Vinyl Wednesday: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

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This week is the highly anticipated conclusion to this most unholy and unclean trilogy of vinyl releases with Steel Panther’s album All You Can Eat. Released on April Fools Day in 2014, this album is surely no joke. Ok, well… maybe a little bit but that’s beside the point. This album rips just as hard as any of their other output thus far. I found the production to be a bit on the weak side but it stays true to their sound and the era that they so obviously worship at the alter of. Speaking of worshipping at the alter, you can see where this album’s visual theme is headed. As for the music, this album is jam-packed with all the raunchy debauchery that one expects out of Steel Panther.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Korn – Here To Stay

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Another Wednesday, another record to display. This week’s winner is a 7″ single from Korn entitled “Here To Stay” that was released in 2002. A Hot Topic exclusive pressing of only 5,000 on transparent blue vinyl that I’m sure had no problem selling out as Korn were the biggest thing going in the Nu-Metal scene.

I picked this record because it’s the second record I ever purchased and I was feeling a bit nostalgic. The first record I bought was Back In Black (post about that here) and then came this record a few years later. I think I had a turntable at this time but something was wrong with the wiring and I couldn’t get sound to the speakers. Then, this sat on the shelf for years until I was able to properly give it a spin. I believe it’s a little warped now (from not really knowing how to care for vinyl back in my younger years) and it skips once or twice on the A-Side. No big deal to me. The imagery is taken from the “Here To Stay” music video along with the typeface from the Untouchables album design. Simple and cool. Add in a nice, electric-blue color to the vinyl and you’ve got yourself a winner. Check it out!

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Vinyl Wednesday: Decibel Flexi-Series

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I have a bit of a different Vinyl Wednesday this time. Last winter I received a subscription to Decibel Magazine and I was introduced to flexi-discs. The magazine is full of extreme metal stories, articles on some neat people/subjects and it also features a flexi-disc in every issue. While it may be a bit of a gimmick or a novelty to some, the music is very real, very heavy and usually high-quality. Each Decibel Flexi-Series release features an exclusive track from the chosen artist. Something that won’t be found on any official release from the band. Good stuff if you ask me. Most bands just have one song but there are some exceptions. In the case of Iron Reagan (above) the subscribers were treated to a full-13 track EP. Songs are obviously insanely short if you can fit 13 tracks onto a 4–6 minute flexi but that’s fine by me. The more heavy tunes that are available the better. Rip out the flexi from the magazine and get it spinning while browsing the issue. Good times can be had by all.

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