This whole "Friday mix tape" plan is working out well...for me at least. Ripping demos is totally fun, but sitting down and checking out mix tapes that folks took the time to put together years back (when mix tapes were more than just "playlists") is truly a joy. Take this week, for example...after a few days of pure 80s UK punk glory, I decided to check out the imaginatively titled Various Thrash Metal, and enjoyed every minute of it, as I'm sure you will. Maybe starting off with ABATTOIR's "Ace Of Spades" cover is a little cheeky, but the song rips, so the tape maker is forgiven. And perhaps following that up with classic tracks from SLAYER and METALLICA is just a little typical, but the sweet JAGUAR track that sits in the clean up spot is brilliant, and PHANTOM LORD comes up next, so this tape maker clearly knows their shit. After EXODUS, Side 1 wraps up with a few punk tunes: BAD RELIGION (DIRECT CONTROL totally lifted the guitar lick from "Only Gonna Die," good work!), FUs, and a 0:07 ripper from SICK PLEASURE. Nice! Side 2 kicks of in a questionable manner...a Nancy Sinatra cover by MEGADETH? Ouch. But in rapid succession, VOIVOD, ANTHRAX and VENOM wipe that bad idea out of my memory, while FEAR, RAZOR, and ONSLAUGHT make for a raging mix. NUCLEAR SOCKETS (who the fuck is this? song rules!) and another track from PHANTOM LORD close out the mix...just download the whole thing, listen and THRASH!!