Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Colin Towns - Full Circle (1978)

Evocative piano- and synth-based music for a horror movie that I've never seen. Love how ambient sound clips from the movies are utilized to create an immersive, narrative listen.

Track listing:
1. Full Circle (Main Theme) / The Park
2. Have You Got a Magnificent Problem? (Inside the Mental Home)
3. 'Pretty Men Are Very Receptive' (The Seance)
4. Kate (Opening Sequence)
5. Olivia
6. Love Scene
7. 'Magnus' - The Unwelcome Intrusion
8. Full Circle (Everything's Right Now)

The haunting of Julia

You should also hear:
Fabio Frizzi -
The Beyond (1981)
Walter Rizzati - Quella Villa
Accanto al Cimitero

Monday, October 16, 2017

Root - The Temple in the Underworld (1992)

Czech old-school black/heavy metal. Epic, occult riff-fests with powerful, dynamic vocals ranging from a deep baritone to a throaty, emotive midrange to a disgusted rasp. Root is by no means an obscure band, but I'm sure at least a few of you have slept on 'em, so lucky you, you get to hear 'em for the first time right now!

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. Casilda's Song
3. The Temple in the Underworld
4. Aposiopesis
5. The Solitude
6. Voices from...
7. The Wall
8. The Old Ones
9. Message
10. My Name...

I rush through purple mist
Fury in my eyes, beast of prey's look
I make my way through shrubs of skeletons
My target is just round the corner

You should also hear:
Acheron -
Rites of the Black Mass (1991)
Decayed - The Conjuration
of the Souther Circle

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Druid - Vampire Cult (1989) + Four Curses (1986)

Kickass obscure US heavy metal. Ample gated reverb and delay give Vampire Cult a kult, eerie sound that's reinforced by stuff like the droning feedback solo at the end of "Word of the Lord". And, obviously, the album cover's one for the history books. In conclusion, I fucking love this record and you should, too. Plus, I'm gonna throw in the Four Curses EP cause why the hell not.

Track listing:
-Vampire Cult-
1. Word of the Lord
2. Time of Trial
3. Twin Towers
4. Brand New Messiah
5. The Jokes (Take the Thrashers Surfing)
6. Claws
7. Blast from the Past
8. Nitemare
9. The Highwayman
10. Dark Travel
11. Crossover
-Four Curses-
1. The Robber
2. Forced Entry
3. Legion (The Exorcist)
4. Godsend

The devil ripped my ear off and ate it

You'd also like:
Kat -
Metal and Hell (1986)
Tyrant -
Too Late to Pray (1987)

Various Artists - The Films of Jean Rollin (1994)

Just re-watched The Living Dead Girl (aka La Morte Vivante) in all of its bloodsoaked glory, and I've been meaning to post this forever, so what better time than now? From dark psych to plaintive piano to synth-y creepers, they're all winners. I've only seen three of the movies -- Le Frisson des Vampires, Fascination, and the above -- and as far as self-serious, stiltedly acted, boob- and blood-filled French horror goes, they're all winners, too.

Track listing:
1. Génèrique
2. Le Château
3. Angoisse Temporelle
4. Samba des Vampires
5. Doux Réveil
6. La Cité Rouge
7. Envos Vers la Folie
8. Génèrique
9. Génèrique 2
10. Françoise Chante
11. Ville d'Amiens
12. Bruits et Voix dans In Cemetie
13. Fascination
14. La Valse Grinçante
15. La Vaise du Château
16. Apparation du Château
17. L'Amour des Deux Filles
18. L'Intérieur des Ecuries
19. La Morte Vivante
20. La Découverte du Château
21. Boîte à Musique
22. Frottement
23. Dans la Crypt
24. Bai Slow
25. Le Suicide
26. Perdue dans New York
27. Dialogue des Duex Filles
28. Thème à la Flûte De Pan
29. Poursuite dans New York
30. Dans Peul
31. Scene sur la Toit
32. New Jersey
33. Chœur Petites Filles
34. Chinatown
35. Banc-Titre Avec Thème
36. Pont de Brooklyn

It's awful. Those bodies over there.

You should also hear:
Terry Riley -
Le Secret de la Vie (1974)
Franco Leprino -
Integrati... Disintegrati (1977)

Exsanguinate - The Black Acts (2002)

Death industrial/power electronics from Thomas Garrison, aka Control. Currently loving the image of this insanity blasting out my living room stereo while my cat sleeps belly up in my lap.

Track listing:
1. Punishment for All Crimes
2. Two Thousand Volts
3. A Torturous End
4. The Mazzatello
5. The Final Hour
6. Punishing the Dead
7. Science of Hanging
8. Dissident Asylum
9. Peine Forte et Dure
10. Skellingtons Gyves
11. Beneath the Gallows
12. The Black Acts
13. Silence and Separation

The need to kill

Also listen to:
Schloss Tegal -
The Grand Guignol (1993)
Gnawed -
Fissures (2013)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gaoth - Dying Season's Glory (2016)

Irish epic atmospheric black metal. Lushly layered, breathtakingly beautiful odes to autumn and the death of all things.

Track listing:
1. Autumnal Breath
2. Weeping of the Fens
3. Gaoth
4. Will of Mountains
5. Waning of the Years
6. Where Leaves Depart
7. Astral Paths
8. Dying Season's Glory
9. The Burning Horizon

We are all bound to the wheel

More like this:
Vallendusk -
Black Clouds Gathering (2013)
Àrsaidh -
Roots (2013)

Crown of Bone & Burial Ground - Hellraiser: A Tribute (2012)

A collaboration between two Pinhead-and-company-loving US noise artists. A pair of impenetrable monoliths of piercing harsh noise, with a few samples from the first two Hellraiser movies to let you know what's up. If done correctly, listening to this has been known to summon the cenobites, who then drag the listener to hell, where he or she is tortured in various unfathomably excruciating ways until the line between pleasure and pain is permanently erased and, in certain cases, the listener actually becomes a cenobite.

Track listing:
1. Hellraiser
2. Hellbound

We have eternity to know your flesh

You should also hear:
Yellow Tears -
The Pissmop LP (2009)
Werewolf Jerusalem -
Confessions of a Sex Maniac (2011)

Ain Soph - I (1984)

Italian lo-fi industrial horror drone royalty. Slow-burning fogs of dissonant synth, echoing moans, funeral knells, various creepy SFX, stuff like that. Scary shit. Guaranteed vibe killer, unless the vibe you're going for is, "chained to a wall in a dark, damp dungeon."

Five tracks, titled "I" through "V"

Feasting the nightsoil communion

Similarly unsettling sounds:
Dtxenioutha (2003)
Funerary Call -
Nightside Emanations (2012)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Ghast - May the Curse Bind (2008)

Welsh black/doom. Misanthropic and punishing, with disgusted vocals and the kind of fucked-up, butt-simple sludge riffs that make me say "Uhh! (Uhh!) Na-na na-na! (Na-na Na-na!") WOW that's a really dumb thing to write.

Regarding download problems: It only seems to be affecting files uploaded since the 10th (i.e. it's not erasing all my old files) so I'm hoping it's just a weird glitch that'll be fixed soon. Pretty goddamn annoying, though. Keep letting me know when links go down, and def tell me if you know of a site aside from Mediafire and Zippyshare with free unlimited storage. Thank you, my disgusting, unwanted children.

Track listing:
1. Crawl, Blighted and Afraid
2. Give Your Wrists
3. Evoke Spiritless Hell
4. Pale Robe
5. Hexed Under Moon

The sound of the knives counterpoints the sobbing and moaning

Also listen to:
Khashm -
Dark Path to His Throne (2009)
Black Priest of Satan -
We, as Shadows of Satan (2010)

Pentagram Home Video - Who's Out There? (2014)

Pentagram Home Video is a London-based producer who creates dark, synth-based soundtracks to movies that never existed. According to the plot summary on his bandcamp, Who's Out There? would be a rip-off of the original Terminator if it, y'know, were an actual movie.

Track listing:
1. Pentagram Home Video Ident
2. Vision 1 / The Ocean
3. Opening Titles
4. Reel 2 / "Who's Out There?"
5. Vision 2 / The Beginning
6. Reel 4 / Across 10 Blocks
7. Reel 6 / Heavy Leather
8. Vision 3 / Night
9. The Pursuit
10. A Powerful Hallucinogen
11. End Credits

Do you think you'll ever be free?

More 80s horror-synth revivalists:
Zombie Zombie -
A Land for Renegades (2008)
Protector 101 -
Protector 101 (2011)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tenebrae in Perpetuum / Krohm - Tenebrae in Perpetuum / Krohm [Split] (2010)

Evoken - Embrace the Emptiness (1998)
Beatrik - Journey Through the End of Life (2002)
Tenebrae in Perpetuum - Onori Funebri Rituali (2003)
Tenebrae in Perpetuum - L'Eterno Maligno Silenzio (2009)
Ritual Chamber - The Pits of Tentacled Screams (2013)

A phenomenal split between a pair of phenomenal black metal solo projects. As always, Tenebrae in Perpetuum does everything right -- raw but massive sounding guitars and drums, spectral, reverb-drenched howls, simplistic but extremely effective songwriting -- and this split contains some of the project's most haunting work.

Krohm is the work of Dario Derna, whose past and present projects have included Drawn and Quartered, Evoken, Funebrarum, and Ritual Chamber. Sickly, interwoven guitar lines, drum machine, and intermittent death rattles.

Track listing:
-Tenebrae in Perpetuum-
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. The Black Bridge
5. Toccato Dalla Desecrazione
6. Sentinel Monolith

I rained down as a silent sound
From abysmal skies that owned my torment

If you like this, you should also hear:
Absonus Noctis -
Penumbral Inorgantia (2005)
Funerarium -
Nocthule (2008)

Michael Perilstein - The Deadly Spawn OST (1983)

The music by which grotesque, voracious aliens eat, dismember, and all-around terrorize an unlucky town. Synth is the through line, but each track introduces a new set of instrumentation, from a single flute to a full band. You may notice that the final track doesn't really fit; this is because it was (if I recall correctly) recorded specially for the 90s reissue of the soundtrack, and is not as good.

Track listing:
1. The Landing of the Meteorite
2. Afternoon of a Spawn
3. All That Slithers Is Not Good
4. Creeping Right Along
5. Spawn with the Wind
6. Let's Spawn
7. Here Today, Spawn Tomorrow
8. Spawn Lake
9. The Spawn Who Came in from the Cold
10. An Upstream Battle
11. The Deadly Spawn
12. Spawn, But Not Forgotten

Surrounded by an unknown horror

You should also listen to:
Jay Chattaway -
Maniac (1980)
Michael Hoenig -
The Blob (1988)

Satanicum Tenebrae - Til Helvete (1994)

Creepy lo-fi dark ambient from the man behind Mütiilation, also known as the man who managed to be too fucked up for LLN. Creepy organ-keyboards, sickly rasps, and ghostly moans.

Track listing:
1. The Candlelight
2. Natten
3. Memories of Fear and Grief
4. Til Helvete
5. The Tombstone
6. La Lune Qui Pleure

The black curtains open on a depressive autumn

More along these lines:
Aghast - Hexerei im
Zwielicht der Finsternis
Accurst -
Fragments of a Nightmare (2004)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Serpentrance - The Besieged Sanctum (2015)

[EDIT: Link is fixed. This is the second time this week that Zippyshare has deleted a file that I just uploaded. Gonna switch to a new DL hosting site, and recommendations?]

Russian black/death/doom of the cavernous variety. Maybe you've given up on this style just because so many people are doing it wrong, but I'm keeping the faith, and Serpentrance do it right.

Track listing:
1. Sin
2. The Aphotic Temples
3. Amongst the Timeless Tombs
4. The Tongueless Oracle

Bloodscorched wasteland

More like this:
Embrace of Thorns -
Atonement Ritual (2009)
Mefitic -
Signing the Servants of God

Light Asylum - Light Asylum (2012)

80s-indebted, electro-dance-fueled darkwave. Since it may not be immediately obvious, I'd like to point out that those incredible vocals are indeed provided by a woman -- who, incidentally, I spotted while leaving a Lebanese restaurant yesterday, thereby reigniting my interest in this amazing project. "A Certain Person" is one of my favorite songs of the decade thus far.

Track listing:
1. Hour Fortress
2. Pope Will Roll
3. IPC
4. Heart of Dust
5. Sins of the Flesh
6. Angel Tongue
7. Shallow Tears
8. At Will
9. End of Days
10. A Certain Person

Burn it to the ground

You should also listen to:
Suicide -
A Way of Life (1988)
Adventure -
Lesser Known (2011)