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JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Rocka Rolla Hard Rock | review permalink
GADGET - The Great Destroyer Grindcore | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Sin After Sin Heavy Metal | review permalink
ANAL CUNT - 40 More Reasons to Hate Us Grindcore | review permalink
ANAL CUNT - I Like It When You Die Grindcore | review permalink

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1 Grindcore 3 3.83
2 Heavy Metal 2 4.50
3 Hard Rock 1 4.50

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ANAL CUNT 40 More Reasons to Hate Us

Album · 1996 · Grindcore
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Another shocking album to change my music life and thought drastically. This nasty album “40 More Reasons To Hate Us” by industrial hardcore gang A.C. has been released in 1996 for such a cheap, dull musical scene, veiled in a dirty, vulgar sleeve. Each of 42 tracks except one of Manowar’s masterpieces “Gloves Of Metal” is quite momentary, launched via Seth’s magmatic mouth and loud, distorted, but strictly-played instruments .... as everyone says, might be heard similarly to another one in this album indeed, but at least for me, sounds like every single track should have a potential different from others.

From the beginning "Face It, You're A Metal Band" until "Everyone In Allston Should Be Killed", we can feel a smooth stream of a crazy loud mass. Not known such a fantastic foolish shout, produced with Seth’s mischievous and diverse, excessive voice appearance. Laugh out to listen to “Kill Women” (the title is not laughable though). And sing together the song "I Just Saw The Gayest Guy On Earth" featuring cheap Karaoke-ish falsetto voices and downtempo chorus, one bass chop. Some tracks are against renowned persons or older members of A.C. but who cares? They might play like heels or villains always on stage or on material, I imagine.

Perfectly they make a fool of the audience all around the album, but mysteriously we cannot get upset at all ... the reason is obvious as mentioned above. On the other hand, please listen to “Gloves Of Metal” filled with magnificent power and serious attitude for a metal masterpiece. Why not impressive, excellent?


Album · 1977 · Heavy Metal
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"Sin After Sin" is known as JUDAS PRIEST's third full-length album and their first shot in their golden "authentic heavy metal" era, and (at least for me) looks like one of the most 'unfavourable' stuff for every progressive rock fan. The material in this album would have been composed, created mainly by Rob HALFORD (voices) and Glenn TIPTON (guitars), and been produced by Roger GLOVER ... their strong intention for shooting pure heavy metal out into the rock scene could be heard through it, I suppose. On the other hand, their sound-making, engineering and production should be pretty developed, which make us enjoy more and more keener, stricter soundscape.

The opening shot "Sinner" can be called as one of their masterpieces, and one of masterpieces in heavy metal world definitely. Heavy and speedy riffs via powerful guitars and Rob's high-tone voices ... both can be perfectly synchronized and crystallized. A tad theatrical and dramatic voyage round the metallic world is quite impressive. Yes they are powerful voyagers. "Diamonds & Rust", needless to mention here, was composed and originally released in 1975 by Joan BAEZ. The original one by Joan is acoustic and lyrical indeed, but Judas' cover version sounds harder, heavier, clearer, and more sharp-edged. Rob's not launched so high-pitched voices as other songs around in this album or something, but please listen carefully, and we can realize he would sing with less pressure and more pleasure. Forgive my overmention but enough might be only listening to these tracks (no, no, though). A heavy and ardent ballad "Last Rose Of Summer" will stabilize our inner soul. Crying guitar sounds are very cool in "Here Comes The Tears" filling tears in our eyes.

Again mentioned, but cannot understand the reason this album is underrated, and there is no suspicion this should emit crazy well-matured heavy metal flavour. Yay.

JUDAS PRIEST Sad Wings Of Destiny

Album · 1976 · Heavy Metal
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"Sad Wings Of Destiny" released in 1976 is JUDAS PRIEST's second full-length album and, as every Judasist or every progressive fan knows, is the most progressive one of all Judas' library. Mysteriously (and as usual lol) I've purchased this stuff as my first Judas' album "because of the sleeve of charm" and got quite surprised at and immersed in their superior dramatic development of a fairy tale.Some points worthy of special mention are, firstly Rob's voices have got more and more active and characteristic (highly pitched voices) all over the album, secondly K. K. Downing's colourful guitar plays full of passion are pretty awesome, and thirdly their composition and storytelling have got drastic, theatrical, and simultaneously dramatic and comprehensive.

"Victim Of Changes" can be called as the central tower upon this creation. Based upon strict rhythms and tight riffs, the combination of K. K.'s crying guitar sounds and Rob's enthusiastic voices should be kinda musical gem. No bombastic phrase nor metallic trace is there but heavy, deep texture can be apparently heard here and there. Rob sings kaleidoscopically ... sometimes powerful and ardent (e.g. in the opening one), sometimes cool and theoretical ("Ripper" etc.), and sometimes quiet, depressive, but lyrical ("Dream Deceiver ~ Deceiver") ... what an amazement. The B-Side is completely a "hard rock suite", but I'm sure everyone LOVES "Epitaph" that should be impressive, and historically important ballad by a Metallic Collective. Actually this sole track should be worth paying admission fee, believe me.

In conclusion, this superb album would exert much influence upon their golden years and albums later, and at the same time, obviously be different from them in a sense of "structural development for progressive rock".


Album · 1974 · Hard Rock
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Look at the mischievous, playful sleeve, and listen carefully to their well-matured stoner rock. JUDAS’ debut album “Rocka Rolla” should be positioned as one of pioneers of stoner rock, and it’s quite surprising that this stuff would get to be a historical cornerstone in 70s rock scene ... even for a debut creation of a British promising rock act. In those days this album got lots of 'negative' reviews which should have made the members sad. It's a pity their non-catchy heavy (not of metal) rock could not be approved by every fan of pop / rock, but let me say this hidden novelty must be re-evaluated and appreciated more and more.

Honest to say their composition is not so novel as their following one "Sad Wings Of Destiny" but we can taste such a monotonous heavy / stoner atmosphere only via this album (lacking of enthusiasm cannot be fit for Rob's falsetto voices though). The first shot "One For The Road" is sorta grand compilation of this whole album. Down-tempo, shoegaze, and depressive anarchism against popular rock for children can be fully heard. In "Run Of The Mill" are Rob's high-tone voices with magnificent passion, not under crying guitar sky but under bluesy stoner clouds. During 40 or more minutes is not any major key nor speedy metallic kick like their golden days. However, their musical attitude at that moment was never blurred. This undoubted identity of theirs should have been called as innovative, I'm sure.

ANAL CUNT I Like It When You Die

Album · 1997 · Grindcore
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What an impression. A masterpiece for me that has broken my traditional values for "rock". A. C.'s third studio album "I Like It When You Die" is kinda killer. At first look at the insane sleeve, and I don't know if you could realize why I purchased this album only "via this sleeve, without knowing them at all (lol)". And next moment an infernal feedback and deep, heavy phrases of Funeral March by Chopin (aka The 3rd Movement of Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35) attack us. Seth sings (shouts?) as well too rapidly (smartly?) for us the audience to understand well as words (actually more and more speedier than Napalm Death, such a speed God in the death metal scene). I've attended their gig in Osaka ... about 20 years before (when I was young!) and got completely knocked out by their powerful play and speed itself. And another surprise for me is that all of the three (Seth, Josh, and Nate) play speedily, heavily, deeply, and bombastically. Everyone says this band should be characterized by Seth's quirky voices but sounds like they should be another great heavy slush metal combo, at least for me.

Funny that they always make fun of somebody renowned, or around them (even an ex-member) ... this tendency has been heard especially via the previous album "40 More Reasons To Hate Us" ... not sure this "bad joke" is a kind of ceremony for our pleasure, or their ironic taste for the "sincere" world. Who cares? Why don't we laugh for their fun? "311 Sucks" or "Hootie And The Blowfish" should never betray our expectations really. The first expression reminds us of the artist, and the latter consists just of noisy explosion and violent words as usual. Hey don't look down of the world, the audience, but how interesting their antithesis is. Honest to say this stuff has completely changed my thought. Wondering if everyone could understand me - one of A. C. manias.

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