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Witch Mountain
Witch Mountain

Herein I will give props to Witch Mountain, a band I expected myself to not at all like. My doom preference is the stuff with the indecipherable skramz vocals, where the cleaner, more Sabbath-invoking material usually leaves me wanting more grit and pummel. Witch Mountain have come to kick my ass and tell me to grow up, and I appreciate it: thei...view item »

Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by ...view item »


Satan In Love ‐ Rare Finnish Synth‐Pop and Disco 1978‐1992

The colourful catalogue of Finland’s Svart Records spans material old and new, but seems to specialise in scarce gems from the forested country’s underground music history. In this case, we have a tour de force of several decades’ worth of Suomi synthpop and disco. ‘Satan in Love’ by Emilia is a not...view item »


Dance For Your Life – Rare Finnish Funk & Disco 1976-1986

Lordi. HIM. Apocalyptica. When one thinks of Finnish music, the words ‘funk’ and ‘disco’ are not ones that immediately spring to mind. The people at Svart Records - despite being a label that largely releases prog and metal - are out to change those perce...view item »


Real Delusions - The Finnish Speed & Thrash Metal Explosion 1987-1991

All the very best material from Finland’s apparently explosive late 80’s metal underground, gathered up by the experts Svart for you to tuck into! Real Delusions - The Finnish Speed & Thrash Metal Explosion 1987 - 1991...view item »

Sperm
50th Erection I ‐ Collected Works 1967‐1970

This would appear to be (part one of) the comprehensive Sperm experience, comprising multiple albums, EPs and previously-unreleased selections from the earliest years of these Finnish avant-nonsensers. 50th Erection ...view item »

Goblin
Dawn of the Dead - Live in Helsinki 2017

Here's a recording of the time Italian progressive legends Goblin performed their much loved Dawn of the Dead soundtrack before a live studio audience in Helsinki in May 2017. This is a one time pressing of 1000 copies on a couple of different colours. Sure to be a future collectors item for fans of these soundtrack legends.&nbs...view item »

Circle
Meronia

The first ever album from Circle, which forced the world to take note of their heavily driving Finnish krautrock sound. Meronia was first released in 1994, and consequently lasts for an hour and a quarter. You can pick up the CD or the vinyl version, although be aware that only vinyl-getters will hear the last bonus tra...view item »

Siinai
Sykli

Siinai are one of the most interesting contemporary bands coming out of Finland right now, and they just gifted the world with their third album, titled Sykli. The group inhabit the rich tradition of synth-prog-...view item »

Eero Koivistoinen Quartet feat. Philip Catherine
Jazz-Liisa 13

Belgium meets Finland in 1974 here with this juicy session of incisive melodic jazz. The guitarist Philip Catherine was in Finland for some teaching and he found the Finnish group Eero Koivistoinen to be...view item »

Kaukolampi
I

On this meeting of worlds, techno is spiked with various other sources - krautrock, drone, cinematic synthscapes and electronica - to tell a sombre and unnerving story. Kaukolampi here explore a diverse range of moods and sonic environments, whipping the listener into a subdued, but significant hypnosis. ...view item »

Jess and the Ancient Ones
The Horse and Other Weird Tales

Jess and the Ancient Ones are a band who play in a firmly vintage mould, where riffs are chunky (and played on both guitars and organs), themes are occulty, and vocals are full-bore powerful. The Horse And Other Weird Tales...view item »

Opium Warlords
Droner

Atmosphere and destruction clash here in a cold whirlwind of out there bluesy doomed metal and exploratory abstraction. Evoking themes of folklore, solemn histories and distant lands, the album tells a story like a film or a quest, lurching through dynamic peaks and sombre lows, with all-powerful grace....view item »

Gravetemple
Impassable Fears

Gravetemple is a project that is now 10 years old, yet this is the first I’m hearing of the grumbling sludgers and wow look at that, it’s a supergroup - Stephen O’Malley’s found another thing to make loud noises over, totally shrouding the drums of chair salesman Oren Ambar...view item »

Beastmilk
Use Your Deluge

Here's the second of today's reissued Beastmilk 7"s from before their breakthrough 'Climax' LP. There's a serious step up here production-wise in comparison to the 'White Stains on Black Wax' one-sider I just listened to. That one had cracked, lo-fi black metal production and this one is much more crisp and clean. ...view item »

Beastmilk
White Stains on Black Wax

Finnish metallers Beastmilk have been making milky waves with last year's 'Climax' LP, recorded with Converge's Kurt Ballou, and Svart are doing us a favour this week by reissuing the two singles which first grabbed the attention of the likes of Converge and ...view item »

Jess and The Ancient Ones
Jess and The Ancient Ones

  Finnish label Svart have reissued and remastered Jess And The Ancient Ones 2012, self-titled cult classic. Initially regarded as proprietors of the 'occult rock revival' the band have since gone on to transcend the cliches of the genre,  but their debut LP still remains a celebrated favourite. As well as the original tracks, ...view item »

Hello Black Hole
In No Good Hand

Hello Black Hole, a trio hailing from sunny Helsinki, are a smoothly dark listening prospect, but with plenty of gnarls hiding beneath the surface. This is amped-up post-punk with production that puts the band right up in your face. Four track vinyl release In No Good Hand is released on the Svart label....view item »

Kairon; IRSE!
Ruination

Kairon; IRSE! (yes, a band with two different kinds of punctuation in their name) are a Finnish gang of spacey, shoegazey, but ultimately proggy rockers. Ruination is their second album of outer / inner space explorations, with grander ambitions and more complex song structur...view item »

Kairon; IRSE!
Ujubasajuba

This tongue twisting album invokes a more anthemic fuzz than anything Kevin Shields had a hand in, resisting MBV’s beautiful obscurity whilst retaining the woozy audio bed crucial to the thicker end of shoegaze. Anthemic though, yes, as the band's approach leaves room for soaring highs and more direct dramas. Originally self-released,...view item »

Rainbowlicker
I Saw The Light, But Turned It Off

Rainbowlicker consider themselves to be a ‘laserpunk’, and in the absence of any other definitions, I’d say they suit the territory pretty well. The fuck-you attitude of the band is plenty punk, but the music is made up of shiny brash electronics. I Saw The Light, But Turned It Off is their debut album...view item »

Witchthroat Serpent
Sang-Dragon

Witchthroat Serpent are a stoner-doom band (can you believe it?!) with thick wedges of occult practice in their aesthetic and hazy slabs of blackened guitar in their sound. Sang-Dragon wears its old-school heavy metal heritage proudly on its denim-patched sleeve: Witchthroat get it just right. Out on Sv...view item »

K-X-P
III Part 2

Another installment in K-X-P’s continuing quest to produce a catalogue high-grade, minimally-titled, rhythmically-intense synth-kraut albums. III Pt. 2 follows up on last year’s III Pt. 1, and was recorded in the same sessions. Another dark and immersive ride from these Finns. CD release on Svart....view item »

Baron
Torpor

Baron are a British rock group who cast their gaze back to an earlier age of rock music, where a fascination with myth and mysticism crept around the edges of a lot of bands. Torpor is all about old time, old places, magic: plus thick guitar riffs and organ vamps. Released on the Svart label on CD and LP....view item »

High Priest of Saturn
Son of Earth and Sky

As the band name, album title and tracklisting (opening track: ‘Aeolian Dunes’) should imply, High Priest Of Saturn are deep into heavy, proggy classic rock. And boy do they work that niche: Son Of Earth And Sky is driven as much by organ as it is by guitar, and the Norwegians manage to conjure with their mu...view item »

Jess and The Ancient Ones
Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes

Jess and the Ancient Ones make a surf and metal-tinged psychedelic rock sound and mix it with themes of an occultish nature. The Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes is the Finnish band’s second full-length album and follows on from 2011’s self-titled debut and 2013’s Astral Sabat EP....view item »

K-X-P
III Part 1

The unhinged Finnish electro-rockers unveil their third album. Hot on the heels of their dancefloor-orientated 'The History Of Techno' 12", their latest full-length builds on and surpasses its predecessors with cosmic chants, hypnotic beats and thick synth ooze aplenty. Along for this bizarre ride is Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic...view item »

The Exploding Eyes Orchestra
I

The Exploding Eyes Orchestra originally began life as a side project for Thomas Corpse (Jess And The Ancient Ones songwriter/guitarist) and has since evolved into a full band featuring five of the original seven members of JATAO. ‘I’ consists of material edited from several lengthy recordings made in Finland in 2013/14 resulting in s...view item »

Acid King
Middle of Nowhere, Centre of Everywhere

Acid King make stoner doom that's as old as time -- or, they've been going for two decades now, which is a long time to offer up a reverie of stark metal riffs, crashing drums and fate-deciding chords. Middle Of Nowhere, Centre of Everywhere is an attempt by the band to slowly expand their standard sound ...view item »

Pombagira
Flesh Throne Press

Apparently utilising six guitar amps and cabs for each take, Flesh Throne is nothing if not heavy. Bombastic UK doom-duo Pombagira’s sixth album is a riff-laden slowcore piece of work that dredges up the lowest frequencies it can muster. Think Dopethrone-lite. Out on CD and 2LP vinyl from Svart....view item »

Atomikyla
Erkale

Finnish psych supergroup Atomikyla unites guitarist/vocalist J Vanhanen and bassist T Hietamaki from Oranssi Pazuzu with drummer J Ramanen and guitarist/vocalist V Ajomo from Dark Buddha Rising for a thunderous foray into nightmarish bad trip territory. The quartet take the heaviest elements of both outfits and meld them into a single ...view item »

Tahtiportti
Tahtiportti

Unhinged Finnish weirdness from a supergroup featuring members of Reverend Bizarre, Op:l Bastards and Imatran Voima. Tahtiportti blend droning chants, rudimentary electronic pulses and primitive rhythms with guttural vocals from the Stygian depths. Disorientating and addictive i...view item »

The House Of Capricorn
Morning Star Rise

Hail Satan and let him play some riffs on our album, please. The House of Capricorn are pitching themselves as hell's house band, their stoner and doom inclinations making for an album of lethargic punishments with no end in sight. Morning Star Rise is their third record and it would never end, ...view item »

Sleep Of Monsters
Produces Reason

From the singer of Babylon Whores, Ike Vil, comes this new occult rock album by Sleep of Monsters, rumoured about but only just released in the UK. With Sami Hassinen on guitar, drummer Pätkä Rantala, and keyboard player Janne Immonen alongside Mäiha on bass and guitar mastery from Uula Korhonen. Vinyl and CD....view item »

Lotus Thief
Rervm

Some metallic ‘nanas and custard from Lotus Thief. Rervm coincides with the recent trends in progressive metal. It's got elements of stoner, sludge, black and prog metal. To be honest, it sounds a lot like a post-rock band but with thrashy bits, more sci-fi bleeps, bloops and monotonous vocals. It's out doubl...view item »

Bog Oak
A Treatise on Resurrection and the Afterlife

With a title like that, you can only hope to be treated to some Satanic inclinations. Bog Oak does not fail to deliver, delivering music that will make you second-guess all you thought you held holy. Sympathizing with obscure metaphysics from the Middle Ages, A Treatise on Resurrection and the Afterlife makes the occult accessib...view item »

Witch Mountain
Mobile of Angels

Witch Mountain offer up some relatively clean, star-gazing doom metal with the amazingly titled 'Mobile of Angels' -- is that like a mobile phone, a mobile home, or what? 'Mobile of Angels' has a few different sonic twists, but provides an overall elegiac sound compared to the doom metal that surrounds it. Gorgeous, uplifting vocal harmonies see...view item »

Opium Warlords
Taste my Sword Of Understanding

A record named Taste My Sword Of Understanding, by a band named Opium Warlords: take a guess. You got it, doom-heavy metal! This release, heralded as the last for this particular moniker (though Sami Albert Hynninen, for it is he, has others), is a strange one, sometimes rather abstract, someti...view item »

Kuolemanlaakso
Tulijoutsen

Finnish avant-garde at its finest, Kuolemanlaakso really can’t be arsed with any kind of boundaries. Between death metal and some kind of progressive acoustic folk, Tulijoutsen is all over the place without losing your attention. Impressive piece of Finnish craftsmanship, oozing with direct consequences of living ...view item »

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