Saturday, March 11, 2017

BIG HOLE/EUGENE CRITCHLEY "SPLIT" 2XC60 SET (AOW 437)

Very pleased to unleash this enervating, heart-crushing split into the world.  I've tried to be very careful in putting together splits for Eugene Critchley; I want to make sure I'm working with artists who understand where I'm coming from with the project, and can craft pieces that reflect the sorts of views EC is about.  This suffocating split with Big Hole represents, to me, a pretty perfect philosophical meeting between projects.  The two EC pieces on this set were conceived and recorded right after "Pessimism Totale," when I was in a severely distressing and unhappy place, unsure of everything in my future and pretty much hating myself every moment of every day.  These are two of the bleakest, most sorrowful, and most personal things I've ever committed to tape.  I sent these tracks to Christopher, who had been dealing with some similar feelings, and he crafted two Big Hole tracks that perfectly complement the EC tracks in terms of mood, atmosphere, and philosophy.  This is some of the best work I've heard from Big Hole, two truly despondent, damaging walls that draw you in and threaten to drown you under their miserable weight.  There is no relief or respite here: only total, all-consuming misery and hoplessness.
Packaged as a two-cassette set, with each cassette having unique, but complementary, artwork reflective of some of the ideas present in the work.  Released in a limited edition of 12 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $36 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "I GO THROUGH ALL THIS" C60 (AOW 465)

Bleak and harrowing new cassette of ambient and drone noise wall crafted from Bjork's seminal song "Hyperballad."  I've long wanted to do some work with some Bjork material, as it is so dense with sound and lovely; that density translates well to my treatments of the song.  There is nothing very "pretty" here; instead, the ambient piece is austere, frightening, and removed, while the drone wall reminds me very much of a muffled Sunn 0))) piece run through audio quaaludes.  Really deep stuff!  Really love the artwork on this cassette as well; minimal and monochromatic.
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "EVERYTHING YOU LOOK AT DIES" C102 (AOW 464)

First cassette in a new series I'm working on, utilizing the work of Courtney Love's Hole as inspiration and sound source.  This first album draws on the band's album of collected b-sides and alternate takes, "My Body, The Hand Grenade."    The work here is very much in the deep drone noise wall space that I've been working in for the last several months.  Two massive, unctuous, dense walls to drift off to.
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "NOTHING LEFT INSIDE" C90/"AN ANGEL'S LIFE, ON ANGEL WINGS" C90/"IT HURTS TO BE ALONE" C90 (AOW 461/462/463)


Three separate and monolithic albums of bleak and despairing drone noise wall, crafted from sounds sourced from Black Flag's "My War," "Slip It In," and "Loose Nut."  Black Flag existed in a space of constant misery, depression, anger, anxiety, and brutal, cruel self-examination, and these three albums have been immensely important to me for as long as I can remember.  The three cassettes:

"Nothing Left Inside": empty, barren drone walls.  Sounds sourced from "My War."

"An Angel's Life, On Angel Wings": thick, engulfing drones to contemplate the miseries of existence.  Sounds sourced from my fave Black Flag recording, "Slip It In."

"It Hurts To Be Alone": wretched and and distressed, anxious drones.  Sourced from the underappreciated "Loose Nut."

If you enjoy my work as Eugene Critchley, you'll no doubt dig these three recordings as well.  These three albums form a trilogy of sorts, but i'm making them available separately.  If you do buy all three, I will do my best to match the set (for as long as I am able.)
Each cassette is released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 each ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Saturday, February 25, 2017

GRVD "BURDEN" C102 (AOW 460)

Very pleased to offer up a new full-length release from Ann Arbor, Michigan's blackened noise/drone/ambient/power electronics project GRVD.  I use the word "epic" very frequently when I write about AOW releases and I'm going to use it again here, as it's really the only apt descriptor that conveys the ambition and scope of this album: "Burden" is nothing less a monumental journey through emotional destruction and psychic upheaval, trafficking in all manner of beautiful, crushing, monolithic, vitriolic, and hyper-vicious screams of audio.  Elements of far-away, dissonant black-metal and gauzy post-rock grandeur seep through the sonic excess, only to be flattened away by caustic tidal waves of scathing electronic torment.  This album feels massive in a way that few others do.  It is a statement and a culmination, and it will utterly drain you.
The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

https://grvd.bandcamp.com/album/burden

Released in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Friday, February 17, 2017

CORY STRAND and SHADOWPIERCER "A DREAM OF DARK AND TERRIBLE THINGS" 2XC40 SET (AOW 433)

Long in the works split and collaboration between myself and Shadowpiercer, based on David Lynch's film Eraserhead.  Dakota and I are both Lynchophiles and have done lots of work based on Lynch's films; when we discussed doing some work together, Eraserhead was pretty much our first choice.   can safely say that this is one of the coolest projects i've been involved with, and I think the music on this set represents some of the best noise and drone/ambient work I've ever done.
The set is split into two parts: the first cassette, "The Dark," is a split cassette, with one track each from both myself and Shadowpiercer.  The second cassette, "The Terrible," presents two pieces Dakota and I created together in collaboration.  The collaborative tracks are so dense with sound that I can't even tell who did what anymore; Dakota and I traded tracks back and forth, adding parts and manipulating sounds until we both felt the tracks were exactly what they should be.
The collaborative aspect of this release extends to its artwork and design as well.  One cassette is designed by Dakota, the other by me.  We wanted the work to reflect our individual aesthetics, as well as showcase the similarities in our approaches.  The set is then wrapped in an OBI strip that utilizes the psychedelic pattern that links Eraserhead to the world of Twin Peaks.  It's a gorgeous set.
An enormous amount of time, work, and collaboration went into the realization of this set.  It really is one of the best AOW releases, and I am super proud of it.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  Deluxe presentation, with both cassettes having exterior and interior artwork.  $25 ppd. in the United States, $38 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

DOSIS LETALIS "LESSONS IN RUTHLESSNESS" 2XC40 CASSETTE SET (AOW 437)

Long-awaited release of this crushing double cassette set from Dosis Letalis, the project's second AOW release based on Netflix's labyrinthine political thriller House Of Cards.  The four walls here are easily some of the heaviest work i've heard from Nemanja, reflecting the brutally dark and cutthroat atmosphere of its inspiration.  Fans of DL's politically-charged offerings will not be disappointed by this set, as the material here simply destroys.  Massive, brooding walls of thick unctuous distortion, brimming over with the project's now-trademark crackling tones.  Treble and bass united in unholy, destructive power, an elegy for a fictional representation of tyranny that seems more and more realistic with each passing day in the United States.  The layout is quite lovely, as well.
Packaged as a double cassette set, with each cassette having unique artwork.  Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $35 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com