Friday, December 11, 2009
Mike IX Williams
Ok, you fuckers. Everyone loves Eyehategod, but are you diehard enough to embrace the chaos that is Mike Williams‘ psychotic side project? We hope so. Recently released via the almighty Chrome Peeler, this weird-ass limited 7″ features two misanthropic delights, “That’s What the Obituary Said” and “Ten Suicides.” Both tracks feature some minimal power electronics with Williams going apeshit with spoken (um, screamed) word. “Ten Suicides,” was remixed by Mark Solotroff (Intrinsic Action/Bloodyminded) and sounds about as pissed as you can imagine. Did we mention that Williams did the insane cover art? Fuckin’ a. This 7″ is critical for those that embrace all things completely fucked. Order it now while you can.
Mike IX Williams’ “That’s What the Obituary Said” and “Ten Suicides” is out now via Chrome Peeler.
Locrian – Rain of Ashes/Rhetoric of Surfaces
If I told you that Locrian combines the best elements of a monolithic metal group like Sunn O))) with that of the full bore noise choke of Wolf Eyes with all of their late period psychedelic elegance would you believe me? The truth is that Locrian’s Andre Foisy and Terence Hannum are beginning to make quite a name for themselves among those that care about these kind of aural experiences. These newer releases might not be best regarded as full-lengths specifically since essentially Rain of Ashes is a reissue of a cassette and Rhetoric of Surfaces is a collection of unreleased tracks banded with songs from split seven-inches and live material, but that doesn’t mean they don’t merit your full attention just like their excellent Drenched Lands LP from earlier this year.
Rain of Ashes is two songs, each about 30 minutes long. One of these begins by twisting gnarly amounts of distortion around what is essential a repeating keyboard figure. You wouldn’t know that by just listening to it until about ten minutes in when the song’s barrage of crust slides back to reveal its hidden beauty. It isn’t long before that melodic passage is mutated back into something else equally sinister. Rhetoric of Surfaces has somewhat shorter tracks since they came from mostly seven-inch releases where time is a limiting factor to contend with for a band so at ease with stretching its legs. Because of this, it may be the better release of the two for those with short attention spans although for my money Rain of Ashes loses nothing in intensity for its longer compositions.
These guys just continue to create nothing short of fantastic work. Don’t sit on this stuff either as I’ve got a feeling like we’re all going to be hearing alot more about them in the next few months to a year. Locrian has managed to make a sound that belonged so much to others speak for them without sacrificing originality for the sake of convention. Speakers leak putrid bile yet flowers continue to spring forth from beneath their feet. Noise isn’t always pollution, maybe sometimes it’s fertilizer.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Keeping busy preparing some early 2010 B! releases...
The Fortieth Day + Noise Crush were just asked to play a show in early-February. Details to follow...
Anatomy of Habit will take off January from playing live, in order to try to wrap up our record. But do not fret, we are already fielding some offers for February and March.
Mauthausen Orchestra "Sonic Deprivation" (Silentes)
Nimh/Mauthausen Orchestra "From Unhealthy Places" (Silentes)
Crippled Black Phoenix "A Love of Shared Disasters" (Invada/Domino)
Crippled Black Phoenix "The Resurrectionists"/"Night Raider" (Invada/Domino)
Josh Hydeman "Screaming At A Wall" (Destructive Industries)
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
- AoH practiced last night, instead of tonight. The focus was on nailing the end of "After the Water," although we also worked a bit on a brand new song, which could be a real scorcher...
- We did not keep a playlist at Sunday's Death Musick Ritual, but I do know most of the tracks that I played, at least (in no particular order):
Religious Knives - The Streets (It's After Dark)
Nico - Innocent And Vain (The End)
Ulterior - Fireships (Kempers Heads)
Sunshine - The Stardust Angel (Velvet Suicide)
Laudanum - Invoke (The Coronation)
The Human Quena Orchestra - Denial Part I (The Politics Of The Irredeemable)
Burning Image - Duende (Fantasma)
Gnaw Their Tongues - Sawn Asunder And Left For The Beasts (An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood)
Cross Stitched Eyes - End (Coranach)
Admiral Angry - Sex With A Stranger (Buster)
Asphyx - The Saw The Torture The Pain (The Brutal Way)