Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 10 -Sponsored by Mad Rush Media


Here comes the next installment of all the excellent music goodness I’ve gotten over the past month or two that I’m playing catch-up with for the site (after the craziness of the Spooktober season).
Once again, before I get started, if you’re going to get some music off the Internet, it better be through MAD RUSH MEDIA! Check out the page and buy the goodness from them. You won’t be disappointed!

Alice Cooper – Along Came a Spider (SPV/Steamhammer, 2008)

Although this is one of my least favourite Alice Cooper albums of the last ten years, it was still an essential purchase just for the alternate album cover alone. As far as I know (and looking from looking on Discogs), this is the only vinyl release of the album they made and that’s why it can cost you some big bucks. Now I just need to score Dirty Diamonds!

Devin Townsend Project –Transcendence (InsideOut, 2016)

I already broke down my feelings of this album in the last TOTW features, so go there to read it. I do talk briefly about it in the video at the end. The vinyl version features a colour that was exclusive to the CM Distro webstore. Both the CD and vinyl releases came with DTP incense sticks as well!  The D side has a really cool etching but it didn’t show up as well in the pics. It does a lot better in the video.

Alice Cooper – No More Mr. Nice Guy
(Four Worlds, 2012/Back on Black, 2015)

This is a live album from Alice that was recorded in 2011 but the vinyl version of this came out this year. I was a fan of the set list and the sound quality on the CD version I have, so I couldn’t pass snagging this for my Alice Cooper collection.

The thing I love about buying Alice Cooper live albums is that you’ll always get some songs that you won’t find on other releases. Yes, there will always be certain staples to his live set, but you can rarely go wrong when picking up live Alice albums.

Porcupine Tree – Nil Recurring
(Transmission Recordings, 2007/KScope, 2016)

This is the first time this EP has been released on vinyl…and it’s a good looking clear vinyl at that! Did I mention this sounds pretty damn good, too? These songs were written during the sessions for Fear of a Blank Planet – the album that introduced me to Porcupine Tree. While there are only four songs on this release, it still clocks in at just under half an hour.

The Monkees – Good Times! (Rhino Records, 2016)

I’ve already showcased the CD version of this back in a previous Treats of the Week, so I’m just showing you all that I picked up the vinyl version of this. I think this was mastered specifically for vinyl as the presence of the songs is larger. I really dug this album and it was such a surprise. I still listen to this almost weekly as it just makes me feel GOOD!

There is a version of this album that’s on coloured vinyl and one that comes with a 7” that features songs that aren’t on the album. Thank goodness those songs are coming out on Record Store Day as a separate release as I want to hear them.

System of a Down – Toxicity (American Recordings, 2001/This: ????)

I can remember when this album first came out, I cranked the hell out of it. I was still new to the city I still live in today, living in my own apartment, fresh off of buying my first car, AND working my first REAL career style job (that I hated), so the nostalgia factor is high with this album.

I found this on Ebay and snagged it even after looking on Discogs to see information indicating that this is a bootleg from Europe that was produced in 2015.   After getting it in the mail and listening to it, you’d never know! The album sounds fantastic and the packaging looks like it’s an official release.

Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten
(Roadrunner Records, 1991/Listenable Records, 2016)

One of the classic death metal albums of all time finally got a re-release this year courtesy of Listenable Records. The only problem was, because it’s a UK release, it was pricey to get in North America. This orange coloured version was even harder for me to obtain without paying an arm and a leg for it.

The album sounds great on vinyl but I’m unsure if any extra care went into a remix, master or anything as I think it sounds almost the same as the CD version. It really doesn’t matter too much as I wanted a physical vinyl copy of this for my collection.

Suffocation – Pierced from Within
(Roadrunner Records, 1995/Listenable Records, 2016)

Here’s another reissue that came out during the same time as Effigy of the Forgotten. Same deal as my description above for this album as well. The only extra thing I’ll say is that I have extra nostalgia tied to this album as this is the first Suffocation album I heard. I bought it just because the cover and logo looked awesome and the picture of the band on the back of the CD just looked so metal. I was not disappointed as this is still a go-to album for me and I’m glad to finally have a copy on vinyl.

I wish more care was put into the art on the front, though, as it just looks like a blown up picture and it looks a tad pixelated/jagged this large. Labels, when you’re reissuing vinyl, I’ll gladly pay an extra $2 to help you make sure that covers don’t look like they’re just been enlarged on a photocopier. At least the music on here sounds nice and thick.

Ghost – Popestar (Loma Vista/Rise Above, 2016)

I discussed this one in my last feature (on CD), so you can read that or hear some more thoughts in my video below.  My vinyl is just black as I got it from Amazon.ca. Just like the other releases by Ghost, there are lots of different colours for the vinyl exclusively for certain stores, websites, and/or territories.

Mesarthim – Pilars (Avantegarde Music, 2016)

Another album that I looked at and shared my thoughts on in the last feature!

Kvelertak – Nattesferd (Roadrunner Records, 2016)

I’ve already shown this CD in another Treats of the Week and boasted then that this may be in my top ten list at the end of the year. Well, it’s getting close to the end and I’m sure it’s still in there! While I do own their other two albums on CD, I’ve loved this one so much that I had to snag it on vinyl. Thankfully they let this album breathe over two vinyl and the Blue & White (although I only took a picture of the blue vinyl) colours – A/B is blue and C/D is white –  is a cool touch from the band and the label! Oh yeah, it sounds amazing as well!