|Mountains of news here this time. New releases in October scheduled from WRAITHS, BLACK MOUNTAIN TRANSMITTER, HORSE LATITUDES and YRSEL, read more on all these below.
We also want to announce that we have new releases in the works for later in the year. The excellent THIS QUIET ARMY will be releasing the ‘Pacific Theatre’ on AB in the coming months on CD and vinyl, a heavy drone masterwork that adds new layers of depth and accomplishment. A stunning album. The HAXAN CLOAK album will now be released in Feb 2011. Mastering has been completed by the incomparable Kris Lapke (PRURIENT and more). Plans are also afoot for a very limited release around late October for 2 non-album tracks, stay tuned for details.
A CD version of the excellent BURIAL HEX/KINIT HER collaborative album ‘Vedic Hymns’ is also now planned for as soon as possible. In the meantime we urge you to pick up the LP version from the vinyl section of the web shop. Further BURIAL HEX releases are planned, and we now have an exclusive shirt available to help support the current EU tour. More news on other releases soon.
Coming mid October, WRAITHS return to Aurora Borealis with ‘Dust in our mouths’, the final part of the trilogy that began with ‘Oriflamme’. This is an organic and darkly ritual recording, captured and crafted from a performance deep in the dank cellars of Edinburgh. Washes of sound create an uneasy shroud-like texture as the tolling of bells brings to mind a processional, devotional element. There’s a strange, deeply moribund beauty to the proceedings.
Presented as a beautiful CD digipack with decaying iconographic artwork.
Also due mid October, BLACK MOUNTAIN TRANSMITTER‘s ‘Black Goat of the Woods’ will see an official release on Aurora Borealis.
A haunting and Lovecraftian meditation on the darkness at the heart of the woods, ‘Black Goat of the Woods’ takes in dark ambient, 70’s Italian horror soundtracks, modern classical and more in a chilling, psychedelic journey. Exquisite composition shows the mastery of James Moore, as witnessed on his other releases on Cdr and cassette. A stunning work of the highest quality.
Macabre psychedelic digipack with original photography by Alex Binder.
HORSE LATITUDES are an excellent new band from Finland playing unique occult metal. Comprising of two basses and a singing drummer, its clear this band is out of the ordinary, and the debut album is full of unexpected material. Somehow combining elements of sludge, leftfield bands like URFAUST and RIDE FOR REVENGE, and with hints of the Bradford Doom sound of yesteryear, this is a potent sonic brew.
The album will see release late October with a vinyl version to follow.
YRSEL return in late October with ‘Sacrifice’, a four track LP on the concept and significance of the notion of sacrifice. This sees YRSEL expand with additional members joining the core of C-J Larsgarden (Ondo) and Julien Louvet (THE AUSTRASIAN GOAT), adding further depth and even warmth to the procceedings.
This will be a vinyl only release and is limited to just 350 copies with a vellum-style sleeve featuring the artwork of James McCray (ONE LIFELESS EYE, SMALL SACRIFICE). The album is expected to ship late October.
Truly one of the most audially extreme releases we have ever made available here at Aurora Borealis, Smolken has billed this as the final Dead Raven Choir album. Ultra harsh, ultra raw, songs are mangled with abandon, this time with the additional vocal talents of two young Polish women. As obscure and bizarre as you’d expect. We still have a few of the limited edition T shirts left too.
The Montreal duo MENACE RUINE recently released their eagerly awaited fourth opus on Aurora Borealis. Entitled ‘Union of Irreconcilables’ the album builds on their previous Great Work, the alchemical collision of Black Metal, walls of noise, mysticism, martial rhythms, and a Medieval affinity for melody. Reviewed with 8/10 in Terrorizer.
The band will be playing in Europe with the mighty ALUK TODOLO early 2011. The vinyl edition of ‘Union of Irreconcilables’ is still in the works.
HORSEBACK, the brainchild of Jenks Miller, has released two full-length albums since forming in 2007. The band’s second full-length, ‘The Invisible Mountain’, is released as a highly limited vinyl LP on Aurora Borealis and will be re-released on CD through Relapse later this Summer. Available as an edition of just 300 on transparent wax with a fold over velum-style sleeve featuring artwork by Russian occult artist Denis Kostromitin, this is a beautiful edition of an incredible record.
The follow up album for Aurora Borealis entitled ‘Forbidden Planet’, which maintains the repetitive qualities of his previous works and yet evolves into a more processed sound that brings to mind artists such as Fenessz. ‘Forbidden Planet’ will be released later in 2010.
300 copies on clear vinyl are sold out. 300 copies on white vinyl – selling fast.
CONAN “Horseback Battle Hammer”, the debut album from this Merseyside trio, available now. Massive, crushing waves of caveman battle doom, smashing all in its wake. Essential for fans of BURNING WITCH, YOB, MOSS, ELECTRIC WIZARD, GATES OF SLUMBER…
“One of the most savagely compelling things happening in all of metal right now. – DROWNED IN SOUND
“Enough to peel the paint right off your walls and down-tuned enough to make you psychically ill.” – DOOMANTIA
“Guitars that hang heavy in the air like huge damp octopi and thud into the floorboards in a sickening wave of oscillating brutality.” – NINEHERTZ
The CONAN war wagon lumbers on, the kvlt spreads like the plague.
AUN ‘VII’ LP – Montreal’s AUN team up with Away of VOIVOD for a drone and beats masterwork. LTD vinyl edition with artwork by Justin Bartlett.
GRUMBLING FUR combines the talents of Alexander Tucker with members of CIRCLE, GUAPO, & MIASMA, creating an unearthly psychedelic hymn. LP/download, digipack CD.
Also in the works:
THE HAXAN CLOAK – CD/LP of the debut album, truly incredible. Already acclaimed by the likes of THE WIRE, the album is now mastered courtesy of Kris lapke (PRURIENT et al). Expect an early 2011.
NEIGE MORTE – s/t CD
BURIAL HEX/KINIT HER ‘Vedic Hymns’ CD
K11 ‘Another temple to the Great Beast’ CD
THIS QUIET ARMY ‘The Pacific Theatre’ CD/LP
HORSEBACK ‘The Forbidden Planet’ CD/LP
SVARTE GREINER/LAKES OF GRASS & GOLD split 7″
BURIAL HEX ‘Book of Delusions’ LP
and much more…
Other AB releases:
K11 CD – a follow up CD due later this year.
Rye Wolves CD – total doom/math stormer!
Blood of the Black Owl 2LP – amazing second album. Check his new one out too.
Burial Hex CD & 2LP – more coming later in 2010 from Burial Hex.
Check the site for more great AB releases.