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Cold Vein

Cannibal Ox Audio CD
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1. Iron Galaxy
2. Ox Out the Cage
3. Atom (with Alaska & Cryptic Of Atoms)
4. A B-Boys Alpha
5. Raspberry Fields
6. Straight Off The D.I.C.
7. Vein
8. The F-Word
9. Stress Rap
10. Battle For Asgard (with L.I.F.E. Long & C-Rayz Walz Of Stronghold)
11. Real Earth
12. Ridiculoid (with el-P)
13. Painkillers
14. Pigeon

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Cannibal Ox's Vast Aire Kramer and Vordul Megala Shamar have struck a cold vein in hip-hop and come up with digital gold. Digging for dignity in an iron galaxy, to raise human tragedy beyond the small black print of the crime pages, these rap Vikings write rhymes in the blood of the slain, spit-sacred thought in the service of salvation. With production by Company Flow's El-P (who also appears on the group's ghetto-vaudeville theme tune "Ox out the Cage" and the industry-sniping "Ridiculoid"), the backdrop to their rap reality-myth is a drone-heavy matrix of gritty, atomised funk and reconstructed beats. Alaska and Cryptic of Atoms Family (the larger group to whom Can Ox pledge allegiance) guest on "Atom", colliding with their compadres like charged molecules. While on "A B-Boy's Alpha" Vast and Vordul present a rugged primer to the strife life. Powered by a paralysing banshee-wail, "Raspberry Fields" douses the Beatles with brown acid and dumps them on the baddest corner on the block for a battle to the death with the flesh-eating MCs. Closer "Pigeon" unlocks the rock box, pitching bowed electric guitar with redemptive organ chords, while Vast takes flight with words that lick the air with violence and Vordul spreads melanin wings to shield his fellow warriors from horror. No bad blood here, just cold veins locked in pitched battle to rend the world from the grip of iron, and release its populous like ions. --Chris Campion

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Cannibal Ox ~ Cold Vein

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dense, gritty, and stunning June 25 2004
By - K
Format:Audio CD
This was the best hip-hop album of 2001, period.
From the menacing opening beeps of Iron Galaxy to the feel-good coda of Scream Phoenix, Vordul Megala and Vast Aire Kramer rip on more levels than any debut I can think of. Not even Public Enemy or Tribe came out this strong.
One thing that makes this album brilliant is the complementary but different styles between Vordul and Vast Aire. The former employs a quick flow predicated on internal rhymes and sick imagery, as in "murderers is like handles that clap sandals
hand sand off tools and I can't stand on two (ridiculoid). It's almost like Illmatic-era Nas on meth...but better.
Vast Aire uses a slower flow filled with puns and analogies. He sounds like the guy who hustles at the pool hall, and beats you down when you don't pay up quickly. On paper, a line like "you were a stillborn baby. mother didn't want you, but you were still born...(iron galaxy)" but coming from this guy's mouth it sounds deep, fresh, and intelligent, in other words, real as real gets.
Another thing that vaults this project into the Vallhala of hip-hop is EL-P's ridiculous beats. Not to play the race card, but there are not many white guys on this planet who understand the funk like EL-P. Thing is, EL strains his funk through a messy Black Sabbath come Blade Runner thing...which, again, sounds a little strange on paper, but you're ears will understand, and the Cold Vein will change your life. I'd also highly recommend grabbing EL-P's 2002 masterstroke, Fantastic Damage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece of modern rap June 4 2004
By B
Format:Audio CD
El-P and the Cannibal Ox duo have succeeded in creating a new rap sound. The beats on this cd are unlike anything on any other rap album ever, even albus that el-p has done. They are lumbering, limber, retro, futuristic, all at the same time. Vastaire and the other rapper Vordul are both great. Vastaire delivers his lines in a manner that makes you pay attention, and when you do listen, you recognize a lot of ideas that continue to reappear and resolve throughout verses. (I rest my head on 115 / but miracles only happen on 34th so i guess life is mean / and death is the median / and purgatory is the mode that we settle in...) It's hard to outshine Vastaire's extreme matter of fact delivery; Vordul never says his name or utters a complete sentence but his delivery is smooth and his abstact lyrics make for good hooks, and he reminds me a little of the guy from Camp Lo.
All the songs are good but Iron Galaxy, B-Boy Alpha, Straight off the DIC, and the F Word are some of the better ones. The guests on Asgard are good even though the carnival music can get on some peoples nerves. So listen to the samples and then buy this cd and listen to it over and over...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2001's best May 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
All in all this has been my favorite album for a very long time now for a couple of reasons.
1. The beats dont get stale, they always sound fresh and complex. Anyone who cant "feel" these beats probably needs to replace their hearing aid battery.
2. Both Mc's, particularly Vaste Aire display tremendous rhyming skills with clever puns and conscious lyrics. Thier flows are also great.
3. Everyone who likes hip hop should own this cd, it is my favorite abum of 2002-2004 so far and it will take one hell of a winner to replace it. Its a shame the group broke up and Vaste went solo with a bad start. I strongly reccomend this album to anyone who enjoyed Company Flow or is familiar with any Def Jukies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album I heard in a While May 21 2004
By rmc
Format:Audio CD
BUY this Cannibal OX album immediately if you like real hip hop..This is an album you can listen to over and over and even 10 years from now Im sure..The two lyricists are GREAT and the production is sick. I mostly think the stuff out of the underground is garbage but these guys hold the title it seems like. just buy the album and listen yourself. Every track is nasty. They dont speak a bunch of mumble jumble like alot of other undaground guys. These guys are for real. can't wait for more. If your an Outkast or Jay Z fan you might not like it. Its too nice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Hip Hop! April 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
This record is awesome. I don't really buy much hip hop records and only have been for three or four years but after listening to this one from a friend I bought the first copy I saw in a record store. I think the re-mix of 'The F-Word' is better than what is on the album but besides that everything else is a hard intergalactic experience of sound. So far everyone who has heard this album from me LOVES IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Vein April 9 2004
By Exxxxx
Format:Audio CD
What more can be said about this album? I mean, it's been nearly three years since its release and only a handful of albums have even come close to measuring up. I got it a few months after it came out and I still listen to it all the time.
If you're new to Def Jux (and if you are, it's about f^%$ing time), make sure you pick this up next.
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Format:Audio CD
Def jux label have released a megaton of pure rap napalm. Crerebral lyrical ingenious and perfected, intrevenous production combined with the tangible subject matter and overall uplifting conclusion leads to one of the greatest rap albums ever created. as a matter of fact on of the greatest music albums ever created. They rap from all perspective uniting all struggling peoples in a unison of euphoric verses. They rap beauty in a diverse range of subjects; Iron galaxy the futuristic perspective on New York, The F word the teenage urges and love & sex relationships, Painkillers the drug abuse and how it rapes you of your humanity, Rasberry fields, real earth, stress rap the just plain ILL RAP!
Artists hardly reach the level that these rappers do, this is not your average rap. This is the definition of ill rap, intellect, wit, fury, rawness and overall beauty in displaying their feelingsin the space of 60 odd minutes. £15 does not some up the price of this emotional treasure.
Buy it and Breathe.
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