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Dead Cities

Posted by Ryuujin , May 30 2014 · 91 views
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just three days after ordering it, I've got a copy of M83's out-of-print second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts.
 
normally this goes for anywhere from $30 for a used copy to $150 for a new one - but I lucked out and got this complete "Used - Good" copy for only $7 plus shipping, likely because of an automated price-matching bot dropping the price to match an incomplete "Used - Acceptable" listing from another seller.
 
I actually feel like the seller underrated it, too, because both discs look as though they've never been played at all.
 
while this isn't the rarest or most valuable album I own, it's definitely one I'm most proud of owning.



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Converge

Posted by Ryuujin , May 28 2014 · 86 views
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just sort-of completed my Converge collection.
 
top to bottom:

Petitioning the Empty Sky (1998 Equal Vision edition)
- When Forever Comes Crashing
- Jane Doe
- You Fail Me
- No Heroes
- Axe to Fall
- All We Love We Leave Behind
 
I say it's "sort-of" completed because A. Petitioning the Empty Sky is defective and has to be replaced and B. I don't have Halo in a Haystack, their long-out-of-print debut. I'd like to get the two rarities/early material compilations, Caring and Killing and Unloved and Weeded Out, which contain most of the Halo in a Haystack tracks between the two of them, provided I can find them for a decent price. I'll probably also end up getting the 2005 remastered versions of Petitioning the Empty Sky and When Forever Comes Crashing eventually.



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Chimaira + Lamb of God

Posted by Ryuujin , May 19 2014 · 122 views
music, collections
since at least one person likes to see these, how about a two-for-one.
 
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this one's the more interesting of the two.
 
top to bottom:
 
- Pass Out of Existence
- The Impossibility of Reason
- Chimaira
- Resurrection (2-disc limited edition with variant artwork)
- The Infection (2-disc US limited edition with bonus track "Revenge")
- The Age of Heck (censored for BZP; not actual title)
- Crown of Phantoms (2-disc IndieGoGo campaign backer-exclusive fan edition with bonus track "New Apocalypse", reworked and expanded artwork, two custom guitar picks, and exclusive digital download copy with 6 additional bonus tracks and digital booklet)
 
though I was somewhat disappointed by their last couple of albums, Chimaira are easily one of my favorite bands to come out of the so-called "New Wave of American Heavy Metal", with their self-titled probably being my favorite album from that entire scene. because of this, I'd like to collect as much of their stuff as possible. I still need their debut EP This Present Darkness, and eventually I'd like to track down the 2-disc limited editions of The Impossibility of Reason and the self-titled as well as the European 2-disc special edition of The Age of Heck. sometime soon I also plan on ordering the Freddy vs. Jason, Masters of Horror II, Resident Evil: Extinction, and Saw VI soundtracks so I can get the tracks "Army of Me", "Threnody", "Paralyzed", and "Warpath", which are Impossibility of Reason, self-titled, Resurrection, and The Infection B-sides respectively.


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the less interesting of the two.
 
top to bottom:
 
- Burn the Priest (2005 reissue; self-titled debut by the band under their original name)
- New American Gospel (2006 reissue; first album released under their current name)
- As the Palaces Burn
- Ashes of the Wake
- Sacrament (producer edition featuring bonus disc of song stems and multitracks)
- Wrath
- Resolution
- As the Palaces Burn: 10th Anniversary Edition (2-disc remixed and remastered 2013 reissue)
 
not much else to get with this collection. I'd like to pick up the 3-disc Hourglass box set sometime (which I've seen for cheap and passed on, something I still regret) if only for the B-sides and rarities on the third disc. if I really wanted to be a completionist, I'd get the Killadelphia live album as well, but I've honestly never been much of a fan of those.
 
I really need to get some updated pictures of my large Smashing Pumpkins collection.



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Michael Jackson

Posted by Ryuujin , May 17 2014 · 157 views
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this past Tuesday marked the release of another shameful record label cash-grab Michael Jackson posthumous "album" consisting of songs that Jackson rejected and likely never would've wanted released, updated to modern pop radio "standards" and featuring vocals that may or may not even be the real King of Pop himself.
 
like anyone who legitimately respected the man as an entertainer, instead of supporting corporate greed and the desecration of his legacy I've elected to use this occasion as an excuse (not that one is necessary) to instead reflect on what I consider the best years of his career, the Epic Records releases of Off the Wall through HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I.
 
in doing so I've decided to follow up my previous "album collection" blog entries with one dedicated to the King of Pop.
 
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stack on left, top to bottom:
 
- Off the Wall (special edition)
- Thriller (special edition)
- Bad (special edition)
- Dangerous (special edition)
- HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book I
- This Is It (single-disc edition; technically a posthumous release, but it was one that Jackson himself had approved and been involved with before his death, so I count it as his final legitimate release.)
 
on the right is the "collector's edition" released last year of Jackson's 2003 compilation Number Ones. although it resembles vinyl packaging, it's actually an 8x8 digipak housing a standard CD and featuring an 8x8 version of the album's booklet with "enhanced graphics".
 
I've yet to pick up Invincible - honestly, I've been holding off on it because I simply find it to be a disappointing release. that said, I do plan on picking it up sometime soon along with Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix.
 
as a side-note, writing this has reminded me that I never posted any pictures of my completed The Cure collection - my favorite band of all time with the largest amount of albums by a single artist I own to show for it. I'll probably do that soon.



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Happy Wester...

Posted by Ryuujin , Apr 20 2014 · 135 views

easter's too mainstream


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Record Store Day 2014

Posted by Ryuujin , Apr 19 2014 · 67 views
music, collections
I went for one thing, I left with one thing. and I couldn't be happier.
 
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I got Katatonia's RSD exclusive 12" B-sides compilation Kocytean, limited to 2000 copies, on glorious translucent orange vinyl.
 
this is officially my most prized possession.



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what does the fox say

Posted by Ryuujin , Apr 14 2014 · 183 views

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In Flames

Posted by Ryuujin , Apr 01 2014 · 88 views
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as mentioned here, I also thought I'd show off my In Flames collection, which is by far my most complete - between the albums with bonus tracks and EPs, I've got basically every finished, studio-recorded song the band has released except for "Discover Me Like Emptiness" from the Soundtrack to Your Escape limited edition and Masters of Horror soundtrack - and I do plan on hunting down the latter so I'll have it eventually.
 
from the top to the bottom:
 
- Lunar Strain/Subterranean (Regain Records single-disc reissue)
- Lunar Strain (2005 Candlelight Records reissue)
- Subterranean EP (2005 Candlelight Records reissue)
- The Jester Race (2008 Reloaded edition + Black-Ash Inheritance EP)
- Whoracle (2008 Reloaded edition)
- Colony (2008 Reloaded edition)
- Clayman (2008 Reloaded edition)
- Trigger EP
- Reroute to Remain (x2; the upside-down one is a spare I may sell)
- Soundtrack to Your Escape
- Come Clarity
- The Mirror's Truth single/EP (German pressing)
- A Sense of Purpose
- Sounds of a Playground Fading

as a sidenote, I've got a couple orders that are supposed to come in soon, and after they do I may post an entry showing off all the things I've acquired within the past few weeks. I used to have a similar thing except it was just a "Most Recent Musical Acquisitions" content block with the album art, but now that I have an iPod with a much better quality camera, I think I'm starting to enjoy taking actual pictures of what I've got instead.



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Katatonia

Posted by Ryuujin , Mar 30 2014 · 110 views
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following up on what I stated previously, I've finally finished off my Katatonia collection for now. I'd like to get the digipak reissues of Discouraged Ones and Tonight's Decision as well as the For Funerals to Come EP at some point, but for now I've got all of the studio albums in one form or another so I'm pleased.
 
from the top to the bottom:
 
- Dance of December Souls (2007 remaster + Jhva Elohim Meth EP)
- Brave Murder Day (2006 remaster + Sounds of Decay EP)
- Discouraged Ones (Century Black US pressing)
- Tonight's Decision
- Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Icarus Argentina pressing)
- Last Fair Deal Gone Down (10th Anniversary Edition)
- Viva Emptiness (Icarus Argentina pressing)
- Viva Emptiness (10th Anniversary Edition)
- The Great Cold Distance
- Night Is the New Day (2011 Tour Edition)
- Dead End Kings
- Dethroned & Uncrowned
 
one thing to note is that the Icarus Argentina pressing of Last Fair Deal Gone Down is technically no longer mine, as last night I sold it to The Xinlo, pending shipment within the next week. as the recently-acquired 10th Anniversary Edition uses the exact same mastering and includes the same artwork, this previous copy was rendered obsolete in my collection.

I got a picture of my In Flames collection at the same time I got pictures of this, so I'll probably be posting that sometime soon.



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Opeth

Posted by Ryuujin , Mar 22 2014 · 82 views
music, collections
as promised, here is my technically complete Opeth collection:
 
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I say technically because I don't own the first three albums individually, but rather in a box set which does not include the booklets, and I only own the remaster of Still Life and not the original.
 
from the top to the bottom:
 
- The Candlelight Years box set (Japanese version; includes Orchid, Morningrise, and My Arms Your Hearse with bonus tracks)
- Still Life (2009 remastered version)
- Blackwater Park (2011 Legacy Edition)
- Collector's Edition Slipcase box set (includes individual jewel case CDs of Blackwater Park, Deliverance, Dangnation*, and the exclusive Lamentations 2-CD live album)
- Ghost Reveries
- Watershed
- Heritage (special edition)
 
I've put in an order at the local FYE for the last missing piece of my Katatonia collection, so expect pictures of that sometime next week.
 
*censored for BZP, not actual title







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