Various Artists - Welcome to the Nightmare (An All-Star Salute to Alice Cooper) (Music CD)

Release Date: 26 March 2012
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When Alice Cooper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 2, 2003, it was well deserved. The shock rocker's impact was enormous, and the list of artists he influenced is a very long one that ranges from Slayer, Blackie Lawless, Cradle of Filth, Death, and GWAR to Bauhaus, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Nine Inch Nails. Cooper influenced hard rock, glam rock, and punk; he influenced death metal/black metal, doom metal, alternative rock, goth rock, grunge, and industrial. Hell, Cooper even managed to reach the jazz world; the late Carmen McRae recorded an unlikely version of "Only Women Bleed" in 1976. Thus, this Cooper tribute album could have come from a wide variety of sources; an all-goth, all-punk, or all-industrial tribute wouldn't have been inappropriate. But Welcome to the Nightmare: An All-Star Salute to Alice Cooper comes from the hard rock/metal side of things, and many of the artists paying tribute to the shock rock icon are veteran headbangers who were popular in the '80s -- people like Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister fame) on "Go to Hell," Megadeth's Dave Mustaine on "School's Out," Ronnie James Dio on "Welcome to My Nightmare," and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson on "The Black Widow." Roger Daltrey (as in the Who) puts his stamp on "No More Mr. Nice Guy," and Vince Neil (of Mötley Crüe fame) provides some inspired lead vocals on "Cold Ethyl." Meanwhile, the Scandinavian death metal/black metal scene is represented by Children of Bodom on "Bed of Nails," which is an interesting choice for that Finnish band; co-written by Desmond Child, "Bed of Nails" is total pop-metal -- and pop-metal is the last thing one expects from Children of Bodom. Nonetheless, they give a credible, noteworthy performance. Stylistically, this 62-minute CD isn't nearly as far-reaching as it could have been; again, Cooper influenced much more than old-school hard rock and metal. But this is certainly an enjoyable disc -- and a pleasing reminder of just how much his work means to veteran headbangers. ~ Alex Henderson
Release Date: 26 March 2012

1. Welcome To My Nightmare - Dio, Ronnie James
2. Dead Babies - Iced Earth
3. School’S Out - Friedman, Marty
4. Bed of Nails - Children of Bodom
5. Black Widow - Smith, Adrian
6. Go To Hell - Snider, Dee
7. Elected - McKagan, Duff
8. Under My Wheels - Elliot, Joe
9. No More Mr. Nice Guy - Slash
10. Roses On White Lace - Icarus Witch
11. Cold Ethyl - Mars, Mick
12. Billion Dollar Babies - Lewis, Phil
13. Eighteen - Dokken, Don
14. Only Women Bleed - Hughes, Glenn

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Catalogue No: CLPCD8096