MetalBite Review by Jack on 9/4/2002
The latest sampler from metal juggernaught label, Earache Records is upon us and by all accounts is a perfect introduction to a large selection of what current records the roster of Earache and sub-label Elitist Records is putting out around the metal world.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
: Turning a few heads with their successful combination of metal/punk/rock influences over a hardcore base. It will be interesting in a few years to see what these guys are putting out.
– ‘Parasite God’
put out possibly his most controversial album in “The Smell of Rain”
last year; some loved it, some hated it, but regardless of your stance it is an awfully hard to disregard the talent of Mortiis
and his dance/darkwave/80s noodlings.
– ‘Was It Worth It?’
: In my opinion ‘Was It Worth It?’
is one of the weaker tracks from “Sonic Excess”
and doesn’t do a lot of credit to the Earache/Elitist roster. These guys remind of the Beastie Boys
in a lot of aspects and this is not such a good thing...
– ‘Singled Out’
: This was my first initiation to the world of Diecast
and ‘Singled Out’
was quite a pleasant introduction. Combining the worlds of brutal drumming, melodic/hardcore vocal attacks and hard riffing, Diecast
may be an outfit to check out.
– ‘Potato Music Machine’
: With an absolute stinker of a song title, Linea 77
bring back the old phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ straight to the forefront of my mind when I gazed at the track list of “Sonic Excess”
. Not a bad song in all regards though, perhaps they could up the tempo a little...
– ‘Bury Your Dead’
: Old favorites in the melodic death scene, and with a track like ‘Bury Your Dead’
, it ain’t so hard to see why The Haunted
remain at the top of the melodic death scene.
– ‘Waiting For Rain’
: Angry, furious and rampageous are three adjectives I could use to describe the frenzied metal of December
, don’t be fooled by the gentle song title, these guys are ready to rumble.
– ‘Spheres Of Madness’
: Probably the strongest track of the 16 songs of “Sonic Excess”
. Death metal doesn’t get much stronger in my opinion. Featuring members of Lux Occulta
and some very smart songwriting, I don’t think you can go too wrong with Decapitated
– ‘Porn Again Christian’
: My problem with ‘Porn Again Christian’
is that December Wolves
have arranged the song in such a way that it has very little room to breathe and suffocates the listener by a full on assault of noise, not music.
– ‘Got It From Blake’
: A deep sludgy sound accompanies ‘Got It From Blake’
and it is clear Rabies Caste
are pretty clued into writing intelligent songs. This is pretty interesting material with a good atmosphere.
– ‘Warriors Of Iron And Rust’
: Heavy metal with some interesting riffs and above all generally catchy elements. Almost bordering on power metal structures in some respects, but still retains a harsh edge that most power metal does not have.
– ‘My Fear’
: Blasting death grind metal that emanates a very healthy glow from ‘My Fear’
seem to have a knack (for ‘My Fear’
at least) to give the death metal genre a bit of spice.
– ‘Fear (Wasn’t In The Design)’
: Following Insision, Rakoth
make a departure into left feel with their brand of medieval, Blind Guardian
clean vocals black metal. Very Celtic/very mid 1400s atmosphere, but very cheerful. Inspired me to dance a highland jig. Definitely worth a gaze.
– ‘I And I’
: Certainly the most oddball creation on “Sonic Excess”
. Very folk in a lot of senses, but also very spacey and progressive. To be honest I am unsure as to my disposition towards Without Face
. I am certain Without Face
is a band that needs many weeks, and possibly months worth of consumption to really appreciate.
– 'The Embossed'
: I admit I wasn’t a big fan of Ephel Duath
’s overtly symphonic black metal album in “Rephormula”
. ‘The Embossed’
certainly is not a bad track and nor is the rest of the album, but I think Ephel Duath
over-include too many outside samples on their songs.
is like stepping into a time machine and stepping back to the day of early Fear Factory
circa “Soul of a New Machine”
, except that The Bezerker
raise the tempo a few notches.
Presenting so many new bands, and some older well-known outfits “Sonic Excess”
really is a ticket to some of the best contemporary metal talent out there.
With such an apt title for this compilation album, how could I possibly not recommend this album? One has to only look at the sheer conglomeration of Earache/Elitist Records and it should become apparent that this is one sample album worth a look. “Sonic Excess”
; remember the name and track it down.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
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