"Giving Birth to a Stone" (Vile Beat; 2000)

Reviewed by Keith Guillotine

Peach is a former project of Justin Chancellor of Tool, and it's not a bad CD at all. Although crunchy guitars smash through at times, it just might be too mellow for those of us who prefer the harder, angry sound of Tool. Peach has a more commercial, almost 80s kind of sound. There is some violence in the lyrics but "Giving Birth to a Stone" is geared more toward a Pink Floyd kind of crowd. Don't get me wrong - I love Pink Floyd - but I expected more intensity from Chancellor. 

Peach is interesting a a prelude to that which became Tool, but it could have used a faster tempo. On  the lighter side I would recommend track 10 (simply titled "Peach") be used as background music in a top of the line horror movie. It had a rather haunting tone to it. A cover of King Crimson's "Cat Food" is also interesting.

Peach: Simon Oakes; Ben Durling; Rob James; Justin Chancellor.

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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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