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CRUCIAL BLAST WEBSTORE: NEW ARRIVALS

Check out the new arrivals list below - reviews coming ASAP!

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



FEATURED RELEASE



PSALM ZERO   The Drain   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98










Track Samples:
Sample : The Drain
Sample : Meanwhile
Sample : Chaos Body


NEW ADDITIONS



ADERLATING   Spear Of Gold And Seraphim Bone Part Two   CD   (ConSOULing Sounds)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : When The Darkness Overwhelms Angels Return To Their Graves
Sample : Per Luciferum Dominum Nostrum
Sample : A Vessel For The Void



ANGRENOST   Planet Muscaria   CD   (Code666)    14.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Scorpiosaurus
Sample : Schizophobos
Sample : Acidshiva



ANTEDILUVIAN   Logos   LP   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    19.98












ÅRABROT   self-titled   CD   (Fysisk Format)    16.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Moenads
Sample : Ha-Satan Deofol
Sample : Drawing Down the Moon



ÅRABROT   self-titled   LP   (Fysisk Format)    25.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Moenads
Sample : Ha-Satan Deofol
Sample : Drawing Down the Moon



ARTIFICIAL BRAIN   Labyrinth Constellation   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Worm Harvester
Sample : Orbital Gait
Sample : Moon Funeral
Sample : Brain Transplant



ASTAROT   As Leaves Fall   CD   (Satanath)    11.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Chapter V - The Birdsong
Sample : Chapter IX - Walking In The Forest Of Time, The Eternal Forest
Sample : Chapter II - Nacer, Perecer Y Renacer



AUTOGEN   Mutagen   CD   (4iB Records)    17.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Too Late
Sample : Thou Shalt Not
Sample : Pungent
Sample : Frenzy



AVICHI   Catharsis Absolute   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Flames in My Eyes
Sample : Catharsis Absolute
Sample : All Gods Fall



AVICHI   The Devil's Fractal   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : The Devil's Fractal, Pt. 1
Sample : Kaivalya of the Black Magician
Sample : Under Satan's Sun



B°TONG   Hostile Environments   CD   (Greytone)    12.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Thepsis
Sample : Stasis Field
Sample : Hemihypoplasia



BAGMAN   For Kenneth McKenna   CASSETTE   (Crucial Blast - Infernal Machines Series)    5.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Sated...
Sample : Hand Of Death
Sample : Snake Feast



BAGMAN   In Their Blood And From The Gutter   CASSETTE   (Crucial Blast - Infernal Machines Series)    5.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Hunting Ground
Sample : Person As Product
Sample : Breath Constriction



BAGMAN   Welcome To My Fucking Misery   CASSETTE   (Crucial Blast - Infernal Machines Series)    5.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Predator
Sample : Power Thrust
Sample : In Bonds



BANOS, ROQUE   Evil Dead (2013) OST   2 x LP   (Unseen Forces)    39.98













BASTARD NOISE / LACK OF INTEREST   split   LP   (Deep Six)    14.98










Track Samples:
Sample : BASTARD NOISE - Putrid Hog Men
Sample : BASTARD NOISE - Denial Mastered
Sample : LACK OF INTEREST - Sweet Bitter Taste
Sample : LACK OF INTEREST - Happy Faces



BASTARD NOISE / LACK OF INTEREST   split   CD   (Deep Six)    9.98










Track Samples:
Sample : BASTARD NOISE - Putrid Hog Men
Sample : BASTARD NOISE - Denial Mastered
Sample : LACK OF INTEREST - Sweet Bitter Taste
Sample : LACK OF INTEREST - Happy Faces



BEASTMILK   Climax   CD   (Magic Bullet)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : You Are Now Under Our Control
Sample : Nuclear Winter
Sample : Genocidal Crush



BETE LUMINEUSE   Murmure du Charnier   CASSETTE   (Crucial Blast - Infernal Machines Series)    5.98



If you're a regular customer of Crucial Blast, or have been soaking up much of the extreme black/death metal that has surfaced in recent years, you've seen the visual work of Industrie Chimere Noire. This Québécois designer (aka Joce) has been behind the distinctive and imaginative album design and artwork for a host of hideous, hellish death metal, black metal, and extreme industrial bands, including the likes of Abyssal, Portal, Fistula, Hooded Menace, Morne, Nekrasov, Unearthly Trance, and Utlagr, among others. Beyond his visual art and design, though, Joce has also been creating sinister, spectral music of his own with his solo project Bęte Lumineuse, which has to date released a handful of split tapes with bands like Actuary, Lortie and Neige Et Noirceur. Practicing a kind of nightmarish kosmische sorcery, Bęte Lumineuse's sound is surreal and suffocating, centered around brackish dronescapes and drifting fogbanks of mesmeric murk that often resemble the sound of some particularly baleful 70's-era space music cassette (think Tangerine Dream circa Zeit) that has just been dug up after being buried deep beneath a forest floor for the past ten years.
After that series of splits, Bęte Lumineuse has resurfaced with his first full-length cassette, Murmure du Charnier. A half-hour excursion into phantasmagoric black holes and charnel-house ambience, featuring ten tracks formed from the warped howl of mutated synthesizers that have been tortured into monstrous ectoplasmic deformations, and layers of black industrial rot. The tape opens with the crushing cosmic synthesizer roar that briefly blasts across the beginning of "Entree", the voices of ancient magicians echoing beneath the grinding electronic drones. From there, the album drifts into vast murky dronescapes filled with low subterranean rumbling and ghostly voices that waft across the background, smears of choral sound stretched into infinite, terrible howling across the nuclear-red horizon, the sound shifting from shorter passages of minimal distorted synthdrone to more atmospheric dark ambience like the ghastly murk that spreads throughout "Voix Dans Les Murs". As the album's minimal rumbling synths and meditative electronics unfold, you can hear where Bęte Lumineuse is drawing some of its influence from the darkest recesses of early 1970's experimental space music. It's persistently creepy, though, with huge washes of unearthly EVP-like sound that comes barreling out of the blackness, horrific screams and eerie angelic chorales muffled and muted and melted down into a thick, swirling murk, like a more blackened, morbid take on Yen Pox's early dark ambient soundscapes.
Fragments of romantic symphonic music will occasionally bleed through the rumbling black drift, pieces of nostalgic melody that briefly materialize before being swallowed back up by the cavernous darkness, while pieces like "Possession Hypnotique" descend into more surrealistic realms, throbbing rhythms undulating beneath weird mewling tones, bizarre spacey effects and those densely layered drones. "Cosmos I: Pulsar Mourant" pushes that classic Zeit-era sound all the way into the abyss, and immense bass drones pulsate through the cacophonous roar of "Vision Trouble", thundering above strange processed voices lost in necromantic reverie as the track slowly evolves into an almost power electronics-style assault. Towards the end, "Combustion Spontanee" blossoms into a nightmare of anguished cries, scorching feedback and delirious noise , an infernal noisescape that shares some of the hallucinatory mausoleum ambience of T.O.M.B., testimonials of clandestine psy-ops activities descending into squirming synthesizer noise. "412 Yeux Qui Hurlent" is a short collaboration with Montreal power electronics artist Lortie that unleashes a throbbing industrial blast of rhythmic noise and looping drones and corrosive distorted buzz, and eventually dissolves into the final stretch of dark, dreamlike ritualistic ambience that closes the tape with "Sortie".
Released in a limited edition of two hundred copies as part of our Infernal Machines series, Murmure du Charnier comes on pro-manufactured cassette and includes a digital download code for the album.
Track Samples:
Sample : Voix Dans Les Murs
Sample : Vision Trouble
Sample : Combustion Spontanee
Sample : Purge de Cervelles



BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE   Faint   CD   (Cyclic Law)    14.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Yearning
Sample : Legacy
Sample : Bystanders
Sample : Blank



BIZARRE UPROAR   Rape Africa   CD   (Freak Animal)    14.98











Track Samples:
Sample : ˙ūTornion Kevät
Sample : Joukkohauta Pt.2 / Hate Your Face
Sample : Raiskaa Afrikka



BLACK CILICE   A Corpse, A Temple   CD   (Dungeon Tapes)    9.98











Track Samples:
Sample : The Key
Sample : The Gate Of Sulphur
Sample : Among Dead Rats



BLACK MOTH   The Killing Jar   CD   (New Heavy Sounds)    17.99











Track Samples:
Sample : The Articulate Dead
Sample : Honey Lung
Sample : Blackbirds Fall



BLUE SABBATH BLACK CHEER/ MASURBATORY DYSFUNCTION   DEATH / Put A Bag On It   LP + ZINE   (Pent Up Release)    20.00













BOTCH   We Are The Romans   2 x LP   (Hydra Head)    28.00













BURNT SKULL   Sewer Birth   LP   (12XU)    16.98













CARPENTER, JOHN   Halloween OST   2 x LP   (Mondo)    29.99













CARPENTER, JOHN & ALAN HOWARTH   Halloween II   CASSETTE   (Death Waltz)    8.50



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


CARPENTER, JOHN & ALAN HOWARTH   Halloween III: Season Of The Witch   CASSETTE   (Death Waltz)    8.50



Now available on limited edition cassette tape with minimal packaging, featuring the new artwork from the LP edition.
Finally have several of the recent releases from Death Waltz in stock here at C-Blast; this new boutique label from the UK has been putting stuff out for over a year now, but just about everything they have done has quickly sold out. It's one of the coolest new imprints out there, a vinyl-only operation that is curating a fantastic selection of cult horror / exploitation film soundtracks from the 1970s-1980s "golden age" of electronic film scores, with a couple of high quality newer works appearing every now and then as well. With a signature sleeve design aesthetic, a killer logo and impeccable taste in the best in cinematic electronic darkness, every single one of Death Waltz's releases are amazing collectors items for fans of classic horror sounds.
It really wasn't until fairly recently that the third entry in the Halloween series began to develop the cult following that it currently has; when Season Of The Witch was originally released in 1982, it caught a lot of flack from horror audiences for not featuring series boogeyman Michael Myers and not being directly connected with the previous two films. That's exactly why it became one of my favorite films in the series, I loved John Carpenter's idea that the series should feature a different stand-alone story with each annual entry, and while the concept didn't fly after this movie, it's become much loved by hardcore Carpenter fans in the decades since. Season Of The Witch's bizarre tale of Druidic conspiracies, Silver Shamrock Halloween masks, child sacrifice and android horror is easily one of Carpenter's strangest, and while he didn't sit behind the camera for this one (Tommy Lee Wallace handled directorial duties on Season), Carpenter (along with Alan Howarth) did craft the eerie, throbbing synthesizer score for Season Of The Witch, and its one of their best.
The Season Of The Witch soundtrack was originally released by MCA back in 1982 and has been a tough score to find on vinyl up till now, with used copies collecting hefty collectors prices; this new Death Waltz edition features the exact same track listing but is newly re-mastered, and comes in the signature Death Waltz designed sleeve with printed inner sleeve and liner notes from Howarth and Jay Shaw, and a gorgeous poster reproduction of the album art. The record starts off with the track "Main title", the theme music that appears in various permutations all throughout the score, an ominous arrangement of dark droning synths, buried pulsating drones, and strange computerized melody all backed by sinister synth-bass rhythms fits the movie's weird, surrealistic tone and quickly gets under your skin. The rest of the soundtrack shifts between those subsequent variations on the Season theme, with that creepy electronic melody becoming wrapped in throbbing black synths and tension-wracked rhythms, and pieces of minimal, murky ambience formed from simple, pulsating synth chords. Of course, being a Carpenter/Howarth score, there's some terrific action pieces in here as well like "Chariots Of Pumpkins", pulse-pounding bass-driven tracks with minimal kettledrum-like pounding that backed the film's harrowing chase sequences and which do a pretty good job of creating unease in the listener even when divorced of the film's frightening visuals. Some of the other tracks have unique little touches that make them stand out, like the harpsichord / synth sounds on "Drive To Santa Mira" that carry faint echoes of Carpenter's original Halloween theme. And then there's that perversely catchy Silver Shamrock jingle, the one that every fan of the film has been unable to get out of their head for more than thirty years, right there at the end, reminding all of you children to be in front of the TV set for the Horrorthon, don't miss it, and don't forget to wear your masks...


CEMETERY PISS   Such The Vultures Love   7" VINYL   (Cricket Cemetery)    5.98













CISNEROS, AL   Toward Nazareth   12"   (Drag City)    13.98












CONFUSE   Hate War No War Fuckin' War   LP   (Noise Not Music)    22.98












CRYOSTASIUM   Alternative Funeral   CDR   (Satanath)    9.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Dissociator
Sample : Blood Memories
Sample : 5/13



CURSORY   La Sorciere   7" VINYL   (Blossoming Noise)    8.98













DARK AGES   Rabble, Whores, Usurers   CD   (Elegy Records)    11.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Leprosy
Sample : Depravity
Sample : Avarice



DARK AWAKE   Epi Thanaton   CD   (Rage In Eden)    13.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Sigillum Of Cutha
Sample : Ichor
Sample : Anaphexaton Primeumaton



DE MASI, FRANCESCO   The New York Ripper OST   LP   (Death Waltz)    28.98












DEADWOOD   Sheolic   CD   (Cold Spring)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Malum In Se
Sample : Dead Waste
Sample : A.V.E



DIFFERENT STATE   The Frigid Condition   CD   (Zoharum)    13.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Intuition
Sample : Disastral
Sample : Conspiracy In The Mirror
Sample : Consciousness



DISCORDANCE AXIS   Original Sound Version 1992-1995 (Perfect Edition)   2 x LP + 7 INCH   (Hydra Head)    28.00













DISCORDANCE AXIS   Jouhou   2 x LP   (Hydra Head)    27.00













EMBRYONIC DEVOURMENT   Reptilian Agenda   CD   (Deepsend)    10.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Sealed with Resin
Sample : Reptiliphiliac
Sample : Experimental Deformation



EMERSON, KEITH   Inferno OST   LP   (AMS / Cinevox)    34.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Mater Tenenbrarum
Sample : Kazanian's Tarantella
Sample : Rose's Descent Into The Cellar
Sample : Inferno (Main Titles Theme)



ENTHRONING SILENCE   Throned Upon Ashes Of Dusk   CD   (Dusktone)    12.98











Track Samples:
Sample : To Seal The Last Resonance Of Perdition
Sample : The Mournful Season
Sample : Nocturnal Reverence Of Redemption



EXILED FROM LIGHT   There Is No Beauty Left Here   2 x CD   (Hypnotic Dirge)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : The Essence of Hope, Drained
Sample : We Writhe as Worms
Sample : Clarity Viewed Through Dying Eyes



FALARDEAU, ERIC   Thanatomorphose   DVD   (Unearthed Films)    18.98












FLOOR   self-titled   LP + 7"   (Robotic Empire)    23.98












FRIZZI, FABIO   Zombi 2   LP   (Death Waltz)    34.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Main Title
Sample : Maggots
Sample : Eyeball
Sample : Virus



FUNERAL IN HEAVEN / PLECTO ALIQUEM CAPITE   Astral Mantras Of Dyslexia   LP   (Dunkelheit Produktionen)    24.98












FUNEREAL PRESENCE   The Archer Takes Aim   CD   (Ajna Offensive)    9.98











Track Samples:
Sample : The Tower Falls
Sample : Gestalt Des Endes.
Sample : ˙ūDämmerlicht



FUNEREAL PRESENCE   The Archer Takes Aim   LP   (Ajna Offensive)    14.98











Track Samples:
Sample : The Tower Falls
Sample : Gestalt Des Endes.
Sample : ˙ūDämmerlicht



GARTH ARUM   The Dawn Of A New Creation   CD   (Satanath)    11.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Trip (Part 2)
Sample : The Path To Oblivion
Sample : Lucid Dreams



GIGAN   Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super Science   CD   (Willowtip)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Beneath the Sea of Tranquility
Sample : Gibbering Hordes of Zemiath
Sample : Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response



GOBLIN   Buio Omega OST   LP   (AMS / Cinevox)    34.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Strive After Dark (Suite)
Sample : Rush
Sample : Pillage
Sample : Buio Omega (Main Titles)



GOBLIN   Patrick OST   LP   (AMS / Cinevox)    34.98












GOBLIN   Tour 2013 EP   12"   (Death Waltz)    17.98












GOBLIN   Contamination   LP   (AMS / Cinevox)    34.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Contamination
Sample : Ogre
Sample : Fright
Sample : Connexion



GOBLIN   Profondo Rosso   LP   (AMS / Cinevox)    34.98













GRAVE MIASMA   Exalted Emanation   CD   (Sepulchral Voice)    15.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Pillars
Sample : Kussa'u Tibtihu
Sample : Arisen Through the Grave Miasma



GRAVE UPHEAVAL / MANTICORE   split   12"   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    13.98










Track Samples:
Sample : GRAVE UPHEAVAL - Untitled
Sample : MANTICORE - Insemination of the Sycophant



HASEGAWA, HIROSHI / POSITIVE ADJUSTMENTS   Cryptic Void   CD   (4iB Records)    17.98










Track Samples:
Sample : ˙ūPOSITIVE ADJUSTMENTS – Dance The Coma
Sample : HIROSHI HASEGAWA - Cruel Street Goddess



HAVE A NICE LIFE   The Unnatural World   LP   (The Flenser)    19.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Cropsey
Sample : Burial Society
Sample : Guggenheim Wax Museum



HELMS ALEE   Sleepwalking Sailors   CD   (Sargent House)    12.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Pinniped
Sample : New West
Sample : Heavy Worm Burden
Sample : Dodge the Lightning



HELMS ALEE   Sleepwalking Sailors   LP   (Sargent House)    19.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Pinniped
Sample : New West
Sample : Heavy Worm Burden
Sample : Dodge the Lightning



HOAX   self-titled   LP   (Hoax Records)    19.98












K2 / GX JUPITTER-LARSEN   Convulsing Vestibular   CD   (4iB Records)    17.99











Track Samples:
Sample : K2 - Symphony For The Public Pollution
Sample : GX JUPITTER-LARSEN - Bunyi Tentang Polywave



KATECHON   Man, God, Giant   LP   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    19.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Transition
Sample : Endless Funeral
Sample : Black Rain
Sample : Beautiful Desolation



KATECHON   Man, God, Giant   CD   (Nuclear War Now! Productions)    10.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Transition
Sample : Endless Funeral
Sample : Black Rain
Sample : Beautiful Desolation



KAUAN   Pirut   CD   (Blood Music)    15.98










Track Samples:
Sample : VII
Sample : V
Sample : II



KHANATE   Capture & Release   LP   (Hydra Head)    16.98













MAN IS THE BASTARD / BIZARRE UPROAR   Sanctity Of Oil / M3A1 Sub-machine Gun   10" VINYL   (Deep Six)    9.50












MILLER, SCOTT + LEE CAMFIELD + MERZBOW   No Closure   CD   (Cold Spring)    13.98



Originally released as a super-limited cassette tape on Wands, this crushing black industrial doom collaboration is now available on CD from cult UK industrial label Cold Spring...
  On No Closure, former Sutekh Hexen members Scott Miller (also of Pro-Death, Cattle Decapitation and Al Qaeda) and Lee Camfield teamed up with Merzbow's Masami Akita for a surprisingly heavy full length album, the two twenty minute-plus tracks offering an interesting fusion of Masami Akita's glitch-infestations and Miller and Camfield's low-fi sludge metal, produced by having Akita manipulate and build upon the initial recordings of Miller and Camfield's monstrous blackened metal that they recorded in some dank basement somewhere in the bowels of San Francisco.
   When this started out, I had to double check to make sure I had put the right tape into my stereo. The first track "I" opens with a simple, almost jazzy figure, the bass slithering around dark, surfy guitar licks, the drums a distant ticktock pulse. And further off in the distance, concealed beneath layers of tape murk and room ambience, are seething indistinct tremolo riffs, a blur of black metallish buzz that grows more formless and amorphous as it goes on. This stuff is pretty far from what I was expecting, resembling some sort of Bohren-esque midnight creep at times, or something from one of Charlie Clouser's soundtrack pieces. After a couple of minutes, though, you can hear the harsh electronic elements creeping in, faint layers of crackling, glitchy noise that fall like volcanic grit across the band's mysterious twilight shuffle. Then it suddenly transforms into a whole 'nother beast, as the sound of those buzzing black metal style guitars come into focus, repeating a single, haunting melodic figure over and over while Merzbow's sputtering, bubbling electronics wash over the music, and fragments of charred psych-guitar shred come squirming out of the background. The music keeps mutating, changing every few minutes into varying patterns of minimal whirr and glitch, moving into strange mechanical noisescapes and clusters of eerie organ drone, becoming more and more abstracted and noisy as the piece progresses, until it finally disintegrates into a grim, gorgeous, wash of fluctuating blackened drift.
Similarly, the second side starts off with something much heavier than I was expecting, a murky low-fi doom metal riff crawling across sparse slow-motion drumming buried way down in the mix. This solemn, sorrowful doom is enshrouded in a fog of gritty granular electronic noise and harsh glitch, the drums sometimes drifting so far into the background that they become a faint monotonous thump. That eventually gives way to more angular heaviness, as furious roaring vocals begin to bleed in, an unintelligible bellow that is just as buried beneath all of the noise; the riffage gets more feedback-damaged, the music later dropping out into sparse pounding, clanking industrial dirges and pools of soft metallic whirr and drift that stretch out endlessly.
   Easily one of the heaviest efforts that Merzbow has ever been involved with, and certainly one of the most "metal", this tape comes highly recommended to fans of such noise-possessed sludge outfits as Wicked King Wicker, Valley of Fear and Welter In Thy Blood.
Track Samples:
Sample : II
Sample : I



MOR / LIHOLESIE   Death Comes From The North   LP   (Myrkr)    23.98











Track Samples:
Sample : LIHOLESIE - Endless Expance Of Coldness And Ice
Sample : LIHOLESIE - Barbarians (Hosts Of The North)
Sample : MOR - Raven Dark
Sample : MOR - Kola Cross



MORBUS CHRON   Sweven   CD   (Century Media)    15.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Terminus
Sample : It Stretches In The Hollow
Sample : Berceuse
Sample : Aurora In The Offing



MORBUS CHRON   Sweven   LP   (Century Media)    21.00











Track Samples:
Sample : Terminus
Sample : It Stretches In The Hollow
Sample : Berceuse
Sample : Aurora In The Offing



MY DYING BRIDE   Turn Loose The Swans   2 x CD   (Peaceville)    15.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Your River
Sample : Turn Loose the Swans
Sample : The Snow in My Hand
Sample : Black God



NECROSADIK   Folie A Deux   CDR   (Satanath)    9.98











Track Samples:
Sample : The Eternal Line Of Salvation
Sample : Reacher Of Blood
Sample : Man That You Fear
Sample : Lines Without Form



NIMH & ANTIKATECHON   Out Hunting For Teeth   CD   (Rage In Eden)    13.98










Track Samples:
Sample : You Will Not Escape
Sample : Sleep Overcomes Them
Sample : Out Hunting For Teeth



ORTOLANI, RIZ   Cannibal Holocaust OST   CD   (Red Stream)    16.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Cannibal Holocaust (Main Theme)
Sample : Crucified Woman
Sample : Savage Rite



PANOPTICON   Kentucky   CD   (Handmade Birds)    11.98



Now available on CD once again courtesy of Handmade Birds...
Released just as this anarchist-leaning one-man black metal-influenced band was beginning to gain a wider audience beyond the American black metal/experimental metal underground on the heels of his impressive Social Disservices album, the original vinyl release of Panopticon's Kentucky quikcly went out of print. People have been clamoring for it though, and this interesting fusion of mountain music and American blackened metal is finally back in print on CD via Handmade Birds.
It's the same blast of imaginative, Appalachian-flavored black metal as before, though. Kentucky carries on in the tradition of leftist, nature-loving, anarcho-leaning metal that main member Austin Lunn has been creating over the course of four albums and numerous splits with the likes of Wheels Within Wheels, Lake Of Blood and Skagos. On this album, Lunn creates a chronicle of the history and plight of the Kentucky coal mining communities of Appalachia, their story written in tears and sweat and black phlegm, the lyrics dealing with over a century of worker struggles that are rarely recognized outside of the region. Lunn brings this all to life with his sprawling black metal arrangements, crushing guitars and awesome soaring melodies turning these songs into dramatic stories of suffering and struggle, but they are also fleshed out with other instruments, with violins and tin whistles and banjos all appearing throughout these songs. Especially banjo. It's that instrument that has gained this album a lot of its notoriety, as Lun slips from those crushing black metal epics into folky protest songs, and from there into some gorgeously haunting tracks of genuine bluegrass music that suddenly transport Panopticon's music to somewhere else entirely.
Opening with cascading waves of banjo picking and acoustic guitar, the instrumental intro "Bernheim Forest In Spring" kicks right with a traditional folk jig, a dark mournful melody riding on the violins and fast-paced bluegrass picking, that banjo right up in the mix, beginning the album with the lush Appalachian vibe that becomes it's signature sound. From there, the music launches into the blasting hyperspeed black metal of "Bodies Under The Falls", but that folky feel is still there, threading through the ripping black metal riffs, haunting flutes drifting over the buzzsaw guitars and blasting drums and sweeping solos, the guitar suddenly erupting into weirdly discordant leads, everything woven together into a strange and frenzied sound. There are dark Maiden-esque harmonies that rise over the band's blazing tempos, but then around halfway through, it suddenly shifts into something unexpected, a super-distorted sort of rock, almost like some old Mineral or Texas Is The Reason song filtered through a storm of blast-beats and blackened shrieks, finally drifting off once more at the end into that lush haunting Appalachian folk music.
The second disc likewise starts off with old mountain music, more of those strains of eerie dark bluegrass, but this time "Come All Ye Coal Miners" ends up being all bluegrass, the song taking up half of the entire side. It's actually a protest ballad that has lyrics originally written by 60's folk singer Sarah Ogan Gunning, and later in the track Lunn layers the sound with some spoken word audio from some old documentary on the coal miners, which turns into a segueway into the intense catchy blackened metal of "Black Soot And Red Blood". With soaring vocal harmonies smeared across the background, this heavier song drops off into a strange sample-laden spaciousness later on, a kind of folk-flecked slowcore interspersed with slow, swarming blackness. After that, the music keeps alternating between that blazing black metal and those moments of super catchy Mineral-esque rock, and those stomping bluegrass songs and coal town laments, the heaviness often drifting out into eerie atmospheric jangle, lots of pensive guitar melodies circling over mysterious voices and sample-laden sound collages that layer recordings of rural social activists and folk singers like Florence Reece with recordings of violins tearing through the droning black metal. Later on, there's a blistering cover of an old folk song written by Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie that Lunn transforms into something fierce and blackened, and the album closes with the pure bluegrass of the title track, finishing this off with a final rush of stunning stark beauty and pine-scented ambience.
As much as I've dug the older Panopticon albums I've picked up, Kentucky shows a whole new level of depth and progression for the band, blending together Lunn's various influences and musical obsessions into something that ends up being quite unique, especially within the realm of black metal. Highly recommended.
Track Samples:
Sample : Killing the Giants as They Sleep
Sample : Bodies Under the Falls
Sample : Black Soot and Red Blood



PEAKE, DON   The Hills Have Eyes (1977) OST   LP   (One Way Static)    24.98










Track Samples:
Sample : M2-3
Sample : M2-6
Sample : M3-4
Sample : MQ-7
Sample : MQ-5



PEAKE, DON   The Hills Have Eyes (1977) OST   CASSETTE   (One Way Static)    10.98










Track Samples:
Sample : M2-3
Sample : M2-6
Sample : M3-4
Sample : MQ-7
Sample : MQ-5



PHOBONOID   Orbita   CD   (Dusktone)    11.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Vuoto
Sample : Phobos
Sample : Deimos



PRETERITE   From The Wells   CD   (Union Finale)    11.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Edges Nowhere
Sample : Broken Sea
Sample : Behold Our Sepulchre



PRURIENT   Washed Against The Rocks   7" VINYL   (Handmade Birds)    11.98













PSALM ZERO   The Drain   CD   (Profound Lore)    13.98










Track Samples:
Sample : The Drain
Sample : Meanwhile
Sample : Chaos Body



REI REA   Selected Works I: Still Suns   CASSETTE   (Union Finale)    8.50













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










Track Samples:
Sample : Quella Villa
Sample : Blonk Monster
Sample : Verso il Terrore
Sample : Blonk Suspense



RLW   Sechs Abstände   LP   (Blossoming Noise)    14.98












ROT IN HELL / PSYWARFARE   split   12"   (Magic Bullet)    14.98












S/V\R   Perdue / Abattue   CASSETTE   (Self Released)    6.98













SANCTIMONIOUS   Hypocritical Sages   CASSETTE   (Nil By Mouth)    9.98












SATURNALIA TEMPLE   Impossibilum   12"   (Ajna Offensive)    15.98













SAX RUINS   Blimmguass   LP   (Skin Graft)    15.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Refusal Fossil
Sample : Improvisation, Pt. 2 [*]
Sample : Bighead



SAX RUINS   Blimmguass   CD   (Skin Graft)    14.98













SIMONETTI / PIGNATELLI / MORANTE (GOBLIN)   Tenebre   LP   (AMS / Cinevox)    34.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Tenebre
Sample : Flashing
Sample : Gemini



SISSY SPACEK   Incomprehensible Dehumanization   7" VINYL   (Gilgongo)    5.50













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



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



SLEEP   Dopesmoker (BLACK VINYL)   2 x LP   (Southern Lord)    29.98



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



SORC'HENN & L'ACEPHALE   Will Of The Abyss   CASSETTE   (Union Finale)    8.98













SUJO   Repent   CDR   (Inam)    6.99











Track Samples:
Sample : Repent
Sample : Refuge
Sample : Asher



SUJO   Repent / Ondan   CASSETTE   (Auris Apothecary)    8.99











Track Samples:
Sample : Repent
Sample : Refuge
Sample : Asher



SUNN O)))   Black One   2 x LP   (Southern Lord)    29.98











Track Samples:
Sample : CandleGoat
Sample : Cursed Realms (Of The Winterdemons)
Sample : Sin Nanna



SUNN O))) & ULVER   Terrestrials   CD   (Southern Lord)    11.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Western Horn
Sample : Let There Be Light
Sample : Eternal Return



SUNN O))) & ULVER   Terrestrials (WHITE VINYL)   LP   (Southern Lord)    19.98










Track Samples:
Sample : Western Horn
Sample : Let There Be Light
Sample : Eternal Return



SUTCLIFFE JUGEND   Pursuit Of Pleasure (BLACK / CLEAR VINYL)   LP   (4iB Records)    34.98













SUTCLIFFE JUGEND   Pursuit Of Pleasure (RED / GOLD VINYL)   LP   (4iB Records)    34.98













SUTCLIFFE JUGEND & JUNKO   Sans Palatine Uvula   CD   (4iB Records)    17.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Tongue Splitter
Sample : Throat Ripper
Sample : Sans Larynx



SVART1   Satanische Helden   CD   (Industrial-Culture)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Samael
Sample : Baphomet
Sample : Astaroth



TEITANBLOOD   Death   CD   (Ajna Offensive)    12.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Sleeping Throats of the Antichrist
Sample : Cadaver Synod
Sample : Silence of the Great Martyrs



TEITANBLOOD   Death   2 x LP   (Ajna Offensive)    26.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Sleeping Throats of the Antichrist
Sample : Cadaver Synod
Sample : Silence of the Great Martyrs



THORNS / EMPEROR   split   CD   (Peaceville)    13.98










Track Samples:
Sample : THORNS - Cosmic Keys
Sample : EMPEROR - Exördium
Sample : EMPEROR - I Am
Sample : THORNS - Melas Khole



VARDLOKK   Skraelingjahlaut   7" VINYL   (Outer Battery)    6.50













WICKED KING WICKER   Evolving   CD   (Cold Spring)    13.98











Track Samples:
Sample : Zen and the Art of Nihilism
Sample : The High Exalted Nothing
Sample : The Devil Must Learn the Limitations of the Host



WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM   BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini   LP   (Southern Lord)    14.98













WOLVSERPENT   Perigaea Antahkarana   CASSETTE   (Wolvserpent)    8.98












YOSHIMOTO, NAOKI   Sanguivorous   DVD   (MVD)    14.98


















  




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