Volume 96, Issue 7
Tuesday, September 10, 2002

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CD REVIEWS: Stonesour, Murderdolls

Stonesour
S/T
Roadrunner Records

Rundown: Stonesour's main claim to fame is that it contains two members of Slipknot. The CD seems to go on forever, with one track plodding ceaselessly into the next. Overall, Stonesour is little more than garden variety metal.

Key Tracks: In "Choose," heavy riffs are intertwined with uninspired lyrics about self-respect, while "Monolith" is Taylor's plea for someone to help him reveal his true identity. "Bother" stands out from the crowd as a quieter, more melodious track which illuminates the band's potential.

Sounds Like: The Slipknot factor is in your face throughout this disc, but what can you expect from a band whose line-up is 40 per cent Slipknot? In the end, Stonesour basically sounds like any other metal band out there.





Murderdolls
Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls
Roadrunner Records

Rundown: They may look like Marilyn Manson, but their lyrics aren't half as clever and their intended "irony" tends to fall flat on its face. Nonetheless, to the band's credit, they are at least doing something different from the mainstream.

Key Tracks: Lyrically, "Dead in Hollywood" is classic Murderdolls: "Hey Dracula, I Heard You... Suck." The CD turns poppy with "Love at First Fright," while "Kill Miss America" is a rockin' track which parodies the superficiality of American society.

Sounds Like: Both musically and lyrically, the Murderdolls are trying to be Marilyn Manson, but this CD sounds like something that should have come out about a decade ago. One thing's for sure: this band stands apart from the herd.



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