Cannibal Ox ‎– The Cold Vein

Def Jux ‎– DJX07-1
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Iron Galaxy
Scratches – Jay Fluid
A2 Ox Out The Cage 3:29
A3 Atom
Featuring – Alaska (3), Cryptic One
B1 A B-Boy's Alpha
Scratches – paWL (2)
B2 Raspberry Fields 4:01
B3 Straight Off The D.I.C. 4:17
B4 Vein 4:27
C1 The F Word 5:27
C2 Stress Rap 5:31
C3 Battle For Asgard
Featuring – C-Rayz Walz, L.I.F.E. Long
C4 Real Earth 3:57
D1 Ridiculoid
Featuring – El-P
D2 Painkillers 4:19
D3 Pigeon 6:09

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Designed for Delstudios.

Labels: ℗ 2001 Def Jux
Back cover: ℗ Def Jux Recordings

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 00308 88241 6
  • Barcode (Scanned): 600308882416
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side A [hand-etched]): DJX7-1A Tippy-HFM
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side B [hand-etched]): DJX7-1B Hit Factory Mastering
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side C [hand-etched]): DJX7-1C T-Tippy-T-Hit Factory Mastering
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side D [hand-etched]): DJX7-1D Tippy @ Hit Factory Mastering

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
IHI-LP-455 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein(4xLP, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Whi) iHipHop Distribution IHI-LP-455 US 2013 Sell This Version
DJX24 El-P Presents Cannibal Ox El-P Presents Cannibal Ox - Cannibal Oxtrumentals(CD, Album) Definitive Jux DJX24 US 2002 Sell This Version
IHI-CD-454 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein - Deluxe Edition(2xCD, Album, Dlx) iHipHop Distribution IHI-CD-454 US 2013 Sell This Version
DJX07-2 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein(CD, Album) Def Jux DJX07-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
DJX 07 CD Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein(CD, Album) Def Jux DJX 07 CD Europe 2001 Sell This Version


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December 9, 2018
Can someone please add the 2018 re-release with the blue and white colored versions?


October 27, 2018

Unquestionably one of the best hip hop albums of all time. From the raw talent and lyrical content on through the delivery of said content by rappers Vast Aire & Vordul, coupled with the spaced-out, hallucinogenic production by EL-P, it is easy to recognize that there is very little, if anything, that could be done to make this album better. A true rap masterpiece.


April 22, 2018

Man, this sounds so good. Much nicer dynamics than the streaming version I got familiar with. Definitely pick this up if you're a fan of this amazing LP.


June 1, 2017
For some reason I haven't listened to this for a couple of years, but now I'm listening to this on cassette tape on a crappy old 80's Hitachi boombox and it sounds amazing. It actually might even sound better on a boombox. The production is still a couple of galaxies away from everything else. The beats on Pigeon...


November 11, 2015
Possibly the greatest rap album in existence. You'll hate it at first and then you'll fall in love with it.


January 2, 2014
a classic what more can you say its just that ,


January 19, 2013
edited over 6 years ago

One can either love or hate this album, there isn't much room for middle ground. I hated it at first, but after a couple of listens, the album began to grow on me like crazy. CanOx is comprised of two rappers, Vast Aire (my personal favorite of the two) and Vordul, and they are as real as it gets. Vast Aire's metaphors resonate with me. He doesn't use flowery prose or generic rhyme schemes...everything is delivered exactly when he wants, how he wants. I usually hate the grungy, spaced-out electronic beats that El-P provides, but they end up complimenting the duo's gritty style perfectly.

El-P is the man behind the production of The Cold Vein, and for an album released in 2001, it was years ahead of it's time - only a genius could've actually wrangled these spacey, rambling sounds together into actual music (and good music at that). This is a truly unique album that deserves the space and attention that it requires to grow into something that your brain doesn't immediately reject. If you do give it a couple of listens and it ends up growing on you, the discomfort will be worth it, I promise.


June 16, 2011
After all these years this sounds just as fresh as it did back when I first heard it. This album has inspired me on many levels over the years and will forever be one of my favorites. I walked into a clothing store a few months back and this album was playing...I was caught off guard, because I hadn't listened to it in a while. I got just as excited listening to it, as I did for the first time when I was 18 back in 02. This truly does transcend time and space and will never sound dated. A masterpiece by EL-P, Vast Aire and Vordul Mega. Amazing production and some of the best lyrics I have ever heard. A true work of art.


January 10, 2010
This album will always hold a special place in my heart because it represents the moment I first started to expand my musical taste and further more; my mind. I remember my friend bringing round a compilation cd which had 'Iron Galaxy' on it. We used to listen to it over and over again, because at that time we had never heard any hiphop song like it. We had never heard of Definitive Jux or El-P for that matter, so we were in awe of the dream like, space age production and deep lyrics. It was then my perception of music changed forever and I explored every avenue of music I could, no matter how bizarre.

When I brought the album I was even more amazed than I thought I would be. Every song (Aside from 'Painkillers' as im not particularly fond of it, and feel its slightly out of place) is a work of art; both production wise and lyrically. I'd say this is El-P's masterwork on the production side, because every song keeps the same beautiful space age sound, but at no point does it become samey or boring. Every single song is unique. Its with alot of difficulty that I attempt to pick stand out tracks, due to the quality of every song, but I'll give it a try regardless... First 'A B Boys Alpha' is a truley amazing song, with blissful background atmospherics and piano over a nice beat and other assorted effects and sounds. 'Atom' is a more 'in your face' kind of song, as it avoids the chilled, dream like sound of most of the other tracks in favour of a darker sci fi sound and a heavier beat. 'Scream Phoenix' (which is a hidden track) is down right beautiful, opening with spacey beeps over extremely relaxing background sounds, before a nice laid back guitar kicks in with the beat and other heavenly sounds. Its simply sublime. I could go on and on like this, but I'll leave it there and with this message; If you haven't already heard this album and are after a different take on the usual hiphop out there you'd be doing yourself a great injustice if you ignored this album. Its perhaps one of the best albums I've ever heard, and brings me happiness everytime I put it on. Do not miss out on this.


May 5, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
This is without doubt my favourite hiphop LP. The beats made by El-P are absolutely mindblowing. Equally experimental, abstract and full of hooks, El-Ps production is second to none. Every track is outstanding. The two MCs also deliver some thoughtful poetics over the futrism. I cannot recommend this record enough. Everyone should own it.