'to the death' is one of my favourite earth crisis records. it's their re-union record after a six year hiatus and two years working on the album. and man, it's a strong one. when i bought my ticket for thei wth full force festival in early 2007, i wasn't aware of what was coming my way. when i heard about earth crisis playing the festival, i was pretty excited to see them. i mean, man it's earth crisis we're talking about. the band that is, in a way, responsible for the lifestyle i chose. i remember them playing pretty early on sunday, maybe 3pm, and how none of my friends wanted to see them.
so i ventured from the camp to the in-field on my own. thankfully they were playing the tent-stage, where one was at least protected from the relentless burning sun, of course not from the fucking heat. and boy, they were a blast. i mean, i can't compare this performance to their past because in 2000 i was a teenager and didn't know a thing about earth crisis, but their set was pretty impressive to me. on the stage they even teamed up with andre from maroon, who had been the singer of one of my favourite german vegan straight edge bands of the early 00's. yeah, that was cool.
and then the day of 'to the death' had come. and passed by. in 2009 i was at the end of my vocational training and there are certain jobs in germany, mainly in the healthcare section, where you have to finance the training by yourself with little support of the state. bottom line: money was slim and so it took another year to finally obtain the cd. and i played it to the death. ha, wordplay! check that solo on 'when slaves revolt'. gives me the shivers.
it took me some time to get the vinyl. i mean, it wasn't like the availability had been a problem. there were a lot of chances to buy this for a fair price in stores as well as on the internet. you know, after all it's only black vinyl and it doesn't seem like the record sell out any time soon. but this one sunday afternoon at burnout store all the stars lined up in the right position and the time had come. bought this for twelve bucks and happily took it home. century media. 2009.