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Updated: 2018-03-05T17:40:37.914-06:00


Field Recordings in Ghana: Drums of Death (1997, CD)


"Not the sort of thing one would immediately identify with John Zorn, this superb recording was nonetheless issued on his Avant label in 1997. It consists of field recordings made the previous year by Mark Seidenfeld during a funeral procession of the Ewe people in central Ghana, and is a hugely exciting helping of riveting, passionate drum work. There are seven primary drummers accompanied by many villagers on small percussion and occasional vocalizing. While five of the drummers maintain traditional (and usually quite complex) rhythms, the two manning the largest drum are free to improvise, one on the skin, one on its wooden sides. The firestorm these musicians are able to conjure up can be nothing short of incredible, with intricate rhythmic matrices getting subsumed into passionate pounding that explodes orgasmically. The disc leads off with six intense, shorter pieces before concluding with a 23-minute marathon that will leave the listener breathless. The rhythmic and timbral richness in works like this should be required listening for any aficionado of "the beat" -- here is the beat in all its uncluttered, raw splendor. Highly recommended." via Allmusic

Hear it.

Howard Shore ‎– The Fly OST (1986, CD)


"Cronenberg's collaboration with Howard Shore had been responsible to a great degree in bringing the composer from the anonymity of television and other writing venues into the motion picture scene, and their work together would continue for several decades. The two agreed to approach The Fly as though it were an opera, playing the tragedy very literally and melodramatically in the tone of the music. The technique would be relatively new in a genre that had been recently defined by far less traditional (or even orchestral) sounds, but it would prove to be successful due to the inherent emphasis on the romance in the story. The sound would also inform a new generation of film music in the genre, including the work of Christopher Young, whose score for the idiotic sequel to The Fly in 1989 would extend the larger-than-life scope of Shore's approach into another generation of fly mutation horror." via Filmtracks

This is an out of print [remastered] soundtrack to one of the greatest sci-fi horror films ever made. 


Zero Kama ‎– The Goatherd And The Beast (2001, 10")


Rare tracks from 1983 to 1986. 

This is dark ritual ambient music. ZK was known for using human skulls and bones on their recordings and during live shows. Many of their tracks are actual magickal rituals intended to invoke or evoke certain præternatural forces.


Art Zoyd - Berlin (1987, CD)


"This is the music of dark Germanic nightmares- regal, scary and relentless. Percussion, strings, horns, voices and sampling all unwind like an evil clock towards some terrible hour. Very dark, almost as dark as 1313 by contemporaries Univers Zero." via Progarchives

One of my favorite albums. Turn this on when you're sacrificing the neighborhood children tonight. 


Jon Hassell - The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things by the Power of Sound (1987)


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I was going to upload this but you can still buy it on iTunes. A perfect soundtrack to some unmade surreal horror film...

"Raga" trumpeter Jon Hassell's The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things by the Power of Sound utilizes the core ensemble of players previously heard on Power Spot, but with quite different results. Surgeon of the Nightsky is considerably more ambient and less rhythmically animated than its predecessor. Each of the five tracks is named after a city, a theme Hassell would further explore in the subsequent City: Works of Fiction. The tracks of Surgeon of the Nightsky melt seamlessly into one another, forming an unbroken arc that spans the entire album." via iTunes

Various Artists - Konstantin Raudive - The Voices Of The Dead (2002, CD)


These are more or less remixes or experimental tracks created from the Konstantin Raudive EVP tapes. There are also 9 extracts from the Gerhard Stempnik experiments. You can read more about Raudive and the album here.

Get it.

Reverend Bizarre - Teutonic Witch (2007, CDS)


"Recorded February and March 2007 at The Red House in Turku, Finland. Mastered at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland, in April 2007." via Discogs

Get it.

Xela ‎– Halloween / Suspiria (2006, 7")


"Features cover versions of horror themes; John Carpenter's "Halloween" and Goblin's "Suspiria". via Discogs

Grab it here.

Konstantin Raudive & Michael Smythe ‎– Breakthrough: An Amazing Experiment In Electronic Communication With The Dead (1971, 7")


"This Was A Free Flexi Given Away With Issue No. 1 Of The Unexplained: Mysteries Of Mind Space & Time Magazine published by Orbis (Publishing). Made In England By Sound For Industry." via Discogs

1. A General Introduction With Examples Of The Voices 
2. Examples Of Microphone, Radio Frequency, Diode, Goniometer And Psychophone Voices. 

This is not my rip and it's only 128. Get ready for the Halloween posts. 

Grab it here.




MUTANT SOUNDS: MUTANT SOUNDS IS REBORN AS DUBLAB'S MUTANT SOUNDS ...: For all of you who thought Mutant Sounds was a thing of the past, take heed! Mutant has reconfigured itself and will now be presented by Eri...

It begins.


Cianide - Cianide Kills! (1993, CS)


Punishing death/doom out of Chicago, Illinois.

Scott Carroll     Guitars
Mike Perun     Vocals, Bass
Jeff Kabella     Drums  

Gates of Slumber    
3.     The Undead March
4.     In Darkness 

I'd say this demo leans much more towards death than doom. These songs are a bit slower than they are on the full length album.

Get the FLAC via [Mediafire

Maimed - Demo #1 91 (1991, CS) - Black


Death Metal out of Midlothian, Illinois.

Paul Tobin - Bass, Vocals (backing)
Bill Sargis - Drums, Vocals
Jeff Massey - Guitars (lead)
Eric Ondo - Guitars (rhythm), Vocals (backing)


1. Cranial Embalment
2. Burned
3. Engulfed in Cysts
4. Of the Dead
5. Maimed Excisions

I already upped a copy of this with the white cover here. This one may have a bit better sound quality.

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Randy Howard - RIP


Outlaw country singer Randy Howard was killed in a shootout with a bounty hunter at his Tennessee home on Tuesday night (June 9).

According to Nashville’s WSMV, the 65-year-old musician was facing charges of fourth offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a gun while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license in Marion Country, Tenn. at the time of his death. He had failed to appear at a recent hearing, which resulted in a bench warrant. When a bounty hunter working for A-Plus Bail Bonding out of Dunlap, Tenn. showed up at Howard’s home in Lynchburg Tuesday night, the singer opened fire, according to investigators. The bounty hunter returned fire, killing the singer at the scene. The bounty hunter, who has not been named, was also hit, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Howard was part of the vanguard of the Outlaw Country movement that spawned Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck and more. His released his debut album, Now and Then, in 1976, and would go on to record All American Redneck for Warner Bros. in 1983, and a self-titled album for Atlantic in 1988, as well as other recording projects for smaller labels. His profanely humorous song “All American Redneck” was an underground hit that became the song most associated with Howard, who shared the stage with Nelson, Jennings, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams, Jr. and more during his long career.

The singer’s death has raised new questions about the rights of bounty hunters. While many states require bondsmen to be licensed, Tennessee doesn’t. In this instance the bounty hunter had a warrant, and he claims to have fired in self-defense, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tells WSMV that Howard was in his own home, where he had the legal right to defend himself. The TBI is now investigating his death. via tasteofcountry

Couldn't find much but these 2 albums should keep you busy.

Iconoclast (2010, DVD)


"Boyd Rice may well be the only person alive who's been on a first name basis with both Charlie Manson and Marilyn Manson. His career has spanned more than three decades, during which time he has remained at the epicenter of underground culture and controversy. Rice first came to prominence in the 70's as one of the founders of the genre known as Industrial Music, and soon gained a reputation for live shows that were deemed the most abrasive, minamalist and loudest concerts ever staged (his shows regularly clocked in at 130 decibels, whereas a jet plane taking off was a mere 113 decibels). As early as 1980, he was already hailed as The Godfather of Noise Music.

Since then, Rice has extended his creative pursuits to numerous fields, even lecturing at The Massachusettes Institute of Technology, despite being a high-school dropout. "My life", says Rice, "is a testament to the idea that you can achieve whatever the hell you want if you posess a modicum of creativity, and a certain amount of naivete concerning what is and isn't possible in this world. I've had one man shows of my paintings in New York, but I'm not a painter. I've authored several books, but I'm not a writer. I've made a living as a recording artist for the last 30 years, but I can't read a note of music or play an instrument. I've somehow managed to make a career out of doing a great number of things I'm in no way qualified to do".

Larry Wessel's documentary, ICONOCLAST is a 4 hour long tour de force, 6 years in the making; an in depth expose of Boyd Rice's life, career, and personal obsessions. No mere documentary, ICONOCLAST is more of a roller coaster ride through the fevered mindscape of one of the most controversial and unique artists of the modern age." via the DVD back

This 3 DVD set was ripped into 2 separate files. Not the greatest quality but I think this is the only rip around. Required viewing for anyone interested in experimental music and art. 

[Disc 1] [Disc 2]

Hors Satan (2011, DVD)


"Angel or devil, good or evil, Christ or Satan: These are the mystical questions revolving around the nameless figure living in the coastal dunes outside of a small French town. Named one of the top ten films of the year by Cahiers du Cinema and an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Hors Satan is a provocative parable of identity, morality, and human relationships, defying notions of genre to become a mesmerizing and haunting original." via Rotten Tomatoes

Not sure why this never had a US release. Dumont is an original director, to say the least...

Split into two files: [Part 1] [Part 2]

Casting the Runes (1979, TV)


"It goes without saying, of course, that anyone unfortunate enough to have come into possession of this sadly inadequate offering should proceed, without further delay, to place the Runes (otherwise the receipt) inside the box, and return it from whence it came." via Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies

This was based on the M.R. James story. It ain't very good but it ain't the worst thing in the world either... Only a few more movies left before I start posting the tape rips again.

Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (2012)


"A film where anything can happen - the hero and the heroine changes their faces, age, look, names, and so on. The only same thing: the LOVE between man and woman... in an archetypical love story cut from 500 classics from all around the world." via IMDB

This was directed by György Pálfi (Hukkle, Taxidermia, Free Fall) and it's the first of its kind. This was spliced together from hundreds of classic films to tell a more or less linear story. I've always wanted to do this but it's probably more difficult than I first thought... There is an english subtitle file to use over the hardcoded Hungarian subs but not too many scenes require them. Not sure of the source of this file but it can never be "officially" released due to copyright issues. William S. Burroughs would be proud.

Radioactive Dreams (1984, DVD)


"After an atomic war Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent 15 years on their own in an bunker, stuffed with junk from the 40s and old detective novels. Now, 19 years old, they leave their shelter to find a world full of mutants, freaks and cannibals. They become famous detectives in the struggle for the two keys that could fire the last nuclear weapon." via IMDB

If only the characters weren't so annoying...

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978, TV/VHS)


"This television miniseries is based on Thomas Tryon's complex and suspenseful occult thriller {Harvest Home}, delving into the forbidden rituals of the small New England township Cornwall Combe, whose residents offer annual human sacrifices to pagan gods in return for a bountiful corn harvest. The production is notable mainly for the participation of Bette Davis, who plays the powerful Widow Fortune, the town's leading practitioner of the black arts. A very young Rosanna Arquette co-stars as one of the new kids in town." via the NYT

There are a lot of bootleg versions of this around. The official VHS release was severely cut to 2 hours from the original 4 hours. I'm not sure what this version is because it is only 3 hours. I think it was ripped from VHS tapes that contained the show recorded from TV. That was back in 1979 so the quality isn't 1080p. Some of the footage could be sourced from the VHS release but I wouldn't know. If you buy the official VHS and splice it with this rip you could possibly end up with the entire show... Worth a try if you're that bored.

This is split into 2 files: [Part 1] [Part 2]

De noorderlingen (1992, TV)


"A surreal black comedy set in a decrepit 1960's housing development. When his mother is drawn into sainthood and the resulting frustrations of his father become too difficult to manage, Thomas, a young boy, becomes obsessed with events on the broadcast news. The liberation of the Belgian Congo is taking place and Thomas becomes Lumumba, one of the contenders as the Congo's new leader. He is encouraged in this escapism by Plagge, the postman who reads all the mail and knows all of the bizzarre and intimate secrets of the eccentric inhabitants of the estate." via IMDB

I think this was ripped from French televison but it doesn't look bad.

A Warning to the Curious (1972, TV)


"An amateur archaeologist travels to the coastal Norfolk town of Seaburgh. His research has uncovered an old Anglo-Saxon legend telling of three fabled crowns that protect England from invasion. One is said to have been lost in a war, a second lost to the sea - but the third is thought to be hidden somewhere near Seaburgh. He checks into a local inn where, despite the suspicions of the locals, he hears that another archaeologist searching for the crown was found dead more than a decade ago. His inquiries lead him to the grave of a local man, William Ager who was said to be the last of his line and a guardian of the crown. He goes to search the woods near Ager's former home but his excavations will unearth something more than the fabled crown. " via IMDB

Based on the story by M.R. James.

Giochi Di Morte (1989, DVD)


"A Mad Max-esque post apocalyptic world provides the backdrop for a brutal, futuristic game resembling football. Rutger Hauer plays a disgraced former star leading a rag tag group of  "Juggers" to one of the remaining Nine Cities for glory and redemption." via IMDB

This is a rip of the R2 DVD which is the extended version. The U.S. version is cut and carries a different name.

"Europa Arswyd" (2012, TV)


"Actor, writer and life-long horror film aficionado Mark G. follows his 'AHoH' with this exploration of European horror cinema. Including interviews with directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro amongst others." via IMDB

The Birthday Party (1968, VHS)


"Based on Harold Pinter's enigmatic play about a border in a British seaside dwelling who is visited by two strangers. They torment him verbally, ask him idiotic unanswerable questions, force him to sit down and stand up, and give him a "party." Then, eventually, they take him away, a tongue-tied idiot. The trivial becomes the terrible, and with it a certain wonder, a certain pity." via IMDB

Directed by William Friedkin, before The French Connection and The Exorcist...