News from the Ash Borer & Fell Voices Camps, and the debut Lychgate LP
Ash Borer have two vinyl releases coming very soon. First, the vinyl issue of the album Cold of Ages, previous only available from Profound Lore on CD, will be released on a glorious double LP, complete with all the various deluxe trimmings (heavyweight gatefold jacket, embossed and spot-printed, with two different vinyl options) on May 27th by our friends at Pesanta Urfolk. It's an increidble album, and has been specially remastered for vinyl, with a heavier and more aggressive mix. If you're on Pesanta's mailing list (to get the physical mailer through the actual mail, rather than email), you should be able to pre-order this now. The deluxe edition comes on 200 gram vinyl, so that's what I will be grabbing once I get my mailer.
Gilead Media and Kyle from Ash Borer's own label, Psychic Violence, and features great cover art by the renowned Timo Ketola. You can preorder it here or here.
Fell Voices, it would be criminal for us not to bring up the amazing new 2xLP from these guys. I've been a huge fan of Fell Voices since the 2008 demo tape, often referred to as In the Hands of the Blind God came out on Featherspines, and it's safe to say that they've only gotten better with time. Still playing a very raw, highly intense, fast-paced style of black metal that at times borders on all-out chaos, they've managed to incorporate new levels of heaviness into their sound. "Dawn," the third and final track from this double LP (with hand-screenprinted etched D-side) titled Regnum Saturni (the first Fell Voices release with a true title), is by far the heaviest thing the band has recorded and released, and still maintains the all-consuming, impassioned psychedelia that has become the band's signature sound. This is a vinyl-only release; the European pressing has been handled by Vendetta Records, and has been out for a couple of months, while the North American release, split by Gilead Media and Antithetic Records, is available for preorder here or here. (Note: the Euro pressing and North American pressing are a bit different; the Euro pressing comes in a fold out cover, while the Gilead/Antithetic release comes in a gatefold sleeve and is available with a t-shirt. Both, however, are pressed on 180 gram black vinyl.)
Lychgate LP and CD. Lychgate is indeed a unique entity, originally started by one man but now consisting of G.A. Chandler (from Esoteric), Aran (from the now-defunct Lunar Aurora, one of my favorite black metal bands ever), and Tom Vallely (of Omega Centauri and Sanctus Nex). That lineup will give you an idea as to what you'd think the album sounds like, but whatever that notion is, erase it from your mind and prepare to be blown away. Indeed, elements of doom and black metal are prominent here, but I've honestly never heard anything like this. The atmosphere is incredible, the songs are epic and progressive in their composition and scope, and the melodies are electrifying, grand, and very memorable. This is another album that will always be greater than the sum of its parts, no matter how impressive those parts are on their own. It's only one track, but listen to the track below and get a better idea of what this album is all about.
Now, I'm hoping you're ready to buy this, because I think you'll seriously come to regret it if you don't. This album has grown on me immensely since I first heard it, and I'm dying to have the vinyl in my possession. If you're a CD person, you can order it from Mordgrimm, but if you'd rather get the 180 gram vinyl (and perhaps the t-shirt that goes with it), you can pre-order it now from Gilead Media.
This is a lot to take in on one post, but the connections are obvious. Do what thou wilt.