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Various: Punk-O-Rama 7Punk-O-Rama 7 (2002)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: BrandonSideleauBrandonSideleau
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Well......what can I say? Epitaph has over the past 10 years become the largest and most recognizable punk label in the world, with Fat Wreck Chords not far behind. And, since 1994, they have released a punk o rama compilation every year (with the exception of '95). Each of these comps featured var.
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Well......what can I say? Epitaph has over the past 10 years become the largest and most recognizable punk label in the world, with Fat Wreck Chords not far behind. And, since 1994, they have released a punk o rama compilation every year (with the exception of '95). Each of these comps featured various artists from the label's roster and "usually" included a fair amount of unreleased material. For the most part the compilations were good, and occasionally great- but times are changing and more poppy music has found it's way to Epitaph.

Now, in 2002, we have Punk O Rama 7- which features only 3 unreleased or new tracks and focuses mainly on Epitaphs main money makers and pop punkers- Guttermouth, Pulley, NOFX, The Bouncing Souls, Etc. And, although there are some great non pop punk tracks- like Pennywise's purpolsively excellent "The World" and Bad Religion's great experimental "The Defense"- these songs have been availible for a year now and we've all either heard them or have the album so it's kind of pointless to include them here!

There are 3 unreleased songs from Guttermouth, Hot Water Music, and Death By Stereo. First I heard the Guttermouth track and I wasn't expecting much and I didn't get much, just some very unfunny immature humor song about a girlfriend titled "My Girlfriend", then I was on to Hot Water Music, whos' new track "Wayfarer" was included on the disc. This song actually suprised me- I've seen Hot Water Music live and I loved them, but their records never seemed to hook me, but this song is great.... it even has some Misfits-like "whoas". The new Death By Stereo track, as you would expect, rules- the new album is gonna be great! But, as of there, I was done- nothing new to listen to! I mean, what happened to the 2 unreleased B Sides by Bad Religion from "Process of Belief"? Where are the 3 unreleased songs from Pennywise's "Land Of The Free" Sessions? What about an unheard Nerve Agents track? Or something new from Lars and The Bastards? Nope- none of those things came true. Each of those bands stated that their B- Sides would be on "compilations" but that has yet to be proven true.

In the end- this is really a 3 song album, with only 2 great songs- unless of course you are COMPLETELY foreign to Epitaph, but most likely if you buy the comp you know the bands. So, I'll give it a five- not bad music, some great songs- just not enough new material to give it a thumbs up!

 

 
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Inf3ctious_Tapew0rm (July 26, 2002)

What? no B-sides from bad religion (still) >_

Anonymous (July 7, 2002)

people who are new to punk buy punk comps, thats what i did, i bought about 6 or so comps, and sorted out what bands i wanted to buy the actual cds of, now i just find new random punk albums released on here, and buy them if the band is good, if they get a good review, if its cheap enough, or if a friend reccomends it. In my opinion, punk comps are made for people interested in the kind of music, but not sure what albums to buy, much cheaper, and usually get a lot more songs per comp.

Anonymous (July 7, 2002)

Millencolin sold out a while ago kingpin, their new stuff is just to please the masses.
Also don't ever dis BR !

Anonymous (July 6, 2002)

that BR song really really really sucks. this cd blows, except for the pulley & millencolin songs.

kingpin

Anonymous (July 4, 2002)

Why should anybody who listens to punk buy this cd (and no, i dont know anybody who does not lsiten to punk and buys a punkorama or simialr compilations, so in the end its for punk fans)? I mean the earlier samplers had many more songs, and also many had unreleased songs, but this is version is the worst in my oppinion. Nothing new, nothing you might not have heard yet, cause the good songs are on good cds, that people should hae bought or downloaded already. Brett, PLEAAAASE, next compilation add unreleased tracks! People dont want to throw money out of the window. And yes The Defense is a fucking good song, but as i already said, who didnt listen to it already?

Anonymous (July 2, 2002)

This is the crappiest Punk-O-Rama album for years, utter crap. "The Defense" gets this CD up from the deepest gutter though.

Anonymous (June 30, 2002)

FUCK YOU- I did a damn good job on this review u pussy.

Anonymous (June 30, 2002)

Never begin a review with the words "What can I say?". Just do us all a favor and don't say anything at all. That's how a dumb reviewer starts every third review. Or, "When I first heard (band name here) I thought _____"

Anonymous (June 29, 2002)

1st comment oh ya

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