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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B00000099Y


The Downward Spiral
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 March, 1994)
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Nine Inch Nails are a pretty amazing phenomenon when one considers what they--um, he--have done with just a few studio recordings. The Downward Spiral, NIN's second full-length album, is just as packed with vitriol as Pretty Hate Machine and the EP Broken--and has just as solid a base of pop hooks that go a long way toward explaining NIN's popularity. Most recognizable is the down-tempo single "Closer," which remains a staple of dance clubs everywhere. But for the most part, the album is all heavy beats and aggressive guitars--industrial music with a pop angle. That winning combination is what makes Trent Reznor a law unto himself, becoming insanely popular while the main body of industrial music retains its subculture status. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars An Audio Suicide Note
"Roar Of Machines" might have been a good name for this as well. Dark, moody, loud, angry and groundbreaking, these five words best sum up "The Downward Spiral" in all it's bloody glory. When you listen to this album, listen to it all the way through, then you can pick out your favorites and hit repeat. Why? It's a concept album. Kinda like a book or a movie, you wanna see, read, hear it all in sequence. To start off this masterpiece is "Mr. Self Destruct". The song is so heavy that you will not believe your ears, it has enough distortion to make Jimi Hendrix turn in his grave. The song then leads directly into "Piggy". The exact opposite of "Mr. Self Destruct", it has an almost jazz feel to it with Trent Reznor whispering "nothing can stop me now". "Heresy" is the closest thing to "Closer" on this disc, so if you bought it for "Closer", chances are you'll like this song too. Especially the "God is dead" chorus. "March Of The Pigs" is one of NIN most solid songs ever, definate perfection. "Closer" is NIN biggest hit and I can see why. This is a classic sing along. "Ruiner" has the greatest chorus I've ever heard in a song. Lyrically it's okay but musically it's perfect. "The Becoming" might be my favorite track here. "Annie, hold a little tighter I just might slip away", that floors me every time. "I Do Not Want This" is the worst song here but NIN worst is still better then other artists best, it's still a good song too. "Big Man With A Gun" is the controversial song here, it's hilarious though, good, but short. "A Warm Place" maybe NIN best instrumental, very heavenly. "Eraser" starts off very annoying but song bulds up and explodes everywhere, nice. "Reptile" is, simply put, amazing. "The Downward Spiral" is a crazy song, when tat scream comes in... "Hurt" is probably the saddest song ever, really touching. It's easy to see why Trent Reznor is the best at whatever he does, he really is a genious. In an artical I read about Trent, it said with this album Trent killed off the industrial genre. At first I didn't know what they meant, but then it struck me, Trent did everything in this genre that could possibly be done. This is one twisted tale about a sick puppy who does all the wrong things, yet you still feel sorry for. A classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing album to be listened to from start to finish
This is by far one of the best CD's I own. It's the CD you'vealways wanted, the one where EVERY SONG is worth listening to. TrentReznor creates something wholly dark and original, pleasantly dissonant, with thought-provoking lyrics. One thing I recently learned is that this is a concept album, a cohesive piece of work. Listen to it completely through, and you won't be disappointed. "Mr. Self-Destruct"--The CD kicks off with a song with parallel structure in the lyrics and movement-inducing music. "Piggy"--Suddenly Trent slows it down, to a nightclub beat that'll have you grooving and crooning along. "Heresy"--Trent's back in screaming mode as he takes on organized religion. Note: turn this down if someone around you will be offended by "your god is dead / and no one cares" "March of the Pigs"--One of the best, most frenetic, earth-shattering songs on the CD, you won't be able to resist the urge to bob your head along. And plus, a nice piano tune. "Closer"--The popular favorite, this song has so many layers that every time you listen to it, you'll notice something different. Amazing. "Ruiner"--An angry rant against the Ruiner, this song continues the loud dissonance. The bridge goes on a bit too long, but this is still a cool song. "The Becoming"--A haunting tale of a man becoming a machine (metaphorically, of course) with an unexpected acoustic section. Yes, they can play guitar normally. "I Do Not Want This"--A perfect expression of how much "this world can beat you down". "Big Man with a Gun"--A short, fun little ditty supposedly mocking gangster rap. "A Warm Place"--A soft, peaceful instrumental...beautiful. "Eraser"--Dark, disturbing, hard tale of a breakup gone bad. "Reptile"--Ever had the feeling your girlfriend's cheating on you? Perhaps she's a "reptile". "The Downward Spiral"--An acoustic reprise of the "Closer" theme sets the stage for this disturbing suicide song. "Hurt"--An acoustic ballad of pain, sympathy, and perhaps...hope. All in all, an incredible work.

1-0 out of 5 stars hot topic ??? the nirvana of industrial music
you call this crap music, my grandma makes better... get into real music with real guitars not this satanic techno crap... try children of bodom, pink floyd, or the cars if you want nice keyboard ... Read more

Asin: B000001Y5Z


Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 May, 2000)
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Amon Tobin's off-kilter rhythms and jazzy samples create a beautiful mess on Supermodified. Feeding off Latin rhythms, downtempo beats, and wildly adventurous musical jumbles, Tobin's manic bliss never allows the songs to wander, working a sense of method into a sea of crazy atmospheres. The result is focused, enticing, and fascinating. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rewriting the jazz and drum and bass scene ALL TOGETHER
When it comes to jazz and drum and bass fusion, no one compares to Tom Jenkinson, or at least no one has compared. Yet, with Tobin's release of "supermodified", he has shown the ability to be the only artist that can compare in innovativeness and jazz fusion to squarepusher. In the past Amon Tobin has lacked the ability to produce a completely flawless work, even the much adored "Bricolage" has a FEW jumbled parts, but not many. But with supermodified, Amon Tobin has created a new blend of jazz madness. Whether from the upbeat intro of #1, the haunting slowness and vocal of #3, the use of beat-boxing in #7, "supermodified" shows that Amon Tobin has the ability to produce an album which first creates its own genre, and second remains flawless from start to finish. If you respect innovation in drum and bass-jazz music, buy this album. I often find myself trying to think of a better term than jazz/drum and bass/fusion to categorize this album, but with its creativity, it truly cannot be placed into genre, expect that it is pure Tobinesque at its BEST!

5-0 out of 5 stars I thought I already reviewed this?

Amon Tobins influnces have always been jazz and drum n bass. Although lucky for us he didn't fallow the croud and start making the over played style of drum n bass thats currently flooding the market. Instead he mixed his jazz sensabilities together and created two wonderful albums of down tempo jazzy drum n bass that are both in my opinion Must have albums. This time around he adds many layers of sonic structure and textures to the mix making this he most "original" peice yet. Every song ooozes with layers and layers of textures much like "The downward spiral" from Nine Inch Nails, cept with much more jazzy drum n bass sensibilities. In fact alot of the songs are very trip hop. My sister isn't a very big an of my music, or and electonic music in general, but she stated it best when she said "You would have to be dead not to like this." The only reason I see to compare Amon with the likes of Aphex twin, Autechre, and Square pusher would be the shared exploration of sound. This album doesn't quite need the open mindedness of those artiest. This album is so great you could buy it for just about any music fan and they should be able to enjoy it. This is the type of music people get into electronic music for. The underrated, underground thats not gettin the attention it deserves. If you haven't picked this album up yet, do yourself a favor and get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars MIGHT AS WELL REVIEW THIS ONE, TOO!!!
I am a fool for not getting hip to "Amon Tobin" sooner! Honestly, I thought the guy was one of those DJs whose music is monotonous and can be heard in video games and cheerleader competitions! I shamefully stand corrected! Tobin is much more complex than that! And "Supermodified" is a true testiment! This has been herald as Tobin's best CD and I must agree. "Supermodified" is a bit dark and obscure at times, but the production value is excellent! Tobin is the MASTER--I dare you to disagree. The acid-jazz opener, "Get Your Snack On" sets the stage for what's to come. The ominous "4 Ton Mantis" keeps the jazz-effect going with a killer beat to boot! "Slowly" is as haunting as a Portishead cut, while "Marine Machines" with its orchestral embellishments have you wondering if there's an army of cyborgs coming to take us over!! Next, is the equally apocolyptic, "Golfer Vrs Boxer" that still scares the $#!^ outta me when I listen to it!! "Deo" is what all down-tempo music should sound like! "Precursor" has a stong jazzy bass line with some weird-other-wordly-scatting from Quadraceptor (???)--although it leaves one to wonder if this is a sample, or an actual person that Tobin has manipulated to sound like that! INCREDIBLE!! "Saboteur" keeps with the dark tone of this album, as does the gorgeuosly ominous, "Chocolate Lovely." However, "Rhino Jockey" loses me and sounds like filler garbage (it could've been left off, really), but I'm sure rave-heads everywhere will dig it! Bringing it down a few notches is "Keepin' It Steel" and the beautiful closer, "Natureland." Very impressive CD from a man who defies all conventional rules of D&B, Techno, Jazz, Trip-hop and Ambient music. In fact, with "Supermodified"--and let's not forget the equally amazing debut, "Bricolage" and the current, "Out From Out Where"-- Tobin has--what's the saying?--reinvented the wheel all together! ... Read more

Asin: B00004TKNV


Around the Fur
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 October, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars the best album album of all time
Around the fur is the best cd I own and is the reason why , in 1997 , I became an hardcore deftones fan !
Every single track here is a perfect moment , the 11 songs are brilliantly written by the person who I consider as the best songwriter of his generation : Chino Moreno .Behind him , four excellent musicians doing very efficient riffs and beats.
I love all the tracks , because the voice , the melodies , the sound of the instruments are sublime.I do mean these words.
Listening to this record , you can either vent your anger (Lotion , Rickets , Head up) or cry (every other song!)
My favetracks ( all ,in fact , but...)are My own summer , Lhabia , Be quiet and drive , Lotion , Dai the flu , Mx.
These songs help you to live and experience the power of the huge set of human feelings .
This album is the best one I heard in my life and I'm just happy that I was born in this century : such an album is extremely rare
and even , unique .
Thank you misters Moreno , Carpenter , Cunningham , Cheng and Delgado : before the end of October 1997 , I thought perfection didn't exist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Piece of art
For me, ATF is Deftones' finest work to date. While White Pony was very eclectic (beautiful of course, five stars!) and Adrenaline was very hardcore based (once again five stars) this CD has the perfect balance between those. It has very peaceful, gentle songs but, on the other hand, also very angry, aggresive songs. Still, they are all in the same style, and that's where White Pony was different. It contained songs which were very much like the old stuff (like Korea) but it even had triphop (Teenager). Hmm. Sounds like I'm criticzing that CD now, but that's not true. I'm just trying to point it out why I called this one my fav. Anyway, the music is great and also the vocals stand out. The lyrics are great too; sometimes very abstract but that makes it more mysterious and it also contributes to the arty feeling Deftones' music always has had. Also a guest appearance on this album by former Sepultura singer (now Soulfly - I don't like em very much) Max Cavalera on Headup and a hidden track. It's called Damone, by the way. Well, I could only advise you to buy this. It's special and unique. One to love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!
Before this CD, my favorite Deftones album was White Pony. I had all their CD's except Around the Fur. One day I saw it in a store and I had to buy it. I thought to myself,"It can't be better than White Pony." I WAS WRONG!!! This is ART!

1.My Own Summer(shove it) 10/10 Aggressive, Yet the lyrics still remain poetic.

2.Lhabia 10/10 My second favorite. The chorus is so awesome!

3.Mascara 9/10 Great, but not perfect. It seems to drag at times.

4.Around the Fur 10/10 Love this song. Not my favorite, but it rocks.

5.Rickets 8/10 Good song, I just don't like the verses.

6.Be Quiet and Drive(far away) 9/10 It's good, but not what everybody says. Fun Fact: Listen to this and then Chevelle's Send the Pain Below. Chevelle must be Deftones fans, huh?

7.Lotion 10/10 Favorite song on the album. One of the best songs EVER. I MEAN THAT.

8.Dai the Flu 10/10 Great verses. Great chorus. Great song.

9.Headup 9/10 Good, but unusual for Deftones. Rap verses and a weird chorus? Not bad, weird though.

10.MX 10/10 Cool song. Best chorus in a while.

Hidden Track 7/10 This is a good song, but you expect a little better from Deftones.

Overall 10/10 Favorite Deftones album and one of my favorite albums of all time. ... Read more

Asin: B000002NIW
Sales Rank: 4923


Three Dollar Bill, Y'All
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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Rap metal has been around ever since 1986 when Run-DMC and Aerosmith joined forces for a remake of "Walk This Way," but it took nearly a decade for Rage Against the Machine to bust the floodgates wide open. Soon after, a stream of percussive hellraisers including Korn, Downset, and Deftones infiltrated the metal market, and they, in turn, sired a new breed fronted by acts like Snot and Limp Bizkit. Three Dollar Bill Y'All, Limp Bizkit's debut album, is a tempestuous collection of divergent styles. Unlike metal acts that try to get "dope," but lack the hip-hop background to legitimately fuse the two genres, Limp Bizkit--which features Wes Borland and House of Pain member DJ Lethal--have the know-how to groove and grind. And instead of launching a one-dimensional Blitzkrieg, Limp Bizkit mixes up its rhythms and tempos to keep its listeners guessing. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars An Honest Review

Here's the real deal to me...

I listen to a lot of metal (Pantera, Machine Head, Sepultura, Shadows Fall, In Flames) and I really don't think its a bad CD. The production is terrible thanks to Ross Robinson, but otherwise this is a pretty honest CD from a band that has become the equivalent of n'sync. As a band, Limp Bizkit are pretty tight (minus Fred). Wes Borland is a good guitarist, nothing groundbreaking. The rythym section shines though. Sam Rivers lays down some good tracks that carry a few of the songs pretty well such as "Stuck." And John Otto...I gotta say, this guy really ranks up there, I'm serious. I read he played jazz before joining these guys, and it shows. He really is a good drummer. The songs here are definitely the "heaviest" out of their three CD's. I think "Counterfeit", "Pollution", and "Stalemate" are the best on here. The riff's are good, the song structures too. So, yeah, go ahead and think you're cool and diss LB, but this isn't a bad CD. I basically wrote this to all the cool "metal" guys who think they know everything because they listen to Slayer, Megadeth blah, blah, blah. If you don't like it, fine. But don't compare this to them, this isn't speed metal, its Mallcore, plain and simple. That is all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Without question Fred's finest work
Limp Bizkit may have become the worst sellouts ever with "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water" (except for Wes Borland, who was unhappy with Fred's actions), but "Three Dollar Bill Y'All" will always be the band's best CD ever. It's a perfect example of the naked rage that's been fading from a few rap metal bands today (Hed P.E. for example, though they're still a good band).

Wes Borland and Sam Rivers's guitar and bass work is raw and relentless, just like John Otto's drumming, which is the most technical ever done in the band's career. DJ Lethal's turntable work is also impressive and a little atmospheric (especially in "Everything"), but the most memorable member on the CD is the frontman: Fred Durst. His voice may sound whiny at first listen, but he's acting emotional while rapping. And it's super-catchy. Even with his ear-crushing screams, you can almost picture the bloodshot rage (which he once had here) in his eyes.

Every track on here is good, from the chord-crushing "Counterfeit" to the beautiful, eerie atmosphere of "Everything", which will be great to relax to after jumping up and down to the beat of the heavier songs before it. "Pollution" is an awesome opener, and "Stalemate" has a great intro with a hawaiian-sounding guitar (before kicking into a faster pace later). "Sour" is a classic with lyrics that are actually pretty funny, just like those in the moody, slow-paced "Stink Finger"(which IS NOT rip off Tool's "Stinkfist" in any way as some LB haters claim. It's just about a neighbor that made Fred's life miserable).

Bottom Line: Check out this CD. Even if you dislike rapcore, its worth a listen.

2-0 out of 5 stars The only Good bizkit
Before Fred Durst managed to sell out and drag the reputation of Nu Metal with him, Limp Bizkit released this album. While the album isn't terrible like Chocolate Starfish, New Old Songs and Results May Very; 3 Dolor bill isn't that great. The songs Counterfiet and Pollution are actually pretty good, unfortunately Durst turned out to be both of these. Stuck is a song that is fun, but once again nothing special. The rest of the songs fall along these lines except Indigo Flow (it was recorded at Indigo Ranch), all it is Fred thanking everyone who helped get them this far, but its quite pointless. Everything is a song that is over 15 minutes long, is very quiet/boring and you can't make out what is being said. The shotgun effect found on Leech is actually quite funny, that demo is actually pretty cool. But once again I say that this is limp bizkit's only good album. Everything after here was a downward Spiral. This is the only Limp Bizkit Album I ever bought. If you are interesting in what the "good Bizkit" sounded like, just download it. Limp Bizkit will be remembered as Korn's Curse. Korn is one of the only good Nu-metal bands out there. This album is sub par to everything Korn has done. ... Read more

Asin: B000001Y42


Hybrid Theory
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 October, 2000)
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It may be too cynical to assume Hybrid Theory changed its name to Linkin Park in order to appear right next to Limp Bizkit in your local record bin. But rock-rap workouts like "One Step Closer" and "Papercut" do make Linkin Park a comfortable fit with Fred Durst and his ilk. Producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Lit, Eve 6) and twin vocal threats Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda serve up industrial-strength rap and rock melodicism with equal aplomb on this woulda-been-self-titled debut effort. "Points of Authority" aims to sound like Trent Reznor wanking it up with Lars and company, whereas guitarist Brad Delson's Edge-y harmonics help "In the End" and "Pushing Me Away" evoke a dark romanticism akin to A Perfect Circle. Curiously, the band gets by with no bass player, while sample-happy DJ Joseph Hahn's step into the spotlight on the instrumental "Cure for the Itch" suggests a potential for eclecticism that could help Linkin Park outlive its seemingly transient genre. --Bill Forman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Move Over Limp Bizkit
You can stop waiting for the next best thing in rock n roll. The debut album by Linkin Park is the best I've heard in a long time. These newcomers combine rock, rap, sampling, scratching, and a variety of other genres to create a sound fusion that's all their own. The first single, One Step Closer, is as angry and sonically powerful as anything Limp Bizkit or Papa Roach has ever released. The vocal tandem of Mike and Chester provide a perfect balance in order to come at the listener from all directions. Finally a band has released an album where all the tracks don't sound like the same song. Especially of interest is the band's DJ and resident sampler, Big Bad Mr. Hahn, whose influence can be heard dramatically in such songs as Papercut and By Myself. Mr. Hahn adds another layer to the music that most bands are missing. His skills serve the complement the resounding bass and drums that are the backbone of Linkin Park's unique sound. The band really excels in mixing up the tempo of each song and surprising the listener with each passing minute. Don't be fooled by the ballad-like beginning of Crawling (one of the album's finest tracks), the band raises and lowers the intensity enough to get a strong point across. Hybrid Theory is a very beautiful yet intense debut album. Although not an instant classic in the rock cannon, the album shows the kind of promise most new bands at this time are lacking. If Hybrid Theory is any indicator, Linkin Park will soon be known to rock fans throughout the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars sO fReAkIn' kEwL!
I think "sincerety" and "creativity" are just getting SOOO played out. It's time for something new. It's time for Linkin Park.

As the late, great Kid Rock once said, "If music is good, you'll FEEL it." And, while Linkin Park is no Kid Rock, I really FEEL this breathtaking debut. Every single track makes me want to call my parents sell-outs and squeeze Noxzema pads into my mouth until I get really smashed.

Even though the cover art may be the highlight of this album, I can't forget the actual songs. There's the smash hit "One Step Closer", which, in my opinion, perfectly depicts stereotypical teen-angst. "Papercut" sorta sounds like an echo of everything that has been done in rock n' roll history, but it's still really sweet. "Forgotten" has some of those most beautiful and poignant lyrics to come along in weeks - "Taken far from my safety/The picture is there/The memory won't escape me/But why should I care?" That is almost better than the material in Jewel's book of poetry.

I could prolly go on for days about why this is the most subversive fun I've had in 13 years but I really need to get a pair of JNCOs before the store closes. Buy this if ur kewl!!!!11

5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the best hybrid music
As some might know, the band was called Hybrid Theory before their commercial breakthrough, and that name gives you a hint of what this band is like.
No, this band is not Heavy Metal. A lot of people are busy complaining that the guys are a disgrace to Heavy Metal, but really, they are not a Heavy band. They use some metal elements (very well, I might add), along with rap and electronica, which is why some like to label them as Nu-metal. This label might be the most accurate, but their sound is unlike most other Nu-metal bands.
They have a knack of creating very catchy songs, which, of course, explains their commercial success.
More, they really are a bunch of talented artists. Chester sings really well, both aggressive and emotional, even though his voice is a bit untraditional and maybe boyish, but he does it well, and it adds to their distinctive sound.
Mike raps with routine, and complements Chester well, while Brad and Phoenix on guitar and bass does the groundwork in most songs, even if they don't give off any flashy solos. Rob is, in my opinion, one of the best drummers out there, and Joe Hahn - well he is on of the elements that adds to LP's distinctive sound. LP wouldn't be the same without his intelligent understanding of scratching and electronica.
The lyrics are well written and the band keep them universal, so they are easy for everyone to relate to.
Some are annoyed by their heavy use of angsty lyrics, and most of them are about alienation, and yes, they may not be very original, but still well written.
Hybrid Theory is one of the few albums in my personal collection where I can listen to all songs at all times without skipping any of them. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1992)
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Alice in Chains were initially tagged with the "grunge" moniker, when in fact their haunting, ponderous sound was far closer to the progressive rock of Queensryche. Their second album, Dirt, is a moody, portentous affair, filled with occasionally inspired riffing from guitarist Jerry Cantrell and hair-tossed wailing from singer Layne Staley. Perhaps the band got lumped in with Generation X because their lyrics focused upon depression, death, and drugs. Certainly, titles such as "Down in a Hole," "Junkhead," and "Hate to Feel" didn't leave much room for doubt as to Cantrell's perspective. The quartet did have a slightly lighter, almost poppy side to them, though, as "God Smack" and "Hate to Feel" indicate. Ultimately, Dirt is classic angst rock. --Everett True ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Rock Release
1992 was a great year in music. Dream Theater had "Awake". Stone Temple Pilots debuted with "Core". Megadeth changed things up with "Countdown to Extinction". And maybe most importantly, Alice in Chains hit it globally with "DIRT". This is truly a great album... an easy top 5 pick of mine from the entire 90's decade. It captures all the raw tormented emotions of Staley and Cantrell. More or less, the heroin-addicted Staley, with Cantrell playing his demonic chords in the background. Mike Starr continues his wizardry on bass, as Sean Kinney plays an often times complex drum kit. Lyrics are dark & twisted (death, depression & drugs dominate)... would you be expecting something else? But from these tortured souls come brilliance. I put "DIRT" up there with those other manditory/legendary rock & roll releases like Deep Purple's "Machine Head", Aerosmith's "Rocks", Boston's 1976 debut, Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" or "Dark Side Of The Moon", STP's "Core", Kiss' "Alive!", Van Halen's 1978 dubut, etc. With the exception of maybe Aerosmith's "Rocks", never have I heard 6 songs put together back to back on an album before that were just incredible. Listen to the start of the cd; "Them Bones", "Dam that River", "Rain When I Die", "Down in a "Hole", "Sick Man" & "Rooster". All classic "Alice"! Throw in "Angry Chair" and "Would?" and this is practically a 'Greatest Hits' package. While Alice In Chains will forever be lumped in the Seattle 'Grunge' category with Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam... AIC remains the heaviest of the bunch. "DIRT" remains essential and timeless... and AIC will always be one of the most original rock & roll outfits in a world full of cheap imitations. Rest in peace Layne and hopefully good things will come to Mike, Sean & Jerry in the years to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark. Haunting. Beautiful.
From the second that the jarring guitars and drums hit you in the first track, the brilliant, anguished "Them Bones", you get a good idea of what you're in for when you listen to this CD: a dark, heavy, unpretty view on the life of someone in their own private hell. And that's what makes it such a great album.

After the success of "Facelift", the late Layne Staley and company knew they had to work hard to create a worthy follow-up. And so they did. Sadly, Layne was struggling with a crippling drug addiction (which, unfortunately, would go on to claim his life). Thus the theme of the album: despair, depression, anger, etc. Some standout tracks include "Them Bones", "Dam That River" (which has a great riff), "Rain When I Die", "Sickman", "Rooster", "God Smack" (which inspired another great band's name), and "Would?" (which, IMHO, is a brilliant song).

Alice In Chains was a great band, and Layne's legacy will live on through their music. Rest in peace, Layne, and thanks for everything.

5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant
dirt was one of the best alternative rock albums from this great band from seattle and was one of the most succesful grunge albums ever along with ten by pj and superunknown by soundgarden and nevermind by nirvana.this album was succesful due to the presence of classics like them bones,rain when i die,rooster and the titanic down in a hole.go and buy this great cd.very very highly recommended. ... Read more

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Maverick A Strike
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 November, 1997)
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A 23-year-old singer of mixed heritage--he's part Scottish, part Ghanaian--Quaye can bust a smooth groove like Al Green or offer a straight reading of roots reggae (listen to his jaunty arrangement of "Your Love Gets Sweeter"). "It's Great When We're Together" skirts too close to Green in sentiment and sound, but the blues guitar and deep bass rumble of "Ultra Stimulation" goose an otherwise conventional reggae number. Still, Quaye isn't afraid to explode convention completely. Despite its hippy-dippy title, "Ride on and Turn the People On" is a thrilling duel between Quaye's elastic wordplay and a hyperactive bassist (who goes uncredited in the CD booklet but deserves star billing throughout). Quaye is best when he takes all the music he's heard and fashions a new pastiche that doesn't sound like one. His take on Marley's "Sunday Shining" is one such marvel, a glorious smear of slide guitar, Rastaman imagery, '60s soul horns, and a rhythm track that belongs squarely to the '90s. It may be the brightest light on Maverick a Strike, but this 13-track album never really dims much. --Keith Moerer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you're looking to Try Finley Quaye...this by far his best
Having liked this album the first time around, it was interesting to see if returning to it years later would prove a worthwhile listen. Surprisingly my appreciation has substantially grown for this album (admittedly due to my significantly wider range in music), but the fact remains that "Sunday Shining's" languish horns or keyboards is the musical equivalent of spending a memorable sunny afternoon outdoors. "Your Love gets Sweeter" is the acoustic strum exploring the romanticised side of Finley's music. Title Track "Maverick A Strike" leans strongest to his reggae roots taking a reggae ideal, and fusing it was popular music to make something, although not authentic reggae, is largely accessible to those normally intimidated regional reggae. But a track that largely goes unmentioned by deserves equal recognition is the instrumental "Red Rolled and Seen" which has a tribal moody rhythmic presence, not a million miles away from something that 'Tricky' would create. Finley successive albums may have been a case of playing to diminishing returns, but this debut confirmed his potential to make a largely coherent album by swiping sensibilities from other genres resulting in an immensely enjoyable album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finlay Quaye +(mum?) MaxinQuaye = Tricky Maxinquaye??
Enough politics. This album extends the role of reggea and R'n'B in the pop area. Finlayes amazing grace in singing has broken though, calmed by mellow dub and sarcastic lyrics.

This album is, and may remain one of the best this decade. Irrespective of the relation between Tricky and Finlaye, you can not help but notice hot related their music is. Finlaye mixes the traditional reggae sounds filters them with r'n'b vibe and adds some interesting dub, that sounds very much like Jah Shaka or Mad Professor.

It's Great when we are Togethor track is amazing in it self demonstrating Quaye's lyric prowess. But there are some tracks which are purely experimental that have turned out brilliantly.

One of my favourite tracks is Maverick a Strike.. Another excellant sound is Falling. The single Sunday shining really doesn't describe the album. This album is a meting pot of numerous types of music fused togethor by Quaye's sarcastic thoughts and funky dub beats.

Quaye has done the same to reggae as Tricky did to "Trip hop".

In a word. Amazing.

1-0 out of 5 stars yeah, that's all well and good, but...
they AREN'T RELATED!!! that's coming from tricky's mouth himself. mr. quaye CLAIMED he was tricky's uncle, but tricky quickly retorted in the form of song with "can't freestyle" in which he states that finley is trying to "take my mother's name in vain" and that "you're not my blood". not only do i not have any interest in hearing this man's music, but i absolutely will go out of my way not to, seeing as how he is trying to further his career by name-dropping. i find this sickening. make your own name, mr. quaye. ... 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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40 Oz. to Freedom
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 July, 1996)
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Ska music has been deeply ingrained in the punk rock culture since the Clash adopted their rude boy stance near the end of the British punk invasion and the 2-Tone label put ska on the map. Suddenly, punks stopped kicking the crap out of each other long enough to dance. The debut release by Orange County, California's Sublime is a positively infectious record that marries varied styles of dub, reggae, rap, sampling, scratching, and badass dancehall ska with old-school punk overtones. Musicianship on this record is exceptionally tight, featuring Brad Nowell's innovative guitar work and bright, soulful voice.Packed with 40 oz. of rock (21 tracks) including the ultimate pot-smoking anthem "Smoke Two Joints" and the novelty hit "Date Rape." --Gail Worley ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Sublime esp. Brad Nowell
40oz is without a doubt one of the best albums I have heard to date. The brilliant Nowell and company incorporates several genres of music - punk, ska, reggae, hip-hop (and even a bit of folk in the bonus track rivers of babylon.)to put him in genre all of his own. You can not define what Sublime is, it simply is what it is- incredible music. The fact that they can't be categorized is what you have to respect, they transcend barriers. Beyond the rhythm there are the lyrics which prove Brad's adeptness as a modern day poet. In my opinion Sublime is one of the best if not the best band to come out of this decade.Bradley Nowell's life was a beautifully gifted one cut tragically short. I urge all newcomers to Sublime to buy this cd (their debut) first here you get the truly ecclectic mix and you know what Brad was about in the end where he thanks everyone he can possibly think of at the end of the album -he was always about his music and that is what makes this album the best it has the raw intensity, drive, and most importantly passion that a lot of artists seem to lose later on in their careers. I can not think of an album that even compares to this one. However being the devoted Sublime fan I am their self titled and robbin' the hood are also must haves for any cd collection. I hope the spirit and genius of bradley lives on for a long time to come. Rest in peace Bradley.

5-0 out of 5 stars One word: Awesome !
I've been listening to Sublime only about a year now. I have three Sublime's albums. This must be the best one. Not only Sublime's best but one of the best albums I own. This is a must buy... especially if you are into reggae. Most of the song in this album are reggae.

When I bought this CD, I listened to the album a couple times, it didn't seem to be anything special. But after a few weeks when I started to learn the lyrics, it also started to sound better. Everytime I listened it again it sounded better. And it still gets better...

This is one of the albums I don't usually skip any songs. I can't really say which song is the best cause they're all great. But if I must name a few:

- 'Smoke Two Joints', a great reggae song!
- '54-46 That's My Number/Ball and Chain', awesome mix of ska, punk and reggae, I love it!
- 'Badfish', nice & soft feeling reggae!
- 'Let's Go Get Stoned', just a great song!
- 'What Happened', nice ska song!
- 'Date Rape', this is a classic!

Still don't have this? What are you waiting for? GET IT NOW! Click that "Add to shopping cart" button, You won't get disappointed.

We miss you Brad

5-0 out of 5 stars hot damn
You already know I'm rocking this and copping this album, why the hell wouldn't I? Think about it friend, this is a great album that just solidly encapsulates the whole mood and sound of Sublime. Sublime is a great band it really has a sort of sound that just touches on everything, but has such a solid consistancy that you would be damned to say that these guys suffer an identity crisis. Unlike many of the numerous (NUMEROUS) bands to bite sublimes style (Authority Zero I point my finger squarely at you!) there is a solid consistancy that comes from Sublime. I wish death on bands that bite their style, no there will never EVER be another band like Sublime so imatators... please stop! Anyways I'm feeling like talking about every song on this album... aight 1 2 3 here I go!

Waiting For My Ruca- what a great song! I just love the dum dum sort of beat on this. It is slow and it is dreamy, a quality song indeed.
40 Oz. To Freedom- mmmmmm good. The begining just kicks and you get into the hook as soon as you hear. Then comes the bangin' chorus with the charged guitar, oh it makes my body sweat.
Smoke Two Joints- is the worst song Sublime ever sang. I hate this song I think it is so annoying, I don't even have the faintest idea why all you pot heads think it's such a great song. Way too gimmicky.
We Are Only Going to Die For Our Own Ignorance- this song rocks em real tight boy. I likes it, it just has a punkish feeling to yet it stays with that sort of ska riff that... oh it just sounds good. This was when Bad Religion didn't suck.
Don't Push- a great reggae soundin' song. I like it much you can just chill back and rock ya head back and fourth, maybe even do something that involves ummmm well you know what I'm talking about.
5447/ball and chain- awfullly enjoyable I think this is the best song on the album... just about my friends
Badfish- a great song with just a kickin' chorus, the lyrics are tottally boss.
Let's Get Stoned- I enjoy the ending of this song with the jam atmosphere, though I usually don't like hearing bands "jam" this sort of hits the spot.
New Thrash- hell yeah! I love thrash, punk rawk!
Scarlet Begonias- yawn, kind of a weak song. I love Sublime but I just can't get into this song.
Live at E's- this is a really really good song. It has such a dreamy quality to it, you can just sit back and enjoy. One of the best things about Sublime is that you can just chill back and enjoy, they aren't trying to shake you and say "ENJOY THIS" like many bands try to do. They just let thier natural flava hit ya.
D.Js- I like this song, a little bit of a hip hop flava that is just right, oh don't forget dance hall!
Chipa Me Tipo- suck my tip, ha funny. Anyways yeah Brad speaks spanish, I don't know if I'm too hot on that but I kinda like it.
Right Back- I love this song. It just has that same chill back flava that I just savor. Oh this song has great lyrics, I can't ever write anything when I tweak (which is much at all, I've only done it like five times) so I'm glad Brad was able to.
What Happened- humorous and rockin', me like.
New Song- good, enough said my friends.
Ebin- this song is enjoyable, the tales of a friend who chose to go the wrong way. In fact this song rocks.
Date Rape- the single off this album. I dug this song a lot back in 7th grade. I still like it, though it makes me reminensce way too much.
Hope- I like this song a lot. It just captures that sort of skate punk that was around back in the day, it even has a sort of Descendants flavor to it. I really like this song.
KRS-One- tribute to a dope MC. Good song
Rivers of Babylon- it's aight, it is live so a good flava.
Thanx- I like this song cuz' they can fit more lyrics and stuff into the linear notes instead of annoying thank you's.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of A Dynasty
Okay everyone knows how Pearl Jam came to be, the members of Pearl Jam rooted in the seattle bands Green River, and Mother Love Bone, its lead singer (Eddie Vedder) who was with the seattle supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Ten was their debut release following the heels of the groundbreaking "Nevermind" by Nirvana. Everyone also knows it would be Ten that would launch Pearl Jam in the same orbit as Nirvana. but lets break down what Ten is, although it is Pearl Jam's most commercially sucessful album to date (due to the following albums absence of music videos, which i fully support), the sum is greater than its parts. Aside from Evenflow and Jeremy, we have the sonic rocker Deep which i find is sort of Eddie Vedders road map to stardom. The deep perplexic Garden, The gorgeous ballad Oceans, To the most underrated track in the Pearl Jam catalog, the moving Release. Which sometimes makes me still cry after all these years. Some say this is the album for all new Pearl Jam listners to get, I say get it because its the foundation. Even if your looking for something listen to or a group to get into, pick this one up and discover the dynasty's foundation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Emotional Release, Not Pent Up Anger
Admittedly I don't take to Pearl Jam the way many of their more hardcore fans do. I understand that PJ represents a complete change in the music scene, but as far as the "these guys changed my life" sentiments, I'll have to pass.

What PJ and their debut album Ten are at heart is good rock. PJ are a throwback to the 60s when rock was supposed to send a message to the listener. Personally I've always found those types of recordings a bit preachy. But PJ does it in such a way that it's more of a release than a burden to listen to.

Ten deals more with emotional letting go and dealing with things than in the actual rage that you bottle up because of these awful things. In this respect they are the exact opposite of Nirvana. It is the release of this rage and the catharsis that it brings on that makes Ten an emotionally charged album.

Ten is easily PJ's most rock oriented album. There's little experimentation here. The songs are basic and they rock. Ten is not my personal PJ favorite, but it's a very close second to Vs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music, great debut album
Not so often, have I seen and heard so much good music on one record. I got the album two years after it was released and it was like an explosion, literally, at least for me. I was a little bit sceptical at the beginning, especially not liking Nirvana, but so surprised after hearing it. It was nothing like anything I heard before. The music is absolutely absorbing, breathtaking and soulful at the same time, great guitar playing, good rock with still enough rhythm to be listened to by the crowd. Not to talk about Eddie Vedder's voice and his way of singing. The first time I heard Alive I couldn't believe anybody can have a voice like that and can sing a great and said story like Jeremy or deeply personal lyrics like Alive or Black so well. Truly amazing. I would recommend this album to absolutely everybody who appreciates good music, good lyrics, and great voice. Probaly the best voice.... ... Read more

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Tonight the Stars Revolt
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 July, 1999)
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If you think the Powerman 5000 hit "When Worlds Collide" sounds an awful lot like "Dragula" off Rob Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe, don't blame Powerman 5000 frontman Spider--after all, it's in the genes. Zombie and Spider are siblings, and blood is thicker than a whole stack of Bibles. Fortunately, Powerman 5000 are much more than a blasphemous chip off the old gravestone. Sure, many of the rhythms on Tonight the Stars Revolt! are augmented by electronic samples, and the vocals are shouted over a battering-ram assault of drums, but the tunes weren't conceived in the same decayed crypt as Zombie's. Spider is actually more attuned to the power of melody than his big brother. His influences include new-wave bands like Blondie and the Cars (there's even a cover of the Cars' "Let theGood Times Roll"), as well as alternative rockers like Helmet and Girls Against Boys. Instead of focusing on themes of horror and the supernatural as Zombie does, Powerman 5000 seek inspiration from B-grade science fiction films from the '60s, making Tonight the Stars Revolt! more like a futuristic fun house than a genuine freak show. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars PM5K: Stands for the best music out there.
These guys are good. That pretty much sums it up in a sentence. Only fooling. Powerman 5000 easily outstrips sellouts like KoRn and anything Limp Bizkit can offer. This is Rob-Zombie-type spooky metal at it's near perfect stage. Overview:

1.An Eye Is Upon You- 0/10 What the hell is this?

2.Supernova Goes Pop- 8/10 An okay song. It doesn't really have much of an edge. It grabs you the first time, but that's it.

3.When Worlds Collide- 9/10 The group's first single. A fast-paced, heavy song that has nice riffs. However, the chorus doesn't really use the best lyrics. The song's also a little short.

4.Nobody's Real- 10/10 Full marks. This, being the group's second single, is awesome. Although it starts with some odd beeps in the beginning(no pun intended), it develops into an excellent song, with a heavy, kick-you-in-the-teeth kind of chorus. This is easily the best song on the album.

5.System 11:11- -500/10 Another piece-of-s**t filler track. This is the reason the album got a PA sticker. He says the F-word once in this song. Once. And...It isn't even a song! It's Spider just talking!

6.Tonight the Stars Revolt- 9/10 Awesome beginning. It jumps between soft singing and all-out rocking in split seconds. The gutar parts are very commendable.

7.Automatic- 10/10 Another unbelievable song. This should be the band's third single. The beginning and chorus are incredibly played. Like Nobody's Real, this song stands out in the album, being of an individual sound. Kicks you in the teeth. Possibly the heaviest and best song on the CD!

8.The Son of X-51- 6/10 Just not that great. Don't know why.

9.Operate,Annihilate- 4/10 Another filler. At least this one's a song. It's too slow and doesn't really fit in with the rest of the album's speed.

10.Blast Off To Nowhere- 9/10 Good musically. This song features Rob Zombie, adding a nice spin to it, not to mention screams.

11.They Know Who You Are- 7/10 Too short and too soft for most of it. That means it's basically all soft. However, the heavy parts are REALLY heavy.

12.Good Times Roll- ?/10 I don't know about this one. It's a remix of something someone's done before. I know, the Cars. Right. Well, they did a pretty good cover...

13.Watch The Sky For Me- 5/10 This is odd. Compared to the rest of the songs, this one takes forever. Nonetheless, it should be good, right. Wrong. It's quiet for the first 4 minutes, then gets techno for a minute, then a little jazzy, then boom. Over.

The album is one of PM5K's best ever. Heck, it's the best for anyone. The only big problem is that all the songs sound almost exactly the same, except for Nobody's Real, Automatic, and Blast Off To Nowhere. Screw anyone who doesn't like this CD for complicated personal problematic reasons. Whew. Mouthful.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
when I first bought this CD about a week after it came out, i really didn't expect much. All I had heard was the single "When Worlds Collide", and was somewhat intrigued by the sound. Now, 4 years later, the CD is still one of my favorites. No matter how many times I play it, the heavy guitar and spider's throaty voice still rock with the best of them.

1. An Eye is upon You (8/10) Just talking, but makes a perfect intro into....

2. Supernova Goes Pop (8/10) After a great intro, the song just kinda rolls along, nothing really special...

3. When Worlds Collide (9.5/10) The deep beats and spider's raspy laments about the end of the world are just great

4. Nobody's Real (9.5/10) I dunno, this song has always seemed too short. It could be because the first minute or so sounds kinda weird will all the beeping and stuff

5. System 11:11 (5/10) The sole reason why the album got the "parental advisory" sticker, as spider spouts the f word once in this song. Nothing special.

6. Tonight the Stars Revolt! (9/10) Another good one

7. Automatic (10/10) In my opinion, this is the best song on the CD. From beginning to end, it just seems like it all flows together perfectly. The riffs are well timed, and spider's random "All right"s seem to be right in place.

yeah, the rest isn't really important, except #10 (Blast off to Nowhere), where the elder zombie makes a cameo.

In closing, why did they have to take Doomsday from us?!??!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Still good, all these years later
Along with System of a Down, Sevendust, and maybe the first Puya disc, Powerman 5000's "Tonight the Stars Revolt" holds up better than most of the crap that came out in the nu metal onslaught. Though a lot of the riffs sound like hand-me-down's from Rob Zombie, I happen to like the sound on (especially) the last White Zombie record, so that ain't bad. What I really like about this is that instead of writing about angst or horrific things like most other bands of their type (*cough* Korn *cough* Slipknot *cough*), PM5K's lyrics remind me of some really cool comic books that I read as a kid, especially "The Son of X-51" because Marvel Comics had a character named X-51.

With heavy riffs and strong vocals, this album holds up as one of the better hard rock/metal albums of the late 1990s. It might be closer to a 3.75/5, but I would recommend it to anyone looking to flesh out their collection. ... Read more

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