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MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
SEPULTURA - Beneath the Remains Thrash Metal
METALLICA - ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - Lights... Camera... Revolution! Crossover Thrash
CELTIC FROST - Into the Pandemonium Avant-garde Metal
CELTIC FROST - Morbid Tales Thrash Metal
CELTIC FROST - Emperor's Return Thrash Metal
CELTIC FROST - Morbid Tales / Emperor's Return Thrash Metal
MINISTRY - The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste Industrial Metal
MINISTRY - Psalm 69 Industrial Metal
MINISTRY - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up Industrial Metal
OVERKILL - The Years Of Decay Thrash Metal
SAMHAIN - Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire Non-Metal
THE MISFITS - Walk Among Us Non-Metal
ALICE COOPER - Killer Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Bad Reputation Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Sin After Sin Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Stained Class Heavy Metal
DARK ANGEL - Darkness Descends Thrash Metal
D.R.I. - Dealing With It Hardcore Punk
SLAYER - Seasons in the Abyss Thrash Metal
MANILLA ROAD - Crystal Logic Heavy Metal
OBITUARY - Cause of Death Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Harmony Corruption Death Metal
VENOM - Welcome to Hell Speed Metal
VENOM - Black Metal Speed Metal
VENOM - At War With Satan Speed Metal
DEAD KENNEDYS - Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death Hardcore Punk
DARK FOREST - Land of the Evening Star Viking Metal
LAKE OF TEARS - Black Brick Road Gothic Metal
ANNIHILATOR - Alice in Hell Thrash Metal
VOIVOD - The Outer Limits Progressive Metal
MANOWAR - Sign of the Hammer Heavy Metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - Fighting the World Heavy Metal | review permalink
CELTIC FROST - To Mega Therion Thrash Metal | review permalink
DUST - Hard Attack Proto-Metal
BANG - Bang Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Live After Death NWoBHM
DANZIG - Danzig II: Lucifuge Heavy Metal | review permalink
SAMHAIN - Initium Non-Metal | review permalink
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin IV Hard Rock
KING CRIMSON - Red Proto-Metal
KING DIAMOND - Abigail Heavy Metal
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - The Battle of Los Angeles Rap Metal
MEGADETH - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Kill 'em All Thrash Metal
DEATH - The Sound of Perseverance Technical Death Metal
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
SLAYER - Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal
SEPULTURA - Arise Thrash Metal
SODOM - Persecution Mania Thrash Metal
CELTIC FROST - Parched With Thirst Am I and Dying Thrash Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid Heavy Metal
MANOWAR - Kings of Metal Heavy Metal
OVERKILL - Feel The Fire Thrash Metal
SAMHAIN - Unholy Passion Non-Metal
DANZIG - Danzig 4P Heavy Metal
THE MISFITS - Static Age Non-Metal
ALICE COOPER - Love It To Death Hard Rock
ALICE COOPER - Billion Dollar Babies Hard Rock
ALICE COOPER - Muscle Of Love Hard Rock
W.A.S.P. - Inside the Electric Circus Heavy Metal
W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children Heavy Metal
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Theatre Of Pain Glam Metal
TWISTED SISTER - Stay Hungry Heavy Metal
THIN LIZZY - Jailbreak Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Black Rose: A Rock Legend Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Live And Dangerous Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Killing Machine Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Defenders Of The Faith Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller Power Metal
EXODUS - Bonded by Blood Thrash Metal
D.R.I. - Four of a Kind Crossover Thrash
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today Thrash Metal
SLAYER - Show No Mercy Thrash Metal
SLAYER - South of Heaven Thrash Metal
MANILLA ROAD - Out of the Abyss Heavy Metal
OBITUARY - The End Complete Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Scum Grindcore
DEAD KENNEDYS - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables Hardcore Punk
DEAD KENNEDYS - Plastic Surgery Disasters Hardcore Punk
CALADAN BROOD - Echoes of Battle Atmospheric Black Metal
DARK FOREST - Aurora Borealis Atmospheric Black Metal
LAKE OF TEARS - A Crimson Cosmos Doom Metal
LAKE OF TEARS - The Neonai Gothic Metal
LAKE OF TEARS - Illwill Gothic Metal
D-A-D - No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims Hard Rock
VOIVOD - Killing Technology Technical Thrash Metal
VOIVOD - Dimension Hatröss Technical Thrash Metal
WITCHCRAFT - The Alchemist Stoner Rock
HELLHAMMER - Satanic Rites Black Metal
HELLHAMMER - Apocalyptic Raids Black Metal
MANOWAR - Battle Hymns Heavy Metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - Into Glory Ride Heavy Metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - Hail to England Heavy Metal | review permalink
DUST - Dust Proto-Metal
SIR LORD BALTIMORE - Kingdom Come Heavy Metal
BUDGIE - Never Turn Your Back On A Friend Heavy Metal
BUDGIE - Bandolier Hard Rock
BLOODROCK - Bloodrock Hard Rock
IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere In Time Heavy Metal
MONTROSE - Montrose Hard Rock | review permalink
DANZIG - Danzig Heavy Metal | review permalink
DANZIG - Danzig III: How the Gods Kill Heavy Metal | review permalink
SCORPIONS - Fly To The Rainbow Hard Rock
SCORPIONS - In Trance Hard Rock
SCORPIONS - Blackout Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - Rising Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - On Stage Hard Rock
OPETH - Still Life Progressive Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Deep Purple In Rock Hard Rock
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality Heavy Metal
MEGADETH - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Thrash Metal
DIO - Holy Diver Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Heaven And Hell Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath Heavy Metal
FAITH NO MORE - Angel Dust Alternative Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Badmotorfinger Alternative Metal
OPETH - Morningrise Death Metal
WARRIOR SOUL - Last Decade Dead Century Hard Rock
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Bark At The Moon Heavy Metal
SLAYER - Decade of Aggression: Live Thrash Metal
DEATH - Leprosy Death Metal
DEATH - Symbolic Technical Death Metal
IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast NWoBHM
DIAMOND HEAD - Lightning to the Nations NWoBHM
GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction Hard Rock
MINISTRY - The Land of Rape and Honey Industrial Metal
OVERKILL - Taking Over Thrash Metal
OVERKILL - Under The Influence Thrash Metal
OVERKILL - Horrorscope Thrash Metal
THE MISFITS - Earth A.D. / Wolfs Blood Hardcore Punk
ALICE COOPER - School's Out Hard Rock
ALICE COOPER - Welcome To My Nightmare Hard Rock
ALICE COOPER - Special Forces Non-Metal
ALICE COOPER - Zipper Catches Skin Non-Metal
ALICE COOPER - The Alice Cooper Show Hard Rock
W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P. Heavy Metal
W.A.S.P. - The Last Command Heavy Metal
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Too Fast For Love Glam Metal
TWISTED SISTER - You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll Heavy Metal
TWISTED SISTER - Love Is For Suckers Glam Metal
THIN LIZZY - Nightlife Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Fighting Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Johnny The Fox Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Chinatown Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Thunder And Lightning Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Screaming For Vengeance Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Turbo Heavy Metal
EXODUS - Fabulous Disaster Thrash Metal
EXODUS - Pleasures of the Flesh Thrash Metal
D.R.I. - Crossover Crossover Thrash
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - Suicidal Tendencies Hardcore Punk
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - Join the Army Crossover Thrash
SLAYER - Hell Awaits Thrash Metal
SLAYER - Undisputed Attitude Crossover Thrash
VENOM - Possessed Speed Metal
DEAD KENNEDYS - In God We Trust, Inc. Hardcore Punk
LAKE OF TEARS - Headstones Doom Metal
LAKE OF TEARS - Forever Autumn Gothic Metal
LAKE OF TEARS - Moons and Mushrooms Gothic Metal
CINDERELLA - Long Cold Winter Glam Metal
VOIVOD - Nothingface Progressive Metal
WITCHCRAFT - Firewood Hard Rock
BUDGIE - Squawk Heavy Metal
BUDGIE - In For The Kill Heavy Metal
BLOODROCK - Bloodrock USA Hard Rock
BLOODROCK - Bloodrock 3 Hard Rock
BLOODROCK - Bloodrock 2 Hard Rock
MONTROSE - Paper Money Hard Rock | review permalink
SCORPIONS - Lonesome Crow Proto-Metal
SCORPIONS - Love At First Sting Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Hard Rock
PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell Groove Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Machine Head Hard Rock
VAN HALEN - Van Halen Hard Rock
ANTHRAX - Among The Living Thrash Metal
AC/DC - Back In Black Hard Rock
PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power Groove Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I Power Metal
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Rage Against the Machine Rap Metal
FAITH NO MORE - The Real Thing Funk Metal
OPETH - My Arms, Your Hearse Death Metal
LUCIFER'S FRIEND - Where the Groupies Killed the Blues Hard Rock
WARRIOR SOUL - Drugs, God And The New Republic Hard Rock
WARRIOR SOUL - Salutations From The Ghetto Nation Hard Rock
OZZY OSBOURNE - The Ultimate Sin Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Diary Of A Madman Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard Of Ozz Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - No Rest For The Wicked Heavy Metal
CELTIC FROST - Cold Lake Heavy Metal
CELTIC FROST - Vanity/Nemesis Thrash Metal
DANZIG - Danzig 6:66: Satan's Child Industrial Metal
ALICE COOPER - Pretties For You Proto-Metal
ALICE COOPER - Easy Action Proto-Metal
ALICE COOPER - From The Inside Non-Metal
ALICE COOPER - Raise Your Fist And Yell Hard Rock
WHITE LION - Pride Glam Metal
WHITE LION - Big Game Glam Metal
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Shout At The Devil Glam Metal
TWISTED SISTER - Under The Blade Heavy Metal
TWISTED SISTER - Come Out And Play Heavy Metal
THIN LIZZY - Renegade Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Rocka Rolla Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Point Of Entry Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Ram It Down Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Angel Of Retribution Heavy Metal
EXODUS - Impact Is Imminent Thrash Metal
D.R.I. - Thrash Zone Crossover Thrash
OBITUARY - Slowly We Rot Death Metal
LAKE OF TEARS - Greater Art Death-Doom Metal
CINDERELLA - Night Songs Glam Metal
CINDERELLA - Heartbreak Station Glam Metal
BUDGIE - If I Were Brittania I'd Waive The Rules Hard Rock
IRON MAIDEN - Fear Of The Dark Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Brave New World Heavy Metal
SCORPIONS - Virgin Killer Hard Rock
SCORPIONS - Lovedrive Heavy Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Dirt Alternative Metal
AC/DC - Highway To Hell Hard Rock
RUSH - Hemispheres Hard Rock
AMORPHIS - Tales From the Thousand Lakes Melodic Death Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Heavy Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Facelift Alternative Metal
METALLICA - Lulu (with Lou Reed) Heavy Metal
MANOWAR - The Triumph of Steel US Power Metal
SAMHAIN - Final Decent Non-Metal
DANZIG - Danzig 5: Blackacidevil Industrial Metal
ALICE COOPER - Alice Cooper Goes To Hell Non-Metal
ALICE COOPER - Lace And Whiskey Non-Metal
ALICE COOPER - Flush The Fashion Non-Metal
ALICE COOPER - Hey Stoopid Glam Metal
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Dr. Feelgood Glam Metal
SLAYER - Divine Intervention Thrash Metal
IRON MAIDEN - No Prayer For The Dying Heavy Metal
GUNS N' ROSES - Use Your Illusion II Hard Rock
DANZIG - Thrall: Demonsweatlive Heavy Metal
ALICE COOPER - Constrictor Hard Rock
ALICE COOPER - Trash Glam Metal
SLAYER - Diabolus in Musica Thrash Metal
SLAYER - God Hates Us All Thrash Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime Progressive Metal
SKID ROW - Skid Row Glam Metal
GUNS N' ROSES - Use Your Illusion I Hard Rock
DANZIG - 777: I Luciferi Heavy Metal
THE MISFITS - American Psycho Non-Metal
VENOM - Calm Before the Storm Heavy Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Rage For Order Heavy Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - The Warning Heavy Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Empire Progressive Metal
BON JOVI - Slippery When Wet Hard Rock

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Heavy Metal 66 4.11
2 Hard Rock 49 4.01
3 Thrash Metal 39 4.38
4 Non-Metal 14 3.86
5 Glam Metal 13 3.46
6 Hardcore Punk 7 4.43
7 Death Metal 7 4.43
8 Crossover Thrash 6 4.17
9 Industrial Metal 6 4.25
10 Proto-Metal 6 4.25
11 Progressive Metal 5 3.50
12 NWoBHM 5 4.40
13 Gothic Metal 5 4.40
14 Alternative Metal 4 4.00
15 Speed Metal 4 4.75
16 Technical Death Metal 2 4.75
17 Technical Thrash Metal 2 4.50
18 Groove Metal 2 4.00
19 Rap Metal 2 4.50
20 Atmospheric Black Metal 2 4.50
21 Black Metal 2 4.50
22 Doom Metal 2 4.25
23 Power Metal 2 4.25
24 Melodic Death Metal 1 3.50
25 Grindcore 1 4.50
26 Funk Metal 1 4.00
27 Death-Doom Metal 1 3.50
28 Avant-garde Metal 1 5.00
29 Stoner Rock 1 4.50
30 US Power Metal 1 3.00
31 Viking Metal 1 5.00

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Album · 1984 · Non-Metal
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Dammit, the need to give this record five stars never would have come to me and turned into such a pressing desire had I not received a perfectly beautiful vinyl copy of this great lost gem from mine very own halcyon high school daze what with the Anthrax shirts, the Slayer logo drawn on my arm, much more threatening than the Ozzy fingers of middle school, the cassettes, cassettes and more cassettes: everything from King Diamond to Napalm Death to Obituary and to then all time favorites Overkill and their scorching, burning _Years of Decay_. I think I wrote somewhere else about the coming of the force that was Glenn Danzig into my life, and yea verily, unquestionably it was a force that still reverberates all through me to the extent that now, after twenty-some years of listening to all these supposedly silly albums I find that I'm as transfixed and enraptured every bit as much as I was in high school or right thereafter.

Glub Glub Glub goes this album, first song on first side and there's wind and some thunder, there's some scary effects and there's Glenn coming in with some sort of incantation, a Satanic brain damaged Milton invoking the muse of himself and the devil, great beast, whatever, "Beyond race, beyond religion, beyond human's fears, I AM THE END!" Oh, if only Walt Whitman would've thought of that one, we could have had some really lovely visuals of swarthy young men dancing widdershins 'neath the blood moon as the civil war rages on around them. This record is something like that: a legitimate thing, an object that contains something so sick and down there, down a spiral stair, at the bottom in a rock walled tomb, and even lower where the soil itself is accursed and the smell of mulch and wormkind ever works its way in hot hellish wafts up to the nose. There is death in these grooves, and not a pretty clean killing sort of death (though there's plenty of killing) but more a rotting corpse at the bottom of a forgotten stair in a crumbling castle form of death.

Side One is a good slab of weird Danzig-y post punk, produced in a tin can filled with amylnitrate and formaldehyde or something, but still managing to have a nice attack, a good kick here and there, some rock out parts to go along with the goblin shouted choruses that are very similar but more demonic than the choruses on Misfits songs. It is a good time, side one of Initium, but the best stuff is definitely saved for the second side, especially the last three songs.

The Shift and The Howl are both longer than most of the tracks that have come already, but thematically both seem to be about werewolves or demons of some sort and turning into a monster. Not a subject that Glenn ever shied away from during the late seventies and early eighties. I always like "The Shift" better because of the really lovely drum beat and the way it puts a nice trance over the listener and turns into a very visual song, definitely check it out if you're into that sort of thing. "The Howl" is much more frantic and characteristic of an "average Samhain song" (whatever that might be) but in all it's talk of human slaughterhouses and hearing howls, I'm not quite sure if Glenn is the killer or the victim of the murderhouse where we find ourselves, again I wish his words could really convey what he sees just a little more, though really they do better than anyone has a right to expect.

"I am not your son of God The prince of light will show no fear Mine is that which rules this world The beast is come, I am the end

Archangel Archangel" --"Archangel"

Here we have Glenn worshiping the devil, shaking his fist at God and trying to open the seven seals to let demons come forth and take over the land as he was sent to do by God (the same one he's not the son of) but the fucking brood can't quite pull it off, I think, or maybe he pulls it off single-handedly after making all the members of the brood a nice warm home in the pits of hell. No matter, what does matter is that there's this really beautiful guitar on it that Glenn himself is playing, and there's these neat little breathy "wooo" things going on and that drum beat is definitely made for all the little demons to dance to. You know they need to dance and so did Glenn. At around five minutes, it's the longest Samhain song ever and a damn good one, so good in fact I'm going to go listen to it again.

DANZIG Danzig III: How the Gods Kill

Album · 1992 · Heavy Metal
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An H.R. Geiger cover graces this third album of the Danzig band and Chuck Biscuits still pounds that single bass battery like a bandit, and Christ and Von are still being the best backers that this short Wolverine character would ever get (Gods can't everyone involved understand how much they've sucked since they split up?) But this is not a perfect album. Even the best track on it, the title one the one that goes "Oh, oh would you let it go?" is flawed with over hot mic-manship and support from the great Lumpet. I'm not blasting Glenn and Crew's production job, they did the best they could, but if Rubin were in the studio at that moment we'd have that exact performance sounding so slick and perfect that to hear it is to lay on the sidewalk, crying out the bitter tears of your past excesses whilst praying to either God or the Devil to exonerate you from the long nights of fuckup that you can not get over anymore. Maybe it is Grace itself that makes this album a flawed one on so many production levels, because if it were perfect as the first two Danzig albums were, it would surely be the best, and those warts, those hideous little rough patches of skin on its otherwise smooth bum, make it an actually listenable album instead of some super slick, hyper aware masterpiece that actually caused the destruction of at least two worlds in some weird Douglas Adams type universe.

DANZIG Danzig II: Lucifuge

Album · 1990 · Heavy Metal
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Love. This album is love. There is nothing that is more love than this album. All those hippies who sit around pretending John Lennon knew more than anyone else, that Janis Joplin was the true flower of the world, that Jimi (who really is a truly great guitarist on the highest level, and a hell of a song writer to boot) was somehow more about love than this thing, this brutal, ugly, gorgeous, perfect pop masterpiece of an album.

There's a lot of good to be had here. From the very first notes of "Long Way Back From Hell" to the very final fading guitar note of "Pain in the World" this is an album that really is nearly (not quite, but oh, so close) fifty minutes of sheer satanic bliss, black as coal, and heavy as a meteor.

Personal Anecdote That Has Nothing to do with How Good This Album Is:

First time I heard this was in 1990 sometime, maybe very very early '91 and I'd never heard a note of Glenn song, and I borrowed this cassette from my buddy Matt and put it in the tape deck of my boom box and pressed play. It stopped because it was actually at the beginning of Side 2. I turned it over because I didn't feel like rewinding and the very first thing I heard, the very first moment of Glenn-song was the acoustic intro to "Devil's Plaything." I listened, rapt. Intent. I knew that the universe now made more sense and that I would have to spend my life holding this song, this sound, up as a flag, a gorgeous multi colored black flag that would lead me all around the world, all across the badlands of musical populi and would eventually discover all sorts of things because of those notes. And by the time Glenn sang "Woah woah uh whoa woah" I was in love, in rapture, I'm sure I had an erection but didn't know why, and from that day forth I put away childish things like Death Metal and Grindcore and started exploring the whole of the universe. Of course Death Metal and Grindcore still totally got my goat, but that's another story. Glenn, well, he's like Elvis and Sinatra and Morrison. He's like the other side of every brutal moment. I love this stuff. I can't get enough, no matter how smart, ascended and filled with divine fire I get, there's still "Lucifuge" reminding me that I ain't shit. And yet, because I am here, Maybe I am. Goodness, gracious, land sakes alive, I need to hear "Snakes of Christ" and succumb to the bloat of underworld goat. Hallelujah, save my soul, this is some serious rock n roll.


Album · 1988 · Heavy Metal
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The first Danzig album. How does one speak of something that is so ingrained that their psyche actually doesn't exist in any universe where this album didn't happen? How does one speak of perfection? Danzig I, as I call it, is a perfect album. Dry. Disgusting. Hard Rock. Sort of Metal. Metal. There's Glenn belting out obtuse weird lyrics about Satan and chicks and mothers and fathers and demon sex as though he really were riding the backs of those demons, clinging to their scaly bodies as their wide spanned leathern wings beat the flaming heat down there in hell, where of course Glenn would be king as soon as his mortal coil gave in and threw his soul down into the demonic waste that was his birthright (especially if you believe the crap he bellows out on the Samhain albums!) And yet, I only give this album, this perfect piece of music that begins with the guttural rumble of "Yeahaw!" as "Twist of Cain" begins and winds up Forty-odd minutes later with the wailing bellows at the end of "Evil Thing" having taken the listener through the lowest underbelly of Satan's underground. How could it not have five stars? Well, that's simple really. I can't give it five and give "II-Lucifuge" five stars, too. So this album will always be a first stab, an attempt at true perfection that manages to be perfect, but like the difference between a flawless ruby and a flawless emerald, as a guy who prefers rubies to emeralds, or maybe onyx, I can only say, "For as good as this record is, which is about as good as records can get, the next one is better." I'll call it four and a half, but know that it's really five if you want it to be. Why shouldn't it be five, it is, after all, perfect.

MONTROSE Paper Money

Album · 1974 · Hard Rock
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I haven't decided if Hagar ever got to be involved with the making of a five star album. The very best of his Van Halen output is around four, from what I've heard of his solo work, four stars seems about the normal with maybe an extra half star going to one or two of them. I'm sure there are a few that don't get the fourth star, and probably a couple that don't get more than two and a half, but that is sheer speculation. What we have here, though, is the second Montrose album, and a good one it is. This should have been the slight, ever so slight, misstep after a stellar, action packed proto-metal and even a little bit o' space rock debut. There's still proto-metal, there's still space rock, there's still Ronnie Montrose and Sammy Hagar, but there's just a little bit missing. Not much, mind you, but if you draw an analogy to this and the first two Dio albums that would be released around ten years later, it's very much the same. There's a template, see. And there was the thing that made the template, then there was that which used the template to be made. Not much different in a very real and severe way, but incredibly different in the most important way, you know the one where words fail and poets come from the dark abyss to sing the virtues and flubs of all around them. Yea, there, the first one's better because it's original and the second one is nearly as good. I haven't heard the third yet, which is the first without good ol' Sammy, but I'm looking forward to the day that happens. Over all something to enjoy and be like "Wooo! Yea! This is awesome!" about.

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  • Posted more than 2 years ago in Punk recommendations?
    When I think of punk recommendations I always think of The Velvet Underground and Stooges, and though I know those guys aren't really punk, they definitely are pointing the right direction (and so are the New York Dolls who have a glam metal feel and punk rock attitude.) But it seems this guy here wants straight up punk, hardcore punk, the kind of punk that, well, punks like.  So here's a few I like:  Propagandhi are cool and so are NOFX, I dig Rancid and absolutely love Social Distortion.  The Misfits are wonderful and those first couple T.S.O.L. records are mighty good, but watch out for their later work.  I really like The Dictators which featured Ross the Boss from Manowar, and The Dead Kennedy's "Plastic Surgery Disasters" still makes my spine happy after all these years.  While you're digging in punk you might want to give a spin to something like an X album or two (the first one is nice) and you can go very much more wrong than listening to "New Day Dawning" by Hüsker Dü.  Post punk is a ridiculously wide thing that encapsulates all sort of things that are terrible, but there's never anything terrible about listening to The Fall or PIL (who are so very hard to swallow!) Both the Dead Boys and Lords of the New Church (a great first album!) are led by semi-urban legend and John Waters actor Stiv Bators who totally rocks.  Also until you hear the song "Civilization's Dying" by The Dead Boys you haven't heard punk.  But to stay safe, just say dedicate some time to any of these bands and see who you like.  It gets weirder and weirder, punk does until it finally become something else.  I like it in most of its forms though the new stuff is a bit unpleasant.  And on this last note I will give my generic advice to anyone who will listen which  is not often:  If all else fails, listen to Chrome.
  • Posted more than 2 years ago in Hi all!
    Thank you so much.  Glad I installed that super sensitive submarine-y radar finally.  Immediately found here :) 
  • Posted more than 2 years ago in Hi all!
    Greetings MMA folk.  I totally love this place and yea, I'm sort of slow and have this whole slew of albums I want to review and it might take a couple years to get through them all because, well, I'm slow.  Slowness McGee.  That's me.  I'm like molasses in winter, certain Bergman films, and Sunn O)))).Anways thanks belatedly for all the well wishing and joy stuff.  You guys rule the school and hopefully you don't drool, but if you do I'll give you a pool in which to drool.  Peace love and hair grease, the world turns for stubborn warriors and may we all live forever.


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