Euro-Thrash Metal let the LP’s hit the Turntable and spin, spin, spin.

Haven’t posted much on the blog lately.
Life happens.
Between life and here I have been listening to many new bands some many have heard and maybe some you have not.

Most recent LP I have on the way is Pestilence Testimony Of The Ancients the album that followed the insanely good Consuming Impulse.
Pestilence Testimony Of The Ancients Cover
This posting is about albums I have tracked down and are on their way here from all over the world. But are not in my hand yet.

I love Death Metal I have a pretty large collection of Death Metal on Vinyl.
Also have quite a bit of Thrash Metal and Punk and other styles of Metal.
It reminded me Thrash is what got me into metal. In the 80’s it was Metallica, Testament, Megadeth.
Thrash is where Death metal came from.
I started looking and realized in America Thrash pretty much disappeared it’s not dead but there isn’t a movement going on here is the states. As I looked I found France of all places has a thrash movement going on and it seems to be a movement in Europe as a whole.
I discovered fantastic Thrash bands:  Thrashback, Ultra-Violence, Bio-Cancer, Infinite Translation the list is huge I have only plucked a few bands out of what seems to be many.
While MP3s and some CD’s can be purchased here in the states all the LPs “Vinyl” releases are not here they are over in Europe.

I discovered Bio-Cancer a few weeks back they formed in 2010. And hail from Athens, Greece.
When I heard them for the 1st time I was instantly on the search for the LP.
On it’s way the excellent album is called Ear Piercing Thrash.
It’s seriously a must hear Thrash metal band. This is their 1st full album release.
Bio-Cancer Ear Piercing Thrash

A month or so back maybe more I discovered another excellent band Ultra-Violence.
Another great band again from over in Europe they hail from Italy.
my introduction to them was their 1st full length album Privilege to Overcome and absolutely heavy n fast album it will blow you away.
Another LP on it’s way is Ultra-Violence Wildcrash E.P their very 1st release but a mini album of 5 songs which after followed Privilege to Overcome.
Ultra- ViolenceWildcrash Cover

Since the majority of purchases lately were from Europe I wanted to add at least 1 Thrash band and they are from my area Tampa Florida so that makes them cool before I even heard them.
They do have some rough Death metal like vocals in the music but it is ultimately Thrash.
The band is Generichrist they hail from the good ole US of A right here in Tampa Florida.
The albums title I have on way is Rotting In The Swamp. One of the songs is called “Tampa Morgue”
Good thing about this Thrash band is if you can find the LPs on sale you don’t have to spend expensive European shipping charges.
The LP I have on the way is a Mini-Album 12″ Vinyl with 3 songs.
I have listened to them and yes they are good. Are they as good as the 2 European bands I listed here in my opinion No. But go ahead and get some of these albums compare yourself you tell me.
Generichrist Rotting In The Swamp cover

What can I say about Thrash today?! It KICKS FUCKIN ASS is what I say!
Go ahead see if I’m wrong these European bands know what was missing and they are doing it right!

11th year on my blog.

It’s been 11 years this month! Wow a lot has happened since starting my blog at first was just a place to talk about whatever I was into at that time to some personal shit.

But ultimately I wanted it to be an anything I want to post blog. A place about Tablets & Media Center PC’s and Os choices Kodi.  What it really has been more than anything is just in general home entertainment. From Tv’s to Turntables and anything in between even TV repairs or Tablet repairs.

Went with the family to St. Pete Florida where my oldest daughter lives to hit a bar where you throw axes at a target. Was really cool. I love being with my family I love them all so much. It’s almost sad the way I was before I had a family I wanted to be alone or thought I did. Now I couldn’t imagine anything else.

After my wife & I went to Daddy Kool records got some Vinyl then went to a little Ice Cream store called Urban Creamery they made waffle cones from scratch was some really good shit!
Was a great day with my wife and children and their significant others husband & girlfriend.

When I started this blog all my children were at home with me here ages 7, 9, 14, 15. Now all my daughters have moved out and my son has turned 18 in February.
How time flys.
It’s sad to see them go but I am very proud of all my children.
And my wife is awesome she has put up with some of the craziest shit from me I am really lucky Jenn is with me she is my life.
Hopefully I’ll be posting many more blog stuff for another 20 years.

Happy 11th:-)

Rega Planar 2 Turntable

My 1st Turntable not my true 1st but first I purchased after 20+ years of not having one.
Really just wanted one that worked and I purchased the Encore Turntable $80 after shipping. This is your base drop your record on and it will give you sound.
This Turntable is for those that never listened to vinyl and will let you know if you have more interest.
The Encore TT is not belt driven it’s direct drive motor with a basic needle. No upgrades are available on this TT at all. But it’s capable of ripping your records to MP3 if that’s of interest.  I don’t care about this aspect at all I would never rip my LP’s to Mp3.
Encore Turntable

 

My turntable & vinyl interest piqued after I upgraded my Turntable to the Audio Technica LP60.

Audio Technica LP60 TT

This is a entry level Turntable “Non-USB” that is belt driven which I prefer because I’m not a DJ that spins records.
It’s a $99 Turntable and let me say this before I move on. For the money this TT can NOT be beat. Unlike other TTs that lack bass and drowns mids from overly powerful highs that crackle this TT hits hard and sounds great it can not be beat and is awesome for those that never used a Turntable or are getting back into Vinyl.
Downside the cartridge can not be replaced so this leaves very little sound upgradeability. But it does have a built in Pre-amp that can be turned off or on so if you have a Pre-Amp or a Tuner that has a Phono output that is powered you can turn off the  built in amp.
While the Cart can not be upgraded Audio Technica do make great needles the stock  TT  comes with the needle ATN3600L and can upgrade the needle to – Audio-Technica ATN95E for $35 and will improve your sound. But that is the only upgrade besides the belt upgrade that can be done to this TT. No other needle can be used on this besides the 2 I listed here.
Guaranteed to make any CD fan realize what they are missing by not owning their favorite albums on Vinyl.

WARNING once you love it then you have to upgrade. Obsession begins-
I’m not a rich man so I decided I only wanted to spend a set amount of money.
When I started looking at new Turntables I started at the $250-$300 range which put me into a moderately decent range of tables like the Audio-Technica LP120 which starts at $299. And the LP120 is not a belt drive it’s a direct drive Turntable. Great for a DJ but not for Vinyl listeners that want accurate as possible sound.
After much looking and realizing wow it lacks things I want but mostly the best sound I can get for the cheapest amount of cash.
I then moved to the $350-$400 range at this range your now into TTs that do NOT have built in Pre-Amps which means that you have to purchase a Pre-Amp as well.  The cost has just went from $350 to starting at $450-$550 after adding in the Pre-Amp.
Now you may as well start being picky about the tings you want and the things you can sacrifice.
Now I’m at the $500-$700 range for just the Turntable no Pre-amp because at this point anything under this amount starts to not make sense especially since you have already went over your price point 3x.
At $500 you can score the Fluance RT85 (W/Ortofon 2M Blue Cart $240 for this alone included!) she is awesome but they can’t make enough of these babies fast enough so you can’t get one because there aren’t any completed yet for Fluance to sell.
Then there is the Pro-Ject – Debut Carbon Esprit SB which starts at $599 this has great specs but again it lacks the powerful sound that the Fluance RT85 has gotten reviews about and costs $100 more and includes the lower end Ortofon Red cart. Not that the Ortofon 2M Red cart is bad far from it but at this point I have seen the Fluance RT85 TT with the 2M Blue Cart available at $500.
Now to the build your own U-Turn Turntable after adding all the parts I want specs like the Fluance RT85 price hits $509.
After research you realize that the Plinth and even the arm is sub-par to any of the Turntables I have listed in the $500-$600 range.
Which brings me to my final decision I went with the Rega Planar 2 aka: RP2
This has a solid plinth, Glass platter “Not to be mistaken for the Acrylic Platter” and their middle high end Arm with a Cart and needle made for the P2.
this TT starts at $675 it’s more than the ones I listed but all the parts are solid quality the Cart & needle is this TT weak point.
Since I shopped about and got an open box deal and paid $589 for it I went ahead and purchased the Ortofon 2M blue cartridge. Totaling the Turntables cost to $830.
The Pre-amp is a whole other story so I’ll save that for another day.

What do I get? A fanfuckingtastic Turntable with an excellent cart for under a grand!
After all is said and done I DO NOT regret buying it ” usually after a expensive purchase I feel guilty or it wasn’t worth it”. It sounds absolutely awesome and I say this with no exaggeration it’s sound quality beats the shit out of any CD out there it just can’t be compared fairly it sounds that much better. And those that say well yeah it may sound better but it’s not loud. Well It’s got that to this fuckin table rocks just as loud as a CD or even louder! And clearer and more detailed as well.

If Vinyl is something your already into and just haven’t spent the money to upgrade your Turntable because in back of your mind you feel well a new one can’t sound that much better and surely can’t be worth it.
I had same feelings although I knew there were TTs that sounded better than what I had at the time.
Can only say it makes a huge difference in your sound and makes it much more enjoyable.
REGA_Planar2

As I stated also needed a pre-amp so this was another $200 went with the Parasound Zphono Phono Pre Amplifier.
It creates a great clean sound and I tested the Audio Technica LP60 on it and it improved the sound on that as well.
But I wish I had spent the extra $50 for the Parasound Zphono MM/MC Phono Preamplifier with USB>
Not because the USB but because it offers a power button and 2 line in for multiple hookups and has a rumble filter option along with a mono switch and USB Gain for those that want to transfer their vinyl to MP3.
The down side to the one I have is it just has a green power light doesn’t have a power on/off button or anything else. The power button alone is worth the extra $50:-(

Parasound $200 Pre-Amp
Parasound preamp 200

Parasound $250 Pre-AmpParasound Preamp 250

Civil War 3-D anaglyph Red/Blue

I knew of these but never bothered to check them out. After going through some of my Blurays I remembered I had 2 movies that were using the old anaglyph technology.
Friday the 13th P3 and Coraline. Coraline was Green and Red which DO NOT work. Friday the 13th P3 used the Blue & Red which work with the old Civil War pictures.
Are interesting and think everyone should take a look.
A few are motion pictures which was also used back then very primitive but still cool to see.
Kick back pop on some old paper glasses with Blue & Red lenses and see Civil War in 3-D.

See how they made this process “3-D” happen back in the 1800’s
https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/photography-and-civil-war

Quiet Riot on Vinyl:-(

Quiet Riot on Vinyl:-(

I wanted to go for it and pull out the 1st press version of Quiet Riot Metal Health LP. And give it a full listen and attention. I remember absolutely loving the song “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” It’s one of those metal tunes that really got me into metal have to understand I was 10 years old in 1983 when this came out.
Also thought Cum on Feel the “NoiZe” was great as well for a 10 year old brain this stuff was hard and original. As I got older listened to more music I realized that Cum on feel the noise was a cover by the band Slade and their version is much better.

As I put the record on the turntable on Side 1- 1st Song Bang your head 1st flushed in feelings of nostalgia then a few giggles as I sang along to just the Bang your head part because I don’t remember all the lyrics. lol  Then song 2 Cum on feel the Noize! again nostalgia. After that there is just nothing absolute junk every song on this album minus the 2 songs and 1 of them was a cover all suck!
This band was nothing special and what’s left today are the 2 songs that were great then that don’t hold up well at all today. Which leaves you with 8 other tunes that won’t even get your foot tapping as you listen. Even the last song “Thunderbird” which was their try at a ballad and even that is a fail.

In the 80’s ballads were big and most bands even the cheesiest ones pulled off 1 hit wonder ballads but Quiet Riot couldn’t even pull that off.
If they released their 1 song “(Bang Your Head) as a single and disappeared it would of been a better legacy.
Pretty sure one of the band members went on to WASP which I think did much better than this. Even though I don’t like WASP now and didn’t then.
Front
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Side 1:

1. Metal Health (Bang Your Head) 5:16
2. Cum On Feel the Noize” (Slade cover) 4:51
3. “Don’t Wanna Let You Go”
  • DuBrow
  • Cavazo
4:42
4. “Slick Black Cadillac”
4:12
5. “Love’s a Bitch” DuBrow 4:11

Side 2:
6.
“Breathless”
DuBrowCavazo
3:51
7.
“Run for Cover”
DuBrowCavazo
3:38
8.
“Battle Axe”
Cavazo
1:38
9.
“Let’s Get Crazy”
DuBrow
4:08
10.
“Thunderbird”
DuBrow
4:43

Hunting down those rare or hard to find LP’s.

As certain bands/ albums age they can become increasingly hard to find and in some cases even records that aren’t all that old can also be hard to find or get ahold of. Usually because they were pressed/printed in limited supply.
Or they are just that good and have no re-issue dates ahead or maybe none coming at all.

This is the break down of my latest struggles getting a hold of hard to find LP’s.
I’ll start with my most recent find. That would be Obituary Cause Of Death originally released on September 19, 1990 their sophomore album follow up to the insanely excellent Slowly We Rot “Another tough one to find or get” I do have a 1st Press and a remaster press on CD of “Cause Of Death” but that isn’t LP. So first few tries on Ebay I should first say getting locally here in the states is really hard so bidding or buying this LP would have to be overseas which means the cost of album plus the expensive tracked overseas shipping costs. 1st attempt to bid on it through Ebay I lost. Went for it again on Ebay a few months later after building up some more patience and luck. But this time I used a bidding BOT called Auction Sniper. This is supposed to really up your chances at a win since it will start placing bids that very last second left of the items auction ending. Sweet! right? Well wrong I still lost:-( Even with a damn BOT!
Now that means I had to hunt it down and just buy the damn LP from someone that is hopefully willing to even sell it.
Onto my fav media community & collection storage discogs the ultimate of everything media.
I find the beauty on Vinyl by a rad seller that goes by hammersmashedface love it! Located in England. Those that are not in the know that “name” is a song from an old 90’s Cannibal Corpse Song their 1st ever single and a good song at that;-)
He has it shipped and I patiently await for it’s arrival! All the way from England to my humble home and Metalized Turntable of DEATH!
Cause Of Death

The album I was next looking for was a well.. no an excellently received album some argue their previous work is the better “Monolith of Inhumanity released 2012 also a hard one to find” but whatever The Anthropocene Extinction was only released in 2015 and is a mother fucker to get ahold of on LP. And for good damn reason it is FanFuckinGTastic Technical-Death Metal that will rip your soul to shreds even if they may be Vegans. Welcome Cattle Decapitation #2 to my fine collection. I may only have 2 in my LP collection but I do plan on adding more well at least 1 and if you read this then you know what I’m gunning for next;-)
This one shipped all the way from Germany so it could grace my collection with it’s greatness.
cattle_decapitation-the_anthropocene_extinction_lp_back

Then my hunt for Rings Of Saturn – Embryonic Anomaly this one was hard to find as well.
After quite some time searching I found it in France.
This RoS album was their 2nd and the line up is NOT what it is today the biggest thing about Anomaly is it was recorded with the original lineup of only three members while they were at the ages ranging from 16 to 18. The lead singer is not the one that graces the other excellent RoS albums Dingir, Lugal Ki En & Ultu Ulla.
This Album is great. I also have Ultu Ulla on LP as well and it’s awesome as hell!
rings_of_saturn-embryonic_anomaly_lp

I’m still looking to add Obituary Slowly We Rot LP. I Have the Picture disc but want the standard LP with Cover.

Rings Of Saturn- Dingir LP -also hard to find looking to add to collection at some point if anyone is willing to part with it.

Dragonforce – Inhuman Rampage  I’ll take this as Picture disc or Standard LP Sleeve!

Insanity  ‎– Death After Death Not exactly hard to find but it’s on my A.S,A,P list;-)

The Lost Boys (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) It’s not exactly hard to find or get but it is hard to find/get at a reasonable price!