Archive for Covenant

Deals & Steals: Frantic Transatlantic

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by Lightning Slim

  Hey all, this installment is imbued with all  the usual bipolar vacillation between my metal and electronic obsessions. All prices $US, and shipping was $7.99.

Rob Zombie: Educated Horses $4.00. I finally get around to Mr. Z’s least-understood record. Not bad!

Powerman 5000: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Volume 1 and True Force, $$5.47 and free with promotion, respectively. I also decided to include the younger Zombie sibling on this order. The first album is an early-material re-release, and the second is their first EP. Considerable overlap; good thing one was free!

Covenant: Europa $6.27. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Europa is a love letter to Front by Front.

Sister Machine Gun: The Torture Technique $4.79. A friend recently gifted me with a SMG discography, but likely (and sensibly) held out on me by keeping this one, their best.

Fu Manchu: Action is Go $6.99. I Googled “What is Fu Manchu’s best album?” Who am I to disagree with the internet?

Scooter: The Stadium Techno Experience. Free with promotion. No comment.

And not-leastly:

  Metallica: Garage Inc. $9.99. What can I say? Still the best way to get hold of their extensive and well-chosen covers collection. This also allows me to retire my rare original Garage Days disc. I should also mention that the champs at Second Spin, having mistakenly sent me only one disc of the set, immediately shipped me a new set. One email, no questions. Gotta like that level of service. Anybody need a Disc One of this thing?

Album Review – The Kovenant “In Times Before the Light” 1997/2002

Posted in Album Reviews, FourFiveSix with tags , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by Lightning Slim




This is a re-release of the Kovenant’s earliest album (from back when they were spelling it with a C*) with an attempt to bring it into line with the industrial glam outfit they would later become. The results of the remix are, well, mixed. It sounds as if someone took a pretty decent symphonic black/death record and redid the drum and vocal tracks using a Playstation One and Darth Vader voice-changer helmet. Think: early Malhavoc demo. It’s a shame the beats are so cheesy, because it’s clear the ideas that would form the basis of Nexus Polaris are beginning to take shape, and there are some good riffs and bridges. A bit of a curiosity, and basically for Kovenant-with-a-K fans only. 5 out of 10
*Pre-lawsuit by Sweden’s bespectacled and turtlenecked EBM Covenant. You know, the Sprockets guys.


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