Sunday, 6 April 2014

Organized Crime - Halloween Surprise MMXIII

This release marks my third entry in the Organized Crime Records Halloween series. For those not in the know, this is a great concept the label does every year. A package becomes available for order on the website sometime around Halloween, and you are only supplied with the bare minimum of information about what you are going to receive. It is a bit of a gamble, but so far I have not been disappointed with any of the packages OCR have put out. 
This time around the only information was the record would be "Integrity related", but this didn't even cross my mind.
This is of course a re-release of the classic In Cold Blood 7", first released back in 1997. My past surprise packages have been much more HT related, so it was definitely quite a surprise to see this record when I opened my package, but overall it was still a great one to receive.
The original four tracks have been pressed on translucent pink vinyl, that has a hint of red streaks running through it. It looks quite stunning, and is certainly not a colour you would associate with the heavy hardcore of In Cold Blood. One of the original centre labels (above) has been kept on the B-side. The vinyl comes inside a standard white dust jacket with an OCR stamp on the top right hand corner.
One of the things you do know about these packages, is that you are going to receive at least some kind of shirt as well as a record. That is only because you have to specify the size upon order, but other than that it is a total mystery. This time around OCR have given us a great long-sleeve with the 7" artwork on the front. The back has the track listing, and the arms both say "In Cold Blood". 
Once again a great surprise package. I hope OCR continue this tradition in the coming years, it is certainly something I look forward to as we reach the end of October.

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