The Scrounger's Report
Mar. 01, 2001
The Mini Metal Scrounger's Report.
It was a trip to Casa de Inbred, and as usual I spent more
than I should have...
A pair that were majorly disappointing:
K.O.D. - Kingdom of Dead. 1993. Magnetic Air.
Half-assed death metal. Luckily it was only $2.50.
Venom - Greatest Hits and More. 1999. Deadline Records.
I knew I wanted some classic Venom in my collection,
so I figured that a 3-disc set for $15.99 wouldn't
be a bad deal. The "In Memorium" disc is throwaway shit.
I've only listened to a few tracks to one of the other
discs, and one or two show potential, but by and large
this isn't very good.
Ok, now to some keepers:
Mortal Sin - Face of Despair. 1989. Vertigo (Australia)
Various Artists - Doomsday News 2. 1989. Noise Records
Tracks from Coroner, Watchtower, Midas Touch, Deathrow,
Mordred, Rage, Vendetta, and Mania.
Metallica - Garage Inc. 1998. Elektra Records.
I'll eventually get all the Metallica discs, if I
find them cheap enough. This 2-CD set was $6. Sounds
Sodom - In the Sign of Evil/Obsessed by Cruelty. 1998. Steamhammer.
No clue. Haven't listened yet.
V/A - Testify! (The Best of Christian Metal). 1988. Arrival/K-Tel.
Tracks from Barren Cross, Shout, Whitecross, Jerusalem,
Mark Farner, Ruscha, Bloodgood, Neon Cross, Mastedon, and
And the 3 new releases:
Freedom Call - Crystal Empire. 2001. Steamhammer/SPV.
Haven't listened yet, but if it's anything like the
first one, it will rule.
Primal Fear - Nuclear Fire. 2001. Nuclear Blast.
Hey, it sounds a lot like a Primal Fear album!
Only listened to a couple of tracks thus far, but
sounds samey to me.
Children of Bodom - Follow the Reaper. 2001. Nuclear Blast.
Yeah, baybee! Phenomenal! Their best thus far. I keep
wondering what their stuff would sound like with clean
vocals at the helm, since instrumentally they blow away
98% of the power metal bands out there today. And then
I realize that if they had clean vocals they'd be "just
another power metal band." They've really carved out a
niche. I mean who else is doing this type of amalgam of
power metal and death metal? I can only really think of
Bal Sagoth, but despite how much I like Power Cosmic,
they don't come close to COB. Now if only we could get
them to put out an album LONGER THAN 40 FUCKING MINUTES!