Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Urza - The Omnipresence of Loss (NBT037)


Cathartic and crushing, Urza's 2019 funeral doom masterpiece The Omnipresence of Loss is available for the first time on physical format in North America. 

The Berlin-based quintet shook the extreme doom metal underground to its core with their landmark debut, blending the somber, melodic majesty of funeral doom and infusing it with potent slabs of soul-crushing death metal. With epic, mournful passages and excruciating weight, The Omnipresence of Loss is a bleak exercise in extreme doom metal, laying waste to all pretenders.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Poisonous Wind - Conflagration of the Sty (NBT036)

Debut album from Denver-based war metal savages Poisonous Wind. 

Conflagration of the Sty is a powder keg of pure frustration and anger, transformed into a ripping black/death metal lashing. Poisonous Wind’s maelstrom of menace sets complacency aflame.

Profits from this album will be donated to the Urban League of Portland.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Depleted / A Vintage Death (NBT035)


Depleted and A Vintage Death occupy similar spaces in the doom metal spectrum -- both are one-man projects, and both push doom into more extreme territory. But the upcoming split from the international pair shows the wide range of possibilities within death/doom. 

First is Depleted from Portland, OR, helmed by Matt Sullivan of Evaporated Sores, Maltheist and Red Boiling Springs. In two prior demos on Nailbat Tapes and GreySun Records, Depleted melded death/doom with harsh noise, but the funeral doom influences are more apparent on the epic "Wreckage," with mournful melodies skirting a scorched earth.

A Vintage Death is the brainchild of Carmine d'Annibale (Rising Moon, ex-Condanna) from Ortona, Italy. Taking the sorrowful approach of the Peaceville Three, A Vintage Death melds regal death/doom with abrasive black metal. Taking the template set on the Acrid Death Fragrance EP, d'Annibale further distills this extreme metal amalgam across two connected tracks: "Piangimorti I" and "Piangimorti II.

Physical cassettes from Nailbat Tape, with a later release by Infernal South Productions in South America.


Makeup and Vanity Set - Liturgy (NBT033)


With his Makeup and Vanity Set project, Matthew Pusti has pushed the boundaries of synthwave and progressive electronics since the late 90s.

While Pusti is no stranger to darker, more sinister sounds (see his work on the "Jogger" soundtrack or the "Charles Park" series of EPs), "Liturgy" takes MAVS into more foreboding territory. A sprawling yet intense listen, "Liturgy" is the sound of something dreadful just beyond view, something closing in but never seen.

Originally released as a surprise drop on Bandcamp Day, July 3, "Liturgy" now gets its first official physical release with special edition artwork, limited to 50 cassettes.

FFO: Tim Hecker, Roly Porter, Vladislav Delay.

written and recorded by makeup and vanity set

instruments: moog mother 32, eurorack modular synthesizer.

recorded in 2017 and on tour, october 2018.

pan flute on 'Incinerar' performed by cal dykes.

visual art by gg puentes, from his film 'crisalida.'


Friday, October 23, 2020

Necröspeed - Demo 2020 (NBT034)


Raw and filthy blackened thrash from Malaysia. Necröspeed worship lo-fi ugliness, and on their debut demo, they take the first-wave black metal of Bathory and Venom and channel it through early speed metal and thrash influences like Motörhead and Sodom.

Limited to 75 tapes. Comes with download code.