Friday, July 10, 2015

Hex Horizontal—Influx II: The Isthmus cs

Hex Horizontal
Influx II: The Isthmus
Geweih Ritual Documents

This is why people buy tapes. To hold something this awesome. I almost don’t want to review this so much as I want to rant about the value of physical objects but I’m not really in the zone so instead let me just say that you should look at this. Take a minute. 

The printing ideas here are fantastic. The designer, who is clearly very skilled, has a really strong knowledge of spatial relationships and understood how to make this tape, the tape itself, look like a three dimensional image using two separate planes. The J card is transparent and all the information is fit perfectly as to not get in the way of the cassette. Well done. The art is beautiful and the design is just top notch. Bravo.  The audio on the tape is by no means taking a back seat to the artwork though. It adds its own weight to the artwork by being totally fucking bonkers. Guitar, drums and oscillators make a cacophony that you will hopefully find as disturbing and relaxing as I did. It’s great. Nice work people!

Trepaneringsritualen—Konung Dómaldr Vid Upsala Hängd lp

Konung Dómaldr Vid Upsala Hängd
In Solace Publishing

So now you have another label to start buying everything from, In Solace Publishing. This is Kevin from Sutkeh Hexen’s label and with his taste level and design skills this is going to be an excellent venture. The first release is a reissue of an amazing cassette that was on Merz Tapes a couple years back. This release, which I think i reviewed originally, is haunting, unrelenting and brutal. It has been a huge inspiration to me musically and I hope it will be to you as well. Trepaneringsritualen may be a name that no one has ever successfully pronounced but their/his whole catalog is just amazing. Find it and grow. 

Visually it is great. Solid typography and a killer illustration. No real frills and that’s good. This is just solid music for people who dig quality. 

Mytrip—Empty 7"


Wow, this is great. Really beautiful and sophisticated drone contained on a tiny 7”. I think my only wish this this release at all was that it was about two hours longer. I’m really glad to have heard this. Drone seems to be slowly falling out of favor with some people but this really raises the bar. I hope you can all find this and realize that any of that other shit we are into is fine but drone is still the closest music to describe human emotion and experience. The design is simple and clean. Very minimal type and that works perfect for this type of thing. They don’t even list the label information. Kinda ballsy. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Hey, I am not good at updating the labels section to the right there. If you want to be included please send me an email with the label name and the website.