Classic: Megadeth, Countdown To Extinction, 1992

megadeth - countdown to extinctionOkay, if you are even the slightest of metal fan, this is definitely one to own. Here Megadeth are on top of their game and deliver killer songs from start to finish.

Opening with Skin O’ My Teeth, we are welcomed into Mustaine´s world in a more than fitting way. And then it only gets better. Several songs on this disk rank among my all time favourites in the genre. Think Symphony Of Destruction, Foreclosure Of A Dream and the title track. All trademark songs with great melodies, lyrics and solos. And solos we get in abundance all around. Both Mustaine as Marty Friedman are in top form and trade licks and fretboard pyrotechnics like there´s no tomorrow.

But also tracks like the powerful Architecture Of Aggression, the imaginative Sweating Bullets or the entertaining This Was My Life deserve our undivided attention. Mustaine proves over and over he is great at writing lyrics: “when you kill a man you´re a murderer, when you kill many you are a conqueror. Kill them all oh you´re `God” , ” Better pray to God for your soul, cause your ass is mine”, all from Captive Honour just proves that point.

And if you do not care about the words but like metal / trash / loud guitars / whatever, then sit through this album without it putting a smile on your face…

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Classic: White Heart, Tales Of Wonder, 1992

white heart - tales of wonderOften the first album that you hear from a band (and like) becomes your favourite. In case of White Heart this was not the first album I heard, but definitely ranks among my personal faves from them. Several high profile musicians were part of this band (Dan Huff anyone?) so you know there must be something you can get out of it…

First thing to notice about this album is the unbelievable sound. Produced by members Billy Smiley and Mark Gersmehl, this is top notch in every way. Transparent, warm, clear, yet oh so powerful and dynamic.
Second are the clever lyrics. Okay, this is a Christian band, so yes, there is a message here and there. But it is not preaching and never distracts from the fact that this band rocks and writes damn catchy tunes.
Next high light are the players involved. Several lead singers, awesome guitar and keyboards, groovy bass and hard hitting drums.
So the opening duo of Raging Of The Moon and His Heart Was Always In It already make it clear the band mean business. The first with inventive lyric and arrangement, the second for being unbelievably catchy yet hard rocking. And the high quality is maintained throughout. Slow, fast, emotional or plain rocking, they pull it all off with ease and class.

So bottom line is that if you like good songs and mighty melodies, you ought to give this lot a chance. They have released numerous albums in the 80’s and 90’s but are alas non existent today. Pick this up and prepare to be blown away.