Monday, September 29, 2014

The Mailbox Giveth: Blood Bright Star

Blood Bright Star
The Silver Head
King of the Monsters Records
Released: 7.14

Blood Bright Star is the work of Reuben Sawyer, a visual artist who apparently has a thing for darkly shaped hypnotic motion.  Sawyer's newest LP, The Silver Head, is rich with bass-driven loops and floating guitar textures, sort of a Bauhaus/Joy Division bleakness met with the propulsive and lengthily composed nature of Neu!.  He refers to this as "Death Motorik," and this categorization makes perfect sense.

Comprised of four tracks, The Silver Head is a solid and isolated metronome enveloped by fuzzy guitar sounds and low end.  While Sawyer's vocal is shrouded by effects, it fits naturally within the framework he's constructed, his words obscured declarations that seem more poetic than musical.  "I am the body/shrouded in stone..." he says in the album's opening track, "Ash Through the Aethyr," his musings somewhat existential, theologically subjective and fragmented.  Lyrically, Sawyer's words read as disjointed to some extent, maybe even cryptic to the point of self-indulgence.  But, you also get the sense that his words are personally meaningful.  While that doesn't do much to satisfy a listener's curiosity, especially when that listener may demand certainty, lines like "I can hear a thousand angels screaming/At the warmth of her touch" present interesting narrative.  "Pale Sphere Apparition," from which those lyrics are found, is driven by a traveler's stride and minimalist guitar melodies that are laid beautifully over its foundation.  The following track, "Lunar Madness," sounds akin to the dub-like bass modes at play in something like Public Image Ltd.'s "Poptones," though not to the level of that song's arpeggiated excesses. 

The title track takes up the entirety of the album's b-side.  A steady build consisting of lacerating guitar notes and bass throbs precede the onset of a clean snare beat before Sawyer begins: "The silver head sleeps at the foot of the door/When it wakes I will go away...".  The loop of throbbing bass notes stays consistent throughout the track's length, a meditative composition that's somehow calming despite its shadowy overtones.  Sawyer uses the song's motion to explore some guitar textures at points, shimmery phrases expanding what could otherwise be a simple sonic articulation.  Despite the track's length, the construct works well at maintaining some level of interest, never growing tedious or annoyingly repetitive.

The Silver Head is currently available at King of the Monsters Records, limited to 150 copies on silver vinyl and 150 on clear.  I strongly recommend picking this one up.



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Letters From A Tapehead

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Singles: Daniel Lanois, Karl J. Paloucek, Full Of Hell/Merzbow, Baptists

Daniel Lanois: "Opera" (via Big Mouth Publicity/The Wall Street Journal/Anti-/YouTube)


Karl J. Paloucek: "Sail" (via Latest Flame Records/YouTube)


Full Of Hell/Merzbow: "Gordion Knot" (via Rarely Unable/Soundcloud)


Baptists: "Calling" (via Rarely Unable/Soundcloud)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

No Ripcord: Shellac

Shellac
Dude Incredible
Touch and Go Records
Released: 9.16.14



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Monday, September 22, 2014

Shopping For Records: More Superior Viaduct reissues — electric eels, Glenn Branca and Alain Goraguer

Reissue label extraordinaire, Superior Viaduct, is prepping some more out-of-print and/or obscure excellence to be released this November from proto-punk crazies electric eels, No Wave figurehead Glenn Branca and composer Alain Goraguer.  I'm especially excited about the Branca reissue, which is his solo debut, The Ascension.  I've had this album on my wishlist for many years, so I'm glad I waited on picking it up since a proper 12" edition will be available in the coming months.

All info is provided courtesy of Howlin' Wuelf Media. 

Superior Viaduct releasing archival albums from electric eels, Glenn Branca and Alain Goraguer in November

The highly ambitious and ever-so-discerning re-issue label Superior Viaduct label will be releasing their next batch of releases on November 25.


Cleveland's electric eels (all lower case in homage to poet e.e. cummings) is America's quintessential proto-punk band. Formed in 1972 by singer Dave E. McManus and guitarists John Morton and Brian McMahon, the group enlisted drummer Nick Knox (later of The Cramps) and producer Paul Marotta to record a flurry of catchy and genuinely fucked-up tunes. After only five legendary live performances - complete with Dave E. in black leather jacket covered in rat-traps and playing a gas-powered lawnmower on stage - the eels broke up in 1976 and posthumously released their classic single Agitated on Rough Trade in 1978, blazing a trail for high-art, low-concept rock.

As Jon Savage writes in the liner notes,
"There is something heroic about the eels' isolation and uncompromising attitude: a fierceness that you can hear in these songs that still resonates in a different time and world."

This archival LP,
Die Electric Eels, collects the eels' best material from 1974-75. From the loud and snotty "Agitated" and its B-side "Cyclotron" (which Johan Kugelberg listed as #1 in his top 100 punk singles) to the anarchic anthem "Jaguar Ride" and the loose, bluesy sludge of "Anxiety," the album exorcises the demonic power of the Stooges and Velvets and captures the mystique of these outsider artists inventing a new language.

As the eels demand "Attendance Required" on their flyer for the infamous Special Extermination Music Night, listening is absolutely mandatory for this seminal band. Recommended for fans of Dead Boys, Simply Saucer and Pagans.

Track Listing:
Agitated
Cyclotron
Accident
Sewercide
You're Full of Shit
Refrigerator
Tidal Wave
Jaguar Ride
Cold Meat
Anxiety
Splitterty Splat
Natural Situation
You Crummy Fags


Format: LP
Retrospective LP of seminal Cleveland band, circa 1974-75


Featuring their classic Rough Trade single

Liner notes by Jon Savage 


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Following their legendary punk-as-ever Agitated single, electric eels released their second posthumous single, Spin Age Blasters / Bunnies, on Mustard Records in 1981. Recorded in 1975 and taking the band's free-form jazz and art rock alliances to dizzying extreme, the twin-guitar swirl of "Spin Age Blasters" sounds like Trout Mask Replica on paint fumes, while "Bunnies" features Dave E.'s relaxing Bob-Ross-like vocals and frantic clarinet bursts à la Roscoe Mitchell.

This first-time vinyl reissue includes original cover artwork by eels' guitarist John Morton and is pressed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.

Track Listing:
Spin Age Blasters
Bunnies


Format: 7"

First-time reissue of second single, originally released in 1981

Original copies go for high collector prices

Limited edition of 1,000 copies 




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Animated sci-fi masterpiece La Planète Sauvage (a.k.a. Fantastic Planet), winner at Cannes Film Festival in 1973, is a bizarre and beautiful film. Towering blue-skinned figures, tiny humanoids in the midst of revolt, and drug-induced Tantric sex transport viewers to a truly magical setting. 

Composer Alain Goraguer creates an equally hypnotic score from a palette of effects-laden guitars, flutes, Fender Rhodes and strings. While the lush arrangements are reminiscent of Goraguer's collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg in the 1960s, space-age synth flourishes suggest a more psychedelic era. Moody vignettes flow together in tense, slow-paced funk rhythms and Baroque textures.

It comes as no surprise that La Planète Sauvage has been cited as an influence on contemporary artists such as French duo Air and American hip-hop producers J Dilla and Madlib. Gorgeous, interplanetary soundscapes resemble the surreal meeting point between Pink Floyd's Obscured by Clouds and Broadcast's Future Crayon.

This long out-of-print vinyl release features the original soundtrack recording and newly designed artwork. Recommended for fans of Ennio Morricone, Basil Kirchin and David Axelrod.


Track Listing:
Déshominisation (II)
Déshominisation (I)
Générique
Le Bracelet
Ten Et Tiwa
Maquillage De Tiwa
Course De Ten
Ten Et Medor
Ten Et Tiwa Dorment
Ten Est Assome
Abite
Conseil Des Draags
Les Hommes-La Grande Co-Existence
La Femme
Mira Et Ten
Mort De Draag
L'oiseau
La Cité Des Hommes Libres
Attaque Des Robots
La Longue Marche-Valse Des Statues
Les Fusées
Générique
Strip Tease
Méditation Des Enfants
La Vieille Meurt

Format: LP

Classic 1973 space-age pop soundtrack from long-time collaborator with Serge Gainsbourg

Sampled countless times by J Dilla, Madlib and more

Newly designed artwork




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Glenn Branca's first full-length album The Ascension is a colossal achievement. After touring much of 1980 with an all-star band featuring four guitarists (Branca, fellow composers Ned Sublette and David Rosenbloom, and future Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo) along with Jeffrey Glenn on bass and Stephan Wischerth on drums, Branca took his war-torn group into a studio in Hell's Kitchen to record five incendiary compositions. Originally released in the summer of 1981, The Ascension effectively tears down the genre-ghettos between 20th century avant-garde and ecstatic rock 'n' roll.

On "The Spectacular Commodity," chiming, shimmering tones unfold into sinister drone-territory à la Tony Conrad, while abrasive guitars and repetitive beats retain the raw primitivism of No Wave. The title track attains a densely packed, larger-than-life sound and (as author Marc Masters says best) "never stops climbing skyward."

With artist Robert Longo's stark front cover that depicts Branca battling an unidentified man, The Ascension is a must-have record not only for fans of early Swans and Sonic Youth, but also of Steve Reich or Slint's Tweez.

Track Listing:
Lesson No. 2
The Spectacular Commodity
Structure
Lightfield (In Consonance)
The Ascension

Format: LP

1981 debut album originally released on 99 Records

Original copies go for high collector prices

Featuring David Rosenbloom and Lee Ranaldo




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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Inbox Giveth: Aperiodic, Mala In Se, Joe 4 and Knife The Symphony double-split 7-inch

Aperiodic/Mala In Se/Joe 4/Knife The Symphony
Double-Split 7"
Phratry Records
Released: 5.14

If you'd like to know what Phratry Records is about, this isn't a bad place to start.

The label's 42nd release, this 4-song double-split 7" features the bands Aperiodic, Mala In Se, Joe 4 and Knife The Symphony, a selection of bands that range from artful shapeless oddities to quick-and-to-the-point riff-motive noise rock.  And, since we are living in a digital world, an additional four songs are available with the accompanying download.

If you need a quick and solid recommendation, I bought this after listening to it via Bandcamp.  Otherwise, here's what you'll find:

Aperiodic — Synthesizers lather the unsteady arrhythmia of "Something That Satisfies Me," Aperiodic's queasy lack of symmetry presented like a drunk's litany of complaints complete with the irregular rattling in his head.  "Scene Crush" follows as some static-riddled combination of noise excursions via Wolf Eyes set to a disco beat.  One could read it as some update to the fringe element Brian Eno documented with his No New York compilation, a similarly abstract series of ideas too absurd to exist anywhere other than some underground art scene.  Sounds great.

   
Mala In Se — Funk-driven bass noodling initially drives "Crowd of Dead Grandparents," whose lapse into quieter, more ethereally blanketed tones adds some emotive character.  The Cincinnati-based Mala In Se seem students of D.C.'s post-hardcore tutelage, reveling in the charge distortion can grant a guitar chord, but dialing it back enough to come up with some lush melodies.  You hear this especially in "Cats," its midway guitar embellishments and phrasing revealing some emotional engagement.

Joe 4 — A product of the Croatian underground, Joe 4 produces a jagged, pulsing throb in line with what was being cultivated years ago by record labels like Amphetamine Reptile and Touch & Go.  They don't reinvent this type or rock music, some of what you'll hear might even sound like mimicry to some extent, but there's respect to the source material and the noise quotient is consistently reached.  "S.A.L.E." is a solid listen.  The band's digital-only contribution, "Sui Generis," features a few rhythmic shifts that add some interesting variation to the track's theme. 

Knife The Symphony — Rhythmically and sonically, it was as if Knife The Symphony was meant to make a case for Neurosis as a post-hardcore act.  "Room and Pillar" has a great bass riff:  truly, all other elements (guitar, drums, voice) benefit from this very magnetic anchor.  Love the stride; love the aggression.  The digital track, "Suit Up, Sleep It Off," has somewhat of a Lee Renaldo/Thurston Moore guitar treatment initially, though the song eventually grows more percussive and metallic, ending in fury of drum sounds.   



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Godflesh: "Imperator"

Last month, I posted "New Dark Ages" from A World Lit Only By Fire, the upcoming new LP from industrial metal pioneers, Godflesh. Today, another track from the album surfaced called, "Imperator."  I think a listen is in order.  Check below. 




A World Lit Only By Fire will be out October 6th.  You can check out information on the release below, which was provided courtesy of Rarely Unable. 



GODFLESH RELEASE NEW SONG "IMPERATOR" FROM A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE, THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN 13 YEARS 

RELEASE DATE: 6 OCTOBER

Godflesh have released a new track off their upcoming full-length A World Lit Only By Fire to be released on October 6th via Avalanche Recordings. Titled after the ancient Roman translation for commander, "Imperator" is a tempestuous and tyrannical spew of industrial sounds, battered out by down-tuned eight-string guitar, scuzzed-up bass-lines and rapid-fire double pedal kicks, all driven forward at a marching pace by the soaring vocal of Justin Broadrick. Whilst this evocative, visceral track encompasses Godflesh's heavy industrial roots to-the-core, it also reveals a more melodic side to the brand new album, especially compared to the previously unleashed New Dark Ages, giving fans a broad sense of what they can expect.

FACT magazine who premiered the track commented...
"Crawling jackhammer noise in a similar vein to classic Godflesh albums like Streetcleaner, long-term fans of the group will find a lot to love about the record."

LISTEN TO "IMPERATOR"
https://soundcloud.com/godflesh-2/imperator

Industrial metal innovators Godflesh are releasing their highly anticipated full length
A World Lit Only By Fire on their own Avalanche Recordings label. The album arrives on the heels of June’s Decline And Fall EP, which was met with widespread acclaim for its effortless synthesis of the duo’s fan-favoured early albums, themselves groundbreaking genre experiments that pioneered an integration of electronic music’s bombastic rhythms, metal’s bludgeoning force, and post punk’s aural atmospherics. Whereas the new EP succeeded by fulfilling listener expectations, the full length exceeds them; delivering a full force exploration of the furthest boundaries of Godflesh’s extreme sonics, and then pushing beyond them, detailing the rich musical experience accrued in the dozen year span and countless musical projects (Jesu, Final, Vitriol, Greymachine, Techno Animal, etc.) between recordings.

The duo, comprised of legendary talents of Justin Broadrick (also of Jesu, JK Flesh, Techno Animal, Pale Sketcher, and more) and GC Green, formed in 1988 in the same fertile Birmingham, UK scene that forged the talents of Napalm Death, Carcass, and Head of David among many others. Initially disbanding in 2002, the band resumed live performances in 2010 and began the arduous work of crafting a follow up to 2001’s
Hymns. The resultant self-recorded ten song set mounts the thin line between high definition clarity and raw, visceral heaviness, inducing a meditative state via seething minimalism that hinges on ritualistic riff repetition and the tenuous membrane between anxiety-inducing dissonance and cathartic minor key melody.

A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE TRACK LIST
1. New Dark Ages
2. Deadend
3. Shut Me Down
4. Life Giver Life Taker
5. Obeyed
6. Curse Us All
7. Carrion
8. Imperator
9. Towers of Emptiness
10. Forgive Our Fathers


A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE DECEMBER TOUR DATES
Tue 09.12.14 The Haunt Brighton
Wed 10.12.14 Garage London
Thu 11.12.14 Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Fri 12.12.14 Sound Control Manchester
Sat 13.12.14 Art School Glasgow
FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.avalancheinc.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Justin-K-Broadrick/ 118373041529126
https://twitter.com/JKBroadrick


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Letters From A Tapehead

Shopping For Records: Fugazi's First Demo

It was announced months ago that Dischord Recors would be releasing Fugazi's First Demo, the earliest recordings of tracks that would later comprise the band's eponymous debut EP, the 3 Songs EP and Repeater.  Though never officially released, most of these tracks were recorded onto cassette and distributed at shows.  First Demo will include "Turn Off Your Guns," which had been left off the original cassette.

(Cover photo by Andy Perseponko)


Dischord has been issuing a lot of demo releases over the last few years, having issued S.O.A.'s First Demo 12/29/80 earlier this year, Rites Of Spring's Six Song Demo in 2012, Faith's Subject To Change plus First Demo and Void's Sessions 1981-83 which were both released in 2011 and Complete Session, Nov '81 by Artificial PeaceMinor Threat's First Demo Tape was released in 2003.  With this kind of legacy, there's obviously a wealth of unreleased material to delve into and put out there.  For me, I think I'm most excited to see the name "Fugazi" applied to a new release, even if it is old material.



First Demo will be released November 18th.  All info comes courtesy of Rarely Unable.  

FUGAZI FIRST DEMO RELEASED VIA DISCHORD RECORDS, NOVEMBER 18TH

In early January 1988 and after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. Despite the fact that Ian, Joe, and Brendan had been playing together for nearly a year, it was still early days for the band. Guy had only been a full member of Fugazi for a few months and only sang lead on one song ("Break-In."). It would be nearly another year before he would start playing guitar with the band.

At that time, the studio was still located in the basement of engineer Don Zientara's family house. It was a familiar space as almost all of the members of Fugazi had recorded there with their previous bands (Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Deadline, Insurrection, Rites of Spring, Skewbald, Embrace, and One Last Wish). Joey Picuri (aka Joey P), who would later become one of Fugazi's longtime sound engineers, joined the band for the initial tracking. The sessions only lasted a couple of days, but tour dates and indecision about the tape would delay the final mix for another two months. Though the band was at first pleased with the results, it soon became clear that this tape would remain a demo as new songs were being written and the older songs were evolving and changing shape while the band was out on tour. It was decided that the session would be passed out free as cassette copies, with the band actively encouraging people to share the recording. In the spring, Fugazi went out on its first U.S. tour and a few weeks after returning from the road they went back to Inner Ear to record what would become their debut Dischord release, the self-titled 7-song 12" EP.

The only song from the demo session that was formally released was "In Defense of Humans", which appeared on the
State of the Union compilation in 1989. Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire first demo including the one song ("Turn Off Your Guns") that wasn't included on the original cassette.
 

This release also coincides with the completion of the initial round of uploads to the Fugazi Live Series website. Launched in 2011, the site lists and details all of Fugazi's 1000+ performances and makes available close to 900 concert recordings that were documented by the band and by the public, as well as countless flyers, ticket stubs, posters, and photographs. After two years of work, all of the recordings in the band's archive are finally posted.

Read an interview with Fugazi conducted shortly after the recording session by Andy Perseponko of Desperate State here.

Tracklist:
1) Waiting Room
2) Merchandise
3) Furniture
4) Song #1
5) The Word
6) Bad Mouth
7) Break-In
8) Turn Off Your Guns
9) And the Same
10) In Defense of Humans
11) Joe #1


www.dischord.com 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Daughter of a Tapehead: Sleep

Sleep
"The Clarity" 12"
(no label)
Released: 9.14
















*Mesmerizing.

**Trippy.

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Singles: Stephon Alexander & Rioux, Grouper, Pyrrhon, Split Red, Doomsday Student

Stephon Alexander & Rioux: "Running From The Cosmos" (via Friend Of Friends/THUMP/YouTube)



Grouper: "Call Across Rooms" (via Rarely Unable/Soundcloud)



Pyrrhon: "Sleeper Agent" (via Earsplit PR/Metal Sucks/YouTube)



Split Red: "Un Poco Foco" (via Fully Altered Media/Noisey/YouTube)



Doomsday Student: "Lifeboat Blues" (via Us-Them Group/Three.One.G/Soundcloud)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Monday, September 08, 2014

Shopping For Records: Death, Killing Joke, Public Image, Ltd.

Yesterday, I took a drive over to Siren Records to investigate the stock and maybe pick up an album or two.  Of my list, only one new release that I wanted was available (which I'll discuss later in one my of "Bought of 2014" articles), though I was contemplating picking up the new Merchandise LP.  They had a couple copies and I keep hearing that it's great, so I may try and sample a track or two and pick it up during a return trip.  I was also looking for the new Blonde Redhead album, but had apparently come a little early.  Vinyl editions are supposed to be out this week according to one of the clerks and the CD wasn't in stock.  I also searched for the Freddie Gibbs/Madlib album, Piñata, which I've been wanting to pick up for a while now.  I may have to just buy that one directly from Stones Throw.  Some beautiful editions of Mastodon's Remission reissue were available, though no Once More 'Round The Sun on vinyl or CD, which was also disappointing.  The reissue was about $50 and I wanted to stretch my dollar for all it was worth.  I didn't have a lot of money to spend, so I had to keep my total modest.  

Anyway, here's what I picked up:

Doylestown, PA

Death
...For The Whole World To See
Drag City
Released: 2009


Probably one of the greatest rock n' roll stories ever told: Three brothers from Detroit become fascinated with Alice Cooper, form a band called Death and basically come up with the fundamentals of punk rock three or four years ahead of the Ramones.  It could be argued that Death was on the same page as The Stooges, though the band faded into deep obscurity for many years after failing to sign to a label and subsequently breaking up by the time "punk" became the thing keeping CBGBs fully occupied.  Eventually, a rare Death single, "Politicians In My Eyes"/Keep on Knocking," was discovered and ultimately led to the band's 1975 material to be released by Drag City.  ...For The Whole World To See is the result and I happily added this to the pile when I saw it.  I'd been meaning to pick it up for a while anyway, especially after finally checking out the documentary, A Band Called Death.  Check it out if you haven't.  I couldn't recommend it enough.




Killing Joke
What's THIS for...
Revelations
Editions EG
Released: 1981, 1982


I seem to state for the record time and time again that I am NOT an authority on music of any kind.  "Fraudulent" is an excellent term to sum up the self-absorbed bile I work my fingers to elaborately spew across the info-slipstream and virtual blog heap.  Truth is I'm always, ALWAYS trying to fill out my record collection with essentials and inform and evolve my tastes so as to better understand and comprehend how "then" led to "now," as every critic and/or fan should.  With that said, I'm far from fluent or expert in any given genre and constantly learning.  Upon discovery of two used (and very reasonably priced) copies of Killing Joke's 1981 LP, What's THIS for..., and their 1982 follow up, Revelations, I felt compelled to pick them both up.  The absence of Killing Joke from my collection became something I needed and wanted to fix. 

What's THIS for… wound up being about $8.  Revelations was about $4.




Public Image Ltd.
Album
Elektra
Released: 1985


Public Image Ltd.'s Album has been on my list of wants for some time.  I found this copy for $7 and decided I'd finally pull the trigger.  Having not done any research on Album, it was interesting to discover that Steve Vai, Tony Williams and Ginger Baker were involved with the project.



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Letters From A Tapehead

Friday, September 05, 2014

Atriarch: "Collapse"

Pretty excited about this one:  Atriarch will be releasing a new album this Fall called An Unending Pathway.  This will be Atriarch's first LP for Relapse Records.  The teaser single from the album, "Collapse," was released a couple days ago and it's a strong and enticing preview into the album, dark and chaotic at points, battered rhythm and chunky low end.  There's a ritualistic bent to it as well, the vocals somewhat ceremonial and the soundscape dense as if filling out a spacious hall or temple.

You can check out the track below and I would recommend reading the info I've posted, which was provided by Earsplit PR.  There are pre-order links as well.




ATRIARCH: Ritualistic Death/Doom Collective To Release An Unending Pathway Via Relapse Records This Fall 



Teaser Track Posted + Preorders Available
 

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, ATRIARCH is a mesmerizing death/doom metal force encompassing haunting atmospheres and droning avalanches of ritualistic sludge, a living entity comprised of four parts, offering catharsis through sonic ritual. After two critically adored records on Seventh Rule and Profound Lore, ATRIARCH make their Relapse debut with their finest moment yet: An Unending Pathway. Fusing death rock, doom, black metal, punk and psychedelic drone/noise, ATRIARCH immediately establish themselves as one of the most creative and compelling heavy music bands of the twenty-first century. Imagine Bauhaus as covered by Eyehategod, or Sisters of Mercy filtered through Neurosis, and you begin to get the picture of what ATRIARCH has achieved. Recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engine-eared and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, An Unending Pathway offers up seven cataclysmic soundscapes to your deepest darkest nightmares. Once every few years a band comes along that takes the familiar and creates something wholly new. ATRIARCH have done just that with An Unending Pathway.

"Our aim is to tear a hole in the veil that blinds us from our true selves," relays the band, "We are bombarded with ideals of a superficial shallow lifestyle, that we are enslaved to maintain. This veil has become so powerful and overwhelming that we ignore our spirits to worship our shells, as money stokes the fires that burns our immortal souls. Greed corruption fear and hate is the true face of this Self Serving way of life that we have come to call 'normal.' While we believe in opening our minds and expanding our spirits we cannot forget our ability to fight. The spiritual battle for freedom of mind and body can be fought on all levels and violence is in our nature. There is no god there is no devil there is an All Encompassing force that connects all living things. Embrace the ritual and the veil will come crashing down..."

An Unending Pathway will be released via Relapse Records on October 28th, 2014.

An Unending Pathway Track Listing:

1. Entropy
2. Collapse
3. Revenant
4. Bereavement
5. Rot
6. Allfather
7. Veil
Preorder An Unending Pathway on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of "Collapse") HERE or via BandCamp HERE.  
"...shambling, ritualistic drone that gets its talons into you via crusty howls, a colossal dynamic, and the overall feel of continuing ritual" - Pitchfork
 

"...a swarthy, crushing voyage through a blackened ritualistic soundscape..." - Cvlt Nation
 

"...doom-soaked, gothic death rock...an act that have our undivided attention." - Exclaim
 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATRIARCH/241062512127 
http://www.relapse.com

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Singles: Tera Melos, TV On The Radio, Sinoia Caves, Obake, il sogno del marinaio

Tera Melos: "Sunburn" (via Us-Them Group/YouTube)


TV On The Radio: "Happy Idiot" (via TV On The Radio/YouTube)


Sinoia Caves: "Forever Dilating Eye" (via Jagjaguwar/YouTube)


Obake: "M" (via Rarely Unable/Soundcloud)


il sogno del marinaio: "Skinny Cat" (via Howlin' Wuelf Media/YouTube)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

No Age: "Send Me"

Myself currently employed at a corporate entity, I've certainly been exposed to and/or required to attend the sort of soul-sucking mee...