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"Music To Score By: The Official Duke Nukem Album" (RED Interactive)dukenukem.jpg (18227 bytes)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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If you don't know, Duke Nukem is probably one of the most popular shoot-em-up games out there. Duke is a man's man, armed to the teeth and then some, whose only goal in life is to kick as much alien ass as he can.

"Music To Score By" is toted as the "Official Duke Nukem Album," and it starts off with a bang. Megadeth rips through the Duke Nukem theme, giving it a crunchy power that it just didn't have in the game. Next up is Type O Negative's "Extended Depression Mix" of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" and it's a killer, too - Imagine Mr. Young as impersonated by Type O's Pete Steele and you get the idea - it's as heavy and as slow as it can get.

The pace is suddenly thrown asunder by the inclusion of "What U See Is What U Get," a pure rap piece by XZIBIT. After the through flogging of Megadeth and Type O, "What U See" is like someone throwing a bucket of ice-cold water on you while you're in a tanning booth. It's quite a jolt.

The CD recovers with the next few tracks: a previously unavailable (in the U.S.) track by COAL CHAMBER entitled "Blisters," "Bitch" by Sevendust, "Song 10," by Zebrahead and "The Thing I Hate" by Stabbing Westward (which fans of the game will recognize as the tune playing in the pig discos).

Next up is another splash of ice-cold water: Wu-Tang Clan's "It's Yourz" fits here like a round pole in a square hole. Hit the "skip" button on your CD as quickly as possible.

The CD ends well enough with "Screaming From the Sky" by Slayer, "New World Order," a previously unreleased track by Megadeth, a hip rap rock track by The Beatnuts and "Land of the Disease," a previously unreleased track by Corrosion of Conformity.

Here's a tip on how to increase this CD from a three star rating to a three and a half-star rating: Program your CD to skip tracks #3 and #8. Then you got yourself a bitchin' CD all around.

This CD also features a terrific collection of Duke Nukem-related software including:
The Exclusive Interactive Strategy Guide for the Playstation "Time To Kill" Duke Nukem Game.
Links to various Duke Nukem/RED Interactive websites.
A collection of classic "Duke Nukem" soundbites.
A collection of wallpaer, screensavers, and shareware.
Pictures of the Duke Nukem Zero Hour TV commercial shoot.
A collection of phony phone calls - a la the Jerky Boys - just for the fun of it.


Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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