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Notable Hard Rock And Metal Record Store Day 2013 Releases

26 Mar


It’s that time of year again when audiophiles, vinyl junkies, and collectors across the country wake up early on a Saturday morning (for once), camp out outside their favorite Independent record store,hoping that they might get their hands on a few of the coveted vinyl releases that will be coming out on April 20th. Otherwise known as the 6th annual Record Store Day 2013.

Below are a few of the more metal from the massive RSD list this year. I also did an expanded list on, where you can see everything I think you gotta have this year. It wasn’t easy, but here it is.

Now, onto the harder, faster rockers, set to hit the shelves of your favorite record store this year. Check here to see a list of participating shops in your zip code. Record Store Day is April 20th!


Earache Records’ contribution to RSD this year is something they call “The Worlds Shortest Album”. Clocking in a only 83 seconds, the mini-5″ vinyl comes in a 12″ gate fold sleeve. The shorand brutally metal track listing follows:

Side A:
01. Napalm Death – You Suffer (1.9s)
02. Napalm Death – Dead (2.7s)
03. Napalm Death – Your Achievement (4.2s)
04. Wormrot – False Grind Sodomy (2.5s)
05. Wormrot – You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem (4.0s)
06. Brutal Truth – Collateral Damage (4.0s)
07. A.C. – Howard Wulkan’s Bald (4.0s)

Side B:
01. Lawnmower Deth – Be Scene Not Heard (4.7s)
02. Painkiller – Trailmarker (6.0s)
03. Brutal Truth – Blockhead (7.3s)
04. Morbid Angel – Bil Ur-Sag #2 Lava (6.9s)
05. A.C. – Windchimes Are Gay (9.5s)
06. Insect Warfare – Street Sweeper (13.5s)


Dio – Magica Picture Disc

Another Record Store Day thankfully means its time for another completely evil Dio picture disc. 2000’s Magica, was Dio’s first concept record. I can’t say enough about the art on these Dio discs, except for that they are even more amazing in person. Dio’s classic track Holy Diver does double duty, as the chosen cover for another RSD’s 7″ Side by Side with Killswitch Engage. Making this one even more metal is it’s pressing on opaque, ox-blood red vinyl.


Misfits/The Lemmonheads: “Skulls” Side By Side.

Something RSD is doing this year is a “Side By Side 7”. The release pairs a recording of an original classics on the A. side, with a cover of the original on the B. side.  This Side by Side has the Misfits and The Lemonheads, going head-to-head with the track “Skulls”. The track does double duty on the 7″ picture disc (above), with the Misfits version from 1982 on Side A., and The Lemonheads cover version from 1991.

7 Picture Disc [GD17PD]

Testament –  Dark Roots cover 7′ picture disc.

This 7″ picture disc from Testament has the band banging out two very metal covers, from two other, equally metal bands. Side A. has Chuck Billy and the boys doing The Scorpions proud with a title-track cover from their 1980 record, “Animal Magnetism“. Side B. features Testament’s take on another title track, 1983’s “Powerslave” from Iron Maiden.


Mad Season – Above (Expanded edition)

This 180 gram vinyl, expanded edition of the only Mad Season record, 1995 ‘s Above, will get it’s exclusive release as a double-LP on RSD. Included on the expanded edition are  three songs from the unfinished second Mad Season album with new vocals and lyrics by Mark Lanegan. There is also a previously unreleased instrumental “Interlude”, and a remixed version of John Lennon’s “I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier.”


Aerosmith: Reissues of: Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic, and Get Your Wings.

Aerosmith is reissuing three records form their early catalog, their self-titled debutToys in the Attic, and Get Your Wings, all on 180 gram vinyl. If you only pick up one, my money would be on the bands first, blues-riddled release from 1973.


Soundgarden – King Animal Demos 10″

Soundgarden is releasing a few of the demo version of songs from their latest record, King Animal. Track listing follows:

Bones of Birds (demo), By Crooked Steps (demo), Halfway There (demo), Worse Dreams (demo), Black Saturday (demo), A Thousand Days Before (demo)


Wolvhammer and Atlas Moth 7″ Split.

This RSD exclusive split 7” features the heavy sounds of two Chicago metal bands. The originally appeared on a comp soundtrack on CD for the book DTV written by Andrew Bonazelli of Decibel Magazine. Init Records and the bands thought it would be cool to put these two covers out again on a limited 7” with new artwork by Stavros Giannopoulos (THE ATLAS MOTH), for a limited Record Store Day release. Pressed on color vinyl, and limited to 500 copies total; Side A – The Atlas Moth -“Black Trees(a cover of a Horray for Earth original); Side B – Wovhammer – “Burn” (formerly done by The Cure for The Crow soundtrack).


Golden Void – Rise to the Out of Reach b/w Smiling Raven 7

Both of the tracks on from San Fransisco’s Golden Void 7″ are brand new, and will get their exclusive release on Record Store Day 2013. After digging on the bands 2012 debut (the vocals on the record are very Ozzy/Sabbath era so do the math. Golden Void = Awesome), it’s truly excellent metal news that more sonic sounds from Golden Void are on their way.


Akimbo – Live To Crush.

This is the final release from Seattle heavy metal riff masters, Akimbo. The band disbanded in the fall 2012, but recorded one final skull-crushing record, Live To Crush, numbered, and limited to 500. Track listing follows:

1. The Fucking French!
2. Southern Hospitality
3. A Real Barn Burner
4. Weasel Rope
5. The Retard Blues
6. I Am Very Successful
7. Equal Opportunity Asshole
8. Acid Grandma
9. Building A Body


Dust: Dust/Hard Attack.

Dust was called the first “American Heavy Metal Bands”. Formed around 1969, the Brooklyn trio was also the first band of Marky Ramone (Ramones, Voidoid). This RSD release features both of Dust’s records on 12″ vinyl. The self-titled “Dust” (1971), and “Hard Attack” ,(1972). Members of Dust went on to play with with artist like Richard Hell, Joan Jett, Kiss, and Brian Setzer. Dust is easily the most bad-ass, proto-rock band you never heard of from New York.

You can see the full list of all the releases for Record Store Day this year, via RSD’s official site. And while you’re at it, check out the excellent vinyl for sale in the archives of Purple Dog Records.


Santah goes vinyl

19 Jan

In Chicago and looking for something to do tonight? Support a local artist by heading over to Saki Records (Fullerton Ave) to check out local band Santah’s vinyl release show.

“You’re Still a Lover,” first released in October 2012, is more than worth a listen when just streaming. Now you can get it in vinyl (along with a bonus track!)

You can give the album a pre-listen here and check out more about Santah here.

Thriving in the Chicago music scene

9 Jan

The music of the Chicago-based indie rock band Passerines might intitially seem laid back, but a closer listen quickly reveals the heavy layering of melodies and diverse influences (from jazz to David Bowie) that make up the group’s unique sound.

Chicago's three-piece Passerines.

Chicago’s three-piece Passerines.

The three-piece band – founded by Tim Young (vocals and guitars), with Kevin Fairbairn on bass and Taylor Page on drums – is new to the Chicago music scene, having formed summer of 2012. However, the group (named after the scientific term for “songbird”) is already glad to call the city’s music scene home.

“There are a lot of music scenes to be involved with in Chicago,” said Young, who considers them most heavily involved with “the punk-rock, do-it-yourself scene.”

The DIY/newness of the band means “doing everything yourself – paying for everything yourself, getting press yourself.” However, Young was also excited the group is still growing and exploring their sound.

“We’re still really new,” he said. “The guys are really into rock, underground ground…where I’m a little bit more interested aspects of jazz and classical music.”

With finances the DIY-band’s greatest challenge, the band’s current project – their upcoming EP (look for it sometime in March) – will likely be an online-only release.

However, “we would love to press vinyl,” said Young. “The intangibility of an MP3 is just boring to me. I think with the digital age, a lot has been lot in regards to musicians being paid and being able to sell their work.”

And, while Young acknowledged the struggles faced by bands attempting to be financially viable, he remains optimistic, hoping to have a whole album released and be touring the country within the next year or so.

“So far, a lot of roads have opened up to use. [Chicago] is a great place to come to and start playing. We’re fresh into it and that’s really exciting.”

See them at: Jerry’s – January 12, 9 p.m. ($5)

The Subterranean – January 31, 8:30 p.m. ($8)

Listen to their album here.

Maps & Atlases, give in to your desires

3 Jan

This past Sunday night, a return to Schuba’s tavern resulted in a 3.5/5 star show by Chicago’s Maps & Atlases.

A summary in 50 words or less: I got the impression they would have liked to play a purely-instrumental jam session and abandoned that whole “lyrics” nonsense. Maps & Atlases, as a member of your audience, I WOULD FULLY SUPPORT THIS DECISION. No-lyric songs = some truly intense music.

The show was opened by Gypsyblood. I spent half the time being impressed by the twist they put on what risked being mind-numbingly generic rock and half the time being impressed by how much their guitar player was into each song.

Check back next Tuesday (Jan. 8) for an interview with the Chicago band Passerines.

Artist of the Week: Mechina

20 Dec

From the band’s facebook page –

For the last 5 years, one band has defied the norm of metal and continued the progression of musical originality logo1_1288578578throughout the Midwest. Music that bombards every sense, creates every form of emotion, and reinforces the new age of modern metal. With the mixture of precision inspired rhythms, orchestral melodies, creative and unorthodox lyrical content, and a plethora of intriguing and intense atmospheres, Mechina has created a unique presence in the future of metal.


Artist of the Week: Water On Mercury

12 Dec


From Water On Mercury’s official site:

Water On Mercury is the instrumental music project of guitarist Tim Gavin. Tim is a family man with a day job as a CPA, but he has an undying passion for heavy music. This project is the culmination of years of writing and producing music at home.

Tim was a key member of the now defunct Dominion from Chicago, which also featured former Otep drummer, Brian Wolff, and current Gemini Syndrome vocalist, Aaron Nordstrom. Dominion was a force to be reckoned with on the Chicago metal scene. Tim brings the same intensity and musical intelligence to his new project. Having been compared to Scale the Summit, TesseracT, Opeth, and Cloudkicker, the similarities do not end there. His influences are many and balanced to form a truly unique sound.


Water On Mercury’s new album will be released soon.

Free December shows

8 Dec

Already broke from Christmas shopping? Never fear – Chicago has plenty of free music to offer. Spice up your winter with some of these shows, all at no charge. Better yet, go to them all.

December 9, 12 p.m.
Schuba’s (3159 N. Southport)
No, not the one you’ve heard on YouTube. This Birdy is a Chicago-based,  acoustic/folk quartet with powerful vocals and haunting harmonies. Its four members, who released their newest album only last month, are become a staple of the local music scene and are not to be missed.

Columbia College bands
December 11, 7 p.m.
Reggie’s (2105 South State Street
They’re not famous yet, but if they ever make it big, you can say you saw them when. A night of free music from local Columbia College bands at one of Chicago’s best venues for live groups.

Sunday Night Jazz Party
Every Sunday, 5-8 p.m.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Three hours, free jazz, weekly. Need I say anything more?

Next Door Chi
Throughout December
659 W Diversey Parkway
A free community space (coffee shop included), on weekends Next Door Chi transforms itself into a casual concert venue featuring local musicians.  December’s shows include classical Indian violin by Nistha Raj (Dec 28) and Chicago artists Jenny B & Jay Langston (Dec 30).

Chota Madre & Pachacamak Folk Dance
January 23, 8:30 p.m.
Old Town School of Folk Music
If world music is your thing, Chota Madre is not to be missed. Their Bomba style – a blending of European, Ecuadoran, and African rhythms – is infectious dance music.

Know of other free shows in the area? Leave us a comment!