Various Artists
Masters Of Misery
(Black Sabbath : The Earache Tribute)
[Earache]


I started writing this as a "track by track" review, but by the time I reached the Scorn track, I realized just how pointless an endeavor that approach was, and figured that rather than bore myself (and you as well in the process) with such a long winded approach, that it would be best to just get straight to the point on this CD...

This CD is only worthwhile picking up under certain circumstances... these being :

a) You are a Black Sabbath junkie, and must have everything under the sun that has any remote relationship to the band in any way, shape, or form...

b) You are a huge fan of most of the bands represented on this tribute...

c) You were foolish enough to pick up the rather expensive Japanese only import version of this when it was 1st released, and now feel like you have to have this version as well for the 2 tracks presented here that are not on the original...

d) You have absolutely nothing better to spend your money on, as you recently gave up your addictions to both crack & the whores that smoke it...

Otherwise, this CD is pretty much a bust. I found my mind wandering while listening to it, trying to find some other source of stimulation, as this CD was certainly not providing it. A few of the tracks are worthwhile enough, but most of them just sound too much like the bands who try to interpret them. Now, I realize that a CD full of covers that sound like static copies of the originals would also constitute a huge waste of time, but what's the point of a cover that loses so much of the originals feel that if it were not for the name, it would be a different beast entirely ? There has to be a middle ground, and for the most part, this CD dwells far too much in the "cover in name only" territory.

Having said that, I must confess that there ARE a few tracks here that are pretty good, but unfortunately, not enough to warrant a recommendation...I'm just glad I waited (6 years) for the domestic release, and didnít end up shelling out massive $$$ for the original Japanese pressing...


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