System of a Down and Slipknot are the central bands on this scorching, well-recorded chronicle of 2001's popular Pledge of Allegiance festival tour.

System of a Down and Slipknot are the central bands on this scorching, well-recorded chronicle of 2001's popular Pledge of Allegiance festival tour. While a CD cannot capture the intensity of a live event, this one comes pretty close. That's a tribute to the performance skills of the participating bands, each of whom plays with manic, exhaustive energy. Most will come to the set for the familiarity of System's "Chop Suey" or Slipknot's "The Heretic Anthem," but they will leave impressed by the contributions of up-and-coming heavy-rock bands like Mudvayne ("Under My Skin"), American Head Charge ("Seamless"), and No One ("My Release").—LF

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