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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Super, Ultra, Mega Heavy New Crucial Blast Releases on the Way

Crucial Blast Records is proud to announce the next two additions to their arsenal of aural oppression...

THE HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA - The Politics of the Irredeemable CD
Release date: 4/21/2009

We will be releasing The Politics of the Irredeemable, the second album from THE HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA in April. Some of you might have heard this pulverizing industrial-doom duo on their first disc, Means Without Ends, that came out a couple of years ago on Daft Alliance. If you did, then you`re already schooled in how bleak and devastating the soundwaves get from the ORCHESTRA. You know us - we like it heavy. And when these guys sent us a copy of their initial recordings for this album, their immense droneological blackness and eschatological nightmares knocked us f`ing flat. Politics is one long, dead stare into the imminent collapse of the human species, and I`m banking on this being one of the heaviest releases - both in tone and in sound - that Crucial Blast will be releasing in 2009.

HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA first took shape as a solo project from Ryan Unks, who had previously played guitar in the final lineup of the Pittsburgh metal band CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION. After moving from CIC, Unks began to work on a new project that would incorporate elements of black metal, crushing drone music, extreme psychotropic noise and psychedelic/krautrock influences into a sound that would be much heavier any of his previous projects. The first album from HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA was released in 2007 on Daft Alliance; Means Without Ends was a disturbing, introspective slab of blackened industrial doom that stood out in stark contrast from the rest of the slow n` low extreme doom scene, utilizing layers of harsh textured distortion and electronics to create a caustic form of monstrous doom that shared as much of industrial music`s cold, machine-like aesthetic as it did the ultra-slow riffage of the most extreme variants of doom metal. At the same time that the bands debut was taking shape, Unks was joined by another former member of CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION, Nathan Berlinguette (who was also a member of the dark ambient project M.KOURIE and the DEATHDRONE DUO 5/5/2000). With the addition of Berlinguette`s skilled application of dark ambience and expansive soundscapes, HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA began to move into even more textured territory which has culminated with the second HQO full-length, The Politics of the Irredeemable, a series of apocalyptic visions and epiphanies of end time realization, prophetic screeds that look to a future rendered pustulent and war-stricken by the failed machinations of the human race, presented as six chapters that enter your consciousness through a delivery system of extreme industrial dread. The Politics of the Irredeemable is crushing and oppressive, a crawl through abstract fields of low-end sound that move from punishing blasts of ultra-heavy machine-doom and earth-shaking tectonic riffs, to thick fogs of black electronic ambiance that shimmer with subsonic pulses and celestial drones, the presence of malevolent electricity crackling in the air around the lumbering, nightmarish electro-sludge monstrosity of the HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA. And at the same time, there are passages of immense beauty on this album that lurk at the peripheries of HQO`s malevolent crush; the track "Aspirations" for instance, where pummeling slow-motion industrial percussions grinds in an infinite loop beneath a swirling nightsky of kosmiche synthesizers and heavenly, blissed-out ambiance, the drums becoming like distant mortar blasts heard over the horizon as terrified screams ring out and stars fall dead from the skies. This is seriously apocalyptic deathmachine grind ambiance.

FREE MP3s available now from Crucial Blast from the upcoming release The Politics Of The Irredeemable:



OVERMARS - Born Again CD
Release date: 6/09/2009

Previously released through the French label Appease Me overseen by members of BLUT AUS NORD, Born Again is the latest full length from the French sludge band OVERMARS, a single album-long piece that descends deep into themes of self-immolation, horror, and rebirth. France`s OVERMARS have already established their atmospheric, electronically-tainted sludge-metal sound with their previous splits with DONEFOR,ISCARIOTE, FUGÜE, and ICOS, and their excellent 2005 album Affliction, Endocrine...Vertigo, but Born Again is something new from the band; this forty-minute epic moves from pulverizing industrial dirge blanketed with heavily textured layers of guitar and fearsome guttural roars intermixed with captivating female vocals, to passages of haunting dark ambiance and bottom-heavy churn, and a magisterial finale that stretches gloom-ridden, moody riffage, vaporous electronics and dramatic singing out over the song`s last fifteen minutes, building into an earth-shaking crescendo. Immensely bleak and heavy, Born Again brings together elements of GODFLESH`s industrial pummel, black metal, tribal dirge , the crushing nihilism of SWANS, death metal, and psychedelia into an austere sound of their own that moves them even further away from the NEUROSIS comparisons that have surrounded their earlier releases. As soon as I heard this, it became one of my new favorite French metal albums. We are doing a deluxe CD edition for the US release of the album through Crucial Blast, with different packaging than the original Appease Me release, and we`ll be putting together some other cool stuff for the release of Born Again here in the US. The band is also looking at touring here in the States later in 2009, and I`ll be posting information on that as it comes together. In the meantime, here are a couple of MP3 samples from Born Again for you to check out:

”Born Again 1”
”Born Again 2”
”Born Again 3”


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