Friday, August 29, 2014

MERAUDER Master Killer LP Reissue

You know the feeling when you think you'll never find a certain record? Well, I've had it for ages with the pre-order version of the "Masterkiller" LP reissue on Reaper Records. This pressing has my favorite lay-out. Other versions, like the 1995 Century Media pressing look kinda awful in my opinion. A computerized image of a Samurai says nothing to me. Also the reissue on the German label Dead Serious wasn't satisfactory to me despite it was pressed on two colors, red and white.

Reaper Records changed that opinion with their new lay-out and vinyl colors. The entire package does suit and enforce these recordings of Merauder very well I think. It just feels right to me. Justice finally done to the music.

And now that I've finally found the pre-order version on another color I'm truly stoked and rid off the annoying thought of never finding it. To give you an insight of how long it took to get this latest pressing, I'm looking to buy it since 2007, that's 7 years already. How could it take so long? Maybe because everybody prefers to keep this version because they like it most. And for sure the rarity of it.
Gold and Silver split vinyl (100 copies only)

merauder maserkiller lp reaper records reissue color vinyl pre order
The two colors:
Black with pink (930 copies)
Gold and Silver (100 copies)
It was also Reaper Records first release that caught my attention for the label, but wasn't immediately on the ball, so I missed out on pre-orders...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rot In Hell / Psywarfare split LP

"The Greatest Danger Lies In Man Himself"

The ‘music’ start off with noise, something we hear but can’t define. This stirs up the interest but also arouses fear and curiosity. Then an older man starts talking about his philosophical insights into ‘human nature’. According to his words, the greatest danger lies in man himself. Only other humans can destroy or endanger another  human nowadays. We here in Western society are deprived of the threat of nature almost completely, especially in our urban environments.

At the same moment, the acoustic sound starts to break through. The sound of the guitar reflects your thoughts, so that you can see clearly what you are thinking. It plays on your emotions, tears or laughter appear on your face. You  can’t keep cool and think neutral when he starts playing. Unless you are made of stone. The screaming vocals give a voice to the internal anger, frustration and pain you feel on a daily basis.

As the song “Parthenogenesis” ends, I've never felt such a force of musical en lyrical poetry within my mind for a long time. Emotional relieve is given with this music’s delivery, as well as enlightenment of the psyche. The song shines so bright that our mortal soul can only see its own woeful reflection. Awareness about the smallness of our being and the warfare between the greatness of our psyches.

rot in hell psywarfare lp split vinyl

It surprises me not that the other band on this split LP is Dwid’s brainchild Psywarfare. "Psywarfare" is such a well found word for what does endangers people daily. The psywarfare between humans, whether they love or hate each other is the real threat. Or the psywarfare you inflict upon yourself. It’s crime, religion, betrayal, disrespect and all such human deeds that endanger people nowadays.

Everything you observe, think and feel passes through the psyche. But do not think that it pains me all this, I can listens to these three tracks over and over again. Solace and shelter given by this band.