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Burning WitchThis beast has been in the works for over 3 years and now the wait is finally over! Although Burning Witch only actually existed for a short period of time (19951998) the absolutely crushing impact they left is immense! This box compiles every authorized recording the band ever made on a 4LP set with a 40 page book and a bonus DVD of live Burning Witch performances thrown in for good measure.
Towers was recorded by Steve Albini during the vernal equinox in 1996 at Robert Lang Studios, Seattle. Originally released as a demo tape in 1996 then released by Slap-A-Ham on vinyl in 1998. Southern Lord released a CD version (including Rift.Canyon.Dreams) in 1998. Remastered from the original 1/2 master tape (lost until this version) by Mell Dettmer.
Rift.Canyon.Dreams was recorded by Aaron Evil during the autumnal equinox in 1997 at Robert Lang Studios, Seattle. Originally released by Merciless Records on LP in 1998. Not only is this LP super rare, the covers were very flimsy so most existing copies have a lot of cover damage! Southern Lord released a CD version (including Towers) in 1998.
Bleeder b/w Rift.Canyon.Dreams. Bleeder was an unreleased track from the Towers Albini session. It originally came out on the split CD with Goatsnake on Hydra Head in 2000, now out of print. This song has never been released on vinyl (although test pressings for the Goatsnake split were made, finished vinyl was never produced). The Rift.Canyon.Dreams track was an unfinished outtake from the Rift.Canyon.Dreams session. It was mixed/completed by Dahlquist & Randall Dunn circa 2003 and then released on a split with ASVA (BW bassists Stuart Dahlquists then new project). The track was remixed by OMalley and Dunn in 2007 and released on the Crippled Lucifer 2CD reissue via SLR and is the version presented here.
Live at the China Club 1996. Raw, grim live evocation is the only Witch recording ever released with original 2nd guitarist Greg Anderson. This incantation was captured in Ballard, WA at the China Club (previously known as the Red Dragon) in 1996. The Witch was opening for At The Gates and Napalm Death. Anderson played 2 shows with Burning Witch, this being the second (and last!) This is the first time this is available on vinyl.
All LPs are pressed on 180g virgin black vinyl and are housed in high quality Stoughton printed tip-on and direct to board jackets. Also included in the set is a perfect bound 40 page 12 x 12 book. An aggressive visual documentation of the history of Burning Witch featuring many never before seen photos plus graphics specifically chosen for this release and some liner notes from Aaron Turner (Hydra Head Records/ISIS) and Chris Dodge (SPAZZ, Slap-a-Ham Records).
Included bound into the book is a DVD of never before released Burning Witch performances. First is video of the bands first ever live show from the Pioneer Square Theater in Seattle, May of 1996. This is the lineup with Greg Anderson on 2nd guitar. The second is the infamous Burning Witch performance on Public Access television from 27 Live in Seattle, February of 1997. The DVD was edited by Alan Dubin (Khanate) and includes a menu and full credits.LP1 - Towers
1. Sacred Predictions
2. Country Doctor
3. Tower Place
4. Sea Hag
LP2 - Rift.Canyon.Dreams
1. Warning Signs
3. History of Hell (Crippled Lucifer)
LP3 - Bleeder
1. The Bleeder
LP4 - Live at the China Club, Ballard 1996
1. The Sea Hag
2. Country Doctor
- Live show from the Pioneer Square Theater in Seattle, May 1996
- Live performance on Seattle Public Access Television, February 1997$125.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + DVD + Book - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Burning Bridges To Nowhere (Awaiting Repress)Philadelphia's Witch Hunt have joined the ranks of the Bat and offered up their 3rd & finest full-length yet! Formed in 2001 as a New Jersey trio, Witch Hunt soon moved their brand of aggressive punk to Philadelphia where they expanded their lineup to a four-piece and continued to evolve their sound as abilities caught up to ideas. That evolution is evident in their AT debut, Burning Bridges to Nowhere, which blends the primal rage of hardcore, the melodic-sense of Husker Du, and the moodiness of UK peace-punk into an album that will leave genre-purists scratching their heads and (hopefully) have ALL fans of hardcore-punk walking and/or rocking together a little more often!
Fans of AT's BlackNoise imprint and groups like I OBJECT and NAUSEA and even DISASTER STRIKES will love this, but anyone into melodic punk with screaming female vocals will also dig this! The LP has an insert & a printed inside dust jacket, and the CD is a handsome multipanel digipack!1. Blind Eyes Blind Lives
3. Counting Down the Days
4. Septa Death
7. Sick Industry
8. A Slow Decay
9. Plastic Dream
11. Treadmill March
12. Burning Bridges To Nowhere$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
A Moon Shaped Pool (Deluxe)Case Bound Album, Inspired By The Albums For 78rpm Shellac Records In The Library Of La Fabrique, France
32 Pages Of Artwork
The 11 Track Album On Two Heavyweight 12" Vinyl Records
Two Compact Discs: One With The Album And One With Two Extra Tracks
Recording Tape Belly Band Applied
A Moon Shaped Pool is the ninth studio album from Radiohead, featuring "Burn The Witch," "Daydreaming" and "True Love Waits."LP 1
1. Burn The Witch
3. Decks Dark
4. Desert Island Disk
5. Ful Stop
1. Glass Eyes
3. The Numbers
4. Present Tense
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
6. True Love Waits
1. Burn The Witch
3. Decks Dark
4. Desert Island Disk
5. Ful Stop
6. Glass Eyes
8. The Numbers
9. Present Tense
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
11. True Love Waits
1. Ill Wind
2. Spectre$99.99Vinyl LP + 2 CDs - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
00 Void (Awaiting Repress)00 Void (also known as Double-O Void) is the second album recorded by Sunn O))) circa 2000. At that time, guitarists and core members Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson were joined by guest bassist collaborator Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Goatsnake). 00 Void also features some incredible contributions from both Petra Haden (violinist/vocalist) and Pete Stahl (vocals). Their melodic evocations are seamlessly woven within this thick sonic tapestry.
The group approached the compositions of this album in a different way than their previous recordings, each member focused intently on one composition/song and brought it into the recording session. Then, each of the songs were translated to the other members and nuances were worked out on the spot in the studio. This Sunn O))) album was recorded to 24-track, on 2 tape, at Grandmaster studios in Hollywood, CA, a large step forward in production values from the band's debut recording, The Grimmrobe Demos.
Fellow sub-sonic enthusiast Scott Reeder (Obsessed, Kyuss, Goatsnake) captured that particular incantaion of Sunn O))) on huge reels of tape. The record has now come back home to its proper resting place, via Southern Lord, featuring beautiful artwork from Stephen Kasner and package execution by Stephen O'Malley. 180g double vinyl deluxe version with Stoughton gatefold jacket and full color printed inner-sleeves.LP1
2. NN O)))
1. Rabbit's Revenge
2. Ra At Dusk$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Unquiet SkySince the early 80's when bands like Cathedral and Saint Vitus pioneered the doom genre of metal, the style has continuously evolved and spread, despite being far less recognized and appreciated than most other forms of more traditional heavy metal. Bands like Eyehategod and Crowbar melded elements of doom into sludge and stoner metal, gaining modest success in the more mainstream metal community, but doom is beginning to enjoy a new wave of popularity, thanks largely to the more progressive experimental work of artists like Stephen O'Malley (Sunn0))), Burning Witch). Indian is a Chicago-based trio whose brand of doom is more akin to that of Eyehategod than the earliest or latest incarnations of the genre, and their distinctively black metal vocals immediately set them apart from the pack.
First things first: The Unquiet Sky is everything a doom record should be. The bass tone is so perfect and intense that it could shake your body through a pair of headphones. The guitars bring Black Sabbath-esque fuzz down enough notches to kill a horse. The percussion is sparse when it needs to be (Ration) and energetic when it's allowed (Tied and Gagged). Dylan O'Toole's vocals give Indian the extra edge over many of the other bands who have perfected this formula by complementing the melancholy created by the music with a demonic voice of evil. There is even an extended track of terrifyingly psychedelic feedback, perfectly placed to scare the crap out of you when you're high. In fact, the only thing that fails to be suitably doom-y and evil about this record is the cover illustration of a Christ-like baboon which, despite being evil enough in spirit, looks a bit too much like it was drawn in a junior high art class.
This record is an easy recommend for fans of the doom genre, but what about anyone unacquainted with the genre I personally don't consider myself a huge aficionado of the style, but loved this record. The only things required to enjoy The Unquiet Sky are an attention span and a love of all things metal. This record generally moves slowly, as does most doom, but it is far less droning and repetitive than many recent examples of the genre. As the name of the style suggests, doom is, by its very nature, dark, oppressive music. As such, Indian is definitely better suited to being digested over an extended period of time at high volumes, rather than short bursts in your car or through headphones.
Bottom Line: If you're searching for the latest, greatest doom record to add to your collection, look no further than Indian's The Unquiet Sky. Fans of Neurosis, Eyehategod and Godflesh should also definitely pick this up. It's a solid record from beginning to end from an up-and-coming trio of doom virtuosos.
- Cory (Lambgoat)1. No Able Fires
3. Dead Weight
4. Los Nietos
6. Tied and Gagged
7. God of Panic, Lord of Decay
8. Loophole Noose
10. We Can Build You
11. Worshiper of Sores$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CeremonyIt begins with the sound of a church organ, an arpeggio played on the lower notes, a melody teased out in the higher register, before a snare drum beats out an ominous, stuttering tattoo. Three minutes in, guitars begin to rumble like clouds gathering on the horizon, the melody slowly swelling, threatening to tear the sky apart. This is Anna Von Hausswolff's "Epitaph Of Theodor", and as dramatic, instrumental openings to albums go, it's close to overwhelming. But it's followed by something even more intense: "Deathbed", which growls and resonates sinisterly before shards of metallic thunder shatter the drones and a funereal beat forces the song to lurch forward. Only after some four and a half minutes of this ferocious clamour do we hear a human voice, and it's unleashed with a fierce power, rising and swooping, a vast bird pursuing its prey until the song reaches its final, unexpectedly triumphant climax.
You want to talk about compromises? No. Nor does Anna Von Hausswolff.
These two songs alone represent a quarter of 'Ceremony's sixty minutes, but there are eleven more on an album that confounds and dumbfounds from its start to its end. To those who used Anna Von Hausswolff's debut album, Singing From The Grave, to compare her lazily to Kate Bush, it will come as a brutal shock. The fragile atmospheres of that impressive debut, one that earned her huge acclaim in her native Sweden, have been blasted away, and what's emerged from the wasteland left behind is a dizzying masterpiece that, she proudly states, calls upon, amongst others, Elizabeth Fraser, Jefferson Airplane, PJ Harvey, Earth, Barn Owl, Nick Cave and Diamanda Galás.
Though she now lives in Copenhagen, she grew up in the once vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood of Haga in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a family who counted amongst their ancestors Bernhard Reynold von Hausswolff, an 18th Century governor of Falun, Sweden, who helped bring an end to the burning of witches. Her father, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, is a composer and visual artist who's also co-monarch of the kingdoms of Elgaland-Vagaland, so it's perhaps not surprising that she's chosen to pursue a radical direction with her music.
"I didn't just want 'Ceremony' to be a collection of songs," she says. "I wanted it to be like a film, with every single part connected to the other, with shifting moods and settings, but a thread holding all the tracks together. I listen to a lot of film scores, and in many the music is able to move freely without the typical structures that we find in commercial music."
Arguably 'Ceremony's most significant ingredient is the church organ of Gothenburg's vast Annedalkyrkan, whose pipes are featured on the album's striking cover. Employed on nine of the album's thirteen tracks, it also provided von Hausswolff with the excuse to record for five days in the century old building, its cavernous space adding to the record's formidable magnitude. (Work was completed at weekends over several months in producer Filip Leyman's studios.) She found in the organ's sound a link between her own writing and a developing obsession with "drone metal", allowing her to add layers of thick textures to the songs. But - thanks to its inevitable associations with existence and mortality - the organ also suited the themes that lay at the heart of the record, which she defines as "nature and death, or the division of humanity and nature. From the moment we exit the womb, we start our paths towards materialism and destructive behaviour, and these days I feel that the gap between nature and human is growing bigger. I wanted to grasp my inner nature and be unified with nature again. 'Ceremony' is a celebration of life and everything that it contains, especially death, because in death we will be truly one with nature again."
That's not to say that 'Ceremony' is a bleak record, something highlighted by the extraordinary "Harmonica", which sounds like Dead Can Dance channelling a Vashti Bunyan song with arrangements by Ennio Morricone. "It's a song I wrote just after my grandfather passed away," she recalls. "It's about how culture and traditions can travel from generation down to generation, and in this case from him to me by music. Just before he died, he gave me a harmonica and he told me to practise hard and only write about things that are relevant to me. His deathbed inspired me to make 'Ceremony'."
He'd surely be proud of the bold, single-minded consequences of his legacy. Whether it be the placid but grandiose "Ocean", the hymnal "Mountains Crave", the grim, experimentalist "No Body" or the oddly exhilarating "Funeral For My Future Children", 'Ceremony' is a genuinely thrilling, timeless, inventive and even sometimes - in the purest sense of the word - gothic accomplishment.
"This record isn't really about Anna von Hausswolff as a vocalist or as a person," she concludes. "It's about the music and all that it contains. Singing from the Grave was a raw and emotional record that happened fast. I think of it as an impulse. 'Ceremony' is more of a vision: something unfinished and unresolved, a glimpse of the future."1. Epitaph of Theodor
3. Mountains Grave
5. Red Sun
6. Epitaph of Daniel
7. No Body
8. Liturgy of Light
12. Funeral for my Future Children
13. Sun Rise$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Claw"Time to slow down, drink the beauty and feel no shame if a tear appears." - Edward Ka-spel, Legendary Pink Dots
Now available on vinyl! DAMA/LIBRA is the enthralling new collaboration between two revered veterans of the national indie and avant rock scenes, Joel RL Phelps (formerly of underground rock legends, Silkworm, and currently working with his own band, The Downer Trio) and G. Stuart Dahlquist (formerly of doom metal progenitors, Burning Witch/SunnO))), and currently of Asva). They are proud to be releasing their first full-length album as a duo, Claw, on Northern Spy Records in summer 2014. Combining the unique talents of both artists, Claw is a pronouncement of lush composition - teeming with a quiet intensity, subtle beauty, and pulsating with moments of raw, emotional catharsis.1. Moonshine And Lion
3. Boy, Dock
4. The Chant
5. Been To The Water
7. Death Rattle
9. Only Medicine
10. Thine$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now