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BMRA-Round 1-Master of Puppets vs. Sevendust

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Which one?

Poll ended at Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:43 pm

Master of Puppets
30
88%
Sevendust
4
12%
 
Total votes : 34

BMRA-Round 1-Master of Puppets vs. Sevendust

Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:43 pm

Metallica's Master of Puppets
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Even though Master of Puppets didn't take as gigantic a leap forward as All That You can't left behind, it was the band's greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal's core audience. It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay. Instead of a radical reinvention, Master of Puppets is a refinement of past innovations. In fact, it's possible to compare Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets song for song and note striking similarities between corresponding track positions on each record (although Lightning's closing instrumental has been bumped up to next-to-last in Master's running order). That hint of conservatism is really the only conceivable flaw here. Though it isn't as startling as Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets feels more unified, both thematically and musically. Everything about it feels blown up to epic proportions (indeed, the songs are much longer on average), and the band feels more in control of its direction. You'd never know it by the lyrics, though -- in one way or another, nearly every song on Master of Puppets deals with the fear of powerlessness. Sometimes they're about hypocritical authority (military and religious leaders), sometimes primal, uncontrollable human urges (drugs, insanity, rage), and, in true H.P. Lovecraft fashion, sometimes monsters. Yet by bookending the album with two slices of thrash mayhem ("Battery" and "Damage, Inc."), the band reigns triumphant through sheer force -- of sound, of will, of malice. The arrangements are thick and muscular, and the material varies enough in texture and tempo to hold interest through all its twists and turns. Some critics have called Master of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever recorded; if it isn't, it certainly comes close.

Sevendust's self titled album
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Review by Alex Henderson

Influenced by thrash metal, grunge, industrial, and rap, the Atlanta-based Sevendust had a brutally heavy alternative rock release in its riveting debut, self-titled album. But for all its intensity, Sevendust is a band that, like Living Colour and Nirvana, combines a striking melodic sense with sledgehammer aggression. Though Living Colour is a valid comparison (up to a point), one also hears traces of everyone from Metallica and Anthrax to Faith No More and Ministry here. Sevendust's very dark lyrics are as heavy as its music. "Face" candidly describes a consensual S&M/bondage scenario, while other songs deal with social issues. Addressing such topics as racism ("Black"), depression and schizophrenia ("Too Close to Hate"), and drug addiction ("Wired"), this CD is as arresting lyrically as it is musically.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:44 pm

Let the landslide begin :-D
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Postby RugbyD » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:45 pm

PlayingWithFire wrote:Let the landslide begin :-D

its a shame these 2 are pitted against each other.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:06 am

RugbyD wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:Let the landslide begin :-D

its a shame these 2 are pitted against each other.


Agreed.
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:57 am

For the love of God, Sevendust? They're a solid rock band, but Megadeth's Rust In Peace or Countdown to Extinction, Anthrax's Among The Living, Slayer's Reign In Blood, South of Heaven, and Seasons of the Abyss are better choices than Sevendust.

Needless to say, Master of Puppets is going to wipe the floor with Sevendust.
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Postby BritSox » Wed Dec 20, 2006 7:18 am

The Artful Dodger wrote:For the love of God, Sevendust? They're a solid rock band, but Megadeth's Rust In Peace or Countdown to Extinction, Anthrax's Among The Living, Slayer's Reign In Blood, South of Heaven, and Seasons of the Abyss are better choices than Sevendust.

Needless to say, Master of Puppets is going to wipe the floor with Sevendust.


Reign In Blood is in. :-D

But anyway, I'm not that bothered which album MOP uses to wipe the floor in the first round.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Dec 20, 2006 7:24 am

Big Pimpin wrote:
RugbyD wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:Let the landslide begin :-D

its a shame these 2 are pitted against each other.


Agreed.


I actually like Sevendust quite a bit, but I can't see myself ranking them higher than a 7 in this competition. Though MOP is a tough opponent. And I no longer have a vote to sympathize Sevendust
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:16 am

I haven't heard much of Sevendust, but what I have heard makes me a little surprised they are in this competition. Every song of theirs I heard sounded the same.

My vote made it 17-0. :-D
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Postby ThatDude » Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:30 am

I'm surprised this isn't even more lopsided. 17-1 is too close of a margin.
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Postby ironman » Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:12 am

I'll give Sevendust a vote. I actually saw them live once. I couldn't hear for three days following.
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