VARIOUS ARTISTS: Bloodstains across Philadelphia: LP

I was super stoked on this compilation of Philly-area bands for new tracks from The Bad Doctors and No Lessons Learned, and neither disappointed. There were also some great moments from Lighten Up, Population Zero, and a handful of other bands that I was happy to discover for the first time. Each band has one track on the compilation, and there are twenty-four tracks in all. Apart from the great bands I’ve previously mentioned, I was a bit underwhelmed by some of the rest of the compilation, either due to the recording quality of some of the bands’ tracks, or just a general disinterest in the sound of a few of the bands themselves. As a portrait of a particular scene at a particular time, I think this is a great release, capturing all the excitement of what’s going on in Philly at the moment, and I totally loved the tracks that I was into. I just wish a few more of these bands did something for me.

 –Paul J. Comeau (Eaglebauer Enterprises, [email protected])