(This is) Solid State Vol. 4
2003, Solid State
Various Artists, "(This is) Solid State Vol. 4"
Record companies take note: (This is) Solid State Vol. 4 is how a label compilation should be done! Featuring an audio CD and a DVD with videos, this more than generous comp containing 24 tracks from 16 different groups does far more than the minimum to expose its bands to the public. The most notable contributions for my tastes include videos and music from Living Sacrifice, Demon Hunter, and my favorite new band of the year The Agony Scene. Other notable contributions come from Zao, Soul Embraced and Blindside?though these guys are pretty odd. Many of the other bands, including Beloved (US), Norma Jean, and Figure Four are a little less interesting to me, but that's because hardcore and emo aren't exactly my favorite. This, however, just helps illustrate what compilation albums are all about. There's something for everyone, and though there will surely be some bands you won't like, you'll have had a chance to find the ones you do at a low cost. If you just want to hear promising new music, (This is) Solid State Vol. 4 won't let you down. Hell, you may even find that some of the bands will be spending a lot of time in your stereo.
We Bury Our Dead at Dawn (The Agony Scene)