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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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Everything about Tool's fourth album is an experience, starting with the packaging, which consists of liner credits printed on a translucent plastic sleeve over the CD and a booklet that layers anatomical representations atop one another--the first page pictures musculature and blood vessels; the next, bones; the third, internal organs; and so on. It's worth describing the packaging of Lateralus because it says much about the astonishing music within. Maynard James Keenan and company understand the expectations riding on this much-anticipated release and they've delivered the goods! While it remains in the Tool tradition of trance-inducing progressive metal, Lateralus is tighter, clearer, crisper, and all around a notch above their admirable previous releases. Aenima was marred by muddy production and a certain predictability. Undertow had a cleaner sound but wasn't as confident or adventurous. With Lateralus, Tool have raised an already lofty bar still higher by coming up with a collection that kicks major ass. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best album in the history of music
I have never heard music so beautiful and meaningful in my life.After four years of owning this album, I still listen to it as if I had just bought it yesterday.Aside from brilliant instrument work, Maynards vocals is what gives this album the uplifting emotional depth that it has.Maynards lyrics of hope and redemption are a great escape from all the angry styles of music today.My favorite aspect of this album is how you can get lost in the music itself.Even though the shortest song on the album is just over five minutes, you get so absorbed into what you are listening to that the song ends leaving you wanting more.To really appreciate this albums potential, you must find time to actually sit down and listen to it closely.Tool is without a doubt the most talented group of musicians in the music industry today and even the past thirteen years.If you dont like this album or this band in general, you dont know what music is or you are probably just stupid.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums and bands in the 90s
Tool would have to be Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd in our year. More like Pink Floyd by the videos. You never see Tool in their videos or even pictures which is makes Tool so cool and mysterious. Maryand did way better in Tool then APC though cause nowadays you see pictures of the band, but Maryand will always have the Robert Plant in him, and many of Tool fans will never forget the talent he had and still does. Tool will always be one of my fav bands ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hold On......
This cd has got to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Tool is the Led Zeppelin of our time. The songs are so well done. The music has excellent guitar work and some of the best drumming i have heard from any modern band. If you even remotly like rock music this is a must have. The songs are rather long but thats the best part. when you listen to the music you dont want it to end. recommend this CD over almost any modern rock CD. ... Read more

Asin: B00005B36H
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 August, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars No, you can still be a music fan, if you dislike it.....
First off, Alot of reviews stated that if you love music you have to like this, which is not true at all.
Although if you want a great documentation of what was John Frusciante of that time, and listen to some well structured lo-fi pop songs while feeling uncomfortable at times, this is great record to listen to then.
This is also a good aid for when your lonely and you can just pop this into your stereo and lie in bed, it feels like he is right there playing guitar and singing for you underneath the shelf where your stereo lies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood
This album is very misunderstood.I could say that I found a deeper meaning to his lyrics, but some of you might find that to be naive.Although if you're reading this, I imagine you're not some random person trying to find a new artist to be interested in.So I assume most of you are familiar with john, and with the chili peppers.And although I may be the only person I know that knows enough of their history, i know a lot of you do!But it really does make the man, everyone has to understand that john was in a really low point of his life during the recording of this album.The quality is low, because he recorded it himself!The singing is his style, his variety that he adds.It has certainly improved over the years...between his occasional background vocals on californication, and his constant backgrounds on By the Way.
The best example, has to be his singing on Save the Population, i'm sure you all realize he has the last line in the song, and he sounds, well, awesome!
I consider myself a philosophical person, so I can read into his lyrics of a time that his life was in a valley of lows.We've all had our low points in our lives, but he reached a certain low, that I know he hopes none of us would ever have to.The lyrics, and the singing definitely reflect the pain i can tell this man was going through.And to hear and see him now, he's a new person.
I don't know if he'd like to say reborn, but in a sense he has been.The songs on Niandra Lades are beautiful, artistically overwhelming, and simply awe-inspiring!
I didn't even mention the guitar, don't let me forget that!His playing would make a Neanderthal want to pick up a guitar and spend hours attempting to do what he is capable of!

5-0 out of 5 stars I can't describe my love for this album
The music on this album is(without compare) the most pure expression of emotion through and instrument and through words.Every sound is either pure joy or complete agony, this is what the art of music really is at it's heart.I can't believe that anyone could dislike this music, it is 4track genius, irreplicable, honest, and almost perfect.RHCP and top 40 types should not expect the same appeal from this music, but really need to give it a chance. ... Read more

Asin: B00000JT3R
Sales Rank: 170050
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   

Fungus Amongus
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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As Incubus themselves note about Epic's 2000 rerelease of 1996's Fungus Amongus: "The recording's are basically a snapshot of our band, circa 1993-1995. As even the most discriminating ear could deduce, [we were] still struggling to find our feet." It's a caveat not really necessary for Incubus fans, of which there are now many, thanks to their diverse, unique, andthoughtful brand of funky, sometimes-acoustic rock, exemplified on 1999's impressive Make Yourself. This early effort, written and recorded when band members were in their teens, smacks heavily of Primus and Faith No More fanaticism, influences which, on later discs, are blended into an evolving signature sound. Songs such as "Speak Free," "Trouble in 421," and the aggressive, linear "The Answer" are decent, but not as heavy, well-written, or thoughtful as the material on Make Yourself. Ultimately, Fungus Amongus is a lightweight, casual, fun, and funky morsel for hardcore fans.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Is this ZEBRAHEAD or incubus. Cause it sounds like ZEBRAHEAD
This album has a lot funk too it. Incubus sounds a lot like the band ZEBRAHEAD(which is an awesome band) So if you like funk music, hell if you like ZEBRAHEAD by all means get this album. After this album all the other major albums are all anti funk music.

5-0 out of 5 stars one word only describes this album....."crazy"
"fungus amongus" is a gem, its crazy, its pure, its amazing, its incubus! every incubus fan knows that with every record you can expect something new...but still have their sound/roots. "fungus amongus" has so many elements..jazz, metal, funk, rap, phsychadelic,...and add their own twist to it all and its just mind boggling. at first listen you will say to yourself.."what am i listening to?". but when the cd's done you will say "that was amazing!"..even though "fungus amongus" sounds like nothing you've ever heard of...you can sense major influences from primus, red hot chili peppers, faith no more. its so crazy to think that this band was just starting out...or in brandon boyd's terms.."finding their own ground". you wouldn't imagine that they sound like they do today. brillant and crazy...words cannot describe this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Incubus we all know and loved
Fans of the recent radio friendly version of Incubus will probably write 1 star reviews, because they tend to be people of limited tastes who's music preferrence is reliant on what has the most rotation on Mtv or radio. They won't understand this. But for us true Incubus fans, this is a pleasant trip down memory lane. This is perhaps the band at their most raw period, as most of them where barely 18 when this album was recorded. Fungous Amongus is a fine example of the playful California funk metal scene of the early 90's, where people lived off a steady diet of Faith No More, Primus, Chili Peppers and Infectious Grooves. There is no DJ in this band and no real hip hop influence at all. Just a 3 + 1 approach. The shifts from head bopping jazzy jams into headbanging hard rock numbers is something that really characterized the early Incubus. My personal favorite is Trouble in 421, which begins as a really goofy Frank Zappa-like number before Mike Einziger explodes with an inspired and ripping guitar solo followed by a powerful chorus.

If you like the water-downed pretty boy rock of Morning View and A Crow Left of the Murder than please stay away and don't write insipid 1 star reviews, because this is where the real Incubus began, a band that was much more concerned with rocking and writing good tunes than pandering to the Top 40 crowd. ... Read more

Asin: B000050HU9
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Funk Metal    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rap-Rock    7. Rock   


The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.....
This is early RHCP work and you can tell that. To me this album is pretty much indescibable rap and funk fused into someone that sounds like choking. I will not be listening to this album anymore and I gave it two stars (and lucky I did) because of two good songs in Backwoods and Behind The Sun. Everything else is a miss. Even the Bonus tracks all demos and studio scrubs are a waste of time to listen. This is the RHCP's young and not mature enough through experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Party Plan Will Uplift Your Mofo
This cd is possibly the best album ever put out by RHCP, which as i presume you know, is saying a hell of a lot. In this cd they keep their original funk, before they refined their music. Although californication is good, its too perfect, too acoustically sound, this album is just madness, they dont care if it isnt acoustically perfect, they had far too much fun playing all of hte songs on the cd to care about those things, so enjoy this cd as much as they did!

4-0 out of 5 stars This is why they're "Red Hot"!
Of all the "Red Hot Chili Peppers" albums, if I had to choose my favorite, this would easily be it. To me, even though other albums are great, this is exactly what made the band who they are. It's so funky, so rockin', so full of energy, I just can't praise it enough. "Mothers Milk" is almost as perfect, and I love that one too. "Fight Like A Brave" and "Behind The Sun" were the only "hits" on here, but every other song is as good, and tons of fun. I feel sorry for those who only know them back to the "Blood Sugar Sex Magic" album, even though that's considered to be their masterpiece. This disc might not excite the "By The Way" crowd, but if you want to know why the "Chili Peppers" are red hot, this is why. Plus, where else are you gonna get "Party On Your P***y"? ... Read more

Asin: B000002UD8
Sales Rank: 122755
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Funk Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   

Downward Spiral
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 March, 1994)
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Nine Inch Nails are a pretty amazing phenomenon when one considers what they--um, he--have done with just a few studio recordings. The Downward Spiral, NIN's second full-length album, is just as packed with vitriol as Pretty Hate Machine and the EP Broken--and has just as solid a base of pop hooks that go a long way toward explaining NIN's popularity. Most recognizable is the down-tempo single "Closer," which remains a staple of dance clubs everywhere. But for the most part, the album is all heavy beats and aggressive guitars--industrial music with a pop angle. That winning combination is what makes Trent Reznor a law unto himself, becoming insanely popular while the main body of industrial music retains its subculture status. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Great
absolutely wonderful cd!!! blends great musical talents into one, everything i wanted in this album i got. In 10 years i have to say this album will gain much more status than it already does. The lyrics are so deep, u get a chill going up your spine with every song. Trent blends his unmistakable voice, into heart pounding music, that is such a thrill. I have to say no nin cd compares... though they are good this is an essential album. Please i really encourage you to get this album.

The strong points in this album are in every song. many people have said that no two songs are alike... u may get tired of hearing but it is very true. My favorites are reptile, mr. self destruct, heresy, and closer. Such anger and agression goes into this cd, but yet u have a feeling of sadness in these songs.The softer songs, like piggy, hurt, and a warm place( musical) are Absoulutely wonderful. I have rarely found an album of this anger and sadness. I see some reviews that are negative, and the reason i think this is so is because of its controversial lyrics... or u are damn fans of pop, or rap. Great cd.

I had almost nothing to complain about on this album. their were a few things though that i dint like, its very hard to say that there are things i disliked.... but i have two, i didnt care for big man with a gun. Im sure if im clueless but... it really doesn't have those great lyrics im used to in trent reznor. though the only real meaning i can think of this song is being a satire against rap. The second and last thing i didn't care for was the screaming in the becoming, it felt he was forcing something into a beautiful song he shouldn't. The first time i heard that song i really didn't care for it, but it grew on me and its pretty good... i just wish the screaming was outta of it, and the mechanical voice, but other than that perfection!
I am only 14, yes 14, but i do have all nin studio releases...phm,tds,tf, and i just got the new cd A-WITH-A TEETHA.... great album, and heard nin plans to come out witha nother cd in one year or so..... NIN RULES.

4-0 out of 5 stars the only nin cd i have
tis is the only nin cd i have its very good espicaly because the album has story i burned broken and with teeth but they dont amount to this one.with teeth is a dissapointment because it had to many fillers and when you tok 6 years to make a 13 track cd thats just being lazy

5-0 out of 5 stars The day NIN came of age...
The Downward Spiral (1994.) Nine Inch Nails Halo Eight. Their second full-length album, and third source of original material.

Trent Reznor assembled his musical project, Nine Inch Nails, late in the eighties. It's not likely he knew just how successful his group would become, though. Even after just five years, Reznor had changed his musical sound drastically. What started as a techno-rock experiement (as chronicled on 1989's Pretty Hate Machine) was quickly shifting toward the darker, more sinister grounds of goth/industrial music (1992's Broken EP was the first release that hinted at this new sound.) The second full-length Nine Inch Nails album arrived in 1994. How would The Downward Spiral be received? Would it become revered as an industrial rock masterpiece, or would it literally be Reznor's downward spiral in the music business? Read on for my review of the album.

This album is a masterpiece of industrial rock, no questions asked. It's this album that gained Nine Inch Nails the vast majority of their fame and audience, so it's not surprising to see just how high of a level some fans of the group hold it on. In just five short years, Trent Reznor had shifted his musical stylings drastically. Although I personally preferred the band's earlier sound (the techno-rock one featured on Pretty Hate Machine), I feel that this change in sounds did the band a lot of good. This is a much darker and more agressive album than anything that came earlier, and perhaps that's the reason it won the group so many fans. The most popular song on here would have to be the radio hit Closer, but it's far from being the only good song Trent and company have to offer this time around. Kicking things off is the hard and heavy industrial rocker Mr. Self Destruct, which will grab a tight hold of your attention and never let do. It's immediately followed by the bass-heavy Piggy, which is one of the band's most unique-sounding tracks. And who could forget classics like Heresy and March Of The Pigs? And the gloomy ballad Hurt? Every track on here is unique; no two sound alike, further establishing Trent Reznor as a musical genius. Where this album succeeds, it succeeds beautifully. And where it doesn't succeed.... never mind. It succeeds in everything it does. This is a Nine Inch Nails masterpiece, and millions of fans will back me up on that claim. If you only want to buy one Nine Inch Nails album, and you want to get one that epitomizes everything the band stood for in their prime, The Downward Spiral is the one you should get.

There are many different editions of The Downward Spiral available. There's the original CD release, the Dual Disc version, and the Deluxe Edition. The original CD release has no bonus material, but it is the cheapest version, so any new/potential fan should get that version of the album. The Dual Disc one costs more but has a whole DVD side worth of interesting band info. However, there aren't any bonus tracks, so that version is for die-hard fans ONLY. The Deluxe Edition has a whole second disc worth of bonus material, but it is ridiculously overpriced, as are most CDs in the Deluxe Edition series. However, despite it's overpricing, the Deluxe Edition is best, since you get a whole bonus disc worth of Nine Inch Nails rarities. Still, whatever version of the album you decide to buy is up to you.

This was Trent Reznor in his prime, both commercially and musically. It's not surprising that this is the release most people remember Nine Inch Nails for. If you only buy one album from the group, and you want one that shows you everything the group stood for in their musical prime, this is the album to buy. I give it my highest recommendation and a five-star rating. No other industrial rock album even comes close (except, of course, other Nine Inch Nails releases.) ... Read more

Asin: B000001Y5Z
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 October, 1996)
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With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the '90s. Rather like Metallica circa ...And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There's not a whole lot of variety on Tool's second full-length album--most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat--but Maynard James Keenan's distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
This album is a wet dream for every heavy music fan with a brain. Beautifully layered guitars, a throbbing heart-beat bass line and rock solid drumming, teamed with Maynard's thought provoking and poetic lyrics, make for a near perfect sonic assault that will make you think. Go out and buy all of Tool's albums. WARNING if you have attention deficit disorder, or have trouble understanding any more complex themes than "breaking stuff" or "Daddy didn't love me" you may be better off listening to Limp Bizkit or Korn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, intriguing, thought-provoking. The best.
This isn't just the best metal album ever made. In my opinion it's the best album ever made, all categories. I felt I had to write something and try to contribute towards the 5 stars overall this album deserves. I don't blame the people who gave it one star, it's their opinion, and maybe this album isn't for everyone. First of all, you have to like music. Second, you should like metal. Third, you should be enough interested in life and like the medium of music to express aspects of life. I have owned this album for seven years and it still grows. I can still cry listening to it, just because of the beauty, the pure energy this album conveys. A masterpiece, from the first second to the last. A lesson in life.

1-0 out of 5 stars I'll have a Maynard James Keenan with pilau rice, thanks!
Whoa! Everyone seems to have an opinion on this. Tool fans seem to go out of their way to convince the casual buyer that this record is the work of absolute genius, and that it will change you life etc. Being a rather naïve and gullible individual I decided to give the album a whirl. I lay down, put my headphones on and prepared to be swept up in the brilliance that is tool and left drooling. Well, I fell asleep but I tried I really did! It's just this album is so monotonous!
A song about fisting? Yeah, I know it supposed to have a whole *deeper meaning*, but its still stupid, not to mention bloody painful. The five star reviewers make this album out to be intensely thought provoking and some even go as far by saying that it's so hard to comprehend that only a select few will grasp the true meaning. That's a load of codswallop! You don't have to be really intelligent to get this, there's nothing to get, its just pretentious whining. Albeit twisted to make it into *music for pseudo intellectuals*. I'd rather listen to korn, at least they're straight forward about it.
Tool fans are quick to insult the average human being for disliking their favorite band by dismissing them as ignorant twits. No, it's just the music is so dull I'm sure over exposure is enough to make anyone brain dead for a little while. My brain cells came out waving a white flag about half way through. I had to listen to skinny puppy to perk them back up again. In a way, tool fans remind me of born again Christians, as in you're either a blind follower or a total waste of space. It's like a cult. Perhaps that's the appeal. Does being a tool fan make you better then other people? If you think so then you are a sad, sad person. Perhaps you think my tiny brain just can't grasp the fact that tool are the best band in the world and that Maynard James Keenan (sounds like an Indian dish) is a god. Personally I think he's laughing his wig off at all of you. But anyway you can't be swayed. To the curious buyer, I'd listen to the samples and look up some of the lyrics before you start believing all the hype. By the way I just want to say the `secretary' from Boston is a plagiarizer. (...)Oh and one more thing. If Maynard James Keenan moved to Spain and (under Spanish law) married Pilar Gòmez Dìaz, her name would remain Pilar Gòmez Dìaz. If they had a daughter christened Mercedes, she will be called Mercedes James Gòmez. If she got married to Juan García Martìnez she would keep her original name but her son, Pedro, would be called Perdro García James. You see where this could go! Having such a long winded name is a danger to Spanish society!
Have you just read all that? If you have, you now know what listening to a tool album feels like. It's simple and easy to understand but presented in such a difficult and presumptuous way, that it just gets annoying and unnecessarily tedious after a while.
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Asin: B00000099Y
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Tell All Your Friends
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 March, 2002)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Emo is the worst thing to happen to rock music...
...in a long time. I'd say its even worse than fake grunge and nu metal, which is saying a lot. This ever growing contingency of bands from New Jersey and Long Island is truly nauseating. In emo, its ok to whine. In fact, whining is the emo style of singing. In emo, your lyrics need to revolve around your failed relationship with the Betty Rubble-looking girl who dumped you for an even more emo guy because you wheren't wussy enough for her. Blues is another music style that revolves around relationships gone bad, but there is soul in there as well as pain and emotion. Emo takes the balls out of the whole deal and is just one big whine fest with horrible wannabe poetic lyrics.

Another affront is how these emo bands seem to enjoy adopting the look of classic rock bands from the 60's and 70's(moppy hair, worn jeans), yet they are the most unrock thing to happen in a long time.

Listen to Fugazi or Quicksand instead.

1-0 out of 5 stars utter garbage
If you are a fan of weak, contrived, radio rock and have just enough pride to fancy yourself "punk" or "emo" or whatever Hot Topic is selling this week, then this album is for you.

And I hope you can feel yourself dying slowly when you listen to it. I know that I sure did.

What a waste of perfectly good plastic and paper to release this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really great emocore album
Taking Back Sunday are said to have been the rebirth of emo and almost all emo bands are now compared to them. I'm not so sure if I like the fact that everyone's compared to them, but they are still an amazing band. Although I like Where You Want to Be better, this album is still deserving of five stars. If you're looking to get your feet wet on the emocore scene then you need to get this album and Where You Want To Be. Very solid album. ... Read more

Asin: B0000634G4
Sales Rank: 3892
Subjects:  1. Emo    2. Pop    3. Rock   


Rage Against the Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 November, 1992)
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Not since the days of the Clash and the MC5 has rock seen such political force as in the uncompromising debut from this L.A. quartet. Expanding the hip-hop/metal style of bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage tap the spirits of vintage Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with hardcore punk intensity and Public Enemy-style grooves. "Bombtrack" opens the LP with a shot of adrenaline and singer Zack de la Rocha's infuriated chorus of "Burn, burn, yes, you're gonna burn!" The intensity doesn't let up an inch on the militant "Killing in the Name" (with the inspiring chant, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!"), the ultrafunky "Bullet in the Head," and the engrossing "Fistful of Steel." Tom Morello combines time-honored metal guitar riffs with sounds that suggest a hip-hop scratcher over a rhythm section that simply takes no prisoners. Intelligent and aggressive, this is unimpeachably one of the best hard-rock records ever made. --James Rotondi ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous
This CD is ridiculous.When I put it in my CD player and put the headphones over my ears I was expecting a good album.I wasn't expecting to be dancing in ecstacy for forty minutes in my bedroom.

2-0 out of 5 stars Review from a centrist Liberal
Yes, there are liberals who hate this garbage too. This political crap is nothing but extreme left-wing propaganda spreading their brainwashed views of political correctness in the same way that FOX News does it from the other extreme side of the political spectrum. What I find absolutely ridiculous about 'RATM' is that they're a rock band spreading hatred towards rich corporations, and yet Sony is their record label. Ha!! Let me laugh for a minute, because that's like Ozzy Osbourne being signed by a christian label. If RATM were true to their beliefs they should be signed to an indie label. I'll need to remind you people that I'm not a right-wing nut or a neo-con who worships O'Reilly and Hannity, because in the same way that RATM sucks, so do artists extreme right wings idiots like Toby Keith and Darryl Worley spreading their false patriotism and using it as a tool to make more money from 9/11.

I have to give RATM props because Tom Morello is a great guitarist, but other than that these guys are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Rock Album of the 1990s
Rage Against the Machine's self-titled, debut album was the definitive rock album of the 1990s and, more than any other album from its time, has influenced the mainstream rock genre as it flows through the airwaves today. Although Rage's influence on the evolution of rock music has generally been overlooked and understated by critics, if one were to analyze the current state of rock music, he/she would be hard pressed to argue that it could still be what it is today without Rage.

Rage spawned the rap/rock revolution (for better or worse), infused rock music with intelligent social and political commentary at a time when the genre was severely lacking it, and helped rock music evolve to its current state. Listen to the entire album once, all the way through, and you will see why. An amazing band, with amazing musicianship, lyricism, and insight, Rage should go down in history as one of the most influential rock bands of its generation, although it seems as though the scope of its influence may always be overshadowed by other deserving bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Regardless, what's most important is that the music will always be there for us to enjoy, and the music can never lie.

Trust me and the others who have taken the time to express their opinions on this album -- if you are a true fan of rock music, you owe it to yourself to own this album. ... Read more

Asin: B0000028RR
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rock   


Turn the Radio Off
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 October, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars my first CD, and still my favorite.
This is the first CD I ever purchased and I still listen to it to this day. What a great CD, all the way through. Excellent! Go check it out, you'll be playing it for years to come!

5-0 out of 5 stars Rock out ~ Ska style
AWESOME CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON"T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY!!!! REEL BIG FISH IS AWESOME!!!! THIS CD IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!
Buy this CD!!! It is worth everything and more!!!!!!!!!!!
If you like any of the following bands, yoiu will catch (no pun intended) onto reel big fish fast:
Taj Motel Trio
the Toasters
No Doubt

4-0 out of 5 stars Stay at home
Reel Big Fish is good! My favorite song is sell out! I heard about Reel Big Fish a while ago from a good friend who really likes ska and they gave me some of this CD and it is really good! Look into Taj Motel Trio and No Doubt if you like Reel BIg Fish! I would totally spend the 14.00 dollars- maybe 15.00 for shipping- to hear this music and dance along! ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 10443
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Antichrist Superstar
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 October, 1996)
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Marilyn Manson started out as a depraved, marginally talented group of freaks that played a caustic but undeveloped brand of metallic industrial noise. Then Trent Reznor stepped into the studio for seven months with the band, and Manson emerged with the most intense, visceral, mechanical metal album since The Downward Spiral. Antichrist Superstar is a horror-house of grisly atrocities that stains as indelibly as a bathful of warm blood. Brooding rhythms collide with corrosive samples and buzzsaw guitar riffs, while vocalist Marilyn croons irresistible melodies in the voice of a vagrant regurgitating broken light-bulb shards. Essential listening, regardless of how much input Reznor had.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars great cd...but i hav another issue
This review is just to say something. has anyone else noticed that stupid idiot reviewer 'Himo pohonen' or sum rubbish who has been goin round calling all the music cds he hates 'pieces of s**t' and not justifying any reasons at all - just for the sake of bein an IDIOT. i must have looked up at least 10 of my favourite cd's in the last week and his same thing is there every time. marilyn manson is my favourite band and hes comin on complainin about jesus and religion and NOBODY CARES! this is reviewing the cd not a church...go pray on it. i am not a goth myself but this is not the place for this. i hope other people have seen what i mean with this guy...dont listen to his reviews if you're hoping for a reason to buy a cd.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Album Is Not Truly Dark Or Satanic, It Is Just Stupid!!
Marilyn Manson had been credited for being the most vile, evil, and disgusting person on the planet since the early 90's. Manson is just a dork that could never get attention, so he attempted to become the biggest freak. From what I know about mainstream "dark" music, this is probably one of it's most famous albums. This album is just a poser with his poser band behind him, creating music that shocked people (I don't know why, it is about as dark as Britney Spears). For true dark music, old school black metal defines it. Mayhem, Darkthrone, and Emperor are all black metal groups that make Manson look like a Christian both musically and lyrically. Manson never did anything that evil, he just did stupid props that were more "perverted" than evil. Black metal does truly evil things such as church burnings, murder, cannibalism, and occult related activity-Manson never did anything like that! So forget Manson's stupid poser goth rock, get in touch with the black metal scene for truly evil music and lifestyles.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stu*** Lyrics!
This is just piece of sh**! Marilyn Manson makes bad music--- Trust Jesus Christ today...only he can save you from the lake of fire...He loves you more than you can imagine...no matter what you have done...just accept His love! ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Industrial Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock   


White Pony
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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Sensual and mellow haven't been adjectives associated with aggro band Deftones--until now. The quintet's third outing finds their aural punch softened and deepened, lending songs such as "Digital Bath" a sultry, layered edge. More Tool than Pantera in its sonics, White Pony, in fact, includes a collaboration with Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan in the haunting "Passenger." Fans of the band's earlier, harder albums will still find some satisfaction in these developments. "Elite" boasts chunky riffing and metal/rap leanings, while "Korea" is anguished and edgy. More striking, however, are songs like the quirky, futuristic, fervent "RX Queen" and the gentle "Teenager." If you're in the mood to mosh, 1995's Adrenaline and '97's Around the Fur are better choices. For a different Deftones journey, however, delve into this diverse, dynamic, and heady album sans preconceived notions and let White Pony take you on a wondrous ride. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars My first Deftones album...
I'm a big fan of Chevelle, Slipknot, and Linkin Park. Yes Linkin Park, and from the reviews I've read about Deftones' albums it doesn't seem like many of their fans like Linkin Park. But oh well, I like Linkin Park and Deftones. This is my first Deftones album and overall I have to say its pretty good. It has some good songs and some alright songs but you have to listen to most of them several times to get to really like them. Anyway, here are my ratings on the songs:

1. Feiticeira 2/5 - Not a great song to start the album off with but its an alright song.
2. Digital Bath 3/5 - I like this song. Its got a nice beat to it.
3. Elite 1/5 - Too much screaming. Not a very good song at all.
4. Rx Queen 4/5 -Love the song. Great beat. Well done.
5. Street Carp 2/5 - Lame lyrics.
6. Teenager 2/5 - An ok slow beated song. Kinda boring.
7. Knife Prty 4/5 - Don't like the lyrics. Love how he mixes the guitar with his voice.
8. Korea 3/5 - In my opinion the heaviest song on the album.
9. Passenger 5/5 - My favorite song on the album. Love the lyrics. Love the beat. Just wish the 1st chorus could have been repeated a few more times. The 2nd one just isn't as great.
10. Change(In the House of Flies) 4/5 - Good song.
11. Pink Maggit 1/5 - Worst song on the album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Go Deftones!!!
Hell yes! This album finally sees Deftones reaching damn near sonic perfection! I liked Adrenaline, I VERY much enjoyed Around the Fur, and I LOVE this album. This album is filled to the brim with everything I love about this band! "Feiticiera" is brilliant...did you notice how the song has no chorus, but it flows so well, you don't even realize it at first?? This is a very easy album to get totally lost in. Chino's voice sounds better than it ever sounded before, the guitars grind, blister and blugeon the ears, while trippy synth washes and strange soundscapes interweave themselves into the songs, the bass is deep and rich and the whole album has a very subtle and hypnotic intensity to it. Although it's considerably less in-your-face than Adrenaline and Around the Fur, I think White Pony is in some ways, even heavier than those albums. The guitars here are about as sludgey and razor-sharp as they always were, but in terms of mood and atmosphere, this is one hell of a heavy, heavy album. I remember when I bought this album...it was at the beach one summer. I went out and bought this and came back to relax in the sun and listen to it. It was a GREAT experience...This is perfect blasting VERY loud on lazy hot summer days. Just let it play and don't worry about skipping any tracks...they're all good. Actually "Elite" is the only track I get a bit tired of sometimes, but it's still a good song. If you get one Deftones album, get this one. It's filled with more great, smart musical ideas than most alternative metal bands have EVER thought of in their entire careers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Party, Party!
Deftones is just another nu metal band. The album is alright but it feels like they had not nothing special to give. I personally like this Deftones album more than any other album...well I have only listened to "Around the Fur" album and this, so I cannot much to say...but at least this album seems to have many fans and critics popularity. The music is like some kind of between Tool And Korn. I think this band has had influences from them...if not straightly then other way. Also Machine Head and Venom can be very close. The riffs are just like Korn's at least "Korea" sounds like some riff in Korn's Issues..."Falling Away from Me" or Korn's "Here to Stay". The peaceful one "Teenager" is so bad that I have to say I hate that song...I don't think nu metal bands should make peaceful songs because they (most often) sound terrible. The album's opening is great...the songs "Digital Bath", "Elite", and "RX Queen" are quite OK...but then two next ones are horrible...they have that kind of sound that they sound like they would have been sung by death people...quite creepy. I also hate the song "Change (in the House of Flies)"...it sounds like some sick p*rv*rt would be harassing me. "Pink Maggit" is also horrible...and it is too long too...and too peaceful. It is a good thing that there's some good song in the middle of the album...like "Knife Party" and "Korea"...also "Passanger" is quite OK...after some listening times...it sounds like Tool's "Schism" in "Lateralus" album...the only Tool track I like.
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Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rap-Metal    7. Rock   

Slipknot (Digipak)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 September, 2000)
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The album cover of this self-titled release depicts the members of Slipknot in creepy masks, the dark image confirmed by the presence of a parental advisory sticker. Inside, foul language and subversive lyrics complete the picture. Yet Slipknot are no Insane Clown Posse, using hyperbole to mask a lack of talent. Slipknot's sound, while indebted to the likes of Korn, is more aggressive and creative. Indeed, it's a closer kin to Slayer and death metal, yet listenable and surprisingly melodic. The common denominator among Slipknot and the late '90s crop of neo-metal-rap bands is producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit), who discovered the Iowa-bred Slipknot and signed them to his label, I Am Records. His stellar production, melded with wonderfully creepy percussive elements, a sampler, a DJ, metallic-grind guitars, and singer Corey Taylor's immense passion and wide melodic range, makes Slipknot immensely listenable. Slipknot isn't for everyone, but they provide a visceral and satisfying ride for fans of the hard stuff. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars My Review For... Slipknot(self-titled)
This album is the heaviest of the three.This is when they were more for the "heavy heavy metal' fans.The best thing about this album is the fact that he sreams and sings.He is truely a great singer.I'm a metal person all the way, but some of the stuff thats out now is pure crap.Back when this came out is when some other good stuff came out.Bands like Strapping Young Lad is just plain out trash.Other then the singer being half bald, the music sucks.I dont see why people like that band.Slipknot is for sure a different story.I highly recommend this album to any hardcore fan.I noticed that on my other Slipknot review, I got no good review remarks, so i'll talk more about that now.I know that because Slipknot and Iowa was so heavy, it made Vol. 3 a dissapointment to many.I'm more into the harder Slipknot.It just had a lot more emotion.As you may know the Stonesour thing is what messed up album as far as heaviness goes.I still think Vol. 3 is a great album.You should pick that one up to.Now back to Slipknot.The songs are great and worth every penny.The enhanced version has 2 extra songs so check that out.Heres what i did. I'm cheap so i just downloaded those 2 songs and added them to a burnt copy of "slipknot".Hey, thats using your brain.

5-0 out of 5 stars not under 13 just didnt wanna waste time with a password
i just got into slipknot n i burned this cd from a friend of mine. its amazing.
i think everyone should stop trying to stamp a genre on slipknot and just think of them as slipknot. not numetal or death metal or whatever. listen to bands people, not genres. thats the way it should be but unfortunately it isnt.

1. 742617000027- this is an intro thats just a repeated sample that says "the whole thing i think is sick" at varying pitches, with background noise. as a song, which it isnt it usually gets bad scores, but its actually just an intro, and its pretty good at that. makes the message of the album pretty clear, like the thesis of an essay. 5/5.

2. (sic)- this is the song that originally had the name that the band picked for themselves. very heavy, and towards the end the guitars get especially heavy, almost having that juicy, grating sound to them, backed by Corey's hysterical moaning. 5/5.

3. Eyeless- this song is actually about Corey's dad. "I am my father's son 'cause he's a phantom, a mystery, and that leaves me NOTHING!" the chorus is more often attributed to the literal story behind it (about the crazy man in NYC) but it actually has meaning as a metaphor. Corey makeshis lyrics especially personal in this song, an in some of the verses his screams are interrupted by compulsive yelps that make the emotional impact even greater. 5/5

4. Wait and Bleed- the typical single. you can see why they picked it, as Corey's melodic singing in the chorus is much more mainstream friendly. The lyrics are especially surreal however, "I wipe it off the tile/The light is brighter this time/Everything is 3D blasphemy/My eyes are red and gold/The hair is standing straight up" despite the song being a single (most singles are the shallower, easy to understand songs). 5/5.

5. Surfacing- a crowd pleaser, and its easy to see why. The intro of screaching high-end notes that continue throughout the song with interesting variations, and the bridge consisting of a rollercoaster of powerchords, followed up with drums that could beat asphalt into black sand, Surfacing is a stroke of genius. good scratching by Sid too. 5/5, probably the best single off the album.

6. Spit it Out- the worst single, but still a good song. Corey definately has a knack for rapping while screaming at the same time. The lyrics in this song are the most offensive but it doesnt really matter cause you cant really hear them that well. The bass lines and the DJing are very good here, when you can hear them. I would give it a 5, but the guitars in this song sound like crap. i dunno what happened or what button they pushed, but they sound overly muted, flat, and blunt, and it definately stands out after the crisp, roaring/screaming guitars from Surfacing. 4/5.

7. Tattered and Torn- a good song, gives Corey, James, and Mick a break and showcases growling basslines, freakish samples, and spooky percussion. And its good at that, but its just not one of those songs you will want to listen to over and over, unless its Halloween. 4/5.

8. Me Inside- it takes awhile for this song to get started. The high-pitched, warped guitar notes in the verses are perhaps the first thing to grab you. the next thing will undoubtedly be Corey's anthemic singing in the chorus, backed by heavy but on-key powerchords. Definately could have been a single. 5/5.

9. Liberate- this song contrasts to the last one in that it starts out strong and gets exhausted at the end. But everything in between is amazing. from Corey's screaming come rapping vocals to the sucker-punch rhythm of his words in the chorus, backed by equally rhythmic guitar chords and vibratos. This song reintroduces Corey's raw emotion and yelping, as he often lets himself trail off from screaming while rapping, even letting his voice crack. to me this shows that Corey is interested in the emotion and intensity of his vocals, not whether or not they sound cool or whether people will make fun of him. 5/5.

10. Prosthetics- The longest normal song on the record at 5 minutes flat, this is also, to me, one of two stand-out, non-single songs. It starts out slow, but with 5:00 to burn you know it has time to build up to something strong. The creepy guitars and tribal percussion. The reverb the Corey uses on his voice in the verses is very powerful in its effect, and this is followed by his screaming before the chorus which is enveloped in the effects of the guitars behind him. The chorus of this song has an incredible instrumental melody in the powerchords used by the guitars and the repeated, ghostly echo of "You brought it out of me" which contrasts with the screaming in between. The bridge of the song merely ascends to the second and final chorus in which Corey's screams grow more wounded and more violent than before, creating a miasma of emotion over the melodic guitars and echoing vocals. 5/5.

11. No Life- this track stands out purely from the guitar effects. The chorus is broken up with quirky harmonics and in the verses Mick and James use effects that make their guitars sound like machines that have just had wrenches thrown in their gears. There is more melodic singing later in the song like there was in Me Inside, which is nice but its not what makes this song stick out. but overall, good, fast, propulsive, and catchy. 5/5.

12. Diluted- this is the other stand-out non-single song. You must pay attention to the lyrics of this song because they really show a lot of drama and hurt, and good intentions met with cruel responces- "Why am I so fascinated by bigger pictures, better things?/I don't care what you think, you'll never understand me" these closing lyrics of the song put in general terms the wounded and accusatory nature of the words in the body of the song, but Corey's recurring interrogative bellowing of "What the hell... did I... do to deserve... all of this!?" also affirms the pain behind this song. The moaning guitars and the powerchords in the chorus that seem to repeat themselves in an ascending/descending way mimic the repetitive nature of Corey's problems. Sid also shows skill here with the visceral whirring squeels that lead up to the violent chorus, adding atmosphere and emotion to perhaps one of the best songs on the record. 5/5.

13. Only One- this is a good song, but by this point in the record, its nothing you havent already heard. It just wasnt necessary to put in. 2/5.

14. Scissors- An outro that is overflowing with emotion, hate, and sadness, this song isnt really describable. It goes in many different directions, and by the end Corey is gasping hysterically. The hidden track afterwards is good, but like track 13, it isnt anything you haven't heard yet. but Scissors by itself is something you will have to listen to for yourself to get the full affect. 5/5.

ok im done. sorry, but i figured i would be different from all the people who just say "this is a good song, liked the guitars" and "this song wasnt so good, i dont really know why"
At least now you know what to expect :)

happy head-banging.

1-0 out of 5 stars ooooooook..........wow
so this is "death metal". I can't believe people listen to this stuff. I was reading a review for Led Zeppelin{which is 500X better than this} and this guy said that you should listen to "talented" music like Slipknot. I was tired of hearing about Slipknot so I wanted to see and hear what they were like. Just what I thought. (...)
If you want good music PLEASE dont listen to "death in song" and listen to rock music like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin,Ramones, or just ANYTHING instead of this. even rap. ... Read more

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