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This album just screams METAL!! - 92%

UltraBoris, December 30th, 2002

This is the type of album that you think of when you just think of straight-up heavy fucking metal. Lots of catchy riffs, nice soloing, and generally straightforward songwriting centred around a few riffs per song. There's nothing particularly progressive, epic, or anything like that about this album... but it does one thing, and it does it well, it fucking rocks!!!

Highlights... well, all the songs work pretty damn well... "Fuck Like a Beast" is the opener (on the remaster, anyway) and starts us off in great style, and then "I Wanna Be Somebody" is total speed metal. "LOVE Machine" is a bit cheesy but it works... in fact, all the songs match that description. If you demand your music to be serious, introspective, and philosophical... well, fuck off, you are neither loud, nor proud, and this album is just not for you. (And I poop on you, but that is an entirely different story.)

"Hellion" is also awesome, as is "On Your Knees" and "Tormentor"... even "Sleeping in the Fire", the obligatory ballad, works remarkably well. The cover of "Paint it Black" on the re-release is very nicely done as well.

This album lacks nothing, really... great vocals, nice fucking riff work, the occasional blazing solo, and just a dead-on sense for melodic ideas. Nothing awkward or "what-the-fuck-was-that-for??" here - it all works. If you like Judas Priest, the first few Crue albums, some Grim Reaper, or heavy fucking metal in general, you can't go wrong with this one.