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Limited Deluxe Edition clear vinyl reissue of the powerful and legendary EP of demo recordings by goth rock icons Christian Death originally released in 1984 but recorded in 1981 just prior to their debut album!
Includes 5 bonus tracks and a gorgeous 12-page booklet of texts and illustrations that inspired the band!1. Deathwish
2. Romeo's Distress (Nouvelle Version)
4. Desperate Hell
5. Spiritual Cramp (Nouvelle Version)
6. Cavity (Nouvelle Version)
7. Sleepwalk (Original Version) *
8. Invocation III *
9. Haloes *
10. Spectre (Love Is Dead) *
11. Romeo's Distress (Demo 1981) *
* bonus tracks$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Catastrophe BalletFounded in Los Angeles in 1979 by Rozz Williams, CHRISTIAN DEATH emerged as a huge influence for the goth and death-rock movement with their debut album 'Only Theatre of Pain' (1982) as well as the genre-defining 'Catastrophe Ballet' (1984) and 'Ashes' (1985). The latter marks the final appearance of the classic band lineup and features the final recordings of their founder Rozz Williams alongside current CHRISTIAN DEATH main-man Valor Kand, vocalist-keyboardist Gitane Demone and drummer David Glass before Williams' untimely demise in 1998.1. Beneath His Widow
2. Awake At The Wall
4. The Drowning
5. The Blue Hour
6. As Evening Falls
7. Androgynous Noise Hand Permeates
8. Electra Descending
9. Cervix Couch
10. This Glass House
11. The Fleeing Somnambulist$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shadow ProjectLimited Edition Colored Vinyl
A special deluxe reissue of the 1991 gothic/death rock classic featuring Rozz Williams and Eva O of Christian Death! Rare bonus tracks including two Alice Cooper cover songs and 6 demo recordings from 1987!1. Under Your Wing
2. The Other Flesh
3. Death Plays His Role
4. Penny in a Bucket
5. Epitaph (Time Will)
6. Red Handed
7. Here and There
8. Working on Beyond
9. Holy Hell
10. Lying Deep
11. Into the Light
12. Holy Holy$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One-Sided, Bloodred 180 Gram 12 Vinyl LP Limited To 666 Copies
Technicolor Skull is an experiment in light and sound, exploring the psychic impact of a magick ritual in the context of an improvised performance. With Brian Butler on guitar and electronic instruments, and Kenneth Anger on theremin, their collaboration is a performance contained inside a ritual of unknown origin, tapping into occult stories that extend musical language into initiation. Hidden messages escape through gesture and light, manifesting as a one-time-only event.
Technicolor Skull performed their first West Coast appearance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles on November 19, 2011, as part of the opening reception for Kenneth Anger: ICONS. This exhibition will showcase the films, books, and artwork of one of the most original and enigmatic filmmakers of post-war American cinema.
Kenneth Anger was born in Santa Monica, California. His most iconic works include the classic Fireworks (1947), Eaux D'Artifice (1953), Rabbit?s Moon (1950-1973), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1964), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1970-81). His work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial 2006, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York in 2009 and the Athens Biennial 2009. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Brian Butler is an artist and musician living in Los Angeles. He has been included in: Projections curated By Aaron Rose at Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles; Bright Morning Star curated by Natxo Checa at Galeria ZÉ dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal; Onedreamrush at Today's Art Museum, Beijing; and The 2nd Athens Biennale. His films have screened at the Tate Modern and the Cannes Film Festival. As a musician, he has recorded and or performed music with artists such as VON LMO, Rozz Williams (Christian Death), and Moving Units.1. Technicolor Skull$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The ScripturesThe Scriptures is Christian Death's fifth album and is seen as an essay on comparative world religions. The liner notes state that the work is a translation of world beliefs by Valor. The album, like Atrocities, is split into two acts, though later reissues would omit these subtitles. The completion of recording on The Scriptures would see David Glass leave the group and like previous members Barry Galvin and Johann Schumann, would go on to play in Mephisto Walz.1. Prelude
2. Song Of Songs
4. The Four Horsemen
6. The Womb Of Time
7. Omega Dawn
8. A Ringing In Their Ears
9. Golden Age
10. Alpha Sunset
11. Spilt Blood
12. Raw War
13. Reflections$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AtrocitiesAtrocities was Christian Death's fourth album and the first with Valor Kand taking over main duties after Rozz Williams' departure. The album's subject matter deals almost exclusively with the Holocaust including songs about Auschwitz and Josef Mengele. Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales it also featured the songwriting and arrangement skills of Barry Galvin, who, along with Johann Schumann, would leave the group upon the completion of Atrocities - both went on to form Mephisto Walz.1. Will-O-The-Wisp
2. Tales Of Innocence
3. Strapping Me Down
4. The Danzig Waltz
5. ChimÉre De-Si De-Lá
6. Silent Thunder
7. Strange Fortune
9. Gloomy Sunday
10. The Death Of Josef$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Thousand HandsLos Angeles based Sextile have played three shows to date, one of which was opening for felte's Ritual Howls. The label hadn't heard a single song up to that point, but were so mesmerized with the band's raw energy and tightly wound performance, they knew they had to work together. The band's sound is an amalgam of The Jesus and Mary Chain, early Modern English, Christian Death, Coil, the post-punk era of Death in June and the Cramps for good measure.1. A Thousand Hands
3. Can't Take It
4. Smoke In The Eye
5. Truth And Perception
7. Mind's Eye
8. Shattered Youth
9. Into The Unknown
10. Visions Of You
11. Introvert$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Twelve Dark Noons EPHaving expanded from the no-wave two piece of Lucy Cliche and Matthew Hopkins to a fully fleshed out four piece including drummer Lachlan Vercoe and bassist Nic De Jong, our favorite Australian outcasts return with a stunning EP as their follow-up to last years full length Heaps of Nothing. This EP is a bit lighter in mood and delivery; in the words of the bands own Hopkins its a bit like, Dracula fronting the B-52s, and opening track, The Gift is a perfectly modern homage to past dark lords such as Bauhaus and Christian Death.
Twelve Dark Noons serves as a companion piece to the short experimental film of the same name directed by Jacqueline Castel and produced by Night People Records and Caleb Braaten of Sacred Bones. The film has had several premiers worldwide including SXSW and ZedeBois Gallery in Lisbon. It stars the bands core duo Lucy and Matthew in a horrific mental unraveling set in the Australian outback.1. The Gift
2. Clock of 12s
3. Happy Endings
5. The Fridge
6. High Noon$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ritual Of PassingLong Awaited Vinyl Version Of Atriarch's Epic Masterpiece.
Portland, Oregon's Atriarch are one of the most intriguing bands in today's underground scene, honing over the last few years a unique amalgamation of death rock, classic '80s goth, doom and black metal. Their 2011 album Forever the End was a promising debut, and the group further developed their sound on the recent split LP with comrades Alaric, released last May on 20 Buck Spin.
Atriarch finds their true sonic calling on their sophomore full-length Ritual of Passing. Delivering tenfold on the potential of the previous two releases, the album is marked by an altogether heavier sound, more deep and substantive. Atriarch draws inspiration from such legendary bands as Christian Death, Bauhaus, Rudimentary Peni and Killing Joke, as well as more recent groups like The Gault, Asunder and Burzum, adding their own twist for a unique take on a classic sound. A stirring, mesmerizing work, Ritual of Passing proves Atriarch is a force to be reckoned with in America's underground heavy music scene.1. Parasite
7. Outro (Lucifer Speaks With Death)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ObsolescenceModern death metal masters, ABYSMAL DAWN, return with a massive display of refined brutality on their fourth full-length Obsolescence. The quartet strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical yet memorable riffs, throat shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine gun precision. With Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN unleash a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like.
Features guest appearances from Christian Muenzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist, Spawn of Possession) and Bobby Koelble (Death) plus devastating, otherworldly artwork by Par Olaffson (The Faceless, Spawn of Possession).1. Human Obsolescence
2. Perfecting Slavery (featuring Christian Muenzer)
4. Devouring the Essence of God (featuring Bobby Koelble)
5. One Percent Incomplete
6. Loathed in Life / Praised in Death
7. By My Demons
8. Laborem Liberat Te
9. The Inevitable Return to Darkness$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
'Palingenesis' is impossibly delicate, impeccably rendered neofolk; it is transporting and autumnal, bringing spectral figures into focus, exploring with curiosity and wonder the darkest heart of a vast folkloric wilderness. - Michael Nelson (STEREOGUM)
Derived from the greek words for 'birth' [genesis] and 'again' [palin], the term Palingenesis refers to a variety of concepts of rebirth and recreation, ranging from the stoic idea of the continuing recreation of the cosmos, the christian belief in spiritual regeneration through baptism, or the originally pythagoreean concept of the souls' transmigration into a new body. NEBELUNG take up the energy behind these concepts, using them as archetypal images for mans' eternal strive for spiritual perfection in a meditation on death and decay, transformation and renewal.
More than two years on the making, the release of PALINGENESIS defines a new era for NEBELUNG. Where its predecessors had been singing the hymn of autumn and night by the means of simply structured melancholic folk songs, PALINGENESIS takes on a different approach, transcending the boundaries of lyrics and song, sparing light and reason, and letting the music take on a direct and unaltered way to the depths of the subconscious. PALINGENESIS is a deep and transforming listen, with tracks built up like Mantras, tucking the listener into a dense and detailed tapestry of subtly woven, intertwining melodies and drones, rich in detail and structure, incorporating such a variety of acoustic instruments as both classical and steel stringed guitars, cello, accordion, indian harmonium, hammered dulcimer, glass harp, percussion and voice.1. Mittwinter
6. Innerlichkeit$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
PassoverThese are fighting times, people. We are surrounded by grit, spit, and bloody war, but in the distance moving forward is The Black Angels. Passover, The Black Angels debut album, speaks of real-life horrors, death, and destruction with doses of love, sex, and healing. Dont lose track, these are caring times as well.
Formed in 2004 and hailing from the mescaline-infused outskirts of Austin, Texas, this gang of musical misfits has been on the road non-stop since their birth, performing at such renowned venues as Sin-e, Middle East, and Spaceland. In early 2006, the bands self-titled debut EP was dubbed highly recommended in Spin Magazine while receiving heavy radio airplay on such influential stations as KEXP and BBC Radio 1 by Zane Lowe.
Growing in spades since their EP, Passover showcases a band on the make. Spiraling upwards to the skies with the enemy straight on their trail, The Sniper At The Gates Of Heaven sees The Black Angels reaching high and stretching out with trance-inducing guitar lines from Christian Bland, Nate Ryans filthy medical dumpster bass, and the grizzly preacher vox of lead shaman Alex Maas. Black Grease is a bluesy monster full of swagger propelled by the primitive beat of drummer Stephanie Bailey and the mourning drone of organist Jennifer Raines.
10-songs deep, Passover has come again. Reflecting and questioning the intergenerational psychosis of American social life that surrounds us, The Black Angels put forth their answers in song. Its a Call To Arms for those ready to join the good fight, a rock n roll salvation during the times we need it the most. As Maas bellows on Young Man Dead, Fire for the hills, pick up speed, and lets go1. Young Men Dead
2. The First Vietnamese War
3. The Sniper At The Gates Of Heaven
4. The Prodigal Sun
5. Black Grease
8. Better Off Alone
9. Bloodhounds On My Trail
10. Call To Arms
$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fantastic Plastic (Awaiting Repress)The Flamin' Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10-inch album called "Sneakers," which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first real album, "Supersnazz," on the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin' Spoonful): "Flamingo," and the now revered classic "Teenage Head." Lead singer Roy Loney left the band right after that and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson (formerly of Loose Gravel) taking over as frontman. They continued their style of straight ahead guitar driven rock n' roll but this time with a more 60s rather than 50s influence. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early '70s. In '76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: "Shake Some Action," "Flamin' Groovies Now," and "Jumpin' In The Night." Another lineup change ensued in the next decade with Wilson moving to England and joining the Barracudas. Jordan later formed a new band called Magic Christian while Wilson released solo albums in Europe.
Now in 2017, the lineup featuring Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson are BACK IN ACTION, as they continue to present their own unique and infectious style of rock n roll with such cult classics as Slow Death, Shake Some Action, Teenage Head, and a new set which includes brand new songs off their new soon-to-be-released album, "Fantastic Plastic. It's hard to say just why the group hasn't gotten the attention they deserve (at least in the USA) but they're back to give everyone another chance at hearing and seeing just why those in the know consider them one of the greatest rock n' roll bands ever.1. What the Hell's Goin' On
2. End of the World
3. Don't Talk to Strangers
4. Let Me Rock
5. She Loves You
6. I Want You Bad
7. Crazy Macy
8. Lonely Hearts
9. Just Like A Hurricane
10. Fallen Star
11. I'd Rather Spend My Time With You
12. Cryin' Shame$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
GoetiaMYSTIFIER is an extreme Metal pioneer from Brazil, formed in July of 1989 by the bassist Beelzeebubth. When Beelzeebubth met Meugninousouan (vocalist), Behemoth (guitarist), and Lucifuge Rofocale (drummer), they decided to form one of the most extreme Metal bands from South American lands. After five months of development, they recorded their first Demo-tape entitled "TORMENTING THE HOLY TRINITY", with nine original songs and a cover song "Massacre" from Bathory's third album. The response was so positive that Maniac Records (a small vinyl record store from their hometown) invited the band to record two original songs for a single. Mystifier eagerly agreed. In July of 1990, the single, "THE EVIL ASCENSION RETURNS" was released. They were the first Metal band from their town (Salvador, Bahia) to release material onto a label. Following this release, some Brazilian labels were very interested in working with Mystifier. Then, in July of 1991, they recorded a promo-tape entitled "ALEISTER CROWLEY" with six fresh songs to present to other labels.
In February/1992, the hard work had paid-off and their debut album "WICCA" was released on the label Hellion Records. It is considered one of the most extreme albums to date for many true fans of Extreme Metal Music. After the releasing of their debut album, Beelzeebubth fired Meugninousouan because of his lack of interest. Asmodeus (ex-Hatred) was recruited to be the new vocalist and keyboardist. In that same time, Astaroth (ex-Calvary) joined them on the second lead guitar.
During those years, the band gained enormous worldwide underground notoriety. It drew the attention of the French label Osmose Productions which signed the band for two albums. The first was released in the November of 1993, with worldwide distribution through SPV, entitled "GÖETIA" [several months later, their debut album was also released in Europe on Osmose Productions.] The response was a European tour request from the tour promoter Insolit - and many reviews, articles, interviews, and so forth - in international magazines and radio stations. After that release, Mystifier played in many Brazilian areas to promote the new release.
Behemoth and Astaroth had to quit the band because of personal reasons and weren't interested in maintaining a band. Paulo Lisboa (who had played in Death Metal bands for years) replaced them on the lead-guitar.
Beelzeebubth was very disappointed with the Underground scene, corroded with hypocritical 'satanic christians' who were talking a lot of shit about Satanism, fascism, racism and nazi thoughts. For that reason, he canceled the release of Mystifier's third album. He composed new and powerful music. Later, in August of 1996, their masterpiece third album entitled, "THE WORLD IS SO GOOD THAT WHO MADE IT DOESN'T LIVE HERE" was released with six new tracks. It's their greatest produced and recorded material; it is totally original and different from their previous releases.
With a new lineup, Mystifier released an EP with seven fresh songs and a re-done version of "Beelzeebubth" (from the second album), on a Brazilian label, to celebrate their 10 years. The single was entitled "DEMYSTIFYING THE MYSTIFIED ONES (FOR A DECADE IN THE EARTHLY PARADISE)."
The band released their fourth full-length album entitled "Profanus" in September/2001 with 13 fresh compositions on a Brazilian label called Encore Records.
Now, Mystifier has signed with Greyhaze Records in a deal that initially involves the reissues of Wicca and Goetia.1. Aleister Crowley and Ordo Templi Orientis
2. An Elizabethan Devil Worshipper's Prayer Book
3. The Sight of the Unholy Cross
4. Caerimonia Sanguilentu (Goetia)
6. The Realm of Antichristus
7. The True Story About Doctor Faust's Pact With Mephistopheles
8. Cursed Excruciation / The Sinuous Serpent of Genesis (Levathan)
9. The Baphometic Goat of Knights Templar in the 12th Century
10. The Cult & The Ancient Prediction
11. The Sign Of The Unholy Cross + The Cult Continues$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Alice Cooper Show
Celebrate Four Decades Of Alice Cooper's Legendary 1977 Live Album
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Release
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Warner Bros. Tapes
After an amazing string of gold and platinum albums and singles, Alice Cooper and his band delivered the goods with their first sensational live album The Alice Cooper Show in 1977. This hard rockin'
live collection featured the superstars biggest songs from his biggest albums like Love It to Death, Killer,
School's Out, Billion Dollar Babies and Welcome to My Nightmare.
Produced by Bob Ezrin and Brian Christian, Alice Cooper and superstar sidekicks like Dick Wagner
and Steve Hunter on dual lead guitars truly recorded some of the finest hard rock ever for this platinum
Featuring hard rock smashes like School's Out, Eighteen, Billion Dollar Babies, Under My Wheels and
Only Women Bleed, it is easy to see why this album flew up the rock album charts in 1977.
Even more masterful cuts like You and Me, Is It My Body and I Never Cry make this album one of the
most enduring live rock and roll albums ever in classic rock history. It has been out of print on vinyl now
for several decades that is until now.
Friday Music is very proud to offer another exciting installment in our Alice Cooper 180 Gram
Audiophile Vinyl Series with Alice Cooper's classic 1977 smash album The Alice Cooper Show. Impeccably mastered from the original Warner Bros. tapes by Joe Reagoso (Alice Cooper/David Bowie/Deep
Purple) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, this Anniversary limited edition first
time 180 Gram LP is also presented in a first time collectible deluxe gatefold cover with the original 1977
rare inner sleeve artwork detailed inside. We believe this is the definitive sounding version of this monumental collection and will be one of the more anticipated audiophile releases of 2013.
Let's now celebrate The Alice Cooper Show Anniversary Edition First Time 180 Gram Vinyl
Only From Your Friends at Friday Music1. Under My Wheels
3. Only Women Bleed
4. Sick Things
5. Is It My Body
6. I Never Cry
7. Billion Dollar Babies
8. Devil's Food/The Black Widow
9. You and Me
10. I Love the Dead/Go to Hell/Wish You Were Here
11. School's Out$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Displacement (Out Of Stock)Cascading keyboards, unnerving guitars, off-kilter rhythms, and the grotesque lyricism of THE PHANTOM LIMBS forge a grandiose monument on the verge of collapse like a gothic cathedral built on quicksand.
Their unsettling ilk of carny death rock & punk draws comparisons to The Screamers and Christian Death or contemporaries like the Subtonix, but don't expect today's glut of punks-with-keyboards playing 80s redux! THE PHANTOM LIMBS have carved out a lonesome place for themselves, finding inspiration in Kurt Weill rather than Duran Duran & Culture Club.
Produced by Dan Rathbun of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.1. Active Verbs
2. Castanets Cookie
3. Wrenches And Spoons
5. From A Distance
7. Ear To The Ground
8. Turtle Doves$7.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Ashes (Out Of Stock)Founded in Los Angeles in 1979 by Rozz Williams, CHRISTIAN DEATH emerged as a huge influence for the goth and death-rock movement with their debut album 'Only Theatre of Pain' (1982) as well as the genre-defining 'Catastrophe Ballet' (1984) and 'Ashes' (1985). The latter marks the final appearance of the classic band lineup and features the final recordings of their founder Rozz Williams alongside current CHRISTIAN DEATH main-man Valor Kand, vocalist-keyboardist Gitane Demone and drummer David Glass before Williams' untimely demise in 1998.1. Ashes
2. Ashes Part 2
3. When I Was Bed
4. Lament (Over The Shadows)
6. The Luxury Of Tears
7. Before The Rain
8. Of The Wound$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Onward To Golgotha (Out Of Stock)Long heralded as one of the heaviest, sickest and most uncompromising death metal bands in the world, New Jersey's Incantation has forged a legacy of brutality unmatched by any other American group. In 1992, the bands most celebrated lineup entered a then unknown Trax East Studios with a then unproven engineer Steve Evetts and emerged with Onward to Golgotha, the most dark and blasphemous death metal record to date. The combination of the inhuman growl of vocalist Craig Pillard, the ruthlessly savage aural malevolence, and pitiless anti-Christian attack was the ultimate musical sacrilege. Onward to Golgotha redefined the bounds of brutality and blasphemy for the entire genre of death metal.1. Golgotha
2. Devoured Death
3. Blasphemous Cremationt
4. Rotting Spiritual Embodment
5. Unholy Massacre
6. Entrantment of Evil
7. Christening the Afterbirth
8. Immortal Cessation
10. Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies
11. Eternal Torture$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Epitaph (Out Of Stock)First Time Available On Vinyl In Over 12 Years
Epitaph is the second and final studio album by German death metal band Necrophagist, originally released by Relapse Records on August 3, 2004. Unlike on Onset of Putrefaction, guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez recorded the album alongside a full band instead of just himself. Guitarist Christian MÜnzner, who later departed the band and joined Obscura, wrote both half the leads as well as several basslines on the album.1. Stabwound
2. The Stillborn One
3. Ignominious & Pale
4. Diminished to B
6. Only Ash Remains
8. Symbiotic in Theory$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Nightbringers (Out Of Stock)Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths - and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years - could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that's just not The Black Dahlia Murder's style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015's Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. "I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record," asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. "The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it's so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you've done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on Nightbringers. When we started writing I honestly didn't know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It's a great moment for us."
Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach - who co-founded the band with Strnad in 2001 - and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Cannabis Corpse/ex-Arsis) Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. With guitarist Ryan Knight having amicably stepped down in 2016, the addition of twenty-four-year-old Ellis to the band's ranks has helped usher in an exciting new era. "He's very professional for his age, I think he's skilled far beyond his years, and his live energy is exceptional. When Max (Lavelle, bass) joined the band he challenged a lot of us on stage to raise our personal bar, and Brandon's pushed that even further," states Strnad. "Brandon coming into the band and writing a bunch of songs was an awesome surprise too. He really took the reins, and this record is also the most involved that Alan (Cassidy drums) has been too. The way that we were doing the demos and bouncing things back and forth he had a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I think it's definitely a more colorful album for that. I also think as we get older the emotional content goes up. I think we better realize how to grip the listener. Personally, I try to write lyrics that are going to match each part, and kind of ramp up those feelings that we're putting across." Strnad's statements are vividly borne out by every moment of Nightbringers. For fans attending 2017's Summer Slaughter tour, the first taste of of the record came with the inclusion of the title track in their set, which has an undeniable immediacy to it, rich with hooks and boasting a "circusy, evil and playful" air. By contrast, "Catacomb Hecatomb" is suffused with tragedy, the mournful tone of its slower passages deeply affecting. This too is dramatically different to "As Good As Dead", which has some swagger to it that Strnad likens to Megadeth, or "Matriarch", described by Eschbach as a "wild, neoclassical romp" and stands as one of the most cutthroat and all out aggressive tracks in the quintet's arsenal. Upon first hearing the latter, Strnad was intent on matching its visceral intensity. "I felt inspired to write very violent lyrics to it. It's told from the perspective of a woman who is trying to have a child and not having any luck, and she goes kind of crazy and stalks this other woman who is due to have a child. She finds her moment to take it from her, cutting it right out of her stomach." While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album's title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder's output since the very beginning. "A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld - such as marriage and monogamy - came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It's 'being-the-villain music', because we're the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it's for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and "Kings Of The Nightworld" are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle." Following this theme also motivated Strnad to forge into ever-darker territory, even when this meant tearing things up and starting over. "I felt I needed to rise to the occasion to make as much of the blood and guts and heinousness as possible, and there was actually a couple of points where I rewrote some songs. I just didn't feel like they were dark enough, or violent enough, so I was really trying to ramp up the monstrous aspects of things, and definitely trying in different ways to take down tradition."
Rather than decamp to a single studio, the members split off when it came time to start laying down the songs - all well versed in how to get the best out of their individual performances. With former bassist Ryan Williams once again assisting, the drums were tracked at The Pipe Yard in Plymouth, Michigan and rhythm guitars in the band's practice space in Warren, Michigan [was bass tracked there too?]. Ellis then recorded his many blistering solos in his home studio, while Strnad headed to Full Force Studios on Long Island, with Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding) overseeing his sessions. For the unique and haunting cover art they turned to Kristian Wåhlin, aka Necrolord, who has designed seminal artwork for the likes of At The Gates, Bathory, Emperor and also TBDM's 2007 release, Nocturnal. "I think he's the most prominent artist when it comes to classic releases in the melodic death metal genre, and kind of bringing things full circle with it being the ten-year anniversary of Nocturnal felt right. By now people probably wouldn't have expected us to go back to him, so it's kind of a surprise, but at the same time it's a very classic cover too." With the band celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the aforementioned album by playing it in its entirety on Summer Slaughter, it has given them a moment to reflect not only on the road that has led them to here but also that which lies ahead. "When I think back to when we started the band I feel very proud of everything we've done, and I also see a lot of improvement over the years," says Strnad. "In the early songs I can hear us as kids, and then segueing into our adulthood as musicians and writers, but sixteen years in I still feel young as a band. I feel like we have a shit ton left to do, and I think we're sitting pretty with the best lineup we've ever had. I also think Nightbringers could be our finest hour yet. I feel very strongly that it will affect people, I want to get all of these songs in people's ears, and I want them to check out everything we've got on this record. There's so much variety and so many great ideas, and I think that this could take us to another place."1. Widowmaker
2. Of God and Serpent, of Spectre and Snake
6. Kings of the Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good as Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Legion (Out Of Stock)
Opaque Red Vinyl
Limited To 1500 Copies
This onslaught of ever-shifting double-bass and extreme guitar riffing is considered by many to be an essential (if not the premier) example of Deicide's world-class death metal. While bassist/vocalist and bandleader Glen Benton never accepted the categorization, his band helped define the early '90s death movement with their somewhat complicated, ultra-heavy music and low, growling vocals. Legion stands out as a musically complex but familiar offering from the band. Live favorite Trifixion is indeed one of the better cuts from the release, but it's easier to consider this disc (and most records like it) as a whole. Deicide's compositions and performances are solid and serious throughout, but Benton's outspoken anti-Christian beliefs and admitted Satanism are what first brought the group attention, and what ultimately separated them from secondary contributors to the genre. This radical philosophy is stated emphatically within the lyrics of Legion -- just in case fans weren't paying attention to interviews and onstage rants. Listeners who admire death and extreme metal in all its forms are generally aware of Deicide's abilities and outspoken antisocial beliefs, so newer death metal fans will do well to start off their collection with Legion. ~ Vincent Jeffries, Rovi1. Satan Spawn, the Caco-Daemon
2. Dead but Dreaming
3. Repent to Die
5. Behead the Prophet (No Lord Shall Live)
6. Holy Deception
7. In Hell I Burn
8. Revocate the Agitator$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock