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Thrash Metal: the Eighties Phenomenon That Grew out of Punk Rock and Its Influence on the American Youth Sub-culture of the 80's
Thrash Metal: the Eighties Phenomenon That Grew out of Punk Rock and Its Influence on the American Youth Sub-culture of the 80's
by Javier S. Medina
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 13 Feb 2014
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Without doubt the poorest written book I have read. Spelling and grammar are atrocious in what should be an interesting book. The proof reader needs firing (if there was one) and English must be the author's third or fourth language.


Beyond The Unknown / Serpent Temptation
Beyond The Unknown / Serpent Temptation

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated gem!!, 26 July 2008
Whilst "serpent temptation" is instantly forgettable, "Beyond the unknown" is a well constructed and executed death metal album. The drum sound is a bit of an acquired taste ( I like it) and with only 1 guitar, the production might sound a bit weak to those who are used to albums worked on by a Mr Andy Sneap.

The song titles are what you would expect for the time, however songs like "Massacre of the unborn" are not Cannibal Corpse-esque at all, focusing on issues such as abortion in a more mature fashion.

Definitely worth picking up if it is re-released. Might disappoint if you have to pay an arm and a leg for a copy and don't already know it. Will definitely disappoint if you think you are picking up an early release by the "other" band Incubus!!

Because they hadn't copyrighted the name, they were forced to change it and finally settled on Opprobrium and released "Discerning Forces"


Deicide (Reissue)
Deicide (Reissue)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely scary, 26 July 2008
This review is from: Deicide (Reissue) (Audio CD)
This debut must rate as one of the most spontaneous and evil releases of all time. Although the lyrics are extremely satanic, they are not as silly as on later Deicide releases and the numerous bands that followed in the same vein afterwards.

The voice of Glen Benton needs to be heard to be believed and "Lunatic of Gods Creation", "Sacrificial Suicide", "Oblivious to Evil" and "Dead by Dawn" remain as some of the best examples of quality death metal songs ever written.

Also, whilst the album and band were certainly controversial for the time, the cover is intriguing rather than overtly offensive (such as a certain early Marduk release!!)

One of my favourite 5 death albums of all time.


Left Hand Path
Left Hand Path
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential early death!!, 26 July 2008
This review is from: Left Hand Path (Audio CD)
This album goes back to the days before blastbeats became the driving force on a death album. Catchy, simple and brutal, it sums up how fantastic this band were at writing straight forward death metal songs.

This pips the follow up, Clandestine, mainly because LG Petrov had left the band temporarily, leaving Nicke Anderson to pick up vocal duties. Although he returned for Wolverine blues, the bands direction had changed.

When this album was released, I was still buying albums based on their cover art and it would have been tough to find a more sinister LP cover in 89/90. Their later album sleeves are generally pants when compared to Dan Seagraves creepy doodlings. Thoroughly recommended...........Enjoy!!


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2.0 out of 5 stars Impressive live but disappointing studio effort, 26 July 2008
This review is from: I (Audio CD)
I saw this band recently when they supported Morbid Angel a couple of months back. The musicianship was spot on, especially the drummer who makes pulling off blastbeats look like a leisurely pastime, and the vocalist held a great rapport with the crowd.

On the strength of that performance I picked up their album. Aside from the fact that this band must have one of the worst names in metal, the album is pretty dull. The energy is there but there is nothing catchy to grab you by the cajones and keep you interested.

Maybe a band to watch in the future, if you like your death metal extremely fast. I, however, will stick to spinning my Morbid Angel CDs!!


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