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Iowa
Average Customer Review: 3.61 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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Right from the introductory shriek and grind of "(515)," you know Slipknot are deadly serious about making a real heavy metal album. Iowa is intimidating in its unforgiving heaviness. Produced to perfection by wunderkind Ross Robinson, it takes the best of Slayer as a starting point. "People = Shit," "The Heretic Anthem," and "New Abortion" are relentless and wholly brutal, but this is no mere thrash. "Disasterpiece" features a weird, hypnotic riff, while "Left Behind" comes across like a duet between Alice in Chains' Layne Staley and Slayer's Tom Araya. The rerecorded "Gently" builds slowly from industrial atmospherics to a punishing explosion of noise. The title track (also old and formerly known as "Killers Are Quiet") is a deeply unsettling heavy-metal "Midnight Rambler." Frontman Corey Taylor claims to have performed it naked and bleeding from self-inflicted wounds, which isn't hard to believe. This masterfully constructed collection is painfully raw and utterly compelling. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 012345678 ---- SlipKnoT
To me Slipknot made this album to improve upon the self titled CD. Everything or almost everything here is just a repeat of the first album but has been changed and worked off from and getting ideas from. The self titled album was a classic and Slipknot's main objective for this album was to build on the sh*t they had going from that. Heavy, dark, obscene, chaotic. I dont like labelling these guys to anything..Nu Metal, Metal, Death Metal etc. They are something on its own, like a machine that comes into this world with pissed off emotions and telling the world whats on their minds. This isn't the heaviest stuff by any means, but it is something that will and Should NOT be done again in the future, because nothing will ever be like Slipknot, and Corey

1.(515) --------- Alright, for an opener it's original, spookey and really sends the message that their not going to be messing around on this one..(9/10)
2.People=Sh*t ------- Tremendous. Catchy at beginning. Trade mark slogan of Slipknot..(10/10)
3.Disasterpiece ----- Amazing. Great opening riff and chorus timing and orchestration.. (10/10)
4.My Plague --------- Excellent. a bit overplayed, but i love the heavy guitar crushings in the verse.. (10/10)
5.Everything Ends ----- Great. sing-along, heavy, generation inspirational... (9/10)
6.The Heretic Anthem ---- Great. verses are kinda plain to me for some reason, but has a revolutionary chorus and scariness..(9.5/10)
7.Gently ------ Great. old song, cool soft build up to punishing guitar, longer and experimental ...(8/10)
8.Left Behind ---- Great. radio, cool 80's flare near end.. (9/10)
9.The Shape ---- Great. reminds me of Surfacing for some reason, but same, good chorus... (9/10)
10.I Am Hated ---- Good. Doesnt come across clean... (7.5/10)
11.Skin Ticket ---- Good. Dont consider it a real song but i find it enjoyable sometimes when i feel alone and insane.. (8/10)
12.New Abortion --- Good. nothing special. (8/10)
13.Metabolic ---- Great. underrated-- (9/10)
14.Iowa ---- Boring. Long. Same as "Killers Are Quiet". Enjoyable when you are not hyper to any extent what-so-ever ... (5/10)

Album Description === CHOATIC

great work, revolutionary CD. pick it up if your VERY angry.

5-0 out of 5 stars thrash resurrected!
Now really, can you honestly call Slipknot nu-metal? Sure, even nu-metal has its good points (bands like Tool and Coal Chamber are Stereomud indeed), but Slipknot has none of the so-so qualities that make nu-metal. Let's face it: the nine-headed monster from Iowa is called nu-metal simply because they're (relatively) new. But if you listen to their composition, you will find nothing but thrash in the style of the best Slayer, Pantera and Sepultura. Their first album, while still great and still thrash, was a bit sloppily done, and the musical ingenuity only shone out now and then. Iowa is beyond improvement: it is transformation! A brief intro that's worth sitting through, followed by a brutal and brilliantly composed People=S***, then a good but exhausting trip in Disasterpiece. The next song, My Plague, is very melodic and downright enchanting. Everything Ends is a piece of (censored); skip it. But the Heretic Anthem is quite an admirable piece of heaviness. Gently (ironically named) simply engulfs you as the strength builds. Left Behind is a bit commercial, but still a pleasing song. Shape is a bit harder to get into, but you will really appreciate it in the end. I am Hated is simply mesmerizing. Skin Ticket is garbage. New Abortion deserves a fair warning: you might not survive (it rocks). Metabolic is a bit of filler. The title track is worth having, but a bit of an endurance test. These sadomasochistic maniacs show just how versatile thrash still is. Too bad they cut down on sampling and turntabling, but that's not such a big loss. Neither nu-metal nor death metal, Slipknot have a lot to contribute to the metal world.

3-0 out of 5 stars Iowa
Every generation gets the heavy metal heroes it deserves.

The hedonistic '70s produced Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. The superficial '80s gave us Moetley Cruee and Poison. And now, the violent, dysfunctional days of this new millennium have given us the frightening Slipknot, the new Antichrist superstars of disaffected teens everywhere.

We should not be surprised by their popularity. Everything about this nine-member troupe from Des Moines is tailor-made to appeal to surly adolescents. Start with the look, which is, after all, just as important to kids as the music: The members perform in identical industrial coveralls. They wear freaky-creepy horror-movie masks. They go by single-digit numbers instead of names. Think about it: Anonymity, withdrawal from conventional society, the creation of a fearful new persona, a sense of belonging to a rebellious and powerful group -- what more could your average teen want except a side of fries?

In Slipknot's case, that would be the music -- a monstrously heavy and explosively destructive cacophony of pain and mayhem more akin to the blackest European death metal than the comparatively benign rap-rock of Limp Bizkit. Searing sheets of guitars, pummeling waves of maniacally frenzied rhythm, nuclear-powered bass guitars and tortured vocals that veer from a guttural growl to a white-hot primal scream are the main ingredients in this recipe. And it's all served up with a bottomless lyrical cup of bitter psychotic rage. The message is simple: Slipknot hate everything about society. And everybody in it. Us, themselves, you -- especially you.

Amazingly enough, they're even more pissed off on their second major-label album Iowa than they were on their eponymous 1999 debut. That album was like a middle finger stuck in the face of the world; this one is more like a fist heading towards your skull. On shiny, happy tunes with titles like People = S--, My Plague, I am Hated and New Abortion, Slipknot make their intentions graphically clear: They don't just want you to clear off. They want to stab you, bathe themselves in your blood and have sex with your corpse. We are not hyperbolizing. "I wanna slit your throat and f-- the wound / I wanna push my face in and feel the swoon," bellows vocalist No. 8 on the devastating Disasterpiece, one of the 14 violence-drenched assaults in this hour-long session of brutality. And you thought Marilyn Manson was evil?

Slipknot may not be evil but they're damned clever. The warning sticker on this CD (at least on the review copy we got) is stuck to the outer plastic wrapper, so kids who buy it can remove it before they get home. As much as we hate those stickers and the censorship they represent, that sneaky tactic concerns us. Slipknot's Iowa is an album every responsible parent should hear, both by themselves and with their kids. Not to try to dissuade teens from listening to Slipknot -- frankly, these songs are so relentlessly over the top and indistinguishably one-dimensional that even kids should get bored of them pretty quick. But adults might want to point out to the young 'uns that Slipknot is selling rebellion the same way McDonald's sells those fries. And that while their horrifically violent reactions to life and its evils make for excellent cathartic fantasies -- and we all have them -- they aren't to be confused with reality.

Otherwise, we suspect it's only a matter of time until another confused, neglected kid listens to a disc like this, picks up a weapon and screws up a whole bunch of lives. And if we as a society just let that happen, it will be just what we deserve. ... Read more

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God Hates Us All
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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While thrash-metal peersMetallica andMegadeth have mellowedboth musically and lyrically, Slayer's music and message remains unrelentinglyanti-nearly-everything and almost unspeakably brutal. Without significant radioairplay, the hard-core California-bred quartet has amassed a loyal fan base thatwill not be disappointed by the 42 minutes of sheer aggression found on GodHates Us All. The twin-guitar onslaught of Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman,coupled with the rapid heartbeat double bass drums of Paul Bostaph, match theoften sacrilegious and abhorrent-to-many lyrics, made even more disturbing bythe fact that the CD's release coincided with the World Trade Center tragedy.This is metal for atheists, as King writes terrifyingly prophetically:"Pessimist, terrorist, targeting the next mark/ Global chaos feeding onhysteria." In keeping with the album's doomsday outlook, "New Faith" offers:"Welcome to the horror of the Revelation." A terrifyingly vitriolic and too-realalbum, God Hates Us All more than earns the parental advisory sticker itcarries. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Slayer's best since Seasons In The Abyss
It's such a relief that Slayer have remained true to their death/thrash metal roots, when both Megadeth and Metallica went in the mellow direction which to me kinda sucked. Any way on God Hates Us All, Slayer shows the nu metal community how real heavy metal is done: fast, loud, angry, brutal, violent, and of course in your face. Vocalist/bassist Tom Araya gives out one of his best vocal performaces on here especially on that song Bloodline. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman are every guitar lovers wet dream, and there riffs and solos on here are 100% excellent. Paul Bostaph's drum work on every song show an art of speed and grace. Just listen to his double bass on that song War Zone and you'll know what I mean by speed and grace. If you're into true heavy metal, add this kickass masterpiece to your collection.

Best songs: Disciple, War Zone, Here Comes The Pain, God Send Death, Bloodline, Cast Down, New Faith, and Payback.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite the Controversy On This One.
Slayer. Where do you start really? They're the best metal band out there if you ask me. I think the booklet from the box set says it all best. I think it's fascinating that Slayer still seem to piss people off, even the "fans" sometimes.

First of all, we gotta drop the whole "nu-metal" thing here. We all know that about 99% of it is trash; it's a trend and trends don't last. I'd like to know when Slayer conformed to a trend at any point in their 22+ year history. Comparing Slayer to a trend is like comparing the effect of a fire cracker to a nuclear bomb.

I keep coming back to listen to this album, which means it's a good album. Whenever I listen to it, I end up listening to the entire thing. It sucks you in and doesn't let go until its had its way with you. People fail to realize that the main idea behind this album isn't the cliche "god sucks" thing. This album is about anger. Pure rage.

The lyrics and music are trimmed of the fat, ala Reign In Blood. The music is more diverse since then, but it's still good. I have to agree with Tom when he says "it sounds like Slayer to me". Kerry did indeed write most of the structures and lyrics, trimmed them down as if he was in an argument with someone face-to-face. It didn't have any thesaurus-spiced up lyrics that cause you to think, it was a straight out blow to the face. That's what makes this album such a good album is the fact that it's just a speeding train coming at you, no matter whether it's from 1860 or 2000, it's still gonna hurt.

There is some seven string guitar experimenting along with the C# seen on Diabolus and not too many regular Eb tuned songs. It's pretty diverse though and the heaviness is cleaned up and processed so you don't get that usual "dow dow dow" sound every time a note it struck. I think it works for this album well.

Playing wise, the riffs are fast and heavy. The leads, although not as frequent as I would like, sound like a dying infant. There's some clean parts which of course sound as if the shadows have come to life. It's probably Bostaph's best work (but still no comparison with Lombardo). And Tom. Tom sounds like he's the medium in which death is released unto the world.

Overall, it's a good album. It might not click real well because 3 of the songs were written for soundtracks and so many things got in the way of recording the album. But Slayer still pulled it off. And the September 11th, 2001 release date, what more proof do you need that god hates us all?

4-0 out of 5 stars Truth in Advertising
If you are likely to buy a Slayer album, chances are you know what to expect lyrically. This album is no exception. The album is titled God Hates Us All and that is probably the most politically correct statement on this album.

I have been listening to metal in all forms for about 20 years and this is hands down the most brutal CD, both musically and lyrically, I have ever heard.

Slayer lyrics are definitely not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. There are numerous anti-religious and blatantly sacreligious sentiments expressed throughout this album.

I absolutely recommend this album for Slayer fans and people that enjoy 'angry' music. The album is not perfect though. Some of the vocals are not up to past Slayer standards and I have never been a fan of songs without guitar solos, of which there are a couple.

I would have given this album 3.5 stars if that was an option, but since it isn't I erred on the high side because I do think that Slayer fans who enjoy their sheer brutality will enjoy this album. ... Read more

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I'm the Man
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars ANTHRAX WRAPS IT UP
I was simply floored at the cover of SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH... it alone in my opinion is worth the purchase of this disc. The comical LiVE version of "I'm the man" is also done well. I think this album is definitely worth its weight in METAL..

5-0 out of 5 stars Who's The Man?
I'M THE MAN (CENSORED RADIO VERSION) ' This is from where many of today's bands draw their shtick (you know who you are!). A groundbreaking meld of rap, metal and warped sense of humour that still shows its strengths 15 years after it was recorded. Check out the 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' sampling of Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets'!

I'M THE MAN (DEF UNCENSORED VERSION) ' The same track as above pushed up to ten on the attitude meter. Also check out the song's 'Halva Nageliah' riffs. Who said speed metallers had no sense of humour?

SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH ' A frenetic cover of a Black Sabbath classic tune. Joey Belladonna had the most melodic voice in the whole of Speed Metal, and a certain magic was lost after he was fired by Scott Ian and Charlie Benante.

I'M THE MAN (LIVE- EXTREMELY DEF ILL UNCENSORED VERSION) ' A highlight of the Belladonna era live set where Joey would change positions with Charlie and give the ol' tonsils a rest. This version shows the energy and fun of Anthrax performances with some killer audience participation.

I AM THE LAW (LIVE) ' This classic tune always goes down well live. Not many bands could pull of a tribute to Judge Dredd. Anthrax did it all the way in style.

CAUGHT IN A MOSH (LIVE) ' Another classic from the 'Among The Living' album captured live and snarling . . .the way the track should be played!

4-0 out of 5 stars Before the infamous "Bring the Noise".
Legendary thrash metal band Anthrax made history by being one of the first ever metal bands to include a blend of rap into their songs nearly a decade before the style became popular. To this day, I believe that Anthrax has never received the respect they deserve.

The main focus of this E.P. is obviously the groundgreaking single "I'm The Man". The song is quite simply hilarious, and the mix of musical stylings makes it perfect. The verses sound similar to a Beastie Boys song, and the chorus is pretty Gwar-like. Some of today's rock-rap bands who think making 60 songs about killing someone is "hilarious" should listen to the originaters and take notes. There's also another version of this song on "Attack of the Killer B's", but it doesn't compare to the genius of this one.

The cover of Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is extremely well-done and and shows off a different side of Joey's vocals. The only flaw with this E.P. is the live version of "I'm The Man", which sounds disorganized and sloppily done (but even then, the ad-libbed stuff from the band members is still pretty funny). The two live songs originally from "Among the Living" ("Caught In A Mosh" and "I Am The Law") are a nice addition and almost as good as the originals. Overall, if you're a fan of Anthrax, or a fan of humorous rap-metal, this is a must have. ... 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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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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Animosity
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 November, 2001)
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Those expecting a collection of full-on metal songs on the latestSevendust album will get only half of what they want. While the band has alwayshad a more melodic, less rap-metal approach than their peers, tracks onAnimosity are far more accessible than typical nu metal. Some songs, withtheir contradictory mixes, do sound disjointed and confusing, but "Crucified,""Damaged," and "Dead Set" are just a few examples where it all fits togethernicely.

Elsewhere, tracks fall into power-ballad waters, but thankfully they are notcheesy. "Xmas Day" and the midtempo "Follow"--featuring assists by Aaron Lewisof Staind--feature darkbut emotional melodies that are carried beautifully by Lajon Witherspoon'ssoulful vocals. The album closes on a spiritual note with "Angel's Son,"Sevendust's heartfelt tribute to late Snot singer Lynn Strait, which is fleshedout by a string section. --Gail Flug ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars OK but not heavy enough
I love sevendust. The self-titled album was great, despite a few tracks where rap was present (Terminator), and home was awesome with heavy and growling lyrics .... HOWEVER, Animosity, though melodic, is just not heavy enough. The guitars arent as heavy as they should be. Dont get me wrong, melody is great...and very important in an album. But songs like "Live Again" don't sound like rock....too soulful one could say. LaJon has an awesome growling voice....I want to see it present in the new album "Seasons." Any sevendust fan has got to know what Im talking about. They make better albums when they are disjointed and dont have a "sound." I hate having to write a somewhat unpleasant review of a band that got me into the metal scene. Sevendust is the first rock band I ever truly liked....but as I got into bands like Pantera, and Type O Negative and Tool, I look at Animosity and just feel disappointed in the lack of heaviness. ...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Chops, but Still in Need of Songwriting Help
Sevendust has displayed amazing musical chops since their first album, and they're keeping it up here. John Connolly and Clint Lowery are two of the most creative and skillful guitarists working in metal today (second only to the guys in Korn), with vertiginous, breakneck riffs and highly intricate interplay. Their penchant for throwing around weird noises and feedback actually brightens the songs, rather than cluttering them up like in other metal bands. Morgan Rose is a very intricate and flawless drummer, navigating the band's bizarre time signatures and rapid-fire changes with ease. Sevendust's true asset is the soulful and emotional vocals of Lajon Witherspoon, who is better than all of today's nu-metal vocalists combined.

Unfortunately, Sevendust has also had a problem with songwriting since their first album. Their full-blast rockers are really where they're at their best, such as "TOAB," "Praise," and "Dead Set" here. But when they attempt to get serious, that's where there's trouble. Sevendust's mid-tempo numbers and power ballads are sluggish, dreary, and mostly indistinguishable (except for the majestic "Angel's Son"). Here, numbers like "X-Mas Day," "Follow" and "Beautiful" really drag down the middle of the album into a sluggish tar pit. Sevendust's other major weakness is Morgan Rose's obnoxious backing vocals. Rose is usually screaming insults and curse words at the top of his lungs, and pollutes many songs while detracting from the much better voice of Witherspoon. This definitely damages "Damaged," plus "Beautiful" and "Redefine." I suspect that the band is trying to create a juxtaposition between Rose's bloodcurdling screams and Witherspoon's soulful crooning, and would like to work that contrast in interesting ways. This would be a cool novelty to use once in a while. But in almost every single song, it just really gets on your nerves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome cd
This cd is Sevendust's best album by far. Tracks like Trust, Crucified, Follow, Live Again, and the slower Angel's Son are really good and there really aren't any songs I don't like. This is a must for any Sevendust fan! ... Read more

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Through the Eyes
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 October, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A solid effort
I'm gonna keep this short and sweet, so here goes: First off, is it just me or does this guy sound freakishly like like David Draimen of Disturbed on songs like "Only the strong?" Anyway, this was very nicely done, and it is something that you should have in your Rock/metal collection as reliable Rock fan (which you should be). If there's one thing I can't stand, it's the sound of rapping against the metal guitars. Metal music was invented for the benefit of playing true-to-the-cause rock music, not rap. In my opinion, if you're gonna play metal, don't disgrace the masterpiece we rockers like to call the guitar, because that wasn't what this glorious style of music was developed for. Now that that's out, I can wrap this up. The only reason I didn't give these guys 5 stars is because I almost never rate ANYTHING as perfect, as it's extremely hard to do anything perfectly in this life, but I do occasionally give 5's, and If i give a rock CD a 5, then it's definitely a must buy.(Rammstein, In Extremo, Godsmack, SOAD, etc.) so if any of the band members read this, there's nothing about this CD that I'd change.Alright pure rock fans, go out there and support metal bands, whilst I go eat because I'm very hungry. Later

5-0 out of 5 stars This cd deserves 6 stars in my book.
I am dead serious when i say that this cd is one of the best albums i have ever purchased. Seriously, my favorite bands are godsmack,disturbed, and few others and flaw definitley is up there in the ranks with them to me. I can't pick out a favorite track cuz i like all of them, but i would have to say
"My Letter" is the most beautifully written song i have heard to date, dont count out "Best that i am" these are both very melodic tracks that hit the spot. To this day i still wonder why they never released one of these tracks on radio cuz im sure they would of got so much airplay cuz they are so appealing to your ears. gotta give shout-out to "payback", "whole", and "only the strong", awesome. And for those who havent bought this cd yet, DONT FORGET THE HIDDEN TRACK, amazing version of "only the strong" with just vocals and piano, nicely done. And they are good live also.... now go buy this album right now!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Ever
Flaw's debut release, "Through The Eyes", is easily one of my favorite albums of all time. After hearing the song, "Payback", I was hooked. Once you pop the CD in the player you'll discover such songs as, "Scheme", "Whole", "Only The Strong", and "Ammendment". If you are a fan of Hard Rock, you are doing an injustice to yourself everyday that you dont buy this CD. ... Read more

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The Darker Side of Nonsense
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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New York nu-metal quartet Dry Kill Logic spew anger out through every pore. Their debut album is the latest in a long line of nu-metal records that rests on the axis between violent, angst-ridden rock, and sample-ridden, mechanical metal grind. But beyond the nifty call-and-response opener, "Nightmare," Dry Kill Logic too often stray along a well-worn path; the likes of "Pain" and "Weight" pound out the lyrical clichés for all they're worth. It's only when Dry Kill Logic sound genuinely unhinged that they really come together, as on the wild-eyed "Rot," which nods toward the deranged hyper-metal of System of a Down, and on "Give Up, Give In, Lie Down," which recalls the bolt-tight dynamic of stunning British metal hopes Raging Speedhorn. That anger? Perhaps it's frustration, because Dry Kill Logic have almost turned out a great rock debut. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not good enough? Get REAL!
DKL's Roadrunner debut "The darker side of nonsense" is amazing musical journey. You're taken from the deepest painful tunnels of hardcore metal, to the less traveled mellow flowing rock. Key tracks include the metal hatefest "Rot" which flares with anger filled screams and roaring guitar..."Goodnight", flowing with amazing acoustics, strings, and a soothing voice that could lull you to sleep easy and "Nightmare" hosts the hatred of a relationship gone bad(or a fear of it happening).

The band exercises some amazing musical muscle by mixing clean, beautiful singing with Growling, painful screaming. Anybody who admires metal for what it is will find this cd is a must have and can definitely compare DKL to labelmates Slipknot, Coal Chamber, and Chimaira......Go get em

5-0 out of 5 stars Got Anger?
I found out about Dry Kill Logic through a Bonus CD that came with Rob Zombie's the Sinister Urge tilted Calling all Maniacs. The song featured on it was Rot. That song alone convinced me to buy their album. Pleasantly I was not disappointed. Cliff's vocals are great. Some people compare Cliff to Corey from Slipknot, because he can scream (most of the songs) and sing (Goodnight). This is one of the CD's that perfectly expresses my anger. DKL are basically one of the bands that are pissed off about how many stupid people there are in the world. (I have met a lot of them) I wouldn't classify DKL as nu metal. There isn't any rap influence and they aren't about putting singles on the radio.

The bands name itself strikes curiosity. Originally they were Hinge. They released a 3 song EP called Cause Mossin' is Good fun and a 9 song record called Elemental Evil. Those 2 records have been out of print for a long time and most likely they will not be re-released because they had a different guitarist on those records as well as other reasons. From the opening of Nightmare, you can tell that you are in for a ride. The song I mentioned before; Rot is one of those songs that just keeps getting heavier and heavier (the last 40 seconds is the best part). The CD closes with one of my favorite acoustic songs, Goodnight. After that we are treated to the hidden track known as SAB, It sounds like something that they were just goofing around in the studio with.

Cliff sounds pissed on the entire record with the exception of Goodnight and Track 13. Scott's Guitar is relatively simple, so don't expect solos but it still sounds really good. The Bassist Dave, actually scratch built his Bass, so that shows he knows his stuff and the Drummer Phil is very good at what he does. A few of the reviews that gave a low rating said that he was the most talented of the group. If you're pissed off at the world and you need some to blow some steam, pick up a copy of the Darker Side of Nonsense today.

5-0 out of 5 stars F#@KING AWESOME!!
A lot of my friends who are so called Metal fans have not even heard of this band or album because they are so used to what the mainstream feeds them as "Metal". But I have not heard anything out there as brutal, powerful and goddamn intelligent as this album in the Metal mainstream for a long time.

It has reaffirmed my faith that some muso's out there still choose to have their balls securely attached.

Cheers on a great album guys! ... Read more

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Scars
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Nothing really special, but solid all the way through
Soil provide further proof of the pervasive influence that Alice In Chains have had over the hard-rock genre. Although I occasionally get irritated over the glut of grunge-influenced bands clogging the airwaves, my love of Alice In Chains and Soundgarden makes the trend of similar-sounding bands not an entirely bad thing. Fans familiar with the dark, almost bluesy ambience of Alice In Chains will definitely recognize that quality on "Scars." From the grinding guitars and brooding, occasionally shouted vocals, it's all here. The good news is that Soil deliver their sound very competently and efficiently. The roaringly infectious and heavy opening numbers "Breaking Me Down" and "Halo" are the standouts on this album, combining the grunge guitar sound with catchy rapcore vocals. The rest of "Scars" contains more of the same, with the band rarely sounding hugely original but always sounding energetic and musically proficient. So Soil can be added, along with such other newcomers as Pete. and Dust For Life, to the pile of derivative but talented post-grunge bands. If they can add some more of their own ideas to their music, Soil have the potential for greatness.

4-0 out of 5 stars Soil - 'Scars'
AT LAST! An album that grabs you right from the get go! This debut album from the five piecer from Chicago delivers something not captured since the days of 'Metallica' churning out true metal beauties, straight-ahead yet emotive, testosterone-fuelled rock. Now don't get me wrong, 'Soil' are not in the class of 'Metallica' by a long shot but to be mentioned in the same breath indicates that the potential is most certainly there.

I had not seen any video on Kerrang TV or heard their single 'Halo' before buying the disc and on launching this into my CD player was taken on a roller coaster ride from track 1. 'Breaking me Down' had me head banging big style, grimacing and growling along like I haven't done for eons...

'Ryan McCombs' vocals are infectious, the guitar work by 'Adam Zadel' and 'Shaun Glass' are rough and nasty. The groove drivers, 'Tim King' on bass & 'Tom Schofield' deliver perfectly. (Look out for the video for 'Halo', very cool!). The Chicago kids groove hard and consistent with an array of well-written modern metal styled offerings matched with old-school influences. From the groove of 'Need to Feel' to the more angrier 'Wide Open', to the power of 'The One', you come to realise that this is one consistently good album.

'Scars' will certainly feature on 'albums of 2002'

The true test is the follow up album apparently due out in 2003.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

5-0 out of 5 stars One to add to your collection
This CD never gets old, i still play it all the time, the best song has to be One, but thats just my oppinion, but still this is one to get, so make room on your shelf! ... Read more

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Commencement
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 May, 2002)
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Deadsy's debut has been a long time coming. Regardless of media hype, this album has been on and off the shelves for the past six years. It's a wonder it's finally seeing the light of day. At the very least, Deadsy have come up with an interesting and intriguing style. Ambient gothic tones and keyboards are entwined with '80s-style synth pop to give them a retro sound, yet distorted guitars and programmed drums bring them up to date. Vocalist Elijah Blue, son of Cher and Greg Allman, has a droning monotone style that sounds like a cross between Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode and Peter Steele of Type O Negative. At times, it can be quite disturbing. Of the album highlights, the guitar-driven lead track, "The Key to Gramercy Park," is the most modern-rock radio-friendly of the bunch, followed by their unexpected reworking of the Rush chestnut "Tom Sawyer." "She Likes Big Words" is a light and poppy throwback to early-'80s snyth pop, while the atmospheric "Brand New Love" is as lovely as it is moody. Despite their interesting textures and melodies, Deadsy's songs can sound the same after awhile and may become tiresome to the average listener. --Gail Flug ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Deadsy is an extreme delight...
One day I was surfing the internet, looking at a particular website I check ritually.... I was checking out their list of up and coming bands which happend to include a band named Deadsy. I had vaugely remembered hearing their name before, so I decided to check out their website. Once on their official site I watched a video of "She Likes Big Words" in the media section. At first I was kind of left unfazed, but upon second, third, and fourth inspection, I realized that this band was brilliant! Immediately I downloaded as many songs of theirs I could find and put them on a cd. Flash forward about a half a year and their first major lable debut Commencement is released. Deadsy has a fresh and refreshing sound that gets in your head and just makes you feel better. The stand out tracks include "Winners", "The Key to Grammercy Park", "Brand New Love" and "Tom Sawyer". Come to think of it, I like all of them as much as the others! Unfortunatly there isn't enough room for me to type everything I admire about this stellar band, so I leave you on this advice: Buy this cd! It is WELL worth it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Deadsy Commence
Deadsy's debut album 'Commencement' has been available in various different forms over the years although none have been readily available to the public. After signing a record deal with Korn's label Elementree they hit the studio with producer Josh Abraham reworking several old songs and recording some new material before releasing the effort through major label Dreamworks Records.
The bands sound is gloomy, slow burning rock with synth influences and can at times be heavy with rumbling bass and dominating guitars while other songs can be mellow synth-pop songs. The band is headed by P. Exeter Blue I, the son of Cher and Greg Allman, who provides vocals, some guitar and bass parts, programming and synths. The band is completed by guitarist and programmer Dr. Nner, drummer Alec Pure, guitarist Carlton Megalodon and mysterious bassist Creature. Stand-out tracks include the catchy first single 'Key To Gramercy Park' featuring Jonathan Davis, 'The Elements', 'Le Cirque En Rose' and the excellent cover of Rush song 'Tom Sawyer'.
Deadsy are an eclectic group of intellectuals striving to create something different in todays stale rock and metal scene and for that they can only be applauded, however, at times the synth usage makes some songs sound very dated while some tracks are crying out to be beefed up with more prominent drumming. If Deadsy can make these minor additions to the sound their next effort could well be a classic. For now it's well worth seeking out a copy of the album because although an aquired taste, after a few listens you begin to become hooked on this original band.

4-0 out of 5 stars Deadsy-Off the a great start
This turned out to be a great album. I caught the video for The Key to Grammercy Park on TV and immediatly liked what i saw. There were quite a few pieces of art on this album. Their lyrics and message are far apart but Deadsys lryics remind me of the smart words of SOAD. The Key to Grammercy Park is a song you can listen a dozen times in a row and still not be tired of it. Also great to hear Jon Davis help out. Their cover of Brand New Love is also breath-taking. Other great songs include Winners, The Mansion World, Lake Waramaug, Commencement, Future Years and Tom Sawyer. Only problem i have is they should have put more songs off thier first album such as Itsy Bitsy Titsy Girl, Anti-Pop with Orgy and most importantly Sleepy Hollow with Jon Davis. But still a great album and i hope they will give us another album. ... Read more

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