Gog – The Lies, They Want To Give You Something (King Of The Monsters)
Muther. Fucken. GOG. This dude rules all. Everything he’s done has been the highest caliber black drone metal and his newest self titled release on the ever trustworthy KOTM takes shit to the next level. Things are way rowdier than before, less drone (but also more drone?), more songy songs, even pianos & vocals (with Francesca Marongiu of Agarttha & Architeuthis Rex lending her incredible voice to one track), the heavy doom is amped up, cranked to 11, and absolutely mono-fuckin-lithic, serious blown out darkness spewed from a core of pure fury & pain, the black metal blacker and metaller than it’s ever been, Gog transformed into a dynamic beast capable of droning silent voids of non-existence and unholy squalls roaring from the depths of despair, listen to this at maximum volume and be prepared for a true pummeling, this is a wholly unique record, and as a Gog fan, I can safely say it’s my favorite thing he’s ever released. Only 300 copies pressed, and if you’re unfamiliar with Gog or KOTM, know that this will not stick around long.
Gilead Fest is coming!! This thing is going to be insane. Gilead is one of the best metal labels around and this festival is sure to be fucking great. In honor of the upcoming brutality, I did a special episode going through every band that’s playing the fest and in the order that they’ll be playing.
The only caveats are 1: Wolvserpent didn’t get a standalone song because they were the background music for the whole show, 2: Alraune didn’t get played at all because their album isn’t out yet and the only release they have to date (a self titled EP) isn’t available digitally, and 3: Thou & The Body each had separate songs but not one of their collaborative pieces because I didn’t have time.
A few tickets are still available, they’re cheap, the lodging is cheap, it’s in the north (Oshkosh, Wisconsin!) so it won’t be too hot, and Adam has blacked out all the windows in the venue for maximum carnage. Don’t miss out on this. It’s going to be the fucking bessssst.
AGB Radio 2014/06/23
/Background music/ Wolvserpent – Within The Light Of Fire (from Perigea Antahkarana)
00:01:19 Oozing Wound – Welcome To The Spaceship, Motherfucker (from Retrash)
00:04:14 Inter Arma – ‘sblood (from Sky Burial)
00:10:35 Hell – Deflagratio (from Hell I)
00:15:43 Ash Borer – In The Midst Of Life, We Are In Death (from Ash Borer)
00:27:26 Talk break
00:28:15 Protestant – Jan Palach (from Reclamation)
00:30:59 Hexer – I:III (from Hexer)
00:33:49 Owlfood – Collective Memory, The Trail Of Eyes (from Destroyers Of The Moon)
00:37:04 Sea Of Bones – Black Arm (from The Earth Wants Us Dead)
00:44:05 Geryon – Lament (from Geryon)
00:47:12 Kowloon Walled City – 50s Dad (from Container Ships)
00:50:35 Mutilation Rites – Realms Of Dementia (from Empyrean)
00:55:00 Talk break
00:56:15 Bastard Sapling – Prophecy Born From Dismal Terrain (from Dragged From Our Restless Trance)
01:01:21 The Body – Hail To Thee, Everlasting Pain (from I Shall Die Here)
01:07:00 Northless – Wither And Escape (from World Keeps Sinking)
01:10:15 Generation Of Vipers – Gates Of Steel (from Devana)
01:13:31 Seidr – The Pillars Of Creation (from Ginnungagap)
01:23:51 Talk break
01:25:30 False – The Key Of Passive Suffering (from Untitled)
01:38:00 Uzala – Burned (from Tales Of Blood & Fire)
01:42:11 Loss – Shallow Pulse (from Despond)
01:49:10 Barghest – Thought Disease (from The Virtuous Purge)
01:52:46 Thou – In Defiance Of The Sages (from Heathen)
No need to rehash the stuff I’ve already written about with a mid-year best of list. Once a year is plenty. And sometimes (ok all the time) it’s hard to keep up with all the supremely excellent releases that come out. And sometimes it’s easier to just bang out a bunch of mini(ish) reviews all at once so I don’t feel like I’m trapped under a stack of promos that’s ready to cave in on me. So here’s the awesome shit that came out this year (one was originally released on CD last year but put out on vinyl this year so whatever) that I didn’t have time to get around to. Each and every one of these is fantastic enough to have deserved their own individual review but oh well, so it’s likely more than one of these will end up on my year end Top Drone list. And while some of these records have already gotten more than enough coverage elsewhere, they’re all just too good for me to ignore. But I’m sure you’ll be able to find some stuff in here you haven’t heard yet.
Also, if record on here was self released, chances are it’s available for pay what you can on Bandcamp, so get excited.
The technically unranked list of 20 is below the jump so as not to clog up the front page.
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Ben Vida – Part 8 (Shelter Press)
Shelter Press doin a fuckin number on 2014, this new Ben Vida record just adding to the awesomeness, and while anything by Mr. Vida should be on your radar regardless, Slipping Control gets extra points for including Tyondai Braxton and Sara Magenheimer on vocals. What started out as the book Tztztztzt Î Í Í…, which was “composed to act as a score, a sound piece and as raw data for electronic control source” turned into this record of brainwarping levels of insanity, full blown electronic scatter glitch that ping pongs in your skull like misfiring neural synapses, laser sharp and reverbed wire snap, and then Ty & Sara come in with their wordless stuttering, either solo or with electronic accompaniment, and it’s just fucking brilliant, with fleeting rhythms that pull you in for sweet moments of focused repetition before being twisted, layered, and chopped into its alien bio-mechanics, these are sounds that come from an intentional randomness that transforms the way you hear the world around you, the hums and scratches in your life being re-imagined and given new life. This is, unsurprisingly, supremely excellent work from Vida. Wholly worth your time.
Rvnes – Relief (Jehu & Chinaman)
Rvnes is new, but Malte Cornelius Jantzen has been around for a bit as S N DY P RL RS, whose LP on Umor Rex is fantastic. But S N DY P RL RS is no more and Rvnes has risen in its place. Glory be to Rvnes, this debut is easily one of my favorite drone records this year, two side-long pieces of deeeeep minimalism that sounds like it’s nearly motionless but feels like it has an entire universe of detail (which is proven by the waveform that’s way more dynamic than you’d expect), it’s the subtle pulsing, the delicate shifts in tone, the silence hovering between moments of resignation & peace that take what could be nothing more than a simple sleep to a beautifully perfect transcendence, this is full of a dense & delicate precision, a softness that almost diverts attention from the intense melancholic sobriety, but fully embracing this allows for all intricacies to be teased out, the borderline bliss alongside the bittersweet void, this is absolutely fucking awesome and deserves way more praise than it’s likely to get. Only 30 tapes were made, so seriously do not waste any time picking this up. Also it was mastered by the master himself Nicholas Szczepanik. It doesn’t get much better than this.
This episode is fuckin stacked. All killer no filler 100% awesome.
AGB Radio 2014/06/16
/Background music/ Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Pleasure Mantra Of Sorrows (from Astrorgasm From The Inner Space)
Aquarelle – Interrupted Forms II (from Interrupted Forms)
Bremen – Static Interference (from Second Launch)
Baeda – Neanderthal Man (from Feast Of Flowers And The Holy Ghost: The Youth Choose A Queen From Among The Little Children)
The Glittering Hand – Three Eyes (from Rising)
Olekranon – Blackprint (from Aphelion)
Greg Kelley & Jason Lescalleet – Sayonara (Pechuga Cadaver) (from Conversations)
Death Grips – Have A Sad Cum (from Niggas On The Moon)
Designer – Slowpokin (from Tour)
Magik Markers – Untitled 4 (from Let Me Die In Connecticut So God Knows Where To Find Me)
Wife – Tongue (from What’s Between)
Witchbeam – Amigos (from Mugen Vol. 8)
Dirch Blewn – Holding Breath (from A Fear Of Swimming)
Rvnes – Rest (from Rest/Relief)
Ben Vida – Part 13 (from Slipping Control)
Equal Stones – Set Free (Hidden Vibes)
This is a truly magnificent record from Equal Stones, aka Amandus Schaap from the Netherlands. Hidden Vibes makes note that Transgression has more of a “drone theme” than previous Equal Stones stuff, which I haven’t heard, so I can’t say if this is his usual sound or not, but I’m gonna guess this drone is somewhat new to him. But who fuckin cares because this record is the fucking best. This is a softly textured drone that’s gritty and looped, making heavy use of analog creek & crackle alongside echoing guitar, subtle synth, and ethereal nondescript vocals, wonderful waves of static that rise nice & high without being overwhelming and sit just below the threshold of euphoria, mysterious & hypnotic, like staring at the horizon through a thin fog over the ocean, seeing the occasional whitecap and floating debris, all shrouded in a soothing bittersweet bliss, dissolving your problems to their true objective state and letting that obsessive anxiety fall away. 100% awesome and you get the best of both worlds with options for limited gatefold vinyl and/or free* digital. You know what to do.
Wreck & Reference – Apollo Beneath The Whip (Flenser)
No one else is doing this right now. Fuck, no one else has ever done this. Wreck & Reference are forging new ground here and have been since their insane Black Cassette debut. They’re a duo of limitless despair treading among noise, black metal, punk, dark ambient, industrial, targeted cacophony, everything bizarre & grim, that sounds brilliantly original and crushes souls every minute along the way, this is heavy as fuck and horrifically sparse, blowing through a drum kit and electronics with heavy handed dexterity, both dudes taking turns at the mic with bloody screeching & beastly roaring vocals, singing of staring deep into the void of misery and knowing nothing is on the other side, this heaves and creeps like an endless nausea rising from your core and black blood coursing through your veins, all hell has broken loose and we’re left to rot in the bleak absurdity, if Want was any more devoid of hope it would likely be banned in several countries. You’d be doing yourself a great disservice by ignoring this band.
P.S. These guys are currently on tour with Deafheaven and Pallbearer and they fuckin rip it up on stage. Even if you don’t care about DH or PB, just go for these dudes and you won’t be disappointed.
Julianna Barwick has an EP made of samples from a beer factory and a new beer is named after the EP (or vice versa, whatever). Also Carl Hultgren from Windy & Carl released his first solo record!
AGB Radio 2014/06/09
/Background music/ Inutili – Drunk Of Colostro (from Music To Watch The Clouds On A Sunny Day)
Julianna Barwick – Two Moons (from Rosabi)
Nawa – Fasel Al Jalal (from Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs From Aleppo)
Alice Boman – What Are You Searching For (from EP II)
Wreck & Reference – Flies (from Want)
Emma Ruth Rundle – Savage Saint (from Some Heavy Ocean)
Carl Hultgren – Ledge (from Tomorrow)
Datashock – Fanta Morgana (from Keine Oase In Sicht)
Kemialliset Ystävät – Vettä Yarahille (from Alas Rattoisaa Virtaa)
Lee Noble – Fall Asleep (from Forming)
Bird People – Henbane (from Nightshades)
Mark Harris – Everything I Did Was Wrong (from The Angry Child)
Sontag Shogun – Tail (from Tale)
Lil Ugly Mane – Thought About Cutting My Face Off (from Absence Of Shitperson)
How To Disappear Completely – In Motion (from Oblivion/Rites)
Ezio Piermattei – Untitled 4 (from Turismo Dentale)
Seirom – I’m So Glad To Have Been A Part Of You (from And The Light Swallowed Everything)
Paco Sala – Sausalito (from Put Your Hands On Me)
Nathan McLaughlin – 3:59 (Desire Path)
Oh fuck, this one’s a doozy. Some background: Houpert, McLaughlin, Yantis, & Mason have this huge project that has its own site called A Line In The Sand. In addition to this Line Drawings LP on Desire Path, there’s a ton of other related stuff. There’s an hour long tape called Alice Sketches on Digitalis consisting of “conversations” where they responded to challenges & questions they posed to each other while creating Line Drawings. There’s a 12 page newsprint tabloid with gorgeous artwork from Chris Koelle that includes portraits of all 10 artists. And there’s a series of 5 split 7″s called Studies (co-released by Desire Path and FET Press) where each of these guys (including Chris Koelle) picked another artist not involved in A Line In The Sand to contribute to the other side of their 7″, which brings in Anne Guthrie, Mary Lattimore, Brad Rose, Olli Aarni, and Norm Chambers. Holy jesus that’s a lot of stuff and I assure you every bit of it is 100% worthwhile. No filler. But this post is about the Desire Path LP…
Which is un-fucking-believably awesome. 2 tracks per artist, 1 for each side, and these 4 are perfectly suited for a split like this. I only knew of Josh Mason and Cody Yantis beforehand and I could easily name their records if I heard them randomly or out of context, but here everybody’s music blurs together so seamlessly it could just as well have been a collaboration. This is the most subtle, intimate, & delicate music, soft drones humming throughout, with processed & glitched guitars, intentional banjo plucking, satiny strings, mystical field recordings, the warble & crackle of ancient analog media, this is deep music that’s full of life & emotion, it gets dark, harrowing, dipping into the dreadful void, far enough down that the light above almost but not quite disappears, but mostly this is a tender ambient that effortlessly divulges truth & peace, an insane pleasure listening to this record, there is nothing better than a 4-way split that comes together so beautifully. And this just continues to confirm Desire Path’s streak of masterpieces, they’re currently 9 for 9 and I see no sign of them tripping up anytime soon.
Brinstaar – Lakshmi (Kotä)
Some killer weirdness coming out of Russia with this new Brinstaar record, abstracted wandering that births intimate ritualistic chimes & clatter, static glitch finding new ways to hypnotize, mega drones, pulsing bliss, plinky rhythms, and solar transcendence, adding some hidden & mysterious field recordings alongside the processed guitar and synth, this is fantastic work that Brinstaar says comes from looking for that “elusive moment of infinite bliss that keeps him alive and conscious.” Not sure what his moment is but it’s probably pretty similar to mine because this record fuckin rules. And it comes in the most future-tastic holographic jacket that has to be held in your hands to be fully appreciated. New to me label Kotä has instantly won me over with this one.
So much new stuff! Really psyched about the Mohammad trilogy. And man that Alan Licht & Brian Chase collab is somethin else.
AGB Radio 2014/06/02
/Background music/ Dylan Nyoukis – The Flood Wants Silence Of Tongue (from The Flood Wants Silence Of Tongue)
Mohammad – Kabilar Mace (from Zo Rèl Do)
Nick Castell – Bixi (from The Water Margin)
Arne Deforce & Mika Vainio – Phlegethon (Stream Of Fire) (from Hephaestus)
Three Legged Race – Aside From Each Other And Together Overnight (from Rope Commercial, Vol. 1)
Suzanne Kraft – 6:26 (from Missum)
Vladislav Delay – #22 (from Ripatti 03)
Richard Pinhas & Oren Ambarchi – Tokyo – T4V2 (from Tikkun)
Alan Licht & Brian Chase – Irreal/Erosion (from We Thought We Could Do Anything)
Ant’lrd – Space Heater (from Midlife Crisis)
CoH – Meguro 10-6 (from To Beat)
Leyland Kirby Presents V/Vm – Marple Libradome ’91 (from The Death Of Rave (A Partial Flashback))
Planning For Burial – Still Dream (from Distances)
Dorval & Devereaux – Early Morning Rides (from Dorval & Devereaux)
Walls / Oram – Reflexions, Refractions And Multiplications (from Sound Houses)
Kyle Bobby Dunn – Where Circles Never Become Circles (from Kyle Bobby Dunn And The Infinite Sadness)
I’m selling some used shirts for $5 a piece over here (link over on the right for future reference). Bands include Dan Deacon, Sigur Ros, Death From Above 1979, Planning For Burial, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Locrian, Melt Banana, Xasthur, and a bunch more. Only one of each exists, so if you want it, ya better not slack around.