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Annihilation Complete:The Early Years CD+DVD

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CD and DVD compilation of American (St. Louis, MO) Metal band Anacrusis early material, the CD includes 16 demo and rehearsal tracks from 1986 through 1988, the DVD includes four live performances from 1986 to 1988 totaling 28 songs. Track listing is Disc 1 CD 1. Disemboweled / Annihilation Complete 04:46 2. Imprisoned 06:35 3. Pendulum 04:39 4. Fighting Evil 03:47 5. R.O.T. 05:09 6. Frigid Bitch 04:12 7. Vulture's Prey 05:43 8. Apocalypse 06:53 9. Injustice 05:17 10. Frigid Bitch 05:06 11. Pendulum 05:00 12. Imprisoned 06:32 13. Fighting Evil 03:31 14. R.O.T. 03:49 15. Injustice 05:07 16. Powerhouse 03:53 Disc 2 DVD 1. Powerhouse 2. Butcher's Block 3. The Twisted Cross 4. Fighting Evil 5. Vulture's Prey 6. Apocalypse 7. Imprisoned 8. Annihilation Complete 9. A World to Gain 10. The Storm 11. Fighting Evil 12. Frigid Bitch 13. Present Tense 14. The Twisted Cross 15. Imprisoned 16. Injustice 17. Powerhouse 18. Fighting Evil 19. Frigid Bitch 20. R.O.T. / Disemboweled 21. Present Tense 22. R.O.T. 23. Butcher's Block 24. A World to Gain 25. Pendulum 26. Injustice 27. Heaven's Flame Slideshow 28. Anacrusis Slideshow

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Stormspell
  • ASIN: B001V9QZM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2010
Of all the metal bands to emerge in the `80s, Anacrusis is one that by all rights should have gone way beyond "cult" status. At the very least, their unique vision of progressive thrash metal should have made Anacrusis a hallowed name in progressive metal circles alongside Cynic, Atheist and Believer. For whatever reason, Anacrusis has remained one of metal's best kept secrets. Now, for the first time, the band's earliest recordings have been collected on CD with StormSpell's 2010 collection Annihilation Complete: The Early Years Anthology.

As the title suggests, this anthology includes the band's 1986 demo release, titled Annihilation Complete. It also includes re-recorded versions of the Annihilation Complete songs from 1987 plus a few additional rehearsal demos. The demos collected here are all fairly rough, having been recorded on less than state of the art equipment a long time ago. However, they have been remastered by guitarist/vocalist Kenn Nardi so they sound as good as possible. As for the songs themselves, these are raw, energetic metal songs that combine classic melodic elements with a good dose of speed and thrash metal aggression. You don't get a lot of the progressive technicality that the band is known for, but there's definitely something that sets these songs apart.

Annihilation Complete: The Early Years Anthology also includes a DVD featuring historic Anacrusis performances from 1987 and 1988 as well as a 1986 performance by Nardi's pre-Anacrusis band Heaven's Flame. The audio and video quality is a bit rough, but that's to be expected given the age and quality of the source material. Nardi also mastered and edited the DVD.
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