Compilation (R) reviews

Rave 'til Dawn

The problem with Techno is that it starts sounding alike, especially if you listen to stuff by a single artist. I guess this compilation circumvents this problem. It has good stuff by Lords of Acid and the Movement, though my favourite techno artist is Messiah.

Rock eñ Espanol

Crunchy guitars and staccato-like drums are promiment throughout this release. The music is somewhat in a NWOBHM-meets-Therapy? vein, with instrumental passages that are full of melodic riffs. The album features bands such as Logos (reminiscent of Iron Maiden/Helloween), Stukas En Vuelo (reminiscent of early College Rock acts), Los Autos Locos (more rock-oriented than Logos), Vrede (Metallica), and El Relieve Del Mundo (thrash-funk). Incidentally, this compilation is brought to you by Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake) and I think it's a great way to gain exposure for Heavy Metal bands that are truly underground and don't get the exposure they deserve. My vote for the best band on this compilation goes to Logos, but there is some excellent Metal music here overall.

Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy

The word "rock" must be the most overused word in song titles and it's clearly evident in this compilation consisting of songs by Zeppelin, Bad Company, Wings (Rock Show is a classic), Rainbow, The Who, and Jethro Tull. A great collection of classic rock tunes!

Rockin' the 80's

For me, in some ways, this is a nostalgia trip. However, I can't honestly say the songs on this release (featured bands are Warrant, Slaughter, Dokken, L.A. Guns, Loverboy, and Eddie Money) really appeal to me. Songs like Warrant's Cherry Pie and Eddie Money's Take Me Home Tonight invoke memories, but they are only fleeting. Unless this sort of rock appeals to you, I'd skip this release.

Music ram-blings || Ram Samudrala ||