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Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Metal
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Old- and new-school metalheads unite on this 18-track soundtrack to Dee Snider's film. The best songs here come from the vets. Snider's track with Anton Sanko, "Inconclusion," is dark, Tool-influenced music; it's well-exec...  more »


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Strangeland
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Tvt
Original Release Date: 9/22/1998
Release Date: 9/22/1998
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016581827028, 639842551526

Old- and new-school metalheads unite on this 18-track soundtrack to Dee Snider's film. The best songs here come from the vets. Snider's track with Anton Sanko, "Inconclusion," is dark, Tool-influenced music; it's well-executed and far removed from the Twisted Sister frontman's roots. Megadeth's engaging, Indian-influenced "A Secret Place" and Anthrax's grooving "P-N-V" also rock with energy and melody. But there are some surprises from the new generation of heavy rockers: System of a Down deliver the amusingly tongue-in-cheek, retro-Goth "Marmalade," while the ever-annoying industrial group Bile offer the appropriately sleazy and somewhat catchy electro-rock assault "In League." Twisted Sister themselves reunite for "Heroes Are Hard to Find," an amiable anthem delivered in their classic '80s style. There are also two curious Twisted covers provided by dayinthelife... and Crisis, each group handling one half of the two-part epic "Horror-Teria," the tune from Sister's Stay Hungry that inspired this horror flick. Overall, it's a very mixed bag, but the Snider and Twisted originals are the attraction here, with a few other tracks being pretty decent. --Bryan Reesman

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Excellent soundtrack
mutante | germany | 04/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this soundtrack is among the best compilations i own. actually almost every song is very good on here (exception: the twisted sister track and kid rock). it is put together excellent out of great old metal bands and some nu metal stuff. the highlights are the opening track by former twisted sister vocalist dee snider, breathe by sevendust (in my opinion one of their best songs), p&v by anthrax (a nice old-style metal song), absent by snot (their last and one of their best songs. probably the best on here) and last but not least marmalade by system of a down. the previous released stuff on here (soulfly - eye for an eye. (hed)p.e. - serpent boy, coal chamber - not living and so on) is pretty good too"
Soundtrack that drops like an H-Bomb
sc_demandred | Irvine, CA USA | 05/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Soundtracks are by nature a mixed bag. Usually they are composed of songs that, while from the same Genre, often have no cohesion and flow poorly.While this soundtrack flows okay, the music on it is almost all stellar. Several bands here are ones I had never heard before, and now their albums are on my Wish List. (hed)pe's "Serpent Boy", Bile's "In League", The Clay People's "Awake" and Nashville Pussy's "I'm the man" are all bands that I will be checking out in more detail.This soundtrack also holds the last recorded Snot song to ever feature Lynn Strait on vocals. The tragedy of his death is all the more bitter because of how good "Absent" is... it foreshadows what would have been a breakthrough album for Snot.Ironically, where this soundtrack suffers are where Dee Snider's touch is the heaviest. I don't know the exact circumstances, but for some reason dayinthelife and Crisis contributed tracks that were written by Dee and they just fall flat. The opening "Inconclusion" is pretty cool, sounding a bit like Tool, but "Captain Howdy" and "Street Justice" sound kinda hackneyed. No offense meant, Dee, just what I hear. Strangely enough though, the new Twisted Sister track just works. I dunno why, it's just Twisted Sister, man. :)Other standout tracks on this are Anthrax's "P and V", Pantera's "Where you come from" and System of a Down's "Marmalade". I found the Manson and Kid Rock tracks to be as uninteresting as the rest of their music.Bottom line: worth it if you're interested in checking out some good newer metal bands and some good tracks by established acts."
More like a sampler than a soundtrack
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 08/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider put together a horror movie with mixed results, and the film's soundtrack is no exception. Combining more newer material from older bands and the at the time "up and coming" (now look them up under washed up) nu-metal bands, this soundtrack feels more like a sampler, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Dee Snider's moody "Inconclusion" is surprisingly good, while Pantera's "Where You Come From" (from their live album) and Anthrax's "P-N-V" are standout newer tracks from two legendary bands. Other standout cuts include Sevendust's "Breathe", Snot's "Absent", and a reunited Twisted Sister's "Heroes are Hard to Find", but the cuts from Kid Rock, Soulfly, Bile, and (hed)pe are nothing special. Also, of all the Megadeth songs, why "A Secret Place"? I can think of so many other songs by them that would have better suited this soundtrack. All in all, despite it's flaws, the Strangeland soundtrack is an above average metal collection."