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Musical Ramblings: Peter picks more classic albums

Peter W | Interrobang | Lifestyles | March 17th, 2008



Butthole Surfers
Independent Worm Saloon

Ah...is there anything greater than the Butthole Surfers? Well, there are a few things, but for the value, this CD is worth every penny. Besides the lackluster tune, “Alcohol,” there isn't one bad tune on this disc.

The band's 1993 debut for Capitol Records has them all over the place with respect to the genres of music they blend. If you've played Guitar Hero 2, you've heard a decent cover of the rockin', “Who Was In My Room Last Night?” but you owe it to yourself to hear the indistinguishable Gibby Haynes belting out the tune. Other stellar tracks include: “Goofy's Concern,” “Dust Devil,” “Edgar,” and “Some Dispute Over T-Shirt Sales” (which is actually their version of Ministry's “Jesus Built My Hot Rod — which Gibby did the vocals on).

Fear Factory
Demanufacture

I still remember the first time I heard this band. I was in my room pumped up from watching the Mortal Kombat movie in the theatres. So much so, that I ran out and bought the soundtrack. On the great soundtrack (one that you should own), there was a little song called “Zero Signal” by some band called Fear Factory. The on-point start and stop double bass drumming, the perfectly toned guitar sound and Burton C. Bell's melodic singing mixed with intense metal growling floored me. There had never been anything like that in my CD player and I made sure that I ran out to get the disc to see if the rest of the CD was anything like the track on the soundtrack.

Suffice to say, I was happy because Demanufacture is one of those discs that, still today, many bands can never touch. Once again, this is another CD where you can put it on and leave it — something lacking with most discs today. Stand out tracks include, “Pisschrist,” “Self Bias Resistor,” “Replica” and “H-K.”

Cannibal Corpse
The Bleeding

These 20-plus year vets of the death metal scene released their most accessible CD in 1994. Their last release with vocalist Chris Barnes saw the band revert to shorter, more memorable tunes. The more commercial songwriting didn't soften the band's horror movie/gore song titles and lyrics, though. I'd list some recommended tracks to listen to, but I don't want the Interrobang to get into any kind of trouble. Just search on Wikipedia or the band's site. Every tune on this one is great. The reissue does sound a bit better and comes with a cover of Possessed's “The Exorcist.”
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