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Resurrection: Megadeth – Hidden Treasures [1995]

Posted in Megadeth, Resurrection with tags on February 24, 2010 by gearsofrock

I was digging through my CD’s a few weeks back, when I came across this gem from Megadeth. I haven’t listened to Hidden Treasures in well over a decade and let me tell you,  it still rocks and might even rock harder than ever before. Originally released in 1995,  Hidden Treasures is a eight-song EP of tracks from compilations and soundtracks.

Kicking it off right is a cover of the Alice Cooper classick “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Mustaine is cocky and cool and definitely gives justice to, in my mind,  a truly untouchable song.  “Angry Again” from the Last Action Hero soundtrack still ranks in my top five Megadeth offerings. The catchy chorus will forever be imprinted in your brain.

The covers of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and the Sex Pistols “Problems” are also top notch, as Megadeth proves to be one of Thrash’s Titans.  “Go To Hell” taps into rival Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” with the ” now I lay me down to sleep” prayer (we all know who came out on top on this one).

Each track features, also in my opinion, Megadeth’s most efficient lineup with Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Nick Menza and Marty Friedman.  This is definitely a must have for all fans of Megadeth.  It has been out of print for awhile but you can easily find a used or import copy (features 4 bonus tracks) out there. Search for it , you will not be disappointed.

Track Listing:

  1. “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
  2. “Breakpoint”
  3. “Go To Hell”
  4. “Angry Again”
  5. “99 Ways to Die”
  6. “Paranoid”
  7. “Diadems”
  8. “Problems”

Hidden Treasures on

Review: Overkill – Ironbound [2010]

Posted in Overkill with tags on February 10, 2010 by gearsofrock

Legendary New Jersey metal mavens, Overkill, deliver an astonishing 15th studio album Ironbound, a delectable thrash frenzy that will kick your teeth through your ass.

Overkill is solid, far too underrated, and always unfairly riding in the shadow of East Coast thrash colleagues Anthrax. Ironbound is a 10-track blitzkrieg that displays not only the fury, but greater depth than 90% of all thrash and power metal acts out there today.

Everything from the lyrics, riffs, leads, and grooves, to the use of dual channels, sick changes, and the brutal double-bass-work recreates a refreshing Golden Age of Thrash experience.

Lead singer Bobby Blitz is such an impressive talent, no one lives and breathes metal like this guy. After suffering a stroke in 2002 during a live performance, Blitz battled back with his strong will, determination, and humorous approach to life in general—a real role model for the younger bands and metal fans.

In a nutshell, Ironbound is everything that you could want from a thrash record in 1983 and 2010.

Overkill is Bobby Blitz Ellsworth (Vocals), David Linsk (Lead Guitar), Derek Tailer (Rhythm Guitar), D.D. Verni (Bass), & Ron Lipnicki (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “The Green and Black”
  2. “Ironbound”
  3. “Bring Me the Night”
  4. “The Goal Is Your Soul”
  5. “Give a Little”
  6. “Endless War”
  7. “The Head and Heart”
  8. “In Vain”
  9. “Killing for a Living”
  10. “The S.R.C.”


Review: Slayer – World Painted Blood [2009]

Posted in Slayer with tags on October 24, 2009 by gearsofrock

You would think that even a pioneering thrash metal band would evolve and head in a different direction at some point during a career that spans nearly 30 years. Not Slayer. On World Painted Blood, Slayer is just as devastating, fast, and angry as they were in 1986.

This is a band that has consistently opted for the conservative and rare “stick to your guns” approach while mastering the craft that they began in the process. Slayer delivers thrash perfection offering musical aggression at its finest. Standout tracks such as “Snuff,” “World Painted Blood,” “Psychopathy Red,” and “Beauty Through Order” might as well have been A-Sides on Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss.

The lead guitars of Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King not only trade shotgun blasts of shreddage throughout but also harmonize in the most demonic of manner on “Playing With Dolls” and “Human Strain.” You can expect the fist throwing “Hate Worldwide” to be a hard stomping pit-pleaser on the supporting world tour and beyond.

Dave Lombardo’s powerful drumming is thunderous and explosive particularly on “Unit 731” and “Public Display of Dismemberment,” while Tom Araya continues to display his dominance as the official voice of thrash music. All in all, World Painted Blood is flawless and immaculate, a 5-star performance, and the album of the year -Meds

5 StarsSlayer is Tom Araya (Vocals/Bass), Jeff Hanneman (Guitar), Kerry King (Guitar), & Dave Lombardo (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “World Painted Blood”
  2. “Unit 731”
  3. “Snuff”
  4. “Beauty Through Order”
  5. “Hate Worldwide”
  6. “Public Display of Dismemberment”
  7. “Human Strain”
  8. “Americon”
  9. “Psychopathy Red”
  10. “Playing With Dolls”
  11. “Not of This God”


GOR Recommends Megadeth Endgame and Alice in Chains Black Gives Way To Blue.

Review: Megadeth – Endgame [2009]

Posted in Megadeth with tags on September 8, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon MegadethIt has been almost two and a half years since the release of United Abominations, a brutal allegory of destructive world events equipped with plenty of finger pointing to rattle your mama’s nerves. Needless to say, Dave Mustaine and company are back with an even thrashier and, once again, unapologetic lyrical effort on Endgame.

The guitars of Mustaine and Chris Broderick prove to be the best work since Rust in Peace and arguably the most compatible in Megadeth’s history.

Tracks such as “How The Story Ends” and “Head Crusher” unleash the classic headbanging euphoria that cannot be mistaken for any other group.

“Bodies” and “The Right To Go Insane” showcase the eruptive low end bass of James LoMenzo. This album’s flow is flawless. Endgame opens with a powerful instrumental titled “Dialectic Chaos” that clocks in at 2:25 of unadulterated thrash that never seems to let up.

The acoustic driven “The Hardest Part of Letting Go” refreshingly breaks up the speed later without altering the album’s spirit. The only awkward moments on the disc fall somewhere between the transition into the guitar solo of the title track (3:45) and the subsequent relentless Bush bashing which is now old news in this day and age.

Overall Endgame excels in all of the core areas of heavy music marking it another fine moment in thrash metal history –Meds

4.5 StarsMegadeth is Dave Mustaine (Vocals/Guitars), Chris Broderick (Guitars), James LoMenzo (Bass), & Shawn Drover (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Dialectic Chaos”
  2. “This Day We Fight!”
  3. “44 Minutes”
  4. “1,320′”
  5. “Bite The Hand”
  6. “Bodies”
  7. “Endgame”
  8. “The Hardest Part of Letting Go…Sealed With a Kiss”
  9. “Head Crusher”
  10. “How The Story Ends”
  11. “The Right to Go Insane”

Track Review: Megadeth “Head Crusher” Endgame [2009]

Posted in Megadeth with tags on July 7, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Head CrusherAre you ready for another face pummeling courtesy of Megadeth? You damn well better be—the brand new track “Head Crusher” from the upcoming album Endgame is devastating. From the band’s opening assault, you immediately feel like you are hearing legitimate old school Mustaine and company that would make Vic Rattlehead proud. After all, the new album was recorded in the band’s new studio called Vic’s Garage. There is a great chugging riff at the break (2:01), which leads into diabolical arpeggios and exotic scale-play reminiscent of “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.” Clocking in at 3:26, “Head Crusher” is a powerful thrash track that is straight to the point of classic brutality –Meds

Endgame is due out on Roadrunner Records Sept. 15, 2009. If you turn away from the Michael Jackson memorial service for a few minutes you can download “Head Crusher” here for free until tomorrow.

4 StarsMegadeth is Dave Mustaine (Vocals/Guitar), Chris Broderick (Lead Guitar), James LoMenzo (Bass), & Shawn Drover (Drums).

GOR Recommendation: Megadeth – Rust in Peace

Update 9/9/09: Read the full album review of Megadeth’s Endgame here

Review: Sylosis – Conclusion Of An Age [2009]

Posted in SOS Metal Update, Sylosis with tags on June 5, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon SylosisNewbie UK metal mavens Sylosis employ a myriad of modern touches to their latest offering, a disc heavily steeped in thrash metal’s golden era of double-barrel ambushes. CONCLUSION OF AN AGE blends the musicality of Trivium, Strapping Young Lad, Shadows Fall, and Megadeth with a bevy of blistering Exodus-esque solos (“Stained Humanity”), volatile vocals (“Withered”) and complex arrangements (“Blackest Skyline”) fortifying this 12-track affair, rapidly placing Sylosis alongside metal’s most elite craftsmen. Striking a balance between crunchy and razor-sharp thanks to their metalcore meets Bay Area merger (“Transcendence”), this act eagerly doles kudos to elder statesmen such as Testament and Kreator without sounding like a retread while embracing a slew of contemporary metalcore nuances for a well-rounded attack that skillfully references the good old days without going full-on retro. www.nuclearblastusa.comMike SOS

4 StarsSylosis is Jamie Graham (Vocals), Josh Middleton (Guitar), Gurneet Ahluwalia (Guitar), Carl Parnell (Bass), & Rob Callard (Drums)

Track Listing:

  1. “Desolate Seas”
  2. “After Lifeless Years”
  3. “Blackest Skyline”
  4. “Transcendence”
  5. “Reflections Through Fire”
  6. “Conclusion Of An Age”
  7. “Swallow The World”
  8. “Teras”
  9. “Withered”
  10. “Last Remaining Light”
  11. “Stained Humanity”
  12. “Oath Of Silence”

Review: Anvil: The Story Of Anvil [Film-2009]

Posted in Anvil with tags on May 24, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Anvil The StoryAfter viewing countless promotions for Anvil: The Story of Anvil on VH1’s That Metal Show and reading many rave reviews, I finally had the opportunity to watch the documentary for myself.

The film follows the two original members of Anvil, an 80’s thrash metal band that is still trying to find fame and fortune as rock stars. After observing bands such as Whitesnake, The Scorpions, and Bon Jovi “make it” in the business, frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner are left behind wondering why they never had comparable success.

In the movie, Anvil travels to Europe to play a mismanaged tour full of empty bars and venues, missed trains, and tests of patience.

In one scene, the band is two hours late for a gig in Prague after getting lost traveling in an old dilapidated van. The band went on to perform, but the manager of the bar refused to pay Anvil, which led to a minor physical altercation between Lips and the manager.

Eventually, the band returns to their normal lives in Canada where Lips works as a deliveryman for a catering service that stocks school cafeterias. Lips and Rob later find themselves in Dover, England with famed producer Chris Tsangarides to record a new album. Luckily, Lips’ sister lends the money to the band to cover the recording expenses.

After nearly falling apart in England, Lips travels to Los Angelas to drop off copies of the new CD This is Thirteen to uninterested record labels. The documentary ends with a trumphant show in Japan, the band’s first in over 20 years, to a large audience, but still without a major record label supporting them.

3 StarsOverall, the movie is beautifully captivating as the viewer will feel a genuine emotional connection to Rob and Lips (unless he or she is dead inside). However, the film fails to live up to the hype—a masterpiece, this is not.

It is a good film but falls just shy of the league in which you would find the likes of Heavy Metal In Baghdad, Some Kind of Monster, and The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. Perhaps, the band is still writing a better ending as they tour in support of the film. You can check it out for yourself when VH1 Classic airs it later in the year -Meds

If you like this documentary then I also recommend Riphouse 151: Couldv’e Beens And Wanna Be’s

Review: Mantic Ritual – Executioner [2009]

Posted in Mantic Ritual, SOS Metal Update with tags , on May 4, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-mantic-ritualIf the story of Pittsburgh, PA thrash metal neophytes Mantic Ritual’s heading out west, scoring a record deal and recording their debut in Germany (but not before touring the world with the likes of heroes Destruction and Exodus) sounds too good to be true, then you need to get a little less jaded, as this tale is completely accurate. EXECUTIONER is the end result of this quartet’s ultimate sojourn into the realm where velocity reigns supreme, an 11-track ode to the heyday of the legendary Bay Area uprising that mightily summons the power of Kill ’em All, Bonded By Blood, and So Far, So Good, So What with a lackluster sense of self seeping through. While this squad is undeniably tight and well-disciplined in the art of shred (“Black Tar Sin,” “Panic,” “Murdered By Death”), the prevalently placed ripping retro vibes on everything here from the early Hetfield growls to the Holt/Hunolt fancy fretwork leave little room for this unit to break from the 1987 mold, opting to worship at the altars of Kreator and Slayer exclusively. Almost at times portraying to be too vintage for their own good, within the recent resurgence of bullet belt wearing, gratuitous solo playing headbanging music, Mantic Ritual unquestionably stand a cut above the rest thanks to their jaw-dropping tightness, yet need to develop past the glory days of the genre if they want to go toe to toe and pump the kind of essential entities thrash metal music’s top dogs continue to lay down. -Mike SOS

3-stars1Mantic Ritual is Dan Wetmore (Vocals/Guitar), Jeff Potts (Guitar), Ben Mottsman (Bass), & Adam Haritan (Drums).

Review: Papsmear – Music To Kill By [2008]

Posted in Papsmear, SOS Metal Update with tags on April 10, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-papsmearJust by perusing the booklet defunct Las Vegas thrash band Papsmear accompanies their retrospective MUSIC TO KILL BY with, you can tell these guys were at the forefront of their scene, as homemade flyers touting shared bills with the likes of COC, Pestilence, and Hirax can attest to. Armed with a feral thrash metal attack that always appeared to be on the brink of falling apart, this band who really never made it out of Vegas combines blistering speed, sneering vocals, whammy bar antics, and lyrical discourse taken straight from the playbook to comprise their style. This multi-faceted collection boasts live recordings, demos, and a DVD of the good old days when beer was cheap, girls were easy, and posers were soundly disposed of or at the very least according to the live shows heard here, resoundly heckled and harassed from the lead singer’s microphone. Diehard thrash maniacs will need this, but there’s way better stuff, both reissued and current, out there to check out before you have to dig into this one. -Mike SOS

Review: Kreator – Hordes Of Chaos [2009]

Posted in Kreator, SOS Metal Update with tags , on March 4, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-kreatorFresh off previous effort  ENEMY OF GOD, German thrash titans Kreator return sharper and more focused with another batch of devastating thrash metal goodness titled HORDES OF CHAOS. Showing no signs of slowing down, Mille Petrozza and company blast through the gates whether you like it or not with all guns blazing (“Warcurse”), giving contemporaries such as Slayer (“Absolute Misanthropy,” “Destroy What Destroys You”) a run for thrash metal supremacy. Infusing the tried and true thrash metal method of their ’80s selves complete with guitar gymnastics galore while exhibiting a bevy of hooks like never before (“Hordes of Chaos,” “Radical Resistance”), this veteran unit’s ripping rejuvenation renders this album with the warmongering aura that reaffirms Kreator’s spot amongst the thrash metal elite. -Mike SOS