Thursday, April 29, 2010

Don Vito - III

Don Vito are an intense three-piece from Leipzig in Germany, consisting of a drummer, guitarist and bassist. This may sound like a boring description of any 'normal' band but in the case of Don Vito, it’s far from the truth.
Don Vito are experts in supreme tightness; there is no other band that can make such loud noise with such creativity and step away from using rock instruments ‘traditionally’. The sudden changes of rhythm, playful drum rolls and passionate shrieks leave you thrilled and out of breath. They’re a teaser to the ears, offering complexity, speed and metal-based rollercoasters in 50-secondsong brilliance. Don Vito are the godfathers of storm-lighting noise!
(Liane Escorza, Nightshift Magazine Oxford, UK 2009)

I discovered these guys earlier that year when they took part in the "Exile on Mainstream Blisstrain Tour" together with DYSE and some other bands. Live it's a real blast to the the three girls and guys getting badass on a small stage. Really intense and moving. Enjoy the noisecore energy!



[ Tremor Panda / 2008 / Noisecore / CBR@320 ]

Tracklist
01. 13 (00:38)
02. Electric Mayhem (01:38)
03. Spagorski (00:46)
04. Tak! (01:19)
05. Grausiger Fund (00:52)
06. Hallo Mosquito (01:15)
07. St-029 (02:22)
08. Panzerkreuzer Dori (01:13)
09. Noisette (01:02)
10. Technosabine (00:10)
11. Antenna (01:34)
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12:55

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Limits of Control - OST

The Limits of Control is a 2009 American film directed by Jim Jarmusch, starring Isaach De Bankolé as a lone wolf assassin, carrying out a job in Spain. Filming began in February 2008, and took place on location in Madrid, Seville and Almeria, Spain. The film was distributed by Focus Features.[3] It received mixed reviews, and as of January 11th, 2010, has a 39% rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes,[4] which criticizes the film for its slow pace and inaccessible dialogue while praising its beautiful cinematography and its ambitious scope.

(more on Wikipedia)

Some months ago I googled about one of my favorite Earth songs "Omens and Portents I: The Driver" and found, that this song was used for the soundtrack of this movie. I found, that this movie is directed by Jim Jarmusch, I loved all of his movies and just had to see this movie with such an awesome soundtrack, featuring bands like Sunn O))), Boris and Earth. If you get the chance to see this movie, watch it!!!


IMDB

(Focus Features / 2009 / Drone Doom/Soundtrack / VBR2 182 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Bad Rabbit - Intro 0:14
02.
Boris with Michio Kurihara - Fuzzy Reactor 3:43
03.
La Macarena - Saeta 2:18
04.
Bad Rabbit - Sea Green Sea 4:14
05.
Boris - Feedbacker (TLOC Edit) 3:33
06.
Manuel el Sevillano - Por Compasión: Malaguenas 2:03
07.
Boris - Farewell 7:30
08.
Sunn O))) & Boris - N.L.T. 3:46
09.
Carmen Linares - El Que Se Tenga Por Grande 3:21
10.
Bad Rabbit - Dawn 1:42
11.
The Black Angels - You On The Run 4:51
12.
Earth and Bill Frisell - Omens and Portents 1: The Driver (TLOC Edit) 2:44
13.
Talegón de Córdoba & Jorge Rodriguez Padilla - El Que Se Tenga Por Grande 3:55
14.
Sunn O))) & Boris - Blood Swamp (TLOC Edit) 4:33
15.
Ensemble Villa Musica - Schubert 2. Adagio [String Quintet in C, D.956] (TLOC Edit) 5:16
16. L
CD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House 5:16
17.
Boris - " " (TLOC Edit) 1:04

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Ramesses - Take the Curse

Bristling with malevolence, Ramesses’ crushing grooves induce a hypnotick lethargy: weighed down, beleaguered and enveloped by doom. While the percussion/guitar/bass/vokills set to work on your viscera, your head is forcibly plunged down the rabbit hole and drenched in heavy psychedelia.

Spawned in the bleak woodland of Dorset, England, this three-piece has been disfiguring the innards of its army of devoted listeners since 2003 when original Electric Wizard drummer Mark Greening and guitarist Tim Bagshaw hooked up with Adam Richardson (bass + vox), formerly of Lord of Putrefaction, Spirmyard, and Hexed. In the intervening years, Ramesses have ripped an incurable wound in the metal scene.

August 2003: within 24 hours of being holed up at London’s Fortress Studios, the band had recorded 4 tracks. Limited demo versions of ‘Ramesses II’ and ‘Master Your Demons’ were pressed on CD and vinyl in Europe and the USA. Promo videos were also produced, with the short for ‘Ramesses II’ getting multiple airplays on MTV Brasil and featuring in the Doomed Nation DVD magazine.

Legendary producer Billy Anderson re-mixed all four tracks for Ramesses’ acclaimed debut EP ‘We Will Lead You to Glorious Times’, released on This Dark Reign Records in January 2005. On the back of this, the band toured, casting a shadow across the UK and Europe and so mustering a legion of dedicated fans through their thunderous stage presence. The severity of their savagery was well documented as they received rave reviews in the major metal press as well as features in Metal Maniacs and Terrorizer. Since their inception, Ramesses have been play-listed on radio stations in over 30 countries including Total Rock, KNAC and Resonance FM.

(Read all here)

What was born of one half of the original Electric Wizard line up one of my most favourite doom bands was formed. Here is Ramesses newest album, enjoy!



[ Ritual Productions / 2010 / Doom / CBR@256 ]

Tracklist
01. Iron Crow (07:03)
02. Terrasaw (05:30)
03. Black Hash Mass (05:10)
04. Take The Curse (06:11)
05. Vinho Dos Mortos (02:36)
06. Baptism Of The Walking Dead (07:12)
07. Another Skeleton (06:01)
08. Hand Of Glory (04:07)
09. The Weakening (03:54)
10 Khali Mist (05:59)
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53:47

Sunn O))) - Discography

Sunn O))) is an American drone/doom/experimental band based in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA and formed in 1998. The band’s core members consists of Stephen O’Malley (Khanate, Burning Witch, SARIN, Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Lotus Eaters, Ginnungagap, Thorr’s Hammer, Fungal Hex, KTL, Æthenor, Gravetemple) and Greg Anderson (Goatsnake, Thorr’s Hammer, Burning Witch, Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Brotherhood, Engine Kid, FALSE LIBERTY, Burial Chamber Trio, Ascend). The band was formed as a tribute of sorts to Earth, another very heavy band noted as the pioneers of drone metal. G. Stuart Dahlquist currently of Asva and ex-Burning Witch performed bass on The Grimmrobe Demos and ØØ Void.

The band is named after the Sunn amplifier brand, whose logo includes a circle next to the “SUNN” banner with waves heading off to the right - reading those out as letters makes “Sunn O)))”. The band uses the same logo for their albums as well.

Their sound is extremely slow and heavy, using droning guitars accompanied by feedback and other sound effects to create their soundscapes. There is very little drumming and a lack of any discernible beat, though their collaboration album with Boris features drumming from Boris drummer, Atsuo.

(more on Last.fm)




Regular Studio Albums

Sunn O))) - ØØ Void
(Rise Above / 2000 / Drone Doom / 128 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Richard 14:32
02. NN 0))) 15:16
03. Rabbit´s Revenge 14:01
04. Ra at Dusk 14:44


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Sunn O))) - 3:Flight of the Behemoth


(Southern Lord / 2002 / Drone Doom / 128 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Mocking Solemnity 9:12
02. Death Becomes You 13:09
03. O))) Bow 1 5:54
04. O))) Bow 2 12:53
05. FWTBT 10:19


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Sunn O))) - White 1

(Southern Lord / 2003 / Drone Doom / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. My Wall 25:16
02. The Gates of Ballard
03. A Shaving Of The Horn That Speared You 17:52


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Sunn O))) - White 2

(Southern Lord / 2004 / Drone Doom / VBR2 239 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Hell-O)))-Ween 14:11
02. bassAliens 23:22
03. Decay2 [Nihil's Maw] 25:19


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Sunn O))) - Black One

(Southern Lord / 2005 / Drone Doom / VBR 231 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Sin Nanna 1:22
02. It Took the Night to Believe 12:38
03. Cursed Realms (of the Winterdemons) 10:13
04. Orthodox Caveman 10:00
05. Candlegoat 8:04
06. Cry for the Weeper 14:40
07. Bathory Erzsébet 16:00


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Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions

(Southern Lord / 2009 / Drone Doom / 302 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Aghartha 17:34
02. Big Church [Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért] 9:43
03. Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia) 10:02
04. Alice
16:20

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EPs


Sunn O))) - Veils it White

(Thin the Herd / 2003 / Drone Doom / 256 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Veils It White 17:00

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Sunn O))) - Cro-Monolithic Remixes for an Iron Age

(Southern Lord / 2004 / Drone Doom / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine (Earth Remix) 15:57
02. Catch 22 (Surrender Or Die) (Merzbow Remix) 11:29

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Sunn O))) - Candlewolf of the Golden Chalice

(Unknown / 2005 / Drone Doom / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Candlewolf Of The Golden Chalice 19:30

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Sunn O))) - Oracle

(Southern Lord / 2007 / Drone Doom / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Belülrõl Pusztít 16:01
02. Orakulum 18:37
03. Helio)))sophist 48:17


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Live Albums


Sunn O))) - Live White

(aRCHIVE / 2004 / Drone Doom / 224 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. B-Alien Skeleton 14:06
02. Space Bacon Tractor
10:04
03.
Intone 2:55
04. Hell-O)))-ween 9:13
05. B-Witch 8:22
06. NN))) 7:54
07. Death Becomes You 3:28
08. Caveman Salad 2:50
09. Grease Fire 3:16
10. Bathory, A Tribute To... 5:22


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Sunn O))) - The Libations of Samhain

(Bastet / Arthur Magazine / 2004 / Drone Doom / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. The Libations Of Samhain 49:00
02. Sunn O))) vs Diggers 16:05


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Sunn O))) - La Mort Noir Dans Esch/Alzette

(Southern Lord / 2006 / Drone Doom / VBR2 212 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Orthodox Caveman 06:15
02. Hallow-Cave 21:58
03. Reptile Lux 13:26
04. Candlegoat / Bathori
21:54

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Sunn O))) - Dømkirke

(Southern Lord / 2008 / Drone Doom / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Why Dost Thou Hide Thyself In Clouds? 15:08
02. Cannon 18:05
03. Cymatics 15:46
04. Masks The Ætmospheres 15:15

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Split Albums / Collaborations

Sunn O))) & Earth - Angel Coma

(Southern Lord / 2006 / Drone Doom / 320 kbp/s)

Tracklist
Sunn O))):
01. Coma Mirror 13:13
Earth:
02. A Plague Of Angels 16:28

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Sunn O))) & Boris - Altar

(Southern Lord / 2006 / Drone Doom / 128 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Etna 09:51
02. N.L.T. 03:49
03. The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep) 7:37
04. Akuma No Kuma 07:52
05. Fried Eagle Mind 09:47
06. Blood Swamp 14:46


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Aderlating - Devotional Hymns

Aderlating is a side project of the man behind Gnaw their Tongues.
Live the band consists of Mories: noises/voices/drums and Erik (mowlawner) on noises and voices.
In 2009 the band played a gig (almost) every month including the Roadburn Festival (Tilburg, Holland) and the APEX III fest in New York City (nov 2009).

The debut album titled “The nectar of perversity springs from the well of repression” came out (on Shadowgraph records) in february of 2009 and is limited at 200 copies.


The full lenght is just out on Shadowgraph Records. This material differs from the first full lenght. The new material is darker, harsher and more bombastic: ranging from choir led blastbeats to low rumbling demon evocation. Also ‘live’ drums are incorporated a lot more.

(Taken from Last.fm)

So here it is. The second unholy full length album of Mories sideproject Aderlating. Enjoy!



[ Shadowgraph / 2010 / Drone/Noise / CBR@320 ]
Tracklist
01. And thou shall breath Sulfur as last Breath (08:42)
02. Travel the Fog as Death is reaping the Lands (10:57)
03. The shallow Waters of the Styx (07:43)
04. The ravenous Bloodlust of fallen Angels (10:17)
05. Devotional Hymns (12:10)
06. Possession (10:52)
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60:44

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Song II (If you got CRC-Errors)

Aderlating - The Nectar Of Perversity Springs From The Well Of Repression

A quick glance at this, the first release from the strangely named Aderlating, will reveal some very telling clues, the record is called The Nectar Of Perversity Springs From The Well Of Repression, the cover features a terrified figure, clad only in a bit of cloth, cowering from the darkness, and on the other side some sort of ritual that involves a naked woman with burning candles inserted in her ass, laying on an altar in front of mysterious cloaked figures. The songs are titled things like "Cut Off My Penis In Praise Of Black Satan", "Rope, Pig's Blood, Dead Flesh And Two Candles", "Death Knell" and "Doodstorm", so even before we get to the caustic gritty blackened filth on the disc, we're feeling a pretty heavy Gnaw Their Tongues vibe, which makes perfect sense as Aderlating is in fact another project by Gnaw mastermind Mories.

It's a little unclear what differentiates this from a proper Gnaw Their Tongues release, there's plenty of harsh black noise, rumbling mysterious drones, buried riffage and mysterious chanting, creepy almost choral sounding voices, pounding percussion, harsh hissing feedback, crumbling distortion, buzzing black metal guitars smeared into blurred buzzscapes, howling harsh vocals buried in the mix, static, whir, glitch, all doused in effects and buried under layer after layer of distorted noise and noisy distorted. Hell, even sounds like we're describing a GTT record. Fuck it, anyone into Gnaw Their Tongues, you're gonna want this, it could essentially be the new GTT record, the only difference we can hear really, is that it's a little more harsh, a little less orchestral, where GTT employed all sort of almost cabaret like sounds, Aderlating is a much more furiously aggressive and abrasive beast, but even amidst all the white noise and grinding feedback drenched distortion, there lurks all sorts of sonic mystery, be it buried melodies, haunting disembodied voices or fucked up fragmented loops. Needless to say, we dig it. Heavy and harsh and droney and dark and just what we needed to tide us over until the next Gnaw Their Tongues record...

Another project from Mories (Gnaw Their Tongues, De Magia Veterum) which is going into a rougher direction then his main project. A lot of noisy soundscapes and samples mixed with raw black metal parts and atmospheric dark ambient tunes. If you're into harsh, dark and noise blasting black metal / ambient you shoudl grab this record and enjoy.



[ Shadowgraph / 2009 / Drone/Noise / VBR ]

Tracklist
01. Death Knell (07:30)
02. A Circle drawn with Chalk on Wood (11:40)
03. Rope, Pig's Blood, Dead Flesh and two Candles (04:44)
04. Doodstorm (06:51)
05. The Nectar of perversity springs from the Well of Repression (04:54)
06. Cut off my Penis in praise of black Satari (08:16)
07. Geest (05:57)
08. Bleak Bliss (02:32)
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52:25

Khlyst - Chaos is my Name

I'd be surprised if a more disturbing piece of music came out this year. Between the phantom guitar screeches of James Plotkin (Khanate), the somber ambient womb rumblings and the maniacally insane vocal desecration of Runhild Gammelsaeter (Thor's Hammer) the I find myself in a nightmare with no end, just different levels of terror.

The album starts off with hellish oral screams underpinned by a throbbing and extremely chaotic guitar. Both give the impression of unfettered animosity but in very different ways. This mental abyss gives way to calm yet equally smothering ambient minimalism. Just as you are feeling comfortable yet somewhat uneasy the thunderously discordant guitar and earsplitting shrieking madness rears its insane head once again. The back and forth interplay of these two themes continues throughout the album and really give me the impression of one long continuous musical odyssey rather than the 8 tracks (named I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, and VII) that comprise the appropriately named Chaos is My Name.

This is for fans of extreme art only. The best way I can describe Khlyst is if you can picture the witches from Aghast smashing in John Zorn's (Painkiller/Naked City) face with a guitar! And even this imagery really doesn't do the music justice. Khlyst's Chaos is My Name might not be a journey everyone should take but those who are brave enough venture into this realm will certainly find very little comfort or sleep that night I can assure you. Artistic brilliance? Maybe. Sheer madness? Most assuredly so!

(Taken from here)

This baby was out in 2006 and now when I remember that Khanate stopped creating music I was hanging on this one last night. It's not quite that misanthrope and harsh as Khanate got on their albums but especially the growls from Runhild give you a special feeling on this one. Everyone who diggs stuff like Khanate should give Khlyst a try.



[ Hydra Head / 2006 / Drone-Doom / VBR]

Tracklist
01. I (02:44)
02. II (07:50)
03. III (01:45)
04. IV (02:00)
05. V (03:53)
06. VI (07:13)
07. VII (06:16)
08. VIII (04:53)
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36:37

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Switchblade - Studio Albums

In the cold winter of 1997 turning to 1998, Switchblade slowly took form as a quartet with 2 bassplayers who both screamed their lungs out. A 7" and a few extra songs for a split 7" were recorded with Fireside mastermind Pelle Gunnerfelt (Fireside, Hives, Breach) in the spring of 1998.

In March 1999 Switchblade recorded their groundbreaking and very well received 10". This time with a newly recruited 2:nd bassplayer/singer. The 10" was recorded by Breach mastermind Anders Ekstrom. The 10" turned out very chaotic and fast in tempo. A few months later a few more songs were recorded by Anders Ekstrom and those songs ended up as the split 7" with Cult of Luna and The Jam Session. Then in late 1999 Switchblade took the decision to go on as a three-piece.

During 2000 and 2001, switchblade recorded 2 albums together once again with Breach Anders Ekstrom turning the knobs. Switchblade toured both Sweden (with Cult of Luna) and Europe (twice) in support of the albums.

Then in March 2003, Switchblade recorded their third selftitled full length album. The album was a 6 song, 47 minute sonic journey that ranged from subtle ambient soundscapes to monotonous, dark, instrumental passages to full on stoner flirting, yet epic heaviness. All with just sparse use of vocals. Previously having had some problems in truly capturing their sound and dynamics on tape, Switchblade turned to Carl Wikman at EAR Studios who is known for his big and true to nature sounding recordings. The album turned out to be the most powerful and focused material so far, and showcased a huge leap forward in the never ending evolution of Switchblade�s sound and songwriting. The album received great reveiws both in Europe and in the US, where the album was released by Jake Banon's (CONVERGE) Deathwish/Icarus imprint. A 4 week European tour in support of the album took place in early 2004 and a shorter tour took place in the summer of 2004 based around an apperance at the legendary Ieper Festival in Belgium.

(Read all here)

Switchblade is one of the bands that always puts a smile up my face when I see them playing live or one of their records is spinning on my stereo. Especially the 2006 album was a very huge load of good doom. I thought I share some of that stuff with you. This includes the regular studio albums I've collected, EP's and the Cult of Luna split will follow. If you wonder where the 2009 album is on this post, take a look at our archive. Enjoy!





[ Trust No On Recrodings / 1999 / Sludge/Doom / VBR]

Tracklist
01. Killing the last Comedian (01:03)
02. Kosher (02:05)
03. Recovering from a Suicide (01:51)
04. Five Minutes of Fame (01:15)
05. Repeated Failure (03:05)
06. Setting yourself on Fire (00:53)
07. Worst Case Scenario (01:09)
08. Leaving Nemesis (00:22)
09. Chrome Angel (03:31)
10. A Deck of Cards (03:46)
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19:02



[ Trust No One Recordings / 2000 / Sludge/Doom / CBR@192 ]

Tracklist
01. The Stachanov (02:40)
02. Eyedropper (01:18)
03. Static Omission (02:16)
04. Primes below 100 (01:25)
05. Erasing her Shadow (03:55)
06. China Syndrome (01:25)
07. Abstract Totalitarian (02:35)
08. Ten stabs to the Throat (02:49)
09. Slowing down and dying (01:57)
10. Iron Curtain (03:13)
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23:37



[ Flowerviolence Records / 2001 / Doom/Sludge / CBR@192 ]

Tracklist
01. I (05:55)
02. II (03:00)
03. III (05:06)
04 IV (02:11)
05. V (04:45)
06. VI (17:04)
07. VII (01:44)
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(39:57)



[ Trust Noe One Recordings / 2003 / Doom/Sludge / CBR@192 ]

Tracklist
01. 05-36 (05:36)
02. 05-12 (05:12)
03. 08-41 (08:41)
04. 09-31 (09:31)
05. 05-01 (05:01)
06. 12-55 (12:55)
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47:00



[ Trust No One Recordings / 2006 / Doom/ Sludge / VBR ]

Tracklist
01. 26-36 (26:36)
02. 16-44 (16:44)
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43:20

Jex Thoth - Witness

Named after the band’s striking female vocalist, Jex Thoth take their cues from the metallic strains of Black Sabbath and the retro experimentalism of Amon Düül II. Jex Thoth (formerly Jessica Toth) and bassist James Jackson Toth (leader of the experimental outfit Wooden Wand, and credited here as Grim Jim) form the core of the group, which originally took shape under the name Totem. After issuing an EP with that moniker, the group rechristened itself Jex Thoth and set to work on a full-length album, with guitarist Silas Paine and drummer Johnny Dee joining the lineup during the process. Keyboardist Zodiac completed the lineup, and Jex Thoth debuted in 2008 with a self-titled album of thudding, psychedelic acid rock.

(Taken from Last.fm)
Release Notes
Three new songs, of which two are originals and
one is a beautiful rendition of 70's avant-pop
group Slapp Happy's "Mr. Rainbow", totaling for
about 15 minutes of music; some of the band's best
and most melancholy material to date. Gentle,
time-capsuled psychedelia coupled with colorful
organ swashes and the mournful singing of Jex
Thoth; all enriched by the warm production job.

As they come by, the new Jex Thoth EP from 2010. Enjoy!



[ I HATE RECORDS / 2010 / Psychedelic Doom Metal / VBR ]

Tracklist
01. Raven nor the Spirit (04:24)
02. Slow Rewind (05:03)
03. Mr Rainbow (Slapp Happy cover) (05:52)
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15:19

Monday, April 26, 2010

Year Of No Light - Ausserwelt

Yet one more band started after too many Belgian beers under the sun of the ending summer of 2001, Year of No Light slightly but undoubtly started to slide down to gloomier atmospheres as the inherent chaos of Bordeaux’s caves and harshness of winter made their common work.

As the line-up solidified around the 5 actual members escaped from acts such as Metronome Charisma, Deja Mort and Nexus Sun, the band clarified their intentions and started to build the basis of what would be their first demo recorded in 2004. More and more shows were played with bands such as Isis, Cult of Luna, High on Fire or Unsane.

The rather general critical acclaim of the demo quoting them as being “The Cure playing sludge” combined with live reviews becoming more and more encouraging compelled the band into the writing of new tracks that finally ended up being recorded at Playrec studio under the direction of Serge Morratel in the fall of 2005. The debut “Nord” has been released in 2006.

(Taken from Last.fm)

Damn I've been waiting for this one, how the fuck have I been waiting for this and now it's here, the new Year of No Light! Enjoy it!


[ Conspiracy Records / 2010 / Sludge / VBR ]

Tracklist
1. Perséphone I 11:53
2. Perséphone II 09:34
3. Hiérophante 13:13
4. Abbesse 13:08
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47:48

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Notice: For everyone that has problems with track number one. It's playing fine in Winamp and Foobar. It plays in Windows Media Player, too after your accepting the error on the mp3 stream. If you want to fix this use the foobar function rebuild mp3 strea. If you don't have foobar or you don't know how to do it but you want the track with the fixed timeline just download it from here as I fixed it for you guys :)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Altar of Plagues - Tides

Irish act Altar of Plagues was formed in 2006. Terms that are most frequently used to describe their sound include black metal, ambient and progressive or post metal, though it seems no one description can sum up the acts massive sound. The act themselves consider black metal to be the genre to which they are most attached, but on the contrary they have also been quoted to take influence from acts as diverse as Emperor, Bjork, and Arvo Pärt

The bands untraditional aesthetic and approach to their music has led to Altar of Plagues appealing to a wide variety of listeners and this may be seen by the diverse range of acts Altar of Plagues have toured with, including Isis and Mayhem, as well as having appeared at festivals that focus on ‘extreme’ metal and festivals that encourage experimentation and diversity.

Following the release of only one demo and an EP, Altar of Plagues signed to Canadian label, Profound Lore Records. In 2009 the act released “White Tomb”, an album that was described by a number of critics as one of 2009’s best and most exciting releases (and was featured in Decibel Magazines Best of 2009 list). Last year saw the band tour extensively throughout Europe, and now 2010 is proving to be an even more promising year for the act, with a forthcoming E.P, “Tides”, on Roadburn Records as well as receiving an invitation to perform at the renowned Roadburn Festival, more extensive touring and just recently, signing to Candlelight Records in Europe.

(Read all on Last.fm)


[ Burning World Records / 2010 / Black-Metal / Doom / CBR@320 ]

Tracklist
01. Atlantic Light (15:16)
02. The Weight of All (19:46)
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35:02

Zero Kama - The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H

Zero Kama has long been a fashionable name to drop in ritual ambient circles. The project was founded in 1983 by musician Michael DeWitt, and at the time, contemporaries of Zero Kama who were also engaged in the creation of post-industrial music with a heavy occult influence included the British groups Psychic TV, Current 93 and Coil, and the Italians Ain Soph. Unlike all these other bands, however, Zero Kama’s manifestation on the material plane was brief and fleeting. The band ceased to exist in 1986, having released only one album, The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H., which appeared on cassette on Michael DeWitt’s own Nekrophile Records label, as well as a handful of cassette compilation appearances. This obscurity has only added to Zero Kama’s cult reputation – after all, anyone who’s sufficiently interested has long been able to discover what early Current 93 or Psychic TV sounds like, whereas Zero Kama recordings have been distinctly more elusive. The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H. was given a CD release in 1991 on French label Permis De Construire , but that has long since been deleted, and French label Athanor collected Zero Kama’s compilation appearances under the title of The Goatherd And The Beast for a limited edition vinyl release in 2001.


[ Nekrophile Records / 1986 / Ritual-Ambient / VBR ]

Tracklist
01. Death Posture (03:14)
02. Atavism Dream (03:55)
03. Night of Matter (03:23)
04.  Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome. (03:57)
05. Love Always Yiedeth (04:05)
06. Azure-lidded Woman (Pregnant Womb of Non) (03:52)
07. Hassan I Sabbah (04:05)
08. Starlit Mire (03:56)
09. Winged Eye Hadit (05:14)
10. Love Always Hadeneth (04:00)
11. Town of Pyramids (Night of Pan) (03:28)
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43:15

Khanate - Discography

Khanate, based in New York City, NY, United States, formed in the year 2000 with the intention of setting new standards for pain and ugliness in the genre. Many people call them , or simply . Their songs are marked by dissonant, heavily down-tuned guitar/bass figures, extremely slow tempos, swarms of high-pitched feedback, and painfully shrieked vocals, making for a genuinely anguished and challenging listening experience — put another way, their music is not for everybody.

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Regular Studio Albums

Khanate - Khanate

(Southern Lord / 2001 / Drone Doom / VBR2 217 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Pieces of Quiet 13:24
02. Skin Coat 9:40
03. Torching Koroviev 3:37
04. Under Rotting Sky 18:17
05. No Joy 11:27


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Khanate - Things Viral


(Southern Lord Recordings / 2003 / Drone Doom / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Commuted 19:13
02. Fields 19:50
03. Dead 9:27
04. Too Close Enough To Touch 11:11


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Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul

(Hydra Head / 2009 / Drone Doom / VBR2 189 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Wings from Spine 6:47
02. In That Corner 9:13
03. Clean My Heart 11:05
04. Every God Damn Thing 32:52


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EPs


Khanate - No Joy (Remix EP)

(Load Records / 2003 / Drone Doom / VBR2 138 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. No Joy (Remix) 9:05
02. Dead 9:25

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Khanate - Capture & Release

(Hydrahead / 2005 / Drone Doom / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Capture 18:15
02. Release 25:03

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Godflesh - Discography

Godflesh were an industrial metal band from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by Justin K. Broadrick (guitar, vocals, and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). They are highly regarded as one of the founders of industrial metal. The group disbanded in 2002.

In 1982, Green founded Fall Of Because (named after a Killing Joke song) with Paul Neville. Broadrick, who had been playing guitar as a member of Napalm Death, joined the group in mid-1985 as drummer and vocalist. The band fell apart in 1987. Broadrick then spent a couple of years (1986-1988) as a member of Head of David. In 1988, he contacted Green about reforming Fall of Because. Justin decided to take over on guitars and they chose to use a drum machine to help out. They also decided to change their name to Godflesh.

Godflesh established a presence in underground music with albums such as Streetcleaner and Pure, which demonstrated the effectiveness of lo-fi production values in heavy music. A brief flirtation with major label Columbia Records in 1994 for Selfless and the Merciless EP saw the duo take on a more high-end production approach. In 1996 Godflesh released Songs of Love and Hate, which featured the drumming of Bryan Mantia (Guns N’ Roses, Primus, Praxis). The next album, 1999’s Us And Them, saw the group experimenting with a more electronic, drum and bass-oriented sound in which the guitar played a less central role. In 2001 Godflesh released the double album retrospective In All Languages.

(more on Last.fm)




Regular Studio Albums

Godflesh - Streetcleaner

(Earache / 1989 / Industrial Metal / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
1. Like Rats 4:28
2. Christbait Rising 6:59
3. Pulp 4:17
4. Dream Long Dead 5:17
5. Head Dirt 6:08
6. Devastator 3:21
7. Mighty Trust Krusher 5:26
8. Life Is Easy 4:49
9. Streetcleaner 6:43
10. Locust Furnace 4:44
11. Tiny Tears 3:24
12. Wound 3:07
13. Dead Head 4:07
14. Suction 3:23


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Godflesh - Slavestate


(Earache / 1991 / Industrial Metal / 320 kbp/s)

Tracklist
1. Slavestate 3:58
2. Perfect Skin 7:37
3. Someone Somewhere Scorned 4:47
4. Meltdown 5:48
5. Slavestate [Radio Slave] 5:00
6. Slavestate [Total State Mix] 8:29
7. Perfect Skin Dub 12:15
8. Slateman 5:56
9. Wound '91 4:24


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Godflesh - Pure

(Earache/Relativity / 1992 / Industrial Metal / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
1. Spite 4:30
2. Mothra 4:31
3. I Wasn't Born to Follow 7:22
4. Predominance 6:15
5. Pure 5:02
6. Monotremata 9:20
7. Baby Blue Eyes 4:39
8. Don't Bring Me Flowers 6:48
9. Love, Hate (Slugbaiting) 9:57
10. Pure II 21:04


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Godflesh - Selfless

(Earache/Columbia / 1994 / Industrial Metal / 256 kbp/s)

Tracklist
1. Xnoybis 5:55
2. Bigot 4:33
3. Black Boned Angel 6:47
4. Anything Is Mine 3:59
5. Empyreal 6:02
6. Crush My Soul 4:26
7. Body Dome Light 5:31
8. Toll 4:13
9. Heartless 5:32
10. Mantra 7:26
11. Go Spread Your Wings 23:51


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Godflesh - Songs Of Love And Hate

(Earache / 1996 / Industrial Metal / ~191 kbp/s)

Tracklist
1. Wake 4:19
2. Sterile Prophet 4:18
3. Circle of Shit 4:53
4. Hunter 4:39
5. Gift from Heaven 7:45
6. Amoral 4:56
7. Angel Domain 3:55
8. Kingdom Come 5:34
9. Time, Death and Wastefulness 6:12
10. Frail 5:24
11. Almost Heaven 5:41


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Godflesh - Us And Them

(Earache / 1999 / Industrial Metal / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
1. I, Me, Mine 5:21
2. Us and Them 5:57
3. Endgames 4:56
4. Witchhunt 5:11
5. Whose Truth Is Your Truth 5:03
6. Defiled 5:29
7. Bittersweet 4:34
8. Nail 4:10
9. Descent 5:38
10. Control Freak 5:38
11. The Internal 6:33
12. Live to Lose 5:39


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Godflesh - Hymns

(Koch / 2001 / Industrial Metal / ~160 kbp/s)

Tracklist
1. Defeated 6:05
2. Deaf, Dumb & Blind 4:25
3. Paralyzed 5:09
4. Anthem 5:25
5. Voidhead 4:41
6. Tyrant 4:06
7. White Flag 6:26
8. For Life 5:10
9. Animals 3:35
10. Vampires 6:29
11. Antihuman 4:24
12. Regal 4:37
13. Jesu
12:49

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Negură Bunget - Virstele Pamintului

Rising from the spirituality of immortal lands, Negură Bunget began their journey through the universe of Black Metal in early 1995. The debut demo, From Transilvanian Forests, was recorded in November 1995, and released under the band’s original name, Wiccan Rede.

Once their conceptual perspective shifted towards the exploration of the universe and spirituality of their ancestors, the band’s name changed to Negură Bunget. The new approach became clearly evident on the debut album, Zirnindu-sa, released by the newly founded Romanian label Bestial Records (late 1996).

December 1998 brought Negură Bunget’s second release, Sala Molksa, a mini-album also released by Bestial Records. The 4 tracks unveil a much more straight-forward sound, complex, aggressive, atmospheric, fast - The Music of Transilvanian Spirituality.

Maiastru sfetnic is the third opus of Negură Bunget. The album was released by Bestial Records in 1999 in a special digipak format (designed and handmade by Negură Bunget). More than 56 minutes, yet only 6 epic tracks, united in haunts, evilness, descent, atmospheres, speed and aggression… displaying the band’s vision on how a Black Metal-based world should have looked like.

(Read all at Last.fm)


[Code 666 / 2010 / Black Metal / CBR@320 ]

Tracklist
01. Pămînt (06:58)
02. Dacia Hiperboreană (08:52)
03. Umbra (03:31)
04. Ochiul Inimii (08:04)
05. Chei de Rouă (05:51)
06. Ţara de Dincolo de Negură (05:54)
07. Jar (04:29)
08. Arborele Lumii (07:37)
09. Întoarcerea Amurgului (08:21)
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Karma to Burn - Incantation's Ingredients

Karma to Burn is an American instrumental stoner rock band. The band was formed in 1994, in Hicksville, WV (actually Morgantown, WV, though this was a running joke also reflected in bios of the band on other Web sites).

Their instrumental album Almost Heathen is widely regarded as on par Kyuss’ Welcome To Sky Valley and Monster Magnet’s Spine of God, as one of the defining albums of the stoner rock genre, although the band themselves referred to their style as malternative.

The band was renown for their live performances and former Kyuss singer John Garcia was a big fan and even tried to sing with the band, however this didn’t bear much fruit as he did not have the time to become a full-time member and Karma to Burn itself wasn’t sure his voice fitted in their music.

Karma To Burn refused to give their songs ordinary titles, instead referring to them by numbers, which allegedly made it easier for a dyslexic band member to read setlists.

The group quietly disbanded in 2002 after bassist Rich Mullins left to play full time in Speedealer.

The band reformed in 2009.

(Taken from Last.fm)



[ Napalm Records / 2010 / Stoner-Rock / VBR ]

Tracklist
01. Forty-One 4.59
02. Forty-Two 3.58
03. Forty-Five 6.37
04. Waiting On The Western World 5.42
05. Fourteen 5.05
06. Two Times 4.52
07. Twenty 3.33
08. Thirty 3.36
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Dark Castle - Spirited Migration

Florida’s sludge two-piece Dark Castle first appeared in 2008 with an elaborately packaged self-released demo (Flight of the Pegasus) that garned a good deal of favorable attention from the metal press and other bands (including Relapse Records’ Minsk).

It is easy to see why this unsigned band turned so many heads, as there are several obvious elements that separate them from their peers. In an extreme rarity in metal genres, most of the guitar and vocal work is handled by a woman, Stevie Floyd.
Also, the band has the distinction of having no bass player (nor bass in any of their recordings), which is strikingly ballsy in a genre that is so intimately associated with low-frequency amplifier worship.


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I saw them live two days ago with Eyehategod, Kylesa and YOB and instantly fell in love with them. The singer and guitarist Stevie Floyd is a fucking hot chick. Check it out if you're into Sludge and Doom!


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(At A Loss Recordings / 2009 / Sludge/Drone/Doom Metal / 320 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Awake In Sleep 6:51
02. Into The Past 5:35
03. Spirited Migration 1:46
04. Growing Slow 4:31
05. Weather The Storm 3:26
06. Flight Beyond 4:14
07. Grasping The Awe 4:12
08. A Depth Returns 6:33


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