Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 15 -Sponsored by Mad Rush Media
It’s time for some more musical goodness where I look at the music I’ve purchased over the past few weeks/month(s). Let’s rock it!
This edition is an all vinyl edition! Also, make sure you check out and buy music from Dave at Mad Rush Media!
Mesarthim – .- -… … . -. -.-. . (Avantgarde Music, 2016)
I aleady discussed this album here, so you can read that. Bascially, I scored this on vinyl, too, at the same time as the CD.
The Monkees – Good Times Plus EP (Rhino, 2016)
I’ve ranted how much I loved the Good Times! album that was released this year. It’s a front to back album for me and just contains that charm I like about The Monkees. This EP was released for Record Store Day (Black Friday) this year and features four tunes – three are unreleased and one is an alternate take of “Me & Magdelena” which is quite different as it is sped up and rocks, whereas the one they put on the album is a slow ballad. The other three songs are pretty good, too. The one thing that really ticks me off is that there wasn’t a download card included so I could have these songs digitally, seeing how they weren’t included on a CD. This should be industry standard.
Carnivore – Carnivore
(Roadrunner Records, 1985. This release: Music On Vinyl, 2016)
This is the debut release from Peter Steele’s short lived band, Carnivore. Most know Peter Steele as frontman and main songwriter for my favourite band of all time, Type O Negative. If you’re familiar with (and a fan of) Type O’s debut, Slow Deep and Hard, then you’ll find that this is a tad similar. The songs rock and really show Steele’s genius with songwriting, creative riffs, and adding melody in even the harshest musical environment. This release from Music on Vinyl features 1,000 copies on red and an embossed front and back cover. A solid re-release visually and sonically.
Disastrous Murmur – Rhapsodies in Red
(Osmose Productions, 1992 – This release: 2015)
Thanks to the people over at the Facebook group, Metal Collector’s Society, I got exposed to this band. I hadn’t heard of them before (or if I did back in the day, I don’t remember). After seeing the band pop up often and seeing the awesome cover art, I finally checked it out on YouTube and loved it. Sometimes nothing pulls on the musical heartstrings like early 90s Death Metal and this album does it. Osmose didn’t touch any of the sound on this reissue and left it how the original sounded, which is great for people like me who like to experience the original vision. Mind you, I wonder if the band would like to hear this remixed/remastered. This is a band that I now have to go through their catalogue to see if I really enjoy their other material.
Merciless – The Awakening
(Deathlike Silence Productions, 1990 – This release: Osmose Productions, 2016)
This album is one of those ones that collectors show off. There were only 1000 copies of the CD and vinyl pressing of the DSP originals and they go for a lot of money and when a metalhead ever scores one, they show it off. Osmose reissued it in 1999 and there have been other pressings available. It’s a classic Swedish death recording and should be essential listening. Yes, this release became notorious due to its rarity, but the music backs it all up. This reissue features an extra piece that has the lyrics and some promo stuff that (I think) was supposed to mimic the original.
Sarcófago – I.N.R.I.
(Cogumelo, 1987 – This release: Osmose Productions, 2016)
This band from Brazil released what is known now as an influential piece of extreme metal that blended punk, metal, grind, and death metal all into one melting pot and highly influenced black metal. I’m sure that if you’re a metal fan, even if you’ve never heard the album, you’ve seen the iconic cover before as the corpse paint and religious imagery spawn thousands of imitators. I’ve had a CD copy of this for many, many years, but I scored this from Osmose’s webstore. It sounds absolutely fantastic.
Vital Remains – Forever Underground
(Osmose Productions 1997/2016)
Dawn of the Apocalypse
(Osmose Productions, 2000/2016)
Here’s a band I have the complete discography of on CD but never owned any of their material on vinyl. I finally got around to listening to them due to the partnership they had on their last two studio albums that featured Deicide’s Glen Benton on vocals. Because of that, I went back and grabbed the rest of their albums because I really liked the music and the technicality of it all. Just like some other bands, with having so many CDs and favourites, I didn’t go back to Vital Remains at all on a regular basis. When placing my order from Osmose’s web store, I saw these in limited colours and how they featured the foil on the covers (and backs), so I thought – what the hell.
After sitting back and listening to these, I totally forgot how good these guys were and just how powerful their songwriting and musicianship was. Hell, I’m disappointed that Thorns was only featured as a vocalist on these two albums because the performance is wicked. Suffice to say, I started playing some of my other Vital Remains CDs after this and I’ll be making sure I won’t be staying away as long as I did before. These things sound very good and the colours of the albums themselves and the presentation of the sleeves make these great items for anyone’s metal collection.
Cradle of Filth – Damnation and a Day (Epic/Sony, 2003)
Here was Cradle of Filth’s major label debut that Sony and the band both banked on making a lot of money. Unfortunately, and I’m just speaking from memory here, the higher-ups at Sony weren’t impressed and the band was dropped after this release while many Cradle of Filth fans saw this as the beginning of the band’s quality of output. I didn’t mind this release when I first bought it but I’m like many COF fans where I went back to the band’s past releases (Midian and back) when I wanted my fill of the band. I got a good deal on a sealed copy of this and listening to it again, there are some good tunes on here – but it’s still not the quality release overall that I found with their older albums. It was like the atmosphere or aura surrounding the band was gone, although they tried to create it on a grander scale with the orchestra they brought in for some songs.
Cradle of Filth – Thornography (Roadrunner Records, 2006)
I have to be totally honest here: if there was one Cradle of Filth album that I barely ever put on, it’s this one. Why do I have it on vinyl then? Well, I did get another good deal on it (and was planning on completing a vinyl collection of the band’s discography) and usually if I buy something on vinyl, I take the time more to sit down and listen to the whole thing. Seeing how I barely remember a damn thing about this album (except that terrible cover song they did called “Temptation” by some band I don’t know called Heaven 17), I figured this would be a good way to rediscover the album and see if it hits any of my sweet spots. As of the time of writing this, I haven’t done that yet but I still wanted to include it in this feature and show it off.