Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Murderous Vision - The Times Without Gods (2002)

Spacious dark ambient/drone. Chasms of pure, reverberating drone, dotted with samples, warped vocals, queasy synth, and more.

Track listing:
1. I Must Set This World Aflame
2. All Dead
3. The Blood on Your Hands
4. The Only Answer
5. A Crimson Offering
6. Like Lambs to Slaughter
7. Fall Before Christ
8. Cries of Mankind
9. Journey Onward

Entering the kingdom of death

More like this:
Die Sonne Satan -
Fac-Totum (1993)
Schloss Tegal -
The Grand Guignol (1993)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Forest - Foredooming the Hope for Eternity (1998)

Forest - Forest (1996)
Walknut - Graveforests and Their Shadows (2007)

Raw black metal royalty. A mournful, blown-out blur of tremolo picking, blastbeats, and hoarse screams. In the hall of fame, without a doubt.

Obligatory NS Warning: Forest is part of Blazebirth Hall, a notoriously racist Russian black metal collective. There are no immediately apparent references to these abhorrent beliefs on this record, but I certainly don't know for sure. Do what you will with this information.

Track listing:
1. Unfinished Song of These Woods
2. In the Middle of Death, in the Face of Life
3. The Bolverk Spirit
4. To the Heart Flames
5. To These Distant Eyes...
6. For the Woe...
7. Untitled
8. Untitled

Harvest of grief

More elite-tier raw black metal:
Cendres -
Ungeziefer (2007)
Arizmenda -
Within the Vacuum of Infinity... (2009)

Vernon Reid, Elliott Sharp, David Torn - GTR OBLQ (1998)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
David Torn - Cloud About Mercury (1987)
David Torn, Mick Karn, & Terry Bozzio - Polytown (1994)
David Torn - What Means Solid, Traveller? (1996)

Abstract, experimental fusion from a group of highly accomplished guitarists. Sonically varied and texturally rich, with some glitchy programmed drums and full-on shredding pyrotechnics.

Track listing:
1. The Sentinel
2. Achrono Mites
3. Slightly East
4. Reflections Of
5. Vidya & Itch
6. Xenomorph
7. Valse Oblique


You might also like:
Steve Tibbetts -
The Fall of Us All (1994)
Tunnels -
Painted Rock (1999)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Iron Monkey - Our Problem (1998)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Iron Monkey - Iron Monkey (1997)

Strung-out, hateful, hardcore- and stoner-adjacent sludge from the great Iron Monkey. Why the fuck does no one play this style of sludge anymore?

Track listing:
1. Bad Year
2. Supagorgonizer
3. Boss Keloid
4. I.R.M.S.
5. House Anxiety
6. 2 Golden Rules
7. 9 Joint Spiritual Whip
8. Our Problem


You'd also be into:
16 -
Blaze of Incompetence (1997)
Cavity -
Supercollider (1999)

Au.Ra - Jane's Lament (2015)

Hazy but lively shoegaze/dream pop for laying in bed all day. Gorgeous interwoven guitars, understated vocals, and woozy melodies.

Track listing:
1. Morning
2. Sun
3. Pyramid
4. You're on My Mind
5. Juki
6. Spare the Thought
7. Talk Show
8. Ease
9. Width
10. Jane's Lament
11. Alone In

All that there is

More along these lines:
Puro Instinct -
Headbangers in Ecstasy (2011)
Tropics -
Parodia Flare (2011)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Irae - Terror 666 (2006)

Morte Incandescente - ... Your Funeral (2003)

Portuguese raw black metal. Filth-ridden and with depressive tendencies -- kinda like me. *rim shot*

Track listing:
1. Portais do Abismo
2. Fogo Negro
3. Silent Wounds
4. Anti-Life
5. Order of the Black Goat
6. Unholy War
7. Wastelands of Eternity
8. Vultures of Satan
9. Kill Without Mercy
10. Damnation Journey
11. Death to Humanity
12. Black Terror
13. Burned Paradise
14. Winds of Death, Wings of Night

Victims of my insanity

More like this:
Osculum Infame -
Sadomatic, Impure Artgoat (1994)
Blasphemous Crucifixion -
Crude Burial (2009)

Rain Tree Crow - Rain Tree Crow (1991)

Japan - Adolescent Sex (1978)
David Sylvian & Holger Szukay - Plight & Premonition (1988) + Flux & Mutability (1989)
David Sylvian - Approaching Silence (1999)
David Sylvian - Blemish (2003)

Rain Tree Crow was all four members of Japan, reunited under a new moniker to signify the more experimental direction that they'd taken. Their one-off album is an absolute masterpiece of shimmering, slowburning art rock, and possibly my favorite album David Sylvian's ever been a part of, which, considering he's one of my favorite musicians, is really saying something.

Track listing:
1. Big Wheels in Shanty Town
2. Every Colour You Are
3. Rain Tree Crow
4. Red Earth (As Summertime Ends)
5. Pocket Full of Change
6. Boat's for Burning
7. New Moon at Red Deer Wallow
8. Blackwater
9. A Reassuringly Dull Sunday
10. Blackcrow Hits Shoe Shine City
11. Scratchings on the Bible Belt
12. Cries and Whispers
13. I Drink to Forget

I put no trust in milestones

You might also wanna hear:
Adrian Belew -
Lone Rhino (1982)
No-Man -
Together We're Stranger (2003)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Appalling Spawn - Freedom, Hope & Fury (The Second Spawn) (1998)

Elite Czech progressive brutal death metal. Angular stop-start riffs, woozy clean sections, a strong melodic presence, and utterly incomprehensible atonal chaos, all with brutal gutturals to keep it nice and gross. Literally one of the greatest death metal records ever made.

Track listing:
1. Manthra of Hope
2. My Heaven
3. Sublime Fury
4. Azure Waters of Inthera
5. By Sword & Heart
6. Voyage to Inward Freedom
7. Celestian
8. Open Arms of Celestial Home
9. Messengers
10. Selfmonarch

A vision of unlimited touch

If you like this, try:
Caducity -
The Weiliaon Wielder Quest (1995)
Molested -
Blod-Draum (1995)

Projekt Karpaty Magiczne - Ethnocore (1999)

Ritualistic, tribal sounds fused with elements of experimental electronic, psych rock, and avant-garde jazz. Ethnocore is a mind-melting listening experience that overcomes its clunky title through shear force of excellence and insanity.

Track listing:
1. Opowieść Ragany / The Ragana's Story
2. Ethnocore
3. One Mother
4. Jojk Urdego Wierchu / Urdy Wierch Joik
5. Bluff
6. Zaginione Plemię / The Lost Tribes Song
7. Kołysanka Dla "Tęczowego Wojownika" / Lullaby for "Rainbow Warrior"
8. Karpaty Magiczne / The Magic Carpathians
9. Góry Nad Chmurami / The Moutains Over Clouds
10. Nagual Vydunas
11. Kołysanka Dla "Tęczowego Wojownika" - Live

No one ever believes me

Also of interest:
Mother Destruction / Sixth Comm -
Seething (1990)
Kemialliset Ystävät -
Kellari Juniversumi (2002)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Foscor - Entrance to the Shadows' Village (2004)

Spanish black metal. Majestic, evil, and passionate, with some ever-so-subtle folk melodic elements. Considering this killer debut and their consistently excellent, increasingly progressive output since, it's truly puzzling that Foscor isn't underground-big yet.

Track listing:
1. Vers la Foscor
2. Inferus (Dungeons and Caves)
3. Lunar Landscapes
4. Old Wind's Revenge
5. Ravens of Battle
6. Al Cor de la Boscuria
7. The Sorrow of Delight
8. Entrance to the Shadows' Village

Engraved symbols on the black stone of the stars
Abysmal mysticism in the learnt scripture

If you like this, listen to:
Abigor -
Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age (1994)
Belenos -
Errances Oniriques (2001)

Tunnels - Painted Rock (1999)

Percy Jones - Cape Catastrophe (1990)

Instrumental jazz-rock/fusion from a trio helmed by bassist Percy Jones. An evocative mix of soft and hard-edged instrumental textures, making for an impactful but oddly dark, ethereal feel.

Track listing:
1. Painted Rock
2. Land of Hazmats
3. House of Marc
4. Quai des Brumes
5. Neuro-Transmitter
6. Boyz in the Ud
7. Black Light
8. Bad American Dream 2001
9. Lilly's Dolphin
10. Unity Gain

Body in a trunk

More along these lines:
Arcana -
The Last Wave (1995)
Metallic Taste of Blood -
Metallic Taste of Blood (2012)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Be Persecuted - I.I (2007)

Chinese depressive black metal. Fuzzed-out guitars, atmospheric synth, drum machine, and pained, high-pitched shrieks. Coulda sworn I posted this years ago, but apparently not.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. Suicide Forest
3. Painful Assemble
4. Be Resented for Livelihood
5. Revolves Weakly Falls
6. Wilderness
7. Some How
8. Outro

Life light has crush out

You'll also enjoy:
Basilisk - A Joyless March
Through the Cold-Lands
Anti -
The Insignificance of Life (2006)

John Luther Adams - The Far Country (1993)

Gorgeous ambient classical by American composer John Luther Adams. Elongated chords and gentle, contemplative melodies, with a haunting, melancholic overall effect.

Track listing:
1. Dream in White on White
2. Night Peace
3. The Far Country of Sleep

Become ocean

If you like this, listen to:
David Hykes & the Harmonic Choir -
Hearing Solar Winds (1983)
Toru Takemitsu - A Flock Descends
into the Pentagonal Garden

Death Cube K - Dreamatorium (1994)

Abstract, anxious, guitar-based soundscapes courtesy of American musician Brian Patrick Carroll, who you might know better as Buckethead. Yup. In fact, Death Cube K is an anagram for Buckethead. Though I'd always found his image off-putting, to say the least, I'd never really listened to any of his solo stuff until I stumbled across Dreamatorium at my old job, and fell in love with it before realizing who made it. Produced by Bill Laswell.

Track listing:
1. Land of the Lost
2. Maps of Impossible Worlds
3. Terror by Night
4. Maggot Dream
5. Dark Hood


You should also listen to:
Otomo Yoshihide -
Cathode (1999)
Anthony Pateras -
Chasms (2007)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Deathmoor - Actus Sacrophagia Mortem (2015)

Stellar Russian black metal. An ideal balance of atmosphere, brutality, and psychedelia.

Track listing:
1. Act I. Devorantis Se
2. Act II. Superatis Eius Essentia - Metamorphosis
3. Act III. Spiritualis Labyrinthus

I'll become the silence

Also listen to:
Chaos Moon -
Origin of Apparition (2007)
Order of Orias -
Inverse (2011)