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  • Audio CD (30 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Corporate Risk
  • ASIN: B000983WLM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A Message From Our Sponsors [Explicit] 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Colloquial Drug Terminology [Explicit] 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Autopia [Explicit] 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Untitled [Explicit]0:41Album Only
Listen  5. The Fall [Explicit] 8:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Apologetic Submissives [Explicit] 7:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Misogyny VS The Common Rules Of Misconception [Explicit] 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Untitled [Explicit] 2:19Album Only
Listen  9. Dionysus [Explicit] 8:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sympathy For Gordon Comstock [Explicit] 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Calliope [Explicit] 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Untitled [Explicit]0:26Album Only
Listen13. I) Youth II) Zenith III) Harvest IV) Dissolution [Explicit]11:14Album Only
Listen14. I Ain't Got No Roots [Explicit] 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Le Bassman on 26 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'll be deliberately brief because the complexity of this album usually tempts most to write whole theses when all that needs to be said is this: for anyone genuinely looking to find some music that is interesting, varied, compelling, creative, difficult, uninterested and completely above such genre limitations as "drum n bass" and "metal" (to name but two), genuinely emotional and uniquely inventive - I recommend this record without the slightest hesitation. Well worth the effort that will be required to make the most of it, and infinitely more relevent and vital than almost anything else you'll hear this year from any of "the next big things".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
...To quote the genius Devin Townsend. No, Miocene are not Tool. Approach with caution...Your mind may just be opened up a little more by listening to this. Miocene sound a little like Tool, but it's mainly a vocal thing - when Ben sings, he can sound a bit like Maynard. However, Miocene are FAR more than just a Tool tribute.
This album took me about 4 or 5 listens to enjoy all the way through, and I'm still discovering new cool things in there. If you want a really lazy review then I will say that the new Miocene album sounds like a British Tool with a hefty DJ Shadow (and to a lesser extent, Rage Against the Machine) influence. And a lot of Drum & Bass. That's quite an odd mix, but it really works - Miocene are all of these things and more. You have to be one really open-minded Metal fan to like the whole album, but luckily I love (for example) Pitchshifter, Tool, Cypress Hill, Isis, Earthtone9, Roni Size, Dredg, DJ Shadow and a lot of chillout. So this album feels like it was written for me, and it's absolutely amazing. They've really built on the blueprint provided by the awesome 'Cellular Memory' EP to create something that is more diverse and daring, yet just as focussed and somehow even more epic. If there is any criticism of this album, it would be simply that it's not quite as cohesive as the aforementioned EP; there's a lot of genre-hopping, so some listeners may only like parts of it...but perseverence brings great rewards.
This is the most refreshing and genuinely progressive album I heard in 2005. Buy it, then support more UK bands - buy the Twinzero and Oceansize albums!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "luke2001882" on 19 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I already owned Miocene's fantastic first two EPs, "Refining the Theory" and "Cellular Memory", the former was basically nu-metal with heavy influences from Tool, but it had so much more intelligence and depth than garbage like Disturbed, you could really make a connection with the music, while the latter was dark, mellow and obscure, experimenting with drum & bass, jazz and other unusual sounds. This album combines the styles of both EPs with countless new ingenious ideas.
People will accuse Miocene of being British Tool wannabes, which is unfair, as the only songs on the album that feature strong Tool influences ("The Fall", "Dionysus" and "i) Youth ii) Zenith iii) Harvest iv) Dissolution") are actually more progressive, creative and meaningful than anything on Tools "Lateralus" album. The lyrics are a mix between personal and social, there is no meaningless, self-indulgent nonsense (unlike Tools "Lateralus", again). You can really make a connection with the music, especially with vocalist Ben's in-your-face approach, where he switches between singing, screaming and rapping (in a British accent!) seamlessly. The instrument work is extremely tight and complex, quite artsy and challenging in places, but endlessly creative. By now you will have realised that I was not too keen on Tools "Lateralus" album. This album crushes it any day, and comes very close to Tools true masterpiece, "Aenima". It really is that good!
There is something for everyone on this album, from rage-filled metal ("A Message From Our Sponsors", "Autopia") to unbelievably complex electronica/drum & bass ("Colloquial Drug Terminology", "Apologetic Submissives", "Sympathy For Gordon Comstock") to hip-hop ("Misogyny Vs. The Common Rules of Misconception") and even a hippie acoustic song(!) (I Ain't Got No Roots").
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