Sum of R "Ride Out the Waves" Storm As He Walks, LPaa$16
Ride Out The Waves is a methaphisical six chapters story, that describes a rite of passage, a complex way to go through any common idea of genres using a living and dynamic approach to find a balance between darkness and light, powerful riffs and subliminal melodies, ritual drums and rarefied atmospheres.
Limited edition crystal LP. Artwork by Krist Mort.
The Observatory "Catacombs" OBS005412, CDaa$17
The heart and soul of The Observatory is in its constant reinvention. With each release, the members have persisted in their experimental take on the pop songform. In ten years, The Observatory has gone from folk electronica to prog to avant rock, approaching a more primal, new dark wave sound with their fifth album, Catacombs. But genre preoccupations aside, The Observatory explores music that's texturally complex, viscerally emotional and splintering in its bleakness. A study in delusion, insanity and obsession, Catacombs provokes and inspires in a deeply enigmatic way. Even at its coldest and most abstract, it is human to the core.
Catacombs is the result of a year’s worth of jamming. Sitting in a studio day after day to see what we could come up with. We only really found our direction in September 2011. The songs that made it onto the album are us after much play and consternation. Once again, we went up north to seek inspiration in the bleak and the cold. With each other, the incessant rain, and our producer Jorgen Traeen for company, we find ourselves venturing farther into the darkness that began with our last album, Dark Folke. It’s us attempting to cross wasted borders and find musical extremities that parallel the polarities within our lives.
The cd is housed in a 7" folder with an insert. Heavy stock, metallic ink and letterpress printing.
Skull studies by Thomas Hooper. Graphic design by Keith Utech.
Pyramidal "Dawn in Space" Radix Records, CDaa$19
Limited edition of the debut album on CD. Black Sabbath on the X-axis, Hawkwind on Y and Pink Floyd on Z, the Pyramidal constructed grid comes up with a considerable heritage. Studying further this analytic geometry of space, the results you get by considering every of three projections is absolutely astonishing. The intersection point of three axes is referred as Dawn in Space. Instrumental spacerock at its finest.
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Dead Neanderthals "Jazzhammer/Stormannsgalskap" Burning World, 10"aa$19
Different from anything you've heard of dutch sax grinders Dead Neanderthals so far. No more short harsh eruptions. Just two monolithic tracks, each almost ten minutes long. "Jazzhammer" is one unholy matrimony of highspeed drums and a droning sax, "Stormannsgalskap" a weird battle of a nervous beat pattern and multilayered sax screams. Somehow disturbing at first listen it gets more and more absorbing and mind blowing the further in you go.
Magus "Sun Worshipper" Ujikaji, CDaa$19
On their debut album, Leslie Low and Mark Dolmont line up in battle formation, summoning the powers of ancient spirits and riding on psychedelics to navigate the chaos of this brave new world. Mixed from a stew of magic and distortion, chunky guitar riffs awake from primordial sludge and hefty drums tap to the beat of a primeval pulse as the modern world asserts its presence, leaking from found sounds leaping betwixt channels. Evocative of natural cycles, embedded rituals and eternal battles, this is timeless music of a vital spiritualism.
Aluk Todolo "Occult Rock" Ajna, 2xLPaa$27
Consisting of eight hypnotic tracks of timeless and unclassifiable instrumental music, this quintessential double album summarizes and transcends all preceding aspects of the band's discography and offers new insight into the fundamental principles and formulas of Aluk Todolo, permeating through other forms and resulting in an ultimate entheogenic ceremony. The production takes the side of fidelity in the transcription of the power trio's live energy and osmosis, revealing the individuality and roughness of each instrument and emphasizing the inter-penetration of all the components of an organic and tetanizing trance ritual.
This opus recounts the alchemical transformation of the primordial vibration into matter, through all its elemental phases, leading to the sonic manifestation of the forces of the universe into the octagonal prism of Occult Rock.
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Aluk Todolo "Finsternis" Public Guilt, LPaa$19
Aluk Todolo are a recondite creature. Part okkult black metal fiend and part snide kraut menace. Somehow the doppelganger works and Finsternis proves for a second time there is brilliance in the absence of light. Dry, spare percussion grievously mines the scrapes, shrieks and shimmer of mutated guitar and bass. Finsternis is the German word for eclipse, mimetic of cyclic elements, phases and unphases, endless rebeginnings, broken circles and perfect circles. A dangerous, noxious coil of all things black.
The Human Quena Orchestra "A Natural History of Failure" Handmade Birds, LP $19
First released on cd by Utech Records, this is an absolutely essential, definitive moment for an artist that is a true manifestation of the current paradigm shift. Issued on vinyl by Handmade Birds, featuring new cover photo by Olli Kekäläinen and special packaging design by Keith Utech. Remastered for vinyl by Noah Brodsky.
Sun Splitter "II" Land of Decay, CSaa$7
Skullflower "Pure Imperial Reform" Turgid Animal, CDaa$17
Recorded last year live on an Antwerpen radio station comes a new guitar wall composition from Matthew Bower and Lee Stokoe. Edition of 1000 copies with artwork desinged by MB himself.
The Wendigo's Grave "Spells Of Swift Travelling" Mind Control Tapes, cdraa$17
Every composition presented here is a joint ritual of people scattered around the globe musicians, magicians, madmen and dead men. The Wendigo’s Grave recording sessions span from 1977 to present day; many hours of tape have been sorted through in order to cast these songs of magic. A thick (300g/m2) textured cover folder containing a thick (300g/m2) textured insert. The disc is housed in a sturdy cardboard sleeve, partially varnished. Everything is professionally printed, artwork by Denis Kostromitin. The whole set sits in a heavy duty 7" PVC sleeve. Limited edition of 99.
Sachiko & FUKUOKA Rinji "a'TOMO∑" Musik Atlach, CDaa$17
The duo of Sachiko and FUKUOKA Rinji (from Majutsu no Niwa) which were active together in Overhang Party performed sporadically in the past, in late years theyincreases the places. This is the album that gained live in Paris and Japan on 2011. Cello, violin and electronics to play of Fukuokaare on Sachiko's voice drone, and his voice is even more intertwined.
The sound takes in neighboring atmosphere, and filled with passion, It reaches the radio wave that Fukuoka uses and appeared on us whom there is there now.
The first piece offered a glimpse of unbearable reality from beginning to end in threatening intension. on the other hand, The second piece that recorded a performance in church E´glise Saint-Merri of Paris, is sound of the prayer was dedicated in a solemn drone loops using representative song 'Prayer of a Fool' of late Overhang Party.
Sachiko "Loka In The Black Ship" Kubitsuri Tapes, CDaa$13
Based on a solitary boat making an ominous trip to Pluto, where organic and inorganic matters are mixed and carbonized to be dust, due to the invasion of the mirage of the universe. Metallic drone and noise are woven together while the previous ritualistic aspects are suppressed, reminiscent of an inner space of a dried black-and-white film..
Sachiko "zUnya" Musik Atlach, CDaa$17
Sachiko is voice performer with psychedelic drone (Kousokuya, Overhang Party). This album is live recording played in summer, 2008. This is different from studio albums which is rich in the variety, her voice is modest expression and she concentrates into performance of drone, she develops psychedelic sound concerning the organic and the hypnosis.
Orthodox "Amanecer en Puerta Oscura" Alone, CDaa$17
Orthodox’ second album Amanecer en Puerta Oscura, gives a new perspective to the music they create towards many different directions. Comparing with their monolithic album debut, Amanecer en Puerta Oscura comes like a trip crossing through different steps where jazz influences, progressive sounds of King Crimson or the crushing and free forms experiences from Black Flag, and at the same time not forgetting the true and pure metal roots from the band and the Andalusian cultural origins. The result is a liturgic music with obsesive repetitions, minimalism, feedback, distortion and endless drones creating a primitive feeling that leads to trance and remains as a perfect soundtrack for every dark point of christianism: opression, sin, suffering, guilt and pain. The use of new instrumentation showins influences from John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Morricone, Ligeti and religious music. For a band like Orthodox, always looking for new and diverse forms of music expressions, Amanecer en Puerta Oscura is the logical evolution after their high critical acclaim and recognition with their debut album Gran Poder.
Hototogisu "Under The Rose" Heavy Blossom, LPaa$21
Hototogisu's first LP release on their own imprint Heavy Blossom. Under The Rose is a pair of incantations for the dark and vengeful animal spirits. Sung in two parts, malignant coronation and origami skulls are blackened arias, dizzying vortices and canyons of screams, guitars and chaotic rhythms. Arising from this richly recorded and mastered vinyl slab come black tarpits of malevolence and savage beauty, harking back to a pre-Christian universe of animating spirits and tutelary daemons. Comes in a black jacket with a full-color photograph attached to the front cover and thickly inked silk-screened backs. Edition of 600.
Hototogisu "Pale Fatal Sister" Important, 2xLPaa$31
Double LP pressing housed in a gatefold jacket. Being a Nabokovian and visceral garden of delights, a musical evocation of memory and desire spread over four sides of vinyl. The sound is conjured forth from dark wells to be birthed, twisting and screaming in silver winds.
Recorded at Black Dirt Studios, over an intensive three day period of hermetic isolation, whilst snow blanketed the surrounding fields, this work is both more detailed and conjures a heavier, more brooding occult atmosphere and sound, than any previous Hototogisu release. Limited edition of 700 copies.
Hototogisu "Robed In Verdigris" Nashazphone, LPaa$21
Hototogisu deliver intense guitar/electronics based drones of gargantuesque scales. Near-impenetrable walls of sustained guitar-feedback/excess, barely audible shrieking, and a cave-bed of electronic zombie fuzz. Robed in Verdigris is three tracks spread over both sides of extreme sunshine and ecstasy. A total assault of metaphysical vibrations. Limited to 500.
The Skull Defekts "The Drone Drug" Actual Noise, LPaa$17
In their own words, Sweden’s Skull Defekts are all about rhythm, repetition, and all energies in sound. The DFX, as they’re sometimes known, also have an alter-ego under which their sound becomes a harsh wall of droning noise and psychedelic industrial churn. It is that persona that is embodied on The Drone Drug. Drone is often associated with music that is ambient in nature. While The Skull Defekts do create an ambient aura, The Drone Drug has more in common with terrifying atmospheres. The sound is grim, black, and abrasive; mechanical, filthy, and unnerving. This limited-edition LP (500 copies) comes with free download of the album including a bonus track.
The Skull Defekts "The Drone Drug" Release the Bats, CDaa$17
First there was Skkull then there was The Drone Drug... continuing on the same path, the sound of The Drone Drug is of a similar relentless minimalistic nature as its predesessor. This could be seen as the electronic backbone to last years amazing Blood Spirits & Drums Are Singing (Conspiracy Records), creating a heavy beast with the most basic and stripped-down use of variations in drones and frequencies instead of guitars and percussion. Monotonous motor humming via drugged-out machinery and assaults of feedback attacking with a strong feel of claustrophobia.
Compared to Skkull, The Drone Drug evolves more around a grim and abrasive sound, constantly toying with lo-fi aesthetics and a rough industrial edge. The atmosphere created is thick and black, bringing up visions of a dystopian society trembling on the edge of the world. Spreading the disease in a world slowly dying, The Drone Drug is poison and affect you it will.
On this recording, The Skull Defekts is Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander. Four-panel digipack with artwork by Daniel Fagerström. Limited to 500 copies.
The Psychic Paramount "Gamelan into the Mink Supernatural" No Quarter, CDaa$13
The studio-recorded debut from this risk-taking group comprised of former Laddio Bolocko members Drew St. Ivany (guitar) and Ben Armstrong (bass), along with current Sabers member Jeff Conaway (drums). A power-blast of epic kraut/psych jamming, propelled with layers of guitar, forceful rhythms, and a general sense of urgency.
The Psychic Paramount "The Franco-Italian Tour" Public Guilt, CDaa$11
Recorded live at performances in Paris, Lyon, Perpignan, and Napoli in Nov./Dec. of 2002. The group, going on tour less than one week after their first meeting, is captured at birth in raw immediate form. Predicating experiments with the authority of sound and primitive revival upon a rock 'n' roll platform. A document of turbulent emergency music grinding its entrance. All tracks originally recorded to cassette live using one stereo microphone.
The Observatory “Dark Folke” CDaa$21
FThe Observatory release their fourth album to date, Dark Folke, recorded and mixed in Bergen, Norway with their longtime collaborator, Jorgen Traeen, well known producer of bands such as Ultralyd, Motorpsycho and Jaga Jazzist. The CD album is a hardbound book, designed and drawn by illustrator and designer, Justin Bartlett aka Vberkvlt, the artist behind the wicked art of SUNN O))), Moss, Aura Noir and more.
With a change in musical direction, the prog rock of The Observatory’s third album A Far Cry From Here has morphed into a fluid mystical beast called Dark Folke. Most songs have no drums on them. But there is rhythm. Only the type of rhythm associated with an invisible pulse. An implied rhythm. Five folks sitting around a fire. A metaphorical fire. Chanting for the rain to come. gathering for all dark folke.
Journey to Ixtlan, Aurora Borealis, CDaa$17
Finally, the cult is revealed!
Pan pipes carry on the air as the eagle circles the mesa, your mouth full of sand and peyote mulch as the sun beats down. Riding out of the desert like the ghosts of future past in a dune buggy powered by dreams come Journey to Ixtlan. Totally heavy, very psychedelic, and utterly sun kissed this is the sound of new age doom & occult desert rock.
Journey to Ixtlan are an anonymous badass rock band of desert dwellers, in some cases living outside the law at the very margins of society, who converge infrequently to render their physical surroundings in psychotropic sound. Their heavy sound owes as much to doom metal as it does to psychedelia, as much to Now as it does to Then, as guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocal chants intertwine like shamanic smoke. To listen to Journey to Ixtlan is to participate in a ritual out of time, to tread the path of Don Juan, to lay on the mesa as a 'man of power' and be touched by the sun at the heart of the cosmic stage. Beautiful matte finish cd digi gatefold, with printed inner spine.
Silvester Anfang "Kosmies Slachtafval" Aurora Borealis, CDaa$13
Silvester Anfang channel an ancient spirit of blasphemous anarchy, transposing the nameless fiends of yore as free-flowing ritual psych occult rock. Kosmies Slachtafval (trans. "kosmic slaughterhouse sweepings/debris") sees Silvester Anfang in dark, post-krautrock, heavy jam mode: guitars, bass, keys, flute and percussion combine with vocals to create a doomy funeral psych rich in the textures of ritual and worship. Through a series of cassette tapes and cd-r's released in micro editions, the arcane Belgians have garnered a fearsome and mysterious reputation for dark intense musical outpouring and idolatry. Deluxe digipack with 12pp poster booklet.
Sylvester Anfang II "Sylvester Anfang II" Aurora Borealis, CDaa$17
In the time since the release of Kosmies Slachtafval, Silvester Anfang have grown into Sylvester Anfang II, a more psychedelic beast, a more tangible creature in some ways, but one that defies and confounds standard classification. Taking their cue from Krautrock communes of yore, the Flemish troubadours have expanded both ranks and minds and now present this giant new opus for general consumption. With cultish numbers swollen with new blood, the sound is much fuller and more reminiscent of Krautish dope jams then ever before. Ruby's vocal additions create a whole new universe for the band, rather like if Dr. John had been born in a plague pit in Flanders, and the resulting tracks "The Devil Always Shits in the Same Graves" parts 1 & 2 are masterful examples of Flemish voodoo boogie.
The new material is more hypnotic than before, and the band are sure to add new members to their fan cult as they slink across Europe like a fog in the coming months. Sure to upset parents and upstanding citizens with their occult themes and liberal European-style artwork, Sylvester Anfang II reach new levels of consciousness with their mantras of goat worship and the orthodoxy of denial. Tune in, turn on, evolve. Presented in a jewel case with fold out poster booklet.
Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine "Rampton" Southern Lord, CDaa$13
The awaited birthing of doom architects' morbid calling: Justin Greaves (Iron Monkey),
Greg Anderson (Sunn 0))), Goatsnake,Thorr's Hammer), Lee Dorrian (Cathedral, Napalm Death), Stephen O'Malley (Khanate, Sunn 0))), Burning Witch).
Black fumes non-verbal carnage spilled forth the unholy mines, minds and lanterns of Nottingham, UK. Souls cracked and burned, a fitting feast for low end wavetorment and high sound pressure hexing. Invocations of despair lain by Dorrian. Months rotting in the pits and graves to be unearthed and dissected by high necromancer Billy Anderson. Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine is the manifest of doomed mortality, divine suffering and flaggellation through trance and drone.
Locrian Back Patchaa$11
Locrian full-size back patch. Metallic ink on black fabric.
Utech Records T-shirt
Illustration by Justin Bartlett. Charcoal ink on black shirt.
Utech Records T-shirt. White ink on black shirt.