on 24 April 2000
The eternal pounding, grinding tracks of S, D & H powerfully and effectively transmit the utter pain and torture Pete Steele was feeling when he wrote this album. A million miles away from their last three albums, most notably October Rust, this is Type O at their rawest and some might say best. As far away from mainstream as it gets, this album is offensive and brutal - somewhere in the limbo between Carnivore and later Type O. A must for all die-hard fans.
on 20 November 2006
Having been a huge fan of Carnivore back in the 80's, I sought this out on its release. I was instantly blown away. All the songs here are absolute masterpieces, and most will have you singing along in no time. Pete Steele seems like he had a lot to get off his chest as most of the songs are a bitter attack on maybe an ex-girlfriend or two. Opening track, Unsuccessfully Coping.. is a work of true genius and includes a power chord that sends shivers down my spine. All the songs are multi layered with different time changes and textures. Der Untermensch is an angry song about the inequalities of politics towards those that don't help themselves, a theme Steele had used previously on the song Public Assistance that features on Agnostic Front's Cause For Alarm. Xero Tolerance features a sample of what we believe to be a chap chopping up his ex girlfriend and her new man with a pick axe - its gruesome, and rather amusing - Indeed the lyrics to all the songs are superb. I often look back at my reviews and see that I've said this is in the top 5 of my collection - Well here's another one. Type O took a change of direction after this going all goth and moody, its a pity because Slow Deep and Hard was a refreshing CD not dissimilar to the System Of A Down debut. If you've got Bloody Kisses and October Rust et al, this may not be your cup of tea. Yeah, I think they're great, but only this would I give 5 stars too. "Take it easy."
on 1 May 2015
So opens the most hate filled, violent, misogynistic and bloody hilarious record ever made. At times bone crunchingly heavy, at others beautifully melodic, this album (and a bottle) got me through at least a couple of rough break-ups in my early 20s with a smile on my face. Nearly 20 years later I can still stick this on in the car and sing along enjoying every minute of it. This is a truely unique album where Pete Steele had a huge amount to get off his chest and he TOTALLY lets it all out - hence it's a never to be repeated formula. Their follow-up Bloody Kisses a couple of years later is a good album and also funny in its own way, but it's not a patch on this work of sheer Hardcore genius. Remember seeing them at the Camden Underworld in the early 90's, passing out from the exertion of the mosh and being dragged to the bar by a couple of friendly strangers - good times! RIP Pete.
on 4 July 2010
This album is filled with hate, Tracks like Kill You Tonight, Xero Tolerance, and Unsuccessfully Coping are full of anger, plenty of verbal abuse! pessimistic phrases such as 'The only thing that lasts forever are memories & sorrow' and 'You're a waste of life' creates a down-beat, depressing mood whilst still maintaing anger. The Track 'Prelude To Agony' starts off slowly and gets better as it goes on (as they all seem to!), The track 'Glass Walls Of Limbo' is interesting but can seem a bit slow to first-time listeners. The track 'Misinterpretation Of Silence And Its Disastrous Consequences' is completely silent,(They did a great job on the re-mastering) and finally, continuing the theme 'Gravitational Constant' is about suicide and more depression. 5/5, A true metal masterpeice!