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revising history

by beats the hell out of me

Intelligent Riff Rock ranging from Heavy to Ambient Surreal.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Down
3:01 $0.99
2. Move Along
4:01 $0.99
3. Ongoing Criminal Investigation
3:25 $0.99
4. The Promise
4:45 $0.99
5. Sun Fire City
3:38 $0.99
6. The Call
3:30 $0.99
7. Transmission
5:02 $0.99
8. Questions & Answers
3:27 $0.99
9. 1,000 Words
3:20 $0.99
10. Check the Mirrors
3:56 $0.99
11. She Lay There
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
BTHOOM's REVISING HISTORY encapsulates musical ideas evolved from 15 years experience. Sonically unsurpassed and pleasantly unpredictable, the creativity exhibited is a must for anyone who craves diversity, and demands quality.

Full Bio available at

beats the hell out of me (bthoom) was formed in late 1988. Spawned from the mentorship of Grant Wolf's Jazz Program at MCC, Tom Coffeen (g), Aaron Stewart (b), Chris Bailey (g) and Erik Rogan (d) merged to form the rhythm section of group that defied definition, and was considered by many (us) to be light years forward of a musical category. A combination of different musical backgrounds graciously complimented and explored musical boundaries. Early musical influences included acts as: Weather Report, Bad Brains, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Fixx, King Crimson, Band of Gypsy's, Keith Jarret, Slayer, Talk Talk, Miles Davis (electric) and the Police.

Mike Pistrui (v) was also discovered at MCC - hanging "vocalist seeking band" flyers in the music building. Mike WAS a vocalist that had to be "seen" to be "heard". A super-human antenna hyper-sensitive to his tonal ecosystem, Pistrui would lose himself in music like a method actor gone freak. Early recordings could only capture one dimension of Mike; his idiom was the stage. Pistrui, the epitome of a music lover, would give his heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears at every performance. Mike's delivery was brutally honest and explored the parameters of emotional expression. Many fans saw this as a refreshing alternative to the image based, lifeless vocalist of the day.

beats the hell out of me completed two albums for Metal Blade, the second of which, Rolling Thunder Music was produced by Ross Robinson. Thanks to Brad Singer, who supplied the deficit funds required to construct this endeavor, Beats got a once in a lifetime chance to record with a top producer at a top recording studio; Richard Kaplan's Indigo Ranch Studio.

BTHOOM has returned.

Reviews of previous beats the hell out of me CD's

CMJ New Music Report

...all the violent, moody dynamics of Tool, the simmering, smoldering anger of the Rollins Band and the inventive diversity of Greta. The band's dissonant chords build to momentous crescendos, feeding off lead vocalist Mike Pistrui's gasoline-gargling grunts and shouts, then crash ashore in scattered waves of jangling notes...



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BTHOOM still has what it takes!!
The CD met expectations and more! All the songs exhibit the same BTHOOM style we've missed for so long PLUS the CD overall demonstrates the evolution of the band's talent. It is so refreshing and unique from other music styles. I love "Questions and Answers"! It's my favorite!

James Kracht

An extraordinary effort; technical, artistic and powerfully transcendent.
This extraordinary work finally captures what BTHOOM has always been about; the album fully encapsulates the ineffable energy the band possesses on stage. Lyrically strong and varied, the music is razor-like in its visceral ability to pierce the listener's psyche. The production is on par with the best in the business. "Revising History" is a tantalizing approach to a mystery that only moves further away the closer you get to it. Extremely recommended.


I laughed...I cried...2 thumbs up!
This disk has not left my player. I especially like to listen to it when driving at night. The songs range from catchy, scary, sad, happy to powerful. My favorite song is Criminal investigation.


still high and mighty
friend and former member of cheese and slop house which mark rogan sang for. he introduced my to his brothers band and year after year. they still blow my mind.


This is what it's all about!
roots... hard to find. but, in my musical development, bthoom was a strong influence. fast foward, and here it is the newest release of a still-great band. finally, a record that caters to those that thrive on groove and intesity. trust me, folks... i make records for a living, and i haven't listened to those that i've worked on as much as i have this record. i wish cds had LP grooves... so that i could wear it out, and HAVE TO BUY IT AGAIN!!!


Everyone LOVES it!!!
I started playing the CD in my project team room and everyone loves it! They find it very energizing to listen to. It's definitely one of the favorite CDs that get selected. We all like the range of songs. One of my coworkers commented on the how well the overall arrangement of the music was. Several people want me to get copies of the CD for them. One person borrowed it for their weekend party.

Joe, Luebeck, Germany

My musical comeback of the year! BTHOOM are back with their incomparable style! Still a mixture of hardcore/rock with now a touch of EMO, but even the "calmer" songs are so great. And the voice of singer Mike Pistrui has not lost any of his dynamic, variation, so good to hear in a music-world of same "cries", "poppers" etc. Thank you for this record!!!!!


highly recommended
From start to finish, keeps the listener interested, going back and forth from heavy to mellow. Great music, great lyrics, great playing......what else do you need??