Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reading Material



Thanks to Von Leutch for TS and PS for PS...

Heavy Rotations

Joshua Hydeman (pre-release master) [Something like a perfect collision between Envenomist and the darkest Mammal recordings, along with Josh's last amazing CD, "Chiaroscuro." One of the darkest mood recordings ever. Period.]
Luasa Raelon "Vampyr: Light of the Beast" CD (Fatal Beliefs) [A really stand-apart L.R. recording, so well-conceived and composed; for fans of Lustmord, Wilt, etc.; new sounds are introduced and the pacing is really interesting, so no confusing it with Envenomist... speaking of which...]
Envenomist "Arclight" Cassette (Ideal Recordings) [A Loop reference? I always welcome new Envenomist material into the house. This both sounds and looks so good! I cannot wait for the April shows...]
S.R. Hess "Demise" Cassette (Digitalis) [A nice handoff from last week when Steven from Haptic played with Locrian; droning, yes, but not at all in a warm and fuzzy way. It can get rough out there]
Triptykon "Eparistera Daimones" (
Prowling Death/Century Media)

Aquarius on Locrian Territories

From the new Aquarius Records update - a mail-order catalog listing, of course:

LOCRIAN "Territories" (At War With False Noise / Basses Frequences / Small Doses / BloodLust!) lp

With every single release these guys get better and better, their sound, a constantly evolving, ultra dense blend of abstract black metal and deep ambient dronemusic, the early records were more about energy and vibe than execution, still eminently listenable, heavy and atmospheric, black and brutal, but their skills as composers and arranges have definitely made leaps and bounds, arriving finally at Territories, the latest sprawling epic from this Chicago duo, here, aided and abetted by a whole bunch of guests, including Blake Judd from Nachtmystium, Andrew Scherer, drummer for black metallers Velnias, and Mark Solotroff, power electronics maestro, and man behind Bloody Minded and the BloodLust! label.
And the guests make their presence felt right away, on opener inverted ruins, a smoldering doomic plod, more power electronics than black metal, with Solotroff ranting over a sea of swirling buzz and skree, glitched out electronics, and some simple stripped down drumming. Over the course of the track, it begins to coalesce into a more ominous creep, shedding noise as it goes, before finally slipping into a deep shimmering drone, which introduces the next track, a lush, slow building cinematic dronescape, constantly shifting layers, drifting through clouds of cymbal shimmer and blackened buzzing strings. It's not until nearly the end of side one that black metal rears it's ugly head, a flurry of manic riffing, and they're off, a pounding midtempo blast of raw feral blackness, insane shrieked vocals, chaotic drums, muted riffs, all blurred into a blackened haze, lo-fi and muddy, but also epic and intense.
The flipside opens with another bout of power electronics, dueling synths unfurl undulating layers of wheeze and warble and buzz, laced with shimmering overtones and fragmented melodies, a churning black sonic sea, that eventually fades out leaving, a smoldering stretch of shadowy guitar, of blissed out ambience, a short stretch of crystalline chiming guitars laid over a warm whir, shoegazey and blissed out, which finally leads into the closing track, the weirdest of the bunch, with organ and saxophone, acoustic guitars, and pretty much all the gusts present and accounted for, a bleak buzzing driftscape, sort of post industrial, keening melodies over fractured buzz, and deep rumbles, creaks and skree and groaning low end, finally explode into full on melodic black metal, martial drumming, epic riffing, more tortured vokills, cool tangled woozy minor key melodies, a swirling druggy ambience, weirdly catchy and otherworldly, but still heavy and psychedelic, maybe our favorite track, and the perfect way to wind down this serpentine blackened outsider drone metal journey...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

BLOODYMINDED "Phases : Three" Out Of Stock

BloodLust! no longer has stock of the BLOODYMINDED "Phases : Three" 3 x 7-inch box set. Thank you for the support on this release!

Anatomy of Habit - Abbey Pub Photos

A new set of photographs from the Anatomy of Habit show at The Abbey Pub on March 18, taken by Elizabeth Floersch and Carmelo Espanola, are now up on Flickr, as well as on the AoH MySpace and Facebook pages.

Anatomy of Habit - March 18, 2010 - The Abbey Pub

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NEW RELEASE: B!151 Neil Jendon "Cities In Flight" CD

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BloodLust! New Release

Artist: Neil Jendon
Title: "Cities In Flight"
Format: CD (Professionally duplicated CD, single panel, double-sided insert, color artwork; jewel box with shrinkwrap)
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 151
Genre: Noise / Experimental / Analog Synth / Industrial

B!151 Neil Jendon "Cities In Flight" CD - Front Cover

BloodLust! is pleased to announce the new Neil Jendon CD, "Cities In Flight," the striking follow-up to his 2008 release for the label, "Invisibility" [B!117]. On this new album, Jendon steers his Doepfer Analog Modular System through three carefully constructed and arranged electronic music compositions, commencing with a startling throb-throb, and working his way through loud, noisy and aggressive passages and more subtle, thoughtful, tempered segments. Jendon is a veteran of the Chicago music scene, who has shifted between roles as a psychedelically-driven guitarist in the early-90s alternative band Catherine [TVT Records], a more experimentally-minded guitarist in the avant-garde group Zelienople, and as half of Abduction [with Michael Miley], through which I first witnessed Neil's vivid modular synthesizer playing. I originally came to know Jendon in the early 1990's in his pop music guise, and after losing touch with him for a long measure of time, I have seen and heard much more of Neil's work over the last several years. I have happily witnessed a number of his excellent sets, where he has delivered the goods on bills with diverse artists including Consumer Electronics, Cadaver In Drag, Locrian, The Golden Sores, Anal Hearse, Martial Canterel, Hive Mind, BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, and Super Eight Loop. It comes as no surprise that "Cities In Flight" emerges as a pre-eminent document of where Jendon's performances have been heading lately. Professionally duplicated CD, single panel, double-sided insert; color artwork with beautiful photographs by Connie Toebe; in jewel box with shrink-wrap.

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Tracklisting:
1. Crispy Hexagons (18:02)
2. A Is A (And Other Horseshit Statements From Philosophers.) (20:25)
3. Cities In Flight (21:36)
(Total running time: 60:05)

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Also Available:

B!117 Neil Jendon "Invisibility" CD

B!117 Neil Jendon "Invisibility" CD

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AoH on WNUR

Thanks to those who tuned into to hear Anatomy of Habit play live on WNUR last night - as well as those who listened to the performance online, after the fact. It has been nice to receive some positive comments about our set. The mix is a bit askew, with the guitar and the drums somewhat low in the mix, and my voice is still a bit croaky, but it is an interesting take on things. Thanks to Lori for inviting us up to Evanston to play, to Lori and Victor for the set-up and engineering assistance, and to Lori, Victor, and James for hosting us. We ran through three songs in slightly under 40 minutes:
"Overcome"
"Torch"
"After The Water"

Stereokiller on Locrian "Territories"

From: Stereokiller

Locrian - Territories

Tapehead (1 reviews)
Posted: 03/24/2010
Staff Rating: (4.00/5)

Eventually, it all comes back to noise. Every peak, every height, every genre inevitably gets broken down and reduced to its most primitive and minimalist essence, allowed to start anew, begin again, rise from the ashes… whatever. Proven time and time again, it’s the noise factor that allows for creative growth, its foundation suitable to build something cohesive.

It makes sense, once you consider this, that the first decipherable statement to screech from the analog slump of “Inverted Ruins,” introductory track from ambient metal duo, Locrian, is “Tradition has failed.” Although more of an indictment of conventional wisdom, or the human tendency to allow habit to automatically dictate behavior, it’s also reason enough to create something unusual. Obviously.

As constructors of their own brand of Avant noise metal, Locrian members AndrĂ© Foisy and Terence Hannum spend a lot of time fashioning aural dwellings, the amps kicking out less a form of music than a form of abstraction. Last year’s Drenched Lands was essentially a cassette playing back some nightmarish creations, bookended by six-string sorrow. Their new album, Territories, brings more music to the creepscape, “Inverted Ruins” a slow and steady blender of industrial squeal, garage percussion and synthesizer. The swelling science fiction tone of “Between Barrows” leads into “Procession of Ancestral Brutalism,” which is probably the album’s most straightforward moment. Guitars blaze, drums shatter, screams are buried under the weight of static and other obscuring noise pollutant.

Stormy avalanches, industrial catastrophe, perpetual pulsations… “Ring Road” essentially breathes as guitars grind their way through the sonic murk, a hissing valve the suitable backdrop for loose guitar play in “Antediluvian Territory.”

With “The Columnless Arcade,” Locrian generate a four-minute chorus line of machined drone before turning to their instruments for the song’s remaining length. Screams are cold and far off, the music itself surprisingly passionate. Melody gets some attention, Territories an attempt at building more out of Locrian’s dark expanses while not completely abandoning that part of their persona.

Bad Year Media on Locrian "Territories"

From: Bad Year Media

LOCRIAN RELEASES THEIR NEXT LP "TERRITORIES" MARCH 8TH... FUCK... BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE LP I HAVE TO SAY THAT LISTENING TO THESE SONGS PAINTS THE SAME PICTURE AS READING THE CORMAC MCCARTHY BOOK THE ROAD. AN ASHEN DEAD WORLD THAT HAS BEEN BURNED TO THE GROUND WHERE NOTHING LIVES. TERRITORIES IS EQUAL PARTS DRONE, BLACK METAL, DEVASTATING FEEDBACK, INCORPORATING MORE DRUMS, VOCALS. THESE TWO SONGS ARE INCREDIBLE. DIFFERENT FROM DRENCHED LANDS IN A GOOD WAY. IN A WAY THERE IS MORE TO THE TRACKS, MORE LAYERS THAT SEEM TO COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER.

BUY THIS LP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. THESE GUYS PUT SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT INTO THEIR PACKAGING AS WELL AS THEIR MUSIC. EVERYTHING IS HAND NUMBERED AND THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING MORE.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Electric Voice Phenomenon on Locrian "Territories" LP

From: Electric Voice Phenomenon

Locrian
Territories

Similar Sounds: Sunn O))), Earth, Ministry
File Under: doom metal, electronic sludge

The dark recesses visited by Locrian are all too familiar to those who have grappled with their inner demons with accompaniment by doom metal and industrial acts for the past quarter-century. The dark cloud that looms over Territories, the latest LP from Locrian, finds the group delving into the bottomless abyss of uncertainty.

Album opener “Inverted Ruins” straddles the line of between industrial’s past and doom’s present. The vocals are gnarled and venomous, scratching out their story into the ebon ember melody. The slow and heavy pace is counterpointed by sharp, high-pitched screeching; the clawing of our hapless victim desperately attempting to dig his way out from under the endless layers of dirt in which he is buried. The trip into darkness is one Locrian has taken many times, yet one that will leave listeners deeply affected by the scorched tones in which they are repeatedly baptized.

It’s this fearlessness that drives AndrĂ© Foisy and Terence Hannum’s vision. The combination of white noise, variable static, low-end tunings, and spatial arrangements turn Territories into a viscous mix of tar, oil, and mud that is unwashable. The machine gun guitar of “Procession of Ancestral Brutalism” mimics the frantic scrubs of Lady Macbeth unable to rinse the blood of her evil deeds away; the anguished screams represent her confrontation with her sins; the crashing cymbals the thunder claps of the gods passing their stern judgment upon her. Territories is all these and more. An album as complex and theme-heavy as classic literature and as technologically integrated as human flesh meeting cybernetic parts, Territories captures the malaise of modern living in its onyx-tinted Petri dish. As we swim around, confused by the blackness of our surroundings and confounded with how to clear up our messes, Locrian hovers in the disconnected netherworld capturing every emotion in its medieval ooze to cast us in plaster for ever more.

Tonight - AoH on WNUR - Live Stream

Poster for March 23, 2010 Radio Broadcast

Monday, March 22, 2010

NEW RELEASE: B!133 Mark Solotroff "Archive03"

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BloodLust! New Release

Artist: Mark Solotroff
Title: "Archive03"
Format: Professionally duplicated CD
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 133
Genre: Noise / Industrial / Experimental / Power-Electronics

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BloodLust! is pleased to announce the third release in the Mark Solotroff "Archive" series. In the planning stages for over two years, this series of seven CDs will cover all of Solotroff's solo output, released under his own name in 1995 and 1996. All of these recordings were originally released on cassette by a small group of labels, including BloodLust!, G.R.O.S.S. [Japan], Less Than Zero [Italy], Old Europa Cafe [Italy], and Slaughter Productions [Italy]. Each release will include bonus material, consisting of either compilation tracks from the same labels, or newly created remixes. At the time that these recordings were made, Solotroff had switched gears between Intrinsic Action and BLOODYMINDED and he had recently completed the recording of the first 50 analog synthesizer-based Super Eight Loop cassettes. This small body of work gave Solotroff the opportunity to put away the synths and to try something different. In 1995, the idea of using guitar effect pedals as ones primary "instrument" in making heavy noise was still fairly novel, and Solotroff made use of an arsenal of distortion, delay, flanger, phaser, and other pedals, running either radio frequencies [scanner or shortwave] or his voice through the complex chain of FX. The results fit squarely into what was, at the time, being discussed as a new American noise style that was developing away from the power-electronics scene, and which eventually evolved into the harsh noise subgenre of today.

For the third entry in the series, the two core tracks are taken from Solotroff's 1996 cassette on Old Europa Cafe, "A Venom In The Blood" [OEC 094], and the bonus track is derived from a newly edited and remixed construction of that material. Hand-written notes and diagrams that were saved indicate that Solotroff employed a variety of equipment in these recording sessions, including a battery of effect pedals, in conjunction with scanner, radio, analog synth [Roland SH-101], and drum machine [the iconic Boss DR-55]. The packaging for these releases is based upon the format established with the two Mark Solotroff + Sshe Retina Stimulants CDs that were released by BloodLust! in 2008 [B!101 + B!102], and the entire series will follow this unifying template. These are professionally duplicated CDs, with single panel, double-sided inserts, featuring color artwork; in jewel boxes with shrinkwrap; released in 2010.

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Tracklisting:
1. Hoffman (30:50)
2. Biondi & Hecox (31:21)
3. A Venom In The Blood (Edit/Remix) (11:30)
(Total running time: 73:32)

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