On a day, not so long ago, I decided somehow and somewhere to solely collect H8000 records. That being thought I called a lot of people who are online in Europe to sell or trade me their H8000 music on all formats by putting an add on various message-boards. This was a surprisingly cool thing to do. And the reactions I got were numerous. So here’s the scoop of the vinyl I got to take in my grave:
Definitely a record with a lot of myth around it. This is actually the first vinyl release of SPIRIT OF YOUTH. And this BLUE vinyl is out of 200 and is from the second pressing.
Believe it or not, but there’s actually also an ultra-limited version of this record that came with this H8Zine. I didn’t know that, so I was ultra grateful to the guy who sold it to me. A very cool guy who was kind enough to meet me at the railway station in Bruges. This is stamp-numbered out of 34. And as you can see, fully DIY and probably xeroxed.
I have this record already a longer time, but I haven’t come by to post it here. Also on STRIVE MUSIC, as are the regular versions of the “Strike The Match” LP. Cool records, cold (BLUE) and warm (RED), numbered. I have never seen another version of this one.
This is also a NATIONS ON FIRE Record. And has a very funny sleeve. It is a real envelope, that has glue on it, so that you can seal it forever, which I will not do. I saw it in a tradelist under the name “Non Smokers”. So I immediately jumped on this one because I never heard of it before and since I want to know everything about NOF I bought it.
When I opened it I realized that the release isn’t totally new for me, I already had the same record but then with another cover, that was printed for a show in K-Town (at the PITS to be more precise). You can buy the one with that different and more limited cover here @ hardcore.gl !
The V/A Inside Front 7″ from Good Life Recordings. It features H8000 bands that were on the label in the year 1996, namely REGRESSION, SHORTSIGHT, CONGRESS and LIAR.
A record I didn’t know the existence of. I learned it came with a zine. But the seller didn’t want to part with it, and I respected that. On the end of the negotiations, the record came with a hateful email as a bonus. haha!
Last but certainly not least, the LIMITED version of the first RISE ABOVE 7″. Cover made by Hans, as the early readers of my blog already know. Very honored and glad to have this first SxE record of Belgium. To read everything about RISE ABOVE, just click here. This is the real magic!
All colors of the SPIRIT OF YOUTH Lp on SOBER MIND Records. Pretty sweet to have these. You can read further about this record here on H8000 Central. And there will come interviews with the band, whether on this blog or for the H8000 Book. I’d rather do it for the book actually…
Another SOY record. Actually a testpress, that you can snatch on CD also here… A very inspiring split between two influential labels from the nineties; GOOD LIFE and EQUAL VISION. Two bands from different continents united for one time only.
This testpress is numbered, and is very cool to have, it is my first and only TESTPRESS I own from Good Life Recordings.
Then comes another NATIONS ON FIRE record, from an antipode straight to my collection. I already got the CD as a gift from Edward but I figured I needed the vinyl version also and I’m glad I did, because there is, as on the CD, a discography of NOF on it. And it almost compliments the discography on the CD. I mean there are other records mentioned on it.
That aside, a delicate matter is discussed on this record, which is also the fare-well release of the band. The vinyl version is on GENET RECORDS and the CD version on CONQUER THE WORLD.
Holy Grail! The most limited version of the SPINELESS full length. The copy I have is warped, but they weren’t made to play, so I can live with it. I see there’s also some other wax in it. And I have a great assumption that the transitional copies of this baby must be very, very beautiful. I reviewed this one here.
Another Holy Grail. But this time not made by SMR but by Ed Good Life. This is the limited THOR COVER edition of LIAR’s most dark output, DEATHROW EARTH. As with other records, I never thought I’d find this one. I paid a lot for this baby but don’t regret a penny… Read here on H8000 Central.
Another limited version of a record. This is the PINK waxed “Angry With The Sun” LP on GOOD LIFE RECORDINGS. I really like the coverart of this one. Still available straight from the label as a picture disc also… just go here.
And then a one of a kind version of the final CONGRESS LP, “Resurrection”. Not on Good Life anymore, but on Eye Spy Records.
Numbered on the vinyl label!
This is it for the vinyl, will post the CD’s, DVD and TAPES I got also.
The musicians choose in this album for a more Heavy Metal approach. What's unusual for H8000 bands. As most of them play extremer Metal. Though together with the sound of the female vocals, not that unusual. Lyrics are well written and are still relevant. The ethical and moral side are strong.