Vinyl Corner is a feature where we take a look at vinyl
pressings of various albums and weigh them up to see just how good they sound,
how well they’re pressed and what sort of packaging to expect – as well as giving
a brief overview of the music itself. For today’s instalment, we’re rating a
new release from diverse indie label One Little Indian.
UK alt-rockers God Damn have been melding the snotty-nosed gumption of grunge rock with the ferocious bombast of doom metal for the best part of a decade now. Their latest effort, an eponymous third outing arrives courtesy of One Little Indian. The group certainly don’t seek to reinvent the wheel here but their work has sufficient grit to appeal to those with a taste for thick riffage and pounding drums.
Arriving on heavyweight milky clear vinyl, this is certainly an eye catching slab of wax. God Damn’s brand of rock is still pretty loud even during its few quieter moments, so the volume alone is enough to mask any minor surface noise that might exist with this pressing from Germany’s Optimal Media. Even so, credit must be given to the plant for producing a very solid disc here, with clean surfaces throughout. It should be said, though, that the production is grimy to a fault and certainly precludes this album from being an audiophile’s delight – and the brickwalled mastering doesn’t help either.
Packaging and presentation is very solid on this release. The cover art is very distinctive and the non-gatefold cover is made from a decent mid-weight card stock. A printed lyric inner sleeve is also included, which certainly makes for a welcome addition, and a download code is also present.
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