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    Fallen
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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    The Daredevil soundtrack provided a nice boost for this previously unknown quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas. Evanescence’s songs "My Immortal" and the imposing "Bring Me to Life" are clear standouts in the film, mainly because they work so well with the dramatic, eerie undertones of the storyline. They reappear here on the band’s debut, alongside a selection of similarly brooding tracks that evoke pensive artists like Tori Amos and the Cranberries. Vocalist Amy Lee has the kind of voice that can cause weeks of insomnia, but on songs like "Tourniquet" and "Haunted" she belies the music’s sinister mood with evenhanded spirituality, thoughtfully letting some light shine through the tempest. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best debut since Disturbed came out
    Since the end of Heart's heyday, the hard rock scene has needed a female to front a hugely popular group.A talented one who doesn't sell herself on her looks, novelty and/or skanky lifestyle-I don't count Courtney Love, obviously.Such a singer is found in Amy Lee, Evanescence's modest, gothic, beautifully voiced and infinitely talented frontwoman.

    Evanescence has been in existence for several years, releasing scattered EPs but rarely playing live shows.Their debut record Fallen, including two tracks from the Daredevil soundtrack, is an immensely promising debut.

    Despite the misconception promoted by the lead single, Daredevil's "Bring Me to Life," Fallen is by no means a Linkin Park-with-a-chick-singer-rap-rock album.In fact, the rapper in the single is not even a member of the band.

    The rest of the record is filled with a mix of electronica, goth and metal that supports Lee's amazingly haunting vocal melodies.This contrast-female vocals that could win American Idol over dark rock music-is what makes Evanescence unique and will give them a very broad fan base, ranging from Celine Dion fans to Goths to metal heads.

    Lee is clearly the star of the band, as only her picture appears on the cover of the album.The rest of the group proves itself competent if not always outstanding.The guitar riffs are often catchy and inventive, but they are just as often simple, repetitive clich├ęs meant solely as a background for Lee.Given the quality of the vocals, however, it's not like one could blame Ben Moody (now out of the band) for not wanting to get in the way.

    The piano, string and choral parts are breathtakingly beautiful, especially for a metal record.The electronic passages drive the songs along, usually without making them sound overtly mechanical.

    The lyrics on Fallen are consistent with the music: dark, spiritual and written in an abstract but very personal style.They tell of deep emotional pain and death; yet, even on close inspection of the lyric sheet, one cannot tell any specific event in the writers' lives.The themes are perhaps repetitive, but they serve their purpose extremely well.They are personal enough to be true, but abstract enough that anyone can relate to them.

    Fallen is the most promising debut in several years.From beginning to end, it is a brilliantly crafted effort that leaves little obvious room for improvement.Perhaps the only downside is that it will be difficult to follow.Anyone who enjoys dark-themed music of any type would be well-advised to buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars they have great musical talent
    and it shows through their songwriting and catchy guitar hooks and smooth beautiful vocals from amy lee. I can't wait to hear their next CD where we could hear more musical diversity evanesence is capable of doing just as they did on Origin and their earlier work.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A slight deviation...
    So the first real album from Evanescence to reach the UK.Yaaay so I went and bought it almost wetting myself, loved and subsequently went to see them in concert.And at said concert they played "Even in Death".Hmm...doesn't seem to be on Fallen, in fact Ms. Lee introduced it as being an older song...
    So after much hard searching I finally manages to track down copies of Origin (the American album released before Fallen) and SHOCK HORROR there were also 4 other EPs in the underground.So after taking at least a year to track them all down and after spending hours upon hours of listening, I find that Fallen, whilst a very well produced, slick and modern album falls short of the previous genius of Evanescence.the lyrics are still deep and meaningful, but gone and the heart-wrenching lyrics that plagued tracks such as October, Forgive Me and Listen to the Rain.So my advice to buyers is thus: Yes, a very nice album, well produced, balanced with decent lyrical content (Hello, Tourniquet) and good riffage (Track 11: Whisper in particular), and by all means buy if you are new to Evanescence.Hardcore fans will be slightly dissapointed. ... Read more

    Asin: B000089RVX
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Chamber Pop    3. Goth Metal    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


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    St. Anger (with Bonus DVD)
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 June, 2003)
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    Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-down Load and Re-Load, they've returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984's Ride the Lightning as a template for St. Anger. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band's earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is "Some Kind of Monster," a lumbering beast of a song that declares, "This is the voice of silence no more." Despite that claim, there's an economy to these lyrics; James Hetfield's raw-toothed growl only occasionally punctuates the menacing soundscapes. In fact, "Dirty Windows," the standout track here, is a shimmering five-minute instrumental that's free of the baroque trappings that sometimes clutter the Metallica landscape. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS SO UNDERRATED
    1 thing this album isnt that bad.Its not the best but its ok.2nd thing every1 says its the end of metallica because thier new album isnt a masterpiece!GOD!Every1 shood no that metallica will bounce back!if your wondering yes im the 1 hoo called jay z a coppier.

    Metallica will rule the world F*** rap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars My Take OnThe Extremist Views.
    Now I have already written one review for this album and since then done some thinking. Metallica is without a doubt the best band in the world. I have enjoyed every-single one of their albums from the Underground days of Kill 'Em All to the well...whatever it was days of Load. But that's the thing, I enjoyed it ALL.

    I thought about this and found it increasingly strange...Metallica has endured much criticism over the years, for various reasons and I have always remained steadfast in my views. But why was it that I was able to remain to unmoved while it seemed that all fan foundations were slowly but surely rotting beneath the thrash throne Metallica has long enjoyed?

    At first I thought that maybe it was that I didn't really liked it; I just liked Metallica. But after several listens over all their albums(including St. Anger)I realized this was not the case; so what was it.

    The answer is simple really, I enjoy Rock in general. Not just Metal or Alternative. This I find allows for a much broader range of appreciation, in fact it lets you enjoy lot's of good music. For instance I own a mixed cd with Creed's One Last Breath immediately followed by All Within My Hands. Now as we move from the lighter tones of the defidently more melodic Creed into the nerve racking anger conveyed in Metallica's desperate chant of "Kill,Kill,Kill,Kill,Kill" I thought it was strange how I enjoyed both ends of the spectrum and immediately found this not to be a hinderance but a huge help to a music devotee such as I.

    The people who review this cd really as far as I can tell break down into groups:

    Newbies-Those who are not really that into music or rock in general but find the emotion in St. Anger to be all in all appealing. This then leads to them listening to other Metallica albums and sometimes liking both but at others just sticking with the new stuff.

    Thrash Fans-There are those that enjoy bands such as Slipknot; which in reality is really a close reference to what this album is, just one long venting of 3 years of frustration. I happen to own all of Slipknot's albums, so hey what do you know the all around rocker thing kicks in again?

    Narrow Minded Thrash Fans- There are those who have an image of what they like or what Metallica is and know what they like about metallica, but that's just it Metallica is made up of living breathing beings, and over the years people evolve, you cannot expect the music to remain the same and then call someone "Over The Hill" just because there views have broadened, it is denying a natural born creative right that we all have and use. Excellent example is from Kill 'Em All to the Black Album BIG change, but not nesscarilly for the worse.

    So in general there are people who like one segment of Metallica's career and are otherwise unable to cope with change, which in Metallica's case has been a good thing. The House That Jack Built is one of their best songs, on the supposab horrible Load album. And there is no denying heaviness with a title(let along the song) like Aint' My Bitc_. Then there are people who are just overly stimulated and blinded by the Mad as Hell goodness of St. Anger and can't accept other attempts.

    And then there are those like me(which I by no means am trying to say is nesscarilly better) who enjoy all forms of Metallica and recognize a much needed venting. For within St. Anger a story is told, Frantic is like the opening describing their lives maybe. And Ending with All Within My Hands which to me represents a bitter resolve to never lose control of what was so viciously gained in My World. And the lyrics are really quite good in my oppinnion. But albeit Bob Rock is no bassist. So an easy remedy is watch the DVD. Rob is a superb bassist and cooler then shi_ to watch. Lars drums I think...I don't know add to the mayhem I guess. James's voice is gruffer then ever and I'll be dam_ed if I don't enjoy his vocals. But in good conscience I cannot give this album a 5 compared to far more eximplary works(Master of Puppets, Justice). So open your minds Metallica is changing always and they don't care what you have to say so why don't you listen to what they do have to say? It is good. And if you can't then you still have old Metallica, and hey there's always the prospects for the future. Simply Put: This album is Brilliant, Bloody Brilliant.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's best...
    This is without a doubt metallica's best album but that's not saying much. Although lyrics like "you flush it out, you flush it out" and "tick-tick-tock" are the best Hetfield has written in his career they show that he is an amateur writer. Oh and the drum technician was sick the week when they recorded the drums so Lars had to set up the drums by himself. Btw Kirks guitar technician had the flu the day they were supposed to record Kirks solos so he could not tune Kirks guitar, and Kirk couldn't tune the guitar himself, so no solos on this one baby! as Jaymz would put it. Make sure you add this or any metallica album to your collection of kid rock and limp bizkit! ... Read more

    Asin: B00008OWZG
    Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash    7. United States of America   


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    Year of the Spider [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 May, 2003)
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    Though Cold's music has become more melodic and accessible, that doesn'tmean that they've turned over a new leaf. Scratch the surface and you'll find these Florida soreheads are still mad at the world, but happily able to channel that rage into compelling, brainy head-banging. In fact, it wouldn't be going too far to call them post-alt-metal Beck, what with their collage of disparate sounds and effects and their self-referential declarations, mimicking the diminutive singer's early outings: "I'm a loner / I'm a loser / I'm a winner in my own mind / I'm a bad one / I'm a good one / I'm a sick one with a smile." But they're not just a hardened bunch of nihilists. Their bleak worldview is rescued by a staunch sense of self and the quaint but sweet notion of the healing power of love. The affection of a good, but flawed woman is pervasive on the album's 13 tracks. With Scooter Ward's powerful vocals, inventive guitar interplay, and Sam McCandless' nonstop primal bashing, Cold, after 15 years together, are outshining mentors Limp Bizkit. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I feel it
    I was amazed after hearing this album for the first time. I feel the pain and heartache portrayed by the band as if it were my own. I loved their second album but Year of the Spider was incredible. It was heartfelt and true. The musical aspects were great also. The drums, guitar, vocals all top noch. My favorite songs are Suffocate, Sad Happy, and Day Seattle Died.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Cold Album yet.
    "Year Of The Spider" didn't have much publicity other than their hit "Stupid Girl" but this album is a materpeiece. I listen to it every time I see it. It's slower than past Cold albums but the songs are more solid. Cold has gotten better with each album and I can't wait for their 4th release. Buy this album, it will not let Cold fans down. Dont listen to the Weezer fan (lol) below.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Same old Cold
    Normally when a band never changes their musical style it tends to get stale, over-used if you will. Using the same guitar riffs and the same drum combinations make people think you're riding on a wave of popularity that you think will only grow if you rehash old material. Cold reuses their riffs and drums in such a way that it sounds fresh and new. This whole CD sounds almost exactly like End Of The World off of their previous release 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage. Scooter's voice and lyrics have yet to be better and the musical backdrop only compliments his vocal stylings better. It took me a couple listens to really grasp what this album brings to the table, but once I did I was hooked. There's not a song on here that doesn't have something catchy about it, a definite plus.

    This CD starts off with Remedy. With good lyrics/vocals mixed with a powerful beat, this song quickly takes you back and reminds you of why you started liking them. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter To God) could possibly be one of the most emotional songs on here. Scooter's voice, in my opinion, is at it's best on this song. This is probably the best song on here. Wasted Years could be considered the ballad of this CD. It's acoustic until the end of the first chorus and then a light drum beat kicks in. This seems to be Scooter's confession to the world. Sad Happy is another highlight on here. This particular song paints you a picture when listened to closely, it tells of an abused teenage girl. To me, it seems that this touches a chord with Scooter because his voice soars through the chorus. The Day Seattle Died is a touching tribute to the late Kurt Cobain. There's more anger in this song than one might expect. While the band never really goes all out and jams, Scooter has a new-found intensity in his voice. The lyrics paint a rather grim picture, it's fitting though. Black Sunday is my personal favorite song on here. There's nothing special here, no punches pulled. Just a traditional Cold song. The final song, Kill The Music Industry, is in no way my favorite song but is worth mentioning. The anger this band has for the music industry is stifling. It's worth a listen just for the razor sharp lyrics.

    A couple of my favorite songs on here are Wasted Years, Sad Happy, The Day Seattle Died, and Black Sunday. While the CD does seem to run together for the first few listens you are greatly rewarded for your patience. If you're a fan of Cold or just rock music with an edge then this release is definitely for you. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008XS49
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


    Transform
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars a fun listen
    i knew when i bought this that it wasn't gonna be metal or all that heavy. but it's enjoyable; something fun to crank w/ the windows down. the songs are catchy and i really like the dude's voice: kinda a less edgy MM. so if you like your rock via punk, this isn't bad at all.

    1-0 out of 5 stars What happened?
    PM5K used to be heavy. What the hell is this crap? all the songs sound alike. there's no bite or hook to any of them. i will definitely preview their next CD before i buy it, cuz this one sucked!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerman 5000 HAS transformed
    Powerman 5000 has certainly changed from their somewhat cheesy sci-fi theme. In fact, they don't even really play metal anymore. No, this is punk rock at its best. Although they have not left spacey lasers completely (Hey That's Right), do not expect the album to sound like Tonight The Stars Revolt!

    Assess The Mess - This is just an intro. 0/5
    Theme To A Fake Revolution - "I'm not a space man, but on the other hand". A song with great guitars and a cool chorus. 5/5
    Free - The leading single of Transform. To be honest, it's actually not THAT great. 4/5
    Action - I actually don't feel too attracted to this song. It just doesn't seem to stand out... 3/5
    That's Entertainment! - Has a sort of industrial feel. It is about how mainstream music artists are (many times) just liars. 5/5
    A is for Apathy - A neat song with a good message. 4.3/5
    Transform - The *BEST* song on the album. Got a fuggin' awesome chorus, a great beat, and has a hint to a song on the AFD? CD (The Meaning Of Life). 10/5
    Top Of The World - A cool sound in the background help make this song really stand out. Spider sure can sing... 4/5
    Song About Nuthin' - It is, well, a song about nothing. The song is about how it is (or isn't) about nothing. Funny. :) 4/5
    Stereotype - I could really feel with this one. Guitar part is... meaningful. 5/5
    I Knew It - For some reason, whenever I listen to this song I feel like I'm listening to an old classic rock band. Call me crazy. :P 4.27/5
    Hey, That's Right! - Sounds kind of like their old songs. Has a weird effect on the voice to make it sound "spacey". They haven't completely abandoned their old music! 4/5
    The Shape Of Things To Come - The song has a somewhat sinister feel to it. It sounds like what you hear in Hot Topic. Evil. >:^) 4/5 ... Read more

    Asin: B000095J90
    Sales Rank: 52728
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Industrial Metal    3. Pop    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock   


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    Self-Destructive Pattern
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 September, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Whats going to happen to the band now this Album rocks
    I wasnt really into Spineshank in 2000, only bands at that time I loved was Mudvayne,Disturbed and allways Rammstein but after hearing "Self-Destructive Pattern" this one made me a fan. To bad the lead singer Jonny is out of the band and in a new band name "Temper" I hope the new lead singer can create the good vocals like this one in there next album. This album is a must buy it's really hardcore with a little Nu-Metal vibe in it.

    oh and the Best Songs in this album are

    Falls Apart - very addicting song herd it over 50 times 10/10

    Violent Mood Swings - very fast and LOUD I cant get tired of it also 10/10

    Dead To Me - its an ok song it sounds like a ill Nino song 8/10

    Slavery - very good for Moshing
    except for some of the Chorus it sounds a bit soft but good lyrics 9/10

    For the rest of the songs there allright but for these are the best ones that stand out the most for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hoobashank
    Staple a huge, hairy pair of nuts on Hoobastank's best disc and you have Self-Destructive Pattern.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ever tried to Shank your Spine?!?
    Spineshank brings back their originality with even more RAGE!!
    Thats right they have picked up hints of Thrash/speed arranged well within this mess of Industrial/Nu Metal. I think the name it's self "Self-Destructive Pattern" is a wink at this new found rage heard from the quikening melody and growling vocals. To me the one thing Spineshank has never truely cared for is deep thought out lyrics, But instead straight to the point facts.
    In short Take Orgy's first CD toss it in a blender with Nothingface's "Violence" and maybe a pinch of Fear Factory and if you mix it right, you will get this CD!! Nu Metal fans go buy it, All you other Metalheads listen to the clips first then decide! ... Read more

    Asin: B00009VGQO
    Sales Rank: 12321
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    Meteora
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 March, 2003)
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    Linkin Park’s second studio effort (not counting the 2002 remix album Reanimation) overflows with glossy production values and Big Rock oomph, fully embracing the pop instincts of their Hybrid Theory debut. For many, Theory sounded inexcusably corporate, from its too-timely rap-rock sound to the long list of product endorsements included in the liner notes. Meteora will only amplify those complaints, but this album is actually truer to the band’s nature. It’s still impossible not to hear strains of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and the like. None of those acts, howeve, would try something as blatantly anthemic as "Easier to Run," which would sound fine to a Def Leppard fan, or as borderline danceable as "Breaking the Habit" and "Session." Linkin Park is what Trent Reznor was always afraid of becoming, but if you ever wished he would drop the pretenses and just make a hair-metal record, you'll find Meteora to your liking. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Linkin Park is great. Until you listen to real music.
    This cd has plenty of catchy tracks, namely Somewhere I Belong and Numb to name two which have also got clips.
    The rest of the other tracks kind of blur together.
    Even the good tracks on this cd can't last repeated plays, after awhile one just finds them utterly predictable.
    I could care less if this band made bajillions, but at least they could make their later releases somewhat different.

    The music aside, I recommend not reading this band's lyrics, which are utterly average and gives one a feeling that the band members perhaps hired angsty high school teens to write their lyrics for them

    2-0 out of 5 stars For once can you stop the "Turntable" stuff?
    Back in 2000 when I first saw Linkin Park, I honestly thought they something that Rock really needed. I bought their first album,"Hybrid Theory", and thought it was a decent album that fused Rap with Rock in to a somewhat good field. But the new-found pouplarity(Especially Rapper Mike Shinoda)Linkin Park thought it would be alright to embrace a Will Smith style rap, minus the partying and the "uh" sounds Will smith makes and a kinda neo Turntable rock style that gets repetitive real fast. The result is "Meteora". A generally pleasing album for Audiences 8-13 and teenage girls. Although it does a few decent moments(Faint,Somewhere I Belong),its WAY too short and feels rushed. Linkin Park barely use actual Guitar Riffs, they don't take enough time to present any Musicanship(for a Nu-metal band),and Mike Shinoda is absoultey TERRIBLE Rapper.Another note is the heavy use of Musical Instrument samples and scrathing. Why can't they be like Ex-Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Tom Morello and scratch with strings and a Wah-Wah Pedal.Or use guest musicans like The Mars Volta to play piano and violin? Most likely because they think its not very MAINSTREAM. Overall you should just pick up more creative, musicanship-like acts like The Gorillaz's new Album "Demon Days" instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, Creative, and Extraordinary
    I found this CD quite enjoyable. I have to give it five stars due to the creativeness of this band. I normaly become angry when rap is mixed with nu-metal (hard rock, ect.). However, they did an extraordinary job. (Until Jay-Z ruined Numb.)

    I also have purchased Hybrid Theory, although, Meteora is almost musicaly better. I reccamend this to those who are first trying nu-metal. Although the intro and instramental remix tracks are kind of a waste, this CD rules over all.

    They just need to answer my one question, was the weed really necessary? ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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    Becoming i
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 March, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 2nd best bend on MAAW 2 tour
    Unloco is a great band with great music and great lyrics. They were the second best band on the music as a weapon tour 2 behind the great Disturbed. If you like Disturbed you will like Unloco for sure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely underrated album
    I don't know what happened to thses guys lately...their site has not been updated in a while and I haven';t heard any news about them but if they make a new album I will be one of the first to buy it. This album is one of the greatest things I've ever heard.

    1. Crashing (10/10) Simply awesome.
    2. Failure (7/10) Really good song but loses its intensity after a few plays.
    3. Hands and Knees (8/10) Another good song using their hard and melodic style.
    4. Empty (10/10) BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM BY FAR. THIS SONG IS SO GOOD YOU CAN JUST GET CHILLS LISTENING TO IT. IF YOU ARE GOING TO LISTEN TO ANY OF THEIR SONGS LET THIS BE IT.
    5. Bruises (5/10) Different style compared to their other songs I don't personally like it.
    6. Drowning In It (6/10) Pretty good song but nothing too special.
    7. Watching Me Slip (7/10) Acoustic song - still a great song.
    8. Becoming I (9/10) Not as hard as the others but the melody is just so good.
    9. Fold (10/10) Such a great song another one that you can feel.
    10. Neurotic (9/10) Insane intro and stays good throughout the whole song.
    11. Making Me Hate You (7/10)- Awesome guitar and pretty good chorus.
    12. Texas (10/10) ANother acoustic mellow song but its great.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great
    This is a great CD. All of the songs are very good. Good vocals and good music in the backround. Nice lyrics, too. If you like alternative rock, buy this CD! ... Read more

    Asin: B00008J2V2
    Sales Rank: 71428
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    Every Given Moment
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars UnderRatedGroup,GreatCD
    This Cd truly kicks shell,it has a differant sound then PerfectSelf.EveryGivenMoment also has guitar solos!AnythingButJesus is the most twisted song i've heard in awhile.Money well spent

    4-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing My Ass...
    Stereomud is the most underrated rock band ever. Their first cd was awesome and had a great grunge feel to it. With their 2nd cd they get a little more modernized and branch out w/ their lyrics. This cd is by no means a disappointing cd. 4.5/5

    1. Show Me- 5/5: An awesome opener for the cd, crunchy guitars and Eric's emotional voice.

    2. Anything But Jesus-4.5/5: Another well-crafted rock song. Really strong lyrics.

    3. Breathing-5/5: I bought this cd after hearing this song, amazing single. Stereomud keeps it coming in heavy doses w/ this one.

    4. Define This-4/5: A decent rocking track. The chorus is a bit slower paced than the verses, doesnt make it bad. Nice guitars though.

    5. Control Freak-4.5/5: A really catchy and groovy song. The lyrics are good, Stereomud can write really great songs with breaks and build-ups. Theyre very underrated.

    6. Drop Down- 5/5: The most aggressive track on the album. Awesome heavy cruching guitars with chugging bass following. Great singing.

    7. Coming Home-4.5/5: A lot people dont like this song becuz it was written for his kids, but so was "Dont Be Afraid" from the 1st cd. A great song, whats cool about it is that the music doesnt let up.

    8. Fallen-4/5:Another good song, doesnt stand out as much, but its nice. Swirling chorus and kinda creepyish backing vocals. Really nice though.

    9. Yesterday-4.5/5: Stereomud continues with this good rock song. Its about the things that they learned from being together for so long. Its a good song, and people need to give it a chance.

    10. My Addiction-4.5/5: A more atmospheric song which turns into a rocking song. Great musicanship, trademark vocals, everything about this band is great, really catchy.

    11. Searching-5/5: I really enjoyed this song, Eric's vocal range is nice on this one. Once again awesome guitars and bass. Everything is good.

    Every Given Moment is a cool cd. I was really looking forward to its release, and I wasnt disappointed. Give it a chance if you want some good rock music.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing
    Let me say that when I bought this, I had only heard one song, "Breathing". It's not really that good of a song, but it was catchy and I was expecting a lot more of this album than I should have.
    It starts off well, with opener "Show Me", which in my opinion is the best song on the album. However, the other songs tend to be tedious and repetitive, for instance, "Breathing". Like I said, it's catchy, but they repeat the chorus over and over again so many times that it can get old. But the albums major downfalls are tracks 6 and 7. "Drop Down" is definitely one of the worst songs I've ever heard. They try too hard to sound like Disturbed, who in my opinion sucks anyway, while "Coming Home" doesn't take the album anywhere and should've been left off. "Fallen", "Yesterday" and "Searching" are all decent, but that's...it.
    As for the band themselves, they have two guitarists, neither of which plays attractive solos, both are rhythm guitarists. Their bassist is ok. I'm not a fan of their drummer. The real highlight of the band is vocalist Erik Rogers. He has a good voice, especially on "Show Me". I just don't like his David Draiman-style grunts ("Drop Down"), but he's still pretty good.

    Anyways, don't let my review stop you from listening to this. You might like them. They have some good songs but not enough to make them a household name. Instead, I recommend Sevendust, Flaw, Injected, Lennon, Skunk Anansie and old KoRn. Or, you could just listen to real metal like Meshuggah or Fear Factory, that would be good too. Peace... ... Read more

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    14 Shades of Grey (with Limited Edition Bonus DVD)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    The Beatles had the White Album, Metallica, a black album, and now Staind has its gray album. While lumped in with the often indistinguishable nu metal crowd, Staind stands out, thanks in part to memorable ballads, such as the pained and beautiful "It's Been A While" and "Epiphany" from the quartet's 2001 breakthrough Break the Cycle. Their latest represents a natural progression; realizing the commercial potential of the poignant but heavy rock ballad, they've penned a slew of them. The light and cheery "How About You" is radio-ready, while the layered, string-backed "So Far Away," and honest and grateful musing on success, is another get-out-the lighters showcase for singer Aaron Lewis. Lewis's beautiful ode for his baby, "Zoe Jane," a tribute to late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley ("Layne," which intentionally and effectively cops Alice's signature sound), and the grandiose thank-you note "Intro" are more strong, overtly introspective entries in Lewis' sometimes mushy, sometimes touching CD diary. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars What happened to these guys?
    When you look at monumental collapses in the music business, you have to look at Staind. Their album "Tormented" from 1996 was pure thrash. The songs on "Tormented" were angry songs filled with tenacious disturbance which made the album great.
    Then came "Dysfunction", my personal favorite. This was also an album filled with anger. Some of the menacing riffs and words from songs like "Mudshovel" and "Spleen" made this album what it is. By the end of 1999, I had become a major Staind fan, waiting the release of some new music from the band. I cannot explain how disappointed I was when "Break the Cycle" was released. Where was the thrashy, angry Staind that we were all accustomed to? I listened to the album 1 time through and never listened to it again. I was beginning to believe that Staind sold out. This belief was backed by the release of "14 Shades of Grey". I thought "Break the Cycle" was horrendous. I listened to the songs before hand to see if I wanted to buy the album or not. I didn't even bother making an attempt to get this because it made me sick to my stomach that a great band like Staind made a huge turnaround like this. I often compare their collapse to the collapse of Metallica. Metallica has more of a legend than Staind does, but it was almost a Metallica - like meltdown. Even though Metallica is my favorite band, I still recognize their collapse. Even though Staind had released 2 albums before their collapse and Metallica had released 5, it is comparatively close.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as their last album
    This album is definately not as good as their last album. In fact I don't think any of their future releases will be as good as break the cyle. For what its worth this album is still good and has some classic staind songs(if there is such a word). If your a fan purchase this album, if not buy their previous album.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK
    This album is ok.I loved their first album, I loved the fact that the songs they sung were real, I could relate to them, they didn't try to sugarcoat it or anything.It seems like with this album and with Break the Cycle they tried to show how they felt but at the same time tried to make it uplifting, it works sometimes, but not always.I really only liked a few of the songs on this album, the rest weren't bad, they just weren't that good either.If you liked their first album the best and understand what I'm talking about, you should get their first self-released album, you can buy it on Staind's official web page, it's pretty raw but good.Some of the best songs on 14 Shades of Grey are "Zoe Jane", "Yesterday", "Price to Play", and "How About You". ... Read more

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    Beginnings
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 February, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars unique and awesome.

    it's hard to describe this album.they obviously have some influences from some other bands (eg Tool, A Perfect Circle, Sevendust), but after a while you begin to hear their sound as theirs alone.and the more you become familiar with their sound, you find it harder and harder to make parallels to other bands... and you'll realise why you should never have considered putting them in the nu-metal 'category' in the first place.

    the songwriting, lyrics, musicianship and production are excellent.usually, a band's debut doesn't have the best audio production, but this is an exception.not overly produced, but still clear and loud.audiophiles will love it.why does it sound so good?look at the names these guys managed to get on their album production credits: Toby Wright, Brendan O'Brien and David Campbell.

    Memento make a lot of religious references, but these can be interpreted in other ways - this is good for those of us who don't like being preached to.if you have or have had a special person in your life, some songs will rip your heart out while making your ears beg for more.i always feel emotionally exhausted after listening to this CD, and it's a very depressing album (check out the story behind 'stare' on their website bio).Cotta's vocals are emotional and genuine.the guitars/basses of Cotta, Space and Lats are beautiful when clean (eg the four layered guitars on the chorus of 'saviour') and when the distortion kicks in, it kicks your ass (eg 'coming').their sound isn't as dense as Pantera's, but it doesn't need to be.it lets the music breathe.the percussion is well suited to the sound and drummer Clark has tremendous taste.my only complaint is that the drums should've been turned up a notch.

    despite all their talent, there's one tragic thing about Memento: they are no more.they broke up in late 2004, and hardly anyone seems to know about that.Man vs Clock is the current band featuring Cotta and Lats, and from what i've heard of it, it's more acoustic and simple.Memento will be VERY missed by their true fans.

    myself and millions of other musicians wish we could write music like this.

    this one of the best albums i have ever heard.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CDRocks
    Finally a band that breaks the mold of every other New Metal/Hard Rock Band. This is a very talented group of musicians. My favorite songs are Beginnings, Nothing Sacred, Stare, Coming, & Shell. All the songs have a certain edge to them, even the obligatory ballad-like song Beginnings. This really is a must have CD. If you mixed Tool, Queensryche, Cold, & (early) A Perfect Circle together, you'd have what Memento sounds like.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
    This is an incredible album.
    The lyrics are very meaningful and I can relate to them. The vocals are also very amazing and the songs are filled with nice music and catchy choruses and verses.
    I definitely recommend this album to anyone who is looking for some intelligent rock music.
    I also love the way that in some songs the singer can be angry and in others he is calm. He has a very wide range. I listen to a lot of new rock and Memento has to be one of my favourites. I cannot wait to see if they can top this album.
    A Must Buy! ... Read more

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    Natural Selection
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tired of Fuel
    I've had enough.I'm sick of these guys.They are too damn good.After their third consecutive masterpiece it is now time to talk about how they rank on the all-time scale.They are clearly and with no arguement the best band of today.Probably only the Beatles, Zeppelin, Metallica, and Soundgarden have bodies of work that are this strong.Fuel will simply continue to make the best music out until there is no choice but for them to be hailed as what they are, and that is the best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The album that made me a fan
    I must thank my friend Trevor for introducing me to the amazing music of the alt soft rock band 'Fuel'. This was the album he lent to me and by the end of Track 2: Down Inside of You, I was hooked. And I knew I needed more. Fuel remind me of Staind' another band I love however Fuel has a chemistry in each of their songs and you could tell it was there in doses with the delivery of 'Falls on Me'. This song was their hit from this album.
    This CD release has many great songs and great qualities. 'Most of All' and 'Die like This' are my favourite songs on this release and since listening to this album I have become a keen and hard 'Fuel' fan.
    Give me some more Fuel!

    3-0 out of 5 stars just what i expected only a little left of center
    fuel has basically come to be expected to produce a catchy,semi mellow rock single to give an appetizer to a slee modern rock album.they succeed here, as "falls on me" is the most bland single they have released to date."quarter" goes back to the roots of fuel, with some catchy and choppy guitars while "million miles" and "down inside of you" sound like two tracks that could have been bsides from "something like human"."wont back down" is the technology tinged "heavy" track from the daredevil soundtrack, and its ok.the album basically sounds like one big modern rock song, and its not too bad.basically the same old fuel, sticking too heavily on the "if its not broken, why fix it" which causes most of the tracks to come off unexciting and passable.if you like fuel, and enjoy bands like lit,tonic,course of nature, and ballad esque modern rock is your thing, then "natural selection" may have what you need to tie you over until the next "real" fuel disc. ... Read more

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    The Long Road [Bonus Tracks]
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
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    It's never easy following up a multi-platinum success, but Canada's Nickelback's latest seem sure to match the sales of the many-million-selling Silver Side Up. The formula remains pretty much the same--nothing fancy, just radio-friendly grunge that lends an appropriately dramatic backing to the powerful and increasingly confident voice of Chad Kroeger. Aside from the fast and punchy opener "Flat on the Floor," the tough, staccato "Because of You," and the Oasis-like "Figured You Out," the band deal exclusively in soft-rock anthems (soft, that is, by 2003’s pulverizing standards). The only real change here lies is in Kroeger's lyrical concerns. Where 2000's The State found him suffering the frustrations of small-town life, now he's tortured by a heavy touring schedule that promotes destructive drug abuse and strains relationships to breaking point. That said, you can't help feeling the ruthlessly analytical Kroeger would turn a visit to the supermarket into a riot of hatred and self-recrimination. For fans of Silver Side Up, Nickelback have delivered the goods once more. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Nickelback: The personification of formulaic rock
    I'm sure most of you have heard the infamous mp3 that was floating around titled "How You Remind Me of Someday". Well, i was the creator of that, and i'll tell you why i put those songs together like that. A year or 2 ago my girlfriend was a Nickelback fan. Now that sort of bothers me (i'll get to why later) but it's ok until i have to hear it as well. I began to explain to her why it's difficult for me to enjoy music which follows so rigidly to a formula to pump out songs for their albums, because it's just no FUN when you can tell that's exactly what they are doing, and by the end of the song you've got the whole thing memorized. Most of Nickelbacks songs are 90% the same thing, with the only variance being the vocal melodies (which all STILL stick to the same 4 or 5 notes anyway, just a slightly different arrangement) and a bar or 2 of the "clean section" added occasionally or something like that. I made that pairing of the songs because apparently people can't hear all of that on their own. I made it so my girlfriend could hear VERY clearly what i was talking about, and just how similar they really are.

    Don't get me wrong, Nickelback is probably the catchiest rock band out there right now... but is that enough? I answer with a resounding NO! The thing is, mass media expects only the catchiest of songs and treats that as about the only aspect of music worth airing. It's not even their fault though, who could blame them? It's how they are going to generate revenue. The average person (and even those who pretend they are more into music than they really are) only listens to something because it makes them a bit giddy when the chorus of the song comes on. Now, if you're doing anything REMOTELY harmonically adventurous, it's TOO MUCH for a casual listener of the radio to grasp, and they won't be able to get into it. This is WHY you don't hear any songs that are truly "different" on the radio. Ever wonder why all songs are about 3-4 minutes, get to the chorus in 30 seconds or less, and repeat it 5-10 times a song? hardly seems interesting to me. But the point is that when the song ends, you'll have that "catch" in your head and want to buy the album. Unfortunately with that kind of easy consumption, almost inevitably comes a quick and painful downfall. Songs that simple are just too hard to be interesting for a long time.

    What am i getting at you ask? well, i'm getting at the fact that music has so much more to offer than what most people are typically exposed to, and it's really a shame that something like Nickelback gets touted as the greatest rock band of our time. Do some of you know that not every band has an album of 12 songs at 3-4 minutes long? did you know some bands release songs upwards of 20 minutes? sounds boring huh? well, it would be if they tried to just repeat the chorus and use the kind of structure Nickelback does. My point is, Nickelback songs go nowhere. They start somewhere nice and simple, go into a chorus which is just stepping on the distortion pedal (don't forget their lame "chug chug chug chug" that they do going into every chorus), and then they do that a few times and end. It's not entertaining to me.

    Imagine a song which represents an entire emotional experience, running through the gamut of feelings one can get through the music, and leaving you sitting there when it is all over wondering how that just happened to you. When this happens, you'll realize the power of music doesn't come in small 3 minute chunks of the same thing over and over, it comes from transitions between emotions, a "journey", if you will. The whole is infinitely greater than the sum of it's parts.

    People can be changed through music... the sheer power of what some people have created is overwhelming, and it's extremely unfortunate that such a small number of people will ever come to realize this. My girlfriend despises Nickelback now, once i explained what it was that makes them unworthy of the praise they get. Let me say though, they are not without talent. I do think Chad has got an excellent ear for melody, and has a unique and fairly pleasing vocal tone. Lucky for him, that's EXACTLY all you need to make it in the pop world, so that's the end of that. Superstardom. I urge you, however, to try to seek more out of your music than just a catchy voice. If you just spend a little time looking (the radio won't help you here), you just may find something that will change your outlook on music, and bands like Nickelback will no longer cut it. Sorry, Nickelback, you're forever pegged to be attacked for what you do musically, but i guess SOMEONE'S gotta be the simplest and catchiest rock band on the radio. After all, most people love that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY AWESOME
    Nickelback is a totally awesome band. I saw them in concert with Finger Eleven and Puddle of Mudd and they rocked. I have every nickelback cd relased and I have to say there is not one song on any cd that i do not like.Nickelback is one totally kick a** band

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nickelback Does It Again
    Overall, i am not a big fan of the modern rock coming out these days. However, after hearing "How You Remind Me" on the radio,i really liked it and went out and puchased Silver Side Up. I enjoyed pretty much the entire album so when i saw that The Long Road was being released, I decided to give it a shot. I was not the slightest bit dissapointed. The album is filled with a whole bunch of rockin songs with good meledies that you can help but crank up and sing along to. My personal favorite from the album is "Do This Anymore", a rocking song where chad Kroger really shows off his awesome voice with his combination of singing softly and his ability to belt out lyrics with power while not making it seem like he is just straight out screaming. Other favorites on the album include "Someday", yes its overplayed but still good, "Feeling Way Too Damn Good", and of coarse "Figured You Out" (how can anybody not like that song). so if you liked Silver Side Up than i strongly recemend going out and buying this album ... Read more

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    grade 8
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD!
    Ok for all those people out there who have never heard of these guys before and want to check them out, then i say go for it. But just make sure you buy this cd before their crappy follow-up Resurrection. Their Self-titled debut is definately their best piece of work. Every song on this album is awesome. Brick by Brick, Adrenachrome, and especially Get It Out, which is in my opinion the best song on this album, with the awesome double bass riffs. Pick this one up, cuz its worth it. As for Resurrection-buyer beware! Try before you buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best CD i have EVER heard!
    someone else i read was saying "Anyone who enjoys this band probably likes Linkin Park and crap like that"

    okay, linkin park is NOT crap, grade 8 isnt either! they are my FAVORITE bands, and it was your STUPID choice to buy a cd you dont like.

    It is YOUR fault that you bought a cd you never listened to BEFORE you bought it. And they sound NOTHING like Limp bizkit, which is a pretty good band too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grade 8 rocks my face off
    Well i was looking for some new music here on Amazon and i found Grade 8 and they blew my mind!! most newer rock isn't my type of stuff but they just totally changed my mind about that!
    This band disserves some publicity and i can see them getting big in the future. Grade 8 has great music and great lyrics, why wouldn't anyone like em??!! ... Read more

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    Evolver
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Downhill
    I was really excited to take a listen to this album after 2000 years, but i have to say, the sound has really lost its edge.I can still enjoy this album playing in the background, but it is definately not one that i actually put on just to hear it.The songs on evolver are just way too bland.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Velvet *Evolver
    Returning to producers Warren Croyle and Joe Floyd (Godhead self-titled), gODHEAD has taken their deep experimentation with electronica, and very intricately melded it with the heavy, gravitational sound that really identifies gODHEAD. gODHEAD is, and always has been a very powerful live band, and I think Evolver captures that power. Jason Miller's vocals and melodic songwriting style have always been very complimented by a slamming/guitar-driven soundbed.

    While I have an enduring appreciation for their synth/sample-centric albums (Power Tool Stigmata, 2000 Years of Human Error), I think Evolver shows gODHEAD's true musical vision. Evolver also has an underlying sense of being artistically uncaged. This album shows that creative license is something that is better left in the hands of more-than-capable artists/composers, such as gODHEAD.

    Bottomline, I love it.

    Highlights:
    The Hate In Me
    Just Like You
    The Giveaway
    Keep Me Down
    Far Too Long
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    Dream

    5-0 out of 5 stars gODHEAD rocks!
    This band has certainly evolved, and that's not necessarily a bad thing!The heavier, more industrial sound heard previously on albums such as "Power Tool Stigmata" and "2000 Years of Human Error" is not as prevalent in this release, but the influence of Marilyn Manson (Posthuman Records) and NIN is still noticeable to a certain degree.I have always thought of Godhead as being a very eclectic band, taking various elements and creating a unique style all their own.This album serves as further proof of that, as well as a testament to their outstanding musicianship.

    It would seem that Godhead was trying to make this particular album more accessible to a widespread audience, and they indeed accomplished their goal.The songs on this release seem more guitar-driven, giving the album more of a dark hard rock feel than their previous goth/industrial releases.However, their lyrics can still convey that hauntingly morbid sense of impending doom and devastation that is characteristically "goth."I love Jason Miller's clean vocals.He has a powerful voice that only serves to enhance the emotions the words alone don't always convey.

    Godhead's "Evolver" takes the listener on a trip through several various emotions.This is one of those CD's that you can put in your player any day, when in any kind of mood, and you can find a song that suits you perfectly.Here are some highlights on the album:

    Track 1 "The Hate in Me" - Great opening track!Excellent for when you've had a bad day.This song is very catchy, and has a danceable beat.

    Track 2 "Just Like You" - Another catchy, guitar-driven song.Awesome cynical lyrics.

    Track 5 "Far Too Long" - One of the more mellow songs on the album, but has great lyrics and a great guitar-driven chorus.

    Track 7 "Dream" - Great vocals and lyrics, with a very catchy chorus that easily gets stuck in your head for days.

    Track 9 "Ghost of Your Memory" - Slower song conveying a sense of deep loss.Really great guitar solo.

    Though I do miss their previous sound, change is inevitable and, frequently, worthwhile.If you are new to Godhead, this is a good place to start, as it is by far their most accessible album.Definitely pick up this CD!If you want something a little heavier on the goth/industrial side, then also try some of Godhead's previous efforts, "Power Tool Stigmata" and "2000 Years of Human Error."They are also amazing to see live! ... Read more

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    Faceless
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 April, 2003)
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    Fans of Godsmack’s dark, swirling, commanding music will be delighted by the Boston band’s powerful third effort, which mixes arena rock in the vein of an Alice in Chains (in fact, Godsmack takes its name from an AIC song) with the aggression of Pantera. With new drummer Shannon Larkin (formerly of Amen), Godsmack stick with the riff-heavy, layered tunes and sharp, confident bridge-burning lyrics (witness the convincing vitriol of "I F@?king Hate You"). Highlights include Sully Erna’s gut-spewing scream on "Changes," the memorable chorus and commanding assured "I Stand Alone," and the radio-ready "Straight out of Line." The tribal drums and chanting of the instrumental "The Awakening" sets the stage for "Serenity," the final track, which brings Faceless full circle, the acoustic guitars, congas and strings providing a sinuous conclusion to a potent album. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting blend of hard rock & stunning lyrics
    'Faceless' was the album that introduced me to this hard rock alternative band Godsmack. And the album ain't half bad at all. Godsmack shares so much of the sounding of the beats and rhythms to Staind and Korn. Usually in these types of bands you will find one dimensional lyrics but in 'Faceless' the lyrics outdoes the actual music. My favourite songs were 'Faceless', 'I Am', 'I Stand Alone' and 'Serenity'. These songs made the album a hit.

    This album was my introduction to this great band that has evolved with wisdom in their careers and are sticking with what made them great. This is Godsmack's third release and I am now a proud fan of this great band. Also watch out for the song 'Re-Align' that is some great sound beats.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Great Album/ Not Much Different From the Others!!!
    Godsmack is a pretty great rock band with it's own style of music!!! There isn't much of a difference between this and the first two albums but, it is still pretty good!!! Songs like: I Stand Alone, Faceless, Re-align, Dead and Broken, and I am

    Straight Out of Line: 3/5
    Faceless: 4/5
    Changes: 4/5
    Make Me Believe: 4/5
    I Stand Alone: 5/5
    Re-Align: 4/5
    I F***** Hate You: 4/5
    Releasing The Demons: 2.5/5
    Dead And Broken: 4/5
    I Am: 4.5/5
    The Awakening: 1/5
    Serenity: 2/5
    Avg:3.16
    Est:3/5 My Personal Rating: 4/5

    There are other bands that are better but this band gives you an awesome experience!!! If you like this band check out Metalica, Disturbed,KoRn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,and System of a Down!!!!! I feel that Godsmack should try to use more variety in their music. I don't get some of thier songs but most of the time they say what they mean like I F***** Hate You!!! For Metal Heads like me!!!!!!
    I suggest you get the first two albums before you get this one!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars They Rewrote The Same Album For The Third Time?!?
    Godsmack, in my opinion, is a somewhat decent band that all of the sudden fell to the power of the evil corporations. The first album was a great album, and I liked it. "Awake" was fair, although it did copy the first album, but "Faceless"? This is one of the most generic album Godsmack has ever released, and I have a copy of this album. I couldn't get into it, no matter how much I listened to it. The title track, "Straight Out Of Line", sounds too much like "Keep Away" and "Awake" mixed together. "Faceless" is another favorite track, as it stands out from the rest of the other tracks, but the CD wasn't something I could get into. It was all a bunch of recycled material, and the final track, "Serenity", is a complete knockoff of "Voodoo". This is just a rewrite of their debut, people. There's nothing new to see here. Just redundant radio-rock music.

    Also, these guys are trying way too hard to be the next Alice In Chains. There are too many bands trying to revive the dead grunge genre. Creed is ripping off Pearl Jam, Puddle Of Mudd ripped off Nirvana and Godsmack is ripping off Alice In Chains. Wow, the music industry is succumbing to a whole bunch of crap these days.

    Not recommended. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008J2DQ
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Industrial Metal    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


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    XIII
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 October, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD, so little credit
    I live half an hour from Cleveland, Ohio (where Mushroomhead is from.) and even people where I live don't know who Mushroomhead even is. This is just one of those musical masterpieces that hit deaf (Or especially picky.) ears. I have listined to this CD perhaps 50 times and the powerful lyrics, the vivid imagery it produces and the suprisingly good quality suprised me. This is one of those CDs that can listin to every song and not ever say: "That was a pretty stupid song." as I recall loving every track on the CD. If you want good music you don't have to turn to MTV (A religion for many.) but simply buy XIII, destined to someday become a Cleveland classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars . . . And so on . . . and so forth . . .
    I remember when I first saw these guys, it was back some years ago on Mtv2, and I saw their "Solitaire Unraveling" video. Even though at that time I didn't listen to any kind of metal music I still liked them. About a year later I heard about the thirteen album coming out, and I really hadn't heard a single song except for solitaire unraveling, and took a chance. This cd opened up the "doors of metal and good music" to me. These guys don't get the full credit they deserve for their music. If I asked someone if they knew who Shroom was, most likely they wouldn't know, but thats their loss. But if I asked someone who Slipknot was, more likely than not, they could identify them. I'm not bagging on slipknot or anything I just think Mushroomhead is a better band altogether.
    Other great bands to check out are Mudvayne, Disturbed, Lamb of God, Fear Factory, and of course Meshuggah.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MRH's best
    Nu-metal? No, this really isn't nu-metal. It's a mix of industrial, SOME nu-metal, goth, techno, and a lot of others. It can't really be labelled as nu-metal. MRH's album 13 is very good. Destroy The World Around Me and the title track ALONE are worth buying this album! Other favorites are Kill Tomorrow, Sun Doesn't Rise, and Mother Machine Gun. I saw these guys live last year, and they kicked ass! You must own this album.
    Ratings:
    1. Kill Tomorrow 5/5
    2. Sun Doesn't Rise 5/5
    3. Mother Machine Gun 5/5
    4. Nowhere to Go 4/5
    5. Becoming Cold 5/5
    6. One More Day 4/5
    7. Dream Is Over 4/5
    8. War Inside 5/5
    9. Almost Gone 5/5
    10. Eternal 4/5
    11. Our Own Way 5/5
    12. Destroy the World Around Me 5/5
    13. Thirteen 5/5
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    Sales Rank: 17323
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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    Shadow Zone
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 October, 2003)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars EH.............................
    To me this cd was like OK, but it wasnt really enjoyable after a few more listens....To me this cd is kinda of a let down, Lyrically and Musically...I mean its just me, but the songs on this cd got heavily repetitive, not enough guitar riffs, Waynes vocals were too repititive like alos, mostly on dead world, monster, and destroy all, and new pain. The subject matter didnt really move me, cuz it was like too focused on one thing, litte diversity is what to expect on this album. Im definetely hoping that their next effort will be even better which is called start a war.Ive herd three songs off their site from it on www.static-x.com THEY ARE FIRE!!!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars I hope "Start A War" is better
    I've had this album since its release and I feel that it was a big let-down.Machine was weak and this CD I feel is weaker yet.Everyone keeps mentioning "electronics" in this album, however, there is almost nothing electronic about it.Where is all the synth and sampling as on Wisconsin Death Trip?Some of you need to go listen to "Love Dump", "Trance is the Motion" or "December" on WDT and then any track on Shadow Zone and then come back and talk about just how electronic it is.

    Thats my biggest gripe.That to me was the one trademark item that made Static-X stand out from all the other crap from the late 90's.Now, they just sound like all the other left-overs from the late 90's that are still recording.

    4-0 out of 5 stars wtf!!!
    ok, now that everyone has officially blasted this cd...let me tell you what I think, seeing as there are probably people out there that actually like static x, and none of them seem to have put in anything on what I deem to be Static X's best album. there was two people on there that stated they didnt like Wayne Static's vocals when he isn't being melodic. well, since the start, static X was never a melodic band!!! do you think *I'm With Stupid* was ment to be a damned love song??? lol. any way. I think this cd pushes electronic blast beat nu metal into a whole new era. with it's fast, techno based underscore, its fast and catchy vocals, and its hard core beat this music is what I have been looking for for ages. that is my oppinion on the album, and I felt it desperately needed to be said, before people listen to the other people on here, and condem the album as crap. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 10915
    Subjects:  1. Industrial Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. Thrash   


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    Unstable (Bonus DVD)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 August, 2003)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Adema's last good album.
    Well I've listened to the new Adema album, Planets, and it's just not the same without the lead singer, Mark Chavez.The new singer's voice doesn't have anything that draws your attention like Mark's does.

    Anyway, I believe Unstable is Adema's greatest album (and most likely last greatest).People complain about lack of depth in the lyrics; however, this lack of depth makes it easier to relate with situations in your own life.The best songs are:

    1. Co-Dependent
    2. Rip the Heart Out of Me
    3. Stand Up
    4. Unstable
    5. Promises
    6. Blame Me
    8. Stressin' Out
    12. Needles

    4-0 out of 5 stars Unfair Guys
    I'm sorry to all of the hardcore Adema fans that slag off this album but come on this is ace! so much better than their self-titled album that they released a few years ago. musically adema have moved on lightyears and now they actually play music that is in time with each other an in the same key. i highly recommend this album
    best songs:
    Rip The Heart Out Of Me 10/10
    Co-Dependant 10/10
    Stand Up 9/10

    3-0 out of 5 stars I'm Surprised They Got Signed On To Earache!
    Adema, in my thoughts, is a mediocre band, and this is a fair CD. They have some catchy songs, like "Unstable" and "Co-Dependent", but they don't have much original material.

    Anyways, the band signed on to Earache this last summer. This just surprises me. They're on a label with great alumni bands such as Napalm Death, Godflesh, At The Gates, The Haunted, Cathedral and Carcass? This just surprises me. They did have Dub War on there, the band Skindred vocalist Benji used to be in, but I'm surprised Adema got on that label!

    Anyways, Mark Chavez and another guitarist have left the band, and they have a new vocalist, in which I don't remember his name. Their new album, "Planets", will hit stores this April. I can't wait to hear "Tornado" and see if Adema either improved or declined. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 34197
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Post-Grunge    3. Rock   


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    Deftones
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    While alt/nu/rap-metal typically bounds between two emotional poles--pissed-off and extremely pissed-off--and a musical range to match, the Deftones continue to push the genre's narrow boundaries outward on their fourth big-label release. Mic man Chino Moreno's patent yowl belies a range of emotion rare in the genus, while guitarist Stephen Carpenter seasons his buzz-saw assault with some industrial-strength riff textures and mixer Frank Delgado's spooky, synthetic textures further underscore Moreno's blossoming lyrical impressionism. If they stray uncomfortably close to jagged-rhythms formula in the album's opening quarter, the almost sunny sensuality of "Good Morning Beautiful" heralds some welcome shafts of light amidst the storm clouds. From there on, the mood drifts from languor ("Deathblow") to brooding ("Battle-axe," "Lucky You"), while "Bloody Cape" edges the band ever closer to traditional pop hooks before drifting into the resigned, psych-torpor of "Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event." A compelling and encouraging album--even if it's taken them 15 years to get this far. Enhanced CD features include studio and day-in-the-life-of band video footage, as well as 150 candid photos. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars a band in progression
    All the nu metal fans out there need to stop whining and grow up. deftones in my opinion have always been "different" to all the other american rock bands out there. they aren't ashamed of their 80's influences and it shows in their music. Some of the music on this record is hauntingly beautiful, and yet sometimes heavy as hell, their heaviest stuff they have done yet. "Lucky you" could have quite easily been written by Depeche Mode at their darkest. (some of you kids out there might not know who they are. Check out deftones on the tribute album covering "To have and to hold." )

    Overall a solid album. Although not "White Pony", still a worthy follow up.

    Good to see team Sleep finally being released, and looking forward to the Deftones 10 yr anniversary mix of b-sides and rareties aswell as the new album due out in the fall.

    All you whiners, stick to Korn or wetbiscuit

    2-0 out of 5 stars eh.....well???
    Where should I start? Adrenaline. Only one good song which was "Get bored". Awesone bass lines. Great singing. Pure metal for it's early time. This album...Only one good song "another uniteresting event". With every album they make there is only 1 song on it that I like. Says enough doesn't it? Not to mention everytime I try and listen to them I am reminded of my 3 year old nephew when he throws a temper tantrum. These guys whine too much. Oh stop throwing tantrums already! Grow up! Make good lyrics and sing the song right. Maybe then the music won't sound so bad because the band has talent. Just not a talented singer.

    2-0 out of 5 stars NO
    compared to adrenaline and around the fur this album and white pony both suck! there first 2 albums were brillant i dont know what has happened to them, d@mn. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rock   


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    The Rise of Brutality
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 October, 2003)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not too sick.
    I can only think of three reasons why you would ever want to buy this:

    1. You're afraid of getting beaten up by Hatebreed fans
    2. You desire to own the most ridiculously titled record ever
    3. You have no taste in music, or even hardcore/metal

    By-the-numbers, generic, boring, dull-as-dishwater, unoriginal, uncreative, unexciting...the negative modifiers for this album are practically infinite.If you're into tough-guy hardcore and are even considering purchasing this, pick up Buried Alive's The Death of Your Perfect World instead, which is at least a 3-star album in my opinion and pretty much the same thing as Hatebreed, only better of course.

    2 stars because it's not nu-metal, screamo, emo, or pop-punk.

    5-0 out of 5 stars good sh*t
    i've been seening alot of f*gs just biotching about how this album sucks or whatnot; how its repetitive; blah blah.Why listen to this; really.Just shut the F8UK up and make your own if you can do better.

    anyways, this album has some good songs; not all are shty angry but hits more you against the world kinda thing. get your life together kinda sh8t; nothing new here. but good music still while doing the following....
    a) bashing some guys skull in; about to commit murder
    b) working out; doing something hard; hitting road block
    c) angry in general
    d) you hate your life and blame others
    e) all of the above

    A: E (should of seen this comming hu?)


    enjoy.

    1-0 out of 5 stars hatebreed music is boring and stupid
    bad bad bad bad bad bad bad sucks im sick of tired of hatebreed all thire songs sound the same i can name 100 bands that sound like hatebreed they do nothing new with thire music the same S**T over and over come on guys i dont see what the hell is sogreat about this band or the other albums they make this album should get 0 satr ... Read more

    Asin: B0000DJYNS
    Sales Rank: 7075
    Subjects:  1. Death Metal/Black Metal    2. Hardcore Punk    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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