Over the last few years of doing the Prison Tatt label, so much good music has come our way, and too often it's a question of time, budget and manpower as to whether it comes out on LP at the "mother label." Anyone who runs an independent vinyl label knows that releasing an LP-record requires significant leg work and communication, in addition to the cost, and I'm an impatient fuck besides, so the PASSION AND TORMENT SERIES is borne out of necessity as much as anything, to keep pumping great music into the world; but, on this end at least—fast, more-easily achieved and relatively cost-effective. All titles are made in runs of 50 and packaged in generic, white mini-gatefolds with sticker cover art and xerox insert. These are pro-duped CDrs, with the artist's name printed in black text on a white disc.
Much respect and thanks to the bands! These are in no way "lesser" releases, as far as we're concerned; only in a different format, for all the reasons discussed above. All four of these first releases function very well as "albums," in the most-traditional sense of the concept, that the listener be taken on an intimate, visceral musical journey.
Dreadlords (BZ of T.O.M.B. and Panther Modern) - A very personal and detailed collage of sound and experience, incorporating harsh noise, black metal, eerie synth passages, power drones, anguished screams, and a whole lot more that's simply indescribable. A true excursion, dark and aggressive.
Dope - Two album-side long tracks of black metal art from Russia; depressive, hateful, yes—but also very much tied sonically to the sound of 60s-70s underground US/UK psych-rock; where bm and psychedelics cross paths, quite successfully.
Goblin War Trio / Screaming Like a Hellhound Bitch - Four thick, ever-expanding tracks of free-jazz/improv-noise/krautrock from this fiery Brooklyn trio, featuring members of Rust Worship, OPPONENTS, and Grasshopper; evocative as much of the Impulse! catalog as it is of The Faust Tapes.
Bondage / Mini-LP - Pounding bedroom garage-rock of the highest order, from Peru. Drenched in downbeat atmosphere, with simply amazing songs that recall 39 Clocks, Suidice, and the Messthetics bands.
Song samples to come on all of these in a future post.
We look forward to releases with Obscurer, Degenerate Slug, Terrier, and a Japanese-metal split, featuring Baaru and Ryuketsu no Masuta.
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