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Palace of Worms/Mastery “Split” FREE DOWNLOAD!!!!!!

We have released a split by two of San Francisco’s best solo black metal bands. Palace of Worms delivers almost a full albums worth of material and Mastery contributes a concise and chaotic journey through the insane.

Order the Cassette version of the split from our store.

Or download the album for FREE from our bandcamp bandcamp.

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Botanist, the unconventional one-man black metal band featuring vocals, drums, and hammered dulcimer instrumentation, is gearing up to release its fourth album, IV: Mandragora, on February 19th from experimental metal label The Flenser. Combining lyrical creativity and musical ingenuity, IV: Mandragora is a concept record on the alchemical creation of a mandrake, and how The Botanist is instructed on raising an army of mandrakes to wipe out humanity. The songs of Botanist are told from the perspective of The Botanist, a crazed man of science who lives in self-imposed exile, as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible. In his sanctuary of fantasy and wonder, which he calls the Verdant Realm, he surrounds himself with plants and flowers, finding solace in the company of the Natural world, and envisioning the destruction of man. There, seated upon his throne of Veltheimia, The Botanist awaits the day when humans will either die or kill each other off, which will allow plants to make the Earth green once again.

Botanist’s previous releases, I: The Suicide Tree, II: A Rose From The Dead (released July 2011 on tUMULt), and III: Doom in Bloom (TotalRust) have seen much critical acclaim; landing on lists such as NPR’s 25 Best Metal Albums of 2011, Metal Sucks Top 15 Metal Albums of 2011, Metal Injection’s Top 10 Releases of 2011, and an honorable mention on Pitchfork’s Top 40 Albums of 2011. The next chapter of Botanist, IV: Mandragora, is an eccentric and remarkable album and is sure to turn heads in 2013.

More information on IV: Mandragora and track premieres coming soon – in the meantime, check out IV: Mandragora album cover art by M.S. Waldron above.

…music that disobeys every rule about black metal, sounds nothing like black metal, and yet can’t really be called anything but black metal. In that way, Botanist could be the fullest realization of the post-black metal concept yet, and that makes the future awfully exciting. – The Quietus

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Bosse-de-Nage iii DLP statement & Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage update

Bosse-de-Nage iii DLP update:

Many of you have been asking about the Bosse-de-Nage “iii” DLP album. We apologize for the delay.

In August we approved the test pressing of the album. They sounded great. Unfortunately, the final production copies of the album contained very serious defects. The records sound bad! The Flenser has refused to sell these defective copies to you. We have since returned two production runs of the album to the manufacturer due to the same defects. Currently we awaiting a new cut of the album.

The Bosse-de-Nage “iii” DLP will be released once we are confident that all copies of the album meet our standards. If anyone who has pre-ordered the album would like a refund please get in touch through the contact form our website. Otherwise, all pre-orders will be filled once the album has arrived in excellent condition.

Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage update:

The Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage split is expected to arrive next week. We have a great many of pre-orders and it will take us some time to get fullly caught up on shipping. Flenser is run by one person and these things take time but all order will ship!

Good records take time. Thank you for your patience

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Worm Ouroboros “Come the Thaw” DLP is Now Shipping

We are now shipping copies of Worm Ouroboros “Come the Thaw.” This is a double LP mastered at 45rpm and comes in a gatefold jacket with artwork by the bands Lorraine Rath.

We have added few more copies of the colored version to The Flenser store but don’t expect them to last.

Order here

Worm Ouroboros is a trio from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band is Lorraine Rath (Amber Asylum, The Gault) on bass and vocals, Jessica Way (Barren Harvest) on guitar and vocals, and Aesop Dekker (Ludicra/Agalloch) on drums. “Come The Thaw” is their second release, a gauzy, ethereal piece of delicate darkness and gentle gloom; it is that rare album that dwells upon the outer edges of heavy metal, yet possesses enough raw power and beauty to coax both the metal faithful and those who prefer lighter fare under its spell.

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Grayceon “Pearl and the End of Days” Artwork revealed

In early 2013 The Flenser will be releasing a 12-inch by San Francisco’s cello-centric experimental metal band Grayceon entitled “Pearl and the End of Days.”

Artwork for “Pearl and the End of Days” was created by illustrator D.V.D’Andrea.

Grayceon has released a number of videos of the recording on of “Pearl and the End of Days” on their Youtube

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Stereogum premiers Bosse-de-Nage side of the Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage split EP

You can now stream the Bosse-de-Nage track from the upcoming Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage “split” at Stereogum. Bosse-de-Nage’s track is a new a song entitled “A Mimesis of Purpose.”

Stream Bosse-de-Nage’s new track “A Mimesis of Purpose.”

Pre-order the vinyl

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Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage “split” Album Release Show, more colored vinyl

Deafheaven and Bosse-de-Nage will be performing on November 30th 2012 at DNA Lounge in San Francisco to celebrate the release of their split album. Wreck and Reference will also be appearing. You can purchase advanced tickets .

We have started taking orders for translucent gray vinyl of the Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage “Split” 12inch EP. Translucent gray vinyl is limited to 250 copies.

Also we will be offering a pink version of the split limited to 100 copies. Currently the only way you can buy this is via wholesale orders of 10 or more copies whereas you receive 9 black copies and 1 pink for every 10 copies ordered. You can order this item wholesale through either the Flenser Store or by emailing orders[at]theflenser[dot]com.

Above is embedded a youtube video of the Deafheaven side of the split that a fan uploaded. We will soon be premiering the Bosse-de-Nage side of the split soon.

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Stream Deafheaven’s cover of Mogwai’s “Punk Rock/Cody” at Pitchfork now.

You can now hear Deafheaven’s side of the Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage “Split” 12inch over at Pitchfork:


The album is up for pre-sale from the Flenser store now:


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Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage “split” EP pre-sale

We are now taking pre-orders for the Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage “Split” EP.

The two best Bay Area minimilast black metal bands are releasing a split EP. Deafheaven contributes a cover of the Mogwai tracks Punk Rock/Cody and Bosse-de-Nage contributes a new song titled “A Mimesis of Purpose.” 12inch vinyl mastered at 45 RPM


Side A: Deafheaven – “Punk Rock/Cody” (Mogwai cover)
Side B: Bosse-de-Nage “A Mimesis of Purpose”

There will be a limited edition of 200 copies on Purple and Black marbled vinyl available only direct from The Flenser.

Deathwish will also be distributing the record on a unique color available only from them at a later date.

All other distributed copies will be black vinyl. LP in a single sleeve with die cut holes cut out so that the art from the center labels are visible through the jacket.

This is a pre-sale. We are expecting this to ship mid to late November but be advised it could take longer.


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Worm Ouroboros “Come the Thaw” DLP PRE-SALE

Worm Ouroboros
“Come the Thaw” Gatefold DLP

Worm Ouroboros have always existed as a sum of many parts – many influences, many affiliations, many moods. Drawing threads of inspiration from a wide range of styles and genres, this trio of doomed souls weave together a gorgeous tapestry of sound, splashed with shades of neofolk, dark ambient, chamber music, post-rock,  folk, atmospheric doom, and progressive rock. Graced with the myriad talents of  Lorraine Rath (Amber Asylum, The Gault) on bass and vocals, Jessica Way (Barren Harvest, World Eater) on guitar and vocals, and Aesop Dekker (Ludicra/Agalloch) on drums, the San Francisco, CA-based project has received heaps of praise from countless press outlets for their masterful debut as well as their sporadic but weighty live performances. Come The Thaw is their second release and the first to grace vinyl, a gauzy, ethereal piece of delicate darkness and gentle gloom; it is that rare album that dwells upon the outer edges of heavy metal, yet possesses enough raw power and beauty to coax both the metal faithful and those who prefer lighter fare under its spell.

Colored vinyl is limited to 125 transparent grey records and available only from the Flenser. All distributed copies will be black. Comes in a gatefold jacket with artwork by Lorraine Rath
Pre-order Here

Worm Ouroboros will have copies of this on their short November west coast tour.

Fri 11/09 – Salem @ TBA
Sat 11/10 – Seattle, @ The Highline- w/Loss, Mitochondrion, & Bell Witch 
Sun 11/11 – Portland, @ Rotture w/Loss, Ephemeros, & Disemballerina
Tue 11/13 – Arcata, @ Jambalaya, w/Loss & Ash Borer
Wed 11/14 – San Francisco, @ The Elbo Room, w/Loss, Dispirit, & Riqis
Thu 11/15 – Oakland, @ Metro Side Stage, w/Loss, Laudanum,& Lycus

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