Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hairy Chapter - Can't Get Through (1971)


German heavy psych. Long, jam-y songs that bring the riffage and the solos, plus some killer drumming, and none of the wannabe-bluesy cheese that plagued a lot of their peers. Smoke a spliff and listen to this somewhere sunny.

Track listing:
1. There's a Kind of Nothing
2. Can't Get Through
3. It Must Be an Officer's Daughter
4. As We Crossed Over
5. You've Got to Follow This Masquerade

Looking for a decent freedom

You should also check out:
Bulbous Creation -
You Won't Remember Dying (1971)
Leaf Hound -
Growers of Mushroom (1971)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thrones - Alraune (1996)


Mind-melting experimental drone-sludge from the great Joe Preston. He probably doesn't need an introduction, but just in case: Over the years, Preston has played with Earth, Sunn O))), High on Fire, Harvey Milk, Men's Recovery Project, and Melvins (his Melvins solo record was easily the best of the three), and many others.

Track listing:
1. Gifthorse
2. Ursa Minor / Buio Omega
3. Mercuric
4. Ted Williams
5. Googander

Have another glass

You should also listen to:
Boris -
Amplifier Worship (1998)
Asva -
Futurists Against the Ocean (2005)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Horror of Horrors - Sounds of Eerie (1994)


Old-school US death metal. I dunno, it's really fucking good, what do you want from me?

Track listing:
1. Torn
2. Over Fiend
3. Under the Falling
4. Bleed with Us
5. Sounds of Eerie
6. Cursed
7. Dark Horizons
8. Old Burnt Church Road
9. Fever Burning

The devil is inside me

How 'bout you listen to:
Blood Ritual -
At the Mountains of Madness (1997)
Coffin Texts - Gods of
Creation, Death & Afterlife
(1996)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hhahda - Avernal Mitic Black Poetry (2001)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Hetroertzen - Exaltation of Wisdom (2010)

Chilean raw black metal. Evil rasps, tremolo picking, blastbeats, and tape hiss.

Track listing:
1. Domine Exaudimos
2. Black Clouds
3. Ancient Lytaniae
4. Curse of Baphomet
5. Under the Moonfog
6. Gardens of Mist
7. In the Last Night... Storm
8. Funeral [bonus]

Nothing but candles
Lighting the earth to the end


You should also hear:
Nihil Nocturne -
Necrohell (2003)
Sielunvihollinen - Musta Uni
(2012) + Ruttokieli (2013)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sacrilegium - Wicher (1996)


Polish black metal. An epic, largely melodic sound fleshed out with droning, celestial keyboards.

Track listing:
1. W Dolinie Rwących Potoków
2. Śpiew Kruków Czarnych Cieni
3. Wilczy Skowyt
4. W Rogatym Majestacie Snu
5. Zagubiona Ciemność
6. Wicher Falami Ognia
7. Szept Nocy

Venomous spells of fate

If you like this, try:
Night Conquers Day -
Rebellion Is the Art of Survival (1999)
Mörker -
Skuggornas Rike (2006)

Horizon 222 - The Three of Swans (1994)


Related:
Ingleton Falls - Absconded (1994)

Immersive ambient trance. A complex, deceivingly dynamic sound-world of pulsing synths, layered drum loops, fragmented dialogue, and atmopheric SFX.

Track listing:
1. Justice (Long to Rain Over Us)
2. Walking on the Air [Leapy Air Version]
3. Hemp (For Fun and Profit)
4. One Small Dot [Stardust Micromix]
5. Love Shakuhachi
6. Liberation (Om*Pa*Na*Da)
7. As You Let Go
8. The Last Supper [Massacre Mix]
9. Illuminum (The One True Name)

I was staring at the ocean
I was staring at the trees


Also listen to:
Divination - Ambient Dub
Volume II - Dead Slow
(1993)
Klaus Schulze -
Shadowlands (2013)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Svartahrid - Sadness and Wrath (2007)


True Norwegian Black Metal.™ It got up to 110° today in Portland, OR, and tomorrow's supposed to be the same, so once again, I'm staying in my living room, where there's A/C, and cooling off with some icy-cold riffage.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. Svartahrid
3. Dod
4. Awake or Vanish
5. Sadness and Wrath
6. Cross of Pain
7. Intensjon: Krig
8. Iron Minded
9. Framsyn

The beauty of a blackened heart

You'll also like:
Mactätus -
Blot (1997)
Orlog -
Reinigende Feuer (2006)

Puro Instinct - Headbangers in Ecstasy (2011)


Dreamy, stoned indie rock. Anyone who stays up on hipster nonsense knows that about five records that sound like this come out every Friday, but Puro Instinct rises above the pack due to the fact that, as opposed to letting the production make the album, they actually write dynamic, entertaining songs.

Track listing:
1. KDOD 1
2. Everybody's Sick
3. Lost at Sea
4. KDOD 2
5. Silky Eyes
6. Slivers of You
7. KDOD 3
8. Stilyagi
9. Escape Forever
10. KDOD 4
11. No Mames
12. Vapor Girls
13. California Shakedown
14. KDOD 5
15. Luv Goon

All the strangers passing by

Also listen to:
Peaking Lights -
936 (2011)
Wildhoney - Wildhoney (2013)
Seventeen Forever (2014)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Void of Silence - Toward the Dusk (2001)


Related:
Visthia - Reditus Conscienti (2006)
Arcana Coelestia - Le Mirage de l'Idéal (2009)

Dramatic, borderline symphonic Italian doom. Crushing, ugly depression and beautiful, crestfallen mourning. Music to listen to while being lowered into your grave.

Track listing:
1. A Mild Form of Hate
2. Elemental Pain
3. Deamons from My Imagination
4. Exstasy in the Spiral
5. My Private Hell
6. Nigredo: Panic Malediction

In the name of nothing and none

You should also listen to:
Saturnus -
Paradise Belongs to You (1996)
Cryptal Darkness -
They Whispered You Had Risen (1999)

Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo, Lopatin - FRKWYS 7 (2011)


Related:
Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. - Like a Duck to Water (1976)
James Ferraro - Cold (2013)

A heavenly collaboration between five extremely talented electronic artists, including David Borden, James Ferraro, and Laurel Halo. When I first saw the lineup, I thought it was a mistake. Beautiful, lushly layered ambient/drone of the highest order.

Track listing:
1. People of the Wind Pt. 1
2. Internet Gospel Pt. 1
3. People of the Wind Pt. 2
4. Internet Gospel Pt. 2
5. Twilight Pacific
6. Just a Little Pollution

Wanderers through the night

More along these lines:
Maeror Tri -
Sensuum Mendacia (1991)
EUS, Postdrome & Saåad -
Sustained Layers (2012)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

T-Connection - Totally Connected (1979)


Some joyful, smooth, disco-tinged funk to help you boogie your way through whatever bullshit you have to deal with today. I also want to encourage you to spend some time with that album cover, as it just gets better and better the more you look at it.

Track listing:
1. Totally Connected
2. Ecstasy
3. Let's Do It Today
4. I Like Funkin' with You
5. Choosing
6. That's Love
7. Danger Zone
8. Born to Boogie

We are lights in the night

You must also listen to:
Shadow -
Love Lite (1979)
Fantasy -
Fantasy (1981)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ellen Allien - Stadtkind (2001)


Excellent debut LP from German producer Ellen Allien. Allien's specialty is artfully-constructed but danceable minimal techno, and as Stadtkind shows, she's been doing it as well or better than pretty much everyone else for upwards of a decade and a half now. Speaking of which, her new album is maybe her best work yet -- don't sleep on it.

Track listing:
1. Send
2. Fenstermusik
3. Tief in Mir
4. Stadtkind
5. Funkenflug der Traumee
6. Salzsee
7. Licht
8. Wolken Ziehen
9. Trust und...
10. Data Romance

The future is dust

You would also enjoy:
Kirlian - Chicken Wings &
Beef Fried Rice
(1996)
Jacek Sienkiewicz -
Téchnè (2002)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Reformed Faction - Vota (2006)


Related:
Ingleton Falls - Absconded (1994)

Experimental, dub-tinged ambient drone. That artwork might have you expecting martial percussion or something, but you're wrong, you dumbfuck.

Track listing:
1. We Are Like Angels Falling Down
2. Raadio Yan
3. Snapper Bird
4. Fall Angels Fall
5. Blake's Particulars
6. Base-Denial
7. Reactionaries-Paper Tigers
8. The Gideon Bomb
9. True to Your Kind
10. Tempest Lull
11. To Know the Numbing Frost
12. We Are Like Fallen Angels

I am not a mirror

You would also be into:
Life Garden - Caught Between the
Tapestry of Silence and Beauty
(1990)
Voice of Eye -
Mariner Sonique (1992)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Helrunar - Grátr (2003)


Stellar German Pagan black metal. Grátr is a demo in name alone, as it finds the band's sound -- vicious and lupine, with an epic, neofolk-tinged melodic sense -- already fully realized and flawlessly executed.

Track listing:
1. Der Fährtensuche
2. Raune mit der Ti
3. Ich Bin die Leer
4. Seelenwinter
5. Grátr
6. Morket Under Ver
7. Hornung
8. Das Heilige Feue
9. Kvasirs Blut

Impact of gods

You would also like:
Wolfhetan -
Entrückung (2006)
Árstíðir lífsins -
Jǫtunheima dolgferð (2010)

The Dead Science - Submariner (2003)


Dark, gloomy indie rock from a trio consisting of guitar/vocals, upright bass, and drums. It sounds as though The Dead Science took some influence from Radiohead's dark-jazz tracks and from Thom Yorke's haunted, wavering falsetto -- especially on "Girl with the Unseen Hand". Played a show with these guys shortly after Submariner came out and they made us look like total amateurs, which we definitely were.

Track listing:
1. Unseeing Eye
2. White Cane
3. White Train
4. The Ghost Integrity
5. Below
6. Batty
7. Girl with the Unseen Hand
8. Threnody
9. Tension at Pitch
10. Envelope

Lost at sea

You might also enjoy:
Shudder to Think -
Get Your Goat (1993)
Madlove -
White with Foam (2009)