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Focus ~ Cynic
Focus ~ Cynic
The 90's were certainly the apex for death metal. Between the years of 1990 and 1999 death metal evolved from an un-melodic, testosterone fueled, raw form of metal to a genre that matured and began incorporating prog rock, jazz, electronica, and even classical into the music.
Death kicked the door down with the release of "Human" in '91. At the time it was easily the most ambitious death metal album ever and helped pave the way for a new breed of death metal bands that were actually intelligent as well as incredibly brutal. '93 saw the release of Sepultura's masterpiece, "Chaos A.D." and Death's brilliant follow up to "Human", called… Read more
Audioslave ~ Audioslave
Audioslave ~ Audioslave
In case you didn't know (and I don't know how anyone reading these reviews on Amazon couldn't) Audoslave is formed of Chris Cornell, (vocals) formerly of Soundgarden and Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass), and Brad Wilk (drums) all formerly from Rage Against the Machine.
I must say that I've been a huge Soundgarden fan for years, and I always liked Rage Against the Machine as well. Audoslave is a near perfect blend of both bands, but somehow it all seems slightly subdued. While this album contains some really great rockers as well as some great slow/mid-tempo tracks it seems like few of the songs actually ever take off. Is Chris Cornell in top form? Kinda. His vocals shift… Read more
30 Seconds to Mars ~ 30 Seconds to Mars
30 Seconds to Mars ~ 30 Seconds to Mars
5.0 out of 5 stars The best debut in years!, Aug. 15 2003
***** = Excellent
30STM has quickly become one of my all-time favorite cd's. On the surface, it can seem like your basic nu-metal album. But with repeated listens you discover that there's much more to this album than meets the eye.
First, the heavily distorted, drop tuned guitars and simple (but excellent) riffs is the first thing that gives you the impression of a nu-metal album. But that's where the similarities end. The rest of this album is a great mix of Pink Floyd's progressive rock sensabilities and Radiohead's electronic soundscapes. The lyrics never move beyond the outer space subjects, but if you carefully listen, a lot of the lyrics are metaphors.
The whole thing… Read more