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Echobrain

Echobrain Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surfdog Records
  • ASIN: B00005Y2K5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Colder World
2. The Feeling Is Over
3. Spoonfed
4. Adrift
5. Keep Me Alive
6. Ghosts
7. SuckerPunch
8. Highway 44
9. I Drank You
10. Cryin' Shame

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For Metallica fans, the debut album from Jason Newsted's Echobrain may come as a bit of a shock. After all, who knew that an alt-rock heart was beating in Newsted's sinewy body during his 14-year tenure with the metal icons? Newsted left Metallica in 2001, sick of their no side-project clause. He had begun working with two teenagers--drummer Brian Sagrafena and guitarist-vocalist Dylan Donkin--in 1995, and completed this album seven full months before leaving Metallica.

Given the bassist's state of mind, it's no surprise that Echobrain contains none of the thrash-happy music that put his former band on the map. With the rather sparse arrangements, retro obsessions and rhythmic playing, they are the clear descendants of 90s stoner rockers Masters of Reality and Queens of the Stone Age. Echobrain play the same kind of mind-bending jams and ultra-heavy riffs grafted onto shimmering pop, with Donkin's beguiling vocals hovering somewhere between Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Grand Funk's Mark Farner. The unsophisticated lyrics are marred by sophomoric imagery and forced rhymes, but now and then they'll zing one across the plate, such as the witty skewering of a rock-god's ego in "Colder World", which you can't help thinking is a rather unsubtle dig at one of Newsted's former band mates ("Sometimes the crowd goes into a coma / You're so great / I know you could never see it / You're too busy being it"). Kirk Hammett guests on the majestically doom-ridden "Suckerpunch", elevating the track with his innovative and distinctive playing. Echobrain are a work in progress, but one you can't help but hope will hone their style. --Jaan Uhelszki


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut album. 18 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
Firstly,i will say that i love metallica and their music.I also like other metal music but i am not a one genre person.
I was intrigued to hear what sound would be produced by the Brian/Jason/Dylan team.I must say that i am thoroughly impressed.I was unsure what kind of music to really expect and,to the band's credit,it is hard to summarise their style it cahnges so much.Each song is a masterpiece of unique sound and arrangement.To hear the music you would think they had always played together and considering that Brian and Dylan are fairly young players their muscial abilities are astounding.Jason brings some very thoughtful and melodic bass to the music and explores new territory for his playing.
Colder world has a great sound starting with dylan's voice flowing from the speaker in a soft,pleasantly faint intro.The chorus then set the whole pace (and probably the crowd) jumping and rocking away.Fantastic track that opens the album on an amazing level.Keep me alive is another great listen with its warped and funky sound and Dylan's melodic voice
The pace varies greatly over the album with the songs taking different stances towards style.As i bought the album today (the day im wiritng the review) i dont know too many tracks well but i would definitely reccomend Suckerpunch.Kirk Hammett guests on the track and yes the solo is excellent (and very much in character with the song) but the rythmn sections are the best.Especially good is the use of silences in the song,something that a lot of bands do not even consider.
This is a brilliant debut by the band made of two young friends and a world-famous bassist.Hopefully a second album will follow on and the music created by the spontaneous jam sessions will be spread to earn the band the recognition they deserve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jason Newsted is back!!! 26 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
First of all if you're an ignorant metalhead, then this cd is not something for you. I've been a Metallica fan for ten years now, but I'm also listening to lots of other music genres. Of course I was paralyzed, when I heard that Jason left Metallica, but now he's back with the EchoBrain debut cd.
But anyway as you might have heard this music isn't hardcore metal. The band consists of Dylan Donkin (vocals, guitar), Brian Sagrafena (drums) and then of course Jason Newsted (bass, theremin and 9volt(?!?!)).
The cd features several guest-appearances, including members of the SF Symphony Orchestra (I guess Jason got in contact with them when Metallica recorded S&M). Dylan's brother Adam plays harmonica on "I Drank You". Kirk Hammett plays guitar on a song called "SuckerPunch" and some of you might know Jim Martin (Tuesday's Gone and ex-guitarist in Faith No More, also recorded a solo album which James contributes on) who plays guitar on "Spoonfed" and banjo on the hidden track "The Crazy Song". A girl called Sophia sings backing vocals on three songs...
Ok, but now for the music...
Overall if you have to compare this style of music with any other band, then I think it would be Soundgarden. A lot of the songs sound like something Soundgarden could've written.
The cd starts off pretty well with the great song
"Colder World", which has great hit potential and a catchy chorus. Then the tempo is slowed down on
"The Feeling is Over". The Soundgarden vibe is heard on the next song
"Spoonfed" (do you remember the Soundgarden song called "Spoonman"?).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought unheard - not disappointed! 6 Aug 2002
By The Librarian VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this because I love Metallica, and guided by Amazon's opinion that it's a lot like Queens of the Stone Age, who are my top favourite band. I won't go into individual tracks, as other reviewers have done this, but I will just say that if you like stoner rock, you will love this. It's absolutely totally NOTHING like Metallica, but it's so like QOTSA that at times you'd be pushed to tell the difference! Very enjoyable - buy now!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Ok, so a lot of people were in anticipation about the release of this one. People wanted to know just what Jason Newsted had been up to with the band he called Echobrain. Obviously it's not his band but the fact he is in it has been the major thing that has attracted listeners to Echobrain. Going in a totally different direction from Metallica, moving from Metal to soft rock Jason stays with his trusty bass and him and the band deliver a CD that surprised many. There really isn't anything that you can compare to Echobrain as they have their own unique sound and style. Frontman Dylan's vocals would be seen to be typical of a soft rock vocalist, this is in no way a bad thing though. All I can suggest is that you check it out. Tracks like Spoonfed and Suckerpunch make the album worth buying on their own. Purely excellent debut release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newsted come back 7 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After reading reviews about this album i was a little nervous about what this album was going to be a poor attempt at commercial pop-rock. Compparisons were made to the beatles for instance. I dont think that does this really speaks depths about the album. Afetr all no one could ever live up to the Beatles, could they? But on my first listens to the album it became clear that this was much more than an attempt to immatate the greats. This is a totally individual album full of songs that will sound new and different blended with just enough melody and harmony to keep this from sounding obscure. It is a worth while experiment in music that everyone in the world should hear.
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