Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pouppée Fabrikk - Rage (1990)

Pissed-off Swedish EBM. The core sound consists entirely of drums, synth-bass, and vocals, with some subtle atmospheric elements added here and there, making for a minimal, punk-leaning sound.

Track listing:
1. Retrospect
2. Circumcision
3. Shapeshifter
4. Distraction
5. Incinerage
6. Death
7. Keine Zukunft
8. Youth
9. Selfdestruct
10. No Way Back
11. Watch Your Sex

Dismembered quietly

You should also listen to:
The Klinik -
Face to Face (1988)
Placebo Effect -
Galleries of Pain (1992)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Patologicum - Hecatomb of Aberration (2003)

Polish grind-y brutal death. Simplistic, extremely heavy guitars, formless gutturals, sloppy drumming, and a few long-ass horror movie samples, including one from Bad Taste.

Track listing:
1. Extremely Deforminded
2. Rectal Love
3. Bloody Adventures
4. Castration Anxiety
5. Massive Neck Injection by Infected Junkie
6. Vaginal Pus(sy)
7. Hacken-Creutzfeld Jacob
8. Famous by Urge
9. Tragedy in Supermarket
10. No Meat, No Eat
11. Condemned to Rot
12. Genital Vapor
13. Against Tolerance
14. Pavulon Ambulance

A walk among the corpses
Fills my heart with pride

You'd also like:
Dead Infection -
A Chapter of Accidents (1995)
Chainsaw Dissection -
Malodorous Decomposition (2005)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Autumn - The Hating Tree (1997)

Perfect goth-rock. Lush guitars, muscular rhythm section, soaring lady vox, and an enveloping, nocturnal atmosphere. Happy Halloween month, by the way. Due to my life being a pile of shit, I won't be cranking out the spooky hits as I have in previous years, so make sure to go through the archives for previous Octobers if you want more.

Track listing:
1. How It Came to Be This Way
2. A Waiting Time
3. Even Now
4. ...Of Moondrop Tears
5. Desert Winds of Jezebel
6. Resurrection
7. Oceans
8. The Well
9. Atrophy
10. Seconds
11. The Hating Tree

When candles and incense are not enough
To dispel the death I die every day

Listen to these, too:
This Ascension -
Tears in Rain (1989)
Static Movement -
Visionary Landscapes (1999)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A-Soma & the Unlightened - Nothing Comes to Mind (1999)

Dark, extremely strange music from Nemo Jones, son of Crass' Eve Libertine. Synthesized orchestral arrangements, classically-inspired acoustic guitars, surreal poetry, some moments resembling deconstructed new wave, and generally unsettling vibes. I've been wanting to post this for years, but the prospect of actually having to describe it has been daunting. So in the interest of the greater good, I just decided to half-ass it, like always.

Track listing:
1. This
2. Train
3. Vortex of Blades
4. Ethyl
5. Dark Sphere
6. Satellite Dance
7. Giant Leaves
8. Draps Bruts
9. Conundrum
10. Sky Face
11. The Canals of Mars
12. The Botanist's Servant
13. Falling Down Holy
14. Frozen Fields
15. Amniotic Shore
16. The Box
17. Scorched
18. Morning Light
19. Mineral Worship

There's no such thing as purity

You'd probably also enjoy:
Eerie Von & Mike Morance -
Uneasy Listening (1996)
The Residents -
Animal Lover (2005)

Friday, October 4, 2019

Abramelin - Abramelin (1995)

Australian death metal. Sounds like they couldn't decide between Florida and Stockholm, so they combined the two, added some subtle-but-crucial progressive elements to cover their tracks, then covered "Cantara" by Dead Can Dance just to be safe. If the part after the little drum break in "Grave Ideals (Nekromaniac)" doesn't have you feeling like the white people in the fancy restaurant in that Chapelle Show sketch with John Mayer, you probably have something wrong with your mosh gland.

Track listing:
1. Misfortune
2. Grave Ideals (Nekromaniac)
3. Spiritual Justice
4. Humble Abode
5. Stargazer (The Summoning)
6. Stargazing (Stargazer II)
7. Depraved Afterlife
8. Invocation
9. Cantara [Dead Can Dance cover]

You'll soon become a part of us

Similar listening:
Inverted -
The Shadowland (1996)
Nominon -
Diabolical Bloodshed (1999)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Muffs - Alert Today Alive Tomorrow (1999)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
The Muffs - Happy Birthday to Me (1997)

RIP to Kim Shattuck, one of the greatest songwriters ever to grace the world of pop punk. Here's The Muffs' excellent, bittersweet fourth album, in which they largely stick to their established sound while branching out juuuust a bit -- there are a couple of ballads, and "Dear Liar Love Me" is pretty fucking weird. Thanks for all the great music, Kim.

Track listing:
1. I Wish That I Could Be You
2. Silly People
3. Another Ugly Face
4. Prettier Than Me
5. Clown
6. Your Kiss
7. Numb
8. I'm Not Around
9. Blow Your Mind
10. Room with No View
11. Dear Liar Love Me
12. In
13. Jack Champagne

Until you hate you will never know what love is
Until that day you will never feel a thing

You should also hear:
The Queers -
Love Songs for the Retarded (1993)
Matthew Sweet -
Kimi Ga Suki (Raifu) (2003)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Odraza - Esperalem Tkane (2014)

Anxiety-ridden Polish black metal. Angular guitars, linear, intentionally disjointed songs, and vocals that sound more like a sorcerer shouting curses and incantations from on high than anything relating to music.

Track listing:
1. Niech sie dzieje
2. Wielki Mizogin
3. Esperalem tkany
4. Cicha 8
5. Gorycz
6. Prog
7. Tam, gdzie nas nie spotkamy

Abortion of humanity

Also listen to:
Genius Ultor - Nic Co Boskie
Nie Jest Mi Obce
Tortorum -
Katabasis (2014)

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Vanessa Amara - Like All Mornings (2017)

Some of my favorite ambient music in recent memory. Abstracted piano figures and ghostly drones, echoing into empty space through a watery, moderately damaged cassette. Melancholy, tranquil, and utterly haunting.

Track listing:
1. 09-03-2016
2. 28-04-2016
3. 03-03-2016
4. 12-03-2016
5. 05-03-2016
6. 12-04-2016
7. 15-03-2016
8. 27-04-2016
9. 07-04-2016
10. 11-04-2016
11. 01-03-2016
12. 26-04-2016
13. 08-04-2016
14. 06-04-2016
15. 29-04-2016

You're welcome here

You'd probably also enjoy:
Vidna Obmana -
The River of Appearance (1996)
Keith Fullerton Whitman -
Playthroughs (2002)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ordo Blasphemus - Lemegeton (2007)

French raw black metal. Sounds like a drug-addled two-piece rehearsal recording they recorded some sick-as-fuck vocals over. I remember trying to explain my love for stuff like this to a new coworker (#1: He was asking, and #2: It was a record store so talking about obscure music is par for the course) and all I could come up with was something like, "It's just so deranged and evil, and it's like they truly don't want you to like them."

Track listing:
1. Darkened Wings
3. Septentrional Sabbath
4. Thou, Blood and Hellfire
5. Golconda
6. Coldness into Limbo

Swallowed and digested
And soothed by darkness soot

More like this:
Black Blood -
Cryptic Rituals (2004)
Forgotten Spell -
The Necromancer Demo (2017)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Trance to the Sun - Ghost Forest (1984)

Ethereal, ritualistic darkwave. A mesmerizing, narcotized haze of drifting synths, chiming guitars, simple drum loops, and ghostly, disembodied voices.

Track listing:
1. Mint
2. Cauldron Street II
3. August Rain
4. Eonite Trip
5. Vilette
6. Clocks
7. Lend Me Your Most Vile
8. Voidswallow
9. Exhibition III
10. Ghost Forest

To see you frozen stiff

More along these lines:
black tape for a blue girl -
Mesmerized by the Sirens (1987)
Lycia - The Burning Circle
and Then Dust

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Darzamat - In the Opium of Black Veil (1999)

Polish symphonic black/gothic metal. An abundance of melodramatic clean vocals and string arrangements makes for a significant cheese factor, but I still listen to Cradle of Filth so my tolerance for that kinda thing is obviously pretty high. Please don't ask me to defend the album cover, though, because I cannot.

Track listing:
1. Beyond the World
2. In the Opium of the Black Veil
3. From the Earth to the Stars
4. Ancient Philosophy
5. Secret Garden (Mystic Version)

I look back to embrace you and I see
Icy blackness, deadly nothing

Similar listening:
Siebenbürgen -
Loreia (1997)
Graveworm -
As the Angels Reach the Beauty (1999)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Joe Zawinul - Dialects (1986)

A strange, unsung masterpiece from influential Austrian fusion keyboardist Joe Zawinul (of Weather Report, Miles Davis' band, and more.) Synths, rhythmic loops, samples, and vocoder. To my untrained ear, these sound like largely African/possibly Brazilian-influenced sounds, but I clearly don't know enough to expand on that.

Track listing:
1. The Harvest
2. Waiting for the Rain
3. Zeebop
4. The Great Empire
5. Carnavalito
6. 6 A.M. / Walking on the Nile
7. Peace

Many loves

Also listen to:
Osibisa -
Osibisa (1971)
King Sunny Ade &
His African Beats - Aura (1984)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Anatomia - Dissected Humanity (2006)

Transgressor - Ether for Scapegoat (1992)

Autopsy-style Japanese death/doom. Disgusted and disgusting, complete with sludgy breakdown riffs that would sound right at home on a Grief song.

Track listing:
1. Carnal Mutilation
2. Tortured Bleeding End
3. Drowned in Sewage
4. Funeral Feast
5. Suicides
6. Deceased
7. Morgue of Cannibalism
8. Only Consumed by Dead
9. Stillborn [Autopsy cover]

Stomach opened
Organs discharged
Shredded meat
Left decayed

Similar listening:
Infester -
To the Depths, in Degradation (1994)
The Ravenous -
Assembled in Blasphemy (2001)
+ Three on a Meathook (2003)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mark Renner - All Walks of This Life (1986)

Beautiful, elusive sounds from one of Baltimore's finest. Side A is all gauzy synths and glistening guitars, while Side B finds Renner channeling a swooning, lo-fi new wave muse, and would have been a huge hit with the hipsters if it came out in 2010.

Track listing:
1. Feeling Blue and Grey
2. Princes Street
3. The Quiet Land
4. The Man and the Echo
5. Book of Mercy
6. Wounds
7. Few Traces
8. Riverside
9. The Mirror at Saint Andrews
10. Half a Heart
11. The Wild House
12. More or Less
13. A Glimpse of the Thirteenthroom

It might have been

If you like this, listen to:
Bernard Xolotl -
Return of the Golden Mean (1980)
Karl Schaffner & Lothar Grimm -
Birds of Passage (1984)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Guttural Slug - Intercranial Purgatory (2012)

Stupid-heavy Danish slamming death. Creaky vocals and non-stop chugging breakdowns, all played at pretty much the same tempo. I'll admit I'm new to Guttural Slug, as I just got into them via their new album, which happens to be one of the best slam records ever made.

Track listing:
1. Intercranial Purgatory
2. Cerebral Pollution
3. Necrotic Sanity
4. Head Slammed
5. Skull Fucked
6. Lacerated
7. Forsaken
8. Leeches
9. Blood Pact

The putrid stench of you fills the room
The aroma of your carcass is all too much
I puke into you and fill you up with chunder

More like this:
Cerebral Incubation -
Gonorrhea Nodule Mastication (2012)
Disfiguring the Goddess -
Sleeper (2012)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Lönndom - Fälen från norr (2007)

Swedish blackened folk metal. Somewhat a continuation of LIK. A hypnotic, often gorgeous, and idiosyncratic sound that makes for some of the more interesting folk metal I've heard.

Track listing:
1. Vid elden
2. Ripeluokte
3. Himlalågor
4. Tjåkkå
5. Stállo
6. Ripeluokte II
7. Nordafejd
8. På fjället

A glorious time of eternal darkness

You'd probably also like:
Obtest -
Tükstantmetis (2007)
Antagonic Omnipotent Catharsis -
...Onwards the Path to Antagony (2006)