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July 30, 2021, 5:31 pm

 

CRAZY MOON

Band:CRAZY HORSE
Album:CRAZY MOON
Label:DUST BUG RECORDS
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Classic Rock

The Crazy Horse masterpiece and often overlooked hidden jewel in the Neil Young and Crazy Horse canon of releases is now finally restored to vinyl for the first time since 1978 from the original analogue tapes. Features tracks initially written around the Zuma sessions and subsequently toured as part of the Neil Young and Crazy Horse Rolling Zuma Revue of Northern California in 1975. Crazy Moon shows the band at their laid back and rocking best. Features Neil Young on 5 tracks on what some consider to be his most searing guitar work of the period, plus former members of The Rockets and Crazy Horse. If you’ve never heard Crazy Moon in all its glory... you are in for a treat. Dust Bug Records are proud to confirm that this record has been cut on vintage analogue equipment from restored original 1/4 inch tape.

180g vinyl Random Insertion of: 500 BLUE VINYL 300 BLACK.

Limited to 800 Numbered copies only.

100% Analogue Pressing

4 Page Deluxe lyric booklet with sleeve notes by Ralph Molina

 

 

THE VEIL OF CONTROL

Band:DYSRHYTHMIA
Album:THE VEIL OF CONTROL
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Having established themselves as one of the most notable progressive and unique instrumental metal bands since their inception over 15 years ago, NY-based (originally Philly-based) power-trio DYSRHYTHMIA reflect their musical expression in mirroring the definition of their moniker.

Through six full-length albums, DYSRHYTHMIA (Kevin Hufnagel/gutiars, Colin Marston/bass, and Jeff Eber/drums, Hufnagel and the ever prolific Marston also comprising one-half of GORGUTS and were specifically recruited by Gorguts mastermind Luc Lemay to join his band when he resurrected the legendary technical death metal wonder several years ago) have shown the ultimate in musical fortitude and expression through wondrous jaw-dropping musical compositions that go beyond the mere definition of jazz-infused avant-garde technical extreme metal.

With their new album “The Veil Of Control”, the band’s first since their Profound Lore Records debut in 2012 “Test Of Submission” (the band released their previous albums on Relapse Records), DYSRHYTHMIA have once again created a new expression within their jaw-dropping repertoire that will go unparalleled within the niche genre of “instrumental progressive metal”, proving once again they are an untouchable entity within the genre. 

For fans of Gorguts, Krallice, Watchtower, Russian Circles, and Animals As Leaders.

 

 

STANDARD NATURE EP

Band:WIFE
Album:STANDARD NATURE EP
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD EP
Genre:Avantgarde/Electronic

WIFE is the solo electronic music project of multi-instrumentalist producer James Kelly, also known as the mastermind behind forward-thinking acclaimed post-black metal band ALTAR OF PLAGUES.

Debuting with the “Stoic” EP in 2012 (released on limited edition vinyl via Left_blank), which would gain some traction in the electronic/experimental music scene, WIFE would immediately sign with respected electronic music label Tri-Angle Records (The Haxan Cloak, Forest Swords, Evian Christ, Holy Other, Clams Casino etc.) for WIFE’s debut LP “What’s Between” in 2014 (which was co-produced by The Haxan Cloak respectively). “What’s Between” would help bring even more awareness to Kelly as a producer/prospect within the electronic music scene alongside his aforementioned peers. Said debut LP would see Kelly incorporate more song-oriented electronic pop elements into the WIFE sound as well and would see Kelly become quite active on the live circuit likewise.

With the new WIFE EP “Standard Nature” to be released via Profound Lore Records on limited edition CD, limited edition12” MLP and digital this Sept, Kelly has created a bridge between “What’s Between” and the more experimental aura of the “Stoic” EP. The result being some of the best produced WIFE material yet with creating heavier, cacophonous, more intense and more dynamic sounds through the myriad of meticulously crafted layers of electronics, samples and beats.

 

 

STANDARD NATURE EP - Vinyl

Band:WIFE
Album:STANDARD NATURE EP - Vinyl
Label:Profound Lore
Format:Vinyl EP
Genre:Avantgarde/Electronic

WIFE is the solo electronic music project of multi-instrumentalist producer James Kelly, also known as the mastermind behind forward-thinking acclaimed post-black metal band ALTAR OF PLAGUES.

Debuting with the “Stoic” EP in 2012 (released on limited edition vinyl via Left_blank), which would gain some traction in the electronic/experimental music scene, WIFE would immediately sign with respected electronic music label Tri-Angle Records (The Haxan Cloak, Forest Swords, Evian Christ, Holy Other, Clams Casino etc.) for WIFE’s debut LP “What’s Between” in 2014 (which was co-produced by The Haxan Cloak respectively). “What’s Between” would help bring even more awareness to Kelly as a producer/prospect within the electronic music scene alongside his aforementioned peers. Said debut LP would see Kelly incorporate more song-oriented electronic pop elements into the WIFE sound as well and would see Kelly become quite active on the live circuit likewise.

With the new WIFE EP “Standard Nature” to be released via Profound Lore Records on limited edition CD, limited edition12” MLP and digital this Sept, Kelly has created a bridge between “What’s Between” and the more experimental aura of the “Stoic” EP. The result being some of the best produced WIFE material yet with creating heavier, cacophonous, more intense and more dynamic sounds through the myriad of meticulously crafted layers of electronics, samples and beats.

 

 

LONDON BRIXTON ACE 1983

Band:S.P.K.
Album:LONDON BRIXTON ACE 1983
Label:THERAPEUTUC / ADVERSE
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Avantgarde/Electronic

SPK live in 1983 - Only once earlier released on vinyl in the boxset "Working Cycle Transmissions" (Therapeutic/Adverse Recordings 2015).

Recorded at the London Brixton Ace April 20th 1983

 

 

EMBRYO

Band:KATLA
Album:EMBRYO
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

Katla is an enticing mixture of everything that was unforgettable and magical in the musical landscape of the seventies - a hint of krautrock here, a dash of Hawkwind-y psychedelia there and a touch of Swedish folk rock on top. In February 2014 the band entered the legendary studio of Silence Records in the dark forests of Värmland to tape their long play debut. During a weekend of recording and walks through the woods the album took shape.The songs consisted of old and new ones ranging from the krauty psych-rock of A Black, Slimy, Smooth and Tongueshaped Form, over the heavy stoner of Horsehead to the calm of Embryo. The album was mixed at Cobra Studios by Christian Gabel (bob hund) and the band with help from David Svedmyr. After finishing the recording session the band went on hiatus due to members moving abroad, but now they're back, and they're ready to present the psychedelic nugget that is Embryo.

 

 

EMBRYO - LP

Band:KATLA
Album:EMBRYO - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

Katla is an enticing mixture of everything that was unforgettable and magical in the musical landscape of the seventies - a hint of krautrock here, a dash of Hawkwind-y psychedelia there and a touch of Swedish folk rock on top. In February 2014 the band entered the legendary studio of Silence Records in the dark forests of Värmland to tape their long play debut. During a weekend of recording and walks through the woods the album took shape.The songs consisted of old and new ones ranging from the krauty psych-rock of A Black, Slimy, Smooth and Tongueshaped Form, over the heavy stoner of Horsehead to the calm of Embryo. The album was mixed at Cobra Studios by Christian Gabel (bob hund) and the band with help from David Svedmyr. After finishing the recording session the band went on hiatus due to members moving abroad, but now they're back, and they're ready to present the psychedelic nugget that is Embryo.

Vinyl LP.

 

 

Pahuuden Aanet

Band:SEREMONIA
Album:Pahuuden Aanet
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Finland's finest heavy psych outfit travels to the outer limits and beyond with their fourth full length album. Pahuuden äänet ('Voices of evil' in english) boldly goes and explores previously unknown dark corners of the heavy psych universe. It takes the lyrical story of Seremonia's previous album Kristalliarkki (The Crystal Ark, Svart Records 2015) and shoots it across space and time into a feverish dystopian nightmare. This time the apocalyptic visions have cosmic proportions, and lyrically it's the band's gloomiest & doomiest album to date.

Musically it's even more diverse and adventurous than the band's previous acid rock experiments. It's Seremonia's signature ”60's metal” sound, but the colossal doom prog parts are more colossal and the passages of melancholic beauty more beautiful than ever before. There's classic pop songwriting, spacey synthesizer freak-outs, dystopian dirges, victorious twin lead guitars, out-of-control space punk blasts and plenty of glorious hard rock riffage to accompany the stories of cosmic horror. And yes, Noora Federley's vocal delivery is still blood-chillingly cool, Erno Taipale's drumming still a pure force of nature and the stringed instruments out-of-controlled by Teemu Markkula, Ville Pirinen and Ilkka Vekka still make up an electric storm of fuzz.

 

 

Pahuuden Aanet - LP

Band:SEREMONIA
Album:Pahuuden Aanet - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Finland's finest heavy psych outfit travels to the outer limits and beyond with their fourth full length album. Pahuuden äänet ('Voices of evil' in english) boldly goes and explores previously unknown dark corners of the heavy psych universe. It takes the lyrical story of Seremonia's previous album Kristalliarkki (The Crystal Ark, Svart Records 2015) and shoots it across space and time into a feverish dystopian nightmare. This time the apocalyptic visions have cosmic proportions, and lyrically it's the band's gloomiest & doomiest album to date.

Musically it's even more diverse and adventurous than the band's previous acid rock experiments. It's Seremonia's signature ”60's metal” sound, but the colossal doom prog parts are more colossal and the passages of melancholic beauty more beautiful than ever before. There's classic pop songwriting, spacey synthesizer freak-outs, dystopian dirges, victorious twin lead guitars, out-of-control space punk blasts and plenty of glorious hard rock riffage to accompany the stories of cosmic horror. And yes, Noora Federley's vocal delivery is still blood-chillingly cool, Erno Taipale's drumming still a pure force of nature and the stringed instruments out-of-controlled by Teemu Markkula, Ville Pirinen and Ilkka Vekka still make up an electric storm of fuzz. VINYL LP FORMAT.

 

 

JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES - Bonus Tracks CD

Band:JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES
Album:JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES - Bonus Tracks CD
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Back in 2012, the Jess and the Ancient Ones debut album was an essential part of what was known as the occult rock revival. The band's progress has since then ventured beyond such sub-genres, but the debut remains a cult classic, with its triple guitar NWOBHM-influenced melodies and furious vocal delivery.

This CD reissue adds four bonus tracks to the original album. Three tracks taken from early singles and one previously unreleased song - a cover version of Anthem by Roky Erickson. The entire album has been remastered at Orgone Studios.

 

 

JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES - Bonus Tracks LP

Band:JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES
Album:JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES - Bonus Tracks LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Back in 2012, the Jess and the Ancient Ones debut album was an essential part of what was known as the occult rock revival. The band's progress has since then ventured beyond such sub-genres, but the debut remains a cult classic, with its triple guitar NWOBHM-influenced melodies and furious vocal delivery.

This LP reissue adds four bonus tracks to the original album. Three tracks taken from early singles and one previously unreleased song - a cover version of Anthem by Roky Erickson. The entire album has been remastered at Orgone Studios.

 

 

MERONIA - LP

Band:CIRCLE
Album:MERONIA - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Kraut / Space Rock

The album that started the Finnish hypno-rock cult in 1994 is long overdue for reissue. The 22th anniversary special vinyl edition comes as a joint venture between Ektro/Full Contact Records and Svart Records. The double vinyl features a bonus track not available on CD.

 

 

SANG DRAGON

Band:Witchthroat Serpent
Album:SANG DRAGON
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Sanguis Draconis is a thick, blood red resin extracted from exotic trees. Since dawn of times it has uses in medicine, crafts and of course… magic. And so is Witchthroat Serpent’s music: dark and heady as blood, weird as it would come from another world, and ridden with that old powerful magic men both used to practice and fear.

Witchthroat Serpent’s incantations are made of an old legacy. That of the ancestors of the doom and stoner scene, but don’t be mistaken! Witchthroat Serpent is more than a clone. It has its own spells, and sure know how to use them to enthrall the listener. Morbid groove and psychedelic tunes to seduce you to your perdition. And so is their new album, “Sang-dragon”.

 

 

M. Laakso - The Gothic Tapes Vol.1

Band:Kuolemanlaakso
Album:M. Laakso - The Gothic Tapes Vol.1
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Kuolemanlaakso are back, unlike you’ve never heard them before! As the title aptly implies, “M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes” is the first solo album of Kuolemanlaakso mastermind Laakso. It showcases his songwriting catchier and more varied than ever. “Kuolemanlaakso started out as my one-man solo project, which quickly escalated into a full-action monster with shows in the biggest clubs and metal festivals around Finland. As our singer Kotamäki will be occupied with Swallow the Sun’s touring duties for a long time, I finally had the opportunity to record an actual Kuolemanlaakso solo album”, Laakso rejoices. Compared to the previous Kuolemanlaakso releases, a lot has changed and much has stayed the same. For starters, “M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes” is not a death doom album. While the trademark heaviness, gloominess and melancholy are still solidly present; the color palette is vastly wider. The album is a journey through a wide range of emotions steered by nyctophilia, love for the dark. Whereas “Uljas uusi maailma” (2012), Musta aurinko nousee (EP, 2013) and “Tulijoutsen” (2014) were compared to acts such as Celtic Frost, My Dying Bride and Ajattara, one might hear echoes of Sisters of Mercy, Tiamat, Paradise Lost and Amorphis on this release. What’s also different is the language, and using Laakso as the lead vocalist.

 

 

M. Laakso - The Gothic Tapes Vol.1 - LP

Band:Kuolemanlaakso
Album:M. Laakso - The Gothic Tapes Vol.1 - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

Kuolemanlaakso are back, unlike you’ve never heard them before! As the title aptly implies, “M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes” is the first solo album of Kuolemanlaakso mastermind Laakso. It showcases his songwriting catchier and more varied than ever. “Kuolemanlaakso started out as my one-man solo project, which quickly escalated into a full-action monster with shows in the biggest clubs and metal festivals around Finland. As our singer Kotamäki will be occupied with Swallow the Sun’s touring duties for a long time, I finally had the opportunity to record an actual Kuolemanlaakso solo album”, Laakso rejoices. Compared to the previous Kuolemanlaakso releases, a lot has changed and much has stayed the same. For starters, “M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes” is not a death doom album. While the trademark heaviness, gloominess and melancholy are still solidly present; the color palette is vastly wider. The album is a journey through a wide range of emotions steered by nyctophilia, love for the dark. Whereas “Uljas uusi maailma” (2012), Musta aurinko nousee (EP, 2013) and “Tulijoutsen” (2014) were compared to acts such as Celtic Frost, My Dying Bride and Ajattara, one might hear echoes of Sisters of Mercy, Tiamat, Paradise Lost and Amorphis on this release. What’s also different is the language, and using Laakso as the lead vocalist. VINYL LP

 

 

Squartami Tutta Black Emanuelle Goes To Hell

Band:KOTIOMKIN
Album:Squartami Tutta Black Emanuelle Goes To Hell
Label:Subsound Records
Format:CD
Genre:CULT RETRO / HORROR

The project started in 2012 by the idea of Enzo P. Zeder set to music of which he is the author of the subject film, to accompany him in this adventure there are Gianni Narcisi and David " Skrella " Di Biagio

Kotiomkin take inspiration from the great masters of Italian soundtracks of the '70s/'80s like Nico Fidenco, Fabio Frizzi, Riz Ortolani, Budy Maglione, Goblin, Stelvio Cipriani, Bruno Nicolai and many others, filtering everything through a wall of distortion, low frequencies and vibrations.

 

 

TAKE ON LIFE

Band:CHRIS POPE AND THE CHORDS UK
Album:TAKE ON LIFE
Label:EPOP RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:MOD / MOD REVIVAL

The Chords UK were formed in 2012 by Chris Pope, the chief songwriter/guitarist of the highly regarded late 70’s new wave pop act The Chords. Commonly associated with the mod revival, the band released several singles in 1979‐80 that flirted with the Top 40 plus one solitary album that hit the Top 30. Over three decades on, original lead singer BIlly Hassett had relocated to Tokyo and was performing the band’s repertoire as The J‐Chords, so Pope decided to create a UK version in order to continue playing the likes of ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, ‘So Far Away’, ‘The British Way of Life’ and other songs that he had written just after leaving school and was juggling his writing responsibilities with the struggles involved in being a teenager signed to a major record label (Polydor) .

Teaming up with the crack rhythm section of Mic Stoner (bass) and Kenny Cooper (drums) and later adding guitarist Sandy Michie, this line‐up have been gigging regularly since 2014 and started recording new material a year later. Their opening salvo was an EP entitled ‘Get Famous’, released in the autumn of 2015 and described by Vive Le Rock as “more melodic pop chestnuts from a much underrated UK songwriter.” Working with renowned producer Pat Collier, the group have now delivered a blistering debut album, ‘Take On Life’, that details Pope’s on‐going experience of London’s daily grind (‘Man On The Northern Line’) offset by the hedonistic thrill of the weekend (‘Get Me To Saturday Night’), his dis‐satisfaction with the elite who continue to lord it over the rest of us (‘Pillars Of Society’), and the inevitable march of time and acceptance of ‘progress’ (‘Dreams Of Yesterday’).

Describing one of the reasons for making a Chris Pope & The Chords UK album, Pope states: “I got sent a bootleg of The Chords’ last ever gig from The Marquee almost 35 years ago and it struck me how different the songs for the [never made] second album sounded. A total sea change from the blood and thunder of the first 18 months of our recording career with a new singer [Kip Herring, formerly of The Vibrators] and a new approach to the band. I had always wondered what that followup would have sounded like. So, I took four of the previously unreleased songs from the bootleg and re‐worked them to reflect where we are now. Two of these, ‘Burning All Around’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’, made it into ‘Take On Life’.

Chris has released the most recent of which is 2014’s classic ‘Peace Of Mind’.

Major LONDON Launch party Gig 100 Club on Friday the 2nd September.

Reviews in Monthly magazines (Vive le rock /Mojo) and all the specialist Mod press / websites.

 

 

 

SEQUINS AND CBOMBS

Band:THE LOUNGE KITTENS
Album:SEQUINS AND CBOMBS
Label:GRWEAT
Format:CD
Genre:Rock

The Lounge Kittens was devised by Jenny Deacon and Timia Gwendoline, who met during a production of Sondheim's 'Company' (as Amy and Joanne respectively). In late 2012, Zan Lawther, a mutual friend from choir was drafted in during an evening of gin‐fuelled refreshment...

The heavenly notes of 'The Vengabus is Coming' had surrounded the Kittens like an ethereal mist as they cackled around a suspiciously sticky table in The Dungeon Club, Southampton. Some may argue that this ethereal mist was actually the lung‐blackening splutterings of an over‐worked fog machine well past its prime, coupled with the personal gases of the fragrant patrons of the Dungeon...particularly those who may have recently enjoyed a microwavable burger or toasty.

As the green lasers caught the smoke and reflected onto their faces, they stopped exchanging disgusting anecdotes for a moment to dwell upon the fact that Vengaboys should probably be brought back to the masses; stripped back to piano with thick harmonies, the heartfelt lyrics performed dripping with sarcasm, errr..I mean, feeling. Emotion. That one.

Very little was done to follow through on this promise until Jenny booked the Kittens for a handful of shows over the summer and they hastily set about actually putting their pennies where their mouths were, which you should never do; it's disgusting and very unhygienic. You never know where a penny has been...

Their debut shows struck a chord with audiences and bookings started to come in for private parties, charity events, cabarets, boozy pub shows, weddings, and support slots in sweaty rock clubs for sweaty rock bands.

Then came the videos. Spurred on by their success as a live outfit it was decided that a music video should be made. One sunny afternoon in February 2014 the girls commandeered a beautiful house and an even more beautiful Ferrari and filmed a ridiculous video to accompany their version of Limp Bizkit's 'Rollin'. What happened next was a surprise to everyone. With a personal endorsement from Mr Limp Bizkit himself (Fred Durst) the video sky‐rocketed into the virtual stratosphere.

In summer 2014 the Kittens knocked audiences for six at Glastonbury and Sonisphere festivals (among others) and were invited to open Limp Bizkit's set on the main stage at Sonisphere!

In 2015 they took off on a UK and European arena tour with the bad boys of heavy metal Steel Panther and then rampaged through Download Festival, Graspop, Boardmasters and returned to Glastonbury for the second year in a row. From YouTube to Wembley in one nimble leap they keep surprising audiences with their tongue‐in‐cheek covers, acerbic wit and ability to swear in three part harmony, proving that they can hold the attention of the heaviest of metal fans armed with just a keyboard and their voices.

2016 has seen the Kittens hidden away in the studio working on debut album ‘Sequins & C‐Bombs’ due out in September. Jam‐packed full of their humorous, entertaining and technically challenging covers this time they’ve spread themselves even further across the genres as they tackle tracks from Rammstein to Usher and everything in between. With an accompanying headline UK tour, numerous festival appearances including IOW Festival’s Big Top stage and a stint at Edinburgh Fringe with their cabaret show ‘Everybody Hates The Lounge Kittens’ and the opening slot for Status Quo’s ‘Last Night of the Electrics’ Tour in the bag, there seems to be no stopping the rampage of the Kittens. Ladies and gentlemen, The Lounge Kittens: rock sluts in disguise.

 

 

PAINTED FIRE

Band:GUDRID HANSDOTTIR
Album:PAINTED FIRE
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:CD
Genre:SINGER/SONGWRITER

Quiet, gentle, restrained melancholy tones with a hint country feeling wonderfully contrasted with delicate synth reverie. With "Painted Fire"goes Gudrid Hansdottir continue their recently chosen new path. Away light step from acoustic singer-songwriter mode and constantly strives towards delicate electro worlds. The bright, crystalclear voice of the singer is a guarantee that there will be no real break here with the former: because sensitive tracks like the synth-heavy "Animal" really do not differ in essence from the Folkop-intimacy of earlier recordings. From the big gesture, the singer (still) wants to know nothing.

Way out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, between Iceland and Scotland, is a cluster of 18 small islands called the Faroe Islands. Thats where Gudrid Hansdóttir was born and raised. Her music is a Lilith Fairworthy blend of chamber pop and perky folk-rock and the past years she's been performing in Europe and USA. Gudrid started singing at an early age and shared a high interest in Music. She loved going through her fathers vinyl records and she discovered great artists like Kate Bush, Dolly Parton, Jethro Tull and Jimi Hendrix. Her father was a highly skilled guitar player on the Faroes and on Gudrid's 14 year old birthday he taught her a couple of guitar chords and she started writing songs of her own. In 2007 Gudrid finally released her debut album Love is Dead, which featured old and new songs. It was well received by critics and the same year she won the award "Best Female Artist" at the Planet Awards (Faroese Music Awards). After her first album Gudrid performed in Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Germany with great success. Her self-released second album, The Sky Is Opening (2009), quickly became the bestselling album on the Faroes and was awarded the Faroese Planet Awards "Album of the Year". Her last Album "Taking Ship" was released in 2014.

 

 

COLICKY

Band:SELF DEFENSE FAMILY
Album:COLICKY
Label:IRON PIER
Format:Vinyl EP
Genre:Alt Rock

Colicky is the new 12” Mini-LP by acclaimed indie-rock band Self Defense Family. A dark, roiling post-punk gem recorded during a time of personal turmoil, Colicky is the group’s jagged, unflinching look at the disintegration of love and intimacy. The result is a tight and eclectic mini-LP that ranges from cerebrality and coolness to measured chaos. The instrumentation channels dark postpunk influences and tones, while singer Patrick Kindlon opts for a melodic, dispassionate vocal approach: think Turn On The Bright Lights-era Interpol mixed with later Lungfish. Colicky is the second in the Iron Pier record label’s new mini-LP series and will be released on two-sided 12” vinyl with a series-specific OBI-strip, spot UV designs on the outer sleeve, download card, and shrinkwrap. The band will tour Europe throughout October.

Self Defense Family regularly feature on Pitchfork, Stereogum, AV Club, etc. and frequently tour Europe.

For fans of Lungfish, Interpol, Killing Joke, etc.

 

 

COLD WAVES OF COLOUR VOLUME 3

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:COLD WAVES OF COLOUR VOLUME 3
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Avantgarde/Electronic

Third collection of rare cold wave from the Color Tapes archives also includes a full color reprint of issue 2 of Color Tapes' own Purple Twilight fanzine from 1985, featuring articles on bands such as Bushido and Mystery Plane, plus The Subway Organization cassette catalogue from 1985. An essential document from the 80's UK cassette underground scene. The majority of tracks from these UK garage cold wave bands used synthesizer, drum machines and sequencers such as EMS VCS3, Minimoog, Korg MS-20, Roland Juno 6, SH- 09, TR-808, all playing a crucial part in the development of electronic music in the UK. CD edition comes with three bonus tracks not on the vinyl version!

Cold wave, electronic synth pop, and minimal tracks from the Color Tapes archive, recorded between 1981-1985 •Tracks drawn from DIY cassette editions of 100 copies (or less) •36-page booklet reprint of the second issue of the Purple Twilight fanzine from 1985 •Digipack edition of only 500x copies, w/three bonus tracks not on the vinyl edition!

 

 

BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD - DIGIPACK

Band:ANCIENT
Album:BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD - DIGIPACK
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Founded in Norway in 1992 Ancient are no newcomer in the world of extreme metal. “Back to the land of the dead” takes you on a 66 minute journey of epic, majestic, sonic aggression. An album with a heavy and aggressive sound, not following typical modern standards but rather focusing on a personal, strong and heavy production which fits the album’s 13 tracks perfectly. 12 (!!) years after their last studio album the awakening of the spiritually dead is about to begin. The ancient ones are coming…

Brand new 66 minute studio album, their first in 12 years!! - A long awaited treasure by ANCIENT fans worldwide! Features Nick Barker (Lock Up, ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir) on drums! - After 5 albums on Metal Blade this is Ancient’s Soulseller debut! - LIMITED EDITION DIGIPACK WITH SPECIAL METALLIC FINISHING!

 

 

BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD - CD

Band:ANCIENT
Album:BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD - CD
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Founded in Norway in 1992 Ancient are no newcomer in the world of extreme metal. “Back to the land of the dead” takes you on a 66 minute journey of epic, majestic, sonic aggression. An album with a heavy and aggressive sound, not following typical modern standards but rather focusing on a personal, strong and heavy production which fits the album’s 13 tracks perfectly. 12 (!!) years after their last studio album the awakening of the spiritually dead is about to begin. The ancient ones are coming…

Brand new 66 minute studio album, their first in 12 years!! - A long awaited treasure by ANCIENT fans worldwide! Features Nick Barker (Lock Up, ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir) on drums! - After 5 albums on Metal Blade this is Ancient’s Soulseller debut! 

STANDARD CD

 

 

BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD - GREY VINYL LPD

Band:ANCIENT
Album:BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD - GREY VINYL LPD
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Black Metal

Founded in Norway in 1992 Ancient are no newcomer in the world of extreme metal. “Back to the land of the dead” takes you on a 66 minute journey of epic, majestic, sonic aggression. An album with a heavy and aggressive sound, not following typical modern standards but rather focusing on a personal, strong and heavy production which fits the album’s 13 tracks perfectly. 12 (!!) years after their last studio album the awakening of the spiritually dead is about to begin. The ancient ones are coming…

LIMITED EDITION GATEFOLD DOUBLE LP ON GREY VINYL LIMITED TO 250 COPIES WORLDWIDE! COMES WITH SPECIAL METALLIC FINISHING

 

 

BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD - BLACK VINYL LP

Band:ANCIENT
Album:BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD - BLACK VINYL LP
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

LIMITED EDITION GATEFOLD DOUBLE LP ON BLACK VINYL!

Founded in Norway in 1992 Ancient are no newcomer in the world of extreme metal. “Back to the land of the dead” takes you on a 66 minute journey of epic, majestic, sonic aggression. An album with a heavy and aggressive sound, not following typical modern standards but rather focusing on a personal, strong and heavy production which fits the album’s 13 tracks perfectly. 12 (!!) years after their last studio album the awakening of the spiritually dead is about to begin. The ancient ones are coming…

 

 

SET THE STAGE ALIGHT - 35TH ANNIVERSARY

Band:WEAPON UK
Album:SET THE STAGE ALIGHT - 35TH ANNIVERSARY
Label:BLOOD AND IRON
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Cult NWOBHM band, popularised by being featured on the classic compilation NWOBHM 79 Revisited compiled by Lars Ulrich of Metallica. Complete studio recordings from 1980/81 plus two bonus tracks presented with new & expanded artwork not on the 2003 original edition.

Re-release of the long time out of print CD "Set the Stage Alight", containing all their early recordings. The band is back in action with a new album behind them, so the time is right to have available again the "Set the Stage Alight" anthology. This 35th Anniversary Edition will be presented in a 20 page booklet with band history, lyrics, many rare photos and two live bonus tracks with the original line up after the band reforming.

 

 

BOYS WILL BE BOYS - EXTENDED VERSION

Band:BLACK ROSE
Album:BOYS WILL BE BOYS - EXTENDED VERSION
Label:BLOOD AND IRON
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Classic NWOBHM album reissued for the first time on CD. Includes bonus tracks from Black Rose debut 1983 EP plus the non album track "Liar" that came on the B side of the Boys will be Boys Single.

For the very first time on CD, Black Rose first album "Boys Will Be Boys", originally released in 1984, on the Bullet label (Le Griffe, Traitors Gate, Pretty Maids,etc.). Includes as bonus tracks, the exclusive B side of the "Boys will be boys" single ("Liar") and the 1983 self-titled 12"EP songs. Completed with 20- page booklet with lyrics, band photos of the era and liner notes by Steve Bardsley himself, this is a CD issue that was much anticipated for a long time. The wait is over! Limited edition of 500 copies.

 

 

THE SECRETS OF FAITH IN REBIRTH

Band:RAMSES
Album:THE SECRETS OF FAITH IN REBIRTH
Label:BLOOD AND IRON
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Reissue of their lone 1993 private pressing album of this cult underground 90s melodic Metal band from Belgium. Includes the unissued EP "Secrets". This band had AXEL members, a more prominent Metal band in Belgium during the 80s.

After AXEL disbanded in 1991, Stefaan Lambrecht formed RAMSES. In 1993 they have released in a small Belgian label their only album "Faith in Rebirth" impossible to find nowadays. In 1997 they record a few songs to release an EP that never came out since the band finished activity. The 90's were a rough period for any traditional Heavy Metal band, to make even worse they were from Belgium, which at the time was dead, compared to the great Metal scene they had back in the 80s. We think its the right time to bring you collectors of Euro- melodic Metal, the short legacy of Ramses. 12 Page booklet includes lyrics, band history and photos of the band and memorabilia.

 

 

ENDLESS

Band:SHANNAH
Album:ENDLESS
Label:BLOOD AND IRON
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

AXEL guitarist Frank Deroubaix, joined female singer Conny Visschers and formed SHANNAH after AXEL disbanded. Under this moniker, they created a Belgian masterpiece of melodic Heavy Metal with female vocals, through the privately pressed MINI LP "Endless". However, the times were not good anymore for a classic melodic Heavy Metal band. Specially in Belgium. Thrash was already established, Death/Black have taken over and they were too late for the Hair Metal craze (Grunge was in), so the record failed to have any impact. So it's time to make justice to the short SHANNAH legacy and give to the Euro Metal/Melodic Metal fans this gem. This expanded edition besides the very rare MINI LP (which sells usually for high values), also includes the 1993 demo. Released for the first time on CD, it includes a 12 page booklet with band history, lyrics, photos of the band and memorabilia and is remastered by the man himself, Frank Deroubaix.

First reissue of the 1991 private pressing vinyl EP with improved and expanded artwork. -First time on CD. -12 page booklet. -Bonus demo tracks from 1993.

 

 

VISIONS OF TOMMOROW

Band:AXEL
Album:VISIONS OF TOMMOROW
Label:BLOOD AND IRON
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Released for the first time on CD, the unreleased album from 1990 of Belgian 80s Heavy Metal band AXEL and the 1989 demo.

Presented in a 12-page booklet with lyrics and rare pictures, this CD represents the later stage of Axel from the 1989 Demo "Visions of Tomorrow" plus the unreleased 1990 album.

 

 

La Petite Fenetre CD

Band:LAURENCE VANAY
Album:La Petite Fenetre CD
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

Jacqueline Thibault (Laurence Vanay) often worked for other artists at the legendary Château d’Hérouville studio as arranger, keyboard- ist, co-composer, and assistant sound engineer. Between sessions she sometimes managed to record her own music. Several years after her two acknowledged masterpieces, "Galaxies" and "Evening Colours," she was able to bring together the tracks for “La Petite Fenêtre” (The Little Window). Trouble with the Château finances meant that again it was impossible for her to present her work to interested record labels. Instead, "I worked in another recording studio in Paris for fashionable artists," she said, "and I managed after a time to resume and complete my unfinished songs." At that time, the French record companies were not interested in instru- mental music anymore. The recordings therefore found themselves asleep on Parisian shelves, pending potential better days. Sublime compositions: unique, melancholic and very powerful. Bonus tracks include Glaciers Interdit, music for a film by Pierre Zanone.

•First ever CD release! Remastered from the original master tapes.

 

 

Les Soleile De La Vie - Cd

Band:LAURENCE VANAY
Album:Les Soleile De La Vie - Cd
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

Following the international release of “Evening Colours” in 1976, Jacqueline Thibault (Laurence Vanay) continued to compose songs that she recorded on her multi-track Revox. But she had little time for her own music, working day and night at legendary international recording studio, the Château d’Hérouville. Still, Jacqueline managed to bring together the compositions for “Les Soleils de la Vie” (The Suns of Life), with the help of her perpetual musical accomplices—Serge Derrien (guitar, flute, wordless vocals) and John Chevalier, aka Popov (drums and percussion). There was also the timely intervention of other friends, Michel Santangelli (drums), Jean Claude Guzelli (bass) and Francis Moze. Decca Records was interested in producing the album back in 1977, but asked for a remix of the music. Only several years later was that finally possible—too late for Decca. The recordings therefore found themselves asleep on Parisian shelves, pending potential better days. Shimmering, mysterious, sometimes funky, deeply emotional examples of musical beguilement.

First ever CD release for this 1977 follow-up to the wonderful “Evening Colours” album / Remastered from the original master tapes.

 

 

TIN HOUSE - CD

Band:TIN HOUSE
Album:TIN HOUSE - CD
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

Tin House were so good—their music was a hard-rocking onslaught of lust, chops and powerhouse riffs that gripped like an alligator bite—they were signed to Epic Records out of high school. They were respected by Leslie West and Johnny and Edgar Winter. Their album (released in 1971) was produced by Rick Derringer. But like other almost famous bands, Tin House fell away into unjust obscurity. Tin House's focus was on heavy rock like the sexfueled opener, ‘I Want Your Body,' and standout track ‘Be Good and Be Kind,’ with a catchy up-and-down, down-and-up riff played adeptly by guitar prodigy Floyd Radford, and a driving monster beat laid down by drummer Mike Logan; the song tears in as a fast as a Florida hurricane and sweeps the listener up into its vortex for two-and-a-half minutes of energized bliss.

 

 

STILL LIFE - CD

Band:MYSTERY PLANE
Album:STILL LIFE - CD
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Post Punk

Mystery Plane formed in 1980 from the ashes of 70's new wave band 3D5, whose line-up also featured future Cure member Porl Thompson. This record was originally a demo cassette made in 1981 that was hawked around record labels with a view for release. Later, Color Tapes released a 100 copy cassette edition. This sublime minimal basement krauty synth LP was inspired by bands such as Neu, Amon Duul ll, and "Vienna" period Ultravox. The album features guitar work of Gerald O' Connell who was a big fan of Ash Ra Tempel's guitarist Manuel Gottsching. A year later he went on to form Lives Of Angels who made the classic cold wave album "Elevator To Eden" which was originally released on Color Tapes in 1983. Mystery Plane have been featured on the highly touted (and deseverdly so) Cold Waves Of Color compilation series. Remastered by Denis Blackham. CD edition includes two absolutely excellent bonus tracks, 'Graveyard In the Sky' and 'Heart of Darkness.'

 

 

ISSUE 58

Band:SHINDIG MAGAZINE
Album:ISSUE 58
Label:SILVERBACK PUBLISHING
Format:MAGAZINE
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

ISSUE #58 of Psych / Garage / Prog bible SHINDIG!

Cover stars are THE YARDBIRDS and the issue also features Uther Pendragon, Grumbleweeds,Equals,Lenny Kaye,The Jolt, Fraternity Of Man. Plus all the usual news, reviews, columns and comment.

Available now at all Good Independent Record Stores.

 

 

JIGSAW PUZZLE

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:JIGSAW PUZZLE
Label:BOSS A TONE
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

The latest in a long line of compilation albums arranged from a decidedly psychedelic pop-rock and mod-prog perspective. All in all 18 U.K. 60s and 70s psych marvels selected by Italian DJ Max Savana and mastered from the original singles. Plenty of new-to-the-ear sounds will both engage and insinuate: Billy Fury, Rodney Bewes, Peter Nelson, Wayne Fontana, Gracious and The Cardboard Orchestra.

“There are some absolute mind-blowers here, plus, somewhat surprisingly, a few under the radar smashers, too -  With this high level of quality control here’s hoping this one runs and runs” Shindig! Magazine

Great mastering from the original singles -  For out and out highlights check both sides of Legay’s 1968 Fontana masterpiece, No One and The Fantastic Story Of The Steam Driven Banana plus The Kytes’ Running In The Water. - Full colored insert with detailed liner notes, labels and pictures

 

 

STASERA SHAKE VOL 2

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:STASERA SHAKE VOL 2
Label:BOSS A TONE
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Soul/Funk/Disco

Second brilliant episode of the now classic Sixties compilation series to dance to.

18 Italian groovy R’n’Beat jewels from late Sixties & early Seventies compiled by Dave Masoch & Michael Myers, selected by great DJ’s for great parties and fun happenings.

In Stasera Shake vol. 2 one of the most original tracks is Rhythm by an early Richard Cocciante. Rhythm is the hectic soundtrack of Carlo Lizzani’s movie Roma Bene, distinguished by the Progressive tunes of one the most understimate Psychedelic combos in the continental Europe, the Swiss-Italian-German Brainticket formed around Joel Vanderboeck. Other killer tracks are delivered by I Rogers, La ragazza ‘77, with an Italian version of The Beat goes on, and the infamous Cocaina by Gianna.

 

 

FROM ROUND HERE

Band:THE HIGHER STATE
Album:FROM ROUND HERE
Label:BOSS A TONE
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Psych/Garage

The Higher State are more than just a Garage group. As a matter of fact this fine UK outfit not only includes two members of the famous mid 90’s Folk-Garagers The Mystreated, but has released one of the finest debut albums ever in this field. Mixing Texas Garage-Punk and Psychedelia, acoustic and electric, punky and Psych-out originals that are worth your time and money.

Their very authentic sound, created using exclusively vintage instruments and analogue techniques, will take you directly to Texas and California circa 1966. Yeah For Sure is a perfect example of a minor-hit Garage Punk anthem included in the Back from the Grave series, while Not This Time My Friend could be an imaginary Dylan cover. The title track is more punk-ish Beatles-through- Byrds sounding. While still kinda psyched out, within the slowed-down “higher state”, there’s also the slightly Eastern-tinged kind of a hippy chant Highlife, and a stripped-down, acoustic rendition of Gene Clark’s So You Say You Lost Your Baby.

 

 

FROM BEDLAM TO LENANE

Band:Ilaria Graziano and Francesco Forni
Album:FROM BEDLAM TO LENANE
Label:BOSS A TONE
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Alt-Country / Americana

From Bedlam To Lenane is the first vinyl pressing (180 gram) of 2012 debut album by Italy's leading New-Folk scene duo, offering an unprecedented mix of uncommon folk and blues-tinged acoustic traditionals and inspired originals sung in English as well as in neo-Latin languages. Some of the songs have been included in successful movie soundtracks like "Maldamore" and "The art of happiness" (amazing surprise at Venice International Film Festival 2013 and finalist at Lyon Cartoon Movie). 

“Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni’s music is distinctively European strain of Americana and its apparent simplicity is testament to the adroit musicianship of its creators” fRoots Magazine

 

 

Pete Kosanovich

Band:PETE KOSANOVICH
Album:Pete Kosanovich
Label:BOSS A TONE
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:SINGER/SONGWRITER

Pete Kosanovich is a solo young folksinger and a multi instrumentalist born in Belgrado and based in London since he was a child. Here he sings and plays piano, guitar and harmonica, distilling 13 Blues and Folk songs. The more bluesy tracks are characterized by strong and exciting purely Dylanian-style harmonica digressions but in the end they sound atypical for Pete’s timbre is - far from traditional blues - decadent, vaguely sick (a-la Jonathan Richman) and, at the same time, pleasantly naif.

“I love the tune in Pete’s voice, it’s very sincere and honest” Dave Davies (Kinks)

 

 

FACES

Band:SICK ROSE
Album:FACES
Label:BOSS A TONE
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

Reissue of one of the best classic 80’s Garage records, originally released on Electric Eye Records in 1986. “Italy had never heard anything like the Sick Rose. Even during the first anarchic wave of European garage-punk in the mid 1960s, nothing so raw, aggressive or plain nasty had ever surfaced. The Sick Rose were arguably the first European garage band to have the impact globally in the same manner as The Chesterfield Kings.Their expertly realized fuzz’n Farfisa attack embraced U.S. ‘66 punk, and spit it out with a distinctly Italian flavor. The sound was raw and direct, and much more aggressive and snarled than ever expected from a European outfit, and the response was predictably enthusiastic in their native country. This mastering of the American garage sound was culminated with Faces LP (1986). This record would prove to be the band’s high-mark, and a monument to their love of the garage genre. It’s easy to see why, since the vital ingredients of classic garagerock are all present and accounted for throughout Faces: though these elements had all been smashed together for years before in other bands, no one quite got the mixture right like the Sick Rose. With these Italians, equal doses of sweat, style, passion and guts all mixed into their instantly identifiable sound”. The Knight Of Fuzz Book p.184

 

 

SLICE COOK TASTE AND THRILL

Band:CHARLES IN THE KITCHEN
Album:SLICE COOK TASTE AND THRILL
Label:DIVISION
Format:CD
Genre:Garage Punk

After a first self-titled album released in March 2015, CHARLES IN THE KITCHEN is back with a new collection of 12 original creations. This time, pushing the boundaries of variety much further, they propose a full journey through modern rock’n’roll. Slip from powerful rock to dark ambiance jazz blues, through melancholic ballads and swingy anthems. Jump, shake, twist, and shout, whisper or cry along, everybody will get its part of fun in this new record.

 

 

SLICE COOK TASTE AND THRILL - LP

Band:CHARLES IN THE KITCHEN
Album:SLICE COOK TASTE AND THRILL - LP
Label:DIVISION
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Garage Punk

After a first self-titled album released in March 2015, CHARLES IN THE KITCHEN is back with a new collection of 12 original creations. This time, pushing the boundaries of variety much further, they propose a full journey through modern rock’n’roll. Slip from powerful rock to dark ambiance jazz blues, through melancholic ballads and swingy anthems. Jump, shake, twist, and shout, whisper or cry along, everybody will get its part of fun in this new record.

 

 

HAIR OF THE DOG - LP

Band:MONUMENT
Album:HAIR OF THE DOG - LP
Label:ROAR
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

UK’s finest, New Wave of British Heavy Metal heroes MONUMENT return with the follow-up to “Renegades” (MGR Music, 2014), their sophomore full length album, “Hair of the Dog”, which is their best musical creation up-to-date. Memorable guitar riffs and twin guitar leads, catchy and powerful tenor vocals, performed by talented frontman Peter Ellis (ex-White Wizzard) and a tight-as-fuck rhythm section that brings in mind the Iron Maiden and Judas Priest legacy are the main elements of the MONUMENT sound, but only few of the reasons why one should get this album. Deriving from the glorious past of heavy metal music but still being firmly rooted in the present (as previously stated by Spanish magazine “Heavy Rock”), “Hair of the Dog” sounds fresh and updated, being also suitable for fans of the heavy-metal-revival movement of NWOTHM and of bands such as Enforcer, White Wizzard, Cauldron and Elm Street. empowered by the slick, powerful, but still a bit retro-loving production of acknowledged extreme metal producer, Scott Atkins, MONUMENT’s new creation is already a nominee for heavy metal album of the year 2016. MONUMENT is undoubtedly one of the rising forces of the modern-day traditional heavy metal sound and “Hair of the Dog” is the living proof.

Limited to 500 copies worldwide. After its release on CD on June 10th, 2016, the album was praised as a must-have-album, so now it’s the time for the Gatefold Vinyl Version. Released in Gatefold Vinyl format by ROAR! Rock of Angels Records

 

 

Finnish Design

Band:Esko Linnavalli Sextet
Album:Finnish Design
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

1973 was an extremely prolific year for many a Finnish jazz musician. Guitarist Jukka Tolonen and saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen released a few albums of their own and also participated on Esko Linnavalli's project Finnish Design, the aim of which was to perform jazz interpretations of Finnish folk songs. The result was so successful that one can't help but wonder while listening to the album that why it hasn't been reissued until now. The Svart reissue is presented with the original gatefold layout and also features new liner notes.

 

 

Bandstand

Band:Olli Ahvenlahti
Album:Bandstand
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Svart Records is proud to reissue Olli Ahvenlahti's first three solo albums on vinyl. This is is debut, Bandstand. When legendary producer Otto Donner of Love Records approached Olli Ahvenlahti and said: ”Olli, maybe it’s time for you to record your first solo album”, the pianist did not hesitate. After all, not too many jazz musicians had such a lucky break in 1970s Finland. Moreover, Donner was right. Olli Ahvenlahti had studied church music at the Sibelius Academy as well as English philology at the University of Helsinki. He had been active in the Helsinki club scene as well as in various studio sessions, including Pekka Streng’s prog folk LP Kesämaa and jazzfunk recordings for Eero Koivistoinen’s celebrated album Wahoo! Most importantly, Otto Donner knew that Olli Ahvenlahti was ready for the test. The young pianist had written music that demanded to be released in an album format. At the time, Ahvenlahti was extremely interested in the electric jazz music that Miles Davis had popularised in the late 1960s. On the other hand, he had not abandoned his love for melodic piano improvisations á la Erroll Garner and, especially, Bill Evans. Recorded over five days in September 1974 in the Marcus Music studios, Stockholm (interestingly, a week earlier rock group Hurriganes had finished their all-time Finnish album classic Roadrunner in the same studios), and launched in April 1975, Bandstand brought together these two jazz traditions.

 

 

Muusa Ja Ruusa

Band:EERO KOIVISTOINEN
Album:Muusa Ja Ruusa
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Svart Records continues the Eero Koivistoinen reissue program with this 1971 super-rarity. With Vesa-Matti Loiri, Seija Simola and Eero Raittinen on vocals. Koivistoinen's children's music album Muusa ja Ruusa was based on the poems of Kirsi Kunnas and released by the book publishing company WSOY. Although some of these songs were revisited in the 2000s on the Ville ja Valle album, the original album has never been reissued in any format. The moods on this 1971 range from pastoral calm to the psychedelic bubbling of witches' cauldrons. This is music to boil frogs to.

 

 

Jazz-Liisa 5 and 6

Band:Jupu Group / Jukka Linkola Octet
Album:Jazz-Liisa 5 and 6
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970's Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here.

Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

 

 

Jazz-Liisa 7 and 8

Band:Oton Kvartetti / Wasama- Tuominen Trio / Pentti Hietanen and Teppo Hauta-aho / Wasama Quartet
Album:Jazz-Liisa 7 and 8
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970's Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here.

Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

 

 

Tolonen

Band:Jukka Tolonen
Album:Tolonen
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

While the young Tolonen had already made a name for himself in Tasavallan Presidentti, the nineteen-year old really made it big with his 1971 solo debut Tolonen! Named album of the year in Finland at the time, the instrumental prog rock album made it to the local top ten and was licensed for release in several countries. The Svart edition of Tolonen! comes in a gatefold jacket and features fresh interviews with Tolonen and other musicians on the album.

 

 

Muusa Ja Ruusa - LP

Band:EERO KOIVISTOINEN
Album:Muusa Ja Ruusa - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Svart Records continues the Eero Koivistoinen reissue program with this 1971 super-rarity. With Vesa-Matti Loiri, Seija Simola and Eero Raittinen on vocals. Koivistoinen's children's music album Muusa ja Ruusa was based on the poems of Kirsi Kunnas and released by the book publishing company WSOY. Although some of these songs were revisited in the 2000s on the Ville ja Valle album, the original album has never been reissued in any format. The moods on this 1971 range from pastoral calm to the psychedelic bubbling of witches' cauldrons. This is music to boil frogs to. Vinyl LP.

 

 

Episode

Band:Jukka Hauru
Album:Episode
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Guitarist Jukka Hauru's 2nd and last album appeared on Love Records in 1975. After this album Hauru concentrated on the more politically inclined group Punainen Lanka and eventually abandoned playing music by the end of the 70s. Episode is not as schizophrenic as Hauru’ s debut album Information (Finnlevy, 1972). One major difference in the instrumentation compared to Information is that Juhani Poutanen doesn’t play the violin. Instead, the synthesizer has a big role in the overall instrumentation which was very common on Finnish rock albums in the mid 70s. Esa Kotilainen had recently acquired a synthesizer and the word spread around quickly of this new instrument. In the mid 70s he played synthesizer on many recordings including Wigwam’s Nuclear Nightclub (1975). Therefore it is no surprise that he played it on Episode as well. It’s worth mentioning as well that Pekka Pohjola plays the bass on the first two tracks.

 

 

Nana

Band:Edward Vesala Quintet
Album:Nana
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Drummer EDWARD VESALA was an early Finnish pioneer of avant garde jazz, and he managed to release the first proper Finnish free jazz album in 1970. The Vesala trio was supposed to be a quartet, but trumpetist Mike Koskinen fell ill, and the remaining threesome (Vesala, saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen and bassist Arild Andersen) recorded the album in a short, fiery session. The album Nana is an absolute rarity as well as an absolute beauty. Finally reissued, with extensive new liner notes and rare photos.

 

 

Sunwebs

Band:Mike Koskinen
Album:Sunwebs
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Originally released on Love Records in 1976, Sunwebs was Mike Koskinen's debut as band leader. The lively jazz album features the cream of the 70s Finnish jazz scene - Pekka Pöyry, Juhani Aaltonen, Ilpo Saastamoinen...

 

 

The Poet

Band:Olli Ahvenlahti
Album:The Poet
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Svart Records is proud to reissue Olli Ahvenlahti's first three solo LPs on vinyl. This is his second and best known album The Poet. If there is any single tune that fits into the category ”best known pieces of Finnish jazz”, Olli Ahvenlahti’s Grandma’s Rocking Chair would be at the top of the list. The tune was first released in 1976. However, Grandma’s Rocking Chair did not gain a wider reputation until the early 1990s acid jazz boom when it was reissued in the Totally Wired 8 compilation and began to reach dance club audiences. The ‘third coming’ took place in 2001 when dj and house producer Kenny Dope released a remix of the tune. The fascination of Grandma’s Rocking Chair cannot be denied but, arguably, it could have been any other title from Ahvenlahti’s second solo album The Poet. Developing the style that was introduced in the author’s debut Bandstand, The Poet stands out as a landmark in its mixing of simple melody lines, modern jazz harmonies and cool rhythms.

 

 

Nono

Band:Nono Soderberg
Album:Nono
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

This luxurious reissue of this never before reissued LP expands the cover art to gatefold format and has a 16 page scrapbook compiled from Söderberg's personal collection. Söderberg had played in many bands since the mid-60s, including Unisono, Matti Oiling's band and Utopia. This 1976 record is his first as band leader, and other musicians include Olli Ahvenlahti, Pekka Pöyry and Häkä Virtanen.

 

 

PARABOLAS

Band:ADAM CARPET
Album:PARABOLAS
Label:African Tape
Format:CD
Genre:Postrock / Post Hardcore / Noise

“To experiment, to synthesize and to imagine” : These are the words of the new album of Adam Carpet ‘Parabolas‘ that will be released in September 30 2016, three years after their first S/T album. Eight tracks selected from a higher number of tracks born during these years of free-style sessions and recording/editing sessions stratified day by day.

An -almost- instrumental work, that moves the centre of gravity of the band towards a more electronic sound with more synth and smoother rythmics, without forgetting about a very “live” approach made up by a combination of analog, digital, electronic and acoustic instuments. These ‘Parabolas‘ start from a post-rock fulcrum/core extending themselves through a more electronic and sperimental way, leaving all the tridimentional space to music, in a historical era overwhelmed with words

 

 

BLACK

Band:SURGICAL BEAT BROS
Album:BLACK
Label:Subsound Records
Format:CD
Genre:Dance/Electronica

“The duo from Rome will be releasing their fourth studio album "BLACK" after 150 concerts and 3 releases in just 2 years. Their sound is apparently electronic-minimal with regular beats, but the massive use of 4 on floor kicks is just a grid to simplify the listening and stimulate the body! Behind this regular pulse lies the rhythmic/mathematical perversions by Zitarelli / Recchia, whose texture, even if polyrhythmic, succeed to respect the typical schemes of techno, reworked in a modern way. The choice to make a vinyl with fixed bpm on each side (one at 125 bpm and the other at 100 bpm) makes "BLACK" a perfect choice for all DJs, transofrming Surgical Beat Bros in a project ready for big stages, big subwoofers and large uncoordinated group dancing.

 

 

DEFCON THREE DIRTY WORLD

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:DEFCON THREE DIRTY WORLD
Label:ARMALYTE INDUSTRIES
Format:CD
Genre:Industrial/EBM

A charity album with all profits going to support the excellent work of suicide charity CALM – www.thecalmzone.net 

Features new and previously unreleased material from of the alt. scene’s most legendary acts including Gravity Kills, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Cocksure, PIG, Marc Heal / MC Lord of The Flies, haloblack, Ultraviolence, Jayce Lewis and loads more.

31 killer tracks over two discs.

 

 

DROID INTELLIGENCE - CD

Band:BURN THEE INSECTS
Album:DROID INTELLIGENCE - CD
Label:TWIN EARTH
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Burn The Insects, a father and son duo from Arizona may have made one of the most diverse albums ever to have graced the desert/stoner scene with their full length release "Droid Intelligence" (released on Twin Earth Records). The pairing of Mitchell French (bass) and Lucust French (vocals. drums and guitar) have somehow managed to take a mix of desert fuzz and stoner grit and blended it with elements of psych, space, shoegaze and grunge/alt atmospherics that has resulted in a totally unique and exciting sound! 

Ex-members of the legendary group Operator Generator(1999 Man’s Ruin Records) that featured Thomas Choi of Asbestosdeath(re-named SLEEP).

 

 

DROID INTELLIGENCE - LP

Band:BURN THEE INSECTS
Album:DROID INTELLIGENCE - LP
Label:TWIN EARTH
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Burn The Insects, a father and son duo from Arizona may have made one of the most diverse albums ever to have graced the desert/stoner scene with their full length release "Droid Intelligence" (released on Twin Earth Records). The pairing of Mitchell French (bass) and Lucust French (vocals. drums and guitar) have somehow managed to take a mix of desert fuzz and stoner grit and blended it with elements of psych, space, shoegaze and grunge/alt atmospherics that has resulted in a totally unique and exciting sound! 

Ex-members of the legendary group Operator Generator(1999 Man’s Ruin Records) that featured Thomas Choi of Asbestosdeath(re-named SLEEP).

LP Format.

 

 

ASHES OF MAN

Band:FOX 45
Album:ASHES OF MAN
Label:TWIN EARTH
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

2016 brings the debut full length from Rochester, NY's Fox 45. Ashes Of Man is unleashed upon this doomed world via Stoner flagship label Twin Earth Records. The band started gigging in May 2013 and immediately got attention for the depth of influence it drew upon. Folks no doubt expected to hear Bikini Kill and L7 — you know, Riot Grrrl stuff — and they got it. But they also got Mountain, Uriah Heap, The Cramps, and Black Sabbath. The band says it's stoner rock, but honestly that's just the tip. There's a whole lot of rock 'n' roll seeping out of Fox 45.

 

 

NO RIDERS

Band:STARS THAT MOVE
Album:NO RIDERS
Label:TWIN EARTH
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Stars that Move brings together drummer Frank Sikes and guitarist Richard Bennett of the classic doom band Starchild with vocalist Elisa Maria. “No Riders” is their follow up full-length to the 2015 self-titled debut EP.

"Slathered with eerie melodies, doomy fuzzed out solos and demonic female vocals, STM songs circulate your mind like spirits in a graveyard."- Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect)

 

 

ATOMIC ITS THE BOMB

Band:EPILEPTIC HILLBILLYS
Album:ATOMIC ITS THE BOMB
Label:WESTERN STAR
Format:10 INCH VINYL
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

New vinyl release from this popular Psychobilly trio

This is a limited pressing and very attractive package – a fetching 10" coloured vinyl, 6-track platter. The band’s 3 previous CD albums have sold well

 

 

Dub Invaders Vol.III Part 3

Band:DUB INVADERS
Album:Dub Invaders Vol.III Part 3
Label:JARRING EFFECTS
Format:12 INCH VINYL
Genre:Reggae/Dub/Ska

Dub scene activists since the early 2000’s, High Tone has continuously evolved their music throughout their albums, constantly exploring new soundscapes, ready to free themselves from their own codes to create an hybrid and modern sound. Founded in 2009 with the release of a first opus and a sound-system tour, the entity Dub Invaders enables the members of High Tone crew to revive the original spirit of a culture that shaped, influenced and inspired them from their start.

Of course, High Tone are anything but beginners, as, some sound-system stamped escapades, that naturally paved the way to the Dub Invaders project, can already be found among their extensive discography and exploit (two 10inch vinyl with Martin Campbell and Shanti D, the box "Dub Box", and so many featurings and remixes).

Following the release of a second Dub Invaders album in 2012, full of outstanding featurings (El Fata, Zeb Mc Queen, Solo Banton, Echo Ranks), the collective announces

 

 

A NOISY BLAST EP

Band:MAT3R DOLOROSA
Album:A NOISY BLAST EP
Label:JARRING EFFECTS
Format:CD EP
Genre:Dance/Electronica

When you ask Mat3r Dolorosa to describe his album, in one sentence would be “concise and enigmatic” which falls to “In a Noisy Blast is born a road to Light” It seems like sibylline however everything is there. In his assumed but humble reference as Milton and his Lost’s Paradise first, he evokes the long way as much as the origin, the Creation. Encounters of journeys and figures as like: the one of Human and his chaotic achievement, or Lucifer, Light angel dismissed to the abyss. In the end, who is the real Son of light?

As for “Noisy Blast”, it’s a creative blast of air as much as an elimination. Understanding is deconstructing, erasing the subterfuges, the misleading, the superfluous, the parasites to reach the truth. This strong blast of air is also a research, a comprehension quest, a meaning. Finding his way through the darkness, and understanding his own long way to connect the separate elements is how he reaches for a global vision. The desired thematic by the artist as architect of civil life and the design (of the music as the cover) take on his full meaning.

 

 

A SON OF LIGHT

Band:MAT3R DOLOROSA
Album:A SON OF LIGHT
Label:African Tape
Format:CD EP
Genre:Dance/Electronica

When you ask Mat3r Dolorosa to describe his album, in one sentence would be “concise and enigmatic” which falls to “In a Noisy Blast is born a road to Light” It seems like sibylline however everything is there. In his assumed but humble reference as Milton and his Lost’s Paradise first, he evokes the long way as much as the origin, the Creation. Encounters of journeys and figures as like: the one of Human and his chaotic achievement, or Lucifer, Light angel dismissed to the abyss. In the end, who is the real Son of light?

As for “Noisy Blast”, it’s a creative blast of air as much as an elimination. Understanding is deconstructing, erasing the subterfuges, the misleading, the superfluous, the parasites to reach the truth. This strong blast of air is also a research, a comprehension quest, a meaning. Finding his way through the darkness, and understanding his own long way to connect the separate elements is how he reaches for a global vision. The desired thematic by the artist as architect of civil life and the design (of the music as the cover) take on his full meaning.

 

 

SOME THINGS LAST LONGER THAN YOU

Band:DOE
Album:SOME THINGS LAST LONGER THAN YOU
Label:SPECIALIST SUBJECT
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

Debut album from London indie punk trio Doe, 10 new tracks produced by Matthew Johnson (Hookworms/Suburban Home) at Greenmount Studios in Leeds.

Drawing influences from such 90s stalwarts as Sleater-Kinney, Weezer, Helium and Breeders, the London-based trio have spent the last 3 years furiously honing their live craft and releasing a string of EPs and singles. Including releases on the likes of Fierce Panda and Alcopop! Records.

The album, ‘Some Things Last Longer than You’ marks a sonic progression for Doe without losing the dueling girl-boy vocals, intertwining guitars and thundering drums which current listeners will know and love!

 

 

SOME THINGS LAST LONGER THAN YOU - LP

Band:DOE
Album:SOME THINGS LAST LONGER THAN YOU - LP
Label:SPECIALIST SUBJECT
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Alt Rock

Debut album from London indie punk trio Doe, 10 new tracks produced by Matthew Johnson (Hookworms/Suburban Home) at Greenmount Studios in Leeds.

Drawing influences from such 90s stalwarts as Sleater-Kinney, Weezer, Helium and Breeders, the London-based trio have spent the last 3 years furiously honing their live craft and releasing a string of EPs and singles. Including releases on the likes of Fierce Panda and Alcopop! Records. The album, ‘Some Things Last Longer than You’ marks a sonic progression for Doe without losing the dueling girl-boy vocals, intertwining guitars and thundering drums which current listeners will know and love!

LP Format.

 

 

LAST SONGS

Band:BANGERS
Album:LAST SONGS
Label:SPECIALIST SUBJECT
Format:7 Inch Vinyl
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

After 8 years, 400+ shows, 3 full lengths, countless EPs and split 7”s (released on labels such Kiss of Death, Snuffy Smiles, Dead Broke, Art of the Underground, All in Vinyl, Beach Community) these are the last two songs from Cornish punks, Bangers. Produced by Tim Greaves March 2016 at Southsea Sound Studio these two songs capture Bangers at their best, intricate, soulful punk rock.

Playing sold out final show at The Lexington, London 20th August

Limited to 300 copies Fold out poster sleeve

For fans of Iron Chic, Joyce Manor, Leatherface..

 

 

MEOW

Band:FAIRWEATHER BAND
Album:MEOW
Label:SPECIALIST SUBJECT
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

Debut album from Exeter indie rock trio The Fairweather Band.

Merging punk, indie rock and English folk to create their own unique and intricate sound. Following in The Minutemen's school of songwriting, expect sub 2 minute, and at times awkward songs, with a wide base of influences; The Fairweather Band channel the hypnotic qualities of Leatherface, the intricate guitar style of Nic Jones and the pop sensibilities of Paul Simon.

Lyrically, songwriter and lead vocalist / guitarist Rory Matthews uses uncomfortable and unusual metaphors, to create lines that are uneasy, enigmatic and intriguing in equal measure.

 

 

MEOW - LP

Band:FAIRWEATHER BAND
Album:MEOW - LP
Label:SPECIALIST SUBJECT
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Alt Rock

Debut album from Exeter indie rock trio The Fairweather Band.

Merging punk, indie rock and English folk to create their own unique and intricate sound. Following in The Minutemen's school of songwriting, expect sub 2 minute, and at times awkward songs, with a wide base of influences; The Fairweather Band channel the hypnotic qualities of Leatherface, the intricate guitar style of Nic Jones and the pop sensibilities of Paul Simon. Lyrically, songwriter and lead vocalist / guitarist Rory Matthews uses uncomfortable and unusual metaphors, to create lines that are uneasy, enigmatic and intriguing in equal measure.

Vinyl LP.

 

 

THE WAY BACK

Band:ASHER BAKER
Album:THE WAY BACK
Label:AAAHH REAL RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:SINGER/SONGWRITER

Debut album from South London artist Asher Baker. Punk influenced, acoustic lead, indie rock backed up by a full band.

Lead single “Stories” digitally released already, and teaser track “This Ship” streamed online to tie in the the EU referendum result - Features guest appearances from Barney Boom (Sonic Boom Six) and Kelsey Beth-Crossley (The Voice UK) -  Produced by James Routh (Sonic Boom Six)

 

 

ODD EVEN

Band:TIM HOLEHOUSE
Album:ODD EVEN
Label:AAAHH REAL RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:SINGER/SONGWRITER

Eighth album from bluesman Tim Holehouse and his fifth for Aaahh!!! Real Records. Two albums in one; “Even” is more straightforward punk-influenced blues whilst “Odd” is a lot stranger.

Features members of The Subway Sect, Werecats and Luna Lacuna

 

 

PSYCHEDELIC VILLAGE

Band:PETE BENTHAM AND THE DINNER LADIES
Album:PSYCHEDELIC VILLAGE
Label:Antipop
Format:7 Inch Vinyl
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Four song EP adds to the catalogue of Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies. Three albums and this, their second EP, follows on from Spacepunx EP, which sold out. Psychedelic Village sees the band further their call to revolution and love/hate relationship with hometown of Liverpool.

 

 

THE SNAKE AND THE SNOOZER

Band:Sweet Deals on Surgery
Album:THE SNAKE AND THE SNOOZER
Label:Antipop
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

Debut album from UK trio Sweet Deals on Surgery a new Manchester-based band. Ten barnstorming songs on replicated CD jewel case and shrinkwrap. 

Played on Tom Robinson freshonthenet show 6music /  Mentioned on Marc Riley

 

 

Jetz Heut und Hier

Band:HUSCH
Album:Jetz Heut und Hier
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:CD
Genre:world/new age

In the heart of Germany one can find a region which is called Thuringia. It is not only a very lovely countryside with smooth hills and dark woods but it is also a land with a rich and colorful heritage. Almost every village has its own dialect and for decades people sang their songs in strange tongues not understandable even for a neighbor few miles away. In addition, unusual instruments were used such as the Thringer Waldzither, a cister-like instrument often built by farmers. Unfortunately, most of this tradition has vanished and is hard to find in our days. Now, the members of HÜSCH try to revive this tradition. In 2013 Hanna, Nico, Tim and Joachim founded the band both to recreate traditional music from Thuringian and western Saxonia in a timely fashion and to arrange well-known German folksongs in a contemporary manner. The result is a very fresh and lively mixture of hunting and love songs combined with old dance melodies. Due to their family backgrounds Nico sings in a dialect called Hennebergsch, Tim presents songs in Vogtländisch.

 

 

Folk World and Jazzy Tunes from

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:Folk World and Jazzy Tunes from
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:CD
Genre:world/new age

20 Artists with 20 Songs from their latest releases from Nordic Notes, CPL-Music and BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG

Nordic notes was founded 2005, concentrating on music from Northern Europe. The label started with a focus on Progressive Rock, Jazz, Punk and Humppa. Now it is the home for Folk, Jazz, Humppa and weird tunes from Northern Europe. In 2008, Beste! Unterhaltung came into existence. The focus here is on Singer-Songwriter and Folk. Finally, in 2014 CPL-Music joined Christian Pliefke´s label family. CPL Music publishes traditional Folk, Worldmusic and Jazz All these labels have one thing in common: They focus on releases which are really worth a listen. It is just like a date – you see, you meet, you fall in love with it.

All three labels aim at persons with open ears and open hearts. Trad.Attack!, Arvvas, Elin KAven, Otava Yo, Puhti, Vassvik, Reelroad, Celenka and many more...

 

 

Al nge taa

Band:Broennimann Cossokho Hason
Album:Al nge taa
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:CD
Genre:world/new age

Three countries – one language! The music of Moussa Cissokho (Senegal), Jan Galega Brönnimann (Switzerland) and Omri Hason (Israel) is a reminiscence of the Art of storytelling. The Trio creates a tension of traditional and modern music from Africa, Europe and the middle east. The sparkling sound of the Kora (African Harp with 22 strings) meets the warm tone of the Bass Clarinet and the oriental percussion. „Al nge taa“ is the first release of the trio. It means „let's move!“ in Mandinka, a language spoken in Gambia, Mali and Senegal. The songs are written by the three musicians and reflect their different backgrounds. Listening to „Al nge taa“ is an unforgettable adventure thanks to its merging of different musical traditions, the band’s unique line-up and its wealth of ingenious melodies and rhythms.

 

 

Lakkautettu Kyla

Band:Anne-Mari Kivimaki
Album:Lakkautettu Kyla
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:CD
Genre:world/new age

A Closed-Down Village (2015) The music of this album has been collected and arranged from the Suistamo series third concert A Closed-Down Village. It looks at Finnish WWII evacuees, wartime, leaving one’s home and the current reality in a Karelian village of Suistamo that used to be part of Finland but now belongs to Russia. The Suistamo series is a part of the artistic doctoral thesis that Anne-Mari Kivimäki is doing in the Sibelius Academy (The University of the Arts Helsinki) under the title Suistamo – The Laboratory of Tradition.

 

 

DET BLIR

Band:DALAPLAN
Album:DET BLIR
Label:GAPHALS
Format:CD
Genre:Garage Punk

"These Swedes mix equal parts ‘60s beat rock and ‘80s new wave with modern recording technology and serve up with a combustible, beguiling stew that’ll get a body groovin’ and singin’ like a fool in a foreign language." - Razorcake

Third album - Vinyl only release with download code

 

 

10100II00101

Band:SCIENTIST
Album:10100II00101
Label:HELL COMES HOME
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Featuring Eric Plonka – former founding member of avant-garde metallers Yakuza – on guitar/vocals; alongside bassist Mathew Milligan (Making Ghosts) and ex-Taken By The Sun duo Patrick Auclair (guitar/vocals) and Justin Cape (drums), Scientist draw heavily on the Windy City’s long-running tradition of experimental metal. A tradition in which they explore the sound of big, cacophonous riffs and affecting melodies, rawer than exposed nerves dragged over broken glass through, “angular, dissonant guitar leads; fat, fuzz-bombed bass notes; interesting, off-kilter drum rhythms and rapidly jabbing riffs.” (No Clean Singing) Engineered by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Corrections House, Buried At Sea) at Minbal Studio and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod) at The Boiler Room, on 10100II00101, the adventurousness the band displayed first time out is dutifully enhanced with the addition of guest vocal appearances by the likes of Pale Horsemen’s Andre Almarez, Anthony Cwan of Without Waves and James Clayton Bowman. Making this less of an album and more of a jarring, love letter to their instrumental past.

“Imagine the best bits of American Heritage, Clutch and ISIS delivered with the seismic impact of Mastodon’s Remission. 1010II0101 is a pioneering piece of research at the cutting edge of riff technology that demands your attention." (The Sludgelord)

 

 

EDGE OF THE ABYSS

Band:JOHANSSON and SPECKMANN
Album:EDGE OF THE ABYSS
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

True old school to the death! Soulseller Records proudly presents the new and third full-length-album of the deadly mastermindduo JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN! The third album "Edge Of The Abyss", garnished with a cover artwork by Roberto Toderico, is more of everything! This time not only backed up by monster drummer Brynjar Helgetun but also presenting a lead guitarist with Kjetil Lynghaug, who delivers some sick solo work, it's the perfect mix of the previous albums and will satisfy your need for ugly thrashing death metal the way that only JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN delivers it.

 

 

EDGE OF THE ABYSS - LP

Band:JOHANSSON and SPECKMANN
Album:EDGE OF THE ABYSS - LP
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Death Metal

LIMITED EDITION BLACK VINYL OF 300 COPIES WORLDWIDE!

True old school to the death! Soulseller Records proudly presents the new and third full-length-album of the deadly mastermindduo JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN! The third album "Edge Of The Abyss", garnished with a cover artwork by Roberto Toderico, is more of everything! This time not only backed up by monster drummer Brynjar Helgetun but also presenting a lead guitarist with Kjetil Lynghaug, who delivers some sick solo work, it's the perfect mix of the previous albums and will satisfy your need for ugly thrashing death metal the way that only JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN delivers it.

 

 

AVALON

Band:THE DECOY
Album:AVALON
Label:GHOULISH
Format:CD EP
Genre:Alt Rock

The Decoy are a 3 piece British Rock band based in Pontypool, Wales. Following in the footsteps of many welsh rock power groups but with a techy melodic aggressive twist. PR campaign by Hold Tight PR, already yielded Radio One play on Dan P Carter and Huw Stephens Shows. With a Previous EP release under their wing premiered by Kerrang and Ticketmaster UK, they now release their debut Album ‘Avalon’ produced by Chris Coulter at his Decimal Studios in London, a producer known for his work with Arcane Roots.

 

 

TO LAY LIKE OLD ASHES - LP

Band:AUSTERE
Album:TO LAY LIKE OLD ASHES - LP
Label:Eisenwald
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Black Metal

DELUXE 180G BLACK VINYL WITH BOOKLET ! A

Austere’s 2nd (and also last) full-length grazes the face of the earth with a collection of melancholic, despair ridden bleak music. For we all live in a delusion... As life holds nothing but DEATH! “To Lay Like Old Ashes" captures the dry, epic atmosphere of a barren landscape and replaces the traditional Norwegian forest sound with the use of clean vocals and keyboards to lift the music to a unique level of expression, for these souls are not only just about the music!

 

 

URERE - LP

Band:KRATER
Album:URERE - LP
Label:Eisenwald
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Black Metal

Zero Tolerance: “A testimony of the incredible attention to detail given to its creation” 5/6

Legacy: 14/15 "First Black Metal Highlight of 2016"

Metalsucks: "While brutal and militant - there's something more to it, a broader grasp on the motivations behind the darkness..."

 

 

LIFECRUSHER - LP

Band:TOTAL HATE
Album:LIFECRUSHER - LP
Label:Eisenwald
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Black Metal

LIMITED VINYL EDITION ON CLASSIC BLACK WAX + DROPCARD!

Hailing from Bavaria/Germany Total Hate unifies the essence of Scandinavian old school black metal.

Emerging as kind of sideproject back in 2000 they evolved to a full band playing gigs and tours. „Lifecrusher“ marks the 16th year of existence and proves the best album so far: crushing, honest Black Metal without any compromises.

 

 

Geistes Unruh

Band:ODEL
Album:Geistes Unruh
Label:Eisenwald
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

DELUXE COLOURED VINYL EDITION WITH BOOKLET & DROPCARD ! Odal, one of those truly classy black metal acts of the German underground, returns with force and fire to deliver their 4th album in the course of autumn 2016. Originally founded as a side project in 1999 by main man Taaken, over the course of 17 years, 4 full lenghts, splits, EPs and numerous line up changes, Odal managed to defy trends and build their own status as an unrelenting and uncompromising force in underground music.With a long 8 year wait after their last and esteemed full length, and in the wake of their recent EP "Der Dunkelheit Reiter", this Thuringian trio made sure to feature tracks of epic proportions that will fit with their impressive back catalogue they highlighted with "Wilde Kraft" (2005) and "Zornes Heimat" (2008). Picking up where they left off, Odal offers a dense six-track ride into grim, emotive black majesty, bound and influenced by raw northern blooded black metal and pagan roots. Refined, yet pure to their core, it comprises some of the most mature material written in the bands existence. Yet again, every step of the way, they musically hover in the same direction as the previous albums. "Geistes Unruh" (spirit`s unrest) remains more clear & focused, provided with strong melodies, striking drumming, and an unfaltering voice.

 

 

INFERNO I

Band:KYTERION
Album:INFERNO I
Label:Subsound Records
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

“Italy based blacksters Kyterion have signed to Subsound Records INFERNO I is their debut album that is also the first part of a trilogy that will follow in the future The lyrics are sung in XIIIth century Italian Vernacular, an element of authenticity for an all-Italian project.

 

 

AS TIME GOES BY

Band:FALAISE
Album:AS TIME GOES BY
Label:ATMF
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

After an highly appreciated debut ep, dealing into post-rock territories, Falaise are ready to move on contaminating their musical offer with the depressive and melancholic aura of the greyscale metal. The highly anticipated album showed this progression, reminding in some passages bands like Amesoeurs, Austere, An Autumn for Crippled Children & Woods of Desolation, merged with the liquid rockish shape of the debut ep. Artwork has been made by on the most prominent artist of the alternative scene, Francesco Gemelli, who shaped some remarkable scores with Abigor, Absentia Lunae, Midnight Odissey previous cooperations.

 

 

Rites Of Fire

Band:KHANUS
Album:Rites Of Fire
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Hailing from Oulu, Finland, KHANUS perform Shamanic Metal of Death by exploring the boundaries of matter, spirit, consciousness and the universe. The hypnotic, tribal quality of their riffs, the mystic melodies and the circular structure of the songs cut through the walls of perception like a dagger of enlightenment that tears the grey veil of reality, while chanting-like choirs and soprano vocals – combined with intense growls – accentuate the ritualistic feel and the spiritual vertigo the music provokes.

 

 

Yersinia Pestis

Band:GOATCRAFT
Album:Yersinia Pestis
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CD
Genre:Avant-Garde

GOATCRAFT is back with a new album, “Yersinia Pestis”, featuring 10 new original recordings that offer a more convincing blend of classical music and dark ambient. Far from being simply the tale of those sad days when the Black Plague scattered death and disease over Europe, “Yersinia Pestis” is above all an observation on the caducity of life and the misery of humankind. “Looking back to other great catastrophes, we can conclude that nature and man are intertwined in a dance of death,” explains Lonegoat. “Every so often the world puts us back into our places by killing us off. Our frail flesh is no match against the elements in which we reside.

 

 

The Winds That Forestall Thy Return

Band:SUMMIT
Album:The Winds That Forestall Thy Return
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Lead by Italian multi-instrumentalist Gabriele Gramaglia (already known for his work with the atmospheric black metal project The Clearing Path), SUMMIT is an intrepid progressive sludge outfit that is not afraid to defy the genre's conventions, bringing to it a fresh and eclectic viewpoint. SUMMIT's debut album, nobly titled “The Winds That Forestall Thy Return”, comes superbly adorned with epic atmospheres and strong ambient textures, describing a panoramic sight of endless valleys hailing beneath the most hallucinogenic night skies. It embraces the listener with an omnipresent sense of deep melancholy and harrowing anguish, and with sporadic – though significant – gleams of hope. Largely instrumental and with a strong cinematic feel, SUMMIT's debut album is a work of savage beauty built upon thunderous and complex drums lines, cosmic guitar arpeggios, monumental strings sections and celestial backing choirs. It may appeal to fans of Neurosis, Pelican and Jesu, but also to those who appreciate late Gorguts and “777”-era Blut Aus Nord, as testified by the gnarled death metal claws SUMMIT pull out in “The Winds That Forestall Thy Return, pt. II”, and by the black metal fugue in “Pale Moonlight Shadow”, which features Nicholas McMaster (Krallice, Geryon) on screaming vocals.

 

 

Judge and Jury

Band:WYRUZ
Album:Judge and Jury
Label:BATTLEGOD PRODS.
Format:CD
Genre:Thrash/Crossover Metal

Wyruz released their debut album “Fire At Will” in 2012. It recieved good critics both within the Norwegian and foreign press. The following year they embarked on an two week long European tour called “The Norwegian Invasion Tour”. It consisted of 5 Norwegian bands with Blood Red Throne as main act, and Wyruz playing in the co- headliner place on the bill. The rest of the year they did a bunch one off – gigs in Norway. In 2014 they played at “the Inferno Festival” in Oslo, Norway and “Massive Destruction Festival” in Drammen. They also started writing and recording their second album which continued in 2015, but also played at “Blastfest” in Bergen, Norway late February. They also got invited back to Drammen to do the kick-off show to “Massive Destruction Festival” as headliners.

 

 

You Should Have Died When I Killed You

Band:GUTTURARL CORPORA CAVERNOSA
Album:You Should Have Died When I Killed You
Label:GORE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Taiwanese Slam Machine, GUTTURARL CORPORA CAVERNOSA is back with their long awaited sophomore offering, You Should Have Died When I Killed You. Consisting of members of Gorepot, Coprocephalic and Maggot Colony, GCC has become one of Taiwan’s leading death metal acts. Featuring album art by Indonesian artist Aditia Wardhana (Perverted Dexterity, Gorepot), You Should Have Died When I Killed You was recorded mixed and mastered at FTOL Studios in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

 

PRELUDE TO HORROR

Band:CRANIAL ENGORGEMENT
Album:PRELUDE TO HORROR
Label:GORE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

While this Southern California based trio may seem like newcomers to many, this death metal powerhouse has been well at it for nearly a decade. After a long hiatus, CRANIAL ENGORGEMENT returned reenergized, and undoubtedly claimed their place in the ever growing CA Death Metal scene. Their ferocious live act has been witness along with several death metal notaries such as ORIGIN, NILE, DECAPITATED, DEFEATED SANITY, and recently appeared at Nevada’s iconic Las Vegas Death Fest this Summer. Prelude to Horror marks CRANIAL ENGORGEMENT’s first studio offering in the form of a 4 track EP. Featuring cover art by Bloodboy Digital Art, Prelude to Horror was recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Garcia (STAGES OF DECOMPOSITION, BLOODSCRIBE) at The Morgue Music Studios in Inglewood, CA.

 

 

CRAWL SPACE BURIAL

Band:STAGES OF DECOMPOSITION
Album:CRAWL SPACE BURIAL
Label:GORE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Since their highly acclaimed debut album “Piles of Rotting Flesh”, STAGES OF DECOMPOSITION has kept busy on the road. Since 2014, the band has performed at various festivals such as Bay Area Death Fest (Northern California), Bogota Grind Death Fest (Colombia), Philthadelphia Infest (Philadelphia, PA), SLAM FEST (Mexico City, Mexico), as well as toured the states coast to coast in under 10 days! Today, STAGES OF DECOMPOSITION has taken a quick brake before their summer tour plans to deliver 3 new punishing tracks, serving as glimpse of what fans can expect for their forthcoming sophomore album. Featuring art work by Rotten Head Designs, “Crawl Space Burial” was recorded, mixed and mastered once again by Christopher Garcia at the Morgue Music Studios (Euphoric Defilement, Bloodscribe, Cranial Engorgement), in Inglewood, CA. This E.P. also includes special guest appearance by none other than Angel Ochoa (Disgorge, Cephalotripsy, EX-Condemned), plus a bonus track taken from their 2015 Bay Area Death Fest performance.

 

 

Wriggling Chrysalis Of Metaphysical Grudge

Band:UROBILINEMIA
Album:Wriggling Chrysalis Of Metaphysical Grudge
Label:GORE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Japanese newcomers UROBILINEMIA have more than earned their way to the GH camp. In under 2 years, this technical yet brutal quintet has not only released a split, but also self-released and distributed their first EP in the vast Japanese metal market. Featuring album art by the grotesque loving painter Mei Maro, "Wriggling Chrysalis Of Metaphysical Grudge" was recorded / mixed at Urobilinemia's home studio, and received a revamp mastering touch by Chris Garcia of The Morgue Music Studios (Stages of Decomposition, Bloodscribe, Cranial Engorgement) in Inglewood, CA. This EP will also include 4 demo tracks taken from the bands earlier split with Ayakasi Kagura.

 

 

Innards of Misanthropic Embodiment

Band:INFECTOLOGY
Album:Innards of Misanthropic Embodiment
Label:GORE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

“Innards of Misanthropic Embodiment” is the long awaited sophomore album by the Ecuadorian extreme quartet INFECTOLOGY. Since their inception in 2009, the band has been branded as one of the most extreme acts to come out of Ecuador. Since their 2013 debut album “Origin of Pathological Extermination”, INFECTOLOGY has kept busy performing throughout South America along varies underground notaries such as DEVOUORMENT, PUTID PILE, SUPPURATION and will be appearing at Colombia’s “Bogota Grind Death Festival” (W/ LIVIDITY, GORGASM, and more).

 

 


 
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