I treat cover albums like door-to-door salesmen. That is, I avoid them at all costs. But – regardless of how great an effort you put forth – sometimes you just can’t. Thus, welcome to Jason Jordan’s review of “Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated,” which features EXHUMED covering twelve of their influences in what can be deemed an unessential piece of the band’s discography.
Really, EXHUMED chose a broad range of artists for this release. As a Metal fan, you’ve undoubtedly heard LED ZEPPELIN’s “No Quarter” and METALLICA’s “Trapped Under Ice,” and chances are you’re at least partially familiar with THE CURE, SADUS and UNSEEN TERROR. The remainders are lesser known, if not somewhat obscure and choosing the “right” songs is half the battle. Consequently, it makes it easier on the consumer too. For instance, if you’re not on the best of terms with the selections, then you’ll want to look elsewhere. Still, “Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated” sounds great, utilizing the beefiness that EXHUMED are known for. While I’ve only heard a handful of these tunes in their original state, I’m convinced that this mob put their own spin on things.
Lamentably, other than AMEBIX’s “The Power Remains,” nothing on this release stands out. “The Power Remains” shouldn’t be missed, though, because the spine-tingling leads and mammoth riffs (see: ) only lead to grins. I’d recommend downloading it immediately, as there’s a direct link above. Moving on, despite the cover art’s appeal and the wealth of information contained in the liner notes, the overall package struck me as rather humdrum. I suppose they’re trying to stay true to the spirit of “garage days,” but the whole black-and-white motif hasn’t ever appealed to me, even in the most deserving of circumstances. A tantalizing, blood-drenched logo – devoid of color – is a minor tragedy.
Not much need for a recap here, though I advise perusing the track list to see if your tastes mesh with those of EXHUMED. Followers of the group will fancy this either way, I bet, but “Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated” fails to impress. And, in addition, the fact that it sports a horrible title won’t help matters either. (Online January 28, 2006)