Planet Hemp • MTV ao vivo
Choas/Sony Music Brazil
Little is known about Planet Hemp outside their native
Brazil. This band, formed in 1993, notably known for their pro-cannabis
beliefs, has become huge similiar to 311, RATM, and Sublime in the
the US. This CD, released on Chaos/Sony Music of Brazil, shows how they
played live for an MTV Brazil television special. Hempation rock is heard
all over the CD, and you would swear it was a 311 performance in Portugesse.
Contains all their hits including "Legalize Ja,"
"Dig Dig Dig (Hempa)," "Phunky Buddha," and "Procedencia C.D." Too
bad that the band's most famous tune "Porcos Fardados (Pigs In Uniforms)"
was not included during the set -- guess MTV still has censorship, even
in Brasil. But this release is a must for rapcore-metal rap fans everywhere,
for Planet Hemp is a great band.
Necro • Gory Days
Psycho Logical Records
Hip-hop and Brooklyn have gone together since the
style was created in the early 1980s and became world known with the Beastie
Boys and Big Al, but Brooklyn’s most twisted emcee is ready to put his
foot down with some of the most intense porno rap-drug rap ever made. Necro’s
Days is a classic, for the orginal cover art was banned from any printing
plant in the world today due to its graphic violence, scenes of death,
nude women, rape, and more insane ideas.
Sum 41 • In Too Deep CD-5
A CD single for Sum 41’s "In Too Deep" -- the song
reminds one of the old Operation Ivy punk -- punk mixed with reggae style
guitar and punk chorus. "Cause I’m In Too Deep and I try the blood in my
head instead of going under..." -- what a catchy verse. If you have not
heard Sum 41, check out their platinium album All Killer No Filler.
A plus goes out to the band for doing a a custom CD digi-pack which one
of the band members shown getting cut with a razor blade carving Sum 41
in his chest.
Primer 55 • "This Life" (radio mix) CD-5
A special radio mix of Primer 55’s "This Life," which
is more radio friendly than the version that appears on (the) New Release
CD. If you have never heard Primer 55 yet imagine a groove-infested rock
band which has a hip-hop undergroove mixed with a touch of technical guitars,
hard metal vocal, and hard hitting guitars. Primer 55 is one of today’s
new metal bands that will change metal’s image forever -- one of the forefathers
of the next metal revoltution. Check them out and you will see that this
band is more than just your average band.
Pulse Ultra • Songs From The Debut Release Headspace
Velvet Hammer/Atlantic Records
Contains two songs from Pulse Ultra’s Headspace
CD. "Big Brother" features Stephen Richard of Taproot and has a brillant
daunting sound mixxing powerful guitar with haunting harmonies sort of
like a harder edged Bush meeting a blend of Fuel, Tool, Rush, and King
Crimson -- very powerful inducing music. The other tune "Build Your Cages"
has a similiar vibe yet musically radiates intensity times 10 while maintain
a refreshingly new sound. This Canadian band is the future of new rock
and roll and worthy to check out, for this band is going to huge.
Sevendust • Animosity 2-Song Sampler
The Altanta, GA-based Sevendust is back with its
hard-rocking, power-driven metal. This CD sampler contains two great songs.
"Praise" has recieved minor radio airplay nation wide. Reminds one of a
cross between old Crawlspace-era Sevendust and something that Coal
Chamber or Soulfly would do. Hard edged pit sound that proves Sevendust
is able mix up the sounds. The other song, called "Tits on a Boar," has
an eerie intro before unleashing into a power infestation of guitar scratches,
screams, and sonic blares. Sevendust proves that they are a force to break
something. One must love the guitar solo which is impressive. Continuing
to outdo themselves on this release, Sevendust proves that they are here
Greenwheel • "Shelter"/ "Strong" promo CD-3
Greenwheel delivers us what many thought was a lost
format -- the mighty CD-3, which is a three inch CD. Back in the mid-1980s
and the early 1990s, this was going to be the way CD singles were going
to be issued, but the CD-5 become the standard. One must give thumbs up
to Greenwheel to make a CD-3 -- could a 7" vinyl pressing or even an eight
track cart tape (let’s hope an 8-track may come) be next? Musically, Greenswheel
reminds one of Nickelback mixed with Live or Fuel. "Shelter" has the catchy
guitar hook and chorus that will stick in your head after you first listen
to it -- "Tell me where to find the shelter cause I am there" --
while "Strong" starts out with heavy guitars that then follow into a mid-tempo
ballad while still rocking. With the lyrics, "Now I am too strong
to fall again," Greenwheel will not fall again, for they are the next
wave of metal. Impressive songs and a good idea to do it on a CD-3... hopefully
the format is making a comeback.
Step Kings • 3 The Hard Way
We Put Out Records, 1801 Willow Ave., Weehawken,
East Coast hardcore kings the Step Kings are back
with a tighter sound that really rocks over and over instensity 10 times
over. 3 The Hard Way brings the band back to its roots with
10 tunes that highlight how much the band progressed since its early years.
"12/23/01" is a ballad which talks about the holidays being screwed up
and depressed. "Goodbye" almost sounds like a demo at the beginning only
to transfer into a power song with heavy noisy guitars, harmonies, and
hard hitting guitars -- this song would fit perfectly on an alternative
AOR radio station and will be a big surprise to fans of the band.
The almost Biohazard-like "Younglife Crisis" with its sort of metal rap
groove is another surprise. Fern’s guitarwork rocks, Bob McLynn’s powerful
bass and even more impressive vocals on 3 The Hard Way are superb,
and Mike Watt’s drums help enhance what may be the best release that the
world has yet to hear. The Step Kings will be one of the bands to
watch for in 2002, for they proved to the world that they are for
Phantom Planet • The Guest
Remember when music had melodic hooks and seemed
to be fresh and new? Phantom Planet brings the listener back to those
days with a sound that is equal to material that Elvis Costello or Rosetta
Stone recorded in their prime. On The Guest, Phantom Planet yeilds
12 great tunes that groove and rock while proving that the band who used
to be known for the fact that their drummer, Jason Schwartzman, appeared
in Rushmore and Slackers and their lead singer, Alex Greenwald,
co-starred in Donnie Darko are really true rock and roll musicians.
"In Our Darkest Hour" reminds us of the Talking Heads meeting some of the
heavy Rubber Soul-era Beatles due to the psychedelic harmonies.
The band’s first single "California," which is the leadoff track, is a
mid-tempo tune sort of similiar to the acoustic Incubus stuff, but one
must love the background vocals which blend smoothly with the triple layer
guitars, drums, bass, and what sounds like a pianos... definitely has hit
potential. But the song that stands out most has to be "Turn Smile Shift
Repeat" which has a psychedelic intro only to flow into almost classic
Boz Skaggs, Altanta Rthym Section, Oasis, or even Dark Side of the Moon-era
Pink Floyd. Phantom Planet will be a mover and shaker in the future of
music with the average member of the band being only in their earlier 20s...
there is no doubt they are going to be around for a while.
Hoobstank • Music Sampler
A 2-song music sampler of Hoobstank containing their
hit "Crawling In The Dark" and "Better." Hoobstank has a style which is
impressive that reminds some of Incubus or Papa Roach in parts yet is much
more unique. For example, the guitarwork on "Crawling In The Dark" has
a vibe that transforms into a poppy sound while it has a hard groove that
leads into a rock gem due to its catchy chorus. "Better" has good electro
processing in the vocals which make Doug Robb’s vocals capture the listener
and enhances Dan Estrin’s guitar work, Markku Lappolainen’s bass playing,
and Chris Hesse’s power time drive drums. Overall, if Hoobstank continues
to deliver powerful tunes like these, they will be one of new forces of
rock in the 2000s.
Quarashi • "Stick ‘Em"/ "Transparent Parents"
Time Bomb/Columbia Records
The Icelandic rapcore band Quarashi (prounced "Kwa-Ra-She")
proves that even in Iceland that they know how to rock. "Stick ‘Em" reminds
one of the material that Rage Against The Machine did in the mid-1990s
or the Ill Communication era of the Beastie Boys. A strong tune
that could be played on any alternative album oriented rock radio station.
While "Transparent Parents" is different, for it is most like Beastie Boys
meeting Bjork or Incubus due to its use of DJ scratching that rocks to
the beat of the music. Quarashi will appeal to the rapcore or metal-rap
fans of the world and maybe even have potential to be remixed for the dance
floors. Great songs for the new album Jinx... check them out.
Mad At Gravity • "Walk Away"/ "Historyperts"
Mad At Gravity demostrates two songs from their forthcoming
CD Resonance. This first song "Walk Away" has a groove vibe
that is rock similiar to Fuel, Three Eye Blind, Nickelback, Hoobstank,
or Incubus, and the song would appeal to those fans yet has the raw power
to stand out on its own. This song is probably going to be a huge AOR hit,
for it has the sound that is currently being aired on those stations. "Historyperts"
may be the stonger of the two songs due its Tool-like vibe. Mad At Gravity
is destined to be one of the new breed of today’s rock bands and are worth
watching out for.
Converge • Jane Doe
Equal Vision, P.O. Box 14, Hudson, NY 12534
Violent exterme hard death metal that would rock
your skull out. Intense sounding with a grind flair. Typically not
the stuff that would appeal to the mass marketplace, but give this band
credit for producing a great release. Any band that can create an 11:33
masterpiece called "Jane Doe" which is sort of atmospheric in nature yet
moves into a exterme death mood during the song proves that they are geniuses,
for they can do a 42 second gem on "Phoenix In Flames" that is a total
destruction choatic tune. Rarely bands can hybrid long and short tunes
together that flow together on the same album. Converge is one of the best
death bands to be in the scene in some time, and this CD proves that they
know their stuff. A strong outing from this new band.
Rush • "One Little Victory"/ "Earthshine" CD-5
Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson have been
in the business since the early 1970s and only have become stronger as
the ditgal age has become more active. "One Little Victory" reminds one
of early pre-2112 era Rush due to its hard guitars and heavy drums.
Geddy’s vocal are still powerful as ever as are Lifeson’s guitars and Peart’s
drums. You would swear that this band created a new sound, for "One Little
Victory" is not your average Rush song. But "Earthshine" is your classic
Rush sound in the veins of "Fly By Night" or "Time In Motion." Still can’t
believe that Lee’s vocals are very strong as he does not show that age
is catching up with him. This is one of the surprise releases of the year,
and Rush proves that they still can rock with the best.
Seether • "Needles"/ "Fine Again"
Wind Up Entertainment
Seether, who is playing Ozz Fest 2002, are on the
label that made Creed a household name and Seether is going to be a household
name soon. "Needles" has unique sound like Sevendust fusing with Creed
or Adema yet able to pump up the listen with some catchy guitar work and
drum hooks. This is destined to be an instant alternative rock AOR gem.
While the mid-tempo "Fine Again" will crossover to your MOR rock radio
station like Creed did. Rarely does a band put two songs that could be
huge hits on a sampler cd but Seether did. If one of these songs is a feeler
than one came only imagine what the rest of the cd Disclaimer is going
to sound like when it is released on August 20, 2002.
Soulfly • 3
Soulfly 3 brings us actually to a new era
for the band. This record does have the unique signature Soulfly sound,
but it also introduces the world to some new ideas that tend to really
shine on the release. First new idea which is the unique female vocal heard
on the begining and end of "Trees of Pain," which is a melodic sound that
is almost Gothic in style before ripping into the world famous Soulfly
sound. Also, one must love the intense Brailiazan percussion which influences
the release from beginning to end. It is good to hear rarely used sounds
in metal music, and Max and the band really outshined themself on the instrumentation
throughout the release. Glad to heard the outcry of patriotism through
the eye of Max on "9-11-01." One must admit the vibe toward the end of
the record is mellow and relaxing, flowing into a relaxing, hauntly spritual
vibe of the jungles of Brasil, especially on "Soulfly 3" before moving
into "Sangue De Barrio" and closing with "Zumbi" with its classic calypso
funk groove molding it with some metallic riffs. Also note that "Downstroy"
is a good, rocking tune that makes you want to get out of your seat and
deliver a powerful one-two punch and mosh around to the intense groove.
Overall, Soulfly 3 is given a 9.7 out of
10 due to its hard experimentation on the release, which is very complex
for someone who never listened to the band before it to relate to. This
ain't no pop record, but Max and Soulfly created another classic release,
for this CD is one you put into your player and rock out to at the begining
before relaxing out to by the end.
Soulfly 3 -- the new invasion of Max...
way to go.
Puddle of Mudd • “Out of My Head”/”Basement” CD single
Puddle of Mudd has a melodic hard rock sound combined
with a metal edge. On this CD single, two songs are featured. “Out of
My Head” has a catchy sound sort of similiar to old school Goo Goo Dolls
or Nickleback yet moving into a new vibe. This is a type of song that rocks
and proves that Puddle of Mudd is a good rocking band. But “Basement”
is the gem here, for you may even swear it was writen for Nirvana, yet
the song stands strong alone. Overall, Puddle of Mudd proves that they
are ready to rock with the new breed of rocker and be a force to be reckoned
with. Good single for your collection.
Adema • Adema
The band that is best known for their breakthrough
single “Freaking Out,” Adema’s Arista debut proves that the single was
not a fluke. From the CD’s first track “Everyone” with its high energy
metal sound to the final notes of “Trust,” this releases fuses industrial
rock beats with melodic vocals and metal guitars. Sort of a metal
hybird of sounds flowing through your ears while creating a sonic bliss.
Adema gets the listener 12 tunes to hold onto while the band rocks out.
Hightlights are “Skin,” “Freaking Out,” and “ Pain Inside.” If you like
bands like Gravity Kills and Sevendust, please pick up this release, for
you would love this release.
Punk Chartbusters Vol. 4
SPV/Wolverine Records/Sound Carrier
Vol. 4 of the one going Punk Chartbusters
series is a double CD for the price of one. Containing 53 cover tunes ranging
from the Beach Boys’ “I Can Hear Music” done by Gwyllions to Funeral Dress
doing John Denver’s “I Am Leaving on A Jetplane” to The Living End doing
Soft Cell’s version of “Tainted Love” which was a cover in the first
place to Kick Indicator bringing life to the Backstreet Boys’ “Quit Playing
Games” to Second Floor Daycare punking up the Britney Spears classic
“Baby, One More Time” to Square The Circle with a punk version of Frank
Sinatra’s “Strangers In The Night” and more. If you need a CD to attack
those preppies, teeny boppers, or people lost in the eighties, pick this
CD up, for it would make them re-think what popular music really is. One
of the best punk compilation series in the world today.
The Unknown • Pop Art
Boss Tunage, P.O. Box 19550, London
SW11 1FG UK
Boss Tuneage, 75 Tenjincho,
Shinjukuku, Tokyo, 162-0808, Japan
Micracosm Publishing, 7741 Ohio
St., Mentor, OH 44560-4850
The Unknown, P.O. Box 110361,
Cleveland, OH 44111
Recieved this disc directly from Ken Blaze, the
vocalist of Cleveland’s The Unknown which has been around in one form or
another since 1989. The band’s current line-up is Ken Blaze on vocals and
background vocals, Wayne Roscoe on drums, Chris Roscoe on guitars, and
Brain P. McCafferty on bass and background vocals. On the band’s newest
Art CD on the small independent London UK label Boss Tuneage, The Unknown
play some great pop-punk similar to the poppy sounds of Green Day, The
Queers, or The Replacements. How can a band playing this great pop punk
be kept a secret this long? The Unknown have created one of the all time
pop-punk gems that was ever made.
Sodom • M-16
Sodom continues to create heavy death metal for the
world. On their latest release, Sodom strikes out to the masses with an
onslaught of slaughtering of the weak metal that is currently in the markerplace.
Highlights of the CD include a cover of The Trashman’s “Surfin’ Bird” that
is done a la Sodom. The haunting “Napalm In The Morning” shows the
horrible side of war and is scary. Overall, this is shown all over the
all the orginal tunes on the release including “I Am The War,” “Minejumper,”
“Genocide,” “Little Boy,” “M-16,” “Lethal Injection,” “Cannon Fodder,”
“Marines,” and “Among The Weirdcong.” Epically, Sodom has made a
release truly shows that war is hell and may be considered today’s Johnny’s
Got His Gun. A new metal classic and sing to the war that Sodom is a major
force in brutality.
Britney Spears • “I’m A Slave 4 U” CD single
A more mature Britney Spears does this song produced
by The Neptunes which reminds some people of a soundtrack to an adult film
or playing at a strip bar. Actually a great song, even though it is done
by Britney, who is known for her bubblegum songs. Interestingly, the instrumental
version that is presented here shows that the instrumentation is groovy
and funky like a hip-hop song. Way to go, The Neptunes, for bring Britney
Spears to her next level. Awesome.
Spineshank • “New Disease” CD-5
High energy hard rock with a groove and lyrics that
can easily be understood and not mixed unintelligibly. Spineshank delivers
two versions of the song “New Disease” on this CD-5 -- the full-length
album mix and that an edit version. Spineshank continues to prove that
the band is a band that deserves to be listened to, for they have a sound
like a lot of people would love to hear. If you like bands like Nickleback
or Fuel, give Sphineshank a listen, too, for you may enjoy this release,
Powerman 5000 • “Bombshell”/”Danger Is Go!” CD-5
The long awaited new Powerman 5000, and the material
sounds more like Rob Zombie remixes than Powerman 5000. One would
would ever swear that “Bombshell” was a Rob Zombie tune that was thrown
into a garbage can. But “Danger Is Go!” sounds like old school Powerman
5000... so, PM5000 fans, don’t worry, for the band still has the sound
that rocks. This CD whets one's appetite for the rest of the album Anyone
For Doomsday? Can’t wait to hear the whole CD.
Adagio • Sanctus Ignis
Progessive rockers Adagio do a CD which fans of
Malesteem or Vai would enjoy. 10 tracks of music fusing classical music
with rock. Highlights include “Second Sight” with its almost Mozart-like
intro, the bonus track which is the instrumental “Nifheiem” which is a
rough home demo that one can’t wait to hear the polished version of, and
an intrumental done progressive rock style of Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant
Song” which sounds eerie. Overall, Adagio is simply one of the best of
the new breed of progressive rockers.
Wizard • Head of the Deceiver
Wizard reminds one of the first time you listened
to Venom. Brutal, forceful, intense, and exterme. On Head of the Deciever,
Wizard presesnts to the world on a silver platter a strong metal masterpiece.
The cover of the release shows a warrior decapitating his foe and holding
his head in the winning the battle. Songs that stand out on the release
are “Magic Potion” with its Ronnie James Dio influenced sound, “Iron War”
due to its screaming guitars, and “True Metal” devoted to the true metal
scene and the way that true metal seems to be lost in today’s world. Wizard
continues to prove the European metal is still alive and well. Destined
to become an underground metal classic.
Diabolic • Vengance Ascending
Pushing metal to the extreme, Tampa’s Diabolic does
black metal-grind-death that focuses on the morbid side of life. Leashing
what is a violence nature in their music while increasing the strength
of music, Diabolic delivers a CD that would fire your speakers. Ten hard
edge tracks that grind your skull, especially “Possess The Strength” and
“Cease To Be (3:33).” Diabolic is not for the weak at heart, so
if you get brain seizures stay the heck away from this release. Diabolic
proves that Florida is more than the Limp Bizkit crap that came from there.
Angra • Rebirth
Brazilian based Angra demonstrates a good hard progressive
rock release with Rebirth. Reminds one of old vintage Helloween musicially
and structure-wise. Angra adapts classicial guitar riffs and fuses it with
speed metal. One of the CD’s best tracks is called “Visions Prelude” which
is an adaptation of Chopin’s “Opus 24 in C Minor.” But “Holy Wars,” which
is divided into two parts “Part I - Imperial Crown” and “Part II - Forgiven
Return,” really shows that the band is true musicial geniuses in creating
a true epic. In fact, all 10 tracks define how progressive metal should
sound. Overall, a true masterpiece for the 2000s. Angra is a brutal force
to reckon with.
Kreator • Violent Revolution
Back in the mid-’80s, if you were a metal head, you
knew who Kreator was for their brute metal force. Well, the band is still
going strong into the the 2000s. Violent Revolution gives fans of
the band some new metal to munch into with 12 moltening tunes such as “Bitter
Sweet Revenge,” “Mind on Fire,” and “Slave Machinery.”
For those who never experienced Kreator, this
release is one that you must get your paws on, for it is a great introduction
to the band. You can hear their screaming guitars, high ended vocals, and
choatic rapid fire drumming. And the song “Ghetto War” would make
you start to head bang and mosh around. If you are starting to get mad
at all the bands who are trying to be metal trend setters, then pick up
a copy of this Kreator and go back to Metal 101:Kreator.
The Color Red
“Sore Throat”(demo version)/“Cleansing”(demo
If these are only demo versions of The Color Red’s
songs, makes one wonder what the actual songs are going to sound like,
for the material is done especially well. “Sore Throat” has a vibe similiar
to Fuel yet only highly orginal. This song demostrated that TCR has much
talent and this song could be an AOR radio hit in no time. While “Cleansing”
shows that the band is able to work in a studio and create some mind bending
music, one must be impressed by the vocal overdubs and the hard edged guitars
and the mix not getting over-drowned. In other words, The Color Red is
a band to watch out for, and remember that you heard about them here
Mortiis • M.E.
Strange new sound for a person whom has been best
known so far as a Black Metal artist. Mortiis takes a stab at the industrial-Gothic
world and creates a masterpiece that even Al Jorgenson or Trent Reznor
would be proud of. The material is still dark in nature yet and even more
personal on this release. “Parasite God” with its heavy guitar drops and
a repeat of “I want to be your parasite god so I can show what you really
are... I want to your parasite god so I can show you who really are”
shows the darkness of Mortiis while he even atempts to do a power ballad-like
tune on “Monolith” which sounds like a pagan witch ceremony. Mortiis may
still be the best kept secret in the metal underground. Overall, one of
the best musical releases in a while.
Patrick Green • “Girlfriend” CD-5
Remembers one of the old Southern blues mixed
with a blend of the Stax Records sound. Patrick Green does a great song
about the relationship of a girlfriend and her best girlfriend who does
not have a man through the eyes of the man. Patrick Green makes you see
the story, which is rarely done in music today. A classic situation of
life told by Patrick Green which deserves to heard. Add this single to
your collection as soon as possible.
The Beatles • One Before 911
This import double CD contains material that the
Fab Four recorded during early 1963 in the studio and contains the complete
session of the song “From Me To You” Takes 1 to Take 13 which show how
the band worked together in the studio. The listener hears Geogre Martin
do the take numbers, Lennon and McCartney laughing, George fooling around
on the guitar, and Ringo missing some drum beats plus the harmonies of
the song done a capella... along with the takes that were used to edit
the song into it finish form. Most importantly, this CD shows a side
of the Beatles which was never truly captured on the Anthology series
or the One album, for its show the creative side of the four Liverpool
lads which few got to witness first hand and the humor that they had and
the hard work they put into their early recordings. A historical
document for all Beatles fans everywhere.
"F*** You, Osama Bin Laden!
(Infidel Anthem)" CD single
After a 32 hiatus from the music word, the most constroversial
country performer ever in the history of music has come back and recorded
one of the most talked about underground songs devoted to Osama Bin Laden
called “F*** You, Osama Bin Laden! (Infidel Anthem).” This record
is not politically correct and a lot of listeners will be offended by it,
but remember that this is same Johnny Rebel who recorded the cult classics
“The Garden Song” as Flithy McNasty and “Stay Away From Dixie”as Johnny
Rebel. Johnny Rebel was a big underground country preformer from the South
during the 1960s and was re-discovered via various illegal bootleg compilations
and Howard Stern who got into a controversy with Johnny Rebel when he compared
J.R. to David Alan Coe. “F*** You, Osama Bin Laden! (Infidel Anthem)” is
a rock-a-billy number declaring Osama to play with his ya ya. Political
correct this is not, but if you are willing to listen to this CD then listen
it with an open mind, for you may get offended due to its old fashioned
David Allan Coe • 18 X-Rated Hits
Finally a legal David Allan Coe greatest hits package
combining materials from his mid-’70s adult records Nothing Sacred
and Underground. Both CDs have been widely bootlegged, and David
felt it was neccessary to remaster the recordings so he decided to re-issue
the recordings as a best of both x-rated albums. This release is
not very politically correct due to its content -- in fact, one could not
ever list most of the songs which appear on the CD without censoring, but
the songs that one can mention here include “Jimmy Buffett (Don’t Live
in Key West)” which is David attacking a reviewer who compared the DAC
band to Jimmy Buffett. Also, the song "Three Biggest Lies" tells about
the lies that a man uses to get a woman to sleep with him. This is not
for your run of the mill country fan, but if you like raunchy, outlaw rebel,
Southern fried rock and roll, then this is for you.
Pink Floyd & Friends • Interstellar Overdrive
Power Sound 2001
Recently received this CE and decided to review it.
Much of the material here seems to center around the two tracks done by
Pink Floyd -- “Intersteallar Overdrive” and “Nick’s Boogie.” Both
tunes seem to be unedited live tunes with Syd Barrett from the mid-’60s.
Also include other era recordings by Alan Ginsberg “Tonite Let’s Make Love
In London,” Fleetwood Mac “Man of the World,” The Small Faces “Here Come
The Nice,” P.P. Arnold “Angel of the Morning,” The Nice “America,” and
The Moody Blues “Stop.” Also includes a snippet of an interview with Mick
Jagger down in the mid-’60s. Overall, a great compilation for people who
enjoy the Britsh Invasion sounds.
Machine Head • Supercharger
Close to sixty minutes of supercharged high energy
rock and roll. Machine Head outproves themselves on this release. Imagine
the mighty Slayer mixing with the hard edged stuff that Rob Zombie did
with White Zombie. Machine Head combines grunting distorted vocals with
harmonies that Slipknot would wish they could do. Supercharger brings
the band in a new direction, and the average metal fan would go wild for
it. One knows that metal has not achieve the potential wish it deserves
in recent years, but Machine Head continues to bring the sound back to
the masses. The fourteen tunes on the CD prove that Machine Head
can rock with the best, and the best tracks are “Brown Acid,” “Kick You
When You’re Down,” “Only The Names,” “Nausea,” and the song devoted to
today’s generation “Black Generation.” Take your middle finger out and
yell “F- you,” for Machine Head have come to take over the world via Supercharger.
A must-have CD.
Misfits - Cuts From The Crypt (Roadrunner)
Basicly a compilation of old Misfits tunes that
the band recorded for their self-produced fan singles, their web page,
and bonus tracks for their European and Japanesse cds. Includes some
classic tunes such as their version of Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster
Mash”, “I Wanna Be A NY Range”, “Helena Doll”, and “1,000,000 Years
B.C.” Plus for the people whom don’t have the Jappaness pressing of The
Misfit’s Mars Attack cd, the demos which appeared there are included here.
So if you want to hear some lost gems by The Misfits and don’t want to
play a lot of cash, pick up this release. And by the way Glenn Danzig does
not appear on this cd.
Slipknot • "Left Behind" CD-5
Track listing for this import CD-5 of Slipknot’s
“Left Behind” is the following: “Left Behind,” which is the album version
from the release Iowa, two live tracks “Surfacing” and “Liberate”
which were recorded during 2001, and a video track for “Left Behind.” Slipkot
fans everywhere should look for this CD-5, for it is worth the time and
effort just to see the video. Makes a lot of people wish that there were
more CD-5’s like this issued in the US so we don’t have to pay the high
cost of an import. Overall, a CD which is worth its money.
Anyone • EPK
Presenting a view of the band so people could see
how the band looks. Overall, a good way of highlighting the music of the
band and a great introduction to how they look. Imagine Mudvayne meeting
Slayer meeting King Diamond and you've got Anyone. This is one of the new
up-and-coming bands to watch for, and they are not just anyone... they
Velocette Recordings Sampler
Velocette Records, 83 Waltson St., Atlanta, GA 30303
Indie sounding rock by bands such as Beluah, Juicifer,
and The Glands. Beluah sound like a translucive Beck with a garage guitar
sound meeting hippie groove rock. Jucifer plays rock sort of like Tool
fusing with The Pixies or Liz Phair or Garbage. The last band on the CD,
The Glands, have country twang attacking a Weezer sound melting into a
hodge podge of rock. Overall, these bands prove that indie rock is still
rocking. A good sampler.