Mercenary Musik Sampler 2001 assembles a number of previously released recordings from a number of death metal bands on the Mercenary Musik label. Most of these bands practice a style of death metal that falls somewhere between grindcore and black metal -- the vocals are always manic screams and guttural growls, and the music comes in whirlwind blasts. Featured performers include Nephasth, Aborym, Diabolical, Enter My Silence, Throes of Dawn, Astral, Carpathian Forest, Dawn of Dreams, Mystic Circle, and a few others. Because the performances all come from previously released Mercenary Musik LPs, this an excellent overview of some of the label's best moments.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier