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Nazca – Out

Posted in Recommendation, Video with tags , , on July 4, 2010 by scottsplatter

I have posted about Nazca previously, but they have a new record out and they are still an amazing band, so here you go.

I received the new disc in the mail from Karstein a month, because he is a swell guy. It’s been far too long since “Non-Grata” came out on Eibon records in 2002. On the new release, “Out”, they have continued down the path that really took shape on that record. Moody Post Punk with an understated infusion of spaghetti/surf guitars and analog synth that really fleshes out the dynamics of the band. Lyrically, it is a mix of personal and social… The bio which is one of the numerous papers on my desk… perhaps it’s under this cat here… sums it up something like “hippies without flowers, punks without mohawks.”

Every track on the record is excellent. This is a band that I still listen to on a regular basis even with the long break between releases. My understanding is that they are already anxious to get back in the studio. Can’t wait.

They have just released an official video for the track “Real Love.” This is probably the most “aggressive” track on the record.

And while we are on the subject here is a live version of “Malady” which – unless I am missing something  – is a non-album track that is only available on their DVD “Free For All”

visit them here… http://www.songsfornazca.com/

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“Ambient Morgue Music”

Posted in Recommendation with tags , , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by scottsplatter

Weird Tales Magazine has a piece of flash fiction running at the moment that might be of particular interest to anyone who found this blog because they had an interest in dark experimental music, or Gruntsplatter or anything else I do. The piece is by Richard Howard, unfortunately I can’t seem to find a web page or blog or anything for him online. I’m not going to set it up, the story speaks for itself. Enjoy.

“Ambient Morgue Music” by Richard Howard from Weird Tales #354

Luasa Raelon

Posted in Recommendation with tags , , , on March 28, 2010 by scottsplatter

David Reed recently impregnated my mailbox with the newest release by his project Luasa Raelon. I’ve been a fan of David’s music since I first heard it 2001 or so. He creates the kind of dark ambient that I relish. It has detail and teeth and uses it to build mood rather than disrupt it. I was fortunate to play a show with him here in Portland in 2004. That was the last time I played a show come to think of it.

This new one is called, Vampyre: The Light Of The Beast. I’m just listening to it now for the first time. It is, as expected, outstanding. The rich, creeping atmosphere that he conjures so well is as potent as ever. I’m not going to write a review of it on first listen because it’s music you must submerge yourself in to truly appreciate. However, if you like anything I have done musically and haven’t checked out David’s work you are missing out terribly.

In addition to Luasa Raelon, his projects Envenomist, Brittle Foundries, and Nightmares (with J. Canady & M. Solotroff) are all worth experiencing. Thanks David, I really appreciate it.

Ordering info and samples can be found here Reed Heavy Industries.

Slaughter Prod. Cassettes

Posted in Recommendation, Rumination with tags , , , , , , on November 29, 2009 by scottsplatter

The A5 bag cassettes that Slaughter Prod. released in the 90’s were such a pleasure.  It’s a simple, but interesting, presentation, and I was always really fond of them. The fact that there were very few (if any) disappointments in the ones I got my hands on doesn’t hurt.

I found a stash of these in a couple of crates I haven’t dipped into in ages.  Tonight I got  “Fac-Totum” and “Omega” from Die Sonne Satan and “Exile” from Drift burned into the computer. I had forgotten about Drift entirely, it was a Dark Ambient side project of the man behind Dead Body Love and Discordance. Good stuff. I don’t think that project ever had CD release or collection from any of the cassettes come out.

Slaughter Prod. was a label I had hoped to do something for at some point. These cassette releases, and  “Death Odors” series were among some of my favorite releases back then. There is a tone and mood that is captured in a lot of that material that is so definitive for how I view Dark Ambient and Death Industrial. It was a special label, and Marco Corbelli was always a good person to deal with. He’s gone now unfortunately, but aside from his own music in Atrax Morgue and Morder Machine etc. he left a brilliant capsule of dark electronics with the releases on Slaughter Prod.

Richard Gavin

Posted in Recommendation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2009 by scottsplatter

I recently finished Omens (published by  Mythos Books )  by Richard Gavin, and wanted to sound the horn for him.  The 12 stories here showcase a diverse and peculiar dread. Gavin has some great ideas  and his command of language and tone made this a quite enjoyable.

His work has been compared to such shambling giants of the macabre as H.P. Lovecraft,  and Edgar Allan Poe and Thomas Ligotti and Omens deserves such comparisons. It’s not as nihilistic as Ligotti, or as cosmic as Lovecraft. Of the three, I’d place it closest to Poe. The pervasive creep factor that each of those writers possess is present in Richard Gavin.  His imagination is impressive and unique, and he does a really nice job of overlaying that strange darkness into a modern setting.

I’m always looking for more writers that capture this side of horror. The current crop of writers that are making waves seem more straight forward. That is not to say they are unskilled or not to be enjoyed.  I have just always favored more obscure tales of secrets, nightmares, and oddities and Gavin impressed me.

He has a brand new collection entitled The Darkly Splendid Realm (published by Dark Regions) that I’m anxious to get my hands on. The introduction was written by Laird Barron (who I swear I will do a post on one of these days). It was Barron’s involvement that brought Richard Gavin’s name to my attention and I’m grateful for it.

http://www.richardgavin.net/

some of that book learnin’

Posted in Recommendation, Rumination with tags , , on October 1, 2009 by scottsplatter

I’m going to be taking an online writing course offered by Michael Knost. Knost edited the recent Writers Workshop Of Horror collection. You can find out more about the class and Michael at his blog here. There is apparently still a bit of room in the classes if anyone might be interested.

I’m still working my way through the Writers Workshop book, but the articles thus far have all been useful and well done. The collection is a similar approach to the Horror Writer’s Association’s (HWA’s) book On Writing Horror. A compilation of essays by various luminaries of the field dissecting a particular component of the craft.  I got a lot out of On Writing Horror, but the Knost collection thus far feels even more meat and potatoes than that did.

I’m definitely looking forward to it, I haven’t taken a formal course in a very long time. I guess I took a class on Adobe Illustrator that my work paid for about 12 years ago, but before that it was college about 18 years ago.

Nightmares on Tour

Posted in Recommendation with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by scottsplatter

If you are in the midwest Nightmares a new project featuring Jonathan Canady, Mark Solotroff and David Reed will be hitting the road shortly for a brief tour. You can find all the important info here.

Jonathan Canady is best known for his projects Angel of Decay, Deathpile and Dead World. Mark Solotroff best known for Bloodyminded, Intrinsic Action and Bloodlust! Records. David Reed for Luasa Raelon and Envenomist. The three are combining forces for this phantasmagoria of analog synth goodness. I haven’t heard the project yet, but all three do great work on their own so the combination will no doubt be something genuinely special. They also have three new releases which I am sure will be available at the shows.

So if the tour comes through your area check them out. All three are good people, talented people and have been friends or supporters of what I do for a long time.