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Impaled Nazarene - Ugra Karma

One of the downsides to tape trading in the 90s is that you forgot you had a lot of good stuff because you didn't have artwork etc. This is one of those. Still mad as fuck. Still excellent.
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WINGER - Winger cover

Winger - Winger

Blech! Winger deserved every single moment of abuse and ridicule flung at them by Beavis and Butthead! This is just dreadful. It doesn't even qualify for an ironic/nostalgic trip back to the 80s.

I bought it with a handful of other old tapes - 10 for $10 I think. I think there's Trixter, Kingdom Come, Poison, and something else awful I can't quite remember in that lot. It seemed like a good idea at the time...
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HECATE ENTHRONED - Upon Promeathean Shores (Unscriptured Waters) cover

Hecate Enthroned - Upon Promethean Shores (Unscriptured Waters)

I remember why I traded this now - boring!

One of the guitar players from this band used to post on the Terrorizer message boards, and some guys would take the piss out of him calling the band Hecate Encloned, because they sounded like Cradle of Filth. Listening now, the similarity isn't that great.
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JESUS MARTYR - Sudamerican Porno cover

Jesus Martyr - Sudamerican Porno

This one brings back some memories. I got this in a tape trade with an Argentinian guy called Nikarsh, who I used to chat with on ICQ way back in the late 90s. Anyway, it's a good mix of groove, thrash and industrial metal. There's some absolutely ripping songs on this.
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Re-Animator - Laughing

I absolutely savaged this when I reviewed it. Perhaps I was too harsh, but this really isn't very good. There are a couple of great songs, but there's also a load of farting around with acoustics and funk, neither of which the band were very good at.
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M.O.D. - U.S.A. for M.O.D.

Offensive as fuck? Yeah, but it was supposed to be. Still OK in the modern world? Probably not. But hey, Varg apologists still listen to Burzum and justify it by saying they just like the music and don't agree with the lyrics, so I'm doing the same. The difference? Billy Milano has apologised for a lot of his most offensive lyrics (Aren't You Hungry? and A.I.D.S.) while Varg is still a right wing extremist nutjob.

Anyway, hadn't listened to this for years because I only have it on cassette, and no longer have a player. It's also not on Spotify. When you get past the most offensive stuff, there are a couple of absolute gems on here, and then some total clunkers. Still not an album for polite company...
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ARCH ENEMY - Burning Bridges cover

Arch Enemy - Burning Bridges

Well this is decidedly fucking average. Some of this seems to veer into power metal territory. There's the odd good song, but it's mostly unremarkable, and it's no wonder I haven't listened to it in years.
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MACHINE HEAD - The Burning Red cover

Machine Head - The Burning Red

I may have judged this too harshly. Yes, it's got a few nu-metal turds floating in the bath, but in between, there are some fucking powerful bangers, which I haven't heard in years. Just listened to a bit of a podcast about the recording of this album, and the song "Five" sounds like it was quite traumatic to record. Oh yeah, and Robb Flynn hates that "Message In A Bottle" is the most popular song here, because it was just meant to be a bonus track.LOL
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METALLICA - St. Anger cover

Metallica - St. Anger

Dark Angel said it best - time does not heal. This is still fucking dreadful. I think it may eternally remain so.
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In Flames - The Jester Race

Better than I remembered, but it's still probably not gonna get a lot of listens.
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TESTAMENT - Souls of Black cover

Testament - Souls of Black

1990 saw the release of a number of incredible thrash and death metal albums. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them. It didn't grab me then, and sounds quite dated now. This was Testament's 4th album in 4 years, and maybe the cupboard was a little bare.


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SOILWORK - Natural Born Chaos cover

Soilwork - Natural Born Chaos

I remember there being a bit of a buzz around the time this was released. I was living in South Korea at the time and went and bought it soon after it's release. At the time I thought it was OK, but nothing super-impressive. I still don't think it's super-impressive. It's mildly interesting background music. It really doesn't do it for me.
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COAL CHAMBER - Coal Chamber cover

Coal Chamber - Coal Chamber

Oh fuck, why did I bother? The only positive thing I can say is at least it's not Korn.
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KISS - Hot In The Shade

I literally listened to this only once, so I wasn't expecting much at all, but fuck me, it's actually listenable. There's a couple of half decent songs, the percentage of filler is smaller than usual, and even those filler songs are better than usual. Love the cover too.
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Forbidden - Twisted Into Form

Wow, is my memory fucked! This album is fucking brilliant. It just didn't get the play the debut did. I have no idea why...
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Death - Spiritual Healing

I'm never going to love this album like I do with the two before it, but I think I've made my peace with it. It's good, solid old school death metal, but just sounds a bit dry compared to Leprosy. There's some fucking amazing passages in some of the songs, but then other times it sounds like scraps from the Leprosy sessions. The move away from gore based lyrics was a risky move at the time when a lot of bands were going for maximum splatter, which might be part of the problem I had with it when it first came out, because I loved the carnage. However, listening now the lyrics are pretty smart and more thoughtful than I'd considered. Glad I gave it another listen. It'll get a few more spins in the future.
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Exodus - Pleasures of the Flesh

For some reason I didn't click with this album, probably because of the albums either side of it. Dunno why. It fucking rips.

ONSLAUGHT - In Search of Sanity cover

Onslaught - In Search Of Sanity

The vocals, the fucking vocals! Too damn melodic and soft for the music. This was like a hard rock version of what Onslaught should have been. Nige Rockett wasn't Joey Belladonna, and Onslaught wasn't Anthrax. Some of the songs here are still hard and thrashy as fuck, and Welcome to Dying is a masterpiece, but the vocals are just wrong. And Asylum is a really shit, really long ambient intro.

OBITUARY - Frozen in Time cover

Obituary - Frozen in Time

I dunno why I've only listened to this a couple of times, but it's fucking excellent. More than solid Obituary album.
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Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

It works both ways.

Some albums ARE better with age.

Some actually become less interesting.

I have a lot of older albums which I'm less interested in now due to over-listening, like the first five Metallicas, the early Megadeths, Appetite For Destruction, Hysteria etc., but I really want to stick to albums I haven't revisited much for various reasons. I'm trying to mix up the genres a bit, but they are mostly gonna be old thrash albums, because that's what I have lots of.Smile


Sometimes it's not age, it's exposure. Some albums just require more listening and then need to simmer in the noggin for a few years!
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Candlemass - Chapter VI

Good but not great. Should have given it more listens than I did, but doesn't have the immediate appeal of previous albums.
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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

It works both ways.

Some albums ARE better with age.

Some actually become less interesting.

I have a lot of older albums which I'm less interested in now due to over-listening, like the first five Metallicas, the early Megadeths, Appetite For Destruction, Hysteria etc., but I really want to stick to albums I haven't revisited much for various reasons. I'm trying to mix up the genres a bit, but they are mostly gonna be old thrash albums, because that's what I have lots of.Smile
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