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Climbing the Walls

Wrathchild AmericaAudio Cassette
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette (August 18, 1989)
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000EBRH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Climbin' the Walls
2. Hell's Gate
3. No Deposit, No Return
4. Hernia
5. London After Midnight
6. Candy from a Madman
7. Silent Darkness (Smothered Life)
8. Time
9. Day of the Thunder

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I ain't got no money, and that ain't funny." January 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Along with Testament, Overkill, King's X, and a whole slew of other great bands, Wrathchild America had the misfortune of being "lost in the Atlantic". What that means is that they were signed to Atlantic records, un(der)promoted by the label, then unceremoniously dropped shortly afterward. What made W.A. stand out from their thrash metal brethren was that they were much bluesier. You could tell that from just listening to bassist/vocalist Brad Divens' whiskey drenched vocals. But that wasn't all. There were also elements of jazz and classical musical that could be heard. This was a band that should have been as famous as Metallica. I'm not exaggerating.

Formed in the early 1980s by guitarists Jay Abbene and Terry Carter, the band named themselves Wrathchild after the classic Iron Maiden song. A glam rock group from England threatened the American Wrathchild with legal action, causing the band to add "America" to their name. Later, they would add to their ranks Divens and an extremely gifted young drummer named Shannon Larkin, who is currently drumming for Godsmack. Nothing against the English (being almost half-English myself), but I think we had the better Wrathchild.

_Climbin' the Walls_ from 1989 is one of thrash metal's unsung treasures. The gamut is ran from the AC/DC meets Maiden title track to pure thrash ("Hell's Gates") to a very technical instrumental ("Hernia") to the creepy atmosphere of "London After Midinght" to a fine Pink Floyd cover ("Time") and to our final stop, the NWOBHM inspired "Day of the Thunder" - complete with tag team guitar solos. When so many of their fellow thrash bands tried to play as fast as possible, W.A. focused on variety and just plain good songwriting. Every song here is a winner.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "What happened to these guys?" album... October 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Wow. These guys rank up there with some of the best metal bands of all time, but did they ever get noticed at all? Not really. This is certainly a Lost Treasure pick. doesn't even have the songs listed on this album, so here they are:
Climbin' The Walls
Hell's Gates
No Deposit, No Return
Hernia (*Instrumental*)
London After Midnight
Candy From A Madman
Silent Darkness (Smothered Life)
Time (*Pink Floyd cover*)
Day Of The Thunder
*my comments in asterisks*
They sing about everything from getting drunk (No Deposit, No Return), Demon's (Hell's Gates), Vampires (London After Midnight), madmen (Candy From a Madman), to being buried alive (Silent Darkness). They play fast, heavy, and slightly-melodic, with great lyrics, and they bring it full-force with this album. They were a great band that just didn't make it big enough to get noticed and I wonder if they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is definitely a lost treasure.
I won't go into details about each song, but every song on here is a masterpiece that is sure to please anyone who likes their music heavy but intelligible. Even though they were an '80s metal band, they sounded more like '90s. (Just for clarification, '80s bands like Motley Crue, Dokken, and Firehouse were Pop Metal at best...Wrathchild America had more of an Iron Maiden or Metallica sound than that fluff.)
Their only other album I ever had (entitled "3-D") sucked, and I wondered if it was even the same band. And just as an aside: I heard they changed their name and went on to become known as 'Souls At Zero', but I haven't had the chance to check them out yet...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Butt !!!! November 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I must totally agree with the preceeding reveiw,,, this album kicks A !! I remember when this band toured PA.... no-one ever heard of them, but if i played their cover of Pink Floyds "Time", they wanted to know the band name and this album immediately!!! its a great, fast paced metal album. A must have!

Their 2nd album ( 3D )is not as ( shall i say ) "rythmic". but is very good, especially the instrumental. these guys were tight! If your a "metal head" like me you will appreciate what these guys did for their time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an awesome lost talent! March 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I happened to cross these guys many years ago in my youth when I worked doing stage setup for bands. I remember seeing them live and getting this orginal cassette during their initial roadshows. Needless to say, it remainedd in my car for many months. Very good live performance and just a great CD. I really thought these guys would make it and stumbling around on Amazon, I was suprised to find them here. Time to replace that old cassette.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest thrash bands on the 80's June 27, 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
it seems strange to me,that a band of such caliber as wrathchild america,never got the respect it deserved.
what we have here ,is a true masterpiece of heavy metal.
coming out in '89,the same year as 'alice in hell' and 'practice what you preach',sure as hell didnt contribute to the bands chance of being rememberd,but let me tell you:
this album rocks! fantastic players,great guitar riffs,
a realy good vocalist,some incredible middle sections through the longer songs, all of these make this a must for any self respecting metal fan.
listen to this c.d,youll thank me for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Late 80's classic June 27, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These guys are absolutely fantastic! Some fantastical, some funny, the styles run the gamut. Incredibly talented group that could have gone farther if the label had vision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well i am me, a lunatics friend
short and sweet on this one, BUY IT STUPID!!! you will be not be disappointed. songs like no deposit, no return, don't take candy from a madman ( good advice) and day of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by nick smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
I am satisfied with the CD. I been searching for the CD. All I have is the cassette version and irreplaceable.
Published 1 month ago by Tony H. Joe, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Heavy Metal/Thrash Debut from Wrathchild America
Wrathchild America was one of the more experimental bands of the late '80's, early '90's wave of American thrash, a group who avoided genre limitations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Get both of their albums and all of the Souls at Zero stuff. Original and damn good. I am glad they put these in mp3 format. I lost my discs of these. Thanks Amazon.
Published 3 months ago by Jason L. Stahr
5.0 out of 5 stars An ATF!
Been looking for this one for awhile. Underrated trash band from 80's-90's. Very cool to hear after so many years. CD got here quickly and in great condition
Published on November 6, 2011 by Ronnie Bywaters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great album
This is a great album, I used to have a cassette and it worn out, I'm glad I've found this CD. Sadly the next album of this band wasn't that great.
Published on March 29, 2011 by Giovanny Cedeno Kocher
4.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up 20 years on
It's been over 20 years now since April of 1989, when Atlantic released Wrathchild America's first (and best) LP "Climbin' the Walls. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by Tom P. the Underground Navigator
4.0 out of 5 stars wow Shannon Larkin?!
I saw Wrathchild in the late 80's before they had to change their name w/ the America. I saw them at Kramer's Lake in Evansville IN. Read more
Published on August 24, 2008 by Donald Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars totally agree
Nothing much more to say here, excellent CD. I was just listening to it today as a matter of fact. I just happened to stumble upon the re-releaase looking for new great stuff. Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by weamdog
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