Various ‎– The Blackest Album - An Industrial Tribute To Metallica

Cleopatra ‎– CLP 0323-2
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January 8, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

I have a soft spot for this release because it was the first ever true industrial release I ever got my hands on. Retrospectively, I'm amazed that I listened to it as so much back then and then actively got into the genre too.
Ever since Die Krupps released the first industrial "Tribute To Metallica", we've seen a steady stream in "The Blackest Album" series (I think they're up to 4 now).
Releases like this are generally pot luck. Many of the interpretations are atrocious. Some are interesting. A few more are just weird. A sekect few are decent or better. This one had all sorts. There's an absurdly minimalist bleepy version of Battery (La Honda Militia). There's a strangely poppy and almost orchestral interpretation of Nothing Else Matters (Apoptygma Berzerk). There's a ridiculously heavy and dark version of Master Of Puppets (Hellsau) - and there's a whole bunch of fillers to pad out the rest. Every track is fundamentally different, the one common factor of course being that they're all Metallica covers/interpretations.
Very hit and miss. But it was just enough to get me over the line and open my mind to industrial - so it can't be all bad.