AGGREGATED ASSAULT!

Free Metal E-Mail









New Users Sign Up

Connect. Befriend. Follow.

Share |



Other swag here
metal rules swag



Various Artists
The Second Coming...A Millennium Tribute to 80`s Heavy Metal and Hard Rock
December 1999
Released: 1999, Versailles Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Some "metal" and hard rock was best left to the 80's, there's no doubt about that. These better left to the 80's bands were the (at the time) trendy glam metal bands. This CD is different than most tributes as it's not a tribute to a single band, it's a tribute to an era. Out of the 14 tracks on here there are some that to me shouldn't of made it on the CD and there are bands that were left out. For example, when you're talking 80's metal and hard rock then you cannot leave out Ronnie James Dio, W.AS.P., Ratt, and a a slew of others! But hey, you can't please everyone and some bands won't make the final cut.



Since each band on this tribute has their own interpretation of the song they cover I felt it would only be fair to look at each cover individually and give a rating for each. Then for the fun of it I added up the ranking and averaged them out to see what the overall rating at the top is!



The CD opens up with a cover of Twisted Sister's "Under the Blade" performed by American Dog http://www.globalco.net/americandog/ What would a tribute to 80's metal be without Twisted Sister? Unfortunately, their cover of this song did nothing for me. Rating 1/5.



Next up, Cage http://www.cageheavymetal.com/ cover the classic Judas Priest tune "Freewheel Burning." Priest are one of those 80's bands that still mean something today, who are still together and putting out great music - even if they've only put out 2 studio CD's in the 90's (Painkiller and Jugulator). For a band to cover Priest they have to meet some high standards. Cage's version is VERY close to the original. The vocals are almost perfect, only in one or two places did I notice that the vocalist didn't reach the exact pitch that Halford at one time could reach. The leads were again almost flawless. I don't know if this band's own material sounds like Priest or if they have their own identity but this cover gets a 5/5!



Sticking out like a sore thumb is a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Don't Believe A Word" by a band called Southern Rock Allstars http://www.southernrock.com I don't really understand why this is on this CD. I never considered Thin Lizzy to be metal anyway. I can't really comment on the cover that these guys do other than to say I don't like this song and it's simple boring rock...next please. Rating 1/5.



Guns 'n Roses...why anyone would want to include them on a tribute is beyond me. After all, they only did one half decent album in 1987! "Welcome to the Jungle" is covered here by L.A.'s Guttersluts http://members.aol.com/gutrsltz They manage to make the song more un-listenable than the original by turning it into mud. Rating 0/5.



Premonition http://www.premonition11.com deliver a cover of Ozzy's "I Don't Know" that vocally is so close to the original it's scary. They have slightly changed the rhythm at the beginning which really didn't add to the song and made it a little less lively. The solos are played very well, Randy would be proud. Rating 4/5.



Def Leppard are another band that I have never been a fan of. I did however like one of their CD's - "Pyromania" (what fucking metalhead didn't have that in their collection in 1983?). This album reminds me of being 13 again whereas their later material reminds me of why I turned to bands like Metallica and Anthrax in the 80's to escape from the glam nightmare. That said, Straightjacket Smile aka Mudbone http://members.aol.com/DaSnotty1/mudbone.html provide an excellent rendition of "Photograph." The vocals here are almost dead-on and the guitar riffing near the beginning of the song sounds heavier than the original. Rating 4/5.



Wraith http://www.wraithlair.com provide a so-so version of Quiet Riot's "Bang You Head (Metal Health)." Musically this is done accurately but not many people can attempt to sound like Kevin DuBrow and pull it off. Again, this song fits in perfectly on this CD and reminds me of the early 80's big-time! Rating 4/5.



"Transformers...robots in the sky". Remember that cartoon? Well the next band on here, Salvo http://www.salvo.org have taken their vocal ideas from the theme music from that cartoon complete with the robot synthesized vocals and used it to cover Motorhead's "Orgasmatron." On fist listen I laughed, by the second I thought it was different and cool, after hearing it a couple more times it's getting old. That whole ministry thing is kinda repetitive and boring anyway. At least they have put their own stamp on this cover so that's a 3/5.



There have been enough tributes to Iron Maiden done in recent years that I don't think anyone needs to be covering Maiden for a while. Yes, Maiden were gods of metal in the 80's but if you want to hear Maiden tributes go buy "Maiden Tribute." A band called Tempered Steel http://users.itsnet.com/~landrus/steel cover "Revelations." Vocally, Bruce Dickinson this isn't! It's not bad, but considering that Bruce is about the all-time best metal vocalist in my books you'd better not cover this unless you either completely change the vocals and only keep it the same if you can hit every note. the highpoint of this cover are the leads, for the most part done well. Rating 2.5/5.



This is the epitome of sleaze, the bottom of the barrel. Faster Pussycat were total glam poseurs whom you could count their decent songs on one hand, and that would be stretching it. Believe it or not the cover provided here is worse than the original. "Smash Alley" is covered by Detox Darlings http://hometown.aol.com/detox2001/html Rating 1/5.



A Dokken cover?!?! Wow, this is different, and it's not even one of their more pop-orientated songs. Black Widow Steelwynch@aol.co do a fine job covering "When Heaven Comes Down." On vocals we have a chick, but that doesn't detract from the song because Don Dokken always sounded a bit like a chick anyway haha. The leads are not quite up to George Lynch's caliber but it's close for a 3/5.



Red Hot http://welcome.to/redhot are a Motley Crue tribute band. You'd think that these guys would therefore probably have the best cover version on this CD as their entire reason for being is to copy another band. It's sad then that they fail miserably with "Kickstart My Heart." First off the drums are off and dumbed down. The vocals are ok but in places waver off-key. Why they picked a song that was from Dr. Feelgood is silly. They should of picked something from Too Fast or from Shout...something that is more classic. Rating 2/5.



O.C.D. http://www.ocdmedia.com are a band that has totally put their stamp on their cover of Alice Cooper's "I Love The Dead." Wait, you're saying Cooper is better known for his 70's stuff! You're right, but I think we'd all rather hear this then a cover of Cooper's "Poison" or "He's Back (the man behind the mask)"...yuck. This sounds very little like the original and that's why I like it. O.C.D. have the originality to make something new out of this song and breathe new life into it! Rating 5/5.



Closing out the CD is Mudbone http://members.aol.com/DaSnotty1/mudbone.htm - yeah scroll back, they are the same band as Straightjacket Smile?!! They do an impressive cover of White Lion's "Wait." I never liked this band much but "Wait" and "Little Fighter" were half cool. White Lion's lead guitarist, Vito Bratta(?) was/is very talented and the fact that Mudbone's guitarist plays the solo on this note for note had me impressed. The vocals on this one are also un-real in that they are so close to the original! I'm wondering what ever happened to White Lion...maybe they have renamed themselves Mudbone? I wouldn't be surprised!! Rating 5/5.
Track Listing

N/A

Lineup

N/A

Contact

N/A

Other reviews

» Slave to the Power: The Iron Maiden Tribute
by Wisco

» Monster Madness
by Keith McDonald

» Mercyful Fate Tribute
by Edited by EvilG

» War Dance-A WAR Music Compilation
by Nathan Robinson

» Statements of Intent
by Nathan Robinson

» Straight to Hell - A Tribute to Slayer
by Blake

» Identity Five
by David Lee

» For Lucio Fulci-A Symphony of Fear
by Nathan Robinson

» Death is Just the Beginning Vol. 5
by Nathan Robinson

» Metal Dreams
by Keith McDonald

» "Dio - Holy Dio...A Tribute The Voice of Metal, Ronnie James Dio"
by Pete

» Kiss of Death: A Sikk Tribute To Kiss
by Wisco

» Power from the North – Sweden Rocks the World
by Nathan Robinson

» The Second Coming...A Millennium Tribute to 80`s Heavy Metal and Hard Rock
by EvilG

» Progressive DisDURPance Vol.2 - Die Ultimative Review Page (webzine)
by Rick

» Metal For Muthas: Volume I & II
by Rick

» Heart of Metal
by Keith McDonald

» A Tribute To Judas Priest - Delivering The Goods
by EvilG

» Tales From The Crypt: Monsters Of Metal
by Keith McDonald

» Dehumanized Witch
by Nathan Robinson

» Death is just the Beginning VI
by Nathan Robinson

» MTV Return of the Rock Vol2
by Waspman

» A Tribute to the Scorpions
by Joe

» Ball One Strike Two
by Joe

» The Keepers of Jericho-A Tribute To Helloween
by EvilG

» Identity 7: Deadly Sins
by Pete

» Twisted Forever-A Tribute to the Legendary TWISTED SISTER
by EvilG

» Power From The Underground Vol. 1
by EvilG

» Progressive Disdurpance Vol 3
by Rick

» Warmth in the Wilderness-A Tribute To Jason Becker
by EvilG

» Beauty In Darkness Vol.5
by Waspman

» Dream Ballads
by Rick

» William Shakespeare`s Hamlet
by Thiago Martins

» Power of Metal: Symphonies of Steel
by Pete

» 2001 CHRISTMAS REVIEW FEATURE
by JP

» Metal Christmas
by Michael De Los Muertos

» Visionaires Of The Macabre Vol.2 - An Evil Elite
by Luxi Lahtinen

» 2002 Melodic Hard Rock Feature
by JP

» Union 3
by JP

» Death Knell
by JP

» The Keepers of Jericho: A Tribute to Helloween
by JP

» PowerMad Sampler Series. Volumes I-V
by JP

» Century Media X (10th Anniversary 3 CD box-set)
by JP

» Voyager: The Nuclear Blast 10 Year Anniversary Collection
by JP

» A Tribute to Accept Volume II
by JP

» A Tribute To The Beast
by EvilG

» The End Records: At The End of Infinity [Echos and Thoughts of Wonder]
by EvilG

» THE WEST COAST METALFEST
by JP

» 2002 MELODIC HARD ROCK FEATURE/OVERVIEW PART II
by JP

» Screaming Ferret Wreckords Sampler, Volume 1-Oh Say Can You Scream
by CrashTest

» Diehard Music – Checkpoint #4
by Night of the Realm

» Spin The Bottle: A Tribute To KISS
by Lord of the Wasteland

» A Tribute To the Creatures Of The Night (KISS)
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Identity 8
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Phases
by Waspman

» Blackmores’s Castle: A Tribute to Deep Purple and Rainbow
by Rick

» “Hey, That’s What I Call Sludge!” Volume 1
by Wisco

» Influences and Connections Volume One: Mr. Big
by Anders Sandvall

» Order of The Tyrants-Celtic Frost Tribute
by JP

» Hollywood Hairspray II
by JP

» Rebirth of the Heavy
by Night of the Realm

» Covered In Filth: A Tribute to Cradle Of Filth
by JP

» Gore Metal Feature: The Six Pack of Sickness
by JP

» When Worlds Collide Inside Out Music Sampler 2
by Waspman

» V.A New Found Power Compilation
by Anders Sandvall

» Beyond Inspiration: A Tribute To Uli Jon Roth
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Shrouded In Silent Omens
by Aryn

» Armageddon Over Wacken – Live 2003 (DVD)
by Michael De Los Muertos

» Black Mark – Metal By Metal (DVD)
by Rick

» Fenriz Presents...The Best of Old-School Black Metal
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Fenriz Presents... The Best Of Old School Black Metal
by Anders Sandvall

» RASKASTA JOULUA
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Metal Mania 2003 DVD
by Waspman

» The Hive
by Gabriel C. Zolman

» Saw: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Give Us Moore: A Gary Moore Tribute
by JP

» Apocalypse
by JP

» Metal On Metal
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Hollywood Rocks-Boxed Set
by Keith McDonald

» Armageddon Over Wacken 2004
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Rainbow Six: Lockdown
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Hollywood Hairspray Vol.5
by Celtic Bob

» Metal: A Headbanger`s Journey
by Lord of the Wasteland

» MTV2 - Headbanger`s Ball: The Revenge
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Metal`s Darkside: The Hard and The Furious Volume 1 (DVD)
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Sounds of The Underground Live From The Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ July 2, 2005 Volume One (DVD)
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Butchering The Beatles
by Celtic Bob

» Metal on Metal 2
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Drum Nation Volume 3
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Butchering The Beatles - A Headbashing Tribute
by Anders Sandvall

» The Music of Artisanship & War Volume One
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Nuclear Blast Allstars-Into The Light
by Mortuai

» Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary: Live in Worcester, MA (DVD)
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Thrashing Like a Maniac
by Anders Sandvall

» The Unholy Alliance - Chapter II: Preaching To The Perverted (DVD)
by Lord of the Wasteland

» United in Annihilation
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Hollywood Rocks (DVD)
by Celtic Bob

» Live At Wacken 2007: 18 Years In History (DVD)
by Anders Sandvall

» We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year
by Celtic Bob

» ISRAEL UNLEASHED
by Mr. Rock

» Building a Legacy 2
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Century Media - Covering 20 Years of Extremes
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Grind Madness at the BBC
by Stu Occupier

» Metal on Metal III - Third Warning of the Storms
by Luxi Lahtinen

» We Wish You A Metal X-Mas EP
by Robert Williams

» Grind Madness at the BBC
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» Bon Appetite Vol.2
by Celtic Bob

» Rising Of Yog-Sothoth: Tribute to Thergothon
by JP

» Sucking The 70s: Back In The Saddle
by Waspman

» We Wish You A Metal X-Mas And A Headbanging New Year
by JP

» We Wish You A Metal Xmas
by Celtic Bob

» Sin-atra
by Celtic Bob

» Whole Lotta Love:: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks
by Celtic Bob

» SIN-ATRA
by Robert Williams

» Embrace The Sun
by JP

» This Is Black Metal (DVD)
by JP

» Cy-Metal.com Presents: Cyprus Metal Scene United
by Erich

» The Music Remains The Same
by JP

» Speed Metal Kills
by JP

» Hideous Gnosis (Book Review)
by JP

» Black Metal: Beyond The Darkness (Book Review)
by JP

» Strong As Steel - A Tribute To Anvil
by JP

» Metal On Ice
by Celtic Bob

» The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (Blu-Ray)
by Celtic Bob

» Thriller: A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson
by JP

» Holy Dio-A Tribute To The Voice Of Metal: Ronnie James Dio
by JP

» Awaken The Demon-Tribute To Dio
by JP

» Magic-A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio
by JP

» To Heaven Through Hell-A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio
by JP

» Ronnie James Dio-This Is Your Life
by JP

» Imperative Music - Volume VII
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


Next review: » Various Artists - The Unholy Alliance - Chapter II: Preaching To The Perverted (DVD)
Previous review: » Various Artists - The Music Remains The Same





Home | About Metal-Rules.com | Staff | Advertise With Us | Staff Openings | Donations

Content is © 2009-2012 Metal-Rules.com. All Rights Reserved.
Graphics by Hammerblaze studio.