Artist: Various Artists (2001)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Style: Industrial/Gothic
Songs: 13


Reviewed by: Darklight

It seems that every time I turn around there is a new tribute album released by Cleopatra Records. One of these is this tribute to Smashing Pumpkins. And while it does offer some excellent songs, it does miss the mark a bit.

Guenter Schulz & En Esch have offered some of the best covers the Cleopatra label has seen recently. And it’s exactly for this reason that I was so surprised by their terrible take on “Rhinoceros” here. It’s just plain awful. It’s a mid-tempo funky experimental song with annoying repetitive sounds that get under your skin. Thankfully, it’s the first track making it easy to pass by. Candymachine 88 come in next with their excellent darkwave version of “Ava Adore” with vocals provided by Tina Root (Switchblade Symphony). Sigue Sigue Sputnik are next in line with their electro-rock version of my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”. While I would have preferred a band like Razed In Black to do this song, Sigue Sigue Sputnik do a decent enough job to satisfy me. Dark Corridor then offer their nice electro-goth version of “The End Is The Beginning Is The End”. 16 Volt Vs. Spahn Ranch come in next with their excellent electro-industrial take on “Disarm”. Razed In Black never disappoints, and their version of “Cherub Rock” is superb. Electric Hellfire Club sound the same as usual with their campy electro-metal take on “God”. This song is hard to sit through as it’s just not very good. However, it’s decent enough to not have to skip past. Pig, in usual fashion, delivers a dark and dramatic melodic take on “1979”. Godbox offers the most out of place cover here with their upbeat alt-rock take on “Frail And Bedazzled”. While this cover might have worked on an alternative rock tribute to Smashing Pumpkins, it doesn’t work here at all. Shining brings the album back with their excellent electro-industrial version of “Today”. Rosetta Stone deliver what is possibly the best song here with their take on “Eye”. Unlike previous Rosetta Stone songs, this one is pure electro making them sound like an EBM/synth-pop band as opposed to a gothic band. Hopefully, this will be a style that they focus on in the future with their work as it definitely suits them well. Bella Morte offer their dark haunting version of “Soma” that is rather good. And Synical end the album with their energetic industrial rock take on “Zero”.

Once again Cleopatra releases a promising tribute album with flaws. If the number of tracks here were reduced to ten by removing the songs offered by Guenter Schulz & En Esch, The Electric Hellfire Club and Godbox, this album would have been a lot better. Unfortunately, these three songs do bring down the flow of the disc. This is still a very good CD offering some excellent songs that make it worth picking up if you have any interest in hearing gothic-industrial versions of classic Smashing Pumpkins songs. But be warned that there are a few that do fall short making for an album that does have songs you will want to skip past.