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Cryptic Writings
Cryptic Writings

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some awesome, some merely very good, 4 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Cryptic Writings (Audio CD)
Sadly, I can't write a review like I did for Rust In Peace. Because this album, sadly, is not as high quality as Rust In Peace. Whereas RIP was the zenith of guitar prowess in the Thrash Metal world, with Hangar 18 showing Megadeth to be the kings of high speed eastern-thrill soloing, this is an evolutional turning point. And every track on Rust In Peace was Thrash Metal perfection. BUT this album is not your standard Thrash Metal. This is Megadeth's evolution album. As the founding forefathers of Thrash Metal, they screwed up time and again after Rust In Peace by attempting to recreate the same formula. This time they've changed it. Take a look at the results in Trust's awesome introduction and powerful headline for the album, then Almost Honest's almost pop-esque fade out and 12-string guitar interlude... then there's Use The Man, which is very different from most early Megadeth with the possible exception of Dawn Patrol... Good lyrics. Mastermind, sadly, is a bit of a let down. It takes the standard Megadeth formulae as displayed in Go To Hell and... um... adds some production? Luckily this is followed by The Disintegrators, which is nicely reminiscent of Poison Was The Cure (My personal fave Megadeth song) and such. This is followed up on equal quality by I'll Get Even, with more melodic edge but less speed. Other key tracks include She Wolf (The chorus melody is outstanding) and Secret Place (the riffage is more simplistic than much of the albums, but it has a definite powerful edge)
Overall, the downsides to this album exist, but aren't enough to hinder it. For anyone else a classic album. For Megadeth merely an awesome one. Feel that drive on them guitars, people!


Significant Other
Significant Other
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You wanted the Worst, you got Limp Bizkit., 8 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Significant Other (Audio CD)
Ahem. 3 Dollar Bill Y'All was Limp Bizkit's debut, and it was so wonderfully gritty it established Freddies' Masterful Men as top acts in a genre overflowing with trash. This album follows 3 Dollar nicely. It's hilarious listening to Fred singing about packin' "a chainsaw" and strippin' "Your ass raw" on Break Stuff. And then of course there's Nookie. Oh the fun! =P Re-Arranged is wonderfully deep; "I'd love to be the one to disappoint you when I don't fall down" says Durst, before going off singing "You make believe that nothing is wrong until you're crying... crying on me". No Sex is an interesting piece, listen to Fred Durst and Aaron Lewis (StAiND) sing in harmony. And then there's the little track that starts "I'm convinced that you hate me" and sounds SO KoRnate. Then there's I'm Broke and Just Like This - VERY widescreen choruses. The outro is extremely funny too. As a comedy album, this excels. If you ignore the repetitive, simple lyrics and concentrate on the chords and harmonies, occasional melodies and hate-power-chord-riffage you'll see some wonderful variation. The production is all very nice too. But this album just shows, after the KoRnate glory of Nobody Like You and Break Stuff, just how unique KoRn are and Limp aren't. Amen. If you can stand listening to an album of boasting and pretentious poseur-ness then buy this. Only gets 4 stars because of a fall from being totally classic.


Untouchables
Untouchables
Price: £5.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome experimental album, 18 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Untouchables (Audio CD)
Listen to one track - Hating. Listen to it and think about what Jonathon's saying. He's had enough of hating. "Been hating all this time". And now the exorcism is complete. "Death may come, peace I have found" he sings, melodically. And it seems that KoRn really have come a long way, but believe it, there songs are still heavy and moshready. Alone I Break has a full orchestral middle 8 - it seems Jonathon's stint on the Queen Of The Damned sountrack has given him new ideas. But the usual KoRn themes are covered here. I don't personally feel that any of the songs are really about suicide. Here To Stay is a wonderfully heavy grinding piece of power, and effectively the template for all Nu-Metal to follow - but it is far from the best. Thoughtless is KoRn playing commercial on there own terms, One More Time recreats the disco feel of Got The Life, Blame is just plain Gothic Misery and Make Believe is an assault on the ears with computerisation giving it a little technological edge. Hollow Life is epic. It's short, but it's epic. The instrumental rainbow, the melodic vocals. Epic. And then there's Wake Up Hate, a Marilyn Manson-esque tour-de-force, I'm Hiding, a wide-screen penultimate track with the poignant lyrics "Thinking back to times of yesterday, I could fly...". And then there's a lovely little slow-burning ending. No One's There - a desolate, slow, dark ending to KoRn's best album. Take it or leave it - diversity meets nu-metal and you're seeing stuff better than Linkin Park kiddies. Feast.


Rust In Peace
Rust In Peace

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure, Pure Polished Thrash Perfection, 9 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Rust In Peace (Audio CD)
Dave Mustaine's composition skills are at their best on this album, no doubt about it. The first song, Holy Wars, pummels along at a brilliant rate, guitars blazing a burning path through with the occasional soloing slash, and then it ends with Dave growling an interlude which takes us into The Punishment Due, a brutal assault which builds up towards a climax and ending while Mustaine yells "Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away". Hangar 18 is, musically, a stunning accomplisment - as speedily produced and stunningly executed as it is guitar-solo filled, it has an almost FuturEgyptian feeling to the guitars. Take No Prisoners is Brutal, Poison Was The Cure is stunning and quite emotional, Tornad of Souls is melodic yet brilliant, Five Magics is a dark track leading to a "Final battle" climax, Rust In Peace... Polaris is a grinding, heavy ending to the album, with the wonderful album finale: "Eradication of Earth's Population Love Polaris" (The "Polaris" is growled by a second voice, for that flawless "Death To You All" effect). Lucretia is a great "memory lane" trip, with brilliant lyrics, Dawn Patrol is a great little dark break from the thrashing to give Apocalyptic effect.. The whole album is Thrash at it's best. Amen.


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