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Cold Spring Bi-Weekly Newsletter – 3rd February 2011

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The PSYCHIC TV boxsets are ‘on their way’ to us, so we’ll be shipping out in the next week or so. Thanks for your patience! The special pre-order price will finish midnight Monday!!!

MZ. 412 ‘Nordik Battle Signs’ ships on 7th, as announced. Pre-orders end midnight Sunday!



PSYCHIC TV | Themes 6 x CD Boxset + Bonus CD (CSR123B) £39.23 / £42.23 / £45.23

Shipping: Next week!
For the first time, all THEMES albums by PSYCHIC TV released together, in a sumptuous, matt laminate, spot-varnished box set. The music itself was designed not only as soundtrack but also for subsequent use by Initiates of The Temple Ov Psychick Youth in their rituals as Functional music intended only to aid in the process of making things happen. It is a practical tool. Thee essential collection of rare, archive and modern PTV ritual / esoteric musick! Each CD is presented in it’s own matt laminate, spot-varnished mini-LP sleeve. The box also includes a 28-page booklet of rare photos and essays. Click here for tracklisting.


MZ. 412 | Vault 5 x CD Boxset (CSR142B) £80 / £90 / £100

Shipping: end-February
Ultra collector’s boxset containing all 5 albums in the MZ. 412 reissue series: “In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi”, “Burning The Temple Of God”, “Nordik Battle Signs”, “Domine Rex Inferum” and “Infernal Affairs”. The inventors of “Black Industrial” blur the boundaries between Black Metal, Ritual Industrial, Dark Ambient and Power Noise. True Swedish Black Industrial! 5 x digipak albums, along with exclusive 5″ VINYL WITH EXCLUSIVE TRACKS, pin-badge, tie, artcards and other surprises! Housed in a black wooden boxset with silver print. Ltd x 300 only!!!


MZ. 412 | Nordik Battle Signs CD (CSR144CD) £9 / £10 / £11

Shipping: 7th February
Another Satanic tour de force from the overlords of Swedish Black Industrial! “Nordik Battle Signs” is a disturbing ordeal of Power Electronics, malevolent vocals, Industrial Noise with an explosive harshness. This Satanic ritual features the militaristic drumming of an infernal army, a collaboration with Ordo (Rosarius) Equilibrio and one track featuring voice-based noises from the band’s fan-base. Remaster of the 1999 album with new artwork, drastically improved and completely remastered audio and 4 extra tracks (including the spectacular completed version of the long deleted ‘Legion Ultra’ 7″) in a matt laminate digipak with spot varnishing.

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V/A | We Bring You A King With A Head Of Gold 2CD (CSR100CD) £13.50 / £14.50 / £15.50

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Shipping: Now
The follow-up to our award winning Folk compilation “John Barleycorn Reborn” from 2007. 34 tracks and 146 minutes of music from the best of current British Folk artists.

MZ. 412 | Burning The Temple Of God CD (CSR140CD) £11 / £12 / £13

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Shipping: Now
The ultimate statement in Swedish Black Industrial, summoning forth the act’s controversial black metal side. Remastered with bonus tracks. Digipak.

MACHINEFABRIEK | Vloed CD (CSR138CD) £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

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Shipping: Now
Live performances, 2006-8. Thick billows of warm guitar shimmer, minimal high end drone, black dronemusik. 20 min bonus track. Digipak.

MZ. 412 | In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi CD (CSR136CD) £11 / £12 / £13
Shipping: Now
The darkest sides of Satanism, death and ritual sacrifice. An enduring, blasphemous statement of True Swedish Black Industrial. Remastered version with two bonus tracks. Digipak with spot varnishing.

STEVEN SEVERIN | Blood Of A Poet CD (CSR135CD) £11 / £12 / £13
Shipping: Now
Solo artist and founding member of Siouxsie and the Banshees. This album is Severin’s entire soundtrack to Jean Cocteau’s 1930 surrealist classic. Gatefold digisleeve.

MERZBOW & Z’EV | Spiral Right / Spiral Left CD (CSR133CD) £11 / £12 / £13

Shipping: Now
Stunning collaborative release from Japanese Noise King Merzbow and legendary elemental sound artist Z’EV.
Dark Ambient Noise in a special textured card digisleeve.



EMME YA – ‘Atavistic Dreams And Phallic Totems’ CD (CSR127CD)
ANNI HOGAN – ‘Mountain’ CD (CSR132CD)
MZ. 412 – ‘Domine Rex Inferum’ CD (CSR145CD)


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• 6 Mar 11, Ship Of Fools Club, London (UK). With Laura Moody

• 11 Mar 11, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, Sheffield (UK)
• 26 Mar 11, Llanberis Mountain Film Festival, Llanberis (UK)

• 30 Apr 10, VIII Congresso Post Industriale, Venice (IT)

• 25 Jun 10, Slimelight, London (UK)

• 22 Jul 10, Woodland Gathering, Fell Foot Wood (UK)

• 3 Sep 11, Villa Festival, Umbria (IT)


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ANDREW LILES – ‘Monster Munch E.P’ 7″ (Tourette) – £9 / £10.50 / £12

The ‘MONSTER MUNCH E.P’ is an 8 track 7″ from English Experimentalist Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound / Current 93). Side one of the single is playable at both 45 and 33.3. The single comes in a beautiful thick card foldout sleeve that measures 14″ by 14″. The record is pressed on candy coloured red vinyl and is limited to 300 copies. FEW COPIES IN STOCK – ACT FAST!

All Andrew Liles TitlesAll 7″ Vinyl

BAI SHUI – ‘Time (Deluxe Edition)’ CD (Midnight Productions) – £14 / £15.50 / £17

Debut album from Bai Shui, the folk musician and singer from Yibin, China (side project of Bloody Woods). Bai Shui plays Chinese style Neofolk music, full of memories and nostalgia. This kind of music really touch deep into your heart.. wake your tears! Reissue in a deluxe hardback book cover with 20 page booklet. Ltd x 500 copies.

All Bai Shui Titles

BAI SHUI – ‘Winter (Deluxe Edition)’ CD (Midnight Productions) – £14 / £15.50 / £17

“They told me that all our lives we were just walking on our way. One day I stopped to look back, I found the stories of all of us, just by the side the road. So I wrote them down…”. Bai Shui is a folk singer from Yibin, China. With his second album “Winter”, you will find Chinese traditional classical / folk musical elements, which largely enrich the themes of the album. 13 excellent, touching tracks! Reissue in a deluxe hardback book cover with 20 page booklet. Ltd x 500 copies.

All Bai Shui Titles

DAO & COH – ‘Dzerzhinsk-9’ LP (Tourette) – £18 / £21 / £23

Russia has had an incredibly interesting and mostly uncredited underground electronic scene for some time. One of its flag bearers has been Ivan Pavlov (CoH). He has collaborated with Throbbing Gristle members Cosey Fanny Tutti and Peter Christopherson (as Soi Song). The LP is culled from 1996 recordings which were made with DAO (Andrej Dao Kolesov). DAO + CoH uses bass, guitars and custom ZX Spectrum and the results are pretty damn awesome. There is a distinct 90‘s flavour and yet it retains a freshness. ‘Propharadeia’ is a really driving track that makes me shake my body from finger to toe. ‘Oka’ is dark and sinister coming through like an Autechre / Muslimgauze hybrid, seething with eastern paranoia. ‘Sung In Sand’ continues the eastern flavour with its building intricate yet subtle percussion and swooping synths. Great stuff! Ltd x 440 copies on black vinyl.

All LP / 12″ Vinyl

DEAD VOICES ON AIR – ‘The Silent Wing’ LP (Tourette) – £15 / £18 / £21

“The Silent Wing,” is the 13th release by Mark Spybey under the Dead Voices On Air name and only the second to be released on vinyl. Spybey started his career in the England with post-industrialists Zoviet France in the late 80s before moving to Vancouver. It was here that Dead Voices On Air were formed. Spybey has also worked under the name Propeller, was an original member of Download and has recently formed two bands: Beehatch (with Phil Western of Download), and Reformed Faction (with Robin Storey of Zoviet France and Rapoon). With DVOA Spybey continues to make music with real instruments; rhythms cultivated by hand from his love of ethnological music and the usual array of grainy sounds and effected vocals. He describes it as “music for the eyes.” Ltd x 400 copies on black vinyl.

All LP / 12″ Vinyl

FLEURETY – ‘Evoco Bestias’ 7″ (Aesthetic Death Records) – £7 / £8 / £9

The second release in the Fleurety 7″ vinyl series! This band from Ytre Enebakk, Norway, has been hailed as one of the originators of the style that has lately come to be known as avant-garde metal. “Evoco Bestias” features the first new tracks from Fleurety since 1998. These 2 tracks serve as a powerful evocation of the feral spirit in man. As well as founding members Alexander Nordgaren and Svein Egil Hatlevik, the recording features Andreas Barsleth and Ayna B. Johansen. “Evoco Bestias” was recorded at Crystal Canyon Studios, Oslo in 2008, with the assistance of Tore Ylwisaker (Ulver). Artwork by Trine & Kim Design Studio (known for their work for Mayhem, Gallhammer, Shining, Ulver etc). Ltd x 666 copies on heavy duty grey vinyl.

All Fleurety TitlesAll 7″ Vinyl

GRAIN BELT – ‘Territories’ CD (Phage Tapes / White Centipede Noise / Small Doses)
– £11 / £12 / £13

Harsh noise and metal abuse from Minneapolis. Grain Belt is a trio comprised of the people behind the Wince, Baculum, and Willful projects. Ultra-harsh blasting for extended periods of time, in the style of Incapacitants, but more raw metal and less electronics. Three tracks each recorded at live shows during 2009. Ltd x 200 copies.

IRM – ‘Red Album’ CD (Autarkeia) – £11 / £12 / £13

CD reissue to celebrate a decade since the release of  the IRM’s “Red Album” LP. Martin Bladh and Erik Jarl had already known each other for a few years when they began their mission as IRM in 1997. Fuelled by the rage of sonic power-houses like Whitehouse and Brighter Death Now, they recorded a demo tape that landed them a deal with Cold Meat Industry. Immediately upon its arrival, “The Red Album” was met by great enthusiasm as it breathed new life into a genre gone quite stagnant at the time. The sound displayed a unique amalgamation of Jarl’s analogue bass-heavy eruptions, and Bladh’s revelatory lyrics / vocals which were thematically more aligned with the apocalyptic preachings of Michael Gira than the confrontationalism of William Bennett. More than ten years down the road, the adolescent debutantes have become the revered minstrels of industrial gospel. Ltd x 500 copies in a digipak.

All IRM Titles

JARL – ‘Vertigo Rebirth’ CD (Autarkeia) – £11 / £12 / £13

Vertigo Rebirth is the 14th album from Swedish composer Erik Jarl (IRM) and the third and final part of the Vertigo trilogy. Like the earlier albums, this one generates particularly severe emotions: isolation, intoxication and especially negative, poisonous intuition. The album opens with a track that has a construction uncharacteristic to his previous works. This composition contains quite strange rhythms and is rather dynamic, which generates deceptive elation. But that’s only the first track of the album. The rest fling the audience back to the cold uncompromising space of drone, piercing and crushing all attempts to perceive the phenomenon of Jarl’s impasse. This is one more remarkable album for potential suicides. Ltd x 200 copies in a digipak.

All Jarl Titles

LOCRIAN – ‘Territories’ CD (BloodLust! / Small Doses) – £11 / £12 / £13

André Foisy and Terence Hannum have spent the last several years honing the Locrian sound. They’ve taken elements from noise, power electronics, drone, and black metal to come up with a truly unique sound reflecting the sprawling urban decay surrounding them in Chicago. For this release, Locrian has pulled out all the stops and fleshed out the band with the help of Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded), Blake Judd (Nachtmystium), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Andrew Scherer (Velnias). The results of this massive collaborative effort are apparent from the moment the album starts. The textures run darker and deeper; the vocals – sometimes three layers deep – seem to be conjured from the decrepit muck of a failed civilisation; the feedback takes on a more pronounced presence; and the big band allows for full-on black metal assaults that burst out of the tortured drones Locrian have come to be known for. “Territories” may well be the most fully realised form of Locrian’s dystopic vision. Digipak.

All Locrian Titles

MALDUR ATAI – ‘Checkpoint’ CD (Autarkeia) – £11 / £12 / £13

This is the first full album from Lithuanian industrial / ambient project Maldur Atai. This hour long album emanates a strong and solid atmosphere that grows, develops and changes during each exquisitely constructed track. All are related to violence in religion and religion as an arcane or masked violator acting in informational reality. This album reveals religion as a system marketed and propagated by invisible conspirators. Checkpoint is a filtration camp where children’s souls are met by elitist creatures of the arcane society wearing black mantles and hiding their faces. They lie, they enslave, they manipulate and they involve you in the vicious circle with almost no hope of retreat. Checkpoint is an abstract, universal and purified vision of Maldur Atai in which many will recognise their own very personal experiences and the symbols of the everyday secret war. Ltd x 300 copies in a digipak.

All Maldur Atai Titles

MALDUR ATAI – ‘Vermin’ CD (Autarkeia) – £11 / £12 / £13

Vermin is the second full album from Lithuanian industrial / ambient project Maldur Atai. The subject matter of this album is the arcane supernatural world that is sometimes accidentally opened by the unwary. They summon demons they cannot later control. Vermin is a contact with otherworldly powers with an unpredictable aftermath, spoken about down the ages. Languorous, ominous and melancholic sounds turn into devouring, disturbing elements. A rich sample library was used for the composition of the album, each sample meticulously chosen and considered. Vermin is the invasion of powerful and malicious demons into the everyday life upon the accidental uttering of the forbidden mantra. Ltd x 300 copies in a digipak.

All Maldur Atai Titles

MAURIZIO BIANCHI – ‘YNOHPMYS’ CD (Tourette) – £11 / £12 / £13

The Italian electronics maestro seems to be still going strong after around 30 years with his latest release. Opener ‘Ortini’ is like the hazey recollection of a long train journey being put through an analogue filter bank. ‘The Inflammatory Sesor’ has a kind of feeling of nostalgia or distant memory that recalls William Basinski or The Caretaker. ‘Oigada’ sounds like two decomposing tape loops slightly out of sync creating a disorientating phasing effect. There are some very absorbing sounds here to get lost in. One for a late night in near darkness. Ltd x 400 copies in a digipak.

All Maurizio Bianchi Titles

MERZBOW – ‘Zara’ 10″ (Punk Kein Rock / Licht-Ung) – £13 / £15 / £17

New recordings from the Japanese Noise King! All music was recorded by Masami Akita at Munumi House in September 2009. Ltd x 290 copies with postcard, in a silkscreened cover with chicken artwork by KealiBird. ACT FAST!

All Merzbow Titles All 10″ Vinyl

NAOKI ISHIDA – ‘Carmmit’ CD (Licht-Ung) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

Brand new beautiful album from musician Naoki Ishida (Kyoto, Japan). “Carmmit” is Naoki’s 4th album, with previous releases on Quasi Pop, InterMusic and Arterija. Naoki uses piano, iPhone, effects and field recordings on these 11 tracks, creating beautiful ambient, noise and electro-acoustic soundscapes. Ltd x 300 copies with postcard and sticker.

RETARDER – ‘Enquiries’ CD (Tourette) – £11 / £12 / £13

The solo debut of Lloyd James (Naevus). As Retarder, Lloyd sets out on a very edgy and stormy voyage, full of obstacles to overcome. A very experimental album, where no two tracks sound the same… piano improvisation, horns, mechanic riffs, vocal loops, multi-layered ambient, strummed guitar, deranged and distorted sounds, mysterious bleeps, strange effects, deranged vocals and a monologue. Open up all your senses and prepare for a while. Give it a shot. And then another. Ltd x 400 copies in a digipak.

ROSE LAND – ‘Au Mont Des Soupirs’ CD (Frozen Wing Records) – £11 / £12 / £13

The debut album from this French act. “Au Mont Des Soupirs” is a 14-track journey through dreamy, nostalgic, intimate and melancholic ambient / neoclassical / ethereal music from another world. Explore wonderful landscapes created from piano parts, synths, strings and whispers. A journey beyond the eternal horizon. Digipak sleeve with artwork dedicated to nature.

SEELENBLUT – ‘Chastity & Dementia’ CD (Midnight Productions) – £11 / £12 / £13

Seelenblut is a project from Greece, with 2 previous albums on CAPP. The whole album shows spectacular range staged as opera chapters. Numerous piano / orchestral pieces are accompanied by touching deep masculine crooning and a feminine voice singing mysterious melodies. If you enjoy Dark-Pop / Neoclassical in the vein of Sagittarius or Sopor Aeternus don’t miss this brilliant album. Ltd x 500 copies in a 6-panel digisleeve.

SILCHARDE – ‘Sortilège De Mécréant’ CD (Frozen Wing Records) – £11 / £12 / £13

First CD proper from this Occultic French Dark Ambient act. Glowering Drone Ambient with sparkles of distorted guitars. Every passing minute is a deeper step into gloomy and sick nightmares. “The projekt Silcharde is the vehicle of Hereb in Aob. Silcharde is dedicated to the true BM occultists. The theme is sleep paralysis essentially and out of body experiences”. Ltd x 500 copies.

THE AUSTRASIAN GOAT – ‘Stains Of Resignation’ CD (Music Fear Satan) – £11 / £12 / £13

Originally started 4 years ago and after a bunch of EPs, splits and compilations tracks, here is finally the second full length album by THE AUSTRASIAN GOAT, a one-man band project leaded by Julien Louvet. After a year of work, this record – consisting of 9 tracks – varies between furious black metal, atmospheric funeral doom and folk ballads, and is surely his best and most mature work to date. Features a guest appearance from Jarboe. Ltd x 1000 copies with artwork by Gnaw Their Tongues.

All The Austrasian Goat Titles

VARIOUS ARTISTS – ‘Saite An Saite’ CD (Licht-Ung) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

Guitar-based CD with long tracks from Aidan Baker (Nadja), relapxych.o and M. Sandbleistift (Licht-Ung). “Sandbleistift’s gauzy drones hover above a thick amplifier hum, coupled with metal-on-metal scrapes, electrical interference directed into the pick-ups, and spidery textures that wiggle into the mix as he plucks away at the bridge of his guitar… Aidan Baker steals the show on this album. Even with his esteemed catalogue of ethereal ambience and doomdronedirge excursions, “One Step Ahead, One Step Behind” is pretty exceptional. A desolate guitar melody repeats throughout the entire track, alluding to the doom of Nadja had he kicked on the distortion pedals. But without, there’s a sadness which permeates the track, accompanied by ghostly flickers of complimentary drones, bursts of static, and a slow-burning roar of distant distortion that eventually consumes the entire piece. Relapxych.0 holds his own in creating a series of guitar-meets-the-laptop abstractions that looks to Fennesz and Tim Hecker for inspiration, and does a pretty good job in the way of an homage.” (Aquarius). Ltd x 300 copies.

All Licht-Ung TitlesAll Compilations

BOYD RICE AND FRIENDS – ‘Music, Martinis And Misanthropy’ Picture Disc LP
(NER) – £13 / £16 / £19

This album is considered a classic, yet defies easy categorisation. The music is lilting, hypnotic, and aesthetically quite pleasing to the ear. It features restructurings of works by The Carpenters, Rod McKuen, and Ragnar Redbeard, as well as original vitriolic and humanist pieces and misanthropic tunes by Rice. This album was inspired by Jackie Gleason’s romantic recordings from the 1950’s. Kind of like a uber-group of the “Apocalyptic Folk” set, the musicians included besides Boyd Rice (NON), Michael Moynihan (Blood Axis) and Douglas P. (Death In June) are Tony Wakeford (Sol Invictus) Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade) and Robert Ferbrache (Blood Axis). This album is worth it’s price just for the cover image. Comes with bonus vinyl only track. Full cover picture disc with insert. Ltd x 2000 copies.

DEATH IN JUNE – ‘Abandon Tracks!’ CD (NER) – £11 / £12 / £13

A collector’s dream! This release contains tracks of rarities, re-mixes, and previously unreleased recordings – of the 16 tracks, 7 are from various compilations or rare single/tour-related releases, and 9 of the tracks are remixes or previously un-issued original recordings. Brilliantly re-mastered, “Abandon Tracks!” is a journey into the world of the mastermind himself, Douglas P. The track listing speaks for itself. “Abandon Tracks!” is 70 minutes of pure Death in June, with all tracks re-mastered. Packaged in an embossed, foil-blocked digipak with booklet.

DEATH IN JUNE – ‘Burial’ CD (Leprosy Discs) – £11 / £12 / £13

Burial was originally released as an LP in 1984 and was the first Death in June record released via Leprosy Discs. The personnel at the time was: Douglas P., Tony Wakeford and Patrick Leagas. After this record, Wakeford left the band. A CD version was released for the first time in 1991 and has remained sold out now for many, many years. Amongst the tracks on this record you’ll find a lot of classics and a complete set of brilliant live tracks. Another piece of the puzzle to fill the gaps in the DIJ back catalogue. Simply a must! Comes in nice foil-blocked digipak with embossed images.

DEATH IN JUNE – ‘Peaceful Snow / Lounge Corps’ 2 x CD (NER)
– £18 / £19 / £20

Gone the Totenpop guitar, it’s now time to march to the 88 keys of the Lounge Corps Piano Bar; ‘Peaceful Snow’! The new album from Death In June features 13 new ‘Totenpop Torchsongs’, with the first 3000 copies of the specially Runic whiphand 6 debossed Softpak CD version also containing a limited edition CD (‘Lounge Corps’) containing 17 Death In June classics instrumentally reinterpreted at Douglas P.’s request by Slovakian pianist Miro Snejdr in Bratislava, Slovakia. Never Come In From The Cold – It’s too Cool outside in the ‘Peaceful Snow’!”

DEATH IN JUNE – ‘The Wall Of Sacrifice’ CD (NER) – £16 / £17 / £18

This is another precious re-issue of a long sold-out Death In June classic. Douglas P., David Tibet, Rose McDowall, Boyd Rice, Nikolas Schreck, Andrea James, Jan O’. Superbly presented in deluxe digipak with varnished Totenkopfs and foil-block lettering on the cover. RARE!

DISSECTING TABLE – ‘Ultimate Psychological Description II’ CD (Dark Vinyl)
– £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

“Ultimate…” was the second CD release by D.T. in 1993 and by far his most aggressive and rhythmical work to date, with vocals directly from hell… comparable to early In Slaughter Natives and Foetus. A fight between heaven and hell, combining Japanese Noise / Industrial tradition with a touch of western decadence.

GRUNTSPLATTER – ‘The Aberrant Laboratory’ CD (Dark Vinyl)
– £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

The fourth release from Gruntsplatter builds a more transcendent atmosphere, weaving together a sustained darkness that conceals the grimy implements of the taboo nestled in the din. The brooding ambience and cutting frequencies combine with odd melody and an enveloping, fluid mix that lead you through the dirty laboratories and hovels of forbidden science where genius and atrocity meet on level ground. The familiar components of subtle detail, amorphous depth, and seething moods of Gruntsplatter are intact and further evolved here to allow the listeners thoughts to wander. Comparable to Blackhouse, Hunting Lodge, Throbbing Gristle, SPK, Lustmord etc.

HIS DIVINE GRACE – ‘Eurydice’ CD (Dark Vinyl) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

French act His Divine Grace’s 4th album (2 previous CDs on HauRuck! and an LP on Nekofutschata) features 6 tracks, which range from ritual ambient and meditative ambient to dark ambient, with a gloomy and doomy atmosphere. Their most tranquil album is full of pure and serene music, perfect ‘sombient’ for falling asleep to! File next to Regard Extreme.

JOHN WATERMANN – ‘Babel #1’ CD (Stille Andacht) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

1993 CD from late Australian experimentalist and visionary John Watermann. Features an incredible recombinant use of English verbal phonemes to simulate natural speech, but babelised. The tower of babel as the source of communication problems. File next to Asmus Tietchens.

MEGAPTERA – ‘Extended Chaos’ 2 x CD (Autarkeia) – £17 / £18.50 / £20

Another release to celebrate 15 years of Megaptera! “Exended Chaos” consists of two old releases, “Near Death” and “Beautiful Chaos”. “Near Death” (cassette, Sound Source 1991) was Megaptera’s first official release and is the only release with all 3 members (Peter Nyström, Magnus Pettersson, Mikael Svensson). Using drum machine, various synths, movies, TV, radio and microphone they created a totally analogue and dirty death theme. On this CD, 3 bonus tracks are added from the same period. Get prepared for old school! “Beautiful Chaos” (MCD, Fever Pitch 1998), has been extended to 10 tracks. The extra material is the two classic tracks ‘Shadowland’ and ‘Sodom’ from the “Death Odors” compilation, the two tracks from the “In the Buchers Backyard” compilation, a bombastic remix of the apocalyptic ‘Final Day’ (by The Protagonist) and an extended version of ‘Shadowland’, remixed by Peter Nyström and Magnus Sundström. The sound of “Beautiful Chaos” is structured and heavy with an “end of the world” theme, using sampled and mixed sounds. Mastered by Magnus Sundström. Ltd x 500 hand-numbered copies in a stunning foldout digipak, with an embossed slipcase. Highly recommended!

MERZBOW – ‘Dead Leaves (Kareha)’ CD (Licht-Ung) – £11 / £12 / £13

Another fine release by Japanese Noise King Masami Akita! Not much info about this one. Possibly a reworking of the same-titled track ‘Kareha’ from the “Collapse 12 Floors” (OHM Records, 1999) album? Who knows! Not as harsh as the old analogue days, but has a sense of structure without beat – controlled feed back etc. Recorded and Mixed at Munemi House in January 2008 with artwork by Jenny Akita. Just under an hour of music. Released in a beautiful 6-panel digipak.

SCORPION WIND – ‘Heaven Sent’ 2 x LP (Twilight Command) – £11 / £15 / £19

“Heaven Sent” has long been considered the “lost” classic collaboration between Death In June’s Neofolk pioneer Douglas P. and Industrial Music’s renegade innovator Boyd Rice. Recorded in Australia prior to the pair starring in the cult film “Pearls Before Swine”, it is a unique, melodic and richly orchestrated ode to modern living, modern loving and modern hating. Joined by percussionist John Murphy (ex-SPK, The Associates, Current 93) for the first of what was to prove many collaborations between the “unregistered 3” and young Australian group Strength Through Joy (now Ostara), these recordings proved to be the perfect follow up to 1990’s ground-breaking Boyd Rice & Friends album “Music, Martinis & Misanthopy”. Limited edition pressed on brown vinyl. Comes with one-sided 12″ sized info-sheet.


VARIOUS ARTISTS – ‘Zachystka’ CD (Autarkeia) – £11 / £12 / £13

“Zachystka (Fuck The Modern World)” is dedicated to the second NORDIC AUDIO MODERN festival which took place in Vilnius, May 2005. Exclusive, remixed or previously unreleased tracks from the following performers at the festival: Con-Don, Deutsch Nepal, Frozen Faces, Hazard, Janitor, The Grey Wolves, Traur Zot and Wejdas. In the slang of Russian military task-force, “Zachystka” carries the meaning of purging a certain territory of everything that moves and breathes. Digipak.

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