Methods of Mayhem - Methods of Mayhem 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Jerry Del Colliano   
Tuesday, 07 December 1999

MCA Records
| Performance 5.5 | Sound 7.5 |

You may know Tommy Lee as the drummer from Motley Crue, or you may know him for his sexploits with his recently deflated home video star ex-wife, Pamela Anderson. Fresh off a recent stint in jail, Mr. Lee has taken a crack at the oh-so-popular rap-metal genre (Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit, NIN, Marilyn Manson) that has captivated the youth of America.


How’s the record? It is packed with all star cameos, hard-hitting beats and flaming guitar chops, all mixed in with techno help from the best of the best, produced in a way that will make your ears perk up. The first MTV single "Get Naked" pairs Tommy Lee and fellow MOM member, TiLo with female rapstresse Lil’ Kim for some seriously sexed-up lyrical positions. Later in the cut, they segue into an appearance from George Clinton for some Doggie Style samples. The song hits hard but comes up short due to the tired Parliament reference. It is impressive that Tommy has the clout to get George on his record, but I heard that musical idea (I think I just called a Parliament sample a musical idea) on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in 1993. That was seven years ago.

MOM’s first cut "Who The Hell Cares" starts off with an amazing rhythmic section, coupling a scorching guitar tone to a mean beat. The rap sections sounds an awful lot like Limp Bizkit, even though Fred Durst performs on a different cut on the MOM record. Snoop Dogg’s rap section is one of the highlights on the album, but I seem to remember him having more creative lyrics back in the old days. On "Who The Hell Cares" every other word is "Fuck, Motha-Fuck and Nigga." Not to go Bill Cosby on Snoops, but where is the schtick? Back in the day, Snoop’s ghetto stories straight out of the LBC were much funnier than distinctively rapped expletives.

Cut nine, "Narcotic," features the best programming on the record resulting in very developed musical layering of samples, vocals, programming and other assorted modern recording techniques. The mastermind behind this track and the last song "Spun" is Scott Kirkland from Crystal Method. The consensus among many Audio Revolutionaries is this the best track on the record.

Tommy Lee’s heart is the right place, even his home video collection is not. The idea of melting metal over techno and rap makes for seemingly unlimited aural possibilities. Unfortunately, few of MOM’s experiments work out, despite the crew of both performance and production talent recruited for this effort. There is a lot to listen for on Methods of Mayhem, including progressive programming, hard hitting rhythms, all-star raps and titanium screaming guitars, but the end result is a record I got sick of easily.







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