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.

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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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Saturday, April 8, 2017

CHLOE STEVENS "DEBUT" 3XC20 SET (AOW 456)

Chloe Stevens is a new collaborative project between myself and Scott Kindberg (She Walks Crooked.)  There's no greater idea at work here-we just wanted to make an awesome noise project in honor of one of our favorite people, Chloe Sevigny.  The pieces were created by Scott and myself through a process of continuous trading and layering; you'll hear echoes of our individual approaches, but overall it becomes difficult to tell exactly who did what (which to me is the symbol of a great collaboration.)  The sounds here are definitely HNW, but they're tweaked to a degree; there's a definite sadness and melancholy to these six pieces, as well as aggression.  But there is also an element of beauty and yearning at work, and a cold, distanced sort of disdain.  It's different than what you'd expect from either of us, I think, but it's HEAVY.
The presentation for this set is insane, and it took an enormous amount of planning, resources, and execution.  Layout and design was done by the misery chick.  Each cassette is packaged separately, with unique exterior and interior artwork utilizing some of our fave images of Chloe from her film and fashion work, and housed in individual slipcases.  The three cassettes are then bound with an OBI strip, and housed in a small canvas bag.  Each set comes with some additional inserts and a button.  This is one of the most ambitious AOW releases, and really one of the most beautiful.  I'm beyond proud of it, in terms of both aesthetic and sound.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $35 ppd. in the United States, $51 rest of world.
There will be no repress of this, so if you are interested, don't hesitate!

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BRIDE WORE BLACK + PHANTASM NOCTURNES "SHE WAS BEFORE THE GODS" SINGLE-SIDED C52 (AOW 467)

Awesome new collaborative cassette from Bride Wore Black and Phantasm Nocturnes, a super-intense series of three pieces that form a suite of sorts.  The sounds here range from creepy, empty and hollowed out-ambient to raging, venom-filled PE style explosions and all-out noise terror to eastern-sounding trickles of melodies and synth gurgles.  Layers upon layers of sounds here, a masterful display of orchestration and arrangement.  This stuff sounds ancient, dusty, and severely evil-or perhaps simply unbound by time or morality.  If you're familiar with either project's solo work, then you know that both artists are adept at creating suffocating, horror-infused atmosphere of ambience and noise.  Together, they've created a work of immense power, suffused with an aura of raw, sanity-destroying terror.  Fucking amazing work, highly recommended!
Released in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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BRUISING PATTERN "WHAT DOES MY HAPPINESS AMOUNT TO?" C40 (AOW 471)

Brand new full-length release from this young HNW project out of Austria.  Bruising Pattern trafficks in a dense, crushing, bleak and forlorn style of wallcraft; the two tracks on this cassette deal out a heavy dose of emotional pain and droning, embittered sonics.  Enervating and exhausting in the best possible way, with layers of sound attacking and retreating across each track's span.  Total desolation and despair.  There will be a split between Bruising Pattern and Eugene Critchley in the future.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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FALSE TEETH IN A SCREAMING SKULL "DREAMS, NOVEMBER 2016" C60 (AOW 466)

Debut release from this new project, a totally bizarre and somewhat disturbing foray into noise improvisation, dream imagery, stream of consciousness music, and source manipulations.  It's difficult to describe this cassette because it exists absolutely in its own world.  It's rooted in noise, and it is at times intensely cacophonous, but it is also eerily calm and borderline soothing.  Two massive tracks on each side, inspired by their creator's vivid dreams.  There's certainly a dead-of-night, Lovecraftian sort of psychedelic element at work here as well; at times I am reminded of some of the sounds issued from Matt Valentine's excellent Child Of Microtones imprint.  It'll take you so many listens to figure this one out, a Lynchian mystery void of light and cloaked in bizarre, inexplicable wonderment.
released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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HAYASHI YUME "THROUGH THE MEADOWS OF TIME" SINGLE-SIDED C19 (AOW 470)

After a number of incredibly lovely releases on the Avocado Tapes imprint, Hayashi Yume presents a different take on stasis and minimalism with the utterly gorgeous "Through The Meadows Of Time."  This cassette is a single 18 minute improvised synthesizer piece that takes inspiration from the great synth pioneers and from the beauty of life itself.  It's a transformative, uplifting auditory experience, and I am thrilled to be releasing it.  For fans of JD Emmanuel, Klaus Schulze, and the underground new age music scene from decades prior.  Breathtaking stuff; highly recommended by me!
Released in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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MELINOE "ROPE BURN STIGMATA" C90 (AOW 459)

A gorgeous, tense, and engulfing noise/ambient composition from Melinoe spread across two sides.  "Rope Burn Stigmata" is really a beautiful and transcendent piece of soundcraft, with competing layers of thick, rumbling static and distortion and shifting overtones of yearning string manipulations meeting to form a piece that is both hypnotic and deeply unsettling.  Ben describes this work as "orchestral noise wall," and that's an incredibly accurate description.  It reminds me very much of Eno's "Discreet Music" crossed with the harsher, more industrial moments of Maeror Tri.  It's really something special.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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SSIK C30 (AOW 458)

Hyper-aggressive, blistering hot cassette of nullifying power electronics from SSIK, in honor of the hottest band in the world, the mighty KISS.  Simply put, this shit RIPS.  All manner of buzzing electricity and sweaty, super-echoed blood-in-the-throat screams over thick gurgles of sludgy distortion crafted to resemble riffs haunts this cassette.  Imagine Masonna and Whitehouse forming a KISS covers project and you'll get an idea of what lies in store.  Total shred.
Released in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $24 rest of world.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

BIG HOLE/EUGENE CRITCHLEY "SPLIT" 2XC60 SET (AOW 437)

Very pleased to unleash this enervating, heart-crushing split into the world.  I've tried to be very careful in putting together splits for Eugene Critchley; I want to make sure I'm working with artists who understand where I'm coming from with the project, and can craft pieces that reflect the sorts of views EC is about.  This suffocating split with Big Hole represents, to me, a pretty perfect philosophical meeting between projects.  The two EC pieces on this set were conceived and recorded right after "Pessimism Totale," when I was in a severely distressing and unhappy place, unsure of everything in my future and pretty much hating myself every moment of every day.  These are two of the bleakest, most sorrowful, and most personal things I've ever committed to tape.  I sent these tracks to Christopher, who had been dealing with some similar feelings, and he crafted two Big Hole tracks that perfectly complement the EC tracks in terms of mood, atmosphere, and philosophy.  This is some of the best work I've heard from Big Hole, two truly despondent, damaging walls that draw you in and threaten to drown you under their miserable weight.  There is no relief or respite here: only total, all-consuming misery and hoplessness.
Packaged as a two-cassette set, with each cassette having unique, but complementary, artwork reflective of some of the ideas present in the work.  Released in a limited edition of 12 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "I GO THROUGH ALL THIS" C60 (AOW 465)

Bleak and harrowing new cassette of ambient and drone noise wall crafted from Bjork's seminal song "Hyperballad."  I've long wanted to do some work with some Bjork material, as it is so dense with sound and lovely; that density translates well to my treatments of the song.  There is nothing very "pretty" here; instead, the ambient piece is austere, frightening, and removed, while the drone wall reminds me very much of a muffled Sunn 0))) piece run through audio quaaludes.  Really deep stuff!  Really love the artwork on this cassette as well; minimal and monochromatic.
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "EVERYTHING YOU LOOK AT DIES" C102 (AOW 464)

First cassette in a new series I'm working on, utilizing the work of Courtney Love's Hole as inspiration and sound source.  This first album draws on the band's album of collected b-sides and alternate takes, "My Body, The Hand Grenade."    The work here is very much in the deep drone noise wall space that I've been working in for the last several months.  Two massive, unctuous, dense walls to drift off to.
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "NOTHING LEFT INSIDE" C90/"AN ANGEL'S LIFE, ON ANGEL WINGS" C90/"IT HURTS TO BE ALONE" C90 (AOW 461/462/463)


Three separate and monolithic albums of bleak and despairing drone noise wall, crafted from sounds sourced from Black Flag's "My War," "Slip It In," and "Loose Nut."  Black Flag existed in a space of constant misery, depression, anger, anxiety, and brutal, cruel self-examination, and these three albums have been immensely important to me for as long as I can remember.  The three cassettes:

"Nothing Left Inside": empty, barren drone walls.  Sounds sourced from "My War."

"An Angel's Life, On Angel Wings": thick, engulfing drones to contemplate the miseries of existence.  Sounds sourced from my fave Black Flag recording, "Slip It In."

"It Hurts To Be Alone": wretched and and distressed, anxious drones.  Sourced from the underappreciated "Loose Nut."

If you enjoy my work as Eugene Critchley, you'll no doubt dig these three recordings as well.  These three albums form a trilogy of sorts, but i'm making them available separately.  If you do buy all three, I will do my best to match the set (for as long as I am able.)
Each cassette is released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 each ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

GRVD "BURDEN" C102 (AOW 460)

Very pleased to offer up a new full-length release from Ann Arbor, Michigan's blackened noise/drone/ambient/power electronics project GRVD.  I use the word "epic" very frequently when I write about AOW releases and I'm going to use it again here, as it's really the only apt descriptor that conveys the ambition and scope of this album: "Burden" is nothing less a monumental journey through emotional destruction and psychic upheaval, trafficking in all manner of beautiful, crushing, monolithic, vitriolic, and hyper-vicious screams of audio.  Elements of far-away, dissonant black-metal and gauzy post-rock grandeur seep through the sonic excess, only to be flattened away by caustic tidal waves of scathing electronic torment.  This album feels massive in a way that few others do.  It is a statement and a culmination, and it will utterly drain you.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://grvd.bandcamp.com/album/burden

Released in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

CORY STRAND and SHADOWPIERCER "A DREAM OF DARK AND TERRIBLE THINGS" 2XC40 SET (AOW 433)

Long in the works split and collaboration between myself and Shadowpiercer, based on David Lynch's film Eraserhead.  Dakota and I are both Lynchophiles and have done lots of work based on Lynch's films; when we discussed doing some work together, Eraserhead was pretty much our first choice.   can safely say that this is one of the coolest projects i've been involved with, and I think the music on this set represents some of the best noise and drone/ambient work I've ever done.
The set is split into two parts: the first cassette, "The Dark," is a split cassette, with one track each from both myself and Shadowpiercer.  The second cassette, "The Terrible," presents two pieces Dakota and I created together in collaboration.  The collaborative tracks are so dense with sound that I can't even tell who did what anymore; Dakota and I traded tracks back and forth, adding parts and manipulating sounds until we both felt the tracks were exactly what they should be.
The collaborative aspect of this release extends to its artwork and design as well.  One cassette is designed by Dakota, the other by me.  We wanted the work to reflect our individual aesthetics, as well as showcase the similarities in our approaches.  The set is then wrapped in an OBI strip that utilizes the psychedelic pattern that links Eraserhead to the world of Twin Peaks.  It's a gorgeous set.
An enormous amount of time, work, and collaboration went into the realization of this set.  It really is one of the best AOW releases, and I am super proud of it.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  Deluxe presentation, with both cassettes having exterior and interior artwork.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $38 rest of world.

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DOSIS LETALIS "LESSONS IN RUTHLESSNESS" 2XC40 CASSETTE SET (AOW 437)

Long-awaited release of this crushing double cassette set from Dosis Letalis, the project's second AOW release based on Netflix's labyrinthine political thriller House Of Cards.  The four walls here are easily some of the heaviest work i've heard from Nemanja, reflecting the brutally dark and cutthroat atmosphere of its inspiration.  Fans of DL's politically-charged offerings will not be disappointed by this set, as the material here simply destroys.  Massive, brooding walls of thick unctuous distortion, brimming over with the project's now-trademark crackling tones.  Treble and bass united in unholy, destructive power, an elegy for a fictional representation of tyranny that seems more and more realistic with each passing day in the United States.  The layout is quite lovely, as well.
Packaged as a double cassette set, with each cassette having unique artwork.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $35 rest of world.

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MISERY RITUAL/N0123NOISE "WE WERE ALL BORN TO BE UNLOVED" C30 (AOW 457)

Ultra-heavy, severely bleak split release between Misery Ritual and N0123NOISE, with each project going down their own rabbit holes of depression and embittered, crippling introspection.  Misery Ritual's piece is a morphing, moving, deeply textured slab of HNW that is so dense with detail it'll take hours upon hours to catalogue the shifts.  Masterfully composed for maximum devastation.  N0123NOISE's piece here is an empty and engulfing block of lonely drift and drone that considers the fear of living in a random and indifferent universe.  A monumental pairing.
The split can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://n0123noise.bandcamp.com/album/we-were-all-born-to-be-unloved

Released in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered cassettes.  $8 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

WOUNDWORT "THE BLACK RABBIT OF INLE" CDR (AOW 439)

Amazing, utterly crushing and bleak new HNW project from James Shearman (A Raja's Mesh Men) exploring the world of Richard Adams' fantastic novel Watership Down.  It's one of my very favorite books, and when I first heard this record, i was amazed how wonderful a job James has done in creating the nightmarish atmosphere of unrelenting dread and horror that permeates the novel (and the film; the film's aura of total horror comes through extremely well on this album.)  The four walls here are all massive and devastating, roaring cascades of fuzz and distortion that suggest viciousness, feral primacy, and wide-eyed, totally haunted fear.
I immediately knew I wanted to release this on AOW; it's absolutely astounding, a breathtaking collection of immersive textures and sludged-out severity that does its source material proud.
The record can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://woundwort.bandcamp.com/album/the-black-rabbit-of-inl

Packaged in a DVD case with beautiful artwork by James himself.  (There will be a very limited cassette version of this release on AOW in the future, which will include a booklet of James' drawings for the project.)  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

UNSER VERHANGNIS "THIS HELL CONTINUES" 2XC60 (AOW 420)

Very pleased to be releasing this epic double cassette set from Peter Keller's (Condo Horro, Dirac Sea) ANW project Unser Verhangnis.  Unser Verhangnis is as dense and tonally unrelenting as Peter's work with his other projects, but the focus here is on much more menacing and suffocating atmospheres of darkness and dread.  Peter describes Unser Verhangnis as "Ambient noise walls for the contemplation of our undoing," a remarkably apt and appropriate description of the sounds offered here.  "This Hell Continues" is comprised of four pieces of complex ANW drift, each one dense with deep distortions and ever-present bass tonalities, and suffused with a deep and crushing sense of emptiness and growing despair.
Packaged as a double cassette set, with each cassette packaged separately with complementary visuals.  As always, beautiful artwork and layout by Peter Keller himself.  A gorgeous set from this fantastic new project.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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GORDIACEA "IAMWORNSDEYUH" C62 (AOW 434)

Very pleased to be releasing the debut cassette from Gordiacea, a new project that traffics in deep, throbbing, and suffocatingly engulfing bass-laded HNW.  "IAMWORNSDEYUH" is an incredible cassette, with its three walls each giving themselves over to crushing assaults of bass-driven fuzz and cold, distant textural distortions.  Disturbingly empty and hypnotizing, a sort of black hole of dense and cavernous ambience driven to a roar.  From time to time, higher pitched sounds emerge from the density, asserting themselves in desperate cries before sinking back into the bottomless audio muck.  A beautiful layering of sounds.  Truly symphonic in its textures.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://gordiacea.bandcamp.com/album/iamwornsdeyuh

Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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SHADOWPIERCER "I HEAR VOICES, I FEEL FINGERS, I SEE SHADOWS" CDR (AOW 454)

So very pleased to be releasing a new Shadowpiercer full-length on AOW, after the stunning 2016 set "Martyrs."  "I Hear Voices, I Feel Fingers, I See Shadows" is an equally massive assault of textures, tones, and dead and buried melodies (or lingering memories of melodies, destroyed and decayed, rising into consciousness like ghosts), masterfully arranged by Dakota for both extremely unsettling and beautifully hypnotic effects.  As always with Shadowpiercer, the walls here are thick and crumbling, dark and dense to the point of distortion implosion, utterly catastrophic and desperate, crackling and falling apart.  Layers and layers of sound; symphonic distortions.  When i first heard this record, I knew I wanted to release it on AOW.  Dakota continues to be one of the most creative and distinctive voices in HNW right now.  I hope 2017 will see several more of his releases on AOW!
The record can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://shakhburz.bandcamp.com/album/i-hear-voices-i-feel-fingers-i-see-shadows

Packaged in a DVD case with beautiful artwork and layout by Dakota.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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THE FLESH, FULL OF BLACK SAND "ASHES ROSE INTO THE SKY AND MIXED WITH FALLING SNOW. EVERYTHING TURNED DARK WITH BLOOD AND THE ASH-GREY SNOW." 6CDR (AOW 455)

Gorgeously hollowed out and depressingly beautiful deep ambience from Dakota of Shadowpiercer.  "Ashes..." is an epic-length drone composition spread across six distinct movements that make full use of stereo mixing and panning; across its runtime the listener is carried into a disorienting Stygian void of gloaming roars from an abyss hidden in shadow and obscurity.  The work here is patient and cosmic, yawning itself open and exposing itself the horrors of the world.  Shot through with sadness, yearning, desperation, fear, and a frightening vulnerability, "Ashes..." is a true journey, full of beauty, awe, and terror.  Listen in the dark, alone, with headphones.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://darkdreamflesh.bandcamp.com/album/ashes-rose-into-the-sky-and-mixed-with-falling-snow-everything-turned-dark-with-blood-and-the-ash-grey-snow

Packaged in a six-disc capacity DVD case, with lovely artwork and layout by Dakota.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $30 ppd. in the United States, $46 rest of world.

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ECHOLALIAC "STELLA GLOW" 3CDR (AOW 438)

Sophomore AOW release for Echolaliac, returning with an epic new set of beautifully varied and richly textured HNW compositions crafted from the soundtrack to the visual novel game "Stella Glow."  With 15 compositions spanning three lengthy discs, Echolaliac demonstrates the same penchant for textural variety and exploration that made the debut album "Symphonic Rain" so arresting and mesmerizing.  There is an astonishing range of sound on display here, from crushing HNW assaults to queasy electro-throbbing disortion sludgewaves to distant and cold shivering HNW/ANW hybrids.  An intricately and methodically composed work of dense complexity.  Very happy to be releasing this one!
The record can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://echolaliac.bandcamp.com/album/stella-glow

Anyone who purchases the physical album through AOW can redeem a digital version of the record from the artist.  This version includes a second version of the entire album, with the OST samples edited.  Instructions for redemption will be sent along via AOW with purchase of the physical.
Packaged in a triple DVD case with gorgeously colorful artwork.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

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SUMBRU "DESTROY" C60 (AOW 442)

New full-length cassette from Sumbru, a project from the ever-creative Julien Skrobek.  Though a relatively new project, Sumbru has already turned in some absolutely devastating HNW masterworks (including the epic "Afterlife Signals," one of my fave releases from 2016) that showcase a more aggressive and crushing approach than some of Julien's other active projects.   "Destroy" does exactly what its title suggests: utter and complete HNW terror.  Across two massive and yawning walls of unrelenting thickness and bassy fuzzed-out distortion, Sumbru channels a certain sort of black metal aestheticism in regards to the violent qualities of the walls.  This is wallmaking at some its most brutal, simple, and focused.  Totally primal and caustic.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

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