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Old 11-26-2011, 07:50 PM
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HM5. Children of Bodom: Hate Crew Deathroll

Alright look, I love Towards Dead End and Warheart as much as the next old school Bodom fan, but there is a massive drop in quality between the great black metal hybrid songs and the not so great one. Here, that drop is severely diminished into more of an acute angle. I will admit this was a difficult listen at first because of its production. The keyboards sounding like DJ noises at times and the inexplicably distorted vocals during Needled 24/7 were quite painful at first. Truth be told, if I could remix this album I’d take that shit out immediately. Everything else though is absolutely fantastic modern rock & roll, without the mindless groove and the “couldn’t cut it as a poor man stealing” bullshit. Children of Bodom are both figuratively (and literally) the drunken masters of metal. It sounds like everything they do sloppily thrown onto a canvas with the hope it sticks, but in fact everything here is executed fantastically with military like precision. It’s hard to pick a favorite amongst so many awesome slabs of rock, but Angels Don’t Kill singlehandedly reinvented the ballad into a somber, aggressive, epic rather than your typical whining emotional crap, nor without seeming like “updating” the idea of the ballad or making it “current” for a new generation.

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This record appealed to an angry 13 year old me and still does!
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:44 AM
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HM7. Judas Priest- Defenders of The Faith

Was it heavier than Screaming For Vengeance? Yes. Was it darker than Screaming For Vengeance? Yes. Was it better than Screaming For Vengeance? No. Part of the problem is quite a few songs from here are completely dwarfed and made irrelevant by their live counterparts. Love Bites comes to mind. The middle solo containing rather feeble note pokes are stretched out into long flashes that serve the song a lot better. That, and frankly, I always thought Eat Me Alive was boring. The whole thing sounds like some hardcore band doing a pisstake on Priest like Beastie Boys did with most rock bands on “Fight For Your Right.” Still, this would be as metal as Priest would get with Dave Holland on the skins. Even the anthem type tracks like Rock Hard, Ride Free and Some Heads Are Gonna Roll are chunky bricks used to beat nonbelievers into believing. “Defenders of the Faith” is a brilliant, but not quite quintessential, metal album that will appeal to Priest fans both casual and hardcore.

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Old 11-27-2011, 08:02 AM
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HM7. Judas Priest- Defenders of The Faith

Was it heavier than Screaming For Vengeance? Yes. Was it darker than Screaming For Vengeance? Yes. Was it better than Screaming For Vengeance? No. Part of the problem is quite a few songs from here are completely dwarfed and made irrelevant by their live counterparts. Love Bites comes to mind. The middle solo containing rather feeble note pokes are stretched out into long flashes that serve the song a lot better. That, and frankly, I always thought Eat Me Alive was boring. The whole thing sounds like some hardcore band doing a pisstake on Priest like Beastie Boys did with most rock bands on “Fight For Your Right.” Still, this would be as metal as Priest would get with Dave Holland on the skins. Even the anthem type tracks like Rock Hard, Ride Free and Some Heads Are Gonna Roll are chunky bricks used to beat nonbelievers into believing. “Defenders of the Faith” is a brilliant, but not quite quintessential, metal album that will appeal to Priest fans both casual and hardcore.

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Cool pick. As simplistic as Heavy Duty is, I love that song for some reason
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:46 AM
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...Wasn't that their power metal album?
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:42 PM
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...Wasn't that their power metal album?
Um....what?
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:14 PM
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Hate Crew Deathroll is a masterpiece. Next time try to squeeze it somewhere in your list


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Old 11-27-2011, 01:48 PM
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Hate Crew Deathroll is a masterpiece. Next time try to squeeze it somewhere in your list
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:18 PM
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HM8. Manowar- Battle Hymns

Yup, no Manowar on the original list. Not sure how that happened. Even though they have the rather obnoxious reputation of "We are the greatest metal band in the world, and we have the fans and the boderline hardcore porn videos to prove it" these guys have earned their spot in the mighty halls of Valhalla. The problem was it was just really difficult to pick one album because they are all of about the same quality of above average (well the one's from the 80's anyway), and each certainly has their weak spots. Surprisingly, the weak one here is not the bass solo, which is kind of charming really. No, for me that was the album's opening song, Death Tone. Riff that's a ripoff of Kiss's below average "Rockin The USA," strike one. Really bad lyrics (which shockingly have nothing to do with not being metal and not being friends), strike two. They really should have just made this album like their live shows and started the whole thing off with their opener "Manowar".

In any case, this is a great release from when the rock & roll formula of metal was ruling the land, and the raw guitar tone does a great job of supporting that ideal. It's influence on modern power metal is also undeniable. If cheese in metal isn't kryptonite to you, give this one a spin.

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Battle Hymn

You'll notice I didn't mention anything about the rerelease. Fuck that noise, this album did not need to be remade.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:35 AM
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I've always thought Eat Me Alive was the weakest of Defenders too.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:36 AM
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HM 9. Obituary- Cause of Death

I've always wanted to pop those boils around that eye on the cover.

This is as heavy as death metal gets without blastbeats. I don't really have a whole lot to say about this one to be honest. It's great death metal from a time when it was new and innovative. John Tardy is of course amazing, and while I don't much care for covers, his cadences on Circle of the Tyrants give it a nice flavor. James Murphy's leads also add nice dressing to the body of the songs (the one at the beginning of the title track is particularly tasty). I guess the reason why it didn't make the list is because the sections can drag at times.

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Cause of Death
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