complex song
4.0
10.25.08

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