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  • Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill (Red Vinyl) (Pre-Order) Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill (Red Vinyl) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill (Red Vinyl) (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 8, 2018*


    Pressed On 2x 180-Gram Red Colored Vinyl


    New Artwork Which Finally Sees Mustaine's Original Vision Fully Realized As An Actual Sculpture


    Brilliant Remix By Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devil Driver, Whitechapel) Which Restores Previously Unheard Parts And Performances, Allowing You To Experience This Album With A Whole New Level Of Details And Notably Increased Sonic Force


    Remastered By Ted Jensen For An Optimal Listening Experience


    Featuring An Introduction By Mustaine, Live Recordings Covering All Album Songs, And The Original 1984 "Skull Beneath The Skin" Demo


    The story of Dave Mustaine's fights with Metallica, which ultimately led to the birth of his own band MEGADETH is basic knowledge of every metal head out there and nothing that's necessary to revisit when talking about the debut assault "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!". It was, is and forever will be one hell of an aggressive, no-holds-barred, maniacal speed/thrash record that now returns in its ultimate version! From the new artwork, which finally sees Mustaine's original vision fully realized as an actual sculpture to the brilliant remix by Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devil Driver, Whitechapel), which restores previously unheard parts and performances, allowing you to experience this album with a whole new level of details and notably increased sonic force. Featuring an introduction by Mustaine, live recordings covering all album songs and the original 1984 "Skull Beneath The Skin" demo, the 2018 edition of "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!" is a must for each and every MEGADETH fan! Now, rattle your goddamn head!

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    LP 1
    1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (Remastered)
    2. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! (Remastered)
    3. The Skull Beneath the Skin (Remastered)
    4. Rattlehead (Remastered)
    5. Chosen Ones (Remastered)
    6. Looking Down the Cross (Remastered)
    7. Mechanix (Remastered)
    8. These Boots (Remastered)


    LP 2
    1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (live) (1987 London, UK)
    2. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
    3. The Skull Beneath the Skin (live) (1990 London, UK)
    4. Rattlehead (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
    5. Chosen Ones (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
    6. Looking Down the Cross (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
    7. Mechanix (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
    8. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (demo) (Remastered)
    9. The Skull Beneath the Skin (demo) (Remastered)
    10. Mechanix (demo) (Remastered)

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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Rust In Peace (Awaiting Repress) Rust In Peace (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Rust In Peace (Awaiting Repress)

    With their fourth release, Rust In Peace, Megadeth reached musical maturity and the album showcased a much tighter sound, with Dave 'Mega Dave' Mustaine's writing style adopting a rhythmically complex progressive edge. From Holy Wars to Lucretia and Five Magics to Dawn Patrol, Hangar 18 and the title track, Rust In Peace is an aggressive affair and one of Megadeth's strongest musical efforts. The album was certified Platinum in 1994 and also received Grammy nominations in 1990 and 1991 for Best Metal Performance.
    1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
    2. Hangar 18
    3. Take No Prisoners
    4. Five Magics
    5. Poison Was the Cure
    6. Lucretia
    7. Tornado of Souls
    8. Dawn Patrol
    9. Rust In Peace
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  • Frequency Unknown Frequency Unknown Quick View

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    Frequency Unknown

    25 years after the Mindcrime revolution, the Rÿche returns with their 13th studio album - a new chapter in the epic saga of one of the most critically adored and commercially successful metal bands of all time!


    Vocal powerhouse and frontman Geoff Tate leads the HEAVIEST Rÿche ever, including longtime guitarist Kelly Gray plus newly acquired bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot) and drummer Simon wright (AC/DC, DiO)!


    Guest appearances by K.K. Downing (Judas Priest),
    Chris Poland (Megadeth), Ty Tabor (King's X), Paul
    Bostaph (Slayer), Brad Gillis (night Ranger), Dave
    Meniketti (y&T) and more!


    Vinyl edition comes with a FREE 18" x 24" POSTER!

    1. Cold
    2. Dare
    3. Give it To you
    4. Slave
    5. in The Hands Of God
    6. Running Backwards
    7. Life without you
    8. Everything
    9. Fallen
    10. The weight Of The world
    Queensryche
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  • Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill (Pre-Order) Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 8, 2018*


    Pressed On 2x 180-Gram Vinyl


    New Artwork Which Finally Sees Mustaine's Original Vision Fully Realized As An Actual Sculpture


    Brilliant Remix By Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devil Driver, Whitechapel) Which Restores Previously Unheard Parts And Performances, Allowing You To Experience This Album With A Whole New Level Of Details And Notably Increased Sonic Force


    Remastered By Ted Jensen For An Optimal Listening Experience


    Featuring An Introduction By Mustaine, Live Recordings Covering All Album Songs, And The Original 1984 "Skull Beneath The Skin" Demo


    The story of Dave Mustaine's fights with Metallica, which ultimately led to the birth of his own band MEGADETH is basic knowledge of every metal head out there and nothing that's necessary to revisit when talking about the debut assault "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!". It was, is and forever will be one hell of an aggressive, no-holds-barred, maniacal speed/thrash record that now returns in its ultimate version! From the new artwork, which finally sees Mustaine's original vision fully realized as an actual sculpture to the brilliant remix by Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devil Driver, Whitechapel), which restores previously unheard parts and performances, allowing you to experience this album with a whole new level of details and notably increased sonic force. Featuring an introduction by Mustaine, live recordings covering all album songs and the original 1984 "Skull Beneath The Skin" demo, the 2018 edition of "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!" is a must for each and every MEGADETH fan! Now, rattle your goddamn head!

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    LP 1
    1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (Remastered)
    2. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! (Remastered)
    3. The Skull Beneath the Skin (Remastered)
    4. Rattlehead (Remastered)
    5. Chosen Ones (Remastered)
    6. Looking Down the Cross (Remastered)
    7. Mechanix (Remastered)
    8. These Boots (Remastered)


    LP 2
    1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (live) (1987 London, UK)
    2. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
    3. The Skull Beneath the Skin (live) (1990 London, UK)
    4. Rattlehead (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
    5. Chosen Ones (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
    6. Looking Down the Cross (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
    7. Mechanix (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
    8. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (demo) (Remastered)
    9. The Skull Beneath the Skin (demo) (Remastered)
    10. Mechanix (demo) (Remastered)

    Megadeth
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Awaiting Repress) Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Awaiting Repress)

    A bona-fide thrash metal masterpiece, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? combines a punkish political awareness with a dark, threatening, typically heavy metal worldview and it remains one of the most powerful and contagious thrash records of the era. It catapulted Megadeth into the mainstream music scene and earned them worldwide attention from both critics and the heavy metal community alike. In addition to the propulsive title track, the album features the scorchers Wake Up Dead, Black Friday and My Last Words among others.
    1. Wake Up Dead
    2. The Conjuring
    3. Peace Sells
    4. Devil's Island
    5. Good Mourning/Black Friday
    6. Bad Omen
    7. I Ain't Superstitious
    8. My Last Words
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  • Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress) Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress)

    Deluxe five CD + triple vinyl LP pressing of the Metal band's 1986 album, released to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of its release. This edition of the multi-platinum selling landmark album includes not only the two CD expanded edition but also a bonus CD containing previously unreleased and rare mixes of the album's tracks as well as an expanded 20-page book, plus 8x10 photos and reproductions of vintage Megadeth memorabilia.
    CD 1: Original Album/Remastered 2011

    1. Wake Up Dead
    2. The Conjuring

    3. Peace Sells
    4. Devils Island
    5. Good Mourning/Black Friday

    6. Bad Omen
    7. I Ain't Superstitious

    8. My Last Words


    CD 2: Remixed & Remastered Versions from 2004

    1. Wake Up Dead
    2. The Conjuring
    3. Peace Sells
    4. Devils Island
    5. Good Mourning/Black Friday

    6. Bad Omen

    7. I Ain't Superstitious

    8. My Last Words


    CD 3: Randy Burns Mixes Remastered 20011

    1. Wake Up Dead
    2. The Conjuring
    3. Peace Sells
    4. Devils Island
    5. Good Mourning/Black Friday

    6. Bad Omen
    7. I Ain't Superstitious

    8. My Last Words


    CD 4: Live at the Phantasy Theatre, Cleveland 1987

    1. Intro
    2. Wake Up Dead

    3. The Conjuring
    4. Bad Omen
    5. Rattlehead
    6. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good

    7. Looking Down The Cross
    8. My Last Words
    9. Peace Sells
    10. These Boots Were Made For Walkin'

    11. Devils Island
    12. Last Rites/Loved To Deth
    13. Mechanix


    CD 5: Hi-Res 24-bit/96k.wav audio files of original remastered album and live show - Original album/Remastered 2011

    1. Wake Up Dead
    2. The Conjuring
    3. Peace Sells
    4. Devils Island
    5. Good Mourning/Black Friday

    6. Bad Omen
    7. I Ain't Superstitious

    8. My Last Words


    LP 1: Original Album/Remastered 2011
    1. Wake Up Dead
    2. The Conjuring
    3. Peace Sells
    4. Devils Island
    5. Good Mourning/Black Friday
    6. Bad Omen
    7. I Ain't Superstitious

    8. My Last Words


    LP 2: Live at the Phantasy Theatre, Cleveland 1987
    1. Intro
    2. Wake Up Dead
    3. The Conjuring

    4. Bad Omen
    5. Rattlehead
    6. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good
    7. Looking Down The Cross


    LP 3: Live at the Phantasy Theatre, Cleveland 1987

    1. My Last Words
    2. Peace Sells
    3. These Boots Were Made For Walkin'

    4. Devils Island
    5. Last Rites/Loved To Deth

    6. Mechanix

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  • So Far So Good So What! So Far So Good So What! Quick View

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    So Far So Good So What!

    Following the release of 1986's heavy metal classic Peace Sells But Who's Buying?, half of Megadeth's original line-up abruptly split. Guitarist Chris Poland and drummer Gar Samuelson parted, leaving the band in the hands of guitarist/singer Dave Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson. They were up to the challenge as their subsequent release of So Far, So Good...So What? helped solidify the band as one of speed metal's leading acts. Highlights include the band's reworking of the Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the U.K. and a tribute to Metallica's late bassist Cliff Burton on In My Darkest Hour among others. Here on Limited Edition 180g Vinyl.
    1. Into the Lungs of Hell
    2. Set the World Afire
    3. Anarchy in the U.K.
    4. Mary Jane
    5. 502
    6. In My Darkest Hour
    7. Liar
    8. Hook in Mouth
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  • Seasons In The Abyss (Awaiting Repress) Seasons In The Abyss (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Seasons In The Abyss (Awaiting Repress)

    After staking out new territory with the underrated South of Heaven, Slayer brought back some of the pounding speed of Reign in Blood for their third major-label album, Seasons in the Abyss. Essentially, Seasons fuses its two predecessors, periodically kicking up the mid-tempo grooves of South of Heaven with manic bursts of aggression. War Ensemble and the title track each represented opposite sides of the coin, and they both earned Slayer their heaviest MTV airplay to date. In fact, Seasons in the Abyss is probably their most accessible album, displaying the full range of their abilities all in one place, with sharp, clean production. Since the band is refining rather than progressing or experimenting, Seasons doesn't have quite the freshness of its predecessors, but aside from that drawback, it's strong almost all the way from top to bottom (with perhaps one or two exceptions). Lyrically, the band rarely turns to demonic visions of the afterlife anymore, preferring instead to find tangible horror in real life -- war, murder, human weakness. There's even full-fledged social criticism, which should convince any doubters that Slayer aren't trying to promote the subjects they sing about. Like Metallica's Master of Puppets or Megadeth's Peace Sells...but Who's Buying, Seasons in the Abyss paints Reagan-era America as a cesspool of corruption and cruelty, and the music is as devilishly effective as ever.


    - Steve Huey (All Music Guide)

    1. War Ensemble
    2. Blood Red
    3. Spirit In Black
    4. Expendable Youth
    5. Dead Skin Mask
    6. Hallowed Point
    7. Skeletons Of Society
    8. Temptation
    9. Born Of Fire
    10. Seasons In The Abyss
    Slayer
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  • Countdown To Extinction Countdown To Extinction Quick View

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    Countdown To Extinction

    Picture Disc


    Megadeth's iconic Countdown To Extinction is now available as a limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S. The album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and features the 2004 remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original tracklisting. The album is packaged in a clear plastic
    sleeve.


    1992 saw the release of the Grammy nominated, double platinum release of Countdown to Extinction. It debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and features the singles "Sweating Bullets," "Foreclosure Of A Dream" and "Symphony Of Destruction," all of which went Top 30 on the Mainstream Rock
    charts, with the latter making The Billboard Hot 100.

    1. Skin O' My Teeth
    2. Symphony Of Destruction
    3. Architecture Of Aggression
    4. Foreclosure Of A Dream
    5. Sweating Bullets
    6. This Was My Life
    7. Countdown To Extinction
    8. High Speed Dirt
    9. Psychotron
    10. Captive Honour
    11. Ashes In Your Mouth
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  • The System Has Failed The System Has Failed Quick View

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    The System Has Failed

    Import


    Purple Colored Vinyl - 1,000 Only


    When Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with radial neuropathy (strained nerves in his left arm and hand) in 2002, it almost meant the end of Megadeth after two decades of thrash metal. Megadeth's first years are deemed legendary with classic albums such as Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction. Then in 2004 Mustaine resurrected Megadeth and released The System Has Failed. A surprise return including Chris Poland on guitar whom Mustaine fired after the masterful Peace Sells album. This re-pairing makes the album even more ferocious than the good old fashioned Megadeth thrash is all about. Dave Mustaine is going for that vibe on Back In The Day and he infuses it with melodic songwriting which makes this an outstanding Megadeth album, if not, the best Metal Album of 2004!

    1. Blackmail The Universe
    2. Die Dead Enough
    3. Kick The Chair
    4. The Scorpion
    5. Tears In A Vial
    6. I Know Jack
    7. Back In The Day
    8. Something That I'm Not
    9. Truth Be Told
    10. Of Mice And Men
    11. Shadow Of Deth
    12. My Kingdom
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  • Super Collider Super Collider Quick View

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    Super Collider

    Iconic thrash metallers Megadeth revealed today the title of their upcoming album due to be released in June 2013. Super Collider was the chosen name for the fourteenth full-length studio album. Megadeth's Super Collider is the first release through Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft, to be distributed worldwide by Universal Music Enterprises.


    Mustaine said during a break in the sessions: "It was a real thrill for us to learn there was an opportunity to join Universal. It seems like every time you see a great band or music video, it comes from the Universal label. Being with Universal is by far the most exciting and prestigious home for Megadeth ever! We are electrified with what the future holds and the possibilities such a powerhouse like Universal will bring for us all. We have worked with some great people over the years, and it is amazing to see so many of them on the Universal team for our new record, Super Collider. If Megadeth being here isn't satiating enough, having Tradecraft as my own label is going to be really amazing for metal bands around the world."


    Mustaine added: "Shawn, Chris and David have all been feverishly contributing some great music and I believe we are doing our best work ever together in the studio right now!"

    1. Kingmaker

    2. Super Collider

    3. Burn!
    4. Built For War

    5. Off the Edge

    6. Dance in the Rain (Featuring David Draiman)

    7. The Beginning of Sorrow
    8. The Blackest Crow

    9. Forget to Remember (Featuring David Draiman)

    10. Don't Turn Your Back

    11. Cold Sweat
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    Youthanasia

    Picture Disc


    Megadeth's iconic Youthanasia is now available as a limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S.The album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and features the 2004 remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original tracklisting. The album is packaged in a clear plastic sleeve.

    1. Reckoning Day
    2. Train Of Consequences
    3. Addicted To Chaos
    4. A Tout Le Monde
    5. Elysian Fields
    6. The Killing Road
    7. Blood Of Heroes
    8. Family Tree
    9. Youthanasia
    10. I Thought I Knew It All
    11. Black Curtains
    12. Victory
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  • Dystopia Dystopia Quick View

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    Dystopia

    Megadeth storm back onto the scene with their 15th studio album, Dystopia. With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold).


    Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine's intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs , paying homage to Megadeth's influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.

    1. The Threat Is Real
    2. Dystopia
    3. Fatal Illusion
    4. Death From Within
    5. Bullet To The Brain
    6. Post American World
    7. Poisonous Shadows
    8. Conquer Or Die
    9. Lying In State
    10. The Emperor
    11. Foreign Policy
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    The Grinding Wheel

    Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like "Death Rider," "The Beast Within," and "Raise The Dead" already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.


    Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.


    But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. "It just makes sense for us," reflects D.D. "If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing "Grinder," the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work."


    "One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time," seconds Blitz. "Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics."


    Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in "Come Heavy" and Iron Maiden in "The Long Road" and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.


    "Punk is huge for Overkill," confirms Verni. "And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world."


    Central to that premise is the incendiary "Let's All Go to Hades" which is sure to become a pit favourite. "This one was a hell of a lot of fun," says Blitz. "You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more."


    Adds D.D., "It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes."


    Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is "Our Finest Hour." "It's about the recognition of sameness," explains Ellsworth. "I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune."


    At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like "The Long Road." D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. "Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.


    More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on "Our Finest Hour," is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.


    "I've had that kind of sound now for a long time," says Verni. "There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars."


    This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. "Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds."


    Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.


    "That's the strength of the band," explains Blitz. "Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization."


    And Ron? "He's one-of-a-kind," says Verni. "He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it."


    After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.


    "I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.


    But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.


    "For sure," says Blitz. "One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear."

    1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
    2. Goddamn Trouble
    3. Our Finest Hour
    4. Shine On
    5. The Long Road
    6. Let's All Go To Hades
    7. Come Heavy
    8. Red, White And Blue
    9. The Wheel
    10. The Grinding Wheel
    11. Emerald
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    Songs From The Garage (Pink Vinyl)

    Pink Colored Vinyl


    Features AC/DC Lead Vocalist Brian Johnson


    Guitars And Production Duties Handled By Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat, Bleeding Through, Cradle Of Filth And More)



    Whether it's Spinal Tap gloriously losing the plot, the escapades of Tenacious D getting them into trouble, or the phenomenon that is Dethklok tearing up the album charts, comedy and heavy music have long made for great bedfellows. Jim Breuer is a man who understands this, and with Songs From The Garage, his first full-length with longtime backing band The Regulators, he delivers both in his inimitable style. "I basically want the crowd to have a blast, and I write what I feel that I would love if I was in the crowd. So, going into the record the music had to be killer and have great hooks, that was most important, and I wanted to balance that with something that's funny," he enthuses. "I wanted to bring the smile back to hard rock that has a nice punch to it - and in doing so hopefully bridge the gap so my generation and their kids will come see this live together!"


    In realizing this, Breuer has delivered a record that is pure, unadulterated fun, and yes, it rocks. From crunchy opening romp "Thrash" through the swaggering "Who Better Than Us?" to the gloriously deranged excitement suffusing "Sugar Rush", his exuberance is infectious, and he challenges you to keep your ass from shaking and the corners of your mouth twitching while it thunders from the speakers. Throughout, his influences bleed through, comfortably blurring the line between hard rock and metal while every anthemic chorus lodges irrevocably in the hippocampus. While a great many 'comedy rock' records are ultimately pretty throwaway and last as long as the joke stays funny, this is not the case with Songs From The Garage. True to his game plan, Breuer has made great songs, ones that persistently draw a smile and will fit comfortably when shuffled among the likes of Megadeth, AC/DC, Judas Priest and more contemporary bands, such as Avenged Sevenfold and Halestorm.


    Having finally made the album that has been burning to get out of him since his teens, Breuer couldn't be happier with the result. Though he has fulfilled one rock and roll dream with its completion, it certainly does not mean he's about to kick back and leave it at that. "I plan on making great, funny videos for every song and have videos up during the concerts. I want pure entertainment when you come see this live, and now my rock and roll dream is to play this not only here in America, but anywhere else in the world that will accept it! I'm taking it one day at a time, living the dream."

    1. Thrash
    2. Raising Teenage Girls
    3. Old School
    4. Be a Dick 2nite
    5. My Rock n Roll Dream
    6. Mr. Rock n Roll
    7. Who's Better Than Us?!
    8. Family Warrior
    9. Sugar Rush
    10. Wannabe
    11. The Unexplained
    Jim Breuer And The Loud & Rowdy
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    The Vinyl Conflict (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress)

    Included Are Reproductions Of The Original Lp Artwork, Including Inner Sleeve Art, All In Heavyweight, Litho-wrapped Chip Jackets


    The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Each album has been remastered from the original flat master tapes and is pressed on the highest quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl.


    Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer rose to fame with its 1986 release Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Between 1991 and 2013, the band sold 4.9 million albums in the United States.


    Slayer's musical style involves fast tremolo picking, double bass drumming, riffs in irregular scales and shouted vocals. In the original line-up, King, Hanneman, and lead vocalist/bassist Tom Araya contributed to the band's lyrics, and most of the band's music was written by King and Hanneman, with additional help from Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. The band's lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as serial killers, necrophilia, Satanism, religion, anti-religion, Nazism, and warfare, have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits, and criticism from religious groups and the public. However, its music has been highly influential, often being cited by many bands as an influence musically, visually, and lyrically.

    LP1 - Reign In Blood
    1. Reign In Blood
    2. Angel Of Death

    3. Piece By Piece

    4. Necrophobic
    5. Altar Of Sacrifice
    6. Jesus Saves
    7. Criminally Insane
    8. Reborn
    9. Epidemic

    10. Postmortem

    11. Raining Blood


    LP2 - South Of Heaven
    1. South Of Heaven
    2. Silent Scream

    3. Live Undead
    4. Behind The Crooked Cross
    5. Mandatory Suicide
    6. Ghosts Of War

    7. Read Between The Lies
    8. Cleanse The Soul
    9. Dissident Aggressor

    10. Spill The Blood


    LP3 - Seasons In The Abyss
    1. War Ensemble
    2. Blood Red

    3. Spirit In Black

    4. Expendable Youth
    5. Dead Skin Mask

    6. Hallowed Point

    7. Skeletons Of Society

    8. Temptation

    9. Born Of Fire
    10. Seasons In The Abyss


    LP4 - Live: Decade Of Aggression
    1. Hell Awaits
    2. The Anti-Christ

    3. War Ensemble
    4. South Of Heaven
    5. Raining Blood

    6. Altar Of Sacrifice
    7. Jesus Saves
    8. Dead Skin Mask
    9. Seasons In The Abyss

    10. Mandatory Suicide

    11. Angel Of Death


    LP5 - Live: Decade Of Aggression
    1. Hallowed Point
    2. Blood Red
    3. Die By The Sword
    4. Black Magic
    5. Captor Of Sin
    6. Born Of Fire
    7. Postmortem
    8. Spirit In Black
    9. Expendable Youth
    10. Chemical Warfare


    LP6 - Divine Intervention
    1. Killing Fields
    2. Sex. Murder, Art.
    3. Fictional Reality
    4. Dittohead
    5. Divine Intervention

    6. Circle Of Beliefs

    7. SS-3
    8. Serenity In Murder

    9. 213
    10. Mind Control


    LP7 - Undisputed Attitude
    1. Disintegration / Free Money
    2. Verbal Abuse / Leeches
    3. Abolish Government / Superficial Love
    4. Can't Stand You
    5. Ddamm
    6. Guilty Of Being White

    7. I Hate You
    8. Filler / I Don't Want To Hear It

    9. Spiritual Law
    10. Sick Boy
    11. Mr. Freeze
    12. Violent Pacification
    13. Richard Hung Himself
    14. I'm Gonna Be Your God
    15. Gemini


    LP8 - Diabolus In Musica
    1. Bitter Peace
    2. Death's Hand
    3. Stain Of Mind
    4. Overt Enemy
    5. Perversions Of Pain

    6. Love To Hate
    7. Desire
    8. In The Name Of God
    9. Scrum
    10. Screaming From The Sky

    11. Point


    LP9 - God Hates Us All
    1. Darkness Of Christ
    2. Disciple
    3. God Send Death
    4. New Faith
    5. Cast Down
    6. Threshold
    7. Exile
    8. Seven Faces
    9. Bloodline
    10. Deviance
    11. War Zone
    12. Here Comes The Pain
    13. Payback


    LP10 - Christ Illusion
    1. Flesh Storm
    2. Catalyst
    3. Skeleton Christ
    4. Eyes Of The Insane
    5. Jihad
    6. Consfearacy
    7. Catatonic
    8. Black Serenade
    9. Cult
    10. Supremist
    11. Final Six


    LP11 - World Painted Blood
    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

    Slayer
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    So Far, So Good, So What

    Picture Disc


    Megadeth's So Far, So Good, So What is now available as a limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S. The album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and features the 2004 remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original tracklisting. The album is packaged in a clear plastic sleeve.


    1988's So Far, So Good So What! reached No. 28 on The Billboard Top 200 and features "In My Darkest Hour," Dave Mustaine's dark and heavy ode to the late Cliff Burton, the fast-paced "Hook In The Mouth" and a cover of "Anarchy In The U.K.," further bridging the gap between punk and metal and featuring original Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones.

    1. Into The Lungs Of Hell
    2. Set The World Afire
    3. Anarchy In The U.K.
    4. Mary Jane
    5. 502
    6. In My Darkest Hour
    7. Liar
    8. Hook In Mouth
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    Souls Of Black

    Import

    Souls Of Black is the fourth studio album by American Thrash Metal band Testament. The album was released in 1990. It preceded several changes in style to rather diverse styles of Metal, including the traditional Heavy Metal sound heard in its succeeding album, The Ritual. In order to promote Souls of Black, Testament supported Megadeth, Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies in Europe on the Clash of the Titans tour.


    Souls of Black is also seen as an influential guitar album, being ranked number nine on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1990.

    1. Beginning Of The End
    2. Fate In The Sky
    3. Falling Fast
    4. Souls Of Black
    5. Absence Of Light
    6. Love To Hate
    7. Malpractice
    8. One Man's Fate
    9. The Legacy
    10. Seven Days Of May
    Testament
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    Screaming For Vengeance (Awaiting Repress)

    Screaming for Vengeance on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label


    Double-Platinum 1982 Blockbuster Remains Judas Priest's Most Commercially Successful LP


    Includes Electric Eye, Screaming for Vengeance, You've Got Another Thing Comin'


    Dual Magnesium-Burn Guitars, Leather-Tough Percussion, Molten-Hot Melodies Help Form Triangular Equilibrium of Speed, Accessibility, and Attitude


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    You've got another thing comin'! Distinguished by dual magnesium-burn guitars, leather-tough percussion, molten-hot melodies, and the unmistakable piercing falsetto of operatic vocalist, Screaming for Vengeance became the soundtrack to millions of music lovers' lives in the early 1980s as Judas Priest continued to lay waste to its contemporaries' softer, cheesier hard-rock styles. An effort on which precision-based speed, mainstream accessibility, and resilient attitude meet in triangular equilibrium, the 1982 set remains the British metal legends' top-selling record.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Series numbered limited edition LP shows off the grand intersection of daring adventure and commercial purpose achieved via ironclad production values and entrenched grooves. The latter particularly benefit from this analog pressing, as the group never overlooks the importance of rhythm and pace even when stoking tempos to engine-combusting levels. Leagues ahead of the sonics gracing its peers' albums from the time, the sense of balance, separation, and realism is on par with that of big-budget rock creations.


    Staked by the breakout "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," which burns white-hot with foot-pounding riffs, prize-fighting percussion, and singer Rob Halford's gun-for-hire blare, Screaming for Vengeance clutches hold of the jugular and doesn't let go. A return to the band's gritty, purist roots, the record revisits the themes of darkness, menace, and the unknown firmly established on the pioneering Stained Class and Killing Machine. Along with those albums, and British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance is the template for the catchy albeit uncompromisingly heavy crossover success Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax enjoyed years later.


    With the one-two opening tandem of the instrumental "The Hellion" and stomping "Electric Eye," overseen by Halford as if he's embodying the persona of a wicked James Bond villain, Priest sounds utterly futuristic and terrifying, the instruments seemingly on a swivel and the sawed-off tones flooding the guitar solos with intimidation. A classic head-out-to-the highway anthem ("Riding on the Wind"), a racing proto-thrash banger ("Screaming for Vengeance"), and a scorching exorcism ("Devil's Child") function as the metal-hued bolts that hold the foundations of this Top 20-charting benchmark in place.


    Perhaps more so here than on any other record, Priest spit-shines hooks and collusive six-string harmonic leads to perfection, giving listeners ying-yang doses of pain and pleasure, sweet and bitter. Songs at once invite sing-a-longs and fist-pumping responses. Screaming for Vengeance marked the last time Priest would sound this heavy in the 80s. No wonder it was voted the 12th best metal album of all time in Martin Popoff's definitive book of the same name.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Hellion
    2. Electric Eye
    3. Riding on the Wind
    4. Bloodstone
    5. (Take These) Chains
    6. Pain and Pleasure
    7. Screaming for Vengeance
    8. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
    9. Fever
    10. Devil's Child
    Judas Priest
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    Persistence Of Time

    In 1990, while making Persistence of Time, the members of Anthrax looked up from their comic books, quit joking around, and realized they were going to die someday. But unlike its Big Four brethren (Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth), the Fourth Horseband of the Thrashpocalypse didn't celebrate the coming of the grim reaper. The aptly named Persistence of Time opens with the ticking of a clock and unleashes heart-pounding waves of existential dread, stylistic evolution, and white-hot anger at death itself.


    Cut at Mobile Fidelity by engineer Krieg Wunderlich and afforded requisite groove space for the first time ever on a proper 2LP pressing that accommodates the band's longer songs, Anthrax's 1990 magnum opus sounds as genuine, forceful, and uncompromising as the songs' urgent lyrics and thematic struggles. Serious and complex, this definitive analog pressing of Persistence of Time-known by fans as POT-presents the vital music as a furious blend of dynamic speed and three-dimensional heaviness.


    Seething anthems like Keep it in the Family and In My World give way to straight-ahead headbangers like H8 Red and a rapid-paced cover of Joe Jackson's Got the Time. Guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz converse with mosquito whines and monster-truck thunder. Intro to Reality forms a prog-inspired cocoon with harmonizing twin guitars and contemplative resonance until Frank Bello's thundering bass hacks its way out and leads straight into the bare-knuckle Belly of the Beast." Throughout, Charlie Benante's virtuosic drumming accelerates and slows the crashing pulse of Anthrax's last album until 2011 to feature Joey Belladonna's riotous vocals.


    The band's darkest affair, Persistence of Time shakes its fist at mortality, snarls at wasted life, and pits burgeoning maturity against livid, riff-driven metal. Tackling more grown-up motifs, extended arrangements, and slower time signatures than on albums past, the group manages to preserve its youthful energy while expanding beyond the borders of thrash.


    Persistence of Time is timeless.

    1. Time
    2. Blood
    3. Keep It in the Family
    4. In My World

    5. Gridlock
    6. Intro to Reality
    7. Belly of the Beast
    8. Got the Time
    9. H8 Red
    10. One Man Stands
    11. Discharge
    Anthrax
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    God Hates Us All (Awaiting Repress)

    While thrash-metal peers Metallica and Megadeth have mellowed both musically and lyrically, Slayer's music and message remains unrelentingly anti-nearly-everything and almost unspeakably brutal. Without significant radio airplay, the hard-core California-bred quartet has amassed a loyal fan base that will not be disappointed by the 42 minutes of sheer aggression found on God Hates Us All. The twin-guitar onslaught of Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, coupled with the rapid heartbeat double bass drums of Paul Bostaph, match the often sacrilegious and abhorrent-to-many lyrics, made even more disturbing by the fact that the album's release coincided with the World Trade Center tragedy.


    This is metal for atheists, as King writes terrifyingly prophetically: Pessimist, terrorist, targeting the next mark/ Global chaos feeding on hysteria. In keeping with the album's doomsday outlook, New Faith offers: Welcome to the horror of the Revelation. A terrifyingly vitriolic and too-real album, God Hates Us All more than earns the parental advisory sticker it carries.


    --Katherine Turman

    1. Darkness of Christ
    2. Disciple
    3. God Send Death
    4. New Faith
    5. Cast Down
    6. Threshold
    7. Exile
    8. Seven Faces
    9. Bloodline
    10. Deviance
    11. War Zone
    12. Here Comes The Pain
    13. Payback
    Slayer
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    The vibrant cover art of Megadeth's 15th studio album is now featured on vinyl. Thrash metal genre pioneers MEGADETH landed their new album, DYSTOPIA, at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN. With new band members in place Dystopia marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album.


    Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine's intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs, paying homage to Megadeth's influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.

    1. The Threat Is Real
    2. Dystopia
    3. Fatal Illusion
    4. Death From Within
    5. Bullet To The Brain
    6. Post American World
    7. Poisonous Shadows
    8. Conquer Or Die
    9. Lying In State
    10. The Emperor
    11. Foreign Policy
    Megadeth
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    The Grinding Wheel (Yellow And Black Vinyl)

    Pressed On Yellow And Black Vinyl

    Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like Death Rider, The Beast Within, and Raise The Dead already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby Blitz Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.

    Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.

    But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. It just makes sense for us, reflects D.D. If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing Grinder, the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work.

    One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time, seconds Blitz. Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics.

    Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in Come Heavy and Iron Maiden in The Long Road and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.

    Punk is huge for Overkill, confirms Verni. And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world.

    Central to that premise is the incendiary Let's All Go to Hades which is sure to become a pit favourite. This one was a hell of a lot of fun, says Blitz. You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more.

    Adds D.D., It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes.

    Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is Our Finest Hour. It's about the recognition of sameness, explains Ellsworth. I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune.

    At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like The Long Road. D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

    More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on Our Finest Hour, is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.

    I've had that kind of sound now for a long time, says Verni. There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars.

    This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds.

    Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.

    That's the strength of the band, explains Blitz. Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization.

    And Ron? He's one-of-a-kind, says Verni. He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it.

    After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.

    I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.

    But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.

    For sure, says Blitz. One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear.

    1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
    2. Goddamn Trouble
    3. Our Finest Hour
    4. Shine On
    5. The Long Road
    6. Let's All Go To Hades
    7. Come Heavy
    8. Red, White And Blue
    9. The Wheel
    10. The Grinding Wheel
    11. Emerald
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    Refuge Denied (1987) is the first album by the Seattle Thrash Metal band Sanctuary. Dave Mustaine took the honor to produce Refuge Denied, and to good effect. Its sonic recipe boasts some excellent guitar riffing by the band's guitar players Lenny Rutledge and Sean Blosl, accompanied by aggressive but melodic vocals by Warrel Dane and driving bass lines by Jim Sheppard. It even features a cover version of Jefferson's Airplane White Rabbit. Refuge Denied is one of those albums that is both typical to its time period, yet reflects the atypical and chaotic character of its type. Straightforward songs like Battle Angels features their heavy riffs and falsetto vocals by Dane. Their heavy work can be heard on songs like Die for My Sins, with indelible choruses and trashy riffing. The album would prove to be the stepping stone to the equally excellent follow-up Into The Mirror Black. Dane and Sheppard would later form Prog Metal kings Nevermore.


    Initially picked up by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Sanctuary recorded two albums for Epic and unfortunately disbanded not long after. In 2010 they reformed and to this day they're still performing. The lead vocalist position was held by Warrel Dane until his death in 2017.

    1. Battle Angels
    2. Termination Force
    3. Die For My Sins
    4. Soldiers Of Steel
    5. Sanctuary
    6. White Rabbit
    7. Ascension To Destiny
    8. The Third War
    9. Veil Of Disguise
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