Various Artists-Contract In Blood (box-set)

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Various Artists
Contract In Blood – A History Of UK Thrash Metal
Reviewed: October 2018
Released: 2018
Label:  Cherry Red
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: JP

CONTRACT IN BLOOD is part of a two-part project by Cherry Red.  There is a is a book of the same name documenting the history of Thrash Metal from the UK.  It also has a companion box-set as well.  I’ve reviewed both this month, feel free to enjoy both reviews in this set.

I was delighted to get a hard copy of this cool box from the good people at Cherry Red.  In a sense this will be a bit of a short review for the sake of time. This box-set has over 80 songs contained within so it is more of an overview, unlike a regular album review where a good reviewer should (in theory) discuss the music.  I couldn’t really write a review of each individual song, all 83 of them…well…technically I could…but the review would be 40 pages long and I’m too lazy.  Suffice to say if you like Thrash, this is right up your alley.

CONTRACT IN BLOOD is a simple, but nice mini-box set with five CD’s in cardboard sleeves and a cool booklet.  The booklet is very well done, it is a 38 page, full colour booklet that leads off with a fine foreword by mastermind of this project Ian Glasper.  Each song and each band have a little write-up, a photo, and some technical information, release date, label and so on.  Pulling all this information together must have been a headache!

Each CD is divided by region and disc five being dedicated to Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  Now, in case you think that you are a huge expert on UK thrash and have it all, this is still your purchase because there are about a dozen, rare and unreleased tracks from bands like Evil Priest, Parricide, Metal Messiah and many more.   The tracks are also not just all straight off of the studio albums, there are demos, live cuts, remixes and so on, it is incredibly comprehensive. There are many bands I have not heard in this collection, in additional to the old favourites of Venom, Slammer, Onslaught, Warfare and newer bands like Evile and so on.   There were a couple of notable omissions but not because of lack of knowledge but likely because of politics, legalities or even money…or probably a combination of all three.  Otherwise this is the most comprehensive collection you will ever see!

This is one of the coolest box-sets in my library and any self-respecting fan of UK thrash should own this!


Tracklist:

DISC ONE:
THE NORTH-EAST

1. SONS OF SATAN – Venom
2. TOTAL METAL (83 DEMO) – Atomkraft
3. TENEMENT ZONE – Slammer
4. SENTENCED – Toranaga
5. PLAN OF THE DAMNED – Acid Reign
6. TOO DRUNK TO FUCK – Re-Animator *
7. DAWN OF DESTRUCTION – Evile
8. HUNGRY DOGS – Warfare
9. PSYCHO – Holosade
10. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (LIVE) – Hellbastard *
11. SOLUTION – Amnesia
12. PUSHED TO PRIME – Pitiful Reign
13. APOCALYPSO (DEMO) – Ardkore
14. BLACK MASS – Vindicator
15. HELL AND DAMNED NATION – Karrion
16. DELIRIUM – Thok

DISC TWO
THE NORTH-WEST & THE MIDLANDS

1. UNIDENTIFIED – Solitary
2. METALYZED – Blood Money
3. LAST MAN STANDING – SSS
4. BOMBAY DUCK – Metal Duck
5. AS THE WALLS CLOSE – Pendemia
6. LET’S GO APESHIT – Hospital Of Death
7. SENTENCED BY PILATE – Xyster
8. DOLLAR DISCIPLE – Zeitgeist
9. HOSANNA IN EXCELSIS – Sabbat
10. SIGHT OF THE WISE – Sacrilege
11. SPOOK PERV HAPPENINGS IN THE SNOOKER HALL – Lawnmower Deth
12. FORBIDDEN DESIRES (DEMO) – Seventh Angel
13. JUDGE AND JURY – Arbitrater
14. MAD DOGS OF WAR (2018) – Metal Messiah *
15. CORPSE GRINDER (LIVE AT THE MERMAID) – Death Warmed Up *
16. STORY OF VIOLENCE – Driven To Distraction
17. MESMERISED – Eradikator
18. AGGRESSOR – Besieged
19. MERRY-GO-POUND – Unholy Sacrifice
20. SOOTHSAYER – Deceptor

DISC THREE:
THE EAST & THE SOUTH

1. THE THING WILL ARISE – English Dogs
2. ANIHILATED – Anihilated
3. REGRESSION – Inner Sanctum
4. MANIFESTATIONS (2017 REMIX) – Snyper *
5. DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT? – Taranis
6. BURNING BLOOD – Therion
7. THE LEAVING – Kemakil
8. CLAUSTROPHOBIA – Infernal Death
9. THRASH OR DIE – Mörti Viventi
10. CHOKE – Salem Justice
11. GODDESS (Featuring H) – Cerebral Scar *
12. FORCES OF DARKNESS – Deathwish
13. CRUCIFIER – Hydra Vein
14. DIRTY HOT AND HUNGRY – Decimator
15. FULL POWER – Desolator

DISC FOUR:
THE SOUTH-EAST & THE SOUTH WEST

1. GOVERNMENT PIGS – Adrenicide
2. COLOUR – Winter Of Torment
3. WILL TO REBEL – Parasite
4. CARNIVAL OF SOULS – Savage Messiah
5. OVERCAST – Warpspeed
6. THREE MINUTE WARNING – Kremated
7. D.C.T. – Bangover
8. MACABRE INSANITY – Obliteration
9. WAR WOLF – Wretched Soul
10. LET THERE BE DEATH – Onslaught
11. THE REMOVAL OF THE SPINE – Seregon
12. FORCED FAITH – Rager
13. B.O.D. – Purgatory
14. THRASHING MACHINE – Bull-Riff Stampede
15. FEAR – 10$ Head
16. EYES OF THE DEAD – Suicide Watch *
17. INFERNAL CONFLICT – Reign Of Fury
18. POLL TAX FUCK THAT – Taliesin *

DISC FIVE:
WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND & SCOTLAND

1. ATOMIC ATTACK – Tortoise Corpse
2. OPPRESSOR – Alternative Attack
3. THRIVE – State Of Confusion
4. HATEFACE – Parricide *
5. NEW ELIMINATORS OF ATLANTIS BC – Gama Bomb
6. HELL IS IN THE SOUTH SEA – Acid Age
7. CURSED CITY – Scimitar
8. SOULSUCKER – Evil Priest *
9. FEEL NO PAIN (DEMO) – Richard III
10. TIME TO STOP – Drunken State
11. HEADSHOT – Thrashist Regime
12. ERA OF SUFFERING – Black Talon
13. SOMEWHERE IN THE WEST – Amok
14. FRY OR BE FRIED – Daniel Wax Off

 


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