|Nile Black Seeds of Vengence||4.0|
|Quite 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.
|Disincarnate Dreams of the Carrion Kind||3.5|
|Rather a disappointment, lots of great riffs, solos and the atmosphere is good as well but... somehow the album lacks the final punch, unfortunately.|
|There'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.|
|dISEMBOWELMENT Transcendence Into The Peripheral||4.5|
|A 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.
|Winter Into Darkness||4.0|
|Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious||4.5|
|1991 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.|
|Too 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. 4.1/5|
|Exhumed Gore Metal||4.0|
|Some truly sick stuff in the vein of old Carcass. Very chaotic but good.|
|Overkill The Electric Age||3.5|
|Testament The Gathering||4.0|
|D.R.I. Thrash Zone||4.0|
|A 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.|
|Pretty much brutal in-your-face thrashy death metal. The production is not too good, very brickwalled. Nothing too bad though. 3.7/5|
|Morbid Angel Abominations of Desolation||3.5|
|Some genuinely evil stuff, especially the vocals. Need to listen to this more.|
|Immolation Here in After||4.5|
|Slays just like many other albums of theirs. Great atmosphere and somewhat unconventional instrumentation in terms of death metal.|
|Vektor Black Future||4.5|
|sick stuff damn|
|Satyricon Dark Medieval Times||4.0|
|Nile Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka||4.0|
|This 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.|
|At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul||3.0|
|A good listen, but expected way more from this. Maybe melodeath isn't my thing though.|
|Voivod Target Earth||4.0|
|I 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.|
|Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane||4.5|
|Some 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.|
|Great rifforama album from Sepultura, first of their three classic albums. Kicks you right in the nuts.|
|Enslaved Hordanes Land||4.5|
|The first song alone is maybe one my all-time favorite black metal tunes...|
so dark, so black...
|A 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.|
|Taake Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik||3.5|
|Survived the almighty boing, this is pretty unique stuff.|
|Municipal Waste Hazardous Mutation||4.0|
|Hazardous 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!!|
|Kreator Coma of Souls||4.0|
|A 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.|
|Voivod Dimension Hatross||4.5|
|Incantation Diabolical Conquest||4.0|
|Voivod Killing Technology||4.0|
|Vektor Outer Isolation||4.5|
|Hypnosia Extreme Hatred||4.0|
|One 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.|
|Coroner Punishment for Decadence||4.5|
|Immortal At the Heart of Winter||3.5|
|This is pretty good, though not as good as Pure Holocaust. What's especially nice is the rconsistency, 6 songs and no bullshit. Though the production is quite horrible, and not in a rgood 'black metal way'. Tagtgren my ass|
|Suffocation Despise the Sun||4.0|
|When 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.|
|Testament The New Order||4.0|
|Can't tell why hadn't I bothered to get this much, much earlier. |
A great example of classic Bay Area thrash.
|Rainbow On Stage||3.5|
|A great live release from one of my favourite hard rock lineups!|
|Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult Nocturnal March||3.0|
|A solid piece of black metal, gotta listen to it some more.|
|Deep Purple Machine Head||4.0|
|One truly fine hard rock album with some tasteful blues elements - essential for any fan of |
hard rock, or, simply great old-school music.
|Decapitated Winds of Creation||4.0|
|One impressive album from a group of underage teens! Seriously, you couldn't tell the guys |
were this young haven't you read it somewhere.
|Rotten Sound Exit||4.0|
|Some very intensive and pissed-off shit! Excellent grind, with that Entombed-esque guitar tone and all.|
|Immolation Dawn of Possession||4.5|
|Rules. Everything is top caliber on this one. This review is likely too short.|
|Obituary Slowly We Rot||4.5|
|Rules. 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!|
|This is great and has a good atmosphere. This review is too short.|
|Immolation Close to a World Below||4.5|
|Immolation is definitely not your usual death metal. They've got the heaviness and |
relentlessness of the genre, as some *very* good dark and growling vocals.
Though what is the group's area of specialization, is the music itself and the ambience
created: You'll get a journey into that world below... Yes, you know what I mean. Can you
|Brutal Truth Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses||4.0|
|Morbid Saint Spectrum of Death||4.5|
|Toxik Think This||4.5|
|This is insanely good. Very progressive, yet very catchy and very original. Puts a large amount of metal, let alone thrash, bands to shame.|
|Suffocation Pierced from Within||4.5|
|On 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.|
|Bolt Thrower ...For Victory||4.0|
|Flotsam and Jetsam Doomsday for the Deceiver||4.5|
|Vulcano Bloody Vengeance||4.0|
|While 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.|
|Sarcofago The Laws of Scourge||4.5|
|It'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 guys
|Abigor Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom)||4.0|
|A 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 Spiritual Healing||4.0|
|A 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.
|Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal||4.0|
|D.R.I. Dealing With It||3.5|
|Ripping Corpse Dreaming With The Dead||4.0|
|Taake Nattestid Ser Porten Vid||4.0|
|Bolt Thrower Realm of Chaos||4.0|
|The 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.|
|Bolt Thrower The IVth Crusade||4.5|
|Bolt 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.
|Napalm Death Harmony Corruption||4.0|
|I 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.
|Dying Fetus Destroy the Opposition||4.0|
|I 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.
|Suffocation Breeding the Spawn||4.5|
|The 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.
|Possessed Seven Churches||4.5|
|Way better than I expected, this is a really good album, being partly thrash and partly |
death metal. Probably the first album to be more death metal, something a bit different back
in 1985. All old school thrash/death metal fans, listen up - You'd better get this.
SIX SIX SIX!!!
|Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony||3.5|
|Putting 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.
|Krisiun Black Force Domain||3.5|
|Holy damn this is HEAVY. Very very fast but still catchy and skilled.|
|Carcass Symphonies of Sickness||4.5|
|Probably one of the greatest grind albums ever. Fucking sick.|
|Marduk Opus Nocturne||4.0|
|An excellent album, extreme speeds mixed with darkness, a hint of beauty and grim slower |
parts. The sound is cold as a winter in Siberia.
|Ulver Nattens Madrigal||5.0|
|Sincerely, 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.
|Cryptopsy None So Vile||4.0|
|Flo Mounier is probably one of the most sick and skilled drummers ever|
|Destruction Eternal Devastation||4.0|
|What'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.
|Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten||4.5|
|Damn, damn sick...............................................................Rules!|
|Metal Church Metal Church||5.0|
|This is one fucking damn brilliant release, that is mainly speed metal , in my opinion, but |
combines elements of power metal, heavy metal and thrash metal... And does incredible work
with it. Hell, even the Deep Purple cover is excellent.
Every member totally gives it all and the production is top-class too!
Essential. No more, no less.
|The 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.|
|Overkill Taking Over||4.0|
|Vio-Lence Eternal Nightmare||4.5|
|One 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
and 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!
|I 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.
|Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse||4.5|
|Slayer Hell Awaits||4.0|
|My 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!|
|Atheist Unquestionable Presence||4.5|
|Sadus Swallowed In Black||4.5|
|When 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.
|Death Individual Thought Patterns||4.5|
|Autopsy Mental Funeral||4.5|
|Mental 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. 4.5/5
|Terrorizer World Downfall||5.0|
|Holy hell I must have been a true fag for not giving this a 5.|
This is just too good
|Blasphemy Fallen Angel of Doom||3.0|
|As 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.
|Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence||4.5|
|Bathory Blood Fire Death||4.5|
|This is so filthy and damned record I can only like it|
|Overkill Feel the Fire||5.0|
| Kill kill kill kill KIIIIIILLLLLLLL!!!|
|A superbly atmospheric album, without any cheap tricks. No bullshit, just some great black metal!|
|Pestilence Consuming Impulse||4.5|
|How the hell did I dare to almost forgot this... Shame on me. Album definitely rules hard.|
|Destruction Infernal Overkill||5.0|
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.
|Destruction Sentence of Death||3.5|
|Sodom Obsessed by Cruelty||3.0|
|Sodom In the Sign of Evil||4.0|
|This was released in 1984!??rHOLY SHIT! This is evil, very evil......|
|Kreator Terrible Certainty||3.5|
|Even 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.|
|Venom Black Metal||2.5|
|Death The Sound of Perseverance||4.5|
|Destruction The Antichrist||3.5|
|Bolt Thrower War Master||4.0|
|I just gotta love the vocals. Awesome. Perfect sounding death metal with some grind parts.|
|Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon||4.5|
|The excellency of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Darkthrone albums continues with Under a Funeral |
I read that this album would be great, too, but was still surprised!rNot as awesome than the
mighty ABINTS, but on the same level as TH, which is still very very much!
(Thought there would be nothing beneath TH in terms of sound quality, but nope! haha. just
PURE black metal.
|Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark||4.5|
|Quorthon, a lone man gone years ago before the day. Mindblowing, especially as this is among the first released true black metal records!|
|Not quite up to the phenomenal level of Symbolic, but this is very close. Brilliance.|
|Entombed Left Hand Path||4.5|
|Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger||5.0|
|Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas||5.0|
|Despite all the infamous events surrounding this album, music-wise this is excellent.|
Calling this one of the most talented/capable lineups (well save for the vocalist Attila)
among the Norwegian second wave musicians wouldn't be too far fetched.
As this doesn't really have an abysmal production, plus having a few hints of death metal,
this would be a great introduction into black metal. Add there great songs with variation,
that's the recipe.
|Autopsy Severed Survival||4.5|
|So ace old-school, a bit doom-influenced death metal.|
|Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration||4.0|
|Agreed, this MUST be reviewed. Sigh!|
So great stuff.
|Immortal Pure Holocaust||4.5|
|A 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.
|Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky||5.0|
|So mighty, evil, raw and extremely dark at the same time. Pure awesomeness.|
|Exodus Bonded by Blood||4.0|
|Gave 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
I could slightly agree this being a bit overrated, but only A BIT. For me this would likely
be the second best Bay Area thrash album after Peace Sells.
So if you are okay with the rather poor production and the vocals (personally I like both),
and thrash, get this. Not joking. 4/5
|Annihilator Never, Neverland||2.5|
|Kreator Extreme Aggression||4.0|
|This 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!|
|Atheist Piece of Time||4.5|
|Stormtroopers Of Death Speak English or Die||4.0|
|Stormtroopers 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!|
|Mr. 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.
|Dark Angel Darkness Descends||4.5|
|Morbid Angel Altars of Madness||5.0|
|This is ABSOLUTELY RIPPING OFF EVIL....|
|Deserves more credit than it gets.rWhen does this go to a 4.0....|
|Sodom Expurse of Sodomy||4.5|
|Very dark and atmospheric, and 3 great tracks. Contains the most classic lineup for the |
first time. Win! 4/5
Best track: My atonement
|Sodom Tapping the Vein||4.0|
|The 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.
|Kreator Flag Of Hate||3.0|
|Destruction Release From Agony||4.5|
|With 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.
|Overkill The Years of Decay||4.0|
|An excellent Overkill offering, just behind Horrorscope. You've got excellent |
straigth-ahead thrash songs like Elimination and E.vil N.ever D.ies, more melodic and
complex tracks like the title track and even doomy efforts like Playing with
|Iron Maiden Iron Maiden||4.0|
|Has 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.
|Dio The Last in Line||3.5|
|WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK WE ROCK Rules.|
|Death Scream Bloody Gore||4.0|
|This 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.|
|Sepultura Beneath the Remains||4.5|
|Anthrax Spreading The Disease||4.0|
|My favorite and in my opinion the best LP from Anthrax.|
The variety is great, the production fits the music and contains many memorable songs.
|Demolition Hammer Tortured Existence||4.0|
|Here lies pure awesome, extremely solid death-sounding thrash album. People should rdefinitely have a listen to this to know how excellent thrash this is. Awesome.rSOMEONE REVIEW THIS|
|Dio Killing The Dragon||2.5|
|Destruction Inventor of Evil||3.5|
|Dio Holy Diver||3.5|
|Iron Maiden Killers||3.5|
|Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying||2.0|
|Sodom Agent Orange||4.0|
|I'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!
|Testament The Legacy||4.0|
|Overkill Under The Influence||3.0|
|Black Sabbath Dehumanizer||2.5|
|Children of Bodom Something Wild||2.5|
|Metallica Death Magnetic||1.5|
|Metallica Garage, Inc||1.0|
|2 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.|
|Judas Priest Painkiller||4.0|
|Dio Dream Evil||2.5|
|Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell||3.5|
|Black Sabbath Mob Rules||3.0|
|What I must mention as first, is the close to perfection thrash riffing. Nothing too rtechnical, but so damn catchy and fast-paced that I have hard times looking rfor something equal. Probably Destruction's Infernal Overkill is one of the quite few rthat I can name... But that's another story.rThen, the production is great. The guitar sound is exactly how it should be in thrash, raw rand crunchy. Sometimes I hope that Blitz's vocals were a bit higher in the mix, as I rlove his vocals. But this is pretty much of a preference.rBut what's of course the most important, the album is full of excellent, enjoyable songs. rFrom the badass opener Coma to the sort of a thrash ballad track Soulitude, rit's hard to find a dull or boring moment. The first half of the album is pretty classic rOverkill stuff, having relentless thrashers all over, while the second half is more unique rand experimental stuff. Both sides are highly memorable, and the balance between rconsistency/variety is near perfect.r|
|Annihilator Alice in Hell||4.0|
|Kreator Pleasure to Kill||4.5|
|Soooo awesome, brings a smile to my face every time I listen to this. This is so madness|
|Anthrax Among The Living||4.0|
|Sodom Persecution Mania||4.5|
|Sodom 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!
|Enough 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. 4.5/5|
|Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill||2.5|
|Pantera Far Beyond Driven||2.5|
|Pantera Cowboys from Hell||3.0|
|Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power||3.0|
|Slayer Divine Intervention||2.0|
|Slayer Seasons in the Abyss||3.5|
|Slayer Reign in Blood||3.5|
|Slayer South of Heaven||3.0|
|This 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.
|Metallica ...And Justice for All||2.5|
|Metallica Ride the Lightning||4.0|
|Metallica Master of Puppets||3.5|
|Metallica Kill 'Em All||2.5|
|Iron Maiden Piece of Mind||3.5|
|Iron Maiden Brave New World||3.5|
|Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark||3.0|
|Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son||4.0|
|A great, very solid yet a bit different album from Iron Maiden.rThere isn't clear standout tracks on here, as most of those feel equally great. A tad sad is rrthat the weakest tracks stand out for me though: Can I Play with Madness, while not rnowhere near bad, isn't up to the standard of the other album. People seem to like it much rrhowever. Then, there's the track The Prophercy, which is easily the weakest effort.rIn conclusion, don't get me wrong, this is an excellent album in every way! Anyway if you're rrgetting into 'Maiden, this probably isn't the place to start. This requires time to be the rrbest, but it's definitely worth it! The music (meaning not the band members' skills rplaying/singing, which they do have well enough), and the songwriting are excellent, and rthat's what counts for me.r(Hey, I usually strongly dislike synths but on this they feel okay!)|
|Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time||4.0|
|Unfortunately, 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. 4/5|
|Iron Maiden Powerslave||4.0|
|Clearly the best Magedeth record since the phenomenal Rust in Peace. The album has rgot many great tracks such as the opening duo Dialectic Chaos, This Day We Fight!r and Endgame. Then there's some quite uninspired, more "regular" heavy metal rsongs. Album lacks the originality of old-school thrash records, even though the instumental rsection is great and Dave is doing pretty nice vocals, too (by Megadeth standards, of rcourse). No big flaws on here really, just nothing very special. Nevertheless, this shows rMegadeth is not a forgettable act even these days, and obviously puts the best efforts out rof the Big Four in these days.|
|Megadeth United Abominations||1.5|
|Megadeth The System Has Failed||2.5|
|Megadeth Killing Is My Business...||3.0|
|Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!||3.0|
|Megadeth Countdown to Extinction||2.5|
|Megadeth Rust in Peace||4.5|
|This is a bit overrated, but most of its fame is well deserved, IMO.|
Still, excellent nonetheless!
|Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?||4.5|
|Finally 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.
|Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast||4.0|