Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Sounds Of The Underground” – Hot Topic Limited Edition
Label: Metal Blade, Ferret Music, Prosthetic Records, Trustkill
Release Date: 6/19/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
The Sounds Of The Underground tour is an event that caters primarily to the fans of Extreme and Metalcore music. The first one happened in 2005 and proved to be a great alternative for the Metal heads that were rapidly losing interest in events like Ozzfest. It was a tour that focused more on the bands that were excellent to many, but still considered to be on an underground level as opposed to being a band who every person had a tee shirt of. The first tour found bands like Gwar, Unearth, All That Remains, Devildriver, Chimaira and Lamb Of God all appearing on the same stage and with an affordable ticket price the audiences at every show would really be getting their moneys worth. Since this tour every one of these particular bands has been able to develop an even larger audience of loyal Metal acolytes and were no longer quite as underground as they once had been. When it returned in 2006 it proved that there would be no sophomore curse as the tour brought on powerhouses like Behemoth and Dragonforce who each brought new levels of impact to an already impressive lineup. Audiences who attended this one sure had something to talk to their friends about after this one. As it approaches its third go round in 2007, the fine people at Hot Topic have decided to give you all a treat and offer a special deal of more Metal than you would ever expect in one package. On the “Sounds Of The Underground” Tour CD/DVD you will find tracks and videos from all the bands who make up this years roster and I have to tell you that it is an impressive list. Some of my personal favorites appear on this release such as Amon Amarth (Viking Warrior Kings of Metal), Goatwhore (USA’s Black Metal Elite) and Shadow’s Fall (do I even need a description for these guys? No, I didn’t think so). I’m sure as you glance over the contents some groups will immediately have you raising the horns.
There are thirty one audio tracks and fifteen videos to snare your attention for a while and while you might be wondering if you can even afford a package like this let me ease your mind a little bit. The whole thing will cost you only $9.99 and its only going to be available for a limited time at Hot Topic stores and online exclusively. Diehard collectors of all things Metal will love knowing that there are also only going to be 10,000 of these issued so you better act fast if you know what’s good for you. The entire collection is encased in a fold-out case that is covered in art by John Dyer Baizley. The only downside is that there isn’t really any band information or photos on it but for 10 bucks who has a right to complain? Check out the Sounds Of The Underground tour when you can, it’s a very Metal experience that you will not easily forget. This package offers you the chance to experience some bands that you might not have had the chance to hear otherwise.
CD2: Throwdown, A Life Once Lost, Beneath The Massacre, Nora, Cellador, Since The Flood, Anterior, It Dies Today, Autumn, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Poison the Well, Walls Of Jericho, See You Next Tuesday, Skeletonwitch, The Minor Times, The Human Abstract.
DVD: Gwar, Shadows Fall, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, Necro, Darkest Hour, Amon Amarth, The Acacia Strain, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Goatwhore, This Is Hell, 2Cents, Kylesa, Terror, Misery Signals.
Band Listing CD1:
2. Shadows Fall
4. Every Time I Die
5. Job For A Cowboy
7. Darkest Hour
8. Amon Amarth
9. The Acacia Strain
10. The Devil Wears Prada
11. Heavy Heavy Low Low
12. The Number Twelve Looks Like You
14. This Is Hell
Official Website: www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com