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October 29, 2003
Rurik
The Order of Chaos
Athir Creative

When I was a young boy in the suburbs of Las Vegas, word went around that an ice cream man was selling products called "bomb bags" that actually exploded on command, and were only like 25 cents. When I first heard about them I started imagining neighborhood wars with kids in trenches getting blown up by the devices that were being sold on the street.

I already had the two sides of kids picked out in my mind when I approached the ice cream truck to purchase one of these bomb bags. After paying 50 cents for 2 of them, I quickly ran back the my driveway and decided to test out one of them (And save the other for the war, of course.) So I read the information on the back, which instructed me to put it on the ground, step on it, and run. So I put it on the ground, stepped on it, ran, and took refuge behind a bush. I peered at the bag, waiting for flames and sparks to shoot everywhere, but something totally different happened. The bag just sort of inflated for a bit, then just popped. It sounded like a blown up paper bag being hit. After that, I didn't even bother with the second one I had bought, I was far too disappointed.

Now to the present. I get a handful of demos. While most of them are CD-Rs in slimcases, I see a fully designed and packaged CD. I slipped that disc to the bottom of the pile because I was hoping for a big payoff. I mean, if they have a good presentation they must be pretty good, right?

As the week went on I slowly listened to the CD's until I finally reached the bottom of the stack. With much anticipation, I opened the case, inspected the liner notes, then put the CD into the player. When the first 5 seconds of "Master the Drug" strained out with a slight ambient sound and a programmed drumbeat, I started to get excited.

Then the singer came in and I felt the exact same feeling of let down as that one fateful day in Las Vegas.

I figured I'd be nice on this thing, but then I realized that this is an anonymous review, so I figured I'd go all out.

This is one of the most contrived, pretentious, and awful things that I've ever heard. There is nothing original about this album at all. It seems as if they listened to some Nu-Metal CD's, listened to a few KMFDM albums, and then cut and pasted parts from both and came up with this piece of trash. I can't imagine what seeing these guys would be like live.

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