When I think about punk rock, I invariably think of trendy overpriced clothes… well maybe not, but the fine folks at Volcom hope to change all that with this 2xCD compilation The Only Constant is Change. While I’m not too sure how $60 pants or $50 hoodies fuel the flames of dissent among the youth of America, I am sure that 46 tracks from some of rock, punk, and hardcore’s up-and-comers as well as some all-star acts is nothing to scoff at. If you’re a fan of any of the aforementioned genres then you’re bound to find something you like here, whether you’re a lieutenant in Volcom’s army of well-dressed well-to-do revolutionaries or not.
The compilation kick things off with “Obstructed View,” an excellent track from hardcore greats Rise Against. It then moves into a pretty damn cool song from Authority Zero, whom prior to this I had written off as radio garbage. One of my personal favorites, Codeseven, launch the compilation into outer space with the song “Suggestive,” and Brazil’s “Paradise and Iron” is quite the showstopper. With such a staggering number of songs on The Only Constant is Change, a few skip-worthy tracks are destined to be present, and believe me there are plenty here. No tears will be shed if I never have to hear another Beehive & the Barracudas song.
With more than two hours of music and 36 of the 46 tracks being rare or unreleased, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of The Only Constant is Change. There are definitely some gems to be found on this compilation if you can make it through the less than stellar songs, and while I couldn’t care less about what Volcom thinks about the current state of things, I must applaud the lable for putting together a massive and extremely varied compilation.