Monday, April 24, 2017

Rise Above Test Press

I found a test press of the second Rise Above 7 inch. The record was pressed in France and the test is dated in January 1991. The label who released this is called Stand As One Records and hasn't pressed so much releases. The test has printed MPO labels and comes with a regular sleeve, straight from the producer. I asked him how much copies were made and he says he remembers there were only 4 to 5 copies of this test press made. Seems wild, since I know two other people who also have one.

Rise Above "B Is For Boston" test pressing

Rise Above "B Is For Boston" test pressing




I already did a review of this title. Including an interview with Edward on B Is For Boston. At that moment I did not know that there was a test press. Keeps me surprised. The regular version is on olive green vinyl and they are all that way. Cool thing is that there are only 350 copies pressed.

I have also seen on Instagram that the first 7 inch of Rise Above has got another limited sleeve on purple paper, so that might be the last Rise Above 7 inch I need to complete that collection.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A.W.O.L Deep Thoughts About The End

This 7 inch from a French Hardcore band befriended with the Belgian scene and H8000 scene, holds a special place in my heart. I acquired a copy on black way back in 1998. I don't even remember how or where I got it. But what I do remember is that I bought it for the huge cave on the cover. I was immediately drawn into the atmosphere of being in that cave. Maybe I got it at a show in Brugge, I am not sure any more. Or maybe I've seen them perform with Vitality at the old Casino in Koksijde. My memory is blurred. I was only six- or seventeen, so I can forgive myself not remembering. The fact that I merely bought it for the cover art doesn't mean that I was disappointed in the music. I listened to this 7 inch in my bedroom numerous times.
Although I was a lot more positive than the lyrics might presume, they were a precursor for a later moment in time. I could get the meaning objectively by just reading the lyrics. But later the pain became my reality. I danced in my bedroom on the music and my parents did not fully understand what was going on. They said they just tolerated my music taste but they didn't support it or liked it.

The record is called "Deep Thoughts About The End" and is a 45rpm with two songs. The A-side has the song "The Last Scream" and the B-side has the song "Psychopathia". The songs did a lot for me both for the inner and outer self, although nowadays it lessened.

As always back then, in pre-internet times, there were no download or streaming services in order to be sure you liked the music. The only thing you had was a thanks list from the band members. There you could find out to what scene they belonged and to what bands they were befriended with. Then you assumed that the mentioned band from the thanks list were equally as good and then you mail ordered those bands. This thanks list is one of those list I have read so many times, I learned about other bands, their crews and so on... You can see that Bob and Vitality is almost on top of the list.

It's super cool to find a copy on blue vinyl almost 20 years after getting my initial copy. The label who released this is called Braveheart Records and is from the H8000 area. All of their limited coloured editions are on the same clear blue vinyl. At least those I know of. You have the Instinct 7 inch on blue and the split between One Last Sin and Withdrawn on blue vinyl. The guy of this label also did a zine which wasn't that good in my opinion, H8Zine and Yoda for example were better. I have one issue in my collection by the way.

A.W.O.L "Deep Thoughts About The End" 7 inch blue vinyl

A.W.O.L "Deep Thoughts About The End" 7 inch blue vinyl

lyrics

thanks list
The Braveheart zine #4:

Braveheart Zine #4

Maybe I should review this one also one day...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beyond "No Longer At Ease" LP

I was planning on buying this record since I saw the awesome vinyl and cover pictures of this release appearing online. The grey coloured version was fitting the cover perfectly I noticed, so I was going to go for that one. And the price was approximately 10 euro less than the rarest colour, at least in the European distro's I visit. I was kind of shocked when I had seen that they make the rarer colour more expensive from the start.

Although I do understand the mechanism behind it; distro's just seem to adapt to the resell mechanism that has ruled the past decades. While people who just want a copy of each colour to hold on to, are affected now also.

So I let this rest for a few months and moved on. But then when I was browsing through the online Good Life distro I saw the record for sale again, added it to the basket and checked out. Despite my earlier doubt about the higher price.

Beyond "No Longer At Ease" LP red vinyl, 330 copies

The intro and way of singing is what I like about it. The vinyl is nice and thick, colour looks great also. Good addition to the collection.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Catharsis "Samsara" cassette

This cassette came sealed when I bought it, couldn't resist to slice it open. It's the cassette version of the first Catharsis LP. This came out on Youth Culture, a label from Poland. A couple of years later than the recording of it, 1999 to be exact. The cover is actually a booklet with the lyrics and the last page is a flap for the back cover. Inside that booklet are the lyrics and the explanation of what Catharsis stands for. Unfortunately it's in Polish so I understand nothing of it. Although I did read the lyrics. The titles of the songs make you think the lyrics are of rich content, but actually they don't say that much. It's mostly imagery in which they describe their anarchist convictions and jagged visions. Submission to versus rebellion against the system and against religion also. I basically comes down to that, nothing more in eyes. Prove me wrong if you do not agree.



Catharsis "Samsara" cassette version

Catharsis "Samsara" cassette version

The music on the other hand is great and rich in variety, that's most likely the main reason why this became such a classic. Nonetheless I am happy to add this to my collection, It was on Discogs for ages, nobody bought it until I did.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Statement "Prepared For Battle" LP

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it; the Statement 7 inch became an LP. That's amazing to say at least. The release "Prepare For Battle" has been officially released as an LP with two additional tracks and is called "Prepared For Battle". It's a collaboration between a Spanish label and the label of Rat (John Thomas).

Look in the back catalogue of this blog under the label 'Hardline' for more info about what this is all about ideologically. 

Statement "Prepared For Battle" LP

Statement "Prepared For Battle" LP back cover

One additional track was from the same recording session of the other songs but previously unreleased. The other was taken from the"Ceremony Of Fire" LP on Uprising Records.

I think this looks great on green by the way.