The Crystal Method
Legion Of Boom


3.5
great

Review

by Jawaharal USER (33 Reviews)
September 25th, 2005 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


The Crystal Method is the American Chemical Brothers. They are a techno/dance duo that incorporates rock, hip-hop, and soul into their sound. Like The Chemical Brothers, they are one of the finest dance/techno acts to come out in the past couple years.

Legion Of Boom doesn't play like your regular techno. It's techno meant for rock fans with a hint of industrial. On Born Too Slow has John Garcia (the ex-singer for stoner metal band Kyuss) and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) on guitar. It's definitely not aimed for just dance audiences. It's 3 minutes of catchy riffs and sing along choruses. The song was even selected for the Need For Speed Underground soundtrack. The Crystal Method have extended past the dance and techno fan base and slowly crawling into mainstream culture. Many big beat bandsí music has been featured on commercials for sleek new gadgets and cars, and you can hear their music in any trendy clothing store. Many don't realize it, but electronica is slowly creeping into the mainstream, thanks to big beat bands like Basement Jaxx, DJ Shadow, Massive Attack, and The Chemical Brothers.

So how does The Crystal Method compare to dance band pioneers who made the genre popular? They are up there with them as one of the best. Their debut album Las Vegas is just as classic as Dig Your Own Hole,Remedy, and Blue Lines. It combined elements from hip-hop, rock, and ambient electronica. Legion Of Boom doesn't differ much from Las Vegas, nor does it do it as well. Is it still enjoyable? Most certainly. From start to finish it's pure fun. Who can't but help to sing to Born Too Slow? And who doesn't feel the need to dance when Realizer is playing? It's impossible not to enjoy this album.

Legion Of Boom unlike Las Vegas has a more industrial influence. The CD's opener Starting Over has a looped distorted guitar playing over a steady beat that could easily fit into a Nine Inch Nails album. Weapons Of Mass Distortion also has distorted guitars and synths all over the place. Throughout the album sampled guitars and distorted drums and synths are used. The ambient influenced songs Wide Open,Broken Glass, and I Know Its You are fine examples how The Crystal Method are great electronica producers. Though the low point of the genre mixing is rap. The American Way is the worst track, mainly due to the rapping. It seems out of place and the rappers aren't great either. The American Way is the only song heavily influenced by rap, but a couple of the other songs have brief rapping samples, and yet again they feel out of place and not welcome. And of course the straight up dance tracks True Grit, Acetone, and High And Low are wonderful.

Though one problem for some people with electronica is the repetitiveness. While many like it for its hypnotizing beat and like to zone out to it (also known as trance, a sub-genre of techno) others find it to boring for conventional listening. It's best used as background music. Dance and techno are very good "soundtracks" for whatever your doing at the moment. The beats get you moving and really make you feel alive. Or, as previously mentioned you could zone out to its hypnotic beat.

Legion Of Boom definitely made a mark for the electronica genre in 2004. It gained interest and respect for the genre. You might have heard it on a commercial or video game and were completely unaware. While Legion isn't as strong as Las Vegas it still is a solid and strong effort from the L.A. based dance duo. Just like the album title, it's a collection of songs exploding with beats, synths, and guitars. No matter which genre you prefer, you'll probably end up enjoying this.



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Jawaharal
September 25th 2005


1832 Comments


can a mod change the genre to electronica or techno?

Med57
Moderator
September 25th 2005


1001 Comments


Done. Good review as well. I haven't heard it, so I can't comment further...:-/

Jawaharal
September 25th 2005


1832 Comments


ya, thanks for that. Check them out, they're pretty fun.

Zebra
Moderator
September 25th 2005


2647 Comments


Nice review, I don't have this but it sounds good according to your review.

Jawaharal
September 25th 2005


1832 Comments


indeed it is

Jawaharal
September 25th 2005


1832 Comments


I'll upload some links for you guys if you want to check them out.

Feedback is welcome :thumb:

Zebra
Moderator
September 25th 2005


2647 Comments


Please do upload the link, I am anxious to hear this.

Jawaharal
September 25th 2005


1832 Comments


as soon as I get my computer with the songs on it working I will.

Jawaharal
September 26th 2005


1832 Comments


I guess no uploads This Message Edited On 09.26.05

Jawaharal
September 26th 2005


1832 Comments


Aw dammit. Forgot about that. I'll edit my post.

Jawaharal
September 26th 2005


1832 Comments


I'll remeber next time :thumb:
Well to all who want to listen to it my name on soulseek is cheeto-t

Shattered_Future
September 26th 2005


1540 Comments


I first heard about The Crystal Method in...believe it or not, a Mac Addict magazine. They were in an article with others about those who used Mac computers to become famous.

Intrigued (I'm a Mac user), I downloaded a couple of tracks by them...forgot what they were called. However, I remember it being some of the only techno music I could stand. It wasn't just all doop doop doop looped over and over again...it had structure, it had class, it was catchy. Kudos to these guys for making it this far.

That being said, I still haven't bought an album by them...I should eventually.

Jawaharal
October 14th 2005


1832 Comments


I just heard a remix of Born To Slow while playing Gran Trismuo 4, it's ok but no where near as good as the original

batush
February 19th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the last song, wide open is so trippy.. every night before going to sleep, i climb to the top of the roof and listen to the song for my daily ritual... a great album, though. Even though considered the "American Chemical Brothers" they have a sound of their own.

Kaleid
May 27th 2008


711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ wtf

This album's pretty good, but nothing specialThis Message Edited On 05.27.08

Rounder
July 8th 2008


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice Review, but I think the first album is Vegas, not Las Vegas.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2009


31168 Comments


"The Crystal Method is the American Chemical Brothers."

Stopped reading right there

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

bloc
July 18th 2010


34853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to American Way right now

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor



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