Thursday, August 28, 2014

FANTOME DE SANG "PURGATOIRE MALVEILLANT" 5CDr (AOW 224)

After the experimental long-form punishment of "Vortex," Fantome De Sang returns with another atypical outing, this time eschewing violence in favor of morbidity, hollowness, nostalgiah, dread, and bitter reflection.  An entirely ambient affair, "Purgatoire Malveillant" gives itself over wholly to more expansive and deep sound explorations, rejecting expectation and unveiling a monumental work that will surely alienate some and help others attain transcendence.  The skeletal remains of "Maladif Lune," perhaps?  The onus is on the listener.  Perception and complicity as a statement of intent.  This is not a new beginning, nor is it a condemnation of what once was.  This is merely an aspect.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $38 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "ENSLAVED 1992 - 1997" 10CDr (AOW 223)

Exhaustive reworking of Enslaved's early nineties output, from the 1992 "Yggdrasill" demo up through 1997's "Eld."  Enslaved created an absolute blur of caustic and frigid black metal symphonics; as a band they were technically light years ahead of many of their contemporaries, and before they began leaning towards a more progressive concept of black metal, the work they turned in left a scarring mark on the Scandinavian musical landscape.  In working with these five recordings, I have sought to bring out both the extreme violence and intensity of Enslaved's approach as well as their loftier conceptuality, their penchant for demanding thought and consideration from their listeners.  Enslaved's project extends well beyond music, especially as they've moved further away from their BM roots.  Allow this set to be a meditation and a conflagration.
Packaged in a twin volume DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $50 ppd. in the United States, $63 rest of world.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

CORY STRAND "UNDER THE SKIN: A REINTERPRETATION" 10CDr (AOW 222)

My expansive and engulfing drone/HNW rework of Mica Levi's challenging score to Jonathan Glazer's sensually indifferent cosmic void excursion "Under The Skin."  Since Levi's original work is already quite discordant, ambient, and droned out the challenge became one of harnessed aesthetics as opposed to all out transformation; rather than warp or destroy i sought to inhabit and (deathly) blossom.  I chose to split the album into two distinct sections, drone and HNW, to reflect both the film's intensity and its tension.  The result is some of the most empty and troubling ambient music i've made, full of malice and stress with few melodic elements.  Even those few pieces that suggest melody immolate it by taking it to an infinite: change is illusive if not imagined, or perhaps felt rather than noticeably perceived.  The HNW discs are deep-toned destructionist pieces that illustrate a more hellish side of drone, stoic and implacable but malevolent and violent.
Packaged in a twin volume DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $60 ppd. in the United States, $73 rest of world.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

SMALL HOURS "OLIVIA II" CDr (DELUXE SLIPCASED PHOTOBOOK + BONUS CDr) (AOW 211)

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-order item.  At the artist's request, this release is an edition of 5 copies.  I am doing this one as a pre-order because of the expense-once the release has sold out on pre-order (or enough copies that I can reasonably make up the difference out of pocket), I will send everything out to be manufactured.  I know this is an expensive item; it is, quite simply, the most lavish release i've done with the label.  I want everyone to know that I am not taking ANY profit on this-the price I am asking is the manufacturing cost of each one of these (in all honesty, i will LOSE money shipping them out!)  I believe in JK's work enough and the beauty of this package that I want it to be out there for those interested.  This one is a contract of sorts between myself as label curator and the label's supporters who order the record.

Small Hours returns to Altar Of Waste with a sequel of sorts to the project's "Olivia I" release, an album that was issued privately in the UK to a handful of allies.  While this release is equally limited (a scant five copies, at the artist's request) it is more than worthy of your attention, brimming over with JK's usual incredibly crunchy/crumbly walls.  Far from stagnant, the tones and textures slowly warp themselves and change noticeably as the tracks play out, becoming more and more punishing and dense.  From brooding lava sludgepiles to seriously intense whirlwind type distortion clouds, Olivia Newton John's work is honored by Small Hours.  Another brilliant release from one of the genre's most creative minds.
As stated, this is the most involved and artful release i've done through Altar Of Waste.  Packaged as a laminated hard-bound book, which in turn houses another softbound book inside of it, with six glossy pages of photographs of Olivia Newton John from her most creatively pure and fertile period, as well as the pertinent release info.  The entire thing is housed inside a hard outer slipcase with SMALL HOURS imprinted on the front.  It's crazy and I can't wait to see them!  To help offset the price, JK has graciously allowed me to include a CDr version of "Olivia I" as well, which was previously only available as a privately issued release for a UK tape swap.  This CDr version will have full-colour artwork in the fold-over AOW packaging (fold-over covers housed in clear plastic bags.)
Releases in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $75 ppd. in the United States, $83 rest of world.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CORY STRAND "ETERNALLY BLEAK" DVD-R (AOW 221)

Another epochal drone composition, this time created utilizing elements of Carter Burwell's score for the film "Fargo."  Over six hours of bleak, glacially plodding, winterized uberdrone to waste away with, a cosmic reckoning brimming over with nihilistic emptiness and despair.  This one is a bit darker than "The Nature Of Things," more concerned with hopelessness than meditation.  Time wastes itself as it wastes all of us.
Please note this is a DVD-R.  To extract the song you have to play it on a computer.  Definitely meant for headphones, in the dark, alone.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $33 rest of world.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CORY STRAND "THE NATURE OF THINGS" DVD-R (AOW 220)

The companion album to "Blood Has Been Shed" trades that record's all-out violence for a seemingly infinite period of meditation and tense inner reflection.  "The Nature Of Things" is a just over 5 hour deep drone excursion into thoughts of causal relationships and karmic retribution, and the attempt to reconcile meaning with absurdity.  We feel the world gives us omens and harbingers, but it doesn't.  Existence is coincidence; actions have consequences.  For many in the "Fargo" universe, this is a lesson that is never learned, even as those same individuals experience its teachings in brutal and punishing ways.  This is an epic drift, sonorous and glacial, seemingly ancient in its indifference.
Please note this is a DVD-r; you have to put it into your computer in order to extract the song.  Hopefully the expansive runtime will allow you moments of personal reflection and understanding.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $33 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "BLOOD HAS BEEN SHED" DVD-R (AOW 219)

Having been very inspired by all my recent work with the "Fargo" universe, I decided to try an experiment in excess, creating a pair of massive recordings utilizing large portions of Jeff Russo's score for the television series.  The first of these, "Blood Has Been Shed," is a crushing 3.5 hour psychedelic HNW onslaught, a relentless and destructive suite of audio terror that will (hopefully) stretch the threshholds of endurance for many listeners.  It is absolutely a challenge and a statement, as well as an interesting piece of sound art.  If you like my noise work there is no doubt you'll enjoy this as well-it's simply a matter of how much of it you can take.
Please note that this is a DVD-R; you have to put it into your computer to extract the song (that you pretty much have to listen to this through headphones is part of its intensity.)  Good luck!
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $33 rest of world.

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