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I always decide to load up my release schedule and give myself a ton of work to do just as I start to feel like I’m not drowning and things begin to calm down. But I’ve learned that’s how I thrive, as much as it stresses me out sometimes. When there’s too much to do, I’m content. The other thing that makes it okay is getting to work with a boat load of incredible people and bands, releasing records that are inspiring and captivating. The summer 2016 collection is no different, and I’m quite pleased to welcome so new blood to the Gilead Media family.
These releases should all be out just in time for Migration Fest this year. So stay tuned for pre-order info sometime in June for most of these.
There will also be a bunch more things coming later in the year after this batch. No rest.
RELIC75: Krallice – Hyperion 12″
On January 1st, 2016, following quickly behind the release of their recent full length, Ygg huur, Krallice unveiled a three song EP on their bandcamp page. These three tracks total 23 minutes 52 seconds and comprise the Hyperion EP.
Although released in 2016, this EP was written and recorded in 2013 for an intended split release that never materialized. Rather than allowing this material to remain in the shadows, Krallice chose to present the album as its own release. The songs contained therein are a perfect view into the transition between 2012’s Years Past Matter and Ygg huur, intricate yet atmospheric.
Hyperion was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Krallice guitarist Colin Marston, and will be pressed as a 45 rpm 12” on 180 gram black vinyl. Download code included. The expected release date for the vinyl is August 2016, although you can hear the album & purchase the CD version now at: https://krallice.bandcamp.com/album/hyperion
RELIC76: Gloam – Hex of Nine Heads 2LP
Gloam are a band that we here at Gilead Media have had our ear and eye on since the release of their 2012 demo, which was quite an impressive initial offering. They’ve only become more captivating as a band since then, and when their 2015 debut full length Hex of Nine Heads came along as a cassette release on Caligari Records (limited to 175 copies) its force was undeniable. This is an album that simply requires the vinyl treatment.
The combination of filthy atmosphere and exceedingly creative musicianship on Hex… yields an hour of some of the most compelling black metal we’ve come across in years. The song writing potential that was hinted at on Gloam’s 2012 demo and 2014 cassette, Vanquished (Eternal Warfare), is now fully realized and pushed to the precipice.
Hex of Nine Heads was recorded by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer studios with additional tracking by Lord Vast at The Temple of Ouroboros. Mastering was executed by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering. The album will be presented as a gatefold 2LP with new and re-envisioned artwork by Barney Fried, the artist behind the original imagery for the cassette release. The expected release date for the vinyl is July 2016. Although you can hear the album in its entirety now at Gloam’s bandcamp page: https://gloam666.bandcamp.com/album/hex-of-nine-heads
RELIC77: Anicon – Exegeses LP
This summer we welcome another project that has long been on our radar, Brooklyn black metal band Anicon. Although we already considered them to be sort of extended family (drummer Lev Weinstein is a part of Krallice while bassist Alexander DeMaria performs as part of the Yellow Eyes live lineup) we are none-the-less quite pleased to welcome Anicon as a proper part of the label family as they join us to present their first full-length album, Exegeses.
Founding members Nolan Voss and Owen Rundquist began writing material together for this project in 2010, at that time planning to name their first EP Anicon while the project itself would remain nameless, allowing the EP to stand as a singular expression. Quickly the project developed into a full band that began writing more material, so the Anicon name would be repurposed.
Exegeses is the result of constant writing over the course of two years. And although other material was written and recorded through this time, the pieces chosen for the album were selected to work together as a single statement, similar to the original EP but in a significantly more developed fashion. The works on Exegeses represent what is very much a new stage for Anicon. Though they are thoroughly rooted in the US black metal sound, their style reaches further into the realm of the more technical. Favoring elaborately composed pieces that still retain every bit of fury and visceral energy that black metal is fundamentally founded upon.
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth in November 2015. It will be presented as a gatefold LP with stunning photography by Kari Greer. A digital download code will be included. The vinyl has an expected release date of July 2016, while a CD edition will be released simultaneously in Europe via Avantgarde Music
RELIC78: Mizmor – Yodh 2LP
Here we have the final announcement for our batch of summer albums, and one that I am quite pleased to be a part of, the release of the second full-length album from Portland, OR based one-man blackened-doom band, Mizmor.
Although there have been a number of EPs and split releases over the last four years, Mizmor has not released a full-length record since its self-titled first album in 2012. A.L.N. (the sole member of Mizmor) and Gilead Media are excited to announce this new installment entitled Yodh.
An epic conceptual exploration, Yodh finds the project at its most focused state. Over the course of the 60+ minute, five-track album Mizmor takes the listener to a place entirely new for the band. The album is an impassioned struggle with the nature of survival – why humankind continually chooses life each day in the face of adversity, pain, depression, and suffering.
Yodh is also elevated in its display of Mizmor’s most fully realized sonic experience. The album was recorded by A.L.N. himself, meticulously mixed by Sonny DiPerri, and mastered by Adam Gonsalves. This creative team pushes the sonic limits further than any previous Mizmor material in order to present a finished audio product suitable for such demanding themes. The result is simply brutal, harrowing and overwhelming blackened doom that surges with pure energy.
This album will be presented as a gatefold 2LP by Gilead Media, and as a self-released cassette edition. Both formats will feature packaging graced with four incredible works by painter Zdzisław Beksiński, licensed and scanned directly from the paintings themselves in Poland. A download code will be included with the albums. A released date of August 2016 is expected.
We are quite pleased to announce the addition of two more bands to the festival lineup.
With great honor, we bring you MAGIC CIRCLE and the first ever live performance by MIZMOR.
General ticket sales begin next Friday, March 4th.
As you may have heard if you’re following either Gilead Media or 20 Buck Spin on social media, our labels will be collaborating on a three-day music festival called MIGRATION FEST. I sort of consider this the spiritual successor to Gilead Fest, which will be on a hiatus for the time being. All info available at the time of this blog post can be found below, for more up to date info please follow the fest on social media or stay tuned to migrationfest.us
20 BUCK SPIN & GILEAD MEDIA PRESENT: MIGRATION FEST
20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media, two of underground metal’s leading underdog record labels, will join forces in Summer 2016 to present the inaugural Migration Festival in Olympia, Washington. Jointly conceived by the two labels, Migration will primarily showcase bands from each label’s roster, as well as select other affiliated and respected artists, highlighting the distinct and contrasting styles that makes each label stand out.
Set to take place at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia on August 12, 13, and 14, the rich musical history of Washington’s small capital city makes an ideal location to celebrate the work of two labels successfully operating outside the boundaries of the big city music business.
On February 19th, 2016 at 12:00 pm Pacific time a limited number of Migration Fest early weekend passes will be made available for sale. These will be limited to a quantity of 100, and at a one time price of $99.00. These weekend passes will be available until February 22nd, or until the 100 allocated passes are sold out, whichever comes first. These tickets will be available via a link on the main page of www.migrationfest.us
General weekend pass sales will launch in March at the full price alongside the announcement of a finalized Festival lineup, both of which will be announced soon. There will be about 900 weekend passes available in total.
Thank you for your excitement thus far, we can’t wait to share this weekend with you.
– Adam & Dave / Migration Fest
The Body & Krieg collaborative performance
Dead To A Dying World
Full Of Hell
Kowloon Walled City
Panopticon (First public live performance)
With approximately 4 additional bands, including some headliners, to be announced later. There will also be separate after-shows to occur at a smaller local venue, also to be announced at a later date.
Ticket information, including price and on-sale date, will be announced in the near future. A full list of suggested local Olympia hotels, bars, restaurants, and other businesses will also be published soon. Nearly all of which will be within walking distance of the venue.
NO GUEST LIST. NO PRESS LIST. NO PASSES.
We will not be issuing guest list spots, press passes, or photo passes for Migration Fest.
THE FEST IS FULLY BOOKED. NO BAND SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED.
Although we appreciate the interest of bands that want to join us for the weekend, no submissions or requests to play will be considered. Migration Fest is a curated event, all bands are personally selected by Dave and Adam from 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media.
ABOUT THE CURATORS:
20 Buck Spin was founded in early 2005 in the East Bay Area of California and has been based in Olympia, WA since late 2007. The label has released approximately 80 records during that time steadily increasing its yearly output and range.
“I’d heard Adam (Bartlett, Gilead Media boss) was thinking of coming West to do the next iteration of Gilead Fest. I’d been thinking of doing something similar myself for years but never had, and so suggested we join up and do something together. Adam was immediately receptive and the idea for Migration Festival was born right then.” said David Adelson, 20 Buck Spin founder. “Olympia felt right since I’m already based here, and because of its small size and walkability this is a great place to have it, both for locals, and for out-of-towners.
Gilead Media was founded in 2005 in Toledo, Ohio, and in 2007 relocated to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the hometown of founder Adam Bartlett. Since its inception the label has focused on releasing thought-provoking art from across the spectrum of dark and heavy music.
Says Bartlett, “After two successful installments of my own Gilead Fest in this small Wisconsin town it seemed like the time was right to branch out and try something different. The idea to work with Dave and his label on a collaborative event makes perfect sense given our similar music backgrounds and diverse, but complimentary label families. And Olympia serves as the perfect central location for this type of festival.”
We’ve already made mention of Dead To A Dying World heading over to Europe for Roadburn 2016, but they’re also going to embark on a Euro tour around that time. Check out the dates + trailer below:
08.04.16 Germany – Hannover – LKA
09.04.16 Germany – Berlin – Köpi
10.04.16 Poland – Zduńska Wola – Variete
11.04.16 Czech Republik – Brno – Bajkazyl
12.04.16 Austria – Wien – Venster99
13.04.16 Austria – Linz – Kapu
14.04.16 Germany – München – Feierwerk
15.04.16 Germany – Leipzig – Doom Over Leipzig Festival
16.04.16 Netherlands – Tillburg – Roadburn Festival
17.04.16 Belgium – Antwerp – Music City
18.04.16 Germany – Mülheim an der Ruhr – Autonomes Zentrum
19.04.16 France – Strasbourg – TBA
20.04.16 Switzerland – Bremgarten – Kuzeb
21.04.16 France – Besançon – TBA
22.04.16 Germany – Freiburg – KTS
23.04.16 Germany – Mainz – Haus Mainusch
We are quite please to announce open pre-orders for the next two Gilead Media releases. Both are scheduled to ship around the end of February
LAKE OF VIOLET
The Startling Testimony of Plumb Lines LP – $16.00
Although Chicago-based Lake of Violet is a new project, those that comprise the group are well known to many into heavy & experimental music. Founded by André Foisy (guitar, from Locrian, Kwaidan) and Anthony Michael Couri (drums, formerly of Minsk, currently of Cedars of Lebanon), Lake of Violet was born from a series of free jams that were fleshed out over time with the addition of Jacob Essak (bass, from Sun Splitter) and Neil Jendon (guitar, vocals, synth, from Kwaidan, Catherine).
The songs on Plumb Lines are hypnotic and meditative, with huge atmosphere as a major focus for the album as a whole. Although the works evolved from free jams into more focused, composed pieces, they still breathe deeply and maintain a droning openness.
The Startling Testimony of Plumb Lines was tracked by Greg Norman and Neil Jendon, and mixed by Greg Norman. It is presented as a single LP in a thick jacket with a poly-lined black inner sleeve. A download code is included with purchase.
Listen to the opening track / order now from Eroding Winds, the official source for Gilead Media mailorder: http://www.erodingwinds.com/product/lake-of-violet-the-startling-testimony-of-plumb-lines-lp/
Deeper Than Sky gatefold LP – $16.50
When their debut album was released in 2013, the VHOL self-titled effort was a surprise to many who didn’t expect what VHOL would initially sound like considering it was a new band initially brought up as an idea between two ex-Ludicra members who wanted to make music together again, namely John Cobbett of Hammers Of Misfortune and Aesop Dekker of Agalloch. What would then shape into something more expansive with the addition of bassist Sigrid Sheie (also of Hammers Of Misfortune/ex-Amber Asylum) and the addition of YOB mastermind Mike Scheidt to handle the vocals, VHOL would be a new musical group where each member would experience something new with creating music while at the same time re-discovering their old school metal roots.
With their new album “Deeper Than Sky”, VHOL have created something totally next level from their debut on pretty much every level and have taken it even further and more in the outer-realms of sonic exploration within the paradigm of old school speed metal. With each musician pushing themselves even more with “Deeper Than Sky”, especially the vocal performance of Mike Scheidt who is known as one of metal’s best vocalists today and delivers his best vocal performance to date on the new VHOL album.
The vinyl edition of Deeper Than Sky is presented as a single LP in a thick gatefold jacket with a high gloss finish. The layout features stunning artwork by Brandon Duncan and John Cobbett. NO DOWNLOAD CODE INCLUDED.
Listen / order now from Eroding Winds, the official source for Gilead Media mailorder: http://www.erodingwinds.com/product/vhol-deeper-than-sky-cdlp/