News Update 12|06|2013

Santa Sangre inaugurates its News section with news and releases from Cold Spring, Hypnotic Dirge, Ars Benevola Mater, Beta-Lactam Ring and Essence Music. More to come!

ARS BENEVOLA MATER

SANTA AGOSTINO – MOKARABA CONSTELLATION | CD

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Second album from the enigmatic act Santa Agostino. Definitively the best expression of their multifaceted way of visual-audio compositions. Seven tracks of pure melodic ambient noise will bring the listener into a cathartic mind introspection above the abyss.

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ESSENCE MUSIC

Suishou No Fune – Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos
CD | Deluxe handmade & handpainted textured tip-on mini-LP gatefold packaging | Limited to 170 copies

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Titanic collaboration between Tokyo’s dark and drifting psychedelic geniuses Suishou No Fune and San Francisco’s tripping, free jamming guitar/drums duo Numinous Eye, lead by no other than Mason Jones, long-running Japanese psych specialist and formerly of space rockers Subarachnoid Space.

Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos is what I would call a perfect meeting. Do not expect a random afternoon jam here, but a late night, perfectly crafted mystical experience.

The drums and sometimes two of the three guitars of the line-up set the rhythmic foundation for the dream-like, fragile abyssal cries and distressing harmonica of Pirako, while gentle echoes and languid strings, spaced-out distortion and amp hums float around all corners slowly building a rich and tranced-out world of droney magic.

Not ever so gently – loud and distorted amp-frying blissful crescendos are capable, at times, of bursting the air -, but always so hypnotic, you will be transported beyond traditional time/space conventions into the jammy, semi-motorik “Space Cruising” goodbye track to finally touch the black flowers of the cosmos.

Stunningly mastered by James Plotkin, Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos is presented on a beautiful and totally handmade and handpainted – yes, piece by piece, each copy is unique – sturdy textured tip-on gatefold packaging with an art technique mixing natural collages and watercolor. Includes a printed OBI strip.

This edition is limited to 170 copies only.

Buy: Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos

Suishou No Fune – Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos (Boxset Edition)
Boxset | Handcrafted boxset with extra items | Limited to 80 copies

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Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos is also presented as an extremely limited matte black handcrafted boxset beautifully conceived and made of 100% natural materials, including soft linen, branches, leaves and organic inks.

Inside you will find the standard edition with its fully handmade packaging and artwork plus the OBI strip, a set of 6 unique art cards with a variation the watercolor-natural collage technique, a sealed vial with forest herbs and natural essences and a linen bag with a dehydrated – non-hallucinogenic, boys – mushroom. Housed on black silkscreened and wax sealed envelopes are 2 extra albums on CDR, each one with exclusive recordings from both Suishou No Fune and Numinous Eye – Live and Live And Droning, respectively.

Hibiscus scattered throughout the box gives the whole set a perfect mix of delicate scents, helping the listener to expand the inner senses and be transported to the psychedelic regions explored on the album. An unique experience. We mean it.

A piece of art strictly limited to 80 hand-numbered copies.

Buy: Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos – Boxset Edition

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HYPNOTIC DIRGE RECORDS

Frigoris – Wind available now for free streaming, $5 download, and CD order

The new album from the atmospheric black metal band Frigoris entitled “Wind” is now available from Hypnotic Dirge Records. In addition to the regular CD edition which was co-released by Hypnotic Dirge and Misanthropic Art Productions, the album has also been uploaded to Bandcamp and Youtube for free streaming in its entirety, and is also available as a $5 digital download.

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Although founded as a Pagan/Black Metal band, Frigoris has steadily developed their sound since its foundation around head Dominik Winter in 2007 and now stands as a high-level atmospheric, melodic Black Metal band. The new record Wind is the current peak of this development and highlights Frigoris’ ability in mixing ferocious black metal with acoustic guitars and folk sensibilities. The over fifty minute piece is filled with a surpassing emotional intensity that creates a bond between pure aggression and deep melancholy.

Co-released by Hypnotic Dirge Records and Misanthropic Art Productions, Frigoris’ Wind should appeal to fans of Agalloch, (old) Woods of Ypres, Wolves in the Throne Room, Fen, and Imperium Dekadenz.

“Wind” has received a lot of nice feedback from the press so far, including the following from these ‘zines:

Wind is a swirling contrast of elegance and intensity, culminating in a spectacular display of musical ingenuity combined with a higher sense of melancholy, which gives life to the atmospheric black metal genre by relying on the genre’s most natural elements. If there was one album released in a modern setting that would surpass the genre’s fathers, Frigoris have created it. Crafting folk-y melodies and acoustic sections with crushing chords and furious, yet even paced double bass drum work might not seem that much out of the ordinary these days, yet Frigoris’ 2013 record pushes past the stereotypes, giving life to these ‘apparently’ done before soundscapes.
-Melting Album Review

If you want me cut to the chase and spare you a read the two best words to describe the album Wind are EPIC and MAJESTIC!  Seriously never have I heard so much effort, heart, and emotion put into one album but this is it.  And I am not talking about three or four tracks, I am talking about it all. There are just so many elements proposed that can attract any extreme metal fan.  From the heathens, to those more of the melancholic nature, or to those who enjoy a strong and intense black metal sound, this is all for you into one stellar album.  From the beginning sounds of the acoustic, Windgeflüster, and all the way down to the path of the end, Wenn die Maske bricht, it will have you at grasp the whole time.
-Desolation Infinite Blogpost

Wind is such a perfect, beautiful and strong album that it makes your skin crawl. Very emotional, making all your feelings come out, good and bad feelings, as they mix perfectly the aggressiveness with the painful melodic tones and tunes. Really a very good experience, memorable journey.
Really, one of the best albums of 2013 for Lachryma Christi. Highly recommended. Go for it.
-Lachryma Christi Webzine

On Saturday June 7, Frigoris will play their CD release show at Helvete Club in Oberhausen, Germany, so if you’re in that area go out and support some great music!

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Frigoris Links:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK | PROFILE PAGE

We have some other great releases coming this month, which are already available to pre-order if you are interested.

On June 14, we release Nethermost’s debut EP “Alpha” and then on June 21 comes Galaktik Cancer Squad’s first physical release and fourth full-length album “Ghost Light.” There are two tracks currently streaming on Bandcamp from each album and as mentioned the CD can be pre-ordered already.

The option is there to pre-order all three June releases (Frigoris, Nethermost, and Galaktik Cancer Squad) for $28 in North America / $32 Worldwide and the order will be shipped out immediately. In fact, all pre-orders for these albums will get shipped immediately since the Nethermost and GCS albums arrived from the plant yesterday morning.
Furthermore, you’ll receive a download link for the albums you order right away while you wait for the CD to arrive.

HDR – 030 : Nethermost – Alpha EP [June 14, 2013]

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The name Nethermost refers to the lowest point of existence and is also the name of the melodic death-doom band hailing from south Texas. Nethermost’s debut EP release ¨Alpha,¨ a tribute to nature and the four elements paints a deep and obscure timelessness while offering up powerful and intense melodies and an overall rich atmosphere soaked in ambience and melancholy. Mid-paced melodic doom metal with an emphasis on atmosphere, a thick bass sound and deep vocals conjure up an honest organic sound rooted in the mid-90’s death-doom sound. Alpha, while providing an introduction to a new and promising doom band should also appeal to fans of established bands, Katatonia – circa Brave Murder Day, October Tide, and Daylight Dies
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HDR – 031 : Galaktik Cancer Squad – Ghost Light [June 21, 2013]

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From the vacuous depths of space, the great pathogenic force of Galaktik Cancer Squad will once again return to haunt the aural realms of the earth with their first ever physical release, ‘Ghost Light.’ An ambitious one-man project from Germany, Galaktik Cancer Squad was formed by Arwohn in 2011 and has to the point before Ghost Light released four albums digitally. Aggressive, and experimental post-black metal with cacophonous discordant vocals combine with moments of soaring post-rock melancholy that make you soar to other dimensions. Simultaneously mind-bending and sky-searing, Galaktik Cancer Squad on a physical medium for the first time ever captures the best of the project yet. Extremely well-written and forward thinking experimental black metal, embrace summer, sun, and the galaktik cancer squad!
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On the release dates themselves the full albums will be uploaded to Bandcamp and Youtube and the option will be available to also order the digital version of the album and stream the full album for free. In the meantime of course, you can hear the album before anyone else by pre-ordering and receiving the download link while waiting for the CD.

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BETA-LACTAM RING

[… we are accepting subscriptions to the new curated series by Aidan Baker ‘Drone Compendium’ with 7 related Aidan Baker projects: Aidan Baker, ARC, Mnemosyne, Aidan Baker/Thomas Baker/Alan Bloor, Whisper Room and Nadja. 6 LP releases with a bonus LP by Nadja for subscribers. Plenty of sound samples to check out the series. Note: we can accept half payments for the series. Half for the first three shipments and then half for the final three shipments. Just make a note in the order comment box and we can set up your order this way. Also, we can arrange for overseas orders to combine the 7 LPs into 2 shipments to save on postage.

Due to demand, we are now offering for the World series, to ship the 7 LPs in two shipments to save on postage.

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The album title certainly does not deceive. But there is something absolutely worthy about Baker’s approach to drone composition. He employs a subtle, patient counterpoint that offers an appealing spaciousness when played loud. The music is utterly enveloping, seemingly forcing the listener into a meditative state (Do not operate heavy equipment while listening, unless that heavy equipment is speakers or a spaceship).

Artist: Baker, Aidan
Title: Pure Drone (Drone Compendium One)
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records
Format: LP
Catalog #: mt249
Condition: 100
Price: $16.00

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COLD SPRING

Latest Releases

CSR180CD (May 2013)
Merzbow Vs Nordvargr | Partikel III

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The third and final part of the Partikel trilogy is finally here! Another beautifully constructed collaboration from the two noise giants – Japanoise King Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and Swedish Overlord Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (MZ.412, Folkstorm, Toroidh). The styles on ‘Partikel III’ range from total noise barrages, to intelligent electronics, to subtle dark ambient pieces. Essential! Presented in a luxurious matt laminate digipak.

CSR181CD (May 2013)

Various Artists | Throne

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A nice-price 2CD sampler of our current / forthcoming releases. 33 original tracks spanning over 100 releases, since our last sampler “Swarm”. “Throne” encompasses Industrial, Dark Ambient, Ritual, Japanese Noise, Drone, Power Electronics, Death Industrial, Dark Folk, Orchestral music. A wonderful collection for you to discover the world of Cold Spring.

CSR175CD (March 2013)
Emme Ya | Chthonic Transmission (Abysmi Vel Daath)

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“Chthonic Transmission” is Emme Ya’s 2nd full-length album for Cold Spring. Ritual Dark Ambient with esoteric vocals and an archaic magickal energy. “The album itself is an Alchemical process, in which I am descending and ascending, in a series of ritual visualisations under the veil of daath, being all such 6 stages of personal spheres of transmutative inner magickal paradigms, which are just part of the development of my own personalities, sexual feminine energies evoked and transmuted, with the sole purpose to transcend this existential reality in which I am submerged. Trying to explore in the sea of nothingness, searching my own inner light of self-creative power. Transforming, mutating, developing. Once again and again in a giant cosmic ouroborus… entering my parallel worlds eternally” (Emme Ya).

CSR179CD (March 2013)
Iron Fist Of The Sun | Who Will Help Me Wash My Right Hand

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New full length album by English artist IFOTS. Continuing on his path of exploratory yet focused industrial, and his trademark clean detailed power electronics that was first seen on his debut CD for Cold Spring, “Behavioural Decline”, “Who Will Help Me Wash My Right Hand” is a frantic mix of structure and chaos, less violent than previous releases but instead drenched in melancholy and bitterness. Available on CD and LP limited to 200 copies on yellow vinyl.

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