Why is it that so many cool bands like Course of Empire almost make it? These guys were awesome, and they got screwed over by Zoo Records (the label Tool was on in the beginning) and Clear Channel (when they bought Q102 and fired Redbeard, who had been a legendary DJ in Dallas and was responsible for breaking alot of bands). COE had an original sound, and I think combined art and asskicking better than most bands around. They had two drummers long before Slipknot was around, had singing over noisy metal riffage before Tool was big, and combined metal with arabic sounding riffs long before System of a Down. The bassist had a very interesting tone, and experimented with alot of interesting distortions and effects. They were one of the few bands I wouldn't mind joining if they called. And once again, corporate greed and mis-management practically destroyed them. They weren't allowed to release or even record a new album for 5 years, and then they were dropped as soon as they released their last album (which was KILLER) when Zoo went under. Pooey. I don't know why I am talking about this - I guess I just miss this cool band, and wish they had gone alot farther than they had. If any of you get a chance to pick up one of their CDs, do it! (most of them can be found pretty cheap in the used sections, unfortunately) Does anybody else here know what I am talking about?