Thursday, September 17, 2020

Third Press Rust

When I picked up the new As Friends Rust 7 inch last month and posted about it here, I talked a bit of shit about how ridiculous record pressings are these days. Within a month of it's release, the Up From The Muck record was already in it's third pressing with six different colored vinyl options. I mentioned that I was happy to be out of that bullshit game, and I was satisfied with the one copy that I bought. I'm fucking dumb.

Man, I didn't expect to like these two new As Friends Rust songs this much. I cannot get enough of them, and I'm itching for more from the band. When I was recently in the REVHQ store to pick up the new Sick Of It All book, I noticed they had the third press of this new record in their store, with an alternate cover, and I must have had some kind of aneurysm or something because suddenly the idea of buying this pressing seemed like the best idea ever.

The third pressing was on random/recycled vinyl, and the photo posted at REVHQ was this great looking purple color...so of course I was less than impressed when my dull dark grey colored vinyl arrived.

Two copies isn't a collection, but I don't really want to buy anymore of this record...especially when dipshit sellers are listing them on Discogs with a $30 price tag...but what am I doing with two copies of this? Still, it is one of my favorite 7 inches this year.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Purple Whoosh

I've listened to a lot of Deep Purple this year...partly because of my obsession with all things Coverdale...also I've really started to appreciate the three Mark I albums with Rod Evans on vocals...then there has been my fascination with the Deep Purple Japanese singles...and finally, the band had a new album due to be released this year.

I haven't been interested in a new Deep Purple album since...well, basically I've never been interested in a new Purple release. Yeah, I guess I bought the Rapture Of The Deep CD back in 2005, but it didn't really get a lot of interest from me, and even though they had only released two studio albums since them, I've ignored both of them. For some reason, 2020 was different, and when it was announced that Deep Purple had a new record on the way, I went into it with some excitement and an open mind.

The band released a couple of video singles from the new album, Whoosh, and while they weren't bad, they initially didn't move me. Still, I had such high hopes for the album that I kept going back to those songs, and with repeat listens I found that I was starting to really enjoy them...and the song Man Alive especially started to hook me. Soon enough, I found myself placing an order for the album.

Similar to my reaction to the first couple of singles, initially I was underwhelmed with the album. Deep Purple in 2020 doesn't have the same spark that they had back in the early to mid 70's, and it is ridiculous to expect them to...so as I'm bouncing from Fireball and Stormbringer to these new songs, it is a bit of a tough transition. After a few spins, however, I started to settle into the new album, and the more I became familiar with the new songs, the more I enjoy them.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Pre-ware

It has been a long time since I've posted about Beware...hell, it has been more than a few years since I've even given this band more than a passing thought. It is funny how some bands fade over the years, especially considering how much I loved this Beware record when it dropped in 2012.

At the time this 7 inch was released, there was a pre-release version which consists of some cheap, photocopied cover that is hand numbered on the back. I'm honestly not sure that I knew this existed back then. I do know that when Marcus posted about this pressing back in 2017, I quickly added it to my Discogs Want List. Three years later, mission accomplished.

There isn't much to say about this pressing as it isn't too exciting to look at. Still, not counting any test pressings, it is nice to complete the collection for this 7 inch.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Whose Turn?

Over the summer, Youngblood records had a contest for the chance to win a copy of the Line Of Sight record that was long sold out. All you had to do, was listen to the label's discography over on Spotify, take a screenshot of your listening history as proof, and email it over to Sean Youngblood. Sounded like a good time, so I jumped in on it. It was a blast revisiting some of the older Youngblood catalog that I hadn't given a spin for a while, and it reminded how great a lot of these records were. One of the bands that really jumped out at me was Our Turn. I've always really liked them, but for one reason or another, I've never owned either of their records. I've been in the mood to buy some hardcore records, so when I found a cheap copy of the first Our Turn 7 inch on Discogs, I grabbed it.

While the first Our Turn record wasn't on Youngblood, it was included on the CD pressing of Catch Your Breath that Youngblood did. These songs are a blast...just rippin' straight edge hardcore that makes me think of shit like Rancor and Floorpunch. Awesome.

I'm not sure what the deal is with the pressing for this. Discogs says that there is a "regular" cover, a metro cover and a tour cover. Is this one the regular cover, or is it the tour cover? I'm inclined to think that this is the regular cover, but it is numbered on the back out of 50, and someone on Discogs mentioned that they picked it up from the band on tour, so I just don't know. I guess I'll need to buy them all to figure out the mystery.

It's funny...a year or so ago, my friend Doug checked in with me to see if I was interested in buying any of his record collection. He had a bunch of 2000-era hardcore that he was looking to dump, and he offered me first pass at it. I briefly glanced at it, but at the time I really wasn't to interested in buying a bunch of old hardcore records, so I told him "thanks, but no thanks" and let him bring the whole lot to his local record store. I remember that he had a bunch of different pressings of the Our Turn records, and now I'm kicking myself for not grabbing them when I had the chance.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Everything Orange

Somehow, I completely missed that Undertow released this final 7 inch back in '99. Maybe it was because I was only buying CDs at the time, or maybe I was just out of the loop on the band at the time, but I didn't even know this thing existed until recently. I'm an idiot.

I picked up the Everything discography CD back in '04, and I had the Anti Matter and Land Of Greed comps, so I knew the songs, but still, Undertow is one of my favorite bands from the 90's, so it is a bit embarrassing that it took me until now to finally pick up this record.

There have been times this year when I have been spinning nothing but 90's hardcore, and you can bet that Undertow is getting plenty of spins. One of the best from that era.

Goddamn. I love the look of a good transparent colored vinyl. 345 pressed on orange.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Twenty Years Too Late

The youth crew revival of the late 90's were some of my favorite years in the hardcore scene. There were so many great bands and I was having the time of my life at shows singing along and stagediving. If I was also collecting records at that time, it would have made things much easier down the road...instead, I was late to the game and now I try to catch up on what I missed when the mood strikes me.

I was recently killing some time in the Discogs Marketplace, when I recognized the name of a seller. Charlie Flexon played in bands like Count Me Out and Time Flies, and I've always wanted to grow my meager collection for both of those bands, so when I saw his name, I decided to check out what he had available. When I saw that he had the maroon pressing for the On Our Way album, I suddenly needed to get this thing into my collection. This record is so damn good, but before I laid down the $55 that Charlie was asking for it, I decided to quickly check if any other sellers had it available. Nice try dude. You almost had me. Saved almost $40 when I found another seller dumping their copy for a fraction of the price.

335 pressed on maroon vinyl, and I should have had this in my collection long ago. Happy to finally own a copy now.

Monday, September 07, 2020

More NWOBHM

Early last year, I was obsessing pretty hard on the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and along the way I downloaded the songs from the first More album, Warhead. As I was picking up some Deep Purple singles this year, I noticed that a US seller had a copy of the Warhead album for sale with a price tag under $10, so I took the opportunity to add it to the collection.

More is a solid NWOBHM band that jumped immediately to a major label with Atlantic Records. They feature the original Iron Maiden singer, Paul Mario Day, and I imagine that expectations were high for this band...so I find it strange that I only heard them last year. That may have something to do with More sounding a bit more like a heavy 70's rock band, and not really having that dirty, pounding punk vibe that bands like Iron Maiden, Raven and Tygers Of Pan Tang had in the early 80's. Still this is a really good record, and with each spin, I find myself enjoying it more and more. This was the only More record to feature Day on vocals, so I've been a bit hesitant to dig into the band's follow up, Blood & Thunder from 1982, but seeing how Martin Popoff rated that record as a solid 10 in his Headbanger's Guide to 900 NWOBHM Records, I might have to get to that soon.

I basically bought this pressing blind, so I was very happy to discover that this was the UK press, and includes that song Lord Of Twilight, which didn't show up on the US press.