This record has so much good material that it’s a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica’s most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. “One” is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It’s the epic of the album, but all of the son (more…)
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One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica’s best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In (more…)
Called “the Black Album” by many (due to its monochrome cover), Metallica marks the group’s entrance into the mainstream, with shorter songs, simpler song structures, and slower tempos overall. That said, this is an excellent album, featuring some of the best songwriting Metallica has ever done. “Enter Sandman,” “Wherever I May Roam,” and “God That Failed,” despite being slower and more groove-oriented than the band’s earlier work, feature the same heavy riffs a (more…)
Nearly 25 years after its formation, Megadeth is making its most brilliant work, a feat that some acts find unthinkablemaybe impossibleafter half that time. When Mustaine sings about politics it’s never in the abstract, faraway sense; his lyrics are riddled with references to the here and nowthe boundaries and bombs that make the threat of waror the threat of doom real. So it’s no real surprise that this release features lyrics liberally peppered with references (more…)
Limited double 180gm green splattered vinyl LP pressing of the Bay Area Thrasher’s 1989 album. Exodus is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1980 in San Francisco, California. Over the course of 27 years, the band has gone through numerous lineup changes and lengthy breaks, yet seven albums on, remains among the most influential Thrash bands in the history of Metal.
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Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-down Load and Re-Load, they’ve returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984’s Ride the Lightning as a template for St. Anger. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band’s earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is “Some Kind of Monster,” a lumbering be (more…)
For Pantera, rage flows like water from a faucet. Far Beyond Driven vents the band’s animosity in a maelstrom of hateful harangues fueled by thunderous drumbeats, piercing guitar noise, and raw-throated vocals. –Jon Wiederhorn
Japanese edition of their new album features alive version of ‘Walk’ as a bonus track. Standard 11 tracks.
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Pantera’s back, and all is as wrong with the world as it ever was. They’re going to make sure you know it, too. Despite the four-year absence from the studio between Great Southern Trendkill and Reinventing the Steel, Pantera’s unflagging aggression is confirmed by the full-throttle rhythms, throat-ripping vocals, and crunchy guitars. Call it their Metallica legacy, except that Pantera are more Metallica than Metallica these days. Heavy metal of this breed may be past its heyday, b (more…)