V/A - Punk Goes Metal
Fearless Records

I don't like 80's metal.  Period.  I grew up surrounded by it, but never
got into it at all.  Maybe had I been a bit older or paying more attention
during that time period, these covers would mean much more to me.  But as a
listener now, I ask myself: "What is the need for another 'punk covers
metal' comp?"  In the past few months, we have already had "Metalliska!"
and "I Love Metal," [and don't forget the Shai Hulud/Boy Sets Fire covering
Metallica 7"] both of which had their moments, but the whole CD just ends
up being too long and boring.  Punk Goes Metal is the same way.  It clocks
in with 17 tracks at over an hour, and the standouts are few and far
between.  AFI does do a nice version of "My Michelle" by Guns N Roses, and
Dynamite Boy plays a pretty faithful rendition of "TNT" by
AC/DC.  Otherwise, the CD just lags on and on.  This will sell a whole
bunch of copies, due to the inclusion of Strung Out, Ten Foot Pole,
Jughead's Revenge, The Ataris, The Aquabats, and Link 80, to name a
few.  One can just hope that we're reached the end of this metal revival
phase or what have you, and we can all move on with our lives.  And if you
really want to purchase a covers compilation, get "Before You Were Punk"
Volumes 1 and 2, which have more than just cheesy metal tracks on them.   
...scott heisel...

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