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311: EvolverEvolver (2003)
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Now here's a review you probably wouldn't expect to see on this site. The majority of you may already know 311, but may not necessarily like them. I've come to learn that 311 is an acquired taste, and that there is no "middle of the road" when it comes to this band. That being said, they've g.
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Now here's a review you probably wouldn't expect to see on this site.

The majority of you may already know 311, but may not necessarily like them. I've come to learn that 311 is an acquired taste, and that there is no "middle of the road" when it comes to this band. That being said, they've got a new album out on Volcano, entitled Evolver, and it takes everything that 311 had and pushes it to the next level. 311 fans beware, you must go into this album with an open mind, or you may find yourself having a very hard time getting into it.

For those who don't know (how could you not?), 311 mixes many genres of music into one absolutely sick concoction. They blend rock, punk, reggae, and hip-hop and turn it into a style all their own. In the past (and this still holds true to Evolver), the singing has been done by Nick Hexum, and the rapping and melody parts have been done by the other vocalist S.A. Martinez. Lately, however, S.A. has been taking on much more singing roles, which expands his, as well as the band's horizons. 311 is a band with insane amounts of musical talent, as flaunted by guitarist Tim Mahoney, bassist P-Nut, and drummer Chad Sexton. P-Nut has especially shined for the band, making the bass lines an integral part of their music. Tim has shown the ability to play both soft melodies and shred sick guitar solos, and Chad Sexton has got to be the smoothest drummer this side of rock music. To call this band musically tight would be an understatement. They're tight like your goddamn baby sister.

On Evolver, the band pushes the envelope once again, this time taking a much more chill approach. The music has been toned down and slowed down a lot, but don't fret, because the boys haven't gone soft; they're just now able to show how well they really play when their reggae and dub influences shine. The minimal rapping by S.A. surprised me, but he sounds to definitely be coming into his own with his singing voice. The bass lines are a major part of Evolver, as they are usually the showcase of every song on the album. Chad's role is minimized on this CD, but that's not to say the drumming is poor. The riffs are still fun, and the use of an acoustic guitar expands the band's horizons even further still. It's a departure from their earlier stuff, but then again, isn't every 311 album a new chapter for them? This is an evolution for them, hence the title of the CD.

The album kicks off with the first single, "Creatures (For A While)", which a lot of people think to be one of their worst songs ever. I couldn't disagree more, as this song rocks real hard, with a fun chorus and great bass line in the verses. "Reconsider Everything" has been a fan favorite when played live for a while now, and they've tweaked it a bit for the studio release. It sounds great, as the lead guitar hook will stick in your head for hours. The third track, "Crack The Code", slows things down a bit, but holds its place as the album's best song. It's fun, catchy, and Nick's vocal delivery is extra smooth on this song. Three thumbs up for this one (yes, three, it's so damn good you'll have to find me an extra hand).

The album takes a severe plunge with what I feel is the worst 311 song ever, "Same Mistake Twice". It is an obvious rip off of their song "Flowing", off of Soundsystem, and the song is flat out boring. The boys should've taken their own advice when they sing "It's one thing to make the same mistake twice..." in the chorus.

"Beyond The Grey Sky" is the slowest song on the album, and it brings back the guitar tone found on songs like "Amber" and "Champagne", both found on From Chaos. The verses are soft, which lead into a rocking chorus, and ends with a huge guitar solo from Tim over soaring "ooh-ooh-ooh's" from Nick. I wasn't feeling this song at first, but it grew on me like some sort of terribly contagious disease. "Seems Uncertain" was another song I couldn't get into at first, but now love. It's an adventurous song, using the acoustic guitar, and without using S.A. The band brings back the rock with "Still Dreaming", but I can't help but feel that this song isn't as good as it could be. The guitars in the verses are nice, but it feels like something is missing from a song that could very well be great. "Give Me A Call" is just a stupid song, but it is followed by "Don't Dwell", a song based entirely off of a slap bass riff by P-Nut. It's a fun song, bringing back the vibe from the band's early days, a la Music. It is worth hearing just to experience just how nasty P-nut is. Yet another venture back into yet another older CD of theirs, "The Other Side Of Things" sounds like something that could come right off of their "Blue Album". It's solid as hell, and the chorus is just infectious. The album's big surprise is the final track, "Sometimes Jacks Rule The Realm", a straight-up acoustic song with an almost grungy instrumental bridge. It's a huge departure, unlike anything the band has ever done before, but they pull it off great, and Nick sounds better than ever on this song. It's a great way to end a very adventurous album.

I'd probably rank this album 3rd amongst all of 311's work (behind the masterful Grassroots and From Chaos). There have been better releases this year, but not many, and this CD is really deserving of a chance from everyone in search of good music. Like I said before, just go into listening to this CD with an open mind.

P.S. - this was by far the best album released on July 22nd, 2003. Eat your hearts out, Thrice and Yellowcard.

Standout Tracks:

"Crack The Code"
"Don't Dwell"
"The Other Side Of Things"
"Sometimes Jacks Rule The Realm"

 

 
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Anonymous (September 21, 2005)

311 is fucken rad i don't care what anyone says. If you don't like 311- fuck off. Simply as that. Not everyone is going to like one band thats the AIM of music. Everyone has different tastes.

SO TO ALL YOU PUNK ASS FUCKERS WHO THINK U HAVE SOMETHING GOOD GOING FOR YOU AND WHO GIVE 311 SHIT ------ FUCK YOU!

Anonymous (May 18, 2005)

Just to clear things up on how 311 got their name...this story is from ap press right before transistor was released
When they were younger one of their friends was arrested for skinny dipping with some chick...the cops said they were arresting him for indecent exposure, which in nebraska at the time was police code 311. They thought it was funny and made it their name.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

fuck that piece of shit that said 311 are naziz fuck you i hate to tell your funking fat ass but guess who fucking came first thats right you fucking piece of shit 311 oh and by the asshole lincon park doesent sound anything like 311 you fucking fag quit trying to act tuff cause you know the internet is the only place you talk shit without getting the shit kicked out of you

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

fuck the pearson who said

manicjunk (September 8, 2004)

311 is also the code for getting kicked out of military basic training for going nuts. Not saying it's where they got their name, but I thought it was funny.

I love this album :)

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

311 is a good band and is extremely talented. The guitar work in their earlier stuff is really excellent and flows really well. Their s/t and grassroots as well as transistor are some of my all time favorite albums. But this album is by far 311's worst. It's still alright though.

transistor is so trippy. I'd suggest listening to it stoned. You will be enlightened.

Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

sarcasm may not travel so well, but idiocy certainly does
i said my brother came home from the local store with damaged
you said "hmm, i'll go to best buy and buy it before he gets there"
that makes 0 sense
you are an ass cock, and a troll
no one appreciates you here, except maybe yourself.

GreenVandal (August 8, 2003)

I buy CD's too. Huzzah. I bought my Thrice CD from Wherehouse music...im a corporate whore.

Anonymous (August 8, 2003)

cant wer all jsut like good music?

fuck bad msuic, love good music

Anonymous (August 8, 2003)

311: no, just no.

Anonymous (August 8, 2003)

Actually I was making fun of you. Sarcasm doesn't travel well over the internet, and yeah I bet you consider "CD Warehouse" to be INDIE. That's hilarious. Have fun buying "indie", I only buy music from independent businesses, too, but for fucks sake its nothing to brag about.

-BSD

My little brother could beat up your little brother

Anonymous (August 8, 2003)

wow... are you saying you dont own it already? my 13 year old brother does. and your buying it at best buy would be pretty fucking hilarious, since the 13 year old bought indie.
go bsd!

Anonymous (August 7, 2003)

Hmmm. I think I'll make sure your bro will never be able to buy Damaged by buying it from Best Buy before he heads out to make a swift purchase.

-BSD

funkisdead (August 7, 2003)

i like kids who are not just into this because of simple plan or something... if you stay surface level, then you don't really get anything out of it.

the key is to have the kids that play guitar and take everything in... listen to it all.. and then start a band that is not a carbon copy of the flavor of the month.

bsd should just start a band and change the face of music if he finds it so ugly.

Anonymous (August 7, 2003)

ok bsd.
punk music is, in my opinion, like god. people can create their own definitions for it... have their own conceptions on what it should sound like... as long as basic principles and ethics are kept constant.
punk has been in my life over the past 8 years of my 19, and it has helped me figure myself out. it helps me understand the world. i love so much of it... black flag to the black eyes... dag nasty to propagandhi to the appleseed cast to jets to brazil to minor threat... hot water music, youth brigade...
since its not a "mainstream" culture, it is what we make of it. i think that people like you... shit-talkers, elitists fuck things up. the genre is progressive, and while i think we agree that the commercial co-opting of the genre by bands like good charlotte essentially kills the genre, new bands come and go... the genre grows... punk in drublic sounds nothing like any of the classic DC punk bands, yet the album retains a punk spirit, a sense of individuality. or course that is just an example, i dont know your feelings on that record, but the same can be said for plenty of bands that you shit on.
i think that punk rock is about change, and if you expect bands to dumb themselves down, to fit some strict image that you have of punk rock, you are retarded...
i think bands can layer guitar parts and still be "punk rock." i think that if you are who you are, and you stay true to it, you are punk rock, within reason.
this is not to say that 311 are punk, but i think if you and people like you were a little more tolerant towards the idea of not always being right, kids would have an entirely different attitude towards the genre... because when my 13 year old brother comes home with the record store with a satanic surfers record, a copy of damaged, and clarity... thats cool shit.
thats the future of the genre...
maybe you could have something nice to say about something..

komsomida (August 6, 2003)

You know the thing that stinks about these comments is that people who dont like the band always bash them as being talentless or unoriginal. Every single review I've been to has been this way. Why cant people discuss the music? People also need to realize too that different people have different tastes. Something that sounds good to one person can sound like crap to another regardless if one band has more talent or less.

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

look: just because a band is extremely talented doesn't mean everyone should enjoy their music. i mean, les claypool is one of the most amazing bassists i've ever seen, but you don't see me running out to buy every primus album i can get my hands on -- i don't like their sound. so 311 may be a hardworking and talented band, but i don't enjoy the music they make. that's my opinion. if you want to go one step further and actually delve into their artistic integrity, i'd say that earnestness, skill, and experience will never save 311 from insipid lyrics and a generally uninspired, boring blend of watered-down popular musical styles. they are mediocre. as is thrice, incidentally -- and yellowcard is terrible.

since i imagine people will complain, and since i have no intention of posting again, i'll just offer up a few bands like for you to pick apart and insult.

jawbreaker
stiff little fingers
the pixies
the weakerthans
modest mouse

GreenVandal (August 6, 2003)

Do you miss the point in everything? Or do you just try to be dense?

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

"That was the equivilent of what that douche bag said to me about Thrice. And i tried to be nice for once. Seems you found a need to insult that. Now I think your both douche bags."

Yeah, we really care about what some rightwing fool thinks of us over the internet. About as much as you care what I think about your shitty music.

And also, cut the crap, Joy Division is honestly a million gazillion times better than fucking Thrice, don't try to argue because your knowledge of JD is obviously menial if you label them as just "ok".

-BSD

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

and there really talented and they i love how they mix there reggae with hip hop and rock it is a truly origonal amazing sound

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

i havnt heard this album casue it hasnt been released here in australia yet but ive heard creatures and its a great song and to all you fuckwits who say they suck you suck im a huge punk and ska fan but 311 are still one of my fav bands grassroots rocks and soundsytem is awesome as well as selftitled and from chaos se actually hear some 311 before you critisize them some good songs to start with are
down
come origonal
you wouldnt believe
311 rock

Manman (August 5, 2003)

Well, GreenVandal has the idea. Punk is not about being politically correct, it is the opposite. This album makes me think of how cows left their own to die. 311, the police code for one who has eaten too many twinkies. I just plain don't like these guys, so this may be just a little bias. Only a little.

GreenVandal (August 5, 2003)

"If we judged music by how nice the members of bands were, I don't think anybody would be listening to "punk". That is one of the funny things about this site. If you insult a band one of their fans/stalkers will retaliate with "hey, they're nice guys and work hard"... Okay, so did Emerson Lake and Palmer and I don't personally give two fucks about them."

Hey BSD, Joy Division sucked because they were a bunch of gays. Gay goths! And they wrote sad songs simply to prove how gay and goth they were, cuz thats all they were. Fashion.

That was the equivilent of what that douche bag said to me about Thrice. And i tried to be nice for once. Seems you found a need to insult that. Now I think your both douche bags.

And yeah, Joy Division is ok too.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

I didnt hear the album yet because in Canada they where recalled. But I cant wait to get it. Their best cd was by far Transistor. Still, I like all of them. 311 rocks the shit! No it`s not punk but who gives a shit. Music is music

-ejaculine

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

why did i waste my time askin that?

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

why did i waste my time to say that was funny?

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

ha,ha. Thats funny.

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

I cannot believe how many people actually like this radio friendly rap rock drivel on this site... Talented? Who gives a shit? So are Hootie and the fucking Blowfish. Fuck this shit. Fuck it in it's stupid ass.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

"Dont talk shit bout thrice as people. They are nice dudes."

If we judged music by how nice the members of bands were, I don't think anybody would be listening to "punk". That is one of the funny things about this site. If you insult a band one of their fans/stalkers will retaliate with "hey, they're nice guys and work hard"... Okay, so did Emerson Lake and Palmer and I don't personally give two fucks about them.

-BSD

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

i just think that that was a terrible terrible day for music, with janes, 311, yellowcard, and thrice... vomitvomitvomit

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

I don't like to insult other people's taste in music, but 311 really suck. I mean they play rap-rock, thats reason enough for them to suck. They are by far the worst band from Omaha, it makes me ashamed to say I live in Omaha, just because they're from here. And to the reviewer, the new Yellowcard and Thrice cds were way better than this pile of dog shit. Another great cd released that day was Jane's Addiction "Strays".

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

The sad thing is that i would expect to see it on this site.

Because, God forbid, one writes a review about a band who doesn't play three chords really really fast.

sloppyblake (August 4, 2003)

they work their asses off. touring every year. playing cities 2-3 each before coming home and recording another cd then hitting the road again. nothing but props.

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

The sad thing is that i would expect to see it on this site.

relay1112 (August 4, 2003)

Kenny G plays saxaphone. It's not the normal kind of sax though, and I forget the name for it (it's a vertical one that looks like a clarinet).

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

that should have said name, not rid=... what the fuck... fuck my keyboard.

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

her rid= is celinE dion, and kenny g plays clarinet.

funkisdead (August 4, 2003)

"Shitty guitars?
Go listen to Use Of Time then come back to me on that horrible comment."

fucker, i said their guitar TONE sucks. their guitars sound like shit. the production is crappy.

and BSD - joy division fucking rock.

GreenVandal (August 4, 2003)

I bet 311 cant play "deadbolt".

They are OK, no where near the gods you fanboys paint them to be. but no where near as bad as a certain asshat says they are. And there lyrics are plain old, out and out cliched crap.

Dont talk shit bout thrice as people. They are nice dudes.

jeff024punk (August 4, 2003)

311 actually has a huge underground following even if they are well-known in the mainstream.. most people dont know that they have like 25 cds out.

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

underground scene 311 = what the fuck are you talking about?

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

ok great, so youll post a 311 review, but not my angry anryans review, enventhough i only listened to a fraction of one song- but thats good enough!

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

now to listen to some quality music: DURAN DURAN!!!1!!2!ONE

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

I judge 311's suckyness by what I've heard of them:

Beautiful disaster - catchy as hell to begin with, anoyyyyyying as hell by the end

Amber - the song goes absolutly nowhere, it doesn't build up to anything musically. that's the reason I hate most reggae... I guess it could be ok if you're stoned out of your mind, but what isn't ok then?

Come original - the lyrics make me want to drive a pencil into my brain just to make it stop

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

I dont know what the other guy was trying to claim but he wasnt the real BSD. now Here is my REAL top 5 list, in no particular order pussies...

Simple Plan
Good Charlotte
Machbox 20
Celin Deion (i know not a band, but wonderful music and an even more wonderful lady)
Kenny G (also not a band, but who can resist his great sax. techniques, I know I can't!!)

Good day,
BSD

mcpike (August 3, 2003)

so i take it. my babysitter was pretty loose?

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

Or, wife beaters, actually.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

Or, wife beaters, actually.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

"as for this BSD pussy, name your 5 favorite bands and lets see just why u have such a superior musical taste than the rest of us, but you're probably scared, or you'll dig up 5 obscure bands u don't really like but are 'safe' to not get bashed. fuck 'u'. and where do 'u' live so i can come and kick the shit out of 'u'."

Bring, it fucker. My 5 favorite bands aren't really obscure, and definitely not safe. I love what most critics hate (with the exception of metal), and viceversa. So:

1. The Heartbreakers
2. Joy Division
3. PiL
4. The Modern Lovers
5. The Upsetters

G'day
BSD

PS- Threatening to "kick my ass" only shows your true lack of intelligence. Same goes for the guy who said something about getting me to "shut my mouth". You sound like a bunch of jocks in a locker room or a bunch of wifebeaters...

bad_religion_is_god (August 3, 2003)

although my music taste has changed significantly in the past few years, i used to adore 311, and i can still respect them greatly as a band. as it was said already, they are one of the most hard-working bands out there, and they are extremely talented. you may not recognize their talent in hearing a few songs on the radio, but their singles do no justice in showcasing the bands talent. they are completely positive, un-racist, their shows are amazing, and they have been around for over a decade. every album has a unique style, and not one album sounds exactly like another. they have released 8 full-length albums. tim mahoney (guitarist) even has been in the guiness book of world records for INVENTING, i believe, three guitar chords. P-nut (bassist) bailed a complete stranger out of jail (he was in for growing marijuana). this band stands up for what they believe in even if it's not popular. i don't see linkin park holding that status. hell, you don't have to like the band, i don't enjoy their music that much anymore although i might check out their new album, but have respect for others opinions and a band that deserves at least some respect.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

Listen.

I'm not saying people have shitty taste for not liking 311. Hell, I said in the first part of the review, they're a love-hate band. But to say the guys can't write a decent song or have any talent is absurd.

And I wouldn't say Thrice is a very talented band. They're just a very accessible band that does everything "right" to most people.

Yellowcard's new CD doesn't suck at all, but I wouldn't call them really talented.

You can dislike 311's music. But you can't deny the fact that they're one of the most talented bands in the industry.

And BSD, someone needs to straighten your ass out. You may think you are getting under our skins, but in actuality, it takes zero effort to try to make a punk like you shut their mouth. Quit thinking that you're pissing all of us off, because you're really not.

Grow up, quit hiding behind a computer, and let us all know what music you like. It seems like the only things you have are opinions. Maybe you don't want to give us ammunition to flame you back? The worls may never know if you continue to be an elitist pansy.

Love, Dan.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

These guys suck so bad. Please, better than Thrice and Yellowcard? Bullshit. These guys can't write music for the life of them.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

yea this is better than the thrice and yellowcard releases, but can u even really compare, 311 is in a whole different leage than those guys, they are much more seasoned and much less limited by what their fans expect of them. and yellowcard dont' have that much skill yet period, but have potential. god is the new thrice average or what, biggest disappointment of the year for me, right after the new rx bandits

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

to the guy that just posted, i agree the second half of this album is better, and i do like it better than soundsystem, and i do like transistor, but i thought alot of the songs were kinda flat and halfassed. i didnt like how it seperated nick songs and SA songs, i like it when the collaborate the vocals, but beautiful disaster, transistor, prisoner, use of time and rubadub are all sick as is stealing happy hrs. this album is outstanding, tracks 6-11 are amazing and they translate even better live, i just saw them.
1.music 2.blue album 3.grassroots/from chaos/evolver 4.transistor 5.soundsystem

as for this BSD pussy, name your 5 favorite bands and lets see just why u have such a superior musical taste than the rest of us, but you're probably scared, or you'll dig up 5 obscure bands u don't really like but are 'safe' to not get bashed. fuck 'u'. and where do 'u' live so i can come and kick the shit out of 'u'.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

This CD was better than their last two efforts. Nothing they will do will ever be as good as Transistor though. That CD is insane, but I guess the "fans" didn't care for it. So they went back to making music that would sell more. I could get into relatively few songs off of their latest releases, including Evolver. But there are some really good songs on this one, especially towards the end of the album.

unconcerned (August 3, 2003)

HAHA I remember listening to 'music' back in the day and going wow these guys will never have another even relatively decent song. Shoot yourself

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

Right on, bro...though i listen to mostly shit like rx bandits, mars volta, blood brothers and all that, 311 is handsdown my favorite band of them all....to anyone who thinks 311 are nazis, you are uneducated...take one listen to the music, read the lyrics and you'll understand how stupid of a statement you are making...right on reviewer...word
-ryan

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

Hahaha. You people are a joke, like this site. Death to all and to all a good night.

-BSD

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

Good review. One of the best I've read in a while. 311 is defintely a band that as you get into more of their music, the more turned on you get to them. 311 is by far one of my favorite bands. They are musically tight, and can kick it live. Chad is one of the best drummers out there in my opinion, with P-nut being one of my favorite bassists.
I really like the CD. Creatures is an awesome song. It took a while for me to like it, but it grew on me.
The one song that I am bummed about is "Seems Uncertain". In my opinion it sounds a lot like "Paradise"...anyone else agree??/

astrovince (August 3, 2003)

There are some good songs on this album, but i need to listen to it more. "Grassroots" is one of my all time favorite albums.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

if you didnt have peopel bash albums and peoples tastse in music, then this site would be useless and vice versa......also all the "your review was not that well written crap bllaaa" is stupid.

judge my spelleng becuz i hd typoz en it

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

BSD, i laugh at you, you think those people should be banned, if anyone should be banned it should be you, then again you dont have an account so that wouldnt be possible, anyways, y dont you save everyone some time and get your ignorant comments out of here, all you say is a whole bunch of shit like this shit sucks, i mean seriously?! you dont even back your "one liners" (which you are now becoming famous for) up with anything at all. y dont you grow up and stop being the "ignorant prick" (stolen from some in the Blood brothers comments) that you are and seriously grow up

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

i like their older stuff when i was sitting at a junior high school cafeteria. man those were some days.

Ramo
(meatloaf surprise)

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

BSD,

Could you please tell me why I should be banned??? Is it because my opinion is not the same as yours? Give me a break. Drop the ego, you're just some kid that posts on some site.

Love, Dan.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

"i stopped reading posts after that. what a bunch of fucking idiots u are"

Real idiots can't spell "you".

-BSD

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

"they couldnt carry teppei's equipment"
i stopped reading posts after that. what a bunch of fucking idiots u are. oh boo hoo a non punk band. well sorry, but 311 have more talent than thrice will ever have. wow, thrice can play metal riffs. they have what, 3 albums and have been around a couple years? and already they act like bitches at their shows, chirst, u get anywhere near the microphone stand and dustin looks like he's gonna flip out cuz it might hit him in his pretty chin. and their energy is shit on stage. and their drummer probably couldnt play a single 311 song. 311 also have very positive and pro-active lyrics, which i think gives them a slight punk edge, but who cares, they trancend punk, they're better than that. i personally find them to be the best band out there.

they went "Nu metal" are u fucking joking? granted the single has a slight nu metal sounding guitar part, but the rest of the album doesnt at all. listen to the bass line of 'dont' dwell', or the reggae, or amazing 'seems uncertain' which bases the whole song around 1 chord with a hip hop beat, unlike anything you've heard before. i mean cmon, thrice has written the same song 20 times and then a mellow song 5 times and thats their whole pseudo old metallica cateloge. 311 have 7 studio albums and 2 albums from the 80's when they first started out, and they still make fresh meaningful music. i hate to rant like this but some people are so ignorant.

ps. just saw them in clevland last night, and at least 4000 people agree with me that they kick ass, and they havent had a radio big hit in years, now thats a loyal fan base. lets see where thrice is in 6 years. probably writing more metallica riffs, i bet it will sound real fresh 4 albums from now, if they don't break up.

also, 311 fans are so positive, its nice to see a fan base that doesnt constantly look over their shoulder to see if they get the stamp of approval to move around to the music or applaud an opening band they've never heard. fuck everyone 311 rules and punks are fucking pieces of shit...especially elitist straight edge ones.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Oh shit, now that loser 501 kid who doesn't know shit about music is actually letting people know what he likes, and guess what, it's poppy shit that all of the girls who wear Simple Plan shirts and shit, and were bragging about their tickets to BSB just two years ago. Let me get this straight: this dumbass hates the Ramones because "they can't play" but he likes this gambeless shit-for-brains metal-rap with pop-ska tinges. Okay, I say the admin. should ban:

501
Eddie
NOFXltj22
PunkCoreKid
theUndergroundScene
and, even though he doesn't post anymore, WussEmoRocker.

Good day,
BSD

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Sublime sucks? I snicker in your general direction...

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

I hope I never see anything about this abomination of a band ever on this site again

--Cos

501 (August 2, 2003)

Whats great about 311 is, they find it funny when people complain about how much people waste their time and go out of their way to complain about how much something sucks. 311 fan or not this band ownz just about every band around these days, insturmentally. I havent heard the cd yet but its going to be in my 311 collection soon.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

i hate Anal Cunt, and tolerate some of 311's stuff but 311 sucks is an awesome song.

GreenVandal (August 2, 2003)

Okay band. But the cover looks like Simple Plans album cover for some reason. I mean no insult in that, I just thought they looked similar...

Kevin11 (August 2, 2003)

I HATE this band. HATE HATE HATE. This is what sublime would be without Brad's death...sublime sucks too.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Take a page from the Anal Cunt playbook: 311 Sucks

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Shitty guitars?

Go listen to Use Of Time then come back to me on that horrible comment.

As for the review, he/she lost all credibility when they said From Chaos was "masterful".

Transistor blows that pile of crap away anyday.

funkisdead (August 2, 2003)

these guys have shitty guitar sounds.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

ha Tight like your baby sister, thats the fucking dumbest thing I've ever read.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Tight tiger!!

-bemused-

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Is it just me, or is the album art at the top of the page from the same painting as weezer's latest?

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

I dunno about the album but the single isn't that well crafted. It sounds like these guys been hanging with Fred Durst a little too much..

TheOneTrueBill (August 2, 2003)

I can't say any more about 311 than that they got my into music, and are still my favorite band to this day

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

"They’re tight like your goddamn baby sister."

dude, that's just gross

KirbyPuckett (August 2, 2003)

I love 311, I was actually going to review this, oh well, maybe From Chaos.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(Cheese tits)

GregSka (August 2, 2003)

I was going to say how suprised I was to see that nobody had posted that bullshit about them and the kkk.. then I scrolled down to the bottom and saw that person call them nazis. To you who wrote that: I'm glad I'm not as ignorant as you. I'm also glad I'm not a big 311 fan, just because I don't have to see the dumb shit guys like you write about them on message boards all the time. Kill yourself.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

"Tight like a tigur."

yesh yesh!

and 311 are linkin park ripoffs? what the fuck?

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

To the dumbass who said they got at 3:10 and 3:11 is when the fun started, and that is where they got their name, completely wrong. It is the police code for skinny dipping in Omaha. Their friend got arrested, that is where the name came from. Anyways, amazing band, pretty good cd, not their best

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

Finaly a good review.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

Tight like a tigur.

krowdsurf (August 1, 2003)

311 can be great, but alot of their songs are ruined by wince-inducing terrible lyrics. I haven't heard this one yet, but I've always prefered their slowed down, reggae style songs. If that's what this album is then I'm definitely going to check it out.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

good album. if you don't understand why, this will make it a whole lot clearer for you:

http://www2.fanscape.com/311/ecard/evolver/ecard.html

sloppyblake (August 1, 2003)

alright here is the thing about 311 i like. they are one of the hardest working bands in the music industry. every year they tour their asses off. sometimes playing 3-4 times in one city alone. then they don't waste time in between touring. they get right in the studio and record an album. bands should take notes from 311. i love 311 and what they have done. i am no means a 311 fan, but i respect them a lot.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

Actually 311 was the police code for indecent conduct or something in Nebraska.

FortyMinutesWest (August 1, 2003)

I used to listen to this band in 5th grade, rock on.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

"a bad reggae wannabe band tries to go nu-metal."

You have 0 brain cells.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

I've yet to hear this, but nobody better say shit about their talent as a band. Chad's drumming, Tim's guitar and P-nut's bass are all completely and totally top fucking notch. Period.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

this band is almost as bad the barenaked ladies

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

I gotta say that Evolver is one of the better CDs that's been released this year. Nothing really groundbreaking, just all around top quality music. I really like the concentration on melody and guitar work this time around. Oh, and I really hope that first comment was from someone trying to goof around...

megan (August 1, 2003)

I love the 311. But this album is awful. The lyrics are just too horrid for words. "Creatures (for a while)" could have been a good song, if Nick had kept his mouth shut.

As for the kid calling them Linkin Park ripoffs, wow, you should jump off a cliff. 311's been around since 1988.

And the name comes from the police code for indecent exposure.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

Wow, 311 are nazis and steal from linkin park. Last time I looked 311 had been around for about 4 or 5 full lengths before linkin park was even going. That saying might just need to be reversed.

I know how much nazis hate blacks, so 311's best revenge is to bring 'black' groups with them on tour and exploit them right?? They couldn't be any further then racists. These guys are great musicians and have really shown that with every new release. How many bands are still going strong after releasing over 5 full lengths? Not many. These guys started my love for music and broadened my horizons on musical tastes.

Also great CD, defintely more mellow then From Chaos, but in a good way.

-Anthony

TahoeJeff (August 1, 2003)

"2. they are linkin park ripoffs."

Ok..first off 311 has been around alot longer than Linkin Park..you are a dumbass...

This album isnt very good though...I gave it a listen and got rid of it

CallingLondon (August 1, 2003)

311 are not nazis. the name refers to the time 3:11pm because 3:10 is when their highschool let out, so 3:11 was when the fun started. with that said, i can't stand this band. a total fucking joke.

JohnnyDanger (August 1, 2003)

you have 0 taste.

a bad reggae wannabe band tries to go nu-metal.
they couldnt carry teppei's equipment.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

1. 311 are nazis
2. they are linkin park ripoffs.

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