Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 27
I’m getting close to catching up this summer on all the music that has come in over the three/four months. This is another all vinyl edition that focuses on lots of reissues and one recent release.
Once again, I’m sending out love and endorsement for Dave over at Mad Rush Media for helping me score music from his Ebay store and across the globe. Make sure to check out Mad Rush Media and buy, buy, buy!!!
Rotting Christ – Thy Mighty Contract
(Osmose Productions, 1993/ This release: Peaceville Records, 2017)
This is Rotting Christ’s debut album and you could tell the band had a vision and chops way back then. While not as sophisticated as their material today, this early taste of their black metal prowess turned heads and showed that this band was going to be staying around for a long time to come. This reissue also has a large booklet that gives you an idea where the band was and what the scene was like at the time. More reissues should get this much love. The only downside is no download card for the album is included.
Rotting Christ – Non Serviam
(Unisound Records, 1994/ This release: Peaceville Records, 2017)
Similar to the aforementioned release, Peaceville gave the second full length from the Greek band the reissue treatment with a similar style booklet and stellar sound. “Non Serviam” translates to “I will not serve,” which really reflects the band’s anti-Christian stance on the album. Another classic!
Pestilence – Obsideo
(Candlelight Records (CDs)/Back On Black (vinyl), 2013)
This was the final album before main mastermind behind the band, Patrick Mameli decided to lay it to rest again. I didn’t mind any of the three albums the band put out after Mameli resurrected the band in 2009 and this one probably was the strongest out of them. It was a cheap pick-up and it makes me hanker for the original albums to be reissued. Pestilence has been resurrected again with a full-length, Hadeon, supposedly still coming before the end of the year.
Cradle of Filth- The Manticore and Other Horrors
(Peaceville Records, 2011)
This is the tenth album from the band. I got this for a really good price and it helps me get closer to completing my Cradle of Filth discography on vinyl. I didn’t go back to often after the first couple of spins. It’s not that it’s bad but there just wasn’t anything that particularly hooked me with this release. Perhaps sitting down and spinning this one again will help me find some gems.
Behemoth – Demigod
(Mystic Production, 2004/This reissue Peaceville Records, 2014)
This is the album that made Behemoth not only a favourite of mine but I think this is the album that really broke them in North America. This album delivers all the way though and besides the overly distorted/processed vocals, the performance and production are top notch. If you have never listened to Behemoth, I say start with this album and work your way up.
Necrophagist – Epitaph (Relapse 2004/2017)
This tech/death masterpiece was ahead of its time, I think. This is not straight forward death metal, my friends. This album is one of the blueprints many bands in the genre used as inspiration and a benchmark. Still to this day, when I sit down to listen to it, I need to sit back and focus to soak it all in and I’m still discovering stuff all these years later. This version (Brown & Orange Merge w/ Bone White Splatter) was limited to 300 copies on Relapse’s online store.
Mesarthim – The Great Filter/Type III (Avantgarde Music, 2017)
This album (EP) consists of two songs the band released digitally in 2016. While that may seem like a rip off, both songs together clock in at just under 40 minutes of music – a song for each side! Like usual, Mesarthim blend black metal and syth to make amazing atmospheric jams. Make sure to use the search feature on the main page to check out all the other Mesarthim releases. I can’t say enough great things about them and they have become one of my favourite new artists from the past few years.
Dismember – Like An Everflowing Stream
(Nuclear Blast, 1992/ This reissue – Back on Black, 2010)
This is an early 90s death metal classic that should be in everyone’s collection. While I’ve had this on CD (USA AND UK original pressings – FTW) for ages, this is one band I haven’t gotten anything on vinyl until recently. I know, I know… I should be ashamed of myself. Suffice to say, this reissue from Back on Black sounds fantastic and adds a few bonus tracks to boot that was found on CD reissues as well. Essential listening.
Death – Human (Relativity, 1991/ These reissues – Relapse, 2017)
While this release from the Death (and the late, great Chuck Schuldiner) wasn’t the first Death album I bought or heard (that honour goes to Individual Thought Patterns), it has become my favourite from the band.
Schuldiner, along with the trio of musicians who became Cynic, created one of death metal’s masterpieces that will stand the test of time. This is a front to back release that pushed what death metal should be. I don’t understand the rationale of Relapse adding the God of War bonus cover track at the end of the album. I know it was a bonus track on CD versions, but even if this IS a CD audio transfer, that bonus track didn’t need to be included.
Seeing how this album is one of my favourites in the genre, I just couldn’t pass on also getting the picture disc version that was limited to 300 copies. The release on coloured vinyl is the black and blood merge version and was limited to 500 copies.
Like usual, here is the video from my YouTube channel where I discuss the albums more, showcase the sleeves, and maybe share some download codes! Enjoy!