Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Life of Agony: River Runs Red - November Record Store Day Pressing on Transparent Red Swirl

One of my all time favorite Hardcore records was repressed on Brookvale records, out of Long Island.  Every year I go back to Long Island for Thanksgiving and we go shopping on Black Friday.  The guys who run Brookvale Records also owns Looney Tunes which is an independent record store which has become a staple in New York. I do all my Black Friday RSD shopping there and it so happens that they were releasing River Runs Red there, on Black Friday.  They've gotten in this habit or re-releasing classic local albums on limited vinyl. 

This was pressed in 3 variations, one is limited to 500 on splatter red/black and can only be purchased from them. Another was a press of 500 on blue for European distribution and then 1500 on solid red for general distribution.  I picked up 2 copies of the red/black swirl. What's strange is when talking to the owner, he mentioned a couple of times that it was the first pressing on vinyl.  However, I do have a Roadrunner/Cargo pressing of this, on black. 

This record will always be a classic in the New York Hardcore crossover scene.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte on Blue/Black Splatter Vinyl from Southern Lord - Limited to 500 Copies

This is, without a doubt one of my favorite albums in the last couple of years.  I have a copy of this on black, but really like the presentation on blue/black splatter and have been tracking them for a while. Xibalba is that perfect fusion of really heavy hardcore, mixed with doom influenced metal. Taylor Young produced the record, who worked with Twitching Tongues and Nails and I think he really brought across the brutality of their music. Regardless of your taste in Metal, this should appeal to you somehow.