Saturday, November 13, 2010

Halo (the band, not the game)

Here is a brief write-up that I just completed for Sam at With Intent Records, for his upcoming LP release by Halo. I was really honored that he asked me to contribute something, as I have been enjoying this band (not to mention the related A Beautiful Machine) for a solid ten years now...

Halo “Degree Zero Point of Implosion”

It is kind of hard to believe that Halo’s crushing “Degree Zero Point of Implosion” is already ten years old. But then again, the whole era is long a thing of the past, and that is how I first became familiar with Halo, along with the band’s astonishing shoegazer sister/alter-ego, A Beautiful Machine – along with the various other branches that made up the Australian-based Embryo Recordings family tree of artists. Halo entered the heavy music landscape at a time when Godflesh had long since ceased being sonic bulldozers [but early Godflesh, and especially Greymachine, fans should unquestionably take note of this album], Swans had disbanded three years previously [fans of the recent, powerful Swans live shows should also pay attention, not to mention those who enjoy a little “Filth” or “Cop”], Sword Heaven were still five years away from reaching my ears [but if you like their “Piles,” “Entrance,” or “Gone,” then you owe it to yourself to pay heed], and The Human Quena Orchestra would not release their first album for another seven years [if you feed on THQO’s low-end muscle, then look no further].Quite simply, Halo ingested, digested, and spit back up elements of early industrial, crusty punk [think of Amebix or Winter pacing], doom, sludge-metal, and maybe even some power-electronics attitude, all of which congealed in a dark, pummeling mass of pure bile and power. Back then, the message seemed to start to stick.In 2001, following a handful of Embryo/ releases, Relapse embarked upon an all-too-brief series of releases/re-releases, but unfortunately, so-called industrial-metal has never been a strong suit of that estimable label. Dead World never really took off for them, either, and what great label mates Halo and Dead World would be, in a perfect world. Was Halo simply late-to-the-game or were they ahead-of-their-time? “Degree Zero Point of Implosion” is the heaviest type of dirge that you can imagine, direct from the factory floor. No, actually, it sounds more like it came from some abandoned factory’s forgotten sub-basement, clawing its way up and out into the smog-choked darkness. Cheers to With Intent Records for resurrecting this important and overlooked sonic document from the uncertain turn of the millennium. Here’s to hoping that the album reaches new ears and that Halo’s influence and significance is recognized. -- Mark Solotroff [Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED]

Friday, November 12, 2010

Status - 11/12

- All paid orders have been mailed out. My thanks to everyone who has already supported the new BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" T-Shirt design, as well as the new Atrax Morgue "Omicidio" 7-Inch. The record will soon be available from Apop, Hospital, Revolver/Tedium House, and Second Layer (UK). It is also up on Discogs and eBay, albeit at a higher cost due to their respective fees

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NEW RELEASE: B!146 Atrax Morgue "Omicidio" 7-Inch

BloodLust! New Release

Artist: Atrax Morgue
Title: "Omicidio"
Format: 7-Inch (33RPM, multicolor marble vinyl)
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 146
Genre: Death-Industrial / Noise / Power-Electronics / Experimental
Edition size: 500 copies

B!143 Atrax Morgue "Omicidio' 7-Inch - Front Sleeve

BloodLust! is pleased to announce the release a new single by cult Italian death-industrial act Atrax Morgue, an early member of the BloodLust! family. This release is connected to three previous Atrax Morgue releases on the label. The a-side, "Omicidio," was originally submitted to BloodLust! by Marco Corbelli [April 3, 1970 - May 6, 2007] as an alternate b-side to the "Her Guts" 7-Inch [B!039, 2005], but at the time, "Sinfonia Per Un Sadico," which Marco was still unsure of, seemed far too unique and unsettling a track to replace, so I championed its inclusion. "Omicidio" was unfortunately shelved for future use, and was left untouched until after Marco's death. I chose to resurrect the piece because it is the type of vocal-driven Atrax Morgue song that I so enjoy, and it reminds me of his excellent one-and-only USA show, a BloodLust! event held at Pyramid in New York City, on November 25,1996. For the b-side of this single, I drew from Marco's "Autoerotic Death" recording for the label. One of the earliest releases on BloodLust!, the first version was released in an edition of 50 copies in 2006 [B!006, C-30] and it sold out immediately . A second version called "Extended Autoerotic Death" [B!025] was released later that year, and the title "extended" denotes the b-side remix work that Marco asked me to do to add new material to the original recording and to lengthen the release to 60-minutes. For the b-side of this record, I went back to Marco's original recording and I found a choice segment of heavy, dark analog synth work to edit and remix. I believe that the two tracks work very well together and I am happy that the unreleased song will finally see the light of day. The records were pressed in multicolor marble vinyl that varies slightly from copy to copy, but in general, they tend to look more like dark bruises, or maybe the sick bile spit up by a dying plague victim. The glue pocket sleeves were manufactured by Imprint, a first for a BloodLust! 7-Inch, after all these years and all those singles. Pressed in an edition of 500 copies. Released in 2010.



1. Omicidio (4:14)
2. Autoerotic Death (2009 Remix) (5:30)


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Status - 11/10

- Mail-order is up-to-date

- BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" special size pre-orders will most likely be closed by tomorrow morning, in order to run the initial order. Thanks to those who have expressed interest

- Atrax Morgue record sleeves are scheduled for delivery today. The release announcement is imminent

- Great show last night at The Empty Bottle... the new version of a band that Anatomy of Habit formerly shared practice space with... Hunters... with Ryan Kasparian, who used to play in Plague Bringer... Death metal, a heavy (yet clean) Southern vibe, and a definite classic grindcore/Earache sensibility... all uniquely packaged together. Their singer can fucking scream to holy hell... Wolvhammer from Minneapolis was up next... I guess a sort of bandmate is in that group... Ryan McKern from The Guilt Of... and the (thus far) one-off TEN SUICIDES... totally BRUTAL stuff... shades of Hellhammer, Amebix, Entombed, black metal, doom... EXCELLENT! Can't wait to dig into their CD. The Swan King -- who Anatomy of Habit will play with on January 7, 20011, at Martyrs' -- were up next... full-on, hard-driving, melodic noise-rock. Maybe it was the conversation with Kelly and Paul from Mayor Daley, but I swear that there were echoes of Thin Lizzy... way more songcraft than the AmRep tag they get might indicate. Can't wait for Martyrs'! Total killer night!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

11/26 BLOODYMINDED Show Offer

The first 100 people to send an RSVP to The Empty Bottle will get into the show for free. You must e-mail and type "Yakuza" in the subject line.

Monday, November 08, 2010

New BLOODYMINDED Show Announced

Poster for November 26, 2010 show

Friday November 26, 2010

The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

10:00 PM
$5.00 in advance, $8.00 at door


Che Arthur 3

Rabid Rabbit



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Gummy Synth

So many of BLOODYMINDED's synths are currently beat to shit, but feast your eyes and ears on some high-functioning Martial Canterel synth action, courtesy of Stereogum

And while you are at it, follow the link/story to Sony's Michael site/preview...

Allmusic on Locrian Territories

A thoughtful review from the Allmusic (AMG) website, with sound samples:

by Eduardo Rivadavia

Chicago's Locrian spent the second half of the ‘00s making bite-sized sonic experiments (almost two-dozen mini releases) before committing their eclectic mixture of black metal, electronics, drone, and noise rock to a full-length format for 2009's Drenched Lands and the following year's eye-opening sophomore album, Territories. Opening statement "Inverted Ruins" sets the stage (or burns it to the ground, rather) with a snail-paced post-metal grind shrouded in decayed industrial textures √† la Neurosis, and capped by eardrum-rupturing feedback screeches that may have some listeners convinced their CD is defective (the same is true for the epic dronefest "Ring Road"). But no, this is quite intentional on the band's part and but one jarring facet of their discomfiting musical strategy, which also entails a thrumming, Eno-esque meditation awash with cymbal crashes and processed saxophone waves ("Between Barrows"); a modern black metal showstopper of formidable violence and layered complexity ("Procession of Ancestral Brutality"); an Isis-like collection of improbably beautiful echoed melodies and swarming atmospherics ("Antediluvian Territory"); and a hypnotizing combination of densely interwoven evil drones reminiscent of Sunn 0)))'s Black One opus ("The Columnless Arcade"). It should also be noted that Locrian's central duo of Andr√© Foisy and Steven Hess invited numerous outsiders to guest on the album, including Nachtmystium's Blake Judd, Bloodyminded's Mark Solotroff, Yakuza's Bruce Lamont, and Velnias' Andrew Scherer, and its obvious that their pooled talents and distinct visions contributed significantly to Territories' oftentimes unique, if at times perplexingly diverse material. There's never a dull moment here, that's for sure.