Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 28
Welcome to another new music feature showcasing lots of the quality releases I’ve picked up over the last few months. This is another all vinyl edition featuring reissues, older releases, and more recent releases!Before I start, as usual, I’m giving props to Dave and Mad Rush Media for the excellence from the Ebay store. Check it out and buy your music from Mad Rush Media!
Cancer – To the Gory End
(Silent Scream Recordings, 1990/ This reissue: Cyclone Empire, 2014)
If you want some classic, old-school death metal, get this release that many people in the underground deem to be a classic. While this album IS good, I still prefer their second album, Death Shall Rise, more and need to track down a copy of it on vinyl. This reissue by the label Cyclone Empire (that I know nothing about) actually sounds damn good. Not sure if it’s just the CD audio copied over.
Edge of Sanity – Unorthodox
(Black Mark Productions, 1992/2015)
For me, this album (the second for the band) is even more of a classic than the one mentioned above. It’s practically a front to back death metal album that teases the progression the band (especially main man, Dan Swanö) would make over the next couple albums, departing from a pure “death metal” attack.
Edge of Sanity – The Spectral Sorrows
(Black Mark Productions, 1993/2015)
This album features more clean vocals than Unorthodox which is a no-no for some death metal purists. For me, when it’s done right, I enjoy it. This album and Unorthodox seem to always go hand-in-hand when spinning them. These represses sound great.
Edge of Sanity – Purgatory Afterglow
(Black Mark Productions, 1994/2015)
Dan Swanö takes Edge of Sanity into an even more progressive, melody driven metal direction and really blurs the lines between many genres. If you haven’t heard any of the three Edge of Sanity releases before that I showcased here, listen to these three in order.
Incantation – Mortal Throne of Nazarene
(Relapse Records, 1998/Hell’s Headbangers, 2013)
This is the second studio album from the US based Death Metal band (whose new album, Profane Nexus, just came out as of the time of writing this. I’ll feature it soon!). The band got pissed off at Relapse Records when this was recorded because Relapse Records didn’t like what they heard and told the band to re-record and mix the album (and they changed the order of the songs). Later on, the original recording, mix, and track order was released as Upon the Throne of Apocalypse. It’s a pretty rare release and goes for a pretty penny on Discogs. Thankfully I have one.
Long story aside, this reissue from Hells Headbangers sound f’n fantastic and the layout is top-notch. There were some editions on coloured vinyl, but I ended up finding a copy on black vinyl. A large poster of the album cover is included and the D-side has an etching that I forgot to take a picture of.
Incantation – Decimate Christendom
(Listenable Records, 2004/Hells Headbangers, 2017)
This is the sixth album from the band and I feel like overlooked this release and the next one I’m featuring. I didn’t rush out to get this at the time because I was at stage where I was listening to other bands doing different things within the metal genre (like Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, etc).
While I do have this album on CD, I didn’t listened to it for a long time. Sitting down with this newly reissued release from Hells Headbangers makes me shake my head because it’s so damn good and so evil sounding. The quality of the Hells Headbangers release is top notch and you gotta love the foil logo on the cover. This is the purple/oxblood marbled vinyl and I’m not sure of amount produced.
Incantation – Primordial Domination
(Listenable Records, 2006/Hells Headbangers, 2017)
To keep things short, I can say the exact same thing about this album as I did the last. That maybe just goes to show that a) I was an idiot for kinda overlooking these albums (even with owning the CDs) and b) Incantation has always put out quality, blasphemous death metal. This is the gold/bronze marbled vinyl edition and I’m not sure how many were produced.
Obituary – Inked in Blood
(Relapse Records/Gibtown Records, 2014)
This was my favourite album from the band since they got back to making music in 2005 (until the new one came out). Obituary does what Obituary does well: making straight ahead, headbanging death metal. The album didn’t disappoint although there are a few songs that could have been dropped to make the album even tighter. Then again, my least favourite songs could be another person’s favourite, right?
This edition is on red vinyl and I love the embossed cover. I really stands out from other vinyl covers.
Obituary – Obituary (Relapse Records, 2017)
I have a certain level of expectation when an Obituary album drops. I’m not fooling anyone (or myself) if I was expecting a departure at all from the band’s signature sound and songwriting style but I can say that I was blown away with just how good this album is produced and how strong all the songs are on this one. There isn’t any filler here, people. This is arguably Obituary’s strongest album, front to back, probably since The End Complete.
This version was limited to 200 and is presented on orange silver merge vinyl. Also included with this was a sticker of the band’s logo and a large poster signed by the band. So awesome! I also bought a T-Shirt AND I already have my ticket to go see them and Exodus near the end of September.
Exhumed – Slaughtercult
(Relapse Records, 2000/Hells Headbangers, 2017)
Here’s another excellent reissue by Hells Headbangers. The only other version of this classic album (and it IS a classic – it’s early Carcass cloning at it’s finest but adding so much more) was released on a picture disc. Well, we all know how picture discs sound – not very good.
The original album (that sounds spectacular on vinyl) is presented in its original form without any bonus tracks. The additional tracks (demos/rehearsal takes) are on an additional 10″ vinyl that is shaped like a saw blade. This so matches the theme and atmosphere of the album and props to Hells Headbangers for doing this. Even if you’re not a fan of the band but collect special vinyl, this one is for you!
Enjoy the video!