Vinyl Wednesday: Don’t Burn The Witch… Heavy Speed Compilation

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Last week I completely missed the posting on account of a craziness with life happenings. I was gone every day until it was time to come home and sleep. Not a fun week at all. I’m back to a somewhat normal schedule now so posting can resume.

This is a bit of a weird choice. There’s not any design aspects I really want to get deep into with this release so I’ll just tell you why I bought it. Naners and I were at The Exchange in Elyria and I was just kind of browsing the vinyl selection looking for any true gems. Now, I had NO money to spend because I still wasn’t gainfully employed at the time but that never stops me. Anyway, Nancy ended up finding and buying an excellent copy of Pantera’s Power Metal album and I was just finishing up looking through the 7″ and 10″ records when I found this. She found the gem on our trip and I suppose I got a polished rock.

Obviously something like this album would catch my eye and sure enough, at the end of the 10″ record pile this little thing was resting. I noticed the front image and typeface at the top and knew it might be something I like. I turned over the jacket and saw Toxic Holocaust being featured and decided I’d buy it. It was a whopping $5 and I’d say it was well worth it.

The large image on the front is a somewhat-pixelated illustration of a witch burning with a bit of silver foil stamping at the top. Naturally, upside-down crosses make an appearance (they are a must for things like this).

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The back is a mashup of heavy metal eccentricities. Gothic-styled corner graphics, chains, crazy logos, nutty song titles, leather-clad guys, goofy poses, long hair, steel spikes, bullet belts, jean jackets and fire. I honestly can’t think of any other heavy metal imagery that could be squeezed onto this thing. It’s just beautiful.

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Joel Grind is the mastermind of Toxic Holocaust. He’s got a very trashy/punky style that I dig the most. Just look at that photo! Bullets, studs, eye makeup, cutoff heavy metal t-shirt and a clenched fist. How can you not instantly love this guy?

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I wasn’t familiar with any of the other bands on the compilation but they were all equally satisfying in both an audio and visual sense.

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The labels are super simple. Just black text on a red label. Very DIY and it has that underground metal feeling.

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If I’ve made you just a little bit curious as to what Toxic Holocaust may sound like, check out the song below.

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