Various Artists (Punk)
Punk Goes Classic Rock


2.0
poor

Review

by dnor USER (2 Reviews)
April 28th, 2010 | 77 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Summary, this album has some hits, some misses, but overall I would recommend a download if you like today's music, and don't mind hearing the classics of yesterday tampered with to fit into today's music's sound. Not the best PUNK GOES... album.

Track By Track Review

1. Hit The Lights "More Than A Feeling" (originally recorded by Boston) - Arguably one of my favorite songs of all time, Hit The Lights butchers this song, adding an overly "Sugary" touch on the track that just comes off as a generic sound that hurts to listen to.


2. VersaEmerge "Paint It Black" (originally recorded by The Rolling Stones) - Versa, in my opinion, ruins the epic feel of the opening by translating the guitar riff to a techno-sounding beat. Don't get me wrong, a cover isn't supposed to sound exactly like the original, but there are some parts of a song as classic as this (it is CLASSIC rock after all) that you just shouldn't mess with. (See Forever The Sickest Kids cover of "Crazy Train" for more on this point.) Other than that, Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage's Vocals are extremely good, and the dark ending of the song does save it overall.


3. The Almost "Free Fallin'" (originally recorded by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) - The Almost took this song, listened to it, learned to play it, and recorded it. They did ABSOLUTELY nothing to the song. This is a blessing AS WELL AS a problem. They preserved the original sound of the Petty Classic, but at the same time, it's not as good as the original either. They, by no means, sounded bad, but this song is just a good version of a cover band's performance at a local bar to me. Still enjoyed it though!


4. Mayday Parade "We Are The Champions" (originally recorded by Queen) - "Welcome to the 1999 Homecoming dance...tonight, we have Mayday Parade performing on stage, remember girls and boys, have fun, dance, but DO NOT get TOO close. Good Night!" No but in all seriousness, this sounded like a high school band playing at a dance. Mayday just didn't bring enough intensity to the song. We Are The Champions felt more like We Are The Mediocre People when performed here.


5. The Summer Set "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" (originally recorded by KISS) - This song was annoyingly bad. I disliked the original KISS song, and when it's covered by a band that sounds like the Jonas Brothers, pretty much makes me want to shoot my ***ing brains out. Put a pair of Mickey Mouse ears on this one and play it on Disney Channel for the tweens to eat up.


6. We The Kings "Caught Up In You" (originally recorded by .38 Special) - This is a well done cover, but like The Almost, they really didn't deviate from the original at all. See The Almost - "Free Fallin'" review for the exact thoughts behind this song.


7. A Skylit Drive "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (originally recorded by Journey) - What. The. ***...When in ***s name did A Skylit Drive start sounding like Dragonforce!" oh yeah, when they picked up Jag...Well, until they drop Jag for a less 90's European fantasy/hair-metal sounding frontman, I'm going to put down everything they do. Horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible (did I mention horrible") song.


8. I See Stars "Your Love" (originally recorded by The Outfield) - I See Stars did a good job on this song. One of the only songs I feel got remade from the original, and it actually sounded better than the original. Only problem I have is the fact, this song is from the LATE 80's. Not really a classic rock song...Also, it's been done better by MIDTOWN in 2005's PUNK GOES 80's. Still, This is one of the songs I find myself listening to more than once a day.


9. Pierce The Veil "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (originally recorded by Blue Oyster Cult) - Amazing. That is the only way to describe how good PTV covered this song. Amazing that the band with arguably the hardest song to cover well does such a good job. Amazing how talented Vic Fuentes is. Just amazing all the way around. Great Job!


10. Forever The Sickest Kids "Crazy Train" (originally recorded by Ozzy Osbourne) - What do you think of when you hear this song come on" Ozzy's voice" The Epic Solo towards the end" No, you think of the opening guitar riff. FTSK's take that riff, and *** on it with a heavy techno beat/guitar distortion that would make Randy Rhodes roll over in his grave (R.I.P. Randy). This song is just not fun to listen to. Granted it is a hard song to do well and respectfully, but look how good Pierce the Veil did! Maybe this song just shouldn't have been touched.


11. The Maine "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (originally recorded by Def Leppard) - The Maine got stuck with a bad song, so they could play it amazingly and it would still be bad. Too bad they didn't do much to the song, so it's horrible sound was played exactly like it was 30 years ago.


12. Envy On The Coast "All Along The Watchtower" (originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix) - This song has the most respect, and influence, from it's original performer. Envy On The Coast didn't do the best song on the album, but they did successfully infuse today's pop-punk sound with Jimi Hendrix's wild guitar shredding sound. Respectable cover indeed.


13. Every Avenue "Take Me Home Tonight" (originally recorded by Eddie Money) - Pathetic attempt at this song. Intro was too long, it could have been cut entirely. The rest of the song just seemed like an apethic attempt to get through the song for the album, and get paid.


14. Never Shout Never "Bohemian Rhapsody" (originally recorded by Queen) - Oh boy, this song has a BUNCH of approvals and a BUNCH of denials. Some love it, some hate it. Personally, his "scene-boy" vocals ruin many of the memories I have of this song, but on the other hand, he does try, and I'll give him that. But the best part of the song lacked nearly ALL of the energy of the original. Mediocre cover at best.


15. blessthefall "Dream On" (originally recorded by Aerosmith) - blessthefall did a good job. The original was still much better, but btf did a good job of mixing the classic sounds of Aerosmith with the feel of today's rock, and in a PUNK GOES... album that's pretty much all we ask for.


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Another Miss for the "Punk Goes" Series...

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NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AVOID THIS ALBUM AT ALL COSTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...



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Nagrarok
April 28th 2010


8598 Comments


This is a pretty terrible review, though my policy is not to neg first ones.

porch
April 28th 2010


8460 Comments


god i fucking hate track by track reviews

BigHans
April 28th 2010


30229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I am actually interested in this album.

BigHans
April 28th 2010


30229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Nevermind. Just listened to the first song. Tom Scholz would be ready to kill if he heard this.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
April 28th 2010


1134 Comments


review's a bit bad. Also I'm not seeing any punk bands on this album. Maybe it should say awful rock goes classic rock.

dnor
April 28th 2010


3978 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

First review. Please don't hate on me too much. Also, I didn't create the album. I'm not sticking up for the album by any means. I haven't seen an actual PUNK band on a PUNK GOES... album in about 4 years. Also, seeing how this is a Various Artist Album, a Track By Track is needed. The summary is how I felt the ENTIRE album was as a whole.

BigHans
April 28th 2010


30229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Im blowing through this, and this is an epic fail (the album). These classics are being destroyed by sissy emo/poppiest of the pop punk pussies. I like pop punk to a degree, but not these bands. Should have got real punk bands like Dropkick, Gaslight, Nofx, Rancid, Lawrence Arms, Latterman, etc

tiesthatbind
April 28th 2010


7441 Comments


I want to hear some of this just to laugh at how badly done these covers are. The only one that sounds enjoyable is the VersaEmerge one. And yeah, sorry bro, review's not very good.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2010


25789 Comments



11. The Maine "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (originally recorded by Def Leppard) - The Maine got stuck with a bad song, so they could play it amazingly and it would still be bad. Too bad they didn't do much to the song, so it's horrible sound was played exactly like it was 30 years ago.


Pour Some Sugar On Me>Review.

Digging: Carved Cross - Sapped of Strength, Left to Wither and Fade Away

BigHans
April 28th 2010


30229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I personally want to beat the shit out of I See Stars for adding a techno loop and poor screams to The Outfields Your Love. I would seriously fight them for this.

dnor
April 28th 2010


3978 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Well I'm sure I'll get better as time goes along. Not easy to write a good review on an album that TONS of people are going to hate instantly. The album is basically Sacreligious to about 85% of the world's population.



Sorry :/

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2010


25789 Comments


I'm not mad about the quality of your review, but how dare you rip on Def Leppard

Oceanus
April 28th 2010


881 Comments


I can see why you'd want to do a track-by-track for this kind of album, but I think it would be beneficial to have an introduction and conclusion that discuss the compilation as a whole. When there is no mention of the record in a cohesive sense, it is difficult to justify a rating. I am not familiar with some of these bands, so it would be nice to know a bit about their sound outside of this context and then how it is applied here.

The review does fail to keep attention though, as for each song you basically address three things: does the song deviate from the original, could it have been a better cover, and whether or not you specifically like it. More detail on the actual music is a must, and I would vouch for a more professional approach next time. Keep writing though.

Zipzop5565
April 28th 2010


402 Comments


I stopped after the first three seconds of the "More than a Feeling" cover. This is absolute shit.

dnor
April 28th 2010


3978 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

That's the great thing about music spirit! Everybody likes different things! Opinions on each make it the dynamic thing music is. You love something that somebody else might not...



I personally don't like Def Leppard, I respect them (The Drummer had 1 arm for god sake!!!) but I just never liked the music. Sorry if I offended.

BigHans
April 28th 2010


30229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

It was terrible.



Edit: the cover of More than a Feeling, not your review. I never slam peoples first reviews, and I can see why you did a tbt with an album like this.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2010


25789 Comments


It's okay, was joking anyway.

Brylawski
April 28th 2010


709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"All Along The Watchtower" (originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix"



INCORRECT. I think you'll find its a Bob Dylan song

dnor
April 28th 2010


3978 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thank you Oceanus! I'll keep those things in mind for next time!

BigHans
April 28th 2010


30229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What do you think of when you hear this song come on? Ozzy's voice? The Epic Solo towards the end? No, you think of the opening guitar riff. FTSK's take that riff, and *** on it with a heavy techno beat/guitar distortion that would make Randy Rhodes roll over in his grave (R.I.P. Randy).



^ Truth, I heard the techno-ized riff and now want to fight them too. This album is seriously pissing me off.



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