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The Sound Of Perseverance (Awaiting Repress)DEATH, the heavy metal institution founded, realized, and helmed by legendary guitarist Chuck Schuldiner, released its final studio album The Sound of Perseverance ('98) to massive worldwide critical acclaim. The Sound of Perseverance is the masterstroke of one of metal's true pioneers and innovators, and indeed worthy of the worship, adoration, and accolades that announced its original release ('98).
Now remastered, repackaged and featuring over an hour of newly unearthed and previously unreleased material (extra tracks and early demos), this is the definitive edition of this timeless classic.LP 1
1. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
2. Bite The Pain
3. Spirit Crusher
4. Story To Tell
5. Flesh And The Power It Holds
6. Voice Of The Soul
7. To Forgive Is To Suffer
8. A Moment Of Clarity
1. Spirit Crusher - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
2. Flesh And The Power It Holds - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
3. Voice Of The Soul - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
4. Bite The Pain - 1998 Demos
5. A Moment Of Clarity - 1998 Demos
6. Story To Tell - 1998 Demos
7. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow - 1998 Demos
8. Bite The Pain - 1997 Demos
9. Story To Tell - 1997 Demos
10. A Moment Of Clarity - 1997 Demos$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
From The Depths Of Darkness (Clear Vinyl)Clear Vinyl
From the Depths of Darkness is a re-recording of tracks from the first two albums, Burzum and Det Som Engang Var
Inspired by the recording of Belus and in the middle of the process of writing Fallen Varg went into the studio in March 2010 and re-recorded a selected number of tracks from the early days of Burzum.
The result is a hard hitting and great sounding collection of tracks sounding the way Varg wanted the tracks to sound and to be heard by his dedicated fans and supporters.
Its an album that will cement the legacy of Burzum and that is dedicated to Pytten for his gratitude and perseverance in relation to Burzum.
Burzum says of the new album: From the Depths of Darkness was recorded and decided to be released because I always meant that the original recordings didn't do justice to the music, and I wanted to hear the tracks as they were intended by me back in 1991 and 1992, when these tracks were made, and to share this with those interested.
Produced and engineered by Pytten and Davide Bertolini
Recorded at Grieghallen Studios March 2010.
Press and PR worked by Darren Toms (Candlelight Records etc.)SIDE A
1. The Coming (introduction)
2. Feeble Screams From Forests Unknown
3. Sassu Wunnu
4. Ea. Lord Of The Depths
5. Spell Of Destruction
6. A Lost Forgotten Sad Spirit
7. My Journey To The Stars (introduction)
8. Call Of The Siren
9. Key To The Gate
10. Turn Of The Microcosm (Snu Mikrokosmos Teggn)
11. Channelling The Power Of Minds Into A New God$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Profan (Yellow Vinyl)Yellow Colored Vinyl
Kampfar presents the fiercest and most intense recording of their career. Since its first conception in 1994 with folk and classical music influences, via the colder winds on Kvass, the band has kept on renewing, and elevated into the black metal authority that reaches its peak on "Profan". Songs like "Pole In The Ground" and "Profanum" hearken back to the vibes of the early 90s black metal while keeping the edge of 2015 Kampfar, while slow burners like "Daimon" and epic album closer "Tornekratt" shows that Kampfar can go deep down and still deliver such intensity that few in the world of metal can match.
Visually the band has chosen to go back and acquire several paintings by Polish master Zdzisaw Beksiski. "What Kampfar captures with sound is an essence that we have only seen mirrored in Beksiski's work, and thus it is only natural to use his art to front our music." - Ask Ty (Drummer). "Profan" is a fitting end to a long journey through nature's magic, the power of perseverance in the face of gargantuan forces, and finally acceptance that there is no such thing as resolution.
To paraphrase from the words spewed in "Skavank", there will be: 'no prayers, no prophecies, no hymns, no rituals, no life'.' But there will be fire.1. Gloria Ablaze
6. Pole In The Ground
7. Tornekratt$32.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PortraitPortrait is the debut album from LA dance-pop duo Cardiknox featuring singer Lonnie Angle and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Dutton. Helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer John Shanks, the auspicious 12-track set threads together rich soundscapes, thick, booming beats, and dynamic vocals. Lonnie explains the album's sound as ...pop, but there are so many different elements. It's indie, electronic, epic, cinematic, nostalgic, and even a little eighties-inspired.
Doors tiptoes between sparse percussion and ethereal synths culminating on an unshakable chant - My life begins every time a door closes, another one opens. It's a first taste, says Lonnie. There's a theme of perseverance on the album. And in many ways, this song is about becoming a band, writing music, and finding ourselves as artists.
Elsewhere, Shadowboxing segues from shimmering keys into an impassioned declaration contrasted with soft spoken word. A lot of the album addresses my parents' divorce during my early adulthood, she adds. I didn't talk to my dad for about a year, and this song touches on that. It speaks to the dissolution of that marriage and having to look at my life without my parents being together.
Then, there's On My Way, which tempers an electronic harmony with a galloping, uplifting refrain. When you're pursuing something less traditional career-wise, there's an interesting juxtaposition between yourself and your friends who have 'normal jobs,' are getting married, having kids, and buying houses, explains Thomas. On My Way reaffirms that what we're doing is the right thing for us. We can see where we want to be, and we're on our way.1. Earthquake
3. Wild Child
5. On My Way
6. Into The Night
9. What Do I Do Now
10. Your Love
11. Perfect Storm
12. Shadowboxing$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Master Of My Make BelieveSantigold is Santi White: an artist whose perseverance relies on invention, a champion who survives off her own skill and faith. She is a major muse watched by the inspired world, an in categorical performer who collapses time and genre with one hand guided by tradition, while the other hand carves out a shining future. Santigold is neither calm nor mayhem, but from her lungs burst every color in between.
After four years of hide and seek in which blogs blew up at the sudden release of any track with her name attached to it, Santigold returns in a moment of global aggression and vulnerability. Honing in on the hyper-media cult of personality, in her unmistakable voice she asks the listener: Into what fantasy do you hurl yourself as you gaze into the glow of your machine? The answer to this question is central to what drives Master of My Make-Believe, her latest work to be released this spring on Atlantic Records.
As an antidote against self-celebratory status updates in a climate where the focus on fame outweighs a days emotions, Master of My Make-Believe summons pop culture zombies back to life. This is sound proof of an artist on a diligent journey, measuring the power of individual mood against social clamor. Sifting through a wondrous wreckage of airplay, upload, and anguish, Santigolds talent lies in filtering reality through freakdom, to find in desire a timeless spark of raw magic.
Anyone caught referring to Master of My Make-Believe as a sophomore effort is only half right. Though relatively fresh as Santigold, Santi Whites history of writing, production, and performance stretch beyond the centurys flip. Her collaboration with the industrys most recognized and respected talent is something continuous and wide reaching, making her musical lineage all the much richer. Declared Best Breakthrough Artist by NME in 2008 and Pop Music Vanguard by ASCAP in 2009, the voice that defines Santigold is as complex as the faces that pack a subway car, as intimate and honest as conversation on a weathered stoop.
Through chopped pianos, the clink of glass bottles, and the peaking blast of motorcycle engines, Master of My Make-Believe accounts for 21st century details of life from the hearts center to the minds periphery. In her pen and in her voice, the breadth of substance presented in Santigolds newest songs is immediate and complex. There are valleys here wherein the drudge of daily living is met with caution and confronted by mortality, but underneath it all there is the celebration of each persons power and vision to fight toward what they believe. Consider this your invitation.1. GO!
2. Disparate Youth
3. God From The Machine
5. Freak Like Me
6. This Isn't Our Parade
7. The Riot's Gone
8. Pirate In The Water
9. The Keepers
10. Look At These Hoes
11. Big Mouth$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blood!As far as stories of lost and found recorded material go, few tales can be told where all the pieces of the puzzle come together in fortunate ways, resulting in a brand new recording that surprised even the band themselves.
Having formed in 1982, infamous Santa Cruz hardcore legends BL'AST! released their first album, The Power of Expression in 1985. This debut blew everyone away and went on to become one of the highly sought after, "must- have" hardcore albums of the '80s. BL'AST! was beyond intense, continually pushing the boundaries of hardcore with their advanced musicianship, unstoppable energetic delivery and explosive live performances. This overwhelming power caught the attention of SST records, who released the band's second album, It's In My Blood in 1987. Their third LP, Take The Manic Ride, was then released by the label in 1989. BL'AST!'s wide-eyed, ambitious approach and intense perseverance became an influence for many bands to come. Shortly after the release of Take The Manic Ride, the band broke up and their story was buried by time and dust .UNTIL NOW!
Earlier this year BL'AST! guitarist Mike Neider contacted Southern Lord with news that he had found some mysterious old BL'AST! master tapes in a abandoned storage locker. Greg Anderson, a BL'AST! fanatic, wasted no time in sending the tapes to a studio to be baked. Needless to say, after 25 years gathering dust, the quality had deteriorated. Still, nobody could have anticipated what would follow. With the audio digitized, Southern Lord contacted fellow longtime BL'AST! fiend, Dave Grohl about mixing this recording, his response was an enthusiastic "FUCK YEAH!, LETS DO THIS"!
Whilst inside Grohl's famous 606 Studios (and with the Neve console as featured in the recent Grohl produced documentary Sound City) an astonishing discovery was made; a completely unheard, unreleased BL'AST! recording session from the mid-'80s.
The lineup of the band at the time of the recording included second guitarist William Duvall (from Neon Christ, and now the current vocalist for Alice In Chains) who had moved from his hometown of Atlanta out to Santa Cruz on a tip from mutual friends, Corrosion of Conformity, to join the band. Unfortunately, his tenure with BL'AST! was short-lived and no recordings from that lineup were ever released.
From the thunderous bass intro of "Only Time Will Tell" to the apocalyptic warnings of "It's In My Blood," the album completely rips and rages from start to finish. All parties involved were completely amazed at how vibrant, unique and fresh this newly-discovered material sounded. All things considered, it is miraculous the record survived this long and that everyone who was involved in bringing this recording to life, could be. Everything fell into place, when it could have easily crumbled along the way. This record is a time capsule that is meant to be heard!
There is no doubt in our minds that Blood will be a crucial purchase for any current hardcore fiend as well as punk/hardcore fans who loved the band back in the day. START THE MACHINE!1. Only Time Will Tell
4. Winding Down
5. Look into Myself
7. Your Eyes
10. Something Beyond
11. It's in My Blood$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Cost Of LivingFor The Revelations, their latest offering, The Cost Of Living (Decision/Sony RED), is a labor of love years in the making. Since they first came on the scene in 2008 with their Deep Soul EP(Decision), Brooklyn, NY's The Revelations have represented a twenty-first-century take on classic soul-one which shows reverence for the masters, but with a uniquely modern sensibility-a sound The New York Times' Jon Pareles calls "revivalism without poses or quotation marks".
On The Cost Of Living, Rell Gaddis assumes the lead vocal duties previously provided by Tre Williams. This is by no means Rell's debut with The Revelations, however. Rell has been part of the group's writing team from their onset, and performed with the band for years, even contributing lead vocals to "It's Too Late" from their 2009 album The Bleeding Edge (Decision). Since being signed to Jay-Z's Roc-a-fella Records back in 1997, Rell has had a prolific singing and writing career, creating his own records, as well as penning and lending vocals to songs featuring artists Usher (Rell wrote Usher's #1 RnB Hit Here I Stand), Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, and many more.
This workman-like mentality is pervasive throughout the band as well. The Revelations feature Wes Mingus on guitar, Gintas Janusonis on drums, and newcomer Ben Zwerin on bass. Each accomplished performing and session musicians in their own right, The Revelations have combined to provide music for icons such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Lee "Scratch" Perry, as well as soul royalty Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, Benny Latimore, and Swamp Dogg.
The distinctive blues/rock/soul sound of The Cost Of Living was recorded at soul mecca Royal Studios in Memphis, TN, produced by Bob Perry with Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, as well as The Revelations themselves. For this project, the band is joined by Stax and Hi Records session legends Bobby Manuel (guitar), Lester Snell (keyboards), and Charles Hodges (organ). Lyrically, The Cost Of Living weaves tales of perseverance despite hardship. From the opening track, "Mama", about a single mother scrounging to raise her children, to the jaded optimism of "It's Ok", the pragmatism of "Money Makes The World Go 'Round", and the heart-broken disillusionment of the soul classic "Got To Use My Imagination", The Revelations continue their tradition of presenting blues topics with soul music's urgency.
The Revelations' engaging and energetic live performances continue to win over audiences from Brooklyn to the Mississippi Delta to California and beyond, creating fans such as A-listers B.B. King, Bobby Womack and Stevie Wonder in the process. This is new, true soul music with a sharp, modern edge.
Rell Gaddis - Lead Vocals
Wes Mingus - Guitar and Vocals
Ben Zwerin - Bass
Gintas Janusonis - Drums, Percussion and Vocals
Bobby Manuel - Guitar
Charles Hodges - Organ
Lester Snell - Piano and Keyboards
Meah Pace & Halley Hiatt - Background Vocals
The Royal Horns
Produced by Bob Perry, Lawrence Boo Mitchell and The Revelations
Recorded at Royal Studios, Memphis TN
Mixed and Mastered by Arnold Mischkulnig1. Mama
2. Why When Love Is Gone
4. It's Okay
5. Money Makes The World Go 'Round
6. The Game of Love
7. This Time
8. Got To Use My Imagination$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AmaryllisAmaryllis is the fourth studio album from the Jacksonville, FL rock act Shinedown and follow-up to 2008's RIAA platinum-certified The Sound of Madness. Once again enlisting the talents of multi-Grammy winninig producer Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), the 12-song set was recorded at Cavallo's Lightning Sound studios outside of Los Angeles and Hollywood's Ocean Way Recording and Capitol Studios.
Shinedown frontman Brent Smith on the album, During the recording, the vision of what Shinedown is and where it's going became completely clear. Amaryllis is the manifestation of that vision, the centerpiece of what Shinedown is. It reflects on everything we've done and where we're heading. It's a message of empowerment, perseverance, and inspiration that I think speaks to fans that have been with us since the beginning as well as those who are just learning about who we are and what we're about. I can't wait for the world to hear it.1. Adrenaline
6. I'm Not Alright
7. Nowhere Kids
9. I'll Follow You
10. For My Sake
11. My Name (Wearing Me Out)
12. Through the Ghost$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
You Can't Stop MeMany of the greatest works of art throughout history were
fashioned from grief, anger and overwhelming despair descending on its creators in the aftermath of tragedy and SUICIDE SILENCE's appropriately titled You Can't Stop Me is no exception. Plenty of bands trumpet the idea of strength through adversity, but few have lived it like this one.
Like the once unthinkable creative and commercial reemergence of ALICE IN CHAINS or the classic, legendary and timeless touchstone that is AC/DC's Back in Black, Suicide Silence's fourth album features a new frontman on the heels of earthshaking tragedy. You Can't Stop Me serves as a simultaneous introduction to vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida, as well as a celebration of the brotherhood the band shared with Hermida's fallen predecessor. The group chose the album's title from a collection of lyrics left behind by the late Mitch Lucker, while their formidable revamped sound makes it clear that Suicide Silence's resurrection is complete. Ever since Suicide Silence went public with their plans to continue as a band, they've put all of the emotions from the last two years into these songs. "Inherit the Crown" name checks The Black Crown, as Hermida demands the chance to honor his friend's legacy and carve out a place of his own.
Mark Heylmun and Chris Garza (guitars), Dan Kenny (bass) and Alex Lopez (drums) sound more driven than ever, force-feeding their mashup of death metal, black metal, grind and time-signature bending dissonance into structured, focused and often groove-oriented missives of anger and perseverance. Just as the surviving members of JOY DIVISION were able to remake themselves as NEW ORDER, and as a post-plane crash LYNYRD SKYNYRD was reborn with Johnny Van Zant stepping in for his late brother, You Can't Stop Me is equal parts mournful tribute and statement of renewed purpose.
Death metal legend George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher (CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, KILLER BE KILLED) make guest appearances, but make no mistake: Suicide Silence is as bonded, as cohesive, as ever. You Can't Stop Me was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, GLASSJAW, SEPULTURA), the band's longtime friend and collaborator. Evetts was set to begin working with Lucker on new material just days after the singer's passing.
Most bands will declare their most recent album the "best" they've ever done. Suicide Silence have declared You Can't Stop Me as their most impassioned, most committed, and most important release thus far. It's a record they fought, bled, sweated and even cried to make happen.
If a rising heavy metal band can overcome a tragedy this triumphantly, this definitively, this absolutely, then surely there's hope for us all.1. M.A.L.
2. Inherit The Crown
3. Cease To Exist
4. Sacred Words
5. Control (feat. George Corpsegrinder Fisher)
7. You Can't Stop Me
8. Monster Within (feat. Greg Puciato)
9. We Have All Had Enough
10. Ending Is The Beginning
11. Don't Die
12. Ouroboros$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IterationRepetition is a form of change, reads one of Brian Eno's Oblique
Strategies. Seth Haley knows the concept well, and his style of
technicolour synth-wave takes the mantra as a challenge. Six
years after Galactic Melt introduced the cosmic story of Com
Truise, Iteration now concludes his sprawling saga. True to its
name, the album is built on Com Truise hallmarks: neon-streaked
melodies, big drums, robotic grooves, bleary nostalgia. But
Iteration is also the most elegant and streamlined that Haley's
singular music has ever sounded.
At the album's heart is an elaborate narrative, one full of longing,
hope, anxiety, and triumph. Iteration illustrates the last moments
Com Truise spends on the perilous planet Wave 1, before he and
his alien love escape its clutches to live in peace. ...Of Your Fake
Dimension launches the interstellar drama with its anthemic
swells and widescreen sound design, before lovesick songs like
Dryswch and Propagation outline scenes wrought with
cybernetic pathos. Later, the frantic rhythms of Syrthio conjure
images of panicked flight as Haley's gorgeous synth melodies gild
the action in quiet heartbreak. Then comes the resounding When
Will You Find The Limit , when Iteration's pain and sadness finds
liberation in the vast unknown. The closing title track ends it all in
a gush of majestic revelry.
So goes the winding story that Iteration tells, and yet there's more
behind its telling. I try hard not to write from my personal life, but
it's inevitably going to seep into the music, Haley explains. It's
basically like I'm scoring this film in my head, but that film I'm
scoring is also somehow my life. There are glimpses of the
difficult time the East Coast native spent adjusting to a new life in
Los Angeles, fighting homesickness and burnout while also
touring the world. It was a time full of uncertainty, transition, and
self-realization. After a year and a half of living in California,
Hayley finally recaptured his creativity by finding new excitement
in his work. I put more air, more breathing room in the
music-that was the big change, he says. And once that clicked,
the album just poured out of him. It was like an information
dump. I feel like I finished the record in two weeks.
Such a clear refinement of the Com Truise sound took time to
develop, but Iteration is well worth the patience and persever- ance it cost. Some of Haley's smartest, catchiest work is here,
from the weightless pop of Isostasy to Ternary's lush
synth-funk. A song like Vacuume somehow balances massive
bass drops and smashing drums with angelic gasps, and
Usurper gracefully pairs subtle poignancy and uplifting dance
beats. For me, it feels like change, Hayley says of his second
album, and yes, this is Com Truise like never before. By embracing
the music's inherent nature and peerless qualities, Iteration finds
new avenues of expression in its vivid, familiar surroundings.1. ... Of Your Fake Dimension
11. When Will You Find The Limit...
12. Iteration$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now