They were too mid paced for my tastes but it took balls to try and pry open a style like that in front of crowds who were used to hardcore or at the very least death metal. Although it should be stated that the umpteenth ska revival was just around the corner at that time.
DSC played up that point in some regards. I think. I’m not sure what they're singing about and as with most bands in this genre the lyrics are not all that important in the grand scheme. In fact the less you know about what these bands are saying the better. The obvious Conan reference from their name speaks volumes to their Metal mythology or their laziness. Again I think it's just that outsider status that makes them so unusual and somewhat scary like the Manson hippies. Living in the desert and appearing vaguely satanic was a potent mix since they don't appear to be clever enough to be faking it. Which seems to make them even more sinister and unpredictable.
This is all conjecture and grist for the metal/punk PHD I'm trying to define just to have something to do. Obviously I'm generalizing just to hear myself write. I find it interesting. If you don't why'd you read this far into this post?
To be fair Doom Snake Cult was peddling this style long before it was fashionable and that is worthy of respect. It also shows an odd crossover of cultural iconography between the metal of yesterday and the punk ethos. Since they are still largely obscure it seems like only an elite metal collector would want to add this vinyl repress to his collection. An elitist attitude consistent with punk record collectors who were used to paying big bucks for original rarities on ebay at the turn of the century. Original pressings mean big punk points to some idiots out there. Or in this case big Metal points. Glad I unloaded some of my vinyl before these repressings and mp3 downloading destroyed the market! (I got $60 for a TSOL Dance With Me record back in 2004. Can you believe that? But I must admit I bought the metal band Destruction Infernal Overkill LP at a record sale a few weeks ago for $20 but hey that's not as bad as paying $50 for a Dr. Know LP right?)
I have yet to see this new vinyl ripped and posted online but I'm sure it's coming.