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Kerrang! The Album '09 (Review)

Kerrang! The Album 2009

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

ROCK and metal fans take heed! Kerrang! release their annual compilation and promise to blow out your speakers and make the ear-drums bleed!

Comprised of a colossal 42 tracks across two CDs, the album is split into CD1 (rock and punk) and CD2 (metal), and features some of the biggest acts on the planet.

Green Day, Billy Talent, Nickelback, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and Papa Roach also feature, along with the emerging likes of Shinedown, Theory of a Deadman and The King Blues.

There are even exclusive tracks for all die-hard rock fans, making this a timely celebration of all things guitar-based and heavy following the success of another summer Meltdown Festival.

Of course, if you don’t like heavy rock you’ll want to steer well clear. But there’s plenty to enjoy, whilst really appreciating which bands strive to sound a little bit different from the norm.

Green Day may sound like Green Day with their Know Your Enemy, but their brand of punk rock boasts clear crossover appeal and deserves its place on the mainstream, while The All-American Rejects can always be counted on for something a little more fun – as is the case with their catchy, sing-along Gives You Hell.

Admittedly, an act like The King Blues sound a little too radio-friendly and pop-rocky (we won’t mention Metro Station’s idiotically juvenile Shake It) – but at least Kerrang! believe in diversity (or just a way of reaching more of the record-buying public!).

But look out, too, for Chiodos’ sprawling, almost operatic Lexington, The Prodigy’s return to form Omen (which is a real blast of Goth-rock, drum ‘n’ bass from the past), Shinedown’s robust Sound of Madness, Papa Roach’s euphoric Lifeline and Fightstar’s appealing, melody-strewn Mercury Summer.

There’s a lot of headache inducing rubbish, of course, and a lot of CD2 will be a turn-off for the more mild-mannered among you.

But with that in mind, there’s still enough good stuff on here to make this latest compilation worth checking out. And that’s not even mentioning our own personal favourite – Theory of a Deadman’s Hate My Life, which is terrific fun for listening to whenever you come home (or wake up) in a bad mood.

It succinctly taps into all your pet peeves and is a great song to vent some steam by singing along with. Rock on…

Download picks: Green Day (Know Your Enemy), Billy Talent (Rusted From The Rain), All American Rejects (Gives You Hell), Theory of a Deadman (Hate My Life), Fightstar (Mercury Summer), Papa Roach (Lifeline), Shinedown (Sound of Madness), The Prodigy (Omen)

Track listing:
Disc 1

  1. Know Your Enemy – Green Day
  2. Rusted From The Rain – Billy Talent
  3. Desolation Row – My Chemical Romance
  4. Misery Business – Paramore
  5. Save It For The Bedroom – You Me At Six
  6. Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects (The)
  7. Listen To Your Friends – New Found Glory
  8. If Today Was Your Last Day – Nickelback
  9. Hate My Life – Theory Of A Deadman
  10. Rebellious Palpitations – Spinnerette
  11. Young Cardinals – Alexisonfire
  12. Shut The Fuck Uppercut – Blackout (The)
  13. Let’s Get Outta Here – Madina Lake
  14. Sink Into Me – Taking Back Sunday
  15. Save The World Get The Girl – King Blues (The)
  16. We Are A Danger – Swound
  17. Lexington (Joey Pea Pot With A Monkey Face) – Chiodos
  18. Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous – Cobra Starship
  19. Shake It – Metro Station
  20. Juggernauts – Enter Shikari
  21. Omen – Prodigy (The)

Disc 2

  1. Sulfur – Slipknot
  2. Heroes Of Our Time – Dragonforce
  3. Starting Over – Killswitch Engage
  4. Divinations – Mastodon
  5. We’re From America – Marilyn Manson
  6. London Is The Reason – Gallows
  7. Bright Lights – Ghost Of A Thousand (The)
  8. Enemies – In Case Of Fire
  9. Night, The – Disturbed
  10. Pray For Villains – DevilDriver
  11. Sound Of Madness – Shinedown
  12. Lifeline – Papa Roach
  13. Mercury Summer – Fightstar
  14. Stingwray – Static-X
  15. Set To Fail – Lamb Of God
  16. Engine Skull – Cancer Bats
  17. Economics – Blakfish
  18. Dead In The Water – Outcry Collective
  19. Dirty White Shoes – Dead Formats (The)
  20. I Love Turbulence – Rolo Tomassi
  21. Football Season Is Over – Bring Me The Horizon