Tuesday, July 22, 2014

various artists - feeding its young from its own breast.

Various Artists - Feeding Its Young From Its Own Breast


86.43 MB

1. Purple Light - Imagine Life Together
 2. Iron Fist Of The Sun - The Despairing Chair
3. ├émes Sanglantes - Through Tempests The Sun Of Freedom Shone To Us
4. Reactive Identity - Live Reaction I
5. Cremation Lily & False Moniker - London Cannot Be Forgiven
6. Menstrual Stench - Crimson Taste
7. Plague Mother - My Hands Are Open
8. Caustic Qualm - Assessed And Undiagnosed
9. Deterge - Robbers Cave
10. RVH - Sleeping Civilisations

finally, the first compilation from zen zsigo's strange rules.

this might not stay up for long, so get it while you can...copies are inexplicably still available, so don't wait - grab one from the link below right now, don't even bother reading the rest of this post. you might recognize a couple artists up there whose work I've shared before, and there are several others whose material I've always wanted to share.

there was also a special edition released that included some extra artwork and a t-shirt...long gone, obviously. sure, strange rules is in the united kingdom, and shipping to the united states isn't cheap...but everything zen releases is absolutely first rate in terms of audio content and physical packaging, so it's more than worth it...but I'm sure most of you already know that.

but those of you who haven't heard of the label or made a purchase are missing out in a serious way. zen's work as cremation lily has produced one of the most consistently excellent discographies in modern power electronics and his curatorial skills (as evidenced by this compilation and his other strange rules releases) are unparalleled.

do your best to support him and his efforts, as well as the efforts of the other fantastic artists collected on this release.

(buy a copy from strange rules.)

(for preview purposes only.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

carved cross / phantom feel.

Carved Cross / Phantom Feel


70.83 MB

1. Carved Cross - Above, As It Is Below
2. Phantom Feel - Murk

dungeon tapes definitely flew under my radar for entirely too long. they've put out a ton of great releases in only two short years - just examine their discography.

the carved cross side is some of the most raw black metal I've heard in a long time, filled with plenty of riffs and howls buried under layer upon layer of noise, grime, and decay.

unsurprisingly, phantom feel's track is some of the most raw drone I've heard in a long time, with the title being as apt a description as one could conjure. "murk" perfectly describes both the sound and the feel and works perfectly as a counterpoint to the blackened fury of the first side.

both sides compliment each other well, and at roughly twenty minutes each, there's actually a lot of material here. the packaging is also a high point, featuring a grey tape enclosed in a white clamshell case with artwork and an insert.

I don't know how or why copies are still available, so grab one from the link below. but don't wait, supplies are dwindling. and if you do miss out on this one, they've got a ton of other great releases for sale, too.

(buy a copy from dungeon tapes.)

(for preview purposes only.)

Monday, July 14, 2014

raperies (like draperies) - four corners.

Raperies (Like Draperies) - Four Corners


79.01 MB

1. First Corner
2. Second Corner
3. Third Corner
4. Fourth Corner

this double cassette release of brutal power electronics comes to us courtesy of nil by mouth, who released this back in 2007, their very first year of existence.

packaged in a sturdy plastic clamshell case with an insert and a few still image cards, the two cassettes are adorned with simple labels. everything is black and white and more than adequately conveys the brutality of the power electronics compositions within.

any deathpile, early prurient, and s.t.a.b. electronics fans should dig this release and I wholeheartedly encourage you to seek it out, if only to support the small italian label responsible for putting it out into the world.

but the sounds contained within are worth the price of admission, too.

(for preview purposes only.)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

culver - house of black flowers.

Culver - House Of Black Flowers


82.14 MB

1. The Corpse Wore Red
2. Seina

and now for something a little more...soothing?

courtesy of the now-defunct sick head tapes, this is culver's "house of black flowers," a C60 from 2006, shortly after the label first launched.

to describe culver as prolific would be an understatement, with releases dating all the way back to 1996. and I've heard tragically few of these recordings. lee stokoe, the man behind the curtain, has done splits with werewolf jerusalem and george proctor, and has released material through proctor's legion blotan label as pact of ash. oh, and he's also a member of skullflower.

this tape features sick head's signature packaging which, for those of you who don't own one of their releases, is always a treat. handwritten labels in a frightening scrawl adorn both sides of the cassette and lend a genuine personal touch that too many releases lack.

the first side here is filled with long, slow drones that rise and fall, warming and cooling, all at the same time. the second side is my favorite, featuring some truly beautiful acoustic guitar work that slowly falls off into a droning abyss before being resurrected at the conclusion of the track.

seriously, I'm so disappointed that sick head called it quits, but their releases live on via discogs - any noise, drone, or experimental fan will find something to love in their back catalog, and things are surprisingly affordable.

and culver has a new release available via blow the reactors, so grab that while it's still available.

(for preview purposes only.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

street sects - broken windows, sunken ceilings.

Street Sects - Broken Windows, Sunken Ceilings


1. Gash Addict
2. Disappearing Infamy
3. Public School No. 4

street sects is back with part two of their gentrification series, titled "broken windows, sunken ceilings." it's more of the same, and I mean that as a compliment - the harsh digital rhythms, broken melodies, and abrasive vocals are back in full force on these three short tracks.

leo ashline has stated that these tracks deal with that point when, "fear is no longer a feeling but rather a physical presence. A sick and obsessive presence, one that follows you around tirelessly, breathing down your neck in broad daylight and looming over you while you sleep..."

you know what? that couldn't be more apt.

"gash addict" starts off with real menace before a ravenous beat kicks in. "disappearing infamy" begins as probably the most subdued street sects track yet, but soon juxtaposes that with more brutal sections. all three tracks do a great job at showing off just how multifaceted the street sects sound is - I just wish there was more of it.

I'm really looking forward to listening to all of the gentrification releases as a full-length album but until then, listening to these first two on repeat will have to suffice. and like the first release, this is definitely one that slowly reveals its intricacies with repeated listens. 

as I mentioned in my write-up of part one, any youth code fans will find a lot to like here, although the sound that ashline and cohort shaun ringsmuth have created definitely stands on its' own two feet, no doubt about it. part of what I like and respect so much about street sects' admittedly small output thus far is the commitment to both the musical foreground and the philosophical background. when ashline states that this record is about, "realizing that every day we grow older, the ceiling hangs lower, and the walls of the world contract further," we really see how much insight and depth there is to this project on more than just a musical level.

vinyl is in the works, with some unfortunate delays preventing us from being able to pick it up already...but keep an eye on the bandcamp page and it'll be up for sale soon. do your best to support these guys so they (and we) can continue this journey into decrepit, violent darkness.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

various artists - eden in reeds.

Various Artists - Eden In Reeds: Collected Misanthropic Sounds


158.87 MB

1. American Group - The Exceptional Features Of This Mind We Call Savage
2. Disfigure - Screaming Wind
3. Flowering Blade - Untitled One
4. Flowering Blade - Untitled Two
5. Prison Glue - 01-09 / 02-02 / 03-03 / 04-10

bleak environment is back. what more needs to be said?

I've shared a couple of their releases in the past and was definitely disappointed when it was announced that they'd be shuttering operations for the foreseeable future.

but about three weeks ago, a slew of new releases went up, including this, bleak environment's first compilation.

and I'm proud to be able to share it with all of you.

spread across two cassettes packaged in a white clamshell case with the trademark black-and-white photocopied artwork, there couldn't be a better mission statement for the relaunch of this impeccable label than this exemplary compilation of new artists.

of course, the fifty copies sold out in a matter of hours.

tracks range from noisy techno to noisy black metal to just plain old noise and I highly recommend everything on here - do what you can to track down a copy. trust me, you won't regret it.

in addition to new releases from xothist, tollund men, and others, there's also a slew of records and tapes products from all of the best labels across the underground. so if you weren't lucky enough to grab one of the 50 copies of eden in reeds, at least pick up a distro item to show your support for bleak environment's relaunch.

and one of the relaunch releases, "vessels of wrath" by leopard in a tree, is still available. buy it now.

(buy something from bleak environment.)

(for preview purposes only.)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

trepaneringsritualen & sutekh hexen - one hundred year storm.

Trepaneringsritualen & Sutekh Hexen - One Hundred Year Storm


99.42 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled

late last year, at what may prove to have been its final incarnation, trepaneringsritualen and sutekh hexen performed a collaborative set at the stella natura festival.

this epic, hour-long performance was recorded and has been released to both cassette and vinyl by pesanta urfolk, in collaboration with cloister recordings. I can't speak to the vinyl edition, but the cassette version features gorgeous, well-designed packaging, pro-printed cassettes and great sound quality for a live recording.

the music itself is very tribal, very ritualistic - definitely the vibe they were going for at a festival held in the forests of northern california. and it's also very clearly a combination of the two acts involved - the dark ambient of trepaneringsritualen is usually dominant, yet punctuated at the perfect moments by sutekh hexen's unique brand of black noise.

fans of either of these artists have probably already picked this recording up on at least one format, but in case you haven't, copies of both the cassette and standard black vinyl are still available from pesanta urfolk, so don't miss out on this fantastically-packaged recording of a landmark, one-time-only performance.

(buy a copy of the cassette version.)

(buy a copy of the vinyl version.)

(for preview purposes only.)