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Artist Type O Negative Dead Again Rock Pop Heavy Metal Compact Disc

Release Date: 12 February 2008. Attributes: Incl.Bonus Dvd Discs:2. Label: Steamhammer/Spv (Ger) ( STMH ). Product Type: Compact Disc. Catalog : 99198. UPC: 693723030722. Configuration: D: CD. Before Type O Negative, there was really no such thing as goth metal. And the group that hails from the bowels of Brooklyn (not Transylvania, as some assume) is still at it, on their sixth studio album overall — and first for the SPV label — 2007’s Dead Again. Unbelievably heavy sludge riffs are still a main ingredient, as well as singer Pete Steele’s ongoing “Kill me, I’m in agony” lyrics, and vocals that sometimes sound quite Bela Lugosi-esque. The album-opening title track may very well be the most melodic song the band has ever recorded, but the Type O we all know and love is lurking right around the bend, especially on such tracks as “The Profits of Doom” (the album’s original working title), “She Burned Me Down,” and “An Ode to Locksmiths,” the latter of which contains a guitar riff so Tony Iommi-esque that it sounds straight off of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. With Dead Again, Type O Negative delivers another album of dark tales and even darker riffs, and will reassure morose metalheads that they can still count on Steele to spread the misery. Greg Prato, Rovi.

Sepultura A Lex Product Type Compact Disc Heavy Metal Music Rock

Track Title. 1 A-Lex I. 2 Moloko Mesto. 3 Filthy Rot. 4 We`Ve Lost You. 5 What I Do. 6 A-Lex Ii. 7 The Treatment. 8 Metamorphosis. 9 Sadistic Values. 10 Forceful Behavior. 11 Conform. 12 A-Lex Iii. 13 The Experiment. 14 Strike. 15 Enough Said. 16 Ludwig Van. 17 Alex Iv. 18 Paradox. Never let it be said that Sepultura are not ambitious. A-Lex is a concept album whose lyrics were inspired by Anthony Burgess’ book A Clockwork Orange, which was the basis for the Stanley Kubrick film. And the impressive thing is that Sepultura pull this off without sounding either geeky or pretentious. For all its intellect, this early-2009 release doesn’t sacrifice anything when it comes to intensity; this is a vicious, loud sledgehammer of an album, and the kids in the mosh pit will have no problem connecting with alternative metal scorchers like “Filthy Rot,” “The Treatment,” “Paradox,” and “Forceful Behavior” on a gut level. The Clockwork Orange angle is intriguing if one has either read Burgess’ book or seen Kubrick’s 1971 film, but for metalheads, the bottom line is that Sepultura have no problem bringing the noise — and Derrick Green’s angry lead vocals are an important part of A-Lex’s intensity. There was a time when the idea of Sepultura recording without Max Cavalera (their former lead singer) seemed unthinkable; Cavalera played a vital role on pre-Green albums such as 1991’s Arise and 1993’s Chaos AD But the incendiary Green turned out to be a fine replacement after Cavalera left Sepultura to form Soulfly in 1996, and he certainly helps bassist Paulo Jr., guitarist Andreas Kisser, and drummer Jean Dolabella get the job done nicely on A-Lex. Paulo, it should be noted, is the only remaining member of Sepultura’s original 1984 lineup. Personnel changes can have a very negative effect on a band, but Sepultura have maintained their vitality all these years — and that vitality is alive and well on the superb A-Lex. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi.