It’s that time of year again when our good mates at the world’s rockingest weekly deliver their perfect soundtrack to the summer.
And Kerrang! 2009 The Album is chock full of the tracks of the year with mega-sellers like Nickelback, Green Day and Slipknot sharing top billing with ambitious newbies Metro Station, Ghost Of A Thousand and In Case Of Fire. Phew!
With 42 tracks featuring the cream of rock and metal we can’t wait to get our hands on another meaty overview of a rejuventated scene. Our only gripe? There’s no classic rock.
But this time next year we’re pretty damn sure Kerrang! will be going back to its roots as more and more bands favouring that timeless sound infiltrate a mag once known as the home of everything from hair metal to thrash and all the hard and heavy stuff in between.
Spanning two explosive discs, CD1 focuses on rock and punk and includes the huge Know Your Enemy by Green Day, Billy Talent’s new single Rusted From The Rain and the raucous Juggernauts by Enter Shikari.
CD2 focuses on the world of metal and features the monster Sulfur by Download headliners Slipknot as well as the epic Heroes Of Our Time by Dragonforce. Put simply, no other album comes close.
Kerrang! Editor Paul Brannigan said: “Kerrang! has changed the lives of three generations of rock fans across the globe but we’re not about to wallow in nostalgia.
“We believe that our world has never been more alive, that right now it’s exploding with bands who make music that sparkles with energy, imagination and colour and music that pushes boundaries, kickstarts hearts and makes life worth living. Kerrang! The Album ‘09 is the new soundtrack to your life.” Brave words Mr Brannigan. But you’re probably right.
The full track listing of this two CD monster, out on August 3, is as follows:
1. Green Day – Know Your Enemy
2. Billy Talent – Rusted From The Rain
3. My Chemical Romance – Desolation Row
4. Paramore – Misery Business
5. You Me At Six – Save It For The Bedroom
6. The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell
7. New Found Glory – Listen To Your Friends
8. Nickelback – If Today Was Your Last Day
9. Theory Of A Deadman – Hate My Life
10. Spinnerette – Rebellious Palpitations
11.Alexisonfire – Young Cardinals
12. The Blackout – STFUppercut
13. Madina Lake – Let’s Get Outta Here
14. Taking Back Sunday – Sink Into Me
15. The King Blues – Save The World, Get The Girl
16. Swound! – We Are A Danger
17. Chiodos – Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot With A Monkey Face)
18. Cobra Starship – Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous
19. Metro Station – Shake It
20. Enter Shikari – Juggernauts
21. The Prodigy – Omen
1. Slipknot – Sulfur
2. Dragonforce – Heroes Of Our Time
3. Killswitch Engage – Starting Over
4. Mastodon – Divinations
5. Marilyn Manson – We’re From America
6. Gallows – London Is The Reason
7. Ghost Of A Thousand – Bright Lights
8. In Case Of Fire – Enemies
9. Disturbed – The Night
10. DevilDriver – Pray For Villains
11. Shinedown – Sound Of Madness
12. Papa Roach – Lifeline
13. Fightstar – Mercury Summer
14. Static-X – Stingwray
15. Lamb Of God – Set To Fail
16. Cancer Bats – Engine Skull
17. Blakfish – Economics
18. Outcry Collective – Dead in The Water
10. The Dead Formats – Dirty White Shoes
20. Rolo Tomassi – I Love Turbulence
21. Bring Me The Horizon – Football Season Is Over