Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 26


Continuing on my summer mission to get through the abundance of music I’ve collected over the past few months, I’m back with another all vinyl edition featuring mostly recent releases.

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Decapitated – Anticult  (Nuclear Blast, 2017)

This edition is on grey with black splatter vinyl, limited to 250 copies. I’ve already discussed in Vol. 24 my thoughts on this album (on CD) but I can say I find the overall quality of the sound on the album to sound great.  As I’ve spun this even more I’m loving each and every song.  It’s definitely going to be in my top 20 of the year.

Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive(Self Released, 2016/2017)

One of the most important black metal releases of all time was captured live, in its entirety, at the Black Christmass festival in Sweden on December 18. 2015.  I was a bit skeptical about how the whole album would sound in this day and age and I can say I was blown away by the quality of the overall sound and the performance.  This is so good I’ll be eventually getting the CD/DVD combo so I can kick back and enjoy the performance.  Don’t pass this up.

Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
(Deathlike Silence Productions, 1994/ Back on Black, 2013)

At the time of ordering De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive, I realized I never actually ordered the classic on vinyl!! That’s enough right there to kick me out of the metal on vinyl club (add that I keep meaning to get Possessed’s Seven Chuches on vinyl and always forget and I’m definitely screwed).  Back on Black’s pressing of the album sound great.

Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
(Black Mammoth Records/Warner Brothers, 2017)

Death and Black Metal to this album? Yep…that’s how I role. This is the deluxe, limited edition of the album from the band’s online store. I’m unsure how many copies of this edition they made but I do know they made some available with the 12 page booklet signed.  My copy isn’t signed.

This deluxe version also includes the album on CD in a sleeve and a 7″ featuring two songs that aren’t on the album (or CD).  While I do like the packaging, the CD sleeve and the 7″ case slip out of the large packaging.

My buddy got me into this band when their first album came out a few years ago because I like bands like this, Band of Skulls, and Rival Sons quite a bit.  While the songs are good and catchy, the album is little more on the pop side than heavy side but things are growing on me.  I really need to spend more time with it to tell you the truth.  Let’s see if this gets on my top 20 at the end of the year.

Suffocation – …Of the Dark Light (Nuclear Blast, 2017)

This edition is on clear with white splatter vinyl, limited to 500 copies.  I also mentioned my thoughts all about this in my Vol. 24 feature and video.  Not much more again to say except it sounds really awesome on vinyl and it’s great to see the art on a grander scale.

Akercocke – Rape Of The Bastard Nazarene
(Goat of Mendes Records, 1999/ Peaceville Records, 2017)

I am eagerly anticipating the newest release from the reactivated band to drop in mid August.  Peaceville Records (who will be putting out their newest album, Renaissance In Extremis) has put out the band’s debut for the first time ever on vinyl. While I find other entries in the band’s catalogue to be more cohesive and focused, this album is still a mandatory listen for death metal fans.

Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile: Deviations 1 (Nothing Records, 2017)

This “limited edition” vinyl (that’s STILL available on NIN’s online store as of the time of writing this – so I don’t know how “limited” it really is) was ordered in late 2016 but arrived at the end of June, 2017).  I’m still waiting (along with everyone else) for the reissues I ordered at the same time of The Fragile, The Downward Spiral, and Broken.

On the plus side, all these instrumentals and alternate versions of songs that were on The Fragile sound fantastic.  If you’re a fan of The Fragile, you’ll really enjoy this.  For me, The Fragile was one of those albums that, when it came out, I thought it really could have been condensed into one solid CD of music.  With that said, you could imagine me not being wanting to immerse myself with all of this compilation that’s spread over 4 (!!!) LPs.  I can honestly say I enjoyed the whole thing more than I thought I would and it makes me want to revisit The Fragile.  While I have it on CD, I’ll be waiting for my reissue to finally arrive.  Expect that in a future feature.

Enjoy the video!