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With more than half of its 18 tracks previously unreleased, the Invaders compilation delivers on its claim that "whether it's hard rock, metal or psych -- it's all heavy." That said, you want to gravitate toward the harder tracks.

The speedy but boozy blues-tinged opener from Saviours, "Circle of Servants Bodies," isn't nearly as macabre as the title implies, offering a heavy dose of back-alley hard rock. The psychedelic melee of Black Mountain's "Behind the Fall" does the genre justice but is a bit of a lullaby compared to hardcore head trips from Danava ("By the Mark"), Big Business ("As the Day Was Dawning") and High on Fire's flaming guitar work and dark depth.

Electronic and Latin elements show up for Dungen's danceable "Christopher," and Wolfmother's "Love Train" is worth a spin at a rock 'n' roll dance party, as is Parchman Farm's wrap-up "Curtis Franklin."

All in all, a solid sample of rare material that's suitable for hardcore preferences, but not so much that it's completely inaccessible. 4 stars


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