Various - _World of Pain -- A Tribute to Sepultura_
(Dwell, 1999)
by: Alex Cantwell (7.5 out of 10)
Surprisingly, although this compilation features underground bands only, 11 out of 14 tracks are actually very good representations of the power held by the Sepultura originals. There are small differences in the covers versus the originals here and there, but overall these bands should be commended for their performances. Here are some of the highlights/lowpoints. Things get off to a great start with Pain Corporation, who make "Slave New World" sound like a Swedish death metal song, with a very interesting take on the lead guitar parts. Terminal Plan do a charged-up version of "Propaganda" with dark death growls and the fastest double-kick this side of Demolition Hammer, and Crematorium's take on "Arise" rules. Vore slow "Inner Self" way down from the original speed and seem to get off to a bad start, but it grows on you as the song progresses, so much so that by the end I was headbanging like a fool. Decay of Salvation play a severely downtuned and uninteresting version of "Troops of Doom", and their chords in the opening segment are completely wrong! The band that I was in while in high school did a better cover of this song ten years ago -- next! Rise, Abhorrent, and Turning of the Gears turn in covers of "Primitive Future", "Clenched Fist" and "Desperate Cry" respectively, and their songs sound good, but are just a bit more raw and unrefined than some of the others. Mystifier and Enter Self dip way back into the Sepultura catalog, as they attempt to revamp "Morbid Visions" and "The Curse / Bestial Devastation" respectively -- proving that some things are better left alone.

Contact: Dwell Records, P.O. Box 39439, Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA

(article published 25/10/2000)


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