Thursday, April 21, 2016

RUINER. "THE ONLY PROMISE GIVEN IS DEATH" 2CDR (AOW 388)

As a sort of lead-up to the upcoming new Ruiner. recording on AOW, i've been granted license to physically issue the monumental album "The Only Promise Given Is Death," originally released digitally through Big Pharma records.  Ruiner. trafficks in an intensely bleak, deep, and despondent style of HNW/ANW/drone; i'd call this record "crushing" but it's so far beyond that that the word seems horribly inept.  This is just pure sorrow and hopelessness translated into sound-perfect music to drag a razor blade across your wrists to.  Pretty much the sound of your life decaying and becoming the nothing that it truly is.  To say i'm psyched about this project is an understatement; it's some of the best stuff i've heard in years.
Packaged in a heavy fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag, with the two discs housed in black sleeves.  Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $12 ppd. in the Untied States, $28 rest of world.

The record can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://bigpharmarecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-only-promise-given-is-death

And it can be ordered through Altar Of Waste here:

www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Saturday, April 9, 2016

SHADOWPIERCER "MARTYRS" 5CDR (AOW 386)

First AOW release in what will hopefully be a series of recordings from Dakota Snaketail, this time from his excellent Shadowpiercer project.  Finding Dakota's work was pretty revelatory for me in that we seem to be working in the same sort of space with noise (film/pop culture/philosophy); all of his releases are quite beautiful, and I knew right away that I wanted to work with him on some albums.
"Martyrs" is a massive set of highly progressive, intense HNW/ANW/drone/noise/synth compositions based on the classic horror film Martyrs, an incredibly diverse work that abounds in multiple sounds and textures.  There's so much going on here that I can't properly describe it, but i've been listening to this record pretty much since Dakota sent it to me, and everytime i hear new stuff.  "Life in the Orphanage" is one of the best HNW tracks i've heard in quite awhile.  As of now this release is probably going to end up in my top records for 2016, right up there with She Walks Crooked's "A Drift Upon the Night."  This is masterful stuff, and i'm honored to be releasing it through Altar Of Waste.
Packaged in a DVD case with artwork by Dakota.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

You can check out Dakota's amazing work here:

http://shakhburz.bandcamp.com/

CANNABAT "SLAVE TO THE SUN" CDR (AOW 370)

Debut physical release for this HNW project, having previously issued a record ("Witch Head") through James Shearman's HNW Netlabel.  "Slave to the Sun" picks up where that recording left off, offering up three deep, dense slabs of monolithic, tar-drenched, fuzzed-out, buzzing HNW.  This is seep-into-your-brain and numb it type noise, meditative in its droning power.  Some of the tracks here drift off into serious narcoleptic ANW-territories, giving the record an intensely psychedelic tone and texture.  Definitely one to zone out to.  I'll be doing a split with this project soon!
Packaged in a DVD case with awesome psychedelic sci-fi artwork.  Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

"Witch Head," Cannabat's first recording, can be streamed here:

https://harshnoisewall.bandcamp.com/album/witch-head

Friday, March 25, 2016

CORY STRAND "POSSESSION: A REINTERPRETATION (DELUXE EDITION)" 16CDR + DVD-R SET (AOW 385)

Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 Possession is a gorgeously insane excursion into the craziest recess of psychosexual supernatural horror, an amazingly acted tour de force for Isabelle Adjani, and one of very few films that truly deserves to be called "fucked up."  The first time I saw it i was utterly blown away, simply unable to believe what i had just witnessed.  I don't want to say too much more than that for fear of ruining it for anyone who hasn't seen it (if you haven't, it's absolutely worth your time!), but i'll just say that since that initial viewing it's become a favorite of mine, a disturbing and beautifully sickening film that belongs alongside some of the other crowning achievements of body horror, like Friedkin's The Exorcist and Cronenberg's The Brood.
The film's score, by Andrzej Korzynski, is equally as stunning, a collection of anxiety-ridden queasy orchestral drones and screeches that reference both Bernard Herrmann's sense of melodrama and Ennio Morricone's drug-addled psychedelic phantasmagoria of sound. 
This is the "deluxe" edition of my rework of the score, and it's beautifully over the top in terms of presentation.  16 discs, with each disc including both the noise and the ambient versions of my sixteen pieces crafted from the score, plus a noise "Totality" recording created from the film's entire audio track (just over two hours long, and not available in either of the stand-alone versions.)
Packaged in 17 separate DVD cases, each with their own full colour artwork utilizing my favorite images from and ephemera associated with the film.  All of the screen grabs were done by me personally, pulled from the blu ray release of the film published by MondoVision.  I wanted to really do this film and its score justice.
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $150 ppd. in the United States, $166 rest of world.
ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "POSSESSION: A REINTERPRETATION (AMBIENT VERSION)" 4CDR (AOW 384B)

Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 Possession is a gorgeously insane excursion into the craziest recess of psychosexual supernatural horror, an amazingly acted tour de force for Isabelle Adjani, and one of very few films that truly deserves to be called "fucked up."  The first time I saw it i was utterly blown away, simply unable to believe what i had just witnessed.  I don't want to say too much more than that for fear of ruining it for anyone who hasn't seen it (if you haven't, it's absolutely worth your time!), but i'll just say that since that initial viewing it's become a favorite of mine, a disturbing and beautifully sickening film that belongs alongside some of the other crowning achievements of body horror, like Friedkin's The Exorcist and Cronenberg's The Brood.
The film's score, by Andrzej Korzynski, is equally as stunning, a collection of anxiety-ridden queasy orchestral drones and screeches that reference both Bernard Herrmann's sense of melodrama and Ennio Morricone's drug-addled psychedelic phantasmagoria of sound. 
This is the ambient version of my rework of the score.  It's full of haunting, vaguely melodic ambient drone, deeply bassy and dense with a sense of frigid psychedelia.  Just under four hours of music.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies, with a minimalist layout that complements my noise rework of the score (again, i love these designs-some of my fave layouts for AOW releases.)  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "POSSESSION: A REINTERPRETATION (NOISE VERSION)" 4CDR (AOW 384A)

Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 Possession is a gorgeously insane excursion into the craziest recess of psychosexual supernatural horror, an amazingly acted tour de force for Isabelle Adjani, and one of very few films that truly deserves to be called "fucked up."  The first time I saw it i was utterly blown away, simply unable to believe what i had just witnessed.  I don't want to say too much more than that for fear of ruining it for anyone who hasn't seen it (if you haven't, it's absolutely worth your time!), but i'll just say that since that initial viewing it's become a favorite of mine, a disturbing and beautifully sickening film that belongs alongside some of the other crowning achievements of body horror, like Friedkin's The Exorcist and Cronenberg's The Brood.
The film's score, by Andrzej Korzynski, is equally as stunning, a collection of anxiety-ridden queasy orchestral drones and screeches that reference both Bernard Herrmann's sense of melodrama and Ennio Morricone's drug-addled psychedelic phantasmagoria of sound.
This is the noise version of my rework of the score, and it's heavy on deep, bassy rumbles and all-out screeching earthquakes of audio filth.  I wanted to make it extreme enough to stand against the film's horrific visuals; i think at the very least i've come close.  Just under four hours of music.
Packaged in a DVD case with an awesome minimalist layout (i'm very into this one, really lovely) and released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Friday, March 18, 2016

SMALL HOURS "TEARS IN RAIN" C56 (AOW 337)

Cassette reissue of one of Small Hours' earlier releases, the masterful Blade Runner-inspired "Tears In Rain."  Ridley Scott's film is incredibly important to a lot of people, myself included, and I think whenever we work with the film as an inspiration there's this feeling that we have to create work that really lives up to the quality of the film, something that reflects its concerns and atmospheric, chilling beauty (i've personally agonized more over my own Blade Runner-inspired pieces than anything else I've done).  With "Tears In Rain," James Killick has done exactly that, creating a crushing, shifting, intensely textured wall that is unrelenting in its monolithi-ness but also beautiful in its evocation of atmosphere.  When I first heard this work I was astonished by it, and I continue to be everytime i listen to it.  What's even more astonishing is that this was one of James' earliest works as Small Hours, and it just blows my fucking mind how good this record this.  James is an HNW artist par excellence; his work is always interesting and incredibly inspiring.  Those familiar with AOW know that I am a huge fan of James' style; I am pleased to call him a friend and am so very honored to have released multiple works from him.  "Tears In Rain" was originally released on James' own Sweet Solitude label (before Vagary!) in a small edition of 10 copies; the work is of such quality that it deserves to be heard by more people, and I am thrilled that James gave me the okay to reissue this masterful work through Altar Of Waste.
Released as a single-sided C56, gorgeous silver-tinted tapes, with updated artwork that reflects the original CD version but goes in a bit more of an impressionistic, emotional direction.  Released in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world (it's awful, and i'm sorry-i wish it were different.)

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com