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Collaborations are a thing in music that has been happening for a very long time like that time when Roy Harper came in and sang Have A Cigar on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album in 1975, but in the late 90’s collaborations started to become more of a thing. Limp Bizkit was one of the hugest bands at one point in their careers and no time was bigger than the time they released their third record Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album also featured the groups second collaboration with the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland who first appeared on the previous release Significant Other (Nobody Like You). The track called Hold On is this week’s Collaboration of the Week as we celebrate and remember the late frontman who passed away December 3, 2014. The song is very melodic and features a slower tempo than previous songs on the album and it helps set the mood for Weiland’s beautiful vocals on the first verse while Fred Durst takes the second verse. Limp Bizkit was recently announced to be headlining 2020’s edition of the Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in Mansfield, Ohio. So check that out and check out the collaboration below:

sleepkillersWhile Slipknot may have debuted some new music the other day that excited fans, there is a new band on the horizon that is looking to get fans excited for this supergroup of sorts. For fans of Limp Bizkit, we have been promised new music from the band for a while and nothing has come of it. Well bassist Sam Rivers has decided to take some time away from Bizkit to write and record new music with a new band called Sleepkillers with Puddle Of Mudd/Burn Season vocalist Damien Starkey. The two spent a year together writing music without a label so that they could perfect their sound without any pressure from a label and that is their band Sleepkillers which is rounded out by Saliva drummer Bobby Amaru and Puddle Of Mudd guitarist Adam Latiff. The band has unveiled a music video for the track Dirty Foot and here is Sam explaining why they chose the song, “We picked ‘Dirty Foot’ as our first single because we feel like it’s the track that embodies our sound the most on the album. It’s got the melodic vocals mixed with all the heaviness and that’s really definitive to what our sound is — a tug of war between the two most powerful things in this world, love and hate.” The video is pretty bad ass as a vigilante is looking for revenge as he battles multiple thugs throughout the video. Check out below, look for the album in January, and tour plans to follow!

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.

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.

Sometimes in this life when a bunch of awesome musicians get together to create a song for a soundtrack, it sounds so amazing that you wish those group of individuals would get back together to create even more music. That is exactly what happened with today’s Soundtrack Saturdays selection from the Underworld Soundtrack which was released back in 2003. Underworld was a film that took the Vampire and Werewolf genres and gave them a really cool and brand new outlook that was also the subject of much controversy. The film starred the beautiful Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, and so many more in a film where the Vampires and Lycans (Werewolves) have been at war for a long time. One of the death dealer vampires (Beckinsale) is tracking the lycans when she notices that they are hunting a human (Speedman). She has to make a decision eventually whether to kill the human who has been bitten or go against her clan and defy them. The soundtrack featured a lot of great industrial metal acts along with some experimental acts like Puscifer, Renholder, Skinny Puppy, A Perfect Circle, and our featured band today called The Damning Well. The Damning Well was a band that was comprised of Richard Patrick (Filter), Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Josh Freese (Guns N Roses), and Danny Lohner. The track this supergroup of sorts recorded was called The Awakening which was an in your face industrial metal like track. The track definitely leaves you wanting more wondering what could have been if this project went forward. Check it out below:

Just_Another_VictimYou have to think back to the time of the release of today’s Soundtrack Saturday film and wonder how influential was this soundtrack in the future events to come. The Judgment Night soundtrack was released on September 14, 1993 and it featured some of the biggest names in rock and metal doing tracks with some of the biggest rap artists of the time as well. You had Slayer doing a cover track with Ice-T, Faith No More doing a song with Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., and even Living Colour doing a track with Run DMC. In 1993, bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine hadn’t even released their first albums or had any popularity at the time, but critics everywhere ranted and raved about this soundtrack that maybe it did influence labels to start signing bands like this to create the eventual Nu-Metal genre. Nevertheless, is is a question worth thinking about if you want to get to the nitty gritty of how things got started. The track that I am using from the Judgement Night soundtrack is the track that features the band Helmet doing the song Just Another Victim with House Of Pain which featured future Limp Bizkit turntablist DJ Lethal. The track had the right kind of grooves that would be the template for the Nu-Metal genre as Page Hamilton sings most of the verses with Everlast and co. on the choruses. That is until later on in the song when Everlast takes over the mic and spits the rhymes like only Everlast can. Kerrang! Magazine placed the track at number 4 on their 666 Songs You Must Own (Crossover) list. Check out the song below and check out the soundtrack while you’re at it.

I could have chose this song for the Cover Of The Week, but this was a song that was specially recorded for a soundtrack and that is why it was used for Soundtrack Saturday. Well, actually two versions of the song were recorded, but this was a special version and I will explain. On May 9, 2000, they released the soundtrack to the film Mission: Impossible 2 which featured the likes of Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Chris Cornell, Godsmack, and many others with a mix of original songs recorded for the soundtrack and songs that were from albums already released by the artist. For this soundtrack, the Foo Fighters decided to cover a famous Pink Floyd track with the help of Queen guitarist Brian May. On the original version of Have A Cigar by Pink Floyd, Roy Harper who was not a member of the band sang lead vocals for the track. The Foo Fighters decided to do the same thing, but they had drummer Taylor Hawkins sing lead vocals on the track to keep up the tradition of the track. What can I say about the track other than the fact that just as great as the original was, I truly believe the Foo Fighters did a great job with the cover. It’s an absolute rocker that proved the brilliance of Pink Floyd still lives on. Check out the song below:

Wearing makeup or a mask is a tradition that has been associated with the holiday of Halloween and since we are in observance of the holiday on this blog I have something special for all of you. This week’s Top 5 looks at my five favorite masked or make up wearing bands of all time and believe me there have been plenty of them along the way.

5. Hollywood Undead– My nephew actually introduced to these masked rappers from Hollywood and I was blown away. They were like a combination of early Eminem, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park all rolled into one. They had songs that were vulgar and humorous, but at the same time they had songs with a message. The band was supposed to release an album this year, but as of now the album is still unreleased.

4. GWAR– I’m not the hugest GWAR fan in the world, but I have a huge deal of respect for these guys and what they did in their careers and all of the awesome costumes this band ever had. They are still continuing strong even though they lost their lead singer Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie).

3. Ghost– I immediately became a huge fan of this band from Sweden whose band members are simply known as The Nameless Ghouls and a creepy singer named Papa Emeritus II. Their music is incredible as it’s atmospheric and creepy and they sound a little like The Blue Oyster Cult. Check them out if you haven’t already.

2. Slipknot– What isn’t to love about these masked men from Iowa? These nine individuals banded together to change the metal world and they rose to the top doing it their way with their ever changing evolving masks. They may have lost one member due to death and another for reasons that are still unknown, but if The Devil In I is any indication as to what to expect from the group now, then I am completely sold.

1. Kiss– They were essentially one of the first bands to introduce the make up to hide their identities and for a long time it actually worked. No one had any clue as to what the members of Kiss’s true identities were until they removed the make up in the 80’s. Controversially, the band is still going strong an they even saw themselves get inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame this year. So grab your Love Gun so that we can head down to Detroit Rock City while we Rock and Roll All Nite and party every day cause that is Dr. Love‘s orders.

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.