Vinyl Pressing Review

Male Bondage


Love Moon


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 08.28.2013

Boutique Indianapolis vinyl imprint GloryHole Records has dropped its debut 12" LP after a string of 7" releases. Male Bondage falls more squarely into the hardcore genre of traditional punk than many of the band's more psychedelic labelmates. Love Moon's dynamism underscores the the fact that the group's talents as musicians extend beyond the frenetic energy and noise that define the hardcore genre itself.



Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:

9.00

Male Bondage's sound is much more dynamic than a straightforward hardcore punk act. The production work here does a terrific job of capturing the raw energy and primal screams of the heavier moments as well as the occasional tangents into meditative psychedelia, like the end of "Surface to Air." The vocals are up front and astonishingly clear for a hardcore punk act. The guitars are brash and tenacious without devolving into a wall of incoherent noise.
 

Pressing Quality:

8.50

No warping, weaving, inner groove distortion or other manufacturing flaws present. The volume remains consistent throughout. The marbled red (almost pink) vinyl is a nice touch. The LP could be heavier, but it feels sturdy and high quality. The paper sleeve and jacket are standard issue, but the glossy lyric sheet insert is a touch above.
 

Vinyl Noise:

9.00

Very quiet pressing. No noticeable static, popping or skipping, even between tracks.
 

Overall Artwork:

8.00

Don't be fooled by the cuteness of the beautifully drawn, in black and white, kitty on the cover of this packaging. Their is some seriously heavy stuff that lies within. Instead, focus on the black ink spot from which the cat is emanating. The album includes a lyric sheet insert with a photograph of one of the band's members with the word "MALE" shaved into a thick patch of chest hair. On the other side he's posing provocatively next to the album's lyrics.
 

Overall Extras:

7.50

The album includes a digital download. The colored vinyl is a nice touch whose color works in contrast to the dense rock that the band churns out with ease. The lyric sheet (see: Overall Artwork) is a disturbing, hilarious bonus.


Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

Rob has reviewed 48 other Records.

 

Total Score

: 4.20

 


Info

Label: GloryHole Records / Drink or Die
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 12.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: marbled red
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
paper
 







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