Being that tomorrow is Halloween and it’s Devil’s Night tonight, it would be fitting to make tonight’s post about Ink & Dagger. More specifically their Love Is Dead 7”. In a previous post I wrote about their first LP, The Fine Art of Original Sin, but their first release, Love Is Dead, is the one that made people notice this band and realize that they were an unstoppable force in the Philadelphia HxC scene.
Originally released by Happy Days Records in 1996 (I think…please feel free to correct me), it caused a stir within the hardcore punk community due to its sound and impossibility to categorize. Was it hardcore? Was it punk? Was it noise? It was something that’s for sure.
There are a multitude of pressings and variants of the original release: white w/ tombstone cover, tour press, white (real) blood-splattered acetate covers, white left-over press with “girl on stake” cover, white with vampire covers, white with “test press” written on them, etc. So yeah, quite a few out there. It has been quite daunting to try and obtain all of the different versions. Not to mention expensive.