Posts Tagged ‘Nu-Metal’

time bomb singleAt one time there was no one bigger in bringing back an element of Nu Metal than Hollywood’s own Hollywood Undead. Through all the band member changes and losses, the group is still here and they are looking to end 2019 in style as they gear up for the release of their sixth studio album New Empire, Vol. 1 on February 14, 2020 through their new label Dove & Grenade. The band has already unleashed the track Already Dead and now they are releasing their latest single Time Bomb which also happens to kick the album off. The group definitely grows in the new single, but it features that same kind of intensity that the band is known for which is nice to see that they haven’t lost that.Johnny 3 Tears talked about the album saying, “This album is our attempt at reimagining Hollywood Undead, not just a new sound for this release, but a new sound for the band altogether. Our goal from the outset was to make music that stands alone from our other albums, yet seamlessly fits with what we’ve made before. Building upon the old to create a new sound and a New Empire.” If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so by clicking here. Otherwise, check out Time Bomb below:

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Track Listing For New Empire, Vol. 1

1. Time Bomb
2. Heart of a Champion
3. Already Dead
4. Empire
5. Killin’ It
6. Enemy
7. Upside Down
8. Second Chances
9. Nightmare

satellite-frontOne of the premier bands to ever come out of the Nu-Metal scene has always been the very underrated Christian Nu-Metal group P.O.D. (Payable On Death). This group from San Diego, California had been cutting their teeth on the scene for a little while before they gained recognition for the album The Fundamental Elements of Southtown. But the album that helped define the band’s fourth album Satellite which came out on September 11, 2001. The album once again featured Sonny Sandoval (Vocals), Marcos Curiel (Guitars), Traa Daniels (Bass), and Wuv Bernardo (Drums) while the album was produced by Howard Benson and P.O.D.. Despite the idea of the album coming out on the worst day in American History, the album did very well for the band as it peaked at number six on the Billboard Top 200 charts as it sold over 133,000 copies in the first week and it spent five straight weeks in the top 10. The album sold over seven million records worldwide (3 million in the US) and it placed at 137 on Billboards Top 200 albums of the decade (2000-2009). The album also had three different songs nominated for a Grammy despite not winning any of them and it shows you how amazing the record was.

51huIfSkhJL1. Set It Off– A kick ass way to kick off the album with a track that is so full of energy when it needs and melodic when it needs to be as well. The track is all about getting up and realizing that you have to stick up for yourself and be proud. 5/5

2. Alive– The first track released off the album that helped sooth times during 9/11 in a track that is all about knowing that life is so beautiful that we are lucky to be alive. The track was nominated for a Grammy for Bets Hard Rock Performance in 2002. 5/5

3. Boom– Another high octane, high energy track that bumps in this track that is all about the band’s rise from nothing to the top. 5/5

4. Youth Of A Nation– A very dark and melodic track that was inspired by a tragedy. The band was on their way to rehearsal when they were stuck in traffic. They found out the reason was because their was a school shooting and after the album’s release was delayed they wrote this track. The track was nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2003. 5/5

5. Celestial– a very cool instrumental from the band that segways nicely into the next track. 5/5

6. Satellite– a very cool and inspirational track from the band that is all about God and how he looks down and watches us. It’s like saying to yourself that you know things are good because God is always watching over me. 5/5

7. Ridiculous– a rock track with a more reggae feel to it and that could be because the track features Jamaican reggae artist Eek-a-Mouse. 4.5/5

satellite-4ee2821eb12cd8. The Messenjah-a cool track that is all about how P.O.D. have established that they will always speak the word of Jah no matter what until death so they are the messenjahs. 4.5/5

9. Guitarras de Amor– The track title translates to guitars of love and this is another instrumental track that blends some Latin guitar playing into it. 5/5

10. Anything Right– a very melodic track from the band that features Christian Lindskog of Swedish group Blindside. The verses are very melodic, but the chorus is intense as Sonny claims that no matter what he does, he an’t do anything right. I think the track is basically saying we should show more love because not everyone is like us. 4.5/5

11. Ghetto– Another melodic track that has a lot of hope for the world in it’s lyrics as Sonny believes that the world believes in love. It’s basically preaching that love is basically the answer. 4.5/5

12. Masterpiece Conspiracy– an OK track on the album that is all about how this band is a family and that everything they have they have worked for so no one outside the circle can claim a slice. 4/5

13. Without Jah, Nothin– an in your face punk style track (with a little reggae mixed in too) that features HR of Bad Brains on the track whose lyrics basically says that nothing good comes out of this world with out God. 4/5

14. Thinking About Forever– a track that is semi acoustic in this song that Sonny wrote for his mother who passed away. He hopes that she is proud of him. 4.5/5

15. Portrait– The last track on the album that was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2003. The track is a metal track with a little bit of a punk feel to it that talks about how people have taken a beautiful thing like God and they have distorted his teachings and who he is. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This at the time was the last album that Marcos would be on with the band until 2008’s When Angels & Serpents Dance. This was one heck of a follow up to Fundamental…, but it set the standard for the band moving forward that they have had to top. These are literally some of the nicest guys in the business which is why I love this band and have a lot of respect for them. So, I am going to give this album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

81BbQMTakEL._SL1425_You never forget memories like where you were the first time you saw a movie that brings back pleasant memories. You never forget memories like the first time you heard a song from a band that you love and that was definitely the case the first time that I had ever heard of the Deftones. The first time I heard Sacramento’s Alt-Metal kings was the track Be Quite And Drive (Far Away) because it was unlike anything I had ever heard before so I had my brother purchase their second album Around The Fur which was released on October 28, 1997 via Maverick Records. The band was made up of Chino Moreno (Vocals), Stephen Carpenter (Guitars), Chi Cheng (Bass), and Abe Cunningham (Drums) while the album was produced by Terry Date. The album was pretty successful as it helped establish the band on the scene. A lot of critics felt that the album was a good stepping stone for the band because they were on the cusp of discovering who they really were. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts while it was a number one album on the Top Heatseakers Charts and it has gone platinum in the United States.

deftones1. My Own Summer (Shove It)– The first track off the album and the lead single help kick things off. With it’s Nu-Metal swagger guitar riff and soft sung vocals from Chino during the verses help setup the big time in your face chorus in a track that is using summer to symbolize people who hide behind a facade because the sun burns your eyes meaning you can’t see the real them. 5/5

2. Lhabia– the track kicks right off where the first one left off in this driving guitar riff in a fun song that is just about a kid who just wants to get laid because he is bored. 5/5

3. Mascara-The song is very slow and very ominous in it’s tone and I love his vocals at times in this song because he channels Robert Smith of The Cure in this track. I think the song is about him accepting his loved one even with all of her faults that she may have. 5/5

4. Around The Fur– A Nu-Metal track through and through that is all about his dislike of vain people because they seem one way on the outside but they are dead on the inside. He uses a fur coat as a metaphor to describe this. 4.5/5

5. Rickets– Another Nu-Metal styled track with some sick bass playing from the late Chi Cheng in this track that is all about even though someone is pointing all your faults, you know they are just ignoring theirs. 4/5

deftones 26. Be Quite And Drive (Far Away)– My favorite track on the whole album that has been described as a nu-metal track laced with some shoegaze in it. The track is all about how the narrator lost a relationship and has been trying to replace that person, but it doesn’t work. 5/5

7. Lotion-An in your face track that is all about how Chino can;t stand girls that are so vain that they only care about their looks, etc. 4/5

8. Dai the Flu– A bass driven track that is leaning more in the alt-metal side of things that is about a girl who is in a relationship with this guy even though she doesn’t care about him, but she’s just “sleeping” the time away. 4.5/5

9. Headup-this is a track that was co-written with Max Cavalera of Soulfly about both of them grieving over the death of Dana Wells who was Max’s Stepson and Chino’s friend. 4.5/5

10. MX-The last track on the album and a very bad ass track to end the album with that I believe is a track that is all about S&M with the sound effects and the woman’s voice like he’s calling a sex hotline. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– A lot of critics believed that with this album that they could sense that whole it was a good one that the band was close to establishing who they actually were and that is very true with the next release. Still, this is definitely an amazing album from the band in my opinion that still sort of held on to the Nu-Metal sound. That is why I am giving the album 4.65 stars out of five for a final grade.

disturbed-believe-album-cover_552510Now that we are done with all 50 of the best metal albums of all time list according to Loudwire, I thought it was time to move on to cover albums that I love or I am curious about discovering. The album that I chose for this week’s Album of the Week comes from one of the most intense metal albums to be spawned from the Nu-Metal scene in Chicago’s own Disturbed. The band was coming off of their breakout debut album The Sickness that was released in 2000 and add to that the death of singer David Draiman’s grandfather and the events of 9/11 and you have 2002’s Believe, the sophomore effort from the band. The band which consisted of Draiman (Vocals), Dan Donegan (Guitars), Mike Wengren (Drums), and for the very last time Steve “Fuzz” Kmak (Bass) who was fired from the band in 2003. Once again with the help of producer Johnny K, the band would release their first album to ever debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as it sold over 284,000 copies in the first week. Behind three singles, the album would go double platinum as it also peaked at number one in New Zealand and number two in Canada.

00073601. Prayer– The first single off of the record was a culmination of two events with one being the death of David’s death and the second being the clergy’s response to 9/11. David explains saying, “Instead of consoling their flock, people [of the clergy] like Jerry Falwell and Oral Roberts chastised them and used the situation as a means of empowerment, saying it was our own fault because we’re a decadent and promiscuous people. I just thought that whole notion is ridiculous.” So essentially the song is about David having a conversation with God. 5/5

2. Liberate– This was the third single off of the record and it features elements from the first record in the track as David tells you that you it’s OK to believe in God, but he also tells you to have an open mind towards other possibilities or other people’s beliefs. 5/5

3. Awaken-an intense track right from the start with a very melodic verse and heavy chorus style, the song is all about America’s obsession with cookie cutter/wallpaper music. 5/5

4. Believe-An interesting track lyrically from the band that deals with the idea of people who think that just because they are religious or believe in God, does not mean that they are absolved from their sins. 4.5/5

5. Remember– The second single off of the album and one of the best tracks on the record that lyrically deals with how cutthroat the music industry can be and how David has stayed away from the various temptations the industry can offer. 5/5

6. Intoxication-This is one of two tracks on the album that deals with the difficulties that David has faced when dealing with relationships. This one is more in the sense of how relationships can be intoxicating and how it can blind you from people’s true intentions. 4.5/5

believe(ltd)-disc17. Rise– This was one of the coolest songs to hear live when it was being performed by the band at the time. I like the lyrics to the track because it’s all about being yourself and not someone you wish you were. Rise and be you! 4.5/5

8. Mistress-Musically not my favorite track, but I do like the lyrics as it deals with how a lot of men have idolized women and the hardship that comes with the result of doing so. 3.9/5

9. Breathe-a decent track on the record that’s all about someone who is so self centered that when he finally realizes it, it’s way too late for him to change. 4.2/5

10. Bound– This is the other track that focuses on David’s troubles with relationships in the sense that because he is bound to his beliefs and who he is, it’s hard to maintain relationships when they want to change him. 4.5/5

11. Devour– a track that is all about David telling someone that no matter what he will be there for them whether they think they need it or not and that he will devour their problems. 4/5

12. Darkness– a very melodic track that features piano, very different vocals by David, and Alison Chesley playing cello on the track that is all about David’s personal journey following the death of his grandfather. 4/5

My Final Thoughts-This was definitely one of my favorite releases from Disturbed in where almost every track is a banger with a few exceptions like Mistress. Nonetheless, this was the growing up stage for Disturbed as things only got bigger for the band from here. That is why I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

0000329891I remember when System Of A Down first came out with their self titled album in 1998, they were a band that just stormed the scene out of nowhere with their whacked out in your face alt metal assault. They were the right kind of band to come out when they did because soon enough Rage Against The Machine would be no more and we needed a new band to take over the activist mantra and they did just that with their second album Toxicity.  The album which once again featured Serj Tankian (Vocals/Keyboard/Strings), Daron Malakian (Guitars/Sitar/Vocals), Shavo Odadjian (Bass), and John Dolmayan (Drums) released the album September 4, 2001 and it was produced by Rick Rubin as well as Serj and Daron. The album was a huge success upon it’s release as it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts in the US and in Canada as it sold 220,000 copies in it’s first week. The album was certified triple platinum a year later as well as finishing at 101 on the Billboard Year End charts in 2001 and then it finished 28TH in 2002. Another achievement from the album is that every single released charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as having a single finish number one on both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Modern Rock Tracks charts. Loudwire ranked the album 13 on their 50 Best Metal Albums of All Time list.

System of a Down - Toxicity back1. Prison Song– an in your face track kicks off the album in this track that was said to be written about how our prisons are overflowing with Americans and so we keep building more prisons. 4/5

2. Needles– an interesting track where one may feel that they are talking about drugs and how can I blame you with a title like that. But I saw someone explain that the song is about euthanasia and the idea of how tough it is to grow old especially when the body begins to fall apart. 4.5/5

3. Deer Dance-a relentless track that is all about the protests that happened during the 2000 Democratic National Convention. 4/5

4. Jet Pilot-SOAD does not take their foot off the pedal going into this track which I ultimately think is a metaphor for the environment 4/5

5. X– a track that is all about how oppressive a government can be especially when it starts telling the people what they can and can’t do. 4.5/5

6. Chop Seuy!– This was the first single off the record and controversy followed it due to the fact that it was released during the week of 9/11. Daron explains the meaning to the lyrics saying, “The song is about how we are regarded differently depending on how we pass. Everyone deserves to die. Like, if I were now to die from drug abuse, they might say I deserved it because I abused dangerous drugs. Hence the line, ‘I cry when angels deserve to die’. The lyric passages ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’ and ‘why have you forsaken me?’ are a reference to Jesus’ death on the cross, as, according to the Gospels, it was one of the seven things Jesus said while dying.” 5/5

7. Bounce-an in your face track that surprisingly is about group sex. I love how it goes crazy during the chorus and calm during the verses. 5/5

toxicity-589cd99826a8a8. Forest-a great track that I think is about how the original concept of religion has been ruined by the people who take something that should be about peace and love, but have created war over it. 5/5

9. ATWA-One of my favorite tracks on the album that starts calm with the clean channel playing before they kick it in overdrive for the choruses. The song is based off of Charles Manson’s views on the environment. 5/5

10. Science– an interesting view on the world of science and the age old topic of science vs religion. It tackles the idea of how science without a moral/faith based view and  understanding could destroy the earth, but also could lead us to the promise land. 5/5

11. Shimmy-an interesting track that looks at the idea of how school instills what the majority believes is the right thing for you to believe in like education, marriage, etc. 4.5/5

12. Toxicity– Another one of my favorite tracks on the album. According to wikipedia, the track is played, ” predominately in triple meter, alternating between 6/4, 12/8 and 4/4 time. The guitar during the verse plays in 6/4 using a 2+2+2 phrasing while the heavy part (“somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep”) makes use of a hemiola with the guitar switching to a 3+3+3+3 pattern while the drums remain in compound duple meter until the bridge.” According to John the song is about, “your poisonous content. Your toxicity level. But toxicity doesn’t necessarily mean the toxicity of a person, it can be the toxicity of a city. Or the toxicity of a nation. The toxicity of a speech. It’s just toxicity in general or whatever.” 5/5

13. Psycho– A great track to hear and sing along with live in this track that is all about drugs and groupies. 5/5

14. Aerials– The best song on the whole entire album with it’s clean channel guitar intro and incredible guitar riff during the chorus that is intoxicating to listen to. The track is about how ignorant we can be as a society when we close our minds to those who are different or have different opinions. An incredible track that still translates well today. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Besides the Mezmerize/Hypnotize albums, this might be the best piece of work that System Of A Down ever put out as almost every track is brilliant. I have always favorite the mid to late tracks on this album more than I did the opening tracks hence the grades. Check out the album and I am giving the record 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

55711In 2007, KoЯn had released their Untitled 8TH album which was the first without longtime drummer David Silveria and it faced a lot of backlash at the time. So, the band eventually decided that they were going to take a year off to refocus their minds and work on solo projects to help replenish their minds. The band eventually decided that for their ninth studio album that they wanted to go back to their roots of the first two records so they swore off pro-tools & editing and they hired the man who originally produced their first two records in Nu-Metal’s favorite producer Ross Robinson for what would eventually be titled KoЯn III: Remember Who You Are. The album once again featured Jonathan Davis (Vocals, Bagpipes), James “Munky” Shaffer (Guitars), Fieldy (Bass), and for the first time ever on record and as an official member of the band Ray Luzier (Drums). The album was released on July 13, 2010 and it was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number two on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, but the album scored number one status for US Rock Albums, US Alternative Albums, and US Hard Rock Albums as well as finishing in the top five in Canada, Austria, Germany, and New Zealand.

51-tkiy6h8L._SY400_1. Uber-time– An intro track that features some audio that leads right into the next track 4/5

2. Oildale (Leave Me Alone)– A punishing track that just absolutely rips from the get go that has that old school feel to it. I thin the track has something more to do with his dislike for religion and God. 5/5

3. Pop A Pill– A very Life Is Peachy like track that is all about drug addiction if you couldn’t tell from the title. 5/5

4. Fear Is A Place To Live– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is all about those people claim to be your friend or family, but they wear a mask in front of you and a different one when you’re not around. 5/5

5. Move On– a little bit of a Follow The Leader/Life Is Peachy feel to the track that is all about no matter what you do you can’t please everyone so you have to just move on. 4.5/5

6. Lead The Parade a raw in your face, take no prisoners track that is all about how depression can make us think crazy things that can drive us to insanity. 4.5/5

imgbin-korn-iii-remember-who-you-are-music-issues-album-korn-LtPm1jFajBMRxc9NsHi4zKLnf7. Let The Guilt Go– Another track on the album that is underrated because of it’s intensity about someone who just keeps messing up because they can’t let the guilt of something go. By the way, this track was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards, but they lost to Iron Maiden. 5/5

8. The Past– a very dark and melodic creepy intro starts the track before Luzier brings the thunder that helps kick off the track that is all about how no matter how badly we want to forget our past, it’s always there to remind us. 4.5/5

9. Never Around-This track reminds of something that would have been released on Take A Look In The Mirror with it’s big bass riff that matches the big bombastic guitar riffs and melodic verses. The track is about a relationship that has gone bad. 4.5/5

10. Are You Ready to Live?-This has to a be a very personal track for Jonathan Davis because at the crop circle performance you could tell it took a lot out of him especially with the mic drop and the “I fucking hate that song”. 4.5/5

11. Holding All These Lies– a very Raw and self titled debut feel to the track that according to something I saw Ross made Jonathan’s wife come into the studio to have him sing it in front of her. I don’t know if that is true or not, but Jonathan did say the album was torture to record. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was certainly a great look back at the raw intensity that was KoЯn back in the day. This was definitely my favorite of the post David Silveria era KoЯn albums with The Serenity Of Suffering being my other favorite. It’s a complete album with very little filler if any at all which is why I am giving it 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

slipknot by slipknotOne of the coolest bands to come out of the late 1990’s Nu Metal scene was none other than the almighty Slipknot, the crushing nine member band from Des Moines, Iowa. The first time I saw the band was on the second stage of Ozzfest 1999 and you just knew that these guys were something very special even back then. On June 29, 1999 via Roadrunner Records, the band would release their self titled debut album and it made quite the impact. The band which was made up of (#8) Corey Taylor (Vocals), (#7) Mick Thomson (Guitars), (#6) Shawn “Clown” Crahan (Percussion), (#5) Craig “133” Jones (Samples/Media), (#4) Jim Root (Guitars), (#3) Chris Fehn (Percussion), (#2) Paul Gray (Bass), (#1) Joey Jordison (Drums), and (#0) Sid Wilson (Turntables) would see their debut album peak at #51 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while it also finished at #98 on The Billboard Top 200 Year End Charts. It was also the number one album on both the Top Heatseekers and Independent albums Charts while also going two times platinum along the way in the US (It also went platinum in Australia, Japan, and the UK). The album also faced some controversy along the way over two tracks that you will read about below, but this album placed the band on the map.

slipknot back cover1. 742617000027– an intro track that kicks off the album with some Charles Manson dialogue and some guitar scratching samples from Craig Jones. 4/5

2. (sic)– The first real track on the album that kicks off with some drum fury and an in your face guitar riff complete with Sid’s signature scratching in a track that is all about getting back at those that wronged you. 5/5

3. Eyeless– kicks off with an industrial dance beat like that you would hear from Prodigy before the band kicks in turning this into an industrial banger in a track about how Corey never knew his father. The Marlon Brando part is apparently what a homeless man in New York was screaming. 4.5/5

4. Wait And Bleed– This was the first single off the album that captured me as a fan of the band that Joey Jordison wrote the music for and Corey Taylor says the song is about, “The song’s about that switch in your head that can go at any moment. You go from being a civilized human being to someone who can commit terrible acts. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact we represent ourselves as civilized when, at any moment, we can become animals.” 5/5

5. Surfacing– This is one of the most ferocious songs to hear live because this is a track that will smash your head in with every beat in a track that is a middle finger to all the people who spread their hate on to you. 5/5

compact-disc-slipknot-5-the-gray-chapter-liner-notes-album-cd-covers6. Spit It Out– a speed metal rap styled song that’s all about having that friend that constantly walks all over you and uses you until you finally decide that your done with it. 5/5

7. Tattered & Torn-a track that M. Shawn Crahan wrote and it makes sense about the clown character. There can be all this hurt and pain behind the makeup, but on the outside it’s masked by a happy face. 4.5/5

8. Frail Limb Nursery– This is the prequel to a story that will be explored in the next track and it’s one of the two tracks that caused controversy. 4/5

9. Purity-The track was about a girl named Purity Knight who was buried alive, but the problem is that the website that reported it claimed that the story was fake while Corey believes it to be true. This track and the previous track were omitted from the reissue of the album. 5/5

10. Liberate-an in your face, go for the throat track that features a little of that Nu-Metal flavor while asking you to Liberate your madness!!! 5/5

11. Prosthetics– This is a cool track that is inspired by the book The Collector by John Fowles about a social awkward man that decides to kidnap a woman in hopes that the longer he has her locked away the closer to loving him she will. 4.5/5

Photo of SLIPKNOT12. No Life-another speed metal rap song about being trapped in a life that is just not healthy for your psyche. 4/5

13. Diluted-a track that is very relatable lyrically because it talks about how confusing life can be and how we can easily get depressed when it seems that things are not going our way. 4/5

14. Only One– a bad ass track about being sick and tired of someone talk sh** about you that you decide enough is enough and you need to break his face. 4.5/5

15. Scissors– The last track on the album that goes for eight minutes before going quiet then at the 13 minute mark it’s a conversation between the band that lasts for three minutes before the bonus track Eeyore finishes it off. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– While Loudwire.com ranked this one at number 48 on their Top 50 Metal Albums Of All Time list, I definitely throw this one a little further because it made an last impression on me as I continue to be a Slipknot fan 19 years later. My favorite tracks on the album are obvious choices like Wait And Bleed, Surfacing, Spit It Out, but throw Liberate and Purity in there as well. My least favorite tracks are Diluted (musically) and No Life. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.