Pay for Your Lies

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After weathering the trauma of drummer Zema's tragic suicide, Brazil's Korzus finally decided to grab the bull by the horns and take their career more seriously. Namely, this meant addressing a few issues -- writing and singing English lyrics, and making sure that 1989's Pay for Your Lies be a truly professional-sounding studio album -- which had thus far restricted their chances of international success. It's safe to say they were successful on both counts, and the addition of second guitarist Marcello Nicastro helped install new harmonic and dynamic dimensions into first-rate new compositions like "The Dark Side of the Mind" and "Born to Kill." As for furious thrashings like "Brain Wash" and "Elm Street," they also embellished Korzus' ever-present Slayer influences with a distinct, tightly wound approach more reminiscent of New York legends Anthrax. Closing out with another top-notch original called "The World Is a Stage," and a very interesting, multi-paced cover of Black Sabbath's "Under the Sun," Pay for Your Lies' only major weakness is its incredibly short duration -- a mere 20 minutes! Which is all the more reason to seek out the two-for-one CD re-issue by Destroyer Records combining Pay for Your Lies with its predecessor, Sonho Maniaco.

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