Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Two new Anatomy of Habit photo sets

With thanks, as always, to Mariah Karson, for her extraordinary work!

Anatomy of Habit - August 7, 2011 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL

August 7, 2011

September 17, 2011

CVLT NATION on Anatomy of Habit

From the CVLT NATION website... A nearly perfect review, aside from the songwriting credit:

What if there was an album that was perfect rainy day music, but it even sounded rad on sunny days? What if there was an album that had elements of blues, but wrapped it in slow moving gothic neo-folk? What if there was a band whose lyrics made you think of the world beyond what you could see in front of you, and made you see the universe in terms infinity? Chicago’s Anatomy of Habit has created a new self-titled album full of haunted treasures that will open your mind and at the same time will give you a feeling of isolation. The first track on the album, “Overcome” is a 17-minute clinic in emotional dirge that has the power to guide you in your nightmares. As songwriters, Anatomy of Habit are masters at building ancient audio cathedrals with loads of secret catacombs, so that your thoughts can wonder off and find a new reality. The lyrics and vocals on this song are both just fucking otherworldly, and I know you will be able to find a piece of your humanity in where this band is coming from. Musically, “Overcome” is like a play, with different dramatic scenes tied together by a sonic tension that pulls you in and never lets go. Anatomy of Habit knows how to allow the song to breathe, so you never get a sense that there is too much going on. Then there is the second track on the album, “Torch” – now this song is a 17-minute majestic ride in the clouds. I just can’t get over what an awesome lyricist Kenny Rasmussen (sic) is, what gets me about him is that he is totally in tune with the power repetition. While listening to Anatomy of Habit, you realize that these humans know each other very well and could probably create what they do with their eyes closed, because with every note that this band creates, you feel the trust that they have in one another. This is the kind of music that feeds your soul overtime, you hear it blasting through your speakers and at once you are hooked. Anatomy of Habit are the kind of band that words don’t do justice to, so make sure to find this record and allow them to change your world.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Permanent Records on Anatomy of Habit

With thanks to the great folks at Permanent!

"Anatomy Of Habit is one of Chicago's best-kept secrets. A five headed bone-rattling machine of industrialized power and dark subtly. This is their first LP, a self released 2 side-long tracks affair that draws a line in the sand, parts seas and ascends to the heavens. Anatomy Of Habit are hard to pin down or categorize but they combine elements of post-punk, death-rock, early industrial and repetitive doom to create huge and uncomprimising pieces of music that build and burst and churn and lurch and pummel and destroy and you get the idea. Channeling influences of early Swans, Joy Division, Neurosis, The Sisters Of Mercy, Anatomy Of Habit sound like all and none of these as they have culminated a sound so completely their own with clean single picked guitar patterns that explode into distorted cacophony with gut rumbling bass and pounding drums and metal percussion that requires work gloves to perform all helmed by a powerful and charismatic voice. With members coming from varied backgrounds and other projects like Bloodyminded, Animal Law, Plague Bringer, No Funeral and Three Cheers For One Dead Man, Anatomy Of Habit have an alchemy all their own that punishes while drawing the listener in at the same time. Anatomy Of Habit use tension and repetition to create slow burn hypnotic sonics that are full of life and a haunting beauty that leave the listener with an eerie disturbance that all is not well. And do not miss the chance to witness this live, it is an spectacle that will long stay with you after its over. The LP comes housed in a black die-cut sleeve with their "Five Nails" logo cut out to reveal a silvery cosmos underneath that is [on the] thick Euro style sleeve. Mastered at Chicago Mastering Service by one Bob Weston, this record soars out of the speakers and takes your breath away. We are couldn’t be more jazzed to be able to introduce you to one of thee best bands going in Chicago via vinyl. Obviously, this LP comes with our highest of recommendations. Grab this slab and prepare to habitually scare the neighbors, anatomically."

New Crucial Blast Write-Ups

With thanks, as always, to Adam, for the support and kind words!

REDROT   Psycho Bondage   LP   (Bloodlust!)    

Try keeping up with Ryan Oppermann's output. It's not easy, let me tell you. The guy has so many different (and distinct) projects that he's involved with, many of which are quite active and releasing new material, that I'm always finding something new from him I haven't heard before. Klinikal Skum, Xombie, Post-Mortem Junkie, and of course the mighty black industrial project Neuntöter Der Plage are all faves, but then I find out about this new Lp from Redrot, another project that I had never even heard of, but which seems to have been releasing stuff since 2002. Based on the heaving machine evil of Psycho Bondage, this is probably the heaviest shit that Oppermann has done. I'm talking about machine-press, pneumatic hissing, and extreme bondage-heavy, the four tracks constructed out of assorted layers of pounding, whirring, thundering machine rhythms and nauseous synthesizer noises, and Oppermann's moaning repetitive mantras. The four long tracks all have this monotonous, diseased feel, the weirdly groovy undercurrent of crushing mechanical rhythms giving this the feel of a seriously warped and demonic brand of Wax Trax industrial, but fused to the oozing, autopsy-table horror of the best death industrial (with echoes of everything from early SPK to Brighter Death Now to Atrax Morgue). The relentless crush and rumble of the rhythms also bring a Swans-like heaviness to the proceedings, so when I say this is heavy, I'm talking heavy, the metallic grind and syrupy distorted beats sometimes slowing down to a slow-motion detonation that feels like mortars going off. The more I listen to Psycho Bondage (and the louder I play it), the more this seems like a death industrial/power electronics record infused with the inexorable grind of the heaviest industrial doom; except where glacial riffs would be, there's the wheezing and buzzing of rotten synths and sputtering effects pedals, the howling hellish growls and screams and sado-mantras stretching and diffusing, turning into flutters of vocal vomit slung against the necrotic industrial backdrop. Really, the last track "Crawling Dead Sex" sums it all up. 

Limited to 525 copies on black vinyl.

ANGEL OF DECAY   Bleeding On The Flowers   CD   (Bloodlust!)  

The Bloodlust! label is another one that I've been slowly making my way through, having missed out on most of the label's offerings of grimy, grim industrial noise when they first came out in the latter half of the last decade. One of these is this disc from Angel Of Decay, which has become one of my new faves since getting it in stock. It's a collection of two half-hour long tracks of crumbling black factory ambience from this short lived project from Jonathan Canady. You've no doubt come across Canady's work in one form or another over the years, as this guy has been involved with the vicious power electronic and death industrial groups Deathpile and Blunt Force Trauma, industrial metallers Dead World, the newer noise group Nightmares alongside David Reed (Luasa Raelon/Envenomist) and Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded), and was the in-house art guy for Relapse Records for several years. Originally released on cassette back in 2007, AOD's Bleeding On The Flowers explores new stygian depths and nightmare terrain from Canady through the use of various vintage analog synthesizers.
The title track is a churning mass of machine noise and the monotonous chug of massive engines, rumbling rotors and other mechanical drones all bathed in delay and reverb. Grinding black synths crawl across this blasted industrial backdrop as howling distorted vokills descend upon it, resembling the fury of demons raging over a symphony of steel presses and buzzsaws. This fusion of industrial dronescape terror and oppressive, stentorian power electronics is covered in sonic filth, but it's also juiced up with a seriously heavy recording that combine together for a powerful, hellish listening experience.
The second track "Sick, Insane And Half Dead" is more minimal, smoldering distant distortion and peals of high end feedback swelling up alongside blackened gasping vokills and murkier washes of machine noise. From there, this travels through various stretches of grinding synth damage, harrowing passages of screeching drone, waves of crackling machine noise and the earth-shaking rumble of gargantuan turbines, all of these evoking further visions of demonically possessed ironworks that are filled with howling ghostly vocalizations, relentless pounding rhythms and swooping shrieking entities. Man, this is terrifying stuff all the way to the end; fans of the harshest Cold Meat Industries output will want to hear this for sure.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Poster for October 27, 2011 show

Poster for October 27, 2011 show

Status - 10/10

- Catching up on mail-order, etc., after a long weekend away.  Orders from Thursday through today will go out in tomorrow's mail
- B!169 Rabid Rabbit "Czarny Sen" LP is now at the pressing plant.  Test pressings are due shortly...
- B!158 Josh Hydeman "Madison's Fence" LP is the next vinyl title to go to the plant
- B!045 BLOODYMINDED "Gift Givers" digipak CD re-issue design is ready and will be going to the pressing plant ASAP