"Discography 1998 - 2007: Best Served Cold" (Earache; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

"Best Served Cold" is an all-encompassing posthumous offering by revered UK grindcore gang Narcosis. Containing 51 tracks chronicling all of this face-shattering troupe's split 7-inches, EP's, and full-lengths, this disc is perfect for completists, as no stone is left unturned when this noise-mongering squad scoured their vaults.

This caustic affair does a fine job of prepping the new jacks and satisfying diehards, as the reintroduction of classic bits of frenzy such as "Broken Finger Stranglehold," "It's Not a Birthmark, It's a Bruise" and "If Being a Cunt Was People, You'd Be China" still sound relevant and utterly relentless. Throw in a set of liner notes which runs down Narcosis' tumultuous run of endless lineup changes and broken spirits -- written with a casual narrative that charmingly radiates as if you're having a conversation over a pint -- and this collection's flaws (disparity in sound quality and repeated tracks) nearly becomes forgivable, as you're too busy banging your head to care.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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