Volume 93, Issue 47

Tuesday, November 23, 1999


The World more than enough

To be or not to be John Malkovich

Melanie Doane gets on with it

Moshpit just falls all over itself

Moshpit just falls all over itself

Various Artists
Moshpit Madness
SPG Music

A short list of words to describe the bulk of this metal compilation – lame, obscure, anemic, flaccid. Get the point?

That said, there are exactly five good songs to be found on this collection, which is sad given there are 14 tracks on the album.

The disc begins with promise, as White Zombie's classic "Thunderkiss '65" rumbles out of the speakers, followed by a nifty little track called "Who Was In My Room Last Night," courtesy of the Butthole Surfers.

Ministry fans will be pleased with Al Jourgensen's industrial flavoured cover of the old Black Sabbath tune, "Supernaut" and no metal fan will be able to resist the thundering double bass featured on Fear Factory's "Zero Signal."

Rounding out the better tracks is "Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeth. The track is remixed by Trent Reznor's "deconstruction team," who have given this traditional metal song a brand new edge by running it through the computer.

The album's first mistake is its moniker – "Moshpit Madness" is not a suitable title. The action of "moshing" usually occurs when songs are fast and furious. On this collection, however, many of the songs are industrial, fuzzy, distorted and boring.

Offerings from Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, Malhavoc and Revolting Cocks just don't excite. Although, if there aren't enough "Bonus Raunchy Sex Tracks" in your collection, you might be interested in this album for the last track, "You Suck," performed by Consolidated, featuring The Yeastie Girls. Instructional, to say the least.

–Terry Warne

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