Saturday, April 03, 2010

BLOODYMINDED "Phases : Three" Availability

For those still wishing to acquire the BLOODYMINDED "Phases : Three" box set, please consider ordering it directly from Rococo Records, the label that released it.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Yellow Green Red on Locrian "Territories"

Very flattering words from Matt at Yellow Green Red

Locrian /Territories/ LP (At War With False Noise / Basses Frequencies / BloodLust! / Small Doses)

If it takes four record labels to put out one album, so be it, so long as it’s as nicely produced as Locrian’s /Territories/. Continuing in the spirit of cooperation, this one features a number of guest players, including none other than BLOODYMINDED’s Mark Solotroff on vocals and synthesizer, the type of collaboration any Chicago-based freak would envy. Speaking of synths, /Territories/ has a lot of them, practically dominating the landscape where metallic guitars once reigned. There are still some fierce black metal guitar riffs here, which make for a nice balance, but my money’s on the synth-drone mood pieces; there might be just a little too much china cymbal for my tastes on the thrashing metal tracks. Their metalwork here is better than I am recalling, it’s just that when a track is credited to Solotroff’s synth and vocals, a bass guitar and another synthesizer, how can anything top that?

True Norwegian Abyss

As I have still been playing the new Serena-Maneesh album - "SM 2: Abyss in B Minor" - to death lately, I was more than pleased to see/hear them again, last night, at the Bottom Lounge. Beyond thew Medicine/Amnesia/My Bloody Valentine thing, the "XTRMNTR" aspects of the new album came through even more in the live setting. Guitar as chilled molasses. Beautiful stuff. Nice to hang out with Mr. Jendon there, too. It could have been even louder, for all I care, but maybe my ringing ears say otherwise...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BloodLust! April 2010 Update

The BloodLust! April 2010 Update has been posted on the catalog blog and it has been sent to the mailing list. If you would like to receive the catalog via e-mail, please send a request to:

BLOODYMINDED + Plague Bringer CDs Now In Production

Monday, March 29, 2010

Shit On a Shingle

After an intense February schedule of Kuma's meals, it has taken until the end of March to get in there and to have the month's special burger - Rush - a filling, fairly tasty - thanks to an adequate dose of black pepper - but not necessarily memorable burger smothered in chipped beef and white gravy, on toast. I am not sure what the Canadian connection is, exactly (well, white trash is white trash, I guess), but the soundtrack was fairly old-school (Judas Priest, Ozzy, Pantera, Metallica [demos], etc.), just not Rush-level old-school. I definitely preferred the Axehandle, with its biscuit and gravy combo.

The weekend's domestic mail-order packages were sent out today and overseas packages should be in the mail by Wednesday...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sneak Peek: B!153 Los Heraldos Negros "Vivir Mejor" CD

Coming in May.
Design subject to change...

B!153 Los Heraldos Negros "Vivir Mejor" CD

OndaRock on Locrian "Territories"

From: OndaRock


Coadiuvati da Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded, Anatomy of Habit) alla voce e al sintetizzatore, Blake Judd (Nachtmystium) alla chitarra, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) al sax e Andrew Scherer (Velnias) alla batteria, Andre Foisy e Terence Hannum dimostrano, con “Territories”, di voler puntare ad un suono ancora più oscuro e “profondo”.

Sempre pregna di quell’angoscia cosmica figlia di una quotidiana desolazione, la loro musica è una miscela particolarmente originale di umori e tensioni disparate, giungendo anche in pieno territorio black-metal durante il piccolo cataclisma di “Procession Of Ancestral Brutalism”. Bisogna, comunque, rilevare che, in questo caso, sono pochi i momenti davvero esaltanti, con una prima parte che si lascia preferire ad una seconda un tantino troppo ripiegata su se stessa, per non dire “manierista”.

Così, se la tetra distesa sci-fi di “Ring Road” non fa altro che continuare a sviluppare le idee di “Between Barrows” (quest’ultima, impreziosita da gelide ferite di sax), la malinconia infinita di “Antediluvian Territory” e il pathos marziale di “The Columnless Arcade”, pur se fascinosi, non vanno a segno come vorrebbero o come dovrebbero. Si ripeschi, infatti, la lenta parata funerea di “Inverted Ruins” e non sarà difficile rendersi conto della qualità altalenante dell’opera.

Che "Territories" sia stato salutato, poi, come il momento culmine della loro ispirazione, dimostra quanto poco si siano ascoltati i lavori precedenti, cui vi consiglio vivamente di tornare.