Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cosmic Church - Ylistys (2013)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Cosmic Church - Absoluutin Lävistämä (2010)

Masterful Finnish depressive black metal. Raw but clear-sounding, reverb-y howls, and riffs that are equal parts sorrow, rage, and evil. One of the best BM records of the decade so far.

Track listing:
1. Luon Perustani Sinun Kallioosi
2. Näkyjä Indigolähteeltä
3. Ennen
4. Maailmojen Peilin Takaa
5. Lupaus Äänettömälle Äänelle
6. Kätketyn Tulen Vartija
7. Täydellisen Valon Äärellä

There is no time for funerals
There is no time for mourning
Gather the bodies and burn them all


Also listen to:
Battle Dagorath -
Eternal Throne (2008)
Ardour Loom -
Demo (2014)

Mathias Grassow - At the Gates of Dawn (1986)


Heaven-sent minimal ambient synth from German composer Mathias Grassow. Chords drone and swell, with simple melodies occasionally floating above them.

Track listing:
1. Sun-Meditation
2. Passage to India
3. Ocean of Eternity / Breath of Silence
4. In the Gardens of Eternity

Into your infinity

If you like this, listen to:
Al Gromer Khan -
Utopia (1993) + Attar (1996)
Bernd Kistenmacher -
Romantic Times (1986)

The Sight Below - Glider (2008)


Minimal ambient techno that's more than a little indebted to Gas. Darkly lush, almost shoegaze-y walls of synth-drone and simple, pulsing beats.

Track listing:
1. At First Touch
2. Dour
3. Without Motion
4. Life's Fading Light
5. Further Away
6. The Sunset Passage
7. Already There
8. A Fractured Smile
9. Nowhere
10. Feeling Lost Forever

Burn me out from the inside

More along these lines:
Susumu Yokota -
Sakura (2000)
bvdub -
Strength in Solitude LP (2007)

His Hero Is Gone - Fifteen Counts of Arson (1997)


A classic of chaotic, heavy-as-fuck crust that incorporates elements of d-beat, grind, and sludge. If you like crust, you already know and love His Hero Is Gone. If crust has never done it for you, they might make you a believer. Features one of my all-time favorite album-closers. Fun fact: "Unleash" was the first mp3 I ever downloaded; it's less than 30 seconds long, and took like half an hour to download.

Track listing:
1. Professional Mindfuckers
2. ... And We Burn
3. Unleash
4. Leash
5. Sterile Fortress
6. Good Samaritan
7. Hand That Feeds
8. Raindance
9. Voluntary Amputation
10. Anthem of the Undesirables
11. Scalor
12. Concrete Cage
13. Abandoned
14. Thieves
15. The End Result of 11 Days in the Mental Hospital

They don't even have to break down our doors
Blindfold and gag us with their force
To install mind-control devices in our homes
We buy them on our own


If you like this, check out:
Decrepit - Tired of Licking
Blood from a Spoon
(1999)
Muga -
Muga (2002)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Älgarnas Trädgård - Framtiden Är Ett Svävande Skepp, Förankrat I Forntiden (1972)


Waaaaaay out-there Swedish prog/psych. Droning organs, oscillating synth, violins, sitar, tabla, harp, and a lot more form a darkly cerebral, deeply psychedelic, raga-like sound.

Track listing:
1. Två Timmar Över Två Blå Berg Med En Gök På Vardera Sida... Om Timmarna Alltså
2. Det Finns En Tid För Allt, Det Finns En Tid Då Även Tiden Möts
3. Möjligheternas Barn
4. Tristans Klagan
5. Viriditas
6. Saturnus Ringar
7. Framtiden Är Ett Svävande Skepp, Förankrat I Forntiden

Mothership

Also listen to:
Yatha Sidhra -
A Meditation Mass (1974)
Vangelis -
The Dragon (1978)

Hirilorn - Legends of Evil and Eternal Death (1998)


Should-be classic French black metal featuring three future members of Deathspell Omega. Four songs and just under an hour of epic, evil grandeur.

Track listing:
1. Last Ride on the Winds of Eternity
2. The Legion That Will Never Fall
3. Through the Moonless Night
4. Praise the Supreme Ruler of Your Soul

Vast plains devastated in front of me
And warriors joining battle under a sky red as blood


You'll also like:
Arcturus -
Aspera Hiems Symfonia (1996)
Mactätus -
Blot (1997)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hipnosis - Hipnosis (1984)


Italo-disco by way of Berlin-school-style synth work. Makes me wanna do lines off of the dashboard of a flying saucer. It has taken me far too long to post this, and for that I apologize.

Track listing:
1. Inesi
2. Windland
3. Argonauts
4. Pulstar
5. Bormaz
6. Astrodance
7. Space Crusaders
8. Oxygene
9. Theme for a New Year

Ladies and gentlemen

You'd also like:
Telex -
Neurovision (1980)
Com Truise -
Wave 1 (2014)

Donato Dozzy - K (2010)


Related:
Voices from the Lake - Voices from the Lake (2012)

Immersive, lushly textural ambient techno from Italian producer Donato Dozzy. Music for re-upping your buzz at 4 in the morning.

8 untitled tracks

Forest grave

Also of interest:
Acronym - Dimension Exploration 001
(2012) + Dimensional Exploration 002 (2013)
Abdullah Rashim -
Unamity (2014)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Temnohor - Pýcha Lesov Karpatských (2008)


Slovak raw epic black metal. Lyrical themes: "Darkness, Forests." Yes, to describe Pycha Lesov Karpatskych is to describe the most fundamental elements of black metal, so let's just skip that part and get right to those dark forests, right?

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. Tma, Strom, Tma
3. Tam, Gde Sa I Svetlo Pred Cemnotu Pokorí
4. V Chodbách Zastaveného Casu
5. Irónia, Sarkazmus A Opovrhnucí Modly Krestanskej
6. V Zasnežených Lesech Karpatských Morena Panuje
7. Pýcha Lesov Karpatských
8. Outro

Beneath the corpsemoon

If you like this, listen to:
Pest -
Dauðafærð (2004)
Nattsvargr -
Vinterblod (2010)

The KVB - Subjection/Subordination (2011)


Pitch-black post-punk/darkwave with the enveloping, reverb-heavy air of shoegaze and an appealingly lo-fi warmth. Keep your ears peeled for a song-length Suicide homage. Here in sunny Portland, OR, we're up to our necks in mediocre throwback darkwave, so if you're burnt out on this stuff, too, just trust me when I tell you: this band's one of the good ones.

Track listing:
1. Closing In
2. Burning World
3. Slow Death
4. Nightmares #2
5. 8 Hours
6. Sleep Walking
7. Who Knows
8. Again and Again

I only see the lights

You'd also like:
Disappears -
Era (2013)
Single Lash -
Soft as Glass (2014)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Creeping - Funeral Crawl (2007)


New Zealand blackened sludge. A little sloppy, a little out-of-tune, and a lot fucking mean.

P.S. I'm just now starting to wade through submissions from the last 3-4 months, so my apologies if you emailed me and haven't heard anything back.

Track listing:
1. The Reckoning
2. Creeping on the Moors
3. Ten Horns
4. Invert All
5. A Moment of Misery
6. Funeral Crawl
7. Dirge
8. The Abyss... the Swamp

Eyes, across swamps they gleam
As their last visions vanish into the fog


More along these lines:
Ghast -
May the Curse Bind (2008)
Thorybos - Monuments of
Doom Revealed
(2012)

Mentallo & The Fixer - No Rest for the Wicked (1996)


Electro-industrial misery. A dense, claustrophobic panic attack of an album, made up of pulsing synths, relentless drum loops, severely effected vocals, and unsettling samples.

Track listing:
1. When Worlds Collide
2. Critically Wounded
3. Disrupture
4. Telepath
5. Breeder
6. Lunatik
7. Narcotik Calling
8. Incantations (Paranormal Mix)
9. Divine Intervention
10. Schizoid Embolism (Stress Mix)
11. Bed Time Story (Angel of Death Mix)
12. Day of Ascension 2206

Rotted meat

For more like this, try:
Numb -
Numb (1987)
Hilt - Call the Ambulance
(Before I Hurt Myself)
(1989)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Nordlys - Foelg Nordlyset (1995)


Lo-fi German black metal majesty. The blinding fury of an ice storm and the epic sorrow of aeons, as channeled through shitty microphones onto a dilapidated cassette.

Track listing:
1. Nordland's Krieger
2. The Gate
3. Schloss der Illusionen
4. Winter
5. Foelg Nordlyset

Crypt of the nameless

More like this:
Nidhoggr -
Ravens Over the Road of Kings (1994)
Spitehowling -
Born to Die for Evil (2002)

Northern Song Dynasty - Northern Song Dynasty (2002)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Jessica Bailiff - Hour of the Trace (1999)
Syrinx & Jessica Bailiff - Fear of the Red Admirals (2011)

Dreamy, ambient slowcore from a duo featuring the reliably stellar Jessica Bailiff. I have survived finals week, and now I will celebrate by listening to beautiful, soothing music and getting high all day.

Track listing:
1. The Disappearance of Patrick Phillip
2. Seizures
3. Saving a Lost Soul from the Cold of the Night
4. Before
5. Those Days
6. Storm
7. Tromba d'Aria
8. Circle Road
9. Changing of the Seasons
10. One Step Down

Something's strange and I have seizures

You should also hear:
Low -
The Curtain Hits the Cast (1996)
Auburn Lull -
Alone I Admire (1999)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nihil Nocturne - Entheogen (2008)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Nihil Nocturne - Necrohell (2003)

Psychedelic, ritualistic German black metal. Midpaced and hypnotic, with hella spooky/sci-fi keyboards.

Track listing:
1. Simulacrum
2. Entheogen
3. Phenomenon 0
4. Unearth
5. Secret Doctrine
6. Lithium Crown

The vortex appears within the shine of the axis

You'll probably also like:
Trifixion - The First and
Last Commandment
(1995)
Black Funeral - Az-I-Dahak (2004)
+ Waters of Weeping (2007)