Thursday, 31 December 2015

Classic Hardcore

I've not been as prolific this year as I would have liked, my enthusiasm for posting up my new purchases and buying records hasn't diminished at all, I've just found my self with far less free time. Anyway, let's end 2015 in style with some hardcore classics that don't really need much introduction.

Judge - Bringin' It Down

Bringin' It Down was recently reissued and the package was so nice I couldn't resist picking up this version. Featuring a lovey embossed cover this looks great.

1000 of these were pressed on black vinyl.

As well as the poster/lyric insert the record also comes with these die-cut hammers. Which is a nice touch.

Leeway - Born To Expire

Having never owned a copy of Leeway's classic record Born To Expire on vinyl before I was eager to pick up one of these repressed copies.

This white vinyl version is out of 500 copies. Fantastic.

Sick Of It All - Just Look Around

Another classic I picked up recently was this gold repress of Sick Of It All's 1992 offering. Another I'd never owned on vinyl before. 

Is it just me or does 'gold' vinyl, unless it's in keeping with the album artwork always look a bit crap? If I hadn't bought from a store I might have tried to find one of the red or white versions.

Sick Of It All - Life On The Ropes

Probably a bit of a stretch to call 2003's Life On The Ropes a 'classic' of course, but this was cheap in the same store I picked Just Look Around up from, so I'm including it here too.

Back when this came out in 2003, having not given Yours Truly that came out in 2000 much of a listen, I didn't bother with this record, instead picking back up with SOIA for 2006's Death To Tyrants. It's not a bad record at all though.

That's it for 2015, see you all in 2016 and as always thanks for reading and commenting.

R.I.P Lemmy and John Bradbury

Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Can't beat picking up a tour press or fest version of a record.

Justice - Look Alive EP - Ninja Fest Edition

I've got a copy of this record from Justice on clear vinyl with green splatter but this Ninja Fest Version with the TMNT cover is pretty cool. It's only a piece of paper wrapped round the normal record but I couldn't resist picking it up.

On black vinyl they made a 100 of those for Ninja Fest in '04, this is number 58.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Let Me Go

I still have a massive soft spot for Rancid, I haven't liked anything they've put out with any real enthusiasm since Rancid 2000 but if I see a Rancid record I don't have on the cheap then I'll pick it up.

Rancid - Let Me Go

This is a 7" that was released around the time of Rancid 2000 and one of my favourite tracks off that album so win win.

Green vinyl version, I say green vinyl version but actually I'm pretty sure they were all green. I believe that this now means I have a version of every Rancid 7" release (not including the 7" records they released with all the albums spread across them) except for Roots Radicals which I don't think I've even ever seen a copy of.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Gameface / Old Flings

When I picked up that Fade record from Speedowax, Rich threw in this record too. Who doesn't like free records?

Gameface / Old Flings - Split

I haven't listened to Gameface in the longest time, they aren't really a band I've kept up with over the years. I have their Three To Get Ready LP from years ago but that's about it. Actually though I really enjoyed the track Frames that they offer up here. Really good catchy stuff.

Old Flings are the other band on the split and whilst not normally my thing, again I liked this track Grip. At least on this song the band remind me a bit of a less macabre and somber Alkaline Trio,which actually I'm okay with, as the missus loves Alkaline Trio and I've begrudgingly come to like some of their stuff.

On a side note I really like the centre labels Speedowax have used here. I can't remember if that style have appeared before or not but they are smart.

Saturday, 19 December 2015


Being a big old fan of Speedowax Records ran by the ridiculously busy and hard working Rich, I like to think I have my finger on what they are releasing but it wasn't until Marcus Endless Quest posted about this band that I realised I'd missed a trick.

Fade - Demo

It was Marcus referencing Man Will Surrender that caught my interest and he was definately right about that. That's what's going on here with maybe some Understand mixed in and even some 90's Alt rock/grunge and it's really good stuff. Featuring members of Shrapnel and Violent Reaction though how could it not be?

This is the Grey Swirl mix vinyl and Speedowax's 98th release in 17 years! Awesome!!

Fade - One With Serenity

Of course one record was never going to be enough and after getting the demo record I also sought out the bands Neutral Words release One With Serenity.

Can't get enough of this at the moment. This is the Green vinyl version out of 125

Higher Power - Space To Breathe

Whilst over at Neutral Words I also spotted another record that sounded interesting this debut E.P release by Leeds band Higher Power. It mentioned Leeway and Life Of Agony and yep that's definately on show here, at times they even remind me a bit of Turnstile. Another great release by a UK band!

This White vinyl version of the record is out of 100

Check both bands out

Tuesday, 8 December 2015


You guys are probably a lot like me in that given unlimited resources there are loads of records that I wouldn't mind adding to my collection, records you like but given that you're not a millionaire you just focus on other things. However, now and again you spot one of these records on the cheap and can't help but pounce.

Helmet - Betty

This is kinda one of those records, Betty by Helmet. It's a damn fine record but I was just never going to buy it at full price. However, a few weeks ago I was in my local store and decided to check out the sale rack and there it was for cut-price £8. That's a bargain I can't refuse.

This is the 2014 gatefold press of the record on white vinyl. Meantime tends to be my go-to Helmet record so I hadn't listened to this for a while but when those awesome opening few riffs on Wilma's Rainbow cranked in I remembered it's a great follow up.