Released right after The Agent That Shapes The Desert, this is more of a mix of the noisier style of its predecessor and the more melancholic epic approach of The Black Flux, and includes a superb cover of The Walker Brothers' "Shutout." Originally released in 2012 this is the 2020 remastered reissue on Duplicate featuting two additional previously unreleased tracks.
Drier sound and a more manic feel with more intense rhythms and influences of noise rock. Originally released in 2011 this is the double-cd remastered reissue on Duplicate Records containing a whole disc of preproduction demos.
A masterpiece of lysergic psychedelic experimental metal by one of the most innovative musicians to ever come out of the Norwegian black metal scene, Carl-Michael Eide (Czral), also of Dodheimsgard, Aura Noir and the mighty Ved Buens Ende. When this got out I was working at a record shop and I listened to it throughout my shift, and it still remains my favorite one, over Carheart. By the way, the reformed Ved Buens Ende played my town just before the Covid lockdown, but I didn't go both due to health considerations and to my finishing work late in the evening. Have any of you seen any of the reunion gigs? This was released in 2008 and this is the 2020 remastered reissue on Duplicate Records including a previously unreleased bonus track.
For something slightly more upbeat, check out this amazing compilation of NYZ, the algorithm-based project of Aphex Twin collaborator Dave Burraston, here playing hardcore bleep techno and ambient dance music. R-E-C-O-M-M-E-N-D-E-D. 2020 lp on The Death Of Rave.
Unfortunately, İbrahim Gökçek passed away as his health had been irreversibly damaged due to his death fast. He is the third martyr of Grup Yorum in their struggle for artistic and political freedom after Helin Bölek and Mustafa Koçak. The struggle will continue to free all imprisoned Grup Yorum members on terrorism charges, among whom is Ibrahim's partner Sultan. Helin, Mustafa and Ibrahim will always live in our minds and our hearts and they will be our shining path until the violent destruction of capitalism, imperialism and fascism, until the victory of communism.
Another amazing work of avant-garde classical drone from Mary Jane Leach, the bibliographer of Julius Eastman. All tracks are great but the most remarkable one is "Bruckstück," which was originally featured on her Celestial Fires, but whereas there it is performed by eight sopranos, here it is by flutes. 2018 lp on Modern Love.
After 323 days of death fast, İbrahim Gökçek, bassist of the Turkish reolutionary political music group Grup Yorum ended his hunger strike. Grup Yorum had their musical instruments destroyed during a raid of the Turkish police into their cultural center in Istanbul and their members were imprisoned on charges of being linked to the banned DHKP-C, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, which has been conducting armed struggle against the Turkish state for many decades. Grup Yorum has always had a political stance and condemned and publicized the atrocities committed by the Turkish state and the condition of prison in Turkey.
In 2019, the members of Grup Yorum started a death fast demanding to be allowed to play music and play concerts, while still imprisoned. Singer Helin Bölek died on April 3 after 288 days at the age of 28, and the march during her funeral was suppressed. Mustafa Koçak died on April 24 after 297 at the age of 28, while imprisoned and tied on his bed.
Ibrahim's demand was the Grup Yorum be allowed to play live again, and if that demand was accepted he would stop his hunger strike. The acceptance of the demand and the end of the death fast is a political victory of the freedom struggle against of the oppression of people's and artist's rights. The fight continues to help Ibrahim stand back on his feet and to free all imprisoned Grup Yorum members.