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Oppressing the Masses

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000008M19
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog on December 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Vio-lence aren't really a band that you just up and discover anymore, there are realistically two main reasons for getting into them nowadays. Firstly; because you are a fan of Machine Head and are curious to hear the band that featured Phil Demmel and Rob Flynn back before Machine Head formed, or secondly because you have gotten in to several other Thrash Metal bands and simply want some more.

If you do like Bay Area Thrash as a rule, then of course you should give Vio-lence a try and this album certainly is a strong effort by Vio-lence that is worth exploring.

Their first album Eternal Nightmare was a faster and more hammering example of the second wave Bay Area Thrash bands like Heathen and Forbidden, only without as many of the progressive tendencies of those bands, and their third album Nothing To Gain started to incorporate slower speeds and groove metal elements like a lot of Thrash Bands did when the musical climate shifted in the nineties.

Oppressing The Masses, Vio-lence's second studio album sits in between the two, still squatting on speedy and aggressive territory like all good classic Thrash albums should, but is also more considered, varied and mature than their debut.

Tracks like the prison themed `World Within A World' or the album opener `I Profit' display what Vio-lence are all about; lots of chugging, lots of double-kicks, fast but not particularly melodic guitar solos, gang-chanting backing vocals and Sean Killian's polarizing nasal lead singing.

How much you will enjoy the record depends entirely on what you wanted to get out of it in the first place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 23, 2014
Format: Audio CD
After Vio-lence released one of the most hardcore thrash albums of the '80's, “Eternal Nightmare,” they were signed by major label Megaforce and made some adjustments to their sound. “Oppressing the Masses” is a far more refined, controlled effort than their debut, which had an unpredictable feel like the wheels could come off the rail at any moment. While “Oppressing” is arguably as heavy as the first album, it shows more maturity and focus on strong songwriting. Whereas “Eternal Nightmare” went for blinding speed and ferocity, “Oppressing” makes more use of stomping grooves. Sean Killian's vocals are also slightly more refined, with his high pitch and quick delivery from the debut replaced with a more nasal-sounding sneer and a slower tempo, but he often sounds enough like his performance on “Eternal Nightmare” for his vocals to sound familiar. Highlights of the album are “I Profit,” “Officer Nice,” “Mentally Afflicted,” World in a World,” and “Liquid Courage,” but all the songs show off the strengths of the band. As most metal fans know, Vio-lence featured Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel in their days before Machine Head. With the shift to more groove-based riffs on this album, you can see them beginning to evolve towards the style Machine Head is known for. Vio-lence offers up some of the best underground thrash of the genre's golden years, mixing the viciousness of Exodus with the precision of Forbidden. For many years, they were my favorite band of that era. This band will always be one of the true legends of the underground.
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By John on March 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Great CD, probably one of the best from the glory days of thrash. Reunion plans in the works and hopefully a new CD. Definitely worth getting if you can find it.
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