4.02.2020

ALICE COOPER

























"trash"
Year:  1989
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Glam Rock








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"brutal planet"
Year:  2000
Country:  US
City:  Detroit, MI
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Alternative Metal















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"dragontown"
Year:  2001
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Alternative Metal








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"the filth and the fury"
Year:  2000
Label:  Mojo
Format:  CD, DVD
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Glam Rock








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3.23.2020

RAISED FIST






















"fuel"
Year:  1998
Country:  Sweden
City:  Hertsön
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  25 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore














Sweden has a penchant for producing some great skate-punk bands. Millencolin, Satanic Surfers, No Fun At All, Randy, Astream, Adhesive.... They've been also known to produce some decent hardcore bands (ok, legendary - Refused anyone?) Raised Fist fits in quite well. Raised Fist started out as a typical hardcore band, recording a good EP in You're Not Like Me, yet nothing that able to force it's way into a congested American hardcore scene. Stronger Than Ever, the follow-up EP gave them a bit more of an identity, as they infused a bit more melody, along with more agression. Finally, after a long wait, they recorded a full album. Fuel is a bit of a paradox. It contains some of their slowest material, as well as some of their heaviest. They continue in the direction taken by Stronger Than Ever. The album starts off with a bit of a strange song in "Monumental", which changes pace & tone at least three times before it is finished. The next song, "Reversal", begins as a very average song, and ends with a guitar riff that, while not very technically difficult (any hack with a guitar could play it), is simply astounding, so good that when playing it live, they decide not employ the accompanying lyrics, and just play it as a solo (quite effectively I might add). "Reversal" is followed by "Pretext", one of my all-time favourite songs. This song alone is worth the price of admission. Probably their slowest song, yet one of the most agressive. The screamed lyrics over palm-muted guitar makes you wish you could understand even one fucking word either of the the singers says.

The problem with the album is after "Pretext", with the next eight songs (making eleven in total, saving you some mental math). These are all very good songs, and any one of them would be a standout on a compilation, yet they lack the originality that the first three have. They all employ the same sort of musical devices - palm muting, start/stop choruses, tying together different segments with killer bass lines....in much the same manner. This all adds up to some great head-bangin' fun, but you tend to lose track of where you are in the CD.

I can't think of an appropriate way to wrap this up, so I'll just finish by saying that if you're into bands like Snapcase, or the heavier Boy Sets Fire stuff, or just hardcore music in general, you'll definately want to pick this up. Even if you're not, but are looking for something new, give it a shot...you never know.... (*Review by Layawayplan ).
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"ignoring the guidelnes"
Year:  2000
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore








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"dedication"
Year:  2002
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore







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"sound of the republic"
Year:  2006
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore







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"veil of ignorance"
Year:  2009
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore







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"from the north"
Year:  2015
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore

















brilliant, brutal and blunt. In a world of skewed social standards, the organised chaos of hardcore has never felt so relevant. Punk legends Raised Fist have once again turned their hands to their own brand of punk that exemplifies vitriol at its catchiest and imitable. Spitting venom and face-melting riffs in every direction, ‘From The North’ breaks 2015 wide open and vows to seek revenge for last year’s wrongdoings.
Owing their existence to the lyrics of Rage Against The Machine, Raised Fist have consistently translated the aggression of their peers and their 21-year experience into some of the catchiest punk going. The Swedish five-piece has matured with age in all the best ways, compressing the relentless energy and rage of all their previous releases into their sixth studio offering ‘From The North’. There’s no stopping hardcore, at least, as long as these guys have any say in it.


“Let it be said, they should be fucking dead”, screeches vocalist Alexander Hagman, hurling lucid threats of “time is running out for you, my friend” to demonstrate the most menacing lyrical content to storm the hardcore scene in recent years. The record’s defining line “circling like fucking maniacs” from ‘Depression’ will doubtlessly blow apart any venue on their upcoming European tour. Accomplishing the feat of showcasing each band member in turn to which hardcore should aspire, the beautifully chaotic ‘Gates’ allows Modin’s relentless drums to translate a livid frustration rivalled only by Tikkanen and Holmgren’s tricksy leading lines throughout.


Anthemic album-stealer ‘We Will Live Forever’ takes matters into its own hands, combining seemingly effortless defiance with raucous, roof-raising riffs. The supercharged vocals of ‘Flow’ play a timeless game of cat and mouse with the earth-shattering opening line of ‘Man On Earth’, completing an 11-track battle cry for the perpetually downtrodden.


Cementing their message that “we still don’t give a fuck about the gig you’re playing”, ‘From The North’ raises both fists and yells against the social state, making waves hardcore has forgotten it was capable of. Raised Fist have raised the bar incomprehensibly high for 2015 – your move, Stick To Your Guns (*Review by Stepan).
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"anthems"
Year:  2019
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore








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3.12.2020

DISCHARGE























"end of days"
Year:  2016

Country:  UK
City:  Stoke On Trent
Label:  Nuclear Blast
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore


 












I had low expectations for End of Days, and ended up being pleasantly surprised. I have always loved Discharge's early material, but their albums have been pretty hit or miss for the last three decades or so. That being said, it's impossible to deny the British bands influence. Their pacifist politics inspired a whole generation of anarcho punk bands. (The UK82 sound.) Their driving rhythms and brutal approach inspired countless metal and thrash bands. Unfortunately, at some points along the way, the groundbreaking crust punk band was reduced to playing pedestrian heavy metal. Fortunately, End of Days is a rock solid slab of thrash punk. It's much closer to the band's classic output (Why?, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing) than their clunky 90s metal stuff. It's essentially 15 ripping, two minute tracks.

The songs are short, fast and angry with minimal, repetitive lyrics. It's a formula that's always worked well for Discharge. It can be grim and humorless, but doesn't come across as too preachy. The raging diatribes and protest songs cover all the topics you would expect. There's songs against the state (New World Order, Hung Drawn and Quartered). There's songs against war (Raped and Pillaged, Looking at Pictures of Genocide”). There's songs against religion (Meet Your Maker, It Cant Happen Here). There's songs about police brutality and drug abuse (The Broken Law,  Infected). Album closer, Accessories By Molotov 2, is a sequel to a song from their 2002 self titled LP. Overall, the songwriting is razor sharp.

The current version of Discharge seems to have great chemistry. New singer Jeff Janiak spits out the lyrics with no regard whatsoever for melody. If anything, his voice is even a bit harsher than that of longtime frontman Kelvin Cal Morris. Guitarists and brothers Anthony Bones Roberts and Terence Tezz Roberts crank out one metallic hardcore riff after another. Both were part of the classic lineup, although Tezz was the drummer (and is largely credited with creating the D-beat sound). Classic era bassist Royston Rainy Wainwright is still holding down the bottom end. Even relative newcomer and drummer David Proper Caution has been in Discharge for a decade. (Yes, they all have nicknames AND wear their own band's T-shirts.) I kind of figured these guys were a one (or two) man band at this point, and was impressed by how authentic this version of Discharge is.

It’s probably worth noting that Discharge and Broken Bones (originally formed by Bones and Tezz after the first Discharge break up way back in 1982) are essentially the same band at this point. There’s always been a fair amount of sharing, but currently Broken Bones is just Discharge minus Rainy. The bands sound similar, but Discharge has always been an overtly political band, while Broken Bones anger was of a more personal nature. When it came time to make a new LP, they went with the greater name recognition of Discharge. (Or maybe the material dictated it.) The band does seem to be experiencing a career resurgence. Their postponed, but now rescheduled US tour has been drawing a ton of interest. Every band wants to play with them and every fan wants to see them. People really want this once very important band to be relevant. End of Days goes a long way toward proving that they still are. It's an album worthy of the band's significant legacy (*Review by Tom Trauma ).
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"disensitise"
Year:  2009
Format:  CD,  LP
Tracks:  31
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash








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"idem"
Year:  2002
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash

















"discharge" is the self titled comeback album by the hardcore punk pioneers. The album represents one of the more successful re-formations of a group that managed to miraculously carry some of its old energy into a new era, which is a mean feat for a punk group whose spark was pure adolescent rage. Some ones describe this album as a comeback to the roots of proto-thrash metal, characterized by its overall aggression and fast tempo, repetitive percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. Philosophically, thrash metal developed as a backlash against the conservatism,  often deals with criticisms of the Establishment and concern over the destruction of the environment, war, etc. identically to hardcore punk lyrical themes. It was the last album to feature vocalist Cal Morris, who collaborated in this album just in its studio work, neither live concerts nor videos, promos, etc. This thirty minutes was recorded during june of 2001 but put on the market on 1 january 2002. Distributed and promoted through record label "Sanctuary" (a subsidiary of major "Universal"), the album became in one of the most successful Dishcarge albums.
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"shooting up the world"
Year:  1993
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Metal








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"massacre divine"
Year:  1991
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Metal
















Discharge's 90s excursions marked an odd return to their roots from the disastrous Grave New World. The songs turned up the aggression to a considerably higher level, and generally moved more towards a metal sound.
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"grave new world"
Year:  1986
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Glam Metal
















Let's face it: if you've even heard of this album, chances are you probably hate it. Most people do. After all, Discharge were practically the kings of the UK hardcore scene back in the day and made a slew of nihilistic punk albums people (rightly) regard as classics, like 1982's Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing. But in 1986 Discharge changed tack somewhat - they reinvented themselves as a Sunset Strip-style metal band (as evinced by the photo above!). And their fans were almost universally disgusted. Gone was vocalist Cal Morris's gruff bark, replaced by a reverb-drenched falsetto. Gone too were the band's short sharp songs, which made way for extended tunes jam-packed with guitar solos and crunchy riffage. Their lyrics changed too, from brutal minimalist social commentary to something approaching hippie rhetoric. When Discharge toured Grave New World in 1986, they were insulted, heckled, attacked and despised at every show they played, both here in Britain and in the United States (as you can hear in recordings embedded or linked to below). And to this day, few people have a good word to say about the album.

Me though? I love it. In fact, I think it's one of the best records I've ever heard. I love Discharge's aggressive musical take on '80s hair metal and I enjoy Cal's banshee wail (well, on record at any rate - it's definitely better with a bit of reverb, as the live material below will demonstrate).

And so I wanted to create the page to bring together a selection of resources for fellow fans of Discharge, Grave New World or both, so that they could hear the truth in all the tales of hostile audience reactions, band tension and Discharge's alarming (but little-discussed) time as a metal band. You can find line-up and record label info on the album's Wikipedia page.
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"never again"
Year:  1984
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  17
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore








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"hear nothing, see nothing,
say nothing"
Year:  1982
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  27 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore








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"why"
Year:  1981
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  18
Time:  22 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore
















Discharge started late 1978 in Stoke-on-Trent city, the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries, with the local residents known as Potters. Their bottle kilns are well known for their original forms, which designed the old Stoke skyline since XIX century. This bottle kilns silouhette was often used in the first Discharge era artworks (1979 - 1984) and is also the logo of record label "Clay" owned by Mike Stone. The band recorded a demo tape and some singles until 1981, when it issued their first debut album "why?".
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2.27.2020

MEGADETH
























"countdown to extinction"
Year:  1992
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  47 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal
















Two years after the release of Rust In Peace and just when the dust from their nuclear holocaust had began to settle down, Megadeth unleashed their fifth hit on humanity, titled just as properly, Countdown To Extinction. That self-centered bastard called Mustaine has almost totally expelled his self destructing tendencies that marched along with his genius, or even better, he fitted them in his music. He is following a procedure of cleansing and with the help of his teammates he creates another heavy metal masterpiece. He is being in peace with himself and has finally realized who he is and what he can offer.

It was a matter of time for Friedman and Menza to fully adjust themselves to the band and its needs and now they contribute to the song writing and the lyrics. Even the low-profile Dave Ellefson composed his own parts for the bass. If this not a sign of improvement then I don’t know what is. The chemistry of the album is based not on drugs and dope but on the friendly climate and bonding between the musicians. The music is very heavy, somewhat denying the speed chapter but investing on classic, traditional metal. The main ingredients of this album are inspiration, melody, technique and feeling. Most of the lyrics give out bitterness but at times they reflect optimism and hope. Once again Megadeth deal with a variety of themes like war, drugs, politics and even nature.
In terms of music, the basic elements of Megadeth are found here. From the weird singing of Mustaine, the firm bass guitar, the dynamic drums to the superb, typical riffs, this is a pure Megadeth album with less speed but with balls of metal. Friedman is once again in great shape and delivers tremendous guitar playing. His riffs are exciting and strong, his solos inspired and melodic without losing their metal feeling. Menza’s skillful drumming gives the appropriate push to the songs and Ellefson offers the best with his steady, firm bass lines. All these fit perfectly with the familiar vocals creating an insane atmosphere (*review by EverMetal ) pass: cfh-site.blogspot.com
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"risk"
Year:  1999
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Alternative Metal








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"the system has failed"
Year:  2004
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  48 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal








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"endgame"
Year:  2009
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal








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"dystopia"
Year:  2016
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  55 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal
















After the controversial Super Collider, Dave Mustaine decided to fire Shawn Drover and Chris Brodderick. The band needeed a consistent formation and an album to show what they’re still capable of being a still relevant band. Two new guys were brought: Chris Adler, the drummer of Lamb Of God, and Kiko Loureiro, the legendary guitarrist from the brazilian power metal band Angra. The desire of Mustaine to prove that he can still make relevant songs again make Dystopia one of their strongest efforts since Rust In Peace. The first thing we can note listening to this album is a return to the more heavy and thrashy roots of Megadeth. It is not heavy as the first albums but is still heavier than Th1rt3en and the extremely commercial Super Collider, the last albuns with the last known line up. Again, Mustaine follows his politics themes in the entire album, sometimes making interesting critics and in others, sounding like a total patriot lunatic. “Dystopia” is a great title track and represents the album pretty well: solid writing, great riffs, fast playing and melodic solos. The decision of adopting a more clean production allows the listener to note how well done the guitars are here and makes the bass audible, giving heaviness to this work. Kiko shows how talented he is in his style of playing and along with Mustaine shines in the tracks “Poisonous Shadows” and “Conquer or Die”. The problem with the very clean production is how it affects Mustaine’s voice. Sometimes, he feels like a robot talking, taking out the agression that he was known in the past while singing. But luckily, it doesn’t happens all the time. In the year of 2016, we had several thrash metal albums shining. Dystopia is not a return to the old speed metal style from the early years of Megadeth, but it is the their most strong effort since 1990. We can define the sound here as a evolution from everything that the band has been doing in all those years: a tribute to the past looking forward to the future. Well done, Dave Mustaine (* review by Marcus 22 ).
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2.13.2020

CHAOS UK























"compilation"
Year:  2018
Label:  none
Format:  digital
Tracks:  18
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk        Hardcore
















unofficial but very nice compilation with eighteen tracks appeared in five EP's recorded by the band from 1993 to 2016. Here are we go with this great and already legend band which is still quite unknown even in the hardcore punk scene. Their sound continue to be noisy and dirty, and quite speed tempo, in the UK 82 bands, you know. is moderately fast, but not hardcore. And also never forget the jokes and good humor of the singer, Simon, with a peasant and almost rural voice... ha ha! Chaos UK started late 1979 and still active despite all these years. They have made good splits next to Extreme Noise Terror, Concrete Sox, Fuk or Raw Noise to mention a few. So this compilation exist at the moment just on digital format but is a perfect way to enjoy these guys during fourty minutes. Enjoy it
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"covers"
Year:  1998
Label:  Discipline
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"one hundred per cent two fingers in the air punk rock"
Year:  1997
Label:  Cleopatra
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"enough to make me crazy"
Year:  1991
Label:  Toys Factory
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore
















This was the first CHAOS UK album from the 90s decade and included some new tracks and also old classic songs. Firstly released by brittish label "Vinyl Japan Records" in 1991 and late there were different releases in labels such as Toy's Factory Records (in 1992) or "Creative Man Records" (1998). I think the problem with CHAOS UK is they have made too much compilation, live albums, ep´s and splits next to other bands... and sometimes it's a little bit difficult to know wich are their official full lenght albums. This one here like other titles (of course) is an official album and perhaps one of its complete discography, despite is also maybe one of the most forgotten. Very good quality sound, production and also good songs. The band started in 1979 and is still active, making live concerts from time to time in UK, Europe, USA and Japan.
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"live in Japan"
Year:  1991
Country:  Japan
City:  Kawasaki
Label:  Dojo
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore















CHAOS UK are an english hardcore punk band formed in 1979 in Portishead, near Bristol. They played fast aggressive hardcore punk rock initially. The original line up of Simon on vocals, Andy on guitar, Chaos (aka "Lice") on bass and Potts on drums recorded two EP's and a full LP for Riot City Record. In the process they along with fellow Bristolians Disorder and Stoke's Discharge revolutionised the hardcore punk scene. In particular the Japanese 80's hardcore punk bands were heavily influenced by CHAOS UK and Disorder's brutal take on punk. CHAOS UK's debut LP was notable in the fact that the band's label claimed it was the "fastest, noisiest LP in the cosmos" in the short lived "Punk Lives" magazine; vocal duties on this recording were also handled by bassist Chaos.

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"burning britain"
Year:  1982
Label:  Cleopatra
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore








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1.27.2020

HAMLET























"Berlín"
Year:  2018
Country:  Spain
City:  Madrid
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  41 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Metalcore
















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"la ira"
Year:  2015
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Metalcore








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"amnesia"
Year:  2011
Label:  Kaiowas
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Metalcore








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"la puta y el diablo"
Year:  2009
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Nu Metal








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"pura vida"
Year:  2006
Label:  Locomotive
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Metalcore








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"syberia"
Year:  2005
Label:  Locomotive
Format:  CD, DVD
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Metalcore








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"idem"
Year:  2002
Label:  Locomotive
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Metalcore








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"el infierno"
Year:  2000
Label:  Zero
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Nu Metal







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"insomio"
Year:  1998
Label:  Zero
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Nu Metal







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"revolucion"
Year:  1996
Label:  Zero
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Nu Metal








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"peligroso"
Year:  1992
Label:  DRO
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal








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