Various Artists - _Area 51_
(Victory Records, 1998)
by: Zena Tsarfin (8 out of 10)
While I won't pretend to understand what the connection between the Area 51 alien conspiracy and hardcore is, I can tell you that the rambunctious blend of European and American bands found on this 54-track, double-CD compilation would scare off any extraterrestrial that made it through our airspace. Although virtually all the included bands' tracks have been released elsewhere, the practicality of _Area 51_ stems from the fact that all of them were released on ├╝ber-indie, hard-to-find labels (and imports in the case of the Euros), making this set a good sampler for anyone interested in the groups that are only found in the pages of In Effect 'Zine and Ian Glasper's columns in Terrorizer. Although _Area 51_ has its share of filler (Next Step Up, Stigmata), contributions by Deviate, Fahrenheit 451, 59 Times the Pain, Warzone, Will Haven, Despair, Breach and so many others makes it well worthwhile.

(article published 10/3/1998)


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