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Mamaleek -Via Dolorosa LP

The fifth album from Bay Area weirdos Mamaleek, Via Dolorosa is the duo’s darkest and most experimental release, incorporating black metal, psychedelia and electronic music. It is also the first Mamaleek record featuring live drums. At once harsh, frightening and beautiful, Via Dolorosa is like an evening at the darkest jazz club as it might appear in the depths of a child’s fever dream. Though the group’s two anonymous brothers hail from the San Francisco Bay Area and their work is rife with themes of death and nihilism, musically they stand apart from the city’s most well-known black metal exports (Weakling, Leviathan, et al.). Via Dolorosa features track titles inspired by traditional slave songs and incorporates melodic, Middle Eastern aesthetics. Bask in sorrow and reflect on your pitiful existence.  “The duo—a pair of brothers who prefer to keep their identities a secret—mix Middle Eastern song structures and samples, atonal experimental and avant-garde accents, guttural black metal howls, accessible electronic breakbeats, sludgy doom metal guitar-work, nimble piano interludes, and plenty of pop panache to create an unrelenting, moving sound.” —Forbes  “Mamaleek present a strong argument for being the next California black metal export worth following in the future.” —Sputnikmusic  “This record is the best black metal I have heard in a long, long time. It’s one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time, period. An absolute must-listen.” —Dan Barrett (Have a Nice Life)

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Mastery – Valis LP (red edition)

Mastery – Valis

SECOND PRESSING WITH NEW COVER ART!!! Valis is the first proper Mastery full-length and the most extreme record The Flenser has ever released. As its name and sigil demands, Mastery is a vessel to ascend the partial mind; one impulsive and chaotic, the other of collected illumination. A meditation unto the will subconscious. The solo black metal entity is the product of mastermind Ephemeral Domignostika (Pale Chalice, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Horn of Dagoth). Once a follower in the tradition of fellow Bay Area acts Leviathan, Crebain and Weakling, Mastery has evolved into something more. Valis is like a form of free jazz black metal—twisted and complex, with upwards of 100 riffs per song. Eschewing traditional songwriting and conceptual forms, Domignostika creates through spontaneous composition, cut ups and free performance. His extremely unique guitar style, polyrhythmic drum patterns and urgent vocal delivery bely the fact that Valis is the work of one person playing everything with the utmost intentionality. Mastery has previously released five extremely limited (and long sold out) demos since 2004, a collection on the tUMULt label in 2011 titled Barbaric Usurpation of the Hypereonic Black Metal Throne, and split albums with with Skullflower and Palace of Worms. “One can only assume that Mastery mastermind Ephemeral Domignostika is an extremely dangerous career sociopath after being subjected to this spastic sonic evisceration; either that or a deeply disturbed black metal savant.” —That’s How Kids Die “Mastery is total berzerker black metal, rooted in the tradition of true grim blackness, but filtered through Mastery’s cracked perception, transforming this into something beyond true; a droned out and damaged, outsider blackness, that sounds pretty much unlike almost any other black metal.” —Aquarius

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Kayo Dot – West Coast Tour 2015

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“…the sex appeal of Type O Negative and prog’s more refined side with a spacey smoothness.” – Pitchfork

In support of last year’s “essential” (Pitchfork) release, Coffins On Io, Brooklyn’s Kayo Dot have announced a batch of West Coast tour dates in June and July. The band, led by founding member Toby Driver (also of Secret Chiefs 3), emerged in Boston, MA in 2002 from the ashes of metal group Maudlin of the Well. Since then, Driver has led Kayo Dot through several lineup changes and dramatic stylistic shifts: from traditional metal, to atmospheric, avant-garde metal; and now with Coffins on Io, the bats-in-your-belfry hard rock of Sisters of Mercy meets Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, Scritti Politti and early Roxy Music.

But when it comes to Kayo Dot, change is the only constant. And like the best pop culture chameleons of the past, Kayo Dot’s evolution is governed by an inscrutable inner-logic. Despite the accessible songwriting of Coffins on Io and the emphasis on vocal melody and electronic percussion, Kayo Dot fans will find the record’s darkness and intensity familiar and relatable. For example: the dark wave of Coffins on Io album-track “Off-ramp Cycle” might be unrecognizable to Kayo Dot’s metal fans. “The sound is kind of like a sexy combination of Type O Negative, Peter Gabriel, Sisters of Mercy,” Driver says. But the track also encompasses the brooding menace of classic Bauhaus as well as current dark wavers Cold Cave and Crystal Stilts: artists young and old who live and die in those unknowable corners where heaviness meets delicacy and sincerity meets theatricality.

Elsewhere, Driver’s penchant for prog rock surfaces in the ethereal “Spirit Photography,” complete with a saxophone melody line—strikingly gentle when compared to Kayo Dot’s brutal back catalog. “Long Time Disturbance on the Miracle Mile” could be a Bryan Ferry-era Roxy Music cut, and “The Mortality of Doves” could be Eno-produced David Bowie.

See Kayo Dot on the road, playing songs from Coffins On Io, in a live setting in these fine cities:

Tour Dates:
6/25/2015 San Francisco, CA- Hemlock Tavern // 1131 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 w/ Kowloon Walled City
6/26/2015 Los Osos, CA- Sweet Spring Saloon // 990 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA 93402
6/28/2015 Los Angeles, CA- Complex // 806 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205
6/30/2015 Las Vegas, NV- Bunkhouse // 124 S 11th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
7/1/2015 Salt Lake City, UT- Kilby Court // 750 Kilby Ct, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
7/2/2015 Boise, ID- Crazy Horse // 1519 Main St, Boise, ID 83702
7/3/2015 Vancouver, BC- The Hindenburg // 23 West Cordova, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1C8 w/ Dama/Libra
7/4/2015 Seattle, WA- Highline // 210 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102 w/ Dama/Libra
7/5/2015 Portland, OR- Panic Room // 3100 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

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Sannhet / King Woman / Planning For Burial west coast tour

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San Francisco’s Flenser Records has had a busy start to 2015 and is excited to announce its first-ever West Coast label tour featuring Sannhet (Brooklyn), King Woman (Bay Area), and Planning For Burial (New Jersey). A week of shows are confirmed for the three bands in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Orange County, San Diego and Los Angeles, respectively, and will mark the first batch of shows for Sannhet who are on tour in support of their newly released LP Revisionist. The critically-acclaimed album has received rave reviews from Pitchfork, The New York Times, and Stereogum who said the band makes music that “largely defies categorization… epic, cinematic stuff… complex instrumentation is employed in the service of soaring, breathtaking music.” Additionally, Sannhet just completed an East Coast / Midwest run supporting Liturgy and have several shows in June before the Flenser tour including appearances at Northside Festival in Brooklyn and NXNE in Toronto. Check out Sannhet’s full tour routing below.

Bay Area’s King Woman are also heading out on this Flenser tour in support of their newly unveiled, highly-praised debut Doubt EP. Released this past March, Doubt touches on some heavy topics and allows vocalist/lyricist Kristina Esfandiari’s ingenuity to really shine; with nods to issues like religious abuse, sex, metaphysics, heartbreak and more. The band wears their musical influence on their sleeve: “We love bands like Black Sabbath, OM, Neurosis and Jesu”, said Kristina, and with her lush and dramatic vocals not unlike Mazzy Star and even Beth Gibbons, King Woman has created a sound all their own. Rolling Stone called Doubt “…part gauzy Mazzy Star-esque fever dream, part lumbering Sabbathian nightmare” and Pitchfork described it “…as dreamlike as it is suffocating.” This tour will be King Woman’s second of 2015 with additional shows scattered throughout Spring and Summer.

Joining Sannhet and King Woman on the Flenser Tour is New Jersey gloom band Planning For Burial, whose brand of dark shoegaze/gloomgaze is hard to categorize but contains elements of slowcore, shoegaze, doom, drone, 90’s alt rock, 80’s goth, and black metal, while never being defined by any one of those genres. Planning For Burial released its second full-length, Desideratum, in 2014 on the Flenser, but its back catalogue boasts a myriad of EP releases on labels like Enemies List, Music Ruins Lives and more. Additionally, The Flenser will be re-issuing Planning For Burial’s debut full-length Leaving (2010) in June of this year.

See these three fantastic bands on tour together this June and July and stay tuned to TheFlenser.com for more news as it happens.

FLENSER TOUR FEAT. SANNHET, KING WOMAN & PLANNING FOR BURIAL

June 27 Portland, OR @ Holocene

June 28 Seattle, WA @ Barboza

June 30 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

July 1 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation at Observatory

July 2 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

July 3 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

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Kayo Dot // Botanist Euro Tour

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Kayo Dot and Botanist are playing some European shows!

April 7th – Levontin 7, Tel Aviv, 65111, Israel (Kayo Dot only)
April 9th – Doom over Leipzig, Germany
April 11th – Roadburn , Tilburg, Netherlands
April 13th – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
April 14th – Fängelset, Goteborg, Sweden
April 15th – Magnet Club, Berlin, Germany
April 16th – Vila Štvanice, Prague, Czech Republic
April 17th – Undertown, Meyrin Village, Switzerland
April 18th – Lo Fi Club, Milan, Italy
April 19th – La Zonmé, Nice, France
April 20th – Escape B, Paris, France
April 21st – The MacBeth, London, UK
April 23rd – Islington Mil, Salford, UK
April 25th – The Junction, Plymouth, UK
April 28th – Mózg Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland
April 29th – GMK, Budapest, Hungary
April 30th – Doenaufestival, Krems An Der Donau, Austria (Botanist Only)

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Mamaleek – Via Dolorosa

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Bask in sorrow and reflect on your pitiful existence!

Via Dolorosa is the 5th album by dark experimental weirdos Mamaleek, the band’s second for The Flenser.  The album is the darkest, most experimental and orchestrated of Mamaleek’s albums, incorporating black metal, psychedelia, and electronic music. Via Dolorosa is the first Mamaleek record featuring live drums (along with the electronic fair) and is the band’s most organic. It sounds like a psychedelic-infused night at the darkest jazz club gone as wrong as a child’s nightmare. It is harsh, frightening, and beautiful.
 
Mamaleek is comprised of two anonymous brothers from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band is musically divergent from San Francisco’s nihilistic history of black metal (Weakling, Leviathan), however the band still approach traditional black metal topics such as sorrow, death and nihilism. Like past Mamaleek releases, the track titles on Via Dolorosa are shared with traditional slave songs and music is banded together with a melodic middle-eastern aesthetic.
 
The band commented,  “It is at once, a solicitation and renunciation of the genres that are blended together to create something other…Traditional music turned against itself, in treasonous alliance with the barbarians at the gate whom it once hoped to keep out. May the acoustic ruin here documented compel you to turn to your lord. You may take these songs to your judgement day as a protest against the filthy oil pumping in your veins.”

Pre-order will go live on April 14th 2015 along with a number of other albums.

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Father Murphy – A Purpose.

Father Murphy’s new album Croce is out today. You can order it from the The Flenser store or download from bandcamp or iTunes.

Enjoy the surreal animated video for the track “A Purpose”

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King Woman – Escape from Tomorrow

King Woman will be playing some upcoming west coast tour dates. The band has made a video mini-documentary of their last tour. Escape from Tomorrow!

King Woman “Burn” West Coast tour dates:

March 28th – The Hemlock, San Francisco, CA

March 29th – The Funk Den, Santa Rosa, CA

March 30th – The Press Club, Sacramento, CA

March 31st – Orange Street Studio, Chico, CA

April 1st – Deadbeat Records, Olympia, WA

April 2nd – The Highline, Seattle, WA

April 3rd – High Water Mark, Portland, OR

April 5th – LCM, Oakland CA

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Sannhet – Revisionist Out Today!


We are now shipping copies of Sannhet’s Revisionist. You can order now from The Flenser store.

You can download it from The Flenser bandcamp, itunes, Amazon and stream on Spotify.

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Pre-orders: Father Murphy / Bell Witch // Tour Dates: Wreck and Reference / Sannhet

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Father Murphy – Croce LP/CD/CS

We are now taking advanced orders for Father Murphy’s “Croce” on vinyl, CD, and cassette.

This dark psychedelic / industrial cabaret is a religion-themed concept album entitled Croce (“Cross” in Italian), one side representing suffering and sacrifice and the flip reflecting what comes after—the end of suffering, resurrection, or perhaps oblivion. The work was recorded by John Dieterich in Albuquerque, NM, and mixed by Greg Saunier. Emerging from shadowy atmospheres, Croce often springs forth with unexpected blurts of impossibly catchy noise pop. At other times it can be richly operatic like some twisted musical that details the trials and tribulations of the crucifixion.
Pre-order now from The Flenser store.

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Bell Witch – Longing DLP

Back in print! Bell Witch is a minimalist doom two-piece from Seattle comprised of Adrian Guerra and Dylan Desmond (of Samothrace fame). With only the bare minimum at their disposal, the duo’s massive, crushing soundscapes are executed with just bass, drums and dual-vocal pummel. Uniquely sorrowful, it sounds as close to Skepticism as it is to Codeine, their debut full-length Longing is an hour and ten minutes of doomed desolation, sadness and sorrow—a time-stretching journey through darkness, pain and suffering. Originally released on CD by Profound Lore Records, the album was one of the most important doom albums of 2012 and featured on numerous year-end lists. Now available on vinyl, Longing is packaged in a thick, old-style case-wrapped gatefold jacket with insert.

Shipping April 2015. Pre-order direct from The Flenser.

WR SS Spring 2015 GIF

Wreck and Reference has announced a number of US tour dates with Sacramento noise-punk weirdos So Stressed:

March 13th – Jewel’s Catch One, Los Angeles, CA w/ So Stressed, Naomi Punk, PC Worship 
March 20th – Sweet Springs Saloon, San Luis Obispo, CA w/ So Stressed 
March 21st – The Golden Bull, Oakland, CA  w/ Bosse-de-Nage, So Stressed, Beast Nest
March 22nd – Wandering Goat, Eugene, OR  w/ So Stressed
March 23rd – High Water Mark, Portland, OR
March 24th – The Highline, Seattle, WA
March 26th – Bar Deluxe, Salt Lake City, UT
March 27th – Mutiny Info Cafe, Denver, CO
March 28th – Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence, KS w/ So Stressed, Not Like Igor, Clear Views
March 29th – The Pentagon, Ames, IA
March 30th – The Burlington, Chicago, IL
March 31st – The Spot Tavern, Lafayette, IN
April 1st – Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH
April 2nd – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA 
April 3rd – The Alter, New Paltz, NY 

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Sannhet is playing a number of dates with the newly reunited Liturgy line-up.

April 2nd – DC9, Washington, DC w/ Liturgy
April 3rd – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia, PA w/ Liturgy
April 4th – Kings, Raleigh, NC w/ Liturgy
April 5th – The Masquerade Atlanta, GA w/ Liturgy
April 7th – Red 7, Austin, TX w/ Liturgy
April 8th – Club Dada, Dallas, TX w/ Liturgy
April 9th – Kansas City, MO w/ Liturgy
April 10th – Subterranean Chicago, IL w/ Liturgy
April 11th – Dionysus Disco Oberlin, OH w/ Liturgy

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King Woman “Doubt” now streaming on Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone is now streaming Doubt in its entirety.

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