Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Antagonic Omnipotent Catharsis - ... Onwards the Path to Antagony (2006)

US black metal with strong folk elements. A homemade-sounding EP (it's a little over half an hour) of majestic, mostly instrumental, multi-part epics with some truly breathtaking guitar work. Obviously, a warm, fuzzy home recording is never gonna bother me, but I really think this guy could do a lot with a small budget and access to a recording studio.

Track listing:
1. Genesis
2. Endymion
3. Mightiest Under the Moon
4. Alarum Within
5. Stella Viae

Because the sunlight is powerless against me. My rivers and seas are frozen with Christian blood and my throne is the forest's heart. My blood is the serpent's poison. The wolves are that force which roams my kingdoms... the wolves, the wolves are my only now disciples.

You would also like:
Obtest -
Tūkstantmetis (1997)
Himinbjorg -
Where Ravens Fly (1998)

Hermann Kopp - Pop (1983)

First solo LP by German musician Hermann Kopp. Experimental, minimal synth 'pop' colored by bizarre, choppy, out-of-tune violin and what I'm guessing are some really bizarre lyrics.

Track listing:
1. Himmel
2. Amanda Am Nudistenstrand
3. Mondo Zombie
4. Paul Getty's Ohr
5. Gemini
6. Belle de Jour
7. Fleisch
8. Nein Ich Bereue Nichts

Drunk in the trunk

You will probably also like:
Warning -
Warning (1982)
Holy Toy -
Panzer and Rabbits (1984)

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Dead - Ritual Executions (2010)

City-leveling Australian death/doom. Beastly, midpaced death infused with a gnarly stoner-sludge groove, and some of the most monstrous-sounding vocals you're likely to hear. It's a much more natural, seamless combination that one might expect, and it makes for a killer fucking record.

Track listing:
1. Burn Your Dead
2. Cannibal Abattoir
3. Centurian
4. Born in a Grave
5. Ritual Executions
6. Blood Angel
7. Death Metal Suicide

Cold as ice
Maggots crawl from its eyes
Skin satanic grey
Born in a grave

You should also listen to:
Skeletal Spectre -
Tomb Coven (2011)
Binah -
Hallucinating in Resurrecture (2012)

Antarctica - 81:03 (1999)

US indie rock. 81:03 is their only LP, and it's a glorious, two-disc journey based in dreamy but driving, Cure-like post-punk. There's a sheen of synth throughout that helps them to venture seamlessly from fully danceable territory into stretches of sprawling, shimmering post-rock and ambient trance. There wasn't much of a market for stuff like this in the late 90s, which might help to account for this record's relative obscurity, but someday, the world's gonna catch up with Antarctica, and 81:03 is gonna be talked about like the masterpiece that it is.

Track listing:
  -Disc One-
1. Absence
2. Tower of Silence
3. The Velvet Flood
4. Return to Omma Dawn
5. The Chrome Selected
6. Ultra Nørsk
  -Disc Two-
1. Hallucins
2. Tektur the Water
3. Exisis
4. 7759 60784 1 E
5. Arctikal

Where are we now?

Also of interest:
The Essence -
Ecstacy (1988)
The Wild Swans -
Bringing Home the Ashes (1988)

Help Xathagorra Mlandroth (of Catacombs) get out of illness-related debt!

About two years ago, I posted In the Depths of R'lyeh by Catacombs, an album that I'd submit as one of the all-time great doom records. In my post, I kinda flippantly complained about how he'd never released a follow-up album, going so far as to (jokingly) ask how he can sleep at night. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Well, fuck me, it turns out that he has been suffering through a long, heartbreaking series of health issues -- including Lyme disease, work-related poisoning, and more -- that have prevented him from making music, working, or doing much of anything, from what is sounds like. And because America forces its most incapacitated, vulnerable citizens to fend for themselves, he's accrued a massive amount of debt. AND he just lost his disability. Fucking Christ.

So, I know I don't generally do stuff like this, but shit, I've been giving his album away, I should probably try to tell help him a little bit, right? I know that some of you have asked about ways that you could possibly repay me for my efforts -- some of you have even offered to donate money to me -- so please, anyone who's reading this: PLEASE consider heading over to his GoFundMe and donating whatever you can. A buck. Five bucks.

You can read more on his GoFundME page, or on this Facebook post. Let's help to make life a little less shitty for one the artists that we love.

Sorgeldom - Innerlig Förmörkelse (2009)

Bergraven - Dödsvisioner (2007)

Swedish black metal. Cold and hypnotic.

Track listing:
1. Insikter
2. Oroväckande förlust av ett förlorat förstånd
3. Då drömmen dog, dödade dagen dig
4. Livslusten for med vinden
5. Geväret lades fram, processen blev kort
6. Innerlig förmörkelse

The womb of mysteries leaves riddles on the surface

Also of interest:
Empty - The Last Breath
of My Mortal Despai
r (2005)
Mortuus Lunae -
In Spirutuale Contatto (2009)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Michel Genest - Crystal Fantasy (1984)

Heavenly new age synth. Evocative melodies and warm, shimmering chords that might help you forget, for just a little while at least, that the world is utter dogshit.

Track listing:
1. Most Holy Trinosophia
2. Sunrise - First Light
3. Octavia
4. Magical Iridescence
5. Dream Odyssey
6. The Mystic Wanderer
7. Reflections on a Moonlit Stream
8. Crystal Fantasy
9. Ancient A'bode
10. Sacred Temple Dance
11. Radiant Rainbow Prism
12. Land of Enchantment
13. Keepers of the Flame

Ancient prophecies

For more like this, try:
Kitaro -
Oasis (1979)
Michael Stearns - Encounter
(A Journey in the Key of Space)

Anenzephalia - Fragments of Demise (1993)

Anxiety-ridden German industrial/dark ambient featuring members(s?) of Genocide Organ. Empty sounds of agony and despair.

Track listing:
1. Cuesta del Plomo
2. Successive Torture
3. Megalomaniac 1
4. Transcendental Suffering
5. Megalomaniac 2
6. Meat Grinder
7. Noordgesig (Live)
8. What Are They For?
9. Ashen Town

Ultra fear perception

Similar listening:
Apoptose -
Nordland (2000)
Murderous Vision -
The Times Without Gods (2002)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Only Ones - The Peel Sessions Album (1989)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
The Only Ones - Even Serpents Shine (1979)

Been meaning to post this ever since someone requested it in the comments section of my post on Even Serpents Shine. Includes newly recorded versions of singles and deep cuts from their uniformly excellent first three LPs, all colored by Peel's signature warm, unadorned production and the looseness and spontaneity that accompany all of the best live recordings. Has there ever been a better power pop band?

Track listing:
1. Oh Lucinda
2. No Peace for the Wicked
3. Oh No
4. The Beast
5. In Betweens
6. Another Girl, Another Planet
7. Language Problem
8. From Here to Eternity
9. Lovers of Today
10. Why Don't You Kill Yourself?
11. Telescopic Love
12. Flaming Torch
13. Miles from Nowhere
14. Prisoners
15. The Happy Pilgrim
16. The Big Sleep

I don't know which one of us is worse
Is it the one who lies or the one who hurts?

Also listen to:
The Saints -
Prehistoric Sounds (1978)
Dwight Twilley -
Twilley (1979)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Onirik - Casket Dream Veneration (2015)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Onirik - Songs for the Apocalipse (2005)

The latest LP from one of Portugal's best. Casket Dream Veneration finds Onirik fleshing out their sound while honing in on some of their most compelling qualities, crafting a sequence of midtempo aural rituals marked by sickening, dissonant melodies, haunting clean vocals, and hypnotic compositional consistency.

Track listing:
1. Requiem for a Profane Liberation
2. Invocation & Defiance
3. Reverent to the Flames
4. Casket Dream Veneration
5. Ascension & Descent
6. I Am Him But He Is Not Me
7. Disputant by Enlightenment
8. Versos De Um Ritual

Illusions that melt within the clouds

Also of interest:
Lugubrum -
Winterstones (1995)
Xasthur -
All Reflections Drained (2009)

Roxanne Jean Polise - I'm in the Medicine Cabinet (2004)

Woozy, narcotized dark ambient/drone by Chicagoan artist Roxanne Jean Polise. Creepy but oddly comforting -- like coming to surrounded by ghosts, only to realize that you're one of them. Free/name your price via the bandcamp of her previous band, Warmth.

Track listing:
1. Gently to the Cradle
2. We'll All Feel Better Soon
3. Stop Drugging Our Water and Let Us Sink Faster
4. I'm in the Medicine Cabinet

Debbie downer

Also listen to:
Chaos as Shelter -
In the Shelter of Chaos (2000)
Lotus Eaters -
Alienist on a Pale Horse (2001)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stormcrow - Enslaved in Darkness (2005)

US metallic crust. One of the heaviest crust bands of all time, hands-down. Whole lotta Bolt Thrower influence here, but smellier.

Track listing:
1. Enslaved in Darkness
2. Anguished Existence
3. Unwilling to Forgive
4. Baleful Conception
5. New Messiah

A new black death

You'd also like:
Misery -
From Where the Sun Never Shines
Swordwielder -
Grim Visions of Battle (2013)

Roger Powell - Cosmic Furnace (1973)

Todd Rundgren - Initiation (1975)

Energetic, jazz-tinted synth jams from Roger Powell, who's perhaps best known as a member of Todd Rundgren's Utopia. A true synth pioneer, Powell mastered the art of using the synthesizer to mimic the sounds of other instruments, such as guitar, saxophone, and flute.

Track listing:
1. Ictus (The Primordial Pulse)
2. Lumia (Dance of the Nebulae)
3. Fourneau Cosmique (The Alchemical Furnace of Cleopatra)
4. Hermetic Enigma (The Fixed Volatile (The Answer Is But Another Riddle))
5. Queene Enfineska (Serenity of the Lion in Summer)
6. Tensegrity (A Dymaxion Triptych)

Emergency splashdown

You should also check out:
Leon Lowman -
Syntheseas (1980)
David Van Tieghem -
Safety in Numbers (1987)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Those Who Bring the Torture - Those Who Bring the Torture (2007)

Crushingly heavy, grind-infused Swedeath decimation. Short, precise, riff-packed songs that'll have you slaughtering your neighbors in no time. Pretty much a tour de force of kickass riffs, with some quasi-d-beat parts for good measure.

Track listing:
1. An Affair of Entrails (In a Filthy Liaison with Disgust)
2. Murdered Thrice
3. Filth Bag
4. Drudgery at the Graveyard
5. Chains and Saws and Chainsaws
6. Death Came as a Friend to Them
7. Professionally Curing the Disease
8. Defiling the Carcass
9. Skeletal Cage
10. Prone to Penetrate Pus
11. Distaste for Ordinary Scum
12. Never Too Cold for Carnage
13. Drilled with a Jackhammer
14. Banquet of the Grotesque
15. Shriek (Like the Pig You Are)
16. Sickened Skin Infestation
17. Inducing Abomination - Reciding in Dirt

Under the surface I lay dreaming
In a spew-infested hell

If you like this, try:
Nominon -
Diabolical Bloodshed (1999)
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition -
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition (2001)

Marble Sheep & the Run Down Sun's Children - Old from New Heads (1993)

Way far-out Japanese psych. Raw live and studio recordings of dense, structureless acid jams. Obscured, propulsive percussion, a haze of static-y guitars, and a dude shout-singing in the eye of the storm.

Track listing:
1. Ancient Wind (Studio Demo)
2. Ancient Wind (Live)
3. Space Earth Calling (Live)
4. Cement Woman (Live)

For demolition of a spiritual framework

Similar vibes:
The Beat of the Earth - This Record
Is an Artistic Statement
Acid Mothers Temple &
the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. -
Wild Gals A Go-Go (1999)