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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 12

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the final reviews, so “Hear Us Out” one last time.

Various Artists: “Metal For The Masses V” (Century Media Records)

The great thing about this compilation is that it includes members of the whole Century Media family of labels and as result you get Into Eternity with Meshuggah with American Heartbreak. Two CD’s loaded with songs from existing and new signings make this a worthy slab of Metal, but lets not forget the DVD that features videos from the same rosters. It’s a great way to showcase the already known while allowing you time to absorb those that are new. You cannot go wrong with a release like that for who knows how many more fans it can make for legends and how many legends it can foster going forward.

Various Artists: “Saw III” Soundtrack (Artists Addiction Records)

Soundtracks are not often easy to review since many of them are sub-par but lucky us this is an exception. After the shaking in fear has stopped from seeing this movie, you can once again feel your blood boil hot with the power of the great bands presented here. Hot new acts like All That Remains, and Mastodon are tempered by the legends Slayer and Ministry while ever rising super powers like Lamb Of God and Meshuggah dole it out as well. A soundtrack helped Evanescence, perhaps this will make a spike marked dent on someone elses career. Yes, there will be blood.
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“Saw III” (Soundtrack) by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Saw III” – soundtrack
Label: Artists Addiction Records
Release Date: 10/24/2006
Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Heavy Metal
Rating: 3/5

Once you have stopped shaking in your boots from the terror-filled gore fest that is the movie “Saw III”; you can put on this CD and find your blood boiling again instead of running cold in your veins. Yes, this soundtrack is just the type of release to help do it and get your energy levels high and excited instead of finding them in fear of the dark and sudden noises from alley. I admit that soundtracks for movies such as this don’t usually impress me but on top of this edition featuring some truly killer bands they do also offer a particular launch point. Does anyone remember the movie Daredevil? Well, that soundtrack helped out a little band called Evanescence, so there is just a chance that some of the newer groups in the eyes of the masses on this release can benefit from it.
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