Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thy Catafalque - Tűnő idő tárlat (2004)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Thy Catafalque - Sublunary Tragedies (1999)

Incredible third album from this impossibly consistent Hungarian black metal-adjacent solo artist. Plays more like a blackened electro-industrial symphony than an album. The mind reels at the sheer amount of planning that must go into the execution of an album this complex, by oneself.

Track listing:
1. Csillagkohó
2. Neath Waters (Minden Vízbe Mártott Test)
3. Bolygó, Bolyongó
4. Kék ég Karaván
5. Héja-nász az Avaron
6. Zápor
7. Héja-nász az Avaron
8. Varjak Fekszenek

Glasshearted clouds above diving
Veering and falling and rising
Nightfall room, winter shade these days
I close my eyes when I am awake

Similar energy:
The Monolith Deathcult -
Trivmvirate (2008)
Plague Porter -
Don't Let Them Breathe (2016)

Death Ride '69 - Death Ride '69 (1989)

Murky, slow-burning, druggy goth-rock. Hypnotic, tom-heavy drums, distant, acid-drenched guitars, and male-and-female vocalists whose not-really-sung deliveries often bring to mind Sonic Youth. That's a lot of hyphens.

Track listing:
1. Elvis Christ
2. Mescalito
3. State of Decay
4. Sex Drive '68
5. Crash & Burn
6. Green Gel Blue
7. God Tab
8. 1969
9. Chains of Abuse
10. State of Decay (Alternate Mix)

I can't believe what I did last night

If you like this, you should try:
Virgin Prunes -
... If I Die, I Die (1982)
Alien Sex Fiend -
"It" The Album (1986)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rabies Caste - For the Vomiting Tractor Drivers (1998)

Criminally slept-on Israeli stoner-sludge. Tough-ass riffs, dissonant wah-wah leads, strung-out vocals, and generally nasty, drug-infused vibes. FUCK this is so good.

Track listing:
1. Rhino & Croc
2. Licking
3. Orgasm
4. Astronaut/Alien
5. Now I Crush You
6. Technorobot [+ Hidden Track]

Children can fall into bucket and drown

Also listen to:
Fudge Tunnel -
Hate Songs in E Minor (1991)
16 -
Zoloft Smile (2002)

Cows - Sexy Pee Story (1993)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Cows - Sorry in Pig Minor (1998)

Probably my favorite Cows record, and definitely some of the best noise rock in existence. Noise-fucked guitars, a beefy rhythm section, and a vocalist who sounds somewhere between pissed-off, dejected, terrified, and bored.

Track listing:
1. Blown
2. Shitbeard
3. Doing the Obvious
4. Ch
5. 39 Lashes
6. Uptown Suckers
7. Sexy Pee Story
8. The Ouch Cube
9. Mrs. Cancelled
10. You Owe Me
11. Sugar Torch

It cuts me right in half
It does it just for laughs
It's got me in its claws
It's my one true applause

Similar energy:
The Flesh Eaters - A Minute to Pray,
A Second to Die
Alice Donut - The Untidy Suicides
of Your Degenerate Children

Monday, February 18, 2019

As Vampiric Shades and Belial Winds - Faustian Sons of Hate (1998)

Disgustingly lo-fi Brazilian black metal. Lofty musical goals grounded by sloppy performances and a non-existent recording budget. As lovely as this album is, I honestly just wanted to post something vampire-related in recognition of the greatest spam comment in the world, as received today on my post for Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires:

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I don't plan on hitting him up because I'm already a vampire with good posture, but if you do, please keep us posted.

Track listing:
1. Twilight
2. The Frozen Shine of the Night
3. Faustian Sons of Hate

I was born by semen of Satan

Also listen to:
Crimson Evenfall -
Nocturnal Storms of Infinity (1996)
+ Winterheart (1997)
Am Mondesschatten -
Atrium Sinistrum: Auf Nebelwinden (2003)

Ulrich Schnauss - Far Away Trains Passing By (2001)

Debut full-length of blissed-out downtempo from German producer Ulrich Schnauss. A shimmering, shoegaze-like haze of guitars and synths, anchored by layered, pulsing rhythms.

Track listing:
1. Knuddelmaus
2. Between Us and Them
3. Far Away Trains Passing By
4. Blumenwiese Neben Autobahn
5. Nobody's Home
6. Molfsee

Everyone says 'hi'

You should also hear:
Walls -
Walls (2010)
Tycho -
Dive (2011)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Muffs - Happy Birthday to Me (1997)

Pretty much perfect SoCal power-pop-punk. Simple, old-school rock 'n' roll chord progressions shot through with thick alt rock guitars and punk energy, and carried by vocalist Kim Shattuck's gravelly yet sugary-sweet delivery. Think a snottier Weezer, circa Blue Album. It kinda seems like someone with good taste at Reprise tried really hard to make The Muffs famous -- I first heard them on the Angus soundtrack, they were also featured in Clueless and a few others -- but the world just wasn't ready, I guess.

Track listing:
1. Crush Me
2. That Awful Man
3. Honeymoon
4. All Blue Baby
5. My Crazy Afternoon
6. Is It All Okay?
7. Pennywhore
8. Outer Space
9. I'm a Dick
10. Nothing
11. Where Only I Could Go
12. Upside Down
13. You and Your Parrot
14. Keep Holding Me
15. The Best Time Around / New Jazz Daddy-O [hidden track]

And I will read your mind instead
And I could tell you that you are very dead

You'd probably also dig:
The Queers -
Love Songs for the Retarded (1993)
that dog. -
Totally Crushed Out! (1995)

IC Rex - Sielun Kadotuksen Sinfonia (2005)

Finnish raw black metal. A chaotic, red-lining onslaught of drum machines, quasi-symphonic keyboards, distorted vocals, and razor-like guitars, all blown-out to the point of being nearly indecipherable.

Track listing:
1. Tulikäärmeen Kutsuhuuto
2. Luciferin Miekka
3. Tuli Kylmästä Jäästä
4. Ikuisen Tuskan Hybris
5. Luomattoman Jumalan Pauloissa
6. Asura
7. Kasvotusten Absoluutin Kanssa

I wield these swords of death
To make art of this mortal flesh

You'd probably also like:
Cryfemal -
Fuck You God!! (2000)
Black Wood -
Religious (2003)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Bile - Suckpump (1994)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Bile - TeknoWhore (1996)

Debut album of dense, antisocial, mildly pornographic, and occasionally surprisingly catchy industrial metal from Long Island. A personal favorite of mine for the better part of my life. Wanna see me get fucking AMPED? Play "I Reject" really loud when I'm drunk.

Track listing:
1. Head
2. Burnt
3. Ura Fucking Loser
4. I Reject
5. Feeling Like Shit
6. Get Out
7. Suckpump
8. Get Out (Radio Edit)
9. Ura Fucking Loser (Radio Edit)

I am the living dead
I see in infrared

Similar listening:
Virus (1989)
Skrew -
Shadow of Doubt (1996)

Haunting Depths - Death's Sacred Fire (2017)

Truly excellent occult black metal from parts unknown. Songs of Satanic dark magic permeated by the beautiful sorrow of mortality. Some of the best-constructed raw black metal in recent memory. Definitely would have placed high on my year-end list if only I'd goddamn heard it.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. A Strict Master Named Death
3. Gleam of the Defier
4. Lies into the Aging Heaven
5. The Unique Magick of Rigor Mortis
6. High Necromancy
7. Blood Vicar

Perverse invocation of death

You should also listen to:
Csejthe -
La Mort du Prince Noir (2009)
Thy Dying Light -
Forgotten by Time (2018)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Guy Called Gerald - Essence (2000)

Dreamy downtempo/drum n bass. Essence was the followup to Black Secret Technology -- a masterpiece that looms large over the rest of A Guy Called Gerald's discography -- and can be heard as a comedown. Where that record piled on layer after layer of sound, Essence is a restrained, comparatively minimal, and vocal-centric affair.

Track listing:
1. The Universe
2. The First Breath
3. Humanity
4. Multiplies
5. Fever (Or a Flame)
6. Could You Understand
7. Alien Report
8. Glow
9. Beaches & Deserts
10. Final Call
11. I Make It
12. Universal Spirit
13. Hurry to Go Easy
14. Scale Circle
15. Landed

It's just my humanity getting the better of me

Also listen to:
We™ -
As Is. (1997)
Phil Western -
The Escapist (1998)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Moonsorrow - Tämä Ikuinen Talvi (1999)

Magnificent third and final demo from these Finnish masters. Ripping, folk-leaning symphonic black metal of the most epic kind. This may be the first time they've come up here, but I want to be very clear: Moonsorrow are one the best metal bands on the planet.

Track listing:
1. Taistelu Pohjolasta
2. Vihreällä Valtaistuimella
3. Talvi
4. Luopion Veri
5. Kuun Suru

This journey won't be forgotten
Shall be written on a sacred stone

You should also listen to:
Obtest -
Tūkstantmetis (1997)
Kroda -
Fimbulvinter (2007)

Chavez - Ride the Fader (1996)

Triumphant melodic post-hardcore. Indie Rock That Actually Rocks™. Legit some of my favorite guitar work on any rock record. Classic/essential/etc.

Track listing:
1. Top Pocket Man
2. The Guard Attacks
3. Unreal Is Here
4. New Room
5. Tight Around the Jaws
6. Lions
7. Our Boys Will Shine Tonight
8. Memorize This Face
9. Cold Joys
10. Flight '96
11. Ever Overpsyched
12. You Must Be Stopped

Wash out your lungs
Light up your gongs
Right all your wrongs
I won, I won

You'd probably also enjoy:
Rival Schools -
United by Fate (2002)
Aereogramme -
Sleep and Release (2003)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Reverence - Chamber of Divine Elaboration (2007)

10/10 French industrial black metal. Sonically dense hypno-dirges somewhere in the same lightless realm as Blut Aus Nord in industrial-mode. Seriously can't believe it's been over ten years since this masterpiece came out. I am an old, withered man.

Track listing:
1. Infra-Code of Perdition
2. Institution of the Dirt Archetype
3. Infected Forms of Distance
4. Inner Phaze
5. White Journey Inc
6. Astral Noise Projection
7. Pride of Inanimate Emptiness

Mental pleasure of the weightlessness

If you like this, listen to:
(V.E.G.A.) -
Cocaine (2002)
N.K.V.D. -
Hakmarrja (2014)

Luke Vibert - Big Soup (1997)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Luke Vibert - Lover's Acid (2005)

Trip-hop week continues with a lush, spacious contribution -- with the occasional diversion into drum n bass -- from British producer Luke Vibert. Much more in line with his Wagon Christ records than the other stuff he'd release under his given name.

Track listing:
1. Intro - Welcome
2. Rank Rink Ring
3. Voyage into the Unknown
4. Fused into Musick
5. No Turn Unstoned
6. Reality Check
7. M.A.R.S.
8. Stern Facials
9. Am I Still Dreaming?
10. 2001 Beats
11. Music Called Jazz
12. Space Race
13. So Long - Outro

Perhaps you might like to help us tell the dramatic story of a voyage into the unknown?

You'd probably also like:
Voyager -
Future Retro (1997)
Breakage -
This Too Shall Pass (2006)