Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 25


Continuing on with the backlog of music I’ve purchased over the last few months, it’s time for another installment of my new music showcase!  I love sharing the stuff I grab and hopefully introduce people to stuff they haven’t heard before or didn’t know was released.

As always, I’m giving shout outs, thanks, and promoting Mad Rush Media – one of the best places to buy your music! Make sure you check it out if you haven’t yet!  Like usual, there’s a video embedded at the end of the feature from my YouTube channel where I give some additional insight, show album sleeves, and show both sides of the records.

Malevolent Creation – The Ten Commandments
(Roadrunner Records, 1991/Listenable Records, 2017)

This is the first of three Malevolent Creation reissues put out by Listenable Records.  They’ve done a few albums from Suffocation and Gorguts over the last year and a half.  Not only does the 90s old school death metal sound beautiful on this release, Listenable didn’t do a horrible job with the cover art like on the Suffocation and Gorguts reissues (they all looked grainy and pixelated).

Malevolent Creation – Retribution
(Roadrunner Records, 1992/Listenable Records, 2017)

The second album from the Florida group also featured a young Rob Barrett from Cannibal Corpse fame on guitar here (before he joined CC, of course).  Out of the first three M.C. releases, this one is my favourite although all the releases are pretty solid have have killer tracks.

Malevolent Creation – Stillborn 
(Roadrunner Records, 1993/Listenable Records, 2017)

The third album in the reissue series sees the band still getting better and better with their songwriting and performance.  That’s not a knock on the previous albums, though.

Autopsy – Severed Survival
(Peaceville Records, 1989/ This Reissue, 2013)

The first of the three in the classic 90s dirty and filthy death metal trilogy is Severed Survival! Autopsy is one of those bands that hardly ever disappoint their fan base and the debut is a true death metal classic.  I like how Peaceville put the alternate cover on the label.  I can’t believe this cover caused controversy back in the day.

Autopsy – Mental Funeral
(Peaceville Records, 1991/ This Reissue, 2010)

Autopsy slowed things down a bit on this release and incorporated some doom metal feel into many of the songs throughout the album but still retained the overall sound of the first album.  This was the first Autopsy released I heard so this one is one of my favourites from the band.

Autopsy – Acts of the Unspeakable
(Peaceville Records, 1992/This Reissue, 2015)

The third full length from the band sees the band start heading into a style where they sped things up again to create faster songs that hit hard and then move onto the next slab of gore soaked tunes.  Getting this on vinyl is essential so you can see (and enjoy) the full artwork the cover is taken from.

Immortal – Blizzard Beasts (Osmose Productions, 1997/This Reissue, 2017)

This is the fourth album by Immortal and the last with Demonaz playing guitar.  This album is known for the surprisingly short songs from the band.  The production on it isn’t the best of their discography but certainly not the worst.  The reissue does sound pretty damn good, though.

Immortal – Damned In Black (Osmose Productions, 2000/This Reissue, 2017)

I know this album isn’t as renowned as some of the other band’s albums but I really like this one.  The production, the songs, and the delivery all hit the right spots for me, particularly “The Darkness That Embraces Me.”

Impaled Nazarene – Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz (Osmose Production, 1992/This Reissue, 2017)

Impaled Nazarene’s first blasphemous release is still insane and it hits hard, fast, and makes you feel unholy after listening to it.  Songs and/or interludes last from less than 40 seconds to three minutes across the album.  When the band goes on the attack, they go for the kill and they blend black, thrash, and death metal into one vicious performance.  A classic that sounds unbelievably crisp on this reissue.

Impaled Nazarne – Ugra Karma (Osmose Productions, 1993/This Reissue, 2017)

Within the same year as their debut hit the shelves, Impaled Nazarene released 12 more songs of blasphemy and debauchery – all that pin your ass to the wall with crushing blackened metal.

The songs are much longer this time around and the production and songwriting is more mature than the debut.  While the first album IS a classic, I do prefer this album because the songs are better and more focused.

I really wish we could have a vinyl re-release of this album with the original cover but because it was used without consent and cost Osmose a lot of money to settle back in the day, it won’t happen. This album I’d love to get an original pressing of to have the cover but right now it’s going for about $250 on Discogs. I feel bad enough spending that much on a 1/6 scale figure.

On a side note about the last four Osmose Productions releases: these will be released with different colour/splatter colours.  I love collecting those kinds of releases but I JUST bought the four of these albums a few months ago.  I contacted Osmose to express my disappointment that they did not announce they would be coming when these reissues on black vinyl were up for order.  Is it too much to ask a label to present coloured or special edition vinyls at the same time as the black vinyls? I heard nothing back from them regarding it.

Enjoy the video!