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Bring You To Your Knees

A Tribute to Guns & Roses

various artists

Law of Inertia

 

Look, I'm as big a fan of G'n'R as anyone, but the last thing I want to hear is a tribute album done by a bunch of bad metal bands. More than unnecessary. But since they tried, here's the score:

  • Welcome to the Jungle -- Zombie Apocalypse -- Horrible monster-metal approach is amusingly bad, just like most metal.
  • You're Crazy -- Haste -- See above.
  • 14 Years -- Vaux -- Garage punk in posture, hip in delivery, as good or better than the original.
  • It's So Easy -- Unearth -- Only half-crappy -- the half where the guy ain't screaming isn't horrible.
  • Nightrain -- Break the Silence -- A run-of-the-mill bar-band cover.
  • Anything Goes -- Death by Stereo -- They take a song that's already heavy and turn it up a notch. I always thought G'n'R's version sounded sort of half ass. This is all ass (and that's good).
  • Sweet Child o' Mine -- Most Precious Blood -- Why these guys get this one? Maybe because someone in the band knows how to play piano. No one in the band knows how to sing, however.
  • November Rain -- Time in Malta -- The original is so damn long, what do you do with it? Not this.
  • My Michelle -- Dillinger Escape Plan -- Growl screaming. Maybe Axl was a better singer than we all thought?
  • Paradise City -- Eighteen Visions -- Straight-forward reading adds nothing to the original.
  • I Used to Love Her -- Every Time I Die -- Suitably laid-back, nice.
  • Out to Get Me -- God Forbid -- More growling. Ugh.
  • Rocket Queen -- Bleeding Through -- The worst cover on the CD.
  • Estranged -- The Beautiful Mistake -- Almost NYC, almost indie, and not bad.

The final bad vs. good score -- 10 to 4. Band wins hands down.


back torevhead.gif (1924 bytes)   Posted Dec. 27, 2004. Copyright 2004 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.



Rating: No

Obligatory pull-quote: "...the last thing I want to hear is a tribute album done by a bunch of bad metal bands. More than unnecessary."