2017 - Heavy Metal from United States | Thrash from Belgium
Launched in late-2016, Divebomb Records' Masters of Metal series was devised as a new twist on that bygone era when top-shelf metal compilations were in high demand-Metal Blade's longstanding Metal Massacre, New Renaissance's Speed Metal Hell, Roadrunner with Stars on Thrash, or Under One Flag's Speed Kills-all of which provided a great avenue of exposure for both established and up-and-coming artists alike. Rather than highlighting single tracks, however, Divebomb Records compiles complete demos onto these CD-only collections.
Volume 4 kicks off with SUBSTRATUM's (Seattle, WA) three-song demo and its impressively catchy and hard-hitting old school metal; an excellently gritty, punk-tinged EP of classic metal from OUTCAST (Melbourne, AUS); five tracks of SAHARA SNOW's (Portsmouth, UK) forcefully driving, midpaced, rock-based NWOBHM roots; and the uniquely doomy grooves of nascent studio project VOLCANA's two-song EP, A Lion Among Jackals-featuring members of Vindicator, Mountain Kings, Gygax, etc
The 16-page, full-color booklet is emblazoned with unique emblem artwork by Steven Cobb; and despite being a compilation series, every band is fully represented within-displaying the original cover art for each release, as well as lyrics, photographs, etc. Masters of Metal provides yet another means for Divebomb Records to focus their passion for quality in order to champion current metal acts that are out there raging today... as always: for the fans, by the fans!