Monday, December 28, 2015

carved cross - rehearsal december mmxv.



Carved Cross - Rehearsal December MMXV

25:30

47.91 MB

1. Untitled



exactly the type of filthy, raw, disgusting darkness that we've all come to expect from sam vince's carved cross project.

totally unapologetic, blackened doom brutality.

although this is a rehearsal recording, I actually really like the mix here...vocals are at the forefront, and as much as I love that untitled triple cassette release, those vocals are too buried...but this one, it's just great.

very reminiscent of the split with phantom feel that I posted a while back.

copies were included with the most recent down and out zine, and each copy is personalized with its recipient's name...needless to say, the odds of tracking one down are pretty slim.

enjoy it, because this is a great release that's a strong contender to be one of the best tapes of the year.




(for rehearsal purposes only.)





Thursday, December 24, 2015

werewolf jerusalem / culver.



Werewolf Jerusalem / Culver

29:48

54.89 MB

1. Werewolf Jerusalem - Hidden In The Backseat...Waiting
2. Culver - The Cat's Victims



HNW from the prolific werewolf jerusalem on one side, harsh drones from culver on the other.

two legends of their respective styles.

released via turgid animal in 2009.

as always, support the artists however possible.


best of 2015 lists coming soon...




(for preview purposes only.)





Tuesday, December 15, 2015

noctívago - III.



Noctívago - III

19:05

36.6 MB

1. É Tarde
2. Eu Não Sei
3. Persiste
4. Decompassado
5. É Tarde II
6. Levou


as one might surmise by the tags at the bottom of this post, I had a difficult time choosing a genre for this new release from noctívago, courtesy of fallow field.

the music is pretty funereal, but the vocals are pretty post-punk-y, and then there's a lengthy ambient ending.

it's all very melancholic and covered in a dark haze.

certainly an interesting release, as is the case with everything that fallow field puts out, and definitely worth your time.

all of the new fallow field releases (expectedly) sold out, so keep an eye on discogs.




(for preview purposes only.)





Monday, December 14, 2015

street sects - sonja.



Street Sects - Sonja

2:27

dir. Leo Ashline


it is my distinct pleasure to premiere the first music video from austin's street sects.

I've been a long-time supporter of the band and although things have been quiet for a while, it was a great surprise to learn that leo ashline and shaun ringsmuth have been hard at work on both new music and this video.

this new track isn't nearly as caustic as their earlier material, but there's no loss of emotion - if anything, the change in tone highlights a new emotional depth and maturity absent in their earlier (though still excellent) work.

according to leo, the footage was shot, "about a month after I got out of rehab while I was living in a halfway house," and creating the video was a truly cathartic experience that helped him face his past and move into the future with a newfound sense of forgiveness.

while leo openly admits that the video is, "a bit rough around the edges," it's obvious that everything about the clip is intensely personal and I couldn't be more excited about what the future holds for street sects, both as people and as musicians.

without further ado, check out the video embedded below, and then stop by the street sects bandcamp to grab some music, physical or digital.







Thursday, December 10, 2015

plague mother - dying, midwestern.



Plague Mother - Dying, Midwestern.

49:08

92.14 MB

1. No Coast Teenage Deathwish
2. Lighthouse Ghosts
3. A Poison In Your Heart Like Rust To Steel
4. Our Drifting



enthralling harsh noise courtesy of the always-excellent plague mother and released by compulsion rites.

two cassettes, packaged in an envelope with a zine on a good, heavy paper stock.

a really great package for an excellent release.

all four compositions are cohesive and compliment each other perfectly.

copies are still available from analog worship.




(support the artist.)


(still available from analog worship.)


(for dying, midwestern purposes only.)





Friday, December 4, 2015

the ebony tower - hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world.



The Ebony Tower - Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World

4:07:40

182.5 MB + 101.6 MB + 102.01 MB

1. Shuffling, Trickery, End Of The World
2. Dreamreading
3. In The Dark, Explanation, No Resolution
4. Foreign Music



another collection of epic walls from the ebony tower, this time exploring haruki murakami's science-fiction novel of the same name.

I haven't read the source material, but these walls and the plot summary have me incredibly intrigued...definitely one to add to my ever-increasing reading list.

copies may still be available from the artist himself, so feel free to ask.

mitchell also has a new release on one of my favorite labels, altar of waste, in the form of a twelve-disc tribute to the brothers karamazov, which you should all purchase immediately...it's limited to only fifteen copies, so don't hesitate.




(support mitchell's work.)


(harsh noise.)

(walls.)

(bring the end of the world.)





Tuesday, November 24, 2015

the rita - bunions greek plantar.



The Rita - Bunions Greek Plantar

29:53

55.9 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled



don't why I never posted this when it first arrived, just got lost in queue I suppose...

anyway, this standard cassette came with a patch and was bound with a pink ribbon.

really, it was a stunning package.

it's sold out from the source but there's one copy on discogs as of this writing...




(support the label.)


(ballet is woman.)





Tuesday, November 17, 2015

better late than never - three years of metallic imagery.







this year has been (relatively) light on posts, but nonetheless it's been really incredible.

I've had the honor of working with some of the most talented, passionate people across the extreme music and video art worlds.

curating josh graham's debut solo show, debuting a short film by david hall with not one but two live performances from mick barr, filming portal and agoraphobic nosebleed at maryland deathfest, debuting some of my own video art at venues around the world...I can't believe it's all happened within the past year.


yes, this blog has suffered a little bit...and the fact that so much is on bandcamp now, including almost every total black release, has made it a little more challenging to find material to present here. but regardless, metallic imagery will soldier on.

thanks to all of you for your continued support.



I'll hopefully have an announcement about a gallery exhibition in which I'm participating in the next month or so, featuring original music from an artist with whom most of you are probably already familiar...but more on that will come at a later date.

my skills are available for live concert visuals, so if anyone out there is interested, feel free to shoot me an email.



this has been a challenging yet rewarding year, and I can't wait to see what the next twelve months bring...so, once again, thank you all for your support.

I couldn't do it without you.








Sunday, November 15, 2015

batilda - january 2014.



Batilda - January 2014

12:52

25.27 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled
3. Untitled
4. Untitled
5. Untitled



more excellence from atavistic insurgence.

raw, vaguely melodic, myriad great riffs.

there's a great interview with the the leader of atavistic insurgence in the newest down and out zine, by the way.

support his efforts.




(for preview purposes only.)





Thursday, October 22, 2015

crash at every speed - teen memory wall memorial.



Crash At Every Speed - Teen Memory Wall Memorial

39:45

77.49 MB

1. Sarah Jo, Age 19
2. Clay, Age 16
3. Dwight, Age 17
4. Thinking Of You



high-frequency walls from richard ramirez under one of his many, many monikers.

released by the always-amazing new forces in 2011 as a double-cassette in a slim vinyl clamshell case with two inserts.

nothing new to add about ramirez or his myriad side projects at this point.

ditto for new forces.

both are fantastic and deserving of your hard-earned dollars.




(support new forces.)


(support richard ramirez.)


(for memorial purposes only.)





Friday, October 16, 2015

rudjevit - demo 2013.



Rudjevit - Demo 2013

11:07

21.83 MB

1. Marauder's Path
2. Omnipotent Victimhood
3. Blood Destiny



I've been slacking lately.

work, my own projects, and life in general have taken a lot of energy so, yeah, I apologize...

anyway...more raw, black metal goodness from rudjevit courtesy of atavistic insurgence.

really solid stuff here.

lo-fi but the instruments are still discernible...just the way I like it.

support the label and artist...he deserves it.




(atavistic insurgence.)


(for demo purposes only.)





Friday, October 2, 2015

a week of kindness - house of doors.



A Week Of Kindness - House Of Doors

1:00:42

115.06 MB

1. The Sound Of Them Forming
2. Sometimes I Am Wakened
3. A Constant Murmured Shout
4. Not There



I picked this up a few weeks ago when richard ramirez and the rita played silent barn in brooklyn.

sean matzus put on a solid performance under his a week of kindness monicker...granted, the rita went on twenty minutes later with the kind of performance that just obliterates all others, but matzus offers some nice, contemplative noisy drones that you all should be able to appreciate.

be sure to check out matzus' and unlimited drift's discographies - both have plenty of excellent material.

I don't think this is available online yet, but keep an eye on deadline recordings.




(for kindness purposes only.)





Friday, September 18, 2015

verme - olhos do passado.



Verme - Olhos Do Passado

12:39

24.45 MB

1. Nos Paramos
2. Cansado
3. Olhos Do Passado
4. No Momento




more raw black metal goodness from fallow field.

short and sweet, nothing superfluous here.

copies are sold out, so keep an eye on discogs.

I'd tell you all to support the artist, but I can't find any concrete info...if anyone wants to pass some along, I'll be happy to update this post.

and although there are no fallow field releases currently available, keep an eye on that webstore...




(apenas para fins de visualização.)





Saturday, September 12, 2015

various artists - new brutalism two.



Various Artists - New Brutalism II

1:53:32

109.85 MB + 105.64 MB

1. Exoteric Continent - Campanya
2. Exoteric Continent - Proposta
3. Varg - Alt-Teen Foreplay
4. Varg & Vanity Productions - Eugénie De Montijo
5. Stärker - Endless
6. V. Sinclair - Oblique
7. Ligature - Window To The World
8. Order Of Nine Angels - We Are The Nameless
9. Internazionale - Medora And Gulnare
10. Krube. - Untitled
11. Desroi - Synlab II
12. Fingering Eve - Extinctopia Camouflage
13. Jesuve - Excess II
14. Flysch - Odevšad
15. Cremation Lily - Heart Of The World
16. Jesuve - Excess I
17. Heinz Hopf - Glass På West Pride



honestly, I don't know how many more platitudes I can bestow upon total black...there's not much left to say at this point.

there's a wide range of artists and styles featured on this release, and the packaging is great, as expected...very clean and minimal, which I always enjoy.

brett's in the process of moving right now, so the total black store is down for the time being...if you can't wait, a copy or two are available on discogs, but of course I'd rather you all order straight from the source.

regardless of how you're able to obtain this one, it's excellent and comes highly recommended.




(total support for total black.)


(part one.)


(part two.)





Thursday, September 10, 2015

false moniker / cremation lily - a river returning to sea.



False Moniker / Cremation Lily - A River Returning To Sea

18:27

34.66 MB

1. False Moniker - Identity As Another
2. Cremation Lily - Every Opulent Dream Of Man




here's the newest release from niels and zen, this time in the form of a split.

the material on this tape is definitely a lot noisier than much of their recent output, be it solo or collaborative.

and I like it.

copies are sold out from the label, although one is currently for sale on discogs...but don't let that stop you from supporting zen and his efforts directly - buy something from strange rules and sign up for the newsletter to stay on top of new releases.




(support strange rules.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Tuesday, September 1, 2015

trips.




TRIPS

September 3rd - 25th

Opening: 9/3, 6-9pm

Made in NY Media Center
30 John Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201



so...I've been dabbling in the digital art world by creating various video installations over the past year or so, and I'm happy to finally have my work in a group show that's debuting on thursday.

normally I wouldn't necessarily share something like this here, but a) I'm really proud of this work; b) it's the first time my work has been part of a legitimate exhibition; and c) I was lucky enough to have some of my favorite musicians contribute music to score my two pieces.

the first piece, "intersecting journeys," is composed of stock timelapse footage that I colored, edited, and digitally manipulated. 

it was designed as a three-channel installation and features a track from damien master's purple light side project as the score.






my second piece in the show, "infinity crashing," is made up of footage that I shot, edited, colored, manipulated, and arranged.

it was also designed as a three-channel installation but could easily be configured for different display options.

and zen from cremation lily was gracious enough to give me permission to use "conquering heat," from his latest collaboration with false moniker, to score the piece.






I couldn't be happier with how these two pieces turned out. I shot some test footage for a new project this past weekend and I can't wait to dive into that next.

and while those embedded clips are in fact the full videos, they're mere approximations compared to seeing them in person displayed across twenty-seven HD monitors.

the whole show was curated by leo kuelbs and the other artists involved in the show are really special, too - one is actually a noise artist from hungary whose video is definitely the closest visual approximation to aural noise that I've ever seen.

another artist, ryan uzilevsky, designed and installed the projection system at the facility where I work...this guy travels all over the world doing absolutely astounding projection mapping installations and never disappoints.

plus, there's free wine and beer at the opening on thursday, from 6-9p.

stop by, check out the pieces, and say hello.

and I'd like to extend one final "thank you" to zen and damien for letting me use their music - you guys are the best.

feel free to leave any questions in the comments.





Monday, August 31, 2015

dogestapo - spieizeugkiste.



Dogestapo - Spieizeugkiste

19:56

38.07 MB

1. Your Own Failed Gods
2. Siege
3. Dripping
4. Spieizeugkiste
5. Untitled
6. Untitled



new-ish fallow field release from about a month and a half ago.

raw black metal on one side, unlisted noisey ambience on the other.

this is fallow field we're talking about here, so you should all know what to expect.

copies are long gone, of course, but there's one for sale on discogs.

in my barely-cursory internet searching, I was unable to find much info on the people behind this project...only a few rough tracks and a blog post from a year ago saying that the tape was "coming soon."

but whoever they are, hopefully there's more to come...and soon.




(for preview purposes only.)





Monday, August 24, 2015

(a)sex / rdcd.



(A)Sex / RDCD

59:38

99.82 MB

1. RDCD - Dimensions 1
2. RDCD - Dimensions 2
3. RDCD - Dimensions 3
4. RDCD - Dimensions 4
5. RDCD - Around The Bend
6. RDCD - Of Unsound Mind
7. (A)Sex - Glistening Blood Drops Against My Pale Skin



in honor of the excellent (a)sex performance last night, here's a split from (a)sex, the man behind the ebony tower, and RDCD, the man behind phantom cadaver.

not only is mitchell of (a)sex a captivating performer, his recorded output is just as dynamic, and he's also become incredibly prolific in a very short amount of time.

his wall material is consistently challenging and thought-provoking, and his power electronics material is consistently brutal and cathartic.

and the same can be said of john's RDCD material.

lots of great tones, textures, and vocals in this one.

I'm not sure how many copies of this disc were made, but it's seriously excellent and should provide a great starting point for anyone unfamiliar with either (a)sex or RDCD.

a few other (a)sex releases are available via bandcamp - they're all affordable, so please support this hardworking artist who also just happens to be a really nice guy.

and there's plenty of RDCD material available on bandcamp, too.

if you have the chance to see (a)sex live, do whatever you can to bear witness to mitchell's special brand of concentrated fury.




(buy some digital releases.)


(for cathartic purposes only.)





Thursday, August 20, 2015

d.å.r.f.d.h.s. - till minne av.



D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. - Till Minne Av

29:57

56.11 MB

1. 14.50
2. 6 Juni 1973, Liberia
3. 15.10
4. 00-246 / 2 615 898:50 SEK
5. 10 CM / 16.10



one of the two new total black tapes, the other being a new v. sinclair release which might also get posted soon.

limited to 49 copies in black clamshell cases, these all sold out pretty quickly.

love that cover art.

all very minimal with some occasional synth flourishes.

solid stuff, recommended if you can find it.




(for preview purposes only.)





Monday, August 10, 2015

various artists - atavist document.



Various Artists - Atavist Document

57:18

106.84

1. Mares Laig - Luster Of Damask
2. Vitka - Parched And Drowning
3. Black Beret - Tedium
4. Pool - Untitled
5. Malcriado - Penitence
6. Work/Death - And Percious Blood Cemetery Washed Down Main Street
7. Zerfallt - Diamond Hull
8. V Manuscript - Exist




courtesy of v. sinclair's clandestine compositions label.

solid juxtaposition of ambient drones and noise.

that "post industrial bliss" line on the cover is a perfect description.

the packaging is first-rate - there's some nice vellum paper, the cassettes are labeled, and everything fits together just right.

I don't think I'd heard of any of these artists before, but the label's never steered me wrong before, even with only a handful of releases, and this one is no different.

glad I picked this one up.

recommended.




(buy a copy from the label.)


(for atavist purposes only.)





Tuesday, July 28, 2015

book of sand - the face of the deep.



Book Of Sand - The Face Of The Deep

45:47

86.8 MB

1. Intro - To Live Forever
2. I Can Stand Right Here, See My Face On The Other Side
3. Swimming Through Water, Swimming Through Blood
4. The Water Of The Forest Is Happy
5. Dreaming Of The Deep
6. Interlude
7. All The Pretty Horses



this new book of sand tape comes courtesy of mouthbreather records and it's easily one of the strangest black metal recordings I've heard in a while.

it's all very...delirious.

child-like melodies from myriad instruments merge and digress over and over again throughout this collection of tracks.

the blast beats and shrieked vocals only serve to underscore the utterly divergent, at times alien, nature of these compositions.

don't get me wrong, it's unmistakably bleak and black...but definitely unlike anything I've heard in a long time, if not ever.

the book of sand site even describes it as "alternate dimension symphonic black metal," and I couldn't think of anything more apt.

highly recommended.




(link removed by request.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Monday, July 20, 2015

cremation lily - a body of one's own.



Cremation Lily - A Body Of One's Own

29:49

56.07 MB

1. Dancing In Expanding Rings
2. With Upraised Arms



a throwback to when cremation lily dealt exclusively in brutal analog harsh noise.

ah, those were simpler times.

but zen's work is fantastic, both new and old, and he obviously deserves your support.

this one is no longer available, but he does have represses of some older cremation lily titles for sale at the strange rules store and they're all excellent.

support him and all of the other artists on the strange rules roster.

his catalogue is one of the most well-designed and well-curated in the world.




(buy some cremation lily tapes.)


(for one's own purposes...only.)





Tuesday, July 14, 2015

gidim - two.



Gidim - II

13:47

26.38 MB

1. The Blind
2. Chthonic Dream
3. The Way



see, now this is lo-fi black metal that I can get behind.

because as low as this recording quality is, I can listen to it.

I can discern the instruments and the vocals underneath the murk.

that's a good thing.

but this is exactly what I expect from fallow field.

good range of tempos, solid riffs, shrieked vocals...what more could anyone want?

this tape, along with the rest of the latest batch, are all sold out...but maybe a distro or two will have copies, who knows.

worth tracking down if you can find it.

recommended.




(the good kind of lo-fi.)





Monday, July 13, 2015

dark worship - fullmoon over my castle.



Dark Worship - Fullmoon Over My Castle

16:56

32.7 MB

1. Fullmoon Over My Castle
2. We Are The Whispers Of Satan
3. Funeral Of A World
4. Dark Worship


let me just get this out there now - this has got to be one of the worst-sounding, most poorly recorded tapes I've ever heard.

some of you will probably love this and claim all black metal should sound this terrible.

to each his own.

but to me this is, like, borderline unlistenable.

it's possible - nay, probable - that there's some good stuff here, but the entire low end is just static. and not in the same way as most lo-fi, homemade black metal - this sounds like something was legitimately wrong with the recording hardware.

while it was once available through down and out, I haven't seen this tape for sale anywhere else.

and without an entry on discogs, you'll just have to keep an eye on the usual message boards.

physically, this is a well-made, well-designed release...I just really wish the recording was better.

here's hoping for more next time.




(you've been warned.)





Wednesday, July 8, 2015

mlehst - poacher turned gamekeeper turned poacher.



Mlehst - Poacher Turned Gamekeeper Turned Poacher

1:49:41

104.02 MB + 104.43 MB

I. Church Hill Perversions
II. Hole Lane
III. Burnt
IV. The Clappers
V. Ranters
VI. Number Six



new compilation/remix album from british power electronics act mlehst, courtesy of new forces.

great packaging and even better content.

honestly, not a whole lot to say other than that this comes highly recommended.

my copy came courtesy of unseen force, whose store has since gone down and recently been resurrected, albeit with a fraction of the original content.

sample other new forces releases at their bandcamp page, and send them an email if you're interested in ordering...which you should be, because all of their releases are fantastic.

a few copies are also for sale on discogs.

don't miss this one.




(part one.)


(part two.)





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

vice wears black hose - daniela slitting.


Vice Wears Black Hose - Daniela Slitting

20:54

39.25 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled



first new release from this epic collaboration between richard ramirez and sam mckinlay in quite some time.

just militant, icy walls.

nothing more, nothing less.

copies are available from deadline recordings via the link below.

lots of great stuff in stock, so definitely take a look around.

ramirez and mckinlay will be touring together in august, and they'll be playing a special VWBH show in brooklyn on 8/15.

I will definitely be there.

you should be, too.




(buy a copy from deadline recordings.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Sunday, June 28, 2015

analgesic secrets - the stem of restraint.



Analgesic Secrets - The Stem Of Restraint

27:10

51.71 MB

1. Addiction Is Absolute / The Stem Of Restraint
2. Hidden Purpose



droning, vaguely melodic, sometimes noisy debut recording from analgesic secrets, a collaboration between zen from cremation lily and whoever's behind the atechts project.

I've been listening to a lot of black metal lately and this is the perfect thing to keep my ears (and brain) fresh.

definitely an aural opiate, as the name would suggest.

seventy-two copies, all long-gone.

if you're in belgium, go see zen and niel's gallery debut at collectiv national.

support strange rules via the link below - one of the best, always and forever.




(buy something from strange rules.)


(for pain-killing purposes only.)





Wednesday, June 24, 2015

sophia - the collective works.



Sophia - The Collective Works 2000 - 2003

2:51:10

151.73 MB + 186.83 MB

I. Sigillvm Militvm
II. Herbstwerk
III. Aus Der Welt / Seduction Of Madness / Death, Dumb And Blind
IV. Spite



this huge boxset retrospective collects several sophia albums in one place - sigillvm militvm, herbstwerk, aus der welt, seduction of madness, death, dumb and blind, and spite are all contained within.

it's all very industrial, layered with synths, ambience, and chanting.

incredibly cinematic stuff, to be honest.

not much more to say...it was released by total black, so the aesthetic is really consistent and the quality's up there with the best tape labels around.

of which total black is most certainly one.

sophia also has a bandcamp page with a single tracks from most of the albums here, along with a single track that isn't available here.

nothing's available for purchase, though, so grab this collection while it's still available.




(buy a copy from total black.)


(part one.)


(part two.)





Monday, June 22, 2015

the rita - gamzatti.



The Rita - Gamzatti

28:08

52.21 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled


*note: I fixed a typo and somehow this got moved to the front page. don't ask me why. otherwise it's the same as the original from a few months ago...


as total black's first vinyl release, I couldn't think of anyone or anything more fitting than a new release from the rita.

featuring source recordings taken from ballet dancers' shoes, sam mckinlay has created his most cohesive, hypnotic work yet, and I just love it.

there are so many great textures here, it's great to see his work continue to evolve. mckinlay could've easily grown complacent and chosen to churn out generic wall after generic wall, but he doesn't. there's real care and craftsmanship put into this record and it shows.

the same goes for brett over at total black - he put so much thought and detail into making this record a reality, above and beyond the call of duty. great design and great supplemental materials - posters, full-color booklets, everything here coalesces into the perfect example of why he runs the best noise label around.

I don't know how, but copies are still available directly from the source.

buy one right now.




(buy a copy from total black.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Monday, June 15, 2015

werewolf jerusalem - pripyat.




Werewolf Jerusalem - Pripyat

13:10:38

180.41 MB + 147.25 MB + 174.17 MB + 167.83 MB
+ 146.48 MB + 175.75 MB + 173.47 MB + 98.89 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled
3. Untitled
4. Untitled
5. Untitled
6. Untitled
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8. Untitled
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10. Untitled
11. Untitled
12. Untitled
13. Untitled
14. Untitled
15. Untitled
16. Untitled
17. Untitled
18. Untitled
19. Untitled
20. Untitled


so...this is a big one: a twenty-disc box set from richard ramirez's werewolf jerusalem project.

it was not cheap, nor is it easy to get through, as each of these discs could be an album in and of itself.

this collection is dense, almost impenetrably so, but that's probably the point....much like the off-limits city for which it's been named, the journey feels...

dangerous,

perilous,

like trekking through toxic lands,

like breathing poisonous air.

the whole thing was manufactured specifically for the number of pre-orders that were taken, and each set is numbered and signed by ramirez.

I don't know how many are out there, but it can't be much more than ten copies.

so if you have a chance to grab one, don't hesitate.




(buy something from ramirez's bandcamp.)



(part one.)

(part two.)

(part three.)

(part four.)

(part five.)

(part six.)

(part seven.)

(part eight.)





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

a.m.s.g. - the forbidden transformation.



A.M.S.G. - The Forbidden Transformation

28:32

61.41 MB

1. The Forbidden Transformation
2. Luciferion Lycanthropic Lust
3. The Gleaming Tower



originally released by profound lore a few months ago on compact disc and vinyl, this is a rip of the cassette version from tour de garde.

I don't know why it's not up on the profound lore bandcamp page, but this is some genuinely first-rate black metal and I couldn't be more excited to share it with all of you.

the debut full-length from A.M.S.G. was one of my favorite releases of 2013. this tape does away with a lot of the more experimental aspects of that record in favor of a more traditional sound, but that's not a problem when it sounds this good.

lots of great atmosphere, memorable riffs, and decrepit vocals.

buy copies for yourselves from the link below, and also pick up the (mostly) excellent new akitsa album...plus whatever else you want from tour de garde's freshly revamped web store - there's a ton of great items available.

highly recommended, but that shouldn't be surprising.




(buy a copy from tour de garde.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Friday, June 5, 2015

fixation - rehearsal two.



Fixation - Rehearsal II

8:58

17.1 MB

1. Drop Out
2. Trapped Inside My Head
3. Crawl
4. On The Street
5. Falling Down (Instrumental)
6. Crippled Over (Instrumental)





this came with the may issue of down & out, but only if you ordered it after receiving the april issue...or was it the march issue?

I don't remember and I don't have any issues in front of me right now...

either way, copies of this are probably unavailable now but fixation has an EP coming out in the near future.

the may issue of down & out features an in-depth interview conducted between the always-entertaining jon rosenthal and the band (more specifically...sam vince?), and it's an interesting discussion about the band's move from a raw black metal sound to mixture of black metal and hardcore.

and although I'm generally not much of a hardcore fan, there's more than enough black metal in here to grab my attention and hold it for the tape's duration.

really, this is some ferocious material and my interest is definitely piqued for the (hopefully) imminent EP release.




(more than good enough to share.)





Friday, May 29, 2015

rumor - s/t.



Rumor - S/T

26:36

50.99 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled
3. Untitled
4. Untitled
5. Untitled
6. Untitled
7. Untitled



sorry (again) for lack of posts recently.

I was at maryland deathfest filming agoraphobic nosebleed and portal for david hall of handshake, inc.

yes, it was extremely fucking awesome.

no, I don't know when these pro-shot videos will be available, but I hope it's soon.

____


anyway, here's another atavistic insurgence tape.

it's great, just like everything else they've put out.

support the man behind all of these bands and the label by giving him some of your hard-earned money.

payment instructions can be found on the AI blog via the links above and below. I'll definitely be picking up a few more soon...




(check the blog, send an email, help out a hard-working artist.)


(for preview purposes only.)







(that means you, cvlt nation.)









Monday, May 18, 2015

phantom cadaver / the ebony tower - a clockwork orange.



Phantom Cadaver / The Ebony Tower - A Clockwork Orange

15:14:12

165.15 MB + 188.32 MB + 131.06 MB + 123.36 MB + 130.47 MB +
184.32 MB + 173.34 MB + 162.69 MB + 76.88 MB + 122.7 MB

1. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 1: Part 1
2. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 1: Part 2
3. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 1: Part 3
4. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 2: Part 1
5. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 2: Part 2
6. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 2: Part 3
7. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 3: Part 1
8. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 3: Part 2
9. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 4: Part 1
10. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 4: Part 2
11. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 4: Part 3
12. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 4: Part 4
13. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 4: Part 5
14. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 5
15. Phantom Cadaver - Chapter 6
16. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 7: Part 1
17. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 7: Part 2
18. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 7: Part 3
19. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 8: Part 1
20. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 8: Part 2
21. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 9
22. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 10: Part 1
23. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 10: Part 2
24. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 11: Part 1
25. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 11: Part 2
26. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 11: Part 3
27. The Ebony Tower - Chapter 12





here we have an HNW tribute to one of my favorite books, a clockwork orange by anthony burgess.

stanley kubrick's film version is easily one of the greatest book-to-film adaptations in existence, but don't make the mistake of passing on the novel - it's a well-written and insightful satire with a unique take on linguistics that all make for a great read.

plus, the versions available today feature one final chapter that was not in the version kubrick read and subsequently didn't make it into his adaptation.

that final chapter really upends the rest of the novel (and the film, as well), forcing the reader to question all that came before and whether or not those short-sighted pleasures are worth the long-term sacrifice.

all of the material in this massive tribute is exactly what you'd expect - an endurance test filled with a huge variety of tones and textures that combine to create a dark, disorienting, and draining - but nonetheless thrilling - experience...much like the novel itself.

I'm pretty sure copies of this are all gone, but no matter what, do yourselves a favor and pick up a copy of this book...you won't regret it.

and I'll save the discourse on kubrick's adaptation for another time...




(part one.)

(part two.)

(part three.)

(part four.)

(part five.)

(part six.)

(part seven.)

(part eight.)

(part nine.)

(part ten.)