The Graviators: The Graviators 2xLP (marbled olive green)

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Me and my demented mind… I bought this debut album from The Graviators last year (together with their second one, Evil Deeds) via Discogs. Great band, mind-blowing hard rocking stoner, and it’s a shame they do not exist anymore. I have been wondering for years how in hell they are so many outstanding bands coming from Sweden, not that many from Finland. Maybe it’s the Gulf of Bothnia separating us Finns from the rest of civilization leaving us isolated with bands like Nightwish, Sonata Arctica etc.



The Graviators: Evil Deeds LP (orange)

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Better later than ever. The Graviators, I have come across the name of this group a few times but never bothered to check any of their records before. Been following some Facebook groups about stoner & doom and saw Robert Black (a guy behind one of my favorite DIY labels, DHU Records) posting a picture of this album there. After staring that picture a while I thought maybe I should check out this band at last. Damn! It was love at first sight. This album went straight to my Discogs “Wantlist”. Waited months & months for a decent deal and finally, a few weeks ago I managed to purchase this heavy rocking masterpiece! Yeah!!



 

Druglord: Deepest Regrets 12″ (Die Hard edition)

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Missed this one 4 years ago, don’t ask me why because I can’t remember. Bought this via Discogs, from the same seller as that Holy Serpent album I posted about earlier. Single-sided twelve-inch record limited to 100 copies and released by STB Records. Three tunes filled with doomed sludge, so nothing can go wrong with this. Nice one.



 

Kongh: Counting Heartbeats 2xLP (green/black)

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Finally, this debut album by Kongh has been on my “want list” for years and suddenly found a copy via Discogs for a very decent price. Even though this has been released 12 years ago it sounds quite fresh to me. Crushing doomed sludge or something.. I don’t care about labeling music for different genres. Brilliant record. This version is limited to 270 copies. Recommended one.



 

Jex Thoth: Totem 12″ (white)

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Let’s start this marathon with some older release. This twelve-inch from Jex Thoth has been on my “wantlist” for ages and now it’s finally where it should have been years ago, in my record shelf. Got this cheap and in top condition (actually I was after another release and the seller had also listed this one for sale too). Awesome release indeed. Still missing their debut album, yeah I once had it but was stupid enough to sell it.. stupid people do stupid things..



 

Elder: Elder LP

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Found this, nearly pristine, copy of Elder’s first record from local record store. Have to admit that this band has been hiding in the darkness on my doomed path. Now that I’m listening to this album I just keep wondering how have I managed to avoid this band for so long. Maybe some day soon I learn from my mistakes. Timeless psychedelic-doomed-stoner album and place in my record rack is guaranteed. And what’s best, I didn’t pay myself sick  when I was buying this.



 

Demilich: Nespithe LP

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Really don’t know what to say about this one. Is this Death Metal taken to outer limits, if I may say yes. Even though I was quite a big fan of this genre back in the days it’s funny that even living here in Finland I managed to pass this band totally. Now on my old days I’m trying to fix errors made on that era. This album was released on CD & cassette originally (that might be the reason I never came across it) and 16 years later, in 2009, it was released on vinyl (finally). What makes it so special to me are those vocals… and the fact this is Finnish band. Quite disturbing record and oh yes, I love it. If you wanna ruin your weekend, I honestly suggest you to check out this abomination. Repress (2018) available via Svart Records on few different color options.



 

Dopethrone: Dark Foil & III (bundle + poster)

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I’m so big fan of this band that I had to order these two once again (got original copies already) but hey, these are for heavy rotation. Ordered this bundle months ago but my order never reached me (seems that Postal delivery managed to lose my package) but now these beauties are here with me. Deep bow & humble thanks to Totem Cat Record for sending a replacement package even though this wasn’t TCR’s fault. Here we have a band whose music I will never be tired of listening to. Filthy, crude, dangerous but yet so beautiful. Can’t even wait for that newest one to arrive (and really hoping  that it will arrive safely into my arms). Awesome band & record label!



Sepultura: Beneath The Remains LP

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Found this classic album from Sepultura last weekend while visiting my hometown. It took nearly 25 years to get this back.. For me this is the best Sepultura album from start to very end. Quite nice copy even though there are some wearing on the cover but the record itself is in nearly perfect condition. Even though I’m hunting down these oldies & goldies from my past I haven’t seen that much copies of this record and f I had, those have been in terrible condition. Yeah, I’m happy with this one. The circle has closed at last and I have all three Sepultura albums I need -> Schizophrenia, Beneath The Remains & Arise.



 

Death: Symbolic LP (RE, white)

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I’m not that good at purchasing re-issues but sometimes there is no other choice. My history with Death is confined to three albums, Leprosy, Spiritual Healing & Human. When this album appeared I was already moving forward in my adventures in the miraculous world of music. Few years back I started hoarding these treasures of my own time back and I found this masterpiece “again”. The fact was, however, that the original version was beyond my reach because of those prizes they are asking for it at Discogs & Ebay. Few months ago I found this re-issue via Discogs and was forced to order a copy (actually I bought black version but got white one instead). Since I heard “Leprosy” at the first time I knew that this band was (and still is) the king of its genre. Awesome album this surely is and have been spinning under the needle almost daily last few months. 



Orange Goblin: Thieving From The House Of God LP (orange)

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That album from Dozer ain’t the only little treasure I picked up from that local record store of ours. Original copy of Orange Goblin’s Thieving From The House of God in nearly perfect condition and also this one I got very cheap. I already have few albums from Goblin (Frequencies From Planet Ten & Time Travelling Blues) and this one is nice addition to my collection. For those who are after this one on wax, there’s good news because Rise Above is re-pressing this album along their first four albums. Nice!



 

Bathory: Hammerheart LP

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Finally, one of the greatest has returned home. Bought this original copy from one domestic seller via Facebook market place. I paid 30€ for this and was quite relieved that the condition was this good, no disturbing noises while spinning under the needle. Cover has some marks but so what. Released 28 years ago and still sounds amazing. Great one, no doubt.

“When the wind cries out my name
And time has come for me to die
Then wrap me in my cape
And lay my sword down at my side

Then place me on a ship of Oak
And let it drift with tide
Let the flames purify my soul
On its way to hall up high”