Vinyl Pressing Review

Ray Creature

Self Titled

Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on 01.28.2015

The debut LP from Bloomington's Ray Creature is dark. Everything from the cover, to the sleeve, to the label oozes menace - a familiar menace. The record takes its cues from the the goth-side of the 80's spectrum, adds the precision of modern instrumentation and production, and nails it completely.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


If I wasn't already familiar with the band, I would think you had just handed me a mint copy of the 80's darkest record. Ray Creature uses a lot of range in their instrumentation and it all sounds great on vinyl, especially the ultra-deep low end that fills out tracks like "White Suits." There are some places where the vocals get washed out a little but digital versions sound similar the vinyl so we can attribute that to artistic license.

Pressing Quality:


Some slight warp, but past that the pressing is in pretty great shape. Even the print job looks great which is a feat in itself considering the crazy amount of black on the cover.

Vinyl Noise:


Ray Creature's sound definitely benefits them when it comes to talking about vinyl noise because, to be frank, I wasn't able to tell if there was that much. I heard one pop about halfway into "Common Secrets" but more often than not, anything that could have sounded like a pop or a hiss during any track was buried under an avalanche of synth. That being said, you will hear a little hiss between tracks but nothing to really complain about.

Overall Artwork:


While there isn't much artwork to really speak of (cover art and label), the restraint used on visual presentation works - I couldn't imagine any imagery other than what's included here.

Overall Extras:


No insert. No digital download included with our copy. As we mentioned with the previously reviewed Sister Cylinder release from Kam Kama, we love and support the world's independent record stores, but if you want to be sure you get downloads then consider buying this directly from Sister Cylinder.

Reviewed By:
Kasey Bradley

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Total Score

: 3.60



Label: Sister Cylinder
Release Year: 2014
Purchase Price: 12.00
Pressing Company: Rainbo Records
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: 180 gram
Color: Black
Gatefold: No
Digital: No
Inner Sleeves:
Matte black paper

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