Various Artists – Metal=Life II Review

Compilations are a very tricky thing to get right. Often they’re loaded with two or three very good tracks, followed by one or two decent tracks, and then filler. So when you come across a compilation that has 3 discs, 38 tracks from 38 different bands, and a DVD with 18 videos, there must be a catch, right?

Following up 2006’s Metal=Life, Sub City Records does it again with Metal=Life II. Filled with tracks from bands everyone knows (In Flames, Bleeding Through, Every Time I Die, and As I Lay Dying) and bands on the fringe (Chiodos, Burst, The Human Abstract) to bands on the underground (Seemless, The Jonbenet, Nights Like These), this compilation truly is fantastic. The tracks you know get you looking and the tracks you’ve never heard will keep you hooked.

The DVD is nothing but videos, but they are dandy. In Flames, God Forbid, As I Lay Dying, Converge and Misery Signals are only a few of the videos placed in this compilation. All in all, this is a very complete package.

The price of it, however, is nothing to sneeze at. Retailing very ridiculously dirt cheap ($10.99 CDN) there is no reason not to buy this. Plus, a portion of the sales go to the Hot Topic Foundation which “aims to support programs and organizations that specifically focus on encouraging and educating youth in music, creative writing, painting, photography, filmmaking, and more.”

So, a cheap 3 disc metal set with proceeds going to charity. Why aren’t you buying this again?

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