Sunday 18 October 2020


It's been about four years since my last blog post on here. I might start posting here again, but having said that I also have a YouTube channel that I might use instead. We'll see.

Saturday 4 June 2016

LS GRIIIINNNNDDDD!!!! - Famine - Razzin' LP

I picked this LP up the last time I saw Leeds PV band Famine playing in Harrogate. They're active again after writing and recording this one-sided ten song record. It's also their first record featuring the vocals of Warren from Shoot The Bastard

It was released collaboratively by Here And Now Records, Dead Heroes Records, Vleesklak Records and Attention Deficit Grindcore Disorder Records.

The artwork (by Daniel Hughes) for this is brilliant and anybody who's seen the band live will definitely appreciate it.

I'm not sure how many copies of this have been pressed, so if anybody can help I'd be really grateful.

Anyway, you can grab copies from the below links:-

Famine Online Store -
Here And Now Records -
Dead Heroes Label -
Vleesklak Records -
Attention Deficit Grindcore Disorder Records -

Famine Facebook -
Here And Now Records Facebook -
Dead Heroes Label Facebook -
Vleesklak Records Facebook -
ADGD Records Facebook -

Monday 30 May 2016

Evil Eye Vinyl Pick-Ups - The Black Dahlia Murder/Buried Inside/Municipal Waste

Finally a new record store has emerged in Harrogate. It's small but it has a decent selection of metal and punk, mainly from labels like Relapse, Metal Blade and Earache etc. I've picked up a few records from there since the turn of the year and seen as I haven't posted here in a while, I thought I'd start back up with these three.

The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack

I was pretty excited when spotted this while searching through the shelves. A lavish 6-panel gatefold sleeve adorned with dark purple/black artwork.

My pictures don't really do this one justice.

The records sleeve itself includes the song lyrics, but as you'll see from the next couple of photos they're not easy to read unless you're up close.

The record itself continues the purple theme. Pressing info (taken from Discogs as Metal Blade doesn't include pressing info on their site) -

200 on Purple/Black Splatter
300 on Purple/White Splatter
500 on Purple/White Marble (This one)

It also came with a huge poster inside -

Buried Inside - Spoils Of Failure

Next up is this double LP from Buried Inside. This time housed is a simpler four-panel gatefold.

The lyric insert is reversible on the one side.

This version is pressed onto heavy-weight black vinyl.

Pressing info:-

100 on Clear
400 on 180gm Black
500 on Blue

Inside the sleeve there was also a double-sided promo poster.

Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation

I've always been a big fan of the Waste and seeing this LP in the racks made me pretty happy.

It came with a full-size lyric booklet that features loads of fan photos in the centre.

This is the standard black version.

Pressing info -

500 on Grey
750 on Yellow
750 in Black

I'll definitely be picking up more records from Evil Eye and if you're in Harrogate, you should pay it a visit too.

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 -

Tuesday 23 December 2014

2014 Dog Knights Productions Discography + Some Other Bits

2014 is coming to a close and it's made me reassess my vinyl blog. Thinking about the year and my buying habits has made me realise that continiung to run the blog in it's current form was not going to work, With that in mind, I've decided to change things and am doing away with the old matrix/number style titles, as they were getting a bit formulaic.

To herald in the new, I've decided to do a few discography posts focusing on releases I've picked up this year from single labels and also on one label in particular, whose discography to date I've managed to complete. This is not a chin-stroking exercise by any means, but I think it's a great idea show and support the labels and bands that have given me so much pleasure this year. My first post features the generally awesome Dog Knights Productions. It features all of the labels new/reissued releases that I purchased this year, that I didn't already own. Enjoy!

Exhaustion - Demo 7"

I'm starting with a release that I already owned on tape and that I'll be writing about in a future post. When I read about this demo's release on vinyl, I pre-ordered it pretty much as soon as I could. For those that don't know, Exhaustion features ex-members of Throats (who as I write this are reforming!). There was a pre-order version of this split, which I missed but not being a full-on completest, I didn't mind too much.

Pressing info:-

Pre-order version on Transparent Purple - /30
Transparent Purple - /270

Nai Harvest - Hold Open My Head 7"

This was DKP's first 2014 release for Nai Harvest. It was released in collaboration with Topshelf Records.  It's fair to say that this four-track 7" has been pretty popular since it's release in March as it's already on it's second pressing. It's a great little release and has taken pride of place in my small, but growing NH collection.

Pressing info:-

1st pressing -

Solid Yellow (Dog Knights Exclusive) - /100
Solid Red (Topshelf Records Exclusive) - /100
Solid Blue/Solid Yellow Mix - /400
Solid Blue/Solid Red Mix - /400
Solid Blue - /500

2nd pressing -

Clear w/Red Smoke - /250
Clear w/Yellow Smoke - /250

Playlounge - Pilot 12"

Playlounge was a band that was completely new to me when DKP announced the pre-order. Another duo in the same vein as Nai Harvest and the pre-release songs I heard were pretty dreamy. I read that the record was going to be released on glitter vinyl, which I'd heard can distort the sound when played on a turntable, so I plumped for the simpler blue/pink mix version. There was also a special 2014 Record Store Day version with different artwork too.

Pressing info:-

Pink w/Silver Glitter - /150
Blue/Pink mix - 350/
2014 RSD Version w/Special Cover - /10

Headroom - Headroom 7"

The next new band on my radar was Manchester's Headroom. I was pretty excited about this release when I read about it's members links to Survival and Nai Harvest. This four-track 7" was released in April. The first press is now sold out but there will be a second pressing in 2015.

Pressing info:-

Solid Orange - /150
Transparent Blue - /350

We Came Out Like Tigers - Ever-Crushed At Pecket's Well 12"

We Came Out Like Tigers have now sadly left us, but thankfully they released this record before they did. Ever-Crushed At Pecket's Well presented a very different sound to that of Agelessness And Lack, as WCOLT elected for a sound strewn with black metal. It was a great LP to go out on.

The package was really nice for this record too. It came in your standard full-art sleeve, in two different color-ways and included a lyric book. As well as that, the first fifty people who ordered either color-way or the double bundle got a limited cover, which is in the picture above.

Pressing info:-

Bronze/Brown Mix w/Melted Splatter - /150
Transparent Green - /350

Shirokuma - Sun Won't Set 12"

Following on from the previous year's release of Still Waters Run Deep by Swedish band Totem Skin, Dog Knights released this pretty LP by fellow Swedes Shirokuma. This LP marked DKP's sixth release of the year and it was April! I think this was a rare occasion where I bought the rarest colour of a record.

Pressing info:-

Purple w/ Orange And Blue Splatter - /100
Purple/Green Mix - /200

Grappler - Everything I've Ever Feared 12" (Record Store Day Cover version)

I don't really participate in Record Store Day, I don't like the crowds and the over-inflated prices for records. Thankfully, Darren has the same ethos and this year he made some special RSD versions of existing releases with special covers. These were limited to 10 copies of each and featured this Grappler release from 2013 and also the recent Playlounge LP.

I decided to grab a copy of the Grappler release, as I didn't already own it.

Pressing Info:-

Black w/Records Store Day Cover - /10

Old Gray/Tiny Moving Parts - Split 7"

Old Gray had become one of my favourite bands after I got hold of a second press copy of An Autobiography. I'd not heard anything by Tiny Moving Parts, so it all served as a perfect introduction before their LP was released. Plus, the color-ways for this one looked amazing.

Pressing info:-

White w/ Blue and Brown Splatter - /150
Half Light Blue/Half Dark Blue - /350

Sorority Noise - Forgettable 12"

This record takes the crown as the nicest looking record in my collection, at the moment. Again, Sorority Noise was a new name to me when I saw the pre-order for this release. Knowing that members of Old Gray were in this band made it a little easier for me though. This is a first press copy, but DKP is onto a second press already.

Pressing info:-

1st pressing -

Ultra-Clear w/Pink And White Splatter - /150
Pink w/White Ghost - /150

2nd pressing -

Ultra-Clear w/Pink Smoke - /150
Half Pink/Half White - /150

Tiny Moving Parts - This Couch Is Long And Full Of Friendship 12"

This LP was ordered at the same time as the split with Old Gray.  I love the laid-back feel of this record and at times it reminds me of La Dispute. I've noticed that they're playing in Leeds in 2015, so I'll definately be going to see them.

Pressing info:-

Brown - /100
Green - /200
White - /200

Nai Harvest - Feeling Better 7"

This was the third pressing of the 7" that came out last year. I didn't own it, so grabbed a copy. The first press was by Pinky Swear, Struggletown and A Mountain Far Records and was on Orange w/White Swirl vinyl with a Orange cover. Dog Knights took care of the 2nd and this third repress.

Pressing info:-

2nd pressing -

Blue - /100
Blue/White Mix - /200

3rd pressing -

Green - /100
Green/White Mix - /200

Capacities - There Is No Neutral 10"

Both this and the next record were released last year, but I thought I'd include them here anyway as I picked them up this year. I've been trying this year to complete my Dog Knights discography (and I'm  not far off it now) and this 10" was one records I didn't have. Plus I'm a fan of the slightly smaller format and seem to be building a bit of a collection at the moment. This was co-released with US label Melotov Records.

Pressing info:-

Coke-Bottle Clear Green (Smoke Bottle) - /100
White /400 (110 came from DKP)

Descubriendo A Mr. Mime - ...  Y Ya No Me Quedan Dientes Por Arrancarme 12"

This record was a really ambitious one. A single-sided 12" with three different screen-printed B-sides. It's also pretty rare. I first came across this band after their earlier split 7" with iSilencio, Ahora, Silencio! and was really intrigued by this record.

Pressing info:-

Ultra-Clear Bat version - /83 (33 from DKP
Ultra-Clear Mouse version - /83 (33 from DKP)
Ultra-Clear Bird version - /83 (33 from DKP)

Totem Skin/Heart On My Sleeve - Split 7"

Totem Skin has been one of my favourite bands ever since I heard their first demo. I've reviewed all of their releases via This Noise Is Ours and got a little bit excited when DKP released their album on vinyl in 2013. This split with fellow Swedes Heart On My Sleeve caught my eye, thanks to the ace artwork by Tom Is The Bastard, who's done record/tape covers for bands like Gets Worse and Ancst in the past.

Pressing info:-

Ultra-Clear w/Black Smoke - /100
Transparent Purple - /200

Nai Harvest/Playlounge - Flower Shaped Split 12"

I think this split shows off DKP's ambition pretty well. It took a little while to press, but I'm not surprised considering the amount of work that went it shaping 1500 copies. As far as I'm aware, this was a one time only pressing and will never be repressed. Needless to say, it's one of my faves and I'm currently keeping it stored in a makeshift card-sleeve, I mustered out of a used mailer I had lying around. I hope that'll keep it pretty safe from damage.

Pressing info:-

Solid White - /150
Solid Blue - /350
Solid Orange - /500
Solid Pink - /500 (Tour/Distro Press)

Bloody Knees - Stitches 12"

Another lo-fi emo band I had no idea about, but Bloody Knees and this LP has become one of my favourite chill-out records. More people really need to hear Bloody Knees.

Pressing info-

Red w/Black Smoke - /150
Transparent Yellow - /350

Ojne - Undici/Dodici 12" 2nd press

Another record from 2013 that was repressed this year that I didn't already own. I'm annoyed that I missed them when they played in Leeds recently.

Pressing info:-

1st pressing -

Clear/Black Mix - /50
Clear - /150
Black - /250

2nd pressing -

Blue Marble Mix - /250

Blue Friend - I Will Be Your Blue Friend 12"

This LP has been responsible for my recent obsession with Japanese screamo and hardcore. Close up, this entire record, sleeve and all, is pretty stunning. For me, this LP sparked another step-up in the quality of Dog Knight's releases (if that were even possible).

Pressing info:-

White w/Blue Stripe - /150
Transparent Blue - /350

Headroom - Carry Me Away 7"

The second Headroom 7" of the year. I bought the pink version because I like how it matches the sleeve on this release.

Pressing info:-

Yellow w/Pink And Blue Splatter - /100
Blue w/White Smoke - /200
Solid Pink - /300

Turnover - Blue Dream 7"

This was the last 7" release of the year and Dog Knight's co-released it with US label Broken Rim Records. I had no idea, but Dog Knights released this on licence. As far as modern punk/emo goes, Turnover are one of the better bands I think.

Pressing info:-

Solid Yellow - /100
Ultra-Clear - /200
Blue/Green Mix - /300

Yumi - Epicureans 12"

Dog Knights released music by more international bands this year, than any year I can remember and from further afield. After the Blue Friend LP, Darren announced the release of this LP by Singaporean band Yumi. Yumi sit at the heavier end of the screamo spectrum, sort of like You'll Live. It's bloody good though. This release was very limited and came pressed on clear vinyl with a gold/black stripe that looks really cool when held up to the light.

Pressing info:-

Ultra Clear w/Gold And Black Stripe - /250

Disembarked - Nothing's Wrong Here 12"

This LP was responsible for a couple of firsts. It was Disembarked's first full-length, coming after last years 7" - I Do Nothing But Regret The Fact That I Left. I was also the gatefold vinyl release to come from Dog Knights.

Pressing info:-

Black - /100
White/Green Starburst - /200
Ultra-Clear w/Blue And White Splatter - /200

Beau Navire - Hours CD

Last but by no means least, I've included this Beau Navire CD because I'm in the process of completing my Dog Knight discography and this was on my want list. This goes way back to 2011 and was the label's 12th release. Thankfully, I didn't need to go anywhere near Discogs to buy it, as Darren still has copies for sale.

Pressing info:-

Card Digipak - /500

Now, onto that want list. This is all I need to complete my Dog Knights discography up to the end of 2014. If you can point me in the direction of copies that aren't expensive and are in good condition, give me a shout -

Plague Mass - Union Of Egoists LP (colour not an issue)
Traktor - Early Adopter LP (colour not an issue)
Maths - Ascent 7"
Mahria/Todos Caeran - Split 10"
Jackals/Self Loathing - Split 7" (colour not an issue)
Hospitals - Hospitals Tape (colour not an issue)
No Coast/Jackals -Split 7"
Cavalcades - Coping LP

Pretty much everything I included above is still available from Dog Knights Productions here -

All releases can be streamed here (including songs from recently announced release for 2015!) -

Dog Knights Productions Facebook -