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Suicide Commando is a name synonymous with harsh, abrasive electronic music. During the course of his twenty-one year career, Suicide Commando has influenced countless artists and won over many fans and skeptics. Marking his 20th anniversary, Metropolis is proud to release X.20 (Best Of). Featuring fifteen fan picked tracks, the 'best of' not only features album versions, but remixes as well. All of the club hits are present on X.20 (Best Of) including: "Bind, Torture, Kill," "Cause Of Death: Suicide," "Hellraiser," "Comatose Delusion," "See You In Hell," and many more. Not only a must have for fans, but an excellent starting point for novices, X.20 (Best Of) is a commemoration of Suicide Commando's past, present, and future.
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The remix CD is the real gold in this box. Entertaining from start to finish. Favorites are the Solitary Experiments mix of "Torment Me" (they seem to be brilliant at remixing), the Agonoize remix of "Hellraiser," and the X-Fusion remix of "Cause of Death: Suicide," in which they have fun manipulating the core sample to great effect. Wumpscut does an excellent job with making a melancholy number out of "Bleed For Us All, Grendel makes "Menschenfresser" sound like a song from "Harsh Generation" (a good thing), plus good work from Tankt and Dawn of Ashes. "Save Me" and "Love Breeds Suicide" are done in novel ways that, whilst not necessarily the most fun, are interesting in their own right and add welcome variety ("Love Breeds Suicide" is made into a ballad). Really, the only one that didn't strike me was the Joakim Montelius remix, which was surprising as I was expecting that to be very interesting. Perhaps it will grow on me.
The greatest hits is a good greatest hits. Fair representation of the career, with emphasis on the latter part, which I like best anyway. If you haven't collected the singles, it's a great resource for good versions of songs you may already know. If you have collected them, then this isn't that much use to you except to have them assembled in a new order. "Bind, Torture, Kill," "One Nation Under God," and "Murder" are unreleased versions, and interesting, though not radically different. "One Nation Under God" was the standout of the three for me.
The single for "F*** You Bitch?" I'm not sure what to say about this one. Am I the only one who has an issue with this song? I understand that his lyrics take on characters and discuss all sorts of sordid things, but is this the best title he could come up with for this one? Its simplicity just makes it feel misogynistic. And, just as importantly I suppose, I don't think it's that great of a song. Having said that, Soman do a great remix. Combichrist add a sample that makes the song all the more disturbing, which may be the point and could even be a commentary on the song, and they do a fine job with the music. The other tracks are worth the listen, but those two are the standouts. In the end, I don't listen to this all that much as I don't love the song.
So do you need it? If you're a collector, my words don't matter. If you just want the music, and you live in the U.S. without a region free DVD player, the greatest hits and the remix CD are being released individually, and you might do well to purchase one or both of those. But it's fun to have the box, and if you dig a bit, you can find it for about the price of what the two individual albums would cost you. For me, it's worth it for the remix CD alone, with the rest of it as a bonus. And if you're not like me and you love that last song, this is the only place where you can get the single.
This set is a limited production (only 5000 copies made) so you'll want to grab it fast. If you're an EBM fan, go do it now. Don't wait until they are all gone.
For those who are unfamiliar with SC, this is an excellent place to start as it will give you a taste of what is available without having to buy 4-5 separate discs.
For those who are (as I am) fans of SC, you may think you already have this contained within the other discs of his material in your CD collection. Yes and no. Yes, there are some of the tracks on the Best Of that are directly from his previous releases; however, there are others on the Best Of disc that are remixes that are not otherwise available (and this is not counting a whole Remix disc either). The Remix disc is great (especially track 5 - the Solitary Experiments remix of "Torture Me"). This is also the only place that you'll find the "F___ You B_tch" single too - the third disc in the set.
WARNING: This is a release from Dependent Records so the 4th disc in the set is a DVD that is a (European) PAL format. Unless you have a region-free player, you will not be able to view this on your Region 1, NTSC machines.
For the rating, yes, I'm only giving it four stars. I am VERY happy I purchased it but there are two reasons. I reserve a 5-star rating for something that's practically perfect (these are few and far-between). The other reason is the absence of "Bleed For Us All" and the mod'd version of "Dein Herz, Meine Gier" on the Best Of disc. What is undeniably one of SC's best songs DHMG been mod'd on the Best Of disc instead of keeping the original format (as can be found on SC's Anthology discs - also another good start for the uninitiated). Maybe I'm too critical for this but, for me, this is equivalent to Greedo shooting first. The Best Of disc tracks should not have been remixed for this collection...that is what the separate Remix disc was for.
That said, I still think it is an excellent album set (4 discs) that does exactly what it put out to do. It is a celebration of 20 years of music by encompasing the old and it gives some new material too.
Final Note: It has been confirmed from SC's website that there will be future releases for the US market of the Best Of and Remix discs separately through Metropolis records (and probably available here at Amazon thereafter). So, if you don't manage to grab it in the box, you will have the opportunity to get those two separately later.