The Metalhead Box – June 2020

Saturday, 8th August 2020

Here in the DC area, it has turned unsurprisingly very toasty. I’m somewhat unusual in that I welcome both the heat and the humidity – living in Rhode Island for awhile set me for life on that. Bring on humid death. Fortunately back to ordinary timelines, The Metalhead Box for June absolutely killed it.
And I don’t mean that lightly, as this has been my possibly my favorite box yet.

I go with the “All Metal” genre option, single vinyl and tshirt package. There are numerous options to choose from, so if you are not inclined to vinyl, that is not a worry. Now, onto this month’s take.

Anthrax – A Fistful of Anthrax pin
Not gonna lie, as I’m not exactly a follower of Anthrax, I had to do some digging on this one, though I adore the situation. Taken from the cover of the Japanese release of the band’s debut, there’s an esoteric magic to this pin that words fail to bring justice. This is awesome.

Sepultura – Arise slipmat

Slipmats like this I imagine are unique to the vinyl version of the Metalhead Box, and this is the second I have received since starting. The picture likely does it zero justice as it vividly pops. This one is actually transitioning into a fantastic bit of a wall art on that account.

Robin Mazen (Gruesome) – Autograph

What is there to say here? A stellar autograph addition!

None – Life Has Gone On Long Enough (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

This came as a total surprise, as while CDs in the vinyl box aren’t unheard of, they have been uncommon in my experience. No matter, as this fantastic sophomore release from the Oregon anonymous duo crushed it in 2018 (and I wrote about it here). It does induce sadness in me, however, that the band did not follow up their previous three years with something this past April. Maybe next year.

Massacre – Tshirt

The shirt tells you everything you need to know. Ran in it and at least one apparent tourist was very distraught. Outstanding.

Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden (Dark Descent Records)

This record as the centerpiece really sealed this as a killer month. Out of the Garden was a regular feature while playing Navy taxi in Rhode Island after I stumbled across the CD at Armageddon. Now this makes for a stellar vinyl addition to my collection.

Metalhead Box continues to score points in my book for mining the right kinds of cultural minutia. Month in, month out, knocking it out of the park.

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