Release DetailsLABEL Blacktalon Media
RELEASED ON 8/16/2004
Opening of the Southern Gate (Disc 1)
posted on 10/2004 By:
SADISTIK EXEKUTION - Homicidal Suicide
ASTRIAAL - Ritual Hate Construct [Terminal Mix]
PSYCROPTIC - The Colour of Sleep
NAZXUL - Ancient Lords
DESTROYER 666 - Ghost Dance
GOSPEL OF THE HORNS - Vengeance is Mine
CARBON - Ghash
DARKLORD - Prince of the Land of Tears
MISCREATION - Altar of Gluttony
THE AMENTA - Erebus
MISERY - Holy Devil
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING - Method
DAWN OF AZAZEL - In Flagellation of Eden
Compilations were once useful tools, but rarely made great records in and of themselves. Part of what makes a record compelling is allowing the band to get you someplace - theoretically someplace only THAT band can get you. It wasn’t always like this. Albums used to be simple collections of songs and singles were the main focus of most rock bands. Thank the Beatles and the Beach Boys for changing this. Now records, whether they are recorded as a simple group of songs or as a linear themed or storied exercise are expected to have continuity.
Compilations, by their nature can’t do this. They are used to sell other things, or to be sold by other things. Very occasionally they transcend simple showcasing, as with the Judgement Night soundtrack that, as far as I care started the whole rap/metal movement. And was better than the movement it started.
Therefore a review of a compilation is almost pointless. I never read them. I simply don’t care what they say beyond a listing of the bands included. If I am interested in hearing the bands, I will check out some MP3s or whatever, or find reviews of those bands' albums.
With that in mind, this comp showcases some superior acts, such as Psycroptic, Destroyer 666, and my personal fave of late, The Amenta. You will find Black, Thrash and Death bands here, a pretty good mix I guess. But the best bands should already be in your collection, or their inclusion is inevitable. The others are good acts, but on this comp serve mainly as filler.
In the age of websites with sample downloads and CD recording technology, the comp seems less and less relevant. I could make you a comp of free DLs from the best bands' websites for next to nothing, were I inclined. If you are reading this from someone else’s computer, don’t have a high speed internet connection - or a computer of your own, this is a pretty good introduction into the state of brutal and extreme music. It might be worth your time. But I imagine for most of us this is a high quality waste of money.
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