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CEMENT - The Man With The Action Hair Funk Metal | review permalink
PRIMER 55 - (the) New Release Nu Metal
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40 BELOW SUMMER - Invitation to the Dance Nu Metal
40 BELOW SUMMER - Rain Nu Metal | review permalink
FLAW - Through the Eyes Nu Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MUDVAYNE - The End of All Things to Come Nu Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Badmotorfinger Alternative Metal
INCUBUS (CA) - S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Funk Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Dirt Alternative Metal
KORN - See You on the Other Side Nu Metal
KORN - Life Is Peachy Nu Metal | review permalink
SLAVES ON DOPE - Metafour Nu Metal | review permalink
MOTOGRATER - Motograter Nu Metal
40 BELOW SUMMER - The Last Dance Nu Metal
SLAVES ON DOPE - Inches From the Mainline Nu Metal | review permalink
40 BELOW SUMMER - The Mourning After Nu Metal | review permalink
40 BELOW SUMMER - Side Show Freaks Nu Metal | review permalink
SKRAPE - New Killer America Nu Metal | review permalink

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Nu Metal 31 3.55
2 Alternative Metal 12 3.17
3 Thrash Metal 6 2.75
4 Non-Metal 4 3.50
5 Funk Metal 2 4.25
6 Black Metal 1 0.50

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COLD Oddity EP

EP · 1998 · Alternative Metal
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This has more interesting content than your average 90s maxi-single type release, although it comes in the form of the final two tracks. The altered versions of "Go Away" which begin this album are both pretty much worthless. "Blame" is a bland and dreary b-side that would just blend in with the rest of the self-titled's swampy grunge/alt-metal. It is followed by their cover of Bowie's "Space Oddity", which is very, very good. Compared to the original, it feels sadder and more hopeless, and Scooter Ward keeps the "mouth full of cotton" Eddie Vedder impressions to a minimal in it. The interview track at the end is also a pleasant listen, giving an insight into the band's origins and influences.

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DAYINTHELIFE... Dayinthelife...

Album · 1997 · Alternative Metal
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Metallic post-hardcore/alt metal in the vein of Quicksand, Rollins Band, Orange 9mm and Helmet. This arrived a little late to the party, as it was released in 1997, just when the nu metal stylings of Limp Bizkit were getting popular in the heavy rock world. But the main reason it failed to make an impact (unlike fellow 1997 TVT debut album "Sevendust") is due to the fact that nothing about this is memorable at all. There aren't any catchy hooks like with Rollins Band, or brutal headbanging riffs like with Helmet. The only thing remotely interesting is the occasional use of eastern acoustics, and that some of the songs appeared in the b-grade cult horror film "Modern Vampires".

Originally written for rateyourmusic.com

UNLOCO Healing

Album · 2001 · Nu Metal
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Like fellow obscure class of 2001 members Skrape, Lifer, No One, From Zero, Flaw, Darwin's Waiting Room and 40 Below Summer, I'd lump this in the "fun yet generic" category of major label nu metal. The high points are "Reckoning", "Less of" and "Whimper", which all have a great energy to them, as well as the more melodic tracks "Face Down", "Useless" (a bizarre choice for an opening song) and "Know One", which showcase the band's knack for catchy and heartfelt melodies. Still though, nothing about this feels innovative in the slightest for 2001, which is the album's main downfall both artistically and commercially.

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CEMENT The Man With The Action Hair

Album · 1994 · Funk Metal
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Like their debut, this album could be generalized as some sort of cross between punk rock and the funk metal of Faith No More's "Introduce Yourself", although generalizations never do eclectic genre hopping bands such as this justice. "Bonnie Brea" and "Hotel Diablo" for example are full blown psychdelic jams, while "King Arthur" gives an early indication of Mosley's love for sarcastic acoustic ditties. Perhaps most shockingly to Mike Pattonphiles, "The Man with the Action Hair" manages to display a great sense of melody in ballad-y type tracks such as "Crying", "Killing an Angel", "Sleep" and "Life on the Sun". To me these sort of songs are proof that Chuck could actually sing, especially since they were recorded 4 years prior to the advent of auto tune / pitch correction.

Originally written for rateyourmusic.com

SKRAPE New Killer America

Album · 2001 · Nu Metal
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This record explores a lot of different heavy sounds that were popular in 2000/early 2001, but doesn't really have a clear-cut identity of its own. A few songs here sound like a less cringy version of Disturbed's synth-laden pop metal debut "The Sickness" (the catchy "Isolated" being a key example). Others including "Sunshine" and "Goodbye" have that heavy Alice In Chains worship sound that was popularized by Godsmack, while songs such as "Sleep" could pass as unrealised Deftones B-sides. Finally there are songs like "Waste" and "Blow Up" which are basically just Pantera with keyboards and clearer hooks.

Originally written for rateyourmusic.com

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