FEAR : The Fear Record: CD

I approached this one with a lot of morbid curiosity. While not a huge fan, I had seen them in 2009 and was impressed. The first record is a classic (even Slash thinks so) and it is a shame that the other records are out of print. Maybe that’s the reason Lee Ving decided to send this one through the recycle bin. I understand that record deals are sometimes a raw deal. We’ve seen this with T.S.O.L. and Suicidal Tendencies, to name a few. Is it well played? Yes. All the players backing Ving up are faithful to the originals. Is this really necessary? Only if you are looking in Ving’s wallet. I do commend him for giving the proper songwriting credits to the original band members. So maybe a few greenbacks will get to their families if this sells a bit. But will this replace the original? No, and this is something Lee Ving learned when he did a guest spot on Three’s a Crowd—sometimes you just can’t go home again.

 –koepenick (The End, [email protected], theendrecords.com)