Posts Tagged ‘Fred Durst’

taprootWe are continuing down that road in the history of one of my favorite genres when I was in my latter years of high school and into college known as Nu-Metal. The band that I chose for today had a little bit of a controversial way of how they were signed or at least what happened after they signed made headlines in the Nu-Metal world. Apparently, the band which was made up of Stephen Richards (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Phil Lipscomb (Bass), Mike DeWolf (Lead Guitar), and Jarrod Montague (Drums) were apparently on target to get signed by Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst. Fred apparently was taking too long to make a deal go through so the band went ahead and signed with Atlantic Records. Fred in a fit of rage left this on Stephen’s answering machine, “Hey man, you fucked up. You don’t ever bite the hand that feeds in this business, bro . . . Took you under my wing, brought you to my house, talked about you on FM radio and in the press, and you embarrassed me and the Interscope family. Your association with Limp Bizkit doesn’t exist. Your manager slings our name around, he’s going to be blackballed and probably erased, and you will, too. You need to be associated with someone, and now you got enemies. You just fucked yourself. Don’t fucking show up at my shows. If you do, you’re gonna be fucked. You’re learning exactly right now how to ruin your career. All the luck, brother, fuck you.” The rest is history as they said because this may have given the band the publicity they needed as the album Gift sold over 250,000 copies and it peaked at number 160 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

gift by taproot1. Smile-The track opens up with an in your face riff in a track that is all about being yourself and not what people want you to be. 4/5

2. Again & Again– One of the lead tracks off the album and my favorite track that is about someone who just needs to take a step back to get back to the point when they were in control and above the noise. 5/5

3. Emotional Times– Not a favorite of mine lyrically because it just about how life sucks and not having control of feelings, but musically it’s fierce and Nu-Metal at it’s best. 3.5/5

4. Now– I love the clean channel playing of the intro to this track and it drives most of the song until you get to the all out madness of the chorus. It’s about the narrator needing his significant other or someone he is infatuated with because he feels he can’t go on. 4/5

5. 1 Nite Stand– You would think this song is about one night stands, but it’s not. It’s more about doing something that surprises you cause you never thought you could. 4/5

6. Believed– A very interesting track that starts with some cool pedal effects on the guitars before it kicks into the track and Stephen starts rapping the verse. It has an Incubus feel to it when the chorus hits. It’s lyrically the most interesting track on the record. 4/5

gift-4e9a348e8eb457. Mentobe– Some heavy riffs open the track before it calms for the chorus in a track that looks like it’s about fearing the person that you are meant to be. 4/5

8. I– One of the other amazing tracks on the album that the music is dark in nature with the melodic guitar riffs right into the distorted playing. The track is about all the sorrows that one holds deep inside about the past. 5/5

9. Mirror’s Reflection-an interesting track that is about someone who hates what they see in the mirror so they take it out on others. Insecurities can make someone do awful things. 4/5

10. Dragged Down-The track starts off like a rocket flying into space before it gets melodic for the verses in a track that is about someone who is an relationship where things are one sided but they don’t leave. 4/5

11. Comeback– Musically the song is cool, they try to sound like Korn at times in this track, but sometimes the lyrics don’t work for me. Some of them just seem forced. Otherwise, it’s a cool track when they turn it up. 3.5/5

12. Impact– The last track on the album that just steamrolls through in a track that is about someone who believes that they are making a positive impact on people. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a decent album from a band that I believed was growing musically with every release after this one. Unfortunately for Fred Durst, he was not the reason for the demise of any band because time was ultimately that for the short lived genre. Nonetheless, this was a strong debut for the band that made a statement and I commend them for it. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

2003-year-of-the-spiderThere was once a time in the world when Nu Metal was a genre that was ruling the airways and video play on MTV with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit competing with the likes of The Backstreet Boys and Nsync. Some say that it was a glorious time to be alive while others are very troubled by it’s mere existence. For me, it was a time when I was discovering my love of the metal sub-genres all over again after a brief falling out period. At one point, Flip/Interscope thought it wise to hire Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit as an A&R man and his signings were hitting it big in the industry like Puddle Of Mudd, Staind, and today’s band of focus in Jacksonville, Florida rock act Cold. Cold was made up of Scooter Ward (Vocals), Terry Balsamo (Guitar), Kelly Hayes (Guitar), Jeremy Marshall (Bass), Howard Benson (Piano/Keys/Produced The Album), and Sam McCandless (Drums). Together in 2003, the band would release their most commercially successful album of their careers in Year Of The Spider which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts even featuring a top Hot 100 track as well.

cold1.Remedy– A real driving riff starts off the song before this amazing bass riff takes over the verses before the band comes back in. The song seems to be about someone with issues who pushes people away and know this, but doesn’t anyone to really change it. 5/5

2. Suffocate– A clean channel guitar drives the song for the most part before the chorus. The song is about a relationship that is just toxic. The song features former Dollshead/Black Eyed Peas singer Sierra Swan and Sam McCandless’s drum laying is awesome on this track. 5/5

3. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)– a touching track that Scooter wrote about the struggles his sister went through with her battle against Cancer while the band was recording the album. 4.5/5

4. Stupid Girl– This was the band’s lead single and the only single they ever wrote that cracked the Billboard top 100 that was co-written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. 5/5

5. Don’t Belong– A bass driven track until the band comes in for the chorus about feeling like you just don’t belong or you can’t do anything right. 4/5

6. Wasted Years– a cool track with violins in the beginning and some acoustic guitars that compliment them. It is said that Scooter described the track as, “this song is basically about how I let little things take away the things I needed in life.” 4/5

7. Whatever You Became– A slowered tempo track whose melody/structure reminds me a little of first track Remedy. The track seems to be about how people have changed because of his fame, but he hasn’t changed. 4/5

Cold-Year_Of_The_Spider-CD8. Sad Happy– a very eerie track about a someone who is stuck in a very abusive relationship and cant get out of it. A sad reality that is too true in the world we live in. 4.5/5

9. Rain Song– A cool track about someone close to Scooter who may have harmed herself in some way and when it rains it reminds him of her. 4/5

10. The Day Seattle Died– A great track on the album that is the band’s tribute to Seattle’s music icons Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. 5/5

11. Change The World– The track starts with a drum cadence before the band comes racing in with a killer riff on a track that is basically about relationships. 4/5

12. Black Sunday– A track that starts with some acoustic and clean guitars in a track that is about loss of someone close to Scooter, a reoccurring theme in a lot of songs. 4/5

13. Kill The Music Industry– The bands response to the music industry who were constantly telling them that they were going to fail. It also features the track Gone Away at around the 2:55 mark or so. 4/5

My Final Thoughts: Despite the success of the album, the band would soon go through it’s own troubled times as the label refused to promote any more singles from the album and Terry Balsamo would exit the band in 2004 to replace Ben Moody in Evanescence. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade because it was a kick ass album.

I have been noticing this year that George Michael is becoming one popular cat again considering he has music featured in films like Deadpool and Keanu. Back in 1987, George would release his hugest album of his career in Faith which would sell over 25 Million copies worldwide. In 1998, Nu-Metal titans Limp Bizkit would release the cover of the George Michael title track Faith which would essentially put the band on the map when they released the music video on MTV. When talking about the song choice Fred Durst once told Billboard, “I love George Michael and decided to cover Faith for fun. We like to do really aggressive versions of cheesy pop hits. I didn’t expect him to get busted in that bathroom but his misfortune actually helped us. We couldn’t ask for more of a buzz.” That is exactly what the band did as they added heavier guitars for the chorus and some heavy vocals as well at times. It was what the late 90’s and early 2000’s was all about. This was definitely one of my favorite Limp Bizkit covers and it till remains that. So, check out the track below:

lbFor this week’s album of the week, I chose due to the fact that Limp Bizkit was back in the news again, but not for the reasons they would choose. The band was back in the news due to someone posting that the band was going to perform at a gas station in Ohio. Nevertheless, I chose to revisit an album that I have always thought was a classic in the band’s sophomore effort Significant Other. The album was released to the masses on June 22, 1999 and it would temporarily change the world. Significant Other which once again featured Fred Durst (Vocals), Wes Borland (Guitar), DJ Lethal (Turntables), Sam Rivers (Bass), and John Otto (Drums) would cement the band as a legitimate threat for the throne. They literally went from openers to headliners overnight and the album generated so much buzz due to an incident that would scar the band later on. Supposedly one of the tracks off the album sparked all the violence at Woodstock 99 that you think would hurt the band, but it did the opposite as the album peaked at number one on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album also went number one in Canada and Number One on the internet as well as 83 on the decade end charts (1990-99).

Limp_Bizkit-Significant_Other-Trasera1. Intro– features some funky beats while a voice that is slowed down introduces the band. 4/5

2. Just Like This– A cool as drum beat from John kicks off the song while Sam Rivers keeps you hooked with his sick bass playing. The song basically proclaimed that Limp Bizkit was in the house which they certainly were. 5/5

3. Nookie– A sick bass riff comes from Rivers once again before Wes comes crashing in like thunder with some power chords in a track about trying to get a girl just for sex. 5/5

4. Break Stuff– The Power Chord heavy track that just makes you want to break something, this was alos the track that supposedly caused people to get violent at Woodstock 99. 5/5

5. Re-Arranged– The slow track off the album with another cool bass riff from Rivers in a track that talks about how sometimes life can be too much no matter the situation you’re in, but you have to fight through it. 5/5

LB 2 copy6. I’m Broke– Pretty self explanatory kind of track that features some heavy riffage from Borland. The track has a Jane’s Addiction feel to it at times with the melodies4.5/5

7. Nobody Like You– A very cool collaboration on the album that features both Jonathan Davis (Korn) and  and the late Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots). One of the best riffs on the album from Wes Borland by the way. 5/5

8. Don’t Go Off Wandering– I love Wes’s playing on this track and I love the lyrics to the track which deal with one-sided relationships. 5/5

9. 9 Teen 90 Nine– Prince once proclaimed that we should party like it was 1999 and Limp Bizkit brought it with this track. I love how during the verses it’s just a bass line and drum beat as Fred raps over it. Then during the chorus, Wes kicks it up a notch with the assault. 5/5

10. N 2 Gether Now– This is one of the best collaborations Fred ever did in his career that has legendary status with Method Man from Wu-Tang. The track was produced by DJ Premier. 5/5

Limp-bizkit611. Trust?- A hellacious track with some sledgehammer like riffs that has a little flavor of the first record. 4.5/5

12. No Sex– One of the most unexpected tracks from the band, but a brilliant one. The slow tempo track that talks about how relationships suck when all that is left is the sex. 5/5

13. Show Me What You Go– A cool party track where Fred drop name drops cities all over America in the song. 5/5

14. A Lesson Learned– a track featuring production mostly from DJ Lethal about how fame and fortune can change things for the worse. 4.5/5

15. Outro- An outro track that features a couple of hidden tracks with one being Matt Pinfield and the other being with Les Claypool. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– Just like the music video for Re-Arranged when the water is drained all that is left is the album and Fred’s hat signifying that no matter how much you trash the band, their legacy is here forever in the form of their music. This was definitely an awesome record that opened door for other artists in the genre and it made an impact on me. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

primusFor the album that I chose for this week’s album of the week, I wanted to go outside my tastes a little so that I could expand my horizons musically. Plus, I have a lot of respect for Primus bassist/lead singer Les Claypool who may be the best bassist out there in the metal world. The man has done great things for the bass guitar as many have done for the electric guitar. I chose the album Antipop because it was the very album the band was supporting when I saw them on Ozzfest 1999 with Buckethead (Note: Buckethead is not credited on the album). The album features lots of musical guests from Tom Morello to James Hetfield of Metallica as well as some guests also producing tracks on the record. It was the band’s sixth studio album, it was the last to feature drummer Bryan Mantia, and it would be their last until 2011’s Green Naugahyde. When talking about the record Les has stated, “Antipop was the most difficult record we ever made, because there was a lot of tension between the three of us, and there was some doubt at the label as to whether we knew what the hell we were doing anymore. But there was some great things to come out of it, like the tune we did with Tom Waits, ‘Coattails of a Dead Man’. I love that song.” The album peaked at number 44 on the billboard top 200 charts and unfortunately songs from this record are rarely ever played live.

1. Intro- The intro is only 17 seconds long and it features Tom Waits.

2. Electric Uncle Sam– The track has an intro to it, but once the music kicks in it’s like a funk metal party that rocks. The track is about The Man and you shouldn’t be surprised as it was co-written and features Tom Morello on it. 5/5

antipop back3. Natural Joe– This is a track that is co-produced by Matt Stone of South Park fame and it’s another bass driven funktastic track that is about how people aren’t always what they appear to be. 4/5

4. Lacquer Head– This is a track that was produced by Fred Durst which the three verses in it are all about three different kids who puff on inhalants and the harm that comes to them from doing it. Fred has said that he wanted Primus to go back to their heavier sound and it worked. The track is amazing with a thumping bass line. 5/5

5. The Antipop– The track starts off real slow and with an eerie bass line in the beginning and then Mantia’s amazing drumming comes in before the song kicks into overdrive about being Anti-pop because pop music is just bland and not compromising just to get on the radio 4/5

6. Eclectic Electric– This is the track that features Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More) and James Hetfield (Metallica) playing guitar on the song and it’s another track that starts off slow as it is an 8 minute track. The track seems to be different stages of someone not being able to grow up. 4/5

7.  Greet the Sacred Cow– At first there is something playing in the beginning that sounds like praying in the Middle East before the music kicks in with a middle eastern flavor to the guitars, but in the chorus they get heavy. 4/5

antipop cd8. Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool-This is definitely a bad ass rock song with a little more guitars thanks to the fact that it is the second track to feature Tom Morello playing guitar and producing os it has that rock/rap flavor to it. 4/5

9.  Dirty Drowning Man– The track starts off with some crazy bass beats from Les before it settles down during the verses in a track that is about calling out to see who your real friends are. The track features Martina Topley-Bird on it and it was produced by Stewart Copeland 4/5

10. Ballad of Bodacious– a bluesy guitar track with funky bass riffs in a track that is about a bull (I think). 4/5

11. Power Mad– This is the third and last track that features Tom Morello’s guitar work and production in a track that talks about various presidents of the US that were power mad. 4/5

12. The Final Voyage of the Liquid Sky– When the track first starts you feel like you are in space and then Les’s creativity comes in with his opening bass riff and then the funk starts in a track that is about going against the grain. 4/5

13. Coattails of a Dead Man– Surprisingly that someone had the balls to do it, but the song is essentially about Courtney Love ridding the coattails of Kurt Cobain. The song features vocals from Tom Waits and Martina Topley-Bird. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I have to say that back in the day, I didn’t understand the craze behind Primus, but after listening to this album and loving the guitar, I have a whole new found respect for Primus and what they were doing and still are doing. I really liked the album and enjoyed listening to the creativity that is displayed on it. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

Ozzfest 1999 2 back

comecleanI was a little torn as to what album I was going to choose to do for the album of the week this week. I was going to choose a Red Hot Chili Peppers record until I found out what happened at the Super Bowl (which I really don’t care to clear it up), but I finally think I found the record. I remember hearing about a band from Kansas City, Missouri that earned a record contract by sneaking their way backstage to hand Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit their tape. Fred loved what he heard and he signed PUDDLE OF MUᗡᗡ to his label Flawless Records. At the time, Flawless had only released the Family Values 99 tour CD and one of Wes Borland’s side projects so PUDDLE OF MUᗡᗡ’s Come Clean was the first real record the label had released back on August 28, 2001. I was not totally bought and sold on the band until I had seen them open for Korn on the Untouchables tour and so I ventured to the record store and I bought the album. The band at the time was made of of Wes Scantlin (Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals), Paul James Phillips (Guitar), Douglas John Ardito (Bass), and Greg David Upchurch (Drums) with Josh Freese contributing on drums as well. The album was produced by John Kurzweg (Creed) and Fred Durst and Jordan Schur served as executive producers.

comeclean 2The first song on the record which also served as the first single on the record is not titled The Smack My Ass song which is what we use to call it back in the day. The name of the track was called Control and it was one of those hard rocking tracks that explored the topic of vanity in an interesting way. Drift & Die was the next track on the album and it was a semi-acoustic/electric tracks that was brought over from their 1994 record Stuck. Even though it’s not the most popular song on the record, it did spend 7 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks which isn’t too shabby. Out Of My Head is the next track on the record and it’s grunge like power chords dominate the speakers that remind you of the formula Nickleback uses to get their popularity. Puddle Of Mudd gets sludge happy in the next track Nobody Told Me which has elements of Alice In Chains in the track. Blurry is a track that I call the bands power ballad and it was written primarily based on how Wes missed his son Jordan even though it is said that the track is about break up and cowardice.

comeclean3She Hates Me is a track that Jimmy Allen wrote about his bad break up from his girlfriend. There are a lot of people that believe that the band plagiarized the chord progression because of how similar it is to the Suicidal Tendencies track I Saw Your Mommy.  Bring Me Down is the next track on the record that has a sound similar to Nirvana while Basement is a full octane boosted pop version of a Nirvana song. Said‘s music would make Pearl Jam proud while Never Change has that Ten vibe to it as well. Piss It All Away has dark Stone Temple Pilots/Zeppelin like vibe to it with the acoustic guitars. I don’t think it’s the greatest album ever written, but it’s definitely a head of it’s class in the Post-Grunge category. Nickleback definitely took the ball and they ran with it to create the career that they did. This is the highest selling album that Puddle Of Mudd would ever release going 3X platinum. Scantlin has had some real legal issues over the past couple of years which may be the reason why the group hasn’t released anything since 2011 covers album. So, for a final grade I am going to give the album 3.3 stars out of five.

File:Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water.jpgI had put off reviewing this album for a while because I was too caught up in what was being released. I never forget the day this album came out, I was in college (The first time around) and I left my class to go to the record store just to buy this the day it came out. Limp Bizkit was one of the biggest bands at the time of the release and little did we know what chain of events would happen next. Limp Bizkit was riding high on the success of their second album The Significant Other with it smash hits Nookie and N 2gether Now with Method Man. So, the question at the time was how was Fred Durst, Wes Borland, John Otto, and Sam Rivers going to be to the table this time around? There are a lot of theories as to what Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water means. The best explanation that I have seen is that Chocolate Starfish is a scatological reference to the appearance of a human anus. Hot Dog Flavored Water is an inside joke that Wes Borland had come up with after they had stopped at a truck stop. According to Wes, Fred Durst would call himself the chocolate starfish because people thought of him as an asshole.

File:LBMyGeneration.jpgThe album’s intro is very much like the intro they had on the last album where the robot claims that it’s not a test and Limp Bizkit is in the house. The next track on the record Hot Dog  is one of the most infamous tracks because he says the F word 48 times and for the fact that Fred mocks the songs Perfect Drug, Closer, and Burn by The Nine Inch Nails. Apparently, Trent had said something negative about Fred and so Fred retaliated. My Generation is the next track on the record that musically it seems that Wes and Otto were playing off of each other where it seems the music is intertwined much like the band Primus. I used to think this song was my generations battlecry because since we had started elementary, we never had any respect from any authority figures. Full Nelson is up next and it explodes right onto your speakers as Fred preached throughout the whole song how he never gets any respect from anyone, but if your face to face with him you better be to rumble. My Way was always one of my all time favorite tracks from this album because it has a certain swagger about it. Fred decides to sing more on the track instead of rapping and wes’s playing is a little different than usual. Instead of the straight up Power chords that were used to getting in metal, he was playing more complex melodic chords.

File:Rollin.jpgRollin (Air Raid Vehicle) is technically the second single off the record, but it was one of the hottest jams that year and do not try to deny that every time you hear this song you move your arms side to side liking your driving.  Livin It Up features the band sampling The Eagles Life in The Fast Line. The One is the next track and it’s all about Fred and his never ending quest for love. Getcha Groove On is the hip hop track where Fred and Xhibit trade rhymes. It’s N 2gether Now, but it was cool to hear. Take A Look Around is the amazing track where Wes Borland takes The Mission Impossible theme and he brings it to another level. It may be the best song these guys ever recorded. It’ll be Ok is a little bit on the darker side of the plane which means it’s another song about love being disappointing. Boiler is another dark track which explores the same themes as the last song. This song has a really great riff to it where it’s heavy at the beginning, soft and clean during the verse before it explodes again into the chorus. It was also the last music video to feature Wes in it before he had quit the band. Hold On is a pretty cool song that featured Scott Weiland of STP singing alongside Fred Durst in a really primitive type acoustic song. Rollin (Urban Assault Vehicle) is just a remix that features DMX, Method Man, Redman, etc.  It’s definitely one of my favorite albums that Limp Bizkit has ever released. That is why I am giving it 4 stars out of five.