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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B0000028RR


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


Evil Empire
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 April, 1996)
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As the vitriol spewed from Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited follow up to their 1993 debut owes much to Chuck D.'s polemic fury and rapid-fire urgency--though as always the band rages without hip-hop machinery in favor of the heavy-duty power tools of rock. But no matter if Rage against the Machine amounts to revolutionary rap, protest metal, or a combination of the two, the band's command of sonic rage makes Evil Empire a powerful assault in any musical language.

But wait, there's more to the name. Raging against the machine, like yelling at the TV, is woefully misdirected. Lyricist Zack de la Rocha is clearly someone with strong political views--particularly when it comes to the plight of fellow Mexicans on both sides of the border. He vents his indignation sharply at times ("Vietnow," "Without a Face"), rather clumsily and artlessly most others. Music this angry should be aimed at something more specific than an entire race or nation or government, or else it risks sounding like the empty rants of confused postpubescent rebellion. If only Rage against the Machine's raw musical muscles were grinding over a focused message, lord knows how potent they could be. --Roni Sarig

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rage At It's Best!
First of all, let me start off by saying that I am the biggest Rage Against the Machine fan in the world! I worship everyone of their songs, even the ones on soundtracks, live shows, and compilations. I'm behind their political beliefs 100% Evil Empire is undoubtedly their greatest cd. here's a description of each song:

1. Peoeple of the Sun: Rage manages to gloriously blend alternative rock, funk, and metal with this revolutionary gem of a track. Definitely one of Rage's best!

2. Bulls On Parade: My personal favorite. This track starts off with a crushing two-note intro and continues its juggernaut assault on your ears and doesn't stop. One of the best rock songs ever!!!

3. Vietnow: One of their most angry songs, Vietnow mixes heavy metal with hardcore rap. Listen to this one when you're pissed.

4. Revolver: The intro guitar solo is unbelievable! It's kind of like a subdued Jimi Hendrix type solo. The rest of the song is superb too!

5. Snakecharmer: Many people overlook this one. Zack De La Rocha's (lead singer) mood swings are genius throught this entire song. Great great tune!

6. Tire Me: A grammy winner!!! Fast paced and entrancing, Tire Me is a furious track. Take a minute to catch your breath after listening to this one.

7. Down Rodeo: With highly offensive and revolutionary lyrics, odd guitar sounds, distorted, and furious drum loops, this song is a great example of what Rage is all about.

8. Without a Face: It was clear that the focus was more on rap for this song, and that's not a bad thing!!! Zack is unbelievably gifted. The end chorus is strikingly powerful (and loud not to mention!)

9. Wind Below: One of my favorite Rage songs (I'm not sure why), Wind Below is a devastatingly truthful tirade. You've gotta love it when Rage trashes major companies like GE and ABC.

10. Roll Right: The message at the end of this song ("Take 'em to the seventh level!") is just as powerful as "f*** you I won't do what you tell me!" This is a truly heavy song!

11. Year of the Boomerang: Not very heavy, but never the less catchy, Year of the Boomerang is a beautiful song and a wonderful way to close out the greatest cd ever made.

4-0 out of 5 stars Few flaws, but still a standout
After 3 to 4 years, Rage released this "more metal than rap" style album. Evil Empire doesn't have as much talent as the debut with the exception of a few songs(People Of The Sun, Bulls On Parade, Down Rodeo), but it's still better than Renegades. Battle Of L.A. Is better than this, but this isn't far behind. Tom Morello takes the guitar skills to the next level on Revolver, People Of The Sun and Roll Right. Zack De La Rocha really gives it the young Phil Anselmo style voice on the vocals on the songs like Snake Charmer and Tire Me. Well, here's the song-depth review:

1)People Of The Sun(2:30) - Shortest song, but really heavy. Pretty cool, sounds better live. This is a standout track. 4/5

2)Bulls On Parade(3:52) - My personal favourite on the album, much like everyone else. Seems really cool, no cheesy starts, just goes straight to the action. Not as good as Guerilla Radio from Battle Of L.A., but the best song on Evil Empire. 5/5

3)Vietnow(4:39) - Well, it's not too bad, but it's very average. A bit like Take The Power Back, only less good. Unfortunately it's my least favourite. 2/5

4)Revolver(5:30) - Long, but heavy. This is tied with Down Rodeo for 3rd best song. It's soft, much like Settle For Nothing and Born Of A Broken Man, but then it gets heavy with a lot of screaming. This is a song that never gets old. Standout. 5/5

5)Snakecharmer(3:55) - 2nd best song. It's nice, It's a fast song with a lot of screaming, much like Revolver, but shorter, heavier and more creative lyrics. Another standout. 5/5

6)Tire Me(3:00) - 3 minutes exact. This is the closest song to being much like 13 Steps To Nowhere from Pantera's Great Southern Trendkill. Perfect, but just loses to Down Rodeo. Still good. Zack really makes this a different Rage. This is the only song that even comes close to being heavy metal. 5/5

7)Down Rodeo(5:20) - Nice guitars. A pretty good tune. Nice screaming near the end. It's a very creative song, that doesn't drag on, despite the fact that it's 5:20. It's a perfect song. 3rd favourite with Revolver. 5/5

8)Without A Face(3:37) - Not bad. Just doesn't seem as good as the likes of Tire Me and Bulls On Parade. But still, you just can't skip it. 2.6/5

9)Wind Below(5:50) - Longest song on the album. Although it does tend to drag on, it's got a pretty cool guitar riff, courtesy of our dear friend, Mr. Tom Morello. Zack's vocals really make it seem like a lullaby when it becomes soft, but the chorus really makes him shine. 3.8/5

10)Roll Right(4:22) - OK, this isn't bad at all. Tom really shines here, as does Tim Bob. Zack shines again here. A combination of People Of The Sun and Down Rodeo, kind of. It's not a favourite, but it's listenable. 4/5

11)Year Of Tha Boomerang(4:00) - Nice, we end on a good song. Although not as memorable as Freedom, or the latter War Within A Breath from Battle of L.A., it really shines here. Screaming and rapping again. Nuff said. 4.3/5

That's Evil Empire. Go get it now, or start with the debut and work your way up. You might be disappointed, but it's still a good buy. Get it now.

1-0 out of 5 stars There is no logic to inciting violence to create peace
Look kids! If you shell out $16.00 you too can listen to the supposed socialist political musical stylings of Rage! So much for the band supposedly being anti-capitalism. Rage Against the Machine are 90% bullsh*t. I can't stand how they try to rationalize themselves. Violent, riot-like vocal inflections create riot situations (studies have shown). Vocalists don't get much more violent-sounding than de la Rocha (unless you're Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot, who has no relation to this album or Rage). Trying to get peace through inciting violent revolution doesn't work (and don't act like you don't know about the deaths attributed to tramplings at Rage concerts). I don't care if Rage played the Tibetan Freedom concert or not, it doesn't make them any more peaceful. Rage claim they're vehemently against capitalism, but then they go sell their records for profit. They don't even try to reduce the price either! F*cking hypocrites. Yeah, that's right: I'm questioning them, as anyone should be... just like everything political should be questioned. And unlike you Rage fans, I don't groove to the funky guitar solos of the upscale Harvard boy who has no business speaking for the downtrodden (I believe you fans know him as Tom Morello). I groove to my own beat of my own personal views instead. ... Read more

Asin: B0000029D9


Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 September, 1998)
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When you think about it, House of Pain really were ahead of their time. Tracks like "Jump Around" may have been light on the content side, but they delivered in the production department--they played with sounds in the same way that Missy Elliott and Timbaland have popularized, and they crossed over to a rock audience long before Puffy ever tried it. On Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, Everlast's second solo album, the opening is an appropriation of "The Fat Boys are Back"; a couple of songs favor a sensitive folk-rock touch, with Everlast on guitar; and others reach back for House of Pain's best rock-influenced sounds. Though plenty of others have rhymed over rock and folk tracks, Everlast has a good feel for it and his songs are solid. If this isn't a career album, it's damn close. --Randy Silver ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Everlast: Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
Ryan here, with another review. This time, it's Everlast's second solo shot in ten years, "Whitey Ford Sings the Blues". As an "at-home" music critic, I'm going to have to go with what I say whenever I'm reviewing a new album - it depends what degree of hip-hop/rock you like. If you like the aggressive, hardcore party stuff, this album's not for you. Still, Everlast, AKA Long Island's Erick Schrody dishes out some pretty bad-boy rap/rock. He takes a unique mix of hip-hop and rock music and twists and turns it into an 18-track, with 4-interludes, solid album that will bump out of an all-around hip hop fan's stereo. Here's a quick review of my personal favorite tracks.
#2 Money, Dollar Bill Y'All - This track, featuring Sadat X is a real winner among hip hop fans. Even though Whitey is white (hence the name), this track is gangsta. With thumping bass and aggressive lyrics, this is sure to satisfy any hip hop fan. Not for rockers, though.
#4 What It's Like - A major hit on alternative stations nationwide, this song focuses more on the guitar-influenced parts of Everlast's style. A slow, solemn song telling a couple stories about people that may be encountered in any community along with a great acoustic guitar performance by Everlast make this track a sure winner - among hip hop and rock fans.
#5 Get Down - This one is truly a very interesting blend of hip hop and rock. Vigorous acoustic guitar chords bang in the backround while Whitey spits his bad-boy style lyrics. This is one to love.
#7 Tired - If you need something to listen to when about to go wild, Tired is the song just for that. With bumping and consistent bass, Tired is probably one of the most hip-hop orientated songs on the album. Lyrics are quite aggressive - which sums up Everlast's style.
#9 Painkillers - This one tells about the story of a man getting shot while on a return to his hometown, New York. This is not true for Everlast - I believe he's telling another man's story. With a slow beat meant for a rap song, along with lyrics that tell quite a story, this track will appeal to all rap fans.
#11 Praise the Lord - Another hip hop orientated song, Praise the Lord helps everyone remember that the Creator himself must be remembered. E spits a few nice lyrics in the short song, with a consistent chorus. Could be longer, though.
#15 Funky Beat - A sure party anthem. Featuring Sadat X and Casual, this song has some of the most clever rhymes I've heard since Gin and Juice - dropped by these three underated hip-hoppers.

Overall, my opinion of "Whitey Ford Sings the Blues" is overall good, but a few things could have been a bit better. He turns his bad-boy style into kind of a tender style with slow beats and mellow acoustic solos on tracks 12 and 17. Otherwise, I think this album is a sure winner. But as I said earlier - it depends on what kind of hip-hop or rock you like - but for an all around hip hop fan like me, it's sure to be in my CD tray often.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Everlast matures beyond House Of Pain
I agree with many of the other reviewers that when Everlast first decided to record a record fusing blues, rock, and straight hip-hop, it seemed like an unlikely prospect, but when "What It's Like" was released as the first single with its catchy blues-line acoustic guitar and Everlast's thought-provoking and honest lyrics, I knew the album had to be a success. And it still is, standing tall as one of the best hip-hop CDs I've ever heard. Everlast is not the greatest singer on the face of the planet (although his rapping comes damn close), but his voice is honest and sincere and you know he means it when he says "God forbid you had to walk a mile in her shoes. 'Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to choose." His voice is extremely solid and confident, and instead of doing the same old thing from his work with House Of Pain or yelling about "gold chains, platinum rings" and his car, like all the radio-populating, trendy, talentless rappers on the scene, Everlast uses his words to convey an actual message to the listener, and Whitey Ford Sings The Blues is the result of that message and all the aspects of life that come with it.

"What It's Like" shines as it warns us not to be so quick to judge others until we've been in their position, and "Next Man" takes a stand against being self-indulgent and encourages helping the fellow man. "Ends" is about the utter loss of control and morals due to money, and "The Letter" is a heartfelt calling out to a love that Everlast apparently let slip through his fingers. As I said, the lyrics are very open, very honest, and not what I would've expected from the guy who sang "Jump Around" back in the early 90's. The guitar work is very bluesy and just as heartfelt as the lyrics, while the beats that are used in the more straight-forward hip-hop songs are solid and structured.

"Get Down" and "Tired" both show Everlast's shining ability to flow as well as sing while "Praise The Lord" is more hard-edged and "Painkillers" is wonderful in its empathy and introspective lyrics which put you into the position of Erik Schrody during a ficticious situation. There is not a single weak track on here with the exception of the few skits scattered about ("Sen Dog", "Prince Paul", and "Guru"), even though they seem to sit well with the rest of the album. Don't hesitate to grab one of the most original and honest albums released in hip-hop, as well as the later released Eat At Whitey's. I can assure you that you won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sing whitey sing!!!!
If you're looking for an album that'll lift you, amp you, make you think, make you "get down" and entertain you, then look NO further...."whitey ford sings the blues" is for you. Its perfectly balanced with anthems like "get down", "praise the lord", funky beat", "money" and "next man" to get you amped. There's jams on there like "what its like", "ends", "today" "the letter" and "7years" to give you an accurate look at everyday life and makes you think. Songs like "death comes callin'", "painkillers" and "tired" just entertain you with tights rhymes and heavy basslines+beats. The ONLY track i dont like is "hot to death". Apart from that,its brilliant. The production is airtight, as you would expext from the SD50's. His husky voice is excellent when he's singing and its phenomenal when spitting a verse. TOP NOTCH. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 June, 1999)
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The album cover of this self-titled release depicts the members of Slipknot in creepy masks, the dark image confirmed by the presence of a parental advisory sticker. Inside, foul language and subversive lyrics complete the picture. Yet Slipknot are no Insane Clown Posse, using hyperbole to mask a lack of talent. Slipknot's sound, while indebted to the likes of Korn, is more aggressive and creative. Indeed, it's a closer kin to Slayer and death metal, yet listenable and surprisingly melodic. The common denominator among Slipknot and the late '90s crop of neo-metal-rap bands is producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit), who discovered the Iowa-bred Slipknot and signed them to his label, I Am Records. His stellar production, melded with wonderfully creepy percussive elements, a sampler, a DJ, metallic-grind guitars, and singer Corey Taylor's immense passion and wide melodic range, makes Slipknot immensely listenable. Slipknot isn't for everyone, but they provide a visceral and satisfying ride for fans of the hard stuff. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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

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

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


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Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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In a post-Seattle Sound rock world, there's still a hunger for music that's dark, dirgelike, and heavy. And the void left by Soundgarden and company is being filled by a spate of bands, including Boston's Godsmack, who even nicked their name from an Alice in Chains song. Like Creed and Days of the New, Godsmack are raging and disenfranchised, as singer Sully Erna's lyrics illustrate: "I am in a living hell / Makes me wonder if I'm alive" or "You're pathetic in your own way / I don't like you anyway." Though the territory being mined isn't new, Godsmack's grungy grooves, potent energy, and strong hooks are irresistible. With a dash of Tool and a smattering of Filter seeping through, Godsmack are on the money, especially on "Whatever," the tantalizing "Get Up, Get Out!," and the strident and syncopated "Bad Religion," on which Erna puts one in mind of James Hetfield. While Godsmack's approach may not be fresh, the foursome's strong songs and powerful energy are still intensely tasty--especially for those with a taste for songs on the sober--but never staid--side. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars I hate writing titles.
It took me a while to catch on to Godsmack. I would usually hear them on the radio; songs like "Bad Religion" and "Voodoo". After I saw their incredible live show, I soon ran out and purchased this disc. I liked it. I did not love it. I think this is a cool cd though. Godsmack blends grunge and metal together quite well. Some talk about the repetetive theme("go away", "keep away", "get away") that occurrs throughout the album. That doesn't seem to bother me that much. I think that Sully Erna could sharpen his songwriting skills to make the songs more complex. Some say he sounds like James Hetfield from Metallica; but if you listen to Sully's growls, you'll find that he sounds little like James Hetfield. The guitars, bass, and drums are played well. "Moon Baby" and "Time Bomb" are probably the best songs. "Someone in London" doesn't really seem necessary. I think that the songs on here are considerably durable. This is a pretty good, but not great rock album. I think that the band could've done better if they spent more time on the album. Overall, this cd rocks. I expect more good things for Godsmack. Don't forget Godsmack's new album AWAKE coming out Halloween Day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where it all began again...
Remeber when metal was good? When Metallica's guys still had long hair? When Dave Mustaine and Megadeth were still riffing at Mach 2? When Pantera and Sepultura were in the Top 40? This album, released in 1998, brings it all back. Godsmack, although with their nu-metal and Alice In Chains influences, are one of the saviors of hard rock. This and Awake are the two best heavy metal albums IN HISTORY. When their epynonymous debut came out, it was still underground, but touring and MTV promotion boosted it to shift over 3 million copies. And they haven't sold out. Wow.

The obvious highlight of this album is the haunting tribal closer, "Voodoo". This song is perfect. Starting with a chant, and being augmented and filled with the jungle drums and light riffs, with Sully's poetic rhymes. Other good songs are the hit singles, "Keep Away," "Whatever," and "Bad Religion". Of these, "Whatever" was the big catchy MTV video. "Keep Away" was the sludgy metal anthem, complete w/ guitar solo. It also set the precedent for their entire next album. "Bad Religion" was the fast, quick, hard-hitting track that flows fairly well. That was history. Other noteworthy tracks on the CD are "Moon Baby," the sample-heavy opener, and "Time Bomb," a nice slow track. Sully's really paining to sound like Hetfield on this one, and it works. Now come the downsides:

The lyrics. Here's a recurring theme: "Go Away!" "Keep Away!" "Stay Away!" "Get Away!" "So Far Away" "Now Go Away!" Thankfully they get out of this rut by the time of Awake. Another thing: Tony's solos. Too few and far in between. Robbie. Not enough bass. We need more heavyness! Other than this, and the fact that all the songs sound remarkably similar, the album's a winner. It's better than Awake in that you can actually identify what song you're listening to, but Awake is the overall better album.

All in all, this was the beginning of a new age of metal. In 1998, people looked on in wonder as Godsmack revitalized the maimed corpse of rock music. All those people who down these guys, calling them 'ripoffs' or 'corporate, cheesy, teen-angst rock', you can go back to your Dream Street and Puff Diddy(or whatever his name is now) CD's now, children. Godsmack kick and will rule the future of metal with an iron fist!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great rock album, no frills
No dj, not gimmicks, Godsmack is simply one of the hardest rocking bands in the music scene today and this album is the perfect way to be introduced to them. First heard it being played at a Tower Records and bought on that first listen. A few months later their first single blew up on MTV and it still never gets old.

If you get the chance, see them live too. One of the few bands out there today who know anything about showmanship as opposed to just standing around under dramatic lighting and droning away. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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Godsmack play their ghoulish hard rock with such a straight face, they make Metallica look like the Insane Clown Posse. For proof, look no further than heavily pierced frontman Sully Erna, who is not only a practicing Wiccan but the author of melodramatic declarations such as "Can't you see what this pain has fucking done to me." It's too bad the follow-up to the Boston band's triple-platinum self-titled debut rarely delivers with the desired intensity. Instead, the disc offers anodyne takes on the same old themes of aggression ("Sick of Life"), alienation ("Bad Magick"), and hocus-pocus ("Vampires"), with the all-too-familiar buzzsaw of nu-metal guitars and elastic bass grooves tearing throughout. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars alice vs. godsmack
i am probably alice in chains' biggest fan out there. so when i heard about this band named godsmack, i thought they must be good since they like alice in chains too. let me tell you this, they do NOT sound like alice in chains. at all. and yet..... they're still good. despite the freakishly low tuned guitars, they are also not nu metal. nu metal has rap and electronca influences. i am pleased to report that godsmack is HARD ROCK, not freakin hip hop beats like linkin park. i thought godsmack's first cd was pathetic...... really simplistic and boring. "awake" is about 10 times better than the first one. there are several good songs on "awake" my favorite being "mistakes". listening to a lot of the songs makes me think that they're kind of messed up in the head, but not so much that's it's just sad (like mudvayne). if godsmack continues to improve on their next cd..... look out, they could be a force to be reckoned with in the world of hard rock. but until then, "awake" remains to be a pretty good cd and worthy of your dollars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another impressive album by Godsmack.
I was quite surprised when I bought this album. I can say that I am a quite long-time groupie, so to speak, of Sully and the band. Bleh. I remember getting the self-titled before it got that dreadful Parental Advisory. It seems so long ago.

After listening to the self-titled, I was absolutely hooked on songs like "Voodoo" and "Whatever", both different songs with intense lyrics [especially Voodoo]. After seeing another disappointment with Offspring's Americana, I was hoping this wasn't going to be another sequel flop. After seeing the video for "Awake", I was extremely hopeful..

This CD blew all my expectations away.

Not only was this CD much more intense than the self-titled, I was blown to bits by the lyrics and all the melodies themselves. I was instantaniously hooked on "Spiral" and "Forgive Me", two of the more mellow songs.

For all of you who are Godsmack fans and haven't got this CD.. GO GET IT! It's worth the money to buy it. If you aren't long-time Godsmack fans, this is a good album to start with. Either way, you're getting a good buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolute crap...
Godsmack was actually one of the first nu-metal bands I started listening to before I knew what true metal was. Even when I first got this CD, I never did like it. But when I started getting into real metal, I HATED it (and still do).

Godsmack is a band that doesn't need talent. Why? They have a major label. And they're on alternative rock radio. And MTV. And let's not forget all those nu-metal promoting motion picture soundtracks popping up these days. The title of this record is Awake. I do not believe this title does justice, as this record bored me to the point where I actually fell asleep (and I'm not kidding). The first few songs are ripe and ready for radio, sure; but after that they all sound the same. Boring, slow, predictable...The same riffs, the same lyrics...pure crap...

Anyways, I'm so glad I sold this CD. Godsmack fans will not like this review, but that's fine, because this is my honest opinion, and I mean everything I say. However, I do recommend you turn the radio off and check out some of these bands: Opeth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Pantera, Megadeth, Iced Earth, Dimmu Borgir, The Gathering, Stratovarius, Soilwork, Nightwish, In Flames, Decapitated, Lacuna Coil, Morbid Angel, Arch Enemy, Within Temptation, Macbeth, Charon, After Forever, Tiamat, Meshuggah, Vanden Plas and there are a treasure trove of others. Or, if you're still a Godsmack follower, then at least check out Fear Factory's new Archetype; maybe that will make you forget about this lame garbage. ... Read more

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Country Grammar
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 June, 2000)
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With the No Limit and Cash Money crews having permanently seared the once-ignored Deep South into the hip-hop map, Nelly arrives to make a mark for the heretofore uncelebrated St. Louis scene. After outlining the rules of the game from lifestyle (gats, grass, and sex) to wardrobe (he cuffs his jeans like Beaver Cleaver), the rapper offers scenario after scenario depicting the gangsta world as one big party; he and his crew seem much more interested in fellatio than shootouts. The title single, which preceded this CD's release by months, is the clear standout with its low-rider groove, but the midtempo R&B-flavored flows of "Utha Side," "Greed, Hate & Envy," and "Steal Da Show" are also seductive.--Rickey Wright ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Just How Good is Nelly's Country Grammar
This rapper needs no introduction. Just in the first week Nelly sold over 1,000,000 copies of his new album "Country Grammar." Since then he has spent his time up in the secend and third slots on the billboards and currently has the second most sales. This soundtrack includes 17 hot tracks including his smash hit "Country Grammar." Also appearances from the St. Lunatics, Cedric The Entertainer and the one and only Lil Wayne. This is not a cd with only one smash hit and the rest is trash. All the songs have incredible rhymes from the New and rising star Nelly and all have great beats and rhythms. E.I., St. Louie, For My, Greed,Hate,Envy and Tho Dem Wrappers are also future smash hits. I think this is the best album out, and Nelly is one of the most talented rappers out there. Go out and get this album. Keep on watching DFX on MTV cause Nelly's new song E.I. just was world premeired. Nelly keep on doing ya thang and watch out eminem.

5-0 out of 5 stars ***NELLY PUTS ST. LOUIS ON THE RAP MAP. ***
Who went 5x platinum? Who put St. Louis on the rap map? Who spent 5 straight weeks at #1 on the charts? Who won the 2001 Soul train award for best Rap/R&B new artist? Who has the tighest crew? Who represents St. Louis and where he's from in every one of his music videos? Who had the best live performances on DFX and 106 and Park?

The answer to all these questions is simply Cornell Haynes a.k.a. Nelly. The debut album "Country Grammar" by nelly is to good to be true. It's the perfect debut ever put out by an artist. It was the best thing that happened all summer. When I first heard Nelly's first hit "Country Grammar" I was watching Hot Zone on MTV. The song and video blew me away. This album is a mixture of rap and R&B blend. Each track has great St. Louis style with tight rhymes and crazy beats. There's 17 hot tracks featuring Nelly's crew the St. Lunatics. Along with Nelly your getting Kejuan, Ali, Murphy Lee and City Spud. Also Cash Money Millionaire rapper Lil Wayne is featured on the track "For My" and skits done by the comedian Cedric The Entertainer. All the tracks are incredible, but the best are:

"Greed Hate Envy" "Country Grammar" "For My" "E.I" "Luven Me" "Tho Dem Wrappas" and "Wrap Sumden."

This album in my opinion is the best album of 2000-2001 and maby still the best album 3 years from now. It really deserves 7 stars. If you don't have this album make sure you pick it up. LOOK FOR THE RELEASE OF ST. LUNATICS ALBUM IN SPRING OR SUMMER. You heard it right from a huge Nelly fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nelly's Only Good One
In my opinion, this is Nelly's only good cd. He's had good singles since this album, but the albums that they're on are horrible. "Greed, Hate, Envy" is one of the coolest songs on the album. All the singles(you already know which ones) are really good. "Luven Me" is a nice song about his mom and is one of the best on the album. "Steal the Show" is almost a St. Lunatics freestyle, but it still delivers tight stuff. ... Read more

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Loud Rocks
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 September, 2000)
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Capitalizing on the recent commercial success of rap/rock crossovers, Loud Records volunteers their back catalog for the rock treatment on this surprisingly diverse new compilation. Ever wondered what the Wu-Tang Clan, Tha Alkaholiks, Mobb Deep, and Big Pun would sound like jamming with Sugar Ray, Sevendust, Incubus, and Ozzy Osbourne? Probably not, but the guitar-heavy pairings work surprisingly well. Vocally, tracks are split. Certified MCs show up on roughly half the tracks to retrofit their rhymes to the rock-out sound; on the rest, rock's wailers and grunters transform into microphone fiends. Everlast gives "Shook Ones Part II" a gorgeous, stripped-down acoustic feel, and System of a Down turns the Wu classic "Shame" into a mosh-pit screamer. Xzibit's gruff flow finds a perfect match alongside the distorted thrash of Endo and Sevendust. Though the bad moments are cringe-worthy, there's enough crossover appeal to win over rockers, hip-hop heads, and the morbidly curious alike. --Hua Hsu ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars A few cool songs but still a disappointment.
I found it really hard to review this album because there is loads of stuff on it that I really love, yet on the whole the album feels very shallow and formulated. The album kick off in real style with the SOAD/ Wu Tang collaboration, which is a cover of the Wu Tang's own 'Shame', and it sees System as the driving force with a cameo from a couple of Wu members. This song is completely different from the original, and it contains all the trademark SOAD characteristics (heavy, fast, insane, Serj's bellowing vocals) and is totally brilliant. The second track, the Sugar Ray/ Alkaholiks collaboration is the album's best example of the marriage between the two genres, and is also an excellent song with a killer infectious chorus from the often-underrated Sugar Ray. Other collaborations by the likes of Static X/ Dead Prez, Incubus/ Big Pun and Tom Morello/ Chad Smith/ Wu Tang Clan are very good, but they are basically just rock remixes of established hip-hop hits and, for me, they are very throwaway compared to the originals. One track which definitely must be thrown away is the Ozzy Osbourne/ Wu Tang Clan collaboration, which, not only is the laziest remix ever, but the inclusion of Ozzy's helium vocals ruins one of the best Wu Tang Clan songs.

I think the big problem with this album is that it is seen by many as a sequel to 1993's groundbreaking Judgement Night album and the quality on the album cannot compete with the weight of expectations it has gathered. Where as Judgement Night had proper collaboration (i.e. the bands worked on the song together in the studio), most of the songs on Loud Rocks feel like the bands have recorded their performance and posted it to the collaborator, and this has hardly boosted the rap-metal scene's progress. I also found the choice of rock bands a bit too safe and predictable. I mean nu-metal acts pinched the image and all the moves from gansta rap, and often collaborate with rappers, so it's hardly breaking barriers seeing them on this album (in contrast to Judgement Night, which saw unlikely collaborations like Cypress Hill/ Pearl Jam).

To sum up the review, I would say that, whilst not every song is decent, Loud Rocks does have a lot of entertaining moments, and it is never boring, and a lot of rap-metal fans are going to love this. But for me this is a shallow imitation of the classic Judgement Night album and a waste of a lot of talent.

5-0 out of 5 stars loud rocks, album of the year
this cd is just one of the best i've ever heard. the product itself looks good, with all the rap stars and the rock stars together. i bought this cd the first time i heard about it and haven't regretted a single cent. i'm a former rock fan and i still like rock, but nowadays hip-hop and rap have been in my main focus, and to see combinations like these is just the best. i've always thought that these rap/rock crossovers weren't getting enough coverage, but with loud rocks, i think we'll be starting a new whole era of music. it's stuff like this that can unite rock fans and rap fans, and it's got something for all the new-age music fans. i hope they release a sequel or something.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD even for people who dont listen to hip hop or rap
i would have to say that this cd is pretty kickn'. i was into that old limp bizkit stuff, that got old. recently my brother found this cd in his stack and said "take it" so i did. he didnt think i would like it but hey, i would buy this any day. this is even a great cd for those folks who really dont like rap and just like to rock out to some heavy $#*@, i stopped listening to this stuff years ago but this cd stuck out and is a perfect purchase for those hardcore rocker thugz. yea dawg... ... Read more

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The Battle of Los Angeles
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 November, 1999)
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Having successfully fused music and politics from their start, inspiring both moshing and young minds in the process, Rage Against the Machine emerges in peak form with merely their third album in seven years. Guitarist Tom Morello is one of the most distinctive and innovative players of his era, and his foil, vocalist/lyricist Zack De La Rocha, is as unrelenting and inspiring as ever on The Battle of Los Angeles. Rage, whose past antics include performing naked with duct tape over their mouths to protest censorship, released Battle on Election Day, but the politics of the group can be separated from the sounds. Indeed, the 45 minutes of mayhem heard here can be enjoyed solely as rousing aggro hip-hop rock. There's more variety found on Battle than on its predecessors, however. "Sleep Now in the Fire" is one of their most straight-ahead rock tunes. The trippy guitar on "Calm Like a Bomb" is out there even for the adventurous Morello. And "Born a Broken Man" serves up lovely musical interludes. Overall, the more finely honed Rage heard on Battle may not inspire a generation of young revolutionaries, but they still stir up more mutinous spirit than the rest of the current rock pack. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD, but still not as good as the debut...
The Battle Of Los Angeles is Rage Against The Machine's glorious return to the music industry. One of the best bands out there has finally come back, and they give their return justice too. This album continues their legacy of delivering a great message as well as great songs. Zach De La Rocha hasn't lost a step, and his delivery is still very strong. Tom Morello is still one of the most talented and innovative guitarists of this era. The band still has their solid lineup of annoyingly catchy songs (try going a day without reciting the line "lights out, guerilla radio").

The Battle Of LA is a great album, but I still wouldn't feel comfortable calling it Rage's best album. It is Rage's freshest album to date, but it still doesn't surpass their 1992 self-titled debut, which blew me away and still continues to. It's good to see them try to surpass it, just as they did with Evil Empire. But, as with Evil Empire, The Battle Of LA only goes so far as to excell Rage's career rather than define it. They didn't lose their touch after the first album like Korn somewhat did, they just can't seem to match it. Still, The Battle Of Los Angeles is an amazing album from an amazing band, and I highly reccomend it to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album is their best yet! So deep in Music and.......
The Lyrics are sooo significant, the music is sooooo good, you cant beat it. Its is unbelievable and definitly worth the o so long wait. War within a breath is textbook power bass driven hard hitting rage and is by far my favorite song, it has a significant first ending and re-explodes back with Tom playing the hardest bass you'll ever hear. My only Complaint is in the dynamics of the Mixing, every thing is recorded pretty much at one level. But the band takes music to new height, its a true masterpiece, deep in its lyrical and musical texture. Zacks rhymes are more significant and hard hitting than ever, going where most wouldn't dare. Ashes in the fall and Born of A BrokenMan bring Rage into some ne uncharted territory with somewhat softer and different sounds. I think that Ashes in the fall is there most interesting song ever. Obviously Guerrilla Radio is a great song. But the album is much deeper than the hard hitting hit single. Mic-Check a heavily rap oriented track is in my top 3 favorite songs on the album. Its unique lyrics and interesting Eerily echoed sounds make it a song you'll never get tired of. There is too much to say about this album than to put in a mere 1000 words, so i'll just stop here. My advice, order it here or get your a$$ to the store and buy it. This is a true masterpiece from the coolest and greatest band ever!

5-0 out of 5 stars rage is great .....
this album is the most unique and powerful album that i ve ever heard.the album kicks off with testify,which is a mighty song .the second one ,gurellia radio, is a melodious track ,with zack spitting out his words prodigiously.sporadic track born of a brakon man ;is another track that can revitalize even the dead and listless soul.sleep now in the fire is a preeminent song which is so real and the guitar part of morello in this song is awesome with nasty effects like that of a running dj.fire spitter zack's rapping style in mariais simply perfect.ashes in the fall is another track which should be adored coz zack's ebullient vocals in this song is inevitable.mellifluous track mic check is nicely generated in timing and more than a song it sounds like a mayhem. all in all the album is greatly packed up with power and fury which can knock down so called system ,norm and values.now rage is no more with us .tom morello and other remaing freaks really made a bad move by colliding with chris cornell to form audioslave which is not at all worth listening. ... Read more

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The Matrix: Music From The Motion Picture
Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 March, 1999)
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If you're going to pitch a movie about cyber-revolutionaries to plugged-in audiences, you'd best mind your MP3s and BPMs when choosing soundtrack selections. The cynical wireheads who flock to such high-tech conspiracy flicks as Brazil and Hackers are thrillseekers of the highest caliber, and The Matrix soundtrack meets this challenge faster than a speeding cyborg. The opener, Marilyn Manson's anti-consumerism rant "Rock Is Dead," paints an aural portrait of urban decay. Ominous sirens permeate the Propellerheads' drum 'n' bass track "Spybreak!"; mournful piano alternates with hard shiny beats on Rob D's "Clubbed to Death"; and Meat Beat Manifesto fills "Prime Audio Soup" with enough bleeps to make one imagine being trapped inside a motherboard in Hell. It may sound dismal, but the friction permeating this compilation of techno, grindcore, and heavy metal is energizing enough to make fans of these genres feel the same unity as a clandestine community of hackers. --Kristy Ojala ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars awesome cd
I bought this cd when it first came out, 2(?) years ago - months before I ever saw the movie. At first, I listened more to the "single"-ish songs.. Du Hast, the MM one, Rob Zombie, Deftones. but this album has continued to grow on me so I keep going back to it & listening. All of the songs are great, but the greatest part is the way all of them work together & get up this mood. There is no cd yet that that i can pop after this cd & can keep up the feeling the Matrix creates, it's just that driving but still somehow laid back (w/ all the loops) feeling that is so great. my favorite tracks.. (they're all great) but probably Rob D - Clubbed to Death... it's such a cool mix of this classical melody put to techno.. and Deftones - My Own Summer... driving, but just the perfect mix, awesome song... but my favorites beyond that change all the time, it's all so good. these are all the best rock-techno, and it makes you feel so "on the edge" - totally goes with the movie. buy the cd, it's worth it!

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD has the perfect blend of songs.
Even though I'm not a huge fan of Marilyn Manson or Rob Zombie, I can't help but listen to "Rock Is Dead" & "Dragula" over and over again. They're both great techno-metal, a sort of cross between Metallica and Depeche Mode, if you will. Rammstein's "Du Hast" is just as good, even though the song is completely in German; the music takes hold of you and you can't help but move to it. The instrumentals are something special, as well; they give the movie it's futuristic feel. I truly enjoy this CD (profanity and all,) and I look foreward to buying the score to "The Matrix," as well, because the music was truly beautiful (just like the film's star, Keanu Reeves!) Sorry...I just had to say it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sorry about the confusion
yipeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! this was good. I espesially liked that one song by Rammstein. I also liked that one by Rage. the others are crap exept Club to death which has kind of a morbid title but it rocks your socks. oooooooooooooooooooo mayralin manson is a he/she. when i was listning to Club to death I tried to do t. the matrix sound track was good. i thought the matrix soundtrak was totally rad. just kidding. but not really. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 April, 1999)
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Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst fell in love with Staind so hard that he coproduced their major-label debut. This fact should be endorsement enough for the Massachusetts-based quartet's target audience. Although not as heavy on hip-hop influences, singer Aaron Lewis's guttural, dragged-through-the-mud vocals dig into the meaty guitar wall and thrash around the speakers like Durst's band. Dysfunction's all-you-can-eat buffet of decibels grows a bit wearisome by the end of the album, but a couple of numbers stand up and demand to be noticed. "Just Go" boasts a classically sludgy Mudhoney-like groove before settling into an uncoiling murmur à la Judas Priest. The well-executed moshpit-ready "Mudshovel" gleefully cops from Alice in Chains' psychedelic leanings. Staind's hard-rock epistles are certain to gather the band a devoted following. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional
I'm not much of a Bizkit fan. However, I thought Staind was (is)awesome. The band has a definate Tool-meets-Nirvana sound with some traces of Korn thrown in for good measure. I don't know why, but when I heard the song Mudshovel on the radio, Nirvana kept popping in my head. Aaron Lewis is a great vocalist, and he really shows on Home, Mudshovel, and Just Go, all of which I downloaded from everybody's favorite MP3 trading service. The songs passed the first few listens (and I have heard Outside on the radio several times), so I decided to check this out. There's only 10 songs (one is hidden), but that shows that you don't need 20 songs to fill a CD. It's awesome, and it's unfair that the band gets compared to Limp Bizkit, mainly because Senor Durst co-produced the album and his name gets mentioned several times in the credits. However, I think they'd be more comprable to bands like Incubus (my fav in the genre), or, in some cases, Fuel and Nirvana. Check this out if you like bands like this. There's also a great, hidden acoustic song at the end of the CD, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must...Go to store.... and.. buy this... CD!
I was on vacation when I was watching mtv and this music video popped on saying the band was Staind. This was the first time I'd heard of them.The music video was pretty cool, but the song,Mudshovel,Rocked.So the next day I went to the mall with my friends and bought the CD.Now I usually don't buy Cd's without hearing at least 2 or 3 songs I like from it,But I could tell from Mudshovel that this CD was gonna rock. And lo and behold, it did. Big time.I play drums so I really dig their drummer, he is very talented, also very nice guitar work.The singer may sound alittle like Korn at times, but don't compare this band to Korn,they are their own sound.And also I found out there is a hidden song, after listening to #9 it takes about 13 minutes for the hidden song to play, but if you have some spare time,the song is worth waiting for.

1-0 out of 5 stars Staind's worst.
Simply put, this album is garbage. I really have no idea what anyone sees in these guys. The vocalist is whiny, boring, and like every other nu-metal band out there. His attempts at trying to yell and sound heavy are a complete joke. The only song that's not painful to hear is "Home", and even that gets redundant after three listens. ... Read more

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Significant Other
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 June, 1999)
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Florida-bred metal-rappers Limp Bizkit sold a million-plus records of their debut largely on the strength of a George Michael cover song. But the band indeed had "Faith" and the group's second outing proves that the Bizkit have the goods. Still, it seems as if boastful frontman Fred Durst is loading the band's deck again, this time by including scads of guest vocalists, such as Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland, Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan, and Korn's Jonathan Davis. (In fact, Korn gave Limp Bizkit a leg up in the industry.) But the 16 diverse yet cohesive tracks on Significant Other don't need any help. Not as heavy as their mentors Korn--or as they are on their debut--Bizkit give Everlast a run for his money on the tuneful and appealing "Rearranged." "Just Like This" is another winning hip-hop and rock entry, while the amusing and memorable "Nookie" (as in "I did it all for the nookie") has self-deprecating lyrics not unlike the Offspring's "Self-Esteem." Bizkit segues with ease from pleasing rock and hip-hop amalgam to spooky Tool territory on "Don't Go Off Wandering" to moshable moments in the entreaty "Show Me What You Got." Significant Other may be hard to categorize, but it's easy to like. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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2-0 out of 5 stars Nookie can't save this mediocre-at-best album.
I heard "nookie" on MTV 5 million times before i finally took the time to borrow the CD from my friends's brother. All i can say is that i'm glad i didn't spend $ on it. Nookie is my favorite song on the album, but probably because its mainstream and catchy as hell. I really appreciate what Fred Durst has tried to do here but he just couldn't pull it off. Three Dollar Bill Yall is unlistenable at least in my opinion. But i hate rap so if you like rap i'd recommend it over Significant Other. Getting back to the music...No Sex and Rearranged are more melodic songs which are slightly better than the rap-metal tracks which drag down the rest of the album. However, rearranged just doesn't hold together and Fred doesn't have the voice to do anything but scream. No sex is marginally better but if i wanted good rock and roll, trust me i wouldn't have turned to limp bizkit. In the end, Limp Bizkit is too rap for rock lovers and too rock for rap lovers. Their idea is a good one but it just isn't my style.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best LB ever had to offer!
Okay, you read my review on "Chocolate Starfish", now its one step back to Limp Bizkit's prior effort "Significant Other". This, according to me was the best album Limp Bizkit had to offer till date. Fred, Wes, Joh, Sam and Lethal were inseperably directed their collective talent towards the establsihment of Limp Bizkit as a Nu-Metal Heavy Weight and also find a deeper philosophy in their music, unlike their rather random debut. This was the first time they had an all-star lineup which includes Jonathan Davis of koRn, Scott Weiland of STP, Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan. Here is how the album goes:
01 Intro -- Damn weird and totally Limp Bizkit.
02 Just Like This -- Swingin Hip-Hop beats courtesy of John Otto.
03 Nookie -- He did it all for the Nookie. The flow continues.
04 Break Stuff -- The heaviest song on the album!Anger unleashed!
05 Re-Arranged -- Some people may buy the whole godamn record just for this song. Its the deepest and the most beautiful song that Limp ever made. Fred shows he can sing too, not only that, he can sing beautifully as well.
06 I'm Broke -- Continues where Nookie left last.
07 Nobody Like You -- Featuring Jonathan Davis and Scott Weiland.
08 Don't Go Off Wandering -- Uncanily weird.
09 9 Teen 90 Nine -- Don't Stop! It's 1999 baby! Swing!
10 N 2 Gether Now -- Awesome rhymes dropped by Method Man.
11 Trust? -- Probably doesnt belong on this album, but its there.
12 No Sex -- A rather philosophical song, "Dirty Sex!".
13 Show Me What You Got -- Another Thank-you song.
14 A Lesson Learned -- Isn't is supposed to be "Learnt"??
15 Outro -- Sick, and annoying as usual.

That's it hope it was useful. Reviews on the rest of the Limp albums coming soon!

1-0 out of 5 stars DIE FRED DURST DIE!!!!
The title of this album outta be called "Untalented self." That's what these guys are, no-talent white boys with backwards hats and Fubu clothes who try to fuse rap and metal. Kill this band and all of its fans!!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00000JCB2


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


Greatest Hit
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 February, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This cd is Awesome
This one is pretty good but it's missing a couple of songs like Santa Claus and His Old Lady. That should of been on here because that song is pretty hard to find. It was only released as a single and was never put on a album. The only place you can find it is on the various artists christmas compilations. It also overlooks the duo's 2 out of print albums, Sleeping Beauty and Let's Make a New Dope Deal, which feature great songs and bits like Bloat on, Queer Wars, Framed, and Sleeping Beauty. It also overlooks the Up in Smoke soundtrack, with the exception of Earache my Eye, which was already on the Wedding Album. The album should of had the origanal version of Earache my Eye that was on the Wedding Album instead of the edited version. It's also missing great bits like Acapulco Gold Filters, Don't Bug Me, Up His Nose, and Black Lassie. It's missing songs like the Up in Smoke Theme and Rock Fight. If the album had songs from all their albums and didn't overlook other great bits and songs, it would of been the only C&C disc most C&C fans would need. I would recommend that you get all their albums though since they all contain high quality material not heard here.

5-0 out of 5 stars ten times more funny than Adam Sandler
great comedy album overall,"high"lights in both Dave tracks,also Basketball Jones,Earache My Eye(also heard as a bonus track on "Follow The Leader" by KoRn)Blind Melon Chitlen,Sister Mary Elephant(the best track)Sargent Stadanko,all Pedro tracks, then concludes with the hilarious "Trippin' in Court".

5-0 out of 5 stars Not a weak moment; a great "best of" collection
OK, so now there's a double CD best-of, "Where There's Smoke There's Cheech and Chong." If you want to spend the money for that, go ahead, but I bought that CD and aside from a couple of tracks, I was very disappointed. Some of the stuff on the CD (The Pope...) didn't even make it on the double CD. This compilation doesn't come close to clocking in at 78 minutes, so in a perfect world instead of two CDs of "greatest hits" that's got a large amount of useless filler, I wish the record company had just remastered THIS CD and added some bonus tracks. Then, instead of being 5 stars, this would be worth 6 or 7... It's great as it is, and a great intro to anyone from the new generation who isn't familiar with Cheech and Chong. Hey, open up man, it's me, Dave! ... Read more

Asin: B000002KN1
Sales Rank: 25679


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