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Kerrang, Vol. 3

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Kerrang, Vol. 3 is a collection of almost 40 bands that the namesake British metal magazine has covered or promoted between the late '90s and 2002. If a band was a big deal in hard rock during this time and didn't go by the name Korn or Limp Bizkit, chances are you can find them somewhere on this album. Disc one seems mostly dedicated to hard rock and punk more than anything else, displaying good songs from the Hives, Ash, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Stereophonics, and others. The second disc is much more metal-oriented, offering some powerful singles, but in exchange the filler material is more bland and forgettable. Still, having good songs from A, Slipknot, Cyclefly, the Bloodhound Gang, and Machine Head doesn't hurt this collection in the slightest. And putting tracks by Andrew W.K. and Rob Zombie next to one another is a clever bit of track sequencing that serves as a good comparison for those who think they sound too much like one another. Sure, it isn't all great, but there are a lot of good singles here that will be near to impossible to find together anywhere else.

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