From the To Live A Lie Records site: “Weirdo industrial noise, grind, black metal ala Sissy Spacek from Montgomery, Alabama. This will truly melt your face.” That’s the new Calques tape in a nutshell. It also features your truly on space sickness/cosmic nightmare guitar. I’ve got a handful of tapes in, so contact me directly, if you’d like to snag a copy from me! Otherwise, you can get them direct from To Live A Lie Records. You can also preview a new track on the To Live A Lie Bandcamp site, and check out the whole thing at Cvlt Nation, who describe it as “death-ridden black noise.”
Two of the finest practitioners of unsettling and enveloping audioscapes team here for varied takes on drone, noise, and sonic wrangling.
Alabama’s Clawing is a collaboration between the prolific trio of Jeff McLeod (Gezoleen, Saragashum, Bert) Austin Gaines (Calques, Hadals, Japanese Women), and poet / spoken word artist Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse). Their work here is an expansion on the ghostly world conjured on their masterful debut, Spectral Estate, with an unsettling aura that rests atop a current of anxiety and contemplation.
Offerbeest is one of the many guises for Dutch artist Maurice de Jong, perhaps best known for his work in the twisted black metal / experimental terror that is Gnaw Their Tongues. With Offerbeest, Maurice relies on analog synths to conjure bleak passages through demon haunts. High quality cassettes (edition of 100), digital downloads and streaming courtesy of Portland’s Nailbat Tapes.
You float through the void in your doomed ship, your mates all dead, biding your time staring into a dim mirror, repulsed and entranced by a hideous reflection.
Volume 5 in a series of joylessly noisy musicks is now available for download and streaming on my Bandcamp page. I have to say that this is my favorite in the series. Deep, dark and thematic. Board the doomed ship and find out. Features excellent artwork once again by Austin Gaines.
The upcoming Clawing/Offerbeest split is now up for preorders at Nailbat Tapes. Get two downloadable tracks now, and the full digital release and cassette when it comes out on June 1. Clawing is my noise/drone/soundscape trio with Austin Gaines (Calques, Japanese Women) and Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse, Heinali), and Offerbeest is Mauric de Jong (Gnaw Their Tongues). 4 tracks from each.
Also, I’m putting the finishing mastering touches on Joyless Noise, Vol. 5. Austin Gaines is once again doing the artwork. 4 songs lost in deep space on a doomed ship. More info soon…
Dead Dream City, my split CD with TN’s Degtras is available now from Wood & Stone Productions. The disc features 2 longform tracks of darkest drone and deep, pummeling synthesis to rattle your brain. Degtras’ Road To The Dark City puts you on the bleak highway, and my Thomas Ligotti-inspired Nethescurial heralds your arrival in the dead city.
You can order the limited run CDs direct from Wood & Stone, or contact me here to get the right from me. If you’d like a copy, definitely hit one of us up, as they are just about sold out. Digital downloads and streaming are available on Bandcamp.
2 cassettes and a split with Offerbeest are on the horizon from my noise/drone/spoken word group Clawing (Austin Gaines, Matt Finney, Christopher Davis, et al) as well. More info on that as it all comes together.
I also have two new songs on the game soundtrack/gamplay radio station for the horror boardgame magazine Freakface!!! My tracks are Skeletal Reflection 1 & 2 and are presented under the name Joyless Noise.
Thanks for listening!
Preorders are up now for my upcoming split CD with TN’s Degtras. It’s called Dead Dream City, and features two lengthy tracks of deep drone and dark synthesis from each of us, as well as fantastic thematic artwork by Austin Gaines. The CD will be released on December 21 by the fine folks at Wood & Stone Productions. Copies are extremely limited, so preorder now to set out on the road to the dark city Nethescurial (thank you, Thomas Ligotti!) and get lost there with us.
Seems like not has been happening musically this year, but I’ve finally done an update to my website and the newest gowith recording (Universal Field Recording 1) that’s been out for a while is up there.
I’ve been working in the shadows on many other things.
We’ve got a new batch of Witchchord songs ready to go for a second release. Just have to get things together to record all the new stuff. Very guitar-heavy this time, which is awesome because Shane is such an incredible guitarist.
Finished work on a new project called Clawing that is a creepy ambient doom drone concept called Spectral Estates. Currently mixing it right now. Austin Gaines from Calques and Japanese Women and Matt Finney from How We Lived and It Only Gets Worse are involved, and their work is incredible. Should have some sounds up soon, and hopefully a cassette release.
Check out the News and Works sections on the website for updates and links!
More stuff is coming!