From The Vaült – Reveille’s “Laced”

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I know, I know. Nu-metal is a four-letter word in most metal circles. “It’s stupid! Three-chords are lame! It’s for bro meat-heads! It’s a derka surka murerwafdsahfddagaldsdfnaglfar!” All of those feeling have a ring of truth (except for the last one. You should chew with your mouth closed.) But the thing is that for many people, nu-metal was the gateway to better bands and heavier music. Not everyone was born with a Bolt Thrower album in hand and Carcass t-shirt. We’ve all heard the tired tropes of people seeing an Iron Maiden album at the record store and buying it just because the artwork is scary or someone having an older brother that listened to Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Well I, like a lot of people, didn’t have that older sibling that liked metal and I sure wasn’t going to spend my money at The Wall for a band I’ve never listened to. That’s just asking for trouble. Instead, my source for heavy music came from radio.

Yes, believe it or not, there was a time when modern rock/alternative stations played music heavier than a kitten on a pillow. My two sources were 92.3 K-Rock in New York and “Rockers” a now-defunct Saturday night metal show on 94 WYSP in Philadelphia. At the time when I first started branching out into new music, K-Rock was playing new bands like System Of A Down, Static-X, and the like. Granted, it’s not like hearing Death at 9 in the morning (I would discover Seton Hall’s radio station WSOU for that stuff a few years later). So it was in the mainstream that I discovered heavy music. Hard to think that would be possible nowadays, but even MTV would occasionally play a Mudvayne video in the middle of the day.

So what’s the purpose of From The Vaült? The goal is not to heap undying praise on the genre, but it’s also not to unload scorn. It’s a chance to look back at albums from an oft-derided genre and judging it through older, more mature eyes. What bands and albums still hold up over ten years later and which ones are ripe for ridicule? While the idea of people reading a song-by-song synopsis for an album over ten years old is quite funny, I’ll save us all the pain and just pick out a few overall things from each album that stand out.

The first album I am looking back on is Laced by the Boston nu-metal/ rap metal band Reveille through Elektra Records. Reveille was the first heavy band I saw sans parents along with Clutch. I wonder if the guys from Clutch even remember this tour. A few friends had introduced me to Reveille and to this day I can recite more lyrics to their songs “The Phoenix” and “Perfect” than I’d like to admit. Right off the bat, two things about Reveille’s music are very clear: the guitars and the vocals. Remember that thing I said about nu-metal being three-chord simplicity. Yup, we have plenty of that, complete with some hot wah-pedal action. Reveille’s vocalist Drew Simollardes voice is fairly distinctive, for better or worse. Reveille has the white-boy rap thing down, but this is Boston white, not, say, Omaha white. It’s that stunted, barely-there rap flow that a lot of nu-metal bands unfortunately used. When you’re thirteen, it’s fun. When you’re a bit older, it’s embarrassingly painful. Kind like accidentally sitting on your balls. Another standout from this album are the lyrics. Here are a few gems:

 

“Perfect World”

Rectify, this living policy is shit

And all its lies got you choking on your own spit

The seam has split, so spit or swallow

But your lead I’ll never follow

 

“The Phoenix”

Leashed, cuffed, locked and hooked

Blow it down, tear it down, burn it down

Blackmail- come take it to a whole new level

Motherfucker, I can’t wait ’till I can watch you drown

 

“Flesh And Blood”

So bury the good and let that shit rot

Cause if your only question’s what’s in it for me

Well then you might as well gouge out your own fucking eyes

For there are none so blind as those who will not see

 
The album does feature a guest spot by B Real from Cypress Hill, upping the band’s legitimacy about 50%. One other notable thing about the album is that Clive Barker did the artwork. Yes, the man behind “Candyman” and “Hellraiser”. Go figure. Though the band doesn’t have a DJ, there are some random scratchings and wikky-wikkies. Perhaps they had a limited “wikky-wikky” budget. Laced by Reveille oozes Jncos and tank tops. It’s hits that pleasure center deep within our primordial mind. That neanderthal spot that goes “Loud. Yelling. Heavy. Groove. Good.” 15 years later, the lyrics range from silly to cringe-worthy. Shit! Fuck! Motherfucker! Yeeeeah, Reveille goes hard, son. You know how people make fun of power metal for having songs about fighting dragons and rescuing maidens? Well Reveille’s lyrics read like your bad 8th grade poetry, complete with that weird “S” thing people used to draw.

On cheese scale of 1 to 10, this album rates as Limburger. Despite all this, there are worse bands and worse albums out there. Regardless, the album doesn’t hold up nowadays and can be looked upon as a relic from a bygone era that may or may not be making a return, depending on who you ask and what part of the Midwest you’re in. Spike your hair accordingly.

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    I remember this band, but barely.

  • Negrodamus

    Here is something you can’t understand, how I can just kill a man!

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      Cypress Hill rule. They’re going to the Best Buy Theater in NYC and I really want to go.

      • Negrodamus

        I’ve seen them live a couple of times at outdoor festivals. They’ve been around a long, long time. Definitely would increase a nu-metal band’s street cred lol

        • I saw them with Blink 182 and Taking Back Sunday as a young gun. I think that was the first time I ever got high. Shocking that kind of behavior would happen at a Cypress Hill show.

          • Negrodamus

            Kind of appalling! Marijuana use at hip hop and pop punk concerts I mean.

          • Death

            Drugs are bad Joe.

          • Cock of Steele

            My word, how uncouth! Btw, how’d the jerb interview go?

          • KILLED IT!

          • Death

            The interview or the interviewer?

          • Cock of Steele

            Rocket!

          • Hell yeah!

          • Death

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SBaIQreV8Yk
            Edit: this song and band suck.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            Even if this was done as a parody, it still sucks ass.

          • Death

            Dude, get out of there!

            Maybe NSFW

          • Cock of Steele

            Hehe, my friend sent the to me earlier.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I feel bad that Vinnie Paul has to be in this band. It’s a shame.

          • The Bestest Death

            As a person that has always hated Pantera, I don’t feel bad.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            i like them somewhat, I respect them and am sad that Dimebag is dead. They were very important for their genre,

          • did you use us as references?

          • Death

            Of course he did.

          • W.

            He used you specifically as a character reference.

          • I actually did mention this site. Said the words “Toilet Ov Hell” out loud. Went better than expected!

          • Stockhausen

            That warms my loins.

          • W.

            Isn’t there a joke along those lines in Grandma’s Boy?

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I saw Cypress Hill once when I was 17. They came to my area and of course I got high, but that was the only time I got high. I enjoyed their set.

        • KJM

          Smokin’ Grooves Tour 1998 w/Public Enemy, Wyclef, & Busta Rhymes. There were others but that’s what I arrived in time to see.

      • Howard Dean

        Kev! Dude, you should totally bring Torrie! That would be a sick date. Just try not get double-crossed by Hollywood Hogan and/or tear your quad botching a powerbomb before then.

        • mmmmmmmm, Torrie. 0/5 flushes.

          • Death

            McNulty is also 0/5 flushes 😉

          • flattery will get you everywhere. (nice photoshop above BTW) CROM approved!

          • Death

            Wait, what photoshop?
            Edit: now I get what you mean. I can’t photoshop. That’s not made by me.

    • Rock superstar was my jam for a while.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      *sings in fashion of “do what they told you” lyric in “Killing in the Name”*

      dun nunt nuh – fuck white people
      dun nunt nuh – fuck white people

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      ……………and a new tradition begins……

      • Death

      • Xan

        And as appointed yesterday, I shall continue the old.

        • Jason Mendonca

          keep up the sacriledge lads ! It warms my heart.

      • Scrimm

        I want that on a shirt.

      • Cock of Steele

        We should make that a TOH shirt. Let’s just hope it doesn’t become a hipster fad.

        • Scrimm

          I’d buy that.

        • The Bestest Death

          Hipster fads are too mainstream.

    • Renan Ribeiro

      Hanging out my window
      And my magnum taking out some putos
      Acting kinda loco
      Im just another local

  • Death
  • W.

    I definitely went through a Nu-metal phase. I still like Mudvayne. #sackchat

    • Negrodamus

      I used to really like the song Wasteland by 10 Years.

      • God

        Used to??? I fucking love 10 years. The Autumn Effect was a perfect album

        • Death

          Your super heaven is not gonna protect you!

          • God

            I don’t care! I’ll go to the grave professing my love for 10 Years! Saw them live once too with Flyleaf. Both bands were incredible.

          • Death

            Honestly, I have never heard of those two bands.

          • God

            now you have. one of my favorite tracks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMwFa0Tccbs

          • Death

            I guess that it’s decent.

      • FuzzyWookie

        is 10 years really nu-metal though? and Yes, Autumn Effect hit me hard. Still does.

        • Negrodamus

          I think it was actually more alternative rock, I just thought of it when Mudvayne came up and I am not sure why.

          • FuzzyWookie

            Fair enough. I’d say alternative rock, too

    • Death

      I went through that phase as well. I used to like linkin park and three days grace (three days grace is not really nu metal).

      • W.

        I was obsessed with Linkin Park in early high school. #WFax

        • Death

          Me too. My white boy teenage angst is gone nowadays

    • Mother Shabubu III

      “L.D. 50” is the perfect fusion of Bungle, Pantera, Tool and Korn. Like a lot of albums and bands, the vocalist ruined it.

    • Xan

      I haven’t listened to them in about 6 years but I liked them a lot in high school.

    • NDNOvHell

      Same here. I still like L.D. 50 and TEOATTC (super cool acronym). It started fading when I bought Kill ‘Em All, which was the first CD I bought with my own cash (I was about 10). Years of Thrash ensued.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I used to try to draw that “S” thing #sackchat

    • Death

      I once wanted to become a painter, but then I learned that I can’t draw or paint shit.

      • Guacamole Jim

        King Shit of Fuck Mountain can though!!

  • Anthrallica

    Sugar Ray’s Lemonade and Brownies is still a guilty pleasure of mine. Best album cover from the nu metal era imo.

    • Anthrallica

      • Death

        That’s a nice album cover.

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          Well Death, I know the surprise now and let’s just say there’s going to be some fun going on in the employee’s bathroom at M&Ms World between me, Torrie, Stacy and Trish. I’m heading up there now thanks to my friend who works here. He’s so jealous that I landed Torrie. Chris, Ric, Sting and Bret got bored of looking at M&Ms, so they went to this Starbucks they like on 5th Avenue for some coffee. We’re going to meet them there in about half an hour. I told my friend to tell everyone that this bathroom is out of order because Torrie doesn’t want anyone walking in on the 4 of us. This is going to be my first time having more than 1 woman at the same time. I’m living the dream!

          • The Bestest Death

            Job well done mate

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I agree. There are no words to describe how amazing it was. I mean, it was so amazing that I feel that my purpose in life was for this to happen. Right now, we’re on our way to the Starbucks to meet Chris, Ric, Sting and Bret and pick up some Frappuchinos. Yes, I do love Frappuchinos. We just walked in the door of Starbucks. Do you have any questions for Chris, Ric, Bret or Sting? I’m sure they’ll be happy to answer them

          • The Bestest Death

            Are you guys gonna have an orgy?

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            Good question. I don’t know the answer but I’m sure that would be fun. We’re on our way to Planet Hollywood right now and luckily Ric is paying for everything. The only thing I have paid for and probably the only thing I will pay for is the M&Ms dispensers that I got them all.

          • The Bestest Death

            If you will have an orgy, be careful not to put something in the wrong person’s hole.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I’m sure I won’t. Why would I? It’s not like I’m going to do it on purpose.

          • The Bestest Death

            Accidents happen

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            Hey, you were right about what was going to happen. When Trish asked Lita and the two other divas to come to Torrie’s place, one of whom I think is Kelly Kelly and the other might be the one that was friends with AJ Lee, that’s basically what’s happening right now considering Lita and the two other divas got here a few minutes ago and it’s already getting very sexual. I’ll be back in a while because at this point I think the women want this to get started. Also, Jeff and Matt Hardy just showed up unannounced with two women from I think Impact Wrestling, one of whom looks like Gail Kim and the other might be Madison Rayne. This is gonna be good.

          • The Bestest Death

            You’re gonna have a good time

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I already am. Torrie is going down on me right now and it feels so good. I’ll be back in a little while.

    • Death

      This is one of my favourite album covers,

      • Anthrallica

        Why does that look familiar?

        • Death

          It’s a King Crimson album

          • KJM

            In The Court Of The Crimson King.

          • Death

            A flawless album in my opinion.

          • KJM

            “Red” & “Discipline” as well.

          • Death

            It seems to be a rare opinion, but I think that Lizard is a flawless one as well. And of course Larks’

          • The Satan ov Hell

            King Crimson is pretty flawless in general.

          • The Bestest Death

            Except for Earthbound…

          • The Satan ov Hell

            Shhh, shhh…

          • The Bestest Death

            Sorry. I censored the comment.

          • The Satan ov Hell

            Good
            GOOOOOOOD!

          • The Bestest Death

            No one shall utter that name without a severe punishment.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I know what album you speak of and I’m ashamed of knowing it.

          • The Bestest Death

            Why did it happen to this band? Such a good band.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I agree. Anyway, I can’t talk much right now because I’m going to be having some fun in the employees bathroom here at M&Ms World with Torrie, Trish and Stacy. I’m living the dream!

        • Mother Shabubu III

          Seinfeld?

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      super hot blonde, nice choice man, for me this is one of those buy it without knowing who the band is album covers. Looks nice leaning against the wall. Reminds me of those old jazz compilation album covers from the 70’s as well.

      • Jason Mendonca

        hhahhahaah, you youngsters & your naked birds, never gets old does it……..

  • Mother Shabubu III

    If Limp Bizkit wasn’t fronted by an immature stooge and worshiped Rage Against the Latrine, it would be this.

    WHAT YOU GOT COMIN’?

  • Justin von Grav

    Bleed the Sky is a much better album than Laced

  • KJM

    Boston area band from the 90s? Another opportunity to plug Scissorfight!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYWKUPct2L4

    • Renan Ribeiro

      Love the bassline

    • Mother Shabubu III

      Aren’t they from New Hampshire?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orAFPUu-cw8

      • KJM

        As the singer, Ironlung, says “Mount Washington, New Hampshire, baybay!! YEAH!”

      • Mr.CustodialArts

        Me and my buddies got a chuckle out of TORTUGA RECORDS-it was like HYDRA HEAD were too embarrassed to put their pristine and tasteful moniker on these great unwashed rock dudes from New Hampshire.

    • Anthrallica

      I fucking LOVE you! I have been listening to these guys since Piscataqua. Please tell me you like Tree and/or Sam Black Church. New England metal/hardcore scene was a very big part of my life from ’95-’00. So much goodness.

      • KJM

        I saw all those bands at various Boston Common Hemp Fests, but only Scissorfight stuck with me. I’ve seen them 7 times.

        • Anthrallica

          Might I recommend Sam Black Church’s The Black Comedy? This album is like 15 years old and still sounds fresh as fuck. Also, did you ever see/hear Five Seconds Expired? One of the best hardcore bands to ever come out of Vermont.

      • Mr.CustodialArts

        “IN YOUR FACE AND IN YOUR BU-HUUUTT!”
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkUh30RyS5Y

    • Cock of Steele

      From the cover art I would have initially guessed it was one of those 70s prog/dinosaur rock bands.

  • Fart Johnson

    When I was in middle school, Headbanger’s Ball played the occasional Carcass or Morbid Angel video. Anyone who liked those bands back in the day who wasn’t running a distro is fronting if they got into them through any other means.

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      I love Morbid Angel. Listened to Covenant on my way home from Hyde Park and right now me and Torrie are in a bar near her apartment. It’s a pretty nice bar, but it’s expensive. We are talking about life and other subjects. She told me on our way to her apartment in Manhattan from Hyde park that Sting is going to be joining us for the day on top of Ric Flair, Bret Hart and Trish Stratus. Chris Jericho and Stacy Keibler aren’t going to be with us the whole day as they’re arriving from Maryland and Philadelphia at 12 pm. This is going to be fun. Right now Torrie is calling me to get going back to her place, so I gotta go. I spent one night with Torrie already and when we get back to her place it’s going to be another night with Torrie, so I’m very excited. Goodnight everybody, I hope this works out between us.

    • Mr.CustodialArts
  • Justin von Grav

    while were on awesome old school boston bands…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_nu6E7mJg4

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    Right now me and Torrie are at my grandparents house celebrating my grandfather’s 7th birthday. Torrie is getting along fine with my family and after this is over we are heading to her place in Manhattan for some fun. I’m lucky I don’t have to work weekends because she said that Ric Flair is going to be joining us and the other guests she invited to plataforma and that we are going to be spending the day with him and Bret. I’m so excited!

  • JWG

    Speaking of things I was more into in the 90s, my local mom & pop video store is finally giving up on renewing their lease at least four years after I first predicted they’d be out of business soon.

    They get points for hanging on for years past making a profit just to serve the community of blue-haired shut-ins who can’t work Netflix, but IMO they lose the lot of their karma for trying to sell off all their previously-used DVDs for the same amount that HMV sells its overstock of NEW ones.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    Being a HUGE HELMET/PRONG/MINISTRY/FEAR FACTORY fan, I loved the first Static X record…BLED FOR DAAAAAAYS! I’m such a meathead. GLORY TO THE RIFF.
    As for bands I discovered from the radio, I’ll never forget the first time I heard these guys on 107.3 WAAF…’93 was a GREAT time for discovering music, labels were putting out ANYTHING and EVERYTHING trying to cash-in on the “GRUNGE/ALTERNATIVE” thing. I still love these dudes, and the lyrics make the hairs on my neck stand-up to this day-and I don’t even own a dog.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCKlTJxGAuI

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      I like Static X as well. I listened to Push It last night while having sex with Torrie and it made it better than it was, which it was amazing. At the moment me and her are out at this diner in Times Square with Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Sting, Trish Stratus, Chris Jericho and Stacy Keibler. After we’re done with breakfast we’re going to be checking out Times Square and 5th Avenue before we have lunch at Planet Hollywood. After that, we’re going to be seeing Guardians of the Galaxy and going to dinner at this Brazilian BBQ place I love called Plataforma. After that, we’re going to enjoy the nightlife.

  • Pierre Generic

    Ten seconds in and I’m already making white rapper hand motions to the music.