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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/
I am quite pleased to announce that the next Gilead Media releases are now available for pre-order.
Thou – Ceremonies Of Humiliation 2CD is finally available, with all new artwork + a 20-page booklet. This release is packaged in a super thick tip-on gatefold jacket (similar to past Thou CDs released by Gilead Media). Ceremonies Of Humiliation compiles Thou’s out-of-print split + EP material released prior to Summit.
Order here: http://www.gileadmedia.net/releasedirectory/relic60-thou-ceremonies-2cd/
Generation Of Vipers – Coffin Wisdom LP
The new album from Generation Of Vipers is also finally ready for pre-orders. This is the long-awaited analog released under license from Translation Loss, the label that released the CD back in October 2014. This LP is presented in a 20 pt reverse stock jacket, and includes an 8-page 11″ x 11″ booklet. Coffin Wisdom is also available to order as part of a t-shirt package deal.
Listen, view, order here: http://www.gileadmedia.net/releasedirectory/relic63-generation-of-vipers-coffin-wisdom-lp/
Both of these releases are expected to ship early-mid April.
Ahh yes. The time has finally come for the Winter 2015 new release pre-orders. These three jammers are all available to pre-order now. Please note, the Fórn CD and Implodes 12″ will ship late Feb, and the Guerilla Poubelle/Arms Aloft split 7″ will ship later in March. Any other items ordered with a pre-order item will be held until everything is in stock and ready to ship out together!
I’ve also posted a stream of one new Implodes song (link below) and the entire Guerilla Poubelle/Arms Aloft split 7″ (link also below) for your listening enjoyment.
Read this stuff and then listen to/pre-order some records at www.gileadmedia.net/store. Or just cut the reading and go jam on some stuff.
RELIC62: Implodes – Reverser 12″ (limited to 375)
Stream the new song, “Lazy Skull” and order now: Gilead Media online store
I first came to know of Implodes when my old pal and founding member Matt Jencik sent me a link to check out their original demo a few years ago. The lush forest of fuzz, reverb, and delay was something I was immediately drawn to, and it’s been wonderful watching them evolve as a band through their two full-length releases with Kranky Records, Black Earth in 2011 and Recurring Dream in 2013.
In 2015 I am honored to work with Matt (live bassist for Slint and Papa M), Ken Camden (who has two solo albums on Kranky), Emily Elhaj (of Angel Olsen’s band and of Chicago band Mayor Daley), and Justin Rathell (of Chicago band El Mejor) to release a new 12″ EP containing two unreleased tracks from the Recurring Dream sessions with two newly recorded tracks. Although the works originate from different recording sessions these songs mesh beautifully, forming an overall warmth that travels through the group’s signature forest of dense fuzz. A weaving river of somber rhythms and subtle melodies makes the songs blissfully easy to latch on to while they remain deeply rooted in the worlds of drone and ambient.
Reverser will be presented as a 45 rpm 12″ with a download code included. The album was mastered by Chicago Mastering service and pressed by Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, OH. It is limited to 375 copies on black, opaque purple/pink blend, and transparent gold vinyl.
RELIC65: Fórn – The Departure of Consciousness CD (limited to 500)
Order now w/optional exclusive t-shirt bundle: Gilead Media online store
Last year my old friend Andy texted me after a tour suggesting I check out this new band, Fórn. Their bands had played together on tour and he was certain they would be right up my alley. He wasn’t wrong. I was floored.
The Departure of Consciousness is a devastating debut record, without question. It is an offering of completely destructive energy. Throughout the album Fórn ascend to a realm of apocalyptic riffage and scathing vocals, giving way only briefly to lulls of despondent melody. Before any glimmer of hope is capable of penetrating the filth and the grime, this entity of misery plunges back to immeasurable depths and broods in despair. This is a seething album of bleak and blistering atmosphere, it is a work of doom absolute.
Many of you that have been following the label know I rarely release CDs, but I was so taken by this album that I needed to work with Fórn in any way possible. The Departure of Consciousness was originally released on vinyl by Vendetta Records, and will be presented on CD by Gilead Media in a heavy-duty gatefold jacket with artwork by Bryan Proteau of Natvres Mortes Illustration. This pressing will be limited to 500 copies and each one will include a sticker. Direct pre-orders with Gilead Media will also include a 1″ button.
Direct customers may also choose to order the CD alongside an exclusive t-shirt design featuring the album cover artwork. These are printed on black 100% ringspun cotton American Apparel t-shirts with light grey plastisol ink.
Exclusive t-shirt option:
RELIC59: Guerilla Poubelle/Arms Aloft – Taches Noires Vivantes/Living Black Dots split 7″ (limited to 500)
Stream the split in full and order now: Gilead Media online store
Guerilla Poubelle (FR) and Arms Aloft (US), along with a globe-spanning coalition of DIY labels, are proud to bring you a new split release, “Taches Noires Vivantes / Living Black Spots”. Featuring two new songs from each band, the record’s theme and title reflect the ideas that bring the bands together in the first place: That pessimism and darkness should always be embraced, but that despite it, we should always be creating and always be pushing back. Along with Guerilla Poubelle’s self-run Guerilla Asso., the record will be released and made available worldwide through All-In Vinyl (UK), Eager Beaver Records (JP), Hectic Society Records (GER) and Gilead Media (US). We all hope you enjoy it, and keep your heads up, punks.
All orders from Gilead Media will include 2 1″ buttons. All 7″s include a download code.
Gilead Media will only receive 80 copies for North America.
Arms Aloft bio:
Arms Aloft is a band of 4 friends who live in Wisconsin and Minnesota but forever call Eau Claire, WI home. Coming up on their 8th anniversary as a band, they hold fast to the idea that a punk band is more than a band that plays punk music. They remain proud of their convictions and their dedication to DIY music, progressive politics and the belief that punk can and should be a worldwide counter-culture and not just a sub-culture.
With an LP (2012’s Sawdust City) and several EPs and split releases behind them, Arms Aloft looks forward to making new music and extending their network of good friends making good things happen in a sometimes difficult world.
Guerilla Poubelle bio:
A three piece French punk band from Paris. They’ve played more than 666 shows across the world and sold more than 20,000 copies of their first album. Despite this success, GxP have remained true to their honest DIY ethics and political commitment. The band runs their own independent record label, and always supports the local punk scene by continuously promoting punk shows in Paris. GxP have also just released their new album AMOR FATI, a radical collection of pessimistic but catchy anthems in French about boredom, depression, the pain of getting older, wasted friendships… all of this wrapped up with a bitter aversion to this selfish and apathetic society.
This is it, the new full-length album from Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Constellation has called upon independent retailers in the U.S.A. to handle all pre-orders for this album, which I’m more than happy to do. GY!BE has been a long time favorite of mine, having been totally enamored with them upon discovery when I began working at a record shop in 2000. And the time I saw them live in Chicago, about 11 years ago now, is a time I will never forget. But enough from me, here is the description from the label is below, order/stream a new song here: http://www.gileadmedia.net/?p=6855
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group’s earliest days in 1997-99. ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band’s career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montreal, GYBE slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014, emerging with a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the band’s inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions.
Following Godspeed’s return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group continued to perform regularly on their own headlining tours (and as headliners at many leading festivals), often including a new multi-movement piece in concert over the past couple of years. Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet “Behemoth”, GYBE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening unison riff in “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’” giving way to increasing microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on “Lambs’ Breath” and “’Asunder, Sweet’”. The album closes with “Piss Crowns Are Trebled”, a classic 14-minute piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos
‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling celebration of the band’s awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and ‘note-choice’ is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound. The album is available on 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve and insert poster, on CD in a 100% recycled custom paperboard jacket, and on all manner of formats in our fractured digital marketplace.
I am quite pleased to finally announce pre-orders are open for two incredible records.
Barghest – The Virtuous Purge LP (w/optional t-shirt package option)
Baton Rouge black metal project Barghest return in 2014 with a new full-length, The Virtuous Purge. On this follow up to 2011’s Untitled LP (Gilead Media/Howling Mine), and 2012 split 12″ with False (Gilead Media/Mirror Universe), Barghest emerge from the shadows with a refined sound and an increased intensity.
Though their past recordings were deeply rooted in the realm of lo-fi black metal, with The Virtuous Purge, Barghest have shifted their focus, crafting subtle hints of death and doom throughout their new work without abandoning the harsh anti-human/anti-life aesthetic. This amalgam was brought to life under the guidance of recording engineer James Whitten, who worked with Barghest to tread this new sonic ground. Long-time fans will notice the significant change in recording fidelity as James and Barghest have taken a different approach to production, all the while remaining true to the vicious aggression and atmosphere for which Barghest are known.
The Virtuous Purge was mixed by James Whitten, mastered by Adam Tucker, and features artwork
by Hal Rotter.
1.5″ button and patch included with all pre-orders. Clear vinyl limited to 200 pieces.
Also available in a package deal alongside the new Barghest shirt featuring Hal Rotter’s artwork for the album. T-shirts are printed on Next Level Apparel 100% ringspun cotton t-shirts. These are somewhat similar in fit and feel to an American Apparel shirt.
Thou – Heathen 2LP (US Pressing)
The U.S. pressing of the newest Thou full-length is now finally available after months of pressing plant setbacks.
Self-released by the band, Gilead Media is handling online pre-orders.
1000 copies. 180g Black vinyl. Gatefold tip-on jackets.