Various Artists

Songs of the Witchblade: A Soundtrack to the Comic Books

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In theory, Songs of the Witchblade: A Soundtrack to the Comic Books is fascinating -- based on the best-selling comic series Witchblade, it's a concept album masterminded primarily by Babes in Toyland's Kat Bjelland, with performers like Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, the Melvins' King Buzzo and Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori assuming the roles of characters within the story. The inherent problem with the disc, however, is the same one also afflicting every film ever based on a comic -- the material just doesn't translate from the printed page, and as a consequence, the songs which comprise the album are melodramatic and more than a little bit silly; where they aspire to be dark and violent like the comic itself, instead they're just over the top.

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