From the Vaült – Flaw’s “Through The Eyes”

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Remember Flaw? No? Well I do!

I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t, though. Flaw, from Louisville, KY, got their break during the “sign every hard rock and nu-metal band” label flurry of 1999-2001 thanks to Universal/Republic Records. It probably helped that the band managed to check off several nu-metal looks in their promo photo alone: Bleached hair? Check. Bad tattoos? Check. Dreads? Check. Spiky hair? Check. Visor? Check. Piercings? Check. Painted finger nails. You better believe that’s a check. The stupid hair would only get worse as seen in the videos below.

In 2001, the band released their major label debut “Through The Eyes”complete with album art that Korn would stylistically rip-off a year later with “Untouchables”. An endless loop of their videos for “Payback” (Spoiler alert: It was all a dream…or was it?!?) and “Whole” (Spoiler alert: It was all ummm…a video about drugs and abuse and death and stuff) on MTV2 and Fuse’s “Uranium” (remember that?) helped introduce the band to an audience ready to get aggro all over the suburbs. I have a bit of a soft spot for “Payback” as my very first band used to cover it. We were so young back then. Sigh.

The music of “Through The Eyes” is straight-forward hard rock that some might describe as mediocre. Mediocre isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You know exactly what you’re going to get. Kind of like when you order a Whopper at Burger King. There’s plenty of distortion with some wahs and chugs. I mean about the music, not about the Whopper. You gotta get dem chugs! Gotta mosh! Gotta get sweaty and take your No Fear shirt off! Gotta hug other sweaty dudes who also aren’t wearing their shirts! Gotta slam Bud Lights! Fuuuuccccck!

What makes the album stand out is the strength of vocalist Chris Volz’s voice. I’m not talking about the screams and yells. Volz can actually sing and is able to show off his vocal ability in songs like “My Letter” and “What I Have To Do”. Here is a sample of lyrics from “My Letter”:

Hope you’re alright, it’s been rough for me

Thinking all night about the places I’d be

If I maybe just did a little bit more you might’ve let me become a man for sure

And if I might, express one concern it seems an issue, all day at every turn

What’s the next step, the latest hole in my life

What’s next for me to learn

It’s actually a very touching song about Volz’s mother’s suicide. It has truly heartfelt lyrics, rarely seen from bands of this era. It actually makes me a little misty-eyed to be honest. Something that like does make you question some of their other songs, though. It’s a big step up from the lyrics of Payback which includes the line, and I’m not making this up, “Guess what? You suck!” Awesome if you’re an angry 14 year old. Not so much for everyone else. Take that 4th period Biology teacher!

The band had a “blink and they’re gone” major-label career through little fault of their own. Like most of the bands signed during this era, they were given an nearly-impossible threshold of records to sell in order to be considered a success.

“You didn’t sell over 100,000 records? Get the fuck outta my office! And where the fuck is my fucking latte, you fuck?!” – Universal Records executive (probably).

Despite reaching the tops of the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart and an appearance on Ozzfest, Flaw released one more album on the label, Endangered Animals, before being dropped and subsequently breaking up.

Volz created Five.Bolt.Main, which was pretty much just Flaw 2.0. That didn’t last for long and then Flaw was reformed. And then they broke up. And then they reformed. Seriously, check out the drama-llama action on their Wikipedia page. Seriously, ska bands have less current and former members.

Recently, the band created a fundraising page on Indiegogo to help fund the recording of a new album. It fell way short of the their $30,000 goal. Chalk that up to little press and a misreading of how much fans are willing to pay. $40 for a signed demo cd? $100 to have your name in the cd booklet? Come on, guys.

I truly believe that if this album came out now, Flaw would find a good place amongst the Five Finger Death Punch crowd. Plenty of simple, heavy mosh parts couple with simple heavy vocal parts with catchy choruses. Perhaps Flaw was just a victim of the times. A small fish in a giant pond full of other fish that looked and sounded just like them. I hesitate to say that “Through The Eyes” is a hidden gem because it does have it’s flaws, pun completely intended, but it does have some very good moments that are worth seeking out. Just keep your shirt on, you gross, sweaty bastards.

You can listen to Flaw’s “Through The Eyes” in it’s entirety here.

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  • Mother Shabubu III

    OH GOD. I owned this album and the one after it. I fucking suck.

    • Hey man, we all gotta start somewhere. I used to think Disturbed and Rammstein were the best things since sliced bread. Rammstein still is.

      • W.

        I’ll still back Rammstein as well.

        • The first time I heard them was in that vin diesel movie “XXX”. I was like “god damn these dudes look insane are they like that in real life or is this for the movie?”

          • W.

            They’re even more nuts in real life. Humorously, I’m pretty sure my first exposure was a video about how all rock stars serve the devil, haha.

          • lol I need to see them live before I die.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            Just dodge the jizz cannons.

          • hahaha

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            It’s not a joke, my clothes were stained for weeks, worth it though.

          • W.

            They brought that out during the song Pussy, right?

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            Mhm. Great show, gotta see them again some time.

          • Probably. Then again all their songs are messed up if you translate the lyrics.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            A friend took me with him to see them, got sprayed with a jizz cannon.

          • Tyree

            I remember watching that video for the song “Pussy” and being like Whaaaaaaat!?

          • Ferris Mueller

            Uv got a Pussy, I’ve got a dikaaaa

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell
        • Ferris Mueller

          +1 for Rammstein – in moderation. Epic videos and don’t take themselves too seriously.

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        I rocked “Droppin plates” many times in my Ford Escort willingly.

        • For me it was “the game” I would argue down with the sickness is still a good album, unlike the rest of their stuff, same for linkin park’s hybrid theory.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            Agreed. It wasn’t too long ago it was difficult to get access to kick ass metal. I used to head to Borders or Barnes and Nobel and listen on the head phones…choices were limited. Thats how I ended up with POD, Disturbed and Godsmack CD’s. Lol!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Don’t insult POD, I enjoy them! Fundamental Elements of Southtown and Satellite are my jams as well as quite a few other nu metal albums.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            YES!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You like that album too? I enjoyed it very much back when I was little and I still enjoy it. The album stands the test of time unlike most Korn and Limp Bizkit albums. Almost all of the big albums from bands like POD, Spineshank, Static X and smaller bands like 40 Below Summer and Motograter hold up better than Korn and Bizkit.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            yes i still have satellite! haven’t listened in a while but used to crank it!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Mankind by Factory 81, Satellite and Fundamental Elements of Southtown were some of my favorite albums back when I was little and the first real exposure to nu metal and metal in general that I had.

          • crazytaco_12

            Dude, I used to think this song was the shit, so I can’t judge. PS this video is so fucking retarded and I’ve never seen it til now hahaha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPzhUp8mWgs

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            ha ha yes! i still have my
            creed cds!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That is some of the worst animation I have ever seen. I’ve seen better 3D animation on a Commodore Amiga.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I never liked Godsmack. I just cannot get into their music unlike most nu metal bands that were similar to them.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            I liked the first and 4th albume.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I couldn’t get into them at all. I tried but compared to bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and other big nu metal bands they seemed more bland than the worst Korn ripoff band. I would rather listen to Nonpoint or One Minute Silence when it comes to D list nu metal, of which Godsmack is the most famous band from that category.

        • Mother Shabubu III

          Best worst song ever. HERE I COME I’M DROPPIN’ PAH-LATES ON YOUR ASS.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            haha! yea!

      • Mother Shabubu III

        I think the next Rammstein album will be their last. They are all practically all 50 now.

        • I think they are more or less on indefinite hiatus right now actually.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I never liked Flaw. I considered them bland and I liked Depswa and Neurotica much more.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I liked Slipknot in middle school. I’m listening to their new single The Devil In I and I don’t get what the big deal is. It sounds like regular Slipknot unlike that crap album of theirs from 2008.

    • Ferris Mueller

      Through the eyes was a good one for the time, the album after it sucked balls if I remember correctly.

  • Howard Dean

    Was Uranium the show that featured that goth chick Mistress Juliya? Man, they played some shitty-ass diarrhea music on that show.

    • W.

      I’m pretty sure it is. I used to watch Fuse a lot as a lad.

      • Howard Dean

        I’m not even that keen on the whole “metal/goth” girl thing, but as I remember it, she was definitely the best part of the show.

        • Sight Vnseen

          I think I remember Peter Steele and killswitch engadge making fun of her the whole time they were on. She was annoying as fuck.

          • Tyree

            I remember that! Really funny interview.

          • Tyree
          • Howard Dean

            I should clarify: by “best part of the show,” I mean she was kind of sexy. I thought she was annoying, also, and the music they covered sucked balls.

          • Sight Vnseen

            Yeah sorry. That came out wrong. I’d definitely make hate to her.

          • Howard Dean

            “Make hate to her.” Hahaha.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            Hatefucking makes the world go ’round.

        • She can be as annoying as she wants
          http://images.dead-donkey.com/images/263914396lcn0.jpg

      • Let’s see what Conan has to say later today…

        • Cock ov Steele

          Took the words right out of my mouth.

          • NefariousDude

            Or the Steele from your cock perhaps?

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Conan turns down no woman – a pretty face and pussy – let’s ride !. Too many clothes though. Old Cimmerian saying – he who is too picky with women may find himself satiating his desires with camel ! hahhahhahhah. The elders had a way with words by Crom. Red Sonja is always a spirited lass. And i trust her sword in battle as much as any mans’.

        • Lord Ov Kapsko

          Conan, don’t forget abovt the kapsko.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      That and Steven’s Untitled Rock Show. I remember I used to have the hots for that cute Mary-Ellen chick or whatever her name was. I also remember that network got so desperate that they had a late night show where Julia would be dressed in like dominatrix gear and answer phone calls like a shitty Loveline knock off.

      • crazytaco_12

        Any fuckers remember Munchies? That show was my shit

    • Mother Shabubu III

      Also, Maynard James Keenan knew how to handle her awful interviewing. http://youtu.be/Qo4HvubOZdw?t=54s

    • NDNOvHell

      I remember the Korn interview. They were so shitty to her it was hilarious.

  • NDNOvHell

    “Take that 4th period Biology teacher!” Hahaha!!

    I had that album, but not the second one. I was 11 years old so it’s cool.

    Payback made me want to jumpdafucup, but I had no idea what My Letter was about until now.

  • I’ve always been open about my past in nü-metal. That being said, I used to blast the fuck out of this CD, then I would probably follow that up with 40 Below Summer or Pm5k. Nü-metal had its uses, such as motivating you to climb that 50 foot hill on your 250cc A TV.

    I still regret nothing.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I am open about my love of nu metal as well. I remember being six in 2001 and buying a copy of Twisted Metal 4 from Funcoland and going to Media Play right next door in that mall and buying Mankind by Factory 81 and Fundamental Elements of Southtown by POD. My parents were not smart when it came to music and let me buy those albums. I hope to buy copies of them as I lost mine in middle school.

    • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

      I actually chucked on Spineshank – Strictly Diesel at work yesterday and fuckin’ loved it. No joke.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I love Spineshank. They are extremely underrated and Strictly Diesel is one of my favorite nu metal albums even though it’s closer to industrial metal than bands like Korn or Limp Bizkit.

  • I appreciate the googly-eyes motif going on here, Mr. Horror.

  • Cock ov Steele

    I’m glad I wasn’t musically aware during the period of 1999-2001.

  • Paris Hilton

    Nü Metal isn’t a phase, mom! This is my life! *Slams bedroom door and blasts Numb by Linkin Park on repeat*

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    I love my nu metal but I never got into these guys. When it comes to this kind of nu metal I prefer Systematic and 40 Below Summer. Hell, I like Alien Ant Farm more than these guys. Also, nu metal, Twisted Metal 4 and Surge are a great combo. I’m happy that I can combine these three things again like I did when I was way too young.

  • heyaqualung

    This is an album I always wanted to get through the BMG Music Group but my parents wouldn’t let me because it had a Parental Advisory. But check me out now. FUCK YOU PARENTS I PAY FOR MY OWN INTERNET AND I’M LISTENING TO THIS WHOLE ALBUM!

  • Anyone else remember this one? This one WAS one of my favorites back in the day. It’s nice to revisit every now and then.

    http://youtu.be/0r6kzP7rx2A

  • this is probably one of the actually “credible” nu-metal albums. it actually says something instead of just *kick beat* da-dun-da-dun *riff stops* “U CRAWL INSIDE MAH SKIN, I HATE U da-dun-da-dun