1. Coliseum - Am I Demon
2. Coliseum - American Machine
3. Coliseum - Ride On Death Riders
4. Doomriders - Hell Roaring
5. Doomriders - Possession
2005 Level Plane Records
When I first heard about this release, my interest was definitely piqued. The combination of Converge side-project Doomriders and Louisville, Kentucky's Coliseum seemed like a good pairing to "salute" the music of Danzig, as both bands play dark, riff-heavy punk rock. With one cover from each band plus a handful of evil originals, Not Of This World is a fun, by the numbers split release. The problem is that these two bands sound so incredibly similar that until I actually looked at the track listing, I had no idea which band was which. Being that I own discs by both bands and have listened to each quite a bit, I was a bit shocked at my own inability to tell the two apart, but once I got it all straightened out, I could definitely hear differences.
The disc kicks off with Coliseum's cover of "Am I Demon," a personal Danzig favorite. The band pulls off a serviceable version of the song, with every note and beat sounding twice as loud and twice as thick. They really manage to make the song their own and Ryan Patterson wisely avoids a Danzig impersonation on the track. The two remaining Coliseum tracks ("American Machine" and "Ride On Dead Rider") sound like tracks too strong to be leftovers that really should've been included on the band's recent Goddamage EP, rather than saved for this relatively non-essential release.
Doomriders begin their side of the disc with "Hell Roaring," a tune that seems to draw more inspiration from Motorhead than Danzig. It's still a great track, but I fail to see what about any of the originals on this disc have to do with saluting Danzig, as the disc's title suggests. They follow it up with a spot-on rendition of "Possession," another great track off the first Danzig record. There's a fair amount of vocal emulation going on in this cut, but for the most part, it works. No fan of the source material is going to find anything to complain about here, as the bands are obviously huge fans themselves and have done everything they can to remain faithful to the originals while infusing them with their own gritty vitality.
Everything on this disc is masterfully recorded and the packaging is beautiful. I guess I'm just not sure why it exists. It's not so much a Danzig tribute as a split that just happens to feature two similar bands both playing a single Danzig song. I guess songs this good don't need an excuse to be released, but the whole thing just took me a while to process. Add to that the fact that I had to listen to it over and over to figure out which band was which and I had a hard time all around with this disc.
Bottom Line: Coliseum and Doomriders are both solid rock bands that share a similar sound, a love of Danzig and easy access to incredible studios. If I were in their shoes, I'd probably release a record every month. For fans of either band, Not Of This World provides a handful of great new songs to tide you over until their next respective major releases. I would only call this disc a "must-have" for die-hards, but for the rest of us, it's a cheap, fun "why not"