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  • With this being said I will you a reason for my bias; pure angry thrash[metal]. Well… except for the two alternate versions of “How Will I Laugh…” WAKING THE DEAD is perfect for a slow-mosh, the lyrics for MASTER OF NO MERCY are hilarious and JUST ANOTHER LOVE SONG makes the circle pit explode with drunk idiot punks and locs alike. The energy is much more present here than the previous album discussed above and contains less mindless tracks that plagued that record making it way too hokey. Here, Suicidal are much more primal and evcn more metal than that release. The two HOW WILL I LAUGH reprises are almost worth a rats (…)(check out the ‘heavy emotion version,’ which is the best of all three!) SUICIDAL 4 LIFE!!!

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Mike Muir sets fire to the mike on this CD. Suicidal Tendencies has always been at the forefront of the punk/hardcore music scene. This CD stabs at the commercial side of the house. Very Good!

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is Suicidal Tendencies Best CD bar none.All the songs make you wanna break things.The production drownds out muir’s VOX but I think this was done on purpose to make it sound more like a punk record,and it works.There are 9 trax on the record.It features two of the best songs ST has eveer written in “Master of no Mercy” and ” Just Another Love Song.”it also has two versions of the song “How will I laugh Tomorrow” the regular studio version and an acoustic version that is very cool.I dont understand why this band is not as popular today as other Thrash and Metal bands from the 80’s and early 90’s.It seems like these guys have been wiped off the map.I always thought this band diddn’t get the respect it deserved because of the fact they diddn’t fit into the mold of the traditional metal/thrash band.They talked about being “Gangstas,” doing drive by shootings and living what is commonly called “the thug life”.This turned off alot of Metal fans and thats why there music is not in the same relm as bands like Megadeth,Iron Maiden,(old)Metallica,Slayer,Exc..Hell….Just look at the meeger amount of reviews for this bands CD’s.Its like their metal albumns are being totaly ignored these days and it’s a damn shame.

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is, without a doubt, ST’s finest moment — before their sound became a bit more accessible. It is superbly crafted to repeatedly knock the wind out of you. While the entire album is strong, it does not have to be –”Waking the Dead” and “Controlled by Hatred” are powerful enough on their own to carry an entire album to legendary status. If you buy this album, you will listen to those two songs over and over (along with the rest of the album).

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This, from what I hear, is one of Suicidal’s best-selling records, probably as much because of the name as the music. This is the first record with Robert Trujillo on bass, although for whatever reason, he is credited as “Stymee”. These days he makes a more than a comfortable living as the latest Cliff Burton stand-in in Metallica. The downside to this album is that the production is kinda flat. The upside is that there are several excellent songs on here. However, its should be noted, and I don’t see it in any of the other reviews, that half of this CD is actually cover songs, plus two more are different versions of the same song from Suicidal’s previous album.

    Somewhat different versions of “Controlled By Hatred”, “Master Of No Mercy”, “Waking the Dead”, and “Choosing My Own Way Of Life” originally appeared “Widespread Bloodshed/Love Runs Red” by the band No Mercy in 1987 (NOT the mid-’90’s hip-hop group). No Mercy was Mike Clark’s first band, and Mike Muir replaced No Mercy’s original singer sometime in the mid-’80’s, before the album was recorded. This record is way out of print (a rumored re-issue has yet to appear) and its definitely worth the hunt to pick it up if you are a hardcore Suicidal fan, although it will cost you big bucks. A couple songs intended for a second No Mercy LP ended up on “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow” (including the title track). No Mercy sounds much more like the late ’80’s/early ’90’s Suicidal than, say, the band that recorded “Join The Army”. I think that “Controlled By Hatred” was one of the best songs that Suicidal ever recorded. “Waking The Dead” is also great. The other 2 songs are good, but don’t match the previous two. Anyway, another cover on here is “Its Not Easy”, originally recorded by the Mike Muir-side project Los Cycos in 1985 for the “Welcome To Venice” comp., a record than will cost you more that No Mercy’s, especially since the master tapes were destroyed in a fire, making a re-release almost impossible. “Its Not Easy” is all right. Its one those “Underneath my crazy exterior, I’m hurting” songs Mike Muir seemed to pull out at least twice per album. Then you’ve got two versions of “How Can I Laugh Tomorrow…” The first is the video edit. Completely useless, who needs the edited version of a song? The “heavy emotion version” on the other hand, is absolutely fantastic. Then you’ve got two more songs (original to this disc as far as I know), the excellent “Just Another Love Song” and the not-quite-as-good-but-still-pretty-good “Feel Like S***, Deja-Vu”.

    A couple of people have made mention of “gangsta” image of this album, but that was something Suicidal had from the beginning, although it was mixed with a skater thing. Anyway, who cares about their image? Its not like they were singing about their ho’s and bling-bling. Besides, if you are a Suicidal fan you should already own this, and if you don’t like them then I doubt this CD will change your mind.

    Posted on February 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now