Various Contaminated 5.0

Once again utilising a double-disc compilation to assert their supremacy over modern extreme metal, Philadelphia's Relapse Records give us yet another reason why we should be giving our respects where they're due. Forty-five songs are included, from staples like Nile, the Dillinger Escape Plan (represented here with a live song), Neurosis, Mastodon and Today Is the Day, to newcomers such as Dysrhythmia, Employer/Employee, and Ontario's the End, Relapse has an undeniable knack for signing cutting-edge extreme metal. The real treat here is a new song from Swedish grindcore Nasum, taken from their hopefully-to-be-released-one-year upcoming album. The difference between Relapse and other grind labels is that with Relapse, the tunes are always delivered within classy packaging and pristine production. This budget-priced compilation is perfect for newcomers and those just looking for a good two-and-a-half-hour listen, and even though it lacks in unreleased tunes, it still totally shreds. (Relapse)