Saturday, March 24, 2018

Illiterate Compilation

This is a compilation from the mid nineties released on an American Hardcore label. The label owner released this compilation for two reasons in general. The first one is that he thinks the American Hardcore is being too self sufficient and ignore the rest of the world and he thinks that this is wrong. The other reason is that he wants to criticise the fact that everything in the media is too visually constructed. With images, television, commercials, video games being all around us. Kent (Ebullition Records label owner) became aware of that trend already in 1995. So he made a record that has only European bands and only has writings and but a few images.

The record also comes with some of Kent's writings and band information in a 32 page booklet. There is another version, the first version, that has got no cover, to put the accent on only writings and music.

The main reason that I bought this is because it has a Blindfold track on it. I became a big Blindfold fan over the years, while I wasn't in my teenager years.

Personally I think the visually oriented stream of information has only increased with social media (and Instagram by example) over the years. Luckily there's a few die hard bloggers out there who still want to write some words along with their record pictures, instead of only hash-tags... 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Double Vision

Despite the fact that I was curious about these records and wanted to check them out, I had some hesitation in buying these. That hesitation led to not having the most limited colour of these represses. But I don't care since these aren't that desired by collectors anyway. Double that with the fact that the limited colours were splatter vinyl, which I don't like anyway. These came out nice on the lesser limited colours.

First is the repress of the Equal Vision classic, "Attaining The Supreme" by Shelter. I must say that this record has a clear message if not the clearest Shelter message I have heard so far. With the line "We found a better way", they speak out against society and try to take distance from it. And with "In Praise Of Others", Ray Cappo criticises the scene he was in for years. Probably one of the last good Shelter albums before they started to sound more popular. Originally released in the year 1993 and now repressed on white vinyl and splatter vinyl. Krishna Core is still alive as they played recently and will play again soon.

The other record I got was also released through Equal Vision Record later in the nineties. I got to know the band from their split with Spirit Of Youth on Good Life Recordings. I must say that this record sounds quite average, had expected better. Cover is embossed and has got gloss on the embossed letters, impossible to photograph with the shrink wrap still attached.