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Deals & Steals: Call the Dealer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2014 by Lightning Slim

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Now, the dealer in question might be to help with the pantload of stoner metal I just received. He might also deal in speed, sleaze, machinery or poisoned bibles by the looks of things. All prices $US.

High On Fire – Snakes For the Divine $5.59, Death Is This Communion $8.78, Blessed Black Wings $6.39, Surrounded By Thieves $6.39. I’m late to the party on these shirtless riffy wonders, so I pulled the trigger on the whole back catalogue. Awesome fun.

Destroy Destroy Destroy – Devour the Power $6.39. More side project silliness from the American core kids. I’m sure I’m meant to enjoy this Manowar parody stuff ironically, so, shhhhhhhh……

Lazarus A.D. – Onslaught $3.99. One of the finest young bands working in retrothrash today.

Scum of the Earth – Sleaze Freak $3.00. The Rob Zombie soundalikes actually made a second album. Not an original note on it, but kind of fun anyway.

KMFDM – XTORT $3.48. Because I’m a Chris Connelly fan. Also, this is a reissue that allows you to skip the stupid bonus track.

Anaal Nathrakh – Domine Non Es Dignus $6.99. Woah. Seriously nutty industrial black metal from the UK. Like Cradle mixed with old-school Earache Records.

Powerman 5000 – Transform $1.48. Can’t believe this radio-ready bit of nothing got released and Doomsday didn’t. Oh well, price was right.

And now for my new favourite thing:

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Doomriders – Black Thunder $5.58 and Darkness Come Alive $6.39. This side project of Converge has a bit of everything good. At their best they sound like the entire back half of Iron Maiden’s Killers being performed by Danzig. If that description appeals to you, run don’t walk to see them.

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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?

Deals & Steals: Wild Abandon!

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by Lightning Slim
So I might have lost my shit a bit when I had a 30% off coupon at Second Spin the other day and ended up purchasing 16 new discs. Minor shipping damages this time, discussed below. All prices $US – without further ado here is this month’s glory and shame:

White Zombie – La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume 1 $3.77. How did I not have this before? Sure, it’s a classic but it’s overhyped, so I was biding my time…until now. Nightcrawlers: The KMFDM Remixes $2.09. Same thing, really.

The Kovenant – In Times Before the Light $2.64. Kovenant’s lost album. Should it stay lost? I figured it was worth finding out.

Spahn Ranch – Retrofit $1.10, Beat Noir $1.24, and Anthology 1992-1994 $3.27. I know I said I’d filled in my Spahn Ranch collection last time, but look at those prices! Cheap at twice the price for Constantine Maroulis’ gothier (and more musically adventurous) older brother. One’s a remix EP, the second a cabaret record and the third a catch-up compilation. The last one, a double set, was obliterated by the US postal service. I’m hoping that my bros at Beat Goes On can help me buff them back to life, but I think I can see light through the second disc. Ah, well.

Skrew – Dusted $1.66. I know it’s their best record, but it took me 15 years and a red tag less than a Starbuck’s Venti to get me over the stupidest album cover of ever.

Danzig – II: Lucifuge $5.59 and III: How the Gods Kill $4.89. This time the big money’s on the little guy.

Powerman 5000 – Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere $5.59. After this review, I’d be a hypocrite not to get this one. Still loving it!

Arch Enemy – Rise of the Tyrant $4.89. No-brainer.

Nailbomb – Point Blank $6.29. Record sounds exactly like the band’s name. This is a remaster with extra tracks, which is nice as the orignal was both noisy and short, if brilliant.

Music from the TV Series Angel – Live Fast, Die Never $6.29. Uhh, it’s for the missus. Really.

Laibach – WAT $5.59. In which Slovenia’s angriest anarchist art-robots show those youngsters in Rammstein that they Can. Not. Hang.

Anthrax – Anthrology: No Hit Wonders 1985-1991. $9.09. What a shelf filler! Two discs crammed with at least 75% of their Island tracks.

And today’s winner for value:

In Flames: The Jester Race/Black Ash Inheritance $5.59. Digipak with both releases together remastered. My interest in early In Flames was rekindled by the inclusion of “Goliaths Disarm their Davids” on a certain heavy metal video game.

Twenty bucks shipping – still puts me close to under $100 after the Canadian conversion. Not bad! — Slim

Album Review – Powerman 5000 “Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere” 2009

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by Lightning Slim

Spider is back, and for once we’re glad. Many’s the time in the past decade that I’ve wished the gasping, flopping fish that is Powerman 5000 would either get back into the water or just die already. I’m happy to report that circa 2009, PM5K is swimming with the sharks again under their own power with their own unique style. 

The genius of early venture Mega!! Kung Fu Radio was its ability to blend the crunchy electro-riffs of Spider’s elder brother (Mr. Robert Zombie, Esq.) with a bit of funk. In many ways, it was more an alternative hip-hop record than metal. Subsequent releases either aped the increasingly formulaic Zombie sound (that’s another sad story) or floundered about in both pop and punk territory without successfully combining either. 

Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere finally gets it right. Sure, it’s the drum-machine riff rock you’d expect, but they’ve restored some of the cheekiness of old. “Show Me What You’ve Got” and “Super Villain” are an inseparable one-two flurry, and “V is for Vampire” adds a Billy Idol-esque lip curl to the proceedings. Closing track “Horror Show” lays down the science and thump, designed to rattle the grille while Spider name-checks the glory days and promises fun to come. I believe him this time. 8 out of 10

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