Monday, November 20, 2017

Aosoth - III: Violence & Variations (2011)

French black metal perfection. III: Violence & Variations was a watershed moment for Aosoth, in which they embraced their atmospheric, dissonant, and overall higher-minded tendencies, creating one of the great modern black metal albums in the process. And since they just released yet another 10/10, I figure now's a fine time to look back on this amazing, not-so-obscure record.

Six tracks, titled "I" through "VI"

My bones will come from your bones
Your blood will create mine

You'd also enjoy:
Avichi -
The Devil's Fractal (2011)
Tortorum -
Katabasis (2014)

The Bevis Frond - Miasma (1987)

British indie-psych rock. Classic psych as run through a lo-fi, early indie rock filter. At a time when all the kids were trying to seem as down-to-earth as possible, Bevis Frond were aliens from another dimension.

Track listing:
1. Garden Gate
2. She's in Love with Time
3. Wild Mind
4. Wild Afterthought
5. Splendid Isolation
6. The Earl of Walthamstowe
7. The Newgate Wind
8. Release Yourself
9. Maybe
10. Ride the Train of Thought
11. Confusion Days

All people marvel at her beauty

You should also listen to:
The Boo Radleys -
Kaleidoscope (1990) + Boo Up! (1991)
Moose -
Sonny & Sam (1991)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Butterfly Explosion - Lost Trails (2010)

Sparkling, big-hearted, pop-leaning Irish shoegaze. In a superior alternate universe, "Chemistry" is a massive hit, and The Butterfly Explosion fill arenas.

Track listing:
1. Closer
2. Tracing Stars
3. Sophia
4. Chemistry
5. Automatic
6. Turn in You
7. Insulate Dreams
8. Carpark
9. Crash... See You on the Other Side
10. A Nearer Sky
11. A Warmer Moment

We can dream forever

You'd also enjoy:
Amusement Parks on Fire -
Out of the Angeles (2006)
Air Formation - Nothing to
Wish For (Nothing to Lose) ( (2010)

Théhèmtherzh - Brouillard Sonore (2017)

Rumbling, blown-out French noise/dark ambient. Can't remember how this ended up on my computer (maybe one of you submitted it?) but I'm glad it did. Free/name your price via bandcamp.

Track listing:
1. Brume Épaisse et Larmes Cristallisées
2. Cris et Lamentations
3. Brume Opaque

Remains shredded

Similar listening:
Deadwood -
Ramblack (2008)
Gnawed -
Fissures (2013)

Pestilential Shadows - Embrace After Death (The Fate of All That Lives II) (2004)

Australian black metal. Sorrowful grandeur, distilled from the purest elements of black metal.

Track listing:
1. The Pestilential Shadow
2. Plague Eclipse
3. Church Incinarate MMIII
4. The Fate of All That Lives II
5. Eternal Decomposition
6. Haunting Gallows
7. Of Earth and Eerie
8. Forever Dark
9. Sentinel of the Epidemic
10. Amongst Famine
11. Putrify
12. The Delusion Trail

As the light fades forever

If you like this, listen to:
Nehëmah -
Requiem Tenebrae (2004)
Heimdalls Wacht -
Der Untergang der Alten Welt (2006)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Low - The Curtain Hits the Cast (1996)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Low - Songs for a Dead Pilot (1997)
Low - Murderer EP (2003)

My favorite record by early-20s-me's favorite band. The Curtain Hits the Cast represents the end of the first era of Low -- marked by uniformly sparse, slow tunes -- after which they'd start fleshing things out instrumentally and, eventually, writing pop-like songs now and then. Thus, the only major difference between this and their first two records is that practically every song on here is among the best they've written. But the less I write about this record, the better, as I'm just gonna heap praise on it until it can't possibly live up to your expectations.

Track listing:
1. Anon
2. The Plan
3. Over the Ocean
4. Mom Says
5. Coattails
6. Standyby
7. Laugh
8. Lust
9. Stars Gone Out
10. Same
11. Do You Know How to Waltz?
12. Dark

One more dance before they take away the light
One more spin around the line
One more step and then we'll turn and face the debt
One more reason to forget

You should also listen to:
The Black Heart Procession -
1 (1998)
Duster -
1975 (1999)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Aelter - Aelter II: Follow You Beloved (2011)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Aelter - III (2011)

More nocturnal, blissfully narcotized misery courtesy of Aelter. Rests somewhere in the twilight sleep between doomgaze and dark, Lynch-ian Americana.

Track listing:
1. Beloved
2. Follow You

This is the girl

You should also listen to:
Asofy -
ebYm (2001)
Taurus -
No/Thing (2014)

Leon Lowman - Syntheseas (1980)

Synth-tacular sounds from American musician Leon Lowman. Laid-back jazz-funk filtered through a bunch of synth and tape warp.

Track listing:
1. Listen
2. Tears Behind the Smile
3. Fluorescent Funk
4. Friends
5. Liquid Diamonds
6. Eclipse
7. Andrea
8. Open
9. Easy Express
10. Va Voy


If you like this, try:
Don Muro -
It's Time (1977)
Tatsuro Yamashita -
Spacy (1977)

Deadwood - Ramblack (2008)

Industrial/power electronics/dark ambient/drone/dude twiddling a bunch of knobs-core. Once again, I can't fucking sleep, and I'm coping by blasting life-hating black noise into my earholes, possibly to trick my brain into thinking that I'm dead.

Track listing:
1. Deteriorate
2. Null and Void
3. Kadaverdisciplin
4. Forakt
5. Bloodcult
6. Ordo Infernal
7. Forakt

I believe in evil

More like this:
Exsanguinate -
The Black Acts (2002)
Sistrenatus -
Sensitive Disturbance (2012)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme (1995)

Norwegian black metal with progressive tendencies. Long songs with some odd, almost jazz-like melodies, and haunting clean vocals to tie the room together. I only just found out about this band via their (great) new album, so now I'm playing catch-up.

Track listing:
1. Fragmenter av en Fortid
2. En Skikkelse i Horisonten
3. Hvileløs
4. Englers Piler Har Ingen Brood
5. Fragmenter av en Fremtid

Ambitions of the dead

Also listen to:
Enthral -
Prophecies of the Dying (1997)
Siebenbürgen ‎-
Loreia (1997)

Métal Urbain - Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux (1981)

Experimental synth and drum machine-fueled French art punk. Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux compiles everything the band had recorded up to the time of its release. Would have been one of the first things I posted on here, but I didn't want to scare people off with that sketchy album art. At this point, though, y'all know I'm not some closet nazi, and this is seriously god-tier stuff, so we're doing this. Plus, I've been assured that their politics are spot-on.

Track listing:
1. Hystérie Connective
2. Ghetto (Peel Session)
3. Clé de Contact
4. Lady Coca Cola
5. Panik
6. Futurama (Peel Session)
7. Snuff Movie
8. Numéro Zéro
9. Paris Marquis
10. Pas Poubelle
11. 50/50
12. Ultra Violence
13. Anarchie au Palace
14. E 202
15. Crève Salope
16. Hystérie Connective (Mix 2)
17. Atlantis

I always wanted to experience war

You might also like:
Cress -
Monuments (1997)
Digital Leather -
Infinite Sun (2011)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Summum - Benedictus Qui Venit In Nomine Domine - Redeamus Ad Mort Domine (2014)

Bekëth Nexëhmü - De Dunkla Herrarna (2011)

Swedish blackened free-form aural evil in the filth-ridden tradition of Abruptum. A pitch-black sea of thunderous drums, droning guitars, and ghoulish death-rattles.

Track listing:
1. Benedictus Qui Venit In Nomine Domine - Redeamus Ad Mort Domine Pt. I
2. Benedictus Qui Venit In Nomine Domine - Redeamus Ad Mort Domine Pt. II


Also listen to:
Emit - A Sword of Death
for the Prince
Yhdarl - Drone Nightmares I -
Endless Mental Wounds

The Focus Group - Sketches and Spells (2004)

Sample-based song fragments from UK producer Julian House. Though the idea is scatterbrained in nature, the songs on Sketches and Spells stick together quite well as a cohesive whole.

Track listing:
1. Stringed Winds
2. Verberations
3. Open the Gate
4. Activity and Scales
5. Corn Holes
6. Verberations Exp.
7. Bells Hazes
8. Alsh
9. Hocusing Fee
10. Colouring Toys
11. Danse & Atoms
12. Free Psych & Mirrors
13. Verberations Int.
14. Jout Sections
15. Geometree Hou
16. Sun Groof
17. Diagonalam
18. Underwater Pries
19. Jass Tarp
20. Hocusing Loe
21. What Are You Seeing?
22. Bromiding Place
23. Kasratu
24. Swirling Paths
25. Starry Wisdom

Did you see butterflies?

More good stuff:
Depth Charge -
Nine Deadly Venoms (1994)
BaBa Zula - Üc Oyundan Onyedi Müzik
(Seventeen Pieces from Three Plays)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Zaraza - No Paradise to Lose (2003)

Ecuadorian experimental industrial doom. Synthetic guitars, queasy synths, pipe organ, pitch-shifted vocals, and programmed drums. No Paradise to Lose is a masterpiece of supremely warped, inhuman music -- it's like a sentient computer started a solo doom metal project.

Track listing:
1. Possessed by Skepticism
2. Nova Akropola [Laibach cover]
3. Mark of the Infidel
4. Infliction
5. Planetary Re-Install
6. Znikad Donikad
7. Przeklinaj Śmierć
8. Heart.ov.the.goat

Life is death postponed

You should also listen to:
Skin Chamber -
Wound (1991) + Trial (1993)
O.L.D. - The Musical Dimensions
of Sleastack
(1993) + Formula (1995)

New Cult of the Sun Moon - New Cult of the Sun Moon (2002)

Reformed Faction - Vota (2006)

A sprawling double-album of hella stoned ambient tribal. Gauzy, textural drones, warped voices, minimal rhythmic mantras, and digital glitch. Possibly a bit demanding for those of you with short attention spans, so I recommend getting really, really high before and while listening.

Tracks on Disc 1 called "Sun Phase 1" through "Sun Phase 11", tracks on Disc 2 called "Moon Phase 1" through "Moon Phase 6"

Good morning...
... and good night

You might also enjoy:
Voice of Eye -
Mariner Sonique (1992)
Ah Cama-Sotz -
Terra Infernalis (1999)