I must’ve seen Avail more times than I can remember. I put them up there with Fugazi and Shelter, a band I’ve seen over 20 times. Avail was originally from Reston Va and actually had a different singer. The band had relocated to Richmond Va and their drummer Tim Barry took over for vocal duties. Smart move too, they blew up and became one of the bigger bands to emerge from VA. The last time I think I saw Avail perform was either a show at Twisters in Richmond Va or with Into Another at the Insect Club near Va Beach. I picked up these reissues on EBay for under 7 bucks each. Really cheap considering each album is 2 lps. These were the reissues that No Idea did for Jade Tree. I also picked up their first record for 6 bucks. I know it was reissued on cd but I am not sure if they reissued the vinyl. Anyone remember that crappy demo they had with the Chinese symbol on it?
The first time I saw Type O Negative was actually with Shelter at the Bayou in Georgetown around 1994. They were really good and as much as I love Shelter, they did horribly in front of the Type O fans. I have never seen Carnivore live, even when they used to do the once a year reunions in NYC. I still kick myself for not going. They never did the reunion tour on the west coast or I just lost interest. I’ve seen Type O Negative a few times with my cousin Kristin in New Jersey. She was a big metal head in the late 80’s and 90’s. When I used to visit the my family up north we used to travel to see allot of shows in Jersey and NYC. Unlike DC allot of the hardcore bands were playing with the metal bands. What is funny she still has all of her metal shirts and will not give them up. The box set has 3 lps are on color a DVD (best part of the box set) and a size large t shirt. I wear XL and honestly the t shirt looks like dog crap. It’s cool for 40 bucks and I think it is out of print but you can get it on Amazon. Dead again is not their best record but it is a cool item to add to a collection.