Tuesday, 1 December 2015

xCanaanx/Thirty Seconds Until Armageddon - Split 7"

Random UK hardcore split time! I bought this 7" ages ago. I was mainly buying hardcore vinyl at the time and I managed to get it cheap. According to Collective Zine it was released by Ignition Records in 2002.

Both bands contributed two songs to this split:-

xCanaanx -
1. From Blood To Fire
2. Sometimes Death Is Better

Thirty Seconds Until Armageddon -
3. Drone
4. Lost

The record sleeve for this is pretty neat. It's a fold-out jobby that features the lyrics to all the songs, as well as some live band shots across the bottom on the inside.

Side A - xCanaanx

Side B - Thirty Seconds Until Armageddon

I got the standard black version here, but on checking Dead Format I managed to find the full pressing info (hope it's correct!) -

600 on black
200 on clear yellow
100 on clear (w/ record release cover)
100 on black (w/ record release cover)
60   on clear red (without labels)
58   on clear red (with labels)
5     test presses

Ignition Records shut up shop a long time, though a website still exists in the ether that is the Internet.   The best place to find this record now is either in distros or on Discogs, if you can.

xCanaanx has a Facebook page here (though the band is long dead) -

Thirty Seconds Until Armageddon does not.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Ultrashitinferno/Jazzfinger - Split 7"

I picked this 7" up as part of my order from Tombs In The Valley Productions. It still remains a bit of a mystery to me too. Weird drone/noise/electronic music from two UK bands

It came with an screenprinted OBI strip -

The cover is also screenprinted but has no song-titles or anything on it, just a bizarre Octopus sprawled across both the front and back of the sleeve.

As far as I can tell, there were just 200 copies of this record pressed. 50 included a screenprinted sleeve, so I'm guessing this must be part of that pressing. It was released by obscure label Do It Rubbishly. 

The rest of the copies included the original record artwork or were housed in old random record sleeve according to Discogs.

It features one track from each band - 

1. Ultrashitinferno - Untitled
2. Jazzfinger - Three Bottles Of Dissolved Time

my copy comes on black vinyl with standard white centre stickers. It sort of looks like a test press but I don't think it is.

That's really it for this one. As I said, a bit of mystery but you can find copies of this in distros or on Discogs if you like experimental noise or drone etc.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Grace/Tide Of Iron - The Hard Work Split 7"

I picked this split 7" up from Tombs In The Valley Records (RIP), along with a load of other obscure heavy/noisy records in 2013 I think! Grace and Tide Of Iron were both pretty new to me at the time but I did review the split on my other blog.

The record was housed in a black and white sleeve with a nice obi strip.

Just two songs from each band here:-

Side A - Grace

1. Alchemist
2. Hammer

Side B - Tide Of Iron

3. Jas Murray Dirty Protest
4. Apple Sauce

The record was released by SuperFi Records, Shy Bairns and Tombs In The Valley Records.

Not the best pic I know, but the inside of the sleeve contains the usual thanks and credits, as well as the names of the members of both bands.

Side A -

Side B -

The split was pressed on black vinyl and was limited to just 250 copies. Nice to see a lot of thought was put into the release, as the centre stickers on both sides contain the bands, their song titles and the RPM that it should be played at.

If you like obscure heavy bands and don't mind the fact that they're no longer active, hunt this down as it's ace.

Stream it here, you'll enjoy it -

It's unlikely that you'll find any Facebook or social media pages for Grace and Tide Of Iron now, while both Shy Bairns and Tombs In The Valley seem to be done too. SuperFi Records has sold out of copies, so you can either grab the songs as a name-your-price-download above or hunt for a copy in distros or on Discogs.

SuperFi Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/superfirecords