Label: Unisound Records - none • Format: CD Unofficial Release • Country: Greece • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Black Metal, Death Metal
Live Ritual: Friday the 13th by Blasphemy. The performance was part of a fest that took place in Burnaby, BC, just east of Vancouver. I first heard Blasphemy when I was in high school in Northern Virginia. I had a close friend at the time named Vaughn Currier who was a few years older than I was and already deep into Death and Black Metal.
One night, sometime inas we were driving to a Carcass show in Washington D. I was immediately drawn to the violent, cacophonous roar I heard on that tape. Listening to those records after we got back to Virginia further deepened my exposure to the metal underground. Over the next several years, as I delved deeper and deeper into Black Metal, I always found myself drawn to the early bestial sound of bands like Sarcofago, Holocausto, Beherit, Impiety, Abhorer, and, most of all, Blasphemy.
In the late s, the more extreme sounds of those bands fell out of fashion to some extent. Norwegian and Swedish-style Black Metal was ascendant, yielding a flood of bands playing poorly recorded raw Black Metal, much Blasphemy - Blasphemy - Live Ritual: Friday The 13th which, at least to my ears, sounded incredibly weak by comparison. Fortunately, at the same time, a second wave of more aggressive Black Metal appeared, with bands like Black Witchery, Conqueror, Bestial Warlust, and others carrying the torch.
ByI had gotten the idea to start a record label but had no clue how to go about releasing music on my own. I had a digital MiniDisc recorder that my uncle sent me when they were becoming popular in Japan, Pineapple Head - Crowded House - Together Alone were not yet in use in the U. In July and August ofBlasphemy played their first shows since I desperately wanted to travel to Vancouver to attend one of the gigs but was unable to at the time.
I was 25 years old and having just Blow Your Brains Out On Live TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Bomb The Music Industry! - Album Minus Band. school and started a new job, I was too broke and too busy to contemplate traveling to Canada.
The following year, Blasphemy announced two more shows. I thought it would again be impossible for me to attend, but chance intervened. Earlier that year, I went to Chicago for business. This was around the dawn of widespread email usage and the early days of the Full Moon Productions forum, and I was already deeply involved in trading tapes and records with other metal fans.
I booked my flight to Vancouver so that I arrived the day of the gig and planned to leave the following day. Jay allowed me to stay at his apartment; it was also the location of the after party, so there were plenty other people there as well. Neither he nor anyone else in the band objected. The show exceeded my expectations.
Allfather and Blasphemy were both exceptional. Even if the record had never come out, it would still be one of the most powerful live rituals I have ever seen. To my surprise, they agreed. I went back home the following day committed to finding a way to accomplish this task. In those early days of the internet, it was not a simple matter to just put out a record.
CDs were still the dominant format, and pressing and distributing vinyl was an expensive and time consuming process. Having cut my teeth in the hardcore punk scene, vinyl retained a special significance to me, and, although it would have been far easier to just put out CDs, I really wanted to Blasphemy - Blasphemy - Live Ritual: Friday The 13th the tradition of releasing metal on vinyl.
Mike Meacham and James Fiala of War Hammer Blasphemy - Blasphemy - Live Ritual: Friday The 13th offered to split the release with me, with the understanding that I would be responsible for the layout. Although I had an idea of how I wanted the record to look, I enlisted the assistance of Jim Kapsalis from Cult of Daath to help with the layout, since, at Blasphemy - Blasphemy - Live Ritual: Friday The 13th time, I knew nothing about graphic design, especially the technical aspects.
I decided to do copies, which seemed like a lot in that era. The LP jackets had to be done in batches of 1, so I had several boxes of them left over that I Gooldenes Vobelhändler-Potpouri (I) - Various - Akkordeon-Zauber / Ein Feuerwerk Beliebter Melodien as packing material for a long time after.
I printed extra copies of some of the photos and included a silkscreened poster of a promo picture taken in May at the Ross Bay Cemetery. Although no one knew it at the time, that show would be the last one Blasphemy would perform until They would also play at the NWN! The band held the rehearsal session in the basement of then-bassist Bestial Saviour of the Undead Legions. The members of Black Witchery were also present and can be heard in the background of the recording. I nevertheless remain proud of it because it was a pure, passionate endeavor, unmotivated by the sorts of deadlines and expectations that characterize my work with NWN!
It also set into motion the project—Nuclear War Now! Productions—that has consumed my life ever since. Add to Cart. Related Products.