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Pink Floyd - My top 10 Pink Floyd Songs
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Very interesting words Sandra.
Pink Floyd is in my opinion the greatest band to ever walk the planet.

My personal top ten:

1- Comfortably Numb
The best music & guitar solo ever made

2- High Hopes
The end solo is just an amazing emotional output from Mr. David Gilmour. The saddest solo I've ever heard

3- Time
4- Welcome To The Machine
5- On The Turning Away
6- One of These Days
7- Hey you
8- Yet Another Movie
9- Sorrow
10- Astronomy Domine


Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who┤s Buying? - DVD Audio Edition
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The early days were fare more interesting. All bands were searching for their own identity.

At this stage (86) the Thrash movement already got serious attention of the media. Records like Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, Spreading The Disease, Bonded By Blood, Reign In Blood or Peace Sells were a major step forward into a new era.

Peace Sells is an absolute masterpiece, only matched by RTL and MOP from Metallica and Reign in Blood.


Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who┤s Buying? - DVD Audio Edition
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Tommy...Please remember this record was released in 86. The Trash movement was just beginning.
I guess you probably heard this record recently because PSBWB is considered one of the best metal records of all time.

Of course the band was still evolving...like Black Sabbath, Maiden or Metallica on their debut records.

Trust me when I say this record will be on the Metal Hall Of Fame for the next couple of centuries.


Dio - RevelationZ Top 20 Dio Tracks - A Tribute
Thursday, June 10, 2010



Dio - RevelationZ Top 20 Dio Tracks - A Tribute
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Personal Dio Top 20:

Hungry For Heaven
Rock'n'Roll Children
The Last In Line
Sunset Superman
Mob Rules
We Rock
Don't Talk To Strangers
Rainbow In The Dark
Holy Diver
All The Fools Sailed Away
Children Of The Sea
King Of Rock'n'Roll
Evil Eyes
Night People
Push
Caught In The Middle
Lock Up The Wolves
Heaven And Hell
Killing The Dragon
Stargazer

Dio most important songs (chronological)

Stargazer
Heaven and Hell
Holy Diver
The Last In Line


Various Artists - Playlist - February/March 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hi Tommy!

Incommunicado was the commercial hit of this album but in my opinion this record have better songs.
I don┤t know how well you know this band, but the true spirit of Marillion (Fish days) isn't in the "pop" rhythm of Incommunicado.

Clutching at Straws is an absolute classic ;)


Pain of Salvation - Remedy Lane
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thanks to you and RevelationZ ;)

ps: I'm waiting Megadeth's Endgame review..I believe this record deserves a deep overview ;)


Iron Maiden - Brave New World
Friday, September 11, 2009
Don't you think "Garbage" and "Boring" are strong words Alanna?
I believe this band deserves more than that.


Iron Maiden - Fear of the dark
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
You're right Steen.
However, in my opinion, an average record for Maiden is always a good record and this one in particular don't deserve a 5/10 rating.
It's average comparing with all they have done in the 80's.



Iron Maiden - Brave New World
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Well Steen...
I believe I can rate 8/10 without saying that this is a completely outstanding record...


Queensr che - The Warning
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
5 young lads searching for their identity. Far far away from the quality of the next release.
James Guthrie, in my opinion, was a wrong choice to produce this album.
However The Warning showed a different perspective back in 84.

6.5/10


Queensr che - Rage for order
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
When I first heard Rage for Order, back in 86, I found it very strange. The crossroad between some kind of Pop Rock and Metal mixed with some kind of glam pose attitude with a Genesis and Floyd concept atmosphere....
...well...strange to teenage kid.
So I put this record back to the "Not real important" shelve.
I only return to Rage for Order many years later, after listening to Operation and Empire.
Today it's definitively one of my absolute favourite Queensryche albums and the one that really showed what this band would sound in the future.
This guys from Seattle released something really new to the metal scene.

To be in any decent discography.

Favourite Rage songs:
Walk In The Shadows
The Killing Words
Screaming In Digital

9/10



Heaven and Hell - Live From Radio City Music Hall
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I didn't listen to this live album, however I'm here to talk about the original "The Devil You Know".
Well I believe this album should be released in 94 or 95, just after Dehumanizer.
The look and feel of TDYK is, of course, dark as this band should sound.
Mr. Iommy is inspired on Fear or Bible Black and Mr. Dio still possesses his own unique vocal feeling.

Even older this four gentleman still have something to give.

When I was listening TDYK, I asked myself what will happen when Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Megadeth or Metallica disappear?
I never was a nostalgic kind of guy, but it's true..We're watching the last releases of the true classic Heavy Metal Heroes...

I know this album doesn't bring anything new...But it's so dam good the hear Dio, Tony, Geezer and Vinnie...

7.5/10


Metallica - ...And Justice For All
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Always found And Justice for All a very special Album.
I remember listen to "Harvester of Sorrow" or "Blackened" for the first time in rock radio station on the day this album come alive.
Probably Metallica's more complex and progressive album to date...and yes...I like the production even without bass..
and remember that "One" was the first Metallica video.
A huge worldwide success and certainty one of the best metal releases of all time

10/10...Masterpiece!


Yngwie Malmsteen - Eclipse
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Malmsteen was one of the most important guitar player of the 80's. (along with Van Halen and maybe Randy Roads or Satriani)
His unique neo-classic style playing influenced hundreds of young musicians like: Tony Mcalpine, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, John Norum (and many many others) and bands like Helstar or Dream Theather.
The sad thing its that really few admit to be influenced by Malmsteen.

Let┤s get things straight. He was the first to play faster than sound Arpeggios
and his first album "Rising Force" is, in my opinion, one of the most important releases of the last century.

I know he has a unique character, so what?
No feeling? Why? Because he plays faster? Give me a break...

Rising Force-10/10
Eclipse-7/10


Black Sabbath - Seventh Star
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
9/10???...humm

In my opinion this record should be released has Tony Iommi's Seventh Star not Sabbath.
The mix between Purple and Sab doesn't bring anything new. Only great musicians playing together...

...Of course Glen has a fantastic voice but not for this band.

4/10


Judas Priest - Jugulator
Friday, February 27, 2009
Well, it was very hard to saw Halford quitting Priest.
Robert is such a unique singer..
Jugulator, in my opinion, is one of the worst Priest releases.

5/10


Metallica - Death Magnetic
Thursday, February 5, 2009

One comment: Lack of inspiration..
Let's wait the next one

.../10


Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I still remember buying this album and coming home wondering what Steve&Co prepared for 88. I already was a Maiden maniac at the time. Somewhere in Time, Live After Death and Powerslave were my favourite albums those days.
When I first heard Moonchild and Evil that Men Do I was completely surprised with Maiden's new sound.
This band explored a more progressive approach due mainly to Adrian's song writing (already started in SIT) and the keyboards background environment.

In my opinion 88 was the best year ever and this album is probably the last "really classic" Maiden release.

Seventh Son was the natural evolution of Powerslave and Somewhere in Time and I still wonder why Steve released No Prayer for the Dying after this absolute masterpiece...

10/10

Up the Irons!


Whitesnake - Whitesnake
Friday, January 30, 2009
Real classic stuff and the most successful Whitesnake release.
This album takes you back to the Hard'n'Heavy golden era. Bands like Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Cinderella, Poison, Great White or Def Leppard ruled the Billboard US charts and played sold-out shows all over the globe.
This album is a mirror of all that.

The mainstream's Here I Go Again and Is This Love were the hit spotlights but in my opinion Still of the Night is definitely the best song. Still remains in my personal top 50.

We can feel Zeppelin's influence on Sykes songwriting, however David gives a unique mood and felling to the songs.

What a classic..10/10


Dream Theater - Images And Words
Friday, January 30, 2009
When I first heard this band I was amazed by the technical skills of all band members (specially with Portnoy and Petrucci), however I always found something's missing on the songwriting: Soul..Feeling..Personality...
You can find it on Queensryche's "Eyes of a Stranger" or even on Malmsteen's "Black Star" not in this band.

Don't get me wrong, I like this band and specially this album but they miss a real songwriter to reach the top.

In my opinion, technical skills are always important but they must be mixed with something else..

Technical rate: 10/10
Personal rate: 8/10


Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Wednesday, January 28, 2009



Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
RIP is probably one of the last classic Thrash Metal releases and one of Dave's best work to date.
Holy Wars, Hangar 18, Tornado of Souls (Tornado's solo is technically very impressive) and RIP are speed classics and impressive musical performances.

9/10


Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
Tuesday, January 27, 2009



Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Another good review from Tommy..

Paranoid was released a few months before reaching a great worldwide success. The title track "Paranoid" still is the biggest tube from this band.

So the Sab boys needed to prove something to the rock scene: Consistency
And I believe they did it.
Master of Realty shows a more mature band with a unique heavy sound feeling.
Sweet Leaf and Children of the Grave are, in my opinion, the best songs of the album.
Children of the Grave deserves to be considered one of the most important Heavy Metal songs of all time. The almost "Trash" riff and the middle doom section of the song says everything.

My problem with the first Sabbath releases is the drummer. Bill Ward is a nice musician, and did a good job but still has lot's of 60's and Jazz influence in his approach.

Good Album.
8/10


Black Sabbath - The Black Box - The Complete Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978
Friday, December 19, 2008
Imagine yourself back in 1970.
Bands like Zeppelin or Deep Purple already started to rock. All the Rhythm and Blues influences of the 60's became Heavier&Faster..and them a band from Birmingham release a song with a particular and original doom felling: "Black Sabbath".
This song was the first Heavy Metal stone and one of the best rock creations to date.
Songs like Black Sabbath, NIB or Evil Woman are real rock all time classics. The second album (for many the best) give birth to Paranoid, War Pigs, Iron Man or Fairies Wear Boots. Master of Reality released probably one of the major song influence to all Thrash bands of the 80's: Children of the Grave.
All this in just one year. Yeahh..all of this in 1970/71.

Well...The next 3 albums are still very good but I believe Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die showed the worst side of the Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll lifestyle...and then Mr. Ozzy had to leave..Welcome Mr. Dio..

Black Sabbath with Ozzy is the beginning of all.

10/10


Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Monday, December 1, 2008
Everybody who where into metal in the middle 80's heard this album over and over.
I still remember the day I bought Powerslave back in 88. I already had Live After Death, Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
In my opinion this Album is Maiden's best. It combines the early days attitude with a more complex song approach that ended in the "progressive" Seventh Son.
This tour "World Slavery" was probably their all time best. The Egyptian's concept of the stage mixed with the fantastic playlist of their first 5 releases showed the world the most important and inspired Heavy Metal band of the 80's. (sorry Lars..)
Aces High is probably their speediest song ever.
Rime of The Ancient Mariner is such a Masterpiece..I've heard it live for the first time this year in their last tour and it really blow me away..what a powerful song..

It's really difficult to do better than this. We can put "Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Number of The Beast, Piece of Mind, Seventh Son, Master of Puppets, Painkiller, Peace Sells or Reign in Blood" in the same bag, but I believe it's impossible to say with 100% certainty that any other album is better than Powerslave (only in a very subjective point of view).

I believe we must all thanks this band for delivering us all such a Masterpiece.
Thank You.

10/10..of course

Up the Irons!




Running Wild - 20 Years In History
Friday, November 28, 2008
The first Running Wild song I've heard was Purgatory from "Ready For Boarding"...what a dam good song..
Then I bought Port Royal and that album, along with Keeper II, was the album most played in my room jukebox
Those days I was a huge fan of the band, however I believe the flame become wicker along the years.
Running Wild is the perfect band for a young and restless teenager - Melodic&Fast as Heavy Metal should be.
Now I can clearly see that Running Wild is the German son of Maiden&Priest. Yaa I know that Rolf has a unique voice and the guitars are definitely Running Wild, but If you hear the first Maiden or the early Priest you can immediately
found what inspired Rolf.
Don't get me wrong I love this band, but isn't in my top 10 anymore.

Baaa...Once a pirate always a pirate :)

their Best Of deserves 10/10!
Port Royal:10/10
Ready for the Boarding: 10/10







Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer
Friday, November 14, 2008
Dehumanizer it's a really a good album.
The Sab Mark II reunion was huge back in 92. Sadly didn't last long, as Stuart says.
Dio's voice in this one is aggressive as never before and the production is quite achieved...Well I never was a Vinnie Appice drum sound fan because he
always had a "inside a box" sound..but I believe it gives a unique Bass&Drum mix.
The first side it's better.
Computer God, After All, TV Crimes and I are the best songs.

And of course..Dio is just unique. Like I said, his voice in Dehumanizer its just dam good and agressive.

Not Sabbath's best but deserves to be on their top list

Dehumanizer - 8/10
Dio's Voice - 10/10


Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Friday, November 14, 2008

Along with the 1970's Black Sabbath, Deep Purple's Machine Head and Master of Puppets..The first Maiden its probably the most important Heavy Metal release of all time (if we put Sab and Purple on this). I know that Number of the Beast was and will be a Metal trademark, but this one was the first.

Steve Harris&Co create something really new and fresh. The 2 guitar sound and harmonies were already explored by bands like Thin Lizzy, however never with a Bass sound like Harris and never with this rock energy.

Phantom of the Opera is, in my opinion, the most important Heavy song of the early 80's. The lead section on this music was fallowed by thousands of bands all around the world:
Metallica, Overkill, Helloween, Slayer, Anthrax, Running Wild (Transylvania was for sure very important for Rolf...)..and the list goes on and on.. heard this album over and over.

Bruce gave later what's missing on this record (however Paul did a good job).
After this Album the world was never the same. Just imagine the parents face after meeting Eddie...

Definitely 10/10!
A true Masterpiece

Up the Irons!


Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
Friday, October 24, 2008

The "after Ozzy" period...This was a very important release for Sabbath.
Never Say Die! and Technical Ecstasy didn't sold well and everybody thought the band was dead.
Ronnie James Dio gave Sabbath a second chance and did one of the most impressive releases ever.
To be really honest, I didn't have this album on my top list in the 80's. I've learned to hear it over the years.
I was a big Dio fan those days. Holy Diver, The Last in Line and Sacred Heart were always in my playlist. But
Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules were always a little bit forgotten. They weren't heavy or fast enough...
However I've always respected this band for been the Hard Rock pioneers (along with Purple and Zeppelin).

I bought the Album this week and it's on my top playlist.
Just listen to Heaven and Hell, Children of the Sea or Neon Knights...
A true Metal Classic

9/10




Def Leppard - Hysteria
Friday, October 17, 2008

These guys were one of the first Hard'N'Heavy main stream band back in the 80's.
If Pyromania, released in 83, was a really big it..Hysteria was one of those records that everybody knew, bought and listen.
I was never an huge Def Leppard fan. In those days I was completely into Maiden&Priest. But this record deserves to be considered
one of the most important rock releases ever. The production is brilliant and the songs are really catchy.
Love Bites, along with "Still Loving You", is one of the best rock ballads ever made.

Hysteria will be always listen and regarded with respect.

10/10




W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol - Double Remastered Edition
Monday, October 6, 2008

WASP 84's debut Album was my first Lawless experience. We can hear Maiden's influence on this release. However I always found something unique on their sound and "Fuck PMRC" attitude and of course..the Lawless outstanding voice made a difference those days.
If I give 8/10 to 84's WASP...Crimson Idol deserves 10/10.

This Progressive Rock/Heavy Opera is an outstanding release.
Lawless put The Who, Zeppelin and Flyod influences with all NWOBH ingredients...and WASP unique sound of course..to create this really good record.

One of my all time favorites
10/10!


Anthrax - Among The Living
Monday, October 6, 2008

Anthrax was never one of my fav bands. However we must always respect the major influence those guys had in the thrash scene. Spreading the Disease and Among the Living are really good works. The 80's Mosh Bermudas Attitude has Anthrax's signature. Songs like AIR, Madhouse, Gung-ho, Caught in a Mosh or I Am the Law are Thrash statements.
Along with "Spreading"...Among the Living is their best release.

Spreading the Disease - 7.5/10
Among the Living - 8/10
Anthrax's Best Off - 10/10



Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman vs. No More Tears
Monday, September 29, 2008

Hummm..comparing Diary and No More Tears..
Well written Morten, but please let me disagree about the similarities.
"Diary" it's not the best release of the Randy's era. It's "Blizzard of Ozz". This debut album
It's Ozzy's most important record.
It's rather difficult to compare such completely opposed records.
One, was the first, with a british Heavy sound and concept. The other, more commercial and "american".
If we erase Ozzy's voice, we found 2 different bands. One from England, with an American Guitar Player, other
From USA with a slight British accent.

I believe it's more honest to compare the releases from the 3 big Ozzy's periods:

Randy's
Blizzard of Ozz - 9/10
Diary of a Madman - 8/10
Jake's
Bark at the Moon - 9/10
Ultimate Sin - 9/10
Wylde's
No Rest for the Wicked - 8/10
No More Tears - 8/10

Mr. Jake E Lee was always extremely rejected. I never understood why. He did a great job.

Good review Morten, I only disagree with the similarities. I find really few.


Queensr che - Operation: Mindcrime - Remastered and Expanded
Friday, September 26, 2008
Like Ben Honeycutt said "What can I say about Operation: Mindcrime that hasn't already been said?"
This impressive concept release changed the standard metal idea of "...Yeahhh those Metal Guys can play well the guitar, good long hairs..But no head at all...Just look at the lyrics...".
I still remember my friends finding "Operation" so dam boring...
This Album it's Queensryche's best work and the most important Heavy/Rock concept release ever.

I disagree with Ben Honeycutt when he said "The real reason that Operation: Mindcrime is the unparalleled concept album of its time is Geoff Tate. "
Geoff's voice is, of course, impressive and extremely important on "Operation", but the secret ingredient is Chris. He's the main composer and I believe the composers must always have the gold credits.

Operation Mindcrime is definitely 10/10


Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It┤s not difficult to rate Master of Puppets.
We're talking about a rock masterpiece. Only few bands achieved to release such a good record. It's difficult to make an outstanding release..But do that in the right time...In the right place...With the right people.....Well that's only for few.

This Album will be remembered as one of the most important rock/metal Statements of all time.
In the same level as:

1970 Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath
...The beginning

1972 Deep Purple's Machine Head
...Just listen Highway Star..I Believe Steve Harris and Bruce put this one in their top 5..

1976 Priest's Sad Wings of Destiny
..It's not a music masterpiece..But surely a masterpiece of its time. The beginning of NWOBH

1980 Maiden's Iron Maiden
...Everybody who were into Metal heard this one over and over again..Just ask Hetfield, Mustaine, Geoff Tate, Alex Skolnick, Kerry King, Scott Ian, Kay Hansen & all the 80's icons. It┤s not Maiden's best, but probably the most important.

Master is a definitely a 10/10












Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys - Part II
Monday, September 22, 2008
Keeper Part II it's a unique Album.
If we feel Priest and Maiden influences in Walls of Jericho and Keeper I..Keeper Part II has a unique combination of Heavy/Speed and humor concepts.
Back in 88, this Album put Helloween on the chart...Everybody said they were the new Maiden.
If you listen carefully Hammerfall, Angra, Stratovarius&co you find Keeper's influence.
Like I said, I found this album unique and magic.

10/10



Judas Priest - Angel of Retribution
Friday, September 19, 2008
Rob Halford returning to Priest is always huge. However in my opinion "Angel of Retribution" don't deserve 9.5. Don't get me wrong "Angel" is a good Album but don't deserve to be in Priest's top 5.

Painkiller, Screaming for Vengence, Turbo, Defenders of the Faith, Sad Wings of Destiny and even Ram it Dawn are better.

When Painkiller came alive, back in the 90's was a huge metal release, like Maiden's debut album in 1980 or Metallica's Master of Puppets.
An album to deserve 9.5/10 or 10/10 must be a Masterpiece. And "Angel of Retribution" it's definitely not.

Painkiller-10/10
Angel of Retribution-6/10








Judas Priest - Painkiller
Friday, September 19, 2008
Definitely a Masterpiece. 10/10
Priest's Painkiller deserve to be in the top ten Metal releases.
The only albums that can be compared are maybe:

Iron Maiden-Iron Maiden 10/10
Iron Maiden-Piece of Mind 10/10
Metallica-Ride the lighting 10/10
Iron Maiden-Powerslave 10/10
Metallica-Master of Puppets 10/10
Megadeth-Peace Sells 9.5/10
Slayer-Reign in Blood 10/10
Iron Maiden-Somewhere in time 10/10
Iron Maiden-Seventh son of seventh son 10/10
Queensryche-Operation Mincrime 10/10
Megadeth-Rust in Peace 9.5/10

....Great..Great Album!






Dio - Holy Diver
Friday, September 19, 2008
Well...Mr Ronnie James Dio..A true Heavy Metal Icon. I really respect this gentleman.
Holy Diver was a really important release in 83...Ronnie had a really great band those days. Holy Diver, Don't Talk To Strangers and Rainbow In The Dark are eternal Hard/Heavy Rock statements.

9.5/10


Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who┤s Buying? - DVD Audio Edition
Friday, September 19, 2008

I totally agree with Hashman's rating. Peace Sells it's Mustain's best work...
This album really astonish the world in 86. Songs like Wake up Dead, Peace Sells, The conjuring and My Last Words are speed/thrash statements.
My last Words are my favourite Speed Metal song

Sounds dam good even today

10/10




Slayer - South Of Heaven
Friday, September 19, 2008

The most progressive Slayer output.
South of Heaven, Mandatory Suicide, Behind the Crocked Cross or Spill the blood are dam good songs.

Read Between The Lines is probably the first hip hop/thrash tempo (yes I know Anthrax too..)

9.5/10


Iron Maiden - Live After Death
Sunday, September 14, 2008
My first Iron Maiden Album...Aces High, 2 Minutes to midnight, the Tropper, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Hallowed Be thy Name,... changed my life. In those days Maiden was the Heavy Metal's highest flag. I can't remember a life album so good
(maybe Priest Live! or World Wide Live, from Scorpions).

Good review Ulrick! I only disagree with the rating...
10/10...of course

Up the Irons!




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