Protect – Review

January 27, 2006

Protect is the coming together of 26 artists to support said organization, giving all proceeds to the cause. Included are rare, unreleased, and/or new tracks.

Mind Ripper II – Review

January 20, 2006

Mind Ripper II rips nothing but the classics from the vaults of Van Richter Records, with a few unreleased tracks and remixes added as bonuses.

The Cave Soundtrack – Review

November 4, 2005

Like the Headbanger’s Ball series (also assisted by Roadrunner), you pick your faves, and know who’s a fashion band and who deserve every word of praise.

Listen or Pose – Review

October 28, 2005

Abacus makes some smart choices. The worst they do is release something mediocre. Which they’ve done, don’t get me wrong, but they’ve got a damn fine average.

Hollywood Rocks! – Review

October 21, 2005

A lot of your favorite ’80s metal, both cool and embarrassing, and a lot of the bands you hated then and now. But they’re demo versions of the songs.

Vans Warped Tour 2004 – Review

March 7, 2005

A compilation of the studio-recorded songs from the bands that were featured on the tour. I’m assuming they did at some point play these songs live.

Tracks and Fields – Review

March 7, 2005

Clocking in at 73:31, we have Tracks. Here we have Fields, bringin’ 74:36 of noise. Let’s get at this like Courtney finding Kathleen Hanna in bed with Kurt.

Resurrection 2 – Review

March 7, 2005

An 11-song collection of club/future pop tracks from the WTII Records roster, mastered superbly by Chris Randall (of Sister Machine Gun fame).

Punk-O-Rama – Volume 9 – Review

March 7, 2005

Longest-running series, and a good value. They’re getting harder to discern from each other and the Warped Tour comps, but there’s always a surprise or two.

Doom Capital – Review

March 7, 2005

Spans four generations of doom from bands. It’s paced well, starts off with a great Clutch tune and continues with new, rare and exclusive tracks

Rock Against Bush – Vol. 1 – Review

October 4, 2004

Social Distortion, The Offspring, and Jello Biafra with DOA are called up from the reserves. Stalwarts NOFX, Pennywise, and Anti-Flag provide dutiful service.

Bring You to Your Knees – Review

October 4, 2004

Not one of these bands sounds remotely similar to G N’ R. Then again, who has since the day they swept themselves under their own rug of recklessness?

High Volume – Review

October 4, 2004

Almost all the songs are non-album and exclusive to this release, so hardcore fans will want to check things out. Most of the songs are pretty good, too.

Punch Drunk V – Review

September 20, 2004

In previous incarnations of this series, there’ve been a few stinkers that snuck past security, but Volume V is a pure winner.

Thingmaker – Review

September 20, 2004

NRA and New Bomb Turks lead the punk pack in visceral throwback punk. The Wildhearts power up a Cheap Trick/Bay City Rollers fusion.

Theft, Arson, Vice, Murder and Death – Review

May 23, 2004

Not really a label compilation since the majority of the 22 tracks are not by Traktor7 artists. I’ll assume it reflects the tastes and personalities of the folks behind the label. The most eclectic compilation I’ve ever heard.

Gimme Skelter – Review

May 23, 2004

A disc of semi-popular gribble that encompasses differing rock quality not found on the radio dial. It could inhabit the general consciousness if dumbo reality would relax a touch and accept some “stuff” that lives next door.

Lost in Translation – Review

January 28, 2004

Like a fleeting one night stand that is so magical you wonder if it ever happened, Lost in Translation and its soundtrack encapsulates a sense of “brief magic.”

Boston Scene Report – Review

January 28, 2004

The first installment of a series of mini-comps featuring four bands with two songs each. Boston is first, and comes through with a very strong effort.

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