Cattle Decapitations 8th Full Album release imminent.

I discovered Cattle Decapitation a bit late into their careers. I had heard them a few times in the early 2000’s they were already formed in 1995.
That said I did not appreciate what I had heard back then in the early 2000s’ when I say early I mean 2000-2002. Which places the stuff I heard from their 1st full album To Serve Man.
They had prior releases but were EPs Human Jerky, Homovore & Decapitacion! “2000” I may have heard something from this as well?
Regardless I couldn’t tell you the songs I heard since as I said did not find myself the least interested at the time I felt the music was just a mess had little to offer.
Then I heard the album Monolith of Inhumanity I did like the sound but still wasn’t something I found myself wanting to jam to regularly at all this would have been around 2013 or so when I started listening to music somewhat again. Monolith grows on you it is a good album don’t let my initial thoughts on this avert you from it.
Then I got into Vinyl and Turntables this changed me I then pulled all my old skool Metallica & Slayer stuff I still had from the late 80’s early 1990.
FF to 2015 I was loving vinyl by 2016 I was full on collecting again and I picked up Cattle Decapitations The Anthropocene Extinction my ears were hearing a band that has honed their skill to perfection!
This album was.. IS excellent I believe Monolith is when they found their sound and Anthropocene was their perfection of that sound.

So coming November 29th they will be releasing their 8th studio album Death Atlas.
Am excited to see how it sounds. Even more excited to see what Vinyl I get and how well it was pressed.

Cattle Decap Monolith Of Inhumanity cover
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Death Atlas Pre-Orders start on Sept 5th 2019 & Releases on Black Friday November 29th 2019.
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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!

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”
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3:51
7.
“Run for Cover”
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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.
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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!
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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!

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.

 

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.