Friday, January 6, 2012

2011 From a Vinyl Collecting Nerd

Here's some records I bought in the past year that didn't only sound great, but were some of the prettiest things I could've gotten. Depending on my budget, I'll try and make this a regular section, more or less for materialistic assholes like myself.

Thou - The Archer and The Owle

Maybe the most lovelingly made of the bunch, the thick jacket with  
a raised design on a pristine white is  a real pleasure when you see 
it in person. Marble swirl wax with old fashion looking prints of owls is the icing on the cake.

Discordance Axis - The Inalienable Dreamless
Hydra Head

After my friend showed me his original pressing of this record, and further introduced me to the band back when I was just a little shit, I realized this is why I wanted to collect vinyl; for this album alone. Being far outside my budget, it wasn't until "Record Store Day" this year that Hydra Head repressed this beauty and I was able to snag one.

Graf Orlock - The Doombox
Vitriol Records
What else is there to say about a 10" ep and the band's 3 LP effort on a CD all housed inside a cardboard ghetto blaster with an instruction booklet containing lyrics and insight to them. Outlandish; maybe, but reading the liner notes and realizing the band's affinity for 90's action flicks is as much a teenager revery as it is a political statement is very gratifying.

Fell Voices - Fell Voices
Gilead Media

The beatifuly dense artwork courtesy of Rainbath visuals might've been enough for me, but Adam at Gilead didn't stop there. A huge poster, great patch, and nice clean looking card with the info on it round out this heavyweight release.

Gridlink - Orphan/Amber Grey
Hydra Head

If you're gonna pay Hydra Head prices, you're going to expect this level of quality. The jacket is beautiful and ridiculously thick and the red vinyl is a beautiful choice. Beyond that, it's the whole Gridlink discography on one record (including a remastered Amber Grey with added guitar and bass). This was the one I was looking forward to all of 2010, happy to have it.
Teiatanblood - Purging Tongues

Teitanblood's DLP Seven Chalices is probably one of my favorite records, not only for the twisted and frightening black/death metal they put out, but the absurd amount of detail and attention given in their truely occult and otherworldly artwork/liner notes. The music on Purging Tongues itself is something I'm still unsure about, but looking at the B side etching on this record is a clear indication of how crazy this band can get.


Andrew Childers said...

i think my fave vinyl this year was wormrot's dirge. it may just be my shitty stereo, but it seemed to have more "pop" and life than either CD or mp3.

if my better later than never buying, i finally got bufo's Moderni Ja Maailman Tuho from way back in 2008. i think there's something fascinating about the double 7-inch format for an album.

Andrew Childers said...

oh shit and DEPHOSPHORUS. that was a gorgeous gatefold. fucking excellent work by 7 degrees.

Perpetual Strife said...

" bufo's Moderni Ja Maailman Tuho from way back in 2008"

I don't know what it is, but it sounds dope. The only thing I have like that is a collection of 7"s "Pharmacopia" that's like 5 7"s with all these sludge acts on it.

That Dephorsphorus Lp looks intense.

Andrew Childers said...

bufo is a finnish crust/grind outfit. i've been hunting them down for years and finally found something. i love it cuz the art is very jesu, 8 songs over two 7-inches and it's a weird mix of rotten sound and anti cimex. good stuff. i'm gonna get around to posting on it in depth soon.

Arekusu said...

I'm super jealous of your Gridlink on red. Mine's is on boring black. The thing I love about the vinyl is how insanely well the drums stand out in the mix. Waayy nicer then on cd or mp3.

Perpetual Strife said...

I literally checked their myspace and hydra head's sites 3-5 times a week throughout 2010-2011. And you're right, it's amazing how great that LP sounds; both sides.

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