Jan 192017
 
Cold Spring Newsflash – 19th January 2017

OUT 6th FEBRUARY:

– SKULLFLOWER –

SKULLFLOWER ‘THE SPIRALS OF GREAT HARM‘ 2 x CD (CSR225CD)

The new sprawling double disc from black noise classicists Skullflower – referencing Inferno 17, Dante and Virgil’s spiralling descent into the abyss on demon Geryon. Full of harsh beauty and hymns for lost Albions, battle songs against the homogenisation of modern ‘lyfe’ – fuck the new estate!

“Hedgerows, tapestries, dream woods, dragon lands. After “Draconis”, we have been released to roam through the multiverse, fashioning trinkets and ornaments from jewelled sounds, and leaving them as waymarkers on our astral travels. We seem to be circling, encountering familiar territories, yet always changed, because these circles, from a true perspective; are all part of a great averse spiral, our pattern, our map, which is the terrain itself. You will hear hints and echoes of native keening, lush prog romanticism, and the charcoal textures of noise, but all subsumed within our alchemy, the unmistakable wellspring of sound that is SF”.

6-panel digipak.

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OUT 6th FEBRUARY:

– LA BREICHE –

LA BREICHE ‘LE MAL DES ARDENTS‘ CD (CSR224CD)

LA BREICHE (“the witch”) features two well-known musicians: Arexis and Lafforgue of Stille Volk – a band best known since 1994 as one of the pioneers of Pagan Folk in Europe – and of Pagan Black French band Sus Scrofa.

“Le Mal Des Ardents” (“Holy Fire”) is a concept album about fears, terrors, about the balance between folklore and reason, myth and common sense, light and darkness, past and present, modernity and archaism. The album marries minimalism, purity, a fine approach and ancient instruments: traditional music (hurdy gurdy, shawm, polyphonies, percussion, gongs); the gloom of oppressive dark ambient; the slow pace of ritual music, wavering between modernity and archaism. Voices rise towards beauty, lifting it away from some occult mud. Holy Fire takes us back to a forgotten world – a primal, ancient, wild and free world, pervaded by secret dances of sorcerers’, unfathomable forests, remote and lifeless places. 6-panel digipak.

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ZOS KIA / COIL ‘TRANSPARENT‘ CD / 2LP (CSR230CD/LP)

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***2LP SHIPS FROM 26th JANUARY***

** T-SHIRT IN STOCK NOW! **

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OUT NOW:

× TREPANERINGSRITUALEN ×

TREPANERINGSRITUALEN ‘DEATHWARD, TO THE WOMB‘ CD / LP (CSR222CD/LP)

Trepaneringsritualen’s long out of print debut release: Deathward, To The Womb finally sees a proper reissue on CD, and limited edition 12″ vinyl.

CD in 6-panel matt digipak.
LP in matt sleeve with 6mm spine. Ltd x 500 copies with download card.

An invocation not so much of BABALON Herself, but of the tormented elemental of Frater T.O.P.A.N., and his fervent attempts to usher in the Æon of Horus.

In the lyrics – based on the texts of Frater T.O.P.A.N. on the Babalon Working – the perilous flame that is BABLON is called upon to ravage creation. She is asked to scorch the earth clean for the coming cosmic renovation. The Eternal Virgin would spring from Her womb. From Her love, the new divine man would be born. 70 years after the Bablon Working was deemed successfully concluded, its utter failure is painfully apparent.

»All love songs are of me« She says. This is certainly true of the first five songs of Deathward, To The Womb. The final songs, All Hail The Black Flame, seem different altogether. In this guise, BABALON brings not solely love, but cataclysm; a holocaust brought upon the domain of Man. Manifested as the Black Flame, She reaches from a time before time, formless chaos, and rips apart the very fabric of the created worlds. Such is Her nature: two opposing principles; that of the nurturing mother, and that of the callous destroyer.

“She is flame of life, power of darkness – She destroys with a glance – She may take thy soul. She feeds upon the death of men.”

Appended to the six original songs is a specially commissioned 12 minutes and 57 seconds long ritual work entitled “I Remember When I Was God” (included as download for the vinyl edition), and attributed to Teeraal Räum Pheynix. BABALON was summoned at Winter Solstice 2015 under the sign of ?, with assistance from Alone In The Hollow Garden, A.I.L of Arktau Eos, Michael Idehall, KzR of Bölzer, Nÿland ii of Hadewych, and Æther. To destroy and to give life. We declare this ritual concluded and successful.

f × n × h – × | ×

    

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OUT JANUARY:

ZOS KIA / COIL ‘TRANSPARENT‘ CD / 2LP / T-SHIRT (CSR230CD/LP/TS)

ZOS KIA was formed by John Gosling (MEKON), John Balance (COIL) and Min – with guest Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson (THROBBING GRISTLE). Their one and only album, Transparent, was released August 23rd 1983 in a cassette only edition on the now defunct Nekrophile label, Austria. They were the first released recordings of both COIL and ZOS KIA. It was reissued years later by COIL (Threshold House / Eskaton) in an edited edition. The entire recordings are now released on CD/vinyl for the first time and are completely remastered from the unedited tapes. Includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks by AKE (pre-ZOS KIA).

The music on Transparent is genuinely unsettling and disturbing, with a more primal Industrial feel than the Coil album which followed; ‘Scatology’. An essential insight into the very early work of these extraordinary artists and an undeniable link between Coil and Throbbing Gristle.

Double vinyl edition in a sumptuous gatefold sleeve with 12″ booklet of unseen images. Ltd 500 white vinyl edition for COLD SPRING mailorder only. Both editions come with download card.

CD edition presented in a 6-panel digipak with booklet containing all images.

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CD £10.50
2LP BLACK £16
2LP WHITE £18
SHIRT £15
COMBO 1:
CD & 2LP BLACK £23
COMBO 2:
CD & 2LP WHITE £25
COMBO 3:
CD & 2LP BLACK & 2LP WHITE & SHIRT £50

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Rare and out-of-print vinyl releases from Horror Electronics maestro Burial Hex. Collecting his sides from the split 7″ with Sylvester Anfang on Aurora Borealis, the split 12″ with Iron First of the Sun on Cold Spring, and taking a side each from “Bagirwa Hymn” on VON Archives and “From The Rites Of Lazarus” on Urashima, we experience the death industrial roots of this expansive project. Artwork by Nathaniel Ritter (Kinit Her).
Tunnels Of Ah’s third album, ‘Surgical Fires’ is a dense, fermentative working. Asemic vocals are sunk beneath an alienated electronic landscape of seismic drones and paranormal frequencies. Loss, gain, conflict, resolution, decay and transformation as an initiatory path is the current running through ‘Surgical Fires’; the surgery alluded to in the title being psychic surgery. Guest vocals from ritual artist Soror Anji Cheung.
Officially licensed from Irwin Chusid of the SUN RA estate, Cold Spring’s Justin Mitchell negotiated rare and unreleased tracks from the SUN RA archive to be remixed and treated by Masami Akita. The tracks incorporate the jazz power of SUN RA, carried into brutal excess by the legendary Japanese artist, MERZBOW. Matt laminated digipak CD / 180gm black vinyl with download code. Please note that both formats have completely different music!
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Justin / COLD SPRING