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Power & Pain/Ticket to Mayhem

WhiplashAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000024ZIN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stage Dive
2. Red Bomb
3. Last Man Alive
4. Message In Blood
5. War Monger
6. Power Thrashing Death
7. Stirring The Cauldron
8. Spit On Your Grave
9. Nailed To The Cross
10. Perpetual Warfare
11. Walk The Plank
12. Last Nail In The Coffin
13. Drowning In Torment
14. Burning Of Atlanta
15. Eternal Eyes
16. Snake Pit
17. Spiral Of Violence
18. Respect The Death
19. Perpetual Warfare

Editorial Reviews

Whiplash, a very important band in the mid eighties, forcing thrash metal to become the main extreme metal genre at that time, released 3 albums in that period. The first two are by far the best they recorded in the eighties. We are therefore proud to have releases these two together on one CD. Anyone who's into eighties thrash will be thrilled that it's finally on CD with the original covers in full on the booklet. This complete package also includes all lyrics from both albums and photos from the bandmembers.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Thrash Release... January 31, 2003
By MtlGod
Format:Audio CD
Raw and catchy, "Power And Pain" would be a great addition to the collection of any fan of the old school thrash scene. There is a tiny dash of hardcore fused into the sound, but not enough to toss Whiplash out of the thrash metal category. Great sing-along choruses are the strong point on this release, especially on tracks like "Last Man Alive". Although some may disagree, I feel that "Ticket To Mayhem" (the second album on this two-album collection) is the weaker of the two efforts, and just doesn't showcase the charm of "Power and Pain". Thus, the five star rating is actually for the "Power and Pain" album. Overall, this is a worthy release, and any thrash metal fan would certainly appreciate it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Classics here! May 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Since I have the original two albums on (Roadracer) separate CDs, I'll review them that way.

If you weren't part of the speed metal/thrash scene in the eighties than listening to this album will not give you the full effect of what this album is like. Back in '87 there were so many Thrash albums coming out, it was hard to tell what was good from what was standard or bad quality. Whiplash never made it: 1)because they were from New Jersey; 2)Roadracer failed to pay them for any of their (3) albums.

-Power and Pain-

It's generally a good album with the guitar work standing out the most. Tony, Tony and...Tony make some good music here that has the usual speed metal tempo for '85 while songs like "Nailed to the Cross" change tempo a little bit.

The drums are pretty standard but that was actually this bands main attraction back in the day. Tony Scaglione was most famous not for his drumming here but -and anybody who saw them in '86-'87 would know this- for being the Slayer drummer for the Reign in Blood tour while Dave was off gettin' married. Nevertheless, the drumming fits.

The bass work is alright, there are some cool fills. Apparently Bono died in '02 of a heart attack -rest in peace.

But the guitar work and vocal growl is the most standout thing about this band. The guitars are Megadeth/Metallicesque -hey they named themselves based on a song of Kill 'em All- but unique altogether. The high harmonics placed in between the muted open Es are killer.

Favorite songs are "Spit on your Grave", "Nailed to the Cross".

-Ticket to Mayhem-

One of the best Thrash Metal albums ever, and for me that's saying a lot (got hundreds if not thousands including demo tapes).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have 80's Metal August 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Any fan of true metal will appreciate this combination of albums. Overlooked by the mainsteam label fan during metal's peak when they came out, they're borderline thrash,speed and power metal. I'm not going to go song by song with the review, screeching vocals, lightining guitar riffs and bombastic drums should sum it up for these guys. I prefer "Ticket To Mayhem", which is one of those rare albums where you don't need to fastforward while listening because every song stands on it's own. If you liked early Overkill, Testament or Anthrax you will enjoy this combination of albums.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 THRASH CLASSICS ON ONE DISC !!! October 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
WHIPLASH is one of my all time favorite thrash bands, and they should have been huge. Top of the line musicianship from all three Tonys in the band (Portaro,Bono,Scaglione) and a tight and heavy thrash/speed sound. Portaro,in particular,is one of the best guitarists in this style of music ever, in my opinion. Plus his gut wrenching and shrill sounding vocals (not the over used and eventually ridiculous growling vocals of some "Death metal" bands trying to sound heavy or evil) made it all the better.Not only were the songs fast and heavy, but had almost memorable "hooks" for lack of a better word. "Last Man Alive", "Spit on your Grave" and "Nailed to the Cross" are all classics, but the whole LP is awesome. "Ticket to Mayhem" takes over where the first LP started, just as fast,heavy and tight."Snakepit" "Burning of Atlanta" and "Respect the Dead" are brilliant thrash pieces. Both of these are must haves for your collection. Much more talented than some of their counterparts who got big. Awesome stuff....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash metal at its fastest and most brutal October 30, 2006
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One wonders in the world of metal how extreme the form can be - sludge paced Sabbath influenced outfits like Crowbar, or a maniacal pace that verges on total breakdown yet keeps its refinement intact. Early thrashers like Exodus and Metallica invented this extreme offshoot of metal and as incredible as it may seem, did not claim the fastest crown. That accolade would probably go to Whiplash.

Obviously speed alone won't earn a band the crown. There has to be some chops going on, too, and the "Triple Tonys" deliver. This two-CD compilation is difficult to find but worth the chase. "Power & Pain" is slightly muddier mix-wise than its follow-up "Ticket To Mayhem" but it still sounds fine. The tempos are superhuman, the growling vocals like that of a castrated jaguar, and the guitars slice and dice like a chainsaw factory.

This music somewhat blurs the line between thrash and speedcore. Fans of Agnostic Front will dig this music, as will Ironchrist fans. It's unrelenting and pure. As one Creem magazine writer stated, and I paraphrase, "if you like your coffee black and your whiskey straight, Whiplash is your band." Nobody who considers Scorpions or Bon Jovi heavy need to apply here. It's metal for the truly faithful and has no sympathy for wimps.
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