I'll be honest; this is the first ICP album I ever bought. Why? Well, I'm a heavy metal/rock fan and I never thought a "rap" band would be worth my time. Other than the "rap war" they had with Eminem, I never listened to ICP before. The real reason I bought this disk was to piss off an Eminem fan I work with because all he keeps saying is "ICP sucks this," and "ICP sucks that." Not only did I buy "Hell's Pit," I also bought a ticket to their up coming show at The State Theater in Portland, Maine on October 5th, 2004. Needless to say, the Eminem fan I work with, well, his jaw dropped and he said, "I guess I should have kept my mouth shut." :)
I'm 33 years old...grew up with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and so on. As it stands now, my three favorite bands are Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, and Wasp. It's safe to say that after only a week, "Hell's Pit" is better than anything Wasp ever put out and it's right up there with anything Alice Cooper ever put out. From start to finish, "Hell's Pit" is the most solid album I've heard since Iron Maiden's "Dance of Death" album, which came out last year, and it's also the best story about hell I've ever heard; it's dark, nasty, and feels very real. By the time it's over, I know for a fact that hell is one place I NEVER want to end up spending time in. The use of "The Witch" character as the devil is the work of a master story teller and, even though I don't have all the Joker's Cards, it's clear that Violent J and Shaggy 2-Dope knew what they were doing right from the very start of The Dark Carnival. I'm sure Alice Cooper will have a smile on his face when he listens to "Hell's Pit" as well. :)
My three favorite songs from this album? Damn, that's a hard one. "Truly Alone," "Bowling Balls" and "In My Room" are my picks. I love "Basehead Attact" and "Angels Falling" as well, but this great album is made to be listend to as a whole, from start to finish, in the dark with the lights out and head-phones strapped to your melon...it really is that good.
The DVD that comes with this disk is cool too. The live show looks awesome and I'm glad I watched it before I go next month. They're wild live and I can't wait to be part of it. Call me a freak, but I also bought the "Bowling Balls" DVD version as well, which isn't the best thing in the world, but it'll make you laugh. The 3D sucks, but the 2D is worth having on the shelf. If I had to pick between the two, I'd go with the live show DVD version, "The Wicked Wonka Tour"...very cool to watch.
I also bought "Shangri-La" and "The Amazing Jeckle Brothers" which I've listened to a few times and liked alot, but those two disks I'll review at another time. For now, do yourself a HUGE favor and go buy "Hell's Pit." You WON'T be sorry you did!
Peace to you all, and God bless.