MTV2 Headbangers Ball

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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?
Blender - Nick Catucci
No survey of post-millennial metal better navigates America's radio rabble or the raging global scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861832728
  • Catalog Number: 618327
  • Sales rank: 73,517

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Straight Out of Line (4:18)
  2. 2 This Is Now - Hatebreed (3:40)
  3. 3 Price to Play - Staind (3:36)
  4. 4 Stupid Girl - Cold (3:10)
  5. 5 Hexagram (4:09)
  6. 6 This Is the New S**T - Marilyn Manson (4:20)
  7. 7 Separate (3:41)
  8. 8 When It Cuts - Ill Niño (2:49)
  9. 9 World's So Cold (5:38)
  10. 10 Smothered (3:11)
  11. 11 Destroy All - Static-X (2:19)
  12. 12 Fixation on the Darkness (3:37)
  13. 13 Inhale (4:18)
  14. 14 Pride - Soil (2:44)
  15. 15 Safe Home (5:03)
  16. 16 Raining Blood - Slayer (3:27)
  17. 17 Dead in Hollywood (2:29)
  18. 18 Destroyer of Senses (2:55)
  19. 19 Sun Doesn't Rise (3:15)
  20. 20 House of 1000 Corpses (3:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ruin (3:55)
  2. 2 We Will Rise (4:07)
  3. 3 Clouds Connected (3:41)
  4. 4 Down Again (4:22)
  5. 5 You Broke Like Glass (3:09)
  6. 6 Heaven's a Lie (4:46)
  7. 7 I Could Care Less (3:35)
  8. 8 Sworn Enemy (3:36)
  9. 9 At the End of August - 36 Crazyfists (4:00)
  10. 10 Mannequin (4:27)
  11. 11 Infected (3:08)
  12. 12 March of the Fire Ants (4:27)
  13. 13 Down - Motograter (3:30)
  14. 14 Mandibles (3:04)
  15. 15 Botchla (3:09)
  16. 16 Rejection Role (3:35)
  17. 17 Endless - Unearth (3:17)
  18. 18 Relentless (3:03)
  19. 19 Forever (4:43)
  20. 20 Rational Gaze (5:04)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    This cd is awesome. best bands are mushroomhead and marilyn manson but still everything on this cd rocks

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