Release date: 2 September 1988
Style: Thrash metal

Rating:

8.8 | 104 votes

Owners:

103 have it
29 want it


01. Lock Up Your Children
02. Burned At The Stake
03. Assassin
04. Damien
05. Crying For Death
06. Spectrum Of Death
07. Scars
08. Beyond The Gates Of Hell

Top 20 albums of 1988: 8

Lyrics (7)


Line-up
Patrick Lind - lead vocals
Jay Visser - guitars, vocals
Jim Fergades - guitars, vocals
Lee Reynolds - drums
Mike Chappa - bass


Additional info
Produced by Eric Greif
Engineered by Al Pangeliron
Recorded and mixed at Opus Recording (later known as Wave Digital), Illinois, USA

It was originally released on a Mexican label in 1988 but has been reissued on the new Grind Core label. It was also released on Edge Records in 1989 as 'Lock Up Your Children'

Found in 21 lists
Top lists

Guib The Metal Art Of Thrashing (Ordered By Years)  | #90
Erik M. A List Of Great Debut Albums  | #353
Daggon A Quick Guide For Thrash Metal, Sex, And Tacos!  | #40
Fearmeister The Five Points of the Pentagram, Point 3: Thrash Metal  | #112
Vasil de Shumen Best of US THRASH [ without The Big Four ]  | #35
ChapuLviz Top 100 US Thrash Albums  | #23
Lucas Favourites Of The 80's  | #2
RaduP One-album Metal Wonders  | #60
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Boxcar Willy - 29.10.2011 at 04:47  
Rating: 9 Amazing i wish i could get my hands on a copy
Troy Killjoy - 29.10.2011 at 05:04  
  No kidding. I'm assuming there's some remastered editions kicking around somewhere.
Ozman - 29.10.2011 at 09:39  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.10.2011 at 05:04

No kidding. I'm assuming there's some remastered editions kicking around somewhere.


Nope,
vezzy - 29.10.2011 at 13:10  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.10.2011 at 05:04

No kidding. I'm assuming there's some remastered editions kicking around somewhere.


Troy, you're Necrophagia's new frontman now?!
Troy Killjoy - 29.10.2011 at 18:32  
 
Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 09:39
Nope,

Really? Someone should get on that. Seriously.
Troy Killjoy - 29.10.2011 at 18:32  
 
Written by vezzy on 29.10.2011 at 13:10
Troy, you're Necrophagia's new frontman now?!

Nope, just back to bein' mah old self.

He stole my name. >>
Ozman - 29.10.2011 at 18:36  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.10.2011 at 18:32

Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 09:39
Nope,

Really? Someone should get on that. Seriously.


Naah, not worth remastering. Sound is good as it is. maybe a reissue for people like you who don't have the original one or the r-release (whcih apparently isn't authorized by the band) which was limited to 500.

And tbh all you're missing out on is a second rate and third tier thrash band which played some fun music but nothing groundmoving
Troy Killjoy - 29.10.2011 at 18:38  
  Oh ya, sorry I meant reissue not remaster. I definitely don't think it needs changing in any way.

As for second-rate/third-tier, I definitely disagree. I prefer this to just about every other thrash release.
Ozman - 29.10.2011 at 18:40  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.10.2011 at 18:38

Oh ya, sorry I meant reissue not remaster. I definitely don't think it needs changing in any way.

As for second-rate/third-tier, I definitely disagree. I prefer this to just about every other thrash release.



I regard this together with Artillery - By Inheritance as the most overrated thrash releases EVER, Vektor doesn't even come close in that respect.
Troy Killjoy - 29.10.2011 at 18:41  
 
Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:40
Artillery - By Inheritance

Another one of my favorites. It seems we aren't parallel when it comes to old school thrash.
Ozman - 29.10.2011 at 18:42  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.10.2011 at 18:41

Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:40
Artillery - By Inheritance

Another one of my favorites. It seems we aren't parallel when it comes to old school thrash.



it's not that the albums are bad, but they are just sooooo middle f the road pedestrian and even more generic than the entire old school revivalist death metal scene.
Angelic Storm - 29.10.2011 at 18:51  
 
Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:42
it's not that the albums are bad, but they are just sooooo middle f the road pedestrian and even more generic than the entire old school revivalist death metal scene.


I haven't heard this album, (although I have heard little titbits of it here and there lol) but I have the feeling that if I did, I'd feel the same way as I did when I heard "Eternal Nightmare" by Vio-lence. Which is another album that is considered by many "thrash purists" as an underground/cult classic, but did absolutely nothing for me when I heard it. It was so one dimensional and generic, it bored me to tears!
RavenKing - 29.10.2011 at 18:52  
 
Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:36

And tbh all you're missing out on is a second rate and third tier thrash band which played some fun music but nothing groundmoving


Imo, "Spectrum Of Death" is a good album, no more. Overrated nowadays, I would say.
I'd be able to find a copy for 200-300$ maybe and I can afford it, if I really want to get the album.
The only reason why I won't do it is I think the album doesn't worth such a high price for me, as I have better Thrash albums in my collection.
Ozman - 29.10.2011 at 18:54  
Rating: 7
Written by Angelic Storm on 29.10.2011 at 18:51

Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:42
it's not that the albums are bad, but they are just sooooo middle f the road pedestrian and even more generic than the entire old school revivalist death metal scene.


I haven't heard this album, (although I have heard little titbits of it here and there lol) but I have the feeling that if I did, I'd feel the same way as I did when I heard "Eternal Nightmare" by Vio-lence. Which is another album that is considered by many "thrash purists" as an underground/cult classic, but did absolutely nothing for me when I heard it. It was so one dimensional and generic, it bored me to tears!


Eternal Nightmare is superior in all its aspect to this Morbid Saint one. The only reason it gets praised is that an original copy is extremely hard to find.
Angelic Storm - 29.10.2011 at 18:57  
 
Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:54
Eternal Nightmare is superior in all its aspect to this Morbid Saint one. The only reason it gets praised is that an original copy is extremely hard to find.


Well, I felt very underwhelmed when I heard that album... I was expecting it to be a lot better than it was, to be honest. But you're probably right, sometimes underground bands/releases become overrated because to some, obscure/hard to find automatically equates to "great"...
RavenKing - 29.10.2011 at 18:59  
 
Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:54

Written by Angelic Storm on 29.10.2011 at 18:51

Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:42
it's not that the albums are bad, but they are just sooooo middle f the road pedestrian and even more generic than the entire old school revivalist death metal scene.


I haven't heard this album, (although I have heard little titbits of it here and there lol) but I have the feeling that if I did, I'd feel the same way as I did when I heard "Eternal Nightmare" by Vio-lence. Which is another album that is considered by many "thrash purists" as an underground/cult classic, but did absolutely nothing for me when I heard it. It was so one dimensional and generic, it bored me to tears!


Eternal Nightmare is superior in all its aspect to this Morbid Saint one. The only reason it gets praised is that an original copy is extremely hard to find.


I prefer Morbid Saint by far to Vio-lence.
Vocals in Vio-lence are pussy cringeworthy crap and would spoil even the best Thrash music.
Ozman - 29.10.2011 at 19:00  
Rating: 7
Written by Angelic Storm on 29.10.2011 at 18:57

Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 18:54
Eternal Nightmare is superior in all its aspect to this Morbid Saint one. The only reason it gets praised is that an original copy is extremely hard to find.


Well, I felt very underwhelmed when I heard that album... I was expecting it to be a lot better than it was, to be honest. But you're probably right, sometimes underground bands/releases become overrated because to some, obscure/hard to find automatically equates to "great"...


eternal Nightmare isn't really an underground/cult classic because Vio_lence were quite big back in the day and the album can still be found easily.
Angelic Storm - 29.10.2011 at 19:04  
 
Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 19:00
eternal Nightmare isn't really an underground/cult classic because Vio_lence were quite big back in the day and the album can still be found easily.


Well, it could still be classed as that, because compared to stuff like "Master Of Puppets", "Peace Sells", and even "The Legacy", it was underground and not as well known. It might not be a hard to find album like the Morbid Saint one, but it wasn't really commercially successful at all, so in that respect, it's more of an underground release, than a commercial one...
RavenKing - 29.10.2011 at 19:06  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 29.10.2011 at 19:04

Well, it could still be classed as that, because compared to stuff like "Master Of Puppets", "Peace Sells", and even "The Legacy", it was underground and not as well known. It might not be a hard to find album like the Morbid Saint one, but it wasn't really commercially successful at all, so in that respect, it's more of an underground release, than a commercial one...


Agreed.
Troy Killjoy - 29.10.2011 at 19:07  
  Underground, cult classic, whatever; I still think it's a kick-ass album and one of my all-time favorites when it comes to thrash.
Ozman - 29.10.2011 at 19:08  
Rating: 7
Written by Angelic Storm on 29.10.2011 at 19:04

Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 19:00
eternal Nightmare isn't really an underground/cult classic because Vio_lence were quite big back in the day and the album can still be found easily.


Well, it could still be classed as that, because compared to stuff like "Master Of Puppets", "Peace Sells", and even "The Legacy", it was underground and not as well known. It might not be a hard to find album like the Morbid Saint one, but it wasn't really commercially successful at all, so in that respect, it's more of an underground release, than a commercial one...



Maybe it wasn't commercially succesful in the UK (which wouldn't surprise me at all cause the UK were always late in on the thrash game ) But Vio-lence sold like mad here in The Netherlands and also Germany and Belgium not as much as the bands you mentioned (but then again no-one matched them sales wise)
Angelic Storm - 29.10.2011 at 19:14  
 
Written by Ozman on 29.10.2011 at 19:08
Maybe it wasn't commercially succesful in the UK (which wouldn't surprise me at all cause the UK were always late in on the thrash game ) But Vio-lence sold like mad here in The Netherlands and also Germany and Belgium not as much as the bands you mentioned (but then again no-one matched them sales wise)


Well yes... at the time, I only bought British and US metal mags, and Vio-lence were always one of those bands that even if they were mentioned, it was a tiny article, not even a full page! Even "2nd tier" thrash bands like Testament, Overkill and Annihilator got far more coverage than Vio-lence...
strade - 12.12.2011 at 01:43  
  Sorry, but Vio-lence SUCKED compared to this. Absolutely nothing menacing or memorable about Eternal Nightmare, it might aas well be the same riff and vocal part for 40 straight minutes. Then again, I prefer the more noisy, Germanesque thrash sound over the polished Bay Area style, so that shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

Also, Vio-lence is nowhere near undergound, though (*disclaimer*) that has nothing to do with why I don't like them.
strade - 13.05.2012 at 05:11  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.10.2011 at 19:07

Underground, cult classic, whatever; I still think it's a kick-ass album and one of my all-time favorites when it comes to thrash.


Right there with you, buddy. I almost ripped my fucking head off headbanging to this shit on more than one occasion.

BTW, both this and Destruction System have just been remastered and released in a three disc set with a live DVD. It just went up for sale yesterday, and it's bound to sell out fast. Anyone gotten it yet besides me? Cannot. Wait. For it show up.
Deadmeat - 24.07.2013 at 11:49  
Rating: 7 I am glad seiing people here playing this album a bit down. at first when i saw it's rating and it's style i hoped for a masterpiece but nothing close to that came. a generic album with almost no "perfect moments". not bad but also not something great.
Rulatore - 20.02.2014 at 02:15  
 
Written by RavenKing on 29.10.2011 at 18:59

Vocals in Vio-lence are pussy cringeworthy crap and would spoil even the best Thrash music.

This, one hundred times this. I like everything on "Eternal Nightmare", but those vocals are unbearble, holy fuck.

Also, at first I couldn't believe it was Rob Flynn on that record.

On topic: This album is very good.
pkillerjp - 06.03.2014 at 17:30  
Rating: 6 4th tier thrash, played at blazing speeds. Almost makes Dark Angel sound good, but not quite. As for Eternal Nightmare, it's nothing spectacular but I'd definitely prefer it over this, the riffs are quite a bit more stand out.

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