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Bell Witch
Longing

San Fran label The Flenser have a good ear for the heavy stuff. They’ve dropped many tomes of high-quality metal over the past few years, and their roster boasts releases from Have A Nice Life, ...view item »

Mamaleek
Out Of Time

San Francisco metal outfit Mamaleek are swaying further and further from their death-metal origins. Combining deathly grunting with slow beats, samples, and melodic and versatile instrumentations, the two brothers have created a haunting take on the genre. Out of Time was recorded and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deaf...view item »

Bosse-de-Nage
Further Still

Bosse-de-Nage are clearly brethren to fellow Bay-area blackgazers (Kids these days, right? What else will they come up with?) Deafheaven, squeezing together shoegaze and black metal to create a punishing and cathartic wall of noise and music. Their new album Further Still is said to focus more on song s...view item »

Echo Beds
Buried Language

Denver industrial duo, Echo Beds, found themselves locked out of their practice space by bailiffs in 2016. This was due to a seemingly unfriendly crack down on arty types and their unofficial work spaces. After turning bedrooms into recording studios, using improvised equipment to work on their ideas and being emotionally spurre...view item »

Bell Witch
Demo 2011

Demo 2011 was the first available release from doom crew Bell Witch, and it went down very well with the community. For a demo, it has a very thick and developed sound, and is feature length (37 minutes) in size too; so it is well deserving of this vinyl reissue of 600 copies, with  updated sleeve design on The Fle...view item »

Planning For Burial
Quietly

San Fran experts in all things gloomy The Flenser (Deafheaven, Panopticon) reissue this brooding collection from Planning For Burial. The first three tracks of Quietly appeared on a cassette in 2012, with the following four numbers added on a re-release the following ye...view item »

Kayo Dot
Hubardo

Originally released in 2013, the seventh album by Toby Driver’s crew spans three pieces of vinyl and a vast array of stylistic ground. Combining seething black metal, choral vocals, angular post rock, serpentine jazz, psychedelic chaos, brooding goth, crushing doom, and much more into a progressive and multi-faceted whole,...view item »

AILS
The Unraveling

Bay Area avant-metallists Ludicra called it quits around the start of the 2010s, but vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitarist Christy Cather still had something left in the tank. Now they’ve got a few mates together and ground out this bracing LP as AILS. The dual-screeching on display here is blood-curdling...view item »

Drowse
Cold Air

The press release tells us that the second LP from Portland’s drowse was recorded in pretty unhappy circumstances. Kyle Bates, the band’s only full-time member, was struggling with mental health and addiction problems in the nine months in which Cold Air came to life. It’s as spaced-out and troubled a ...view item »

RLYR
Actual Existence

Chicago experimental rock trio RLYR follow up their 2016 debut LP Delayer with this four-track album. Featuring members of Russian Circles, Cleared and Pelican, RLYR create a heavy but melodious racket here. The instrumental chops are impressive, with m...view item »

Low Estate
Covert Cult Of Death

Low Estate are a supergroup, if you will, of dark and death metal-like musicians from many differing groups in the dark metal scene. Covert Cult Of Death is a nine-track release available on vinyl LP and is released on The Flenser. Be sure to have your earphones on full whack for this one, and enjoy the not-so-soothing chill of groaning guitars ...view item »
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Street Sects
Rat Jacket

Prolific industrial punks Street Sects come through with four tracks of Gothic, portentous post-punk. Shades of Bauhaus, Nation of Ulysses and Metz colour Rat Jacket. The drummer manages to conjure the mental image of an approaching longboat throughout, while the vocali...view item »
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Planning For Burial
Desideratum

Planning for Burial are forerunners of the gloomgaze genre. Desideratum is their second album following on from Statement of Purpose, which was released in 2010. Planning for Burial are essentially a one-man bedroom project, that man being Tom Wasluck. The music takes in every gloomy genre from...view item »

Planning For Burial
Below The House

Slowcore is a genre that divides many. Mixing shoegaze, doom and emo to an almost decadent level of gloominess, the pace is that of Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, detuned and incredibly heavy until it becomes a wash of reverb and glittered minor harmonies. Thom Wasluck’s Planning For Funeral...view item »
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Trevor De Brauw
Uptown

Trevor De Brauw is the guitarist of Pelican, and this is his first solo release. Although don’t assume that he’s only just had the idea: Uptown has been slowly created over the course of the last ten years. Uptown pushes away from songs and riffs and into dense drone-ambient territo...view item »

Braveyoung
Misery and Pride

With previous releases on The End Records and At A Loss Records, Portland based Braveyoung bring their third full length to Flenser. With a starting point of experimental post-doom/hardcore like Pelican or Isis, Misery And Pride’s long drones and string arrangements are brooding t...view item »
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Street Sects
End Position

Austin, Texas based duo Street Sects release their debut full length on San Fransisco Dark and extreme metal label Flenser. Noise and industrial focused, and drum machine led punk that is incredibly abrasive it almost goes as far as Ildjarn at points. Once you stop wincing it’s pounding is cathartic. For f...view item »
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Toby Driver
Madonnawhore

Toby Driver, the main man behind Kayo Dot, continues his infinite journeys into his own avant-garde creativity with a new solo album. Madonnawhore, which explores the Freudian notion of one of patriarchy's central contradictions, is very stripped-back for Driver, being focused on the so...view item »

Have A Nice Life
Deathconsciousness

Enemies List first released 'Deathconsciousness', the project of home recording duo Have a Nice Life (Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga), in 2008. You can't sum this thing up in one genre description alone: it takes on torrid post-punk, Sunn O))) stylised drone, Stars of the Lid-esque ambient, industrial, shoegaze and doom metal, uniting them...view item »
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Wreck and Reference
Indifferent Rivers Romance End

Wreck & Reference have been described as an experimental metal duo: so much so that large stretches of their music is unrecognisable as metal at all. Until the throat-shredding howling starts anyway. Indifferent Rivers Romance End is heavy with electronics and strings, sa...view item »

All Your Sisters
Uncomfortable Skin

All Your Sisters are proudly in love with a certain part of the 1980’s when industrially-vibed post-punk was all the rage. Their second album Uncomfortable Skin nails that particular sound with stern drum machines, obscured vocals and Cureish guitars. Lots of shadowy swagger, released by the delib...view item »

Kayo Dot
Plastic House On Base Of Sky

Toby Driver's avant-metal crew Kayo Dot continue to fly in the face of expectations, if any remain, with the wonderfully titled Plastic House On Base of Sky. If you recall, they've sounded comparatively whimsical in their latter years, with the humour-tinted extreme metal epic Hubardo p...view item »

Muscle and Marrow
Love

Muscle and Marrow is a pretty visceral name, and this duo often live up it, with blasts of crunching noise and heavy drums. But they also play soft and wispy, and the delicate balance between these two contrasts that they maintain is where they really succeed on Love. A darkly beautiful LP, on The Flenser....view item »

Giles Corey
Giles Corey

Giles Corey is a solo project of Dan Barrett, which I can only assume has been named after the martyred character from The Crucible. The music is certainly dark enough for that. First released in 2011, this self-titled debut is now being issued over 2 LP’s in a box-set with a full-sized, 150 page ...view item »
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Black Wing
Is Doomed

Black Wing is another project from Dan Barrett, the latest in a stack of names he works under. The Black Wing sound is dark and hazy, driven by stern drum machines and featuring very distant post-punk vocals. ‘Depressive Chillwave’ is Barrett’s term for it, and...view item »

Heat Dust
Heat Dust

On their newest album, Heat Dust takes their music to the nihilistic limits of post-punk, with little bright flashes of melody between the grey noise, and vocalist Clayton Hunt laying on haunting vocals. With their self-titled LP, the band has found their swing. Ashes to ashes, Heat Dust to Heat Dus...view item »
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Planning For Burial
Leaving

The debut full-length from Planning For Burial was originally released in 2010 and has since become a much sought-after cult classic. Leaving is an exquisitely downbeat drone journey with a gloriously gloomy outlook. For those who find Star Of The Lid just too darn upbeat. Artwork designed by Niels Geybels. Out on 2xLP ...view item »
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Bosse-de-Nage
All Fours

Bosse-de-Nage bring a 90’s post-rock perspective to black metal, although if post-rock often eschews vocals for stretched out instrumentals, that certainly isn’t the case here. All Fours, as the sleeve indicates, has its lyrics at its heart, painting intense, bleak narratives heavy enough to match up to the ...view item »
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Mamaleek
Via Dolorosa

12” Vinyl LP on The Flenser. Experimental, sometimes verging on the bizarre, black metal from San Francisco. made up of two anonymous brothers Mamaleek blend extremely dark and depressing black metal with piano melodies, pop sensibilities and sections of warmth. After all, you need to get close to someone before you can st...view item »
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Have A Nice Life
The Unnatural World

Its always disconcerting to us when something starts flying off the shelves when we haven’t a) reviewed it b) listened to it c) even heard of it. We are, believe it or not, comprised of deeply flawed and sometimes useless human beings and so on occasion it is possible to completely miss stuff. As it is with this second album from t...view item »

Father Murphy
Croce

Father Murphy are always an odd prospect: and that is a good thing, obviously. Italians with a strong '70s Horror B-Movie / Catholicism vibe, their recordings and live shows always have a compelling sense of ritual about them. Croce is no different, presenting enigmatic textures and troubled vocals aplenty. On The Flens...view item »
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Boduf Songs
Stench of Exist

Sparse, chilly electronica and guitar underpins this record from Mat Sweet aka Boduf Songs on The Flenser. Intimate, and definitely a headphones sort of album, it conjures up images of opium hazes and anxious, languorous evenings. Eleven tracks move into one another like a slow moving river, meeting everything from post-rock and...view item »

King Woman
Doubt

Former Whirr vocalist Kristina Esfandiari strikes out as King Woman with some light-hearted jovial happy fun times, detailing issues such as religious and family abuse in the easy-going way that you would expect. Dense, layered, dark tracks about suffering, a mad blend of Black Sabbath, Sunn 0))) and PJ Harvey. Vinyl LP on The F...view item »
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Mastery
Valis

Dark extremity from the blackened soul of only one man, Mastery’s Ephemeral Domignostika (definitely the name his mother uses). Valis is the most fully realised and widely available Mastery release to date, and features a frantically complicated black metal style, exploding everywhere. Out on The ...view item »

Sannhet
Revisionist

The Flenser has housed many of metal's most alternative and experimental acts recently, and Sannhet continue that hopefully long-standing tradition by joining the crew to release Revisionist, a record of many different types of bronzed metal: there's the fastness of grind in there, thank god, but they can...view item »
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Kayo Dot
Coffins On Io

Everyone's favourite avant-goth-classical-doom-rock band Kayo Dot make a speedy return after 2013's acclaimed superalbum Hubardo. As the title suggests, the dark cosmic references are still here, a distant remnant of mastermind Toby Driver's precursor band Maudlin of the Well. There are some surprises this time round, including more prominent, a...view item »
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Coffinworm
IV.I.VIII

All fans of blasts, dirges and growls take note - Indianapolis-based extreme metal horde Coffinworm are releasing their first album of truly original material since 2010's debut When All Became None. It can be safely said that they haven't tamed, with a strong rhythm section and a deeper, gutteral vocal style than before. A real chest-beate...view item »
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Botanist
VI: Flora

Here's another selection from my rather metal-heavy pile this week. This one's from California's Botanist and is the sixth in a lengthy series of albums which will eventually make up a grand sci-fi/fantasy narrative about "The Botanist", a twisted scientist who lives in the "Verdant Realm", isolated from humanity...view item »

Mamaleek
He Never Spoke A Mumblin' Word

He Never Spoke a Mumblin’ Word is the fourth full-length from electronic black metal band Mamaleek. Mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Botanist, Wreck & Reference), the album follows sought-after releases on Furusiyya and Enemies List Home Recordings . The San Francisco-based duo is comprised of two anonymous brothers. &ld...view item »
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Wreck and Reference
Want

Wreck and Reference's 2014 album Want can be described in one simple word; scary. This dark and brooding metal album does away with guitars instead just featuring drums, synth and frightening vocals which provides a unique listening experience. The first time I heard it, I basically had nightmares. Big f...view item »
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Panopticon
...On The Subject Of Mortality

Panopticon's brand of post-metal cold calls all the genre's hallmarks and begs them for a donation, bringing together distorted guitar climaxes, thrashing percussion and fragmented samples of old men saying indecipherable things. Classic stuff, my dudes. On The Subject Of Mortality looks death in the eye, surv...view item »
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Vaura
The Missing

The Missing is the second album by Vaura. The band is made up of Brooklyn-based avant-garde and metal musicians Joshua Strawn (Vocals), Kevin Hufnagel (Drums), Charlie Schmid (Drums) and Toby Driver (Bass). The music genre-hops between black metal, prog rock and 80s goth rock. The Missing is now available on vi...view item »
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White Suns
Totem

White Suns' music operates a dynamic between pounding, heavy instrumental assaults and more delicate, quieter segments all played with detuned guitars, drums and improvised electronic equipment. It has been said that White Suns could soundtrack the apocalypse. Totem is their third album following on fro...view item »
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Botanist
IV: Mandragora

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