Tony Tears returns as a revamped quintet on their eighth full-length album. Expect a daring opus vaguely akin to “Demons Crawl…” albeit elevated to a significantly higher plane. Superior compositions, personal performances and production values accentuate their collective vision. This is an exploration of Cult, Magic and Reincarnation. The epitome of Italian Dark Sound in 2021!
By far the biggest gathering for the trilogy, the quartet became a septet with Diana Collier, Sophie Cooper, and Graeme Lockett joining David Colohan, Alison O’Donnell, Dominic Cooper, Matt Leivers. This stirring album was recorded in multiple locations, including Waylands Smithy and West Kennet Long Barrow. It is pitched somewhere between the rousing folk songs of “The Ale’s What Cures Ye” and the longer meditative suites of “Cave Hill Ascension” or “Divining Movements” this journey echoes its predecessors whilst still exploring new ground within.
For the second part of the “Cave Hill” trilogy, saxophonist, Matt Leivers joins our trio of travellers, David Colohan, Alison O’Donnell and Dominic Cooper for an expansive inner journey. Without words, they speak to the elemental forces all around us. Feel the pull of the earth, moon and stars. Meditate, commune, absorb and release. Two discs. Four phases. Timeless.
It’s hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since The River released their iconic fourth demo. Back in 2005, they also made the long pilgrimage to The Chapel at Doom Shall Rise and aired these same songs from “Different Ways To Be Haunted” with heartfelt conviction. Shortly after having met them at that performance in Germany, I interviewed the band for Pariah Child #2. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship with these inventive musicians.
Looking back now, they probably played a more potent and intimate set on the Belfast leg of their UK tour with Warning and Against Nature. Similarly, some perhaps prefer the revamped versions that graced “Drawing Down The Sun” or the retelling of “Opaque” from their third demo on the second album. Whatever way you look at it though, the songs have weathered well and as much as I still deeply cherish both records it’s particularly “Different Ways…” that moves me most. That was the genesis for compiling this demo collection. Now both “Oneric Dirges In Mono” and “Different Ways…” have enjoyed a beefy remastering. Recorded the year between them, the first and unreleased take of “Alone With My Thoughts” has been included as a bonus. Do also bear in mind that “White Library” appears nowhere else in their discography and if that were still not enough, the spirit of the collective demo artwork has been fused for the special occasion. This is The River as they were. We hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane…
Rife with tension, eerie electronica depicts a dark space where an uncertain future meets an equally unsettling past. That ominous thread is woven throughout the six songs. Form and texture shifts along the way. But that sense of unease never really disperses. There are infrequent hints of narrative, found sounds, lingering in the background. Bringing greater texture rather than meaning, the imagination is left to its own devices, grappling with dread, and dreaming thoughts better left buried… The album cover presents a stark city street. Old cars. Trees are bereft of leaves. The German titles allude to autumnal and wintery themes. Death and decay. Where will the journey take you?
Co-release with BloodRock Records
“Herbstlicht”, by Regen Graves
Gentle, ethereal and haunting, the new studio album is the first step in a bold trilogy. Two longer devotional wordless movements have been paired with two shorter lyrical folk songs, which makes for a beautifully rounded and mystical experience. Rarely is the collective so small. But here, the trio of David Colohan, Alison O’Donnell and Dominic Cooper really shines…
With one exclusive song apiece, this is a special collaboration in the form of a Finnish Doom collision! Dark, moody and rousing, both hymns stand strongly alone as well as a complementary pair. Perfect unison! When Svart suffered from cold feet, Acidmen Records, Pariah Child and Ramekuukkeli rallied to see the project through and as well we did. Presented in a vibrant and eerie wraparound sleeve, this special single is limited to 300 copies only…
Pariah Child and Hell Bent For Metal have united again and our labours come in a lavish 104 A5 pages on 115gsm paper, with 250gsm full colour card cover and 6mm spine. Putting the heavy back in Heavy Metal, the tome includes 11 detailed interviews with Hammers of Misfortune, Mortalicum, Seven Sisters, Sin Starlett, Vultures Vengeance, Argus, Arduini Balich, Garden of Worm, Summoning, Attacker and Filii Nigrantium Infernalium as well as the customary Name, Rank & Serial Number and Unsung Heroes features, Czech gems and a smattering of independent reviews…
“I’m Not Good” claims ST 37. Truth be told, the band has never been better and this may very well be the jewel in their psychedelic crown. Weaving imaginative song craft with improvised jamming, the two famed threads have met in perfect bind. Croaking frogs, chopped up cinematic loops, disturbing druggy cover versions, gentle moments, manic moments, a banjo, hooks more infectious than the plague and all out sensory bliss, it’s fucking brilliant! This is the culmination of three decades galactic exploration and the portal into this world of wonderment. Buckle up.” (Yoshiwara Collective #1)
After a CD and digital release via Cleopatra Records, a limited cassette edition on Go Johnny Go, the long awaited double vinyl edition is imminent! The audio has been remastered, lyrics included and artwork expanded. An exclusive version of “Marina” also replaces “Eroica Horns” making it that little bit more special. Pressed on monochrome vinyl, one black LP and white LP to match the artwork in the heavy gatefold sleeve this is the real deal… https://st37.bandcamp.com/album/im-not-good
After a lengthy bout of planning, Ogre makes their vinyl debut twice! With the audio now remastered and the artwork revamped for the 12” format, their fourth album of instantly recognisable Doom infected ‘70s Hard Rock is now available in its analogue glory. If you happen to have been lapsing in and out of consciousness, the record was initially released on CD by Minotauro early in 2014 and has been largely met with unanimous approval since. My copy has been spinning continuously! Veering from the short, snappy and infectious, “Nine Princes in Amber” to the mammoth “Bad Trip” the flow is dynamic and the flavour varied. Limited to 500 copies on 180gsm vinyl with 12” insert in a 350gsm card sleeve, this is the boldest vinyl venture to date by Pariah Child with valuable assistance from my allies in the Yoshiwara Collective. Ogre is back!