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Various - Bring You To Your Knees: A Tribute To Guns N Roses (Cover Artwork)

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Various: Bring You To Your Knees: A Tribute To Guns N RosesBring You To Your Knees: A Tribute To Guns N Roses (2004)
Reignition Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: maverickScott
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So this is what it's come to - a Guns N Roses tribute made up of the "who's who" of the current hardcore/metal scene. For the life of me, I can't tell if this CD is supposed to be one gigantic tongue wedged firmly in cheek, or if these bands are really taking themselves, and their task at hand, ser.
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So this is what it's come to - a Guns N Roses tribute made up of the "who's who" of the current hardcore/metal scene. For the life of me, I can't tell if this CD is supposed to be one gigantic tongue wedged firmly in cheek, or if these bands are really taking themselves, and their task at hand, seriously.

Let's face it - Guns N Roses, for all their ridiculous antics, were one of the best hard rock bands to ever exist. Appetite For Destruction is virtually flawless. If you don't get goosebumps when hearing the opening guitar part to "Welcome To The Jungle," you're not a music fan. So assembling a tribute record in their name is no easy task, and I'm actually quite disappointed in the one-sidedness of the whole compilation. Sure, metal and hardcore bands seem like the obvious choice to shred up some of the GNR classics, but I refuse to believe that no other bands outside of these genres are fans of Axl and company. This is the compilation's biggest pratfall - there's no variety.

There still are some really awesome covers here, though. Zombie Apocalypse's speed read of "Welcome To The Jungle" is a blast to listen to, and Break The Silence does an admirable job with "Nighttrain," cowbell and all.

Mistakes include personal favorites Vaux, who phoned in an awkward cover of "14 Years" that feels wholly out of place [and barely ready for performance]. Most Precious Blood ruins one of the most recognizable guitar lines in rock history, using a keyboard to play the riff on an otherwise note-for-note rendition of "Sweet Child O' Mine." Bad idea, lady and gents.

Time In Malta and The Beautiful Mistake contribute the two most unique takes on Guns songs with "November Rain" and "Estranged," respectively. Neither band is afraid of the length of the songs, including all the myriad interlude parts. Time In Malta turns the end of "November Rain" into a moshing-encouraged breakdown, whereas The Beautiful Mistake go the more straightforward route, actually simplifying "Estranged" a bit.

Oh yeah, the Dillinger Escape Plan completely destroys "My Michelle." I'm not sure if it's good or bad, but it's definitely what you would expect from them.

If you're a fan of the current crop of hardcore and metal bands sweeping the nation, you'll probably be really into this compilation. If you're a huge Guns N Roses fan, this will be nothing but a letdown to you, as too many of the songs are just cardboard cutouts of the originals with nothing special worth mentioning. There is definitely some good stuff going on with this compilation, but there doesn't seem to be nearly enough sincerity involved to accurately label it as a "tribute" record. But until someone else assembles a better one, Bring You To Your Knees will have to do.

MP3
Zombie Apocalypse - Welcome To The Jungle

 


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Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

This cd really sucked. Its pretty bad when 18 visions have the standout track.
The God Forbid track was pretty good. All the other bands messed up the songs so bad. First of all half or more of the bands tried to make the songs all nyhc or punk sounding. GnR were all about rocking out, but these bands try to do hardcore vocals to GnR songs. WHat?
randomdipshit

t-rav (April 6, 2004)

I'm from the south...to say that GNR were a big influence on the teased hair and nuthugger generation would be an understatement. I never liked em really. Undeniably, they had talent...but they played the most predictable music ever. And axl is an asshole. Def leppard and Skid row did it for me.

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

Anyone who says that G n'R weren't good muscians never played an instrument - that's for sure! They where pousers that's for sure but that has nothing to do with their music. I think there are to many greenhorns on this website!

Anonymous (April 6, 2004)

Guns n Roses was a lame cock rock hair band with more talent than the average lame cock rock hair band....which means they still sucked hard....they could just play that shitty music with more technique and skill. What GnR has to do with punk rock I don't know...just because the drummer wore a TSOL tshirt and they covered a Misfits song (which they thoroughly fucked up covering by the way) doesn't mean that these guys are anything better than shit. Most of these "chugga chugga riff riff growl growl" bands suck too...about as much fun as taking a shit. This isn't hardcore and GnR isn't good music.....and that is that. Oh, and to the guy a few down, Van Halen may have been able to play....but that couldn't save them from stinkingf like cow feces....just more and more cock rock with frontmen who are more afraid of primping their hair and banging hookers than the music.

Anonymous (April 5, 2004)

Laaaaaaaaaaaamest bands ever...

rubbing their shit stained hands all over the best raunchy rock n roll songbook of the last 25 years...

a fucken shame.. these bands are as boring as they get.

i feel bad for real guns n roses fans...

Romeo (April 3, 2004)

"Let's face it - Guns N Roses, for all their ridiculous antics, were one of the best hard rock bands to ever exist."

Fuck that, dick in hand, I'll piss on Axel and Slash, who even is the rest of the band? Fuck them, and fuck that comment, GNR up in the likes of Zeppelin or Floyd? Know your rock before you pull that shit again sir.

Anonymous (April 3, 2004)

Zombie Apocalypse totally fucked up "Welcome to the Jungle."

I have problems listening to most of these bands, but I found some of these covers to be quite entertaining, mainly Most Precious Blood's "Sweet Child O' Mine" and whoever covered "Paradise City."

The cover of "It's So Easy" isn't all that great, either.

But over all, it's hard for me to say anything since I don't like any of these bands, or even Guns n' Roses.

I just like Slash.

Anonymous (April 3, 2004)

Rock N Roll is not about acting like professional wrestlers...

-BSD

Anonymous (April 3, 2004)

Gotta agree, would have been better to spread the tribute over other genres. I don't think I'll bother downloading it, even.

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

rightcliqificus, you are a moron. Whether you like the music or not is irrelevant. That band did more for rock and roll than most bands out there now. They ARE one of the greatest bands ever.

Those guys were genuine and AFD is simply everything rock and roll should be. Hell, that band and Axl himself are everything rock and roll should be.

rightcliqificus (April 2, 2004)

Guns N Roses are one of the best bands in history?????????????? Are you kidding me? thats just nuts. nothing about that band is flawless. If i had a time machine, one of the first things i'd do would be to go back in time and murder those fucking assholes

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

No one really gives a fuck BSD, go eat a dick

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

Thrash is the only metal I like. I don't see much comparison with hair metal crap and hardcore mixed with British metal (Venom, Motorhead). I also like death metal.

-BSD

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

3l1t3 h4x0r5 0n teh yUor pC? OH NOS!! YUOR MEGAHURTZ HAEV BEEN STOELED!!!11

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

thrash is STILL metal dumbass

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

This album fucking sucks !!!

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

guns n roses is an amazing band. and always will be bye

threechordsandthetruth (April 2, 2004)

311?

Jesse (April 2, 2004)

You do NOT fuck with Van Halen. Listen to "Running With The Devil" or "Dance The Night Away." Maybe "Panama." Van Halen will forever dominate as the greatest band ever. Fuck lumping them in with "80s metal." Just because David Lee Roth wore spandex doesn't mean that the dude can't screech. And Eddie? No one can touch him on guitar, not too mention Alex playing some of the most complicated and techinical drum fills EVER. Guns N' Roses will always be a shitty hook driven band that never truly explored music, but if you break down a Van Halen song, you've got music theory out the ass. Not to mention that until 1984 all their albums were recorded live in the studio. What band can you truly say that about?

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

I don't like GnR, although they are better than what is usually labeled 80's "metal" (IE Van Halen, Twisted Sister, etc. which is really just pop music), they still pretty much blow. I saw them once wayyyy back in the day, back when they were just starting to make a name for themselves....Rollins Band was actually opening for them which I thought was quite odd, Henry made Axel look like the hair crazed pretty boy that he is. And to the guy that said Slayer was "80's metal"...I hope you're joking, I think the kid was refering to 80's hair metal not 80's thrash which is what Slayer is. Infact, if it weren't for all the satanic imagery there wouldn't be much to seperate Slayer from hardcore bands like DRI or Verbal Abuse.

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

1-2-3-4! Listen up now here we go!

Papipapiya Papipapipapiyayo! Yum yum yum yum chacabacayo!

Papipapiya Papipapipapiyayo! Yum yum yum yum chacabacayo!

Achacabacayo!

Cha!

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

"This score is for the reviewer's assumption that everyone else on the planet bought into the hype that Guns'n'Roses were worth half a shit.

Axl Rose is racist white trash.

Why didn't they include the Skrewdriver cover of "One In A Million"?"

For sure. He is a piece of racist shit.

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

Yeah, "Blaxl Rose" is this huge black guy that sings for a local RVA GnR tribute band, "Rocket Queen". Everyone in the band wears costumes and wigs and shit when they perform. And this guy sounds JUST LIKE AXL. Bomb shit.

-sickboi

KarlHungus (April 1, 2004)

You know, as much as a lot of scene kids hate them, I will always love Guns N Roses. I will purchase this album for a couple of reasons besides my love of the original band, namely to support Suburban Home. You know what song kicks ass? "I used to love her" It is dark and kicks ass, hard.

Wait a minute, Guns 'N Roses made a song about ending their relationships through violence. They started the new trend in "nu-emo", oh how I would love to see Axl Rose in shaggy, dyed black hair.

Cheers, Karl

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

"Paradise City was the first rock song I got into when I was like 6."

Damn. I'm old. I was in Jr. High when Appetite came out.

Jon_the_Skafather (March 31, 2004)

wow....i remember when ska was the big music type to do this sort of thing...except now insted of it being fun and with nerds,it's mostly with jocks and consisting of beating up people.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Fuck this record, you dudes need to check out the Corrosion of Conformity tribute record that came out a few years ago. It had What Happens Next? and Capitalist Casualties on it if I remember correctly. WxHxNx? is the best "positive" hardcore band to come out since 7 seconds.
-ken

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Blaxl Rose? a black axl rose? are you for real?

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

I took this as meaning that if you don't get goose bumps hearing this you're not a fan of music IN GENERAL.

Sure, you may specifically love punk, metal, or whatever - but as far as his comment was concerned, I think a "music fan" is someone into all types of music, appreciating it regardless of genre. Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Pop, Classical, etc.

That's how I interpreted it. Also, Welcome to the Jungle gives ME goosebumps.

Also, to the guy who said that all 80's "metal" sucks, what about Slayer? They own your soul. Hell Awaits.

-ATDI81

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Paradise City was the first rock song I got into when I was like 6. Still love that one.

WON"T BUY THIS ALBUM

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Ugh.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

1-2-3-4! Listen up now here we go!

Papipapiya Papipapipapiyayo! Yum yum yum yum chacabacayo!

Papipapiya Papipapipapiyayo! Yum yum yum yum chacabacayo!

Achacabacayo!

Cha!

Jesse (March 31, 2004)

To whoever responded to me: make sure that your response is geared toward the right person. Those weren't my comments.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

i'd say the only osng worth listening to on this whole cd is Eighteen Visions cover of "Paradise City". they played realy well and he didnt scream through the whole song like everyone else. this cd sucks. the bands on this cd suck. GNR deserve better than this. is i was in GNR and heard there was a tribute album coming out about my band, i would be highly dissappointed when listening to what these bands did to my songs. im offened that these bands call this a "tribute" to Guns n Roses.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Quite possibly one of the WORST releases ever!

Tribute and covers records are played the fuck out..

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

actually, the ZA cover sounded awesome. "shit punk"? sorry, you must be looking for cockrocknews.org

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

since when is "chaoscore" considered a genre? that's the lamest fucking term I've ever term. Plus, he didn't even say the DEP song sucked, he just said they destroyed the song. Moron. Oh yeah, this is in response to "Jesse"

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

man the zombie apocalypse cover was good until it stopped sounding like a GNR cover and turned into shit punk.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

This score is for the reviewer's assumption that everyone else on the planet bought into the hype that Guns'n'Roses were worth half a shit.

Axl Rose is racist white trash.

Why didn't they include the Skrewdriver cover of "One In A Million"?

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

fuck GNR, i hate every 80's "metal" band out there.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

that covers sucks too damn much

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Pffft

Guns and Roses suck fuckin balls

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

i thought welcome to the jungle was the absolute worst track on this cd
and no solo on november rain whats up with that

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

dude..that mp3 is pure shit...axl is rolling over in his grave of what used to be a successful career - Tahoe Jeff

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

this is not very good

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

"On an utterly random note, I looked but found no review for The Exploding Hearts' album on here. No one bothered to submit one? BSD, get on this."

Post my Darkness review, then I'll think about it.

-BSD

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

You wanna see a good GNR tribute? Check at the RVA band "Rocket Queen".

Blaxl Rose rules.

-sickboi

punkcorekid (March 30, 2004)

"If you're a fan of the current crop of hardcore and metal bands sweeping the nation, you'll probably be really into this compilation."
--Uhhh, I like hardcore and metal, and this is pure shit. I love ZA, and that was about the only good thing about this CD. The Dillinger song isn't as bad as you made it out to be. I admit, the chaoscore doesn't fit well here, but the non-chaos parts are good.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

i guess im not a music fan then.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

It would have been awesome to see GNR in their heyday but I was like 4? when Appetite came out.

Jesse (March 30, 2004)

My favorite part about the Sweet Child O' Mine video is that Duff McDouchebag is wearing a TSOL shirt with his black spandex pants and huge blond hair. Izzy was the only good thing about that band, and that was just because he was on too many drugs to care, so he just put on sunglasses and stood there. That was his job. To wear sunglasses on drugs.

inagreendase (March 30, 2004)

On an utterly random note, I looked but found no review for The Exploding Hearts' album on here. No one bothered to submit one? BSD, get on this.

CrankWillDestroy (March 30, 2004)

Yea, I apparently must hate music. Axl is the biggest douche in the universe and he won't be pistol whipping anyone. I must admit, however, that i do like november rain and paradise city a lot.

musical-monkey (March 30, 2004)

i really dont like the zombie apocalypse cover

Imposs1ble (March 30, 2004)

I must also not be a music fan. Especially when they play that shit before the Vikings kickoff.

Go Packers.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

I don't know guys, I thought this CD was pretty fucking amazing. Zombie Apocalypse, Haste, Eighteen Visions, God Forbid, Time In Malta, and Death By Stereo make this CD unstoppable.
Don't listen to the guys above.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

the zombie apocolypse song kills it, awesome

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

My favorite was 18 Visions' song, I thought they did that pretty well.

None of these are even half as enjoyable as the originals though, and I'm a fan of covers.

ElVaquero (March 30, 2004)

i too am not a music fan, apparently.

mikeinflames (March 30, 2004)

i love g'n'r
well g'n'r when they were good at least
and i love a lot of the bands on this comp.
but holy shit
talk about murdering songs
i'm so glad i heard this before i bought it because if i had spent money on it i would have been pissed off

ThornInSide (March 30, 2004)

this and that jawbreaker "tribute" are testimonials as to why labels shouldn't encourage bands to do these kinds of records.

the songs are good as they are, no one needs to hear some hardcore/punk/emo/whatever bands fuck them up.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

"If you don't get goosebumps when hearing the opening guitar part to "Welcome To The Jungle," you're not a music fan"

I take offense with that. I fucking can't stand GNR, it's cause of shit like that, that I got into punk rock. And I'm a huge music fan. Good music, though, not shit.

hitlerbadzakgood (March 30, 2004)

this was one of the worst tributes ever. they totally tore abart everything good about gnr. very dissapointing. granted, i didnt have high expectations anyways.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

I hate GNR, always have. So because I do not get chills from the into to whatever song, I am not a music fan.

Worst.Review.Ever.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

g-n-r are fagz.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Zombie Apocalypse kills? Don't say I didn't say so.

Minor Threat

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Oops, that should have been 2 stars, not 10.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

I bought this over the weekend. Big letdown.

threechordsandthetruth (March 30, 2004)

AFI's "My Michelle" was a lot better than Dillinger's.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Zombie Apocalypse does a great job. Go listen to Shai Hulud while you're at it. Matt Fox rules.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Man, Axl's the one that ruined GNR. I'll pistol whip his fat ass. Bastard.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Yay Guns and Roses! What's Axl doing now?

-bemused-

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Axl will find these dudes and pistol-whip each of them. He will then do more coke than Tony Montana could ever imagine.

Rick James can be found with tears in his eye saying, "Cocaine is one hell of a drug...I'm RICK JAMES, BITCH!"

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

the only song i wanted to hear was the ETID song

big letdown

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