Friday, December 30, 2016

Turnstile "Move Thru Me"

The new Turnstile record is short in duration but I'm still glad to hear some fresh tunes. The layout of the record is completely in accordance to the 'motion' theme of the release. You have to turn the cover around to be able to read all what is printed on it. Upside down and from left to right, don't know if they had that in mind when they made them but it seems obvious to me.

The music is a step back from the Nonstop Feeling LP. The sound contains less Nu Metal and again more groove like Step 2 Rhythm. For which I am glad, I always thought the LP to be a step too far. The last song is a cover from the Revelation Records band Give...

They are on a new label, called Pop Wig, that label also released the latest Angel Du$t release. No longer on Reaper Records, don't know why Turnstile, Angel Du$t and Terror suddenly stopped the cooperation with Reaper Records. Reaper Records have always done a great job as far as I know and experienced. This implies that I will also be only buying one colour of this 7 inch.

It's a yellow version that was sold exclusively at Deathwish Inc.

Vinyl is pressed at Pirates Press on European soil, Czech Republic to be more precise. There are other colours, pink and lavender probably suit the cover more:

200 White
300 Pink
500 Yellow (Deathwish Inc. Exclusive)
1000 Lavender
1500 Black

The Pop Wig store is hosted by Limited Run and Pop Wig is a label based in Maryland.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Naysayer "Down But Not Out" collection

Naysayer's second 7 inch on Reaper Records, called "Down But Not Out". Still without a test press but happy to have found all these versions. There were three limited versions, two of them have the same stamped cover but have different colours of vinyl. The white vinyl is rarer than the copies that come with blue vinyl. The other limited version has the VCU Rams cover.

The stamped covers were made by the label for United Blood Festival in 2011, along with a slew of other similar stamped covers for other releases, which are a pain to get because they are all out of twenty copies. And as you can see, some with different colours also. So in that case, the individual versions are less than twenty.

The VCU Rams are a basketball team from Richmond, VA in the United States. This as a side remark. The cover is hand numbered out of 50 copies and comes as an extra cover above the regular cover.

VCU Rams basketball team logo

There are regular covers also, those comes with two colours of vinyl; white and blue. The pre-order colour was supposed to be another, as you can see by this note:

Check out this other post on my site to see other Naysayer releases and limited versions.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wise Up "On The Brink Of Ruin"

I am truly surprised by this 7 inch "On The Brink Of ruin" by the Belgian band Wise Up. Don't know the full history of the band but we aren't writing here for this. The only thing I have is this 7 inch, that has the music, the lyrics and the rest of a usual release from the 90's scene in Belgium, like a huge thanks list.

What I did know before getting this is that the band comes from Brussels, that lays in the centre of Belgium. And that the 7 inch was released on Released Power Productions. That's a label that also released the H8000 band Solid in cooperation with Existence Of Hate Records. The vinyl label tells us that it was released in 1997 (which is a great idea to put it up there, considering users like me in foresight). This copy comes on blue, there is also a black. That's the short discography side of the release.

Lyrically this is truly great. The first song deals with thinking and reflecting about our surrounding society. And the way it's influenced by television. It captures their band name "Wise Up" entirely.

"Knowledge is my weapon, education my struggle..., your ignorance is my war" 

The other song I like lyrically is named "So Called Equality". About the rising power of the government and the shortcomings of democracy. And not being entirely free in our so called free society. It's still relevant up until today in my opinion.

Wise Up "On The Brink Of Ruin" 7 inch

The music is Metalcore, sometimes conceptual, a bit technical and sometimes melodic. There are backing vocals by some prominent people from the local scene, like Baldur (Arkangel) and Alain (Out For Blood). David later on went to play in Arkangel.

In the thanks list some say "Go Vegan", some say "Go Vegetarian", some say nothing about that. That's diversity shining through.

Great and essential part of the Belgian Hardcore history, if you ask me. Feel free to share what you know about the band in your comment!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sheer Terror "Just Can't Hate Enough" LP

Sheer Terror "Just Can't Hate Enough" LP reissue just passed on to me by the mail man. A repress of a reissue on Black Out! Records. The record has a very relevant title, that makes me think about certain facts in our Hardcore scene. Unfortunately in many Hardcore scenes there is hatred upon hatred. And there is this illusion that hatred makes you stronger. It's like the dark side of the Force. I know this feeling also. There is a limit in hate that a person can feel and for sure it's a mix of several other emotions involved, like anger, fear and so on. It's a feeling that separates you from the other(s) you feel hate for and that divides us.

Sheer Terror "Just Can't Hate Enough" LP (2016 reissue)
Sheer Terror "Just Can't Hate Enough" LP back cover

The music is groovy New York Hardcore, that draws influences from Metal, New Wave, Punk and other styles of music. Paul Bearer's voice is that deep and heavy kind, he sings sometimes in grunts and sometimes melodic. There are also three live tracks on it, all recorded at CBGB's. One is covered from The Cure.

It's great to have this one in my collection finally. Original copies are hard to find. From what I got there are 500 copies made and all were distributed by Revelation. It sold out quickly and my copy is black vinyl, don't know if there is a coloured version pressed also? And if yes it those are part of the 500 copies or not? Essential record if you ask me!

Monday, November 28, 2016

VA H8000 Compilation Volume One LP

This is the coloured vinyl version of a legendary compilation. The first H8000 compilation made by Sober Mind Recordings and Genet Records in the year 1998. It features many bands that played at the moment in time. It starts of with a demo track of Spineless, that was previously unreleased. Is followed by Congress, Lifecycle, Vitality, ODK Crew, Liar, Sektor, Blindfold, Deformity, Spirit Of Youth, Instinct, Firestone, Fake, Hitch and Regression.

As you can see at the links above, I already featured many of these band here on this site. Maybe time to elaborate those other three bands who weren't already featured; Instinct, Fake and Regression in some future posts...

Various H8000 Hardcore "The Compilation volume one" 
coloured vinyl H8000 SOber Mind Genet Records
B-side of the LP cover with band listing

As you see, the compilation has a very beautiful layout. There is a mosh pit photo on the front cover and on the back cover as well. I already elaborated the artwork of the front cover in another post. There is an insert that has a foreword by Hans from Liar and Sober Mind. Telling us that the scene was big at the moment and that they could have only wished for that in the beginning of the 90's.

numbered limited mint green vinyl
mint green vinyl, stamp numbered out of 118

The vinyl is mint green coloured and has a stamp numbering on the A-side label, this copy is number 60. They are numbered out of 118 copies. Which makes them pretty rare. But so are almost all titles from the Belgian Hardcore scene. When you have a coloured version or otherwise limited record, you must really realize what you have and how rare these are.

The VA H8000 compilation volume 1 has been on my wants list for a long time. Can you believe that I've only had two opportunities to buy one since I started collecting music intensely? The first opportunity I had was a second chance offer on eBay. The seller had another copy but was in a lesser condition than the one sold, so I skipped it. This one fell in my lap more or less. It was someone contacting me to ask if I wanted it. So I needed to formulate an offer and it was accepted. Glad to own this baby!

There is currently a test pressing for sale on Discogs, time to wake up and take action!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Spirit Of Youth demo cassette

I never thought I would find another version of the Spirit Of Youth demo. But here it is. This copy is an original one sold by the band and not the remake on Warehouse Records. The difference is in the cassette itself. It says "Thanks to our bloodbrother Nick Royles" and there's no mentioning of a record label. See the photo's:

Nick Royles is person who was in a band called No Way Out in 1990, according to the Vortn Vis in the 90's blog. So this is the credit. Later on he played in Ironside, there was a show of Ironside with him during the first Ieperfest (organized by Edward Good Life). He continued forming bands like the Vegan Straight-Edge band Unborn and also Cracked Cop Skulls and Sore Throat (source: Edward Good Life).

The music of this demo was the blueprint for the Love, Truth & Honesty 7 inch. Although the last two songs ('Our Way' and 'From DC') weren't rerecorded for it and are only on this demo cassette.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hitch "Triggered Backwards" CD

Hitch was a band from the Lauwe area (a village near Kortrijk). They started out with a 7 inch on Machination Records. And also have a CD on both Good Life Recordings and Machination Records. That must have been released around 1997 (source: Must have been one of the final releases on Jeroen's Machination label. As I collected the vinyl records of Good Life, this CD stayed hidden from my radar. When I did discover it, bought it and heard it, I already knew three songs, as they are also on the 7 inch. As you might already know, there are many non-vinyl releases made during the the late 90's and after. I am not a vinyl purist so I buy those CD's also, for completion's sake. I collect music on all formats.

Hitch "Triggered Backwards" CD cover

The music is far more emotional than you would expect from the band related to the H8000 scene. Vocals aren't screaming and the instruments play softer rock. It's actually very surprising and hard to capture in written language. I would define it as post-H8000 Hardcore, although chronologically that is not correct. But there are elements such as certain riffs and gang vocals that remind me of Hardcore. The release was recorded at Midas, as many other H8000 bands of the moment also did. The songs "Too Much Pressure" has really agonizing screams in it, combined with the moaning guitars, it really gets to your inner self. Surprisingly there's only one lyrics text mentioned in the booklet.

The song "Mind Pollution" is featured on the H8000 compilation volume one CD/LP. They seem to have survived the test of time and kept playing under the name Hitch and recorded music up until 2009. There is also a split 7 inch with Ghent's  legends Amenra. Music did evolve quite a lot.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Morning Again / 25 Ta Life split 7 inch

The Morning Again and 25 Ta Life split release is an awkward one. Besides the fact that in 1998 both bands were on Good Life Recordings and the fact that they are both American Hardcore bands, they have nothing in common. But because they were on tour together in 1998, this release does makes sense. Many kids saw the bands play in that year as Hardcore was at the peak of expansion (in Belgium) and they wanted to have a souvenir of the show, so this sold pretty good.

Morning Again / 25 Ta Life split 7 inch on white vinyl

Morning Again / 25 Ta Life split 7 inch on white vinyl

On this 45 rpm single, Morning Again brings us a song called "Dictation Of Beauty", not the version of the LP on Revelation Records but a version recorded in Belgium at Midas Studio. So it sounds different, less cleanly produced also.

insert Morning Again side

25 Ta Life played a very good show on this tour in 1998, I was there, action packed, people all over the stage. They bring on this 7 inch a previously unreleased track called "Where It Begins". It begins with friendship and other values like sincerity, trust, loyalty and commitment.

insert 25 Ta Life side
There seem to be different pressings also. The first press was blue with small centre hole and photo's on both sides of the label. There was also another pressing which was meant to have a large spindle hole and different artwork on the labels but obviously the pressing plant made a mistake and pressed them also with small spindle hole. That is why the blank dot in the middle is there.

Here is a collection of the three colours to end with:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures" LP

Joy Division again, but this time their other LP, called "Unknown Pleasures". I told you I am on a Joy Division trip. I was actually buying these in reverse order, I mean, this one comes before "Closer". In the sound you can definitely hear that they evolved out of the Punk scene even more on this LP than the second. I don't know which one I like best, but to me the consolation of listening to the B-side "Closer", never fades. So with that being said the choice is made. Although "Unknown Pleasures" is more well known and has more classics. It's a close call.

The cover is made in textured cardboard, I didn't make a picture because I want to keep it in the shrink wrap and it's impossible to capture the relief with that shrink wrap. It comes in a white printed inner. The vinyl is also 180 grams and feels real good holding it in your hands.

Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures" LP reissue

Joy Division "Unknown Pleasure" LP package
This record was originally recorded and released in 1979. Has a keyboard involved so this is Post-Punk and New Wave combined together to create an atmospheric sound with varying rhythm and Punk basslines.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Madball "Set It Off" LP

Madball's debut LP is reissued on a German label called Backbite Records. Previously Music On Vinyl also reissued the Demonstrating My Style LP. I wanted to buy only one of both, so I had to choose. I thought the earlier the better, so I ended up ordering this one.

This is a piece of though and raw Hardcore, straight from the streets of New York. Many bands followed, inspired by this sound. The darker side of New York Hardcore, pretty far away from the well-known Youth Crew Hardcore style and way of living but still originated in the same scene. For both it's the music that keeps them on track.

Madball "Set It Off" LP reissue
back cover of the LP sleeve
As you can see at the graffiti on the top of the picture sleeve: "DMS 94 Madball", the release year of the original pressing.

I only own one LP of the band, this one. I think it's quite representative for the genre so I guess I will stick to this one alone also.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Angel Du$t "A.D." colours

Angel Du$t is one of the recent bands that still play around and that I can dig. I bought the last colour I needed from Reaper Records. I'm still missing a tour sleeve, record release and a test press, but those can wait and the test press seems impossible and very hard to get. As you all know this was a collaborative release between Reaper Records and React! Records.
There have been three pressings already, four colours for first press and later blue and gold as subsequent pressings. Here is a collection picture of all colours pressed.

First press
black vinyl 1000 copies
white vinyl 400 copies
clear vinyl 400 copies
pink vinyl 200 copies
Second press
blue vinyl 1000 copies
Third press
gold vinyl 1000 copies

Shelter "Mantra" reissue

This is the era of represses and reissues. A whole slew of releases that got out of press for years now get reprinted or reissued. Shouldn't labels be focussing on releasing new stuff and supporting new bands? It also looks like that bringing a message in Hardcore is totally gone and that nowadays it is very hard to still bring content. All that bands now need to do is create a feeling with their music.
The fact that all these represses are done and that not many new bands get released, makes me think that the message is that real Hardcore is only a memory that needs to be awoken by represses.

Lured into it by an Instagram post, I bought the Shelter "Mantra" reissue on Roadrunner and Music On Vinyl. I always wanted a vinyl version and since these didn't come on coloured vinyl in the past, I gladly took a copy on tomato red with orange swirls.

Shelter "Mantra" reissue on red vinyl

 numbered back cover of the Shelter "Mantra" LP

God, I love the vibe on this record. Not that I listen to a lot of Punkrock but this record gets me stoked every time I listen. The year of release was 1995, probably featured on MTV and such also. Ray Cappo and band made the perfect feel good record. He even starts off with rapping on the beginning of the B-side. 'Letter To A Friend' is such a universal theme of friendships that end. I don't surrender to my TV, but I do surrender to looking for and buying records on the internet at night.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mizery "Absolute Light" LP

New from Reality Records comes the Mizery LP on pink vinyl. Mizery is a band from San Diego, California that plays Crossover in vein of Leeway, Cro-Mags. Trash Metal and New York Hardcore are two great genres and sound equally good as combined here. But they seem to add a modern twist to it also; down tempo parts an some abstraction here and there.

Mizery "Absolute Light " LP

gatefold cover and pink vinyl

So it's nothing new created here but still a good record, sleeve looks slick and is of great quality. The dualistic feel created by depicting themes referring to death in the soft pastel colours, is the best twist to it I think. No lyrics included. And under exclusive license of Flatspot Records.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Judge "Bringin' It Down" on red

Judge Bringin' It Down on red, a version that was not supposed to exist. Only thanks to confusion at the pressing plant there were two new colours pressed instead of one. All 500 were supposed to be translucent gold vinyl. According to the Rev.txt it's a pressing plant 'whoopsie'. And this version is out of 296 copies. Which makes this the second most limited but youngest version around.

It doesn't look bad although gold and orange fit the cover more. There were numerous photos of comparison made on Instagram. Just to show the differences between the so called final press and the new gold press. So I refer to Instagram for that.

Judge "Bringin' It Down" on red

red vinyl out of 296 copies (source: label)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Joy Division "Closer" LP

I am currently on a huge Joy Division trip. I bought some songs digital years ago, but this hadn't been followed by getting a vinyl version. I had other priorities back then. Two weeks ago I decided to buy the "Closer" album on vinyl. Glad I did, this has been on repeat since arrival. Sometimes I perceive repetitive listening as dangerous, you may never exaggerate in listening to a certain piece of music. Overconsumption of certain creations can be harmful in my opinion.

I got into Joy Division by watching the film Trainspotting way back in the nineties. The song "Atmosphere" was on the second compilation of that film. Later when I went to study in Ghent, I listened to a lot of Joy Division, after the Edge-Metal and Hardcore phase. It's great to buy an album on vinyl 15 years after that.

The version I have was officially pressed in 2015 in Europe by Factory on 180 grams vinyl. According to there are 129 versions of this title in existence. Imagine this in Hardcore, simply impossible.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rhythm Amongst The Chaos Test Press

This is the test press of the Rhythm Amongst The Chaos ep from Terror. The Hardcore band Terror was on the forefront of the Hardcore scene during a whole period in time. They toured relentlessly and continuously across the globe for almost a decade. So this record's title is more than adjust. Music brings rhythm amongst the chaos, that' the true power of it. The record breeds the above described atmosphere. It's my favourite record of the band because of that. It was released after "Always The Hard Way", which represents my favourite period of the band.

Terror "Rhythm Amongst The Chaos" 7 inch test press
back side cover of test press with numbering
The regular versions of this record have a gatefold sleeve and were pressed on two colors. There is also a pre-order version on solid metallic gold with a different cover. And also a stamped cover version out of 20.
Pre-order out of 300 copies (source: label)
most common version out of 2015 copies (source: label)

gold with splatter version out of 680 copies (source: label)

United Blood 2011 stamped cover out of 20 copies (source: label)
vinyl color is gold with splatter

Obviously there is something wrong on the discography page of Reaper Records. My copy looks like the 'orange' cover version, much more than the yellow. While the orange cover actually is pale yellow and not orange. So we will have to collect, wait and see what the real deal is.

It was released in 2007 by Reaper Records, a more exact date of pressing can be found on the white test press label. A curiosity is that the stamped date might be interpret in several ways. The European date format is day/month/year while in America they put it in a different order. The Naysayer "No Remorse" test proves to us that Patrick Kitzel (Reaper label manager), puts the date in the European order, since he is from Germany. So this one is most likely also dated in September 2007 and not July.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ebay sale (90s classics, Good Life and H8000)

In the three next weeks I will be selling a big part of my collection. Titles will include Good Life releases, H8000 gems and other 90's classics. This is the total list of what I will be selling:

Buy It Now’s (start today for 30 days)
Rise Above “Beat It” 7 inch -  Punk Etc. – Play It Again Sam mispress
Nations On Fire “Instrumental demo 1992” Cassette – Warehouse Records
Nations On Fire “Acenda A Chama” CD – Liberation Records
Shortsight “Why Spend Time Learning” 7 inch collection (5 records on 5 different colours)

Auctions Part One (start today for 7 days)
Catharsis “Samsara” LP – Good Life – clear vinyl VG/VG+
Culture “Born Of you” LP – Good Life – blue/clear/black
Integrity “In Contrast Of Sin” 7 inch – Victory Records – yellow vinyl
Kindred “File 01” LP – Good Life – white vinyl
Liar “Falls Of Torment” LP – Good Life – sheet insert (+promotional poster)
Morning Again “Hand Of Hope” LP -  Good Life – Grey vinyl
Culture / Kindred split LP -  Good Life – Test press, yellow vinyl

Auctions Part Two (start October 2 for 7 days)
18 Visions “Until The Ink Runs Out” LP – Good Life – pink marbled vinyl
Disciple AD “No Blood, No Altar Now” LP – Good Life – purple vinyl
Firestone “Element” LP – Sober Mind – flesh and beige colored vinyl (transitional)
Liar “Murder Manifesto” LP – Reality Records – last show sleeve
Nations On Fire “1991 demo” cassette – self produced - first press
shortsight “demo” cassette -  Warehouse Records – 8000 Crew sticker
Spineless “A Talk Between Me And The Stars” LP – Sober Mind – clear vinyl (+poster)
Undying “The Whispered Lies Of Angels” LP – Good Life – green vinyl, regular sleeve
Culture "Born Of You" - Good Life - clear vinyl with blue clouding
Arkangel "Dead Man Walking" - Good Life - white vinyl

Auctions Part Three
(start October 9 for 7 days)
Catharsis “Samsara” LP – Good Life – clear vinyl VG+/NM
Congress “The Other Cheek” LP – Good Life – orange vinyl
Length Of Time “Shame To This Weakness Modern World” LP – Good Life  - grey vinyl
Liar “Deathrow Earth” LP – Good Life – burgundy black marbled (signed)
Morning Again “Hand Of Hope” LP - Good Life – white vinyl
Morning Again “Martyr” LP – Good Life – green vinyl
Poison The Well “Distance Only Makes The Heart Grow Fonder” 10 Inch – Good Life – peach
Skycamefalling “To Forever Embrace The Sun” 10 Inch – clear smoke vinyl
Spirit Of Youth “Source” LP – Good Life – green vinyl
Zyklome A “Made In Belgium” LP – Punk Etc.

These are for sale because I don't feel like continuing my quest for a complete Good Life Recordings collection or a complete H8000 collection anymore. I've collected these over the last 10+ years and for me the fire still burns but no longer through collecting these records. Letting them go was a big decision given the rare character of the titles. But now time has come...

I will be selling these on eBay, check out the sale here:

Everything is sold as is and will ship internationally also.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Naysayer "Nation Of Greed" Record Release

Naysayer's record release show took place earlier this year. So it seems that I got quicker in getting the limited versions of Reaper Record's releases. Although I am in luck, as they have slowed down their pace of releasing records too. Previously it took me several years to acquire a limited version, then they stacked up one by one.
This is one of the bands the most loyal to the label. They already released two 7 inches (No Remorse and Down But Not Out) and an LP (Laid To Rest) on the label, starting in 2009. I liked the vibe on the LP.

Naysayer "Nation Of Greed" record release (cover art by N. Miller)
Naysayer "Nation Of Greed" hand numbered out of 30 copies
with fold open insert in thick paper
As you can see, the designer(s) chose to depict a lot of live action in the layout. There are different shots on the insert, the b-side label and the back side of the cover. Overall good layout except for the a-side label in my opinion.
As you can derive from the record's title, the land they live in, isn't perceived positively. But as a nation full of greed. I think this flatters them, especially in the back ground of current elections and geopolitics. It's a rather socialist view upon the actuallity. Although I would not simply give up my welfare for others neither. As there are other ways of redividing welfare or creating welfare for the poorer countries.

Anyway, there are regular versions also, red and blue in the regular cover. Here they are:

red vinyl out of 800
blue vinyl out of 200

back side of cover

I have some other things ordered, so we'll keep this site up and running.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Turnstile Gold

Fifth press already for both Turnstile 7 inches. Needed something special for sure. So they pressed both titles again in gold glitter vinyl. The layout of both titles is uniform, except for the cover and the inserts. Labels are both front and back the same layout. Also the vinyl colors are identical. The gold vinyl only looks like gold in the right light reflection circumstances, so these were delicate to photograph.
The covers' color schemes haven't evolved further this time, they are the same as for the fourth pressings. The "Pressure To Succeed" has four cover-variants already, while the "Step 2 Rhythm" has got two.

Turnstile "Pressure To Succeed" fifth press gold glitter
Turnstile "Step 2 Rhythm" fifth press gold glitter

Pressure To Succeed gold vinyl close up

Step 2 Rhythm gold vinyl close up

There is also a new pressing of the "Nonstop Feeling" LP, in the same gold, but it seems that Roadrunner Records now has the legal rights on the LP, as they are selling them.

There was - in fine Reaper tradition style - another color pressed also. The other color was clear. Looks like a weakened out version of the gold vinyl, clear but with way less glitter. When compared to eachother there is a quite visible difference.

fifth pressings on clear

the gold versions compared to the clear versions

Great way to check out their music once again! As it slipped away from my attention recently.