Wednesday, November 21, 2012

BLINDFOLD Live At Vortn Vis Lp YELLOW

Finally acquired another one of the last missing pieces of the Blindfold collection. I say 'one of the' because one never knows when a collection is complete. Although I already knew about the existence thanks to a mention of a fellow collector. I also mentioned it way back on the discography post of Blindfold.

In my long quest of getting to see and know out of how much this records is, I've only had tow chances of buying this beauty. The first time it wasn't in decent condition. And the second time (this time) I almost passed it by because it was damn expensive. I found the sellers price to be high because I had found the rarer orange version for cheaper and already three times. But I finally did buy it because it has the coolest number of all numbers; 001 / 140.

At first I doubted if this number was cool enough to justify the higher than usual price, but then given the rarity of this record and the dead mint condition, I decided to go for it nonetheless. So here it is:

blindfold live at vortn vis vinyl lp yellow sober mind records h8000
BLINDFOLD Live At Vortn Vis LP Yellow vinyl 

Numbered 001 out of 140 !
Hell yeah, I'll be safekeeping this and be looking at these pictures now and then to rejoice myself. Instead of getting it out of the boxes. The sleeve is namely very sensitive of carrying fingerprints, or I should wear gloves to handle this baby. 

Anyway, thanks to the seller for his great job and effort...

setlist of the performance and some re-styled shots of the action
If anyone is interested in an ORANGE copy out of 88, I have three. And are willing to work out something for an interested person.

-FF






Tuesday, November 20, 2012

FIRESTONE 12"ep on BEIGE

Good things come to those who patiently wait. That has been the case with two of my longtime wants. The first object I desired and needed was the BEIGE colored LP of Firestone. So I happily found it a few weeks ago. The seller claimed it was Mint and hell yes, this record is dead mint to say at least. Looks like fresh from the pressing plant.

firestone element lp beige vinyl sober mind records h8000
Firestone "Element" BEIGE colored LP 
Centerlabels, hand stamped with the usual Sober Mind Records stamp
The record is stamp numbered out of 110 copies only, mine is 81. One of the best looking records I've seen but still stay true to my statement that the one of a kind is the best looking record.

Look up a one of a kind version and also the review that Ezekiel made about it.

Lyrics, bandpictures, credits and thanks on sleeve
This record plays loudly on 45 rpm and is one of the better records of the late nineties, 1998 to be precise. It's not a classic, like "Strike The Match" , "Blackened Persistence" or "Invictus" to the bigger world. But still a true underground H8000 jewel that's needed in a good H8000 collection.

I for one am truly happy to have this in the collection, one want erased, one step closer to insanity!

-FF



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

GOOD LIFE FEST 10/27/2012

Ezekiel02:24:81 is back, you may have noticed my absence, or not, from Records With History And Future the previous weeks/months. But now i return with some more hardcore madness brought to you from the infamous H8000 area.
A lot has changed for me personally since i got married in august, took a honeymoon and just days ago moved into my own house near Kortrijk, epicenter of the mighty H8000. That all explaining my absence from RWHAF.

And this time it's not vinyl that i want to share with you but a show that recently happened in Kortrijk city, home of H8000. And this show was the resurrection of the once legendary GOODLIFE FEST.
Edward ( owner and creator ) of GOODLIFE RECORDINGS decided it was time to show modern day hardcore kids what's it all about. So GOODLIFE FEST 2012 was held on october 27 in Kortrijk at a local youth centre in Kortrijk. This time showing a display of the present bands signed under the GOODLIFE label and to back that up also the comeback of the mighty H8000 warriors CONGRESS.

Scan of flyer and (unused) ticket (Scan by Willem T.)


This event had a bit of a low profile and many may have not been aware of this gathering since most of the publicity happened through social media sites.
With a capacity of 500 persons for this particular venue it was for the best that they went for the low profile approach.



20:30 Congress

19:40 Six Ft Ditch


18:50 Crawlspace



17:10 Balboa

15:30 Headshot

14:45 xViciousx

First bands in the afternoon were  xViciousx and Headshot, Belgium's next generation. Which David didn't see because he was still in the way to the fest and apologizes for that. (FF)

headshot band live good life fest
Headshot (Photo by Vincent K.)



When arriving at the venue UK's finest NO SECOND CHANCE were playing their set of brutal UKHC. These young bloods have the fire within and deliver a nifty set of beatdown hardcore that already got some local moshers to rule the pit at this early hour.

Following that, we got the pleasure to witness BALBOA, these crazy Belgians hail from the same area as NASTY and also play a hefty style of beatdown hardcore influenced by metal and sometimes taking a sidestep to grindcore. The audience loved it and these guys have a bright future ahead.

balboa live at good life fest band
Balboa (Photo by Vincent K.)

Next in line were the French madmen of ALEA JACTA EST. Well executed hardcore with metal influences that take you back to that legendary H8000 sound. Balanced songs with lots of tempo changes and a great vocalist make this band a pleasure to watch. If i may give one tip of the many bands that played the fest than i would recommend these guys. The dice has been thrown!

CRAWLSPACE were up next and these Belgians sure play a hard set of hardcore. Metal influenced hardcore with heavy guitar licks filled the room and forced the kids to move their arms and legs everywhere.
Their new album Carved Into Flesh only appeared a week earlier on GOODLIFE RECORDINGS so this was sort of a release show for them. Check them out and support the Limburg hardcore scene.

crawlspace live at good life fest band
Crawlspace (Photo by Vincent K.)


Before all hell breaks loose with Congress the UK based band SIX FT DITCH display their raw talent. Ofcourse with vocalist Peachey screaming his lungs out on their last euro tour. The crowd devoured their murder core and some crazy ass moves were executed on the dancefloor.

Six Feet Ditch (Photo by Vincent K.)
six foot ditch band live photo
Six Feet Ditch (Photo by Vincent K.)
But the reason that almost 500 people gathered in this venue, some taking hour-long rides from as far as US, Australia, Germany, Spain, UK,... was and is CONGRESS. With the original line-up on stage -minus vocalist Pierre who cancelled last minute- it was imminent that hell was about to break loose.
At first the idea of CONGRESS without the throat of Pierre scared me but a decent replacement was found in Jeroen from former H8000 band SEKTOR. And a decent replacement indeed. Pierre was forgotten very soon when Jeroen took the mike. CONGRESS came, took and destroyed the place. With classic tracks as Blackened Persistance and Lifting The Ban Jeroen, UJ, Josh and Michael proved that the H8000 still has a heartbeat. With tracks from albums such as Euridium, The Other Cheek and Resurrection the band took the audience back to those wild H8000 days. Even some of the original crew members came to witness this madness so former members of H8000 bands such as LIAR, VITALITY and SEKTOR were spotted in the crowd.

congress band photo reunion h8000
Congress (Photo by Vincent K.)

GOODLIFE fest 2012 was a blast and a great way to show the current roster of GOODLIFE RECORDINGS.
A new edition in 2013 is almost sure to happen and rumors are running wild that maybe even LIAR may come back to show their demonic powers once more. Keep an eye out on Edward and his label cause the shit is about to hit the fan. And you better be there when it does hit.
Also i want to give a big shootout for all the hard work performed by Edward for putting up this show and the help of the bar staff ( Kortrijk's very own Pit's crew, the place for a nice hardcore show in Kortrijk) and the delicious veggie/vegan catering by the Ferm 'n Fameus crew ( Ieperfest's official catering team). A job well done and hope to see you all next year at GOODLIFE FEST 2013.

Ezekiel02:24:81 (words)
Flanders Fury (layout and editing)
Vincent K. (photos)