After a slight delay I finally received my pre-order for Alkaline Trio’s new acoustic album Damnesia, and I’m far from impressed. It’s obvious Epitaph cut corners in some places with this. The records themselves are some of the lightest weight and flimsiest pieces of garbage I’ve ever seen. I’m actually surprised they survived the USPS and arrived in one piece. The dust sleeves each record comes in are so thin you can see through it without the record inside. I’ve used thicker coffee filters. These dust sleeves are probably one step above paper mache’.
Since this album was too big to fit on a single LP Epitaph was forced to press this as a double LP. And since only three sides were needed they decided to put an etching on the d-side, which is something they have been doing lately. The etching is Alkaline Trio’s heart and skull logo, but it is just the outline. It’s the least detailed outline I’ve seen. They just etched away huge swaths of the record, so unless you actually know what Alkaline Trio’s logo is you might not know what the etching is of. The etching is also not straight on my copy and there is a weird haze in it, as if it wasn’t done entirely before the pulled it off the line. The center label is also not on straight, it’s facing the side instead of the bottom. All that is most likely the plant’s fault though and not Epitaph being cheap.
One bright spot is that the record is housed in a gatefold jacket instead of being jammed into one of those giant jacket that can fit multiple LP’s. This also comes with a copy of the CD instead of a digital download code, so you do get another physical copy with this for your money.
The pressing info for this is as follows; 500 copies of beer brown, 500 copies on yellow, 500 on clear and an unknown amount on black. The three colors will be the only limited variants for this record, and each was exclusive to a certain retailer. Brown copies were Kings Road Merch (Epitaph’s webstore provider), yellow was/is an exclusive through the band’s webstore and is currently being sold on tour, and clear copies are a Hot Topic exclusive. The only color variant sold out is brown.
There seems to be some confusion and gripes with the yellow copies. People seemed to get upset when the band was selling copies on tour, thinking they would only be sold online through the band’s webstore. Why get mad about that is beyond me. When the yellow copies were first put up for pre-order the page stated about half would be sold online and the other half would be given to the band to sell on tour. One thing of note about the “beer” brown copies is that they look nothing like beer. So beer was a bad way to describe the color. The color more closely resemble soda/pop/cola. The sticker on the front of the jacket even said “cola.” There is a slight marbling in the records too on top of it being transparent. It does match the artwork the best though, which is why I went with it.