Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Corvus Corax - The Atavistic Triad (2000)

Pacific Northwest symphonic black metal with folk-ish, pagan leanings. Some chintzy-ass keyboards, for sure. Epic, sorrowful, and sadly, the only album this band ever made.

Track listing:
1. Son of the Earth
2. Terminus Est
3. Sojourn
4. Mystagogue
5. Dead Man Walking

I am the one and the many within me

More along these lines:
Necrofeast -
Soulwinds (2000)
Aquilus -
Engraved Souls (2006)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Popol Vuh - Messa di Orfeo (1999)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Popol Vuh - In Den Garten Pharaos (1971)
Popol Vuh - Spirit of Peace (1985)

Soothing aural meditations from the great Popol Vuh. Drifting synths, gentle voices, and buzzing bees (among other nature sounds.) A brief but much-needed reprieve from this toilet earth.

Track listing:
1. Deep in the Ocean of Love
2. Strofa 1
3. Nascita dell'ape
4. Strofa 2
5. Dall'origine al divenire
6. Strofa 3
7. Strofa 4
8. Primo Movimento
9. Strofa 5

Wind of the stars in their eyes

Similar vibes:
Bearns & Dexter -
The Golden Voyage Volume 1
Al Gromer Khan -
The God Perfume II

Friday, June 26, 2020

Boscoe - Boscoe (1973)

A masterpiece of epic, musically and politically radical Chicago soul.

Track listing:
1. Introduction / Writin' on the Wall
2. He Keeps You
3. We Ain't Free
4. If I Had My Way
5. I'm What You Need
6. Money Won't Save You
7. Now and Den

War is the precedent of peace

You might also want to hear:
Jerry Peters -
Blueprint for Discovery (1972)
Marsha Hunt -
Attention! (1973)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cenotaph - The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden Sorrows (1992)

Old-school Mexican death metal. A murky, sludgy, gut-rumbling journey into the lysergic abyss.

Track listing:
1. Requiem for a Soul Request
2. Ashes in the Rain
3. ...A Red Sky
4. Evoked Doom
5. Tenebrous Apparitions
6. The Spiritless One
7. Infinite Meditation of an Uncertain Existence
8. In the Cosmic Solitude
9. Repulsive Odor of Decomposition

A perverse embryo is staring at me
From a dark tower of sand

You should also hear:
Afterlife -
Surreality (1992)
Disastrous Murmur -
Rhapsodies in Red (1992)

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Soul Whirling Somewhere - Please Sennd Help (2001)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Soul Whirling Somewhere - Eating the Sea (1993)

Fourth and seemingly final album from the great, unsung Soul Whirling Somewhere. The 'confessional' lyrical approach suggests emo, but everything else -- the reverb, the slo-mo, ethereal instrumentation, the ever-present sense of doom -- evoke the golden eras of 4AD and Projekt.

Track listing:
1. The Wedding
2. Nani
3. Aileron
4. Salt Angel
5. Shivering Fox
6. You Stutter When You Sleep
7. Box
8. The Sun in Braids
9. In On
10. Little Gaze
11. Gaze
12. Happy Valley
13. I Give Up. Goodbye.

Pale, near-virgin paper
Barely creased or ever read
The scent of your lipstick
Still preserved where you kissed it

More along these lines:
Lycia -
The Burning Circle
and Then Dust
The Hope Blister -
...Smile's OK

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Alec Empire - Generation Star Wars (1994)

Debut solo album from German digital hardcore pioneer Alec Empire, perhaps best known as an OG member of Atari Teenage Riot. Here, there's a greater deal of nuance than the work he became known for, as his signature bludgeoning, distorted beats are balanced by lush, at times melancholic synths and strings.

Track listing:
1. Lash the 90ties
2. Stahl & Blausäure
3. 13465
4. Maschinenvolk
5. Sonyprostitutes
6. Blutrote Nacht Über Berlin
7. Pussy Heroin
8. New Acid
9. Smack
10. N.Y.-Summer
11. Konsumfreiheit
12. Microchipkinder
13. Sieg Über Die Mayday-HJ

My body cannot die

You might also enjoy:
Philip Jeck -
Loopholes (1995)
The Third Eye Foundation -
Semtex (1996)

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Clockcleaner - Babylon Rules (2007)

Philly noise rock with extremely dark, Tom Antona-sounding vocals, and anchored by rumbling, sludgy bass.

Track listing:
1. New in Town
2. Vomiting Mirrors
3. When My Ship Comes In
4. Caliente Queen
5. Human Pigeon
6. Man Across the Street
7. Daddy Issues
8. Out of the City

The birds and bees won't save you now

If you like this, listen to:
Fudge Tunnel -
Hate Songs in E Minor (1991)
Drunk Dad -
Ripper Killer (2014)

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Caïnan Dawn - thAVMIAL (2014)

French black metal. Droning and melodic, and undeniably a part of the orthodox wave that was in vogue at the time of the album's release.

Track listing:
1. Keter
2. The Brood
3. Legionem Daemonicus
4. World Among Worlds
5. Kaon
6. Vigrid
7. Raunen

Now the portal of black blood are open

You'd probably also enjoy:
Kozeljknik -
Deeper the Fall (2010)
Acrimonious -
Sunyata (2012)