Friday, June 22, 2007

Kerrang!: History of Rock

Today I picked up a copy of Kerrang!, noticing it had another covermount CD in their history of rock series (Higher Voltage). For those not in the know, these feature current artists covering classic rock tracks. The previous installment was generally very good, with highlights including Biffy Clyro's almost unrecognizable take on Weezer's 'Buddy Holly', The Answer's 'Sweet Emotion' and Atreyu's 'You Give Love A Bad Name' among my personal highlights.

Sadly, although this promised much - including Lost Prophets taking on 'Davidian', Soulfly covering 'Beautiful People' and YourCodeNameIs:Milo offering their version of 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer' - my first impression was that this was very disappointing, with most of the bands opting for very faithful covers. Usually, this merely highlights the fact they're not as good as the originals - something particularly evident in The Automatic's attempt at Faith No More's 'Epic'. Kudos to Lost Prophets for a reasonable, if faithful, stab at a Machine Head classic and Bring Me The Horizon for at least making Slipknot's 'Eyeless' even heavier...

Oh, and for some reason the magazine's love affair with Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend and Fightstar continues, all of whom present and correct once again.



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