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Shattered Existence
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2007
An excellent debut album from a much under-rated British metal band. It seems to have been unavailable for several years and it's great to see that it appears to have been re-released on CD ('cos I was waiting to replace my original cassette).

There's nothing particularly fancy about Shattered Existence; it's direct and to the point. A combination of great, catchy riffs and shout-along-lyrics. It got great reviews at the time and took them to open for Testament at Hammersmith Odeon in 1990 (where they were excellent).

Highlights include Balance Of Power and Crimes, but they're all good tracks with choruses that'll stay stuck in your head for ages.

Also on this version you get bonus tracks originally recorded for Radio 1's Friday Night Rock Show. These include their infamour cover of Ray Parker Jr's Ghostbusters with which they used to finish their live shows.

Very highly reccomended - both for some excellent metal nostaglia and to anyone unlucky enough to have missed out on Xentrix the first time around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2011
Xentrix were among the top tier of UK thrash bands in the late 80s'/early 90s' and this debut release shows why.

So glad its been re-released as I had had some difficulty obtaining a CD when I started re buying all my old metal which Id had on vinyl.

The cover of the "Ghostbusters" theme is a great laugh and was a dancefloor filler in the metal clubs of the day but its a throwaway when compared to the boys original material. Album opener No Compromise is a thrashterpiece, Balance of Power is a great chugger with a catchy chorus, Position of Security has a superb drum intro from the equally superb Denis Gasser and the catchiest chorus of the whole album. Then theres Crimes, Dark Enemy, Heaven cent, Reasons for Destruction, Back in the Real World and Bad Blood. Great tracks all. Plus 3 bonus tracks, one of which is the aforementioned Ghostbusters.

I remember Chris Astley used to get stick for sounding like James Hetfield, which he does, but who cares. The tunes are too good to let that spoil the headbanging.

Highly recommended for any thrash fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2008
I truly love this cd,it's my favourite of all of Xentrix's releases. It's their first album from 1989 which was on the old roadrunner thrash out put of the days. It has the thrashy production and fast guitaring. The opening track 'no compromise' somes it up,it's what you get it was just 9 tracks of british guys doing thrash very well,it stands the test of time and there are alot of new bands tring to get this sound nowdays,it's an old thrash classic from a band who never got as big as they deserved to be,a quality cd definately worth getting if you are interested in old skool thrash that was good,or just don't want to damage your vinyl of this which i still have,an excellent cd. As this is the reissue i do believe it has the most excellent 'Dilute to taste' ep, two non album songs which had great production and a couple of live tracks including xentrix doing their trevor and simon 'swing your pants' line during a song...now i'm just showing my age there,a quality cd/
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on 29 January 2014
This is Xentrix debut and is a much sought after record for good reasons. Musicanship is excellent, they try to do something different to other metal acts, they put effort into their music and lyrics and they produce a solid album which stands above others who tried to do the same and failed. This was 1989: the metal market was staturated and it was not easy to come out with something original which they did, and that in its own is a huge success. Xentrix have managed to develop a loyal and robust fan base becasue they are good, original and genuine about their music. Nothing in this album sounds fake and it gets you going from the very first track, No Compromise which is just brilliant. Although it is not ground breaking, I would highly recommend this album for those who appreciate good power metal.
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on 19 March 2013
Amazing album, thrash metal as it should be, great riffs, great songs, can be heard from the first track to the last in loop.
Vocals reminds James Hetfield from Metallica, but it's not an imitation.
Top tracks are: 'Crimes','Balance of Power', 'No Compormise' and 'Bad Blood'.
A must have for any thrash metal fan, the band is so underrated in my opinion, so if you don't know them, you must check them and have their albums.
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on 6 February 2009
This album is recommended for fans of underrated thrash metal, especially for their cover version of the "Ghostbusters" theme tune.
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on 30 December 2014
ok thanks
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