Following the success of their second studio album, 'Reports from the Threshold of Death,' Boston's Junius decided to release an eight-track EP rather than another full-length record. Stacked with four songs and four eerie interludes, 'Days of the Fallen Sun' proves that the band can break new ground no matter the record's length.
In 2004, music industry professional Steve Beatty started a record label whose sole purpose was to release remastered and improved versions of heavy metal classics, exclusively on vinyl. This was a few years before the "resurgence" of vinyl (for example, Record Store Day started in 2007) and smack dab in the middle of the digital downloading craze. A decade later, Beatty's label, Back on Black, is stronger than ever.
Longtime hardcore rockers Ringworm have finally unleashed their latest studio album onto the world. Quite possibly their masterpiece, 'Hammer of the Witch' is a nonstop punch in the gut with killer guitar riffs and spine rattling vocals. On top of that, the band made sure to create a full experience around the release with mesmerizing artwork and exclusive vinyl runs; in addition to black wax, 'Hammer of the Witch' is pressed on black and white swirl vinyl and even clear vinyl.
In 2013, Louisville's premiere black metal outfit Anagnorisis released their second studio album, 'Beyond All Light,' digitally, as a CD and also as a very limited cassette tape. A year later, the blasphemous rockers find themselves celebrating the album for a new reason: 'Beyond All Light' has been pressed and is available to fans as several different color vinyl editions.
In 2012, Arizona's instrumental metal duo Tempel digitally released their debut album, 'On the Steps of the Temple,' to the masses. Less than two years later, and after teaming up with Prosthetic Records, Tempel are proud to finally offer their album as a physical release, not just as a CD but also as part of a very limited vinyl pressing. With gorgeous artwork and an exclusive run of only 250 copies, 'On the Steps of the Temple' proves to be an adventure of vigorous musical dynamics.
A band that will forever be considered as one of the Big 4, Slayer have released a collection that should affectionately be known to fans as the Big 10: every release under the American Recordings label has been reissued on audiophile 180-gram vinyl. Not only reissued on vinyl, the music has been remastered from the original analog master tapes, breathing fresh life into the band's vast, legendary catalog. In addition to the sound quality of the albums, Slayer pressed no more than 500 copies of each album on blood red vinyl and randomly inserted them among the standard reissues.
When it comes to vinyl, there are few rockers who have as much of an appreciation for the format as Nashville Pussy's guitarist and founding member, Ruyter Suys. With the release of her band's eighth studio album, 'Up the Dosage,' Suys admits that vinyl has always been a significant part of her life. So, it makes perfect sense that Nashville Pussy would make sure to put together one hell of a vinyl experience with their latest record.
Easily one of the most anticipated albums of last year, Motorhead's 'Aftershock' was very well-received by fans and critics alike. Professing "crunchy, greasy, punky, bluesy, gutsy rock 'n' roll," Motorhead's latest album is best heard spinning around a turntable. For fans who want to enter into a whole new level of appreciation for 'Aftershock,' they should look no further than the vinyl edition of the album.