Just make sure you don't let the CD get to "It's My Party" which is so bad it's chronic. If you want to remember Bret at his best just get out yer Poison's great hits. This'll just leave a bad taste in your mouth.
Believer: Extraction from Mortality, Sanity Obscure & Dimensions
Christian thrash re-issues that track a band going from trad thrash to a sound not unlike a lot of the Goth-tinged metal so popular these days. Quality re-issues from Metal Mind of a band that has far more influence in the metal world than most people realize. A bit like Voivod; they are mentioned by musicians to other musicians. Lyrically clever, hell one of them now has his own cancer clinic after getting his doctorate, lets realize early on that these are not yer gormless thrashers. Strings, female vocals and talent combine for something impressive.
It's a great pleasure to hear this stuff on CD. Believer are as good as you heard they were. Highlight of the bunch has to be the frankly impressive Dimensions album. It would be great if this lot were to reform. The time is right for their sort of clever metal.
Thy Disease: Rat Age
Polish deathy metal with hints of industrial done very well. This is a bit more traditional but none the less of sound quality. There is some brilliant stuff coming from the eastern part of Europe and this lot are one of them. Gone are the days when they are just clones of what is already around. There is something afoot that is seeing some real quality being found there. TD might not be essential but any death metal fan would be hard pressed not to enjoy this release.
Midnight Syndicate: The Rage
This lot continues to produce soundtracks to real or imaginative movies as well as Dungeons & Dragons material. The Rage is a horror film that reminds me of the Lovecraft inspired Re-Animator. MS take this and turn into something special musically. The group does a fine job at evoking a mood of whatever is necessary. And they don't rely on you knowing the movie to make the music worthwhile.