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Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 October, 1996)
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With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the '90s. Rather like Metallica circa ...And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There's not a whole lot of variety on Tool's second full-length album--most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat--but Maynard James Keenan's distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars excuse me?
I read a review a bit down criticizing Tool for playing the same chord in every song in different time signatures, and it just struck my intellectual gag reflex.

No, Tool is not a time signature-obsessed Blink 182- in fact, Adam Jones is probably one of the greatest riff architects of the modern day. At least, that's what not only pretty much every guitar magazine seems to think, but also most of Jones' peers in the industry (Morello, for instance). But hey, it's good to criticize someone for drifting too far away from what's happening in the rest of the narrow-focused modern rock world.

I hear again and again people shunning Aenima for sounding "too uniform" and I just don't see it. I guess they were disappointed there weren't any tambourines..?

Aenima's subject matter is dealt with and presented in a masterful manner. The subjects, often oblique, often vague, always with a multitude of interpretations, have generated a multitude of discussion groups on the Internet. The songs, as a whole, deal largely with cultural evolution and spiritual enlightenment.

All in all, I very much recommend Aenima as a hard rock/metal CD to anyone looking to expand their minds. Lateralus has digressed lyrically from this style, but has matured beyond Aenima to a stratospheric level in terms of musicianship.

2-0 out of 5 stars It could have been better.
The cover is a perfect example of the promise this album carries. It's eerie, unpedictable, and mysterious. (I personally believe that the holographic design will date it in a few years, but oh well.) A strange, swirling, smoky black box against a black background with floating eyes. Nifty. But the music inside...well...bleh.

To be honest, "bleh" is too strong a word. "Hurm" would be more appropirate, or maybe "oh...okay." It's just that this album could have been one of the greatest prog-metal albums ever made, but retreats to formula just when it edges into greatness.

The problem is that the band relies to heavily on their image to suscessfully create music without pretention. "Aenima" would have been a masterpiece if it was more inventive, unpredictable, and willfully innovative. It would have been more than enough to just blend elements of the Sonic Youth and King Crimson, with a dash of "Freak Out!"-era Zappa and Zeppelin, keeping the sound industrial as always, but never limited to it. Tool could have created a world that was frightening, darkly humorous, nihlistic, pioneering, and cynical all at once. So what went wrong?

Tool stays within their own limitations, as if they can't exceed them, but feel like they have something to prove anyway. Songs are longer. More stop-start rhythms. More profanity. Thicker production that only clouds the musical variety. Flavorless songwriting. Tighter performances, but little character put into the effort. Too many throwaways, too few songs that maintain consistency. Tinny vocals.

Those are the main flaws with the record. It's an intriguingly under-realized record, but fascinating nonetheless. The promise it carries is bogged down by having little to fufill. "Hooker with a P**is is fairly decent, but after five or six songs about genetics and messianic hypocrisy, what is this "Get in the Ring" rewrite doing sandwiched in? And the title track suffers from some jaw-droppingly bad lyrics that bog down a concept that could have rivaled "The Trial" in Pink Floyd's "The Wall." What's with "Some say Armageddon will come/ I certainly hope it does"? With all of the mystery Tool strives for, that's awfully straightforward.

The Bill Hicks sample in "Third Eye" is distracting, and "Message to Harry Manback" is a waste that belongs on a b-side. By misplacing the concepts and the ambitions, Tool has created one of the classic shoot-and-miss albums of the decade. How unfortunate on have so much talent, and to not know how to use it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think for yourself...question authority...
I know no one will ever read this. I don't care. This is my favorite cd EVER aside from Pink Floyd's Animals. Those two NEVER leave my changer. Tool, I fear, will never make another cd like this, much like the Deftones will never make another Adrenaline. Unfortunate as this thought is, it is made "all better" by the fact that this great recording is made immortal through the blessing that is the compact disc. Tool is most excellent...they are, I feel, the Pink Floyd of this acursed generation, melding their album art with the music. Cam De Leon is now one of my favorite artists, along with, Giger, Dali, Escher, and none other than Tool's own Adam Jones. In short, Tool's ultimate opus lies in this album. Most excellent. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 September, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A New Type Of Killer Toxin
Every so often, a music group explodes with such a different and solid style that just about everyone who listens to it happens to love it. System Of A Down is one of these groups, blowing up with their 2nd official CD, "Toxicity". This CD is near-flawless all the way through and any fan of hard rock will fall in love with it quickly. The lead vocalist, Serj, has such a crazy sound to his voice that it really grapples you into the songs. All in all, SOAD is filled with very anti-regulation, rebellious, good hard music.

The album starts out with a very hard song, "Prison Song", which is sure to hit the listener hard with its lyrical content and sound. It's a great introduction to most of the material we will be hearing later on the CD. Following the first song are two great ones, "Needles" and "Deer Dance", both of which have hard choruses and flowing vocals by Serj. After these comes a pretty short song (barely over 2 minutes, but short songs are somewhat common to SOAD) but hard and fast. The drummer really kicks in and goes crazy on this song. Track 5 entitled "X" comes in a bit slower but just as solid as the rest... then Serj goes very fast on most of the vocals. Next is the single track that really hooked me to SOAD's newer sounding style (over their self-titled LP a few years back), "Chop Suey!". This was a huge radio hit and is one of those songs that you love listening to even though it's so mainstream. The vocals are really "chopped" up but all flow together, and the chorus is... well... "heavenly" I guess. Very angellic sounding, if that makes any sense. Awesome song.

The 2nd Half of the album is just as good as the first. And truthfully that does not happen as often as it should in music these days. Track 7, "Bounce", follows Chop Suey! up with a fast paced and *insane* song. Definitely the craziest on the album. "Bounce, Pogo Pogo Pogo POGO!!". Good song. Following that is "Forest", a semi-long song weighing in at 4:00, but possibly one of my favorites. It has a medium paced beat going with it as Serj screams after every line. At track 12, we come to "Toxicity", the title track and very deserving of this title. Slower paced and more instrumental, this is one of my favorites. Psycho is a pretty dark song and very emotional, with a screaming memorable chorus, "Psycho...Cocaine...Cocaine...Crazy!" in increasing speed. A really good cut. And the final track: Aerials. This was their 2nd single and the most mainstream sounding song with the exception of Chop Suey!. They made a badass video to go along with this slow song. Good lyrics, and good end to the album.

Overall, I was unbelievably impressed with the quality of the work that System Of A Down was able to produce with "Toxicity". It's much more mature sounding than their self-titled CD even though that is awesome work as well! The group really made their own nitch in the hard rock community with this release and it's going to be great to see what System can come out with in the future. GET THIS CD, PERIOD.

Overall Rating: 9.5 / 10

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly(?) Good for a jaded Metal Fan
O.k., I originally wrote System of a Down off as yet another wanna-be corporate Mtv "nu-metal" band. I WAS WRONG. THIS CD IS FANTASTIC! Yes, I do think that SoaD should get down on their knees and worship at the feet of "Faith No More" (this CD brings "King for a Day" and "Album of the Year" to mind), but they really have their own sound that comes out and distinguishes itself from other bands.

I really liked their first CD, and on "Toxicity" the band is even more polished. The only song that doesn't seem to fit on the CD for me is "Chop Suey!". It sound a little out of place compared to the other music, but that's probably because I've heard it on the radio so much. With good reason, it's a great song!

Anyway, the rest of the CD is a little heavier than the radio hit. I really like the lyrics. The lyrics of most of the songs talk about social or political injustices, like Rage. Unlike Rage, SOAD has a sense of humor and don't seem to take up an issue with Everything.

All in all, I think this CD is a safe buy. Metal friends of mine are split on their opinions of this CD. Some love it, some hate it. The odd singing and rapid time changes could definitely throw a listener off. I know this is often said, but I really believe that if you don't like it at first listen, believe it or not "Toxicity" WILL grow on you. So will their first CD. If you like Faith No More, Korn, and Rage; go ahead and experiment with System of a Down. If you can, see them live, too. Their energy could light the planet! (Am I the only person who thinks that the lead singer of System looks like B-Real on a massive ammount of stimulants?)

1-0 out of 5 stars corgancobainmalakian is a dipsh*t!!
corgancobrainmalakian, you make me want to vomit!! Zach De La Rocha is a much better singer than Serj Turkian (he's a stupid Turk) will ever be!! So what if RATM isn't around anymore, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath aren't together anymore. I'm glad RATM isn't in Hot Topic, its a sign that they're too good for that. Daron Malakian is a terrible song writer and guitarist. Soil's guitar solo was NOTHING to scream about. 99% of his songs don't make sense. RATM isn't one dimentional, each of their songs sound completely different from the rest. SOAD is a hypocritical no-talent new-metal (not nu) band, get that through your empty head you ass-raming chode!! If you're from England and if Amazon has a British website, go to that one you retard!! Stay in your own website!! I hate you and I hate any band who's main influences are Slayer and Cannibal Corpse. Go listen to the kids in my school, ha!! All the kids in my school are retarted, they listen to rap, or the rock kids listen to pop-punk emo crap like Simple Plan and Dashboard Confessional. The metal kids listen to Korn and SOAD. I hang around the classic rock kids. They can actually sort out good and bad music (something you can't do). Another reason SOAD sucks is because they're in favor of religion over science, why don't these guy might as well say creationism is more factual than evolution!! Face it corgancobrainblahblahblah, RATM was, is, and always will be better than SOAD. If you don't like the truth, suicide is your answer. ... Read more

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The Height of Callousness
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 October, 2000)
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Look beyond the headline-grabbing shock-rockers and public enemies that populate the thriving sphere of nu metal, and there's an often fascinating legion of young pretenders desperately eager to set the agenda. Spineshank, however, appear to have forgotten that it takes a little more than misanthropic attitude and clunky samplers to spar with an Antichrist Superstar. Sure, The Height of Callousness works the industrial hip-hop template for all it's worth (sometime Rage Against the Machine producer GGGarth works the controls), but with the likes of "New Disease" and "Cyanide 2600" offering precious little content between their clichés, this album begs to be pigeonholed. When this stuff works--see the electrified taboo pantomime of Static X's Wisconsin Death Trip, or the heavy black gothic mass of NIN's The Downward Spiral--it's because there's a splendidly contrary charismatic ringmaster running the whole bleak circus. Here? Well, let's just say that all this negativity isn't making any positives. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Got techno-fused nu metal?
"The Height Of Callousness" is the first I've ever heard from Spineshank, and I'm highly impressed. The CD starts out vicious by winding you and never lets you stop for a breather - maybe why the first track is subtly named "Asthmatic".

Spineshank successfully seperate themselves from the bandwagon chock full of everybody's favorite rock/rap/metal bands with ingenuity and progressive & conceptual musical sounds. Every few tracks, you can catch a nice downbeat techno sample, and a fast-paced jungle breakbeat to match the aural intensity on the next. If you've ever heard Static-X and recognized a slight electronic backdrop to most of the songs, you'll feel right at home listening to Spineshank.

Although, the raw energetic quality of the CD doesn't stop there. One thing that always turns me onto hard rock CDs is the hook in each track - the more melodic and individualized they are, the more I'll feel the music. Apart from their propelled & lunatic screaming vocals (see: Slipknot, Mudvayne, Nothingface), the singing you can find in the hooks works almost perfectly.

It's almost unfair to sum up Spineshank's latest effort this briefly. They take the responsibility of being a band that no single person can possibly turn down - whether you're a rocked out headbanging metal freak, mellow hardcore fan, or even a electronic music fan/DJ. Wait, I'm wrong... if you're willing to make your leap out of the musical bandwagon, only then are you included. It's not that far down, and with "The Height Of Callousness", you'll be glad you jumped.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Album.
Spineshank is a good band. "The Height of Callosness" is, anyway, as it largely improves from their less-than-bad debut, "Strictly Diesel". I shall now review the songs I like:

1.Asthmatic-5/5-This song's vocals are just flat-out screaming, and you can't help but bob your head to it. This is the perfect intro song for this album.
2.The Height of Callousess-4/5-The title song, which isn't exactly worthy of the album name. It's a good song, just not as good as the others. Has Spineshank ever heard of something called Parental Advisory" stickers? Not that I'm a stuck-up mom or anything (I'm a 12 year old boy, actully), but c'mon!
3.Synthetic-5/5-Before I saw the music video for this, I would've given it a 3/5, but that video really gets you into the song!
4.New Disease-5/5-This album's first single, and the reason I bought it. I didn't see the video, I heard it on the Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder game and liked it, so, I bought it.
7.Play God-4/5-The song isn't great, but the lyrics are. Nothing else to say.

If you're going to get this album, get the Import...version with the green cover, but get it at Circuit City (where I got mine), and it'll be about the price of the version. It should have the music videos for "New Disease" and the awesome "Synthetic", 2 bonus tracks, "Perfect Ending" and "Full Circle", AND should have 2 remix tracks, one for "Asthmatic" and one for "The Height of Calloseness".

5-0 out of 5 stars The best CD i've ever heard
This is their masterpiece, considering the other 2 CD's they've put out. I first came about Spineshank when I heard their song for a cartoon at www.newgrounds.com. And, I fell in love with that song, so I sought out their CD, and have been a fan from then on. I bought the other two CD's but god almighy, they just don't have what this CD does. This CD has vocals mixed into the heavy base, the music...it makes a eauphoria, and it sounds just amazing and I love listening to it. Call it escapism or whatever, it still sounds good, and i listen to it over and over, always getting that feeling, and I swear, it's hard to put to words, but this CD is just a work of art. Anyways, on to musical reviews.

Asthmatic (10/10)- Great opener with the guitar and bass mix brings that same escapism feeling ^_^. When Johnny sings his verse, the guitar is toned downa bit but his voice really brings the jagged feeling. Then they move onto the chorus, "I never wanted your help..." Let me tell ya, the last time they sing this chorus, the mix of the guitar and bass is just BEAUTIFUL!!! Awesome opener!

H.O.C (10/10)- This song really just makes your head bang and makes you just bang ur head to every beat. Again, that esvapism. Johhny's voice is just crazy mad and awesome. When they do that "take my ....conciousness from me" they have a sound that just further increases the euphoria and makes this song just awesome

Can't be Fixed (9/10)- I love the beggining where they make the guitar do that "vhwam" sound. I think that soudns good. The only thing I didn't like so much is it seemed like their second song, H.O.C., just watered down. You get that sae euphoria feeling, but it's toned down, and after listening to H.O.C., you just hate the tone-down, but it's still an amazing song ^_^

Cyanide 2600 (11/10)- I LOVE THE SOUND OF THE CHORUS! The song gives you a sense that this guy is just gonan scream his head off and just lose it, AND HE DOES IN THE CHORUS ^_^ The sound of the guitar ( or whatever it is inthe chorus) just sounds great, and his rantish screaming during it makes that euphoria just...hell it's good.

Synthetic (9/10)- Same complaint like that of Cant be fixed. It's toned down, and after hearing 2600, you just don't want that to happen. But still, awesome. More vocal, doesn't have that " "F" YOU AND YOUR DISEASE!!!!!" thing which I think is actually good. It's a good track still, you just WISH it gae that euphoria you find in 2600. I still like it though

Malnourished (10/10)- The beggining is ok, but it doesn't seem their style, it's ok. Awesome with the vocals, and they include more of their "industrial metal" and in the last part of it, the backup singer has some voice thig which is supposed to make it sound wierd, or whatever, it really makes the ending a good one. Overall good song. They take advantage of guitar equipment

Play God ( 10/10)- THE best mosh pit song. Gets you riled up with the chorus, and the guitar makes you want to bang your head and it gets you int hat euphoria. Its amazing ^^

New Disease (10/10)- hehe, their theme ""F" ur disease finally wormed its way into their song title =D. As for the song, you more than likely heard it before, and it's the one that led me to them in the first place. It's an awesome song reffering to the sound rather than the singing. It gives out that heavy euphoria, its great, listen to it ^^

Seamtess (10/10)- This song brings that euphoria NICELY. An awesome beggining. It is like, the ultimate "kill your mother" kind of songs.

Negative Space (10/10) Kind of lighter, but stil good. The chorus gives you escapism, its awesome

Transparent (9/10) not much to say. Its not the best closure in the world, but it's still a good song

Ok, BUT THIS CD, i swaer it's one of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 February, 1994)
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Take one part Ramones, one part Buzzcocks, and one part Husker Du, and you've got the basic foundation of Green Day, a punky, witty, melodic San Francisco Bay area trio who became overnight stars in 1994 when this album, their third overall release and major label debut, catapulted them to the top of the pop charts. Led by guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong and their secret weapon, powerhouse drummer Tre Cool, Green Day put '70s and '80s punk in a compact '90s package with songs like "Longview," "Basket Case," "Pulling Teeth," and the hit semi-ballad, "When I Come Around." One the few modern alternative rock bands with a bona fide sense of humor. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good, clean, fun staple of 90's rock
Yeah, it's vacant. And yeah, all the songs sound the same, but that's called "having your own style", people. Like Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Sublime, Green Day is one of the only 90's acts that has a distinctive voice.

And what does this voice want? Well, mostly it wants to drop out of school, screw hot girls, blow stuff up, and eat really sugary cereal. There's no pretensious crap on this record. It's made by normal guys trying to live a normal life, and the normal guys are only good at one thing: making 2-3 minute catchy punk songs.

The secret to this album is that EVERY SONG could have been a hit single, and if I remember right, nearly all of them were, or I heard them on the radio at some point. "Burnout" kickstarts the album and it doesn't stop, with Chump flowing into Longview, the decade's most profane radio hit (well, maybe NIN "closer" was worse). Welcome to Paradise, a reissue from an older record, is killer, especially when mike dint starts doing his bass execises in the middle. Then, like a drum-powered nuclear rocket destroying the sun, "Basket Case" comes on. It's the best summer song ever, the perfect LENGTH--you always want a minute more when it ends. You think the album's done and then that damn "When I COme Around" hook gets you. And are we done there? Nope, you still got "seeeeeventeen and strung out on confusion" coming up to smack you around, and when its all over, there's a hilarious hidden track.

This album is like a bowl of fruit loops, or a bowl of weed. It's just fun. Too bad green day could never branch out like Sublime to create 5 star music. If you have this album, you dont need any of their others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop-Punk Perfection
This is the first album I ever bought, and I remember it changing my life. When you're a teenager the words of Billie Joe Armstrong on this album just really seem to speak your language. This album is filled with infectious catchy hooks, amazing bass lines, and driving beats, it's just one of the greatest albums of all time. As Ben, a friend of mine, would say; "This album should be issued to kids when they turn 13". I couldn't agree more. Every song on this album is an absolute gem, there really isn't any song on here that I felt could have been left off. Let's take a look.
1. Burnout - A song about getting old but instead of feeling like you're growing up you just find yourself feeling bitter, jaded, and burnt out. Features an awesome drum solo.
2. Having A Blast - More themes of frustration with the people around you.
3. Chump - A simple verse/chorus/verse number in the vein of Ramones style simplistic punk.
4. Longview - The big radio hit from Green Day, featuring the greatest bass line ever with subtle hints towards boredom and resulting "fun time with self" time.
5. Welcome to Paradise - A song originally from "Kerplunk!", this song talks about moving away from home and at first being scared to be alone, but then suddenly enjoying the freedom. Catchy as hell.
6. Pulling Teeth - The story of a sadistic girlfriend and the poor bastard involved with her.
7. Basket Case - Yet another of the big radio singles, Basket Case is basically a story about cracking up. going crazy man! going crazy!
8. She - My take on it is that it's a story about a girl that has to live up to certain social expectations, and her eventual moment of breaking out of the shell she lived in. Great song that kind of changes pace for the first time on the album.
9. Sassafras Roots - By far my favorite song on the album. It's got that great anthemic Ramones simplistic feeling again. Also has the greatest chorus in song-writing history "i'm a waste like you, with nothing else to do, may i waste your time too?". Brilliant
10. When I Come Around - Yet another radio staple, I think I like this one the best of the singles. Great chord progression.
14. F.O.D - I hate to skip ahead but this is running long, so let's end it with the great final track F.O.D. This song is great, with a nice sing-along chorus of "you're just a f*ck, i can't explain it cause i think you suck, i'm taking pride, in telling you to f*ck off and die".

So thus end my review of the greatest record of the 90's (yeah, that's right, to hell with Nevermind), everyond should have their own copy of it so it can change their lives like it did mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars really cool; good for any fan
Really awsome for any Green Day fan, but if you're not, step away. I, being a HUGE Green Day fan, think that you'll LOVE most of these songs, I recomend "Pulling Teeth","Basket Case", "Longveiw" and "Welcome to Paradise". The only song on this CD I don't LOVE is "Coming Clean", not really interesting. All really strict parents who hate cuss words as small as "crap", this is a bad CD for your kids. ... Read more

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L.D. 50
Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 August, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars pure metal
this is the best math-metal ive heard. The singer can scream and sing the second after. the bassist is currently one of the best metal bassist and the drummer is very good too. the guitarist is good too, but the melody is more played by the bassist.

1. Monolith: an intro...
2. Dig: a classic (for me), 1st single
3. Internal Primates Forever: this track is... special .. it talks about being addicted to drugs. one of my favorite on the album
4. -1: good track, a lot of screaming/singing
5. Death Blooms: very poetic.. 2nd single
6. Golden Ratio: interlude
7. Cradle: very cool song, my favorite with internal primates forever, nothing to gein and severed
8. Nothing To Gein: very good bass playing in this one
9. Mutatis Mutandis: interlude
10. Everything and Nothing: bof.. i dont like this track but theres a bass solo if you have the courage to listen to the entire track
11. Severed: Wow, there a lot of emotions into singing ! (a little bit like "(Per)version of a truth" in the new album)
12. Recombinant Resurgence: interlude
13. Prod: ...like Everything and Nothing, but there's no bass solo
14. Pharmaecopia: a song about drugs
15. Under My Skin: a kind of rap... but Chad isnt a good rapper so... isnt a very good track, there's a bass/drum solo in the middle, pretty good
16. (K)now F(orever): The longtest track on the album (approx. 7 mins), its good
17. Lethal Dosage: Lethal Dosage=L.D., 50=50%, L.D.50= Lethal Dosage 50%, and thats means the quantity of something to kill 50% of specimens...

5-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but damn near it
When I first listened to this cd, the only track I really liked on it was "Dig." After a few listens though, I began to appreciate the entire cd as a great original work of art. Although some songs sound similar to Slipknot, the excellent production (and the fact that there are only 4 band memebers) gives Mudvayne a cleaner sound that's just as heavy. The lyrics on L.D. 50, however, are unlike anything from Slipknot. "The overall theme of the album reflects and embodies ideas about the evolution of consciousness, transformation, and the risks involved in experimenting with things that can change a person's point of view, internally and externally," Just go to their website and read the words to the songs and you'll see that they're more than just the aggressive screaming that's become a trend in hard rock music. As for the music itself, Kud manages to flow smoothly from melodic singing to harsh growling while Ryknow and Gurrg hammer out some brutal bass and guitar lines to complement, and sPaG is awesome on drums. It all totals out to be an amazing, original masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars A cd worth buying
Okay, this album rules. It's my favorite album by any band by far. "L.D. 50" follows a theme of evolution throughout the entire album and covers some events that we as people go through in our lifetime. Some events are addiction (internal primates forever), neglect (cradle), rights to suicide - a song about Chad's (KuD) grandmother (death blooms), bad relationships (severed), people who are always acting negative toward you(-1), and then there are some other things thrown into the mix. Like "Nothing to Gein", a song about the grave robber Ed Gein, and a "scary story" of the world coming to an end in "Prod." By far the most interesting lyrics on the album goes to the song "Everything and Nothing," a song that for the most part doesn't make any sense but it comes across as a pretty brilliant song. "(k) Now F (orever)" a song about eternal time, and "Pharmaecopia" which is a book that lists certain drugs (by seeing two songs on this album dealing with drugs you would think that they're a bunch of crazy musicians that have sampled every drug in the book; but they're probably far from that - they were going for the overall theme of addiction and allowing foreign substances to enter your body.) Then we have the two brutal songs in "Dig," a song about people trying to change you and "Under My Skin," a song about people sticking their nose into your business and getting under your skin. From start to finish this album is the best i've ever heard and it's just about 70 minutes long so it's worth it to buy it.

Many people compare MuDvAyNe to Slipknot, which is a little unfair since they're both two really different bands and sound nothing alike. Slipknot is also a great band and friends of MuDvAyNe but if you think they sound the same, listen to L.D. 50 and you'll change your mind.

At first listen MuDvAyNe is a hard listen, they even say it themselves. So listen to this album a few times through and read the lyrics because Chad (KuD) writes some really deep lyrics with a lot of emotion and if you ever get the chance to see them live, do it. I saw them three times in one year and they were the best shows i've ever seen. ... Read more

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Salival (Limited Edition)[CD & DVD]
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 December, 2000)
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One disc of this deluxe two-disc set serves up 74 minutes (eight songs) of live material and outtakes; the other offers a DVD (in Surround 5.1) of Tool's four grotesquely artistic videos, plus the bonus clip, "Hush," from their 1992 Opiate EP. Although there's little that's new here, it's put together with as much intensity and attention to detail as the quartet's other releases. The musical high point is the driving but delicate take on "Pushit." It's also entertaining to hear singer Maynard James Keenan in a Neil Young kind of mood on "Lame." This elaborately packaged set is really just a reminder of how creative and powerful this hard rock group can be. --Janiss Garza ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for Tool fans
The DVD is awesome, and contains their videos for Sober, Prison Sex, Aenema, Stinkfist, and one I've never seen before for their song "Hush". The menus for the DVD aren't labeled, but are instead done very artistically, making browsing the DVD an experience in itself. I'm still hunting through it trying to figure out if there are any hidden items on the DVD disc. The CD is excellent as well, with some great live tracks of some favorites, and also contains some new studio tracks at the end: a cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter", and another track "lamc" which seems to be another "joke" track like many found on Aenima, but then breaks into a hidden song at the very end which was a nice surprise. Over all, not much "new" music, but still a great Christmas gift for the Tool fan on your list.

5-0 out of 5 stars for the fans
This set is meant for people who love Tool. Like ├ćnima, some of the songs on this cd arent really songs, like message to harry manback II and l.a.m.c. The live songs are very good though, and the Led Zeppelin cover of No Quarter is great, especially if you like LZ too. The DVD is what makes it worth the money, however. Not only does it feature the four "groundbreaking" videos, but it also has their first video "Hush", which is their only video to have the band members on camera and which I've heard is not on the VHS. This is really the only big reason to get the DVD instead of the VHS besides video/sound quality. The book has some pictures taken from the videos and tour pics, including Maynard in a bra and wig.

If you're going to buy Salival, get it as soon as possible so you can get the first edition which has some words and names spelled wrong or mixed up in the book's notes. This version has been taken out of print and all others will not have the mistakes, so it is now considered a collector's item and is worth a lot more if you ever want to sell it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life Altering, But $160 Used??????
Everybody knows that anything Maynard touches is gold, and that Salival is spectacular as are all Tool releases, but I cannot believe that some sellers have the audacity to ask for $160-$260 for this box set. I've never even paid $160 for Tool tickets, let alone a used box set of theirs. You're much better off trying your luck at Best Buy or a local used cd store, and I know for a fact that Barnes & Noble carries this box set in their stores for no more than $40 (I used to work there and sell this quite often!) I just had to share that with fellow Maynardologists, do not get sucked into buying this box set at such a ridiculous price!! ... Read more

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Hooray for Boobies
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 February, 2000)
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Sophomoric but occasionally amusing, the Bloodhound Gang's third outing serves up a dash of Cake, a sprinkling of Blink 182, and heavy doses of metal, hip-hop, and techno. And that's not even mentioning the Pink Floyd rip and Falco sample! Underneath the juvenile, jokey lyrics ("It's hard to rhyme a word like vagina") and cheap chortles (the faux-country "A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When the Stripper Is Crying" being one prime example) are a few memorable melodies. "The Bad Touch" is a catchy, sample-heavy, danceable sex song that name-checks numerous pop-culture touchstones, from Waffle House to the Discovery Channel. Metallica and Frankie Goes to Hollywood samples meld in the rap-metal "Mope." An ode to adult film actress Chasey Lain is yet another perverse novelty entry on this schtick-a-song offering. Yes, there are some guilty chuckles to be found here, but ultimately this 18-track outing is only truly titillating if you're 12--or act like you are. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars funny and outrageous!
When i first heard the song bad touch i loved it and i had to get this album, i didnt know what to expect because i never heard the bloodhound gang before that but when i heard whole album i wasnt disapointed, the whole thing is great. This is a good album to listen to with your friends/ everyones loves it and thinks its funny. Very unique album.
1.i hope you die-4 stars very funny song but you cant take it serioussly, one person i played it to got offended.
2.the inevitable return of the great white dope-4 stars- really good rymes
3.mamas boy-not a song/him talking with the mother
4.three point one four-really funny song-4.5 stars
5.mope-cool beats and mixes-4.7 stars
6.yummy down on this-4.5 stars
7.the ballad of chasey lane-3 stars
8.rsvp- not a song
9.the bad touch( thier hit single)- 5 out of 5 stars
10.cough that came with a prize- not a song
11.take the long way home-4 stars
12.hell yeah- 4 stars
13.right turn clyde- 5 out of 5 stars/ the chorus is a parady of pink floyds brick in the wall
14.a lap dance is so much better when the stripper is cryin- very catchy/4.5 stars
15.The 10 coolest things about new jersey- not a song
16.along comes mary- 3.5 stars
Overall really diffrent and funny album- recomended

4-0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's entertainment! 3.5 stars.
I got this CD from a friend, I guess the name of the CD sort of caught my eye :) and I had seen the Bad Touch video on MTV, and I thought it was pretty funny. I got this expected stupid music with pretty much no musical talent. Actually, these guys are decent at their instruments and the lyrics are pretty crafty. If you have s sense of humor or if you are into comedic music you should buy this CD. It's nothing groundbreaking and it shouldn't be taken seriously by any man, woman, or child, but it's worth your time to listen to. The music on this CD would probably fit into a rap-metal sort of category overall, even though the guitars are pretty light. The only really downer on this CD is "Down on This" because it's really just a bad attempt to be funny. My favorite songs are "I Hope You Die", "The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope", "3.14", and "Bad Touch."

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Bloodhound Gang album to date
On the first listen, way back in 7th grade, upon hearing the first uttered lyric of 'I Hope You Die', I knew this band had something special. Some four years later, I still regard this CD as one of my favorites. Jimmy Pop has a way with words that I have yet to see in any other band. Though they are immature, crude, and sometimes over the top, they remain some of my favorite lyrics to quote. Whether it's "But would I be a good Messiah with my low self-esteem? If I don't believe in myself would that be blasphemy?" from 'Hell Yeah' or "Bet I can take a hint better than I can take a hit; Completely incompatible though I'm a (...) and you're a (...)." from 'Right Turn Clyde' Jimmy Pop is one of the best lyricists of our time. If you're a fan of comedic and crude rock, then this album's definately for you. ... Read more

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Antichrist Superstar
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 October, 1996)
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Marilyn Manson started out as a depraved, marginally talented group of freaks that played a caustic but undeveloped brand of metallic industrial noise. Then Trent Reznor stepped into the studio for seven months with the band, and Manson emerged with the most intense, visceral, mechanical metal album since The Downward Spiral. Antichrist Superstar is a horror-house of grisly atrocities that stains as indelibly as a bathful of warm blood. Brooding rhythms collide with corrosive samples and buzzsaw guitar riffs, while vocalist Marilyn croons irresistible melodies in the voice of a vagrant regurgitating broken light-bulb shards. Essential listening, regardless of how much input Reznor had.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars This Is The Most Well Thought Out Recorded Album Yet
One may see Marilyn Manson as that "weird" guy, or that "goth" guy, however, he is probably the most intelligent, well-spoken entertainers in the music industry. His triple-lp set of a sharply thought out Trilogy about a boy by the name of Adam who is born with a sharp mind but who's infatuation with rebellion and "changing the world" results in his downfall. All three discs, "Antichrist Superstar" "Mechanical Animals" and "Holy Wood" include ( NOT IN ORDER, and please note that the order in which events do take place can be found on this website: http://chiburi.home.mindspring.com/ac_trilogy/ ) this story.

Onto the music side. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Dave "Rave" Ogilvie, MW Gacy, Twiggy Ramirez are partly responsible for the impossibly perfect sound of this album. Marilyn Manson himself produced masses of noises heard here. This album took 9 months to produce, although it seems like something like this would take 10-100 years. Although not as abstract as Nine Inch Nail's masterpiece "THE FRAGILE," this album sits high at the top of the best audio recordings created. This album is perfect, and although I just recently began listening to him again, I've been saying this for 8 years now.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Work of Art
When this cd first burst upon the scene in 1996, I was skeptical of the combat-boot and makeup clad rocker named after one of the nation's beautys and one of its most notorious murderers. 5 years later, and I have all the Manson albums, countless shirts and posters, with this ranking as one of my top five cds of all time.

The album itself is a concept album about the life of Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson. The first fourth is about his birth and the hell that is childhood, followed by his ascent into fame, only to lose it and be hated once again. This is without a doubt the darkest album of all time (rivaled only by NIN and Tool), while still managing to be a masterpiece. Blending hardcore industrial sounds in the vein of NIN with hard rock and metal grind, Antichrist Superstar contains many various themes, such as rebellion, drug use, fame and the notoriety that follows it. I really love 2,4,6,10,15 and 16, but I cant name a single song on here that is truly bad. Mansons vocals always shine great, going from oddly-catchy melody to sick screams in mere seconds. The guitar work is decent, but the bass of Twiggy Ramirez drives most of the songs into your mind, where theyll lurk for months. Dont be shocked if you grow a fascination with this band, as it happened to everyone I know who owns this cd. Its well worth it though, as are any works released by this great band, easily one of the most important alt acts of the 90s.

3-0 out of 5 stars People don't undestand this.
Ok. Marilyn Manson does not create awesome music. It has some catchy metal sounds but that's it. It sounds pretty good if you are only into American Metal but if you know all the types of Metal from different countries, this is not the best Metal you can find.
What make this different and interesting is what Manson says. I really wonder why this guy did what he did. I still consider him an intelligent man. He became one of the most important figures of MTV to give his message to mostly kids that didn't understand a word of what he was saying. Marilyn Manson is influenced by my favorite philosopher. The most important thinker of the 19th century and probably the most important thinker in German history and the most important influence over the existentialism of the beginning of the 20th century. Friedrich Nietzsche. However, just like Hitler and the Nazis, I think that Marilyn Manson misunderstood Nietzsche (I doubt that most of those that buy his albums based on what you saw on MTV or heard in the radio know what I'm talking about) .The theory of the "superman" is an interesting concept that has nothing to do with racism and that I respect because I think is very close to reality unlike other philosophical concepts. However, the attacks against Christianity plus the anti-compassion ideas and the praising of the warrior are not, in my opinion, effective to our times.
I think that Marilyn Manson is another person that misunderstood Nietzsche and tried to communicate a message. He did it at a wrong moment and he gave it to the wrong people. This is a music CD. But I also just wanted to go over what Manson's ideas mean. I know that philosophy is not what you guys think about all the time but I think that a simple explanation of what happens in his mind when he writes his lyrics could be useful. In the world of music (classical excluded), whether is popular and known by the majority or whether is underground or not very known, Marilyn Manson appears as a very "deep" man and as someone extremely intelligent. However, in the world of studies. In the field of those that are more cultured, he is just a person that didn't understand (and became way to excited with what he understood)what he read. If you want to find out about it. Read "The Anti-Christ" and "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" of Nietzsche. You can read all of his works but those are the most easy to understand (And the Zarathustra is the most important). I give this 3 stars because is something made by an intelligent person with a sometimes intelligent message made for the not intelligent world of MTV. ... Read more

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Hellbilly Deluxe
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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Malevolent megalomaniac or eerie artiste? Rob Zombie is a bit of both. With spooky metal music that's as colorful and kitschy as its comic art, the singer's solo debut bears more than a little resemblance to his band of many years, White Zombie. These 13 tracks (yeah, there just had to be 13!) continue to explore Zombie's fascination with psychotic noise, pummeling grooves, campy samples, and all things horrific. Instead of just playing dictator, however, this astrocreep allows space for cohorts such as guitarist Danny Lohner and drummers John Tempesta and Tommy Lee to shine darkly. He also shares artistic credit for the LP's elaborate 24-page booklet. Zombie's finely crafted disc is heavy-metal thunder that's turbocharged for the new millennium. --Janiss Garza ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
this is his best cd, sinister urge had a few good hits, butthis one has all of em...

1. call of the zombie- 9/10- kind of stupid, but very scary, just the laugh gives me the shivers

2.Superbeast- 10/10- best song on cd, has amazing vocals and a kick-a$$ chourus, its loud and he sounds awesome

3. Dragula- 10/10- one of the hits, it is a very catchy song, but it is played in way too many soundtracks

4.Living dead Girl- 10/10- oooo very creepy video, but as 4 the song, it has a cool chourus, and i love the instrumental part near the end, very cool

5. perversion 99- 7/10- instrumental, filler, kind of boring, sounds like someone is being chased through the woods is all

6. Demonoid Phenomenon- 7/10- meh, pretty good, not a real standout, i just dont like the girl or whatever that sings after he does, just doesnt fit, and "hey" is used too much

7. Spookshow Baby- 7.5/10- another boring one, i like the chourus, but i dont like his tone of voice in this one, and the same verse is used, just different words every few words

8. How to make a monster- 1/10- i cant stand this song, u can barely hear it, even when its on full blast, and its way too short

9. Meet the Creeper- 10/10- WOW... amazing, love it, cool guitars and very loud and sounds cool, never gets old

10. The Ballad of ressurection joe and rose whore- 8/10- very techno and roboty, but not the chourus! th-e chourus just screams at ya! AWESOME

11. Return of the Phantom Stranger- 10/10- ooo very spooky, i love the tortured screms with the heavy bass, sounds very good and it feels like u r traveling down in a dark place underground being chased

12. What lurks on chanel X- 7.5/10- seomwhat of a filler, pretty good, but alot more could have been done

13. The Beginning of the end- another instrumental- 6/10 ot that great, kind of boring

so all in all this is a pretty good album, i recommend this to anyone that likes Marilyn Manson, man if they went on a tour together *****faints*****

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very good...Sinister Urge is wayyy better!!!
Rob Zombie is a [great singer], but that is why he's become so popular. But this CD (in my opinion) shouldn't be so popular. There's only 4 songs I like, and 3 of them are beginning to fade. They are "Superbeast", in which Rob Zombie sings with his trademark demon voice. The Girl On A Motorcycle mix is better, and you can get it off the "End of Days" soundtrack or "American Made Music To Strip By", Zombie's remi album. The 2nd is "Living Dead Girl", which I beleive was Zombie's first single for this album. It's very eerie and reminds me of a horror movie. The 3rd is "Dragula", which is getting very old. The 4th and last is "Meet the Creeper", and it's without a doubt the best.

I reccomend this to anyone who's a fan of White Zombie, Powerman 5000, Ozzy Osbourne, or Marilyn Manson.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hellbilly Deluxe
This is a cd you can listen to over and over again. Living Dead Girl is one of my favorite songs ever, and you'll probably recognize it even if you're not a fan of Rob Zombie. I really love Dragula, Spookshow Baby, Meet the Creeper, and he has really great instrumental pieces on here, spooky and cool. To go with this I also recommend cds by White Zombie, which is basically Rob before he changed band members and went more off on his own. ... Read more

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Rage Against the Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 November, 1992)
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Not since the days of the Clash and the MC5 has rock seen such political force as in the uncompromising debut from this L.A. quartet. Expanding the hip-hop/metal style of bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage tap the spirits of vintage Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with hardcore punk intensity and Public Enemy-style grooves. "Bombtrack" opens the LP with a shot of adrenaline and singer Zack de la Rocha's infuriated chorus of "Burn, burn, yes, you're gonna burn!" The intensity doesn't let up an inch on the militant "Killing in the Name" (with the inspiring chant, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!"), the ultrafunky "Bullet in the Head," and the engrossing "Fistful of Steel." Tom Morello combines time-honored metal guitar riffs with sounds that suggest a hip-hop scratcher over a rhythm section that simply takes no prisoners. Intelligent and aggressive, this is unimpeachably one of the best hard-rock records ever made. --James Rotondi ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars finally, real rap/metal
I have to say, listening to Linkin Park, P.O.D, etc, RATM is by far the best rap/metal band out there. Alot of rap/metal bands just talk about sex drugs and stuff cough*, cough*, Limp Bizket, cough*. But Rage is differnt they talk about right and wrong. Zack De la Rocha is one of the most respected people out there for his political opinions on our US Government, his lyrics are expreesed in various amounts of anger in hardcore rap. Tom morello, 1 word, AMAZING, his guitar playing is crazy. And would you believe that most of these cool sounds are made by guitar, thats awesome. Timmy C with the bass, very good, the bass blends perfect with the guitar. And Brad wilk, another jaw dropper, his drumming is also amzing, when you listen to all the tracks, the drum pattern is perfect. There Self titled debut is filled with lots of great rap, guitar solos, and plenty of screaming.

1)Bombtrack (4:05) - great opener to the album, also a nice intro too. 8/10
2)Killing in the Name (5:14) - After listening to this track I was amazed, great song to listen to when you're pissed off, my third fav. track. 10/10
3)Take the Power Back (5:37) - a very political song with some great lyrics. 8/10
4)Settle for Nothing (4:48) - not my favorite but still good. Has a cool guitar solo. 7/10
5)Bullet in the Head (5:09)- cool guitar, another great track one of my favorite. 8/10
6)Know Your Enemy (4:55)- cool lyrics, and great guitar riffs. 9/10
7)Wake Up (6:04)- first heard it in the matrix, another great guitar, best lyrics. 10/10
8)Fistful of Steel (5:31)- meh, ok. 6/10
9)Township Rebellion (5:24)- meh, ok. 6/10
10)Freedom (6:05) - An excellent way to finish the album, my favorite track. 12/10

In all, out of all the best RATM albums pick this up first then move up to there other ones, Evil Empire, Battle of L.A, Renegades, and Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.

4-0 out of 5 stars rage is the bomb!
Rage Against the Machine has bombastic, fiercly political music that goes against our society. The high energy lyrics of Zach de LaRocha preach his sincere feelings toward conforming by the govrnment and our schools. Backed with technically impressive guitar riffs by Tom Morello & Timmy C., aggressive rhythm from Brad Wilk, this frontman raps a multi-cultural alternative to what you learn in school and see on TV. Rage introduced a new genre to the music scene with thier first record that is a combonation of rock, rap and thrash, The style of this album is very loud with Zach often yelling to get his point across. These are sometimes violent and also adress serious issues like suicide and being your own person. This and all Rage albums are made to express the views of the band members and to inform the audince about what the government is doing in our society. All of the songs on this album have a rich tapestry of lyrics that express their views and tell what's happening to our society. This album as a whole is excaellent. If you like direct lyrics, pounding rhythm and unique bass lines; this one's a must. Zach has a lot of anger that he uses to slam our government thruogh his music.

5-0 out of 5 stars "When ignorance reigns, life is lost..."
I first got into Rage Against The Machine in 7th grade, when I was into crap like Limp Bizkit and purchased Evil Empire because people said I would like it if I liked Limp Bizkit. In retrospect, that comparison is a big insult to Rage. That's like comparing "Goodfellas" to "You Got Served".

Anyway, I really liked (and still like) Evil Empire (especially "Vietnow"). However, I didn't get this album until this past January. Before then, I had a few of the songs on mixes, but that's it. I listened to samples in the store and really liked what I heard, so I purchased it. Forget Wimp Bizkit; this is rock-rap done RIGHT!

First of all, the musicians here; Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (now of Audioslave); are all very talented. Check out the slap bass, the riffs, the drumming. Add Zack De La Rocha's politically-charged rhymes over top of them, and you get what might be the only band in history influenced by both Led Zeppelin and Public Enemy, which may sound like mixing pizza and ice cream but comes out sounding damn good. Most of the songs on here are favorites.

The angry, anti-authority/government diatribes are what made this album a classic twelve years ago. Before 1992, there weren't too many albums with "[...] you, I won't do what you tell me!" as a lyric. And I think "When ignorance reigns, life is lost" is very relatable to the Iraq war going on today.

Overall, if you want a REAL rap-rock record, check this one out first, then get the others.(...) ... Read more

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Slipknot (Digipak)
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars good stuff

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Firstly i'll begin this review by responding to the ignorant one star review by Slayerized. How you can say that this band lacks talent and then flog off the pathetic nu metal band Sevendust and to a lesser extent the new age Sepultura. You obviously know very little about good guitarists because the two Slipknot guitarists put their sevendust opponents to shame with some of the best and most complex riffing you are likely to here in the nu metal world. Also you did not mention anything about the brilliant drumming work of Joey Jordison (with minimal assistance from the two percussionists). Joey in my opinion has joined the likes of Igor Cavalera (sepultura), Vinnie paul (Pantera), Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad), Dave Lombardo (ex-slayer, Fantomas) and Raymond Herrera (fear factory) as one of the finest drummers in the world. Incidentally Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose would not make my top 100 list of best drummers.

Anyway back to the task at hand... This mesmerising debut from the Iowa nine piece is a refreshing change from the lame brigade of nu metal bands and rap metal wannabes infesting the current metal scene (e.g. Korn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin park, taproot, Disturbed, sevendust, papa Roach etc, etc...). Boasting a blistering twin axe attack, complimented by rumbling down tuned basslines, brilliant percussion and doublebass onslaught and creepy samples/scratches this watertight lineup impresses well before frontman Corey Taylor screams intelligent, aggressive heartfelt vocals while still displaying melody and a terrific vocal range. This music is death metal with greater variation and melody and a very minimal hip-hop influence (only one, liberate, no life). The best songs on this album are Eyeless, surfacing, SIC, wait and bleed, purity (now taken off the album), spit it out, and the atmospheric album closer scissors. However, the whole album is brilliant with the songs wait and bleed, no life, only one and liberate showcasing Corey's impressive vocal range and the brilliant grooves and change ups by a band of tremendous talent.

I am not a huge fan of nu metal but slipknot take the genre to another level with this masterful debut. Apparently their upcoming sophomore effort will be even faster and heavier then this album!!! As for slayerized why don't you listen to some real metal such as Strapping Young lad, Pantera, Acid bath, fear factory, Machine Head, old metallica and Skinlab ( however stick with Slayer) and then try to criticise this album. By the way White Zombie were legendary Rob Zombie is a joke!!


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Wisconsin Death Trip
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 March, 1999)
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A genre-bending sonic onslaught, this disc is not for the faint-hearted. Static-X skillfully blend angry staccato guitar, dark metallic noise, and mutating synthesizer washes to construct an ominous (though occasionally humorous) wall of sound. Lead vocalist Wayne Static's high-energy delivery alternates from whisper to roar on tracks such as "Bled for Days" and "I Am," and he often uses his voice as a potent rhythmic sound effect, as on "Push It" and "Sweat of the Bud." Tony Campos's distorted bass riffs and drummer Ken Jay's confident beats add a human feel to the mechanical rhythms, adroitly creating the tight grooves of "Otsegolation" and "Fix," as well as the rigid swing in "Stem." Wayne Static and Koichi Fukuda skillfully combine guitars and keyboards on "The Trance Is the Motion" to produce crashing waves of sound, while their programming on "December" results in a more subdued piece to close the album. --Mark McCleerey ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars motion...do ya feel tha motion
This album rules! Even though bands like KoRn and Limp Bizkit are my two favorite bands, I tend to like bands who don't get much air-play on MTV. I'm going to see them live on the 11th with Powerman 5000, and I know it is going to rule. Static-X's Wisconsin Death Trip is one of the ten CDs that I take everywhere. I hope this band goes far. The best five songs on the CD (in this order) is "Push It", "I'm With Stupid", "Wisconsin Death Trip", "Bled for Days", and "Love Dump." Sure the lead "singer" Wyane Static yells, but that just makes the album more heavy. The only draw back (and this isn't much of one) is that it usually takes about two minutes for Wyane Static to start singing, but if you know how to rew-wind on the CD player, you'll be just fine! Get the CD! While you are at it, get Powerman 5000 and Slipknot CDs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Metal -- It's what's for dinner
This record nearly burned my ear canals out. Readers who live in the SF Bay Area will no doubt notice that a certain "Aterna-rock" radio station is slowly but surely migrating more and more metal into their format. Why? Simple: metal is back, and it's not what you remember from the 80s.

Witness: Korn, Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, System of a Down, Slipknot, hed(pe), Soulfly, etc etc... Not to mention the sudden emergence of more anthemic bands like Filter and Metallica onto pop radio. And now, Static-X. This album is tight, fast-paced, blistering metal. Despite cries of "unoriginal" and "too few lyrics", Static-X have perfected a sound that is listenable, yet crushing. They are poised to lead people from the easier-to-stomach Limp Bizkit and Korn into harsher territory with only a few bruises and scratches.

Songs like "I'm with Stupid" and "I Am" are audio napalm, exploding from your stereo and burning into your subconscious. The title track manages to be ominous and humorous at the same time, while the slower tracks "Stem", "The Trance is the Motion" and "Bled For Days" have a relentless power that is at once meldotic, hypnotic, and chaotic.

If you like metal, chances are you will like this record.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Metal CDs
Let me start by saying that Static-X much to offer to metal fans. Wayne Static's vocals are definitely his best on the CD, which is a very strong force. The riffs are real awesome. This is my personal favorite Static-X cd and is perfect for any metalhead. Is you are just getting into the metal scene check out other great bands like Slipknot, Coal Chamber, Pantera, Chimaira, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne and Marilyn Manson. Buy this CD! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars something i didnt expect
I have been reluctant to buy this album ever since the hit "Got You (Where I want You) which alone makes up for 3 stars of the 4 star rating. I finally decided to shell out a few bucks at a used cd store to get it. I thought maybe some of the songs would be like the smash hit, but not really. Almost a complete mixed bag of altered and drugged up music w/ distorted lushed up ozzie like vocalist.

I do understand after reading the few reviews that this is a great Cali party beach band maybe, but just something I didn't expect after "Hey You."

There's sparks from "Girls are the Cruelest" and the disco like "The Family". Of course "Got You" is the best song by far. Other than that, I find it hard to really get what the band was trying to do in most of the songs. I will admit I do like the cd after several listens. It's something different from the usual hard rock stuff I like, and The Flys is a unique sound all in itself.

What's great about the album is I don't think the band really cares what people think about it. They cater to themselves and the fans who know what to expect form them. They seemed to have fun making this album, and even though I don't have any other The Flys albums, I might reconsider that after I start to appreciate the sound more than what I began. But damn, this is one psyched out blurred album w/ some crazy sounding songs. Oh well, just have to enjoy it when it makes its way to the cd player. For now, 3 stars for "Got You" and 1 for the cleverness of the band.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Rock Album!
This is California rock, no doubt, and a great "rock party CD' at that. The 70's party rock band was Van Halen, the 80's brought us Jane's Addiction and the 90's delivers The Flys. Speaking of Jane's Addiction, this CD sort of instills the image that their little surfer brothers all formed a band and this is what came out. This is a fairly nice mixture of today's popular genre's all mixed into a stew to be served on modern rock instruments. They even include subtle "tributes" to Sly Stone and Barry White along with the nearly hidden recurrence of the elements of surf music from days gone by. Another pleasantry within is a consistently positive (although sometimes sarcastic) message regarding the female persuasion: that is, very little of the break-up-song, you broke my heart mentality. All in all, a great rock album with tasty songs and recording techniques. Rock lovers will appreciate!

3-0 out of 5 stars Weird stuff, man.
Does anybody remember this band? Probably not, but I'll review them anyway. I remember hearing my girlfriend listening to this CD like 2 or 3 years, ago, and I was just like "uh, ok". This has got to be one of the weirdest bands I've ever heard. It's kind of alternative type music, but then there's kind of rapping, and the lead singer sounds exactly like Ozzy. Well, maybe that's a stretch, not exactly like him, but the first thing you will think of when you hear him is "Dude, that sounds like Ozzy!". In fact, this guy actually did a cover of "Suicide Solution" on a tribute album, and it's actually pretty good. But his voice totally doesn't fit this kind of music at all.

I'm giving this 3 stars because I'm really not sure what to think of it. It's not good, it's not bad, it's just, well, weird. ... Read more

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