Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
"Speed/thrash metal at its noisiest...combines Buckethead's ultra-heavy guitar riffs and shredding solos with sounds of shattered glass for an unbelievably aggressive experience. There's also a short dub interlude and a... more »
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"Speed/thrash metal at its noisiest...combines Buckethead's ultra-heavy guitar riffs and shredding solos with sounds of shattered glass for an unbelievably aggressive experience. There's also a short dub interlude and a hip-hop freakout with lots of scratching and high-pitched shrieks...though this is a great disc, it will put most beginners off by its mind-numbing intensity." - ALL MUSIC GUIDE Over the years, the name Praxis has been applied to a number of loose configurations of musicians either fronted or produced by Bill Laswell, going back to an experimental 12-inch in the early `80s on Celluloid Records. Since then, a revolving army of innovators has contributed to Praxis projects. This disc includes P-Funkers Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell each contributing one lengthy track: "Deathstar," with Collins' free-form bass explorations, and "Crossing," featuring Worrell's psychedelic improvisation on a distorted Hammond organ. Also thrown into the mix are Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn) and Yamatsuka Eye (The Boredoms) screaming at the top of their lungs, plus Blind Idiot God, John Zorn on some shrill alto parts, and lots of ambient samples from Shinya Tsukamoto's cult film Tetsuo: The Iron Man. The second disc of Bill Laswell and Buckethead's project Praxis is much less of a band effort, and much heavier in tone. Many tracks are speed/thrash metal at their noisiest, which combining Buckethead's ultra-heavy guitar riffs and shredding solos with sounds of shattered glass for an unbelievably aggressive experience. P-Funkers Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell each contribute one lengthy track: "Deathstar," with Collins' free-form bass explorations, and "Crossing," featuring Worrell's psychedelic improvisation on a distorted Hammond organ. Also thrown into the mixture are Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn) and Yamatsuka Eye (The Boredoms), screaming at the top of their lungs, plus John Zorn on some shrill alto parts.
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My Fave Praxis
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, be warned, there's no funk here, it's HEAVY, LOUD and abrasive. The Painkiller edge is a great addition to the intensity. The solo organ track 'Crossing' is the only respite from the aural assault. 'Rivit' grinds, thumps and blares in glorious pain. 'Cold Rolled/Iron Dub' mixes Laswell's Dub taste with Eye's free vocal shreiks. Highly recommended."
Heaviness is where you find it, and you'll find it here.
Shane Carey | Phoenix, AZ USA | 07/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Heaviness as a musical concept has never been probed so thoroughly and with such diversity as on this recording. The first four tracks are, to me, an evolving suite of heavy rock, one which keeps finding new ways to slam a listener's head in a car door by combining chugging guitar riffs, various approaches to metal, punk, and industrial rhythm tracks, and the twin screams of John Zorn's sax and Yamatsuka Eye's surely bleeding vocal cords. That suite, however, merely serves as a launching point for the exploration which follows. There is spacy heaviness between the notes of "Death Star"'s stereo pair of pentatonic bass solos; subtly menacing heaviness in the washes of off-white noise threatening to take the foreground away from the rock organ in "Crossing", or in the creepy-crawly pizzicato string breaks between chunks of punk swagger of "Nine Secrets"; even, in the deep groove of "The Hook", danceable heaviness.I would actually recommend that a first-time listener listen to the songs in random order until the impact of the entire CD sinks in, because I've had this disc for years and I still let the suite put me in a metalesque mindset that sets my expectations exactly the wrong way to suddenly find myself floating weightless for the fifth song. Continuity and expectation conspire against a good first impression of this disc. But persistence will be rewarded: this disc succeeds, sonically, texturally, artistically, in challenging and elaborating our notions of heavy music."
The most controversial Praxis
M. Ryan Fairbanks | Cleveland, Ohio | 01/07/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sacrifist is an interesting release from the bizarro supergroup Praxis. One half of the fans will say that it ranks right up there with Metatron, the other half will say that it's a mish mash of nonsense. I personally enjoy the album, but to be honest I will not defend its obvious imperfections. As a follow up to the legendary Transmutation album, I do not question or blame those who didn't care for Sacrifist.
Sporting some bizarre and somewhat disturbing cover art, (what appears to be some type of ritual over a corpse), Sacrifist contains some music that matches the artwork. Gone is the clear production from Transmutation, the sound of Sacrifist is very raw and gritty. Gone are Bootsy's smooth funk bass grooves and Brain's hip hop-esque beats that made Transmutation a favorite. Instead we are met with a dark, pulse pounding metal sound complete with double bass madness and Bucketead shredding it up, (Not that Buckethead didn't shred it up on the previous disc). Add to that a screeching out of key saxaphone courtesy of John Zorn and the blood curdling screams of Yamatsuka Eye, you've got Sacrifist!
After the thrash sounding opener "Stronghold", we move on to the more funky "Cold Rolled/Iron Dub" which is a bit more remniscent of Transmutation. Other standouts include the mechanical and almost hypnotizing rythm of "Rivet", the Bootsy space bass solo "The Hook", and Bernie Worell's keyboard solo outro song, "Crossing". Although the sound is overall metal/thrash, Sacrifist does tread into a lot of industrial sounding passages as well as funkier parts as well. So...Yeah, we're dealing with something a little different here.
Needless to say Sacrifist is an entirely different animal than Transmutation and it may very well satisfy some fans as well as leaving others in the dust. I'd say save this one for last on your list of Praxis purchases, however it is worth a listen if you can live with experimental type music.