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!