Various - The Only Constant Is Change (Cover Artwork)


Various: The Only Constant Is ChangeThe Only Constant Is Change (2004)
Volcom Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 1.5

Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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I was not looking forward to reviewing this, and thus, it is being reviewed six months after its release (in all fairness, I didn't even receive it for review until two months after its release). A compilation is a tough review in the first place. How do you rate a CD that will most likely have trac.

I was not looking forward to reviewing this, and thus, it is being reviewed six months after its release (in all fairness, I didn't even receive it for review until two months after its release). A compilation is a tough review in the first place. How do you rate a CD that will most likely have tracks differing greatly in quality and style? And how can you properly research all those different bands? You can't. Second, it's two long discs, so just to listening to it all once through takes two and a half hours. Third, it's Volcom, a label that is home to only one band I like, Vaux, and looking at the back it seems most the bands I have even heard of are punk bands I haven't listened to since high school. But here goes nothing.

Out of the 46 tracks, 36 are unreleased, live, or rare, so that makes it a better buy off the bat if you like the bands. The overall sound on here is punk and hardcore with just a little emo, there is not too much indie or dance rock or anything like that. Let's get to it.

Best tracks:

Disc 1

Rise Against - "Obstructed View" - I'm not huge into this band, but I'll definitely take them over most of this stuff. A solid track; typical Rise Against being powerful yet with a decent melody. This track is unreleased, and it appears to be a B-side from 2001's The Unraveling.

ASG - "Destination Motel Mind Decay" - This didn't catch me at first, as the riffage just sounded like any other metal-core-whatever band, but then a fun tight riff came up and caught my attention. Plus, they say "sex explosion" and have HIM-style vocals in the middle, which is funny. I had never heard of them before, and it wasn't bad; I actually repeated the track.

Vaux - "Switched On (Radio Edit)" - It's one of the best tracks on here for sure, but it's just a radio edit of a good track off their full-length. There isn't much difference.

Strung Out - "Velvet Alley [live]" - This track was definitely one I was looking forward to, but that's because I never got their Live In A Dive album, which this is taken from.

Brazil - "Paradise And Iron" - I had never heard that much of Brazil, and it's true what I've heard: they are ATDI ripoffs. It's a good unreleased song though.

Turbonegro - "Ride With Us" - Yes, it's just the album version from Scandinavian Leather, but I needed a good song by the time I got around the end of disc one, and this was it.

Disc 2

Single Frame - "Burn Radio Airtest" - Starting off disc two is a decent track by another band I hadn't heard, Single Frame, with their unreleased contribution, which is some sort of new wave synths meet Fugazi mishmash; I liked it.

Piebald - "There And Back Again" - Nothing in the liner notes indicates when this was recorded or what it was taken from. It seems to be newer, because their pop skills are developed, so it's probably a B-side from We Are the Only Friends that We Have and while it is a highlight on this comp, it's definitely a B-side for them.

Beehive & The Barracuda's - "Surfing With Dick" - An odd track that seems to be jammed out, a groove with bizarre male and female vocals, organ noises, and a thumping drum beat; it's almost a B-52's song from their debut.

Maxeen - "Take The Weight Off" - Straight from their self-titled album, but was very welcome after going through nine tracks of uninteresting stuff. Nothing else from the second disc is worth mentioning.

Worst tracks

theLine - "Buck Shot" - Awkward style changes and a really annoying guitar effect that comes up a bunch.

Guttermouth - "New Wave Haircut" - this band was only good for one thing: being funny. This track is not, or maybe it is, but I can't understand the vocals, with no help from the poor production.

Pennywise - "My Own Country (Live)" - I had not listened to these guys since early high school and I would have liked to have kept it that way. This appears to be an unused track from their album Live At The Key Club.

Intoxicated - "Get Real" - Oh god, shit hardcore. Please "Get Gone."

Consumers - "Registered Trademark" - Words cannot explain the terribleness of this track; it should have stayed unreleased.

MYG (aka sinistapushaman) - "Holla At You Boy" - Offering the lone hip-hop track on the comp, I guess it's not so much that this is one of the worst tracks, it just sticks out like a sore thumb and I'm not sure why it's on here.

That wraps it up. I would not recommend this, for even the better tracks are nothing spectacular and the best are already available somewhere else. This was quite a rough and lengthy listening experience for me and I would not wish it upon anyone.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
johnnydanger (January 24, 2005)

you suck

stop complaining about reviewing like it's a fucking difficult job

Anonymous (January 22, 2005)

The Line is seriously one of the worst bands I think I have ever heard from any musical genre and had to sit through live, even worse than I Decline and Pistol Grip, which were both terrifying experiances in their own rights

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

This score is for the Guttermouth song. It sounds like Ticket to Quebec off the newest CD, which is a sweet song.

-Walter Sobchak

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

I knew the Guttermouth and Pennywise tracks would get slated...damn, people are predictable


Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

Dude you are one big fat shit-head. You can't review for shit.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

greg you are the best reviewer on this site. You actually give the whole cd a listen before you review it. I want to join your fanclub- scores for you

greg0rb (January 18, 2005)

No, i didn't miss them, they were just mediocre so they were not mentioned in the best or worst tracks lists.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Seriously shitty review

You missed out tracks by Bigwig, Authority Zero, Western Waste, Another Damn Dissapointment.

joeg (January 18, 2005)

wow. i can feel the pain and suffering in your words. my true condolences.

since94 (January 18, 2005)

and looking at your favourite bands: Top ten fav bands as of today: 1. They Might Be Giants 2. Modest Mouse 3. Atom and His Package 4. The Ramones 5. Mock Orange 6. The Who 7. The Mountain Goats 8. Velvet Underground 9. The Clash 10. Cougars

why would you review this comp?

since94 (January 18, 2005)

What about the Bigwig tune???

Chason (January 18, 2005)

i don't really like this comp much either...but i have to disagree about The Line song being one of the worst. That tune is fantastic.

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