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Esoteric WarfareEsoteric Warfare is the fifth studio album by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.
It has been seven long years since MAYHEM released their fourth and last full-length Ordo ad Chao. Founded as early as in 1984 in Oslo, Norway by the late and legendary frontman Øystein Aarseth aka Euronymous, bassist Jørn Necrobutcher Stubberud, and Kjetil Manheim Haraldsson on drums, the band took its name from the VENOM song Mayhem with Mercy. Continuing and renewing the Black Metal style heralded by the English trio, MAYHEM soon became the instigators of the so called second wave and were at the heart of every controversy surrounding that genre. The suicide of misanthropic frontman Per Yngve Dead Ohlin. The murder of Euronymous by guest bass player Count Grishnakh alias the notorious Varg Vikernes. Church burnings, drugs and prison sentences, MAYHEM were always at the centre of the storm. Yet not even death could stop the Norwegians, who released one musical milestone after the other. The incredible rawness of the Deathcrush EP (1987) was followed by the still iconic and genre defining De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994), which featured devilish drummer Jan Axel Hellhammer Blomberg, who had joined in 1988. The vocalist on this album was the Hungarian Attila Csihar of TORMENTOR fame, who returned later in 2004 to take over from his meantime heir, the enigmatic original singer Sven-Erik Maniac Kristiansen. The latter was featured on the Wolf's Lair Abyss EP (1997), which was written mostly by highly talented guitarist Rune Blasphemer Eriksen, who scored a massive success with the highly controversial Grand Declaration Of War (2000). Those were followed by the more classic Chimera (2004) and a masterpiece of utter darkness called Ordo Ad Chao (2007) with Attila singing again, which inspired many bands to follow in its tracks. MAYHEM had always witnessed many line-up changes due to the circumstances described above. Therefore even the loss of Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band AVA INFERI in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten Teloch Iversen. The guitarist had already made a name for himself with NIDINGR, which is highly regarded amongst black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon. Now his first compositional work with MAYHEM is unleashed and demonstrates how perfectly Teloch has captured the essence and spirit of the Norwegian legend by linking the band back to its roots, while at the same time taking a step forward into the spearhead position of the genre instead of dwelling in nostalgia. The A-side, Psywar comes with a different mastering than the album version. The B-side, From Beyond the Event Horizon is a rare track taken from the much rumoured Budapest Recording Sessions, which the band decided to scratch. Tremble world, MAYHEM are back with a vengeance!1. Watchers
7. Throne of Time
8. Corpse of Care
10. Aion Suntelia$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Electric Wizard are back! Their seventh full-length album for Rise Above Records sees this now legendary band enter into a new era. Still the heaviest band on the planet, this time around there is a stronger emphasis on song structure and musicianship than on previous outings. Black Masses is an encyclopedia referencing the history heavy metal from the Kinks to right through to Bathory, thematically governed by occult knowledge passed down from their ancestors.
A trip through every aspect of everything thats cool about underground drug-rock from the head-spinning Satanic Psychedelia of Patterns of Evil through to the NWOBHM on LSD churning of Turn off your Mind Black Masses is the album Electric Wizard always threatened to make. Its here, and listening to the end of the world was never meant to sound this good!1. Black Masses
2. Venus in Furs
3. Night Child
4. Patterns of Evil
5. Satyr IX
6. Turn off your Mind
7. Scorpio Curse
8. Crypt of Drugula$43.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
ApokalypsisChelsea Wolfe's sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk - a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. After The Grime & The Glow, Wolfe relocated to Los Angeles and recorded her second album, 2011's Apokalypsis, which found her in an actual studio with her live band.1. Primal/Carnal
3. Tracks (Tall Bodies)
5. Movie Screen
6. The Wasteland
9. Pale on Pale
10. To the Forest, Towards the Sea$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Sunday 20th AnniversaryCypress Hill's 1993 release Black Sunday helped to expand the group's audience with its deftly culled soul and Latin jazz samples and funky grooves. Tracks like I Wanna Get High, Insane in the Brain and I Ain't Goin' Out Like That have all gone on to become hip-hop classics, each featuring the signature rolling bass hooks that defined Cypress Hill's sound before the group began to experiment with heavy metal.1. I Wanna Get High
2. I Ain't Goin' Out Like That
3. Insane In The Brain
4. When The Ship Goes Down
5. Lick A Shot
6. Cock The Hammer
8. Li'l Putos
9. Legalise It
10. Hits From The Bong
11. What Go Around Come Around Kid
12. A To The K
13. Hand On The Glock
14. Break 'em Off Some$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Trident Wolf EclipseThe 6th studio album of Sweden's greatest and most notorious black metal band. A prime example of wild, evil, lawless and relentless satanic black metal. Watain Still untamed, always hungry and more dangerous than ever before.1. Nuclear Alchemy
2. Sacred Damnation
4. Furor Diabolicus
5. A Throne Below
6. Ultra (Pandemoniac)
7. Towards the Sanctuary
8. The Fire of Power$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Death To False MetalFirst Time On Vinyl
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Death To False Metal is not a traditional collection of studio leftovers or songs from the vault, but a wholly original follow-up to Weezer's just-released Hurley. The album was created using the basic tracks of 10 previously unreleased recordings-nine never-before-heard songs plus one cover-to assemble a brand new and truly modern-sounding record. The result is an evolution for the band, a giant step forward with a nod to the past.
''These were great songs, great recordings, but for some reason they didn't make the final cut for previous records,'' Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo stated. ''Some just weren't right for the albums we were recording at the time-just a bit ahead of their time or too 'rock.' Now, the time is right to introduce them. Together, they are the album that should logically follow Hurley.''
Featuring tracks the band originally began recording from the late '90s to late '00s, Death To False Metal was a labor of love for Cuomo and his co-producer Shawn Everett, as well as the entire band. Each track was individually evaluated by the production team of Cuomo and Everett to figure out how to make each of the songs reach their full potential, and ultimately fit harmoniously on the album. After that process, they then brought in each band member in to complete the parts needed. Some of the ten songs received a major overhaul, while others got the equivalent of a sonic tune-up.
''Turning Up The Radio'' is the result of Cuomo's 2008 collaborative YouTube project, ''Let's Write A Sawng,'' for which he invited fans to submit ideas. As they went through the steps of composing a tune, eventually, 15 people became involved. This track is one of only two songs not solely penned by Weezer for Death To False Metal.
''Blowin' My Stack,'' ''Losing My Mind'' (which features some of the most raw and personal emotions in a Weezer song), ''I'm A Robot,'' and a rock cover of the massive R&B hit ''Un-Break My Heart'' were all first recorded prior to the release of 2005's Make Believe. ''I Don't Want Your Loving'' was originally laid down as a demo for 2002's Maladroit. The abrasive punk-metal ''Everyone'' hails from post-1998 Pinkerton period, as does the pop song ''Trampoline.'' The piano-based ''Odd Couple'' and new-wave-style ''Auto-Pilot'' were laid down prior to 2008's Weezer (aka ''The Red Album'').
The title Death To False Metal comes from a phrase that Cuomo and his younger brother used when they were kids. Musical integrity was a matter of life or death then, and now the new album is a reminder of how important music is for both Weezer and their many fans. At a time when many of their contemporaries seem to have forgotten how to rock, Weezer is ready to teach them. Cuomo and fellow axe-slinger Brian Bell crafted nine epic guitar solos-one for nearly every song on Death To False Metal-and with the band's signature hooks in full effect, Weezer's school of rock is back in session.1. Turning Up The Radio
2. I Don't Want Your Loving
3. Blowin' My Stack
4. Losing My Mind
6. I'm A Robot
8. Odd Couple
10. Un-Break My Heart
11. Mykel & Carli$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Horrible NightRecorded during the summer and autumn of 2012 at Hampshire's Earth Terminal and London's Earthworks studios, Horrible Night is the sound of MOSS emerging from its cocoon a much more savage, intelligent and all the more terrifying beast. While no longer obsessed with extremity for its own sake - with weirdly infectious riffs, eccentric vocal melodies and no song over 12 minutes - MOSS remain heavier-than-thou, broadening their horror beyond any imposed 'scene' expectations. This mastery of the craft is evident from the opening moments of first track Horrible Nights - written back in 2010 it sets the course for the album, taking the twisting death-crawl of MOSS mini-epics such as Tombs of the Blind Drugged and administering a lethal dose of addictive melody, cooked up by the colossal riffs of Dominic Finbow and the Ozzy-via-seance vocalisations of Olly Pearson. Cuts such as The Coral of Chaos and Dark Lady expand further upon this potent formula, dragging the Black Sabbath blueprint to its most nightmarish conclusion and ushering MOSS further into their newest dark age.
With 6 tracks, MOSS proves more than ever why this English cult band is regarded exactly as such. While still no easy pill to swallow for the uninitiated, over its duration Horrible Night will demand complete mind control. Nonsense prefixes such as stoner, sludge or drone do not apply here; this is pure DOOM METAL, a celebration of horror, the arcane and the unknown.1. Horrible Night
2. Bleeding Years
3. Dark Lady
4. Dreams From The Depths
5. Coral of Chaos
6. I Saw Them That Night$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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The show featured on this release was taken from a live FM radio broadcast from The Basement venue in Dallas, Texas, in the final weeks of 1988, finds the band on the cusp of change. With a heavier and somewhat more aggressive sound than had previously been present in their work, which was now being touted as thrash rather than glam metal, Pantera were ready to 'bring it on'.1.Death Trap
2.Rock The World
4.We'll Meet Again
5.The Art Of Shredding
6.This Bud's For You
7.Diamond Darrell's Solo
9.Over And Out$32.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Black MetalIn its review of Dean Blunt's The Redeemer - which they later named their top album of 2013 - FACT called Blunt "the premier art prankster
of our time," while acknowledging his earnestness; Tiny Mix Tapes,
who would give the album the #2 spot in their best of the year rank- ings, praise the work for its liberating "short-circuiting of the bound- aries of taste and instilled critical response," while speaking to the
album's near-paradoxical emotional depth.
Blunt's newest odyssey, Black Metal, rides this tension between criti- cal detachment and mainlined human feeling, and in fact he climbs
ever-steeper theoretical heights just as his emotionally stark songs
become, at times, startlingly intimate.
A true multi-media vanguard, Blunt employs original instrumentation
along with elements of pastiche and his unique vocal performances
to create songs and recordings that are not only beautiful, but also tie
into his larger project that incorporates music, visual art, and the writ- ten word to play with identity, cultural signifiers, and artistic agency.
But Black Metal is above all a brilliant, majestic collection of songs, encompassing everything from hypnotic long-form experiments to
ballads almost disarming in their sweet simplicity, swirling equally
with fascinating sounds and fascinating ideas. Blunt's influences are
wide-ranging, from rock's underground pioneers (he quotes Sonic
Youth in interviews; the album leads with a Big Star sample), to neo- classical composers, to early indie pop (another track samples The
Pastels), to classic rock, hip-hop, and R&B. But rather than coldly
compiling them, Blunt brings the works and genres he draws from
into a new musical and cultural conversation.
In the cover story to September's issue of The Wire, Blunt explains
his relationship to his listeners: "Whatever is communicated through
the purity of intention is out of my hands because I didn't know
anything beyond that." With his newest, most accomplished, and
most vexing album, Blunt invites us to draw our own conclusions in
his expansive and fascinating world.1. Lush
2. 50 Cent
6. Molly & Aquafina
13. Grade$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Metal Church is the self-titled debut album of the heavy metal band of the same name. The album was originally released independently in 1984. Based on the success of the album, the band was signed to a recording contract by Elektra, who reissued the album in 1985. The cover art depicts a cruciform Gibson Explorer hidden in shadows and smoke.
Some of their most notable songs are the opener Beyond The Black, their title track, the instrumental Merciless Onslaught, Gods Of Wrath (which is different from all the other songs, as it had clean vocals, clean rhythms, and fluent solos) and the Deep Purple cover Highway Star.
The album is produced by Metal Church and Terry Date (Pantera, Slayer, Prong).1. Beyond The Black
2. Metal Church
3. Merciless Onslaught
4. Gods Of Wrath
6. In The Blood
7. (My Favorite) Nightmare
9. Highway Star$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Metal AvengerThe comeback album of the year - a brand new album of pure metal madness from the god of thunder himself, Thor!
Joining thor on this epic recording is a slew of luminaries from both the rock and punk world including Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Fast Eddie Clarke (Motörhead), Cheetah Chrome (the Dead Boys), Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister), Joey Shithead (D.O.A.) and many more! The album was produced by Bruce Duff (Twisted Roots) and engineered by Paul Roessler (the Screamers, 45 Grave)!
2015 was Thor's biggest year in decades - he's the subject of a major feature documentary film I Am thor, which was an official selection at the 2015 slamdance film fest and winner of the audience award for best doc at the fantasia fest, and has performed at several of the film's screenings in both.1. Out Of Control feat. Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle)
2. Metal Avenger feat. Fast Eddie Clarke (Motörhead)
3. Kings Of Thunder And Lightning feat. Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
4. Master Of Revenge feat. Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
5. Destruct feat. Brian Forsythe (Kix)
6. The Hammer feat. Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister)
7. Taste Of Victory feat. Betsy Bitch (Bitch) & Rikk Agnew (Christian Death)
8. Heavy Load
9. Legions Of The Psykon World feat. Jack Starr (Virgin Steele)
10. Drive feat. Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys)
11. Stars Upon Stars feat. Betsy Bitch (Bitch)
12. T.H.O.R. feat. Joey Shithead (D.O.A.)
13. Atomic Man feat. Peter StjÄrnvind (Krux)
14. Wings Of Destiny feat. Niklas Stålvind (Wolf)
15. Law Of The Universe$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black NightVery few bands come close to sounding like the metal legends Black Sabbath. The appropriately named Iron Man is one of the few who actually did, a very special band in the underground heavy metal scene that dared to re-create the dark/doomy sounds that Sabbath famously pioneered, but with their own twist.
Originally released in 1993 by Hellhound Records, Iron Man's classic debut album Black Night, marked the birth of one of the few bands who dove head first into the heavy rock sounds and dark atmospheres that Black Sabbath trailblazed.
The 7-song set is all about supersonic riffs and brutal heaviness, a dynamic that would even make Black Sabbath proud. Shadow Kingdom Records has now remastered the impossible-to-find but essential Black Night to make it sound as heavy as humanly possible which is scary in and of itself!1. Choices
2. The Liar
3. Black Night
4. Leaving Town
5. Life After Death
6. Life's Toll
7. A Child's Future$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black CelebrationWhether the band felt it was simply the time to move on from its most explicit industrial-pop fusion days, or whether increased success and concurrently larger venues pushed the music into different avenues, Depeche Mode's fifth studio album, Black Celebration, saw the group embarking on a path that in many ways defined their sound to the present: emotionally extreme lyrics matched with amped-up tunes, as much anthemic rock as they are compelling dance, along with stark, low-key ballads. The slow, sneaky build of the opening title track, with a strange distorted vocal sample providing a curious opening hook, sets the tone as David Gahan sings of making it through another black day while powerful drums and echoing metallic pings carry the song. Black Celebration is actually heavier on the ballads throughout, many sung by Martin Gore -- the most per album he has yet taken lead on -- with notable dramatic beauties including Sometimes, with its surprise gospel choir start and rough piano sonics, and the hyper-nihilistic World Full of Nothing. The various singles from the album remain definite highlights, such as A Question of Time, a brawling, aggressive number with a solid Gahan vocal, and the romantic/physical politics of Stripped, featuring particularly sharp arrangements from Alan Wilder. However, with such comparatively lesser-known but equally impressive numbers as the quietly intense romance of Here Is the House to boast, Black Celebration is solid through and through.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. Black Celebration
2. Fly On The Windscreen - Final
3. A Question Of Lust
5. It Doesn't Matter Two
6. A Question Of Time
8. Here Is The House
9. World Full Of Nothing
10. Dressed In Black
11. New Dress$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black SabbathRanked 241/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The 1970 British heavy metal debut album that became the blueprint of the genre and set the stage for generations of bands that developed in its wake. Features the killer title track along with the classics The Wizard and N.I.B.1. Black Sabbath
2. The Wizard
3. Wasp/Behind The Wall Of Sleep/Bassically/NIB
4. Wicked World
5. A Bit Of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black WidowNature counts the black widow spider amongst its most fascinating and dangerous anomalies. The female arachnid often devours its mate after copulation. It's both a delicate and dangerous predator. In This Moment isn't all that different from this enigmatic beast. Led by frontwoman Maria Brink, the Los Angeles hard rock outfit strikes with a seductive metallic bite on their aptly titled fifth full-length album, Black Widow.
Black Widow is a metaphor for this innocent young girl who gets infected with life, traumas, experiences, and the balance of light and darkness, explains Maria. She becomes this poised and powerful creature. That's the album.
We went into this with the title Black Widow, says lead guitarist Chris Howorth. It fits the image of Maria as this powerful heroine. If you think of the boys in the audience watching our stage show, she's like the black widow pulling them all in.
The record, the first for the band on Atlantic Records, picks up where the group's 2012 breakthrough, Blood, left off. That album saw In This Moment debut at #15 on the Billboard Top 200, their highest chart position to date, and eventually sold over 250,000 units in the U.S. alone. It also spawned the single Blood, which rose to #9 on the Mainstream Rock and Active Rock Songs charts. A sold out headline tour, HELLPOP, followed, as well as appearances at the Uproar Festival and Rock On The Range, and jaunts with Shinedown and Papa Roach. After the whirlwind of Blood subsided, Maria and Chris retreated to Las Vegas in February 2014 to begin working on what would become Black Widow with longtime producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch].LP1
1. The Infection
2. Sex Metal Barbie
3. Big Bad Wolf
4. Dirty Pretty
5. Black Widow
6. Sexual Hallucination (feat. Brent Smith)
7. Sick Like Me
1. Bloody Creature Poster Girl
2. The Fighter
4. Natural Born Sinner
5. Into The Darkness
6. Out Of Hell$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Black Lotus (Awaiting Repress)Black Lotus is the fifth studio album by Swedish heavy metal band Sister Sin.1. Food for Worms
2. Chaos Royale
3. Au Revoir
4. Desert Queen
5. Count Me Out
6. Stones Throw
7. The Jinx
8. Ruled By None
9. Sail North$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Black Masses (Awaiting Repress)For those who crave Sabbath-like dirges, Electric Wizard has few peers. - The Chicago Tribune
World-class British doom metal band Electric Wizard are back with their long-awaited new album Black Masses to be released courtesy of Metal Blade Records/Rise Above Records. The legendary group's seventh studio album was recorded with Grammy Award-winning British recording engineer Liam Watson (The White Stripes) in London's Toe Rag Studios. Long hailed as the true heirs to Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard have achieved near iconic status in the metal underground and the band prepares to annihilate the planet with Black Masses, their dark prayer to Luciferian heavy metal via crackling, vintage valve amplifiers set to full overdrive.
Propelled by gigantic riffs and dripping with dark, bluesy undertones, Black Masses is an ugly, sleazy and dirty album steeped in unruly themes of '70s exploitation cinema, occultism, substance abuse and narco-satanism. Taken as a whole, the record creates a twisted amalgam of late '60s dark acid psychedelia and early '80s satanic metal, all draped in both vile, misanthropic imagery and lyrics.
This ritual incantation of heavy metal sorcery will break down your psyche as wave upon crushing wave of lead weight acid-laced Doom leaves you numb and broken before our unholy altar, declared Electric Wizard cult leader Jus Oborn. Violent, bleak and ritualistic, we bow to the black altar of the riff. We do not rock, we kill!1. Black Mass
2. Venus in Furs
3. Night Child
4. Patterns of Evil
5. Satyr IX
6. Turn Off Your Mind
7. Scorpio Curse
8. Crypt of Drugula$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Black Death HorizonObliteration make their Relapse debut with 'Black Death Horizon' a raging slab of filthy death metal in the tradition of Dismember and Autopsy. Hailing from Kolbotn, Norway (the home of Darkthrone) Obliteration are true heirs to a long line of gritty Scandinavian death metal. Black Death Horizon both invokes the classics of the genre and puts a new and fresh spin on the sound to make it their own. Black Death Horizon is true, cult death metal, put the needle on the record and prepare for aural OBLITERATION.1. The Distant Sun (They Are The Key)
2. Goat Skull Crown
3. Transient Passage
4. Ascendance (Sol Invictus)
5. Sepulchral Rites
6. Black Death Horizon
7. Churning Magma$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Souls Of BlackImport
Souls Of Black is the fourth studio album by American Thrash Metal band Testament. The album was released in 1990. It preceded several changes in style to rather diverse styles of Metal, including the traditional Heavy Metal sound heard in its succeeding album, The Ritual. In order to promote Souls of Black, Testament supported Megadeth, Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies in Europe on the Clash of the Titans tour.
Souls of Black is also seen as an influential guitar album, being ranked number nine on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1990.1. Beginning Of The End
2. Fate In The Sky
3. Falling Fast
4. Souls Of Black
5. Absence Of Light
6. Love To Hate
8. One Man's Fate
9. The Legacy
10. Seven Days Of May$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Symmetry In BlackFirst time available on vinyl - Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Crowbar with the release of Symmetry in Black
In a genre as prone to flights of fancy as heavy metal, Crowbar have always felt like a grounding presence, anchored to reality with their seemingly impossible heaviness. Keeping up their good works, the New Orleans sludge metal masters return with their tenth album, Symmetry in Black, an exercise in consistency that proves the band is still up to the task after 25 years of brooding sonic devastation. The album finds the band shifting gears from the pummeling assault of 2011's excellent Sever the Wicked Hand to something slower (though with Crowbar that's a fairly relative term).
Some things haven't changed, however, namely the powerful playing and singing of Kirk Windstein, whose anguished bellows and penchant for lumbering riffs continue to act as Crowbar's bellwether. While this consistency has been key to their longevity, what really makes Crowbar special is their relatability. When other bands are off telling tales of demons and black rituals, Windstein and company take on earthly woes like addiction and fearing our own mortality. Despite their delivery over a brooding, glacially paced riff, lines like Reject the thought of losing what is mine/Ascend above your own demise, from Reflection of Deceit, feel like they're meant to empower listeners rather than bring them down. Symmetry in Black is an album that shows us we don't have to waste our time fighting imaginary enemies, because the real world is plenty full of darkness that, much like Crowbar themselves, is always there.1. Walk with Knowledge Wisely
2. Symmetry in White
3. The Taste of Dying
4. Reflection of Deceit
5. Ageless Decay
7. The Foreboding
8. Shaman of Belief
9. Teach the Blind to See
10. A Wealth of Empathy
11. Symbolic Suicide
12. The Piety of Self-Loathing$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Black Sabbath CoversWhen Jason Molina took on another artist's song, he willed his own universe into it, his own
personal and artistic mythology. Be it Conway Twitty or Townes Van Zandt, their blues were
infused with Molina's own entrancing blues. This pair of newly discovered, home-recorded
Black Sabbath covers is no different. Molina, a through-and-through fan of metal (seek out his
high school metal band the Spineriders' album if you haven't yet) peels back the sinister and
stoned elements of Sabbath, zeroing in on the loneliness and brooding.
He takes "Solitude,"
from 1971's unfuckwithable Master of Reality - and one of Sabbath's more mystical, near-proggy
songs - and doubles down on the title. Molina extracts Ozzy Osbourne's gorgeously
cooed vocal performance and transforms it into a high and lonesome sound, a desert campfire
howler. And on his cover of "Snowblind, from 1972's Vol. 4, it becomes obvious what a guitar
hero Sabbath's Tony Iommi was for Molina. Molina seemed to pull from Iommi's odd, simple
fingerings and tunings throughout his catalogue: from his first album (known informally as "the
black album") to Magnolia Electric Co.'s Josephine. Molina's brief acoustic cover dials back the
bombast, but you can surely connect "Snowblind"'s chord progressions with Molina's own on
the black album and Axxess & Ace.
Recorded in the midwest in the late '90s, during Molina's
multi-season run of batting 1.000, these two intimate songs are a bittersweet artifact of one of
the Rust Belt's titan songwriters.
Note: Do not attempt to play Side B of this 7" release. Side B is a gorgeous etching of a
black ram by artist Will Schaff. If you do attempt to play the etching on Side B it will sound
absolutely awful.1. Solitude
2. Snowblind$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Order Of The BlackIn the two decades since Ozzy Osbourne hired him away from his job at a New Jersey gas station to become his new guitarist, Zakk Wylde has established himself as a guitar icon known and revered the world over. Writing and recording with Osbourne led to multi-platinum success, inspiring him to create the now legendary Black Label Society in 1998. In the decade plus since, BLS has turned the notion of what a rock band should be upside down by inspiring legions of fans (known as Berserkers) all over the world to follow the mantra: Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever (SDMF for short). Wylde and his Berserkers have established a heavy metal institution true to the vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock 'n' roll.1. Crazy Horse
3. Parade of the Dead
4. Darkest Days
5. Black Sunday
6. Southern Dissolution
7. Time Waits for No One
8. Godspeed Hellbound
9. War of Heaven
10. Shallow Grave
12. Riders of the Damned
13. January$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blessed Black WingsMassive power trio High on Fire are a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume. Equal parts molten metal and earthquake panic, the band's Motorhead-meets-Slayer roar is outrageously loud and absolutely punishing. Guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike (ex-Sleep) unleashes a devastating combination of bombastic guitar and howling war cries, weaving fantastical tales of supernatural beasts, forgotten battles and rivers of blood over an unstoppable bass and drum assault.1. Devilution
2. The Face Of Oblivion
3. Brother In The Wind
4. Cometh Down Hessian
5. Blessed Black Wings
6. Annointing Of Seer
7. To Cross The Bridge
8. Silver Back
9. Sons Of Thunder$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now