Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Philip Jeck - Loopholes (1995)

Excellent first record from English experimental electronic producer Philip Jeck. Hazy, textural, blissfully warped sounds that skew towards ambient, with extended diversions into highly abstract, beat-driven IDM. Hoo boy, this here's a good 'un.

Track listing:
1. Casio
2. Anatomy
3. Louie's Riddle
4. Ulster Autumn
5. PS One
6. Harry and Krishna
7. PS Two
8. The Christian Sink
9. The Frequent Pool
10. Incassum, Casio

I just wanted to know

You should also listen to:
Freeform -
Heterarchy (1996)
We™ -
As Is. (1997)

Monday, June 26, 2017

324 - 冒涜の太陽 (2000)

Heavy, tight Japanese grind/hyperspeed d-beat with ace breakdowns. I can only imagine how utterly buck-wild crowds must have gone for this band.

Track listing:
1. Silence Before Silver Screen
2. Quarter Moon
3. Red Origin Still Streaming
4. Plastic Dream
5. 鉄の森
6. Disgusting Flower
7. Swinging Skull
8. Broken Clock
9. Crawl in the Transparency
10. New Dimension
11. Cobalt
12. Flash Rings Link
13. M.O.C.
14. Glenghost

Demons in the basement

You should also hear:
Clotted Symmetric Sexual Organ -
Are You Excrements? (2000)
Suffering Mind -
At War with Mankind (2009)

The Feeling of Love - Reward Your Grace (2013)

Woozy, shoegaze-y French garage. Between keyboards and two guitars, there's a great deal of complimentary textural contrast, an effect that's heightened by their tendency to be ever-so-slightly out-of-tune. Bought this LP right after it came out based on the artwork and the fact that it referenced both Nico ("Reward your grace" is a line from her achingly beautiful "Afraid") and Julee Cruise.

Track listing:
1. Julee Cruise
2. I Could Be Better Than You But I Won't Wanna Change
3. Girl, Your Mother Is Your Best Friend
4. I'm Leaving You Today
5. I Want You (Just Like an Ambulance)
6. Mostly Pet Semen Unit
7. Castration's Fields
8. Jealous Guy
9. You're My Lullaby
10. I Want to Be the Last Song You Hear Before You Die

Cease to know or to tell or to see or to be your own

If you enjoy this, try:
Night Shadow -
The Square Root of Two (1968)
Mind Spiders -
Meltdown (2012)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sielunvihollinen - Musta Uni (2012) + Ruttokieli (2013)

Finnish raw black metal. Cruel, blown-out sounds for a turd world.

Track listing:
-Musta Uni-
1. Musta Uni
2. Kylmän Syleilyyn
3. Maaksi Tuleva
4. Valtakunta, Voima ja Kunnia!
5. Tämä kansa, Tämä maa
1. Anna virran viedä
2. Varoituslaukaus
3. Ruttokieli
4. Viimeinen valonlähde
5. Syvyydestä

Daylight obscured by smoke

If you like this, you'll also like:
Tundra -
Ansia (2005)
Rituals of a Blasphemer -
Mors Inumbratus Supra Spritus (2014)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cult of Erinyes - Blessed Extinction (2013)

Imber Luminis - Life as Burden (2011)

Belgian black metal. There's a modern, darkly psychedelic feel to Blessed Extinction, but any time spend floating around in space is matched tenfold by crushing heaviness. More people should listen to this band.

Track listing:
1. From the Shattered Skies
2. Jibaku
3. Unspoiled Beauty
4. Bipolar
5. Dissolve into the Stars
6. Sunken Cities
7. The Vlasov Notes
8. Coda

No one remembers
No one cares

You should also listen to:
Kozeljnik -
Deeper the Fall (2010)
Carpe Noctem -
In Terra Profugus (2013)

Voices from the Lake - Voices from the Lake (2012)

Minimal ambient techno from an Italian duo. Mixed as a single, continuous piece of music, making each track feel like extreme zoom-ins on a portion of the same blurred photograph, while masterful use of repetition causes even the most minute of details -- an extra high-hat hit, a faint synth drone -- a sense of significance.

Track listing:
1. Iyo
2. Vega
3. Manuvex
4. Circle
5. S.T. (VTFL Rework)
6. Meikyu
7. In Giova
8. Twins in Virgo
9. Twins in Virgo (Reprise)
10. Mika
11. HGS

Secrets revealed

You will also enjoy:
Acronyn -
Dimensional Exploration 001 (2012) +
Dimensional Exploration 002 (2013)
Varg -
Misantropen (2013)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sinister - Sacramental Carnage (1991)

Raw early demo from Dutch death metal masters Sinister.

Track listing:
1. Sacramental Carnage
2. Epoch of Denial
3. Lascivious Desolation
4. Perpetual Damnation
5. Compulsory Resignation
6. Putrefying Remains
7. Spiritual Immolation

Into the crypts of emptiness

You will also like:
Caducity -
The Weiliaon Wielder Quest (1995)
Monstrosity -
Millennium (1996)

Nightwing - Something in the Air (1980)

British hard rockin' glory that's riiiiight on the edge of heavy metal. It's that time of year, y'all. I dunno what it is, but stuff like this sounds so much better when you're wearing shades, shorts, and a sweat-soaked T-shirt. If you dig Blue Öyster Cult circa Fire of Unknown Origin, this one's a no-brainer.

Track listing:
1. Fantasia
2. Nightwing
3. Cold Love
4. Edge of a Knife
5. Something in the Air
6. Barrel of Pain
7. Boogie Woman
8. You Keep Me Hanging On
9. Fantasia Reprise

Your time has come

For more like this, try:
Babe Ruth -
First Base (1972)
Dust -
Hard Attack (1972)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Xasthur - All Reflections Drained (2009)

Mord - Imperium Magnum Infernalis (2006)

Just a reminder that Xasthur has made some of the most fucked-up, depressing, claustrophobic, anxiety-ridden music, black metal or otherwise, ever produced by humans. REALLY wish this dude would put down the acoustic guitar and get back at it.

Track listing:
1. Dirge Forsaken
2. Maze of Oppression
3. Achieve Emptiness Part II
4. Masquerade of Incisions
5. Damage Your Soul
6. Inner Sanctum Surveillance
7. Obfuscated in Oblivion
8. All Reflections Drained

To kill the pain, cut twice as deep

Also listen to:
Endless Dismal Moan -
Curse of Underground (2010)
Moon -
Clavicula Nox (2014)

Voice of Eye - Mariner Sonique (1992)

Far-out, tribal industrial/dark ambient from an American duo. Hypnotic percussion reverberating under massive clouds of drone.

Track listing:
1. Transmission
2. Strange Attractor
3. The Shadow I Knew
4. Deja Hier
5. Melange Nuit
6. Descending a Stare
7. Eros and Innana
8. Deep Be Vox
9. Epitaph for King Lear


You will also like:
Life Garden - Caught Between the
Tapestry of Silence & Beauty
Vidna Obmana -
Echoing Delight (1993)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cathedral - Cosmic Requiem (1994)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Cathedral - Supernatural Birth Machine (1996)

A 43-minute-long "EP" from arguably the greatest stoner doom band of all time. Much like Immortal, Cathedral blaze right through any accusations of cheesiness -- for instance, during a breakdown in the title track, vocalist Lee Fucking Dorian shouts "DISCO SUPERNOVA!" like he's about to snap into a Slim Jim -- through sheer, unmatched ass-kicking abilities.

Track listing:
1. Cosmic Funeral
2. Hypnos 164
3. A Funeral Request - Rebirth
4. The Voyage of the Homeless Sapien

Children screaming velvet sorrow
In tombstone rulers burning land

You might also like:
Huata -
Atavist of Mann (2011)
Serpent Venom -
Carnal Altar (2011)

Andrés - Andrés (2003)

A lively aural landscape of joyful, dense, sample-heavy house from Detroit producer Andrés.

Track listing:
1. Deep Inside
2. Genos Pimp Suite
3. Love Hurts
4. Vibe Zone
5. You're Still the One Pt. 2
6. People
7. Interlude 1
8. Material World
9. Take My Hand
10. Interlude 2
11. Reality
12. Untitled
13. Untitled
14. Untitled
15. Salvador De Bahia 1
16. Express

Change my mind

Also listen to:
BaBa Zula - Üc Oyundan Onyedi Müzik
(Seventeen Pieces from Three Plays) (1999)
Theo Parrish -
Parallel Dimensions (2000)

Final - One (1993)

Abstract drone/noise/dark ambient/what have you by one Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, about 20 other projects.) Equal parts beautiful and anxiety-producing, often at the same time.

Track listing:
1. Fall
2. Light Underground / Dark Overground
3. Awake But Numb
4. Despotic
5. Round Our Bodies
6. Hold Me
7. Death / Love Dealer
8. 1983-1987 (Edits)

You were dead from the beginning

If you like this, try:
Piquet -
The Faulty Caress (1996)
John Wiese -
Collected Tracks (2000)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Swordwielder - Grim Visions of Battle (2013)

Heavy-as-fuck Swedish crust/stenchcore. Swordwielder does slow, Amebix-style crust as well as any other band I've heard -- aside from the originators, of course. Their guitarist used my guitar for a few weeks back in 2012 while he was staying at the house where my band practiced, so you could say that I played an integral role in the writing of this record. It would be bullshit, of course, but you could say it.

Track listing:
1. World Funeral
2. Shadow
3. Out of Hades
4. Dark Night
5. Force of Nature
6. Fields of Genocide
7. With My Dying Breath I Curse This World


You would also like:
Misery -
Next Time (1995)
Damad -
Burning Cold (2000)

Six Organs of Admittance - For Octavio Paz (2004)

Badgerlore - Of Things Too Sorrowful to Be Reminded of, and Things Too Beautiful to Possess (2003)
Six Organs of Admittance - RTZ (2009)

Still my favorite Six Organs record. A deeply meditative sequence of sparse, deftly picked pieces for solo acoustic guitar, with little-to-no accoutrements.

Track listing:
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. Rain on Fire

Hum a silent prayer

You should also listen to:
Sandy Bull -
Inventions (1965)
Jim O'Rourke -
Bad Timing (1997)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Anal Bag - Ultimate Digust (2011)

Utterly unmusical gorenoise annihilation. Having heard this, I now understand what it feels like to be peppered with bullets from a machine gun while half-submerged in shit-water.

Track listing:
1. DT
2. Dude with Vagina on His Back ("Watch Your Back" Has New Meaning)
3. Humiliation with Public Castration
4. Liquid Tissue Consumption
5. New Kind of Mutation
6. Oh... This Is Not a Woman...
7. Pig Swimming in Smegma
8. Pigsty
9. Rotting Hate
10. Sperm in the Brain
11. Squirt for спирт
12. The Cunt Hunter
13. Whores with Dicks
14. Untitled 1
15. Untitled 2
16. Untitled 3
17. Untitled 4
18. Untitled 5

A walk in the park

More like this:
Vomitoma - A Liquid Harvest of
Putrefied Stomach contents
Agonizing Excess Bowel Acid Dissolving the
Intestines Causing Massive Organ Trauma -
Toxic Chemicals for Disposing of
 Hazardous Corpse Pieces (2013)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer (Seven Psalms for Our Lord of Light) (1998)

Sarin - Nihilist (1996)
Lotus Eaters - Alienist on a Pale Horse (2001)
KTL - 2 (2007)
Sunn O))) - ØØ Void (2000) + Dømkirke (2008)
Sunn O))) - Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011 (2012)

After Thorr's Hammer and before Sunn O))), there was Burning Witch. Extended repeated cycles of warped, punishingly heavy riffs, sharp, hard-hitting drums, and a vocalist who alternates between ritualistic singing and a deranged shriek. A triumph of drug-addled misery. One of my top 10 doom metal albums, hands-down, even though it's technically a compilation of two EPs.

Track listing:
1. Warning Signs
2. Stillborn
3. History of Hell
4. Sacred Predictions
5. Country Doctor
6. Tower Place
7. Sea Hag

I showed you my big mistake

You will also like:
Boris -
Amplifier Worship (1998)
Buried at Sea -
Migration (2003)