Thursday, May 24, 2018

Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré - Birth Wish (2000)

Quietly stunning jazz with ambient electronic elements. According to the liner notes, every noise on the album was originally produced by either piano or trumpet -- from there, they're either left as-is or filtered through a sampler or any number of effects.

Track listing:
1. Drizzle
2. 1866 - 1925
3. Soaring
4. Birth Wish
5. Zero Visibility
6. Bliss
7. Waiting Room
8. Elegy
9. Dark Circle
10. Birth Wish 2

Lights in distant windows

You might also like:
Richard Thomas -
Shoes and Radios Attract Paint (1997)
Arve Henriksen -
Chiaroscuro (2004)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Avenging Disco Godfathers of Soul - The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness (2002)

Chaotic, math-y, all-in-all bonkers hardcore/screamo. A great deal of synth, as well as some other unorthodox instrumental choices, assure maximum mind-fuckery. As unfashionable as they may seem -- the cringe-y name, the wackiness, their style hasn't been relevant in almost two decades, etc. -- none of that stops TADGOS from delivering the fucking goods. Plus, go ahead, try to tell me that "Headache in My Ass" isn't a song title for the ages.

Track listing:
1. Somewhere in the Arteries
2. Caribbean KnifeFight
3. Invisible Jacket
4. Reflex Point
5. Revelations Part 2
6. Headache in My Ass
7. The Clone Chamber
8. Witch Hunt
9. Revelations
10. Burned at the Stake

I'm from hell, open a windle

You might also like:
Love Lost But Not Forgotten -
Love Lost But Not Forgotten (2000)
Curl Up and Die -
Unfortunately We're Not Robots (2002)

Paul Speer - Collection 983: Spectral Voyages (1984)

Lovely, soothing yet energizing sounds from American guitarist Paul Speer. Chiming guitars, a mantra-like rhythm section, subtle sax, and lush synths, plus some nature sounds for good measure. The songs almost sound like extended intros, riding single-chord ring-outs for the entirety of their duration, and relying on subtle shifts in instrumentation and intensity for movement.

Track listing:
1. Vivace
2. Lento
3. Allegro
4. Andante

I'm still here

If you like this, listen to:
Bearns & Dexter -
The Golden Voyage Vol. 1 (1980)
Leon Lowman -
Syntheseas (1980)

Megaptera - Near Death (1991)

Swedish raw industrial/dark ambient. Kick drum loops, minimal synth, samples, and yawning drones. My track listing doesn't seem to match up with either of the versions on Discogs, but it's what I'm used to so it's what you're getting.

Track listing:
1. My Lonely Brain
2. Illusion
3. Faith Is a Natural Life Force
4. Face the Pain
5. Horse Benediction
6. Power Failure
7. Immortality
8. Waste Inside
9. Fabrique
10. Kranium

And they were healed, every one!

Similar listening:
Lunus -
Monolilith (1993)
Schloss Tegal -
The Grand Guignol (1993)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Judas Iscariot - Heaven in Flames (1999)

One of the all-time great USBM albums. Sloppy drums, chill-inducing guitars. Normally I probably wouldn't post such a well-known album, but that shitbag Blake Judd is reissuing it and I don't want him to make money off of other people's hard work and talent until he commits to paying back everyone that he stole money from, myself included. So download this, and please, don't buy that fucking reissue, or anything else from him or his label.

Track listing:
1. An Eternal Kingdom of Fire
2. Gaze Upon Heaven in Flames
3. Eternal Bliss... Eternal Death
4. Before a Circle of Darkness
5. From Hateful Visions
6. Spill the Blood of the Lamb
7. An Ancient Starry Sky

The clear moon and the glory of the darkness

More like this:
Temnohor -
Pýcha Lesov Karpatských (2008)
Thy Dying Light -
Forgotten by Time (2018)

Klute - Casual Bodies (1997)

Killer drum n bass from English producer Tom Withers. A heady mix of forceful, driving rhythms juxtaposed against weightless, atmospheric reverberations.

Track listing:
1. Faceless
2. Out of Silence
3. Blitz
4. Totem
5. Bloody Rich
6. We Believe
7. True Human
8. Talk Luba
9. In the Zone
10. Arrival
11. Secret Love

Various methods of escape

More like this:
Breakage -
This Too Shall Pass (2006)
Eleven Tigers -
Clouds Are Mountains (2010)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Steve Reid featuring the Legendary Master Brotherhood - Nova (1976)

Explorative, funk-tinged jazz led by drummer Steve Reid. Loose, often cacophonous trumpet, sax, and keyboard solos over a heavy, relentlessly energetic rhythm section. One of my favorite jazz records.

Track listing:
1. Nova
2. Lions of Juda
3. Free Spirits - Unknown
4. Long Time Back
5. Sixth House

Growth sequence

More like this:
Norman Connors
Dance of Magic (1972)
John Lee & Gerry Brown -
Infinite Jones (1974)

Stephan Mathieu - Wurmloch Variationen (2000)

Minimal, abstract, ambient glitch from German musician Stephan Mathieu. Layered washes of aural textures and drones side-by-side in an unending state of nervous sedation.

Track listing:
1. [Telstar]
2. Untitled
3. [Flimmer]
4. Untitled
5. [Wurmloch]

The farther away I am

You should also hear:
Piquet -
The Faulty Caress (1996)
Saule -
Saule (2002)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Planet P Project - Pink World (1984)

The second and best album from Planet P Project, a pseudonym used by American musician Tony Carey for his weirder musical output. Over warm guitars, pillowy synths, and gated drums, Carey spins a two-disc-spanning yarn about a boy whose psychic powers protect a small area of the planet from nuclear annihilation. I don't care how nerdy/wussy it is: Pink World is a fucking masterpiece. Just don't play it in mixed company unless you want to end up with an atomic wedgie.

Track listing:
1. In the Woods
2. To Live Forever
3. Pink World
4. What I See
5. To Live Forever (Part 2)
6. Power
7. In the Forest
8. A Boy Who Can't Talk
9. The Stranger
10. What I See (Part 2)
11. The Sheperd
12. Behind the Barrier
13. Pink World Coming Down
14. Breath
15. This Perfect Place
16. What Artie Knows
17. In the Zone
18. Behind the Barrier (Part 2)
19. March of the Artemites
20. This Perfect Place (Part 2)
21. A Letter from the Shelter
22. What Artie Knows (Part 2)
23. One Star Falling
24. Baby's at the Door
25. Requiem
26. A Boy Who Can't Talk (Part 2)

You drank the water?
There's nothing we can do.
There's no one we can call.

Also of interest:
David Sancious and Tone -
Dance of the Age of Enlightenment (1977)
Pendragon -
Fly High Fall Far (1985)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Frozen Autumn - Fragments of Memories (1997)

Heartbroken, synth-driven gothic melodrama perfection. Some songs are on the more ethereal side of darkwave, while others sound like New Order minus any semblance of hope.

Track listing:
1. The Echo of My Lies
2. There's No Time to Recall
3. Dusk Is Like a Dagger
4. Winter (Reprise)
5. Don't Cry for Me (Version)
6. Chimney's Song
7. Painted Girls
8. Fragments of Memories
9. I'm Coming from Nowhere
10. The Forgotten Frontier

A severed hand

If you like this, listen to:
Deine Lakaien -
Deine Lakaien (1986)
Oneiroid Psychosis -
Fantasies About Illness (1996)

Dark Tribe ‎– In Jeraspunta - Die Rückkehr der tollwütigen Bestie (2004)

German black metal. In Jeraspunta is a true unsung masterpiece -- chaotic and dissonant, with shrieking vocals and an anxiety-inducing sense of unpredictability, all topped off with cerebral, claustrophobic production. No hyperbole: one of my favorite black metal records.

Track listing:
1. Nothing as Darkness
2. The Seed
3. The Unknown Light
4. Crimson Storm
5. Iron Grave
6. Burning Hate
7. The Seed Is Rising
8. Die Rückkehr der tollwütigen Bestie
9. In Jeraspunta

Scream my bloody face

You should also hear:
Sortsind -
Sår (1999)
Bleeding Black -
Personal Hell (2003)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Pan•American - Quiet City (2004)

A haunting, quietly stunning fusion of abstract, low-key post-rock/slowcore and glitchy ambient. Crystalline guitars, ghostly drones, crackling static, fragile-sounding electronics, minimal percussion, and occasional whispery vocals. Listening to Quiet City shortly after it came out, while under the influence of cough syrup, weed, and a severe fever, remains one of the most transcendent music listening experiences of my life -- pretty sure I levitated.

Track listing:
1. Before
2. Smallholding
3. Wing
4. Inside Elevation
5. Hall and Skylight
6. Lights on Water
7. Retouch
8. Christo en Pilsen

The river made no sound

Also listen to:
Rachel's -
Selenography (1999)
Tribes of Neurot & Walking Timebombs -
Static Migration (2008)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Blessed Sickness - Massacre the Holy (1994)

Raw old school Cleveland death metal filth. Massacre the Holy has somehow avoided any form of reissue, and thus far has only ever been released on cassette. If anyone reading this runs a label, I recommend tracking one of these dudes down and making it happen.

Track listing:
1. The Butcher
2. Modern Day Cannibal
3. Exhumed
4. Un-Reality
5. Demonhead
6. Massacre the Holy
7. Missing Pieces
8. Without a Trace
9. Amputated Offerings

I believe in nothing

You should also listen to:
Viogression -
Expound and Exhort (1991)
Lethal Prayer -
Spiritual Decay (1996)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ÄÄNIPÄÄ - Through a Pre-Memory (2013)

Sarin - Nihilist (1996)
Ø - Tulkinta (1997)
Mika Vainio - Onko (1997)
Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer (Seven Psalms for Our Lord of Light) (1998)
Lotus Eaters - Alienist on a Pale Horse (2001)
Khanate - Things Viral (2003)
Ginnungagap - Remeindre (2004)
KTL - 2 (2007)
Sunn O))) - ØØ Void (2000) + Dømkirke (2008)
Sunn O))) - Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011 (2012)

Abstract, experimental drone-doom from OPIUM HUM favorites/all-out brilliant artists Stephen O'Malley and Miki Vainio. Dissonant, downtuned guitars, minimal programmed drumming, scraping horror-movie strings, walls of drone and harsh noise, punishing electronics, and, occasionally, some pretty unsettling vocals. Without a doubt, Through a Pre-Memory comes off as an extension of Khanate.

Track listing:
1. Muse
2. Toward All Thresholds
3. Mirror of Mirror Dreams
4. Watch Over Stillness / Matters Principle

Impassable fears

You should also hear:
Ascend -
Ample Fire Within (2008)
Circle of Eyes -
Circle of Eyes (2011)

Jerry Berkers - Unterwegs (1972)

Striking German psychedelic folk rock. Expressive vocals over acoustic guitar- and piano-driven songs, filled out by fuzzed-out guitars and a bit of synth.

Track listing:
1. Jeder Tag Sieht Ganz Anders Aus
2. Glaub Mir, Susanne
3. Es Wird Morgen Vorbei Sein
4. Dafur Lebe ich Nur
5. Grauer Bettler
6. Ich Klage An
7. Geobtes Labd
8. Seitsam

The illusion of flying

You should also check out:
Affinity -
Affinity (1970)
Rex Holman -
Here in the Land of Victory (1970)