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Somehow, even though I've been a Twisted Sister fan since 1984, I have never heard Under The Blade all the way through, and never in its original version. In my defence, even the remixed version has been very difficult to find on CD.

Now, thanks to this great series of Twisted reissues, I have finally heard Under The Blade, and as an added bonus, the Ruff Cuts EP as well! The original cover art has also been restored.

Under the Blade serves as a brutal reminder that Twisted Sister were and are a heavy metal band, before the MTV hits happened. No ballads, the only slow moment is the intro to "Run For Your Life" which soon hits the gas and takes off at breakneck speed. Like a cross between early Kiss, Cooper, Sabbath and Priest, Under The Blade is an aural assault. The assault is assisted by a brutally ragtag heavy production and mix, frayed at the edges and certainly way too heavy for kids weaned on autotune today.

Elsewhere, more melodic fare like "Bad Boys (of Rock and Roll)" and "Shoot 'Em Down" plot the way for the more commercial years about to unfold.

And of course, the Ruff Cuts, issued for the first time on CD. These four songs were among the first Sister releases (preceded by the "I'll Never Grow Up, Now!" single which is not here). These Ruff Cuts are, well, rough. But this is what put initially put Sister on the map, and I'm glad to have it, even if I never need to hear "Leader of the Pack" ever again.

The CD is topped off by a live track from a Reading sampler and some liner notes explaining to you that Twisted Sister really, honestly, truly, ARE a heavy metal band.

Production is by Pete Way (UFO), and Fast Eddie Clarke (Motorhead) takes a guest guitar solo.

DVD of the Reading show is included! Rock and roll!

4 stars. Arguably the best album they ever made!
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Somehow, even though I've been a Twisted Sister fan since 1984, I have never heard Under The Blade all the way through, and never in its original version. In my defence, even the remixed version has been very difficult to find on CD.

Now, thanks to this great series of Twisted reissues, I have finally heard Under The Blade, and as an added bonus, the Ruff Cuts EP as well! The original cover art has also been restored.

Under the Blade serves as a brutal reminder that Twisted Sister were and are a heavy metal band, before the MTV hits happened. No ballads, the only slow moment is the intro to "Run For Your Life" which soon hits the gas and takes off at breakneck speed. Like a cross between early Kiss, Cooper, Sabbath and Priest, Under The Blade is an aural assault. The assault is assisted by a brutally ragtag heavy production and mix, frayed at the edges and certainly way too heavy for kids weaned on autotune today.

Elsewhere, more melodic fare like "Bad Boys (of Rock and Roll)" and "Shoot 'Em Down" plot the way for the more commercial years about to unfold.

And of course, the Ruff Cuts, issued for the first time on CD. These four songs were among the first Sister releases (preceded by the "I'll Never Grow Up, Now!" single which is not here). These Ruff Cuts are, well, rough. But this is what put initially put Sister on the map, and I'm glad to have it, even if I never need to hear "Leader of the Pack" ever again.

The CD is topped off by a live track from a Reading sampler and some liner notes explaining to you that Twisted Sister really, honestly, truly, ARE a heavy metal band.

Production is by Pete Way (UFO), and Fast Eddie Clarke (Motorhead) takes a guest guitar solo.

DVD of the Reading show is included! Rock and roll!

4 stars. Arguably the best album they ever made!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon March 6, 2016
It a shame that this CD doesn’t contain both versions “Under the Blade”, I know the remixed version has a very 1980’s production values to it, but for rock music the sound of that decade is pretty unique & never seriously been return to.
Anyway, so the original version of “Under the Blade” is as raw & Primal as you can get, having a tiny budget to make the record had a lot to do with it.
Full of fist pumping anthems about not really being apart of the mainstream & being constantly persecuted for it, which is why a lot of rock music fans could Identify with Twisted Sisters message.
Extra tracks include the “Ruff Cutts” Ep which is demos of some of the tracks that would appear on “Under the Blade” (apart from “Leader of the pack”), but curiously these songs are more polished that the finished album ?!
You also get “Shoot em’ down” from their Reading show, great version but a little strange to have just one live song.
The DVD features the band entire 1982 performance at Reading, great sound & picture quality, although the cameras are close to the band, this give you a real idea of how incendiary the performance actually was.
There’s a great moment in the show when Dee stops the performance & offers out all the people who are throwing things at the band, needless to say their behaviour improves markedly.
The show is topped by the appearance of the late great Lemmy & Fast Eddie Clark in a high-tempo version of The Stones “It’s only rock ‘n roll”.
I know this may sound a bit odd, but I still prefer the remixed version of “ Under the Blade”, perhaps because I lived with that version for so long (A bit like The Beatles “Let it be” & “Let it be naked), but still their both outstanding records & one of the best rock albums of all time
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on December 25, 2014
Good reissue this the original raw sound from the first time release in 82 not the sound likethe 99 spitfire released
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on September 2, 2015
This is one of album that any Twisted Sister fan must have. A solid rock album, raw and powerful.
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on January 7, 2004
My favorite band when I was a kid. This is their best album. It has a 70's punk/metal feel.
My favorite lyric ("Tear it Loose"): "I'm grabbin' hold of all the gold in this old world of trash."
I don't know what the other reviewers are talking about - the original, Secret Records mix is tinny and horrible. The Atlantic mix (overseen by Mark Mendoza) is great.
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on June 14, 2004
This is probly the best Twisted Sister album made. The songs are heavy and pissed off. The standout songs are "bad boys of rock n roll", "sin after sin", "shoot em down" and "Tear it Loose". "what you don't know, sure can hurt you" does'nt sound right in the studio thought
never the less, this is a great kick ass Rock album, If your an SMF you need this.
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on October 30, 2003
I totally agree with the other reviewers - The re-issue is too over-produced. The original cut which I believe was recorded in England, was totally raw and if you can find that copy, please get it instead of the re-issue. This is the Twisted Sister I fell in love with as a teenager and who inspired me to play guitar which I still do to this day! If your a true SMF, Get this album! But get the original cut.
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