Friday, September 15, 2017

ADAM BIEL/CORY STRAND "SHADOW REWORKS" C43 (AOW 513)

Very pleased to offer up this new split between myself and my friend and fellow Minneapolis droner Adam Biel.  As we've talked back and forth while working on Adam's last release for AOW, we discovered a deeply shared affinity for both Twin Peaks and David Lynch's sound design work; we decided to pursue our mutual interests on a split themed around the new season of Twin Peaks and the Chromatics' performance of "Shadow" from the debut episode.
For this release both Adam and I took apart the song in our own manner and reconstructed it into two massive pieces of Lynchian and Badalamentian dronescapes.  Adam's piece uses tape manipulation to build up a somewhat terrifying hellscape of deep-ocean and oppressive Lynch drone; my piece uses echoes, reverbs, delays, and my own guitar work to craft a slightly more melodic and stagnant drone.  I feel that we truly succeeded in our goal to do justice to Lynch's oppressive soundscapes.  Not to be missed for fans of the show!  Watch for more collaborative Lynch-themed work from me and Adam in the future!
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-reworks

Released in a limited edition of 24 hand-numbered copies, with two different covers.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

EUGENE CRITCHLEY/COSMIC SILENCE "SPLIT" C60 (AOW 484)

Truly massive and depressive split of drone noise wall beween Eugene Critchley and Cosmic Silence, a project of Casper Van Der Deen (Uitgeschakeld).  Each project turns in one crushing thirty minute drone wall, seeking to shine a light on the anxiety and despair of being.  No hope, just tedium.
Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "SKETCHES OF LLEWYN DAVIS-EXPANDED REISSUE" C60 (Self-released)

Very limited reissue of my long sold-out 8-track release "Sketches Of Llewyn Davis."  This reissue was due to be released through a different label but for reasons beyond the label's control it is no longer scheduled, so i was given permission to do a small run myself.
This version of the release features an all new layout and an additional 30 minutes of material.
The reissue can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://lsdinducednightmaresrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sketches-of-llewyn-davis

Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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N0123NOISE/URBAN DECAY "SPLIT" C40 (AOW 520)

Very pleased and honored to be releasing this new split between my friends N0123NOISE and Urban Decay (Mitchell Rotunno of The Ebony Tower and (A)sex).  Each project turns in a bleak and haunting slab of choking ambience and drone; N0123NOISE's piece is one of the finest and most moving drone works from Zachary that i've heard, full of ghostly melodies and a deep sense of dissatisfaction and yearning.  Urban Decay's piece continues the project's distant, lost in the ether style of wallcraft, beautifully dusted over with gloom and ominous mystery.  This is an absolutely beautiful release-don;t miss this one!
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://n0123noise.bandcamp.com/album/n0123noise-urban-decay-split

Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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N0123NOISE/...weeping "SPLIT" C40 (AOW 521)

Devastating and gloomily depressive new wall split between AOW friend and artist N0123NOISE and Josh McCue's (of M15H4P) HNW project ...weeping, a paean to life's miseries and endless self-doubt.  Screaming, eviscerating, and caustically violent material from both projects here; truly crushing and heavy as fuck.   ...weeping is one of my favorite new wall projects; watch for more from him on AOW in the future!
The split can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://n0123noise.bandcamp.com/album/n0123noise-weeping-split

Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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M15H4P "THIS SUCKS" C50 (AOW 510)

Insane and hyper-aggressive cut-up harsh noise and depressive power electronics from this newer project.  M15H4P's "This Sucks" has already seen a CD release through Big Pharma and a very limited and long gone 8-track release through H8 Track Stereo; AOW is handling the cassette version.  There is so much violence, aggression, and depression going here that it's hard to make sense of.  One of the more blistering and viscerally and obviously intense AOW releases in awhile.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://bigpharmarecords.bandcamp.com/album/this-sucks-xd

Glorious and very colorful artwork adorn the cassette.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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USHINAWARETA TAMASHI "UTSUKUSHI FUKEI" 4CDR (AOW 503)

Third of three physical releases from France's Ushinawareta Tamashi, a relatively young HNW project that deeply impressed me with its huge, meditative, bass-heavy drone noise walls.  Very much in the vein of Naughty and Eugene Critchley, UT has a defined aesthetic and a colossal sound.
"Utsukushi Fukei" features four massive walls, giant slabs of meditative gorgeousness and drift that will absolutely pull you under.  This album is a masterwork by a very exciting new voice in the HNW world.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://ushinawaretatamashi.bandcamp.com/album/utsukushi-fukei

Packaged in an oversized quadruple disc jewel case and released in a limited edition of 10 unnumbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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USHINAWARETA TAMASHI "TSUKI TO KUROI SORA" 2CDR (AOW 505)

Second of three physical releases from France's Ushinawareta Tamashi, a relatively young HNW project that deeply impressed me with its huge, meditative, bass-heavy drone noise walls.  Very much in the vein of Naughty and Eugene Critchley, UT has a defined aesthetic and a colossal sound.
"Tsuki To Kuroi Sora" is comprised of six shorter wall pieces, each with its own depth and sonority.  A bit more violent, a bit less restful, but still heavy and meditative.  Brilliant stuff here.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://ushinawaretatamashi.bandcamp.com/album/tsuki-to-kuroi-sora

Packaged in an oversized double jewel case and released in a limited edition of 10 unnumbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $31 rest of world.

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USHINAWARETA TAMASHI "DENSETSU NO SAKANA" 2CDR (AOW 504)

First of three physical releases from France's Ushinawareta Tamashi, a relatively young HNW project that deeply impressed me with its huge, meditative, bass-heavy drone noise walls.  Very much in the vein of Naughty and Eugene Critchley, UT has a defined aesthetic and a colossal sound.  "Densetsu No Sakana" is a large scale wall split into 2 movements.  Truly gargantuan.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://ushinawaretatamashi.bandcamp.com/track/densetsu-no-sakana

Packaged in an oversized double jewel case and released in a limited edition of 10 unnumbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $31 rest of world.

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EUGENE CRITCHLEY/HARSH NOISE MOVEMENT "SPLIT" C60 (AOW 518)

Cassette version of the split between Eugene Critchley and Harsh Noise Movement, recently released on CD through HNM records.  Each project contributes one twenty five piece: a deep and necro drone noise wall of philosophical obliqueness from EC, and a crunchy overdriven mass of dense wallcraft from HNM.  Emptiness and violence.
The split can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://harshnoisemovement.bandcamp.com/album/split-29

Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "SLAUGHTERHOUSE: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 512)

Sprawling, drifting, glacial drone rework of my favorite album from Ty Segall.  Rawness transposed into tar and oppressive bloat, sludge rendered down into an echoed mass of oceanic despair.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/slaughterhouse-a-reinterpretation

Packaged in an oversized quadruple disc jewel case, with a small informative insert.  Released in a limited edition of 4 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.


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CORY STRAND "HIT TO DEATH IN THE FUTURE HEAD: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 501)

A massive drone rework of my very favorite Flaming Lips album.  This, to me, is the Lips at their most raw and unadorned, bringing the rock in a very Sonic Youth manner, with songs brimming over with confusion and melancholy.  I've tried to bring out those emotions in my drone reworks.
The album can be streamed in full here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/hit-to-death-a-reinterpretation

Packaged in an oversized quadruple disc jewel case and released in a limited edition of 4 unnumbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

ZYXOMN 13CDr BOX SET (AOW 508)

Incredible compilation collecting a number of oppressive drone recordings from the mighty Zyxomn, a project of J. Gardner of Phantom Cadaver.  Just as in his approach to HNW, Gardner's work as Zyxomn is meticulous and thoughtful, showcasing his usual mastery over electronic textures and sounds.  The 13 discs here are simply some of the finest electronic drone i've heard in a long, long while; the atmospheres are almost inconceivably thick and suffused with dread, the haunted remnants of so many dead factories and crumbling electrical towers.  A distinct Lynchian aura hangs over the recordings collected here, a trip through severely dark spaces where sounds usher themselves in and fill all the surrounding spaces with their very physical presence.  Total industrial waste and collapse, with a few of the pieces venturing into ANW style territories as the drones choke the life out of their environments.  Astonishing material.
A goodly amount of Zyxomn's work can be streamed here:

https://trangsao.bandcamp.com/

The release is packaged as thirteen separate albums, each housed in a thick fold over cardstock cover, each of which is then housed in a plastic bag.  The discs themselves are all individually sleeved as well.  The entire set is housed in a wooden box with a paste-on cover.  The set also includes a small title card detailing each set's individual number.
Please note that this item is made to order; please allow a little extra time for delivery upon ordering.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $65 ppd. in the United States, $81 rest of world.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

WATER BEAR "CRYPTOBIOSES" 5CDR (AOW 476)

Incredible collaborative HNW project between Clive Henry and James Shearman, the product of their studies together in HNW construction.  Those two names are really all you should need to know; this is definitely one of the finest wall releases of the year, and I could not be more happy to be releasing it through AOW.  Five discs of thoughtful, masterful, deeply textured and rigorously structured HNW, with all the subtle tonal shifts one could ask more.  Utterly crushing and transfixing; pure audio hypnogogia painted in shades of brutality.  Get this now.
Packaged as five individual oversized fold-over covers, with each disc having a unique art piece created by James Shearman.  Each disc is sleeved, and the entire set is housed in a plastic bag.  Released in a limited edition of fifteen unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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RIEN "REDUCTION" 4CDR (AOW 506)

Massive new album from Rien, documenting a process of HNW deconstruction and limitation.  The four discs here are thick, blurry, deeply textured and glitched out walls that bring to mind the work of Shurayuki-hime.  As one disc bleeds into the next, the pieces become more and more minimalized, until only fragments remain.  Bass heavy and distraught wallcraft.
Packaged in an oversized jewel case with an informative insert.  Released in a limited edition of ten hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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EUGENE CRITCHLEY "WITHOUT MEANING OR PURPOSE" 2CDR (SELF-RELEASED)

Self-released physical version of the newest Eugene Critchley full length, recently released through Earthwalker Recordings.  Massive and bleak necro drone walls.  EC is moving toward a much more lofi and decrepit sound here.
Packaged as a fold-over cover, with the two CDs individually sleeved and the entire set housed in a plastic bag.  Released in an undisclosed limitation.  $12 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.
The entire album can be streamed/downloaded (for free!) here:

https://earthwalkerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/without-meaning-or-purpose

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CORY STRAND "TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE SATELLITE HEART: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 502)

One of two ambient reconstructions of favorite Flaming Lips albums; this one was Gina's request.  Very bleak, greyed out, and anxious frigid ambient pieces born from the original album.  Super stagnant and troubling material; no respite here, just nervousness and trembling.
Packaged in an oversized jewel case, with a small informative insert.  Released in a limited edition of four unnumbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.
The record can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/transmissions-from-the-satellite-heart-a-reinterpretation

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CORY STRAND "FORTY-NINE MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE" 4CDR (AOW 507)

My long-form ambient rework of Paul Westerberg's symphonic pop deconstruction, "49:00."  A gorgeous, syrupy, beautiful stretch of four pieces that accentuate the yearning and ache in Paul's compositions.  One of my lovelier recordings, for sure.
Packaged in an oversized jewel case and released in a limited edition of four unnumbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.
The record can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/forty-nine-minutes-of-your-life

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Monday, August 14, 2017

CORY STRAND "SOMEWHERE THE FEELING STAYS" 4CDR (AOW 515)

Another drone album based off of NY live performances.  All of the pieces on this recording were constructed from bits of Neil and Crazy Horse performing "Like A Hurricane" from 1976-2013.  Beautiful, unsettling, anxious drones.  The first three discs are my drone compositions; the set includes a very special bonus 4th disc.
Packaged in an oversized jewel case and released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/somewhere-the-feeling-stays

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

CORY STRAND "AN OCEAN FULL OF TREES" 4CDR (AOW 516)

More NY reworks, this time using the album "Time Fades Away" as source.  These are seriously deep, empty void drones.  Haunting stuff.
Packaged in an oversized jewel case and released in a limited edition of 4 unnumbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/an-ocean-full-of-trees

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CORY STRAND "AND NOW SO MUCH IS GONE" 3CDR (AOW 514)

Massive new solo drone album.  The six pieces on this record were made from bits and pieces of various Neil Young live performances from 1974 - 1997.  The results are hugely oppressive and ultimately melancholic drones, epic and glacial.
Packaged in an oversized triple CD jewel case.  Released in a limited edition of 5 unnumbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $31 rest of world.
The record can be streamed in full here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/and-now-so-much-is-gone

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

BIG HOLE/EUGENE CRITCHLEY "SPLIT (REISSUE)" 2CDr (AOW 509)

Extremely limited double CD reissue of the double cassette set I released a few months back.  That set disappeared almost immediately, so Christopher and I decided to make a very short run of the split on double CD for those that may have missed the cassette release.  This double CD version has an entirely new layout.  Packaged in an oversized double CD jewel case, with two inserts.  Released in a limited edition of six hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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BIG HOLE/WE ALSO LET BLOOD "SPLIT" C90 (AOW 482)

Truly depressive and emotionally abject split of devastating HNW from Big Hole and We Also Let Blood.  Both projects turn in some seriously brutal HNW pieces built from sorrow, loneliness, anxiety, and despair.  Absolutely heartcrushing shit, not for the faint.  Pure emotional destruction by two masters of the form.
Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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ADAM BIEL "DECLINE" C40 (AOW 481)

Very pleased to release a second recording from Minneapolis droner Adam Biel.  This new cassette stands in stark contrast to Adam's double CD that i just released awhile back; whereas the double CD was severely dark and ominous drone, this new cassette presents two oppressive and distant-sounding slabs of harrowing ANW crafted as a means to exorcise their creator's anxieties and depressions.  This is some seriously heavy stuff, perfectly bleak and hollowed out ANW.  Adam and i have some collaborative projects in the works, so keep an eye out for those as well.
Indigo blue cassettes, with a smattering of random copies on translucent blue cassettes.  released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.
The cassette can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://adambiel.bandcamp.com/album/decline

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N0123NOISE/SHADOWPIERCER "YUME NIKKI" C40 (AOW 483)

Crushing HNW split release from these two AOW faves in honor of the game "Yume Nikki."  Each project turns in some truly massive, gnawing HNW that will easily satisfy fans of either project.  An incredible split that I knew I had to release on AOW the moment I heard it.
Indigo blue cassettes, with a smattering of random copies on translucent blue cassettes.  Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.
The cassette can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://n0123noise.bandcamp.com/album/--2

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CORY STRAND "COME AND DIE" C60 (AOW 511)

Second release in my ongoing series of Hole reworks.  This cassette uses "Live Through This" as source, and the resulting two tracks are gargantuan slabs of droning, crushing, distant, sludged-out DNW.  This album sounds like Sunn 0)) on quaaludes.  Just fucking massive.  Crudely printed art paying homage to the Riot Grrrl movement from the Pacific Northwest.
Released in a limited edition of six unnumbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.
The cassette can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/come-and-die

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CORY STRAND "THE POETRY OF CELTIC TEDIUM" C52 (AOW 490)

Lofi drone and murky ANW crafted from decrepit sources.  Another homage, of sorts, to the LLN.  Crudely printed covers, gold cassettes.
Released in a limited edition of six unnumbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.
The cassette can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://corystrand.bandcamp.com/album/the-poetry-of-celtic-tedium

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

CORY STRAND "DEAD RINGERS: COMPLETE" 6CDR SET (AOW 498/499)

Drone ambient and HNW/DNW/ANW reworks of Howard Shore's haunting score to David Cronenberg's masterful film Dead Ringers.  I'd been wanting to do this rework for quite awhile but it took some time to track down the OST, until Shore embarked on his epic reissue series.  The drone ambient rework is a 4CD set; the HNW/DNW/ANW rework is a double CD.
Packaged as a twin set (fittingly), with each rework being packaged in oversized jewel cases, featuring complementary artwork.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $30 ppd. in the United States, $46 rest of world.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

CORY STRAND "MELVINS REWORKS 2017" 36CDR + 2 BONUS CDR's BOX SET EDITION

Ridiculous box set edition of my most recent Melvins reworks.  This set features each of the eight releases (Houdini, Your Choice Live Series, Hostile Ambient Takeover, The End, Prick, Stag, Honky, Electroretard) plus TWO very special bonus CDR's, all housed in a box.  Also includes a small insert.  For the true CS fanatic.  I only made 2 copies of this set, one of which I kept for myself.  So there is only ONE copy available to the public.  $200 ppd. in the United States, $216 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Friday, June 30, 2017

CORY STRAND "SLEEPS WITH ANGELS: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 497)

Gorgeous, deeply melancholic and mysterious ambient rework of this mid-90's Neil Young and Crazy Horse record.  Generally regarded as Young's response to Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide, "Sleeps With Angels" is something of a mess of an album-rushed, sloppy, passionate, imperfect, heavy and brooding while also optimistic.
My rework of the record has astounded even me with its beauty.  This sounds like a massive collection of unused Angelo Badalamenti synthesizer pieces from David Lynch's "Twin Peaks."  I have no real idea how they ended up this way, as my methodology and approach in crafting the rework remains the same as its always been.  Simply beautiful, haunting, dirging ambient music.
Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "I GET WET: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 496)

In honor of getting to see Andrew W.K. live in a few months time, i've created this amssive, glacially empty rework of his over the top "debut" record, "I Get Wet."  I've obliterated all of the rock excess of the record and transformed it into ambient drone excess, lengthy oceanic pieces of stillness and anxious drift. 
Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

ADAM BIEL "WHEN ALL OF THIS FINALLY STOPS" 2CDR (AOW 486)

Very pleased to be doing the physical version of this deeply melancholic, glacially droning double album from fellow Minneapolis guitarist/sound artist Adam Biel.  I got turned on to Adam's work through the collaborative cassette he did for AOW with Family Planning; this particular album, released digitally through Black Dingo Records in early 2017, is simply gorgeous and heartbreaking.  Processed and manipulated guitars create deep, enveloping, sorrowful drones on par with such luminaries as Rafael Toral and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.  A truly lovely and magnificent album that I am very proud to be issuing through AOW.  This physical edition adds a bonus track not found on the original digital release.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://adambiel.bandcamp.com/album/when-all-of-this-finally-stops-2

Packaged in an oversized double CD case, with a gorgeous and bleak minimal layout, as well as an insert.  Released in a limited edition of 12 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $31 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "ELECTRORETARD: REVISITED" 4CDR (AOW 493)

A few years ago i did a harsh noise rework of this album for a private tape swap; this new version is a deep drone/ambient rework of each of the album's tracks.  Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case with an insert.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest or world.

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CORY STRAND "HONKY: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 494)

Minimal drone/ambient rework of this much-maligned Melvins "noise" album.  Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "STAG: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 495)

Expansive drone/ambient rework of this classic Melvins album.  packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "PRICK: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 491)

Crushing drone/ambient rework of this seminal Melvins "noise" album.  Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case, with an insert.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "THE END: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 492)

Brooding drone/ambient rework of this very difficult to find Melvins live album.  Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "HOSTILE AMBIENT TAKEOVER: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 488)

Deep and sonorous drone/ambient rework of this later period Melvins album.  Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case, with an insert.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "YOUR CHOICE LIVE SERIES: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 489)

Huge drone/ambient rework of this revered Melvins live album.  Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "HOUDINI: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDR (AOW 487)

Massive drone/ambient rework of the classic Melvins album.
Packaged in an oversized quadruple CD case.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $41 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "DEAD POETS SOCIETY: A REINTERPRETATION" 2CDR (AOW 480)

Official reissue of this unofficial drone release i made several years back, after hearing of Robin Williams' suicide.  This has since become one of my favorite records amongst fans of my work, and perhaps the recording most people have asked me to reissue.  So here it is.  The original release blurb, from August 2014:

"I heard of Robin Williams' suicide last night as I was working on another project.  The impact was immediate and I felt a true sadness at the loss of such an original and iconoclastic performer.  As my way of remembering him, I've produced this double album-a rework of the OST to my favorite Robin Williams film (and one of my favorite films overall), Peter Weir's masterful elegy to self-actualization, "Dead Poets Society."  The power of its message, and the enormous presence of Williams as John Keating, simply does not diminish.  I loved this film as a teenager and I still love it as an adult.  It makes me cry every time i watch it, and I am not embarassed to say so.
The music here is fittingly lovely and elegiac.  The final piece on the album is an original 24 minute synthesizer improvisation that I will offer as my tribute to Robin; it is one of the loveliest things I have created and I hope it's worthy.  This is not an official release-rather, it is something made from a place of response and feeling."

This new reissue features a much improved layout.  Packaged in an oversized double CD case.  Released in a limited edition of 6 unnumbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $31 rest of world.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

GEISST "UNSTABLE SPIRITS" 3CDR (AOW 478)

Geisst is a mysterious and atmospheric new HNW project from Peter Keller, the talented sound artist behind the projects Condo Horro, Unser Verhangnis, the Dirac Sea, and others.  Geisst differs from those projects in that the sounds summoned are done so without manipulation or performance from the artist; these are the pure sounds of electricity and pedal chains unfettered, untouched.  As the liner notes to the release state, "Peter Keller is merely the medium."  This methodology has resulted in an incredibly powerful suite of tangled, forceful, and raging HNW compositions; when Peter first shared this project, I took a listen to the first piece, and 30 seconds in I knew I wanted to release it through AOW.  There is a beautiful minimalist and ghostly aesthetic at work here, a sound seance of sorts, conducted to collect transmissions from elsewhere.  Past the artist, past the technology.  Sound.
The first disc of the set can be streamed here:

https://geisst.bandcamp.com/releases

Packaged in an oversized old school triple CD jewel case with a small informative insert, with another gorgeous layout courtesy of Peter himself.  Along with the DeaD!!! release, this is a truly gorgeous AOW release; I could not be more proud to be issuing this recording.  Released in a limited edition of 12 hand-numbered copies.  $22 ppd. in the United States, $38 rest of world.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

DeaD!!! "THE GRAVEN REALM" 2CDR (AOW 475)

I am extremely honored to be releasing this new double disc collection of bleak HNW from England's DeaD!!!, the crushing and masterful project of James Patrick.  Those active in the scene will recognize James as the label head of the sorely missed Deathsex Electronics imprint, who released a wealth of amazing HNW and noise a few years back (my own Fantome De Sang album "L'Abime" was released through Deathsex Electronics, as part of the Baudelaire compilation.)  DeaD!!! is an astonishingly powerful HNW project; few are able to so accurately explore and depict the truly depressive mindset with as much honesty and existential horror.  The four lengthy pieces here are HNW par excellence: deep, tangled, and horribly dense, bleak as fuck and shot through with anxiety and sorrow.  Absolutely masterful wallmaking; totally essential.
Packaged in an oversized old-school double jewel case, with a beautifully minimal layout by me.  Contains a small informative insert.  This is a really beautiful set; i am struck by how lovely it came out.  Released in a limited edition of 12 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $31 rest of world.

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WE ALSO LET BLOOD "IN THIS PLACE, NOTHING PASSES" 3CDR (AOW 474)

Long in the works AOW debut for We Also Let Blood, an HNW project that has quietly amassed a very intense and enervating body of work.  This three disc collection is a reflection on certain spaces and their relationship to depression, and documents of process of transforming those spaces through thought.  The three discs here each showcase a powerful, starkly minimal HNW/ANW excursion: totally grey, totally empty, totally void.  Pure cold meditation music, a powerful trip through a torn and fragile psyche attempting to overcome.  These works are deeply engrossing; i have lost myself in them each time i've listened to this set.
Packaged as a three disc set, with each disc housed in its own oversized fold-over cover, each with their own unique, minimal black and white artwork.  Photography by the artist, layout by myself and Harrison Phillis.  The entire set is then housed in a clear plastic bag.
Released in a limited edition of 10 copies, unnumbered.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "IS THERE A LOVE THERE?" CDR (AOW 477)

Another new CD of frigid, dense, anxious and sad ambient drone.  Much of this release was recorded during the sessions for my upcoming double cassette release "Dreams Of Suicide" on Zero Sum Recordings; the work here can be seen as an extension of those compositions, a sort of companion piece of depression and unease.  Sometimes I want to feel hopeful, and think that there are good things out in the world; reality always intervenes and reminds me of how bad existence truly is.
Released in a limited edition of 10 copies, unnumbered.  Stark, minimalist packaging: black and white, regular clear jewel case.  60 minutes of despondency.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

CORY STRAND "REALLY I DON'T" CDR (AOW 473)

New ambient drone EP.  This recording began as an HNW piece, but i ran it through so much reverb and additional "murkifiers" that it no longer has an sense of harshness; it's a wall reduced to its most base elements.  Severely empty stuff.
Packaged in a regular jewel case and released in a limited edition of 6 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "INTO THE COLD" CDR (AOW 472)

New full length recording of bleak drone ambient.  "Into The Cold" is comprised of two larger pieces composed alongside the material i've been working on for Zero Sum Recordings.  It's dense, it's engulfing and oceanic; it's completely sad and forlorn.
Packaged in a regular jewel case and released in a limited edition of 6 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

CHIER "THE MADNESS IS THE METHOD" 5CDR BOX SET (AOW 469)

Very pleased to be releasing this massive box set of recordings from Chier, who has become one of my very favorite HNW artists currently in the scene.  This box set is inspired by, and a tribute to, the ethereal, eerie works of photographer Lauren Simonetti, who crafted truly unsettling work without the use of digital manipulations or retouchings (all of her effects were done in-camera.)  This method of working mirrors Chier's approach to HNW: no digital manipulations, no post-editing.  The artist behind Chier builds many of his own pedals and synths, giving the project's recordings a sound like no other.  For me, Chier's HNW is what HNW is supposed to sound like: it is dirty, lofi, sepulchral, distant, muffled, huge, majestic, and engulfing.  I am very honored to be releasing this work; it is simply an amazing set of varied and haunting HNW compositions.
Packaged as a 5-disc set, with each disc housed in an individual DVD case with its own unique artwork utilizing the photos of Simonetti.  The five discs are packaged in a cardboard box with a paste-on cover; each set includes a numbered insert.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $40 ppd. in the United States, $56 rest of world.

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NECROTIK FISSURE "SHIFTING INSIDE THE ANCIENT SURFACE" CDR (AOW 468)

A crushing onslaught of true, gargantuan HNW from Necrotik Fissure, the prolific project of Daniel Kozma, who runs the fine experimental label The Level Of Vulnerability.  "Shifting Inside The Ancient Surface" is a dense, fiercely crackling, hyper-aggressive 66 minute wall that will appease fans of extreme audio severity as well as those looking to dive deep into textures and tonalities.  As intoxicating through the headphones as it is leveling your speakers.
Packaged in a regular CD jewel case with extremely minimal artwork and insert.  Released in a limited edition of 12 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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