Saint Vitus - Die Healing (Re-issue) (Black) (LP)
Limited edition of only 300 copies on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
From the very opening riff of "Dark World" I knew I had spent my dough wisely. Full of thick, slow, syrupy riffs this platter creeps along like heavy morning fog. Scott Reagers bizzare vocals drip out of the woofers like dew. A sweet sound indeed. The tight rythym of bassist Mark Adams and drummer Armando Acosta provide the perfect groove for Dave Chandlers' searing guitar leads. By the time the last track "Just Another Notch" came up, I had become totally hooked on these guys. This album was everything I had been looking for at the time. It still finds it way to the top of my stack quite often still to this day.
Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65 (IMPORT) (LP)
Includes a download card.
Saint Vitus are the godfathers of American Doom Metal. A statement weighing as heavy as this band sounds. Nonetheless this is simply the truth.
Therefore it is an event of historic proportions in the world of Heavy Metal that after seventeen years since the release of "Die Healing" (1995) Saint Vitus now return with their eighth full-length masterpiece "Lillie: F-65". This album includes the trademark song writing style so beloved by Saint Vitus fans: There is the cataclysmic and unmistakable guitar sound of co-founder Dave Chandler full of reverbs, feedbacks, flanger and apocalyptic distortion leading to amazing and magical solos. "Lillie: F-65" is furthermore graced with the deeply resonant vocals of Scott "Wino" Weinrich who returns to record an album with the band for the first time since the glorious "V" (1989) and whom many consider to be the classic Saint Vitus vocalist. Doom adepts will delight in the honey slow dripping of notes and the sudden energetic outbursts, which are as painfully depressing as sweet.
Seventeen years after their last album and nine years after their reunion, Saint Vitus finally return with an album that will cement their status as true icons of Doom. The US legend is back and stronger than ever with "Lillie: F-65". Bow down and enjoy this soon to be Saint Vitus classic!
Salem's Pot - Ego Trip (Color) (7 inch)
Limited edition of only 500 copies on various vinyl colors.
Salem's Pot new single, "Ego Trip" is bombastic and is recommended at high volumes with a healthy dose of marijuana for optimal enjoyment. Playing Roadburn 2015, this is the band to watch in the coming year. For fans of Uncle Acid, Electric Citizen, Electric Wizard, Dead Moon and The Stooges.
Sanford Parker - Lash Back (Lilac) (LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
An industrial/electronic album by a producer/musician who was a member of Minsk, Nachtmystium and Twilight, and who has -one way or the other- worked with a.o. Buried At Sea, Corrections House, Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, Wovenhand, Eyehategod and many more.
Santa Cruz - Down on My Knees (IMPORT) (2LP)
The sinister sequel to Orange Sunshine, a true magnum opus, dramatic doom and manic drone metal mixed with creeping elements of theatrical gothic horror pop, bad acid trip drug rock,superseventies' heroin boner boogie, angry desert blues soundscapes, and even some epic classical philharmony, romantic guitar music and neo-folk, all blended together into one long, dark and psychotic orchestral rock opera full of the subliminal stimulation of distraughting dissonants and overwhelming overtones.
Through paranoia, penetration and pain, through deliverance, catharsis and gratitude, Santa Cruz shall be your Virgil in the purgatory of your little twisted mind...
Sarcofagus - Cycle of Life (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition of only 500 copies on 140gr. clear vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
Luxurious reissue of their first studio LP, Cycle of Life, from 1980. The new edition is remastered for vinyl from the original master tapes.
SardoniS/Eternal Elysium - Split 10 inch (Color) (10 inch)
Limited edition of only 400 copies on red vinyl.
Belgian two-piece sludgemobile SardoniS (must remember that big S!) have seen their stock price rise in the last 12 months with the release of the excellent ‘II’ record and huge support shows with the likes of COC, Angel Witch, Saint Vitus and Acid King. ‘The Ascending’ is a ten-minute ear-pillage which plants them partway between the intense metallic synchronicity of Black Cobra and the eerie psyche-trip of Ufomammut. Roel’s huge chugging riffs slither and spiral up a cosmic beanstalk as Jelle’s delicious fills and frantic snare pummelling rolls across the craterous surface of Planet Doom. Ten minutes is ambitious for an instrumental with just two instruments, but backed by some subtle chimes, synth-like sound-expansion and enough space dust to get a complimentary nod from Hawkwind, the track becomes an exciting rollercoaster ride that’s as infectious as it is riotous.
It’s fair to say that Eternal Elysium are more of an unknown quantity across the Pacific than their S-bookended mates but that certainly doesn’t stop their Sabbathian/Kyussian stomping dirge impressing as much, if not more, than their European brudders of the riff do. The Church of Misery-a-like twang of ‘Unbound (Kai Hoh)’ gives way to some boogie-bound 70s riffage, hummable chorus lines and even a saxophone cameo. Yep, that’s right, a sludge sax. ‘Circulation (Jun Kan)’ easily wins the title of Standout EP Moment for me – a gentle country-esque intro leads into a sandstorm of guitars and dry-throat vocals that are as stoner purist as it gets. The trio ramp up the tempos as the circulation gets faster; solos squeal, the singer squeals, the ladies all squeal as Eternal Elysium blow everyone’s collective minds.
Satan's Satyrs - Wild Beyond Belief! (Silver) (LP)
Limited edition on silver colored vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
‘Wild Beyond Belief!’; a ripping deluge of blasphemous scuzz-rock workouts from Virginia rippers Satan’s Satyrs. This brand new pressing has been fully mastered from the source files to quarter inch tape by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Cathedral, Hexvessel, The Gates of Slumber etc…) for maximum warmth, volume and thickness of sound!
Saturnalia Temple - Impossibilum (Color) (LP)
Translucent red vinyl.
Saturnalia Temple is a Draconian Magical prophecy that speaks through music. From strings, battery and chants echoes nothing but dedication and timeless traditions. As can be expected of this triumvirate, they again channel the Qliphoth, echoing from the sphere of Golachab, enhancing the impossible elixir. Black magic metal has gone too far. There is no redemption.