Monday, June 30, 2008



Friday, June 27, 2008

Weekend Goat-Worship [Playlist 06.27.08]

AVSKY - Mass Destruction
VREID - I Krig
YES - Tormato
NOCTURNUS - Nocturnus Demos
CRETIN - Freakery
ACID KING - Busse Woods
TANGORODRIM - Justus Ex Fide Vivit and Unholy and Unlimited
ROBERT PLANT/ALISON KRAUSS - Raising Sand (the song "Nothin'" is pure doom. BELIEVE IT!)

On the way:

LEVIATHAN - A Silhouette in Splinters
TOTO - Dune: Original Motion Picture Score (extended edition)

Most highly anticipated

ABSU - Absu
MELVINS - Naked Boots
HARVEY MILK - Life... The Best Game in Town

Live: Boris/Torche, Protest

Reading: "Cabal" by Clive Barker

Watching: "80 Acres of Hell", "Rumble Fish: Special Edition"

Quote of the week:

"...The South recognized its settlement by the
arbitrament of arms; but the purpose
for which the south went to war has been
perverted by the radical party....

- R. E. Lee, 1868

(((03))) v.2

Amyxul [Publicity & Promotional Affairs]

How I'm listed at on the Tarot Productions Site. Click the pic to view all. Thank you Proscriptor! FS!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Oops [9k already]

TorqueZine hit 9,000 hits about 200 hits ago. I missed it totally. Thank you to everyone who contributes, writes in and has linked me to their blog or site. Keep spreading the word and one day maybe we can put an end to music journalism that insists on over-covering shit like Trivium and Arch Enemy.

Cheers to Russ (Proscriptor) Givens, Patchie and Thee Claw, Justin Bartlett and We are the Robots, Arik (busy as hell) Roper, Jenk, PT (Lngtché) and my band: Dave, Trip and Stumpy. Next stop, 10k. Holy shit, 10k!!!


Monday, June 23, 2008

Long Overdue Magic(k)

After YEARS of being in the works,.. through numerous unanswered phone calls and e-mails,... after the enduring of countless manufacturer fuck ups, ...these three master-works will at last be available soon from Agonia Records.


Playlist 06.23.08

AVSKY - Malignant
YOB - The Unreal Never Lived

Rest in peace George Carlin


Thursday, June 19, 2008

EYE [rehearsal II]

Second rehearsal last night. Songs included:

"Le Grande Narcissist", "Stabbing Out the Blue Eyes of the Sad Man", "Northfield County Down Time", "Howard Hughes", "Tetsuo: The Unauthorized Biography" (name change pending. "Tatooine: Tetsuo PartII"), "4", and parts of "5" and "6".

The songs are coming along and are turning out seriously heavy.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dømkirke + New (eventually)))

Sunn 0)))'s 7th studio album is still in the incubation stages... Preliminary tracks have been recorded in Seattle, WA with Randall Dunn (Altar album, Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room).

Beyond the core duo of Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson, Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Oren Ambarchi adds rays to make the 0))) burn divinely. Renowned violinist (among other instruments) Eyvind Kang has collaborated with 0))) on this album adding string and horn orchestration to the wicked sonic brew.

The material is as diverse as ever, traversing new directions, yet grounded in the behemoth foundation of yore.

...the white divine light of day = early 2009

The band will also be releasing a double-vinyl-only live album later this summer titled: Dømkirke.

The recording is from as very special live performance by Sunn 0))) in a cathedral in Bergen, Norway. The Borealis festival commissioned a piece of music referring to the gothic Gregorian hymns of the Late Middle Ages; hymns that flourished within the Bergen Cathedral in its earliest years. The building was built around 1180 in the age of the Great Famine and The Black Plague.

The Gregorian hymns of this time reflected the despair, the terrors and darkness of the world, and consisted of long slow lines of unison melodies. The style, the dark mood and the slow melodic development are all elements that also can be traced back to Sunn 0)))'s musical universe. These parallels between Sunn 0))) and the medieval times gave birth to this commission.

The Sunn 0))) core duo of Stephen O' Malley and Greg Anderson was joined by vocalist: Attila Csihar (Mayhem), organ by Steve Moore (Earth, Ascend, Stebmo), electronics by Lasse Marhog (Jazzkammer), and keyboards from T.O.S. Each LP side contains one singular piece:

Side 1) Why dost thou hide thyself in clouds?
Side 2) Cannon
Side 3) Cymatics
Side 4) Mass of The Ætmospheres

Like the Oracle LP release by Sunn 0))) last year this 180 gram heavy weight vinyl will be packaged in a super deluxe gatefold jacket with printed inner-sleeves featuring stunning photographs of the performance.

How many "cleaver" references to Earth were you able to find?

(((03))) (bottom photo by matt666)

Monday, June 16, 2008

The End...of Quality (why would you fuck with Immortal?)

So I've obtained a copy of Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism finally (again, actually) and the question I keep getting is "why'd it take you so long to just purchase one? Well, here is why...

The End Records has been putting out some of these harder to find gems on their label (Immortal, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Etc.) and this would at first seem a good thing for two reasons: 1) It would make the harder to find versions that much more valuable and 2) would make the recordings easily available to those who don't care about anything but "having the songs".

The problem I have with The End versions is this: 1) The case art that comes with the CD is VERY obviously scanned and is twenty kinds of shitty at best, 2) The purpose of getting the music out there to those who don't care about anything but "having the songs" doesn't make sense as those people will find a way to download it so it seems like a waste of time and resources.

The version I had first of Diabolical... was the JL America version and this version I've recently obtained is the Osmose/SPV version. (I'd like to have some kind of guide to know what's what and what all is out there and how many were pressed, etc., but that's the kind of geek I am.)

The long and short of it is, I always try my hardest to find most releases in their original pressing but have nothing against re-releases. But The End have done a way shitty job as far as I'm concerned as they've cut corners on the art and added ZERO additional tracks or liner notes but STILL charge you a hefty enough cost for getting sweet FA but what you could find elsewhere (this version I just got was $8.50 with shipping and is in beautiful condition.)

What's the motive? Greed! How about putting these out there at $5.99 or something? Give us some sway for fuck sake. A good example is the recent re-release of "Crippled Lucifer". Now THAT is how classics should be treated! I'll not support these re-releases and shall continue to track down better versions and as a collector, I'd advise you do the same or else, why not just download it? It's basically supportive of the same integrity.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

JSTN vs. Gravetemple [Ambient/Ruin 2008]

Our friend Justin Bartlett did it again, summoning his talents for this awesome poster for Gravetemple's mini-Euro Tour.

Gravetemple is Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley, Matt "Skitz". There will be a new limited edition cd and shirts out soon.

7th July Rotterdam/WORM (w/ASVA)
8th July Köln/Kulturbunker
9th July Paris/Point Ephemere
10th July London/ULU (w/ASVA)
13th July Birmingham/Supersonic Festival (w/Julian Cope on Bass)

I have the CD. Find it! It's well worth the search!


Monday, June 09, 2008

deadrightthere (part VI, first rehearsal in 4 years)

The musical collective once known as deadrightthere is back together, but will now be known as EYE. Our first practice was last Friday night and went far better than any of us anticipated. The last incarnation of the band was a hybrid of all four members' various influences (and they are really varied), a little along the lines of what it might sound like if the members of Bullhead era Melvins recorded Oceanic era Isis songs and sped them up and twisted them so they would sound like In My Head era Black Flag with Heartwork era Jeff Walker on vocals. I'm really stoked and proud to be working with Ybanez, Trip and Stumpy again! More updates soon.


Better Late than Never!

So 17 years after it's release I finally got Soulside Journey and let me say, I'm an idiot for having waited so long. I've always heard mixed things about this album from the BM elitists, but Proscriptor gave it a gigantic thumbs up so I got it. Of course, this opus comes highly recommended from me now as well!


Wednesday, June 04, 2008



Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Playlist 06.03.08 [UK Hails Edition]

Many many MANY thanks to Thee Claw's "One TRUE Patchie " (center) for the package he sent me from the UK containing a slew of goodies for me to check out, including:

RAVENS CREED - Militia of Blood Scarifice
AMEBIX - Arise! and Monolith
ANTISECT - In Darkness There is No Choice
WARCOLLAPSE - Divine Intoxication
SCATHA - After the Dust Settles

Hails and Respekt! (look for a package from America!)

Also on the playlist:

DARKTHRONE - Plaguewielder
GALLHAMMER - Ill Innocence
BLACK SABBATH - The Dio Years and Greatest Hits 1970-1978
COALESCE - 012:2

On the way:

DARKTHRONE - The Frostland Tapes, Soulside Journey and A Blaze in the Northern Sky
ABSU - Speed N' Spikes #2 (Split 7" EP with Rumpelstiltskin Grinder)
VELVET CACOON - Genevieve, Northsuite and Dextronaut
ADAM ANT - Antics in the Forbidden Zone

Visual Aggression:

The Black Donnellys - The Complete Series
My Name is Earl - Season One


Rotten - No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs

The band has secured a rehearsal room as of last Saturday and will begin practicing this week or next to start playing shows again and to hopefully record a few things. We will not be called deadrightthere any longer. Stay tuned! Music or DIE!


Monday, June 02, 2008

The Originator, Ellas Otha Bates

Bo Diddley
12.30.28 - 06.02.08

Rest in Peace