Album Review: Punk Goes Classic Rock

I got wind that the newest album in the “Punk Goes…” series sometime in the late fall and heard that it could be either “Classic Rock” or “Metal 2”.  I didn’t hear about it for a few months and upon recently I discovered that it would be coming out this Tuesday as “Punk Goes Classic Rock”. So I thought I’d do a little review on the newest addition to the long running cover series, since I’m such a sucker for cover songs.

Read on for the review!
The album opens up with a cover of Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” performed by power-pop act Hit The Lights. They are super enthusiastic in this cover and it’s nice hearing a fresh take on such a classic, but I learned quickly that this album is filled with power-pop bands. So I will speak of the bands that really caught my attention and I feel you should give a chance to.

The first honorable mention is A Skylit Drive’s version of Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart”. Their cover feels just as dramatic as Journey’s did when it was first released as a single. It was also quite interesting hearing the song have some screaming parts in it and they actually didn’t distract me or make me feel annoyed. They were smart and didn’t over do it. Another one that I felt did a real excellent job was Envy On The Coast doing Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”. This band isn’t an emo act or a power-pop act. I guess you could just consider them rock but either way they gave the song awesome justice and made it sound like their own. The next cover, which is my favorite on the album, is performed by up and coming power-pop act VersaEmerge. They performed the legendary song “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones. After hearing this their version along with The Black Dahlia Murder’s version are at a tie. The guitar intro is performed with a piano and the song is really haunting. How they did this cover is how I feel you should do any cover, perform as if it were yours and make it memorable. 

Now some songs weren’t as lucky to catch my attention. The first one being a cover of one of my favorite songs of all time,”Bohemian Rhapsody”. The bastard band that covered the song are called Never Shout Never. To be honest the name pissed me off before I could even hear the song but I only got angrier when I heard the song. The instruments sounded just fine but the guys voice was so bad I feel like he was going out of his way to sound like he did. I was impressed with the music but his voice was just terrible. Unless you wanna get furious I suggest skipping the track. The other song was The Almost’s take on Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'”. There was nothing really appealing about the song. There wasn’t any energy, it sounded like they really didn’t want to play the song and because of that the song is flat and the furthest from appealing. the rest of the album is descent at best and nice to have as background music if you’re into this sort of thing.

Now I know some of you might be going “What gives? This is a horror website whose music section covers metal/punk/hardcore related music.” Well I couldn’t agree you guys more but if you look at the title of the album there isn’t anything punk on here except for the title. The “Punk Goes…” series was fucking awesome when it first came out with “Punk Goes Metal” and “Punk Goes Pop”. In it’s nine year run it has diminished to feature bands that are just popular with tweens. Now while there are some gems on here it isn’t something I’d suggest purchasing unless you’re a fan of this kind of stuff. I lover cover songs but I think I’ll just stick with Me First And The Gimme Gimmes for good cover songs.

The track list is as follows:

1. Hit The Lights “More Than A Feeling” (originally recorded by Boston)
2. VersaEmerge “Paint It Black” (originally recorded by The Rolling Stones)
3. The Almost “Free Fallin'” (originally recorded by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
4. Mayday Parade “We Are The Champions” (originally recorded by Queen)
5. The Summer Set “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” (originally recorded by KISS)
6. We The Kings “Caught Up In You” (originally recorded by .38 Special)
7. A Skylit Drive “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” (originally recorded by Journey)
8. I See Stars “Your Love” (originally recorded by The Outfield)
9. Pierce The Veil “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (originally recorded by Blue Oyster Cult)
10. Forever The Sickest Kids “Crazy Train” (originally recorded by Ozzy Osbourne)
11. The Maine “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (originally recorded by Def Leppard)
12. Envy On The Coast “All Along The Watchtower” (originally recorded by Bob Dylan as covered by Jimi Hendrix)
13. Every Avenue “Take Me Home Tonight” (originally recorded by Eddie Money)
14. Never Shout Never “Bohemian Rhapsody” (originally recorded by Queen)
15. blessthefall “Dream On” (originally recorded by Aerosmith)

2 out of 5 skulls