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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

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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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Sevas Tra (Dig)
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 June, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Something completely new...
Well, I listened to some samples from this CD on Amazon.com the other day, and when I saw it in a store yesterday, I bought it. It was definitely one of my best "risky" purchases ever!

First off, let me say that this girl Otep can definitely scream like no other. She'd make a wonderful black metal vocalist! Anyway, add to this screaming ability good rapping ability, and the tenacity of someone like Marilyn Manson, and you have the character of Otep. And what a character she is!

This CD is one of 2002's best CD's, hands down. In a year with very few good, and even fewer original, releases, "Sevas Tra" stands out of the crowd. Even if you don't like the bands that people who listen to this band like, you should try this CD. It just might change your opinion of "nu-metal."

4-0 out of 5 stars Whoa! This is the loudest album I've ever heard!
I first heard Otep on the Ozzfest 2001: Second Millennium disc. It had a live performance of "Fillthee". It was the heaviest song on the album, which was surprising since you had Slipknot, Mudvayne, and Hatebreed losing to a band with a female vocalist. But it's true. Otep is the heaviest nu-metal band out there. That's not the only thing they've got going for them. Otep Shamaya (vocals) is also a poet, so she uses a poetic style to her lyrics. This is evident in the free verse tracks, "Emtee" and "Jonestown Tea".

Otep also does some rapping. But this isn't Limp Bizkit we're talking about. This is tolerable stuff. No, this is great stuff, especially in "Battle Ready", "Sacrilege", and "T.R.I.C.".

Otep Shamaya also has a few, um, unresolved issues as a child. She reflects this on the closing track "Jonestown Tea". This is a song that goes pretty deep, like some of Korn's older songs.

That said, here are my "thots" on the songs:

TORTURED - A free verse poem. Has interesting lyrics. Shows a
little bit of Otep's view on certain things. It works
well in opening the album. 3.5/5
BLOOD PIGS - Very heavy, starts off right after "Tortured" ends.
Provides a lot of bass. The lyrics are pretty sweet
"I'm not afraid/AND NOW YOU'RE WALKING AWAY!" 5/5
T.R.I.C. - Here's where the rapping comes in. As I said, this is
enjoyable rap, not Limp Bizkit. Another brutal song. 4.5/5
MY CONFESSION - Sounds kind of like a Tool song with the drums.
More good lyrics:"I'm at an end and there's no way out". 4/5
SACRILEGE - Kind of like "T.R.I.C." but with a chorus. Shows
Otep's views on religion. Again, very heavy. 4.5/5
BATTLE READY - A very fast, heavy song. I love this one. It
reminds me of an action scene in a war movie. Second heaviest
song on the album. 5/5
EMTEE - Starts off shaky but gets better. A very creepy song.
POSSESSION - Back to brutal. Not exactly sure what some of the
lyrics mean, but it's still cool. 4/5
THOTS - Not much here but a long free verse and an outro that
bleeds into the next track... 2.5/5
FILLTHEE - Awesome! My favorite song here on this album. So
heavy. Otep talks about herself in the third-person narrative.
I think it's about being greedy and letting it get the best of
you. The bridge is really awesome! 6/5
MENOCIDE - My least favorite song on the album (not including
"Tortured" and "Thots"). It starts off really bad I think and
I'm not a big fan of the lyrics. It's not too bad though. 3/5
JONESTOWN TEA - Ahh, the odd one out. This song goes beyond deep.
Otep sounds really mad at some points. The song is long
but I still like it. Good way to end the album 3.5/5

I recommend this to nu-metal fans, esp. fans of Mudvayne, Coal Chamber, Hatebreed and Slipknot. Even Korn fans should love this. But not Limp Bizkit fans (this is just too much for you guys). Get this if you don't have it!

1-0 out of 5 stars What crap!!
This album is terrible. It is a blatent rip-off of Tura Satana and Manhole...two bands led by Tairrie B. who is a far superior lyricist and vocalist than this Otep chick and thats saying a lot considering I don't even like Tairrie. Don't buy this album unless you are still living in a nu-metal bubble.

For fans of females in extreme music I recommend Thorr's Hammer, The Wage of Sin, Walls of Jericho, Crisis, Yellow Machinegun, Damad and Demonic Christ over this pseudo-intellectual, pretentious loser. ... Read more

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Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 August, 2002)
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Even Marilyn Manson keeps a layer of latex between himself and the kind of glammy grit collected by the Murderdolls, a side project of guitarists Joey Jordison of Slipknot and Tripp Eisen of Static X. From beneath their blackened fingernails come purpled scraps clawed from the hallowed tombs of the Damned and other groovy ghoulies; "Dead in Hollywood" even name-checks the late horror-movie star Vincent Price. Primarily the brainchild of Jordison, who plays nearly every note on this recording, the raucous punk bombast here mostly conceals any canned atmosphere. While the monotonous "Die My Bride" is pale, the good-time, guitar-driven "Dawn of the Dead" draws blood with a playful sneer. Overall vibe: Every night is Halloween, so let's party! --Ian Christe ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars If you don't like this, then "Mother Fucker, I don't care"
First off, let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Misfits fan. For years I've seen these cheap knock offs of wanna be B-movie horror groups. However, the Murderdolls have indeed made a name for themselves in my book. They're geniously combined sound of the Misfits, Marilyn Manson, and Slipknot (all of which being 3 of my top favorite bands) have certainly made an impact on the world of music, especially with their latest video "Dead in Hollywood". With such songs as "Dawn of the Dead", "Slit My Wrist" and my personal favorite "Love at First Fright", this Devilishly Delightful CD full of Gut Spilling, Blood Oozing, Head Banging beats and melody's is definitely one of THE best albums in stores right now. Not only are the Vocals and lyrics awesome(Wednesday 13; Formerly w/ Frankenstein Drag Queens from the Planet 13), but also the outstanding Lead solos of Joey Jordison (Slipknot) and Tripp Eisen (Static X). So if you want to buy a CD that's definitely worth your money, THIS IS IT! And if you don't like it, then "Mother Fucker, I don't care"!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not what you would expect
First of all, people who write bad reviews of this cd on the fact that it doesn't sound like Slipknot or Static-X, both bands being ones I'm particularly fond of, do not understand the concept of a side project. A side project is not supposed to sound like the band or bands that the musicians come from, it's supposed to be something completely different and new, otherwise they would just stay with the original band. That being said, I think that this is a fantastic cd, good for both fans of punk and metal. The Misfits influence is strong, from the songs titles(Slit My Wrists, Dead In Hollywood, Grave Robbing U.S.A.,) to the lyrics, which have that B-movie feel to them. The guitar work is very well done, especially the leads by Tripp Eison, who shows that he can do good solos despite his two-chord work with Static-X, as well as Wednesday 13's vocals, which add an excellent atmosphere to the music. I would recommend this album if you're a fan of the Misfits or Marilyn Manson, as the punk rock music and violence-filled lyrics will appeal to fans of both bands.

1-0 out of 5 stars BAD JOEY! BAD!!!
I thought I would have liked this CD I really did. I think back and ask myself why?

1. I am a Slipknot fan.
2. I love Horror Movies.
3. Murder intrigues me.
4. Murderdolls? Funny name.
5. Kill Miss America? I Agree

Why they are now on my top 10 most hated band list.

1. Could the singer have anymore of an annoying voice?
2. Could the singer actually write some real lyrics? Twist my Sister is possibly the most retarded song I have ever heard.
3. There's nothing special with the Drums at all.
4. Bass?
5. Norman Bates how are your rates? LEATHERFACE remove my face????? Ok now you drag my favorite slasher into your crappy songs, that crosses the line!
6. I wish the singer did slit his wrists.
7. The singers name is WEDNESDAY 13!

The positive things about this CD

1. The beginning of Grave-robbing USA is pretty funny.
2. the solos and guitar work is pretty good, but I've heard much better.
3. Repeat.

Why I am no longer surprised.

One of Joey's favorite bands growing' up was KISS.

What makes it even worse?
Now they re-release this terrible CD with bonus songs and a DVD.

If you're a Slipknot fan and you are pondering if you should purchase their CD, I advise you DON'T. (I am not a Static-X fan so I don't know what to say to their fans.) While Joey is a Fantastic Drummer and an above average Guitarist (the average is pretty low nowadays) just because his name is in this band doesn't guarantee that it's good. I don't really know what category of music it belongs in, does it go in rock? metal? punk? Garbage? ... Read more

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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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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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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

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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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Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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The early word was that Silverchair--who at one time could have adopted the hip-hop moniker Lil' Nirvana--on their long-awaited fourth album had morphed into the antipodean Radiohead. But that's a bit of a stretch. Diorama, the band's first release in three years, instead finds the Australian trio shedding the hollow teen angst and beefy riffs of its earlier records in favor of epic melodies, meaningful lyrics, and a markedly more refined sound. The results are staggering. Featuring an orchestra section arranged by Van Dyke Parks, "The Greatest Way" is a sweeping and soulful anthem. "World upon Your Shoulders" is a Guns 'N' Roses-caliber power ballad--and that's no bad thing, either. And "Without You" exhibits a determined, gripping delicacy not seen since, well, the last Radiohead album. Another giant leap forward.--Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the album silverchair have been waiting to make
when looking at silverchair's earlier works, you can find hints of what was to be on this album. on freak show and neon ballroom they worked on developing a more mature, lasting sound while dabbling with orchestration. those years of experimentation finally explode onto diorama with success. van dyke parks lends his hand on three of the albums best tracks, "across the night," "tuna in the brine," and "luv your life." "without you" is another standout, which was actually written around the time of neon ballroom so it tends to be reminiscent of those days. "one way mule" is one to impress the older fans, since it brings back their heavier style of playing but also maintains a beautiful melody. "the lever" is another driving rock song, and the closing track, "after all these years" features daniel johns on piano for the first time. this is their most mature album to date, and maybe their best. if you're a silverchair fan, buy this album, and if you're not, it's a great place to start. they're just going to keep getting better from here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance
Hey, I'm in my 40's and I get disappointed in a lot of music these days. Listening to the (c)rap music that floods our radios, I long for some melody, a good voice and some creative talent. I stumbled upon Neon Ballroom and realised this guy, (Daniel Johns), has got something very special here. I knew Silverchair's past albums were angst ridden and angry, but I liked the direction they were going as they matured. I knew something was brewing, I read the reviews, but Diorama was still unexpected. It was like Silverchair had been working with the Beatles and Freddy Mercury. Initially a shock, but you knew this was going to grow and grow...you could tell it was awesome. And it is...utterly brilliant. A pivotal album like Sgt Peppers, Animal Sounds, or Dark Side of the Moon. So far above and beyond it's contemporaries. It's part of a growing trend. Listen to Beck's "Sea Change", or Coldplay's "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" and watch out for Supergrass' new release. They're all evolving! Give Diorama a listen or a thousand listens.

5-0 out of 5 stars Actually deserves 6 stars
How can I even begin to explain to anyone how awesome this album is? Silverchair has, over the years, become simply better and better at their craft, and has been able to change their sound more than anyone ever could have predicted. The grand orchestrations more than exceed those of many true classical pieces, and all just in the background of Daniel Johns' talented vocals and songwriting. Songs such as "Across the Night", "Tuna in the Brine", "Without You", and well, the ENTIRE album are great examples of songs that alone could sell a record, but instead you get the surprise of all of the songs being fantastic themselves. There's such a shift in styles all the way through, including an old-school one called "One Way Mule" that really gives Diorama variety that most other albums simply can't pull off. I would suggest this album to anyone who appreciates and supports true music. Also check out Johns' new band, the Dissociatives. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 August, 2002)
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Creed's brand of life-affirming hard rock has done little to lift the spirits of label mates Seether. "It seems like everything is gray and there's no color to behold," the South African trio's frontman Shaun Morgan fumes on "Fine Again." Its debut album is an unrelentingly grim affair, punctuated by self-obsession and angst, grinding riffs, and dragging rhythms. "It seems like I'm alone here, hollow again," Morgan sings on "Sympathetic." But taking a cue from leading miserablists Staind, Seether temper their angst with melody and soul, allowing the sun to break through in sweeping, emotional tracks like "Fade Away" and "Driven Under." Perhaps shifting a couple million units will improve the group's disposition. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Seether hits the spot
As a mid-fourties, "old school" fan of late 60's, early 70's hard or "progressive" rock, who despises the preening and posturing of the pretenders who have pretty much defined the "metal" genre since then, but who likewise found it hard to relate to much of the grunge-rock bands of the 90's, Seether came as a complete, totally eye-opening, and overwhelmingly pleasant surprise. They really seem to fit either label comfortably, however labels really don't do this band justice at all. I played this CD non-stop for the first week I had it and it passes the acid test of all my favorites - it sounds BETTER with repeated listening, never stale. I'll admit, the band's straight forward, down-to-earth, no BS way of looking at things seems awfully negative in a world of syrupy sound bites and "Boy Bands", but if that's your thing I doubt you'll be reading this review anyway. Take the time to listen to this CD and you'll hear layer upon layer of nuanced honest emotion (Broken) and observation that is head and shoulders above most anything to be heard these days. This CD comes out of the box sounding like one thing (more heavy Grunge anthems!), but leaves you after a few listenings with much more. This was one of my top two CDs (The Rising, what else, the Grammy's are a joke!) for the past year and I would whole-heartedly recommend it for the discerning, adult listener.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best mainstream rock CD I've heard in years
Latley when it comes to rock on the radio, it's been the same dull [stuff], over and over again. It all sounds the same and it's just plain bad. However, when I heard "Fine Again", I thought this really seemed like a band that's not following any trends and they have their own type of style. Sure, a lotta people are saying that the lead singer of Seether sounds like Aaron Lewis amongst others, but in all honesty I think he has quite a different style. Well, I decided to cop the CD but wasn't expecting any of the songs to match up to "Fine Again" being that it's probably one of my favorite mainstream rock songs I've heard in years, but to my surprise I couldn't find a single mediocre song on the album. On top of this, there's so many different types of songs on "Disclaimer". Some of the tracks sound like early 90's grunge, while others sound more like present day hard rock. The instrumentals on this album are awesome and though some may find the lyrics a little too trendy or repetitive, I feel that they wrote some heart-felt words on all these tracks that so many people can relate to. You can tell this isn't some pre-packaged angst that you'd hear from some excuse for a rock band like Puddle of Mudd, these are real emotions. As for the lead singer, I feel a lot of people just pre-judged the vocals after hearing "Fine Again", but if you listen to the whole album he switches up his style quite a lot. Whether or not you think they sound too much like Stain'd or Creed or some one else, the bottom line is that I haven't heard any of those bands come out with an album that is this good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
Seether is the greatest "new" rock band in years. Their CD Disclaimer is absolutely amazing. I guarentee if you buy this CD you will NOT be disappointed ... Read more

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Does This Look Infected [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 November, 2002)
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Sum 41's blockbuster debut, All Killer No Filler, lifted riffs from Motley Crue and the Beastie Boys to make a formidably dumb racket, but this follow-up finds the Toronto quartet reining in its spiky-haired insolence. Drawing musical inspiration from toothy metal icons Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, Does This Look Infected? is not only meatier than its predecessor, but songs like "Still Waiting," with its opening refrain of "So am I still waiting, for this world to stop hating," and "Yesterday.com" reveal social consciousness creeping in. The album is not completely deprived of the goofy skate punk that launched the band, but it provides convincing evidence that CNN has taken over from Nickelodeon as Sum 41's preferred tour bus viewing. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Sum 41's new sound is great!
After becoming a big Sum 41 fan after "All killer, No filler", I went out and bought "Does this look infected?" as soon as it came out. I was completley surprised by the new sound. While All killer no filler was mainly punk/pop (and a little annoying at that,) this new C.D. is packed with gituar riffs and some heavy metal influences. There's also a lot more rapping in this C.D. like in their old song, Fat Lip. (Thanks for Nothing has some great rapping while not sounding "poppy".)
Over all, I was very impressed. The band has really graduated from an annyoing pop/punk band into a great rock/punk/alternative band with a lot of metal influences. Dave on the gituar sounds great in this one and after recently seeing them in concert, I realized how much they've improved. Some of my favorite songs include "The Hell Song", "Over my Head", "Thanks for nothing", and "Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condroid."
I highly recomend this C.D. even if you were an "All Killer No filler" fan. The band really still is the same, goofing off and playing around (as you see in the Hell Song video), but the sound is much much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars More pop metal than pop punk, and it's GREAT
First off I am a fan of REAL metal (not numetal) and hardcore and never thought I would buy a "pop punk" album. I heard All Killer No Filler and it was better than say Blink 182 but nothing worth purchase. Then I heard Still Waiting and was somewhat impressed but didn't plan on buying the album, but then I found out it came with a free 80 minute DVD somewhat in the vein of Pantera's Home videos, and knowing these guys are pretty funny I thought the price tag was justifiable for just the DVD, I thought of it as getting a cd that I would prob. never listen to for free, BOY WAS I WRONG. The truth was the DVD was quite lack luster and only provided a few good laughs (when Stevo rearranged the college's bulletin board to say Sum Fartie 1 instead of Sum 41 I cracked up. Childish? Yes, but it was still funny as hell) But the real surprise was the album that I thought I would never listen to, while very catch and still quite poppy it also has a wonderful metal influenced edge that I could not get enough of. If you like both metal and alternative AND can through preconceived notions out the window this could turn out to be a favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden + Punk Rock=Sum 41
Sum 41 is an absolutely amazing band that has now given up their nickelodeon punk-pop faz and have come out as full blown rockin' musicians. Their guitar riffs and new thrash style reminds me of Iron Maiden and Metallica, but still portrays that of the punk rock spirit. First of, Deryck is a excellent singer who really gives attitude toward the band and his music. The lead guitarist is also a very well accomplished musician who has no problem delivering face-melting solos. On of the greates additions to Sum 41 is the drummer, Steve-O (not the Jack-ass). His playing rivals that of Tre Cool (Green Day).
Another great new advancement for this band is that of their lyrics. Before they were that of pre-adolesence and about nothing but being a kid. Now they have movied into Metallica territory, at least lyrics-wise. World issues are are major influence on their writting. Such lyrics as "So are we still waiting, for this world to stop hating" appear in numerous places on this CD.
My favorite song would have to be, "Over my head," or "Mr.Amsterdam," or "All Messed Up," or "The Hell Song," or, every single one! There is not a bad song on this CD and I love every minute of it. This is a definite must for fans of any genre of rock music. ... Read more

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Paris Kills
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 May, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The True Gothic Experience.
Just when you thought the gothic style of heavy metal was taking a deep plunge into oblivion, think again. Enter The 69 Eyes, a band that truly obeys the gothic architecture. This band is all and everything gothic is supposed to be. Dark, mysterious, sinister, thrilling and romantic all at the same time. Paris Kills is a passionate, exciting, spiritual journey for those who enjoy stimulating sex and romance on the dark side. A divine piece of work that's heavy and melodic and will keep you enticed from beginning to end. It will leave you in an almost state of ecstasy with its trancy, ambient, spooky atmosphere accompanied with Jyrki's deep hypnotic vocals. Paris Kills is a brilliant piece of work from The 69 Eyes and I recommend it to all who are into gothic metal. Possessing godly tunes such as 'Crashing High' and 'Betty Blue', Paris Kills is a true religious experience for all night crawlers. Love and hot sex on the dark side my faithful pussy cat.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good....
But I expected more I guess, based on what I'd read. I also factor in the hefty price tag for being an import. Truth is, I've heard better, and I've also heard a lot worse. The 69 eyes are nowhere near the caliber of Poisonblack, HIM, Sentenced, or Charon, but they are a lot better than most goth bands I've heard. I dislike the vocals for some reason. They never grew on me. I don't think Jyrki is an amazing singer, as so many people rave about him. He's ok, I guess, he's no Ville Valo. Also the lyrics suffer from unbelievable stupidity at times. This is nowhere near as polished as Poisonblack's Escapextacy--a pinnacle of goth metal. I honestly was expecting a little more. It has the 80's glam rock influences that I like, and possibly with a little more polishing, they could really have a great sound. I definately will check out their next effort, hopefully it will be an improvement.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very, very good.
I've always like The 69 Eyes, and their lastest effort, Paris Kills is absolutely fantastic. This band needs a little more exposure, for sure, because they are definately worth listening to.

The opening track, Crashing High, is unbelievable. It's one of the best songs on the CD.

Definately worth the purchase, if you can find it. ... 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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Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 July, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great, classic heavy metal with a new twist
I'm a fairly passive wrestling fan, and I didn't know much about Jericho when I got the first Fozzy album, except that his in-ring antics, like when he railed into Stephanie McMahon, reminded me of a young Ted Nugent. Despite my lack of wrestling knowledge about Y2J, I loved that this guy was doing covers of Krokus, Twisted Sister, and Judas Priest songs that I never thought anyone still listened to. So now, two years later, I picked up Happenstance and I love it! I thought the original songs might be a bit soft, but they're actually well-written and are a good touch to the cover tunes. Speaking of covers, they redo songs by Iron Maiden, the Scorpions, Judas Priest, and even WASP. I think their cover of "Mob Rules" is better than the original Sabbath/Dio version. The Stuck Mojo backup band sounds great, the production comes through a lot more on this album, with really punchy drums and excellent lead guitar tone. And Jericho can actually SING! He's taking on Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson leads like it was no problem! I didn't get into the whole fake band/history thing, and I haven't seen the bonus video as I don't have a Windows computer at home, but overall, I think this will stay in the player for the rest of the summer and beyond.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not being a wrestling fan...
...I decided to pick up the original Fozzy CD at the request of a friend of mine (a real Chris Jericho fan). My friend new how much I enjoy old school heavy metal 80's and early 90's music and that would be one of the reasons why he recommended it to me. I loved that one and I love this one just as much is not more. Irvine or Jericho or Mongoos' or whatever you want to call him has an extremely powerfulvoice perfect for this genre. And the members of Stuck Mojo who make up the rest of the band meld perfectly with Irvine/Jericho/McQueen. I would not go so far as to say they top the people who originally sang these songs, but I will say this CD definately earns 4 stars in my book. I would give it 4 and a half, but alas I cannot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super-cranked music done right
Great album!! I've been listening to hard rock, heavy metal, whatever you want to call it, for 35 years. Not much catches my ear these days, and I've had it with the angry posturing nu-metal boys. When Happenstance (the song) was played my local metal station, I was immediately taken by it, and had to call the station to see who it was! This is a straight up effort of great musicianship. It has power, art, emotion, and you just want to crank it up. We need more music like this. Great job to all concerned! ... Read more

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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.


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

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Rock N Roll Gangster
Average Customer Review: 2.42 out of 5 stars
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Fieldy is the first member of Los Angeles nu metal forerunners Korn to release a solo project. Rock N Roll Gangster, however, isn't likely to thrill Korn fans who dig that band's primal lyrical angst and down-tuned musical attack, nor will it likely earn the bassist a new legion of admirers. Over the course of 17 hip-hop tracks, Fieldy delivers short, basic cuts of seemingly autobiographical boasting, including the self-referential "Baby Hugh Hef" and a pointless 21-second Korn-penned instrumental. The bassist's rapped vocals are in sharp contrast to Korn compatriot Jonathan Davis, who supplies an edgy vocal passion to "Just for Now." The best tune, "Child Vigilante," borrows from Whodini's "Freaks" for a fuller sound than most of the album's offerings, while Tre from Pharcyde pumps up "Sugar-Coated," making the Fieldy-only cuts paler in comparison. Rock N Roll Gangster makes it apparent why Fieldy isn't the frontman for Korn. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't write off this album
This album is great from start to finish. It wasn't what i expected from amember of KoRn but i loved it all the same. I admit one of the best tracks of the CD, people have slanted the lyrics but its a rap album and when have the lyrics on their albums matterd it plays great beats and i appreciate the album along with the lyrics. Roll on the follow up

1-0 out of 5 stars cant listen to 1 song straight through
what is this?
this is so horrible when i listen to it i think i must be stoned and it completely confuses you and its the worst CD mix what is it? is it some low budget rap wannabe with synthesized heavy metal in the background? The producer even nows how bad he be makin it cuz he be blastin a crappy beat for the first 25 seconds of every song because hes too scared to just rap

1-0 out of 5 stars Really, really bad.
First, let me say that I think Fieldy is a genius on the bass and that Korn is one of the greatest bands of our time. With that said, let me tell you that this is one of the worst albums ever made. Fieldy's rap skills hover somewhere south of the "Super Bowl shuffle". The only tolerable point on the album is the track featuring Korn's Jon Davis.
Let me wrap this up by pointing out that I bought this CD on E-bay for a buck and still felt a little cheated! ... Read more

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Wages of Sin
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, but overrated
Arch Enemy are one of the fastest growing Euro metal bands today. "Wages Of Sin" confirms this status. It's got everything that a metalhead can ask for: sweet guitar harmonies, plenty of solos, insane double bass, and brutal vocals. The Amott brothers are easily the best guitar duo in modern music, period. Their solos are breathtaking, and the riffs are also fantastic.

However, despite all this, the songs seem somewhat rushed. I'm sorry, but "Burning Bridges" destroys this CD. The only really fantastic song on this album is Burning Angel. The rest are good, but Burning Angel is the only one that really sticks out. However, EVERY song on "Burning Bridges" (especially The Immortal, Dead Inside, Pilgrim, and Silverwing) sticks out. You can tell that they really took their time making that album, it's just unbelievable. "Wages Of Sin" is a great album, but it is highly overrated.

Well, I guess addressing the whole female vocalist thing is an inevitability. So, I shall. It seems as if the main reason that she gets so much attention is simply because of the novelty. In other words, just because she's a woman, people think "Oh, that's awesome!" I'm not going to lie, she is good, but she gets way more attention than she deserves. One of her big problems is the monotony. Johan did a great job of altering his vocal tone and style on previous albums. The differences were very subtle, but they were discernible.

However, I still highly recommend this album. The songs are solid, and the solos rule. Here are some highlights:

Burning Angel: Best song on the album. Melodic soloing at its best. Cool leads and harmonies throughout.

Heart Of Darkness: Excellent riffing and soloing, as always. Not much else to say, but a great listen.

Ravenous: Another excellent song. Cool build up in the beginning. It also has a clean solo followed by a no holds barred shredfest. Harmonies are great.

Dead Bury Their Dead: Cool song, with some thrash metal elements. The only song that Michael Amott composed by himself. Good job, Mike.

Web Of Lies: More mid paced metal, AWESOME solos.

Don't let the few flaws that I have pointed out deter you from buying this. It's still great!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good instrumental work, terrible vocals.
Funny thing about Goth and doom metal -- most bands in this genre tend to couple very talented musicians (especially in the guitar and drum areas) who have considerable compositional skills and melodic flair with singers who sound like a toilet being flushed. Arch Enemy is one such band, with skillful, engaging music being ruined by laughable, incomprehensible growls that pass for lead vocals.

I know this style of singing is a staple of death metal, but that doesn't change the fact that it's damn silly sonically. It has nothing to do with open-mindedness -- my CD collection ranges from Lake of Tears to Dead Prez, from Kathleen Edwards to Jefferson Airplane. It's just that if I wanted to listen to something like this, I'll go gargle. Bands like Theatre of Tragedy, Tristania and Lacuna Coil alleviate this problem by contrasting high, operatic female vocals with death-metal growls, so that there's some dimension to the vocals. Arch Enemy has a female singer, Angela Gossow, but she never strays from the same atonal gargle, as if she's too lazy to write actual songs to go with the compositions. And while it's perversely impressive for a woman to employ this style of vocal, it still sounds like crap -- the same crap stretched out over 13 tracks.

It's too bad, because the guitar playing and composition on this record are quite impressive. The piano intro and invigorating speed riff of "Enemy Within", the Yngwie Malmsteen-influenced harmonized leads of "Ravenous", the wailing feedback lines of "Savage Messiah" -- they all point to musical intelligence on the part of the instrumentalists.

It's no surprise that comedy films like to use death metal as soundtracks. Arch Enemy will forever be doomed as a musical joke unless it realizes that it needs a massive overhaul on the vocal front. Three stars strictly for the instrumental work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Power, Aggression and Glorious Demise!
This album is a masterpiece. Every time I listen to it I bounce of the walls - literally. I love the drive, the power and the energy that this music brings out from somewhere deep inside of me.

This isn't the monotonous, gloomy, "we're all dead" sort of music that leaves you with deeply rooted feelings of depression. It's something entirely different - a whole new level of expression of energy and aggression that carries a very positive undertone. This album offers an almost sadistic, fatalist vew on life - as in, we're going into battle knowing we won't be coming back but we'll do our very damnest to make it a glorious death! I could parallel this to a Viking way of life with Valhalla being the ultimate destination. Somehow Wages of Sin has this sort of effect on me - I get extremely excited and inspired when I listen to it, - but in a sort of fatalistic way: you're going to fight and you will definitely die but when you do, it will be an awesome way to go.

As far as music itself - these guys are superb musicians. Their riffs/leads/drums are spot on. They change up pace all the time - sort of like old Metallica and Iron Maiden used to. Their versatility and heavy, tuned down (drop C!) riffs with incredible cut-through lead will leave you questing for more.

BTW, I like Angela's vocals A LOT MORE than her predecessor. She has so much raw power - I can compare her performance to that of At The Gates - the same kind of forward, "in your face" sadism and brutality. Her vocals are consistent, they never break up and she delivers her growls with the right kind of ferocity to make them plausible and fitting with the rest of the sound. When that ties with excellent guitar work and catchy underlying melody you get the kind of superior music that stays with you for a long time.

Most Arch Enemy fans won't agree with me but I think this is Arch Enemy's best work. ... Read more

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Insomniac's Dream
Average Customer Review: 3.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 October, 2002)
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4-0 out of 5 stars From a slightly biased AiC fan....
Yes, It's an Alice In Chains cover. They decided to cover this shortly after Layne's death. More or less, these are the tracks on this EP
1)Immortal(made for an upcoming Mortal Kombat game)
3)Nutshell(AIC cover..will comment on..)
4)Freaking Out(Chris Vrenna Remix)
5)The Way You Like It(Sam "Sever" Citrin Remix)
6)Do What You Want To Do(live)
7)Giving In(radio mix)

Even though there are 7 tracks, I'll only comment on two. The Immortal track is hard and heavy. This is a band that could use 2-3 voices all the time instead of just Jon's step bro. Nutshell.....two viewpoint's here....

Fan=In one way, it doesnt even compare to the original. They added bongos and sounds like they went electric instead of the original acoustic. In another, it's a nice cover too though in the way that he adds a little flavor, since he has his own vocalization.

Musician=I wouldnt have done it any other way myself. As a musician, it's perfectly normal for someone to change a cover a little bit. Hey, we do angry chair and its not like the cover at all but we're trying.

All in all, It's a keeper to me. 4 stars for trying to be original on a cover.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but...lacking a bit.
this is a pretty good album, every last track on this cd is great. the only flaw i found on this cd was that the "The way you like it" mix, was censored. and if it werent censored, id say itd be the best song on the entire EP with its new technoish sound. so, it remains number 2. Immortal (my favorite song on insomniac's dream) is a song from the new hit video game, "mortal kombat-deadly alliance" with angry lyrics, a VERY good song indeed. Shattered (another good song) is much like Immortal, its got Mark Chavez portraying angry lyrics much like those of Immortal. Nutshell..is maybe (if i could pick 2 i really would) the 2nd of the best songs. its a cover version of the Alice in Chains song Nutshell. the last 3 songs on here are Giving in (radio mix) which i dont even see why was put on the album, its not even a mix, despite that, its edited. Do what you want to do (live) is ALOT better than the original studio version, nuff said. Freaking out(yes another remix)..is my 3rd and favorite song on ID. it was also a fav. of mine on the self titled album. this albums only flaw was that it censored 2 songs on it while having a parental advisory sticker upon it. all in all, good EP. get it if youre a major Adema fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll give it four stars too
First off, the debut is clearly their best work. Every song on that is good.

Now, this CD. This is quite nice. I like the acoustic deviation in the third song as compared to the rest of the CD.
The second song has an interesting instrument combo that makes it my favorite on the CD.
The first song is nice; it is my second favorite.
Latter bits of the CD are cool too, like tracks four and five. The radio edit is busted; I'd rather dispose of that.

The composition of the album is a bouncing around of different styles, but that's why this is an EP. Very good overall. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 March, 2002)
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Clearly refreshed by his hiatus, not to mention his guitar-and-noise-driven side project MDFMK, founder Sascha Konietzko brings renewed vigor to the reactivated KMFDM in the form of Attak. Arriving three years after their "farewell" album, Adios, Attak is in a more chaotic mood than the band's latter-day recordings. But the songs slide together neatly, making for a forceful collection--harness this thing to a dynamo and you could power a small city. Songs like "Sturm & Drang" and "Risen" simply beg to be cranked up; even with the volume down, this album soundsloud. Attak is KMFDM's first CD on aggressively indie industrial label Metropolis Records, and it seems as though the move to a new label has reawakened the group's core sensibilities. It's a mature album (no one would mistake this for an early KMFDM recording), but it's also crisp, fresh, and razor sharp. KMFDM is dead--long live KMFDM! --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Arise and walk, my friend
Everyone in unison: "A new release from KMFDM?!?"

Forget everything you heard about the end, KMFDM are back! In full force and slaughtering the world with this new "attak" on humanity. With founding father, Sascha Konietzko, along with the combined talents of Lucia Cifarelli (of Drill), Raymond "Pig" Watts, Bill Rieflin (of Ministry & Revolting Cocks), Dorona Alberti, Joolz Hodgeson and of course, Tim Skold, this new release kicks us back in gear for more of the hardcore industrial manipulations we call KMFDM.

From start ot finish, the album punches beats, growls lyrics and grinds guitars. There's even some drum 'n bass stylings thrown in here and there. Favorites as of today would be, "Dirty," which is a grind-fest of guitars and sado-masichism with lyrics "Heaven can't take me, hell don't
care, KMFDM gonna take me there," the contained severity of track 9, "Sturm&Drang," and the sing-a-long harmonious power of pain in the song, "Save Me."

They've done it again-so what the hell are you waiting for?!? "Risen," states it clearly, "The ultra-heavy beat goes on and on!" The torment was released upon the world on April 19th, 2002.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Next Step in the Evolution of the Ultimate Sound
Attak is the next evolution of KMFDM. From WDYKD to Don't blow your top to UAIOE one style of KMFDM was heard. Then Naive, Money and Angst showed us another. Nihil and Xtort gave another. Then Symbols. Followed by Adios. Attak is a combination of KMFDM's past, the MDFMK project, Skold's solo album, and Pig's unique style. It is a violent new breed of KMFDM. I find my self playing this album more and more. Attak/Reload - Great vocals from Lucia ultra heavy beat. Skurk - Pure heavy and great. Dirty - Heavy fast and awsome, very Pig. Urban Monkey Warfare - awsome beats sort of comic one of the best. Save Me - Very reminesant of Skold and Adios if you like this check out Skold. Yohoho - worst track kind of annoying. Superhero - Lucia's great here. Strum $ Drang - best song on the album heavy lots of KMFDM. Preach/Pervert - Vey Pig love it. Risen - reminesant of Symbols Awsome song. Sleep - I love Dorana's voice I'm so happy shes back I wish she was on more songs. Attak is a new evolution of KMFDM's Ultra Heavy Beat and their continual strive for the Ultimate Sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Attacks your former idea of KMFDM and builds a better one!
Attak is my all time favorite KMFDM cd. If you want to start listening to KMFDM, or just want to keep growing your collection, this is THE cd you must get. It satisfies all the means! "Attak/Reload" starts the cd off with a great beat and great vocals. "Dirty" may just be my favorite track, for Waitts perfectly distributes his voice to the dark, heavy riffs. "Urban Monkey Warfare" keeps the beat strong, while "Yohoho" brings the cd to a new section of a sweet drum beat, and great vocals. "Strum & Drang" is another of my favorites because of its shear power! Over all, the cd is like a bliss of overwelming, splendid music. GET THIS CD! I'm SURE you'll love it! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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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!



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.


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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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For their second major-label release, Northern California's Papa Roach follow the same recipe of other rap-metal crossovers: aggressive, thick-chugging riffs, angst-driven lyrics, and touches of good ol' classic rock. Tracks "Time and Time Again," "Born with Nothing, Die with Everything," and "She Loves Me Not" have big, fat, clever choruses, which would fit with ease on harder mainstream radio. Elsewhere, they are far more engaging: "M-80 (Explosive Energy Movement)" bashes away with punk stylings, and the sweeping "lovehatetragedy" includes interesting chord and tempo changes. Jacoby Shaddix (the vocalist formerly known as Coby Dick) gives an impressive performance, and while he might not have the power of most of his contemporaries, he makes up for it with his more melodic approach, even within his raps. The only thing that's lacking is a distinction factor that sets them apart from everyone else, but at least they didn't steal any Iron Maiden riffs this time. --Gail Flug ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars Good.....but forgettable
I was absolutely pumped to buy this CD when it came out. Having heard "She Loves Me Not" on the radio, it seemed that this band was going to add on some amazing songs to their last CD "Infest". Which by the way was very good. When I listened to the album however, nothing stuck. To this date I have listened to this album several times and still nothing sticks in my head. I hate to say it, but Jacoby's rapping is what really made this band shine. It gave a Rage Against the Machine feel to the music. With this album it just feels.....well bland. I found myself missing the old album and when I want to hear Papa roach, "Infest" is the CD I put in. Tracks like "Between Angels and Insects" and "Revenge" capture what this band could be like. I heard that Jacoby wanted to sing more on this album to catch more emotion, which is fine, but the rapping caught the angst and rage that made their first album so great. Hopefully they will meet somewhere in the middle on their next CD. So in short if you are going to buy a Papa Roach CD, buy "Infest" and skip the tragedy.

4-0 out of 5 stars What a welcome evolution this was!
Ok, at the time of its release I absolutely loved Infest. I had been a fan of Papa Roach from their earlier releases ("Old Friends From Young Years" and "5 Tracks Deep") and was hooked by their aggressive raprock efforts. That said, years later, if that same album had been released today I'm confident I would be completely turned off by it. The "nu-metal" sound has grown so rediculously tedious and over played that another album in that vein would have been career suicide.

Luckily for us, as well as Papa Roach, the band took a different, and much more mature, approach in this new album. As a general rule Jacoby has totally dropped the rap/sing style of his past efforts and has instead opted for a more anthemic singing style that definitely suprises in it's effectiveness. Granted there are a few tracks on here where this isn't always the case, particularly in the first single "She Loves Me Not" which was written during the "Infest" years and stands out as obviously the most immature and, in my opinion, worst track here. But for the most part the vocals are very well executed and take this band to a new level that they never would have attained without this change.

The rest of the band is along for the ride too, and I'm glad to say they've changed as well. While there is still the mosh pit intensity that was found on "Infest", the band truly shines here in their voyage into the softer and darker realm. "Decompression Period", "Black Clouds" and "Singular Indesctrutable Droid" are perfect examples of Papa Roache's new sound and are by far some of my favorites on this release. They are much more dynamic and moving than just about everything the band had done before.

Papa Roach has definitely earned itself 4 stars for, if nothing else, their ability to mature and grow into an impressive rock band rather than get stuck in their teen angst years of father hatred and rapping. Though I can't stress enough how annoyed I am by the weak lyrics in "She Loves Me Not", and the really stupid album cover (I can't stand the little devil horn hand), two little set-back can't possibly take away my overall enjoyment of this release. If you didn't like Papa Roach before definitely give them another chance with no preconceived opinions! Hopefully this is the start of a series of great albums.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why people, why?
Ok, I bought the Infest album, I'll admit it. I thought the guitar work was intriguing, but the more I listened to it the more I couldn't ignore the complete ridiculousness of Coby Dick's lyrics (he even says his name in his songs people! Don't be that guy) How many times can you rhyme the word "bleed," with the word "bleed!?"
So anyway, one of my less picky friends picked up this album and put it in while we were working on his car. After a few mintues without any biased influence I stopped and said "what is this crap?" Even with the catchier Pepsi commercial song, the crappiness of this band just permiated the atmosphere. So I hit my friend with a hammer and put in TRUSTcompany.
I'm not the most discerning music critic, but sometimes I come on to Amazon to look for new music and when I read all the shining reviews of bands I've never heard before I think, "well if all these people liked it, it must be ok" but then I come to Papa Roach, and ALL these people like them! So disheartening, that a bunch of fat white suburban kids can win so many fans for writing bad songs about how they're angry and depressed. ... Read more

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