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Tear From the Red
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 February, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Poison the Well break the walls down
If you're a fan of early Poison the Well, be warned: Tear From the Red is NOT like The Opposite of December and Distance Only Makes the Heart Grow Fonder. While Distance and December are the classic metalcore albums that helped establish Poison the Well as who they are, Tear From the Red is a brilliantly written effort at writing much more than floor-punching melodic metal, though I love the "chugga chugga" of PTW's guitar riffs in December and Distance as much as the next guy.
My favorite effort on this CD is Botchla, a ferocious opening to this album. Not unlike PTW's older albums, Botchla transitions from aggressive to melodic in a way that just effing works, a way PTW are well known for.
Even the Botchla tops my list on this album, I love every song. I think they're all very well written with more focus on making music and experimenting with hardcore than December and Distance. Still, all three albums are a must. Just listen to this one with an open mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not as aggressive and more melodic, but still awesome
I picked up this CD when I saw it at the record store and I didn't even know the PTW had another album out. I popped it into my CD player on the ride home and I was blown away by the sound. The album is a bit different than "Opposite". It is much more melodic, and not nearly as aggressive and in your face as the debut CD. But don't let that fool you. Poison the Well didn't abandon the tight, chunky riffs that drew me into them in the first place. The CD seems to get heavier and more angry as it progresses. And track 6 is an accoustic song, which may turn off hardcore fans. But chill out, guys. It's called range and versilitity. And it's only one song, for crying out loud. It proves that these guys are musicians and don't just make noise like many opponants to hardcore music claim. All in all, "Tear From the Red" is a great follow-up to "Opposite of December" and shows a more mature progression of the band (jez, I hate that phrase but I actually mean it here.) If you like hardcore like Shai' Hulud and This Day Forward, but this CD now!

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest ever
I was reading these other reviews that some other people wrote, and i was literally getting extrememly angry and sick at the same time. this is an EXCELLENT CD!! they say it isnt hardcore enough and i cant even express how wrong that assumption is. I thank god everynite for the songs 'Sticks and Stones, Rings from Corona, Botchla, all so hardcore. Buy it, SO worth it ... Read more

Asin: B0000639AC
Sales Rank: 9990
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Worship & Tribute
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 July, 2002)
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At the vanguard of hardcore’s evolution stand five Long Island-born straight-edgers who sport a progressive approach to punk rock on this fantastic second album. Frontman Daryl Palumbo's lyrically adventurous songs ("The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports," "Trailer Park Jesus") wage war on cultural orthodoxy, his rocky, undulating vocals morphing between a raw-nerve croon and a tortured shriek that's sharp enough to cut glass. The band differ from their nu-metal and conventional hardcore peers in the arrangements: tracks like "Mu Empire" and "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss" combine Faith No More-style sweep with a complex, post-hardcore structure that puts Fugazi to shame. "Ape Dos Mil" reins in the pure noise as guitarists Justin Beck and Todd Weinstock turn down and wring shimmering walls of ambience out of their instruments and Palumbo weaves a tale of obsessive love. Glassjaw are a thoroughly uncompromising band, as fearlessly individualistic as At the Drive-In and every bit as good. Worship and Tribute presents the new hardcore heroes-in-waiting. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Real Shame
2 years ago Glassjaw released the breathtaking "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence": an emotional,chaotic and oh so exciting mother of a record.
When I heard that the band were about to release their follow-up I knew immediatly nothing was going to stop me from bying this album.
After I bought it and listened to it several times I couldn't help it but I felt a bit disapointed.
Not That "Tribute And Worship" is a bad album, but it isn't a great one either.
Maybe it's because a band has all the time in the world to write a debut album and only 1 or 2 years for their second one.
The album starts with the energetic "Tip Your Bartender" and the following "Mu Empire" and "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss" are "ok".
"Ape Dos Mil" on the other hand is a real letdown; The structures of this song are really predictable, and Daryl Palumbo's vocals sound aimless. This is most certainly the weakest song of this album.
The rest of the album sounds a lot like "Everything You Ever..." but doesn't reach the quality of that album.
The last song "Two Tabs Of Mescaline" proves that Glassjaw can do much, much better than they do on this albums

A real shame, better luck next time.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best of post-hardcore
This is one of the best cds ive ever heard. Glassjaw is an extremly talented band and it shows on this cd. They're grown up alot lyrically and musicaly since EYEWTKAS. This has been in my cd player since i got it and i love it. Now im gonna rate the songs:

1. Tip Your Bartender: 9/10 Excellent song, great way to start a cd. Lots and lots of energy.

2. Mu Empire: 7/10 Alright. Everyone else seems to like it except for me. Its not bad, it just kinda blends with the rest of the stuff.

3. Cosmopolitan Blood Loss: 10/10 Wow, everything about this song is awesome. Love the guitar. Very well structured.

4. Ape Dos Mil: 9/10 Beautiful song. Lots of emotion. Very interesting guitar work. Daryl's singing is excellent in this song.

5. Pink Roses: 10/10 The verse to this song isnt the best but theres something about the chorus that i just cant get over. Its just like...wow. It took me awhile to realize that hes just saying "Pink roses" over and over agian though. The rest of the lyrics are good though.

6. Must Have Run All Day: 8/10: Nice chill song. Once again with the interesting guitar work. Their talent never ceases to amaze me. Kinda strage lyrics but i still like the song.

7. Stuck Pig: 5/10 My least favorite song on the cd. Its still not bad. Its just plain. It blends together and isnt paced well. I dont like his singing in it either.

8. Radio Cambodia: 8/10: Great song. Really fast. I like all the guitar work and in the chours he sings great. Overall good song.

9. Cavalcade: 7/10: Weird song. I like it though. The bridge is priceless, when he starts talking really fast about his heart, mind, soul and body like a radio anoucer. "Heh, That was a good one Bob..." lol, great stuff.

10. Trailer Park Jesus: 8/10: Once more, a chill song. Relaxing. The chorus is great. Really good lyrics. The drummer also shows his skills in this song with 6/8 rythms.

11. Two Tabs Of Mesculine: 7/10 Another weird song. Bass distortion. The weirdest lyrics of all. "K-Q-E" ???? and the whole feeding time thing. Yeah, its still a cool song though.

12. Convectuoso: 9/10: Great song. I love the tune and the lyrics to the chorus. Thats what wins me over. Now go and buy this cd...NOW!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars new music that is actually good
I've been a fan for a while and I was definitely not disappointed by worship and tribute. Sure it's not nearly as hard as the first album but it does have it's heavier parts (stuck pig, the beginning of mu empire) but the album is so much more melodic than the first that I feel it is a much stronger effort. I see nothing but good things in the future for glassjaw and head automatica looks promising. By the way for all you people you dig the gilette cavalcade of sports, the part in the middle/end part where there is the play by play announcer type stuff, that was taken from a frank zappa song off of joe's garage called "fembot in a wet t shirt" you should check it out. Zappa was a huge influence on daryl and is an amazing musician. ... Read more

Asin: B000068VSV
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Perseverance
Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 March, 2002)
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Hatebreed's unrepentant heaviness puts other Ozzfest alumni to shame. The Connecticut-bred quintet combine elements of old-school hardcore with death-metal intensity for a metal-core sound that, with melodic guitar moments and double-kick drums, finds them equally suited for tours with Entombed and Danzig. On Perseverance, Hatebreed's major-label debut, the underground favorites have not sacrificed any musical or lyrical principles--or any aggression--turning in 16 tracks of unrelenting force, with most tunes clocking in at under three minutes. In "You're Never Alone," vocalist Jamey Jasta cuts to the chase in engaging his audience. "This is for the kids who have nowhere to turn, who have nothing to live for," he barks, encouraging fans to use "hatred to do the right thing." Especially anthemic is the shout-along "I Will Be Heard," while the speedy punk-mosh mania of "We Still Fight" is enough to raise blood pressures. If Slayer and Pantera are your idea of ear candy, Perseverance is just what the doctor ordered.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 100% pure audio aggression
Hatebreed's major label debut "Perseverance" brings in a much more polished sound than the band's past releases. J. Jasta's voice is louder than ever, the guitars are cinder block heavy, and the album is not recommeded for those looking for something in the way of "easy-listening." The fact of the matter is that "Perseverance" is one of the most aggressive albums to come from U.S. shores in quite sometime. The band itself derives many influences ranging from hardcore, heavy metal, and thrash genres. The lyrical content of each song deal with a variety of issues ranging from aggression, hatred, loss, and even goes as far as songs of encouragement and inspiration. The shining moments include songs like "I Will Be Heard", "Below the Bottom"(my top pick), "Hollow Ground", "Final Prayer"w/ a guest guitar solo from Slayer's very own Kerry King, and so on. This CD is great for fans of the hardcore genre, Slayer, Pantera, and so on. Depending on how you look at it, "Perseverance" will either make you wanna rock, or it'll just beat you senseless. Judging by the sound Hatebreed has to offer on this album, I see a bright future ahead for these guys, don't be left in the dark. I also recommend the band's 1997 debut "Satisfaction is the Death of Desire."

4-0 out of 5 stars Serious metal ear candy
It was inevitable that after Hatebreed's indie smash "Satisfaction is the Death of Desire" that they would soon make the jump to a major label. Most of Hatebreed's fans felt that this would see the selling out of the band. Thankfully though, Hatebreed has maintained their integrity, and has released one hell of a wicked major label debut with "Perseverance". Lead singer Jamey Jasta belts out rhythmic screams while the rest of the band carries on a death metal/grindcore-esque rhythm that is very reminiscent of later Slayer material (Slayer guitarist Kerry King offers his guitar talents on the track "Final Prayer"). Those who have never listened to Hatebreed before, and are more suited to listen to schlock rock bands like Linkin Park, Creed, and Limp Bizkit, will find Jasta's voice grating and annoying, but for older metalheads who remember the days of greatness from Slayer, old Sepultura, early Fear Factory, and Pantera will dig it immediately. "I Will Be Heard", "Your Never Alone", "Final Prayer", "Unloved", and "Smash Your Enemies" are great grinding songs that actually have a real meaning behind them and aren't pretend, phony, or religious. All in all, "Perseverance" might not be as good as the indie classic "Satisfaction is the Death of Desire", but this is one of the best metal albums of the year.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever!
No album has ever and will never come close to the brutality and raw power of this one. Hatebreed is redefining metal with every song they spit out. ... Read more

Asin: B000063BQB
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Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 March, 2002)
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In 1995, some of rock & roll's most notorious--and well-respected--beer drinkers and hell-raisers stepped outside the bounds of their respective bands to form a sort of underground supergroup. That instantly legendary cult band, Down, featuring Pantera's Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown, Corrosion of Conformity's Pepper Keenan, Crowbar's Kirk Windstein and Eye Hate God's Jimmy Bower, shared a common birthplace in New Orleans, a love for Black Sabbath, and if the songs "The Seed" and "Doobinterlude" are any indication, a propensity for a certain leafy substance. On this headbanging, 15-track follow-up to 1995's Nola, Down once again serve up a sludgy, sonic stew of Sabbath-influenced heaviness. Recorded in Louisiana, Down II has the swampy sounds, stoner-rock vibe, and dirt-bag patina of authentic, deeply rooted old-school rock 'n' metal. From the stripped down, gently creepy "Where I'm Going," featuring dobro, farfisa, and Hammond organ to the '70s metallic grind-groove of "Lysergik Funeral Procession" to the Southern-fried midtempo "Stained Glass Cross" to trippier, party-time entries, Down II provides an apt soundtrack for those still celebrating the dazed and confused lifestyle.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars GREAT HEAVY METAL BAND TURNS INTO DECENT HARD ROCK BAND
I'll just start out this review by saying that n.o.l.a. is probably my favorite album of all time, along with koRn's 1st album and bloody kisses. I had a feeling DOWN's new record would be a bit dissapointing and for the most part, I was right. Of course it would be nearly impossible to make a record that sounded as good as nola did. For the most part DOWN II is a shadow of what nola was. There's only a few songs on this album that could hold their own against nola. The high points of the album are "Theres Something One My Side", "Ghost Along the Mississippi", "Where I'm Going", "New Orleans is a Dying Whore", "The Seed", and "Landing on the Mountains of Meggido". As for the rest of the album, its best described as southern blues rock, which is decent to chill to, but i think DOWN could do a hellava lot better. Real DOWN is "Bury Me in Smoke", "Rebab", "Jail", etc. You won't find anything like that on this record. Overall the album isn't very heavy at all, and Phil rarely screams. On a positive note however, this is an important record to remind us of what "real rock" is, when bands like Linkin Park are dominating the charts, which is very sad. Give DOWN credit for putting out an original piece of work. But overall, after listening to nola over 50,000 times, DOWN II pales in comparison.

4-0 out of 5 stars All for riffs, riffs for all!
Those familiar with Down's epic first album NOLA will undoubtedly find a great deal to like on its followup, "A Bustle in Your Hedgerow." The band's trademark sludgy Southern-style riffs and thick grooves are present on old-school metal tracks like the monstrous opener "Lysergik Funeral Procession," "New Orleans is a Dying Whore," and "Dog Tired." The abrasive grind of the guitars give the band immense potency on these hard-hitting tracks. However, beyond the expected nods to Black Sabbath, the band also shows some signs of branching out. "Stained Glass Cross" has a somewhat funky sound, and "Learn from this Mistake" and "Where I'm Going" slow things down almost to the point of a dirge, with some rather mournful vocals from Phil Anselmo. Phil is his usual excellent self, with vocals going all over the map from plaintive singing to rousing shouts, and the band behind is in fine form once again. I don't like this album quite as much as its legendary predecessor, but it's still more than worth your time and money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sothern Stoner/Doom
This is one of the best southern sludge/doom albums ever to be released. It is formed by ex-members of Pantera, COC, and Crowbar. It's absolutely wonderful. It's sort of like a modern-day Black Sabbath, with more of a Southern kick. There are suprisingly quite a few ballads, but they are all good. Standout tracks include the heavily Led Zeppelin-influnced 'Landing on the Mountains of Meggido', 'Lysergik Funeral Procession', and 'Beautifully Depressed'. ... Read more

Asin: B0000634EV
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Use Once & Destroy
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 May, 2002)
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Philip Anselmo is the indefatigable frontman for three of the heaviest bands in existence--Pantera, Down, and now Superjoint Ritual, possibly the most extreme of Anselmo's belligerent bands. Unrepentant, unrelenting, long-in-the works songs on this incendiary debut include a 1989 cut about the Manson Family entitled "Creepy Crawl," and the portentous gut-wrencher that gives the band its name, a 23-word ditty that ends with "get killed." Anselmo has created a raw metal onslaught, more punk-thrash brutality and less groove-oriented than Pantera. This hardcore underground supergroup has its moments on the memorable "All of Our Lives Will Get Tried" and the more midtempo, but no less growling and vocally merciless "The Alcoholik." Superjoint Ritual pull no punches and have no remorse, just check songs such as the musically and lyrically blunt "Antifaith," with its chorus "dischord [sic], fear, psychosis, then the grave." Use Once and Destroy's parental advisory is well-deserved, and the disc is a must-have for any fan of underground metal or Superjoint's venerated members.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Original
I always thought that Philip Anselmo was the weak link in Pantera... his voice was irritating (he always sounded pathetic when he was trying to sound "hard"), his lyrics were pretentious, and he often (incorrectly) used words that he obviously didn't understand the meaning of. Similarly, Down was a studio jam-band with a talented core that probably would have been better without him.

Imagine how surprised I was when I heard this album! This is straight-up furious metal: no pitiful attempts to be "spooky", no lame adolescent pseudophilosophy, and no instrumental flashiness... just pure energy. This recording is not a contrived album at all, it is just plain good-old-fashioned jamming at its best.
Yeah, it's true... some of the riffs ARE lifted from Celtic Frost songs, and the style of the music mostly tends toward sounding like Morbid Tales/ Emperor's Return; but then, a lot can be said for going back to the basics.

See... great things CAN happen when professional musicians put image aside, stop trying to create the ultimate masterpiece, and just JAM.

3-0 out of 5 stars Jeez...
Some people on here have PROBLEMS. The one guy is ranting on about how much he hates Phil Anselmo and Pantera. He's probably the same dork that made that anti-Pantera website I stumbled across a week ago. Get a life, jackass! Pantera aren't a bad band. They have some songwriting talent, and when they have to be brutal, they sure can be. Phil probably was trying to branch out, and rather than alienate the Pantera fanbase, he created side projects. Down was a knuckled-down, Southern/70's metal band, very trippy and very melodic, and Superjoint Ritual are a balls-out free-for-all thrash/death band. I'm glad he made a band that he could use to screaming his freaking guts out. Good for him. The music doesn't need solos. You want some awesome solos, go listen to Down or Pantera. That's why they're there. Use Once and Destroy is pretty good. Many of the songs are clunkers, and it is pretty monotonous, but it's not pure death metal, and that's a good thing, right? Get it if you're into this sort of thing. Don't insult yourself by coming here and bashing it needlessly. You want to bash something? Go bash a Mortician or Ja Rule CD or something.

As for Pantera's glam past, uh, I'm sure you have some embarrasing baby pictures or something. We all do. Glam/hair metal is also notorious for excellent lead guitarwork as well. Dimebag Darrell AND Phil both had to cut their teeth somewhere, right? As for the Superjoint Ritual fan who called Opeth a stupid symphonic black-metal type band, you have no business on this website.

UP THE IRONS!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pantera's dead, Superjoint lives!!!
WOW!! I couldn't believe that the best frontman in metal could top himself, but he sure did. Compared to any Pantera album, this record is heavy throughout, no solos or ballads, just 18 brain- crushing tracks straight from the underground scene. This CD is like a mechanical drill that does not stop until your brain is shattered. Thanks Phil for staying true to heavy music and keeping it where it belongs, to the underground. ... Read more

Asin: B000066AT9
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Untouchables
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 June, 2002)
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The band that unwittingly begat the current, if waning, rap-metal frenzy, Korn has been semidormant since 1999's multiplatinum Issues, while bands they inspired, such as Linkin Park, have ruled the charts and minds of disenfranchised teens. The wait for Untouchables' 14 cutting cuts is more than worth it, however. The quintet's heavy sound and lyrical angst have not been dulled by success. Singer Jonathan Davis's often agonized, cathartic lyrics and slightly lispy, emotive delivery are as heavy and varied as on previous outings. On the first single, "Here to Stay," which boasts a spooky, Nine Inch Nails feel and Fieldy's aggro, down-tuned bass, Davis growls in pain, "This state is elevating / As the hurt turns into hating / Anticipating all the f---ed up feelings again."

Among and within songs, Korn move seamlessly and dynamically from gentle, spooky, and lushly melodic to a bass-heavy propulsive, explosive musicality. "Embrace" is almost grandiose and Cult-like in its rock drama, in contrast to the punky, straight-up "Wake Up Hate," on which Davis's vocals are especially creepy and Marilyn Manson-like as he rants: "I'm, I'm filthy/ Wasted piece of s--t/ I am disgusting/ Take me away." Untouchables, with its brutal introspection and hints of misogyny, is sure to earn its parental advisory sticker. But the album is still a must-have: 62 minutes of deeply felt, ultra-intense spewings, a tour de force that will strike a chord with fans and critics alike. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars They Have Out-Korned Themselves
I admit that Untouchables was just the second Korn album I ever listened to; I was introduced to the band with 1999's Issues. Untouchables is considered by some to be a softie album, possibly due to "Alone I Break," simply 'cause it doesn't feature any overdriven, axe-grinding guitar riffs. If you want a softie album, buddy, go buy "Hell Freezes Over" by The Eagles or something.

Thankfully, every track on Untouchables is a full-length, no-holds-barred song. Gone are the old two-minute interludes that were so popular on Issues. Absent as well are Jon Davis's infamous bagpipes, which were last heard on track 1, "Dead," from Issues. Untouchables is fourteen tracks (thirteen if you want the clean Wal-Mart version) of the darkest, most angst-driven heavy metal you'll ever hear. And don't get me wrong, it's not just a big old pile of noise, which, to a certain extent, Issues was. The songs on Untouchables are deep and inspired, unlike many "I'll say the F-word just 'cause I can" records that're out there today. The one exception is the hideously profane "Beat It Upright," which was banned from the edited version of the album.

Three singles made their way to the radio from Untouchables: the fierce, headbanging album opener, "Here to Stay"; the vocal-and-guitar-driven "Thoughtless"; and the inspired, semi-soft "Alone I Break." These are not necessarily the record's best songs. In fact, there are only one or two songs that an eclectic hard rock listener will not enjoy.

In addition to the outstanding riffs, beats, and vocals, many of the songs on Untouchables feature sampled openings and hooks, most notably the addictive main hook of "Hollow Life," the album's slowest (but not softest) song. "Hating" opens with a fast hook and a gothic beat, and features an incredible chorus.

Although the album may not be loved by Korn's more exclusive fans (the ones who didn't know the band existed until "Freak on a Leash" came out), it's sure to be adored by fans of albums like Metallica's "Black Album," Limp Bizkit's "Significant Other," and even Korn's own self-titled debut.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST KORN CD OUT OF THE FIVE
... When Untouchables came out, I couldn't wait to buy it. It's similar to Issues because of voilent lyrics, but different because it's alot heavier with better bass. Fieldy must have been practicing. Jon's vocals scream (feel sorry for me) with his raw, screaming voice. David has mastered the drums and the heavy guitar riffs between James and Head are excellent. This cd has its soft moments, but the hard, loud moments give you the spooky sense of death metal. Rap plays a small role in this cd also. It's Almost like a not nearly as fast version of Slipknot. If you don't have any Korn cds, you should buy this one first, just so you can hear all the great aspects of this band roled into a single album. THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST OF KORN!

5-0 out of 5 stars this is probably the second best Korn album
Most of the songs on Untouchables sound different from anything Korn has ever done before. You can still tell it's Korn, but there seems to be a different sound and a more melodic atmosphere to much of the album. The entire CD is great. The songs and my reviews of each are:

1) Here To Stay (10/10): a great, heavy guitar riff. The lyrics are really good. An excellent intro to the CD, and probably my second favorite song.

2) Make Believe (8/10): This isn't one of my favorite songs, but it has a nice electronic kind of sound. Great chorus.

3) Blame (10/10): The first 10 seconds or so sound the same as the beginning of Here To Stay. Great guitar riff, nice drumming, cool-sounding lyrics . The chorus is great. My fourth favorite song.

4) Hollow Life (9/10): This hardly sounds like Korn! It's more calm than most of their stuff, but it has an eerie, HOLLOW sound to it :) The chorus is pretty good.

5) Bottled Up Inside (10/10): My favorite song! The opening guitar riff is awesome, as are the lyrics. I like from about 2:50-3:12 when the lyrics slow down and become louder, augmented by very heavy guitar playing and some amazing drumming, with scat in the background. This song is perfect.

6) Thoughtless (10/10): Nice guitar riffs. I like the chorus with two voices going at once saying the same thing at different times. I like the scatty vocals towards the end. A great song.

7) Hating (9/10): The beginning sounds strange. I like the bass throughout the song, especially during the chorus. The lyrics sound really cool.

8) One More Time (9/10): Another different-sounding song. Unlike all the other songs. This song is really catchy.

9) Alone I Break (10/10): It's hard to tell this is even Korn! One of the most unique Korn songs I've ever heard. It's hard to describe. I love the chorus.

10) Embrace (10/10): What can I say other than WOW! A great guitar riff leads to some excellent vocals mixed to the guitar sounds. The chorus is pretty good, and this entire song is great. EXCELLENT drumming from 2:35-3:10. My third favorite, this is one heavy and dark song.

11) Beat It Upright (7/10): Nice opening guitar riff, but this song is kinda weird. Scatty-sounding vocals towards the end are pretty cool.

12) Wake Up Hate (8/10): Very eerie sounding, especially the chorus. Really fast-paced with nice vocals.

13) I'm Hiding (9/10): Great guitar riff. The lyrics are cool. This song has a nice chorus.

14) No One's There (8/10): A very slow song. As with Hollow Life and Alone I Break, this is one of the songs where you need to check the cover to be sure it's even Korn! It's not as heavy or hard-hitting as their other songs, but it's a good song nonetheless and an excellent ending to this great CD.

127/140, 91%

All in all, this is a superb album, and if you like Korn, you definitely should buy Untouchables. ... Read more

Asin: B000066HQC
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By the Way
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 July, 2002)
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When the Red Hot Chili Peppers first appeared smeared in neon body paint with socks dangling precariously from their wieners, even the most faithful funk-metal convert couldn't have conceived they would be around some 20 years later, carrying on in much the same fashion. Despite a long history of tragedies and personnel upheavals, the California quartet's eighth album is mostly business as usual--and business, as usual, is quite good. The title track, "By the Way," is a powerful, bruised piece of slap-bass and intermediary white-boy rapping. "Universally Speaking" pays sweaty, soulful tribute to singer Anthony Kiedis's hometown of Detroit. And "Lemon Trees on Mercury" sounds eerily like it could have been lifted from 1984's Freaky Styley. The band's reliable eclectic side, meanwhile, surfaces on the Latin-flavored "Cabron" and moody "Venice Queen." But the biggest surprise is "Tear," a masterful homage to the Beach Boys that suggests the Chili Peppers' perpetual state of arrested development may someday lift.--Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Best Sugar Ray album ever!!!
Okay, its not quite that bad, but that was my reaction on the first listen - because stylistically, with hooks this big ("Zephyr song" i skip everytime), ballads aplenty, and production this overdone ("midnight") its hard to tell the difference. The rock funk hybrid that made the Chili's distinctive/musically interesting only appears on "By The Way" (the hardest rocking song on the album), "Can't Stop" and a few others (and "Venice Queen" is cool). this isnt taking their sound to a new place, its ditching all together for some conventential, classic rock, easy listening. at this rate of "maturation" the chilis are destined to become the 21st century's eagles - catchy, inoffensive, mild & bland.

yeah, a few songs grew on me, but this one is bound for early retirement from my cd player. this from someone who was permantently attached to BSSM when it came out and who's summer of '99 was spent with californication as soundtrack.

A massive disappointment - led me to write my first amazon review. I recommend sonic youth's "murray street" for a band that still keeps it interesting

4-0 out of 5 stars Missing something, but still good music
I bought this album after listening to it at a Virgin Megastore. Aside from the fact that it's the Chili Peppers, the single selling point of the album for me was "Don't Forget Me." It's slow build-up and sheer emotion reminded me of the classic "Under the Bridge." Unfortunately, the cd really wouldn't get any better for me after that--partially because "Don't Forget Me" is such a great song, but also because a lot of it is simply so-so.

Don't get me wrong. The songs all fit together pretty well, and the quality of the music is decent if not the Chili Peppers' best. However, it feels like it's missing something. The beats are there, but not quite as funky; Fruiscante's great riffs are there, but not as rocking; the drumming seems to lack feeling. There are none Flea's REALLY good bass solos. A couple songs, such as "By the Way" and "Can't Stop" almost capture the feeling of their older music, but even they're kind of weak.

It's not that I expect the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be still jumping around white-boy funk rapping with socks hanging off their persons. I think it's cool that in this time of cheap numetal rock-rappers that all sound the same, the Chili Peppers have decided to expand their horizons. However, I miss the funk and the feeling of their older stuff, particularly Blood Sugar Sex Magik (definitely one of the best albums of the 90s) among others. I wouldn't say they've sold out, they're just not quite at their best here.

Despite my complaints, this is still comparatively good music. "Don't Forget Me" is excellent, if I haven't mentioned that before. "Cabron" and "On Mercury" are catchy and original. "Can't Stop," "By the Way," "This is the Place," and "Venice Queen" are all good too. I'd definitely recommend this album to any open-minded RHCP fan or anyone who wants to hear something unique, because the Chili Peppers at their weakest are still a lot better than most other bands at their best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Melodical Bliss
In this astounding CD by RHCP they really take it down a notch. They deliver a smoother, slower, more in touch album. The songs are very emotionally packed. It has a certain melancholy sound to it. There are a few of their more trademark rap/hard rock songs but for the most part, expect that melancholy sound I was talking about. They have some really good songs, my top 3 being:

Dosed- A slower more heartfelt song
Can't Stop- One of their fast paced rap/rock sounds
I Could Die for You- Very melancholy with good voice overs ... Read more

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Alive Or Just Breathing
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 May, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars "VDOP" for this generation!
I wanted to wait a week or two, before writing my review, to let this album really sink in...after reading constant comparisons to "Vulgar...", "Roots", and "Burn my Eyes," i went into this album with high expectations. Needless to say, i was not disappointed.
This album slays, pure and simple. Call it metal, metalcore, hardcore, whatever...this disc is sure to please. It has the guitars and drums of a metal album, but the breakdowns and rhythm changes of hardcore, and the varied vocal stylings of both genres. The opening salvo hits you right in the face, and continues for the entire listen. "Life to lifeless" and "my last serenade" showcase the band's lighter side, but then to go to songs like "to the sons of man", and you realize that this band crosses all boundaries. They even re-do the first two tracks off their stellar EP, and both sound better than the original recordings (if that's at all possible).
In all, any fans of metal or hardcore should pick up this cd. It's sure to become a classic, and kill off all the copycat hardcore and metal bands in music today. Pure aggression, no holds barred.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heaven Meets Hell.... Head on!
Killswitch Engage is the most talented band I have ever heard in my life. The bands melodic vocals mixed with some of the heaviest sounds ever produced by a metal band in the last 20 years. The bands ballad, "My last Serenade" is harder and heavier than most bands heaviest song. Although the band has an unmatched style, their music is powerful, and energetic and not odd like other bands. If you are a metal fan and dont buy this album, your missing out on some of the greatest music ever. The songs have everything that makes metal metal; from the heavy riffs on guitar to thundering bass lines, while never surrendering the beloved double bass. Honestly, if you like music with awsome drumming, this album is a must have. Even though it says the drummer is Gomes, it is done by Adam who also played guitar. This band and album has everything to offer and I can't wait until their new cd comes out (featuring THE HOWARD JONES instead of JESSY LEACH- he left due to vocal and personal issues)

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
this album is great. it isn't too heavy, it isn't too soft. it's the right blend of everything beautiful that metal itself has to offer. this album fades away from typical metal into what is know as metalcore. the vocals are pretty intense but at times he sings rather that shout and it is very dramatically brought about, in a good way. i am more of a lyrics person; the lyrics of this album were great, fairly intense with meaning. unlike some bands whose lyrics are intense with little to no meaning. overall the album has a very in your face thrill with some of that rememberance moments. there are portions of songs where it slows down into that power ballad vocals, and those are the moments where it gets very intense and deep. overall, this album is gorgeous. i personally recommend "my last serenade" and "barely breathing." buy it, no questions asked. ... Read more

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Alive
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 July, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars w00t-blinkin'-w00t
Anyone who disses this album obviously hasn't listened to the album, because it rocks. Truthfully, to like this, one must be a Snot fan. And, yes, some metal is suckin', but Snot never sucked, nor will ever suck. This is metal as it is supposed to be.

4-0 out of 5 stars Snot
This band was the savior of music for me when i heard them in Cali. It was sad to realize that another one of their albums wouldnt come out. This album was ok.

1. Intro: Just the crowd cheering and 2 or 3 symbol beats. Doesnt deserve a rating.

2. Snot 8/10: The intro to this song is great. You can tell how hyped the crowd is. Lynn sometimes messes the lyrics up but you can still hear his signiture sound in it, i love the background singing. I like when he gets the crowd into it. His rap part is good, better then i thought he could pull it off.

3. Joy Ride 10/10: I actually dont really like this song on get some but on this live version it sounds perfect. This one gets me hyped up. Couldnt have been done better.

4. I Just Lie 8/10: "This ones about your old lady." Great intro, then they stop and get the crowed hyped. Sings the verse ok. Great background singing like always. 3rd verse kinda [was bad] because of the way he sings it. I like the end though. Its violent.

5. Stooped 9/10: Reference to HedPe. I like his singing in the beginning. Great intro. He does cut lyrics but it sounds good in this one.

6. The Box 8/10: My favorite song on Get Some. Great intro. He alters lyrics, its sounds ok. The chorus is awesome. He cuts lyrics sometimes. Goes right into the next song.

7. Snooze Button 9/10: Yum i love this song. Yes, he does a good intro. Does his rap not like the album so much but it sounds great. Pauses before the chorus to get the crowed hyped. He doesnt scream the chorus like he does on the album but it sounds good.

8. Abscent 10/10: This song just gets me hyped up. His voice sounds just like it does on the cd. It sounds amazing. He cuts out lyrics though. Chorus is amazing. My favorite one on this album.

9. Deadfall 10/10: I like this version, it gets you hyped up. Its to fast for lynn to mess around with the lyrics which is a bonus.

10. Get Some 10/10: He messes around with the lyrics but it sounds good. I love it when he screams DIED. Chorus is great. I think he takes this song seriously and it shows. The end is executed very nicely.

11. Tecato: He speaks in another language saying "You Know Its Coming Holmes" Dedicating the song to Soulfly. I think he is talking about the killer of whoever killed someone close to Max Cavalera.

12. Grea bonus track

5-0 out of 5 stars SNOT !!!!!!!!!!!!
on december 12 of 1998, i got to santa barbara on my first trip to the US, that day lynn strait died ... when i heard it on the news i felt really bad, i was hoping to see them live, but that wouldn't happen ... at least we (snot fans whot didn't have the privilege to see them live) get to hear them on this cd that really captures their energy performing live... it's a great cd, and besides the music, it's got some enhaced stuff, so if you like snot's "get some", you gotta check out this live cd... it's great !!!! ... Read more

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3 (+2 Bonus Tracks) (Limited Edition)
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 June, 2002)
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3-0 out of 5 stars SOULFLY 4 "PROPHECY"
Screw this Cd check out "prophecy" their next Cd, comes out March 30th. trust me all you headbangers hear the song at soulfly.com Its "prophecy" ok...hear it till the ending of the song whooo! now thats headbangin' I didn't knew
that Max had his hidden rage all inside of him........he should let it out ...alot!!I recommend you soulfly fans to get the next CD Im going to preorder it hahahahha!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Album
This is a superb album if you are into heavy music. It has a great driving feeling to it, while still keeping the trademark "tribal" sounds. No, there is not very much progression from previous albums, but there are not too many places to go for heavy metal. The fact of the matter is that Max continues to churn out raw, intense music, and he is not letting up. And I, personally, don't see anything wrong with that. I do think this album is a bit better than the last one; the music gels better and seems to come togeather better. An overall improved sound. The bottom line is this album does exactly what it set out to to: combine driving metal with tribal beats and intense vocaling into one kick a** record.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST DEATH METAL!!!!!
Max rules! I don't know why everyone's mad about giving this album 1 star. IT RULES!!!!!!!! SOULFLY 3 is the best SOULFLY 3 is the best SOULFLY 3 is the best SOULFLY 3 is the best SOULFLY 3 is the best SOULFLY 3 is the best! ... Read more

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Subject To Change
Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 February, 2002)
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While Switched fit neatly in with the nu-metal milieu, they are a bit left of center, and put a unique stamp on the 11 discrete and heady songs on their major-label debut. Much of the credit goes to Ben Schigel's dramatic vocals, which range easily and well from melodious to irate. While some songs are intense yet melodic rock like a more soaring Nickelback ("Inside"), other aural offerings are more metallic, like the furious "Exterminate," which nearly does Slayer proud. Then there are moments that recall Linkin Park and conjure up dark rock roots, while the intense layers of sound and powerful musicianship on songs like "Darkening Days" and "10 Dead Fingers" add almost a modern-cool progressive musical tinge, also evidenced on the System of a Down-meets-King's X "Anymore." With Subject to Change, this Ohio-bred five-piece proves that Cleveland does indeed rock, and hard, too. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Debut
I have been listening to the Switched guys for quite some time now, and I have patiently been waiting for Subject To Change to hit the shelves. Well it finally has, and I must say that these guys have grown. They are still full of energy and raw power, but the music has grown. Ben Schigal unleashes some vicious screams and is able to follow up with some great melodies. The guitars are downtuned and mixed with crunching riffs which are provided by guitarists Brad Kochit and Joe Schigal. Tracks like Religion, Anymore, Wrongside, Last Chance and Exterminate showcase the band going all out and crushing your spine with no remorse. Songs like Walkaway and Inside revolve more around melody. Unfortunatly most will throw switched into the nu-metal catagory and this disc will most likely be overlooked by many. Its a shame that a band with such great potential will be overlooked. Subject To Change is a great record that should be owned by any metal head.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blown away
I first heard of Switched through their song "10 Dead Fingers" on the Music Channel. I liked it a lot but I didn't think too much of the band itself at the time till I heard "Spread" (which by the the way is a non-track album, its on their EP, now out of print). So I decided what the hell, I'll make the cd. I was definitely pleased with this cd, it rocks all the way through. The only "soft" song, if anything, is "Walk Away," but it gets heavier towards the end, and thats the Switched we all (now) know and love. Besides the songs I mentioned there is also "Four Walls," which has an amazing metal riff (so does "Last Chance" by the way) and their single w/ video "Inside." All of the songs on here rule, and if you have horrible taste in music then you won't like this band, period. They are nu-metal, but they add a different sort of element to the genre, and where nu-metal is concerned, that is needed many times.

4-0 out of 5 stars Catchy, heavy songs with a wide range of vocals
At one time, I was pretty much a sucker for all nu metal that was kinda underground and wasn't out for the money. Now, I find myself listening to few bands, such as Fear Factory, Type O Negative, and Machine Head. I've pretty much abandoned all the other guys. So why does switched fit in? Because they pull off emotion in great variety and it's not simply sounds battering your ears. Along with these guys I definitely recommend From Zero, who can be compared to these guys except more on the melodic side. ... Read more

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XX (+3 Bonus Tracks)
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 April, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars a kick ass cd
this cd is awesome, I recommend it for any metal fan. I am one of the few that are fans of both mushroomhead and slipknot. mushroomhead have been around since 1993...neither of the bands copied off of each other. slipknot and mushroomhead can't really be compared anyway, each do a different style of metal-but since they both wear masks people expect them to be alike. But anyway, this cd is better because it has extra tracks, but if your a fanatic like me, go ahead and get the original anyway. And by getting the original I mean getting their xx release off of eclipse records(which you can get here at amazon- the universal records release is titled xx, the eclipse records version is titled x x with a space between the x's). The eclipse records version is supposed to have a secret track which is a prank phone call and it has a track that isnt on the universal records release. This cd is also good because it has live versions on it too, which kick...

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't think another slipknot!
When I heard of Mushroomhead, I thought... Another Slipknot wannabe's. (me been a fan of the Iowans). But after seen them at Ozzfest 2001, my mind changed. The opening track kicks [butt], straight out metal. The rest of the album has more of keyboards and samples than thrashing metal guitars.

5-0 out of 5 stars What is Slipknot?
All I can tell you to do is to BUY THIS CD. THIS BAND IS F**KING AWESOME. They top off everything without Explicit lyrics. These guys make Slipknot look like a baby in cradle. Awesome guitar, drums and vocals. I would like to seem 'em play live if I ever get the chance. ... Read more

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Dark Days
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 May, 2002)
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Coal Chamber's third outing since 1997 finds the Los Angeles-based quartet taking its dark, intelligent nu-metallic approach farther. More ominous, aggressive, and postindustrial than true metal, the band's portentous, aggro style is also at times sensual, as vocalist Dez Fafara delivers provocative, pointed lyrics in a passionate, wide-ranging sing-to-a-growl voice. From "Friend?" to "Drove," with its spooky soundtrack-like vocals and simple, haunting, edgy music, Coal Chamber pulls no punches. As Farfara taunts in "Drove," "Yes, I despise you mostly / you're small you see, a wannabe." From the barely controlled chaos of "Something Told Me" and the dynamic title track to the insinuating, irresistible chorus of "One Step" and "Rowboat," a song originally done by the band Flood, the disc is generally strong. Ultimately, however, this album's 41 minutes of murky musings is not revolutionary enough to earn major merit. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is the best Coal Chamber album. The first album rocked very hard, but was undermined slightly by so-so sound. Chamber Music was let's say, lackluster. An overproduced version of the first. Dark Days isn't breaking any new musical ground, but it sounds 100 times better than Chamber Music. This CD is going in my top 50 all-time greatest. My favorite, "Fiend" sounds a bit like Marilyn Manson, and kicks the CD off nicely. The title track sounds like it came off of the first CD, but got polished a little bit more. Overall, if you're a disenchanted Coal Chamber fan (like I was), give 'em a break and give this one a listen. If you're a fan of the genre, this is a must have. And if you like your music hard, loud, and fast, this is for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars ONE STEP FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK
Dark days is a step forward for coal chamber in terms of heaviness. This album sounds similar to their awesome self-titled debut. Compared to Chamber Music, Dark Days is overall a better album. Chamber Music had much more melody and singing on it, which wasn't neccessarily a bad thing, but it just wasn't coal chamber. But the band do what they do best on Dark Days, with unrelenting heavy beats, psycotic choruses repeated over and over again, and great energy with every song. Still it doesn't come close to their 1st album which is one of my all time favorites. But at least coal chamber are being true to themselves and their fans my making a very heavy album and not trying to get on the radio like so many other pathedic imitator bands. So in conclusion, buy Dark Days if you want "nu-metal" in its most original and raw form. Don't buy dark days if you like listening to rock radio.

5-0 out of 5 stars In My Top 5 Favorite Metal Albums
This is one of the best metal albums ever. Dez Fafara is an excellent frontman and has one of the best metal vocals. Coal Chamber is my 2nd favorite band (Slipknot being my favorite) and this is Coal Chamber's best CD. The best songs are Fiend, Glow, Watershed, Something Told Me and Dark Days. All The others are awesome to, so don't think you are only getting a couple of good songs. BUY THIS ALBUM! ... Read more

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The Eminem Show
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 May, 2002)
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Any lingering doubts as to the depth of Eminem's skills or his potentialfor raw yet compelling honesty are dispelled on The Eminem Show's firsttrack. Armed with a quicksilver flow and a thundering rhythm track (the recordwas exec produced by longtime mentor and partnerDr. Dre), "WhiteAmerica" finds Eminem ferociously mauling the hand that feeds him, lambastinghis critics, the industry, and the racism that, in many ways, helped makeMarshall Mathers more than just another rapper. "Let's do the math," Em sneers,"If I was black I would have sold half/ I could be one of your kids/ Little Ericlooks just like this." After the bombast ofThe Marshall Mathers LPand Eminem's well-noted use of sexual epithets, this kind of material is mademore controversial because it actually rings true. From a brutal retort to hislong-estranged and equally troubled mother ("Cleaning Out My Closets") to asurprisingly tender ode to his child ("Hailie's Song"), Eminem examines hislife, loves, arrests, addictions, failures, and successes with surprisinginsight, making this a funk-drenched hip-hop confessional well worth the hype.--Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars His best to date
I had loved the Slim Shady LP and Marshall Mathers LP before Eminem Show had been released. I was looking forward to it because I knew he was not going to miss. After listening to this straight through and loving every minute of it, my opinion about his first 2 lp's slowly started to change. Not in a bad way, but in a way that shows that Eminem has outdone himself once again.

Without a doubt, this is Eminem's best cd out of his 3 LPs. Taking the reins on his album, he does the majority of the producing. You can see his obvious growth from his previous two albums to this one because he has left the gay-bashing and wife-killing lyrics on the shelf this time. Instead he takes a stand on political issues (White America), hip hop's issues ("Hip hop is in a state of 911" from the song Business), women issues (Superman) as well as his own issues (Soldier, Say Goodbye to Hollywood). The hit singles "Without Me", "Sing for the Moment", and "cleanin' out my closet" kept him on top of the charts for pretty much all of 2002 and part of 2003. You can tell from a few songs that he still has issues with his mother and Kim, as they are mentioned in several verses. Em tries to take a stab at singing in "Hailie's Song" and while he's no American Idol, the song was still enough to touch me. An angry delivery ensues in my favorite track "Till I Collapse" where Em spits angry grimy lyrics. The last "controversial" track if you can call it that is called "My Dad's Gone Crazy". I've seen some reviews that said Eminem is a bad influence over his daughter for including her in a song with those kinds of lyrics. Obviously nobody has heard of audio editing where he inserted his daughter's vocals into the song. Now that I've put that ballot to rest, moving on to "Sing for the Moment" which uses the sample of "Dream on" by Aerosmith. Sing is another great song with more real lyrics from Eminem. "Say what you say" is probably the weakest effort along with "Drips" but these below average tracks are not nearly enough to bring down this 5 star album. Eminem needs to ditch these clowns he is hanging around with (50 cent, G-unit, d12, obie trice, etc) and go solo. Eminem himself is powerful enough to carry a label. He doesn't need anyone.

In any event, whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying his lyrical as well as his production talent in this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shady's back and better then ever!
Shady seems to get wizer with his lyrics ever album. This album explodes with great lyrics, beats, and a tight production. Dr. Dre and Eminem are the best duo. Marshall tells about social issues in America he expresses his thoughts in great detail throughout the album you get a sense of what he is going through in his life.

Curtains Up Skit- Show's Eminem ready to talk on the microphone.

White America- Displays Eminem's talent to reach out to his fans and how's he's influenced them awesome song! Very heavy

Business- One of my favorite tracks it's awesome with Dre's beats. It's kind of a batman and Robin duo. Great Lyricsm on this track it's a standout!!

Cleanin Out My Closet- Eminem talks about his fame, his ex wife, and his mother, this song tells the fans what Eminem's feeling.

Square Dance- Don't let the title fool you. Eminem seems mad on this track he trash talks canibus! It's a good rap song.

The Kiss Skit- The events that led to Eminem's arrest.

Soldier- Tells about how even though Eminem has had lawsuits against him, the press against him, and his newfound fame, he takes it all in and still moves on like a soilder.

Say Goodbye Hollywood- Talks about all the things that have happened to Shady and how he needs to keep his feet above the ground.

Drips- Talks about Obie Trice he raps about sex and STDS. Basically a son about Eminem's fictional girlfriend.

Without Me- One of my favorite tracks. Eminems first lead single and he basically tells about how he's back and better then ever. Very funny song.

. Paul Rosenberg (Skit)- Em's manager telling em not to carry a gun around anywhere.

Sing For The Moment- Aerosmith tune telling how his fans and other enterainers are attached to em.

Superman- Tells about his ex wife. And how he can care less about the situation. How's he single and his laid back attitude.

Hailie's Song- Lovesong to his daughter. Describing his feelings in this heartfelt song.

Steve Berman(skit) - The head of Interscope records says what he wants to say about this album.

When The Music Stops- Awesome talks about Em's issues and what he's feeling tight beat guest spot by D12 one of my favorite songs on this album.

Say What U Say - Em and Dre rap dissing Jermaine Dupri.

'Till I Collapse- Don't really like this song tells about how em is going to continue with his rap career till he collapse how much he loves the game and how rapping is his life!

My Dad's Gone Crazy- Eminem shines on this song it tells about him and what we've known all along Em is a little crazy!

The Curtains close- The Em show sadly ends.

*****5 stars great album!! Funny

1-0 out of 5 stars how about niggaz and wiggers learn how to act like people?
rap is not music and there is no talent involved. you know why cops pull blacks and wiggers over? it's because they're blasting this gay crap and it's annoying. if i were a cop, i would pull "yall" over and shoot you in the back of the head. all rappers and followers are insecure and the only way they can get attention is to blast this garbage in their cars. the bigger the s.u.v. you drive, the smaller (...)you have. stop trying to prove yourself, the aryan nation hates you. ... Read more

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Infiltrate-Destroy-Rebuild
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best CKY album yet!
I been a fan for about 5 years now of CKY and of course I had all their albums.

When Volume 1 came out it was totally amazin the lyrics and riffs were totally awesome and i listened to it non-stop. When they announced IDR was coming out i didnt expect it to succed volume 1 but i was very wrong.

when i finally got it, i listened to it and the sound,lyrics just totally blew my mind i couldnt belive it. derons voice and lyrics were totally sick (wicked), guitar riffs were punchy and edgy,drums were amazin!.this album just from listening i knew had so much work and energy had gone into it.

ever since i got IDR i listened to it 24/7, this album is definately worth getting for old and of course new fans.it will be the album which will hardly ever come out of your cd player or car stereo.its addictive and is one of the best albums definately out!!!

Make sure you can and buy it and check it out!! p.s also buy volume 1 and for die-hards volume 2! Cant wait to hear what cky next album will like!

INFILTRATE-DESTORY-REBUILD

FORCE.CHANGE.NOW

Favourite songs:-
Escape from hellview - defiantely a classic on the album
Shock and terror
Attached at the hip
Flesh into gear
Inhuman Creation Station
Close yet far - a surprisingly good ballad

5-0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY MIND BLOWING
This album is by far the best CKY has put out. Like many others, I doubted they could top Volume 1, I was wrong. When it comes to guitar riffs, it takes alot to impress me. When I heard CKY for the first time, I was speechless. When I heard Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild, i was yet again speechless. The guitars on this album are out of this world. Deron Miller has really expressed his playing ability in this album. You will be hard pressed to not find a song you like on this album. The songs Escape from Hellview, Flesh Into Gear, Inhuman Creation Station, Sink into the Underground, Attached at the Hip, sporadic movement, shock and terror, close yet far, and plastic plan are all amazing, come to think of it, that is all the tracks on the album!

My advice would be to run to your music store, disregarding all safety regulations and traffic laws to get this unbelievable album.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Great CD
You have got to buy this cd. It Is so good. It was the second CD i got from CKY. I can listen to this cd all day because it is so good and the music is superb. DERON MILLER on guitar/vocals makes up awesome guitar parts and is a great signer. CHAD GINSBURG, second guitar, is a good rythm guitarist and adds a great live element to the band. VERN ZABOROWSKI, bass, is a cool bass player but he has just been kicked out of the band so... JESS MARGERA, drums, is a good drummer , but he doesnt get to shine in this band because it is mainly about the guitar and vocals.

JUST GO BUY THE CD IF YOU HAVENT. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ... Read more

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El Cielo
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 October, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Unreal...
The best album I've ever heard. Everything about this CD is perfect. The vocals, instrumentation, production...I've never connected with any piece of music more than I do with this album. So much emotion, passion, and above all--overwhelming talent. I've listened to this album more times in the past few months than I have with any other album. And I never get sick of it.
I've seen the band live 3 times since I discovered them, and they sound as good--or better--than they do on their albums. Dredg makes it hard to listen to anyone else. They're that good. And in response to the comment about them "not" being rock saviors, I would have to agree. They're more like music saviors (with all the ... that's out there in the marketplace right now).
I love Radiohead and Tool, two other bands that they're compared to, but personally I prefer Dredg. You have to be in a certain mood to listen to those other bands...El Cielo is perfect for any mood. Their music puts you in a trance-like state like no other band's music can. It changes your outlook on things. Every song's great, but some of my personal favorites are Same 'Ol Road, Sanzen, Eighteen People Living in Harmony, Of the Room, It Only Took A Day, and Whoa Is Me.
My recommendation? Well, I think it's pretty damn clear at this point. Pick it up. And pick up Leitmotif (their first album) while you're at it.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Sky Is Big and Bright for Dredg
Dredg's El Cielo is easily one of the most epic and engulfing albums I've ever heard. Expounding on their sometimes solid, sometimes weak and skitterish first album, Dredg brings us this musical masterpiece. Lazy critics might just stamp "COLLEGE ROCK" on the members' foreheads and pass on them, but since when did critics know anything (except me, in this brief moment)? Dredg is such a talented band, they almost ooze the talent out of their pores. You can hear influences from the Cure, other such 80s bands, Tool, jazz and middle eastern music, and even a dash of more straight-ahead modern rock acts. Gavin Hayes has one of the most brilliant voices heard in a long time, even though he isn't really able to hit those high notes.

So why don't I give this 5 stars? Well, first of all, I have to be IN LOVE with a band to do that. I'm not in love with Dredg yet, having just acquired this CD back in December of last year. Also, the CD can meander from time to time. But you want this CD. Just listen to "Same Ol' Road" or "Whoa Is Me" or "The Canyon Behind Her" (I know you can only listen to a sample of just one of those, but humor me). See?

5-0 out of 5 stars My soul is bettered is by this
Hard for me to find good music. Harder still to describe this music. Smooth, flowing, hard, strange, mysterious, calming, artful, original, authentic, technical.

As much as Tool, Floyd? No, but no band is. As for similarities, the only band that comes to mind is probably Porcupine Tree - especially the CD "In Absentia" (and that's saying a lot as that is one unbelievable piece of work - easily in my all-time top 25).

In any case, Dregd's ideas of structure and paint in music and art are notably exceptional. Lyrics meander, and liner notes are filled with disturbing and curious jottings (several about trauma, sleep paralysis, horrifying noises, etc), but all together, all the parts - and many, many of them - make up for one beautiful whole. ... Read more

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Steal This Album
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 November, 2002)
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With Rage Against the Machine disbanded, System of a Down ascend to the political aggro-rock throne, and with Steal This Album, the Los Angeles-based quartet prove themselves worthy to wear the crown. A play on the late activist Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book, the album consists of 16 System songs from the mid-1990s through 2001. The band stresses the songs are not "B-sides or outtakes"; in fact, they clearly show System at their apex. These smart, varied songs feature Serj's frenetic, staccato, Jello Biafra-like phrasing atop the band's edgy, commanding, metal-meets-punk base. From the funny, frantic "Chic 'N' Stu," to "F**k the System," "A.D.D. (American Dream Disorder)," and "Boom!" System keep listeners guessing with discomfiting time changes that match up with Serj's incendiary lyrics. In keeping with their creative, fan-oriented approach, System are releasing four limited runs of the CD, each version featuring artwork from a different band member. This is not escapist rock. It's an intense and eye-opening aural history lesson you can mosh to. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Steal This Review
Let's get to the point, this album is awesome!! Here is a run-through of the songs.

1. Chic 'N' Stu-Very, VERY strange,but........no just strange. I liked it because it had that SOAD feel to it.

2.Innervision-It has a real kool Chorus and also that SOAD kick to it.

3.Bubbles-I like it. SOAD worthy.

4.Boom!-An amazing display of Serj's political views. I agree.

5.N - guns-Something about genocide.

6.A.D.D.-Very disturbing vocals. Sounds like something off of their first album. Your government is using you.

7.Mr. Jack-Spooky intro, kinda slow, but still SOAD worthy.

8.I-E-A-I-A-I-O -I got 8 words for ya..woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop.

9. 36-Short and Sweet. Too bad is isnt longer.

10.Pictures-This is one of the best song on the album. You just have to listen

11.Highway Song-Thought provoking. Just like a SOAD song.

12.F**k the System-Very interesting. Sounds like the first album in one song.

13.Ego Brains-The second best song on the album. Soft but hard.

14.Thetawaves-Simply amazing.

15.Roulette-Probably one of the best songs on the album. An acoustic masterpiece.

16.Streamline-The guitar is insane. Perfect example of SOAD's creativity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but uneven.
A great compilation, but fails to mesh at times. Also why "The Metro wasn't included is baffling.

1) Chic N' Stu- 9/10 (Funny, and political.)
2) Innervision- 10/10 (A great song that should have been on Toxicity - because it doesn't fit as well on this album.)
3) Bubbles- 9/10 (Pure rage, should have replaced Jet Pilot.)
4) Boom!- 9/10 (Poetry to music - literally.)
5) Nuguns- 2/10 (Annoying...)
6) ADD- 10/10 (Jumps starts it from Nuguns, a tough feat.)
7) Mr. Jack- 10/10 (Should be their next single. Much like Spiders in its melody.)
8) I-E-A-I-A-I-O- 9/10 (Great chorus and humorous lyrics.)
9) 36 - 3/10 (Pure filler.)
10) Pictures- 7/10 (Fast, but little depth.)
11) Highway Song- 9/10 (Dramatic and insightful.)
12) F**k the System!- 6/10 (Too much mumbling.)
13) Ego Brain- 8/10 (Great background, average lyrics.)
14) Thetawaves- 4/10 (No purpose, a poor song.)
15) Roulette- 9/10 (Great lyrics, should have had a bit more of a beat.)
16) Streamline- 7/10 (Sounds cobbled together, as you can tell becuase it is a different version than there was in Scorpion King.)

3-0 out of 5 stars let down 4 the system
I am a loyal fan, but the system has failed me for the first, and hopefully last time Steal this album frankly made the system seem to suck. 1 thumb down and a fart! ... Read more

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End of All Things to Come (Bonus DVD)
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars In the same boat as L.D. 50
Even though Mudvayne explore new territory on their new CD, I again only enjoyed about half of it. The album seems to become very cluttered and chaotic at times(Patient Mental), and just way too thin at others (Key to Nothing).
Dont get me wrong. Mudvayne have continued to pave the way for progressive metal. Tracks one through six are perfect, but after that I have a hard time enjoying this disc. The only song after six that seems good at all is Skrying. But, I'm sure with time, I'm may come to enjoy the rest of this CD. Some times, thats just the way of progressive music.
The great thing about the album is that, even though only about 7 of its 13 tracks are good, those 7 are more than worth buying the album for, and are songs that will bore into your mind and leaving you loving it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Powerful Heavy/Nu-Metal Album By Mudvayne!
On the heals of their very successful previous album "L.D. 50" with its hit song "Dig", Mudvayne has produced an even more powerful heavy/nu-metal album with "The End of All Things to Come". Mudvayne's four members; calling themselves Chüd (vocals), Güüd (guitars & vocals), Spüg (percussion) Rü-d (bass); changed their names from the ones used on the "L.D. 50" album to emphasize their expanded dynamic range and their new alien look for this album. "The End of All Things to Come" clearly illustrates Mudvayne's maturity and improved musicianship over their previous two albums. My ratings for each of the songs (including tracks on the Limited Edition DVD) are below:

CD:
1. "Silenced" 5/5. Heavy & aggressive guitar/percussion with screaming vocals all the way. One of the heaviest songs on the album.
2. "Trapped in the Wake of a Dream" 5/5. Eclectic mix of screaming/melodic vocals backed with aggressive to heavy guitar/percussion; overall a very heavy song.
3. "Not Falling" 5+/5. Very reminiscent to the previous album, "L.D. 50" with its fast percussion & rhythmic guitars mixed with mostly-melodic/screaming vocals.
4. "(Per) Version of Truth" 4/5. Slower song with more melodic vocals, but giving way to more aggressive choruses.
5. "Mercy, Severity" 5/5. A fast & aggressive guitar/percussion beginning giving way to soft & melodic vocals, but quickly going back to very aggressive choruses.
6. "World So Cold" 5+/5. One of the best songs on the album, this song begins as a percussionless, melodic ballad but transforms cleanly into a more aggressive percussion-driven song with a mix of aggressive/melodic vocals & guitar. The beginning ballad is repeated in the song, but with percussion. Very well done guys!
7. "The Patient Mental" 4/5. An eclectic mix of aggressive/soft guitar and screaming/singing vocals.
8. "Skrying" 4/5. Aggressive, pounding guitar with screaming vocals giving way to a soft melodic center; but erupting back into a more aggressive ending.
9. "Solve Et Corgula" 4/5. Powerful guitar & percussion with mix of emotional screaming/singing vocals.
10. "Shadow of a Man" 5+/5. Aggressive guitar/percussion with mix of screams/singing vocals at a slower speed, then speed picks up with more rhythmic (but powerful) section. This song changes speeds several times. Very well done!
11. "12:99:24:99" N/A. Silent track, probably the website data-key.
12. "The End of All Things to Come" 4.5/5. Fast & heavy guitar/percussion with screams, much more heavy metal than nu-metal sound.
13. "A Key to Nothing" 5/5. Powerful, heavy vocals accompanied by aggressive rhythmic guitar.

Limited Edition Album Bonus DVD:
1. "In the Studio" 4/5. Video of the band in the recording studio working on "Not Falling".
2. "Photo Shoot" 5/5. Video of the band having busts of their head made and showing them receiving their full latex appliances & make-up for their new alien look.
3. "Downtime" 4/5. Video of the quartet riding bicycles & dirt bikes.
4. "The Interview" 5/5. +++ Video of Spüg & Rü-d having breakfast & discussing the recording & creation of this new album.
5. "Goodbye" 5+/5. Previously unreleased song. A tauntingly dark, nearly percussionless & very melodic ballad that begins with the tin-sounds of a toy piano similar to a celesta, but much more tinny.
6. "On the Move" 5+/5. Previously unreleased song. Fast & aggressive guitar/percussion with very aggressive vocals leading to more melodic choruses. This song is also reminiscent of the previous album "L.D. 50" and includes some speed changes.

By and large, Mudvayne is a very talented group whose matured sound will probably continue to only get better with each new album. I highly recommend this limited edition album to any heavy/nu-metal music fan over the regular album since it includes the two previously unreleased songs on the DVD that further illustrate Mudvayne's musicianship & dynamic range. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5 stars!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Asbestosis of Metal Without the Dying
What? Weird title? KISS IT! Asbestosis is a condition that is caused from inhaling the fine dust given off from asbestos, and it is very deadly, and it can kill you. Now, take the inhaling of fine dust part, and apply firmly to Mudvayne. These Illinois-based cruisers first came to me in the form of a L(ethal) D(osage) (haha, a pun!), and now, I think this should've been the theme album for Y2K, but they were just too late.

If it sounds like I am reaming this album, then just turn around now and go look up someone else's album. I will say, this album isn't superior to L.D. 50, but it is equal. Mudvayne takes a page from Tool in evolving their music to a purified form, then shoving it down your throat. That is the only comparison you will get in this review, so deal.

OK, the music, right? "Silenced" is a great kickoff for the album, yes, I can agree on that. However, it does get to the point where you wanna skip that song because the real adventure starts with being "Trapped in the Wake of a Dream". I was quite hyperactive when I was able to get my first taste of this album from their website before it came out, because "Not Falling" and "Key to Nothing" were, excuse my French, F***ING INCREDIBLE!!! It's a good thing these guys are not only original, but continue to be original. This album delivers just as much speed, bass, distortion, and movement as the prior two. There are a few changes in the music, and for the better in many cases. Chad's vocal capabilities are expressed in this album tenfold in comparison to past efforts. Can you possibly get better than listening to those progressions from subtle to ferocious? Only if you listen from beginning to end. The drums are more sporadic and complex. The guitars are beautifully blended with that lovely bass. Everything about this album is well thought out, and you can tell from watching the bonus DVD.

Standout tracks? God, I hate having to pick out certain ones. Well, if you want to sample the songs, then I would look out for "Per(version) of a Truth", "The Patient Mental", "Key to Nothing", and indefinitely, "Skrying". Everything else is fantastic too, but those are the ones that will give you a good look at what this album is about. The two tracks on the DVD, "Goodbye" and "On The Move", are great as well, but you will understand, upon listening to them, how they didn't fit the scheme of the album.

Therefore, take one free hand, open car door, drive, find, buy, plug in immediately, and cure that cold you have, because Mudvayne will warm up every bone in your body with this other masterpiece from their deep, dark, twisted souls.

If you dig this, I would also recommend:

Mudvayne - L.D. 50
Tool - Aenima
Motograter ... Read more

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Believe
Average Customer Review: 4.01 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 September, 2002)
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The Windy City alt-metal provocateurs Disturbed surprised everyone when their debut, The Sickness, sold over 2 million copies. Here, once again, the band's imperious chrome-domed vocalist David Draiman bleats out the band's messages of nonconformity, self-empowerment, and individuality with a passion and ferocity that hasn't been heard since the '60s--though there's little room for peace, love, and understanding in Disturbed's world. Instead, Draiman laces the band's message with equal parts rage, disgust, and menace, all delivered in a thundering voice that alternates from the lyrical to the grizzled. Ozzy Osbourne has called Disturbed the "future of metal," and he might be right; they have almost single-handedly plucked the genre out of the aggro dung heap and fueled it with intelligence. The band is just as aggressive here as on their debut, but they've lost some of their dark angst, and as a result have created a melodic, psychically lighter album, despite the fact that the CD kicks off with "Prayer," a conversation between Draiman and God, inspired by the singer's grandfather's death. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the year
To all those people giving this album 1 star because it's too "soft", OPEN YOUR EARS. David Draiman may have toned down his lyrics, but the guitar riffs and music are still as heavy as ever. Disturbed has not gone soft by any means, they have just showed the maturity and guts to improve their great style to near perfect. For all you who really like the harder Disturbed songs like "The Game" and "Stupify" from The Sickness, will love "Intoxication" and "Rise." And, for all those who can really appreciate a great singing voice will really like "Breathe" and "Darkness." "Darkness," by the way, is one of those ballads that all metal bands write, but few do well. Disturbed does it right (as do Metallica, Pantera, and Sevendust). As for my favorite song, it has got to be "Prayer." It is the first single and sold me on the CD before I heard any other song. In conclusion, BUY THIS CD, YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best sophmore effort ever!
I heard Disturbed's first album and i was instantly hooked. The unique and different vocals combined with the heavy guitar riffs and excellent drumming makes for an amazing metal experiance that very few bands will be able to match.That was all that made the debut so impressive and with this effort Disturbed has even made a better album by correcting on mistakes that were made on the last album. For one the album now has more variations and maturity as compared to the last one. Tracks like darkness and prayer may not represent the heavy sound that was common on the sickness but allow for lead singer David Draiman to showcase his vocal range along with the amazing instrumental sound that the band can produce. This leads to the second reason why the album is a good effort, as each song on the album sounds better in terms of the music and lyrics these guys have made sure that u get an album that is not too similar to the sickness while not being too different at the same time. What u hav here is an improved effort by a band which has topped it's debut by improving on little mistakes or making improvements that tweak there sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prove that not all Nu-metal is bad
I'm not a big fan of Nu-metal. Generally speaking these are immature bands with a whining singer screaming on top of his voice, forgettable guitar-work, no bass, simple beats, and repeating every cliché KoRn originally came up with.
This album, however, is a very pleasant surprise. It stands high above the majority of nu-metal bands. Unlike most bands, Disturbed has a clear own sound. They allready showed some of this with their debut "The sickness". Now, with "Believe", they expand and improve on it.
Guitars, drums and bass (yes you can actually hear the bass!) are all quite good, together creating their own, unique sound. Don't expect incredible firework or solo's though.
However, the thing that takes Disturbed to a higher level are the vocals of David. He's without a doubt one of the best singers in today's music scene. Not only has he an amazing voice, going from thundering and majestic to very soft and tender, he also comes up with beautifull singlines and powerfull lyrics. Just compare Davids majestic voice to the singer of Linkin Park blurting out "I wanna heeeeeal I wanna feeeeeel". There's no competition.
The combination of these 4 elements result in some iron-strong songs such as "Prayer", "Breathe", "Rise", and the beautifull song "Remember". Especially the latter sounds very epic and haunting, despite the fact it's running time is only 4 minutes. After 11 songs, varying from heavy to more melodic, the album ends in a perfect way with the beautifull acoustic "Darkness".

"Believe" proves that not all Nu-metal is immature crap, as long as the musicians are ready to expand their horizons and stop repeating all cliché's over and over again (like Linkin Park did with Meteora).
I really recommend this album, even if you're not into metal. The strong melodies will surely get you hooked. ... Read more

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