Punk for the Gospel Benefit Compilation

By Jessica C on October-7-2012 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , | Share

Punk for the Gospel Benefit Compilation
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5.0 (3 votes)

Band: Various Artists
Title: Punk for The Gospel Benefit Compilation
Label: Thumper Punk Records
Release Date: September 2012
Reviewer: Jessica Cooper

Vol. 1 Track Listing:

  1. This City – The Old Timers
  2. Saved! – INFIRMITIES
  3. White Washed Tomb – Hippos of Doom
  4. Homeland Insecurity – Dogwood
  5. The Revolt is Forming – The Lonely Revolts
  6. Smoke Blower – Flatfoot 56
  7. Soul Miner – Call To Glory
  8. Life Free or Die – Platoon 1107
  9. Slow Regret – Grace & Thieves
  10. Jesus is Punk Rock – Unshackled
  11. Die to Self – The Hoax
  12. Fear – Don’t Get Bored
  13. At War With Myself – Gorilla Warfare
  14. Cry Baby – Government Hate Mail
  15. Don’t Kill You – Lust Control
  16. Drive thru Amerika – uniSEF
  17. Bystanders – The Social Threat
  18. Hold On – The Altar Billies
  19. Swing Low, Sweetheart – The Scurvies
  20. Pedestal – Mason Summers
  21. I Wanna Be A Kennedy – The Shiny Darks

Vol. 2 Track Listing:

  1. Marked for Life – True Liberty
  2. Retaliate – False Idle
  3. Blind Eye – The WAY
  4. Nancy Don’t Fall Asleep – The Deal
  5. Haunted House – Grave Robber
  6. Looking Past – Jump Quick Ship
  7. Relentless Leathernecks – ABSOLVED
  8. Skate and Smile – The Smiley Kids
  9. Clean Face in a Dirty Place – The Kings Kids
  10. Deserts and Wastelands – Saint Hooligan
  11. Restart – Praiser
  12. It’s Up To Me – Vincible
  13. We Lament The Death Of God In The Heart Of Man – 100 Philistine Foreskins
  14. Circle of Power – Empty Tomb
  15. Blood, Sweat & Circle Pits – Desiring Dead Flesh
  16. Bound for Glory – Revolution Radio
  17. Evidente – Metanoia
  18. Last Words – Covenant
  19. The Insidious Lie – Craig’s Brother
  20. The Ballad of Tatty Higgins – Goodnight Wednesday
  21. Lifeguard – 180 OUT

Of the 42 tracks, 19 are either new recordings, newly released, or previously unreleased, including songs from The WAY, False Idle, and The Deal, whom we’ve not heard from in 8 years. The important thing to remember is, though it’s the collaborative result of Christian musicians, producers, and community, this release is for anyone and everyone who believes in a greater good, not necessarily being God. It’s a collection that caters to the interest of those who enjoy energetic, charging music that amps up its audience. What you get from the lyrics or overall message is left to your own judgment, but you can’t argue with this being a quality collection of music.

The cool thing about production value when it comes to punk music is that it sounds good in raw, polished, or live form, so with this mixture of songs, there is an undeniable clutch on the attention of its audience. The arrangement of the tracks seems to be pretty strategic, too, which is great if you’re a lover of organization like me. It starts off with the right amount of energy in the first listing on Volume 1, “This City” by The Old Timers, setting the tone and kicking off the show, directing the path for the rest of the songs to follow. And goodness gracious, can I say how excited I am that Flatfoot 56 is on this? And what better choice than “Smoke Blower” because let’s be honest…bagpipes are awesome. It would’ve been nice to see something from Icon For Hire or Squad Five-O, but I can’t complain. Grave Robber’s “Haunted House” was a nice addition to the pile(on) as well.

Overall: The world of punk is so versatile and eclectic, able to diversify itself with elements of horror, melodic sound, dynamic composition, and such intense energy, and this compilation is a prime, supreme example of that. Do yourself a favor and get this release in your collection. Both volumes are available for individual purchase or for bundle purchase in the Thumper Punk Records webstore.

RIYL: All bands listed.

Punk for the Gospel Benefit Compilation, 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 ratings

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6 Responses to 'Punk for the Gospel Benefit Compilation'

  1. Jessica C is on a rol, lol. This is anotha comp that i wil get wen the budget alows tho, lol.

  2. This one is so worth it…I would recommend it to many and to buy an extra one or two to give to friends to introduce them to good music…all for a good cause.

  3. Iaya97 says:

    Too bad I have most of these tracks already.

    • You may have some of them but no way most of them. I have a bunch of these as a fan of punk rock already. But I found there was still a good amount that I did not so it makes it worth the buy. Also, it is worth getting because it also goes to a good cause.

  4. Cactus says:

    This was probably my first REAL punk compilation. You can get it for $18 at the Thumper Punk Records web store. I would say it’s a great buy. I already had some (four) of the tracks, but I still think this is one of the greatest comps out there. The music is all excellent, and I see no reason to skip any of the songs. And like the reviewer said, it is very well organized. There’s a rock-a-billa section, deathcore/hardcore section (I honestly think the Christian version of “deathcore” should be called lifecore because, well let’s be honest here, the band is supporting the image of Jesus/life), punk section (the first section).

    The majority of songs are punk. However, it’s not all the same song over and over. All the songs are very different. The overall recording quality is quite nice; only a few songs have shaky quality (Relentless Leathernecks, It’s Up To Me). Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against bad mixing. For me, it adds to the quality of the recording. However, it is sometimes nice to be able to hear what the band is playing.

    Overall? Five stars. Dogwood shows up, so that’s a +. Actually, thats a ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ you get the point.

    I was turned onto some other great bands by this (Mason Summers, Goodnight Wednesday, Craig’s Brother and Metanoia.

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