Kayo Dot – Coffins On Io

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Led by founding member Toby Driver (also of Secret Chiefs 3), Kayo Dot 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 their new album 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.

In 2013, Kayo Dot demarcated the beginning of a sonic change by releasing their critically acclaimed conceptual double-albumHubardo. Undeniably experimental, but largely unclassifiable, Hubardo received rave reviews: SputnikMusic ranked it among their best albums of 2013, and CVLT Nation called it, “mesmerizing avant garde blackened doom,” and a “towering achievement.”

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.

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Driver says there’s also an element of sexuality in Coffins on Io.“Basically the vibe that we’re going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir— Blade Runner,” Driver explains. “I wanted to make a good record to put on while you drive across the desert at night under a toxic, post-apocalyptic atmosphere,” he says, adding, “There’s a weird underlying theme of murder, shame and death.”

Coffins on Io is slated for on October 16th release via San Francisco’s Flenser Records. Pre-orders and more information coming soon.

1. The Mortality of Doves
2. Offramp Cycle, Pattern 22
3. Longtime Disturbance on the Miracle Mile
4. Library Subterranean
5. The Assassination of Adam
6. Spirit Photography

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Have a Nice Life “Deathconsciousness” DLP reissue Pre-sale INFO

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Pre-Orders for Have a Nice Life’s Deathconsciousness will begin on July 9th at 1pm PDT.

In 2008, Have A Nice Life released their now cult classic Deathconsciousness LP to a whimper and critical non-interest.  Six years after its release the band followed up with 2014′s stunner The Unnatural World, Deathconsciousness has become a force of influence and fanatic obsession. Seamlessly blending, with unparalleled depth and weight, shoegaze, post punk, new wave, industrial and noise.  The album was originally released by Enemies List Home Recordings founded by HANL members Dan and Tim. The album has since floated in and out of production, with the last instantly out of print vinyl pressing occurring in 2009. Now, longtime HANL collaborator The Flenser will re-issue Deathconsciousness with deluxe packaging, including a lengthy accompanying zine and colored vinyl.  Have A Nice Life commented, “Working with Flenser lets us keep things comfortable on our end, while also pressing enough copies to actually meet the need and not creating an artificially-inflated collector’s market, as happened with some of our past releases.”   

The Flenser’s reissue of Deathconsciousness will be accompanied by a 75-page booklet detailing the dark and forgotten history of the Antiochean cult.  Blurring the lines between novella,  liner notes, and academic text, the zine itself presents an engrossing narrative.  The album is rhythmic, primal and expansive and is a gloomy-post-punk masterpiece; a mediation on death, loss and unrequited love.  Deathconsciousness feels more fresh and engaging with every listen and has held up as a remarkable piece of art. Fans of Have A Nice Life exhibit both cultic thought and action for good reason. It is perhaps a fanbase as dark and mysterious as the Antiochean’s, the album itself revolves around. Now The Flenser is honored to rerelease Deathconsciousness a gorgeous and disarming contribution to the modern lexicon for a larger audience.

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The album is scheduled for release September 17th. We intend to ship pre-orders by that date. However, delays can happen and the release date could be pushed back. Thank you for your patience. 

The reissue of Deathconsciousness will come in a thick case-wrapped gatefold jacket. The jacket features a new layout by Niels Geybels with some additional text by the band. All variations of the album come with the 70+ page zine made from the same files as earlier editions. The lacquers were cut by Dave at Lucky Lacquers. This is a much louder and more dynamic cut than the previous issue of the album.

The album will be released in four configurations:

Standard weight black vinyl
180 gram black vinyl (limited to 500 copies)
Green vinyl (limited to 400 copies)
White vinyl (limited to 300 copies)

Along with this new issue of Deathconsciousness we will also be offering pre-order for the new Botanist album “VI: Flora,” a number of new distro items, and we will also be posting a number of sold-out colored Flenser vinyl including:

Copies of Planing For Burial Desideratum
Trees “Sickness-In” Gold Vinyl
Coffinworm “Great Bringer of Night” Gold Vinyl

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Botanist “VI:Flora”

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One of the Bay Area’s most interesting bands, Botanist is excited to announce its sixth chronological release. Titled VI: Flora, this 11-song full-length album is a progression from the misanthropic masterplans of the destruction of mankind at the hands of plants as detailed on the project’s last two albums: 2012′s III: Doom In Bloom and 2013′s IV: Mandragora. Now, VI: Flora focuses on the wondrous beauty of the plants themselves through a gauzy haze of dream-like sound with the voice of The Botanist acting as spectral underpinning to the reverie.

VI: Flora was recorded by Otrebor in the Verdant Realm and mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden and is scheduled for an August 11th release on vinyl, CD and digital formats. Botanist’s previous releases, I: The Suicide Tree, II: A Rose From The Dead (released July 2011 on tUMULt), III: Doom in Bloom (TotalRust) and most recently, 2013′s IV: Mandragora have seen much critical acclaim; landing on lists such as NPR’s 25 Best Metal Albums, Metal Sucks Top 15 Metal Albums, Metal Injection’s Top 10 Releases, and an honorable mention on Pitchfork’s Top 40 Albums of 2011. Last November, Botanist released a split EP with Bay Area natives Palace Of Worms as well.

Botanist is an avant-garde musical project that is the world’s first band to use distorted hammered dulcimers as its primary instrumentation. The experimental music further delves into esoterica with a harmonium and a 12-string bass guitar, propelled by unusual drumming that often features highly atypical time signatures and rhythm shifts. The albums tell the story of a botanist gone mad at witnessing the destruction of the natural environment at the hands of man. He retreats into a hermitage, surrounding himself with the natural world. In this Verdant Realm, he awaits for the day when humanity will eradicate itself, which will allow for the utopia of flora and fauna to eventually reclaim the earth. The content of Botanist’s songs are a combination of scientific botanical empiricism and the poetic, romantic perception of someone who is deeply moved by the forms of the primordial, mysterious aspect of the natural world. In the world of Botanist, nature is the most tangible representation of the divine, and is treated as such. While Botanist’s story is negative and misanthropic on the surface, it is an allegory of warning to a world out of balance: respect the natural world and all living things, or else the natural world will wipe you out and move on. The element of hope lies in the possibility of a changing of worldview, or at the very least the ideal that the world will right itself eventually, whether that includes humanity or not.

BOTANIST – VI: FLORA TRACK LISTING:
1. Stargazer
2. Callistemon
3. Cinnamomum Parthenoxylon
4. Gleditsia
5. Rhizophora
6. Dianthus
7. Leucadendron Argenteum
8. Pteridophyte
9. Wisteria
10. Erythronium
11. …Gazing…

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Planning For Burial – Bummed in the USA 2014

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Stream. Download. Want.

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Wreck and Reference Tour

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See Wreck and Reference a number of tour dates.

06-06 Omaha, NE – The West Wing +++++
06-08 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
06-09 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
06-10 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
06-11 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
06-12 Charlotte, NC – The Milestone +++++
06-13 Columbia, SC – Queen Punx Palace +++++
06-15 Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub
06-16 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
06-17 Tampa, FL – The Crowbar
06-18 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
06-19 Little Rock, AR – The Rev Room +++++
06-20 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
06-21 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
06-22 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
06-23 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
06-24 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
06-25 Tulsa, OK – Soundpony Lounge +++++
06-26 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
06-27 Austin, TX – Red 7
06-28 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
06-29 El Paso, TX – The Junkyard +++++
06-30 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom >>>>>
07-01 San Diego, CA – The Casbah /////
07-02 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall /////

+++++ W&R only.
///// Deafheaven, W&R.
>>>>> Deafheaven, Destruction Unit, W&R.

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Planning For Burial Video – 29 August 2012

Band: Planning For Burial
Track: 29 August 2012
Album: Desideratum
Label: The Flenser
Directed by: Gardenback

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Wreck and Reference album stream

You can stream the new Wreck and Reference album “Want” over at Pitchfork now. The stream features videos based on the album artwork.

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Wreck and Reference – Apollo beneath the whip

Please enjoy the new Wreck and Reference track Apollo Beneath the Whip.

Apollo Beneath the Whip appears on Wreck and Reference’s upcoming full-length Want. Want will be out June 11th 2014.

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Corpse Museum a new track by Wreck & reference

Wreck & Reference’s new album Want will be released on June 10th 2014. Please stream and enjoy the albums opening track – Corpse Museum.

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