SPOTLIGHT 44

02/11/2019 13:06

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

CHOLO VISCERAL - LIVE AT WOODSTACO (LP/NECIO RECORDS)

Live at the Woodstaco festival 2018. Prog, space, heavy psych, all in one big pot. Includes some of the band's classical material. No overdubs, in your face just like it was enjoyed by the attendees. Limited to 200 copies.

RAMROD - JET BLACK (LP/BLACK WIDOW)

Ramrod is an Italian band creating songs between blues rock and psychedelic rock. 'Jet Black' is characterized by dark and mysterious shades, as the title itself suggests. This album opens the door to an introspective and intimate world, which delves deep into the hearts of the five musicians, bringing to the surface stories and intense emotions in a musical journey that ranges from blues-influenced songs like 'Sorrow' to explosive rock tracks like 'Don't Call Me Sunshine', 'Ares Call' and 'Turning Bad'. It is a record that also includes the more psychedelic and progressive side of the band with songs like 'Glass Of Wine' and 'Leda'.

WIGWAM - WIGWAM PLAYS WIGWAM (3LP) (LP/SVART)

Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies on black vinyl. Three LPs inside a slipcase. Recorded live at the Tavastia Club in 2001, previously only available on CD.

BEND THE FUTURE - PENDELLÖSUNG (CD/SOUND EFFECT)

Founded in January 2019, Bend the Future is a progressive rock band based in Grenoble, France. Identified generally by their odd-time-scaled tunes, they incorporate elements of '70s prog rock, jazz, funk along with Eastern Europe music in their sound. Bend the Future was initiated by Can Yildirim (guitars/voice), Rémi Pouchain (bass), Pierre-Jean Ménabé (saxophone) and Piel Pawlowski (drums). More recently, the band has reached its final formation after Samy Chebre (keyboards) joined. During the last days of summer in Little Big Studios, Grenoble, they recorded their debut album, 'Pendellösung'. 'Pendellösung' tells the story of a hermit in a secluded forest who is a pilgrim in his own memories, memories which are recorded in his writings addressed to an unnamed loved one. The album explores the concepts of isolation, yearning, confrontation, and awakening through extended-length tunes blended with inventive musicality and a wide range of emotional twists.

TIMEMAZINE - ISSUE 11 (+CD/7") (Mag/TIMEMAZINE)

The eleventh issue of this Greek psychedelic fanzine contains 100 pages (A4-not photocopied) all in English and comes in full coloured/hard laminated cover and with a 13 track free CD compilation plus a 7" vinyl single by Crystal Thoughts. Contents: Danny Norton (guitarist/songwriter) of EXPEDITION TO EARTH (interview), JR Nichols (lead guitarist) of THE BEAT OF THE EARTH (interview), Mike Lassandro (drummer/vocalist) of THE TEA COMPANY (interview), Roy Blumenfeld (drummer) of THE BLUES PROJECT (interview), remembering Demian Bell (guitarist/singer) of MAYPOLE (interview), Klaus Lemur Esser (guitarist) of early AMON DUUL (interview), Support the "NOW" Underground: 5 bands-5 countries-5 interviews: DIRE WOLVES (USA), DE LORIANS (Japan), AL DOUM & THE FARYDS (Italy), ATOMIC SIMAO (Ukraine), DURY DAVA (Hellas), 68 LPs of 1968 that transformed psychedelia to psych, the influence of psychedelic concert posters on rock album cover design by Dennis Loren. Greek band of the issue: CRYSTAL THOUGHTS (interview). Ultimate '60s time songs - 'Before My Time' by THE OPEN MIND and tons of LP/CD/EP/7" reviews. CD Compilation: 01. EXPEDITION TO EARTH - Expedition To Earth 1968 02. VIBRAVOID - World Of Pain 2019 (Special TMZ Edit) (previously unreleased) 03. THE TEA COMPANY - Flowers (Edited Single Version) 1968 04. AL DOUM AND THE FARYDS - Unity Is Brotherhood 2018 05. DE LORIANS - A Ship Of Mental Health 2019 06. ATOMIC SIMAO - Chemical Time Machine 2018 07. DIRE WOLVES - Earth Rising Earth 2019 (previously unreleased) 08. DURY DAVA - Tsantiri 2017 (previously unreleased) 09. THE LOVE EXPLOSION - Anarchy! 2019 10. SILVER CLOUD EXPRESS - Postcards From Outer Space 2019 11. THE AGUILAR BLUMENFELD PROJECT - Plutonium Bob 2017 12. THE EXPEDITION - Dance Gypsy Dance 2017 13. THE QUIRK - Blame It On Yourself 2018 (previously unreleased) 7": 01. CRYSTAL THOUGHTS - Psychic Candy (2013) (first time release on 7-inch format) 02. CRYSTAL THOUGHTS - Liquid Nightmare (2014) (first time release on 7-inch format)

POKORA, HANS - 8001 RECORD COLLECTOR DREAMS (Bk/RARE RECORDS)

The long awaited '8001 Record Collector Dreams' book by Hans Pokora. As you know, it's a mandatory purchase for any serious beat, garage, folk, psych, prog, '60s pop and proto hard rock collector! The 128-page book is presented in a deluxe hardcover and features over 1.000 colour photographs of the rarest '60s, '70s and '80s LP covers, a price guide, and there also is an extra index of the contents of all the previous books. Don't miss this very limited edition!

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

JOLLY JUMPERS - RURALITY (LP/SVART)

The unsung heroes of Finnish garage rock, Jolly Jumpers, are also one of the most remarkable cult bands to come out of Finland over the past four decades. 'Rurality', their 1993 album, previously only released on CD back in the day, is now officially out on vinyl as well. Limited to 350 copies.

SABA LOU - NOVUM OVUM (LP/KHANNIBALISM)

Second LP from Berlin based Saba Lou, daughter of King Khan, pop chanteuse, singer songwriter since age 5. A different songwriting direction with bigger arrangements and some soulful '60s strut.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

VARIOUS - ODYSSEY: THE SOUND OF IVOR RAYMONDE VOLUME II (2LP) (LP/BELLA UNION)

2LP. 'Odyssey: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde Volume Two' is Bella Union's follow-up to the critically acclaimed 'Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde'. This compilation is a further celebration of the great British arranger, musical director, producer and songwriter Ivor Raymonde, who died at age 63 in 1990. Bella Union, the label behind both releases, is run by Ivor's son Simon Raymonde. TRACKS: 01. Dusty Springfield - Little By Little 02. Alan Price Set Simon - Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear 03. Los Bravos - Brand New Baby 04. The Eyes Of Blue - Don't Ask Me To Mend Your Broken Heart 05. The Chants - Wearing A Smile 06. Susan Maughan - That Other Place 07. Kathy Kirby - The Way Of Love 08. Cat Stevens - Blackness Of The Night 09. Paul Slade - Odyssey 10. Frankie Vaughan - Tower Of Strength 11. The Martells - Time To Say Goodnight 12. The Cryin' Shames - Please Stay 13. Roy Orbison - Pretty Paper 14. The Outlaws - Swingin' Low 15. Ronnie Carroll - Chain Gang 16. Del Shannon - From Me To You 17. The Chucks - Loo-Be-Loo 18. Olé Jose & The Golden Leaves - Tequila 68 19. The Rogues - Memories Of Missy 20. Marty Wilde And His Wildcats - Endless Sleep 21. Giles, Giles & Fripp - Thursday Morning 22. Twinkle - Michael Hannah 23. Christopher Colt - Girl In The Mirror 24. The Stylistics - I Feel Lucky Tonight 25. The Walker Brothers - Where's The Girl

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

EXTROVERTS - YOU GOTTA LOSE (7"/SUPREME ECHO)

Behold! Regina, Saskatchewan's first ever punk rock group. Their earliest recordings from 1979 showcasing the diversity of a young high energy group capable of multiple tempos and moods, from upbeat punk anthems to early experimentations, always with a pop sensibility. The Extroverts' unique brand of prairie punk was due to being one of a kind in Regina - and this archival release fills yet another gap in the great puzzle of Canadian punk rock history. This mega-long EP features 8 original songs carefully remastered especially for this release. Comes with a generous 12 page booklet featuring flyers, art, photographs and their story. Full of hooks and melody - an instant classic! 500 copies.

APOSTLES (UK)/ANATHEMA - FIGHT BACK (12"/INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL)

The year is 1986 and The Apostles are in full flow with three albums ('Punk Obituary' on Mortarhate Records, 'The Lives And Times Of The Apostles' on Children Of The Revolution Records and 'How Much Longer?' on Acid Stings plus a split 7" with Joy Of Living on Fight Back Records), but the one that no one could find was the split 7" with Anathema, again on Fight Back Records. That's because it never came out. Test pressings were made and given to the bands to approve, but it just never happened. Nothing sinister and no reason - it just sat there and never made it over the line. 33 Years later Inflammable Material finally release the 6 track EP on a 12" with a fanzine and Anathema from New Malden, Surrey finally get their first release on vinyl. Anathema deliver two tracks of tuneful anarcho punk with some tight guitar work including some screeching solos and passionate vocals whilst on the flip The Apostles give us four tracks of their usual primal and chaotic work including the fantastic track 'Punk Squat' which is just drums and vocals and some of the best lyrics of the era (Sean Forbes, Rough Trade). Comes with a 60cm x 60cm poster-pullout with all the original artwork that the bands could salvage, plus a special collaborative 32 page fanzine from the makers of Negative Insight and Defiant Pose that talks to the myriad bands who had releases planned on Mortarhate/Fight Back Records which never came to fruition. Interviews with/pieces on ANOTHER DESTRUCTIVE SYSTEM, ANATHEMA/THE APOSTLES, ANTISECT, ARCH CRIMINALS, AVSKUM, CHAOS, CITY INDIANS, CLASS WAR, CYANIDE SCENARIO, EAT SHIT, VARUKERS and VIRUS. 350gsm reverse board sleeve, band logos drawn by Nicky Rat.

OHYDA - KOSZMAR (LP/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)

Sophomore release by Lublin's Ohyda. Picking up where their self titled LP left in 2016 this 12" ups the feedback, aggression and psychedelic infused hardcore of their previous release to new levels. Sonically Ohyda are dark and anthemic, with a ferocious guitar tone and delay vocals backed up by a extremely solid rhythm section. Not afraid of riffs or creating atmospheric passages leading to explosions of noise full of nightmarish visions of the current world. Imagine Abaddon meeting Hawkwind at Jarocin festival then using Cress's gear to write an album of distorted quasi industrial hardcore. If the class of 1984 Polish hardcore had dreamed of what the future would sound it will be close to 'Koszmar'.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

NEUTRAL - THE WORLD OF DISBELIEF (LP/INFINITE FOG)

News for dark folk peoples. Is dark folk dead or was it alive at all? No doubt nowadays this is not so "popular" as when C93 released their 'Earth Covers Earth'. The seeming primitiveness of the style gave rise to thousands of groups repeating the same thing and the style left the radar of interest. But what about legendary masterpieces by Sonne Hagal, Sol Invictus, Forseti, Current 93, Ordo Equilibrio, Nature And Organisation, :Of The Wand & The Moon:, Backworld, Nebelung, Vali, Neutral of course, and more other bands who create simple, but fragile and beautiful pieces of music? Like all beautiful things, this is still actual and interesting and many albums of those bands passed well the test of time. Those who are not familiar with Neutral's music could be shocked by the extremely emotional, but quiet and soft style of song-writing. Neutral are not newcomers on the stage, the band is active since 1994 and well-known, especially because of their highlight album 'Serpents In The Dawn' which became a true classic of dark folk and neofolk music. Like Rome, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Lux Interna, Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat and a lot of other talented authors, Neutral grew over and surpassed dark folk and neofolk, and show that they create unique music which does not belong to #tags but belongs to the realm of feelings and beauty.

PINHAS, RICHARD -& MERZBOW- - THE KÖLN CONZERT LIVE 2008 (LP/BAM BALAM)

In 2008, guitarist and rock electronics innovator Richard Pinhas performed a duo concert with notorious 'noise' artist Merzbow in Köln. Merzbow's collaboration with French pioneer Richard Pinhas features some of his best music and gleefully amplifies the psychedelic tendencies of both composers. It is fascinating to hear these two imposing figures interact. Recorded live at the Stadtgarten, Köln.

UVEGRAF - A LAXE MODULARYS 2.049 (LP/PROCESO UVEGRAF)

Uvegraf is the moniker of the influential Spanish electronic musician Juan Teruel. The 10 tracks on his third full-length, here available on vinyl, blend elements of post-industrial, minimal synth and Kraut rock. Limited to 300 copies, the LP is pressed on GREEN VINYL.

DARK AWAKE - THE LAST HYPNAGOGUE (CD/STEINKLANG)

Dark Awake's 2019 album is a force, a Sacred Quest, an invocation to reincarnation and the continual awakening to the awareness that every moment of life is lived to its fullest potential. Ritual ambient with feeling of power and divinity in oneself and a search for that spark where the Lifestream touches Eternity! Guest vocals on one track by Zoe Dewitt (Zero Kama). Limited to 100 copies in 6-panel digipack.

ORGANISATION TOTH - THE OCCULT BLOODLINE (CD/STEINKLANG)

Organisation Toth is back with a soundtrack in the occult tradition of the first recordings. The first part of the album begins with a more modern and industrial electronic sound like the tracks 'Holy Land' or 'Fallen Angel'. However the second part of the album explores a more spiritual and dark ambient musical vision with the songs 'Aurora' or 'Unholy Alliance' dedicated to the Light of the Morning Star. From Darkness to Light... Ritual Music(k) for Ritual People! Limited to 100 copies in 6-panel digipack.

RAISON D'ETRE - APRES NOUS LE DELUGE: TRINITY EDITION (2CD) (CD/INFINITE FOG)

The dark, atmospheric and energetic mix of choirs, strings, various FX-sounds, heavy drums, and tribal sections makes this the seed for the raison d'etre sound trademark that began with the album 'Prospectus I' from 1993. Released in 1992 'Apres Nous Le Deluge' became the first official output from raison d'etre when it went available on the Cold Meat Industry subsidiary label Sound Source. There are three versions of 'Apres Nous Le Deluge' and now they have finally all been joined into one complete album release: the Trinity Edition. The original version released on cassette in 1992, first as a private demo tape and soon after slightly slimmed officially on the Cold Meat Industry sub-label Sound Source, had many flaws in the recording quality due to bad equipment and poor skills. The remixed version from 1995 was an attempt to make things better. It was a try to recreate the whole album but the mission failed. Only about half of the tracks were possible to recreate and the second half was just the original version treated with equalization and reverb. Also, many sounds on the remixed tracks were missing thus replaced with new sounds. In 2012 there was a new more serious attempt to recreate the whole album. The intention with the reduxed version was to recreate the energy and feeling of the original version but still making it well balanced and clear in the mix. All tracks composed by Peter Andersson between 1991 and 1992. K-14 level mastering by Peter Andersson 2019. CD 1 track 1-11 are recreated reduxed versions that have been restored, re-recorded and mixed in 2012. CD 1 track 12 is the original recording from 1992. This track was not part of the original 'Apres Nous Le Deluge' material but can be seen as a closely related bonus track. CD 1 track 13 to 17 and CD 2 track 1 to 6 are remixed versions from 1995. CD 2 track 7 to 17 are original recordings from 1991/1992, transferred from the original master tape.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

69 EYES - WASTING THE DAWN (2LP/BLACK) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 1999 album by this Finnish glam/goth/metal band. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl in gatefold jacket.

CHILDREN OF BODOM - HATEBREEDER (2LP/BLACK) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of second album from 1999 by this Finnish death metal band. Limited to 600 copies on black vinyl in gatefold jacket. Comes with 12" bonus EP.

CHILDREN OF BODOM - SOMETHING WILD (2LP/BLACK) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 1997 debut album by this Finnish death metal band. Limited to 600 copies on black vinyl in gatefold jacket. Comes with 12" bonus EP.

MOONSORROW - (BLACK) VARJOINA KULJEMME KUOLLEIDEN MAASSA (2LP) (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 2011 album by this Finnish pagan metal band.

XYSMA - FIRST AND MAGICAL (2LP) (LP/SVART)

1993's 'First And Magical' was "a new magical beginning for Xysma", as the band themselves put it. The most perfect amalgam of death metal and rocking stoner riffs, 'First And Magical' may still be the crown jewel in all of their discography. This 2019 edition also features a second disc with the pre-production demo that has five tracks that at times sound quite different to what the band eventually recorded for the album.

NULLINGROOTS - MALADY'S BLACK MAW (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

The 5th album of the atmospheric black metal/blackgaze band Nullingroots (Phoenix, Arizona, USA). 'Malady's Black Maw' is a story about the earthly life's foredoom, and the acceptance of this fact as well as about seeking the existence goals. Life is often interrupted suddenly due to illness or accidents. Living in this reality is banal to the point of vulgarity, but one can get through all that grief and see the beauty which is reflected by this sadness. One can be filled with the dynamics of life and get rid of the disease called "death". With 'Malady's Black Maw' Nullingroots raises to a new level on the height bar, which was set by their previous work!

RAMIHRDUS - ETERNITY (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

Re-release of the debut (2017) album by atmospheric black metal project Ramihrdus (Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, USA). On their first album, Ramihrdus successfully reinterprets the atmosphere of dungeon synth and black metal of the early '90s, creating their powerful and gloomy atmospheric USBM with beautiful melodies, catchy riffs, chilling vocals and noticeable influence of medieval and folk elements. 'Eternity' is a must-have for anyone looking for quality music at the juncture between Lustre and Elderwind. Comes in 6-panel digipack.

RAMIHRDUS - MIDSUMMER'S TWILIGHT (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS BELLI MUSICA)

Re-release of the last (2019) album by atmospheric black metal project Ramihrdus (Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, USA). 'Midsummer's Twilight' is a sorrow-laden reflection of love through the seasons and how the world treats the natural world and our ever-dwindling resources. Ramihrdus' atmospheric/dark/folk black metal fascinates with its depth, interspersed with female vocals, choral parts and interesting melodic passages. 'Midsummer's Twilight' is a must-have for fans of Elderwind, Eldamar and Panopticon. Limited to 100 copies in 6-panel digipack.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

AHMED - SUPER MAJNOON [EAST MEETS WEST] (2LP) (LP/OTOROKU)

[Ahmed] -the quartet of Pat Thomas, Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Seymour Wright- make music of heavy rhythm, repetition and syncopation set deep into an understanding of jazz and the obscure depths of its history. Across the 2 LPs which make up 'Super Majnoon [East Meets West]' the group work and rework the music of the late musician Ahmed Abdul-Malik to create a stamping, swinging, relentlessly propulsive record where profundity and physicality root right back to ecstatic feeling.

ANGLES 10 9 - TODAY IS BETTER THAN TOMORROW (LP/UNDERFLOW)

SIDE 1: 1. Today Is Better Than Tomorrow / In Our Midst 24:13 Angles 10: Johan Berthling: double bass Magnus Broo: trumpet Eirik Hegdal: baritone saxophone Goran Kajfes: cornet Martin Küchen: alto saxophone Kjell Nordeson: drums Mattias Ståhl: vibraphone Andreas Werliin: drums Alexander Zethson: piano Mats Äleklint: trombone Compositions: Martin Küchen (STIM/NCB) Arrangements: Angles 10 Recorded at International Jazz Festival Saalfelden by Alois Hummer and Michael Radanovics, Radio Österreich 1, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, at the 25th of August 2013. SIDE 2: 1. Ubabba 8:55 2. Love, Flee Thy House (In Breslau) 12:50 Angles 9: Johan Berthling: double bass Magnus Broo: trumpet Eirik Hegdal: baritone saxophone Goran Kajfes: cornet Martin Küchen: alto and tenor saxophone Mattias Ståhl: vibraphone Andreas Werliin: drums Alexander Zethson: piano Mats Äleklint: trombone Compositions: Martin Küchen (STIM/NCB)

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC/AMBIENT/D’N’B/TRIPHOP

COSMIC GROUND - 5 (CD/STUDIO FLEISCH)

Cosmic Ground's 5th album was performed, mixed, produced and mastered again by Dirk Jan Müller (Electric Orange). Analog modular synthesizers and sequencers, Farfisa organ, string ensembles, Mellotron, bass. Recorded in 2018/2019 at Dom/Attic and Studio Fleisch, Aachen.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT & TUOMARI NURMIO - KINAPORIN KALIFAATTI (LP/SVART)

Reissue of 2009 CD-only album of 300 copies on black vinyl. Polka rhythms, exotic marches, Russian folksongs played on tuba, saxophone, guitars,accordion with drums and percussion. All kinds of moods. Tuomari Nurmio meets Alamaailman Vasarat. So what's the combination like then? Kebab-kosher-jazz-film-traffic-punk (?!) may be the nearest possible way to describe them with words. The opening track 'Kolmannen Linjan Mona Lisa' really scares the weakest off with its mammoth-like theme after turning into tango-like song. 'Arabian Kuu' takes the listener to a journey through Arabian melodies and truly hypnotizes the listener. There's warp speed, there's a waltz etc.

 

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