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Audio CD, August 8, 1995
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  • Audio CD (August 8, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B000001C8R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Third Eye
2. Songs For Insects
3. Cornerstone
4. Daughter Mobius
5. Alexander Vs. The Puzzle
6. Ballerina
7. The Chalice Vermillion
8. The Flesh Is Weak
9. Blistering Text And Bleeding Pens
10. Bearing An Hourglass

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Block on March 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My initial reaction to hearing SONGS was that this debut might be the greatest heavy metal album I'd ever heard; that it was the record Metallica might've made had they looked at their masterpiece/ monstrosity AND JUSTICE FOR ALL and said "what we need to do is supplement our ambition with creativity", instead of "what the world needs now is some louder Foghat records". T.I. shared Metallica's forcefully chugging bass sounds, fondness for riding the cymbals, willingness to switch time signatures and to extend a song for seven minutes, and anti-authority/ pro-neurosis lyrics. In that context, what was different about T.I.'s vision--- the inventive percussion textures occasionally mixed to the front as hooks, or the fact that Brent Oberlin often sung serious original poetry in a clear voice, or the occasional piano and weird synth--- seemed to me like inspired Jackson-Pollocky remixes of an exciting but increasingly monochrome style.Since then, I've made my peace with METALLICA and LOAD after all; sell-outs they may be, but it's hard for me to hold onto an intellectual objection against music that makes me jump around happily. In the meantime, probably influenced by seeing which influences Thought Industry chose to lay off, it's exactly the Metallica-like aspects of SONGS that have come to bore me. Oh, I enjoy the extremely staccato march of "The Flesh Is Weak" (which, going by music instead of words, one would take as a contemptuous victory slogan from the killer robots), which manages to actually exaggerate Metallica's style. And "Third Eye" is oddly mixed in a way that inspiredly redistributes the musical roles among normally cliched sounds. But otherwise T.I.'s lumbering thuds keep overwhelming their actual strengths.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "fletz" on June 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this when Thought Industry was getting a little airplay on 92.3 K-Rock in NYC. The album's opener, 3rd Eye, is deceptively straight forward and then, all of the sudden, the remaining 9 songs come at you from every direction in a relentless hail storm of odd time signatures, shouted lyrics and machine like sound. This CD will be hard to listen to at first, make no bones of that. But once you get through the first listen and begin to understand and enjoy it, you will crave it like you do Swiss Cheese. It smells funny, tastes pungent but there are times when nothing else will do. Then, you will crave their other CDs and be equally disturbed. They too will become like some of your oldest friends: irritating and difficult to understand but something forces you to pick them up and listen to what they have to say. Buy this CD now. You won't be disappointed. You may be dream of odd dark things afterwards, but you certainly will enjoy your purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred the tape Worm on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i bought this album on ebay for .01(its a shame i was able to to that because the band deserves much better than they ever got). it was the best one cent i will have EVER spent.this band is so different from all other i have heard. As far as i can tell they arent ripping any one off. Thought industry was proof that origanallity truely is best but the masses seen to beleave different. I own Songs and Mods carve the pig, but i like this one much more. Mods is confusing but were funny at parts. In both albums Brent Oberlin is absolutely insane. his base work is far supirior to primus's basist(i dont know who he is but he good.) my favorite tracks are songs for insects and daughter mobius both incredible wanderings into the weird and different. The album as a whole is great. I rank this album up with Dream Theater's Awake and Course of Empire's Telepathic Last Words. Oh and by the way they incresed the madjesty of their album by using Dali for their cover art.DALI IS THE BEST. but dont buy this album if you like alt metal cause alt metal is mainstream and unoriginal... your immune system will be weakened and vulnerable to this albums majesty. the originallity will overwhelm you and send you into a coma
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason D. Thompson on December 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a difficult album to describe, but I'll try anyway. If you take the instrumental sophistication of progressive rock, the confrontational political stance of punk, the agression of heavy metal, and the weirdness of alternative you may come up with some that doesn't sound too far from SFI. Highly recommended for those who like stuff Dream Theater, Watchtower, Spiral Architect, Cynic, and other intellectual and technical bands.
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