Vinyl Wednesday is back! I can’t say for sure how long it will last as we quickly creep into the holiday season but I’m going to do my best to keep it going until at LEAST the new year. Now, enough of that shop talk and let’s get down to business.
This is one badass band from Cleveland, OH. I’ve written about Ringworm before (here) and my opinion hasn’t changed much. This 4-song split single is totally killer. I’m going to focus mainly on Ringworm as they are the whole reason I bought this 7″.
First, check out that logo on the cover. This thing is sick. Human Furnace (Ringworm vocalist/tattoo creator deluxe/all-around rad art-dude) took the Venom logo and morphed it with the Ringworm name. I dig it. There is a Venom cover song on this single and what better way to pay homage? And in keeping with the totally kickass cover the song totally rips, too. I totally dig the old, weathered look of the cover along with the “Nice Price” sticker. That shit really brings it all together.
The inside of the art is the Brain Tentacles side. Pretty cool stuff here too. I appreciate being able to display whichever band I REALLY like as the cover. Nice touch. Also, who can’t appreciate that band photo? Never in my life have I seen such a menacing looking sax player. On a side note, please disregard all my grubby fingerprints on this side. The chosen paper stock took every little touch and decided to put the marks on display.
This is how I would display this 7″ if I was more of a fan of Brain Tentacles. That logo is awesome. So much fun going on with their recreation of the Celtic Frost logo and graphics.
The record labels are pretty neat too. Each side sticks to the art theme of their respective bands chosen path. Ringworm went with the classic Neat Records look from Venom’s debut album. HF even lid down the “Beware” with the copyright. Fantastic!
Brain Tentacles have a simple black and white design. This classic, chunky typeface tells me that shit is about to get real.
The back side (to me) is a nice and grungy image of Ringworm being awesome. I like the way Human Furnace added in the water droplet stains and fading/scratches to the graphics. That Venom/Ringworm logo makes another appearance and I just can’t get enough of that. Good work all around on this release.
There was also a deluxe version of this single that was released. If I remember correctly it came with two carnival mirrors featuring the band logos and two embroidered patches featuring these reworked logos.
Buy the Ringworm/Brain Tentacles split HERE
Purchase Ringworm’s latest album Snake Church HERE