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album cover MORBID ANGEL Heretic (Earache) 2cd 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Hail. Album number H from the inimitable Morbid Angel. Featuring as always the squiggly guitar stylings and wacky philosophy of death metal maestro Trey Azagthoth, the inhuman drum performance of Pete "Commando" Sandoval, and the brutal barking and bass playing of Steve Tucker. This trio never disappoints, though some will remark that Heretic does not sport their best production job (which may have to do with recording at home with their sound guy at the helm, though this self-production does prevent any outsider from stifling any of their extreme eccentricity). As you might expect, Heretic is full of complex, staccato song constructs bursting with monstrous bpm levels, which can be simply mesmerizing -- and jaw-dropping. Amazing athletically, and intellectually. After all, someone has to compose and arrange this stuff! Plus, their usual selection of off-the-wall instrumentals includes one called "Drum Check" which demonstrates Pete Sandoval and Morbid Angel's sense of humor. Not to be outdone, Pete's insane drum solo is followed by an equally insane solo guitar piece from Mr. Azagthoth. And if, after that, you had any doubts that the man isn't totally demented and silly, be sure to check out his thanks list inside the cd booklet. The metal tradition of album-sleeve thanks lists has been taken to another absurd level of art by Morbid Angel, one of the many extremes to which these all-time-greats can lay claim. Hail. Also, currently we've got the version that comes with an extra bonus disc of crazy solos and outtakes, but we don't know how long it will be available!
MPEG Stream: "Enshrined By Grace"
MPEG Stream: "Stricken Arise"

album cover MORBID ANGEL Illud Divinum Insanus (Season of Mist) cd 14.98
In a review recently we made some comment about death metal appealing to the lowest common denominator, a comment based on years of experience attending death metal shows, and in the process managed to illicit a little backlash, so at the risk of garnering even more, let's start this review with this: DEATH METAL FANS ARE THE BIGGEST BABIES!! Okay, so by now, you HAVE to have heard how shitty the new Morbid Angel record is, it's techno, it's industrial, it's garbage, there's a song about cop killing, the lyrics are stupid, the song titles are embarrassing, and yeah, that's all actually pretty much true, but holy shit, we've never seen as much freaking out as we have from disappointed death metal fans. And in fact, disappointed barely begins to cover it. So many death metallers, tough, mean metal dudes, hysterical and angry and apoplectic, posting vitriolic videos on YouTube (where we swear it seemed like some of them were gonna cry), writing angry diatribes on blogs, posting some amazing reviews on Encyclopedia Metallum (average review score: 27 percent! Oof!), it's as if a band they loved never made a bad record before. And yeah, we know. First Morbid Angel record in 8 years or whatever, the return of David Vincent, but so what? Maybe it's because we're not OBSESSED with Morbid Angel, that Illud Divinum Insanus didn't cause us to have a breakdown, or it could be that actually, Illud Divinum Insanus is pretty fucking cool. In its own delusional and fucked up way.
And no, we're not being contrary for the sake of contrariness, although at least one of the metalheads here continues to proclaim Illud Divinum Insanus an utter piece of shit, the other one (me, Andee!), actually digs the new weirdness. And the thing is, as much as we love Altars Of Madness and Blessed Are The Sick, we're pretty sure we'll probably end up listening to this one more, just cuz it's so weird (a subject that the above mentioned hater seemed to agree with oddly enough!). And it is weird. We had heard rumors about how it was all jungle and techno and industrial, and comparisons to the ill fated techno-meets-metal Spawn soundtrack, unfortunately, in all but a couple cases, it's not nearly that weird/bad, much of the record is straight up death metal, and most of the reviewers cop to that, more polished maybe, but those tracks definitely sound like Morbid Angel. But then there are tracks like "Too Extreme" (the title your first clue), which adds programmed industrial pound to death metal guitars, culminating in a ridiculous drill sound, that could have been plucked straight off a nineties Ministry record, and the song definitely has too much groove for death metal, bordering on nu-metal for sure, and the lyrics, that's where we'll agree with everybody, to appreciate even the questionable sounds, you have to tune out the inane lyrics, what the fuck was David Vincent thinking?
And it's that nu-metal thing that most likely has most people bummed out, cuz even when there's nothing overtly offensive happening, the band do seem to tend toward a sort of Sepultura circa Roots style heaviness.
But where it all goes wrong, where even we can't defend these guys, is on "Radikult", which does in fact sound like Ice-T's "Cop Killer" via nu-metal, fuzzy electronic bass buzz, programmed beats, one of those lurching stop start nu-metal grooves, with David Vincent whisper rapping "kill a cop cop kill a cop kill a kill a cop cop", all ominous nursery rhyme rap style, and then singing the verses in a gruff jock rock growl, some problematically funky basslines, and perhaps THEE worst lyrics EVER. And we mean EVER.
So yeah, folks after more MA style death metal, will find only a little here to love, but folks who want to check out this surprisingly cool carwreck of a comeback album, and aren't afraid of a little nu-metal and some dated industrialisms, you might just end up digging this as much as some of us. Even Allan, who thinks it's crazy/embarrassing for Andee to like this, admits he'll probably listen to it as much or more than Morbid Angel's last couple of albums, just for the humor factor. (But listen to it more than Blessed Are The Sick? No. That's wrong even to suggest...)
MPEG Stream: "Too Extreme!"
MPEG Stream: "Existo Vulgore"
MPEG Stream: "I Am Morbid"
MPEG Stream: "Radikult"

album cover MORBID ANGEL Illud Divinum Insanus - THE REMIXES (Season Of Mist) 2cd 16.98
We rarely get hate mail, but when we do, it's usually pretty good. And our positive review of Morbid Angel's most recent record, Illud Divinum Insanus, elicited some of the best hate mail ever. We were accused, among other things, of being poseurs, of being the whole problem with San Francisco, and why no one wants to live here, and of liking that Morbid Angel record ironically (all somehow connected). We'd like to believe none of that is true, especially the part about our ironic love of that Morbid Angel album. As long time readers of the aQ list must certainly know by now, we tend to love lots of ridiculous, crazy, stupid, demented shit, and if anything qualified as all of those, it was Illud Divinum Insanus. Have a look at that review if you missed it the first time, and you can see what all the hubbub was about. Sure that record had some classic death metal, but it also had some weird nineties style industrialisms, and some (sort of) rapping. Even the folks here that hated that record, were perversely obsessed with it. And the folks who loved it were also perversely obsessed with it, and even THOSE folks found at least one of the tracks nearly impossible to like. So really, it came as no surprise that the whole record was due for a double disc remix, with all the tracks redone, remixed, reimagined and reworked by all manner of industrial / techno musicians / producers. And again, the haters were appalled, but strangely intrigued, and the rest of us, well, we were pushing it for Record Of The Week, cuz really, this is some Judgement Night style shit, a maybe bad idea pushed about as far as it could go, and in the process, becoming something strangely cool, and surprisingly listenable (for some of us, at least).
So yeah, the vestiges of the originals are nearly wiped completely away on most of these tracks, and what's left is usually just a riff, or only the vocals, the originals totally transformed into pounding gabber, or martial industrial, or creepy electronica, or glitched out weirdness, the sound definitely heavily nineties, hard to avoid when the core of the sound is electronica/industrial crossed with metal guitars, the Ministry vibe looms large, but somehow, these songs work better as nineties industrial metal jams than death metal, especially the more problematic tracks like "Too Extreme". No matter what, or how much, we write, most haters will not be swayed, which is totally fine, but for folks into the WAY weirder/demented side of metal, or who dig nineties industrial metal, or even folks just into the whole traffic accident can't look away vibe of this ridiculous release, this is pretty fucking cool/weird. And if it wasn't actually a Morbid Angel record, and was instead just some super fucked up comp of metal industrial, we imagine lots of folks might be a little obsessed. Cuz lots of this is really fucking cool.
Igorrr (1/2 of aQ faves Whourkr) turn their track into a dizzying chopped up, head spinning collage of stuttering guitars and processed riffs, the sound blenderized and junglized and blasted into a squall of fractured melodies and skittery beats, a track then sounds like it could have come off the Igorrr record proper. The Laibach remix is incredible, adding harpsichord, flutes, swooping backwards guitars, and the vox from the original into a dizzying psychedelic Teutonic pound that KILLS. cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy takes his track and adds a tolling bell, chanted vox, squiggly sci-fi effects, and transforms it into a weirdly cinematic string laden dirge. Tek-One adds thick rib cage rattling bass warble for a bad ass death metaldubstep mash-up, DJ Ruffneck goes full on gabber, pounding and relentless, laced with shards of guitar solos from the original, Black Lung takes the original and blurs it into a murky smear, and spreads that out beneath a heavy house music churn, while Mondkopf buries the original in squelches and low end buzz, turning it into a lurching low end creep, Scott Brown turns his track into full on HI-NRG rave, which is hilarious, but kind of awesome, Fixhead offers up another crazy head spinning heavy dubstep workout, we could go on and on, but they're all pretty great, and weird, and while some are dumb and fun, others are dark and fucked up and fierce, others still tripped out and confusional. Folks who hated the original, and who were offended by our UN-ironic love of that record (we're not poseurs dude - we're TOO EXTREME!!) will most definitely want to steer WELL clear of this monstrosity, but for everyone else, we have to say, we've been listening to this like crazy, nonstop, and that shows no sign of changing any time soon, which always the real measure of a record. In fact, folks who hated Illud Divinum Insanus for being a mockery of a Morbid Angel album, might be able to like this, since it's not even pretending to be death metal.
Includes a download coupon for even MORE remixes, not included on the discs proper.
MPEG Stream: LAIBACH "I Am Morbid"
MPEG Stream: CEVIN KEY / HIWATT MARSHALL "Omnidead"
MPEG Stream: IGORR "Remix Morbidou"
MPEG Stream: TEK-ONE "10 More Dead"
MPEG Stream: DJ RUFFNECK "I Am Morbid"

album cover MORBID TALES Issue #6 magazine 8.98
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We're happy to report that the internet has not (entirely) killed the 'zine. Blogs and websites are great, but can't really replace a good old fashioned b&w stapled xeroxed 'zine! They do seem old fashioned, though. And that vintage quality is fully embraced by this metal 'zine out of Canada, Morbid Tales, since the subject matter covered is pretty old school too. Some of the bands here are new, but they carry the torch of '80s underground metal (thrash, doom, death and NWOBHM) high. '90s cult black metal and '70s psych and prog is also not outside Morbid Tales' purview. While all 'zines are labors of love, editor Annick "Satannick" Grioux REALLY is a maniac for this music. Her enthusiasm really captures the spirit of 'zines back in the old pre-internet tape-trading days.
Interviewees, among others, include Darkthrone, Portrait, Master's Hammer, Voivod, Pagan Altar, Cauldron, The Lamp Of Thoth, Elixir, Soothsayer, and, get this, Flower Travellin' Band (who get asked about the naked chopper riding cover photo of their debut LP)!! Plus there's reviews of obscure releases and demos, metal tourist shopping guides to London, Paris, Montreal, and Prague, show reports, and other interesting tidbits, including a brief guide to "Purple Metal" aka Italian Horror Metal like Black Hole and Paul Chain.
This is Morbid Tales' biggest issue yet, 117 full size pages, plus flip it over and then there's another 13 page bonus zine all about heavy metal cooking tips entitled Hell Bent For Cooking (soon to be expanded into a book to be published by Bazillion Points we're told)! Recipes contributed by members of Anvil, Exciter, Cauldron, Trouble, The Gates Of Slumber, Countess, Ogre, Piledriver, and others. Such delicious dishes as: The Stew Of True Doom. Tomato-Garlic Hellfire Chicken. Black Pudding And Squid In It's Own Ink, With A Hashish Garnish. And then by the last few pages, the recipes have turned into drink mixes, these being metalheads after all...
Morbid Tales #6 (+ Hell Bent For Cooking) is an impressively thick tome of metal obsessiveness all in all. We only got a handful of copies (8) and won't be able to get any more, as it's SOLD OUT, so act fast if you want one.

album cover MORBUS CHRON Sleepers In The Rift (Pulverized) cd 15.98
We've actually been meaning to review this for a while now, the debut full length from Swedish death metal weirdoes Morbus Chron, who obviously, being from Sweden, and playing death metal, are following in a grand tradition, but rather than rehashing what came before, these guys take that classic sound and twist it all up. The garish psychedelic cover art is your first clue that this is not your dimwitted big brother's death metal. It's more like your deformed-evil-twin-that-you-keep-locked-up-in-the-attic-dosed-on-hallucinogens-to-keep-him-docile's death metal. Right from the get go, Morbus Chron spew an unholy concoction of tangled atonal psychedelic melodies, ominous cinematic ambience, churning downtuned heaviness, occasionally laced with wah wah guitars, and driven by bellowed gruff vokills, the riffs are fantastically slippery and loose, the drumming too, a punkish gallop that seems right on the edge of the drummer's ability, which is most definitely a good thing, the band tight as fuck, but sounding constantly on the verge of collapse, the sound more lurching and lumbering than blasting, the vibe murky and muddy, old school heaviness infused with some warped avant garde experimentation, and executed like a horde of knuckle dragging zombie metalheads. Plus who can argue with a band who names one of their songs "Creepy Creeping Creep"? Yet for all the weirdness and psychedelic-ness, Sleepers In the Rift is still death metal, and sorta classic sounding (to a degree) DM to boot, so all you dabblers who don't actually dig old school death metal, this might not be QUITE weird enough for you. They're no Portal after all, but what they are, is modern masters of some damaged DNA strain of classic Swedish death metal, beholden hugely to the greats, but all warped and twisted and fucked up, and transformed into something sorta new, but seriously ruling.
MPEG Stream: "Through The Gaping Gate / Coughing In A Coffin"
MPEG Stream: "Creepy Creeping Creep"
MPEG Stream: "Hymns To A Stiff"

MORBUS CHRON Sleepers In The Rift (Detest) lp 21.00
We've actually been meaning to review this for a while now, the debut full length from Swedish death metal weirdos Morbus Chron, who obviously, being from Sweden, and playing death metal, are following in a grand tradition, but rather than rehashing what came before, these guys take that classic sound and twist it all up. The garish psychedelic cover art is your first clue that this is not your dim witted big brother's death metal. It's more like your deformed-evil-twin-that-you-keep-locked-up-in-the-attic -dosed-on-hallucinogens-to-keep-him-docile's death metal. Right from the get go, Morbus Chron spew an unholy concoction of tangled atonal psychedelic melodies, ominous cinematic ambience, churning downtuned heaviness, occasionally laced with wah wah guitars, and driven by bellowed gruff vokills, the riffs are fantastically slippery and loose, the drumming too, a punkish gallop that seems right on the edge of the drummer's ability, which is most definitely a good thing, the band tight as fuck, but sounding constantly on the verge of collapse, the sound more lurching and lumbering than blasting, the vibe murky and muddy, old school heaviness infused with some warped avant garde experimentation, and executed like a horde of knuckle dragging zombie metalheads. Plus who can argue with a band who names one of their songs "Creepy Creeping Creep"? Yet for all the weirdness and psychedelic-ness, Sleepers In the Rift is still death metal, and sorta classic sounding (to a degree) DM to boot, so all you dabblers who don't actually dig old school death metal, this might not be QUITE weird enough for you. They're no Portal after all, but what they are, is modern masters of some damaged DNA strain of classic Swedish death metal, beholden hugely to the greats, but all warped and twisted and fucked up, and transformed into something sorta new, but seriously ruling.
MPEG Stream: "Through The Gaping Gate / Coughing In A Coffin"
MPEG Stream: "Creepy Creeping Creep"
MPEG Stream: "Hymns To A Stiff"

album cover MORBUS CHRON Sweven (Century Media) cd 15.98
Sleepers In The Rift, the full length debut from Swedish death metallers Morbus Chron, was a fantastically gnarled collection of murky, muddy, old school, with a decidedly outsider/avant bent, one that seemed barely kept in check throughout that record. But on Sweven, it seems like those avant tendencies have taken over, and it's clear from the very first few seconds, that what's in store is most definitely not more of the same. Backwards effected guitar swoops, give way to a loping, clean guitar figure, mildly melancholic and simplisitc, which is soon joined by some shimmery filigree, and when the song kicks in proper, it's not a blast of thrashing blackness, instead, it's some almost Godspeed sounding flourishes, all haunting shimmer, and slow build smolder, and even when again, it seems like the song will explode into death metal pound, it just sort of blossoms further into some sort of post metal epicry. Now to be fair, it is essentially an intro, but even the first 'proper' song starts out similarly, all shuffle and strum and shimmer, sort of mathy and proggy; and even when it does explode into metal, it's more Voivod than death metal, the vibe and sound sort of sci-fi prog, technical, but super melodic, the only real nod to proper death metal are the raspy anguished vokills, which sound even stranger, when paired with the group's new more polished sound. But it's a pretty excellent combination, one that gives the sound a more psychedelic and prog metal cast. It's not really until the third track, that anything resembling proper death metal comes into play, but then, as another reviewer stated, it seems these guys just don't give a fuck, cuz here, and really every time the sound nears death metal, they do something to subvert it, and they transform it into something else entirely. For a death metal record, there are lots of mellow parts, tons of clean guitars, and again, even the 'death metal' parts, sound to these ears not much like the death metal that came before, or even the death metal these guys used to play! Instead, Sweven is a twisted, futuristic, next level post-death, sci-fi-prog metal masterpiece, that should have fans of avant psychedelic metal, math metal, and future-tech, progged out metallic weirdness wondering just how high in their year end top ten to put this record. We're guessing pretty close to the top...
MPEG Stream: "Berceuse"
MPEG Stream: "Chains"
MPEG Stream: "Towards A Dark Sky"
MPEG Stream: "Terminus"

album cover MORBY, KEVIN Harlem River (Woodsist) cd 13.98
We're huge fans of Brooklyn psych folk combo Woods, as well as the more garage rocking Babies, both bands featuring Kevin Morby. Morby played bass in Woods, but fronted the Babies alongside Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone. Now he's apparently relocated to Los Angeles, and made this, his first solo record. And while we were secretly maybe hoping for another Babies style record, Harlem River is pretty great anyway, much more aligned with the sun dappled pop-psych of Woods, laid back and stripped down, mostly just guitar, organ and drums, Morby's vocals more world weary, delicately dusted with reverb, the songs minor key and melancholic. The opener "Miles, Miles, Miles" sets the tone, the whir of the organ wrapping everything in its warm chordal shimmer, the guitars hushed and minimal, the vocals, a warm, comfortable croon, the arrangement pretty straight ahead, except for a cool, rhythmic shift, that's one of those cool little details that sort of MAKES the song. But for the most part, this is a pretty straight ahead psychedelic folk / garage pop record, leaning toward the slowcore side of the spectrum, a dour indie rock, moody and minimal, personal and introspective, we're definitely reminded of Kurt Vile, which is not a bad thing at all. Repeated listens reveal lots of subtle details, melodies and hooks that seems to come into focus, the textures surprisingly lush, even though the instrumentation is so simple, lovingly arranged, the recording rich and warm and organic. It's the kind of record you might curl up with on a rainy day, sitting by the window, watching the water run down the glass, reading and daydreaming, Morby's wistful songcraft the perfect soundtrack. With every listen we dig this more and more...
MPEG Stream: "Miles, Miles, Miles"
MPEG Stream: "Wild Side (Oh The Places You'll Go)"
MPEG Stream: "Sucker In the Void (The Lone Mile)"

album cover MORBY, KEVIN Harlem River (Woodsist) lp 14.98
We're huge fans of Brooklyn psych folk combo Woods, as well as the more garage rocking Babies, both bands featuring Kevin Morby. Morby played bass in Woods, but fronted the Babies alongside Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone. Now he's apparently relocated to Los Angeles, and made this, his first solo record. And while we were secretly maybe hoping for another Babies style record, Harlem River is pretty great anyway, much more aligned with the sun dappled pop-psych of Woods, laid back and stripped down, mostly just guitar, organ and drums, Morby's vocals more world weary, delicately dusted with reverb, the songs minor key and melancholic. The opener "Miles, Miles, Miles" sets the tone, the whir of the organ wrapping everything in its warm chordal shimmer, the guitars hushed and minimal, the vocals, a warm, comfortable croon, the arrangement pretty straight ahead, except for a cool, rhythmic shift, that's one of those cool little details that sort of MAKES the song. But for the most part, this is a pretty straight ahead psychedelic folk / garage pop record, leaning toward the slowcore side of the spectrum, a dour indie rock, moody and minimal, personal and introspective, we're definitely reminded of Kurt Vile, which is not a bad thing at all. Repeated listens reveal lots of subtle details, melodies and hooks that seems to come into focus, the textures surprisingly lush, even though the instrumentation is so simple, lovingly arranged, the recording rich and warm and organic. It's the kind of record you might curl up with on a rainy day, sitting by the window, watching the water run down the glass, reading and daydreaming, Morby's wistful songcraft the perfect soundtrack. With every listen we dig this more and more...
MPEG Stream: "Miles, Miles, Miles"
MPEG Stream: "Wild Side (Oh The Places You'll Go)"
MPEG Stream: "Sucker In the Void (The Lone Mile)"

album cover MORCHEEBA Charango (Reprise) cd 17.98

MORCHEEBA Fragments of Freedom (Sire) cd 15.98
New Morcheeba album. Trip hop hooray.

album cover MORD Christendom Perished (Southern Lord) cd 14.98
Yay, more quality black metal from those connoisseurs of corpse-painted cultishness at the Southern Lord label! We and they are usually in excited agreement about the good stuff, as underground BM goes, and Polish (living in Norway) duo Mord are no exception. Fierce, brutal, and deathly, this one's for those who like the fast faster and more fasterer style of bands like Marduk, Gorgoroth and 1349. They're in such a hurry that they've dispensed with song titles, the tracks here are just labeled "Opus I" through "Opus IX" (skipping "Opus VIII" for some reason we don't know). And pretty much each one of these speedy paroxysms of christ-hating grimnity is adorned with a slightly WTF? guitar lick, pay-attention tempo change or electronic fx embellishment that will occasionally have you interrupting your headbanging frenzy to stare at your stereo and go "cool!".
Also, something we mentioned a couple years back when Southern Lord put out a Mord 7": their drummer is named Necrolucas. We love that. The hypothetical AQ house black metal band will feature Necroandee, or maybe Necrocup, in tribute.
MPEG Stream: "Opus I"
MPEG Stream: "Opus II"

album cover MORD Necrosodomic Abyss (Osmose) cd 17.98
Necrolucas and the band he plays drums in, Mord, are back!! Dude not only boasts one of our favorite black metal monikers but his band smokes as well. If you've heard Mord's debut disc Christendom Perished, released on Southern Lord a few years ago, you know what to expect from these none-more-necro Norwegian speed demons. Fast, faster, and fasterer! Furious too. With occasional headbanging breakdowns to catch a breath. Necrosodomic Abyss is a thrill ride propelled by Necrolucas's blasting blizzard of drumbeats, but Mord founder guitarist/vocalist Nordra is crucial too, unleashing an abundance of remarkably rockin' riffs (remarkable for something this grim and raw, that is) as well as a suitably guttural growl. (The band here is rounded out by session bassist named Necrosodom, by the way.) To reference a couple other Aquarius faves, imagine if you will a cross between 1349 and Khold. This disc's eight tracks are simply titled "Opus I" through "Opus VIII" and are of course different from the identically titled Opuses (Opi) found on their previous album. Doesn't that get confusing for Mord when they make a set list? Maybe they don't play live anyway, many black metal bands don't... which would be a shame in this case, if a sweaty crowd never ever moshed to Mord! Listening at home, maybe you'll get some moshing in too.
MPEG Stream: "Opus I"
MPEG Stream: "Opus II"

album cover MORD s/t (Southern Lord) 7" 3.98
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Brief blast of chillingly grim black metal brutality from Mord, who just happen to be members of black metal horde Zorn, and again, we have to wonder why people are compelled to start a new band that sounds EXACTLY like their other band. But no complaints when both bands spew gorgeously grim and bleak, buzzing and blazing black metal. VERY LIMITED, on red vinyl. Interesting aside: one of the band members name is Necrolucas. Makes you think. Necroandee? Necroelliott? Necrocup? Kinda like that.

MORDAEHOTH Eens Weer Prevaleert Het Heidens Hart (New Era Productions / Heidens Hart) cd 16.98

MORDAEHOTH Eens Weer Prevaleert Het Heidens Hart (New Era Productions / Heidens Hart) lp 21.00

MORDAEHOTH / MYSELF Gates Of Helheim / A New Beginning (Northern Sky) cd 14.98

album cover MORDANT MUSIC Carrion Squared (Mordant) cd 14.98

MORDANT MUSIC SyMptoMs (Mordant Music) cd 17.98
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MPEG Stream: "Pissing In Sinks"
MPEG Stream: "Belgian Blues"
MPEG Stream: "In Truth Is Wine"

MORDANT MUSIC SyMptoMs (Version) (Mordant Music) 10" 12.98

MPEG Stream: "Pissing In Sinks"
MPEG Stream: "Belgian Blues"
MPEG Stream: "In Truth Is Wine"

album cover MORDANT MUSIC The Tower - Parts VIII - XVIII (Mordant) cd 14.98

album cover MORDANT MUSIC / SHACKLETON / VINDICATRIX Picking O'er The Bones (Mordant Music) cd 16.98
Not sure of what the connection is between aQ faves Shackleton, the Skull Disco label, and Mordant music really, they seem somehow interconnected, Shackleton having been a part of Mordant Music at some point maybe, doesn't really matter, all you need to know is that this disc collects all the Shackleton related releases from this era (the Mordant era?), all WAY out of print, and all seriously kick ass. In fact we've been trying to get these for ages, the first time we heard it we freaked out, proclaiming it the electronic music record of the year, or weirdo dubstap jam of the year, or some similar rave, and thus, needless to say, this disc blows us away. It has been out for a while, but we only just now managed to get enough to list. Which also means when we run out, we very ell may not be able to get more, so consider yourself warned.
So yeah, these tracks are dark and spacey, and dense and weirdly funky and groovy, the core of most of these tracks is definitely dubstep, moreso on the Shackleton tracks proper than the others. "Stalker" is spare and skeletal, with woozy synths, plenty of skittery rhythms, and some awesome rubbery squlechy bass wobble, easily a classic dubstep jam if there ever was one. "I Want To Eat You" takes the same sound and blisses it out a bit, adding a Middle Eastern tinge, channeling Muslimgauze through effects laden abstract dub. "El Din" and "El Din 2" offer up more of the same, exotic and mysterious, moody and minimal, shifting from Eastern shuffle to dark Chain Reactiony pulse and back again.
Then there are the Mordant Music tracks, which are way more techno sounding, more beat-y with chopped up melodies and soaring synths, some with thick throbbing bass warble, one with creepy electronic buzz woven into the sklittery shuffle, and then there's the record closer, "Marston Moor", a super noisy noise drenched creepfest, complete with shriekd black metal vocals buried in the mix, swirling and chaotic, with what sound like processed horns, would kill to hear a whole record of this stuff.
Finally there's two tracks from Vindicatrix, one a tripped out druggy FX-fest, vocals doused in delay and sent spinning into the ether, super minimal beats and rumbling low end buzz, a weird sort of post industrial glitchscape, while the second is a murky chunk of minimal techno dub, with haunting processed female vocals, creepy Goblin-y synths, all draped in a blurred grime-y eighties haze.
Require listening for fans of tripped out electronica, weird abstract dub(step) and damaged glitch beat minimalism.
MPEG Stream: SHACKLETON "Stalker"
MPEG Stream: SHACKLETON "I Want To Eat You"
MPEG Stream: MORDANT MUSIC "Hummdrumm"
MPEG Stream: VINDICATRIX "Private Places (RMX)"
MPEG Stream: MORDANT MUSIC "Marston Moor"

MORDGRIM Flesh And The Devil (Funeral Moonlight Productions) cd 10.98

MORDICHRIST s/t 10" 10.98

album cover MORDRAANETH The Taverns In The Land Of Ashes (Skulls Of Heaven) 2cd-r 19.98
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ATTENTION TROLLMANN AV ILDTOPPBERG faithful. Trollmann maybe e dead and gone but fear not...
Avid AQ list readers and doomlords worldwide should be well aware of our love of mysterious doom duo Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg. Four full lengths, a live record and a live dvd-r, each a sprawling lugubrious brew of fuzzy spacey keyboards, Skepticism-like slow-crawl riffs, rumbling demon vocal gurgles, as blessed out and darkly ambient, as they are heavy and crushingly ominous. For those new to Trollmann, it's not just the amazing and mysterious music, it's the whole world Trollmann have created, or the world they call home. The records are called Forest Of Doom, Arcane Runes Adorn The Ice-Veiled Monoliths Of The Ancient Cavern Of The Stars, Dark Clouds Blacken The Sky On The Eve Of The Thousandth Sacrifice, Tolling Beyond The Tombs Of Ancient Grimnity, the band members are depicted on their record covers, drawn, never photographed, one a little hairy elf on a toadstool, the other a huge bruiser of an ancient caveman, armed with a massive axe, the instruments used to make this music: "Cosmic keys to gates unknown," and "Rumblings Of Doom, Prophecies Of Times To Come." Hell yeah!
Just bass and keyboards, the duo managed to weave lush and truly haunting soundscapes, doomy drones and slow motion heaviness, like a black metal Tangerine Dream crossed with a much more ambient Thergothon. So we were pretty heartbroken when we discovered earlier this year that the band had called it quits. Their mysterious partnership dissolved, and our portal to that alien sonic dimension sealed forever. Or maybe not!
We arrived to work to discover a huge fissure in the floor of the store, some sort of fog or smoke drifting from below, an unearthly glow emanating from the murky abyss, the bravest among us braved the unknown and reached into the crevice, feeling around, it was warm, and moist, and gritty, the air a completely different quality, until they grasped something, a cloth sack, tied with rough twine, when pulled from the dark, spilled open just as the fissure miraculously closed up. What was in this sack? Some bits of ancient treasure, a handful of bones, some dirty cloth stained with something resembling blood, and THIS! The debut disc from Mordraaneth, aka Belegur from Trollmann, who over the course of these two discs, has thankfully taken up his cosmic keys to gates unknown, and opened up a new gateway, allowing us to return, at least aurally, to the glorious sonic landscapes of Trollmann, drones and dirges, smears of murk and shimmer, dark ambience and black doom. The sound familiar enough that anyone into Trollmann will find this essential, but different enough to remain mysterious and magical.
The opening track is a long meditative keyboard suite, layers of throbbing whir and pulsing chordal washes, the notes and overtones beating against one another, subtle rhythms and textures beneath the tranquil dreamlike drift. Definitely reminiscent of Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh, but with a vibe at atmosphere much more ancient, and timeless, the music of crumbling castles, of blackened underground passages...
The second track introduces vocals, a buried in the mix demonic rasp, and a thick layer of buzz, some subtle percussion, a strange slow motion martial fantasy fanfare, wreathed in hiss and static, the distortion crumbling, the track peppered with bits of grinding growl and blown out fuzz, but somehow still hypnotic and dream like, the keyboard running through it, it's melody entrancing and so pretty. The rest of disc one drifts along lazily, like floating down some black river that runs beneath the Earth's crust, winding through lost civilizations and abandoned villages, eye glimmering in the darkness here and there, a permanent midnight. Haunting and ominous and soporific.
The second disc is two looooong tracks, beginning with what sounds like harpsichord, once again transporting us back to some ancient court, you can almost imagine Lords and Ladies, doing some strange dance, beneath a huge stone edifice, lit by firelight and the stars above, the whole disc, all 58 minutes of it, is a weirdly festive medieval folk, like a much more haunting and fucked up Renaissance Faire music, or some sort of ancient new age, imagine Kitaro and Brian Eno in full corpse paint, scoring a film about knights and dragons. Medieval fantasy ambience. Playful and lilting, glimmering and glittering, a gauzy sun dappled cloud of music box melodies, slightly smeared and blurred into a dreamy drift.
Can't wait for Thundarr, the other half of Trollmann, to return with his Rumblings Of Doom and Prophecies Of Times To Come, but for now, we're perfectly happy to revel in the blissy ambient dreamusic of Mordraaneth!
MPEG Stream: "Entombed In The Ancient Halls Where No Light Reaches"
MPEG Stream: "The Horn Howls As The End Draws Near"
MPEG Stream: "The World Of Ashes"

album cover MORE Blood And Thunder (Rock Candy) cd 14.98
Hard rock and metal reissue label Rock Candy is one we always keep our eye on... While a lot of the stuff they reissue is of perhaps marginal interest to most AQ shoppers we'd imagine, often being on the obscure AOR, pomp rock, and hair metal side of things (although a lot of that has found its way into Andee and Allan's personal collections, ahem), once in a while they bring us something truly killer that we know our discerning, headbanging customers will be into. Like, for instance, the '70s albums from jammin' Japanese metal pioneers Bow Wow that we've reviewed recently.
Well, here's a new reish from Rock Candy that we deemed worthy of review here too. NWOBHM act More (as in, "more! more!" we'd assume, thereby making it even easier for 'em to come out for an encore when fans at the show are chanting their name) is a semi-forgotten fave, one of the few of the NWOBHM hordes to gain major label backing (they were on Atlantic) but still only chalking up two albums in their career, both of which benefit from that major-label production budget. This one, from 1982, is their second and best. (Though their '81 debut, Warhead, is good too, and has also been reissued by Rock Candy, we'll review it too eventually).
One listen to opening track "Killer On The Prowl" pretty much oughtta convince you, it's old school metallic badassery that simultaneously evokes classic acts like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and early Iron Maiden. (By the way, what is it with the idea of "prowling" that is so totally metal?) And the rest of the disc pretty much keeps it up at that level, totally rollicking n' ripping, both melodic and energetic, with an aggressive street-level vibe that at times even reminds us of early Metallica (by way of Budgie). They also successfully venture into more atmospheric, epic territory on the likes of album-ender "Nightmare", and make a cursory attempt at radio-ready rockin' with the Zeppish "Rock And Roll".
Replacing More's original vocalist Paul Mario Day, one Mick Stratton takes a star turn at the mic, his vox at the edge and over (the top), capable of both a triumphant soar, and fists-clenched snarl, that kinda reminds us of the great Ian Gillan circa his stint with Black Sabbath on Born Again, and that's a damn good thing. Not to be outdone, More's six stringer Kenny "Mad Axeman" Cox kicks ass as well, supplying the heavy riffs and guitar heroics left, right, and center. He also gets pictured on the cover - not sure what they were thinking there, was he really the best looking guy in the band? Although possibly the most beefy and bearded and biker-y, it would seem. But who cares what he looks like, his guitar tone is what it's all about... However, as you can see, Rock Candy decided to provide this with a new cover featuring the More logo on a blood-splattered background, though the original Cox cover is still to be found inside the booklet.
Quality, solid stuff, and we're saying that as people who collect a lot of obscure metal from the era - this one stands out. If this hadn't been their last album and they'd stuck around, they might be better known now, like say Saxon or Raven, to name a couple of their comparable NWOBHM contemporaries... But despite having had their chance on a big label, More didn't "make it" for reasons expounded upon in the detailed liner notes found in the cd booklet (which is packed with photos too, this whole reissue being quite nicely done, as per the usual with Rock Candy's releases).
MPEG Stream: "Killer On The Prowl"
MPEG Stream: "Blood And Thunder"
MPEG Stream: "I Just Can't Believe It"

album cover MORE Warhead (Rock Candy) cd 14.98

MORE, BENY El Barbaro del Ritmo (Tumbao) cd 13.98
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It has been said that Beny More is one of the greatest Cuban singers, and one of its greatest patriots - one of the few stars of his generation who chose to stay in Cuba rather than emigrate to the U.S. or Mexico - a singer "gifted with an incomparable voice. He was the most all-around of Cuban singers, for he was capable of embroidering, stretching, and repeating the phrases of a song without ever altering his rhythm. He knew, with an instinctive judgement, how to assimilate new harmonic concepts while at the same time remaining true to his roots." This recording is unique in that Beny More is backed up by Perez Prado and his orchestra, a group more commonly associated with instrumental music. Recorded in Mexico City between 1948 and 1950.

MORELLI, ROD Periscope Blues (Hospital Productions) lp 19.98

album cover MORELLI, RON Spit (Hospital) cd 17.98
Spit is the debut full length from Ron Morelli, probably best know as the man who runs the L.I.E.S. label, whose American Noise / Volume One 2cd comp was a big hit around here, but instead of doing the record himself, Morelli found his way to Dom Fernow's Hospital label, and it's a really good fit, Morelli's murky electronic minimalism definitely in keeping with the music Fernow makes and releases, fans of Vatican Shadow, Christian Cosmos, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Silent Servant will find much to dig here. The opening track "Radar Version", in fact sounds like it could be Fernow, all gothed out industrial gloom, skeletal pulsations over woozy buried melodies, everything dubbed out and doused in effects, and swathed in a grey ambience, which by the end of the track is also buried beneath soft synth shimmers and blasts of electronic noise. The tempo is cranked up a bit for the second track, "Modern Paranoia", a sort of lo-fi, ultra minimal electro, but even then, it's soon joined by some garbled bass warble, like a a dubstep wobble, all melting and oozing and slowed way down, soon there are handclaps and weird percussion, and that rhythm reveals itself as some super cheesy Casio style beat, still beneath that woozy bass. And from there on out, it only gets better, the crunchy acid-y electronic squelch and motorik pulsations of "Crack Microbes", the churning looped industrial noisescapery of "Sledgehammer II", the abstract electro dub weirdness of "Fake Rush", the blooping, bleeping, sample laced primitive early electronics worship of "Director Of...", the gritty, gristly, night-kraut, goth-groove of "No Real Reason", and finally, the blurred, grey-noise drone-drift ambience of "Slow Drown." So good. Totally recommended for Hospital label obsessives, fans of Fernow's various projects, and anyone into grim, gothic industrial minimalism, or if you're like us, all three!
MPEG Stream: "Radar Version"
MPEG Stream: "Crack Microbes"
MPEG Stream: "Sledgehammer II"
MPEG Stream: "Slow Drown"

album cover MORELLI, RON Spit (Hospital) lp 24.00
Spit is the debut full length from Ron Morelli, probably best know as the man who runs the L.I.E.S. label, whose American Noise / Volume One 2cd comp was a big hit around here, but instead of doing the record himself, Morelli found his way to Dom Fernow's Hospital label, and it's a really good fit, Morelli's murky electronic minimalism definitely in keeping with the music Fernow makes and releases, fans of Vatican Shadow, Christian Cosmos, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Silent Servant will find much to dig here. The opening track "Radar Version", in fact sounds like it could be Fernow, all gothed out industrial gloom, skeletal pulsations over woozy buried melodies, everything dubbed out and doused in effects, and swathed in a grey ambience, which by the end of the track is also buried beneath soft synth shimmers and blasts of electronic noise. The tempo is cranked up a bit for the second track, "Modern Paranoia", a sort of lo-fi, ultra minimal electro, but even then, it's soon joined by some garbled bass warble, like a a dubstep wobble, all melting and oozing and slowed way down, soon there are handclaps and weird percussion, and that rhythm reveals itself as some super cheesy Casio style beat, still beneath that woozy bass. And from there on out, it only gets better, the crunchy acid-y electronic squelch and motorik pulsations of "Crack Microbes", the churning looped industrial noisescapery of "Sledgehammer II", the abstract electro dub weirdness of "Fake Rush", the blooping, bleeping, sample laced primitive early electronics worship of "Director Of...", the gritty, gristly, night-kraut, goth-groove of "No Real Reason", and finally, the blurred, grey-noise drone-drift ambience of "Slow Drown." So good. Totally recommended for Hospital label obsessives, fans of Fernow's various projects, and anyone into grim, gothic industrial minimalism, or if you're like us, all three!
MPEG Stream: "Radar Version"
MPEG Stream: "Crack Microbes"
MPEG Stream: "Sledgehammer II"
MPEG Stream: "Slow Drown"

album cover MOREN, PETER The Last Tycoon (Quarterstick) cd 14.98
Peter who? Moren! Y'know that Peter, the Swedish gent without whom there would only be Bjorn And John, and that band would be an instrumental duo!
This is his solo debut, and if you love PBAJ, this will surely please your ears too. Not surprisingly, The Last Tycoon is a fine album filled with well crafted, charming, sensitive lad pop songs written and sung by one charming, sensitive lad! Who'd think we'd be gettin' all cozy with a tycoon?! But we sure are with this one!
MPEG Stream: "Reel Too Real"
MPEG Stream: "Old Love"

MORGAN, DERRICK Blazing Fire Volumes 1 & 2: Ska & Reggae Hits, 1959-1969 (Trojan) cd 14.98
24 tracks from one of Jamaica's original ska vocalists. Though the majority of the tracks here were recorded during the sixties, and thus mostly ska, there are a number of early R&B tracks on here that not only bridge the gap between US and Jamaican music, but demonstrate Morgan's versatility as a singer. There's even one track at the end of the disc -- from 1975 -- in which Morgan covers Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry", but changing the lyrics to "Some Women Must Cry" and chastising men for their ill treatment of their spouses.
RealAudio clip: "Lover Boy"
RealAudio clip: "You Never Miss The Water"
RealAudio clip: "Housewives' Choice"

album cover MORGEN s/t (Phoenix) cd 17.98
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As heavy-ish late sixties psychedelia from the garage goes, this one-off 1969 album from Long Island's Morgen is a worthy contender. The b&w Edvard Munch "Scream" on the cover is perhaps a clue that this will be fairly dark and tripped out, and it is, with druggy lyrics like: "Come take a bite from my gingerbread house, and let your troubles fade away...". That's from the album's first (and we think bestest) track, a definite fuzz psych classic, "Welcome To The Void". The fuzz is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. The singer (who's a better guitarist) delivers some turned on tales of popular nursery rhyme characters, but mainly you'll be hearing fuzzzz. And there's lotsa wild guitar and more fuzz as the album goes on. For fans of Electric Prunes, Plastic Cloud, The Litter, etc. If you haven't found a previous reissue of this already, we now have this limited numbered edition put out in the UK by Phoenix.
MPEG Stream: "Welcome To The Void"
MPEG Stream: "Of Dreams"

album cover MORGEN s/t (Sunbeam) cd 17.98
Nice, reissued again on cd, with lots of bonus tracks! We've had some slightly dodgier editions previously, but Sunbeam (who brought us recent Record Of The Week Think Pink by Twink) do the job legit, with the participation of the original band, so an upgrade is advised.
As heavy-ish late sixties psychedelia from the garage goes, this one-off 1969 album from Long Island's Morgen is a worthy contender. The b&w Edvard Munch "Scream" on the cover is perhaps a clue that this will be fairly dark and tripped out, and it is, with druggy lyrics like: "Come take a bite from my gingerbread house, and let your troubles fade away...". That's from the album's first, and we think bestest, track, a definite fuzz psych classic, "Welcome To The Void". The fuzz is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. The singer (who's a better guitarist) delivers some turned on tales of popular nursery rhyme characters, but mainly you'll be hearing fuzzzz. And there's lotsa wild guitar and more fuzz as the album goes on. For fans of the Electric Prunes, Plastic Cloud, The Litter, and others of that ilk.
If you haven't found a previous reissue of this already, as already mentioned this one is better than any before, boasting a total of eight bonus tracks (including rare home recordings postdating the album's release), plus there's plenty in the way of liner notes and vintage photos in the thick cd booklet.
MPEG Stream: "Welcome To The Void"
MPEG Stream: "Of Dreams"

album cover MORGEN s/t (Sunbeam) lp + cd 29.00
Also reissued on vinyl, and the lp includes a cd version of the record as well... And like the cd version we reviewed recently, loads of bonus tracks! We've had some slightly dodgier editions previously, but Sunbeam (who brought us recent Record Of The Week Think Pink by Twink) do the job legit, with the participation of the original band, so an upgrade is advised.
As heavy-ish late sixties psychedelia from the garage goes, this one-off 1969 album from Long Island's Morgen is a worthy contender. The b&w Edvard Munch "Scream" on the cover is perhaps a clue that this will be fairly dark and tripped out, and it is, with druggy lyrics like: "Come take a bite from my gingerbread house, and let your troubles fade away...". That's from the album's first, and we think bestest, track, a definite fuzz psych classic, "Welcome To The Void". The fuzz is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. The singer (who's a better guitarist) delivers some turned on tales of popular nursery rhyme characters, but mainly you'll be hearing fuzzzz. And there's lotsa wild guitar and more fuzz as the album goes on. For fans of the Electric Prunes, Plastic Cloud, The Litter, and others of that ilk.
If you haven't found a previous reissue of this already, as already mentioned this one is better than any before, boasting a total of eight bonus tracks (including rare home recordings postdating the album's release)!
MPEG Stream: "Welcome To The Void"
MPEG Stream: "Of Dreams"

album cover MORGENSTERN, BARBARA bm (Monika) cd 15.98
Sometimes a record just comes at the perfect time. It was one of the first truly crisp and cold days we've experienced this winter here in San Francisco and Barbara Morgenstern's new record landed at aQ offering up songs that were just made to be heard during the colder months of the year. With a live band by her side and her great piano playing mixed with subtle electronics, this is an album filled with driving strength and such a strong and shining elegance. Kind of like if The Notwist and PJ Harvey or Marianne Faithfull got to collaborate, pop songs that are so smartly arranged but don't waste time trying to show you how smart they are. Morgenstern's not afraid to unleash her pop sensibility and does it with a piercing determination creating the kind of record that doesn't give in to easy emotions or one sided perspective. It's fitting that she alternates between English and German vocals. A record that you can listen to when you're sad or happy, determined or in a rut. It makes you want to put on your heaviest and sharpest looking pea coat and take to the icy streets watching your breath become clouds and taking in the simple pleasures, just soaking up your surroundings.
Morgenstern also covers Robert Wyatt's "Camouflage" and Wyatt sings with her as apparently he's a big fan of her work. They both display that rare elegance that's hard to find in modern music without it feeling too forced or saccharine. Morgenstern has come a long way from her techno beginnings and we're so excited to enjoy that evolution. While this is turning out to be one of our favorite records for the cold and rainy days that lie ahead we're pretty sure this will be a record we keep near us at all times, rain or shine.
MPEG Stream: "Driving My Car"
MPEG Stream: "Come To Berlin"
MPEG Stream: "Camouflage (With Robert Wyatt)"

MORGENSTERN, BARBARA Fjorden (Monika) cd 16.98
Ms. Morgenstern is a German (and German-language) singer/songwriter in the indie-pop-electronica genre. While she lacks the extraordinary vocal abilities (or unique quirks) of, say, a Bjork, she has a nice, intimate voice and her music is warm and lovely: mellow electronic beats, sad guitar melodies, cinematic/romantic moods.
Many of the tracks on this, her second album, were produced by Stefan Betke (aka Pole), and several make use of his signature crackling "surface noise" technique (also a hallmark of Tarwater, whose Robert Lippok also appears on this disc, drumming on one track, which he co-wrote with Morgenstern)... For fans of, among other folks: Andrea Parker, Laub, Lali Puna, To Rococo Rot, and the other artists already namechecked above. Pleasant, nice.
RealAudio clip: "Tag Und Nacht"

MORGION Among Majestic Ruin (Kreation) lp 12.98

MORGOTH Resurrection Absurd / The Eternal Fall (Kreation) lp 16.98

MORI, IKUE B/Sides (Tzadik) cd 16.98
More music from the wonderful Ikue Mori and her drum machines--with some other great downtown NYC performers on board: Anthony Coleman, Zeena Parkins, Erik Friedlander, and others.

MORI, IKUE Bhima Swarga (Tzadik) dvd 30.00

MORI, IKUE Garden (Tzadik) cd 15.98
Her first collection of all-drum machine (+ effects and bamboo) compositions. Beautiful electronic beat-scapes.

album cover MORI, IKUE Labyrinth (Tzadik) cd 16.98
Former no-wave (ex-DNA) drummer Ikue Mori has established a career in downtown NYC, performing solo and collaborating with others, as an improvisor with specially modified drum machines! This new Tzadik disc, though, sees her utilizing a laptop computer instead. The result is an album of tinkling, skittering, liquid, percussive electronica. Some of the tracks kinda sound like an army of clocks (from tiny watches to grandfather-sized) that's been recorded and then played backwards, at constantly shifting speeds. Revving motors and flowing streams also come to mind. Very active, very textural, mesmerizing.
RealAudio clip: "Pulse"

MORI, IKUE Myrninerest (Tzadik) cd 16.98

MORIMOTO, YASUGI Ayahuasca (original music) (self-released) cassette 14.98
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MORIMOTO, YASUGI San Pedro (mix tape) (self-released) cassette 14.98
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MORISSETTE, ALANIS So-Called Chaos (Maverick) cd 16.98

MORISSETTE, ALANIS Under Rug Swept (Maverick) cd 16.98
Whole record we heard haven't. But song MTV on lately kind of we like. Pleasure guilty of sort a guess I.

album cover MORK GRYNING Maelstrom Chaos (No Fashion) cd 14.98
Furious and epic black metal a la Dimmu Borgir but with more dynamics and less cheesy keyboards/atmosphere. Strange groovy breakdowns, and super catchy riffs as well as weirdly melodic parts and some really inventive out of the ordinary guitar playing. Buzzing Mayhemic blasts of crushing violence butt up against serene acoustic interludes, occasional operatic vocal breaks, almost mosh-worthy bridges and some ripping eighties guitar solos! Another band that doesn't necessarily bring anything brand new to the table, but one that manages to do what everyone else has been doing, only much, much better.
RealAudio clip: "Templars"
RealAudio clip: "Maelstrom Chaos"

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