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Volume 8: The Threat is Real [New Version with Bonus Tracks]
Volume 8: The Threat is Real [New Version with Bonus Tracks]

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anthrax's lowest point, 14 Sept. 2007
"Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real" shows the lowest point in Anthrax's career, after the loss of their great guitarist Dan Spitz and the disappointing "Stomp 442" they proofed that it could get worse. not a single good song on a disk with 14 tracks. the hidden-track "Pieces" is the only good song on the disk (i'm referring to the original version of the album). the disk starts with the industrial-like "Crush" which is decent but can get annoying really quickly, it is followed by "Catharsis", probably the best of the 14 songs on the disk, not bad but compared to other rock-songs of the 90's (for example "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters) it sucks. the 3rd song is the nu-metal-wannabe "Inside Out" which is heavily influenced by KORN, Anthrax probably thought they could win the kids' hearts with it. "P&V" is absolutely terrible, annoying and can cause headache, definitely one of the worst songs of their career, "604" is a nice S.O.D./M.O.D.-style gag (one of the few good tracks on the cd). "Toast To The Extras" is IMO definitely the worst song of their career, a bad country song, who wants anything like that from Anthrax? they did it better in '91 with "Startin' Up A Posse" which was also country-like but had their typical Thrash-sound in it. "Born Again Idiot" is the only Thrash-song on the disk and it is really bad, it can't even be compared to their Thrash-glory of the 80's and makes Anthrax seem like a shadow of themselves. "Killing Box" is a boring, annoying song with Phil Anselmo screaming in it. then it's getting better with "Harms Way", one of the best songs on the disk, slow, soft but nothing special. "Hog Tied" is also one of the better songs on the album, it's one of their Pantera-wannabe-songs with a good chorus, it is followed by the boring, uninspired and groove-laden "Big Fat", next is "Cupajoe" which is in the same style as "604", "Alpha Male" is a boring midtempo-rock song, nothing special and kind of annoying, "Stealing From A Thief" is slow, boring and another one of their Pantera-wannabe-songs. the hidden-track "Pieces" is by far the best on the disk, a nice ballad of the same quality as "Bare".
this record didn't sell and they blamed it on the record company and lack of promotion, the real reason was just because it was a bad record and nothing you would have expected from Anthrax.
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We've Come for You All
We've Come for You All
Price: £39.01

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars R.I.P. Anthrax (1981 - 1993), 14 Sept. 2007
This review is from: We've Come for You All (Audio CD)
the album starts strong with the intro "contact" which is followed by "What Doesn't Die" IMO the strongest song on the album and one of the best in Anthrax's career, a good modern Thrash-song with great double-bass, next is "Superhero" which is super-boring and very nu-metal-lish, next is "Refuse To Be Denied" which is also as boring and slow as "Superhero" but even worse, next is "Safe Home", the single, nothing special here, an average rock-song, not great, not bad, definitely no song anybody will speak of in 20 years. the next song "Anyplace But Here" is great and one of the few good songs on the cd, it has nice melody, tempo changes, it's one of the best songs in Anthrax's career. the next song "Nobody Knows Anything" can't even be called a song, to me it's a drum solo with some guitars and angry screams by John Bush thrown in. it is followed by "Strap It On", the worst song on the disc and one of the worst in Anthrax's career, a boring midtempo-song, no melody, no tempo changes, nothing good about it. then comes one of the last good songs on the cd "Black Dahlia", a strong modern metal-song with good riffs, it's heavy and has some blast beats. the blast beats in this song sound a little bit unoriginal but overall it's one of the best songs on the album. "Cadillac Rock Box" is a decent rock-song, it has a Dimebag-solo in it, the song is not great, not bad either. the next song "Taking The Music Back" is a boring hardrock-song, nothing special. it is followed by a true filler called "Crash", not even a song, only some uninspired singing and bass-playing by Frank Bello. "Think About An End" has similarities with Rage Against The Machine and is a boring rock-song, nothing special. the last song is the title-track and again is nothing special, a boring rock-song.

so, that's 3 good songs out of 14, WCFYA was a big disappointment for me, it could have been much better. there should have been more songs in the vein of "What Doesn't Die", more Thrash and the other songs, the non-metal-songs should have been better. i don't expect anything good from these guys in the future, 3 bad albums in a row, after "White Noise" it all went downhill.
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Feel the Fire
Feel the Fire

5.0 out of 5 stars Overkill's first, 13 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Feel the Fire (Audio CD)
this is the strong debut from nyc-thrashers Overkill. it can be compared to the debuts of Metallica,Megadeth,Slayer,Anthrax & Exodus as it's of the same quality. this is solid Power- & Thrash-Metal with a typical 80's sound. "Rotten To The Core" is still the band's anthem. anyone interested in 80's Metal will like it.


Bloodletting
Bloodletting
Price: £60.05

5.0 out of 5 stars modern Overkill in best form, 13 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Bloodletting (Audio CD)
"Bloodletting" IMO is the only good Overkill-Album of the new millennium. it starts strong with "Thunderhead" and holds that high quality-level until the end. there is no filler on this one, the production is good and modern and the style is (surprise,surprise) Power- and Thrash-Metal in it's finest form. in "Death Comes Out To Play" Overkill reminds the listener that Slayer are the kings of Thrash-Metal. Blitz's vocals are higher than on "The Underground And Below" but not as annoying as in the late 80's. if you want to put some Overkill in your collection "Bloodletting" is a good place to start.


W.F.O.
W.F.O.
Price: £7.47

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong Overkill, 13 Sept. 2007
This review is from: W.F.O. (Audio CD)
this is one of the best Metal-records of all time, no bad song. great riffs, great rhythms, good vocals. highly recommended to anyone into Thrash or Metal in general, definitely one of Overkill's best.


From the Underground and Below
From the Underground and Below

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probably Overkill's finest moment, 13 Sept. 2007
i give this cd 5 stars without a doubt as it probably is Overkill's best. the album begins strong, stays strong and ends strong. there is no filler on this one, the songwriting is good, the production is modern, you get anything you can ask from a metal record. great drums, great riffs and one of Blitz's best vocal performance, i don't like his vocals on their older material because it's too girlish. the standout-track on "Underground" is "Promises" which shows their songwriting-abilities better than anything they have done before, it's a great power-ballad.
this album is highly recommended to everyone interested in Metal.


Horrorscope
Horrorscope
Price: £7.34

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fine piece of metal, 13 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Horrorscope (Audio CD)
"Horrorscope" is a strong follow-up to the great "The Years Of Decay", the riffs are powerful, the drums are good, the songs are actual songs and not just riff after riff with some shouting in between like on "Under The Influence". sure like always in Overkill you can hear a riff or rhythm here or there that reminds you of Slayer, Metallica or Anthrax, therefore i give it only 4 stars, but those moments are really rare on "Horrorscope" compared to other releases by them. there is no weak song on the cd, you can listen to it from beginning to end, it's really enjoyable. "Horrorscope" can compete with anything the bigger bands in Thrash have put out during their careers, unfortunately "Horrorscope" came too late, if it was released in the mid-eighties Overkill would have been as big as Slayer or Anthrax.

i recommend "Horrorscope" to everyone interested in Thrash or Metal in general, it's definitely one of Overkill's best.


Looking for Freedom
Looking for Freedom

5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy! Heavier! Hasselhoff!, 28 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Looking for Freedom (Audio CD)
This is without a doubt the heaviest record ever produced! I don't know why Hasselhoff is so overlooked in the metal-scene, his vocals are amazing. He can sing clear, he can growl and shout like a lovesick bear, his death-grunts are unbelievable!

Why do all metalheads believe that Rob Halford is a metal-god? Hasselhoff is the true metal-god! this cd will make you bang your head and your fists and moshing around like a maniac. the styles of the songs vary from melodic metal to brutal death metal and grindcore. If you like bands like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm, Dying Fetus then you should definitely buy this cd!


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