Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ritual Knife - Hate Invocation (2017)

Raw, misanthropic US black metal of the simplistic, pogo-y variety. Everything is ugly and redlining at all times. Get it for free/name your price via bandcamp.

Track listing:
1. Impetuous Shadows Dawn
2. Morose Delectation
3. Suppression of the Psyche
4. Spiteful Suicide
5. Genesis of Suffering
6. The Misanthrope's Mantra
7. Reflections of Self-Hate
8. Visceral Trepidation
9. Spurious Being
10. Perpetual Anhedonia
11. Total Crepuscular Devastation

Endless razorblade landscape

If you like this, try:
Meti Bhuva -
Meti Bhuva II (2009)
Pillar Tombs of Aku -
+ II (2014)

B-Luv & DB tha General - Tweaker Muzik (2012)

Hard-hitting, drug-twisted hyphy. Add "Dope" to your playlist of songs that list and endorse a ton of elicit drugs.

Track listing:
1. Tweaker Muzik Intro
2. Give a Shit
3. Taken Ova (feat. Big Cheese on Da Slap)
4. Dope
5. Won't Slide
6. Back Up (feat. Husalah)
7. Mob 4 Respect
8. Where da Ratchets At (Hoodrats)
9. Thick Big Booty
10. Broke
11. Outro
12. Bonus Track (feat. Roach Gigz & Husalah)

I keep the crack in my hand

You might also be into:
Bone Crusher -
Attenchun! (2003)
Blue Sky Black Death &
Nacho Picasso - Exalted (2012)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bloody Panda - Summon (2009)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Bloody Panda - Pheromone (2007)

Masterful, intricately composed US sludge-drone of the absolute highest order. Summon is a terrifying, spiritually and sonically crushing aural monument to futility, encompassing funereal organ, ritualistic singing, Ringwraith-like shrieks, rumbling guitars, and thunderous percussion.

Track listing:
1. Gold
2. Pusher
3. Saccades I
4. Saccades II
5. Miserere
6. Grey
7. Hashira

A dead enemy

Also of interest:
Asva -
Futurists Against the Ocean (2005)
Laudanum -
The Coronation (2009)

Luciano - Live @ Weetamix (2002)

Minimal techno from Swiss DJ Lucien Nicolet, aka Luciano. The first track is a neat encapsulation of everything I like about this record: propulsive, distorted rhythms periodically colored by trance-y synths that almost immediately fade into a dub-like ether, leaving the listener once again with just a shiny, monochrome beat.

Track listing:
1. Bienvenido
2. El Peluquero
3. Colorié
4. La Petite Fille
5. Arzier
6. Las Congas de Metal
7. Boucle
8. Sreplmas
9. Orda


Yoni -
My Little Yoni (1994)
Ellen Allien -
Stadtkind (2001)

H.D.Q. - Hung, Drawn and Quartered (1985)

Darkly anthemic UK punk. Morbid, pissed-off sounds for a world on fire. Not to be confused with the other record I've posted on here called Hung Drawn + Quartered.

Track listing:
1. Ethiopia
2. Amalgamation
3. Suicide
4. Killer Love
5. Evilution
6. Genocide
7. Terrorist
8. Ethiopia II

Progress will destroy us

You should also listen to:
The Fits - You're Nothing,
You're Nowhere
Icons of Filth -
Onward Christian Soldiers (1984)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Doe Maar - Skunk (1981)

Hey there everybody. Got back last night from a week at the beach, during which I apparently forgot about the internet. It was great. Here's a record that I put on during one late-night porch hang. Skunk is a puzzlingly great fusion of old-school ska and new wave, straight outta the Netherlands. Taps so effectively into the nervous energy at the core of both genres that you often can't really tell where one ends and the next begins. Then they throw in a lil' dub for good measure.

Track listing:
1. Sinds 1 Dag of 2
2. Te Laat
3. Bella Donna
4. Smoorverliefd
5. Nederweit
6. Nix voor Jou
7. Mis
8. Ruma Saja
9. De Laatse X
10. Dansen met Alice

Some girls

You might also like:
The Upsetters -
Return of Django (1969)
Björgvin Gíslason ‎-
Örugglega (1983)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hairy Chapter - Can't Get Through (1971)

German heavy psych. Long, jam-y songs that bring the riffage and the solos, plus some killer drumming, and none of the wannabe-bluesy cheese that plagued a lot of their peers. Smoke a spliff and listen to this somewhere sunny.

Track listing:
1. There's a Kind of Nothing
2. Can't Get Through
3. It Must Be an Officer's Daughter
4. As We Crossed Over
5. You've Got to Follow This Masquerade

Looking for a decent freedom

You should also check out:
Bulbous Creation -
You Won't Remember Dying (1971)
Leaf Hound -
Growers of Mushroom (1971)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thrones - Alraune (1996)

Mind-melting experimental drone-sludge from the great Joe Preston. He probably doesn't need an introduction, but just in case: Over the years, Preston has played with Earth, Sunn O))), High on Fire, Harvey Milk, Men's Recovery Project, and Melvins (his Melvins solo record was easily the best of the three), and many others.

Track listing:
1. Gifthorse
2. Ursa Minor / Buio Omega
3. Mercuric
4. Ted Williams
5. Googander

Have another glass

You should also listen to:
Boris -
Amplifier Worship (1998)
Asva -
Futurists Against the Ocean (2005)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Horror of Horrors - Sounds of Eerie (1994)

Old-school US death metal. I dunno, it's really fucking good, what do you want from me?

Track listing:
1. Torn
2. Over Fiend
3. Under the Falling
4. Bleed with Us
5. Sounds of Eerie
6. Cursed
7. Dark Horizons
8. Old Burnt Church Road
9. Fever Burning

The devil is inside me

How 'bout you listen to:
Blood Ritual -
At the Mountains of Madness (1997)
Coffin Texts - Gods of
Creation, Death & Afterlife

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hhahda - Avernal Mitic Black Poetry (2001)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Hetroertzen - Exaltation of Wisdom (2010)

Chilean raw black metal. Evil rasps, tremolo picking, blastbeats, and tape hiss.

Track listing:
1. Domine Exaudimos
2. Black Clouds
3. Ancient Lytaniae
4. Curse of Baphomet
5. Under the Moonfog
6. Gardens of Mist
7. In the Last Night... Storm
8. Funeral [bonus]

Nothing but candles
Lighting the earth to the end

You should also hear:
Nihil Nocturne -
Necrohell (2003)
Sielunvihollinen - Musta Uni
(2012) + Ruttokieli (2013)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sacrilegium - Wicher (1996)

Polish black metal. An epic, largely melodic sound fleshed out with droning, celestial keyboards.

Track listing:
1. W Dolinie Rwących Potoków
2. Śpiew Kruków Czarnych Cieni
3. Wilczy Skowyt
4. W Rogatym Majestacie Snu
5. Zagubiona Ciemność
6. Wicher Falami Ognia
7. Szept Nocy

Venomous spells of fate

If you like this, try:
Night Conquers Day -
Rebellion Is the Art of Survival (1999)
Mörker -
Skuggornas Rike (2006)

Horizon 222 - The Three of Swans (1994)

Ingleton Falls - Absconded (1994)

Immersive ambient trance. A complex, deceivingly dynamic sound-world of pulsing synths, layered drum loops, fragmented dialogue, and atmopheric SFX.

Track listing:
1. Justice (Long to Rain Over Us)
2. Walking on the Air [Leapy Air Version]
3. Hemp (For Fun and Profit)
4. One Small Dot [Stardust Micromix]
5. Love Shakuhachi
6. Liberation (Om*Pa*Na*Da)
7. As You Let Go
8. The Last Supper [Massacre Mix]
9. Illuminum (The One True Name)

I was staring at the ocean
I was staring at the trees

Also listen to:
Divination - Ambient Dub
Volume II - Dead Slow
Klaus Schulze -
Shadowlands (2013)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Svartahrid - Sadness and Wrath (2007)

True Norwegian Black Metal.™ It got up to 110° today in Portland, OR, and tomorrow's supposed to be the same, so once again, I'm staying in my living room, where there's A/C, and cooling off with some icy-cold riffage.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. Svartahrid
3. Dod
4. Awake or Vanish
5. Sadness and Wrath
6. Cross of Pain
7. Intensjon: Krig
8. Iron Minded
9. Framsyn

The beauty of a blackened heart

You'll also like:
Mactätus -
Blot (1997)
Orlog -
Reinigende Feuer (2006)

Puro Instinct - Headbangers in Ecstasy (2011)

Dreamy, stoned indie rock. Anyone who stays up on hipster nonsense knows that about five records that sound like this come out every Friday, but Puro Instinct rises above the pack due to the fact that, as opposed to letting the production make the album, they actually write dynamic, entertaining songs.

Track listing:
1. KDOD 1
2. Everybody's Sick
3. Lost at Sea
4. KDOD 2
5. Silky Eyes
6. Slivers of You
7. KDOD 3
8. Stilyagi
9. Escape Forever
10. KDOD 4
11. No Mames
12. Vapor Girls
13. California Shakedown
14. KDOD 5
15. Luv Goon

All the strangers passing by

Also listen to:
Peaking Lights -
936 (2011)
Wildhoney - Wildhoney (2013)
Seventeen Forever (2014)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Void of Silence - Toward the Dusk (2001)

Visthia - Reditus Conscienti (2006)
Arcana Coelestia - Le Mirage de l'Idéal (2009)

Dramatic, borderline symphonic Italian doom. Crushing, ugly depression and beautiful, crestfallen mourning. Music to listen to while being lowered into your grave.

Track listing:
1. A Mild Form of Hate
2. Elemental Pain
3. Deamons from My Imagination
4. Exstasy in the Spiral
5. My Private Hell
6. Nigredo: Panic Malediction

In the name of nothing and none

You should also listen to:
Saturnus -
Paradise Belongs to You (1996)
Cryptal Darkness -
They Whispered You Had Risen (1999)