Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Born Against - Nine Patriotic Hymns for Children (1991)


Nine Patriotic Hymns for Children isn't the hardcore record we deserve; it's the hardcore record we need. Happy 4th, the country's a dumpster fire.

Track listing:
1. Mount the Pavement
2. Shroud
3. By the Throat
4. Nine Years Later
5. Test Pattern
6. Mary & Child
7. Jock Gestapo
8. Organ of Hope
9. Well Fed Fuck

Hello shit. We're Born Against, so suck my fuckin' lizard.

Also listen to:
Alice Donut - The Untidy Suicides
of Your Degenerate Children
(1992)
The Crucifucks -
L.D. Eye (1996)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mons Veneris - As 4 Submersões No Corpo Diabólico (2013)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Mons Veneris - Inferno (2005)
Mons Veneris - ... To Rape the Nazarene (2006) + Abismo a Céu Aberto (2006)

A four-tape collection of ritual drone from the great Mons Veneris. Almost four hours of dissonant organ, horror synths, feedback, scraping violin, and rumbling harsh noise. This has been my white whale for literally years, and I don't know what I'm going to do with myself now that I've found it.

Track listing:
1. Inspiração I
2. Submersão I
3. Exalação I
4. Submersão II
5. Inspiração I
6. Submersão III
7. Exalação II
8. Submersão IV

Tomo I - Tomo II - Tomo III - Tomo IV

More along these lines:
Ain Soph -
I (1984)
Robedoor / Husere Grav -
Robedoor / Husere Grav (2008)

Boris - The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked (2004)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Boris - Amplifier Worship (1998)

Raw guitar-drone abstractions. The first two tracks glean strange, vicious beauty from feedback and harsh noise as only Boris can, while the third and final track -- a blown-out, extremely down-tuned, extended gaze into the lightless void -- is drone-doom in its purest, most minimal form.

Track listing:
1. Scene 2
2. A Bao A Qui
3. 見せ続ける死角 - The Dead Angle Which It Continues Showing

The evil one which sobs

You should also hear:
Otesanek -
Otesanek (2004)
Sunn O))) -
Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2014 (2015)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bestial Mockery - Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw (2002)


Swedish black/thrash insanity. 100% full-tilt ragers, with a punk-ish, no-fucks-given approach.

Track listing:
1. Bestial Warfare
2. Suicide Blasphemy
3. Bestial Satanic Sacrifice
4. Crucified in Dirt
5. Warfuck
6. Morbid Invertation
7. Chainsaw Inkarnated
8. Raise the Chalice
9. Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw
10. Final Attack

Breaking the bones of Christ
Smashing the face of God


More like this:
Anal Vomit -
Demoniac Flagellations (2004)
Force of Darkness -
Force of Darkness (2006)

Mark Shreeve - Ursa Major (1980)


Related:
Redshift - Redshift (1996)

A mysterious universe of pure, cosmic synth perfection from British musician Mark Shreeve. One of those albums that sounds exactly the way I had hoped it would upon seeing its artwork.

Track listing:
1. High Depths: a. Catacombe
2. High Depths: b. Freedom
3. Standard x 10
4. Ancestral Watch
5. Ursa Major
6. Ursa Minor

After the silence

You'd also like:
Pond -
Planetenwind (1978)
Rolf Trostel -
Inselmusik (1981)

Weedeater - Sixteen Tons (2002)


Some of the greatest stoner sludge ever made. Riffs on riffs on riffs on riffs -- there's even a song called "Riff" -- concrete-heavy tone, and one of the most underrated vocalists in the game. Relatedly: highly quotable lyrics. Some people seem to think they're a joke band or something because of the name, but this is some real deal, grimy shit.

Track listing:
1. Bull
2. PotBelly
3. Time Served
4. Dummy
5. #3
6. Woe's Me
7. Buzz
8. Lines
9. Riff
10. Kira May

You want it?
You got it
The absolute best in town
I'm all broke down
Load me up, one more go-around


More weed:
dot(.) -
Raw Heavy Green (2000)
Sourvein -
Will to Mangle (2002)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Source - Organized Noise (1993)


Phenomenal 90s acid trance/techno from Swedish producer Robert Leiner. Insistent, propulsive beats alongside sculpted drones, samples, and fragmented synths.

Track listing:
1. Vagator
2. Eclipse
3. Neuromancer
4. The Real Thing
5. Squeeze
6. Analysis
7. Release It
8. Beyond Time

Mental resurrection

Also listen to:
Voyager -
Future Retro (1997)
The Martian - LBH-6251876
(A Red Planet Compilation)
(1999)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Kataklysm - The Death Gate Cycle of Reincarnation (1992) + The Vortex of Resurrection (1993)


Two stellar demos of brutal, epic death metal from the Canadian masters of the hyper-blast. I dig some of their later, more melodic stuff, too, but the early demos, EPs, and first two albums pretty much can't be topped.

Track listing:
   The Death Gate Cycle of Reincarnation
1. Frozen in Time
2. Mystical Plane of Evil
3. Shrine of Life
   The Vortex of Resurrection
1. Mould in a Breed
2. Whirlwind of Withered
3. Feeling the Neverworld
4. The Orb

The one-eyed typhoon absorbs the sky




You should also listen to:
Inverted -
The Shadowland (1996)
Lethal Prayer -
Spiritual Decay (1996)

Tripping Daisy - Tripping Daisy (2000)


Fourth and final album of sunny, psychedelic alt rock from Tripping Daisy, completed and released in the wake of the death of guitarist/multi-instrumentalist West Berggen. Their most dynamic and adventurous record, Tripping Daisy was, in spite of the sadness surrounding it, a hell of a high note to go out on, and with only 500 copies ever made, one of the most glaringly obvious candidates for a reissue I can think of.

Track listing:
1. Community Mantra
2. Kids Are Calling
3. Stella Is a Planet
4. Soothing Jubilee
5. Drama Day Weekend
6. Tragiverse
7. Jim's Longtime Voice
8. One Through Four
9. You First
10. I Am Good
11. Halo Comb
12. This Cradle Song
13. Foot Dance
14. The Sudden Shift Worried Him

You will know for sure

The Boo Radleys -
Giant Steps (1993)
Matthew Sweet -
Kimi Ga Suki (Raifu) (2004)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

HALO - Subliminal Transmissions (1998)


Utterly bleak Australian industrial sludge. Draining, repetitive dissonance that's right out of the noise rock playbook, and the thick, tar-black atmosphere of early Godflesh. If you're looking for music to sap you of your will to live, this'll do the trick.

Track listing:
1. Transit
2. Absence of Light
3. Worm
4. Whore
5. Like Cancer
6. KKNXRXZ
7. Spiral Close
8. Transmission
9. Null
10. XZK$X
11. Guilt Shift

Cleanse/Purge/Purify

Further down the spiral:
Skin Chamber -
Wound (1991) + Trial (1993)
P.H.O.B.O.S. -
Atonal Hypermnesia (2012)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hoth - Rites of the Black Goddess (2001)


Ritualistic Portuguese black metal. Mid-paced dirges with simple guitar work, eerie keyboards, and low, strangely disconnected-sounding growls. Not to be confused with the Star Wars-themed US band.

Track listing:
1. Introduction II
2. Impious Congregation
3. Nocturnal Offering
4. Hellish Revelations
5. Celebration of Isis
6. Nail the Nazarene
7. Pagan Melodies
8. The Dragon Lords
9. Noitcudortni II

We the children of the night
Gathered under the moon
Call upon our master
To join us in this blasphemy


You'd also like:
Acheron -
Rites of the Black Mass (1991)
Nahual -
Mysteries of the Cosmic Serpent (2001)

Bill Ward - Ward One: Along the Way (1990)


The awesomely weird debut solo album from the great Bill Ward. In addition to the expected dark, driving metal, there's a strain of sprawling, Floyd-ian prog and psych. Add in Ward's thin but effective vocals, a pair of guest spots from one Mr. Osbourne, and some baffling production choices, and you're looking at an unexpectedly idiosyncratic good time.

Track listing:
1. Shooting Gallery (Mobile)
2. Short Stories
3. Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)
4. Punk Clouds an Island
5. Light Up the Candles (Let There Be Peace Tonight)
6. Snakes and Ladders
7. Jack's Land
8. Living Naked
9. Music for a Raw Nerve Ending
10. Tall Stories
11. Sweep
12. Along the Way

Consider this a warning

You should also listen to:
Crimson Glory -
Crimson Glory (1986)
Black Sabbath -
Dehumanizer (1992)

Binh - Basic Trance Induction (2014)


An aptly named 12" of hypnotizing minimal tech-house from German producer Germann Nguyen. Simple, punchy beats, acid synths, and short fragments of samples on endless, ethereal loops.

Track listing:
1. Basic Trance Induction
2. Chakka Chakka
3. Apparent Contact with the Dead

Diggin in my brain

You'd also enjoy:
Yoni -
My Little Yoni (1994)
Dorisburg -
Trust (2014) + Splade (2014)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cyclobe - Luminous Darkness (1999)


Related:
Coil - Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil (2000)

Unnerving, layered drones, eerie melodies, and the occasional warped, downtempo beat courtesy of Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower, both of whom have contributed to various Coil records.

Track listing:
1. Distender
2. Big Animal
3. Inevitable Black Ham
4. Strange Hotel
5. Thinking Feeling
6. You're Not Alone You're Dreaming
7. Teen Angel No. 9
8. Bestial Celestial
9. Red Demise
10. Particle Accelerator
11. Earth Finisher
12. Telepath
13. Nightcap with Nadir
14. The Blue & the Green
15. Genius Loki
16. Each and Every Word Must Die

The body feels light and wants to fly

Similar listening:
Adam Bohman -
Last Orders (1997)
Roxanne Jean Polise -
I'm in the Medicine Cabinet (2004)

Monday, June 25, 2018

Vangelis - L'Apocalypse des Animaux (1973)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Vangelis - The Dragon (1978)

Haunting ambient compositions from the great Vangelis. Much like The Dragon, the music here is pretty far removed from the man's bombastic signature sound. It is largely keyboard/synth-based, but it's sparse and elegiac -- slo-mo synth washes and shimmering Rhodes chords, often filled out by a single non-keyboard element such as acoustic guitar or French horn -- and includes practically no percussion.

Track listing:
1. Apocalypse des Animaux
2. La Petite Fille de la Mer
3. Le Singe Bleu
4. La Mort du Loup
5. L'Ours Musicien
6. Création du Monde
7. La Mer Recommencée

My face in the rain

If you like this, try:
Terry Riley -
Le Secret de la Vie (1974)
Giusto Pui -
Motore Immobile (1979)