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A waste of time - 20%

PhantomMullet, December 19th, 2008

I'll be the first to admit, I liked Death Cult Armageddon a lot when it came out. "Progenies..." produced a dark, epic atmosphere that drew you in, and "Vredesbyrd" might have just been one of their best songs, at least in the later parts of their career. Only recently have I heard the edited version of "Vredesbyrd" but I've been familiar with the edited "Progenies.." for a while now. So let's start with that one. First off, they cut out probably one of the most essential parts of the song. In the original, I guess it would be best described as the second verse. I'd say this verse was pretty important - it served as the middle man between the emotionless and not-so bombastic first verse and the epic sounding clean vocal passage. Listening to the edited version here, it just sounds funny, misplaced, and ultimately stupid. There are also a few minor parts cut out (which results in making the sound much crappier), but you may not notice it too much at first. However, on "Vredesbyrd", the editing is mostly dumbing down the sound. The guitars are weaker, small and short passages are cut off. Overall, the entire atmosphere takes a huge hit and that atmosphere was what made the original so great. Why would they shorten such songs anyway? I remember when I was younger many of the more popular Metallica songs would never get (as) shortened on the radio.

So, you'd be foolish to pick this one up, especially since you can probably find each song on youtube or something and give it a listen if you're that curious. Don't even get this for the laughs either. Sometimes when bands butcher re-releases or other bands do really crappy covers, it's funny, but this isn't the case here. It's just a pointless release.