Thursday, November 15, 2018

Into The Void

When I was in the Shadow Kingdom webstore, picking up the new Haunt album, I was in the mood to check out some newer metal bands, and possibly add another record to the cart before checking out.

I saw that the label was releasing a new album from a band named Iron Void, and while I'd never heard of this band before, they were listed as a doom metal band for fans of the usual suspects, such as Sabbath, Vitus and Pentagram. I took a quick preview of a couple Iron Void songs on their bandcamp page...I liked what I heard, so I grabbed a copy of the new album.

I was surprised to find that Iron Void have been kicking around for the past 10 years, and Excalibur is their fourth studio album. Damn, they have been flying under the radar, and I'm glad that I checked them out because this is some solid doom. It's funny that I was in the webstore for the new Haunt, but as it turns out, I'm appreciating this Iron Void album much more.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Black Hare

Much to my dismay, I completely missed the boat when it came to the limited clear vinyl pressing of the new Red Hare album when it was released earlier this year. Having picked up both the red and the blue pressings of their last album, Nites Of Midnight, missing out on the clear vinyl for this new record was difficult for me to deal with. I immediately added it to my Discogs want list, prepared to pay top dollar, and I assumed that one would pop up soon. Weeks turned to months and I didn't have a single hit...and here we are almost six months later and I still haven't seen a single copy in the wild.

When Sandwell came over from the UK to visit NYC again, once again we arranged to meet up in Boston for a day of record shopping. The weather was terrible, with wind and driving rain, but we did not let that deter us as we hit up Newbury Comics and Armageddon Shop in Harvard Square. I made out with a pretty good record haul during Mark's trip last Spring, but this time around, surprisingly, I walked away with only a single record that I'd picked up at Newbury's.

While I'd really been holding out for the clear vinyl pressing of Little Acts Of Destruction, seeing the regular press in the clearance bin for only $8.00 made it difficult to walk we were closing in on the end of the year, and I really wanted a copy in my collection before I started putting together my Best Of 2018 list.

While this album didn't have the immediate impact of their first record, I've really warmed up to this album, so it will be interesting to see where it lands at the end of the year.

Just a couple of nerds in Boston!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Haunted Flame

Trevor William Church is a busy man. Not only is he the driving force for Beastmaker, but he also has Haunt going as well. The Haunt EP from earlier this year was pretty solid, so when they released their first album a few months later, I was on board to check it out.

This is some solid heavy metal. It doesn't exactly blow me away, but it is worth a spin.

Shadow Kingdom Records pressed this album on a few different colors, with the black and the silver pressings being more limited, but man, that orange/red split with black splatter looked so damn good that I had to grab one. 1,500 pressed but who cares when it looks this good. Nice addition of a giant poster as well!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Test Trial

A couple years back, I finally added an original copy of Verbal Assault's Trial album to my when Atomic Action reissued the album earlier this year, I found no reason to bother with picking up another one. The original pressing was all that I needed...although, once the label started selling test pressings, it was too much to resist, and I grabbed one.

This is such a great album. I know there are a lot of great hardcore records, but Trial has got to be among the best of the best.

The test press comes with a special cover, which is basically a large piece of paper that is folded over a DJ sleeve cover for the record. This might not be as cool as owning a test of the original Giant Records pressing, but this one certainly looks better!

Hand numbered on the back of the cover, the record label, and on the red DJ sleeve. Pretty cool that I scored number one.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Satan's Cruel Magic

Time for my annual, end of year panic attack, as I've got a ton of new releases that I need to start hammering out here, in order to get them all up on the blog, before the end of the year. Time for me to get to work.

After reforming in 2011, Satan released Life Sentence in 2013 and Atom By Atom in 2015, and both albums shot to the top of my Best Of lists for those years. I was in awe with how great they still sounded, so when I discovered that the band was releasing another new album this year, my expectations were high.

Satan do not disappoint! They continue to crank out solid traditional Heavy Metal albums, and Cruel Magic maintains that fire and excitement they had when they were a part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene back in the early 80's. This record will definitely be near the top of my list this year.

Yellow/ochre marbled colored vinyl is limited to 200.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Bad Boys (Of 1980)

I knew that Twisted Sister were around for years before the UK label, Secret Records, gave them a chance to release Under The Blade in 1982. What I didn't know, was that prior to that album, the band had self released a couple of 7 inch records. When I was watching the great documentary We Are Twisted F***ing Sister, I was surprised when they flashed two 7 inch covers on the screen that I had no idea they existed. Immediately I checked Discogs, and added them to my Want List.

The early Twisted Sister 7 inches carry a decent price tag, and are a bit harder to find, so it took me over a year to finally pull the trigger on one of them. The Bad Boys (Of Rock 'n' Roll) was released in 1980, and was Twisted Sister's second 7 inch. Very cool to finally hear the b-side song, Ladys Boy, around 38 years after it's release.

I mean, can you imagine what it would have been like to have been in that scene at the time...seeing this insane band, that was relatively unknown outside of the New York/New Jersey area, watching them play these smaller clubs, and picking up one of their records from the merch table. I don't know. As a quiet kid out of Maine, knowing that shit like this was going on when I didn't even hear of Twisted Sister until around 1984 with MTV and Stay Hungry...history like this continues to blow my mind.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Twelve Inches Of Rock 'N' Roll

While I was picking up a couple of Euro pressings for the first two Twisted Sister albums, I didn't hesitate to also throw a few dollars at the UK single for You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll as well.

This single is a "must have", simply because of the three exclusive songs on the b-side. Every one of they are worth the price of admission.

I'm not typically interested in singles, but man, more and more I'm finding myself drawn to these things. Then, after watching a video from these two dudes in the youtube vinyl community, where they went through their top 50 records from 1983, and they pulled out all the Twisted Sister singles in their collection from that year, and now I really want all of them.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Can't Stop... Won't Stop

When I started this blog around 13 years ago, my very first post was for Twisted Sister's You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll album. Since then, this blog has gone through a name change and layout photos are better, and I'd like to think that my writing has improved. I've covered those years when I was buying multiple copies of every new release, and each new obsession in my musical journey.

When I started this online record journal, no one was paying attention, but things slowly grew and there was a time when I was getting a solid number of hits on this thing daily. We apparently have come full circle, as maybe only a handful of people still pay attention to this blog, and here I am, blogging about Twisted Sister's You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll album.

These days, I'm usually content with one pressing...especially when it comes to my heavy metal records...but when I saw the European pressing of You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll, with the cover that is different than the US pressing that I grew up with, well, I decided to make an exception to the rule. With my current early 80's metal obsession, the $10 price tag was too good to pass up.

I love that the front and back cover are completely different between the Euro and US pressings.

Initially, I had walked out of the store with only the You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll UK pressing, and I left the copy of Under The Blade sitting in the racks. This record was a few more dollars, and therefore I couldn't be bothered...but as the week went on, my mind kept going back to that UK pressing of Twisted Sister's first album. I made a couple of other trips into the city, and each time I'd pop into the store and still see the record sitting there, but I kept leaving the store empty handed. Weeks had gone by, and that record was still on my mind, and it finally got to the point where I said "fuck it", and I just went in and bought the damn thing.

Originally only pressed on Secret Records in the UK, until Twisted Sister made it big and Atlantic finally gave it a US vinyl pressing in '85. It feels good to own a first pressing of this classic.

I decided to take one final photo to capture the differences with the UK and US pressings.