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Artist: SEVERED HEADS
Title: City Slab of Horror
Format: LP
Label: Medical
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Medical Records presents two of the most striking and iconic reissues in its catalog. Second up of the two Severed Heads reissues is 1985s City Slab Horror. Severed Heads are one of the most diverse and expert sound palette engineers and are also repeatedly overlooked and far underrated. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, they formed in 1979. The band was composed of many different members though its existence but Tom Ellard has always been the constant since 1979 when he joined the band. The groups early recordings were characterized by manipulated tape loop experiments, cleverly modulated noise elements and repetition. This period is very well suited to the early industrial period. Over time, the sounds morphed into more melodic leanings with pop elements and more prominent synth leads and backbone. City Slab Horror was released in 1985 on UK-based Ink records. The LP, though coming two years after Since the Accident, continues to carry the torch illustrating the evolving transition between experimental structure and loops into the catchy pop hooks that would later define such releases as Rotund for Success. This LP seems to move slightly into darker territory in general with its synth textures and slower tempo tracks but overall has a nice continuation feel from Since the Accident yet with obvious technological evolutions. The opening track Spasm drags the listener down the Sev Head mental rabbit hole instantly with its heady samples and eloquent drum machine rhythm. Spitoon Thud is a rambunctious affair with its cacophony of samples and percussion. 4.W.D. is a great sneak peek into the sound of the Sev Heads LPs to come with its treated vocals and pop hooks (perfected on later records such as The Big Bigot). Next to last is the amazing Goodbye Tonsils track which is unstoppably catchy and features more of the creative use of samples which made this group so interesting. Though signed to 80s industrial label icon Nettwerk in North America and often classified in the same vein, these records are not easily definable and actually have a life of their own. Though commonly misclassified with a lot of the late 80s industrial/goth scene (as well as touring with Skinny Puppy at one point), Severed Heads would be more accurately in good company with acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, early Coil, Chris & Cosey (and CTI), and the like. Long out of print and a rarity on the collectors market, it is presented with original repro jacket. Remastered by Tom Ellard from the original source masters. Presented on high-quality 180 gram heavyweight bone white vinyl." - Medical.

Artist: SEVERED HEADS
Title: Since the Accident
Format: LP
Label: Medical
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Medical Records presents two of the most striking and iconic reissues in its catalog. The first of the two Severed Heads reissues is 1983s Since the Accident. Severed Heads are one of the most diverse and expert sound palette engineers and are also repeatedly overlooked and far underrated. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, they formed in 1979. The band was composed of many different members though its existence but Tom Ellard has always been the constant since 1979 when he joined the band. The groups early recordings were characterized by manipulated tape loop experiments, cleverly modulated noise elements and repetition. This period is very well suited to the early industrial period. Over time, the sounds morphed into more melodic leanings with pop elements and more prominent synth leads and backbone. Since the Accident was released in 1983 on the UK-based Ink records. The LP exemplifies the transition point between experimental structure and loops into the catchy pop hooks that would later define such releases as Rotund for Success. Difficult to classify, it is a masterpiece of electronic music. The opening track Relic of the Empire is a slow sequenced magnificent piece with time-stretched samples overlaid with multiple tracks to create a symphony quite unlike anything heard before. The hit Dead Eyes Opened (charted in 1985 as a single) is a dance floor friendly track with crafted synth hooks fused with bursts of noise intertwining with interesting vocal samples. Gashing the Old Mae West is a perfect example of how the record can take a dark turn into the style of the earlier Sev Heads with jagged industrial crunched out tape loops and folding in and out samples. Though signed to 80s industrial label icon Nettwerk in North America and often classified in the same vein, these records are not easily definable and actually have a life of their own. Though commonly misclassified with a lot of the late 80s industrial/goth scene (as well as touring with Skinny Puppy at one point), Severed Heads would be more accurately in good company with acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, early Coil, Chris & Cosey (and CTI), and the like. Long out of print and a rarity on the collectors market, it is presented with original repro jacket. Remastered by Tom Ellard from the original source masters. Presented on high-quality 180 gram heavyweight black and white vinyl." - Medical.

Artist: SEVERED HEADS
Title: Adenoids 1977-1985
Format: 5 LP Box Set
Label: Vinyl-On-Demand
Country: Germany
Price: $145.00
"Contains earliest Tracks from 77-81 plus Tracks from the Terse-Releases Earbidden, Clean, the long lost Side 3-Tape, Blubberknife,Cheesecake and various other tracks from 83-85" - VOD. "And here we have it - the ultimate produce of the new millennium. A box of vinyl discs with music from as much as thirty years ago. Could something express any less faith in the future? My guess is that we seek to capture some purity that has since been encrusted with quibbles. Its a hopeless fetish that leads in an ever contracting spiral - music is born continuously and defies attempts to capture it in decorative tombs. Nevertheless. We have here a very decorative tomb. Music made from 1977 onwards by people who would be identified for a time as Severed Heads. Much is by Richard Fielding who left in 1982. Some by Andrew Wright, gone in 1980. Some by Bradbury, left in 1985, Deering also. In each case the music has been taken from the best copy, cleaned only as much as needed and organised to fit onto long playing vinyl. It is ancient, funny, half arsed, crinkly, clever and juvenile. It was compiled by a prick. All proceeds will be spent by Fielding on horse races. Buy two because they will wear out." - Tom Ellard, Severed Heads.
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Artist: SEVERED HEADS
Title: Adenoids 1977-1985
Format: 5 LP Box Set/T-Shirt
Label: Vinyl-On-Demand
Country: Germany
Price: $162.00
"Contains earliest Tracks from 77-81 plus Tracks from the Terse-Releases Earbidden, Clean, the long lost Side 3-Tape, Blubberknife,Cheesecake and various other tracks from 83-85" - VOD. "And here we have it - the ultimate produce of the new millennium. A box of vinyl discs with music from as much as thirty years ago. Could something express any less faith in the future? My guess is that we seek to capture some purity that has since been encrusted with quibbles. Its a hopeless fetish that leads in an ever contracting spiral - music is born continuously and defies attempts to capture it in decorative tombs. Nevertheless. We have here a very decorative tomb. Music made from 1977 onwards by people who would be identified for a time as Severed Heads. Much is by Richard Fielding who left in 1982. Some by Andrew Wright, gone in 1980. Some by Bradbury, left in 1985, Deering also. In each case the music has been taken from the best copy, cleaned only as much as needed and organised to fit onto long playing vinyl. It is ancient, funny, half arsed, crinkly, clever and juvenile. It was compiled by a prick. All proceeds will be spent by Fielding on horse races. Buy two because they will wear out." - Tom Ellard, Severed Heads. Special edition with T-Shirt.
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