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...And Justice For All
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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This record has so much good material that it's a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica's most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. "One" is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It's the epic of the album, but all of the songs are long, displaying impressive chops and songwriting. Metallica took a commercial turn after ...And Justice for All, and it's interesting to speculate on what would have happened to their music had they continued in the direction suggested by this album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars bad production stops this masterpiece cold
This album tried to take 1986's Master of Puppets one step further by looking at our corrupt justice system and other typical Heavy Metal topics: Insanity, rebellion...etc. And Metallica, considered by many (not me) to be the best band ever, comes out swinging. "Blackened" in Battery revisited, with scorching guitars and classic Metallica arrangment. However, once you get past the speed at which this album starts out, you notice one thing (well, at least I did) There's no bass. I pumped the bass up to the max on my stereo and still I couldn't hear anything, save for the occasional weak bass trying to work its way into the riffs every once in awhile. The result is that a lot of the songs, though well arranged, come off sounding thin and watery, without the punch that good bass brings to a song. I honestly don't know if Jason Newsted even showed up to the recordings. The production is crap, and it's a shame becuase it ruined whatever hopes this album had to be "best ever" status. Still, "Justice" does boast songs like "One" and "Dyer's Eve", great Metallica and a great effort. Buy this album, and just pretend there is some bass :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's most elaborate, experimental, & angry work.
Despite the poor production on And Justice for All, this stands out as Metallica's most complex album, and my personal favorite from the band. Most of the songs on And Justice for All are extremely long, but thats certainly not a bad thing when when you're dealing with Metallica. All the songs go through elaborate stages, changing up the tempo & mood constantly. It's very impressive just to sit back & listen to. Whether they're playing speed-metal, pounding you with some slow steady riffs, throwing in some acoustic parts, or going off on a classic, thrashy guitar solo, its all done very well on And Justice for All. This album has an epic vibe to it, and it has two of the best songs ever written by the band. There's "One" or course, widely considered to be the bands best song, and then there's "To Live is to Die", an emotional instrumental tribute to Cliff Burton. That song is simply breathtaking. The rest of the album is outstanding as well. James's lyrics on this album are the most meaningful he's ever written, shouting out against various injustices concerning the government. This is also the band's most passionate & angry album as well, as they vent from pain & sorrow of losing their close friend & bass player Cliff Burton. While Master of Puppets overall may be considered Metallica's best album, personally I like And Justice for All more because of its raw & angry sound. Its much less polished than Master of Puppets & plus its has "One" & "To Live is to Die" which are my two favorite Metallica songs. So you can complain about the poor production & nearly inaudible bass on And Justice for All, but Metallica fans cannot deny that the actual music on the album is among the band's most experimental, progressive, & best work.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 *
1. Blackened 5/5
2. ...And Justice for All 6/5
3. Eye of the Beholder 4/5
4. One 100/5
5. Shortest Straw 3/5
6. Harvester of Sorrow 3/5
7. Frayed Ends of Sanity 4/5
8. To Live Is to Die 4.9/5 too long
9. Dyers Eve 4/5

almost every song starts off the same way, but other than that, a very good album.

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Asin: B000002H6C


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


Official Live: 101 Proof
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 July, 1997)
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It's a bit surprising that Pantera waited until 1997 to release a live album, considering how brutal and powerful the band had been in concert. At an average Pantera show, it would not be unusual to see security evicting overzealous fans, and club bathrooms filled with bloody wads of paper towels from mosh pit injuries. Official Live 101 Proof captures the group in its natural, violent element, combining abrupt, barbed riffs with pulse-pounding beats and furious vocals. The record spans Pantera's career, from the classic guitar lick of "Cowboys from Hell" to the fuzzbomb fury of "Suicide Note Pt. 2" (from album The Great Southern Trendkill). As an encore, the band offers album buyers two new studio tracks, the bluesy bonecrusher "Where You Come From" and the grinding piledriver "I Can't Hide." As the fortress of alternative rock continues to crumble, Pantera stomp vindictively through the rubble, their metallic legacy intact.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Just As Powerful Live As In The Studio!
If you ever wondered if Pantera could maintain their massive brutality in concert, then you'll walk away from listening to this album with a definite "yes". The performances on here are uniformly strong, with some songs venturing away quite a bit from their studio counterparts (Dom/Hollow medley and Hostile, in particular), while others stay close to them. Walk, A New Level, Cemetery Gates, and Cowboys From Hell are still their best songs, but most of the tracks on here are worthwhile (including one of the new studio tracks, Where You Come From). However, I believe they should've put Rise, Heresy, and Mouth For War instead of Sandblasted Skin, I'm Broken, and Becoming. Still, this is a good live document of a true heavy metal band.

5-0 out of 5 stars We're Talking LIVE Pantera!!!
This is a great release. The two studio tracks "Where You Come From" and "I Can't Hide" are worth the money alone, the former being a bluesy-metal number and the latter being a 2-minute thrash attack w/ awesome bass intro. Now, the live tracks:

Tracks are taken from every pre-Reinventing album, and made super-heavy. Phil has so much energy live, he makes the three Trendkill tracks listenable even. The constant swearing between tracks might seem idiotic to some, but it sort of reminds me of Jim Morrison's concert speeches. Phil goes on and on about how they could give a [edit] about trends. He introduces half the tracks, and sometimes introduces a bass intro by Rex or a guitar squeal by Dime. It's amazing. It feels like you're at the concert for real. Highlights were:

Hearing "Cowboys From Hell" at twice the heaviness and being screamed.

Hearing Phil warn the crowd about the home video being filmed during "Walk".

Hearing the intro to "Hostile".

In fact, the few complaints I have are these: "Domination" and "Hollow" sound bad as a medley in my opinion. It took from both of the songs and left key parts out. Also, "This Love" could have been replaced with "Mouth For War" or "Psycho Holiday" or even "Planet Caravan" instead. Just minor complaints. The production is also very good. The drums and crowd are both very audible. The CD is even designed to resemble a whiskey bottle--I found that humorous.


5-0 out of 5 stars The closest thing anyone will have to a live Pantera show...
Badass live album. Thank you very much. I can't wait until Pantera come together again (I hope)... Damn you Electra Records! ... Read more

Asin: B000002HQ7


Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 October, 2000)
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With a nihilistic CD title and band name, you'd expect Nothingface to be heavy, serious, and dark. And you'd be correct. The Washington, D.C.-based band, however, is not really nu metal. In fact, Nothingface displays a kinship to Trouble and King's X, thanks to wonderfully complex and layered production and a taught progressive-rock musicality. Which isn't to say Nothingface aren't modern; thanks to in-your-face aggression and ferocity, they're definitely mosh-pit worthy. From "Make Your Own Bones," where singer Matt Holt takes on a fierce, growling death-metal timbre to the more melodic "Bleeder" and "Filthy," the vocals and instrumentation segue smoothly from melodic interludes to raging, head-banging segments, often within one song. With their third album, Nothingface have created a creative, cohesive, diverse breakthrough. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easily their best.....but not their first
Ive been reading these reviews, and most of you are confused, this is actually the third cd put out by NothingFace, and I highly reccomend you check those out too. Of course many of you are right, these guys are far more talented than MudVayne and SlipKnoT, but the guys from NothingFace are really good friends with the guys from MudVayne, so it doesnt seem fair to compare. The main difference is, Matt Holt can SING. Yes, I said it, sing. I wouldnt agree with one other reviewer who said that this has a little death metal mixed in. I dont like death metal and I dont really think this qualifies as death vox. The guys from MudVayne and SlipKnot just simply yell, no melody whatsoever. Now for the cd, this thing blew me away, this is the most emotionally charged album since the self titled SoulFly. The truly sad part being, this is Chris Houck's final effort, he was forced to quit the band due to medical reasons (I actually managed to score a drumhead he used to record violence, signed too =D ), but Tommy Sickles is easily as qualified for the job. This is just flat out the best metal band and album out there to date.

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE KICK A** ALBUM
Violence is one of the best metal albums I've ever heard. Every song is a masterpiece. With hellish screams and stunning singing, vocalist Matt Holt delivers a nerve-scarring performance. From heavy guitar molestations to acoustic melodies, guitarist Tom Maxwell leaves you in utter shock. Chris Houck on drums and Bill Gaal on bass put you in a trance of terror and bewilderment. From the horror of Blue Skin, the punch of American Love, and the moderate solitude of For All the Sin, Nothingface will amaze you. Experience the finest that metal has to offer.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best.
ok, so i bought this album when it first came out way back when. i pyt it in my CD player and listened to it, and it didnt leave my CD player for almost a year.. this is probably the only CD ive listened to soo much that i know every song by heart and can play them on guitar, bass, and drum just by listening to the songs so much. Matt Holt is an awesome vocalist.

but this album and you wont be dissapointed, i gaurentee it. ... Read more

Asin: B00004XSRZ


Nativity in Black, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Black Sabbath
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 June, 2000)
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A selection of popular Black Sabbath songs interpreted by longtime metallic favorites (Megadeth, Slayer), newer rock kids (Godsmack, Static-X) and a wild card (Busta Rhymes) makes for a fun, if surprisingly middle-of-the-road, listen. NIB 2 is the first release on Ozzy Osbourne's own record label, andone of the CD's dozen tunes features Oz doing the classic "N.I.B" with pranksters Primus; however, there's not enough of Les Claypool's bass peeking through on the otherwise stellar title. Static-X's otherwise distinct techno take on "Behind the Wall of Sleep" loses the song's inherent groove. Megadeth's true-to-the original version of "Never Say Die" is rollicking. Pantera doing the dirge "Electric Funeral" is not as aggro as one might hope; on the other hand, Slayer turn in a raw and dynamic version of "Hand of Doom." Truly unique renderings come from California band hed(p.e.), who do a trippy, hip-hop/funk version of"Sabbra Cadabra," and from Busta Rhymes, with his take on "Iron Man." Ultimately, though, NIB 2 proves that Sabbath did it first and best, and there's really no improving on the original. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Great except for Busta Rhymes
Let me tell you all that I hate rap and I love metal. Why, oh why, is there a RAP song on a Black Sabbath tribute CD. Rap involves no talent. If you listen to any rap song in the world, all of the lyrics sound the same. They have no meaning. Rap is simply A PERSON TALKIN WITH A BEAT. Heck, most rappers dont write their own music, they just take music from other bands and add a beat to it.

Now, let me tell you about the good parts. les Claypool shows that he is A BASS GOD in NIB. Also, Pantera does an excellent job with Electric funeral. I would recommend, if you are a new Black Sabbath fan, get "We Sold our Soul for Rock and Roll". It has a lot of their hit songs on it.

Also recommended "And Justice for all" by Metallica and "Rust in Peace" by Megadeth

5-0 out of 5 stars NIB II Comes Through Despite 2 Weak Tracks
I have been waiting about a year for the release of this album and now that it's here, I must say it's been worth it. Since there are 12 different bands on the album I'll review each track individually on a scale of 1-5. 1). Sweet Leaf -Godsmack. 5/5. This is a geat rendition of the song and a perfect opener for the CD. These guys have a bright future. 2). Hole In The Sky - Machine Head. 4/5. Great job on the song, definitely rocks but pales a little in comparison to the sound that MH has on "The Burning Red". 3). Behind The Wall of Sleep - Static-X. 3.5/5. Good song, but lacks some intensity and the vocals could be better. This band's original stuff is pretty damn good though. 4). Never Say Die - Megadeth. 3/5. This song rocks but Mustaine's vocals sound mousy and I've never been a big Megadeth fan anyway. 5). Snowblind - System Of A Down. 5/5. This song is a great original sounding version of the Sabbath classic. I normally hate SOAD, but I must say they've turned in a great tune with this. 6). Electric Funeral - Pantera. 4.5/5. Great version, sounds very close to the original, but they could have thrown in a few more of their own twists. It's Pantera though, so you know it's got to be good. 7). N.I.B. - Ozzy with Primus. 4/5. This also sounds pretty close to the original and Les Claypool's bass intro is great. 8). Hand of Doom - Slayer. 4.5/5. Great job on this one with Slayer adding their own sound to a tightly knit version of the original. 9). Under The Sun - Soulfly. 4/5. Really heavy and rocking, this sounds more like a Soulfly original than the lesser-known Sabbath cover that it is with Max Cavalera's growling vocals. 10. Sabbra Cadabra - Hed(pe). 1/5. This song sounds so stupid I can't really put it into words. There should not be any reggae/funk sounding stuff on this record and the singer sounds like he's constipated. For a great version of this, check out Metallica's take on it. 11). Into The Void - Monster Magnet. 3/5. This song really sounds awesome - when it finally starts. I'de give it a higher score, but the 2 minute intro, 30 second pause, and 1 minute long outro really annoy and fill up time on the cd for no apparent reason. 12). Iron Man (This Means War) - Busta Rhymes. 1.5/5. Once again, I'm not sure how this song got on here. It's terrible and no one should have to hear this song disgraced by a rapper going on and on about his "ni**as" over and over again. I gave an extra half a point for Ozzy's new chorus which is pretty cool. Overall, this cd is great. Buy it now, and forget about the last couple of tracks.

2-0 out of 5 stars From fawning to self-indulgent
The first NIB tribute album perhaps suggested a second, more like a do-over. Nobody pushed the material in a compelling direction. NIB 2 is more a self-indulgent exercise by artists far to full of themselves given their meager talent. Once again, like 1,000 Homo DJs (a Wax Trax project that included great talent like Trent Reznor, Jello Biafra, Al Jourgensen) mutilated "Supernaut" on NIB 1, the aimless Monster Magnet ruined another Sabbath song crying for a great remake, "Into the Void" on NIB 2. The Magnet version sandwiches a pretty nice cut at the core of the song between several minutes, beginning and end, of typical Magnet noise-crap studio filler. "Supernaut" and "Into the Void" remain hit singles in waiting for any ballsy artist who'll step up.

What I listen to on this album after a few turns...I'm not big on screamo, but Soulfly's turn on "Under the Sun" grows on me. Not bad. Slayer's rendition of "Hand of Doom" may outdo the original, less preachy and more urgent.

On the other hand...Busta Rhymes's waste of time has so little to do with the original, it is bizarre. System of a Down's "Snowblind" eradicates all that made the song great without injecting anything worth hearing. Static-X is devoid of talent; they simply slap "Behind the Wall of Sleep" into their techno formula and go on. Pantera is simply flat and disappointing on "Electric Funeral." Godsmack recorded its version of "Sweet Leaf" a little before the band found its stride, so it is nothing special. And "Hole in the Sky" is far too powerful a song for Machine Head to do anything special with it.

One wonders why Metallica, which owes its existence to Sabbath, never appeared on these tributes. It's not as though these recordings were devoid of capable artists. Just sounds as though, for the most part, they did not try very hard, or they were intimidated by the original versions of these songs.

NIB 1 and 2 are wastes of time and money. Listen to Sabbath instead. Much more rewarding. ... Read more

Asin: B00004TB8P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 September, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Back with the Primitive
Um, dois, trĂȘis, quatro... Soulfly are back with Primitive. This time it's with Mikey Doling (Snot) on guitar and Joe Nunez on drums & percussion. The band is weak in form but powerful in spirit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mer de Noms
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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"A Perfect Circle is not a side project," proclaim the members of Perfect Circle. It's a caution worth heeding, since the most identifiable name in the band is that of vocalist Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool. On the other hand, one wouldn't be much inclined to file this one under "side project" anyway. The musicians involved go to great lengths to create something distinctive, and if the uniformity of sound can be attributed to the fact that guitarist Billy Howerdel (whose previous songwriting credits include Tool, the Smashing Pumpkins, and David Bowie) is responsible for the lion's share of the music, well, the others aren't exactly marching in lockstep. Keenan's vocals here are quite different from anything heard from him before. Subtle, thoughtful, sober, they're a far cry from Keenan's work with Tool, which is what makes this album more than a side-project curiosity. Mer de Noms has a life all its own. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Metal for the Thinking Mind.
Not since the days of bands like Rush and Blue Oyster Cult has a band brought art and music together as well as A Perfect Circle. If you enjoy TOOL, don't think twice about buying this album, it basically is TOOL, except it is a little more mellow and artsy than the average TOOL album. If you are not willing to open your mind, then don't even bother buying this album. Mer De Noms flows lake an ocean, but the intense drumming by Josh Freese (of the Vandals might I add) is like a tidal wave in this mellow ocean of sound. A Perfect Circle pretty much is a NU-metal band, because they follow some of the same formulas as bands like Deftones and Nickelback, but they also have a classic sense to them. Judith, as everyone knows, was a break-out hit for the band, and it led many to believe that it was TOOL. But do not expect the rest of the songs to be as hard-hitting as Judith. Everysong features a different formula, ranging from soft and symphonic to heavy and powerful. Other tracks to check out are "Magdalena" "3 Libras" and "Sleeping Beauty". Fans of TOOL, Deftones, Clutch, or progressive rock will instantly like this album. It only recieved four stars because I am personally a fan of heavier stuff than this; although Mer De Noms contains a fair share of heaviness, it does fall soft at many parts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Album, A Perfect Band, A Perfect Circle
A Perfect Circle's debut CD "Mer De Noms" is an extremely brilliant masterpiece. The songs featured on here test the boundaries of musical genres while reinventing the current standards of music. "The Hollow," "Orestes," and "Brena" exhibit a sense of darkness and beauty while maintaining it's hard edge. "Thinking Of You" and "Rose" present a futuristic, electronic feel to the musical experience. "3 Libras" integrates classical style music with current style rock.

If you like this band, I advise you check out Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Finger 11, and Fuel. If you like the aforementioned bands, you'll love this CD.

If you want to see other work from A Perfect Circle's singer, Maynard James Keenan, look for albums by Tool and his cameo appearances on Rage Against The Machines' self-titled release and Deftones' "White Pony."

If you want to see other work from A Perfect Circle's drummer, Josh Freese, look for albums by The Vandals and his solo album.

To all the deposed Tool fans angered by MJK's decision to do this, I have this statement: If Tool's music has taught me nothing else, it's to have an open mind and not look at the wolrd through one paradigm. I suggest you do the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars Put a wicked smile on my face
Mmmmm, Mer de Noms sat in my CD player for a good three weeks, and more often than not I'd be hitting replay at the end. Rich and varied with a good shuffling between the hard and the soft. Absolutely nothing to skip. Favorite tracks, "The Hollow" for its vampiric themes, "Magdalene" for its sultry, unashamed hunger, and "Thinking of You," because even the bad guys need love songs. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 June, 2000)
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Gift is an acerbic and uncompromising tour de force that never once allows directionless bombast to triumph over stylistic artistry. That said, Taproot are certainly no slouches when it comes to bludgeoning. The band's Smashing Pumpkins-like wall-of-guitar soundscapes, disconcerting staccato rhythms, and vocalist Stephen Richards's vocal assaults are accentuated beyond sanity by Ulrich (Pantera, Static-X) Wild's trademark production chops to devastating effect. Eastern accents haunt the nagging choruses of "Again & Again." "Now" showcases the band's seductive light-and-shade dynamism and harmonic sensibility, while the closer "Impact" boasts a merciless, scorching delivery. Based upon Gift, star status seems assured for Taproot. --Ian Fortnam ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Bleeding potential... Did Christmas come early?...
...Because this one's truly a 'gift'. Now this is the type of debut that a lot of bands would wish for... I'd first heard about Taproot right here on amazon by merely thumbing through some of Robert L. Thompson III's reviews of various titles, not to mention a recommendation from a family member. Call it fate or something that the exact same day I so happen to stumble across 'Gift' in the music store the for 10 bucks. I bought it, popped it into the CD player and played it. First few listens weren't bad. First impressions of Taproot were just another angst ridden aggro' band in a market that's flooded with this style of music currently. However, after further listening, the group comes off as more than just 'something special'. The lead singer (haven't learned his name yet) has a excellent ear hooking voice with an uncanny ability of combining screams of rage with melody in a loosely innovative style like none other. Which makes the band easily dismissed of the comparisons to Staind, and (pains me to even mention his name, Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst. Along with the great voice work, another plus to 'Gift' are the lyrics. Well written, laced with emotion and superior to anything else of this genre. A simple equation for success that so many bands lack these days.

Nevertheless, as good Taproot's debut is, it's far from flawless. Their biggest shortcomings are found (not hard to notice) in their instruments. The drumming is well more than above average, which is good AND bad. Reason being, because the guitar work isn't quite up with it. The riffs that they crank out are slightly flat, lacking substance in progression and variation. In addition to that point, the licks are nearly identical in every song. Which might and already has brought about the argument that Taproot's songs in general all sound the same. Even for myself, the tracks didn't start to distinguish, and stand out from each other until after a few plays.

Needless to say, with just a couple of 'new band imperfections', Taproot is STILL a gem, nearly as good as the first by Slipknot. Listen to 'Gift', it brings great difficulty when trying to remove it from the CD player. Already itching to see what these guys do next, if they polish up the rough edges, they will grow from being a really good band, to a great one.

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely mind boggling
My first experience with taproot was one of their earlier discs, which i ripped mp3s off my friend. At the time when limp bizkit and korn were just beginning their stardom, i was sure this band was going to hit it big. Emotional lyrics, crunching riffs rolled over into a spellbinding package and thats what you get with taproot. Emocore at its best. The comparasins to staind and deftones will come up, but they are too vague to be clearly justified. These guys are the real deal, so go pick this disc up. My personal favorite songs are as follows:

Again and Again = different from the promo version, the vocals and the guitar have been tuned more to sound smoother and heavier, while and intro has been added to build intensity leading into the song. Request this on the radio guys, these guys deserve to be brought to the masses.

2. 1 Nite Stand - Amazing song, displaying vocalist steve richards rap creds, also his vocal range. This song starts out mellow, then explodes into mayheim. Perfect Mosh song.

3. I: One of their new studio cuts, definitely worth taking a listen to. Such a powerful message. Also reflects how steven needs his friends now more than ever, "I need support behind my back to help me spit it out, I need to win I cant afford to blow this one"

4. Comeback - My personal favorite song. Starts out really trancy, then periodically erupts , then tones down, then explodes. An old deftones trick, but these guys do it in style and with enough intensity.

Fred Durst must be kicking himself after hearing how good these guys are. They will take you by storm and leave you screaming for more. A sure fire hit.

OTHER BANDS TO CHECK OUT: Deftones, Staind, Glassjaw, Apartment 86, Finger Eleven, Chevelle, Boiler Room, Zao, Orange 9mm and The Deadlights.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
This CD, in my opinion, was Taproot's best CD as far as heavy riffs, and deep lyrics. If you like numetal, you should definately consider buying this CD. Stephen Richards' voice could almost be considered "whining", but it falls in perfectly with the rest of the music. Plus, he can actually sing. The song "I" proves the band can tone things down a bit, as well. The entire CD is excellent, and I haven't taken it out of my CD player since I bought it. It's PERFECT. 5 Stars!

Taproot's second CD, "Welcome", is a must-have as well. While they obviously did tone things down to make their songs more melodic, the CD as a whole, is once again perfect. ... Read more

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White Pony
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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Sensual and mellow haven't been adjectives associated with aggro band Deftones--until now. The quintet's third outing finds their aural punch softened and deepened, lending songs such as "Digital Bath" a sultry, layered edge. More Tool than Pantera in its sonics, White Pony, in fact, includes a collaboration with Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan in the haunting "Passenger." Fans of the band's earlier, harder albums will still find some satisfaction in these developments. "Elite" boasts chunky riffing and metal/rap leanings, while "Korea" is anguished and edgy. More striking, however, are songs like the quirky, futuristic, fervent "RX Queen" and the gentle "Teenager." If you're in the mood to mosh, 1995's Adrenaline and '97's Around the Fur are better choices. For a different Deftones journey, however, delve into this diverse, dynamic, and heady album sans preconceived notions and let White Pony take you on a wondrous ride. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best yet
Some bands sell-out (ala KoRn), some bands just change style (ala Machinehead) and some bands never change (ala Rage Against The Machine). But the best bands EVOLVE. The best bands being Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Deftones. Adrenaline was cool, love it, but it was only a hint of what they were capable of. Around The Fur was a breakthrough, seeing them developing their own unique style and sound. They were 'carving their niche' :) But White Pony takes it two steps further. The album has a very new, and more layered sound, much more full, alot more is happening. Lyrically its obtuse and vague as ever, but coupled with chinos voice (which has never sounded better) they create a fantastic mood and atmosphere. And Chino does sound terrific - from the most hardcore screaming he has ever done like on ELITE, to the goosebump inducing wailing on KNIFE PARTY to his sweet soft melody on DIGITAL BATH and PASSENGER which also features the awesome Maynard James Keenan (he of Tool, A Perfect Circle fame). The tracks are like this - Feiticera - Cool, middle of the line stuff. Digital Bath - Very atmospheric. Elite - Full-on heavy-as aural assault. Kicks. RX Queen - Again, alot of atmosphere. Street Carp - Very cool, verging on the heavier side of things. Teenager - Very unique, soft, alot of strange sounds. Kinfe Party - Stirring, emotional, bassy, cool. Korea - AWESOME. My fave. Very heavy, awesome singing. Passenger - Two best rock singers alove today together. Very cool, more atmospere. Change - Interestin first single, good song. Pink Maggit - Starts off weird, gets cool at the end. Bonus track - Reminds of Damone, the secret track from Around The Fur.

Overall - doesn't have the anthems like My Own Summer and Be Quiet and Drive but should be immensely popular with fans. They have definately become amazing artists and if they continue to improve at this rate then watch out rock world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, smiled upon with greatness
Deftones have changed but its not a bad change at all. They kept that Deftones felling and evolved into a sound that leaves your mind in a trance. I'll just do a 1-10 scale showing my thoughts on every song.

Feiticeira- 8.3/10 An excelent opening to the early pick for best album of 2000. A story of a kidnaping with a slow but moderatly heavy guitar.

Digital Bath- 10/10 I swear this will be their second single of this album. A ballad with Frank mixing in seemlessly and Chino using his voice to its full potential. Don't really know the meaning of this song.

Elite- 9.2/10 The lyrics are cryptic but when you really think about them its about someone shy realising his/hers full potential but abusing it after all. Definatly their heaviest song to date and its nice to hear Chino scream but it seems to similar throughout the song to be a full 10. Best lyrics in the whole album including "when your ripe you'll bleed out of control" and "Your into deppression cause it matches your eyes"

RX Queen- 8.1/10 A slower atmoshpheric song like Digital Bath but heavier. To me the meaning is about an old man losing faith in this world and doing suicide to escape.

Street Carp- 7.9/10 Heavier but not as nearly as heavy as Elite. Chino making you believe he forgot his phone number is a cool touch to a cool song.

Teenager- 8.9/10 A very slow acustic/technoish song about someones first love. The lyrics aren't as cryptic as other songs and Chino's voice is simply angelic.

Knife Prty- 10/10 My favorite song on this album. Heavy but not something you could mosh to like Elite. The depictions of violence and blood are covered up in a sense cool line is "in here we are all anemic, In here anemic and sweet" The female singers scream in the background is spine chilling.

Korea- 9.1/10 Very much like the old Deftones as it was the first song written for this album. Heavy with some very original guitar cuts and Chino goes back to that oh so familiar scream. Lyrics are cryptic as hell.

Passanger- 9.3/10 Blend together the 2 best vocalists of all time (Moreno and Keenan) and you get a masterpiece. A story of a kidnaping again but this time a kidnaping that is accepted by the victim.

Change (in the house of flies)- 9.0/10 Very My Own Summer-ish with metaphorical lyrics (I think). The video is cool and depicts the atmosphere good by the way. Very well written on all sides.

Pink Magget- 9.0/10 Starts off slow with only singing and some spaced guitar work but evolves into one of the best songs on the album. Its the story of being the coolest kid in school and later in life getting knocked down. The heartbeat at the end is the perfect end for this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take a Ride
Beautiful in its dark, gloomy dissonance, the songs on White Pony combine Chino Moreno's haunting melodies crooning over churning guitar riffs which are overlayed by moody textures provided by Frank Delgado's turntables to create atmospheric hard rock unlike anything ever heard -- or felt -- before. The songs could easily follow in the like of Pink Floyd while still living up to the mosh-pit insanity that inspired 1995's Adrenaline, and each song is powerful enough to drive the listener into emotional overhaul as he bangs his head to the cymbol-laced "caffiene beats" of drummer Abe Cunningham. Digital Bath is outlined with moody background electronics and an infectious drum intro before being taken over by a call-and-response guitar riffs and incredible melodies from the likes of Moreno. Rx Queen is another electronic-laced track with a massive percussive effect traced by intricately layered guitars and whispered vocals. Street Carp is a simple, straightforward hard rock smash in the vein of Around the Fur's Lhabia and songs such as Elite and Korea are massive in their bombastic heaviness with chunky riffs and fast-paced rushing. Passenger strings together a dextreous guitar riff, heavy bass, and shrouded vocal interplay between Chino and guest Maynard (Tool, A Perfect Circle). However, the album's glory shines through the most in Change and Knife Prty, two songs that show the newest side of Deftones, while keeping the Deftones heaviness we've all come to love. Atmospheric and moody, they send chills down your spine unlike anything else you've ever heard.

Overall, this album is Deftones' most experimental album that pushes the "boundaries" of rock beyond anything done before. DJ Frank Delgado, who appeared on a few songs on Adrenaline and most of the songs on Around the Fur, really makes his presence known on this album in an extremely subtle way. One of the greatest things about this album is that none of the songs sound the same. From the downtuned, crunching glory and screaming grungy vocals of Elite, to the acoustic-string sampler Teenager, and EVERYTHING in between, White Pony never fails to deliver. The only way to describe every track is atmospheric and dark. It's heavy, but it is also beautiful. ... Read more

Asin: B00004TL21

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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Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Imagine RATM with NP's vocalist... can you say "w00tastic"?
I got this CD after hearing Tribute, and I must say it is worth a lot more than the 12 bucks I paid. The vocalist sounds good when loud and soft and the lyrics are great and sometimes even catchy. The music is heavy, but never repetitive or irritating and is quite innovative, especially in DoubleStakked. It gets 4 stars instead of 5 because there aren't any truly amazing tracks, and all but DoubleStakked and Tribute use the same format, but there's really no bad songs. It's a shame that Rage Against The Machine never got the chance to hear this, because they could have learned a lot, such as the fact that a good vocalist and good lyrics are important. I'll definitely be hearing future works by Nonpoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tastes Like Chicken! (That's Good)
I listen to this CD whenever I hop into my car and I always find myself singing along to tracks 1 & 3 & 11 & 12. I'd have to say that those are the highpoints of the album. Track 5 is also pretty good but I get tired of songs quickly and, for the first week than I owned the CD, all i did was listen to track 5. I think the only lame song on this is track 8. Sorry I never give names of the tracks when I review stuff but I never really learn the names of any songs. ANYWAY, these guys don't really sound like anyone especially however, it sounds like they may have been influenced by the Late, Great, SNOT. Nonpoint does not fall into the same category as bands like Linkin Park or any other Nu-Metal band like that. Nonpoint is above & beyond that and I'd have to say that this album is really good and I would have to recomend these guys to anyone that likes hardhitting music with a slight hiphop edge to it. (just listen to track 12... it's a pretty good Rap Medley thing)

5-0 out of 5 stars NONPOINT ROCKS BITCHEZ
I have owned this cd since it came out and I can not get it out of my cd player its UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!
every song is awesome except the last song buts its worth the money and there live show is even better if you were just wondering..... ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 22960


Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 August, 1999)
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Home wasn't a place Sevendust saw much of following the 1997 release of their self-titled debut. The Atlanta-bred quintet spent nearly two years on the road, eventually earning gold status for Sevendust. The result is a band that is tight, precise, and finely honed. The songs on Home, however, while boasting a heavy and headbanging coolness like the Deftones with a touch of Faith No More funkiness, tend toward the unremarkable and redundant. The lack of hooks aside, Home still sounds excellent, thanks to producer Toby Wright (Fishbone, Korn), who ably captured the band's ample instrumental and vocal talent. Still, most listeners would be hard-pressed to sing along--or describe the difference between--"Home," "Denial," and several of the other aggro, riff-based songs on Home. While vocalist Lajon Witherspoon is powerful and melodic and writes thoughtful, personal lyrics, a welcome diversion is the addition of Skunk Anansie singer Skin on "Licking Cream," her wailing wakes (and shakes!) up the song and the record. It may be where their hearts are, but Home won't make Sevendust household names. Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The new kings of heavy metal
Just because lead singer Lajon Witherspoon is black, don't dismiss him as a rapper with a heavy metal band at his arsenal, because that is definately NOT what Sevendust is. Sevendust is straight-up heavy metal. No but's about it. They are easily the heaviest band out there, and every person in the band has an awesome talent at their instrument. Guitarists John Connoly and Clint Lowery are 1-2 punch guitarists, almost as good as James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett. Bassist Vince Hornsby holds his own punping awesome bass lines, and Morgan Rose punds the skins like no one else. Everyone in the band has a singing part also. But the band's secret weapon is singer Lajon. His voice is so great that it's haunting. He can both sing and scream with the best of them. A run-down of all the tracks on a scale on 1 to 5.... 1. Home-Nice opener, heavy intro, cool vocals by Rose (4/5) 2. Denial-The 1st single, bone crunching riffs and great screaming by Lajon (5/5) 3. Headtrip-Very cool song, love the chorus, also love when Lajon screams "NEVER FORGET THE PAIN! " (4.5/5) 4. Insecure-Sort of a prelude to Reconnect, not great, another good song could be filled in here (2/5) 5. Reconnect-Excellent, very nice chorus, great songwriting on this track (4.5/5) 6. Waffle-The 2nd single, one of the heaviest tracks here, starts slow, gets ROCK HARD (4.5/5) 7. Rumble Fish-Another LOUD track, most of it is screaming, but it's awesome (4.5/5) 8. Licking Cream-The highlight of the album, ITS AWESOME! Skin from Skunk Anansie guest stars on this track, and her voice combined with Lajon's is beautiful (5/5) 9. Grasp-More melodic, I don't care for it (2/5) 10. Crumbled-The heaviest track on "Home", very cool chorus where Connoly sings also (his voice is really cool) (4.5/5) 11. Grasshopper-A track where bassist Hornsby messes around and sings some stupid acoustic song. Entertaining though (3.5/5) 12. Bender-Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno guests on this track, and his voice only contributes. Its a very haunting track (4/5) Overall, if you like Staind, Machine Head, Metallica, or any metal band, you should DEFINATELY check this out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quite a good CD, but Sevendust can do better...
This CD is a good addition to your collection. Songs like "Denial", "Headtrip", "Reconnect", "Bender", and "Licking Cream" are truly remarkable, showing a diverse and pleasant use of melody by frontman Lajon Witherspoon, and being quite different from Sevendust's first record's songs. I would say that Lajon is one of the greatest singers in metal - or music, if you mind! - today, his screaming is fantastic but his SINGING is unique, adding peculiar soul influences to the guitars of Sevendust. It gets even better in "Animosity"... However, there are some weak points. "Home" is even shorter in length than its predecessor. And while there are some great songs, there are some filler tracks, like "Grasshopper". Two or three songs also lack personality; that would be the case, in my opinion. The guitar work in the self titled CD was also far more expressive...

Thumbs up go to Lajon's singing, to the stand-out tracks mentioned above, and also to the guest appearances by Skin from Skunk Anansie in Licking Cream, and Deftones' amazing singer, Chino, in Bender.

5-0 out of 5 stars the only cd i'v ever worn the bottom off of-ITS THAT GOOD!!!
To be honest-Sevendust's debut didn't impress me.My whole view of the band changed once "Denial" hit the airwaves and I bought "Home".I dare you to find me a better so called "new metal" album.

1. Home 10/10 the choppy riffs are just the start of great things to come
2. Denial 20/10 the best sevendust song ever, i can listen to this all day and night and never get tired it's just amazing
3. Headtrip 15/10 the second best Sevendust song ever very aggressive and brilliantly crafted
4. Insecure 10/10 even this little 1 minute guitar lead in is amazing
5. Reconnect 9/10 i usually skip reconnect to get to the next couple of tracks but still a great song
6. Waffle 10/10 good, old fashioned sevendust here folks-the second single off the album which didn't see as much airplay as Denial
7. Rumble Fish 10/10 Sevendust really release some aggression here and throw in some of the best chopped up guitar patterns ever
8. Licking Cream 12/10 the third best Sevendust song ever I can't get tired of this one-the whole Lajon and Skin (Skunk Anansie) combo is amazing-definitely worth your time
9. Grasp 9/10 good song, but overlooked
10. Crumbled 10/10 awesome track i love how the bass really stand out
11. Feel So 9/10 good effort but usually i'll pass
12. Grasshopper 10/10 haha I like the little 8 second cowboy thing
13. Bender 10/10 amazing combo of Chino (Deftones) and Lajon rock out the end of the album-a definite stand out track

I praise Sevendust for their work on this album.Definitely in my Top 5 albums of all time.Well done! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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A diverse cast of characters helped create this impressive, four-years-in-the-works solo debut from legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. The vintage ultra-heavy Sabbath musicality gives the disc a cohesiveness despite the variety of voices and lyrics penned by 10 different singers. Skin (of Skunk Anansie) has a lovely, precise delivery that contrasts with the dirgelike feel of "Meat," while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl turns in a performance that mixes the Foos, Nine Inch Nails, and Sabbath on "Goodbye Lament." Ian Astbury's dramatic vocals on "Flame On" are especially suited to the material, which in this case sounds like Danzig. Also perfect for the portentous vibe is Billy Idol, whose sensual snarl and trademark "yow!" on "Into the Night" is a highlight, despite lame lyrics. A few singers miss the mark: Type O Negative's Peter Steele's deep bass out-Goths the material and Henry Rollins sounds silly. But Iommi's stellar strategic solos (at times they achieve aJimmy Page-like mysticism) and retro Sabbath stylings make Iommi amust-listen for old-school metal mongers. Black light posters optional. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Lives!!
Well, just when everybody said heavy metal (the good stuff, not Sliknot...ick) was dead, here comes Tony Iommi, the Godfather, the Originator, THE first true heavy metal guitarist of the first true Heavy Metal band (forget Page). Black Sabbath fans rejoice, this is Sabbath version 2 (Yes, I know the band has changed 8 kazillion times). What I mean is, Tony's extremely dark riffs are there in all their gloom, but his guitar playing has evolved way beyond his most famous stuff with Black Sabbath. The whole album is like this: early 70s Sabbath riffs + Modern faster riffs + cool solos + modern vocals and drums=Tony Iommi! This album also features a host of extremely famous singers, including Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, The cool singer from System of a Down (not that I like the band), Billy Corgan, Billy Idol, and...yes, folks...OZZY OSBOURNE!!! YES!! THE OZZMAN COMETH!! Though this may not be a good thing. Those who thought his voice was weird in his classic stuff should prepare for a bombardment of Ozzy gone bizarre....Interesting though, Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward plays drums on that song ("Who's Fooling Who")...Also, Brian May, famed guitarist of Queen plays 2nd guitar on some songs. Here is my breakdown of the songs (the ones I like best) Laughing Man (In the Devil Mask)-with Henry Rollins, this is a fast, harsh song, with a -gasp-fast solo! Meat-Incredibly heavy riffs, interesting singer (Skin) Goodbye Lament-catchy song with the Foo Fighters guy Patterns-With Serj Tankian of System of a Down, VERY cool singer, very cool song! More heavy riffing, semi-chanted lyrics Black Oblivion-long epic song with Billy Corgan, very fantasy-like. Who's Fooling Who-WITH OZZY!! Need I say more? Into the Night-Another fantasy metal adventure....hehe, with Billy Idol of all people. Also has an un-Iommi like fast solo

Anyway, those disappointed with the current crop of new Hard Metal bands, or Metallica's last two new albums (Load, ReLoad), or Black Sabbath fans would really like this, highly recommended. Also, Tony Iommi has a REALLY cool looking guitar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Metal's best guitarist shows how it is really done.
For anyone who knows Black Sabbath well enough, you know what to expect on this disc: Thick, Memorable, Epic guitar riffs. Add to that a side of metal & rock music's finest vocalists. And that's how you get Iommi, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's solo debut.

There are a lot of good surprises on here. Most of all from Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters on "Goodbye Lament," which is undoubtedly the best song on here, very well pieced together. "Patterns" with Serj Tankian from System of a Down is another one I liked, Serj's voice sounding weirdly like Ozzy's in some sense's, basically a major change from anything System of a Down have done before. "Black Oblivion" is another highlight of the album. I think Billy Corgans vocals compliment Tony's riffing very well. Henry Rollins fits in perfect on "Laughing Man (In the Devil Mask)." "Time Is Mine" sounds a little too much like Pantera's cover of Sabbath's "Electric Funeral," but is still a great song on it's own. "Just Say No To Love" featuring Pete Steele of Type O Negative is another favorite of mine, the downtuned guitars add to Pete's eerie voice and make a true standout.

If you are one of those people who calls Wes Borland a great guitarist, WAKE UP! Listen to this and you will never think the same way again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good
I bought this album because I love Black Sabbath and especially Tony Iommi's guitar work, but this album doesn't sound like Iommi at all, it sounds like metal, but there aren't many signature Iommi licks, and the songs aren't that good. Even with the broad range of vocalists featured, this album sucks. ... Read more

Asin: B00004XR1P

Inches From the Mainline
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
list price: $12.98
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4-0 out of 5 stars Taking over the metal scene
This CD is a great major label debut. Learning the ropes first on Ozzfest 2000, then going back out on the road with Soulfly and downset., this band is great. Being backed by Ozzy himself on his record label, Divine, doesn't hurt either. Songs like 'I Can't Die' and 'Fallout' display the extremes the vocalist can go through. The crunchy guitar work makes this a great, catchy, metal album that will definitely stay in your CD player for a long while. Inches From The Mainline is something everyone should own .

5-0 out of 5 stars Are you a [fan??]
SLAVES ON DOPE rock! These guys took their one of a kind rock to LA back a few years ago to show the states what Slaves On Dope are made of, and a deal from Divine (Ozzy's label) and a spot on the second stage of Ozzfest 2000 helped them do just that. They have recently toured with metal legends Soulfly and the new hard rock act, (hed)pe. Look for them on this years Sno-Core Tour.

Inches From The Mainline was released on Oct 3rd and hasn't stopped rocking. My favorite songs are I Can't Die, Thanks For Nothing, and Inches From The Mainline.

Do yourself a favor and see exactly why Ozzy signed them to his label. ....

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
...Now back to Inches. I love every song on this cd with the exeption of I Can't Die in which I give a 7/10. The rest of the cd is 20/10. ... Read more

Asin: B00004YMU6
Sales Rank: 110780

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