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Vinyl (15)

Vinyl record stuff. These articles are an archive of posts from my old website,


Article originally published on on 21st November 2010.

Metal on Vinyl is dedicated to reviewing new and old release heavy metal albums that have been issued on vinyl. I look at each album from a musical perspective, and also review based on sound quality. I’ll also let you know if any extra bonus material such as artwork, posters etc. are included with each release.

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Mastodon - Blood Mountain (2006)

Article originally published on on 2nd April 2011.

Mastodon's third studio album will always be remembered as one of the defining heavy metal albums of the 2000's. Following it's sophomore album, Leviathan, Mastodon had started to venture into unmarked territory in Blood Mountain. A unique and stand out record that will no doubt stand the test of time and continue to inspire many heavy metal bands in the future.

At a time when the genre had been swamped with popular metalcore (depending where you looked) acts after the downfall of nu-metal, it was nice to see a band step up to the plate and offer something truly unique in a sludgy, progressive effort that was the bands 2004 album, Leviathan. It was then further solidification with this 2006 effort from the band.

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Soulfly – Conquer (2008)

Article originally published on on 23rd January 2011.

Formed by Max Cavalera after departing from Sepultura, Soulfly has gradually transformed themselves over the years. Initially a nu metal outfit, Soulfly’s debut self titled album is so far their most successful, being certified Gold by the RIAA in 2005.

Soulfly’s run of success continued with the two albums that followed, namely 2000’s Primitive and 2002’s "3". Once nu metal began to fade from existence however, so too had Soulfly’s emphasis on the genre.

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Rumpelstiltskin Grinder - Living for Death, Destroying the Rest (2009)

Article originally published on on 15th January 2011.

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, a thrash band formed in Pennsylvania in 2002 have released their second studio album Living for Death, Destroying the Rest.

I personally had not been aware of the band before being given their latest album. Consequently, I don’t know a lot about Rumpelstiltskin Grinder other than the small bits and pieces of information that I managed to find on the internet about them.

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Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)

Article originally published on on 19th December 2010.

Black Gives Way to Blue marks pioneering grunge artist Alice in Chains' first studio recording in fourteen years, and subsequently their first album without the late Layne Staley on vocals. Given the circumstances, and downward spiral of Staley's last years and death in 2002, it's understandable the time that has gone on between drinks.

After Alice in Chains' hiatus and two solo albums from guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, the band began a comeback reunion in 2005. Performing in Seattle for the benefit of victims of the South Asia tsunami disaster, the band featured various singers including Pat Lachman, Maynard James Keenan, and Ann Wilson.

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Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth (2010)

Article originally published on on 10th December 2010.

Deth Red Sabaoth, the ninth studio album from the ever unique Danzig comes six years after 2004’s Circle of Snakes.

During this time Glenn Danzig has released his solo classical effort Black Aria II in 2006, and Danzig (the Band) released The Lost Tracks of Danzig in 2007, a compilation of many tracks that never made their way on to any of the Danzig studio releases.

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