Fans of breakbeat driven techno will want to throw this one in their bag immediately. For a full decade now, the Zenker Brothers have been releasing nothing but quality tunes on their Ilian Tape imprint, and to celebrate they are dropping a gorgeous 3xLP compilation appropriately titled A Decade Ilian Tape. You should be able to pick this up on pre-order at any of your favorite online retailers; we are obviously fond of redeyerecords.co.uk.
If raw, in-the-red, wall-of-sound black metal is your thing, then you are likely well familiar with Portugal’s Black Cilice. You probably didn’t miss the extremely limited initial pressing of Necrotelepathy from side project Candelabrum either. So you wouldn’t have any need to pick up the repress that is now available from analogworship.com or arcanealtar.bigcartel.com.
If the Bandcamp profile photo doesn’t immediately sell you, or offends your puritan black metal sensibilities, then we could not possibly go out of our way enough to convince you to pick up the new LP from Sweden one-man band Panphage. Glorious riffs and triumphantly unhinged vocals with a production that complements the music quite perfectly; distributed in the US by the kind folks over at thecollectivedistro.com.
There’s something going on in the Netherlands, and it would be worth swiveling your lens in that direction. Both Turia and Iskandr play long-form black metal that is both slightly psychedelic and fairly minimal. Dede Kondre was played and recorded live and the vinyl grooves do indeed exude that kind of wild energy; while Heilig Land seems to be a one-man creation (a player known only as “O” appears in credits for both albums). These have been imported for your convenience by the curators at Arcane Altar. The Turia LP, limited to 250, can be found at this link: arcanealtar.bigcartel.com.
And why would you not also pick up the Iskandr album? Limited to 500 at arcanealtar.bigcartel.com.
Normally, we’d probably just mention all the rad vinyl they guys are doing, but we think this might be one of the only proper Nightbringer releases made available on cassette in recent memory (not including reissues.) Whatever, either way, a slew of different options are available for the blistering Terra Damnata from Seasons Of Mist. Whats important is just that you get one, format be damned. This thing sounds like a Bosch painting come to life and taking up residence in your mind.
Uškumgallu on Vrasubatlat. The phonetics are as impenetrable as the music, and neither were made for peaceable ingestion. Metal Archives tells me that members are shared with Ash Borer, but the sound here is less cathartic and more primal, raw and violent (not at all unlike last year’s criminally slept upon Urzeit release). Follow the Vrasubatlat Bandcamp page so you don’t miss the next tape drop, and pick up this LP as soon as you can, there are only 300 of them: vrasubatlat.bigcartel.com or store.fallenempire.com.
We’ve been holding on to this bookmark for awhile, but it looks like the Pitchfork BNM hype machine is forcing our hand. You’ll want to get in and snatch the edition of Reassemblage that comes with the mixtape, won’t you? Of course you will, youngling. Beautiful electronic sounds and weirdo sound design from this duo; fresh out the weird, electronic oven over at the increasingly relevant RVNG Intl. imprint. Available on Bandcamp or right here, right now: igetrvng.com.
There does rise the occasion when you have exhausted your psyche from scouring your emotions with abrasive metal or forcing them to limp along robotically to soulless techno tones and you just need to sit down and put on an album that will hit you squarely in the feels. This one has been doing it for me lately. Your mileage may vary, but if it does, you may not be an actual empathic human and should consider throwing yourself off the nearest cliff. Swoop: badabingrecords.bandcamp.com.
We got so caught up stalking Hells Headbangers waiting for the drop that we forgot to alert our faithful to the newest masterpiece from Cultes Des Ghoules. We aren’t being hyperbolic when we say this album is quite unlike anything else out there, and certainly worthy of the 3xLP pressing that Hells Headbangers has bestowed up on it. Get evil: shop-hellsheadbangers.com.