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    Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:29:52

    Feature: Why “Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Volume 2” Rules - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    As the world prepares for the Sunday April 12 premiere of Game of Thrones Season 5, HBO and Launch Point Records expand the show’s influence yet again with the release of Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Volume 2 on iTunes Match and Soundcloud. You can stream and download here!

    Rarely are soundtracks this immersive these days. Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Volume 2 harks back to musical companions like The Crow and Pulp Fiction, which not only augmented the experience, but enhanced it. The mixtape includes samples from the show’s Season 4 soundtrack as well as themes of fire and ice, balancing metal and hip-hop in a way that hasn’t been done since the Judgment Night soundtrack.

    Method Man drives a powerful intro sparked by his iconic flow during “The Oath.” His wordplay and lyrical hook make for a true knockout and one of many standouts. Ty Dolla Sign brings ratchet sexiness to the land of “Mother of Dragons” and Tyrion Lannister on “Never Back Down,” one of his smoothest anthems yet. Killswitch Engage practically skewer White Walkers and blast through The Wall with the succinct thrash stomp of “Loyalty,” which is more metal than the Iron Throne. Jesse Leach sounds downright fierce and fiery especially when screaming over that Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel dual six-string jack-hammering.

    Stalley’s Ohio sizzle fuels “All Mine,” while Mastodon offers up the most entrancing moment on the collection. “White Walker” merges a perfect storm of mind-blowing psych blues guitar playing from Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher with Troy Sanders bass thud and Brann Dailor’s progressive wizardry. The vocals prove gorgeously chilly—a gust of Mastodon’s brilliance.

    Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Volume 2 is so good it might just make you a Game of Thrones fan if you aren’t already.

    Rick Florino
    03.17.15


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