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Hearing this in 1993 was mind blowing
on 24 July 2013
I heard this album in early 1993, when a friend made me a copy on a cassette tape. The album cover caught my eye previously in HMV and I wondered what this band would sound like. When the friend said I should have a listen, I was hooked. I had never heard anything like this before.
I would call this album flawless from start to finish and have yet to hear another that had the same impact on me as a 16 year old, pre-internet - I have fond memories of going through two CD's in one year as I wore them both out.
Coincidentally, Tom Morello said he had the same feelings when he first heard The Clash's 'London Calling', and I can completely empathise with him over this release.
As grunge made the previous genre of metal seem silly, this makes grunge seem pointless and vain. It doesn't let up from the very first opening seconds to chaotic closure. I can still put this on and feel a tingle down my back 20 years later.
Thankfully, the band didn't really sell out to mass appeal, and followed up with another great album, Evil Empire.
I feel sorry for kids looking for something outside of the pop charts realm who no longer have this type of on offer. The 90's was a pretty good era for energetic, intelligent, breakaway bands.