- Released: August 28, 2001
- Label: American Recordings
CMJ - 8/27/01, p.20
"...Aiming its cannons, grenades and shotguns at point-blank range...its spliced with programming and aggro geetars much [like] Slipknot..."
NME (Magazine) - 3/2/02, p.15
"...outstanding slab of modern heavy metal..."
- 1.A Violent Reaction
- 2.Pushing the Envelope
- 3.Song for the Suspect
- 4.Never Get Caught
- 6.Just So You Know
- 8.Effigy 23
- 9.Americ*** Evolving Into Useless Psychic Garbage
- 11.We Believe
- 12.Breathe in, Bleed Out
- 14.Reach and Touch
- 15.All Wrapped Up
- 16.Nothing Gets Nothing
American Head Charge: Martin Cock (vocals, guitar, programming); Chad Hanks (guitar, bass, programming); David Rogers, Wayne Kile (guitar); Aaron Zilch (keyboards, programming, samples); Justin Fowler (keyboards, samples); Christopher Emery (drums, percussion).
Producers: Rick Rubin, Chad Hanks, Cameron Heacock.
Engineers: Greg Fidelman, Steve Mixdorf.
Recorded at The Houdini Mansion, Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Martin Cock (vocals); Chad Hanks (guitar, programming); Wayne Kile, David Rogers (guitar); James Fowler (keyboards, sampler); Aaron Zilch (keyboards); Christopher Emery (drums).
Audio Mixers: Justin Smith ; Rich Costey.
Audio Remixer: Rich Costey.
Recording information: Houdini Mansion, Hollywood, CA.
Editors: Marc Moreau; Billy Bowers.
Photographer: Dean Karr.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Gary Richards; Dino Paredes.
If the nu metal realm is a battlefield, then American Head Charge are locked and loaded. The Ozzfest tour gave metal enthusiasts a sneak peak at the songs included on THE WAR OF ART, and the exposure clearly left a few scorched holes in the earth, making this release among the most anticipated of 2001. AHC vocalist Martin Cock can swing on a dime from a Max Cavalera-style scream to a clean singing voice that would have Mike Patton wondering if he was genetically cloned at birth. Keyboardist Justin Fowler flavors the six-string brutality with atmospheric textures, arpeggiated techno flavors, and on occasion, gentle piano; clearly a departure from what might be expected at first impression. Production guru Rick Rubin tracked THE WAR OF ART in a mansion rumored to be haunted, and that vibe casts its specter into the mix, especially in the mosh-inspiring mantra that closes "Never Get Caught."