Various Sin-Atra

Metal guys paying homage to Old Blue Eyes sounds like a great idea, but so did the Hindenburg and the Titanic in their day. Speaking of, that's about what this exercise in futility actually winds up as: a complete disaster of epic proportions. While no one artist is excruciatingly bad ― in fact, they all deliver passionate performances ― neither are they good enough to make one want to bother hearing any song to its conclusion. Even names such as Devin Townsend, Dee Snider, Joey Belladonna and Tim "Ripper" Owens can't pull this overzealous dirge out of the waste bin. The songs are so blown out of reality that they often sound little like their inspirations, meaning the essence of tracks such as "New York, New York," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Fly Me to the Moon" and other Sinatra greats is lost entirely. Sadly, it's replaced with musical showboating and singers belting it out way too hard for songs meant to be subtle and smooth, not scratchy and almost operatic. A great concept lost under the weight of ballooning, yet fragile, egos (and not just the singers at that), Sin-Atra is train wreck amusing at best. (Armoury/Eagle Rock)