Awwwww sheeeeet!!!! Man was I stoked to pick this one up. It's the first time I've ever had a copy of 'What Holds Us Apart'. It's nice to land such a classic. Trouble is what do you say about it that hasn't been said before? Nothing, you just let the pictures do the talking I guess.
Chain Of Strength - What Holds Us Apart
This is the reissue by First Strike in 1991. Second press of 500 on black vinyl. Weirdly, I just looked down and realised I was writing this in my Chain shirt too.
Only one post so far this month?!? Bare with me folks, I'll be back getting stuff up here more regularly soon. A new job and trying to fit in some much needed social time with friends has left me with little time to blog. My passion for it hasn't dwindled though believe me and as usual the records are still coming in thick and fast. Anyway, you didn't come here to read about me, on to the records.
So a few weeks ago I noticed on eBay a dude was selling off a pretty hefty collection. I think the metal records he had were what I noticed first, but sure enough like most of our metal brothers it soon became clear he had a decent smattering of hardcore records tucked in the collection too.
Madball - Set It Off
I can't tell you how excited I was to see Madballs awesome debut full length sitting there for sale. I've wanted this ever since I started collecting again but it rarely shows up. I wasn't going to let it escape this time and I put in an absurd bid that I knew no one was going to match. Boom it was mine! No fancy coloured wax just a classic record on black vinyl.
Much to my surprise bareing in mind the age of the record I was pleased to find that the record still contained the sticker that's advertised on the front of the record which was also a nice touch.
Madball - Demonstrating My Style
The good times didn't end there, not only was the guy selling Set It Off but he also had a copy of the follow up and equally tricky to find 'Demonstrating My Style'. I'd got the two Madball LP's I didn't have in one foul swoop!
On further inspection of the records being sold there was a few more I wanted, in the end I nabbed two more.
Black Train Jack - No Reward
Mike over at 'The One Thing That Still Holds True' wrote about Black Train Jack a couple of years ago. At the time I was intrigued because I remembered the name but had honestly never heard the band before. I listened to a couple of tracks online somewhere and made note to pick up a copy of their records if I ever got the chance.
Two years later I had the chance to pick up both records but I took my eye off the ball and missed out on the bands second record 'You're Not Alone' and someone beat me to it. I did grab the debut record 'No Reward' though. I've really enjoyed listening to the record actually, it's good stuff. I can see why at the time the band would have kinda got lost in the mix though. I still want that second record!!
Earth Crisis - Gomorrah's Season Ends
Driven by the price I also figured it would be rude not to pick up an original copy of Earth Crisis 'Gomorrah' Season Ends'. Another good record. I pretty much lost touch with Earth Crisis after 'Breed The Killers' but I do like this early stuff from the band.
Was it just me or did this latest Violent Reaction release kinda sneak up on you? By the time I realised it was out I'd missed out on the White vinyl version...ouch.
Violent Reaction - Dead End
Oh well, at least I was able to get a copy. Once again Quality Control have done a wicked job with the packaging of this release, like the first 7" 3rd press they've once again done the fold out X packaging. I'm a fan. It just seems to suit Violent Reaction perfectly.
Sound wise it's really more of the same from the band, with maybe slightly more of a toe in the Oi vibe that they touched on in the first releases. They've just signed to Rev and it will be interesting to see what they do on what I presume will be a full length release next for the label.