Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl in hand-assembled screen-printed jackets, hand drawn and stamped center labels, and numbered half-sized, full color booklet inserts.
Our take: Debut vinyl from this band out of Chicago. I suppose that it's probably appropriate to call them black metal, it's by no means a by-the-book affair. The most prominent other influence here is hardcore, from whose many sub-sub-genres Cracked Vessel borrow a lot of interesting things, like dry, heavy production, the stomping rhythms of bands like Hoax, the chaos of Gravity Records / screamo-type stuff, and even some chiming melody that has an almost Revolution Summer-type of vibe to it. It's a long LP that is densely packed with ideas, and consequently I feel like I've barely wrapped my head around it... if you like similarly dense albums that stand up to--perhaps even require--repeated plays this one is definitely for you. Also, the cover art cracks me up every time I look at it... a 2-color screen print where one of the colors is just a little mark that looks like an accidental paint smudge. Limited to only 200 copies, so if you think you're interested I wouldn't sleep on this.