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Roots
Roots
Price: CDN$ 11.92
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4.0 out of 5 stars In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle..., April 25 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Roots (Audio CD)
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.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip
Price: CDN$ 14.42
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!..., April 20 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Wisconsin Death Trip (Audio CD)
This album is great. Not just good, but great! Machine is good. This is GREAT. Get the picture? Just look at the title of the CD, for crying out loud! WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP...wow. The album title isn't trying to be all "serious" or "deep" like many nu-metal bands out right now. The album title and cover are foreshadowings of what you'll find in Static-X's debut album: a hard-hitting good time.
No, the album isn't insanely heavy, the music isn't neckbreakingly complicated, and the genre isn't anything new or groundbreaking, BUT...it's still great. And it's definitely not a disappointment, or anything else degrading people have said about it. Here's why:
Wisconsin Death Trip begins with the anthemic "Push It". The song mixes thrash metal guitar with underlying disco beats, showcasing Wayne Static's rhythmic vocals. What's this, you say? His lyrics make no sense? You can't understand them? Hmmm...for the latter question, I'll have to ask you to sample any death metal CD and tell me if the vocals are any cleaner. Didn't think so. Let me explain the lyrical content. Wayne was going for an abstract feel with the lyrics. The meaning of the words themselves or in conjunction with others was not so important as the texture and feeling of them. That is the purpose. The rhythmic effect. With that in mind, I must say that "Push It" is a great song. Other highlights are "I'm With Stupid," "Love Dump," "Otsegolation," "Fix," and "The Trance Is The Motion." The songs sounds might be a bit monotonous, but each song is different, and all are pretty addictive. "December" is on here for a reason as well. A common denominator between industrial albums is to have a soft ending. "December" does that very well. It's a slow, trance-like, almost ambient, ending to the CD, much like other songs by other bands(i.e. "A Therapy For Pain," "Blood, Milk, and Sky,"...). Explicit lyrics are not a problem. Curses appear on only a few songs and are difficult to pick out. The album is a hair or two short of being a masterpiece, to show you how good it really is. My only real gripe is the fact that compared to Machine, a vastly inferior effort, there is no equivalent to "Cold." "Cold" on Machine is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece-type song that they don't have on here. Shame.
Well, that's Wisconsin Death Trip. It's not as heavy as some say, but it makes KoRn, Adema, Drowning Pool and all the insufferable nu-metal quake melt away easily, for the disc is still not intended for the light-hearted. Static-X are NOT nu-metal! The closest comparison would be a cross of Fear Factory, White Zombie, and Ministry. Thrash metal, grindcore, techno, disco, and enough samples to satisfy are what make up this almost-masterpiece. Hard to find that it's a debut, eh? Pick this one up definitely, along with Machine, Fear Factory's Demanufacture/Obsolete/Digimortal, White Zombie's Astro-Creep 2K, and Ministry's Twitch/Psalm 69. Happy headbanging! Or raving, or...

Burn My Eyes
Burn My Eyes
Price: CDN$ 12.76
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You Tell A Thousand Lies, Been Told A Thousand Times...", April 19 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Burn My Eyes (Audio CD)
Lyrics. One major thing I look for in good metal are lyrics. One of the things that drew me here, but I'll address that later... Many have called this album a masterpiece. I don't QUITE agree. I don't personally think it's a masterpiece. However, Machine Head's Burn My Eyes IS extremely great. It's a hair or two shy of being a mastepiece in my eyes. That is no small thing. Why do I say so? Let's take a track from the CD and analyze it, shall we? Let's take "Davidian". The song begins with an explosive drum intro, then fills in with a nice, heavy riff. No, the riffs are not the heaviest EVER, like some say. But... when I first that beginning, I was hooked! The song continues on for some time, then speeds up and Rob Flynn starts singing. Yes, singing! I call that singing. Using his voice. And, he does have one set of pipes on him. Only when the music paused and the famous line delivered, did I feel the lyrical power at work here.
"LET FREEDOM RING WITH A SHOTGUN BLAST!!!"
That line is great! Simple and well delivered, it made me listen to the whole album through just in hopes of finding more good tidbits of soul-touching words. I found many such excerpts. Not only that, but the music is still pretty heavy nonetheless, and thrashes and crunches in the proper spots. The double bass drums thunder along, and the solos are nice and sludgy-sounding. Burn My Eyes might not be a masterpiece to me, but I clearly understood why many people thought so. Every song deserves a listen. Find your own favorites. Enjoy the CD. I'm surprised at how recent this is. 1994? Wow...Good lyrics, nice solos, evenly heavy guitar and bass. Fast speed. Burn My Eyes is great. An ALMOST masterpiece. Get it!

Machine
Machine
Price: CDN$ 15.38
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alright!!!, April 19 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Machine (Audio CD)
These guys are good. They know what they're doing. I don't care what anyone else says about Static-X. This CD is good. There's one reviewer below who claims "Cold" is the only good song on here. He/she can just go jump in a lake for all I care...
I first heard of these guys a good five months or so before this album came out. "Push It" had been running through my head often at that point. The song was good. It captured the essences of both metal and techno, and the lyrics went for an abstract feel, not so much based on meaning, but on texture and feeling. The song grew on me. Fast forward one and a half years. Here I am, writing about Machine. I've said it before-these guys know what they're doing. Although I resent Koichi leaving the band and being replaced with that twip from Dope, luckily Wayne played all guitar on this album, saving it somewhat. Many of the songs ARE missing that addictive disco beat that the songs on Wisconsin Death Trip had, but credit must be given where it is due. The three hits "This Is Not," "Black And White," and of course, "Cold" are great songs. "This Is Not" might be weak lyrically, but the song packs a wallop in the speed and power departments. "Black And White" is a slow-tempo cruncher with a nice chorus. "Cold" is simply amazing in mixing that heavy riff with haunting keyboard sounds, giving the song a gothic feel to it. It's the perfect song for Queen Of The Damned.
People have bashed this album up pretty bad. It's not the follow-up to Wisconsin Death Trip they wanted. Boo-hoo. True, Death Trip is the superior album. However, all the negative comments are just plain mean. Static-X are NOT nu-metal! They have used enough techno, house, and disco music interspersed with their toned-down thrash metal to be THE next big industrial band. They have that capability within them. Don't let me down, Static-X!
One more thing. Get this album. It's good.

Appetite For Destruction
Appetite For Destruction
Price: CDN$ 6.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Classic..., April 18 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Appetite For Destruction (Audio CD)
Guns N Roses shabanged into the music scene at the perfect time. Pop-metal and hair-metal bands of the 80's were taking total control. Poison, Whitesnake, and Motley Crue had taken the forefront. Then, this album snaked its way onto the charts and reared its ugly head, taking the rock n roll world by storm. See, Appetite For Destruction fullfilled a desire in the minds of people in 1988-89(when the album caught on). The album's topics weren't so nice and pretty, dealing with drug abuse, city life, and so on. That's what makes this album a classic for its time. Axl Rose's voice is in top form on this record, and his lyrics did go introspective and sensitive for "Sweet Child O' Mine," which, along with the anthemic "Welcome To The Jungle" and epic "Paradise City" catapulted these rockers to superstardom. Although you can probably associate yourself with the three hits, all the other tracks on this album are worth a visit or two, or three, or...now you see my point. It's unfortunate that GNR were unable to top this album in future releases, because this album helped incite the grunge revolution of 1991-93 and changed hard rock/metal's future as we know it.

History of Rock, the
History of Rock, the
Price: CDN$ 8.00
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1.0 out of 5 stars Trash..., April 16 2002
Ce commentaire est de: History of Rock, the (Audio CD)
I used to like this once. I was 12-13 years old and I heard this song with a really bad word in the song name. "American Bad Ass" it was. There was this long haired rapper guy named Kid 'Rock' bustin' sum phat killa rhymes to this really heavy, groovy, music. I then went on to hear other 'hits' by Mr.'Rock' such as "Bawitdaba", "Cowboy", and "I Am The Bullgod." He was average at best, with lots of swear words . However, "American Bad Ass" stood out in my mind for being much heavier than his other stuff. Months passed, and as my musical tastes grew, so did my intense disliking for the long blonde-haired 'rapper' named 'Rock.' The only two songs I actually still liked were "Bawitdaba" and "American Bad Ass." Later that year, I got my first taste of Metallica, with the songs "Enter Sandman," "I Disappear," "Fade To Black," and "Sad But True." Kid Rock slowly faded away. Metallica shone bright. Now, although years after my realization, do I finally say something:...
"Sad But True" was butchered and turned into a rap song. "Battery"'s ending riff stolen and infused into Mr. 'Rock's twisted "Bawitdaba". Now I see why the songs sounded so good. He stole Metallica riffs to fill his stopgap releases of bad rapping, bad rhyming, and horrible music. That is terrible. There's a reason his three albums on here have 3.5 star ratings. Here's one of them.

Losing Streak
Losing Streak
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 22.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skankadelic!, April 16 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Losing Streak (Audio CD)
Less Than Jake are the greatest ska-punk band alive! This 16-song masterpiece is THE ska album to have, and also manages to snag the SoCal punk sound perfectly. And they're from Florida! The rhythm section and horn section interplay very tightly and pull the sound together very nicely. The album's production isn't shoddy, but also not too slick. The best songs are "Automatic," "Happyman," "9th And Pine," "Sugar In Your GasTank," "Shindo," "107," "Johnny Quest," "Never Going Back To New Jersey," "Ask The Magic 8-Ball," "Dopeman," and "Lockdown." That's 3/4 of the CD! My favorite song probably is a tie between "Sugar..." and "Johnny Quest." Both songs are just fast-paced, fun tracks with enough horn blasts and segues to last a ska fan forever. Losing Streak is a great release. It's sad how talentless bums like No Doubt sell 10 million copies of Tragic Kingdom while this opus hasn't gone gold yet. Ah well. By way, a note of caution: This album has my current record for most cussing without a parental advisory, so beware! Check out the Bosstones and other LTJ CD's for more great ska, skapunk, and skacore.

Losing Streak
Losing Streak
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Price: CDN$ 22.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skankadelic!, April 16 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Losing Streak (Audio CD)
Less Than Jake are the greatest ska-punk band alive! This 16-song masterpiece is THE ska album to have, and also manages to snag the SoCal punk sound perfectly. And they're from Florida! The rhythm section and horn section interplay very tightly and pull the sound together very nicely. The album's production isn't shoddy, but also not too slick. The best songs are "Automatic," "Happyman," "9th And Pine," "Sugar In Your GasTank," "Shindo," "107," "Johnny Quest," "Never Going Back To New Jersey," "Ask The Magic 8-Ball," "Dopeman," and "Lockdown."
That's 3/4 of the CD! My favorite song probably is a tie between "Sugar..." and "Johnny Quest." Both songs are just fast-paced, fun tracks with enough horn blasts and segues to last a ska fan forever. Losing Streak is a great release. It's sad how talentless bums like No Doubt sell 10 million copies of Tragic Kingdom while this opus hasn't gone gold yet. Ah well. By way, a note of caution: This album has my current record for most cussing without a parental advisory, so beware! Check out the Bosstones and other LTJ CD's for more great ska, skapunk, and skacore.

Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd (2CD)
Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd (2CD)
Price: CDN$ 32.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential For Newcomers, April 16 2002
To sum this album up will be hard, but I'll try:

Fahgnus#sumwumjuoof%lasaxhibza*axm&nwquackaholla$yoo!!!!!
There is no other way to really describe the greatness of this greatest of greatest hits albums. Although many Pink Floyd classics are missing, most notably "Run Like Hell" and the parts 8 and 9 of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," many rare and old Floyd tracks are present. The 2-disc set tries to capture the 'Pink Floyd story' and manages to tie all the tracks together so they flow into one another. My favorites are all here, "Brick In The Wall Pt.2", "Time", "Money", "Comfortably Numb", "Wish You Were Here", and "Learning To Fly". Pick it up if you are new to Pink Floyd or a long-time veteran. You'll enjoy it either way. Look at MY reaction above!

Fungus Amongus
Fungus Amongus
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Price: CDN$ 26.77
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars...No, No, Gotta Give It Five, April 16 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Fungus Amongus (Audio CD)
Ah, yes. Funk-metal. A dying genre of music. It started with legendary albums like Blood Sugar..., and The Real Thing, and Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. Fungus Amongus does nothing but uphold those albums, and in many areas, surpasses them in superb musicianship, blistering assault, and complete and total all-out wackyness. Incubus recorded this when they were around 19 years old, but it doesn't really show in the music. Lyrics maybe. Some of the songs, like "The Answer," or the incredible "Take Me To Your Leader" are great foreshadowings of the rap-funk-metal to be seen on S.C.I.E.N.C.E, and other songs fully portray every bit of talent the band has, notably "Speak Free." Fans of Morning View, well, this album might go right over your head, because it is very different from the Incubus we know today. Brandon's voice is still in top form. To prepare for him here, listen to the song "Deep Inside." Fungus Amongus's songs are basically(or is it bassically?) rawer versions of that. The lyrics, although immature, are thought-provoking and downright hilarious at times, although laced with oodles of profanity. It's a bit of a wild card to buy this album, and it might take 6 months to a year for it to grow on you, but relax. A true Incubus fan NEEDS this one in their collection. It's worth it.

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