From Utech Records:
URAL UMBO > DELUSION OF HOPE > URLP070
With an eldritch terror that could just as easily be from another dimension as the darkest ocean comes the latest release from Ural Umbo, Delusion of Hope. Feedback and melody barely escape from the murky crevices, tinged with a sense of grinding tension. Sharp, acidic percussion slices through the blackness with violent urgency, while electronic blasts and organic drones entwine and ensnare. Some dim instinctive memory vaguely resurrects a shadowy scene wherein black drums roar madly, and monstrous beings squat loathsomely in inexplicable rituals rooted in the black dawn of the universe. Limited to 300 copies on clear vinyl. Comes with cd version of the album. Photography by Alexander Binder.
SKY BURIAL > AEGRI SOMNIA > URCD064
The vastness of space is a frightening concept. Sky Burial, with astral navigation from Nik Turner (Hawkwind), leads a cosmogonic caravan through layered passages of sound. The result is Kosmiche Musik for the modern space age. Aegri Somnia apposes delicate melodies with vacuous drones creating a world ghastly and unhinged. In space, no one can hear you dream. Presented in a heavy letterpress sleeve with fold out poster.
Mastered by Justin K Broadrick. Art by Thomas Hooper.
ARCHITEUTHIS REX > URANIA > URCD062
From the opening pulse through the flourish of its conclusion, Urania is an auditory capsulization of outer space. Like the magazine it draws its title from, strains of evil, surrealism, and technological grandeur exist in an oxygenless environment. Urania is the sound of various futures, from modular analog synth textures to bizarre, unidentifiable soundtracks created with alien technology. From idyllic utopian societies to scorched, apocalyptic lands, Architeuthis Rex examine the mysteries of the universe and futures that lie ahead. Presented in a heavy black/black package with green poster. Art by Reuben Sawyer.
ADRIAN ANIOL > IT ALL FALLS APART > URCS065
The debut release from Polish composer Adrian Aniol, It All Falls Apart, is a slow, fog-enshrouded journey upriver into the mouth of madness. Slow, frigid waves of sound seep in from the misty distance. White noise clashes with subsonic percussive crashes piling on the unease and tension that builds to an appropriately lunatic conclusion. The B-side features a remix of the entire piece by Steven Hess (Locrian, Ural Umbo). No computers were used on the remix. The piece was literally done by hand, using cd Walkman, desktop cassette player, phone taping microphone, looper/sampler with three altered loops, drums, and a cinder block with contact mic. Black cassette.
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