Friday, May 26, 2017

Night Conquers Day - Rebellion Is the Art of Survival (1999)

Night Conquers Day - The First Snowfall (1998)
Tearstained - Nightmare Visions (2008)

Epic, passionate US black metal. Despite their having released just two albums, I'd nominate Night Conquers Day as one of the best pure black metal bands the States have produced.

Track listing:
1. The Triumphant Night Conquers the Dying Day (Introitus II)
2. Mirror Gazing
3. The Perseverance of Ignorance
4. Rebellion Is the Art of Survival
5. Drawn Together in Magnetic Violet Trances
6. Dream Sleep Sorcery
7. The Consequence of Action

Fit to fight in a war overdue

You should also hear:
Setherial -
... Nord (1996)
Belenos -
Errances Oniriques (2001)

Saule - Saule (2002)

Downcast, woozily beautiful sound collages generated primarily by scratchy, skipping records.

Track listing:
1. Hola
2. Olé
3. Lido


You might also like:
The Caretaker - Selected Memories
from the Haunted Ballroom
Twine -
Recorder (2002)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Katharsis - Into Endless Chaos (1997)

Elite German lo-fi black metal. Cacophonous, raw-as-fuck misanthropy.

Track listing:
1. Thornkings
2. Shine Beyonde
3. Ashes
4. Hellstorm
5. Extermination

Puking gore

Nidhoggr - Ravens Over the
Road of Kings
Spitehowling - Born to
Die for Evil

William Hooker - ... Is Eternal Life (1977)

A hella-OOP double album of avant-garde free jazz by American drummer William Hooker. Hooker throws down quite the gauntlet right off the bat, with an eighteen minute-long opening monolith consisting entirely of his voice and drumming, as he travels back-and-forth with ease from extreme sparsity to utterly unhinged chaos. Throughout the rest of the album, he's joined by other musicians who help him to flesh out the full-tilt insanity.

Track listing:
1. Drum Form
2. Soy: Material / Seven
3. Passages (Anthill)
4. Pieces I & II
5. Above and Beyond

The spirits return

If you like this, check out:
The Art Ensemble of Chicago -
Fanfare for the Warriors (1974)
Sam Rivers -
Crystals (1974)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Malignancy - Cross Species Transmutation (2003)

Fucking brutal US tech death. A man couldn't ask for more pinch harmonics or chugga-chuggas. As a safety precaution, check with your surroundings before listening to "Mortality Weakness", because they're sure to be severely disrespected.

Track listing:
1. Virulent Contagion
2. Cross Species Transmutation
3. Fibroid Embolism
4. Postmortem Perception
5. Congenital Decadence
6. Mortality Weakness
7. Ovarian Incubation

Absorbing the sores

You should also listen to:
Natron -
Hung Drawn & Quartered (1997)
Skinless -
Progression Towards Evil (1999)

Nik Pascal - Magnetic Web (1973)

Old-school transcendental synth explorations. Today, I saved this LP from being boxed up and possibly doomed to an eternity of sitting in a warehouse, and, fearing that it might never find a good home, I selflessly purchased it.

Track listing:
1. Magnetic Web
2. Light Stimulus
3. Edge of the Unknown
4. Dance of the Supernatural
5. Interplanetary Beings
6. Cosmic Aura

Alpha wave diffusion

You'll also like:
Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. -
Like a Duck to Water (1976)
William Hoskins -
Galactic Fantasy - Eastern Reflections (1979)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vindkast - Archaic Collapse (2015)

German atmospheric black metal. Much of Archaic Collapse consists of spacious, droning dark ambient (so much so that the Metal Archives won't add them) and when the distortion, drums, and vocals finally hit, they don't disrupt the trance-like ambience so much as they build on it. Free/name your price via bandcamp.

Track listing:
1. A Lament Beneath the Fiery Sky
2. Under This Dying Sun
3. Archaic Collapse
4. Unto the Earth
5. Death's Other Kingdom

Cosmic contortions

You should also listen to:
Felix Axemo -
Den Lycklige (2016)
Arkhtinn -
IV (2017)

Maeror Tri - Sensuum Mendacia (1991)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Screaming Corpses - A Different State of Consciousness (1987)

Beautiful, kaleidoscopic drone/ambient psych. Interwoven guitars and synths spiraling upwards towards the heavens, and amelodic drones that hang, suspended in light.

Track listing:
1. Antrum
2. Soma 2
3. Choir of Transcendence
4. Mental Electricity
5. Aegritudo
6. Animorum Post Mortem Ab Aliis Ad Alios Transitio

Bells of unknown dreams

Similar vibes:
Blood Fountains -
Floods (2009)
Evan Caminiti -
Psychic Mud Shrine (2009)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Faceless Entity - Semper Dolens (2015)

Dutch raw black metal. Muffled, reverb-drenched guitars and drums, with faraway, ghostly howls periodically cutting through the fog. Def one of the best slept-on black metal bands currently in existence.

A single 24-minute long track, titled "Semper Doles"

Submerge in chaos

If you like this, try:
Black Cilice -
A Corpse, a Temple (2012)
Elysian Blaze -
Blood Geometry (2012)

Akira Inoue - Splash (1983)

Smooth, lush Japanese synthpop. Tinges of fusion and new wave round out a shimmering, positively heavenly sound.

Track listing:
1. さまよえるオランダ人のように
2. アドリアン・ブルー
3. 異星 (ソラリス)の女
4. Le Plongeur
5. Eleven Islands
6. サファリ・オスティナート
7. リンダ・ラルー (ラムの大通りにて)
8. 海底2万マイル
9. オンディーヌ

Lost passengers

You should also listen to:
Frazier Chorus -
Sue (1989)
Care -
Diamonds & Emeralds (1997)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Asofy - ebYm (2001)

Abstract, esoteric Italian black/doom. No bass guitar, conspicuously programmed drums that are mixed louder than they should be, distorted vocals, and interwoven, often oddly beautiful guitars make ebYm a surprisingly compelling album.

Track listing:
1. in Solitude
2. ilL
3. redSide
4. il Marcio
5. sideS (blonde)
6. enoRmi
7. d.O.m.

Happiness passes away, mourning persists

You might also like:
Until Death Overtakes Me -
Symphony I: Deep Dark Red (2001)
Woebegone Obscured -
Deathstination (2007)

Kirlian - Chicken Wings & Beef Fried Rice (1996)

Minimal acid techno from Ecuadorian-American producer Abe Duque. The cover and title make it look like it's gonna be a bunch of club bangers and wackiness, but don't be fooled -- it's all warped synths, simplistic beats, and atmospheric samples.

Track listing:
1. Something to Start With
2. &#&^
3. You Are Special
4. P.O.W.E.R.
5. Smiling
6. Al Go Rhythms
7. Clear
8. Can You Hang?
9. Nutzak
10. Then After That
11. Ear Killers and Sloppy Seconds
12. Hollywood Shuffle
13. No You Can't Have It
14. Meat Is Just Protein
15. Who's Got the Flave

Salute the dawn

You should also listen to:
Freeform -
Heterarchy (1996)
Varg -
Misantropen (2013)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Beyond Ye Grave - Raping the Creation of God (2009)

Ripping, pissed-off Russian black metal. Because when you get down to it, people are the fucking worst.

Track listing:
1. Crucified Jesus Fucking Christ
2. Eden Serpent's Curse
3. Leper Exile
4. Rege Satanas
5. Beyond the Seventh Sphere
6. Genocide Celebration
7. S.A.T.A.N.
8. To Slay the Holy

Legions of hatred

You should also hear:
Satanic Bloodspraying -
At the Mercy of Satan (2012)
Rituals of a Blasphemer -
Mors Inumbratus Supra Spritus (2014)

Paul Hardcastle - Rainforest (1985)

Dance-y, synth-tastic, instrumental hip-hop and disco. To hear this album while gazing upon the above album cover is to know not just that there is a god, but that he loves us and wants us to be happy. And he may or may not wear windbreakers and play synthesizer.

Track listing:
1. Rainforest (Remix)
2. King Tut
3. Panic
4. Forest Fire
5. Loitering with Intent
6. A.M.
7. Sound Chaser
8. Rain Forest (Original Mix)

Ready ready go

More along these lines:
RAH Band -
Going Up (1983)
Nile Rodgers -
B-Movie Matinee (1985)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ruthless - Discipline of Steel (1986)

US heavy metal with elements of thrash. As of yet, it is considered impossible to be more metal than Ruthless -- scientists have died trying.

Track listing:
1. Discipline of Steel
2. Ancient Warrior
3. Know No Evil
4. Look Out
5. Sign of the Cross
6. Another Day in Hell
7. Raiders of the Night
8. Hardcore
9. Run for Your Life
10. The Message

Standing on a misty mountain
Sword held high in his hand
Looking down on the valley
Wants to free all his lands

You'll also like:
Sanctuary -
Refuge Denied (1987)
Disciples of Power -
Power Trap (1989)