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.


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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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WRECK & REFERENCE – Want

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We will start a pre-sale for Wreck & Reference’s new album very soon.

Wreck & Reference’s new 11-song album, Want, has been slated for a June 10th release on CD, LP and Digital formats through SF-based dark music label The Flenser. 37 minutes in length, Want was recorded by the band and mixed/mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta) and sees Wreck and Reference taking a new sonic direction while maintaining their hold on experimental, electronic, and post metal genres: a trainwreck of contradictions that is devastatingly addictive. In conjunction with their new album release, Wreck & Reference has been tapped as support (alongside Pallbearer) on the upcoming Deafheaven tour which starts June 8th in Boston and ends July 2nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco – check out the full routing below.

Formed in 2011 by drummer Ignat Frege and instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck & Reference play by their own rules and create 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 & Reference released their debut full-length, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶, to more critical praise. Even more dark and mysterious than its predecessor, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ catapulted Wreck & Reference to the forefront of unconventional heavy music. The band released their landmark effort C̶o̶n̶t̶e̶n̶t̶ in May of last year, also on The Flenser, which was called “weirdly heavy and unnerving” by NPR.

Song premieres, pre-order information, and more tour dates coming soon for Wreck & Reference’s Want. In the meantime, check out a segment of a new track alongside footage of Wreck & Reference in the studio here.

Want Track Listing:
1. Corpse Museum
2. Apollo Beneath The Whip
3. Stranger, Fill This Hole In Me
4. Bankrupt
5. A Glass Cage For An Animal
6. A Tax
7. Flies
8. Convalescence
9. Machine Of Confusion
10. Swallow
11. Apologies

WRECK & REFERENCE, ON TOUR:
8 Boston, MA @ Sinclair w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
9 Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
10 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
11 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
15 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
16 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
17 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
18 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
20 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
21 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
22 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
23 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
24 Lawrence, KS @ Granada w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
26 Houston, TX @ FItzgerald’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
27 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
28 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
30 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ Deafheaven, Destruction Unit
July
1 San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Deafheaven
2 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Deafheaven

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Video – Have a Nice Life, White Suns

Have a Nice Life:

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Pre-Sale: Planning For Burial – Desideratum CD/LP

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We are now pre-selling the physical edition of Planning For Burial’s sophomore full-length “Desideratum.” 37 minutes of gloom.

LP comes in a heavy jacket with a heavy inner sleeve. The CD version comes in a case-wrapped jacket with an inner sleeve. We are offering a discounted CD/LP package.

The colored vinyl edition is Half & Half Oxblood/Swamp Green and is limited to 200 copies. Inspired by a gloomy Jamison bottle. Those are going fast.

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We are selling a limited shirt to accompany the release of Planning For Burials – Desideratum. These should ship around the same time as the album. Printed on black American Apparel stock.

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Out Now: White Suns – Totem CD/LP

White Suns sculpts organic noise with detuned guitars, amplified drums, and makeshift electronics. With aural explorations beginning at the intersection of punk and electronics-based noise, White Suns oscillates between crushingly dense assaults and articulate hushed passages. Totem features the band’s signature harsh onslaught but is tempered by deadened stares and slow-burn instrumentals.

Renowned recording engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) provided documentation of the performance in his labyrinthine BC Studio compound.

Please note, we are currently sold out of the vinyl edition of Totem; however our distributer Midheaven.com still has copies.

Order CD direct from The Flenser

Order VINYL from Midheaven.com

White Suns is releasing a series of music videos featuring tracks from “Totem.” The strangest of these is for the short track “Prostrate” which can be seen here.

WHITE SUNS live:

03.21: Reverse, Brooklyn, NY RECORD RELEASE w/ saturn (aka john mannion), silent girlfriend

03.22: AUXILIARY, Richmond, VA

03.28: Death by Audio, Brooklyn, NY w/ Ligature, Chat Logs

04.06: Acheron, Brooklyn, NY w/ kayo dot, Pyrrhon, Epistasis

04.11: Penny Gaff, Providence, RI w/Ukiah Drag

04.12: Democracy Center, Cambridge, MA w/ Tinsel Teeth, Guerilla Toss

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Soon. Wreck & Reference.

California’s Wreck & Reference are readying a new full-length album that will be available this June from Flenser Records. 37 minutes in length, it was recorded by the band and they are currently working with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta) for mixing and mastering. This new record sees Wreck and Reference taking a new sonic direction while maintaining their hold on experimental, electronic, and post metal genres: a trainwreck of contradictions that is devastatingly addictive.

Check out a segment of a new track alongside footage of Wreck & Reference in the studio:

Formed in 2011 by drummer Ignat Frege and instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck and Reference play by their own rules and create 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.

Song premieres, pre-order information, and more tour dates with coming soon.

WRECK & REFERENCE – ON TOUR w/So Stressed & Hollowed Sunshine
03.20 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
03.22 Howling House – Portland, OR
03.23 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA
03.24 The Boreal – Eugene, OR
03.25 Witch Room – Sacramento, CA

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Panopticon “…On the Subject of Mortality” DLP Reissue Pre-sale

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We are now taking advanced orders for Panopticon’s “…On the Subject of Mortality” on double vinyl.

Panopticon’s reflective meditation on death, “…On The Subject of Mortality,” is back in print in the form it was intended – deluxe, double vinyl mastered at 45 rpm for ultra clean blackened fidelity. Originally released over the course of two split CD releases and as a very limited vinyl edition “…On The Subject of Mortality” sold out quickly fetching absurd prices on the collectors’ market.

Panopticon is an influential North American black metal band originally from Louisville Kentucky. The band is the unilateral expression of mastermind Austin Lunn, also of the death-doom band Seidr. The band has released over twelve full lengths, splits and EP’s, most notability 2012’s black metal/bluegrass genre classic “Kentucky.”

“…On The Subject of Mortality” is Panopticon’s third full-length and most melodic record. Whereas Panopticon’s other releases have been rooted heavily in a blugrass/black metal hybrid sound “…On The Subject of Mortality” is a more ambient album filled with post-metal obtuse dronescapes, Godspeed-like slow builds and blown out blast beats. This repress is limited to 500 copies and is contained within a heavy jacket and an insert.

Ships on or before 4/15/14.

Limited to 500 copies. 200 Copies on Limited electric Blue with Sea Blue Splatter

Pre-Order.

1. Living In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death
2. Living Eulogy
3. To Make An Idol Of Our Fear And Call It God
4. A Message To The Missionary
5. …Seeing…
6. Watching You
Total Running time: 50:15

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Planning for Burial – Desideratum announcement

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Coming May 13th, 2014 from The Flenser

“repetitious, bleak and gloomy indie rock” – Collective Zine
“unshakable and almost haunting” Adequacy.net
“…terrifying… beautiful… triumphant.” – tometotheweathermachine

New Jersey gloom band Planning For Burial will release its first full-length in almost four years this May on SF-based dark music label The Flenser. Titled Desideratum, this album is the band’s first full-length since 2010′s cult hit Leaving (Enemies List).

Simultaneously straddling the line between being completely nostalgic and futurist sounding, Planning For Burial is the product of a single wunderkind taking healthy obsessions with certain influences and filtering them through a droning, gloomy spyglass that evokes only the most concrete blues (the emotion not the music) this side of the gray waters of the Atlantic. While Planning For Burial gets lumped in with the whole wave of “bedroom recording artists” (which is where the project toiled for years until Leaving finally was released), the mastermind behind the project sets himself apart from his peers due in no small part to his background in sound. Planning For Burial’s brand of dark shoegaze/gloomgaze is hard to categorize, but it’s sound contains elements of slowcore, shoegaze, doom, drone, 90′s alt rock, 80′s goth, and black metal, while never being defined by any one of those genres.

Over the course of the last four years, Planning for Burial has been sporadically popping up in live venues (sharing the stage with a wide breadth of musical compatriots from Chelsea Wolfe to Deafheaven while seeming out of place at none) along the east and west coasts and releasing a slew of EPs and splits on various labels. Now, as Planning for Burial gears up to release Desideratum, the band will also perform a series of live shows – tour dates can be found below. PFB commented, “These new songs were designed to be played live, unlike my first album.” He continued, “I was making changes to sequencing/lyrics/arrangement in a live setting over the last three years rather than tinkering with it at home. When I finally made time to record Desideratum, it actually happened rather quickly since everything was already worked out.”

The album will be released on CD and Vinyl formats with artwork again created by longtime collaborator Niels Geybels.

Pre-sale info and song premieres coming soon. In the meantime, see Planning for Burial on the road:
03/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Fort Tender
03/23: Norfolk, VA @ The Iguana
03/24: Asheville, NC @ Mothlight w/ Deafheaven
03/25: Augusta, GA @ Vice Versa
03/26: Nashville, TN @ TBA
03/27: Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
03/28: Cincinnati, OH @ Rake’s End
03/29: Champaign, IL @ Thee Deathtower
03/30: Muskegon, MI @ The Pothole
03/31: Columbus, OH @ Carabar

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White Suns track posting

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Tiny Mix Tapes has posted a track “Priest In The Laboratory” off of White Suns’ upcoming full-length Totem.

Check it!

White Suns’ “Totem” is rock music realizing its obsolescence, the work of a band compelled to mutate. White Suns sculpts organic noise with detuned guitars, amplified drums, and makeshift electronics. With aural explorations beginning at the intersection of punk and electronics-based noise, White Suns oscillates between crushingly dense assaults and articulate hushed passages.Renowned recording engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) provided documentation of the performance in his labyrinthine BC Studio compound.

Pre-order!

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