The comp begins with Converge doing their song "Thaw." I found this song to be "ear bleeding." Converge is a metal-core band, and from what I hear, they are not very talented. If all of their songs sound like this one, then I will stay the hell away from them.
No Warning follows with their song "A Day In a Life." I was hooked on this song from the moment I heard it. Good, fast, hardcore; the way I like it; hold the metal. Striking Distance does their song "Hated." The song is ok, it's not too bad, but not the best I've heard. I will have to look into these guys more to see if I like them.
Carry On- "Killing A Sound" is a great song. I like the guitars in the song. This is definitely a track that I will keep coming back to. The Dedication's song "Of You" would be an ok song, but the lead singer's voice gets annoying, really quick. It sounds like he is trying to scream, but it just isn't working for him. Damage picks things up with their song "Turn My Back." I really like Damage, and I'm glad that they are on this compilation. American Nightmare is the best band on the CD. The song "There Is a Black Hole" is just one of the songs that keeps me from using this album as target practice, or a nice chew-toy for my dog.
The Boy Set Fire's cover of "Rocket Man" is rather interesting. BSF's song is the only poppy song found on the album. I'm not a big fan of theirs, but you can't pass by a cover of this classic.
The Cops & Robbers' song "Martyr Complex" kind of reminds me of old Suicidal Tendencies. I like the song, and the fact that it reminds me of ST helps. I will have to check these guys out and see how the rest of their stuff sounds.
This compilation has a few gems, but a lot of the bands really make this album sound horrible. I would buy it just because American Nightmare, Damage, No Warning, and a few other bands are on it. I'm glad that I got this for free, because it makes it easier listening to those crappy bands that make up most of the comp.
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