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MTV2 Headbangers Ball

MTV2 Headbangers Ball

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MTV2 and Roadrunner teamed up to issue the competitively priced two-disc MTV2 Headbangers Ball set. But while it's designed to promote a Headbangers Ball-branded tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, and Shadows Fall, this isn't just a cross-promotional


MTV2 and Roadrunner teamed up to issue the competitively priced two-disc MTV2 Headbangers Ball set. But while it's designed to promote a Headbangers Ball-branded tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, and Shadows Fall, this isn't just a cross-promotional tchotchke. With the formidable strength of Roadrunner and its associated labels behind it, and drawing also from numerous other loud rock imprints, MTV2 Headbangers Ball is an effective sonic guidebook for the state of metal circa 2003. Disc one features mainstream acts as well as a few up-and-comers from the same vein. Disc two is more ambitious, delving into the heavy music underground for some killer material. Surrounded as it is by the tame breast-beating of Staind and Cold, Hatebreed's staccato "This Is Now" stands out immediately. It kicks off the first CD with a sickening thud and sets up the cerebral art-metal of Deftones' "Hexagram" and a live version of "Reign in Blood" taken from the Slayer DVD War at the Warfield. There isn't much to say about appearances by acts like Mudvayne and Static-X; if their more casual metal fan base discovers some of the more challenging material here, then their presence on Headbangers Ball is forgiven. That lesson begins in earnest with disc two, which is all over the map both stylistically and geographically. Its opening salvo -- featuring Lamb of God ("Ruin"), Arch Enemy ("We Will Rise"), and Sweden's In Flames ("Clouds Connected") -- showcases classicist, progressive, and death metal influences in different but equally visceral ways, while Italy's Lacuna Coil turns in "Heaven's a Lie," which should appeal to those enamored of Evanescence's mixture of goth, metal, and female vocals. Newcomers DevilDriver and the promising Demon Hunter bring some measured yet no less heavy pain to the proceedings, and things just get completely crazy with Mastodon's bewildering "March of the Fire Ants." "Ants" is the kind of unclassifiable, weird, and totally wonderful piece of music that will make nuns and mothers believe in the regenerative powers of heavy metal. It's essential listening for fans of disc one's more populist sounds. Headbangers Ball hurdles into the station with a final, furious section featuring the experimentation of Poison the Well, Unearth's hardcore and Euro-metal synthesis, and the aptly named "Relentless" from Strapping Young Lad. Appropriately, its final act of violence is from Meshuggah, whose throbbing, surgically precise music makes minced meat out of disc one's sanitized soul bearing. Over its 40 tracks, Headbangers Ball effectively travels both the main thoroughfares and twisting, shadowy trails of heavy metal. Besides its few weak moments, the album's only drawback is the content editing. Why separate clean and regular versions weren't released is unclear. At the same time, the edits -- while mildly irritating for veteran listeners -- will ensure the participation of protected ears, and expose those metal greenhorns to a wider, wilder, and weirder array of sounds. And isn't that what a show like Headbangers Ball is supposed to be about?

Editorial Reviews

Blender - Nick Catucci
No survey of post-millennial metal better navigates America's radio rabble or the raging global scene.

Product Details

Release Date:
Roadrunner Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Jones   Vocals

Technical Credits

Anthrax   Composer,Producer
Slayer   Producer
Johnny April   Composer
Doug Cook   Producer
Marilyn Manson   Composer,Producer
Howard Benson   Producer
David Bottrill   Producer
Monte Conner   Executive Producer
Terry Date   Producer
Sully Erna   Composer,Producer
GGGarth   Producer
Ben Grosse   Producer
Jeff Hanneman   Composer
Derek Hess   Illustrations
Ross Hogarth   Producer
Scott Humphrey   Composer,Producer
Mark Hunter   Composer,Producer
Kerry King   Composer
Tim Skold   Composer,Producer
Tom Tatman   Producer
Butch Walker   Composer,Producer
Rob Zombie   Composer,Producer
Deftones   Composer,Producer
Meshuggah   Producer
Rivers Cuomo   Composer
Aaron Sprinkle   Producer
Aaron Lewis   Composer
Cradle of Filth   Composer,Producer
Strapping Young Lad   Composer,Producer
Sevendust   Producer
Unearth   Composer
Devin Townsend   Producer
Matt Bayles   Producer
Waldemar Sorychta   Producer
Tomas Haake   Composer
Nick Raskulinecz   Producer
Jeremy Staska   Producer
Jesper Strömblad   Composer
Fredrik Thordendal   Composer
Hatebreed   Composer
Andy Sneap   Producer
Daniel Bergstrand   Producer
Lacuna Coil   Composer
Mushroomhead   Producer
Michael Amott   Composer
Dave Chavarre   Producer
Anders Fridén   Composer
Josh Abraham   Producer
Spineshank   Composer
Björn Gelotte   Composer
Clint Lowery   Composer
Soil   Composer
Morgan Rose   Composer
Static-X   Composer
E-Town Concrete   Composer
Shadows Fall   Composer
Christopher Amott   Composer
B. Dez Fafara   Composer
Rob Arnold   Producer
John 5   Composer
Poison the Well   Composer,Producer
Soilwork   Composer,Producer
Killswitch Engage   Composer
Johnny K   Producer
Eighteen Visions   Composer
Mudvayne   Producer
Lamb of God   Composer,Producer
Adam Dutkiewicz   Producer
Jesse Leach   Composer
Brian Fair   Composer
Kevin Mangini   Executive Producer
C. S. Gray   Composer
Jamey Jasta   Producer
Mike Sarkisyan   Producer
Ill Niño   Composer
Joey Jordison   Composer,Producer
Jon Wysocki   Composer
Zeuss   Producer
Tom Decker   Producer
Mike Mushok   Composer
As I Lay Dying   Composer
Mastodon   Composer,Producer
Dave Felton   Composer
Christina Machado   Producer
Stone Sour   Composer,Producer
Dan Certa   Producer
Tim Lambesis   Producer
Evan White   Producer
Demon Hunter   Composer,Producer
Steve Holt   Producer
Brock Lindow   Composer
Thomas Noonan   Composer
Sworn Enemy   Composer
Motograter   Composer
Ben Schigel   Producer,Engineer
James Paul Wisner   Producer
Dani Filth   Composer
Greg Koller   Producer
DevilDriver   Composer
Matt Sepanic   Producer
Ray "The Closer" Garcia   Business Consultant
Virginia Lazalde McPherson   Business Consultant
Steve Felton   Composer
Anthony Martini   Composer
Trevor Phipps   Composer
Marko Vukcevich   Composer
James Barton   Composer,Producer

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is awesome. best bands are mushroomhead and marilyn manson but still everything on this cd rocks