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    Along with Black Flag and The Circle Jerks, Fear ushered in a new face of gritty, fast, angry punk rock which would later be called hardcore by some dedicated fans. While Black Flag and The Circle Jerks represented west coast inner suburb, art damaged nerds, Fear offered a sometimes sophisticated, sometimes offensive, always musically innovative antagonism that owed as much to stand up comedy and college boy saracasm as it did to the glam punk bands who came before them. Keep in mind that Fear was reportedly one of John Belushis favorite punk bands and he even managed to get them booked on an episode of SNL. Featuring: Lets Have A War and I Love Living In The City.
    1. Lets Have A War
    2. Beef Bologna
    3. Camarillo
    4. I Dont Care About You
    5. New Yorks Alright If You Like Saxophones
    6. Gimme Some Action
    7. Foreign Policy
    8. We Destroy The Family
    9. I Love Livin In The City
    10. Disconnected
    11. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
    12. Fresh Flesh
    13. Getting The Brush
    14. No More Nothing
    15. Fuck Christmas
    Fear
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    Nearly five years into his solo career, Velvet Underground alum John Cale headed to the studio to reinvent himself yet again in 1974. The result, Fear, became the first of a trio of eclectic albums all released in a period spanning just inside 14 months for Island Records. On this, his fourth solo release and first collaboration with Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno, Cale changes form with every composition.


    Back on domestic vinyl for the first time in decades, this RTI-pressed edition of Fear is cut at Mobile Fidelity by in-house engineer Krieg Wunderlich and features stunning sonics. Quiet surfaces, faithful artwork, and the opportunity to hear Cale's incisive fare unfold amidst wide soundstages and black backgrounds-not to mention the intense content within-make this Wax Cathedral LP a must for music aficionados.


    A smooth, textured departure from the clamor of the Velvets but a darker, more rage-filled concoction than Cale's 1973 set Paris 1919, Fear amazes with boundless range. Whether he's channeling the sweet, gentle Doctor Jekyll in symphonic ballads like "Emily and Ship of Fools, sharpening his teeth as the demented Mr. Hyde in the graffiti-strewn city-rock anthem "Gun, or thrilling with morbid joy in Fear is a Man's Best Friend," Cale effortlessly metamorphoses from one persona to the next. The whimsical Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy bounces into the earnest, misty You Know Me More than I Know."


    In the background, Manzanera's guitar buzzes and stings as Eno sculpts a changing landscape of textures with his synthesizer. Infused with sarcastic or cynical lyrics, sweeping melodies, and a wide-eyed sense of exploration, Fear spins rage into beauty and back again.


    Cale is a shapeshifter. Listen to him transform.

    1. Fear is a Man's Best Friend
    2. Buffalo Ballet
    3. Barracuda
    4. Emily
    5. Ship of Fools
    6. Gun
    7. The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy
    8. You Know More Than I Know
    9. Momamma Scuba
    John Cale
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    Fear of Tomorrow

    For the first time in over 30 years, the debut studio album from Danish thrash metal legends Artillery appears on vinyl again!

    The album, originally released by Neat Records (home of Venom and Raven among many others) has been fully remastered as a double LP with four bonus studio tracks added, compiling the full Fear of Tomorrow recording session on one album for the first time ever.

    Deluxe double LP package features a gatefold jacket filled with photos, flyers and other ephemera from the era plus a two-sided insert featuring full lyrics.

    LP 1
    1. Time Has Come
    2. The Almighty
    3. Show Your Hate
    4. King, Thy Name Is Slayer
    5. Out of the Sky
    6. Into the Universe


    LP 2
    1. The Eternal War
    2. Fear of Tomorrow
    3. Deeds of Darkness
    4. Out of the Sky
    5. Fear of Tomorrow
    6. Hey Woman

    Artillery
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    Fear Not For Man

    Fear Not For Man was one of the first albums to be released by Fela following the sacking of his Kalakuta Republic compound by 1,000 soldiers on 18 February 1977. Fela, along with many other Kalakuta residents, was brutally beaten; his mother, then aged 77, was thrown out of a window, fracturing a leg.


    The army set fire to the compound, destroying six Afrika 70 vehicles, all Fela's master tapes and band equipment, a four-track recording studio, and all the community members' personal belongings. It is doubtful, contrary to some sources, Fear Not For Man was recorded after the attack - doubt which is dispelled by neither the gruesome front sleeve design, showing blood flowing down Fela's face.


    His response came later, on albums such as Unknown Soldier (1979) and Coffin For Head Of State (1980); Fela's practice of no longer performing a song live once he had released it on record is the reason for the two/three year gap between the attack and the release of these albums.

    1. Fear Not For Man
    2. Palm Wine Sound (Instrumental)
    Fela Kuti
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  • Fear And Saturday Night Fear And Saturday Night Quick View

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    Fear And Saturday Night

    Recorded mostly live with a brand new backing band 'FEAR AND SATURDAY NIGHT' shows Bingham facing down his past with a poetic grace throughout. The lead single "Radio" is about coping with a darkness that doesn't want to let go, searching for a safe place to make sense of your life and the strength to stay on the right track through it all. Some of the most affecting moments on the album are in the harmonica-driven
    wistful waltz "Broken Heart Tattoos", a song written to an unborn child, and in the title track, when he sings, "I don't fear nothin' except for myself / So I'm gonna go out and raise me some hell."


    "Certain things aren't going to change," he explains of the song. "You can't run away or hide from the past. You have to live in it and deal with stuff and find your own way to overcome. Those hard-learned lessons, through both good times and bad, helped make Bingham the man he is today. 'FEAR AND SATURDAY NIGHT' is the most authentic, personal, and deeply moving portrait of that man we've heard yet.

    1. Nobody Knows My Trouble
    2. Broken Heart Tattoos
    3. Top Shelf Drug
    4. Island In The Sky
    5. Adventures Of You And Me
    6. Fear And Saturday Night
    7. My Diamond Is Too Rough
    8. Radio
    9. Snow Falls In June
    10. Darlin
    11. Hands Of Time
    12. Gun Fightin Man
    13. Cryin On The Streets Of LA
    Ryan Bingham
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    Fear Of Music

    Fear of Music is the third studio album by American New Wave band Talking Heads, released on 3 August 1979 on Sire Records. It was recorded at locations in New York City between April and May 1979 and was produced by the quartet and Brian Eno. The album reached number 21 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and peaked at number 33 on the UK Albums Chart. Three songs were released as singles between 1979 and 1980: Life During Wartime, I Zimbra, and Cities. The record was certified Gold in the U.S. in 1985.


    Fear of Music received favourable reviews from critics. Praise centred on its unconventional rhythms and frontman David Byrne's lyrical performances. The record is often considered one of the best Talking Heads releases. It has featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of all time. England's Channel 4 named the record at number 76 in its 2005 countdown of The 100 Greatest Albums.

    I Zimbra
    Mind
    Paper
    Cities
    Life During Wartime
    Memories Can't Wait
    Air
    Heaven
    Animals
    Electric Guitar
    Drugs
    Talking Heads
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  • Fear Inside Our Bones Fear Inside Our Bones Quick View

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    Fear Inside Our Bones

    "Don't look to me for hope/I'm just like you," croons The Almost frontman, and former Underoath, drummer Aaron Gillespie on the title track of the alt rockers' third album. Candid lyrics like this paired with the band's decision to record completely live make for its most raw and organic album yet. Fear Inside Our Bones delivers thundering rhythms and crunchy guitars fans will love, at times even tapping into the pop-rock effervescence of the Foo Fighters.
    1. Ghost
    2. Fear Inside Our Bones
    3. I'm Down
    4. Never Be Like You
    5. Come On
    6. Florida Sun
    7. Fight Song
    8. Won't Let Go
    9. So What
    10. Love is Coming Down
    11. Lonely Boy
    Almost, The
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    Fear In Bliss

    Bella Union is excited to release Fear In Bliss, the debut album from
    recent signings HORSE THIEF. This youthful band is a purveyor of a
    panoramic yet nuanced sound, flowing from intimate to anthemic,
    the mood from vibrant to contemplative, with front-man Cameron
    Neal's lyrics ranging from confessional to metaphorical. The result
    evokes the wide-open spaces of America's Midwest but infuses the
    sense of grit and wonderment with edgier emotions.


    Horse Thief, originally founded in Denton, TX, moved to Oklahoma
    City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University
    of Central Oklahoma, from which they recently graduated. The band
    subsequently signed with the Flaming Lips' management and soon
    came to the attention of Bella Union. Though Fear In Bliss was
    conceived at Horse Thief's Oklahoma headquarters the band
    decided to record the album in LA, "to leave our comfort zone of
    Oklahoma", and producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart,
    Vetiver) has helped the band fuse their renowned stage performance
    with studio quality.


    The over-arching theme to Fear In Bliss is "finding yourself and what
    you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear. I've
    struggled with anxiety and depression which comes out a lot on the
    new album. But when everything gets rough, I think there's always a
    way to fix it. The biggest thing for me is to give comfort to people,
    to shed light on the truth that someone is feeling the same way as
    them.

    1. Intro
    2. I Don't Mind
    3. Human Geographer
    4. Devil
    5. Holding On
    6. Already Dead
    7. Little Dust
    8. Dead Drum
    9. Let It Go
    10. Come On
    11. Warm Regards
    12. Stop (Bonus Song)
    Horse Thief
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    Fear Of Life

    Pressed On Colored Vinyl


    Creative Adult's sophomore full-length Fear of Life finds the band peeling back some
    of their chaotic, fuzzed out psychdelia in favor of a newfound sense of melody. Taking
    cues from The Cure and Oasis, jangly and melodic guitar lines weave their way through
    smoky, atmospheric west coast post punk. Recorded with Jack Shirley at his Atomic
    Garden studio, Fear of Life is Creative Adult at its best with just the right amount of
    polish to help guide through the hypnotic layers of sonic haze.

    1. Connected
    2. I Can Love
    3. Moving Window
    4. Know Who
    5. Pen Guy (Interlude)
    6. Charged
    7. Reality Tunnel
    8. Heal
    9. Hand in Shove
    Creative Adult
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    Fear Of A Black Planet

    Ranked 300/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.


    25th Anniversary


    Fear of a Black Planet was produced by the Bomb Squad and features the hit singles, "Fight the Power,"
    "Welcome to the Terrordome" and Flavor Flav's "911 Is a Joke."


    Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and
    was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2005. The album is certified platinum by the RIAA for more than one million
    shipped, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Writes Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Torres in the liner notes, "Though it sits in the shadow of It Takes a
    Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, Fear of a Black Planet is a formidable contender for one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded."

    1. Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental)
    2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out
    3. 911 Is A Joke
    4. Incident At 66.6 FM [Instrumental]
    5. Welcome To The Terrordome
    6. Meet the G That Killed Me
    7. Pollywanacraka
    8. Anti-Nigger Machine
    9. Burn Hollywood Burn (featuring Ice Cube)
    10. Power To The People
    11. Who Stole The Soul?
    12. Fear Of A Black Planet
    13. Revolutionary Generation
    14. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya, Man!
    15. Reggie Jax
    16. Leave This Off Your Fu*kin Charts (Instrumental)
    17. B Side Wins Again
    18. War At 33 1/3
    19. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental)
    20. Fight The Power
    Public Enemy
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  • Don't Fear The Reaper - The Best Of Don't Fear The Reaper - The Best Of Quick View

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    Don't Fear The Reaper - The Best Of

    First Time Vinyl Greatest Hits


    2 LP 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso & Manufactured At R.T.I.


    First Time Gatefold Cover Artwork


    Blue Oyster Cult are truly one of the greatest hard rock bands of our time. The Long Island,New York superstars rocked the 70's music scene and continue on to this day with their plethora of fine albums and continuous tours enlightening millions.


    The 1976 mega-smash "Agents Of Fortune" featured several of their biggest hit singles like "Don't Fear The Reaper" which netted them their first top ten single. The multi-platinum effort also included some of their most enduring rock classics like "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" and "The Revenge of Vera Gemini" (featuring Patti Smith), truly making "Agents Of Fortune" one of the most revered albums in the classic rock era.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Blue Oyster Cult, that is why we are so very proud to announce our first installment in the Blue Oyster Cult/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their masterpiece "Agents Of Fortune."


    The original Columbia Records classic is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Alice Cooper/Deep Purple) and pressed at R.T.I. for a very limited time on stellar translucent blue vinyl.


    This first time 40th Anniversary audiophile release will also be presented in its original gatefold cover to further enhance your musical listening.


    Blue Oyster Cult ."Agents Of Fortune" .Impeccable first time blue audiophile vinyl + gatefold cover!


    "This Ain't The Summer Of Love ."

    LP 1
    1. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll
    2. The Red & The Black
    3. Flaming Telepath

    4. Astronomy
    5. This Ain't The Summer Of Love
    6. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

    7. I Love The Night

    8. Goin' Through The Motion


    LP 2
    1. Godzilla

    2. In Thee

    3. The Marshall Plan
    4. Black Blade
    5. Joan Crawford
    6. Burnin' For You
    7. Shooting Shark
    8. Take Me Away

    Blue Oyster Cult
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    Down The River Of Golden Dreams

    Okkervil River's Down the River of Golden Dreams takes the band's hallmarks - lush, eclectic orchestration that evokes chamber pop and soul, lapel-gripping emotional urgency, and the lyrical, direct songwriting of frontman Will Sheff - and expands and elevates them in service of a stunningly ambitious set of new songs.


    If last year's Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See was the middle of the darkest night of the year, Down the River of Golden Dreams is the earliest light of a morning that could either bring the first breeze of spring or a battalion of tornadoes. On it the band stretches their wings, they shake off the fear and trepidation of the last record and try to look life in the face, emboldened by distorted blasts of Wurlitzer, guttural stabs of Hammond organ, urbane strings, and jaunty horns that could be the work of a shitfaced Canadian Brass. Down the River of Golden Dreams combines with Okkervil's trademark melancholy a sense of drama and play at which the last album only hinted. It oozes the band's signature string-destroying folk-rock attack and umbilical chamber-pop swoon, but it also echoes the venomous cabaret of Jacques Brel, the off-kilter swagger of the Faces and Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde, and the dusky balladry of Nick Cave. In addition, it displays a new confidence in frontman Will Sheff, whose concise, literary lyrics and emotionally direct delivery are rapidly distinguishing him as one of rock music's best new songwriters.

    Down the River of Golden Dreams
    It Ends With a Fall
    For the Enemy
    Blanket and Crib
    The War Criminal Rises and Speaks
    The Velocity of Saul at the Time of his Conversion
    Dead Faces
    Main Island Lovers
    Song about a Star
    Yellow
    Seas Too Far to Reach
    Okkervil River
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    Zerodust Stylus Tip Cleaner

    Stereophile Editors Editors Editors


    The Zerodust is Our Best-Selling, Non-Fluid Based Stylus Cleaner! No More Hard Bristled Brushes!


    After a few seconds, you lift the stylus, and it's as clean and residue-free as the proverbial whistle...

    - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, Vol25 No.3


    This fresh approach to stylus cleaning has saved all of us from the fear of hard bristled brushes and over applying dangerous fluids. Clean your stylus simply and effectively with the Zerodust from Japan. This space-age polymer bubble allows you to simply lower your stylus onto its surface, then quickly lift the arm lever and youre done! Watch as the stylus tip slowly sinks into the baby soft surface, leaving behind an impression with the stylus debris left behind! This unique device will last a lifetime, can be cleaned with tap water, and can extend the life of your cartridge! Comes complete with a magnifier to inspect your stylus! Our highest recommendation!

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    Hail To The Thief

    45 RPM


    Radiohead's 2003 release Hail To The Thief borrows equally from OK Computer's epic progressive rock and Kid A's skittering electronic theatrics while using eloquent metaphors and complicated arrangements to express the uncertainty, fear and anger arising from the 2000 U.S. presidential election and a post-9/11 world. The occasional hard-grooving funk rhythm and crazed rock guitar riff keeps even the airiest sentiments well anchored though, making Hail To The Thief as well balanced as it is progressive.

    1. 2+2=5
    2. Sit Down. Stand Up
    3. Sail To The Moon
    4. Backdrifts
    5. Go To Sleep
    6. Where I End And You Begin
    7. We Suck Young Blood
    8. The Gloaming
    9. There There
    10. I Will
    11. A Punchup At A Wedding
    12. Myxomatosis
    13. Scatterbrain
    14. A Wolf At The Door
    Radiohead
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    Wondrous Bughouse

    Wondrous Bughouse, Trevor Powers (Youth Lagoon)'s sophomore album, was spawned from what he describes as becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world. During the time he wrote, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music. Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears, explains Powers. My mental state is usually pretty sporadic...a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary. Experimenting with ideas about dimensions. I'm not a gifted spear, so explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense.
    1. Through Mind and Back
    2. Mute
    3. Attic Doctor
    4. The Bath
    5. Pelican Man
    6. Dropla
    7. Sleep Paralysis
    8. Third Dystopia
    9. Raspberry Cane
    10. Daisyphobia
    Youth Lagoon
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    Northeim Goldmine (Discontinued)

    Dennis Kolen is a young singer/songwriter from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His singularly expressive voice belongs to a man who doesn't fear the great ones that came before him, he simply reaches out for what all great artists pass on. Northeim Goldmine offers up musical gold profusely here on Stockfisch Records 180g LP including great harmony vocals herein that are absolutely astonishing.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Shape of Things
    2. Seaside Rendezvous
    3. The Ties That Bind
    4. For Cloud Dog and Jane
    5. Stand Inside Love
    6. Stay With Me
    7. Hey California
    8. She Knows Me So Well
    9. The Boy In the Photograph
    10. Halfway To Heaven
    11. Your Goodnight Blues
    Dennis Kolen
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    Prime

    It's an interesting foray deeper into the world of electronics once more that the band manages to imbue with their unpredictable spirit. - I Guess I'm Floating


    Back and forth between being a grand, dispassionate epic and a more nuanced study of individuality and personhood. - No Fear Of Pop


    Prime is a long-playing record written and recorded by the band Conveyor. The music on this record was composed and performed alongside two midnight screenings of George Lucas' THX 1138 in December 2013 at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. The bulk of the recordings were subsequently captured live on the 3rd of January 2014 at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn, NY.

    1. Theme I
    2. Theme II
    3. Theme III
    4. Theme IV
    5. Theme V
    6.Theme VI
    7. Theme VII
    8. Theme VIII
    9. Theme IX
    10. Theme X
    11. Theme XI
    12. Theme XII
    13. Theme XIII
    14. Words of Love (Buddy Holly cover) [vinyl only]
    Conveyor
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    Black Beauty

    28-page, full-color book (11" x 11")


    Extensive essay by Ben Edmonds (Creem, Rolling Stone, Mojo) featuring all-new interviews


    Abundant, never-before-seen photographs by Herbert Worthington (Fleetwood Mac's Rumours)


    Brilliantly mastered by multi-GRAMMY® nominee Dan Hersch (Paul Simon, Kinks, Cars,The Band)


    Mastered for vinyl by multi-GRAMMY® winner Doug Sax (The Who, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd)


    Black Beauty, the never-before-released masterpiece by Arthur Lee's legendary psychedelic rock band Love, is available on 180-gram vinyl LP. Recorded in 1973 for the ambitious new label Buffalo Records,
    the album remained unreleased when the company folded. Finally, after 39 years High Moon Records is honored to fulfill Arthur Lee's wish that Black Beauty be heard by music fans worldwide. Black Beauty is making its first-ever official release
    in any format, anywhere! With unparalelled sound and state-of-the-art packaging, critics are hailing Black Beauty as an instant classic. Black Beauty is that rarest of rock artifacts: an unreleased,
    full-length studio album, from an undisputed musical
    genius. Black Beauty is the missing link in a catalog that includes Forever Changes, the classic 1967 Love album the New York Times called "one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time. With Black Beauty, Arthur Lee manages to combine searing 70's-rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting - topped off by his most distinctive, snarling, soulful vocals ever. With its wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the
    album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously undocumented phase of Arthur Lee's fabled career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love.



    It's tempting to play what-if with Love's lost labor, Black Beauty, which was recorded in 1973 but shelved for nearly four decades. What if Buffalo Records hadn't gone out of business just prior to the album's release? What if Black Beauty had actually hit stores? What if it hadn't languished in limbo until years after Arthur Lee's death? Would it have stopped Love's slide into obscurity? Would it have signaled a comeback for the man who masterminded Forever Changes, still one of the most complex and compelling artifacts of 1960s Los Angeles? Would his life and career have played out any differently? Would we think of him today as something other than a cult artist, inspired as well as damned by his era?


    It's difficult to imagine any answers to those questions, but it says a lot about Lee that the album even raises these what-ifs and coulda-beens. The very qualities that made him such a fascinating voice-- restlessness, excitability, paranoia, perfectionism, single-mindedness-- may have doomed any commercial prospects more than his notorious fear of travel ever did. After recording Forever Changes, he fired the band and hired new musicians to take their places. Every subsequent album featured a different line-up, although the changes seem based more on personality than on musical direction or ability. Never stagnant, Love was in constant flux, always in a state of development but never quite arriving. So the operative question becomes: Was this the version of Love that Lee had been working toward?


    For Black Beauty-- which is finally seeing release via High Moon Records, although the reissue has been delayed for two years-- Lee assembled guitarist Melvan Whittington, bass player Robert Rozelle, and drummer Joe Blocker. This may be the hardiest and most muscular of Love's post-Changes rosters, with remarkable force and range. With crisp production by Paul Rothchild, best known for his work with the Doors, Love build from a potent blues rock foundation not dissimilar to that of Jimi Hendrix, but without the distracting shamanistic persona and guitar pyrotechnics. "Walk Right In" struts into country rock territory, rewriting Cannon's Jug Stompers 1929 hit into a plea for empathy, and "Beep Beep" attempts a sort of pop reggae, albeit not entirely convincingly.


    On the whole, this particular line-up sounds perfectly rough and unrehearsed, generating a tense energy on "Skid" and "Stay Away" even as they suggest a band still figuring out exactly what they can do together. It's a strong album, but it's not another Forever Changes, whose accomplishments in retrospect were unrepeatable, or even another Four Sail. On the other hand, Lee wasn't aiming to craft something in that vein. Still, especially considering the professional setbacks he had faced in the years leading up to Black Beauty-- which includes being dropped by Elektra and shuffling through a series of independent labels-- Lee sounds engaged and invigorated, forgoing the bitterness that had rankled the band for a slightly more hopeful outlook. On stand-out "Can't Find It", he sings, "Every time I cry my heart out, and every time I play the fool, but there's gotta be something in this lonely world for me." The confession is all the more bittersweet for being capped with the line, "but I can't find it without you." It's ostensibly a love song, but could just as easily be addressed to his audience. His creative satisfaction relies on having a listener to complete the circuit, which makes this album's long shelf life all the sadder.

    -Stephen M. Deusner (Pitchfork, May 15, 2013)

    1. Young & Able
    2. Midnight Sun
    3. Can't Find It
    4. Walk Right In
    5. Skid
    6. Beep Beep
    7. Stay Away
    8. Lonely Pigs
    9. See Myself In You
    10. Product Of The Times
    Love
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    Psychogrotesque

    Four years after their critically acclaimed Generator release, Italian electro/post black metallers Aborym are back with their fifth album, Psychogrotesque. The album is built around one story, a single song with ten parts written by the band's mastermind Malfeitor Fabban and talented new guitarist Hell:IO:Kabbalus. Psychogrotesque was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fear No One Studios by Emiliano Natali, with the sound consulting of Marc Urselli (John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Eric Clapton) at the prestigious Eastside Sound Studios in New York. Gatefold double LP with dropcard featuring MP3s of the entire album.
    1. I
    2. II
    3. III
    4. IV
    5. V
    6. VI
    7. VII
    8. VIII
    9. IX
    10. X
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    The Godfather Soundtrack

    Nino Rota's compositions come to life in a dark, looming, and elegant soundtrack. The soundtrack's Main Title is a classical recording, and establishes a theme for the rest of the score. I Have but One Heart is the sole vocal track on the album, featuring Al Martino switching from English to Italian lyrics. The Halls of Fear develops the theme even further by adding a dark, jazzy slant to it. The standout cut is The Godfather Finale. This is where the theme becomes undeniable, and simply striking.

    - Zach Curd (All Music)
    1. Main Title (The Godfather Waltz)
    2. I Have But One Heart
    3. The Pickup
    4. Connie's Wedding
    5. The Halls Of Fear
    6. Sicilian Pastorale
    7. Love Theme From The Godfather
    8. The Godfather Waltz
    9. Apollonia
    10. The New Godfather
    11. The Baptism
    12. The Godfather Finale
    Nino Rota
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    1755

    Dark Metal's finest art project MOONSPELL outclasses all standards with their colossal new release 1755. The twelfth record from these Portuguese gothic masters is an orchestral adventure including siren like choirs with a Wagnerian pomp! Strings, bongos, Oriental singing, grand guitars are just a tiny part of this amazing piece of work. From the first superincumbent second, the conceptual dramaturgy of MOONSPELL's work feels like a detonation of the mind. Playful and mean-spirited. 1755 is their magnum opus.


    This musical masterpiece represents the year of horror where a giant earthquake wrecked their home of Lisbon. Naturally, this album is sung completely in Portuguese. The album features Paulo Bragança, supplying a hauntingly voice of a Fado fallen angel who is a big part of the Portuguese culture. His fascinating vocals are featured in In Tremor Dei (Eng.: Fear Of God). 1755 is an adventure in medieval landscapes full of threats, guarded by stirring hymns including the bad luck Desastre. Choirs filled with fear stab into the wild disharmony of the guitars. The album is emotionally, technically and completely breathtaking!

    1. Em Nome Do Medo
    2. 1755
    3. In Tremor Dei
    4. Desastre
    5. Abanão
    6. Evento
    7. 1 De Novembro
    8. Ruínas
    9. Todos Os Santos
    10. Lanterna Dos Afogados
    11. Desastre (Spanish Version)
    Moonspell
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    The Blind Hole (Awaiting Repress)

    Atlanta's ultimate killing machine DEAD IN THE DIRT releases The Blind Hole, the faction's debut full-length recording, via Southern Lord.


    As witnessed on the trio's previous works, 2010's Vold EP and first release for Southern Lord, 2011's Fear 7", as well through their vicious on-stage presence, DEAD IN THE DIRT crushes everything in their path with a vehement and volatile crust/hardcore attack. Inspired by the scriptures of His Hero Is Gone, Left For Dead, Infest and DropDead, the faction creates some of the most morose and tonally oppressive music conceivable, all fueled with enraged socio-political lyrical content and straightedge/Vegan ethics.


    The Blind Hole surges with twenty-two tracks in less than twenty-four minutes, their downtuned, caustic riffs packed into the melee creating the most destructive blasting DEAD IN THE DIRT material yet. Though surging with crushing distortion, the album boasts incredibly clear production values, recorded at Bricktop Recording Studio with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) in Chicago, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, All Pigs Must Die, Baptists, Sleep). The cover was illustrated by Bo Orr as with the band's Fear EP.

    1. Suffer
    2. The Blaring Eye
    3. Swelling
    4. Strength Through Restraint
    5. Idiot Bliss
    6. You Bury Me
    7. Skullbinding
    8. Mask
    9. Cop
    10. No Chain
    11. Will Is The War
    12. Baggar
    13. One More Day
    14. The Pit Of Me
    15. Caged
    16. Starve
    17. Vein
    18. Pitch Black Tomb
    19. The Last Nail
    20. Two Flames
    21. Knife In The Feathers
    22. Halo Crown
    Dead In The Dirt
    $13.99
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  • Mariner Mariner Quick View

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    Mariner

    Since their beginnings in 1998, Cult Of Luna has released seven albums, been awarded the top rock/metal award at the Swedish National Radio Awards and cemented their status as one of the true progressors of the metal genre, known to most metal aficionados. In 2013, the Swedes teamed up with Indie Recordings for the release of perhaps their most successful work to date in the shape of "Vertikal I" and Vertikal II. These cohesive pieces of work received worldwide appraisal and only pillared Cult Of Luna to even greater heights.


    For their eight effort, the post-metal pioneers join forces with the talented Julie Christmas from Brooklyn, whom bring an even larger depth to Cult Of Lunas sound. Her haunting voice has fronted vital bands such as Made Out of Babies and Battle of Mice, and is one of significance in the underground sludge and post-metal scene. Furthermore, she has released two solo albums and features on tracks by bands like Mouth of the Architect and String of Consciousness. Her prowess as a vocalist is powerfully on display on "Mariner".


    At the end of Vertikal, we stood in the cold harshness of the mechanical city and looked up onto the stars. We lost ourselves in the awe of their grace and thought that "maybe the answer is to be found above. The ship was leaking and by to look of it, our home was dying. No room for fear when a greater call demands your full attention. So, we left... Onward, forward. Like the old seafarers, we explored the vastness of space. Not bound by physical laws we pass the speed of light and chase the expansion of space until we reach its limit. And then, we continued on and disappeared. This is our story. - Cult Of Luna

    1. A Greater Call
    2. Chevron
    3. The Wreck of S.S. Needle
    4. Approaching Transition
    5. Cygnus
    6. Beyond the Redshift (vinyl only bonus track)
    Cult Of Luna
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    Vision Crimes / Monomania

    This album collects Child Bite's recent two sibling EP's into one brutal package. For years, we have watched Child Bite change, contort, and rearrange itself in to the gnarly powerhouse that exists in its current period. Their sound has become more abrasive over time then their spastic avant-pop beginnings.


    Within the rst few moments of Worship, you will nd yourself encouraged to "worship the father / slaughter the son" as well as "snip off the tip of the blasphemer's tongue." However you choose to interpret singer Shawn Knight's vocals, which are easily his most hostile to date, you wont escape the mood of this piece. And, the mood is that of 4 perplexed soldiers foraging for rushes of adrenaline to keep themselves alive while condemned to ght an unjust, unwinnable war.


    Wrong Flesh is a gritty battle march, which conjures memories of the Deadites storming the castle in search of the Necronomicon. From here, they take us down paths that are exponentially dark - with, No pussy shit as their credo. This is, in fact, the darkest and most mature effort we have seen from Child Bite. The shrilling, and impulsively head-bobbing verses of Scum Gene (Trash Vibrato) - are only rivaled in turpitude by Shawn Knight's lyrics; like those of Smear Where the Face Was that read: Drag behind or standing still - Impulse is fear, and fear you will. The lyrics, as a whole, paint a fuzzy picture of fear, paranoia, and despair.


    Bass player Sean Clancy expands on his unique style with brutal tones and syncopated rhythms that match the band's progression further into the macabre. Brandon Sczomak has made the switch from drums to guitar (who knew?). He has awlessly adapted to the precedent set by his predecessors, and he is taking it to fantastic new place. If you are a drummer and you are unfamiliar with Moshe Rozenberg (ex-DD/MM/YYYY), just buy this record right away. I would still listen to this record if it were only drums. The beats were also partly written and arranged during pre-production by Detroit drummers: Brandon Moss (Bars of Gold), Matt Rickle (Javelins/Fawn), Brandon Sczomak (current Child Bite guitarist), and Dave Vaughn (Detroit Cobras). The album was recorded with Chris Koltay of High Bias Recordings (Akron/Family) riding the faders. It was mastered by the infamous Weasel Walter (XBXRX, Flying Luttenbachers).

    1. Abysmal Splatter
    2. The Nerves
    3. Mutilation Revival
    4. Life As A Parasite
    5. Puke For The Youth
    6. Worship
    7. Save Your Scream
    8. Wrong Flesh
    9. The Nab Munch is On
    10. Smear Where the Face Was
    11. Vapor in the Orphan Loop
    12. Begin The Hiss
    13. Scum Gene (Trash Vibrato)
    Child Bite
    $22.99
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