Botanist “VI:Flora”


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.

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


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.

12 Jacket (3mm Spine) [GDOB-30H3-007}

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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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pre-sale: Wreck & reference // Mamaleek

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California-based heavy experimental duo, Wreck and Reference have returned with their best and most distinct work, their sophomore full-length -Want. Want sees the band taking a more refined and melodic sonic direction, yet the band keeps a foot in the experimental, electronic, and post-metal genre. Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirly (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta), Want is Wreck and Reference fully realized: undeniably nihilistic, and devastatingly addictive.

Since their inception in 2011, the band has (de)constructed a manifesto of post-genre misanthrope. Wreck and Reference have become known as being a trainwreck of contradictions. Live, the band has gained a reputation of being devastating while the band’s recorded output has exalted a post-genre misanthropic vision of solipsism, self-doubt and post-modernism. Formed in 2011 by drummer Ignat Frege and instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck and Reference plays by their own rules and creates a sound that is unorthodox and captivating using drums, vocals, and computers. The band released their demo Black Cassette that same year, which immediately turned heads from critics and fans alike. The following year, Wreck and Reference released their debut full-length, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶, to more critical praise. Even more dark and mysterious than its predecessor, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ catapulted Wreck and Reference to the forefront of unconventional and mysterious heavy music. The band released their landmark effort C̶o̶n̶t̶e̶n̶t̶ in May of last year on Flenser, which was called “weirdly heavy and unnerving” by NPR.

Shipping mid June.

“Want” will be pressed on black vinyl and limited transparent “beer” colored haze vinyl. Colored vinyl is limited to 300 copies and you can only get it direct from The Flenser store. We are offering CD/Vinyl packages for a limited time. Please see the vinyl product in the Flenser store. Pre-order.

Also We’ve listed a number of out print Wreck & Reference shirts in the Flenser store. These probably won’t get reprinted so please order now if you want one.


Mamaleek is an electronic black metal from San Francisco. Mamaleek is two brothers. Their new album is called “He Never Said a Mumblin Word.”

Vinyl only. Limited to 300 copies. Pre-order now from The Flenser store. These will start shipping before mid July. Pre-order.

Statement from the band:

“Terrestrially-confined, our souls speak the indubitable, no? That there is a pre-critical station of being, before we became shackled to consciousness, slaves to our bodies, our environments, our language, our mommies and daddies, the pitiful puppets-without-strings we now are…We are left only with the symbol and its mythology. Without this, there is only a brutal formalism and woe to it! Mamaleek is a noise that traces symbols and mythos and that is good enough, Goddammit. It is a paean to a bygone bliss, our souls going home, aural restitutions and reparations, wrought by eternal return.

This record marks an end as much as a beginning. While much more was recorded during this time, these four spirituals seem to form a coherence lacking on previous escapades. We are grateful to have this released, casting off the burdens of the past that, try as we might to escape, haunt the soul in a strange fashion. There is no reason to doubt that this is not for anyone. In fact, this was not made by any one but by its enemy. The talismanic forces that control the limbs that push the buttons that make the sounds owe to blood, and flesh, and bone, and neural underpinnings, etc., but I do not want to possess these features anymore and the ineffable within has nothing to write anymore. There is a life inside me and its need for escape is dogmatic and incorrigible. Please excuse this abortive attempt, may it go unheard just as He who never said a mumblin’ word.”

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Where you rest your head a night. A new track by Planning For Burial.

You can pre-order Planning For Burial’s “Desideratum” on vinyl and CD from The Flenser store.

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