Wednesday 11 February 2015

Review: Various Artists – 'Trash The World'

'Trash The World'

There are compilation albums... and then there are compilation albums. 'Trash The World' courtesy of Canadian label D-Trash Records is one of those that comes along every so often with just a brilliant selection of artists within its ranks that you can't help but take notice. Celebrating fifteen years and 200 releases, the album contains a massive 45 tracks by a variety of international artists that cover genres such as Ambient, Digital Hardcore, Speedcore, Rhythmic Noise, Breakcore, Doomcore, Industrial, Broken Beat, Experimental, Grindcore, Alternative Rock, and Noise.

With a list of artists as long as your arm, you'll be spoiled for choice as to what to listen to first. And of course we can't list everyone for individual analysis. However, names such as 64Revolt, Babylon Disco, Bossfyte, CPUWAR, Disbreakz, Drugzilla, Evestus, No Brigade, Oxygenfad, Phallus Über Alles, Sangre, Schizoid and The Phoeron provide some undeniably strong tracks to the proceedings.

Clocking in at nearly three hours in length you'd be forgiven for thinking its a lot to take in all at once. But that's not the case. Even though it is an A-Z list of the bands, there is still so much variety on display that you're never quite sure what the next track is going to unleash. One minute you've got a quiet ambient track with a drum 'n' bass beat breaking it up, the next you've got full on noise. It's a long roller-coaster of an album, but one that celebrates the diversity of hardcore electronic music.

The compilation is mastered really nicely and has a unified sound that often lacks on a lot of label samplers. The production varies track by track depending on the artist and genre, but as the album progresses there a few noticeable drops or jumps in the levels between them, which makes for a much smother listening experience.

This is a great compilation that shows of not only the diversity of the label but also the strength of each individual track as they hold their own against each other. It doesn't matter what price you put on this album, its a bargain for the sheer volume of talent on display. 'Trash The World' is a defiant exclamation mark on fifteen years of supplying the underground electronic scene with a platform for exposure, and here's to another fifteen years of doing the same.  

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