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Height of Callousness [Enhanced, Original recording reissued]

SpineshankAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B00005M98I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Asthmatic
2. The Height Of Callousness
3. Synthetic
4. New Disease
5. (Can't Be) Fixed
6. Cyanide 2600
7. Play God
8. Malnutrition
9. Seamless
10. Negative Space
11. Transparent
12. Perfect Ending
13. Full Circle
14. The Height Of Callousness (Force Fed Integrity Mix)
15. Asthmatic (Punctured Lung Mix)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is great! October 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Spineshank's debut disc `strictly diesel' was a competent and well-produced collection of Fear Factory/ Deftones style songs, that didn't quite have that special x-factor that makes a band successful, which is quite a shame as this lot are an excellent live band. Thankfully `The height of callousness' is a major improvement over its predecessor. This album has more melody than before and whereas the first album only hinted at an industrial/ techno influence, it is more prominent on this album. Although I mentioned melody, don't think this album is inoffensive pop because `Asthmatic' and the title track are two of the most intense and heavy tracks the band have produced and will appeal to Slipknot fans, while `Synthetic', `Seamless' and `Negative Space' show off the more melodic side of the band. This album isn't quite perfect, a couple of songs pass by but make very little impact and the sound is still very reminiscent of other bands. But, saying that, it's good to see that the band didn't take the easy (and trendy) option of adding a hip-hop element to their sound and this is far superior to a lot of the fake and contrived nu-metal released recently. Good stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a huge improvement January 26, 2001
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
Proving to the metal community that the 'sophomore slump' isn't always inevitable for all bands, Spineshank come out of nowhere with their second album that absolutely kills 'Strictly Diesel' and everything else you're probably listening to right now.
From opener "Asthmatic" to the crushing closer "Transparent," "The Height of Callousness" produces all top-quality intensity with NO filler material whatsoever. Spineshank have pulled all the stops and obviously put a great deal of effort into this album and it shows - there's not a bad song to speak of, save parts of "Cyanide 2600" which is just a little too industrial/hardcore for my tastes and doesn't really flow well with the rest of the songs. My vote for best track here is tied between "Synthetic" and "New Disease," but they all rip.
Now here's the part where I stop writing and you go buy this CD. You'll thank me later.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! September 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
After all of my endless searches for something heavier than Rob Zombie, with tons of screaming, fast heaving guitars, techno-fusion, and melodic at the same time, I have finally found it! Theres no way to describe the sound of album in words. It has extremely awesomely heavy guitar riffs where it stops for a second while playing some techno rift, then explodes back in your face with something ten times heavier than before and the lead singer screaming, and it can still be melodic. The lead singer has the perfect voice for the way the music sounds, he can scream and sing in one short breath. This album rises way above albums by Disturbed and Drowning Pool. It has sort of a Static-X feel to it, but much quicker, with a more head-thrashing sound. Beware of the bands debut album, it is horrible. The best songs are ASTHMATIC, HEIGHT OF CALLOUSNESS, SYNTHETIC, NEW DISEASE, and PLAY GOD. The first 4 songs are the heaviest on the album, but the other songs are great too. Its really a shame that this band lives in the shadows of bands such as Slipknot and Limp Bizkit. It doesn't matter to me though, because I live off of underground music. If you like bands such as Limp Bizkit, Static-X, Slipknot, Orgy, Methods of Mayhem, System of a Down, Prodigy, Incubus, Deftones, Korn, Powerman 5000, Rob Zombie, RATM, or [last but not least] LINKIN PARK, you will really like this album. GET IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP CLASS NU METAL April 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Nu metal is overall a pretty weak genre, however their are some exceptions, and Spineshank, mainly because of their punishing sophomore release "The Height of Callousness" are one of those exceptions. This imported version features one bonus track from the "Synthetic" single titled Full Circle. This song moves the album's length from 37 minutes in length to 40 minutes and therefore it is still a fairly short album. Nevertheless it has plenty of good material. Spineshank combine grumbling bass, with blistering techno charged drum beats, simple but effective guitar driven metal, and some impressive keyboard sequences to take a giant leap foward from the band's reasonable but much criticised debut "Strictly Diesel". The music is heavy and melodic, the songwriting very strong and the vocals display more grunt and aggression then the previous LP. The band has also developed their own signature sound and they found a quality producer in GGGarth (RATM, Kittie, MUDVAYNE). Overall the best tracks are 1,2,3,4,7,8,9,11 and the extra track Full Circle which displays a good mixture of heaviness and melody.
Apparently a digi pack version with four bonus tracks and the videos to "New Disease" and "Synthetic" will be released, so if you haven't bought the album it might be worth waiting a bit longer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Improvement!!! October 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album proves how much this band has improved. Their debut album had too many deftones and fear factory influences in it but this time the band has sticked to their own sounds. And the thing I liked most about this album is instead of turning weaker and playing rap-style music, this band has turned heavier and the songs in this album are definatly heavier than the songs in strictly diesel. The band has not only matured their music but their skills are much better than what they showed us in their debut album. I'm really glad that this album is not only heavy, but they don't have too many deftones and fear factory influences in it. The songs are pretty different from their first album so people who purchaces this album won't have to worry about having another 'strictly diesel'... Anyways if you're a spineshank fan, you can't miss this album!!! The whole album rules!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Used to own this cd way back.
Don't remember why I don't have it anymore but definitely happy to have it again. I love the lyrics, the angst, and the passion of anger in the songs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
I've known about this band since 2003, and have heard this album before. It's still good, but not as good as it was when I was 20.
Published 11 months ago by Jolin L. Daigneault
5.0 out of 5 stars Height of Nu-Metal
Spineshank, A nu-metal band that defines everything of rock and metal music. This Debut Album from Strictly Diesel Is hard-core to the core nu-metal or industrial metal. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by blake
5.0 out of 5 stars The only good Spineshank album.
This is a great heavy metal album. It's a shame that Spineshank's other albums couldn't be like this. Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by Eric Jousma
5.0 out of 5 stars One brutal kick in the spine...
If there was one band to define my early teenage years it would have to be SpineShank. Accompanied by Coal Chamber, SpineShank was about the only band I listened to for quite a... Read more
Published on December 3, 2007 by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd, But No Import
The last guy was right. This cd is no import, i'm looking at mine right now, the one i bought out of coconuts used bin for $7.99. Read more
Published on October 8, 2007 by P. Ackert
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 star effort from Jonny and company
I love every song on this album. It would deserve 5 stars but I love their debut even more. This one rocks a little harder, at least as far as being faster and more frantic guitar... Read more
Published on April 12, 2007 by Lukas J. Running
5.0 out of 5 stars very intense
I went through that phase where I really liked Nu-Metal. Of all the Nu-Metal CDs I've listened to, this one really stands out. Read more
Published on January 8, 2007 by RudeInternetUser
5.0 out of 5 stars Nu Metal Masterpiece? Yes, I think so!
This album is an aggressive masterpiece in my opinion. I was raised on this album along with Korn's "Issues" and Coal Chamber's "Chamber Music". Read more
Published on April 20, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast & Furious Technoid Alterna-Metal
The Amazon.com review above was likely written by some geezer who shouldn't be listening to Spineshank anyway. Read more
Published on April 10, 2006 by Metalgazer
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