Volume 94, Issue 74
Friday, February 2, 2001
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
A great debut from Manson's proteges
2000 Years of Human Error
Although 2000 Years of Human Error is gODHEAD's major label debut, it has a lot to live up to.
Not only have gODHEAD attracted a huge cult following over the last six years with extensive touring and three independent releases, but 2000 Years of Human Error is also the first album released from Posthuman Records, Marilyn Manson's newly formed label.
Manson's contribution doesn't end there. He's also the executive producer and lends his vocals to the song, "Break You Down." With all of the impressive backing on this CD, many consider it one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
Although it's a very tall order, gODHEAD manages to live up to the hype. 2000 Years of Human Error is an impressive display of aggressive music, classified as industrial goth rock. Although the genre may suggest that to enjoy this album, you must dress in black clothes and be pissed at the world, that is definitely not the case.
The first single, "The Reckoning," will easily get people to drop that train of thought, with its melodic guitar riffs, amazing programming and powerful vocals. Jason Miller will soon be considered one of the best singers in the aggressive music industry. His astounding vocals are especially displayed on songs, "I Hate Today" and "Tired Old Man."
Even more impressive than the vocals is gODHEAD's transformation of the famous Beatles tune "Eleanor Rigby" into a metal song. They make it seem as if the song was written to be a goth song without losing any of the Beatles' integrity.
It's a well-produced album from start to finish, and one which definitely lives up to all that is expected.
The Guess Who,
Runnin', Back Thru Canada
BMG Music Canada
Guess Who's back?
After a lengthy absence from the music scene, legendary Canadian rockers Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings have reunited the Guess Who. Their latest effort, entitled Runnin' Back Thru Canada, is the result of last summer's long awaited and hugely successful reunion tour across 27 Canadian cities and over 200,000 Who-heads.
While not every note and lyric is sung with complete accuracy, the album captures the kind of reality necessary to successful a live recording. Instead of over produced renditions of songs that Guess Who fans already have, the band has now provided their legions of fans with a disc capturing both raw energy, including skilled musicianship.
In addition to the classics, the album also comes equipped with some Bachman Turner Overdrive hits as well. Songs like "Lookin' Out for #1" and "Takin' Care of Business," add to the already stacked track list. Other tracks include an extremely lengthly rendition of "American Woman," a musical masterpiece executed with direct accuracy and precision.
The Guess Who have without a doubt proven themselves to be the Rolling Stones of Canada. The band's remarkable history, with a status as one of the first Canadian bands to break the US border, only works to maintain their obvious supremacy and dominance in the Canadian music industry.
Runnin' Back Through Canada is highly recommended for long time fans or anyone who wants a crash course in Canadian Rock History 101.
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