Twisted Sister
Under the Blade


4.5
superb

Review

by Jacob Russell USER (29 Reviews)
July 6th, 2013 | 13 replies | 1,196 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite the band's giant hair, 'Under the Blade' turns out to be rather bald.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Twisted Sister is, at its core, a one-hit wonder band. Everyone knows "We're Not Gonna Take It" (and "I Wanna Rock", but not quite to the caliber of the former), but not much else is really known about this five piece band that reeks of 80's glam metal flair. This may be the reason a lot of people write Twisted Sister off. They think they are just another cheese-tastic hair band that people have seen all throughout the 80's, but their lesser known debut album, Under the Blade proves that they can be just as intense and heavy as any traditional heavy metal band of the early 80's.

This album is very vocally driven. Dee Snider's voice gives a recognizable gruff and deep feel that makes for an impressive performance. The lyrics range anywhere from dark and serious to "too cool for school" rebellious anthems. At points where lyrics relate more to the latter is where there is more of a glam metal feel. "Bad Boys (Of Rock & Roll)" shows a lighter side to Dee's vocals as well as riffage that is high and squealy, and the whole deal is very radio friendly. "Shoot 'Em Down" also has a very radio friendly sound along with lyrics about a girl who all the guys try and get. Songs like this make me understand where people come from when they write Twisted Sister off as just another hair band, but then I hear the fast and furious vocals and drum work of "Sin After Sin", the dark lyricism of "Under the Blade", or "Destroyer" which is a borderline doom metal song. These continue to prove that these girly men can certainly hold their own with the likes Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and other heavy metal of the early 80's.

The riffs in Under the Blade are usually very simple. Many of them consist of power chords that tend to ring through whole measures, though this does not make them any less effective. The main riff of "Destroyer" consists of two palm muted notes, but the deep, slow, and trudging way in which they are played really manages to create a dark and doomy atmosphere that you wouldn't expect from them, especially following the poppy "Shoot 'Em Down". The solos on the other hand show the more technical side of the guitar work. They are by no means the best solos to come out of 80's heavy metal, but they have an impressive aspect of speed on their side. The drum work varies from typical beats, to an impressive amount of skill, perhaps most prevalent in "Tear it Loose". The main beat is almost reminiscent of a hardcore punk sound, along with some well timed and powerful fills to go along with it.

Twisted Sister shows with their debut that it's not a good idea to judge a book by its cover. Behind the make up and the immense amount of hairspray is a straight up heavy metal album that can certainly hold it's own with other classics of this time. If you don't like glam metal, don't write Under the Blade off. It may pleasantly surprise you.



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TheSmashBro
July 6th 2013



256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Woah, didn't realize how short this was.
I can't believe it took this long for this album to get review. Fucking rocks.

ViperAces
July 6th 2013



12374 Comments


nice sum

tempest--
July 6th 2013



12529 Comments


First off, the summary sounds like a bad thing, contradicting the 4.5 score.

"Twisted Sister is, at it's core, a one-hit wonder band. Everyone knows "We're Not Gonna Take It" and to a lesser extent "I Wanna Rock"

So are they a one hit wonder or do they have two well known songs? Make up your mind. The opening sentence is also extremely long, try breaking it up.

"They think they're just another cheese-tastic hair band that you've seen all throughout the 80's"

Do they think this, or do I think this? Be consistent. Also, in the rest of that sentence you use "they" to refer to both the band, and the "lot of people [that] write Twisted Sister off."

"The lyrics range anywhere from dark and serious to rebellious, too cool for school, rock & rolling lyrics."

Rework this whole sentence, I'm sure you can figure out what needs to be done yourself.

"The main riff of "Destroyer" consists of two palm muted notes, but it really manages to create a dark and doomy atmosphere"

How?

In the third paragraph, you keep talking about drum "riffs". Try "beats", as "riff" (at least for me) has a guitar connotation. It's just semantics, though.
To give your reviews a more formal feel, remove contractions ("they are" instead of "they're"). This may also help with your continual use of "it's" where you mean "its", only use an apostrophe when contracting "it is".

TheSmashBro
July 6th 2013



256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit haha.

Thanks for the feedback. I made the changes, but I'm keeping the summary. It's just a silly play on words, and people should understand where I'm going with it.

tempest--
July 6th 2013



12529 Comments


Nice work, man. Obviously your writing could still improve, but this is a pretty decent review. :-]

PsychicChris
July 6th 2013



205 Comments


I always hear good things about their first three albums. One of these days I'll give them an honest shot.

TheSmashBro
July 6th 2013



256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This and "Stay Hungry" are fantastic. "You Can't Stop Rock & Roll" isn't quite as good, but it's worth a listen.

manosg
July 6th 2013



5675 Comments


I've listened to this one a couple of times and I remember it being good. I don't think 4.5 good but very enjoyable.

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Titan
July 6th 2013



4799 Comments


Stay Hungry is incredible.

JohnXDoesn't
July 6th 2013



1267 Comments


band is pro and unashamed. i like the christmas album. what a hoot

mark7477
March 16th 2014



392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty good but some of the songs could of been a little bit better in my opinion.As a matter of fact songs like destroyer and what you don't know sound even more kick ass live.

DazSkunk
March 28th 2014



33 Comments


never really liked this band, but I'll check this record out soon.

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manosg
March 29th 2014



5675 Comments


Their first three albums are really good.



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