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When The Smoke ClearsThe group likes to rock the house and roll the heart - Billboard
It's difficult to choose a standout track, because every song is strong and catchy - Lithium Magazine
The multi-platinum Oklahoma City hard rockers Joe Blower Garvey, Mark King, Mike Rodden, and Cody Hanson - entered the studio in the spring to begin recording a brand new effort which will be co-produced by Hanson and Marshal Dutton. There are no boundaries, and every idea is going to be fair game throughout the process. Hanson says, We like to think we can do anything. We don't want to be stuck in a rut with one type of sound or formula. One song might have a country influence, while another might have a pop influence. Then, there are some heavy metal moments. We have every element covered on this record. You've got to do what's best for the song.After nearly a decade, Hinder are stronger than ever. Hanson concludes, This band was built around a strong core of hard work and friendship. Like it or not, we're going to be around for a long time.1. Rather Hate Than Hurt
2. Hit The Ground
3. Wasted Life
4. If Only For Tonight
6. Dead To Me
7. Foolish Eyes
8. Nothing Left To Lose
9. Letting Go
10. I Need Another Drink$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
For The DementedPressed On 180-Gram Colored Vinyl
Annihilator's brand-new album "For The Demented" promises to pack a premier punch. The thrash/heavy metal legends are set to release their 16th studio album via Neverland Music.
Since 1989, Canada's ANNIHILATOR has not stopped putting out records and touring the world. Despite the ever-changing climate of the Metal World (and releasing a series of "different" Metal records with various lineups along the way), Jeff Waters and company have consistently delivered strong albums since the band's debut "Alice In Hell." Then there was 1990's best-selling "Never, Neverland," 1995's "King of The Kill," "Schizo Deluxe" in 2005 and many other critically-acclaimed releases up until 2015's "Suicide Society." The 'under-the-radar' influence of this band and writer/guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters has been felt throughout the entire realm of the metal world by a ton of well-known musicians and bands; that influence even stretching into the hard rock and instrumentalist genre. ANNIHILATOR's main man Jeff Waters, in his usual humble manner, offers this in response: "ANNIHILATOR's music has been influenced by a good hundred of my favorite bands and musicians; you can hear their contributions to what I have been doing all throughout ANNIHILATOR's catalog. It's a bonus and an honor when bands and musicians I love mention that I had something to do with their playing or songs!"
Which all leads to the fact that ANNIHILATOR'S 16th studio release, "For The Demented", is certainly their most complete and definitive statement yet. "It was time to analyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me," says Waters. "It was time to sit down and figure out "why" ANNIHILATOR's early "thrash-meets-melodic" caught the ears of so many AND to try to sweep the "fan" part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first four ANNIHILATOR albums." Waters didn't venture back alone, while looking back through ANNIHILATOR'S history. "I was well aware that trying to recapture the past usually fails, or at least won't come close. So, I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically and physically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records by myself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well as mixing, mastering, engineering, etc , well it can become routine and can often hinder you from being objective and more creative. Rich came in and co-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginning stages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets a newer "math" metal style was the perfect combination for me to simply ask, "what do you think of this?" He would most-often reply with "not the ANNIHILATOR style I like", so we would keep going until we both felt that core ANNIHILATOR riffing and writing style presented itself.
"Bottom line, "For The Demented" captures some feel from ANNIHILATOR's 1985-87 demos mixed with the first 4 ANNIHILATOR records. Back to the thrash meets melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, up-graded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo-days meets the "King of The Kill" record. Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses, and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics." "I think Metal Fans are going to hear much of what they have been waiting for from ANNIHILATOR."1. Twisted Lobotomy
2. One To Kill
3. For The Demented
4. Pieces Of You
5. The Demon You Know
6. Phantom Asylum
7. Altering The Altar
8. The Way
10. Not All There$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rega Tube Isis CD Player
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.
The story behind the Valve Isis
Rega's now legendary head electronics engineer Terry Bateman spent 10 years researching the concept of a CD player using valves in the output amplifier.
When it came to the inspiration for this project Terry drew on the enormous experience he gained while working with musical instrument valve amplification, which dates back to the middle part of the 1970's. Terry's concept was based on the need to have a playback chain, which is in harmony with the instruments and equipment being used.
Valves have been widely used in musical instrument and recording amplification from the 1950's to the present day, therefore it made great sense to develop a valve based CD player to match that of the signal chain found in such applications.This approach kept the circuit straightforward, this is mainly because musical instrument amplification is not excessively hindered by some of the folklore surrounding certain aspects of valve audio design. He took the approach of combining the technical and sonic attributes of valves in a differential instrumentation amplifier circuit driven from differential output DAC with a passive LC filter.
Careful choice of valves and the use of moderate levels of feedback keep the distortion at reasonable levels thus keeping the colouration to a minimum. The valve Isis became fully realised when he combined the valve project with the Wolfson high performance differential output WM8741 DAC along with the digital playback circuitry of its solid state stable mate.
The valve Isis shares the same digital and USB sections as found in the solid state version however the analogue stage is valve based with passive filtering. This stage uses two military specification triple mica 5814A (ECC82/12AU7) triodes being driven by the revolutionary Wolfson WM8741 ultra high performance digital to analogue converter.
The output buffer and transformer driver stage uses two ECC88 (6DJ8/6922) triodes. This, like its solid-state stable mate, is of an un-orthodox design. The design goal with this player was to keep away from the normal design approach of lets run it through a valve to make it sound warm, but take advantage of industrial valve circuits to make an articulate and competent valve based CD player. Careful choice has been made for every component in the digital and the analogue signal path to ensure the integrity of the signal.
Careful design of the PCB's ensures isolation of not just the digital and analogue sections, but also the motor, display and user interface processor. All sonically critical electrolytic capacitors have been by-passed with polypropylene or polyester film capacitors. In addition to this, large value electrolytic capacitors have also been by-passed with audio grade electrolytic capacitors. Power supply impedances in the digital to analogue converter are kept very low by the use of solid polymer capacitors. All power supplies utilise custom Rega K-Power smoothing capacitors, and fast diodes have been used throughout in power supply rectification.
The Isis uses enhanced and optimised control code for the control of the CD processor and user display; this will speed up the initialisation process by means of a tighter control interface between the user micro and CD processor.
The differential output of the digital to analogue converter drives a valve differential (operational) amplifier, with a very modest amount of feedback to stabilise the operating conditions. The 5814A based differential amplifier, with a solid-state current generator in its tail, takes full advantage of the differential output from the digital to analogue converter. This is followed by a passive Butterworth second order LC filter. Finally, this signal is buffered using a low anode resistance ECC88 to drive the output and balancing transformer.
In design it was felt that unnecessarily high levels of THD would unduly overwhelm the qualities of the digital stage of the Isis. The overall THD is typically 0.06% being prominently even order, where the 2nd harmonic predominates. This will give the sonic dynamics of the valves without dominating the sonic qualities of the digital section.
After many hours of tube rolling we found the 5814A differential amplifier position was best on the grounds of micro-phonics, reliable operation and sonic qualities. Both the HT & LT power supplies are fully regulated and use the same power supply parts as used in the solid state Isis. Like the solid-state analogue stage valve Isis has it's own dedicated 50VA mains transformer, ensuring galvanic isolation between the digital and analogue sections of the player.
The Isis has an isolated balanced output, and in keeping with the spirit of the valve circuit topology we have opted to use a transformer in this position. This balancing transformer is made to the same exacting standards to that found in the IOS MC amplifier.
We hope that you enjoy this product as much as we have enjoyed creating it. - Rega
All these features amalgamate to create the supreme level of performance found in the Isis and provide a perfect partner for the Rega Osiris amplifier.$10,995.00Rega Tube Isis CD Player Buy Now
iFi Audio iPurifier2
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.
The USB audio platform is well-established, yet as with any audio transmission protocol, unwanted factors hinder the audio quality. iFi's obsession with 'cleaning up' the USB audio chain drawn from the knowledge base of AMR. As early as 2012, iFi invented the first USB power regenerator - the iUSB Power. This was swiftly followed by professional USB audio cables - the Mercury and Gemini. Later came the USB audio filter - the original iPurifier. Fast-forward to 2015 and we now have the iPurifier 2.
Most effective at the end (rather than the beginning) of the 'digital USB audio chain' the iPurifier 2 cleans up the USB transmission. There is an iPurifier 2 perfectly suited to every DAC.
In an all aircraft-grade CNC-aluminium shell anodised in 'titanium'the all-new iPurifier 2 features the very latest USB audio technology from Active Noise Cancellation® to REclock® and REgenerate®, whilst still retaining the original REbalance®.
Active Noise Cancellation® drawn from military radar technology
Drawing from the military field (specifically the Thales Spectra radar cancellation system deployed in the French Dassault Rafale jet fighter), iFi adapted this technology to exclusively introduce the Active Noise Cancellation® (ANC®) audio power system. It is now a cornerstone of the ever-improving iFi USB audio technology, looking for new products to feature ANC® and ANC+®.
By generating a signal identical to the noise signal but in the exact opposite phase, it actively cancels all the incoming noise. ANC® is the perfect 'antidote' for power supply noise, the bane of USB audio.
ANC® measured, noise drops by 100 times or 40dB in comparison to the Common Noise Filter. Sonically, the background and inner resolution to recordings is enhanced several levels.
REclock® reclock/regenerate/repeat the signal
Re-clocking is beneficial to audio. REclock® is a '3-in-1' feature that re-clocks/re-generates/repeats USB audio datastream. For any and every downstream DAC, REclock® technology eliminates jitter. Music flows better, is cleaner, deeper and tauter, just like the real thing.
REbalance® rectify the unbalanced signal
A core element of the original iPurifier's success was REbalance® which has naturally been carried over to the iPurifier 2. By removing the DC offset and 're-balancing' the USB audio signal, it is now perfectly balanced. As it purifies the USB audio data stream, this means noise is significantly reduced.
Future-proofed. Like no other
At iFi, we already develop cutting-edge, advanced audio converters from AMR trickle-down technology. Given this pedigree, the iPurifier 2 (just like the original iPurifier) is ready for all present and future PCM/DSD/DXD formats - without restriction.
So your iPurifier 2 will improve your USB audio playback experience for many years to come.
The iFi 'Grand Slam'
To reach the absolute zenith in USB audio quality, iFi loves to push past the envelope of what is considered possible. We recommend the existing iUSB Power (to supply pure, clean power) and the Gemini cable (for separate audio + power transmission). Coupled with the iPurifier 2 to re-clock/regenerate and filter audio+power just prior to entering the iUSB Power (in this instance, not at the DAC end).$119.00USB Audio & Power Filter - 2 Types Available Buy Now
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Troubled MachineryWhat started out as a total bummer--musical sketches and ideas hindered by
a conked out machine--actually turned into an album. What you are hearing
on Music for Troubled Machinery is the slow and unruly death of Leb Laze's
core production tool..the MPC 2000 (R.I.P). When this device begins to die
it randomly freezes at any given moment, often times wiping out anything
that has been created within its path. What is interesting though is when
an MPC freezes it begins to uncontrollably spit out all of the sounds that
are loaded within it in their raw and unedited form..over and over and
over. This occurrence is like nothing I have ever heard. The machine
begins to have a mind of its own.
Leb Laze began to record and embrace these freakouts, using them as a
basis for the majority of the songs on this album..adding to them,
enhancing them and/or sculpting around them. Two shorter pieces,
Revelations and Dial In/Dial Out were actually created entirely from these
freakouts. Think of this record and, most importantly, these two tracks,
as my MPC's last words--a testament to the idea that the nonliving world
is actually very much alive.1. Simple Systems Mantra - 2:32
2. Complex Rising - 2:01
3. Keep Rising - 0:36
4. Voltage Power Barrio - 1:05
5. Hushhhhhhh Maing - 2:04
6. Duck Duck Flow - 1:34
7. Static Radiates (Underwater Meditation) - 2:25
8. We Found Answers - 3:02
9. In Love (Vocoded Freak Testimonials) - 3:11
10. This Means to Clarify - 3:08
11. Nature Meets Static - 4:02
12. Swerve Transmissions - 0:54
13. Toxic Knock (A) - 2:11
14. Toxic Knock (B) - 2:10
15. Revelations... - 1:41
16. Uncaged - 4:28
17. Dial In / Dial Out - 0:37$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lese MajestyHerein bumps and soars Lese Majesty, the new sonic action of Shabazz
Palaces. Honed and primal, chromed and primo. A unique and glorified
offering into our ever-uniforming musical soundscape. Lese Majesty is
a beatific war cry, born of a spell, acknowledging that sophistication and
the instinctual are not at odds; Indeed an undoing of the lie of their
Lese Majesty is not a launching pad for the group's fan base increasing
propaganda. It is a series of astral suites, recorded happenings, shared.
A dare to dive deep into Shabazz Palaces sounds, vibrations unfettered.
A dope-hex thrown from the compartments that have artificially contained
us all and hindered our sublime collusion.
These reveries were sent to Palaceer Lazaro and Fly Guy 'Dai in the
year of gun beat battles in excess; In a succession of days, whilst walking
in dreams and in varied transcendental states .(every minute of every
day is filled with observation and composition. In action). Songs are
committed and gathered by robots at Protect and Exalt Labs, a Black
Space in Seattle,Washington.
The visual features of Lese Majesty are resultant of the gleanings of
fellow Constellationaire, Nep Sidhu.
The Black Constellation squads up, protects and exalts the messages
within, and colludes accordingly. We thank you.1. Dawn in Luxor
2. Forerunner Foray
3. They Come in Gold
4. Solemn Swears
5. Harem Aria
6. Noetic Noiromantics
7. The Ballad of Lt. Maj. Winnings
10. ...down 155th in the MCM Snorkel
11. Divine of Form
13. Colluding Oligarchs
14. Suspicion of a Shape
15. MindGlitch Keytar TM Theme
16. Motion Sickness
17. New Black Wave
18. Sonic MythMap for the Trip Back$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bright PhoebusThe First Time This 1972 Masterpiece Has Been Widely Available On LP
Remastered From The Original Tapes
Originally released in 1972, Bright Phoebus combined the incredible songwriting of siblings Lal & Mike from folk revival group The Watersons. Moving on from, but not forgetting their folk roots, the album is a post psychedelic collection of songs recorded in a 'loose & anarchic'fashion in Cecil Sharpe House with a folk-rock super group numbering Richard Thompson,Norma Waterson, Maddy Prior, Martin Carthy & Ashley Hutchings. Its release was greeted with derision and its initial pressing of 2000 LPs has long since fallen out of print. Since then the album has become legend, its scarcity not hindering generations of music fans falling for its beguiling atmosphere.
Over the course of four decades, the only means of hearing Lal and Mike Waterson's 1972 folk noir masterpiece had been unofficial CDs, cassettes distributed between fans and, in more recent times, YouTube uploads. And yet, despite the relative obscurity of the record being celebrated, 2000 people had packed London's The Barbican to witness live performance sof these songs by an extended family of Watersons, Carthys and kindred musical spirits. Toofolk to be embraced by the rock world, yet not traditional enough for the folk clubs where performing original material was tantamount to heresy, Bright Phoebus has had to wait an awfully long time for its moment of reappraisal. Almost by stealth, however, that moment seems to have arrived. In a Mojo chart of the 50 greatest British eccentric albums of all time, the album sat proudly among household names such as Kate Bush and Pink Floyd. In 2007, Bright Phoebus was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary and Lal was the subject of a tribute concert which was televised by BBC2. With every passing year, its influence on generations of musicians who had yet to be born when it was released grows ever greater.
This release will be the first time that the album will be widely available. Under the supervision of David Suff (Topic/Fledling) & Mary Waterson (daughter of Lal), the album has been remastered from the original master tapes. It's tempting to say that it was a record ahead of its time, but actually, Bright Phoebus is a record that exists outside of its time. A journey into a world where beauty and hardship are intertwined: a world of pagan sacrifice and stillborn children; a world where fairytale endings are frustrated by the demands of mere survival; where even the visiting magical man passing through the town seems to carry with him a faint air of menace.1. Rubber Band
2. The Scarecrow
3. Fine Horseman
4. Winifer Odd
5. Danny Rose
6. Child Among The Weeds
7. Magical Man
8. Never The Same
9. To Make You Stay
10. Shady Lady
11. Red Wine Promises
12. Bright Phoebus$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
VPI Prime - Feet & Bases (Set Of 4)
The VPI Prime Feet improve the vibration control of your turntable and equipment. The Prime's cone foot and isolation platform system greatly reduces performance-hindering vibrations and allows for the optimal operation of your audio equipment. They can be installed on nearly any VPI turntable as an easy foot-upgrade, or be placed under virtually any piece of gear for improved performance.$399.99VPI Prime Vibration Control Feet Buy Now
XVIIIEighteen Visions are back! They have returned after a 10 year hiatus, bringing with them
their explosive new offering, XVIII. While 10 years have passed since the band's last effort,
Eighteen Visions have retained their ability to craft hardcore rock anthems that are both
melodic and metal at the same time. They've picked up right where they left off, and XVIII
is proof with 10 in your face songs that are both aggressive and canorous.
Eighteen Visions were always a bit ahead of their time, but they were one of the few bands that were able to
make the jump from headlining small sweaty clubs in America to becoming a full force rock
band headlining major tours and festivals all around the world and supporting larger acts like
Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed and Cambria, Hinder, Bullet for My Valentine and HIM.
Eighteen Visions have always had a very loyal following that felt more like a family than a fan
base, which led to their global success and dominance. Because of this, Eighteen Visions' past
albums have been consumed over 200,000 times in the US alone.
Eighteen Visions didn't reunite for any reason other than their love of making music together,
and a desire to once again share their love of aggression with the world. XVIII feels like a
gift, not just to the rabid fan base the band left behind, but to the legacy they created.
XVIII is an album that will be appreciated and valued for years to come.1. Crucified
2. The Disease, The Decline And Wasted Time
3. Underneath My Gun
4. Live Again
5. Laid To Waste In The Shit Of Man
8. Picture Perfect
9. Fake Leather Jacket
10. For This I Sacrifice$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now