Artist: Various Artists
Title: “The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years”
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 3/29/2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
The film “The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years” was infamous in its own right but this review is not about the Penelope Spheeris documentary but instead focuses on the soundtrack that accompanied the movie. Right off the bat I have to say that this should have been a double CD release and offered the buyer some inclusions that were not available on the original soundtrack. Instead we get the exact same track listing from the now sadly out of circulation film. There were so many interesting L.A. strip bands featured in the documentary that it might have been cool to see their music showcased here as well on the re-issue of this now collectible album. We do get some coolness from Alice Cooper who was joined by Axl Rose and of course you never go wrong with a little Motorhead. Cult favorites Armored Saint and Lizzy Borden are also represented along with heavier hitters Queensryche and Metal Church but at the end of the day most of these tracks have been featured on other collections or are able to be purchased on a one by one basis via the legal download mediums. What I am getting at is very simply, if you loved Megadeth’s “In My Darkest Hour”, you already own it somewhere else. Only a couple of these tunes will be difficult to find via the usual means.
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