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Review: Vio-lence - Eternal Nightmare
Eternal Nightmare

Label: Megaforce Records
Year released: 1988
Duration: 35:27
Tracks: 7
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 28, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Readers Rating
Eternal Nightmare

Rated 4.66/5 (93.13%) (67 Votes)

Here it is, one of Thrash Metal's sacred cows and also one of its finest moments. Vio-lence's debut is highly regarded in almost every Thrash circle alive, and rightfully so. They didn't do anything terribly unique, but they played high-speed, head-bashing Thrash Fucking Metal better than a lot of other bands did, and this is a really cool album.

Things start off in fine form with the fantastic title track, which will shred and thrash your ass apart like a hungry wildebeast in the plains of Africa. The first thing you'll notice, perhaps even before the killer guitar tone and even better riff quality, is the vocals of Sean Killian. He has a higher pitched, punkish sort of voice, reminiscent of Bobby Blitz from Overkill, and his singing style is a crazed yammer. He sounds like he's bouncing off the walls, foaming at the mouth and ready to tear something apart, and despite what the pussies who don't like him might claim, he is perfect for this kind of music. Even if you don't think he has a good voice, you can't deny that much. The riffs are hard-edged and ballsy as fuck, pretty much exactly what you'd expect from this genre, except there are SO MANY OF THEM just flooding out of the gates and trampling over anyone stupid enough to get in the way. It's like that scene in Lion King where the beasts trample over Mufasa, except a lot cooler, and much more enjoyable to listen to. "Serial Killer" is another slab of barbed Metal thrashing that might be my favorite here, and it's followed right up with "Phobophobia," a monstrous, lethal song with enough riffs to fill the Statue of Liberty. The rest of the stuff here gets a bit samey and runs together a bit, but it doesn't deter the quality of Eternal Nightmare one bit. Get this if you like Heavy Metal as a musical genre in the least.

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