The debut full-length studio album by legendary American Heavy Metal band.
The most heavy and brutal Twisted Sister's album in their discography! Although Twisted Sister had been slugging it out on the New York-area bar/club scene for nearly a decade by the early '80s, no major record label would sign the act. Noticing that England was in the midst of a Heavy Metal resurgence (dubbed the New Wave of British Heavy Metal), the quintet moved over to the U.K., where they recorded their debut album, "Under the Blade". UFO bassist Pete Way produced the album, which featured many of the band's best compositions from their club days.
The production is really raw in comparison with their subsequent albums, but the energetic performances do redeem these sub-par recordings. Mostly, the songs are blazing Speed Metal numbers, each one catchier and more intense than the last. The chilling title track remains one of the band's best and has became a perennial concert favorite, while other Metallic highlights include the opening "What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)", "Sin After Sin", "Shoot 'Em Down" and "Tear It Loose". The band also brings the volume down a notch or two with the slow-burning tracks "Run for Your Life" and "Destroyer".
The album has sold over two million copies worldwide. In 2005, Under the Blade was ranked number 387 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
"Under The Blade" remains one of Twisted Sister's Hardest Rocking albums and is highly recommended to lovers of early-'80s British Heavy Metal!!
Secret Records, 1982 (INT 148.902 (SEC X 9)). Made in West Germany. First press. Includes inner-sleeve with info and lyrics. Used: Cover EX+/Disc NM-.
1. What You Don't Know 04:45
2. Bad Boys (Of Rock 'n' Roll) 03:20
3. Run for Your Life 03:28
4. Sin After Sin 03:23
5. Shoot 'Em Down 03:53
Running time: 18:52 min.
6. Destroyer 04:16
7. Under the Blade 04:40
8. Tear It Loose 03:08
9. Day of the Rocker 05:03
Running time: 16:58 min.
Total playing time: 35:25 min.