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Death and Insanity

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1. Death and Insanity
2. Goblet of Gore
3. Lethal Tendencies
4. Obituary
5. Plea of the Aged
6. Suicide/D.I.E. (Death in Effect)
7. Attack of the Iguana
8. Nefarious
9. Nobody Lives Forever
10. Death and Insanity (Reprise)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Distribution, in
  • ASIN: B00000E733
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melkor on May 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Right off the bat the production values strike you as better than Venom but worse than Show No Mercy by Slayer. Producer Brian Slagel and guitarist David Stuart find one of the strangest sounds for metal guitar to that point, but the riffs abound for those who delve into this southern metal cauldron and a couple of anthems to boot arise for your trouble.

"Goblet of Gore" is about as classic as 80's speed metal gets, with one of the most underrated bridge chants in metal history. Vocalist Stacy Anderson is actually discernible without the lyric sheet and the band shows surprising taste with the all- to- brief acoustic piece "Obitiuary". For the most part, the Hallowed ones stick with a mid-paced tempo, really only hitting overdrive on the insane "Suicide".

Hallows Eve were always a band born from the underground, so expect no mainstream leanings here. There are some weaker efforts, and the album definitely sounds dated, but the band avoided the sterotypical falsettos and shrieks and managed a few bowel grinding growls and melodicism, something often devoid from generic thrash bands.

Arguably, the bands third track is their best known and thickest. "Lethal Tendencies" was featured on the critically acclaimed "River's Edge" movie soundtrack and encapsulates the feel of this album perfectly. Hallows Eve will never be known as ground breaking, but this album reminds me a lot of the Evil Dead movies, a cult classic but missed by the majority of metal heads. The lyrics are typical death and horror but the vibe is... I don't know... different than most bands during the period. There is a genuine feel of glee, fun, and innocence with these Georgia thrashers. The fact that these guys have reunited to enthusiastic support in 2005 should give some indication as to their continued underground popularity. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By (...) on November 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Goblet of Gore is one of the greatest metal songs of all time. Yes, I did say that. It is a true masterpiece. The production on this album is kinda bad, and the guitar sound is odd, but I would pay double just to have Goblet of Gore. We the people shall destroy...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Dechiara on February 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Death and Insanity is different from a lot of its genres' music that came out in the 80's. For the style (which could be considered thrash, heavy metal, speed metal...) it's full of mature arrangements and good musicianship. It has a raw-play from the heart-no holds barred feel. The whole album has a continuity from beginning to end. The opening, memorable riff is brought back in a fade in-fade out at the end. Every song holds up and stands on it's own.

Stacy's voice is memorable for it's distinct tone. He also can add a great growl in places that fits the music perfectly.

There are no production differences in any song which adds to the homogenity of the album. The production is not the best, but it's perfect for this album. It has it's own sound and shouldn't be tampered with.

When you can talk about death and insanity in a mature way with melody, crunchy riffs, and without a "kill you mother" attitude, you got a winner.

One of the most underrated bands of the 80's metal scene and a truely classic album.
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While in the process of re-building my 80's vinyl collections on digital, I suddenly remembered Hallows Eve. For those considering Hallows Eve, this is the disk to get if you buy only one. I forgot how good it was, and even without being digitally re-mastered, the CD conversion almost makes it sound as such. This would have gotten only 3 1/2 stars if this were an option...not so much for Hallows Eve's performance...but due to a not-insignificant track discrepancy. As the tracks lay out, D.I.E. is actually merged into a continuation of Track 6- Suicide, thus making Track 7 Attack of the Iguana (listed track 8). This might seem superficial to the layperson, however D.I.E. was, as I recall, one of the main "hits" of this album, where suicide was rather Punk/ S.O.D/ Suicidal Tendencies influenced filler. Now one must select track 6 and fast forward past suicide to get to one of the main gems that we all bought the vinyl for way back when.
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By Deimos on January 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Very gald these guys are back, this is the second album by Hallows Eve and it's brutal, hard edged, pure thrash the way it was ment to be. When I think of the pure 80's thrash metal sound I always think of Hallow's Eve and their first three glorious albums. Solid release, Worth every cent! \m/\m/
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