Friday, November 17, 2017

Low - The Curtain Hits the Cast (1996)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Low - Songs for a Dead Pilot (1997)
Low - Murderer EP (2003)

My favorite record by early-20s-me's favorite band. The Curtain Hits the Cast marked the end of the first era of Low -- marked by uniformly sparse, slow tunes -- after which they'd start fleshing things out instrumentally and, eventually, writing pop-like songs now and then. Thus, the only major difference between this and their first two records is that practically every song on here is among the best they've written. But the less I write about this record, the better, as I'm just gonna heap praise on it until it can't possibly live up to your expectations.

Track listing:
1. Anon
2. The Plan
3. Over the Ocean
4. Mom Says
5. Coattails
6. Standyby
7. Laugh
8. Lust
9. Stars Gone Out
10. Same
11. Do You Know How to Waltz?
12. Dark

One more dance before they take away the light
One more spin around the line
One more step and then we'll turn and face the debt
One more reason to forget

You should also listen to:
The Black Heart Procession -
1 (1998)
Duster -
1975 (1999)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Aelter - Aelter II: Follow You Beloved (2011)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Aelter - III (2011)

More nocturnal, blissfully narcotized misery courtesy of Aelter. Rests somewhere in the twilight sleep between doomgaze and dark, Lynch-ian Americana.

Track listing:
1. Beloved
2. Follow You

This is the girl

You should also listen to:
Asofy -
ebYm (2001)
Taurus -
No/Thing (2014)

Leon Lowman - Syntheseas (1980)

Synth-tacular sounds from American musician Leon Lowman. Laid-back jazz-funk filtered through a bunch of synth and tape warp.

Track listing:
1. Listen
2. Tears Behind the Smile
3. Fluorescent Funk
4. Friends
5. Liquid Diamonds
6. Eclipse
7. Andrea
8. Open
9. Easy Express
10. Va Voy


If you like this, try:
Don Muro -
It's Time (1977)
Tatsuro Yamashita -
Spacy (1977)

Deadwood - Ramblack (2008)

Industrial/power electronics/dark ambient/drone/dude twiddling a bunch of knobs-core. Once again, I can't fucking sleep, and I'm coping by blasting life-hating black noise into my earholes, possibly to trick my brain into thinking that I'm dead.

Track listing:
1. Deteriorate
2. Null and Void
3. Kadaverdisciplin
4. Forakt
5. Bloodcult
6. Ordo Infernal
7. Forakt

I believe in evil

More like this:
Exsanguinate -
The Black Acts (2002)
Sistrenatus -
Sensitive Disturbance (2012)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme (1995)

Norwegian black metal with progressive tendencies. Long songs with some odd, almost jazz-like melodies, and haunting clean vocals to tie the room together. I only just found out about this band via their (great) new album, so now I'm playing catch-up.

Track listing:
1. Fragmenter av en Fortid
2. En Skikkelse i Horisonten
3. Hvileløs
4. Englers Piler Har Ingen Brood
5. Fragmenter av en Fremtid

Ambitions of the dead

Also listen to:
Enthral -
Prophecies of the Dying (1997)
Siebenbürgen ‎-
Loreia (1997)

Métal Urbain - Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux (1981)

Experimental synth and drum machine-fueled French art punk. Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux compiles everything the band had recorded up to the time of its release. Would have been one of the first things I posted on here, but I didn't want to scare people off with that sketchy album art. At this point, though, y'all know I'm not some closet nazi, and this is seriously god-tier stuff, so we're doing this. Plus, I've been assured that their politics are spot-on.

Track listing:
1. Hystérie Connective
2. Ghetto (Peel Session)
3. Clé de Contact
4. Lady Coca Cola
5. Panik
6. Futurama (Peel Session)
7. Snuff Movie
8. Numéro Zéro
9. Paris Marquis
10. Pas Poubelle
11. 50/50
12. Ultra Violence
13. Anarchie au Palace
14. E 202
15. Crève Salope
16. Hystérie Connective (Mix 2)
17. Atlantis

I always wanted to experience war

You might also like:
Cress -
Monuments (1997)
Digital Leather -
Infinite Sun (2011)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Summum - Benedictus Qui Venit In Nomine Domine - Redeamus Ad Mort Domine (2014)

Bekëth Nexëhmü - De Dunkla Herrarna (2011)

Swedish blackened free-form aural evil in the filth-ridden tradition of Abruptum. A pitch-black sea of thunderous drums, droning guitars, and ghoulish death-rattles.

Track listing:
1. Benedictus Qui Venit In Nomine Domine - Redeamus Ad Mort Domine Pt. I
2. Benedictus Qui Venit In Nomine Domine - Redeamus Ad Mort Domine Pt. II


Also listen to:
Emit - A Sword of Death
for the Prince
Yhdarl - Drone Nightmares I -
Endless Mental Wounds

The Focus Group - Sketches and Spells (2004)

Sample-based song fragments from UK producer Julian House. Though the idea is scatterbrained in nature, the songs on Sketches and Spells stick together quite well as a cohesive whole.

Track listing:
1. Stringed Winds
2. Verberations
3. Open the Gate
4. Activity and Scales
5. Corn Holes
6. Verberations Exp.
7. Bells Hazes
8. Alsh
9. Hocusing Fee
10. Colouring Toys
11. Danse & Atoms
12. Free Psych & Mirrors
13. Verberations Int.
14. Jout Sections
15. Geometree Hou
16. Sun Groof
17. Diagonalam
18. Underwater Pries
19. Jass Tarp
20. Hocusing Loe
21. What Are You Seeing?
22. Bromiding Place
23. Kasratu
24. Swirling Paths
25. Starry Wisdom

Did you see butterflies?

More good stuff:
Depth Charge -
Nine Deadly Venoms (1994)
BaBa Zula - Üc Oyundan Onyedi Müzik
(Seventeen Pieces from Three Plays)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Zaraza - No Paradise to Lose (2003)

Ecuadorian experimental industrial doom. Synthetic guitars, queasy synths, pipe organ, pitch-shifted vocals, and programmed drums. No Paradise to Lose is a masterpiece of supremely warped, inhuman music -- it's like a sentient computer started a solo doom metal project.

Track listing:
1. Possessed by Skepticism
2. Nova Akropola [Laibach cover]
3. Mark of the Infidel
4. Infliction
5. Planetary Re-Install
6. Znikad Donikad
7. Przeklinaj Śmierć
8. Heart.ov.the.goat

Life is death postponed

You should also listen to:
Skin Chamber -
Wound (1991) + Trial (1993)
O.L.D. - The Musical Dimensions
of Sleastack
(1993) + Formula (1995)

New Cult of the Sun Moon - New Cult of the Sun Moon (2002)

Reformed Faction - Vota (2006)

A sprawling double-album of hella stoned ambient tribal. Gauzy, textural drones, warped voices, minimal rhythmic mantras, and digital glitch. Possibly a bit demanding for those of you with short attention spans, so I recommend getting really, really high before and while listening.

Tracks on Disc 1 called "Sun Phase 1" through "Sun Phase 11", tracks on Disc 2 called "Moon Phase 1" through "Moon Phase 6"

Good morning...
... and good night

You might also enjoy:
Voice of Eye -
Mariner Sonique (1992)
Ah Cama-Sotz -
Terra Infernalis (1999)

Klage - Dystopias Wiege (2006)

German raw depressive black metal. This time of year is always hard for me, as it's the time of year that my old buddy and bandmate, Kevin, died back in 2009. Kevin got me into some of the best music there is (some of which I've posted here), and given his love for depressive black metal, this one's for him, wherever he is.

Track listing:
1. Aufgang
2. Jählings Naht ein Schrecknis an
3. Die Beseelung Allwerks
4. Wurmestugend
5. ... und Ich Betrat den Winterhimmel
6. Schwärze Krönt's Geschicke
7. Unlebensbürde
8. Endgang

Stay out of the world

Similar listening:
Toil -
Obscure Chasms (2007)
Korgonthurus -
Marras (2007)

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Lollipop Shoppe - Just Colour (1968)

Fred Cole, a Portland legend and a punk rock n' roll lifer if there ever was one, has passed into the great unknown. To highlight just how dedicated and true this man was, let's take it back to 1968, when he was making topnotch garage psych with The Lollipop Shoppe. Be free.

Track listing:
1. You Must Be a Witch
2. Underground Railroad
3. Baby Don't Go
4. Who'll Read the Will
5. It's Only a Reflection
6. Don't Look Back
7. Don't Close the Door on Me
8. It Ain't How Long
9. It's Makin' It
10. I'm Gonna Be There
11. You Don't Give Me No More
12. Sin

God was always with me
Looking through the door

You should also listen to:
Sam Gopal -
Escalator (1969)
The Open Mind -
The Open Mind (1969)

Abdulla Rashim - Unanimity (2014)

Slow-burning, cerebral, atmospheric, and overall sublime techno from Swedish producer Anthony Linell. Northern Electronics never fails to impress, and IMO this is one of the best LPs they've put out.

Track listing:
1. Under This Wasted Sky
2. Path Inwards
3. Red Uprise
4. No Borders
5. Moral Blinds
6. Afar Depression
7. No God
8. Nothing Existed
9. Unanimity

Nothing in this world

You should also hear:
Voices from the Lake -
Voices from the Lake (2012)
Ricardo Villalobos -
Alcachofa (2003)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Force of Darkness - Force of Darkness (2006)

Occult Chilean black/thrash destruction. Nothing groundbreaking, but like my dad always used to say, "You don't have to break new ground to kill people."

Track listing:
1. Intro (Ascension in Morbid Talionis)
2. Valley of the Dead
3. Infernal Gap
4. House of Baphomet
5. Beast Carnage
6. Capricorn's Conspiracy
7. Aeon
8. Crom Cruach
9. Whore of the Untamed Flame
10. Curse in Blood
11. Blood in the Skies
12. Touched by Astarath
13. The Cult of Asmodeus

You cannot avoid the beast

You'd also like:
Körgull the Exterminator -
Dogs of War (2009)
Occult Burial - Occult Burial (2013)
+ Promo MMXV (2015)

Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious (2010)

Haunting ambient music for the abandonment of one's human form. Gauzy synths, ethereal voices, and more, beckoning to the unknowable.

Track listing:
1. Clairvoyance
2. Telepathy
3. Mental Projection
4. Magnetism
5. Auto Suggestion
6. The Alchemical Dream

The magick that is you

Also of interest:
Klaus Weise -
Baraka (1981)
Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo, Lopatin -
FRKWYS 7 (2011)