Without further ado, I present This Week's Haul.
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE
I'm not a guy who's into long bouts of shredding and wankery but I do like me the first couple of Malmsteen album's. This one is bit more on the melodic side rather than the pure wank side and probably his standout album. Really a piece of metal history from a guy who has influenced so many great guitarists.
RELEASED: March 5, 1984
LABEL: Polydor Records
CATALOGUE NUMBER: 825 324-1 (US 1st Press)
STANDOUT TRACK: Icarus Dream Suite OP.4
SLAYER - HAUNTING THE CHAPEL EP
Other than the classic songs, I ignored Slayer for a long time. What an asshole. My first full album exposure to Slayer was Diabolus In Musica when it was the soundtrack to me dropping liquid acid under my tongue for the summer. Lot's of good memories tied to that one but needless to say, it doesn't hold a candle to the classics. Anyway, Haunting The Chapel is the EP between Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits. The change between the two albums was evident here as they showed less NWOBHM influences and become much thrashier.
RELEASED: June, 1984
LABEL: Metal Blade Records
CATALOGUE NUMBER: MBR 1024 (US 1987 Re-Issue)
STANDOUT TRACK: Chemical Warfare
ANTHRAX - SPREADING THE DISEASE
RELEASED: October 30, 1985
LABEL: Island Records
CATALOGUE NUMBER: 90480-1 (US 1st Press)
STANDOUT TRACK: Armed and Dangerous
I also finally grabbed Magister Templi and the new Toxic Holocaust on vinyl. For more on Magister Templi go check out my "Best of The First Half of 2013" column. For more on Toxic Holocaust, I'll be reviewing that in a couple of days.