Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dying Fetus "Destroy The Opposition" LP

Most of you know that I collect Good Life Recordings releases on vinyl. And most of you probably relate that label to Edge-Metal and Metalcore in general. Hardcore message with a strong metal influence in the music. Those are the genres I grew up with in the 90's. Oddly people like me love the mix of Hardcore and Metal but aren't really listening to 'pure' Metal especially not in those days.
Also the more outspoken Hardcore bands like Youth Of Today, Agnostic Front, Minor Threat, etc. were unknown for me back then. Only later I started to dig in the earlier history of Hardcore. But never I was really into all those Metal bands or genres.

Dying Fetus "Destroy The Opposition" LP Good Life Recordings
Dying Fetus "Destroy The Opposition" LP

Dying Fetus "Destroy The Opposition" LP good life recordings
Back cover tells us Good Life Recordings once cooperated with Relapse Records

Today for the first time I gave this record a good attentive listen and yes, it worked for me. I appreciate the technical skills, the vocal precision and brutality. But hell yeah, such a good album overall. These songs are catchy, yet more difficult than the average Hardcore song. The intro alone is pure genius. I don't specialize in Metal and all the sub-genres but I can safely say this is Death Metal greatness! Must be the first time I can enjoy a Metal masterpiece.
I remember a colleague telling me he saw Dying Fetus in the youth house of my birth town and that he found it really good. So now I can relate finally.

Dying Fetus "Destroy The Opposition" LP collection Good Life Recordings
clear and solid blue vinyl, both colors versions of this LP

In my quest to build up a decent Good Life label collection I am still surprised by the musical quality the bands from their roster deliver. Especially with this Dying Fetus LP from the year 2000. I never really thought I would find a copy of this album on blue vinyl. I was actually searching eBay for other titles, but somehow I got distracted and started looking into a random Belgian seller's items. I saw some Nirvana records but was actually not so interested. But suddenly I realized that this one was up there.
I don't know the pressing numbers but there's a few of the clear one on Discogs, while a blue version is never sold up there. So the blue versions seems a lot rarer. I guess we will never know...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Reaper Records United Blood 2015 Limited Editions

A couple of months ago there was United Blood Fest in the USA. As per annual tradition Reaper Records makes a few limited cover editions for some of the vinyl they have available from the bands that play the fest. This year they had three 7 inch titles made with a special cover. Obviously they didn't look too far this year, they altered three classical and iconic covers into a limited cover.

First up is the limited sleeve for the Malfunction "Finding My Peace" 7 inch. They took the holy grail of NYHC as their template and altered it to cover for the band. As to why they chose this cover in particular for Malfunction I don't really know. Whether they did it at random or if there is a story behind it I wouldn't know. The designers did their best to alter the Agnostic Front flag into a flag with the release title and too make it realistic. Although one sees the sharper lines of the text compared to the blur of the original Agnostic Front "United Blood" cover.

Malfunction Finding My peace Reaper Records
Malfunction 7 inch with the AF United Blood rip off cover

I remember that there were plans made for an LP of Malfunction on Bridge Nine Records but obviously that sank into oblivion or got delayed.

Second 7 inch they produced is the Down To Nothing "All My Sons" with a Minor Threat rip off cover. They used the second press sleeve of the legendary and classical Minor Threat first 7 inch. They altered the band name and the Dischord Record logo. A well succeeded one. The Straight-Edge might be the main reason why they got this record used as a template. Also an honor for Down To Nothing to be compared to the first-ever Straight-Edge band.

Down To Nothing All My Sons Reaper Records
Down To Nothing 7 inch with the Minor Threat rip off cover

There is however a third 7 inch made for the No Values 7 inch from their catalog but I have not succeeded in obtaining a copy. This one got the Life's Blood "Defiance" cover that was released on Combined Effort Records originally. Unfortunately I am not able to picture it here.

Pressing info is 50 copies of both limited editions. Also can be concluded that Reaper Records respects the classics and passes over tradition to the kids. Many kids, even American, most likely don't know these classical covers...