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Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars CD with attitude
I you are looking for a CD with attitude, then this one's for you, there are four members of this band who work together perfectly, there are slight variations to each track with interesting guitar solos, melodies and an angry vocalist who seems as though he hates everyone and everything, with so much power and aggression within the CD, Drowning Pool have produced an eleven track CD that is interesting and at the same time becomes more enjoyable with every listen.

With the bands like 'Limpbizkit', 'Linkin Park', 'Deftones', 'Static X', 'Disturbed' and 'Papa Roach' who are all going round the circuit and getting massive media attention, Drowning Pool have released a CD that people at the moment want to hear.

The CD starts off with the title track 'Sinner', that consists of power cords and hard hitting drum beats with a melodic chorus, which then quietly disappears, then out of the blue we get a sentence repeated four times "Let the bodies hit the floor", which then rips into your ears with so much aggression it leaves you breathless, 'Bodies', what a track, if this song doesn't do anything to you then you must be dead. This is the track that will probably get all the attention, but at the same time it's a track that will never be over played.

With every track you get a mixture of the above-mentioned bands, with a touch of 'Stabbing Westwood' thrown in for good measure. As well as 'Bodies', there are also wonderful tracks like 'Tear Away', 'All Over Me', 'Reminded', 'Mute' and 'Sermon' that fills you with so much excitement that you find it hard to control yourself. Wonderful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sinner
Now this is what I'm talking about! The perfect balance between power and melody. The Drowning Pool's "Sinner" packs a mean punch while delivering memorable melodies. I found myself yelling right along to the chorus of "Sinner" during the first listen. This CD grabbed ahold from the first note and pulled me relentlessly from track to track banging my head like there was no tomorrow.

The second track and first single "Bodies" is a hardcore musical assault that gives you a nice taste of what Drowning Pool is all about, power! A moving backbeat, aggressive vocals, nice thick powerchords-all the good stuff. That intensity keeps up for the entire album.

Comparisons to other bands are often helpful in music reviews. That's a daunting task here since Drowning Pool encompasses a lot of diverse sounds. If comparisons must be made then think of them as Godsmack meets Pantera meets The Step Kings, yes they are really that diverse. Even their slower song "Tear Away" still delivers with solid pure rock credentials.

It's hard to hold back my enthusiasm here. This CD literally knocked me out. But don't take my word for it, check them out for yourself. If you're looking for a new band to stir things up and raise the bar for heavy music, look no further than Drowning Pool. It's a sweet addiction that will leave you screaming for more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Nu
ok, the "nemean lion" guy is right.....limp bizkit sucks.
but drowning pool and linkin park are sweet.
obviously bodies and tear away are the singles
but songs like sermon, pity, and told you so could have been singles as well
this cd over all is solid
and you can listen to it all the way through without skipping tracks!!!!
are you gonnna trust us five reviewers who give it 5 stars
or some guy named "the nemean lion"? ... Read more

Asin: B00005JXQU
Sales Rank: 4561


Tomb of the Mutilated
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 September, 1992)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Whoa!
Dude, this is one seriously cool album! The guitars are really heavy (not to mention reminiscent of Metallica on "And Justice for All"), and there are tons of wild rhythm changes, and cool solos. Chris Barnes is an hilarious vocalist. He'd better watch out or Steve Irwin may try to wrestle him. The lyrics are well, sick, but hey, just don't read them. If somebody swallows something, they'll work better than Ipecac! Check out that song "Hammer Smashed Face", it really rules! I heard that song in "Ace Ventura", and figured that was just a joke, not a real band, but it is! This isn't the best death metal you'll ever hear (that would be Vader and Morbid Angel), but it's definitely worth a listen if you like this stuff. And guys, don't take it so personally if people don't like this band. Not all of us are perverted enough to listen to it. I guess we're the lucky ones. Anyway, if you like death metal, buy this. Or, as Chris would say: bnvbndglhdhtrelthelrhlh...just buy it, okay?

2-0 out of 5 stars very fast... very unorganized
Cannibal Corpse is okay if you want to hear some ridiculously funny lyrics about necrophilia and extreme sadomasochism (well, you can't really understand what Barnes is saying, so you have to read it out of the liner notes), but their music is so shambled it's amazing that they, or any other traditional death metal band can get a record deal. Very fast, yes. Organized? No. It sounds like they walked into the studio, started playing random guitar chords, and had Paul beat the hell out of his drumset, and add Barnes' animalistic death growl. Like I said, the lyrics are hilarious if you've got a sick mind, but the music isn't anything to brag about. But they're better than Mortician. The only Corpse album I can stand is The Bleeding.

3-0 out of 5 stars Tomb of the Mutilated '92 CC record No.2
I've decided to review every single Cannibal Corpse cd in order and this was next on the list. I've reviewed Eaten Back to Life, Hammer Smashed Face (because it's not an album) and The Wretched Spawn (because it's new). As you all know, Death Metal technicality levels are very high, even back when this cd was released. In fact, I think Death Metal has to be the most talented genre ever. You just can't get away with creating something incredibly simple (look at Six Feet Under!) or boring. Monotony is a problem within Death Metal and many of CC's songs. Cannibal Corpse were technical right from the beginning, just not as much as other bands, it's just that they were noticed more because of the gore and outrage they inspired and because of this, they have come under closer scrutiny from Death Metal fans and discouraged many potential Death Metal fans away from the genre altogether because they are hard to get used to. If this is your first Death Metal cd, don't get it, I stress! If you want to get Cannibal Corpse cds, do it in order.

This cd, like all Cannibal Corpse cds, is more technical than the last. Unfortunately it's not as brutal as Eaten Back to Life either. Chris Barnes sounds the worst I've ever heard him on this record as well. He just sounds so bad...his growls (grunts) are just rediculously low and so unintelligible it's beyond the joke. Think of an extremely low bass guitar that's out of tune and you may have some idea what he sounds (or doesn't sound) like. I would have given this 4 stars if not for the disgraceful vocals. The other problem I have with this record is that it's basically Eaten Back to Life only more technical.

It's not quite monotonous yet, things stand out in songs that make you remember them, such as a faster passage or a riff with significant groove. Classics on here include Hammer Smashed Face among others, a very well known song in Death Metal. I didn't like only 1 or 2 of the songs and parts of some of the others, but, as I said, Chris Barnes sounds real bad and totally detracts from the experience and the only difference between this and the last record is that the technicality increased a bit.
The best songs would be Hammer Smashed Face, Split Wide Open, Post Mortal Ejaculation and Entr.....(censored, lol)track seven!

I suppose I'm being a little tough on it, but I think it deserves 3 stars. By no means stay away from it, but if you're a new Corpse fan, start with Eaten Back to Life and get the rest in order. If you're not keen on getting all of the albums, I suggest Eaten Back to Life, The Bleeding, Bloodthirst and The Wretched Spawn as my picks. ... Read more

Asin: B000001C5S
Sales Rank: 68969


Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Average Customer Review: 3.18 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Limp Bizket has lost their touch
The best Limp Bizket album of all time is by far 3 dolla bill. All following albums have been mediocre and satisfy nothing more then the pure MTV neo hardcore audience that want to be with the "in crowd" at junior high school. Just attend a Limp Bizket concert and you will see amazingly young people running scared from the mosh pits with wild eyed fear. Lord knows they then go home to tell their friends that they had "a BLAST" at the show, "moshed the entire show" and "almost got into a fight with a two ton gorilla." The CD does show some effort however with catchy guitar work and reasonably decent mixed backbeats, but thats about the extent of it. Fred Durst is in with the whole Carson Daily, Kid Rock, Eminem TRL crowd that everyone seems to love today. In other words Durst is the Christina Aguilera of hard rock/rap core and it was quite fitting to see them together on stage at this years MTV Video Music Awards. If you want a truly innovative CD I recommend Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory, any Deftones CD, Taproot - Gift (Fred Durst doesnt much like Taproot for some reason *shrug*), or any Pitchshifter cd. Hope this helps.

3-0 out of 5 stars I dunno about this one
There is no doubt that this album will have heads banging all over America and from what I have seen, the UK. The band have selected to smash out a heavier more metal sound on many of these tracks, ie. full nelson, hot dog and rollin' (air raid vehicle). Any Bizkit fan will love these. They have also put in there mellow but heavy bass tracks, ie. livin' it up, my way, and the one. However, the lyrics to these tracks stay typically Limp, rapping and singing about how damn f'ing good they are at partying and rockin'. Now i am not against this but maybe a change in lyrics might be nice. But my main complaint of this album is there move into DR. Dre type rap, not what Bizkit are about at all, no better example than 'getcha groove on', which is very cheesy and typical. Almost gangster rap.

My main worry about Bizkit is their future. It is plainly obvious that they are goin' to sell out. I bought this album in a supermarket alongside the new Spice Girls CD. Not what i would expect. BIZKIT, FOR THE REAL FANS, PLEASE DON'T SELL OUT.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best limp bizkit album ever!!!!!!!!!!
1.intro-9/10 very good beat in the intro.fred did a good job on this intro.has the alien voices in it,there are pretty good.<br /> 2.hot dog-8/10 this song is good.good beat and guitar sounds.this song would have had 10/10 but it got 8 because the lyrics are nothing but the F word over and over again.He says it 48 times in this song.<br /> 3.my generation-10/10 AWESOME song.everything in this song is good.<br /> 4.full nelson-9/10 this song is pretty good.fred sings about how he was bullied all the time and how he would knock anybody out who picked on him.this song will pump you up to fight anyone who messes with you.good song though.<br /> 5.my way-10/10 absolute awesome song!!!lyrics,beats,guitar,everything in this song is great!<br /> 6.rollin {air raid vehicle}-100/10 The best song on this album!!!!!great for when your cruising around in your car.everything in the song iS GREAT.<br /> 7.livin' it up-9/10 a good rap and rock song.beat is alright.guitar is absolutely awesome!lyrics are awesome too.<br /> 8.the one-5/10 this song is ok.not rock or rap.not much to say about this song.<br /> 9.getcha groove on-10/10 very good rap song.fred and xzibit did a great job on this song.great beat and lyrics.<br /> 10.take a look around-9/10 the classic mission impossible song.beat and guitar is great.lyrics are alright.it's pretty good.<br /> 11.it'll be ok-7/10 this song is not bad.everything but the lyrics are good.lyrics are slow.<br /> 12.boiler-3/10 this song isn't really good.all it's about is fred's problems.<br /> 13.hold on-4/10 this song is fair.that's all i can say.<br /> 14.rollin [urban assualt vehicle]-10/10 great remix.fred,dmx,red man and method man did a good job with this song.this is the rap version.very good song.<br /> 15.outro-6/10 great outro.just like the intro.it's good until they start talking.the guy that starts the talking is annoying.<br /> <br /> <br /> WARNING:I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU GET THE EXPLICIT VERSION OF THIS ALBUM.THE EDITED VERSION SOUNDS LIKE CRAP.HOT DOG IS ALMOST NOTHING BUT INSTRUMENTAL.TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br /> ... Read more

Asin: B00004XOWM
Sales Rank: 7436


Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 January, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Melodic heavy from dark and cold Finland - Stratovarius
Visions is definitely one of the greatest power-metal albums EVER. The musicians (Timo Tolkki-guitar, Timo Kotipelto-vocals, Jari Kainulainen-bass, Jens Johansson-Keys (EX-Dio/Yngwie Malmsteen and Jörg Michael-drums (ex-Running Wild) are really great and it can be heard on the album. Hese are some kind of info about the songs:

01. "Kiss Of Judas": as the name tells, the song is telling about that kiss which betrayed Jesus. A good opener.

02. "Black Diamond" is one of my favourite songs and one of the best metal songs I know. Its classical intro and powerful chorus are really catchy. The solos are also worth of listening.

03. "Forever Free" is a good, fast successor to Black Diamond. The song isn't as catchy as Black Diamond, but it's still a good song.

04. "Before The Winter" is a kind of slow ballad. Timo Kotipelto shows his skills singing chorus with really high melodies.

05. "Legions" is a fast and catchy one, like Black Diamond -but not as good.

06. "The Abyss Of Your Eyes" is a bit slower song between two fast tracks. Fits to the album "theme".

07. "Holy Light" is fast and melodic instrumental, where Tolkki and Johansson are playing really fast.

08. "Paradise" is kind of straight rock with -once again- goes with high notes of Kotipelto.

09. "Coming Home" is a slow ballad, and this one is better than the fourth track.

10. "Visions (Southern Cross)" is a 10 minutes long song which gives a great end to a great album. Some lyrics of the song are Nostradamus' prophecies. The song is filled with some good melodies.

This album deserves all five stars, althought the really high speed of the solos is sometimes -especially in Before The Winter- quite annoying. A must for anyone who likes melodic metal.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Neo-Classical Record
Neo-Classic Metal is awesome because it combines 2 good genres to create an awesome sound of heavy guitarts, bass, and drums, combined with raisin violins and full orchestras and great choral arrangement. This album does this increadibly well, the keyboard arrangements are made extremely well, while the guitarwork of Tolkki is perfect. The only weak point might be the vocals, but that seems to be an aquired taste for nearly all bands of this genre.

1. Kiss of Judas- 9/10 Obviusly, about the Kiss that betrayed Christ, nice song, one of the best.
2. Black Daimond-10/10 The awesome single, probably the best song, especially for the awesome solo and the infectious keyboards.
3. Forever Free- 9/10 Nice choruses, nice lyric
4. Before the Winter- 8.5/10 Slower, ballad-like song
5. Legions- 8.5/10 Some awesome guitar-work, as usual
6. Abyss of Your Eyes- 8/10 A bit slower as well.
7. Holy Light- 9/10 Lightning-fast guitars, great instrumental
8. Paradise- 6/10 People are right, the lyrics are really bad, the music is sub-par too, the choruses are the only redeeming aspect.
9. Coming Home- 9.5/10 The most awesome ballad on the CD
10. Visions- 10/10 10-minute epic about Nostradamus's predictions (hence "Visions"), can get a bit slow at points, but overall awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars A REAL MASTERPIECE !
Yes, as you may have guessed by the title of the REVIEW, i think that this album is one of the best heavy metal albums ever made, and also the best of all the Stratovarius' discs.

If I had to describe this album to someone that didn't knew Stratovarius i'd say something like "uh yeah, this is good material, very melodic, very powerful, very sensitive when the occasion requires it... it's perfect" and I love this album because you can't find anything bad in any of the songs!!! They are all perfect, really!! Timo Tolkki did a real good work, I think it is the peak of this band's career and that it'll be there for looooooong long time...

Well, I think this is being kind of monotone for a review: "perfect, flawless, impressing..." ho ho ho!, so, to get the whole idea ---> read the title and get the CD!. ... Read more

Asin: B000005DSN
Sales Rank: 60832


Hybrid Theory
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 October, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Move Over Limp Bizkit
You can stop waiting for the next best thing in rock n roll. The debut album by Linkin Park is the best I've heard in a long time. These newcomers combine rock, rap, sampling, scratching, and a variety of other genres to create a sound fusion that's all their own. The first single, One Step Closer, is as angry and sonically powerful as anything Limp Bizkit or Papa Roach has ever released. The vocal tandem of Mike and Chester provide a perfect balance in order to come at the listener from all directions. Finally a band has released an album where all the tracks don't sound like the same song. Especially of interest is the band's DJ and resident sampler, Big Bad Mr. Hahn, whose influence can be heard dramatically in such songs as Papercut and By Myself. Mr. Hahn adds another layer to the music that most bands are missing. His skills serve the complement the resounding bass and drums that are the backbone of Linkin Park's unique sound. The band really excels in mixing up the tempo of each song and surprising the listener with each passing minute. Don't be fooled by the ballad-like beginning of Crawling (one of the album's finest tracks), the band raises and lowers the intensity enough to get a strong point across. Hybrid Theory is a very beautiful yet intense debut album. Although not an instant classic in the rock cannon, the album shows the kind of promise most new bands at this time are lacking. If Hybrid Theory is any indicator, Linkin Park will soon be known to rock fans throughout the world.

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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B00004Z459
Sales Rank: 330


VI Sonus Nigrae Malitaes
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 June, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars In the void of a dark world.....
First of all, this album is NOT conventional music, but an "audial essence". If you are looking for black metal, don't buy this cd. But if you want something totally ingrossing and with dark atmosphere, GET THIS! It is completely unpredictable, and will have you looking around corners if listened to alone and in the dark. It's like "IT" found a portal to hell and stuck a microphone into it and recorded for an hour. Great for torturing someone by forcing them to listen to this if they are ultra-religious or are easily frightened....would scare the spirit out of them.....

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 Words for you "What Hell Sounds Like"
Upon my first few listens or at least attempts of listening, I found it hard to call this music. Content wise it mainly consisted of random screams and riffs with a constant buzz of the amp. In essence it was almost unlistenable. Then it occured to me, that was the whole point. This is music for the insane, it has no composition or base, only random sounds almost impossible to enjoy (see how many times you can sit through the entire 66 minutes or so of this cd, I've made it through 3 times and have owned the cd for about 5 months). If HELL was a movie, "VI Sonus Nigrae Malitaes" would be the soundtrack. To sum it all up, I do enjoy this cd, because it is EVIL!

1-0 out of 5 stars I dont get it
I was very disappointed with this purchase. For one thing there really isn't any music aside from a guitar riff here & there. Most of this album is centered around what sounds like to me a leaky faucet & a tortured growl, that does nothing for me. Here is warning to anyone thinking of buying this, DONT! ... Read more

Asin: B000007QRF
Sales Rank: 198892

Ivory Tower
Average Customer Review: 1.25 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 February, 2000)
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1-0 out of 5 stars 4 easy steps to making the worst band ever:
Step 1: Buy Dream Theater's "Images and Words". Enjoy it, and come to the conclusion that anything that sounds like this album must be good.

Step 2: Get a band together. It's not important if the musicians aren't on the same skill level as Dream Theater. If anyone notices (and they probably won't, right?), just tell them you were going for a "rawer" sound. That should do it. Name the band after a lyric from a Dream Theater song, and hope no one notices. After all, not that many people bought "Images and Words" anyway, right?

Step 3: Make an album. Be sure to throw in every prog cliche you possibly can, and do it sounding as much like Dream Theater as possible (that is, the best you can, given your limited skill level). Be sure to top it off with some cheesy cover artwork to illustrate your band name. When people see an ivory tower on the cover, and remember it's the name of your band, it will totally blow their minds, dude.

Step 4: Release the album to the public, and watch the fans come rollin' in.

Look out Dream Theater, you've got some major competition!

1-0 out of 5 stars 4 easy steps to the making worst band ever:
Step 1: Buy Dream Theater's "Images and Words". Enjoy it, and come to the conclusion that anything that sounds like this album must be good.

Step 2: Get a band together. It's not important if the musicians aren't on the same skill level as Dream Theater. If anyone notices (and they probably won't, right?), just tell them you were going for a "rawer" sound. That should do it. Name the band after a lyric from a Dream Theater song, and hope no one notices. After all, not that many people bought "Images and Words" anyway, right?

Step 3: Make an album. Be sure to throw in every prog cliche you possibly can, and do it sounding as much like Dream Theater as possible (that is, the best you can, given your limited skill level). Be sure to top it off with some cheesy cover artwork to illustrate your band name. When people see an ivory tower on the cover, and remember it's the name of your band, it will totally blow their minds, dude.

Step 4: Release the album to the public, and watch the fans come rollin' in.

Look out Dream Theater, you've got some major competition!

1-0 out of 5 stars astonishing!
What's this? Hardly someone will be able to describe it, if you want to have a sample of extremly rudimentary music and lack of ideas this album fits all the conditions.But better don't experiment the way I did so don't buy this album, this is crazy,even one star it's away too much for it and no way they're not DT clones, a clone is something else.. I hope they quit, it's confusing with this kind of bands around. I had so much trouble with it, but in the end for my own relief I put it in trash... ... Read more

Asin: B00004C4NG
Sales Rank: 269133


Virtual Xi
Average Customer Review: 2.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 December, 1999)
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4-0 out of 5 stars melodic metal of the finest degree
I found Virtual XI to be a rewarding listen- certainly it is different than their stuff from thier 80's heyday(the trilogy of Powerslave/Somewhere In Time/Seventh Son were milestones in British metal, that is one thing in which all agree). The album follows a little in the more gothic/epic diection of the previous album, The X Factor, but a bit more solid, shorter and less meandering. Virtual XI may be harder to get into than some of their earlier stuff, but well worth exploring. This album really grow on the ones who originally dismiss it. 'Futureal' is a strong opener, short and to the point- a fine live rocker I'm sure. The best tracks for me are the Clansman and When Two Worlds Collide- classic Maiden. Blaze Bailey has a fine, expressive voice which fitted a 90's Iron Maiden well- don't let an old Bruce Dickenson fan tell you any differently- Bruce is the better singer for Maiden but Blaze held his own while Bruce was away and sang with a lot of conviction and commitment. I'll actually miss the 90's Maiden. The worse track is probably 'Angle & The Gambler' which evokes UFO or the Who but is way too repetitious. Most of the songs are a bit lengthy, so those into Iron Maiden's more slower, atmospheric, heavy epic side should be sure to get something out of Virtual XI. Bruce has been singing a coulple of these songs on recent tours, so if this album is 'Maiden' enough for him, to sing songs that he wasn't part of, then it should be Maiden enough for you too. Check it out.

3-0 out of 5 stars Deserves A Second Chance!
Virtual XI, the second Iron Maiden album featuring Blaze Bayley at vocals. Let me start off by saying that this album is not nearly as bad as people claim it to be. The reason that people say this album sucks and is Maiden's worse ever album is because it's not so easy to replace one of the greatest & most powerful voices in rock history in Bruce Dickinson. Blaze does a decent job filling in for Dickinson, plus the absence of Adrian Smith isn't helping much either. Also, Maiden fans are so accustomed to great albums.

I bought this album when it was originally released and actually enjoyed it quite a bit! It features some great riffs, including possibly one of their finest singles ever in "Futureal"! "Lightning Strikes Twice" is also a great riff and loved it the first time i heard it! "The Clansman" & "The Angel & The Gambler" are also very solid songs!

I think open-minded Maiden fans should enjoy this album and will hopefully appreciate it, since it's not so bad. Up The Irons!!

3-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - Not as bad as people say
Virtual XI (1998.) Iron Maiden's eleventh studio album, and the second and last to feature vocalist Blaze Bayley.

The nineties were a rough time for Iron Maiden. First of all, guitar genius Adrian Smith was replaced by the far less-received Janick Gers. Second, Bruce Dickinson departed the band so that he could work on his solo material. Many fans turned their back on the band they had loved so much in the nineties. Although guitarist Dave Murray saw the band's first album with new vocalist Blaze Bayley, The X Factor, as one of the band's greatest successes, fans didn't see things the same way. The band attempted a return to roots in 1998 with their second and final album with Blaze - Virtual XI. Did they succeed? Read on and find out.

As stated above, with this album the band attempted to return to normalcy, although they still didn't have Bruce back. What ultimately resulted from this is a mixed package. The opening track, Futureal, is one of the fastest and heaviest Maiden tracks ever released. In my opinion this is one of the finest songs the band ever released during the Blaze Bayley period. Even those who aren't fans of Blaze often praise this track. The Angel And The Gambler was the big hit off of the album, and although it is a strange track when compared to other Iron Maiden material, it is still a good song (if you think the song is weird, check out the music video!) The Clansman is one of the album's few tracks that comes off as truly outstanding. It's probably the most "epic" sounding thing here. Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger is another excellent rocker, although it sounds as if it was written with Bruce in mind. In fact, that's true of many of the songs on this album. Overall, it's a good album, but I'm sure the band learned its lesson - you can't sound like Bruce unless you have Bruce!

Overall, I feel that this album is superior to the band's other album with Blaze Bayley, The X Factor, but I still don't think of this as one of the band's better albums - in fact, it's pretty close to the bottom. However, Maiden's worst albums are better than the lot of band's best albums. I don't recommend buying this unless you're a die-hard Maiden fan, though. But, if you only buy one Blaze-Maiden album, this is the one to get. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.01 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Almost all Songs are Good! (NO RAP!)
This was my first KoRn album and is one of my favorites. I've had this cd for about 4 years now (since it came out). There are 16 tracks on this album and only about 4 are bad. Some of my favorites are "Somebody Someone", "Wake Up", "Counting", "Dirty", the hit songs and more! If you want to get into KoRn buy this cd, don't buy Untouchables...! You won't regret buying this so just buy it or die. TIME Magazine says this album is so great "If you know someone who doesn't like it, KILL THEM!" Rolling Stones Magzine says "Possibly more perfect than GOD!"... well they didn't say that I just got that from MAD TV when it was making fun of the show "Felicity". HAHA! MAD TV is a funny show, you should watch it sometime.

Some other bands I like: Ozzy/Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Static-X, Rob/White Zombie, Disturbed, System Of A Down, Tool,...(stay away from Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park!)

5-0 out of 5 stars PERFECT
if only for the slow grooving end of somebody someone this cd is worth my money but i love it from start to fin. falling away from me rocks. this is a masterpeice from begginning to end. i love 4U with its slow beat and jonathon not screaming but the words are so filled with ache. lets get this party started is another gem. what can i say, this album is pure perfection. hard and heavy with the usual korn flavored groove we love and know korn for.
alot of people think korn sold out because they got very melodic but i say screw that. we want melodic so top 40 holds some GOOD music. korn is evolving/has evolved/will continue too evolve and this is another step for them. this to me is their BEST ALBUM (but i love all their stuff) filled with jonathon's twisted lyrics on top of fieldy's funky bass and davids always stellar drumming. add to that the twin attack of munky and head's guitar assault and you have a winner

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great.
"Issues," Korn's fourth album, is my fifth favorite Korn CD of the six, but that doesn't make it bad at all! "Issues" is, in my opinion, the darkest of all their CD's. It's not the heaviest, but the entire album has a dark, creepy feel to it. The only thing I don't like about "Issues" is all the 1 1/2-minute-or-less interludes throughout the CD, some of which would have made great songs if they were only longer. My reviews of each song are:

1) Dead (9/10): This is one of the two good interludes. The bagpipes are great.

2) Falling Away From Me (10/10): Great guitar riffs and vocals. One of the best songs on the entire CD (probably my third favorite).

3) Trash (9/10): An O.K. song, but it gets old after a while. The guitars are good. This song is pretty creepy and dark.

4) 4 U (6/10): Too short! If it was longer, it might have worked.

5) Beg For Me (10/10): My favorite song on the CD. Great drumming and vocals, and I really like the opening guitar riff. Nice lyrics.

6) Make Me Bad (10/10): My second favorite. This song is good all around. Great guitar riffs.

7) It's Gonna Go Away (5/10): Another interlude. You can't even understand what Jon is singing.

8) Wake Up (8/10): This song is pretty good, but it's not really one of my favorites. I like the chorus.

9) Am I Going Crazy (9/10): The shortest but the best interlude with good vocals. If this was the ONLY filler on the CD, "Issues" probably would have been my favorite Korn CD of all.

10) Hey Daddy (7/10): I used to really like this song, but it's gets really old, really fast.

11) Somebody Someone (10/10): Great opening guitar riff, great vocals, and a good, creepy chorus. This song is really dark. My fourth favorite song.

12) No Way (8/10): Good guitar riffs, but nothing really stands out on this song. Another dark song.

13) Let's Get This Party Started (9/10): This song has the best chorus of any on the CD. Nice vocals.

14) Wish You Could Be Me (5/10): Another short interlude. It sounds kind of cool.

15) Counting (9/10): My fifth favorite song. The bass and guitars are really good, and the vocals are excellent.

16) Dirty (7/10): I love the first minute or so, but then it just goes downhill from there, and there's four minutes of just static at the end. It's a pretty good closer though, but you kinda expect a bonus track after all that static.

OVERALL: 131/160, 82%

"Issues" has some some great songs, and the only thing wrong with it is the fillers. It's still an excellent CD, and I would recommend buying it. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 012345678 ---- SlipKnoT
To me Slipknot made this album to improve upon the self titled CD. Everything or almost everything here is just a repeat of the first album but has been changed and worked off from and getting ideas from. The self titled album was a classic and Slipknot's main objective for this album was to build on the sh*t they had going from that. Heavy, dark, obscene, chaotic. I dont like labelling these guys to anything..Nu Metal, Metal, Death Metal etc. They are something on its own, like a machine that comes into this world with pissed off emotions and telling the world whats on their minds. This isn't the heaviest stuff by any means, but it is something that will and Should NOT be done again in the future, because nothing will ever be like Slipknot, and Corey

1.(515) --------- Alright, for an opener it's original, spookey and really sends the message that their not going to be messing around on this one..(9/10)
2.People=Sh*t ------- Tremendous. Catchy at beginning. Trade mark slogan of Slipknot..(10/10)
3.Disasterpiece ----- Amazing. Great opening riff and chorus timing and orchestration.. (10/10)
4.My Plague --------- Excellent. a bit overplayed, but i love the heavy guitar crushings in the verse.. (10/10)
5.Everything Ends ----- Great. sing-along, heavy, generation inspirational... (9/10)
6.The Heretic Anthem ---- Great. verses are kinda plain to me for some reason, but has a revolutionary chorus and scariness..(9.5/10)
7.Gently ------ Great. old song, cool soft build up to punishing guitar, longer and experimental ...(8/10)
8.Left Behind ---- Great. radio, cool 80's flare near end.. (9/10)
9.The Shape ---- Great. reminds me of Surfacing for some reason, but same, good chorus... (9/10)
10.I Am Hated ---- Good. Doesnt come across clean... (7.5/10)
11.Skin Ticket ---- Good. Dont consider it a real song but i find it enjoyable sometimes when i feel alone and insane.. (8/10)
12.New Abortion --- Good. nothing special. (8/10)
13.Metabolic ---- Great. underrated-- (9/10)
14.Iowa ---- Boring. Long. Same as "Killers Are Quiet". Enjoyable when you are not hyper to any extent what-so-ever ... (5/10)

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great work, revolutionary CD. pick it up if your VERY angry.

5-0 out of 5 stars thrash resurrected!
Now really, can you honestly call Slipknot nu-metal? Sure, even nu-metal has its good points (bands like Tool and Coal Chamber are Stereomud indeed), but Slipknot has none of the so-so qualities that make nu-metal. Let's face it: the nine-headed monster from Iowa is called nu-metal simply because they're (relatively) new. But if you listen to their composition, you will find nothing but thrash in the style of the best Slayer, Pantera and Sepultura. Their first album, while still great and still thrash, was a bit sloppily done, and the musical ingenuity only shone out now and then. Iowa is beyond improvement: it is transformation! A brief intro that's worth sitting through, followed by a brutal and brilliantly composed People=S***, then a good but exhausting trip in Disasterpiece. The next song, My Plague, is very melodic and downright enchanting. Everything Ends is a piece of (censored); skip it. But the Heretic Anthem is quite an admirable piece of heaviness. Gently (ironically named) simply engulfs you as the strength builds. Left Behind is a bit commercial, but still a pleasing song. Shape is a bit harder to get into, but you will really appreciate it in the end. I am Hated is simply mesmerizing. Skin Ticket is garbage. New Abortion deserves a fair warning: you might not survive (it rocks). Metabolic is a bit of filler. The title track is worth having, but a bit of an endurance test. These sadomasochistic maniacs show just how versatile thrash still is. Too bad they cut down on sampling and turntabling, but that's not such a big loss. Neither nu-metal nor death metal, Slipknot have a lot to contribute to the metal world.

3-0 out of 5 stars Iowa
Every generation gets the heavy metal heroes it deserves.

The hedonistic '70s produced Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. The superficial '80s gave us Moetley Cruee and Poison. And now, the violent, dysfunctional days of this new millennium have given us the frightening Slipknot, the new Antichrist superstars of disaffected teens everywhere.

We should not be surprised by their popularity. Everything about this nine-member troupe from Des Moines is tailor-made to appeal to surly adolescents. Start with the look, which is, after all, just as important to kids as the music: The members perform in identical industrial coveralls. They wear freaky-creepy horror-movie masks. They go by single-digit numbers instead of names. Think about it: Anonymity, withdrawal from conventional society, the creation of a fearful new persona, a sense of belonging to a rebellious and powerful group -- what more could your average teen want except a side of fries?

In Slipknot's case, that would be the music -- a monstrously heavy and explosively destructive cacophony of pain and mayhem more akin to the blackest European death metal than the comparatively benign rap-rock of Limp Bizkit. Searing sheets of guitars, pummeling waves of maniacally frenzied rhythm, nuclear-powered bass guitars and tortured vocals that veer from a guttural growl to a white-hot primal scream are the main ingredients in this recipe. And it's all served up with a bottomless lyrical cup of bitter psychotic rage. The message is simple: Slipknot hate everything about society. And everybody in it. Us, themselves, you -- especially you.

Amazingly enough, they're even more pissed off on their second major-label album Iowa than they were on their eponymous 1999 debut. That album was like a middle finger stuck in the face of the world; this one is more like a fist heading towards your skull. On shiny, happy tunes with titles like People = S--, My Plague, I am Hated and New Abortion, Slipknot make their intentions graphically clear: They don't just want you to clear off. They want to stab you, bathe themselves in your blood and have sex with your corpse. We are not hyperbolizing. "I wanna slit your throat and f-- the wound / I wanna push my face in and feel the swoon," bellows vocalist No. 8 on the devastating Disasterpiece, one of the 14 violence-drenched assaults in this hour-long session of brutality. And you thought Marilyn Manson was evil?

Slipknot may not be evil but they're damned clever. The warning sticker on this CD (at least on the review copy we got) is stuck to the outer plastic wrapper, so kids who buy it can remove it before they get home. As much as we hate those stickers and the censorship they represent, that sneaky tactic concerns us. Slipknot's Iowa is an album every responsible parent should hear, both by themselves and with their kids. Not to try to dissuade teens from listening to Slipknot -- frankly, these songs are so relentlessly over the top and indistinguishably one-dimensional that even kids should get bored of them pretty quick. But adults might want to point out to the young 'uns that Slipknot is selling rebellion the same way McDonald's sells those fries. And that while their horrifically violent reactions to life and its evils make for excellent cathartic fantasies -- and we all have them -- they aren't to be confused with reality.

Otherwise, we suspect it's only a matter of time until another confused, neglected kid listens to a disc like this, picks up a weapon and screws up a whole bunch of lives. And if we as a society just let that happen, it will be just what we deserve. ... Read more

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Dead Shall Dead Remain
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sick, brutal, fast, ... with one word IMPALED
Well, we're talking about IMPALED, whitch means to get planted on pales, so this music is not for chikens!!!
Insane gore/grind band, whitch simply kicks you in your head!!!
The covers are very gory, brutal, etc. This band's music sounds like Carcass or Exhumed, alo very insane band, but Impaled 're 100% the sickest band in metal industry.Lyrics are spooky and whole production is great! it's very fun to listen their music, but this is a band whitch you hate or love it, so many people hate it. I also like changing vocals in the band, as I said before, their music is cool to listening. I also recomend you Chois cuts and Mondo medicale, whitch is banned in 84 countries around the world, now say they 're not brutal!!! Metal fans, you have to get that album, because if you don't have that one, you 're not a metal fan, anithing from them, you won't be disappointment, belive me!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gore and Crap galore
This is an awesome CD. Impaled surpasses Exhumed by far, but I have one complaint. Why do they like crap so much? They talk about it in almost every song. Anyway, this CD is definitely a must for any death/black metal band. Its heavy, fast, brutal, and has great lyrics and vocals.

1-0 out of 5 stars Almost the worst record ever.
A toilet? A toilet on the cover? Really, what in the hell were we thinking? And really, a couple of beers during recording would suffice, but did we have to polish off a forty-eight pack of swill each day during the creation of this monumental mistake? It's not like we could play anyway, but I'm sure severe inebriation did nothing to enhance our lackluster talents.

From beginning to end, this is a stupid, stupid record. Right from the get go, the first song is centered around a poop joke. It's as if you stepped out of adult music land to the potty laden musings of a kindergardener. If the immaturity in the lyrics isn't enough to dissuade you, just imagine the trite attempts at guitar solos, drumming, and bass playing. If you took 100 monkeys, gave them 100 guitars, they'd come up with 100 better songs than this.

The jokes only get worse. The scrawl from a bathroom graffiti adorn the inner tray, we try to pretend that we can perform sugery on an obviously alive and very photoshopped girl, and there are songs about making beer. MAKING BEER! I mean, really, as if we could even manage such a feat, and as if we needed MORE than we were already imbibing.

The vocals are simply dreadful. If you can imaging Bozo the Clown attempting to sound like the devil, that's what the bozo singing on this record sounds like. And Mr. McGrath's high vocals sound about as terrifying as a school-girl from Japan with laryngitis.

My involvement in this debacle is nothing more than an embarassment in my life. My family has shunned me, kids throw eggs at me as I walk down the street, and the other day, I was spat upon by a homeless person. I really can't imagine a more awful record than this... well, except for Exhumed's Gore Metal. Now that I'm REALLY embarassed about! ... Read more

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Gore Metal
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars WHOA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How can I put this.......250% grindgore madness! It's almost like being kicked in the chest by a horse. Exhumed is probably the most brutal band I have ever heard. Next to Pungent Stench, Total Rusak and Anal C*nt.
The Guuuiiitttttttttttaaarrrrrr sounds like a chainsaw and the drums make you feel like your in an earthquake. But like most grindcore bands the only downfall is that you can't understand one word they say.
The original line up is Matt Harvey, Col Jones, Mike Beams and Ross Sewage. And Ross can growl like an animal! But for there next album "Slaughtercult" Ross leaves the band and leaves the remaining three.
Now for there newest release "Anatomy is Destiny" they replaced Ross Sewage with a guy named Bud Burke. Who does his job ok but doesn't have the power of death vox like Ross. And I checked there web site now the drummer Col Jones is leaving his place in the band to go do scientific work. Yeah...strange, but hey everyone's gotta do what they gotta do.
Now back to GORE METAL!!
All this album really is, is power at the highest when it comes to instruments. Never will you again hear insanity like this.

Exhumed ~ 9 stars out of 10 stars

Also check out:

Lobotomy: Holy Sh*t
Behemoth: Satanica
Green Jelly: 333
Flesh Grinder: Splatter

Let's face it. Death metal is a failure. What was supposed to be this "Ooooh, scary" music has turned into a complete joke. With each band trying to be harder than the other, it's resulting in bands who are playing faster and growling lower until soon all the songs sound like a blender going at high speed with utensils inside. The lyrics always sound like a pissed-off grizzly bear. So, obviously, the *most extreme* band ever -- Exhumed -- has created a comic, gut-busting masterpiece. I dare you not to laugh at, well, ANY song on this album. This is comic metal at its finest. Thank you, Exhumed, for giving me enough laughs for a lifetime.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn good
Pure grind with good lirycs and very intelligint as well. I suggest for any one who enjoys decent and over the top extreme music--get it ! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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The boy balladeers of 'N Sync have always kept in step withtheir competition, but with Celebrity, they've entered adifferent race altogether. Members Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez (whoco-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on this album) have drawnon R&B, hip-hop, and electronica to make a remarkably adult mix. Whileyounger fans will love the disc (it is 'N Sync, after all), olderlisteners will be surprised and pleased by the Prince-influenced"Gone," the Miami bass beat of "The Two of Us," and the Stevie Wonderharmonica cameo on "Something Like You."The disc only fails in itsmore predictable territory: the title track's lyrics are hopelesslygeneric ("Would you be so into me / if I wasn't a celebrity"). The Swedish-pop machine (also behind Britney Spears)cranks out two solid dance tracks ("Tell Me, Tell Me...Baby" and "JustDon't Tell Me That"), but his offerings are hardly as innovative, or asmuch fun, as the band's own contributions. Overall, Celebrity,is a triumph, and unlike many of their teen-pop peers, the members of'N Sync (or Timberlake and Chasez, at least) promise solid careersahead. --Courtney Kemp ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Sound; Takes Some Getting Used To
To be fair, this album isn't that bad really. The Asian version has got 3 bonus tracks, and bonus track #13 which is something like "Girl (I don't think I'll have her back)" is a really good track, so pity it's not on the main album. Just like "No Strings Attached" which had a couple of tracks sounding like each other and from which they only released 3 singles (a sure sign of its mediocrity), this album sounds like a wallpaper of sounds, super-charged beats, electronic noises, and samo-samo lyrics after a while. Infact after the 3rd track, the rest of the tracks all sound disturbingly like each other. Only 2 ballads shine through. Justin's GONE: It has a weak first verse that just doesn't grab your attention but once the chorus comes in along with the bridge, the ballad soars beautifully. The other ballad SELFISH is catchy and begs repeated replays. The other ballads are squishy and overly sappy. The song lyrics have not matured much from the previous 2 albums. Songs about unrequitted love, chasing after women, and broken hearts are still surprisingly adolescent given the various ages of NSYNC. "Celebrity" the track is self-indulgent, very un-mainstream, and very stop-start in tune. Takes time getting used to. I think listening to this album being pounded out LIVE at concert can be quite an exhilirating experience, but it takes a nosedive once it comes on CD. The material is just not attention-grabbing. The album is high on style but a little low in quality. I like NYSNC and support them but I'm trying to be as objective as I can. Justin displays a good taste in song-writing but he does need lyrics that are a little more mature. JC has really improved from his song-writing debut in "NSA". It's sad that Joey and Lance haven't got a solo in sight on this album--not even a sniff. Their unique vocal ranges could add some flavor to this overally unexciting album. At the end of the day, the real stars of CELEBRITY ironically aren't NSYNC but the wonderful people they collaborated with: BT, Brian McKnight, the Neptunes etc. On another note, hit-makers Max Martin and Co. are in top form again with 2 stand-out (if not a little trite)tracks (just in case the others bomb, I guess). Though it's a little unlikely fans of NSYNC will take an instant liking to this new album (they will try hard to like it, no doubt), CELEBRITY may win NSYNC some new fans for their new sound. The album I'll give 3 and a half stars. For effort to break out of the boy-band mold: 4 stars. Good Effort! Gosh, I hope I wasn't too critical...This really isn't THAT bad of an album. Above average (but disappointingly it does NOT live up to the hype).

1-0 out of 5 stars Too many people like this "album"
Just looking at a good review for this cd hurts my eyes! You poeple who are giving this a good review are lying and you know it! C'mon, join the n'suck bashing wagon. It's fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars woo hoo!
this albumn is the best! my favourite song was gone, as it was all justin :) yum! i think from the beginning of thier careers N*sync have gone from strength to strength - i love all thier albums, and do not dislike any of the songs - however, is it just me or is it only justin and JC that sing? it doesnt matter though, because they have voices that just melt me!
N*Sync is the best band ever - a guy i know thinks their a bit rubbish, but he likes idiot music anyway so his opinion doesnt count. i would strongly suggest that you buy this album, and every other N*sync album, cos they rock! ... Read more

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The Beginning of All Things to End
Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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From the opening salvo of "Pooploser," starting with a crying baby and the ascending chant "f**king piece of shit, and you'll never amount to nothing," it's clear that The Beginning of All Things to End, a reissue of MuDvAyNe's out-of-print 1997 EP, Kill I Oughta, conveys an opinion. The former EP, now 11 tracks long, also includes "interludes" from their gold-certified debut, L.D. 50, plus a duo of bonus remixes. As such, the new CD is valuable for new fans anxious to own Kill I Oughta songs, and as a whole, it's also a surprisingly cohesive and powerful outing in the broad nu metal genre. "Seed" boasts the grind-groove power of Pantera, while the melodic yet seething sounds of "Cultivate," with its big, funky bass line and heated vocals from singer Kud, also features the raw honesty that permeates MuDvAyNe's on-the-edge sound. The Midwestern quartet, with its face paint and trendy look, have a welcome breadth and depth to their music and style and are certainly worth digging into, The Beginning being a good place to start. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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2-0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Fans ONLY
This album was released a while after Mudvayne's "L.D. 50" came out, and being a fan of that album, I decided to buy this. As I'm sure you know by now, it's a re-release of their indie debut album "Kill, I Oughtta".

The music on this album is not as dynamic as on "L.D. 50" or anywhere near "The End of All Things to Come". The lyrics are good, but again, not as good as on the other two releases, nor are the vocals. Most the tracks are pretty heavy, with very aggressive and emotional singing, but there's just an overall lack of amazing tracks. My favorites are "Seed" and "Cultivate" and the rest just kind of sink. The remixes of "Dig" aren't really that good either. One's too techno-ish and both are way too long.

As I said in the title of this review, I recommend this album to hardcore fans only. If you want the best Mudvayne album, check out their newest. This should be last.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ryan made them a better band
Only for the complete Mudvayne fan who wants Kill I Oughta, this CD is just average. Nothing great, nothing terrible either. But it is missing Ryan on Bass, so that could account for a lot.

5-0 out of 5 stars MuDvAyNe do it again..!
This album is downright amazing! Raw, heavy and unpredictable! Just listen to Chads scream in "Poop Loser" and you'll be so pumped up for what's about to come! The breakdowns are really kick-@ss and musically Ryan, Matt and Greg are already coming into their own! Chad already attains his signature style of singing and screaming, "Cultivate" will show you... This just proves why Mudvayne is just about the most talented band in the world and not forgetting Tool and A Perfect Circle! This record is like Tools Opiate if you Tool fans know what I mean... I think that Tool and MuDvAyNe are the best bands in the world and if you pay close attention to detail you'll see that there are vast similarities between the two! The remixes are poor though but I don't pay much attention to them! Still no reason to give it a lesser rating and not to get the album, it's MuDvAyNe man! Lyrically this is what we come to expect from this phenomenal band! I absolutely love this album! 3 words: A MUST GET! ... Read more

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Hellbilly Deluxe
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Malevolent megalomaniac or eerie artiste? Rob Zombie is a bit of both. With spooky metal music that's as colorful and kitschy as its comic art, the singer's solo debut bears more than a little resemblance to his band of many years, White Zombie. These 13 tracks (yeah, there just had to be 13!) continue to explore Zombie's fascination with psychotic noise, pummeling grooves, campy samples, and all things horrific. Instead of just playing dictator, however, this astrocreep allows space for cohorts such as guitarist Danny Lohner and drummers John Tempesta and Tommy Lee to shine darkly. He also shares artistic credit for the LP's elaborate 24-page booklet. Zombie's finely crafted disc is heavy-metal thunder that's turbocharged for the new millennium. --Janiss Garza ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
this is his best cd, sinister urge had a few good hits, butthis one has all of em...

1. call of the zombie- 9/10- kind of stupid, but very scary, just the laugh gives me the shivers

2.Superbeast- 10/10- best song on cd, has amazing vocals and a kick-a$$ chourus, its loud and he sounds awesome

3. Dragula- 10/10- one of the hits, it is a very catchy song, but it is played in way too many soundtracks

4.Living dead Girl- 10/10- oooo very creepy video, but as 4 the song, it has a cool chourus, and i love the instrumental part near the end, very cool

5. perversion 99- 7/10- instrumental, filler, kind of boring, sounds like someone is being chased through the woods is all

6. Demonoid Phenomenon- 7/10- meh, pretty good, not a real standout, i just dont like the girl or whatever that sings after he does, just doesnt fit, and "hey" is used too much

7. Spookshow Baby- 7.5/10- another boring one, i like the chourus, but i dont like his tone of voice in this one, and the same verse is used, just different words every few words

8. How to make a monster- 1/10- i cant stand this song, u can barely hear it, even when its on full blast, and its way too short

9. Meet the Creeper- 10/10- WOW... amazing, love it, cool guitars and very loud and sounds cool, never gets old

10. The Ballad of ressurection joe and rose whore- 8/10- very techno and roboty, but not the chourus! th-e chourus just screams at ya! AWESOME

11. Return of the Phantom Stranger- 10/10- ooo very spooky, i love the tortured screms with the heavy bass, sounds very good and it feels like u r traveling down in a dark place underground being chased

12. What lurks on chanel X- 7.5/10- seomwhat of a filler, pretty good, but alot more could have been done

13. The Beginning of the end- another instrumental- 6/10 ot that great, kind of boring

so all in all this is a pretty good album, i recommend this to anyone that likes Marilyn Manson, man if they went on a tour together *****faints*****

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very good...Sinister Urge is wayyy better!!!
Rob Zombie is a [great singer], but that is why he's become so popular. But this CD (in my opinion) shouldn't be so popular. There's only 4 songs I like, and 3 of them are beginning to fade. They are "Superbeast", in which Rob Zombie sings with his trademark demon voice. The Girl On A Motorcycle mix is better, and you can get it off the "End of Days" soundtrack or "American Made Music To Strip By", Zombie's remi album. The 2nd is "Living Dead Girl", which I beleive was Zombie's first single for this album. It's very eerie and reminds me of a horror movie. The 3rd is "Dragula", which is getting very old. The 4th and last is "Meet the Creeper", and it's without a doubt the best.

I reccomend this to anyone who's a fan of White Zombie, Powerman 5000, Ozzy Osbourne, or Marilyn Manson.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hellbilly Deluxe
This is a cd you can listen to over and over again. Living Dead Girl is one of my favorite songs ever, and you'll probably recognize it even if you're not a fan of Rob Zombie. I really love Dragula, Spookshow Baby, Meet the Creeper, and he has really great instrumental pieces on here, spooky and cool. To go with this I also recommend cds by White Zombie, which is basically Rob before he changed band members and went more off on his own. ... Read more

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If I Could Tell You
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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Modest in both scale and sound, If I Could Tell You represents a less elaborate, more back-to-basics approach to music for an artist lately accustomed to staging Grand Statements (see Tribute). A straightforward, keyboard-based studio recording with minimal accompaniment, If I Could Tell You finds Yanni exploring a pleasant though largely unexceptional middle ground--less overtly romantic than his early '90s bestsellers In My Time and Dare to Dream, nor as boldly expressive as his rousing early releases. "On Sacred Ground" opens the disc with a choir of electronically treated voices chanting ethereally over gentle rhythms and Native American flute, followed by the flamenco-tinged minor drama of "The Flame Within." Yanni's most interesting ideas arrive at mid-disc, starting with the harmonic tribal chanting on the rhythmic "Wishing Well," followed by a pair of agreeable romantic and dramatic forays on piano and keyboards ("A Walk in the Rain," "Highland"). Yet compared to Yanni at his expressive best, these selections and others that follow convey a surprising neutrality. Not that this music is objectionable. The stately romantic piano found on "In Your Eyes," for example, is graceful and appealing. Overall, though, the mood here is tame, reserved--and here's that word again--modest. After a three-year wait following the globe-girdling Tribute, this approach is a bit of a surprise. --Terry Wood ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Yanni's best masterpieces ever, a lovely album indeed
There's only one word to describe it and that is: WOW!

In this beautifully made album, Yanni has found a whole new musical world. After three years of waiting, this new album is quite a pleasant surprise. Yanni reflects on his much more gentler side and takes on a whole new approach to his music. He has redefined his sound to a new level adding influences from his past recent experiences during his tour and of course his new home in sunny Florida. This album is a quite unique composition yet vaguely familiar , here he adds polished up new melodies along with beautiful ambient background accompaniment, tight intricate captivating cross-rythms and tight bass not to mention the lovely emotional choir of voices. In "On sacred ground", Yanni reflects on his orthodox side and adds a beautiful choir at the begining of the song reminiscent of some Greek Orthodox hymns.The most beautiful piece of the song is a little ahead when you suddendly hear the bongo drums and the cross rythyms begin to be heard then, then the main rythym comes in with sudden force and contintues on from there just getting more lovely to the end. (this one is my all time favorite on the cd) "The Flame Within" reflects on his Greek side and his homeland, adding a wonderful Greek influence with a mysterious minor scale,adding piano along with a keyboard made sound of the outi (the Greek version of the ud), my most favorite part is in the middle of the song. This is my second favorite. The other ones are just as lovely to har to, from the operatic-like "Midnight Hymn" to the Hindu influenced "November sky", the upbeat techno-south african influenced "Wishing Well" and the catchy "Highland" along with the romantic piano love song of "If I could tell You" and ending with the modest catchy bouzouki-tinged sounds of "Reason for Rainbows".

This album overall is one of the best ones I've heard of Yanni. It is very beautiful and relaxing but of course not as grand or explosive as Yanni's previous works but it is a very acceptable Yanni work and very enjoyable.Changes are good and Yanni did do a lovely change. It takes a while to fully appreciate the cd at first since it does possess a new Yanni sound but once you get used to it, it is a treat for the ears. It is a lovely change in style. For Yanni fans, you are in for a relaxing treat. Personally, I have no problem of the cd, it is just a splendid gift for me. Upon first hearing this cd, I was moved emotionally, I have no regrets on getting the album. I just love, LOVE this cd! If this cd is just not what you expected and wanted more of an orchestra, think of the album as the trough of a wave, Yanni is regenerating his energy for later, maybe in his next release we'll hear the strong, forceful heavy live sounds of Yanni again, but this album is just a lovely surprise, wonderful elegant music.I realize now in what way Yanni is going in his music. I recommend it for any Yanni fan out there.

Yassou Yanni!

5-0 out of 5 stars Yanni's best album - balanced and beautiful!
To start with, I'll admit I have never been a fan of Yanni and certainly would've never thought of purchasing any of his cds. When asked of what I thought of Yanni I probably would have said "He's ok, but his stuff is too mushy for me". However, upon buying this cd for my mother who is an avid Yanni fan, I eventually found myself wanting to borrow it from her several times (in fact, it's in my possesion right now). I don't know what it is about this cd but unlike most of his previous releases it doesn't have the almost smothering romantic and intimate sound, yet at the same time it's not a chaotic and overly dramatic album like "Tribute" was which I can't stand.

Instead, "If I could tell you" is relaxing and etherial, yet exotic and soulfood. It's deep and thought provoking, not light and airy like most of his older work. The first track "On Sacred Ground" even hints at possible influences from Enigma (whom I am an avid fan of)with it's otherworldy chants and ethnic percussions but they are done in a subtle, soothing yet vibrant way.

This is no doubt one of the best new age albums released in 2000. If you are a long time fan of Yanni, buy it. If you like world music, buy it. If you like instrumental/easy listening music, buy it. If you simply like beautiful music, buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars yanni is the best
yanni sets new standards for musical excellence, brilliance, and in my personal opinion, yanni at his best ... Read more

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From Wisdom to Hate
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 March, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Gor f*cking gutsss!!!!
Aaaa...Gorguts is sure one heck of a band. Althought, you hear heavier bands out there still gorguts has a difirent type of extreme heavy sounds which isn't a bit dissapointing or mediocre. Go get it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but wish it was better
This album probably would have completely blown me away, if it had been by anyone else but Gorguts. But the brilliance of "Obscura," the Gorguts album that came out before this one, completely overshadows any of the material on "From Wisdom..." Categories are often meaningless, but you can see the difference in how they label themselves-- around the time of Obscura they wanted to be called "extreme music," but in the liner notes to this album they seem content to call themselves death metal again. And that's essentially what you get-- very well composed, well played death metal in the Morbid Angel style. Gone are the crazier jazz influences-- they instead turn to classical music for most of their inspiration, which means that this is tasteful and well-composed, but much less experimental. It's good, but lacks originality. This album has more in common with "Erosion of Sanity," the second Gorguts album, which I found pretty boring. The sound isn't too great, which may be part of the problem-- I can tell that opening riff in the first song must be pretty good, for instance, but it sounds to thin and scratchy to really hear what's going on. And the bass, which played an important part in making Obscura so great, is mostly buried in this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to hell...
Gorguts--aaah---I love their album called "from wisdom to hate" rimends me alot of cryptopsy and that is not a bad thing at all, because im a huge fan of cryptopsy! I recommend gorguts for fans of great bands like krisiun,cryptopsy,gorerotted, &,aborted...If you love any of those bands then gurgots is for you!Best songs ? "inverted" , the title track"from wisdon to hate" , & , "unearthing the Past" over-all, a must have! ... Read more

Asin: B00005AKLS
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Cocky (Clean Version)
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!!!!
What a cd!

trucker anthem-intro of the cd, nice rap.

forever-a perfect song heard just about everywhere

lay it on me-hard rap after first 2:40 seconds.

cocky-seemingly slow rap.

what i learned out on the road-slow and rap mixed together

im wrong, but you ain't right-mostly rap

lonely road of faith-mostly slow, great song

never met a quite like me-alternitave rap,ok song

picture-great combination of sheryl crow and kid rock

im a dog-rap,pretty good dancing song

midnight train to memphis-awesome lyrics

baby come home-very slow rap,but good

drunk in the morning-high rating only at beginning

4-0 out of 5 stars Cocky
I'm 36 and really don't care for hip-hop, but I do like this cd and the differents styles of music on it. I think it's awesome that Kid Rock sings whatever music he likes and doesn't just go one way. My favorite songs are the rock and country songs, but I can take a little hip-hop mixed in. When I listen to Cocky, I skip tracks 1-4 and start on #5. To me, that's where the good music starts. Even though this is the clean version, there are still several songs that I won't let my kids listen to.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excelent cd but not kids best
don't get me wrong this cd rocks but i personally find "Devil Without A Cause", "History of Rock" and "Kid Rock" all much much better. The above three i gave all 5's

trucker anthem - this song proves what kid rock is all about 20/20

forever - really really good 19/20

lay it on me - really really ok 14/20

cocky - pretty good 18/20

what i learned out on the road - amazing 19/20

i'm wrong but you ain't right - typical kid rock song 19/20

lonely road of faith - AWESOME!!!! 20/20

you never met a white boy quite like me - sweet just plain sweet 20/20

picture - it's a shame this song is overplayed on the radio cuz it really is pretty good 17/20

i'm a dog - ok 15/20

midnight train to memphis - this is the best song on the cd half is slow country style the rest is what kids good at 20/20

baby come home - good 16/20

drunk in the morning - ehh 15/20

overall: 16/20 ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 November, 1999)
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Despite the number of guests on hand, Dr. Dre's decade-/century-/millennium-ending sequel to The Chronic is, like its predecessor, less a stack of posse cuts and more an elegantly seamless work from West Coast hip-hop's premier auteur. Deliberately cinematic in everything from its mix of moods to dramatic musical surges, 2001 is Dre's assessment of the gangsta life in medium shots. No longer fully immersed in violence and random sex, yet aware of their attraction, he often lets his guests blow steam about whatever's on their minds. When he takes stock of gangbanging circa late '99, though, he drops his neutral tone; he even provides another half-joking but stern warning to prot&eacute;g&eacute; Eminem on "What's the Difference." Between his discovery of Slim Shady, visits from old pal Snoop Dogg, and, most of all, the masterful sound and flow of this CD, Dre should shut down all talk of his supposed irrelevance. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars THE bud BOMBS
I have heard alot about this album and finally decided to listen to it. I was very unsatisfied and only 3 songs on the album caught my attention. Dre utilizes a similar format for all his sounds. Considered by many to be the greatest rap producer of all time, Dre fails to live up to his billing. Misogynistic and explicit lyrics aside, the beats are pretty decent as with all Dre albums. Dre CANNOT recapture the power and feel of the original Chronic. The genius of the first album is it Perfectly Captured the Moment. It was like walking into COMPTON and taking a picture. You can't TRY to reproduce a classic. The orginal Chronic was great cause everything just happened to come together. For those who don't know DRE can't really rap. I doubt he even writes most of the music, according to Daz, Dre rips off alot of other artists sounds.What Dre does have is a good ear and a good feel for sound levels and effects. I am very glad I didn't buy it, MTV once again determines the sales of most albums. Keep in mind what SUGE KNIGHT said, Dre doesn't do alot. In 14 years as a rapper he has only completed about 5 records! 2PAC did five records in about 20 months! Dre also avoids utilizing the reggae bottom coupled with high end key boards and loose funky beats which was his signature sound. Should have stayed with the FUNK. Maybe George Clinton should save the day again?

I always believed Dr. Dre is the best rap producer ever. But I was afraid his album won't live up to the hype it caused. West Coast rap had developped a lot since The Chronic and I wasn't sure if Dre would be able to come up like he always used to - amazing, always with something new, innovating and better than anything else around. And he did! The man is a music genius with an incredible talent for creating music. His new album brings us some new gangsta s%#t as well as a lot of the good old one so many of us love. The prodcution is just breathtaking, with beats that just blow yo' mind. Dr. Dre uses a lot of guest artists on the album - Snoop Dogg, Devin, Kurupt,Mary J Blige, Nate Dogg, Xzibit, Eminem, King Tee, Hittman and many more. The album's got 17 songs and 5 skits. It deas with a lot of topics - the game today, drinkin', pimpin', Playahaters, gangbangin' and of course sex. Dr. Dre created a masterpiece, and it's the best album in the last 2 or three years. It's a west coast album of course but any real open minded rap fan should get it cause if you really know something about hip hop you'll love this album! I guarantee.

3-0 out of 5 stars Dr.Dre 2001
I think that this album is ok, but for sure, Dr.Dre can't touch Eazy E. I like the songs F*** You, Still Dre, and the next episode, but if you want some real gangsta rap, than just pick up an Eazy E album. ... Read more

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The Marshall Mathers LP
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem's sophomore album, he can't decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend ("Kim"). Of course, according to Eminem, he's just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he's the victim of people who don't get his unique sense of humor. It's good old America's fault if the kids aren't alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he's just capitalizing on Uncle Sam's dark side. On the Marshall Mathers LP, he's ambivalent about his fame, angry at his life, pissed off that people take him seriously, and fightin' mad at boy bands--and a lot of other white people. But the blue-eyed brat is acutely aware of his status as rap's resident alien: he has the most offensive mouth running, but never uses the "N" word. He gives lyrical love to tragic (black) legends like Tupac and Biggie while dissing white rappers hard. Even sitting duck Puffy gets the kid-gloves treatment. Of course, Eminem is an interesting, witty rapper, and there's some nice production on this CD, courtesy of Dr. Dre and others. But the hatred in Eminem's rhymes makes the album rotten at its core. And his protests that Slim Shady is just a persona become less convincing with each arrest. Then again, Eminem's got it hard: he's rich, famous, white, and male. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars May I Have Your Attention . . . . . .
Eminem's form of expression mixed with humor and complete vulgarity has always fascinated me in an odd way. Maybe it's because he's always testing and then breaking the boundaries of music. On "The Marshall Mathers LP," Eminem goes against the grain, but this time struggles with many different issues, including his new-found fame, the current wave of garbage-pop music, and unresolved questions from his past.

Eminem spits in the music industry's collective face with his song "The Real Slim Shady," which disses well-known music figures like Christina Aguilera, 'NSync, and Will Smith and includes a great sing-along chorus. Continuing in the same vein is the tongue-in-cheek "Marshall Mathers," which again snarls at boy bands while Eminem ponders why little kids want to be like him. His brutally honest "Drug Ballad" showcases his once back-and-forth relationship with drugs and their brutal effects. Two of the biggest standouts on the album are "Stan" and "Kim." "Stan" illustrates the issue of fan-obsession and its extremes. The song soars with backing vocals by Dido, making it even more captivating. "Kim" is oddly gripping and emotionally exhausting--its haunting melody and lyrics paint a picture of the darker side of a relationship gone too far. Eminem wildly wavers between hate, love, dispair, and hope before ending the song with the utmost tragedy. Eminem's writing skills are amazing--his ability to tell stories conjure up disturbing mental images as he journeys to the dark side of life. Definitely not for the easily offended, Eminem will make you laugh, think, and hit the "repeat" button on your CD player. This album is worth buying and listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only White Rap worth Hearing
I never listened to rap before Eminem came out. I find his rhythms and rhyme scheme to be fascinating. I believe in total freedom of speech and if you don't like the lyrics, don't listen.

...OOL LYRICS TO SONGS, LISTEN TO "IM BACK". MARSHALL MATHERS IS A COOL SONG TOO. HOPE YOU ENJOY THE CDg there money on a cd with innoproperite lyrics, and making him that much more rich. He doesn't care about you. He will do whatever it takes to make money. He has led so many people down the wrong path in life. With his money he is probably going to spend it on drugs, beer, and other stupid stuff. Why wouyld you buy something that has lyrics that talk about sex, voilence, drugs, and more. Well hope you don't buy his cd. Peace out.lad-about drugs of course

Amityville-em and his pals d-12 rappin it oy here

Kim-This one is truly a very strange song this is about eminem trying to kill his wife Kim and his hate for her.

Criminal-crazy last som stands out alot

I like this album just give it a chance to sink in and you will like it too forget about how people diss him and say hes not talented. It's goodan awesome beat.

The Real Slim Shady: Ahh, the 'friendly" radio song. It's a good single, but the happy-beat doesn't fit in anywhere on this album.

Remember Me: Another "EM going off track." It's a bit slower than usual, but yet another song that makes this a great CD.

Im Back: Em is mad. He thinks that you forgot about him. Overall, a good-to-fair tune.

Marshall Mathers: The personal song. Em talks about his mom, and Kim. It's a great slow song. "Slow?" Trust me, it works., beautifully.

Drug Ballad: Em's "love song." He mixes hip-hop choruses into it, and this is this time's "Cum On Everybody."

Amityville: I don't particularly care for this song, but it's good enough to not skip.

Bitch Please Part II: Guests galore. It hits hard and fast, with the most straight-rap vibe in this whole album.

Kim: A funny-in-a-weird-way song. His "Na-na-na-na-na"s in the beginning is priceless, and so are the lyrics.

Under The Influence: Whoa. Em starts out talking to Halley-Jade, and then...........Whoa.

Criminal: The perfect closer. A potential single, you'll love it.

As for the skits, Public Service Annoucement 2000 is basically a continuation of the first album's intro, Steve Berman is one where he pokes fun at a record-exec, and Ken Kaniff............let's just say, he got ICP back.

Em is angry at SOMETHING. You can hear it in his voice. He yells, kicks, screams, and, ultimately, gets his message across. And in the process, he makes one of the finest rap albums ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars "floydianfan" is un-educated on real rap.
This album is great. I'm white, but it doesn't make me a "whigger" to listen to this bumpin' cd. Some people just take music too literal [serious] and actually DO what these rappers joke about. Some people are too stupid to understand what is right, and what is wrong. Em' is a comedian no matter how much he denies it. This album is his best although twisted and not for the easily-offended. It's NOT a freestlye session. And many people can rap "better" but not as "sinister" as Eminem and Slim Shady[his sick side]. So if you take things too seriously, or don't like twisted rap, don't buy it. Otherwise 5 outta' 5! ... Read more

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