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MUSIC REVIEWS - EP AND CD SINGLE RELEASES
by Richard Karsmakers
It's been a long while since the previous issue of ST NEWS was
released, and I have to admit I bought quite a few CDs. Some of
this was caused by the fact that "White Noise" (the prime Utrecht
CD shop) had a spring sale due to their redesigning the inside of
the shop anew. I could get a lot of old and new titles at around
25% off. So once more the "Music Reviews" section has had to be
split into several files, this one being the one containing the
CD singles and the like...
Metallica - Until it Sleeps (Vertigo)
Are Metallica selling out? Different people are bound to have
entirely different definitions of "selling out", so I am afraid
no objective answer to this highly subjective question will ever
be given. Fact is, however, that their record company does seem
intent on cashing in on Metallica as much as possible. This is
proved amply by the fact that the first single, "Until it
Sleeps", has been released in a massive four different
incarnations. That beats the three different versions of the
"One" CD single that were released here about 2 years ago. And
this is just the first song that made it onto a single; I have a
nagging hunch that there will be at least two or three others
(each probably in a few different versions) pulled off the album
before the year is out.
Anyway, what's on them? First of all there's the European
cardboard sleeve version. Bonus track is "2x4", recorded at the
1995 Donington "Monsters of Rock" festival. It's quite OK. Second
there's "Until it Sleeps Part 1", which features the exact same
"2x4" with an additional demo version of "Until it Sleeps", known
as "F.B.O.D.". Not too bad. "Until it Sleeps Part 2" features a
really interesting and a really, er, unconventional bonus track.
The interesting one is a "Kill/Ride Medley", also recorded at
Donington. It features bits of "Ride the Lightning", "No
Remorse", "Hit the Lights", "The Four Horsemen", "Phantom Lord"
and "Fight Fire with Fire" chunked together in a medley. Sounds
great, but a bit too slow and too short (of course). I wonder
what things are heading to with Metalligigs. Will there be a
dozen songs off the black album and "Load", a long drum solo, a
longer bass solo, and then a few "Justice" and "Kill/Ride"
medleys? I have mixed feelings about this. But let us not forget
the, er, unconventional track. It's "Until it Sleeps (Herman
Melville Mix)". What this boils down to is a barely recognisable
mix of the song in techno-house format, performed by Moby. I have
tried to listen to this with an open mind, but apart from the
fact that it does capture a lot of aggression and that it's
really fast, it's also stupendously dreadful. It just doesn't
agree with me at all. Then for the fourth version. This is yet
another cardboard sleeve, a US version of "Until it Sleeps" with
a bonus track of "Overkill" (yes, from Motörhead). Allegedly,
this is the only song recorded in the studio by Metallica in
the last two years that Lars used double bass on. A worrying
Oh yes. All the covers suck, as does that of "Load". Some art
direction person ought to be put against a wall for them.
Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade
This is a cardboard sleeve CD single featuring the "Bulls on
Parade" track off the new album, "Evil Empire", as well as a live
track taped in Detroit, July 9th 1993. The track is called
"Hadda be Playin on the Jukebox", based on a poem by Allen
Ginsberg. Not my cup of tea, really, and far too rhetorically
repetitive. Still, I guess any fan ought to have this. And it's
Venom - Venom 96
Black metal gods rock'n'roll, yes, Venom themselves, have
released a new EP in spring this year. It's called "Venom 96" and
features a handful of re-recorded old songs and one bit of new
material, a snippet of "The Evil One". A snippet? Yes. Although
they played the whole thing at Dynamo Open Air (which I seem to
recall lasted at least four minutes), the studio version fades
away after about a minute and a half. That's quite a shame,
methinks, because it's really a corker of a song. Some of you
might say I am biased (and maybe I am), but this is true classic
old Venom with new life rushing through its veins. "I am the Evil
For those who actually dig Venom, it might be useful to mention
the oldies that are revamped on this EP; they are "7 Gates of
Hell", "Welcome to Hell", "In Nomine Satanas" and "Black Metal".
And they all sound quite good, really. I really hope this EP will
sell decently, for upon its sales depends the future of Venom as
recording artists. So do the world a disfavour and get it!
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