Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl= More VINYL

Haven’t posted in some time now on me blog figured I should write about what I’ve been into for last few months. As the title suggests that is it been is adding more & more to my vinyl collection. I absolutely love my vinyl more so than my Laserdisc collection.

As I sit here writing this up I have Electric Wizard’s Dopethrone on the Turntable. What I think about Dopethrone as a record I may talk about later on maybe…
I’ve probably added a good 50+ to my collection in the last few months so I’m going to talk about the ones that impressed me the most.

Recently I hit a local Record store (Patrick’s Books & Music great guy if your local or not and in Pasco County give him a visit) in Hudson Florida and got a hold of a few interesting records a few that I really wanted in my collection Billy Joel Piano Man & Pink Floyd Dark Side of The Moon. Also got a great deal there on Morbid Angel’s latest album Kingdoms Distained and Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual.

The Billy Joel album is the one I want to talk about. It is a 1st pressing (1973 year I was born 45 years old.) so I was expecting it to sound crackled and not so good considering the cover was rough not ruined but was apart at the seam. Which I fixed with a hot glue gun and it looks very acceptable now.
I cleaned it up with my vinyl cleaning chemicals and brushes and towels to drop on the Turntable and hear that it sounds fantastic! It has minimal popping which a few more cleans should eliminate completely or clean enough to make them not audible.
Piano Man is a classic every Vinyl collection should have it.

For Fathers Day my daughters all gave me money for Planet Retro’s Dollar Holla day in St. Petersburg Florida.
I’m very lucky my girls always take care of us meaning their mother and I. We have been blessed that way.
At Planet Retro I found my favorite death metal bands LP picture disc signed by the 2 founding members John Tardy (Vocals) & Donald Tardy (Drums).
Obituary The Xecutioners Return.
The second I saw it hanging and then my friend pointed out it was signed I knew then it was going in my collection even if it wasn’t in the dollar record boxes:-)
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Xecutioners Return is actually an older album released in 2007. Of course I did get their latest self titled album Obituary and it is a great album it is one of my favorites right now was released last year 2017.
If you are adding death metal to your Vinyl collection Obituary better be in it especially their 1st album Slowly We Rot 1989 absolutely insane still on my top 10 best list and at the top of it. Will be expensive to get on Vinyl I got a hold of a picture disc. Right now cheapest I’ve found the standard black vinyl edition for is $60 some as high as $200.

Almost forgot had to come back to here to add the classic Slayer’s South Of Heaven 2013 LP Remaster/Re-Print.
This is seriously a fanFUCKINGtastic release it sounds phenomenal.
I am hearing things on this record I never heard on the tape or CD it’s really that damn good.
Every song is crisp the bass is solid and the tweets are going all in a tune that makes you want to mosh right there as your listening.
Amazon was selling this release the 2013 LP for a good price I suggest ordering it while they still have this version in stock I have no idea if the 2017 or 2018 LP sounds this good I know the pressing before 2013 was not as good.
The 2013 cover doesn’t have the Slayer logo on top left corner.
Slayer 2013 cover

On to newer bands that I recently discovered and am into these bands right now are either playing on my Turntable or in my cars CD player either way I love them!
1st band Archspire released their 1st album on CD only which I DO NOT have All Shall Align (2011)
These guys are from Canada and they are the best of the best when it comes to Technical Death Metal aka: Tech-Death.
My recent purchases on LP are their 2nd LP The Lucid Collective and their latest LP Relentless Mutation.


These guys are insanely hard & fast and no they aren’t using any electronic synths for the ultra fast speeds you hear. Tech-Death does not mean Techno it means technical.
They use advanced methods of playing.
I’m absolutely hooked these guys are the now and future of heavy metal. If you have never heard them and are into metal of any kind you owe it to yourself to experience this great band.
And if you can get on LP do it because they are limited releases. I was so impressed with this band not only did I buy the LP’s I also bought the CD’s as well.

Now onto something that has always fascinated me Space & Aliens.
Yes, I think they are out there and so do the guys who are in the band Rings Of Saturn.
This band sings about Aliens and space! How cool is that? They are considered Deathcore but me and many others have labeled them Aliencore music their latest album Ultu Ulla which is what I got on LP is awesome they are hard and fast and have a unique sound to them very different than you can probably imagine considering the type of music they do and it’s all about Aliens man!.. maybe not all.
Ulta Ulla

Their sound is incredible and the singer has a crazy voice I think it’s great. Even if your not into the Alien thing this is still some damn good metal and should be given a listen for sure. Ultu Ulla actually means “Time Immemorial’ in Sumerian Cuneiform”

Now onto the Doom and Gloom sound. These guys formed together from USA and Europe to start a band called Anopheli meaning Mosquito or good for nothing.
They are heavy and deep there is only 1 vocalist listed in the band but the vocals are shared between  a man and a woman.
And the cello is used in great form with this heavily made album. It’s about a man who died and is talking with Death as he is being led to the light or his judgement /final destination and Death thinks he knows men and their deeds but is learning he does not really know men at all.

The second I heard this it was a must for my Vinyl collection and if you can find it get it they are limited. The latest album is The Ache Of Want. I am desperately  trying to find and get their 1st LP A Hunger Rarely Sated I’m in touch with someone in Germany so I’ll see what happens.
It’s very deep beautiful but heavy as hell something that is hard to accomplish with this type of music but they achieved it and did it well.
This is another must listen.
Ache Of Want

As I complete this I am listening to Rings Of Saturn=Amazing

Honorable mentions on LP:
Morbid Angel Kingdoms Distained (2017)
(Classic) At The Gates Slaughter Of The Soul (1995) ( Full Fidelity LP) -This album is what set the standard for Melodic Death Metal.
Power Trip  Nightmare Logic (2017)
Whitechapel This Is Exile (2008)
Black Dahlia Murder (2007) Nocturnal
Circle Of Dead Children Psalm Of The Grand Destroyer (2010)
Iron Reagan Worse Than dead (2013)
Metallica (1985) Master Of Puppets Remastered-OBEY your RE-Master!

B-Day Present this year from my children the Audio Technica Turntable.

First I must say my kids are the best they got this Turntable for me.
Quite a few years “5 Years” back I purchased a super chepo Encore Turntable that at time seemed fine.
Until I heard another Turntable that was older than mine but sounded 100x better:-(
Yes, I was sad I haven’t listened to Vinyl since the late 70’s to early 80’s so what I knew about a decent Turntable was absolutely nothing.
Not that I’m a pro now or a Vinyl sound Audiophile.
But the Encore Turntable output  sounded terrible and I have a decent setup “Receiver & Speakers”. The voices sounded like cardboard and lacked all bass no matter how hard I cranked the bass on my sub or my receiver which the one I have is known for heavy bass could barely get a thump out of Beastie Boys License to ill.

I spent the last year reading about different tables I knew I did not need a high end model so had my eye on a few that were in the $150-$200 range.
It finally came down to the Audio Technica models these got great reviews for the low end models as well as the mid and high end models.
I started eye balling the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 which was selling at the $150 range for some time and was getting stellar reviews regarding its sound quality stating it matched up to the $500 tables out there easily.
Then come March low and behold there I see one on E-bay for $78 it sold before I decided to buy it.
They were selling from $99.99 to $120 so I check out Best Buy and they have this deck on sale for an awesome price of $89.99. Amazon or E-bay could not match price at the time I was buying. And I could now go locally to get it and have it in me hands in less than an hour.

Which I did yes I picked it up but my children paid for it so awesome I love them!!
It required some assembly.
It is a solid Table the platter is aluminum has a built in Pre-Amp that can be turned on or off. Which is amazing and plays 33 and a 3rd speed and 45rpm and comes with a 45 adapter.
78rpm is not on this model the LP120 models offer 78s but you won’t be finding any recent albums running at 78 anyhow. My old player did offer all 3-33,45 & 78 but that matters not when the sound you get is sub-par.
The arm can be set for 12″ or 7″ this way it known where to bring the arm down since you don’t set the arm manually the player does this for you and does a great job at it.
Never a single scratch noise stopping or starting.
The dust cover can be removed which is great most of them don’t offer the dust cover to be removed.
Specifications Listed:

Type Belt drive turntable, fully automatic
Motor DC servo-controlled
Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
Turntable Platter Aluminum
Wow and Flutter Less than 0.25% (WTD) @ 3 kHz (JIS)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio >50 dB (DIN-B)
Output Level Pre-amp “PHONO”: 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Pre-amp “LINE”: 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Phono Pre-Amp Gain 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalized
Power Supply Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz, 3W
Dimensions 360.0 mm (14.17″) W x 97.5 mm (3.84″) H x 356.0 mm (14.02″) D
Weight 2.98 kg (6.6 lbs.)
Accessories Included Dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; 45 RPM adapter


Replacement Stylus: ATN3600L

This table sounds amazing! If your looking to get into vinyl and want to listen to them the way they should be heard start with the LP60.
It sounded so good it blows CD away I couldn’t say that before with that Encore Turn Table I was using.

 

Backyard outside Home Theater on the cheap.

Most important thing in making a outdoor theater is the projector these can be expensive but since this is on the CHEAP. I went with a model that was CHEAP! but also has a decent enough picture quality and large enough projection size  up to 150″ to be enjoyable.
150″= 12.5′ x 6.1′ that shit is huge and this posting makes is HUGELY CHEAP!!!
And it also handles HD as well 720 or 1080i or p. That is at a minimum you will want an HD projector these days the prices are at a excellent point for HD models. UltraHD /4k Projectors are very expensive.

The model I went with was a Walmart special can be bought online at the normal retailers like Amazon or Newegg.
The RCA RPJ116 LED Projector 30″ to 150″ 1080i
Specifications

Brand
RCA
Resolution
Supports 1080p (as well as 1080i, 720p, 576i, 480p, and 480i)
Condition
New
Model
RPJ116
Color
White
Manufacturer Part Number
RPJ116
Assembled Product Weight
4.409 oz
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
3.86 x 12.01 x 7.87 Inches

This was on sale for $89 we had a discount and got it for $82 but I did see they are selling refurbished models for $48.37 can go this route if your looking to go UBER CHEAP!!
And free shipping too.
You don’t have to get the same one I did shop about see if there si something better in same price range or a little more.

The next thing you will need is a screen to watch it on in the place you decide is large enough to put up the screen and allow 10 or more people to sit about lounging watching your CHEAP!! outdoor theater.
Don’t be a dunce make sure your placing your UBER CHEAP screen where there is no street lights beaming on it. Because more light will really lessen the effect of your CHEAP Theater.
Also decide if you want one you can pull down easily or if it’s just fine becoming a backyard ornament.
There are screens you can make with wood and paint the plywood white and project to that. There are also Blow up screens available.  These you will not find on the CHEAP!!
I went with good ole Ebay for my screen shopping and decided on building a frame for it. Frame equals less wood, less wood equals CHEAP!
Name it went by on listing  16:9 150” Portable 3D Manual Hanging Projector Screen Home Video Projection US paid $47 for it that included shipping SUPER CHEAP!!
It’s now selling for $49.99 or make offer. Don’t think he will go lower than $47 I tried $45 ended up countering at $47 and change.

The frame is something you will have to look at even after you pull the screen from it when your finished watching movies outside.
You can use house paint you have around the house or even spray paint you may have laying about.
To keep this on the CHEAP you don’t want to spend any extra on paint so settle for a color you can live with that you already have in your garage or shed.
Or if you don’t hit up Dollar General they sell spray paint the CHEAPEST! at $2.47 a can you can’t beat it keep in  mind since DG paint is so damn CHEAP! it’s runny and may require an extra layer of spray.
Or you can do Walmart and pay $3.67 a can and not have a runny CHEAP can of paint that requires 2 coats.
CHEAP is good but if that CHEAP is gonna cost ya in the end avoid it.

Tools needed:
Skill Saw  “If you don’t own one use a saw or even better get a friend to bring his Skill saw. Act like you don’t know how to use it.  Have him cut the wood for you CHEAP!!”
Drill/Driver tool
Measuring Tape
Wood nails
Wood screws

The wood I used 2×4’s for the frame it is to be treated for outdoors.
Since I went with 150″ screen it required 4-10ft 2×4’s  2-12ft 2×4’s.
I realize that the screen is 12.5 ft but the wood lays flat so it gives you an extra 7″ which is needed for the black boarder around the screen.
You will want your screen to mount as tightly as possible to remove any wrinkles in the white projection area.

Home Depot
Wood is weather shielded
12ft 2×4= $8.47 x2= $16.94
10ft 2×4= $6.88 x4= $27.52

Lowes
Wood is weather shielded
12ft 2×4= $8.22 x2= $16.44
10ft 2×4= $6.67 x4= $26.68

As you can see the prices are close but if your wanting CHEAPEST LOWES WINS!!
Remember to measure everything even your screen before cutting your wood to spec.
You will need to get curved braces for both sides of the frame they cost $2 each at Home Depot
Will also need 2-4 straight braces for the Braces you’ll place behind the frame these cost about $2.50 each. Don’t want wind blowing down your new Theater do you?

The 10ft 2×4’s are used for the Screen and will be dug into ground 2ft after frame is completed.
Here is what it should look like after you have completed the frame and put into the ground.
Front view screen

Remember the sizes of wood I used were if you were building a 150″ screen frame if larger or smaller you would possibly have to buy different sizes.
The 10Ft 2x4s go 2ft into the ground and the other 2 10ft 2×4’s are behind the screen bracing it from weather like wind.
Frame braces

The braces are not buried into the ground and since I put it closely to our house I will use 2- loop hooks to mount a chain to the frame and to the house to brace it as well this will ensure it’s safe from wind both directions.
On the back I use a tarp that is partially reflective “Black or dark Blue” this is to trap any light that escapes from behind the screen when projecting a movie from the front.
Note: Use 2 tarps make sure they over lap in the center this will allow wind to pass through and keep it from ripping even on light winds. And use 2 rope in an X pattern behind the tarps this will hold the tarps and not allow them to just blow as far back will brace the tarp somewhat. Take a look at the picture of the frame and tarp from behind you will see the X pattern from the ropes bracing the tarps .
You can choose to paint your frame before the bury or after it really doesn’t matter since the wood is weather proof and will last some time.
I later painted my frame Black and mounted my miller Light bottle Lights around the frame and built a small stand that goes under the frame for sound system.
This brings us to a sound system.

You can opt to skip this step completely and just use the sound that comes from the RCA projector.
While it’s sound is decent. When outside with talking and other night time sounds this probably won’t be enough.
You can use spare PC speakers that you have on it or you can use a sound bar or a receiver with Speakers it’s up to you and what your willing to spend on this venture.
Since I went a bit off the CHEAP here I still didn’t pay all that much for the sound system.
I already owned a pair of outdoor speakers which I mounted to the side of the frame.
I did have a few spare receivers but were being used by other setups or my son.
And also had a spare Blu-ray player that was never being used. If you only have a spare DVD player use that as well also keep in mind the RCA projector has a USB port that you can watch movies from using a USB thumb drive Divx and other formats are supported this way.
Which left me in need of a receiver since this is outside I do not need surround sound I just need raw sound in stereo.
Which first should be looked for locally in thrift shops or local Goodwill if you can’t find a decent working one there try pawn shops and then lastly go to Ebay.
I found an old Kenwood 103AR Receiver 50 watts per channel and handles 4 channels.
got this on Ebay for $40 free shipping not as cheap as my Garage Pioneer I got for $20 but $40 is still CHEAP!!

Seating
There are many things you can do for seating lawn chairs blankets or can even build your own it’s up to you it’s your backyard theater you can change or make this how ever you like.

Popcorn and treats are a must as well everyone likes that stuff and if your 21 or older pack those coolers with BEER! Just NOT CHEAP BEER YOU’LL SHIT YOUR PANTS IN THE AM.

In all seriousness in total this project only ended up costing me  $263.82 Included Projector, screen, wood, paint, brackets, sound system,25ft hdmi cable from Amazon $7.
Nails and screws I already had so these will cost you another $10-$20 for big boxes can use the leftovers on some seating or stands your going to build for your outdoor theater.
Note: The math for total spent is give a few bucks take a few bucks but it is under $300.

Since this isn’t a top of the line projector you will only want to start watching at dark.
The picture quality is really good for the price range I was completely impressed by how good the quality I was getting on a almost 13 foot screen. I expected so little that when I saw it I was surprised. That isn’t a bad thing it really does get good quality and is LED based 50,000 hour use that is a lifetime for us. We don’t watch TV outside every night.
And everyone that came and joined us that night neighbors and all  loved it.

Here it is finished painted with lights on but haven’t started movie yet. You can see the bench I built with some spare wood for the Receiver and Bluray player.

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To those that are willing to try and do it. I had a great time building and getting this together more so than watching movies after.
And my kids like it as well which brings me more joy than the project it self. My kids range from 20’s to 17 so if you have younger kids this thing will look like a house to them. And get plenty of family nights in the fresh air.

I am debating on building a platform bleacher type seating using pallets.
This is a challenge for another day or maybe year who knows maybe this week?
If you have done this please feel free to post a link to in in the messages.

 

Forgotten item where to place your projector.
I use a old tri-pod that we had packed away and placed boards on the ground to keep it some what level even though I can adjust that with the tri-pod.
Would rather make small adjustments to height each leg than major adjustments.
You’ll want the projector on a stable table or tri-pod to ensure it doesn’t hit the ground. I hear it’s pretty tough from reviews heard it can take a bit of a beating. But I’m not willing to give that a try.
So you’ll need a small table that is at least 3-4ft off the ground a tripod you can adjust height I felt this was an easier path 1st time I used it was on a chair with a few books it was a mess.

The projector I use the RCA is about 14-16feet away from the screen to project a 150″ image. The smaller the screen the closer it will be and better quality as well.
For best image quality on the RCA I’d say 100″-120″ is the sweet spot 150″ still looks really good though.
Every projector is different and remember brighter the Lumens doesn’t always mean better every brand uses different technology so keep that in mind when shopping and read plenty of reviews from people that actually own it.
Especially on the cheaper projectors brighter can mean less contrast less contrast means less detail.

Settings I use that seem best at 150″ after dark.
Contrast 90
Brightness 40 “setting this to high will get a brighter picture but much less detail”
Temperature Warm

Color Default
Sharpness 40-60 “Turning lens is not same but is used for focusing and will effect sharpness”
On Televisions I prefer Cool setting for temperature but I find Warm to be best on this projector.
Seems to me the projector pushes blues while LCD or OLED push red more so than Blues. This is why Temp setting is best warm.
Mess with these settings to get the best picture quality you can harness out of it.

Back to VR “The Climb”

I’m gaming again in VR this time I got a hold of the game created by Crytek using the Cryengine  called The Climb.
This game has had a premium price tag of $49.99 and has stayed at that price point for the last year. That is until Oculus Store had a daily deal and snapped it up for a mere $9.99!
In this game you use your touch controllers to grip and climb mountains from different areas around the world.

I’ve only climbed the 1st mountain and let me tell you it is really an awesome experience.
My arms actually get tired from reaching and stretching to grab that ledge around the bend of the mountain.
If you have the Rig to crank up those settings do it! The views are amazing and when looking down you really feel like your high up on a mountain hanging with 1 hand.
It’s important you dust your hands for extended hang times it’s not very much extended but that little bit could mean life or death.
You gets stars at end of your climb which can open a new mountain for you to conquer.
Depends on if you climb faster and other goals they will give for you to achieve.

If you have an Oculus this is really a must get game it’s seriously that cool I dare say it’s even worth $50 which is rare of me to say since I think PC games should never exceed $39.99.
While I do think it was a Oculus Rift exclusive title it does work with the HTC Vive as far as I know. Does the Vive need any mods to get it working or does it work out of the box? This I’m not sure of but I do know I’ve seen video of others playing The Climb on the Vive and looked nice and smooth no different than the Oculus.

Here are some screens that I have downloaded they are not screens I took myself.


Aside from finding and playing this wonderful game there are a few other honorable mentions. The games I list here are ones I play regularly in VR and are worth playing and purchasing.

Arktika.1
This is another Oculus exclusive and it may work with the HTC Vive do a look about to see if this can be done or if it’s supported.
This is a straight up shooter you weild guns that you can upgrade with the credits you earn after each mission.
Let me just say in this list the new DOOM VFR isn’t listed why? Well because it plain sucked ass in comparison to Arktika.1. Check out the home page:
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/682000918570174/

Spartaga
This is a bullet hell game where you control your ship with your hand of choice left or right.
Challenge is to stay alive get combos dodge like hell and shoot down everything you see above you below you and even in your face.
It gets adrenaline flowing and some anger as well. lol
Great game if you liked Xortex 26xx or Galaxis Wars or Chamber 19 then this game will be for you.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/657930/Spartaga/

Don’t let the visuals sway you it’s a really good game and can add to your VR collection through Steam for only $12.99 or visit G2a.com probably get steam key for it there for under $5.

 

Obituary Slowly I dwell

Another record I had requested for Christmas which was purchased by my daughters Jessica & Amber as my gift for Xmas yet again I must have! Which is Tampa bay’s own Obituary the album Slowly We Rot.

I was into metal at a young age the stuff like Twisted Sister and then discovered bands like Metallica & Slayer in the 80’s.
Back then bands like Metallica & Slayer were not popular and never played on the radio.
Remember the 1st time I had heard Obituary was in 1990 a girl I worked with named Sherri I believe. She was selling all of her tapes because her fiancé had told her metal was immature and no one listened to that stuff but angry teens.
What an asshat right?! hopefully she ditched that tool shortly after and Doc Martin stomped his face.
But I got Obituary Slowly We Rot and Testaments The Legacy for like $10.

As soon as I dropped this in the tape deck and heard the sound of pure metal and growling from hell it threw me a bit back I had never heard singing like this before.
I could not understand what was being growled out but instantly loved it.
From that point on I discovered death metal and was hooked.
Remember an article with Ozzy and he told the story of this band his manager played for him and all Ozzy could utter after hearing Obituary’s 1st demo was INSANE!

At that time Tampa was slowly rising as the Death Metal capital of the music world.
bands like Deicide, Morbid Angel, Biohazard, Slipknot and many other bands were signed here under Roadrunner Records.
The 1990’s was the rise of Metal and the decline of pop and glamor rock 1 hit wonders.

My daughters got me the Picture disc Vinyl record of Obituary Slowly We Rot only 250 were printed. This album was getting quite hard to find even on CD I did finally get a CD copy as well it had to come from Russia.

I don’t know if it’s because this is the 1st death metal band I ever heard but I regard this LP as THE MUST HAVE Death Metal album.
It is the best of the best the cream of the crop.
I’ve listened and have heard literally 1,000’s of death metal bands and none of them touch this in my eyes.
The instrumentals are mesmerizing and the rhythm is gripping and addictive if this doesn’t just grab hold of your balls and pull you for a ride then you missed it.

Obituary Slowly We Rot Side 1
Front of Record Side 1 Tracks 1. “Internal Bleeding” 3:01 2. “Godly Beings” 1:55 3. “‘Til Death” 3:56 4. “Slowly We Rot” 3:36 5. “Immortal Visions” 2:25 6. “Gates to Hell”
Obituary Slowly We Rot Side 2
Record back Side 2 Tracks 7. “Words of Evil” 1:55 8. “Suffocation” 2:35 9. “Intoxicated” 4:40 10. “Deadly Intentions” 2:09 11. “Bloodsoaked” 3:11 12. “Stinkpuss”

I had lost much of my vinyl collection which still saddens me deeply.
But slowly I have been collecting again.
I do have some 1st prints but as was pointed out to me the newer releases are 180g records and they just feel better.
Not sure if they sound better or not I have yet to compare an old 1st print and a new re-issue 180 print side by side same album.
But for my birthday last year my wife & daughters purchased me Metallica’s And Justice for All LP special edition box set which is on 6- 180g 45rpm records and it sounds absolutely amazing.

I do try and replace some of my old collection I lost but those were all 1st prints and some are very expensive today so replacing them is not exactly  good idea.
But so far I’m very pleased with what I have gotten.

Update 12/8: Should of mentioned that after getting the L.P I also wanted the CD so I did a search I wasn’t wanting the original pressed CD from 1989 which I originally owned or anything I know there was a Re-master that floated about in the late 90’s that I had loaned out along with quite a few other CD’s and never got back.
Choose your friends wisely and don’t loan your shit out to anyone because most likely they don’t give a shit about it they didn’t work to pay for it.

Ebay had 1st pressings starting at $89 some were a bit rough in condition and they were in $60 range. The newer presses were selling for $39 + F-that!
So decided to order from someone in Russia not only did I get a 1st print it was new in the package never opened and I paid $6.95 for it and was a U.S version not a EU version.
Even has the Godly Records symbol on back which only the original R/C release had. Was a trip opening the disc it was a flash and completely remembered that’s what the disc looked like. I couldn’t of described it up to that point.
I paid more for their 2nd release on CD Cause Of Death and was the 90’s re-master version.
Yes the re-master did sound improved but the original was still loud and precise so I was happy with either version.
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M.O.D Unwrapping 30 years of kicking ass!

This is one of the Vinyl records I had asked for Christmas.
My youngest daughter Valerie got this for me this holiday of course I can’t wait that long so had to have my gift A.S.A.P.

The album I speak of is  U.S.A for M.O.D by the band M.O.D. Method Of Destruction. A great hardcore/punk/Thrash band that stemmed from band member Scott Ian of Anthrax and Billy Milano from Psychos cross over band S.O.D Storm Troopers of Death.

I personally love this album even more so than the beloved S.O.D Speak English or Die.
The U.S.A for M.OD album pissed many, many people off and was absolutely meant to.
If you lack the intelligence or humor then you could and would never understand what this band is all about.

I was lucky enough to see them live a few years back. Wish I had went to see them in my younger years it would of been a rough next morning:-)
Was at the bar and sat right next to Billy and had a beer and got his autograph as well if I had this record I would of had him sign that.

Any how I wanted to share this because it was like I unwrapped 30 years of my Metal head youth and had a brief flashback of remembrance.
I’m 44 years old and still metal! Until my last breath. Even if I can’t go to shows like I used to.
There is many new bands out there I don’t follow like I used to I’m not stuck on old bands it was my time and my memories buried in those years of metal.

Here are pictures of this very nice vinyl release which was originally re-pressed and released August 2017.
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Back side of gatefold record cover.
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Front record Insert
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Rear record insert
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The Red ,White & Blue vinyl. Very cool what I’d expect from Sgt D.
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Gatefold opened

 

Sgt D is coming and your on his LIST!

Virtual Reality & 3d

I’ve been thinking a bit recently regarding 3d and VR aka: Virtual Reality. Thinking if VR will go the way of 3d. That being dead.

Avatar made 3d a thing again in a huge way the 3d technology was much better than anaglyph days of the 80s’ and earlier.
To this day Avatar is best viewed in 3d watching it in 2d just doesn’t have that BANG! It really is an awesome example of what could be done with 3d when used in a artistic way not in the gimmicky ways of the past having actors use a shovel handle pointed at you.

The industry ate it up and then released Televisions that offered Active or passive 3d one required expensive battery operated shades the other passive just regular glasses with polarized lenses.
On top of that you also needed a Bluray player to play these 3d Blurays and if you wanted to connect to your surround system well then you needed a receiver that supported 3d as well.
Not to mention you needed the 3d movies which cost double the price of the standard Bluray and you needed extra glasses as well if you have a family or invite a few friends over to watch. And if you had an active 3d Television each pair of glasses could cost anywhere from $20 to $200 a pair. The passive glasses were cheaper much cheaper light weight and could get a dozen pair for $10.

As of now Oct 2017 there is not 1 TV manufacturer that has made a TV that has 3d capability not even the high end models.
They are concentrating on 4k and really concentrating on HDR HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG HDR & Technicolor HDR and a few others are out there as well.
LG was one of the last manufacturers to offer 3d and was only in their high end 2016 OLED television sets Curved models.
Curved another fading trend I never liked curved TV’s. Only reason I went with curved is because the 2016 curved LG OLED model was the only version that offered 3d in the 55″ range.
I’m actually a bit saddened that 3d is gone not that I watched it often as a matter a fact I rarely do. But when I do watch a documentary or movie in 3d I really enjoy it. When I am out looking to purchase a Bluray I look for 4k BR that includes the 3d and 2d versions because I like the option to watch in 4k w/HDR or 3d. Life Of Pi for example was another must see in 3d. Now the latest 4k Version has been up ticked nicely with HDR.
I couldn’t imagine watching TV in 3d all the time and makes me wonder if that is something others expected and did not get?

This got me thinking about VR: Virtual Reality which at this time is really gaining traction.
Could it die the sad death that 3d has?
I recently purchased the Oculus Rift with 3 sensors and hand controllers for interaction.
First I compare them.
Both require being worn
both are expensive
Both require software that supports it.

Then I looked at the difference.
VR is a personal experience and so is the software it uses “gaming”.
It is interactive and your in it not looking at it through a box.
3d movies are usually a shared experience and if not people lounge watching TV having glasses push into your face is annoying not to mention they darken the image.
There is absolutely no interaction with 3d televisions except for when you navigate the main menu to select Play or the Audio version.

I like 3d I really do like it once an a while but let me tell you that VR is plain awesome a totally different experience altogether.
This awesome factor isn’t enough to make everyone say it’s going to live on and change the way we use our computers and other devices.
I hope it does I‘m no fortune teller but stepping back and really looking at both technologies I think VR has a much better chance than 3d did or does.
Maybe I’m more hoping it does well because I love it so much. But I think anyone that gives it a chance and just tries it will see there is more to this VR than just gaming alone.

And I think after 3d is gone completely it will have it’s own community that will stick around to sell and trade 3d movies and hardware. If you do have a 3d TV & a Bluray player or PlayStation 3 may want to save it because you may want to go back and watch that 1 movie that was made in 3d back in 2010 because it was how the original print was meant to be viewed.

Just like the old anaglyph 3d movies that are out there that are still worth watching.
Freddy’s Dead was an absolute terrible movie but the way they implemented 3d “Freddy Vision” into it was ingenious.