Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two Vinyl Releases from the Archives Part I

Wow, Hydra Head is finally re-issuing two long out of print records (one more so than the other) that people have been clamoring over for a looooong time.

First up is We Are The Romans from Botch. This sucker goes for big bucks on ebay (well, it did), and now, people have a shot at getting this again without mortgaging their first born or selling a kidney.

Available on two colors of vinyl Orange & Blue and another crazy format( White/Orange/Blue + Black/Orange/Blue).

This from Hydra Head:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock that’s underneath another even bigger rock in a cave in the middle of nowhere, you probably already know what’s up with this milestone/motherfucker of an album. Initially released in the year two grand, Botch’s final full-length was/is the kind of devastating metallic hardcore explosion that the term “metallic hardcore” could/can only aspire to. In fact, these dudes nailed it so hard that the bands that came afterward had to start calling themselves “metalcore” out of respect. And today, it’s actually even worse: Ever since Botch went belly up back in 2002, there’s been a steady, obnoxious stream of MTV2-jocking carpetbaggers that have ripped off our Sea-Tac boys (currently and formerly members of esteemed rock outfits like Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Roy, Narrows and Russian Circles) riff for riff. We’d name names, but why mess around with pretenders to the throne when you’re already in bed with the kings? Its on 180g double vinyl for the first time since the album's initial release in y2k, and now also
includes the totally sweet double-compact disc edition from 2007 featuring the original recording remastered plus bonus live tracks and the entire album in its hi-fidelity demo version. We Are The Romans is bigger, better, and more Roman than ever.

- Presented here in its original 2xLP packaging and pressed from the original vinyl plates, this repressing includes the 2007 remastered deluxe edition 2xCD as an added bonus. CD 1 features the remastered original record, while CD 2 contains several live tracks and nearly every track from Romans in their never-before-heard live-in-the-studio demo-form. The point we are trying to make is this thing is freakin’ awesome...

2xLP Track Listing:

Side A:
To Our Friends In The Great White North (5:10)
Mondrian Was A Liar (2:41)
Transitions From Persona To Object (6:04)
Swimming The Channel Vs. Driving The Chunnel (4:31)
Side B:
C. Thomas Howell As The "Soul Man" (4:44)
Saint Matthew Returns To The Womb (3:05)
Frequency Ass Bandit (4:27)
I Wanna Be A Sex Symbol On My Own Terms (3:35)
Side C:
Man The Ramparts (10:51)
Side D:
We Are The Romans (7:27)

Bonus Compact Disc Track Listing:
To Our Friends In The Great White North - Demo (5:17)
I Wanna Be A Sex Symbol On My Own Terms - Demo (3:41)
Transitions From Persona To Object - Demo (6:34)
Mondrian Was A Liar - Demo (3:02)
Saint Matthew Returns To The Womb - Demo (3:21)
C. Thomas Howell As The "Soul Man" - Demo (4:25)
Man The Ramparts - Demo (6:31)
Saint Matthew Returns To The Womb - Live (4:19)
Vietmam - Live (3:11)
Transitions From Persona To Object - Live (6:01)
Hutton's Great Heat Engine - Live (6:19)

That's an incredible deal for this classic record. Pre-Order here

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