Contract in Blood: A History of U.K. Thrash Metal

Contract in Blood: A History of U.K. Thrash Metal


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This massive five-disc compilation serves as an aural companion piece to author Ian Glasper's book of the same name, both diving deep to chronicle the history of the U.K.'s often overlooked thrash metal scene. Where the "big four" of U.S. thrash metal (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax) were more commercially successful than any of the dozens of bands covered in Contract in Blood, Glasper's meticulously curated collection of tracks aims to expose the entire spectrum of U.K. thrash: those that could have given the Big Four a run for their money, the mere imitators, and those far too unique and on their own paths to ever make mainstream waves. A collection this dense is bound to be too involved for the passive metalhead, but those willing to sift through the 83 tracks will find no limit to the obscure adrenaline-pumping U.K. metal. The five discs are divided regionally, offering North-East acts like Venom, Warfare, and Hellbastard in one volume; Welsh, Scottish, and Northern Irish bands on another disc; North-West and Midland U.K. acts like Sabbat and Metal Messiah on another; and so on. Along with the attention to regional scenes, the presentation of Contract in Blood differs from many archival compilations in that it doesn't follow a chronological time line, but instead jumps between decades, placing '80s bands like Driven to Distraction alongside 2010s acts like Besieged. The playlist also tends toward demos, live tracks, and other deep cuts, with a handful of the songs dug up from the vaults for the first time. With so much focus on demos and quick jumps between eras, the recording quality can differ wildly from track to track, and the dated nature of '80s and '90s production contrasts with the tracks recorded later. Contract in Blood nevertheless manages to maintain a consistent and engaging flow as it goes above and beyond in its extensive documentation of some of metal's shadowiest circles.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2018
Label: Cherry Red
UPC: 5013929105508
catalogNumber: 9105508
Rank: 72294

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Holosade   Composer
Carl Dwyer   Composer
Tim Franklin   Composer
Inner Sanctum   Composer
Mark Ramsey Wharton   Composer
Slammer   Composer
Michael McKeegan   Composer
Tony Mottram   Cover Photo
Jon Van Doorn   Composer
Blood Money   Composer
Andy Sneap   Composer
Ardkore   Composer
David Silver   Composer
Amok   Composer
Martin Walkyier   Composer
Purgatory   Composer
Lee "Chaz" Netherwood   Composer
Nige Rockett   Composer
Tony Bray   Composer
Conrad Lant   Composer
Tony Dolan   Composer
Andrew "Pinch" Pinching   Composer
Zeitgeist   Composer
Mark Beuchet   Composer
Acid Reign   Composer
Ian Arkley   Composer
Vindicator   Composer
Ben Carter   Composer
Ol Drake   Composer
Mike Alexander   Composer
Luke Graham   Composer
Paul Caffrey   Composer
Black Talon   Composer
Jeffrey Dunn   Composer
Simon Bibby   Composer
Scott Rawson   Composer
Philly Byrne   Composer
Joe McGuigan   Composer
Domo Dixon   Composer
Damian Thompson   Composer
Jamie Brooks   Composer
Gary Jennings   Composer
Jay Walsh   Composer
Mark Magill   Composer
Eradikator   Composer
Deceptor   Composer
John Roche   Composer
Wretched Soul   Composer
Paul Rodwell   Composer
Simon Cobb   Composer
Graham Butt   Composer
Infernal Death   Composer
Malcolm "Scruff" Lewty   Composer
Aaron Boast   Composer
Lynda "Tam" Simpson   Composer
Ray Pepperell   Composer
Andy Pilkington   Cover Design
Ian Gangwer   Composer
Arbitrater   Composer
Acid Age   Composer
Dave Brunt   Composer
Neil Armstrong   Composer
10$ Head   Composer
Unholy Sacrifice   Composer
Seregon   Composer
Salem Justice   Composer
Hospital of Death   Composer
Driven To Distraction   Composer
Death Warmed Up   Composer
Daniel Wax Off   Composer
Nick Chapman   Composer
Wayne Bailey   Composer
Jason Smith   Composer
Martyn Bonnet   Composer
Dave Osman   Composer
Peter Broom   Composer
Dave Fergusson   Composer
Matt Walker   Composer
Josh Callis Smith   Composer
Tom Small   Composer
Andy Mitchell   Composer
Mark Duffy   Composer
Lee Hittman   Composer
Alan Pashby   Composer
Nev Britton   Composer
Ian Maxwell   Composer
Jim Harley   Composer
Paul Cudby   Composer
Ian Wilson   Composer
Andy Barnard   Composer
Richard Sherrington   Composer
Jerry Budby   Composer
Eric Reed Boucher   Composer
Eric Henley   Composer
Geoffrey Lyall   Composer
Rod Boston   Composer
James Perry   Composer
Dave Garnett   Composer
Nuno Evaristo   Composer
Sam Talbot   Composer
Felix Dock   Composer
Rob Durrant   Composer
Pete Lee   Composer
Chris Parkes   Composer
Gavin O'Malley   Composer
Chris Flint   Composer
Steve Nesfield   Composer
Lawrence Maycock   Composer
Svaritra Manyu   Composer
Andy Renshaw   Composer
Michael Brash   Composer
Pete Dee   Composer
Adrian Heathershaw   Composer
Steve Hamill   Composer
Damon Maddison   Composer
Ian Knight   Composer
Jez Clark   Composer
Ed Westlake   Composer
Jon Priestly   Composer
Simon Lewis   Composer
Burton   Composer
Jonny Gray   Composer
Chriz Baird   Composer
Mickey McDonnell   Composer
James Loftus   Composer
Steve Hatton   Composer
Dan Middleton   Composer

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