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PAUL CHAIN VIOLET THEATRE- Detaching from Satan 12"EP (Minotauro Records, Italy, 1984)

cover scans currently down Post numba 200 is approaching quickly, and since I once said to myself, that this would be the end for Goodbadmusic, it’s time to unleash the very very best while there’s still time.

There must be something terribly wrong with things in general, down there in Italy. PAUL CHAIN (born Paolo Catena) was founding member of DEATH S.S., one of the bands that I truely truely truely truely consider GENIUS. Luckily, when DEATH S.S. split up, it wasn’t the end, cause what madman PAUL CHAIN delivered afterwards and ever since, in an uncountable amount of records, is one of a kind and of the same quality. It’s even save to say that PAUL CHAIN carried on the torch of DEATH S.S. while the band under the same name terribly degenerated after Paul’s split. And this, you guessed it, is his first and best effort.

Singing in a language that doesn’t exist (the inlet says “it’s purely phonetic), this man manages to combine the over-sweetness and rottenness of southern italian religiosity with riffs that have to be heard to be believed. Not too much metal wanking here, just totally out in space leads and an aura that weighs a fucking ton. This record IS depressing and it’s like somebody drags you into an icecold bath during the songs. Fuck me Jesus, I could go on and find metaphors for how “Detaching from Satan” works on me forever and ever. Have you ever heard such a Dante-esque metal record? This is not of this earth. The only complaint I have that his is just a 12″ and not of the playing time of the boxsets Chain later released (one was a totally twisted opera!).
I remember how I kept writing letters to Paul Chain, without ever hearing back from him. And I mean, I even made Kurt from Siege respond me back in the day – but Paul Chain? No way. Too cool to answer fan mail. I follow that formula too now.

If you think a “punk” (people in their 40s with a goood income) shouldn’t listen to metal cuz it’s just not okay or something, then please leave this blog at once and never come back. Thank you.

To my german speaking readers: I strongly suggest to read Peter Winkler’s “Friedhof der bitteren Orangen” [“Cemetary of the bitter oranges”] while playing this (don’t know whether the book’s been translated into english or other non-civilized languages).

More stories about DEATTH S.S. and how “Detaching from Satan” helped me to pull more than one girl between my sheets of ecstasy (as the NEON HEARTS call it) over the past years, when I post DEATH S.S. withdrawn 7″ “Evil Metal”.

I’ve taken the song titles and their order as it’s on the cover and labels. It’s kinda weird cuz I swear I hear “Voyage to Hell” in the refrain of “Occultism” and so on. Anybody got the CD reissue of this? How’s it there?
Occultism.mp3
Voyage to Hell.mp3
Armageddow [sic].mp3
17 Day.mp3

PS: Have you looked at Paul Chain’s photograph on the record cover? Know what I mean?

69 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    After just a minute into occultism – this is enormously depressing! very very very very very very interesting.

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    Posted on 19-Jan-07 at 13:56 | Permalink
  2. Charles

    Weird. this man must have spent a LOT of money on those little pills .. takes a second listen. thanks.

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    Posted on 19-Jan-07 at 14:13 | Permalink
  3. Bernard

    Post numba 200 is approaching quickly, and since I once said to myself, that this would be the end for Goodbadmusic, it’s time to unleash the very very best while there’s still time.

    what’s this? you’re not going to quit are you???

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    Posted on 19-Jan-07 at 14:16 | Permalink
  4. Erich

    It’s gotta be over once, Bernard. I mean, sure, I could go on and post my entire record collection, haha.

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    Posted on 19-Jan-07 at 14:58 | Permalink
  5. Anonymous

    its like this youre a punk or a headbanger. cant mix it. youre a metalhead and not a punk.

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    Posted on 19-Jan-07 at 16:20 | Permalink
  6. Anonymous

    Erich, could you consider your 1000th post your last? Please keep posting!

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    Posted on 19-Jan-07 at 16:58 | Permalink
  7. Anonymous

    Erich is a true Punk. He listens to what he likes!

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    Posted on 19-Jan-07 at 17:08 | Permalink
  8. Slobodan Burgher

    Or like what he listens to? he he

    and erich: dont quit, just go on whatever its cool

    (or at least if you do stop this blog make sure that it stays up with links for a year or infinitely as it is very much so one of its kind, unique etc flattery flattery yes yes)

    I was considering myself last week or month or whenever it was that this internet shit is sure a bit silly, even the music shit when you think of it (dont even have space for a proper table in my house because of all the fucking music laying around everywhere, and i do need a study of sorts) so decided to quit blogging. so decided to quit at the nearest round figure on the counter (100 000). well by all estimates that will this weekend…goodamn it all!

    ha ha ha

    best luck kid,

    Slobodan

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    Posted on 19-Jan-07 at 19:12 | Permalink
  9. Erich

    It’s now the 30st year that I hear people complaining about the music I like.

    Seriously, how long could I keep this running here, with the same concept? It’s fun and the commentaries and emails and all are maybe the best part of it – but my (physical) collection doesn’t really grow anymore.

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    Posted on 20-Jan-07 at 02:01 | Permalink
  10. Anonymous

    Paul look like a catholic ichard Ramirez!

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    Posted on 20-Jan-07 at 21:25 | Permalink
  11. malfeitor

    Why are people against metal? One of the best things I’ve ever seen was Dio playing in the middle of the street in downtown Austin, Texas. AND the shit was free- how punk is that? The freakers were losing their minds so bad I thought they were going to tip over all of the portable toilets and start jumping off the rooftops. RJD!

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    Posted on 20-Jan-07 at 22:11 | Permalink
  12. fred

    Punk vs metal, what freakin year is this? Most “punks” listen to 80s-90s “core” music that is closer to metal than 70s punk. And who cares, 70s punk is so long ago now, that a teenager today would not perceive a radical difference between the Pistols and Aerosmith. “Yeah, Grandpa, you and your oldies”

    Don’t know if it’s still up there, but Paul Chain had a weird Italian-only website, that only obscured more than enlightened. Latest releases I heard by him were some odd “spacerock” albums. Still doom-worthy though!

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 07:57 | Permalink
  13. Anonymous

    This shit is closer to Queen and April wine than the great Pagans or Electric Eels.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 12:27 | Permalink
  14. Anonymous

    Speed metal/Thrash metal and most metal was inspired by punk/Hc bands. Slayer were playing corny hard rock on their debut lp “Show no mercy” while you had punk and hardcore bands playing way faster. Anyway, bands like Venom, Bathory, Bulldozer, Slayer…had a ridiculous image to promote their music. Look at the bands pictures and it’s clear that it’s a joke, a racket. It’s kinda funny though. It’s just not to take seriously. They looked that way only on stage and promo pictures and not in real life. Maybe a few exception, but i doubt it. CORNY CORNY!

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 12:44 | Permalink
  15. Anonymous

    Now let’s post a good Dokken lp for Fred the “historian”. Hahaha, what a moron.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 12:46 | Permalink
  16. Erich

    slayer played corny hard rock on “show no mercy”? haha – dude, you’re 14 of age, right and probably never heard that lp. haha, what an idiot.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 13:04 | Permalink
  17. Anonymous

    hahaha. is that peter again???

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 13:24 | Permalink
  18. Anonymous

    Maybe not hard rock, but simple heavy metal, definitely not speed metal. Look at the pictures and read the lyrics on “Show no mercy” and you gotta admit it’s pretty corny. I heard all those bands and records when it came out. I saw Slayer live in the 80’s and they looked like a bunch of costumed clown.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 13:33 | Permalink
  19. Anonymous

    And no, it is NOT Peter!

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 13:34 | Permalink
  20. Erich

    Sure the lyrics and imagery were and are corny and ridiculous, that’s not the point.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 13:39 | Permalink
  21. SwePete

    Mohawks are corny and ridiculous. And the punk “LOOK” that once were a threat against normality is now today just a farce

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 13:56 | Permalink
  22. Anonymous

    Yeah, sure the “punk” look is ridiculous too! I mean, the 2nd generation the typical “punk” look, but the difference is that “punk” people dress that way every and in real life, unlike metal bands only dress that way onstage or in photo sessions. But metal lyrics are way more corny.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 15:24 | Permalink
  23. Anonymous

    Hahaha. Keep em coming, idiots. Too funny to read. What a bunch of reactionaries. Seems like few people actually get what you’re saying Erich though one should expect the blogs name should be kinda obvious …. “good” “bad, labeling. haha. fucking idiots.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 15:53 | Permalink
  24. no labels

    I saw a pic of Jello Biafra wearing a Paul Chain t-shirt and he seems a huge fan. For those interested, check the Voyage To Hell re-recorded
    version on his Alkahest cd from 1995, with Lee Dorrian on vocals…

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 16:12 | Permalink
  25. Milky AFN

    I AM AN ARTIST. A good n too.
    I know aesthetics, and I must say you are sorely mistaken if you believe the ridiculous or absurd is by definition un-threatening.
    The reason the stereotypical punk look and uniform metal look are no longer threatening is that people have become accustomed to seeing them in contexts that render them unthreatening. Glam style of all things, if worn with a certain vibe can become terrifying to the straights and squares.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 20:19 | Permalink
  26. Milky AFN

    As for 70s punk sounding like; dad’s oldie music to the younger generation; I have found the opposite reaction. It just depends on what 70s punk your talking about. If you were to have the typical MTV watching hip-hop fan listen to Rather See You Dead than with Wool on Your Head from Legionnaire’s Disease he would be utterly horrified.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 20:21 | Permalink
  27. milky afn

    To typecast 70s punk as being one particular sound and image is simply fart-breathing ignorance. Compare Suicide’s Frankie Teardrop to ANY metal song and have a large mixed group of people listen to both songs. I guarantee that unless a music fan who favors one group is one of the test subjects; Suicide will come out on top as being the most threatening.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 20:22 | Permalink
  28. Milky afn

    Despite their warbled cries of “rebel” and “revolution” nether genre presents any type of aura that can be perceived as menacing enough to truly alienate the mass public.
    The key to this is that both are perceived to be youth cultures and even when created by older musicians both genres in general offer little material that isn’t dumb to point of brain-paralysis. THIS is because nearly the whole of musicians are IDIOTS, even the good ones.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 20:23 | Permalink
  29. milky afn

    When an artist or musician is in the zone that makes him act arrogant and obnoxious he most capable of creating that are earth shaking. If he is forced to be humble at this stage and the behavior he acts out is forced to stop, the drive is cut off and all that remains is a phantom limb. He believes he can do what he sat out to with less certainty, this uncertainty and lack of drive causes him to create shit instead of art.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 20:24 | Permalink
  30. milky afn

    I WROTE ALL OF THAT IN LESS THAN TEN MINUTES BECAUSE I AM AN ARROGENT PRICK THAT NO ONE SHOULD EVER LET BORROW AN AMPLIFIER.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 20:34 | Permalink
  31. Milky afn

    LAUGH THEN DIE.

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 20:52 | Permalink
  32. milky afn

    When an artist or musician is in the zone that makes him act arrogant and obnoxious he most capable of creating that are earth shaking.

    Should be:

    When an artist or ,musician is in the zone that makes him act arrogent and obnoxious he IS most capable of creating WORKS that are earth shaking.

    Thank you

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    Posted on 21-Jan-07 at 20:59 | Permalink
  33. Erich

    Yeah Milky – but what about the trees?

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    Posted on 22-Jan-07 at 00:49 | Permalink
  34. milky afn

    I AM THE PATH

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    Posted on 22-Jan-07 at 13:51 | Permalink
  35. Anonymous

    Punk and Metal both suck. I like Menudo, Meatloaf and a nice salad.

    -stink roid

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    Posted on 22-Jan-07 at 19:35 | Permalink
  36. Slobodan Burgher

    Music sucks. Listen to books (and wear disco-mohikans with Discharge logo on your zipper lighter).

    Dishunger s/t 7″

    Food is food
    Hunger is Hunger
    Food is Food
    Argh Argh Hunger

    etc

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 04:46 | Permalink
  37. Anonymous

    Milky Afn is James Ellroy!

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 11:11 | Permalink
  38. Milky AFN

    I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know James Elroy was. I knew the name but nothing about him…
    I can’t decide if anonymous is insulting me or complimenting me.
    Thank Christ’s diabetic eyes that I was compared to James Elroy (who seems to have creative writing skills) and not some hack magazine writer who uses journalism school clichés in every other sentence and has scummy douche water for blood(like JIM GOAD The whiny prick.)

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 14:24 | Permalink
  39. Milky AFN

    Correction
    (know who)and (Ellroy)
    anyway.
    YES, Goad is a whiny prick, a tear dropping flaccid gonorrheal cock every bit as revolting and pathetic as Jello Biafra. Jim Goad is one of the Hollywood Nazis, the phony Fascists who posture and pose when in reality they have spent their lives as pathetic scum; frightened and kicked about by the same people they claim to be above. They feign hatred and anger when in reality they are shrill whining twerps who solidify in their tears like Play Dough* in water.
    (I believe the actual spelling of the product is Play Doh, but am unsure)

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 14:27 | Permalink
  40. Milky AFN

    Just forget any misspellings on my part, I type these words out like a machine gun)

    …these types (Hollywood Nazis) are all over the place and are cowardly scuz, my disgust for them is near pathological; they are busted pimples on crooked noses and I want to smash them with my boots.

    MILKY AFN

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 14:35 | Permalink
  41. Milky AFN (Rock N' Roll is DAD)

    Though it is cliche it call your enemies “Nazis”, it’s fully warranted when they attempt to project a Fascistic tone (on purpose.)
    Calling Goad a Hollywood Nazi is not a weak insult because I am not saying he is a Nazi or is like a Nazi; he wishes he was, but is infact a pud.

    MILKY AFN

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 14:54 | Permalink
  42. Milky

    Rock N’ Roll is the dead father of the future sonic age.
    All phonies must be obliterated.

    C’mon Everybody!

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 14:56 | Permalink
  43. Anonymous

    huh ?

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 15:13 | Permalink
  44. Anonymous

    milk dude: what the hell are you brabbling? start your own blog.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 15:28 | Permalink
  45. Milky AFN

    NO.

    I like to come on here to see what Erich posts (thank you Erich, awww)
    as a break from creating what will become very important (yes WILL BECOME, I have to keep that mindset). I can’t stop thinking and have to have myself occupied while I drink coffee so I type on here because it’s one of the only sites a visit that is not source for research material (in terms of things of my own creation).

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 15:46 | Permalink
  46. Milky afn

    I have no money and sit here in this lowly grotesque old coal camp house…Tragic huh?
    So I gotta do what is required to get out of the coal camp.

    I have few options due to psychological/economic barriers, but rather than wallowing in pity I push forward.
    Get fucked. Drink blood.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 15:50 | Permalink
  47. Milky AFN

    I was actually on topic in the above posts as human creative products are all connected (music, art, literature etc) and the topic was the role of punk/metal as counterculture force and what hinders it. After delving into that topic in terms of “why is it not effective now, what’s not effective, who’s holding it back?”
    I attacked Jello, Jello is left wing; so to even things out I attacked the equally pathetic Goad who is rightwing.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 15:56 | Permalink
  48. Milky AFN (Ain't Nothin to Do)

    Erich, I believe understands (due to him being a historian) that my topics are on topic. This is why he doesn’t delete em’ (I think.)

    (The above is an example of expert “suck-up-ing”.)

    Milky AFN
    Caffine soaked S-effective mind.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 16:01 | Permalink
  49. milky afn

    I can’t go outside because it’s icy. I’m stuck in the grotesque old coal camp house. Gather round and I’ll write more extitingness for you. Erich can sing a campfire song in the FOG voice, then I’ll sing Tootie Fruity in praise of THE GOD Little Richard. I can tell you all some stories about The Super-Hero Hasil Adkins; our local gift of fun to the world. My birthday is on the 26th:what are you all getting me?
    Chock Full of Nuts is better than Folgers but I can’t afford it so I buy Folgers, because I’m stuck in coal camp, train pollution, hell in this grotesque old coal camp house.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 16:19 | Permalink
  50. milky afn

    That was not at all intended to sound so airheaded. I am blonde. It’s the hair’s fault. INSERT: blonde moment line. This grotesque old coal camp house has a crooked floor. My chair is never evenly seated. Erich never answers the second email. Does he read the second email? Who knows!

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 16:26 | Permalink
  51. Milky AFN (i'm so bored of tee vee)

    Enough silly yelping on my part.
    I’ve got stuff to activate.
    I’ve figured out now that I can get the most work done if I stay up for three days then sleep for an entire day (repeat). Right now I’m coasting on the bridge between day 2 and 3. I AM VERY serious about my work, but constantly straddle the line between living-rage and humanoid cartoon. TOO DA LOO.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 16:30 | Permalink
  52. Erich

    “Erich” will answer mail, but “Erich” gets a lot of mail, has a lot of work to do and is a lazy slob.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 02:11 | Permalink
  53. fred

    Wow. Wha happened here.

    >>Glam style of all things, if worn with a certain vibe can become terrifying to the straights and squares.

    “I am extweme! So extweme I wear a dwess while I am sitting at my computer at night. So extweme that I wuv punk and hate metal. So extweme that I wissen to 30 year ode punk wekkids off of 15 year old KBD comps. So extweme that as I hate metal I dwess up like Poison. So extweme that when I post to blog forums, I don’t just post once but fifty times, cause typing to blogs is like shooting a mchine gun! I am extweme. I AM THE PUTH!”

    Punk was ’77-’82. Sorry you missed it. Glad you’re ketchin up, but maybe your time would be better spent finding your OWN music.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 06:03 | Permalink
  54. Anonymous

    I meant the comparison as a great compliment. Absolutely

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 07:05 | Permalink
  55. Anonymous

    I usually listen to punk and hardcore but some metal or hard rock bands (Motorhead, Slayer, Angel Witch, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple)are great.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 08:13 | Permalink
  56. Slobodan Burgher

    PUNK WILL NEVER BE BORN!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 08:35 | Permalink
  57. Anonymous

    yeah milkman go and listen to some motherfocking hip hop. that’s your style i can sense it.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 08:42 | Permalink
  58. Erich

    Dude, Milky – you’ve got your own space now. Please use it!

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 12:06 | Permalink
  59. Anonymous

    Erich, lately you’ve been forgetting to put the teddy on the covers.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 14:50 | Permalink
  60. milky afn general delivery kopperston wv 24854 usa

    I posted that before I knew you had made me space!
    I’m sorry

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 16:55 | Permalink
  61. Erich

    The teddy walked away.

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    Posted on 25-Jan-07 at 00:53 | Permalink
  62. Anonymous

    Thanks for posting this up. Been looking for a copy of this EP that I can put on my Ipod for a long time. My Turntable is dead so the records has not been spun in a long time. Any chance of you putting up King of the Dream, Ash or In the Darkness too? that would be nice :D

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    Posted on 26-Jan-07 at 08:01 | Permalink
  63. Erich

    I might be putting up some DEATH S.S. and mmaybe the two rare PAUL CHAIN 7″s. It’s unlikely I will rip full length PC albums.

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    Posted on 26-Jan-07 at 08:20 | Permalink
  64. Anonymous

    Trolling for dummies

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    Posted on 26-Jan-07 at 16:55 | Permalink
  65. Holy crap…I’d never heard this before, but it’s amazing. Thanks for turning me on to this stuff.

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    Posted on 28-Apr-09 at 18:04 | Permalink
  66. Mads B

    Post Armageddon too, pleeeease! And everybody into Italian doomy occult horror stuff should check out Abysmal Grief and Black Oath – they’re awesome!

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    Posted on 24-May-10 at 20:38 | Permalink
  67. Yeah, Erich, the track you have as Occultism is actually Voyage To Hell. Occultism was also recorded by the band Run After To in their 1985 demo, and you can hear there that it’s the song you have labeled as 17 Day. So, in this upload:

    Occultism is actually Voyage To Hell
    Voyage To Hell is actually 17 Day
    17 Day is actually Armageddon

    So Occultism is the one that wasn’t uploaded. I hope I was clear enough.

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    Pancho Cochino Reply:

    Sorry, I realized I fucked up when I said that Occultism is the one you have labeled as 17 Day, and just made things more confusing. Just pay attention to the list I posted. Occultism wasn’t actually uploaded, this is the track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZfSIIDCUdM

    Run After To version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rKtio3P0nw&feature=related

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    Admin Reply:

    The tracks are mixed up on the EP, that’s where the confusion comes from. Maybe there was a second pressing which was corrected, I don’t know.

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    Posted on 25-May-10 at 04:18 | Permalink
  68. Yeah, apparently that happened on the first pressing but was fixed later.

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    Pancho Cochino Reply:

    This is the info I got from an italian collectionist:

    “The first press was misspressed,two vinyl version exist , the first one with stickers and tracklist on label(because of the misprinting of the tracklist on Side A & Side B) and the second with “minotauro”
    on label; also the cover has slight difference ( the border lines and the “detaching from satan” fonts).”

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    Admin Reply:

    Thanks for the info! I hve the rarer uncorrected version which made it in about 5 known copies to Switzerland upon its release.

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    justin Reply:

    I have the much rarer dutch version on pink swirled vinyl. Only two were made and I have both. The song titles are correct but they are in swazilandish and of course it has the extra track “Water Pipe”.

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    Admin Reply:

    Yeah, “Water Pipe”, mmmm, smokes!

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    Posted on 28-May-10 at 07:06 | Permalink
  69. DD

    Hey man, you talk about writing to Paul Chain…I have his phone number, I phoned and he answered!!!!! That was great moment!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 04-Jun-13 at 14:33 | Permalink

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