Released in 1987, two of the three Tonys were back at it with the second release by Whiplash. “Ticket to Mayhem” was my second introduction to the band and I must say, this was a very good follow up to their debut “Power and Pain.”
Lot’s going on in this album, so let’s begin to break it down. It’s got that strong Thrashy feel to it along with the speed. The vocals are also border line deathy. So, what we have here is a Death Thrash Metal album with some Death Metal influences. Overall, this to me is what Thrash Metal was all about back in the 1980’s. I remember when this album was released and how I hurried to the record store to get it.
The band is a duo of Tonys. You have guitarist and vocalist Tony Portaro, bassist Tony Bono, and drummer Joe Cangelosi who replaced Tony Scaglione. For a three piece band, you have such an original, powerful, and raw sound. The music and tempos are speedy and heavy. The guitar work is very riffy and leads are fantastic. The guitar has this almost progressive and precises feel to it. The bass is very in your face playing along with both the guitars and drums. The drumming is heavy as hell. This is just a very creative album.
1. “Perpetual Warfare” 1:41
2. “Walk the Plank” 4:23
3. “Last Nail in the Coffin” 4:30
4. “Drowning in Torment” 3:48
5. “The Burning of Atlanta” 4:51
6. “Eternal Eyes (Last Nail in the Coffin Part 2)” 3:20
7. “Snake Pit” 3:52
8. “Spiral of Violence” 5:44
9. “Respect the Dead” 3:09
10. “Perpetual Warfare” 1:3