A compilation chronicling the history of UK Thrash Metal has been announced. Contract In Blood has been curated by author and scene chronicler Ian Glasper. The 5CD box set will feature legends such as Venom, Onslaught, Sabbat and Acid Reign as well as lesser-known, cult artists.

The box set will feature 83 tracks across five CDs, plus a 40pp booklet, including rare demo and live recordings and previously unseen photographs. It also includes ten previously unreleased tracks! The release coincides with the publication of Ian Glasper’s book of the same name, and has been curated by the people who brought you Close To The Noise Floor, Revolutionary Spirit, Creation Artifact, Silhouettes And Statues and many more critically acclaimed box sets.

For decades, UK thrash metal has been the most underrated and overlooked member of the metal family. Criminally ignored, and considered secondary to its American, German and Brazilian equivalents, the genre has nevertheless continued to survive and thrive, rising from the ashes on more than one occasion. The scene has generated a wealth of amazing music, often in the face of adversity and apathy, and Contract In Blood documents the whole scene–warts‘n’all. From humble demo recordings to major label artists, spanning over thirty years of relentless and uncompromising music.

This is the definitive collection of UK thrash. Curator and critically acclaimed music historian Ian Glasper’s name has become synonymous with documenting the UK’s thriving, aggressive musical underground. His books have become cult classics, and the last words on their respective genres. Ian is renowned for his knowledge and passion, and, most importantly, his deep immersion in the scene itself, ensuring unparalleled access to those who made the music.