Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 8 -Sponsored by Mad Rush Media
Here’s more excellent music I’ve got in over the last few weeks! I’m featuring a bunch of music that are first pressings, which is an honour badge sometimes in the realm of heavy metal collecting. Here’s the goodness:
Impaled Nazarene – Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz… (Osmose Productions, 1993)
One of my favourite black/thrash/death/throwinwhatothermetalgenre band. This release alluded me for a while as I like to get 1st pressings and finally scored one this year. This is a classic!
Impaled Nazarene – Rapture (Osmose Productions, 1998)
Sometimes you have many of the band’s releases but there’s always one just missing and you don’t know why. This one is one of those releases. I have no idea why, but it is one of the only albums that I didn’t own from this band until a few months ago. It contains the same awesome blackened thrash attack from earlier releases. Don’t wait as long as I did to add it to your collection.
ABSU – Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Extreme and Obscure Conjurations, 1993.
This version: Osmose Productions, 1997)
Cold, dark, and mystical. That’s how you describe this and some of the other early releases by ABSU. If you’re looking for some classic black metal – here you go! This version has some bonus tracks and a different cover than the first pressing.
ABSU – The Third Storm Of Cythrául (Osmose Productions, 1997)
Another blackened release from Absu. This release brought some more mature songwriting but really didn’t differ from the band’s sound or perspective.
ABSU – The Sun Of Tiphareth (Osmose Productions, 1995)
Yeah, I should have placed this before the ABSU album above. Anyway, the same for what I wrote above can apply to this release as well. The band kept growing with every release and it was another quality album.
Death Angel – The Ultra Violence (Enigma Records, 1987)
Wanna know a secret? I never scored this album until this year! It was always so expensive and there are bootlegs galore. Consider me surprised when I got someone on Ebay saying the CD wasn’t in the best condition give me a Buy It Now price of like $35 of something like that and when I got it in, it was just as mint as something you’d get off the rack today.
I’ve only been listening to Death Angel for maybe the last 4-5 years as this band was another one that just kinda passed me by. It wasn’t until they regrouped that I took notice and then went back to hear what they did before their initial break-up. I can’t believe this came out when I was 10 and thought Alice Cooper, Guns N’ Roses, The Beastie Boys, and Suicidal Tendencies was as extreme as music could be! What a great album and a thrash classic!
Immolation – The Complete Immolation Demos (Bootleg, 2016)
I usually don’t buy bootlegs at all and I wasn’t sure if this was one when I grabbed it on Ebay. I guess this has many of the songs on the elusive Stepping on Angels…Before Dawn release that goes for a shit load of money. It’s good that I have those songs to listen to, although I hate supporting people making money off of bands. Mind you, if these were an official release, I would have gotten them that way. Lesson learned: you don’t want fans buying bootlegs or supporting unofficial releases, don’t make your music or releases so fucking hard to buy or as limited.
Grotesque – In the Embrace of Evil (Black Sun Records, 1997)
Here’s an album that I didn’t get a hold of until a couple years ago on vinyl and then got a pressing that’s from 1997. Tomas Lindberg (more known as the vocalist of At The Gates) and Kristian Wahlin (AKA: Necrolord, who has come up with some of the most iconic death/black metal album covers of all time) created the this blasphemous release way back in 1990 with their Incantation EP and mixed with their Embrace of Evil demo. This music still feel fresh and relevant today.
Opprobrium – Serpent Temptation (Brutal Records, 1998.
This pressing, Relapse Records, 2016).
Holy fucking shit. That’s all I can say about this album as it is so far ahead of it’s time it’s mind boggling. It’s like listening the Atheist and hearing how far they were ahead of the pack with their approach to metal.
I will admit: with the price of this album when they were formerly known as Incubus (and not the band that released the awesome album, Science) or knowing why the name change had to happen, all I can say is this their releases were a little bit too much for my wallet.
I love to sample music and then buy it if I really like it, but there is still something magical when you get something without hearing it just based on hype. When Relapse reissued this, I bought it immediately and it blew my fucking mind. This is coming from someone who has listened to metal since being young. This is essential listening and I need to find a pressing with the original “Incubus” name because I’m too OCD with collecting like that. I don’t have anyone to brag to about it either except anyone reading this if I grab one.
Incubus – Beyond the Unknown (Nuclear Blast, 1990)
After being blown away from the release above, I tracked down an original copy on CD of Beyond the Unknown. I got lucky as a put in a “Buy It Now” offer thinking the person wouldn’t accept it. But they did. I scored this for $45 US and I’ve seen it go for over double.
I guess being excited about scoring this means nothing if the music isn’t good, but it is. The production and songwriting is better but I’m still flip-flopping on what release from this band I actually like more as I’ve only really sat and listened objectively to both albums this year. If I had heard them back in the day any have had access to them, I’m not sure if they would have been as appreciated as they can be now as may musical tastes and appreciation for technicality grew as I got older.
Monstrosity – Imperial Doom (Nuclear Blast, 1992)
Speaking of another release that’s alluded me for a long time, this is one of them. I have most of Monstrosity’s catalogue, but this album has always gone for crazy prices online. While I didn’t get this album cheap, I had to make sure I got what I paid for. What I mean about that is there have been so many bootleg releases of this and other classic death metal releases lately, mostly Russian bootlegs, that flood the market.
I know in my video, I’m trying to do things in one take as that’s what I can afford to do while my daughter is sleeping or I have the time frame to do vids. The main thing you have to do is look and get confirmation of the matrix numbers to make sure you’re getting a legit copy. We can thank a community like Discogs for that. ALWAYS check Discogs and get on the forums if you have questions (or ask me 😉 )
Speaking of the music, it’s a classic style early 90s Death Metal album featuring none other that current Cannibal Corpse vocalist, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher on vocals. I’d love to have a copy of this on vinyl as it’s almost another “holy grail” release as some of the others on here that I wish I had earlier in my life to appreciate longer. But then again, maybe I appreciate havin this album and the quality of it even more now that I’m older.
Human Remains – Using Sickness As a Hero (Relapse Records, 1996)
This record came to me in a bit of a fluke. Relapse Records went on a kick reissuing classic records for their back catalogue (which I want them to continue doing). Dave at Mad Rush Media and I bought a “grab bag” deal what they had at the end of the year where Relapse sent a random bunch of 10 albums per order. Well, we got 20 albums and I got to choose 10.
I had never heard this band, and I’m being honest here that I had not even heard of the band name. I’ve had bands that I’ve never heard from back in the day and can recognize the band name, album cover, song titles, or T-Shirts and when I come around to finally hearing or grabbing the releases, I say, “ahhhh, yeah.” This band, I have absolutely no connection to.
So why do I feature them here? It’s because this album is such a crushing mindfuck and blend of many genres that you can see where bands like Mr. Bungle, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and others got their inspiration from. This grind/thrash/prog/death record simply amazes me! These guys were ahead of their time and I hop that by featuring them on here, some of you will go back and grab this.
While I got the reissue on vinyl, I got this on CD this year but the seller was one of those fuckers that didn’t take a picture, nor advertise, that this item for sale had one of those promo holes cut out of the UPC. Oh well…
Impaled Nazarene – Ugra-Karma (Osmose Productions, 1993)
I’ve had this release for awhile, but not this version. I had the one with the album cover that was put out after there was a copyright claim on this edition. While it doesn’t make the music better (which it doesn’t need to be because it’s fucking Impaled Nazarene), having this edition just makes me feel like I have a more complete collection and dare I say more “kvlt?” Who cares, I suppose. It’s in my collection and I wanted to share it.