Various Artists - _The 17 Commandments, Vol. II_
(Metal Blade, 1995)
by: Brian Meloon (4 out of 10)
Okay, you get one guess as to how many tracks are on here ... and one guess as to how many are actually good. By my count, there aren't any really good songs here, four decent ones, and the rest are crap, making this a pretty poor compilation, but better than Century Media's _Identity_ comp (see CoC #3). The okay songs are album cuts from Grip Inc, King Diamond, Masquerade (generic prog metal, but at least listenable), and Decoryah. Other than that, you don't get any unreleased tracks, and album cuts by Gwar, Six Feet Under, X-Cops, Broken Hope, Thought Industry, Crisis (whom Metal Blade seem to be hyping to no end), and a bunch of no-names. Most of the tracks on here don't do anything for me, a typical example being Broken Hope's 'Pitbull Grin' (from 1995's _Repulsive Conception_), which just sounds uninspired. However, the Thought Industry track on here is worthy of special mention because it is surprisingly bad. Since their last album, they kicked out drummer Dustin Donaldson (under quite unfriendly terms), and it seems to have been the worst thing they could have done. At first I had a hard time even believing this was Thought Industry, as it sounds so much like "normal" alternative. It was a huge letdown for me, as was the rest of this compilation. At this point, there's really only one thing left to say: what the hell is Billy Sheehan doing on here?

(article published 17/1/1996)

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