MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2

MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2


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MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2

Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2 continues the cross-promotion between MTV's resurrected loud rock show and the labels bringing the heaviest heat in the early aughts. The two-disc set (20 tracks per) is competitively priced the way a label compilation should be. But what's really great about Vol. 2 is how badass heavy it really is. While disc one is still more commercially oriented, no one is going to call Korn's "Right Now" or Lamb of God's "Laid to Rest" worthless and weak. There is a conscious effort on the part of Avenged Sevenfold ("Unholy Confessions"), Killswitch Engage ("Rose of Sharyn"), and Atreyu ("Right Side of the Bed") to meld traditional metal pacing (and raucous growling) to choruses that incorporate elements of hardcore, emo, and grunge. But unlike the first entry in this series, Vol. 2 doesn't include any of what's essentially become hard rock (Cold, for example, is absent this time around.) In this way, the set acknowledges heavy music's self-directed reclamation from maligning wide-screen elements. Other highlights of disc one include Superjoint Ritual, In Flames' "The Quiet Place" and a previously unreleased live version of Probot's "My Tortured Soul." The collection's second disc raises the real fury, led forth by Unearth ("The Great Dividers") and the totally awesome death/Euro metal hybridizing of God Forbid's "Antihero." Speaking of tradition, get a load of Canada's 3 Inches of Blood. If this comp had come out in 1984, "Deadly Sinners" might be mistaken for the B-side to Iron Maiden's "2 Minutes to Midnight." "Enemies of metal", defending heavy music's purity. "Your death is our reward!" Children of Bodom's "Needled 24/7" is just incredible, a galloping flurry of keyboards and guitars; Norway's Satyricon offers one of their more, well, accessible death's head numbers in "Fuel for Hatred"; and Black Dahlia Murder's "Contagion" makes it clear why the band publishes under the ASCAP copyright "Crushing Skulls Music." Disc two of Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2 is more or less insane throughout, but some other strong entries come from Dimmu Borgir, Blood Has Been Shed, and Trivium. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2004
Label: Roadrunner Records
UPC: 0016861825621
catalogNumber: 618256

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greg Anderson   Rhythm Guitar
Dave Grohl   Drums
Scott "Wino" Weinrich   Guitar
Eric Wagner   Vocals
Nick Raskulinecz   Bass

Technical Credits

Deicide   Composer
Fear Factory   Producer
Byron Davis   Composer
Slipknot   Composer
Jeff Balding   Producer
Burton C. Bell   Composer
Steve Carter   Producer
Monte Conner   Executive Producer
Jonathan Davis   Producer
Steve Evetts   Producer
Frank Filipetti   Producer
Dave Fortman   Producer
John Fryer   Producer
GGGarth   Producer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Raymond Herrera   Composer
Maynard James Keenan   Composer
Neil Kernon   Producer
Dave McClain   Composer
Dave Mustaine   Composer,Producer
Vinnie Paul   Composer,Producer
Eric Rachel   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Steve Thompson   Producer
Zakk Wylde   Composer,Producer
Korn   Composer,Producer
Eric Wagner   Composer
Ulrich Wild   Producer
Max Cavalera   Composer,Producer
Cradle of Filth   Composer,Producer
Dimmu Borgir   Composer,Producer
Glen Benton   Composer
Sterling Winfield   Producer
Fredrik Nordström   Producer
Daniel Bergstrand   Producer
Anders Fridén   Composer
Alexi Laiho   Composer
Christian Olde Wolbers   Composer
Dillinger Escape Plan   Producer
Shadows Fall   Composer
Himsa   Composer
Mudrock   Producer
Blood Has Been Shed   Producer
Anssi Kippo   Producer
Robert Flynn   Composer,Producer
Morgan Lander   Composer
Billy Howerdel   Composer,Producer
Killswitch Engage   Composer
Johnny K   Producer
Eighteen Visions   Composer
Twelve Tribes   Composer,Producer
Lamb of God   Composer
Rob Caggiano   Producer
Adam Dutkiewicz   Producer
Patrick Lachman   Composer,Producer
Kevin Mangini   Executive Producer
Ville Valo   Composer
Ben Weinman   Composer
God Forbid   Composer
Avenged Sevenfold   Composer
Zeuss   Producer
Every Time I Die   Composer
Dimebag Darrell   Composer,Producer
Superjoint Ritual   Producer
Mike Hasty   Producer
All That Remains   Composer
Bleeding Through   Composer
Greg Puciato   Composer
Fred Archambault   Producer
Black Dahlia Murder   Composer,Producer
Agony Scene   Composer
Corey Unger   Composer
Dani Filth   Composer
Satyr Wongraven   Composer
Trivium   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Bower   Composer
Dallas Coyle   Composer,Producer
Doc Coyle   Composer,Producer
Matt Heafy   Composer
Philip Labonte   Composer
Travis Miguel   Composer
Alex Varkatzas   Composer
Brandon Saller   Composer
Joel Johns   Producer
Justin Prager   Executive Producer
Ian Whalen   Producer
Dan Jacobs   Composer
Trevor Phipps   Composer
Keith Buckley   Composer
Bob Froese   Composer
Satyr   Producer
Howard Jones   Composer

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