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.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Titan & Witness The Fall split 7 Inch

This split 7 inch came out on Bound By Modern Age Records. It's a split between Titan, a band from Belgium and Witness The Fall, a band from The Netherlands.
Titan was the new band for me to check out. Their musical style at first reminded me of late-Kindred to Enemy Of The Sun. Although their style can not only be compared to this band. I hear some later Poison The Well as well, the newer band this reminds me of is The Setup. So nothing that new to me.

As a matter of fact I like Witness The Fall more. As their sound is more divers and aggressive. An addictive sound that brings my mind and soul into shelter. A consoling delivery that is hard to be separated from when you stop listening. I have always secretly been a fan of that Witness The Fall cassette on Bound by Modern Age, so I am happy to have some songs on vinyl.

The cover is amazingly cool, it's hand screen printed in red, black or blue ink. The vinyl is in accordance with the cover. I chose the red cover, so my copy is the red smoky vinyl.

Titan & Witness The Fall split 7 inch

red vinyl with red cover that is out of 70 copies

If you want to check this out, go to the Bound By Modern Age bandcamp page.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hands Upon Salvation "To Celebrate The Newborn" cassette

Do you remember the posts I did about Indonesian Hardcore? I am starting to appreciate the band Hands Upon Salvation more and more. I already did a review about "To Celebrate The Newborn" earlier, when I got a CD version. Now I acquired a recently pressed cassette version. The Indonesian label who made them is called "Forget The Pain Inc.".

Hands Upon Salvation "To Celebrate The Newborn" cassette

As you can see, it's hand numbered out of 50 copies. My copy is number 30. Glad to hear this again, reminds my of the H8000 band Deformity but with even more speed. Honoured to hear the H8000 influence in their music. And always a pleasure chatting with the HUS vocalist Agus, he is a great person and I consider him a friend.

I have purchased this item a long with other things at Bound By Modern Age, the label of another friend called Rule. Will be making some other posts about it soon.