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“Lament” by Obolus



“Lament” is the new EP by depressive US black metal band Obolus and is currently available for FREE download directly from The Flenser HERE.

This is the mysterious black metal band’s second release and expands upon the gazed-out harshness of their debut demo.

The 2011 Obolus demo was previously released by Sunyata Recordings and will be reissued by the Bay Area label Merz Tapes. That recording demonstrates a supreme balance of harsh 90’s black metal and somber California depressive gaze. The release deservingly rounded out a number of year-end lists.

We encourage you to FREELY download and SHARE this new recording. This is a limited pre-listing and the vinyl will be purchasable soon. If you enjoy this recording please buy the vinyl. The free download link will be removed once the physical release is available. Expect a pre-sale for the vinyl edition soon.

“Lament” can be found now downloadable from The Flenser bandcamp.

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Album art by Bryan Proteau

 

A label that gives away its new release for free?

In this case we are but we are not going to always do this . We at the Flenser want more people to know about Obolus and giving away the band’s new release seemed like the best way to accomplish this. If you enjoy this recording please support the label and buy the vinyl when it is available.

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Out Now! Lycus and Lake of Blood LP’s

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Lycus ‘MMXI” LP: 

It’s unbelievable that this is an initial offering; the complexity, maturity, and crushing, heaving emotions encapsulated within these three compositions is nothing short of breathtaking. These forgotten sons of Samothrace, distant cousins of Anhedonist, purebred descendents of Asunder, have created something truly timeless, and have only just begun their slow, certain rise to the absolute zenith.

Don’t sleep on this.

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Lake of Blood “As Time and Tide Erode Stone” LP

Heavily atmospheric, viciously intense, and dedicated to the bone, this feral entity’s aggressive, dissonant take on black metal weaves together the genre’s puritanical roots with elements of doom, thrash, folk and startling moments of clarity. The two tracks contained within As Time and Tide Erodes Stone are epic in far more than length; these songs are sagas, odes to a dying world and an uncertain future.

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Pre-sale: Lycus LP, Lake of Blood LP

Lycus “MMXI” LP Preorder

Lycus’s “Demo MMXI” was one of the most important doom releases of 2011 having adorned many year end lists. We The Flenser feel that these three majestic compositions demand to be ensconced within the loving organic memory of virgin vinyl grooves, and now, finally, the twain shall meet. Don’t sleep on this.

Recorded by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Laudanum, Worm Ouroboros) and mastered for vinyl by Colin Marston (Krallice, Loss, Jarboe). You can download the newly mastered version of the album here for free.

500 units with 100 on green and black splatter vinyl. Reverse board jackets on heavy stock with new artwork by Bryan Proteau. The test pressing showcases one of the best vinyl mastering jobs we have ever been a part of!

Shipping mid to late January

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Lake of Blood “As Time And Tide Erodes Stone” LP Preorder

Originally issued on CD by Human Jigsaw records, Lake of Blood’s “As Time and Tide Erodes Stone” has become a new classic in the ranks of doomed California black metal. Heavily atmospheric, viciously intense, and dedicated to the bone, Lake of Blood have gained a reputation for ear swallowing performances and this recording showcases the feral entity’s aggressive, dissonant take on black metal which weaves together the genre’s puritanical roots with elements of DOOM!

The Flenser vinyl edition features new artwork by Nate Burns. Jackets are heavy and come with a small poster. 500 units. 100 on white vinyl. The test copy sounds great and this will ship mid to late January.

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Out Now! Four Burials Otesanek, Loss, Orthodox, Mournful Congregation & “Wreck and Reference”-Black Cassette LP

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Now shipping: Fo(u)r Burials – Otesanek, Loss, Orthodox, Mournful Congregation

Remastered edition of the legendary doom split with new artwork. Otesanek, Loss, Orthodox and Mournful Congregation each contribute a doomed track pertaining to a unified theme…

Housed in a four panel digipack with printing on the inner spine and includes a four panel insert with lyrics from each bands contribution. Artwork by CHIMÈRE NOIRE.

You can stream the entire recording over at Invisible Oranges.

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Now shipping: “Wreck and Reference”-Black Cassette LP

Finally! Wreck and Reference’s doomed electronic dark punk masterwork is ready to ship. Two 45rpm sides of Lo-fi misanthropy.

Wreck and Reference challenge orthodoxy and decimate genre conventions; doom has never sounded so apocalyptic. The sky is black, the soil is still burning, and the machines have won. You have never heard anything like this.

Pure misanthropic electronic doom.

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Regarding preorders: If you pre-ordered this record thank you very much. We are sorry it took so long. We rejected the initial test pressing and it took our manufacturer some time to recut it. This new cut sounds amazing! Thank you for patience this kind of thing does not happen often.

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Shipping now: Panopticon, Soon: Fo(u)r Burials-Otesanek, Loss, Orthodox, Mournful Congregation!

Fo(u)r Burials – Otesanek, Loss, Orthodox & Mournful Congregation – CD PRESALE

This is a reissue of the classic doom split that has been remastered and features new artwork by Chimere Noire.

Fo(ur) Burials is a lost classic of extreme doom, and has now finally, reverently been brought back into circulation by The Flenser. Featuring monolithic emissions from Mournful Congregation, Loss, Orthodox, and Otesanek, this four-track album reeks of desolation, the gnashing of teeth and virulent decay. “Heavy” does not begin to do these songs justice; the riffs stumble and crawl through an acid bath of feedback and distortion, dragging themselves along on broken knees. Funereal horde Mournful Congregation hail from Australia, and recently released a much-hailed compilation album via 20 Buck Spin, as well as news of a brand-new full-length and virgin US tour. With “Despond” (Profound Lore), Nashville’s Loss released one of the most painfully beautiful and critically-acclaimed albums of 2010, entombing listeners with a richly melodic, flowing shroud of depression. Orthodox’s ultra-minimal, droning, ambient take on the traditional rites of doom bleeds forth from Spain and belies the myth that sun breeds contentment. Otesanek, now-defunct and much-missed, crawled out of the filth and desperation of Philadelphia; their sludgy, crusty, unbearably brutal sound remains unmatched today. The quartet of compositions on Fo(ur) Burials are all very different, yet drawn together by a shared atmosphere of longing, sadness, and disgust for that which we call life. The cult of death is calling.
Dig in.

This is a pre-sale. CDs should start shipping the first week of December which will be sooner before than these can be found in stores.

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Panopticon “Social Disservices” DLP/CD – ON SALE NOW

CD version is comes in a high gloss digipack with an insert.

DLP comes with a small poster and an insert and is limited to only 250 units and is about half way sold out as out of now. This will not last and almost all copies will be sold through mail order.
Mastered by Colin Marston of Krallice

Panopticon is the brainchild of one Austin Lundr, and has garnered considerable attention and critical acclaim for the project’s raw, atmospheric blend of black metal, crust, post-rock, and Appalachian folk. Aquarius Records have lauded them as “crusty weirdo mathy abstruse black metal, a buzzing blasting pounding onslaught of Pagan fury, rife with samples and all manner of strange sonic filigree,” and their description isn’t far off. Whereas Panopticon’s earlier full-length effort On the Subject of Mortality was an internal mediation on death, and Panopticon’s 2nd album Collapse anticipated the decline of government infrastructure, Social Disservices lashes out against a broken social services infrastructure that imprisons a silent minority. Social Disservices continues the blackened crust of Panopticon’s previous effort but with a bit more darkness this time. Think black noise with a dose of forlorn gaze. This is Panopticon’s darkest record and their most aggressive. 

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UPCOMING:

Wreck and Reference: “Black Cassette” is currently delayed but should be shipping around the first week of December. We had to reject the intital test pressing and this has caused delays with production. Thank you for your patience. The re-cut master sounds very good. Wreck and Reference are currently working on material for a full-length planned for release in 2012. You can preorder “Black Cassette” HERE

Lycus: The Flenser will be releasing bay area doom newcomers 2011 demo on vinyl in early 2012. The recording is currently being remastered and should go to press soon. Features re-imagined cover by Bryan Proteau. You can download the original version of the recording for free over at Aesop Dekkers blog: Cosmic Hearse

Also check out Graceless Recordingswho released the now sold-out tape version of this doom masterpiece.

Lake of Blood: We will be releasing a vinyl version of their full length “As Time And Tide Erodes Stone” album. This will feature new album art by the band.

BANDCAMP:

The Flenser has a bandcamp. You can download and/or stream many of our releases there. Please download Palace of Worm’s black metal inversion “Lifting the Veil.” It’s free.

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Pre-sale: Panopticon DLP/CD, Wreck and Reference LP

Wreck and Reference “Black Cassette” LP PRESALE

Wreck and Reference is electronic doom.

Hailing from Davis, the experimental duo play a unique mode of electronic doom tinged with no wave. Formed by Drummer (Ignat Frege) and multi-instrumentalist (Scour), the band’s live performances are a mixture of live drums and samples triggered by an MPC style controller, creating a sound that is as unique as it is rooted in the traditional heavy of guitar-driven doom.

The band drew the attention of many blogs with the self-released cassette Black Cassette. Later issued on CD by Music Ruins Lives, Black Cassette is as refreshing as it is confusing—a post post post trip laced with Cormac McCarthy, experimental noise and an angry bizarre influence we just can’t put our finger on. We The Flenser feel Black Cassette MUST see release on vinyl!


Photo by SF Sludge
The Flenser edition of Black Cassette was remastered for vinyl by Justin Weiss (Ludicra, Hammers of Misfortune, Agalloch, Bosse-de-Nage) and is limited to 300 units with 100 copies available on white wax.

Wreck and Reference “A Lament’ (remaster) by FlenserRecords

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Panopticon’s Darkest Album

Panopticon “Social Disservices” DLP/CD-PRE-ORDER NOW

Whereas Panopticon’s earlier effort On the Subject of Mortality was an internal mediation on death, and Panopticon’s 2nd album Collapse anticipated the decline of government infrastructure, Social Disservices lashes out against a broken social services infrastructure that imprisons a silent minority.

This is is Panopticon’s darkest record. Social Disservices continues the blackened crust of Panopticon’s previous effort but with a bit more darkness this time. Think black noise with a dose of forlorn gaze.

Mastered by Colin Marston of Krallice, with CD and vinyl formats each derived from unique masters, and the CD and LP each format has its own respective feel. Artwork painted by the band.

You can order can order the digipack CD version along with the vinyl at a discount package price.

DLP comes with a small poster and an insert and is limited to only 250 units. 100 units on clear vinyl.

CD is housed in a digipack with an insert.

Panopticon “Social disservices” preview by FlenserRecords

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SHIRTS! NOW SHIPPING!!

Wreck and Reference (Baboon)

 

Flenser Black on Black

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Out Now: Bosse-de-Nage CD/LP, Circle of Eyes CS, Flenser TS

Bosse-de-Nage’s second album CD/LP now shipping

This is the follow up to minimalist black metal weirdos Bosse-de-Nage’s self titled debut. This album was recorded in 2010 by Justin Weis and features a HUGE sound along with the Lousiville-styled post rock (think Slint not Godspeed) and the black metal weirdness that made Bosse-de-Nage’s debut a divisive genre defying classic. This is black metal, but black metal tinged with 20th century minimalism and outlandish vocals.

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Bosse-de-Nage: The Death Posture by FlenserRecords

 

Bdnsamples by FlenserRecords

 

Circle of Eyes “S/T” Cassette

Circle of Eyes is the ambient doom project from Sutekh Hexen’s Kevin Gan Yuen and Necrite’s Thrull. This recording also features vocals by J. from Swamp Witch. Three mammoth tracks spread over 37 minutes. The artwork was designed by Kevin Gan Yuen. The J-card is printed on thick stock and the images printed on the cassette came out very well. Shrink wrapped for your pleasure in an edition of 100.

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Circle of Eyes-Sampler by FlenserRecords

FLENSER! The t-shirt

We have a very limited number of Flenser shirts available in the store. Features “The Flenser” logo designed by Kevin Gan Yuen and printed on American Apparel stock.

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Bosse-de-Nage “ii” CD/LP Presale

This is the follow up to minimalist black metal weirdos Bosse-de-Nage’s self titled debut. This album was recorded in 2010 by Justin Weis and features a HUGE sound along with the Lousiville-styled post rock (think Slint not Godspeed) and black metal weirdness that made Bosse-de-Nage’s debut a divisive genre defying classic. This is black metal, but black metal tinged with 20th century minimalism and outlandish vocals.

The vinyl version is limited to 250 units. The first 100 are on white vinyl.

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The vinyl version is mastered specifically for vinyl whereas the CD version is mastered specifically for CD. Each format has different artwork both are available together for 5$ more than the cost of just the vinyl edition.

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A sample can be heard here:

Bdnsamples by FlenserRecords

Bandpage: http://bdn.greymetal.com/

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Out now: Panopticon “…On the Subject of Mortality”

We have copies of double vinyl version of Panopticon’s “…On the Subject of Mortality” now in the STORE

We have a couple copies of the clear version left. The pressing is limited to only 250 units on 2LP’s with an insert.

“…On the Subject of Mortality” is a fitting follow-up to Panopticon’s (Austin Lunn) 2009 release Collapse. Whearas “Collapse” depicted the collapse of society it is like “…On the Subject of Mortality” examines what is left after “The Collapse.” Lunn presents us with a deeply personal meditation on the self and mortality held together with raw production and intensive shoegazery.

…Seeing.. by FlenserRecords

 

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