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MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
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RUSH - Rush Hard Rock | review permalink

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1 Thrash Metal 5 4.80
2 Hard Rock 1 3.00

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Album · 1974 · Hard Rock
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A real hard and heavy rocking debut for Rush. Yes they were influenced by Zeppelin and Deep Purple but honestly who wasn't? They showed that they could rock with the best and jam with the best and they delivered. They also had two "ballad" songs with Here Again and Before and After which are average to me but still shows they can slow down time to time. This is a really good album with superb musicianship from all 3 of the guys. To me this gets 3 and a half stars because comparing this with their later work, it doesn't hold up well. Highlights: Finding My Way, What You're Doing, In the Mood, and Working Man

METALLICA ...And Justice for All

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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My absolute favorite Metal record ever. This was the album that made me a Metallica fan, a metal fan, just a music fan in general. Cliff Burton died tragically in a bus crash touring the previous album and they got Jason Newstead in his place now and this album is almost a tribute to Cliff. This album showed me a different kind of music I have never heard before and made me a fan instantly.

Blackened: The opening song. My favorite Metallica song, I love how it opens with the slow fade in guitars and clicky drums just hit you and kick off the great riff that carries through the rest of the song. The verse is great with quick vocals from James that are easy to sing along to.

...And Justice For All: Some people complain it's too long but they clearly haven't heard much longer songs. This album does go through some pretty distinct changes and moods that always keep with me and the lyric is great how Justice gets raped and still does.

Eye of the Beholder: A underrated song. I personally enjoy this song a bit more than some others on here. It is very simple compared to the rest of the album but it's a nice break.

One: The famous single. It is a great song that slowly builds up like Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. I love how both start off soft and slowly build up in intensity but this one hits you with a fantastic guitar solo that makes Guitar Hero players break their fingers over. Classic

The Shortest Straw: A runner up for my favorite song on here. I love the complex drums and very busy progish environment of this song which sums up the whole album for me.

Harvester of Sorrow: Another great ballad-esque song. It has such a mood to it that you feel inside a mental patient's mind. Always sticks and moves me.

The Frayed Ends of Sanity: Took me a while to get into this song. My friend always praised this song saying it was Metallica's best but he's wrong IMHO. It is a great song but never clicked instantly to me.

To Live is to Die: Their tribute to Cliff song. This was so emotional and moving for an instrumental song I can't put it into words. Just listen to it

Dyers Eve: Lars really proves his chops on this song and Shortest Straw. It is a killer way to end this amazing album

Overall, Best Metal album ever. 5 stars. Highlights: The Whole Damn Album

METALLICA Master of Puppets

Album · 1986 · Thrash Metal
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The album Metallica will be remembered for for the rest of existence. This is a great album but does slump a little more than Ride the Lightning which only did once(Escape) with this one they slump twice(The Thing that Should Not Be and Leper Messiah). Battery, The Title Track, and Damage Inc. are all great songs but this album doesn't seem much difference between this and the previous album. Overall, a great album but not really a favorite or standout to me. 4 and a half stars. Highlights: Battery, Master of Puppets, Welcome Home(Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes(underrated classic), and Damage Inc.

METALLICA Ride the Lightning

Album · 1984 · Thrash Metal
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With Metallica's second album, I love how nice and mellow it starts on Fight Fire with Fire before it just kicks in and really destroys. Metallica really improved not just in sound but musicianship, songwriting and arranging on this one. The songs are 5x better than the previous which were pretty good too. They really gelled as a band at this time and really showed. This is probably my 2nd favorite Metallica album and for good reason. They really proved they could truly play and not just thrash all the time but could also have melody and slow down every once in a while. Overall, this is a phenomenal album and recommend this one as your start into Metallica. 5 stars. Highlights: Fight Fire with Fire, Ride the Lighting, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fade to Black, Trapped Under Ice, Creeping Death and The Call of Ktulu

METALLICA Kill 'em All

Album · 1983 · Thrash Metal
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The debut of probably the most famous Metal band ever. They really invented Thrash Metal with this one and blew me away when I first heard the opening of Hit the Lights. This album is like a ghetto roller coaster that not only goes very fast but kicks your ass at the same time so you never forget it. The almost progish track The Four Horsemen is a highlight as well as the amazing bass solo of Cliff Burton(best metal bassist ever). Overall, this is one of the best debuts by anyone and is a great way to start the Metallica but the best was obviously to come. 4 and a half stars. Highlights: Hit the Lights, The Four Horsemen, Motorbreath, (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth, Whiplash, Phantom Lord, Seek and Destroy and Metal Militia

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