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Under the Blade (2011 Version)

Twisted Sister

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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.

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Finally, the Original Mix of the Album!

Warning: If you have the versions of this album that came out on Atlantic Records or any of the other labels that had it since 1986, you're getting the polished up version of the album. This album's sound is harshly abrasive in the upper midrange frequencies on the electric guitars. This is how the album sounded when it was first released and, quite frankly, I'm glad that it's back to sounding that way. The sound can be credited to Pete Way's production, or someone not really knowing what they were doing when it came to engineering the sound.

When Atlantic re-released the album under its own label, they wanted it remixed, so, Mark "The Animal" Mendoza was producing and the "remixed" version of the album was released. Not only did the album sound remixed, it sounded as though the guitars were re-recorded completely. While this not only cleaned up the sound, it also drained the life out of the album! I wouldn't fault Mr. Mendoza's production, but this was a case of something that should have been left well enough alone. However, mistakes can be corrected, and it certainly is time that this one was.

The "Ruff Cuts" EP is also included. This was released by Secret Records (also the label that took a chance on Twisted Sister in the first place) as a preview for what was to come from the band. This is the first time that it's been released domestically in the States, and we no longer have to pay exorbitant fees for this little gem of alternate takes of the album.

By the way, the first song is mistitled. It's supposed to be "What You Don't Know Sure Can Hurt You." Also, iTunes is using the wrong cover art, as this is the cover art for the Atlantic re-release.

T.S. Da Best

S.M.F R'Us thiz iz their best released!,period! I was in 5th grade wen I first got my hands on this metal gem and it change my life!! Plus I hardly spoke any English I just came from El Salvador!! Lol By middle skool we name our gang Twisted Sisters Lol great memories back in da 80's!!! Do not fall asleep on thiz one U must Downloaded n enjoy it Big Tyme!! Every song is f**kn' great !make everyday The Day of the Rocker!! Twisted Sister totally RULES!!!


"Under the Blade" is a standout and clearly shows the talent and range the group had its prime. Highly recommend.


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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