A column where horror and nostalgia meet. Topics range from VHS, Vinyl, repertory screenings and a hodge-podge of anything else horror related that that harkens back to the days of yesteryear.
After talking about VHS last week I figured it would only be logical to discuss vinyl this week. Not just vinyl in general, but specifically the recent rise of re-issued horror and cult soundtracks.
When it comes to horror and vinyl re-issues the name that looms largest is Death Waltz Recording Company. In a little over a year now the company has already re-issued an impressive amount (10 and counting) of cult and horror soundtracks including: Zombi2, Let the Right One In, Donnie Darko, The Devil’s Business, Prince of Darkness, They Live, and Halloween III. I reached out to the patron saint (or should that be sinner?) of horror soundtrack re-issues, Spencer Hickman, the man behind Death Waltz, for a conversation about his company and the state of horror vinyl today.
Legendary bands Converge and Napalm Death have come together for a split release, bridging the worlds of personal and politically driven extreme music.
Recorded as part of their new album sessions, Converge offer up the blazing new song “No Light Escapes“. Already a staple of their live set, this whirlwind of an emotional charged song is a soon to be a discordant hardcore/metal anthem for the band. Also on the release, Converge offer a “We Are The World” styled rendition of the influential Entombed classic “Wolverine Blues“. Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates, Lock Up), Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Split Cranium), Kevin Baker (All Pigs Must Die, The Hope Conspiracy), Brian Izzi (Trap Them), and more. A new Converge album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.
On the flip side, metal pioneers Napalm Death offer up two new aural monsters. First, “Will By Mouth” erupts in classic grind fashion. A buzz of brutal guitars and a crushing blast beat lay a foundation for Barney Greenway‘s vicious vocal attack. All of it uniquely bleeding together to paint a vivid picture of social unrest. Also on the release, Napalm Death offer the slower and textural new song “No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal)“. A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. Without question, “No Impediment…” is truly a powerful and poignant moment for this legendary band.
Alright, I’m gonna chalk this story up as one of the more crazy yet awesome things I’ve read. And Vinyly is a company that will take your cremated remains and mix the ashes into vinyl records (up to 30) with whatever choice of music you desire. These vinyl records are then given to friends, relatives, enemies, whomever you so desire after they are completed. However, this process is NOT cheap. Packages start at £3000, which is just over $4,700, and this only allows for a total of 24 minutes (12 minutes per side). The company also doesn’t assume responsibility for any copywritten material that is submitted.
Personally, I think this is a very creepy yet awesome idea. On top of being able to give people a taste of your personal favorite/most important music, can you imagine the horror movie plots that could come from this? Poster tagline right here: “She thought she’d hear his soul. She never expected to fight for her own.”
What about you readers? Would you do this? READ MORE
Considered one of the great Italian horror films, Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond featured a stunning, lush, beautiful score by Fabio Frizzi. Now, Mondo will be releasing a limited edition remastered vinyl copy of the score. There will only be 1500 pressings, 500 of which will be released on clear turquoise. The audio has been remastered by James Plotkin. The street date for this is May 22nd, although the online sale might be sooner. Keep an eye on Mondo just in case.
If I had a record player, I would be compulsively clicking the ‘refresh’ button. What a fantastic score!
I couldn’t be more excited to spread the word that Trash Talk will be releasing a new 7″ titled “Awake” on True Panther. Trash Talk are among one of the heaviest hardcore/punk acts in the game right now and their new video for “Awake” couldn’t be a better example. There will only be 1,416 copies released so it’s probably in your best interest to pick this up immediately from True Panther. Now enjoy the video for “Awake” or die!
Check out the artwork for “Awake” below the break! Also go skate!
While at this year’s BonnarooFat Mike of NOFX sat down and talked about his feelings towards events like Bonnaroo as well as NOFX‘s upcoming 7″ covering “obscure” hardcore bands including Rebel Truth and Necros. I will admit I have mixed feelings about this 7″ considering their cover of Minor Threat‘s Straight Edge is quite awful. But being the NOFX fan that I am I’m sure I’ll buy every color 7″ when it comes out in August.
Read past the break for NOFX‘s upcoming 7″ album cover as well as some live footage from their performance at Bonnaroo this year. Enjoy! READ MORE
I definitely had no idea this split was going to happen and now that I do I couldn’t be more excited. La Dispute & Koji have teamed up to release a 12″ EP called “Never Come Undone” on No Sleep Records. Both bands are providing two songs each, La Dispute providing an original along with a re-imagining of a song off their 2008 release “Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair”, and Koji with an original song and a cover. The album is going to be a one sided 12″ with an etching as the B-side. You can pre-order the album HERE from the No Sleep webstore. Pre-orders come with a 1″ button special to this pre-order, and every 12″ will come with a digital download code. There is also a special pre-order only shirt you can get as well, but be reminded to get the shirt you also have to pre-order the album.
Read past the break for La Dispute’s upcoming tour dates!
Converge announced some awesome news yesterday that’ll pretty much lay out what you you have to look forward to from them hopefully this year. The fine people at Deathwish Inc. already laid it out perfectly.
Converge & Drop Dead Split 7″EP:
We are excited to announce that Converge will be releasing a split 7″EP with our friends in the legendary Drop Dead. The split 7″EP will be self released by both bands, and distributed to retailers/distros by Deathwish Direct and Armageddon. If all goes well, look for the release to be available at the U.S. shows mentioned.
Read past the break for the new album, DVD and tour date info! Also please enjoy their video for “Axe To Fall”
7″s these days almost seem more important than your full length albums. Well at least in the hardcore/punk community. Caravels have released their first 7″ with Topshelf Records this past month only four months since their first “official” EP “Floorboards”. Is their 7″ just as good as their EP? Read past the break for my review!
That’s right Pantera are set to release “Cowboys From Hell”, “Vulgar Display Of Power” and “Far Beyond Driven”. The albums are expected to have an April 17th release date. “Cowboys From Hell” will also be celebrating it’s 20th anniversary and the album will be remastered as well as have new artwork and will also include bonus tracks.
And if that wasn’t enough there will also be a greatest hits album released sometime this year titled “1990-2000: A Decade Of Domination”. As soon as I have more updates on these releases I will post them. READ MORE
The Misfits. I don’t think I’m the only one who hopes that Jerry and Glenn will make up, get Doyle out of the gym, and start playing songs like they used to… but until then we have the Jerry Only fronted Misfits and the 2 tracks that make up their new release, “Land of the Dead”. The two songs included, “Land of the Dead” and “Twilight of the Dead”, can be downloaded on iTunes or Amazon.com for $0.99 a pop. But if you want a real treat, and have $10 to burn, you can head over to MisfitsRecords.com and pre-order the limited edition LP single on clear green vinyl. The record cover includes a re-imagined “Fiend” (aka Crimson Ghost) as created by Arthur Suydam of the Marvel Zombies comic book series.
Not sure if you want to drop the cash? Understandable, but check out some reviews before you dismiss it. I’d love to give you a full review myself, but for 2 songs (and over a decade) I’m not gonna bother. Give us a full LP!