Cold Spring Bi-Weekly Newsletter – 14th May 2010

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We’ve been very short-staffed over the past week, but the last pre-order copies of “Hunts & Wars” will finish shipping next week! Thanks for your patience!

These two titles will now ship 25th May.

Visit Kreuzweg Ost’s new MySpace page here! Kreuzweg Ost’s 2nd album for
Cold Spring will be released before the end of the year!

VON THRONSTAHL | Conscriptvm 2 x CD (CSR118CD) £12 / £13 / £14
Shipping: 25th May
Cold Spring are proud to announce a double CD of rare, alternative versions, new and unreleased material from German Martial Industrial legends Von Thronstahl! The sounds on “Conscriptvm” range from Orchestral to Industrial, Neofolk to military-pop and Martial rock, all with the unmistakable, unique sound of Von Thronstahl! This is definitely a release for fans of the early ‘classic’ Von Thronstahl sound, which gained them the solid reputation they have today and could be considered a companion piece to ‘E Pluribus Unum’. Around 140 minutes of fantastic music presented in a luxurious 6-panel digipak.

MP3 | MP3 | Von Thronstahl

FIRE IN THE HEAD | Confessions Of A Narcissist CD (CSR120CD) £8 / £9 / £10
Shipping: 25th May
“Confessions Of A Narcissist” marks the final full-length release by Fire In The Head ending six years of sonic warfare with an assault of manic, self-indulgent industrial electronics. Drawing as much influence from early punk / hardcore as from industrial / power electronics, FI/T/H was conceived as a cathartic outlet to explore and ratify the delusions and social perversions resultant of psychosis and the darker side of man’s conflicted dual nature, to fan the flames which engulf the borders between obsession, compulsion, lust and need. The tracks on this release were recorded in 2007-2008 and are the last of the “short, sharp, shock” vocal tracks which Michael abandoned in favour of “epic” length industrial / ambient compositions. Features guest appearances from Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni) and J. Randall (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), with exclusive artwork from Blinko.

MP3 | MP3 | Fire In The Head

MERZBOW | Merzbow T-Shirt (CSR134TS) £9
Shipping: Now
Essential new Merzbow shirt for Cold Spring! Simple and to the point – very high quality black shirt emblazoned with MERZBOW in crimson red. The only shirt to be seen in this summer!

Available in sizes: Girlie, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL


TENHORNEDBEAST | Hunts & Wars CD (CSR130CD) £11 / £12 / £13

MP3 | MP3
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THB’s 3rd album for Cold Spring. Sub-tuned bass guitar to create rhythms and riffs that dominate vast ritual percussion and droning walls of electric dissonance, creating epic & expansive textures. 6-panel digipak.

MACHINEFABRIEK | Daas CD (CSR128CD) £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

MP3 | MP3
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A provoking, haunting journey. As with the music of Philip Jeck, The Caretaker or William Basinski, these tracks are full of degrading melodies and dusty ambience. Presented in a matt laminate digipak.

SEHNSUCHT | Wüste CD (CSR124CD) £11 / £12 / £13

MP3 | MP3
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Maniac (ex-Mayhem), Vivian Slaughter (Gallhammer), Ingvar Magnusson (Skitliv) and Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound). Noise / darkwave / ambient. 6-panel digipak.

SKITLIV | Bloodletting 10″ Picture Disc (CSR115P) £12 / £13 / £16
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Blackened Doom from Maniac (ex-Mayhem), Niklas Kvarforth (Shining). Ltd x 777 copies. Features Current 93 and artwork by David Tibet.


– ‘Themes’ 4CD Boxset (CSR123B)
GOATVARGR – ‘Black Snow Epoch’ CD (CSR126CD)
EMME YA – ‘Atavistic Dreams And Phallic Totems’ CD (CSR127CD)

• 18 May 10, Cafe OTO, London (UK) – with Tim Hecker
• 19 May 10, Hole In The Wall, Hebden Bridge (UK) – with Simon Scott
• 20 May 10, Sacred Trinity Church, Manchester (UK) – with Tim Hecker, Simon Scott
• 21 May 10, Left Bank Leeds, Leeds (UK) – with Tim Hecker, Simon Scott

• 21 May 10, Wave Gotik Treffen, Anker, Leipzig (DE)

• 22 May 10, Wave Gotik Treffen, Volkspalast, Leipzig (DE)

• 24 May 10, Wave Gotik Treffen, Volkspalast, Leipzig (DE) – with Nurse With Wound, Eldar, Sardh, Blind Cave Salamander


• 6 Jun 10, Bar & Co, London (UK)

• 16 Jun 10, Club Lagerhof, Leipzig (DE)


• 4 Jul 10, Bar & Co, London (UK)


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ANDREW LILES – ”Ouarda (The Subtle Art Of Phyllorhodomancy)’ CD / DVD DualDisc (Dirter)
– £16 / £17 / £18
Recorded in London, Paris, and Sicily “Ouarda (The Subtle Art Of Phyllorhodomancy)” is a travelogue that refuses to stay stuck in any one place for any extended period. The music is as diverse as the array of guests involved – Danielle Dax, Maja Elliott, Rose McDowall, Karl Blake, Edward Ka-Spel and Volcano the Bear’s Daniel Padden all bestow unique and stunning contributions. Obscure, accessible, incomprehensible and exceptional, “Ouarda” is testament to the breathtaking production talents of Andrew Liles, arguably the most vital and original soundsmith of recent years. Side one of this disc is an audio CD including an extra track and slightly remixed version of the LP. The other side of the disc is a DVD which includes – “Ouarda (The Subtle Art of Phyllorhodomancy)” – Colin Potter Version (A film by Michael Tang with musical adaptations by Colin Potter), ” Old Tom’s Marrow” – A film by Andrew Liles, plus truly amazing 5.1 mixes by Freida Abtan of 3 tracks.

All Andrew Liles Titles
BLOOD AXIS – ‘Born Again’ CD (Storm) – £13 / £14 / £15
Over the course of the 12 tracks which comprise their 2nd album, “Born Again”, Blood Axis explores an epic yet human universe in which gods are summoned, kingdoms rise, riddles are unlocked, love is lost, and worlds crumble. Whereas early Blood Axis music was marked by keyboards and samples, Blood Axis in 2010 is stripped down to an essential core of natural instrumentation – electric and acoustic strings, melodeon, piano, highland bagpipes and Galician gaita, marching percussion, the mysterious Annabel-a-tron, and Bobby BeauSoleil’s growling, prison-vintage guitar eruptions circa 1976. Underpinning the album and propelling much of the music is the traditional Irish bodhrán, recorded here with unprecedented power. Moynihan’s ominous voice is well matched by Annabel Lee’s elfin intonations, just as her violin finds a perfect counterpoint in Robert Ferbrache’s protean guitar parts. Shot through by myth and romance, the expressive lyrics on “Born Again” have their roots in ancient and modern poetry, archaic invocations and tragic laments. Both unclassifiable and unforgettable: neither folk nor rock, traditional nor avant-garde, modern nor archaic, it is simply Blood Axis. To everything there is season. For those who are cursed, a time to die and to be forgotten. And for the blessed, a time to be born again: to live on, beyond death, in the minds of men. Now is the time for Blood Axis to be Born Again. Packaged in a beautiful gatefold outsize cover with foilblock lettering and a 24-page booklet.

All Blood Axis Titles

ÍON – ‘Immaculada’ CD (Equilibrium Music) – £11 / £12 / £13
A collection of slow motion mysterious ballads, balancing light and shade, salvation and loss, matching Irish landscapes and Mediterranean sunbathed seashores with its haunting Celtic vibes that thrive and build upon tribal rhythmic patterns. Much like its 2006 predecessor “Madre, Protégenos”, the straightforward and minimalistic overall tone of the album is misleading, as its layered complexity and resonant harmonies reveal themselves at each listen, one mystery at a time, and one step closer to the end of this spiritual quest. Mostly recorded in the Portuguese countryside and in Dublin city, the intricate instrumental backbone is mainly constructed out of traditional instruments. With the mandolin family taking center stage, the tracks have been arranged to incorporate ethnic instrumentation (flutes, uillean pipes) which contrast with the sparse orchestration supplied by cello, violin, acoustic guitars, keyboard pads and piano, supported by the earthbound pulse of the percussion. Presented in a beautiful 6-panel digipak with foilblock lettering.
MERZBOW – ‘Another Merzbow Records’ 3 x CD Set (Dirter) – £22 / £24 / £26
Possibly the most essential Merzbow release for many years.  This 3CD set is culled from appearances on various compilations, ranging from the most obscure cassette releases, to long out of print gems on labels such as Blast First and Susan Lawly.  This material spans an entire decade from 1991 to 2001 and as such, tells its own story of the development and sonic chicanery that is the Merzbow sound during this time. The three CDs in full colour sleeves are packed inside a beautiful bronze printed slip case and the set is limited to 1000 copies.

All Merzbow Titles

MERZBOW – ‘Ouroborus’ CD (Soleilmoon) – £14 / £15 / £16
Ouroboros is an ancient symbol dating back more than 4000 years. A snake or dragon eats its own tail, and represents eternity, or the circularity of life. A more modern interpretation might suggest that mankind will eventually consume itself once it finishes consuming all the life and resources on Earth. Masami Akita, recording under the name Merzbow is considered one of the preeminent artists in the field of noise music. In recent years his output has centered on animal themes, following his concern for the protection of animal rights. Albums for chickens, whales, seals and dolphins have been released on a variety of labels. “Ouroboros” is presented in an exquisite handmade screen-printed eight-panel roll-folder featuring original artwork by Mr. Akita, and is limited to 500 copies. ACT FAST!

All Merzbow Titles

RAMLEH – ‘Hole In The Heart’ 2 x CD (Dirter) – £15 / £16 / £17
This material bridges the gap between the early “power electronics” material and the later “noise rock” history of Ramleh. Neither of these terms do justice to this pioneering group led by Gary Mundy.  Originally issued by Gary’s own “Broken Flag” label in 1987 on cassette, “Hole in the Heart” is now expanded and remastered. To quote Anthony Di Franco: “…swirling phased feedback, fuzzed vocals and guitars. At the same time there were melodies, words and structures in the music, which itself consisted of very simple electronic and acoustic elements magnified to a colossal scale…”  This music has a harmonic beauty, if you look for it, that all its imitators lack. Listen and you will hear the genesis of what was to follow from many 90’s underground bands such as label mates and close collaborators, Skullflower. Packaged in the classic “Broken Flag” monochrome style and encased in a double “Super Jewel Box”.

All Ramleh Titles

ROSE ROVINE E AMANTI – ‘Noi Vi Odiamo’ MCD (Skuld) – £8 / £9 / £10
RARE ROSE ROVINE E AMANTI RELEASE FROM 2004! 6 tracks of dark Italian Neofolk from the talented Rome artist Damiano Mercuri. “Noi Vi Odiamo” is a conceptual release about “Hate and Punishment”. The material here moves towards a more Neo-renaissance and Neoclassical mood, but without forgetting the dark-Folk roots of the project. Ltd x 726 copies in a card sleeve with booklet.

All Rose Rovine E Amanti Titles

SKULLFLOWER – ‘Vile Veil’ 12″ (Noiseville) – £20 / £23 / £26
The Kings of UK guitar noise return with “Vile Veil” in their never ending search to see just how much a guitar can be tortured. Brilliantly debased. Reminding of “Xaman”, “InfinityLand” and “Taste The Blood Of The Deceiver”, this LP goes back to the early way of playing by Matthew Bower (Total, Ramleh, Pure) and the notion of a “rhythm” (although very much buried under the tons of feedback) carrying the songs. But noise it still is and so it should be. Ltd x 300 copies with silkscreened cover. Already a rarity! VERY FEW COPIES IN STOCK – ACT FAST!!!

All Skullflower TitlesAll LP /12″ Vinyl

TO BLACKEN THE PAGES / KORPERSCHWACHE – ‘A Way Dark’ 2 x CD (Colony Records)
– £13.50 / £14.50 / £15.50
“A Way Dark” is a bold work from two of the most pioneering blackened noise guitar musicians working today: Texas-based Korperschwache and Dublin’s To Blacken the Pages. From lighter, shoegaze inspired tracks, to harder, more abstract compositions, and of course exploring the juxtaposition of each artist’s extreme guitar work. The album was a chance for both musicians to challenge other – each taking turns to suggest themes and ideas, for example each working with drum patterns and guitar structures, RKF (Korperschwache) often providing a sonic wall of drone while Paul McAree (To Blacken the Pages) would blaze guitar solos over the top. Irish import.
(Infinite Fog Productions) – £11 / £12 / £13
This split release is devoted the Portuguese poet Fernando Antonio Pessoa (1888-1935) and Romanian philosopher Emil Michel Cioran (1911-1995), with their writings used as lyrics throughout the album. TDOTTC 4 melancholic Neoclassical tracks, with the remaining 9 tracks from Von Thronstahl in the Neoclassical / Ambient vein with a light Martial touch, and all with the beautiful and charismatic voice of Josef K. Originally released in a limited edition by Terria Fria (2004), this stunning new edition comes in a 6-panel digipak designed by Federico Salvador (All My Faith Lost).

All Von Thronstahl TitlesAll The Days Of The Trumpet Call Titles

WICKED KING WICKER – ‘Outer Bounds Of Sound’ LP (Noiseville) – £18 / £21 / £24
For their contribution to the “Outer Bounds Of Sound” series, the black noise doomers WKW went more for out there noise for this album. Still dark as hell, this album sounds more like the after effect of trying hard to be sullen in a world that is just so peachy-keen. Brutal wall of noise doom, just in time for Armageddon! Like Blue Sabbath Black Cheer? Old Skullflower? You’ll dig WKW. 300 copies made with a mylar silver ‘WKW’ on the front of the cover. “Outer Bounds Of Sound” is an experimental LP series from Noiseville. Each release is pressed in an edition of just 300 copies with a hand-made cover. US import.

All Wicked King Wicker TitlesAll LP /12″ Vinyl

WOLFMANGLER – ‘They Call Us Naughty Wolves’ CD (God Is Myth) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50
D. Smolken (also of Dead Raven Choir) returns to the God is Myth stable in the form of his slow, grim and noisy chamber doom outfit Wolfmangler. With the spirit of past Wolfmangler releases where covers of folk songs, classical music pieces and jazz standards are the main lifeblood, this latest work entitled “They Call Us Naughty Wolves” is the band’s unique take on pop music from yesteryear. The results are very much reminiscent of a blackened burlesque chamber ensemble funnelled through a broken radio in a post-apocalyptic wasteland picking up distorted pieces of hits from the 1930s.

All Wolfmangler Titles

YEAR OF NO LIGHT – ‘Ausserwelt’ 2 x LP (Music Fear Satan) – £16 / £19 / £22
Year Of No Light have recruited two new thirsty mercenaries to their line-up: Shiran, of über-doom combo Monarch! and Mathieu, of deviant-electronics act Aeroflot. Out of their cave, they crept into an old theatre to record these 4 tracks, catching every possible vibration of the trembling frame of this enlivened new mansion. All the energy collected there forms “Ausserwelt”, the sophomore album of Year Of No Light. Mystical emanations flow out of these riffs colliding into each other to an in ear-splitting shriek. Cranked amps and molested drums hurl their mourning chant as a choir intoning its final psalms at the dawn of the Last Judgment. Year Of No Light follows the path opened by “Nord” towards more sombre psychedelics, creating its own blend of black metal, sludge, drone or any other influence marked with the seal of darkness. An ambiguous electrical network of acting singularities, now ready to afford the collective metaphysical crash to come. Two slabs of black vinyl in a superb gatefold sleeve.

All Year Of No Light TitlesAll LP /12″ Vinyl

VARIOUS ARTISTS – ‘Willows Songs’ CD (Finders Keepers) – £12 / £13 / £14
It seems as though ‘Willow’s Song’ (from “The Wicker Man” soundtrack) has made an impact on everyone who’s heard it. All these years on, it still has a sense of the uncanny about it. The title song appears here in its original instrumental version, as performed by the band Magnet, and the remainder of this album is a selection of vintage recordings and traditional Folk songs that inspired the music featured on the film’s soundtrack. It’s worth remembering that while the music of “The Wicker Man” is often credited with having heavily influenced the various psychedelic folk revivals that have taken place since the ’70s, those songs were written by New Yorker Paul Giovanni, and are far from the authentic Pagan tracts they’ve so often passed for. This Finders Keepers album goes some way toward reconnecting the film with the traditional material that inspired its legendary score, and includes children’s rhymes like ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ and ‘Oranges and Lemons’ sung with dulcimer accompaniment. You’ll also notice appearances of medieval composition ‘Miri It Is’ and a 1960 recording of Child Ballad ‘Willy O’ Winsbury’, both of which were modified and adapted for the soundtrack recordings. There’s much to recommend this compilation – not only for fans of The Wicker Man, but anyone with an interest in archived British folk. An essential purchase! CD in jewelcase with obi strip.

All Compilations All LP /12″ Vinyl

VARIOUS ARTISTS – ‘Willow’s Songs’ LP (Finders Keepers) – £16 / £19 / £22
LP version of the above release. Nicely presented in a textured card sleeve with obi strip.

All Compilations All LP /12″ Vinyl

AGNIVOLOK – ‘Cherries’ CD (The Eastern Front) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

Agnivolok is the project of Vera Agnivolok and Igor Krutogolov. Originally planned, but unreleased, a few years ago under the original title “Cherries For The Skull” (also the title of their track on “Tel Aviv Aftermath”), this release now finally sees the light of day. “Cherries” mixes traditional folklore and canticles with electronic atmospheric components, as usual in Agnivolok’s own style. Ltd x 1000 hand-numbered copies in a beautiful 6-panel digifile. Israeli import.
AGNIVOLOK – ‘Sculptor’ CD (The Eastern Front) – £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

Re-release of Agnivolok’s debut album, originally released on LP by StateArt. This CD edition comes with the bonus track ‘Angels’. Ukrainian-exile band Agnivolok compels us to discover a new world of musical meltdown and takes traditional music to new dimensions. The traditional fire will project ancient Caucasian gatherings into your mind. A mixture of Neofolk / Folklore and Ambient, this release makes you dream… and these dreams ache. Ltd x 1000 hand-numbered copies in a beautiful textured 6-panel digifile with silver / gold print. Israeli import.
ATOMINE ELEKTRINE – ‘Nebulous’ CD (Essence Music) – £14 / £15 / £16

The trancey beats and sacral atmosphere of “Binomial Fusion” are past and widely replaced by a truly out-of-body, deeply layered and dynamic cosmic experience in form of a masterful ambience filled with energy outbursts, synthetic movements and algorithmical rhythms. An aural projection for a detailed exploration of nebulae, black holes, exploding stars and unknown deep corners of the cosmos. Very much influenced by the electronic side of the kraut scene and with the ability of imposing his very own classic trademark, Peter Andersson (Raison D’Etre) makes “Nebulous” one of the greatest albums related to this genre since the early 70’s. Ltd x 800 copies in a gatefold digisleeve.
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS – ‘Crowd Pleaser’ LP (Hand To Mouth)
– £20 / £23 / £26

2009 Consumer Electronics album with venomous vocal discharge from Philip Best (ex-Whitehouse), produced with Mattin and Gary Mundy (Ramleh). Rapid fire Power Electronics with raw and disorienting electronics soundscapes and nasty high-pitched feedback with intense, explosive energy. Tracklisting: ‘Hand To Mouth’, ‘Cockpit’, ‘Crowd Pleaser’, ‘Parking Lot’, ‘Oily Possibilities’. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker. Self-released on Best’s new label Hand To Mouth. Ltd x 500 copies on 180g vinyl, with lyric sheet. ACT FAST!
LUSTMORD – ‘The Place Where The Black Stars Hang’ CD (Soleilmoon /
Side Effects) – £12 / £13 / £14

“The Place Where the Black Stars Hang” was first released in 1994 on Side Effects, and while the earlier Lustmord album “Heresy” gave birth to the “Dark Ambient” genre, it is “The Place Where the Black Stars Hang” that defines it. It’s a work regularly cited by critics, audiences and musicians as being amongst the very best and most influential albums of its decade. This new edition has been re-mastered and given new artwork. The differences are subtle yet powerful, giving the album a more nuanced feeling of space and detail than ever before. Oft imitated, but never equalled, Lustmord: The Power of Sound.
PHRAGMENTS – ‘The Burning World’ CD (The Eastern Front)
– £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

Powerful and emotional second full-length album from Slovakian project Phragments. Seven orchestral industrial compositions, heavily accented by dark ambient, martial atmospheres, majestic orchestrations, industrial machinery and noisy outbursts. This album shows a dramatic vision of Phragments – a sombre view of a world that is burning. Ltd x 1000 copies in a luxurious A5 6-panel folder. Israeli import.
SILENCE & STRENGTH – ‘Le Divin Cagliostro’ CD (The Eastern Front)
– £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

A Tribute To Grand Copht, the creator of the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry, the most colorful magical adept and one of the previous incarnations of Master Therion. Created in Tel-Aviv, Israel by this local dark-ambient / dark-folk project, headed by Stephan Friedman. Many of you will know Silence & Strength from their appearance on the Aleister Crowley tribute “100 Years Of Liber Al”. Israeli import. Ltd x 620 copies in a DVD case with insert.

VIDNA OBMANA – ‘Legacy’ CD (Release Entertainment)
– £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

Legendary dark ambient sound sculptor Vidna Obmana unveils “Legacy”, the haunting third chapter in the artist’s Dante trilogy. The much anticipated “Legacy” supersedes Vidna Obmana’s critically acclaimed “Tremor” and “Spore” albums, interlocking with the two, while delivering a resounding communique all its own. “Legacy” bleeds other-worldly atmospherics, ghostlike industrial ambience and spiraling electrical waves, ushering the listener forever downward.

VIDNA OBMANA – ‘Spore’ CD (Release Entertainment)
– £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

The second chapter in renowned ethno-ambient/electronic artist Vidna Obmana’s Dante trilogy, and follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Tremor” release, “Spore” is the apotheosis of VO’s fascination for Dante’s Inferno poem. References to VO’s industrial past of the early 80’s remain strongly present, while the fusion of his ambient soundscapes with bolder and less spatial combinations of harmonics, dynamics and experimentation is even more accentuated.

VIDNA OBMANA – ‘Tremor’ CD (Release Entertainment)
– £10.50 / £11.50 / £12.50

Vidna Obmana (‘optical illusion’ in Serbian language) is the Dark / Ethno-Ambient brainchild of Belgian composer Dirk Serries (Fear Falls Burning). Vidna Obmana produces atmospheric music which induces trance-like states in those listeners who understand the language of sound. This is the first Vidna Obmana recording in a trilogy of albums drawing inspiration from the classic Dante poem.

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