“The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years” by Various Artists

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
Rating: 3/5

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.

I will say that the movie needs to be re-introduced to the fans as it was a very interesting documentary that painted a unique view of the Metal scene at the specific time. There are a few notorious scenes and some from bands who were barely a blip on the radar and felt they were rulers of the roost. I say that this is more geared for those who pined for the original album more than anyone else and while I enjoyed it myself, cannot say when I will even listen to it again now that it’s been loaded onto my massive ITunes library. It’s up to the shuffle feature now and who knows when it will find some of these trinkets. Thanks to Capitol Records for the blast from the past just the same.

Track Listing:
1. Alice Cooper/Axl Rose – Under My Wheels
2. Faster Pussycat – The Bathroom Wall
3. Motorhead – Cradle To The Grave
4. Armored Saint – You Can Run But You Can’t Hide
5. Lizzy Borden – Born To Be Wild
6. Megadeth – In My Darkest Hour
7. Queensryche – The Prophecy
8. Metal Church – The Brave
9. Rigor Mortis – Foaming At The Mouth
10. Seduce – Colleen

Official Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decline_of_Western_Civilization_Part_II:_The_Metal_Years

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