‘Black Death and Beyond’ is a special collector’s boxset featuring an in-depth book containing extensive accounts of the band’s history and philosophy from both Gylve ‘Fenriz’ Nagell & Ted ‘Nocturno Culto’ Skjellum, as well as additional recollections from bass player Dag Nilsen. Numerous other artists and friends along the way give their thoughts on the legends too, plus the book contains a large amount of personal photos from the band archive.
Also included are 3 vinyls featuring Darkthrone’s own choice cuts from their illustrious collection of death/black/ & metal/punk classics, presented on white, black, and transparent vinyl.
Fenriz explains the concept behind the track selections: “I never quit my day job; one of the reasons being that I can listen to music on headphones there all the time. To the extent that I rarely listen to music at home anymore, and if I do it’s like I can’t hear it PROPERLY. At work with headphones is where the details reveal themselves and also which songs I can and can’t use in compilations or dj’ing appear quite clearly.
Every time I get/buy a cassette or vinyl I have to transfer them to wav files via a computer programme, then I write a little note to accompany the final burnt disc. But the note first swings by my workplace where I can rate the various songs with a clever underlining-system called THE FENRIZOLATOR. And so passes the days.
"Then came the idea to do a Darkthrone book and with it a vast box set. There was talk about 3 compilation discs, one with Death, one with Black and one with our other styles. So be it. But this time I took it upon myself do it PROPERLY. And to do that....well, I had to face my own rating system. Because I also use the F-OLATOR on regular CD’s, it took 3 whole days to rate all of our 16 full length albums. Certain discoveries
were made, like the song I think is worst by Darkthrone is HANS SISTE VINTER (Scoring only 12 out of 60 points) and also that The Cult Is Alive is probably our best album – at least it’s the one with the highest grades consistently. But I digress. AGGRESSIVE DIGRESSOR!!! Lists were made, and I truly tried to be as honest and fair as possible, Ted was initially going to do this but I think he suddenly saw how monumental
a task it would be, and ended up with - well, what you hold in your hands right now. My “BEST OF” trying to follow both my biased ratings, crystal logic and also personal favours and my fave Ted songs”.
This edition of ‘Black Death and Beyond’ is to be limited to a single vinyl pressing.
1. In the Shadow of the Horns
2. Inn I De Dype Skogers Favn
3. Under a Funeral Moon
4. I en Hall Med Flesk og Mjod
5. The Hordes of Nebulah
6. The Claws of Time
7. Fucked Up & Ready to Die
8. Hate is the Law
9. The Cult of Goliath
2. Sunrise over Locus Mortis
3. Soulside Journey
4. Neptune Towers
5. Nor the Silent Whispers
6. Iconoclasm Sweeps Cappadocia (NRK version)
7. Sadomasochistic Rites
8. In his Lovely Kingdom
9. Black Daimon
10. Paragon Belial
1. Graveyard Slut
2. Forebyggende Krig
3. These Shores are Damned
4. Pervertor of the 7 Gates
5. Wisdom of the Dead
6. The Winds they called the Dungeon Shaker
7. Grizzly Trade
8. Those Treasures Will Never Befall You
9. Stylized Corpse
10. The Ones You Left Behind
For their 2011 sophomore release, Understanding What We've Grown To Be, We Came As Romans returned to Foundation Recording Studio with their longtime friend and producer, Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack!). The material carries the band’s signature sound of intricate guitar riffs, both mosh-worthy and melodic breakdowns, and the flawless intertwining of dual vocals from David Stephens and Kyle Pavone.
Musically and lyrically, Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be holds a much darker tone than their previous release, To Plant A Seed. While still maintaining the band’s overall theme of positivity and brotherhood, the new material takes on a more straightforward approach to life’s struggles and the challenges of growing up. The juxtaposition of brutal breakdowns and chugging minor arpeggios with Pavone’s smooth croons, Stephens’ fierce and gut-wrenching screams, and crisp electronic elements creates an in-your-face sound that is distinctly We Came As Romans.
2. Everything As Planned
3. What I Wished I Never Had
4. Cast The First Stone
5. The Way That We Have Been
6. A War Inside
7. Stay Inspired
8. Just Keep Breathing
9. Views That Never Cease, To Keep Me From Myself
10. What My Heart Held
11. I Can't Make Your Decisions For You
12. Understanding What We've Grown to Be
“Train A Comin” the 1995 release by Steve Earle was his first album since the “The Hard Way” five years earlier. Steve returned to basics on this all acoustic record with help from Peter Rowan, Norman Blake, Roy Huskey, and Emmylou Harris. “Train A Comin’” finds Steve mixing some of his older material written decades before, such as “Mercenary Song”, with choice covers of the Beatles “I’m Looking Through You”, Townes Van Zandt’s “Tecumseh Valley” and The Melodians reggae classic “Rivers Of Babylon”. A critical and fan favorite “Train A Comin’” is a gem and one of the best albums of Steve's career. Issued for the first time ever on vinyl with a double sided insert.
1. Mystery Train Part II
2. Hometown Blues
3. Sometimes She Forgets
4. Mercenary Song
6. Tom Ames' Prayer
7. Nothin' Without You
8. Angel Is The Devil
9. I'm Looking Through You
10. Northern Winds
11. Ben McCulloch
12. Rivers Of Babylon
13. Tecumseh Valley
Tomorrow Was the Golden Age is an album length composition by minimalist
ensemble Bing & Ruth. Written and conducted by pianist David Moore, Tomorrow
Was the Golden Age is a halcyonic journey to a neverending place, where music
waxes, wanes and drifts imperceptibly from silence to grand, glowing sound.
Formed in the mid-aughts among music student friends at New York City’s New
School, Bing & Ruth’s lineup has shifted with the scope of each recording. For
Tomorrow Was the Golden Age, the group whittled down from the eleven players
on their first album, City Lake, to seven: two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a
cellist and a tape delay tech, all supporting David Moore’s sublime yet resonant
Moore is responsible for the compelling melodies mediating the overarching
ambience of Tomorrow Was the Golden Age. Outside of Bing & Ruth, Moore
is also a multi-faceted composer, scoring under his own name and for old-time
fiddle groups, which he describes as “drone-based with a lessened concern for
perfect intonation.” These ventures illustrate Moore’s unpretentious devotion to
various musical traditions, yet Bing & Ruth remains Moore’s principal project,
where form ventures even further beyond recognition.
With untethered textures inspired by the indeterminate music of Morton Feldman
and later torch bearer Gavin Bryars, Tomorrow Was the Golden Age achieves
canon-level quality for instrumental music. Within the piece’s extended passages,
Bing & Ruth wander through gradient fields of color, illuminated by a delicate
architecture of slowly developing microtonal harmonies, Steve Reich-ian piano lines
and the same analog tape delay that launched both Brian Eno’s Apollo and the
greatest dub reggae engineers into the unknown.
Moore employed fundamental contrasts as the conceptual mode for Tomorrow
Was the Golden Age. “I wanted to take something from the darkness to the light
and observe what that process would result in,” states Moore. Daybreak offered
one contrast, with its untraceable hues from dawn to sunrise. Silence and its
intrinsic gift of listening offered another. The emergence of Tomorrow Was the
Golden Age from the two is Bing & Ruth’s epic and ultimate reprisal.
The players on Tomorrow Was the Golden Age are David Moore on piano,
Jeremy Viner on clarinet, Patrick Breiner on clarinet, Mike Effenberger operating tape
delay, Leigh Stuart on cello, and Jeff Ratner and Greg Chudzik on bass, respectively.
The album was recorded in Yonkers, New York and mixed in Brooklyn, with Brian
Bender and Moore at the controls.
Intended to be experienced at both high and low volumes, Tomorrow Was
the Golden Age is perfectly calibrated for meditative backdrops, burrowed
headphone listening and utter captivation when performed live. Its sonorous
palette inspires emotional response across a dynamic field, welcoming a journey
to and beyond tomorrow’s promise.
3. Just like the First Time
4. Police Police Police Police Police
5. Strange Wind
6. The Towns We Love Is Our Town
7. We Are on the Side of Angels
9. Postcard from Brilliant Orange
The last three albums from British extreme metal pioneers Bolt Thrower: Mercenary (1998), Honour Valour Pride (2001) and Those Once Loyal (2005), will be reissued on gatefold vinyl in the U.S. courtesy of Metal Blade Records.
2005's Those Once Loyal is the eighth studio release from Bolt Thrower and their third for Metal Blade Records. The album marked the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts who was absent on the band's 2001 album Honour Valour Pride. Recorded and mixed at Sable Rose Studio, U.K. in June-September of 2005, engineered by Andy Faulkner and produced by Bolt Thrower and Andy Faulkner. Includes the bonus track "A Symbol of Eight."
1. At First Light
3. The Killchain
4. Granite Wall
5. Those Once Loyal
6. Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)
7. Last Stand of Humanity
9. When Cannons Fade
10. A Symbol of Eight (bonus track)
‘The Phantom Lodge’ was a natural progression from debut album ‘Ravendusk in my Heart’; delving further into the realm of experimentation of ideas and atmospherics. The album was recorded at Unisound, September 1996 and was produced and mixed by Dan Swano (Opeth, Marduk, Dissection) and Blackheim.
1. Astray Within The Coffinwood Mill
2. The Puzzling Constellation Of A Deathrune
4. The Walk Of The Hunchbacked
5. Cloaked By The Moonshine Mist
6. Across The Open Vault And Away...
8. The Blazing Demondome Of Murmurs And Secrecy
9. Upon The Salty Wall Of The Broody Gargoyle
Finally Available On Standard Vinyl LP After
Months Of Intense Demand!
“United Nations is undoubtedly one of the most punk
bands on the planet.” – New Noise
“Flesh and bone shouldn't be capable of capturing this kind
of inhuman ferocity with such clarity and technical
precision.” – Pitchfork 8.1
“This album is violent, dark, full of anger and explosiveness
– and one you shouldn't miss out on.” – Punknews
Featuring material recorded between the spring of 1981
and the fall of 2016, the increasingly controversial and
enigmatic punk supergroup United Nations’ new album
The Next Four Years picks up where “Never Mind The
Bombings” left off, expanding on their already caustic
sound with an even greater sense of urgency and
aggression. It’s a furious homage to the pioneers of punk,
and a scorching critique on the current state of “punk.” It is
the most cathartic music of their mysterious career, and
unquestionably some of the most vital heavy music
released this year.
1. Serious Business
2. Meanwhile On Main Street
3. Revolutions At Varying Speeds
4. False Flags
5. United Nations Find God
6. Between Two Mirrors
7. Fuck The Future
8. Stole The Past
9. United Nations Vs. United Nations
11. Music For Changing Parties
Thank You, Happy Birthday is the eagerly awaited sophomore album from Cage The Elephant. Produced by Jay Joyce and recorded at Tragedy/Tragedy Studios in Nashville, TN, the album follows-up to the band's critically acclaimed 2009 self-titled debut. This new 13-song collection of raucous and inspired rock displays an expanded sound for the band and a bold reminder of exactly why they are one of the most loved groups in rock music today.
1. Always Something
3. Indi Kidz
4. Shake Me Down
6. Sell Yourself
7. Rubber Ball
8. Right Before My Eyes
11. Japanese Buffalo
In Autumn 1992 Thergothon started recording their debut album,‘Stream from the Heavens’. Two tracks from the Fhtagn-nagh Yog-Sothoth demo were reworked & recorded for this release. Non-metal influences including prog, goth, ambient & experimental music helped to shape the band’s sound & atmosphere further.
2. Yet The Watchers Guard
3. The Unknown Kadeth In The Cold Waste
5. Who Rides The Astral Wings?
6. Crying Blood & Crimson Snow
Sacred Bones has long been closely linked with tight-knit regional punk scenes,
with roster artists representing everything from the icy precision of Copenhagen
(Vĺr, Lust for Youth) to the acid-fried psych vibes of Tempe, Arizona,
(Destruction Unit) to the grimy lawlessness of New York City (The Men, Pop.
1280, Anasazi). Institute stands at the center of another thriving scene in Austin,
Texas, and we’re proud to be releasing their Salt EP.
Formed in Austin in March 2013, Institute includes members of Wiccans, Glue,
Blotter, Recide and more. Before they were even a proper band, singer Moses
Brown had a couple of raw post-punk songs sitting on a four-track at his house.
Once the lineup solidified, the band touched up one of those songs (“Dead
Sea”) for a demo, then quickly wrote enough material to flesh out that demo
(re-released on Deranged), a seven-inch (on Katorga Works), and now their debut
EP for Sacred Bones.
We fell in love with this band as soon as we heard those early demos, and then
saw a blistering set from them in their hometown earlier this year. The Salt EP is
as sharp as the band’s earlier work but suggests longer, more experimental forms
(“An Absence”) and a more incisive lyrical perspective, dealing with topics from
existentialism to Brown’s experience as a closeted youth. Institute have already
toured with their new labelmates in Destruction Unit, and we’re stoked to
officially welcome these young men into our family.
3. Familiar Stranger
5. An Absence
Mastodon, featuring ex-members of Today is the Day, Lethargy, and Social Infestation, awaken the slumbering heavy music scene on their debut full-length Remission. The band's prodigious ability bridges the soulful and technical as Herculean yet incisive songwriting is effortlessly fused with an expansive and emotive tenor. Creative, distinct, graceful and strong, Mastodon's Remission features the traits of a benchmark release, a standard to which others have been measured by.
1. Crusher Destroyer
2. March Of The Fire Ants
3. Where Strides The Behemoth
5. Ol'e Nessie
6. Burning Man
8. Trampled Under Hoof
10. Mother Puncher
11. Elephant Man
An extend play 33 RPM 7" EP. Peter brings us 4 songs on this one. Side A features two rockers - one being "Portrait Of A Sorry Man" in which Peter asks for forgiveness for all his sins and one being the classic rock thumper - "If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back". The other B side (did we mention this is a double B side?) is two raw stripped down demos played simply and beautifully by Peter and Scott McCaughey.
1. Portrait of a Sorry Man
2. If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back
3. Portrait of a Sorry Man (Demo)
4. If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back (Demo)
Mondo is the Danger Mouse-produced debut album from the Los Angeles electro-soul-pop duo Electric Guest comprised of multi-instrumentalists Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton. The 10-track Downtown Records release is highlighted by the utterly infectious “This Head I Hold” along with the dreamy psychedelia of “Troubleman” and the sweet, distorted sounds of “American Daydream.”
2. This Head I Hold
3. Under The Gun
6. The Bait
9. American Daydream
Mimicking Birds play lachrymose songs that synchronously evoke warm-heartedness and an overall compassion for life without coming off dilettante or sending you an invitation to a pity party. It's the band you find out about, listen to incessantly, want so much to keep a secret, but can't resist the urge to play for everyone you know.
1. Home and Somewhere Else
2. Loop, The
3. Burning Stars
4. New Doomsdays
5. Subsonic Words
7. Remnants and Pictures
9. Cabin Fever
10. 10 Percent
11. Under and In Rocks
Finally available again! Leviathan is the record that launched Mastodon into the upper echelon of major label metal bands!
Leviathan is a concept album by progressive metal band Mastodon, released in 2004 by Relapse Records. The album is based on the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick, with the songs: Iron Tusk, Blood and Thunder, I Am Ahab and Seabeast released as singles. Three magazines awarded it Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer.
1. Blood and Thunder
2. I Am Ahab
5. Iron Tusk
7. Naked Burn
8. Aqua Dementia
9. Hearts Alive
10. Joseph Merrick
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are set to release a brand new album, Hypnotic Eye.
Their first studio album since 2010, Hypnotic Eye is the band's 13th studio album. It was co-produced by Petty, Mike Campbell, and Ryan Ulyate, reports Rolling Stone . Speaking to the publication about the album, Petty responded to comments that the release sounds like his earlier albums 1976's Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and You're Gonna Get It from 1978.
"That's what Mike said: 'You sing like you did on the first two albums," said Petty. "Maybe this album does sound like that. But it's that band 30 years later... I knew I wanted to a do a rock and roll record. We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time."
The album will feature the songs "American Dream Plan B", "Faultlines", "Red River", "Burn Out Town" and "Shadow People". The release will be supported by a to-be-announced tour. Petty also commented that the band are far from finished. "This band just grows and grows, and that's an incredible gift, I can't see us calling it off," he said.
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1. American Dream Plan B
2. Fault Lines
3. Red River
4. Full Grown Boy
5. All You Carry
6. Power Drunk
7. Forgotten Man
8. Sins Of My Youth
1. U Get Me High
2. Burnt Out Town
3. Playing Dumb*
4. Shadow People
Side B of this release, “The Reconciliation?”, was named as one of the Top 10 Americana/Country albums of 2013 on the UK website Pop Matters. The band toured the U.S. in April with headlining shows at B.B. Kings in New York and a headlining performance at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Show. The band is returning to the U.S. in late August and will be touring through October with stops on the East Coast, West Coast and Canada.
SIDE 1: (How Do You Plead)
1. By a Thread
2. 100,000 Words
3. Put Your Hair Back
4. Going Back to Memphis
5. I Bought Some Roses
6. Departure Lounge
SIDE 2 (The Reconciliation?)
1. Unhappily Ever After (featuring Kinky Friedman)
2. No Heart In This Heartache
3. Our Race is Run
4. No Matter What Tammy Said (I Won’t Stand By Him)
5. King of the Carnival
6. Ashes, Flowers and Dust
The last three albums from British extreme metal pioneers Bolt Thrower: Mercenary (1998), Honour Valour Pride (2001) and Those Once Loyal (2005), will be reissued on gatefold vinyl in the U.S. courtesy of Metal Blade Records.
2001's Honour Valour Pride is the seventh full-length release from Bolt Thrower and second for Metal Blad Records. The album was the only release by the band to not feature Karl Willetts on vocals. Recorded and mixed at Sable Rose Studio, U.K. in June-September of 2001, engineered by Andy Faulkner and produced by Bolt Thrower and Andy Faulkner. Includes the bonus track "Covert Ascension."
1. Contact - Wait Out
2. Inside the Wire
4. Suspect Hostile
5. 7th Offensive
8. A Hollow Truce
10. Covert Ascension (bonus track)
Here We Rest is the second album from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and follow-up to their acclaimed 2009 self-titled debut. An Alabama native, Isbell comes from a tradition of Southern music. He proudly embraces his roots, which shine through in his songs and even in the title of the new album. Here We Rest was Alabama's original motto. However, instread of resting comfortably within its boundaries, Isbell, along with keyboardist Derry deBorja, guitarist Browan Lollar, drummer Chad Gamble and bassist Jimbo Hart transcend them. His thoughtful songwriting and warm, soulful voice are genuine, natural abilities that come through in the music.
1. Alabama Pines
2. Go It Alone
3. We've Met
5. Stopping By
6. Daisy Mae
7. The Ballad of Nobeard
8. Never Could Believe
9. Heart on a String
10. Save It For Sunday
11. Tour of Duty
1. Brand New Stone
2. Everywhere With Helicopter (Guided By Voices Cover)
Since forming in 1988, Madball has been responsible for some of the most important releases in metal and hardcore. From the seminal Ball of Destruction EP (1989) to the landmark albums Set It Off (1994), through their career defining resurgence at Ferret Music. The former partners at Ferret have now reconnected with Madball to be the cornerstone of the Good Fight Music roster with the release of Empire.
2. Danger Zone
4. All Or Nothing
5. Glory Years
7. Shatterproof feat. Roger Miret
8. The End
9. Con Fuerza
11. Hurt You
12. "Tough Guy"
13. Dark Horse
14. Spider's Web
"Like many other young recording artists of the late 1950s, especially those on major labels, Wanda Jackson was encouraged to straddle musical genres as a hedge against changing trends. She was an accomplished rockabilly singer, but Capitol Records must have worried about how long rockabilly was going to stay popular, so Wanda Jackson has the singer cutting tracks in several other styles -- most frequently country. Her rockabilly fans may have been surprised to hear her first full-length album, which leaned more toward country and also showed off her affinity for straight pop. True, she did cover "Long Tall Sally" and "Money, Honey," and she did a particularly raucous version of "Let's Have a Party" (which surprisingly took off for the pop Top 40 two years after the album's release). But more typical of the sound of the album overall were her versions of Kitty Wells' "Making Believe" and Don Everly's "Here We Are Again," traditional country material, and she even tried her hand at Patti Page's 1954 hit "Let Me Go, Lover!," a pop ballad. Add it all up, and you had one versatile singer, able to sing convincingly anything that was thrown at her... "
- William Ruhlmann (All Music)
1. Day Dreaming
2. I Wanna Waltz
3. Heartbreak Ahead
4. Making Believe
5. Here We Are Again
6. Long Tall Sally
7. I'd Be Ashamed *
8. Sticks and Stones *
9. Just Call Me Lonesome
10. Let Me Go Lover
11. Money, Honey
12. I Can't Make My Dreams Understand
13. Happy, Happy Birthday
14. (Let's Have A) Party
15. Brown Eyed Handsome Man *
16. Stupid Cupid *
Versus God is Dillinger Four’s second studio full length originally released in 2000. With it’s dedicated fan base growing to a new generation this
acclaimed album has finally been repressed on vinyl.
1. Who Didn't Kill Bambi?
2. "Get Your Study Hall Outta My Recess."
3. Maximum Piss & Vinegar
4. Last Communion
5. Suckers, Intl. Has Gone Public
7. Music Is None of My Business
8. Define 'Learning Disorder'
9. Let Them Eat Thomas Paine
10. Shiny Things Is Good.
11. J. Harris
12. Q: How Many Punks Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?
13. Wreck the Place Fantastic