Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Mark Solotroff - Vocals (Click images to see larger)
I had the privilege of seeing Anatomy of Habit practice while in Chicago recently. The photos in this post are ones I took during that practice session.
Their sound is difficult to describe. AoH put it best themselves... "Heavy vs. Atmospheric, Tight vs. Loose, Slow vs. (Almost) Fast, Darkness vs. Brightness."
They were really amazing and I am very much looking forward to seeing where the band goes from such a strong start.
Here's their current official bio:
Anatomy of Habit formed in October 2008, following the dissolution of Animal Law. Blake Edwards (metal percussion), Dylan Posa (drums), and Mark Solotroff (vocals) joined forces with Kenny Rasmussen (bass) and Greg Ratajczak (guitar)—the duo originally slated to engineer and produce Animal Law's debut album. The revitalized five-piece group spent the long and extreme winter of 2008-09 working on all-new material in their practice space on the border of Humboldt Park and Garfield Park in Chicago. Live shows are underway and preparations have begun for initial recordings.
You can check out one teaser live recording and learn more about the band at myspace.com/anatomyofhabit
You can also check out two excerpts of a recent live show on YouTube - Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here.
Kenny Rasmussen - Bass
Blake Edwards - Metal Percussion
Dylan Posa - Drums
Greg Ratajczak - Guitar
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Good news... The excellent 1973 horror film "Messiah of Evil" is finally getting a proper DVD release thanks to Code Red. Previously this was only available as a pan-and-scan cheapo DVD. Thanks to Exhumed Films I saw this on the big screen a while back and it was far better in it's original scope presentation. Isn't that always the case though?
"Messiah of Evil" is a slower paced horror film than the above clip might indicate but still WELL worth checking out. It's a very creepy and surreal experience.
More on the "Messiah of Evil" DVD here at the Code Red blog.
Speaking of Exhumed Films, they are selling the LAST FEW TICKETS for their upcoming 24 Hour Horror-Thon here. It takes place Saturday / Sunday October 24th and 25th so if you're anywhere near Philadelphia I recommend you check it out. I know I'll be there.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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While I was in Lexington, KY on the Nightmares tour we crashed at Matt Minter and Robert Beatty's house (thanks again guys). We played with their project S.M.E.L.L. at The Void Skateshop. They did a great set which Mark from Nightmares compared to early Cabaret Voltaire.
Anyhow, being in the land of Bourbon, I drank way too much the night before so I woke up in a hungover mess on their couch. As I SLOWLY came to life I looked up and saw the above painting. It was very blurry as I didn't have my glasses on. I gradually saw that it was a car with a woman in it. As I squinted at it, each of the corpses slowly appeared. I was really shocked and impressed as I've never quite experienced a painting that way.
Once I was more awake I spent a long time looking at the painting and really fell in love with it. I found out that Matt painted it so I asked if I could take a photo and put it up on Colors of the Dark. Thankfully he obliged.
You can see more of his work and check out his main band Wretched Worst at myspace.com/worstwretched
Late Addition 10/1/09 - Matt just started his own art blog - mattminter.blogspot.com
Sunday, September 27, 2009
To complement yesterday's post... here's a video of one of the Wierd Comp contributors Demons.
Here's my older post on Demons / Video Madness.
You can hear more Demons and see more Video Madness at their MySpace page myspace.com/demonscool
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I am honored to bring you a very special Colors of the Dark presentation. Pieter from Wierd Records has generously allowed me to host the entire WIERD COMPILATION VOL. II as a limited time only FREE digital download. These links will be taken down November 1st, 2009 so get them while you can.
If you enjoy the download I urge you to purchase the AMAZING vinyl version of the compilation here. This release is made up of four vinyl LPs packaged in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and accompanied by a 32 page 12" x 12" book containing lyrics, band bios, and over 300 photos, many taken from live performances at the weekly Wierd label party, which has been active in New York City since 2003. Also included in the booklet is a statement of purpose for this vast project entitled 2008 : The Analogue Synthesizer as a Folk Instrument of Humanist Resistance that is as ambitious conceptually as it is musically.
Sorry - these downloads have been removed as of Nov 1, 2009. You should just buy Wierd Vol. II HERE.
THE WIERD COMPILATION VOL. II :
ANALOGUE ELECTRONIC MUSIC 2008
Wierd Records is proud to present the Wierd Compilation Volume II : Analogue Electronic Music 2008, an international collection of 39 trax by 30 bands producing contemporary music with analogue synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines.
Over the past several years, electronic musicians have slowly removed themselves from the visceral aspect of musical expression as they have more completely embraced the computer as the generator of contemporary sounds. It is in this climate that the Wierd Compilation Volume II proposes that analogue electronic music no longer represents a post-apocalyptic vision of an uncertain 'post-human' future as it once did at the inception of New Wave in the late 1970's. Today, the situation is precisely the opposite. In the world of 'click and drag' virtual software synths, the analogue instrument represents a new form of resistance by preserving and affirming the human presence of the artist through his direct interaction with the machines and the electricity that runs through them. In doing so, the supposedly outdated instrument is reborn as a folk instrument not unlike the acoustic guitar, violin, or hand drum.
Inspired by the seminal compilations of early industrial music such as Xtract Records' 'The Elephant Table Album' and 'Three Minute Symphony', Third Mind Records' 'Life at the Top', and the 'Insane Music' cassette series, the Wierd Compilation Volume II brings together independent artists from the new minimal electronic music scene emerging in New York, Miami, and all throughout continental Europe with the the firmly established Noise scene in the US. In the same spirit that these early genre-traversing compilations brought together both pop and experimental artists who were united by their resistance to the superficial excesses of commercial New Wave, the artists on this release are united by their DIY attitude and their resistance to the virtual excesses of modern laptop pop. All have found analogue synthesizers to be the ideal instrument for producing raw, emotive music in a world where the human touch and presence is quickly getting clicked and dragged into oblivion.
1. Xeno and Oaklander - 'A Beginning'
2. Martial Canterel - 'Windscreen'
3. Envenomist - 'A Vague Disquiet'
4. Staccato du Mal - 'Su Ultimo Secreto'
5. Demons - 'Sick by Water'
6. Spine Scavenger - 'Weighted Ghost 2'
7. Epee du Bois - 'Misery'
8. Xeno and Oaklander - 'Blue Flower'
9. Angel of Decay - 'Malignant Tumor of the Heart'
10. Flesh Graey Display - 'A Smoke Filled Room'
11. Wave Tank - 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'
12. Hive Mind - 'Omission'
13. Human Puppets - 'Faces(Behind Walls and Closed Doors)'
14. Waves - ':59'
15. A Squared - 'Soulfood'
16. Carlos Giffoni - 'There are Other Gates'
17. Xeno and Oaklander - 'Celeste'
18. Pax Titania - 'Cycles:13'
19. Audiodakt - 'Wahrheit'
1. The Siamese Pearl - 'Destroying the Prefrontal Cortex'
2. Vendome - 'Lightwave Emissions'
3. Waves - ':10'
4. Sleep Museum - 'Nepal(Departure)'
5. Charlie Draheim - 'Guts on the Dancefloor'
6. Private Entertainment - 'Serenade(For a Changed Heart)'
7. Martial Canterel - 'Pathway Splits Apart'
8. A Vague Disquiet - 'In Fives: Failure Edit'
9. Angel of Decay - 'Cold White Beds'
10. Three to Forgotten' - 'Frostbite'
11. Tobias Bernstrup - 'Enemies of the Earth'
12. Sleep Museum - 'We Who Are'
13. Opus Finis - 'Perplexed Pathos'
14. The Siamese Pearl - 'The Rape of Persephone'
15. Led er Est - 'Woman in a Cafe/Communication'
16. Hive Mind - 'Templar'
17. Cadaver in Drag - 'Hair, Skin, and Teeth'
18. Epee du Bois - 'Jurieux in the Garden'
19. Ronin - 'For a Dead Lady’
20. Zug Im Veins - 'Je Suis un Autre'
Friday, September 25, 2009
Above is a heavily edited scene from the Tinto Brass film "L'urlo." This was just recently made available on DVD thanks to Cult Epics. I don't have time to go into a proper review of this DVD but I want to share some thoughts...
I watched the film one time through casually and thought it was quite good but not great. I love surrealist films and this one certainly fits into that category. I must admit "L'urlo" stuck in my head so I watched it again with the Tinto Brass audio commentary on. While Brass' very heavy accent was hard to decipher at times, his commentary really shed light on how amazing this film really is.
From what I could understand, the film was made in 1968, two full years before "El Topo." That alone was a feat because the influence the Brass film had on Jodorowski definitely shows. "El Topo" is a better film but it seems "L'urlo" paved the way. The Brass film was not as well known because it was mired in censorship problems for years. In fact, it was only shown uncut for the first time a few years ago.
The film has several absolutely captivating surrealist scenes. The one above is the best of them. The only flaw of "L'urlo" is that the pace is not maintained throughout the film. Considering Brass was really out on a limb while making this film you can't really fault him.
If you like surrealist cinema you MUST see "L'urlo." It sits in the shadow of later films like "Viva la Muerte," "Holy Mountain," and "Sweet Movie" but this film's importance cannot be doubted. I would highly recommend getting the DVD for the audio commentary as well. Hats off to Cult Epics for releasing the film.
You can purchase "The Howl" aka "L'urlo" DVD here.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
All artwork by Saturno Buttò courtesy of Mondo Bizzarro Gallery.
Currently on display at Rome's Mondo Bizzarro Gallery:
5 Sept - 15 Oct 2009
Mondo Bizzarro is one of the greatest galleries in the world for edgy (and over the edge) artwork. They have published several excellent art books as well.
You can see much more at mondobizzarro.net
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
All photographs by Daikichi Amano, courtesy Bongout Gallery, Berlin.
Many more images are available at bongout.org (NOT WORK SAFE). Make sure to look through their site - Bongout has published several excellent art books and has many other items for sale.
Daikichi Amano at Bongout
September 23rd – October 24th, 2009
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 pm.
Daikichi Amano has become one of the most exciting new visual artists working in Japan today, earning himself an international cult following. Drawing on iconography and mythology, Amano creates savage warriors, sea monsters, and devoured Sirens. He places them in all-consuming dioramas, evoking dramatic primal fears and dark desires.
Amano has brought to life the woodcut printed characters of traditional Shunga imagery (Japanese erotica), in a modern day interpretation. Looking at these images in the flesh, one will notice a strangely seductive power.
The photographs in his exhibition at Bongout Gallery do not hang in the shadows of their parental hardcore films. Rather, their conception, which inherits a lively narrative, is saturated with mystique.
Amano is a master director, producer, editor, photographer, columnist and pornographer. With the help from his studio, Genki-Genki, Amano challenges the conceptual line between art and pornography, and continually obscures this divide for future generations.
Born 1973, Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Bongout will publish the first compilation of Amano’s photographs, and will be available fall/winter of 2009.
Many thanks to Christian from Bongout for allowing me to use these amazing images.
Also, thanks to Trevor Brown. Without his essential babyart blog I would not have heard about this show so soon.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Shane from Twodeadsluts asked for it and here it is...
eXtreme Elvis was an Elvis impersonator ala G.G. Allin. He seems to have stopped performing a few years ago. According to knowledgerush.com "eXtreme Elvis is a San Francisco-based Elvis impersonator who performs a highly unflattering rendition of an Elvis who supposedly survives the 1970s only to grow more obese, and more addicted to substances. His highly controversial impersonation meets with strong disapproval among Elvis fans, and is said to be less an impersonation of "Elvis" as it is a caricature of American decadence—abusing the highly iconoclastic and universal archetype that Elvis once embodied."
Anyhow, the above video is of a pretty tame but amazing performance of one of my favorite songs of all time. It lacks the nudity and violence of some of his more infamous live appearances but that's OK. I must say he actually has a pretty damn good voice.
Here's a couple of videos with some of eXtreme Elvis' more antisocial behavior...
The payoff is at the end of this one...
The front page of his website claims it has been shut down by order of the FBI. I personally believe this is a smoke screen to cover up eXtreme Elvis' departure from the scene. My doubt stems from the fact that you can still access the photo and video sections of his site at the following links (NOT WORK SAFE):
Here's a pretty funny text interview from strangeco.com
And another interview from blacktable.com
Come back eXtreme Elvis, America needs you.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Yen Pox is the dark ambient / experimental music project of Steven Hall & Michael JV Hensley. They have been releasing some of the best music in this style since back in 1993.
Michael and Steven each have excellent solo projects as well. Blood Box and Veil of Secrecy respectively.
You can check out samples of all the above at myspace.com/veilofsecrecyyenpox
They also have an official website at geocities.com/veilofsec/
There are two free Blood Box MP3s and possibly a few copies of the amazing CD "The Iron Dream" for sale here at Eibon records. Michael and myself also collaborated on the 1998 Hollow Earth CD "Dog Days of the Holocaust" (last copies available from me here - scroll down). You can get Veil of Secrecy releases here at discogs. As far as I can tell, all Yen Pox releases are sold out but you can get some them used here at discogs.
IMPORTANT ADDITION 9.22.09 - Jason Mantis from Malignant Records just told me the following... "It's worth noting that I just received the remastered master of Blood Music (the Yen Pox debut CD), which will see the light of day soon as part of a 2CD set including the first cassette as well as several hard to find tracks. It'll be nothing short of a masterpiece, I promise you that." GREAT NEWS! I will do a new post when this 2CD set is available.
Steven Hall performing live as Veil of Secrecy
Michael JV Hensley performing live as Blood Box.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
(Photo by Frank Deserto)
New York City's Sleep Museum is one of the best examples of the current minimal-synth scene. I am personally a big fan and am honored to feature this project here.
Colors of the Dark is very proud to host a free MP3 of a previously unreleased song called "Far." UPDATE 1.30.11 - SORRY, YOU MISSED IT. "Far" will be on an upcoming Sleep Museum release. Keep an eye on the links below for info.
You can learn and hear more at myspace.com/sleepmuseum and sleepmuseum.com
Many Sleep Museum releases are available from Bloodlust! and Wierd Records:
(Photo by Kasia Grabek)
(Photo by Kasia Grabek)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Arn Vleespapier is an artist from Belgium that combines organic and geometric forms with a spiritual influence.
You can see more of Arn's work on his MySpace page.
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Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Greymachine is a recent supergroup made up of Justin K. Broadrick, Dave Cochrane, Aaron B. Turner and Diarmuid Dalton.
If you like early Godflesh and the first EPs of Isis, you will most likely appreciate this. As Broaderick says, Greymachine is "to prove that I have not lost any of that zeal for extremely hateful sounding music." Hallelujah. Read a bit more on the group over at Noisecreep.
Check them out on MySpace at myspace.com/officialgreymachine
Or you can listen to a streaming version of their "Disconnected" album at greymachine-disconnected.com
There's a free MP3 hiding over here too.
Most importantly, you can (and should) buy the album and merch here.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Espira is a visual artist from London, England who "triumphantly mixes fashion, costume and uniform with the mundane and commonplace of modern life, resulting in a supermarket assault on the senses." That's for certain.
You can see much more of Espira's work in the following places:
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Photo by Scott Kinkade.
Burnt By The Sun is a metallic hardcore band from New Jersey featuring drummer Dave Witte from Municipal Waste, Discordance Axis and many other great projects. BBTS was dormant for several years but have just released their final album "Heart of Darkness" on Relapse Records.
Check them out online at myspace.com/burntbythesun
Pick up a copy of "Heart of Darkness" over at Relapse.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Seth Siro Anton is an excellent digital / analog artist from Greece.
You can see much more of his work on the following sites:
"Red Female Figure With Fruits"
"In Requiem Figura 1"