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Various Artists, "Thrashing Like a Maniac" Various Artists
Thrashing Like a Maniac
Earache Records
2008
With the sudden, perhaps unexpected, resurgence of thrash metal the likes of which Gary Holt and Exodus probably never once fathomed, comes Thrashing Like A Maniac, a collection of 16 thrashers from the new breed of breakneck-speed thrash metal. Alongside more seasoned thrash vets like Municipal Waste, Dekapitator and Toxic Holocaust, Earache also offers up cuts from some of the...
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Various Artists, "Pagan Fire" Various Artists
Pagan Fire
Nuclear Blast Records
2008
I tend to avoid compilation albums like the plague, because I'm one of those guys that likes to listen to a single band a whole lot in one sitting (a focused audiophile, if you will). Let's say I want to listen to Nile, but all I have on me is a compilation disc featuring the quote-unquote "best of death...
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Various Artists, "Metal Mania 2007" Metal Mania 2007
Metal Mind Records
2008
Spanning black, folk, thrash, death and traditional metal across one DVD and even another CD, the latter featuring the smaller acts from the side stage, Metal Mind Productions' MetalMania 2007 collection offers up a bit of everything for a bit of everyone. Featuring footage from Sepultura, Korpiklaani, Vital Remains, Destruction, Blaze Bayley and a plethora of Testament - the headliner...
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Various Artists, "Synaesthesia: The Requiem Reveries" Various Artists
Synaesthesia: The Requiem Reveries
Vendlus Records
2007
This album is a split between three bands, though Havok Unit is the same band as ...and Oceans, though there is a different feel to the music which they felt necessitated a name change. One of the members of Havok Unit is also in The Sin: Decay, so there is a link between all of the bands on...
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Various Artists, "Something Worth Fighting For" Various Artists
Something Worth Fighting For
Facedown Records
2007
I can’t fully say that this is a Christian label. I know that the founder and his band No Innocent Victim have very strong beliefs and I am fully aware that many of the bands on this label follow the same spirituality, but I’m not sure if it is a requirement to be on Facedown. One thing that is a...
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Various Artists, "Metal's Darkside II (The Deeply Disturbed)" Metal's Darkside II (The Deeply Disturbed)
MVD Entertainment Group
2007
This is the second in a series of home-made Metal DVDs hosted by former porn star Jasmin St. Claire (who I remember from the Howard Stern Show on the E Network – I think she’s the chick that did a giant gang bang video to gain quick notoriety). “Home-made” because it’s shot mostly with handheld video cameras and has the...
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Various Artists, "....And Back to Earth Again: Ten Years of MeteorCity" Various Artists
....And Back to Earth Again: Ten Years of MeteorCity
Meteor City
2007
Ten years ago, Aaron Emmel and Jadd Shickler founded MeteorCity records. They weren’t business tycoons, in fact, they’ll probably admit that they didn’t know what they were doing. What they had going for them was a vision to cultivate the sound pioneered by Kyuss…and a lot of luck. As it turns out, over the next decade these...
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Various Artists, "Death Cult" Various Artists
Death Cult
Moribund Records
2007
Moribund has long been known as the go-to place for despondent, bleak satanic art. With Death Cult they prove they have the worth to summon the ages. Azrael - Worship
A very demoniacal excerpt of their post/chaos/sublime black art. Lots of subdued guitars and very upfront bass. Their sound is almost like a ritual set to tape. Very unique and very...
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Various Artists, "The End Records: Alternate Endings" Various Artists
The End Records: Alternate Endings
The End Records
2006
The beginning for The End Records was in 1998, as a means to promote and proliferate heavy metal music. Since then, the label has expanded to cover ambient, rock and other acts outside the metal genre, but always within the darker side of the musical spectrum. "Alternate Endings" presents an interesting palette of artists. Following is a track-by-track analysis of...
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Various Artists, "Tribunal Records - The Video Collection" Tribunal Records - The Video Collection
Tribunal Records
2006
Since being established in 1998, Tribunal Records has jump started the careers of hardcore and metal bands left and right: Atreyu, He Is Legend, Scarlet, Animosity, just to name a few that have since moved on to bigger, and more well-funded stomping grounds. The predominantly hardcore-oriented metal (or we could just slap the oft-used metalcore tag here) label has been...
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Various Artists, "The End Records: Alternate Endings" Various Artists
The End Records: Alternate Endings
The End Records
2006
The End Records have in the past few years become one of the most highly respected and well established metal labels in America and the world over. Their roster includes the avant-garde, ‘that one side project’ of various legends, and a number of up-and-coming acts that created and then subsequently filled various unique niches. Ergo, ‘Alternate Endings’ came with high...
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Various Artists, "Buckets of Blood, Volume 2" Various Artists
Buckets of Blood, Volume 2
Bloodbucket Productions
2006
This compilation comes to you courtesy of Bloodbucket Productions, and it's a good example of what happens when you lock five serial killers and a barrel full of sharp implements in a sorrority house on a warm summers night... in Canada. Ah, seriously folks, Bloodbucket presents twenty bands that spatter their roster, for better or worse... for...
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Various Artists, "Metal Ostentation, Volume 7" Various Artists
Metal Ostentation, Volume 7
Enclave Productions
2006
Well here goes nothing, yet another sampler. Let’s see what we find shall we. Dawn Creation - Imagine Anders Friden screaming for Soilwork. They also throw in some lower growls but this is pretty thrashy like older Soilwork. I would say the keyboards are what push them closer to being like Soilwork. Pretty good stuff though. Mortyfear -...
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Various Artists, "Akompilation Vol. 1" Various Artists
Akompilation Vol. 1
Akom Productions
2006
V-A - Akompilation Vol. 1 Un-Kind - Veil - This is decent though it's far to midpaced and groovy to be my thing. It's not nearly slow enough for a good dirge but not fast enough to make my blood pump. The tough guy yelling in the chorus is also a turnoff for my ears. This is generic...
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Various Artists, "Underground Metal Compilation, Vol. I" Various Artists
Underground Metal Compilation, Vol. I
Acid Victim Records
2006
Beatmaster Trash - Torture - This is an instrumental that is overpowered by bad keys and a worse drum machine. If it sounded halfway decent I could probably get into it but the keys and drum machine wreck it, especially since they are way too high in the mix. The guitar and bass just get killed. Harvyst - Winter...
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Various Artists, "Metal = Life, Volume II" Metal = Life, Volume II
Hopeless Records
2006
Hopeless and Sub City Records bring this neat 2 CD / 1 DVD collection to modern metalheads via Hot Topic stores, but hey now - they mean well: benefits go to the Hot Topic Foundation, supporting youth education in art and music. You might not dig the whole Hot Topic thing, but who doesn't dig learnin' some youngsters on the...
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Various Artists, "The Realm of Napalm Records" The Realm of Napalm Records
Napalm Records
2006
A generous helping of Napalm Records fare is included within the glossy confines of this DVD package: 19 professionally shot music videos from label artists, 8 videos of concert footage, a special behind the scenes look at Leaves' Eyes on the road, and a peek at the tongue-in-cheek glam antics of Wig Wam. But that's not all...nay, also included is...
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Various Artists, "Metal Message, Vol. III" Various Artists
Metal Message, Vol. III
Metal Message Records
2006
Mistur - Skoddefjellet - These guys open the compilation up. However they are not terribly up my alley as there are too many keyboards going on. It reminds me a lot of Finntroll, a band that I cannot understand anyone liking. Honestly it sounds like their keyboard player was a session player for this song. There...
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Various Artists, "Detention Lounge, Vol. 1" Detention Lounge, Vol. 1
MVD Entertainment Group
2006
This is bad... really, really bad, but funny too. Then again, I like John Waters' early filmography so I might not be the best judge of what's funny. This DVD is the product of Weedkiller's (legendary New York hardcore band) singer Bocko, who convinced a bunch of his twisted friends to make some silly-ass videos with...
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Various Artists, "Kingdom of Glory, Volume 1" Various Artists
Kingdom of Glory, Volume 1
Enclave Productions
2006
The Kingdom of Glory series showcases metal from across the globe, much of the time catering to traditional and power metal, as is showcased by tracks from Sweden's Arcania who could pass for an epic death metal band if they didn't use power metal vocals and very tasteful keyboards - the finished product is some solid power metal, and Sweden's...
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Various Artists, "What's Wrong With Being Sexy?" What's Wrong With Being Sexy?
Escapi Music
2006
Oh, Escapi Music - You've got Candlemass, Dissection, The Hellacopters, Testament and Dismember DVDs. Why so much trouble to fill up a sampler DVD of sorts with quality material? Kicking off with Body Count's "Relationships" from the Ice T-fronted metal band's recently-released Murder 4 Hire, things don't necessarily bode well for the bulk of the remainder of the DVD's 18 tracks....
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Various Artists, "Akompilation Vol. 2" Various Artists
Akompilation Vol. 2
Akom Productions
2006
Being the second in the serious of cleverly (you decide if I'm being sarcastic here) titled Akompilation series, which covers the gamut of metal subgenres, Akompilation Vol. 2 is an interesting listen. Maybe not for the music, but for the reactions once you think about why this exists. Equilibrium is a power-sounding death metal band, Muculords covers the brutal death/black metal...
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Various Artists, "Eternal Frost Records Underground Metal Promotions : Compilation Disc, Volume II" Various Artists
Eternal Frost Records Underground Metal Promotions : Compilation Disc, Volume II
Eternal Frost Records
2005
Here is a sampler from Eternal Frost records. I am going to give you an opinion on each song, but obviously it will be somewhat incomplete as opposed to something I would say about an entire recording. The second song is by the band Fallen Empire whose Skepticism EP I am also reviewing so I won't bother to...
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Various Artists, "10 Ways to Split Thy Skull" Various Artists
10 Ways to Split Thy Skull
Independent Release
2005
This is the work of the following ten bands combined, though Godless, Raspatul, and Terminal Descent organized the whole thing. They just teamed up and decided to get something out there for the people to hear. All in all there's some pretty good stuff on these two discs, some of it from places I didn't know even had...
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Various Artists, "Listen or Post" Various Artists
Listen or Post
Abacus Recordings
2005
Brutal music fans may want to take note: Abacus Recordings probably has what you want. Whether it's the European bands with obvious American influence (Caliban, Maroon), or American hardcore and metalcore (Embrace The End, Bleeding Kansas, Glass Casket), Abacus probably has something for everybody. Heck, they even have The Goodwill and BurnThe8Track, two bands that are on the pop-punk side of...
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Various Artists, "Not For Sale" Not For Sale
Solution 13 Productions, LLC
2005
It's a cool concept: get some up-and-coming bands to talk about life on the road, the current state of music for an unknown act, and throw in some commentary from venerable underground heroes Dry Kill Logic and Cephalic Carnage about what it takes to "make it" in the business. Throw on a price tag that reads "free," and watch bands,...
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Various Artists, "Armageddon Over Wacken : Live 2004" Various Artists
Armageddon Over Wacken : Live 2004
Magick Records
2005
V-A - Armageddon over Wacken Live 2004 This was a nice little gift from the folks at Armageddon Music. Three discs of live music from the 2004 Wacken festival, that I swear I will get to one day. I'm not going to review every song on these three discs since first of all. It would take forever. ...
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Various Artists, "Rainbow Six : Lockdown Soundtrack" Various Artists
Rainbow Six : Lockdown Soundtrack
Calvin Records
2005
"We are actively pursuing companies and bands that can bring us into this world" ~ Mike Catain, president of Calvin Records, on combining the worlds of music and video games. Well Mike, you've got a way to go. Most of this music is not fit to play, period, let alone while being a SWAT officer. Since this is...
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Various Artists, "Hollywood Rocks! (preview)" Various Artists
Hollywood Rocks! (preview)
Cleopatra Records
2005
Okay so here's the skinny, and I read it off a flyer so it must be true. There's a book out there (I know can you believe it, people still read those things?) called "Hollywood Rocks" and it's about all those bands we used to pretend to hate back when the Strip wasn't all fake like it is...
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Various Artists, "Voices from the Arctic Circle" Various Artists
Voices from the Arctic Circle
Arctic Music Group
2004
Ok, here we go with another compilation. Let me start by saying all opinions I have about this band are based off of one song so this is by no means a complete review. The following bands aren't going to be reviews since they already have full album reviews up elsewhere on the site and you can get a...
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Various Artists, "Doom Capital: Maryland/DC Heavy Rock Underground" Various Artists
Doom Capital: Maryland/DC Heavy Rock Underground
Crucial Blast Records
2004
Doom metal is a very diverse genre. The title encompasses everything from the most crushing, sludgy incarnation of death metal to cleanly sung, Sabbathy ballads. So when I was given the Doom Capital: Maryland/DC Heavy Rock Underground CD for review, I was expecting a very mixed bag...and that's kind of what I got. This compilation has a...
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Various Artists, "Blood, Sweat, and Ten Years" Various Artists
Blood, Sweat, and Ten Years
Trustkill
2004
Trustkill records celebrates 10 years of fueling hardcore community with respectable releases with an eighteen song compilation that, to say the least, is disappointing. Sure, not all the bands on the roster are worth a hoot, but for a label that has been around for 10 years to include only its recent artists with low-cost artwork and absolutely no rarities...
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Various Artists, "Shrouded in Silent Omens" Various Artists
Shrouded in Silent Omens
Independent Release
2004
Here is a sampler from our friends up north, givers of Voivod, Cryptopsy and Wayne Gretzky. Eighteen bands adorn this compilation but I will only be reviewing 1 of them as two of the bands on here have full length reviews, those bands being Funeral Fog and Tormented. Just to over explain myself a bit I listed the...
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Various Artists, "Tribunal Records: Past, Present, Future" Various Artists
Tribunal Records: Past, Present, Future
Tribunal Records
2004
Now as well all know compilations can be hard to review so I only review bands that have no other reviews up, just to save myself a bit of time and it's fairer to the bands. This is two discs of fun, so I really had to narrow it down a bit so the following bands aren't in this...
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Various Artists, "Fenriz Presents: The Best of Old-School Black Metal" Various Artists
Fenriz Presents: The Best of Old-School Black Metal
Peaceville Records
2004
It is funny that Fenriz, one of the patriarchs of what we know as "real," or "true," or any of the other bland adjectives, of black metal has put together a comp of supposed old school black metal that will probably get scoffed at by many who claim elitism, and revered by many who could give a fuck less...
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Various Artists, "As the Sun Burns" Various Artists
As the Sun Burns
Killzone Records
2004
As the Sun Burns is a four way split (comp?) showcasing four pretty good offerings in Texan black/death metal:
Bahimiron - The early standout of the bunch, four scathing tracks of European black metal a'la Gorgoroth and older Emperor, quick and defiling. The few moments of loose (read: sloppy) instrumentation are buried in the grim… Funeral Rites - Grinding Texas...
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Various Artists, "Counter Attack" Various Artists
Counter Attack
Beer City
2003
Got punk? This is a self-proclaimed "label sampler" from Beer City Records, a punk friendly label from the brew soaked city of Milwaukee (insert Wayne and Garth reference here at your peril) Wisconsin. You get twenty-six songs that lurch, snarl, belch and randomly explode into violence or political diatribes with nary an "oi" in...
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Various Artists, "Disturbing Summer 2004: A Displeased Records Compilation" Various Artists
Disturbing Summer 2004: A Displeased Records Compilation
Displeased Records
2003
Back in the late 90s, Displeased Records was one of the premiere underground labels sure to deliver the heavy, uncompromising death metal that you'd probably never heard of before. By 2000, however, the company began some sort of hibernation. The company's bands got weirder and I lost track of what they were up to. ...
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Various Artists, "Face Your Underground, Volume 1" Various Artists
Face Your Underground, Volume 1
Independent Release
2003
As usual I must say this again, compilations take awhile to review and are probably unfair to the band on them as the reviewer only gets one song to judge them on, and it might not be a song typical of the band's sound. I've heard great tracks on compilations only to get the album and find out the comp...
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Various Artists, "(This is) Solid State Vol. 4" Various Artists
(This is) Solid State Vol. 4
Solid State
2003
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...
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Various Artists, "Neoblast Compilation 3 -- Blast from the Underworld" Various Artists
Neoblast Compilation 3 -- Blast from the Underworld
Neoblast
2003
Neoblast Records is a label I'm not too familiar with. They are based in Canada, and from the little I know, they've got someone with a good ear putting their compilations together. On Neoblast Compilation 3 ? Blast from the Underworld, we receive 70+ minutes and 21 tracks from bands all over the globe (including South...
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Various Artists, "Japanese Assault" Various Artists
Japanese Assault
Relapse Records
2003
First let me give a little intro. There are four bands on this compilation, Senseless Apocalypse, Muga, Realized and Swarrrm. Yes I spelled Swarrrm right. Naturally all of them are from Japan, giving me a chance to see how they do metal in the land of the rising sun. Enough bullshit, let's get on with it. Read More »
Various Artists, "A Tribute to the Beast, Vol. 2" Various Artists
A Tribute to the Beast, Vol. 2
Nuclear Blast Records
2003
Nuclear Blast has decided to make a sequel to their successful A Tribute to the Beast Iron Maiden Tribute. Unfortunately, like all bad sequels, Vol. 2 just doesn't have the substance that the first did. Sure, all the bands are covering Iron Maiden, so there are bound to be some good songs, but with a tribute...
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Various Artists, "A Tribute to the Four Horsemen" Various Artists
A Tribute to the Four Horsemen
Nuclear Blast Records
2003
It must be tribute month in the Nuclear Blast office because I distinctly recall that they just released A Tribute to the Beast (Vol. 2) in honor of Iron Maiden, and now they're paying homage to Metallica with A Tribute to the Four Horsemen. You'd think we were talking about Dwell Records here, but we're not. ...
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Various Artists, "Identity 8" Various Artists
Identity 8
Century Media
2003
Labels often release samplers to get us metal fans into their new bands. That's all great, especially when the label's got copious numbers of talented artists signed (I'm thinking of Listenable Records, or the old War Music). Now that Century Media has become this enormous metal monopolist, it's hard to imagine a sampler without good songs,...
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Various Artists, "Uncorrupted Steel 2" Various Artists
Uncorrupted Steel 2
Metal Blade
2003
"Uncorrupted Steel 2" is a sampling of what Metal Blade has to offer, a compilation of seventeen different songs from seventeen different bands signed to the label. Some tracks are previously unreleased, but for the most part are culled from each respective group's most recent release. Like most compilations, the quality of the material present runs the gamut, from atrocious...
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Various Artists, "Stab.Fuck.Kill" Various Artists
Stab.Fuck.Kill
Deepsend Records
2003
14 bands, here goes nothing. Legion ? Retribution ? If you want black you got it. These guys are very much into the whole Marduk/Dark Funeral style of black metal, meaning all blast all the time. The vocals are a little too high for my liking but the guitarwork is good,...
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Various Artists, "Split Your Guts, Volume I" Various Artists
Split Your Guts, Volume I
Deepsend Records
2003
Let's talk gore grind for a second here. Any compilation called Split Your Guts with artwork featuring a kitchen full of dismembered bodies and reckless carnage had better be some seriously foul gore insanity, because anything else would be silly and stupid. Fortunately it is, and with a lineup of Gorerotted, Gruesome Stuff Relish...
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Various Artists, "At the End of Infinity" Various Artists
At the End of Infinity
The End Records
2003
Originally this was a ten song compilation also featuring the bands, Winds, Green Carnation, Agalloch, Virgin Black, Arcturus and Scholomance. I however have only reviewed three of the bands on here, as they had no previous reviews on the site. I thought it would be unfair to try and review a band on...
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Various Artists, "Splitsville, Vol. 1: Supersuckers/Electric Frankenstein" Various Artists
Splitsville, Vol. 1: Supersuckers/Electric Frankenstein
The Music Cartel
2002
This is the first installment of The Music Cartel's set of split albums. Both Electric Frankenstein and Supersuckers play mid/fast-paced rock that sports a splash of punk. Both bands sound fairly similar, though the vocalist for Electric Frankenstein is a little crazier and demonstrates a bit more range than his counterpart in Supersuckers. Each of the two...
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Various Artists, "A Tribute to the Beast" Various Artists
A Tribute to the Beast
Nuclear Blast Records
2002
Slayer and Iron Maiden must have a zillion albums made in their tribute. Of those paying homage to the latter, there's only one tribute that does more service to the band than Nuclear Blast's goldmine called A Tribute to the Beast and that's the Toy's Factory release of Made In Tribute [because nobody can beat Armageddon and Arch Enemy's covers...
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Various Artists, "Contaminated 5.0" Various Artists
Contaminated 5.0
Relapse Records
2002
Props to Relapse for knowing exactly what they want to accomplish when they release a compilation. Contamination 5.0 is a two-disc, 45-song sampler featuring everything the label's got from Amber Asylum to Gorerotted. If you've ever been curious about bands on Relapse Records, this is the album to get?and it's cheap (less than $8,...
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Various Artists, "A Testament to Broken Walls" Various Artists
A Testament to Broken Walls
Backroad Records
2002
DIY hardcore compilations are always interesting to check out, as the scene is rapidly expanding with more bands popping each day than one can actually keep up with. This time around, Akeldama Records and Backroad Records decided to release a compilation with the purpose of creating a "mutual acceptance in the punk rock community between people of various ideologies and...
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Various Artists, "Contaminated 5.0" Various Artists
Contaminated 5.0
Relapse Records
2002
OK, I have figured out how to properly review a compilation album. Quite simply, I am going to list here the bands on the compilation that have a full review elsewhere on the site. I think it's more fair that you read a review of a whole album rather than get an incomplete...
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Various Artists, "A Tribute to the Scorpions" Various Artists
A Tribute to the Scorpions
Nuclear Blast Records
2001
Having not been much of a Scorpions fan in the past, this tribute has proven to be quite a test of my patience and listening skills. The fact that I am not the biggest power metal fan also puts a damper on my qualifications to appreciate the 19 songs on the album. But here's my assessment...
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Various Artists, "Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000" Various Artists
Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000
Nuclear Blast Records
2001
I don't know what Nuclear Blast is doing these days, but with this compilation, as well as Crematory's Remind, In Flames' The Tokyo Showdown (Live in Japan 2000), Hypocrisy's 10 Years of Chaos and Confusion and Meshuggah's Rare Trax the company has released very little new material recently. I am not complaining about the fact...
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Various Artists, "Requiems of Revulsion: A Tribute to Carcass" Various Artists
Requiems of Revulsion: A Tribute to Carcass
Deathvomit Records
2001
Tribute albums are always tough. To replay someone else's work so that there's value in listening to the cover version instead/as well as the original really takes some doing. On Requiems of Revulsion, these bands are completely and totally brave covering the mighty Carcass, though I think many have bitten off much more music than...
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Various Artists, "Sepulchral Feast" Various Artists
Sepulchral Feast
Century Media
2001
This collection of Sepultura covers is being released as the first fruit of Century Media's new collaboration with Sweden's Black Sun Records, who are home to many of Gothenberg's finest. Most, if not all, of the bands are Swedish and it shows in the razor tight playing and ferocity that shines through on many of these cuts. I'm not...
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Various Artists, "Metal Dreams : Volume 3" Various Artists
Metal Dreams : Volume 3
Nuclear Blast Records
2001
Okay, it's an album of metal ballads. Not sure who's bright idea this was, but I suppose it could've turned out worse. Each band gets a mini-review of their song.
Hammerfall Lame as fuck. How this band is so popular, I'll have no idea. They even use the line, "wind beneath my wings" in here. Horrible. Amorphis Oh, how...
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Various Artists, "Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000" Various Artists
Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000
Nuclear Blast Records
2001
Recorded in Stuttgart this compilation is a live concert comprising 5 different bands, good ones at that. So it should have been a good show but it didn't quite turn out that way. I'll just go over each band in order of appearance and the songs they played. Raise Hell: Dance with the Devil, Babes, Soulcollector I had only heard the...
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Various Artists, "Soundcrusher (Vol. 1)" Various Artists
Soundcrusher (Vol. 1)
Listenable Records
2000
As sampler albums go, this one is pretty decent, but that's because I am a fan of about 2/3 of the bands signed to Listenable Records. All the tracks on the disc by Deranged (fuck yeah, straight from the opener with "Compulsive Urge to Kill"?sick!), Crest of Darkness, Soilwork, Symbiosis (though they could have chosen...
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Various Artists, "Brazilian Assault" Various Artists
Brazilian Assault
Relapse Records
2000
This Relapse Records compilation follows the theme of their Polish Assault album, but this time the geography is South America, Brazil specifically. Since there are four bands contributing mostly demo material, it may be easiest describe the music band by band. The first contribution comes from Abhorrence. Their music is extremely fast, thrashy death...
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Various Artists, "Visionaries of the Macabre, Volume 2 : An Evil Elite" Various Artists
Visionaries of the Macabre, Volume 2 : An Evil Elite
Lost Disciple Records
2000
A compilation of US black metal bands. This should be interesting considering how much shit people like to give black metal that comes from American soil. Each band gives me one song, so I'll give each band a one line review.
Bloodstorm This song kills, they know it and that's why it's on first. Abysmal Fall A little more emotional...
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Various Artists, "Statements of Intent" Various Artists
Statements of Intent
Wicked World
1999
Wicked World, the subsidiary of Earache Records (and the company's saving grace aside from The Haunted) kicks off its discography with a very generous compilation aptly titled Statements of Intent. Sampling original tracks from bands spanning Europe and the U.S. and including groups like Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted, Arch Enemy and In Flames, there's some serious...
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Various Artists, "War Dance" Various Artists
War Dance
Relapse Records
1998
Usually I am not the biggest fan of compilation discs, but War Dance is one massive exception. Containing contributions from In Flames, Arch Enemy, Carnal Forge, Darkane, Naglfar, Armageddon, In Thy Dreams, Dimension Zero, Cryptopsy, and Eucharist, there isn't a single song that even starts to suck. Many of the tracks are rare, some are...
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Various Artists, "W.A.R. Compilation - Volume 1" Various Artists
W.A.R. Compilation - Volume 1
Wrong Again Records
1995
This is the well known, highly sought after W.A.R. Compilation that has everything from unreleased Dissection tracks to those In Flames and Dark Tranquillity cuts that now appear on each of their second efforts. The bands and the songs are all demonstration of Wez and Per's near perfect taste in music. And the fact...
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