||Alone In The Dark: Music From And Inspired By Alone In The Dark CDs (2005)
Alone In The Dark discography Not fooling anyone with the questionable "Music from and inspired by..." disclaimer applied to so many of today's sad excuses for movie soundtracks, this massive, two-disc set actually represents something of a "state of heavy metal address" for the mid-'00s. Well, kinda, since, to be perfectly honest, it ostensibly works as a roster sampler for sister labels Nuclear Blast and Century Media, with a few other major metal players (the modest, but always taste-making Relapse, the dwindling but still powerful and at times relevant Roadrunner), but ignoring literally hundreds of smaller, but very active record companies pushing metal across the globe. But, seeing as it's always almost impossible to promote heavy metal outside of its limited borders and loyal fan base, any effort must be welcomed -- especially one as expansive as this one, with its whopping 36 entries. Of course that hardly means we're getting the very best from each artist, but with a laundry list including notable contributors as varied as Bay Area thrash stalwarts Exodus and Death Angel, neo-thrashers the Haunted, Dew-Scented and Arch Enemy, black metal titans Dimmu Borgir, Samael and Cradle of Filth, death metal giants of both melodic (In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Soilwork, Hypocrisy) and super-technical (Meshuggah, Misery Index, Suffocation, Kataklysm, ...