VARIOUS ARTISTS: Inxcompxlete: 7”

Jeebus, where to begin: the packaging for this 7” compilation is a complete monstrosity. You have a plain white album jacket screen printed with the track listing on the back cover. The front cover is adorned with a random 12”, also screened but is completely useless since the music is contained on a separate 7” whose dust sleeve is glued onto a black piece of paper sized to fit inside the 12”. Frustrated yet? You also get a turntable mat (whether you need it or not, and let’s face it: you don’t.) All this nonsense almost makes the CD inside a 7” sleeve a good idea. Shitty packaging aside, this is actually a pretty solid comp featuring In Defence, Sick Mess, Guns N Rosa Parks, Instant Asshole, and the mighty Conga Fury leading the way. As you can imagine, the bands are all of the hardcore/thrash/what-have-you variety with the whole comp breezing by in a matter of minutes. A musically decent comp with terrible artwork equates to: meh. It is what it is.

 –Juan Espinosa (World Won’t Listen)