Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 21


It’s been a quiet week on the site as I’ve just been prepping more stuff and catching a little bit of extra me time instead of just trying to hammer out stuff daily, but I’m back to bring you some more extra goodness from my music collection I’ve gathered over the past month or two. This edition features vinyl from Peaceville Records!
While you can always check out their web store for the newest goodness, remember to check out my sponsor, Mad Rush Media, for past and present Peaceville releases and other labels to get your metal fix!  There’s a video at the end of this feature from my YouTube channel for those who like to know more of my thoughts on what is featured here.

Vital Remains – Into Cold Darkness
(Peaceville Records, 1995/Reissue, 2014)

I was so happy with the Vital Remains vinyl releases I got from Osmose Productions. Not only because of the quality, but because I sat down and listened to this band for the first time in a long time. Because of that, I’ve been listening to them a lot more and when the opportunity came up to grab this through Mad Rush Media, I did! This is the 2012 reissue and I don’ t think anything different was done to the mixing or mastering, but I could be wrong. Too bad this was the last release with Jeff Gruslin on vocals – I liked his delivery.

At the Gates – The Red in the Sky Is Ours
(Deaf Records, 1992/Peaceville Reissue, 2013)

This is a band that more people know for their album Slaughter of the Soul more than anything. There’s also a lot of debate around what fans like better: this era of the band or around Terminal Spirit Disease and after. Just like many bands, there’s good and perhaps not so good moments and I find At the Gates to be no exception. There are parts of the songs and riffs that seem out of place at time and added just for the sake of being difficult. While I do enjoy most of the album, I find I spin the Gardens of Grief EP that preceded this and the album by Grotesque, In the Embrace of Evil, more often .

At the Gates – With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
(Deaf Records, 1993/Peaceville Reissue, 2013)

I think my comments to their last album also fit here except I find this album to be easier to digest due to better recording/production and the stronger songs.

Katatonia – Brave Murder Day
(Avantgarde Music, 1996/Reissue – Peaceville, 2012)

I liked the slow death metal/doom metal version of Katatonia. I found them to a bit different to what I was listening to when I first heard this. This release is still a favourite of mine and perhaps it’s because Opeth frontman, Mikael Akerfeldt, is the one delivering the vocals on this one.  It’s a short, but fulfilling death/doom album.

Katatonia – Night is the New Day   (Peaceville, 2009)

I’m onto modern-day Katatonia with this release. I bought this album the week it came out but for some reason, it didn’t resonate with me right away. I think it also could have had to do with what I was listening to at the time this came out and I just wasn’t in the mood to go back to it. Unfortunately, it’s been like that for a long time. So why did I get this on vinyl then? Well, not only was it a good price and fills out my Katatonia vinyl selection, it forces me to sit and really listen and experience the album again – to give it a fair shake. I know it’s silly but sometimes having a more intimate listen and experience with an album opens your eyes to what is on it.

Behemoth – Thelema.6
(Peaceville, 2000/Reissue, 2013)

This album was actually my first experience with Behemoth. I always saw the album in one of the old Canadian music stores but the cover just seemed a little egotistical to me. It went on sale for dirty cheap so I finally bought it after reading about the band in Terrorizer magazine.

To me, Behemoth was by-the-books straightforward death metal. I like this album but I never found that it was really unique. There are still fan favourites on here such as “The Act of Rebellion” and “Christians to the Lions.”  This vinyl release was a great price so I picked it up. It sounds amazing and made me appreciated the album more than I did back when I first bought it.

Behemoth – Zos Kia Cultus
(Many labels, 2002/Reissue, 2010)

After picking up Thelma.6 on CD over 10 years ago, this was my next Behemoth title I bought on CD. It’s basically the same story as I told above. I didn’t go back to this album as much as I did with Thelma.6 and besides the title track, I didn’t recall too many of the songs.

Once again, this was a price I couldn’t turn up and thought it would be a good way to experience the album again after not hearing it for a long time (although I could just put on my CD – I’m weird like that). Thankfully sitting and taking this album in again in the more intimate setting of listening to a record front to back and while in my man-cave working away on pics for the features I do also really made me appreciate this more.

Autopsy – All Tomorrow’s Funerals   (Peaceville, 2012)

Wanna know a secret? I love Autopsy and have their whole discography on CD but I don’t own any vinyl. WHAT?!? Not even the essential first three albums? Nope. The reason is I always forget to snag them when I’m splurging online. Mad Rush Media got some of these compilations in and I figured it would be a reminder to finally track down Autopsy’s first three albums before pecking away at the rest of the discography on vinyl.

This album features new songs, songs from previous EPs, and songs that were only available through other means (like the Decibel magazing flexi series – I still have my original copy of “Mauled to Death.”) This is a great compilation from the band and I know I REALLY have to get on snagging their first three full-lengths on vinyl. Peaceville has just released Mental Funeral and Severed Survival on picture disc recently. While I do love the art, I’d rather spend the money on good pressings of these albums as the surface noise of picture discs bugs me too much. They’d be a good collectors piece if anyone would like to buy them for me (wink, wink).