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(CP-28) LSFB “Loathsome Sounds From Beyond” CS

The crawling chaos is staid. LSFB is the ashen dust left behind in a desert of pulverized glass and molten asphalt, where transmitters dot the landscape and mobile receivers await orders. As they pause, we are on the eve of retaliation. Featuring members of NYARLATHOTEP from Phoenix, Arizona.

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(CP-34) Dajjal “Metaxu” CS

Sixty minutes of raw rhythmic industrial music. A parallax view.

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(CP-35) Theta “His Eyes Were Black and I Could See The Circuitry Beneath” CS

Consisting of two members recording live to cassette and working predominantly with electronics, guitars, tape loops, and scrap metal, Theta explore the depths of the vast dimensions of entropic decay leeched from the ruins of a collapsing civilization. This tape, a pro-dubbed single sided C-90 contains one sprawling track that uncoils and contracts in violent spasms of electronic delirium.

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(CP-36) The Rita / Clew Of Worms split CS

The Rita utilizes source material from Daniel Menche’s field recordings of waterfalls in Oregon to yield a dense and rapid torrent of noise. Clew Of Worms produces the first sounds under this monicker as his thick drones are slowed to a crawl and distorted beyond recognition. Heavy walls.

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(CP-37) Flowerday “Une Émeute Pour Le Boer Décadente” CS

R.E. Fontainbleau reports back from his travels with his yarpie friends in the Rainbow Country. Rasta drug lords defend underdevelopment, Samwu strikers set the streets on fire, and Boer kids smoke whoonga. The soundtrack for the riot of  decadent urbanites, a monotonic unmoving sludge of burning trash and inhaled HIV retrovirals.

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CP-01 Clew Of Theseus / Black Sand Desert “Obelisk” 2xCDr

Disc one includes 6 studio tracks from BSD and 5 from COT totaling over 72 minutes. Disc two contains 2 live tracks from COT and 1 from BSD, plus two collaboration tracks from BSD and COT under the name "Obelisk." Comes in unique plastic case with insert and X-ray film. Professionally duplicated with printing on disc surface. Limited to 70 copies.

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CP-02 – Viodre “UUEE Serve Me High” CDr

Viodre's 2nd full length, released simultaneously with his third, "Disgust" by 23 Productions. Experimental noise from one of the greatest US harsh noise artists to surface this decade. In standard jewel case with X-ray film as tray card. Professionally duplicated with printing on disc surface. Limited to 100 copies.

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CP-04 – Now In Darkness World Stops Turning “dreamMachine” CDr

Raging psychedelic noise collaboration between Jason Crumer (Aluminum Noise) and Josh Banke (Okha). Professionally duplicated with full color printed packaging and discs. Limited to 50.

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CP-06 – Clew Of Theseus “Vaults Vol. 1″ C-56

A collection of re-issues and unreleased recordings featuring material from 2002-2003, primarily dark harsh noise and cut ups. Included on "Vaults, Vol. 1" are the split with Sewer Election, the 3" on Chondritic Sound, the "Meth Cook Sets Apartment Ablaze" 3", plus two unreleased tracks from failed compilations. Chrome cassettes inside screen printed cloth bag.

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CP-08 – Bastard Noise “Our Earth’s Blood IV” 5XCD

First conceived in 1999, and intensively honed over the past four years, Our Earth’s Blood, IV is finally realized. This is no collection - OEB IV is a full-length album spanning five discs! Few artists in any genre have delved to these depths to create such an expansive communication, in such a deepened language. Bastard Noise, aided by over two dozen artists from all over the world, have reached a true pinnacle with Our Earth’s Blood IV.

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Bastard Noise started alongside its powerviolence personality, Man Is The Bastard, in 1991. Our Earth’s Blood, the 7” EP released by Vermiform in 1993, solidified the future of Bastard Noise, rooted in caveman electronics and venomous vocals by Eric Wood. The Our Earth’s Blood II 10” split with The Locust from 1995 and Our Earth’s Blood III 7” EP from 1997, are but two more of well over one-hundred releases from this powerhouse. This new release not only encapsulates the Our Earth’s Blood tradition of over 15 years, but defines the spirit of caveman electronics that Bastard Noise created. Our Earth’s Blood IV pulls together “Skull Servants” in collaboration of sound and fury, including: * MERZBOW (JAPAN) * ANDORKAPPEN (U.S.A.) * AZOIKUM (GERMANY) * BIZARRE UPROAR (FINLAND) * CHRISTIAN BASS (GERMANY) * CLEW OF THESEUS (U.S.A.) * CULPIS (JAPAN) * DEFEKTRO (JAPAN) * EMESIS (U.S.A.) * GOLEM GROSS (U.S.A.) * GOVERNMENT ALPHA (JAPAN) * GUILTY CONNECTOR (JAPAN) * JAY RANDALL/AGOROPHOBIC NOSEBLEED (U.S.A.) * KELLY CHURKO (JAPAN) * NYARLATHOTEP (U.S.A.) * OBLONG BOX (U.S.A.) * PEACEMAKER (U.S.A.) * P.W.E. (U.S.A.) * RICK GRIBENAS (U.S.A.) * ROTTEN PIECE (U.S.A.) * SICKNESS (U.S.A.) * SURROUNDED (U.S.A.) * TN666 (GERMANY) * VOLITION (ENGLAND) As a result of careful composition, and hundreds of hours spent in the studio, these 24 tracks have both the variety and cohesion necessary for a truly successful collaborative album. Lyrical content reveals the wholly unique voice of Eric Wood, and the packaging tastefully presents all lyrics. Our Earth’s Blood IV defines the overall ethos of Bastard Noise, serving as a manifesto as much as an epic album, clocking in at nearly 5 hours long. Our Earth’s Blood IV is housed within a completely custom, die-cut package. Exterior graphics are printed in alternating matte lamination and spot gloss to create a unique black-on-black look. The package folds out into a cross-shape, with each disc housed in its own sleeve on each side of the cross and one in the center. Careful attention was paid with the design of both the graphics and the package to ensure that the presentation of this monumental album stacked-up to its scale and content. The package is identical in width and height to a jewel case, so it can be stored and displayed in most standard CD racks.

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CP-09 – Flowerday “Snuff Victim” C-30

Hundreds of nails and sirens bore into the ears as adrenalin peaks in the blood of the snuff victim. Violent harsh noise walls created with nails and tapes, by R.E. Fontainebleau. Clear yellow cassette shells with black imprint, package in collage smut by Nnerves.

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CP-10 – Bizarre Uproar “Triumph” C-44 + C-54 + 24-page book

Warehouse find! This release almost immediately sold out. I recently found a couple copies. The Finish master of filth-noise presents some of his best and most obscure material from the past 3 years. Many of these tracks have been released on super-limited cassettes, 3"s and CDr's and are now long out of print. These tracks were carefully selected from the archives by Bizarre Uproar - as a "best of" his recent years - then carefully remastered by Ben Brucato for this release. Over an hour and a half of the most disgusting and violent noise being produced is contained on two cassettes, packaged in a black plastic bag. Also inside is a 24-page booklet with 10 two-page spread black-and-white prints of Bizarre Uproar's collage works featuring "filth and violence, excrement, humiliation, KKK, breath control, nazi boots." Includes stickers. Adults only!

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CP-11 Clew Of Theseus “Meridian” CD

This album shows a projection and further maturity in Clew Of Theseus’ sound. Meridian is a dark and esoteric album, very focused, full of sounds at once harsh and ambient, with forceful drones and rich textures. Sounds were created with acoustic winds, electric guitar, analog and junk synthesizers and gritty electronics, mixed to create a foreboding atmosphere. The album was mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, best known for his work on dozens of Daniel Menche albums. Meridian was recorded in two weeks during the monsoon season of 2008. A careful study into the symbols inside the album show an obsession with elemental force and eternal power. Clew Of Theseus evokes images of furious storms, wiping the landscape of blight, bringing beautiful darkness in its wake. CD packaged in standard jewel case with full-color artwork.

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CP-12 – Vice Wears Black Hose “Part 1″ C-40

Warehouse find! One need not ponder long or hard to imagine the harsh noise purity and power that would be created by the amalgamation of Sam McKinlay and Richard Ramirez. On "Part 1," McKinlay finishes what Ramirez starts, grinding up his source material through The Rita's gravel pits. Chrome tapes with solid yellow cassettes shells, packaged with full page insert and stickers inside black plastic bag.

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CP-13 – The Teratologist “Cabinet of Curiosities” C-30

Last copies! Dark atmospheres exploring antiquarian anomolies. Very unique and well-composed, falling somewhere between Jarl and early Nurse With Wound. Deep textures of acoustic and electronic composition, all expertly recorded by DM Turner and mastered by James Plotkin.

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CP-14 – Niellerade Fallibilisthorstar / Green Army Fraction “Westerbotten” CD

After Sweden’s Niellerade Fallibilisthorstar’s impressive full length albums Hålrum (SNSE) and Skrankverk (Dystonia EK) (among other stellar releases), this collaborative album shows an even further development in their sound. The pairing with Green Army Fraction (also from Sweden) for Westerbotten results in a massive, powerful sound. Their heavy use of cymbals and analog electronics creates impressions that surpass harsh noise trappings, and the listener immediately realizes that Westerbotten exceeds genre definitions or expectations of either group involved. The sounds created reveal the magickal qualities of Metgumbnerbone or Coil, the dark psychedelic ambiance of The Stargazer's Assistant The Other Side of the Island or Wolf Eyes’ Black Wing Over the Sand, and the cacophony of The New Blockaders. Prepare yourself for one of the most impressive listens in recent memory. Elaborately printed with metallic inks and packaged in a gatefold sleeve, along with a 16-page booklet.

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CP-15 – Anakrid “Under Going From/From Going Under” C-30

Chris Bickel's sounds, recorded under the monicker Anakrid, reflect a consistent level of quality and exploration that reminds many of some of the early pioneers of experimental industrial music. Each new release demonstrates new territory being explored, offering the listener great rewards for following his endeavors and growth. Many have compared Anakrid to Nurse With Wound. If that comparison holds, while some previous work is more in line with "Homotopy to Marie," this release would likely remind one more of "Gyllenskold" for its haunting darkness. Covers designed by Shool K and offset printed in full color, packaged in heavy duty "library-style" box. Chrome tapes in green shells with black printing.

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CP-17 – Burial Hex “Four Tone Poems of Orlog” 2xC-42

Last copies! Clay Ruby's newest release explores the symbols of the gods and the external and primal law of the universe. "Four Tone Poems of Orlog" features four 20-21 minute tracks of expertly composed blackened ambient and ritual music. This double cassette box is a true pinnacle in an already illustrious career by Burial Hex. What is particularly unique about this album is the use of melody along with the cavernous percussive and dark ambient sounds, with an almost symphonic approach to the composition. Each track has careful movement and development that evokes the impression of listening to a orchestra conducted by a black magician. Comes with a sticker in "library-style" heavy duty box.

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CP-18 – Clew Of Theseus “Oran” 2xC-50 (Boxed Set)

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Last copies! Boxed Set: Features the Standard Edition inside a two-color screen-printed box (printed by Neil Burke), plus a 44-page perfect bound art book that graphically tells the narrative of "Oran." Limited to 20 copies.

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Clew Of Theseus' opus, "Oran," is a testament to the disease of the modern metropolis. Over 100 minutes of esoteric ambiance and power drones recorded by Ben Brucato, utilizing prepared guitars, oscillators, bells, reeds, cymbals, prepared piano, metal and voice.

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CP-18 – Clew Of Theseus “Oran” 2xC-50 (Deluxe Boxed Set)

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Last copies! Deluxe Boxed Set: Features everything in the regular boxed set, but adds an 8" picture disc lathe cut record with 11 minutes of additional material, cut by Peter King. Limited to 20 copies.

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CP-18 – Clew Of Theseus “Oran” 2xC-50 (Standard Edition)

Standard Editions: Two fifty minute cassettes housed in plastic case with two-color exterior and interior printing, on chrome media with red shells and on-shell graphic printing. Limited to 60 copies.

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Clew Of Theseus' opus, "Oran," is a testament to the disease of the modern metropolis. Over 100 minutes of esoteric ambiance and power drones recorded by Ben Brucato, utilizing prepared guitars, oscillators, bells, reeds, cymbals, prepared piano, metal and voice.

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CP-19 – Alfarmania “Nojjan” C-60

Last copies! A heavy dose of psychedelic industrial noise from the Swedish masters. In these sixty haunted minutes of darkly surreal noise, Kristian Olsson (formerly of Survival Unit) and his partner Tony Hallen utilize electronics, synth, metal and vocals to create a genre-defying masterpiece of power electronics. Full-color offset printed inserts wrap around a grey cassette with dark grey imprint on the shell with chrome media, enclosed in a plastic bag.

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CP-20 – Flowerday “Girl On Film” C-30

Blaring, rumbling, crackling loud-as-fuck wall noise from RE Fontainbleau's second cassette on CP. "Girl On Film" is more extreme than "Snuff Victim" in every sense. I can't bring myself to upload mp3 samples, because it was recorded to tape, mastered on tape, and no digital file can capture the saturation and hiss that comes from your VUs slammed in the red with violent harsh walls tearing through the speakers.

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CP-21 – Clew Of Theseus / Buckettovsissors Split C-40

This split release is perfect for a cold Winter. Cover images were shot after several feet of snow fell in Flagstaff last Winter, and this release comes as record lows have been recorded day after day. Last Winter, roofs collapsed across the town under the weight of the snow, and this year, water mains are bursting under the pressure of frozen waters.

Clew Of Theseus starts off this split with a track ("Eve I") that will remind listeners of some of the eerie droning tracks on "Oran." Things shift significantly in "Eve II" when the track shifts from electronic buzzes and guitar drones to bowed screeches then give way to a field recording of a storm.

Buckettovsissors of Germany produces two masterful tracks of synth-based drone that will conjure impressions of a more minimalist version of early M.B. A close listening to these tracks that superficially sound static will reveal the multiple shifting dimensions in the tracks.

Whether the climates shift from smokestacks or nuclear winter, these times are cold.

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CP-22 – Haare “Doomsday Sunrise” C-40

Finland's Haare is known for merging the aesthetics of ritual industrial, psychedelic noise and apocalypticism into something uniquely his own. "Doomsday Sunrise" is a high point in an already stellar career. This release got a unique treatment with a unique oversized case and double-sided full-color printing to highlight this truly stellar tape.

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CP-24 – Sky Burial – “Dream Decimator” C-60

This is Michael Page's 60-minute opus as Sky Burial. A single track that spans both sides of this C-60, "Dream Decimator" craftily merges classic industrial with dark ambient with an expert level of composition. This is what long time Lustmord fans wish he would release these days.

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CP-25 – Death Agonies “Dust in the Lungs of God” C-20

If you've noticed, Cathartic Process releases unusually long cassettes. This C-20 is the shortest release on the label, yet this release by the Canadian members of The Endless Blockade covers massive territory. "Dust in the Lungs of God" is excellently composed and paced, and after a quick listen, your left with a powerful impression. I hesitate to use the description "cut-up," because it lacks the extremely rapid transitions the term has been used to describe. But there is the movement that we came to expect in the mid-90s from such a description, before it was used to describe artists like Sickness, Romance and early Sewer Election. This is quite different, sounding more like the 4-track tape techniques of mid-90's American noise artists were used. In a time of dilettantes, we're unaccustomed to artists who simultaneous demonstrate both expertise and passion, but Death Agonies bear the unmistakable mark of our time, while reminding us of a quality long lost in (North) American harsh noise.

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CP-26 – PHBTK (PBK + Hands To) – Verfall & Melachoir 2xCS

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PBK (Phillip B. Klinger) and Hands To (Jeph Jerman) released two collaborative C-60s: "Verfall," released by Al Margolis' label Sound of Pig in 1988, and "Melachoir," released by Jerman's Big Body Parts label in 1989.

Both releases capture a similar dynamic, combining textures ranging from subtle to harsh. Anyone familiar with either artist won't be surprised to find that even after more than two decades, these cassettes are far ahead of material of their time and of any time since.

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This release features both cassettes in their entirety with the original artwork, packaged in a double norelco case.

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CP-27 – The Teratologist “Cabinet of Curiosities II” C-30

The follow-up to The Teratologist's first tape on Cathartic Process is heavier, delving into further dark ambient territory. "Cabinet of Curiosities II" maintains the mysterious aura of the first cassette, creating a esoteric feeling generally stimulated by ritual music. DM Turner again brings forward some very dynamic yet subtle sounds that defy categorization. Mastered by James Plotkin.

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CP-29 – Endless Sea “Complotto” C-40

Matteo Castro of Italy is rare in that he is both prolific and consistently excellent in his releases, both on his label, Second Sleep, and in his various projects (i.e. Kam Hassah). "Complotto" reminds us of that indefinable yet unmistakably Italian variety of industrial music. It is broken, raw, and sleazy, yet at once has a rare level of refinement.

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CP-30 – Dajjal “De-Evolution in Simulation Generators” C-90

If I told you this was a re-release of an obscure Italian or German industrial outfit from the late 80s, you might not question it upon listening. If I told you this came out of a basement in Detroit, you wouldn't doubt me. There is something that transcends geography and time here. "De-Evolution in Simulation Generators" is an example of morphogenesis in action, a psychic tendency more than a material fetish artifact. Dajjal presents the sound of a world beyond digitization but pre-mechanized, a world that is corrosive and elemental, yet knowledgeable of the world that is: a world of degeneration, deprivation and inhumanity, of gears and digits, of pornographic fundamentalism and religious perversion. This album was recorded live to cassette and features some frequencies you're not accustomed to hearing on a cassette release. This isn't noise or power electronics - this is industrial music!

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CP-31B – Skullflower “The Paris Working/La Noche de Walpurgis” C-100

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[Available again! The first hundred tapes flew out the door. Having it out of print so quickly defeated the purpose of this release: making two excellent, yet hard-to-find full lengths easy to acquire and at an affordable price. This repress has B&W art, and cheaper, too.]

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In 2008 and 2009, Skullflower self-released two CD-r releases for short tours. "The Paris Working" features a nearly 50-minute live track featuring Lee Stokoe, Matthew Bower, Samantha Davies, and Stuart Dennison, performing live in Paris. "La Noche de Walpurgis" features 6 studio tracks in similar style to "Vile Veil" and "Circulus Vitiosus Deus." These releases occasionally appeared for mailorder, sometimes fetching high collectors-only prices. I am happy to present both of these releases on a single cassette - 100 minutes of top-notch Skullflower material, with black and white reproduction of the original artwork.

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CP-32 – Clew Of Theseus “Live July 3, 2010″ C-60

July 3, 2010, Clew Of Theseus performed twice at Vesica Piscis Cathedral in Flagstaff, Arizona, in 7 channel sound. This C-60 captures both live performances and includes a recording made during the sound check. The material was recorded both at room level and multi-tracked, and later remixed to best represent the material in stereo sound.

The first performance features field recordings, multiple acoustic (bells, chord organ, flutes) and electric instruments (electric guitar, effects, synths). The second performance features looped electric guitars. Other than field recordings, no pre-recorded sound was used.

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