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EP review: God of War: Blood and Metal

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EP review: <i>God of War: Blood and Metal</i>" width="300" height="300" /></a>By Ben Apatoff</strong>
<p>The <em>God of War III</em> soundtrack is a Roadrunner showcase featuring six new songs from some of the label's biggest names (<strong>OPETH</strong>,<strong> KILLSWITCH ENGAGE</strong>,<strong> DREAM THEATER</strong>, <strong>TRIVIUM</strong>) and new bands getting that infamous Roadrunner push (<strong>TAKING DAWN</strong>, <strong>MUTINY WITHIN</strong>.) Anyone who buys the game gets a voucher code to download the EP online, and anyone crazy enough to be a <strong>MIKE PORTNOY</strong> completist will surely blow $100 on the game–but don't say I didn't warn you.<span id=

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For the most part, God of War sticks to a formula, heavy, ingratiating intros and verses tagged with whiny, singsong choruses. Killswitch's "My Obsession" is a decent little curio that'll remind you of their forgettable last album, and Dream Theater's instrumetal (sic) "Raw Dog," allegedly the band's first song for a non-DT release, shows a band that has some potential when they ditch their singer. Opeth sounds out of place with "Throat of Winter," an acoustic mini-epic that hopefully soundtracks a winter sequence. It deserves a spot on an Opeth rarities disc. Otherwise, neo-thrash newbies Taking Dawn and Mutiny Within fall flat, and Trivium sound like they're asleep on "Shattering the Skies Above." So why does a mostly-lame EP get a 2.5 average rating? Context, kids. Anyone blowing shit up on a monitor shouldn't distract themselves by picking out time signature changes, dissecting lyrics or headbanging uncontrollably. All you need are a good riff here, a chorus there and plenty of solos to soundtrack an afternoon of CG havoc-wreaking, and God of War is fine background music for such a day.

Rating: 2.5 Red Planets out of 5

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