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Kvlt Of Unicron
untitled (show tape) C-30 $6
ESR096
two side long tracks on the new… side a is KofU as 3 piece, blasting out blackened beats and tone harshness. Side b is the whole group on an unusually harsher jam. Each side sounds drastically different than the other, and drastically different than the debut while still retaining the droned out creep factor that has folks referring to them as a “super group”. ltd to (?) pro printed covers on textured paper.

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Seven Hour Germ
untitled C-30 $6
ESR088
Shattered, deconstructed beats that sound like a weirder Autechre or a slightly tamer Venetian Snares mixed with razor slices of droned out doom, and blistering harsh noise speed freak outs, and minimal ambience. This Platform off shoot is pinpoint and never loses focus.

Color cover on textured paper. Ltd to 30

 

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Zweizz
untitled C-30 $6
ESR085
Two side long tracks, both recorded in 2007, one made mostly from field recordings of the “Happy Days Sound Festival” in Norway, the other built entirely from recordings of the ANS Synthesizer at the Thermin Center in the Moscow Conservatory. After hearing these recordings it’s hard to think that this guy has also spent time in groups like pronounced “sex”, dhg (doheimsgard), and black metal groups Fleurety and Umorl.

Color covers on handmade textured paper. Ltd to 30

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Wasteland Jazz Unit
untitled C-30 $6
ESR084
Cincinnati duo of Jon Lorenz on saxophone and John Rich on clarinet… so far they have pending releases on Community College and Outfall Channel, and a collaboration with Demonologist on deck… as well as having collaborated live with Organs, Teeth Collection, C. Spencer Yeh, Ryan Jewel, D.B.H. and members of This Moment In Black History and Blunder Children. This is annihilating gorilla free jazz, total butcher style! Like Borbetomagus amped up on meth and the “brown” acid. Added bonus track not mentioned in the cover called “How’s Your Head?” 

Cassette cases covered in Spackle with grid strips, paint, paper and polyurethane. Ltd to 30.

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Flea Apparitions
untitled C-30 $6
ESR083
Strange commotion over drizzled out synth drones, shimmers and silences, coughing and hiccupping electronics, treated junkyard percussion, ghost voices from warn tapes, general instrument abuse. This Pennslvania solo project from ½ of Poison Light brings the goods on this super dynamic display of electronic fuckery.

Color covers on textured paper. Ltd to 30.  

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Warning Lights / Colossus
split C-30 $6
ESR082
Warning lights side:  - Georgia seem to have a super cool scene, Destructo Swarmbots, Black Meat, Oubliette, 1 Thousand Holy Shards, Magicicada, probably more that I’m forgetting and Tree Creature… of who’s Drew Haddon is also Warning Lights. The sidelong piece was created entirely out of synths and is a smoldering, slow building, and constantly evolving brilliant drone masterpiece.

Colossus side: Colossus is Ryan Laliberty from New Hampshire, and his shit is fucking brilliant. This sidelong track goes from luscious suspended drones to weird tribal industrial clatter, to full on psych jam. Dunno if he had others playing on this part or if he overdubbed the drum guitar workout, but either way this shit jams and doesn’t jam in all the right ways.

Color cover on handmade textured paper, and cardstock. Ltd to 30. 

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Raperies ( like Draperies )
our faces are formless like the stars C-40 $6
ESR081
this one of those tapes that when you feel like yr kind of bored with noise, you listen too this and get excited again. Not yr typical harsh wall… this is a super dynamic electro-acoustic style flesh peeler. Yes it’s heavy as shit at times, but it also shows a soft side… something to contrast the heavy and make it seem all the more violent. Subtly is not always something you here in noise. But my man peter j. woods is on top of his fucking game.

ltd to 30. pro printed color covers on gloss paper.

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Caves
rain of ghost C-30 $6
ESR080
this is not the caves from ky that I’ve played with live and has tapes on husk and ides… this caves is from ny… I didn’t actually realize that until after I asked him to do this tape, and I will eventually ask the other caves to do a release, as he is a cool dude and really knows how to kick out the jams. That being said let me say a few things about this caves… also a totally cool dude. And one that really knows how to tear the flesh from yr face with a doomed /sludged out / strung out / blackened guitar drone… the feedback and distortion is constantly on the verge of breaking up into the void before another thunderous cord brings It back to the blackened bliss. Totally stellar.

ltd to 30. pro printed color covers on gloss paper.

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Blue Sabbath Black Cheer / Vestigial Limb
split C-40 $6
ESR079
both soon to be the subjects of their own split 7” (bsbc w/ pig heart transplant and v.l. w/ fletcher pratt). Figured we should have these guys do a pre-7” split release of there own as a little teaser. Bsbc again bring the black doom straight to yr fucking dome. While Ray delivers what is possibly vestigial limb’s finest moment of total electronic brain seizure meltdown. 

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Small Life
restrain and harvest C-30 $6
ESR078
falling somewhere between the freak folk movement, Fahey revivals, a slightly more traditional bluegrass upbringing, electro-acoustics, and subtle hints of free jazz, small life (like it’s totally unstructured sister antennae boy) blurs lines, decodes and deconstructs them, then puts them back together as only the schizophrenic mind of elisha caudil could see fit. Complete genius.

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Kvlt Of Unicron
leave nothing in our wake C-40 $6
ESR077
This blackened unholy beast is made up from 2/3rds of To-Night Golden Curls, M. Reis of Teeth Collection and Josh from Plasmic Formations. This is a brutal drone fest of the vilest proportions. Brown note bass rumbles, factory scrapes, synth moans, lots of creepy not quite silences. It’s like they took the creep factor from all their other projects and turned it up to eleven. This is the future… this is darkness… this is the fuckin end… and they will leaven nothing in their wake!

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JPTR
S/T C-30 $6
ESR076
This recording was not what I expected… the result of not really listening to a band enough before asking them if they want do a release. At the best times this recalls some kind if tribal This Heat, at worst, some kind of bad vocals, and some cheese samples. But other than that, this is a pretty interesting engagement. Reminded me a lot of a subtle version of some 90’s era skin graft band, or maybe a little bit like a watered down version of early swans. Strange stuff.

color covers on textured paper. ltd to 30

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Poison LIght
Red Milk Cd-r $6
ESR075
My boy Ray from Vestigial Limb and his dude Lorne from Flea Apparitions flat out level the field with this duo. Ray uses the usual blend of gear here, while Lorne adds synth, and more tapes and electronics to this frustrated mash up of sound. Comparable to both participants solo outings… but with more breathing room and some really structured bits. Like all things involving these dudes, it’s fuckin amazing.

color covers on colored acetate over b&w photocopy. ltd to 50

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Gnaw Their Tongues
...Prefering human skin over animal fur... C-30 $6
ESR074
Brutal, super harsh, one-man band industrial black metal from the Netherlands. The myspace page mentions leviathan, swans, coil, abruptum and khanate as influences, which is really kind of a good description. Blackened industrial metal that has so much atomosphere that it’s almost not metal. EVIL!

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Altar of Flies
Kill the Lights C-30 $6
ESR073
This is the blackened sounds of Mattias Gustafsson from Sweden. Altar of flies has a busy release schedule, probably because his sounds are fucking dark and twisted gems. Buzzing tones that recall the spirit of black metal without all the church burning. This is really brilliant stuff.  

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foxy digitals review: Sweden’s Mattias Gustafsson – the requisite living human behind the Altar of Flies moniker – must be a rather busy man; it seems that everywhere I turn I see a new AoF release ready to tear my brain into a thousand pieces. Gustafsson’s form-destroying noise-scapes are always welcome in my house, so the more records he puts out, the better. This cassette, courtesy of Epicene Sound System’s ‘Replica’ sub-imprint, delivers four razor-sharp shards of malevolence sure to rattle the bowels of the most discerning drone fans.

“Kill the Lights” is the evil voice of the baleful dead, its sinister frequencies shearing flesh from bone. Dense sub-bass wallops throb alongside searing high-pitched static and gurgle, as Gustafsson creates engaging yet chaotic multi-layered clouds of sound. From devastatingly harsh to insidiously terrifying, all manners of deeply twisted tones are contained within this all-too-brief reel of magnetic tape. “Kill the Lights” is certainly a compact masterwork, and is probably the perfect point of entry into the Altar of Flies universe. Snap it up if it’s still available! 9/10 -- Bryon Hayes (19 September, 2007)

cassette gods review: More from prolific Swedish artist Mattias Gustafsson. "Kill the Lights" has a little bit of everything in the Altar of Flies repertoire: minimal buzzing and drone, chaotic dark distortion and pulsating bass. The best section on side A, which unfortunately cuts off at the end of the reel, is a layered work with a spastic, screeching oscillator of some sort (I've been wrong about these things before) over a clouded bank of...something. Side B shows a fiercer side of what could be the same instrument with a liberal dose of mutilated distortion, then slows to a series of low-end waves contrasted with minimal high pitched circuit abuse, not entirely dissimilar to Hive Mind's recent output. The c30 format gives plenty of space for Gustafsson to experiment with a wide variety of techniques and styles, some harsh and some reserved, and it's obvious that he's learned ways to pace a recording by now. "Kill the Lights" is a well-produced recording and all of the individual elements are audible even if the overall volume is somewhat low. The insert is full-color on a nice glossy stock. Fans of synth-based noise would do well to check out this artist.

Violence Jazz
S/T Cd-r $6
ESR072
This is a skonking violent rampage… the violence is there… but don’t let the name fool you… this isn’t jazz… this is totally devastation. There are a few times on this recording that it almost resembles jazz…a total cacophony of sound that recalls only the most extreme of free jazz. Mostly it’s just constantly twisting chaos… that’s headed for a severe melt down, that will of course cause the end of life, as we know it

pro printed color covers on card stock in poly bag.

foxy digitals review: Seldom have I come across a more aptly named band. Violence Jazz produces a veritable storm of sound that can only be interpreted as jazz in the broadest sense, reminiscent of some of the most tumultuous free jazz offerings. This isn’t jackhammer metaljazz from the Ettrick school. If anything, it recalls some of the more pulverizing moments of Blue Humans without Arthur Doyle, Masayuki Takayanagi at his most stratospheric, or Borbetomagus if they all played guitars and/or drums. I was also reminded of Alan Licht & Tamio Shiraishi on their brain-scorching duo sessions, but I do not detect any horns in the roiling lava of this improvised eruption. Instead, we are treated to four people trying to convince guitars & percussion to plow up pavement through sheer sonic force & exuberance. I thoroughly approve & I would love to hear more from Violence Jazz. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you should act fast. This is a limited edition of 30. 8/10 -- John Bullabaugh (28 August, 2007)

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Jabladav
3Khum C-30 $6
ESR071
Jabladav was evidently a studio only project based around 3 people from 95-99… evidently, one of those dudes kept the name and the “spirit” of the group and now does this stuff solo. Other releases by Jabladav are black metal ala Weakling or Wolves In The Throne Room. So I guess that after I asked James to do a tape for epicene_esr, he must of thought it would be a good idea to give me some drone pieces. While I really wanted some of the B.M. stuff… these drone pieces are gorgeous. Massive bellows of guitar driven drone.  Kind of reminds me of Justin Broadrick’s Final… or maybe when Andy Hawkins of Blind Idiot God did that Skinner’s Black Labs project. Pretty sinister dark drones

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From aqurius records: Hot on the heels of the recent Black As Pitch record, one man band Jabaldav returns with a much more abstract outing... Whereas BaP, and the previous release Dead As Duck, were both homages of a sort to SF black metal legends Weakling, albeit filtered through some Black Flag damage and some fucked up black studio magic, 3K Hum sounds basically like what the title would lead you to imagine. Longform drones, drawn out expansive low end soundscapes, still black and haunting, brutal in their own way, but more hypnotic, more trancelike, owing more to SUNNO))) and Niblock than Immortal and Ildjarn.Ý
The opening track is nearly 15 minutes of digital burble, tape hiss and amp buzz, woven into a slow simmering stretch of glitch pocked shimmer, like strange malfunctioning machinery, floatingÝ along a slow flowing black river, sputtering and struggling to make more than buzzes and bzzzt's, immersed in a deep resonant sonic flow. Eventually, a riff enters the fray, but it's soooo slow, and weirdly digitized, it's more like a dense cloud of overdrive tone, thick and roiling, keening and white hot, before drifting off again, leaving nothing but a strange Morse code sort of Raster-Noton click and buzz ambience...
The second track is much more smoothed out, a gorgeous languorous sun baked crawl, long distorted notes stretched way out, flecked with sharp bits of overdriven buzz, a lazy metallic minor key threnody, burning hot but slowly, smoldering and intense, very alien, but warm and hauntingly emotional. The tape finishes off with a brief series of Close Encounters like tones, that occasionally overheat and become super distorted swells, before reverting again to gentle drifting harmonics. So lovely... (btw: there are two extra tracks on the cd-r, one 44 minutes long!)
The tape is packaged in a cool full color fold out sleeve.
LIMITED TO ONLY 50 COPIES!!!! Each one hand numbered.

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Ghost of Obtuse
S/T C-30 $6
ESR070
Ghost Of Obtuse is a duo of Josh Fink (plasmic formations, kvlt of unicron, antennae boy collaborator, ex-yes,collapse, etc) and M. Reis (teeth collection, kvlt of unicron, antennae boy, ex-yes,collapse, etc.). From the list of other projects, former groups, etc. one can tell that these dudes have played together a lot. The intuitive nature of there playing reflects that… like most of their projects, this is entirely improvised, but most of the time you would probably think at least parts were worked out. Nope, total improv! For this new project they wanted to do something different than there usual blend of drone and scrape… this is more reminiscent of Aufgehoben, fractured super effected beats (from live processed real drums being played in real time), rhythmic synth lines, total organic organization instead of abstract flow, and everything covered in filth.

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cassette gods reivew: GOO (the initials say a lot) is the duo of Matthew Reis (head of Epicene/ ESR, Teeth Collection, etc.) and Josh Fink (Plasmic Formations, etc.), who have also collaborated on projects like Kvlt of Unicron, Ex-Yes, Collapse and Antennae Boy. Whew! Ghost of Obtuse professes a liking for Aufgehoben on this collection, and one can see the similarities in their open improvisation, but this is dirtier. It seems fitting to describe GOO as a “band” rather than two gearheads jamming. There’s a real dialogue between the acoustic drums and percussion (being processed real-time through warped and distorted effects) and the banks of synthesizers and electronics. The second track on side two (there are four untitled tracks altogether) is sans beats but crammed with enough insane bleepage to satisfy a diehard synth freak. Not that the rest is exactly rhythmic- whatever the drums are going through, they’re more like depth charges. Slow and crumbling 4/4 thuds on the A-side opener are interspersed with high-pitched squalor until the whole thing congeals into a menacing, thundering wall. Anyone familiar with collaborations between Hive Mind and Mammal might recognize a similar feel, except Ghost of Obtuse prefers to change directions frequently and without warning. The only objection here is that a c30 just isn’t enough to contain all the possibilities suggested from these excerpts, a few of which are mercilessly cut off by the end of the reel. Ghost of Obtuse full length? Damn, I hope so!

from basement tapes: Dark as shit drum pounding, and loads of bass, so your neighbors will think it's finally all over, and the three fucking horsemen are already on their way over to have a cup of tea (my upstairs neighbors started moving around the second this started blasting....). Touches of modular synth here and there (did I hear a mfos soundlab? i think so...) and some digital blasts accentuate the beatdown. If Ghost of Obtuse were a hardcore band, they'd have one of those dudes from jersey fronting it that goes around spin kicking people in the crowd. Some nice straight up feedback/harsh tones as well. Drums are heavily effects laden, and i'm not talking about a flanger. Dropped about five octaves. Apocalyptic blast. Intense and abrubt without a lot of senseless knob twiddling, andwithout a chance to get bored. Get it fucking now.

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foxy digitals review: Ghost of Obtuse is the duo of J. Fink and M. Reis. With their previous history of musical collaboration it was only a matter of time before these two made an album together. Their debut is on the impressive Cincinnati label, Epicene Sound. Their self-titled debut is a collection of four untitled noisy drone improvisations that recall diverse influences and displays an intuitive nature to the music that could only come from playing together for so long.

The thirty minute cassette lends itself well as a medium for the analog-electronic sound of the music. The four pieces on the tape sound more like strange compositions than improvisations, showing just how in tune these two are to each other. With industrial sounding drones and ethereal rhythms, this album is definitely a good addition to any experimental collection. This would be good for any fan of the respective musicians' previous work and experimental music in general. 7/10 -- Rob Funkhouser (19 September, 2007)

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Teeth Collection / Migrations In Rust
Split C-20 $6
ESR069
Teeth drop some more slow burner factory decimation. The sound you’ve come to expect from teeth… or at least come to expect half the time… when he’s not throwing in some abstract tape cut ups or black prog fuckery. This is the sound of the ghost in the distance. The sounds of building collapsing from far far away. The crystal crackle of bones being shattered into dust. The calm before the guillotine blade drops.

Migrations in Rust deliver the shimmering sounds of extreme beauty. I can not express to you how this track make me feel. Like something sinister is about to happen or is already happening, but yr somehow calm. This is the sound of Leng Tch’e: the feeling of euphoria as yr limbs are slowly hacked away.  

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cassette gods review: Recently I was lucky enough to get a chunk of the new batch from Matthew Reis’ Epicene / ESR label (the former is for vinyl and CDs, the latter for short-run tapes, CD-rs, etc.), and they all look pretty stellar with nicely designed pro-printed color inserts. Teeth Collection is the prolific alias of Mr. Reis himself. In a previous review I had guessed that synthesizers might be his primary sound generators, but it turns out that the strange tones Teeth Collection employs are in fact homemade reverb chambers. This explains why material from this project has a distinctive sound that one doesn’t hear too often. The two unnamed tracks on this split are even more lethargic in feel than past releases and noticeably minimal to great effect. The feeling which Reis’ work has conjured in the past of passing slowly through decaying industrial wastelands is still alive and possibly more realized than before. Never having heard Migrations in Rust, I was surprised to find that its sole member is Jesse Allan of the NY noise duo The Cathode Terror Secretion. This is about as far away sonically from that project as you can get. “Thrust Against This Horrid Machine, We Shudder As Its Voice Is Opened To Us” (great name) is an unbelievably sublime ambient composition focusing on shifting layers of submerged melodies. It easily rivals anything being produced today in this vein. Allan has previously used a laptop in performance with The Cathode Terror Secretion, but it’s difficult to tell whether it’s in use here (to reassure anyone with a negative disposition towards the “L” word). Another impressive release from ESR, and sure to disappear soon.

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Fletcher Pratt
Mind Gunk Vol 5 C-20 $6
ESR068
Completely fucked tape collage work from Canadian Fletcher Pratt (who also runs Midori records as well as being involved in several other projects). Sort of like the hanatarash “the art of” 7”, but with some actual melody thrown in. great use of tape speed and fucked juxtaposition of odd ever changing sound sources.

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Vestigial Limb
Idlers And Wasters C-40 $6
ESR067
Tapes, turntables, electronics and voice… like being on bad acid while at the dentist’s, and the nurse just keeps shoving multiple drills and tubes in yr mouth, and the Novocain has yet to really kick it. Dense layers of crackling, low-end rumbles, electronic swirls, effect drenched vocal screeches.

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Triptych Trencher
Rival Sentinels C-30 $6
ESR066
Well if you haven’t noticed… I really like a good tape collage, both in the hanatarash vein and in the more academic domain; I also like all electronic warfare. The people that can put these things together well are sometimes even better. Triptych string bits of tape together to almost create songs, not un-like like Zappa’s lumpy gravy or Stock, Hausen, and Walkman. Amazing juxtaposition and use of layers.

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Teeth Collection / Red Needled Sea
Split C-20 $6
ESR065
The Teeth track here is a live set from the st. Louis noise fest in 2006. Really harsh drone and scrap with little bits of electronic cancer and circuit bent drum machine destruction. No beats, just racket. Greece’s Red Needled Sea unleashed and brilliant shimmering drone. Pure bliss.

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Plasmic Formations / Zemekky
Split C-40 $6
ESR064
the drone god returns with a side long track of typical plasmic sounds… blissed out drug haze that leaves you motionless as the waves of sound wash over yr paralyzed body. Up and coming local boys Zemekky give us two killer tracks of guitar and murk dealings on side two. These guys have not been around all that long, and live are already making me drool like a morphine drip.

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Body Collector
Blood Worship C-20 $6
ESR063
Khristopher from Villa Valley’s harsh noise project. Usually I’m not into straight harsh noise, but the fact that I know Khrist, and the fact that he fuckin kills at this shit, and knows how to make if more interesting than most helps quite a bit. This is like having mammoth dump trucks spilling a mix of scrap metal and corpses on yr face over and over again for 20 min straight. Brutal as fuck

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cassette gods review: This Body Collector release has been sitting on my "to review" stack for a while, and I thought for sure that Epicene Sound would have sold out of it by now. Lo, according to the ESR catalog there are still copies to be had by a lucky few. Body Collector is the solo guise of Khristopher from Royal Oak, Michigan's own chain thrashers Villa Valley, and though "Blood Worship" isn't a far cry from the duo's work it will sate your average appetite for destruction. "Incessant Sciolism" is a satisfying mix of thunderous walls, hiss and furious scrap metal lashings. Oddly enough a snippet of a jazz recording barely forces its way into the mix, perhaps to add a layer of confusion or just to illustrate the vacuum-like power of noise, sucking in all other sound and all the light. The B-side "Dead Lord" takes a while to catch the same inertia, focusing solely on contact mics and metal before a dog barks and a low rumbling overwhelms the speakers. Then on back to that distorted, horrid mess you love (well, I do anyway). "Tempered in blood and tempered by lightning" as a dead Man once said. Nice cover design as per usual with this label, in color (red, naturally) on matte paper. POSTED BY MAX AT 5:18 PM  

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Slow LIstener
Sundowner Cd-r $6
ESR062
I don’t know if any of you are familiar with slow listener… but you should be. This is one of those brilliant guitar/feedback/electronic drone records that makes you realize that guitar feedback is still beauty full and bliss full. Ya know like the first time you heard Jim O’Rourke’s “remove the need” and you just sat in a daze for the entire duration of the record. It serene, like it’s snowing in yr back yard when yr really young

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foxy digitals review: With releases on Peasant Magik, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, Ruralfaune and Students of Decay all within a few months, Slow Listener from Brighton, UK, are one of the most prominent new names in the free-noise field. And this cdr on the Epicene imprint proves once more why so many good labels are into this dynamic blend of guitar feedback and electronic drones.

The stunning opener “I’m unanimous in that” starts on an Earthen note, with some of the very first chords taking their hat off to “Harvey” from the “Phase 3” album. When, after just under 12 minutes, the opener comes to an abrupt halt as if someone had pulled the plug, it has become clear that the reference to the pioneers of metallic drone is somewhat programmatic. If compared to the Ruralfaune cdr, for example, “Sundowner” is heavier, less electronic. Even if the following track, “When Was Yesterday”, is dominated by forlorn synth jingling. That track, however, is only an interlude before “In Case Of a Fire or Amnesia” with its shredding feedback and braying distortion takes over. Yes, Slow Listener are slow. Yes, to describe their sound – as Campbell Kneale has – as ‘slumberpunk’ is not totally inadequate. And yet what really intrigues me is how utterly dynamic, how polymorph and animate the better Slow Listener tracks are, proving that simplicity doesn’t have to be boring.

I have to admit, though, that I find it difficult to listen to the 56 minutes of “Sundowner” in one session. I guess that’s because I don’t like the hidden track that is based on shrill electronic noise and getting on my nerves. But it might also be because most of the tracks are so intense on a micro-level and at the same time so good at creating tension over a distance of more than ten minutes that you are practically floored after some 30 minutes. I do wonder, therefore, if two separate 3”s or a cassette with its obligatory intermission wouldn’t reflect Slow Listener’s momentum more effectively. It should be mentioned that this cdr is limited to 30 copies. A ridiculous number, really. Let’s hope there’ll be reissues of some of the rarer Slow Listener releases, soon. 7/10 -- Jan-Arne Sohns (19 September, 2007)

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Teeth Collection / Vestigial Limb
SplitC-40 $6
ESR061
Teeth deliver another doomy drone and scrap fest from the factory. While vestigial demolishes a nail warehouse with yr face. Both sides brutal, like a noise version of a sludge band / grind band split.

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Scutopus
Batiscauthen C-60 $6
ESR060
Wendell told me he was in a “drone” mood. And was he ever. You can almost feel the air crystallizing in yr lungs… the cold icy shimmer… total control over balance is impossible, no footing on the ice… you stumble and slide along, the glacial glare of the sun blinding yr vision, and all at once you misstep and you suddenly sink into the sea. Drowning as you descend to the bottom.

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Teeth Collection / Blue Sabbath Black Cheer
Split C-60 $6
ESR059
Blue Sabbath black cheer has to be the best name for a band ever. BSBC just happen to be a noise band, and actually somehow seem to capture a little bit of the spirit of there name sakes… heavy sludgy psychedelic blackened noise. One long 30 min piece… complete with scathing blackened vocal chanting and harsh guitar feedback sludge un-riff. Teeth Collection drops another drone scraper from the haunted factory, this time much more attention is paid to the use of brief silences, and stretches of quite.

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Women In Tragedy
Part The Sky And Pretend You'reThere C-20 $6
ESR058
Nice short tape from the Canada‘s women in tragedy. One short track and one that wraps around the rest of the tape… vocals and synth… this actually for some reason makes me think of the dark crystal, I don’t know why, but it does.

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Plasmic Formations
Calm Before The Storm C-40 $5
ESR057
Finally the return of the troubador. 3 new psychedelic brain melters. The simple set up of 1 or 2 snyths and minimal electronics creates these crushingly dense wave of drones, pulses, hums, bleeps, and washouts. the 2nd track has enough low end to produce an unwanted bowel movement. This is the first Plasmic release in over 2 years.

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foxy digitals review: Here’s a tape for anyone who wants to feel like there is an idling space cruiser parked in their backyard. Fortunately, I happen to be one of those people. This is some seriously minimal, synth-based ambience that pulses and drones into very deep territory. Feelings of isolation and emotional detachment come through in long stretches of machine hum and synthy static. Everything seems focused around creating an atmosphere for the listener out of tones. Images of deserted worlds made entirely out of malfunctioning machines flood my head. Other strong visuals include dying lights, gray deserts at night, and of course the vast emptiness of space.

Most of Plasmic Formation’s sounds seem to come from an analogue synth, and maybe a theremin-like device. This simplicity is a great strength for this release, as the artist is sensitive enough to let each tone speak for itself without complicating things. There is a definite intent behind this release, and even though it might not be ground-breaking in its approach, it still shows the signs of an artist with a unique vision. This should appeal to anyone who likes dark ambient material with a lo-fi edge to it. 8/10 -- Charles Franklin (22 August, 2007)

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AntennaeBoy
A Day With No Use Cd-r $6
ESR056
A lulluing beutiful clamor, guitar, stand-up bass, metal bowls, all being played and bowed, pulse generator, effecs, coils and devices. at once calming and tense, like all AntennaeBoy releases, the mirror or Eli and Matthew's friendship. This release seems slightly more fluid, stremlined, focused even. It still won't sit still, but there is a basic feel to the entire recording and not as all-over the place as other recordings.

Handmade materiala over paper. Ltd to 30.

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AntennaeBoy
Killjoy Cd-r $6
ESR055
Here is the chaos you might come to expect from A.B. actually this maybe more chaotic than usual. Isolation drones fill the air, strange free form folk floats in and out, bits of metal fall from the sky, machinery can be heard in the distance. fractured found percussion almost creates a rhythm before being desconstructed into a dump truck full of scrap metal pouring out onto school children who are to preocupied with strange video games to noticed being crushed by waves of metal objects. guitar lines, keyboard shards, and metal percussion begin to form a song, before falling back to chaos. calming and tense, ugly and beautiful, focus and chaos, the never ending confusion.

cover printed on yellow cardstock, insterted into biohazard bags. ltd to 30.

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1 Thousand Holy Shards
Untitled C-30 $6
ESR054
This four peice collective from Atlanta somehow straddles the fence of weird dark folk and industrial factory clunk. Sometimes they get into songs, and i don't mean "almost get into songs", i mean full on songs, vocals, lyrics, guitar parts, the whole deal. While other times they flow seemlessly from the dark side of free folk to some strange ambient factory. this is all together a very mystertious recording.

Cover on copper paper. Ltd to 30.

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Teeth Collection / Sports
Split C-30 $6
ESR053
This is some seriously grim, grim shit! Sports bring it black vocals, best use of a piano I've heard in a long time (doesn't anyone else realize the potintial of the inside of the piano?) , some sorta of tea kettle hiss or harsh wind billowing in the background. This has a very electro-acoustic feel to it all, a blackened electro-acoustic feel that is.

The Teeth side is a live recording from inside the walls of the Mckabee in Cincinnati Ohio from the 2006 ART DAMAGE "Brutal Damage Fest". Hugh rooms with curved ceilings, the greatest natural reverb ever! By far my favorite place to play on the planet. Metal on metal scrapings, coils, perparation devices, delays. blissed out factory drones.

black and white cover on ivory paper. ltd to 50.

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Black Moss / Josh Lay
Split C-30 $6
ESR052
Kentucky More grimmness from the blackened noise gods. Side one is a mail collab between the two. The ceremony begins with a pulsing rhythm, with overblown tones and metal screech coming in and out of the muck. Around 4 min we get into what seems like the 2nd movement, much more violent and abrasive, again there is a rhythm, but this one is struggling for air amidst the gunk. At 7 min we get to movement 3.. feedback, gorgeous blissful feedback, which gets ugly real quick.

Side two is a solo track eac. The first being BLack Moss, vocals and feeback mesh together for a thick garbled mess. Josh Lay follows this with slow motion pig chanting, which ends up shredded ork by the malfunctioning machines of the doom factory.

cover by Black Moss, pro printed on gloss paper. ltd to 50.

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foxy digitals review: This ultra-dark tape is a companion piece to the Teeth Collection CDR also reviewed in one of these updates: The Teeth Collection album is Epicene label head Matthew Reis releasing on Johnny Miller’s Bickering Bray label. Here, in turn, we have Miller releasing on Reis’ Epicene imprint under his Black Moss alias. He teams up with Josh Lay for a seriously dark slice of collaborative noise on the topside. Like the recent CJA CDR on Tanzprocesz the untitled track starts as a piece of distorted blues-punk. Clearly, the two were having a laugh during their mail collab and it isn’t long before a droning pulse sets in, feeding on wavering screeches. As the long piece continues, it goes through a number of different movements with waves of rhythm vibrating underneath layers of feedback and noisy patinas in various rusty shades. Some unexpected guitar strumming and heavy feedback drones conclude the track on an almost soothing note.

On the split there’s one sinister track by each solo artist. Black Moss spits asthmatic shouting into volcanic feedback, Josh Lay feeds dysfunctional doom metal to industrial machinery that’s housed in a dragon’s tooth. Although I like Lay’s track better for its haptics, both tracks fail to make a lasting impression on me. My grading is a bit strict but it won’t keep followers of either artist from picking this up. The collaborative track alone is well worth it. Limited to 50. 5/10 -- Jan-Arne Sohns

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Teeth Collection / Is
"..." Split C-40 $6
ESR051
Kentucky When it comes to harsh noise, I'm usually not a big fan of tracks that are 20 min long. Typically it's on long wall of sound with never enough dynamics to keep you from wanting to blow yr brains out with a shotgun. IS is the exception to this rule. This track never stops moving, nothing sits long enough to get boring, and nothing is so short that it's totally missed altogether. this is fast paces, violent, musique-concrete at it's best.

For my side I decided to attempt the 20 min long peice as well, i figured seems how i usually don't dig that lenght, it would be a challenge to make something that i would enjoy of that lenght. so i went with a tae composition... angelic pulses, distant voices, metal scrapings, tape collage using machinery sounds, nature sounds, old performances, creaking doors, fwd, rwd, and other unidentafiable sounds. cut up some circuit bent drum machine grindcore overload and watched the whole thing drip our of the eye sockets of a hollowed out skull.

Cover by Bryan Tholl (IS), pro printed on gloss paper. Ltd to 40.

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V/A
UNTITLED 3 cd boxed set $15-
ESR050

A year and a half in the making... three labels (Public Guilt, Epicene Sound Systems and Underadar) teamed up to co-curate and co-release a 55 artist, 225 minute, 3CD compilation of some of the best noise / experimental / avant artists active today. Collected in a 5" x 6" x 1" kraft paper box and wrapped in a beautiful gold ink on red paper band , "untitled" features the visual art of four visual artists (2 pieces per artist) who are also represented in sound: Shaun Flynn (Wzt Hearts), Christopher White (Magicicada), Jason Zeh (as himself) and Matthew Reis (Teeth Collection).


Disc 1 (artist: Shaun Flynn)
Black Meat - Writers Block | Door | Noveller | Jason Zeh | Teeth Collection | Earwicker | tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE | Gerritt | Thurston Moore | Wzt Hearts | Skullcaster | Steve Bradley | Wether | Mermaids | Strotter Inst. | Mike Shiflet | Leslie Keffer | Magicicada


Disc 2 (artist: Christopher White)
Burning Star Core | Oblong Box - Black Needles | Aughra | Travis Ryan | Donna Parker | Robert Inhuman | Yellow Tears | 1thousand holy shards | Back from Iraq | Sick Ill Cell | Dead Machines | Herpes Ö DeLuxe | The Cherry Point | scutopus | Ben S. Jacobs | Blango | Decimation Blvd. | Ultra//Vires | Subterrane | Destructo Swarmbots | Darsombra


Disc 3 (artist: Jason Zeh)
Panicsville | OP Rechts - Passiv Negativ | Bet Hell | Gerritt & John Wiese | Josh Lay | Cotton Museum | Big China/Little Trouble | Forbes Graham | Small Life | Iovae | Heirs of Rockefeller | Perfect Teeth | Hum of the Druid | Sword Heaven | Tonight Golden Curls | Guilty Connector


Liner notes panel: (artist: Matthew Reis)

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Teeth Collection
Flowers For Algernon C-20 $5
ESR049
I made 10 of these for the st. Louis noise fest, and came home with one. So unfortunately these were sold out long before I could get them up here. Falling more in line with my half of the iovae split cd-r, this is a more electro-acoustic affair than some of the more recent harsh face shredding electronic blasts. Two sidelong tracks, one using prepared guitar and effects, the other using a tone box, effects and my coil set up. Ltd to 10 copies and stuffed in a tape case that was layered with metal objects, spackle, oil and spray paint, polyurethane, and spray glue. At the fest these were referred to as the “gross mess cass” and the “it’s still sticky” tape.

ltd to 10

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Love Letters
Girl Next Door C-30 $6
ESR048
This is a husband and wife duo that also runs the loveless tapes label. More total chop and slop tape fuckery for the modern musique-concrete cannon mixed with some serious masonna like fast paced pedal aktion. This is the sound of cassette decks everywhere exploding, this is the sound of buildings collapsing, this is the sound of love... brutal and violent. Two sidelong tracks that never let up... but this is no single tone wall of nothing... this is fast paced face shredding tape mutilation. a total killer

pro printed cover on gloss paper. ltd to 30.

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Vestigial Limb
Gravity's Rainbow C-30 $5
ESR047
Kentucky fried electronics. One dude, a record player, a mountain of tapes, and some serious fx. Sorta reminds me of a less silly, and maybe harsher hanatarash. This is a head-spinning miasma of harsh swirling madness. Up coming track on Hanson’s underground series, I sent some of these to Aaron, and they sold out in a few days. Keep an eye on this guy.

Ltd to 30 copies. b&w photo copies on orange cardstock, and red spray paint.

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Oubliette
Swamp Touch C-30 $5
ESR046
I seem to see oubliette everywhere now, and with good reason. Essentially oubliette is a modern day musique-concrete composer, and he’s been getting his crude tape experiments around (Hanson, audiobot, turgid animal, no horse shit, loveless, etc). Oubliette takes Eddie prevost’s notion that “no sound is innocent” to a whole new height… lawn mowers and skipping cds are amongst a ton of other blips and burps and snapshot clips caught on tape then spliced through in a matter of seconds.

Ltd to 30 copies. b&w photocopy on pink cardstock, spray paint & stencel.

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Wether
Churning C-20 $5
ESR045
Well this is a fucking banger! Dark, harsh, slowly “churning”, skull scraping evil! Blackened doom via noise. Mike Haley of no horseshit and electric human project fame drops some sick fear and omnipresent oppression right after he doses you with the bad acid and too much weed.

Ltd to 40. color covers on acetate w/ red spray paint.

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Small LIfe
Range and Ability CD-R- $5
ESR044
First solo outing of the other half of antennae boy. We’ve been describing this, as dark folk like if all the “new weird America” fucked up folkies had taken the bad acid and not banged Lindsay lohan. Eli describes this as his “less song” oriented disc, hence he gave it to me to release. Kinda like some guy trying his hardest to play some sad distant guitar while a mountain of junk is being dropped on his head.

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AntennaeBoy
A Shared Intrest In Destruction CD-R- $7
ESR043
Shared interest in destruction indeed. The cover says it all, corroding death junk collage, chunks of tin, oil, acrylic, and spray paints, paper, fire, card board, spackle, polyurethane and spray glue were all used to create this hideous block of doom. And the music inside sounds quite a bit like the cover, sweat acoustic guitar is shredded into splinters via electronic abuse, drums are clubbed by cave men, jagged chunks of scrap metal violent thrown around the nursery, sounds of the unknown.

Ltd to 25 copies

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SWORD HEAVEN
Poisoning nohio vol 12 CS- $6.50
ESR042
can exercise in momotonous pounding rhythm and seasick electronics. this is slow, this is brutal. a single song evolving over the course of nearly a half an hour, picking up shards of glass and taking water in the bow. 33 copies - Dan Rizer (together tapes)

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Crack In Iraq
Mblaoc Glom nohio vol 11 CS- $6.50
ESR041
record player loops run through heavy broken mixer feedback. metallic static rhythmically collapses over fluttering drones. no longer in Ohio, but will be partying there for new years. 30 copies -Dan Rizer (together tapes).... this is Dan's project Back From Iraq with a new name, ex Yes,Collapse.

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Burning Star Core
Ten Vocal Loops nohio vol 10 CS- $6.50
ESR040
the title pretty much sums it up... ten vocal loops. meditive vocal vomit to "pith" sounds to some shit that has no vocal identitifiers at all. i don't know what else to say except Spencer Yeh does it again. 33 copies - Dan Rizer (together tapes).

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Yes,Collapse
Final Times nohio vol 9 CS- $6.50
ESR039
My old band with Matthew Reis (teeth collection) and Josh Fink (plasmic formations). One of our last recordings before our disbandment. This is where we always shined: stoned in Matt's basement surrounded by music equipment we had no idea how to use in any musical sense. Nice lo-fi recording welds the tapes, guitar, synths, and percussion into a muddy mess. 30 copies. - Dan Rizer (together tapes, back from iraq, etc)

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Organs
Untitled 1 & 2 nohio vol 8 CS- $6.50
ESR038
Organs... what it sounds like inside you. Well this sounds like your insides have fallen out and you're slipping around in it trying to maintain your balance, pretty soon it's just blood and entrails everywhere... then you're dead. Nasty shit here. Organs is the collaboration project of Ron Orovits (Iovae) and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), so you already know it rules. 30 copies - Dan Rizer (together tapes, back from iraq, etc)

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Steam Drapula
Strangers with Benefits nohio vol 7 CS- $6.50
ESR037
WThe unsung hero of Cleveland"s virtually non-existant noise scene, formerly known as Steve Dracula. Wacked out electroincs and delay comprise the first half of this recording with an all out blast of furious fedback and choked up melodica bringing it to a full climax. Total irreverent bliss 30 copies - Dan Rizer (together tapes, back from iraq, etc)

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To-Night Golden Curls
All Hallow's Eve Dress nohio vol 6 CS- $6.50
ESR036
Weird shit here. Like some fucked combination of feedback laden drone and distressed power electronics... but not really at all like that. These guys just won't stop until everything is covered in blankets of fuzz,feedback and anger. A live show recorded on Halloween 2005, it's a ripper beginning to end... and they probably played the show in giant inflatable bags... cause they do that sometimes. 30 copies. - Dan Rizer (together tapes, bck from iraq, etc)

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Jason Zeh
Home nohio vol 5 CS- $6.50
ESR035
Since moving to Portland anyone who has a clue about noise here has asked me about Jason Zeh once discovering my Ohio nativeness. The guy is a killer and thankfully the word is spreading. Here Zeh takes field recordings taken from around his Toledo area home and creates a vast soundtrack of hums and buzzes with the occasional tape deck vomit and panning puke. 30 copies. -Dan Rizer (together tapes, back from iraq, etc)

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Ultra//Vires
Basin nohio vol 4 CS- $6.50
ESR034
Everything Ultra//Vires does is heavy as a brick laden shit. This is no exception. Molested guitar feedback and industrial grime tones from this Dayton duo who have become an Art Damage regular and a favorite of mine. Rust belt noise with social problems, I highly recommend tracking down their other home made cdrs as well. 30 copies. - Dan Rizer (together tapes, back from iraq, etc)

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16 Bitch Pile-Up
Untitled nohio vol 3 CS- $6.50
ESR033
They may not technically be in Ohio anymore, but this tape made it into their hands the day before they left. Psychic noise from the capitol, Columbus. Insane baby screams with "what the fuck?" pan control mixed in with noise from some of the sounds found on very tapes in this series 30 copies. - Dan Rizer (together tapes, back from iraq, etc)

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Iovae
Terri Schiavo's Thalamic Reticular Nucleus Nohio vol 2 CS - $6.50
ESR032
There wouldn't be much of a scene in Cincinnati without the support of Ron Orovitz (Iovae) and the rest of the Art Damage miscreants. Here Iovae plugs some crazy Schiavo related chip into "The Grinder" and creates oscillation insanity. 30 copies. - Dan Rizer (together tapes, back from iraq, etc)

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Leslie Keffer
Throb & Plur Nohio vol 1 CS - $6.50
ESR031
From Athens, home of the Bobcats, Leslie Keffer builds static mountains that howl with the wind. Heaps of muck with a subtle and restrained beauty. Layers of thick drone, voice and fragile tweaks. 30 copies. - Dan Rizer (together tapes, back from iraq, etc)

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Josh Lay / Teeth Collection
Split CS-30 $5
ESR030
Josh Lay (of cadaver in drag, phantom limbs, glass coffin, etc) provides us with 3 blackend belt sanders to the face. total tone shread. teeth delivers 3 tracks of live voice / electronics duets. a fantastic dose of double harshness. the ohio/ kentucky connection.

ltd to 50 copies. b&w photocopy on grey paper. silver spray paint. cover pic by josh lay.

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Teeth Collection / To-NIght Golden Curls
Split C-30 $5
ESR029
Two of dayton's finest (well really two of three, the other being Ultra//Vires) unvail some slabs of sickness. T.N.G.C. come correct with a live dose from 3/06 in columbus... bizzare drugged out haze, slow and sluggish harsh creep. Teeth provides 3 new meltdowns... choppy sampler manipulations, face shreading harshness, and crystalized blood.

ltd to 30 copies. b& w photocopy on red card, red and green spray paint on cover and cases.

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Yellow Tears
Paint Gurgle CD-R - $5
ESR028
New York's sludge noise mongers Yellow Tears drip out some molases electronics wallowing in it's own filth. Four cro-magnons armed with a couple of basses, a guitar, some electronics, voice and a drill, aim right for the skull in hopes to pump out some of that gray matter.

ltd to 100 in blood splattered velume on top of slaughtered deer.

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Iovae / Teeth Collection
ISplit Cd-R - $5
ESR027
To coincide with the release of the IOVAE / THREE LEGGED RACE 7", here is another split from IOVAE, this time with my project TEETH COLLECTION. One solo track each and one collaboration from a live set on ART DAMAGE RADIO. the disc kicks off with IOVAE - bowel churning low-end rumble, shortwave adio trasnmissions are decimated before they can be decoded by pulsing crackles and hums. Track two is our first collaboration - IOVAE's usual blend of oscillator emitted hum, crackle, blips, swirl, pulse and rumble pitted against TEETH COLLECTION's conctac mic on prepared metal and circuit bent drum machine. Like all fisrt meetings, it starts out kind of slow as we feel each other out, but ends in a beautiful mess. TEETH COLLECTION - an old track from way back in 02', rounds out the disc. heaps and mounds of electronic drench, drone, and swirl atop a field recording of birds and children waiting in the rain for their school bus, gives you the feeling of longing.

color acetate over b&w photocopy on light blue paper. ltd to 100

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Goat Tunnel
no title CD-R - $5
ESR026
Blackend noise from the depths of Filth (the basement at the epicene house). Two former members of Yes,Collapse... Matthew Reis (of teeth collection on drums, voice, and tapes), and Josh Fink (of plasmic formations on synth, electronics, and voice), with the mysteryous J.G. (on extreamly distored amp blowing bass and voicals) and ringleader Kevin Charles (electronics and tapes) recording under the influence of the dark lord and deep green. endless blast beats and meandering uber distored bass creeping underneath the alter of electroincs. voices screaming vile tourtures... this is blackmetal filtered through the noise canon like never before.

ltd to 75 b&w photo copy on cardstock & red spray paint.

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Antennae Boy
A Deep Breath Only Lasts So Long cd-r - $5
ESR025
Antennaeboy is matthew (yes,collapse, teeth collection, epicene/esr founder) and elisha (small life, original tongues). during the course of a deep breath you go on a journey that takes you from a sad lonely guitar to mad laught´r to pounding, endless shards of rotten percussion falling from a dead sky. josh fink (yes,collapse, plasmic formations) joins in on some tracks.

in dvd case with block print on packing paper and transparency. ltd to 75 copies.

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Back From Iraq
It Takes A Nation Of Civilians...- c40 - $4
ESR024
Back From Iraq's second release finds Dan-o-mite moving into new directions. Blank tape maniputations sputter and scretch down dark hallways, metal scraps the insides of yr skull, strange voices telling you to do bad things, and just enough electronic devices to keep them all at bay. steller release.

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Antennae Boy
Partly Due To Feng Shui- CDR- $4
ESR023
Antennae Boy is the recorded friendship between Matthew (Yes,Collapse, Teeth Collection) and Eli. They've been recording as Antennae Boy since they first met several years ago. An intimidating pile of 4 track tapes and years later and we finally have their first release. This release features their friend ROM on saxophone, Eli on stand up bass and effects and Matthew on processing and effects. 6 tracks of spaced out electro-acoustic synthetic improvisation. Lots of space and rot. Look for a number of Antennae Boy releases in the future as they continue to record and dig through their massive back catalog.

Limited to 30 copies in translucent white bags with wax stamps on the front.

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Teeth Collection
Gift Or Grift- c30- $4
ESR022
New cassette of some older Teeth Collection jams. One is a tape loop on meltdown pure gross affair with untimely chimes and grit. Other two are anything but serene tracks of Matthew testing the limits of his unholy filter setup. Swirls of tone and gut busting bellow sway and in and out of the tape hiss murk.

Limited to 30 copies with absolutely no information whatsoever. Wrapped and tied in homemade "bark" looking paper.

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Ultra//Vires / Yes,Collapse
split- CDR- $6
ESR020
The unity of a shared city, bad punctuation, horrible music and now a member. Ultra//Vires are a duo who have created their own blasphemic combination of delay ridden crust noise, power electronics and doomy sludge. Sometimes they play brutal electronics, others they play pissed to fuck drums and bass. Here they give us one long track of thunderous scrap scrapes, walls of static and pulsed out sound garbage, the true sounds of discontent. Yes,Collapse give us 4 new improv pieces that range the gamut of tribal metal beatings, to no-wave guitar meanderings, to epic industrial noise. Perhaps the last release for Y,C featuring this line up and instrumentation, but hints at the direction they are moving in.

Limited to 88 copies. Silkscreened and photocopied artwork in a jewel case.

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Bethell
ep1 cd-r $5
ESR019
This is one fucked up release. Bethell is the brain child of one Justain Netherly, another ohio resident with some desfunctional ideas. At first you might think this is a grind record, but only if said grind band had Masonna and Merzbow in it's ranks. Then there is all the Galaxy 500/My Bloddy Valintine space/psych parts... then back into the sick noise grind blur. completly fucked.

b&w cover on red paper. ltd to 100

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Teeth Collection
Defacating Yr. Entrails- 3" CDR- $4
ESR018
Matthew Reis has been creating unholy sounds since 1996. He is the OG proprietor of the Epicene Sound Systems label a part of Yes, Collpase, Antennae, Goat Tunnel, and formely of the now defunct An Encyclopedia of The Esoteric Man. This is first release from his new muse, Teeth Collection. Home fried electronics meets Matthew's insane filter set up to create a skillet of spazzmatic ear damage.

Housed in an oversized manilla envelope, spraypainted and silkscreened, limited to 52.

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Yes,Collapse
Primary Line- CDR- $6
ESR017
This 4-track cdr consists of 2 live sets, one extended track, and an inside joke. The two unedited live sets that took place at the Brutal Damage Fest in Cinci, and at Mr. Robot House in Pittsburgh. Both are total throb fests. The other piece is an extended version of a track we have coming out on a compilation. The joke is a joke, but not a very funny one.

This is limited to 23 copies and features silkscreened / photocopied artwork and painted CDRs.

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Steve Dracula / Sanchpa
split 2xCDR- $8
ESR016
Two of Cleveland's most talented young blood. Steve Dracula is a one man acrobaticnoisedemon. He uses instruments in the tradition of anything is an instrument. Bells, melodica, walkie talkies, microphones and water all make an appearance on this uglied over sound drip that sticks to the back of your throat. Sounds range from ear cleaning scree to nuclear mud garble. Sanchpa will then bathe you in washes of tonal electronic loops after SD's crust bath. Digital washes of tonally bright and ominous melody feels like muted rain on your head. Raw and sophisticated yet glazed over with warmth.

This double CDR is limited to 68 unumbered copies with photocopies covers with a blockprint that will dissintegrate over time.

Yes, Collapse
Live On Art Damage 8-04 CDR- $5
ESR015
A recording from a live radio feed from the Art Damage radio show on WAIF in Cincinnati (artdamage.org). This is completely unedited and is in essence a 25 minute jam between the 3 members. Often more melodic than you'd hear them live, this particular recording has as many moments of beauty as it does brutality. One mic recording lends to the gunk.

An edition of 19, most are already gone. Block printed and watercolored covers enclosed in a slipcase with some sort of spage age cushioning we found.

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Yes, Collapse
Smeared White Sickness CDR $5
ESR013
Here is the second unofficial "full length" from Dayton brutal beat noise harbingers Yes, Collapse. Recorded one evening in September, utilizing Yes, Collapse's new mid-fi recording style. Tape solos, broken beats, psych guitars, crashing metal, blown out vocals and the usual assortment analog electronics and home made devices. A nasty harsh piece of work edited to work as a full 40+ minute piece, that you can shake to.

Hand painted and hand glued loose paper covers. Limited to 50 hand numbered copies (except two which were sold before they were finished!)

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Methadrone / Yes, Collapse
Split 2x3" CDR
ESR012
Another edition to Epicene's double 3" split series. This time we have Delware's (Delaware? who knew) Methadrone and Epicene mainstays Yes, Collapse. Methadrone creates environmental blip scapes using total environment and absolute control. Harsh drone and rapid waves of gutter bliss spit from the mouths of river crossing warriors. Yes, Collapse offers up some of their more brutal material here with no accomadation for restraint. Total driving pulses and rhythms evolve into dark organ tones only to take you right back where it all began.

Artwork by Mike Haley and handpainted by Epicene. Limited to 50 copies in DVD cases.

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Back From Iraq
The Bane Of Fleas C30
ESR011
Dan Rizer of Yes, Collapse's mangled electronics project. Recorded during self inflicted flea infestation, The Bane Of Fleas serves as a document of irrationality. One side is squealing and bashing electronic harshness with quick jumping escapes and crushing exsoskeletons. The other side is a rapid drone with paranoid gnawing during slumber.

Ltd. to 26 copies enclosed in painted shells.

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Dance Wounds
Warewolf Jams C30 - $4
ESR010
Dance Wounds wrecks toys in the Northwest. Proprietor of Self Released Records, Travis Henke gives us two tracks of harsh noise emitted from thrashed toys, air organs and bent vocals. Lofi caustic nastiness from this young man. One side of melodic thrashed up harmonics, the other a live track of bent circuit demonstrations.

Handpainted tapes and found artwork cropped for total bad vibes. Limited to 24.

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Plasmic Formations
As The End Patiently Waits For Us To Come Back CDR $5
ESR008
Plasmic Formations, the man, the hair, a true sound sculptor. Dense waves of false sound and drawn out patterns. Total drugged out composition and calming waves of extremely literate thinking. Deep pulsations and unnerving shifts.

Comes in a DVD case with color cover and painted cases, ltd. to 17.

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Plasmic Formations
Teonanacati CDR
ESR007
More drugged out deep haze from Plasmic Formations. For the first 2 minutes I didn't even realize it was playing. Extra deep pulsations for inner body rhythms and extreme minimalism.

Comes in a DVD case with color cover and painted cases, ltd. to 17.

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Iovae
Ground Zenith DVD - $8
ESR006
Caution to interested parties- this is not your normal "live" DVD of the typical artist playing live to some bored audience in some remote location. This is fried electronic sizzle from Ron's affectionately dubbed insane oscillator setup "the grinder" blended with video feedback from an old Zenith television. Paralyzing visuals to accompany horrible noise. Epileptic nastiness entranced by light bulbs and red dots- focus on the dirty screen.

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Yes, Collapse
Toweling Off With the Shroud of Turin C30
ESR005
Radiation style improvisations from YC. 5 songs that offer the full range of Yes, Collapse's vision of melding harsh noise, industrial rhythms, no-wave scrapings, and primitive ideals. Rotten smells presented with a smile, melodies surface only to be pushed back to their wormhole. Guitars, broken drum machines, homemade instruments, analog synths, pedal chains, and lots of buzz crash bump.

Limited to 50 copies with vellum covers and handpainted tapes.

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Mastema / Yes, Collapse
2x3" CDR
ESR004
Dave Mann's Mastema side project has been something he's been doing almost as long as he's been making necks sore with his super sick avant-metal group Rune. Here Dave takes a sort of dark-ambient approach to his noise, with one long 18 minute track full of grave digging death charge. Yes, Collapse are a newish improvisational 3-piece from Dayton, OH as well. Very harsh, lo-fi and often rhythmic, this is YC's debut recording as a full band since it's original solo inception by Matt Reis in 1996.

This is limited to 47 copies in a DVD style case with handpainted CDs and ridiculous amounts of paint on the case.

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Little Billy Catfish
Let Us Go To The Moon CDR
ESR003
One man in real time attempting to capture the essence of the Dark Side Of The Moon using only an analog synthesizer. A bit more on the mellow side of things for Epicene, but that's all shit and candy cause it's still some mind trip post-bar lo-fi swirl junk. See if the Catfish doesn't reel you in with his Ohm sensibility and totally odd sense of humor.

Hand numbered edition of 30 copies with color covers enclosed in a DVD style case with the puke style of Epicene on the inside.

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Scutopus
Feeding CDR
ESR002
The sounds of drowning radios and crushing tape decks. Serious squeal and nastiness that gives you the canine head tilt. Totally nauseating, totally great. Found paper photo copied and wrapped in vellum then sprayed with a hefty dose of chrome.

Hand numbered and limited to 50 copies.

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Yes, Collapse
3" CDR
ESR001
fucking constant garble shit recorded when Yes, Collapse was just Matthew Reis- low-fi gunk harshness with reproduction fuckups.

acetate packaging with inner color sleeve. Ltd. to something dumb.

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