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  • Attack of the vinyl

    27 mars 2011, 9h19m

    Check out the previous vinyl journals here:
    Some of my vinyl collection
    More vinyl porn
    Another descent into vinyl madness
    And the vinyl rolls on
    Not more vinyl FFS
    Oh the sweet vinyl
    My old 80s Metal Vinyl

    A big picfest this time - 50 photos! This is a few months worth of vinyl, all smashed together in an orgy of vinyl insanity that I hope you all enjoy. So, let's get on with it!

    Boris with Merzbow: 3 beautiful LPs on red w/black&white streaks. A mighty fine live collab here and a very nice package from Southern Lord





    Deathspell Omega - Box Set. 5xPic Disc with Infernal Battles, Inquisitors of Satan, Manifestations 2000-2001, Manifestations 2002, Bestial Orgies, The Suicide Curse, Seal of Perversion. Fantastic package with a gigantic poster and thick postcard style, 12" cards with album art.


    Deathspell Omega - Paracletus on black. Another amazing vinyl package from Norma Evangelium Diaboli - those guys really know what they're doing when it comes to vinyl. This is perhaps DsO's finest moment since Si Monumentum, and so much easier to fathom than Fas.


    Adai - Felo De Se on black with side B etching. This is a band to watch out for because this 20 minutes of sludge is totally engaging


    Angantyr - Hævn on gold. Very limited release with CD from northern silence - one of the best labels out there.



    Kermania - Ahnenwerk on translucent green. Another fantastic German black metal band from Ván Records


    Antaeus - De Principii Evangelikum on white. God I love this band, one of the most violent black metal acts ever to exist!


    Arktika - heartwrencher on black with side B etching. Not normally a fan of post-hardcore, but these guys have a better vocalist than is normal for hardcore (IMO of course)



    Arktika - at zero on white+blue w/black,blue,white splatters



    Blut aus Nord - Ultima Thulée on black. A total fucking masterpiece of black metal. I wrote a review of this album HERE


    Blut Aus Nord - The Mystical Beast of Rebellion on black/white A/B effect vinyl. Long overdue for re-release and on some beautiful wax as well!


    Brutal Truth - Evolution Through Revolution on red. Be a Good American!


    Burzum - Fallen on "flesh" vinyl. Came with 3 puny buttons :-\ Also, huge fold in the corner because Plastichead can't package vinyl worth a shit apparently. Fuckers.




    Death - The Sound of Perseverance on clear w/red splatters. 3rd best Death album ;-)



    Deströyer 666 - Defiance on clear. Possibly the best band name ever...


    Electric Wizard - Black Masses on clear/translucent purple/black tri-colour wax. Admit it - you want it! :-P



    Funeral Mist - Maranatha on black. This is totally fucking furious black metal. Everything Arioch/Mortuus touches turns to gold at the moment.


    Grails - Deep Politics on hazy yellow+hazy brown w/side D etching. Awesome.


    Heretoir - Heretoir on white w/CD. This album is very highly recommended for fans of Alcest, especially if you liked Écailles de lune.



    Hooded Menace - Fulfill the Curse on white. This is some of the flat out best death/doom I've ever heard! No shit, if you dig good old fashioned crunchy doom with death vocals then go and check this out now!


    Hooded Menace - Never Cross The Dead on black. Even better than Fulfill the Curse!


    Immortal - Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism on red/black A/B effect


    Immortal - Pure Holocaust on black/white A/B effect


    Immortal - At the Heart of Winter on blue with white frost! Fuck Immortal are awesome.


    Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas on translucent purple.


    Nachtmystium - Demise on purple w/funky ass splatter


    Nachtmystium - Eulogy IV on clear w/black, white splatter


    Nachtmystium - Instinct: Decay on translucent blue


    Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle Part I on translucent yellow


    Nachtmystium - Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II on grey


    Red Sparowes - At The Soundless Dawn on "swamp" (i.e. clear/green A/B effect)


    Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun on "red sun" (i.e. red/yellow A/B effect)


    This Will Destroy You - This Will Destroy You on black/silver with funky ass splatters


    Morbid Angel - Formulas Fatal to the Flesh on clear. Someone hurry the fuck up and repress their back catalog already!


    Watain - Lawless Darkness on black. Another NoEvDia release - comes with a huge, huge ass poster and awesome lyric booklet on the middle part of the 3-fold jacket. Impressive package for a blistering album.




    Windmills by the Ocean - II on "pagan sun" (i.e. black/red A/B effect). A little bit disappointing after their first one, but still a fine album.


    And last, but most certainly not least:
    Wodensthrone - Loss on blue. Truly beautiful package this one. Only problem is, the guy who runs Thorn Laceration is a total fucking idiot and packaged this in a manner similar to what I'd expect a dickhead to package it. Fucking almost ruined it totally. As there is the cover an inner sleeves are badly damaged. Still pissed off about this one. Amazing how people just don't notice your email once they've gotten your money...
    Anyway, enough whinging. Fucking brilliant album this one, I'm looking very much forward to their future releases.


    And there we have it, a goddamn marathon of wax. Hope you enjoyed it, it may be a while before the next one. But rest assured - there will be a next one ;-)

    Adios amigos!
  • Oh the sweet vinyl

    2 mars 2011, 7h38m

    So the time has come - another vinyl overdose arriveth! It has been a while and I've kind of gone berserk of recent times so I reckon there might be another 2 or 3 vinyl journals in the next couple of weeks :o

    Check out the previous vinyl journals here:
    Some of my vinyl collection
    More vinyl porn
    Another descent into vinyl madness
    And the vinyl rolls on
    Not more vinyl FFS
    My old 80s Metal Vinyl

    OK, so down to business:
    Normally I would save this for the end but I figure you have to start with style. The following is my entire Enslaved collection sans their latest which is in the other pile ;)

    Enslaved - Box set, all on Black vinyl from Viva Hate Records. Comes with a belt buckle and a crappy little cap that is way too small for my giant noggin:








    Enslaved - Isa:


    Enslaved - Ruun:


    Enslaved - Vertebrae:


    Negură Bunget - Vîrstele Pămîntului , box set with 1 white w/black splatter, 1 black with white splatter LP, poster, and very tidy 8 page lyric booklet. This really is an awesome album of Black Metal heavy with very folky elements. I cannot recommend this highly enough. The box is not hard to hunt down.


    Mogwai - Young Team box, 2xLP with original master, and 2XLP remastered


    Thrice - The Alchemy Index, everything except "Earth" on translucent vinyl. Tidy little package this one, #2111/3000.




    Summoning - Nightshade Forest pic disc. Awesome!




    Katatonia - Dance Of December Souls + Jhva Elohim Meth


    Electric Wizard - Witchcult Today. As I've said, I'm not normally one to rant about vinyl sound quality, etc, but this blows the CD master out of the water!


    Stormtroopers of Death - Speak English or Die


    Constants - If Tomorrow The War. Man, what a massive disappointment this was. Poor "limited edition" and really uninspired album too I reckon. Compared to "The Foundation, The Machine, The Ascension" it was just a disappointment in every department. This is #66/125.


    God Is An Astronaut - A Moment Of Stillness


    God is an Astronaut - God Is An Astronaut


    Baroness - First & Second on Olive. Good shit!




    Falkenbach - Tiurida on White.


    Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis on translucent Green ;) Searing, furious death metal. Get it inta ya!


    Triptykon - Shatter on marbled grey. You have no excuse for not digging on Triptykon :D


    Soundgarden - Telephantasm, 3xLP black. The special edition on coloured vinyl was 3x the cost of this. I didn't want it that bad...




    Te' - Collection on Blue/White swirl. Just beautiful, Denovali are right on par with the Sheath when it comes to dropping a quality vinyl release...


    Dead Congregation - Graves Of The Archangels on Clear. Death Metal to kill your grass. I wrote a review for it here: http://www.metalcrypt.com/pages/review.php?revid=4588


    Wormphlegm -In an Excruciating Way Infested with Vermin and Violated by Executioners Who Practise Incendiarism and Desanctifying the Pious. Yep, that's the album title. It's the sickest, foulest, cultest funeral doom since, well, ever...


    Procession - Destroyers of the Faith. Some of the best straight up trad Doom Metal I have discovered in a while.


    Isis - Oceanic on, hmmm...can't remember what they called it. It's from the latest pressing on Robotic Empire (I think?). I got in there on time to get the seaweed version if I wanted it, but I thought this colour looked heaps better. That was my new years resolution - to buy the colour I liked most rather than the the most limited one.


    Blut aus Nord - Liber I


    Satanic Warmaster - Nachzehrer. I totally love this dude - Satanic Tyrant Werewolf; what's not to love?




    Glorior Belli - Meet Us at the Southern Sign. I reviewed this one for The Metal Crypt as well: http://www.metalcrypt.com/pages/review.php?revid=5110


    Septicflesh - Communion. A great vinyl release for a great album.


    Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come


    Mourning Beloveth - Dust


    Boris - Absolutego. A heavy release for a heavy album - Southern Lord really know how to package their vinyl!


    And I reckon that's it for this installment of vinyl love. Tune in next time when you'll hear Dr.Strangepork say "HOLY FUCK SON, THAT SHIT RIPS!"
  • Review: Summoning - Stronghold

    20 fév. 2011, 8h54m

    Stronghold
    Rating: 4.25/5

    Summoning are a bit of an enigma in the extreme metal world — their epic keyboard-laden movie score cum Black Metal sound is one of a kind amid a morass of Tolkien-themed Black Metal bands of more traditional sound. Stronghold was the start of a somewhat new direction for Summoning; it has a more epic sound to their earlier masterpieces, more cinematic, yet at the same time it is also their heaviest work, and no doubt also easier to listen to (than Dol Guldur in particular). It is the work that tends to separate the old fans from the new fans, a divide that wouldn't be shored up until the release of Oath Bound in 2006, which largely pleased both camps.

    Stronghold begins slowly with a stately military style snare roll under some ominous low keyboards that shortly herald in a floating keyboard melody that gives the feeling of slowly coming in to land after flying over a snow capped mountain range. Summoning then begins the first track proper "Long Lost to Where No Pathway Goes" in their traditional slow building style with a soft keyboard progression. The production is not a huge departure from their earlier works, it is definitely a fuller sound with more bottom end and better able to handle numerous instruments at once. But even ignoring the more polished production you very quickly get the sense that this is a slightly different Summoning album as a quickly picked guitar melody carries the tune forth through the verse and into the first of many enormous choruses, delivered with a powerful sound and Protector's perfectly executed rasps accompanied by a dreamy guitar melody. This pattern largely stands for the albums duration, with most tracks building from a gentle keyboard intro into an uncharacteristically guitar driven sound. Stronghold is easily Summoning's most guitar oriented album taking as much of its sound from Black Metal as from orchestral sources, and the interplay between these two dynamics is truly something to behold, with the guitar melodies expertly weaving through and around grand keyboard movements and progressions. This is also the first album where Summoning made a large departure from more straight ahead drum patterns and began experimenting with more tom-tom driven beats. There are still plenty of examples of more straight ahead beats (see the rumbling double-bass and near blast beats in "The Shadow Lies Frozen on the Hills"), but the new approach that would dominate LMHSYF and Oath Bound are apparent in embryonic form on Stronghold, most notably on "Where Hope and Daylight Die" and "The Shadow Lies Frozen on the Hills".

    Personally I have always been partial to Silenius' vocals over Protector's and here on Stronghold he provides some stellar performances. The voice-box shredding "The Rotting Horse on the Deadly Ground" (which fades out to a wonderfully epic guitar melody over a double-bass driven drum beat) and the grandiose chorus of "The Glory Disappears" highlight his bleak and harsh vocals wonderfully. However, both performances are eclipsed by Protector's performance in "Like Some Snow-white Marble Eyes" which has possibly the best Summoning chorus prior to "In Hollow Halls Beneath the Fells". Stronghold delivers another first for Summoning as well with "Where Hope and Daylight Die" being sung exclusively by Tania Borsky from Protector's neo-classical project "Die Verbannten Kinder Evas". Her clean, operatic voice soaring over some somber keyboard passages at the tail of some rolling drum patterns, it is the least guitar oriented track on the album being instead pushed forward largely by the drums. As a one-off it works quite well, but I am always glad when it's over and "Rotting Horse..." comes on.

    As is to be expected, the lyrical themes for Stronghold are largely taken from various Tolkien works, most notably from the Books of Last Tales, although some are drawn from other sources; "Like Some Snow-white Marble Eyes" is taken from a poem by Robert Frost called "Stars" and "The Glory Disappears" taken from William Wordsworth's poem "Lines Left upon a Seat in a Yew-Tree", the lyrics for any given track often being taken from more than one source ("Rotting Horse..." takes some lyrics from Tolkien and some from Wordsworth, for example).

    Stronghold is a powerful and evocative album full of wonderful melodies and memorable chorus' but I feel it is not up to the same standards of LMHSYF and Oath Bound, both of which defined epic keyboard-driven metal, but at the same time it is superior to Dol Guldur and Minas Morgul due largely to the excellent vocal melodies, memorable choruses and cinematic scope and feel of the tracks. Of course these qualities were evident on the earlier albums, but from Stronghold onwards Summoning were a much more focused band and their songs became tighter and more cohesive making for a better realized experience — the tracks don't seem as drawn out as those on Dol Guldur, and Stronghold is a more satisfying listen because of it. By the time Stronghold has finished you feel as though you have embarked upon and returned from a great journey, one that you will want to repeat, or perhaps parallel by launching straight into LMHSYF.

    Originally reviewed for The Metal Crypt
  • Review: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I: Father of the Icy Age

    20 fév. 2011, 2h06m

    Memoria Vetusta I: Father of the Icy Age
    Rating: 5/5

    Following up a classic debut is a tall order, and one that many bands are not really up to. On occasion though, a band will out do the lofty heights of a near flawless debut and surpass it in a manner that leaves them almost nowhere else to go. That's what Blut aus Nord did with Memoria Vetusta 1: Fathers of the Icy Age – they took the amazing foundation of Ultima Thulée and expanded upon it to create near perfection. There are many out there who consider The Work Which Transforms God to be Blut Aus Nord's finest hour, but to my mind that honour rests here as Memoria Vetusta 1 does not have to struggle with an identity crisis. It knows what it is, what it needs to do, and most importantly it does it.

    The opening riff of "On the Path of Wolf…Towards the Dwarfhill" is incredibly heavy in both tone and execution and accompanied by a full toned melodic lead and some Summoning styled harsh vocals. The track, and the album as a whole, conveys that same sense of epic grandeur so prevalent on Summoning's later works, but the execution is obviously much different. The middle of the track sports and exquisitely melodic guitar solo that segues beautifully into a keyboard driven melody under which the voice of a child speaks, and then some of the heaviest riffs I've ever heard flat out smash your face in as Vindsval screams with his harsh and vicious voice. This is the gift of Memoria Vetusta – a blending of savagery and beauty that is presented in a manner like never before. This is evidenced on the warbling, spacey guitar tone of the "Sons of Wisdom…" main riff, the juxtaposition of wall of sound brutality, elegant melody and clean singing put on "The Forsaken Voices of the Ghostwood's Shadowy Realm", and the quiet sanctuary in the midst of "The Territory of Witches/Guardians of the Dark Lake" that continues into a brutal and soaring melodic end section that will propel your horned fist high into the air as you head bang for all you're worth.

    The production here is much warmer than Ultima Thulée with the cleaner guitar tone removing you from the expanse of unending ice and cold, and placing you upon greener pastures. The atmosphere is still prevalent but this time you are surrounded by mountains and forests set with an autumnal air. This feel is enhanced by the presence of the bass as it weaves in and out of the main riffs and the distant clean vocals of "Slaughter day" that echo through trees rather than across an empty expanse. The vocals of Vindsval are varied across all tracks with an utterly malevolent coarse rasp or bark being the main stay, frequently augmented with a rousing baritone and floating clean tone. They are used to maximum effective through out, and the soaring voice at the end of "Slaughterday (The Heathen Blood of Ours)" lifts the track into the realms of the exquisitely epic. The only real let down on the album is the drums; their mechanical sound and often straight forward approach lends the album a slight under current of the industrial in places and it is quite at odds with the vista being painted by the other instruments.

    With Memoria Vetusta 1: Fathers of the Icy Age, Blut Aus Nord took the formula of their debut and drove it to the next level. Not content to rest upon the foundation they had already built, they expanded their sound and shifted the setting of their tales to create a true sequel rather than a simple retelling or rehash. There really is no other album quite like this in the genre, and for this reason, as well as its incredible execution of course, it belongs in the collection of any and all Black Metal fans, as well as those who expect that little something extra from their metal.

    Originally reviewed for The Metal Crypt
  • Review: Blut Aus Nord - Ultima Thulée

    20 fév. 2011, 2h02m

    Ultima Thulée
    Rating: 4.75/5

    Blut aus Nord are an enigma in the realms of Black Metal (if you need convincing of this, you need simply to check out their mind boggling web site), and the avant-garde offering of their debut album Ultima Thulée cemented that air from the very beginning in a manner that has not been effectively emulated since.

    After the musical and thematic ideas have been cemented in place by album opener "The Son of Hoarfrost", a slightly disconcerting keyboard sections opens "The Plain of Ida", very melancholic and cold, it gives the feeling of standing alone on an icy plain under a clear sky and rising sun. Then the listener is treated to an almost funeral dirge as a wall of crushing guitars herald a roll of thunder and darkened skies. The viciously harsh shrieks of Vindsval provide a feeling of terror at being trapped in this expansive prison, and the interplay between these forlorn cries, the icy guitars and astral keys weave through the track, giving it a feeling of an epic journey. Quite remarkable. Distant monkish chants accompany the rumbling of the start of "From Hildskjalf" and continue that perfectly executed feeling of being lost and alone in the wind and snow that the album is built upon, building up to an absolutely huge wall of brutality in the middle of the track. The haunting Gregorian vocals of "My Prayer Beyond Ginnugagap" are the last sounds you might expect to hear as you succumb to hypothermia; distant and warm yet filtered through the frosty air, they slowly bring you to a peace with your fate. Perhaps they go on just a little too long, but the melodic acoustic guitars that introduce "'Till I Perceive Bifrost" will open your eyes and then drive you forward with the urgent tidal wave of sound and stark screeching, telling you in no uncertain terms that your journey has not yet reached its end and that you have many miles left to travel before you can rest.

    The sound of Ultima Thulée is bleak in the extreme and utterly raw without being weak. The guitars, for all their snowy white noise, have plenty of grunt with an ominous bottom end that really comes to the fore on the slower sections. The bass is there, though at times you are left wondering whether it is simply a side-effect of the icy wall of sound that defines the album. Ultima Thulée uses keyboard to great effect throughout as their spacey, psychedelic tones enhance the alien nature of the soundscape that is being painted upon the ice, never out staying their welcome when they are alone, and never intruding when they are accompaniment or melodic lead. The album would not be as successful without them.

    As a debut, Ultima Thulée is a wholly remarkable piece of cold and dark art. This is what Black Metal is all about – the bleak and penetrating atmosphere will send chills down your spine in even the warmest of climes, and the narrative ebb and flow of the music will draw you into the carefully crafted lands of unending ice, and provides an urgent narrative to keep you on the edge of your seat. For those who are familiar with Blut Aus Nord's later works, do not dismiss this album; it is a tour de force of austere and harsh Black Metal, an atmospheric testament to the evocative power of the second wave, and a classic album that rarely gets the praise it deserves.

    Originally reviewed for The Metal Crypt
  • Review: Thorngoth - Rauhnacht

    20 fév. 2011, 1h58m

    Rauhnacht
    Rating: 4/5

    Originality — it's a nice thing to have, but far from mandatory. Some bands take their inspiration from the greats and pay homage in a memorable and skillful manner. Some bands take it a step further and add their own special ingredient, and here we have an example of such a thing. Germany's Thorngoth take the foundation laid down by the greats and then add their own spark to give life to deliver a solid slab of Black Metal with occasional epic qualities.

    This is not raw Black Metal; the production on Rauhnacht is good, and well crafted — a fair bit of thought seems to have gone into it as it suits the music, with its caustic guitars that feel like they're about to crack the glass and wash away your flesh, and clear, subtle bass sound. In fact, the bass occasionally breaks out and supplies a tasty little line such as in "Schiachperchten", a track which is also a highlight of the album with its mid-paced, icy tremolo riffs and dissonant open chords. There are some acoustic passages as well, with the section in the middle of "Nihilistic Visions" being jarring and its acoustic intro is an oddly disjoint piece that is over all too quickly, but it does herald one of the best tracks on the album. Several guitar solos scream in from out of nowhere throughout the album, most notably on the opener "Curse Them, Curse Them", adding an extra dimension to the already well rounded mix. The drum sound is a little bit of a let down, with a muddy bottom end and muted snare that is a little too low in the mix. It is competently done, but unremarkable, by-the-numbers drumming, but I feel the music rarely calls for any showmanship from sticksman Bulwvai, being a very guitar-focused affair.

    Vocally, Akhorahil has a harsh, throaty rasp similar to Kriegtalith of Darkestrah, that dips into a lower growl (not in anyway Death Metal-like), and it is very effective. His screams can sound very schizophrenic at times — sometimes a harsh shriek, sometimes an Abbath-like croak and sometimes an out of control cry, it makes for some nice variation. The vocals are also frequently double-tracked giving them a full sound (especially with a menacing growl as the foundation), with the album intro carried by a nebulous groan, like an awakening elder god — great stuff!

    The songwriting here is excellent, with each track being varied in itself and on the album. The band gives a large nod to later era Gorgoroth, a little bit of Glorior Belli, and you will also hear the hallmarks of German Black Metal, notably Lunar Aurora (vocalist Akhorahil was their keysman for a while), Graupel, The Ruins of Beverast (without the bombast), and other luminaries of the German scene. Rauhnacht is a largely mid-paced affair, varied with fairly frequent blasting — "Abgrund" screams along with a primal ferocity that highlights their ability to cut sick with some great old school shit. It very rarely slows right down, but Thorngoth are very effective when they do so, with the dissonant guitars creating a dark atmosphere that can be quite uneasy — see the epic "Der Wanderer" for a great example. With an average length of around 6 minutes, the tracks are sometimes lengthy, but a couple of them could easily be longer as they carry themes that could be extended and worked around — testament to the overall quality.

    Overall Thorngoth have dropped upon the earth a fucking heavy and evil album that frequently delivers epic riffs and harrowing atmosphere. They are short on originality, but that's not even really a criticism as they do what they do very well. Fans of German Black Metal should already own a copy of this, and BM fans in general should be checking it out right fucking now — everyone else should probably just turn around and go back to church

    Originally reviewed for The Metal Crypt
  • Review: Baptism - Grim Arts of Melancholy

    20 fév. 2011, 1h53m

    Grim Arts of Melancholy
    Rating: 4/5

    Finland is the home of quite a few seriously hateful Black Metal bands. Maybe it's something in the water but the Finnish style is, in general, furious satanic black art, devoid of anything but hate and disgust for mankind. Riding the undercurrent of that wave of pestilence is Baptism, the one-man band of Kommander Lord Sargofagian, who has spread his wings wide in the Finnish scene, doing some session work for Horna and Satanic Warmaster among other lesser known acts. This should serve to illustrate exactly what Baptism has in store for you — cold, hate-filled, Satanic Black Metal.

    Grim Arts of Melancholy is an 8 track slab of mostly mid-paced icy Black Metal that, while not setting any new standards, delivers a compelling blast of blackened fury. The production here is very good, with each instrument audible in the mix. It is not as face shredding as say, By the Blessing of Satan, but neither is it as stripped back as a Horna disc, falling somewhere in between. Each track is filled with a frosty atmosphere, from the blasty goodness of opener "A Dream Of War And Illumination" to the dirge-like doom of "In This Painful Life", and overall the album is quite varied within the confines of its genre — this is no one dimensional blast-fest. Some excellent thrashy riffs can be heard on "Malicious Rites" which includes a cool old school guitar solo over some 80's riff-tastic thrashing. All the ingredients of the 2nd wave are here and the end result is a disc that pays homage to the masters while bringing its own touch of cold melody and scathing misanthropy. Vocally, Sarcofagian delivers a harsh screech that again, doesn't have the shear shredding force of Behexen, but is appropriately grim, conveying the necessary sense of distaste for mankind.

    There are really no surprises on this CD, but if you go into it expecting any you've missed the point. This is grim Black Metal in the traditional meaning of 'grim', and it is done superbly. Grim Arts of Melancholy does everything right — it is immediately accessible and enjoyable, but has that subtlety required in the melody and song structure to keep you noticing new things at each listen, so it gets better every time you listen to it. It is not going to convert any new souls to the dark art of Black Metal, but if you're already a disciple then you could do much worse than Grim Arts of Melancholy — highly recommended.

    Originally reviewed for The Metal Crypt
  • Not more Vinyl FFS!

    21 sept. 2010, 9h30m

    View the previous gratuitous display of vinyl journals here, here, here, and here

    OK, let the extreme vinyl eroticism begin!

    Isis - Wavering Radiant. I really thought I had ordered the yellow vinyl of this but meh. Sounds just fucking awesome on my stereo, one of the best production jobs I've ever heard.




    Moonsorrow - Suden Uni on white


    Brutal Truth - Need to Control on "pot plant brown" lol


    Brutal Truth - Sounds of the Animal Kingdom. This is an original press that I picked up on eBay ages ago still in the shrink. Sound is BRUTAL


    Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice. Fantastic package, but as much as I love this album it is tiring to listen to.




    Deathspell Omega - Kénôse. This comes with a brilliant 40(!) page booklet with lyrics and all kinds of twisted shit.


    Deathspell Omega - FAS - Ite, Maledicti, in ignem Aeternum . This time only a 20page booklet and poster ;) NoEvDia really know how to drop a vinyl release.


    Antaeus - Blood Libels. A totally brutal album. The digipack CD has "We Hope You Die" written on the inside cover which is sadly absent from the LP, but the booklet is fantastic.


    Grails - Redlight on marble brown


    Grails - The Burden of Hope on translucent orange




    Celeste - Misanthrope(s) on gold


    Celeste - Morte(s) Nee(s) on clear w/brown haze




    Jeniferever - Spring Tides on gold


    Jeniferever - Choose a Bright Morning


    Jeniferever - Iris on clear with black/green splatter. This looks even more awesome in real life!




    Caspian - You Are The Conductor/Four Trees on "silver" (really just grey wouldn't you say? Wish I had ordered the white vinyl, I love white vinyl...)




    Candlemass - s/t on white




    Wolves in the Throne Room - Diadem Of 12 Stars special edition w/bonus track + side 6 etching + patch. Awesome!




    Griftegård - Solemn, Sacred, Severe. Very cool lyrics booklet with this awesome DOOOOOOMMMM!!!


    Ascend - Ample Fire Within. Easily the physically heaviest LP I own; I swear the fucking thing weighs half a kilo!


    The Ruins of Beverast - Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite. This is the ltd ed straight from Van, and is an amazing package!
    First, the wax seal that holds the album closed:


    And now the incredibleness of 2 180gm LPs, a CD and a patch






    Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance. Easily the reddest album I own!




    Kom - Berry White on clear




    Porcupine Tree - In Absentia on marbled translucent blue. I'm not usually one to carry on about which medium sounds better, but in this case, the vinyl version is perfect. I own this on DVD-A as well and the vinyl utterly blows it out of the water.




    pg.lost - In never out on grey. Cool little package this one, the front cover is like a packing flap and it fits together really well.


    September Malevolence - After This Darkness There's A Next on clear. All I can say is this album is disappointing after their debut...


    Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier picture discs!




    Omega Massif - Geisterstadt on grey with black haze. Fucking heavy album!


    Gifts from Enola - s/t on orange and light blue (long live Mylene Sheath package deals!)


    Picked these up off eBay a while back. They are original presses owned by Ken Owen, and signed by him! His dad was the one doing the auction and I picked them up criminally cheap. They even sent me pics of Ken signing the albums so I'd know they were genuine!

    Carcass - Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious


    Carcass - Heartwork


    and of course, saving the best for last. This should need no introduction!













    So, there you have it!
  • Old school thrash vinyl

    20 juin 2010, 8h27m

    Went through and catalogued all my old vinyl which is mostly Thrash with a bit of heavy and doom mixed in. Years listed are pressing year not album release years.

    oh the old school shit! Turns out I have a heap of old first presses (none of which are worth anything, but meh).


    Motörhead - Orgasmatron, 1986, GWR Records, GWR1
    Motörhead - Iron Fist, 1987, Castle Communications, CLALP123
    Motörhead - No Remorse, 1984, Bronze Records/PRO Records, PROLP5
    Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys - Part I, 1987, Noise/RCA Victor, 6399-1-R
    Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys - Part II, 1988, Noise International, N 0117-1
    Dio – Dream Evil, 1987, Vertigo, 832 530-1
    Dio – Holy Diver, 1983, Warner Bros. Records, 923836-1
    Dio – The Last in Line, 1984, Vertigo, 822 366-1
    Dio – Sacred Heart, 1985, Vertigo, 824 848-1


    W.A.S.P. – Animal (Fuck Like a Beast), 1984, Music For Nations, 12-KUT-109
    W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P., 1984, Capitol Records, 2401951
    W.A.S.P. – The Last Command, 1985, Capitol Records, ST 240429
    W.A.S.P. – Inside the Electric Circus, 1986, Capitol Records, ST 240648
    W.A.S.P. – The Headless Children, 1989, Capitol Records, ST-748942
    Overkill – The Years of Decay, 1989, Megaforce Worldwide, 782045-1 (my pressing Cat# 82045-1)
    Death Angel – The Ultra-Violence, 1987, Under One Flag, FLAG14
    Death Angel – Frolic Through the Park, 1988, Enigma Records, D1-73332
    Death Angel – Act III, 1990, Geffen Records, 7599-24280-1


    Addictive - Pity of Man. Couldn't find any pressing info on this one, but bought it from the band during a local gig in the 80's. Probably pretty rare.
    Sabbat – History of a Time to Come, 1988, Noise International, FW-44263
    Sabbat – Dreamweaver, 1989, Noise International, FW-45180
    Saxon – Rock the Nations, 1986, EMI, 064 24 0623 1
    King Diamond – Them, 1988, Roadrunner, RR 9550 1
    Dark Angel – Darkness Descends, 1986, Under One Flag, FLAG6
    King Diamond – Fatal Portrait, 1986, Roadrunner, RR 9721
    King Diamond – Abigail, 1987, Roadrunner, RR 9622
    Dark Angel – Leave Scars, 1989, Under One Flag, FLAG30


    Slayer – Show No Mercy, 1984, Roadrunner, RR 9868
    Slayer – Hell Awaits, 1985, Bonzai Records, BRC 1930
    Slayer – Reign in Blood, 1986, Def Jam Recordings, GHS 24131
    Slayer – South of Heaven, 1988, Def Jam/London Records, 828080-1/LONLP 63
    M.O.D. – Gross Misconduct, 1989, Noise International, N 0133-1
    Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, 1986, Black Dragon Records/Leviathan Records, LA 198882-2
    Candlemass – Nightfall, 1987, Axis Records, AXIS LP3
    Candlemass – Ancient Dreams, 1988, Metal Blade, 7 733401
    Candlemass – Tales of Creation, 1989, Music For Nations, MFN 95


    Possessed – The Eyes of Horror, 1987, Under One Flag, M FLAG 16
    Sodom – Persecution Mania, 1987, Steamhammer, SHLP 7000
    Sodom – Agent Orange, 1989, Steamhammer, SPV 08-7596
    Death – Scream Bloody Gore, 1987, Under One Flag, FLAG 12
    Tankard – Chemical Invasion, 1989, Combat, 66561-8200-1
    Tankard – The Morning After, 1988, Noise International, N 0123-1
    Coroner – Punishment for Decadence, 1988, Noise International, N 0119-1
    Coroner – No More Color, 1989, Noise International, N-138-1
    Bathory – Blood Fire Death, 1988, Under One Flag, FLAG 26


    Whiplash – Ticket to Mayhem, 1987, Roadrunner, RR 9596
    Exodus – Bonded by Blood, 1985, Music For Nations, MFN 44
    Exodus – Pleasures of the Flesh, 1987, Combat, 88561-8169-1
    Exodus – Fabulous Disaster, 1989, Combat/Torrid/Relativity, 88561-2001-1
    Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden, 1985, Fame/EMI, FA 41 3122 1, EMC 3357B
    Iron Maiden – Live After Death, 1985, EMI, EMC.240426/2
    Kreator – Pleasure to Kill, 1986, Noise International, N 0037
    Kreator – Terrible Certainty, 1987, Noise International, N 0086
    Kreator – Extreme Agression, 1989, Epic, E 45254


    Dream Death – Journey into Mystery, 1987, New Renaissance Records, NRR 25
    Testament – The Legacy, 1987, Megaforce Worldwide, 81741-1
    Testament – The New Order, 1988, Megaforce Worldwide, 81849-1
    Voïvod - War and Pain, 1984, Roadrunner, RR 9825
    Voïvod – Rrröööaaarrr, 1986, Noise International, N 0040
    Voïvod - Dimension Hatröss, 1988, Noise International, N 0106-1
    Anthrax - I'm the Man. Couldn't find this pressing.
    Anthrax – Spreading the Disease, 1985, Music For Nations, MFN 62
    Anthrax – Among the Living, 1986, Festival, L 38762


    Metallica – Kill ‘ Em All, 1988, Elektra, 600142.1
    Metallica – Ride the Lightning, 1986, Elektra, 60396-1
    Metallica – Master of Puppets, 1986, Music For Nations, MFN 60
    Venom – Possessed, 1985, Combat, MX 8022
    Venom – The Singles 80-86, 1986, Raw Power, RAWLP 024
    Venom - Calm Before the Storm, 1987, Filmtrax PLC, MOMENT 115
    Trouble – Run to the Light, 1987, Metal Blade, RR 9606
    Metal Church – The Dark, 1986, Elektra, 960 493-1
    Nuclear Assault – Handle With Care, 1989, Under One Flag, FLAG 35


    Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales, 1985, Bonzai, BAM 1007
    Celtic Frost – Emperor’s Return, 1985, Metal Blade/Enigma, 72066-1
    Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion, 1986, Combat, MX 8091
    Celtic Frost – Into the Pandemonium, 1987, Noise International, N 0065
  • and the Vinyl rolls on...

    19 juin 2010, 8h25m

    Here we go again...previous vinyl show cases can be found here, here,and here

    Nadja - Thaumogenesis on shecksi purple




    Nadja-Atavist split on some funky hazy green/cream




    Year of No Light - Ausserwelt on very lightly marbled cream




    Ocean - Pantheon Of The Lesser on marbled orange


    Altar of Plagues - Sol on black


    Altar of Plagues - Tides on gold




    Ulver - Nattens Madrigal special edition box w/ t-shirt and CD




    pg.lost - It's Not Me, It's You! on white


    Eksi Ekso - I Am Your Bastard Wings on orange/brown blend with side 4 etching






    Daturah - s/t on black with side 4 screen print


    Brutal Truth - Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses on black


    Lantlos - .neon on black


    Junius - Martyrdom Of A Catastrophist on bronze


    Junius - s/t on red/black swirl




    Mono - Gone on various blends with side 4 etching






    Year of No Light - Live at Roadburn 2008 on gold with DVD




    North - Ruins on clear with white haze


    September Malevolence - Tomorrow We'll Wonder Where This Generation Gets Its Priorities From on clear with grey haze


    Isis - In the Absence of Truth on red/orange translucent swirl




    Isis - Shades Of The Swarm 12xLP on 180g black




    That should do for the time being. As always there are more on the way and sitting as pre-orders so it won't be long before vinyl extravaganza part 5 is posted :-D