Tuesday, February 24, 2015

the rita - gamzatti.



The Rita - Gamzatti

28:08

52.21 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled



as total black's first vinyl release, I couldn't of anyone or anything more fitting than a new release from the rita.

featuring source recordings taken from ballet dancers' shoes, sam mckinlay has created his most cohesive, hypnotic work yet, and I just love it.

there are so many great textures here, it's great to see his work continue to evolve. mckinlay could've easily grown complacent and chosen to churn out generic wall after generic wall, but he doesn't. there's real care and craftsmanship put into this record and it shows.

the same goes for brett over at total black - he put so much thought and detail into making this record a reality, above and beyond the call of duty. great design and great supplemental materials - posters, full-color booklets, everything here coalesces into the perfect example of why he runs the best noise label around.

I don't know how, but copies are still available directly from the source.

buy one right now.




(buy a copy from total black.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Saturday, February 21, 2015

(a)sex - blue velvet: volume eleven.



(A)Sex - Blue Velvet: Volume Eleven

30:42

56.26 MB

1. Don't You Fucking Look At Me
2. She Wore



as much as I'd love to purchase and post every single volume in cory strand's curated series of works based on blue velvet, that would take a lot of time, energy, and money, all of which are in short supply these days...for me, at least.

but I did pick up this one, a particularly savage release featuring two tracks by (a)sex, with whom I'm completely unfamiliar and are pretty much impossible to google. the artwork is my favorite across all of the releases in the series, so that's how I made my decision...

kind of arbitrary, but there you go.

and I'm totally pleased with my choice.

this isn't quite HNW, although it's close...there's a lot of great tonal variety here, with bits and pieces of the film's dialogue and music occasionally peaking through the chaos.

the packaging is simple but effective, and I highly recommend it...and if the rest of the blue velvet series is as great as this single release then I highly recommend purchasing the others, too.

hell, I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again - pick up anything and everything from altar of waste that piques your interest; every release I've heard has been thought-provoking and challenging, in all the best ways.




(buy a copy from altar of waste.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Monday, February 16, 2015

rvh - brightly lit portholes.



RVH - Brightly Lit Portholes

22:39

45.28 MB

1. Oval-Shaped
2. Disc-Shaped
3. Sphere-Shaped
4. Crescent-Shaped



this double cassette of industrial, vaguely-melodic drones comes to us courtesy of strange rules.

I don't know who's behind the RVH moniker, but their work also appeared on the first strange rules compilation that I posted last year.

limited to 48 copies, this one is (obviously) sold out.

do any of zen's releases stay available for more than a week?

not that that's a bad thing - quite the opposite, actually. it's great to see these releases being so well-received and I love that everything is being shipped in such a timely manner.

strange rules remains one of my favorite cassette labels and all of their releases are essential.

still waiting for some new power electronics, though...but I'm sure we'll get something a little more violent soon enough.




(for preview purposes only.)





Wednesday, February 11, 2015

the rita / herukrat - red imprint from ankle ribbon.



The Rita / Herukrat - Red Imprint From Ankle Ribbon

29:49

55.57 MB

1. The Rita - Ludmila Semenyaka
 2. Herukrat -  Woman On Beach With Head Turned
3. Herukrat - Red Imprint From Ankle Ribbon



as expected, more greatness these two acts.

I'm loving the rita's recent foray into the exploration of ballet techniques and herukrat just never fails to deliver.

released via nil by mouth, a label with an excellent track record.

a few copies are still available from analog worship via the link below, and I hear total black will be getting a few, too.

an obvious purchase.




(buy a copy from analog worship.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Tuesday, February 3, 2015

various artists - a well full of water that will heal nobody.



Various Artists - A Well Full Of Water That Will Heal Nobody

29:52

56.45 MB

1. P.I. - Colonial Rule
2. V. Sinclair - Fluroescent Pier
3. Plague Mother - Mist Of Ash
4. Purity Of Essence - Untitled



compilation released by mazurka editions in december of last year.

great material here with just enough range to keep things interesting - drone, dark ambient, and power electronics are all represented here by names with whom you should all be familiar.

really nice packaging too, with covers printed on transparent vellum paper.

somehow this is still in stock at unseen force - link is below. and there are a few copies available on discogs.




(buy a copy from unseen force.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Thursday, January 29, 2015

being - to fall in love with your own reflection.



Being - To Fall In Love With Your Own Reflection

29:58

57.51 MB

1. Life Is A Stage
2. And When The Curtain Falls Upon An Act
3. It Is Finished And Forgotten
4. The Emptiness Of Such A Life Is Beyond Imagination



excellent harsh noise from luke tandy's being, courtesy of italy's a dear girl called wendy.

nice packaging with labelled cassettes containing just enough choppy, screeching brutality to leave you satisfied without overstaying its welcome.

there's a great variety of tones, moods, and chaos here - you never know what's around the next corner, but it all flows perfectly.

my copy came from unseen force, where it's now sold out, but copies are still available directly from the label via the link below.

highly recommended.




(buy a copy from the label.)


(link removed by request...for now.)





Saturday, January 24, 2015

best of 2014, part two.


time to just get this out...lots of great new releases to post, so let's finish this....

no particular order, as always.



1. thou - heathen












hypnotic and crushing, easily thou's best full-length effort. despite it's length, this record distills thou down to their very essence.



2. gridlink - longhena












even if this does turn out to be the final gridlink album (which is looking very likely), I can't imagine them going out on a more perfect note. I don't listen to a lot of grind anymore, but this record represents everything I ever loved about the genre.



3. pyrrhon - mother of virtues












the most chaotic and complex death metal release I heard all year. there's a lot to process here but it certainly rewards repeated listens.



4. harakiri for the sky - aokigahara












honestly, this was probably my favorite album of 2014. this record takes everything I love about black metal - riffs, melody, beauty, and agony - and ties them all together in an incredible package. how this album hasn't gotten more love is totally bewildering.



5. jute gyte - ressentiment












I said this last year, but jute gyte will always have a spot reserved on my year-end lists. probably the most compositionally complex black metal release of the year.



6. behemoth - the satanist












just the fact that this album exists at all is amazing, and the fact that it's this good puts it over the top...that guitar solo on messe noire crushes every single time.



7. godflesh - a world lit only by fire












speaking of crushing...that's what godflesh have always specialized in, and this comeback record picks up right where they left off.



8. black crown initiate - the wreckage of stars












yes, this could probably be described as deathcore, but I don't care. great vocal stylings and great riffs, hopefully even better things have yet to come from this young band...



9. wreck & reference - want












probably the strangest "heavy" album I heard all year, it required multiple listens to really crack this one, but it's worth the reward.



10. a pregnant light - my game doesn't have a name












damian master's APL has undergone such a drastic stylistic change over the last two years that it's almost staggering...but it's incredible to bear witness to someone so unafraid of throwing prevailing genre conventions and expectations to the wind. melodic and heavy in all the right places, I can't wait to see what comes next.



11. indian - from all purity












right up there with heathen as one of the most crushing releases of the year. this is pure ugliness, pure vengeance, pure hatred...with a good dose of noise thrown in to make it all the more destructive.



12. the great old ones - tekeli-li












the lovecraft schtick is really easy to get wrong - countless bands do nothing but re-appropriate the great author's creatures and themes, and unfortunately they don't possess the talent to back it up. but the great old ones are incredible musicians who use lovecraft's work as a jumping-off point to explore so much more.



13. saor - aura












probably the most outright beautiful black metal release of the year. so many of the folk-influenced passage hearken back to the music I grew up listening to, so I found a lot of comfort in the majestic chaos contained within.



14. blut aus nord - memoria vetusta III: saturnian poetry












after the experimental 777 trilogy, this record finds blut aus nord returning to a more traditional sound, and they haven't lost a step on that front.



15. woods of desolation - as the stars











this record has received a decent amount of year-end praise and I'm glad to see it being appreciated. so dark and so deep, much like a night sky littered with stars.