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BMRA-Round 1-Siamese Dream vs. System of a Down

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:19 pm
by PlayingWithFire
Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream
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Review by Greg Prato

While Gish had placed the Smashing Pumpkins on the "most promising artist" list for many, troubles were threatening to break the band apart. Singer/guitarist/leader Billy Corgan was battling a severe case of writer's block and was in a deep state of depression brought on by a relationship in turmoil; drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was addicted to hard drugs; and bassist D'Arcy and guitarist James Iha severed their romantic relationship. The sessions for their sophomore effort, Siamese Dream, were wrought with friction -- Corgan eventually played almost all the instruments himself (except for percussion). Some say strife and tension produces the best music, and it certainly helped make Siamese Dream one of the finest alt-rock albums of all time. Instead of following Nirvana's punk rock route, Siamese Dream went in the opposite direction -- guitar solos galore, layered walls of sound courtesy of the album's producers (Butch Vig and Corgan), extended compositions that bordered on prog rock, plus often reflective and heartfelt lyrics. The four tracks that were selected as singles became alternative radio standards -- the anthems "Cherub Rock," "Today," and "Rocket," plus the symphonic ballad "Disarm" -- but as a whole, Siamese Dream proved to be an incredibly consistent album. Such compositions as the red-hot rockers "Quiet" and "Geek U.S.A." were standouts, as were the epics "Hummer," "Soma," and "Silverfuck," plus the soothing sounds of "Mayonaise," "Spaceboy," and "Luna." After the difficult recording sessions, Corgan stated publicly that if Siamese Dream didn't achieve breakthrough success, he would end the band. He didn't have to worry for long -- the album debuted in the Billboard Top Ten and sold more than four million copies in three years. Siamese Dream stands alongside Nevermind and Superunknown as one of the decade's finest (and most influential) rock albums.

System of a Down's self titled album
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Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

System of a Down's self-titled major-label debut finds the Los Angeles band consolidating its gothic alt-metal, sharpening its deadly riffs, strengthening its brutal rhythms, and adding muscle to its attack. The band differentiates itself from the legions of Southern Californian alt-metalheads by emphasizing its Armenian musical heritage, which gives the music an eerie, otherworldly quality. Part of the success of System of a Down lies with producer Rick Rubin, who helps give the band focus, but ultimately the record works because of the band itself, since they have contributed a set of strong songs that illustrates this is a band that relies on smarts as well as sound.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:20 pm
by PlayingWithFire
My ONLY complain about the pumpkins is Billy Corgan's voice.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:22 pm
by Omaha Red Sox
PlayingWithFire wrote:My ONLY complain about the pumpkins is Billy Corgan's voice.


Still better than System of a Down, though they did put on a decent live show if I recall. Boy that was a long time ago. :-°

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:30 pm
by Coppermine
Omaha Red Sox wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:My ONLY complain about the pumpkins is Billy Corgan's voice.


Still better than System of a Down, though they did put on a decent live show if I recall. Boy that was a long time ago. :-°


Yeah, System of a Down is way too over the top for me, and that's what I think is its appeal. I'm not falling for it though. I was never Pumpkins fan, but I know I dislike System.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:27 am
by statsman88
Really don't like SOD, do like the Smashing Pumpkins though. SOD just seems really annoying to me

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:52 am
by acsguitar
SOD is awesome....Little over the top but really original and cool..I'm gonna go with them since SP beat Tool somehow

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:30 am
by Old_Style
went with system of a down. i think it was one of the first cd's i ever bought and, to me, their music doesn't get old.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:11 am
by BritSox
I'm going to take the WR route, and big up SD at every opportunity.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:34 pm
by 1337_Dude
Went with System even though this is their 2nd best CD.