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VariousVarious: The Best of Taste of ChaosThe Best of Taste of Chaos (2006)
Reviewer Rating: 1.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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The Best of Taste of Chaos is an excessively long compilation with relatively vague intentions, yet quite literally proclaims itself to be "the most definitive post-hardcore collection to ever be assembled." The 2-disc set reads like a "who's who" of the newest wave of said genre, showcasing everyon.
The Best of Taste of Chaos is an excessively long compilation with relatively vague intentions, yet quite literally proclaims itself to be "the most definitive post-hardcore collection to ever be assembled." The 2-disc set reads like a "who's who" of the newest wave of said genre, showcasing everyone from Armor for Sleep and My American Heart to Thursday and the Dillinger Escape Plan. Several initial problems lie within, the first being that many of these bands' more nerdy fans are likely to list 'post-hardcore' as a secondary or further genre (Rise Against would certainly fit better under a 'melodic hardcore' or 'punk revival' heading, while Deftones have always been considered a staple of the alternative rock scene). Additionally, further questions are raised: What exactly is this the best of? Are these the best bands 'post-hardcore' has to offer? The best songs the genre has to offer? If it's the latter, these are the 'best of' as according to who? Warcon Records interns? Sure, the release is in conjunction with the kick-off of this year's Taste of Chaos tour, but this is the only clear message offered by the makers of The Best of Taste of Chaos. Those intents aside, many of these songs are either singles or hard-to-find tracks, both of which are almost never amongst a band's "best" songs.
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