Various Artists - _Identity 3... D!_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Brian Meloon (6 out of 10)
As compilations go, this is one of the better ones I've heard. Granted, there isn't anything on this album that isn't available elsewhere, but it does give a thorough sampling of the various bands on the Century Media roster. There are eighteen tracks, clocking in at around 70 minutes, and representing a large variety of styles, from black metal (Arcturus, Rotting Christ) to hardcore (Turmoil) to rap-metal (Stuck Mojo) to melodic powermetal (Nevermore, Iced Earth) to goth-metal (Moonspell) to death metal (Grave, Morgoth). Also appearing are Sentenced, Strapping Young Lad, Samael, My Own Victim, Eyehategod, Chum, Merauder, The Gathering, and Trouble. Most of the bands here are relatively well-known already, but it's well worth picking up if you're not familiar with Century Media's roster. Unfortunately, as with most compilations, there are more misses than hits.

(article published 9/4/1997)

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