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Aura Legato
BLACKESTDL 012
06 May 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Reverie En Mineur - (1:49) 91 BPM
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Capsule Detachee - (15:17) 78 BPM
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Tableau Fluide - (13:07) 67 BPM
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Aphanes - (6:54) 103 BPM
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Review: When it comes to electro-acoustic music, there's few better than Timo Van Luijk, a man who has made his name through the La Scie Doree label, and under his Af Ursin moniker. Unsurprisingly, hoe has been drafted by Blackest Ever Black, who in recent years have strayed towards looser, more abstract sonic territories of the 'dark' ambient sort. "Reverie" En Mineur" sets a tranquil setting with a very subtle Eastern twang, while "Capsule Detachee" builds up the momentum by unleashing a fiery squadron of drones above sparse and chaotic jingles. "Tableau Fluide" is a hollow, spectral piece of mind psychedelia, and "Aphanes" up the ante, raises the noise and even chucks in a faint flutter of beats. An excellent excursion, indeed.
A Luminous Veil
BLACKEST 014
02 May 13
Industrial/Noise
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The Third Room - (5:56)
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Black Thread - (5:47)
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Mirror Fragment - (4:17)
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She Demands Attention - (4:21) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Figure Moving - (4:20)
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Winter Flower - (2:38)
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Retrieval
BLACKEST 024
04 Dec 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Harbor - (3:55) 76 BPM
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Switch - (5:28) 58 BPM
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So, How Much Do You Know About Me? - (2:55) 83 BPM
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Hallway - (7:58) 76 BPM
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Repeating Pit - (5:31) 89 BPM
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Retrieval - (4:33) 84 BPM
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Bird's Eye - (6:02) 74 BPM
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Weld
BLACKEST 042
19 Jun 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Truth Teller - (3:52) 87 BPM
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Dreamsnake - (4:59) 87 BPM
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Healer - (6:12) 74 BPM
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Blight - (4:19) 111 BPM
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AM Horizon - (5:32) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rose Eye - (3:51) 63 BPM
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Agate Cross - (5:23) 59 BPM
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Ash Grove - (2:41) 106 BPM
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Antigravity
BLACKESTDL 011
14 May 15
Industrial/Noise
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Nanook - (1:30) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Overload - (5:55) 84 BPM
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Panic In Bali - (1:43) 111 BPM
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Rock'n'Roll Station - (2:35) 126 BPM
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Where Flamingoes Fly - (4:31) 99 BPM
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Kinder Lieder - (2:07) 131 BPM
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Tsouking Chant - (2:33) 60 BPM
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Valse Des Lilas - (3:52) 138 BPM
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Nanooks - (1:44) 58 BPM
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Solaris - (3:30) 152 BPM
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Ife L'ayo - (1:43) 82 BPM
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Spain - (3:17) 55 BPM
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Riga Centraal - (0:43) 111 BPM
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L'Essai Des Suintes Ou Le Bal Des Futaies - (4:00) 100 BPM
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Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95
BLACKEST 007
10 Apr 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Lo Tek - (1:26) 59 BPM
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Night City Tokyo - (7:17) 69 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lo Tek Bridge - (2:56) 63 BPM
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Biotechno 1 & 2 - (6:10) 73 BPM
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Lo Tek Bridge 2 - (3:18) 63 BPM
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Now I'm Just A Number - (11:30) 64 BPM
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Lo Tek Musicm - (4:53) 59 BPM
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Dark Pool
BLACKESTDL 009
30 Sep 15
Ambient/Drone
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Dark Pool - (0:53) 81 BPM
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Profusion - (2:47) 157 BPM
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Watering Hole - (3:16) 115 BPM
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Endourban - (4:00) 136 BPM
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Burst - (3:22) 98 BPM
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Xibalba Road - (5:31) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Data River - (4:27) 107 BPM
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Night In New Chiang Saen - (3:46) 100 BPM
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Protoplasm - (6:28) 80 BPM
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Profusion II - (3:42) 126 BPM
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Who Will Save The Tiger? - (2:48) 131 BPM
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Review: The belated release of New York industrial ambient crew Black Rain's early '90s soundtrack work in 2011 sparked something in founder Stuart Argabright. It inspired a belated return to the studio and this surprise album, Black Rain's first for 18 years. Given how long they've been away, Dark Pool is a pleasingly accomplished set. Like their previous material, it wades in dark waters, joining the dots between droning electronic textures, skittish, IDM-inspired rhythms, horror chic, industrial noise and bleak electronica. It's hugely atmospheric, of course, but also strangely claustrophobic. It's a brilliant set, all told, but one that shouldn't be taken lightly.
Second Launch
BLACKEST 033
30 Sep 15
Ambient/Drone
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Entering Phase Two - (10:04) 121 BPM
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Hollow Wave - (11:31) 80 BPM
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The Forgotten Ones - (5:10) 111 BPM
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Static Interferences - (15:19) 88 BPM
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They Were Drifting - (7:32) 160 BPM
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Sweepers - (2:59) 132 BPM
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Threshold Crossing - (9:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pace Of Time - (6:27) 81 BPM
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Walking The Skies - (10:30) 152 BPM
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Voxnan - (12:03) 105 BPM
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Sun Son - (15:38) 95 BPM
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Review: If there's one thing that can be said of Blackest Ever Black, it's that the label continues to confounds expectations. Having just issued Dead Unique, a "lost classic of English art-rock" by Mick Hobbs under his Officer! guise, Blackest Ever Black now turn their attentions to Sweden and Bremen, a duo comprised of Scandinavian underground punk figures Lanchy Orre and Jonas Tiljander. Their BEB debut takes the form of Second Launch, an 11-track collection that further explores the instrumental blend of krautrock, drone, and progressive rock that made up Bremen's 2013 self-titled debut. Guitar and organ are the primary weapons wielded by Orre and Tiljander on Second Launch, subjected to all manner of reverb and feedback, with drums and synthesiser tones offering some rhythmic balance.
Eclipsed
BLACKEST 048
18 Dec 15
Indie
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On Board - (8:58) 154 BPM
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Helmet - (8:06) 60 BPM
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Cold March - (5:25) 145 BPM
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Scorched Earth - (10:03) 157 BPM
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Through The Barrier - (4:25) 138 BPM
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The Art Of Non Existence - (8:00) 60 BPM
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Universal - (7:31) 83 BPM
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Events & Non Events - (7:16) 94 BPM
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First Leap - (1:54) 155 BPM
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A Stumble Not A Fall - (4:57) 92 BPM
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A Glimpse At The Final Moment - (7:14) 154 BPM
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Sick City - (5:01) 150 BPM
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Lights Out - (5:24) 138 BPM
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Soaring With The Mountains - (5:00) 106 BPM
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Fast Moving Cars
BLACKEST 052
29 Apr 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Fast Moving Cars - (3:30) 97 BPM
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Better Yet - (3:27) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Berlin-based Melbournite Carla Dal Forno, one half of uber cool duo Tarcar and one third of F Ingers, strikes out on her own for the always impressive Blackest Ever Black. Aimed as a taster for a forthcoming solo album, Carla Dal Forno presents two tracks of reduced goth tendencies on "Fast Moving Cars", with her gorgeous vocals backed by a bare bones rhythmic arrangement, subtle synth swells and a raw bassline. Things get even gloomier yet on "Better Yet", where her haunting vocals assist you in drifting away to a dark and lonely place, sounding reminiscent of early Sisters Of Mercy or The Cure.
Festival Of The Dead
BLACKESTDL 010
30 Sep 15
Experimental/Electronic
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The Claw - (6:27) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Know What I Must Do - (0:49) 70 BPM
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Damballah 58 - (6:40) 57 BPM
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Parataxic Distortion - (3:27) 66 BPM
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Festival Of The Dead - (4:53) 71 BPM
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Belladonna Theme - (3:10) 100 BPM
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Vaudou Take Me High - (6:50) 60 BPM
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Inlightenment - (3:14) 96 BPM
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None Of Your Bones Are Broken - (2:39) 81 BPM
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Madwoman (Festival mix) - (5:52) 64 BPM
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Fruit Is Ripe - (2:16) 74 BPM
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Fire Ends The Day - (3:34) 51 BPM
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Review: Blackest Ever Black's unwavering commitment to gracing 2014 with some of the most distinct sounds continues apace as their latest long player sees the return of William Bennett's Cut Hands project. Entitled Festival Of The Dead, this new album feels like the next logical progression in the Cut Hands sound, with the label describing it as "most potent distillation yet" of Bennett's "malign percussive energy". If you checked lead track "The Claw" which was made available to stream when BEB first announced the album, you will no doubt have an idea of what to expect but this relentless, bracing approach shown there is not the only card played by Bennett across the album. Indeed it's the moments where the sonics get twisted and chewed up (such as the suitably named "Parataxic Distortion") that prove most memorable.
Mitchell Heisman
BLACKEST 012
24 Jan 13
Experimental/Electronic
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You Don't Know What You Want, Do You - (7:31) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Success Is Her Sensuality - (4:28) 75 BPM
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An Ambassador For Laing
BLACKESTDL 003
21 May 13
Experimental/Electronic
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He Was Human & Belonged With Humans - (6:50) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Physical Body - (3:00) 94 BPM
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Anger Sees Red - (2:07) 110 BPM
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Bolder & Lighter Than The Beat From A Wing - (2:27) 58 BPM
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Who's Here, You're Here, I'm Here... - (1:19) 100 BPM
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Dalhous - (6:57) 112 BPM
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The Cruel Practice Of Art - (6:02) 59 BPM
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Dwelling By The Meadow - (6:08) 75 BPM
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Eros, Love & Lies - (4:20) 63 BPM
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A White, White Day - (2:05) 94 BPM
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Dreamers Of Decadence - (7:17) 78 BPM
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Visibility Is A Trap
BLACKEST 029
30 Sep 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Active Discovering - (3:24) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Information Is Forever - (4:08) 103 BPM
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Sight Of Hirta - (4:13) 60 BPM
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A Change Of Attitude - (2:45) 106 BPM
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He Was Human And Belonged With Humans (Regis version) - (5:00) 78 BPM
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Review: Along with Raime, Dalhous are one of the few constant acts on the ever shifting Blackest Ever Black. Originally debuting on the label as Young Hunting in 2011, the duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander moved from a soundtrack-inspired sound to a more fractured, sample-based electronic palette when they re-emerged as Dalhous at the tail end of 2012. After delivering a fine and rather under-appreciated debut album last year, Dalhous now return with Visibility Is A Trap, and it's seemingly the solo concern of Dall now. Featuring four new originals written and produced by Dall that reflect his "continued interest in the language and imagery of self-help, R.D. Laing and the anti-psychiatry movement", this EP shows a further progression in the Dalhous sound. Karl O'Connor returns for one of his irregular BEB appearances with a Regis remix of "He Was Human And Belonged With Humans" from last year's aforementioned LP.
Will To Be Well
BLACKESTDL 007
30 Sep 15
Ambient/Drone
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First Page From Justine - (1:37) 120 BPM
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A Communion With These People - (3:25) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Function Curve - (3:17) 129 BPM
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Sensitised To This Area - (4:04) 105 BPM
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Lovers Of The Highlands - (5:18) 149 BPM
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Four Daughters By Four Women - (4:20) 120 BPM
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Her Mind Was A Blank - (1:43) 125 BPM
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Transference - (4:15) 120 BPM
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To Be Universal You Must Be Specific - (3:22) 118 BPM
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Someone Secure - (3:54) 119 BPM
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Entertain The Idea - (2:56) 123 BPM
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Abyssal Plane - (4:12) 85 BPM
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Thoughts Out Of Season - (4:46) 116 BPM
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DSM-III - (6:24) 120 BPM
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Masquerading As Love - (1:08) 157 BPM
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Review: Ambient explorers Dalhous - AKA producers Marc Dall and Alex Ander - have some intriguing influences; apparently this second full length for Blackest Ever Black was inspired by their fascination with the life and work of radical psychiatrist R.D Laing. Whether this is noticeable in the music is debatable, though there are plenty of varied moods, dreamy melodies, cascading electronics and glitchy rhythms to be found on Will To Be Back. Certainly, it's a thoroughly engaging and entertaining set, far lighter and more melodious in tone and texture than their 2013 debut. There are still droning passages of intense melancholy, of course, but these are countered by sun-bright melodies and beautiful, drawn-out sounds.
The Composite Moods Collection Vol 1/House Number 44
BLACKEST 051
11 Mar 16
Industrial/Noise
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Response To Stimuli - (4:15) 121 BPM
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It Itself, Is Harmless - (2:33) 154 BPM
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Running Sheets - (4:52) 120 BPM
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Ecstasy As A Mask Or A Shield - (4:13) 120 BPM
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Consience Of Nerves - (2:30) 147 BPM
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Research Network - (1:13) 124 BPM
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On A Level - (2:22) 146 BPM
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End Of Each Analysis - (4:27) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mimetic - (2:55) 160 BPM
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Content For Feelings - (3:26) 138 BPM
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Zero Point Zero Six Per Cent - (1:52) 154 BPM
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Implicit Use Of Abstraction - (1:29) 157 BPM
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Statistical Order - (0:42) 140 BPM
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Results - (2:22) 146 BPM
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Vestibule - (1:08) 160 BPM
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Everything They Wanted To Hear - (5:29) 120 BPM
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Bahy-Oh-Feed-Bak - (3:43) 120 BPM
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Methods Of Elan - (4:06) 159 BPM
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Lines To Border - (2:57) 152 BPM
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Review: Alex Ander and Marc Dall, the two dudes behind the Dalhous project, have pretty much restricted their output to the mighty Blackest Ever Black label, but who could blame them? The label has been one of the most consistent and diverse stables for dark and industrial dance and non-dance music over the last five years, a true pinnacle of the 2010's. This latest work, entitled The Composite Moods Collection Vol 1 / House Number 44 is a beast of an album, nineteen piece of sparse and desolate electronic music that has much more in common with a soundtrack than an ambient album. In fact, the chilling backdrops of drones and electro-acoustic wails that flutter over this work are truly a piece of moody melodica, a times loosely infused with melted beats and a ritualistic form of percussion. It's classic BEB material, and if you're into travelling to sinister, cavernous places, this will surely do the trick.
On A Business Trip To London
BLACKESTDL 008
16 Mar 15
Industrial/Noise
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Luckily I Was Allowed To Get Dressed When I Left The House - (1:04) 159 BPM
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I Am Made To Greet Each Guest With A Limp-wristed Handshake - (1:49)
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Only Carla - (5:03) 132 BPM
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She Is Pretty Strange, The Way She Dresses, That Punky Hair God Knows What She Gets Up To - (0:13) 148 BPM
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Jack The Damned - (2:25) 157 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Since I Am On A Strict 500 Calorie A Day Diet With Extensive Exercise & No Alcohol, I Have The Shape Of A Petite Little Woman, & My Wife Has Paid For Breast Implants & Facial Surgery To Make Me More Acceptable - (3:45) 65 BPM
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Duck Shall Not Have The Audacity To Request Release Himself. Duck Shall Not Gripe Or Complain About The Duration Of His Confinement, The Length Of Which Will Be Solely Determined By Mistress - (1:01) 123 BPM
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He Might Be Able To Earn A Meal Of Slop If He Does Dangerous Work (for Instance - Crash Test Dummy) THUNDERSKINS - (0:51) 144 BPM
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To Compensate, While The Average Lifespan Of A Male Will Be About 70 Years, Medical Advancements Will Make The Average Lifespan Of A Woman To Be About 750 Years - (1:02) 75 BPM
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When Thanksgiving Approaches, I'm Usually In My Third Week Without Release - (2:27) 123 BPM
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My Breasts Were Pierced, So Red Ball Ornaments Were Placed Through Each Nipple Additionally, Each Ear Was Pierced, So A Red Ball Ornament Was Placed In Each Earring Hole My Nipples Were Protruding - (8:36) 152 BPM
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Thunderskins London Dungeon - (1:11) 152 BPM
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The Grad Student Turned Her Eyes Toward The Closet Where She Had Made Him Hide THUNDERSKINS - (5:33) 150 BPM
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Drugs Alan, I Don't Believe It But Somebody Saw Her Shooting Up In The Restroom - (1:07) 123 BPM
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Only Tease - (5:02) 110 BPM
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Tennis Has Always Been My Life Since I Was A Small Boy In Mexico City My Father Was The Head Gardener At An Estate Owned By A Very Important Man & He Used To Take Me With Him So I Could Hit The Balls On The Court - (0:21) 152 BPM
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Wild Spectrum - (3:09) 144 BPM
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Credits - (2:56) 100 BPM
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Review: Something has clearly stirred at Fernow Towers of late with this collection of material under the Exploring Jezebel name one of several album endeavours from the multifaceted US noise icon due within 2015's first quarter. Dominick Fernow completists will be fully aware of Exploring Jezebel, a project of S&M themed nocturnal transmissions issued on limited cassette format mostly through his own Hospital Productions. It's perhaps the one creative endeavour that shows off Fernow's black sense of humour best, as evidenced on the tracklisting for this Blackest Ever Black album. The label describe On A Business Trip To London as a "dramatic document of curious electronics" and that's certainly the case from what we have heard.
Hide Before Dinner
BLACKEST 044D
04 Sep 15
Industrial/Noise
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Escape Into The Bushes - (4:31) 118 BPM
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Mum's Caress After Trip - (3:42) 159 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tantrum Time - (5:22) 120 BPM
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Blissfull Cubby House - (5:12) 126 BPM
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Useless Treasure - (6:58) 69 BPM
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Under The House Hard To Breathe - (4:43) 129 BPM
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Hide Before Dinner - (5:53) 119 BPM
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Review: F Ingers is an Australian trio made up of Carla Dal Forno, Samuel Karmel, and Tarquin Manek - a new and exciting outfit dealing in stone-cold electronics. "Escape Into The Bushes" is an opener fit for an apocalypse thanks to its shivery waves of ambience and hymns, while "Mum's Caress After Trip" is sinister and foreboding in a wholly different way, and "Tantrum Time" fully enters the doom with its drugged-out vocals and broken melodic patterns. These are just three of the most chilling sculptures inside, but it's clear that F Ingers will be around again in no time and that BEB have found material fit for their catalogue.
Tragedy Of The Commons
BLACKEST 036
16 Mar 15
Industrial/Noise
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Tragedy Of The Commons - (17:35) 109 BPM
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Silent Money - (4:26) 65 BPM
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Fundamentals - (5:54) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Blackest Ever Black boss Kiran Sande recently described "Tragedy of the Commons", the 17-minute lead cut on Felix K's belated label debut, as "exemplary Berlin noir". In many ways, it's an apt description. A murky, claustrophobic collage of looped Tangerine Dream style synth lines, dystopian field recordings and fuzzy bass, it's a particularly atmospheric snapshot of Felix K's immersive, off-kilter aural world. "Silent Money" continues the otherworldly feel, delivering post trip-hop rhythms and thunderous sub-bass. Finally, "Onar Anxiety "delivers a thrillingly dark, paranoid and tribal remix of "Fundamentals", with voodoo drums helping propel the bleak techno groove towards the horizon.

Drained Of Connotation
BLACKEST 027
10 Mar 14
Industrial/Noise
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Sinister Eroticism In Oslo - (12:40) 94 BPM
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The Nightclub Toilet - (2:11) 98 BPM
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I Am Not Going To Make This Mistake Again - (6:48) 78 BPM
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Druid Crystals - (1:35) 81 BPM
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Pillars Of Excrement - (4:09) 92 BPM
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Psychoanalytically Speaking, You're Fucked - (2:21) 87 BPM
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Crack City - (1:16) 80 BPM
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Why Must We Rot - (26:36) 109 BPM
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Review: Blackest Ever Black crank the releases gears back into action for 2014 with the first release of what promises to be another perennially intriguing calender year. Typically, their focus falls on a musician who might not be that familiar to the wider audience but has a discography that commands respect. Check the Blackest Ever Black website and you'll find a press release that paints Stefan Jaworzyn as "a notorious and energetic presence in the UK underground of the 1980s and '90s" who enjoyed stints in acts such as Whitehouse, Ascension and Skullflower, as well as overseeing the Shock Records label. Having withdrawn from music in 1996, Jaworzyn remained off the grid until earlier this year when the Shock Records label was reactivated and he set to work on sifting through his personal archives of recordings for the KINO reissue/compilation series. It was during this process that Jaworzyn chanced upon a set of "driving, faintly sociopathic and supremely zoned pieces" made at his Cardiff studio in 1982 using a Korg MS10 or 20 and a Dr Rhythm drum machine. Seven of these compositions now feature on Drained Of Connotation, which is perhaps the most BEB-appropriate title in some time!
EP
BLACKEST 021
17 Oct 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Murphy - (4:18) 92 BPM
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Stacie - (4:23) 60 BPM
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Clancy - (4:01) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Oake
Dead Unique
BLACKESTDL 006
30 Sep 15
Indie
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Nest - (1:59) 94 BPM
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Elephant Flowers - (3:41) 82 BPM
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It Goes Up/Revenge - (2:33) 150 BPM
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Go Back - (3:34) 96 BPM
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Cows Hum In The Fields - (2:19) 126 BPM
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Shrug/Good - (3:19) 107 BPM
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Biteman - (1:52) 140 BPM
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Nardis - (5:22) 136 BPM
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Someone At The Door - (5:45) 74 BPM
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Stewed Fruit - (4:41) 96 BPM
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All I Got - (2:03) 74 BPM
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VIM - (5:31) 157 BPM
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Bugs In Amber - (4:59) 62 BPM
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Guess - (1:09) 129 BPM
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The Pony Was Contented - (4:39) 129 BPM
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Rachot - (6:24) 152 BPM
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Lilac & Orange - (1:15) 123 BPM
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Clint - (3:32) 133 BPM
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Through The Window
BLACKESTDL 002
12 Apr 13
Techno
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Through The Window - (17:37) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Terracotta Spine - (3:48)
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You Show Great Spirit - (10:11) 120 BPM
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Hennail
BLACKEST 005
26 Dec 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Told & Collapsed - (6:01) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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You Will Life Your Frame Clear - (6:09) 60 BPM
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Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
BLACKESTDL 001
26 Nov 12
Industrial/Noise
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Passed Over Trail - (4:30)
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The Last Foundry - (5:52) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Soil & Colts - (5:42)
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Exist In The Repeat Of Practice - (5:28)
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The Walker In Blast And Bottle - (5:11)
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Your Cast Will Tire - (5:31)
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The Dimming Of Road & Rights - (5:33)
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If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are
BLACKEST 002
13 Dec 10
Techno
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If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are - (5:48) 132 BPM
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This Foundry (Regis version) - (7:54) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Raime EP
BLACKEST 001A
04 Oct 10
Experimental/Electronic
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This Foundry - (6:31) 75 BPM
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We Must Hunt Under The Wreckage Of Many Systems - (6:20) 56 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Cloud Boat
Dead Heat
BLACKESTDL 014DS1
24 Apr 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Dead Heat - (4:35) 61 BPM
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Glassed
BLACKESTDL 014DS2
19 May 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Glassed - (5:15) 65 BPM
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Black Magic Cannot Cross Water (Remastered)
BLACKEST 015
02 May 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Homes Built Over The Sea - (14:29) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Refuges From Black Magic - (14:53) 70 BPM
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Deformed Worship
BLACKEST 018
02 Sep 13
Indie
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Cracked Flesh - (4:29)
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Lusty Climbing - (3:08)
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When A Lie Becomes The Truth - (2:51)
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Before Man - (1:31)
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Standing In Line - (2:46)
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By The Root - (5:41)
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Groping The Angel's Face - (3:01)
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Wild Inside - (1:50)
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I Was Wrong - (4:47)
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Privacy
BLACKEST 034
30 Sep 15
Indie
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Lionhead - (4:30) 115 BPM
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II - (0:44) 130 BPM
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Light Surrounds Me - (3:22) 83 BPM
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IV - (0:51) 148 BPM
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How The Strings Are Pulled - (3:43) 157 BPM
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Nail Biting - (1:47) 134 BPM
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VII - (1:48) 133 BPM
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Finger Bones - (2:22) 120 BPM
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IX - (0:53) 123 BPM
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Behind The Glass - (2:23) 85 BPM
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XI - (1:11) 115 BPM
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Hopelessly Alive - (2:30) 87 BPM
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XIII - (0:56) 131 BPM
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Big Grin - (5:15) 115 BPM
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Fooling Around
BLACKEST 043DL
31 Jul 15
Indie
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Fooling Around (long version) - (7:08) 144 BPM
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Waiting In The New World - (3:26) 83 BPM
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Strays - (5:39) 140 BPM
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Should I Leave You Alone? - (3:47) 156 BPM
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In A Syrian Tongue
BLACKEST 004
28 Sep 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Blood Witness - (6:24) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blood Witness (MJ Harris / Karl O'Connor Live Version 8211) - (6:46) 65 BPM
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Blinding Horses - (4:58) 65 BPM
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Manbait
BLACKESTDL 013
25 Sep 15
Techno
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Ike Yard - "Loss" (Regis version) - (7:16) 126 BPM
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Dalhous - "He Was Human & Belonged With Humans" (Regis version) - (5:00) 158 BPM
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Regis - "Blood Witness" (feat MJ Harris & Karl O'Connor - original 12" mix) - (6:24) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vatican Shadow - "Church Of All Images" (Regis version) - (7:12) 126 BPM
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Family Sex - "Manbait" (Regis version) - (6:47) 123 BPM
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Blinding Horses - (4:58) 130 BPM
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CUB - "C U 1" (original mix) - (6:43) 157 BPM
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Blood Witness (Downwards extended version) - (7:19) 130 BPM
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Tropic Of Cancer - "Plant Lilies At My Head" (Alternate version) - (4:10) 149 BPM
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Blinding Horses (Turin version) - (7:10) 126 BPM
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Raime - "This Foundry" (Regis version) - (7:54) 126 BPM
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Blinding Horses (Stableboy version) - (2:34) 120 BPM
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This Is Always Where You've Lived
BLACKEST 023
11 Dec 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Summer Wheels/Mysterious Fires - (3:12) 97 BPM
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Silvering The Wing - (3:00) 65 BPM
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Form Me - (4:22) 100 BPM
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Flashback - (4:21)
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Remarkable Fluids - (2:01) 79 BPM
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Beyond The Darkness - (4:02) 53 BPM
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Dream Scrape - (1:24) 70 BPM
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Glint & Follow You - (1:57) 108 BPM
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Have You Heard About This House? - (2:24) 113 BPM
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Last Town - (2:49) 76 BPM
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Deleted Hill - (8:13) 75 BPM
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This Is Always Where You've Lived - (5:18) 57 BPM
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Memory Care Unit
BLACKEST 045
26 Feb 16
Experimental/Electronic
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The Singing Bile - (7:18) 60 BPM
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Little Jammy Centre - (8:58) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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They're Playing Themselves - (4:46) 61 BPM
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Paean Delle Palme - (3:46) 74 BPM
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Stripping At The Nail - (8:23) 74 BPM
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Memorize Them Well - (8:15) 76 BPM
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Review: Blackest Ever Black is back with another release by Secret Boyfriend, the solo project of North Carolina's Ryan Martin, also one half of Boyzone and the man behind the Hot Releases label. This is his most recent effort for the label since his 2012 album This Is Always Where You've Lived, however he's had around half a dozen cassette releases on a variety of labels including his own Hot Releases imprint since then. For the most part these are sombre and reflective journeys for inner city introverts where dark ambient merges with shoegaze sensibilities swimmingly. But we particularly enjoyed "Little Jammy Centre" and "Stripping At The Nail" which are dusty, indie-goth gems reminiscent of Faith/Pornography era The Cure. Like pretty much anything on B.E.B., this is highly recommended.
Licht
BLACKEST 016
19 Jun 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Loch - (8:36)
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Fall - (9:55) 59 BPM
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Gift - (7:53)
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Still - (10:01) 60 BPM
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Crack
BLACKEST 039
06 Apr 15
Industrial/Noise
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Spalt - (9:10) 141 BPM
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Riss - (12:12) 137 BPM
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Bruch I-III - (16:32) 152 BPM
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Review: Having already appeared on Blackest Ever Black with the Licht LP in 2013, guitar-drone three-piece Shampoo Boy make a stout return to the label with a new excursion into ranging layers of feedback and tone. Alongside the masterfully sculpted squalls of six-string noise on "Spalt", there's a strong current of electronic interference that pulsates throughout Crack, from subtle undercurrents of low-end throb to high-frequency static. Such sounds melt into the fabric of the band dynamic beautifully, creating a racket that is unsettling, and yet also quite uplifting. "Riss" takes a turn downwards into omninous caverns of bassy drone that shape out a very tangible space, while "Bruch I-III" evolves from eerie minimalism to sheer sonic terror over the course of twelve minutes.
Tearing Down Heaven
BLACKEST 038
15 Jun 15
Industrial/Noise
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Tearing Down Heaven - (4:20) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reprise - (4:15)
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Review: The latest Blackest Ever Black release revisits "Tearing Down Heaven" by Six Six Seconds, a track that will be familiar to fans of the excellent 2012 Downwards compilation and a rare musical outburst from the band fronted by Claude Eden. With the arrival of "Tearing Down Heaven" in two slightly different versions on this 10" comes a bit more information about the origins of the track, with Eden laying down the recording in Berlin in 2012 with the assistance of DNS boss Karl O'Connor. For this new BEB edition, an extended version sits on the A-side, adding a further nine seconds whilst the reprise is a more drastic revision, embellishing the dronish qualities with breath-taking effect.
Positive
CONFESSION 001
10 Oct 12
Industrial/Noise
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Pete Swanson - "Positive" - (4:21)
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Moin - "Elsie" - (3:55) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mince Glace - EP
BLACKEST 37
30 Sep 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Game Is Up - (2:00) 74 BPM
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Visions Of The Night - (5:47) 74 BPM
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Emboldened - (2:25) 108 BPM
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Loathing And Fear In December - (1:52) 109 BPM
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Refugees - (2:17) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fireball - (5:54) 79 BPM
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Review: Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek together are Tarcar and they're here to sign off another winner of a year from the now cult-like Blackest Ever Black label. There isn't much that BEB haven't deserved a medal for, and they have yet again amazed us with their ludicrously on-point artistic repertoire! Mince Glace is a true thing of beauty, an album which doesn't give a damn about genre or style, but instead travels the treacherous paths between noise, drone, dub and pretty much any other genre of music! In our opinion, the nuttiest cit on here has to be "Emboldened" for it wavy jazz edge and far-out melodies, but be sure to also check out "Fireball" for a real spin down the wormhole. Lovely stuff from both label and artists. Don't miss it.
Tarquin Magnet
BLACKEST 047
27 Nov 15
Industrial/Noise
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Sassafras Gesundheit - (13:33) 144 BPM
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Fortunes Past - (1:24) 132 BPM
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Fortunes Begun - (3:06) 140 BPM
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Perfect Scorn - (10:28) 107 BPM
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Blackest Frypan - (6:16) 148 BPM
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Review: Aside from all the projects that he's been involved in the past - Bum Creek and Tarcar being among some of our favourites - Tarquin Manek has only released one tune on his own name, a track entitled "Not Missing You" that came out earlier this year on the mighty Blackest Ever Black. Manek is finally back on BEB with his own mini LP this time, and it's a splendid mixture of eerie electronics and Eastern influences. For instance, the opener "Sassafras Gessundheit" is a wonky twist of pseudo didgeridoos and unstable electronic patterns, and "Fortunes Past" is so molecular in its aesthetic that it sounds like organisms floating at the bottom of the ocean. "Perfect Scorn" is another favourite of ours, but what we most like about Manek's music is the little details dotted everywhere. Like intricate sculptures, his music is a journey into subtlety and elegance. Beautiful.
The Sorrow Of Two Blooms
BLACKEST 003
23 May 11
Experimental/Electronic
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A Color - (4:21) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Temporal Vessels - (3:33) 99 BPM
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Dive (Wheel Of The Law) - (4:42) 98 BPM
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Restless Idylls
BLACKESTDL 005
03 Oct 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Plant Lilies At My Head - (4:28) 75 BPM
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Court Of Devotion - (5:14) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hardest Day - (6:43) 85 BPM
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Children Of A Lesser God - (7:31) 90 BPM
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More Alone (album version) - (4:43) 60 BPM
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The Seasons Won't Change (And Neither Will You) - (4:43) 110 BPM
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Wake The Night - (5:58) 60 BPM
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Rites Of The Wild - (2:45) 60 BPM
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Played by: Blocks
Archive: The Downwards Singles
BLACKEST 041
13 Nov 15
Indie
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The Dull Age - (5:20) 110 BPM
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Victims - (4:41) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Be Brave - (6:57) 130 BPM
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Stop Suffering
BLACKEST 049
13 Nov 15
Indie
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Stop Suffering - (5:35) 100 BPM
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I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over - (7:01) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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When The Dog Bites - (5:39) 159 BPM
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Radio Caliban: Blackest Ever Black "Singles" 2015
BEBSC 2015
22 Jan 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Shampoo Boy - "Spalt" - (9:10) 80 BPM
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Exploring Jezebel - "I Am Made To Greet Each Guest With A Limp-wristed Handshake" - (1:49)
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F Ingers - "Tantrum Time" - (5:22) 60 BPM
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Barnett/Coloccia - "Dreamsnake" - (5:02) 87 BPM
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Tropic Of Cancer - "Stop Suffering" - (5:35) 100 BPM
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Felix K - "Tragedy Of The Commons" - (17:35) 108 BPM
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Ossia - "Red X" - (9:19) 55 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Six Six Seconds - "Tearing Down Heaven" - (4:20) 64 BPM
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Jac Berrocal/David Fenech/Vincent Epplay - "Solaris" - (3:30) 75 BPM
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Tarquin Manek - "Sassafras Gesundheit" - (13:33) 72 BPM
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Bremen - "Sick City" - (5:01) 75 BPM
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Family Sex - "Manbait" (Regis version) - (6:47) 62 BPM
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Tarcar - "Eija" - (4:17) 87 BPM
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Review: Another year, and it's another special compilation of Blackest Ever Black's work from the last 12 months. As always, this is jam-packed with a ridiculous amount of quality music, but also presented as an impressively wide array of styles and genres. Of course, there is always a common thread of gloom and darkness running through them, but there is something very familiar about the techno of Barnett & Coloccia's "Dreamsnake", and Tropic Of Cancer's "Stop Suffering". Ossia's "Red X" is a surprising slice of pseudo house among the greyness of the compilation - and a highly recommended one - and we're totally in love with Tarquin Manek's "Sassafras Gesundheit", the best piece of lo-fi oddness you'll here for some time. Quality brims from all angles.
Iraqi Praetorian Guard
BLACKEST 008
15 Apr 12
Industrial/Noise
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Cairo Sword Unsheathed - (5:06)
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Gunmen With Silencer - (5:11)
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Church Of All Images (Regis version) - (7:12) Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Night Of The Burning
BLACKEST 006
25 Jan 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Embers From The Pyre - (4:53) 67 BPM
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A Hunger Artist - (6:17) 60 BPM
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Spiritual Abandonment - (5:03)
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Entrance From The Carnal Mind - (7:24)
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