Black Light Burns - Cover Your Heart And The Anvil Pants Odyssey (cd & Dvd)
Enough talk about Borland and whatever he brings to this project. Kevin already brought you up to speed his review of their debut. Its just not about Bizkit spin-offs anymore. Free of boundaries, in nothing but limitations has turned out to be a fruitful choice for this amalgam of respected musicians.
Cover Your Heart and The Anvil Pants Odyssey is a courageous stance on cover songs. Most of the time I hiss at the thought of one artist doing an entire cover album. ITs not oftenly done in taste or class like this release. But not only is this album a novelty for mostly tunes of the Indie mind with a cross genre heart, but it brings a refreshing taste on almost every track. From melodic acoustic finger pricking, to the hardest blend of Industrial Metal brought to such a surface of popular culture.
The range of artists (Sisters Of Mercy, the Stooges, and Jesus Lizard) chosen to cover is like watching a fatal car wreck. But the signature reworkings are jaw-droppings. Song dropping starts with their cover of "On The Bound". Even, Fiona Apple is enjoying this ripped version of her original. PJ Harvey, Duran Duran, and the cover of Love and Rockets "So Alive" is stamping to the brain. The second half of this deal (live DVD of 2007 tour footage) was missing from the promo, but the instrumentals put in its place were worthy of enjoying just as the CD. Love it when I get to review CD's I would have bought anyway.
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on 2008-10-06 hstisgod Said:
The instrumentals are there in place of what is a DVD on the shelves copy
on 2008-10-06 SolitaryMan Said:
Pretty good stuff. I haven't heard half of the originals before, but the songs still sound great to me. Of course that opinion might differ with any fans of those bands covered, that's the always-present dangerous nature of re-realizing another's vision. I was very pleased to hear The Swans covered on "I Am The Sun", a band whom I've come to respect a great deal for their influence on a whole variety of genres. Also worth noting are the Lard and Love & Rockets covers, and their spin on "Hungry Like The Wolf" will make any early-period NIN fan grin ear-to-ear. The most enjoyable part of the collection for me were the instrumentals, which may or may not be included on the official release (I am reviewing the promotional copy here). As I noted in my review of their debut, the band is 100% atmosphere and these vocal-less jams are clear evidence of such. Any industrial rock fan need look no further for some of the best released this year.