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Get Some
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 May, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this now
This Cd is nothing short of amazing, they put Limp Bizkit to shame. Im not even gonna try to pick a favorite song, they are all so good. If youre a fan of the hip-hop metal style, this is the Cd for you. Its too bad their singer, Lynn Strait, died in a car accident. They were so close to becoming huge. Thankfully, the former members are doing other projects. Mikey Doling and Sonny Mayo, the guitarists, are in Soulfly and Amen, Tumor the bass player is also in Amen, and Jaime Miller, the drummer is in Hero. Too bad that none of these groups come close to sounding as good as Snot. Do yourself a favor and get this Cd right now, because it will become one of your favorites, and you'll see what a great band they were and how good Lynn Strait was. R.I.P.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brightest flame burns quickest
Snot were the best of the new metal bands. Their album almost captures the furious intensity of their live shows, but it could never fully substitute for seeing the boys live. Songs like "Joyride" and "Deadfall" showcase their amazing musical talent (as well as Lynns f-ed up sense of humor) at high-speed velocity, while "Get Some" is a grim trip into the creepy depths of self-doubt.

We all will miss Lynn and Dobbs forever... people who are Snot fans NEED to go to loudside.com/snot and see the next album that's coming out. "Get Some" is better than both of Limp Bizkit's albums combined, and the more people we tell about Snot, the more Lynn and Dobbs will live on in our hearts.

"Tecato" recounts Lynn's struggles with heroin, something he beat before fate took him from us. Put this disc in your player, crank it to 11, and rock the f**k out one more time for Lynn. And even if Amen aren't as good as Snot was, buy the record anyway. Support Mikey, Sonny, Tumor, Jamie and Fed.

Lynn, we miss you.

5-0 out of 5 stars GOOD Nu-metal
Looking back on Snot's short history (due to the death of front man James Lynn Strait), one can realize that they did the impossible, they made actual GOOD nu-metal. At the time, Limp Bizkit was a small chord-rock (yes, it's true, hard to believe isn't it?) band who were just starting to make waves, and Korn was well on their way to becoming a house hold name. Following right behind the two was Snot, a band who deserved even more fame than Korn & Bizkit acheived.

Lynn Strait was a great front man and an amazing live performer. The band, in particular Mike Smith were some of the most talented musicians in the metal scene at the time. They had all the potential in the world to be something huge.

(...)"Get Some" starts off with the heavy "Snot", a model for modern hard rock, or "nu metal". Only this song is good. It's something Limp Bizkit might have made, had they not become soul-less corporate rock puppets. "Stoopid" and "Joy Ride" both keep up the fast pace, the latter being the better of the two, with lyrics that are kind of eerie, given how Lynn died.

"I Jus' Lie", "My Ba!!s", "Mr. Brett" and "Get Some" are all fun-loving heavy metal anthems. Which is the best part of the CD, they never really took themselves serious (as they'd explain whenever they were asked where they got their name from) and instead just made music because they enjoyed playing. The charm of that rubs off on you as you listen and made this quite possibly the best nu-metal album ever. ... Read more

Asin: B000000OW6
Sales Rank: 24869


Soulfly [Bonus Disc]
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 October, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Max is golden baby!
Soulfly was formed by ex-Sepultura vocalist and axe-man Max Cavalera. He has come back with a vengeance! This Digi-Pak is a nice investment. It comes with the already awesome Soulfly CD, plus it has a bonus CD with remixes and live tracks. Now I can take or leave the remixes, but the live songs are AMAZING. You really get the energy of a concert. I previously owned the Soulfly CD, but man, this is worth getting. Highlights include ALL live tracks on the Bonus CD, plus ALL the songs on the regular CD are great too. Favorites: "Eye For An Eye", "No Hope, No Fear," Bleed (W/ Fred Durst)," Bumbklatt," Fire,""NO" and "Prejudice" Note: check out Dana's brother singing on the live "Bleed," it's pretty funny.

5-0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL
This is one of the best digipacks ever created! First of all, the original album is nothing short of amazing. Max Cavalera is an awesome singer and personnaly, I feel that he sings better than with Sepultura in this CD. What's interesting about this album is the variety of different remixes used for the songs. My favorite is the extreme ragga dub mix for the song Quilombo ( kick out the bass drum )! Anyway, even if this CD is a few bucks more, you should definetly get it to appreciate the remixes ( they're worth it! )

5-0 out of 5 stars TRIBE!!!
I'll admit. I found out about Soulfly before Sepultura. I realize that Sepultura 1985-1996 is a lot better than Soulfly in Comparison. But with this in mind, I still am able to Enjoy almost anything Max Does. (Almost, I hate the Record 3) When I picked this Double Record up, I was just starting into the Metal Scene. I feel that it doesn't take a minute long Guitar solo with millions of cords to make a good song/band. What I did feel that mattered were good drums. I am not the Average person, who listens to average music. I like it different, just look at some of my other reviews. I am a drummer/percussionist in a band right now. (Part of my drum set is scratch built)I love Tribal drums, and when I found out about Soulfly, it was an opportunity, I couldn't refuse. I picked up this record and the Primitive Digipak with 4 bonus songs. Now that's a lot of Tribal Metal. And while Primitive has somewhat faded, this 2 disc version remains as strong as ever.

Some people say this is Nu-metal. I disagree. The only part that I feel is Nu-Metal is the Verse that Fred Durst "Sings" in Bleed. My definition of Nu-Metal is Rock combine with Rap Elements and no solos. This, my dear reader, is Tribal Metal, something Sepultura started with the record Chaos A.D. What will stand out in Tribal Metal more is focus on the drums and atmosphere. While guitar solos do make an occasional appearance, you're not going to find Beneath the Remains here.

The first Disc, the actual record, is 5 Stars in itself. You can tell that Max was Pissed when they recorded it. This was due to his Stepson's Murder.

1. Eye for an Eye (10/10) Great opener that really gets your attention.
2. No Hope = No Fear (10/10) It used to make my hair stand on end if I got really into it.
3. Bleed (9/10)is where some Sepultura fans following Max, (when this was first released) may have snapped due to Fred Durst making an appearance. I would like to point out that, this was release in 1998, Bizkit didn't start to sell out until the next year, and not that it mattered much. This was probably the best lyrics the D-bag ever wrote.
4. Tribe (10/10) is classic, with Max Cavelera starting out on the Berimbau.
5. Bumba (6/10) is what I could consider filler, while it has a reggae atmosphere and all, I am just tempted to press the skip button.
6. First commandment (9/10) eerie, great song with creepy drums and features Chino from the Deftones. I don't like the Deftones, and they make too many appearances with Max, but they manage to do a good Job.
7. Bumbklaatt (9/10) I guess is an insult Max made up, and the Guitars are what make the song stand out so much.
8. Soulfly (7/10)it's a very nice, calm instrumental.
9. Umbabarauma (9/10)is a Portuguese song about Soccer. Very nice.
10. Quilambo (6/10)is like Bumba. And while it has a good message behind it, it isn't that great. Features Guest Benji from the Reggae Metal Band Dub War.
11. Fire (7/10)it's a really catchy tune, even though the lyrics are very simple, also has a good solo.
12. The Song Remains Insane (10/10) brutal and strange and wheni it starts, it doesn't let go.
13. No. (10/10) If people followed these rules, society would be better. Very Vulgar.
14. Prejudice. (10/10)Benji returns with a better performace than Quilambo. It lists Max and Benji as using Chains on here but I don't here them.
15. Karmageddon (6/10)closes the album with a bizarre instrumental. Good way to close the Album but a little boring.

Disc 2: honestly, why buy the normal version for $17 when you can throw in 3 more dollars and get a bonus disc with 15 songs and extra artwork?

Remix's I feel that the Remixes of Tribe and Soulfly are the only ones that have a real big change. The Eternal Spirit Mix feels like it was combined with First Commandment. The Quilambo and Umbabarauma Mix's sound very similar to each other; it's just played at a different distortion level with some techno noises in the background.

The Live Songs are great and have Crystal Clear Quality. The Opener Eye For an Eye and Tribe are found on the Digipak of Primitive. And after No Hope = No Fear there's supposed to be Spit (Sepultura). I don't know about the rest of the missing Live Songs though. The live version of Bleed with Dana's little brother is hilarious. The kid doesn't know how to sing into the microphone or isn't used to it, because at one point you can tell he isn't close enough to it or he forgot a line.

The Eye for an Eye (Live at Indigo Ranch) 10/10 is basically a Live Demo. (Indigo Ranch is where they recorded it) Somewhat different and pretty cool. In the credits, it proudly states that the drummer mixed it in 5 minutes.

The 2 B-sides. Cangaceiro (6/10) and Ain't no Feeble Bastard (8/10) are short songs that have a Punk atmosphere to them and sound somewhat like Demos.

The B-Side that for some Reason wasn't put on the 2nd disc but should have.

Possibility of Life's Destruction 10/10 it's 1 and a half minutes of Pure Thrash. Very fun!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00001X526
Sales Rank: 123635


Primitive (+4 Bonus Tracks) (Limited Edi
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 October, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Back with the Primitive
Um, dois, trĂȘis, quatro... Soulfly are back with Primitive. This time it's with Mikey Doling (Snot) on guitar and Joe Nunez on drums & percussion. The band is weak in form but powerful in spirit.

The album starts off with "Back To The Primitive" which is a forewarning of what the album is about. "Back to the primitive, Fuck all your politics". The song is dragged out---but if you are part of the Soulfly tribe, then it will server purpose as a form of protest. One of my favorite tracks on the CD is track two, "Pain" which features Grady Avenell (Will Haven) and Chino Moreno (Deftones) on vocals. Grady and Chino's vocals are intense and filled with energy.

Max's vocals have also slightly changed since Sepultura and the previous Soulfly album. You won't exactly find him rapping, but his fast-paced deep-throat screaming may remind you of it.

Another interesting aspect of this album is track four "Jumpdafuckup" which features Corey Taylor of Slipknot. Respectively, the song is in the style of Slipknot. "Jumpdafuckup! Muthafucka u don't understand all my hate! Muthafucka u don't understand all my rage! Muthafucka u don't understand all my pain! Muathfucka u don't understand..."

The tribal influence and lyrics are also back. Track five, "Mulambo" features The Mulambo Tribe with their "ultra backing vocals". But, beyond the expected comes the unexpected: a collaboration with Sean Lennon on track six, "Son Song". His musical talents are remiscent of his fathers (John Lennon) and are almost eerie. Ironically, the song is dedicated to legendary John Lennon and Graziano Cavalera.

Meanwhile, Max's pain towards Dana's (his step-son) death continues to burn, and seems to be rendering his music dry. It doesn't seem to have the same intensity as Soulfly. "Soulfly II" is also a song on this album. Even though it's instrumental, it makes it apparent that the same emotions are still there---even if they are not carried out as intensely.

Next comes a rap song backed by distorted guitar. It is "In Memory Of..." K-RAB, D-LOW, and Lynn Strait (Snot). And the album comes to a strong finish with "Flyhigh" with soothing vocals by Asha Rabouin: "Just let my soul fly, just let my soulfly, just met my soul fly free!!!".

Altogether, Primitive is certainly not a dissapointment, but it is a continuation of their debut album. And this continuation was very much needed. However, we're going to need to see something different next time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great step forward.
With Soulfly's first album, I was mildly impressed. I couldn't say it was BAD, just not overly impressive. But once again, Max surprises me, and releases this awesome sequel to the first disc. This album was produced by a great producer, Toby Wright (Sevendust, Korn) who once again does his magic on another killer band. Soulfly combine more music styles on here than before, and it comes out bold, fresh, and original, when most bands these days sound boring, tired, and un-original. Part of the new sound is thanks to newly recruited SNOT guitarist, Mike Doling. The music has taken on a life of itself, and despite the neverending guest appearances on this CD, it still stands on it's own. My favorite track of the moment would have to be "Flyhigh" which features some interesting gospel vocals which only add to the quality sound. "Pain" featuring Chino of Deftones and Grady of Will Haven is another favorite, where the frontmen take turns with verses. Corey Taylor almost ruins "JumpDaF---Up" with his bland speaking voice (which I guess can be mistaken for melody?) but the song proves that guest appearances do not make the music. "Terrorist" with Tom from Slayer and "Son Song" with Sean Lennon are two other standouts. Among others, "Bring It," "Boom" and "In Memory Of..." are the ones to check out...

4-0 out of 5 stars Primitive
This is a very unique album. It has the heavy metal laced with the tribal feel. These guys really know how to make it work. This cd is, pretty much, the heaviest you can get. Max is one of the most ferocious screamers to ever grace a metal album. The guest artists really help put some more color into this as well. I really liked hearing from Corey Taylor and Tom Araya, but the highlight of the guests artists has to be Sean Lennon on Son Song. I really think this one is a little more than your typical Nu-metal release. There are a few flaws in the album though. First off, the lyrics can be bad at some points. No disrespect or anything, but alot of these lyrics are terrible. For the most part it doesn't matter though, because most of these are screamed so powerfully that you don't realize or care what he's actually saying. Another thing, I could have done without "In Memory Of.." Incorporating rap on this album just doesn't work. Other than those few mishaps everything is great. The guitar work is creative. There are alot of cool effects and bouncy riffs. The drumming is also worth mentioning because it really captures that tribal feel. These guys are one of the very few bands that can incorporate the tribal beats with the metal guitar. There are also alot of acient instruments played throughout that work extremely well. To sum this all up, I think everyone should be warned of this cd's flaws ahead of time, it's only fair, but this really is a great album that is definitely worth owning. ... Read more

Asin: B00004WMXR
Sales Rank: 178061

White Pony [Added Track]
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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The aggro-rock movement spearheaded by the 'Tones, Korn, Sevendust, System of a Down, and Rage Against the Machine, among others, has been taking on new influences with each new release by the major players. White Pony may be the biggest leap yet for the genre, as Chino Moreno, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Stephen Carpenter, and DJ Frank Delgado maintain the fierceness that's earned them a rabid following. This time out, however, their patented brand of hip-hop metal is adorned with ambient and alt-rock touches. --Steven Stolder ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars The Deftones at their peak
"Around the Fur" may be the Deftones' best album, but "White Pony" comes pretty close to that category. Unlike the previously mentioned album and their debut "Adrenaline", "White Pony" finds the band getting more melodic with their sound while still maintaining a heavy edge. Less rap/rock sounding than their previous releases and with slicker sounding production, "White Pony" is a treat for the ears. Standout tracks include "Digital Bath", the Grammy winning "Elite", "Rx Queen", "Korea", "Teenager", "Pink Maggit", and the album's big highlight "Passenger" which features Deftones voice Chino Moreno singing with Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan. That song is worth the price of admission alone, and is incredibly haunting. This is the re-released version of "White Pony" which includes an extra track entitled "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" which is pretty much the same as "Pink Maggit" albeit a bit more rap/rock flavored and fast paced. All in all, consider this essential listening, even if your not a hardcore Deftones fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good. . .But
This album is not at all a dissapointment, but it definitely isn't as good as the Deftones second release Around The Fir. But then again how could it be, I still haven't heard anything that amazing all the way through. Here are some small thoughts and ratings I had on each track.

back to school- third most aggressive on CD, very appropriate single release, gets me real pumped up. 10/10

feiticeira- could listen to this all day, love the guitar riffs, my personal favorite track. 10/10

digital bath- a little slow but has amazing chorus, Chino Moreno is really amazing here, once again proving he can sing or scream. 9/10

elite- heaviest track, Chino screams bloody murder through out, liked the song but not the message in the lyrics. 8/10

rx queen- this song sounded too mixed for me, too many different beats and percussions, but still alright, strange lyrics. 7/10

steet carp- more great riffs, just a great heavy song, shortest on album. 9.5/10

teenager- slow and light, not exactly the deftones strongest points, good, relatable lyrics about high school love, though. 4/10

knife prty- very different from anything else on the album, features interesting screaming female vocals in the background. 8/10

korea- 2nd heaviest track, really gets tthe blood flowing, great transition in middle. 9/10

passenger- this song features the amazing vocals of Maynard James Keenan (tool, A Perfect Circle), him and Chino going back and forth sounds awesome, my second favorite track. 10/10

change- good, but a little too slow, should not have released this as a single. 7/10

pink maggit- not a good closer, my least favorite song, takes way too long to get going, when it does, it's good but almost EXACTLY the same thing as back to school, then it slows down for a long time at the end. 3/10

If you've just started listening to the Deftones, do yourself a favor and get around the fir as well as this, trust me you'll thank me when you hear it. And if your a long time Deftones fan, I'm sure you already have this and probably agree that it's good but not their best.

5-0 out of 5 stars The new millenium's best rock record!
With the Deftone's third album, White Pony, they set themselves apart from the posers, packaging their usual hammer heavy hardness with a newly attained level of dense, haunting, and textured rock and roll that can only be safely classified as "moody art rock."

The moods swing from the demonic rage of "Elite" or "Korea," where front man Chino Moreno spends most of his time screeching in his now familiar roar, to flashes of Cure-style goth on "Digital Bath" and "Passenger," (which features guest vocals from Maynard James Keenan of Tool). There's even a ballad. The soft and thoughtful "Teenager" sounds like a lament of the carefree days of youth.

Standout tracks include "Change (In the House of Flies)," "Passenger," and "Digital Bath," a song that, at it's core, refers to murder, but sounds almost sweet on the surface. This ambiguisness runs through the record on other tracks like "Knife Party" and "RX Queen."

The new sound is softer than Adrenaline and Around The Fur, but provides the same emotion and intensity without missing a beat. The lovelorn heart of Moreno beats as that of a poet and on White Pony you will feel his sorrow in a swoon of multidirectional harmony and pain.

The record is as complex in its message as it is musically layered. The Deftones have always scated the line between hard and heavy rock and roll and moody art rock. White Pony is the perfect product, a haunting and textured rock record that announces The Deftones as one of the most intelligent, playful, and critically acclaimed bands in the biz. ... Read more

Asin: B00004Z400


Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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If Nevermind's sound is familiar now, it's only because thousands of rock records that followed itwere trying very hard to cop its style. It tears out of the speakers like a cannonball, from the punk-turbo-charged riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" onward, magnifying and distilling the wounded rage of 15 years of the rock underground into a single impassioned roar. Few albums have occupied the cultural consciousness like this one; of its 12 songs, roughly 10 are now standards. The record's historical weight can make it hard to hear now with fresh ears, but the monumental urgency of Kurt Cobain's screams is still shocking. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Never Mind is Right
Nirvana is a band which arrived at the perfect time. Selling their wares of teen angst and alienation, they appealed to a wide audience of disaffected Generation Xers. They were a group that played simple and catchy semi-punk rock songs and ultimately made it big. Despite this, I do not dislike Nirvana, but when people start talking about them in the same vein as Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and other great musicians, I have to laugh. Kurt Cobain was a troubled artist and his lyrics come out honestly and forcefully. But the music itself does not measure up to the all-time rock and roll greats. In one of his songs, Kurt sings, "I'm worse at what I do best and for this gift I feel blessed, I found it hard to find, oh well, whatever, never mind." This lyric as well as the album cover are the band's way of revealing that they sold out to appeal to a broader audience. And make no mistake about it, Nevermind is a sell-out album. Although only subtly dishonest, it is abundantly clear that Nevermind was a slick con-job perpetrated by a band that needed to cash in on the grunge trend. I give it 2.5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe even underated perhaps?
'Nevermind' let down no-one, their fans and newly converted alike appetites had been whetted by "Smells Like Teen Spirit", anthem for a blank generation, for all the people who'd given up before they had started. Kurt Cobain had condensed the collective frustration/despair/apathy into a slice of pop genious not witnessed sinced the Sex Pistols heyday. "Come As You Are" is another piece of semi-acoustic bruised beauty while "Territorial Pissings" is as extreme as the record goes. Most of the other tracks lay somewhere inbetween, Cobain never letting the intensity level down for a minute, whether on the deceptively breezy "In Bloom" or the stinging "Breed". For a three peice, the group made one hell of a racket, but it was a racket which was never less than 100% focused, the Dave Grohl/Chris Novoselic rhythmic powerhouse underpinning every track with diamond-edged precision.

It's fair to say that 'Nevermind' literally changed the face of music, a crushing new sound for all types of music fans to celebrate. A pivotal record for a pivotal group.

If somehow you don't own this record, go out and spend some extremely worthwile cash!

1-0 out of 5 stars I've never listened to this album, but...
A friend of bought this album four months ago after repeatedly reading how utterly fantastic it was,how it was probably the greatest album ever. Today he uses it as a coaster for cups of coffee. ... Read more

Asin: B000003TA4


System of a Down
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 June, 1998)
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This debut by the L.A.-based quartet is a hybrid of explosive rap-metal, politically incendiary lyrics, and wide-ranging cultural influences. The members are of Armenian descent, but their diverse stylistic background transcends easy cultural labeling. Singer Serj Tankian's throaty roar competes with any mosh-pit rocker around, but his real trademark is his emotional wail and refreshingly melodic singing, especially on songs such as "Spiders" and the condemnatory "P.L.U.C.K."Guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan lock in tight on the capricious arrangements of"Know," "Ddevil," and "CUBErt." Their musical diversity runs wonderfully wild on "Sugar" and "Suggestions" with dizzying shifts of style and intensity. The tracks "Peephole" and "War?" reveal the band at perhaps its eclectic best, with vaguely Eastern European-sounding guitar riffs, passionate battle cries, and samples provided by legendary hip-hop producer Rick Rubin. --Mark McCleerey ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Free Thinkers Are Dangerous
To be honest, my first review of SOAD's self-titled wasn't very thourough. Now that they (finally) have a new album coming out, I thought I'd rereview it.

SOAD is definately one of the most interesting and creative new bands I've come across. They're not your average "rapcore" band. Hell, they don't even fall in that category. In case you're wondering why a lot of its themes center around Armenia, all of its members are of Armenian descent, and their politics center around their homeland. As for the band itself, Serj has a voice that's pretty much unparalled from anyone out there. One on track, he can go from screaming to singing like your CD player is on twice the speed, to singing with a nice, mellow voice. Daron's crunching guitars add a lot to the band's sound, while Shavo's bass playing and John's drums contribute a lot to the atmosphere. And let's not forget the presence of uber-producer Rick Rubin, either.

The best song on here is Suggestions, without a doubt. Know and Spiders are close seconds, while Ddevil shows how multi-ranged Serj's voice is. Suite-Pee and Sugar also are some great, head-banging tunes. P.L.U.C.K. (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers) is a song that sums up SOAD's cause. My only complaint is that the CD starts to kind of wind down after track 6, but that doesn't mean that that's a bad thing. This CD, still, should be a part of any metal listener's collection.

One other thing I should mention is that System puts on one hell of a live show. They're just as energetic on stage as they are on their CD. If the songs I've heard that might be on their new CD (Metro, Marmalade, ChickNstew, etc) are any indication, the next CD is going to be killer. Can't wait to hear more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wild Creativity Yields Excellence
The self-titled debut from System Of A Down demonstrates what happens when you mix creativity with insanity and loud instruments. Its seems that the band is out to feed the fire within all who hear their music while intriguing with odd lyrics and a new sound. If thats what they came here to do, then they have succeeded two-fold.

Although they didn't really become a common name until they released the first single from their second album "Toxicity", I thought they were incredible and that they represented some new and different in music. Mainly focused on screaming the first time around, singer Serj Tankian performs each song with fire and intensity and at times, toning it down while rambling wild lyrics (i.e. the verses of "Sugar"). The instruments are not as focused as their sophmore release which make the album even more wild. Daron Malakian's guitar is low and deep, giving a kick in the face with every power chord and sudden maniacal tangents he plays. As usual, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan follow pursuit tightly and complete the full-on harsh sound of the album.

Most of these songs are the usual hard-hitting mosh-fest you'd find in "nu-metal" bands today, excluding "Spiders". I can't really pinpoint the best tracks because each one grabs hold and doesn't let go until the final note. Give it a listen and discover your favorite tracks.

System Of A Down's debut album is a strong album, exhibiting the best music of today's metal scene. This album is a must for "nu-metal" fans and anyone who enjoys the madness of the second album. There is more to this album than "Sugar" and "Spiders" so check it out. Its definitely worth a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
i dont know what you would call this music but it is nonetheless awsome. i like every song in this cd and is one of my all time favorites. not only is this a good cd but its political. there is alot of punk crap that has nothing to do with anti government. system of a down isnt even trying to be punk and this cd is more punk than what most of those crappy bands try to do. its only too bad that their later stuff fails to keep up with this one. ... Read more

Asin: B000007T1M


Toxicity (Limited Edition Including Bonus CD-Rom)
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 September, 2001)
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System of a Down's sophomore effort is a musically and lyrically ambitious 14-song collection that's even more left-of-center and powerful than their 1998 self-titled debut. Here the Los Angeles-bred foursome tackle everything from government ("Prison Song") to cocaine-crazed groupies ("Psycho") in a more pointed and aggressive manner than Rage Against the Machine. Serj Tankian's hardcore vocals and occasional Middle Eastern flourishes ("Science") contribute to the unique, ultra-intense, and quirky qualities of System circa 2001. Unexpected time changes and death-metal-like intensity give way to mellower moments, all of which make for demanding but irresistible listening. Toxicity is a masterful, unusual, and forceful opus. This release includes a bonus CD-ROM that includes behind-the-scenes footage, band commentary, and concert clips. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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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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Rusty Never Sleeps
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 February, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you don't own this album, do yourself a favor and make yo
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4-0 out of 5 stars ziggens by jon vinal
this album is punk surf ska and reggae it just makes u want to go get a surf board and go to cali ... Read more

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Strait Up
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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Snot singer James Lynn Strait had a lot of friends, if this intensely emotional tribute is any indication. Strait died in a December 1998 car accident, with Snot on the verge of breaking big, thanks to critical kudos and a stint on Ozzfest '98. Strait Up features a dozen of heavy rock's most prominent singers, including Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Incubus's Brandon Boyd, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath paying homage to the late frontman. In 1998, Snot's Mikey Doling and John "Tumor" Fahenstock had music awaiting lyrics from Strait, who passed away before beginning the album. So the singers on Strait Up wrote their own lyrics to Snot's heavy music and recorded with the surviving members of Snot. The results are impressive. System of a Down's Serj Tankian offers up a eulogy in "Starlit Eyes": "The first to accept, the last to disappoint / Now you are free to roam the skies." Slipknot's Corey Taylor turns in a melodic but aggro "Requiem," singing: "I see the loss every time someone says your name." But it's the mellow emotion exuded by Sevendust's Lajon Witherspoon in "Angel's Son" that is the standout on a powerful album full of poignant triumphs. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars R.I.P. James Lynn Strait
Lynn Strait was the AMAZING lead singer for the AMAZING band Snot. Sadly, he died in a six-car accident near Santa Barbara in December of 1998, along with his bulldog Dobbs, the mascot of Snot and the cover-dog for their first album "Get Some". Snot was a band that I instantly fell in love with. Their sound was unlike anything I had ever heard. They were way ahead of their time and Lynn's incredible vocal talents have proved to be unmatchable. Needless to say, I was devastated when I got word of his untimely death. But his legacy lives on through this album as many of his friends have lended their voices to the intended music for Snot's sophomore effort. Also, Snot's last studio-recorded song "Absent" serves as a finale. (It was originally released as part of the "Strangeland" soundtrack.) A few of the stand-outs other than that brilliant song are "Divided" featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus, "Angel's Son" featuring Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, and "I Know Where You're At" featuring M.C.U.D. of hed pe. Although many of them could never match the power of Lynn Strait, they do accomplish the task of giving him a well-deserved tribute. The idea of the cd was conceived and executed by other Snot members Mikey Doling (now of Soulfly) and John "Tumor" Fahnestock (now of Amen). Snot was truly an amazing band and Lynn Strait was, in my opnion, one of the best lead singers ever! It sucks that he had to die, but at least he got a loving tribute to send him on his way. (A few of the guest vocals are just ok, not fantastic. I know that if Lynn were alive and this had been Snot's second album instead, the rating would grade off the scale!)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Tribute
When I met James Lynn Strait at an early 1998 concert, he didn't just say "hi" and move on, he actually stood there and talked to me, a mere fan, like a friend. This rock icon will be greatly missed. There is a touching video on the enhanced portion of the disc that is really moving. All his friends talking about what a great person he was and undoubtedly still is. The first track, Starlit Eyes, is 'sung' by Serj from System of a Down. The Armenian rocker moves away from his normal style of singing to a more poetic and spoken style, which is truly beautiful. Take it Back, which features Jon Davis of Korn fame, is a great head-banging song that I'm sure Lynn would have loved if he heard it today. Divided with Incubus' singer Brandon is a great song in the style of his band. Forever with the infamous Fred Durst is a nice song that would impress even the most anti-metal people on earth. Sad Air is the closer that is so close to perfect...

3-0 out of 5 stars All in all, not bad
Strait Up is a success in the long run, but there are songs that just sucked or didn't belong.

For example, is it really nescessary for Fred Durst to plug Limp Bizkit yet again in a song dedicated to the passing of Lynn Strait, even when LB isn't even playing on the recording. And the lyrics are pathetic. Not a bad song, but Fred did a terrible job at the lyrics. They are laughable.

And the song with Mark McGrath from Sell-out Ray kinda sucks too. "Catch A Spirit" with Max Cavalara is okay, but not Soulfly quality. Brandon Boyd's song is "eh." And Serj's song is suprisingly not good. The rest are pretty good.

Highlight tracks include 2,3,8,11. Jon Davis, M.C.U.D, Lajon Witherspoon, and Corey Taylor did the best jobs.

The unreleased Snot song "Absent (13) is pretty good, but not astonishing.

If your a fan of Snot, or some of the lead singers from other bands on this recording, its a decent buy. Otherwise, "Eh" ... Read more

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The Best Of The Doors
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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The Best of The Doors delivers exactly what it promises. Rather than relying solely on the hits, this collection also mines the darker, and often richer, recesses of The Doors material resulting in a fairly representative statement. The hits are here: "Light My Fire" with Ray Manzarek's keyboards on a dizzy, psychedelic spree; "People Are Strange," with Morrison's tortured psyche barely being held in check; "L.A. Woman," with its bluesy sexuality. More important, favorites of fans are here, like the controversially (at the time) explicit "The End," which was one of the first of Morrison's forays into narrative poetry. In hits like "Break on Through," "Hello I Love You," "Roadhouse Blues," and others, The Doors melded psychedelia, blues, hard-edged rock, and poetry from the edge like no other band before. The Best of The Doors is a trip in every sense of the word. --Steve Gdula ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars The music is never over
This is a great compact Best of compilation of Doors songs that serves the casual fan or those new to The Doors equally well.
The Doors were one of Rock's more unusual collaborations. Vocalist/Poet Jim Morrisson was a military brat, film school dropout and hard drinking beach bum. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek had the classically trained piano chops that he put to use with swirling arrangements of organ sounds that sometimes sounded church-like but more often were like psychedelic circus music. Robby Kreiger was a flamenco guitarist who also played bottleneck slide, and John Densmore was a jazz drummer with impeccable timing and a sense for the dramatic in songs like "When the Music's Over" and "The End."
Morrison by himself had a rich baritone, but not an overly impressive voice. The backup musicians were all exceptional talents, but without their charismatic lead singer, their solo careers never achieved the success as with the outrageous Morrison.
The set begins with the crisp "Break On Through" and immediately introduces us to Morrisson's fascination with altered perception and death. "Light My Fire" is one of The Doors signature tunes, and this long version has excellent guitar and keyboard solos, as well as a fine performance by Morrison. One of my favorite Doors songs is "People Are Strange" with its loopy guitar line, bouncy piano, and dark lyrics. "when you're strange, faces come out of the rain, when you're strange, no one remembers your name."
In a decade of the hippy/free love generation, The Doors were looking into the shadows of the human psyche and death is a prevalent theme for Morrison in songs like "Strange Days," ( as we run from the day to a strange night of stone) "Five to One" (no one here gets out alive) and "When the Music's Over" (before I sink into the big sleep/I want to hear/I want to hear/the scream of the butterfly). There's also the lecherous "Alabama Song."

Later songs include the popular "Hello, I Love You" and the classic "Roadhouse Blues" with great ad lib vocals by Morrison. L.A. Woman has a great groove, and Morrison alternates between sounding awesome and strained, since he was in pretty bad shape by this period. "Riders on the Storm" has another cool rhythm and mood, and a nicely restrained vocal performance. "The Unknown Soldier" is an anti-war song from the Vietnam era.
The set closes with the hypno-trance rock of "The End," one of The Doors most controversial songs, with its lyrics of death and incest and Oedipus Complex.

For a further introduction to The Doors, check out the book "No One Here Gets Out Alive" or the Oliver Stone movie starring Val Kilmer.

5-0 out of 5 stars LIFE CHANGING!!!
It is difficult to find words that can express the way i feel about this cd, it changed my life. I am 16 years old, and it was just last year that I found this cd in my dad's truck. I had never heard of the doors or Jim Morrison at the time so I decided to give it a chance and listen to it. I was entranced from the very first song, I was absolutely captivated by Morrison's sultry and sexy voice, and the powerful lyrics that lead you on a journey of the mind. Krieger's guiter work is excellent especially on track 12. Densmore's drumming is superb, and Ray Manzarek's keyboarding is amazing! The band complements one another perfectly. Every single track on this cd is different, yet it blends well together creating a perfect sound. My favorite track is "The End" the lyrics paint a picture in my mind and it opens my perceptions and my imagination. Of course I can't just recommend this particular Doors cd, because it is merely a stepping stone, an introduction into the band and their original style of music. In order to fully experience the doors, I would recommend buying all of the original LP's. The Doors expanded my mind, and introduced me to a new world and a new type of music, and changed my life forever.

5-0 out of 5 stars cool stuff
i dont listen to too much of it, but this band influenced alot of the better rock of the 90s like Pearl Jam, so i truly appreciate the essence of this music ... Read more

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(hed) P.E.
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 August, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars They Put Limp Bizkit to Shame
What's wrong with music today? In an age where so called rap-metal bands such as Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock are blasted non-stop on the radio and MTV, bands like (hed)pe, with twice as much talent, are unknown. It truly boggles the mind. (Hed) is one of the only bands to successfully combine elements of metal with rap. Their energy is absolutely incredible and they sound great. This whole album is excellent and I world be hard pressed to choose a favorite song, but Serpent Boy, Firsty, and TOS are probably my favorites. (!Cliche alert!) MCUD really can flow and lay down some dope rhymes. I know that sounds really stupid, but it's true. ... Perhaps one day, (Hed) will gain commercial success in the vein of Bizkit or Korn, but I doubt it. And in a way, I'm glad. Ordinary TRL viewers probably couldn't compehend music of this caliber. Watch out for (Hed)'s 2nd album, "Broke" out on August 22nd.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can I get an "Awwww Yeahhh! " ?
This disc f'in rocks my world. Thanks to the Strangeland soundtrack, I felt the desire to check these guys out further... and I was not disappointed! (hed)pe brings forth the inevitable Limp Bizkit comparisons, and LB fares _Badly_ in this light. With good solid rapping, great lyrics and some booty-bouncing, hip-hop/metal riffing, (hed)pe emerge as the better band in terms of musical talent and lyric writing.

The album rocks from beginning to end. "POS" and "Ground" lead smoothly into "Serpent Boy", which is explosive and features some awesome transitions from hyper-rapped verses to mega-rock-riff choruses. "Tired of Sleep" features a more laid back groove laid down over eerily haunting high pitched guitar licks.

Other excellent tracks are "Schpamb", "Ken 2012", "33" and "Hill". "IFO" has fast become one of my favorite, featuring some of the most awesome lyrics I have ever heard. It sounds like the X-Files episode written by the staff of High Times!

All in all, this band can hold it's own against any of the new metal bands out there, Rage Against the Machine included. Rage owns, but so does (hed)pe. I think the future for these guys is blindingly bright, and I would highly recommend this record to people out there with open minds who don't blindly cling to allegiance with one band.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great!
The first full-length album from 6-piece rap-metal band (hed) p.e. is a great effort. Though what they bring to the table is nothing new, what they do, they do very well. Frontman M.C.U.D. is a notch above all the other nu-metal frontman with his energy, slick rapping, vocals and lyrics that explore planetary evolution, religion, the paranormal, sex, and racism while still being quite amusing. Drummer B.C. is an excellent drummer that doesn't rely on the DJ to make all the beats for him (not on this album, anyway), while DJ product provides some cool scratches and samples throughout. Bassist Mawk makes some funky rhythms in back and guitarist duo Wessyle and Chizad provide the heaviness this album needs and work best together here. This CD contains elements of Hip-Hop, metal, punk, reggae, and even some tribal. If you're not completely sick of rap-metal then this is some good stuff that should keep you banging your head for a while. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 August, 2000)
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From a band worthy of worship by Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Papa Roach fans, (hed)'s second album is a dozen-song collection that's personal, versatile, and eminently listenable. Much of Broke's dark yet surprisingly melodic and memorable charm lies in the portentous and chaotic musical climate the band creates. The well-crafted tunes explore a gamut of styles within the loosely defined hip-hop/metal genre, moving from the primal groove of "Killing Time" to the lively, Van Halen-inspired "Feel Good." The sextet includes a turntablist in DJ Product c. 1969, plus two guitarists, allowing the lineup to create a massive sound rife with subtle textures. From the psychotic vocals of "Pac Bell" to the epic rock chorus and hip-hop verses of "Bartender,"(hed) seamlessly weave close-to-the-bone angst with commensurate musicality. This on-the-rise Orange Country band have definitely delivered the goods with this one. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Good rapcore!
An entire album hasn't impressed me like this for awhile. Broke has that rare quality of flowing all the way through to the point where you don't have to skip over badly written tracks or annoying interludes, not to mention that these guys are one of the few groups merging hip-hop and metal and actually coming out with a product that doesn't sound like Slipknot trying to cover the latest N Sync single. The music has energy, power, and originality, defining itself and putting itself in a whole league seperate from the rap-metal bands who have disgraced the crossover instead of used it to their advantage, not to mention that (Hed) P.E. has a sense of humor and a laidback feel to them right along with the intensity. M.C.U.D.'s vocals are outstanding and his love for hip-hop is well recognized, as he flows just as well as he screams. His flow is catchy, reggae influenced, melodic, and fits perfectly within the structure of the band.

The band explores much diversity across the album, with "Killing Time" and "Waiting To Die" exploding through the speakers with a metal edge, "Feel Good" following with enough aggression to knock down a freight train, "Bartender" with its free flowing verses and hooking chorus, "Crazy Leg"s explicit lyrics and new twist on Notorious B.I.G.'s single, and "Pac Bell"'s strange undertoned distorted layers. "Swan Dive" and "Jesus (Of Nazareth)" are both quite disturbing in their desperation and depression and the surprising inclusion of an acoustic piece called "The Meadow" tops the whole number off. The only songs which aren't quite as well written are "I Got You" and "Stevie", yet they both flow well with the album. With a hip-hop oriented drummer, a funk-influenced bass player, two guitarists with enough distortion for any metalhead to stomach, a DJ who actually contributes musically, and a singer with energy seeping out of all pores, (Hed) P.E. is one of the few bands that might hold the new wave of metal together. I'll hopefully be seeing them live this week and if their performance is anything like their albums, it should be awesome.

4-0 out of 5 stars Catchy stuff
(Hed)pe is the shining light in a genre dominated by wannabes (ie, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach) and there second release "Broke" soundly proves it. (Hed)pe mold numerous different styles together including rap, funk and metal to create a unique sound. The lead guitarist has a great sound on his guitar while the twangy bass, solid percussion and haunting samples provide some great listening and the rythm guitarist also sings quite well as a support for M.C.U.D. The rapping, though some typical, idiotic rap words and phrases are used, actually digs into more serious and personal topics, while M.C.U.D shows much better range then most rappers or metal singers and he sings with honesty and conviction.

There is lots of good stuff on this CD, the opening track Killing Time is good and Waiting to Die features some of the CD's heaviest vocals, there is lots of hip-hop influence and samples in Crazy Legs, swan dive is a heavy rock tune with a dark & gloomy theme, the single Bartender is a light hearted, catchy and appropriate single, I Got You, Boom, Stevie and Jesus (of nazareth) are all great songs. The two best songs however is the third track Feel Good featuring some great rapping, powerful screams during the chorus (would you believe its a female with those vocal chords) and trademark vocals from System of a Down's Serj Tankian. Pac Bell is the other best song, and it is a dark rock/rap tune with some thought provoking lyrics and is a good mix of mellow and heavy. The only track i couldn't get into is the final track "The meadow" which should have been replaced buy the hidden track "Bad Dream" (i still haven't discovered the password to unlock it) which i have on MP3. All in all a sound investment. Also pick up the first (Hed) album and Strait-Up featuring M.C.U.D.

3-0 out of 5 stars Theres a mix up on the Feel Good Track
It wasn't done by serj tankian but Morgan LAnder from kittie.... ... Read more

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Ignore Amos
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 April, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Ziggens CD Ever
This is probably the best Ziggens CD that has been made. It has music for everyone, with Country, Punk Rock, Surfabilly, and more.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ziggens are brilliant.
Honest talent - Musically the Ziggens are everywhere and they brilliantly master it. The Ziggens cover so much of life with a splash of humor. ... Read more

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Fungus Amongus
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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As Incubus themselves note about Epic's 2000 rerelease of 1996's Fungus Amongus: "The recording's are basically a snapshot of our band, circa 1993-1995. As even the most discriminating ear could deduce, [we were] still struggling to find our feet." It's a caveat not really necessary for Incubus fans, of which there are now many, thanks to their diverse, unique, andthoughtful brand of funky, sometimes-acoustic rock, exemplified on 1999's impressive Make Yourself. This early effort, written and recorded when band members were in their teens, smacks heavily of Primus and Faith No More fanaticism, influences which, on later discs, are blended into an evolving signature sound. Songs such as "Speak Free," "Trouble in 421," and the aggressive, linear "The Answer" are decent, but not as heavy, well-written, or thoughtful as the material on Make Yourself. Ultimately, Fungus Amongus is a lightweight, casual, fun, and funky morsel for hardcore fans.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars psychopsilicybin
This is the real debut from Incubus. They wrote all of it when they were between the ages of 15 and 17. I'll rate each of the songs individually.
You Will Be a Hot Dancer-10/10 Brilliant. I love this song. Super wacky lyrics and funky guitar stuff.

Shaft- 9/10 Not bad. Simple lyrics.

Trouble in 421- 9/10 Good song. One away from the good one (if you know what I mean!)

Take Me to Your Leader-10/10 Another classic song.

Medium-7/10 Starts with birds chirping and a woman singing

Speak Free-9/10 Speak your mind

the Answer-10/10 The answer is...hemp?

Psychopsilicybin-8/10 Good song. It's about fungus

Sink Beneath the Line-10/10 A happy song

Hilikis-9/10 Good

Overall: 8/10 Good CD overall. It really marks the begining of Incubus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting "debut"
If you got hooked on Incubus with Make Yourself, are you in for a big surprise. While SCIENCE / Enjoy Incubus technically marks Incubus' debut into the arena, this is their real debut. If you own the short EP Enjoy Incubus, you know what to expect. Before you check this out, though, if you own Make Yourself, listen to the track Battlestar Scartchlactica. It's got a lot of songs from Enjoy Incubus. To describe the sound on this CD, it's easy to remember this way: Imagine if Korn and The Red Hot Chili Peppers hooked up to record an album with Issac Hayes and Lenny Kravitz as producers. I doubt that would ever happen, but that's kind of how to describe this. You Will Be A Hot Dancer shows that kind of sound. Contrary to what you might think, Shaft is not a remake of the Issac Hayes anthem. Incubus really juggles their sound between these two, though they get progressively heavier with Take Me To Your Leader. The best tracks on here are You Will Be A Hot Dancer, Speak Free, and Shaft. Incubus is definately a great band, and they're definately one of my favorite new bands out there. Can't wait to hear more...

3-0 out of 5 stars Not flawless, but important
Incubus Album #1

My junior year of high school (a fair amount of time has passed since then) all my friends are heavily into Incubus, but I have a good laugh at them. At the time I was very much into punk, indie, and heavy metal, and Incubus seemed to be yet another nu-metal band. If it wasn't their music that completely disgusted me, it was Brandon Boyd's inevitability to be shirtless everytime a camera was placed upon him.

Then the day came when a random friend told me his mother bought him the first Incubus and it was the best thing he had ever heard. He placed it in his CD player and though I was not floored, I must admit I was hearing something by Incubus and I actually enjoyed it.

This album has a fair amount of Primus, Faith No More, and Chili Peppers influencing it (especially in the bass, which is much heavier and louder in the mix than most future efforts) however in Boyd's quirky lyrics and oft-changing vocal stylings I heard a young man who obviously was a Mr. Bungle fan, and I can't bash him for that. "Gonna Be A Hot Dancer" and "Hilikus" are songs cut from the more Mr. Bungle-esque thread, as they feature frantic screaming by Boyd, something he hardly does anymore. Other songs have more of a funk 'n roll sound to them, similar to early Chili Peppers with a much better lead guitar player (sorry John, Dave, and Hilel, but you guys are no Mike Eisinger). "Sink Beneath the Line" features some of the best Eisinger guitar work in his entire career, it is hard to believe he was so young at the time.

As good as this album is, it just doesn't have a strong cohesiveness; and the songs themselves are only half memorable, with the exception definitely being "Sink Beneath the Line". But one can't come down too hard on this album as it shows a high school aged band that manages to sound as though they have been playing for years. This album is not for everyone, but if you are a hardcore Incubus fan, than it is a must. In my case, this was the first Incubus album I was able to appreciate, and now I own everything by them. It was my gateway drug into becoming an Incubus junkie. ... Read more

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Enjoy Incubus
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 January, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This CD has it all!
I love Incubus, every one of their CD's is amazing. This is their 1st major release, and their most diverse. They combinee jazz and funk with a innovative take on the rap-metal genre. It's not too heavy, but it has some thrashier riffs on a couple songs. It is short, but man, every single song is great! Seriously, there is no down point to this EP. My favorite song (a hard choice!) is "Take me to Your Leader." It has a funky beat, some metal chorus parts, and some pretty funny lyrics.

Inside joke to my buddies: Lyric: "PAIN! my pain, forget to inject my...cocaine, forgot to apply my... rogaine!" You can't be dissapointed with this people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feel The Funk
If you're a present day Incubus fan, (Make Yourself, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.) you might not be used to this, because it has so much funk and comedy in it. But if you've listened to Fungus Amongus, then you can tell that this is a latter-day Fungus Amongus. The first song, "You Will Be A Hot Dancer," is a really good piece of music, once you listen for a while. "Shaft!" is the best song on the CD, because it sounds the closest to any other Incubus songs. The chorus is amazing, too. "Take Me To Your Leader" is kind of weird, but I do like the orgy references (the sex action, not the band). "Version" is an awesome song, the lyrics are good, there are reggae-tinged guitars, the drums go perfectly and there are some fine scratches by Mr. DJ Lyfe. It is actually a little better than "Shaft!". "Azwethinkweiz" is a jazzy kind of song, think "Anti-Gravity Love Song" or "Battlestar." "Hilikus" is also a great song, because it has an Incubus feel to it. It is like a classic song by them, and once again there are some nice scratches be Mr. Lyfe. If you like this, try these bands: Early Primus, Snot, and Faith no More.

4-0 out of 5 stars You Will Enjoy Incubus
The first track "You Will Be A Hot Dancer" had me singing along with it's catchy tune and unforgettable chorus. "Shaft" is a great hard rock song with an amazing Primus like sound. "Take Me To Your Leader" grew on me like no other song has done before. It is now one of my favorite songs. It has very unusual lyrics ("What if I had a mustard drenched cucumber tied to my leg and I did not want my pants to get dirty"), but very interesting none the less because some things he sings are actual facts ("What if your brain unexpectedly and suddenly picked out things to flip around and view"). mattcarrot has offended me with his opinion of the song "Version." I believe it is one of the best song's on this album. It happens to be the only Incubus song with a reggae, ska like groove. "Azwethinkweiz" happens to be one of two songs that Incubus released on a hard to find record entitled Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout Root Beer (The other is "New Skin" which is found on the S.C.I.E.N.C.E. album). It's also a very good song. "Hilikus" has a kickin' groove, as any Fungus Amongus fan would know. If you fast forward past the end of the song, you will find a hidden track with different beats and grooves similar to the secret track at the end of S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. Enjoy Incubus is a true title to this album for any hardcore Incubus fan because if you are a hardcore Incubus fan you will enjoy this album and appreciate Incubus' diversity and roots. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 September, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!! the young incubus had major talent
this album wuz one of the best ive ever bought!! yes i did give the cd time to grow on me. by all means i will do a song by song review:

1.Redefine - excellent mix of scratching and guitars. good opener. amazing bass solo.(8/10)

2. vitamin - WOW this song grew on me enormously. i has a great course and cool weird lyrics (9/10)

3. new skin - hmmm......... probably the second best song on the album. great chorus and guitar (9/10)

4. idiot box - cool song, cool guitar and bass rythm, cool lyrics

5. glass - to me this song iz nuthing special, but i guess itz ok

6. magic medicine- good instrumental with a cool bassline. not as good as battlestar though

7. a certain shade of green - oh my god this has got to be one of the best incubus songs ever!! sweet guitars and bass and vocals from brandon. alot of peepl say new skin iz the best song on this cd but this one iz way better!!

8. favorite things - just another song to me with rebellious lyrics that i like

9. summer romance - ok. good guitar distortion and vocals

10. nebula - crazy awesome song. i love how the styles switch so fast. this song is a work of art. it grew on me the most

11. deep inside - rilly kool bass intro. ok song

12. calgone - a quite strange song. funny lyrics.

hidden track - i think it iz stupid. sum parts are funny though

buy this cd!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incubus Rocks!
Just to Start of incubus rocks! and this is there best CD ever! Well I'm kind of person who will rate every song for it's self so here it is

1. REEFINE: great song has a really nice tune plus lyrics even though if you listen to it to much you get bored of it 3/5

2. VITAMIN: one of my favorites really like it's chorus plus just has a great tune to it 4/5

3. NEW SKIN: probably the biggest hit on this CD and has a cool ending 4/5

4. IDIOT BOX: cool track not much to say about it even though it's beginning is the best 3/5

5. GLASS: my favorite nothing but an excellent track 5/5

6.MAGIC MEDCINE: even though this has no words in it still rock has a good calm tune 4/5

7.A CERTAIN SHADE OF GREEN: pretty heavy and i think there second radio hit 4/5

i'm too lazy to write the stuff about the other songs but just read this: 8.FAVRIOT THINGS: 4/5 9.SUMMER ROMANCE (ANTI GRAVITY LOVE SONG) 5/5 10.NEBULA 4/5 11.DEEP INSIDE: 5/5 CALGONE: 4/5 HIDDEN TRACK: 5/5 well pretty much its the best cd ever and if you want every thing out of Incubus get SCIENCE!

5-0 out of 5 stars Revelations
Quite a while ago, I picked up Morning View. I liked it a lot, but it wasn't enough for me to keep looking for Incubus (and the fact that I only ever found songs from Make Yourself didn't help). Then one day in a restaurant, I heard some music playing that I really liked the sound of. It sounded like Brandon singing, but there was no way the Incubus I knew could be playing music like this! So I made a mental note of the one lyric I could pick out, and then searched for it. Turns out it was "Favorite Things" and as soon as I found out where it came from, and having listened to one or two other songs on the album, I went and bought it.

At first listen I was more surprised by the difference between S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Morning View than anything. I didn't really understand what was going on with the music - the funky, syncopated groove of songs like 'Redefine' and 'New Skin' went right over my head. 'Vitamin' was much more friendly, since I listen to a lot of hard rock and it immediately seemed right at home (this CD has a lot of bass in the mix. I blew my speakers listening to 'Vitamin' too loud ;) A couple of the songs I just didn't understand - like the heavy-quiet 'Idiot Box,' and 'Magic Medicine' with its bass, drums, and children's book reading, while others like 'Glass' and 'Deep Inside' I loved the first time I heard them.

The CD stayed in my player for about a month, and over that time I finally started to get my head around the idea of funk - and I realized that I really liked it, especially when fused with the hard rock that I like so much. This combination put Incubus in my top 4 favorite bands, along with I Mother Earth, Spacehog, and Dream Theater.

If you like funk or hard rock and are looking for a little new music, give this album a listen. If you really like A Crow Left Of The Murder and are looking for more along those lines, try Make Yourself or Morning View instead. If you want to see Incubus' true roots, check this album out. No true Incubus fan that I know likes only their new stuff.

The only problem I have with it is the fact that it's Incubus' only album like this. More musical, tighter, and more polished than their previous stuff, but before they turned to where they are now. Their new music isn't a compromise made for radio play or anything - they just took a COMPLETELY different direction. If you listen to 'A Crow Left Of The Murder' and 'S.C.I.E.N.C.E.' it sounds like two different bands. ... Read more

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Make Yourself
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 October, 1999)
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Young, aggro, and from Los Angeles--it's tempting to put Incubus in the already crowded category populated by Korn, System of a Down, and their other loud and heavy brethren. But that would sell Incubus short, because Make Yourself, the quintet's sophomore album, is a strong progression beyond their 1997 debut, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. More like Faith No More than Limp Bizkit, Incubus still have that teen-mosh appeal, though the songwriting and instrumentation on Make Yourself is diverse and thoughtful, both lyrically and musically. "Drive" is an easygoing, slightly trippy acoustic-based outing, while oddball scratching (courtesy of DJ Chris Kilmore) and trip-hop funkiness make "Battlestar Scralatchtica" aptly titled. "Nowhere Fast" is vaguely 311-ish with a reggae tinge and lovely melodic interludes, in contrast to the furious intensity of "Out from Under," which gives Make Yourself a surprisingly cohesive diversity that's hard to categorize. Ultimately, singer Brandon Boyd is not a vocal genius, but lyrically and in performance, he's sensitive, charismatic, and unique. Ditto for the 13 cuts that make up Make Yourself. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars c'mon ppl
oh please yalls- I loved SCIENCE and my favorite band is tool- but just because incubus add sum more melodies and slow down a bit doesnt make them automatic sellouts- its refreshing coz im getting sick of the monotonous heavy 3 chord bands like limp bizkit and such. yu have to listen to this album with an open mind- i think the vocals and lyrics are really well done- ok ya- i miss you is a bit cheesy but it has a good sound- -this is one of those CDs you can listen to all the way through without skipping over stuff- i love all the songs- battlestar is an awesome d&b track that rocks- i love incubus for their unique sound and all the diversity they incorporate in their music- this cd will appeal to incubus fans and attract newer listeners as well- give them a break people- just because theyre trying new stuff doesnt make them sellouts- and if they get some radio play outta this- good for them

4-0 out of 5 stars (4 1/2 Stars) Talk About Your Quantum Leaps...
...Man, where did this come from?!?! The aggro-funk-nu metal of the band's previous efforts barely merit one star between them. S.C.I.E.N.C.E is so bad that I can't believe their record company allowed it to be released.

Why is Make Yourself such a quantum leap over the prior efforts? Well, for one, the boys decided to write actual songs, instilling them with previously lacking components like verses and choruses, harmony and melody. For another, Incubus dramatically, and I mean dramatically, alters their sound into a potent brew of a vaguely alternative, atmospheric, yet piercing rock.

Privilege a hard driving, straight ahead track, effectively announces the arrival of the New Incubus. Nowhere Fast and Consequence keep the momentum going. The pace relents on The Warmth, but the tune is a welcome step back, an introspective piece of work that recalls the late, great Veldt. Stellar is a hypnotic, grooving track that lives up to its name. The title track takes a little time to appease the ear, but it emerges as one of the album's best efforts. Elsewhere, the massive hit Drive, another change of pace track, is well placed on the album, if a bit overplayed on radio and TV. I Miss You, not quite a ballad, but definitely a love song, conveys a wonderful emotion the band seemed entirely incapable of producing before this release. Out From Under closes the album with a potent wallop, providing an emphatic exclamation point on the emergence of the New Model Incubus.

Undoubtedly, Make Yourself immensely benefits from the production hand of alt-rock producer extraordinaire Scott Litt. He is a tremendous step up from Jim Wirt, who is certainly among the worst producers in rock today. Litt cleans up the sound without sanitizing it. And most certainly he inspired and implored the band the come up with some decent tunes before he set foot in the recording studio.

All in all, a wondrous effort. If Incubus can continue the dramatic development witnessed on Make Yourself, they will be a cinch as one of the best mainstream rock groups currently in the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's no S.C.I.E.N.C.E
My first taste of Incubus was Morning View. Even though I was not an Incubus fan at the time of listening I didn't think it was anything special. My interest in this band was reignited after a friend lent me S.C.I.E.N.C.E. That album simply blew me away with the way it used turntables and I became an instant fan. Then I bought Make Yourself. I was expecting music in the same vien of S.C.I.E.N.C.E but was slightly disapointed. The turntabling that made S.C.I.E.N.C.E. so great has been toned down in this album and in my opinion it is worse off because of it. Without the turntables I think this album sounds a bit blander and more mainstream. Don't get me wrong, this is still an awesome album, but could have been a lot better if DJ Lyfe had stayed on, or at least given some lessons to DJ Kilmore. But it still gets four stars because it is a very good album. ... Read more

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Morning View
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 October, 2001)
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Though Morning View follows hot on the heels of Incubus's breakthrough single, "Drive," it doesn't feel rushed. After all, their previous album, Make Yourself, was released nearly two years ago. Like fellow Los Angeles metal pioneers System of a Down, Incubus find themselves lumped in with the nu-metal fraternity merely because they're young(ish), angry, and very loud. That's more than a little unfair, because their sound owes more to the clever and creative funk-metal of Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers than the faux-rap posturing of Limp Bizkit. In fact, songs like "Nice to Know You," "Circles," and the excellent "Blood on the Ground" display real maturity. But that's not all that sets Incubus apart: on "I Wish You Were Here," "Just a Phase," "11 a.m.," and "Mexico," they show an uncharacteristic willingness to tread softly, using acoustic guitars and touches of strings to make less noise, but more impact. Some could call it selling out, but it sounds more like growing up. Morning View is a leap forward for a band that continues to get better with each release. --Robert Burrow ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Surprising...but Excellent
I got interested in Incubus during their last album Make Yourself. When I heard they had a new album coming out, I was looking to more metal/funk head-banging goodness. I bought it. At first I didn't like it. After about a week, I realized that it was different but probably better than Make Yourself. Here's my review of all the tracks.
1. Nice to Know You. One of the best on the cd. 5/5
2. Circles. Reminiscent of MY. 5/5
3. Wish you Were Here. Radio friendly, good song though. 4/5
4. Just a Phase. Starts w/ a 2 minute instrumental and very powerful 5/5
5. 11 AM another powerful one 5/5
6. Blood on the Ground. Best on the cd. 6/5
7. Mexico. Gets a littel slow 3/5
8. Warning. Good song. Good Message. 4/5
9. Echo. Very touching. One of my favorites. 5/5
10. Have You Ever. Heavier song. Kinda mindless though. 3/5
11. Are You In? Extremely catchy and upbeat. Mr. Boyd shows us whjat he can do w/ his voice. 4/5
12. Under my Umbrella. One of the best. Heaviest on the album. One of my favorites. 5/5
13. Aqueous Transmission. Very different. The two minutes of cricket noises at the end are a bit mcuh though. Nevertheless, one of the songs that will make Incubus great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incubus's New Style
When I first heard of Incubus, it was from "Stellar" on the radio off of their album, Make Yourself. I fell in love. They grew more famous with the pop scene after releasing "Drive", also off of Make Yourself. When they released the album, "Morning View", I was first in line to buy it. I am happy to say this is one of Incubus's greatest works. It's definitely lighter sounding and more "mature" as lead singer Brandon Boyd puts it. Every track on this album is beautiful as beautiful as it is powerful. They have a selection of songs that display their new style such as the crisp sounding "mexico" and the melodic, fun "Are You In" and some songs bragging their old, heavier style such as "Under My Umbrella" and "Just a Phase." This CD is for everyone, not just lovers of metal or rock. Teens who prefer bands such as LFO will enjoy this just as well. Brandon Boyd's beautiful and unique style of singing still doesn't fail to move fans to tears and Mike's genius with the guitar will have you listening to this album time after time. A MUST-HAVE for anyone who loves music!

5-0 out of 5 stars S.C.I.E.N.T.I.F.I.C. Pop
I love Incubus. You know what song made me a fan?..*gasp*.."Drive"! I know there's a tendency with Incubus fans to think that everything they did before "Drive" became popular was awesome (which it was), and everything they've done since then has been terrible (which is hasn't). When "Morning View" came out in October of 2001, lots of people accused them of "selling out" or "going soft". The album definetly has a consistent mellow tone that their previous albums lacked, but it was expected; the album was recorded at a beach house in Malibu (or some exotic location). It's kinda tough to be angry in that type of picturesque setting. People also accused them of purposely trying to replicate the sound of "Drive" by writing softer songs, but "Drive" didn't blow up in popularity until spring/summer of 2001, when this album was probably 90% completed already.

The point is, it's a natural evolution in sound. Either embrace it, or go listen to S.C.I.E.N.C.E and stop whining. I'd much rather see a band evolve and expand their sound, as opposed to making the same album over and over again (kind of like Godsmack, Linkin Park, and other modern rock mainstays do).


1. Nice To Know You

The second single, IIRC. And it's a perfect example of what makes Incubus such a great band - here's a song with an unusual mixed time rhythm, lots of tempo changes, and weird lyrics (about lead singer Brandon Boyd regaining feeling in his arm again after an extended period). Yet, the chorus has an incredible hook, making the song totally radio friendly.

2. Circles

Heavy verses with a heavy melodic chorus. Nice harmonies in the "What would it mean to you" part. Like another reviewer said, it's reminiscent of the Chili Peppers.

3. Wish You Were Here

The first single. Not a Pink Floyd cover either. The verses are mellow, and full of metaphorical imagery by Brandon Boyd (a highly creative and underrated lyricist), which lead into the catchy, anthematic chorus.

4. Just a Phase

The best Incubus song ever, in my view. After an extended turntable/piano led intro, the song switches tempo (from 4/4 into 6/8) for the verse. Then it switches tempo again for the pre-chorus, etc. Basically, the song builds and builds, then the final chorus explodes with a wall of guitars. It's a wildly successful experimental song.

5. 11 AM

I kinda expected this to be a single. Like "Wish You Were Here", another mellow mid-tempo song with a memorable chorus.

6. Blood on the Ground

This sounds like something from "Make Yourself". Brandon Boyd rapidly spits out great lyrics in the verses, leading into the explosive, angry chorus.

7. Mexico

A totally accoustic number - no percussion or anything. It's actually a pretty heartbreaking ballad, with great emotional vocal delivery.

8. Warning

This was another big hit single. Again, it's radio friendly and catchy, but unlike other rock bands that get heavy rotation today, it's not full of generic power chords and angst-filled lyrics.

9. Echo

I didn't care for this one initially, but after 4 or 5 listens, it became one of my favorites. It's actually a little reminiscent of "Stellar", but mellow the whole way through.

10. Have You Ever

A heavy song..probably my least favorite on the album. Musically, it doesn't stand out much, but the lyrics are really good.

11. Are You In?

This one makes you feel like you're in the midst of a party with all your friends. Catchy, cool, and very jazzy (jazz pop I suppose). It gets a little repetitive after awhile, but still a good song.

12. Under My Umbrella

Of all the heavier songs on the album, this is my favorite. It works the soft/loud dynamic perfectly, and the bridge is really cool.

13. Aqueous Transmission

Along with "Just a Phase", the most experimental song on here. And it's another success. It's 8 minutes long, *extremely* mellow (you'll feel like you're floating down a river at night as you listen to it), and features a sitar (the main "riff"), a Japanese pan flute (giving it a very oriental feel), strings, and even crickets chirping at the end. It's totally ethereal and wonderful.

And that wraps up "Morning View". Don't listen to some of the harsh criticism for this album. It's a fantastic collection of songs that takes creative guitar licks (from the also highly underrated Mike Einziger), creative lyrics, and overall creative musical ideas, and combines them with lots of memorable melodies and hooks. Thus, it *is* a radio friendly (or "mainstream") album..but it's also innovative and experimental at the same time. That's what makes "Morning View" such a great success.

Best Songs: Just a Phase, Echo, Under My Umbrella, Aqueous Transmission. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 July, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars where were you at theSTART?
I discovered theSTART sometime last year, and my life really hasn't been the same since. I decided to check them out because of their amazing lead singer, Aimee Echo of a great band called Human Waste Project. I was pleasantly surprised. Let me start by saying that Aimee's vocals are the only thing that connects theSTART with HWP. And that is definetly not a problem.
This album is sure to pull anyone out of a bad mood. From the title track to "Hang on Me" to "Kiss it Better," it will make you want to get up and dance. My personal favorite track is "Her Song," which also happens to be the first song I heard by the band.
In short, I would recommend this album to anyone who loves great music. And if you enjoy it, don't hesitate to check out the Death Via Satellite EP from the band's website.
"You're all dressed up and you've nothing to lose/and I see you brought your dancing shoes/well, let's figure out how to use those things!"

5-0 out of 5 stars The Start Of Something Wonderful
I could summarize my review in five words: This is an amazing album! To me, SHAKEDOWN! sounds like all the best elements of Missing Persons, No Doubt, Flock Of Seagulls, and early Charlie Sexton combined with The Start's original style. I think someone else on this page said they're retro-80's new wave in the best way possible. I couldn't have said it better myself. What's brilliant about this band is that they're a post/punk, new wave retro-80's freak's wet dream, but yet they don't seem too dated in today's current music scene. This album is very energetic and dynamic. All the songs seem to be in the same vein, but it never gets stale. Only the last song is remotely balladesque. The bottom line is that the entire album is good. I'd say if you like the song "Gorgeous" there's a 98% probability you'd like the rest of the album. Even if you don't like the single, you still might like the album. I don't know how they're gonna top this one, but hopefully it's the start of something even more wonderful to come.

4-0 out of 5 stars I can bleed....
So... they may be a bit MTV-pop-drivel-driven, and yes, alterna-grrl-rock... I still love this album. The catchy tunes and lyrics are refreshing and uplifting. Aimee's got one of those voices that does it for me. It's reminiscent of Ms. Stefani's, yet different all the same. The later tracks on this album are my personal favorite. I lived for "Her Song" for about three months, which is a long time for someone like me with an ever-changing appetite for music.

Death Via Satellite, the second START album (EP) is better track-for-track than Shakedown. I'd recommend picking that one up. It's got an unpolished vibe that makes it feel like it should have been theSTART's first major release.

If you really want to rock, find Electralux... Enjoy! ... Read more

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Robbin' the Hood
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 July, 1996)
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Long Beach garage kings Sublime rode the cresting wave of late-'80s/early-'90s Cali punk to a well-received 1996 major-label debut whose success was overshadowed by tragedy: frontman Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose just a month before its release. This 1994 album was their freshman indie outing and the record that largely secured their ticket to the majors. Instead of building on the energetic, if formulaic,punk-reggae fusion of their 1992 40 Oz. to Freedom (with its sometimes awkward, too-dumb-to-be-ironic lyrical bent), Robbin' displays a Nowell whose slow evolution as a songwriter is more than compensated by an eager plundering of old-school rap influences and ska beats. It's a record that moves the band beyond often-stultifying punk clichés to a true musical adventure whose buoyant sense of discovery is almost palpable, and one that proves that their '96 big-label breakthrough was no accident. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars weird at times, but AWESOME!
a lot of my friends think i'm weird for liking this cd, but there are really some great songs on this...

1.Waiting for Bud. While i never can be sure if its waiting for bud the drummer, or waiting for BUD, this is a great instrumental that is a good start.

2.Steady B loop dub. crazy. a big switch from the first song, but its pretty cool, the only line of lyrics in the song can also be heard on garden grove on self titled...

3. Raleigh part I. raieigh is a pretty crazy guy, im not sure who he is, but i've heard him on other bands cds too.

4.Pool shark original. I like this song, even though its really short. its pretty sad though, as it is about brads drug problems

5.Steppin razor. this is kinda a weird song, but i usually don't skip it because its cool to see the diversity in this cd

6.Greatest hits. awesome song, one of my favorites from any band. sweet bass lines. if you're too cheap to buy the cd, download this song

7.Free loop dub.crazy, weird, dub, cool bass line. yeah.

8.Q-ball. short, quiet, cool basslines if they were louder for more of the song. rap, but not brad rapping.

9.Saw Red. i like this song, its really ska ish and fast. gwen stephani is cool too.

10.work that we do. this was probably one of the songs recorded on a 4 track, its pretty bad quality, but its a pretty decent song.

11.Linclon highway dub. this is an early instrumental version of santeria. its got some cool solo parts that aren't on the self titled version. no words though.

12.pool shark (acoustic). same as the original, but acoustic, and more sad

13.cisco kid. AWESOME! haha, starts out with an old tv show, then goes into this reallllyyy slow song with trumpets, and every once in a while, a really loud smacking noise!! BONUS

14.raleigh 2. if u didn't already know that raleigh was crazy, heres proof, its funny

15.STP!!! this is a sweet song. it has everything from reggae to blues. i wish i played bass so i could play this song, its got awesome bass lines. brad can sing really high as he proves in this song.

16.boss dj. sweet. reel big fish covered this song, although it was nothing compared to this version. it sounds a lot like a marley song that goes "its so nice/wanna do the same thing twice"

17.don't care too much for reggae dub. this is just people talking on the street about being "magicians" and stuff. it actually goes into a song (which i cna't understand the words) and theres some cool guitar. crazy.

18.falling idols. instrumental, crazy guitar and cool bass. thats it

19.all you need. i can't understand half the words, but the bass is really fast, and theres a cool (and easy) slow guitar solo in it.

20.freeway time in la county jail. just brad playing some blues, its cool stuff

21.mary. funny song, really easy chords (C,G,Am,F,Dm are the only ones in the song if i remember right) good message. lol

22.raleigh part 3. just some more raleigh. after a bunch of scilence, theres a version of don't push that has some crazy lyrics that you won't hear on 40 ozs.

it takes a while to warm up to this cd, unless you're hard core sublime fan, u have to listen to it a few times.

the way i did the numbering is right, even on the cd case the numbering is messed up because they call free loop dub and q-ball one song.

4-0 out of 5 stars VERY DISSAPOINTED
When I bought this CD, I was very dissapointed. On this CD there are 22 tracks.
-12 have singing.
-4 of the songs with singing are acoustic
-6 are instrumental
-3 have people saying some stuff with a lot of curses
-1 is some guy rapping for 43 sec.

I gave this CD 4 stars because Sublime is one of my favorite bands, and there are some great songs on here. This is what is wrong with the CD-

-There is no singing until track 4, which is Pool Shark, and it isnt a very good song. It's only 57 sec. long, and the music is so loud that you can barely hear Brad.
-The songs aren't in a good order. Some will be fast, and then it will go into a slow song.
-The art work suucks, just look at the cover of the CD.
-Barely any singing.

The CD isnt all bad, some of the music is good, and it has songs like Greatest Hits, Steppin' Razor,Cisco Kid, Boss DJ, All You Need, Pool Shark (acoustic), STP, and Saw Red

Buy it if your a big fan, if not buy 40 oz. or SUBLIME

5-0 out of 5 stars Feeling, history, laughs
This Sublime cd has always been one of my favorites, no matter what. I played this cd so much *was originally purchased in 1996, that four yrs later I had to buy it again. Totally worht it.

The Raleigh interludes between songs are strange, yet hilarious. I think that old man really was crzy.

The songs "Boss DJ" and "Mary" and the accoustic "Pool Shark" are so good, and really show Bradley's songwriting ability. "Saw Red" with Gwen Stefani is a great duet that is so fun to sing along with.

Overall, this cd really brings out the bands personality. There is a great variety of songs, some are on other cd's but not many. It is a great part of the Sublime collection.

If you are a fan, this cd is a definite must have. If you buy, you will enjoy. ... Read more

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