TERRORISM Skyguide (Hospital Productions) cassette 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. A few weeks ago we got a killer batch of 'metal' tapes from Hospital Productions, two of which we reviewed, the 2nd album from Vegas Martyrs, and the debut from death-obsessed doom flecked black metal weirdos Curved Blade, both of which sold out and went out of print crazy quick. In the same batch we also got two other releases, twisted lo-fi outsider sci-fi death metal weirdness from a band called Time Crypt, and super blown out noise metal damage from Terrorism. The bummer is that we intended to check these out, and then order more to review, but before we knew it, both of these were sold out and out of print as well. But we do still have THREE copies of each, they're both bizarre and baffling and perfect for folks into fucked up confusional metal, so at least a few folks will get to check them out... Terrorism traffic in some seriously terrifying sounds, totally blasted out, in-the-red, screechy, caustic, harsh and hellish noise drenched black metal, think Bone Awl or Akitsa, Ancestors, Malveillance, that sort of raw primitive pound, but then bury it beneath squalls of harsh high end skree, wild chaotic drum splatter, malfunctioning electronics, moaning low end bellows, a crashing, careening, noise metal juggernaut, the sound slipping from total abstract free noise howl, to murky ploddy drift, to brittle blown out black metal blast, to industrial power electronics and back again. Seriously brutal, but pretty dang great. Too bad we only have 3 copies... Twisted, shrill, harsh, hateful,
TERRORIZER Issue #210 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Morbid Angel are on the cover, no apologies from them. Inside, also, Ulver, Autopsy, Fucked Up, Hell, Amorphis, Portrait, Brutal Truth, 40 Watt Sun, Enforcer, and (among other things) a "Crust Special" featuring Amebix, Gallhammer and Trap Them. Plus the usual reviews, news, and ads for crazy European festivals we'd love to attend. Stuck to the cover, a cd sampler w/ trax by Arch Enemy, Gallhammer, Dark Castle, In Solitude, Black Crucifixion, Portrait, and others...
TERRORIZER Issue #211 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Joey Jordison from Slipknot is this issue's cover star, but don't let that deter you (actually the interview might be interesting, the pull quote on the cover is "I am close to losing my mind"). Elsewhere this ish, there's pieces on Cave In, Kvelertak, Cannabis Corpse, Decapitated, Sepultura, Karma To Burn, In Flames, Shining, Deven Townsend, and a feature on the return of thrash's "Big Four": Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax. Plus all the usual other good stuff, reviews, news, bonus cd sampler (hear some of that new Morbid Angel here), etc. As always, recommended reading for all metalheads.
TERRORIZER Issue #233 March 2013 magazine + 2cd 10.50
Looks like a good issue of ye olde Terrorizer here. Darkthrone on the cover, also Kvelertak, Ghost ("And The Rise Of Occult Metal"), Clutch, Rotting Christ, Spektr, Kongh, Necrowretch and tons more. Including an article about a band called Sabzius, blurbed on the cover as "11 F*cking Hours! The World's Longest Song?!" Gotta read about that. AND, you get not one but two free cds this time, one the usual "Fear Candy" sampler with tracks from Darkthrone and others, the other being an Eastern European metal compilation with a whole bunch of bands mostly new to us.
TERRORIZER Darker Days Ahead (Century Media) cd 12.98
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TERRORIZER Issue #101 magazine 3.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Here's our kind of summertime readin': the July/August issue of the venerable British 'extreme' metal periodical Terrorizer. It's got Andee and Allan all in a tizzy 'cause it's "The PROG Issue"! That's right, a special issue devoted to the legacy of the much maligned (but beloved 'round here) '70s genre of progressive rock, as it manifests itself in the context of today's extreme metal scene. So there's features on bands like Opeth, Arcturus, Cave In, and Emperor, as well as the more traditional prog of Rush and Dream Theatre. Plus a history of the genre, a bunch of top tens of 70's prog (best and worst), etc. Terrorizer's revisionist take on prog notes that even punk mascot Johnny Rotten was a fan of Van Der Graaf Generator and Can. Non-prog content includes stories on The Great Deceiver, Mastodon (who ARE kinda prog), Soulfly, and Vader, along with the usual news and reviews. Prog on!
TERRORIZER Issue #103 magazine 3.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. We stock this excellent British "extreme metal" mag every month, but rarely remember to list it...but thought this time we'd give it a mention 'cause there's a whole page in here about our pals The Fucking Champs! Plus, Meshuggah, Eyehategod, Judas Priest, The Berzerker, In Flames, Limbonic Art, and plenty more. With the sexy female singer of Lacuna Coil on the cover, not sure how extreme that is...
TERRORIZER Issue #174 magazine + 2cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. We said we'd now be getting this essential UK magazine of metallic (and other) extremity on a regular basis, and so we are. Here's #174, right on schedule! Paradise Lost, Anathema and My Dying Bride share the cover, celebrating 20 years of the British doom-death scene they helped create. Also, stuck to the cover: a -double- cd sampler, with tracks from PL, MDB, Anathema, Oakenshield, Canvas Solaris, Dragonforce, Darkspace, Dwellers Of Twilight, Coffins, and loads more. Inside the magazine, there's stuff on Esoteric, Motorhead, Krisiun, Gnaw Their Tongues, Krallice, The Wounded Kings, Kalmah, Wold, Harkonin, Coffins... Genghis Tron/Nachtmystium on tour, Destruction (the band) in the studio, a label profile on 20 Buck Spin, an Italian death metal scene report, tons and tons of reviews, and a look back at Possessed's classic Seven Churches. Oh, and Anaal Nathrakh do the "Hard Of Hearing" feature, guessing as to the identity of a bunch of tracks being played for them, getting stumped by everything except for Iron Monkey...
TERRORIZER Issue #175 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. October's installment of essential extreme metal reading material is here. While we read (and now regularly stock) some other monthly metal magazines (including the excellent upstart Decibel and old standby Metal Maniacs), THIS is the one that we've been addicted to longest and love the most. This issue has Viking superstars Amon Amarth on the cover, and inside has interviews as well with the likes of Benediction, Cannibal Corpse, Iced Earth, Kampfar, and our doomy Finnish pal Albert Witchfinder of Reverend Bizarre (R.I.P), The Puritan, and Armanenschaft. There's also stuff about Blood Ceremony, Anata, Testament (doing the "Hard Of Hearing" feature), and others. Plus a loving look back at Nocturnus's crucial sci-fi-death-metal opus The Key, a scene report on Greek black metal, tons of reviews, a label profile on Profound Lore, and plenty more besides. Oh, and a huge "folk special" section. Well, folk-metal that is. They delve specifically into "Irish Pagan Metal" (talking to Proscriptor from Absu and Mike Scalzi from Slough Feg, as well as some actual Irish bands), "Finnish Folk Metal" (including mention of one band from Portugal...), and Neofolk. Whew! There's a lot in this ish worth checking out. And let's not forget the free, cover-mounted cd sampler, with 21 tracks from several bands in this issue and others too.
TERRORIZER Issue #176 November 2008 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The "Folk Metal Special" begun last issue continues in this ish of the premier British 'extreme music' magazine, with a focus on pagan black metal such as Vintersorg, Negura Bunget, Skyforger, and others. American "Freak folk" gets a look in too, with features on Agalloch and Jex Thoth. Elsewhere this issue, you get Enslaved (on the cover), Arckanum, Destruction, Toxic Holocaust, Burst, Swallow The Sun, The Haunted, Gojira, Slayer, Amon Amarth, and tons more. Including tons of reviews. And of course there's a free bonus cd sampler glued to the front.
TERRORIZER Issue #177 December 2008 magazine + cd 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Thee new issue of this metal readin' essential has Norwegian black metal icons Satyricon on the cover, just in time for Christmas, we mean, their new album. Also: Bloodbath, Cradle Of Filth, Cynic, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death, Aura Noir, Misery Index, Down, and many many more - in fact, there's a brand new section "Choice Cuts" devoted to brief bits on a whole bunch of more underground acts, like Oakenshield, Book Of Black Earth, Phazm, SerpentCult, Guillotine, Outlaw Order, and plenty more we'd actually never heard of before. Plus lots of other features, including a 20th anniversary label report on Lee Dorrian's stoner/doom institution, Rise Above. And of course tons of reviews, one of the main reasons to pick this up every month for sure. Also, there's the usual free sampler cd stuck to the cover. Best pull quote of the issue: "I spelt 'U' as 'V' so it looked cooler". That's from the "Choice Cuts" piece about Swedish one-man band Doom:Vs.
TERRORIZER Issue #179 January 2009 magazine + cd 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. THE magazine of "extreme" metal (all metal, really, except for really wimpy glam/pop/hair metal stuff that doesn't really exist much in this day and age), England's Terrorizer, presents their first issue of 2009, which includes their '2009 Preview' of exciting upcoming releases (from Absu to Voivod), the results of the 2008 Reader's Poll, their writer's picks for the top 40 albums of '08 (number one: Enslaved, and hey, Jex Thoth clocks in at 30), and all sorts of other stuff. There's the usual massive review section, and news flashes, and ads for insane European metal festivals you'll never get to go to. Then of course interviews, with the likes of cover stars Children of Bodom, Ephel Duath, Saxon, Architects, and others, including a ton of brief bits on less-known bands, among whom we noted The Wizar'd and The Devil's Blood. What else? A scene report on Swedish metal new and old, a look back at the making of ...And Justice For All, and more - including the usual bonus cover-mounted cd sampler w/ tracks by Behemoth, Kreator, Bullet, and others. Lots to delve into here, headbangers!
TERRORIZER Issue #187 magazine + 2cd 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Latest issue of UK heavy music powerhouse Terrorizer. On the cover, Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic (a particularly awesome and creepy cover shot btw!), inside there's Behmoth, Bolt Thrower, Ulver, Neurosis, Death Angel, Glorior Belli, Burnt By The Sun, as well as part one of Terrorizer's Sludge Special, featuring a rad oral histroy of sludge and of course a brief history of Eyehategod. There's also a cool feature on Until The Light Takes Us, the new black metal doc made by Aaron from noise pop band Iran. And as always, a ton of features on new and upcoming bands, loads of reviews, records, cds, reissues, shows, books movies, and this issue comes with a double cd, one of the discs featuring exclusively unsigned bands!
TERRORIZER Issue #189 magazine + cd 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Awesome cover - Immortal!! The larger than life face of Abbath staring out at you in perfect corpsepaint. Also this ish: Slayer, Nile, Venom, Marduk, Baroness, Secrets Of The Moon, My Dying Bride, Evile, and plenty more. On the free cover-mounted sampler cd: The Ruins Of Beverast, Skeletonwitch, Destruction, Gwar, Paradise Lost, Belphegor, and a bunch of other less well known acts. As always, an essential metal periodical.
TERRORIZER Issue #190 magazine 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another fine issue of this monthly must-read metal mag from the UK... this issue comes bagged with the usual free cd sampler, its got tracks by Gorgoroth, Katatonia, Count Raven, Saviours, Swallow The Sun, Griftegard, Sacred Steel, and others... including, uh, a band called Milking The Goatmachine. And, also this issue comes with an Immortal poster. Then, of course, the magazine itself is full of good readin', about such bands as Nile, Hypocrisy, Shrinebuilder, Pelican, Katatonia, Dark Funeral, Belphegor, Rammstein, Gorgoroth, and freakin' Manilla Road!! Among others. Plus reviews and news and whatnot as per usual.
TERRORIZER Issue #192 magazine 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Emperor mastermind Ishahn is on the cover of this issue of the UK's top extreme metal magazine, promoting his new solo album... which is funny 'cause lately, with his beard and glasses, he's looking a lot like Eric Clapton! This issue also contains Terrorizer's picks for the Top 40 Albums of the Year, 2009, and the Readers' Poll results for 2009 as well, along with a 2010 preview of what's coming up that might be good... Also stuffed into this issue: Katatonia (being played mystery records a la The Wire's "Invisible Jukebox"), Overkill, Azaghal, Von, Rotting Christ, a label profile on Season Of Mist, a 3-page report from the Nuclear War Now! festival in Berlin, and more, including all the usual news and reviews and stuff. But, this issue (the ones we got) didn't include the usual sampler cd. Ah well. However, this ish does come with a free gothic mini-magazine bound in the center...
TERRORIZER Issue #193 magazine 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The February '10 issue of the UK's ultimate extreme metal magazine (always a must read we think) is here. Finntroll are the cover stars, and they deserve to be, what with all the trouble they went to with makeup, costuming, prosthetic troll ears and stuff. Plus they're awesome. Also this ish: Sigh, Shining (the jazzy one), Rotting Christ, Cathedral, Ov Hell, Anaal Nathrakh, Eyehategod, Cannibal Corpse, Nirvana 2002, Chthonic, White Wizzard, Claw, and loads more. Also, news of a Godflesh reunion, a special feature on the origins of "metalcore", and a bit about the upcoming Roadburn fest that Allan's gearing up to go to.
TERRORIZER Issue #198 magazine + cd 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Hmm, got two issues to review this list! Either Terrorizer's publication schedule is screwy, or ours is. Probably ours! Well, twice the Terrorizer won't hurt, you like to read, right? This issue features such worthies as Grand Magus (on the cover this time), Nachtmystium, the Melvins, Ramesses, Harvey Milk, Lair Of The Minotaur, and much more, including a studio report from Torche, a label profile of Bindrune Recordings, and a eulogy for Ronnie James Dio. Plus a free cover-mounted sampler cd. As always, essential for the metal fan who wants to keep informed.
TERRORIZER Issue #199 magazine + cd 9.25
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Bold move, Terrorizer, putting spandex-clad Swedish retro metallers Enforcer on the cover! We fully approve, just surprised is all. Inside, this ish, you'll also find the likes of Enslaved, Yob, Yakuza, Starkweather, Grave, Cannibis Corpse, and others. Plus the usual reviews, news, free cover-mounted cd sampler, etc. And a feature on top "40 Riffs Of Sickness" of all time!
TERRORIZER Issue #201 magazine + 2cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Killing Joke on the cover. Inside, also, for your extreme metal reading pleasure: Enslaved, Swans, Hammers Of Misfortune, Dimmu Borgir, The Sword, Death Angel, Moonsorrow, Gama Bomb, and plenty more. And not one but two free cd samplers included inside the shrinkwrap.
TERRORIZER Issue #203 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. More metal reading for you, buckle down!! This ish has UK thrashers Evile on the cover, plus Opeth, Cradle Of Filth, Gnaw Their Tongues, Monster Magnet, Dimmu Borgir, Atheist, Firewind, Sargeist, Hail Of Bullets, Warbringer, John Garcia, Atlantean Kodex, Ghost, Diamatregon, Father Befouled, and more! Lots of reviews, bonus Goth magazine section, free cover mounted cd sampler, etc.
TERRORIZER Issue #204 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Electric Wizard are the cover stars for this issue of one of our two monthly metal must-reads (the other being Decibel, which also featured EW on their cover recently). Quite a photogenic group, especially the new bassist with tattoos all over his face (his day job: tattoo artist, of course). Also this issue, in depth interviews with Triptykon, Meads Of Asphodel, Slough Feg, Krieg, Woe, Blut Aus Nord, Bastard Priest, Sodom, Forbidden, and more. Cattle Decapitation do the Invisible Jukebox thing; one of the bands they have to identify is Caninus, which isn't difficult for 'em since they did a split with that pitbull-fronted band. Plus there's shorter bits on Salome, Encoffination, Anguished, Procession, Enochian Crescent, and many others. Then there's all the reviews and news and ads for festivals and whatnot. And finally the free cover-mounted cd sampler.
TERRORIZER Issue #205 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. On the cover for some reason, Turisas. And inside this new issue of our favorite glossy metal mag from the UK, there's also Agalloch, Baroness, Impaled Nazarene, Kverlertak, Orange Goblin, and plenty more. Plus tons news and reviews of course. And the usual ads for insane European metal festivals we wish were could be at. And then there's the bonus cd sampler stuck to the cover. Metal, metal, metal!
TERRORIZER Issue #207 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Blood splattered dudes from Watain and Shining grace the cover of this month's Terrorizer, the UK's premier heavy metal and other "extreme" music magazine, which is pretty much a must read 'round these parts. Also inside: Cavalera Conspiracy, Trap Them, Cauldron, Crowbar, Godflesh, Rotten Sound, Kyuss Lives, and plenty more. Adding value for yr dollar, there's a sampler cd tucked into the shrinkwrap, with everything from the retro thrash of Havok to the proggy vintage sounding doom of Blood Ceremony.
TERRORIZER Issue #208 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another monthly installment of this venerable UK extreme metal magazine is here... this issue they've got Ghost, Graveyard, Kylesa, Darkest Hour, Moonsorrow, Paradise Lost, Autopsy, Assaulter, Arch Enemy, Protest The Hero, Altar Of Plagues, Dornenreich, Fen (those last three part of a "Post-Black Metal Spotlight"), and, on the cover, those chart topping Vikings, Amon Amarth. Plus loads more, including the usual ton o' reviews, bonus free guitar mag Sick Sounds (feat. Children Of Bodom), and bonus free cd sampler stuck to the cover, which we just spun here in the store, enjoying the new tracks from Cruachan, 40 Watt Sun (ex-Warning), and Bullet, among others.
TERRORIZER Issue #209 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow is on the cover (hmm why'd they pick her?), inside there's also features on Anaal Nathrakh, Primordial, Blood Ceremony, Septic Flesh, Pentagram, Cruachan, The Dwarves, Between The Buried And Me, In Solitude, Negative Plane, Corrosion Of Conformity (in the studio!), and more.... we learn why Kvelertak didn't show up to the Scion Rock fest in LA - somebody stole the singer's backpack, which contained all the band's passports, from a Burger King in Oslo! Man, the rest of the band must have been pissed at him. There's also a bit with David Vincent of Morbid Angel, talking about how extreme and next level their new album (due out next week) is gonna be... we'll see... heard otherwise! Plus the usual reviews and news and free cover mount cd sampler. As always, a must-read for metal heads.
TERRORIZER Issue #212 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. If you love metal, you really ought to be reading the two metal mags we carry regularly, Decibel and the UK's Terrorizer. Years from now, you'll wish you had a copy of this issue so you can nostalgically look back on 2011 and remember cover star... Tom G. Warrior!! Hey the former Celtic Frost / current Triptykon front man is a good interview. Weird dude. Also this issue: Premonition 13, Toxic Holocaust, Opeth, Runhild Gammelsaeter of Thorr's Hammer, Decapitated, Iwrestledabearonce, Book Of Black Earth, and plenty more including short bits on Disma, Volture, and others. The occasional Decibel/Terrorizer overlap happens with a Skeletonwitch studio report (really?). And there's the usual big batch o' reviews etc. Oh, and a free cd sampler stuck to the cover, with everyone from Twisted Tower Dire to Orthodox on it...
TERRORIZER Issue #213 magazine + 2cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another month, another installment of the UK's long-running metal-must read, Terrorizer. On the cover, looking like he just was in some sort of accident (or battle?), Nergal of Behemoth fame. Inside, stuff pertaining to such fine bands as Yob, Watain, Candlemass, Cerebral Ballzy, Evile, Gojira, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Anthrax, Obituary, Today Is The Day, and more! Comes with not one, but two, cd samplers.
TERRORIZER Issue #214 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Metal in the form of a magazine, in a bag, with a cd sampler. Cover star, Michael Akerfeldt of Opeth (who is "liberated from the shackles of metal" he says). Also inside, Mastodon, Tombs, Black Cobra, The Devil's Blood, Wolves In The Throne Room, Absu, Evile, Textures, and plenty more. The cd sampler's got tracks from Mastodon, Evile, Skeletonwitch, Fleshgod Apocalypse (check them out!!), and others as well.
TERRORIZER Issue #215 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Metal in the form of a magazine, in a bag, with a cd sampler. Cover star, "genius" Devin Townsend. Also inside, Cradle Of Filth, Skeletonwitch, In Solitude, Sepultura, Hammers Of Misfortune, Machine Head, Dimmu Borgir, and plenty more. The cd sampler's got tracks from Hammers, The Devil's Blood, Amebix, Absu, Craft, and others as well.
TERRORIZER Issue #217 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another issue of this UK metal monthly. On the cover, an old photo of Burzum (to accompany a new exclusive interview). Also: Shining, Iced Earth, Meshuggah, Venom, Nasum (RIP), Dragonforce, Devin Townsend, Nightwish, Animals As Leaders (in the included "Sick Sounds" guitar mag supplement) and more... all strains of metal covered it would seem. There's the usual news, reviews, and cd sampler (w/ tracks by Burzum, Wolvhammer, Sigiriya (ex-Acrimony), Vektor, and others.
TERRORIZER Issue #221 magazine 10.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Read all about such extreme metal mavens as Meshuggah (on the cover), Cannibal Corpse, Aura Noir, Saint Vitus (ooh, new album in another couple weeks!), Bolt Thrower, Split Cranium, Alcest, Angel Witch, Grand Magus, Paradise Lost, Black Breath, Soulfly, Mastodon, Orange Goblin, Shining, and many more. Comes with the usual free cd sampler disc, and there's also an Electric Wizard 'poster' inside.
TERRORIZER Issue #225 magazine 10.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Wish WE were going to Bloodstock... or any of the other crazy metal festivals they have across the pond in August. Well we can live vicariously through the pages of UK metal bible Terrorizer, who put Behemoth's Nergal on the cover as part of their festival preview. Also this ish: Watain, Nile, Eyehategod, Grand Magus, Gama Bomb, Deicide, Mayhem, Cradle Of Filth, Nachtmystium, Old Man Gloom, Dimmu Borgir, and plenty more metal faves, big and small, black and death, etc. etc. Plus, it as usual you get a free "Fear Candy" sampler cd.
TERRORIZER Issue #229 magazine + cd 10.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Metal magazine madness! Terrorizer is the other glossy metal monthly we always turn to, this time with Dani Filth from Cradle of Filth looking kinda goofy (of course) on the cover. Also: 20 years of Darkthrone, Napalm Death, Grave, Sonne Adam, Dragged Into Sunlight, Anaal Nathrakh, Nuclear War Now! (label festival preview), Swans, God Seed, and more. Includes the usual "Fear Candy" cd sampler stuck to the front as well.
TERRORIZER Issue #230 magazine + cd 10.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Metallica's Kirk Hammett is on the cover, been getting a lot of mileage lately out of his (admittedly amazing) collection of horror memorabila, with a book and all. Then, inside, also: Fen, Dordeduh, Weapon, Graveyard, Von, Destruction, Troubled Horse, Nine Covens, and more. Plus the usual news, reviews, and other metallic goodness. We particularly liked the regular "Mix Tape Mayhem" feature this ish, with the guitarist of Katatonia, who picks the likes of W.A.S.P., Priest, Crue, Maiden, KISS, a man after our own heart. And there's also the usual cd sampler stuck to the cover, too!
TERRORIZER Issue #232 magazine + cd 10.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Latest issue of this UK metal mag, stoner rock heavies Orange Goblin on the cover, inside, the usual fantastically varied cast of black/doom/noise/sci-fi/sludge/post metal (and not quite metal) outfits: Voivod, Suffocation, Tomahawk, Satan's Wrath, Septic Flesh, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Cult Of Luna, Exhumed, The Bronx, Enforcer, Ghoul, Andee's new obsession the Chinese outfit Tengger Cavalry (who fuse epic metal with Chinese and Mongolian folk music, including horse hair fiddles, throat singing and more!), Vried, Koldbrann and more. There's tons of reviews of course, as well as a Hard Of Hearing, Invisible Jukebox style listening session with Canadian metalheads Cauldron, and some back page mix tape mayhem from Nick Barker of Cradle Of Filth, Lock-Up, Dimmu Borgir, Old Man's Child, Brujeria, etc. And as always includes a cd sample featuring new tracks from Suffocation, Devourment, Helloween and a bunch of bands we've never heard of including the awesomely named outfits Teaspoonriverneck and Fuckshovel!
TETSUO Ranshuo (Shit Jam Records) cd 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. From the same Japanese label that brought us Bathtub Shitter (still the best band name ever!) comes Tetsuo, a band that has way more in common with Corrupted or Boris than their bathtub shitting labelmates. Sludgy and repetitive, heavy and crushing with lots of solid state feedback a la Eyehategod and loads of midtempo wall of guitar pummel a la Neurosis. One epic twenty minute track that goes from slow motion sludge to furious almost-death-metal to crusty grind to stoner groove and back again. Fans of any of the above mentioned bands definitely need this.
TEXTURES Polars (Listenable) cd 14.98
THE ONE Guardian's Inhuman (Total Holocaust 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. Another blast of insane black metal chaos, this time from an entity known simply as...THE ONE. And chaos it is. Sure it has all the hallmarks of grim fucking black metal, but this is so weird and sloppy and punishing and weird weird weird. Everything (drums, vocals, guitars) is drenched in reverb, so that when things get going, I mean really going, it turns into one intensely hellish blur, that sounds almost like Merzbow with only the occasional cymbal crash to help you keep your bearings. The drumming, when not lost in a dense cloud of impenatratable bllllleeaarrgghhh, is a weirdly stumbling beast, stuttering through arrhythmic fills and continually fluctuating blast beats. And then there's the vocals. Some of the most insane ridiculous vocals ever, heavily distorted and reverbed monster growls that threaten to overtake everything they're so high in the mix! And tempo changes and new parts are occasionally demarcated by a very loud grunt that is reverbed through the roof or some maniacal sinister laughter also drenched in effects. There are also all sorts of bizarre sounds underneath the frosty onslaught: what sounds like jaw harps on track four and the hoofbeats of horses elsewhere. But at it's core, like Graveland or Nargaroth, The One takes black metal into the almost static realm, creating totally buzzing blurry drones, assembled from super distorted riffs and rumbling basslines smeared into endless washes of hypnotic sound. So totally mesmerising but completely insane and absurd at the same time. Highly recommended for fans of black metal weirdness/insanity a la Necrofrost, Abruptum, Vondur as well as the grim black metal blur of Nargaroth and Graveland.
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THE ONE I, MASTER (Total Holocaust) cd 8.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. **SALE **SALE* *SALE** It's been almost 5 years since we last heard from Greek duo THE ONE, who back then, were maybe not a duo, and who were most definitely in our pantheon of weirdo black metal, along with Necrofrost, Abruptum and Vondur, vying for the top spot with their heavily reverbed blackness and insane vocals. But here we are years later, and The One are not nearly as weird as they once were. Like Necrofrost, who have also resurfaced and whose new record is reviewed elsewhere on this list, it might not be that they are less weird, but that the weirdness is better integrated into their sound. Before, the music was a stumbling chaotic blur, everything tangled up with everything else, the mix super erratic, with various elements exploding out of the mix, the drumming wild and off kilter, lots of grunts and some of the growliest monster vocals ever, and we'd be lying if we didn't say we weren't initially disappointed that this record was so GOOD. And tight. And solid. Cuz it is. Good. Really good. Heavy and black, the guitars intense and thick and full, some awesome riffing, the drums hard hitting and audible in the mix, the mix itself lush and LOUD, plenty of groove and hooks hidden here and there, but not damaged or demented or fucked up. At least at first. No one can make music that weird and then suddenly ditch all the various elements that made that music so strange. So here, on I, Master, the weird shit is subtle, and generally tucked away amidst thrashing blasting blackness and chugging riffage, whether it's an impossibly long and harsh hissy howl, or some weird dubbed out cymbal shimmer, or even a creepy circusy interlude with a looped music box groove and whispered vocals, the weird stuff is definitely there, but that's no longer why we're here, this is some heavy Ravenstormy Blizzard Beastly blown out buzz drenched heaviness, with just the right amount of crooning chanted vocals and midtempo doominess to keep it interesting, but they have definitely ditched their fucked up fractured past in favor of something ultimately way more pleasing, a super epic, ultra heavy, dense and destructive, blasting and buzzing black metal, and so far today, we've listened to the whole record all the way through THREE times, and the night is still young...
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THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN Pressure & Time (Southern Lord) 7" 4.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. First chance for us to check out this band of Belgian brutes and we're pretty impressed. Huge slabs of slowly shifting downtuned slow motion riffing, massive and pummelling, a perfect fit on Southern Lord. But it's the vocals that really make Thee Plague stand out. A bellowing, growling caterwaul not all that dissimilar to the mighty Killdozer. In fact, a thumbnail review could simply read: SUNNO))) meets Killdozer. Good stuff. On yellow vinyl.
THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN Primula Pestis (I Hate Records) cd 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. A couple of years ago some of us here at Aquarius befriended a visiting Belgian guy, a big fellow with a waxed handlebar mustache named Steve. That is, the guy was named Steve, actually, not his mustache. But if his mustache had a name we wouldn't have been surprised -- it was quite a striking 'stache. ANYWAY, we knew that in addition to being a record collecting fiend, Steve was a musician and that he played in a band, but somehow we didn't discover until much later that his band was called Thee Plague Of Gentlemen (is that some sort of punning reference to the BBC comedy?) and they were proponents of something that we love so much: sheer HEAVINESS! We learned this when they did a now out-of-print 7" single for Southern Lord, that we decided sounded like an unholy union of SUNNO))) and Killdozer! While we haven't really kept in very close touch with our Belgian friend (if you're reading this, hi Steve, how've you been?!), we have definitely been on the look-out for more from his band. Well, here it is! A full-length cd of downtuned sludge and gargling vocal wail. Total doom. Something along the lines of Cathedral (circa Endtyme), Electric Wizard, Unholy Trance, Celtic Frost, and Winter. Slow and grinding and a little bit psychedelic, with occasional bursts of speedier brutality. Riff-heavy, feedbacking doom extremity that means business. This disc is enhanced with two Quicktime videos of the band performing live. That's the aforementioned Steve singing and playing guitar, the bald guy with more beard now than moustache. And he's wearing a Magma t-shirt!
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"The Ocean Has No Sides"
THEGALVINWILHELMMILLERQUARTET s/t (Impatience Or Indifference) cd 5.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. **SALE **SALE* *SALE** Found two (2) of these hidden in a box in the back of the store, haven't listed 'em since 2003, great album, grab one if you can, first come first served, sale price... AQ pal Drucifer (and the guy who runs Dielectric Records, who released those amazing 12" a while back: Sote, Karen Stackpole, etc...) had been threatening to play this record for us for a while, and he's got pretty darn good taste so we were looking forward to finally checking it out. We always just sort of assumed from the title and from talking to Drucifer that it was going to be some sort of jazz, but boy were we surprised when we threw this on. The quartet in question is actually a trio, and while the music these three play does have certain qualities one might find in jazz, this is GRINDMETAL through and through. Five tracks of furious, chaotic, brutal and pummeling hyper complex metallic grind a la Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destoyer, Discordance Axis and the like. But unlike most grinders, TGWMQ stretch their songs way out (none of the songs is shorter than 3 minutes, most significantly more), allowing them to explore and develop and stretch out a bit. The final track is nine minutes long ferchrissakes, with lots of splattery free noise, rumbling ambient passages, found sounds and ethereal female vocals, almost-groovy riff rock parts, and buzzing droning weirdness. But don't be frightened off by all that, 'cause the core of this record is dense and grinding, ultra complicated, dizzyingly agile, and crushingly savage heaviness. So good. All you folks who freak out over Agoraphobic Nosebleed and their similarly sonic minded ilk definitely need this!
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"Great Faith, Great Doubt, Great Effort"
THEOLOGIAN Finding Comfort In Overwhelming Negativity (Handmade Birds) cd 12.98
Latest from black ambient soundscaper Theologian, aka Leech, he previously of long running power electronics / synthdrone outfit Navicon Torture Technologies, and like the recently reviewed (and awesomely titled) The Further I Get From Your Star, The Less Light I Feel On My Face, this new one Finding Comfort In Overwhelming Negativity is another collection of abject industrial blackness, of heaving, shadowy blackness, of harrowing cinematic ambience, four sprawling tracks that ooze and creep, blurring rumbling drones into stuttering mechanical rhythms, buried voices and smeared chordal swells, the opening track here, the most overtly rhythmic thing we've heard on a Theologian record, a hypnotic rhythmic loop, creaking and scraping, metallic and mesmerizing, churns away, while all around it, shades of black slither and shimmer, wreathed in streaks of black FX and shards of glitch and gristle and thrum. The rest of the record ditched the rhythms, and returns to a more rumbling droned out black ambience, shimmery and atmospheric for the bulk of one track, corrosive and caustic for much of the other, the second sounding near metallic, roiling slo-mo riffage, draped over disembodied vocals and a swirling morass of mysterious sounds. The crunch and buzz, gradually smooth out and becomes a mesmerizing sprawl of staticky pulsations, and while rhythmless technically, are pretty tranced out and rhythmic. The final track might be the noisiest of the bunch, a post industrial sprawl of chaotic noise, overlapping rhythms, streaks of keening high end, lots of hiss and hum, everything brittle and upper register, sounds almost like some strange field recording of a post apocalyptic wasteland, all rusted out robotics and grinding machinery, like some of the moments earlier, weirdly rhythmic, gristly and staticky, but also noisy, washed out and sort of of bleached out, as if at some point the sound was full and rich and simply decayed into the wasted skeletal sprawl that unwinds gradually, and ends the record with a slowly fading sky full of static and hiss... Gorgeously packaged in an oversized book-style digipak.
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"Finding Comfort In Overwhelming Negativity"
THEOLOGIAN The Further I Get From Your Star, The Less Light I Feel On My Face (Crucial Blast) cd 13.98
We had never actually heard much from NYC power electronics / black ambient / dark industrial / synthdrone outfit Navicon Torture Technologies, but we were definitely intrigued by this latest installment of blackened sound from NTT mainman Leech, under the name Theologian. Even before hearing it. It's on Crucial Blast, and if anyone knows their way around grim, bleak, black heaviness, it's CB. Then there's the gorgeous oversized cover, a long haired figure holding her head, underneath a strange sigil and surrounded by a decahedron and a field of pure black, and then the record title, The Further I Get From Your Star, The Less Light I Feel On My Face, and the accompanying song titles: "In Times Of Need, We All Go Against Our Natures", "The Fragility Of The Male Ego", "Bearing Bitter Fruit", and the packaging folding out to reveal more mysterious shapes and strange shadowy nudes, a pretty compelling chunk of art, even before we get to the sounds within. And if anything, the sounds inside more than live up to that promise, the opening track "Zero" begins the proceedings, and we expectantly wait for some serious harsh noise, or some grim black ambience, and while there is a little of both, it's molded into something much more, well, lovely for lack of a better word, 5 minutes of crumbling black beauty, gorgeous plaintive melodies buried in a thick morass of buzz and blur and swirling hiss and whir, like a way more ominous and blackened Philip Jeck or Tim Hecker, gorgeous, and gorgeously harrowing. "In Times Of Need, We All Go Against Our Natures" is 24 minutes long, the majority of which is spent drifting through some nightmarish landscape of hushed minimal rumbles and post industrial grit, again, far more 'pretty' than we might have expected, a smoldering chunk of subterranean blackness, a roiling murky surface than offers brief glimpses of melodies and voices below, unsettling but gloriously grim, and in case we find the proceedings too soothing, the last few minutes find those sounds expanding and exploding into thick crumbling swells of blown out synths and fractured black electronics, underpinning some seriously anguished super distorted vokills. The record continues in a similar fashion, creating blackened shades of beauty out of elements harsh and hateful, abject and bleak, the sound almost shoegazey at times, hints of Nadja for sure abound, but a Nadja stripped to its essence, the tracks creep, and crawl, and drift, thrumming and pulsing softly, wreathed in sheets of grit and grime, but always glowing from within, the melodies like buried black secrets. Occasionally, like on "The Fragility Of The Male Ego", the sound becomes super blown out and corrosive, an ultradistorted blacknoise, that for all it's corrosive clamor, remains somehow, if not lovely, at least haunting and mysterious, while other tracks, like "It's All Gone", take unlikely elements, and again, weave them into something strangely beautiful, but still undeniably pitch black. Dark and mysterious and troublingly lovely, some seriously intense power electronics flecked black ambience, most definitely recommended for fans of Lustmord, MZ412, Nordvargr, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Wicked King Wicker, Locrian, Wraiths, Wolf Eyes, etc... Incredible packaging, 6 panel dvd sized digipak, black and spare on the outside, full color on the inside.
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"The Further I Get From Your Star, The Less Light I Feel On My Face"
THEORY IN PRACTICE Colonizing The Sun (Listenable ) cd 14.98
Are you ready for a cd with more twists and turns and brutality than a Guy Ritchie movie? Then check out this, the third album by Swedish progressive death metal band Theory In Practice. Super tight, super technical, this is in math-rock for metalheads in the vein of the late Chuck Schuldiner's Death, Atheist, or fellow Swedes Meshuggah (but TIP are less chaotic than Meshuggah, more melodically-minded). Especially on this new album, which is more song-oriented and *slightly* less technical-for-technicality's-sake than their previous efforts. But you can still expect furious drumming, raw vocals, relentless riffing, and the occasional "what the fuck" acoustic breakdown -- it's complex, mindboggling stuff indeed, and suitably science-fictional in lyrics and imagery. And it ends with a death metallized cover of "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" by '70s prog band Spark just to show how truly prog they are!
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"This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us"
THEORY IN PRACTICE The Armageddon Theories (Listenable) cd 16.98
Super technical death metal. For fans of Meshuggah and late Death. No jazz fusionisms, tho, just mindboggling speed and changes and general all-around instrumental rippin'. Very very good.
THERGOTHON Fhtagn-nagh Yog-Sothoth (Eibon) cd 11.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Prior to the classic "Stream From The Heavens" disc on Avantgarde, this Finnish band of early '90s doom metal pioneers (along with Australian contemporaries Disembowlment, establishing the sound later taken up by bands like Skepticism, Ras Algethi, and Shape of Despair) released the appropriately Lovecraftian titled "Fhtagn-nagh Yog-Sothoth" demo tape, circa '91. Now it's available on cd, in a nice cardboard mini-lp style package. These are different songs from what's on the (also recently-reissued) "Stream" album. Moody doom / doomy mood music, slow, heavy, full of cosmic angst and horrific beauty.
THERGOTHON Stream From The Heavens (Avantgarde Music) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Lost dooooom metal classic, circa '92, finally reissued. Finland's Thergothon play super slow, morose, keyboard-abetted doom metal that must have been a big influence on fellow countrymen Skepticism. With cosmic, H.P. Lovecraft-inspired lyrics. Darkly beautiful melancholy. For fans of Skepticism, Ras Algethi, Disembowlment, Esoteric.
THERGOTHON Stream From The Heavens (Painiac Records) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Here's one for true doom cultists: a gatefold LP reissue of this dooooom metal classic from 1992, for the first time on vinyl as part of Painiac Records' "Suicidal Doom Series". Finland's Thergothon play super slow, morose, keyboard-abetted doom metal that must have been a big influence on fellow countrymen Skepticism. With cosmic, H.P. Lovecraft-inspired lyrics. Darkly beautiful melancholia. For fans of Skepticism, Ras Algethi, Disembowlment, Esoteric. The band says on this record's sleeve: "The stars are right again...Thergothon originally planned the album to be released on vinyl, the order of the songs and other details were designed to serve the idea of the whole split in two opposite, facing inward spirals." This is slow music but you'll have to act fast if you want one: this is limited to 500 and we only got four copies!