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Gilead Newsletter 2014/11/06 – Alraune POs shipped // New releases from Implodes, Generation of Vipers, Fórn coming soon // False in the studio // Large distro update // HammerHeart Brewing Company Winterblot Festival
Yes! It’s finally November! This month and the last are easily my favorite time of the year. Just incredible around Wisconsin, and I love the cold.
The header image this week is courtesy of my Mom, who knows how much I love Halloween… and also knows how stressed & busy I’ve been. So she carved a pumpkin the day before Halloween for me to put on my porch this year. Thanks, Mom! Yeah, I know Halloween was a week ago, but it’s still harvest time and I refuse to take pumpkins off the porch until they rot and melt, or are destroyed by neighborhood children.
Lots of good stuff here this time around. Good news all over the place and lots of great records to jam on. Dig in deep, my friends.
I. Alraune pre-orders shipped
II. New Gilead Media releases for Winter 2015
III. In the studio: False
IV. Large distro update
V. HammerHeart Brewing Company’s Winterblot Festival
I. ALRAUNE PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED
At long last, here we are. The Alraune records are finally done and all pre-orders have shipped. I’m caught up on general mailorder through 10/23 right now, and will be packing up all other pending orders this evening. Thanks so much to everyone that waited so patiently. You guys are the best. I hope you enjoy some of the bonus goodies I included in all packages.
Not many copies remain, the last of them are available to order now at the Gilead Media online store: http://www.gileadmedia.net/store.
II. NEW GILEAD MEDIA RELEASES FOR WINTER 2015
Now that everything is settled with all of the 2014 Gilead Media titles I finally feel comfortable releasing some information regarding the next batch of releases I’ll be working on for early 2015.
RELIC59 – Implodes – Reverser 12″
I first came to know of Chicago’s Implodes when my old pal and founding member Matt Jencik sent me a link to check out their demo a few years ago. The dense forest of fuzz, reverb, and delay in which they reside is was something I was immediately super into, and it’s been great to watch them evolve as a band through their two full-length releases with Kranky, Black Earth in 2011 and Recurring Dream in 2013.
Now, in 2015, I’m honored to finally be able to work with Matt (live bassist for Slint and Papa M), Ken Camden (two solo albums on Kranky), Emily Elhaj (of Angel Olsen’s band and also of Mayor Daley), and Justin Rathell (of Chicago band El Mejor), to release a new EP containing two unreleased tracks from their Recurring Dream session and two newly recorded tracks.
Implodes weave through that lush fuzz forest with a river of somber rhythm, carrying subtle melodies along the way for the listener to latch onto. Simply put, this is rock music, but it’s rock that is rooted deeply in the worlds of drone and ambient.
Reverser will be presented as a 33 rpm 12″ with a download code included. Limited to 375 copies on various vinyl colors. Details forthcoming. Projected release date: January, 2015.
RELIC63 – Generation of Vipers – Coffin Wisdom LP
It’s hard to believe three years have passed since the release of Howl & Filth, Generation of Vipers’ prior full-length. It’s an album that has only managed to improve with age, and I find myself more into it with every listen. So, naturally, when the opportunity was presented for Gilead Media to work alongside GoV and long-time friends Translation Loss to present a vinyl edition of their new album in North America, brilliantly titled Coffin Wisdom, I didn’t hesitate for a single moment.
For all the love and affection I have for their last effort, I still wasn’t prepared for the impact of Coffin Wisdom. Engineered by bassist Travis Kammeyer and mixed by Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio in Brooklyn, NY, these seven new tracks display a focusing of power. Harnessing influence, maturing as a creative force, and crafting their most fully realized works thus far.
Generation of Vipers define a musical amalgam. A bit of metal and a dash of hardcore blended with hefty dollop of noise-rock. It’s obvious there has been a focus placed on developing a real tone in their sound, and it’s pushed right to the forefront riff after riff. Coffin Wisdom is thick, and it’s a total sonic assault.
Coffin Wisdom will be presented as a 33 rpm LP with expanded artwork, released under license from Translation Loss records, the label that released the CD in October. Pressing info to be determined. Projected release date: February, 2015.
Listen to the full album online now here: https://soundcloud.com/translation-loss-records/sets/generation-of-vipers-coffin-wisdom
RELIC65 – Fórn – The Departure of Consciousness CD (ltd edition)
I was first turned onto Fórn earlier this year when my old friend Andy texted me after a tour, suggesting I check them out, that they’d be right up my alley. A few weeks later I saw Vendetta was releasing a vinyl edition of their debut LP, The Departure of Consciousness, so I snagged some copies for the store and was totally floored.
The Departure of Consciousness is an enthralling debut. Throughout the album, the listener navigates despondent atmospherics met with completely apocalyptic riffage and scathing vocals. This is an album of bleak and blistering works laced with somber melodies.
Now, many of you that’ve been following the label for a while know I rarely release a CD, but I was so taken by this album that I felt like I needed to work with these guys in any way possible. The Departure of Consciousness will be presented as a single disc in a mini-gatefold LP style jacket, with artwork by Bryan Proteau and limited to a quantity yet to be determined. Every copy will include a screen-printed patch. Projected release date: January, 2015.
Listen to the full album online now here: https://forn.bandcamp.com/
Purchase the vinyl edition now here: http://www.gileadmedia.net/distrodirectory/forn-the-departure-of-consciousness-lp/
III. IN THE STUDIO: FALSE
In the middle of October I took the five hour drive up to Signaturetone Recording in the Twin Cities of Minnesota to spend time with False while they began tracking their first full-length album. Set for a Summer 2015 release, this new record will run roughly sixty minutes long over four sides of vinyl, with a potential CD format release as well. Believe me when I say the this album will be worth the wait, indeed. I’ll leave you with some random photos from my trip with no descriptions to accompany them.
III. LARGE DISTRO UPDATE
I do this to myself every month, I let the new arrivals stack up until I’m totally overwhelmed, and then blast them all into the store at once. Well, at least it makes for awesome e-mail updates like this one! Go jam out on some records. It’s the end of the week, you’ve once again made it through to Friday. Congratulations, treat yourself.
Order online at http://www.gileadmedia.net/store
Alcest – Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde (import) – $24.50
Alcest – Les Voyages De L’ame (import) – $24.50
Atriarch – An Unending Pathway LP – $18.00
Blood Bright Star – Silver Head LP – $13.00
The Body/Sandworm – Split LP – $15.50
Botanist – III: Doom in Bloom 2LP – $23.25
Botanist – VI: Flora LP – $18.00
Death Blues – Non Fiction LP – $18.75
Daniel Menche/William Fowler Collins – Split LP – $18.00
Discordance Axis – Original Sound Version LP+7″ – $22.00
Earth – Primitive and Deadly 2LP – $21.75
Earth – Hex or Printing in the Infernal Method 2LP – $20.75
Godflesh – Decline and Fall CS – $7.35
Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire LP – $22.00
Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire CS – $9.50
GOG s/t LP – $12.00
Grouper – Ruins LP – $15.10
Grouper – Ruins CD – $13.00
Terence Hannum – Via Negativa LP – $20.00
Inter Arma – The Cavern LP – $16.50
Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will LP – $17.05
Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy LP – $15.35
Jesu – Conquerer 2LP – $22.50
Katatonia – Brave Murder Day LP (import) – $23.30
Kayo Dot – Coffins On Io LP – $18.00
Khanate – Capture & Release LP – $15.00
Lantlos – Melting Sun LP (import – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) – $24.50
Neurosis – Souls at Zero 2LP – $30.55
Neurosis – Enemy of the Sun 2LP – $30.55
Nihill – Grond 2LP – $25.00
Nightfell – The Living Ever Mourn LP – $15.00
Oozing Wound – Earth Suck LP – $16.50
Panopticon – Roads to the North 2LP – $21.00
Panopticon – Roads to the North CD – $11.00
Panopticon – Social Disservices CD – $11.00
Panopticon/Falls of Rauros – Split LP – $16.00
Pig Destroyer – Mass & Volume LP – $17.05
Servile Sect – Glowing 10″ – $9.00
Sunn + Ulver – Terrestrials LP – $16.00
Sutekh Hexen – Become 12″ – $13.50
Uzala – Tales of Blood & Fire CD – $10.00
Venowl – No Honour 7″ – $4.00
Vermin Womb – Permanence LP – $14.00
Wold – Postsocial LP – $22.45
Wrekmeister Harmonies – Then It All Came Down LP – $16.00
Alda – Tahoma 2LP – $22.00
Cough/Windhand – Split LP – $16.50
Fórn – The Departure of Consciousness LP – $14.00 (import – new lower price)
Mamiffer – Mare Decendrii 2LP – $20.00
Nihill – Verdonkermann 2LP – $17.00
Northless – Clandestine Abuse 2LP (WAREHOUSE FIND: orange vinyl, dinged jackets, way out of print) – $13.00
Panopticon/Vestiges – Split LP – $16.00
Panopticon – On the Subject of Mortality 2LP – $21.00
Panopticon – Kentucky CD – $11.00
Thou – Heathen 2LP – $19.00
Order online at http://www.gileadmedia.net/store
IV. HAMMERHEART BREWING COMPANY’S WINTERBLOT FESTIVAL
The dudes at HammerHeart Brewing Company in Lino Lakes, Minnesota have announced their Winterblot festival, a tap takeover and metal festival taking place at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis on December 20th. The lineup is insane and they will be brewing an exclusive fest-only beer for the evening! The Gilead Media crew will be there with the distro (amongst other labels), so you can enjoy some drinks if you so desire, see amazing bands, and grab some records, all while hanging out in one of my favorite cities on this continent. Check out the teaser video below for audio snippets of all the bands playing, and grab tickets at the link!
Winterblot 2014 lineup:
Falls of Rauros (ME)
Obsidian Tongue (MA)
Woman is the Earth (SD)
View the teaser video w/snippets of each band here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgfK-qWQWhQM
Purchase tickets here: http://hammerheartbrewing.com/Articles/hhwinterblot.html
That’s all for this week’s update. There’s always more distro stuff pouring into the online store throughout the month, so be sure to follow Gilead Media on whatever social media junk you like to use. I have one of those ello things now, too. Although I haven’t posted there too much.
Oh yeah, if you have a copy of Breather Resist – Charmer LP or Malady s/t LP for trade, let mek now. I need those back. Talk soon!
Until next time…
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Proper jackets have finally arrived for the Alraune albums!! So glad these are finally ready to begin shipping. All orders will ship with some bonus goodies, so keep you eyes peeled for your ship notifications coming through over the next couple days. Thank you to all those that ordered for your considerable patience through these manufacturing problems.
Orders are currently closed for this release. But I will have some available once all preorders have shipped.
I ordered tons of stickers as bonus goodies for mailorder a couple weeks ago. My brother is making tons of buttons as you read this. Next week Sarah or Scott or I will be screen printing a bunch of patches.
I’m trying to get back on top of including freebies in mailorder for customers that order regularly/place good sized orders, although I haven’t yet determined any sort of scale to determine what you get when. Alraune jackets will be here in a few business days as well, so all orders waiting to ship due to jacket printing delays will include extra goodies as a thank you for exhibiting great patience.
I know things have appeared somewhat quiet over here. I’ve needed it after the last year. There will be great news to discuss soon. Things are still happening behind the curtain.
See more after the break.
I intended to go easy on the releases for 2014, with the Gilead Fest and all coming up in July. Turns out I’ve packed the release schedule, which should be a surprise to know one that works me regularly. Over-commitment, something I love apparently. I’ll need to do some re-organizing at Gilead HQ to make some room on the shelves for these records. There are a ton of releases listed here I haven’t even made mention of yet, and a couple yet that need to be confirmed. 2014 will rule, look forward to these albums, everything coming out in 2014 after Thou’s Heathen and Geryon’s 12″ debut.
GLM016 – Thou – Tyrant 2LP – Their first full-length, finally released as a 2LP. Contains the Tyrant LP + Retaliation 12″, just liked the CD. Coming mid 2014.
RELIC36 – Thou – Peasant CD (re-mastered re-issue) – Their second full-length album. Re-mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording. Updated art and packaging. Coming mid 2014.
ELD040 – Mutilation Rites – I Am Legion 12″ repress – Grey vinyl. Coming February 2014.
RELIC41 – Mutilation Rites – Empyrean LP repress – Clear vinyl. Coming February 2014.
RELIC54 – Barghest – The Virtuous Purge LP – A full-length of new songs. Coming early 2014.
RELIC55 – Loss/Graves at Sea split CD/LP – A split of total doom. New songs from each band. Size of thevinyl to be determined. CD will be very limited. Recording nearly complete.
RELIC56 – Bastard Sapling – Instinct is Forever LP – One of two new albums Bastard Sapling will release in 2014. More details on everything soon.
RELIC57 – Alraune – TBA LP – The debut LP from this incredibly visceral Nashville black metal band. Their demo was one of the 50 best metal releases of the year over at Steel for Brains.
RELIC58 – False – TBA 2LP – Writing is nearly complete for their full-length. Recording in January, to be released mid 2014.
RELIC59 – Lychgate – TBA LP – Their follow up full-length of all brand new material. Recording April 2014.
RELIC60 – Thou – Collection 2CD – Still happening, as soon as we have time to make it so. A collection of the out of print EP + split material, pre-Summit.