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Review: Nightmare Revisited [2008]

Posted in Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Track-By-Track with tags , , on September 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

With Halloween and Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time for another soundtrack release to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Nightmare Revisited features new versions of the classic Danny Elfman songs performed by some of rock’s most popular artists.

“DeVotchKa Overture” opens the soundtrack with a haunting instrumental cover by Denver indie-rock band, DeVotchKa.

“Opening” Legendary film composer Danny Elfman continues the haunting journey.

“This Is Halloween” Marilyn Manson, a long time fan of Nightmare, offers a chilling cover of this Elfman classic [DOWNLOAD].

“Jack’s Lament” The All-American Rejects present a surprisingly evil acoustic cover. However, it is not as haunting as it could have been if a hard rock band performed it — but I guess it is good enough for them.

“Doctor Finkelstein/In The Forest” Amiina, an Icelandic musical quartet, offers this solid effort. They are clearly a very talented strings group with excellent production.

“What’s This?” Flyleaf, the other hard rock band with the female vocalist, rocks hard on this tune. Although, this has a very catchy drum beat, it does not compare to the original soundtrack version.

“Town Meeting Song” The Polyphonic Spree, the Dallas vocal group with the cult-like wardrobe, offers this nearly nine minute epic. This song makes this movie perfect for a Broadway production…start the auditions.

“Jack and Sally Montage” The Vitamin String Quartet flawlessly performs this montage.

“Jack’s Obsession” Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous sings as high as he possibly can, where it sounds sort of ridiculous in several areas. However, the simple acoustic arrangement of the song is pleasant.

“Kidnap The Sandy Claws” Nu-metal pioneers, Korn, rock this tune out in their usual form. From the opening note, the listener can tell that they are hearing Jonathan Davis and Korn. After all, we did state that Korn are rock pioneers [DOWNLOAD].

“Making Christmas” Rise Against offers a blended concoction of emo and punk rock on their cover. The song becomes interesting at the 2 minute mark when the guitars take over [DOWNLOAD].

“Nabbed” The Yoshida Brothers are a cool Japanese band that you may remember from the early Nintendo Wii commercials a couple years ago. This song offers an eastern feel that is enjoyable and refreshing.

“Oogie Boogie’s Song” Rodrigo y Gabriela are amazing classical guitarists that always offer a fresh interpretation of classic songs [Check out their version of Metallica’s “Orion”]. “Oogie Boogie’s Song” is no different — in fact I am dancing the samba this moment as I type [DOWNLOAD].

“Sally’s Song” Amy Lee, the other female hard rock vocalist [Evanescence], sings this ballad using her passion-goth-rock filled voice.

“Christmas Eve Montage” RJD2, an electronica artist, offers a fusion of 70’s style Beastie Boys beat stomping techno on his cover.

“Poor Jack” The Plain White T’s perform this cover in a manner that is almost as annoying as “Hey There Delilah.”

“To The Rescue” Datarock contributes their Norwegian brand of instrumental dance rock to the soundtrack.

“Finale/Reprise” The Shiny Toy Guns fuse obnoxious drum loops and Beach Boys harmonies on their offering.

“Closing” The composer, Danny Elfman, ends the story. Too bad Vincent Price is no longer with us — his narration would have been perfect.

“End Title” The Album Leaf, solo project of Jimmy LaValle, closes Nightmare Revisited.

This soundtrack revision does offer some fresh takes. We recommend downloading the killer tracks by Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Rise Against. However, everything else is pretty much filler.

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Rock Show Countdown: #4 Ozzfest ’97

Posted in Black Sabbath, Fear Factory, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Ozzfest, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Rock Show Countdown, Type o Negative with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by gearsofrock

Ozzfest ’97 featuring Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Marilyn Manson, Type-O-Negative, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Powerman 5000, and Coal Chamber at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, June 15, 1997

This quote from the New York Times sums up this legendary show:

This made the very premise of the concert one of rebellion, infusing it with the notion that rock-and-roll is more powerful than the state.

Backstory: I’ll never forget waking up super early on a Saturday morning to stand in line at the Ticketmaster window only to find out that this performance was CANCELED! What? Huh? NOOOOOO! It turned out that the state of New Jersey would not allow Manson to play this gig, so Ozzy sued the state in Federal court. New Jersey had no leg to stand on and the tickets finally went on sale a few weeks later. Whew. Then, after that silly fiasco, my parents asked me not to go because they heard a bunch of awful rumors about Manson killing 666 goats on stage or something like that. Well, my parents ended up losing that argument to this “rebellious” 17 year old.

As for the highlights of the actual show:

Fear Factory got the party started on the main stage early afternoon. I was a crazy Fear Factory head in these days. They put on a great performance, consisting mostly of songs off Demanufacture. “Replica” and “Demanufacture” were the best songs of the set.

Type-O-Negative ruled the main stage with solid performances off of October Rust, as well as classics such as “Christian Women” and “Black #1.” At the conclusion of the show, Peter Steele ripped out all his bass strings. He’s really strong.

Marilyn Manson went on during the daylight and still performed really well with his usual wild live antics like Bible-ripping and wearing practically nothing. Despite what the NY Times review says, the stadium was shaking during “The Beautiful People.”

Machine Head played on the second stage in support of The More Things Change. During Machine Heads final song, the power was pulled so Pantera’s set could begin.

Pantera was the sickest band to play and the highlight of rebellion with hundreds of people spilling on to the floor, and body-tackles administered by Giants Stadium staff to some of these people. Hey, Phil Anselmo invited them to come on down. Phil later thanked everybody for this support during a performance at Roseland Ballroom the following year (another classic show). Pantera sounded amazing by the way, with a setlist of classics and supporting The Great Southern Trendkill.

Ozzy Osbourne’s set was pretty good. It wasn’t very long since he had to play with Sabbath later. He seemed to be conserving his energy for most of the set. Joe Holmes was still on lead guitar duty at this point.

Black Sabbath was awesome and sounded way better than Ozzy’s solo set. Ozzy was also a little crazier too. I haven’t seen Ozzy perform this well since. There were laser light shows for tunes such as “Children of the Grave” and “Iron Man.” I left this show with a big smile and a $30 Black Sabbath tee-shirt.

If anyone has a bootleg from this show, please contact me at gearsofrock@gmail.com.