Monday, May 20, 2019

Genius Ultor - Nic Co Boskie Nie Jest Mi Obce (2014)

Crushing Polish black metal with a tinge of occult death metal filth. Goddamn the Polish language is insane.

Track listing:
1. Nic Co Boskie Nie Jest Mi Obce
2. Koniec Wszystkiego Co Znamy
3. Zwyciestwo
4. Kataryniarz
5. Pijany Krwia
6. Zlo Przenajswietsze
7. Krew Nie Woda

Kill them

You should also listen to:
Malleus Maleficarum -
Taedium Vitae (2002)
Ride for Revenge -
Wisdom of the Few (2009)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Baptism - The Beherial Midnight (2002)

Debut LP from a Finnish black metal institution. True raw Satanic excellence, with plenty of riff-y, thrash-y evil and an air of melancholy.

Track listing:
1. Sons of Ruin and Terror
2. Scattered Remains
3. From the Gates of Apocalypse
4. Centuries in Everdark Ashes
5. Blasphemic Tyrant
6. Forest of Suicidal Memories
7. Triumphant in War and Hate
8. Thy Heart Bleeds
9. The Beherial Midnight

Wrath of our hearts has grown with your lies
But it shall find peace with your deaths

More like this:
Warloghe -
The First Possession (1999)
Hautakiammio - Kukaan Ei
Opasta Teitä Pimeässä

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rapoon - Dream Circle (1992)

New Cult of the Sun Moon - New Cult of the Sun Moon (2002)
Reformed Faction - Vota (2006)

Kaleidoscopic ambient tribal from Robin Storey (of Zoviet France.) Echoing atmospherics, samples of every variety, and rich waves of synth wash over endless drum loops.

Track listing:
1. Najam Jikkah
2. In Light
3. Govindahal
4. Dream Circle
5. Lotus
6. Wind Chime
7. Radio Ganga
8. Imdeepah
9. Na Jam-fal

Sky heroes

Similar listening:
Amir Baghiri -
Cages (1997)
Byron Metcalf -
The Shaman's Heart (2005)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Abgott - Artefact of Madness (2006)

Brutal, tech-y British (once Italian) black metal with elements of death. Played with unrelenting intensity, with some serious shredding, sci-fi keyboards, and vicious vocals. Severely under-appreciated band and album.

Track listing:
1. IV
2. Kronos' Cosmic Throne
3. Church of Necrophilism
4. Experiment in Evil
5. Diabolical Surgery
6. 9th Gate
7. Black Light Scenario
8. Abyss 666
9. Dimensional Labyrinth
10. Epitaph
11. They Infernal Fields
12. Twilight Luciferia

Inexpressive shapeless faceless

You should also hear:
Trifixion - The First and
Last Commandment
Abigor -
Fractal Possession (2007)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Child Actor - Never Die (2014)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Child Actor - Promise EP (2013)

Glimmering, hazy electropop with a synth-saturated, 80-s indebted sheen.

Track listing:
1. Morning
2. Against the Night
3. Never Die
4. Last Time
5. Dream Prayer
6. Forever
7. You're a Ghost
8. Fear & Pleasure
9. The Memory
10. The Moment
11. Ungone

There are some things that stay with you for life

Similar listening:
Korallreven -
An Album by Korallreven (2011)
tooth ace. -
Flash and Yearn (2013)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Kleeer - I Love to Dance (1979)

Super groovy, relentlessly fun NYC disco with a gritty funk edge and some more laid-back, buttery-smooth moments. Sounds like the kind of sexy, sweaty, coke-y party that we'd all rather be at.

Track listing:
1. Tonight's the Night (Good Time)
2. Keeep Your Body Workin'
3. Happy Me
4. I Love to Dance
5. It's Magic
6. To Groove You
7. Amour
8. Kleeer Sailin'

You make it easy for me to love you

You'd also like:
Brick -
Good High (1976)
Cerrone -
Love in C Minor (1976)

Monday, May 6, 2019

Aenaon - Cendres et Sang (2011)

Greek progressive black metal. Epic and punishing, with some truly phenomenal guitar work and angular, avant/noir-jazz tendencies.

Track listing:
1. Kafkaesque
2. Suncord
3. Psychonautic Odyssey
4. Grand Narcotic Harvest
5. Once Finite
6. Carnivora's Lair
7. Necroscope
8. Kraanerg
9. Black Nerve
10. In Heaven

The worm that is hiding in my entrails
As the shadows are shining at the bottom of hell

You'd probably also enjoy:
Rites of Thy Degringolade -
The Caryatid (2000)
Oranssi Pazuzu -
Kosmonument (2011)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Stratvm Terror - Germinal Chamber (1994)

raison d'être - Residuality (1993)

Killer industrial/power electronics from a project of the great Peter Andersson. Thick synths, pounding rhythms, distorted vocals, and big, pitch-black atmospheres. Has a heavy, almost Godflesh-like impact at times. Pretty musical, as far as this stuff goes.

Track listing:
1. Blemish Slaying
2. Cvrses
3. Pvlppit
4. Germinal Torture
5. Saphead
6. Braindash in Plasma Christ
7. Darkgrave
8. Skvllbreeding
9. Why Oral Zebras
10. Sleeping
11. Pvlp
12. Vixen-Angel's Death

The scent of hate

More like this:
Lunus -
Monolilith (1993)
Murderous Vision -
...Loathe (1997)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Bright - Bright (1996)

Blissed-out, kraut-indebted indie/post-rock from a Boston duo. Echoing guitars, understated vocals, insistent drumming, and a few saxophone cameos for good measure. Bright does remind me of some other, great bands -- Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, and Duster, primarily -- but their sound is their own.

Track listing:
1. Canal
2. The Res
3. Enthusiasm
4. Off
5. Merrimack
6. Point
7. Lake Killala
8. Elting 1901
9. Switch
10. Mugged
11. Redefine
12. All the Wheels Go
13. Pannonica
14. Perennials
15. Boham and Pribram

Forever more or less

You'd also like:
Flying Saucer Attack -
Flying Saucer Attack (1993)
Pram - The Stars Are So Big, the Earth
Is So Small... Stay as You Are

Friday, May 3, 2019

Alpha - The Impossible Thrill (2001)

Dreamy, abstract Bristol trip-hop. I found this album years ago while searching the Pitchfork archives for their worst reviewed albums -- they gave it a 3.0. But despite the writer's best efforts to make The Impossible Thrill sound unappealing, every descriptor they used just made it sound cooler and cooler. Lush, live instrumental arrangements mixed with trip-hop electronics? Narcotized vocalists? Blatant disregard for traditional song structure? Sounded great to me. So I got it, and have loved it ever since.

Track listing:
1. Still
2. Eon
3. Dim
4. South
5. Almost There
6. Wise
7. Especial
8. Wishes
9. Clear Sky
10. Al Sation
11. Fort

Won't be back

Similar vibes:
A Guy Called Gerald -
Essence (2000)
Milosh -
III (2008)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Gert Emmens - Wanderer of Time (2003)

Mesmerizing synth-worship from this Dutch nerd. Sprawling, subtly shifting pieces that suggest alien landscapes (pictured above), making your way through a hazy, Bladerunner-esque city at night, and drifting through the cosmos.

Track listing:
1. Wanderer of Time
2. Gaspra
3. Alien Matter
4. Elektra World
5. The Voyager of Voyager I

Another time, another space

You'd also like:
Didier Bocquet -
Eclipse (1977)
Mark Shreeve -
Ursa Major (1980)

Monday, April 29, 2019

Dark Storm - Infernal Tyrant (2005)

Czech black metal annihilation. Great songs, great riffs, amazing drummer. A real fucking ripper.

Track listing:
1. For Throne
2. Wrath of Satan
3. Sons of Apocalypse
4. Prince's Seam
5. Triumph of Horned Beast
6. Infernal Tyrant
7. Return of His Majesty
8. Black Satanic Propaganda

Ancient spirits
Created by evil
Follow my voice

If you like this, listen to:
Malleus Maleficarum -
Taedium Vitae (2002)
Grafvitnir -
Semen Serpentis (2014)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Voodoo Child - The End of Everything (1996)

First full-length by this project of Richard Melville Hall, aka Moby. It's soothing, ambient electro/techno with a beautifully gentle sense of forward movement. Easily one of the best albums he ever put out. Also, while I have your attention, I'd just like to say that, "Bodyrock" aside, Play is a fucking masterpiece, and no amount of selling out or mediocrity that has transpired since its release will change that.

Track listing:
1. Patient Love
2. Great Lake
3. Gentle Love
4. Honest Love
5. Slow Motion Suicide
6. Dog Heaven
7. Reject

The rain pushes the buildings aside
The sky turns black
The sky

You might also enjoy:
Ambient Temple of Imagination -
Mystery School (1994)
Château Flight -
Puzzle (2000)

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Jane Siberry - The Speckless Sky (1985)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Jane Siberry - The Walking (1987)

Crystalline art pop from the great Jane Siberry. While The Walking will always be my personal favorite Siberry record, The Speckless Sky is probably her best. It's less experimental, but it's also less melodramatic, it's exploratory, and has the same shimmering, idiosyncratic beauty. Pretty sure this is what people have retroactively started calling "sophisti-pop," but I haven't adopted that one yet because it's so lame, it physically hurts to say out loud.

Track listing:
1. One More Colour
2. Seven Steps to the Wall
3. The Very Large Hat
4. Vladimir Vladimir
5. Mein Bitte
6. The Empty City
7. Map of the World Part II
8. The Taxi Ride

There's the sun
Through the bars
Cutting swathes
Lighting dust

If you like this, listen to:
Anna Domino -
East and West (1984)
Jan Bang -
Frozen Feelings (1989)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Purple Confusion - The Sound of the Atom Splitting (2002)

One-off LP of glitchy, downtempo IDM from a group that featured, in its 6-member lineup, both original members of M83. Fractured, stuttering beats and gauzily layered synths, with a sense of beautiful, melancholic wonder that brings to mind the spirit -- and occasionally, the sound -- of post-rock.

Track listing:
1. Introduction
2. Return to Nassau
3. Running Behind Butterflies
4. Jeff Koons
5. Bliss
6. Secret Tragedy
7. The Endless Harmony of Your Cosmic Wonder
8. Dreaming of an Hypersomniac Princess
9. Breathing Underwater
10. The Cloud in Your Eyes
11. Falling in the Sea at the Speed of Snow Part I
12. Falling in the Sea at the Speed of Snow Part II

Things are sometimes tragic

You should also check out:
Funckarma -
Solid State (2001)
Ulrich Schnauss -
Far Away Trains Passing By (2001)