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Various: Contaminated 5.0Contaminated 5.0 (2003)
Relapse Records

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Contributed by: citracitra
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I really don't know where Relapse gets off releasing these double-disc monsters time and time again - each disc filled wall-to-wall with all of the crappy bands on their label (and more crappy bands that aren't on it). I mean, sure there are some choice cuts - that's the case with every album (aside.
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I really don't know where Relapse gets off releasing these double-disc monsters time and time again - each disc filled wall-to-wall with all of the crappy bands on their label (and more crappy bands that aren't on it). I mean, sure there are some choice cuts - that's the case with every album (aside from Billy Joel's 'Attila' project, but that's another story). Occassionally, there's a track on here that reeks of good metalcore, but they're easily drowned out by the 10 songs of unforgiveable filler that fall in between them.

Let me explain a little before you reach for the 'add comment' button: Relapse has been putting out these compilations for quite some time, and only one of them has been somewhat decent (Volume 3). I don't think -any- of them have gotten a positive sales return, despite their priced-to-own sales pitch (most of the cd's have run under $8); they try so hard to fit so many bands onto one compilation that I think they just put on every band that's ever submitted a demo to their label - and that might not even be too far from the truth.

The first two tracks on the first disc are utter trash, and I mean complete. Even after many forced repeat listens, I still feel absolutely the same as I did when I first heard them - bored and disgusted. However, the third track is a very nice cut from Burnt By the Sun called "Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom," a fist-to-the-face hardcore blitz worthy of it's inevitable spot on your next mix CD. The next two tracks are dismissable, even though one is a classic from veteran Dillinger Escape Plan (only due to the fact that it's a terrible live recording and should have been left on some idiot's MD player), and there isn't another good song until Daylight Dies comes along with "I Wait," which is an awesome song reminiscent of Shadows Fall mixed with a little bit of SYL, among others.

Aside from Pig Destroyer's track, that about does it for the first CD. Today is the Day's contribution is up to par with their older releases, but by the time it gets on you're so fed up with this disc it doesn't even matter - it goes completely unnoticed. While I'm sure if you added this to a mix tape along with the aforementioned tracks, it would go fine - so it all depends on your perspective, really.

Onto the second disc. This is really the only disc that should have been included with the album; seriously. A lot of the songs here also fall victim to the 'what the fuck were they thinking' line of reasoning, but some of them really do shine - Cephalic Carnage, Dying Fetus, The End, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Exhumed, and Uphill Battle all really put out awesome tracks that leave you in wonder of what the rest of their stuff sounds like (if you don't know).

So, what I'm really trying to say through all this blather is that Relapse should stop trying to cram so much shit into one package. This compilation could easily be cut by 2/3, and it needs to be. Make your own mix tapes from this double disc compilation, but don't -dare- attempt to listen to it as a whole. I warned you!

 


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crazytoledo (July 2, 2005)

volume 7 is great

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

PunkCoreKid, you are less evolved than those who enjoy metal. It's the next step up.

One will go from country or whatever his father listens to, to the pop music they play on the radio. Then his messed up girlfriend will introduce him to happy punk (which he will embrace for awhile). Then she'll confront him as a friend and tell him metal is beautiful, and convince him of the fact.

That's how it happened with me, at least. Now I can't listen to the currently popular slop, because it sucks. What do you get out of punk songs? Nothing but teen angst and spikes arranged like only poseurs can do.

Punk is boring.

Anonymous (June 2, 2003)

Since when is a sampler supposed to be anything other than a sample of the label's releases?

If I want an ultimate metal mix album, I'll make my own.

If I'm unfamiliar with a record label, I'll buy a sampler so I can have a listen to the various bands that are on the label.

Anonymous (June 2, 2003)

the fourty minutes west guy has a good point!

FortyMinutesWest (May 30, 2003)

I prefer Ultimate Warrior metal over Macho Man metal.

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

a slipknot is a kind of...knot. heh. Your pretty stupid, huh?

FortyMinutesWest (May 29, 2003)

Atleast they aren't retarded.

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

Yes, because if you don't like macho man metal, you must be an emo weakling... Dumb ass.

And names without "the" in front of them are often more retarted... "Kansas" "Boston" "KISS"... the crap list goes on and on.

What the fuck is a Slipknot? Or a KoRn?

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

"I have heard this, but metal sucks, and to the guy two posts down: the sheer stupidity of those band's names would make me not want to check them out."

What band names are good then? Anything with a "the" put in front of the title, or some stupid ass emo phrase name?

FortyMinutesWest (May 28, 2003)

So what bands do you like?

punkcorekid (May 28, 2003)

I have heard this, but metal sucks, and to the guy two posts down: the sheer stupidity of those band's names would make me not want to check them out.

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

Whoa the covert art reminded me of them b-movie horror films. Remember the movie with the micheal jackson zombie?? 4 stars I say!

Ramo
("Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom" is a rad song)

awaitingyes (May 28, 2003)

he's right about one thing. it's hard to sit down and listen to this thing all the way through. i did though for the 2nd cd. i'm so proud of myself. jk

Standout bands:

Burnt by the sun
Neurosis
Daylight Dies
Today Is The Day
Pig Destroyer
Suffocation
Origin
Cephalic Carnage
Skinless
Dying Fetus
The End
Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Exhumed

preacher (May 27, 2003)

Holy fuck what a crap cover.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

Is it just me, or does that skullhead on the cover remind you of a horrific hybrid of Barney the Dinosaur?

FortyMinutesWest (May 27, 2003)

Yeah, lots of comps are the same price as this and have less songs. There's a lot of variety on Relapse's comps.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

its 8 bucks,stop bitching

FortyMinutesWest (May 27, 2003)

This has Mastodon on it and The End, that's enough reason to say it's atleast somewhat good.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

The cover art is retarded.

-sickboi

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