Average Rating: 3.62
Rating Variance: 0.93
Objectivity Score: 77% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicHumble Pie Smokin'A stone cold classic. One of the first albums I owned as a youth and I've never tired of it. The production and vibe of the album is unmatched; you can feel the presence of the instruments and voices like you're right there in the studio with them.Manowar Hail to EnglandManowar Sign of the HammerPagan's Mind God's EquationPagan's Mind Enigmatic: CallingPagan's Mind Celestial EntrancePagan's Mind Infinity DivineRaven All for OneRaven Wiped OutRush SignalsRush Moving PicturesRush Permanent WavesRush HemispheresRush A Farewell to KingsSpiritual Beggars Earth BluesI've got their entire catalog and feel this is their best yet. The songs are accessible and inspired, the throaty organ sounds make it feel like 1973 again, and the guitar tone is gorgeous. I was not enamored of Apollo as the new singer on "Return to Zero"; the album was rather tame by their standards. But he's "on fire" here and this might be my favorite vocal performance on any SB album, and that's saying a lot.Yes Close to the EdgeOne of the grand achievements of progressive rock that still stands the test of time. You had to be there hearing this in real time, trying to wrap your head around the complexity, lyrics, musicianship, arrangements and emotion, so unlike anything else you'd heard before.4.5 superbAngel AngelChicago Chicago Transit AuthorityClutch Blast TyrantClutch Robot Hive/ExodusHorslips AliensHorslips The Book of Invasions: A Celtic SymphonyHumble Pie Performance Rockin The FillmoreManowar Into Glory RideManowar Battle HymnsOpeth DeliveranceOpeth Blackwater ParkPagan's Mind Heavenly EcstasyThis band never fails to astound. How they get such a heavy sound without distortion and with such space between the instruments is incredible. Sasquatch IISpiritual Beggars On FireThis was my favorite SB album until Earth Blues came along. I love the throaty roar of JB's voice and the sound of the instrumentation is perfect, fiery and in your face. Unreal that people out there are still listening to the same lame songs over and over on "classic rock" stations without knowing about this superior band.4.0 excellentChicago Chicago IIChicago Chicago IIIChicago Chicago VChicago Chicago VIIChicago Chicago at Carnegie HallEarthless Sonic PrayerEarthless Rhythms From a Cosmic SkyFu Manchu Signs Of Infinite PowerA definite improvement over the previous two disastrous albums, We Must Obey and Start the Machine! The guitar tones are thick and fuzzy again, the trippy elements have returned and the riffs are more plentiful. There are still moments where they reference the punk rock sound of the aforementioned albums, but for the most part this is solid Fu Manchu.Horslips The TáinHumble Pie As Safe As Yesterday IsHumble Pie Rock OnLo-Pan SalvadorLo-Pan SasquanautJust got into these guys at the same time as Wo Fat. Lo-Pan... Wo Fat... sounds like I'm ordering at a Chinese restaurant! Killer sound though, picked up this and the Salvador album.Opeth Ghost ReveriesRaven Rock Until You DropRush Clockwork AngelsRush Power WindowsRush 2112Rush Vapor Trails RemixedI like this a lot better now with the remix. So many textures come to the fore now. The original gave me such a headache that I couldn't listen to more than 3 tunes in a row before having to turn it off.Rush All the World's a StageSasquatch SasquatchSasquatch IVA more compact offering than previous albums, but I do miss the acoustic tracks. "The Message" is not a good choice for the opening track, rather ordinary by their standards. Things get cooking after that. Killer sound, guitars and vocals rule and I don't care if they cop riffs. There's a bit in "Sweet Lady" that sounds like it comes from Humble Pie's "Four Day Creep" off Rockin' the Fillmore. Who cares, it sounds killer!rMy only other issue is some of the song lengths. "Wolves at My Door" and "Corner" are just 3 minutes and I wish they were a bit longer. "Smoke Signal" is 7:26 and the last two minutes are the repeated "Woo hoo hoo" vocals over repetitive riffs and guitar noise. It didn't need to go on that long. Only "Drawing Flies" at 7:41 works for me at that length as the melodies and riffs are quite dramatic. Overall a damn fine album, been cranking it in my car.Spiritual Beggars Ad AstraSpiritual Beggars Mantra IIISpiritual Beggars Another Way To ShineThe Sword Age of WintersThe Sword Warp RidersThe Sword ApocryphonWo Fat The Black CodeWo Fat Noche del ChupacabraYes FragileYou had to be there, hearing this album in real time when it came out. There was nothing to compare it to. It was so "out there", so rich and complex and full of musical ideas that it was overwhelming. It loses points for the gratuitous solo pieces; with the exception of Steve Howe's amazing "Mood For a Day", they are largely forgettable. But the band tracks are still granite blocks of progressive rock that stand the test of time.3.5 greatHorslips The Man Who Built AmericaPelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...Rush Grace Under Pressure TourRush Grace Under PressureRush Caress of SteelRush Different StagesSpiritual Beggars DemonsWo Fat Psychedelonaut3.0 goodChicago Chicago VIIIClutch Pure Rock FuryFu Manchu GigantoidWhy is this album so hard to find on CD? And why is it $17.00??
Rating subject to change as I haven't purchased it yet and have only heard a few cuts online. I want the physical CD, not an MP3 download.Horslips Drive the Cold Winter AwayHumble Pie Eat ItA huge left turn for the band after their heavy stoner/blues classic, "Smokin'." It could have been better if not for the awful production. In his book, drummer Jerry Shirley says he heard one of the songs on the radio in a car a few days after the album was released and knew they were sunk because it sounded so bad. Some of the soul songs are quite good, and the acoustic side was a nice twist. But the side with 3 live concert tracks was atrocious. Considering how great they sounded on Rockin The Fillmore, this sounds like caterwauling noise.Manowar Louder Than HellManowar The Triumph of SteelManowar Kings of MetalManowar Fighting the WorldOpeth DamnationRaven Life´s A BitchRaven Live At The InfernoRush Test for EchoRush Hold Your FireRush Fly by NightRush A Show of HandsRush Exit...Stage LeftSasquatch IIISpiritual Beggars Return To ZeroThis album feels tame compared to earlier efforts and I'm not that enamored of the new singer... but thankfully Apollo has redeemed himself and found his voice on the new Earth Blues album!Spiritual Beggars Spiritual BeggarsThe Sword Gods of the EarthWo Fat The Conjuring2.5 averageChicago Chicago VIChicago Chicago XChicago Chicago XIFu Manchu We Must ObeyContinues in the vein of "Start the Machine", which is basically Fu Manchu gone wrong. The songs are slightly better though, and a few have parts that sound like they're trying to reach back to their classic stoner sound (Shake It Loose, Land of Giants, Lesson) and Sensei vs. Sensei is a killer slow closing track, but there is still too much here that sounds like punk rock.Grand Magus Iron WillFor me, this is a case of the whole being less than the sum of its parts. All the right ingredients are there: JB's killer voice (love his work in Spiritual Beggars), classic metal riffs, great sounding instruments, Nordic themes...so why don't I love this? It all seems...average. Safe, even. Too many mid-tempo songs that seem to blur together. Nothing really exciting or innovative about the arrangements; it's all very play-by-numbers. No ragged edges to the playing. Repetitive choruses that aren't very compelling - after I hear "silver into steel" repeated 4 times, that's enough, but it goes on and on. I bought this at the same time as Alabama Thunderpussy's "Open Fire" and ironically both bands have been in the "stoner" category earlier in their career but have morphed into a more classic metal/power metal sound. By contrast, I can't get enough of "Open Fire." It also has all the right ingredients but played with fire and passion, and with some cool instrumental breaks. It grabs my ear, whereas "Iron Will" just plods along and I find my interest drifting from boredom. Wish it wasn't so because I really wanted to like this album.Horslips Short Stories - Tall TalesHorslips Roll BackHumble Pie ThunderboxBurnt out from all the drugs that their success brought them, Thunderbox is the result. The recording lacks "oomph" in the production and Steve's voice especially is not well recorded. He was also short on inspiration with quite a few cover songs and not many originals.Manowar Warriors of the WorldOpeth HeritageRush Vapor TrailsRush Rush2.0 poorFu Manchu Start the MachineFu Manchu lost the plot with this one. The thick fuzz tones are gone and the songs sound more like punk rock than stoner rock - short songs without any adventurous jamming. "Hey" sounds like The Knack, and that's not a good thing! "Written in Stone" is a great opening track but it's all downhill from there. An uninspired effort.Humble Pie Street RatsTired, uninspired, just playing out the string. They made this after the record company rejected a completely different album which they submitted, so maybe the lack of motivation is understandable! (that other album surfaced in the 90's as the Scrubber Sessions, and was better than Street Rats).Manowar Gods of WarRaven The Pack Is BackRush Counterparts1.5 very poorManowar The Lord of SteelRush Snakes & Arrows1.0 awfulRush Roll the BonesRush Presto
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