[2010] Bene Gesserit - First Time In Aachen

Their second live show, showing that they're still alive and kicking. Crazy stuff (translated well live, which is appreciated), from this sardonic band with a high sense of dark humor. Tonight's rendition is my favorite, but the whole session is killer. For fans of the band, mostly... Best way to introduce yourself to this band is with abums like Fashion Is A Dirty Word, which contains most of their famous songs. One of my not-so-well-known favorites, btw.

Download it here: [V2]

Buy it directly from EE Tapes here.

[1998] Keiji Haino With Boris - Black: Implication Flooding

First live collaboration of Boris with the well-known noise/free improviser Keiji Haino. Unlike other collabs, this one really outshines Boris, focusing a lot more in Haino's frantic vocals and guitar fiddling. I consider it great, actually. It brings a lot of Boris' heaviest moments in a live session, which is often mistaken as being only present in albums like Feedbacker or Amplifier Worship (which are slow building and relying on heavy riffs); in this album we have a lot of feedback usage, fast, free-form drumming, and unusual traditional instruments (via Haino). Fully recommended to those wanting to explore unheard of facets of this excellent band.

Download it here: [320][V0]

Buy it directly from Inoxia Records here.

[2003] Cheer-Accident - Introducing Lemon

Progressive rock (with a touch of RIO) meets math-rock, meets indie rock. Thymme Jones' main band, Cheer-Accident is easily one of the best, most underrated progressive-rock bands of the last decade. This album is their most known release, in which remarkable drumming (without being too showy) and occasional brass instruments add their quota of amazing melodies, paired with mellow, sometimes cheesy lyrics. There's many highlights in this album, for instance Zervas and While. In reality, most of the song bleed into the next one, making it better to listen to it in its entirety to fully appreciate it. All in all this is great music that deserves more attention, very unlike most bands in their genre, considering their humorous approach and emphasis on 'telling' rather than 'showing'. It reminds me of Art Bears a lot, not much in the content though (or even musically), but the spirit behind it.

Download it here: [V0]

Buy it directly from SKiN GRAFT Records here (page 8).

[2009] Æthenor - Faking Gold & Murder

Latest album of this supergroup formed by Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate), Daniel O'Sullivan (Guapo, Mothlite, Ulver), Krystoffer Rygg (Ulver) and Vincent De Roguin (Shora). Following the ideas already present in Betimes Black Cloudmasses, this time the drones and free jazz drumming are used as more of a background expressive element for David Tibet (Current 93), which joins the group for another session of his occult chants and poetry. Big favorite of 2009, this album shows a different side of the regular abstract music present in their previous releases.

Download it here: [320][V0]

Buy it directly from VHF Records here.

[2010] U.S. Christmas - Run Thick in the Night

Psychedelic rock with a melancholic tone, this american band signed to the prestigious label Neurot Recordings delivers one of the nicest offerings in the genre. Run Thick In The Night is easily as good as their previous release (Eat The Low Dogs), if not better. From members of Hour of 13 and Demoncy, this album promises to be favorite of the year for many of you who are already familiar with the unique style of this band.

Buy it directly from Neurot Recordings here.

[2008] Klangmutationen - Schwarzhagel

Utech release of this malaysian quartet whose name is actually the zone from where they hail (Klang) and merely a german coincidence, this time the free jazz present in their first albums (Session Zero) gets much faster and laced with noise, turning this album into an opressive, dark experience. One of the finest Utech releases.

Download it here: [V0]

Buy it directly from Utech Records here.