"RADIANT DECAY:
A TRIBUTE TO NINE INCH NAILS"

Artist: Various Artists (2000)
Label: Vitamin Records
Style: Industrial
Songs: 11

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Reviewed by: Darklight

Out of all of the Nince Inch Nails tribute albums that I've heard so far, I like this one the least. First of all, I have never heard of any of the bands featured here. Secondly, two of the bands, Transient and Tin Electric, do two covers here. I think that there are enough bands out there where two bands donít need to be featured twice on the same tribute CD.

While I personally donít really care for this CD that much, this is indeed the one NIN tribute album that will most likely appeal to the more mainstream NIN fan that likes industrial rock music much more than EBM.

Most of the songs here have an American industrial rock sound that are void of any European electro-industrial/EBM influences. This does allow to make for some heavy and aggressive hard rocking tunes that the mainstream crowd will love. There are also a few occasions where the songs have an upbeat drum Ďní bass techno edge that ravers will dig. Basically, this album is meant for fans of more commercial forms of industrial and electronic music.

I do admit that overall the album is good and does feature a lot of variety. But there is just something about it that doesnít really work for me. It could be the fact that most of the songs have that rock feel about them. And even the more electronic songs donít have the dark and dramatic edge of European EBM. But perhaps it all comes down to a matter of personal taste.

This is a good solid compilation CD featuring some entertaining songs. I personally would take Closer To The Spiral or Covered In Nails over this release, but I am sure that there are people out there that will enjoy this album instead.