Monday, August 29, 2016

Naysayer "Nation Of Greed" Record Release

Naysayer's record release show took place earlier this year. So it seems that I got quicker in getting the limited versions of Reaper Record's releases. Although I am in luck, as they have slowed down their pace of releasing records too. Previously it took me several years to acquire a limited version, then they stacked up one by one.
This is one of the bands the most loyal to the label. They already released two 7 inches (No Remorse and Down But Not Out) and an LP (Laid To Rest) on the label, starting in 2009. I liked the vibe on the LP.

Naysayer "Nation Of Greed" record release (cover art by N. Miller)
Naysayer "Nation Of Greed" hand numbered out of 30 copies
with fold open insert in thick paper
As you can see, the designer(s) chose to depict a lot of live action in the layout. There are different shots on the insert, the b-side label and the back side of the cover. Overall good layout except for the a-side label in my opinion.
As you can derive from the record's title, the land they live in, isn't perceived positively. But as a nation full of greed. I think this flatters them, especially in the back ground of current elections and geopolitics. It's a rather socialist view upon the actuallity. Although I would not simply give up my welfare for others either. As there are other ways of redividing welfare or creating welfare for the poorer countries.

Anyway, there are regular versions also, red and blue in the regular cover. Here they are:

red vinyl out of 800
blue vinyl out of 200

back side of cover

I have some other things ordered, so we'll keep this site up and running.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Turnstile Gold

Fifth press already for both Turnstile 7 inches. Needed something special for sure. So they pressed both titles again in gold glitter vinyl. The layout of both titles is uniform, except for the cover and the inserts. Labels are both front and back the same layout. Also the vinyl colors are identical. The gold vinyl only looks like gold in the right light reflection circumstances, so these were delicate to photograph.
The covers' color schemes haven't evolved further this time, they are the same as for the fourth pressings. The "Pressure To Succeed" has four cover-variants already, while the "Step 2 Rhythm" has got two.

Turnstile "Pressure To Succeed" fifth press gold glitter
Turnstile "Step 2 Rhythm" fifth press gold glitter

Pressure To Succeed gold vinyl close up

Step 2 Rhythm gold vinyl close up

There is also a new pressing of the "Nonstop Feeling" LP, in the same gold, but it seems that Roadrunner Records now has the legal rights on the LP, as they are selling them.

There was - in fine Reaper tradition style - another color pressed also. The other color was clear. Looks like a weakened out version of the gold vinyl, clear but with way less glitter. When compared to eachother there is a quite visible difference.

fifth pressings on clear

the gold versions compared to the clear versions

Great way to check out their music once again! As it slipped away from my attention recently.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Strife "One Truth" LP repress

Together with the previously discussed titles I also bought the Strife "One Truth" LP in the Victory Records order. Strife was a well-known Hardcore band back in the 90's. The record is entitled "One Truth" and dates from the year 1994. This white vinyl version is the most recent colored repress. It's a weird law but somehow the more popular bands back in the days get less recognition from collectors nowadays? Or am I wrong with this? Depends on to what one was listening of course.

Strife had this agony-filled delivery that is stereotypical of the 90's decade. The tempo swings and the multiple vocals create an ambiance that I like now and then.

Strife "One Truth" (front cover) 2016 repress

Strife "One Truth" (back over) 2016 repress

Strife "One Truth" white vinyl repress

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hatebreed 2016 Repress

We live in times of huge amounts of represses on almost every established label. But then what are the new bands delivering nowadays? There aren't so much any more. It seems that after New Age repressed some classics back in the beginning of the decade. And since all those Integrity reissues were done. And after Revelation Records pressed the two Youth Of Today LPs on color vinyl again, they haven't stopped repressing a part of their catalogue ever since. All hell breaks loose. Collectors see the availability of their rarities increasing again. But that doesn't necessarily mean the first or original presses loose their collectability. Labels do what they have to do if they want Hardcore to survive these times.

Also Victory Records is pressing some of their catalogue again. I already had the yellow vinyl reissue of the Hatebreed debut LP from 2009 in my possession. No way I would buy another color. But then I saw how good the colors of the vinyl matched the cover and how good the overall look of this thing was. Although I admittedly I am not the biggest fan of all those splattered, swirled, split, color in color and marbled color vinyl art. I do like color vinyl and was very intrigued by it when I saw colored vinyl for the first time. But I like it in one color, whether solid or transparent.

Anyway, look at this one and form your judgement:

I like it a lot, thanks to Tino from Hardcore/metal vinyl and LordxHumungus from Instagram for posting this one, I would have honestly never visited the Victory Records merch site anyway. I'm happy to have this one. And if the record wouldn't have sounded so great this would just be a useless piece of plastic...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Truth In The Age Of Lies

It's very hard to describe a classic, that's likely why I have never done a review about the All Out War "Truth In The Age Of Lies" LP. As I said earlier they play Death Core. Hardcore mixed with Death Metal that is.

Let's start with an introduction and gathering of information about their contemporaries. It's hard to determine whether they created the sound or if one of the local bands from the H8000 scene did or the Cleveland bands Ringworm and Integrity. It's impossible to say who was first, as all evolved in phases and degrees of Metal added to the sound. But it's also absurd and too easy to say that it happened simultaneous. Since it took a while to get to know each other's delivery. Because an ocean was between them and the records did not come immediately.
All of these bands definitely were inspiring each other and a synergy definitely was at hand. It's undeniable that Congress who was befriended with All Out War and toured with them in Europe, wasn't influenced by them. If you hear the Blackened Persistance and then Angry With The Sun, it's clear that they created a more NYHC inspired sound in 1998.

All Out War "Truth In The Age Of Lies" front cover of original press

All Out War "Truth In The Age Of Lies" back cover of original press

So yeah, this is an important record that was released in 1997 on LP/CD by Gain Ground. The vocals of Mike Score are evil, heavy but most importantly clear to understand also. A rather unique voice in 90's Hardcore, one of the best. Lyrics are ethically involved, deal with personal struggles, society and mankind's nature, the suffering of man and inhumane behaviour of man, criticism on religion and faith. Universal subjects but starting from personal experiences. And a never ending dark world view.

They started with a demo that dates from the year 1993. So there was a rather long time needed to reach the level of this release. When I first heard All Out War around 1998 it was the heaviest band I ever heard, without exaggeration. They had a sound with a prominent drum pedal and low tuned heavy guitar sound.  All music sprouted from Jim Antonelli's mind.