Artist: Black Trip
Title: Tvar Dabla
Label: Primitive Art
Black Trip is a band wich there have been a bit of a buzz about in the undergroundscene here in Sweden for a while now, the band have release a couple of online demosongs for streaming and have performed a couple of gigs already, but now the bands first single is available for the public.
The band only have two members (as of now anyway) Joseph Tholl (Enforcer) on vocals and Peter Stjärnvind (Krux, ex-Entombed) on guitar, bass and drums. When they play live they have a full line-up. The music is classic heavy metal but still it sounds really fresh and interesting, it’s well played but what makes it the little extra i think is the vocals of Joseph. Listening to this single takes me back to my teenageyears and how fun and exciting it was to find out about new bands and hear new music for the first time, don’t get me wrong here, i still fucking LOVE to search for new and exciting music but there is a feeling about this single that takes me back to those days and that reminds me of why i love this music so much. I have a new favourite band (amongs many other) and they are called Black Trip… can’t wait for the album!
Another really cool thing is that it’s Primitive Art that have released this single, i don’t know if anyone of you remember that label but they released a bunch of really interesting stuff in the mid 90’s like The Coffinshakers, Gehennah, Devil Lee Roth amongst others before they put the label to rest… until now! And this release is a really nice return from that label i must say. The single is released in 166 copies on Red vinyl and 500 copies on Black vinyl.
Side A: The sleeper
Side B: Eyes of the night
Artist: Imperial State Electric / Smoke Mohawk
Label: Lightning Records
Talking about the upcoming Imperial State Electric vinyl single in my previous post, here is another brand new single by the band wich was released last week. This is a split single with Norweigan band Smoke Mohawks, i don’t know much about them other than they features member(s) from Glueficer.
On this single both bands do one cover each of a Blue Öyster Cult song, a really fun idea i think, and as always Nicke and his Imperial State Electric boys manage do to it very very good. Check it out before it’s sold out, wich usually happens really quick when it comes to Imperial State Electric singles. The single is released in 500 copies on black vinyl.
Side A: (Imperial State Electric) Cagey cretins
Side B: (Smoke Mohawk) Flaming telepaths
Artist: The Accidents
Title: Dead Guys
Label: Bootleg Booze Records
Yeah i know there havent been so much updated on this blog lately, but it’s been summer so… Anyway i will try to keep it up more frequent from now on and i also have had some really cool vinyls coming home so i will put some of em up here on this blog. This is one of them, Swedish rock n roll band The Accidents and their Dead Guys single, and as the title says, on this single they do covers of three artists wich as now dead, Buddy Holly, Johnny Thunders and Eddie Meduza. The cover is really cool handscreened and coffinshaped. And this single wich was released in only 500 copies have been sold out for a very long time now, and offcourse i missed it completely when it was released. But luckely enough the label hade a clearance sale last week and they had found a few copies of this single hidden away, so i grabbed myself a copy since this was the missing puzzle in my The Accidents discography. Couldnt find any videoclip off YouTube from this single so i took their video to the title track of the bands second studio album instead.
Side A: Oboy
Side B: I wanna be loved, Tonight
Artist: Jess And The Ancient Ones
Title: 13th Breath Of The Zodiac
Label: Svart Records
Debut single from Finland’s Jess And The Ancient Ones, yet another retroband with occult theme but don’t let that scare you away, cos even though the scene is more or less overflowing with bands like these nowadays i think that Jess And The Ancient Ones are worth to lend an ear or two. The band are female fronted and the vocalist Jess have a really amazing voice and the music is soft rock with lots of melodies and harmonies, they somewhat reminds me of the band Coven, a band wich they have covered on the B-side, they do a really good cover of the song “White witch of rose hall” wich was originally released on Coven‘s debut album Witchcraft: Destroys Minds And Reapes Souls from 1969. “The band’s lyrical concept is based upon the personal occult experiences of the writers, which combined with music the creates a strong mystical atmosphere” as it states on the bands recordlabel. Jess And The Ancient Ones will release their debut album on May 19 through Svart Records, looking forward to hear it.
Side A: 13th breath of the zodiac
Side B: White witch of rose hall
Artist: Year Of The Goat
Title: This Will Be Mine
Label: Van Records
The first single of the bands upcoming, yet untitled, debut album. The album wich will be released late summer/autumn this year through the label Van Records. First time i heard the single i was a bit disappointed, i really liked Year Of The Goat’s debut Ep Lucem Ferre, it was a terrific little piece of vinyl but after listening to the This Will Be Mine single the song slowly grows on me and my expectations for the full lenght album are still very high. On the B-side there is an beautiful instrumental track with some chanting called “Missa niger” wich is supposedly exclusive for this single. The single is released on red vinyl but i am not sure of how many copies.
Side A: This will be mine
Side B: Missa niger
Artist: Hin Onde
Title: Fiery September Fire
Label: Aftermath Music
The fun thing about collecting records is when you pick up a record and you get the feeling of what the fuck did you think when you bought this one!? I mean come on… was my taste THAT terrible back then? Well, i guess not since it’s not that many records in my collection (a collection wich today includes approx 2600 records) i would say straight out is a crappy record, i guess i wouldn’t about this one either if it havent been for the fact that i picked it out and listened to it again for the first time since… i don’t know, 2001 perhaps?
The thing is it’s not only that i bought this one, i also have it signed by the band, but i also have the bands both cassette demos that was released prior to this single and also their debut album wich was released one year after the single. But in my defence i can say that the album sound alot better than this single, the single is just pure crap. Sure, some songs have nice parts in them but all in all they are perfromed horrible, the band sound better on the album but still it’s nothing i would have bought today.
Hin Onde wich was from Finland, the band have broke up now, played some kind of pagan melodic folk black metal, a genre wich i liked alot at the time so i guess thats why i bought the bands releases. The single is released on white/black splatter vinyl and it looks really good. I have no idea on how many copies was released but i still see this single every now and than dirt cheap on different auction sites so i guess that if you by any chance would like to hear it you can pick it up at simply no cost at all. I will publish two versions of the same song for you to listen to, the first one (wich sounds horrid) is from the single, the second one (wich sound decent) is from the debut album. Now i will put this single away, maybe i pick it up and listen to it yet again in a decade or two, most likely not!
Side A: 24th of september 1955, Trone and tom
Side B: Lores of the forgotten ones, Paganheart
Artist: The Hellacopters / Electric Frankenstein
The most expensive The Hellacopters vinyl to be sold on eBay is…. this one! The Hellacopters VS Electric Frankenstein split 7″ on brown vinyl (yeah, it looks more brown in reality than on the picture due to my shitty camera). So what makes this brown version so special? First off it’s the most limited and one of the most hard to get The Hellacopters vinyls out there, released in only 100 copies and was sold exclusively through the label Frank Records members club, so it was never available anywhere else. The single was also released in following colours 500 copies black vinyl, 900 copies purple vinyl and 1000 copies cherry-red vinyl.
This version on brown vinyl have only been up for sale on eBay twice and at the most it went for as high as 408 USD, crazy i know! Myself i got this one when it was released so i payed next to nothing, as i did with all my The Hellacopters vinyls. The single have two The Hellacopters song, one original “Oh yeah alright” and one April Steven’s cover “I wan’t a lip” and i would like to say that this isn’t the best The Hellacopters release there is.
Another of the most expensively sold The Hellacopters vinyls on eBay is the Twist Action 2000 7″ on blue vinyl wich sold at it’s highest price for 405 USD.
The Hellacopters side: Oh yeah alright, I wan’t a lip
Electric Frankenstein side: Learn to burn, Born wild
Artist: The Hellacopters
Title: The Devil Stole The Beat From The Lord
Label: (regular edition) White Jazz
Label: (picture disc) Sub Pop
The riff… it’s all about the opening riff! Pure and simple. There are a couple of songs where i can listen to the opening riff over and over again, KISS “Calling dr love” is one good example and The Hellacopters “The devil stole the beat from the lord” is another one, it’s just amazing!
“The devil stole the beat from the lord, it’s time to set things straight, braging like a brat that he got away…”
The Devil Stole The Beat From The Lord is one of my favourite singles / song by The Hellacopters, well… one of very many favourites i should say since this is litte of a favourite band of mine and have been since the first time i ever heard them sometime mid 90’s. And i am pretty pleased that i discovered the band “in time” since collecting The Hellacopters vinyls are very expensive nowadays, so i am glad i bought em all at resonable prices when they were released, for example i paid 39SEK (wich is about 6 USD) for their debut 7″-single Killing Allan when it was still a new release.
“…You’re going down and you have to pay”
The Devil Stole The Beat From The Lord was released in two different versions, the European (Swedish) version on White Jazz was released as a regular black vinyl single and the American version was released on Sub Pop as a really goodlooking Picture Disc 7″-single. White Jazz also released the single on CD.
Side A: The devil stole the beat from the lord
Side B: Holiday cramps, Be not content
Artist: Electric Wizard
Title: Legalise Drugs And Murder
Label: Rise Above Records
So here it is, the first taste of the upcoming Electric Wizard album, i don’t know if there have been any release date set for the album yet, but as far as i know this is the first single in a series of singles to come before the album is released. On “Legalise drugs and murder” the band continue in the same typ of doom they have been known for and i don’t think any Electric Wizard fan will be disappointed after listening to this tune.
The B side is a really interesting track i think, it’s an instrumental song called “Murder and madness” wich sound alot like something that the italian prog-rock band Goblin could have done, and since i love their work i was pleasantly suprised when i heard it, it’s really creepy.
I really like the coverart also, wich is a rip-off of the Black Sabbath album Master Of Reality if someone didn’t know that, just brilliant! The single was first released on clear vinyl in 800 copes and sold exclusively on the bands show at The Forum in London. The second run was pressed on 800 copies purple vinyl and a regular not-limited edition on black vinyl.
Side A: Legalise drugs and murder
Side B: Murder and madness
Title: Souls For Belial
Label: Century Media
The first single off the bands upcoming album Serpent Sermon is a track called Souls For Belial, about the track there isn’t much to say other than it sounds like Marduk, a mixture of the bands albums Panzer Division Marduk and Wormwood to give you a little hint about the style of the music. It’s fast and raw Black Metal. The second track is an exclusive track for just this single and is a cover of the Woven Hand track called “Oil on panel” wich is a really cool choice just because it don’t sound like anything that Marduk would normaly do and like the band said about the choice of cover “there are too many Bathory covers out there” well true to that! I like it when a band dares to steps out of their normal comfortzone.
The single is exclusive to the latest issue of Sweden Rock Magazine, issue # 92 and the single was only included for subscribers, the single comes in a really nice foldoutcover with a nice stylish artwork.
Souls for belial, Oil on panel.