Friday, August 24, 2012


My favorite comic book series is undoubtedly "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."  At their best, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird charted an extremely dark and punishing journey through the psyche of four personalities trying to cope with ideas of tradition, honor, and their own emotional turmoils.  Nowhere were these themes better exemplified than in the masterful "Return To New York" storyline, in which the four brothers go back to finish Oroku Saki, aka The Shredder, once and for all.  Fans know everything was brought full circle from the first TMNT issue, including the epic final confrontation between Saki and Leonardo, where blood and honor converge in a brutal and eviscerating showdown.
I have attempted to do justice to this beloved series with "For Blood, For Honor."  All of the sounds on these two albums were created using elements from the theme song to the TMNT cartoon (not as good as the comics, but it had its moments) and I think they represent some of my finest work in the HNW genre.  "For Blood" is certainly my favorite wall piece, an unrelenting torrent of distorted sludge that I think captures the agony and exhaustion of the battle between Leo and Saki, and "For Honor" allows for a meditative state of eerie contemplation.
This is my love letter to the TMNT.  Released by Altar Of Waste with collage artwork assembled by me, packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

-Cory Strand


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