Sunday, November 15, 2009

My Past Good Life Order Was AMENRA Related

Last week I placed a mega order at the Good Life webstore. I am a huge fanatic of their mailorder and distribution section. This is because they have all the new releases superfast, exactly on the street-date and because they have a lot of rarities and even oop stuff still available.
Also the service is high quality. This is because the GL office and my house are in the same country. This means also that the parcel is only a day in the mail and so not damaged in the mailing process. But even if you are on the other side of the globe I don't think your precious stuff will get damaged because everything is professionally packaged.

I'm not making this post because they asked me or something but rather because I want to share it with you and show some appreciation.

The first thing I got is this picture disc 10". I saw on the Belgian leading hardcore messageboard that the band Amenra had a new vinyl-record on their merch table at their shows. Because there were numerous people who suddenly had this. My conclusion was, I want this too. So I asked some people in American style if they wanted to sell this to me. But nobody wanted to do this.

amenra afterlife 10 inch picture disk disc original self produced band
A few days later when I got home to check the GL newsletter, I read that they had this in stock. So no thinking was necessary, I ordered it immediately.
But then I figured I needed the CD version also, because I wanted not to play this beautiful vinyl record.



The two same records in a different format came in. I saw that the CD has got a totally original package. It is a printed foldout cardboard sleeve, that isn't the same size of a regular CD case. And on top of that it was sealed. This seal was bumming out, because I had to break the seal in order to listen to this. But so I did and the new acoustic songs are totally cool.



The next new piece of music I got is this limited to 65 HIVE DESTRUCTION CD. It is another Amenra side-project together with Matthias from the H8000 band LIAR. Definitely amazing music but not easy to consume.

hive destruction cd first press

As an addition I'd like to say that their is another Amenra side-project existing. Namely the Belgian HOLY TERROR band BLIND TO FAITH. It is on Dwid Integ's label called Holy Terror Records. This amazing and fertile cooperation between AMENRA, RISE AND FALL and REPROACH members is definitely a must hear. It WAS also available on the Good Life distro and now totally sold out. Luckily I was present on the B9 board at the time they promoted this LP and made it available for pre-order. So I did and got limited clear vinyl with a bonus 7".

blind to faith lp clear the seven fat years are over holy terror records



Another item I scored in the RARE section of the webstore is this totally beautiful FIRESTONE One Of A Kind LP. The most beautiful thing I ever held in my hands. This because the vinyl colors are the same as the LP jacket. A perfect aesthetic harmony made in order of the label SOBER MIND RECORDS.

firestone lp element beige flesh color sober mind records transitional

FIRESTONE is actually also Amenra related, because the guitarist of this H8000 band, Lennart now plays in Amenra too.

The final thing I got is the RISE AND FALL new record on CD (the vinyl is on the way). I must say that R&F has perfectly adapted to the new trends of modern Hardcore while remaining a 100% their-selves. Still ominous and raging but yet a futuristic and modern sound.
Rise And Fall has become easily the flagship of Deathwish. This music is what the future will bring. In short, great record !

Also got some posters for free. I like collecting posters and always take care of them. If they are folded I keep them within the vinyl protective sleeve of the record they promote and if they are rolled up I put them in a tube.

So thanks again Good Life for the great order and quality service !!

fugazi post reissue dischord
maximum penalty poster reaper records
rise and fall our circle is vicious poster deathwish inc

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Records With History And Future In Numbers


This post is about numbers. Not numbers of records made but about visitor numbers. I already made a post about this when the '1000+ visitors of my blog' barrier was broken. But now it isn't to celebrate a certain number reached than rather to let you know that suddenly it has exploded.

When I interpret these numbers I can say that within a month the page views roughly doubled since last month. I was completely stunned by this and kinda nervous about it. But I can conclude that this is merely an increase of the responsibility that I need to have when making posts.

The graph tells me only the numbers of the last 7 months. This is because I don't pay for these statistics but use the free version of Sitemeter. So I have to add that this blog is going strong for a year now. And I couldn't be happier with this because the response I get from the readers and commenters is highly appreciated and welcome. The people who leave comments are sometimes more interesting than the blog author! So thanks....


People find this site through google, yes blogger is quite good in search-results. But my blog is also discovered by people who tell their friends about it. By the few adds I do on internet forums and through the mail out from Good Life Recordings, for which I'm very grateful. But also by Marcus from 'The Endless Quest' blog who added a link to my blog on his blog. So if you happen to read this Marcus, I'm very grateful.

I encourage readers to post not anonymous but under a nickname and to post or leave thoughts about the content of the posts. These constructive or instructive comments are highly appreciated.

In other news I'd like to say that I'm always open for offers on something of my recordlist that can be found here ! But respect the fact that not everything is for sale. I update this as soon as a new record comes in or goes out.

And last but not least, I will be making a post from the band Kindred. Also I will keep publishing my records as usual. And I am always open to suggestions.

Have a nice time and take care,

-Willem

Friday, November 6, 2009

Random Records Mix

The first record to be discussed here is the JUDGE doLP discography from Revelation. It is now the second time that I bought this record. I bought it twice because I sacrificed one in a trade. I really needed this record from a fellow collector so with pain I parted with. Having this again is the proof that a little bit business can do no harm.
This record has special vinyl artwork as you can see and exist also in black from the second pressing. No need to say things about Judge here, doublecross is making posts about this hardest straight-edge band from NY. And I couldn't do it any better. Though it needs to be said that it features the entire discography of Judge even the Chung King sessions. And has a totally cool poster that came with it. This is a nice ersatz for the to expensive OG records!
But the most important thing is that I found it in a webstore from a friendly Belgian dude who is starting a label and distro. So I gave it a chance and I certainly do not regret it. He took the order really fast and even contacted me on a Sunday morning regarding the order. That is dedication I think. Also the delivery was super fast. I will surely be checking his store often in the future and in the meanwhile you try out his store also. Support the small labels!

http://chaosisours.cellardoor.be/webstore/


The next thing I recently obtained was this totally quality split LP of two legendary vsxe bands from the nineties, namely CULTURE / KINDRED. It was on ebay and it went really cheap in my opinion. Don't kids or collectors respect this jewel no more? Or are they forgetting these band or just ignorant of the quality of this record?
Lets start with the packaging which is totally slick, it looks like metallic silver and has awesome band pictures on both sides of the LP jacket. I will be reviewing this split and the KINDRED full length soon in another post.

The next records were all from one German distro. It was really a revelation checking out the spawned webstore of them. So I dug deeper and found a wide variety of things I actually collect:

To start with the band you all know I collect music and merch from, BLINDFOLD. I saw it listed in this store and thought, yes, I need a 'Live At The Vortn' Vis' from Blindfold in better condition. So I didn't need to think twice and added it to my cart. But when the record came in this morning I noticed that the LP jacket had ripped edge probably due to shaking of the vinyl in the mailing process. And that's not all; it also had and bended corner. So my day was totally ruined. I thought that I was cursed for receiving damaged BLINDFOLD records. And even at a moment I thought that every BF record isn't taken care of, but I skipped that thought and figured it was not true.
What is left do to when you have every BF record but some aren't in a decent condition? Well this means that my quest isn't over yet. I need BF records in better condition and ultimately some day the test pressings of their records.

And yes, it is horrible to see this damaged BF LP jacket :((


The next record is one from a label from which I collect records. It is California's 1917 RECORDS. I never told you I have all their releases, except the CD only releases and one LP release and other colorways. This 7" here is the Eaten Alive "s/t". It is the second rarest color and is supposed to come on green A-side and black B-side vinyl. But this never works out completely because vinyl is liquid before it gets pressed. But as you can see, my copy is almost that way.
I also have the chance to buy all the missing colors of my 1917 records in one time. But I'm not sure whether I'll do this or not. Still pondering on it...

This one is also on 1917 RECORDS and is catalog #1. It is the Donnybrook "There's No Love For The Insincere". Which is a long but meaningful title. This was actually the last record of 1917 Records that I never heard. Now at this very moment I still haven't heard it because it is in Mint condition and I don't want to ruin this.


This is another version of the record, namely a tour version. With only 200 copies made it is the rarest one and also not available in a store until now. I took this picture of an information sticker I always put on every protective sleeve of all my records. I do this to get a help when if one day I want to sell it or make a post about it. I usually remember all this but after years you can forget this information.

It was quite a chance to buy all this records together from the same person, so I took it.

The last record I recently obtained is a colored War Hungry record on the totally under ground label BRAIN GRENADE of Richmond in the States. They don't even have a website. And this was released before 1917 Records took them on their roster. I like this record a lot and have it on black also, this black one is to listen to.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

B9 Testpress Auctions

Just a quick announcement to say that B9 has a load of records (including numerous testpressings of their releases) for sale on ebay.

http://shop.benl.ebay.be/b9closet/

I won't buy any of them but it can be kinda instructive to get a clue of what is paid for these records.

If I could I'd go for the Betrayed 'Addiction' testpressing or the Terror 'One With The Underdogs' testpressing. Haha