Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Locomotive Breath

I was slightly obsessed with Jethro Tull singles earlier this year. Initially, I was interested in the exclusive songs that never appeared on the regular studio albums, but soon I became fascinated with the picture sleeves. I loved the old photos and sleeve designs...it felt like a true piece of music history. Once I started chasing them, I just wanted more and more of them, so I set a quick goal to keep going until I had nine of them...you know, for that perfect Instagram photo. Once I hit my goal, I pumped the brakes and moved on and started focusing on other records.

After picking up a few recent New Wave Of British Heavy Metal singles, it got me thinking about that obsession with Tull singles, and it rekindled that desire to collect them...so I grabbed another one from Discogs.

Locomotive Breath is one of my top Jethro Tull songs, so I kind of had my sights set on getting the 7 inch single for that one. As luck would have it, I found a US seller with an available copy...and since the price was right, I quickly added it to my cart.

Once again, I love that picture sleeve photo. Shame that someone felt the need to write their initials on the front and back.

I've got a few of these French pressings from the Serie Parade collection for Tull singles, so it feels cool to add one more.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

NWOBHM Fun After Midnight

I was on a roll, picking up a couple of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal singles from a seller on Discogs, and I added one more to my cart before checking out.

A II Z released their debut album, The Witch Of Berkeley, with the leading wave of NWOBHM in 1980. Oddly, their first album was a live recording. It's okay, but not their best representation, as the No Fun After Midnight single from '81 is where they truly shine. This three song single is NWOBHM perfection. It is such a shame that this single stands head and shoulders above everything else they recorded...and even the 7 inch they released later in '81 falls flat when compared to this.

I've made various attempts to pick up the No Fun After Midnight 12 inch since I first heard it five years ago, so it feel good to finally get my hands on one. The record cover is fucking iconic with the flying V guitar held high, and the red colored vinyl is a great touch.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Made In Great Britan

Early 2018, I started to really get interested in some of the more obscure New Wave Of British Heavy Metal singles. I downloaded a bunch of them on Soulseek, and I was getting down with just about everything that I was hearing. No surprise, I wanted to hunt them all down on vinyl. Of course I couldn't just fuck around, and I dove in after a heavy hitter with the Blitzkrieg single. Dropping that much cash so quickly had me pumping the breaks, and I backed off the chase, and then my attention was drawn to less expensive obsessions. Still, I've had thoughts of those singles bouncing around in my head for the past year or so, and it felt good to get back to the game.

One of the early NWOBHM singles that really hooked me was from Mythra. The band released one single back in '79/'80, and I'd never heard of them before...but goddamn, those four songs are fucking gold. This shit can hang with most of those bands that were getting attention at that time. Heavy metal rules.

The Death & Destiny EP saw a few different pressings at the time. The original 7 inch pressing on Guardian Records N' Tapes, which was packaged in nothing but a plain white dust sleeve, and then it was reissued by Street Beat in both the 7 inch and 12 inch formats. Both of the Street Beat pressings were packaged with a picture sleeve, and I was tempted to grab one of these because they just looked better...but there was just something cool about a bare bones 7 inch single with that orange Guardian label, so that's the one that I went with. So happy to have this long lost treasure.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

NWOBHM Sweet Tooth

Goddamn. Things have been incredibly busy the past month or so. I'm months behind on blog posts, and I keep telling myself that it's time to get serious, and to crank out post after post...and then I just find myself trying to find the time. Real life obligations and plans are a bitch.

I'm an idiot. There are stacks of classic New Wave Of British Heavy Metal albums that I still need to add to the collection...Tygers Of Pan Tang, Raven, Tank, Samson...the list goes on and on...yet here I am, obsessing over obscure NWOBHM singles.

One of the singles that I have been hot to pick up was the Sweeties 7 inch from The Handsome Beasts. I mean, this one is worth it for that cover alone. The label definitely had a target audience for this one, and it certainly grabbed my attention.

Both Sweeties and One In A Crowd appear on the Beastiality album, which I still need, but this is still a cool single to own. The Handsome Beasts have more of a ruffian/biker rock style, instead of what I would typically consider the NWOBHM sound, but I'm still liking the dirty vibe of this band...plus I love that classic Heavy Metal Records label!

While I certainly didn't pay this $2.99 price tag, I thought that the Oz Records price tag on the plastic sleeve was a nice touch.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Bells Of Awakening

Visigoth are a newer metal band that has taken me by surprise over the last few years. Both of their albums have landed near the top of my Top 10 list for the year they were released, so when it was announced that Metal Blade was releasing a new two song 7 inch from the band, I grabbed my shield and broadsword and went into battle.

These two songs don't stray from the path that Visigoth have already tread...just straight forward traditional heavy metal. This shit is epic...a triumphant battle cry for metal. Damn, I'm so glad that this band exists in 2019.

Metal Blade released a few different colors for this 7 inch. The US pressing on green vinyl...hand numbered and limited to 200...was good enough for me. Such a great single.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Wolf God

Anytime that Grand Magus release a new album, you can pretty much guarantee that it is going to make my Top 10 list for the year. The band plays that straight forward, traditional metal sound that will hook me in every damn time.

Grand Magus give us more of the same with their ninth album, Wolf God...but I really like this groove that they have been in with their last few records, so I'm not complaining. They have a sound, and they haven't strayed far from it with their last few albums, so at this point you know what you are going to get. No surprises, just some killer Manowar influenced metal!

Blue vinyl is limited to 300 copies. The same number were pressed for both red and yellow, but for me, blue was the way to go here.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Long Live The Lewd

Ryan Waste has the midas touch, and everything the dude does is absolute gold. Municipal Waste, Volture, the short lived youtube channel for Living Fast (well, that first episode was great anyway), and obviously his latest band, Bat.

It has been a few years since the Wings Of Chains LP, so I was eager for the latest EP from the band. As soon as preorders went up for Axestasy, I was in the Hells Headbangers store to get the limited colored vinyl option. I've done pretty well and scored the limited vinyl pressing for the last couple of Bat records, so I didn't want to fuck up and break the streak with this one. Mission accomplished.

500 pressed on bone colored vinyl.

Hell yes. Bat keep the Venom vibe going strong with this EP. Rock fucking solid.