Thursday, September 20, 2018

Various ‎– Pylons And Telegraph Poles



When a compilation starts out with a Culver track, you know that it's good. So this comp features 9 tracks from UK drone and experimental artists, including Culver in a totally sleepy static mid-tone drone, fizzy psychedelic ambient by the underrated Johann Wlight, scary ambient by Dual, spacey levitating drone by Amberlight, low-pitched paralyzing distortion by iD, deep spectral ambient/drone by Arabella's Parade, cacophonous accordion/dictaphone improvisations by Rob Galpin, ambiental noise by Nixxos Lexxos, and nice organ/guitar loop drone by Karina ESP. I like this cd very much, it makes me want to sleep so much; due to the fact that I always work afternoons/evenings I should have known better than listening to such stuff just before I leave for work. Shit. Cdr on Evelyn Records.


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Food People - Animal Work tape


Spaced-out weirdness at its best here, as this trio creates a mix between psychedelic drones, folkish violins and dark ambient/industrial voids. 2018 tape on Beartown.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Flamingo Creatures ‎– Flauschi tape



One of the absolutely best psychedelic bands at work at the moment, the German duo of Flaming Creatures construct a hazy world of amazing sonic experimentation based on violins, guitars and loops, mixing kosmische psychedelia, gamelan type bliss and the best and most nightmarish elements of early Throbbing Gristle. Must listen. 2017 tape on Beartown.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Erimos - Koilada Tis Monaksias


If you liked the side of Epithanatios Ronghos from the previous post, this is also gonna appeal to you. Erimos was the band some of their members had before Epithanatios while they still lived in provincial Greece. Their style is almost identical: epic wintry black metal-tinged crust punk based on seventh chords, gruff vocals and relentless pounding on the drums, close to Greek crust legends Himeria Narki, dark melodic crust like Ambulance or Ekkaia, as well as the early - and good - Greek bm material like Rotting Christ (pre-Triarchy of the Lost Lovers), Varathron and Septic Flesh. 2004 DIY release.

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Epithanatios Roghos & Poreia Sto Perithorio Split LP



Two great punk bands from Thessaloniki, Greece, whom I was lucky enough to catch in the act during their run. Epithanatios Ronghos (Death Rattle) played superb black metal-influenced crust punk with lots of wintry melodic riffs, gruff vocals and an epic sense of despair. Unfortunately they broke up after their guitarist's death from a drug overdose, but at least one member continues to the now running band Kataxnia who play kinda similar punk. Poreia Sto Perithorio played pogo-inducing mid-to-fast-paced rock n roll punk that makes me want to jump from my desk to the couch. 2006 self-released lp.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Tea Towels ‎– We Are The Deadness tape



Garage sound quality noise rock with lots of mellower atonal, greenish moments. For fans of Slint, Oxbow, and The Dead C, but at their most incoherent, broken down and crawling on the floor. 2017 tape on Beartown.

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Paranoia Keeps Crawling ‎– Made To Be Broken lp



One of the later examples of the Bremen sound of metallic hardcore, Paranoia Keeps Crawling plays extremely dark and heavy hardcore punk with a technical edge compared to their forefathers Zeroid and many influences from His Hero Is Gone, along with some more melodic neocrust moments. Very good stuff. 2004 lp on Sabotage and and Per Koro Records.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

N. / Depletion ‎– Today I Feel Drained cdr




Italian N. sets off very interestingly with soulless synth noise akin to Maurizio Bianchi and Atrax Morgue. It sounds very damaged and nihilistic, inducing you to just stare at the ceiling. The great Depletion of Martyn Reid (Vampyres) continues with three amazing tracks of heavy synth noise of similar influences, for people who want to commit suicide by swallowing a bucket of wet concrete. 2017 cdr on BeTon.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

IDX1274 / Dead Shall Not Have Died In Vain ‎– Split



IDX1274 is from Oregon and plays improvisational noise. He doesn't push the wheel on any account but his noise is harsh, heavy-toned and hypnotic. On a dark, rainy early autumn like this it's one of these things I like hearing after a tiring day at work to put my mind at ease. Dead Shall Not Have Died In Vain plays more lo-fi noise, with additional textures and samples and a little HNW attitude. 2007 cdr on Pottersfield.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Various ‎– Spiritual Jazz Vol.8 Japan: Parts I & II


The most recent in the Spiritual Jazz series features 60s and 70s jazz artists from Japan, ranging from bop and spiritual to free jazz and fusion. Outstanding tracks include Minoru Muraoka's blend of jazz with traditional Japanese instruments like the shakuhachi, biwa, and koto, Sadao Watanebe & Charlie Mariano's aggressive free jazz, and Tohru Aizawa's deep spiritual. 2018 2Xcd on Jazzman/Spiritual Jazz.

PS. These Spiritual Jazz cd contain very informative booklets on the artists, but unfortunately my time is too limited to get into the trouble of scanning them. However, since the music is amazing, I strongly urge everyone to buy the actual physical thing to get all the info and of course support the label.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Various ‎– Spiritual Jazz 5 - Esoteric, Modal And Deep Jazz From Around The World 1961-79






The fifth installment of the Spiritual Jazz series features progressive jazz from all around the world, from countries such Israel, Turkey, Jamaica and Argentina. My favorite tracks are the Indian Louiz Banks's heavy funky raga jazz, Oladepo Ogomodede's gritty cover of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," and Hideo Shiraki's koto-and-flute based dark, subdue jazz. 2014 cd on Jazzman/Spiritual Jazz.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Various ‎– Spiritual Jazz - Esoteric, Modal And Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968-77



The first release in a series of compilations on various aspects of spiritual/deep/modal/soul jazz, this cd includes various underground and not too well-known jazz artists and bands from the late 60s and early 70s, most of whom showcase dark jazz and many times with ethnic vibes. My favorite tracks include Lloyd Miller's beautiflu santur-based jazz version of an Iranian traditional song, South African Ndikho Xaba's deep vamp, and the one by Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble, which consisted of prisoners. 2008 cd by Jazzman/Spiritual Jazz.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Various - State of the Union 2Xcd



The main reason I bought this compilation was to hear the one of the only two recordings as far as I know of legendary and mysterious very early Swans guitar player (pre-Filth) Sue Hanel, which is talked about to some extent in the Swans book. The other recording is in the All Guitars! compilation uploaded by Die or DIY. But this double cd set contains a lot of the most important names in the American noise/no wave/experimental scene. The names are two many but some indicative names are Fred Frith, John Duncan, Painkiller, John Zorn, John Lurie, plus a poem by Allen Ginsberg! You can check all the other names in the pic here on Discogs. 1996 2Xcd on Atavistic.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Swans - Filth/Body To Body/EP #1/Live Recordings 3-cd reissue



Of course theres nothing to be said about Swans' first monstrous album of cacophonic oppressive filth. I'm just posting this because I recently finished the Sacrifice And Transcendence: The Oral History book with interviews of various people close to Michael Gira and Swans compiled by Nick Soulsby. It's a fun book documenting Gira's oppressive personality and regimental discipline imposed on the band, plus the many crazy reactions to the band's loudness. Jarboe comes off as an extremely likeable person by most interviewees, Bill Laswell is mostly berated for the production he imposed on The Burning World album. What I found lacking was discussion on the reunion line-up and experience of Swans which was kinda short and didn't care to make any mention of the decision to disband it and Gira's enigmatic plans about how Swans will continue; plus, since the book is as much a Swans biography as an account of Gira's life and his life post-Swans (with some really negative comments by his Angels of Light collaborators), I would definitely have liked it had the book delved into the rape allegations made by Larkin Grimm, given that she hasn't pressed charges against him and that Gira has made a too vague response as far as I'm concerned. I hope that the truth will come out one day; whether Gira has done it or not, there must be some form of financial help for women who have been raped so that they can legally go forward, and so that Larkin Grimm can do what she deems best to prove if Gira is scum or not.

So, the three-cd reissue of Filth includes the album remastered plus a live recording from 1982-3 on the first cd, the amazing Body To Body Job To Job live cd comprising of recordings from 1982-85 in all their brutality - damn that LOUD version of 'Raping a Slave' (and includes the only live recording I've heard of Sue Hanel with Swans), and the third cd includes the first EP, and other early live recordings. Enjoy. 2015 3-cd set on Young God Records/Mute.

CD1: Filth
CD2: Body To Body
CD3: EP/Live Recordings

Emaciator - Possessive tape



Emaciator proves that sleep can be a horrible experience. Hypnotic, dark and scuzzy synth imdustrial noise in the vein of early Maurizio Bianchi that is guaranteed to put you to sleep and then terrify you. 2006 tape on Hanson.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Depletion ‎– Electrónica Nerviosa cdr



Claustrophobic, utterly grey and urban modular synth industrial noise by Martyn Reid, who also plays with Lee Stokoe in Vampyres. Like early Maurizio Bianchi with better sound and bleake. 2016 cdr on Shadown Of Venom.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Blacken The Skies - Blacken The Skies cd



An anarcho-punk band from North Carolina featuring Stef of Catharsis. They play intricate and melodic neo-crust punk with influences from Ashes Rise and mainly The Dagda, along with some more experimental screamo influences. 2003 cd on CrimethInc.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Sindre Bjerga - Fabio Orsi - Faded Brown And Grey cd



Awesome electro-acoustic drone collaboration between Sindre Bjerga and Fabio Orsi without hesitating to delve into noisier, more levitating atmospheres. 2014 cd on Korm Plastics.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Papal Bull - In Is In, An Is An, Nrmeegecy Is Emergency, Uyo Is You, Cna Is Can, Siht Is Shit, On Is On, Polihs Is Polish, Tiancvdseetas Is Sedevacantist cdr



Papal Bull is a project of Joe Murray (Posset) and Jon Marshall (Singing Knives). The approach is similar to Posset's musique concrète/sound poetry, i.e. the soundtrack of dental suction, accompanied by noisy improvisations on piano, violin and a very cool demented jazz track called "Brassy Exit Burrs" with jazzy drums and mouth horns. I also must mention the title; I love the anagrams and I also love doing this mentally, i.e. when I watch a movie and I place vowels or consonants of words I here separately and alphabetically very quickly. Then my brain hurts. Shit. 2016 cdr on Chocolate Monk.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Posset - Incumbent Failure Ambassador 3" cdr



Starts fairly typically with Posset's patent dictaphone decay and improvised percussive sounds, and then "Technological Music" comes in with beautiful 8-bit chords over sound manipulations and ends with some lo-fi beatbox. Last track is a slowed-down, very low tone sound poem which at the end sounds as if it says "cock you up." Well, I'd be honored. 2018 3 cdr on Bells Hill.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Posset / Trancers II / Hapsburg Braganza ‎– A Clutch Of Eggs cdr



Posset's high-frequency tape hiss is juxtaposed against Trancers II's nice old-school-industrial-meets-hypnagogic (think of a mix between Throbbing Gristle and old James Ferraro and early Dirty Beaches) and Hapsburg Braganza's two very different tracks; first one is a dreamy floating ambient orchestral piece a-la William Basinski and Stars Of The Lid, while is a dictaphonic piece mixing various old talk shows and old jazz music. Nice shit. 2011 self-released cdr

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Posset - Mump Grumpy cdr



Posset doing his thang, playing up chewed tapes of field recordings from classical concerts, forests, your grandma's TV set et al. 2009 cdr on Infinite Exchange.

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Sindre Bjerga & Posset ‎– Jazz Hands, Bloody Jazz Hands tape (2016, Sound Holes)



Here comes Sindre Bjerga and Joe Posset Murray again, wielding dictaphones in one hand and Betadine oral gargle antiseptic on the other, roaming the streets of Gateshead to leave their salive on some random kid's neck. By now, you should have known what to expect; tape cannibalism of loops of TV shows and AOR and free mouth jazz played by people with over 70% disability. How these two weirdos found their way into this blog I don't know, but hey, if you are into that thing, well, I don't judge people. Damned Freaks. 2016 tape on Sound Holes.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

TQ #14/ No-Audience Underground Tapes/ Posset - Another Forever Tomorrow cdr




New TQ issue continues in a more retrospective note as in the previous John Peel issue, with the main part of the zine focusing on accounts of kraut rock giants such as Can, Holger Czukay, first Faust, and Kraftwerk.

The most important part, though, is an interview with David Howcroft, the person behind No-Audience Underground Tapes, which I have talked about here; in the interview David talks about his connection to Blyth and Fuckin' Amateurs, the formation of N-AuT, consideration on its future, and the story behind the Another Headache For the NHS compilation, which was released in order to gather financial aid for a shockingly serious accident David had had. I already knew that that comp was released in aid of David, but I wasn't aware of how dangerous his condition was, and I wholeheartedly wish him the best.

I grasp the opportunity to remind readers of the blog that No-Audience Underground Tapes is an important effort to document the life of the North-East England drone/noise/experimental scene, recording and releasing gigs by such amazing musicians and groups like Vampyres, Posset, Smut, Fells, Witchblood, Möbius, Death In Scarsdale, Wrest, Noize Choir, and so many others. More than 50 tapes have been released so far, and I really hope that David will keep at it for as long as it takes. I would offer the full list here, but I highly recommend that all of you drop David an email, ask for the list, get some stuff and give him your support; after all he is doing it for free, without charging for the tapes, which is an important aspect of the underground.

Finally, this most recent issue of TQ comes with a free cdr of Posset's Another Forever Tomorrow. Posset is obviously one of my favorite artists ever, and on this release he proves again his expansive vision of electronic music, from his patent dictaphone manipulation of vocals and voices to an amazing gamelan-like tune called "Rubber Whiskey Decisions," and from a dictaphone blues anthem called "Dub Touch (Two)" to more ambient/drone incursions with the cd's intro and outro. Great stuff as usual, you can listen to it here.


Friday, August 24, 2018

John R. Olson - Solo Horn tape



No need to mention how talented and versatile as a musician John Olson is; this tape is just additional proof to that. Here he improvises on his wind instruments, doing raw recordings, sometimes in the outdoors (you can here children, birds etc.) and covering a range of moods from free jazz to solitary Middle-Eastern styles. Great stuff as always by Sound Holes, this time on tape in 2017.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Sun Of Nothing ‎– Rehearsal Tape






Sun Of Nothing is a band from Athens, Greece mixing sludge, post-punk, post-metal and black metal into a cauldron of noise and urban toxic pox. They've released three full-length albums, all of which can be downloaded for free on their bandcamp. This is their first rehearsal tape from 2002, which I was lucky to grab during a gig of them I saw in Thessaloniki when I was doing my university visit there more than a decade ago. What is more striking about them is their vocalist Ilias; his delivery is a shriek that is not exhaled but inhaled; what damage he must have done to his lungs is unknown to me but it sounds great. Think of their music as a mix between Eyehategod and Godflesh; third track also includes the final riff from Electric Wizard's anthem "Funeralopolis" so you know these dudes have good taste. 2002 self-released tape.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tarantula Hawk

Band from Oakland, California featuring ex-members of The Locust and a guy who played in the latest Faust album. They released two albums and played some sort of instrumental psychedelic progressive post-punk heavily based on synth/organ. Their first album featured also some The Locust influences, with blastbeats and aggression. Their second album was more psychedelic/hazy with a touch of slow-building doom metal riffs. I think of them as kind of Word As Law/Souls At Zero-era Neurosis with the keyboards of Genesis. Aside from their two albums, they maintained a site that offered three live recordings that are way more psychedelic and lysergic, and I upload all of them here. Enjoy.



2000 - Burrow (January 2000 live recording)
 

2000 - Tarantula Hawk (on Life Is Abuse)



2000 - Desert Solitaire (live August 2000)



2001 - Live At KFJC 07.15.01



2002 - Tarantula Hawk (on Neurot)

Monday, August 20, 2018

Can ‎– WDR Funkhaus, Größer Sendesaal, Köln, 1972



A bootlegged recording of a 1972 gig Can did in Köln straight from a radio broadcast, as can be understood at the end of "Mushroom," where there's a speaker talking in German. The sound quality is acceptable, albeit a little distant and with focus on drums. You get Michael Karoli doing some nice long jams on "Mushroom," and an aggressive, drum-frantic 13-minute rendition of "Spoon," combined with an unknown (for me) track called "Love Me Tonight," while "Bring Me Coffee or Tea," and "Halleluhwah" get an additional heavy jazz funk vibe. Bootleg tape released by Anökumena.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Maurizio Bianchi - Technology 1 & 2



A compilation of two early (1981) tapes by Maurizio Bianchi, featuring primitive soulless and toxic synth attack. The first two tracks ("Technology 1) were also featured in the vinyl box released by Vinyl On Demand, which was a few weeks ago posted by the fine Rehashed Blog, but the second "Technology" was omitted. Fortunately for us, At War With False Noise salvaged it and released it in 2009 in cd form.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jazzfinger - The Ducal Palace


First rehearsal in 1996 of the initial duo form of Jazzfinger (Hasan Gaylani and Ben Jones) abusing guitars and basses. Very heavy, noisy, fuzzy and with a sense of green-ish muck pervading. 2009 cd on Turgid Animal.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Arvo Pärt ‎– The Symphonies (Tõnu Kaljuste, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra) (ECM)



End-of-summer laziness and boredom and the exhaustion of a very difficult winter are too overwhelming for me to write anything of substance and to scan/upload covers, etc. so there you go. A new recording of all 4 Arvo Pärt symphonies conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste and performed by the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, this is the first studio recording of the fourth "Los Angeles" symphony of 2010. People who have mostly come to Pärt through his beautiful choral work or his masterful solo pieces "Fur Alina," "Spiegel Im Spiegel" or Tabula Rasa might surprised by the sometimes aggression and darkness hovering over these symphonies, especially the first two, which have that ominous Shostakovich/"Soviet" style, while Symphony 4 is perhaps closer to the majestic choral work, and Symphony 3 has a more majestic and cinematic feel to it, more particularly in the third movement. 2018 cd on ECM.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Necrophagia / Sigh ‎– Kindred Of The Dying Kind / Young Burial split 7"

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Repugnant & Kaamos Live In Kafe 44, Stockholm, 21.3.2003 tape

The two best bands of the old-school Swedish death metal early-2000s revival on a split live tape. Repugnant never took off as they only released a few tapes and a posthumous full-length; their singer however became world famous as the guy behind this overrated heavy rock band called Ghost, meh. They played death metal very close to the roots of Dismember and Entombed and the singer had a very cool thrash metal voice. Now Kaamos was one of the truly best metal bands of all time, albeit an unsung one that ended too soon, after two full lengths, a 10" and a CDEP. They weren't at all copycats of the old legendary sound, but they played an extremely technically proficient epic style of death metal that took a lot of influences of Unleashed that really surpassed Unleashed's quality and mixed them with other influences from Sadistic Intent and doomier parts akin to Candlemass and produced some of the best death metal ever recorded, especially in their first self-titled album. I was lucky enough to catch them in action around 2005-2006 and they were the absolute business, as can be also be understood from this live recording. 2003 tape on Escorbuto.

Necrovation / Corrupt ‎– Curse Of The Subconscious split 7"


Insanely tight and violent old-school Swedish death metal by the ever-awesome Necrovation, beginning with some really nice atmospheric arpeggios before morphing into thick devastating riffs; their second track is a cover of the classic Morbid track "My Dark Subconscious." Corrupt is another Swedish band, and they play less interesting trebly black/thrash metal with very fast drumming; their most noteworthy part is the vocals which remind me a lot of Altars of Madness-era David Vincent, the guy from the Peruvian band Mortem and Jeff Bechera of Possessed. The second track is a faithful cover with nice solos of Mercyful Fate's "Curse of the Pharaohs." 2005 7" on Blood Harvest.

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Das Über Evils ‎– Bratwurst Terror tape


Old-school death metal from the early incarnation of what later became known as Necrovation, one of the revivalists of the old-school Swedish death metal sound of Dismember and Entombed. Expect heavy, downtuned stuff with a touch of moshy groove and nice gruff vocals. 2002 self-released tape.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Atrax Morgue - I Vizi Morbosi Di Una Giovane Infermiera


Doesn't require much imagination to judge from the title that there's a 70' exploitation theme going on around here, does it? Heavy on samples from the film with the same name by gay socialist director from Spain Eloy De La Iglesia (haven't seen it), this wee little cdr by Marco Corbelli features minimal synth with hypnotic effects, devoid of any feelings with very few forays into more noisier territory, very reminiscent of early Maurizio Bianchi. 2001 cdr on Corbelli's own Slaughter Productions.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Lotus Eaters - Wurmwulv


The second and last full-length (fourth release overall) of Lotus finds continuing their electro-acoustic drone improv experiments with a slightly noisier touch I'd say and a darker, more desolate feeling that is also similar to the Aethenor project O'Malley had started during that period. 2007 cd on Troubleman Unlimited.

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PS. There's another Lotus Eater release entitled Alienist On A Pale Horse. Opium Hum blog has uploaded it, so you can't find it there.