METAL MOUNTAINS Golden Trees (Amish) cd 14.98
Long before psych folk became the flavor of the month in the indie scene there was the Tower Recordings. A group responsible for some of our favorite drugged out psych-pop EVER, with such nice swirling textures, delivered with such a gorgeous touch. The members of Tower Recordings have forged pretty of remarkable solo careers of their own. Folks like P.G. Six, Samara Lubelski, Matt Valentine, etc. Metal Mountains is a brand new project that reunites Tower Recordings members Samara Lubelski, Pat Gubler (P.G. Six) and Helen Rush. There is a real magic between them as this is one of the most beautiful and mournful sounding albums we have heard in ages. Delicate composition stripped away of any fat, yet stretched out so nice with haunting instrumentation and a minimalist approach to creating a songs that make you sway so softly as you float away from all that surrounds you. It's restrained and understated without being uptight. A soft tension blankets the warm, moody recordings and we are left with a stunning and sublime set of songs.
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METAL MOUNTAINS Golden Trees (Amish) lp 23.00
Also in stock on vinyl! Long before psych folk became the flavor of the month in the indie scene there was the Tower Recordings. A group responsible for some of our favorite drugged out psych-pop EVER, with such nice swirling textures, delivered with such a gorgeous touch. The members of Tower Recordings have forged pretty of remarkable solo carrers of their own. Folks like P.G. Six, Samara Lubelski, Matt Valentine, etc. Metal Mountains is a brand new project that reunites Tower Recordings members Samara Lubelski, Pat Gubler (P.G. Six) and Helen Rush. There is a real magic between them as this is one of the most beautiful and mournful sounding albums we have heard in ages. Delicate composition stripped away of any fat yet stretched out so nice with haunting instrumentation and a minimilist approach to creating a songs that make you sway so softly as you float away from all that surrounds you. It's restrained and understated without being uptight. A soft tension blankets the warm, moody recordings and we are left with a stunning and sublime set of songs.
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METAL ROUGE Calling Winter (self-released) cd-r 10.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This duo (one half New Zealand, one half L.A.) played here last night, with AQ faves Expo '70 (we missed it, writing reviews you know, bad timing, list week, argh) but from what folks tell us, they surprised everyone by totally dominating, and entrancing everyone with their humid guitar ambience and shimmering metallic dronescapes. And hearing this cd it's not difficult to hear why. Metal Rouge is the duo of Andrew Scott (who you might remember as half of the duo Nest, with Nigel Wright) and Helga Fassonaki, who manage to work some pretty serious musical magic together. Plenty of bands do the drone thing, sometimes it's a static hum, other times it's a wall of guitar left to buzz and rumble, but it takes a special something to harness those sounds and sculpt them into something more, to coax emotion from them, to create tension, to turn sounds into actual songs. And Metal Rouge manage that task just fine. Much like Expo '70, Metal Rouge owe as much to old school krautrock ambience as they do the modern makers of abstract noise. Their guitars and various sonic implements, unfurling slow pulses, motorik throbs, deep swells, a lush low end that seems to let all the other sounds gradually sink into it, melodies drift sleepily, the notes wavering and slowly shimmering, everything bathed in the reverbed glow of some hot late night, lit blue by the moon, the stars glistening like streaks of feedback beneath the roiling ambience. These are actual songs, like some old dusty 78 dipped in tar and played back as slow as it will go, pop music rendered glacial and effulgent. Bits of twang and strum floating lazily by on a slow moving black tide, an incandescent raga like buzz always glimmering in the background, Metal Rouge is like some heavily sedated version of Popol Vuh or Tangerine Dream, their lush, sultry shimmer washing over you and transporting you to some mysterious otherworld. Absolute bliss. Packaged in a super swank box, with printed insert under the cd, a fold out booklet, a black and white paste on cover (all of them different) and sealed in a thick plastic sleeve affixed with a strip of tape hand stamped with the name of the band. LIMITED TO 100 COPIES. Each one hand numbered.
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"Dying Palms: New American Century"
METAL ROUGE Ephemeroptera 01 (Seymour Records) cd-r 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Found a few of these lurking in our closet that we'd never listed!!! It's part one in a five-part cd-r series, here's what we said about the only one we did list, part 4, that pretty much goes for this one too: There's something strangely addictive about the skull crushing, mind numbing effects of harsh, droning nooooise. And while avant-noisemakers Skullflower and Hototogisu are perfect examples of some folks who do it best, Metal Rouge is quickly establishing themselves as likely contenders for the noise/drone throne. Limited to only 50 copies, we managed to snag a few, and we're glad we did. Seems like the duo is heading into more damaged, blown out territory, abandoning their quieter improv-y ways for blistering, electric melt-downs and cosmic sizzle.
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METAL ROUGE Ephemeroptera 04 (Seymour) cd-r 11.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. There's something strangely addictive about the skull crushing, mind numbing effects of harsh, droning nooooise. And while avant-noisemakers Skullflower and Hototogisu are perfect examples of some folks who do it best, Metal Rouge is quickly establishing themselves as likely contenders for the noise/drone throne. This is Ephemeroptera vol. 4, part of a five cd-r series being released on Seymour records. Limited to only 50 copies, we managed to snag a few, and we're glad we did. Seems like the duo is heading into more damaged, blown out territory, abandoning their quieter improv-y ways for blistering, electric melt-downs and cosmic sizzle. Complete with a cool drawing of a whirligig beetle on the cover, this cd-r will be gone in the blink of an eye, so act fast.
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METAL ROUGE Three For Malachi Ritscher (Root Strata) cd 12.98
Metal Rouge is an unlikely combo, as the two members live half way round the world from each other making music that does not lend itself to digital filesharing. Andrew Scott is the New Zealand citizen in the group, having worked with Nigel Wright in the past as Nest; and the Californian of Metal Rouge is Helga Fassonaki, who seems to be the globetrotter of the two with huge amount of exhibitions and performances on both sides of the Pacific. Andrew and Helga declare their intentions as being "concerned primarily with pure thoughtless formless now and its expression through sound" or rather, they improvise toward the drone supreme with plenty of detours along the way. Andrew's tools are the pedal steel and guitar pedals; and Helga's instrument of choice is a Persian dulcimer jacked up through plenty of FX pedals as well. After a handful of tapes and cd-rs, Three For Malachi Ritscher appears to be their first proper cd, with kudos going to ever impressive curatorial hands at Root Strata. From a strictly aesthetic / geographic axis, Metal Rouge is the perfect sum of its parts, situating all of the free-noise / freak-folk aspects that we love about both LA's Not Not Fun scene and NZ's PseudoArcana label. So, through the psychedelic damage of their pedal steel and dulcimer duets, Metal Rouge weaves a post-krautrock / Dream Syndicate atmosphere of thumbing drones built out of arcing layers of spectral tones and spidery pluckings. Tones glisten and vibrate with that unsettled narcotic feel of Pocahaunted's disembodied vocals and drug-drone mantras, but these are WAY better. The two also have clearly been listening to Matthew Bower as there's a few cut-the-power conclusions to the soaring heights of their drone stupor, leaving us hanging in a dizzying limbo at the moment of silence. Very nicely done. LIMITED TO 300 COPIES!!!!
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METAL URBAIN Anarchy In Paris! (Acute Records) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Nope, Metal Urbain weren't a metal band, they were PUNK, way back when. This seminal '77 punk outfit were basically the French answer to the Sex Pistols. Only, with synths -- a la Suicide -- along with their guitars (no bass), and a customized Korg Minipops 120 keeping the beat. Their urgent tick-tock metronomic rhythms, distorted guitars n' synth effects, and shouted French vocals (with clever and shocking lyrics, we're told -- their online translations via Babblefish are certainly bizarre) still sound great 25 years on. Metal Urbain are one of those bands whose legend has grown in inverse proportion to the availability of their recordings (kinda like last list's Record of the Week, the Homosexuals). Now, at long long last, all their crucial cuts are available again on this compact disc, so you can judge for yourself how rad Metal Urbain really were. With their noisy raw rockin' and avant-garde style, we'd say pretty rad indeed. Though their songs can't quite compete with the Pistols' classics, they match 'em in attitude and get mega bonus points for their use and abuse of electronics, which makes them ultra fashionable today. Really, what with today's electro-clash art-punk scene, this is the perfect time for Metal Urbain to emerge again. Chances are you're already a Metal Urbain fan without even knowing it... Punk history buffs will need/want this too (first record ever on Rough Trade!) but we think whether you "need" this or not, you'll probably like it. The 24 tracks found here, a few of 'em previously unreleased, argue for this band's unique charm. Who can resist such primitive drum machine action, sizzling synth blasts and whooshes, and sheer anarchistic punk energy? Of course they're brimming with punk snottiness (they're French after all). But their punk is tinged with proto-new wave (a few of the later tracks definitely veer in that direction) and psychedelic elements, drawing on the band's early influences from Eno, Fripp, the Velvets and Hawkwind! Though, despite the talk of "robocore", "spacepunk" and "terrorbeat" in the (lengthy and interesting) liner notes, they still sound closer to the Ramones, than, say, Atari Teenage Riot. Still, Steve Albini claims Metal Urbain, via nth-generation cassette tape dubs, as an inspiration for Big Black, and we can believe that too. Great stuff.
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"Lady Coca Cola"
METAL, MIKKEL Peaks And Troughs (Echochord) cd 16.98
METAL, MIKKEL Victimizer (Kompakt) cd 15.98
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METAL: A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY (Warner) dvd 29.00
METALLIC FALCONS Desert Doughnuts (Voodoo-Eros) cd 15.98
Metallic Falcons is the collaborative project of Cocorosie's Sierra Cassidy and partner in musical crime Matteh Baim. Their debut is a bewildering yet utterly beguiling amalgam of neo-folk's earthen weavings, rock's electricity, cathedral-reverbed choral vocals and some as yet unpinpointables. At times Desert Doughnuts is quite reminiscent of reverential to Jarboe-era Swans in its broken beauty and spiralling dark dreams. However there's much more that rings familiar here than that aspect. Could it be the additional contributing efforts from the likes of Antony, Jana Hunter and Devendra Banhart? Why yes, it definitely could! Together they've crafted a most hauntingly beautiful patchwork tapestry that -- dare we say? -- on a few passages surpasses the individuals' solo missions.
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"Nighttime And Morning"
METALLICA ...And Justice For All (Warner Bros) 2lp 25.00
METALLICA Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.) cd 16.98
The pros and cons of Metallica's new album, pretty much off the top of our heads: Pro - It's literally AT LEAST a million times better than their last album, St. Anger. Con - Of course, that might not be saying that much, since St. Anger was absolutely one of the worst albums ever made. Pro - It's also much better than Load/Reload/whatever else they've done since the Black Album. Con - That also didn't take much. Pro - It's actually metal, which is what a Metallica album should be! Con - James' singing is still still pretty 'chain wallet' though. Pro - There's guitar solos this time around, they actually let Kirk play his guitar! Con - They're still letting Lars play drums. And boy does he sound tired on some of this. Pro - Produced by Rick Rubin. Con - Rick Rubin producing Slayer in 1986 is not the same as Rick Rubin producing Metallica in 2008. Pro - Definitely some decent riffs here. Parts of "The End Of The Line" are pretty badass ferinstance. We're also digging how chunky and speedy and thrashy the likes of "My Apocalypse" and "All Nightmare Long" get, amongst others. Con - Lots of 'meh', sensitive dude parts too. Pro - The digipack packaging is really nifty, with a die cut cover and cd booklet that gives a 3-D effect to the coffin shape depicted in the cover art. Con - "The Unforgiven III". That's right. III. Pro - Like old Metallica, most of the songs are at least 7 minutes long. Con - Most of the songs are at least 7 minutes long. Ok, enough. We were just trying to be funny with the last one. Lots of pros, cons too. And maybe Metallica, with Napster and Some Kind Of Monster and Load and St. Anger and haircuts and everything, have made it impossible to be objective about them at all. Basically, one reaction is that, hey it sounds something like old Metallica, and at this point, that's something to be thankful for! Of course, also at this point, if you want to listen to old Metallica, chances are you're gonna just put on Master Of Puppets or Kill 'Em All, or one of their other albums that are all pros, pretty much no cons... Basically, the diehard '80s Metallica fans here at AQ are never gonna truly be happy with these guys again, unless Cliff comes back from the dead, but heck at least the average radio-listener, record-buyer is getting something fairly metal out of the deal, more metal than Metallica has been in a looooong time. If we're gonna get a new Metallica shoved down our throats, it could have been a whole lot worse. (They've proved it in the past.) Now, if they'd have done another Diamond Head cover on here, we really might be calling it a comeback. That would have been sweet. In the meantime, we WILL be spinning Death Magnetic, mentally weighing record review pros and cons but also unconsciously air guitaring and headbanging... whoops, were we doing that? To the new Metallica?? Shit, maybe we DO like this! Oh and here's another pro: it's cool that Kirk is still rockin' the long hair, like he's still in Exodus or something, even though maybe he shouldn't. Getting close to the dreaded "Gallagher!"
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"The End Of The Line"
METALLICA Garage, Inc. (Elektra) 2cd 23.00
Well, easily the best Metallica record of the last decade or so...of course, it's all covers, one disc of old stuff (including, the classic Garage Days Revisted and Re-Revisted eps) and another disc of newly-recorded cover versions, everything from Sabbath to Nick Cave, from Misfits to Mercyful Fate.
METALLICA Ride the Lightning (Warner Bros.) cd 17.98
METALLICA S&M (Elektra) 2cd 23.00
Seems like a bad idea, sure (the band playing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra). But surprisingly some of this actually works. They start off with a Morricone cover which segues perfectly into their instrumental opus "Call of Ktulu." The slow ones work best seeing as they are basically slowed down Wagner played on guitar. The fast ones are a mess. I (Andee speaking here) was there, and I can tell you it was worth it just to see a shirtless metalhead ejected for stage diving at the symphony.
METALLICA St. Anger (Elektra) cd 16.98
We knew that we had to take the "return to Master of Puppets thrash" hype about this record with a massive grain of salt, but it kinda does sound like they were making an effort to be especially heavy and aggro and thrashy. Unfortunately they forgot that along with the chugga chugga guitars and violent drumming, you need to write songs! After six years (and at least two disappointing albums previous), it's pretty clear that the emperor has no clothes. I mean, it sounds like a mediocre local band (actually, they ARE a local band, but what we mean is that the production and songwriting are not up to snuff). There's a Metallica *influence* (especially in the vocals!) but it doesn't really sound like the "real" Metallica. Apparently they wrote this in the studio with the tape rolling, in an attempt to capture a raw hardcore immediacy, which instead seems to have resulted in an unfinished and almost demo-like album. Did anyone hear any guitar solos? And what about those lyrics? Sounds like James took a semester of Rhyming 101. Ugh. Sorry we have to slag this off so heavily, but man it sucks. Jason did the right thing. Comes with bonus DVD of live in the studio performances, while supplies last (which they probably will).
METALLICA DRUMMER (Neverending Entertainment) video 5.98
Holy smokes! Final copies in existence! Only available here! Now lower priced! It's the infamous and highly sought Metallica Drummer video which has been sadly out of print for five years much to the chagrin of those whose lives were severely altered by viewing the tape. Those individuals will surely not want to miss out this time around. In fact, for those of you who were fortunate enough to nab a copy the first time around, it's undoubtably been worn thin from repeat plays. I know mine has. Time for a fresh copy! For those who have yet to experience Metallica Drummer... hoooo boy, brace yourself! Released once again by Neverending Entertainment aka Cup and her I Am Spoonbender bandmate Dustin. Apart from buying it directly from them at their shows, AQ is pleased as punch to be the *only* other place to get it. Here's what we said the first time around... You have certainly spent many idle moments staring at the wall dreaming of stardom. You've spent inspired Sunday afternoons dancing on your bed, singing your favorite song to the illusion of thousands of adoring, screaming fans below. But have you been caught? Metallica Drummer, as he has come to be known, set-up a video camera in his livingroom, put on some of his favorite Metallica songs and gave an air-drumming performance with no equal. This is truly one of the funniest things that I have ever seen. The humor lies not only in laughing at this embarrassing moment, but in the utter fascination with someone who is so obsessed with Lars Ulrich that he is able to replicate his drumming with absolute accuracy. I am certain that he sold his soul at the crossroads to acquire these unparallelled air-drum skills. An astonishing personal document. "He's talented! He's obsessed! He's Canadian! He's... Metallica Drummer!" Ultra limited and sure to go fast, and once they're gone, they're gone! So don't snooze and lose again!
METALOCALYPSE Dethklok: Dethalbum II (Deluxe Edition) (Adult Swim) cd+dvd 17.98
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"Murmaider II: The Water God"
METALOCALYPSE Dethklok: The Dethalbum (Adult Swim) lp 22.00
METALOCALYPSE Season II: Black Fire Upon Us (Adult Swim) 2dvd 34.00
Dethklok is back!!! Our favorite animated purveyors of apocalyptic metal destruction have returned to face their demons both mighty and petty. In season two, they venture into the horrors of fashion, P.R., detox, the dating scene, state politics, as well as staging the largest public criminal execution of all time and of course botching it big time. This season they are faced with new mortal enemies from the Tribunal (one voiced by Malcolm McDowell), as well as an army of disfigured and damaged former fans called The Revengencers. Can Dethklok finally release their new record to save the World Economy, or will they be crippled by their childish infighting and developmentally challenged destructive behaviors? We never listed the first season, but we were all pretty much OBSESSED. The music is amazing, so good it's hard to believe they're not a real band, and the band members various accents are SO impossible to understand which almost makes it funnier and will probably have you turning on the subtitles, and the carnage, oh the carnage, so much blood... Brutal!
METALOCALYPSE Season One (Adult Swim) 2dvd 35.00
METALOCALYPSE: DETHKLOK The Dethalbum (Williams Street / Adult Swim) cd 14.98
METALUCIFER Heavy Metal Bulldozer (Iron Pegasus) lp 17.98
METALUCIFER Heavy Metal Chainsaw (R.I.P) cd 14.98
You have to be pretty darn metal to get into this band, and that's as it should be: no poseurs allowed!! Metalucifer are Japanese metalheads (some from the cult black metal combo Sabbat) paying tribute to the glory days of '80s true metal, a la Maiden and Priest. This is their third album, following up to 1998's "Heavy Metal Drill" and 1996's "Heavy Metal Hunter" (what's next, Heavy Metal Hacksaw? Heavy Metal Pliers?). Brilliant, aren't they? And utterly ridiculous of course, something I doubt guitarist Elizabigore or bassist Geniezoluzifer would deny. In fact, they may be the MOST ridiculous tongue in cheek (yet kick ass) metal band ever. Get this: track four on here is called "My Way Is Heavy Metal" while on their previous disc they had an anthem entitled "Heavy Metal Is My Way". Wow. If you think that's stupid, I don't need to tell you not to buy this album. But if you think that's kinda rad, then, this is for you -- and it's not just for laffs either, 'cause they really do lay down the metal law fairly convincingly: screaming guitar leads, triumphant lyrics, pounding drums, majestic riffs, the works. A Thor for today. Over-the-top and awesome.
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"Heavy Metal Samurai"
METALUCIFER Heavy Metal Drill (Iron) cd 13.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This Japanese metal band should win some sort of award for their name, not to mention their song titles: "Heavy Metal Is My Way", "Heavy Metal Drill", "Heavy Metal Hunter"...you get the idea. '80s leather & shades speed metal worship with all the Maidenesque guitar leads you could desire, topped off with charmingly warped English language lyrics/vocal delivery. Metalucifer is a side project of cult black metal band Sabbat, if that means anything to you. Fun stuff.
METALUCIFER Heavy Metal Hunter (Metal Proof Records / R.I.P. Records) cd 13.98
As you might guess after seeing 'em posing for pictures in front of a wall of vintage metal vinyl, these Japanese nutjobs are bigger metal maniacs than almost anyone else on the planet. And, they manage to do justice to their obssession with the music they make. This here disc is metal proof: the "ultimate US edition" of their debut album Heavy Metal Hunter, augmented by English language-tracks taken from their hard to find Heavy Metal Drill disc. Thus this includes 2 versions of title track "Heavy Metal Hunter pt.1" (one with extra solos) and a take of "Heavy Metal Hunter pt. 2" along with such songs as "Wolf Man" (both Japanese and English versions), "Bloody Countess" (likewise), "Headbanging" (ditto), and more. Totally old school, NWOBHM worship goin' on, delivered in a delightful tongue-in-cheek fashion -- we think. If you've ever seen local San Francisco metallers The Lord Weird Slough Feg end a live set with their raging cover of "Heavy Metal Hunter" you'll probably want this disc (and as it happens we have just enough copies to provide for the needs of all three of you).
"Heavy Metal Hunter pt. 1"
METALUSAFER Heavy Metal Hammer (Heavy Metal USA) 7" 6.98
OMG! An awesome concept for a single. It helps if you already know this - there's a ridiculous but fun old school style cult metal band called Metalucifer, a side project of Japan's Sabbat. They are pretty much the most metal thing ever. Most of Metalucifer's album and song titles have the words "Heavy Metal" in them, like "Heavy Metal Bulldozer" and "Heavy Metal Hunter". If you're a true metalhead, to know them is to love them. So, uber-talented metalhead Chris Black, of Dawnbringer and High Spirits fame, decided to write and record a tribute 7" to Metalucifer, probably entirely because he had thought up a silly name for the project, MetalUSAfer. Get it? Chris is American, you see. And rather than simply do Metalucifer covers, Chris wrote two brand new meat-and-potatoes (as he describes them) metal songs in the style of Metalucifer: "Heavy Metal Hammer" and "Heavy Metal Saviour"! And they're a lot of fun. Really not too far off from the NWOBHM-worship of High Spirits, 'cause that's Metalucifer's big inspiration too, but taking the overt, absurd metal-isms to another level. High Spirits would never go there. These two tracks are all about simple riffage, catchy choruses, and intentionally cliched lyrics (using the words heavy & metal as much as possible). But it's a sincere tribute (with approval from Metalucifer to use their logo), and Chris Black's distinctive, honest voice and heartfelt delivery can't help but give this material more emotional depth than you might expect at first blush. We guess after doing that great Aktor 7" with Jussi from Circle (and btw, Chris tells us they ARE doing an Aktor full-length too), some of Jussi's trademark high-concept silliness rubbed off on Chris, and MetalUSAfer is the neat-o result. By the way, now Harry here has a great idea: what about a band called Meta-Lucifer, that only does songs ABOUT Metalucifer? Clearly their signature song would have to be called "Heavy Metal Metalucifer"! We mentioned this to Chris Black, and he suggested that to truly be Meta-Lucifer, the Meta-Lucifer release would have to be a recording of Harry simply TALKING about doing a band called Meta-Lucifer. We'll be announcing the Kickstarter soon...
"Heavy Metal Hammer"
METALUX Fluorescent Towers (Hanson) cd 7.98
From the latest handful of releases on Ann Arbor's Hanson Records comes this Chicago trio of art twaddlers and tape manipulators, Metalux. Having been around for a few years without a record, and hearing much about their live shows, my hopes of a band over their self indulgent "experimental" beginnings - formulating a more refined and original creature- were cut short on my first listen. Unfortunately on "Fluorescent Towers", Metalux still sound like a new band. That's not to say you won't like this if you're into (the now defunct, yet legendary Chicago trio) Dot Dot Dot, Woof Pies or the (more appropriately cryptic sounding) Rubber O Cement). A complete mess, this record sounds like small children with electronic toys and open reels trying to recreate an homage to Royal Trux's even more fucked and disarrayed "Twin Infinitives". Unfortunately for Metalux, this sort of stuff practically clogs the record racks these days. Oh yeah, Metalux also features members of Bride Of No No and Nautical Almanac in their personnel. Great.
METALUX Fluorescent Towers (Hanson) lp 11.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. From the latest handful of releases on Ann Arbor's Hanson Records comes this Chicago trio of art twaddlers and tape manipulators, Metalux. Having been around for a few years without a record, and hearing much about their live shows, my hopes of a band over their self indulgent "experimental" beginnings - formulating a more refined and original creature- were cut short on my first listen. Unfortunately on "Fluorescent Towers", Metalux still sound like a new band. That's not to say you won't like this if you're into (the now defunct, yet legendary Chicago trio) Dot Dot Dot, Woof Pies or the (more appropriately cryptic sounding) Rubber O Cement). A complete mess, this record sounds like small children with electronic toys and open reels trying to recreate an homage to Royal Trux's even more fucked and disarrayed "Twin Infinitives". Unfortunately for Metalux, this sort of stuff practically clogs the record racks these days. Oh yeah, Metalux also features members of Bride Of No No and Nautical Almanac in their personnel. Great.
METALYCEE Another White Album (Mosz) cd 15.98
Glitchy Viennese electronica (from the scene featuring the likes of Martin Siewert, who mastered this) that, as the name actually is meant to imply, incorporated some METAL elements. Chunky guitar riffs, chopped up. Pretty cool.
METAMATICS Dayglo Tinsel (District Six) 12" 10.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. A few years back, Clear Records made a big stink about some upcoming electronica greats called Metamatics, and released some limited edition singles and an album. The key to their proclamations must have been 'upcoming', as those releases were downright dull. Three years later, District Six has released the best work from Metamatics... 4 tracks of moody, downbeat electro-jazz falling in between Boards of Canada, Spacetime Continuum, and Carl Craig. A solid release.
METAMATICS Neo-Ouija (Hydrogen Dukebox) cd 16.98
Unlike the majority of electronica artists who change their moniker like they change pants, Metamatics has retained their name after a number of stylistic changes. "Neo Ouija" finds the outfit embracing an essentialized drum & bass that takes the jazz infused elements of LTJ Bukem to a brittle skitterish shuffle, full of precious breakbeats and melodies.
METAPHROG / HEY / MUM Louis : Dreams Never Die (Fat Cat) cd + book 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. It's a great week for Mum fans! We just got in their Nightly Cares 3"cd/7" single and this 'all ages' graphic novel which stars Louis, the dumpling-ish looking main character (he kinda looks like a crudely drawn baby turtle creature that could be from Andee's fave Homestar Runner website), as well as a supporting cast of frollicking carrots, mechanical dogs, polka-dot mushrooms, a wizard and a frumpy Hitler-looking villain. There's some great lines of dialogue (a sampling: "My eyebrows are crawling all over my face" and "Suffocating in a custard world"), but you might be wondering how is Mum involved? Well, they along with the band Hey have each contributed a wistful version of the theme song "Dreams Never Die To FC" for the accompanying cd which also contains some animated Louis flicks with Mum/Hey soundtrack music to boot.
"Dreams Never Die To FC"
METASTASE Lassitude / Decroissance (D' Automne) 7" 8.98
Super limited debut release from these Quebecois funeral doomlords, whose sounds definitely hews closer to the sort of washed out dronedreamdrone doom we've been digging so much lately, that strange liturgical murk of Skepticism, mixed with the doom-ed psychedelia of Megaton Leviathan, the sound shimmery and almost shoegazey, the guitars warm and soft focus, the vocals airy and ethereal, in fact the A side is downright blissed out, and when the more metal VOKILLS finally come in, a rumbly demonic growl, even then it manages to sound sort of blurred and bleary, especially with the other more clean and chantlike vocals, a seriously dreamy chunk of downtuned dirgery that almost sounds like a doom metal Low. The B side slows it down even further, adding some keening mournful melodies, the guitars massive and warm, lush and layered, the vocals another layer of low end, gorgeously viscous and beautifully blackened, a haunting melancholic creep, that is more tranquil and mesmerizing that pummeling or pulverizing. The second half of the song adds some extra clean guitar melodies, and what sounds like swirling synths, and in a surprising twist gets a little bit mathy, but a slow woozy mathiness, that only manages to make it sound even more strange and psychedelic. LIMITED TO 550 COPIES!!! Pressed on green vinyl, with a printed full color cardstock insert.
METERS, THE Look-Ka Py Py (Josie / Rhino) lp 14.98
METERS, THE Rejuvenation (Sundazed) cd 13.98
METERS, THE s/t (Josie / Rhino) lp 14.98
METGUMBNERBONE Ligeliahorn (Redux) (Sedayne) cd-r 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. What a mouthful! Metgumbnerbone was an obscure post-industrial / drone-improv project that centered around the collaboration between Richard & Philip Rupenus (better known as The New Blockaders, and often Organum partners), John Mylotte, and Sean Breadin (who with Richard Rupenus formed the oblique ritual project Masstishaddhu). From what little information is available about the group, Metgumbnerbone only had a couple releases back in the mid '80s with "Ligeliahorn" being the only recording to get beyond the short run productions of cassette culture with a vinyl release on the now defunct A Mission records. As with all of the Metgumbnerbone recordings, "Ligeliahorn" was recorded entirely in the subterranean (and potentially hazardous) confines of an abandoned factory in Newcastle, England. The collective used the ductwork of the factory and whatever else was laying around as readymade percussive and wind instruments, creating sustained rythmic clatter and acoustic dronescrapes which fluctated into recognizable cyclical patterns and out towards sparse pipe fights. Metgumbnerbone's junkyard sound was always much colder, more sedate, and more funereal than the massive apocalyptic pummel of Einsturzende Neubauten or San Francisco's Scot Jenerik, despite their similarity in instrumentation. This cd-r redux of "Ligeliahorn" was remastered from an original demo cassette of the album, as Breadin and Myotte had lost the masters for the vinyl. In reconstructing the album, Breadin and Myotte had done away with the post-production tape speed tricks which were occasionally employed on the original LP. Somewhere down the line, Breadin will be publishing a retrospective of all of the Metgumbnerbone recordings. For me (Jim), Metgumbnerbone has been a ensemble whose recordings have become fetish objects from the most obtuse regions of Industrial Culture (like those really stupid Vagina Dentata Organ records, which I've obsessively collected). While I am pleased as punch that these recordings are available, my critical objectivity about them is admittedly lacking... I obviously recommened it, but would encourage you to check out the sound samples first.
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METH SORES Destroy Life / Clever (self-released) one sided 7" lathe cut 9.98
Debut blast of noisy, filthy, swaggery, feral, gloom punk from this SF trio, who go by the lovely sobriquet Meth Sores, and these guys definitely live up (or down) to the name, spewing a seriously caustic brew of jagged, crumblingly distorted guitars, blown out bass buzz, yowled, reverbed vox buried in the mix, and a barrage of chaotic drum destruction, this raw, primitive sound only further enhanced by the medium, a hand made, one sided lathe-cut 7", which makes the sound that much more lo-fi, and in-the-red, perfectly suited to the group's vibe, but the end result is so awesomely distorted and damaged, it's hard to imagine the band sounding this good, and this utterly trashy and fucked up in the flesh. But check out the sound samples, it's the tracks before being carved into that slab of plastic, and goddamn if it doesn't sound just as good. Think Joy Division crossed with Lubricated Goat, or the Unsane covering Iceage, or something that fantastically noisy and gloriously gloomy, two totally blown out psychedelic noisepunk goth / gloomwave noiserock jams, easily some of the coolest local stuff we've heard in a while. And yeah, SUPER LIMITED too.
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METH TEETH Everything Went Wrong (Woodsist) lp 14.98
METH, GHOST, AND RAE Wu Massacre (Def Jam) cd 14.98
METHADRONE Retrogression (Subdrone Recordings) cd 11.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Never reviewed anything by these guys (this guy?) which is a shame, cuz the folks here into dark, industrial heaviness and black drone crunch are way into Methadrone, and also unfortunately, we only have TWO of these, they've been tucked away for years now, but figured a couple folks out there might just love to get their hands on this, especially considering that listening to this now, it bears a striking resemblance to everyone's fave post industrial shoegazers, JESU! Same sort of lumbering crush, but wreathed in hazy washed of buzzing crumbling melody, plenty of downtuned thrum, and keening feedback, but all woven into a thick undulating blissed out dirge. Blackened and beautiful, distorted and dark, this is some gorgeously heavy stuff. Includes a killer Swans cover, and two videos. Comes packaged in a slim dvd style case, with full color cover. Way out of print, got two copies and that is IT.
METHOD MAN 4:21... The Day After (Def Jam) cd 14.98
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"Somebody Done Fucked Up" MPEG Stream:
METHODMAN & REDMAN Blackout 2 (Def Jam) cd 14.98
METI BHUVAH II (The Howl) cd 12.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Leave it to the Russians to school us on the dark realities of existence with their relentlessly insular take on black metal. Everyone knows and loves Old Wainds and Nav, and now we have Meti Bhuvah, an intense whirlwind of blackened punk fury from the icy North that sounds like it could have easily stepped out of 1986. The abundance of stripped down thrashing punk riffs and guttural, bile spewing vocals, combined with appropriately lo-fi yet powerful recording quality, pretty much sound like the perfect balance of crusty D-Beat punk and Bathory's first record with bursts of pre-crossover American Hardcore a la Siege, COC, and SSD. The drums are generally a medium paced pound, the guitars are like napalm with occasional moments of phased out weirdness from the archaic recording devices, and the bass sounds amazing as it gurgles and distorts its way around the rest of the maelstrom. There isn't much variation to the affair, nor should there be. Instead, Meti Bhuvah stick to the basics, much in the vein of Ildjarn, and never let you forget why you relinquished your soul to the dark side in the first place. The riffs are evil yet catchy as hell and the saturation of pure metallic rage begins to take on a throb of psychedelic proportions if you just let it sink in and take over. In a little more than thirty minutes, Meti Bhuvah takes you on a blackened journey through the Russian wilderness that skews your perception and pummels your eardrums into senselessness. Just the way we like it.
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"Blood, Flames And Ice"
METI BHUVAH s/t (ASSAVLT) cd 12.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
METIC Debut (Schematic) 12" 6.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This is the reissue of the first Schematic single. I actually got to hear this when I was working for the defunct Pulse Soniq distribution (about time) two years ago, but was burnt on electronica (being forced to buy crappy house singles because the salespeople were too lazy to sell a Sahko title can get you a little jaded). It is a good thing that Schematic reissued this as I would have missed an exceptional piece of dark arpeggiating Skam-ish IDM. Recommended.
METRIC Fantasies (Last Gang) cd 15.98
METRIC Live It Out (Last Gang) cd 14.98
You might've heard of this Canadian band 'cuz of their ties to Broken Social Scene (Haines is a member), but as we've mentioned before they're nothing like that Northern indie rock dynamo (although from the sounds of the 'Scene's latest self-titled album they might be moving more in the direction of Metric - some kind of metric conversion? hahaha!). However, if you're not yet familiar with Metric, imagine a 'modern day' incarnation of punchy crunchy girl fronted pop bands such as Veruca Salt, Elastica and maybe even Transvision Vamp. Frontwoman/keyboardist Emily Haines' saucy, cooed vocals alternate between coy'n'girlish and world-weary'n'womanly. Apart from the very last year electro-clash-y coverart, this is a great follow-up to last year's Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
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"Patriarch On A Vespa"