deliverance (2012/MUSIC ON VINYL)
DEATH/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. "deliverance" is OPETH's 6th studio album, following the band's highly successful 2001 album, "blackwater park". It was recorded at the same time as "damnation". These albums were originally intended to be released as a double album but in the end they decided to release them separately. The 2 albums contrast starkly with one another, purposely dividing the band's 2 most prevalent styles, as "deliverance" is considered to be one of the band's heaviest albums, whereas "damnation" experiments with a much mellower progressive rock-influenced sound. This double vinyl got re-pressed on 180gr vinyl.
ghost reveries (2013/ROADRUNNER)
PROGRESSIVE-METAL/ROCK. As hard to believe as it appears there are still exceptions to the rule out there. For the past 15 years OPETH have managed to tread their very own path through a scene full of wannabes and traditionalists without ever heeding metal laws or fashion trends. Death-metal was trasnformed into a melting pot in the hands of OPETH who added goth, '70s prog-rock, folk and even elements of jazz with great skill transcending each genre in turn. "ghost reveries" is positively brimming with grand emotions, brutal riffs, spherical guitars, acoustic breaks, epic keyboards, rocking organs, enchanting solos und vocals reaching from downright evil to heart-breakingly beautiful. You can detect MORBID ANGEL just as well as PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON and NICK DRAKE. Let "ghost reveries" be your personal expedition. Metal by and for visionaries.
DEATH/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. The band's roots in the doom-laden shade of occult-infused Scandinavian death-metal and dark romanticism are undeniable and will never elicit apology. But the transcendent emotional and melodic heights achieved on the brilliantly titled tenth full-length OPETH album, "heritage", marks a new chapter in the storied quintet's career. Band leader, singer, guitarist, songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has reshaped the pathway forward for his artistic vehicle. This masterwork is a mind-boggling dense maze of tempo shifts, off-time signatures, percussive experimentation and warped rhythms. It is all expertly melded together by a myriad range of emotional outpouring and breezy melodic optimism which soars above the songs like a woodland spirit surveying its forest. There are multiple hints of darkness but "heritage" moves the band forward into broader dimensions.
morning rise (2008/BACK ON BLACK)
DEATH/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. The band have been a major musical influence over the last five years. They followed this album with "my arms, your hearse" which (along with their other releases!) proved to be a big seller. Again, this release has been completely re-mastered, the sleeve and artwork have been updated by the band and also included is a previously unavailable bonus track "eternal soul torture". This is a great chance for old and new fans to check the whole OPETH back catalogue which are (without doubt) essential additions to any metal fans collection. Re-issue of OPETH’s classic 2nd album, comes on 180gr and is housed in a gatefold-cover.
orchid (2008/BACK ON BLACK)
DEATH/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. OPETH's acclaimed debut album from 1994. This band has received massive critical acclaim for their combination of progressive influences and annihilating Swedish death-metal. This is a must for fans and collectors alike. Re-issue of OPETH’s classic 1st album, comes on 180gr and is housed in a gatefold-cover.
taste my sword of understanding (2014/SVART)
DOOM/SLUDGE-METAL. "taste my sword of understanding" is the 3rd offering of OPIUM WARLORDS, the final project of Sami Albert Hynninen (REVEREND BIZARRE, THE PURITAN, SPIRITUS MORTIS etc.). In comparison to the earlier albums it takes a few steps towards more conventional and easy-to-listen-to levels. Recorded in 2010, mixed in 2013 – ripened, literally, with blood, tears, sweat, and exotic neurochemical fluids "taste my sword of understanding" is at the same time minimal and complicated, light and heavy; sometimes gentle and soothing, sometimes raw and cruel, but always real and naked, and this time you may find – among all the repetition, weird noises, and floating on the drone and ultra-light chimes – even some essence of epic metal on board.
aftermathematics (2012/PIRATES PRESS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Debut full-length from this new Boston based hardcore-punk band. The LP is a split release between the bands' own label and 6 other companies. Between these 7 labels, each has pressed their own limited-number colorway out of a total press of 1000. Colored vinyl comes with a poster inlay.
get off your ass, get off your knees (2013/PIRATES PRESS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. OPPOSITION RISING appeals to fans of the different subgenres of hardcore and punk with their mix of musical influences and energetic live shows. With extremely catchy anthems that will make a fan of any street-punk, enough breakdowns for the hardcore kids, and enough brutality for the crust scene, mixed with some intelligent yet realistic lyrics and a strong d.i.y. ethic. OPPOSITION RISING is an anomaly in a sea of division and repetitive sounding bands.
s/t (2012/25 DIAMONDS)
POST-PUNK. OPTIONAL BODY is made up of YEAR FUTURE, THE VSS, ANGEL HAIR, SOME GIRLS, CAMERA OBSCURA etc. members. This "same titled" 7" feature 2 songs of dark, brooding punk that brings BAUHAUS and early CHRISTIAN DEATH to mind just as much as it does all of the member's former bands. Pressed in an edition of 300 copies which includes a digital download card.
a eulogy for the damned (2012/BACK ON BLACK)
STONER-ROCK. It’s easy to take ORANGE GOBLIN for granted. They ‘ve been around for a while now, ever since the bleary-eyed years of the stoner-rock explosion in the mid '90s. Their early sound was an aged, smoky blend of stoner-rock and psychedelia, but they ‘ve been leaning more and more towards their more aggressive heavy-metal and punk side. "a eulogy for the damned" certainly sounds loud, brash and beer-soaked, but it’s also very very catchy. The whole album is packed with tasty hard-rock riffs and soaring choruses. "a eulogy for the damned" is a hell of a record and song- for-song, their best since "the big black". Sit back, light up and enjoy. Deluxe 180gr vinyl edition, with gatefold-cover and limited to 1000 copies.
ORBIT THE EARTH
aphelion (2013/THIS CHARMING MAN)
POST-HARDCORE. ORBIT THE EARTH, a band of 5 fellas you might already know their recent and/or former outfits (JUST WENT BLACK, RITUAL, EMPTY VISION, COBRETTI) – but with OTE all of them go total different musical ways. Think of the technical-finess of BOTCH teaming up with the dark atmosphere of JR. EWING and the heavyness of ISIS. somewhere near that "aphelion" will make its musical impression. You'll get 40min. of heavy, groove-infected atmospheric songs. Some take their time to develop into 13min. of sad melodies and bulldozer guitars. Vinyl includes a digital downloasd card.
chaos is me (2013/EBULLITION)
SCREAMO-HARDCORE. ORCHID's 1st full-length from 1999 features 11 songs of their unique blend of emotive chaos and combustible hardcore. Blending it all together to create emo-violence. The cover design has an almost MISFITS inspired motif, and their lyrics are... well, they are ORCHID lyrics, which means that they are slightly emotive and vague while retaining a sense of purpose. ORCHID is all about blending; taking the best of several genres and putting it all together to get the ORCHID sound. Screaming vocals and harsh sounding music to keep the kids screaming and dancin' whether they are romulan emo kids or crusty klingons. Now available again on colored vinyl.
dance tonight! revolution tomorrow! (2013/EBULLITION)
SCREAMO-HARDCORE. Available again on vinyl. ORCHID come right back at you with 10 blasts of chaotic fury and emotive noise. Tuneful, vicious, throbbing, and chaotic noisy hardcore played with finesse, heartfelt energy, and a wee bit of arty pretense. The ORCHID sound is even more aggressive than on their LP, and anyone that enjoyed any of their previous releases will be floored by these songs.
SCREAMO-HARDCORE. The final recordings of ORCHID. These 19 tracks are probably the best songs that ORCHID ever recorded. Their sound has been honed and defined, and the recording perfectly captures ORCHID's diverse combination of arty sensibilities, heartfelt emotive song writing, MOHINDER-esque drumming, frantic precision, controlled mayhem, and chaotic adrenaline. An excellent record that even surpasses their previous releases. Both the CD and LP come packaged in gatefold sleeves. The various ORCHID members have gone on to form BUCKET FULL OF TEETH, THE WOLVES and the PANTHERS. Limited last pressing of 400 items on blue color.
s/t (2012/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Incredible raw hardcore-punk from Mallorca. Think ANTI DOGMATICS or WRETCHED mixed with modern distortion. Crazy vocals and relentless agression making this gem. Top notch silkscreen sleeve with great artwork and insert.