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    Exodus

    Original Embossed Metallic Jacket

    Recorded in London following an attempt on his life, Exodus shows Bob Marley mellowing a bit. Despite some powerful political tracks, Marley adopts a less fiery, more reflective approach than his previous outings. Still, it's hard to find reggae as good as this. Exodus has all one would expect from a Bob Marley album: rumbling statements like Exodus and The Heathen as well as poetic love songs like Turn Your Lights Down Low.


    Considering how good these tracks are, Exodus does not stop here. Marley also unleashed the huge international hits Jamming, Waiting in Vain, and One Love/People Get Ready. These inspired tracks, perhaps more than any others, came to define Marley around the world. They are irresistible no matter how many times they are played. Never one to dodge innovation, Exodus hints that Marley was taking cues from the emerging dub scene. Exodus, even though it contains some of Marley's best work, has an underlying nostalgic feel to it, hinting that Marley was getting a little formulaic.

    1. Natural Mystic
    2. So Much Things To Say
    3. Guiltiness
    4. The Heathen
    5. Exodus
    6. Jamming
    7. Waiting In Vain
    8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
    9. Three Little Birds
    10. One Love / People Get Ready
    Bob Marley
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Blood In, Blood Out

    With a career spanning 34 years, EXODUS has not only helped shape and define the thrash metal genre for over three decades, but they continually stretch and raise the genre's boundaries. One of the forefathers of the Bay Area scene, the band's 1985 debut album, Bonded By Blood, has since become a legendary album featuring mandatory live staples such as "Strike Of The Beast", "A Lesson In Violence", and the album's title track.


    Formed in 1980, the band's original members included Tom Hunting on drums, Kirk Hammett (Metallica) & Tim Agnello on guitars and Carlton Melson on bass. With a line-up that has evolved throughout the years, the current incarnation of EXODUS charges into the future with returning frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza on vocals, Gary Holt and Lee Altus on guitars, Tom Hunting on drums, and Jack Gibson on bass.


    In 2014, EXODUS closed the first half of the year with stellar performances at Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil and Rock On The Range, as well as a groundbreaking tour with fellow thrash legends Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies. To date, EXODUS has released nine studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation. Their most recent release, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, debuted within the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in 2010.


    Produced by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Megadeth, etc), the new Exodus record, "Blood In, Blood Out", will be released in 2014.

    1. Black 13 (feat. Dan the Automator)
    2. Blood In, Blood Out
    3. Collateral Damage
    4. Salt the Wound (feat. Kirk Hammett of Metallica)
    5. Body Harvest
    6. BTK (feat. Chuck Billy of Testament)
    7. Wrapped in the Arms of Rage
    8. My Last Nerve
    9. Numb
    10. Honor Killings
    11. Food for the Worms
    Exodus
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    Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues (Super Deluxe)

    This June marks the 40th anniversary of Exodus-named the "Best Album of the 20th Century" by Time magazine in 1999. As part of the celebration, Ziggy Marley has revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals and instrumentation, transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes.

    This collector's edition Super Deluxe, four-LP, two-7" single vinyl version includes the original LP, Ziggy Marley's restatement Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues, an Exodus Live set recorded at London's Rainbow Theatre the week of the album's release on June 3, 1977, Punky Reggae Party LP which includes a previously unreleased extended mix of "Keep On Moving", and a pair of vinyl 7" singles, including "Waiting in Vain" b/w "Roots" and "Smile Jamaica (Part One)" b/w "Smile Jamaica (Part Two)."

    Vinyl 1 - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Exodus (Original Version)
    1. Natural Mystic
    2. So Much Things to Say
    3. Guiltiness
    4. The Heathen
    5. Exodus
    6. Jamming
    7. Waiting in Vain
    8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
    9. Three Little Birds
    10. One Love/People Get Ready


    Vinyl 2 - Ziggy Marley's Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues
    1. Natural Mystic
    2. So Much Things to Say
    3. Guiltiness
    4. The Heathen
    5. Exodus
    6. Jamming
    7. Waiting in Vain
    8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
    9. Three Little Birds
    10. One Love/People Get Ready


    Vinyl 3 - Exodus Live recorded live at Rainbow Theatre, London, June 1-4, 1977
    1. Natural Mystic
    2. So Much Things to Say
    3. Guiltiness
    4. The Heathen
    5. Positive Vibration
    6. Jamming
    7. Exodus


    Vinyl 4 - Punky Reggae Party
    1. Punky Reggae Party
    2. Punky Reggae Party Dub
    3. Keep On Moving (previously unreleased extended mix)


    7" single 1
    Waiting in Vain b/w Roots


    7" single 2
    Smile Jamaica (Part One) b/w Smile Jamaica (Part Two)

    Bob Marley & The Wailers
    $124.99
    Vinyl LP Box Set + 2 7 Singles - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Robot Hive/Exodus

    Up until now Clutch's Robot Hive/Exodus was never available on vinyl. This beautiful double LP is re-mastered and comes in a re-designed gatefold package. It contains some of Clutch's classic tracks, such as Mice and Gods and 10001110101, and it closes with two hoary old blues covers: Mississippi Fred McDonald's Gravel Road and Howlin Wolf's Who's Been Talking?. These are all songs that Clutch fans care deeply about.


    This collector's item with be highly sought-after by Clutch fans as well as vinyl aficionados.

    LP 1
    1. The Incomparable Mr. Flannery
    2. Burning Beard
    3. Gullah
    4. Mice and Gods
    5. Pulaski Skyway
    6. Never Be Moved
    7. 10001110101
    8. Small Upsetters


    LP 2
    1. Circus Maximus
    2. Tripping The Alarm
    3. 10,000 Witnesses
    4. Land Of Pleasant Living
    5. Gravel Road
    6. Who's Been Talking?

    Clutch
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  • Brotherhood Of The Snake Brotherhood Of The Snake Quick View

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    Brotherhood Of The Snake

    The forbearers of thrash resemble a Lovecraftian brotherhood. They're the elder gods who set everything in motion for generations to imitate, while still ruling the roost from on high. Testament stand proudly among the same vanguard that boasted "The Big 4" and beyond.


    For over three decades, the Bay Area quintet-Chuck Billy [vocals], Eric Peterson [guitar], Alex Skolnick [guitar], Steve DiGiorgio [bass], and Gene Hoglan [drums]-has consistently delivered unadulterated, unbridled, and unbreakable metal in its purest form without compromise or any signs of slowing down. Over the course of seminal releases ranging from The Legacy and Practice What You Preach to The Gathering and The Formation of Damnation, which won "Best Album" at Metal Hammer's 2008 Golden Gods Awards, the group's sales exceeded 14 million worldwide with 2 million in the U.S. alone. Most recently, 2012's critically praised Dark Roots of Earth assaulted the charts, moving over 20,000 first-week copies and seizing #12 on the Billboard Top 200, the band's highest U.S. chart bow ever. However, in 2016, Testament returns with more teeth than ever on Brotherhood of the Snake [Nuclear Blast]. "The first record is always classic because you form the band, you're totally into it, you go through the club scene, find yourself, and write your initial album over multiple years," explains Eric. "Then, you get signed and end up in a cycle. We took some time to do Brotherhood of the Snake, and it shows. Different influences came in. Normally, there are a few straight ahead thrash songs. We haven't had this many thrash tracks since The Legacy. It's a new era."


    "I view Testament like I did when we started," adds Chuck. "I've been fortunate to be doing this for over 30 years. It means a lot. We're just going to continue doing what we do." Following a whirlwind of touring in support of Dark Roots of Earth, the guys began individually writing in late 2013. In between a rigorous tour schedule, new music organically assembled. During the spring of 2016, they hit the studio with Juan Urteaga [Machine Head, Exodus] and quickly cut the album's 10 tracks.


    "Having separate periods to write set it apart," Eric continues. "Everybody played hard. Chuck really surprised me and belted out stuff that's more melodic over the heavy speed metal riffs. It blended really well together." "It does flow," Chuck agrees. "There's a lot of musicianship going on there, and I was finding hooks in the moment. I was able to feel it and just go."


    The record commences on a deadly note with the title track. A whiplash-inducing riff catapults Chuck's unmistakable growl forward before snapping into mind-numbing leads. It's a brutal breakneck basher on par with the band's best. "It was actually one of the first songs we put together," says the singer. "Once we heard it mixed, we were all like, 'Wow, we have the direction we're going in. It's really heavy.'"


    Elsewhere on the record, "The Pale King" gallops ahead on an apocalyptic barrage of drums and guitars before culminating on an unshakable chant. "It was really natural," smiles Eric. "It has that old school vibe, but this new energy to it. It never lets up. I love that!" Brotherhood of the Snake concludes on the crushing yet cinematic "The Number Game," which evinces Chuck's knack for a vivid lyrical story.


    "I actually wrote it with Steve 'Zetro' Souza," he recalls. "I had that chorus, and it was one of those things where it had to be repeated. It's 14 days and 14 nights where this guy's on a killing spree. He does a countdown, and your life is based on the number you are. It was trip."


    A fascinating concept rears its head during many of Brotherhood of the Snake's key moments, nodding to the mythical race from which the record it shares a name. "There's a connection between the alien world and religion, and the whole storyline came from it," explains Chuck. "There's a story of a Sumerian race 6,000 years ago that went on crusades to basically dethrone religions. The earth was basically the place where their leader, The Pale King, set people to be imprisoned and mine for gold. It got the ball rolling."


    Ultimately, this Brotherhood remains as powerful as ever. "If a Testament fan knows our history or has followed our last couple of records, they'll hear the progression," the front man leaves off. "Everything is right there and in-your-face. That's the way it should be with us."

    1. Brotherhood Of The Snake
    2. The Pale King
    3. Stronghold
    4. Seven Seals
    5. Born In A Rut
    6. Centuries Of Suffering
    7. Neptune's Spear
    8. Black Jack
    9. Canna-Business
    10. The Number Game
    Testament
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    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Freedom Freedom Quick View

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    Freedom

    SpiralArms rose from the ashes of millennial bands Systematic, Forbidden and Man Made God.
    This sextet has one mission. That mission is to save today's music scene by bringing true heavy
    melodic rock to the forefront. Mission impossible? NO! Their last record titled "Highest Society"
    (2010) already made clear that there can be no doubt that SpiralArms are able to fulfill this
    mission. Their new album "Freedom" is packed with tunes that will take the hearts of the fans by
    storm.


    Friends since the age of 15, Tim Narducci (Lead Vocals) and Craig Locicero(Lead Guitar) bonded
    over their love of heavy metal and hard rock music. Looking back at that time period Craig reflected, they were "Probably the youngest kids in the East Bay metal scene that were drinking beer
    out in the parking lot after seeing bands like Testament and Exodus play." Although the two remained friends throughout the years, they both went their separate ways and started bands of their
    own. After years of playing with their respective bands, the two friends contacted each other and
    decided it was time to start playing music together again, and in 2004 SpiralArms was born. After
    a few personnel changes, the band solidified their lineup. Rounding out SpiralArms is Cornbread
    (Bass/Vocals), who had recorded and toured the US.and Europe extensively with the band Vicious
    Rumors, Brad Barth (Keyboards) owner of the studio where Highest Society was recorded, Greg
    Narducci (Guitars) who fronted Sacramento's own After The Silence and Ron Reeden (Drums) who
    plays in Steve Smyth's Esseness project.

    1. Dropping Like Flies
    2. Hold Me To The Sky
    3. Exit 63
    4. Blackmoon Morning
    5. Drugs & Alcohol
    6. Dealer
    7. Lovers Leap
    8. Tomorrow's Dream
    9. Freedom
    10. I Lay Low *
    11. Low Country Girl *


    * Vinyl Only Bonus Track

    SpiralArms
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    The Grinding Wheel

    Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like "Death Rider," "The Beast Within," and "Raise The Dead" already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.


    Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.


    But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. "It just makes sense for us," reflects D.D. "If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing "Grinder," the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work."


    "One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time," seconds Blitz. "Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics."


    Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in "Come Heavy" and Iron Maiden in "The Long Road" and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.


    "Punk is huge for Overkill," confirms Verni. "And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world."


    Central to that premise is the incendiary "Let's All Go to Hades" which is sure to become a pit favourite. "This one was a hell of a lot of fun," says Blitz. "You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more."


    Adds D.D., "It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes."


    Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is "Our Finest Hour." "It's about the recognition of sameness," explains Ellsworth. "I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune."


    At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like "The Long Road." D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. "Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.


    More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on "Our Finest Hour," is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.


    "I've had that kind of sound now for a long time," says Verni. "There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars."


    This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. "Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds."


    Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.


    "That's the strength of the band," explains Blitz. "Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization."


    And Ron? "He's one-of-a-kind," says Verni. "He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it."


    After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.


    "I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.


    But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.


    "For sure," says Blitz. "One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear."

    1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
    2. Goddamn Trouble
    3. Our Finest Hour
    4. Shine On
    5. The Long Road
    6. Let's All Go To Hades
    7. Come Heavy
    8. Red, White And Blue
    9. The Wheel
    10. The Grinding Wheel
    11. Emerald
    Overkill
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  • Battering Ram Battering Ram Quick View

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    Battering Ram

    With Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term 'shredding' with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter's bass and Nigel Glockler's drums, the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten songs collection which will instantly be hailed as a Saxon classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album's commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic Saxon with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as "Destroyer" and "Stand Your Ground", but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love. "This one's a natural progression from Sacrifice," says Byford, "There's a bit less rock'n'roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much." Produced by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus Accept) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, Saxon were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let Battering Ram's riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early '80s without for one moment sounding dated. "Yes, Andy has been in charge of everything with this album, I keep on overview of it all, but he's done a great job and we're both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership." Lyrically, Battering Ram covers a variety of social situations, from the screaming fans who rage at the gig barriers ("Battering Ram") to the inequalities of taxation ("Tax 'Till You Drop"), as well as engaging in some good old fashioned myth ("The Devil's Footprint" - a 200 year old tale of people waking up in winter snowfall to see unexplained hoof prints which they followed, looking for an answer in vain). "When I'm writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock'n'roll," says Byford, "I thought the whole folklore behind "The Devil's Footprint" made it great material for a metal song, being that it's both historic and mythical. "With "Queen of Hearts" I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, and it's about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. Then you have songs like "Destroyer" and "Hard and Fast" which are '80s inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I'm a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with "Hard and Fast" it's as the title suggests, about driving fast! I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it's going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song!" There is also the album's closing cut, haunting, gripping, melancholic tale of the First World War, "The Kingdom of The Cross", where a poem unfurls the feelings and horrors which comprised this most brutal of global conflicts. "This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nigel had a piece of music which he played on a synthesizer for a couple of years that I really liked. We had an actor (and singer), David Bower from the band Hell, read the poem and I sang the choruses. I didn't want it to be typical Saxon, so it is just keyboards, bass, me and Dave." Wonderfully uncompromising, with Battering Ram Saxon have once again established their rightly-venerated credentials as Kings and vanguards of heavy metal music.
    LP1
    1. Battering Ram
    2. The Devil's Footprint
    3. Queen Of Hearts
    4. Destroyer
    5. Hard and Fast
    6. Eye of The Storm
    7. Stand Your Ground
    8. Top Of The World
    9. To The End
    10. Kingdom Of The Cross
    Bonus Track: Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song)
    Saxon
    $26.99
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    Bloodstone & Diamonds

    "I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are
    of this album. It's been a heck of a ride. It looked
    like it might not ever happen again at one point,
    but man, this album is a milestone for us. You're
    going to love it Head Cases." - Robb Flynn


    Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD, will release their
    eighth full-length album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment
    debut, Bloodstone & Diamonds! The record was
    once again produced by Robb Flynn himself and Juan Urteaga
    (TESTAMENT, VILE), and like the last 7 out of 8 albums,
    was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH, DEVILDRIVER).
    Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with heavy
    metal legend Andy Sneap (EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH
    ENEMY, ACCEPT, MEGADETH) and Steve Lagudi.


    " bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album 'Now We Die'. In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds and are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band." - Robb Flynn

    LP 1
    1. Now We Die
    2. Killers & Kings
    3. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
    4. Night Of Long Knives
    5. Sail Into The Black
    6. Eyes Of The Dead


    LP 2
    1. Beneath The Silt
    2. In Comes The Flood
    3. Damage Inside
    4. Game Over
    5. Imaginal Cells
    6. Take Me Through The Fire

    Machine Head
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    Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Blue/White/Black Swirl Colored Vinyl


    Limited Edition, Numbered To 750


    From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.


    The epic film was scored by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias. He has written the music for several Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the films The Constant Gardener (2005), The Kite Runner (2007) and again for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's Che and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014).

    LP1
    1. Opening + War Room
    2. Leaving Memphis
    3. Hittite Battle
    4. Returning To Memphis
    5. Moses In Pythom
    6. Nun's Story
    7. The Coronation
    8. Ramses Retaliates
    9. Arm Chop
    10. Goodbyes
    11. Journey To The Village
    12. The Vows
    13. Alone In The Desert
    14. Climbing Mount Sinai
    15. I Need A General
    16. Exodus


    LP2
    1. Ramses' Orders
    2. Moses & Nun
    3. Moses' Camp
    4. Ramses' Insomnia
    5. Hail
    6. Animal Deaths
    7. Looting
    8. Ramses' Own Plague
    9. Lamb's Blood
    10. We Cross The Mountains
    11. Into The Water
    12. The Chariots
    13. The Hebrews
    14. Tsunami
    15. Sword Into Water
    16. The Ten Commandments

    Alberto Iglesias
    $40.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    The Complete Island Recordings

    This stunning vinyl collection features 11 albums on 180 gram vinyl spanning a decade's worth of Bob Marley & The Wailers releases on Island Records.


    The Complete Island Recordings includes 11-LPs packaged in a rigid card box with lift top lid, and wrapped in silver paper that simulates the brushed metal finish of a flip-style lighter. The box includes Bob's 70th Birthday logo and all nine Bob Marley & The Wailers studio albums recorded for Island Records, featuring some of their most celebrated releases, including Catch A Fire, their 1973 label debut, and Rastaman Vibration, their 1976 breakthrough album in the United States, along with two live albums Live! and Babylon By Bus.


    Vinyl titles in the set are:

    Catch A Fire

    Burnin'

    Natty Dread

    Live!

    Rastaman Vibration

    Exodus

    Babylon By Bus

    Kaya

    Survival

    Uprising

    Confrontation


    Apart from the actual disc labels which will feature more recently reissued artwork, the LP's will faithfully replicate the original album pressings. The Live! album will include the original poster with the vinyl, while the Exodus album will feature the original gold metallic jacket with embossed lettering. The Babylon By Bus album will feature the die-cut cover with the color printed inner sleeves showing through.

    Catch A Fire
    1. Stop That Train
    2. Kinky Reggae
    3. Stir It Up
    4. Concrete Jungle
    5. Slave Driver
    6. 400 Years
    7. Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby)
    8. No More Trouble
    9. Midnight Ravers


    Burnin'
    1. Get Up, Stand Up
    2. I Shot The Sheriff
    3. Burnin' And Lootin'
    4. Duppy Conqueror
    5. Hallelujah Time
    6. Pass It On
    7. Put It On
    8. Small Axe
    9. One Foundation
    10. Rastaman Chant


    Natty Dread
    1. Lively Up Yourself
    2. Bend Down Low
    3. No Woman, No Cry
    4. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
    5. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)
    6. So Jah S'eh
    7. Natty Dread
    8. Talkin' Blues
    9. Revolution


    Live!
    1. I Shot The Sheriff
    2. No Woman, No Cry
    3. Trenchtown Rock
    4. Burnin' And Lootin'
    5. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
    6. Lively Up Yourself
    7. Get Up, Stand Up


    Rastaman Vibration
    1. Roots, Rock, Reggae
    2. Positive Vibration
    3. Johnny Was
    4. Cry To Me
    5. Want More
    6. Crazy Baldhead
    7. Who The Cap Fit
    8. Night Shift
    9. War
    10. Rat Race


    Exodus
    1. Jamming
    2. Natural Mystic
    3. Exodus Waiting In Vain
    4. Three Little Birds
    5. One Love/People Get Ready
    6. Guiltiness
    7. The Heathen


    Babylon By Bus (2 LP)
    1. Positive Vibration (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    2. Punky Reggae Party (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    3. Exodus (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    4. Stir It Up (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    5. Rat Race (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    6. Concrete Jungle (Live In Europe, 1976)
    7. Kinky Reggae (Live In Europe, 1976)
    8. Lively Up Yourself (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    9. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock) (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    10. Medley (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977):
    a) War/No More Trouble
    b) Is This Love
    c) Heathen
    d )Jammin'


    Kaya
    1. Is This Love
    2. Satisfy My Soul
    3. Sun Is Shining
    4. Kaya
    5. Easy Skanking
    6. She's Gone
    7. Misty Morning
    8. Crisis
    9. Running Away
    10. Time Will Tell


    Survival
    1. One Drop
    2. Survival
    3. So Much Trouble In The World
    4. Zimbabwe
    5. Top Rankin'
    6. Babylon System
    7. Africa Unite
    8. Ride Natty Ride
    9. Ambush In The Night
    10. Wake Up And Live


    Uprising
    1. Redemption Song
    2. Could You Be Loved
    3. Coming In From The Cold
    4. Real Situation
    5. Bad Card
    6. We And Dem
    7. Work
    8. Zion Train
    9. Pimper's Paradise
    10. Forever Loving Jah


    Confrontation
    1. Buffalo Soldier
    2. Chant Down Babylon
    3. Jump Nyabinghi
    4. Mix Up, Mix Up
    5. Give Thanks & Praises
    6. Blackman Redemption
    7. Trench Town
    8. Stiff Necked Fools
    9. I Know
    10. Rastaman Live Up

    Bob Marley and The Wailers
    $235.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 12 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Complete Island Recordings: Collector's Edition The Complete Island Recordings: Collector's Edition Quick View

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    The Complete Island Recordings: Collector's Edition


    Only 3000 Collector's Editions Have Been Made For The World



    This stunning vinyl collection set features 11 albums spanning a decade's worth of Bob Marley & The Wailers releases on Island Records.


    The Complete Island Recordings: Collector's Edition includes 11-LPs on 180 gram vinyl, a 70th anniversary slip mat and two photos in glassine envelopes, all packaged in a unique hinged top metal box set to emulate a classic flip-style lighter, numbered and lined with velvet. Only 3000 Collector's Editions have been made for the world. The box includes all nine Bob Marley & The Wailers studio albums recorded for Island Records, featuring some of their most celebrated releases, including Catch A Fire, their 1973 label debut, and Rastaman Vibration, their 1976 breakthrough album in the United States, along with two live albums Live! and Babylon By Bus.


    Vinyl titles in the set are:

    Catch A Fire

    Burnin'

    Natty Dread

    Live!

    Rastaman Vibration

    Exodus

    Babylon By Bus

    Kaya

    Survival

    Uprising

    Confrontation


    Apart from the actual disc labels which will feature more recently reissued artwork, the LP's will faithfully replicate the original album pressings. The Live! album will include the original poster with the vinyl, while the Exodus album will feature the original gold metallic jacket with embossed lettering. The Babylon By Bus album will feature the die-cut cover with the color printed inner sleeves showing through.

    Catch A Fire
    1. Stop That Train
    2. Kinky Reggae
    3. Stir It Up
    4. Concrete Jungle
    5. Slave Driver
    6. 400 Years
    7. Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby)
    8. No More Trouble
    9. Midnight Ravers


    Burnin'
    1. Get Up, Stand Up
    2. I Shot The Sheriff
    3. Burnin' And Lootin'
    4. Duppy Conqueror
    5. Hallelujah Time
    6. Pass It On
    7. Put It On
    8. Small Axe
    9. One Foundation
    10. Rastaman Chant


    Natty Dread
    1. Lively Up Yourself
    2. Bend Down Low
    3. No Woman, No Cry
    4. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
    5. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)
    6. So Jah S'eh
    7. Natty Dread
    8. Talkin' Blues
    9. Revolution


    Live!
    1. I Shot The Sheriff
    2. No Woman, No Cry
    3. Trenchtown Rock
    4. Burnin' And Lootin'
    5. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
    6. Lively Up Yourself
    7. Get Up, Stand Up


    Rastaman Vibration
    1. Roots, Rock, Reggae
    2. Positive Vibration
    3. Johnny Was
    4. Cry To Me
    5. Want More
    6. Crazy Baldhead
    7. Who The Cap Fit
    8. Night Shift
    9. War
    10. Rat Race


    Exodus
    1. Jamming
    2. Natural Mystic
    3. Exodus Waiting In Vain
    4. Three Little Birds
    5. One Love/People Get Ready
    6. Guiltiness
    7. The Heathen


    Babylon By Bus (2 LP)
    1. Positive Vibration (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    2. Punky Reggae Party (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    3. Exodus (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    4. Stir It Up (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    5. Rat Race (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    6. Concrete Jungle (Live In Europe, 1976)
    7. Kinky Reggae (Live In Europe, 1976)
    8. Lively Up Yourself (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    9. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock) (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977)
    10. Medley (Live At The Pavillon De Paris, 1977):
    a) War/No More Trouble
    b) Is This Love
    c) Heathen
    d )Jammin'


    Kaya
    1. Is This Love
    2. Satisfy My Soul
    3. Sun Is Shining
    4. Kaya
    5. Easy Skanking
    6. She's Gone
    7. Misty Morning
    8. Crisis
    9. Running Away
    10. Time Will Tell


    Survival
    1. One Drop
    2. Survival
    3. So Much Trouble In The World
    4. Zimbabwe
    5. Top Rankin'
    6. Babylon System
    7. Africa Unite
    8. Ride Natty Ride
    9. Ambush In The Night
    10. Wake Up And Live


    Uprising
    1. Redemption Song
    2. Could You Be Loved
    3. Coming In From The Cold
    4. Real Situation
    5. Bad Card
    6. We And Dem
    7. Work
    8. Zion Train
    9. Pimper's Paradise
    10. Forever Loving Jah


    Confrontation
    1. Buffalo Soldier
    2. Chant Down Babylon
    3. Jump Nyabinghi
    4. Mix Up, Mix Up
    5. Give Thanks & Praises
    6. Blackman Redemption
    7. Trench Town
    8. Stiff Necked Fools
    9. I Know
    10. Rastaman Live Up

    Bob Marley and The Wailers
    $649.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + Extras - 12 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Manifest Decimation

    Dallas band Power Trip play frantic crossover thrash that makes for amazing live shows. (They've toured, and are pals with, Trash Talk, and more than hold their own.) At any given time, whirling dervish Frontman Riley Gale can sound like Lemmy fronting Cro-Mags, Discharge, Exodus, or Nuclear Assault; other times, he locates a grizzlier tone that evokes guys wearing corpsepaint.


    On the quintet's huge-sounding eight-song debut LP Manifest Decimation on Southern Lord, they match the live intensity: The collection, which follows demos, 7's, and compilation appearances, finds the band easily filling 35 minutes with great riffs, catchy shout-along choruses, legit mosh parts, and brief ambient excurisions that don't take away from the overall intensity. The cover art, by Italian artist Paolo Madman Girardi, gives you an idea of that atmosphere, which includes samples about both death and Texas.

    1. Manifest Decimation
    2. Heretic's Fork
    3. Conditioned To Death
    4. Murderer's Row
    5. Crossbreaker
    6. Drown
    7. Power Trip
    8. The Hammer Of Doubt
    Power Trip
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  • The Legend Live in Santa Barbara The Legend Live in Santa Barbara Quick View

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    The Legend Live in Santa Barbara

    1st Time Ever On LP - The Legendary 1979 Santa Barbara County Bowl Concert


    3x 180 Gram Vinyl Housed In A Triple Gatefold


    Special Colored Vinyl Release: 1x LP Red / 1x LP Yellow / 1x LP Green


    One of the last Bob Marley live performances
    committed to film before his untimely death in May
    1981, THE LEGEND LIVE features the Tuff Gong in his
    full pomp, performing 21 of his most popular works
    at the Santa Barbara County Bowl on the 25th of
    November 1979.


    Now widely considered an equal of the now
    legendary LIVE AT THE RAINBOW show from 1977,
    the concert includes superb versions of such major
    hits as "I Shot The Sheriff," "One Drop," "Exodus,"
    "Jamming," "Is This Love," "Stir It Up" and the
    anthemic "Get Up Stand Up."

    LP 1
    1. Introduction
    2. Positive Vibration
    3. Wake Up And Live
    4. I Shot The Sheriff
    5. Ambush In The Night
    6. Concrete Jungle
    7. Running Away
    8. Crazy Baldheaded


    LP 2
    1. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
    2. Heathen
    3. Ride Natty Ride
    4. Africa Unite
    5. One Drop
    6. Exodus
    7. So Much Things To Say


    LP 3
    1. Zimbabwe
    2. Jamming
    3. Is This Love
    4. Kinky Reggae
    5. Stir It Up
    6. Get Up Stand Up

    Bob Marley & The Wailers
    $39.99
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    Babylon By Bus

    Features Die Cut Cover Art!

    Arguably the most influential live reggae album ever, Babylon by Bus captures Bob Marley and the Wailers during the European leg of their Kaya tour in the spring of 1978. The success of this set was not entirely unexpected, however. If the universal and widespread acclaim of LIVE! -- their first concert recording -- was an indicator, all involved knew that a Bob Marley & the Wailers performance contained unique energies and a vibe all of its own. Sharply contrasting the somewhat pastoral grooves of the Kaya album, Babylon by Bus possesses a more aggressive sound -- which was a trademark of this particular band. Tyrone Downie's progressive rock keyboard flavors on Exodus, as well his judiciously located percussive clavinet accentuations during Punky Reggae Party, lock in with Aston Familyman Barrett's viscous basslines to create something akin to psychedelic reggae or even along the lines of Parliament/Funkadelic. Likewise, Heathen highlights Anderson's explosive guitar leads, which are distinctly reminiscent of Eddie Hazel from his early days with Funkadelic.


    LP 1
    1. Positive Vibration
    2. Punky Reggae Party
    3. Exodus
    4. Stir It Up
    5. Rat Race
    6. Concrete Jungle
    7. Kinky Reggae


    LP 2
    1. Lively Up Yourself
    2. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)
    3. Medley: War / No More Trouble
    4. Is This Love
    5. Heathen
    6. Jammin'

    Bob Marley
    $34.99
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  • Surgical Steel Surgical Steel Quick View

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    Surgical Steel

    Without a doubt, UK legends CARCASS have released several classic albums over the years and changed the trajectory of extreme metal with each consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (i.e. »Reek of Putrefaction«, »Symphonies of Sickness«) or creating the template for melodic death metal (i.e. »Heartwork«), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon their untimely demise in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would one day be exhumed from their premature grave. After an 18 year hiatus, CARCASS has been fully reanimated and it's safe to say, they haven't missed a pathological step.


    With »Surgical Steel«, CARCASS has risen to the occasion and given fans an album that holds up to their classic repertoire, delivering another milestone in their highly influential career. Everything a CARCASS fan could want is on this record, with every era of the band represented. Its genesis however was not without its fair share of blood, sweat and tears of course. Long-time producer Colin Richardson actually walked out on the mixing sessions after tracking, possibly burnt out from the stress of having to top such landmark productions as »Heartwork«. The equally renowned Andy Sneap (TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MEGADETH) stepped in at this time to mix the record, and put the finishing touches on their long-awaited masterpiece. The result is a combination of talent that should undoubtedly go unmatched for an undetermined stretch of time.


    In an era seemingly content to endlessly chug away at their e-strings in various rhythmic denominations, CARCASS has brought the power of the riff back to a generation. Songs like `The Master Butcher's Apron´, `Unfit for Human Consumption´, `The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills´, `Noncompliance to ASTM F899-12 Standard´, are sure to become classics and put an air-guitar in the hands of every man, woman and child within earshot. Only the choicest of cuts were made to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, »Surgical Steel« is just what the doctor ordered.

    1. 1985
    2. Thrasher's Abbatoit

    3. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
    4. A Congleated Clot Of Blood
    5. The Master Butcher's Apron

    6. Noncompliance To ASTM F899-12 Standard
    7. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
    8. Unfit For Human Consumption

    9. 316L Grade Surgical Steel
    10. Carcass
    11. Mount Of Execution
    12. Intensive Battery Brooding (DIGI bonus track)
    Carcass
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Surgical Steel (Picture Disc)


    Limited Edition Decibel Tour Picture Disc


    Limited to 2500 Copies


    Without a doubt, UK legends CARCASS have released several classic albums over the years and changed the trajectory of extreme metal with each consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (i.e. »Reek of Putrefaction«, »Symphonies of Sickness«) or creating the template for melodic death metal (i.e. »Heartwork«), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon their untimely demise in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would one day be exhumed from their premature grave. After an 18 year hiatus, CARCASS has been fully reanimated and it's safe to say, they haven't missed a pathological step.


    With »Surgical Steel«, CARCASS has risen to the occasion and given fans an album that holds up to their classic repertoire, delivering another milestone in their highly influential career. Everything a CARCASS fan could want is on this record, with every era of the band represented. Its genesis however was not without its fair share of blood, sweat and tears of course. Long-time producer Colin Richardson actually walked out on the mixing sessions after tracking, possibly burnt out from the stress of having to top such landmark productions as »Heartwork«. The equally renowned Andy Sneap (TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MEGADETH) stepped in at this time to mix the record, and put the finishing touches on their long-awaited masterpiece. The result is a combination of talent that should undoubtedly go unmatched for an undetermined stretch of time.


    In an era seemingly content to endlessly chug away at their e-strings in various rhythmic denominations, CARCASS has brought the power of the riff back to a generation. Songs like `The Master Butcher's Apron´, `Unfit for Human Consumption´, `The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills´, `Noncompliance to ASTM F899-12 Standard´, are sure to become classics and put an air-guitar in the hands of every man, woman and child within earshot. Only the choicest of cuts were made to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, »Surgical Steel« is just what the doctor ordered.

    1. 1985
    2. Thrasher's Abattoir
    3. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
    4. A Congealed Clot of Blood
    5. The Master Butcher's Apron
    6. Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard
    7. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
    8. Unfit for Human Consumption
    9. 316 L Grade Surgical Steel
    10. Captive Bolt Pistol
    11. Mount of Execution
    Carcass
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Grinding Wheel (Yellow And Black Vinyl) The Grinding Wheel (Yellow And Black Vinyl) Quick View

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    The Grinding Wheel (Yellow And Black Vinyl)

    Pressed On Yellow And Black Vinyl

    Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like Death Rider, The Beast Within, and Raise The Dead already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby Blitz Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.

    Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.

    But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. It just makes sense for us, reflects D.D. If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing Grinder, the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work.

    One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time, seconds Blitz. Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics.

    Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in Come Heavy and Iron Maiden in The Long Road and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.

    Punk is huge for Overkill, confirms Verni. And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world.

    Central to that premise is the incendiary Let's All Go to Hades which is sure to become a pit favourite. This one was a hell of a lot of fun, says Blitz. You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more.

    Adds D.D., It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes.

    Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is Our Finest Hour. It's about the recognition of sameness, explains Ellsworth. I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune.

    At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like The Long Road. D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

    More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on Our Finest Hour, is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.

    I've had that kind of sound now for a long time, says Verni. There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars.

    This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds.

    Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.

    That's the strength of the band, explains Blitz. Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization.

    And Ron? He's one-of-a-kind, says Verni. He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it.

    After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.

    I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.

    But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.

    For sure, says Blitz. One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear.

    1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
    2. Goddamn Trouble
    3. Our Finest Hour
    4. Shine On
    5. The Long Road
    6. Let's All Go To Hades
    7. Come Heavy
    8. Red, White And Blue
    9. The Wheel
    10. The Grinding Wheel
    11. Emerald
    Overkill
    $31.99
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    1. Bonded By Blood
    2. Exodus
    3. And Then There Were None
    4. A Lesson In Violence
    5. Metal Command
    6. Piranha
    7. No Love
    8. Deliver Us To Evil
    9. Strike Of The Beast
    10. Hell's Breath
    Exodus
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    First Time On Vinyl In North America


    Limited Edition Of 1,000 Copies


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    Pressed On Orange & Red Vinyl


    Twelve years after their 1992 studio record, Force Of Habit, Exodus released Tempo Of The Damned, a worthy comeback with crushing riff attacks, merciless drumming and distinctive vocal outbreaks. Strong and fresh, behold a real thrash hurricane, that continues just as if the band has never left the stage, respectively the studio.


    Tom Hunting, Kirk Hammet and Gary Holt founded EXODUS in 1982, shortly after selecting an appropriate singer the band, Paul Baloff, who completed the line up perfectly and bringing the dream to fruition. Within the following year EXODUS gained huge attention in the international underground scene, evolving from an insiders' tip of the tape trading community to a highly popular act. Innovative song writing and explosive live shows made the difference, EXODUS brought Bay Area Thrash to the world and inspired many bands, among them METALLICA, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL and VIOLENCE (respectively MACHINE HEAD).


    In 1983 Kirk Hammet left the band to join METALLICA, and was replaced by Rick Hunolt, and soon after Rob McKillop complimented the mix. The debut Bonded By Blood was released two years later and became a timeless thrash classic still appreciated today. A vast tour with SLAYER and VENOM preceded next thus the name EXODUS spread more and more.


    Shortly before the second album Pleasures Of The Flesh showed up in 1987, Baloff left the band due to personal and musical differences and got replaced by Steve Zetro Souza (ex-LEGACY). The line-up and chemistry was working for the creativity and the subsequent success of the band. With the studio records like; Fabulous Disaster, Impact Is Imminent and Force Of Habit as well as the live album Good Friendly Violent Fun and the compilation Lessons In Violence EXODUS kept on improving their style and promoted their music with a large number of gigs including tours with PANTERA, ANTHRAX, MOTÖRHEAD, BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA, MEGADETH and many others.


    1992 saw the split of EXODUS, affected by stress and personal problems. A short reunion happened 1996 (with their old singer Paul Baloff) with a tour through Europe and North America and the release of the second live record Another Lesson In Violence.


    Another break took place until September 2001 when EXODUS attended the Thrash Of The Titans benefit show featuring LEGACY, ANTHRAX, S.O.D. and DEATH ANGEL. Afterwards the band started writing new material but got adjourned abruptly: Paul Baloff suffered a stroke on 2nd February 2002 and passed away. Back with Souza at the microphone EXODUS continued working and finally finished the recording sessions for the new, ultimate comeback album Tempo Of The Damned in 2003. The comeback of the decade - without any weaknesses or failures Tempo Of The Damned is the Bonded By Blood of the present time. Pure thrash as good as it gets!

    1. Scar Spangled Banner

    2. War Is My Shepherd

    3. Blacklist
    4. Shroud Of Urine

    5. Forward March

    6. Culling The Herd

    7. Sealed With A Fist

    8. Throwing Down

    9. Impaler
    10. Tempo Of The Damned
    Exodus
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    Now Available As A Vibrant Picture Disc!


    Limited To 500 Copies Worldwide


    Artwork by Andrei Bouzikov


    Formed in Athens, Ohio, Skeletonwitch has been launching Metal assaults on an unsuspecting underground since 2003. The members of The Witch are bonded by the universal truth, that Heavy Metal is the law, thereby unleashing the band's brand of ripping, epic Thrash. Everything begins with the purity and aggression of the '80s Bay Area Thrash scene, but Skeletonwitch further fuels its evil onslaught with elements of Black and Viking Metal while proudly waving the NWOBHM flag. Imagine a young Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Exodus slamming beers and cranking up Immortal records at a rager in 1985. Just when you think the keg is killed, Judas Priest joins the party with a fresh case of beer.

    1. Submit to the Suffering
    2. Longing for Domination
    3. Where the Light Has Failed
    4. Released from the Catacombs
    5. Stand Light and Die
    6. The Despoiler of Human Life
    7. Crushed Beyond Dust
    8. Blinding Black Rage
    9. Gorge Upon My Soul
    10. Repulsive Salvation
    11. Strangled by Unseen Hands
    12. ...and into the Flame
    Skeletonwitch
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    Mixing impassioned political and social protest with stellar Rasta beats, these sons of Jamaican immigrants, led by David Hinds, rose out of humble Birmingham origins to become one of the U.K.'s all-time greatest reggae acts and a globally revered band. Often fusing elements of jazz, dancehall, hip-hop and Latin music into a roots reggae base, Steel Pulse will forever remain icons of the genre. True Democracy was produced by the venerable Karl Pitterson who also helmed Peter Tosh's Legalize It and Bob Marley's Exodus. Features the Steel Pulse classics Chant A Psalm, Ravers and Worth His Weight In Gold (Rally Round).
    1. Chant A Psalm
    2. Ravers
    3. Find It...Quick!
    4. A Who Responsible?
    5. Worth His Weight In Gold (Rally Round)
    6. Leggo Beast
    7. Blues Dance Raid
    8. Your House
    9. Man No Sober
    10. Dub' Marcus Say
    Steel Pulse
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    Melodic death metal heroes AMON AMARTH are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album. Titled Deceiver of the Gods, the epic offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki & Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, "Hel."


    Comments vocalist Johan Hegg: "We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we've ever done. By far! I'm confident that all our fans will enjoy this 'punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!"

    1. Deceiver of the Gods
    2. As Loke Falls
    3. Father of the Wolf
    4. Shape Shifter
    5. Under Siege
    6. Blood Eagle
    7. We Shall Destroy
    8. Hel
    9. Coming of the Tide
    10. Warriors of the North
    Amon Amarth
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    Best of Disco Demands Vol. 1 (Out Of Stock)

    The Disco Demands series started sometime in the early 2000s - I couldn't give you an exact year because it didn't feel like a big deal, so I never noted it. I simply wanted to put out a compilation of some records I really liked and maybe make a little of the money back I was spending on them. Buy some food and stuff.


    There's always been Disco comps around of course but there was rarely anything that strayed too far from the standards.. the same songs kept appearing over and over again, or the comps would feature records you could pick up anywhere for little money. I've never seen the point in that. I gave up judging a record on its value or rarity a long time ago but surely there's more to disco than Exodus, Martin Circus, Mass Production and all those Salsoul, West End and bloody Prelude records. So it was a nice surprise to find that there were other people out there who thought the same way.


    Volume 1 was pretty straightforward - just some nice records, with the only edit being an instrumental of Disco Socks; a strange, thinly veiled reference to the disco sucks movement. Then on Volume 2 I included a few of my edits and introduced the cover up concept to the disco world. That caused a bit of controversy, which of course I loved. And so it continued for five volumes.


    What we have here then is the full series, give or take one or two cuts, all remastered, many re-re-edited, with lots of nice naked pictures to boot. For those who've asked since day one will there be vinyl I can finally say yes, you're holding it!

    LP1
    1. Arts & Craft - I've Been Searching
    2. Executive Suite - Why In The World Do They Keep On (Funk'in With Me)
    3. Sizzle - Love Is All Around
    4. Silver, Platinum & Gold - Just Friends


    LP2
    5. Jimmy Sabater - To Be With You
    6. The Peoples' Workshop - Funkathone
    7. Allan Harris & Perpetual Motion - Get Ready
    8. PanachÉ - Sweet Jazz Music

    Al Kent
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    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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