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5 stars Here's a review I wrote while listening to the album for the very first time. I've only heard Pork Soda before this one. Turned out to be a classic, one of the best albums I've heard in a long time.

To Defy The Laws of Tradition starts out with a great intro and bounces into this classic hard rock - metal riff. Definitely a headbanger, starts off the album perfectly, and the title is one of Primus' best. Fun song! You will get this stuck in your head more often than any of the other songs, I reckon. The riff is simple yet very catchy. Only a few notes in the whole riff!

Ground Hog's Day starts off with this lazy laid back groove. Shows a bit of another side to Primus. Is a bit of a different song for the album and goes very well, a favorite without a doubt!

Too Many Puppies might be my favorite song on here, I can't decide. It has a very metal riff and is a sure headbanger. If you don't headbang along with this one, you are a square.

The title track has a great groove. Around the 5 minute mark it just blasts into this insane jam with awesome solo, which might be the loudest and noisiest moment on the album. Yet another huge headbanger!

You Can't Kill Michael Malloy may be another novelty track but I like this one. It's kind of silly goofy instrumental of someone else playing, not Primus I don't believe. A nice break to rest your neck from headbanging and prepare for the next onslaught.

Toys Go Winding Down starts with a nifty little beat then just blasts into an incredible heavy groove. Features some really neat bass effects. You guessed it, another obvious headbanger, just listen to that! The middle section has some actually nice sounding fiddle work and some powerful bass. That section is a bit quieter and adds some variety to the song.

Pudding Time starts with an undeniably funky heavy riff. If there ever was a band that could combine serious metal and hard rock with funk, this is the band. Guitar work towards the end of the song sounds very similar to how Kurt Cobain played.

Sathing Willoby is another pointless novelty track, but it's not too long so it isn't too distracting. Annoying, yes, but a bit creative, yes too. Kind of like The Air Is Getting Slippery on Pork Soda. Doesn't really go with the album.

Spaghetti Western has an incredibly innovative drum beat and the guitar has a lot of feedback. Lyrics are a bit spoken word. Solo SERIOUSLY rocks out around the 2 minute mark, which is layered over an insane funk bassline and a genius drum beat. If you don't nod your head to this, you are a lame-o indeed. Around 3 1/2 minutes there is a guitar solo and a bass solo going on! These guys are GENIUSES. One of the best tracks on the album without a doubt. Musicianship is absolutely flawless on every instrument.

Hard of The Rocks is a very typical Primus song. It has an great groovy beat going on, seriously downright rocks in some parts, yet still makes you laugh out loud if you really listen to it. Very enjoyable. At the 2 1/2 minute mark is where Primus gets VERY progressive. It evolves into this slow, almost 'Since I've Been Loving You' by Led Zeppelin jam with the best guitar solo on the album. This Todd Huth guy was REALLY good. Goes from Jimmy Page one minute to Tony Iommi the next minute to Steve Vai the next. After the solo it jumps back to the original groove. The ending on this song is classic!

To Defy is a good way to end the album. Reminds you of what a great riff there is in To Defy The Laws of Tradition, in case you forgot. It also gets the riff stuck in your head as it fades out. Haha!

I rarely ever give out 5 star ratings. This isn't a 5 star, I wouldn't say. It's probably 4.5 or 4.6 to be exactly precise. It isn't exactly a masterpiece of PROGRESSIVE music, but it is without a doubt a masterpiece. It has occasional progressive goodies, but as music in general, this is absolute top-notch. You apparently like prog by visiting this site and if you like hard rock as well, you'll love this. At the point this album was recorded, Claypool probably wasn't as good as he evolved to be (buy Pork Soda just so you can hear the intro to the song DMV - the most mindblowing thing ever done on a bass guitar), but he is still miles and miles ahead of pretty much any bass player you can name. Primus' best album. If you're not sure about them, get this. Hell, if you have ears, consider picking this one up. You won't be dissappointed.

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