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Ails – The Unraveling

Metal injection has posted the track The Echoes Waned. Listen!

After Bay Area avant-garde cornerstones Ludicra called it quits in 2011, most of the band continued with their other musical endeavors, but former vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitar player/vocalist Christy Cather haven’t resurfaced in a big way until now.

Ails marks the return of Shanaman and Cather to center stage. In 2015 the duo’s desire to play the music they love brought them together with like-minded friends Sam Abend (Abrupt, Desolation), Colby Byrn (2084, One In The Chamber), and Jason Miller (Phantom Limbs). The Unraveling, Ails’ epic debut album, is more than just the ghost of Ludicra. It stands firmly on its own, offering an intense synthesis of raucous black metal and melodic death metal driven by the formidable dueling vocals of Shanaman and Cather. These are songs of despair, heartache, inner torment, and physical and mental suffering that make an immediate and lasting impression.

We are now taking pre-orders for this release. Please note that the European release is being handled by Throne Records.

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Drowse – Klonopin

NPR has posted the video for Drowse’s new video for the track Klonopin. The video was created by the bands Kyle Bates. Drowse’s new album Cold Air will be out March 9th.

“Steeped in detuned guitars and iridescent noise, Drowse’s new album Cold Air sounds like an intimate Mount Eerie home recording overdubbed with a worn-out cassette of The Cure’s Disintegration.” -NPR

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The first of many exciting announcements for the Austin, Texas duo, Street Sects have revealed their plans to kick off 2018 on the road with transgressive industrial group 3TEETH and punk-hop twosome Ho99o9. The North American tour spans late March into April and marks Street Sects’ first tour since their 2017 embarkment with hip-hop/noise pioneers Dälek. 
Street Sects won’t be traveling without a couple aces up the sleeve—the sample-drive punk duo will be playing choice cuts from their 2017 EP Rat Jacket (The Flenser). The 12-inch features four songs that mark a stylistic leap for the thunderous partnership, sidesteps gnashing noise in favor of indulgent post-punk. Edges have been softened, melodies are decked with hooks, and Leo Ashline’s wanton vocals have been thrust front-and-center. Delving into loyalty, trust, betrayal, paranoia, and the innate selfishness of man, Street Sects have lost none of their grit amidst Rat Jacket’s sonic detour. 

Street Sects exploded onto the scene in 2013 after vocalist Leo Ashline emerged from the fog of a thirteen year battle with addiction and began collaborating with friend and multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth. Disgusted with life but eager for catharsis, the duo embraced the experimental attitude and disillusionment of early industrial music pioneers, eschewing traditional rock music instrumentation and arrangement in favor of modern sampling technology and harsh electronics.
Stay tuned for more updates. 
March 29 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
March 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge*
April 1 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
April 2 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
April 4 Orlando, FL @ Blackstar
April 5 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 6 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
April 7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
April 8 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
April 10 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
April 11 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere Hall
April 14 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
April 15 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
April 16 Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
April 20 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
April 21 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
April 22 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
April 23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
April 25 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
April 26 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 
April 27 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
* (NO HO99O9)

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RLYR – Actual Existence

Listen to L.Layer on NPR.
You can pre-order the album now:

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Chicago-based experimental rock trio RLYR (pronounced “Relayer”) have announced details of their sophomore album Actual Existence. Set for release on [date] via San Francisco tastemakers The Flenser, the new four song full-length distills and expands on the explosive energy and anthemic catharses of the band’s 2015 debut Delayer.

Actual Existence represents a step forward in complexity for the instrumental band. Comprised of Steven Hess (Locrian, Cleared, etc.), Colin DeKuiper (Bloodiest, ex-Russian Circles), and Trevor Shelley de Brauw (Pelican, Chord, etc.), RLYR have fine-tuned their MC Escher-esque song structures while preserving the indelible earworm melodies that are their hallmark. The trio’s singular vision is evinced on “L.Layer,” a labyrinthian epic that is punctuated with several exhilarating climaxes.

Formed in early 2014, the RLYR became quickly renowned for their taut, energized live performances in the wake of support slots for Deafheaven, Nothing, The Twilight Sad, United Nations, Oxbow, and This Will Destroy You. Capitalizing on their early creative synergy, the band recorded and released Delayer in 2015, yielding enthusiastic support from Pitchfork, NPR, Noisey, Stereogum, AV Club, and many more.

“This is uncommonly optimistic post-rock, then, deliberately using the strength of the style’s sound to summon something more than temporary fury.” – PITCHFORK

“What makes RLYR truly impressive is the patience in which they apply pressure. They never allow for a frenzy they didn’t build toward, and give their aggression space to ebb and flow in a way that settles the tension into a continuous stream.” – STEREOGUM


1. Actual Existence
2. L.Layer
3. Artificial Horizons
4. Vacancy
Total running time: 39:58

Tour Dates with Fotocrime:

April 13 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
April14 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie Upstrairs
April 15 NYC – St Vitus
April 16 Boston, MA – Great Scott
April 17 DC – DC9
April 18 Asheville, NC – Mothlight
April 19 Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse
April 20 Louisville, KY – Speed Art Museum
April 21 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen

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Drowse – “Cold Air” LP

Listen to the track Quickening now on Tiny Mix Tapes.

After a severe mental breakdown, Kyle Bates of Portland OR’s Drowse was prescribed a plethora of antipsychotic drugs to subdue his paranoia and suicidal ideation. Several unmedicated years later Batesís anxiety resurfaced. He turned to Klonopin and alcohol to blanket the intrusive thoughts as a familiar depression began to settle in. It was during this time that Bates wrote and recorded Drowse’s second full-length album, Cold Air. Marked by fanatical self-exploration and expansive detuned instrumentation, Cold Air is the project’s first release for The Flenser.

Drowse is a peek inside the mind of Kyle Bates, the band’s only full time member. Cold Air was painstakingly recorded over nine months in Batesí home. The house itself appears several times on the album in the form of field recordings and background occurrences. Although Bates himself is a secular person, his lyrics were influenced by the religious writings of Anne Carson and Karl Ove Knausgaard, whose ruminations on death correlated with Batesí own. Cold Air is an album that frames big picture ideas within intimate, often shame-ridden experiences: a nose broken while blackout drunk, a seizure followed by feverish hallucinations, a fatherís stroke, the death of a close friend. Cold Air is the sound of the uncertainty beneath our lives surfacing.

The shimmering dissonance with hints of slowcore, post-punk, ambient and shoegaze that characterizes Cold Air will appeal to fans of Mount Eerie, Planning for Burial, and Have a Nice Life. Many of these songs feature vocals from the band’s creative partner Maya Stoner. Drowse is a complex and layered project set apart by its raw ambition.

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Track List:
1. Small Sleep
2. Quickening
3. (Body)
4. Rain Leak
5. Klonopin
6. (Bedroom)
7. Death Thought
8. Two Faces
9. Put Me to Sleep
10. Knowing
11. (Person)
12. Shower
Total running time :45:00

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Planning For Burial – “Below the House” LP Repress

Planning For Burial’s Below the House is getting repressed on maroon colored vinyl. These should be shipping at the end of March.

“On his sweeping third album Below the House, Wasluck wrote his most ambitious collection of black metal epics and droning mood pieces yet. He now exists at the center of his own eclectic universe, one that we hope will serve as a touchpoint for many metal acts to come.” -Pitchfork

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We have also started selling a new Planning For Buiral t-shirt.

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Bell Witch – Demo 2011


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Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper is one of the best metal albums of 2017. A single monolithic track, it pays tribute to the band’s former drummer Adrian Guerra, who tragically passed away in 2016.

The band initially made their presence known in the US doom scene with a well-received demo in 2011. At thirty-seven minutes, this recording is a massive statement of purpose which far-eclipsed the “demo” status implied by its name. It was recorded by Brandon Fitzsimons (Wormwood), the same engineer behind the band’s first effort, Longing.

Demo 2011 showcases Bell Witch’s heavy-yet-minimalist sound now lauded as timeless, relevant and undeniably sorrowful. The Flenser is proud to unleash this new pressing of a classic moment in contemporary US doom with artwork by the band’s own Adrian Guerra (RIP).

“Bell Witch turns funeral doom and its moribund focus into a beautiful hymn.” —Pitchfork

“Bell Witch have an uncanny ability to make their metal feel ancient, spiritual, even liturgical.” —Tiny Mix Tapes

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Black Friday 2017

The great Flenser Black Friday Sale and Test Press sell off starts today 8pm PT and ends Monday 11/27/17.

We will be selling many test presses for bands like Have a Nice Life, Planning For Burial, Sannhet, and others. This is the only time of year we do this, and we only have one copy of many of these items.

All other items are 25% off with code BRYANMANNING at checkout. This will be good for both our webstore and Bandcamp.

Thank you for your support, we hope you’re well.

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Street Sects “Rat Jacket”

Street Sect’s Rat Jacket vinyl is now shippnig. Watch the video for “Blacken The Other Eye” directed by Todd Pendu.

In 2016 Street Sects arrived with the intensity and volume of a gunshot. Their debut album End Position was a merciless, post-industrial declaration of suicidal intent.

Now, the Austin, TX duo returns with a 12-inch titled Rat Jacket. It is not exactly a follow-up; rather, it represents a brief step to the side, an intentional detour. Still maintaining their sample-based foundation, the songs here experiment with melody and organic instrumentation. The record deals with loyalty, trust, betrayal, paranoia, and the sadness and regret that comes with the acceptance of our own selfish nature. If End Position was a bullet to the head, then Rat Jacket is a knife in the back.

Street Sects formed in 2013 after vocalist Leo Ashline emerged from the fog of a thirteen-year battle with addiction and began collaborating with friend and multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth. Disgusted with life but eager for catharsis, the duo embraced the experimental attitude and disillusionment of early industrial music pioneers, eschewing traditional rock music instrumentation and arrangement in favor of modern sampling technology and harsh electronics. Together they released a series of singles and honed their fierce and confrontational live performance before releasing their debut on The Flenser.


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Sannhet “Known Flood” Reissue

The Flenser is happy to annouce a vinyl reissue of Sannhet’s long-out-of-print debut album, Known Flood. Originally released on Sacrament in 2013, this album set the tone for the band’s signature blend of instrumental transcendent black metal and post-metal.

Sannhet is the brainchild of instrumentalists John Refano, AJ Annunziata, and Christopher Todd. Formed in 2010 in Brooklyn, New York, the band built a strong local following with this release. They expanded their sound with 2015’s Revisionist (Flenser) and 2017’s well received full-length So Numb (Profound Lore).

Shipping early November 2017.


“Brooklyn trio Sannhet is an instrumental powerhouse.” —Pitchfork

“Sannhet sounds like transmissions from the last comm outpost at the end of the world.” —Noisey

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