NEW RELEASES OUT NOW: ANICON, ARMS ALOFT, KRALLICE, MIZMOR, THOU

NEW RELEASES OUT NOW: ANICON, ARMS ALOFT, KRALLICE, MIZMOR, THOU

Late summer 2016 was one of the heaviest new release periods we’ve ever had here at the label. A number of new Gilead Media titles are completed, in stock, and shipping now via Eroding Winds, the official source for Gilead Media mail order. Dig in to these records now:

 

Anicon – Exegeses LP

The first full-length from Anicon is completed and shipping now.

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 is presented as a gatefold LP with stunning photography by Kari Greer. A digital download code is included.  All LPs on black vinyl.

Listen & purchase the LP now: https://erodingwinds.com/products/anicon-exegeses-lp-pre-order

Listen & purchase the digital album now:https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/exegeses

 

Kind words from reviewers:

– “A masterpiece of modern usbm that not only displays anicon’s full potential, but black metal’s as well.” – Decibel Magazine 8/10 review

– “The players’ fervor, their fury; you can hear it in each member’s performance. Every ounce of “Amber” conveys what the rest is getting at. And true, bits of it are abstract, complex, insert your word here. The music, the whole, that feeling though, interprets it better than words or images.” – Stereogum

– “Exegeses” already is on the short list of the best music put out so far in this middle-aged 2016, and it’s easily one of the most satisfying black metal records that have crawled out of any land during that time” – Meat Mead Metal (chosen as Pick Of The Week”

– “Anicon are one of the most exciting American black metal prospects in years.” Dead Rhetoric 8/10 review

– “Exegeses is one of black metal’s highlights this year” – Treble Zine

– “Anicon’s pushed themselves to an entirely new level and deserve to be a significant part of the conversation when it comes to U.S. black metal.” – Transcending Obscurity

– “Exegeses is an incredible record from the opener straight through to ‘In Shadow and Amber’, which ties the monolithic journey together.” – Echoes & Dust  

Arms Aloft – What A Time To Be Barely Alive LP

“What the fuck is Gilead Media doing?” wondered the observant black / doom metal enthusiast. Well, I’ll tell you… we’re doing whatever the fuck we want. And that includes working with my fellow Wisconsinites, and unsung heroes of the American DIY punk community, Arms Aloft, on the U.S. vinyl release of their new full-length, What A Time To Be Barely Alive.

The official blurbage is below, since I haven’t included that in a newsletter just yet and this release came together very quickly. I urge you to give this a album a listen, regardless where you own musical tastes lie. You know at this point that I don’t put the Gilead Media name on anything I think is below a specific level of quality. And Arms Aloft are far above that line.

Listen & buy LP version now: https://erodingwinds.com/products/arms-aloft-what-a-time-to-be-barely-alive-lp

Watch the video for “The Truth Is Out There” now: https://youtu.be/AtKi-IGNqBw

 

Official label blurb from Gilead Media:
Based jointly in Minneapolis, MN and Eau Claire, WI, Arms Aloft was founded in 2007 as an outlet for that which many of us raised in the northern mid-west can only uniquely, truly understand. A small-town life in a working-class community, where your future seems carved out for you from the forests that surround city limits. Where a greater portion of the year is cold than it is warm. Where boredom is the standard and all the optimism in the world can’t seem to brighten your view of tomorrow when you’re surrounded by a population that spends most nights belly up to the bar.

Throughout 4 eps/splits on various labels and a debut full-length on Kiss Of Death Records in 2012, Arms Aloft have carefully honed an inherent songwriting skill into something considerable and exceptional. A skill that has been road-tested throughout numerous US/EU tours and appearances at The Fest in Gainesville, FL, where they will be featured on the main stage in 2016.

All the experiences of the last nine years come together on What A Time…, their second full-length, where the compositions surge with the feeling of dedicated malcontent and a primal inability to bend or bow. Every track is an ear-worm that boasts of anthemic, meaningful lyrics. But, above all, and what really forces us to continue working with this band, their lyrics and performance are astonishingly impassioned. At the end of the day, there are very few bands that I’ve listened to or seen live that can match the pure integrity and honest energy or Arms Aloft. This is the very definition of what mature, thoughtful, and melodic punk was meant to be.

What A Time To Be Barely Alive will be presented as a single LP on black, blue, and bone white vinyl, with a download code included. The package will also feature a 12-page booklet with original artwork by Landon Sheely. The CD and digital will be handled by Red Scare Records, while the LP is being released world-wide in partnership with Sawdust City Records (US), Guerilla Asso (France), All In Vinyl (UK), Hectic Society (Germany), Eager Beaver (Japan).

In the world of underground culture and music, the venn diagram of beliefs, ethics, and creative intent between DIY punk and black / doom metal likely has far more overlap than one might initially think. And for those of you, like me, that grew up in the hardcore community, hanging out with the punks, the pairing or Gilead Media and Arms Aloft is a lot less surprising than it should be.

 

Kind words from press:

– “Lyrics come flying, they make you think and feel, and pretty soon the melody they’re glued to becomes embedded in the muscle memory of your throat. What a Time to Be Barely Alive is powerful stuff.” – Dying Scene 4.5/5 review

– “Their new album is a true testament to their growth as people and as a band. Though their statement is rather bleak, it takes a poetic turn in the final track “… A World To Win,” that says yes, things are bad, but yes, we have to keep trying to make them better: “Through thick and through thin and through thinner yet / Let the stuck down stick together.” – Volume One

– “In the end, I have to say, this is absolutely a strong contender for my Album of the Year. I haven’t stopped listening to it since its digital release. Now that I have a physical copy in hand, I have a feeling it’s going to take over my record player for the foreseeable future.” – For The Love Of Punk

Krallice – Hyperion 12-inch EP

It just doesn’t feel right at GLM HQ if a year passes by without a Krallice release. So we’re extra pumped that we got to knock out two of them in such quick succession.

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. Cut from a vinyl master by Rare Form Mastering, pressed at Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland.

Listen & buy LP version now: https://erodingwinds.com/products/krallice-hyperion-12

 

Kind words from press:

– “Krallice’s ability to speak as one entity despite the presence of so many disparate voices is what made us all turn our heads back in 2008 when the band emerged with little promotion, fully formed and with a sound seemingly crafted over eons. Maybe it’s been their habit all along and we’re just now catching on.” – Invisible Oranges

– “This is the work of a delightfully earthbound and centered band—part of a scene, sure, but apart from it, too, more focused on the work itself than the worry around it.” – Pitchfork / 8.3 score

– 8/10 review in Decibel Magazine

 

Mizmor – Yodh 2LP

– Decibel Magazine Interview: http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/7/21/interview-mizmor-aln

The monstrous second full-length from Mizmor is finally completed and shipping now. We couldn’t possibly be happier with how this released turned out, sonically and physically. The jacket is a thick, tip-in Stoughton gatefold jacket with a matte finish, flooded black pockets, and a black foil stamp on the back cover and inner gatefold. Black vinyl is contained within poly-lined black inner sleeves, with stunning imagery by painter Zdzisław Beksiński, licensed and scanned directly from the paintings themselves in Poland.

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.

Listen & buy the LP version now: https://erodingwinds.com/products/mizmor-yodh-2lp

 

Kind words from press:

– “Like much of Yodh, “v. Bask In The Lingering” takes its time, at first carving space out of a low, windswept drone that beds a slow, mournful guitar melody for a few minutes. But like a Mournful Congregation dirge blasted by Panopticon’s blistering twin-leads, a swarming feedback-drone bursts into a breakneck black-metal-punk rage, giving A.L.N., Mizmor’s sole member, a pulpit from which to spew a sermon on survival in the midst of pain” – NPR track stream writeup

– “A.L.N. demonstrates a penchant for punishing the listener in so many different ways, but also establishes a talent for creating harmony layered within the chaos.” – Sludgelord

– “With five tracks spanning the course of an hour, Yodh is not an album that reveals itself immediately. Instead, in small moments of beauty, aggression, and catharsis, Mizmor draws the listener in, making these monolithic songs (the shortest track here is over ten minutes long) feel manageable and gripping.” –Black Metal & Brews

– “Yodh is heavy — immensely, even cripplingly heavy at times. That’s essential for weighty subject matter like this, and thanks to his time in both Urzeit and as a live member of Hell, A.L.N.’s got a knack for it. But more importantly, he understands that there’s more to “heaviness” than simply bludgeoning your listeners over the head. What sets Yodh apart is the way it deftly juxtaposes utter devastation with moments of somber introspection and adds depth to its core concept.” – Nine Circles

– “Somewhere in between everything, this album offers a pure cathartic experience. The crawling pace, the deep abbyssal vocals and tormented screams are a true aural embodiment of hell. It pushes the envelope and is almost a soundscape of looming darkness to its perfection. The way a track like ‘Bask in the Lingering’ builds up and then winds down only to rise again is majestic. You just got to love this album.” – Strange Aeons

– “Mizmor’s journey has been catastrophic in nature and strives to find greater understanding with the forces that impact our lives and world, and that’s heavily apparent on “Yodh.” A.L.N. obviously wrung his heart dry examining himself inside and out, seeking his own reasoning for what’s led him to where he is and sharing that energy and chaos on these five tracks. This is a record that will quake you and smash you to your core, and it might even help you understand your own mission better and what pours you in from one day to the next, ready to prevail over what ails you.” – Meat Mead Metal

Thou – Peasant CD (re-master / re-issue)

At long last. This might be one of the longest-scheduled releases in the history of the label. Peasant, the second full-length from THOU, has finally been re-issued. Full remastered by Adam tucker, with all new and expanded artwork presented in a tip-on gatefold jacket with 8-page booklet and obi strip. The same as every other THOU CD released by Gilead Media.

There’s not much more that needs saying here, folks. This album bridges the gap between Tyrant and Summit, and hearing it punch as hard as it should is a great joy for me.

Listen & buy the CD now: https://erodingwinds.com/products/thou-peasant-cd-re-isue-pre-order

The vinyl edition of this re-master is coming soon from Robotic Empire.

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