Friday, September 22, 2017

Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering (2013)


Indonesian atmospheric black metal with post-rock elements. Sorrowful, epic, and beautiful, but not too beautiful -- like, you're not gonna forget that you're listening to a black metal record.

Track listing:
1. Fragments of Light
2. To Wander and Beyond
3. Shades of Grey
4. Into the Mist
5. Among the Giants
6. Realms of the Elder
7. Land of the Lurking Twilight

Over moor and mountain, forest and land, soaring over
Vast expanses of nothingness, a solitary figure against the endless sky
Into the never-ending grasses that move like a thousand hands waving
We came in colors of every shade


More along these lines:
Ardour Loom -
Demo (2014)
Felix Axemo -
Den Lycklige (2016)

The Olivia Tremor Control - Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999)


Related:
The Apples in Stereo - Science Faire (1996)
Elf Power - The Winter Is Coming (2000)
The Gerbils - The Battle of Electricity (2001)
Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't - Individualized Shirts (2001)

Essential 90s indie psych pop. A colorful, dizzying sound-journey through a world of Beatles/Beach Boys-style pop, as refracted through a kaleidoscope then recorded onto a four-track. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea aside, Black Foliage is the quintessential Elephant 6 record, and one of my all-time favorite albums.

Track listing:
1. Opening
2. A Peculiar Noise Called "Train Director"
3. Combinations
4. Hideaway
5. Black Foliage: Animation 1
6. Combinations
7. The Sky Is a Harpsichord Canvas
8. A Sleepy Company
9. Grass Canons
10. A New Day
11. Combinations
12. Black Foliage: Animation 2
13. I Have Been Floated
14. Paranormal Echoes
15. Black Foliage: Animation 3
16. A Place We Have Been To
17. Black Foliage (Itself)
18. The Sylvan Screen
19. The Bark and Below It
20. Black Foliage: Animation 4
21. California Demise 3
22. Looking for Quiet Seeds
23. Combinations
24. Mystery
25. Another Set of Bees in the Museum
26. Black Foliage: Animation 5
27. Hilltop Procession (Momentum Gaining)

In the blink of an eye, you get several meanings

You should also be listening to:
Bongwater -
The Power of Pussy (1990)
The Boo Radleys -
Giant Steps (1993)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dakhma - Passageways to Daena (The Concomitant Blessings of Putrescing Impurity) (2015)


Swiss lysergic black/death metal. Distorted vocals, drum machine, and line-in guitars make for a creepily synthetic, almost industrial-metal sound. Weird.

Track listing:
1. Barashnûm (Defiled by Dead Flesh)
2. Where Shattered Minds Collide (The Immortal March)
3. Ascension (Flesh and Bone)
4. Ascension II (The Light Eternal)
5. Chinvat (Ascension III: Agony)
6. Consuming the Nasu (Of Shredded Impurity)
7. Of Charred Flesh (Blessed by Illuminating Fire)
8. The Silent Tower (Gather Ye of Life)

Feed from the skull

You might also like:
Nuclearhammer -
Obliteration Ritual (2009)
Voidchrist -
Herald of a Brighter Dawn (2014)

Bernd Kistenmacher - Romantic Times (1986)


Drifting, cosmic synthscapes, mixed as a single continuous piece, by German musician Bernd Kistenmacher. Pretty sure I've officially run out of things to say about synth music, but it remains one of my favorite things in the world.

Track listing:
1. Atmospheric Intro
2. Wake Up in the Sun
3. Harmonic
4. Harmonic Rhythm
5. April
6. The Shadows Get Shorter
7. Summergate

Secret feelings

If you like this, you'll also like:
Herb Ernst -
Dreamflight (1986)
Ad van Gerven -
Hatching (1992)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Verge - Sex & Violence (2011)


Finnish black metal. Utterly hateful vocals, darkly epic riffs, the occasional shred-solo, and some unsettling sound effects. Waaay more professional -- compositionally and performance-wise -- than that (amazing) album art might suggest.

Track listing:
1. Chains
2. Death's Coitus
3. On the Verge
4. Persistence in Failure
5. Pride & Vanity
6. Sex & Violence I: Lust
7. Sex & Violence II: Hate
8. Sex & Violence III: Pride

The blood you wash from your hands
Floods always somewhere


Also listen to:
:Sorcier des Glaces -
Snowland (1998)
Mörker -
Skuggornas Rike (2006)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Veineliis - In This Forest Shall Be My Gallows (2004)


German raw depressive black metal. Gorgeously miserable, lo-fi explorations of nature's beckoning void via minimal drumming, arpeggiating guitars, and ghoulish vocals.

Track listing:
1. The Yearning's Yell
2. Ghastly Life
3. Wind
4. The Most Lifeless Dusk of All Nights
5. In This Forest Shall Be My Gallows
6. A Silent Hanging Corpse

Indifference and disdain

You would also like:
Strid -
Strid (2007)
Lyrinx -
Nihilistic Purity (2007)

The David Whitaker Orchestra - Music to Spy By (1966)


Cinematic, spy-themed big band jazz, augmented by the occasional super-fuzzy guitar and excursion into exotica.

Track listing:
1. Interception
2. Pistol Packing Paris
3. Two Shades of Black
4. Mr. Mouthpiece
5. Strange Affair
6. Kremlin-Koke-Kaviar
7. This'll Kill You
8. Federation of Finks
9. Cressida
10. Reflection in Fact
11. Boneyard
12. Alive at Last

Circling sharks

You might also enjoy:
Gary Burton -
The Time Machine (1966)
David Axelrod - Song of Innocence
(1968) + Songs of Experience (1969)

Eleh - Location Momentum (2010)


Minimal, trance-inducing drone. Warm, analogue hums and subtly shifting vibrations. If oxycodone made noise as it spread throughout your body, it'd sound like this.

Track listing:
1. Heleneleh
2. Linear to Circular / Vertical Axis
3. Circle One: Summer Transcience
4. Observation Wheel
5. Rotational Change for Windmill

In the ears of the gods

More aural painkillers:
SleepResearch_Facility -
Nostromo (2001)
Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo,
Lopatin - FRKWYS 7 (2011)

Instinct of Survival - Call of the Blue Distance (2014)


German crust. Anthemic, dark, and driving, with seamlessly integrated post-punk influences. To whoever was asking me if I had any Countdown to Armageddon: I'd bet money on you digging this.

Track listing:
1. Call of the Blue Distance
2. Salvation
3. Walls
4. To Forget
5. Violence Silence
6. Lapsed into Absurdity
7. Drown in Sorrow
8. What Will You Do
9. Fading Footsteps
10. Endzeit

Life is against me

If you like this, check out:
Misery - From Where the
Sun Never Shines
(2012)
Swordwielder -
Grim Visions of Battle (2013)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Depth Charge - Nine Deadly Venoms (1994)


Barring some unforeseen circumstances under which I become broke and desperate, I worked my last shift at the old abandoned record store two days ago, and today I'm getting high and blasting a phenomenal, tragically OOP record of samply-heavy, Kung Fu-themed breakbeat/instrumental trip-hop while eating ice cream for breakfast.

Track listing:
1. Shaolin Buddha Finger
2. Dead by Dawn
3. Bounty Killers
4. Depth Charge
5. Bastard Swordsman
6. Bounty Killers II
7. Daughters of Darkness
8. Goal
9. Hubba Hubba Hubba (What's in the Bag, Man?)

Break your foot tryna kick it how I kick it
Kill yourself tryna live how I'm livin'


Might listen to these next:
Meat Beat Manifesto -
99% (1993)
Richard Thomas - Shoes and
Radios Attract Paint
(1998)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cinerary - Rituals of Desecration (2001)


US brutal death metal. Despite releasing only one EP before breaking up, Cinerary attained, with said-EP, a level of precision-grade, tech-leaning, pig-squealing, violence-inducing perfection that few bands could even hope to approach.

Track listing:
1. Undying
2. Inheriting the Deified
3. Recapitated
4. Rituals of Desecration
5. Hung by Intestines
6. God of Cremation
7. [Hidden track]

I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just gonna bash your brains in. I'm gonna bash 'em right the fuck in.

Similar listening:
Liturgy -
Dawn of Ash (2004)
Guttural Secrete -
Reek of Pubescent Despoilment (2009)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Defuntos - Sangue Morto (2007)


Portuguese raw depressive black metal. A duo consisting of a bassist and a drummer/vocalist, Defuntos has a hollow, desolate sound that, over the course of a full album, might completely sap you of your will to live. Think somewhere along the lines of Remains of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul.

Track listing:
1. A Caminho da Morte
2. Nos Olhos da Lembrança
3. O Nosso Funeral...
4. 3-XII-1871
5. ...Nas Árvores, O Esplendor da Tristeza...
6. O Enterro do Morto (A Visão da Tragédia, Capítulo II - A Desgraça)
7. Velório Sombrio (A Visão da Tragédia, Capítulo I - A Verdade)

My infant's corpse

You'll probably also like:
Resuscitator -
Iniciation (1993)
Nahual - Mysteries of
the Cosmic Serpent
(2001)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bernard Wright - 'Nard I1981)


Funky jazz and jazzy funk led by keyboardist Bernard Wright, who at the time was just 18. Slick, synth-y arrangements counter-balanced by a sharp, hard-hitting rhythm section. Some of you will instantly recognize "Haboglabotribin'" as the source of a sample from a deep cut off of a certain 90s G-funk classic.

Track listing:
1. Haboglabotrin'
2. Firebolt Hustle
3. Music Is the Key
4. Spinnin'
5. Just Chillin' Out
6. Bread Sandwiches
7. Master Rocker
8. We're Just the Band
9. Solar

All other rides are chicken feed

You should also listen to:
Ronnie Laws -
Pressure Sensitive (1975)
Wayne Henderson -
Emphasized (1979)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lethal Prayer - Spiritual Decay (1996)


US death metal. Evil, sloppy, and drenched in reverb, with periodic acoustic guitar and keyboard interludes emphasizing an undercurrent of dark, blasphemous rituality.

Track listing:
1. Bathing in the Fires of Hell
2. Crucifornication
3. Ad Majorae Satanas Glorium
4. Subterranean Existence
5. Invert to Blasphemy
6. Graven Image
7. Nemesis
8. Cauchemar
9. Brynhil

Distant hallowed chanting

Also listen to:
Viogression -
Expound and Exhort (1991)
Dissect -
Swallow Swouming Mass (1994)

MV & EE - Liberty Rose (2010)


Hella chill, hella far-out psychedelic folk by a hella prolific duo. Liberty Rose is probably my favorite MV & EE record -- of course, there are literally over a hundred that I haven't heard -- and includes a could-be blues standard in "Death Is My Friend".

Track listing:
1. Right to Dry
2. Flow My Ray
3. Crow Jane Environs
4. Death Is My Friend
5. Out in Space
6. Streams

When you're a man, you're a lonely man
Your body's frail
When you die, you're a holy man
Your poetry is better then


You might also like:
Loren Mazzacane & Kath Bloom -
Sing the Children Over (1982)
Brightblack Morning Light -
Motion to Rejoin (2008)