Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Kanon Wakeshima - Shinshoku Dolce
This is by far the most unusual thing I'd say I have posted yet so far on this blog. Though really it isn't so much unusual, as vastly different from anything else posted.
What we have here is the first album by Kanon Wakeshima, a Japanese cellist. Musically we have here pop with a strong gothic influence, oh ya, there is a cello too. Frankly I really enjoy this album and have listened to it several times already. I greatly enjoyed her previous two singles as well so this was pretty much a no brainer for me. Anyway, shits good, give it a shot. Oh ya, the album was produced by Mana of Malice Mizer and Moi dix Mois. Now go download it.
01 - sweet ticket
02 - Shinku No Fatalism
03 - Kagami
04 - Still Doll (Vampire Knight ED)
05 - Maboroshi
06 - Ennui Kibun!
07 - Suna No Oshiro (Vampire Knight Guilty ED)
08 - Monochrome Frame
09 - L'espoir -Mahou no Akai Ito-
10 - Kuroi Torikago
11 - Skip Turn Step
12 - Shiroi Kokoro
13 - sweet dreams
Monday, February 23, 2009
Asmorod - hysope
This is probably my favorite dark ambient release. I first heard it a few years back and fell in love with it, eventually losing it back during my harddrive crash. I found it though and decided to upload it here since it took me a while of searching.
This is dark ambient so expect just what it sounds like, dark ambience. This however is no Lustmord. It is dark certainly but it also has an ethereal celestial vibe to it, almost in a Dead Can Dance way. Not much more to say, so I'll just say it's recomended for ambient lovers and anyone who doesn't need a guitar or a distorted 808 to enjoy music.
|1||The Third Secret (7:52)|
|2||Nobody Knows (5:10)|
|3||Forbidden Daughter Of God (7:04)|
|5||Dark-Heart Procession (6:47)|
|6||Angel Of Silent Heaven (6:00)|
|7||Abode Of The Dead (6:27)|
|8||Night Of The Skies (6:24)|
|9||Enlightening Fire (6:30)|
|10||False Hypothesis (8:20)|
Removed at request of artist.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
I recall seeing this album cover pop up all over the place and finally decided to give it a listen tonight. This is actually really really nice music. What we have here is some noisey pop music, with the noise of course being provided by the shoegaze guitars.
Really, I don't have much to say about this. It honestly isn't anything particularly ground breaking, it is simply some really enjoyable music for you shoegaze fans. Recomended to shoegaze fans and, honestly, everyone, it is pretty easy to listen to and even connect with.
|2||Come Saturday (3:30)|
|3||Young Adult Friction (4:03)|
|4||This Love Is Fucking Right! (3:00)|
|5||The Tenure Itch (3:41)|
|6||Stay Alive (4:52)|
|7||Everything With You (2:57)|
|8||A Teenager In Love (3:20)|
|9||Hey Paul (2:00)|
|10||Gentle Sons (4:30)|
Friday, February 20, 2009
Susumu Hirasawa - Planet Roll Call
What I bring to you all tonight is the brand new, newly released, and leaked, album from Susumu Hirasawa. For those unfamiliar with the man, he is responsible for several anime OSTS (Berserk, Paprika, Paranoia Agent, etc.) as well as been at the forefront of the Japanese electronic music scene since as early as the 70s with his group P-Model. In the late 80s Hirasawa began releasing solo material and has continued releasing great album after album.
This album however is a bit different from most Hirasawa works, coming out 3 years after his previous. While before a main influence had been the land of Thailand, this time it is very much a sci-fi influence. Recomended for any fans of electronic music.
- Hard Landing (instrumental)
- Planet Roll Call
- Night Walking Wearing the Human Body
- Mirror Gate
- Royal Road, Paradise
- Initial Value of Midair
- The Great Deceiver of Saint Horseshoe Planet
- Visible Sea
- Phonon Belt
- Astro-Ho! Homing
Thursday, February 19, 2009
1. Deathspell Omega - Kenose
2. Despise You - Guilty Lines
3. S41 - Love Song
4. Nasum - Dis Sucks
5. Engorged - The Thing
6. Ghoul - Sewer Chewer
7. Dystopia - Jarhead Fertilizer
8. Skaven - They Crawl Like Worms
9. Insane Youth - Don't Take Part in the System
10. Abyssic Hate - Depression Part 1
11. Norther - Deep Inside
12. diSEMBOWELMENT - The Tree of Life and Death
13. Lifelover - Mitt Oppna Oga
Subject to change as always.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Alcest - Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde
I posted Amesoeurs a little while ago, so it only made sense to post some Alcest. This album frankly is just very beautiful music. Neige really outdid himself with the compositions. I tell you before this man the French had crap going for them. Oh sure they had the LLN but it had all been heard before. What Neige has brought to the French scene is life! Enough about that though...
This album is NOT black metal. Some may make this mistake but that is just the shoegaze you are hearing. Really this is a cross between several genres; shoegaze, post-rock, and post-punk. As said before the music here is beautiful. The story goes that when Neige was a child he would often dream of a so called "fairy land" and this world is what he seeks to bring to us through Alcest. This album is full of beautiful melodies and calm, gentle vocals.
|1||Printemps Emeraude (7:19)|
|2||Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde (6:08)|
|3||Les Iris (7:41)|
|4||Ciel Errant (7:12)|
|5||Sur L'Autre Rive Je T'Attendrai (6:50)|
|6||Tir Nan Og (6:10)|
Highest recomendation, again if you don't like this you seriously have issues. I'm afraid no level of counseling can save your musical taste.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Asobi Seksu - Citrus
Asobi Seksu (Playful Sex) are a shoegaze/dreampop band from New York of all places, and featuring a female Japanese vocalist, and a mix of English and Japanese lyrics. In all honesty this album was my first introduction to the shoegaze genre, and its blend of dreampop with lovely female vocals had me sold from track one.
This is another album in which I will state that if you in fact do not enjoy this, you simply have no taste.
They recently released a new album Hush, and while it is good, they unfortunately dropped the shoegaze aspect of their music much to my dissapointment. The new one is still a nice album though.
|1||Everything Is On (0:17)|
|3||New Years (3:01)|
|6||Pink Cloud Tracing Paper (3:27)|
|7||Red Sea (7:45)|
|9||Lions And Tigers (4:08)|
|10||Nefi + Girly (4:37)|
|11||Exotic Animal Paradise (4:06)|
|12||Mizu Asobi (2:40)|
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Prurient - And Still, Wanting
Look at that cover, so peaceful with the clouds... or is it water? I can't tell. Even the title, "And Still, Wanting" gives this ambient vibe about it. You really get the impression this is going to be a peaceful, relaxing album, something to listen to as you lay down on the grass in an open field. Well... you could listen to it in that setting I suppose...
All of the above however is horribly horribly wrong. What we have here is quite possibly one of the greatest noise albums in existence, "And Still, Wanting" by Prurient. This release is harsh as fuck. However this album wouldn't be what it is if it was only a harsh noise record, it really is so much more. There is a great deal of dynamics and change going on here. This is not a stereotypical "everything sounds the same lolnoise derp derp SHSHSHSHSHSHS". You can see there was a great deal of effort put into each composition. Enough of me saying how good this is though.
Being a harsh noise release it is of course not for everyone, blah blah blah, quit being a pussy and just fucking download it.
|7||Incense And Rubber|
Stalaggh - Projekt Misanthropia
This is not an album to enjoy. It is an album used to punish yourself and all those within hearing distance. It is what you listen to when you truly wish to curse humanity. Oh yea, it is also the only album I have ever bought with my own money.
For those who don't know, this is Stalaggh. This is not music. This is audio terror. The story goes that the members acquired several mental patients under false pretenses from an asylum, then locked them in an abandoned factory and then proceeded to feed them various stimuli in an effort to make them react, and well, scream bloody murder.
Again, this is harsh shit and is the closest possible thing to "unlistenable" I can think of. Only
recommended for the most "extreme" and liberal of music listeners.
Also, this is actually my very first attempt at a real rip. This particular one here is in MP3 v0 though I also have it in FLAC if you really wish to punish yourself.
Listen at your own risk.
Man With No Name - Earth Moving the Sun
I first heard this album earlier today, and was so impressed with it, that I decided to reencode it to something more manageable and post it here.
What we have here is psytrance my friends, aka the best kind of trance. Seriously, just look at that cover, you know this is gonna be some trippy shit, and that is just what is delivered. Highly recommended for fans of other psytrance such as Infected Mushroom, and just electronic music fans in general.
Note: The tracklisting is a bit messed up since there appear to be two valid tracklists so it may not appear correctly.
|4||Seratonin Sunrise (6:10)|
|5||Under The Influence (6:56)|
|10||Own The World (7:15)|
Much like the DI6 I posted earlier, this is also in two parts.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Valentines is bullshit. This is nothing more than a consumer holiday. People simply use Valentines as a means to an end, there is no love in this. If you truly care for someone then simply get them something because you want to, not because you need to because its Valentines.
Anyway that's my brief little rant, I'm late for work, and then i will likely be depressed the rest of the day, woohoo!
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Now some of you may disagree with this. I however find this album to convey a great deal of sadness. There is also the fact I really wanted to post a shoegaze album, and what better than the definitive one? Further, this is fairly easy music to get into further adding to the contrast of these posts. So just lay back, and let it all wash over you.
As I said before, this is shoegaze. Don't know what shoegaze is? That's your problem, wiki it, I'm too lazy to write something up that you should already know. Further, this is also the definitive album in the genre.
|1||Only Shallow (4:17)|
|4||To Here Knows When (5:31)|
|5||When You Sleep (4:11)|
|6||I Only Said (5:34)|
|7||Come In Alone (3:58)|
|9||Blown A Wish (3:36)|
|10||What You Want (5:33)|
So to start things off on the right foot...
Watchmaker - Kill.Fucking.Everyone.
Kill.Fucking.Everyone., you know you love that title. So while you're all alone on Valentines, don't feel depressed. Instead, listen to this and gain the urge to kill everyone. That fucker that pushed you three years ago? Ya, go slit his throat. This album will make you do that.
Musically this is of course quite possibly the angriest most hate filled grindcore I have ever heard. Everyone is sure to love it! This album just fucking pummels and beats you to death as it fills you with rage and contempt for this rotten world and every single thing on it. Perfect for Valentines.
1. The burden of choice
2. Catalepsy of fear
3. Conference call immolation
4. Maddening assault
5. Civic bloodlust
6. Great misleader
7. Demonically entrenched
8. Sheated in blood
9. The wrong end of living
10. Multitask suicide
11. Nihilism and despair
12. The widening stain
13. Jesus is coming
14. Irrational hate soaked fury
15. Wallet sized dental records
16. MIldewed deathtrap
17. Repent and perish
18. Trail by barrage
19. Steaming pile of outcome measure
Friday, February 13, 2009
This is the phenomenal 3 track EP released by Amesoeurs a few years back. Since then we have been granted with... one additional split, containing merely one additional song. Supposedly the album has just finished though and I will most certainly jizz in my pants when it leaks, and then proceed to post it here.
Anyway what we have here is black metal, but, this is extremely shoegaze and post-rock influenced. To the point it has seemingly lost its "black metalness" and indeed the third track isn't metal in the least bit, rather a nice mellow shoegazey track.
|1||Bonheur Amputé (4:32)|
|2||Ruines Humaines (6:25)|
|3||Faiblesse Des Sens (5:02)|
You will enjoy this or I will find you and smack you.
Nux Vomica - A Civilized World
Excuse the small cover image, best I could find. Anyway in contrast to the noisey fury of Framtid, I am now posting Nux Vomica, another crust band. This however, has melody. A lot of melody. Don't get the wrong idea now, this stuff is still very much crust and angry, it's just got melody though.
It seems that as of late a good number of modern crust bands coming up have been including a good deal of melody, to the point people are now calling this melodic crust neocrust. I don't particularly like the term, but I'll follow along for simplicity purposes. Recomended for anyone new to hardcore, crust, etc or just happens to like melody in their crust.
|1A||All The Clocks Have Different Times|
|3A||Why Are They Laughing?|
|4A||The Final Election In A Crumbling Empire|
|7B||The Persuasion Of Extreme Commuting|
|8B||The Point And You|
EDIT: Much better rip can be found here http://www.mediafire.com/?ltytnxsstzs thanks to http://whiskeyfit.blogspot.com/
Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
I first heard some talk about this album and downloaded it because frankly I liked the cover art. I knew it was supposed to be rather mellow music but that was about all I knew. One night I was sick of listening to happy hardcore and had a bit of a headache so I decided to put this on. I was amazed at how beautiful this album was. Incredibly relaxing and calming, it was perfect for what I needed. I then decided to leave the album on repeat and go to sleep, which worked wonderfully as well.
This album is extremely mellow soft acoustic ambient music with a nice dose of melancholy and even some shoegaze. Really though it's just beautiful music, for once genres fail to describe this album I feel. Right from the first track, Disengaged, I was hooked.
|2||Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping (2:53)|
|4||When We Fall (2:07)|
|5||Traveling Through A Sea (4:23)|
|6||Fishing Bird (Empty Gutted In The Evening Breeze) (3:51)|
|8||I'm Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (2:21)|
|9||A Cover Over (2:48)|
|10||Wind And Snow (4:30)|
|11||Tidal Wave (5:35)|
|12||We've All Gone To Sleep (3:03)|
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Framtid - Under the Ashes
Framtid - 8 Track EP
What we have here are two releases from one of my current favorite crust bands out there, Framtid. These guys play seriously fucking furious noisey Japanese crust. If you already enjoy crust or hardcore, you'll love this. If you don't... maybe not so much.
Under the Ashes
|A1||The Total Arse|
|A3||Scapes Of Tragedy|
|A5||Consuming Shit And Mind Pollution|
|A6||Centuries Of War|
|B5||We Must Impart|
8 Track EP
|A2||Third World Fear|
|B2||What's Going On|
1. Sepultura - Arise
2. Sadus - Black
3. Swarrrm - Scilence
4. Rotten Sound - Alternews
5. Disrupt - A Life's a Life
6. Shining - Laat Oss Ta Allt Fraan Darandra
7. Satyricon - Mother North
8. Blünt - El Fin Del Sufrimiento
9. muga - Wings of hope
10. Intestine Baalism - Memory
11. Arghoslent - The Nubian Archer
12. Converge - My Great Devastator
13. diSEMBOWELMENT - The Tree of Life and Death
14. Electric Wizard - Funerapolis
15. Church of Misery - Megalomania
Subject to change, and of course there will likely be crappy metalcore rotations I need to play as usual in there somewhere which the Converge will likely be played with so as to not make that block a complete sack of shit.
Suicide Commando - Axis of Evil
Anyway, what we have here is pretty much just some pretty good rivethead ebm aggro-tech whatever its called. Nothing particularly special, just some fun music.
|1||Cause Of Death: Suicide (8:18)|
|2||Consume Your Vengeance (5:00)|
|3||Face Of Death (Blind Rage Mix) (6:29)|
|4||The Reformation (5:10)|
|5||One Nation Under God (Anti US Mix) (5:32)|
|9||Plastic Christ (5:48)|
|10||Neuro Suspension (6:02)|
Now this is the final Diabolical Masquerade album and it is quite impressive. What we have here is a concept album, taking the form of a film soundtrack. Now there is a large deal of debate whether the "Original Soundtrack" aspect was legit and the movie just never came out, or whether it was simply a gimmick. Frankly, I don't know, and don't care, since either way this is near flawless.
Now this is in fact black metal. However this is not your "kvlter than thou recorded in a basement on an old 8 track" black metal. This is well produced, and incredibly organized. The album really does flow as a film would, with each scene changing, so does the music.
Even if you don't have much of an interest in black metal, give this a shot, it really is so much more.
|1||Nerves In Rush (0:06)|
|2||Death Ascends - The Hunt (Part I) (0:16)|
|3||You Can't Hide Forever (0:24)|
|4||Right On Time Tor Murder - The Hunt (Part II) (1:31)|
|5||Conscious In No Materia (0:40)|
|6||A Different Plane (0:21)|
|7||Invisible To Us (0:41)|
|8||The One Who Hides A Face Inside (1:09)|
|9||... And Don't Ever Listen To What It Says (0:57)|
|10||Revelation Of The Puzzle (0:57)|
|11||Human Prophecy (0:20)|
|12||Where The Suffering Leads (0:19)|
|13||The Remains Of Galactic Expulsions (0:12)|
|14||With Panic In The Heart (0:22)|
|15||Out From The Dark (0:46)|
|16||Still Coming At You (0:29)|
|17||Out From A Deeper Dark (0:28)|
|18||Spinning Back The Clocks (1:42)|
|19||Soaring Over Dead Rooms (2:19)|
|20||The Enemy Is The Earth (0:35)|
|22||All Exits Blocked (0:35)|
|23||The Memory Is Weak (0:11)|
|24||Struck At Random / Outermost Fear (0:20)|
|25||Sparks Of Childhood Coming Back (0:27)|
|26||Old People's Voodoo Seance (1:25)|
|27||Mary-Lee Goes Crazy (0:32)|
|28||Something Has Arrived (0:15)|
|29||Possession Of The Voodoo Party (0:46)|
|30||Not Of Flesh, Not Of Blood (0:50)|
|31||Intact With A Human Psyche (1:02)|
|32||Keeping Faith (1:07)|
|33||Someone Knows What Scares You (0:30)|
|34||A Bad Case Of Nerves (0:50)|
|35||The Inverted Dream / No Sleep In Peace (0:16)|
|37||Setting The Course (0:52)|
|38||Ghost Inhabitants (0:50)|
|39||Fleeing From Town (1:02)|
|40||Overlooked Parts (0:50)|
|41||A New Spark - Victory Theme (Part I) (0:49)|
|42||Hope - Victory Theme (Part II) (1:01)|
|43||Family Portraits - Victory Theme (Part III) (0:36)|
|44||Smokes Start To Churn (0:08)|
|45||Hesitant Behaviour (1:35)|
|46||A Hurricane Of Rotten Air (0:19)|
|47||Mastering The Clock (0:55)|
|48||They Come, You Go (2:11)|
|49||Haared El Chamon (0:20)|
|50||The Egyptian Resort (0:35)|
|51||The Pyramid (0:24)|
|52||Frenzy Moods And Other Oddities (1:10)|
|53||Still Part Of The Design - The Hunt (Part III) (0:18)|
|54||Definite Departure (0:37)|
|55||Returning To Haared El Chamon (0:45)|
|56||Life Eater (0:32)|
|57||The Pulze (0:27)|
|58||The Defiled Feeds (0:36)|
|59||The River In Space (0:56)|
|60||A Soulflight Back To Life (1:18)|
|61||Instant Rebirth - Alternate Ending (0:06)|
First off, most of you may not like this album. Frankly, I don't care. What we have next is an album not even I can describe, so here is last.fm's description of it.
"The two artists collaborated together during the legendary show at CBGB’s in New York City. Empire shows off his DJ skills with obscure scratching techniques and hard breaks, while Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) is painting the apocalypse with shapes of white noise. In 1998 critics celebrated this concert as ‘the defining end-point of the popular music era of the 20th century’."
And so there ya have it. For those unfamiliar with these two artists, Alec Empire is the main one behind Atari Teenage Riot, a digital hardcore group, and Merzbow is of course the motherfucking god of noise. Maybe I'll do some Merzbow next...
|1||The Alliance (3:17)|
|2||The Destroyer And Merzbow (2:24)|
|3||A Fire Will Burn (0:48)|
|4||Nightmare Vision (2:08)|
|5||The Full Destroyer / Merzbow Meltdown (4:26)|
|6||The White Man Destroys His Own Race (2:28)|
|7||Curse Of The Golden Angel (3:26)|
|8||The Predator (1:49)|
|9||Brooklyn Connection (2:10)|
|11||The Slayer Calls At Night (5:08)|
|12||Blow This Thing (2:13)|
|13||606: The Number Of The Beast (1:00)|
|14||202 Lightyears From Home (1:18)|
|15||Shock Treatment For Corporate Control (1:18)|
|16||Enter The Forbidden Space (2:18)|
|17||A Degenerated Nation Reacting To Fear (5:31)|
|18||A Degenerated Nation Reacting To Fear Pt.II (8:25)|
|19||Some Might Even Die... (4:08)|
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
As a wee high school freshman listening to mostly Dir en grey, this next album completely changed my life when I first heard it. I had never before experienced anything like it and became completely fascinated by it.
Intestine Baalism - Banquet in the Darkness
It was this album that triggered my descent into the metal genre and set me on the path of who I am today.
Musically what we have here is melodic death metal, and not that At the Gates, In Flames Gothenburg type either. I'm talking actual death metal with melody.
|1. Flesh For The Twelfth Omnipotent|
|2. Banquet In The Darkness|
|3. Curse Of Baal|
|4. Genuine Tone|
|5. Principle Of Causality|
|8. Avenger Full Of Vengeance On God|
|9. Knight Appears From The Lake Of Blood|
|11. Bone But Buried, I Can See The Light|
I can not possibly recommend this album any less. Get it!
What we have here is Rossz Csillag Alatt Született aka "that Hungarian album" by Venetian Snares. For those unfamiliar with Venetian Snares, this is some breakcore. Now what is breakcore? It's drop a cat on the keyboard music basically. What makes Rossz so impressive however is the near flawless merging of modern classical into the chaos of the breaks. Really a must hear album, and one of my favorites.
|3||Öngyilkos Vasárnap (3:26)|
|4||Felbomlasztott Mentökocsi (3:44)|
|6||Galamb Egyedül (1:36)|
|7||Második Galamb (6:01)|
|8||Szamár Madár (5:49)|
|10||Kétsarkú Mozgalom (8:50)|
|11||Senki Dala (2:16)|
Next up is a Japanese band by the name of Samayoi. I first heard them a few years ago and fell in love with their demo Kanashimi (Sadness), and so I'm posting it here.
Musically we have some SDBM (Suicidal Depressing Black Metal) in the vein of Xasthur while maintaining their own sound and not merely sounding like every other SDBM group out there. In fact at the time I enjoyed this album so much I got together with a friend over the internet and wrote my own SDBM song but that is perhaps the subject of another post entirely.
01 - Intro
02 - Misanthropy
03 - Kanashimi
04 - Zetsubou no Hikari (Light of Despair)
Beyond that, there isn't likely to be much else here, so hopefully you enjoy the music.
First up we have a best-of/compilation album that completely rethought my stance regarding folk and acoustic music.
Death in June - DISCriminate
This 2 disk compilation chronicles the start of Death in June from '81 all the way till '97. Given how extensive of a discography there is , it can be rather intimidating for new listeners unsure of where to start. This however makes for a perfect start.
Musically this is neofolk, think folk music made by post-industrialists. As such what we have here is rather dark, apocalyptic folk music, often with tinges of industrial for atmosphere. The industrial being more prominent on the earlier albums.
I had to split the album into two however that should hardly be an issue for anyone familiar with extracting multiple files. Part 1 and 2 are below.