Friday, August 26, 2011

Reviews 8/26/11

Arcane Malevolence "Wicked Turn of the Vine" (Self Released)
Some dude came into my store and gave me this. I knew I wouldn't like it, but thought I'd try. I'd categorize this as "Circus Death Metal."
If you like MR Bungle and Devin Townsend, check this out. I don't listen to that stuff and often can't stand it. KNock yourself out.
www.arcanemalevolence.com

Chthonic "Takasago Army" (Spinefarm Records)
Taiwanese band that has been at it for years appearantly. How interesting! Hate to use the term, but this is the definition of "Blackened Death Metal."
Low vocals, high vocals, heavy riffs, good production. Oh yeah, and KEYBOARDS UP YOUR ASS! Ok, now it's getting kinda nu metal. Ok that's it this sucks!
I wanna like this because it's from Taiwan - but unfortunately this band has taken most of it's sound from ungood American/Scandanavian bands. A shame,
why wouldn;t they try to develope their own sound? The drummer has that wierd disease where his legs are stuck on TDTDTDTDTDTDTDTDTD which doesn't
help with dynamics much. Tisk tisk...

Einherjer "Norron" (Indie Recordings)
This band's first EP is one of my favorite folk/viking recordings. After that they went to shit. And the fact that their CDS have been rotting away in my
CD bin for a good 2 years now proves I am not the only one who feels this way! So I was not expecting much here. I thought this band broke up to be honest.
When this music was new, it had a very special quality to it. It was generally lo fi but with so much feeling it only sounded better. Now that time has
passed and this whole folk viking thing has become SO popular - all the bands have good production and sound kind of a repeat of their former sounds
minus the inspired feeling. This has moments. But they are more strange/Black Metal sort. Reminds me of Khold at times. Solid and strange Black Metal.
Nothing special. However I think live this would be killer. I find this overproduced and flat sounding. Kills the vibe, when it's there.

Extreme Noise Terror "Holocaust in my Head" (Candlelight)
Legendary blast beat English freaks from the UK. From what I hear, it's the same insane bruality in the veign of their late 80s maerial.
Fans of Napalm Death's first album need not bother with the latest Napalm album. Pick this one up instead.

Falloch "Where Distant Spirits Remain" (Candlelight)
I was hoping for some good Scottish folk Metal. Musically, this is pretty damned good. Epic and melencholy, like the great folk Black Metal of
the early/mid 90s. It's pretty predictable and not original at all, but if you like that sound this delivers. But wait, there is a big "BUTT" here.
And that BUTT is the singer. When he comes in, it's like the Coldplay guy just showed up and started gathering roses to hand out to all the poor
crying leprechans and ferries moping about. But if you like your singers real feminine and..well...gay sounding, then this may be a selling point
for you. For me it wasn't. It adds to the pretense and fake manufactured vibe of it all.

Forsaker (self released demo cdr)
Newer Oakland band. This is great straight forward 80s death/thrash. Recorded on 4 track for that authentic lo-fi sound. In my opinion, this sounds
great for a four track and I turned this up and played it loud several times through in one sitting! If you like old Hellhammer, old Dark Angel, and shit
like that - stripped down but brutal and old school, check this demo out. Although I am not sure how. I guess you'll have to contact me! I will get more
soon. shaxul@shaxulrecords.com

Scarred "Haunting Memories" (Self Released)
Some dude from San Luis Obisop gave this to me. I was expecting some Pantera clone of some sort because of the name and generic cover art/logo.
I was wrong. Shockingly, this is killer traditional Metal with some doom elements! Very good production, memorable songs/riffs, and a very capable singer,
nice guitar work. Singer sounds like Robert Lowe (Candlemass/Solitude Aeturnus). In fact this sounds like newer Candlemass. I'm shocked, this is great!
This recording is dated 2009, so I dunno what they sound like now. But you can check it out at scarredmetal.com

Totimoshi "Avenger" (At a Loss Recordings)
I remember this band from as far back as the late 90s, playin some heavy stonery stuff at this dive and that. I am sure my old band even played
with em. Anyhow, I never thought they were amazing - but the name always stuck in my head. Clearly they have been very devoted and stuck it,
because here they are getting bigger. Unfortunaely the music is still pretty average. Vocals are sorta "talked hard" and not that memorable.
Seems like they woulda gone for a heavier tone, but instead the tone is more "garage rock" than I remember from their live show way back when.
Sounds like they are tryin to go kinda soundgardeny at times (commercial soundgarden, that is). I dunno - this ain't my cup of tea. Seems like fans
of Flaming Lips and other weird noisy bands who wanna be the Beatles secretly would dig this.

Friday, August 12, 2011

FUCK EBAY SALE! (USED LPS: Recent Arrivals)

All of these are either 1st pressing, or a very early one. Most contain all original inserts. Any questions, let me know! Most prices are set -but there are some which are too obscure to be sure, so if you know something I don't by all means let me know!

New Arrivals:

Blood Feast "Face Fate" (Sealed NRR 35 lower right/front on jacket has wrinkle and small hole/notch) $20
Mercyful Fate "Don't Break the Oath" (Combat MX8011 Damaged Sleeve) $12
Metal Blade "The Best of...VOL 1" (Vg 2LP) $15
Metallica "Creeping Death" PLP (NM - 1984 English Pressing P12KUT112) $50
Onslaught "Power from Hell" (1987 Combat 88561-8173-1 Worn sleeve edges) $15
Napalm Death "Harmony Corrupion" (Picture Disc NM) $20
Nuclear Assault "game over" (1986 Combat/Relativity Vg/NM) $25
Pestilence "Consuming Impulse" (1989 RO94211 Vg) $45
Pestilence "Malleus Maleficarum" (1988 RC/Roadrunner RC9519 Vg)$35
Raging Death Vol I (1987 godly Records NM still in shrink, opened on one side - Xecutioner, Sadus, Berayel, ect VERY RARE COMP!) $60
Rigor Mortis "Demons" (Vg/NM 1988 Capital Records) $20
Rush "Hemispheres" (beat up, plays fine) $5
Rush "Hold Your Fire" (good condition 1987 Polygram) $5
Sepultura "Morbid Visions" (New Renaissance NRR43 - Vg/NM VERY CLEAN!) $50
Sodom "Obsessed by Cruelty" (1986 US pressing - upper right corner of outer jacket has some damage. Disc has some dings - plays fine.) $25
Slayer (Interview Picture Disc BAK2046 Engand) - $20
Slayer "Hell Awaits" (1985 Combat/Important good condition) $20
Slayer "Hell Awaits" (Picure Disc 1985 Combat/Imporant MXPD 8020 #3193) $45
Speed Metal (Sealed 1987 Metal Blade Comp Slayer, Destruction, Celtic Frost, Sodom...) $20
Stars of Thrash (Roadrunner Comp FLosam, DRI, Pestilence, Slayer, SOD, Sacred Reich...Vg/NM) $20
Venom "American Assault" (1985 Combat/Imporant - Vg/NM) $20
Venom "At War with Satan" (Picture Disc 1984 Neat Records NM) $30
Venom (Interview Picture Disc TT112B England) $20
Zoetrope "A Life of Crime" (1987 Combat/Relativity) $20

Still in stock:
Adolescents - selftitled (81 release, mint) $20
Accept - Balls to the Wall (near mint except some writing on jacket, plays fine) $5
Annihilator - Alice in Hell (near mint vinyl, ringwear on cover) $10
Acrophet - Faded glory (mint vinyl, cut corner sleeve) $15
Accused - grinning like an Undertaker (mint) $25
Agony Column - gods guns and guts (near mint vinyl, cover has cut corner and some wear) $25
Anialator - (selftitled ep picture disc - Wild Rags) $35
Abattoir - The Only Safe Place (near mint) $20
Agnostic Front - Liberty & Justice For (near mint) $30
Bitch - Be My Slave (mint vinyl, near mint cover) $30
Bewitched - Rise of the Antichrist (2nd Osmose Press, near mint) $20
Crypytc Slaughter - Stream of Consciousness (bad scratch on one song, besides that, nm) $10
Corrosion of Conformity - Eye for an Eye ('88 caroline press, vg cover, nm vinyl) $25
Corrosion of Conformity - Animosity (original press, vg) $30
CH3 - Channel 3 (decent condition) $15
Children of Bodom - Tokyo Warhearts, Live in Japan 1999 (nm, mint green vinyl) $20
Crumbsuckers - Life of Dreams (vg, English Press, ROugh Justice) $30
Demon - The Plague (picture disc) $25
DBC - Dead Brain Cells (nm) $15
DBC - Universe (vg) $15
D.R.I. - Dealing with it (vg Enigma 72069-1) $25
D.R.I. - Crossover (vg) $20
Exploited - Death Before Dishonour (nm) $25
Exciter - Violence and Force (vg) $15
Exodus - Pleasures of the Flesh (nm - Combat 88561-8169-1) $20
Exodus - Pleasures of the Flesh picture disc (sealed) $20
Exodus - Fabulous Disaster (sealed - Combat) $30
Hirax - Hate Fear and Power (nm original press) $15
Impaler - If We Had Brains... We'd Be Dangerous (nm) $20
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin (vg) $15
Laaz Rockit - Know Your Enemy (nm) $20
Let Them Eat Jellybeans (Alternative Tentacles Comp, vg) $40
Lethal gospel - Martian Whores (nm) $10
Lethal gospel - Equals Jihad (nm) $10
Mace "Process of Elimination" $15 (Restless 72074-1 good Condition. Cut corner)
Megadeth "Killing is my Business..." $25 (Combat/Important MX 8015 Vg)
Metallica "Let god sort em out" $20 (Live 1983 plus studio tracks and Megadeth's first demo. After hours Records)
Meliah Rage "Kill to Survive" $10
Metal Massacre V $30 (Hellhammer, Voivod, Overkill, etc...Vg)
Nazareth "No Mean City" $10 (Sleeve is Fair, Disc is Vg SP4741)
Nuclear Assault "The Plague" $15 (good)
Nuclear Assault "Survive" $25 (Vg - IRS Promo Stamp)
Recipients of Death $25 (Wild Rags - good)
Savatage "The DUngeons are Calling" $20 (Vg MX6016)
Savage Steel "Begins with a Nightmare" $30 (Near Mint. Opened with Shrink - New Renaissance)
Sgm "Aggression" $8 (Fair sleeve, Vg Disc)
Slayer "Diabolus in Musica" $30 (Cut on upper right. Wrinkle on lower left corner. Inner Sleeve/Discs Vg)
S.O.D. "Speak English or Die" $15 (Vg - Netherlands Pressing)
Total Virulence - $25 (French Thrash Comp)
Ugly Americans "Who's Been Sleeping in my Bed" $10 (good)
Venom "Singles 1980 - 1985" $30 (180 gram 2LP Earmark Mint Condition)
War Fare "Metal Anarchy" $20 (NM Produced by Lemmy)
War Fare "Pure Filth +7 Inch" $30 (Produced by Algy Ward of Tank.)
War Fare "Two Tribes" 12" Single $15 (Neat 45 - Vg)
War Fare "Mayhem Fucking Mayhem" $25 (NM. Produced by Cronos)

7"s

Lethal gospel - now its time to party (89, looks rare, good condition) $10
Dawn of Azazel - Bloodforged Abdication (black metal, mint) $10
Pure Cultivation/D.S.B. split (hardcore, mint) $10
Thunderchimp - selftitled (mint vinyl, slight ringware on back cover) $15
Sick of it All - selftitled (rare early ep) $10
Hirax - El Diablo Negro (First Press - picture disc) $10

10"s

Hirax - Barrage of Noise (sealed) $10
Hirax - Blasted in Bangkok (mint, 4 track ep, white vinyl) $10