Various Artists - _Violent World: A Tribute to the Misfits_
(Caroline Records, 1997)
by: Zena Tsarfin (3 out of 10)
Some ideas are just better conceptually than they are practically. Such is the case with _Violent World..._, a compilation of hardcore bands covering the horror-punk legends, the Misfits. While I love both the Misfits and several of the bands that appear on the record, I found that the combination didn't work when fused together. The Misfits were unique because of their dark humor and outlandish charm, but when covered by straightforward minimalists like Pennywise and Snapcase, the macabre and campy essence of the band is lost. Among the weakest tracks on the 14-song record are White Z--err--Prong's "London Dungeon", Goldfinger's "Ghouls Night Out", and Therapy?'s lame version of "Where Eagles Dare". _Violent World..._ does have its moments: Sick of It All's "All Hell Breaks Loose" rages and Deadguy's "Horror Business" is worth a listen. But for my money, the hands-down winner here is Earth Crisis' rumbling metalcore cover of "Earth A.D." Luckily, no one tried their hand at "Bullet" or "Skulls", and while a handful of the included bands did deliver ardent versions of the Misfits' tracks, it seems that the crux of the fiendish legends simply cannot be captured by the baggy-pants generation.

(article published 9/4/1997)


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