November 11, 2011

☼ Killing Joke - Requiem: Live At Lokerse Festival 2003 [October 2009 re-post]

Heavy and slow, Killing Joke (at least early in their career, and then now l8r ;) was a quasi-metal band dancing to a tune of doom and gloom. They eventually became less heavy and more arty (more danceable even) but early on they made some urgent slabs of molten dynamite that oozed with the power of thick guitars, thudding drums, and over-the-top singing.
This release features recordings captured live on stage at the Lokerse Festival in the Summer of 2003.

Год: 2009
Страна: UK
Лейбл: Charly

01. Requiem (4:14)
02. Total Invasion (5:17)
03. Wardance (3:22)
04. Blood On Your Hands (7:06)
05. Change (4:08)
06. Seeing Red (6:27)
07. The Fall Of Because (4:59)
08. The Death & Resurrection Show (7:45)
09. The Wait (3:32)
10. Whiteout (3:13)
11. Frenzy (4:22)
12. Psyche (4:56)
13. Pandemonium (5:13)

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☼ Kevin Drumm - Sheer Hellish Miasma [RE-POST REQUEST]

Avant-garde tabletop guitarist Kevin Drumm played in a handful of rock bands before relocating to Chicago in 1991. He soon began experiments with prepared guitar, applying objects including magnets, binder clips, chains, a violin bow, even toenail clippers to distort the instrument's sound. In time Drumm befriended a number of members of Chicago's growing improv community. His chameleon-like presence has been documented on a number of projects, each revealing new facets of his wide-ranging and unique talents on both guitar and electronics. He's recorded and performed with Phill Niblock, Tony Conrad, Jim O'Rourke, MIMEO, Mats Gustafsson, John Butcher, Thomas Ankersmit, Taku Sugimoto and many others. Drumm seamlessly melds the worlds of acoustic and electronic sound, occasionally teetering on the edge of silence, yet always remaining impeccably musical.

Год: 2002 (2007)
Страна: USA
Лейбл: Mego

01. Impotent Hummer [bonus track] (13:01)
02. Turning Point (3:33)
03. Hitting The Pavement (19:57)
04. The Inferno (24:37)
05. Cloudy (5:19)


☼ C.O. Caspar - Helix Of Exist/ From The Secrecy [RE-POST REQUEST]

C.O. Caspar (*1936) lives in Berlin and in Sweden. He is a datoist, (living 'today'), author, performer, tone-worker, photocopyist, and actor. He works as a soloist, workshop organizer, actionist, and musician with sound tools as installations, with projections, and with light-art. His medium is the processing of concrete tones and noises by means of digital equipment. Sound is planned as scenaric tone and speech acts, and is spontaneously developed from the original impulses of the sounding body - also in cooperation with other players. In the first period of his artistic work, he concentrated on the verbal and visual form of his performances. In recent years, he has increasingly devoted himself to aural concepts. In addition to solo appearances, he also produces music for theater, films, exhibitions, and readings. The sounding bodies consist of industrial material such as pipes, hoses, turbines, and constructions of metal, plastic, and latex. They hang on chains and, independently and by means of manual influencing, develop vibrating and sometimes chance dynamics in accordance with the qualities of the materials. Turbines made of plastics, metal, and latex and, put under pressure by blowers, develop a vibrating dynamic of their own, varying in accordance with the characteristics of their material. Feedback systems effect acoustic loops; microphone articulation is the human component. Enjoy!

☼ C.O. Caspar - Helix Of Exist 7''

Limited to 131 pieces

Год: 1999
Лейбл: Hau Ruck!

01. XY (7:31)
02. YX (7:39)

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☼ C.O.C.aspar - From The Secrecy LP

Limited to 300 pieces

Год: 2000
Лейбл: Epileptic Recordings

01. FDS 1 (11:48)
02. FDS 2 (7:12)
03. FDS 3 (12:57)
04.FDS 4 (6:29)

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November 09, 2011

☼ March 15 – Our Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre EP

March 15 was a noise project with Sami Hynninen (Reverend Bizarre, Spiritus Mortis, Lohja SS, The Puritan, KLV, Armanenschaft, Azrael Rising, The Candles Burning Blue) and Vesa Karppinen (Fall of the Idols, Black Christ, Blodsoffer). “Our Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre” was recorded in 2004 and released in 2008.
According to Sami, March 15 has been retired ever since these recordings were completed, but he will return to 'noise' someday, under the name Opium Warlords.

Release Year(s): 2008
Artist(s) Country: Finland
Label(s): Emissary Records

Track Listing:
01. Our Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre (8:45)
02. No Love Lost (8:38)

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November 07, 2011

☼ Maim - Notch

Here's some crushing Swedish power noise from Jonas Lindgren Lindberg. This is nice dense, abrasive noise that is harsh but controlled and crafted, while paying attention to atmosphere and dynamics. This title was originally supposed to be released by MSBR, who sadly passed away before he could.
Limited to 45 pieces.

Release Year(s): 2006
Artist(s) Country: Sweden
Label(s): Ghost King

Track Listing:
01. Lip (6:21)
02. Sift (9:02)
03. Mop (4:36)
04. Boil (6:29)
05. Husk (6:52)

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☼ 88MM – Motions Of The Spinning Black Sun

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88MM is an original combination of cosmic, mythological and national socialistic themes, mixed and served to listener through experiments and manipulations with analog synthesizer. The result sounds as if Tangerine Dream collaborated with MZ.412.
Limited to 250 pieces.

Release Year(s): 2008
Artist(s) Country: USA
Label(s): Audial Decimation Records

Track Listing:
01. Sequence Manipulation I [Motions Of The Spinning Black Sun] (4:54)
02. Behold… For The Universe Is Ours (5:57)
03. M104 (5:33)
04. Sequence Manipulation II [Radio Waves Wave Goodbye] (2:54)
88. 14 Showerheads, 1 Gas-Tight Door (5:56)

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☼ Deathkey - Totenkopf EP [re-issue]

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Deathkey is one of these names whose releases or outputs are always followed by a wave of comments, criticism, vaunts and outrage. This person, representing radically right-wing attitude, offers no compromises by aggressively displaying "offensive" symbolism, hate-filled sounds and inhuman declarations, raising unsatisfactory feedback with every move.
Generally, if you are interested in politicized power-electronics, maybe this will do it for you...?
Always remember…
#1 Deathkey is NOT "music".
#2 Deathkey is beyond the realms of "music".
#3 I leave music for musicians.
#4 Deathkey is a plague.
#5 May this world suffer from its infection………

Release Year(s): 2006/2009
Artist(s) Country: USA
Label(s): Freak Animal Records

Track Listing:
01. Schwarze Sonne (7:24)
02. Totenkopf (6:39)
03. Ermördung (4:45)

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☼ Holokaust Nachtigall - In The Ashes Of The Promised Land (Reissue)

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An anonymous side-project of two well-known black metal bands from Berlin. The sound was influenced by Polish bands like Graveland and Veles. War paint pure misanthropy and hate.
Limited to 500 pieces.

Release Year(s): 2001/2008
Artist(s) Country: Germany
Label(s): Galgenstrang Produktionen

Track Listing:
01. Intro / In The Name Of Black Metal (2:11)
02. Mziaduij Iörtzed (5:30)
03. In The Ashes Of The Promised Land (5:33)
04. Zyklon B ~ The Breath Of Satan (5:02)
05. 28 (6:17)

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☼ Kraken Duumvirate - From The Dying Soil To The Eternal Sea EP

Kraken Duumvirate are a band that themselves are shrouded in secrecy, as the project has been kept to the forlorn underground for undoubtedly quite personal reasons. Little is known about the project other than it is apparently a duo of depressive experimental black metal musicians and that the music is largely sea-based and doom-ridden, feeding off the tragic ideal of being dragged into the abyss that is the ever-expansive sea and devoured. Though quite minimal, it takes at least a few listens through for one to really grasp all the beauty and despair that “From The Dying Soil To The Eternal Sea” has to offer. Somehow, this release is more than just black metal, more than just dark ambient or whatever you, as a human, are inclined to try to define and label it as.
It's as if Kraken's tendril reached out from great faceless waves, impelling you to take a bow where the heavens meet the waters. Seizing you to your knees, forcing to gaze to the veiled bottomless depths…
This release is the first part in the series of experiencing the concealed underwater mysteries manifested through forward thinking experimental black metal with a slightly technical edge and doom leaning.
Limited to 800 pieces.

Release Year(s): 2008
Artist(s) Country: Finland
Label(s): Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions

Track Listing:
01. I Descend (1:40)
02. From The Dying Soil To The Eternal Sea (13:17)
03. Devour Me (5:37)

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☼ Omei - Choke 3"

As noted in previous posts on this blog, Omei is the death industrial side project of Chris Goudreau of Sickness.
This release is odd since it was never supposed to be available outside of the special release of Sickness “I Am Disease” 2002. That was an ultra limited private edition co-released by Ground Fault and Ninth Circle Music consisting of three releases in a metal boxed set. Besides the “I Have Become The Disease That Made Me” disc, the box featured 2x3" discs - Omei “Choke” & Sickness “Live In Italy” - individually packaged in cardboard sleeves with front and back covers pasted on them. The Omei picture sleeve had 'blade-débris' stuck all over it like glitter.
The version i've offered here was separate from the rest of the set, with no blade-débris on it. I am unsure if it was sold separately, given out for promo, offered at shows, or a give-away to friends, but i got mine at a used record shoppe. ;) Enjoy!
(The track was recorded between Sept. 2000 & July 2001 at Ninth Circle Studios.)

Release Year(s): 2002
Artist(s) Country: USA
Label(s): Ground Fault Recordings/Ninth Circle Music

Track Listing:
01. Choke (19:56)

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☼ Brobdingnagian – TortureStainedDisaster EP

Brobdingnag is a fictional land occupied by giants in Jonathan Swift's satirical novel Gulliver's Travels. Lemuel Gulliver visits the land after the ship on which he is travelling is blown off course and he is separated from a party exploring the unknown land. Hence a Brobdingnagian is a resident of that place. Brobdingnagian is also a one-man project whose main goal is to experiment.
I originally heard the mysterious Brobdingnagian on the Rusty Axe compilation disc and the tribute to outsider black metal legends Von that Rusty Axe put out, “Sacrifice At The Altar Of The Satanic Blood Angel,” and both of their contributions to the compilations were hideous, intoxicating blots of primitive black metal so corroded by noise and distortion that they sounded as much like some old UK industrial noise group as they were basement black metal, blown out and damaged, a wailing psychotic mass of blackened riffs and droning feedback and anguished white-noise vocals that positioned Brobdingnagian somewhere close to the abstract dungeon blackness of bands like Abruptum, Altars, Enbilulugugal and Emit, adding super strident black metal and even some droning and clashing doom passages.
Those compilation songs were clearly not noisy enough for Rusty Axe, as the label then released this four song, half-an-hour long EP from the band; the music on this release is even more deranged than their previous tracks, and there are several points on “TortureStainedDisaster” where Brobdingnagian moves away from anything remotely resembling what we'd call black metal. (I think the new genre buzzwords are ‘Black Noise’ and ‘Dungeon Metal’)
Limited to 501 pieces.

Release Year(s): 2008
Artist(s) Country: USA
Label(s): Rusty Axe Records

Track Listing:
01. Smeared Faces In The Ruins (3:30)
02. Harvester Of Disease (9:50)
03. TortureStainedDisaster (8:42)
04. Poison Tongue // Bloody Throat [Havohej cover] (8:07)

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November 04, 2011

☼ Paul Chain - Alkahest / Mirror / Master Of All Times / Park Of Reason / Split (w/Container 47) / Unreleased Vol.2

(by request)
Italian ambient doom metal space prog guru, Paul Chain (who's actual Italian name is Paola Catena) was a youth musical prodigy who originally formed a band called Death S.S. (no Nazi connection) with vocalist Steve Sylvester in 1977. They went on to produce a handful of releases peppered with dark, Sabbath-inflected doom metal, and worked up a stage show that would possibly have made luminaries like Alice Cooper take pause. Several years later, Chain's spiritual beliefs caused him to leave Death S.S. With this career move, Paul set the groundwork for an eclectic solo career, producing dark, emotional music explorations, into genres as seemingly far afield as ambient electronics, hard rock improvisation, psych, etc. When it comes to Paul Chain, you really don't know what you're getting into until you slap the album into your stereo and sit back to let its soundscapes enter your ears. Much of his work has a very spontaneous, improvised feel, whether it's slowly shifting organ music, drony rock jams filled with wild guitar soloing or something else entirely.
Although his 'Paul Chain' moniker has been retired, he keeps playing music under a new name, Paul Cat.

☼ Paul Chain - Alkahest

Release Year(s): 1995
Artist(s) Country: Italy
Label(s): Godhead

Track Listing:
01. Roses Of Winter (4:58)
02. Living Today (4:50)
03. Sand Glass (5:47)
04. Three Water (7:28)
05. Reality (8:22)
06. Voyage To Hell (4:33)
07. Static End (6:07)
08. Lake Without Water (4:51)
09. Sepulchral Life (20:39)

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☼ Paul Chain - Mirror (Best of/Compilation)

Release Year(s): 1997
Label(s): Minotauro

Track Listing:
01. Train Of Illusion (4:49)
02. The Machine (5:28)
03. Violence Of The Sun (7:09)
04. Paradise Of The Poor (8:04)
05. Obsession (4:34)
06. Headroom (5:43)
07. Sangue (3:39)
08. Red Light (3:59)
09. Moment Of Rage (3:4)
10. Loveless (4:38)
11. Luxury (6:33)
12. Needful (5:18)
13. Electric Funeral [Black Sabbath cover] (6:50)

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☼ Paul Chain–The Improvisor - Master Of All Times

Release Year(s): 2001
Label(s): Andromeda Relix

Track Listing:
01. Train Of Illusion (18:27)
02. Spiritual Way (9:16)
03. Inexplicable Inwardness (4:39)
04. Water Of The Veriety (4:35)
05. Hoping For Better Things (3:07)

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☼ Paul Chain Experimental Information / Container 47 - Split

Release Year(s): 2001
Label(s): LM Records

Track Listing:
01. Paul Chain Experimental Information: Expression 1 (11:10)
02. Paul Chain Experimental Information: Expression 2 (0:51)
03. Paul Chain Experimental Information: Expression 3 (0:35)
04. Paul Chain Experimental Information: Expression 4 (1:15)
05. Paul Chain Experimental Information: Expression 5 (2:55)
06. Paul Chain Experimental Information: Expression 6 (1:33)
07. Paul Chain Experimental Information: Expression 7 (2:42)
08. Container 47: Expression 8 (6:27)
09. Container 47: Expression 9 (2:58)
10. Container 47: Expression 10 (5:38)
11. Container 47: Expression 11 (7:56)
12. Container 47: Expression 12 (7:18)
13. Container 47: Expression 13 (2:54)
14. Container 47: Expression 14 (4:06)
15. Container 47: Expression 15 (5:09)

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☼ Paul Chain - Park Of Reason

Release Year(s): 2002
Label(s): Beyond... Prod.

Track Listing:
01. Solitude Man (4:45)
02. 8 String Sweep (5:20)
03. Sanctuary Heve (4:06)
04. Continuous Fix (4:13)
05. War Abysses (5:06)
06. Stajness Klaus (5:04)
07. Let The End Begin [Saint Vitus cover] (7:03)
08. Wings Of Decadence (11:44)
09. Ascension Of Any Pound (9:49)
10. Ways Of Changes (4:42)
11. Logical Slow Evolution [left channel mono] / …In Time [right channel mono] (15:07)
12. Logical Slow Evolution [stereo version] (14:39)
13. …In Time [stereo version] (15:06)

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☼ Paul Chain - Unreleased Vol 2 (Living For The Memory Of The World)

Release Year(s): 2003
Label(s): Minotauro

Track Listing:
01. Traffic Lights (20:43)
02. Wrong Woman (4:22)
03. So Low Far Again (2:57)
04. Guitar Voices (4:34)
05. Bloodwing (5:19)
06. Nibiru Dawn (8:18)
07. Full Moon Improvisation (6:53)

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