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October 31 - Stagefright - 2003 reviewed by: Agent of Steel

Tracklisting
1. The Chosen One
2. Salem's Curse
3. Meet Thy Maker
4. Just an Illusion
5. A Million Goodbyes
6. The Warlock
7. Voyage to Infinity
8. Visions of the End
9. Power and the Glory
"Stagefright", the "new" October 31 live album was recorded at last years Classic Metalfest 2. Anyone that has witnessed the Heavy Metal meltdown that is O31 will know just what to expect from this release.

Gone of course, are Tony Taylor and Scott Waldrop (Twisted Tower Dire). Enter King Fowley back on the mic (where he belongs) and 2 other additions. Jason Tedder (K-Octave/Chaingunn) on rhythm guitar and Dave Castillo (ex Hatred) taking over the drum duties. The word "live" couldn't be anymore true than within "Stagefright", recorded practically on a pocket-change budget and of course no overdubs. Yes, there are bum guitar notes, missed drum beats, timing problems, and a rough bas mix to round off all the "bad" things about this disc. King Fowley sounds "winded" here and there, do to the fact he was operating on one lung at the moment and didn't even realize the seriousness of his state of health. You'd sound that way too if you were running laps around the stage like a chicken with its head dismembered.

Although the track listing is out of order on the back (better luck next time Thrash Corner), all the "classics" are there. From "The Chosen One", "The Warlock", "Meet Thy Maker", and that Saxon cover that we've all grown to love and expect from an October 31 explosion. Brian "Hellstorm" Williams shreds his way through each track, zany as ever!

"Stagefright" takes you back to a show that was arranged only for the love of underground metal, and the spirit is definitely alive within this recording. If you're into Hammerfall, Kamelot, Rhapsody, and other perfume-flaunting Metal bands, you may want to steer clear of "Stragefright". But if bands like Griffin, Savage Grace, and Cirith Ungol are the reasons you get out of bed everyday, what the fuck are you waiting on? Even if you don't like October 31, the rants in between songs by King Fowley are hilarious enough to be deemed worthy of purchase. Long live Metal.


--Agent of Steel 7.30.03
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: OCTOBER 31
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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Bury the HatchetOctober 31
2014
Eric Compton9/11/2014
Meet Thy MakerOctober 31
1999
Frank Hill2/22/2004
No SurvivorsOctober 31
2004
Josh Greer12/6/2004
StagefrightOctober 31
2003
Josh Greer7/30/2003


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: OCTOBER 31

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ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: OCTOBER 31
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
King FowleyOctober 31Eric Compton2/16/2005


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