Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 11 -Sponsored by Mad Rush Media

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Here’s some more excellent music goodness I’ve gotten over the past month and a bit! Remember: get your music from Mad Rush Media!  There’s a video at the end for all these!

Asphyx – Incoming Death (Century Media, 2016)

The death metal legends are back with album number nine after the founding member, Bob Bagchus, left the band. There wasn’t any animosity behind the split and vocalist Martin van Drunen mentioned in the latest issue of Decibel that they were kinda iffy about releasing it under the Asphyx name if Bob wasn’ t in the band and especially if he didn’t approve of the final product….and he did!

With that all being said, this is hard attacking Asphyx with some of the best songs they’ve written, in my opinion, over their last three albums. The production on here is amazing, too. Everything is heard perfectly but still has that old school death metal feel. I’m a big fan of the album and fans shouldn’t be worried about it being a huge departure from what they’re used to with this band.

This release also comes with a DVD with bonus live shows. I have yet to watch it (as of the time I’m writing this) as I like to enjoy these things when the guys are over and we’re having brews. Metal is always better shared!

Opeth – Sorceress (Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast, 2016)

 

Here’s album number three for the band after really distancing themselves from their death metal roots. There’s such a division with fans of the band as there are some that are embracing the proggy 70s feel style of the band now where others absolutely despise it. I’m in the middle as I’ve found probably half of their last three albums to be entertaining where there are some other songs/moments where it just isn’t what I like. I will say that the first half of this album is pretty good where it really tailors off into a more mellow territory and loses me – and not just because it’s “mellow.” Hell, I love Damnation so I have no problem when Opeth bring it down a notch.

Anyway, what I say here isn’t going to change anyone’s opinions and the band is happy doing what they’re doing and that’s what matters for an artist. This version that I have has a second CD with bonus and live tracks on it.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation (Party Smasher, 2016)

Talk about ending on a high note. This album crushes and I’ve spun it quite a bit since I got it in. I’ve always loved this band throughout the years. I’ve never seen them live but the videos I’ve seen make it quite the site to behold. The band announced that this was their final album and while that is sad, you have to respect them for doing what they do with the passion and energy they have for so long. If the album sucked, I would be more disappointed, but it doesn’t. I think it’s the perfect continuation from 2013’s One of Us is the Killer.

The vinyl version I snagged of this is from Australia and the purple colour is the exclusive colour from that area. The D-side features an excellent etching of the band’s logo. It’s almost like it’s closing the band’s final chapter appropriately by having something like this on the D-side. As well, on the inside of the album, there are pictures of smashed tubes that kind of symbolize the band being finished (same with the front cover with the broken glass). Thanks for the excellent tunes, guys!

Cradle of Filth – Dusk and Her Embrace: The Original Sin (Cacophonous Records, 2016)

This was the album that really introduced me to this band. I was in my first year of university and one of the guys that I befriended listened to them. He let me borrow the CDs and I was blown away. I had not taped a CD onto a cassette in a long time but there was no way these recordings were leaving my house. Thankfully a girl that was in one of my classes ended up scoring this (and Vempire) for me! These were the days before easy Ebay shopping and Amazon, so being in shitty Sudbury, you had a hard time getting music like this in the stores – AND CDs were still like $25/30 then.

Anyway, sob story and origin aside, this is the version of the album the band recorded before their old label, Cacophonous Records sat on it and then folded. Now that the label is resurrected and the band has patched things up with the owner, both parties agreed to finally release what could and should have been Dusk and Her Embrace.

You may be thinking that this may be just a demo and crappy sounding bootleg and I’m here to tell you it’s not. It’s so interesting to hear the different guitar tone that the band decided upon for this as it sounds more thrashy and heavy compared to what the album we’re all familiar with sounds like. Not only that, if you’re a big fan of the album like me, it’s so interesting to just sit down and listen to all the things they originally had planned for parts, vocals, structures, arrangements, and dynamics. It is a great listen and a huge historical piece for the band. I will definitely pick this one up on vinyl for my collection as I think it’s an essential piece. Believe me…I was skeptic at first but there is enough here to warrant a purchase. I think those who absolutely love their old demos and Principle of Evil Made Flesh more than the band’s more polished works will eat this up.

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason (Nuclear Blast, 2016)

First I’d like to thank many of you readers for the response to my YouTube video I made showcasing the 25 Years of Musical Deviance box set from the band.

This new release I scored on CD for my car and vinyl for when I’m in the man cave. The album sounds amazing –especially because we have some live f’n drums on the damn thing! The songs are catchy as hell and it still boggles my mind how low tuned this band can go while still making songwriting and melody an integral part of their approach. One the five or six spins I’ve given this album so far, I think I like it a lot more than obZen (2008), although that release was pretty good.

The album I have is the Canadian version on blue vinyl. The sound of this thing is very, very good as I had no issues with pops or volume being sporadic. I did want to track down a clear vinyl to blend in with the box set, but those were going for a lot on the secondary market and I missed my shot when they were for sale on Nuclear Blast’s page.

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