Wolfgang, Dapulis, Razorback & Greyhoundz

Soundcheck: The Live Recordings

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In 2000, Wolfgang, Razorback, DaPulis, and Greyhoundz, all rock bands signed to Sony Music Entertainment Philippines, released Soundcheck: The Live Recordings, which is comprised of live performances taken from a label-sponsored concert in Manila in late 1999.

Considering that live recordings are rare in the Philippines, the sound quality of this album is much better than expected. In fact, it's excellent. Hard rock/metal band Wolfgang explodes with such songs as "Molds," first recorded on the band's 1997 release Wurm, and "Tulisan" ("Rebels") from 1999's Serve in Silence. While the songs don't differ much from the original recordings, they are performed here with a gritty intensity that makes these live versions essential. Wolfgang takes some liberties with the solos, and guitarist Manuel Legarda explores new territory, working off the equally adventurous bass playing of Leslie "Wolf" Gemora. DaPulis, also known for their comic approach, performs a hard-edged version of "Walang Girlfriend" ("No Girlfriend"), originally heard on their last release, 1999's Pulis Heart. The group also performs two previously unreleased songs, "Magic Woman" and "T*E." Razorback also shines. They play, among other compositions, the previously unrecorded "No One," which features imaginative guitar and drum work. Vocalist Kevin Roy is sincere and gritty, though he tends to let his voice get harsh at times. Also included is hip-hop/rap/rock band Greyhoundz, whose music is taut, menacing, and cohesive, as heard on the powerful "Leech" and the potent, previously unrecorded songs "Party@8:02" and "Jackindabox." More Philippine record companies should release live albums.