Friday, June 5, 2009

Karaboudjan - Sbrodj

Do you miss Pan Thy Monium? Do you wish Dan Swano would get off his lazy ass and do some more experimenting instead of Unicorn? Well, he did, in 2001. Karaboudjan flew under most people's radars, but its like Pan Thy Monium junior, and its damn good.
The one release that Swano made under the name Karaboudjan is included here, entitled "Sbrodj" and the whole damn EP is about the Belgian comic TinTin. Yes, Seriously.
Anyway, this is a really great EP that could have been a Pan Thy Monium release and no one would have blinked. Info HERE and download HERE.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Decoryah - Wisdom Floats

Finland. What is it with Finland? So many amazing bands, so many in fact, that many are overlooked. Such is the case with Decoryah. In 1995 they released "Wisdom Floats," a truly awesome album that transcends what many believed at the time that metal could be. This, along with Amorphis' "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" truly transformed my vision of the perfect metal album.
Words really can't do this album justice. Just listen. Info HERE and download HERE.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Master's Hammer - Šlágry

A farewell from an old friend. Slagry was the 1995 swansong of Czech beast Master's Hammer. Master's Hammer was perhaps the most odd and confounding black metal band in history. Their discography being entirely comprised of masterpieces; epic albums that haunt you and taunt you to comprehend them. These Czechs were true innovators, and one of a kind.
This, their last album, is the strangest of them all. Comprised of a couple covers (even a Chuck Berry cover) the album takes a sharp left turn and confuses the listener even more.
So, stop reading and start listening. Read about the album HERE and download HERE.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Peeping Tom - Demos

Here are some rough demos for one of my favorite albums of the last few years, Peeping Tom's self titled debut. Legend has it that on these demos Mike Patton recorded and played all instrumentation himself. It is interesting to hear the difference between these recordings and the finished album.
Perhaps even more interesting are the couple tracks that do not appear on the full length such as "Desperate Situation" that although it doesn't appear on the album, they do play it live. Anyway, this is just a nice glimpse into the process of this amazing album, and perhaps a glimpse into the future of the project as well.
Download HERE.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nothing - The Grey Subaudible

I consider this the debut album from Nothing.  The first CD was a mere collection of rough 4 track demos re-released to appear like an album, and that collection was less than satisfactory.  Anyway, in 1999 I wrangled my friend Nihk Loiacano into helping me with a TRUE debut album, and this is what we have here, "The Grey Subaudible" released via Eibon Records in 2000.
Nihk and I composed this over a period of time in 1999 and recorded it with Brady Holmberg in Minneapolis, MN.  This was my first real forray into the world of dark electronics, and is the Nothing album I am the most proud of today.
It was released in a really nice glossy digipack with a great fold out booklet with lyrics and design by Mauro Berchi of Eibon Records as well as Canaan and Ras Algethi of course.
The album is almost sold out, and I am sure it will never be repressed, so here it is.  Enjoy!
More information on Nothing HERE and download HERE.