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3.64 | 122 ratings

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This is for fans of the band only. IT is a very enjoyable CD of bonus material, songs live, and probably the best cover song ever made. The price scared me, but I've heard the material from a friend, and I borrowed this. I'll rate this record on the material, not the price. I think it is not worth the money, except for Die-hard fans.

Third Eye opens the album and it is played very professionally. IT is amazing that the four members can play this complex song live. Part of Me is slightly better than the studio version, but I still do not like it. Push It is incredible and one of the two reasons to buy this!! The band has transformed the brilliant heavy track into a mellow one, and they succeeded into making the song better. Message to HArry is of course filler and pointless, but it is saved by a nice melody. You Lied and Merkaba are new songs, and they don't disappoint. You Lied sounds like a typical good song from Tool and Merkaba is a great avant-garde instrumental.

No Quarter is easily the best cover song of Led Zeppelin I've heard from a band (even better than 'stairway to heaven' from Frank Zappa). IT begins similar to Led Zeppelin's version with a haunting keyboard (But there is also a nice bass guitar too), but the instrumental riff-chorus is much heavier and metal-like. Then the verse starts again with distorted vocals. The lyrics are different, and I believe they make the song better. The second chorus is driven by screams. That is nothing yet! A mellow section that doesn't resemble the original's begins with an impressive bass riff. The bass riff continues and transforms into a louder one. The verses lyrics are once again sung under a completely different musical background. Then, the lyrics 'uhhhh, getting colder' are in repeated until MAynard screams 'locked in a place where no one goes' and past lyrics under electric gutiar riffing. The song then reaches its climax, with loud bass guitar playing, rhythm-guitar, and the best drum line of all times!!! (Unfortunately, it was ripped off from Alan White - The Ancient, but I don't care) After that, the verse/choruses are played again with a litel variation and the song ends on a loud coda.

L.A.M.C : A simple rhythm heard over 6 minutes while hearing electronic messages of a phone. This is terrible!! Fortunately, Maynard's Dick comes as a semi-acoustic track with very nice melodies and musicianship and clever lyrics and saves the ending ofthe album.

1. Third Eye - live (8.5/10) 2. Part of Me - live (4/10) 3. Pushit - live (9/10) 4. Message to Harry Manback II (6/10) 5. You Lied - live (6/10) 6. Merkaba (7.5/10) 7. No Quarter (10/10) 8. L.A.M.C (0/10) 9.Maynard's Dick (7.5/10)

My Grade : C+

Still, not worth it

Zitro | 3/5 |


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