Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight

Only one reason why I bought this disc, and you’ll see in a moment what that reason was…

Pantera’s Cemetery Gates is first, a great track. Here it’s the “Demon Knight Edit,” which Wiki tells me is a shortened version that excludes the conclusion part. Ministry’s Tonight We Murder is a totally skippable, annoyingly repetitive track. Machine Head’s My Misery (Demon Knight) was, I think, supposed to be menacing, but it’s just retread boring 90s stuff. An OK riff does not a great track make, methinks. Megadeth’s Diadems starts out gentle, but of course that doesn’t last as it gradually speeds up. Not one of their better songs, to me.

And now we get to the meat of the disc. I loved the punk sludge of the Melvins’ Instant Larry (yay for the Melvins!), and then we get the reason for my buying this CD at all: Rollins Band gives us Fall Guy, a non-album track (from the Weight sessions) that, unsurprisingly, hits fucking hard. ROLLINS! This is followed by a crazy loud riot track from Biohazard called Beaten. Follow that up with Polícia from Sepultura and it’s a 4-pack of ass-kicking! Let’s break stuff!!

But then the wheels fall off completely. Filter’s Hey Man, Nice Shot is one I heard recently already, on that 90s comp. Meh. It’s a big let-down after the last four tracks! And finally it’s Gravediggaz‘ 1-800-Suicide, which is terrible. It’s a shame, ‘cos I tend to like RZA’s work. This is really repetitive, totally doesn’t fit the rock-oriented mix at all, and (I think) makes light of suicide. Garbage.

In sum: A mostly-OK beginning, and a terrible ending, but the middle four tracks are huge. Not sure if that makes it an essential buy for most people, or not. Of course, I always say that ROLLINS is a good enough reason to buy anything, but this track is also available on the Weighting CD, which I also have, so…

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Posted on December 21, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I really need to re-buy Biohazard, all of it!

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  2. Rollins non-album = probably better than many bands’ album tracks.

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  3. I had this one a long time ago and agree completely that it’s a tad mnah. Though I am almost tempted to go seek it out again for Rollins … hmmm …

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    • If you’ll take a piece of unasked-for advice, if all you want is the Rollins, get yourself the Rollins Band CD called Weighting. It has this track AND the one from Johnny Mnemonic AND a whole lotta extra great stuff besides. And it’s only $5 on his web site right now. Our CDN Amazon, on the other hand, the best used copy is almost $30, so even with shipping from Rollins you’re ahead! Plus, you could probably find all sorts of other beauties to make up free shipping, if you spend some time on his site… 😉

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