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    Angel Dust
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (16 June, 1992)
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    An amazing album, Angel Dust unfortunately has limited appeal, although perhaps "unfortunately" isn't the right word; the record's oddities are also what make it such a fascinating listen. "Land of Sunshine" is a rocker with a foot-tapping rhythm punctuated by insane laughter from vocalist Mike Patton, whose distinctive voice and frequently disturbing lyrics drive the album. To call it hard rock does Angel Dust a disservice; it's far more musically complex than such a label implies. There's the funk-influenced "Midlife Crisis," the ballad "RV" (a bitter monologue from the point of view of a middle-aged discontent sitting in his trailer), the hard-edged claustrophobia of "Smaller and Smaller," and the rock-married-to-electronic-organ "Be Aggressive," which includes positively inspired cheerleader chants on the chorus. Impossible to classify but incredibly entertaining (there isn't a single boring moment on this album), Angel Dust is well worth picking up. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dead, Buried, and LOLerskating.
    Eric James Cooper makes a good point, "Faith No More is dead and buried." Yes, that is pretty darn close to the truth, the Faith No More legacy went plop a while ago: and from the ashes rose the Patton legacy, arguably ten times more unique, and probably more spine tingling then anything Faith No More has done. Regardless of this fact, discovering this buried band is a fantastic treat, and maybe a bit of history.

    The first time I turned on Angel Dust I was disgusted. The second time, I was disgusted. The third time, I was disgusted. After about 50 stabs at this CD, and lots of time spent reading how great this CD was, I just gave up. I put Angel Dust away, and ignored it for a while. I eventually came back, and on my first listen, I was blown away. Several years later, and this album still receives attention from my CD-player. It's hard to describe Angel Dust, but given the opportunity, I present a simple plan to put this album into perspective:

    Step 1: Spend the day listening to an alternative radio station. Key in on all the nu-metal songs. Take a few notes if you want to, note the repetition, the movement through the notions, and the general lack of interest in the music from the musicians.
    Step 2: Listen to Angel Dust.
    Step 3: Listen to the radio again.

    I'm not trying to be pompous or anything, but in terms "wow" this album is pretty high up there. Combining elements of funk, rock, rap, metal, throwing in keyboards, and featuring enough vocal variety to give most listeners more then their fill, Angel Dust is a dangerously varied album. If you think Linkin Park has it made with their keyboard-synth effects, then Faith No More must be in heaven, because the keyboards on Angel Dust are fantastic. I'm not sure I would call Angel Dust "highly influential," because you really could attribute Faith No More's influences to their other, more mainstream albums, but this album still is a bit of a grab-bag of influences. Never conforming to a set style, Angel Dust tackles the not-so-simple subject matter of a mid-life crisis, through a series of songs, which are loosely connected by theme.

    Simply, what makes this album so amazing, is the sheer amount of variety and quality. Everything on this album is top-notch, with no throw-away songs, and every song has its own style. And even if you don't like a song, chances are there's something on this album for you - Patton and company mix it up enough that this album could pass as a mix, with a single vocalist.

    Angel Dust was groundbreaking when it first came out, and listening to some of the stuff on the radio today, Angel Dust still sounds pretty groundbreaking. This is one of those amazing albums, timeless, high in quality, and musically mature, and chances are this album will outgrow you before you outgrow it. This is definitely a top 10 album of all time, and definitely an underrated masterpiece.

    If you claim to like music, you need to pick this one up, and at least TRY to get into it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Unique and interesting record.
    By this point, the instrumentalists had gelled into a tight unit, what little looseness may have been found on "The Real Thing" is gone, but most importantly, vocalist Mike Patton is clearly integrated into the band and is obviously more comfortable, both with himself and the material I suspect.The result is stunning-- Patton delivers vocals of endless diversity, everything from straighforward rock singing, screaming, rapping, crooning, and even some of the vocalizations that became much more prevelent on his later work.

    The material on "Angel Dust" moves through a number of moods, and is at its best when its at its most experimental-- take standout track "RV", a song from the point of view of a middle-aged white trash father, spoken word vocals alternating with extraorindary singing over a countryish jazz sound, or "Small and Smaller", which pulls you in with its grunting bass and brilliant vocalizations and really is the sort of melodrama the band excels at.

    Admittedly, there is quite a bit of straightforward material, but much of it is of consistently high quality ("Land of Sunshine", the haunting "Midlife Crisis", "Everything's Ruined").In fact, what little is uninteresting is always saved by either great bass work ("Kindergarten"), vocals ("Caffeine"), or outside guitar noise ("Malpractice").

    Granted, there's a couple misses-- "Be Aggressive", with its cheerleader vocals sounds like a better idea on paper than it is on record and "Jizzlobber" is kind of a mess (although still fairly enjoyable), but all in all, this is a great album.Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just another 5-star review...
    This album really needs no explanation. It's simply brilliant.
    The best songs are, IMO, "Midlife Crisis", "Everything's Ruined", "Be Aggressive", and "Crack Hitler". Every single song is amazing, though some of them take a little bit longer to get into, so to speak ("Jizzlobber" and "Smaller and Smaller" come to mind). I loved this album upon first listen, but I think that it will take more than a couple for the average listener to really appreciate. This is a musical journey I highly recommend you take. Rock on, Faith No More! ... Read more

    Asin: B000002LRX
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Funk Metal    4. Hard Rock    5. Heavy Metal    6. Pop    7. Rock   


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    Disco Volante
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 October, 1995)
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    Imagine Frank Zappa composing the soundtrack for Ed Wood's Plan Nine from Outer Space, or the Residents unleashing a techno-dance project: that should give you some idea of Mr. Bungle's Disco Volante, an album of cheesy synthesizers, mangled disco beats, virtuosic playing, and juvenile noises. Like the Residents, Mr. Bungle is a Northern California band that obscures its true identity (it shares members with Faith No More) by prohibiting photos of its members and by using such funny names as I Quit (the drummer) and Uncooked Meat Prior to State Vector Collapse (the keyboardist). Like Zappa, the Mr. Bungle musicians like to show off their classical, jazz, and worldbeat influences in fast, difficult passages that are technically impressive but never seem to go anywhere.All but three of the album's dozen pieces feature lyrics, but the vocals are so deeply buried in the mix that the words are virtually indecipherable. The pieces are more accurately described as aural montages than songs, for short sections erupt and suddenly disappear, replaced by another passage just as well played and just as clever but with little connection to what preceded it. For listeners who enjoy the constant surprise of such arbitrary musical detours, Mr. Bungle provides much better musicianship than the Residents but less coherence than Zappa. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I had no thoughts but for the teeth
    It's hard to believe a band that only survived through three albums could have covered the mind-numbing amount of ground Mr Bungle did.The reason this group's criminally brief discography eclipses those of bands with two, three, four times the number of releases is because they had no boundaries.Everything was fair game.No style was too straight or difficult to twist into irreverant perversion, no lyrics too ridiculous or offensive.The self-titled debut tore into the jazz influences of Naked City's John Zorn with a ridiculously bombastic blend of heavy metal, porno antics, and freak-out circus swing.The third and final venture, California, took a similarly eclectic swipe at sun-bleached surf rock.And all the while the members retained a level of phenomenal talent and composition.

    Disco Volante is, stylistically and thematically and everything-else-ally, Mr Bungle's most difficult period.It takes more time to fully swallow and the hooks are not as immediate or obvious.For that reason it's probably not as wise a place to start as the aforementioned albums.For the same reason it is, in my opinion, the most rewarding thing this band has done.

    Not to say there aren't moments of pure pop jubilation (check out the last half of "Carry Stress in the Jaw"), but overall this is a living, breathing creature far too complex to be experienced as simply a series of tunes or experiments.At times the album leaps into operatic binges of sonic juxstaposition, clashing sounds together to create jarring, psychadelic effect.At other times the music creeps along in subtle melody, pulling imagery out of the headphones without needing to resort to saturating lyrical exposition.In fact, the lyrical content here is mostly of the absurd, dreamscape variety.Some of the content is even disturbing, particularly on sinisterly retrospective cuts like "Everyone I Went to Highschool With is Dead" and "After School Special".

    The end result is a surreal masterpiece that's all but impossible to describe.Don't be fooled into thinking Disco Volante is a mish-mash of over the top theatrics.It's musical.Exceedingly musical.The ideas here sparked some of the most prolific projects of the Bungle members post break-up."Desert Search for Techno Allah", a track for a Buddhist cult on LSD, very much gives a glimpse into what would become the defining epic-world sound of Trey Spruance's Secret Chiefs 3."The Bends", a narrative piece split into several distinct "sections" or "sub-plots", would be expanded upon later in Mike Patton's Fantomas project, particularly on the sprawling Delirium Cordia.

    Of course, Disco Volante will always stand on it's own, even among the albums of a group notorious for innovation.I can't listen to it straight through without being blown away or finding myself absorbed in a a musical element I had never noticed before.For that reason, and also because it's just an incredibly orchestrated piece of art, Disco Volante is probably my favorite album of the nineties.Buy it.Immediately.You'll probably hate it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as self title
    But it still blows all the others out of the water.This Album is just insane, even the softest song "Chemical Marriage" had me jumping around to the sound track esque type music.Much Like California this album has tons of overtones and plenty of random bursts of action.If you are anyone who likes Mr Bungle or Mike Patton (the greates musician ever) then you HAVE to get this.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Unique, but lacking in some way.
    Trey Spruance, in speaking of another record he played on, referred to it as experimentation and free association improv without purpose.While I disagree with him on that record, I feel thats largely the reason I can never enjoy "Disco Volante" as much as many other people.Being direct-- the album is interesting, its full of all sorts of moments that are unique, exciting, entertaining, and intriguing ("Violenza Domestica", "The Bends"), but in the end, I can't bring myself to feel much about it.

    Now I come from a different stance than most folks-- I approached Mr. Bungle as a historical entity-- I came to them recently through my interest in John Zorn-- and so I've the luxury of having heard this after I first heard "California", a record that shows in my assessment a band in full flight, and feels much more purpose-driven and conceptually sound.This one seems to be a search for a direction-- its an entertaining listen, and it certainly is an experiment and genre blending, but ultimately its more of a curiosity than a work of brilliance in my mind. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002N0B
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Experimental    4. Experimental Rock    5. Funk Metal    6. Heavy Metal    7. Pop    8. Rock   


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    Small Change
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars His best album
    This album has it all you come to espect from Tom. It has the pretty balads like Ton Traubert Blues even with his bad voice it does not ruin song. Then next there is step right up one of the most cleaver songs i ever heard as funny as hell he probably has not ever perform it live the same way twice. I also like I can't wait to get of work and the piano has been drinking they are sweet cute songs. I usually just like singers with good voices but i like Tom even though his voice kinda of sucks because he is a great songwriter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never judge a book......
    The Piano Has Been Drinking (not me) was the first track I ever heard on this record. It smacked of a Foster Brooks type of comedy.
    The rest of this recording was not expected. Tom Waits entered my album collection with "favorite" status. The sweet melodies and gravel rough vocals mixed to make some of the most memorable (new music to me in 1976) songs I had ever heard.
    The beautiful mix of thoughtful and clever lyrics and bluesy piano made an indelable impression on my then young mind.
    Give yourself a chance to get used to this mans voice, then you'll see that his stories in song are sweet, sad, funny, real, and unmistakably Tom Waits.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!
    Beautiful recording.Tom's growl over his melancholic piano playing is pure genious.This album has that down-in-the-gutter feel to it, you get transported to those old bars where Tom used to play. If you like Tom's early work this is definately an album you should get. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002GY9
    Sales Rank: 2582
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Singer/Songwriter   


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    Book of Horizons
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 May, 2004)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I think this might be my first 5 star review.
    I can't help it though.The band truly realizes their potential on this album.It is a culmination and a breakthrough.While the group still employs the same mediums as before (mediteranian, metal, ambient, arabic, morricone) they reach a plain that never existed on the other albums.I found earlier records to be challenging at first (not always a bad thing) while this record is both accesible as well as rewarding in the long term.Each listen will undoubtledly bring a new discovery.We may never get another Mr. Bungle record but we can still be dragged through the ringer by these guys.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best in the series
    This band has molded itself with each album. They seemed a bit unstablished (if that is a word) with the first album, and the second one was more music then anything. Then Book M came out and combines the talents of the first and second album together and made a hard core album. Although I found Book M a bit boring after awhile I still enjoyed the band a bunch.

    When this came out I wasnt expecting much since Book M was really starting to feel like an old book, and the band wasnt moving forward but when I got a hold of Books, I was completely wrong. This album was so well done and broke from the same mold the first 3 did. It seems like they finally figured out what talent they had and made what I consider one of the 3 best albums released in 2004.

    If you liked Secret Chiefs 3 before, you will love them now!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Instrumentation Galore
    I am not a fan of albums that lack vocals or vocal effects.Having said that, this album is the exception to the rule.I actually think vocals would ruin much of this music.It may help to have a soft whisper or a few spoken words here and there to break up the monotony of pure instrumentation.There are some lyrics on...I think 3 songs, but the guy is using one of those death metal voices.I have started skipping those songs. I do keep playing this CD, God help me!There are some haunting violin parts that keep playing through my day...Altogether, an awesome effort from Spruance, but some Goldfrapp or Portishead vocals could've made this album one of the best of all time. ... Read more

    Asin: B00023B1ZI
    Sales Rank: 52672
    Subjects:  1. Experimental Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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    Terria
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless atmospheric melodic metal
    Terria is simply one of the most amazing pieces of music I've come across in ages. My first introduction to Devin Townsend was with Strapping Young Lad, but Terria is a cut above the rest. This albulm is perfectly produced and the atmospheric quality to the sound drenches the listener. My personal favorites on the CD are No ones here, earth day and stagnate but all of the songs are worth listening to over and over again. buy this alblum and make your friends listen to it. they'll thank you. SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF DEVIN TOWNSEND.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Please excuse me while I become obsessed with Devin Townsend
    CD came in the mail today and it is simply the most amazing music I have EVER heard in my life.Didn't know it was humanly possible to make this.Even better than Ocean Machine (the only other one I have).Liked it so much I ordered the rest of his albums right then.I'll write a longer review once I understand a single song on the CD, maybe...

    5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS I'VE EVER LISTENED....
    ..AND I HAVE LIKE2500 CD'S. THIS ALBUM IS BEAUTIFUL, HEAVY, MELLOW AND AT THE SAME TIME CRAZY AND FEROCIOUS.
    MUCH BETTER THAN SYL AND HIS OTHER SOLO ALBUMS. MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES ARE "EARTH DAY" AND THE INCREDIBLE EPIC "STAGNANT".

    IF U LIKE MUSIC U MUST LIKE TERRIA. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005Y2EN
    Sales Rank: 102776
    Subjects:  1. Metal   


    Stag
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (16 July, 1996)
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    Stag is adulterated Melvins, which is a good thing. Yes, Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and their bass player of the moment (Mark Deutrom) still pound away to wake the devil. But the trademark metal chuggers frequently give way to surprisingly musical moments. Sitar, trombone, slide guitar, keyboards, and scratches soften the edges of the music. "Lacrimosa" is ambient chopped apart by power chords. Despite its Satanic subject matter, "Black Bock," sounds less like Black Sabbath than the Archies Stag is most appealing when the Melvins betray their roots, and that's about half the time.--Steven Stolder ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This USED!
    Don't buy from an american seller on amazon.com; they charge insane amounts of money! as you may notice! I don't know why this important piece of the Melvins catalogue is currently unavailable in America, but you can get it at a reasonable price at amazon.co.uk -- do it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I don't understand...
    This is the best Melvins album i've heard yet! Its up there with Hudini, and Stoner Witch! A little better even. Its got some fantastic songs. Some of their stuff is hard to swallow but that what makes it great. This is an experimental grunge album that hits the right note with me!

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Of all the Melvins records. . ."
    The most concise review I can pull off:". . .this is the one."This one dragged me through some bench presses and i laughed, causing pain. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002J8Y
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Grunge    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Rock   


    King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 March, 1995)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Their Second Best
    this wasn't their best but still was a good one.The best one is "The Real Thing". Get this one after you get "The Real Thing".
    This one has songs like "Digging The Grave" ,and "Get Out".
    After this one get "Angel Dust".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Faith no more:Kings for a Lifetime!
    FNM is a great band, bar none.They are gifted musicians who were often overlooked because they were ahead of their time.Their ability to fuse Metal, Rock, Jazz, and Punk into songs of varying themes and tempo's makes them a band apart from all the rest.They had a strong following that allowed them to carry through days of speed and thrash metal, as well as hair band rock, alternative and grunge times as well.

    KFAD FFAL is a superb album, it is different from "The Real Thing" and Angel Dust..but it still stands out to me.The songs have strong messages and heavy riffs with great crescendo despite some of them being short, hard hitting verses.If you want to know what Alternative music Was before "Alternative Music" hit the scene..check out Faith no more and give a listen to King for a day, fool for a lifetime.The album is an acquired taste but I garuntee it will grow on you!

    1. Get Out
    2. Ricochet
    3. Evidence
    4. Gentle Art of Making Enemies
    5. Star A.D.Listen
    6. Cuckoo for Caca
    7. Caralho Voador
    8. Ugly in the Morning
    9. Digging the Grave
    10. Take This Bottle
    11. King for a Day
    12. What a Day
    13. Last to Know
    14. Just a Man

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb genre smashing effort.
    "King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime" is often maligned as the failed Faith No More album-- with Trey Spruance from Mr. Bungle replacing departed guitarist Jim Martin and joining his Bungle bandmate Mike Patton, the results are in many ways as expected.With the benefit of history, its clear this is the most Patton-driven Faith No More album.Given that I approach Faith No More as a Mike Patton fan, and its his work that interests me, its no suprise that this is my favorite Faith No More record.

    While the influence of Spruance and Patton on this recording is obvious, this is not like its contemporary Mr. Bungle albums (although in some ways, it is similar to "California").The record is an excercise in spreading the wings, musically, of the band, and succeeds best when they move into different genres-- the jazz-inflected grooves of "Evidence" (a feature for Spruance's guitar playing) and "Caralho Voador" (a vocal feature for Patton), the horn-driven "lounge metal" sound of "Star A.D." and the countryesque ballad "Take This Bottle" (with one of Patton's best "straight" vocals) are all superb, not to mention the Bunglish "Cuckoo for Caca" and "Ugly in the Morning"-- neither of these would be altogether out of place on a Mr. Bungle album.

    The material that feels more like the other Faith No More pieces works well too-- benefiting largely from superior arrangement and variety of sonic approaches ("Get Out", "King For a Day", "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies", "Digging the Grave").

    Long story short, if you approach Faith No More as a Mike Patton fan or a Mr. Bungle fan rather than an alternative/metal fan, this is the album to start with, it is bar none their best. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002MTI
    Sales Rank: 14118
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Funk Metal    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Rock   


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    Infinity
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars refreshingly different! amazing!
    this is one of the most amazingly experimental albums i have ever heard! every song is so foreign, yet, GENIUS. i think that every true metalhead can appreciate this masterpiece!

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    this album is truly amazing. genius. this is one album that you devy fans will HAVE to buy. it's by far one of his more experimental albums. in fact, this is one of THE most experimental albums i have ever heard. first, this masterpiece begins with "Truth". a great album opener, and a soothing a triumphant one at that. then comes "Christeen". this song just makes you feel downright good. then...."Bad Devil". this is one of the more.....different songs i have ever come across. and i mean that in the best way possible. you'll have to see for yourself. you know what? i think you'll just have to hear this all by yourself, and you'll know why this is very difficult to rate. yessir. DONT PASS IT UP! ... Read more

    Asin: B000063KNI
    Sales Rank: 17148
    Subjects:  1. Metal   


    Sabotage
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt the GREATEST Sabbath album!!!
    "Sabotage" separates the true Black Sabbath fans from those only into albums like "Master of Reality" or "Paranoid". Not that there is anything wrong with the early-70's albums, they are classics. "Sabotage", however, was the culmination of ALL the elements that made Black Sabbath the quintessential heavy metal band of the 70's. "Sabotage" is full of some of the best riffs in the Sabbath catalog('Hole In the Sky','Symptom of the Universe'), the darkest soundscapes('Megalomania', 'Supertzar'), the finest lyrics('The Writ', 'Thrill of It All'), and overall, the greatest flow. "Sabotage" is the ULTIMATE STONER album. An album that was designed to be listened to as a whole, while zoned out on good weed or acid. If you are going to buy one Sabbath album, make it "Sabotage". You will end up wanting to take it to your grave!!! So think beyond 'Paranoid' and 'War Pigs', and check out Black Sabbath at their creative peak, you will not regret it!!! Get buzzed and everything is going to work out fine...yeah-e-yeah...check out "Sabotage" and blow you mind!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Great Packaging, UNACCEPTABLE Tracking!!!
    You'd think after all the effort Castle put into the packaging (which is extraordinary), that SOMEONE at Castle would have bothered to LISTEN to their final product.They cut a note off of the end of "Hole in the Sky".After the split-sec pause due to the hardware changing tracks, you hear it at the beginning of "Don't Start (Too Late)".Subsequently, they did the same to the end of "Don't Start ..." and the beginning of "Symptom of the Universe" which really KILLS the cool effect of the contrast-rich and sudden-changing medley on the original Analog recordings.They should have either put in the additional effort or just made the first 3 songs one track to preserve the effect.VERY SLOPPY!

    As for remastering from the original ... all I can say is the songs sound the same in quality as older releases.It seems that all you get is:same quality as before, original order of songs from the UK release ("The Writ" & "Am I Going Insane" swapped), and 3 of 4 more seconds of screaming at the end of "Am I Going ..." (which doesn't add any value to the song).

    Bottom Line?If you want a decoration, buy this.If the music is more important to you, save some cash and buy the Warner Bros. release.I'm going to recut the tracks on my PC, burn a new CD, and hang this one on the wall or something.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very eclectic album with mixed results
    While Black Sabbath were expanding their sound with each successive album, it was on Sabotage where their eclecticism reached its fruition. Ozzy Osbourne is spotlighted here as his emotional vocals match the mood of each song very well. The music is more based on melody here than Tony Iommi's riffs which while not as plentiful are still impressive. However, while past epics like "War Pigs" and "Children Of The Grave" benefited from their long track lengths, some songs here go on longer than necessary which drags the album down.

    The opening "Hole In The Sky" is the heaviest song here and is highlighted by Ozzy's screaming vocals and a very simple but nasty riff from Iommi. "Thrill Of It All" is led by a funky (!) riff before it goes into its melodic chorus. The keyboards on this track work very well, much better than the attempts on their previous album Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath. "The Writ" continues the band's reputation of more great riffs in one song than most bands do on one album. The pleasant surprise is during its soft choruses where the acoustic guitars and keyboards make the track sound like a lullaby. After this, the songs aren't as consistent. "Symptom Of The Universe" is the best known track here and for the first 4:25, it's Sabbath at their best. Ozzy's vocals are top notch, Bill Ward's drumming is very intense and the riffs just keep on coming. However, when the song becomes a jazzier affair, it just doesn't gel. The live version on Ozzy's Speak Of The Devil cuts out the jazzy outro and is stronger than the original. "Megalomania" is like a soundtrack to a horror flick at its beginning before building in momentum into its theme. While this is a very strong track, it would have been stronger if a couple minutes were shaved off. The same goes for "Supertzar" which while unique in its interplay between the choir and Iommi would have made a better 1:30 intro rather than a near 4-minute song. "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" is the biggest attempt at garnering a hit. While many diehard fans hate this track, lyrically it fits in with the album's themes of despair and paranoia. Having it placed between "Supertzar" and "The Writ" throws the album off base as well. If it were placed after "Hole In The Sky", the album would be a more cohesive listen. All told, while the experimentation here must be commended, the length of a few tracks hurt the album. Newcomers may want to purchase Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Master of Reality before checking out Sabotage.
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    Sales Rank: 21105
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. British Metal    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    Electroretard
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 February, 2001)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars For the Completist
    Any rabid fan of what has become and what has been the melvins should seek out this album. An album of 'covers', some of which happen to be catalog melvins titles, the band dramatically reinterprets what's gone before and very liberally makes it their own, 'Lovely Butterfly' and 'Revolve' stand out. A Cows cover, a Pink Floyd cover and a twelve minute marathon 'Youth of America' make appearances and round out an oddities collection done most proper by the greatest band of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You people are nuts!
    I am going against the grain here.Ozma sucks!Gluey is boring!I know that most of you would kill me now if you had the chance.But let us face facts here.The Melvins are now one of the best bands ever.They really were influential and creative way back when, but so was black sabbath.and i hate sabbath.electroretard has an extremely rad version of revolve, youth of america is 8 minutes of mind numbing bliss, and everything else is great.Buzz, you have come a long way. Electroretard is great, however hostile amient takeover is one of the best albums ever.Rock onward young consumers!

    4-0 out of 5 stars more like
    more like, less bash! don't listen to those yahoos below me; they know nossing! this album has some covers, some reworkings, some noise. all great. you know this if you're here. ... Read more

    Asin: B000054259
    Sales Rank: 126817
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Grunge    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Rock   


    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    Last weekend my borther and I went to a record store to do some shopping, and we found this CD set that featured BLACK SABBATH'S Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage together on one disc for $19.99; the catch was that it was a rare promotional "test mix" of these albums, so each one is missing a song or two(this album is missing Fluff) and the quality is very rough. Still I find that it was certainly worth the price of admission, as both albums rock, especially this one. The creativity is at perhaps a high for SABBATH, and I'll argue that this album features hands-down the best guitar work of any SABBATH album. Iommi is that good here. The riffs range from dark and oddly melancholic at times to the classic bluesy rock that we have known to love from the boys in black, to some incredible acoustic and softer stuff. The solos shred so much here, and on some songs there are cool guitar effects used to enhance the sound which really work well. Fantastic work. Geezer's bass rumbles here in tremendous fashion, never elenting from that mighty throb that is the pulse of SABBATH'S rythm section. Bill Ward's stellar drumming is put to great effect as usual; the man certainly doesn't get enough credit. While never over-powering, his style is just unique and perfect to their sound. On the other end of the musical spectrum we also get to hear use of piano and synths, which is really cool too. Finally onto the vocals; even though on this CD the vocals are muffled(being the test mix) when listening cloesly enough you can just hear how great he sounded. Lyrically this is another strong effort, continuing in grand SABBATH traditional of thought-provking lyrics. Every aspect of this album is excellent, and it continues the string of amazing 70's albums by SABBATH, whose streak of great records is topped only by the incomprable IRON MAIDEN.


    1.) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath- This album starts off with a bang with the immense title track, and the opening riff just sets the tone in perfect fashion. Heavy and dark through the verses, it lightens up a bit for the stellar chorus. The solos here are right up with some of SABBATH'S finest work, and the lyrics are awesome too. Ozzy is in great form. A perfect way to start this masterpiece.

    2.) A National Acrobat- Another magnificent piece, starting with a lazy/bluesy guitar riff before exploding into a heavy and melancholic verse section. This is a longer song that progresses nicely as it plugs along. One of my favorite's on the album, some tremendous lyrics again. Iommi shines throughout this one especially, and Geezer's bass perfectly complements it.

    3.) Sabbra Caddabra- Starting with a more uptempo, bouncy riff this marks a change form the first two songs which adds to the album's depth. Very fun song, showcasing Ward's tremdnous ability at using the hi-hat to his advantage. About midway through there's is some excellent keyboard and piano use when the song slows a bit. Another fantastic song.

    4.) Killing Yourself To Live-My favorite song on the album, this one starts with a riff that could only be written by Iommi, just a heavy rocking one that will get stuck in your head. Following it is one of the more interetsing aspects of the song; the guitars have that "under water" feeling to them(think MAIDEN'S Strange World) which I just love and is continued through the verses. The chorus is extremely strong again, and the lead work here is nothing short of impressive. Just an outstanding tune that keeps the album rolling along in style

    5.) Who Are You- This song is marked by a very unique and interetsing ambience that starts off the song and continues throughout, giving it a kinda "spacey" feel. Really, really cool and Ozzy's vocals fit perfectly. The middle section of this song is breathtaking as well, more great use of piano and synths to create a great atmosphere. Overall a welcomed change of pace that keeps the record sounding fresh, the mark of a truly magnificent album.

    6.) Looking For Today- A more classic sounding SABBATH tune than its precedor, the riff in htis song is a little reminiscent of Supernaut. The chorus, however, is actually one of the best parts of the album. Gliding acoustics and some cool flute thingy or something really makes the song stand out.

    7.) Spiral Architect- Finally, the album concludes strongly with this beautiful composition. Starting with a sooting acoustic intro before building up, the riffing here is really solid, and it boasts an awesome chorus to boot. Really love the feeling here, and Ozzy sounds almost triumphant here. Perfect way to close the album.


    Overall, this album is just pure SABBATH mixed some very new elements that set this album apart. Just a fantastic record that must be in your collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The first record I ever bought
    I wanted the heaviest thing I could get my thirteen year old hands on and Black Sabbath were it.At the time this was their newest album and unknown to me their most experimental and produced album.Sabbath were getting a little more ambitious:they added strings to some of the songs and synth courtesy of Rick Wakeman, and by doing so created one of their best albums.It holds up today as it did back in 1973.The riffs are killer, the songs are moving, the arrangements are complex yet still crunching.Its a masterpiece.I even like the aptly titled acoustic song Fluff because it adds some contrast with the rest of the material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    With its cover image, one would expect to be led into some dark, abysmal, terrifying journey. Flip to the back cover, and everything is serene and 'heavenly', yet all the same people are intact and present. ''What's going on here,'' you say? Are these people intrinsically evil or are thestile Ambient Takeover, their 18th album of aural idiosyncrasy. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

    Asin: B000002KET
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. British Metal    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    Art of Self-Defense [Bonus Tracks]
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    Rain Dogs
    Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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    The middle album of the trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years, Rain Dogs is Waits's best overall effort. The songs are first-rate, and there are a lot of them--19 in all, ranging from grim nightlife memoirs ("9th and Hennepin," "Singapore") to portraits of small-time hustlers ("Gun Street Girl," "Union Square") to bursts of street-corner philosophy ("Blind Love," "Time"). The album also contains the original version of "Downtown Train," which Rod Stewart turned into a smash hit. The image of "rain dogs"--animals who've lost their way home because the rain has washed away their scent--is an appropriate symbol for the entire cast of characters Waits has brought to life over the years, and this album has thus far proved to be his most enduring effort. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

    Asin: B000001FFJ
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. College Rock    3. Experimental Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Singer/Songwriter    7. United States of America   


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    I.A.O.
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    Subjects:  1. Experimental    2. Jazz    3. Pop   


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    Paegan Terrorism Tactics
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 October, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Talent
    When I was told about Acid Bath I thought to myself there prob. a metal band like the newer ones but when I heard Scream Of the Butterfly and Bones of a dead doll...I was amazed. Daxx Riggs is a very talented songwriter and singer to add to it. They lyrics rhyme its so beautiful. His deep lyrics are so beautifully written. Acid Bath is not know by many people, but they know how to rock. Even though in Scream of the Butterfly his voice gets cut out a few times doesnt mean that Acid Bath is one of the greasest bands I have ever heard of.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Almost a Mix of Down/Pantera/Sixty Watt Shaman/Eyehategod
    Acid Bath is a band i really don't know that much about. They're a really melodic, heavy band that can fuse different genres into each song, and in saying that, they're also very creative. Plus, my Girlfriend likes them alot lot (Mmhmm). Vocalist, Dax Riggs can really scream (Hence the reference to the band "Eyehategod", which he reminds me of when he does scream..), and when he sings melodically and slowly, sounds alot like Phil Anselmo from Down/Pantera/Superjoint Ritual, among others.

    As a whole i think this band would fit in the Hard Rock/Metal genre. Songs like "Paegan Love Song", "Bleed Me An Ocean", "Diab Soule", "Locust Spawning", "13 Fingers" and "New Corpse", are the heaviest songs on this album. The songs inbetween, like "Graveflower", "New Death Sensation", one of my favourite tracks "Venus Blue", and "Dead Girl" show the melodic creativity within this band.

    Acid Bath are very talented, and they can create songs that make you want to sing (Or scream) along with them, or can actually make you sad. Dax Riggs is in my top 10, of the most talented vocalists in Metal. The music can go from acoustic, to all out sludgey riffs and "Eyehategod" type screaming, then to "Down"-like melodic riffs, all in the space of one song sometimes.

    I think if you enjoy bands like Crowbar, Pantera, Down, Sixty Watt Shaman or Eyehategod, you will really enjoy Acid Bath. Unique, Creative, Melodic, Heavy and Talented. Acid Bath are all those things and alot more. This album is easily 5/5 and highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Psychedelic Bloodbath
    If somebody told you there was an album released almost 10 years ago that was a near flawless masterpiece and you've never heard of it, you probably wouldn't believe them.If the album was so great you would've heard about it by now, right?Normally, that would be true, but not in this case.
    For whatever reason, whether it was bad distribution by the record label or the dominating trends at the time, "Paegan Terrorism Tactics" never gained the popularity it should have.The album is on par with greats like "Badmotorfinger" by Soundgarden or "Blues for the Red Sun" by Kyuss or "Lucifuge" by Danzig, only more unique and inventive.
    Then again, with a cover by suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian and bizarre and twisted lyrics, maybe it's not such a surprise that this album remained deep underground.But, that's part of the beauty of it.The singer can get away with singing "hey-yeah" as long as the subject matter includes murder.Lines like "I scream, you scream, we all scream for morphine" or "go, go, go! Blood makes the grass grow" gives you an idea of how they use a pop facade to convey generally offensive themes.The irony is part of the magic.
    As for the music, it flows perfectly through many stylistic changes and doesn't lose one ounce of power in doing so because everything is placed perfectly.The dualistic vocals are amazing and match the lyrical themes perfectly.Ultra-heavy sludge power chords dominate the album, but they can speed things up before you even know what's going on.Of course, all this would mean nothing if it isn't held together by great riffs, but there are plenty of those also.
    Many albums have been called a "psychedelic bloodbath," but this album deserves that description more than any other album."Paegan Terrorism Tactics" is more proof that you cannot be a legend in your own time. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 13429
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Industrial Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Sludge Metal   


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    Suspended Animation
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    This is simply a fenomenal record. From Mike's vocal exhibitions to the cartoon cuts and the pure intensity, in no way does it let you down. Driven by one of the greatest talents rock music has given us in the last decade.

    Highly recommended to all interested in this kind of music ;)

    5-0 out of 5 stars They've got it
    I'm a fan. and this album penetrated my brain! in the best way possible. if you end up not liking it....keep it for awhile, and you'll come around.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I keep trying !!!
    I'm sorry its come to this, but fantomas has outgrown me or vice versa.There are certainly moments of excitemtent and creativity, but I'm screaming for more of what I heard on Director's Cut, and Mike is such a stubborn mofo.Too cool to let a good hook roll or a more neatly structured song develop.My brain just doesn't work like this....and I thought that I had Adult ADD.OK....so just get the album and IMAGINE that your favorite parts are more emphasized or allowed to extend.I'm such a conformist. dont listen to me. ... Read more

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    Mit Gas
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars PATTONS NEW CLOTHES.
    Since the break up of alternative metal pioneers Faith No More Mike Patton has freely indulged his avante guard palate on projects like Mr Bungle and the incomprehensible Fantomas.With the first Tomahawk album Patton promised Faith No More fans that he had made the album they had been waiting for. It was a bold and innacurate claim and I am sorry to report that Mit gas shows no improvement. If you did not like the first Tomahawk album you won't like this one. Pattons vocals are , as always, superb but they are set against a bleak and colourless backdrop. Opener Birdsong is like a bad nightmare.It's awful while it's happening but as soon as it's over you start to forget it. The track ends with a depressing and droning organ sound that is far more reminiscent of the music prevalent on Mr Bungles appalling Disco Volantae than anything Faith No More ever recorded. This early impression is reinforced by tracks such as rotgut and the painfull desastre naturale. Only single Rape this day provides a glimpse of the heights to which Patton once soared but is all too brief. This track like all the others seems incomplete. A Promising intro , a crunching guitar riff and menacing vocals give way to a chorus that trails off disapointingly. If you liked Fantomas and Mr Bungles Disco Volantae and California albums you'll love this. Personally I am growing exceedingly tired of hearing Patton spew this musical dirge into the void left by Faith No More and I intend to avoid his future releases.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Better than the debut, but still underwhelming.
    While I'm in the minority of folks who preferred "Mit Gas" to Tomahawk's debut album, I still found it to be somewhat disappointing.The band, primarily vocalist Mike Patton and guitarist Duane Denison, produced a pair of records with similar moods-- angry, aggressive music.But on "Mit Gas", the music is matched by much more in your face production, but I also think its a much better focused album and stands more independent from its principles previous bands.

    Again, there's a lack of soloing, with the album targeted at more texture oriented playing behind Patton's shouted and growled vocals-- the whole album doesn't hit ("You Can't Win"), but when it does, its fantastic hard rock ("Rape This Day", "Rotgut") or falls a bit into balladry (drum-loop driven ballad "Capt. Midnight", with its bizarre effecting vocal, the emotive "Desastre Natural").The problem is, there's a balance of mediocre material thats good enough, but doesn't really stand out, or stand up ("Mayday", "When Stars Begin to Fall").The end of the album drifts into a more experimental vein, with the totally bizarre "Aktion 13th" being the best and strangest.

    Still, if you come from a more straightahead background (I came to Patton's work from his avant-garde leanings), you may enjoy this more than I do.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first album
    They still rock, a few tracks I really dig.But I have to say I still like the first release better, ... Read more

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    The Gathering
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Testament album since "Practice What You Preach"!!!
    I am a huge Testament fan. If you associate Testament's sound with The Legacy through Souls of Black, this album will sort of shock you. This album is a mix of death metal and thrash metal. With a line-up consisting of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and James Murphy, bassist Steve DiGiorgio, and drummer Dave Lombardo, Testament releases their best album in a long time. This album has exellent vocals from Chuck (I love his signature voice), dual solos from Eric and James, great bass-lines from Steve, and killer drumming from Dave. The album starts with "D.N.R.", one of my favorite songs on the album. Other great songs are "Three Days of Darkness" and "Legions of The Dead". My favorite song here, however, is the exellent "Carefull What You Wish For". This is possibly the best Testament song since anything from PWYP. If you do ot like this song, you deserve to die. All the songs are great, but th above mentioned songs are my favorites. If you want a good album from a crappy year (1999), and you like metal and/or Testament, you can't go wrong here. Needless to say, I love it.
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    1. D.N.R. [Do Not Resuscitate] 5/5
    2. Down for Life 5/5
    3. Eyes of Wrath 5/5
    4. True Believer 5/5
    5. 3 Days in Darkness 5/5
    6. Legions of the Dead 5/5
    7. Careful What You Wish For 999999999999999/5
    8. Riding the Snake 5/5
    9. Allegiance 5/5
    10. Sewn Shut Eyes 5/5
    11. Fall of Sipledome 5/5

    4-0 out of 5 stars Crunchy, leading into their great new sound
    Testament shows that a group doesn't have to move into nu-metal like Metallica to survive.This is an awesome show of power, even though you don't hear too much crazy stuff going on.The new sound is harsh, brutal, unrelenting.Chuck Billy goes from his normal clean voice to one of brutal, uncompromising grunt.

    They've nailed it on this one.Like hard metal?Hard thrash?Extreme metal with a direction?This is it.

    Too bad it's only in the 40 minute range.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best testament
    This is the best testament album beacuse its a mix of death metal and thrash. I didn't like anything they did before Low cause it was too thrashy and not heavy enough. Anyways great album. ... Read more

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    Forget About the Girl
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars 60's surf music
    This is a side-project band including members from Estradasphere . This album is an album of Beach Boys covers . Very well made , very authentic . An enjoyable album . Very mellow . ... Read more

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