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Cold Vein

Cannibal Ox Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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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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When Vast Aire, Vordul Mega, and producer El-P created Cannibal Ox's seminal debut The Cold Vein, few could have foreseen the musical dexterity that would have been embodied on this now classic release. Upon it's release, Pitchfork exclaimed, The Cold Vein is going to be on everybody's year end list of the best underground hip-hop. Not only was this prediction correct, but The Cold Veinwould go on to be cemented as a classic album, earning spots on numerous top album lists of that year and even top album lists of the decade. With undeniable production and word play that Stylus Magazine declares shows the potential for hip-hop lyrics to work on many levels as the finest English poetry, it's no wonder that fans, new and old cannot get enough of The Cold Vein. After years of being out-of-print and pent-up demand, the group is giving the fans what they want by reissuing their magnum opus. For the first time ever, the album will be digitally remastered so listeners can experience the witty metaphors of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega over the instrumentation of El-P like never before. The album will also be released as double-disc, with a bonus instrumental version of the album.


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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Underground dope??? Nope, just dope period! Jan. 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Some albums should transcend mainstream, underground, horrorcore, gangsta, southern, eastcoast, westcoast, whatever. These dudes do that. This album will has been rated as one of the best hip hop albums of 2001. Unfortunately nowadays people don't care about lyrics they have to decipher or beats they can not shake they tailfeather to. Somehow i came in contact with this CD from one of my boys. I almost jacked it from his car. I ordered it the next day, and haven't taken it out of my walkman, car, cd player, mini-disc...i'm trying to figure out how to transfer it to 8-track!!
The future is now! Way too advanced for people. It'll be understood in years to come. Dope spaced out, gritty ryhmes. Rugged beats that make you sway side to side and nod your head.
All the tracks are good, some take getting used to, but still fresh. This is the soundtrack to the future! Cop this now!
Unfortunately Cannibal Ox are no more, that's the rumor. Vast Air Kramer and Vordul Megalah released their magnum opus having everyone fiending for more, part ways.
If you like the gritty sound, futuristic beats..something to nod your head to. Cannibal Ox is the joint. SCREAM PHOENIX!!!
Grab that "F-Word_ EP too. Metal Gear is another dope track on that. Not included on the Cold Vein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Hip-Hop Jan. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to hip-hop. First of all, this isn't your regular hip-hop LP, so all of you fake heads need not apply your time to listen to this album. This LP is skill, pure and simple. This isn't radio hip-hip and it doesn't even try to be. This is visonary lyrics and production. This is the type of LP that shows up once every five or six years and causes the real hip-hop connoisseurs to take note. This LP will seriously have you thinking differently about hip-hop and out and out skill regarding lyrics and production. El-P lays out a ridiculous soundscape that will leave you rewinding your cd player; maybe not the first time, but every time after that, without a doubt. Like I said, once every few years an LP comes along and leaves a mark. Cannibal Ox "The Cold Vein" has been slept on, but it is one of these type LPs. Check out "Iron Galaxy." That one track might change your whole perspective regarding hip-hop. Check it out for your own good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2001's best
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. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by M. C. Peixoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album I heard in a While
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.. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by rmc
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Hip Hop!
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... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by blackholesun
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Vein
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. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Exxxxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for "hip-poppers"
I've purchased almost every singe def jux album I can get my hands on. Cannibal Ox/The Cold Vein was the first album I bought on the Def Jux label. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by B. Morrow
5.0 out of 5 stars ides of march
i have the first feedback for the ides of 2004. "atom" banging right now...that fade synth is timewarp style, break the down the typical bar structure, crazy dope. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by equinoise
4.0 out of 5 stars Look out!
This is one of the best undergound albums that I have ever peeped out. Most of the tracks are composed of deep basslines and sublime synths that compliment each other all over the... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Gregoe Baners
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Hip-Hop
Wow! This CD is amazing in every way. The production, the lyrics, the flow, the material, everything about this is album flawless. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by warrior33
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
El-p's definitive jux lable strikes another home run with indie hip-hop listeners as Can Ox's full length debut; The Cold Vein is nothing short of remarkable (although sometimes... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by N3R0
5.0 out of 5 stars Umm.
You people jock Vast way too much. Dr. Octagon didn't produce the beats on his cd, Dan the Automator did.
Still the best cd I've heard in 10 years.
Published on Feb. 12 2004
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