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Recognize No Authority
(Xtreem Music)

When I was young I frequently listened to a weekly German Heavy Metal radio show called "Scream" on WDR1 and one day in 1986 the DJ played a song from “Recognize No Authority” which totally blew me away. The next day I went to the next record store and bought that album. Since then this is one of my absolute fave albums. “Recognize No Authority” is also one of the most underrated and unrecognized Thrash albums ever! What makes that album so special is the ass-kicking songwriting, the powerful riffs, the awesome lead guitar, the strong production and the unique vocal style of Dawn Crosby (R.I.P.). I’m not the biggest fan of female Metal vocals but Dawn had a very, very special voice. Her voice had an incredible intense and raw power, she sounded so aggressive, so vicious and so full of energy. In my humble opinion she had the ultimate female Thrash voice. 1986 was an excellent and glorious year for the Thrash and Speed Metal genre because masterpieces such as “Reign In Blood”, “Master Of Puppets”, “Darkness Descends”, “Eternal Devastation” were released back then. I surely would also put “Recognize No Authority” on this list, if you think that’s blasphemy then just go and listen to this mighty album. I’m pretty sure the quality of incredible great songs such as 'Losers', 'Russian Roulette', 'Vultures In The Sky', 'Holy Wars' or 'Shattered Illusions' will convince every Thrash Metal lover. Unfortunately nothing the band released after their debut album is really worth mentioning. Also Dawn’s new band FEAR OF GOD and CATALEPSY (the band that was founded by three ex - DÉTENTE musicians) were not able to deliver anything that could come close to “Recognize No Authority”. Anyway, this is a hell of a worthy re-release and there is a lot of bonus stuff on this two disc set: disc 1 includes the entire debut album plus two songs re-recorded in 2010 by the reunion line-up and Tiina Teal on vocals and disc 2 includes four DÉTENTE demos from 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, a rehearsal track and a live track from 1985 and two CATALEPSY demos from 1987 and 1988. So that’s a lot value for your money but like I said before nothing of this stuff is as good as “Recognize No Authority”. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this re-release to you just because Dawn's voice is incredible and “Recognize No Authority” is one of the top Thrash Metal albums of all times and definitely a must have. So if you never listened to DÉTENTE but call yourself a Thrash Metal fan then something went horrible wrong in your life but fortunately you now have the chance to change that.,


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