Vinyl Pressing Review


Divine Malice

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 09.26.2013

Bloomington, IN's Medusa returns from a 2 1/2-year hiatus to drop their sophomore release on Auris Apothecary. Medusa is comprised of members from Racebannon, Thee Open Sex, Torturess and others. This 6-track EP is released on single-sided 12 inch LP, with silkscreened artwork on the b-side. To my knowledge, this is the label's first foray into vinyl.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


In your face intensity is the name of the game on Medusa's new EP. The howling vocals are up front and assertive enough to stiffen the hairs on the back of your neck. The rhythms are a touch cymbal-heavy for my taste, which dulls the precision of the guitar work. Other than the brash drums, the sound is everything you would expect from a dissonant, punk-heavy metal release.

Pressing Quality:


The pressing is heavy and durable. No warping, weaving, or other manufacturing flaws present. The volume remains consistent throughout the LP's single side. The silver silkscreening directly to the album's b-side is unlike anything I have in my collection. The paper sleeve is standard issue, but the rest of the packaging is a cut above.

Vinyl Noise:


The only noise found on this release is the relentless horror-punk intensity of Medusa itself. No noticeable popping or static present. The six tracks on a single side is a tight squeeze, so there is minimal time between tracks. Overall it's a quiet pressing.

Overall Artwork:


As with everything Auris Apothecary touches, the packaging and artwork are second to none. The packaging includes a black, glossy jacket with silver silkscreen printing on the front. The vinyl is clear with black marbling. The b-side features silver enamel silkscreen printing of a Medusa figure. The release includes an 8-page lyric book on black paper with jet-black lettering that unfolds like a hymnal.

Overall Extras:


The album includes a digital download. The 8-page lyric book is a nice addition. Also, the silkscreening directly on the album's b-side is very unique.

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...

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Total Score

: 4.20



Label: Auris Apothecary
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 18.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch EP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: 150 gram
Color: clear with black marbling
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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