Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 20
Holy crap in a hat! It’s the 20th feature showcasing all the crazy music I purchase and want to share with you all. I know it doesn’t seem like 20 is a lot, but to me, pumping out 20 editions of this in just over a year is pretty crazy and I STILL have lots of stuff to show!
Many of these features would NOT be possible without the support of Dave at MAD RUSH MEDIA. I know every feature and in every YouTube description and video I tell you to check out MRM and buy, but I’m telling you: this guy looks after your music needs and although I’ve never met the guy face to face, he’s an amazing friend. Thank you Dave for helping me get to 20 features and adding to my music collection over the last 6-7 years.
With all that out of the way, here’s what I want to share in this edition!!!
Gojira – The Link (Listenable Records, 2013/2017)
Here’s another version of Gojira’s second album in a different colour. It’s an amazing album and I’m glad Listenable is putting out their albums in different colours because it makes them easier to get. This gold colour is limited to 1000 copies and sounds really good.
Incantation – Tribute to the Goat (Elegy Records, 1997/Season of Mist, 2016)
This is the gold limited version out of 333 copies Season of Mist put out. I went into some detail about the Russian edition the band didn’t like that came out months prior to this in THIS feature, but I go into a little more detail in the video at the end. No need repeating myself here. I will say this release sound fucking awesome and well worth the dough!
Opprobrium – Beyond the Unknown
(Nuclear Blast, 1990/Cosmic Key Creations, 2016)
For those not in the know, this band was originally called Incubus before they changed their name to Opprobrium due disbanding (then returning in 2000) while the other well-known band took the name. I featured the CD release that has the original band name in my past feature HERE is you’d like to take a look. I find this band to be quite ahead of their time with this release and their other album, Serpent Temptation. If you ever missed out, make sure to check them out because they sound just as fresh and creative in today’s metal scene. This edition is limited to 200 copies. I wish the volume of the music on this release was louder, though.
Immolation – Shadows in the Light (Listenable Records, 2007/2014)
This is the Immolation’s 7th album and when this album was released, I’ll be honest – I wasn’t paying attention to this band as much as I did during their first releases. I went back about 6 years ago and started to get back into stuff I missed by them and some other bands. While I did appreciate the release I was still listening, like usual, to more and more new stuff and an abundance of new tunes. Thankfully, as I state below, I’m in a real big Immolation/Incantation kick and to sit and listen to this really made me appreciate what a great release this is. Revisit it if you haven’t in years like I did.
Incantation – Diabolical Conquest
(Relapse Records, 1998/Hells Headbangers, 2013)
I have no idea why I’ve been on such an Incantation and Immolation kick as of late. It happened a few years ago when both of them released new albums in the same year and it looks like it’s happening again. This time around, I’m buying more vinyl and with that, I’m trying to score their entire catalogues.
It has been a while since I really sat down to listen to this album and when I did, for 1998, this was one hell of a dark and evil fucking sounding album. This one will blow many bands pretending to be evil today. Hells Headbangers did a great job with the vinyl edition as it sounds killer. The packaging is great, too, along with the etching on the D-side. There were some colour versions of this released but this was the only one I could find at a decent price on Ebay when I pulled the trigger on buying it. Essential listening.
Cobalt – Slow Forever (Profound Lore, 2016)
Here’s another album I got on CD about a month before I made this order for it on vinyl. I’m saying the same thing here as I did in the feature I did about the CD a few features ago: it’s another release that I wish I heard it earlier because this album also would have had a spot on my top 20 of 2016. It kicked my ass so hard that it was essential for me to pick up. Profound Lore does great vinyl releases and this edition is the orange and black pressing limited to 200 copies.
Horrendous: Ecdysis (Dark Decent Records, 2014/This pressing, 2016)
This is another band that I’ve loved a lot lately who is more recent to the metal scene. I’ve had the CD for about a year and I decided to pick this one up for my turntable. Nothing is better than great metal artwork enlarged on a vinyl sleeve, right? Same goes for their latest album, Anareta – it’s essential metal to have on vinyl. This pressing is the latest one and sounds amazing. Buy it!
Blood Incantation – Starspawn (Dark Decent Records, 2016)
I’ve already spoken about this album and the band’s EP before it HERE, so you can read that. This album made it into my top albums of 2016 and I enjoyed it so much that I thought it was worthy of picking up on vinyl. Check them out if you haven’t yet because I feel the best from this band is yet to come, although this release is a seriously good front to back album. Dark Decent Records has awesome bands and if I was 10 years younger without a child and wife, this label would be one (along with Profound Lore) I’d be checking every artist out from.
Burzum – Filosofem (Misanthropy, 1996/Reissue – Back on Black, 2008)
I’ll admit it: I’ve really away from Burzum because of the actions and rants of main-man Vark Vikernes. Finally I decided to sit down and listen to what the fuss is about and tried to separate the man from the music and I liked what I heard and really enjoyed this album and it’s lo-fi approach that was the style for black metal at the time. I mean, I’ve separated other band’s actions from their music (like Dissection, Mayhem, and Emperor), so I’d be a hypocrite if I couldn’t separate it here. I’m glad I finally did because as a piece of old school black metal, it’s essential listening.
I go into more of a rant in the video as it was late and I think I had too many by the time I was finishing the video. Oh well…it is what it is. Enjoy!