Thursday, June 22, 2017

Xasthur - All Reflections Drained (2009)

Mord - Imperium Magnum Infernalis (2006)

Just a reminder that Xasthur has made some of the most fucked-up, depressing, claustrophobic, anxiety-ridden music, black metal or otherwise, ever produced by humans. REALLY wish this dude would put down the acoustic guitar and get back at it.

Track listing:
1. Dirge Forsaken
2. Maze of Oppression
3. Achieve Emptiness Part II
4. Masquerade of Incisions
5. Damage Your Soul
6. Inner Sanctum Surveillance
7. Obfuscated in Oblivion
8. All Reflections Drained

To kill the pain, cut twice as deep

Also listen to:
Endless Dismal Moan -
Curse of Underground (2010)
Moon -
Clavicula Nox (2014)

Voice of Eye - Mariner Sonique (1992)

Far-out, tribal industrial/dark ambient from an American duo. Hypnotic percussion reverberating under massive clouds of drone.

Track listing:
1. Transmission
2. Strange Attractor
3. The Shadow I Knew
4. Deja Hier
5. Melange Nuit
6. Descending a Stare
7. Eros and Innana
8. Deep Be Vox
9. Epitaph for King Lear


You will also like:
Life Garden - Caught Between the
Tapestry of Silence & Beauty
Vidna Obmana -
Echoing Delight (1993)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cathedral - Cosmic Requiem (1994)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Cathedral - Supernatural Birth Machine (1996)

A 43-minute-long "EP" from arguably the greatest stoner doom band of all time. Much like Immortal, Cathedral blaze right through any accusations of cheesiness -- for instance, during a breakdown in the title track, vocalist Lee Fucking Dorian shouts "DISCO SUPERNOVA!" like he's about to snap into a Slim Jim -- through sheer, unmatched ass-kicking abilities.

Track listing:
1. Cosmic Funeral
2. Hypnos 164
3. A Funeral Request - Rebirth
4. The Voyage of the Homeless Sapien

Children screaming velvet sorrow
In tombstone rulers burning land

You might also like:
Huata -
Atavist of Mann (2011)
Serpent Venom -
Carnal Altar (2011)

Andrés - Andrés (2003)

A lively aural landscape of joyful, dense, sample-heavy house from Detroit producer Andrés.

Track listing:
1. Deep Inside
2. Genos Pimp Suite
3. Love Hurts
4. Vibe Zone
5. You're Still the One Pt. 2
6. People
7. Interlude 1
8. Material World
9. Take My Hand
10. Interlude 2
11. Reality
12. Untitled
13. Untitled
14. Untitled
15. Salvador De Bahia 1
16. Express

Change my mind

Also listen to:
BaBa Zula - Üc Oyundan Onyedi Müzik
(Seventeen Pieces from Three Plays) (1999)
Theo Parrish -
Parallel Dimensions (2000)

Final - One (1993)

Abstract drone/noise/dark ambient/what have you by one Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, about 20 other projects.) Equal parts beautiful and anxiety-producing, often at the same time.

Track listing:
1. Fall
2. Light Underground / Dark Overground
3. Awake But Numb
4. Despotic
5. Round Our Bodies
6. Hold Me
7. Death / Love Dealer
8. 1983-1987 (Edits)

You were dead from the beginning

If you like this, try:
Piquet -
The Faulty Caress (1996)
John Wiese -
Collected Tracks (2000)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Swordwielder - Grim Visions of Battle (2013)

Heavy-as-fuck Swedish crust/stenchcore. Swordwielder does slow, Amebix-style crust as well as any other band I've heard -- aside from the originators, of course. Their guitarist used my guitar for a few weeks back in 2012 while he was staying at the house where my band practiced, so you could say that I played an integral role in the writing of this record. It would be bullshit, of course, but you could say it.

Track listing:
1. World Funeral
2. Shadow
3. Out of Hades
4. Dark Night
5. Force of Nature
6. Fields of Genocide
7. With My Dying Breath I Curse This World


You would also like:
Misery -
Next Time (1995)
Damad -
Burning Cold (2000)

Six Organs of Admittance - For Octavio Paz (2004)

Badgerlore - Of Things Too Sorrowful to Be Reminded of, and Things Too Beautiful to Possess (2003)
Six Organs of Admittance - RTZ (2009)

Still my favorite Six Organs record. A deeply meditative sequence of sparse, deftly picked pieces for solo acoustic guitar, with little-to-no accoutrements.

Track listing:
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. Rain on Fire

Hum a silent prayer

You should also listen to:
Sandy Bull -
Inventions (1965)
Jim O'Rourke -
Bad Timing (1997)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Anal Bag - Ultimate Digust (2011)

Utterly unmusical gorenoise annihilation. Having heard this, I now understand what it feels like to be peppered with bullets from a machine gun while half-submerged in shit-water.

Track listing:
1. DT
2. Dude with Vagina on His Back ("Watch Your Back" Has New Meaning)
3. Humiliation with Public Castration
4. Liquid Tissue Consumption
5. New Kind of Mutation
6. Oh... This Is Not a Woman...
7. Pig Swimming in Smegma
8. Pigsty
9. Rotting Hate
10. Sperm in the Brain
11. Squirt for спирт
12. The Cunt Hunter
13. Whores with Dicks
14. Untitled 1
15. Untitled 2
16. Untitled 3
17. Untitled 4
18. Untitled 5

A walk in the park

More like this:
Vomitoma - A Liquid Harvest of
Putrefied Stomach contents
Agonizing Excess Bowel Acid Dissolving the
Intestines Causing Massive Organ Trauma -
Toxic Chemicals for Disposing of
 Hazardous Corpse Pieces (2013)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer (Seven Psalms for Our Lord of Light) (1998)

Sarin - Nihilist (1996)
Lotus Eaters - Alienist on a Pale Horse (2001)
KTL - 2 (2007)
Sunn O))) - ØØ Void (2000) + Dømkirke (2008)
Sunn O))) - Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011 (2012)

After Thorr's Hammer and before Sunn O))), there was Burning Witch. Extended repeated cycles of warped, punishingly heavy riffs, sharp, hard-hitting drums, and a vocalist who alternates between ritualistic singing and a deranged shriek. A triumph of drug-addled misery. One of my top 10 doom metal albums, hands-down, even though it's technically a compilation of two EPs.

Track listing:
1. Warning Signs
2. Stillborn
3. History of Hell
4. Sacred Predictions
5. Country Doctor
6. Tower Place
7. Sea Hag

I showed you my big mistake

You will also like:
Boris -
Amplifier Worship (1998)
Buried at Sea -
Migration (2003)

Godley & Creme - The History Mix Volume 1 (1985)

Kevin Godley and Lol Crème were founding members of 10cc who left the band in 1976, shortly after the band's commercial breakthrough, to form a duo. The History Mix Volume 1 serves as a perfect introduction to the world of Godley & Creme, and not just because it's their best album and it contains one of my absolute favorite songs -- much of the record consists of songs and musical elements from throughout their career (including with 10cc), completely remixed and presented as parts of epic, mind-melting megamixes.

Track listing:
1. Wet Rubber Soup / Cry
2. Expanding the Business / The 'Dare You' Man / Hum Drum Boys in Paris / Mountain Tension
3. Light Me Up
4. An Englishman in New York
5. Save a Mountain for Me
6. Golden Boy
7. Cry (Extended Remix) [Bonus track]
8. Snack Attack (Extended Remix) [Bonus track]

You don't know how to ease my pain

You might also like:
Jane Siberry -
The Walking (1987)
Eg and Alice -
24 Years of Hunger (1991)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sleepwalker - Sleepwalker (2010)

Yellow Eyes - Hammer of Night (2013)

US ambient black metal. An amorphous blur of tremolo-picking, distant drums, and ghost-like screams. A solo project of Mike Rekevics, whose other credits include Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes and others, representing some of the best artful black metal that the US has to offer.

I know it's a low bitrate, but it's a super lo-fi demo anyway, so don't be a dumb, ungrateful prick about it, you dumb, ungrateful prick.

Track listing:
1. Darkness Like Riches
2. Wolf of Truth and Dream
4. Dead Moon

As air to flame, so time to oblivion. To you I call, that I may better know my solitude.

More hazy, lo-fi sounds:
Cendres -
Ungeziefer (2007)
Faceless Entity -
Semper Dolens (2015)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Wake Up in the Night of Walpurgis (2005)

Chilean brutal death metal. Discordant riffs, blasts a-plenty, stop-starts, gutturals, and the occasional sick, Incantation-style doom breakdown.

Track listing:
1. Intro: The Invocation of Crawling Chaos
2. The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Youngs
3. Blasphemous Cult from Yuggoth
4. Prophecy of Al-Azif
5. Esoteric Order of Dagon
6. Nyarlathotep
7. Azathoth Have Mercy!
8. De Vermis Mysteriis
9. Reanimated from Beyond Spheres and Time

The Fungi has come
Flying through the eternal ether

You might also like:
Natron -
Hung Drawn + Quartered (1997)
Liturgy -
Dawn of Ash (2004)

Klaus Wiese - Baraka (1981)

Sublime, transcendent ambient by German musician Klaus Weise, a former member of Popol Vuh. A warm, womb-like sound-world of analogue drone and bright, echoing chimes. I want to live in the world that this music evokes, but given that this wretched shit world is the only one we have, I'll just get really high and listen to it with my eyes closed and the lights off.

Track listing:
1. Invocation I
2. Invocation II


If you like this, you should also listen to:
Iasos -
Inter-Dimensional Music (1975)
Sarah Hopkins & Alan Lamb -
Sky Song (1985)

Robedoor - Devourer (2005)

Evil, raw dark ambient/noise. Moaning demons and terrified humans in a rapidly decaying landscape.

Track listing:
1. Preyer Prayer
2. Fucking Adventure (Live at Ghetto Gloss)
3. Evil Exists
4. Gold Scroll
5. Buffalo Skulls (Live at Il Corral)

Terminal abomination

More along these lines:
Valefor -
Death Magick (1996)
Husere Grav - Haunted
Tomb / The Great Empty

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Blodulv - Kristkrossare (2003)

Swedish raw black metal. A pure distillation of the essence of second-wave black metal, without a single attempt to modernize, inject dynamic, or otherwise compromise their sound. They've been criticized for being generic, but #1, that's never been a problem for me, and #2, that's exactly what they're going for, so I'm not sure that it qualifies as a critique.

Track listing:
1. Kristkrossare
2. Waffen Blodulv 666
3. Nordhornens Skugga
4. Muspels Soner
5. Traldom i Frostgrepp
6. Satans Skogar
7. The Weeds of Satan

Menacing dark relentless

Mors Liberatrix -
Beholding from the Tower (2003)
Unhuman Disease -
Black Creations of Satan (2009)