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Classic. Period. - 95%

morbert, September 11th, 2007

No, I can’t say this album is overlooked nor underappreciated nor a forgotten classic. Why? Because I haven’t met any thrash metal fan who doesn’t know or doesn’t like this album. Same goes for the reviews here on M.A. All positive! I rest my case. Everyone knows it, everyone likes it. And so it should be. It’s not without reason the album was re-released in 2006 with all that fancy bonus material.

Anyway, what about the album? Yes it has a dude called Newsted on bass but so what. He’s just a tiny element in the magnificence of Doomsday for The Deceiver. With ‘Hammerhead’ and ‘Iron Tears’ the album immediately starts off with two of the best songs. Hovering somewhere between classic speed metal and thrash metal with very impressive melodic yet energetic vocals by Erik A.K.
The first line of the album is an instant classic one. ‘Hello, how are you? Ready tonight?’ may look cheesy when written down, but it makes perfect sense and sounds great. The lyrics to Hammerhead are so incredibly funny and ‘Iron Tears’ has such a great pre-chorus and chorus.

The rhythmical verses of ‘Fade to Black’ are pretty cool and the chorus (just shouting the title) is of course very thrash. A next highlight is the title track which can be considered mostly speed metal instead of thrash. The two minute intro is beautiful. A simple melody that never leaves you once you’ve heard it. One of the most memorable melodies on the album. The rest of the song – as said – is very catchy speed metal with a decent lot of breaks, changes and a huge amount of very good riffs.

‘She Took and Axe’ and ‘Der Führer’ are the remaining classics, again combining speed with thrash metal. Can’t imagine any thrash metal or speed metal collection existing without this classic. (this counts for the follow up ‘No Place for Disgrace ’ as well by the way)

Ohw, and by the way: ‘Flotzilla’ wasn’t originally on the album. That one came from an EP.