There used to be a time when you would pre-order something and someday you'd forget you ever ordered it and then, after another month or so, it would maybe arrive. The good ol' days are gone, but I got a little glimpse of the times committed to my memory with the new batch of gear from Dark Descent Records.
I paid a lot of money for Spectral Voice's "Necrotic Doom" and Blood Incantation's "Starspawn" on vinyl. It was great tracking them down and getting "first press" versions of the releases was cool, even if only I think so. Yet, paying that much money was not great.
Eventually, a Spectral Voice full-length pre-order happened and the Blood Incantation EP was repressed, which meant I didn't need to feed money to the Discogs monsters. Big win both ways for me and very good that Dark Descent squashed the resell market by pressing new editions of their records.
And then the waiting started. And it went on for a really long time. I had to avoid social media posts for several weeks to not see pre-orders from other people. Turns out, Halloween was a great treat with no tricks when my Spectral Voice and Blood Incantation gear showed up.
Oh, yeah. The B-side etching on the Blood Incantation record is killer.
Anyway, let's take a look at the goods. A lot of the Blood Incantation stuff is old news for people who picked up a copy on a previous pressing, but they rule so deal with it.
I have to be really clear when I say this - the Spectral Voice layout is easily the best for any release I've seen this year and it's not even close. The whole package that they put together for this, along with the sturdy heavy gram record is top notch and more than what I was expecting.
by Daniel Coughlin