new noise from crucial blast...


    I'm back after another extended delay with a huge list of new stuff and restocks that are swelling over the shelves here at C-Blast, lots of mind-bending metal and avant-death weirdness, vinyl slabs of outre hardcore punk and blistering power electronics assaults, a HUGE stack of horror soundtracks both recent and brand new, lots of stuff from labels like Flenser and Husk and Hell Comes Home and Parasitic. Not even sure where to start. Probably the best place would be with the new album from Isolator, Culture & Principal Of Anti-Human Exaltation , which is what I've singled out as my pick for this weel's new arrivals list; you guys know how much I love the blackest, most evil-sounding extremes of industrial music, right? This one delivers that sound in a big way, a sprawling, nightmarish din of demonic screams and blackened ambient rumble, crushing doom-laden drums lumbering through the ash-choked atmopshere, the whole sound having this entropic feel, as if the music itself is rotting away as you're listening to it. And it's incredibly heavy, which isn't surprising seeing as how the guys behind this project are also involved with death and black metal bands Father Befouled, Encoffination and Set. This album's the best wallow in sonic evil I've had all summer - anyone into the heaviest strains of death industrial and bands like Gnaw Their Tongues, Deathstench and T.O.M.B. should check this out.

    I also have a couple of new releases out on the Crucial Blaze imprint: first is a limited-edition CD from UK noise artist Hal Hutchinson, also of Pollutive Static; under his own name, Hutchinson has been recording and releasing some of the most interesting "junk metal" material I've heard in ages, his heavily layered aesthetic creating these cathartic noisescapes filled with the sounds of crashing, banging, scraping metal that sounds like a machine shop stuck in a state of eternal collapse, the sounds of metal forming into a kind of grating symphony of noise. Definitely something I'd only recommended to fans of that particular "scrap metal" aesthetic and like-minded noise artists like K2 and Alan Bloor/Knurl. If you're into this sort of acoustic "industrial" sound, though, this guy's producing some fantastic stuff, and his latest disc Wreckage Installations has over an hour of this pandemonium, presented in an edition of four hundred copies with prints of corroded machinery taken by Hutchinson that I assume consist of at least some of the stuff that was used to create this.
    There's also a pair of art zines that were issued this week under the Blaze imprint: there's Dans L'oeil Du Mort , an art zine featuring the work of INDUSTRIE CHIMÈRE NOIRE, the French Canadian artist who has produced some fantastic imagery for bands like PORTAL and FISTULA; this zine collects a variety of his work both new and old, including some stuff that appears here for the first time, and it's all great eye-candy for anyone into his surrealistic, demonic visions. The other one is Vomitous Mass, a thick collection of artwork from Cody Drasser, who has been playing in a variety of death metal and experimental projects over the past few decades; focusing heavily on his 90's era death metal artwork, this art zine showcases work that ranges from crude, death metal demo-style abominations to more intricate drawings, nightmarish collage art, and more. I've been a fan of this guy's artwork after stumbling across an online repository for his work a while back, and I'd been wanting to document this stuff in physical form ever since.

Here's a rundown of the other new releases and re-stocks that are also on this week's list:

- the recent new album of lady-fronted ultra-heavy doom metal from WOUNDED KINGS, Consolamentum
- the latest album from WRECK & REFERENCE Want, further exploring their unique amalgam of black metal, goth, industrial and doom
- a skull-shredding EP of filthy, noise-damaged black sludge from WRETCHED WORST titled Funeral Burning
- the debut album from Nashville crushers YAUTJA, Songs Of Descent, which combines noisy Am Rep-style bludgeon with brutal grind
- restocks of the recent vinyl reissues of YOB's The Great Cessation and OM's Pilgrimage from Southern Lord
- two CD releases of crusty and surprisingly catchy Japanese black metal from YVONXHE
- a new 7" of ripping thrash metal from ZATH, the Chicago band featuring members of psych rock / industrial outfits OAKEATER, CAVE, COUGHS and OOZING WOUND
- a new single-sided etched 12" from Italian jazz-core/math metal crushers ZU, featuring guest appearances from members of NAPALM DEATH and THE LOCUST
- Visitor, the first album in nearly twenty years of grim industrial dub from SIMM, like an even more nightmarish Scorn
- a new 7" / DVDR set titled Window Hammer from experimental noisecore trio SISSY SPACEK
- the recent new full length of dark arctic ambient from SKORNEG
- a new 7" of vicious Holy Terror-influenced apocalyptic hardcore from SON OF MAN
- the limited edition vinyl for STARGAZER's progressive death opus A Great Work Of Ages / A Work Of Great Ages
- STATION DYSTHYMIA's impressive latest album of atmopsheric, progressive deathdoom Overhead, Without Any Fuss, The Stars Were Going Out
- a handful of bleak, soul-rotting industrial cassettes from the obscure Italian label Diazepam featuring the likes of SHIVER, DEPRIVATION, HEXEN, WAILING OF THE WINDS and ECOUTE LA MERDE
- the new album from ghastly industrial drift and extoplasmic ambience from NYC duo A MURDER OF ANGELS, Before Your Eyes
- the recent reissue of the long out of print album Intercourse & Lust from sex-crazed Japanese blackthrash maniacs ABIGAIL
- the latest album from Greek blackened prog-metallers AENAON, Extance, delivering more of their crushing blackened mathy heaviness
- a bunch of 7"s from the Hell Comes Home series, featuring splits from AKANAME, COFFINWORM, LESBIAN'S FUNGAL ABYSS, BLACK SUN, PYRAMIDO, FISTULA, DUKATALON, SUMA, ULTRAPHALLUS, RITES, UNION OF SLEEP, DEAD ELEPHANTS, BURNING LOVE, DEPHOSPHORUS, RABBITS, THROAT, GREAT FALLS, FIGHT AMP, all packaged in sleeves adorned in striking mutant insect artwork
- the debut full length from atmopsheric Nashville black metallers ALRAUN, The Process Of Self-Immolation
- the new cassette edition of the crushing ANEMONE TUBE / DISSECTING TABLE split album This Dismal World
- the latest 12" of ripping black metal/sludge from ARGENTINUM ASTRUM, and a restock of their super-limited second CD
- a recent vinyl release of Labyrinth Constellation, the amazing debut from interplanetary prog-death wizards ARTIFICIAL BRAIN
- L'Etre Et La Nausee, the latest sprawling double disc album from impassioned French doomdeath masters ATARAXIE
- the killer CD edition of THE ATLAS MOTH's latest album of sludgy prog metal The Old Believer with its wild album art design
- the new disc of chaotic technical death metal from Mitochondrion offshoot AUROCH
- the bewitching debut album from BARREN HARVEST, the neo-folk/kosmische duo of Lenny Smith (Atriarch/Trees) and Jessica Way (Worm Ouroboros)
- the debut album of eccentric death-thrash from Japanese blast warriors BASILISK
- a couple of long out-of-print Bastard Noise records from the early 90s, including splits with BIZARRE UPROAR and AUNT MARY...
- ...as well as some newer records from the mighty BASTARD NOISE, paired up with the likes of GUILTY CONNECTOR and WITCHES OF MALIBU (ex-Hunting Lodge)
- ...and a reissue of the classic 1992 MAN IS THE BASTARD 7" Backwards Species, classic mutant powerviolence
- recent 7" releases on the extreme speedcore/breakcore label Omega Warfare from DJ SKULL VOMIT / LADYSCRAPER, COMPANY FUCK / SANTISIMA VIRGEN MARIA and PENTADRVG / YUDLUGAR
- the brain-scrambling debut EP of ultra-complex confusional tech-death Mustma Dorcheme from Japan's BLEEDEAD
- new ultra-limited lathe cuts from Midwestern harsh noise wall artist BOAR and Boar-side project I WATCHED YOU DIE
- a restock of the recent collaboration from avant sludge metallers THE BODY and UK electro-creeper HAXAN CLOAK, I Shall Die Here
- a restock of the crushing 2010 Live At Roadburn album from British psychedelic sludgelords BONG
- the stunning new vinyl reissue of SIMON BOSWELL's fearsome score to Richard Stanley's visionary 1990 cyberpunk nightmare Hardware
- a new LP edition of BOTANIST's III: Doom In Bloom as well as a restock of the origina 2xCD release
- album number two of jet-black space rock oblivion from the amazing new Brainbombs offshoot BREMEN
- a new 7" from frenzied blackened hardcore fiend BROKEN CROSS, with more of his evil GISM-meets-VENOM insanity
- a cassette only final release from Kentucky psychedelic noise rock outfit CADAVER IN DRAG, featuring Josh Lay of GLASS COFFIN
- the eye-popping new Death Waltz vinyl reissue of Fabio Frizzi's fantastic score to Fulci's surrealistic splatterfest City Of The Living Dead...
- ...as well as a bunch of recent horror/exploitation soundtracks from Death Waltz back in stock, including the scores for JOHN CARPENTER's The Fog, ROB's Maniac, JOE DELIA's Ms. 45, RALPH JONES's Slumber Party Massacre, HARRY ROBINSON's Twins Of Evil and SUSAN JUSTIN's Forbidden World
- as well as the new deluxe reissue of ROBERTO DONATI's score to the cannibal chunkblower classic Cannibal Ferox
- the recent new album of dank pirate-themed death metal horror from Australian cave crawlers CAULDRON BLACK RAM (featuring members of MOURNFUL CONGREGATION)
- a recent 7" of rambling jailhouse folk from CHARLES MANSON with liners from Nikolas Schreck, released by black/death imprint Parasitic
- deluxe new CD reissues of the classic early albums In The Glare Of Burning Churches and The Celtic Winter from Polish black metallers GRAVELAND
- recent tape releases from Carbon Records featuring the heavy free-rock sludge of RASH and the raw hypno-sludge trances of CHILLUM
- the Season Of Mist CD reissues of the classic early CHRISTIAN DEATH albums Ashes and Catastrophe Ballet...
- ...and a recent Record Store Day release of a limited two-song 7" from death rockers CHRISTIAN DEATH, The Edward Colver Edition
- new vinyl reissues of GOBLIN's classic horror-prog soundtracks to Suspiria and Zombi (Dawn Of The Dead)
- an all-too-brief debut from CLAY RENDERING, Waters Above The Firmament, Mike Connelly's (WOLF EYES / HAIR POLICE) new dark industrial/dreampop duo with wife Tara
- a restock of crucial blackened death discs including CONQUEROR's War Cult Supremacy and REVENGE's Attack.Blood.Revenge
- the stunning apocalyptic power electronics/industrial darkness of CREMATION LILY's new LP Fires Frame The Silhouette
- a CD reissue of the amazingly bonkers early 80s Mexican speed metal rock opera Kuman from CRISTAL Y ACERO
- a new LP from Claudio Simonetti's heavy metal/prog side project DAEMONIA performing the score to Zombi / Dawn Of The Dead
- the latest album of dreamy, dolorous deathdoom from DARKFLIGHT, like some strange mix of Alcest and Thergothon
- the latest album of crushing, atmopsheric occult death metal from Greece's DEAD CONGREGATION, Promulgation Of The Fall
- the blazing epic black metal melodies and violent grindcore tempos of DEAD IN THE MANGER's Transience 12"
- restocks of the NED vinyl reissues of DEATHSPELL OMEGA's Drought and Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice
- the debut album from Lithuanian "blackgaze" outfit DEVLSY, who sort of resemble a killer cross between the emo-core of ENVY and depressive black metal
- vinyl releases of both the brand new four-song comeback from industrial metal legends GODFLESH, and a 2xLP reissue of their classic album Pure
- recent vinyl and cassette releases from the strange Spanish experimental black metal band EMANATION, who resembles a more furious, noisy ALUK TODOLO
- a super-limited cassette of murky, gorgeous low-fi ambient black metal from one man UK band EPOCH.OF.STARS
- a staggering triple LP vinyl edition of ESOTERIC's 2008 psychedelic deathdoom epic The Maniacal Vale
- tape and CDR versions of the debut EP from Seattle operatic prog-crust weirdos EYE OF NIX
- some cool death rock influenced blackened weirdness on FATALISM's Mystery Of Death EP
- restock of the latest album from Japanese grindcore outfit FLAGITIOUS IDIOSYNCRASY IN THE DILAPIDATION
- a big haul of old and new vinyl from former SKULLFLOWER axeman STEFAN JAWORZYN, incl his new Drained Of Connotation and Principles Of Inertia LPs
- the new ripping new 7" of psychotic noise-damaged hardcore punk from Aussie maniacs FLESH WORLD, Planned Obsolescence
- a restock of the new FLOOR comeback album Oblation on CD/LP/CS, and their brand new sludgepop blast Homegoings And Transitions / Shadowline on 12"
- the recent zodiac-themed EP of psych-tinged hardcore punk from Toronto's FUCKED UP, Year Of The Dragon
- FUNERAL MOTH's latest album of immense atmopsheric Japanese deathdoom Dense Fog, from former COFFINS members
- the sprawling new triple-disc from Japanese jet-black improv masters FUSHITSUSHA teaming up with free-jazz legend Peter Brotzmann
- the debut 12" from avant-death metal duo GERYON, featuring members of Krallice belting out some twisted Gorgutsian heaviness
- the ripping RSD limited 10" from thrash metallers GHOUL, Hang Ten, featuring their crazed mix of surf/garage rock and pummeling thrash
- the recent split 12" featuring low-fi black metal mutants GLASS COFFIN and HARASSOR, and a restock of GLASS COFFIN's 12" on Prison Tatt
- a recent CD featuring a collaboration between black industrial/noise/doom outfits GNAW THEIR TONGUES and ALKERDEEL, Dyodyo Asema
- a restock of the blazing final album from ex-Discordance Axis grindcore unit GRIDLINK, Longhena, on vinyl and CD
- the latest album of bizarre, nightmarish sound/noise collage from GUILTY CONNECTOR side project GRIM TALKERS
- more mesmeric, noisy black metal weirdness from L'ACEPHALE on their new Decollate cassette and their older Book Of Lies 7"
- the new album from HARDCORE ANAL HYDROGEN, Talas Of Satan, spewing their brand of insane Naked City-esque blastprog
- a restock of the now out of print vinyl reissue of JOHN HARRISON's classic score to Romero's Creepshow
- Nightfall, the latest album of majestic, time-stopping funeral doom from THE HOWLING VOID
- Seriés Aphonos's beautiful new LP release of KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA's (Rosemary's Baby) lyrical score to another Polanski horror film, Dance Of The Vampires
- a disgustingly abrasive split cassette featuring the bizarre dissonant black metal of JUTE GYTE paired up with the brain-damaged black doom horror of VENOWL
- the debut album from heavy duty UK doom metallers LIMB, who deliver total riff-city with their eponymous first album
- a new 3" CDR of dark improv/industrial from LOCI titled Around The Edges Of All
- the newest album of treble-overloaded experimental black metal fury from MALKUTH, Hathir Sakta
- a new repress of The Coast Explodes from psych heavies MAMMATUS, now with digital download code
- some of the last copies ever of the recent vinyl reissue of My Fruit Psychobells, the 1999 debut from avant garde death metallers MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
- Esoteric Warfare, the new album of discordant evil and ever-experimental black metal mastery from Norwegian legends MAYHEM
- a killer split 7" featuring the desperate off-kilter black metal of Ukraine's MOLOCH, and more crude low-fi necro-vengeance from GLASS COFFIN
- and a new Japanese CD release from Ukrainian black metal miserablist MOLOCH, Gebrechlichkeit, that collects various rare recordings from the band's career
- a reissue of the 2007 album Radiance Of Shadows from fuzzed-out shoegazer-doom duo NADJA
- more face-ripping powerviolence via new 7"s from NO COMMENT and SEX PRISONER
- a bunch of killer nocturnal psych albums on Japanese label Musik Atlach from KEIKO HIGUCHI/CRIS X, MAJUTSU NO NIWA, and SACHIKO & FUKUOKA RINJI
- a recent split 7" from cult prog/industrial outfit NOVY SVET and Goblin-influenced C-Blast faves SPETTRO FAMILY
- the new LP The Algea from NRIII, moving away from the projects bizarro black industrial origins into an equally bizarre occult industrial sound
- crushing noise rock/hyperfast hardcore punk mayhem from NUDES and their new Stain 7"
- a restock of the latest disc from John Zorn and Bill Laswell's longrunning dub/hardcore/improv outfit PAINKILLER, here playing with Tatsuya Yoshida of RUINS
- the latest issue (#4) from Lasse Marhaug's Norwegian experimental music magazine PERSONAL BEST
- Desideratum, the new album of gorgeous drone-n'-noise drenched gloompop from PLANNING FOR BURIAL
- new cassette releases of Swarth and Vexovoid from Australian avant garde death metallers PORTAL
- a rare split CD featuring improv-black metal creeps SMOKE teaming up with the raw black metal of Germany's PROSATANOS
- the punishing split 7" featuring punk-fueled war metallers RADIOACTIVE VOMIT and avant-powerviolence killsquad COLUMN OF HEAVEN
- the debut 7" of atmopsheric blackened doomdeath from RITUAAL, featuring members of Encoffination / Father Befouled / Mourner
- a 7" reissue of the ultra-heavy demo from sludge metallers RUINE
- another split 7" featuring noisegrinders SETE STAR SEPT, here teamed with cult 90's noisecore weirdo NUT SCREAMER
- a killer 12" debut from UK deathrock throwbacks SHALLOW SANCTION, delivering some grim Rudimentary Peni-esque aggression
- the recent vinyl reissue of SHINING's 2002 ode to self-destruction III: Angst, out from Peaceville
- a double CD reissue of out of print albums from the other Shining, the jazzy metallic prog outfit behind Grindstone and In The Kingdom Of Kitsch
- a new 7" featuring the long-lost early 90s recordings from Boston thrash extremists SIEGE, with Seth Putnam (ANAL CUNT) on vocals
- a new CD release (and a restock of the LP edition) of SUTEKH HEXEN's sprawling black noise epic Monument Of Decay
- the primitive punk-tinged blackened violence of TARE's Ritual Degradation
- the new album from Australian dark ambient master TERRA SANCTA, Exile, featuring more of his sweeping apocalyptic dronescapes
- a restock of the second issue of European power electronics / industrial / noise zine TERROR
- the latest CD release from death industrialist TREPANERINGSRITUALEN, Perfection & Permanence, featuring some of his best material yet
- more crushing retardo sludge rock from Rochester knuckle-draggers TUURD, blending together mathy riffage, bone-rattling low-end and some perniciously poppy hooks
- the one and only album of nihilistic death industrial from U-731, By All Means
- the latest edition of ULVER's classic debut album of Norwegian black metal, Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler
- some of the last copies of this bangin' 12" of horror-disco remixes from UMBERTO, Temple Room
- the newest album of atmospheric old-school death metal from VANHELGD, Relics Of Sulphur Salvation
- some excavated copies of the long out-of-print Negative Approach tribute 7" Reproach, featuring Spazz, Man Is The Bastard and more
- the new CD edition of VILLAINS's latest album of transgressive, lusty black thrash, Never Abandon The Slut Train
- the newest album of slow-motion misery from WALK THROUGH FIRE, Hope Is Misery, featuring their most elegantly depressing doom to date
- a reissue of the classic album of proggy surrealism Black White & Grey by WHEN, a noted influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene
- a restock of Totem, the latest album of deranged, ultra-distorted noise rock from NYC's WHITE SUNS
- a restock of the crushing live album on Small Doses from Australian doom metal extremists WHITEHORSE
- the long-awaited new album from WIJLEN WIJ Coronachs that slips further into their unique delirium of funeral doom and prog rock
- Postsocial, the latest album from black noise masters WOLD that has some of their most aggressive stuff in years
- the latest album from WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Celestite that sees the avant black metallers going full-on Tangerine Dream

As always, we have a lot for you to check out, much more mutant extreme music and misanthropic art to be found on our shelves and in our bins...keep reading below to check out all of the strange and extreme new music, film, and art that's included in this week's new arrivals list.

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ISOLATOR   Culture and Principal of Anti-Human Exaltation   CD   (Black Plagve)    10.99

    Self-described as "anti-human death musick", Isolator's Culture and Principal of Anti-Human Exaltation is the debut album from this new duo made up of members of death/black metal outfits Set, Encoffination and Father Befouled, their first for black industrial imprint Black Plagve. The band's collective CV only hints at how massive this album is, though, and out of all of the black/death industrial albums I've been abusing myself with lately, this might just be the most unsettling, a noxious yet mesmerizing slab of abyssal ambience and black noise horror that fully envelops you within its monstrous mass of murky midnight ambience, unfurling vast fields of muffled orchestral drift, surges of grim soundtracky synthesizer drone, and ghastly industrial rumble that often slips into some seriously heavy fields of low-end black crush.
    The five tracks that comprise Culture sprawl out for nearly an hour, each one unfolding into a delirium of growling, heavily distorted bass drones and doom-laden metallic murk, blasts of ultra-heavy sound that bloom into almost Sunn 0)))-like waves of blackened tectonic rumble. That subterranean drift is threaded with soft glimmering veins of synthlike feedback and haunting melodious drift, but alongside those vague glimpses of eerie prettiness are infestations of demonic mutterings and barely audible whispers that slip in and out of perception, evil voices adrift in the duo's dense churning sea of blackened sound. Those slow eruptions of crushing low-end heaviness continue throughout the album, continuing to echo the molten drone-metal of Sunn 0))) or Black Boned Angel when they're at their heaviest, but that downtuned rumble is slowed down to an even more torturous crawl, draped in a filthy worm-eaten blanket of distressed classical music that has been deformed and stretched and broken down into a nightmarish blown-out din. All of this stuff is buried way down in the depths of Isolator's suffocating stygian fog, joined with swells of diffused, distorted choral-like sound drifting up in ash-black plumes. These guys definitely share some of the same DNA as some of the more orchestral-tinged black ambient outfits that have previously appeared on Malignant, but this is much more malevolent and abrasive and most of all heavy as hell. On tracks like the monolithic "Mankind Shall Reap The Mistakes God Hath Sown" and "Your Heaven Will Writhe Within The Chaos Of My Hell", Isolator's sound also almost seems to suggest a Satanic version of Tim Hecker's fuzzed-out, gorgeously hazy dronescapes, shades of grim gothic majesty warped and buried beneath an ocean of swirling soft distortion and hiss. That roiling black cloudscape of rumbling noise is shattered by the recurring roar of some vast metallic heaviness blasting through the abyss, spreading out beneath far-flung fields of kosmische glow and pulsating synthesizer drones hovering in space, drifting into stretches of soundtracky, almost Carpenterian dread, while the likes of "Carrion For The Feasts Of Angels" blend those hellish groans and screams with the glacial churn of black noise that resembles a Demonologists track stretched out into an agonizing blast of hateful slow-motion blackness.
    Awesomely nightmarish, Culture And Principle is exactly what I'd want to hear from a band of death metallers developing their own version of death industrial. The whole album is one long plunge into total sonic corruption, like a time-lapsed doomscape of rust and decay amplified to deafening power, the atmosphere sickeningly heavy and oppressive, especially towards the very end of the album as the sound of drums slowly enter into the fray, a punishing slow-motion grind like that of some funeral doom drummer unwittingly dropped into the middle of a maelstrom of swirling blackened drone, surrounded by ghastly gasping death metal-like rasps, everything blanketed beneath a heavy layer of black rot. A new level of heaviness from the Black Plagve camp. Comes in an eight panel digipack, limited to five hundred copies.
Track Samples:
Sample : Mankind Shall Reap The Mistakes God Hath Sown
Sample : Into The Blood Of Our Kingdom
Sample : Carrion For The Feasts Of Angels


A STORM OF LIGHT   Nations To Flames   2 x LP   (Southern Lord)    17.98

Finally managed to get the vinyl version of this killer, oft-overlooked 2013 album from A Storm Of Light...
Four albums in, it's clear that A Storm Of Might is Josh Graham. The former Neurosis member and minister of visual propaganda has employed an impressive coterie of musicians over the course of the band's five year career, a collective curriculum vitae that has run the gamut from the iconic to the upstart, from Vinnie Signorelli (Swans, Foetus, Unsane) to Domenic Seita (Tombs), Pete Angevine (Satanized) to Geoff Summers (Batillus), with assorted guest appearances from other avant-rock and post-punk luminaries like Lydia Lunch and Jarboe scattered across A Storm Of Light's discography. With each album, though, the lineup shifts, the players change, even as the sound has remained consistent, firmly rooted in Graham's sonic vision of slow-moving doom-laden soundscapes and electronically-enhanced atmospheric dirge. On previous albums, this resulted in a sound fairly rooted in the sort atmospheric, darkly majestic sludge-metal that his old band Neurosis pioneered, but on Nations To Flames, Graham appears to have moved beyond that straightforward, Neurosis-influenced sludge metal into something more strident and distinctive, delivering an assault of belligerent percussive power and jagged metallic crunch that appears to draw more influence from the apocalyptic crush of later-era Killing Joke and even the more extreme sounds of early 90's-era industrial metal. That's a sound that I've always loved, so Nations hooked me in pretty quick; surrounded by sights and sounds of violent urban protest and cities swept in flames, Nations kicks in with the crushing staccato guitars, distorted megaphone howls and militant, snare-driven rhythms of opener "Fall", and I'm immediately catching a whiff of both Killing Joke and early 90s Ministry.
That sort of percussive, apocalyptic mechanical metal sound is here infused into something more majestic, though, the sludgy riffage and martial rhythms giving way to skillfully assembled samples and looped soundscapes. Like on the song "Omens", which reminds me even more of that Minstry-esque warzone metal, the apocalyptic atmosphere of previous albums becoming amplified tenfold, the melodies steeped in dark drama and an unshakeable sense of foreboding. The sheer aggression of A Storm Of Light's music has been amplified, transforming into churning, violent prog-metal with massive chugging riffs, a heavy layer of synthesizer sheen and cold electronics sweeping through the entire album. Massive tribal rhythms churn alongside droning, hypnotic riffage and densely layered samples on "Dead Flags" as the band evokes the album title in the howling, furious lyrics. Waves of howling feedback cascade across "Lifeless", almost threatening to drown out the jagged riffage and percussive heaviness. And once the ominous cinematic power of the instrumental "Soothsayer" really starts to kick in, it's almost as if these guys have crafted something that is equal part Beating The Retreat-era Test Dept. and the angular, fiery sludge metal of Mastodon or High On Fire; elsewhere, I'm reminded of both Neurosis and Psalm 69 with the grinding, distorted thrash of "Disintegrate". A previous guest collaborator, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil returns to contribute his guitar playing to the songs "The Fire Sermon", "Omen" and "The Year Is One", and his sound is unmistakable when it appears, his signature sinuous bluesy solos searing through the angular sludge-metal; Will Lindsay (Ahisma, Indian, Anatomy Of Habit, Middian, Nachtmystium, Wolves In The Throne Room) also appears, playing guitar on four of the songs. Again, though, this is Graham's vision, one that has evolved into something even darker and more threatening on Nations To Flames, a pounding metallic soundtrack to violent street protests, the atmosphere thick with smoke and tear gas fumes. Easily their most intense work yet.
Track Samples:
Sample : You Are the Hunted
Sample : Omen
Sample : The Year Is One
Sample : Fall

ABIGAIL   The Lord Of Satan   CD   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    10.98

Back in print, and back in stock...
An awesome collection of mid-90s EP tracks from Japanese black thrashers Abigail, from earlier in their career before the band evolved into the pussy-obsessed necro-punks that have released such classic slabs of carnal metal as Forever Street Metal Bitch, Intercourse And Lust and Sweet Baby Metal Slut. It's hard not to gush about these guys; Abigail are one of my favorite "black metal" bands of all time, and certainly my favorite Japanese black metal band right alongside avant-garde weirdoes Sigh (the two bands have in fact shared members at various points over the past twenty years). However, Abigail's version of black metal is a cruder, snottier beast, much closer in sound and spirit to Venom and the newer blackened, speed-metal punk of bands like Midnight, Speedwolf, and Syphilitic Vaginas, even hinting at the grungy ultra-distorted punk stomp of bands like Malveillance and Sump at times, with ripping punk-influenced guitar riffs, Yasuyuki's weird snarling, choking vocal delivery, and lots of wickedly catchy hooks.
The twelve songs collected on The Lord Of Satan come from the band's split with Funeral Winds and the Confound Eternal and Descending from a Blackened Sky Eps, all from 1993 through 1996. While there's still TONS of that sloppy, blackened speedpunk going on with these early songs, there's also lots of actual black metal too, where the band will suddenly launch into a blazing blast attack (like on "We Shall Not Await The Dawn" and the feral savagery of "Swing Your Hammer"), something which you hear a lot less of on their newer albums. Abigail always throw in all kinds of neat, quirky touches into their black thrash as well, like the melodic backing "woah-oh's" on "Dawn" that add a weird Misfits flourish to the blackened blasting fury, and the KILLER synthesizer track "Darkness Steals" that closes the first side of the album and sounds like a cross between Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" and a late 80's horror movie soundtrack. There's more creepy electronic music on the b-side with "Descending From A Blackened Sky", where sky-gazing synthesizers and a simple keyboard melody play over deep bass tones and a slow pounding drumbeat. These weird little interludes add a lot to the depraved dungeon-glow that surrounds Abigail's warped Nipponese blackthrash.
We've got both the vinyl edition of The Lord Of Satan that comes in a deluxe heavyweight glossy gatefold that also includes a black and white lyric insert and a large Abigail poster, and a high quality Cd edition.
Track Samples:
Sample : Attack With Spell
Sample : Darkness Steals
Sample : The Lord Of Satam
Sample : Descending From A Blackened Sky
Sample : COnfound Eternal

ABSOLUT   Demo Tape 2013   CASSETTE   (Sub//Par Records)    6.50

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & SPACE PARANOID   Black Magic Satori   LP   (Safety Meeting Records)    19.99

AEGES   self-titled   CASSETTE   (Dead Accents)    6.50

AFTERBIRTH   Foeticidal Embryo Harvestation   CD   (Pathos Productions)    9.98

AGATHOCLES / BRUTAL TRUTH   Rest In Noise Amigo   CASSETTE   (Haunted Hotel)    6.99

AMBARCHI, OREN / STEPHEN O'MALLEY / RANDALL DUNN   Shade Themes From Kairos   2 x LP   (Drag City)    27.00

ANGER, KENNETH + BRIAN BUTLER   Technicolor Skull   LP   (Ajna Offensive)    21.00

ANTICHRIST   Sacrament Of Blood   CD   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    10.98

ANTICHRIST   Sacrament Of Blood   LP   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    18.98

APARTMENT 213   Cleveland Power Violence   LP   (Fuck Yoga)    18.99

   First released on CD back in 2006 by the long defunct British label Retribute Records, this is still the only full-length album to come from the fearsome Clevo powerviolence band Apartment 213, who took their name from the infamous abode of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Made up of current and former members of Nekrofilth, Scarver's Calling, Schnauzer and Soulless, and fronted by the power-tool weilding madman Steve Makita from the industrial noise outfit Lockweld, Apartment 213 were one of the bands on this side of the country throughout the 1990s capable of handing out the same level of abuse as the West Coast powerviolence contingent. Mostly known for their skull-crushing 7"s and splits released on labels like Dark Empire and Bovine, the band took nearly a decade to finally unleash this sixteen song album, and it's still one of my favorite albums of violent blastcore from the oughts. This slab of speedbeast brutality has finally been reissued on vinyl, courtesy of Macedonian label Fuck Yoga. Here's the old review I did of the CD version:
    Apartment 213 are fucking back on the map with this new 16 song album. Back in the '90's, the Midwest couldn't really compete with California or the East Coast when it came to extreme hardcore. I mean, c'mon...Cali had the whole Slap A Ham contingent, bands like Infest and Crossed Out and Man Is The Bastard that are still unchallenged in terms of sheer annihilating brutality. And out east, we had NYC bands like Disassociate and Black Army Jacket and Disrupt that totally killed. Don't get us wrong, there were LOADS of hardcore bands between coasts that shredded, but most of 'em were more punk, less obliterating extremity. Enter Apartment 213, whose hyperspeed, ultra downtuned toolshed grind came together in the early 1990's out of the dark industrial wastes of Cleveland, and channeled brutal Infest-style powerviolence through a bunch of blue collar Ohio dudes armed with power tools and some serious misanthropy. On this new album, Apartment 213 hasn't changed their sound a bit, still dealing out super sludgy metal riffs, blast beats, and over-the-top aggro barked vocals, but with MUCH better production than their previous stuff. And they are still rooted in the DIY punk aesthetic and a love of experimental and industrial noise. You think extreme blasting speedcore sounds tough? Try adding some fucking power tools and crazed feedback noise to the assault. Their use of noise and post-industrial sonics makes alot of sense seeing as how vocalist Steve Makita is also one-half of legendary industrial noise duo Lockweld. Plus, the last track "Freak War" is a nightmarish noise collaboration between Apartment 213 and Eric Wood of Man Is The Bastard/Bastard Noise. Seriously crushing stuff. Cleveland Power Violence! Fight with tools!
Track Samples:
Sample : Freak War
Sample : Lockweld:Infection
Sample : On Her 1st Birthday
Sample : Wife Beater

ARABI, OSMAN   Destroying Symmetry   CASSETTE   (The Tapeworm)    7.99

ARDOUR LOOM   Demo   CASSETTE   (Parasitic)    6.50

ARKAIK EXCRUCIATION   Among The Vortex Of Chaos   CASSETTE   (Black Mass)    8.98

ATHEIST   Elements (ORANGE VINYL)   LP   (Season Of Mist)    23.98

Out of all of the death metal bands that were flirting with prog and avant-garde tendencies in the early 90's (a crowd that included the likes of Pestilence, Cynic, Death and Nocturnus), Atheist was the one that seemed to venture the furthest into full-blown jazz territory, releasing a trio of albums that would continue to mutate more and more into a strange sort of experimental fusion-death that liberally applied elements of tripped-out psychedelia, sweat-soaked samba (!) and similar Latin influences into their complex, crushing metal. Atheist's three albums (1989's Piece of Time, 1991's Unquestionable Presence and 1993's mind-bending Elements) went on to become landmarks in the field of progressive death metal; though the band reunited in recent years and produced the solid comeback album Jupiter for Season Of Mist, it's those earlier albums that I always go back to, as these guys sounded so unique, so outré, their music has aged remarkably well in the decades since their release. Founded by guitarist Kelly Shaefer (who also handled the vocals in Atheist, with a ferocious yowl that was totally unlike the guttural growling most other bands were doing back then) and his crew of pot-smoking visionaries in the early 80's as a standard issue thrash metal band, by the end of the decade they had evolved into one of the most unique metal bands to ever come out of the Sunshine State, morphing into something much more complex and left-field than almost anyone else in the Floridian death metal scene, combining dizzying baroque arrangements and highly complex time signatures with vicious, discordant riffs and heavy doses of fusiony jazz, Latin music and prog influences. Unsurprisingly, these albums went over the heads of most metalheads when they originally came out, the complexity and insane tonal shifts throwing most 'bangers for a loop. They never received the sort of widespread acclaim that many of their peers enjoyed throughout the 90's, and Atheist ended up breaking up not long after the release of their third album Elements. Released on the long-defunct Active Records, all three of the early Atheist LPs were later re-mastered and reissued with bonus materials on CD via Relapse Records in 2005, followed by these new limited-edition vinyl reissues on new label Season Of Mist that pretty much duplicate the original Active releases all the way down to the center labels.
On album number three, listeners followed Atheist all the way down their weird rabbit-hole of surreal songwriting and jazz/samba influenced prog meshed with crushing staccato death metal heaviness. Despite the fact that Elements was in essence a rush-job that the band belted out quickly to finish off their contract, the album was an intense, accomplished work that featured some of Atheist's most imaginative songwriting ever. Most of the songs are titled after various elemental forces, continuing in the band's strange New Age-style themes of spirituality, and their Byzantine songwriting was further fleshed out with polyrhythmic drumming, complex time signatures and unpredictable shifts in style and tone that often completely abandoned the death metal form. Cynic bassist Tony Choy returned as well, contributing his virtuosic deep-pocket playing that the band wisely put way up front in the mix. Choy's playing is a big part of what makes this album sound so unique, his grooves more informed by jazz, funk and Latin influences than the plodding chug of classical heavy metal. The song "Mineral" breaks into one of the sickest and most unusual death metal breakdowns I have ever heard, while elsewhere the band blends soaring guitar solos, fusiony shredding and haunting e-bow textures into gorgeous abstract guitar instrumentals like "Fractal Point" and "See You Again". And all throughout Elements, the band swerves from that wicked metallic heaviness into frenetic samba session or searing Latin jazz style guitar solos, with some full-on samba appearing on the piano-laced interlude "Samba Briza". I know that this stuff blew my mind the first time I listened to this album, I can only imagine how other death metal fans might have reacted when they first heard this wild, jazz-infected progdeath back in 1993. Atheist's rhythmic complexity and stylistic indulgences were like no other band; in fact, in the twenty years since Elements first came out, the only band that has even come close to capturing the sort of bizarre, mind-bending jazzmetal virtuosity heard here would be Brooklyn's Candiria. A lot of Atheist fans consider their second album to be their finest, but for me, Elements remains the band's career high point, a masterpiece of memorable, utterly unique, highly adventurous metal. Highly recommended.
Track Samples:
Sample : Fire
Sample : Green
Sample : On They Slay [*][Live]

BACCHANAL   Purity Through Darkness   CASSETTE   (Vanguard Productions)    6.50

BASTARD SAPLING   Instinct Is Forever   CD   (Forcefield)    9.98

BASTARD SAPLING   Instinct Is Forever   2 x LP   (Forcefield)    24.98

BASTARD SAPLING   Dragged From Our Restless Trance   CASSETTE   (Forcefield)    6.98

BEAUSOLEIL, BOBBY   The Lucifer Rising Suite   4 x LP BOXSET   (Ajna Offensive)    59.98

Finally back in stock...
  Bobby Beausoleil's legendary Lucifer Rising suite has appeared in various forms over the years, first as a limited edition LP release on Lethal Records in 1980, later on self-released CDR through Beausoleil's own White Dog Music imprint that he ran in partnership with his wife. This piece of experimental film/music history never received the sort of deluxe, in-depth treatment that it really deserved, however, until the mighty Ajna imprint assembled this monstrous four-record box set that came out back in 2009. A masterpiece of infernal, occult psychedelia, dark cosmic blues, and shadowy synthesizer music, this boxset featured not only Beausoleil's now infamous score that he recorded in prison for Kenneth Anger's long-in-the-works Aliester Crowley-inspired experimental film Lucifer Rising, but also a ton of additional material that includes some of the earliest Beausoleil recordings in existence. The original boxset sold out not too long after its release, but Ajna has recently issued a new pressing of this massive set, this time on colored vinyl under the guidance of Beausoleil. As before, this is one of the most immersive sets that I've picked up for the store, charting Beausoleil's strange story from his beginnings in the West Coast psychedelia/experimental music underground through his later, more developed prison recordings. And its all essential listening for fans of occult prog and psychedelia.
   The third edition of The Lucifer Rising Suite includes the new colored vinyl pressing along with a huge four-page LP-size booklet that features extensive photos and liner notes from illustrator/subterranean historian Dennis Dread (Entarte Kunts), writer Michael Moynihan (Lords Of Chaos) and Beausoleil himself, two huge 23" by 36" full-color poster reproductions of Beausoleil and Dennis Dread's artwork, and printed full-color inner sleeves for each record, the whole set housed in a stunning tip-on box illustrated by Dread and Finnish artist Timo Ketola (Watain, Opeth, Teitanblood, Deathspell Omega). It's absolutely gorgeous.
   The whole saga behind Beausoleil and the soundtrack to Anger's Lucifer Rising is both tragic and fascinating. Often erroneously considered to have been a part of the actual Manson Family, Beausoleil was a young musician in the late 60's Los Angeles psychedelic underground who had already performed with Arthur Lee of Love and associated with the likes of the Beach Boys and Frank Zappa before being approached by acclaimed experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger to star in his then current project, Lucifer Rising. Agreeing to take on the role with the understanding that he would also be allowed to create the score for the film, Beausoleil began to work on the music for Anger's film just before finding himself caught up on the fringes of the crowd that was hanging around Charles Manson and his followers, and was soon involved in the brutal murder of fellow musician and drug dealer Gary Hinman in 1969, an act that ended up sending him to prison and became the spark that would ignite the series of events resulting in the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders.
   But to fans of dark underground psychedelia, Beausoleil is more than just a footnote in the bloody saga of the Manson Family. Prior to his murder of Hinman, Beausoleil had staged several live performances that tied in with his work-in-progress for the Lucifer Rising score, sprawling experimental improv sets that blended crude rock dirges and cosmic free-jazz blurt, one of which is documented here. But in the years following his conviction, he spent his time behind bars writing and recording some seriously gorgeous music, using fellow prisoners to flesh out his "Freedom Orchestra", even creating a primitive studio inside of his jail cell. Using ancient Moog synthesizers, trumpets, Fender Rhodes electric piano and a standard rock lineup of bass/drums/guitar, Beausoleil and his backing band created some stunning psychedelic soundscapes that combined primitive electronics and effects-drenched electric guitar with propulsive, hypnotic drumming and lush layered synths, sounding at times remarkably like a more sinister Tangerine Dream flecked with bits of sun-scorched Mojave twang. It's all amazing stuff, and it definitely leads me to believe that if Beausoleil had not been caught up in the insanity of the Manson crowd, he could very well have become a legendary figure of 70's rock.
   So what you get with Ajna's luxuriant Lucifer Rising set is basically everything that Beausoleil recorded up through the end of 70's, up to the long-delayed release of Anger's film in 1980. The recordings span more than a decade, starting with the original 1967 live recordings up through his studio work at Tracey Prison, with much of the material featured here never before released. The music is a lush opiate fog of droning psychedelia and dark kosmische drift, the first side featuring the nearly twenty-five minute live recording of "Lucifer Rising I" from 1967, a sprawling psych-rock workout woven out of saxophones and other horns, flutes and rumbling percussion, the sound a delirious haze of improvised jazziness and haunting, dreamlike melody, meandering blues guitar winding through the squalls of jazzy freeform chaos, with moments of striking dark beauty constantly surfacing throughout the recording. On tracks like "Dark Passage", Beausoleil and company craft an eerie confluence of primitive electronics and subterranean drones into something resembling a psychedelic horror film score, before lurching into the searing spaced-out blues of "Hellion Rebellion", its slide guitar slipping like black tears over the massive reverb-drenched drums. There are blown-out cosmic garage-rock raveups ("Dance Of The Fire Demons") and monstrous choogle ("Tear It Down"), and the gorgeous, almost Morricone-esque moodiness of "Penumbra"; elsewhere, it's all eerie New Age-y synthdrift, abstract and Teutonic, and at it's darkest ("Sleeping Dragon") isn't very far at all from the grim electronic soundcscapes of early Tangerine Dream. "Fallen Angel Blues" employs the talk-box to mesmerizing effect. And through it all, Beausoleil's amazing guitar playing is front and center, warm and expressive and evocative, his blues licks filled with an amazing amount of emotional resonance for someone who was so young at the time of the recording. One of the best tracks included here is the gorgeous sprawling cosmic psychedelia on the twenty one minute long jam "Beacon", one of Beausoleil's most beautiful recordings in the set, a delay-drenched, synth-smeared starburst of sound that is reminiscent of classic Piper-era Pink Floyd.
   But it's the film score for Lucifer Rising that will truly blow you away. The fourth and final disc features the complete six-part Lucifer Rising Suite, and it's undeniably Beausoleil's masterpiece, with that vague Morricone-esque vibe hanging over the ominous melodies and brass-laced moodiness, a dark, malevolent piece of cinematic psychedelia made up of stunning electronic textures and shadowy atmosphere, breathtaking passages of trumpet cutting through the dark twilight soundscape, while distorted, crunchy hard-rock guitar riffs sweep through the abyss. The suite later erupts[ts into gales of wah-drenched psych-guitar frenzy and flurries of otherworldly electronics, and in its final moments transforms into something like a more sinister Tangerine Dream or Ash Ra, and certainly on par with the work that those bands were producing around the same time.

BEYOND LIFE   Blackened Sky   CD   (Le Crépuscule Du Soir)    11.98

BLACK CILICE   Summoning The Night   CD   (Hidden Marly)    11.98

Track Samples:
Sample : Judgement
Sample : Astral Cipher
Sample : Amidst Medieval Tombs

BLACKDEATH   Jesus Wept   12"   (Wohrt Records)    12.98

BLOODYMINDED   Within The Walls   CD   (Bloodlust!)    9.98

BLOODYMINDED   Within The Walls   LP   (Bloodlust!)    15.98

BORIS   Noise   CD   (Sargent House)    15.98

BORIS   Noise   2 x LP   (Sargent House)    28.00

BOTANIST   VI: Flora   CD   (The Flenser)    13.98

BOTANIST   VI: Flora   LP   (The Flenser)    19.99

BOTCH   An Anthology Of Dead Ends   LP   (Hydra Head)    24.99

BURIAL HEX   In Psychic Defense   CD   (Cold Spring)    13.98

CARPENTER, JOHN + ALAN HOWARTH   Halloween II (CLEAR VINYL)   LP   (Death Waltz)    26.98

Here's the new 2014 repress of this classic slasher soundtrack, issued by Death Waltz on clear vinyl and packaged with a new obi insert.
Finally have several of the recent releases from Death Waltz in stock here at C-Blast; this new boutique label from the UK has been putting stuff out for over a year now, but just about everything they have done has quickly sold out. It's one of the coolest new imprints out there, a vinyl-only operation that is curating a fantastic selection of cult horror / exploitation film soundtracks from the 1970s-1980s "golden age" of electronic film scores, with a couple of high quality newer works appearing every now and then as well. With a signature sleeve design aesthetic, a killer logo and impeccable taste in the best in cinematic electronic darkness, every single one of Death Waltz's releases are amazing collectors items for fans of classic horror sounds.
One of the more recent entries into Death Waltz's reissue campaign is this new vinyl edition of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's OST for the follow-up to Carpenter's iconic 1978 film. For the sequel, Carpenter kept the haunting signature Halloween theme but switched it from piano to synthesizer for this score, giving the soundtrack a sharper, more menacing edge. The opening track is the "Halloween II Theme", a harder, more synth-drenched version that signature melody, fusing it with washes of almost Tangerine Dream-like choral drift. The haunting "Laurie's Theme" is likewise updated for the new score, those familiar harpsichord-like chords turned into something more dissonant and unsettling. The rest of Halloween II's score continues to combine most of those key themes from the first film with that mix of newer synthesizer sounds and production techniques; where the first film's score was actually pretty minimal and spare, here Carpenter and Howarth blend in growling distorted synth drones, lush electronic piano, with ventures into the pounding death-march electronica of "Laurie And Jimmy" and the deep rumbling drones, blood-freezing chimes and pounding kettledrums that appear in "The Shape Enters Laurie's Room". The dread-filled tympani and sequenced electronics of "The Shape Stalks Again" make for one of the score's most doom-laden sequences, but then the fim closes with the only piece of non-original music, the old Chordettes hit "Mr. Sandman" that plays out over the end credits.
Absolutely recommended to anyone into classic slasher soundtracks, the retro terror-electronics of Gatekeeper and Umberto, and the creepiest fringes of early synth-based industrial and electronic music; despite it's minimalism, the Halloween II score is still manages to incite dread even when divorced from the blood-stained imagery of the film.
Like everything else on Death Waltz, this record is beautifully presented in a jacket that features new artwork from Brandon Schaefer as well as a large foldout poster with the same image in larger form, along with liner notes from Schaefer and Alan Howarth.

CATAPULT THE DEAD   All Is Sorrow   LP   (Wet Machine)    16.98

CAULBEARER + SKY BURIAL   Canticle Of The Three   CDR   (Peacock Window)    9.98

CAVERNOUS WOMB   self-titled   CASSETTE   (Einsamkeit ‎)    5.99

CIRINO, CHUCK   Chopping Mall   LP   (Waxwork)    29.98

CLAY RENDERING   Vengeance Candle   12"   (Hospital Productions)    17.99

COCK E.S.P.   Historia De La Musica Cock   CD   (Little Mafia)    9.98

COLD BODY RADIATION   A Clear Path   CD   (Dusktone)    12.98

COLUMN OF HEAVEN   Ecstatically Embracing All That We Habitually Suppress   LP   (Regurgitated Semen)    17.99

COLUMN OF HEAVEN   Precipice   CASSETTE   (Survivalist)    7.98

CONDOMINIUM   Warm Home   LP   (Cut The Cord That...)    19.99

A new 2014 reissue of this killer mutant hardcore album, originally self released by the band back in 2011, now available from German label Cut The Cord That... Records in a limited edition of five hundred copies.
After a clutch of smokin' 7"s, the Minnesota trio Condominium brings us their first full length of mutated hardcore, tearing through a brand of tweaked hardcore punk that's got this gnarled, malevolent vibe, at times echoing the wonky aggro power of Black Flag and the off-kilter thrash of Die Kruezen, but this has a much deeper weird streak, with odd song arrangements and a handful of detours into noisier experimental territory that can occasionally evoke the crazed formless violence of Harry Pussy, which is always a plus. The twangy guitar spits out some evil-sounding riffs, the drummer races through straightforward rocking into these chaotic bursts of blast beats and manic thrash, and the singer sounds like he's growling through a mouth full of mush through a broken microphone.
All of this is heard on the ferocious blast of chaotic hardcore on the opener "Life Is Amazing", followed by the noisier art-punk damage of "Teeth". Then there's the track titled "Why Be Something That You're Not", presumably a reference to the song of the same title from hardcore pioneers Negative Approach, but this is a strange Dadaist noise experiment that combines improvised guitar noise, hammer dulcimer, an out-of-tune violin, and random household objects banging together. It then kicks into another seething noisy punk assault with "I Don't Hate Any Of You" that wraps up the first side.
Over on the second half, the band engages in some shambling free-rock for a minute, then proceeds through more pounding fast paced hardcore that spins off into stretches where the band jams on the same riff over and over until they fade into nothing, then kick right back in a hyperfast grindy chaos and atonal guitar skronk, closing with the almost Dead C-meets-Flipper shamble and drawled, brain damaged singing on "An Arbitrary Choice Between Infinite Coexisting Realities" that finally coalesces into one last murderous punk assault.
Definitely for fans of the sort of weirdo hardcore coming out on Iron Lung, Parts Unknown and Fashionable Idiots.
Track Samples:
Sample : An Arbitrary Choice Between Infinite Coexisting Realities
Sample : Life Is Amazing
Sample : Under Glass
Sample : Warm Home

CULVER & LA MANCHA DEL PECADO   Collaboration 3   CASSETTE   (At War With False Noise)    7.99

CUTTHROATS 9, THE   Dissent   LP   (Lamb Unlimited)    19.98

DAMAGE DIGITAL / FASCIST INSECT   split   CASSETTE   (Horns & Hoof Records)    6.99

DE SILENCE ET D'OMBRE   Vol IV: Worship The Hideous   CD   (Le Crépuscule Du Soir)    11.98

DEAD LANGUAGE   self-titled   LP   (Iron Lung Records)    13.98

DEATHPILE   Final Confession   2 x LP   (Chrome Peeler)    21.00

Here's a killer new vinyl edition of this vicious compilation of assorted out of print recordings, originally released on CD by Pain Compliance back in 2005. Almost everything that was included on the CD is featured here, save for three tracks: "Blunt Anal Trauma" and "Execration" from the Random Acts Of Cruelty tape, and the unreleased track "Slaughterhouse Pornography". This vinyl version has all-new album art from the eternally vile Tisbor (Fecalove), and comes on random marble colored vinyl, issued in a limited edition of five hundrec copies. Here's the review of the original CD release:
A "greatest hits" collection from Jonathan Canady's Deathpile, the seminal power electronics/death industrial prokect that he operated from 1995 through 2004. Canady's approach to power electronics was obviously inspired by the original UK industrial scene, groups like Con-Dom and WHitehouse and Sutcliffe Jugend, but Deathpile took that classic old-school PE sound and made it MUCH heavier, cranking up the distortion, maxing out on the bass frequencies, and delivering his vocals with a gutteral inhuman roar that rivalled that of any death metal band. The crushing, nihilistic PE of Deathpile has always been some of the heaviest in the field - I remember seeing them live in Providence earlier in the decade before the project disbanded, and it was one of the heaviest fucking things that I'd seen up to that point, Canady roaring about prostitutes and serial killing and general depravity while his partner turned his synthesizer into a flamethrower, filling the club space with skull-imploding distorted bass pulses and sickening high-end squiggles of electricity.
One of the things that I always loved about Deathpile's recordings was how there seemed to be a kind of lurching ultra-distorted rhythmic foundation to so many of the tracks. You'll have the harsh nightmarish vocals and grating synth noise, total PE assault, but then underneath of it all are waves of distinct rhythm, massive throbbing synth loops that kinda of sound like clusters of programmed drums and impossibly distorted, crumbling guitar reduced to sludgy, repetitious chunks of industrial throb, sort of similiar to the ultra-heavy industrial metal band Dead World that Canady also used to play in. It's all electronic, actually, but few bands have managed to take pure electronic sound and make it as completely crushing as this, and was one of the reasons that alot of adventurous metal fans (like myself) got into Deathpile back in the 90's.
Final Confession collects various out-of-print and rare tracks that have been picked by Canady himself for this release, and includes lyrics, detailed liner notes and track information. The material is taken from 1997's Dedicated To Edmund Emil Kemper and Abominations 7"s, the Random Acts Of Cruelty cassette, the 120 Days Of Sodom split Lp with Discordance, one track from the Ne Plus Ultra CD on RRRecords (which we actually still have in stock!), 2000's Back On The Prowl CDR, 2001's Gutters Of New York City CDR, the 2001 power electronics compilation Pornography Hurts , one track from the split CDR with Whorebutcher, and a previously unreleased track called "Slaughterhouse Pornography". Most of these tracks run around five minutes, and consist of grinding slabs of low-end distorted throb and ultra-crunchy synth drone that serves as the foundation for Canady's misanthropic examinations of violent sex, murder, exploitation, and subjugation with the kind of unflinching gaze you'd associate with writer Peter Sotos, and those brutal deathgrowl vocals are sometimes replaced with taped recordings of news broadcasts and witness interviews from violent events that adds to the queasy, threatening atmosphere of the Deathpile sound. An essential collection of crushing American power electronics for fans of Sickness, Whitehouse, Prurient, Slogun, Taint, etc.
Track Samples:
Sample : Abominations Of The Flesh
Sample : Triumph Of The Hunter

DEEP CREEPS   Crown Gall   CASSETTE   (Self Released)    4.98

DEMILICH   20th Adversary Of Emptiness   2 x CD   (Svart Records)    19.99

DEPRESSOR   Filth / Grace   LP   (Fuck Yoga)    18.98

DESIDERII MARGINIS   Thaw   CD   (Zoharum)    14.98

DIE KREUZEN   self-titled   LP   (Touch & Go)    21.00

DIE SONNE SATAN   Archive Compendium   CD   (Dark Vinyl)    11.98

DISSECTING TABLE / SEKTOR 304   Utopia / Decay   LP   (Malignant)    17.98

DOMAINS   Sinister Ceremonies   LP   (The Sinister Flame)    24.99

DOOMED AND DISGUSTNG   Satan's Nightmare   LP   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    15.98

DRASSER, CODY   Lugubrium Encumbrium   CASSETTE   (Peacock Window)    6.50

DRAUGURINN   Móðuharðindin   CD   (Le Crépuscule Du Soir)    11.98

DRUNK DAD   Ripper Killer   LP   (Eolian)    16.98

EARTH   Primitive And Deadly   CD   (Southern Lord)    12.98

EARTH   Primitive And Deadly   2 x LP   (Southern Lord)    24.98

EHNAHRE   Pipeline   CASSETTE   (Semata Productions)    7.00

Just got a handful of copies of this otherwise out-of-print cassette release from avant death metallers Ehnahre back in stock...
Former members of Kayo Dot go ULTRA heavy with their new band Ehnare, a Boston death metal band (sorta) that combines abstract blackened doom, death metal and 20th century classical influences into something monstrous and alien sounding, and really quite unique, certainly unlike anything else that I can think of. Of course, you'd expect a death metal band with people that previously played in Kayo Dot to sound pretty far out, but this is some of the most avant-garde death metal I've discovered lately, monstrous blackened dissonant doomscapes and crazed atonal Schoenberg/Bartok-obsessed riffing that bends at angles that are nigh impossible to comprehend. Originally released in a criminally limited run of 50 copies specifically for a European/UK tour, Pipeline has since been re-pressed in a slightly larger run of 175 professionally manufactured copies, of which I've been able to snag a few for C-Blast. The music on the tape is taken from a live recording of three tracks from their album The Man Closing Up (which we just got in stock and will have reviewed/listed in next week's update) captured at a radio station in 2008. Ehnare normally incorporate horns (!) and electronics into their bestial blast-chaos, but for this set they stripped their sound down to just a skeletal lineup of guitar/drums/bass, and yet still manage to sound like their music has been beamed in from another, much more violent dimension. Imagine early Incantation, extreme free-jazz and the most atonal 20th century classical music mashed together into a murderous black blast, and you'll have a vague idea of what this sounds like. When I first listened to this cassette, I thought that most of this was improvised, it's that chaotic and dissonant; but closer listening reveals some pretty advanced (and totally batshit; seriously, there are parts of this where it sounds like the guitarists suddenly start to play their riffs backwards...) compositional techniques at work here. It's some of the most challenging modern death metal I've heard lately, and it fucking RULES. Gorguts/Negativa fans will probably have a seizure when they hear this band. Highest recommendation for fans of avant-garde death/doom.

ELECTRIC FUNERAL   Total Funeral   2 x LP   (Southern Lord)    19.98

ELHAZ   The Black Flame   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

EMPIRE AURIGA   Ascending The Solarthrone   CD   (Moribund)    15.98

EN NIHIL / COMPACTOR   Void   CASSETTE   (Enemata)    6.50

EN NIHIL / FILTH   Black Earth   CASSETTE   (Out-Of-Body Records)    6.99

EN NIHIL / PROCESSION OF THE BLACK SLOTH   Mask of the Predator, Flesh of the Prey   CASSETTE   (Whispering Eye Recordings)    7.50

EN NIHIL / REGOSPHERE   split   CASSETTE   (DumpsterScore)    6.50

ENOCH   Graveyard Disturbances   CD   (Baphomet)    13.98

ENSEPULCHRED   Abandoned Epitaph   CASSETTE   (Skullheadfuck)    5.99

EPITIMIA   Faces Of Insanity   CD   (Hypnotic Dirge)    11.98

Track Samples:
Sample : Reminiscentia
Sample : Lethe
Sample : Epikrisis III: Megalomania

EPITIMIA   (Un)reality   2 x CD   (Hypnotic Dirge)    14.98

Track Samples:
Sample : Delusion V - Post Scriptum
Sample : ÿþDelusion I – Escapism
Sample : ÿþIllusion II – Oath
Sample : ÿþIllusion V – Far Away
Sample : Metanoia

EQUINOX   Of Blade And Graal   CASSETTE   (Vanguard Productions)    6.50

FALSE FLAG   Bombshelter Nightmare   CASSETTE   (Terror)    7.98

FISER, LUBOS / ZDENEK LISKA   Morgiana / The Cremator - Music From The Films By Juraj Herz   CD   (Finders Keepers / B-Music)    13.98

FÓRN   The Departure Of Consciousness   LP   (Vendetta)    17.98

FROSTMOON ECLIPSE   Gathering The Dark   CASSETTE   (Dark Empire)    6.99

FUNERALIUM   Deceived Idealism   2 x CD   (Weird Truth)    17.98

FUOCO FATUO   The Viper Slithers In The Ashes Of What Remains   CASSETTE   (Caligari)    5.99

GNAWED   Feign And Cloak   CD   (Malignant)    11.98

GODFLESH   Hymns   2 x CD   (The End)    14.98

GOG   self-titled   LP   (King Of The Monsters)    12.98

GORGUTS   ...And Then Comes Lividity: Demo Anthology Vol II   12"   (War On Music)    19.99

GORGUTS   ...And Then Comes Lividity: Demo Anthology Vol I   LP   (War On Music)    18.98

GORGUTS   ...And Then Comes Lividity: Demo Anthology Vol III   LP + 7"   (War On Music)    23.99

GRACE, JEFF   The House Of The Devil   LP   (Death Waltz)    29.98

GRAVES AT SEA   This Place Is Poison   12"   (Eolian)    12.98

GRUE   Casualty Of The Psychic Wars   CD   (Eternal Death)    9.98

GRUNTSPLATTER   The Aberrant Laboratory   CD   (Dark Vinyl)    11.98

HADIT   Arise   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

HAEMOTH   Kontamination   CD   (Southern Lord)    14.98

Just got this out-of-print French black metal fave back in stock!
More blazing, mind bending French black metal. Haemoth and his accomplise Syht densely pack this album with hypnotic hyperspeed thrash and brittle, treble sharpened riffs blazing away over powerful blastbeat drumming and misanthropic, static-drenched vocals. Chaotic and noisy, ultrafast and extremely raw. And like their French brethren Drastus and Antaeus, Haemoth offset their blasts of satanic black metal with lengthy industrial-drone interludes and eerie ambience, turning the album into a charred, threatening field recording of some stygian machine inferno littered with melancholy piano lines,white hiss pouring out of shredded speakers, and chunks of barbed-wire encased meat. In addition to the new tracks, Haemoth's three songs off of the 2004 split with Nemeton are included at the end of the CD. Killer buzzing hatred, the CD cloaked in ultra low contrast, murky artwork with indistinct red and black tones, utterly impossible to decipher. Released in a limited, hand-numbered edition of 2,000.

HAPPY DAYS   Defeated By Life   CD   (Maa Productions)    11.99

HAPPY DAYS   Happiness Stops Here...   CD   (Maa Productions)    11.98

HARASSOR   Night On My Side: The Bruno Sessions   LP   (Universal Consciousness)    15.98

HARASSOR   self-titled   LP   (Universal Consciousness)    15.98

HARASSOR   Into Unknown Depths   LP   (Dais)    16.98

HARPER, DON   Cold Worlds   CD   (Dual Planet)    15.99

HARPER, DON   Cold Worlds   LP   (Dual Planet)    27.98

HARVEST GULGALTHA   I   LP   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    15.98

HAVE A NICE LIFE   Deathconsciousness   2 x LP   (The Flenser)    26.98

HAXAN CLOAK, THE   self-titled   CD   (Aurora Borealis)    17.98

HAXAN CLOAK, THE   self-titled   2 x LP   (Aurora Borealis)    30.00

IDES OF GEMINI   Old World New Wave   CD   (Neurot)    14.98

ILL OMEN   Enthroning The Bonds Of Abhorrence   2 x LP   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    27.00

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT   Shrine To The Trident Throne   CD   (Code666)    15.98

INSERVIBLES   Grabaciones 2008-2013   CASSETTE   (Not Normal)    5.99

IRM   Closure...   CD   (Malignant)    11.98

IRON LUNG   Cold Storage II   CASSETTE   (Iron Lung Records)    6.50

JARBOE   Sacrificial Cake   CD   (Alternative Tentacles)    14.99

JHESU MASTURBATOR   The Carnal Altar   CASSETTE   (Repulsive Evil Productions)    5.00

JUHYO / OKHA   split   CASSETTE   (Hear More)    5.99

JUTE GYTE   Isolation   CDR   (Jeshimoth Entertainment)    8.98

JUTE GYTE   Senescence   CDR   (Jeshimoth Entertainment)    8.98

JUTE GYTE   Impermanence   CDR   (Jeshimoth Entertainment)    8.98

JUTE GYTE   Young Eagle   CDR   (Jeshimoth Entertainment)    8.98

JUTE GYTE   Noctis Labyrinthus   CDR   (Jeshimoth Entertainment)    8.98

JUTE GYTE   Verstiegenheit   CDR   (Jeshimoth Entertainment)    8.98

JUTE GYTE   Discontinuities   CDR   (Jeshimoth Entertainment)    8.98

KATHOGAH / DSM   East End Noise / West End Burls   CASSETTE   (Human Beard)    6.50

KAY LAWRENCE   Carrying Her Thighs, Her Back   CASSETTE   (Phage Tapes)    6.50

KNELT ROTE   Insignificance   CD   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    10.98

KNELT ROTE   Insignificance   LP   (Parasitic)    14.99

KOMMANDANT   Kontakt   CASSETTE   (Infernal Kommando)    7.99

KOMMANDANT   Stormlegion   CASSETTE   (Infernal Kommando)    7.99

KROMOSOM   8 Tracks   12"   (Havoc)    16.98

KROMOSOM   Live Forever   CD   (Southern Lord)    12.98

L'ACEPHALE   Stahlhartes Gehäuse   2 x LP   (Pesanta)    29.99

LEBEN OHNE LICHT KOLLEKTIV / IMMEMORIAL   Quantum Of Abstract Physics   CD   (Le Crépuscule Du Soir)    12.98

LILES, ANDREW   The Maleficent Monster And Other Macabre Stories   LP   (Blackest Rainbow)    29.98

LOWEST FORM, THE   Negative Ecstasy   LP   (Iron Lung Records)    15.98

LUSSURIA   Industriale Illuminato   CD   (Hospital Productions)    16.98

LUSSURIA   Industriale Illuminato   LP   (Hospital Productions)    26.00

M.N.D.L.S.B.L.S.T.N.G.   Infinitum A.D.D. Nauseum   LP   (Devils Fork)    15.98

MAGISTRAL   self-titled   CD   (Southern Lord)    9.99

Back in stock!
After filling my head with the half-dozen or so new Z'ev-related discs that I've picked up over the past year since first getting into the guy's ritualistic percussion-based dronescapes, I'd been secretly dreaming that he would team up at some point with one of the major players in the avant-metal scene to take his pounding sheet metal textures into a new realm of heaviness. And once again the universe configures itself to serve my needs, as here we have a thrilling (to me, at least!) new collaboration between Z'ev and who else but Stephen O'Malley, that dark prince of abstracted metal guitar. So what's the deal? Magistral began to take shape with an 8-minute, 42-second guitar solo performed by O'Malley, recorded and captured as the source material. This solo made it's way to Z'ev, who, according to the liner notes on the back cover, took the solo and subjected it to "renderings, recodings, percussion, submixes". What comes out on the other end are five pieces of ominous percussive ambience with the original guitar solo processed into eerie bell tolls ringing across a shimmering arctic landscape, fluttering tones whirring through vast expanses of nocturnal void, while in the distance metal pipes and huge shards of sheet metal clang together in clangorous tribal rhythms. They get pretty noisy at times, but for the most part Magistral is pure blackened drone, nowhere as harsh and metallic as O'Malley's recent KTL recordings with Pita, instead leaning far more to the cavernous deathdrift of Lustmord or Yen Pox. The final track is a standout though, with Z'ev's heavy tribal rhythms coming to the forefront over a howling, distorted guitar drone. Magistral comes in a beautiful gatefold style sleeve similiar to that of the Sunn/Boris Altar album or the Oren Ambarchi disc on Southern Lord, with stunning artwork from O'Malley and photography from Seldon Hunt. Recommended.
Track Samples:
Sample : 6m 59s from last 42s left channel only - 26 track submix
Sample : 6m 7s from 36s from 6m 53s - 7m 27s - 34 track submix
Sample : 8m 39s from 1m 18s from 4m 55s - 6m 13s - 18 track submix

MAMALEEK   He Never Said A Mumblin Word   LP   (The Flenser)    19.98

MANFREDINI, HARRY   Friday The 13th   LP   (Waxwork)    29.99

MARE DI DIRAC   Tupilaq   CD   (Greytone)    11.98

MEKONG DELTA   In A Mirror Darkly   CD   (Steamhammer)    15.98

MEKONG DELTA   In A Mirror Darkly   2 x LP   (Steamhammer)    24.98

MELEK-THA   Gloriam Demondi   CD   (Dark Vinyl)    11.98

MELEK-THA   War Is Coming   CD   (Dark Vinyl)    11.98

MERCURY   Inari   CASSETTE   (Einsamkeit ‎)    5.99

MERZBOW   Takahe Collage   CD   (Handmade Birds)    12.98

MOLOCH   Abgrund Meines Wesens   CD   (Le Crépuscule Du Soir)    11.98

MOLOCH   Misanthropie Ist Der Einzige Weg Zur Reinheit   CASSETTE   (Husk Records)    5.00

MONARCH   Sabbracadaver   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98

MORTUALIA   Blood Of The Hermit   CD   (Moribund)    15.98

MORTUUS   Grape Of The Vine   CD   (Ajna Offensive)    10.98

MORTUUS   Grape Of The Vine   LP   (Ajna Offensive)    15.98

MOURNFUL CONGREGATION   Concrescence Of The Sophia   CD   (20 Buck Spin)    10.98

MOURNFUL CONGREGATION   Concrescence Of The Sophia   LP   (20 Buck Spin)    16.98

MUTANT VIDEO   Missing Fingers   CASSETTE   (Iron Lung Records)    7.50

MY DYING BRIDE   34.788%...Complete   CD   (Peaceville)    11.98

MY DYING BRIDE   34.788%...Complete   2 x LP   (Peaceville)    29.99

MY DYING BRIDE   The Light At The End Of The World   2 x LP   (Peaceville)    29.99

MYSTERIAN   A Rose For The Dying   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

MYSTIFIER   25 Years Of Blasphemy And War   CD   (Dunkelheit Produktionen)    22.98

MZ. 412   Macht Durch Stimme   CD   (Dark Vinyl)    11.98

NADJA   Truth Becomes Death   CD   (Alien8)    14.98

Back in print after a period of unavailability, the somewhat elusive first "real" CD release from Nadja that has been a tough one to restock since it first came out on Alien8 in 2005. By now, Nadja has become something of a household name within the avant-metal underground, and despite dropping a new release or reissue what seems like every other month, we keep coming back to the band for more. The duo of guitarist Aidan Baker and bassist Leah Buckareff first appeared here on Truth Becomes Death, after a couple of years of Nadja being Aidan's solo project, and the addition of Leah's rib-shaking bass frequencies and the overall massiveness that Nadja gained from expanding it's lineup really made this a rebirth of the band. I remember when this first came out, alot of writers from the indie rock scene felt compelled to primarily compare Nadja to Sunn O))), but I have no idea what in the hell they were hearing, because Nadja has at no point ever sounded like Sunn O)))...their sound has always been a kind of dense, psychedelic slowcore, equal parts Troum and Codeine and Jesu, their epic riff-dirges stretching out into infinity and unfolding as soul crushingly beautiful pop melody being played at plate-shifting tempos, the rhythmic push provided by a mechanistic, splattery drum machine that alternately clangs and explodes. Yeah, Nadja will toss in some dire sounding minor key chord change here and there in their songs to cast a shadow over the landscape, and the second song on here "Memory Leak" is a devestating slab of processed deathdoom, but no matter how monstrous things get with Nadja, their m.o. has always been about blissed out, maximum fuzz, the slowest, most distorted shoegazer rock imaginable. Well, at least up to their upcoming new album Desire In Uneasiness that we're releasing through Crucial Blast later this spring, but that's another story. On Truth..., it's total bliss. Ethereal major key riffs are pushed into redline levels of distortion where every single instrument seems to be turning into crystal sugar and crumbling all around you, while angelic vocal coo's float in a sea of delay and echo, electronic glitches sputter in and out, savage death metal roars are soaked in soft, billowy fuzz. On this album Nadja came the closest to capturing what a cross between Jesu's first album and Birchville Cat Motel and creeping funeral doom would sound like...simply amazing.
Track Samples:
Sample : Breakpoint
Sample : Bug/Golem
Sample : Memory Leak

NADJA   Queller   CD   (Essence)    17.99

NAKED CITY   Complete Studio Recordings   5 x CD   (Tzadik)    99.98

NATUR   self-titled   CASSETTE   (Primal Vomit)    6.50

NEARLY DEAD   self-titled   LP   (Geriatric Records)    16.98

NEKROCIDAL KILLDEATH   Simulated Musik (Symbiotik Sadisme)   2 x LP   (Devils Fork)    22.50

NEVAI, NONDOR   Nayk'd Ayres   LP   (Devils Fork)    22.50

NEVAI, NONDOR / OVERSHADOWER KOMMAND   Three Tocattas... (Or)   LP   (Devils Fork)    22.50

NEVAI, NONDOR / _ (UNDERSKOR)   DMT Rok + Sonata (The Arrested)   LP   (Devils Fork)    22.50

NEVAI_NONET   String Oktet In A   LP   (Devils Fork)    22.50

NIGHTFELL   The Living Ever Mourn   CD   (Southern Lord)    12.98

NIGHTFELL   The Living Ever Mourn   LP   (Parasitic)    15.99

NIGHTFELL   The Living Ever Mourn   CASSETTE   (Parasitic)    5.98

NIHILL   Grond   2 x LP   (Hydra Head)    29.98

NORD   LSD   LP   (P∴C∴P∴ Records)    24.98


NORD   NG Tapes   LP   (P∴C∴P∴ Records)    22.00

NRIII   The Algea   LP   (Prison Tatt)    17.98

NUCLEARHAMMER   Serpentine Hermetic Lucifer   2 x LP   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    28.00

OPIUM WARLORDS   Taste My Sword Of Understanding   CD   (Svart Records)    14.98

OPIUM WARLORDS   Taste My Sword Of Understanding   2 x LP   (Svart Records)    33.00

ORDEN MUNDIAL   Obediencia Debida   LP   (La Vida Es Un Mus)    21.00

PALLBEARER   Sorrow And Extinction (GREEN/PURPLE)   2 x LP   (20 Buck Spin)    24.99

Back in print on vinyl via this 2014 repress on green/purple vinyl, a limited-edition gatefold double Lp by 20 Buck Spin...
A lot of ears were turned on to the Alabama-based doom metal band Pallbearer back in 2010 when the band released their demo, a three-song dose of epic doom that included a cover of "Szomorú vasárnap" ("Gloomy Sunday") by Hungarian composer Rezső Seress. That demo had people comparing Pallbearer to such titans of epic doom as Candlemass and Warning, and the praise was well-deserved; Pallbearer were capable of crafting immensely heavy music with catchy, moving hooks and amazing vocal melodies and displayed incredible songwriting chops. Everyone who loved that demo had been anxiously awaiting their first album, and Sorrow And Extinction lived up to all of the expectations and then some, appearing earlier this year on Profound Lore and delivering one of the best doom metal experiences in recent memory.
When the album opens, we are greeted by softly strummed acoustic guitar that creaks and scrapes beneath the fingers of the player, a sorrowful and fragile melody that feels almost funereal even as a bluesy twang enters into it, but when the full band finally drops in after a few minutes, you're blown back by the force of their majestic slow-mo metal. That first song "Foreigner" sets up the feel of the rest of the album, presenting a traditional doom metal sound with a unique melodic style that'll stick these songs in your skull for a quite awhile. The likes of Candlemass, Warning and Solitude Aeturnus are clearly an influence on Pallbearer's brand of doom, but the vocal melodies and hooks sound totally unique in the hands of frontman Brett Campbell, whose voice is a perfect mix of soulful emotion and dourness, drifting over Pallbearer's tectonic metal using multi-part harmonies to add a powerful, almost anthemic feel to their choruses. There's a couple of spots on that first song where they sound like a doom-metal version of a Kansas song, and it's pretty goddamn fantastic. No slouching on the heaviness, either; the riffs on this album are armored in lead, massive molten Sabbathian hooks crushing everything underfoot, with just the right amount of "swing" without taking anything away from the mournful, terminally downcast vibe of their music.
These guys are continuously compared to Yob due to the distinctive vocals and the sheer skull-caving heaviness, but Pallbearer sounds much more "classical" than their labelmates, infecting their old-school approach with slight hints of progressive rock and funereal psychedelia to produce what might be rthe doom album of 2012. Highly recommended!
Track Samples:
Sample : Devoid of Redemption
Sample : The Legend
Sample : Given To the Grave

PALLBEARER   Foundations Of Burden   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98

PALLBEARER   Foundations Of Burden   2 x LP   (Profound Lore)    28.98

PHURPA   Mantras Of Bön   CD   (Zoharum)    14.98

PIG HEART TRANSPLANT   For Mass Consumption   CD   (20 Buck Spin)    10.98

PROFANE GRACE   Cast In The Mold Of The Ancients   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

PROSCENIUM   Behind The Curtain   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

PROSCENIUM   Weltschmerz   CD   (Dark Vinyl)    11.98

PSYCHONAUT 75   Hellmachine   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

PSYCHONAUT 75   Stealing The Fire From Heaven   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

QLOAQA LETAL   Nunca, Siempre   LP   (Metadona)    21.00

RABBITS   Untoward   LP   (Lamb Unlimited)    17.99

RED HARVEST   Anarchaos Divine   3 x CD BOXSET   (Candlelight)    28.00

REVENGE   Attack.Blood.Revenge   LP   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    26.98

Now available in a new vinyl edition, housed inside of a hardback casewrapped gatefold jacket with black foil-stamped printing and bound in black cloth, with an eight page booklet glued into the jacket. On black vinyl.
New 2014 edition of this collection of early recordings from cult Canadian black chaos metallers Revenge. Often described as "bestial black death", less is spoken of just how out-there Revenge's ultra-violent metal is; continuing on the warped noise-damaged trajectory as Read's previous outfit Conqueror, Revenge took that sound into a more complex and corrosive direction, cranking up the noisiness even more with an ultra-distorted guitar sound that could blow their shit out into Merzbowian levels of hyperblasting ear-hate. The band has a number of blistering albums out on Red Stream that are all the highest echelons of blackgrind barbarism, but Revenge's earliest recordings have long been hard to come by in physical form.
The earliest material featured on this disc is the band's 2001 EP Attack.Blood.Revenge, a four-song nightmare of crushing dissonant guitar and crazed atonal solos, horrific bestial screams and one of the most rabid-sounding vocal attacks ever, strewn across gut-churning blower-bass and Read's utterly batshit cyclonic drumming, which expands on his monstrous blasts and pummeling tribal beats from Conqueror, whipping up nuclear-fueled deathstorms of crazed off-kilter blastbeats, punishing breakdowns, and bonecrushing mid-paced grindpunk riffs; like Conqueror, Revenge summoned an ultra-violent sound on this EP that was more closely related to the rabid chaos of bands like Nuclear Death and Scum-era Napalm Death than classic black metal, but these songs also seethe with a pitiless contempt for humanity, fueled by a flesh-scorching Social Darwinist philosophy that'll turn a social justice warrior's hair white. Gotta say though, I don't think I've ever heard Revenge swing quite the way they do on the cover of Bathory's "War" that also appears here, probably the closest this band has ever gotten to anything remotely rock n' roll. The two songs from the 2002 Superion.Command.Destroy 7" are even more savage and deformed, ultra-noisy blast attacks that border on toppling into total noisecore, with more of those monstrous pitch-shifted roars and gratuitous use of that abrasive string-scraping pick slide. The noise elements that appeared intermittently on Conqueror's recordings are considerably amped up here, with more bizarre, fleshcrawling vocal processing (what the fuck is going on with those Deadite vocals on "Annihilate or Serve"?) and washes of echo-laden noise that feel like the aural residue from an abattoir. The disc is rounded out by the track from the 2003 split 7" with Arkhon Infaustus, "Deathless Will", and a cover of Von's "Lamb" that originally appeared on the NWN Fest Volume I compilation - essential stuff for fans of Read's chaotic deathnoise.
Track Samples:
Sample : Yabssor Born (Intro)
Sample : Vengeance Absolute
Sample : Blood Division
Sample : Annihilate Or Serve

REVERORUM IB MALACHT   De Mysteriis Dom Christi   CD   (Ajna Offensive)    10.98

RIDE AT DAWN   Blast Cage   CASSETTE   (Survivalist)    6.50

RITA, THE   Womankind 2: Cleopatra, Sacred Servants   CASSETTE   (Survivalist)    6.50

RITI OCCULTI   Secta   CD   (Epidemie)    12.98

RITUAL CHAMBER   The Pits Of Tentacled Screams   CASSETTE   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    6.00

RIZZATI, WALTER   House By The Cemetery OST   LP   (Death Waltz)    28.98

Finally back in stock...
  Another fantastic offering from horror soundtrack reissue label Death Waltz, this new edition of Walter Rizzati's creepy, baroque score to the 1981 Lucio Fulci deathdream House By The Cemetery is a fantastic addition to the label's already uber-impressive catalog of vintage horror scores. It's also one of the stranger and more disturbing soundtracks that the label has put out, blending together delirious psychedelia and dark, sinister prog in a manner somewhat comparable to Goblin's film scores from that era, but the result is much more macabre and unusual and disturbing, perfectly suited to what is one of Fulci's weirdest films. In the past, it was difficult to truly appreciate Rizzati's score while watching the film, thanks to the cruddy, low-quality VHS releases that Fulci's surrealist video nasty received here in the States, so it's a blast to finally hear it re-mastered and presented here in isolated form.
   For Lucio Fulci's bizarre fever dream of basement-lurking corpse killers, ghostly children and brutal dismemberment, Rizzati crafted a macabre collection of pieces that served to enhance the weirdness on display, sharing in the dreamlike quality of Fulci's striking visuals and incoherent narrative. The opening track "Quella Villa" blends an eerie, heavily flanged electric guitar with distant ghostly wailing and a heavy drumbeat, piano locked into an angular syncopated rhythm, this twisted prog putting the viewer and listener off balance from the very beginning, even as it builds into a creepy piano figure around that weirdly fractured psych-guitar. The score is filled with this sort of sonic weirdness, whirling synthesizer figures and moldering acid guitar licks, the awesome mournful gothic prog of "I Remember" with those romantic harpsichord-like melodies, fluttering organ and unearthly chorales, bursts of shambolic spook-prog that sound as eerie as anything from Goblin. The score features multiple variations of Rizzati's haunting theme for the little ghost-girl that haunts the film, shifting from an innocent lullaby to a much more melancholy lament, and those moments of eerie beauty are wracked by swells of dissonant piano and droning synth. "Blonk Suspense" constructs an evil, echoing two-note piano riff around bursts of epic synth and rumbling percussion, and the prowling arrangement for "Verso il Terrore" offers another killer dose of dark progginess. The vaguely jazzy "Incontro" features more of the weird flanged guitar sounds that drift through the score, and the track "Blonk Monster" offers a surprisingly abrasive bit of distorted psych-guitar that skulks behind the bombastic synths and clanking piano riff, nauseating electronic waves rising and falling in the background, making for one of the most fearsome pieces on the album. Bizarre processed voices howl through "Voci Dal Terrore", electronically warped Latin choruses wrapping around those ghoulish synth noises, and phantasmal pipe organs are swept into eerie permutations of sacred music, strafed by tribal rhythms and warped funk guitar. And more of that disturbing guitar dissonance surfaces on "Blonk Fascia", like some mutated avant-rock draped in melting analogue synths and the bellowing of a piano being violently gutted.
  As with everything else from Death Waltz, the presentation is exquisite, the LP packaged in a gorgeously designed jacket, and features both a huge 24" by 24" poster and a 12" by 12" lithograph of Graham Humphreys's lurid cover art, along with extensive and erudite liner notes from horror scholar (and former Coil member / occasional Skullflower collaborator) Steven Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films Of Lucio Fulci and Nightmare USA.
Track Samples:
Sample : Quella Villa
Sample : Blonk Monster
Sample : Verso il Terrore
Sample : Blonk Suspense

SADISTIC HATE VS YUDLUGAR   Keep Away From Children   CD   (Legs Akimbo)    8.99

SEAGULL OVERSEAS   While You Plan It   CASSETTE   (Terror)    7.50

SERPENTS   Demo 2004   CASSETTE   (Survivalist)    6.50

SETE STAR SEPT   All Is Wrong   LP   (SPHC)    11.99

SETE STAR SEPT   Messenger From The Darkness   LP   (Mass Deadening)    13.99

SEVERAL HIDDEN MOUNTAINS   Divine Elevation Through the Occult Radiations of The Sun   CASSETTE   (Dying Sun)    6.98

SHADOWMASS   self-titled   CASSETTE   (Phage Tapes)    7.98

SHIFT   Altamont Rising   CD   (Cold Spring)    13.98

SHIVERS   self-titled   CD   (Miasmah)    16.99

SHIVERS   self-titled   LP   (Miasmah)    19.99

SHROUD OF THE HERETIC   Revelations In Alchemy   CASSETTE   (Parasitic)    5.99

SIGMA OCTANTIS   Dissipations   CD   (Malignant Antibody)    11.98

SLEEP   Dopesmoker (GREEN & BLACK VINYL)   2 x LP   (Southern Lord)    32.00

Back in print, now available as a new 2014 edition on 180 gram black/green vinyl, issued in a run of four thousand copies.
The umpteenth release of one of sludge metal's most legendary albums, the 2012 reissue of Sleep's classic Dopesmoker album offers a new re-mastering, new (and improved, in my opinion) artwork from Arik Roper, and a different bonus track from the previous edition released by Tee Pee back in 2003. Most doom fans know that this album itself is an alternate release of the ill-fated Jerusalem that famously was supposed to have been released by the major label London Records back in the 90s, but ended up being shelved for years due to the label's complete loss of interest in the release. It was later resurrected at the end of the decade, and an alternate version titled Dopesmoker emerged at the beginning of the 2000s, which has gone on to become the band's (and fan's ) preferred version of the album. Listening to Dopesmoker again, it's easy to see why this has become such a landmark of slow-motion metal.
Sprawling out for just over an hour, this titanic tar pit jam winds through a maze of gluey riffs and thunderous hypnotic tempos, shifting from a leaden crawl to quicker (but still pulverizing) grooves every couple of minutes. It's hardly a one-riff slogfest; just take a look at the copy of the band's ridiculous "charts" that's included on the insert - how these guys could manage to keep track of what they were doing and where they were going while smoking as much dope as they did is nothing short of amazing. The trio of Al Cisneros, Chris Hakius and Matt Pike crafted a towering monument to explorational heaviness on this album, pushing past the boundaries of Black Sabbath's dread-filled doom into more ecstatic regions of molten psychedlia and tectonic drone. All through the lumbering lava-like riffing and trance-like repetition of "Dopesmoker", you can hear the seeds of the meditational hypno-rock that Cisneros and Hakius would go on to develop with Om, and the bone-rattling guitar tone, chant-like bellow and molten war-riffage of Matt Pike (later of High On Fire) was fully formed here. The religious references and reverence for the Leaf were another aspect of Sleep's music and presentation that would be later adopted by a million stoner-doom wannabes, but here it feels unique.
For the CD version, the band also includes a live performance of their "Holy Mountain" from a 1994 San Francisco show, replacing the live track "Sonic Titan" from the Tee Pee release. On the 2xLP version, however, both "Sonic Titan" and "Holy Mountain" are included together on the last side.
Utterly essential. I can't imagine any serious doom metal/sludge fan not having this in their collection.
Track Samples:
Sample : Dopesmoker
Sample : Sonic Titan

SMITH, DAVID CHAIM / BILL LASWELL / JOHN ZORN   The Dream Membrane   CD   (Tzadik)    15.99

SUFFERING LUNA / SUFFER THE STORM   split   LP   (King Of The Monsters)    11.98

SUNKEN CATHEDRAL   self-titled   CASSETTE   (Black Horizons)    9.50

SWAN KING, THE   Last So Long   CD   (War Crime Recordings)    12.98

SWAN KING, THE   Last So Long   LP   (War Crime Recordings)    21.00

SWARTALF   The Golden Section   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

SYK   Atoma   CD   (L'Inphantile Collective)    13.98

T.A.Z.   Communique #1 (Fall 2013)   7" VINYL + CDR   (Annihilvs)    8.50

TECUMSEH   Sea(s)   LP   (Black Horizons)    14.98

THEOLOGIAN   A Means By Which To Break The Surface Of The Real   CDR   (Annihilvs)    7.99

Track Samples:
Sample : God Comes As A Wall

THEOLOGIAN + FACTORIA   Give / Take   CDR   (Annihilvs)    7.99

THIRTEEN FINGERS   Pater Mortuus   CASSETTE   (Phage Tapes)    6.50

THISCLOSE   One Foot In The Grave   LP   (SPHC)    11.99

TIESE   Ant Širdies   CASSETTE   (Terror)    7.98

TOADLIQUOR   The Hortator's Lament   CD   (Southern Lord)    12.99

Just got this early Southern Lord release from the cult sludgecore outfit Toadliquor back in stock...
Extreme sludge fans: this is essential. The Hortator's Lament collects pretty much everything put to tape by this crucial 90's outfit. These guys were masters of freaking punishing and epic gooey heaviness, equal parts Eyehategod and Melvins, Grief and Negative Reaction, early Swans and US crustcore, just as strongly tapped into the hardcore and crust artery as they were to the burgeoning extreme doom/sludge scene. Filthy, diseased streams of feedback spurt from monstrous SLOOOW sludge riffs. The vocals are truly anguished and fucked. Tunes are as likely to end in freeform noise as they are with riff sacrifice. This disc gathers up the vinyl-only tracks from 1993-1998, all of which are long outta print, including Toadliqour's star-crushing adaptation of "Also Sprach Zarathustra". An ugly, pounding, monstrosity whose black maw occasionally reveals moments of melody and epic beauty before drowning once again in pure pitch-black psychedelic mud violence. The last track, "The Hortator's Lament", begins to touch on a weird jazz-doom malevolence, with distant creaking and odd vocals and blasts of free jazz horns and walking basslines. Killer. Artwork by Stephen O'Malley of Khanate and Sunn O))). With songs called "Gnaw", "Charred", and "Tatterdemalion: The Gladiators Debasement Before Cain", how can you go wrong. Highest recommendation to fans of slow/low weird filth.

TODAY IS THE DAY   Animal Mother   CD   (Southern Lord)    11.98

TODAY IS THE DAY   Animal Mother   LP   (Southern Lord)    14.98

TREHA SEKTORI   Severh Sehenh   CD   (Cyclic Law)    14.99

TREHA SEKTORI   Endessiah   CD   (Cyclic Law)    14.99

TRIPTYKON   Melana Chasmata (JEWEL CASE VERSION)   CD   (Century Media)    15.98

TRIPTYKON   Melana Chasmata (DIGIBOOK)   CD   (Century Media)    22.00

TRIPTYKON   Melana Chasmata   2 x LP   (Century Media)    34.99


TROUM   Dreaming Muzak   CD   (Zoharum)    14.98

TRÜBE   Zone Of Alienation   CD   (Dusktone)    11.98

ULVER   Kveldssanger   CD   (Head Not Found)    17.99

UN FESTIN SAGITAL   Deimos   CASSETTE   (Black Horizons)    9.50

VALEFOR   The Graves Of Andras   CD   (Memento Mori)    11.98

VARDAN   The Wood Is My Coffin   CD   (Moribund)    15.98

VARDAN   Enjoy Of Deep Sadness   CD   (Moribund)    15.98

VARIOUS ARTISTS   Those Who Dwell Beyond (JEWEL CASE VERSION)   CD   (Black Mass)    11.98

Just got the more recent version of this killer death-ambient/black industrial three-way that comes in jewel-case packaging.
Black Mass curates this three-band compilation that features a mix of dark heavy sounds, from nightmarish orchestral ambient doom to blackened psychedelic kosmiche music to grim atmospheric gloompop drift, and all of it is great. I've already been digging the band Like Drone Razors Through Flesh Sphere that opens this disc, after picking up their excellent collaboration with avant-guitarist Miguel Prado, but the other two bands that appear on Those Who Dwell Beyond are new to my ears.
The mysterious blackdrone entity Like Drone Razors Through Flesh Sphere opens the album with a thirty-two minute epic called "I Invoke", an intensely ominous black dronescape that moves between massive stygian rhythmic throb and slabs of thunderous ambient doom that sounds like an ultra-heavy blackened version of Scorn, with massive bass drops rumbling way off in the distance, surges of crushing blackened doom riffage, crawling sheets of black drift, distant choral singing that sounds lost in the depths of an infernal pit, high pitched sine waves, and the slow groaning wail of cellos drifting through the darkness and gradually joined by violins and horns that sound slightly warped and out of tune. This sprawling dronescape mixes together abstract chamber music sounds and crushing blackdrone, laced with strains of folk melody that float and tumbling in slow motion into the sulphurous abyss, ground beneath the pounding force of slow, throbbing rhythmic bass, eerie strings and horns bent and deformed, like an Arvo Part performance slowed to a crawl and spun backwards. But about twelve minutes in, actual drums materialize, pounding out a super slow spacious beat, sort of Swans-like, an angular juddering rhythm that lasts for a minute before all of a sudden the earth cracks open, and the sound is transformed without warning into a savage tempest of ultra-distorted blacknoise and insanely pitchshifted vocals, the music now unbelievably harsh and oppressive, like hearing a deathdoom band slowed down to an insanely slow tempo and with the distortion pushed into speaker-shredding levels of noize. Eventually, this blacknoize holocaust dissipates, and we're returned to the swirling black miasma from earlier, an infinite expanse of subterranean catacomb drone, the strings and horns now replaced by an ever present distorted rumbling and strange noises, voices muttering in Latin, clanking chains, weird backwards effects, rattling percussive sounds, and in the last few minutes of the track, a single distorted demonic voice appears, intoning a strange ritual spell as massive kettle drums thunder in the distance. What a trip. It has a similar fearsome hallucinatory vibe as Revorvorum Ib Malacht, but much more abstract and shapeless.
Gate To Void follow that with three tracks of superb wrist-slashing/pill-devouring black ambience. The first, "LIfeless (A Journey Towards The Inner Death)" mixes clean guitar and orchestral synths in the beginning, then shifts into a formless mass of fx and percussive chimes and rumbling drones, moving back and forth between keyboards and strings and thick waves of dense fx-soaked electronics and the sound of a crackling bonfire. The cover of Xasthur's "Forgotten Depths Of Nowhere" is rendered as a solemn synth piece, like Tangerine Dream drowning in suicidal melancholy, the music reshaped into incredibly sad and somber washes of analogue synthesizer drone, with delicate piano and choking sobs appearing later in the track, sending it even deeper into depths of abject misery and loss. And "Dreams Of Cosmic Failure" is a collaborative effort between Gate To Void and Like Drone Razors Through Flesh Sphere, twelve minutes of pitch black drone filled with rumbling distorted synth, airy keyboard drift, metallic reverberations, streaks of shimmery feedback, echoing pulses decaying into the shadows, a great Lustmordian vastness with vague shapes of doom-metal guitar wavering in the far horizon. Fans of Vinterriket, you should especially investigate this band.
And Æon Nought closes the disc with two long tracks of gorgeously ghoulish ambience. The first track "Mined Fades Away" blends a depressingly morose guitar melody with tinny, gong-like percussion, high pained shrieks, softly whispered female vocals, and hypnotic electronic drones, a strangely romantic and melodic black ambience covered in a fuzzy low-fi haze, almost poppy in a gloomy, weepy, 4AD sort of way, especially when the piano comes in towards the end playing a beautiful melancholy melody. The other track "Monolith/Prelude to the Previous Universe" is heavier on the drone and whir, a mostly Lustmordian expanse of black ambience colored by sorrowful piano at the end.
Track Samples:
Sample : Aeon Nought - Monolithe
Sample : Gate To Void - Lifeless
Sample : Like Drone Razors Through Flesh Sphere - I Invoke

VARIOUS ARTISTS   Tliltic Tlapoyauak   2 x CD   (Ajna Offensive)    15.99

VARIOUS ARTISTS   Tliltic Tlapoyauak   3 x LP BOXSET   (Ajna Offensive)    59.99

VARIOUS ARTISTS   5 Way Orgasm Of Death   12"   (CONTINUUM.)    13.98

VARIOUS ARTISTS   Ives / Hot Graves / Nak'ay / Cellgraft   CASSETTE   (Primal Vomit)    5.99

VARIOUS ARTISTS   Misanthrophonics   CASSETTE   (Slime City Records)    8.50

VARIOUS ARTISTS   Horseback / Njiqahdda / Venowl / Cara Neir   CASSETTE   (Handmade Birds)    8.98

VELNIAS   Sovereign Nocturnal   CD   (God Is Myth)    11.98

Back in stock, last copies ever...
We now have the new reissue of Velnias's excellent debut Sovereign Nocturnal in stock, now presented in a six panel digipack with all new artwork. Still the same music, though. And for any of you collector nerds who might be interested, we still also have a couple of copies of the original out-of-print 1st pressing of the disc in stock, too.
The debut full length from Velnias gives us three epic tracks of atmospheric, doomy black metal that takes it's influence from the classic Norwegian sound and reshapes it into a mesmerizing, progressive new form all their own that's had me thoroughly entranced. The Midwestern trio takes cues from bands like Enslaved and Emperor with their huge, triumphant riffs, harsh blackened screams and frost-bitten aura, but the music is mostly mid-paced, slowed down to a mid tempo doomy march, the whole vibe of the album cast over with darker shadows and a sense of deep melancholy. And the songs are stretched way out, each one is twelve to fifteen minutes long, which gives the band plenty of time to craft sprawling blackened epics that incorporate a bunch of different sounds. There are folky acoustic interludes that emerge in between the heavier epic parts, and some fluttery clean guitar and almost pastoral instrumentals that are reminiscent of Opeth. Huge tom-tom rhythms rise up, almost like one of those bottom-heavy percussive dirges you'd hear on an Isis album; recordings of thunderstorms and forestscapes appear throughout the album to color the dark, sylvan atmosphere, and riffs are stretched out and repeated over and over, creating a hypnotic effect as they drape their riffs in buzzing guitar interplay. Velnias are skilled at creating these really cool layered textures with the guitars, sometimes even sliding into haunting, discordant parts that sound like blackened bits of Slint's Spiderland, and one of the album's highlights is the last few minutes of "Risen Of The Moor" where the band moves from crushing, epic blackened doom into a massive percussive workout, a feedbacking guitar howling endlessly over a rolling, pummeling wave of tribal drums. Very cool. Fans of both Agalloch and Enslaved's brand of proggy black metal will especially dig Velnias' epic sound.
Track Samples:
Sample : Into Arms Of Oak
Sample : Sovereign Nocturnal


WHITE WARDS   Cigarette Burns   LP   (Iron Lung Records)    15.98

WITCH MOUNTAIN   Mobile Of Angels   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98

WOLVES OF HEAVEN / NYODENE D   split   CASSETTE   (Survivalist)    7.98

WOLVHAMMER   Clawing Into Black Sun   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98

WWHIRR   Modern Hypocrisy   LP   (Merciless Core)    19.99

XEUKATRE   self-titled   CASSETTE   (Self Released)    5.00

YOB   Atma   2 x LP   (20 Buck Spin)    23.98

YOB   Clearing The Path To Ascend   CD   (Neurot)    14.98

YUDLUGAR   VHEMT   CD   (Legs Akimbo)    8.98

YUDLUGAR + NUH   Present A Soundtrack To Extreme Ironing   CD   (Legs Akimbo)    8.98


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