"Anyone" (Roadrunner; 2002)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Few CDs can be called trippy, but this one is soaking in trippiness. Roadrunner Records usually serves up metal on a guitar-shaped platter. This CD is a departure in that, if Jane's Addiction and Tool crashed into each other, the pieces left over would construct "Anyone."

I can say I have never heard anything like this. The cover art alone will draw some to it but it's the music that will keep you in a suspended time warp. It's infectious stuff! The guitar is all over the place. Riz Story (yeah, that's his name) is a fuzz shredder with a great tone for harmonies.

With 17 songs and over an hour of music, I had to decompress after listening to this CD. Each song is full of weird guitar sounds, strange vocal attempts and drums that honestly sometimes sound like another song could be playing over it. I don't know how else to explain it. If you have ever been abducted by aliens, this was probably the soundtrack playing while they studied you. But its still worth a listen.

These guys made a name by playing underground warehouse acid parties in Orange County, CA and, after listening to this CD, I can only fathom what went on there. Track 4, "Whole World's Insane" is the funkiest track that will get you up and moving. The guitar is industrial, the vocals are chant friendly and the drums simply pound.

The best songs on the album are "Don't Wake Me," "Whole World's Insane," and "Real."

Anyone: Riz Story, guitars and vocals; David "Nipples" Murray, drums; Static, bass.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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