Average Rating: 3.86
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Objectivity Score: 62% (Fairly Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name2013 Die Schwarze Sonne Das Letzte Licht4.0Very very good raw black metal with a distinct atmospheric edge - but without relying very much on synths, keyboards or ambient noises.Darkthrone The Underground Resistance4.0The album is very enjoyable, seamlessly blending bunches of heavy, speed, black and crust punk together. Even if you aren't a fan of Darkthrone's earlier work or even black metal, give this a shot if you've got an open metal mind.Voivod Target Earth4.0I was very pleasantly surprised when I heard a few songs off this on youtube. Then I thought 'right, I NEED to get this album some time' and I did. Definitely no disappointment, Target Earth really sounds quite much like a natural successor for Dimension Hatross and Nothingface.2012 Dying Fetus Reign Supreme4.0Brutality in more old school vein, not only speed but some beefy riffing and respectable vocals as well. A very good brutal/technical death metal release. And Trey Williams is a fucking machine gun with the drums.Overkill The Electric Age3.52011 Cataleptic Strength Within3.0Vektor Outer Isolation4.5holy shitBeherit At The Devil's Studio 19903.5Probably even better than The Oath of Black Blood, raw and bestial as fuck2010 Deathspell Omega Paracletus4.0Heavy, dark, unrelenting, cold, complex, hypnotic - all to make this a great black metal release.Destroyer 666 To the Devil His Due4.0Whether you know Destr?yer 666 or not, this is a great addition to any hard metalhead's collection.Rotten Sound Napalm2.5A decent EP, the production is painfully brickwalled compared to Exit. Haven't watched the DVD yet, though.Overkill Ironbound3.52009 Sacrilegious Impalement Cultus Nex3.5Quite promising band from Finland. They put more emphasis on melody and atmosphere than most raw Finnish BM bands. I wouldn't call they melodic BM though, more like a bit rawer Necrophobic in that sense. Really worth a listen!Vektor Black Future4.5sick stuff damnMegadeth Endgame3.5Clearly the best Magedeth record since the phenomenal Rust in Peace. The album has got many great tracks such as the opening duo Dialectic Chaos, This Day We Fight! and Endgame. Then there's some quite uninspired, more "regular" heavy metal songs. Album lacks the originality of old-school thrash records, even though the instrumental section is great and Dave is doing pretty nice vocals, too (by Megadeth standards, of course). No big flaws on here really, just nothing very special. Nevertheless, this shows Megadeth is not a forgettable act even these days, and obviously puts the best efforts out of the Big Four in these days.2008 Deathspell Omega Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum4.0One interesting record. I think the concept of making just one long song with somewhat separate parts works great, you more or less need to listen to the whole thing to get full experience. Very weird yet brutal. And above all, damn good.Arphaxat Loudun la Maudite4.0Metallica Death Magnetic1.5Esoteric The Maniacal Vale4.5Makes all life simply decay, frightening as fuck.2007 Megadeth United Abominations1.5Vomitory Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize4.0Some really brutal and heavy death metal. Even if nothing really spectacular, I enjoyed basically every moment. 3.8/5 2006 Peste Noire La Sanie des siecles - Panegyrique de la4.0Excellent outing on raw, emotional black metal. Not emotional in emo way, but the deliverance of hateful, empty, raw emotions is great. Has a nice variation as well.Doom:VS Aeternum Vale3.0Vinterriket Lichtschleier4.02005 Darkspace Dark Space II4.0Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal4.01349 Hellfire2.0The plain lacking vocals are the main thing that annoys me.rAnyway, to be fair, the drumming is great and very fast, and the guitars are pretty nice as rwell, though not on the level of the drumming.rMusically, this is so-so, some of the songs hit me well like Celestial Deconstuction rand Slaves to Slaughter, but equally some other songs are pretty dull. What is a good rand a bit of an unusual thing, the album gets better towards the end.rFor now, sure above average black metal, but nowhere near as good as it could be considering rthe lineup's potential.Deathspell Omega Kenose4.5Municipal Waste Hazardous Mutation4.0Hazardous Mutation might not have reinvented the wheel of crossover thrash. But it does contain several great riffs, fun songs and whatnot. What's best though, it simply FORCES you to damn MOSH!!Destruction Inventor of Evil3.0Lathspell Fascination of Deviltry4.0Finnish band Lathspell's Fascination of Deviltry is a compilation that consists of their two early demos, namely Fascination of Devil's Art and Deviltry, in their entirety. Well worth every penny, if you can find it and you are into honest lo-fi demo black metal. Also has got a decent sound that isn't just a shitty mess.Nile Annihilation of the Wicked4.0So Nile continues mutilating your ears with another massive album.Beheaded Ominous Bloodline4.0An enjoyable brutal death metal record, short and sweet - with some ultra-guttural vocals!Taake Hordalands Doedskvad3.5This is kinda weird, need more listens. Riffs and musicianship is pretty much top class.Rotten Sound Exit4.0Some very intensive and pissed-off shit! Excellent grind, with that Entombed-esque guitar tone and all.2004 Inquisition Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer3.5Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh4.5An essential old school death metal album - even if it's released in 2004, don't let that fool you. This is Bloodbath at their best, they took the punishing sound they already had and cranked it up to 11, without compromising any of their good riffs or simplistic brutality. Nightmares Made Flesh shows that you can make great extreme metal without taking things too seriously, the Swedes were certainly having a fun time recording this. 4.3/5Megadeth The System Has Failed2.5Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult Nocturnal March3.0A solid piece of black metal, gotta listen to it some more.Behexen By the Blessing of Satan4.0By the Blessing of Satan is a very authentic black metal album. No tricks, no flirting with excessive synths (doubt there's any), weird vocals, folk elements or anything. Just black metal, "true" kind, if you may. The production is very good, raw as it should be but not demo junk either, it's... just right. Behexen might not be utterly original, but they're great at what they do. Every fan of 90's classic black metal, give this a run!2003 VolkeinBlucht To Consume the Darkness Whole....3.5Darkspace Dark Space I4.0Some really transcendental ambient black metal - it's heavy, fast, cold, dark and especially moody. You know, we live on this somewhat friendly planet with its blue sky, but outside that, it's just dark, cold space over and over to infinity.Vinterriket Winterschatten3.5Spawn of Possession Cabinet4.0Spawn of Possession's debut Cabinet is sure one of the better modern technical death metal albums. Immense technicality combined with pretty well structured songs and a good production that is actually not mastered loud as fuck 4.2/5Gorerotted Only Tools and Corpses4.02002 Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage4.0A great modern old-school death metal album with a true Swedish sound. On one hand very consistent, on the other hand the album is very samey which is the biggest flaw.Dio Killing The Dragon2.5Taake Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik3.5Survived the almighty boing, this is pretty unique stuff.Destroyer 666 Cold Steel...for an Iron Age4.5Filled with brilliant riffs and truly bestial vocals, Cold Steel... for an Iron Age is one mean metal album. Somehow the album is filled with quite brief but epic, yet unrelenting songs. I don't know how they do that, but who cares. Genre? In a way, mix of thrash and black metal, but not really after all. Just metal that fucking slays. Unavoidable for any fan of honest metal.Nile In Their Darkened Shrines4.0Classic Nile, nothing else needs to be said. Somewhat combines things from the preceding two albums.Paysage d'Hiver Winterkaelte4.5Simply monumental, the atmosphere is quite unbelievable.Krieg Destruction Ritual2.52001 Destruction The Antichrist3.0Contains a number of very good thrash tunes like the opening duo of Days of Confusion and Thrash 'til Death. Sadly much of the stuff is quite uninspired and samey, not very special for thrash. Their early stuff (up to Release from Agony, that is) is definitely better. Still worth a listen or two.Sodom M-164.0Enough epicness, originality, rawness, purity, darkness and lots and lots more combined rtogether with great yet quite simplistic music and a bit black metal like vocals, and near rperfect consistency, this album is only what it's supposed to be: fantastic. With M-16 Sodom delivers you an atmospheric, but still very original, load of thrash that is ressential for all thrash fanatics. It takes some time to grow, and doesn't impress with technical awesomeness, but when listening to this, it isn't even needed. 4.5/52000 Nile Black Seeds of Vengence4.0Quite massively underrated. Black Seeds of Vengeance is not only absolutely crushing, but tastefully crafted and at times even pretty melodic. Yes, the sound engineering isn't the best, but I personally dig the filthy, somewhat old school sound.
Sadly this was to be the one and only performance of Derek Reddy behind the drum kit of Nile. His playing is absurdly inhuman, both in terms of hyperspeed and creativity. Possibly my favourite drummer they've had, sorry fans of Kollias.Dying Fetus Destroy the Opposition4.0I was very positively surprised that this DOESN'T sound overly digital and over-produced as
too much of metal sounds today, but actually pretty nice and even quite old-school.
Musically, this was also a pleasant surprise. Only 8 songs clocking at about 36 mins makes
this a tight package, and makes the record nicely consistent. Instrumentation is very good,
as one would expect, but not so wanky that the songs become boring.
The music is actually pretty catchy.
Very worth of getting if you are a fan of relentless and crushing death metal.Iron Maiden Brave New World3.5Decapitated Winds of Creation4.0One impressive album from a group of underage teens! Seriously, you couldn't tell the guys
were this young haven't you read it somewhere.Vader Litany3.5Pretty much brutal in-your-face thrashy death metal. The production is not too good, very brickwalled. Nothing too bad though. 3.7/5Bloodbath Breeding Death4.0A great EP, three songs of good ol' straightforward death metal with no tricks.Immolation Close to a World Below5.0Unfortunately I have to give this a rating of five stars, I simply have no choice.Hypnosia Extreme Hatred4.0One extremely pissed off thrash album with touches of death metal (some of the riffs) and black metal (the vocals) that doesn't only rely on its niche of being some old-school thrash hailing the good old days. It does resemble the listener of Kreator more than occasionally, but the music is, simply put, just excellent extreme thrash that any fan of the genre should not miss.Destroyer 666 Phoenix Rising4.5Who the fuck gave this a 2, this is very high quality black/thrashDeathspell Omega Infernal Battles3.5MUCH better than the rating says. The album doesn't reinvent the wheel by any means, but it's certainly above average raw black metal. Admittedly DsO has outdone this by a big margin later, but fans of cold black metal should give this a go. The second half suffers from being demo quality (which it actually is, a demo), but it's not that bad. 3.6/5Destroyer 666 Terror Abraxas4.01999 Taake Nattestid Ser Porten Vid4.0Esoteric Metamorphogenesis4.0Not quite as good as the longer albums, for example The Pernicious Engima or The Maniacal Vale, though the styles are a little different as well. This would be the best starting point to the band though, as it's more of the "usual" doom metal.Testament The Gathering3.5Immolation Failures for Gods4.0You can whine about the production, but not about the sheer quality the album definitely has. One simply does not get disappointed by Immolation.Immortal At the Heart of Winter4.5Rules, this and Pure Holocaust are all Immortal you will ever need. 1998 Metallica Garage Inc.1.02 Great songs? Yes. A great album? No, hell no. I'm not a huge fan of cover songs, and this album is almost completely ignoreable for me, almost. Am I Evil? and Blizkrieg covers are excellent, but IMO that's all good things here.Exhumed Gore Metal3.5Some truly sick stuff in the vein of old Carcass. Very chaotic but good.Death The Sound of Perseverance4.5Suffocation Despise the Sun4.0When not quite on par with their nearly phenomenal efforts before this, Despise the Sun is still well worth getting for fans of the band and genre.Nile Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka4.0This is one interesting record. Very brutal and chaotic, but at the same time very atmospheric. The atmosphere on here is dare I say, quite mysterious. Even if some fans may find it bad, I think the raw sound fits the album really well. Sadly most the songs feel a bit too short, but otherwise this is some great brutal yet atmospheric death metal.Incantation Diabolical Conquest4.0Gorguts Obscura4.5There's one word I can describe Obscura with: A journey. The album is a journey through your mind, well, the music is there too, and it's simply excellent. My only real con is that the album is perhaps a little too lengthy.1997 Children of Bodom Something Wild2.0Ulver Nattens Madrigal5.0Sincerely, this is one of the top black metal albums I've ever heard.
Structured around lycanthropy theme, here you have eight songs of pure, raw, dark, lethal
but still somehow beautiful black metal... I don't know how the guys did it, but this is one
of the greatest things I own.Necrophobic Darkside4.0This is great and has a good atmosphere. This review is too short.Destroyer 666 Unchain The Wolves4.5Esoteric The Pernicious Enigma5.0Almost unmatchable heaviness combined with a bloody terrifying, eerie atmosphere like no other. Funeral Doom at its very best.1996 Gorgoroth Antichrist4.0I must say this album took some time to grow on me, and still needs more... But I think I'm
close to have the album 'clicked' on me!
Even if only mere 25 minutes long, this album has got pretty much variety to keep a listener
interested and curious about what's coming up next.
This may not hit you at first, though, so give it a few listens at least.
Gorgoroth is one truly great song.Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill2.5Cannibal Corpse Vile3.0The songs are all VERY similar, I mean it's not that uncommon amongst death metal but the songs sound way too the same. The instrumental side is good but very generic, the vocals and production are quite good though.Cryptopsy None So Vile4.0Flo Mounier is probably one of the most sick and skilled drummers everBurzum Filosofem3.5The first four songs are great, but then comes the pretty useless 25-minute instrumental rcollection of a few notes, and Decrepitude II which has no significant different to the I, ronly that's a bit less interesting.rAside of those, this is excellent.Immolation Here in After4.5Slays just like many other albums of theirs. Great atmosphere and somewhat unconventional instrumentation in terms of death metal.Black Funeral Vampyr - Throne Of The Beast4.0Very good underground release, contains a very haunting and well... vampiric atmosphere. Needs more love.1995 Krisiun Black Force Domain3.5Holy damn this is HEAVY. Very very fast but still catchy and skilled.Abigor Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom)4.0A unique, great piece of black metal. Abigor has its roots in the Norwegian second wave
music, but have a sound of their own on here. A slight usage of female vocals and synths
here and there make up a great effect. But trust me, there's no overuse, the music is mainly
very harsh and true black metal, but with an elegant side. In a good way.Death Symbolic5.0Mr. Schuldiner takes you into a totally different world with Symbolic. The Album is so much
full of everything awesome that I don't know what to say.
This is simply the best album I own. RIP Chuck.Kataklysm Sorcery4.0Ulver Bergtatt3.5A very good album, but was a slight disappointment for me as the black metal - or just metal
- parts are not that many on this. The music itself is very well written though, not saying
I don't want to listen to this just because it's not all that 'metal'.
There aren't any specific flaws in the music, just the folk/black balance leans more to the
folk side. With a bit more metal parts in it and/or more of a real mixture of black/folk
(now it's more like separated black and folk parts) would make this better.
I may sound harsh, but don't be fooled: it's a great record. I wouldn't recommend this to
people who want 'real' metal, but for those who like good, ambient music that is a blend of
folk and black metal music.Burzum Burzum/Aske3.5Sometimes simplicity delivers, and Burzum/Aske is one such occasion. Simple riffs, basic drumming, but so good atmosphere and tortured vocals that I simply like it.At The Gates Slaughter of the Soul3.0A good listen, but expected way more from this. Maybe melodeath isn't my thing though.Suffocation Pierced from Within4.5On Pierced From Within, Suffocation managed to compose more complex songs while still retaining the brutality and quality of the two previous albums. That combined with superb performances from each member and killer production, the album is nothing sort of essential... Go get it NOW, goddammit.Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane4.5Some really, really good black metal with good kind of melody. Not melody in your usual melodic metal sense, but something that adds to the music without taking away any of its heaviness and harshness. Actually that's what the album is: Heavy, harsh, cold but still melodic. And damn good.Darkthrone Panzerfaust4.0Too underrated, likely overshadowed by the phenomenal albums just before this. Panzerfaust is quite different with its more 'old school' approach, but that doesn't mean it's for bad. The album is full of great tunes and no fillers. Variation is the album's strongest point, aside of the material itself of course. 4.1/5Behemoth Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic)4.0Severely overlooked, even if you can't really call this original, it's still some great quality cold black metal with really nice folk elements that actually fit the music.1994 Marduk Opus Nocturne4.0An excellent album, extreme speeds mixed with darkness, a hint of beauty and grim slower
parts. The sound is cold as a winter in Siberia.Gorgoroth Pentagram4.0A superbly atmospheric album, without any cheap tricks. No bullshit, just some great black metal!Slayer Divine Intervention2.0Enslaved Frost4.0fuckDarkthrone Transilvanian Hunger5.0Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse4.5Pantera Far Beyond Driven2.5Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi4.5Far too overlooked, this is early Enslaved at their best. Five songs and certainly no horseshit. An immense atmosphere to make you think about everything mystical.Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas4.5Despite all the infamous events surrounding this album, music-wise this is excellent.rCalling this one of the most talented/capable lineups (well save for the vocalist Attila) ramong the Norwegian second wave musicians wouldn't be too far fetched.rAs this doesn't really have an abysmal production, plus having a few hints of death metal, rthis would be a great introduction into black metal. Add there great songs with variation, rthat's the recipe.Bolt Thrower ...For Victory4.0Thergothon Stream From The Heavens4.0Devastating atmosphere, extreme slowness, utter heaviness, bestial super guttural vocals and loads of dark emotion. Yes, this is funeral doom, done right.Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh4.0Don't think the production is shitty at all, probably a bit murky but that's all, I'm actually happy it's not uber clean and brickwalled to hell1993 Immortal Pure Holocaust4.5A really, really great album of raw black metal by Immortal.
They hit the black metal scene like a meteor with their second LP Pure Holocaust.
The best single element is definitely the drumming, which is just superb, incredibly fast
and with some variation, too (enough for black metal, personally). I'm just annoyed by the
fact that I really don't know who did the drumming!!
Most people say it was Abbath who was behind the kit when recording, but there's also
statemets that it couldn't be him. Nevertheless, Abbath's vocal performance is great,
exactly as it should be in black metal. Some say his voice is annoying on this album, for me
it isn't. Demonaz does his job very well as well, not anything complex (as expected
in ol' skool black) but the riffing is fast and very effective, and there's both maniac fast
and slow, evil riffs.
Still, it's purely the songwriting and atmosphere that are the best things. And that's what
counts, especially in black metal. Album loses its half a point for being a little too
short. While I have nothing against short (excellent) albums, but some songs could've been a
tiny bit longer. It's still great that the band didn't include anything even medicore
material on the album just to make it longer.
4.5/5Necrophobic The Nocturnal Silence4.5About as good as blackened death metal gets. Killer riffs.Burzum Det Som Engang Var4.0Death Individual Thought Patterns4.5Morbid Angel Covenant4.0Suffocation Breeding the Spawn4.5The trivial aspect everybody notices is the lacking production, especially when compared to
the heavy-as-the-ultimate-fuck-yet-clean-enough work Scott Burns did with their mighty
debut, Effigy of the Forgotten. Personally it isn't that bad at all, everything can
be heard pretty nicely, save for the bass drums at times. Mostly the sound is just different
When you get over the "bad" production, the music on here, oh yes, is nothing but the same
old Suffocation we all love. This is absolutely NOT your lacking, uninspired successor for a
mighty debut album. No, no no no.
I can say that apart from the production this is definitely on par with the debut, if not
even slightly better.
What you shall do, is to get rid of prejudices, the production is not that bad at all. And
get this now. If you dig all-around great, very tight, vicious old-school death metal, you
will dig this. If you still don't you might just be a plain fool.
Emperor Emperor4.0A great EP, the versions of 'I am the Black Wizards' and 'Cosmic Keys to my Creations & Times' on this might be even slightly better than those on their debut album. Love the dark production and atmosphere.Behemoth ....From The Pagan Vastelands3.5Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon4.5diSEMBOWELMENT Transcendence Into The Peripheral4.5A truly brilliant album - dISEMBOWELMENT have created a genuinely dark and devastating meld of death, doom and grind on here - not to mention original. Essential to anyone searching for dark, ambient and heavy metal. Yes, this is really heavy as fuck. Atmosphere the album creates is beyond words, listen to it yourself.
I would go even that far and say that this is the best metal album of 1993.Cynic Focus4.0Very interesting and layered album, needs several more listens.Enslaved Hordanes Land4.5The first song alone is maybe one my all-time favorite black metal tunes...
so dark, so black...
kvltKatatonia Dance of December Souls3.0A mixed bag, a few very good moments (especially Velvet Thorns (Of Drynwhyl)) but overall the albums sounds a little too long.Satyricon Dark Medieval Times4.0Disincarnate Dreams of the Carrion Kind3.5Rather a disappointment, lots of great riffs, solos and the atmosphere is good as well but... somehow the album lacks the final punch, unfortunately.1992 Brutal Truth Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses4.0Bolt Thrower The IVth Crusade4.5Bolt Thrower is quite an exceptional example of death metal. Musically, or technically,
the band remains pretty simple, and the tempos are mostly closer to doom metal than,
say, grind. But they make it work. Actually, it wouldn't be far too wrong to
call this a death/doom album.
For The IVth Crusade, Bolt Thrower focused more on creating a dark, desperate
atmosphere representing the horror of war.
The album doesn't have any insane blast-fests that rip you into pieces.
Instead, it will devastate you with its melancholic atmosphere and make you think about how
lucky you are not being involved in war, or the Fourth crusade of the 13th century.Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky5.0My ultimate Number One black metal album ever. Fuck you allMegadeth Countdown to Extinction2.5Black Sabbath Dehumanizer2.5Deicide Legion4.0What's wrong with you guys, not liking this as much as the debut? I mean, the debut is also
great, but this, holy lord, is full craziness! About as unrelenting and demonic as death
metal can be.
DamnIron Maiden Fear of the Dark3.0Autopsy Mental Funeral4.5Mental funeral doesn't demolish your family jewels with lightning-fast blast beats or double
bass. It doesn't need to.
What Mental funeral does, is that it fits the name perfectly. The atmosphere is unique for a
death metal album, and every instrument makes sense at every moment. Still, Mental Funeral
is far from being an overly-polished, boring product. The raw nature is very apparent and
this is in no way a melodic metal release.
When compared to the band's another excellent output, Severed Survival, the album is
surprisingly different but still sounds like good ol' Autopsy. The consistency of Mental
Funeral is close to perfect, every track has got something of its own and fits, but still
the album feels like a book: not just a compilation of good songs, but excellent as a whole.
And the same goes for the atmosphere.
My only con would be the less badass bass guitar, which is still pretty apparent but can't
be compared to DiGiorgio's performance on Severed Survival.
Very highly recommended to fans
of old school death metal. 4.5/5Pantera Vulgar Display of Power3.0Sodom Tapping the Vein4.0The first impression about this album I got was that it is HEAVY. The leave-no-survivors style of Body Parts gives the album a kick start, combined with some of the greatest heavy productions I've heard. Even more than many death metal albums.
If you want to hear Sodom at their most brutal and most heavy, this is the album to get. Sadly Tapping the Vein is not as known as their most praised works like Agent Orange or M-16.
While being not as great as Persecution Mania or Agent Orange, in my book this would come next after those. If there were a few songs less, this would be a very kick-ass album. While it's quite not, this is still worth a listen if you like extreme thrash that is actually 50/50 death metal. Beware, this is heavy, this is fast, this is dark. And brutal.Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence4.5Enslaved Yggdrasil3.5Very nice and raw debut demo/EP. More characters neededVader The Ultimate Incantation3.0I usually don't bitch about lack of variation on a death metal album, but this is just way too long and samey. Not a disaster though.Von Satanic Blood (demo)3.5I guarantee there's no simpler black metal recording than this... yet it's not bad. How? Because it's VERY bestial and the mood is really scary.
Only for experienced RAW black metal fans1991 Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten4.5Damn, damn sick...............................................................Rules!Death Human5.0Not quite up to the phenomenal level of Symbolic, but this is very close. Brilliance.Beherit The Oath Of Black Blood3.5Pestilence Testimony of the Ancients4.0Atheist Unquestionable Presence4.5damnMetallica Metallica2.0Sarcofago The Laws of Scourge4.5It's interesting how much different this is from their classy 1987 debut, INRI. While the
music is not really the same anymore, changing from primitive (but so good) black/death fury
into very refined tech-death (sort of). Though one shall not expect boring, incomprehensible
wankfest, but a handful of VERY well written songs. Yes, songs; not only single solos or
drum beats, but the music as a whole is almost perfectly executed. Imagine combining Death's
Human and INRI, that's roughly what you'll get: the sheer brutality and aggression of INRI
plus the mystical atmosphere of Human. Yeah!
y is this no higher than 4.1??? cmon this is the shit guysDemolition Hammer Tortured Existence4.5Heavily underrated, this might not be as ferocious and technical as Epidemic of Violence, but its darker mood and superb riffs through a consistent album makes this a forgotten gem.Sepultura Arise4.0Overkill Horrorscope4.5Bolt Thrower War Master4.0I just gotta love the vocals. Awesome. Perfect sounding death metal with some grind parts.Ripping Corpse Dreaming With The Dead4.0Entombed Clandestine4.0Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious4.51991 was one sick year for death metal - Human, Mental Funeral, Effigy of the Forgotten, and many others. Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious is definitely right up there, being my favourite Carcass along with Symphonies of Sickness.Immolation Dawn of Possession4.5Rules. Everything is top caliber on this one. This review is likely too short.Coroner Mental Vortex4.5Messiah Choir of Horrors4.0Excellent old-school death/thrash metal all around!1990 Slayer Seasons in the Abyss3.5Kreator Coma of Souls4.0A great album, Frank Godzik definitely adds an extra punch. However the album drags a bit towards the end, but it's still well worth listening.Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying2.0Megadeth Rust in Peace4.5This is a bit overrated, but most of its fame is well deserved, IMO.
Still, excellent nonetheless!Judas Priest Painkiller4.0Pantera Cowboys from Hell3.0Deicide Deicide4.0Entombed Left Hand Path4.5Death Spiritual Healing4.0Annihilator Never, Neverland2.5Blasphemy Fallen Angel of Doom3.0As a lover of raw, filthy and dark-as-hell black metal, I very rarely complain about
production. But on this it sadly annoys me, as it's inconsistent (meaning that on some
tracks it's better/different that on some others) and most of the time much unbalanced,
oriented to the left channel (at least on my CD version). I know I sound like a douche but a
balanced L/R production is the very only thing I must have production-wise.
Otherwise, this is pretty nice slab of some really hatred-full black metal with death metal
influences. The vocals are really good, which is the best thing on this. Not your usual
Norwegian screeching, but a very dark tone he has.
Tracks worth of checking are at least Ritual and Darkness Prevails, the latter
having one of the most demonic and hateful intros ever.Sadus Swallowed In Black4.5When not quite as purely insane and flat-out fast as Illusions, the band hasn't
slowed down on Swallowed in Black.
The songs are more diverse and the already good technical level is squared on this one.
There are still mad-fast moments in every song, as there is damn good sounding "slower"
sections, too. Great examples would be tracks Black, Good Rid'nz and Arise, to
name only a few.
Instrument (and vocals) wise there are really no flaws: The guitars range from mid-paced,
memorable riffs to pure crazy ferocity, and the guys are not afraid to solo. Not too wanky
though, the guitar playing IS very technical but fits always the music. Drums are top-notch
too, fast when needed and keeps the mood up be it a faster or slower section. Great variety
there as well. On vocals Travis delivers some very pissed off screams and also compliments
well with the instruments. No need to mention about the bassist, DiGiorgio: Simply one of
the best bassists ever in metal.
I can't think any real thrash/death metal fan could not like this.
Swallowed in Black is one mean piece of thrash taken to extremes in terms of
aggression AND technicality. Plus excellent songs. Get.Winter Into Darkness4.0Napalm Death Harmony Corruption4.0I was pretty skeptic about this as I heard this being far more death metal than Grind, as
opposed to FETO.
What then, I was surprised that this worked well. Nowhere has gone the grind brutality,
don't worry, insane blasting, double bass and some fills are right there, they're just not
quite everywhere. It works, I'd say.
As for the actual songs, I think FETO probably have some stronger ones, but as a whole I'd
prefer this. But those are two quite different styles after all.
All in all worth listening, it's better than you might think.1989 Pestilence Consuming Impulse4.5How the hell did I dare to almost forgot this... Shame on me. Album definitely rules hard.Overkill The Years of Decay4.0D.R.I. Thrash Zone3.5A very fun listen with lots of great riffs on board! Some of the songs could be a little shorter, but even being slightly overlong the album keeps it up pretty well.Carcass Symphonies of Sickness4.5Probably one of the greatest grind albums ever. Fucking sick.Kreator Extreme Aggression4.5This is really an excellent album, and Kreator are here on its top musically. While the rmusicianship is near-perfect here, album lacks some of the uniqueness and originality found ron Pleasure to Kill. Nevertheless, any thrash fanatic should get this album!Morbid Angel Altars of Madness5.0This is ABSOLUTELY RIPPING OFF EVIL....
Honestly, incredible.Sepultura Beneath the Remains4.0Autopsy Severed Survival4.5So ace old-school, a bit doom-influenced death metal.Annihilator Alice in Hell4.5Sodom Agent Orange4.0I'm struggling on whether to give this a 4 or a 4.5 ...
Anyway, the better production enhances the drums nicely, and the drumming is a step up from
Persecution Mania, as is the overall instrumentation.
However, bits of the dark atmosphere is lost, and Angelripper's vocals aren't as evil on
this one. That could be explained as natural progression, from a primitive group to an
advanced band. Not really flaws, as the songs are still great quality... But heck,
Persecution mania is something very evil.
Still, this rules!Atheist Piece of Time4.0Terrorizer World Downfall5.0Holy hell I must have been a true fag for not giving this a 5.
This is just too goodBolt Thrower Realm of Chaos4.0Toxik Think This4.5This is insanely good. Very progressive, yet very catchy and very original. Puts a large amount of metal, let alone thrash, bands to shame.Obituary Slowly We Rot4.5Rules. One of the greater old-school DM albums. The guitar tone is one of the cruelest ever. A must hear for every death metal fan. It's not the fastest or most technical, but it's some real metal done just right!Exodus Fabulous Disaster3.5Whilst a slight disappointment, the album's variety is what keeps it interesting to listen to. First three tracks are especially great, plus the doomy "Like Father, Like Son". Would be a honest 4 had it not been a little too long. The two covers, while okay, don't really add anything to the album.1988 Death Leprosy4.5Deserves more credit than it gets.rWhen does this go to a 4.0....Metallica ...And Justice for All2.5Slayer South of Heaven3.0This album contains some really great tracks, such as South of Heaven, Silent Scream,
Ghosts of War, but also rather weak ones too like Mandatory Suicide and Spill the
Blood. The slower and cleaner style on this (than on Reign in Blood) is okay for me, but
sadly the album suffers from inconsistency.
The instrumental section is as good as ever, but Araya's vocals are maybe a bit 'lame'
compared with what he did on RiB.
All in all, I'd want to like this more but anyway can't give this more than a 3/5. Voivod Dimension Hatross4.5D.R.I. 4 of a Kind3.5Simple and fun crossover thrash - a great balance of hardcore and metal elements.Testament The New Order4.0Can't tell why hadn't I bothered to get this much, much earlier.
A great example of classic Bay Area thrash.Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son4.0Riot Thundersteel4.0Very exciting stuff, definitely one of the better heavy/power metal records of the latter 80's. The vocals are gold. 4.2/5Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!3.0Overkill Under The Influence3.0Morbid Saint Spectrum of Death4.5Destruction Release From Agony4.5With no doubt a great Destruction release. It's got a pretty good deal of variety, 7 nearly
equal songs, a nice intro plus a heavy, yet not a perfect production.
Where Destruction does win hard, is uniqueness: You can easily recognize Schmier's psychotic
vocal delivery, he sounds like a madman that accidentally managed to escape from a
madhouse. Add there a bit odd but fitting production, with even pretty audible bass.
The album really has got a creepy atmosphere that won't give up until the funny ending of
Survive to Die. A few really good examples would be the solo section of the title
track or the song Sign of Fear.
If I missed something on here, it would be the furious guitar attack of Infernal Overkill.Vio-Lence Eternal Nightmare4.0One of the purest thrash metal albums I've gone across. No death metal influences, just very fast and very good thrash. The vocals might turn off some, but the overall instrumentation rand great songs are enough of a reason to check this out, for anyone considering himself (or herself) a thrash fan.
No bullshit, just 7 tracks of excellent in-your-face METAL!Bathory Blood Fire Death4.0Sadus Illusions4.5Coroner Punishment for Decadence4.5Razor Violent Restitution4.0Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration4.0Agreed, this MUST be reviewed. Sigh!
So great stuff.1987 Sodom Expurse of Sodomy4.5Kreator Terrible Certainty3.5Even though I consider Blind Faith as one of the very best Kreator songs, the album itself is a severe step down from Pleasure to Kill. The dark and cataclysmic atmosphere is very much lost on this one, as is the cruelty.Overkill Taking Over4.0Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony3.5Putting aside the obviously incredible guitar playing, the songs are itself quite
interesting and enough varied. As a positive surprise, the drums are very good as well and
the bass can be heard decently. However, the lacking vocals brings this down a little for me
and so does the average production.
If you like superb guitar virtuosity combined with (mostly) interesting songs, good neo-
classical/hard rock/speed metal fusion with bits of oriental influence, pick this up.Testament The Legacy4.5Even when The New Order and The Gathering are really good albums on their own, somehow they don't quite hold the magic The Legacy has got. Hard to explain, this simply god damn rocks.Voivod Killing Technology4.5Sodom Persecution Mania4.5Sodom really hit the thrash scene with their very unique second album to come out in 1987, Persecution Mania. This album took unfairly long to grow on me, but as now this is simply awesome! The crew here was:
Tom Angelripper: Vocals, Bass
Chris Witchhunter: Drums
Frank Blackfire: Guitars
+ The atmosphere is VERY cruel and evil here, which is great
+ Angelripper's vocals are nearly perfect for this type of music
+ Blackfire's guitar playing is great, especially the solos
+ No song is bad
+ The overall sound pleases the music excellently
+ The production, heavy and evil enough but not too good and typical like most of new metal
+ The album cover is just awesome!
- The production could still be better, mainly the overall loudness and drums
- Some people might not like the fairly simplistic music
- The drumming isn't bad, but still nothing special there really
Best tracks: Nuclear Winter, Persecution Mania, Procession to Golgatha, Christ Passion
NOTE: If you have the issue with bonus tracks, My Atonement is an awesome song.
Overall: Persecution Mania is definitely one of the very best Sodom LPs with Agent Orange (1989) and M-16 (2001), if not THE best. Recommended to almost all thrashers. 4.5/5!Anthrax Among the Living4.0Dio Dream Evil2.5Death Scream Bloody Gore4.0This is where it all begun for Death and the genre itself. But even by modern standards, this stands out with its excellent riffs and quite consistent songwriting. For me this was the introduction into the genre, and this still rules.Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark4.5Quorthon, a lone man gone years ago before the day. Mindblowing, especially as this is among the first released true black metal records!Sarcofago I.N.R.I.4.0This is so filthy and damned record I can only like itSepultura Schizophrenia4.5Great rifforama album from Sepultura, first of their three classic albums. Kicks you right in the nuts.Infernal Majesty None Shall Defy4.0Very interesting album, flawlessly combines a little death/black elements into excellent dark thrash. Give it a listen!1986 Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?4.5Finally got the original version of the album. Sure the production isn't as clean or loud as on the remixed one, but overall it's way better IMO: Bass is more audible (!), and in general sounds more natural.
Can't say the best or worst tracks, the album is overall very consistent but varied.
Still, terrific album and Megadeth's best. Simply put. Get the original.Slayer Reign in Blood3.5Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time4.0Unfortunately, a far too overlooked 'Maiden album that shows quite a different side of the band. Dickinson's best vocal performance ever lies here, for example. The album is also goddamn consistent. 4/5Morbid Angel Abominations of Desolation3.5Some genuinely evil stuff, especially the vocals. Need to listen to this more.Kreator Flag Of Hate3.0Dark Angel Darkness Descends4.5Sodom Obsessed by Cruelty3.0Metallica Master of Puppets3.5Kreator Pleasure to Kill4.5Soooo awesome, brings a smile to my face every time I listen to this. This is so madnessFlotsam and Jetsam Doomsday for the Deceiver4.5Destruction Eternal Devastation4.0Vulcano Bloody Vengeance4.0While nothing short of primitive really, this is very good. A great mix of very extreme thrash/death/black, take your pick. Only 23 minutes in length but more (well delivered) attitude than in 23 other bands combined. Recommended to fans of raw, somewhat old-school extreme metal.Sepultura Morbid Visions4.0What's with the low rating... It's evil, punishing, fast and lo-fi, just how I like it. Bloody underrated.Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian4.51985 Stormtroopers Of Death Speak English or Die4.0Stormtroopers of Death proves that simple (crossover) thrash with a completely unserious sound or attitude can be awesome and heavy enough without sounding annoying. Thumbs up!Helloween Walls of Jericho4.5Walls of Jericho is something I would call the epitome of 'real' metal.
You've got dozens of memorable, meaty riffs, great solo work, raw speed, enjoyable drumming and even audible bass guitar. Not forgetting some soaring but epic vocals. And last but not least, in ways quite simple but so damn powerful songs.
One of the best metal albums of 1985, essential for anyone who claims to be a true metal fan.Celtic Frost To Mega Therion4.5Simply badass, some great thrashin' with hints of black and death metal.Slayer Hell Awaits4.0My favourite Slayer album. There's a great atmosphere haunting in the background through the entire record. Sadly a bit hard to get, but definitely worth the purchase if you're into old-school thrash. Too underrated!Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!3.0Overkill Feel the Fire5.0 Kill kill kill kill KIIIIIILLLLLLLL!!!Helloween Helloween4.0Possessed Seven Churches4.5Still not 4.2? This soundoff is too short, fuck youExodus Bonded by Blood4.0Gave this another chance. I regret my earlier rating...
If you put aside the poor production (I actually like it) and are okay with vocals (I am),
the album is a sheer masterpiece of Bay Area thrash. It's consistent, intense, not too
technical really, but what's the most important the riffs are excellent. The album is catchy as hell.
Anthrax Spreading the Disease4.0My favorite and in my opinion the best LP from Anthrax.
The variety is great, the production fits the music and contains many memorable songs.Destruction Infernal Overkill5.0Seriously.
This is very likely THE best teutonic thrash album I've heard.....
The riffs are like
Satan's devastating force (sorry for cheesiness but I do mean it)
The production may not be perfect, but it SUITS the music fantastically: Evil riffs, riffs
and riffs (they really are incredible), solos, psychotic vocals and fitting drumming, all
a great mixture to grab you into the world of Infernal Overkill. Not to mention the
album is perfectly consistent for me, every track is great, unique and memorable in its own
Even the length is nearly perfect, about 39 minutes.
As a CD, this comes together with their first (official) EP Sentence of Death, making
it an essential purchase for all old-school thrash fanatics. Get this or may you perish like
illustrated on the cover...
Personally, this is among my top 3 thrash albums ever.
Absolutely a 5/5.D.R.I. Dealing with It!3.5Sepultura Bestial Devastation3.0Not a bad EP, but the first full-length Morbid Visions is definitely a step up from this. The song Antichrist is probably the highlight.1984 Iron Maiden Powerslave4.0Destruction Sentence of Death3.5Metallica Ride the Lightning4.0Dio The Last in Line3.5WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK Rules.HellHammer Apocalyptic Raids 1990 A.D.3.5An interesting record, going to the very roots of extreme metal gives a special feel. Superbly primitive at times, but so doomy that it's actually enjoyable. Plus those riffs.Sodom In the Sign of Evil4.0This was released in 1984!??rHOLY SHIT! This is evil, very evil......Metal Church Metal Church4.5Bathory Bathory4.01983 Metallica Kill 'Em All2.5Iron Maiden Piece of Mind3.5Dio Holy Diver3.51982 Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast4.5Venom Black Metal2.51981 Black Sabbath Mob Rules3.0Iron Maiden Killers3.51980 Saxon Wheels of Steel3.5Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell3.5Iron Maiden Iron Maiden4.0Has got all the properties that make classic Iron Maiden so great:
A consistent bunch of great songs, flawless instrumentation (including Harris' bass of
course!), enough variety and very good, fitting vocals.
Iron Maiden May be quite a bit different from the 'classic' Maiden aka
Powerslave or Seventh Son. Many chances are you've heard something from those
two albums before, and also that the first two albums of Iron Maiden had a different
vocalist. True, the front man we have here is Paul Di'Anno:
His style is pretty punk-ish with hard rock influences when compared to Dickinson's
falsetto. He may sound odd at first, but when you got used to him, he's great.
To sum it all up, Iron Maiden is an excellent debut album with all the things that
made the later-to-come Maiden so good. The presentation is just more raw and punk-like, with
An absolute must-have if you consider yourself a real fan of the band and/or
great old-school metal.1977 Rainbow On Stage3.5A great live release from one of my favourite hard rock lineups!1976 Rainbow Rising4.01972 Deep Purple Machine Head4.0One truly fine hard rock album with some tasteful blues elements - essential for any fan of
hard rock, or, simply great old-school music.1970 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath3.5
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