Various Artists

Progression Through Aggression, Vol. 2

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Arguably no record company understands the various strains of commercial metalcore so prevalent in the mid-2000s as well as New Jersey-based Ferret; and therefore no other label has the tools with which to assemble as thorough a representation of the genre as one finds in the Progression Through Aggression series. Volume two of which emerged in 2005 and was further helpfully subtitled "Hardcore -- Metal -- Punk -- Emo" to account for most all of the substrains fighting for supremacy among the submissions of both heavy hitters (Every Time I Die, A Life Once Lost, Zao, Madball) and newcomers alike (Boys Night Out, the Banner, LoveHateHero, etc.). Some of the highlights among the highlights include two-song contributors Every Time I Die's amusing "Guitared and Feathered," Boys Night Out's pop-emo "Composing," Misery Signals' surprisingly aggressive "Murder," departed stars From Autumn to Ashes' schizophrenically trendsetting "Take Her to the Music Store," and metalcore supremos Killswitch Engage's "Temple from the Within," from their reissued debut album. A little bit of everything for neophytes to sample, in other words, and, as said earlier, a suitably complete cross-section of not only Ferret's roster, but the scene from which they mine it in general.

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