Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hetroertzen - Exaltation of Wisdom (2010)


Chilean/Swedish black metal. Having put out three records of great but generic black metal, Exaltation of Wisdom, the band's first album following their relocation to Sweden, finds the band embracing a more lysergic, ritualistic sound that's enhanced by a darker, more cavernous atmosphere.

Track listing:
1. Incinerating Illumination
2. Like the Serpent
3. Perpetual Eclipse Stigmata
4. The Final Breath of Mankind
5. Mystery of the Fallen
6. Light Beyond the Obscure
7. The White Priestcraft

I saw a girl like a bird falling from the sky
With burning wings naked like a fullmoon winter
A crowned serpent from each breast
Radiating eyes and mouth
Her voice was a terrifying scream
Causing death and extinction


If you like this, try:
Mortuus Infradaemoni -
Imis Avernis (2009)
Insane Vesper -
Abomination of Death (2011)

Ronnie Laws - Pressure Sensitive (1975)


Airtight, vibrant jazz-funk led by saxophonist Ronnie Laws. The younger brother of Hubert Laws, Ronnie's been known to dip his toes in the cheesy waters of smooth-jazz, but you won't find any of that on Pressure Sensitive -- despite the fact that it's hella smooth.

Track listing:
1. Always There
2. Momma
3. Never Be the Same
4. Tell Me Something Good
5. Nothing to Lose
6. Tidal Wave
7. Why Do You Laugh at Me
8. Mis' Mary's Place

Let's keep it together

You should also listen to:
Lonnie Liston Smith -
Reflections of a Golden Dream (1976)
Flight -
Excursion Beyond (1980)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Koopsta Knicca - Da Devil's Playground: Underground Solo (1999)


Creepy-ass, pro-Satan, Three 6 Mafia-affiliated horrorcore. I know I don't have to sell you on this record -- if you like shit like this, you're already downloading it -- so I'll just use this space to mention that the first track is built around a Metallica sample, and the second, an Art of Noise sample.

Track listing:
1. Torture Chamber
2. Crucifix
3. Ready 2 Ride
4. Robbers
5. Smoking on a J
6. Stash Pot
7. Front a Busta
8. Judgement Nite
9. Bustaz Betts Make Way
10. Anna Got Me Clickin'
11. Now I'm Hi (Part 2)
12. Purple Thang
13. Stash Pot (Remix)
14. Whatcha Gonna Do
15. Talkin'

Where's your fucking God?

You'll also like:
Nigga Creep -
Demons Takin' Over Me (1995)
Prophet Posse -
Body Part (1998)

Hierophant - Great Mother : Holy Monster (2013)


Crushing Italian blackened d-beat/hardcore. Some metal blog (can't remember which one, maybe Metal Inquisition?) used to call bands like this "amazingcore" because their fans are beardos who alway say that shit's "amazing," and though the shoe fits Hierophant, please don't hold it against them, cause they slay.

Track listing:
1. Son of the New Faith
2. Son of the Tongue's Prison
3. Son of Four-Hands Way
4. Son of the Carcinoma
5. Son of Egoistic Love
6. Son of the Public Castration
7. Son of the Cathartic Cave
8. Son of the Black Mirror

Ten thousand winters

You might also like:
Majority Rule -
Interviews with David Frost (2001)
Generation of Vipers -
Howl and Filth (2011)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Osamu - Passages (1987)


Lovely, synth-y new age courtesy of Japenese musician Osamu Kitajima. There's a great deal of 'organic' instrumentation -- pan flute, koto, acoustic guitar, chimes, strings, harp, etc. -- amid the synths, making for a layered, appealingly textural sound.

Track listing:
1. FM Shrine
2. The Bronze Mirror
3. Ancient Midi Stars
4. Secret Lagoon
5. Passages
6. Ebb and Flow
7. Mystic Knot
8. Thoughts Ago
9. Sweet Dew
10. White Dragon
11. Passages

Breath of night

If you like this, try:
Andreas Vollenweider -
Caverna Magica (1983)
Lucia Hwong -
House of Sleeping Beauties (1985)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sextrash - Sexual Carnage (1990)


Been gone a while, so you know I'm gonna bring the ruckus. Here's some evil, disgusting Brazilian death/thrash for scumbags and perverts. If only every album could just be this album.

Track listing:
1. Intro / Psychoneurosis
2. Delirium Tremens
3. The Insatiable Pleasure
4. Seduced by Evil
5. Alcoholic Mosh
6. Obscene Symphony
7. Black Church
8. Night Pigs
9. Genital Tumor

The gutter is our bed

Also listen to:
Gehennah -
Hardrocker (1995)
Abigail -
Intercourse & Lust (1996)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sourvein - Will to Mangle (2002)


One of the best sludge/stoner doom records ever made. Riffs, bong smoke, riffs, hatred for mankind, and riffs. If Electric Wizard swapped-out half of their weed intake for crystal meth, it might sound like this. My old band played a warehouse show with this band right after Will to Mangle came out, and it was unquestionably one of the heaviest sets I've ever seen. Only problem: their name makes people think they're a nu metal band.

Track listing:
1. Bangleaf
2. Seamerchant
3. Blizzard
4. Blackzorlac
5. ZeroPath
6. 1%D.F.F.D.
7. Carveblind
8. Dirgewine

Stars in the sky, the scars of life
Seven seas of disbelief


You should also listen to:
Cavity -
Supercollider (2002)
Pombagira -
Black Axis Abraxas (2009)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shadow - Love Lite (1979)


Driving, funky disco workouts and soulful slow-burners courtesy of this relatively obscure trio, all three of whom were members of the Ohio Players. Music for falling in love by the light of a mirror ball.

Track listing:
1. I Need Love
2. No Better Love
3. I Enjoy Ya
4. Love Lite
5. Say It Again
6. Get It

You'll never find no better love than mine

You would also like:
Kilo -
Kilo (1979)
Teena Marie -
Starchild (1984)

Blue Holocaust - Twitch of the Death Nerve (2004)


French solo-drum-machine-goregrind. Fuzzy, probably line-in guitars, vocals that might as well be someone scraping a metal hook across a garage door, and the requisite samples. Sick as fuuuuuck. Horror buffs will have a field day with the below track listing.

Track listing:
1. 6 Women for the Murderer
2. Slaughter Hotel
3. Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence
4. Deep Red
5. All the Colors of the Dark
6. Murder to the Tune of 7 Black Notes
7. Delirious Incision
8. A Butterfly with Blood-Spattered Wings
9. Black Belly of the Tarantula
10. So Sweet, So Dead
11. Twitch of the Death Nerve
12. The Tail of the Scorpion
13. Blade of the Ripper (Next)
14. What Are These Strange Drops of Blood on Her Body?
15. The Killer Must Strike Again
16. Plumage of Crystal
17. Cat O'Nine Tails
18. Four Velvet Flies
19. Dancesteps on the Edge of a Razor
20. Murder Obsession
21. Your Vice Is a Locked Room (And Only I Have the Key)
22. Strip Nude for Your Killer
23. What Have You Done to Solange?
24. Eyeball (Wide-Eyed in the Dark)
25. 7 Orchids Stained in Red
26. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
27. Don't Torture Donald Duck
28. The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire
29. Death Laid an Egg
30. The Crimes of the Black Cat
31. She Met Her Fate on a Cold NY Night
32. Under the Eyes of the Assassin

Bury me an angel, God
I need some inspiration


You also are gonna wanna hear:
Blood Freak -
Sleaze Merchants (2003)
Carnivorous Vagina -
Istinto Omicida (2004)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Helena Espvall - Nimis & Arx (2006)


Related:
Espers - Espers (2003)

Abstract, uneasy instrumentals courtesy of Helena Espvall, who I first heard as cellist for Espers. Somewhere in the realm of way-out free-folk -- dissonant, seemingly improvised tapestries of cello, guitar, recorder, and arhythmic percussion -- with a twist of broken, droning electronics.

Track listing:
1. Idioblast
2. Kretslopp Av Blod Och Stjarnor
3. Nimis & Arx
4. Certainty of the Neverseen
5. Multiplication Broken and Restored I
6. Tidepools
7. The Straight Line Leads to Hell
8. Mar Amarga
9. Purgatory Chasm
10. Multiplication Broken and Restored II
11. Vortex

Our willingness to die

You might also like:
Otomo Yoshihide -
Cathode (1999)
Zoe Keating -
One Cello x 16 = Notoma (2005)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Patria - Sovereign Misanthropy (2010)


Brazilian raw black metal. Blown-out and harsh, with simple but highly effective guitar interplay and some eerie keyboards for atmosphere.

Track listing:
1. Arson Cult
2. Sovereign Misanthropy
3. Choir of Damnation
4. At Darkest Night
5. Pest
6. Dying Dream
7. From the Solitude Veil
8. Season of Shadows
9. My Lady Princess of Hell [Song d'Enfer cover[

Vapor of dripping blood

More along these lines:
Am Mondesschatten - Atrium
Sinistrum: Auf Nebelwinden
(2003)
Tundra -
Ansia (2005)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shakatak - Night Birds (1982)


Super-smooth sounds that reside right on the border between jazz-funk and disco. This LP came into my work but I forgot to put it aside and now it's gone forever. Cry emoji.

UPDATE: Don't worry, guys, stop your crying. It turns out my co-worker put it aside for me, and it's now mine, all mine.

Track listing:
1. Night Birds
2. Streetwalkin'
3. Rio Nights
4. Fly the Winds
5. Easier Said Than Done
6. Bitch to the Boys
7. Light on My Life
8. Takin' Off

Flying through the night

You should also hear:
Kimiko Kasai -
Butterfly (1979)
Flight -
Excursion Beyond (1979)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Azarath - Infernal Blasting (2003)


Punishing Polish black/death. Pure, brutal Satanic violence of the highest order. Sick as fuck musicianship all around, especially in the drumming department.

Track listing:
1. Legacy of Tyrant Goat
2. Nuclear Revelation
3. False God/Burn in Hell
4. Demon Speed
5. Christscum
6. Damned to Hell
7. Infested with Sin
8. Joy of Mutilation
9. Born to Rot

Worms feasting on your god's face
As Satan's fist crush human race


When you're done with this, try these:
Adorior -
Author of Incest (2005)
Scythian - To Those
Who Stand Against Us
(2009)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ululate - We Are Going to Eat You!!! (2002)


Fucked-up, anti-social Chinese raw black metal. Sloppy, out-of-tune guitars that at times sound like they're playing two different songs simultaneously, deranged shrieks, spooky keyboards, and an overall pretty goddamn gross feel. The perfect accompaniment to all the puking I've been doing this week.

Track listing:
1. Epic March
2. Lunch-Carrion
3. Sloughy Radio
4. Galaxy-Cracked Solitude
5. Human Beings Are Bull Shit, I Don't Want to Be with Them
6. Death Passes the World Like This
7. Lost Wisdom [Burzum cover]
8. Undead Avenger
9. Epilogue - The Beginning of a New Nightmare

I hope you rot in hell

You'll also like:
Endless Dismal Moan -
Endless Dismal Moan (2004)
Bekëth Nexëhmü -
De Dunkla Herrarna (2011)

Liliental - Liliental (1978)


Related:
Asmus Tietchens - Nachtstücke (Expressions Et Perspectives Sonores Intemporelles) (1980)
Club of Rome - Große Statik (1985)

Cloudy, ambient krautrock from a one-off supergroup that included, among others, Dieter Moebius and Asmus Tietchens. A tranquil haze of synth, sax, sparse percussion, wordless vocals, chiming guitar, and chirping birds. This one's a rare case of a supergroup somehow surpassing one's inflated expectations.

Track listing:
1. Stresemannstrasse
2. Adel
3. Wattwurm
4. Vielharmonie
5. Gebremster Schaum
6. Nachaison

Weird dream

You'll also like:
Michael Rother -
Flammende Herzen (1977)
Eroc -
Eroc 3 (1979)

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Crevices Below, Tempestuous Fall, & Midnight Odyssey - Converge, Rivers of Hell (2013)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
The Crevices Below - Below the Crevices (2011)

A monumental album of funeral doom, black metal, and blackened doom. Epic, lushly layered, and imaginative, but plenty evil and heavy. Converge, Rivers of Hell is a truly unique three-way split, in that all three bands are solo projects of the same Australian dude, and, from all appearances, it was planned and recorded as a complete album. And this is pure speculation, but it may have been dude's way of turning his three projects into one, as Tempestuous Fall and The Crevices Below both folded following its release.

Track listing:
1. The Crevices Below - Charon - Upon the Winds of Lamentation
2. Tempestuous Fall - Pyriphlegethon - In Death's Gaping Jaws
3. Midnight Odyssey - Lethe - Through the Lair of Hypnos
4. The Crevices Below - Acheron - Deflecting Heaven's Will
5. Tempestuous Fall - Cocytus - Shades of Phantom Souls
6. Midnight Odyssey - Styx - Converge, Rivers of Hell

To abyss, oblivion, bodiless

If you like this, try:
Elysian Blaze -
Blood Geometry (2012)
Grimirg -
MMXV-I (2015)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Felix Axemo - Den Lycklige (2016)


Gorgeous Swedish depressive/post-black metal. Axemo (how is this the first time I've heard of a solo black metal dude naming the project after himself?) strikes an excellent balance between sorrow, beauty, and fury -- not an easy feat -- that's bolstered by full, analogue-sounding production. Free/name your price via bandcamp.

(This is now the second post I've made based on an emailed submission (the first was earlier today) and I just wanna say: I'm beyond stoked that so many talented people are sending me their music. Keep 'em coming!)

Track listing:
1. Einsamkeit
2. En Rymd På Mina Axlar
3. Färd Härifrån
4. När Vi Går Sönder Inuti
5. 4676150085??
6. Stockholm (Blir Aldrig Min Stad)
7. Bland Tankemonument
8. In I Ett Blacker Dark: Del 1/Del 2
9. Minnens Färg

Long forgotten

You should also listen to:
Inferi -
Shores of Sorrow (2006)
Sadness -
Somewhere Along Our Memory (2016)