Sunday, April 22, 2018

Deathpile - Agonize Humiliate Destroy (1996)


Raw harsh noise apocalypse. Anxiety, manipulation, terror, and violence.

Track listing:
1. Agonize Humiliate Destroy
2. Cunt Meat
3. The Structure and Function of Pain
4. Total Control
5. Atrocity
6. To Have and to Hold
7. Beyond Pain, Beyond Pleasure
8. Desolate
9. Anthrovivisection

All mine

For more like this, try:
The Rita - Bodies Bear
Traces of Carnal Violence
(2004)
Werewolf Jerusalem -
Confessions of a Sex Maniac (2011)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Epicardiectomy - Abhorrent Stench of Posthumous Gastrorectal Desecration (2012)


Gore-and-puke-soaked Czech brutal slam wrapped in the intestines of the tortured. I know it's redundant to call this "brutal," but... goddamn, this album is fucking brutal.

Track listing:
1. Fornicating in Pulverized Feces
2. Vaginal Colony Full of Vermin
3. Gobbling the Erupted Intestinal Mush
4. Phallus Decapitation
5. Catheteric Hacksaw Urethral Dissection
6. Ulcerous Cadaveric Decrepitation
7. Feasting on Putrid Hysterectomy Remnants
8. Defleshed and Wormed

Gobbling and puking with the erupted guts
Mixed with fountains of belch and blood


You'd also enjoy:
Malignancy -
Cross Species Transmutation (2003)
Cephalotripsy - Uterovaginal Insertion
of Extirpated Anomalies
(2007)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Yob - Cathasis (2003)


Perfect, god-level psychedelic doom. A massive, riff-powered trip through a black hole and into the great beyond. Catharsis was the first Yob album I ever heard, and, all these years later, it remains not just my favorite of theirs, but one of my absolutely favorite doom metal records, period. I'm aware that everyone already knows this band, so I will be using the fact that they're gearing up to release a new album as my excuse for talking about their (already well-covered) back catalogue.

Track listing:
1. Aeons
2. Ether
3. Catharsis

10 billion eyes
Yet only one sees


You should also listen to:
Cathedral -
Supernatural Birth Machine (1996)
Boris -
Amplifier Worship (1998)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Aquilus - Engraved Souls (2005)


Australian symphonic black metal. Their first demo, Engraved Souls finds Aquilus swinging for the fences right out of the gate with an epic, neoclassical-heavy, six-movement song suite. Each piece is totally linear in structure, moving relatively rapidly from idea to idea, but with a consistency and convincingly symphonic compositional approach that helps them to avoid sounding scatterbrained. It's also almost completely instrumental, with long metal-free stretches, which gives the heavier sections an added sense of significance.

Track listing:
1. 1st Movement - The Dead Badger
2. 2nd Movement - Meadows End
3. 3rd Movement - A Mosaic
4. 3rd Movement - In Memoriam
5. 4th Movement - Emancipated
6. 5th Movement - Aubade
7. 6th Movement - Hallowed Sleep
8. 6th Movement - The Late Shadow

I arose from the dream and you were gone
Still embracing ashes of what never was


You should also hear:
Obtained Enslavement -
Witchcraft (1997)
Abhor - I.gne N.atura
R.enovatur I.ntegra (2001)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Clear Horizon - Clear Horizon (2003)


Related:
Flying Saucer Attack - Flying Saucer Attack (1993)
Flying Saucer Attack - Further (1995)
Jessica Bailiff - Hour of the Trace (1999)
Northern Song Dynasty - Northern Song Dynasty (2002)
Synrinx & Jessica Bailiff - Fear of the Red Admirals (2011)

Entrancing, ambient psych folk/space rock. Clear Horizon was a one-off collaboration between Jessica Bailiff and Dave Pearce of Flying Saucer Attack, and that's exactly what it sounds like.

Track listing:
1. Watching the Sea
2. Death's Dance
3. For Days
4. Sunrise Drift
5. Millenium Blues
6. Distortion Song
7. A Child's Eyes
8. Dusk
9. Open Road

You were so close

For more like this, listen to:
Christina Carter -
Bastard Wind (2003)
Islaja -
Ulual Yyy (2007)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kraanium - Ten Acts of Sickening Perversity (2008)


Gross Norwegian brutal death metal. I've been listening to hella offensive brutal DM lately, and have been thinking: with members of so many relatively inoffensive bands getting outed for committing deplorable acts IRL -- Inquisition, Young and in the Way, Seven Sisters of Sleep -- I just can't get upset about offensive content in metal right now. Obviously, misogyny, transphobia, and the like are all fucked no matter how they are manifested, but against a backdrop of actual child porn and sexual assault, ignorant torture metal just doesn't seem so bad.

Track listing:
1. Stench of Putrid Innards
2. Perverted Sensation
3. Rectal Disembowelment
4. Midget Fucker
5. Zombified Infanticide
6. Pentagrandma
7. Excremental Maniac
8. Human Flesh Devourment
9. Shemale Throatfuck
10. Double Barrel Penetration
11. Horrendous Torture

Munching on the brain of your newborn child

More like this:
Cerebral Incubation -
Gonorrhea Node Mastication (2012)
Extermination Dismemberment -
Serial Urbicide (2013)

Kraan - Wintrup (1973)


German krautrock/jazz-rock. Jerky rhythms with their own sense of off-kilter groove, and some gleefully bizarre, almost Mike Patton-esque vocals.

Track listing:
1. Silver Wings
2. Mind Quake
3. Backs
4. Gut und Richtig
5. Wintrup
6. Jack Steam

Son of the sun

Also listen to:
Supersister -
Present from Nancy (1970)
Grobschnitt -
Solar Music - Live (1978)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mordaehoth – Bloedwraak - Verdoem Al 't Christelijk Leven (2003)


Dutch lo-fi, viking-infused black metal. Fuzzed-out guitars, vicious screams, and epic, multi-tracked singing, held together by warm, blown-out analogue production.

Track listing:
1. Oskorei
2. Walburga's Nacht
3. Verdoem Al 't Christelijk Leven
4. Laatste Dagen Van Een Oud Pantheon
5. Wodans Zonen
6. Liederen Van Het Onterfde Land

Riding on the wings of the wind
Towards the spectral blaze ahead


More along these lines:
Countess -
The Shining Swords of Hate (2000)
Spitehowling -
Born to Die for Evil (2002)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hollow Earth - Dog Days of the Holocaust (1996)


Related:
Yen Pox - Yen Pox (1993)

Pure, anti-musical dark ambient. Hollow, monolithic drones from the end of our world.

Track listing:
1. Floor of Hell
2. Scrawled in Blood
3. Rape Machine
4. Whispers of Hatred
5. Probe

Death! Death! Death!

Similar listening:
Atom Infant Incubator -
Copula (1994)
Aseptic Void -
Psychosis (2013)

In the Nursery - When Cherished Dreams Come True (1983)


English post-punk. Sonically sparse and compositionally minimal, with vocals evoking emptiness and isolation. Very different from the industrial-based sounds they'd pursue from here on out.

Track listing:
1. Patter
2. Atoi
3. Mystery
4. Remain
5. Stonesouls
6. Execution's Romance

Where is the pleasure?

If you like this, try:
Paul Roland -
Burnt Orchids (1985)
Fliehende Stürme -
Hinter Masken (1999)

Pestnebel - In den Schwarzen Abgründen der Ewigkeit (2003)


German black metal. Classic second-wave-style BM played fast and raw, with killer, delay-heavy vocals, and an occasional keyboard to keep things spicy.

Track listing:
1. Aus den Nebeln der Ewigkeit - In den Schatten des Winters
2. Darkness Is My Fate
3. The Goddess and the Blackstorm
4. Grabeskräfte
5. Goatspawn Incantation
6. Descent to the Fogrealm
7. König Pest
8. Sunset Over the Ocean of Melancholia

Carriers of misery

You should also listen to:
Svartsyn -
... His Majesty (2000)
Hautakiammio - Kukaan Ei
Opasta Teitä Pimeässä
(2013)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Intrusion - The Seduction of Silence (2009)


Spacious dub techno from American producer Stephen Hitchell. A soothingly immersive sound-world for complete detachment and regeneration.

Track listing:
1. Montego Bay
2. Angel Version
3. Tswana Dub
4. Intrusion Dub
5. Seduction
6. Reflection
7. Twilight
8. A Night to Remember
9. Little Angel
10. Under the Ocean

If I belong then I'll be longer than expected

You might also like:
Monolake -
Hongkong (1997)
bvdub -
Strength in Solitude LP (2007)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Filii Nigrantium Infernalium - A Era do Abutre (1995)


Portuguese black metal. Primitive, first-wave-influenced annihilation.

Track listing:
1. Abadia do Fogo Negro
2. Herança de Outono
3. Inverno, Trono Inverno
4. A Era do Abutre

Stabbing pleasure

You should also hear:
Abigail -
Intercourse & Lust (1996)
Old -
Down with the Nails (2006)

Mikami Kan - 三上寛の世界 (1971)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Mikami Kan - ひらく夢などあるじゃなし 三上寛怨歌集 (1972)

Sparse, goosebump-inspiring Japanese folk rock. Kan's first solo album, 三上寛の世界 (which I believe translates to "The World of Mikami Kan") consists almost entirely of Kan's remarkable, expressive singing accompanied by a lone, plaintive acoustic guitar. It's a true testament to the power of Kan's voice that someone who does not understand Japanese can find his music so emotionally compelling.

Track listing:
1. 馬鹿ぶし
2. ものな子守歌
3. カラス
4. 数珠の玉切れる日に
5. おど
6. なぜ
7. ピストル魔の少年
8. 木
9. 黒い小さな貨物列車
10. 小便だらけの湖
11. 夢は夜ひらく

I was watching on the day she died

You should also listen to:
Tim Hollier -
Tim Hollier (1970)
Loren Mazzacane & Kath Bloom -
Sing the Children Over (1982)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Totalitär - Sin Egen Motståndare (1994)


Classic Swedish hardcore/d-beat. Inarguably one of the greatest hardcore records ever made. Music writing is bullshit.

Track listing:
1. Sin Egen Motståndare
2. Döda Döda för Inre Frid
3. Slut Som Människa
4. Vägen Till Ända
5. Allt Är Inom Dig
6. Tvingad in I Livet
7. Slagen Av Sanning
8. Jakten På Budskap
9.Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Stockholm
10. Vart Tog Pengarna Vägen?
11. Slit Ner Hälsan
12. Hårda Kast
13. På Väg Mot Mål
14. Välj Min Lögn
15. Väck Mig Nu!
16. Skallra for Döden
17. Stoppa Produktionen
18. Framtidsplaner

Life under the bomb

More like this:
Pisschrïst -
Nothing Has Changed (2006)
Paranoid - Hardcore Addict (2012)
+ Destroy Future Less System (2014)