Sector 2814

break time

Posted in Uncategorized by Mogo on June 15, 2008

EDIT: yeah, this hiatus is probably gonna be until at least September. at that point I’ll re-evaluate whether I want to continue doing this. I’ll get to any re-post requests ASAP, but when it’s for something that’s on the desktop and hasn’t been copied over to the new laptop, it might take a while.

or at least decreased-activity time. I’m kinda getting to the point here where I’m forcing myself or just looking for stuff I hadn’t posted yet… not to imply that I think any of my more recent posts are less attention-worthy, but this whole thing has had a bit of a “going through the motions” feeling for me lately.

I still have a bunch of Avant reposts to do that I had kind of strayed from for a while… and I still plan on doing those… I’m just going to stop forcing myself to keep a schedule and do posts if and when i feel like it for a while.

readership and comments have been dwindling lately anyway, so it’s as good a time as any.

besides which, there are plenty of more interesting places to visit over in the sidebar.

Necrophagia – “Seasons of the Dead”

Posted in Uncategorized by Mogo on June 11, 2008

an early death metal classic for ya here, which I’m surprised in hindsight that I hadn’t posted sooner since it’s one of my favorites. for some reason I discovered this album a good while after it had originally come out. I was especially impressed by the intro to “Mental Decay” and only found out later, as my musical education expanded into classical, that it was a “cover” of Mussorgsky‘s infamous “Night on Bald Mountain”. this was apparently re-issued late last year on Areadeath Productions, as a double disc with some bonus 7″ and demo tracks. this here is just the original album, but there should still be copies of the re-issue floating around if you want a more complete picture of the band’s early years.

Glenn Branca – “Symphony No. 6 (Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven)”

Posted in Uncategorized by Mogo on June 7, 2008

ok. I debated long and hard about whether to even post this. I mean, for anyone entrenched in the kinds of things I post around here, it’s probably old hat and maybe a tad obvious. it’s probably somewhere around the blogopshere already by now. and against my usual edicts, there’s a re-issue available on Atavistic (what I ripped here is an earlier issue of the disc I’ve had since 93 – I believe the Atavistic re-issues are also re-mastered, so in that sense I’m not giving away the farm since those probably sound better… but I digress)…

after re-visiting it several times this week, I couldn’t help be struck by the fact that despite having next to nothing to do with it (aside from the tenuous connection brought by Page Hamilton’s participation), this might just be the most evil, demonic and, well, metal album in existence. “Diabolous in Musica”? the tritone has nothing on the pure evil conjured by the walls of micro-tuned electric guitars here. sit down Sabbath, move over Euronymous, roll over Quorthon – bow to this power, far higher than anything any of you ever conjured, collectively or otherwise.


Dome – 3 & 4

Posted in Uncategorized by Mogo on June 4, 2008

it almost goes without saying that Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis would be best known for their work in Wire, yet after Wire dissolved they continued working on this studio-based, far more experimental project. bearing more than a passing resemblance to the efforts of This Heat, Dome ran the gamut from short catchy song snipets to ambient sound-scapes, almost-choral chanting to industrial-flavored clanking that would’ve made early Neubauten proud, and then some. not an entirely even listen, but overall more good/interesting than bad/boring.

here it is