To celebrate the return of the seminal "Headbangers Ball" series, Roadrunner has wisely packed 40 songs on a double-CD; it retails for the price of a single disc.

To celebrate the return of the seminal "Headbangers Ball" series, Roadrunner has wisely packed 40 songs on a double-CD; it retails for the price of a single disc. There is plenty of metal variety here, from thrash to progressive to modern. Disc one features cuts from such established acts or on-the-rise talent as Slayer (an awesome live track of its signature "Raining Blood"), Rob Zombie, Cold and Deftones. Disc two offers bands that are ready to burst from the underground: Lacuna Coil, Chimaira, Motorgrater and Poison the Well, among others. There are a few omissions (Korn, Tool), and for the most part, this material is strictly post-1995. So, anyone looking for the late-'80s glory that was Dio, Def Leppard or Pantera will not find such old-school chops here. But what a great idea for the next installment.—CLT

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