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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Once in a while -- not very often, mind you -- the class clown changes his stripes and manages to come up with something profound to say. It happened to the Beastie Boys with Paul's Boutique, and it happens to this SoCal combo on a less grand scale on Blackout, their third album. Where previous efforts found hed pe lolling around in a sea of rap-metal poses and simplistic riffage, Blackout represents something of a sea change: It's a dark disc, driven by darting tales of betrayal and paranoia and plaints about a world gone horribly wrong. Singer Jahred Shaine hits the ground running on "Suck It Up," which opens the album with prizefight samples and fierce attitude. The...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Once in a while -- not very often, mind you -- the class clown changes his stripes and manages to come up with something profound to say. It happened to the Beastie Boys with Paul's Boutique, and it happens to this SoCal combo on a less grand scale on Blackout, their third album. Where previous efforts found hed pe lolling around in a sea of rap-metal poses and simplistic riffage, Blackout represents something of a sea change: It's a dark disc, driven by darting tales of betrayal and paranoia and plaints about a world gone horribly wrong. Singer Jahred Shaine hits the ground running on "Suck It Up," which opens the album with prizefight samples and fierce attitude. The confrontational tone permeates many of the disc's 14 tracks, notably a title track that sees the singer doing his best to crawl right outta his own skin. At album's end, the mood shifts to theatrical-rock operatic, even: "Carnival," while condensed to four minutes, packs in enough epic sweep to make prog-rock godfathers nod in approval. Life, as Forrest Gump told us, really is full of surprises.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Despite arriving in the midst of rap-metal's popular apex, hed pe's 2000 LP Broke was slow to catch on. It took months of grueling tours with established acts like Deftones and Korn for the hard-hitting Huntington Beach, CA, "gangsta-punk" outfit to make a dent with the kids outside their modest but dedicated following. hed were grateful for the belated recognition, but still puzzled. How could their record have missed the nu-metal train to the top taken by contemporaries like System of a Down? Jeez, Broke had even featured a guest shot from System vocalist Serj Tankian. This uncertainty tarnished the success hed did find, but it also fueled vocalist/brain trust Jahred's desire for his band's next record to be even better. hed pe enlisted the aid of Machine for their third album. Having worked with Pitchshifter, Vision of Disorder, and Shootyz Groove, the hope was that the producer would add the intangibles that had been missing from Broke. But when they emerged, it was without longtime member Chad "Chizad" Benekos. The guitarist had departed after recording the new material. Fortunately, Jahred, Wes guitar, Mawk bass, BC drums, and DJ Product 1969 found fellow traveler Sonny Mayo ex-Snot and Amen, who was performing with hed almost immediately after getting the job. The product of this diversity was Blackout, released through Zomba/Jive in March 2003. While it expands on melodic elements that had previously played a supporting role in the band's sound, Blackout also delivers truckloads of crushing guitar and pounding rhythm. And whether or not it is the presence of a top-line producer, hed pe have figured out a way to imbue their aggressive mix of heavy rock and hip-hop with some serious hooks. The rap-metal genre will always include homogeny. But the narrower its stylistic contours, the easier it is for more groups to share a piece of the pie. This point isn't lost on hed pe, who consistently channel Korn, Limp Bizkit, and System of a Down throughout Blackout. But ever since their self-titled 1997 debut, it's been the group's penchant for brazen, Ice Cube-style raps and Jahred's own unique blend of charisma, anger, and astonishing vocal talent that set them apart. Blackout's "Crazy Life" finds Jahred channeling the bravado of vintage N.W.A, while crafty production throughout the album allows the vocalist to harmonize with himself, often in different vocal ranges and styles. The album's aggressive first half is particularly strong, with the title track/single being an obvious high point. When hed decide to slow things down, they achieve the dub reggae of "Get Away" and "Carnivale" with some degree of success. Unfortunately, Blackout ends with two of its weakest tracks. "Fallen" hovers too close to Linkin Park without offering anything unique to hed pe themselves, while "Revelations" is an embarrassing retread of Nine Inch Nails.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 012414181725
  • Catalog Number: 41817
  • Sales rank: 56,604

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Suck It Up (3:56)
  2. 2 Bury Me (3:05)
  3. 3 Dangerous (3:26)
  4. 4 Blackout (3:53)
  5. 5 Get Away (3:18)
  6. 6 Crazy Life (3:43)
  7. 7 Half the Man (4:42)
  8. 8 The Only One (3:33)
  9. 9 Other Side (3:37)
  10. 10 Flesh and Bone (3:48)
  11. 11 Octopussy (0:44)
  12. 12 Carnivale (3:59)
  13. 13 Fallen (4:01)
  14. 14 Revelations (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
(hed) p.e. Primary Artist
Jahred Vocals
Wes Geer Guitar
Technical Credits
Clinton Bradley Programming, Sound Design
Ted Jensen Mastering
Steve Thompson Arranger, Producer
Mike Bradford Producer
Elisa Garcia Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very unique.

    This is a very unique album. This is an album unlike most metal albums; this one combines punk and rap into the whole metal style. At times, the songs can be somber at first, then just explode with metal from out of nowhere. It's a real headtrip. (hed) pe never keeps two songs alike on this album (for instance, the songs "Crazy Life", "Other Side" and "Carnivale" all differ from each other greatly). (hed) pe is a band that loves to experiment with a lot of different styles of metal which makes this album very unique and special. If I could say anything else about the album, it's that it sounds like a mixture of Simple Plan, Metallica, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Kid Rock, (and a little bit of Korn). Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I have no bread for you today

    Forgive me, for I have no bread for you today. My meager income did not me allow for me to purchase the ingredients required for the recipe. Please do not punch me or verbally abuse me, for I am a simple man.

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