Here's what's dominating the Crucial Blast office soundsystem today....
LAY, JOSH / CROWN OF BONE
This Is A Tourniquet Of The Light, The Black Obituary CDR (Obfuscated Records) 9.00
This Is A Tourniquet... showcases two of Crucial Blast's favorite current artists from the "black noise" realm, who demonstrate how useless that term tends to be when trying to describe the breadth of aural horror on this disc. Both artists go in very different directions with their sound, but both end up in the same sulfurous pit.
Josh Lay's low-fidelity blackpsych nightmare "A Shroud Of Ice & Bird Feathers" begins with nocturnal forest chatter and the steady whine of some sort of engine, then slowly spirals out into deep midnight weirdness as strange vocal sounds and circular drones start to stack up, the distant chitter of crickets and other woodland life begins to sing in earnest, and something monstrous struggles to gain control over an increasingly disobedient oscillator tone. For more than twenty minutes, Lay drags you through this hallucinogenic soundscape, his gnarled witch-grunts leading the way through tangles of lysergic computer slime, creepy music box melodies, lengthy pulsating drones, and fetid pools of filthy black ambiance. Most of it sounds like an extremely disturbed/drug-addled soundtrack, like this weird cross between an old power electronics tape and an experimental score for an early 70s French horror film. I had to play this one twice before I even got to the Crown Of Bone side of the disc.
When you do get to the Crown Of Bone track (the twenty five minute pain-saga "Tormented In A Gouge Of Razors"), the haunted, black forest ambiance of Josh Lay's music is swallowed up by a horrific wall of noise that only grows more savage and destructive the further in you get. The sound is recognizable if you've been listening to Demonologists, as Crown of Bone is the new band from former Demonologist Dustin R. At first it takes the shape of a roiling wall of distortion, a rushing avalanche roar of harsh noise, but then all of a sudden the bestial, death metal style vocals come raging out of the skuzz, and it suddenly kicks into a monstrous assault of extreme distorted HNW with those fearsome vocals plunging and diving through the roaring noise. Brutal blackened noise that works hard to try to achieve the sound of Hell itself. The piece isn't pure roar, though. It occasionally fades into calmer stretches of rumbling ambiance and factory noise, bursts of percussive chaos thundering over sheets of metallic thrum, strange wailing noises in the distance, but these always lead back to the the black blasting distortion, a maelstrom of bone-crushing formless distortion that sucks everything into it's gaping maw.
It's a small-run CDR released in a pressing of a mere one hundred copies, but it's pro-manufactured and looks top notch. A real brain-mangler of a black noise album...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Crucial Blast is proud to present Heresies, our newest compilation of sound taken from a wide selection of our current and upcoming titles for 2012. This digital compilation features twenty-three tracks, many of which have not yet been released, from an array of artists that range from cult legends to newly formed purveyors of sonic extremism.
The music that's collected here presents a fairly comprehensive cross-section of the sort of music that we specialize in here at Crucial Blast, from the sounds of terrifying blackened industrial, withered cemetary folk, crude black metal, horror electronics, and apocalyptic doom-laden dub mutations, to jet-black ambience, majestic power electronics, putrid goresludge, corrosive black noise, vile death industrial, bizarre necro-electro experiments, avant-garde deathdoom, and twisted basement black psychedelia.
Across these twenty-three tracks, you will find the likes of Gnaw Their Tongues, Wold, Sutcliffe Jugend, Funerary Call, Luasa Raelon, Theologian, Ehnahre, Korperschwache, T.O.M.B., Iron Forest, Husere Grav, Reclusa, Time Moth Eye (mem. of Stone Breath), Fecalove, Lucifers Foreskin, Mors Sonat (members of Gnaw Their Tongues and Nekrasov), Glass Coffin, Crown Of Bone (ex-Demonologists), Yami Kurae, Project:Void, Pusdrainer, Rotorvator, and Actuary. More than two hours of aural horror, crepuscular beauty, and bone-rattling heaviness, carefully selected for your pleasure.
The Heresies compilation is available as a free download at http://crucialblast.bandcamp.com/album/heresies-2012
Posted by Crucial Blast at 11:35 PM
Monday, March 5, 2012
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The next new shirt design that we will be offering from Crucial Blast will be an exclusive new shirt that features the visage of my current favorite architect of HNW, France's Vomir. The Renonce disc that we just issued through our Crucial Blaze line is just the latest in an ongoing campaign of aural devastation that Vomir has been immersed in for the past couple of years, and in my opinion, his work continues to rank as some of the finest (and purist) harsh noise out there right now. Personally, I've been obsessed with Vomir's output going back to the Proanomie disc that came out on At War With False Noise a few years ago, and have been trying my best to collect everything that he's released (much to the befuddlement of those associates of mine that don't "get" HNW). I never stood a chance at picking up any of the rare shirt designs that have been released for Vomir in the past, however, so we made the move to work on a brand new piece with Vomir to make available through Crucial Blast; the result is the Renonce shirt, featuring a front and back print in dark grey ink on a black Gildan 100% shirt, the front featuring an image of Vomir himself, bagged and isolated, with the "Renonce" text across it, and the back has the text "Vomir - HNW" printed along the top shoulder position of the shirt. The shirts are being professionally screenprinted, and the design is going to be limited to 70 of these shirts and that's it, in sizes small through XXL. We'll have this in stock soon here at C-Blast and will post the ordering information for anyone interested in this design as soon as we have them in hand.
Posted by Crucial Blast at 7:31 PM
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So as of today, you can head over to the Decibel Magazine site, where that fine rag is hosting a streaming version of the entire Ehnahre album "Taming The Cannibals", which is coming out this week from Crucial Blast (hitting stores on November 9th). You can here this total mindfuck of an album in full by clicking your way to:
Posted by Crucial Blast at 9:40 PM