Monday, April 30, 2012
New Gog 2xLP is now available via King Of Monsters (and god damn is this label putting out some good records lately... see Servile Sect's Realms of The Queen LP).
Gog is all menacing and monolithic drone that could shatter bones given the correct volume and this 2xLP set is mastered at 45 RPM for the ultimate crushing capabilities.
Limited to 220 copies on white vinyl.
Comes with 33"x22" poster insert.
Artwork by Sandro Setola.
Get it here
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
This self titled album from Circle Of Eyes looks pretty awesome. Check out Viraloptic for more pictures. For those that do not know here is some more info:
Circle of Eyes is the ambient doom project from Sutekh Hexen's Kevin Gan Yuen and Necrite's Thrull. This recording also features vocals by James R. of Swamp Witch and Your Enemy.
Circle of Eyes was conceived in 2008 for the love of resonance and embracing the realization of decay in the intent to record/release records and perform the occasional live performance. The creative core-duo of Kevin Gan Yuen (Sutekh Hexen, Fermentæ, OGHAM) along with Thrull (Black Fucking Cancer and Necrite) proceed with Circle of Eyes as an on-going project in the practice of unraveling and challenging the conventional notions of the loud, slow and down-tuned metal traditions of the Bay Area's rich sonic tapestry. Joined by vocalist/collaborator James R. (Swamp Witch and Your Enemy) this entity's uncompromising collective vision is to present an exclusive aural documentation of the unquestionable decay of black metal, drone, and experimental music genres.
With three mammoth tracks that spread over 37 minutes, this recording is mastered by James Plotkin specifically for the vinyl and digital formats. The artwork and design was executed by Kevin Gan Yuen with help from Stephen Wilson for an 18” x 24” fold-out poster and Icelandic (by way of Sweden) artist and musician Jóhannes Gunnar Þorsteinsson (Ziz) for the insert photography. The jackets are a tip-on style, single sleeve jacket printed from Stoughton Printing Company, black dust sleeves, a three button set that’s housed in a black zip lock bag, and a download card printed on 32 lb. metallic stock to redeem the entire recording which also includes the re-mastered 2009 demo as an an added bonus. With everything included, this is 90:06 of drone madness... test your psyche!
Edition run of 325 copies in three different color variations: 160 on black vinyl, 110 on white vinyl, and 55 on orange vinyl.
Sounds awesome too, listen below order here:
Friday, April 27, 2012
OK, so yeah In A Time Of Hate is no Catharsis, but what record really is. It is still an important record in the hardcore scheme of things and by a band that is severely underrated today (though back in the day, they could pull over 1,000 people to a show)
This was reissued on a resurrected Simba Records:
limited to 500, hand numbered.
silk screen covers.
red marble wax.
Get it here
Check out the craziness:
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Shiny Tiny Stars is the latest album from this great two piece.
This is the NEW album from darkwave/drone pioneers lovesliescrushing, and the most recent installment in our Dark Icons Series.
"Shiny Tiny Stars" is a milestone in more ways than one: all of its material is new to release, and contains both songs written and recorded as recent as this year, alongside lost tracks originally intended for the first album that have not surfaced until now. Due to its canonical nature, this album truly is an accurate representation of one of the most powerful and innovative forces in experimental music.
From ALL MUSIC "The duo known as Lovesliescrushing first came together in the early '90s, when vocalist Melissa Arpin and multi-instrumentalist Scott Cortez decided to try their hand at the emerging dream pop scene. They began to send out demo tapes of their bizarre, heavily layered music to labels until Projekt finally contacted the band about releasing a single. 1994's Your Eyes Immaculate was the result, a single that so impressed the label that a year later they released the full-length Bloweyelashwish. The album was a mix of ethereal textures, wordless female vocals, and repetitive droning that set them apart from many of the label's gothic artists. Cortez would speak out loudly about how the music was all formed from guitar sounds, something that he was proud of if only because he was accused so much of using keyboards on the album. The band was back the next year with Xuvetyn, another complicated album of lush sounds that moved the sound further in the direction of experimental music. But the band would drop off after promoting that album, working on a new studio album for years and years while still promising that they were together. They finally announced in 2001 that they were ready to edit and release the album, although the year went by without any news outside of that tidbit. The next year proved golden for fans: Arpin and Cortez remerged with a third album. Intricate and glossy, Glissceule was issued on Sonic Syrup in March 2002."
Edition: 300 LP, 180 gram. First 100 orders get a limited edition 5.25"Floppy Disk with an exclusive lovesliescrushing track.
...is now available from Handmade Birds.
Simply put, this one of the best albums you will hear this year-- we really mean this decade, but will try to maintain some modesty. Monstrous doomwaves of texture and deathrock coming from just two people that crushes in both a live setting and in the studio. Though this is the debut full length from a relatively new outfit, the decades spent refining their art in various other bands (including dark Denton icons Pointy Shoe Factory, and the wall of sound that is Yeti) has all culminated into a refined, dark opus, that is utterly the most innovative and refreshing music you'll have heard this side of Suicide.
From the ominous cloud of post melodic sludge (Bodies In Tow) to the raging fanaticism akin to the best moments of classic The Birthday Party or Filth era Swans (Fall Down), Pinkish Black offer a true homage to the album as entity. Bow to the sonic shrine that has been so carefully constructed. Weep and rage. This is the sound of true musicianship from two people that live for their craft. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
From Ft. Worth, TX, Pinkish Black is Daron Beck (Pointy Shoe Factory) and Jon Teague (Yeti), continuing the musical evolution they began as The Great Tyrant (with the late Tommy Atkins). Their music is in turns abrasive, turbulent, darkly melodic, and hauntingly beautiful -- the soundtrack for a fever dream. Fans of Suicide, Magma, and Scott Walker should lend an ear. Mastered by James Plotkin.
Edition: 250 LP, 180 gram. First 100 orders get a limited 5.25" Floppy Disk with an exclusive Pinkish Black track, and a download code for a PB Christian Death cover and digital copy of the album.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
First up from Worthless Recordings latest batch is the latest from Burial Ground. Disembodied is a 2xC45 CS. If you were lucky enough to grab the Romero inspired ...of the Dead tapes, then you know what expect here, noise... harsh and crushing.
Next up is a split between Coma Centauri and Creature Feature.
Check out Coma Centauri:
Check out Creature Feature:
All ordering, go here. The Burial Ground will at least go pretty quick. So don't wait forever.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
...Dweller In The Dark (love the Lovecraft reference) releases their self titled debut album via Enemies List. Here is some anecdotal bits about the album.
When I first heard Dweller on the Threshold’s self-titled debut album, I did the same. Throw the record on. Leave the desk to do something else. The music started: a lone guitar, in an echo chamber. I came back. I stood in front of the computer. I listened.
I sat down. I listened some more. I listened to the entire record, front to back, then started it over and listened to it again.
Who were these people? Where the hell did this come from?
The musical pedigree is certainly there. The ever-shifting membership features ex-members of death to tyrants, daniel striped tiger, and the toll, recorded by will killingsworth (ampere, orchid, bucketful of teeth, etc), all Western Massachusetts legends. Even the way the band is constructed – a rotating line-up of 8 friends scattered all over the East Coast – played it’s part, keeping the compositions varied, fresh, but unified throughout the whole of the album.
As for the music – it was brooding, but not overwhelming, gloomy but not depressing, lots of echoes and reverberations and a feeling of wide open spaces that reminded me more of the American midwest than any recent country or western music ever had. This is music for the Great Plains, or maybe Space, like the nebula featured on the album’s cover. Even the interplay of the instruments, loosely draped over one another, leisurely taking their time as they progress from minimalist and wistful to crushing, soaring, triumphant, contributes to that feeling of everything spreading out in front of you, a whole vista of emptiness opening up.
That’s an experience you sit down for.
Vinyl is limited to I believe 200 copies.
Go here for a variety of ordering options including a pay what you want download.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Medicine was arguably the quintessential shoegaze band from the United States who seemed to only be around a few short years while releasing some truly awesome music. Forgetting the reunion album (with a new singer) Medicine released three albums and a fairly ridiculous amount of EPs and singles.
Well Captured Tracks has re-issued the first two albums in a sweet looking package (more on that later).
Medicine ...is a crucial addition to Captured Tracks' ever-expanding Shoegaze Archives. The ... albums ... have been remastered along with previously unreleased tracks. You can hear new life breathe from this sexy and lush body of work.
Most people might recognize them from this appearance in The Crow movie
Shot Forth Self Living has all sorts of goodies added to the original version of this excellent album. It has been reissued as a 2xLP and also as a 2xCD.
Here is the tracklisting
// Shot Forth Self Living Expanded 2XLP* and CD1
A Short Happy Life
Queen of Tension
*Time Baby 2
//Shot Forth Self Living Companion (CD2)
Queen of Tension(demo)
To Your Friends
Miss Drugstore (demo)
One More (demo)
Love You Anywhere
Time Baby 1
Defective (alternate mix)
One More (radio & vox overdub)
Sweet Explosion (alternate mix)
A Short Happy Life (alternate take)
One More (live)
Christmas Song (live)
Same with The Buried Life... Medicine packs this sucker full of goodies.
// The Buried Life 2XLP* and CD1
She Knows Everything
Something Goes Wrong
Beneath The Sands
Live It Down
The Earth is Soft and White
*Time Baby VDP
*Live It Down (fast version)
*'Til I Die
*Never Click (single version)
//The Buried Life Companion (CD2)
Something Goes Wrong(demo)
Wendy Told Me
A Farther Down(demo)
She Knows Everything(demo)
Figures As Much
Beneath The Sands(Session)
Live It Down(basic track)
These also come in a handy and rather amazing looking box set which also includes another LP (The Sounds Of Medicine) and a cassette tape of live material... unfortunately this box set is mostly sold out (you might find it left over in stores from Record Store Day or on ebay or discogs at some point.
Here is the tracklisting of the exclusive material in the box set to drool over though:
// Sounds Of Medicine LP
Here is a new version, expanded with 2 extra tracks not on the original EP, bringing it up to LP length.
Time Baby 3
Little Miss Drugstore
She Knows Everything (Billy Corgan remix)
One More Night
I Hear (live)
Lime 6 (live)
// Always Starting To Stop Cassette
Live C-90 Cassette* Always Starting To Stop was recorded 1992-1994 in Los Angeles, Raleigh NC, Newcastle U.K., Chicago and Birmingham, Alabama.
Something Goes Wrong
Time Baby 2
She Knows Everything
Live It Down
Queen Of Tension
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
is available to pre-order here.
The original Ash Borer Demo now available on vinyl. These recordings were remixed from their original tracks and mastered for vinyl by Dan Randall from Mammoth Sound Mastering for a superior sound.
All I can say is that this is awesome. Grab it quick. Plus, the price will go up after the pre-order period is over.
Ash Borer is a great band. Listen and or get the digital version of this record below:
Is tomorrow... and I have to admit that what is being offered here in the US is fairly underwhelming compared to recent years (particularly when you look at what the UK is getting (ya bastards).
But there are definitely some gems being offered this year.
Check out the big list here.
Off course there plenty of records that people care about, but really... I only kind of want one release this year... The Anthology Of Dead Ends reissue from Hydra Head for Botch, only this time the record is a 180 gram 12" EP rather than the original 10" format.
In either case... happy hunting.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Horseback is returning quickly on the heels of the On The Eclipse 7" that was recently released with Half Blood, a new LP for Relapse. It will be interesting to see just how Jenks follows up his last slew of releases... we'll just have to wait a few more weeks to find out.
First Pressing Breakdown:
500 x Black - 180 Gram
500x Brown - Opaque - Standard Gram
100 x Clear - Standard Gram (not available to the general public).
Order the Black 180 Gram here or the Brown version here.
Monday, April 9, 2012
...Leather Satchel is the first release that Cremation Lily has offered by themselves since Infant. Grab it quick from Fusty Cunt (in the US) or from Strange Rules (in Europe). A C15 tape that will surely sell out quickly.
Cold-synth/junk noise, instrumental power electronics from the UK. Newcomer, but surely doing things right. Perfect atmosphere from birth to death. Cover illustration by Sophie Penrose.
check it out
Strange Rules has gone on a maniacal spree today... grab these quick or miss out.
Check them all out here. Read below for more details, but they might be sold out by the time you get to the bottom (not joking).
Check them all out here. Read below for more details, but they might be sold out by the time you get to the bottom (not joking).
The latest from Curative Measures... Corrective Heterosexual Rape is the second tape for Strange Rules by this project, and the first was aces. Limited to 40 copies... grab it quick
long tape of power electronics and death noise statements from this underground unit operating from the opposite sides of britain. crude feedback, deep synth oppression and vocal commands dealing with the steps taken in some cultures to correct certain sexual practices.
Bound '88 from Council Of Europa... new to the Strange Rules family, limited to 44 copies... grab it here.
cold, mechanical and layered melodic industrial in true council estate spirit - depressed & straight forward. only forged from british steel for the few and the restless.
Grey Moment from Heather... limited to just 33 copies
solo work of artist previously known from euro male/female collaboration 'deflowered heather.' short demonstration of low-tech industrial drum machine, keyboard and noise artifacts with a similar feel to some grey wolves material.
Deflowered Heather was an awesome tape from Strange Rules. I can't wait to hear this one.
Grab it here
The latest from Cremation Lily and False Moniker... two great projects... one tape! Just 60 copies... so grab it now
churning industrial power/noise. purity in density, escape in confinement, britain meets europe. a true collaboration in sound & design.
Another from Strange Rules...
Worlds Without Time tape from RVH, limited to just 45 copies.
industrial transmissions from deep space. a complex, pulsing artifact of warped synths, shuddering noise and deep atmosphere honed with european precision. highest recommendation.
Get it here
Sunday, April 8, 2012
...available from Dead Accents. Really looking forward to this CDr as I have been listening to it on bandcamp for a bit since I saw Dead Accents was releasing it.
Ben Thomas-Kennedy, possibly best known as the drummer to the massive Seattle Pysch-metal band, Lesbian, also works solo under the moniker (blouse)usa making amazing electronic music. We really recommend this one. It's literally for everyone, ever. Mastered by Mell Detmer (Sunn 0))), Lesbian, Earth), this record sounds amazing and unique across it's 17 tracks. Really good work that we are very proud to share. Limited to 140 copies in a full color digipack wallet designed by Demian Johnston.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
This tape package is super impressive, and yes, it has been talked about quite a bit; but I waited until after announcing the first tape from FERMENTÆ (Kevin Gan Yuen of Sutekh Hexen and others) before hitting on this set.
Here is the 6 tapes included:
Fermentæ (Kevin Yuen of Sutekh Hexen) - Allusions CS
Terence Hannum (of Locrian) - Crown of Immortality CS
Demian Johnston (of Great Falls) - Untitled CS
Cetacea (Bryan Bray of Gates) - Glyphs CS
Reuben Sawyer (of Rainbath Visual) - Untitled CS
Njiqahdda - To Escape the Tide CS
This is an impressive list and all the tapes are limited to just 50 copies and there are not many left. There might be a few of them available individually, but who knows.
Friday, April 6, 2012
FERMENTÆ is the solo project of one, Kevin Gan Yuen (Sutekh Hexen, artiste) and Glossolalia is the first tape from the project and is coming via MERZ Tapes.
FERMENTÆ "Glossolalia" CS
Side A: First Contact (Eve) / Side B: Warmest Rapture / Six Farewells
Release Date: April 13, 2012
Edition limited to 100 black shell high-bias, ink-imprinted chrome cassettes.
Here is some more:
"Glossolalia," in some respects, illuminates the underside of nature-inspired dark ambient with passages manipulating foreboding, discordant overtones. Culturally, the glossolalic denotes an act synonymous with the phenomenon of purportedly speaking in tongues, which, in turn, constructs a new mode of articulating thoughts by uttering words rooted in an unknown language.
Disclosing sonic, yet speech-like syllables exercised in a ritualistic context, FERMENTÆ "Glossolalia" inculcates an idea of language that reintroduces the threat and allure of the magical.
Sounds great... Pre-order here
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wow! Moss Icon's discography is getting the uber deluxe treatment via the fine folks at Temporary Residence. A monster 3xLP set, this discography will be awesome.
In the mid-late 1980s, Moss Icon pioneered a progressive, highly emotive sound that stood in stark contrast to just about everything even remotely considered punk-rock at the time. In retrospect, they more resembled an inspired marriage of the bleak post-punk leanings of Joy Division with the raucous riffage of the Wipers, albeit considerably less accessible thanks to Moss Icon's more sinister tone, Tonie Joy's exploratory arrangements, and frontman Jonathan Vance's almost stream-of-conscious sociopolitical rampages. In the decades since Moss Icon's disbandment, bootlegged t-shirts and patches have been easier to come by than actual recordings, and the Internet is filled with misconceptions and misinformation, incidentally lending an enigmatic, almost mythical status to the band. Rather than attempt to pull back the curtain, this collection - compiling the group's entire official catalog - serves to permanently document the very important contributions of one very important group from a very formative era of underground music.
VINYL FORMAT INCLUDES FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD COUPON
- AB CLEAR / CD CLEAR w/ BLACK HAZE / EF BLACK (LTD. EDITION 200)
- AB WHITE / CD WHITE w/ BLACK HAZE / EF BLACK (LTD. EDITION 200)
Vinyl TRACK LISTING
2. I'm Back Sleeping, Or Fucking, Or Something
3. Divinity Cove
5. As Afterwards The Words Still Ring
6. Lyburnum - Wit's End (Liberation Fly)
7. Cricketty Rise (Haverton Roads - Browns and Greens)
8. Happy (Unbounded Glory)
13. As Afterwards The Words Still Ring
14. Familiar Presides
15. The Life
16. Kick The Can
17. Hate in Me
18. What They Lack
19. Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die
(Custom vinyl etching, no audio)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
... is also available from 905 Tapes. SYSTEMS 1 is a 3 CS package in an equally impressive set up.
whether releasing material under his own name or a bulk of aliases, duos, and trios, m. geddes gengras always manages to produce beyond galactic sounds. over the three cassettes (c40, c44, c62) that make up systems 1, ged gets behind modular synthesizers and tape echos in order to force sparkling tones into supernovas. all of this ear juice is packaged in a triple-tall norelco case. it's easy on the eyes as well. don't sleep on this one. for real.
Below is not from this release, but it will give you some idea of what Gengras sounds like:
...is now available from 905 Tapes. CIEL OPTIQUE is 4 C20 cassette tapes housed in an awesome looking package.
imagine floating in a void. a huge void, if voids are measurable, which i don't think they are. in fact, they can't be. that doesn't make sense. but imagine your floating in that huge void. you don't see anything. you don't feel anything. you just exist. in a void. then, out of literally nowhere four pulsating doors also exist. and you're drawn to them. through each door is two rooms. is room swells in its own unique way with different color hazes to them. that would be nuts, right? this hobo cubes release is also nuts. 4xc20s packaged in a vinyl box. so nuts.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Another gem from the Revelation vaults getting a color vinyl repress.
Although some hardcore kids may have screamed "Richie, how could you?!?" when they heard this record, Into Another became one of the most respected bands of their day. This is first release. Metallic prog-core that really defies description. Now available again on colored vinyl. Vinyl version includes free digital download of this record.
1. Robot Whales
6. While I Die
7. For Lack Of A Better World
8. As It Were
9. Dare Me
I am not a huge Farside fan, but others are... here is a re-press from Rev.
Rigged is Farside's incredible second LP. So Cal's finest in melodic punk. Great songs, incredible harmony, essential packaging. Possibly the best record ever. Now available again on colored vinyl. Vinyl version includes free digital download of this record.
1. Square One
7. Kill Me
8. Wait For Monday
9. Silver Anniversary
10. Someday Too Soon
Sunday, April 1, 2012
...their first full length. Every Tongue Shall Caress (great album title) shows why they are great and highly underrated. Grab it here on black (of 350) or here on Black / Tan (of 150).
California's THE LOVE BELOW are back with their first full length LP. Thirteen tracks of frantic hardcore that sounds like Left For Dead/Cursed with some Pentagram meets Black Flag-esque guitar work. Truly a breath of fresh air/originality in a time when a lot of bands wear their influences on their sleeves. If you loved their previous 7"s, this LP will blow you away!
The Love Below also have their demo available on a Flexi 7" (200 on Yellow) here
...is now available via A389. The color blew out prior to the album actually coming out. You can grab it here on black.
The wait is over at last! PICK YOUR SIDE features ex/current members of Haymaker/Left For Dead/Fuck The Facts/Burst Of Silence playing fast heavy pissed off hardcore that sounds like everything you'd hope it sounded like. First pressing of the LP comes in gatefold packaging with sick artwork by the legendary Ed Repka.
...7" is now up for order in either black (of 350, purchase here) or blue (of 150, get that here)
Baltimore 'Super-Powers Violence' outfit EDDIE BROCK return with their third 7" loaded with fast brutal power-violence influenced hardcore ala Lack Of Interest/Spazz/Weekend Nachos
This collection compiles COUNTDOWN TO OBLIVION's entire 16 track recorded output including the demo tape, 7" and the split w/They Live. CTO was from Toronto and they played metallic hardcore featuring Chris Colohan (Left For Dead/The Swarm/Cursed/etc) on vocals alongside members of Legion DCLXVI, One Blood, Rammer and Brutal Knights. Packaged in a gatefold cover/additional insert with tons of photos, flyers, lyrics and liner notes by Chris Colohan.
Another quality release from A389. On Red of 350 (get that here) or White of 150 (get that here)
A389 is at it again.
Flexi 7" limited to 200 copies on White.
California's CHILDREN OF GOD present an unreleased track from the same sessions that produced their split 12" w/SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP. If you're looking for violent and pissed off sounding crusty hardcore, then you came to the right place.
The first album from the amazing Bubonic Bear. I am soooo late posting this, but go grab Fleshworld right now on LP or Tape.
Listen below and download the album on a pay what you will basis. Support this awesome duo.