440 066 093-2 From One
Produced by Paul Logus & Sahaj
Released on October 22, 2002
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Y ou know, the new metal albums that actually get under my skin number few. Sorry, I guess I should have spelled that “nu” metal, just to distinguish it from the umpteen other kinds of metal, most of which sound remarkably similar; so similar, in fact, that you would think they could all suffer under the same moniker, but apparently not. Ra’s music fuses your standard Pantera-nu-thrash*le metal with electronic effects and middle eastern sounds; the nine inch nails of Kashmir, if that helps at all. I’d heard their live album first, wasn’t that impressed by it, and figured From One would be more of the same product cum posturing. I figured wrong. This is much, much, much better than that. By the time “Rectifier” rolled around, I was ra-ra-really getting into this music, more than any metal I’d heard in a while. Like the Galactic Cowboys, these guys totally get that harmony and melody aren’t the enemies. They bring it, and how, yet with a sense of humor, a sense of style and a sensitive side. I wouldn’t put it on the same pedestal as Pantera’s vulgar display, but it’s close. The themes of imprisonment, lost love and independence from ideologies will appeal to the disenfranchised, who not coincidentally make up the majority of the metal demographic. The bitter “Skorn” might be questionable advice to the lovelorn. Generally, the songs have a nice balance of light and dark (“Walking and Thinking,” “Only,” “Sky”). While the electronics and middle eastern elements are distinguishing marks, what really sets From One apart is the quality of the material. Ra rocks, sure, but they also shine—far brighter than I first imagined. If you haven’t heard anything nu in a while that rocked your world, take it From One who has and check this out.

440 066 093-2 back sleeve
440 066 093-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. DO YOU CALL MY NAME    5:16
  2. RECTIFIER    4:25
  3. FALLEN ROCK ZONE    4:37
  4. ONLY    3:38
  5. ON MY SIDE    4:27
  6. VIOLATOR    5:00
  7. I BELIEVE    4:11
  8. PAROLE    3:54
  9. HIGH SENSITIVITY    4:04
  10. SKORN    5:00
  11. WALKING AND THINKING    3:32
  12. SKY    (Sahaj Ticotin/Nandi Johannes)    4:49

    All songs written by Sahaj Ticotin unless noted

CREDITS

BEN CARROLL -- guitars and backing vocals
SEAN CORCORAN -- bass and backing vocals
SAHAJ TICOTIN -- guitars, vocals and drums
SKOOTA WARNER -- drums
Rob Caggiano -- additional guitar (8)
Paul Logus -- engineer, mixing
Stephen Tayler -- engineer
Clay Patrick Mcbride -- photography
Annalee Valencia-Bruch -- art direction/design

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US October 22, 2002 Republic/Universal CD 440 066 093-2  

 

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