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Topic: Reviewing what the reviewers reviewed
Posted By: Vim Fuego
Subject: Reviewing what the reviewers reviewed
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 10:59am
I'm working at home for a bit and have managed to get Spotify to work, which I couldn't last year. It can be a bit of a bugger trying to think of what to listen to, so I had the idea of going back to an old metal magazine and listening to everything they reviewed that month. One of the first suitable candidates I pulled out was: 

Hot Metal October 1991.
Image result for Hot Metal October 1991
This was an Aussie metal magazine, and the first I really got into. It gave a general view of the metal scene, rather than the harder end like Terrorizer or Metal Maniacs, which were in the same pile of magazines. Editor Robyn Doreian ended up in the UK editing one of the mags there (can't remember if it was Kerrang! or Metal Hammer). There's stuff in here I have never heard, and would never think of listening to! Let's see how far I get...



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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 12:03pm
First album up was Crimson Glory - Strange and Beautiful
CRIMSON GLORY - Strange And Beautiful cover
I'd never heard anything by this band before. And I won't be going out of my way to seek out anything else by these guys. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's just not my thing.

The reviewer Jeremy Sheaffe was my favourite writer at reviewer at the magazine. He said "As far as the quality of Strange and Beautiful goes, no one can deny that it is a very high standard - production and presentation wise. But as far as me actually liking it, 'fraid not." 3/5


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 12:36pm
Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

First album up was Crimson Glory - Strange and Beautiful
CRIMSON GLORY - Strange And Beautiful cover
I'd never heard anything by this band before. And I won't be going out of my way to seek out anything else by these guys. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's just not my thing.

The reviewer Jeremy Sheaffe was my favourite writer at reviewer at the magazine. He said "As far as the quality of Strange and Beautiful goes, no one can deny that it is a very high standard - production and presentation wise. But as far as me actually liking it, 'fraid not." 3/5

'And I won't be going out of my way to seek out anything else by these guys.'

Worst possible Crimson Glory album to form that opinion on. This sounds nothing like their other work. Listen to one of the first two instead. 


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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 1:10pm
Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

First album up was Crimson Glory - Strange and Beautiful
I'd never heard anything by this band before. And I won't be going out of my way to seek out anything else by these guys. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's just not my thing.

The reviewer Jeremy Sheaffe was my favourite writer at reviewer at the magazine. He said "As far as the quality of Strange and Beautiful goes, no one can deny that it is a very high standard - production and presentation wise. But as far as me actually liking it, 'fraid not." 3/5

'And I won't be going out of my way to seek out anything else by these guys.'

Worst possible Crimson Glory album to form that opinion on. This sounds nothing like their other work. Listen to one of the first two instead. 

OK, worth a shot. It wasn't terrible, but it just really didn't grab me.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 1:13pm
Next came:
CORONER - Mental Vortex cover
Yep, much more to my liking! I don't remember hearing The Beatles cover at the end of the album before, but otherwise it's just quality Coroner through and through.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 1:35pm
And then the magazine moved into the EP section. First was The Mandelbroth Set by Killing Time. No, this isn't the NYHC band, but instead an Australian band. This thing doesn't appear on either Spotify or YouTube, but it's probably for the best, as this band renamed itself Mantissa, and Mantissa were shit!

YouTube DID turn up Vio-Lence's Torture Tactics EP. 
VIO-LENCE - Torture Tactics cover
This was the song controversially left off the album "Oppressing The Masses" due to it's violent lyrics (ah, the joys of thrash metal bands dealing with clueless major labels...) Torture Tactics the song is fucking excellent. Hot Metal gave this EP 4/5, I gave it 4.5/5 (Dicks of Death is just too fucking stupid for this to rate a 5).


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 1:38pm
I can't find all of Nursery Crimes' Eleanor Rigby EP, but the song itself still exists. It's a rocking pop punk version of the song:


Great fun! Hot Metal rated it 5/5, and I wouldn't be far behind.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 2:33pm
A line in the review for this said "vintage death metal at it's best". Quite correct.
MASSACRE - From Beyond cover
I didn't rate this when I first heard it. After all, this whole band is made up of people booted out of Death. However, I now recognise it for the certifiable classic it is! Hot Metal gave it 4/5, which was too low.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 3:49pm
SARAYA - When the Blackbird Sings... cover
When The Blackbird Sings... - Saraya. OK, nice voice, promising start to the album, but the whole it is just a bit underwhelming and inoffensive. It needs to rock a bit harder, or at least show a bit more originality. This whole oversaturated hard-rock-tending-to-glam-metal genre was on it's last legs at this time, and albums like this showed why. Just no gas left in the tank. Hot Metal rated it 3. I'm giving it 2.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 4:48pm
PEARL JAM - Ten cover
Only took me 30 years to finally listen to this fucking thing, and it's just like I thought - I hadn't missed out at all. 53 long and boring minutes! What utter bland mediocrity dressed up in the Emperor's new clothes! Hot Metal gave it 5. I didn't.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 5:47pm
From an overrated album, to an underrated one:
VENOM - Temples of Ice cover
Arachnid was the only song on Temples of Ice I'd heard, and I don't know what fuckwit at Music For Nations thought of putting it on Speed Kills 6, but it's the worst fucking song here! No, it's not classic Venom. The production is far too clean. But neither is it bad Venom either. And it proved Venom without Cronos is better than Cronos without Venom. Hot Metal only gave it 2. I'm giving it 4.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 7:21pm
And last one for this working day:
MR. BUNGLE - Mr. Bungle cover
I gave this a 5 star rating some time in the past. HM gave it 3, but I'm not surprised. This is a grower of an album, and it takes multiple listens to really appreciate. I would have only rated it a 3 when I first got it.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 11:43am
NIRVANA - Nevermind cover
This is a 5 every day of the week, and Hot Metal recognised it as such at the time. I haven't listened to it in ages, so it's been a welcome listen.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 3:30pm
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Blood Sugar Sex Magik cover

Never again.


Posted By: Bosh66
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 3:37pm
^ yeah I have that squirrelled away somewhere unfortunately LOL


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 3:53pm
I made myself listen to the whole thing. Luckily the last two albums to go here will be an easier listen.


Posted By: BitterJalapeno
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 3:53pm
Agree completely about "Ten" bring overrated but I really love "Blood Sugar Sex Magik"

One of the first gigs I went to was when I was 13 in 2003 at an annual one day festival called "Gig on the Green" hosted in a park in Glasgow City Centre which has since been replaced with a foul pop oriented festival called TRSNMT.

The line up from opener to headliner was The Distillers, Electric Six, P.J. Harvey, QOTSA, Foo Fighters and RHCP - some of which were promoting some very good albums at the time. My young adolecent self was blown away.

I should add that I had yet to discover the delights of metal at that point...

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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 3:58pm
Originally posted by BitterJalapeno BitterJalapeno wrote:

Agree completely about "Ten" bring overrated but I really love "Blood Sugar Sex Magik"

One of the first gigs I went to was when I was 13 in 2003 at an annual one day festival called "Gig on the Green" hosted in a park in Glasgow City Centre which has since been replaced with a foul pop oriented festival called TRSNMT.

The line up from opener to headliner was The Distillers, Electric Six, P.J. Harvey, QOTSA, Foo Fighters and RHCP - some of which were promoting some very good albums at the time. My young adolecent self was blown away.

I should add that I had yet to discover the delights of metal at that point...

That's quite a line-up!


Posted By: BitterJalapeno
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 4:01pm
It was a great day. Electric Six were just entertaining and great fun. I've always been a QOTSA fan and the Foos and RHCP hadn't reached the point of insipid blandness yet. Or maybe it was just due to it being my first proper live music experience..

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Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 4:28pm
Originally posted by BitterJalapeno BitterJalapeno wrote:

Agree completely about "Ten" bring overrated but I really love "Blood Sugar Sex Magik"

+1, Mother's Milk is probably my favorite from the Chili Peppers though. Glam funk metal perfection.

Comments regarding a couple other albums here:

The title track for When the Blackbird Sings is awesome, but the rest of that album is so boring.

Demolition Man-era Venom is so underrated. Temples of Ice is great, but I highly recommend checking out Prime Evil if you haven't heard it, my favorite Venom album and one of my favorite thrash albums probably. Has such a great punch with the production, and fantastic songwriting.


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Posted By: BitterJalapeno
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 4:54pm
^ I haven't heard Mother's Milk in so Long. I lost interest after hearing Stadium Arcadium and generally only revisit Blood Sugar and Californication. I still have a copies of Freaky Styley and Mother's Milk somewhe so will rectify soon

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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 7:13pm
Next came:
OZZY OSBOURNE - No More Tears cover

I have heard this before, but not for a while. It's a good 'un.

I must have a count-up of how many platinums there were in just this one issue of the magazine!


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 8:28pm
THE CULT - Ceremony cover

And this was surprisingly dull. Maybe that's why The Cult faded a bit in the 90s.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2021 at 8:33pm
OK, 34x platinum in the US alone for the albums reviewed in this single issue of a magazine, and there weren't even that many reviews!


Posted By: mrblond
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2021 at 2:37am
Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

THE CULT - Ceremony cover

And this was surprisingly dull. Maybe that's why The Cult faded a bit in the 90s.

I'm quite the opposite here. 
I've found The Cult later on, after 2000. This album grabbed me instantly. Many superb riffs are here. 
I think it is in the top 50 albums that were released during the 90's.
In my view, the album was vilified by the regime as all releases of the hard rock/heavy metal genre from 1991 onward. 


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2021 at 10:25am
Originally posted by mrblond mrblond wrote:

Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

THE CULT - Ceremony cover

And this was surprisingly dull. Maybe that's why The Cult faded a bit in the 90s.

I'm quite the opposite here. 
I've found The Cult later on, after 2000. This album grabbed me instantly. Many superb riffs are here. 
I think it is in the top 50 albums that were released during the 90's.
In my view, the album was vilified by the regime as all releases of the hard rock/heavy metal genre from 1991 onward. 

They ran into some big legal problems over this album because of the use of Native American imagery. The parent's of the boy used in the cover photo sued them for $61 million dollars. Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy weren't getting on together too well either. As a result, they didn't tour or promote the album much. 

And following up Sonic Temple and Electric would have been pretty tough, because they were outstanding. Fire Woman was the number one song for weeks on end in 1989 here in New Zealand.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 9:26pm
Repurposing this thread slightly. I have to work from home again tomorrow, and perhaps most of the week (another COVID outbreakOuch). Rather than starting a new thread for each new magazine, I'll carry on with this one. Next magazine I pulled out (who am I kidding? It's not really random. It's just one I fancied the look of!LOL) was the first issue of Terrorizer I ever bought, which happened to be issue #2.

Terrorizer No.2 November 1993
I had a quick count-up, and I think there's about 25 album reviews here, and I own 5 of them. Should keep me busy for a few days.

(having trouble finding a picture, so I have made my own.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 11:04am
CARCASS - Heartwork cover

Ya know, as much as this album annoys me, it's still really fucking good. It's just not what I wanted from Carcass, but it isn't my call to make what the the band produces. Anyway, Terrorizer gave it 5. I'm upgrading my 3 to 4.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 11:54am
BROKEN HOPE - The Bowels of Repugnance cover
Not a classic by any means, but Broken Hope's second album is pretty fucking brutal, but varied at the same time. The vocals are a little monotonous, but otherwise well worth a listen. Terrorizer gave it 3, I went with 3.5.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 1:26pm
VARIOUS ARTISTS (GENERAL) - 5 Years Nuclear Blast cover
One of the best compilations I own. I had to resort to my own CD for this, since compilations on Spotify are either non-existent or patchy. Wall to wall old school death metal! Terrorizer rated it 5 and I did too.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 3:58pm
Emperor/Enslaved split CD.
EMPEROR - Emperor cover ENSLAVED - Hordanes Land cover

We don't have this listed. Both parts were later released as EPs, which is how I listened to them on Spotify.

I like Emperor, but this was kind of boring. I suppose they were still developing their sound.
The Enslaved EP, Hordanes Land, was a lot better. More to hold my interest. The first track in 13 minutes long, but it's an absolute epic, so it doesn't seem overlong at all.

Terrorizer gave this 4. I'd give Enslaved 4, but Emperor is only getting a 2.5 here.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 4:03pm
MALEVOLENT CREATION - Stillborn cover
You can't go wrong with a Dan Seagrave cover! However, you can with the music when Roadrunner decides to go cheap on album production. There's a certain bite missing here. Brett Hoffman's vocals sound a bit weird and flat, which detracts a lot from the overall sound. There's nothing much wrong with the songs, they just don't rip your head off like the previous two albums do. A remix of this might improve it. Terrorizer gave this 2. I'm giving it 3.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 5:12pm
UNLEASHED - Across the Open Sea cover
I love Unleashed, and the first three albums are amazing as far as I'm concerned. 4 from Terrorizer, 4.5 from me.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 6:19pm
UNLEASHED POWER - Quintet of Spheres cover
Technical/progressive thrash. Not terribly exciting, despite a couple of outstanding tracks. Terrorizer rating 3, it's getting 2.5 from me.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 8:02pm
SEVENCHURCH - Bleak Insight cover
Very good for a little-known and long defunct band. I really like the vocals. An original sound instead of just copying Ozzy or Nick Holmes.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2021 at 8:44pm
Pan-Thy-Monium - Khaooohs
PAN.THY.MONIUM - Khaooohs cover
Let's just say I wasn't in the mood for that.Wink A bit too avant-garde for this time of day.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 10:31am
MERCYLESS - Coloured Funeral cover
Coloured Funeral by Mercyless. 

This is fucking amazing! I have never heard it before. A French death metal band from a time when French death was considered to be a bit of a joke. Most impressed! Terrorizer rated it 3.5. I went 4.5.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 11:48am
PYREXIA - Sermon of Mockery cover

Pyrexia - Sermon of Mockery
Blah. Bland ass Suffocation worship.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 12:37pm
MY DYING BRIDE - Turn Loose the Swans cover
From dull assed shit to the divine. My Dying Bride are always amazing. I can't believe I have never listened to this one before. 4 from Terrorizer, 4.5 from me.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 1:09pm
CYCLONE TEMPLE - Building Errors in the Machine cover
I was expecting this to be better than it was. This is all just underwhelming and a bit boring. It's nothing that Exodus didn't do on Impact is Imminent. And the final bonus track proved that this band was no Anthrax or Mordred in the rapped vocals department. Terrorizer gave it 2, and I think they were spot on.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 3:20pm

Silver or Lead by Optimum Wound Profile. One of those bands I have read about for years, but never actually listened to. We don't have them here yet, hence the video instead of a pic. Terrorizer underrated this at 3.5. This is a 4.5.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 4:10pm

Mourning - Greetings from Hell
Doom-death from a time when doom-death was thought to be novel enough to make a band interesting. Not quite. Not band, but not amazing either. Agree with Terrorizer's 3.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 8:14pm
A couple of Mekong Deltas:
MEKONG DELTA - Live at an Exhibition cover
MEKONG DELTA - Classics cover

Terrorizer gave them 1 and 2 respectively. I'm going higher than that 3 and 3.5.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 8:17pm
PITCHSHIFTER - Desensitized cover

This was pretty good. I've heard the odd track, but am more familiar with the later, more commercial material. Still worth a 4, while Terrorizer went 3.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 8:20pm
SAD WHISPERINGS - Sensitive to Autumn cover

More Dutch doom-death. Much better than Mourning, especially in the vocals. This also does a bit of a Paradise Lost and adds occasional female vocals, although doesn't have the Gothic feel of PL. My 3.5 over Terrorizer's 3.


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2021 at 12:37am
Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

PITCHSHIFTER - Desensitized cover

This was pretty good. I've heard the odd track, but am more familiar with the later, more commercial material. Still worth a 4, while Terrorizer went 3.


Love this album, sucks that it often gets forgotten about. I love their experimentation with drum and bass and breakbeat on their later stuff like www.pitchshifter.com, but those are ruined for me with the vocals. Wish they kept the more gruff vocals from this era instead of falling into the trap of most late 90's industrial bands and feeling the need to imitate Reznor.


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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2021 at 12:46am
Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

PITCHSHIFTER - Desensitized cover

This was pretty good. I've heard the odd track, but am more familiar with the later, more commercial material. Still worth a 4, while Terrorizer went 3.


Love this album, sucks that it often gets forgotten about. I love their experimentation with drum and bass and breakbeat on their later stuff like www.pitchshifter.com, but those are ruined for me with the vocals. Wish they kept the more gruff vocals from this era instead of falling into the trap of most late 90's industrial bands and feeling the need to imitate Reznor.

Oh yeah, the vocals in particular really get worse after this.

I really wish Earache would get their shit together though. There are so many Earache bands with little or no material on Spotify. I had to go through YouTube to get this, and while Spotify pays artists a pittance, you can't even guarantee that YouTube pays anything.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2021 at 11:41am
CUBANATE - Antimatter cover
This is fucking amazing! Another one of those "read about, never heard" bands. 3 from Terrorizer. Getting a 4 from me.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2021 at 1:16pm
FIGHT - War of Words cover
I have no idea what sort of alternative reality I was in when I rated this 3. I love this album! Have just upgraded to the 5 where it belongs. Terrorizer were a bit iffy on it, possibly wanting more Judas Priest, but comparing this to Pantera, and gave it 3.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2021 at 3:36pm

An album from a band we don't have. Revolting Cocks is one of Al Jourgensen's many projects. This is groovier, less metallic, and more experimental than Ministry or Lard. I didn't think much of it when I first got it, but it's a grower. Terrorizer were about right with a 3.5.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2021 at 3:38pm
NECROPHOBIC - The Nocturnal Silence cover
This is some good shit! Swedish blackened death metal. 3 from Terrorizer. 4 from me.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2021 at 8:36pm
SENTENCED - North From Here cover
Last up is Sentenced's second album North From Here. When I saw them I thought it was going to be a bit gloomy and a bit of a downer, because I have really only listened to later gothic-ish albums than this. But no, this was a surprise. It was death metal, and some of it was quite outstanding. Unfortunately, it was also a bit uneven, and it dragged a bit in places. Terrorizer rated this a 4.5. I think it rates a 3.

This was the last review in this magazine. Judging by the state of metal from this mag, the melodic death thing was just starting to develop, thrash was well and truly fucked, doom-death and doom metal were on the rise, and the industrial thing was starting to show some real variety and potential. There was a little bit of black metal, and it hadn't overwhelmed and drowned all else in the underground just yet. And for anyone who doesn't know, Terrorizer leans more to the extreme end of metal.

It also pointed out several glaring holes in our database!Big smile I shall endeavor to fix these forthwith.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2021 at 10:25am
Going with Hot Metal Summer 1997, issue #94 (It only ran to 96 issues)


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2021 at 1:27pm
TYPE O NEGATIVE - October Rust cover
This is my least favourite Type O album, but on no day of the week or in a month of Sundays is it ever a 1/5 as rated by Hot Metal. I'm giving it a 3, because it drags on more than I remember, and has a bit too much silly filler stuff.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2021 at 2:13pm
Blackdotsbadbrains.jpg
An album we don't have. It was Bad Brains' first attempt at recording in 1979, but not released until October 1996. Some of the old classics are here, like Pay To Cum, Attitude and Banned in D.C. It's rough as fuck, and full of things like the producer talking to his son (the studio was his basement!), and the sound is a bit muffled. If you turn it up a bit though, Bad Brains' energy and attitude shines through. Hot Metal gave it 3, I think it deserves 4.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2021 at 3:20pm

Lord Kaos - Thorns of Impurity. Apparently this is a forgotten black metal classic. I think it's a load of boring wank. 57 minutes of the same droning shit in repeat. Hot Metal rated it 3.5. I'd give it 1.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2021 at 4:53pm
SKUNK ANANSIE - Stoosh cover
Not particularly hard or heavy, but I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Hot Metal reckoned 3. I reckon 4.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2021 at 7:16pm
MANOWAR - Louder Than Hell cover
I actually own this mad arsed album. Good thing too, because my internet started playing up and I needed to resort to the CD. It a majestic, uncompromising 4.5, just above Hot Metal's 4.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2021 at 10:54am
There's an album missing here. It's called Why Stand When You Can Sit? and it's a compilation of Canberra punk bands. There seems to be no trace of it anywhere on line, which is a bugger because it sounded like fun. Oh well.

Next came:
DANZIG - Danzig 5: Blackacidevil cover
Yep, Danzig did an industrial/electronic album. It got widely panned and wasn't particularly successful. This isn't usually my sort of thing, but I thought this was really good. There's elements of NIN and White Zombie, and Danzig is a much better singetr than Manson. Hot Metal gave it 2.5. I reckon it's worth a 4.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2021 at 12:13pm

Thanks a fucking lot Seattle. Because of you, our metal mags got filled up with shit like this. There's nothing inherently wrong with it if you think a mix of R.E.M. and Foo Fighters sounds like fun, but in what used to be a metal mag? A complete mismatch. Hot Metal gave it 3.5. It's getting 1 from me. (And on the evidence of this album, this doesn't sound like a Metal Music Archives band)


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2021 at 12:52pm

Another surprise we don't have We a Gomorrah, but not this one. This is a British death metal band. I have their first album, and this is their second, and final. They really arrived a bit late on the scene, but could have been up there with the likes of Cancer or Benediction. HM gave this 3. I reckon it's worth 4.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2021 at 2:15pm

"We're fat, 40 and back" and it got lapped up. I own this album. It's missing all the snot and fury of the original Pistols live recordings, but they did say they were doing it just for the money, and I appreciate the honesty. But it sounds like they were doing a bit more than just going through the motions too. And the best thing? They have never come back to do this again. HM gave it 3.5, which seems about right to me too.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2021 at 2:43pm
BRUTAL TRUTH - Kill Trend Suicide cover
Uncompromising. 5 all the way.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2021 at 3:21pm
THE HELLACOPTERS - Supershitty to the Max! cover
Warning to all bands: don't give your albums witty sarcastic titles, because sarcastic gits like me might take them seriously. Can't stand this. 1. HM thought 3.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2021 at 10:33pm

Downset - Do We Speak A Dead Language? This was really good. Hardcore punk with rapped vocals. I agree with HM's 4.



DOG EAT DOG - Play Games cover

And this was really uneven, oscillating between good fun rap rock to really dumb rap rock. HM gave it 2.5. I think 2.



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