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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 Priest!).

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.

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Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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