Archive for March, 2013

YOUWRETCH – Sympathy of Wolves LP

Posted: March 12, 2013 by Juan D. in Record Nerds
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Going back to the earlier post on being a fan and supporter of certain labels, this record falls squarely in that place. I’ve been really into all the records and bands that Forward! Records have been putting out. First it started with Pity Sex and their Dark World EP. From there I also checked out Procession and Radiator Hospital. I exchanged a few emails with the label and they were always courteous and appreciative of the support. In a recent newsletter, they posted about YOUWRETCH. Forward! was going to be doing the vinyl and their album, Sympathy of Wolves was already streaming online. It would appeal to fans to doom, sludge, black metal, and crust. OK. I enjoy a few of those styles, so why not? I checked them out and was immediately hooked. And pre-ordered the LP of course.

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As has become typical with Forward!, the first 100 pressed are on color vinyl. For YOUWRETCH, they did white vinyl. Works perfectly with the black and barren silkscreened fold-over cover art.

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To give you an idea of what this band is all about, here’s the post I did for the other music site I write for:

Hailing from the birthplace of the Purple one, YOUWRETCH are Minneapolis’ bastard children of all things doom and gloom and quite possibly grind. Their music is abrasive and harsh. Blame it on the harsh winters of the area, YOUWRETCH deliver a brand of heavy music that doesn’t make its mind up. It’s fast, heavy, noisy, and even a melody or two find their way into the spastic assault of the senses. And one thing that is clear with the band’s full-length Sympathy of Wolves is that they are not afraid to experiment and mix things up. The ambient-like break in “Cobblestone & Smoke” is a welcomed respite to the brutality and powerviolence that preceded the track. And the aural destruction that follows it.

YOUWRETCH formed in 2010 and by the sound of a few of their recordings, they sound like seasoned veterans well-ingrained in their own style and approach to heavy music. My exposure to the band was by simple coincidence. 

They will appeal to any metalhead and hardcore punk kid who has branched out in also digging doom, gloom, black metal, and powerviolence.

 Check out their Bandcamp stream below and if you need to order this LP, as you should, click here.
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I was initially going to post some long-winded entry about how lazy I’ve been in posting about new records. And I have been beyond lazy. Maybe even uninspired. I’ve had some great records come in and re-discovered a few in my collection, but nothing to get me off my ass to write. So this will be a somewhat conscious effort to do something.

It’s no secret that I am big supporter of certain labels and whatever music they release. Regardless if I have never heard of the band, if they’re on a particular favorite label, I will more than likely end up buying it. And surely enjoying it to no end. The case was always 100% for certain with Initial Records. I’ve shed plenty of tears over them when the label closed its doors. But their discography was and still is unbeatable. It helped that I lived in Louisville, KY when they were in operation and I was able to get plenty of all that they put out. But I also missed a few things in the dark years when I was more concerned with partying and being in college than buying and listening to records.

So because of that I have been searching to fill in some of the gaps in my Initial Records collection. But I’ve been a bit passive aggressive about it. Not really making it a priority but when the opportunity does cross my path, then I go for it. And it happened this past week with Coliseum announcing that they’d be putting a vault sale of rare and out of print records from not only themselves but also any bands they’re associated with, past and present. So going down then list we had a few Coliseum test presses and out of print early releases. OK. A couple of Lords and Young Widows rarities. Cool. And then we had some Breather Resist. Interested. Even better, they had the Breather Resist 7″ done by Initial Records. Both colors and a test press. Easy no-brainer purchase.

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So luckily I was able to secure the Breather Resist The Second Half 7″ on green, clear, and the test press.

The entire run was limited to 1,000 on the two colors. I am not 100% sure on what the breakdown between the two colors within the 1,000 is. The green is numbered #4 out of 1,000.

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The clear is numbered 666 of 1,000.

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And the test press is 1 of 6. Simple test press of course.

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This is very much-welcomed addition to the Initial Records collection. Not to mention that it’s a killer 7″ with two great tracks.

And added enticement for the vault sale, which is still going on by the way (click here), is that 25% of the sales from all Coliseum Vault items will go to benefit the ongoing care and medical bills of Callum Robbins, the son of Coliseum producer and friend J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Office Of Future Plans) who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). So that is also an enticement and reason to help out and also get some great records.

And oh yeah. They threw in a rejected test press of the Coliseum True Quiet 7″ that was released on Deathwish Inc. That was  nice touch.

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Now I can say that I have a Deathwish Inc. test press in my collection. Hurrah!

If you’re a record nerd with any Initial Records releases I may not have and you’re willing to sell or trade, hit me up. We can work something out. Hollah!