VARIOUS 'MTV2 Headbangers Ball' Roadrunner (2004)
Headbangers Ball is back and on MTV2 but don't expect an array of
hair metal bands like the 80's original. Oh no, this is cutting edge
stuff as indeed was the original HB for its time. You get two discs
and 40 tracks ranging from the big acts to the new and rising bands.
Now with any compilation (unless you compiled it yourself of course)
there will always be tracks you need to skip/programme out and for me
that's Cradle of Filth (great music, crap vocals), Dimmu Borgir and
Kittie (more like Kittie litter!). There are plenty of gems,though,
like `Kick The Chair' (Megadeth), the wonderful `Your Sweet Six Six
Six' (H.I.M.), `House of Doom' (Black Label Society) and `Step Up'
(Drowning Pool). Plus I am a convert to amongst others In Flames,
Shadows Fall and 3 Inches Of Blood (think Manowar meet Judas
With such a varied selection of bands and musical styles on here
every track won't appeal but as it's at a low price and 40 tracks
have a go if you're open minded to new sounds.
Review by Jason Ritchie