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THE LP VERSION OF THEOLOGIAN'S SOME THINGS HAVE TO BE ENDURED IS CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION. DUE TO DELAYS AT THE MANUFACTURER, ALL ORDERS FOR THE LP WILL BEGIN SHIPPING OUT AROUND NOVEMBER 24TH, 2014.
"Leech has crafted a monstrous, ghastly album of lurching rhythms and totally downer melodies - think the Cure's Pornography remixed by Vatican Shadow." - Aquariusrecords.org
The vinyl edition of Theologian's recent full-length Some Things Have To Be Endured comes in full-color gatefold packaging with completely different artwork from the CD version released by Crucial Blast, using the evocative and disturbing images of NY photographer Gretchen Heinel; this edition comes on blood-red vinyl, in an edition of five hundred copies.
Magick. Motherhood. Pain. Suffering.
Blood. Tension. Nausea. Desire.
Obsession. Addiction. Loathing. Violence.
The loss of hope. Unfulfilled dreams. Unhealed wounds.
SOME THINGS HAVE TO BE ENDURED.
The latest offering from NY synth-death master Theologian (aka Leech, also the mastermind behind the renowned power electronics/death industrial outfit Navicon Torture Technologies), "Some Things Have To Be Endured" features eight new tracks of punishing black industrial, apocalyptic darkwave frequencies, and nerve-rending electronic deathscapes. "Endured" is a collection of collaborations between Theologian and a lineup of female vocalists/artists from both within the industrial / noise / dark ambient / coldwave realm and beyond, with contributions from Rachael Kozak (Hecate), Kristen MacArthur (Sewer Goddess), Rachel Maloney (Tonikom), Nikki Telladictorian (Prometheus Burning), Patricia Benitez (Fetish Drone), Gillian Leigh Bowling (Teloahqaal), Christiana Key (Delphic Oracle), Joan Hacker (Factoria), Shari Vari (Void Vision), and professional opera singer Melissa C. Kelly. The tracks shift from grinding industrial dread to ethereal coldwave beauty, blasts of rumbling blackened synthcrush met with washes of haunting electronic melody, while always remaining rooted in Theologian's bleak, jet-black death industrial. Co-produced with Derek Rush/DREAM INTO DUST and mastered by James Plotkin, "Some Things Have To Be Endured" contains some of the most moving and dramatic music to emerge from Theologian's black sonic abyss to date.
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Anyone who has been paying attention to the more experimental fringes of the black / death / doom metal underground in recent years has no doubt encountered the bizarre visions of the Industrie Chimère Noire. The nom de plume of Québécois illustrator and graphic designer Joce, the Industrie has produced a striking body of work since the latter half of the aughts, first coming to the attention of many in the extreme metal scene through his twisted, nightmarish artwork for Australian avant-garde death metal cult Portal. Since then, Joce has gone on to illustrate and design a plethora of releases on labels like Profound Lore, Sepulchral Productions and Choking Hazard, producing artwork for a myriad of skull-rupturing metal/noise artists that include Fistula, Utlagr, Wormlust, Unearthly Trance, Column Of Heaven, Yoga, A.M.S.G. and Actuary, as well as developing a distinct and recognizable style of line-art illustration that has become almost synonymous with certain strains of über-bizarro death/black metal.
Dans L’oeil du Mort is the first published collection of artwork from Joce and the Industrie Chimère Noire. Released as part of Crucial Blast’s ongoing art-zine series that focuses on lesser-known artists on the fringes of extreme metal / occult / horror / surrealism, Dans L’oeil du Mort features an array of artwork that stretches back to the Industrie's origins in 2007. A number of album art pieces are featured here in detail, as are several previously unpublished images that appear here for the first time ever. The thirty-plus macabre visions found within these pages range from Joce’s signature black-ink illustrations for bands like Portal, Nekrasov and Fistula, to more abstract experiments in manipulated photography, digital illustration, and old-school collage work. All of this stuff is possessed with a distinctive, morbid atmosphere: monochrome scenes of ancient Gallic graveyards and mottled funerary monuments; ghastly Lovecraftian nightmares of ultra-violent parasitic infection, sexually-charged tentacled monstrosities and corpulent forms in the throes of extreme mutation; snazzy industrial-influenced collage art polluted with vintage images of devil-worship; intricately rendered occult sigils and macabre panels influenced by antique woodcut engravings; gruesome digital manipulations of arachnid horror; and ghoulish full-color watercolor pieces like that found on the Unearthly Trance / The Endless Blockade split album, which seem to radiate an almost folkloric feel.
While the work featured in this publication showcase a number of different techniques, all of this material is connected through a common underlying atmosphere of morbidity and mutation that has become Joce's calling card. Through his scenes of ravenous, fecund spider-demons, desolate cemeteries, seething bacterial horrors and arctic devil worship, Joce produces a kaleidoscopic collection of nightmares and mysteries in a uniquely expressionistic manner. At times, it seems to intersect the raw visual aesthetics of 80’s-era death metal and industrial music with the deranged monstrosities and vile surrealism found in 70’s-era underground horror comics like Insect Fear, bathing his images in ectoplasmic deformity and malodorous rot.
Released in a limited printing of two hundred hand-numbered copies, this art zine comes with a set of vinyl stickers and a pair of 1" badges featuring more imagery from Industrie Chimère Noire.
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Like many of the obscure underground artists that I try to document here at Crucial Blast, I first stumbled across Cody Spence Drasser's grisly surrealistic artwork by way of his musical projects. I had been digging around online for information on his releases a while back, as I wanted to stock a couple of ‘em in the Crucial Blast catalog,; in recent years, Drasser has been busy with the dark ambient/noise project Caulbearer, which combines elements of classic isolationist ambient with bursts of incendiary electronics and dark kosmische drones to create expansive sound-fields of blackened industrial drift. It was then, while looking for more information on Drasser’s recordings, that I came across a website dedicated specifically to the artwork that he has been producing over the past two decades. A couple of clicks later, and I found myself devouring a host of horrific images and tenebrous tableaux seemingly retched forth from some ghastly dreamworld. I was staring into the pulsating, chitinous black heart of the Vomitous Mass.
Long before he began floating out into the chthonic ether with Caulbearer, Drasser's involvement in the extreme music underground was born in the blood-soaked charnel pits of early 90s death metal. As the guitarist for the short-lived New York death metal band Afterbirth, Drasser helped to produce a couple of demos of weird, filthy sewercrush during the band’s brief run, including the 1994 tape Psychopathic Embryotomy. That demo would go on to gain a cult following among fans of old-school death metal for its strange, murky atmosphere and ultra-heavy sound, which has been acclaimed by some as a precursor to the whole "slam death" thing that would grow in popularity later in the decade with bands like Devourment and Internal Bleeding (and even lead the band to recently reform after nearly twenty years in order to record new material). And at the same time that Drasser was crunching out riffs in Afterbirth, he was also beginning to produce his own visual artwork fueled by all of that sonic carnage, developing a distinct style that seemed to be inspired by a conflux of HR Giger's surrealistic biomechanical visions, the otherworldly album art of artists like Dan Seagrave, Away and Andreas Marschall, and the more bizarre fringes of horror comics art belched forth from the bowels of late 80s magazines like Gore Shriek. Drowning his grey matter in the cacophony of early death metal, Drasser began to work under the name "Vomitous Mass Graphics", scrawling out an array of surreal, morbid images charged with raw, ultra-violent energy. These pieces had a similar look and feel as the crude abattoir fantasies that you would find splattered across many of the death metal demo covers of the day, but Drasser’s work often headed into even more bizarre realms of oneiric depravity.
Released as part of Crucial Blast’s ongoing art zine series focusing on little-known artists on the fringes of extreme metal / occult / horror / surrealism, this new publication collects much of the grotesque artwork that Drasser produced under the Vomitous Mass name between 1992 and 1999, as well as several full-color collage pieces, fragments of sketchbook ephemera, and a selection of more recent artwork. As you flip through the pages of Vomitous Mass, you’ll find detailed black ink illustrations of hideous biological mutations, visions of shambling sentient meat-heaps rendered in sickening pastel hues, furiously scribbled scenes of delirious bio-mechanical chaos, dreamlike landscapes of towering crustacean structures, a smattering of spiny death metal logos and primitive demo cover-style flesh carnage, occult sigils rendered in intricate line art, and more. It also serves as a document of Drasser’s evolution as an artist, drawing a line from his early youthful renderings of crude phantasmal violence to his later work that reveals a striking progression in both technique and imagination.
Released in a limited printing of one hundred copies, with a cut-out cover design that sort of resembles those old step-back covers found on horror paperbacks from the 1980's.
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Few contemporary noise artists have explored the use of scrap metal to the extent that Hal Hutchinson has with his "Factory of Metal Sound" aesthetic. The dense, brutally forceful metalscapes that this UK noisemaker has been creating in recent years follows in a tradition of metal manipulation previously examined by Japanese noisician K2 and Canadian artist Alan Bloor (aka Knurl), but Hutchinson uses a unique approach to the way he assembles and layers his recordings of chains, pipes, sheet metal, metal barrels, and other metallic objects being smashed and dragged and beaten. What began as a cacophony of skull-scraping clatter becomes transformed into something much more complex, as his "Factory" method re-combines and blends these sounds together into a strangely structured colossus of entropic industrial pandemonium. Known previously for his forays into harsh noise and death industrial with the projects like Execution Support Act, Pollutive Static, Meatgrinder, Hutchinson's current direction moves into a truly industrial realm of sound, totally devoted to the sheer physicality of metal colliding against metal, and recent releases from Hutchinson on Freak Animal Records and Unrest Productions have produced some of the most compelling scrap-metal noisescapes to appear in recent years.
With the new full length collection Wreckage Installations And Metalworks, Hutchinson delivers seven tracks of these immense noisescapes and blasts of orchestrated machine-shop annihilation. It's intensely abrasive, somewhat comparable to Molekular Terrorism-era K2, but stripped down to the sound of pure metal; attentive listening yields surprising results, as there's a haunting, undefinable element to these recordings heard in the ghostly groan of metal appearing beneath the more abrasive layers of crashing junk scrap. These repetitive scraping tones almost seem to take on an eerie accidental melodic quality, as the mountains of scrap metal and heavy chains slowly shift and crumble around you, forming into subliminal patterns as the tracks unfold. The album is divided into two sections: the first, Wreckage Installation I-III, consists of longer, fifteen minute-plus studies in heavily layered, oppressive scrap-metal noise, the sound dense and detailed, layer upon layer of scraping, banging metal piled on top of each other to create this grim factory-noise symphony, with a massive undercurrent of low-end noise rumbling in the depths of the mix. These tracks sound absolutely crushing when played through a set of high quality speakers, and maximum volume truly reveals the amount of depth and intricacy that exists in these sprawling, seething industrial noisescapes. The second half of the album consists of a series of shorter, more chaotic exercises in junk-metal obliteration titled Metalwork Installation I-IV, these recordings featuring a less structured and noisier sound, each one a ceaseless maelstrom of experimental metalblast, thunderous avalanches of random scrap metal and tectonic bass rumble compacted into five minutes chunks of sound.
Along with the CD, Wreckage Installations includes a booklet with liner notes from Hutchinson that examine his creative process behind these recordings, and a set of six double-sided black and white photo prints depicting Hutchinson's stark, high-contrast images of corroded, hulking factory equipment. Released as part of the Crucial Blaze Series.
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THE FIRST 200 ORDERS FOR PLAGUE BEASTS DIRECT FROM CRUCIAL BLAST WILL COME WITH A BONUS LIMITED-EDITION TWELVE-PAGE FULL COLOR ART ZINE DESIGNED BY GNAW THEIR TONGUES / CLOAK OF ALTERING MASTERMIND MORIES.
Although most would probably best know Dutch avant-metal madman Mories for his notorious blackened industrial/orchestral doom outfit Gnaw Their Tongues, he's also been involved with a number of projects that one could describe as being rooted in a much more recognizable "black metal" sound. One of 'em is Cloak Of Altering, a project that Mories started in 2011 as a continuation of his earlier black metal band Ophiuchus. The previous Cloak Of Altering albums explored Mories's fascination with the early symphonic black metal of In the Nightside Eclipse-era Emperor and Arcturus's early efforts, as well as the more fiendish and fractured forms of industrial black metal as practiced by the likes of Dødheimsgard. Each new release has moved deeper into stranger and more mutated realms of electronically-damaged symphonic black metal, though, and with Cloak Of Altering's third album (and first for Crucial Blast) Plague Beasts, Mories delivers a ferocious affront to black metal form and structure, combining his otherworldly strain of sweeping symphonic black metal with bursts of intense electronic chaos, waves of nebulous synthesizer and spastic rhythmic violence that, at times, feels more like something you'd hear off of a Planet Mu 12".
As with most of his other projects (Gnaw Their Tongues, Aderlating, De Magia Veterum, Seirom, etc.), this deforms aspects of black metal into something even more surreal, but where the likes of Gnaw Their Tongues feature heavy use of orchestral sounds, the seven songs on Plague Beasts showcase a much more pronounced use of synthesizers. The melodies that seethe and swarm throughout the album at times resemble some twisted nightmare version of prog rock keyboard freak-outs, or vintage 16-bit game soundtracks being fused to the gristle and graveyard stink of second wave black metal. As soon as opener Plague Beasts kicks in, the album begins it's pummeling assault of churning programmed drumming and nuclear rhythmic chaos, unleashing volleys of violent machinegun-like blastbeats and skull-crushing gabber kicks beneath a baleful swarm of frostbitten blackened riffs, spiteful howling vocals sinking into the underlying layers of orchestral murk. You can definitely pick up on Mories's signature use of horrific orchestral sounds, but those elements are submerged beneath the fuzz-enshrouded black metal riffs and those swirling elliptical synths, melting those epic symphonic black metal influences into a psychotic cyborg stew of washed-out trip-hop rhythms, garbled discordant tremolo riffs, bizarre gurgling vocals, and swells of stunning, almost shoegazey majesty that suddenly wash over the music, imbuing it for a moment with a luminous black glow of aching apocalyptic beauty. On other tracks like "White Inverted Void", the album shifts into glitch-damaged electro-black metal epics roiling with crazed synthesizer arpeggios and complex keyboard melodies, while "Ash666urA" lurches like some utterly malformed breakcore monstrosity, all slow motion lurch and spasm, discordant sour riffage and those guttural putrid vocals rolling into passages of strange twilight eeriness. There are blasts of hellish nightmare ambience woven into mutant blackened drum n' bass spasms ("Into Celestial Hell") and assaults of atmospheric black metal grandeur infested with splintered, ultra-violent junglist rhythms reminiscent of artists like Shitmat and Venetian Snares ("Altering Forever"). And on "Translucent Body Deformities" and "Chaos Magician Of The Abyss", lush layers of gleaming synthesizer and orchestral strings are draped over rabid mechanized blasts and mosquito-buzz guitars, forming into some strange fusion of early Nordic black metal fury and the baroque soundtrack work of Keith Emerson, the drums locking up into stuttering, broken rhythms and glitched-out pandemonium.
More than anything else from Mories, this stuff is closest in spirit to the malevolent necro-industrial and fractured drug-fueled machine-ecstasies of bands like Aborym, Blacklodge, Dodheimsgard, Mysticum, and Abigor. But as with anything that this guy is involved with, Plague Beasts seethes with a deliriously demonic atmosphere entirely its own.
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ALL ORDERS OF EMIT'S SPECTRE MUSIC OF AN ANTIQUARY WILL BEGIN SHIPPING ON 10/21/14.
The latest album of murky graveyard ambience, deranged synth, phantasmic dread and ritualistic black drift from this cult UK outfit, their first in nearly ten years. Surrealistic, spectral music and nocturnal delirium transmitted from beyond the veil and steeped in the mysteries of old Britain, like some twisted, eldritch fusion of Fabio Frizzi, In Umbra Malitiae Ambulabo-era Abruptum, and 80’s darkwave.
First released as an extremely limited cassette on Glorious North, Spectre Music Of An Antiquary is the first new material from Emit in over five years, a full length collection of murky ambience, deranged 80's style synth, ritualistic black drift, and stranger sounds forays into black noise. This British outfit has been creating their unique brand of experimental blackened delirium since the late 90s, branching out of a low-fi UK black metal band called Ante Cryst. With Emit, the members began to explore a creepy, synth-heavy sound that was unmistakably descended from black metal but supremely more deformed, combining harsh electronic noise, horror-movie soundtrack atmospherics, droning keyboards, wrecked and fractured black metal guitars, and bizarre vocals that would often push Emit's music into a strange realm of hallucinatory, ghastly psychedelia. On their latest tape Spectre, though, Emit's sound has morphed into something that more resembles some mutated, primitive 80's darkwave being completely taken over by malevolent spirits, with eerie electronic drones and distant moaning vocals often taking over; very different from what I've heard from Emit in the past, though no less weird or phantasmagoric. And as with other Emit offerings, this is concerned more with the occult lore and hidden history of the British isles than Satanism or goat worship or any of the other over-used black metal tropes, which all serves to enhance the wraithlike vibe of these songs.
The album opens up with that chorus-drenched minor key guitar sound that is unmistakably Emit, eerie choral drift intertwining around the vaguely off-key melody of this short intro track "Haunter Of Benighted English Summers", sounding dreamlike and hallucinatory and off from the start. That's over pretty quickly, and then it completely shifts gears with the throbbing distorted synth and gated drums of "Mors Wher Devels Are Abrod", an eerie melody woven around ghoulish vocals lost off in the background, that chiming, chorus-soaked guitar coming back in after a while; utterly weird, this sounds like some cross between something off Tangerine Dream's score for Risky Business, a rack of keyboards lifted from John Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness soundtrack, and a shambling low-fi basement black metal outfit, and the result is rather bewitching. Clanking industrial percussion, strange mechanical melodies and distant crooning blur together on "The Dusk Gardens Of Translucent Mansions", continuing the bizarre dreamlike feel of the album, sounding like some inebriated death rock band wandering through a graveyard of broken clocks, and then that murky, soundtrack-like sound returns on "Shades Over The Mere", with more distant Tangerine Dream-esque synths droning over heavy mechanical rhythms, those deranged vocals waaaaaay off in the distance, everything wrapped in a thick fog of tape hiss and low-fi corrosion, but still strangely pretty and haunting beneath all of the sonic slime. The rest of the songs are similarly delirious, "Sylvan Old Enchanter" drifting on waves of buried synth and deformed black metal guitar, washed out and bleary as it transforms into a wash of gorgeous organ-drift, like something out of a Hammer Horror film drenched in lysergic acid, followed by the ghostly ambience, strange melodic singing and plodding drums that almost sounds like a more stripped-down, minimal version of black psych weirdoes Yoga; that's followed by "The Meadow Reapers (A Field Recording)", which is pretty much just that, a stretch of minimal environmental sound flecked with strange nocturnal cries, mysterious rumblings, bits of ominous warbling synth and distant voices, everything slightly skewed and otherworldly.
The final track "Emanations From Beneath Far Hills, Beyond Far Moons", though, is closer to the sort of weird black ambience heard on older Emit releases like The Dark Bleeding Gods and the excellent Abortions collection, a dimly lit, murky wash of metallic resonance, soft shimmery pulsations of cymbal-like reverberations, these sounds coalescing in the blackness into strange, chiming, half-formed melodies. After awhile, mysterious percussive sounds begin to appear and disappear, soft ghostly knockings that drift up like transmissions from beyond the grave as the track slowly fades into total and utter darkness.
A must-hear for anyone into the murky surrealistic blackness of artists like Reverorum ib Malacht (a band that has shared members with Emit in the past), Yoga, Occultation, Uno Actu, Utarm, and Dapnom, Spectre is now available from Crucial Blast as a digital album and on CD in digipack packaging featuring evocative, all-new artwork.
CRUCIAL BLAST WEBSTORE: NEW ARRIVALS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 15TH 2014
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, that's just the beginning. There's much more mutant heavy 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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