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Various Artists


Relapse Singles Series Vol.4

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Relapse
Genre: [Death Metal/Black Metal]
Overall Rating: 6.0
Music: 6.0
Production: 6.0

Relapse continues its Singles Series with 4th installment... Relapse Singles Series Vol.4 contains Exit 13's "Spare the Wrench, Surrender the Earth", Phobia's "All That Remains", Goreaphobia's "Omen of Masochism" and Amorphis' "Amorphis". The quality of those singles, however, is quite inferior. For example, the quality of Phobia's songs can already be seen from the song titles ('Emptiness' was incorrectly written as 'Emptyness').

Songs are mostly death and black metal with some occasional experimentations of other genres (Phobia's "Chemical Fear", for example, isn't exactly death or black metal). Surprisingly, the best songs on this compilation are from Exit 13 (I hadn't heard of Exit 13 prior to listening this compilation).

Production on this collection varies, which isn't surprising as the different artists have recorded their albums in different locations. The biggest frailty of production is the distortion, which occurred every now and then. Also the sounds could have been more felicitous.

Unless you're a fan of the bands and want to hear their singles, you shouldn't invest in this single collection (there are a lot better death & black metal bands out there)...

- MAGE (13.11.2004)


- Phobia -
Soriano, Marco: Drums
Reeves, Bruce: Guitar
MacLachlan, Shane: Vocals
Bryan, Shawn: Bass
Burda, Steve: Guitar

- Goreaphobia -
Gamble, Chris: Vocals, Bass
Bouks, Alex: Lead Guitar
Archucci, John: Guitar
Masteller, Kenny: Drums

- Amorphis -
Laine, Olli-Pekka: Bass
Koivusaari, Tomi: Vocals, Guitar
Holopainen, Esa: Guitar
Rechberger, Jan: Drums, Synths

- Exit 13 -
Yurkiewicz, Bill: Vocals
O'Donnell, Steve: Guitar
Dipietro, Joel: Bass
Shaeffer, Bill: Drums
Producer: Lilker, Dan (produced Exit 13) & Fisher, Matt (produced Phobia)
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: compilation: Mullin, Mick & original: Shirk, Dave
Various Artists - Relapse Singles Series Vol.4  CD  Cover Image
01. Phobia: Intro/Emptyness
02. Phobia: All That Remains
03. Phobia: Chemical Fear
04. Phobia: Internal Rot
05. Goreaphobia: A Demented Omen of Masochism
06. Goreaphobia: Morbidious Pathology
07. Amorphis: Vulgar Necrolatry
08. Amorphis: Misery Path
09. Exit 13: Spare the Wrench, Surrender the Earth
10. Exit 13: My Minds Mine !
11. Exit 13: Societally Provoked Genocidal Contemplation
12. Exit 13: Only Hypocrisy Prohibits Legality
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