Friday, February 17, 2017

Approved By The Cosmic Code Authority

A little over five years ago, there was an explosion of great Rock bands coming out of Europe. They looked like they had stepped straight out of the 70's, and they had the power chords to match. Some of those bands had a pretty good run, and in terms of today's standards, they were pretty successful. One of those bands that seemed to fly under the radar was Horisont. Even releasing three albums on Rise Above didn't seem to get them much love.

I've been a fan of the band since I first heard their debut, and I've loved their straight forward Rock approach. It blows my mind to think that they have been around for around seven to eight years. It seems like just a few years ago that I was discovering them. How has so much time passed?

Horisont are no longer with Rise Above, but with About Time, they keep doing what they do best.

While it took a while for their last album, Odyssey, to grow on me, About Time hits me right from the start. Great album.

For the evening of the Super Bowl, I had the option to stay home and watch the Patriots play, or head out with a friend to go record shopping. Pfffft....records win that fight every time. We jumped in the car, and headed to Bull Moose with my sights set on the new Horisont album.

300 pressed on yellow vinyl, exclusive to US indie record stores.

With About Time, Horisont release their fifth full length album. I was kind of dumbfounded by that fact when I realized it. Five albums. I don't think that there are many bands these days that record that many albums. Seems like a long lost art to have bands stick around and evolve, and release a new album every other year. I was so amazed by their longevity and production that I had to pull out their full vinyl catalog for a photo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Made To Order Targets

Last year I was introduced to Moving Targets. They were from the Boston area, and released a few albums with TAANG! in the late 80's/early 90's...yet somehow I'd never heard them. On a whim I checked out their Burning In Water album from '86, and then proceeded to play the ever-living shit out of that record. It was, by far, the most played album for me last year. I could not get enough of it.

I'm not familiar with the Boss Tunage label, but as soon as I heard they were looking to do a special pressing of early unreleased demo recordings and radio sessions from Moving Targets, I was sold. The concept for the release is cool as hell. It is a part of their Made To Order series, and it works just as it sounds. The label takes pre-orders for the record, and then they only press enough vinyl to cover that order. No other pressings will exist. It isn't available in stores or distros...the vinyl is made to order for this pre-order only. If the label can't generate at least 30 orders, the whole thing is scraped. I'm not sure how many were actually pressed, but I was pretty siked when it showed up on my doorstep.

This is a cool piece of history to own for the band, and there are a few songs that don't appear anywhere else. Pretty goddamn sweet.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Electric Flower Cult

I kind of lost interest with Give after the release of their first full length, Electric Flower Circus. I loved each of their early 7 inches, but across a full album, it couldn't hold my attention. At the time of it's release, I kind of chalked it up to the fact that all I was really in the mood for was Metal. Anything outside of that had to knock my fucking socks off to get me to pay attention. Give didn't even ripple the water at the time, and I promptly ignored them.

Hey, that album was release back in 2014, and seems like it was light years ago. After a steady diet of mid 90's Hardcore for the past six months, when Give recently posted a new video for their song Beyond The Gun, I figured it was a good time to see what the band was up to.

Turns out that the band hasn't been up to anything new, as the five songs on this new Electric Flower Cult EP are from the same session that gave us the Electric Flower Circus album and Sonic Bloom EP. I guess that while the band didn't feel they were good enough to make the cut of either of those releases, they still deserved to be pressed on wax.

Even though these songs aren't knocking me on my ass, for some reason I'm enjoying this Cult record more than the Circus one. I think I just handle Give better in smaller doses, and 5 songs is easier for me to digest than 13.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Worship At The Crossover Ministry

For a band that initially seemed like a side project for a couple of the Municipal Waste guys, I'm pleasantly surprised to see Iron Reagan still out there thrashing hard with the best of them. Five years in with three albums, a few EPs, and a total of 87 songs...I guess it is safe to say that Iron Reagan are more serious than a side project.

Iron Reagan keep doing what they do best with Crossover Ministry. Great crossover thrash, and videos like Fuck The Neighbors are fun to watch.

Relapse Records goes bold with their colored vinyl options. Bright yellow with hot pink, orange and blue splatter. Damn. That is a gross looking combo...but you know, for me, it works here. Completely over the top, just like Iron Reagan.

When ordering the record, Relapse had a "prayer candle" preorder package available. Of course I had to have it. Light it up and say a prayer for this old man, I'm hitting the mosh pit.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

I've Got Mine

I've always found it incredibly difficult to part with any records that I've added to my collection. It doesn't matter if that record has sat on my shelf for 10 years, gathering dust because I really don't care for it...I've lived under the shadow of fear that years later I'll regret letting it go. So I've been a hoarder. At this point in the game though, I'm running dangerously close to running out of shelf space. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I've started selling off records that reflect some of my poor decision making of years past...stuff like needless reissues and multiple copies of records that I generally don't care that much for.

While the process was a bit painful to start, it was amazing how easy things got once some money started showing up in my paypal account from sales. With $100 in my pocket from selling a couple of Ghost records, I decided that I want to take down a heavy hitter from my want list.

I'm a huge fan of Articles Of Faith, but outside of the Bitzcore compilation from '91, I don't own a single piece of vinyl from them. With the new Dead Ending 7 inch getting daily spins, it seemed like the perfect time to look into some AOF vinyl.

I always assume that Articles Of Faith is underrated in Hardcore circles, but the going price of their early records tells me otherwise. When one popped up on discogs a few weeks ago, I knew that I had to go for it.

For a record over 30 years old, this is in great condition, and the music is still as vital today as it was when it was released in 1983.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Left Hand Pathos

Last summer I spent a lot of time immersed in 1996. I listened to those records a lot, and it would occasionally inspire me to reach out and spend some time in the neighboring years. Man, the 90's had a definite sound, and while I'd avoided revisiting that decade for a long time, it was nice to be back inside it. My record collection is pretty thin around this time, and it was exciting to go back and buy a bunch of vinyl from those years. After discovering and picking up the Man Will Surrender 12 inch, it got me thinking about other Equal Vision bands from that period, and I added some stuff to my Discogs Wantlist.

One of the records that I was looking to grab was the Pathos album from Shift. According to Discogs, the album was released on clear vinyl, but there weren't any listed for sale, and one had never been sold through the site. The last record of one selling was on eBay...and popsike showed that as the only one...ever...and that was back in 2015. They didn't seem to come around very often, but I threw it on my Wantlist, and hoped for the best.

When Discogs notified me that one was available for sale, I jumped at it, determined to get it before it disappeared.

Shift are quintessential 90's Hardcore. More Rock than Chugga Chugga, but definitely rooted in that time period. Classic.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

No Cure For Fools

I started adding my collection to the discogs database, and during the process, I decided to start selling some stuff through the marketplace. My shelves are quickly running out of space, so in an effort to delay having to come up with a solution for more storage, it seemed like a good time to finally thin the herd a little bit. So, here I am, cutting my losses and letting go of some those multiple pressings that I no longer care about, and yet, I couldn't resist the call to buy another copy of Foundation's When The Smoke Clears LP. One step forward, two steps back.

I don't know what it is, but I've been obsessing about Foundation lately. I think it started when I recently revisited their Turncoat record that I'd picked up last year. I was late to the party for this one, and ended up with only the black vinyl. I started looking at discogs, just to get an idea of all the colored vinyl that I'd missed out on. Things snowballed from there...soon I was researching what other pressings from their catalog I was missing, and was listening to them daily.

I had to feed the need, and a nice cheap score from eBay for the tri-colored vinyl did the job nicely. Grabbing a record a few years down the road for cheaper than the original sale price is always a good feeling.