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Headbangers Ball: Volume 2
by Zane Ewton

MTV is the last source someone should turn to when searching for what is happening in metal but the second compilation from Headbangers Ball is surprisingly good.  For the uninitiated, this two disc set would be a great introduction to some of the bigger names and also the bands that are making their way through the ranks.

None of the tracks are rare, except maybe the live version of “My Tortured Soul”, the Probot song recorded from an appearance on Headbangers Ball.  The other 39 tracks are culled together from previously released and soon to be released albums.

Disc one features a more mainstream look at metal, with the likes of Korn and Slipknot, who provided “Right Now” and “Duality” respectively.  But Korn sounds old and uninspired compared to the other bands.  Speaking of old, an un-retired Megadeth contribute a new track.  “Kick the Chair” hearkens back to when Megadeth was still a metal band.

Other bands adding songs you have heard before are Black Label Society with the acoustic “House of Doom”, Fear Factory’s “Archetype”, Soulfly’s title track to the disappointing “Prophecy”, Vinnie and Dime’s  Damageplan contribute “Breathing New Life”, Superjoint Ritual sit in the middle of disc one with “Waiting for the Turning Point” and Drowning Pool with new singer add “Step Up”.

Disc two features the bands that are not quite household names yet.  Some tracks that stand out are God Forbids “Antihero”, Children of Bodom’s “Needled 24/7”, Himsa’s “Rain to the Sound of Panic”, The Black Dahlia Murder with “Contagion”, Martyr A.D. track “American Hollow” and “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse” by Dimmu Borgir.

Unlike other genre compilations, this one has diversity and each band stands out from the rest.  Volume 2 is lacking in numetal, which is a very good thing.  Because bands like Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and countless others are taking metal to exciting places.  All we can do is hope MTV won’t kill it before it really gets started.

CD Info and Links

Headbangers Ball: Volume 2
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: Sept 28, 2004
Duality - Slipknot
Right Now - Korn
Rose Of Shryn - Killswitch Engage
Kick The Chair - Megadeth
Right Side Of The Bed - Atreyu
Step Up - Drowning Pool
Weak And Powerless - A Perfect Circle
What Drives The Weak - Shadows Fall
Imperium - Machine Head
Waiting For The Turning Point - Superjoint Ritual
Into The Darkness - Kittie
Your Sweet Six Six Six - HIM
Unholy Confessions - Avenged Sevenfold
Laid To Rest - Lamb Of God
Prophecy - Soulfly
House Of Doom - Black Label Society
Breathing New Life - Damageplan
Quiet Place, The - In Flames
Archetype - Fear Factory
My Tortured Soul - Probot
Medusa And Hemlock - Cradle Of Filth
Great Dividers, The - Unearth
Antihero - God Forbid
We Bury Our Dead At Dawn - The Agony Scene
Needled 24/7 - Children Of Bodom
Love Lost In A Hale Of Gunfire - Bleeding Through
Like Light To The Flies - Trivium
Fuel For Hatred - Satyricon
Rain To The Sound Of Panic - Himsa
Deadly Sinners - 3 Inches Of Blood
Contagion - The Black Dahlia Murder
I Been Gone A Long Time - Every Time I Die
She Speaks To Me - Blood Has Been Shed
Waiting For The Heavens - Eighteen Visions
Scars Of The Crucifix - Deicide
Deepest Gray, The - All That Remains
Venus Complex - Twelve Tribes
Panasonic Youth - The Dillinger Escape Plan
American Hollow - Martyr A.D.
Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse - Dimmu Borgir

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