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Revelation 100

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Over the years, the Revelation Records roster has been shared by some of the hardcore/punk scene's most influential visionaries, and the label has been a home for young artists looking to gather experience and fine-tune their sound. After having been in existence for 15 years and releasing a variety of albums pandering to the punk and hardcore movement, Revelation released Revelation 100 to celebrate the label's 100th release and chronicle the various stages in the label's history. As a compilation, it also offers a plethora of rare, out of print, and previously unreleased tunes from the label's vault, spanning Revelation's artist roster from vintage Gorilla Biscuits in 1987 to hardcore mainstays Shai Hulud's brief contribution, written exclusively for this release. Some of these contributions are exceptional, especially the By a Thread song, "Tainted," and post-hardcore revolutionary band Quicksand's expression of restaurant bitterness, "Dine Alone." On the other hand, some of the songs included are merely filler; the inclusion of Slipknot seems mystifying, and it appears that "Some Friend" was added to the compilation only to persuade fans to buy the collection in the mistaken belief that it is a rare demo from the Roadrunner Records masked madmen. Revelation 100 also seems to be missing some of the record label's finest artists; it is mind-boggling to see tracks from Judge and Side by Side while the likes of Drowningman and Elliott are left in the cold. Regardless, there is a bounty of splendid treats captured here that should excite many fans. Revelation 100 is a must-have album that encapsulates Revelation's 15-year existence, sharing with you the good, the bad, and the ugly all on one convenient album.

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