As this disc starts, it's hard not to want
to make it stop. The hard rock bullshit of "Rise and Fall"
by Fallen is 4 minutes and 48 seconds of my life that I really
want back. Sorry guys, Monsters of Rock was a few years ago.
In fact, the waste of time, nostalgia waxing, metal nonsense
continues until we get to a pretty good punk track by 5 Cent
Deposit called "Things Ain't Fine." Now, I'm really fucking
confused. Is this a punk compilation fallen flat on its face
or a metal compilation that decided to put in punk as filler?
This track could easily get lost among the rest of this uninteresting
hair band musical vomit.
The next song is just a laughable power
ballad by a band called Living Proof. Following this is just
more stereotypical loser metal by Charnel House. When you
say the title of their song, you have to use your scary voice...
say it with me.. "Tale of Murder." There's a bit of relief
with next track, "Canal Street" by Sax9. I have a feeling
this is only a temporary moment of joy. The problem here is
that I'm not sure if this band is really good or just good
Continuing with being just weird and having
no guidance, we find out what it would've sounded like if
Spandau Ballet and Talking Heads had a child with Dead Emotion.
Disturbing. Very Disturbing. Now we have pretty punk with
Powersurge (Use your Monster Truck announcer voice when you
say their name). At this point, Redefine The Rockstar: Volume
2, is more like a bad car crash than an album. I can't quit
listening because of how badly compiled this album is and
the total lack of substance and quality in the chosen artists.
The next band is called Salted Wounds. Metallica called, they
want their sound back.
I want to end this review, but a strange
force is begging me to go on... can't... resist. "Inferno"
by Xashinto. I've heard people be blatant rip-offs of Rage
Against the Machine before, but these guys take it to a whole
different label. I only thought I'd heard people rip them
off before, but this is the real deal.
"Handful of Nightmare" by Milgasm
might have been a good song if they weren't singing flat (that'll
come back to haunt them in the years to come). The music is
remarkably stupid and redundant. Now, we've got "Blame" by...
The Blame. I guess it's not bad, but I think my standards
have dropped severely within the last few minutes. I can't
quit the review with only 6 songs left.
"Shadow (Radio Edit)" by Witness
Relocation Program--I understand the radio edit. There was
probably a huge demand from radio stations nationwide to get
a shorter and cleaner version of "Shadow," y'know, with unknown
hair bands making a huge comeback and topping all of the charts.
Darling Demonic... fucking please. I just
can't by this "evil" thing at this point; especially when
it sounds like it's been mixed by Helen Keller. "Spineless"
by D-ZL sounds like the lyrics were written by a pissed off
14-year-old. "Punk ass freak, you should be put to sleep"
repeated 4 times - I'm not kidding.
Like I said before, I'm no longer in a
position to determine if what I think is good is actually
good, but "21" by Putrid Flowers doesn't sound half-bad. I'll
have to give it another listen after I listen to some Fugazi.
Oh my God, save me, please!!! Synthesized
funk in the form of "Asgardian Jam" by Forgotten Gods. THERE
IS NO DIRECTION AT ALL. I'm getting sick from all of the flip-flopping.
"Straight Jacket" by Law Byting Citizen is mediocre punk rock.
I dunno, maybe it's good. I just don't know anymore. Now there's
rapping that sound like Stan Ridgeway. On the back of Redefine
The Rockstar it says Special Thanks to You for listening.
Fuck that. 3:16 Productions now owes me those minutes of my
life back. You don't have enough to pay me for listening to
this entire album. This has got to be the worst compilation
of all time.
1. "Rise and Fall" - Fallen
2. "Dishwasher" - Life of Riley
3. "Here Come The End" - Orcus
4. "Fred" - Obsidian
5. "Gravel" - SOS
6. "Things Ain't Fine" - 5 Cent Deposit
7. "Loneliness" - Living Proof
8. "A Tale of Murder" - Charnel House
9. "Canal Street" - Sax 9
10. "Nothing To Die For" - Dead Emotion
11. "Time and Place" - Powersurge
12. "Dead Alive" - Salted Wounds
13. "Inferno" - Xashinto
14. "Handful of Nightmare" - Milgasm
15. "Blame" - The Blame
16. "Shadow (Radio Edit)" - Witness Relocation Program
17. "99 Fulton Ave" - Darling Demonic
18. "Spineless" - D-ZL
19. "21" - Putrid Flowers
20. "Asgardian Jam" - Forgotten Gods
21. "Straight Jacket" - Law Byting Citizens