Lethal
Programmed


4.5
superb

Review

by KILL USER (57 Reviews)
September 21st, 2012 | 167 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An overlooked progressive metal gem

Following the huge success of progressive metal act Queensryche among others, many similar bands were born and emerged from the wiley windy moors, but Lethal were merely hibernating, as they had formed many years before, waiting to release their masterful debut LP Programmed. Like many bands of the era, Lethal are very similar to Queensryche, especially the vocalist Tom Mallicoat, his voice is scarily similar to Geoff Tates, which is a big compliment indeed. The guitar work however is more traditional metal sounding and prospers greatly from the fact. The opening track Fire in Your Skin is a superb introduction and sets the tone for the rest of the album, a definite highlight. As well as the vocals, the guitar playing is exceptional. Eric Cook (RIP) delivers some of the best riffs in all of progressive metal. Not only is his guitar work superb, but his choice in melodies, chords and guitar harmonies constantly fit the songs to a t and never come off as cheesy in the slightest. Fire in Your Skin is an obvious highlight of his playing, as is Arrival, especially the solo, which is a real testament to his chops.

Like many albums of the time, the production is crisp and there is plenty of room for the instruments to breathe, the album has a warm analogue sound which is sadly missing from most modern records. Luckily the bass is audible too, which has a great tone and takes a mostly subtle but sometimes thrilling approach when choosing to follow the complex guitar lines. The ballad Another Day is excellent and is perhaps the best showcase of Toms vocal abilities, his vocal range on the chorus is impressive to say the least. Coincidently Dream Theater also have a song called Another Day which was released two years later, but the Lethal one is far superior. There are literally no dull moments on the entire album, the song writing is just that good, even the short acoustic track Pray for Me is interesting, with Glen Cook showcasing his dynamic bass lines. The title track is a great way to end the album, a real rocker with plenty of double bass playing and the excellent outro.

Like many progressive metal acts of the 80s, Lethal were overshadowed by bands such as Queensryche and Fates Warning, and while those bands are of course excellent and hugely important to the genre, Lethal were a highly talented band that didnt get the break they so deserved. The band went on to make a follow up and final album titled Poison Seed in 1996 which was a far inferior album to Programmed and helped mark the end of the band. The band have since reformed, but with the death of Eric Cook their future is uncertain, but we live in hope, hard.



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ThroneOfAgony
September 21st 2012


3485 Comments


Didn't you already write this a while back?

but pos anyway

KILL
September 21st 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

re-reviewed this cos i didnt do the album justice at all with my shitty 2 min review, album fucking rules everyone get it

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CaptainDooRight
September 21st 2012


29453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omfg



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KILL
September 21st 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

holy shit throne were you f5in my reviews or some shit how did you comment so damn fast lol

ViperAces
September 21st 2012


12439 Comments


Was this deleted?

ThroneOfAgony
September 21st 2012


3485 Comments


must have refreshed the page at the right time lol

CaptainDooRight
September 21st 2012


29453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

PLAN OF PEACE

Rising resistance decision to abort
Plan of peace in danger
This weight on our shoulders
Much to heavy now to hold
Dreams of high cards
Now have been thrown fold

Near the edge one push and we fall
Dauntless angels seeing no wrong

Scenes from our future
Reflected in the past
Farther in debt to the hour glass
This story we're writing
Much to sad to be told
There is no reason
For this course that we chose

Near the edge one push and we fall
Dauntless angels seeing no wrong

A cold sun is rising
In the mist of poison skies
Our life lines are severed forgotten
The cry of a new child
Will echo in the night
To retrace the ones
That have been left behind

Near the edge one push and we fall
Dauntless angels seeing no wrong

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


19798 Comments


How do you delete a review if you want to re-write it?

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CaptainDooRight
September 21st 2012


29453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

meds thread

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18951097#post18951097

KILL
September 21st 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ask a mod to delete it for you

damn captain those lyrics are truth

CaptainDooRight
September 21st 2012


29453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea bro

good review too

seedofnothing
September 21st 2012


3425 Comments


Solid review. Pos'd

GiaNXGX
September 21st 2012


4867 Comments


I've never heard this :[ recommended tracks'?

KILL
September 21st 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks bros damn that a hard one, another day is def a fav and the title track, but they all rock

CaptainDooRight
September 21st 2012


29453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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GiaNXGX
September 21st 2012


4867 Comments


Wow *those lyrics*.

Captain666
September 21st 2012


652 Comments


agreed, just simply amazing

GiaNXGX
September 21st 2012


4867 Comments


omg Captain666.

CaptainDooRight
September 21st 2012


29453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

scientifically dat azz iz perrfekt

Captain666
September 21st 2012


652 Comments


scentifically you're a creep, now stop looking at my goods



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