Monday, September 29, 2014

summer isle / aught void.






summer isle is the a brand new label started by sole death kneel member max klebanoff and sole RM member rita mikhael.

cassette releases sit right alongside zines in the summer isle store and the aesthetic is nothing if not consistently stark and beautiful.

both "crown vetch"  by RM and "french farewell" by death kneel feature great packaging and a host of extras, ranging from buttons to business cards.

and although it isn't a summer isle release, death kneel has another new tape, lilac & benzine, out now on aught void - another label that came to my attention only recently. the packaging for this one is simply beautiful - a clear cassette tucked inside a stamped manila envelope along with a zine and a dried lilac.

seriously, it's perfect in both form and content, and easily stands as one of my favorite tapes so far this year. and while you're over at the aught void bandcamp page, be sure to check out their newest release from vomir, as well as the harsh noise waltz compilation.

honestly, I can't recommend any these releases highly enough. max only has two releases under his "death kneel" belt but he and rita are well on their way to being a truly unique creative force in the power electronics scene.

at this point, my only concern is his ability to sustain such a high level of quality going forward...but it's definitely been done before.

I'm genuinely excited for the future of their musical projects and label and you should be, too, so do your best to support them in these early days.




(summer isle on bandcamp.)


(aught void on bandcamp.)





Monday, September 22, 2014

an innocent young throat-cutter - no one heard the scream.



An Innocent Young Throat-Cutter - No One Heard The Scream

30:36

57.1 MB

1. Storm Murders
2. I'll Be Coming For You



unforgiving, unrelenting walls.

none of this should be surprising - ramirez and renzoni are masters of the genre and this is another worthy addition to their respective discographies.

nothing more to add, other than the excellent (as usual) artwork and layout from brett over at total black.

sold out from the label, keep an eye on discogs for used copies.




(for preview purposes only.)





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

unusual affairs - allure.



Unusual Affairs - Allure

9:48

18.39 MB

1. Backseat Sleeper
2. Laisse Tomber Les Pieds



so, the latest total black tapes took a while to reach me due to some colossal screw-ups by USPS.

they're the worst.

but now that they're finally in hand, here's a short-but-sweet release from unusual affairs. I fully intended to post their previous total black release, hooded remains, but it was put up for sale and streaming on their bandcamp page, so I held off.

this new one is a short release that still manages to pack a great punch - dialogue samples kick off each track before launching into brutal, multi-textured walls.

sometimes I think I can hear vocals buried in there, but it might just be my ears playing tricks on me...

nevertheless, this release is sold out from the source but copies are available on discogs. be sure to stop by the unusual affairs bandcamp page to throw a little money their way - I'm sure they'll appreciate it.

and, as always, support total black.




(for preview purposes only.)





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

nerium oleander - declination.



Nerium Oleander - Declination

14:00

26.97 MB

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V



it always fills me with nervous excitement when I find a brand new label that's just getting started, watching the artist or artists involved trying to nail down an aural esthetic, a visual aesthetic, solid design, customer service...everything that goes into running a label.

so when all of those things line up perfectly right off the bat, it's tough to know what to say...but instead of overthinking it, let's just let the music speak for itself, right?

this is the very first release from valentine sinclair's brand new clandestine compositions label and it's right up our collective alleys - raw black metal with a healthy dose of atmospherics to temper the fury. it's all very cold and bleak and all those other adjectives we love so much.

if you like what you hear, grab both this one and the other release that's currently up for sale.

excellent music, excellent aesthetic, and excellent customer service. nothing makes me happier - can't wait to see what comes next.




(buy a copy from clandestine compositions.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Saturday, September 6, 2014

elisha morningstar - inner wealth.



Elisha Morningstar - Inner Wealth

39:23

75.37 MB

1. Farewell (To Me)
2. Treasure (Per Pietro E Reginella)
3. Salerno
4. Repeating Is Truth



coming courtesy of brave mysteries, that colorful cover belies the fact that this is some pretty droning noise. but having released material on recent compilations from a dear girl called wendy and george proctor's turgid animal, that shouldn't come as a huge surprise.

elisha morningstar is a project from francesco tignola and specializes in synth-accented harsh drones. some of it gets pretty noisy, but in a way that I don't hear very frequently.

I'm not sure if that makes sense, but check it out and see for yourselves....I happen to find it interesting - very hypnotic and strangely soothing. copies are still available from brave mysteries via the link below.

and, as always, check out everything else brave mysteries has in stock, including releases from burial hex and kinit her.




(buy a copy from brave mysteries.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Friday, August 29, 2014

CAPA - the droves.



CAPA - The Droves

22:11

1. Sigh Of The Oppressed Creature
2. Chains And Garlands
3. Cull The Living Flower



as I've said before, band submissions that I actually enjoy are few and far between. although I enjoyed the philadelphia-based CAPA's full-length from last year and fully intended to mention it on here at some point, it slipped through the cracks.

but with previous releases on the stellar ivory antler label and a glowing recommendation from ben over at black metal and brews, I knew it was time to devote some serious attention to them, and their newest recording, the droves, released just a few days ago, is absolutely worthy of that attention and then some.

this EP is tight, focused, and displays a talent for combining disparate musical styles into a cohesive, emotional, and enthralling whole. after a few seconds of ambience, the guitars and drums kick in and the band never looks back.

the production sounds great, the riffs are solid, the vocals are perfect, and the whole thing is just consistently high-quality - definitely one of the best EPs I've heard so far this year and I highly recommend that you all check it out. a vinyl 10" with alternative artwork is in the planning stages, so keep an eye out for it.

and be sure to pick up all of their past releases on bandcamp before paying a visit to their facebook page to stay on top of future plans and releases.




(name your own price on bandcamp.)





Sunday, August 24, 2014

circuit wound - selective misanthropy.



Circuit Wound - Selective Misanthropy

41:48

78.09 MB

1. Selective Misanthropy
2. 07:03:13


this item was part of a packaged I received a while ago from kevin mceleney, who runs the heavy psych label and also performs under the "constrain" monicker, amongst others.

contained within the tape are nearly forty-two minutes of harsh, chaotic noise.

it's all very varied and destructive and will definitely appeal to the vast majority of you.

that said, go out and support both the label and the artist. jay howard, a.k.a. circuit wound, has released dozens of recordings over more than a decade on labels like monorail trespassing and hospital productions.

a track of his was also featured on field tales.

heavy psych has been putting out material from artists like deathpile, skingraft, the rita, and deterge for the better part of a decade now, so head over to their webstore and grab a couple of new releases, or check out discogs.

these are the kinds of labels and artists that need your support.




(for preview purposes only.)