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Under the Blade (2011 Version)

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Editors’ Notes

The 2011 version of Twisted Sister's 1982 debut album, Under the Blade, was released in the U.K. and features the original mix; it had been out of print for years after Atlantic Records issued a remixed version. The raw mixes bring out the band's brutal heavy metal club sound, with drums pounding through the speakers and guitars battling for space. Singer Dee Snider dominates the tunes with true leadership, giving the songs a genuine creep factor (as opposed to the almost cartoon-like presence of the later material). While "Under the Blade" and "Run for Your Life" are tough hard rockers with metal overtones, "Bad Boys of Rock and Roll" and "Shoot 'Em Down" are essentially catchy pop tunes decked out in strongly distorted guitars and thunderous drums. The album's true anthem, however, is "What You Don't Know Sure Can Hurt You," where the band again posits itself as an irritant to society. Earlier, even tougher recordings that appeared as the Ruff Cutts EP nicely fill out this release, along with a strong live version of "Shoot 'Em Down" from the 1983 Reading Festival.

Customer Reviews

Great new band

Thanks iTunes for bringing us this great new band.

Horrible sound

Sound quality is horrible. "Shoot 'em down" is also edited and it doesn't state "clean".


Formed: December, 1972 in Long Island City, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A product of New York City's early-'70s glam rock scene, Twisted Sister were eager students of the New York Dolls, with the theatrics of Kiss and the shock rock of Alice Cooper thrown in for good measure. While providing an excellent role model from an artistic standpoint, the Dolls' disappointing record sales and subsequent implosion would make it difficult for such faithful disciples as Twisted Sister to land a record deal, and the band wound up struggling for nearly a decade before finally getting...
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