Ticket to Mayhem

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Ticket to Mayhem
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 17, 1987
Recorded Morrisound Recording,
Tampa, Florida, USA
Genre Thrash metal, speed metal
Label Roadrunner
Producer Dan Johnson
Whiplash chronology
Power and Pain
Ticket to Mayhem
Insult to Injury
Professional ratings
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Ticket to Mayhem is the second studio album from New Jersey thrash metal band, Whiplash. [2] It was released on Roadrunner Records in October 1987 and follows 1986's Power and Pain . In 1989, the band released a follow-up album, Insult to Injury .

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Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

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The opening and closing tracks, both called "Perpetual Warfare", are simply sound effects of guns, explosions, and fighter planes.

In 1998, Displeased Records rereleased Ticket to Mayhem and Power and Pain together on one CD. [3]

<i>Power and Pain</i> 1986 studio album by Whiplash

Power and Pain is the debut album from New Jersey thrash metal band, Whiplash. It was released in 1986 on Roadrunner Records and was followed up by 1987's Ticket to Mayhem.

Track listing

All songs written by Tony Portaro, except where noted.

1."Perpetual Warfare"1:41
2."Walk the Plank" (Portaro, Joe Cangelosi)4:23
3."Last Nail in the Coffin" (Portaro, Tony Bono)4:30
4."Drowning in Torment" (Portaro, Cangelosi)3:48
5."The Burning of Atlanta"4:51
6."Eternal Eyes (Last Nail in the Coffin Part 2)" (Portaro, Bono)3:20
7."Snake Pit"3:52
8."Spiral of Violence"5:44
9."Respect the Dead"3:09
10."Perpetual Warfare"1:38
Total length:37:31


Morrisound Recording is an audio recording facility in Temple Terrace, Florida, owned and operated by brothers Jim and Tom Morris. Since its opening in 1981, Morrisound has been responsible for the popularization of genres such as heavy metal and death metal, but caters to every genre of audio expression.

Tampa, Florida City in Central Florida, United States

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