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CD: Metal Church - Metal Church
From: hair metal again Date: April 20, 2017 at 2:55
ok debut for METAL CHURCH back in 85 with an excellent production and very good musicianship!especially the guitar work is outstanding and overall they achieve a very heavy solid sound with a fine metal vibe!"beyond the black" and "metal church " are the highlights of a release that will satisfy all oldschool heavy metallers

CD: Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 13, 2017 at 17:17
A cult album by Thy King!!!...the opening song "A Dangerous Meeting" is really a killer one...tracks 5,6 & 8 are also in my list of faves.85/100

CD: Metallica - Load
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2017 at 20:15
As a postscript to my last comment, "King Nothing" might be the best song on the disc, but it's still an obvious attempt to copy "Enter Sandman," being structurally almost identical. Hearing any single from Load or ReLoad gives me a strange, bittersweet, not entirely unpleasant feeling of nostalgia. Not for the music, but for a time, half my life ago, that's been and gone and won't come again. Funny how the worst music of a great band's career coincided with a good time in my own life.

CD: Metallica - Metallica
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 4, 2017 at 14:13
An album that took the band into tihe commercial side of metal and caused many reactions among metalheads worldwide...my faves are tracks 1,2,6,7,8 & 12.86/100

CD: Metallica - Master Of Puppets
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 4, 2017 at 13:59
A particular moment lived here as this was Burton's last recording effort with the band before his tragic death...tracks 1,2 & 4 are in my book of music.85/100

CD: Motorhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 30, 2017 at 19:31
No comments on this classic? ,well life sucks then...tracks 1(a rock hymn,as simple as that),6,7,8,9,10 & 11 are the ones for me...enjoyable live raw stuff!.84/100

CD: Onslaught - The Force
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 16, 2017 at 19:54
Good thrashing album!...tracks 2,4,6 & 7 are excellent pieces of the genre "made in the U.K.".86/100

CD: Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 8, 2017 at 11:15
Also of note, the record is mixed by Andy Sneap, which results in a slightly different sound from the past half-dozen or so self-produced albums. But it's not as dramatic a difference as, say, his remix of Nevermore's Enemies Of Reality--and nor does it need to be. I wondder why they even spent the money on him, when they've been sounding just fine on their own.

CD: Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 8, 2017 at 11:12
Albums like ReliXIV and Immortalis seemed a bit lacking, but beginning with Ironbound, Overkill has delivered four absolute knockout punches in a row! So here's the latest, and it's prime-cut, Grade-A, tried-and-true Overkill. Blitz is not dodging the question or being glib when he says the best way to describe the new record is that "it sounds like Overkill." The mai difference is in the length of the songs: they're starting to creep up there again, sending the album as a whole over the 60-minute mark. Even if a simpler, punkier track like "Goddamn Trouble" is longer than you would expect, songs rarely outstay their welcome and contain enough moving parts to keep you engaged. More than any other, Overkill truly are the AC/DC of thrash. Highlights are "Mean Green Killing Machine," "Goddamn Trouble," "Our Finest Hour," "Come Heavy," "Red White And Blue" and the surprise Thin Lizzy cover "Emerald."

CD: Metallica - ...And Justice For All
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2017 at 20:53
Saw them live on this Tour in lovely U.K.(support act was Danzig)..."One" is by far the best cut of the album and a complete metal hymn...some other fine moments are tracks 1,3,6 & 7...recommended stuff.90/100

CD: Savatage - Fight for the Rock
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2017 at 20:38
More Hard Rock than Metal in here that somehow reminds me of an edgy version of Motley Crue ...tracks 7,8,9(cover) & 10 are the ones for me.85/100

CD: Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2017 at 20:24
One of the many successful albums of Mr Mustaine & Co...tracks 1,2,4,8 & 11 are the selected ones in my book of metal.80/100

CD: Tokyo Blade - Night of the Blade
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 3, 2017 at 23:21
Lovely NWOBHM band that,as many others,didn't get the recognition they deserved..."Warrior Of The Rising Sun" is my all time fave cut in here,tracks 1,2,5 & 8 are also in my book of metal.80/100

CD: Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 3, 2017 at 23:06
A big step for the band in here and the international stardom just around the corner for the guys,especially in the States..."The Hellion"(killer intro),"Electric Eye","Riding On The Wind","Screaming For Vengeance" & "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" are nowadays classics of the metal genre.85/100

CD: Judas Priest - Stained Class
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 3, 2017 at 18:08
Lovely Judas!..."Exciter" is my fave cut in here along with "White Heat,Red Hot"...tracks 6 & 9 are also appealing to me.80/100

CD: Battleaxe - Power from the Universe
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 3, 2017 at 17:52
Not as strong as the band's "Burn This Town" effort i think but still has some fine songs in the shape of 1,7 & 8....a cult band that needed more recognition back then but didn't get.75/100

CD: Overkill - W.F.O. (Wide Fucking Open)
From: hair metal again Date: February 24, 2017 at 9:30
very good thrash release for the very fine OVERKILL with their unique sound7energy!great basslines,Bobby s howlings everywhere and big riffs all around will keep your interest and i suggest you buy this one if you like oldschool thrash

CD: Nostradameus - Pathway
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 23, 2017 at 6:28
Prog Epic Power Metal in here ...tracks 2,6,7,11 & 12 are the ones for me.75/100

CD: Corrosion of Conformity - Wiseblood
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 11, 2017 at 14:47
Listening to this one again, and I'm thinking a big part of why I don't rate Wiseblood as highly as Deliverance is the production. It's just a strange-sounding album. The guitars don't have any bottom end, where a slow, chugging riff like 'man Or Ash" should just punch you in the chest, but doesn't. And there seems to be a lot of extraneous pick-scraping and finger-squeaking noise. The bass only makes itself known occasionally, and Pepper's vocals have an oerly processed, sung-through a bad mic quality, even when he's not (over)using the bullhorn effect. It almost has that highly compressed, heard-on-AM-radio quality that Queens of the Stone Age were going for on Songs for the Deaf. The songs seems to be there, but the sound is just so weird, it detracts from the listening experience.

CD: Messenger - Under The Sign
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2017 at 19:49
Ummmm not a very solid release and in fact is kinda predictable one...only tracks 2,4 & 10 caught my attention,HM with no ambition at all .60/100

CD: Sacred Steel - Bloodlust
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2017 at 19:43
Kinda cool Power Metal release!...tracks 7,8 & 9 are my faves .85/100

CD: Rage - Secrets In A Weird World
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2017 at 19:40
A very good Heavy Metal release with some Thrash moments here & there...tracks 5,6,8,10 & the live bonus 15 are the ones in my book of music.86/100

CD: Rage - From The Cradle To The Stage (Live)
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 4, 2017 at 19:01
Great live album!...i was going to say my fave cuts but there are so many in it that the only thing i have to say is to...BUY IT.95/100

CD: Accept - Metal Heart
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 3, 2017 at 12:02
This is really a pleasant one...typical HM sound but played with that commercial side that many bands did in mid 80's,even with some AOR feel as well...fave ones of mine are 1(best cut),2,3,4,5(AORish),9 & 10...highly recommended stuff...87/100

CD: Accept - Restless and Wild
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 3, 2017 at 12:00
Classic release from one of Germany's finest metal acts ever..."Fast As A Shark" should be named as a total hymn in Heavy Metal music(as i wrote in here way back in 2006)...tracks 2,4,7,8 & 10 are also kinda killer ones...recommended...80/100

CD: Dio - Holy Diver
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 30, 2016 at 12:32
First album of the mighty Dio as a solo artist and what a blast it was!..."Stand Up & Shout" is my fave piece of music in here...tracks 4,6 & 8 also are in my book of HM...87/100

CD: Whiplash - Thrashback
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 22, 2016 at 20:14
A very good album that mixes Thrash/Speed Metal with Hard Rock and traditional Heavy Metal ...tracks 4,5,7,8,9 & 11 go directly into my book of music.86/100

CD: Whiplash - Sit Stand Kneel Pray
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 22, 2016 at 20:11
A good HM album with some alternative sound moves tipically of the decade...tracks 1,2,4,7 & 11 are the ones for me.84/100

CD: Coroner - R.I.P.
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 21, 2016 at 19:56
Classic band that became a bit successful back then but always second rated...tracks 8,9 & 10 are the ones in my book of HM...techno thrash?...probably...but the band Pestilence is the one that got the honor of it .75/100

CD: The Crown - Hell Is Here
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 21, 2016 at 19:52
A powerful MDM album!!!...tracks 6,8 & 9 are the ones for me.75/100

CD: Venom - Black Metal
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 21, 2016 at 19:50
Blasting album!!!..."Black Metal" is by far a classic song and the best one ever recorded by the British act..."Leave Me In Hell" is another brutal song in here...there's is a reissue of this release with tons of B/T's which makes it appealing.88/100

CD: Mercyful Fate - The Beginning
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 21, 2016 at 19:47
Cool album by Thy King and its combo!!!...my fave cuts are 1,2,4(catchy),7 & 8(catchy)...there's a B/T "Black Funeral" not listed here which happens to be my real fave one.80/100

CD: Candlemass - King of the Grey Islands
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 21, 2016 at 19:42
I'm a guy who sticks to the old fashion thing and Candlemass without Messiah Marcolin is not Candlemass,as simple as that but i guess the band has to continue...talking about the release is not a bad one mainly because the band conserves its loyal roots to Doom Metal intact...tracks 8 & 10 are the ones for me outta this album...70/100

CD: Tygers Of Pan Tang - Ambush
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 20, 2016 at 12:05
Yeah!!!...indeed this is another good album by these veteran rockers...shamely an underrated band,still...tracks 1,2,3(catchy Hard AORish song),4,8,9(catchy),10 & 11(rocks!)are my faves but in general lines this release simply hooks you up...recommended...87/100

CD: Tygers Of Pan Tang - Live at Nottingham Rock City
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 20, 2016 at 12:01
This is just a live bomb of hard rocking metal tracks!!!...i've always admired Jhon Deverill's vocal skills...Jeff Coxx was the first vocalist of the band and marked a pre and post...songs 1,3,5,6,9,11 & 13...what can i say...nowadays classics!!!...88/100

CD: Tygers Of Pan Tang - Noises From The Cathouse
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 20, 2016 at 11:59
This ain't what we can call the typical TOPT sound(some songs have a Uriah Heep atmosphere which is good but the Tygers don't need 2 do that because they are pretty original by themselves)...anyway about the tracks "Boomerang","Highspeed Highway Superman","Bad Bad Kitty" & "Running Man" are the ones that somehow(and not extremely)caught my attention...recommended???...up to you guys...65/100

CD: Candlemass - Nightfall
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 20, 2016 at 11:46
This album has in my very humble opinion the band's best cut ever in the shape of "The Well Of Souls" anticipated by a great intro in "Gothic Stone" one...tracks 7,9 & the instrumental 10 are also good pieces of Doom Metal...Candlemass is undoubtebly and with no remorse the best band of the genre along with Saint Vitus.70/100

CD: Accept - Accept
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 20, 2016 at 11:41
With all my due respect but this was an aweful beginning of the teutonic warriors,quite a poor debut for a band that thanks to the almighty Lord became successful afterward...only 1 track is fine with me("That's Rock and Roll")...50/100

CD: Accept - Breaker
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 16, 2016 at 11:23
Commenting on this one,well,is a cool release with cool tracks such as 1,2,3,5,8 & 10...UDO rules!.84/100

CD: Judas Priest - Hell Bent for Leather
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 16, 2016 at 11:19
In Europe,or at least in Spain,this album was titled "Killing Machine"..."Take on the World" is my fave track...some other fine moments are cuts such as 1,2,3,4,6 & 8...all classics!...85/100

CD: Metallica - Kill Em All
From: Doug Date: December 7, 2016 at 17:27
Listening to this today, you can hear the youthful energy of this great band.

CD: King Diamond - The Graveyard
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 7, 2016 at 16:53
Another fine album by "Thy King" ...tracks 2,3,8,9 & 13 are good to be at anybody's book of metal.80/100

CD: Rob Zombie - The Sinister Urge
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 6, 2016 at 8:20
Cool & catchy industrial metal stuff!!!...tracks 2,3,4,9 & 10 are my fave ones.80/100

CD: Deathrow - Deception Ignored
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 5, 2016 at 9:46
Cool album that reminds me of Anthrax ...tracks 1,5,6,7 & 8 are in my book of metal.70/100

CD: 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 5, 2016 at 9:44
A mind blowing metal Record in here!!!...tracks 2,3,4,5,7,9,10,11 & 12 are simply outstanding ones...recommended stuff and probably one of the best albums of the band.90/100

CD: 3 Inches of Blood - Battlecry Under a Wintersun
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 5, 2016 at 9:42
This album was not that impressive according to some other releases of the act to be honest but still has some good metal songs such as tracks 3,4,5 & 9...60/100

CD: Vivaldi Metal Project - The Four Seasons
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 29, 2016 at 16:34
Neo-classical Power Metal/Symphonic Metal release recorded in 2016 but with the spirit of the early days of the genre,kinda stuck in time though and that makes it quite monotonous one way or another but a goodie one ..."The Age Of Dreams" is my fave in here but some other good cuts are # 1,2,4,5,7,10,11,12 & 14...as you can read the album is a pleasant one to listen to,fans of Rhapsody or Kamelot will probably love it.85/100

CD: Solitude Aeturnus - Into the Depths of Sorrow
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 26, 2016 at 10:43
A classic album of the Doom genre,as simple as that...lml...my fave cuts are "Transcending Sentinels" & "Mirror of Sorrow"...a must buy!!!.80/100

CD: Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 21, 2016 at 21:17
This may come as a surprise, but Hardwired is actually a pretty good album. Not sure why it's a double CD, as if I'm not mistaken, the total running timeis still under 80 minutes, but it's still about three songs too long. It's similar to the best moments of Death Magnetic, but there are some slower, more methodical plodding tracks as well. The big question is: does it even matter what Metallica does anymore? I mean, after helping invent thrash metal and then pushing its boundaries to the very breaking point on their first four albums, they've subsequently been fallen behind the pack for a quarter century. So while this is an enjoyable listen (but not terribly memorable), it's hard to deny that recent releases by Testament and jExodus, to name a couple, mop the floor with Metallica these days.

CD: Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 13, 2016 at 15:19
I remember Lamb Of God being lumped in with the metalcore scene at the time, and as far as that goes, I was a much bigger fan of Shadows Fall circa 2003. LOG seems to have held up better over time, though, and more "modern," where Shadows Fall seemed more influenced by '80's thrash. As The Palaces Burn is a big step forward from New American Gospel, the songs seem more focused and tight. The 10th-anniversary remix is highly recommended, with improved sound that rivals the band's later albums. Best songs are "Ruin," "As The Palaces Burn, " '11th Hour," "A Devil In God's Country" and "Vigil."

CD: Two - Voyeurs
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 7, 2016 at 21:38
... It's not horrible. I like the rhythmic nature of some songs (the same quality I liked about some nu-metal), and Halford is in fine voice as always. But the music was such a hard left turn from what we were used to, most metalheads reacted immediately and negatively.

CD: Two - Voyeurs
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 7, 2016 at 21:35
Two (sometimes written as 2WO) coincided (perhaps not so coincidentally) with Halford's "coming out" in early 1998. To a small-town, blue-collar kid who never had much interaction with openly gay people, I'm not sure which was more of a shocker, where Halford liked to stick his dick or his latest musical endeavors. Of course, his mere sexuality (which shouldn't have been all that surprising in hindsight) can't so much as smudge the majesty of the man's recorded legacy, but Voyeurs won't be remembered as one of his best moments. In fact, it likely isn't remembered at all by most people, and maybe that's for the best. This is kind of like a late-'90's update of Turbo, all drum loops and synths and weird, sampled noises. John 5 (known as plain old John Lowery here, but soon to become a part of the Manson Family) underwhelms, the emphasis being more on "sounds" rather than riffs. This album is 100% a product of its time and hasn't aged well at all, but contrary to popular belief it's not h

CD: Vader - Tibi et Igni
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 7, 2016 at 21:16
To me, Vader are a nice "gateway drug" for people who like thrash, but think they won't like death metal. For one thing, Peter's vocals aren't nearly as deep and guttural as most people imagine when they think of death metal. They have a hoarse, almost Lemmy-like quality, and are almost entirely intelligible. Also, while there are plenty of blastbeats, there are also lots of thrashy grooves, none better than on absolute top spot, "Truumph of Death." If your head doesn't start instinctively banging to this song, you just plain don't like heavy metal, and maybe you'd be happier with the AOR crowd on "that other site."

CD: Nocturnal Rites - The 8th Sin
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 29, 2016 at 12:56
Catchy Power Metal album!!!...tracks 1,2,3(mid tempo),5,8 & 10 are my faves ...85/100

CD: Divinefire - Into A New Dimension
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 29, 2016 at 12:54
Cool album with some songs in the shape of tracks 2,3,6,8 & 10...typical European Heavy Metal/Power Metal.82/100

CD: Helloween - Chameleon
From: dany69 Date: October 25, 2016 at 20:40
Crap crap Crapp,,LOL,so funny how some peoples are stupid here,,,this is one of the best helloween albums,( and i got all the helloween in japan ( Victor Pressing here ),,, Sad cause that is a great album,,Mature,!!!! Solid,!!! And not all the same damn boring Riff since 85,!!! like Maiden do so well since 40 years,,,,peoples are not tired sometime of the Galop galop Bonanza theme ?????? but not Helloween ,cause on this album you can hear how this guys can play real musics,,,,So peoples who don't like this,just grow up a little bit right,,,,,Anyway helloween was Kiske,!!!

CD: Running Wild - Branded and Exiled
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 25, 2016 at 18:39
I quite liked it but not that much to be honest,a simple metal album IMHO...anyway "Fight The Oppression"is my fave...tracks 1,3,4 & 8 are fine with me.60/100

CD: Angra - Aurora Consurgens
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 25, 2016 at 18:35
A good album by these brazilian guys!!!..."Passing By" is my fave song in here ...tracks 1,3,4 & 7 are also appealing ones...83/100

CD: Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 30, 2016 at 19:36
After stumbling a bit with Glorious Collision (as much a problem of production as songwriting), and nearly breaking up, Evergrey is back with Hymns For The Broken. Nobody does quite what these guys do, with their signature brand of morose, heavy, thought-provoking metal, putting the power in power/prog. The only weak point on this album is that the pace of many songs just seems too slow, and the disc lapses into occasional droning passages that are had to stay focused on, which isn't helped by the overall length of some tracks. Favorites include "King Of Errors," "A New Dawn," "Barricades" and "Black Undertow." "Missing You" is the requisite emotionally-wrenching piano ballad, but it's marred by a lack of an identifiable rhythm, and more so by Tom's voice going badly off-key in places.

CD: Evergrey - The Storm Within
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 30, 2016 at 19:24
I got this as soon as it came out, and have been hooked ever since. "Distance" is right away one of my favorite Evergrey songs from any album, with "Passing Through" not far behind. The only drawbacks come as a couple songs in the late going seem to go on too long. Otherwise, Thei Storm Within combines the very best elements of Evergrey's sound: heavy, downtuned guitars (some people accuse the riffsof being too nu-metal and simplistic but I find they add power and force to the songs); effective, not overbearing keyboards; and of course Tom Englund's strong, mournful vocals. He's definitely not the (stereo)typical power-prog metal singer, sounding more like a morbidly depressed David Coverdale at times, or maybe Zak Stevens (the band as a whole has always reminded me somewhat of a very heavy version of '90's Savatage). After the first two tracks, other favorites include "Astray," "The Impossible," "My Allied Ocean," "In Orbit" and "Paradox Of The Flame."

CD: Adagio - Sanctus Ignis
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 24, 2016 at 21:34
Interesting debut of a band that is into the Power Metal/Prog Metal ala European style and with the great vocals courtesy of David Readman in it...tracks 1,3,7 & 9(instrumental)are my faves...80/100

CD: Anthrax - I'm the Man
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 24, 2016 at 21:30
The song itself "I'm The Man" is a joke but a serious one though...the live versions of "Caught In A Mosh" & "I Am The law" plus the Black Sabbath cover are good cuts and worth listening.70/100

CD: DGM - Different Shapes
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 22, 2016 at 18:44
This italian band deserves more IMHO...a nice release with some great songs in the shape of 2,3,5(solid mid tempo),6 & 7...an enjoyable album for sure .85/100

CD: Axenstar - The Final Requiem
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 22, 2016 at 18:41
Powerful album with some good songs in these ones 1,2,4,7,8,9 & 10...an interesting release if you want an objective opinion.85/100

CD: Lacuna Coil - Unleashed Memories
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 17, 2016 at 11:23
A decent release by this Italian act that i had the chance of interviewing when they came to my country Venezuela some years ago ."Wave Of Anguish" is my fave cut in here but tracks 1,3,5,6,7(sang in their native language) & 9 are also appealing ones.80/100

CD: Leaves' Eyes - Vinland Saga
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 17, 2016 at 11:16
Pretty good album with that typical European way of doing this kind of Symphonic Metal ...tracks 4,5(nice),6,7,9 & 11 are in my book of music.86/100

CD: Nightwish - Once
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 14, 2016 at 19:48
Pleasant album with the mighty and powerful vocalist Tarja in it ...tracks 3 & 4 are my faves but the whole album catches you for instance.88/100

CD: Black Sabbath - Live at Hammersmith Odeon
From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 7, 2016 at 18:27
A good live Recording with Dio on vocals(some claim that this era with Ronnie was the band's best time)...anyway tracks 2,7,10,11 & 13 are the ones for me and for sure for some others .86/100

CD: Soilwork - A Predator's Portrait
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 3, 2016 at 16:23
It's interesting to listen back to turn-of-the-millennium "melodic eath metal," still considered fairly extreme in its time by most, and realize just how influential the Gothenburg sound would be on what came after. Bands like Soilwork, Arch Enemy and In Flames were off-limits to a lot of people mostly due to the harsh vocals (especially among more old-school headbangers). But in 2016, songs like "Bastard Chain," "Like The Average Stalker" or "The Analyst" have an almost arena-rock accessibility to them. I mean, I hear songs like these, by bands clearly influenced by melo-death, all the time on Liquid Metal (American satellite-radio channel, for our international friends). In any case, A Predator's Portrait picks up right where In Flames's Clayman leaves off, with the added bonus of Bjorn Strid being a better "clean" singer than Anders Friden. Keyboards are there, but used more as background atmosphere than as a lead instrument. Great disc all around.

CD: Amon Amarth - Fate of Norns
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 29, 2016 at 20:01
As suggested in my previous comment, I went back and listened to Fate Of Norns again, and while it still isn't my favorite Amon Amarth disc, it's not as bad as I remember thinking back in '04. Really, the big thing is that it's the first album not to have that razor-sharp, production. The guitars have a more murky low-end sound, which has since become the norm for the band. In a way, this is the beginning of the "new" Amon Amarth, which isn't all that different from the old version, except for a certain incrased accessibility mainly heard in more moderate tempos and a less harsh production sound. The whole Viking gimmick hhas the potential to be really cheesy, but somehow, in the hands of Hegg and Co., it's a ton of fun.

CD: Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments
From: juan carlos Date: August 7, 2016 at 13:15
One of the BEST DEATH/THRASH albums of All-Times... PERIOD!! 10000000/10

CD: Metallica - Ride The Lightning
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 17, 2016 at 23:25
... groundbreaking record. It's become cool, even commonplace, to bash Metallica and minimize their impact, but no amount of revisioniist history can change the fact that this disc was far beyond anything else out there at the time. Yeah, maybe there wwere bands who played faster and were scarier, but this is the complete package right here, fully realized, while bands like Slayer and Celtic Frost were still developing their sound (and, by their own admission, learning how to play).

CD: Metallica - Ride The Lightning
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 17, 2016 at 23:19
Ride The Lightning is immediately leaps and bounds ahead of Kill 'Em All. Just try listening to them back to back, and there's no denying it. Viewed in the context of the time, James's tone alone is crushingly heavy--can you think of any other '84 release that had a sharper, more cutting guitar sound? His singing has come a long way in a short time as well, dropping the high-pitched yelp for the voice that would become his trademark. Lyrics are more advanced as well, reaching beyond the silly metal-is-the-message stuff like "Hit The Lights" and "Seek And Destroy." Still a couple Mustaine leftover riffs, and Kirk contributes parts of an Exodus song ("Impaler") that wouldn't see the light of day for twenty more years on "Trapped Under Ice." "Escape" is a half-hearted attempt at a commercial song, a distant ancestor to "Enter Sandman?" Even though Master Of Puppets is a slightly more compleete and consistent album, and advances the songwriting even further, Ride The Lightning was truly a

CD: Metallica - Ride The Lightning
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 17, 2016 at 13:24
Cool follower after the band's first effort..."Creeping Death" is the classic cut in here(or has been)through the years...tracks 3,5 & 6 are also in my book of metal...86/100

CD: Nightwish - Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 12, 2016 at 18:57
Cool compilation with the band's best cuts(or most of them)...tracks 1,3,7,10,11,13 & 13 are my faves...87/100

CD: Testament - The Ritual
From: hair metal again Date: July 12, 2016 at 2:48
excellent release for TESTAMENT ,under Tony Platt s guidance!things got slower and somehow this one makes them seem bigger than they are!what i mean is that the musicianship was put in the songs in a more professionl way and everything seems perfect!the METALLICA influence is everywhere,the songs are great and Alex is flawless!for me this is their best ever ,cause is the less TESTAMENT !great heavy metal music

CD: Helloween - Chameleon
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 11, 2016 at 19:35
The chameleon changes its skin and so did Helloween on this Record and even though i consider myself a very open minded listener i must admit that the album is not a good one at all...tracks 1,5,9 & 10 are somehow ok but the album is kinda pale one,nothing really exciting in it and with a sound that,if you are a die hard fan of the band,you'll be completely disappointed with...50/100

CD: Metallica - Kill Em All
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 11, 2016 at 19:22
...And here is where the story begins...a band that has changed through the years,with right and wrong steps on its way but that undoubtebly has achieved the recognition deserved to be considered one of the best metal acts in the history of music...best tracks for me in here are 1,4,6,7 & 8...simply a blasting Record...87/100

CD: Sepultura - Arise
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 10, 2016 at 22:17
You just cannot go wrong with this disc. At a time when old-school thrash was starting to get a little tired, and the original masters who ruled the underground were flirting with mainstream acceptance (and the musical concessions that come with it), Sepultura were just coming into their own. It's like a middle point between thrash and death metal: it has the riff power of old Slayer, but the filthy sound of Obituary (Scott Burns and Morrisound?). Which isn't to say it's poorly-produced (unlike their earliest work, which is all but unlistenable). The sound is great, with all instruments easily heard. But there's just something about the way these guys played that was so raw compared to soething like Rust In Peace or Master of Puppets. The entire disc is just riff after riff, with nearly constant ferocity from all corners. I have a greater personal attachment to Chaos A.D., but objectively, Arise is the better album.

CD: Iron Savior - Condition Red
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 10, 2016 at 19:26
Great & Powerful Power Metal album!!!...very German to say an adjective ...tracks 4,5,7 & 10 are sensational cuts but to be honest the whole album is a complete blast...90/100

CD: Zanister - Symphonica Millennia
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 9, 2016 at 13:46
Cool act with a vocalist who sounds quite like Sebastian Bach(Skid Row fame)at times...tracks 1(the best cut for me),3,4,8 & 9 are good ones...80/100

CD: Evergrey - The Dark Discovery
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 8, 2016 at 19:35
... anything like the soundtrack for a Tolkien convention.

CD: Evergrey - The Dark Discovery
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 8, 2016 at 19:30
The first point of reference that jumps to mind for me is maybe a strange one: Pantera. Yes, this is melodic, European power/prog metal, but I swear, that's Dime's Cowboys From Hell guitar tone all over this disc. It's impossible to hear certain songs, like "December 26," "Beyond Salvation," "When The River Calls" and "To Hope Is To Fear," and not catch the Pantera influence, even though the vocals and keys have nothingi to do with that band. The Dark Discovery is one album I wish I'd been exposed to in 1998, because I would've loved it, whereas I just wasn't ready for other releases from around the same time with a more progressive bent, like Nevermore or Symphony X. Evergrey are a band you can enjoy even if you're more into straight-up rock. Even though some of the prominent keyboards and out-there subject matter pushes this toward elves-dancing-in-the-forest, the feeling of inner darkness is never far 9hence the band name), and it's this melancholy that keeps Evergrey from being any

CD: Helloween - The Best, The Rest, The Rare
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 6, 2016 at 17:41
A cool compilation with some of the band's hymns in it as well as some,as it says,rarities ...tracks 1,6,7,9,10,11 & 13 are the ones for me...87/100

CD: Divinefire - Hero
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 5, 2016 at 18:03
Strong Power Metal album...solid songs...tracks 4,5,6,8 & 10 are good examples of how to display the aforementioned genre with that particular European style .85/100

CD: Stratovarius - Dreamspace
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 5, 2016 at 18:00
Very catchy album!!!...Tommi,undoubtebly,did a good job as a vocalist as well apart from being a great guitar player...tracks 1,3,4,9,12,13 & 14 are my fave ones...87/100

CD: Evergrey - Glorious Collision
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 4, 2016 at 22:14
This is typical Evergrey: mounrful (morose even), melodic, keyboard-laced but heavy and seven-stringed power metal. Where it falls short is in production. It lacks punch. The drums don't pound, they thwack. The guitars just don't have that low-end rumble. And some of the keys have a jittery, almost industrial sound. I wish this were recorded with the typical thick sound, like on Torn or Hymns For The Broken. Interestingly, the band were on the verge of breaking up at this point, as Glorious Collision was nearly their swan song. Oh, and Tomm Englund's lyrics STILL are ungrammatical, with verbs and nouns disagreeing hither and yon.

CD: Evoken - Antithesis of Light
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 4, 2016 at 21:54
In a way, this is as extreme as you can get, not so much in terms of the actual performances, but in its utterly soul-crushing, pitch-black atmosphere.

CD: Evoken - Antithesis of Light
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 4, 2016 at 21:52
Hands up, all y'all who are into funeral doom. I'm guessing not many. The song titles and runing times should clue you in, but I'll give you another hint: this is not music to drink beer and jump around the room to. Slow, slow s-l-o-w tempos, with alternately whispered and roared vocals, and strange, eerie melodies. It's not death metal--it's like dead metal, in that it actually sounds like it's coming from a grave. Antithesis Of Light? Damn right! This music, and its appropriately cavernous production, has me picturing a cave deep underground, populated by strange creatures who've never seen a ray of light. You gotta be twisted to actually enjoy listening to this on disc--who in their right mind would actually want to go see this shit live? (The band know this, and don't like to play out either, thank you very much.) Having said all that, this is actually a great disc, for the style, but its appeal is just so limited, even among people who live and breathe extreme metal. In a way, thi

CD: Running Wild - Pile of Skulls
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 2, 2016 at 13:43
It rocks!!!...tracks 2,3,7,8,9,10 are the ones for me .85/100

CD: White Skull - Public Glory, Secret Agony
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 2, 2016 at 13:40
A very good band that with a female or a male vocalist in it it roars really good .This release strongly reminds me of Doro & her Warlock...tracks 2,3,6,9 & 11 are powerful cuts to the bones.83/100

CD: Adagio - Underworld
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 29, 2016 at 18:51
A very interesting album...solid and well structured in lyrics and composition,a wild mix of Dream Theater and Rhapsody ...tracks 1,3,5 & 8 are the ones for me...85/100

CD: Black Sabbath - The Dio Years
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 22, 2016 at 18:23
Even though Ozzy was the first and original BS singer with his merits it is also to be very deep appreciated the job done by the almighty Ronnie...tracks 6 & 11 are always in my book of music and the whole compilation is pretty well worth it...OF COURSE!!!.86/100

CD: White Skull - The XIII Skull
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 17, 2016 at 17:45
Quite an interesting act that started at the beginning with a female vocalist and after they change it for a male one...tracks 10 & 11 are by far the best cuts of this release.85/100

CD: Metallica - S and M
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 17, 2016 at 17:40
Only a few HM bands have performed along with an orchestra and Metallica was one of those acts that have dared to do so ...interesting to say the least...tracks 3,6,7,10,14,16,18,19,20 & 21 are fine with me...87/100

CD: Nostradameus - The Third Prophecy
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 14, 2016 at 20:14
Decent Power Metal album,very typical of Europeans bands of the style ...tracks 1,2,4,6,7,8,9 & 11(live shot) are the ones for me.84/100

CD: Running Wild - Masquerade
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 14, 2016 at 20:11
Quite repetitive album in the structure of the songs but at the end pleasant ones to satisfy our metal ears tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 11 are good shots of typical HM "Made In Germany".88/100

CD: Falconer - The Sceptre of Deception
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 11, 2016 at 11:44
Good album!...tipically European Power Metal songs that caused a fuss back then in early 2000's...tracks 1,4,7 & 9(nice) are the ones for me...80/100

CD: Danzig - Thrall-Demonsweatlive
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 9, 2016 at 18:47
A good shot by Glenn in here ...about the studio tracks i'd take with me 1 & 2 and about the live ones 4,5 & the great "Mother"...there is a hidden version of "Mother" in studio so there are really 8 songs instead of 7...i saw Glenn and his boys live way back in late 80's as a support act to Metallica's "...And Justice For All" Tour in London-England...80/100

CD: Magnitude 9 - Chaos To Control
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 8, 2016 at 18:57
Fans of bands such as Enchant or even Fates Warning are gonna love this Record ...tracks 3(nice),5,6,7 & 8 are the ones for me but to be honest the whole album really rocks ...recommended...88/100

CD: Nocturnal Rites - New World Messiah
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 8, 2016 at 18:53
A good Record .The band sounds like Sonata Arctica in some places and that can be a little issue but in general lines it offers strong quality made songs all over...best cuts for me are 1,3,5,7 & 9...85/100

CD: Death Angel - Act III
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 6, 2016 at 16:15
Cool album but a bit weaker than,at least to say,the band's previous effort...tracks 1,2,8,9 & 10 are surely likeable ones .80/100

CD: Lost Horizon - Flame To The Ground Beneath
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 3, 2016 at 21:54
Yeah i have more or less the same appreciation of the album as METAL KING does...this release grows up as it is "spinned"...tracks 3 & 8 are the ones for me...83/100

CD: Kreator - Live Kreation
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 1, 2016 at 22:19
Solid live Record by this legendary German act...my faves are from CD 1: 2,3,5,7,8,10 & 13 and from CD 2: 1,2,3,5,8,10(brutal!)& 11...good to have it if you don't have anything live from them.88/100

CD: Monster Magnet - Greatest Hits
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 1, 2016 at 17:10
A contractual cash-grab release by the label formerly known as A&M, as Monster Magnet were blasting off to a new, smaller planet. This has most of the songs you want, minus "Twin Earth," the first single from Superjudge. The set is perhaps most notable for being the only place to hear Dave sing "Space lord motherfucker," albeit in the remixed version of the song. Funny, the band went out of their way to clean up the lyrics in "Space lord" and "Crop Circle," but Powertrip still got a parental advisory sticker anyway.

CD: Arch Enemy - War Eternal
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 1, 2016 at 16:53
... favorites like Wages Of Sin, Doomsday Machine and Khaos Legions. Highlights here are the title track, "You Will Know My Name," "Stolen Life," "Time Is Black," and "Avalanche." The American bonus track is a cover of Mike Oldfield's "Shadow on The Wall."

CD: Arch Enemy - War Eternal
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 1, 2016 at 16:51
We didn't know about it until it was already a done deal, but Angela Gossow, the torchbearer for wommen in metal (especially those who don't need to rely on sex-kitten gimmicks or opera-diva vocals), handed off her microphone to Alissa White-Gluz, formerly of The Agonist. Alissa's voice isn't as distinctive as Angela's, not having that hissing, almost black-metal snake-rasp quality to it. She's more of a straight-up modern extreme-metal barfer, sounding a lot like Alexi Laiho or maybe Dez Fafara. It's all good, because Michael Amott is still writing the tunes, so it still sounds like Arch Enemy. In this new millennium of satellite radio and streaming services and post-this and 'core-that, a song like "War Eternal" is the modern "commercial" anthem. You can pump your fist and shout along to it, and it only really sounds extreme to somebody who doesn't follow metal at all, or hasn't since 1992. This album is solid as always, but for me personally pales a bit in comparison to Angela-led f

CD: Death Angel - Frolic Through the Park
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 29, 2016 at 18:23
This one really rocks and it showed a big improvement in the band ...tracks 1,2,3,7,9(good cover) & 10 are in my book of Metal...85/100

CD: Death Angel - The Ultra Violence
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 29, 2016 at 18:17
Good debut of this act that i saw live supporting Motorhead in late 80's but that has been shamely underrated throughout the years since its very beginning...tracks 4,5(instrumental) & 6 are the ones for me...75/100

CD: Children of Bodom - Follow the Reaper
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 21, 2016 at 11:05
Decent album with some good songs in it such as 3,4,5,7,8,9 & the fantastic Wasp cover "Hellion"(a B/T not included here on the list as the first print of this album didn't have it,it was included in another edition)...80/100

CD: Children of Bodom - Something Wild
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 21, 2016 at 11:01
Didn't feel too enthusiastic with this debut but somehow they showed here a gradually step into what they became years after...a great band!..tracks 1,2,5 & 7 are the ones for me of this release...60/100

CD: Blind Guardian - Imaginations From the Other Side
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 30, 2016 at 12:40
Cool album with some good songs in the shape of tracks 1( ),4,5,6,7,8 & 9...as you can see almost the whole album is quite appealing .85/100

CD: Trouble - Trouble
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 27, 2016 at 21:16
Trouble's 1990 album is one pretty much everybody can agree is a true classic. Production is crystal clear, but could be a little more bottom-heavy. Wartell and Franklin are riff machines, and Eric Wagner wails his Old Testament warnings--to himself and the world--with a palpable sense of dread. Highlights abound, including the two singles "At The End Of My Daze" and "Psychotic Reaction," as well as Wagner's terrified performance on "The Wolf," the grooving riff on "A Sinner's Fate," the gentle "Misery Shows Pt. 2," and "Heaven On My Mind" with that break that sounds like Duane Eddy on downers. And "Black Shapes Of Doom" just flat-out jams!

CD: Destruction - The Antichrist
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 26, 2016 at 19:31
Powerful album that it might sound more of the same but with style and with the charasteristic essence of the band...tracks 2,3,4,5 & 11 are in my book...80/100

CD: Blind Guardian - Tokyo Tales
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 24, 2016 at 18:18
Good live album by this well known german act...best cuts for me outta this record are tracks 9,10,11 & 12(funny cover)...85/100

CD: Exciter - Heavy Metal Manaic
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2016 at 13:54
Great and solid debut by this very underrated Canadian act...one of my favorite HM/Speed Metal bands ever!!!...tracks 2,3,6 & 9 are simply brilliant cuts of the genre.85/100

CD: Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2016 at 13:50
A good album with a song named "The Mob Rules" that is simply a milestone ...some other fine cuts are 1,2 & 8...Dio you are badly missed 83/100

CD: Motorhead - Bomber
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2016 at 13:19
Not a really blasting release at all but with that unique sound that Lemmy & C.o. made it its very own...tracks 1,4,5,6,7 & 10 are in my book.82/100

CD: Korn - Follow the Leader
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2016 at 13:17
Catchy Rap/Nu Metal release i must say..."Freak On A Leash" & "Got The Life" were major hits...tracks 4,8,9 & 12 are also enjoyable cuts...only if you dig this kind of rhythms...85/100

CD: Anthrax - For All Kings
From: Doug Date: April 11, 2016 at 14:14
Good album, worth getting.

CD: Megadeth - Dystopia
From: Doug Date: April 11, 2016 at 14:13
Like tracks, #2 and #7.

CD: Black Sabbath - Born Again
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 9, 2016 at 23:32
For me and respecting people's opinions in here this is just a decent album that lacked of more enthusiasm in my very humble point of view..."Trashed" is the best cut in here and some other acceptable cuts are 5,6 & 8...70/100

CD: Grim Reaper - Fear No Evil
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 9, 2016 at 23:28
Good album of typical British Heavy Metal...a band that deserved more back then...track "Fear No Evil" is the best of the album IMHO...some other good rocking moments are tracks 2,4,5 & 6...enjoyable stuff...85/100

CD: Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 6, 2016 at 19:35
The band came to my country,Venezuela,for the very first time on this Tour,2 wild nights at the venue Poliedro De Caracas..."Be Quick Or Be Dead" is the best cut for me and my fave in here...tracks 6,10 & 12 are also in my book...86/100

CD: Black Sabbath - Sabotage
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 6, 2016 at 19:31
A step down if compared with "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"(a personal opinion)...tracks 1,2,5 & 8 are the ones for me...70/100

CD: Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 4, 2016 at 19:08
Classic BS in here ...the song that gives the album its name is by far the best cut and my personal fave...tracks 2,4,5,7 & 8 are also good ones...80/100

CD: Alice In Chains - Dirt
From: Doug Date: April 4, 2016 at 11:16
Does not stand up to their debut, but a decent album. Not sure AIC is a brutal metal band? Perhaps better over on HH?

CD: Plasmatics - Coup De Grace
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 3, 2016 at 22:09
This is a re-edition of the album which its real name is "Coup D'etat"(1982) and that i own on vinyl(bought it when it came out).This one contains a track that doesn't appear on the vinyl("Uniformed Guards")...about the songs in here well 2,6(great cover!),7,9,10 & 11 are my faves...85/100

CD: Megadeth - Dystopia
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 2, 2016 at 18:04
After a couple decades of inconsistency, I wasn't expecting anything at all. I mean, I wasn't even interested in new Megadeth music in the runup to Dystopia's release. What a shocker! This is a terrific record! Heavy and riffy (even by Megadeth-in-their-prime standards), you have to give it up to Kiko Loureiro--Dave may be the benign dictator, but the upgrade in guitar tone and riff quality is just undeniable (and Dave heaps praise on Kiko as well). For his part, Dave's voice is a bit lower and rougher, which he attributes to a recent neck surgery. All around, there's just such an infusion of fire and gasoline over Supercollider (what I heard of that record sucked). Dystopia is most definitely a late-career highlight for Megadeth. Lyrically, Dave continues to air his all-consuming, worldwide paranoia, but it's done in a surprisingly palatable way that doesn't tie it to 2016 and make it outdated in five years. Great stuff!

CD: Metal Church - This Present Wasteland
From: underworld king Date: March 31, 2016 at 22:00
Another quality album from the mighty Metal Church. Strong songs in the tradition of the two previous releases with some old school thrash moments that hark back to the first lp with tracks like 'Meet Your Maker" and "Mass Hysteria".

CD: Metal Church - The Weight Of The World
From: underworld king Date: March 31, 2016 at 21:53
A new version of Metal Church with a new singer in Ronnie Munro for 2004 after the Wayne fronted Masterpeace album of 1999. I enjoyed this album better than the previous one and thought that does a great job. Favorite tracks are the title track, "Madman's Overture" and " Sunless Sky".

CD: Metal Church - XI
From: underworld king Date: March 31, 2016 at 21:47
Yes, Mike Howe is back fronting Metal Church after a 23 absence from music. The band is on fire and Mike Howe sounds like he hasn't missed a beat since 1994. The songs have that classic Mike Howe era Metal Church feel and this album is an awesome revival for fans of this band. Very strong songs throughout with my favorite being "No Tomorrow". Fans of Metal Church should love this album. Welcome back Mike Howe!

CD: Metal Church - Live in Japan
From: underworld king Date: March 31, 2016 at 21:42
This live recording was released without the bands involvement by the record label at the time. The songs were taken from various shows during the Hanging In The Balance 1994 Japan Tour and sounds like different soundboard recordings. The sound quality isn't the best but the performances are great.

CD: Prong - Rude Awakening
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 24, 2016 at 17:21
Although Rude Awakening was a decent release by the standards of 1996 (not a great year for metal overall), it's hard not to see it as a disappointment following a minor gem like Cleansing. Some of it is due to the general uncatchiness of many songs, something Prong has always been plagued with, even up to today. They've always been iconsistent: when they hit, it's out of the park, but you have to wade through some pretty bland fare to get to the good stuff. The other problem with Rude Awakening is the production. This sounds like dance music with heavy, baritone guitars. THe drums and bass are processed to hell and back. The drums sound like a cheap synthesizer, and the bass is distorted into a fart-in-the-bathtub tone. The guitars are still heavy, but the riffs are just boring, and few songs really stand out.

CD: Battleaxe - Burn This Town
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 22, 2016 at 21:07
Great band of the NWOBHM that deserved more IMHO..."Ready To Deliver" & "Burn This Town" are killer cuts for sure and by far the best ones of the Record ...tracks 2 & 7 are also good ones...enjoyable stuff...85/100

CD: Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 21, 2016 at 22:38
... death-metal priduction. The one drawback might be in the lead-guitar sound. Often, it's just kind of a high-pitched, shrieking sound, where o the Sneap albums, you can really hear the shredding going on much more clearly.

CD: Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 21, 2016 at 22:36
One of the more striking things about this disc is Neil Kernon's production: it's ice-cold. He did the same thing for the Politics Of Ecstasy, but somehow, it seems more fitting here. You know how certain southern sludge-metal records sound like hot and humid weather, a summer day in the swamp? Creaming Neon Black is the opposite. If this album were weather, it would be freezing rain. Which kinda goes along with one of the themes of the album: water. The clean guitar parts sound like they're recorded underwater, there are lyrical references to swimming and drowning, and if you're wondering what a "cenotaph" is, it's a grave marker for someone who's final resting place is underwater. Which is part of the nightmares that caused Warrel Dane to write the album: his girlfriend at the bottom of a lake calling to him. Sometimes I wonder what this would have sounded like with Andy Sneap's clean, perfect sound, but somehow, I don't think it would have the same character as with Kernon's almost

CD: Apocalyptica - Inquisition Symphony
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 18, 2016 at 21:26
Interesting release but rather a curious one..."One" is the best cover in here ...tracks 2,5 & 9 are also good covers and tracks 6 & 10 are two decent original ones...only if you dig instrumental stuff if not...80/100

CD: Alice In Chains - Dirt
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 18, 2016 at 21:21
Cool album that changed the face of Grunge music back then with a more of an edgy sound given it to the aforementioned genre(btw Grunge music ain't my cup of tea at all)...best tracks in here are 1,2,6,12 & 13...75/100

CD: Helloween - Better Than Raw
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 14, 2016 at 19:18
When you listen to this band you might always expect a good commercial Heavy Metal/Power Metal Record,that's for sure and this one is not an exception...tracks 4,7(nice),9,10 & 11(great!)are pure examples of what i'm talking about...enjoyable stuff indeed .86/100

CD: Chateaux - Chained Desperate
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 14, 2016 at 19:12
Underrated band that deserved more back then and with a powerful singer in Alex Houston(Steve Grimmett got in after)they should have been considered even more ...the best cut for me is the one that gives the album its title followed closey by tracks 2,3,5 & 7...recommended stuff if you are into the pure essence of British Heavy Metal.82/100

CD: Alice In Chains - Live
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 13, 2016 at 19:21
One of the most representative grunge bands to emerge from The States for sure...a quite appealing raw live Record...tracks 4,9,13 & 14 are the ones for me...tracks 2,3,6,11 & 12 closely follow...83/100

CD: Celtic Frost - Monotheist
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 9, 2016 at 17:19
More than "Avantgarde Thrash Metal" this is as Doom as f*** ..."Ground" & "Ain Elohim" are my faves...tracks 5,6,7 & 10 are cool ones as well...very dense metal that ain't for all ears.65/100

CD: King Diamond - Voodoo
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2016 at 16:47
Decent album by the legendary man King Diamond ...tracks 7,10 & 12 are my faves...also tracks 2,4 & & are quite appealing as well.82/100

CD: Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 5, 2016 at 22:46
All hell broke loose when Evergrey released this album--at least among a subset of anal-retentive prog-metal purists. Those corporate sellout fucks! Seriously, Monday Morning Apocalypse is a pretty good disc. It just isn't a concept album, and there's a greater emphasis on making the songs catchy as well as emotionally heavy and musically stellar. So yeah, some of the riffs sound a bit simplistic, but it only helps the songs stand out. Hey, I love In Search Of Truth too, but I'd be lying if I said I could really tell most of its songs apart if you played me random snippets. So I dig this one. The title track, "Lost," "In Remembrance," 'Still In The Water," 'The Dark I Walk You Through," "I Should" (the last two have quite similar choruses) and the final piano-and-vocal ballad "Closure" are my highlights.

CD: Candlemass - Ancient Dreams
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 4, 2016 at 16:48
"Mirror Mirror" is one of the band's iconic songs as we all know...tracks 2,3,7 & 9 are also good pieces of Doom Metal,definitely these guys are the kings of the genre.82/100

CD: Taraxacum - Spirit of Freedom
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 4, 2016 at 16:45
Cool Melodic Metal/Hard Rock release ..."Spirit Of Freedom" & "Never Let You Go" are my faves but i won't let tracks 2,3(nice),6 & 9 behind though...85/100

CD: Evergrey - Torn
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 2, 2016 at 22:56
Torn is actually one of my favorite releases by these mournful Swedes, yet it's one I hear few people mention. The music is as accomplished as ever, but the keyboards and piano take more of a backseat. There isn't the requisite piano ballad like "Closure" or "missing You," and the synths, while there, are used more sparingly. Torn might be one of the band's heaviest discs, while still retaining their trademark morose melodies. Seven-string guitars aren't just for nu-metal bands anymore. Tom Englund is at the top of his game, channeling all the sadness, fear, regret loss and desperation you can imagine, his voice clear and strong without being a prissy power-metal yodel, and his lyrics are verbose and poignant even if his English is still somewhat fractured. Favorite songs are "Broken Wings," "Soaked," "Fear," "Numb," "Torn" andj "Still Walk Alone."

CD: DGM - Wings Of Time
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 2, 2016 at 17:43
Good Power Metal/Prog Metal band with a very good singer in it ....best shots for me are tracks 1(catchy chorus),3,6,7 & 8...enjoyable stuff indeed...85/100

CD: Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 28, 2016 at 12:37
Decent album for me with some good tracks such as 3,5,6 & 8...enjoyable like most of Iron Maiden's releases .86/100

CD: Anvil - Metal On Metal
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 27, 2016 at 21:49
The national anthem of the band is in here in the shape of the song "Metal On Metal" which is a kind of a gem of the genre Heavy Metal...tracks 3,6,7.9 & 10 are also appealing ones at least to me...Lips you've finally made it dude!!!.81/100

 

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