Roadrunner United
The All-Star Sessions


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (271 Reviews)
February 14th, 2011 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What happens when you get fifty-two recording artists from forty different acts working on the same album? Is it overly confusing or music to inspire and unite the masses?

When people hear of Roadrunner Recording Studios, they initially think of the labels heavyweights including the likes of Sepultura, Fear Factory and Slipknot. But what happens if say you could choose your favourites from those bands and get them to work together on a song" Then what would happen if you combined some of your old favourites with your new favourites" These questions you ask yourself, would it be a disaster or would it be something else entirely" For the most part, the last is true.

With members of Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Fear Factory and Still Remains just to name a few, listeners can expect some to a lot of diversity.

From the opening track 'The Dagger' written mainly by members of Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, and Chimaira listeners can hear an excellent example of what is to come overall this would be the perfect choice for any bands as an opening track. From the starting pick-scratch listeners are essentially punched in the face by a fast-paced metal onslaught. It is a fine example of the labels metalcore acts. From heavy riffs to screamed and melodic vocal lines before leading into a Jeff Waters (Annihliator) shredding guitar solo. 'The Dagger' is a fine example of what is to come.

Other members of the label that make appearances on the record include members of Type O Negative, Suffocation, Cradle Of Filth, Fear Factory, Sepultura and Deicide, and if that isn't enough to get metal fans excited include Mercyful Fate's King Diamond who adds vocals for 'Ín The Fire' and works with both Trivium guitarists and whilst not the best display of the 'Kings' vocal talent, there is a lot of guitar techniques with a lot of melodic leads and solos including other stages of guitar 'wankery'.

There are tracks on the All-Star Sessions however that do not fall squarely in the metal genre there is also a large amount of diversity shown with punk-themed songs 'No Way Out' and 'I Don't Wanna Be( A Superhero)' that most punk bands would be proud of.

At times there is a greater creative talent is shown and Corey Taylor's vocal work on 'The Rich Man' moves between over-raged and moody, whilst the music was created with even a higher level of talent moving from dissonance to heavy displaying raw anger as the Slipknot/Stone Sour screams his way through the chorus lines making it a very interesting listen.

The main single of the album written by the likes of Logan Mader, Matthew K. Heafy, Dino Cazeras and Roy Mayorga including Coal Chambers Nadja, titled 'The End' is over-all a quality track and its only flaws may be Heafy's lead vocals. However that does not mean the track loses its playability and is a popular track for many metal fans.

There is not often a collaborative piece that works well in the music industry, there may be songs that feature artists, but there has never been a project on this large a scale and Roadrunner have pulled it off almost perfectly. 'The Áll Stars Session' is a great buy and its replayability makes it great quality for money.

Highlights Include: The Dagger, Army Of The Sun, Blood & Flames and The End.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't think it would be this long.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2011


25291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was always a sucker for this album

Digging: Neckbeard Deathcamp - SO MUCH FOR THE TOLERANT LEFT

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it is a pretty good album, and i thought id start with something i like.

scissorlocked
February 14th 2011


3528 Comments


there are some good tracks here

the end is cheesy over the top

Digging: Roc Marciano - Behold a Dark Horse

Emim
February 14th 2011


27727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I won't pos or neg, but you need to go back over this and double check grammar and such. And you should probably mention the tracks that you put under the highlights section.





Then I shall bestow a pos on you.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks Emin, since this is my first on sputnikmusic, i want this kind of information and helpful hints.

It'l make the next one better im sure.

Emim
February 14th 2011


27727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

taters is a jaded individual.

Wizard
February 14th 2011


20209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was enjoyable, some spotty gayness throughout unfortunately.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep, for the most part its pretty good

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i want peoples honest opinions on my writing style, grammer etc. Hints and help.

kris.
February 14th 2011


15029 Comments


albums like this make me wonder if roadrunners some kinda creepy cult

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the metal genre itself could be considered a cult. We defend our faith ferociously even without any reason to.

Strider
February 20th 2011


4699 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this review better than the BFMV one, pos

Curse.
February 20th 2011


8057 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Dagger, No Way Out, and Army of the Sun are the best racks here, esp Army of the Sun

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Strider, and this is my first review.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Rob Flynn's work was great on this.

AgentYorkMorgan
February 20th 2011


173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is so hit and miss

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought there'd be at least one track on this that people would like.

Josh D.
February 20th 2011


14184 Comments


I like maybe seven of them.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2011


9478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thats definitely a better balance, i like about 8 of them.



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