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Have A Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
Have A Nice Life
Deathconsciousness
2LP+Book | 2008 | US | Reissue (Flenser)
29,99 €*
Release:2008 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
In 2008, Have A Nice Life released their now cult classic Deathconsciousness LP to a whimper and critical non-interest. Six years after its release the band followed up with 2014's stunner The Unnatural World, Deathconsciousness has become a force of influence and fanatic obsession. Seamlessly blending, with unparalleled depth and weight, shoegaze, post punk, new wave, industrial and noise. The album was originally released by Enemies List Home Recordings founded by HANL members Dan and Tim. The album has since floated in and out of production, with the last instantly out of print vinyl pressing occurring in 2009. Now, longtime HANL collaborator The Flenser will re-issue Deathconsciousness with deluxe packaging, including a lengthy accompanying zine. Have A Nice Life commented, “Working with Flenser lets us keep things comfortable on our end, while also pressing enough copies to actually meet the need and not creating an artificially-inflated collector’s market, as happened with some of our past releases.” The Flenser's reissue of Deathconsciousness will be accompanied by a 75-page booklet detailing the dark and forgotten history of the Antiochean cult. Blurring the lines between novella, liner notes, and academic text, the zine itself presents an engrossing narrative. The album is rhythmic, primal and expansive and is a gloomy-post-punk masterpiece; a mediation on death, loss and unrequited love. Deathconsciousness feels more fresh and engaging with every listen and has held up as a remarkable piece of art. Fans of Have A Nice Life exhibit both cultic thought and action for good reason. It is perhaps a fanbase as dark and mysterious as the Antiochean’s, the album itself revolves around. Now The Flenser is honored to rerelease Deathconsciousness a gorgeous and disarming contribution to the modern lexicon for a larger audience.
Giles Corey (Dan Barrett of Have A Nice Life) - Giles Corey
Giles Corey (Dan Barrett of Have A Nice Life)
Giles Corey
2LP+Book | 2015 | US | Original (Flenser)
49,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
”Sometime in the Spring of 2009 I tried to kill myself. Six months before that, I used a Voor’s Head Device for the first time." This line opens the 150-page book that accompanies Giles Corey, an intensely personal, intimate portrait of depression that took me almost 4 years to make.” - Dan Barrett (Giles Corey)GILES COREY’s haunting self-titled debut album has gained a fervent cult following over the years, yet no vinyl edition has been produced until now. The Flenser is very proud to offer a deluxe ‘Giles Corey’ double LP box-set, which includes the same 150 page book that accompanied the original version.Originally released as a limited edition CD + book by ENEMIES LIST HOME RECORDINGS in 2011, ‘Giles Corey’ is the gloomy folk solo project from Have a Nice Life mastermind, Dan Barrett. With ‘Giles Corey,’ Dan has forgone the post-industrial trappings of HAVE A NICE LIFE and the smooth digital resonation of BLACK WING (debut album recently released by The Flenser), in favor of a more intimate singer-songwriter approach. While thematically related to his other work, dealing with subjects like suicide, death and the paranormal, ‘Giles Corey’ feels more personal than anything else in his oeuvre. Oscillating between quiet desperation and cathartic outbursts, ‘Giles Corey’ is dark but also purgative. It is in many ways like a religious experience and certainly not for the frail of heart. The accompanying book is an integral part of the album. Its examinations of the life and times of cult leader Robert Voor parallel the themes within the lyrics and offer further immersion for the reflective listener.
Planning For Burial - Below The House
Planning For Burial
Below The House
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance
In late 2014, Planning For Burial’s Thom Wasluck left the red house in New Jersey he’d called home for the last decade to return to his childhood bedroom in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Back in the house where he grew up, Wasluck found himself cut off from the familiarities of the previous decade as he put himself to work in the family trade. The monotony of routine quickly set in; work, home, and alcohol day after day became the norm. The childhood room that had given birth to his primordial four-track recordings was now a place of emptiness. These conditions set the stage for Planning For Burial’s third full-length, Below the House. In terms of genre, Planning For Burial is often simply characterized as “gloom,” which can be seen as a blend of slowcore, shoegaze, doom, 90s alt rock and drone, and this album offers nine sullen and frequently heavy songs that brim with nostalgia and suburban ennui. It is a return to form of sorts to his beloved first album, 2010’s Leaving — an introverted work characterized by its heavy dynamics and personal obsessions. Since the beginning, Planning For Burial has been a solo endeavor. Wasluck has been recording music himself and touring extensively as a one-man band, playing hundreds of shows in DIY spaces and nightclubs, where he has shared the stage with acts like Deafheaven, King Woman and Chelsea Wolfe. Both incredibly loud and intimate, Planning For Burial plays with an unrivaled passion and funereal grace that is equally at home in basements and large venues.
King Woman - Doubt
King Woman
Doubt
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Flenser)
18,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
King Woman is fronted by former Whirr vocalist Kristina Esfandiari. The group’s debut 12-inch Doubt unfurls lugubriously, blossoming into a haunting sprawl of crushing, slo-mo miserablism. Imagine some twisted fusion of PJ Harvey, Sunn 0))) and Black Sabbath. Churning washes of crumbling distortion and tar-pit riffage drift grimly through billowing clouds of dense, layered thrum; roiling backdrops for Esfandiari’s throaty, bewitching vocals. The sonic heft is matched by lyrical themes of family and religious abuse, and the suffering borne of both. Esfandiari originally formed King Woman back in 2009, but the band took a backseat to her other projects Miserable and Whirr (with whom she played from 2012 to 2013). Doubt is a follow-up to previous EP releases Dove / Fond Affections (The Native Sound) and Degrida / Sick Bed (Sleep Genius).
Have A Nice Life - The Unnatural World
Have A Nice Life
The Unnatural World
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
This eight-song, 35 minute LP is Have A Nice Life’s most monumental work yet, a colossally-sounding, perfectly-orchestrated industrial shoegaze.
Black Wing (Dan Barrett of Have A Nice Life) - … Is Doomed
Black Wing (Dan Barrett of Have A Nice Life)
… Is Doomed
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance
Dan Barrett, the man behind Connecticut-based Have a Nice Life, Giles Corey, Enemies List and countless other endeavors, has announced the first proper full-length from his digital-only solo project, Black Wing. Titled Is Doomed, this seven-song album is available courtesy of The Flenser label. The majority of the tracks on Is Doomed are brand new, although the release boasts a mastered version of the widely circulated song “My Body Betrayed Me,” which has been available on Bandcamp and made waves immediately upon upload. The Chicago Reader described the track as combining “a stark, mechanized post-punk beat, gentle shoegaze guitar hum, feathery ascending synths and Barrett’s cool, multi-tracked vocals into an uplifting, celestial tune that belies its heart-wrenching and bleak lyrics; even as he sings about dying Barrett manages to sound just a little bit blissful.”
Bosse De Nage - All Fours
Bosse De Nage
All Fours
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Flenser)
27,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
All Fours by Bosse-de-Nage is the mysterious Bay Area act’s fourth and finest full-length. Monstrous and surreal, the album is a strange mix of black metal, noise and dark, post-modern lyrical themes. Comparisons range from ’90s post-rock like Slint to fellow post-black metal brethren Deafheaven (the two bands released a split 12-inch in 2012), but the work stands on its own as a unique creation. Recorded with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Botanist, Wreck and Reference), All Fours is the most immediate and accessible album in the band’s discography, as well as the first to feature analog synths. The Flenser is proud to present Bosse-de-Nage’s latest full-length on deluxe, double-disc vinyl packaged with a large twelve-page booklet.
Planning For Burial - Desideratum
Planning For Burial
Desideratum
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Flenser)
17,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Received a 7.9 rating from Pitchfork.Death to false gloom! Desideratum is New Jersey cult gloomgaze act Planning For Burial’s sophomore full-length and the followup to their 2010 statement of purpose, Leaving, issued by legendary lo-fi imprint Enemies List Home Recordings. Simultaneously nostalgic and futurist sounding, Planning For Burial is the work of mastermind Thom Wasluck, who filters his influences thorough a droning, gloomy spyglass to evoke the most haunting blues this side of the gray waters of the Atlantic. The project is often lumped in with the current wave of “bedroom recording artists,” yet Wasluck stands apart from his peers due in no small part to his education and expertise in sound design. Planning For Burial’s brand of dark shoegaze is hard to categorize, but it incorporates elements of slowcore, doom, drone, ’90s alt-rock, ’80s goth, black metal and mournful, Neil Young-esque regret. In the last four years, Planning for Burial has released a slew of EPs and splits on various labels, and shared the stage with a wide breadth of musical compatriots from Chelsea Wolfe to Deafheaven, seeming out of place alongside none.
Sannhet - Known Flood
Sannhet
Known Flood
LP | 2013 | US | Reissue (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 25.11.2017
The Flenser is happy to annouce a vinyl reissue of Sannhet’s long-out-of-print debut album, Known Flood. Originally released on Sacrament in 2013, this album set the tone for the band’s signature blend of instrumental transcendent black metal and post-metal. Sannhet is the brainchild of instrumentalists John Refano, AJ Annunziata, and Christopher Todd. Formed in 2010 in Brooklyn, New York, the band built a strong local following with this release. They expanded their sound with 2015’s Revisionist (Flenser) and 2017’s well received full-length So Numb (Profound Lore).
Low Estate - Covert Cult Of Death
Low Estate
Covert Cult Of Death
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 27.10.2017
Low Estate is serious music played by men inclined to laugh themselves to death. The title of their debut album, Covert Cult Of Death, is taken from the book The Insanity Of Normality by Swiss-German psychologist Arno Gruen, whose argument that evil is the result of self-hatred and self-betrayal forms the backbone of the group’s thematic approach. With backgrounds in classic metal, hardcore, and noise rock, the band has forged an imposing and caustic sound with a wry sense of humor, not reliant on blastbeats or atmospherics. Their off-kilter approach allows for sonic digressions that never overshadow the weight and gravity of the songs. Their heaviness exists near the low-end of black metal, with a healthy dose of ’90s hardcore, and a dash of Jesus Lizard stirred in for good measure. Splitting time between Austin, TX and Brooklyn, NY, Low Estate consists of Brendan Tobin (Red Sparrowes) on bass, Geoff Garlock (Orchid) on guitar, Jimmy Hubbard (The Year is One) on vocals, and Christopher Todd (Sannhet) on drums. The album also features appearances by Integrity’s Dwid Hellion, David Castillo of Primitive Weapons, and Zachary Lipez of Publicist UK. Recorded by Tobin, it was mixed by Sanford Parker and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The Covert Cult Of Death is a winding and propulsive meditation on the world as it is, as it has always been.
Street Sects - Rat Jacket
Street Sects
Rat Jacket
12" | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 27.10.2017
In 2016 Street Sects arrived with the intensity and volume of a gunshot. Their debut album End Position was a merciless, post-industrial declaration of suicidal intent. Now, the Austin, TX duo returns with a 12-inch titled Rat Jacket. It is not exactly a follow-up; rather, it represents a brief step to the side, an intentional detour. Still maintaining their sample-based foundation, the songs here experiment with melody and organic instrumentation. The record deals with loyalty, trust, betrayal, paranoia, and the sadness and regret that comes with the acceptance of our own selfish nature. If End Position was a bullet to the head, then Rat Jacket is a knife in the back. Street Sects formed in 2013 after vocalist Leo Ashline emerged from the fog of a thirteen-year battle with addiction and began collaborating with friend and multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth. Disgusted with life but eager for catharsis, the duo embraced the experimental attitude and disillusionment of early industrial music pioneers, eschewing traditional rock music instrumentation and arrangement in favor of modern sampling technology and harsh electronics. Together they released a series of singles and honed their fierce and confrontational live performance before releasing their debut on The Flenser.
Sutekh Hexen / Hissing - Sutekh Hexen / Hissing
Sutekh Hexen / Hissing
Sutekh Hexen / Hissing
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Hissing and Sutekh Hexen are two of the murkiest, most cacophonous groups operating in the margins of the contemporary metal underground. Now, these hellish projects come together to release a split album on The Flenser. Since 2008, Sutekh Hexen have turned the paradigm of black metal completely on its ear. The group creates what can be described as a dense tapestry of black noise, or a wall of intricate tones deconstructing itself brick by brick. Their rich, unparalleled compositions cultivate further interest with each listen. Founded in 2014 out of a mutual interest in deranged and punishing sounds, Seattle’s Hissing is often described as “blackened sludge.” This does little justice describing the harsh, dissonant soundscapes created by this trio. To date they have released two EPs through Disorder Recordings and Southern Lord, and have a full-length forthcoming.
Wreck & Reference - Black Cassette
Wreck & Reference
Black Cassette
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
19,94 €* 20,99 € -5%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Back in 2011, experimental upstarts Wreck And Reference self-released their debut EP, Black Cassette. Drawing on the blown-out intensity of black metal and the angularity of noise rock, their radical vision captivated the underground music scene, including The Flenser. It was immediately apparent that the band’s intriguing realm of heavy music represented an existential challenge to genre orthodoxy. Their crashing riffs and abrasive noise, fraught with themes of determinism and Cormac McCarthy-esque isolation, were a breath of apocalyptic air in an often stagnant world. But the most surprising aspect of their artfully constructed sound was that the duo utilized only samples and live drums to create it. Recorded in a garage in the “howling wastelands” of California, this was originally self-released by the band as a limited cassette in 2011, then as a limited CDr on Music Ruins Lives. Later that year it was remastered for a vinyl release by The Flenser. That version is long sold out and has become a sought-after collector’s item. Now it has been re-pressed on vinyl from the original master for the first time since its initial run with brand new artwork.
Heinali & Matt Finney - How We Lived
Heinali & Matt Finney
How We Lived
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
20,89 €* 21,99 € -5%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Heinali And Matt Finney are a transcontinental avant-garde electronic music project consisting of Ukranian composer Oleg Shpudeiko (Heinali) and Alabama-based spoken word poet Matt Finney. Their new album (their first for The Flenser) sees the duo return with their first release since 2011. Like their prior collaborations, Heinali provides a lush, foreboding soundtrack to Matt Finney’s bleak narrations, but How We Lived demonstrates a more considered approach. The result is four long tracks which are denser and more cogent than anything they’ve released in the past. Finney provides his most intimate and harrowing words to date, evoking the type of anguish and enmity that only someone who has probed the depths of despair can. The duo first met in 2010 and immediately began collaborating, establishing a prolific working relationship and releasing a series of albums and EPs over the next two years. After the release of 2011’s Ain’t No Night, Finney, after a series of personal tragedies, gave up writing and human contact entirely, withdrawing for two years as far away from society as he could get. Eventually, his head cleared and he realized how much his work with Heinali had helped him deal with life’s seemingly endless disappointments, and he emerged from his self-imposed exile eager to feel that catharsis again. The duo reconnected and began collaborating on new material. This album is the result of those missing years.
White Suns - Psychic Drift
White Suns
Psychic Drift
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
New York City’s purveyors of noise White Suns have returned with a new full-length recording titled Psychic Drift. Following the deconstructed rock instrumentation of 2014’s Totem, Dana Matthiessen and Kevin Barry continue their inexorable plunge into sonic abstraction. This latest album consists of four long-form compositions where synthesizers, field recordings, cut-up samples and lurching rhythms form a tapestry of shifting layers. The focus here is on texture and atmosphere, utilizing repurposed aspects of drone, industrial and harsh noise to create claustrophobic soundscapes that ripple and groan. White Suns has existed since 2006 and have released three full-length albums: Waking In The Reservoir (UgExplode, 2011), Sinews (Load, 2012) and Totem (The Flenser, 2014), along with a handful of small-run releases. Their material has received accolades from the New Yorker, SPIN, Pitchfork, and Tiny Mix Tapes among others. They’ve toured the U.S. extensively and garnered a reputation as a threatening and intense live act.
Succumb - Succumb
Succumb
Succumb
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
San Francisco’s Succumb plumbs the depths of modern death metal with primitive elegance, but what sets them apart from their peers is vocalist Cheri Musrasrik. The juxtaposition of death metal riffing and propulsive drums with Musrasrik’s cavernous howl and sophisticated lyrics make a unique listening experience in today’s crowded landscape. The band was formed in 2014 by a group of friends with diverse musical backgrounds who share a common love for Canadian death metal, war metal, and 1990s Napalm Death. That same year they released a demo under the name Cloak and played a handful of local shows, attracting the attention of The Flenser. The following year they were joined by Harry Cantwell (Bosse-de-Nage, ex-Slough Feg) on drums and got to work writing their self-titled debut album, recorded by Bay Area luminary Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Bosse-de-Nage, Botanist, Oathbreaker, etc.). Musrasrik cites authors and poets like Yeats, Genet and Zola as her primary lyrical influences. Throughout the album she tackles themes such as human experimentation, autoerotic asphyxiation, BDSM, prostitution, opium dens and dystopias with a literary flair.
Kayo Dot - Hubardo
Kayo Dot
Hubardo
3LP | 2014 | US | Reissue (Flenser)
41,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Finally back in print, the seventh studio album by the veteran avant-garde band Kayo Dot. Meaning “lantern” or “lamp” in the Enochian language of 16th century magicians John Dee and Edward Kelley, Hubardo follows the epic and heartbreaking narrative of a meteor falling to earth and the alchemical transformation of a lonely poet observer. This album displays aspects of the band’s many forms, even moments that hark back to the act’s former identity, Maudlin of the Well (including an appearance by MOTW vocalist Jason Byron). It is a dizzying trip through genres and moods that blossoms in wild directions, an out-of-control chemical reaction. From beautiful post-rock passages and demented ballads to tripped-out 70s prog fusion, jazz and black metal, Hubardo masterfully incorporates just about every style imaginable during its nearly 100 minute run time.
Toby Driver of Kayo Dot - Madonnawhore
Toby Driver of Kayo Dot
Madonnawhore
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
19,79 €* 21,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
On the heels of Kayo Dot’s 2016 album Plastic House On Base Of Sky, New York City based avant-garde musician Toby Driver sustains his inexhaustible output with a solo album titled Madonnawhore. After exploring a retro-futurist noir sound on Kayo Dot’s 2014 album Coffins On Io then delving even further into electronic music with his aforementioned last album, Driver was eager to write a different kind of song. Madonnawhore represents a foray into traditional songwriting, stripped of the progressive flourishes and unpredictability of Driver’s band. These six austere tracks are sparse and atmospheric, evoking empty spaces and the beauty sometimes inherent in death. They occupy a heretofore unexplored place in Driver’s oeuvre, and were recorded primarily as a solo effort but share some lyrical contributions from Jason Byron, who also writes for Kayo Dot. Although not a concept album, Madonnawhore is united by its exploration of the “madonna-whore complex,” a psychological neurosis first identified by Sigmund Freud whereby a man feels he can only love a woman who maintains a saint-like purity, but desires to be intimate with someone he considers to be debased. This sacred/profane dichotomy has far reaching effects that are seemingly inescapable in modern society and ripe for examination.
Braveyoung - Misery And Pride
Braveyoung
Misery And Pride
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Klassik
Portland OR’s Braveyoung return with a new album of somber instrumentals entitled Misery And Pride.While arranging the details for this release, founding member Isaac Jones was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. He has since recovered, and Braveyoung are eager for their long-awaited second album to see the light of day. The album unfolds like an ominous premonition of the turbulent years since its completion. Brooding drones and chamber string arrangements shape these stripped-down eulogies, but the menace of their punk roots remains. The album takes its name from text in Czech author Milan Kundera’s novel, Ignorance.
Trevor De Brauw - Uptown
Trevor De Brauw
Uptown
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Flenser)
17,59 €* 21,99 € -20%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Chicago-based guitarist Trevor Shelley de Brauw (Pelican, RLYR) has announced the release of his first solo album — a collection of power-ambient compositions entitled Uptown. The album is a stream of consciousness sustained for too long, an aural pendulum swinging between poles of murky distress and cathartic resolve that take shape somewhere in the hazy valleys between rock, ambient and experimental music. Trevor de Brauw’s twenty-year musical career has manifested as an exploration of the vast possibilities of the guitar. This release departs from the riff-oriented songwriting of Pelican, taking a plaintive approach that unravels the meditative depth of washed-out riffs, deconstructed drones, and carefully controlled feedback. The album delves into complex dimensions of deeply layered textures: an evocation of haunting melodicism that shares more common ground with Brian Eno’s ambient work and drone wizards Barn Owl than it does a metal record.
Street Sects - End Positions
Street Sects
End Positions
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Flenser)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Utilizing frantic, uncompromising rhythms and a variety of nightmarish samples, Austin TX duo Street Sects have created a feverish marriage between industrial music and punk rock.
Wreck & Reference - Indifferent Rivers Romance End
Wreck & Reference
Indifferent Rivers Romance End
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Formed in 2011 by multi-instrumentalists Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner, California’s Wreck and Reference use computers, drums, and voice to create. Their latest full-length, Indifferent Rivers Romance End, is a composition of ballads interrogating the endurance of purpose, love, and change, against the backdrop of disillusionment into nihilism.
All Your Sisters - Uncomfortable Skin
All Your Sisters
Uncomfortable Skin
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Flenser)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
A band with a name such as All Your Sisters, whose two sole members are men, is not surprisingly a little hard to nail down. Ambiguity extends to the bands genre as well. “I think All Your Sisters is a lot of things: post punk, industrial, noise, ambient,” says frontman Jordan Morrison. The duo, who hail from the deceivingly sunny city of San Francisco, have one foot planted firmly in darkwave and post- punk, leaving the other free to wade through a variety of unconventional influences. Their forthcoming album, Uncomfortable Skin is steeped in nostalgia, but entirely contemporary and the album’'s first single "“Open Wide"” seamlessly shifts between genres, yielding a sound that is both brooding and catchy. After the dissolution of his previous band, Morrison (guitar, synth, vocals) formed All Your Sisters as a solo project, then moved from Reno to San Francisco where he eventually brought like­minded musician Mario Armando Ruiz (bass, synth) into the fold. The duo connected immediately, bonding over their tumultuous upbringings and dark personal tragedies. Their first album, Modern Failures was released by Belaten in 2014 and then on vinyl by Weyrd Son Records.
Kayo Dot - Plastic House on Base of Sky
Kayo Dot
Plastic House on Base of Sky
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Flenser)
17,09 €* 18,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The core of Kayo Dot might be that mood– one that lies at the crossroads of darkness and mystery. In film, music that accompanies mystery is often nocturnal, playing on a primal relation in our brains between the unknown and the night. It’s this intersection that is the essence of Kayo Dot. Kayo Dot has never made the same record twice. From chamber music to progressive black metal, from goth to jazz and avant­garde classical, Kayo Dot is experimental and often unclassifiable. Plastic House on Base of Sky is Kayo Dot’s 7th full­length since the bands inception in 2003 On Kayo Dot’s newest full length, Plastic House on Base of Sky, the band continues to embrace the electronic allusions found on their previous effort Coffins on Io. Plastic House on Base of Sky incorporates a variety of synthesizers (many of them vintage analog) to create another work of ambition and magnitude that fuses the explosive musical imagination of a band like Magma with the forward­thinking experimentalism of Conrad Schnitzler or Morton Subotnick. This latest effort, a 40 minute­long, 5­song LP replaces the future­noir theme of Coffins on Io with an innovative, complex, and biomechanical work of art. Think seemingly impossible architecture, dead satellites, trashed space stations, wasted old lady heroin addicts hanging out by cheap motel pools, broken people, and a hopeless dead and polluted world transitioning into artifice and mechanism and reacting by being self­destructive, either to the point of utter obliteration or a glorious transhuman condition. Toby Driver, the primary composer and bandleader of Kayo Dot, has been fiercely productive over the years, and while that usually refers to how many songs or albums an artist has made, with Driver the productivity is in the realm of ideas as much as music itself. In the course of a single Kayo Dot song, the amount of risks and liberties taken with form and convention usually outnumbers what other artists cover in a full album. For as much ground as they cover, it’s always in the service of a carefully curated mood and this is apparent on Plastic House on Base of Sky’s exploration of our mechanical post­human future­present.
Muscle And Marrow - Love
Muscle And Marrow
Love
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Flenser)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Muscle and Marrow, formed in 2013, is Kira Clark (guitar, voice) and Keith McGraw (drums, samples). Their sound is surprisingly full, with either lush and drone like guitars or drastically fuzzed, as well as heavy drums. The songs, however, are powered by Clark's voice, soaringly operatic and high at times, while shaking and guttural at others. They are interested in the morose, the ugly, the jarring and the soft. They rely heavily on changing dynamics and avoid the linear, instead gravitating towards the clashing of sounds, their voice and drumming almost hypnotic at times, followed by sudden bursts of distorted noise and thrashing drums. They draw inspiration from literature, film, contemporary poetry, darkness with redemption and darkness without it, but their songs are at their core, deeply personal.
Father Murphy - Croce
Mastery - Valis
Mastery
Valis
LP | 2015 | US | Reissue (Flenser)
17,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Valis is the first proper Mastery full-length and the most extreme record The Flenser has ever released. As its name and sigil demands, Mastery is a vessel to ascend the partial mind; one impulsive and chaotic, the other of collected illumination. A meditation unto the will subconscious. The solo black metal entity is the product of mastermind Ephemeral Domignostika (Pale Chalice, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Horn of Dagoth). Once a follower in the tradition of fellow Bay Area acts Leviathan, Crebain and Weakling, Mastery has evolved into something more. Valis is like a form of free jazz black metal—twisted and complex, with upwards of 100 riffs per song. Eschewing traditional songwriting and conceptual forms, Domignostika creates through spontaneous composition, cut ups and free performance. His extremely unique guitar style, polyrhythmic drum patterns and urgent vocal delivery bely the fact that Valis is the work of one person playing everything with the utmost intentionality. Mastery has previously released five extremely limited (and long sold out) demos since 2004, a collection on the tUMULt label in 2011 titled Barbaric Usurpation of the Hypereonic Black Metal Throne, and split albums with with Skullflower and Palace of Worms. “One can only assume that Mastery mastermind Ephemeral Domignostika is an extremely dangerous career sociopath after being subjected to this spastic sonic evisceration; either that or a deeply disturbed black metal savant.” —That’s How Kids Die “Mastery is total berzerker black metal, rooted in the tradition of true grim blackness, but filtered through Mastery’s cracked perception, transforming this into something beyond true; a droned out and damaged, outsider blackness, that sounds pretty much unlike almost any other black metal.” —AquariusSecond pressing with new artwork.
King Woman - Doubt
King Woman
Doubt
Tape | 2015 | US | Original (Flenser)
9,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
King Woman is fronted by former Whirr vocalist Kristina Esfandiari. The group’s debut 12-inch Doubt unfurls lugubriously, blossoming into a haunting sprawl of crushing, slo-mo miserablism. Imagine some twisted fusion of PJ Harvey, Sunn 0))) and Black Sabbath. Churning washes of crumbling distortion and tar-pit riffage drift grimly through billowing clouds of dense, layered thrum; roiling backdrops for Esfandiari’s throaty, bewitching vocals. The sonic heft is matched by lyrical themes of family and religious abuse, and the suffering borne of both. Esfandiari originally formed King Woman back in 2009, but the band took a backseat to her other projects Miserable and Whirr (with whom she played from 2012 to 2013). Doubt is a follow-up to previous EP releases Dove / Fond Affections (The Native Sound) and Degrida / Sick Bed (Sleep Genius).
Sannhet - Revisionist
Sannhet
Revisionist
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Revisionist is the second full-length from Brooklyn avant-post-metal outfit Sannhet (the word means “truth” in Norwegian) and their first for The Flenser. Founded in late 2010, the instrumental trio has amassed a diehard audience within the borough’s broad underground music circuit through their numerous live performances, always choreographed with electrifying visuals. Sannhet released their sprawling debut full-length Known Flood in February of 2013 on Sacrament, the record label run by the co-owner of legendary Brooklyn bar / venue St. Vitus. Continuing where Known Flood leaves off, Revisionist delivers an epic, trance-inducing concoction of math-metal intricacy, prismatic pop shimmer, and dense metallic crush. Dynamic indie rock-isms and the metal-gaze sound of like-minded combos Deafheaven or Alcest are distilled into concise song structures. At the same time, Sannhet offers the powerful emotiveness of instrumental post-rock acts like Explosions in the Sky or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, packing just as many musical ideas and majestic heights into a compact blast. Revisionist was mixed by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Converge, Red Sparrows) and mastered by Carl Saff (Forest Swords, Guided by Voices, Pygmy Lush). “Sannhet makes music that largely defies categorization—it’s epic, cinematic stuff; its complex instrumentation is employed in the service of soaring, breathtaking music.” —Stereogum “… welds the power of black metal, sludge metal, and grindcore to the structures and orders of post-rock and post-punk.” —Pitchfork “…Sannhet’s tools are dynamics and texture, deployed over simple melodic arcs… Instru-metal succeeds when it remember that it’s metal.” —Decibel “… soaring post-rock with elements of black metal tremolo-picking, hardcore, and more. Think Russian Circles meets Altar of Plagues.” —Brooklyn Vegan
Father Murphy - Croce
Father Murphy
Croce
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Flenser)
18,69 €* 21,99 € -15%
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Father Murphy, one of the most mysterious and enigmatic musical entities to emerge from Italy in recent years, presents their fifth full-length via The Flenser. This dark psychedelic / industrial cabaret is a religion-themed concept album titled Croce (“Cross” in Italian), one side representing suffering and sacrifice and the flip reflecting what comes after—the end of suffering, resurrection, or perhaps oblivion. The work was recorded by John Dieterich in Albuquerque, NM, and mixed by Greg Saunier. From the shadowy atmospheres of Croce spring forth unexpected blurts of impossibly catchy noise pop, at times operatic like some twisted musical detailing the trials and tribulation of the crucifixion. Male and female vocals by Freddie Murphy and Chiara Lee intertwine over distorted blasts of guitar crunch, anchored by stuttering, homebuilt percussion. This sound is textural and nuanced yet noisy and chaotic, carefully sculpted into jagged shards of fragmented pop. A-side closer “In Solitude” is an appropriately dour slab of murky miserablism that sounds like a slow sonic death, a haunting dirge that dissolves into that ineffable space between the record’s two sides; the netherworld, the afterlife, Purgatory. But Father Murphy erupts from this stygian blackness with the second half of Croce—the light to the A-side’s dark.
Boduf Songs - Stench Of Exist
Boduf Songs
Stench Of Exist
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Flenser)
20,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
England / Ohio’s Mat Sweet presents his latest album under the Boduf Songs moniker via The Flenser! Stench of Exist is at once his most accessible and most esoteric work to date; from the opium flow of the tracks, running headily into one another like tributaries to river, to the muted-industrial-electronic-effected drums underscoring the spiraling melodies and fluttering drones, to the clean and rich guitar, abstracted cycles and feedback walls, its whispered doom metal masquerades as a lullaby. Stench of Exist unfolds languorously, laced with mysterious electronic filigree. Gorgeously intimate, it transforms the minimal into maximal with layers of electro-detritus wreathed in lush guitar strums, street-side field recordings, reverberating pianos and softly crooned vocals. It is a record of rain and cities and nighttime. The collision of arabesque tonalities with electronic sound and ambience brings to mind the promise of Blade Runner—half-asleep at 4:00 A.M. and slightly medicated, with pyramids and flame-spewing cityscapes in downpour glowing against the fluttering eyelids in the almost-dreaming consciousness. A record for saturnine commuters, on headphones, after sunset.
Botanist - VI: Flora
Botanist
VI: Flora
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Flenser)
21,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
One of the Bay Area’s most interesting bands, Botanist is excited to announce their sixth sequential release. Titled VI: Flora, this eleven-song album was recorded by Otrebor in The Verdant Realm and mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden. VI: Flora continues the story of The Botanist, a crazed man of science who lives in self-imposed exile, as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible. Seated upon his throne of Veltheimia in the Verdant Realm, his sanctuary of fantasy and wonder, he surrounds himself with plants and flowers, finding solace in the company of the Natural world. While recent albums detailed a misanthropic master plan for the destruction of mankind at the hands of plants, VI: Flora focuses rather on the wondrous beauty of the plants themselves through a gauzy haze of dreamlike sound. The voice of The Botanist acts as spectral underpinning to the reverie.
Wreck & Reference - Want
Wreck & Reference
Want
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Flenser)
20,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Since their inception in 2011, California-based heavy experimental duo Wreck and Reference has (de)constructed a manifesto of post-genre misanthropy using only drums, vocals and electronics. A handful of unorthodox and captivating releases have turned heads of critics and fans alike, and live, the band is crushing. Now, Wreck and Reference returns with their best and most distinct work yet. Sophomore full-length Want explores more refined and melodic territory, yet the band keeps one foot in the experimental, electronic, and post-metal genres. Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirly (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta), Want is Wreck and Reference fully realized: undeniably nihilistic and devastatingly addictive. “... pushes the traditional metal template toward regions unexplored, expanding the sonic legacies of Swans’ filth and Big Black’s harshness.” —Invisible Oranges “... weirdly heavy and unnerving...” —NPR “... vast, crackling chasms of drones and feedback into remarkably melodic and heavy pop.” —Lurker’s Path
Wreck & Reference - No Youth
Wreck & Reference
No Youth
LP | 2012 | US | Reissue (Flenser)
18,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Flenser Is Proud To Present Genre Defying Heavy Experimental Duo Wreck And Reference’s Latest And Most Complex Work No Youth. Formed By Drummer Ignat Frege And Multi-instrumentalist Felix Danbold, The Band Creates A Sound That Synthesizes Traditional Heavy Guitar-driven Doom With Frenzied Electronic Samples. Often Filed Under “Metal,” Wreck And Reference Is Ultimately Hostile To Genre Classifications. The Band Proves To Be An Affront To The Tired And Trite Conformity Found Within The Metal Hegemony, Instead Using Synths, Live Drums And Vocals To Craft A Sound That Is Melancholic, Fierce And Catchy. Calling On Influences Ranging From Industrial To Doom Metal To Noise Rock, The Resulting Music Is A Trainwreck Of Contradictions Yet Devastatingly Heavy, Somber And Addictive. Think Nick Cave Introducing The Body To Blast Beats.
Loss Of Self - Twelve Minutes
Vestiges / Panopticon - Split
Botanist - IV: Mandragora
Wreck & Reference - No Content
Bosse De Nage - II
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