Friday, November 21, 2014

herukrat - I bear witness.



Herukrat - I Bear Witness

31:03

59.09 MB

1. Call To Prayer
2. My Hand Belongs To The Creator Of The World
3. Zikr Of As-Salaam
4. QSIS (Traitors)
5. Al-Fatiha On The Dead
6. Procession Of Our Martyrs
7. Taking Shahada


having spent the last week listening to this first full-length from herukrat, I can't describe how pleased I am that it's finally been unleashed upon the rest of the world.

jackson has been creating harsh noise under this moniker for a couple of years now, and with this latest release, he's really come into his own.

don't get me wrong, I love that early material...but this is so much more evolved, so much more varied, and so much more unique than pretty much anything else out there right now that it's simply staggering.

the influence of islam has been incorporated so perfectly that it's quickly become an inextricable part of the herukrat identity. the sounds, concepts, and culture are all at the forefront here, underscored by dramatic and violent first-rate power electronics.

even without the islamic direction, the music here is still more than worthy of your attention.

check it out via the link below and be sure to grab a copy from total black while it's still in stock.

easily one of the best power electronics releases of the year.




(for preview purposes only.)


(buy a copy from total black.)





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

fresh water girls / sissisters.



Fresh Water Girls / Sissisters

19:49

38.09 MB

1. Fresh Water Girls - Water Slaughter
2. Sissisters - Soft Need
3. Sissisters - Soft Power



more destructive power electronics fresh water girls and sissisters via girl tapes.

received this from total black a while ago.

great packaging, too, for this short but dense slab of brutality from two artists you should recognize. not much more to say about this one other than it's an excellent release and you all should track it down, along with the other girl tapes releases.

presumably sold out from the label, nor are any copies available on discogs, so keep an eye out.

for a few more girl tapes releases, check out their bandcamp page.




(for preview purposes only.)





Friday, November 14, 2014

standard model catastrophes.




you all know that I don't usually ask for much other than to buy physical releases to support the artists we all love. you probably also know that I don't often mix work with everything that I do outside of work.

but if you're in the NYC area, I'd love it if you could find the time to come out to brooklyn for an incredible art show focused on the works of josh graham that I've spent the last two months curating.

as I'm sure most of you already know, josh is an amazing artist, having worked with bands like neurosis, dillinger escape plan, isis, and eyehategod. he's also been a member of battle of mice, red sparowes, and a storm of light, and did all of the graphic design and concert visuals for all three acts.


more recently he's been serving as soundgarden's creative director, overseeing every visual aspect of the band - from music videos and merch designs to concert visuals and album packaging, josh does it all.

although I've been handling all things audio-visual at the made in NY media center for more than a year now, this is the first show that I've curated, and josh's work is perfect for the space.

on display will be videos he's created for soundgarden, neurosis, a storm of light, vattnet viskar, isis, dillinger escape plan, eyehategod, and even jay z and drake, as well as a couple of josh's own art pieces.


but the centerpiece of the show is a brand new, custom-designed piece, "watchmaker," made specifically for our 360-degree projection system that's edited to one song by gazelle twin and two of josh's own ambient soundscapes.

here's a statement on this new work from the artist himself:

"The question is being asked all over the world: Are we entering a new Cold War? Some say we are already in the midst of it. Others are more optimistic. Regardless, the global deterioration of peace is impossible to deny. While the idea of a full-scale nuclear war seems impossibly ridiculous, the number of nuclear weapons around the world are both astounding and terrifying. Will mankind destroy itself? Maybe. Maybe not. In the meantime, Watchmaker focuses on the strange and surreal beauty of these weapons, and what the last “minutes to midnight” might look like."

as much as I'd love to post photos, they just don't do this piece justice...it needs to be seen, heard, experienced.

anything else just falls short.


the opening reception will be from 6-9p on thursday, 12/4. admission is free. josh will be in attendance and there will be free wine and beer.

so come by, say hello, and show your support.

the work is absolutely amazing and I couldn't be more excited to finally be able to show it off.

you will not be disappointed.

I promise.




(official event page.)





Monday, November 10, 2014

year two - a state of the union.





another year has passed...flown by entirely too quickly, but there are no regrets - it's been a good one, and I hope you all agree.

fewer posts, but higher quality posts - at least I'd like to think so.

with all of your help, I've more than doubled my page views from year one.

so give yourselves a round of applause.

looking forward to starting year three...never thought I'd say that, but it's here. plenty of new content on the horizon as I continue to seek out the best, most thought-provoking new and old releases that aren't available anywhere else in digital form.

and there will be a few other surprises along the way.

it's been tough, at times - work never stops, and I think I've put in more hours this past year than my last few jobs combined. but I'm still excited to share new finds, ripping and scanning as soon as items are received in a rush to get new gems out to all of you.

even more friends have been made, record labels discovered, obscure releases unearthed and brought to light.

and without your support, I wouldn't have that excitement, that drive to share. knowing that those efforts are appreciated means the world to me and propels me forward, forces me to search for anything new and exciting.

so thank you all - again. for sticking with me, for sharing my posts, and to the artists and labels for letting your work be shared - I hope it's all been beneficial.

here's to another year of exciting new musical and artistic discoveries.





Friday, November 7, 2014

the ebony tower - 1Q84.



The Ebony Tower - 1Q84

6:00:00

118.28MB + 114.2MB + 115.62MB + 115.68MB + 115.45MB + 118.43MB

1. Green Peas
2. Air Chrysalis
3. The Little People
4. Isolation
5. Two Moons
6. Unity



with HNW, context is everything.

context gives this art meaning - whether it's vomir's philosophical musings, the rita's preoccupation with stocking and sharks, or richard ramirez's obsession with b-level horror movies, without context the sound means nothing.

so when altar of waste announced this six-disc set inspired haruki murakami's novel 1Q84, it certainly grabbed my attention - you don't hear of a lot of HNW inspired by works of literature.

but that's exactly what the ebony tower specializes in - creating brutal walls inspired by a variety of iconic literary works.

and although I have yet to finish 1Q84 (I started but never finished it when it first came out and have recently re-started), it's a very thought-provoking work and this collection provides a unique compliment to the written word.

honestly, I wanted to have the book finished so this could be a more thorough discourse...but getting through nine hundred-plus pages in a microscopic font takes time and I've been busy.

nevertheless, I love this collection and highly recommend it (and the rest of the ebony tower's discography) to anyone looking for a new angle on HNW.

there are only one or two copies left at the altar of waste store, so act fast.




(buy a copy from altar of waste.)


(disc one.)

(disc two.)

(disc three.)

(disc four.)

(disc five.)

(disc six.)





Thursday, October 30, 2014

arizmenda - stillbirth in the temple of venus.



Arizmenda - Stillbirth In The Temple Of Venus

57:05

120.4 MB

1. Scabbed Knees, Rope and Vaseline
2. Cum In Your Wound
3. Rotted Seed...Poisoned Egg
4. Innocence And Illness 
5. Satyriasis
6. Voices In My Bed


that's right - I don't know most of the track titles for this one.

the label hasn't released the names of the rest of the tracks, they're not listed on this limited tour version of the tape, and a few cursory internet searches didn't reveal anything, so it is what it is...as of now, I've left them untitled, but I'll happily go back in and add them once they're available.

UPDATE: track titles have been added thanks to an anonymous commenter. thanks.

if you've been into the first two arizmenda releases, this one will be familiar territory...that's not necessarily a bad thing, but a little musical growth would be nice...it's still that swirling, chaotic black metal we all know so well.

nevertheless, it's an enjoyable release and I know I need to spend more time with it...these are all just rough first impressions. I'm guessing that this one will reveal more of itself over time, as the band's first two albums did so expertly...just need to give it some time.

the dubbing quality isn't the best, a fact made more apparent when listening with headphones, but it's a solid album that will appeal to fans of the band, the label, and the genre.

a few copies should still be available via the link below. I assume digital and vinyl versions will be available at some point soon, but who knows.




(buy a copy from crepusculo negro.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Monday, October 27, 2014

volahn - aq'ab'al.



Volahn - Aq'Ab'Al

58:19

130.26 MB

1. Najtir ichik
2. Halhi K'ohba
3. Bonampak
4. Quetzalcoatl
5. Koyopa
6. Nawalik



this is the "juarez, mexico" pressing of the new volahn album, which to the best of my knowledge has yet to see an official pressing or even digital release, aside from the first two tracks.

I like it quite a bit more than the new arizmenda album, which I'll also post soon...not that the other is bad, there's just a lot more variety here and you can hear some genuine musicianship. the recording quality isn't great, but it's clear enough, so hopefully this rip will tide everyone over until an official digital version comes out.

as I think I've mentioned before, I don't condone the label's actions nor the alleged actions of certain members of the faction, but the music remains something that is worthy of attention. and the fact that I got these tapes at all, let alone surprisingly quickly, definitely bodes well for the future of their operations.

check the crepusculo negro store for copies of this as well as a few other new tapes and splits. believe it or not, I think they're really trying to make amends for their past behavior...

whether or not they're worth forgiving?

that's up to you.




(buy a copy from crepusculo negro.)


(for preview purposes only.)