Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Four Of A Kind

D.R.I. were a huge influence on me as a teenage metalhead, and really helped to push me in the direction of punk and hardcore. Discovering Dealing With It around 1986 was a definite game changer, and seeing the band live on the Thrash Zone tour in early in 1990 helped to seal the deal. That was the first time that I had been to a show where there was no barrier...it was just the band with the kids right there in their face, and it blew my mind when the singer was sticking the microphone into the crowd to sing along. People were stage diving like crazy and to be there in the middle of it completely changed my perspective on what a live show could be like. This was the real deal.
I definitely need to work on my D.R.I. collection, so I was especially excited to pick up Four Of A Kind. I was even more thrilled at the time when I was able to grab this copy off eBay and not have to deal with inflated Discogs prices.
I remember being initally disappointed with Four Of A Kind when it was released. It certainly wasn't going to compare to Dealing With It, and it didn't come across very strong following up Crossover, so it felt a bit weak when I first heard it. I soon came around though, and while it still comes up short compared to the albums before it, Four Of A Kind is still classic D.R.I. with songs like Suit And Tie Guy, Slumlord, Manifest Destiny and Think For Yourself. Great record.

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Not So Common Man

There are times when I really don't see the point in collecting multiple copies of a record. This summer has not been one of those times. I've been listening to a lot of newer hardcore recently, where "newer" is defined as anything from the past 15 to 20 years, and that shit has been hitting me hard. It amazes me that this music can still still excite and move me so deeply. Trends seem to move at the speed of light, but I'm still here getting a charge from a 7 inch that was released in 2008, and for the most part seems to have been buried by time and dust by the rest of world.
Thought Crusade were a band out of Chicago, and they released a couple of 7 inches in 2008 and 2009. They were supposed to have an LP come out on Triple B around 2015, but things appear to have fallen apart for the band before that happened. Either way, those two 7 inches are still fantastic, and when I was recently stuck in my 2008 playlist the Common Man 7 inch was seeing spins daily. I'd been eyeballing the special Dumbface cover for a while now, and while you can pick it up off Discogs for about half of what a new 7 inch costs in 2022, the cover looks kind of dumb...so I kept putting it off.
Like I said, I've been listening to a lot of hardcore lately, and my excitement overruled my temperance enough that I bought this goofy looking cover. Number 7 out of 50.
While I was picking up the Dumbface cover for the Common Man 7 inch, I noticed the seller also had a test pressing available as well. It was listed with a Make An Offer option, so I took them up on it figuring that a Thought Crusade record wasn't seeing a lot of action in 2022, and I walked away with the record for $15. Solid deal as far as I'm concerned.
The Discogs seller for this was actually the label that originally released the record, Organized Crime Records. When the test press arrived numbered 21 out of 20, I had to send them a follow up question to get the story on this. The label confirmed that while they were supposed to get 20 test pressings, the plant actually send them 21. Covers had already been printed numbered out of 20, so they just numbered the extra record as 21 out of 20. Test pressings are cool to own regardless, but having number 21 for this one is even better.
There is also a rejected test press cover that I don't own for Common Man, but this is close enough to warrant a group photo.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Red Front Porch

While I was definitely excited for the Pegboy records that Marcus was selling for his friend, the real treasure that I was able to pick up was the colored vinyl pressing for Avail's Front Porch Stories.
Most of the Avail catalog is relatively easy to pick up because, for the most part, those first pressings were only pressed on black vinyl...and we know that the kids really only like to collect those flashy color vinyl options. Front Porch Stories, however, saw a beautiful red vinyl option. This was limited to 218, so in addition to looking great, it is also kind of rare...and therefore it is one of the more expensive Avail records. I've had this on my wantlist for years, but I wasn't sure that I really wanted to drop the money needed to obtain it. When I saw it on the list of records that Marcus was selling, and having the opportunity right there in my face, I suddenly needed to own it.
Marcus happened to be travelling to the US earlier this year, and brought the records across the Atlantic with him. I'm not sure exactly what he was up to while he was here... although I did see a quick video of him vacuuming the REVHQ office, so I assume the he picked up some kind of janitorial job... but I was happy to take advantage of his low shipping costs. Thanks for the records!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Goodbye Ellston Ave

In recent years, I picked up some Pinhead Gunpowder records... no... check that... it was six years ago. Damn, it feels like I just bought them a couple years ago. Either way, at that time, I grabbed some of their early records and I threw the Goodbye Ellston Avenue record onto my Discogs wantlist. I figured that I'd pick it up relatively quick, but the years quickly passed by and I didn't make a move on it. The first press on Lookout Records was only pressed on black vinyl and it didn't seem very collectible, so I was in no rush and figured that I could grab a copy whenever I wanted to. When Marcus was selling some of his friends records recently, I saw that Pinhead Gunpowder LP on the list, so I figured that it was finally time to get it into my collection.
Pinhead Gunpowder are just a the perfect summertime band. They are upbeat and catchy with just enough snotty attitude to make you want to walk out of your workday and fuck around.
Sure there were plenty of colored vinyl reissues for Goodbye Ellston Avenue, but for me, the first press on Lookout was the only way to go. Man, that font on the backcover for the song titles is hard on the eyes.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Delayed Reaction

Pegboy were a band throughout the 90's, but during that time, as I was transitioning from metal to hardcore, they never commanded enough of my attention to check them out too closely. I'm pretty sure that I saw the Strong Reaction video on MTV's 120 Minutes, but it mostly likely wasn't heavy or aggressive enough to hook me at the time and I quickly moved on. Whatever the reason, it took me 30 years to finally decide to really check them out with an open mind, and holy shit, they hooked me quick. I downloaded both Three-Chord Monte and Strong Reaction and it wasn't long before I was listening to those songs daily. I expected to pick up the records for those quickly at the end of 2020, but trying to find US sellers turned out to be surprisingly difficult. After a few months I was able to get my hands on a copy of Three-Chord Monte, and then Marcus reached out to let me know that he had a friend that might be looking to sell a copy of Strong Reaction.
I am not a person that has a lot of patience. I tend to over-pay just to get a record that I want right now, as opposed to waiting for a better deal to come around. So even though I was very grateful that Marcus was putting in the effort to help me out, it pained me deeply to wait for things to materialize on this deal. Once all was said and done, I was very happy with how it all turned out.
Strong Reaction quickly became one of my favorite new finds of the year in 2020, so I'm very excited to finally own a copy of this record.
Marcus was selling a few other Pegboy records from his friend's collection, and I grabbed everything that I could. There were a couple of Pegboy records that I'd never listened to before, but Marcus took those for himself, but thankfully he left the Fore EP for me.
Released in 1993, Fore didn't immediately grab me like the early Pegboy records. To be honest, I was a bit turned off by the goofy cover art. Still, it is only four songs, and after listening to it a few times it really started to grow on me. Easily as good and catchy as their earlier stuff.
There was one more Pegboy records that Marcus had available and that was the Field Of Darkness 7 inch. I really wasn't to excited to pick this one up since the song was also on the Strong Reaction album, but it was only a few bucks so I grabbed it anyway.
I didn't realize it at the time the but the b-side song her, Walk On By, is exclusive to this record, so I'm really glad that I added this 7 inch to the pile of records that I was buying from Marcus. Great haul of records at reasonable prices, and now I've finally got a respectable Pegboy collection.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Earth Infernal

Satan were originally a part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and they released a stone cold classic with Court In The Act in '83. I still need to get that album into my collection, and with my push to make a run at some serious NWOBHM records this year, I'm really hoping to cross it off the want list soon. Until then, I've got the latest Satan album to keep me warm at night.
After a number of member changes, name changes, and years of inactivity, Satan came roaring back in 2013. The three albums they released after reforming have all made it to the number one spot in my year end ranking for metal. They have to be one of the better bands to come back and record new shit. As soon I saw they were releasing a new album this year, and preorders for Earth Infernal went up, I didn't hesitate to throw some money to Metal Blade.
The band isn't doing anything new here with Earth Infernal...just another solid traditional heavy metal record. This is exactly what I'm looking for in my metal...sounding like the 80's in 2022. Almost 40 years since the classic Court In the Act, and Satan still bring some quality metal.

Friday, June 10, 2022

I'd Rather Be Alone

I write up my blog posts in the order that the record arrives in my possession. I've been itching to write the post for this Power Alone record for a while, but I've had to work through a considerable backlog to get here. No skipping to the front of the line, no matter how excited I am about a record.
Marcus sent me a message back in March asking if I'd ever heard the Power Alone record before. It was released back at the start of 2020, and I kind of remembered that people at the time were making some strong comparisons to that 90's hardcore sound. If I bothered to check them out back then, I probably only gave them about 20 seconds of my time and then quickly moved on when I heard the vocals. Revisiting this in 2022, I'm blown the fuck away and so glad that Marcus made the recommendation.
This album hits me fucking hard. These songs are packed with rage, and while initally the singer kind of put me off, I've come around and I'm totally sold on her delivery now. There is so much frustration and anger in her words, and they completely hook me into those emotions each time I listen to it. Honestly, Rather Be Alone is one of my favorite hardcore records right now.
When I was looking to buy a copy of this record, there was a Discogs seller that had the pink vinyl available for less than the current repress that's available through REVHQ. Pink is such a great color, and with that price tag it was obviously the way to go. At the time there was a white vinyl copy available as well for a few dollars more, and seeing how much I'm loving this record, I now wish that I'd bought that one too. Tempting to chase multiple copies for this one.