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Rot In Hell / Vegas

Sometimes life gets in the way.
That sentence pretty muchs sums up my last year in a nutshell.
As times corrodes further i’ve noticed a shift in my musical interests. Not completely straying from the path i dwell for a long time already with the style of music we praise in this blog. Rather taking a sidestep to new and unknown sounds and emotions that do still connect on various levels with hardcore / punk but don’t always sound as it.  

Rot In Hell / Vegas family shot

Oh well, enough bullshit about why i was so lazy last year, time for some new reviews on my latest trophies.

And to kick off, here’s my little collection of the VEGAS / ROT IN HELL split that was released in 2011 by ORGANIZED CRIME RECORDS. Some of have you probably have seen this some time ago in the feed of many of our kindred blogging and collector spirits.
But this is my recently completed collection of this specific record with the ROT IN HELL boxset version included that also has a copy of this particular EP amongst many other goodies. That particular boxset is something that i will elaborate on later.
From left to right: pre-order -, regular -, testpress and Futches Reich – version
So this collection is made up of :
Pre order version handnumbered out of 165 on black vinyl 6″
Regular version, 200 on red vinyl, 300 on yellow vinyl 6″
Test press handnumbered out of 20 on black vinyl 7″
Futsches Reich version out of 35 on yellow vinyl 6″
Vinyl colors + testpress
Since you all seen the regular versions i’ll skip right to the test press version. A simple copied cover of the Wembley ghost goal makes up the front cover, the mysterious 1966 World Cup final where Germany played versus England and Geoff Hurst and that still remains volatile material untill today. Was it in or out? 400 million viewers saw this astonishing but confusing goal and were left behind clueless. In the end the referee decided the goal to be valid. A  blessing for England and a curse for Germany that remains a hot topic even today.
Wembley Ghost goal
This Wembley ghost goal also continues in the backsleeve where each band has his own ‘heimat’ flag as a background to their respective logo’s. If looked upon like the delicate game of two rivaling nations battling each other on the field then you can imagine the OCR logo in the middle being the referee with the handnumbered pressing info being the scoreboard.
You can also notice the red wax 4P stamp on the dustsleeve, in my case it’s partially gone due to storage and/or shipping by the previous owner.
The preorder version is aesthetically one of the most appealing to me, a black envelope with a black  Process circle 4P stamp, sealed at the back with black wax and a 4P seal ring imprint.
Test press out of 20 copies

The preorder version is aesthetically one of the most appealing to me, a black envelope with a black  Process circle 4P stamp, sealed at the back with black wax and a 4P seal ring imprint.

black ink on black paper
The 4P wax seal is applied upon a sticker so with little effort you can open this box of pandora. 

wax seal on sticker on envelope

Inside is the iconic logo’s of both participating bands adorning a side each. In a silver print on a black cardboard sleeve these talisman screams out to be opened.
pre-order sleeve Rot In Hell
I totally dig the way these covers came out, black surface with a silver finish gives it a distinct look.
Minimal, powerfull and clasyy in just two tones, sometimes the most basic concept remains the most prolific.
pre-order sleeve Vegas
Inside is the black 6″ vinyl, a lyric sheet, a RIH/VEGAS sticker and a printed paper of a wolf blooming out of the soil with the logos of the bands to the side. Silver ink on black paper and handnumbered out of 165.
Wolf Rose artwork
The ROT IN HELL track Armored Gideon holds all what makes fine lads one of my favorites. An intro that swells on, erupting into the Holy Terror chaos of their trademark metallic hardcore sound. 
Barking vocals combined with the venomous lyrics lift this wolfpack upwards to yet another level.
Lyrics sheet Rot In Hell
While the Vegas track provides the juxtapose of the sheer terror of RIH, acoustic guitar strumming lays the base for the whispers uttered by the enigmatic T on their track Time. A philosophical approach to the theme of this track ‘time’ is explained in the lyric sheet by T. Words of wisdom and knowledge for those who are receptive. 
Lyrics sheet Vegas
The pre-order version also comes with a silver background sticker depicting the hybrid logo of both bands.
A modern day interpretation of the weapon shield that identified groups and clans for ages in proclaiming their heritage and identity. 
Hybrid Rot In Hell / Vegas logo sticker
The smaller rectangular sticker comes with the test press and has inverted colors compared to the logo sticker. In it’s original font both actors in these theatre of madness are presented and accompanied by the record label that ignited the spark of these realizing this creation. 
 Rot In Hell / Vegas individual logo’s sticker
So this is one of my latest accomplishments that i’m very proud of to have in my possesion. Collecting ROT IN HELL records is not just collecting vinyl but more like starting an art collection at times.
Still this is only the beginning since they recently released a boxset out of 35. Pure and utter madness compiled into one amazing package. So watch out for future blogs where Futsches Reich (Ruined Empire) will be on the chopping block for total dissassembly.

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