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Reborn
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 November, 1997)
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Reborn is indeed a rebirth for the band and their debut for Tooth & Nail Records. Gone are the death-metal and grind-core references that made the band a joke to fans of other musical genres. In its place are nods to the modern metal and hardcore sounds that are exploding from the underground. The change is not imitative, but a natural extension of Living Sacrifice's previous image, reflected through personnel and industry changes. Famed Little Rock producer Barry Poynter's work on the record outshines the efforts of more popular producers from larger cities. He helps expand Sac's sonics from a heavy, metal midrange to a beefy, crisp, thunderous roar. Monster riffs, huge rock hooks, tricky tape loops, and classical-guitar interludes provide the details that, along with the band's improved songwriting and streamlined performance approach, puts them in a new category: metal that matters. --Brad Caviness ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My mom hates it so it *must* be good.
It's true: Living Sacrifice scared my mom away. The guitars and vocals on this album are extremely impressive! This is no amateur Christian band of screaming ex-potheads with their guitars stuck on drop-D tuning. This is a quality album with amazing riffs and an almost mechanical, pounding sound. The strange mix of quiet and hard in "Reject," the beautiful acoustic "Presence of God," the sweet guitar intros and jams, and brutal lyrics are all highlights. I didn't get into hard music until after I got saved so I don't know what secular bands to compare it to, so read other reviews for that. But in the meantime, scroll up keep clicking until you buy this CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Reborn and Empowered
Living Sacrifice, one of the all-time greatest Christian metal bands is back. When first hearing this CD 2 years ago it was amazing. It is however even more amazing after you listen to it again! I mean these guys are brutal! The intro is a little long but once they get going they show why they are so respected. A mix of metal and hardcore this album is heavy. Some older LS is present in songs like "Liar" but the vocals are 10 times better than any of their old stuff. The best tracks are "Truth Solution," "Reject," both of which were #1 on the Christian hard music charts, "Threatened," and "No Longer." If you want music that rocks and lyrics that stand firm in content check out this monster release

5-0 out of 5 stars Harder than their later albums
This album is harder than concieved in fire or hammering process. when i first listened 2 it is was the first really hard metal album i had listened 2 and all the songs sounded the same(but still awsome) I went out and bought Concieved in Fire(softer than this album)later. after i listened 2 that and had gotten used 2 it i listened 2 this again, and it sounded much better 2 me

this is an awsome metal CD

so my recommendation 4 new metal heads:
buy concieved in fire first, then after uv spun it a couple of times, buy reborn

u will enjoy it so much more! ... Read more

Asin: B000001AUI


Roots
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 March, 1996)
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If Sepultura's album Chaos A.D. established the band as more than just another death metal outfit, Roots expands both its search for identity and its quest for sheer aural destruction. Frontman Max Cavalera explores his past in "Roots, Bloody Roots" and "Endangered Species," and plays with a remote Brazilian tribe on "Rattamahatta". Elsewhere, Sepultura experiments with minor-key dynamics and atonal harmonics, imbuing their wall of noise with an oppressive sense of mystery. They also extend their musical horizons, adding clattering tin drums and what sounds like a jew's-harp to "Breed Apart," and garnishing "Lookaway" with DJ scratching, half-speed vocals, and a gothic, chiming mid-section.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Metal meets the third world
ROOTS is just a killer album. The riffs are awesome the songs are heavy and powerful. SEPULTURA has matured as a band and on this album, they arent afraid to experiment with new sounds. ROOTS BLOODY ROOTS, ENDANGERED SPECIES, ATTITUDE, CUT THOAT, SPIT, STRAIGHT HATE are heavy songs that the listener will enjoy and I think really stand out here. RATAMAHATTA is a great song that the band uses third world sounds and Portugeuese lyrics mixed with thier own heavy music that they pull off quite well. The two instrumentals JASCO with only Andreas playing an accoustic guitar and ITSARI which is in the same style as RATAMAHATTA with an indiginous chant are also killer. This was the last album to have MAX CAVALERA as the singer, and with this album he went out with a ban. The only song I didnt care for was LOOKAWAY. I would rate this more as a 4 1/2 stars

4-0 out of 5 stars In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle...
Sepultura's Roots went bravely where no other metal album had gone before. It mixed Afro-Brazilian drums and tribal rhytms/music with downtuned nu-metal guitar and death metal vocals. An astonishing achievement. However, there are some things I have to say about Roots as a whole...

It's not the masterpiece people say it is. It was released at a great time, rivaling and overtaking most other musical accomplishments of 1996(metal, anyway). Slayer had just released their very own Spaghetti Incident?, Pantera made one big mess of album in Trendkill, and KoRn's abysmal follow-up Life Is Peachy was out too. Amidst this, Sepultura released Roots. If you compare it to Metallica's Load, well...we'll just leave it at that. Nonetheless, it lacks the flare of previous releases. Beneath The Remains was a classic, Arise was a masterpiece, and Chaos A.D. was experimental and brilliant. Roots isn't. Better than other metal releases of the time, but not an opus everyone makes it out to be.

Chaos A.D. mixed the tribal elements with the music fairly well, but managed to thrash and burn like hell, with riffs occasionally slowing down enough to hurtle skullward. Many don't consider that album very highly, but it took the tribal stuff pretty far without commercializing it. On Roots, it's almost a gimmick. All the band members cut their hair and put on makeup. Solos are removed from songs, messy, or nonexistent-only to be replaced with percussion interludes and brazilian tribes singing. The speed isn't too slow, but it makes Chaos A.D. sound incredibly fast, and Arise sound lightspeed. The change from Chaos to Roots was completely uncalled for, regardless of the tribal stuff on Chaos. The tight playing is sacrificed for a sprawling 72-minute noisefest. Another thing-there's a lot of profanity in here! Not one or two words, mind you. The album's drenched in it, and there's no PA sticker!

Some songs are still good, and the album does the whole nu-metal thing much better than anyone of KoRn's 'influential' pieces of garbage. Highlights: "Roots Bloody Roots," "Attitude," "Ratamahatta," "Spit," "Born Stubborn," "Jasco," "Itsari," "Dictators**t," and the Canyon Jam.

I recommend this to Sepultura fans and nu-metal fans. It's not thrash metal, so don't expect vintage Sepultura here. Try to enjoy the experience. Roots truly kick started nu-metal, and opened the world to tribal metal. If you don't like it, check out Chaos A.D. for a thrashier approach, and Arise, Beneath, and Schizo for intense, brutal, aural insanity. Peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars "MOTHERF***ER, You Don't Understand..."
In the year 1996, the Brazilian Metal Gods Sepultura (Grave) decided to make something different. They set out to invent something called Tribal Metal, which they had previously tampered with on Chaos A.D. (1993). Tribal Metal consists of attitude, anger (most of the time), a variety of ideas, tribal drums/percussion and of course knowledge of your Roots. It was something that managed to bring people together; with the exception of those that stick to Beneath the Remains and Arise (good albums) and refuse to evolve fearing its selling out or whatever.

Max, Andreas, Igor and Paulo Jr. ventured into the Brazilian forest to spend time with the Xavantes Tribe in which they recorded the live song Itsari. The influence of what they did shows throughout the album. This results in not being the average Metal Album however. There is also some slight punk influence/atmosphere of rage on Cut-Throat, Ambush, and Endangered Species not to mention the short thrash song Dictatorsh*t. There is a small Acoustic song by Andreas Kisser called Jasco. Roots doesn't focus on Guitars as much like they did in previous releases. The amount of solos diminishes although doesn't become absent. The solos just are not that great but they don't drag the song down.

Instead the album focuses on the Tribal drums of Igor Cavalera. I myself am a drummer/percussionist and highly enjoy weird sounds, different styles among other things. An example would be that Igor uses a rusted Propane tank and a Djembe on the kick@ss song known as Dusted, Or the Berkimbau that Max uses on Attitude. (one of the best songs) Sadly, though Max has overplayed the usage of the Berimbau after the 3rd time of doing so in Soulfly.

The people that I spoke of earlier that stick to the Sep albums from 1985-1991 often accuse Roots of being a sellout album and slander it with it being "Nu-Metal". Sorry but it isn't "Nu Metal". Nu-metal involves Metal with Rap/Hip Hop influences (none here clearly) and no solos at all. Like I said earlier, while the solos have diminished and are not as impressive, they are still here and it concentrates more on the drums and overall sound. Max was still pissed off here like he was in Beneath the Remains or Arise or Choas A.D., it's just how it is carried out. For one thing he swears a lot more, but not on the overdone level of Soulfly's "Primitive" and fortunately a PA Sticker is not present (I hate those friggin' things). Despite this I can understand why it is labeled by those as Nu Metal because of appearance of Jon Davis (Korn) and it being produced by Ross Robinson (Korn's first 2 Albums and other things) and even the Appearance of DJ Lethal. But this was back in 1996. The abominable Limp Bizkit didn't exist until the next year.

The song Lookaway is written by Jon Davis and features him (you can hear him better on the remix) but at the same time we have Mike Patton to settle things out. The song is eerie and actually in a way, it keeps the album fresh. Tracks 5-7 may be considered filler by some, but the mood of Lookaway changes everything and grabs your attention. Don't worry it's not a rap song. I'll confess, I like Korn and very, Very few other Nu-Metal bands but other then the bizarre lyrics this in not a Korn song and once again I'll bring up the fact that you can hardly hear Jon at all on this version.

Roots was the best Tribal Metal Album that Max ever made and sadly it gets worse and worse with each Soulfly album. The effort and thought that went into Roots is part of makes it so good. They worked their a**'s off. Every song has its greatness. This was the last album with Max Cavelera who left during the Roots Tour when his Stepson was killed and there were a few tension within the band. However I can't help but feel that maybe it was for the best. I could easily see that if Max didn't leave that it may be a combination of Soulfly and the modern Sepultura. Sepultura will always leave their mark and leave us memories as one of the greatest metal acts in history. Buy this album for this is the true Sepultura (With Max). I hope this was helpful. ... Read more

Asin: B000000H5K


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System of a Down
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 June, 1998)
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This debut by the L.A.-based quartet is a hybrid of explosive rap-metal, politically incendiary lyrics, and wide-ranging cultural influences. The members are of Armenian descent, but their diverse stylistic background transcends easy cultural labeling. Singer Serj Tankian's throaty roar competes with any mosh-pit rocker around, but his real trademark is his emotional wail and refreshingly melodic singing, especially on songs such as "Spiders" and the condemnatory "P.L.U.C.K."Guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan lock in tight on the capricious arrangements of"Know," "Ddevil," and "CUBErt." Their musical diversity runs wonderfully wild on "Sugar" and "Suggestions" with dizzying shifts of style and intensity. The tracks "Peephole" and "War?" reveal the band at perhaps its eclectic best, with vaguely Eastern European-sounding guitar riffs, passionate battle cries, and samples provided by legendary hip-hop producer Rick Rubin. --Mark McCleerey ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Free Thinkers Are Dangerous
To be honest, my first review of SOAD's self-titled wasn't very thourough. Now that they (finally) have a new album coming out, I thought I'd rereview it.

SOAD is definately one of the most interesting and creative new bands I've come across. They're not your average "rapcore" band. Hell, they don't even fall in that category. In case you're wondering why a lot of its themes center around Armenia, all of its members are of Armenian descent, and their politics center around their homeland. As for the band itself, Serj has a voice that's pretty much unparalled from anyone out there. One on track, he can go from screaming to singing like your CD player is on twice the speed, to singing with a nice, mellow voice. Daron's crunching guitars add a lot to the band's sound, while Shavo's bass playing and John's drums contribute a lot to the atmosphere. And let's not forget the presence of uber-producer Rick Rubin, either.

The best song on here is Suggestions, without a doubt. Know and Spiders are close seconds, while Ddevil shows how multi-ranged Serj's voice is. Suite-Pee and Sugar also are some great, head-banging tunes. P.L.U.C.K. (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers) is a song that sums up SOAD's cause. My only complaint is that the CD starts to kind of wind down after track 6, but that doesn't mean that that's a bad thing. This CD, still, should be a part of any metal listener's collection.

One other thing I should mention is that System puts on one hell of a live show. They're just as energetic on stage as they are on their CD. If the songs I've heard that might be on their new CD (Metro, Marmalade, ChickNstew, etc) are any indication, the next CD is going to be killer. Can't wait to hear more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wild Creativity Yields Excellence
The self-titled debut from System Of A Down demonstrates what happens when you mix creativity with insanity and loud instruments. Its seems that the band is out to feed the fire within all who hear their music while intriguing with odd lyrics and a new sound. If thats what they came here to do, then they have succeeded two-fold.

Although they didn't really become a common name until they released the first single from their second album "Toxicity", I thought they were incredible and that they represented some new and different in music. Mainly focused on screaming the first time around, singer Serj Tankian performs each song with fire and intensity and at times, toning it down while rambling wild lyrics (i.e. the verses of "Sugar"). The instruments are not as focused as their sophmore release which make the album even more wild. Daron Malakian's guitar is low and deep, giving a kick in the face with every power chord and sudden maniacal tangents he plays. As usual, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan follow pursuit tightly and complete the full-on harsh sound of the album.

Most of these songs are the usual hard-hitting mosh-fest you'd find in "nu-metal" bands today, excluding "Spiders". I can't really pinpoint the best tracks because each one grabs hold and doesn't let go until the final note. Give it a listen and discover your favorite tracks.

System Of A Down's debut album is a strong album, exhibiting the best music of today's metal scene. This album is a must for "nu-metal" fans and anyone who enjoys the madness of the second album. There is more to this album than "Sugar" and "Spiders" so check it out. Its definitely worth a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
i dont know what you would call this music but it is nonetheless awsome. i like every song in this cd and is one of my all time favorites. not only is this a good cd but its political. there is alot of punk crap that has nothing to do with anti government. system of a down isnt even trying to be punk and this cd is more punk than what most of those crappy bands try to do. its only too bad that their later stuff fails to keep up with this one. ... Read more

Asin: B000007T1M


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Blindside
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 December, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars THIS CD WILL DEFINITELY BLINDSIDE YOU
blindside is in the top five hardcore bands around today...CHRISTIAN or secular.this cd is a classic,their new cd A THOUGHT CRUSHED MY MIND can't hold a candle to this cd.i can listen to this cd all the way through,everytime i put it in my cd player.all of the tracks are awesome,songs SUPERMAN,NERVE,INVERT,TEDDY BEAR...those are just the ones that are the most catchy,all of these songs are awesome.the big thing about this cd is they used the perfect mix of the melodic singing and emotional screaming along with some very hard core gits and bass,and wound it into a tapestry of hardcore music that in my eyes,is a must buy for any hardcore fan.the big problem with their new cd A THOUGHT CRUSHED MY MIND is the lead singer,i think his name is Christian,screams out the songs not for just a part of the song,the entire song it is relentless,their new cd makes their old one just look better.this hardcore is definitely my fav.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Rock n' Roll
This is close to the most perfect alterna-core CD you will ever find anywhere. If you think Limp Bizkit is cool you will be blown away. Blindside is so much better it isn't even funny. The opening song "Invert" went right to #1! I was lucky to get one of the first copies of this CD in my area because it sold like gold. The music ranges but mostly it is some strong hardcore guitars and some totally cool screaming. The drums are kind of in the vein of "rap-core." The songs, "Nerve," "One Mind," and "Superman" all made it to the top ten. If you don't believe what I have to say, check it out for yourself, you cannot be disappointed with this release. And as Christian(vocals) says, "Let's rock and roll!"

5-0 out of 5 stars This cd is Awesome
This cd blow me away... it is awesome! I love the teddy bear song, plus there is no hardcore CHRISTIAN band like them. I love this cd and there other cd are even better "About a Burning Fire" is there newest cd, it is really good. Plus there "Silence" cd is awesome! I not to crazy about there "A Thought Crushed My Mind" cd, but it's good. :-)

I would recommend that if you like hardcore music you should get this cd...

*Sparky
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Asin: B000001Z2Q
Sales Rank: 26577


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Dysfunction
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 April, 1999)
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Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst fell in love with Staind so hard that he coproduced their major-label debut. This fact should be endorsement enough for the Massachusetts-based quartet's target audience. Although not as heavy on hip-hop influences, singer Aaron Lewis's guttural, dragged-through-the-mud vocals dig into the meaty guitar wall and thrash around the speakers like Durst's band. Dysfunction's all-you-can-eat buffet of decibels grows a bit wearisome by the end of the album, but a couple of numbers stand up and demand to be noticed. "Just Go" boasts a classically sludgy Mudhoney-like groove before settling into an uncoiling murmur à la Judas Priest. The well-executed moshpit-ready "Mudshovel" gleefully cops from Alice in Chains' psychedelic leanings. Staind's hard-rock epistles are certain to gather the band a devoted following. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional
I'm not much of a Bizkit fan. However, I thought Staind was (is)awesome. The band has a definate Tool-meets-Nirvana sound with some traces of Korn thrown in for good measure. I don't know why, but when I heard the song Mudshovel on the radio, Nirvana kept popping in my head. Aaron Lewis is a great vocalist, and he really shows on Home, Mudshovel, and Just Go, all of which I downloaded from everybody's favorite MP3 trading service. The songs passed the first few listens (and I have heard Outside on the radio several times), so I decided to check this out. There's only 10 songs (one is hidden), but that shows that you don't need 20 songs to fill a CD. It's awesome, and it's unfair that the band gets compared to Limp Bizkit, mainly because Senor Durst co-produced the album and his name gets mentioned several times in the credits. However, I think they'd be more comprable to bands like Incubus (my fav in the genre), or, in some cases, Fuel and Nirvana. Check this out if you like bands like this. There's also a great, hidden acoustic song at the end of the CD, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must...Go to store.... and.. buy this... CD!
I was on vacation when I was watching mtv and this music video popped on saying the band was Staind. This was the first time I'd heard of them.The music video was pretty cool, but the song,Mudshovel,Rocked.So the next day I went to the mall with my friends and bought the CD.Now I usually don't buy Cd's without hearing at least 2 or 3 songs I like from it,But I could tell from Mudshovel that this CD was gonna rock. And lo and behold, it did. Big time.I play drums so I really dig their drummer, he is very talented, also very nice guitar work.The singer may sound alittle like Korn at times, but don't compare this band to Korn,they are their own sound.And also I found out there is a hidden song, after listening to #9 it takes about 13 minutes for the hidden song to play, but if you have some spare time,the song is worth waiting for.

1-0 out of 5 stars Staind's worst.
Simply put, this album is garbage. I really have no idea what anyone sees in these guys. The vocalist is whiny, boring, and like every other nu-metal band out there. His attempts at trying to yell and sound heavy are a complete joke. The only song that's not painful to hear is "Home", and even that gets redundant after three listens. ... Read more

Asin: B00000IFX4


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Straight Ahead
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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OK, there's no way around it. Pennywise often sound an awful lot like Bad Religion. But in some ways Pennywise's biggest flaw is also their greatest strength. The band's melange of power and melody suits them well, making songs like "My Own Country" and "Victim of Reality" as engaging as Bad Religion cuts like "You Are (the Government)" and "21st Century Digital Boy." Indeed, Pennywise's penchant for hooks maximizes the impact of their more bombastic material, allowing them to play at blistering speeds without dissolving into a dissonant blur. "Can't Believe It," for instance, pummels with hard-core beats and buzz-saw guitars, and still manages to incite uncontrollable bouts of grinning and head bobbing. And when Pennywise find a groove, as on the metallic anthem "Can't Take Anymore" or the harmony-laden "Alien," they're one of the most captivating pop-punk bands on the indie circuit. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Listen with caution...
If Pennywise rocked any harder, you'd probably die listening to "Straight Ahead". This CD is probably one of the better hardcore punk alblums out there, Jim Lindberg's (sp?) lyrics are as powerful and captivating as ever, and the rest of the band drops a musical bomb with this album. This is one of those CDs where you go and look for the lyrics on the internet because you're dying to know what's being said in the song. You need this CD, if your a PW fan (you should own this CD already), a punk fan or a political activist, go buy this album. You won't be sorry. "My Own Country", "Vicitm of Reality", "Straight Ahead", "Might Be a Dream" and "Alien" are the standouts on a CD full of hard hitting tracks. The only thing better than this CD is seeing Pennywise in concert. They chew you up, spit you out and stomp all over you. Get into this band.

5-0 out of 5 stars See, I don't just rate everything 4 stars!!!
I don't see why everyone says this is so repetitive. I was brainwashed by people here into believing that Pennywise was one of the most repetitive punk bands out there. This is no more repetitive than Bad Religion, Agnostic Front, or just about any other punk band. It is not true that all the songs sound the same. Just similar but isn't that true with just about every album? Not to mention can you honestly say that the song Alien isn't VERY different than the rest of the album? You can't. All their albums sounding the same is also BS. This may be the only Pennywise album I own but I have a also heard the entire Unknown Road CD. That had a different sound. In that CD all the songs sounded similar to "Modern Man" by Bad Religion. This CD has a harder, faster, and more original sound. Unknown Road was pretty repetitive, but this isn't.

My favourite song on the CD would have to be "This Time". My second favourite is "Greed". If I titled this CD I would have called it Greed instead of Straight Ahead cause to me there are lots of better songs than "Straight Ahead" on this CD. My other favourites are basically track 10 and up. That is until you reach track 16. I wonder why most of the best songs seem to be near the end of the CD. I guess Pennywise thought otherwise. I strongly recommend you buy this CD. It is truly a masterpiece. But first pick up "The Decline" by NOFX if you don't already have it. Cause that is very close to being the most amazing things in Punk rock. Happy CD buying!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars pennywise...
this album is just...boring and repetitive . It sounds more like metal than punk . the first few songs like greed and alien are really fun to listen to , but near the end of the album it just gets worse . If you want to listen to good pennywise , then get self-titled or unknown road ... Read more

Asin: B00000IYWJ


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Scream 2: Music From The Dimension Motion Picture
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 December, 1997)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
I don't think all of the songs on the album are great, and the overall album is not as good as the Scream soundtrack, but there are some great songs on this. My favorite is Your Lucky Day in Hell by the Eels. The Kottonmouth Kings "Suburban life" is another good song as is the contribution by the Dave Matthews Band. I think the music on this album is more popular and mainstream then that on the first album so I think it reaches a wider audience and is well worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well-rounded soundtrack
This soundtrack managed to be hip while sophisticated and not over-the-top. The Master P track is so annoying I want to tear my hair out every time I hear it. But the rest of the songs are great. Highlights are "Dear Lover" by the Foo Fighters, "Help Myself" by Dave Matthews Band, "She Said" by Collective Soul, "Suburban Life" by Kottonmouth Kings, and Less Than Jake's cover of "I Think I Love You." No matter what your opinion of the film was, this is a great soundtrack.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Most Outregous Soundtrack That Is stupid
First of to say that
this soundtrack was the waste of my damn time . if anyone wants to buy this soundtrack please do not but it .
the songs in this songs are so unsuitable to the soundtrack . i thought that the soundtrack would include heavy horror tunes by heavy metal bands . instead the first song of the record had a chessy intro into the cd and for goodness sake this rapper cant even rap .
but the rest of the songs werent affective to what the movie was like .
if you have an horror movie like scream you wouldnt have a soundtrack like this . the producers of the cd should of thought to put these chessy songs before it was even released .

a good song i wouldnt be talking [bad] about is She's always In My Hair . the elements of this song had included instruments not like teh first song which consited of computer generated beats and etc . hevay metal was strongly needed for this sound track atleast some songs had heavy metal . but to rest to case my do not buy this stupidity cd which is horrible stupid and doesnt match to the soundtrack .
when people buy a cd they want the same exprience as the movie ... Read more

Asin: B000002TLV
Sales Rank: 101264


Tip
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 September, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars canada rocks
Tip offers what Our Lady Peace never really wanted to get into, and that's more of a harder, heavier, dark, guitar driven escape out of the ordinary. Scott Anderson, does sound quite similar to OLP's Raine Maida, but still their style of music is different.

Finger Eleven's debut included a pair of radio hits in "Quicksand" and "Above". "Quicksand" is sort of an anthem rather than a song. It is a solid start to a great career, and although the lyrics aren't really too spectacluar, the music is still great. "Above" is probably the most radio friendly F11 has in their career thus far. Great chorus, and awesome guitars.

"Awake and Dreaming" is absolutely amazing. I don't know if it was a single or not. If not, it should've been. It's sort of like the focal point of the album.

The rest of the album is what makes a album great. Most of the songs, provide backup to the top 3 songs.

If you like OLP, or Canandian style alt rock, get this album. It won't let you down.

5-0 out of 5 stars DAMN!!
I have known about F11 for about 2 years now, but until recently I had only listened to their 2nd album, GOBS. In fact, I had NEVER listened to a song off of Tip until last week when i bought the cd. Man, and i thought these guys were awseome before!! I thought their 2nd album could not be topped but after listening to Tip for the 50th time it is very hard to distinguish a favorite album.

Tip reaffirms my belief that F11 is the greatest band ever. I can sit and listen to this cd all day and never get tired of a single track (with the exception of swallowtail, but I still enjoy the song). Every song is unique in its own way and if you say all the songs sounds the same then you obviously haven't listened to each track as carefully as I have.

I cannot really name a favorite song off this album since they are all so awseome, but I will say that standout tracks are Above, Glimpse, Awake and Dreaming (OMG this song rules!!!), Quicksand, Costume for a Gutterball, Thin Spirts, etc. Hell, it's all of them!!

In conclusion, if you are contemplating buying this cd, BUY IT. I cannot reccomend one F11 album over the other since they are SO different in their styles, but equally awseome in my opinion. If you want straight-up rock then get Tip, but if you want something a little heavier then get GOBS. What am I saying... GET BOTH!! I cannot wait for their third album to be released.

5-0 out of 5 stars Making Canada Proud
Finger Eleven is one of the most overlooked rock bands to have emerged in the last ten years. This album is laced with heavy guitar and aggressive vocals, interspersed with softer, but equally intense moments of rest. The popular single "Above" is in my opinion the best song on the recording, however the title track "Tip," the juxtaposed "Awake and Dreaming," and the slow, ambient closer "Swallowtail" are all favorites of mine. This album remains the best this band has put forth, including their newest: a change of pace for them which I don't recommend. ... Read more

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Soulfly
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 April, 1998)
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After the release of the cross-pollinating metal landmark Roots, Brazilian metal giants Sepultura acrimoniously splintered, with frontman Max Cavalera--the instigator of the primal rhythms that made Roots such a ferocious prospect--striking out bravely with Soulfly. Their eponymous debut picks up where Roots left off, as "Bleed" opens with a fearsome patter of drums--and then the floodgates open with a seldom-rivaled burst of speed-metal riffing. By no means is this Cavalera standing still, though; Soulfly skips tempo with virtuosic ease, showing a loose affinity with the harshest grooves of crossover hip-hop/metal groups such as Korn. The aforementioned "Bleed" features a spittle-flecked rap from Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, and Chino Moreno of the Deftones turns up in "First Commandment" engaging in a duel with Cavalera. They're brave men, for few can take him on in his own turf. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars cannot beat the original
awsome album!! some might say max and company made one angry album here but i call it passion. passionate about what the feel about the world. combining heavy music with tribal beats and instruments is a stroke of genius. no hope= no fear is my favorite song. i was never crazy about sepultura although i did like them but this is spectacular. some songs just make me weep they are so beautiful.
for the uninitiated, i do not know what to say. max cavelera had a band called sepultura from which he split. he formed soulfly and this is thier first album, an album full of rage, pain, hate, and anger. they combine some really wonderful drum, beats with some wicked heavy guitar playing both heavy and soft (note: soft for soulfly differs from soft for others) and add in some tribal elemets that give this album a different feel. using different instrumets such as bongos and sitars. some songs start heavy turn tribal and return to heaviness others stay heavy or soft throughout. such a breath of fresh air for music

5-0 out of 5 stars rocks!
I had never really listened o sepultara much,and really i did'nt know what to expect from this cd,but what i got was awesome.This album truly rocks,and the drums are amazing especially in the beggining of the song bleed as well as in bumba and first commandment.It's also cool how on the song tribe(which is one the best on the album)it starts off with some tribal beats and chanting and then kicks in to some powerful guitars and vocals.This album aso contains some great guest apperances by chino moreno of the deftones,fred durst and dj lethal of limp bizkit,and burton c.bell of fear factory.This album is charged with emotion and that's what makes it so good.Although some of that emotion comes from a tragedy,the loss of max's stepson,but that loss is what fuels the songs bleed and first commandment and also the loss of other ppl is what the song soulfly is for.That's kinda this albums theme,but tey're are many other songs that contain that same emotion just on different subjects.Thisis a great album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Of a great ERA ... Original Tribal Metal !
This album is of a great era where KoRn and LB were actually cool. Max Calavera and his 4 string guitar is soooo deep and full of bass. He is truely a pioneer in metal, especially when he mixes Brazilian tribal music and culture into the album. Even though the porteguese or brazilian (whatever he is speaking - Spanish?) I cannot understand, it adds culture and authenticity to Soulfly the album. I really enjoyed Soulfly - their bond and emphasis on family, personaly family and musical family. I believe after Lynn Strait (RIP) died, the guitarist came from his band, SNOT and other band members from other metal bands came to form Soulfly. Soulfly is a great combination of several musical styles within metal. They are surely very original and their music gleams of beauty and energy. Soulfly's heaviness is aggressive and totally beautiful to listen to. Check this out if you like Sepultura, old LB, old KoRn, or just are curious. A great album that is definately worth your time. Plus I believe its a dual cd package that comes with remixes and live performances - great! ... Read more

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Korn
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 October, 1994)
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Combining the stop-start rhythms of Helmet, the hip-hop assault of Rage Against the Machine and the brooding vocals of Faith No More, Bakersfield, California band Korn concocted a golden formula that would reanimate the dormant corpse of heavy metal. The band's self-titled debut is a teenage-fantasy-endorphin-rush--a subversive noisefest as angry and hostile as Slayer but with a propulsive groove perfect for skateboarding, vandalism, or jumping up and down until you're nauseous. Songs like "Blind," "Clown," and "Shoots and Ladders" blend dark, bleak riffs with head-spinning guitar effects and scream-and-response choruses. But even at their most vitriolic, Korn imbue their blustery music with a cathartic element of fun.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This CD Kicks...
KoRn's self titled debut is hands down, not only KoRn's best but THE BEST CD OF ALL TIME! On this album Jon lets his feelings out to the whole world more than any other album, and mixed with the crushing guitars, throbbing bass and pounding drums you've got one kick... CD
Here are my track ratings:

1.Blind: Exellent opening track, starts out with David's cymbals and then the guitar and bass start to kick in until the explosion with the challenge "ARE YOU READY" 10/10

2.Ball Tongue: Nice song, has Jon's scatting like hell 9/10

3.Need To: Lots of screaming and "I HATE YOU"s on this one 9/10

4.Clown: AMAZING SONG, GREAT CHORUS VERY WELL WRITTEN AND GREAT RIFFS, one of my favorites 11/10

5.Divine: Fastest track on the CD, also the shortest one 9/10

6.Faget:GREAT SONG very open, not homophobic (not that i care), another one of my favorites along with clown 11/10

7.Shoots and Ladders: awesome song with bagpipe solo at the begining then the guitar, bass and drums kick in 9/10

8. Predictable: 2nd worst song on the album, kinda like creed 8/10

9.Fake: Another great song, and one of my favs but not as good as faget or clown 10/10

10.Lies: Worst song on the album, but anything from korn is still good 7/10

11.Helmet in the Bush: Creepy song, jon's mostly whispering, set's the mood for the closer Daddy 9/10

12.Daddy: This song is not for the faint of heart, about Jonathan Davis getting abused by someone when he was young but his parent never believed him, the song ends with Jonathan crying (literally), the most emotional song in the history of music 10/10
PICK UP THIS CD AS SOON AS U READ THIS REVIEW COME ON!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Clowning Around
Korn has had a solid twelve year career built on heavy touring and a fanbase. This album recieved little or no attention from critics, MTV, or radio. The reason? Because it dared to step over the line, to go a little bit farther than the rest dared to go. People were scared of such a brave attempt. And what comes out from this explosive album is pure brilliance.

Blind - What a perfect intro for a CD. The quiet cymbol provided by David, and the signature line from Jonathan Davis: "Are you ready?!" And some of you may not be, most people weren't.

Ball Tongue - A great opening riff of heavy distortion. Jonathan's words are hardly audible, including a chorus where he sings nothing but gibberish.

Need To - At first a real dissapointment but as the song goes on, Jonathan basically saves the attempt.

Clown - With an avalanche of razorblade guitars and the first melodic moment on the CD, this is definately one of Korn's best songs.

Divine - Nothing but pure fast-paced heaviness. Awesome song

Faget - Jonathan gets emotional about his childhood on this beautifully crafted song. The sharp, heavy opening guitar riff is followed by tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the rest.

Shoots and Ladders - A surprise fade in from a pair of bagpipes played by none other than Jonathan Davis is met with a heavy repitious riff with pounding bass and drums. Jonathan spurts out some popular nurshrey ryhymes, with a chorus caiming: "Nurshrey rhymhes are said, verses in my head...look at the pages that cause all this evil" Definately one of the best on the CD

Predictable - The only big dissapointment, this song really ....

Fake - Great guitar hook at the end with weird vocals throught. Awesome

5-0 out of 5 stars best korn cd
This is an awesome debut by Korn, and in my opinion their best album. The music is so aggressive and fearless and I just love their signature sound.
Here are the best songs:

Blind- great opener and hit that started it all. Are u ready?

Clown- great guitars and overall kick ass song

Divine- great chorus and vocals and overall just awesome, possibly my favorite along with clown

Shoots and Ladders-nice change with the bagpipes, and i love the end with the thrashing guitars and drums

the other songs are all very good too, but i just mentioned these few because they are just awesome

Overall: this is a great cd with almost no flaws, that started a revolution in music ,new metal, too bad present day stuff isnt as good as this.

Buy this cd it is a classic! ... Read more

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Dookie
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 February, 1994)
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Take one part Ramones, one part Buzzcocks, and one part Husker Du, and you've got the basic foundation of Green Day, a punky, witty, melodic San Francisco Bay area trio who became overnight stars in 1994 when this album, their third overall release and major label debut, catapulted them to the top of the pop charts. Led by guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong and their secret weapon, powerhouse drummer Tre Cool, Green Day put '70s and '80s punk in a compact '90s package with songs like "Longview," "Basket Case," "Pulling Teeth," and the hit semi-ballad, "When I Come Around." One the few modern alternative rock bands with a bona fide sense of humor. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good, clean, fun staple of 90's rock
Yeah, it's vacant. And yeah, all the songs sound the same, but that's called "having your own style", people. Like Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Sublime, Green Day is one of the only 90's acts that has a distinctive voice.

And what does this voice want? Well, mostly it wants to drop out of school, screw hot girls, blow stuff up, and eat really sugary cereal. There's no pretensious crap on this record. It's made by normal guys trying to live a normal life, and the normal guys are only good at one thing: making 2-3 minute catchy punk songs.

The secret to this album is that EVERY SONG could have been a hit single, and if I remember right, nearly all of them were, or I heard them on the radio at some point. "Burnout" kickstarts the album and it doesn't stop, with Chump flowing into Longview, the decade's most profane radio hit (well, maybe NIN "closer" was worse). Welcome to Paradise, a reissue from an older record, is killer, especially when mike dint starts doing his bass execises in the middle. Then, like a drum-powered nuclear rocket destroying the sun, "Basket Case" comes on. It's the best summer song ever, the perfect LENGTH--you always want a minute more when it ends. You think the album's done and then that damn "When I COme Around" hook gets you. And are we done there? Nope, you still got "seeeeeventeen and strung out on confusion" coming up to smack you around, and when its all over, there's a hilarious hidden track.

This album is like a bowl of fruit loops, or a bowl of weed. It's just fun. Too bad green day could never branch out like Sublime to create 5 star music. If you have this album, you dont need any of their others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop-Punk Perfection
This is the first album I ever bought, and I remember it changing my life. When you're a teenager the words of Billie Joe Armstrong on this album just really seem to speak your language. This album is filled with infectious catchy hooks, amazing bass lines, and driving beats, it's just one of the greatest albums of all time. As Ben, a friend of mine, would say; "This album should be issued to kids when they turn 13". I couldn't agree more. Every song on this album is an absolute gem, there really isn't any song on here that I felt could have been left off. Let's take a look.
1. Burnout - A song about getting old but instead of feeling like you're growing up you just find yourself feeling bitter, jaded, and burnt out. Features an awesome drum solo.
2. Having A Blast - More themes of frustration with the people around you.
3. Chump - A simple verse/chorus/verse number in the vein of Ramones style simplistic punk.
4. Longview - The big radio hit from Green Day, featuring the greatest bass line ever with subtle hints towards boredom and resulting "fun time with self" time.
5. Welcome to Paradise - A song originally from "Kerplunk!", this song talks about moving away from home and at first being scared to be alone, but then suddenly enjoying the freedom. Catchy as hell.
6. Pulling Teeth - The story of a sadistic girlfriend and the poor bastard involved with her.
7. Basket Case - Yet another of the big radio singles, Basket Case is basically a story about cracking up. going crazy man! going crazy!
8. She - My take on it is that it's a story about a girl that has to live up to certain social expectations, and her eventual moment of breaking out of the shell she lived in. Great song that kind of changes pace for the first time on the album.
9. Sassafras Roots - By far my favorite song on the album. It's got that great anthemic Ramones simplistic feeling again. Also has the greatest chorus in song-writing history "i'm a waste like you, with nothing else to do, may i waste your time too?". Brilliant
10. When I Come Around - Yet another radio staple, I think I like this one the best of the singles. Great chord progression.
14. F.O.D - I hate to skip ahead but this is running long, so let's end it with the great final track F.O.D. This song is great, with a nice sing-along chorus of "you're just a f*ck, i can't explain it cause i think you suck, i'm taking pride, in telling you to f*ck off and die".

So thus end my review of the greatest record of the 90's (yeah, that's right, to hell with Nevermind), everyond should have their own copy of it so it can change their lives like it did mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars really cool; good for any fan
Really awsome for any Green Day fan, but if you're not, step away. I, being a HUGE Green Day fan, think that you'll LOVE most of these songs, I recomend "Pulling Teeth","Basket Case", "Longveiw" and "Welcome to Paradise". The only song on this CD I don't LOVE is "Coming Clean", not really interesting. All really strict parents who hate cuss words as small as "crap", this is a bad CD for your kids. ... Read more

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The Narrow Scope of Things
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A New Embodyment
This is definately not the Embodyment we all came to know from Embrace the Eternal. Its almost like this is a completely different band. Their new sound is more in the vein of Stavesacre. The new singer has a good voice and even mixes in a few screams. Although the hardcore style is gone, this is by no means a "slow" album as the first two songs show. Overall, they pulled of the style change pretty well and this is a solid album.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best christian albums I've ever heard.
What can I say? I bought this cd thinking it was going to be like the first embodyment cd. Boy was I surprised. For starters, they have a new singer and lyricist. Second of all, they've changed their musical style completely. Instead of grinding hardcore and screaming vocals, I heard actual singing (and extraordinarily great singing at that) and a lighter sound. They haven't gone too light mind you, they still have their heavier songs, but not nearly as heavy as their old material. This cd is one of the best christian albums I've ever heard, if not THE best. I would recommend anybody that is into heavier music (such as korn, sevendust) to check this album out. It is well worth your time and money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Aggression.
Narrow Scope of Things is extremely unique in that it is extremely dynamic, yet at the peak of it's agression, it does not lose it's beauty. So many metal acts try to become tough and heavy, but lose their sense of melody and beauty in the process. The Narrow Scope of Things, on the other hand, pulls it off wonderfully.

There are so many great tracks, many are likely to be lost in the mix amongst melodic giants like "One Less Addiction." The album is a perfect blend of extremely catchy but heavy tracks, and less user friendly, yet more definitive tracks. Which blend together perfectly to create an album with unlimited replayability.

A rock/metal album full of aggression, yet countered with extreme beauty, which soars to heights which only a select few outfits have ever reached. ... Read more

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Project 86
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 June, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Real and Deep!
Well what can I say this album is so freakin awsome, well so is the new one for that matter. This first release by the Project shows you all the talent that got them the deal with "Atlantic." With deep and thought provoking lyrics that provide the listener with a spiritual uplift they bring the rap-metal scene to a whole new level. With tracks like "Pipe Dream" they tell you to choose side "Dark or Light" "God or The Devil" saying you can't stay in the middle. If you are tired of the same old music telling you to "Break Stuff" and want something meaningfull then this CD is one you should not pass up.

5-0 out of 5 stars One word...Wow
For those seriously shopping for a new CD and are considering this one, ignore all the other reviews that keep saying "this CD rocks! Buy it!" While I agree, remember that no matter how many comparisons Project gets to P.O.D., they are not P.O.D. If you're looking for a more melodic sound, stick with P.O.D. or some of Project's later releases.
As for this CD, expect only two things. Hard, driving guitar chords with a driving beat, and lyrics that are best described as poetic. This is one of those few CD's where I can sit down and read the lyrics and get as much out of them as listening to the music.
This CD really shows Andrew Schwab's intentions when writing a song. Not to make you sing along or tap your foot, but to make you think. Sometimes he does this job all too perfect. I often find that the words of this CD get stuck in my head more than the music itself.
So, before you click that button to put this in your basket, remember to do a few things. Listen to the samples, ask yourself if you're in the mood for deep thinking, and check to make sure your walls are strong enough for you to slam into them without breaking.

4-0 out of 5 stars VERY BASIC. A MINOR DRAWING BLACK LINES
This album is very basic but i love Project 86, as one of the best christian metal bands. This is their first cd, and as with most first cds (not all), they lack. This album lacks the sound and musical talent as heard in Drawing Black Lines. But i like this cd, as its a P-86 cd, with such songs as: "Spill Me" and "Pipe Dreams." I reccomend this cd to any P-86 fans that don't have it or anyone who wants to get into this album. And i highly reccomend the album after this, Drawing Black Lines. ... Read more

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Chamber Music
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 September, 1999)
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Far more diverse and dynamic than the band's unspectacular self-titled debut, Chamber Music exhibits Coal Chamber at its most eclectic and accessible. Rooting songs such as "Tragedy" and "Tyler's Song" in a foundation of de-tuned guitar bluster, syncopated beats, and growled vocals, Coal Chamber capture the primal urgency of Korn and Limp Bizkit, while tossing in enough gothic keyboard lines and minor-key melodies to appeal to Marilyn Manson fans. At times, however, Coal Chamber's sepulchral clatter seems a wee bit contrived--as in "What's in Your Mind," which features staccato vocals too similar to Korn's "Freak on a Leash," and a horrendous fragment of Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey," with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals. But shortcomings notwithstanding, Chamber Music marks a major musical step forward for Coal Chamber. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first!
I wasn't always a big Coal Chamber fan. I heard songs like "loco" and "big truck" but I didn't think they were that great. A long time ago I bought the Scream 3 soundtrack, which has "tyler's song" on it. After I listened to that song I knew I had to get the CD. After listening to this CD, it will be in your CD player for months. All the songs on here are great. Their sound comes together perfectly with the amazing guitar skillz of Meegs, the thundering bass lines from Rayna, the excellent drumming by Mike, and the powerful vocals of Dez. This CD has other notable artists such as Ozzy Osbourne (shock the monkey), Aimee Echo (My mercy), and Orgy's Jay Gordon (keyboards on "burgundy"). The CD starts with the soft violin song, "mist" and then crashes into the heavy Tragedy. The heavier songs on this CD are El Cu Cuy, Tyler's Song, Entwined, Tragedy, and Not Living. The soft, more mellow songs are Mist, Burgundy, and My Mercy. Get up off your computer and get this CD now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Bad ace cd
This is Coal Chambers best cd! Every song on the album is very good totally no fillers. Everything about this cd is good and the drums and bass are off the wall!! I love the bass and drums the most in My Mercy. MY Mercy is an excellent song it's prolly my favorite track. Other favs on this cd is Entwined,Anything But You, Tragedy, El Cu CuY, and No Home. I seriously can't stop listening to this cd. Go GET THIS ONE IMMEDIATELY!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Their Best Album
I was introduced to Coal Chamber by a friend around 5yrs ago.
In that time frame I have fallen in love with the bands music,
the strong and moody lyric's that some echo on the pain of life and gothic style strings in the backgrounds,
the awesome guitar notes are all ear candy.
Chamber Music is my favorite album, and in my thoughts their best.
Track 12; My Mercy is my favorite song of the 16 tracks; the slow guitar strums and vocals,
then it goes into rock in the middle of the song to add to the aura of the song.
I also love, "Tylers Song, No Home, Feed My Dreams and Shock the Monkey with Ozzy."
If your just starting to listen or a long time listener and have not gotten this album yet, please do.
Its a wonderful addition to any gothic collection. ... Read more

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The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 May, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Old Zao is mind blowing
If there was one cd that I played constantly in my cd player over the years, it had to be splinter shards. This cd blows all my other hardcore collections out of the water. The high pitched, gut wrenching vocals split ears, minds, hearts, and pour faith and praise of god throughout your body. (I'm definitly not religious by the way) But this cd makes any listener open enough to accept this type of music love the presence of God. The only cd that I have ever had the grace of hearing to surpass this was the original! All Else Failed! Zao's first release (incredibly hard to find though). Take splinter shards, and revert it to an even more raw, powerful, emotional, and unbelievable sound. If you ever get the chance to purchase All Else Failed, I don't care how much it is, you will love it! If you even enjoyed this cd enough to learn the songs, when you listen to the original versions your mind will be shattered at the emotion pouring out of it! Take splinter shards, multiply it by 10, and imagine the loudest, christian hardcore you can imagine. pure love of god, raw outpouring scathing vocals, soul tingling lyrics. COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE. Splinter Shards is one of the greatest Hardcore cd's to date. BUt you have to remember its also a rework of the greatest hardcore cd to date. If you can't find All Else Failed, then GET THIS CD! THe only complaint I have ever heard about AEF versus Splinter Shards was that the songs weren't as "finished" or as produced as they were on splinter shards. For me that was the reason I liked it so much. The feeling of the songs pure state, the original intent. I love Zao (though i do like the new band too!), nothing can replace the original crew.

BUY THIS CD!!!!!!! BUY THE ORIGINAL TOO - ALL ELSE FAILED!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars hardcore at its best
when i first threw this cd into my cd player, i was expecting to hear what people would call the "new school" zao. I really got into zao when liberate came out, i had heard of them before from friends, just diddn't really listen to them. anyway, this cd is nothing like the zao we all know today, but thats a good thing to me. Shards is a very heavy, and emotional record. While it is very good, i'm not too big on the praise be god togod in almost every song. I like what the newer zao does, where we all know they are christians, but every song is not about praising god, they actually have more depth than that. People have compared to zao to such acts as creed. Creed? creed is nothing like zao, and if you a re a first time listener, do not buy their cd's expecting to hear a horrible band like creed, what you can expect is to hear complete orchestrated chaos, crushing guitar riffs, jessie's incredible drumming which has only improved on every cd, dan's perfect vocals, i like the vocals on liberate best, they are scary to me, and im a black metal buff, even the bass on liberate is amazing, from the fuzz bass breakdown on savannah on liberate is killer. All im trying to say is this, buy this cd if you like hardcore, however some of us might not like all the praise be to god stuff, while i have no problem with christian hardcore, i am glad they strayed from this in their newer material, and to all the people who say zao would not be where they are today if it werent for this cd, got some news for ya, the old members left, the new zao wrote the songs that put them where they are today, so remember that, peace, metal, and anarchy =)

5-0 out of 5 stars Zao As A Whole
I realize that some people don't appreciate how the original singer "sang". I like zao as a whole. As they have proggressed as a band I don't think they have gotten better or worse. I take them as a whole. I do slighty perfer the vocals on this album. It has a more "hard core" touch to it. I try not to get involved in the message that they put out(although you don't know that message until you read the lyrics). It would be iggnorant of me to say that I only like bands for their music not their message becuase the message is half the battle of being a band. I love Zao's energy and additude. It is a relief to see a christian band portray their music in such a different way from the way church and society would like it to be presented. Overall Zao is definitly on my favorite band list and if you do not have this album you should get it. Whether or not you have heard them before. ... Read more

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