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HUGE UPDATE! News, new store items, test press contest, price drops on back catalog…

I’ve been out of the picture for the last month or so on the label, but things have been going on! There’s a lot to talk about, including some awesome new “distro” items, although it’s not really a distro so much

There’s some exciting business to go over, so let’s get down to it!

So here is what’s in store for this handy Gilead email update
I. THOU/LEECH Split LP & KRALLICE “Dimensional Bleedthrough” 2xLP announced!
II. CATALOG PRICE DROPS
III. THOU “RETALIATION” 12″ FINAL PRESSING
IV. NEW “DISTRO” ITEMS
V. NEW HEART FELT WOOL CATNIP TOYS!
VI. THOU INTERVIEW & HWC/PHOENIX BODIES review!
VII. “SOCIAL NETWORKING” – TWITTER TEST PRESS CONTEST!

I. THOU/LEECH Split LP & KRALLICE “Dimensional Bleedthrough” 2xLP announced!

You know, this past year has really been an unbelievable year for Gilead Media. I’ve released so many records that still continue to blow me away on every listen.

So now that I’m gearing up for 2010 releases I’m very pleased that I’ll again be working with some great bands writing some groundbreaking music.


THOU/LEECH SPLIT LP – AVAILABLE FOR MAILORDER NOV/DEC 2009, IN STORES JANUARY 2010
Wow, well, where do I begin with these two? When Bryan first came to me and asked if I wanted to release their cassette-only split with Leech as a cooperative LP release with Vendetta, how could I say no? I hadn’t heard Leech yet, but Stefan from Vendetta is a great person running a great label and I will never turn down the opportunity to work with the friends I’ve made in Thou. Not to mention the fact that the 4 songs on their side of the split are easily some of the most incredible pieces of music I’ve ever heard. They’re literally all over the place when it comes to style. Two incredibly heavy and melodic doom tracks sandwiched between an intro/outro pair of complete beauty, the latter of which composed and performed in part by the lovely Emily McWilliams. Female vocals? Piano? Yes… and it’s amazing.

Now let’s fast forward a couple months. At this point I’ve heard Leech and was blown away by their unreal mix of True Cascadian Grey Metal and unbelievable proggy song structure. I truly wish Leech were not so adamant about remaining obscure, because they’re could seriously take the world of Black Metal by storm and turn it entirely on its ass. The day I received their audio master with their single, twenty minute long untitled track, I was astonished. At first glance nothing appears to be out of the ordinary. Then, I notice it is sealed with a wax stamp. OK… cascadian metal dudes, I can give them the benefit of the doubt. I open the package to find their audio master, on cassette, with a letter that was typed on a typewriter using a photograph of a grey overcast sky as the type surface. I was immediately both amazed and amused. Truly Thou and Leech are an outstanding pairing for a split LP.

We Pass Like Night From Land to Land comes packged in a heavy-duty gatefold jacket with a full hand screen-printed poster and also includes a download code for the entire split in mp3 format (there will never be a CD version).

This release is limited to 750 copies on the US version, and 500 copies on the EU version released by Vendetta. All on white vinyl.


KRALLICE “DIMENSIONAL BLEEDTHROUGH” GATEFOLD 2XLP – AVAILABLE IN STORES AND THROUGH MAILORDER EARLY 2010
There is so much undeniable pure musical talent rippling through every aspect of this band that you simply cannot love their epic song structures & massive sound. The first time I heard these songs was while Krallice was on their first national tour with A Storm of Light and Wolves in the Throne Room. I couldn’t believe the progress Krallice had made with their sound. They remained true to their foundation of progressive black metal, but they’ve taken it to the next level with “Dimensional Bleedthrough.” Bassist Nick McMaster (co-collaborator on the cover art) has taken on some additional vocal duties this time around, and it adds some gutteral elements to the band that were not touched upon on their self-titled debut. Everything about this record just takes Krallice to the next level. Colin Marston and Mick Barr really add to their already overflowing repertoire as part of Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Orthrelm, Ocrillim, and others.

This Krallice release will again be packaged as a gatefold 2xLP with screen-printed patch and some other possible goodies. Originally released on CD by, and vinyl released under exclusive from, Profound Lore!

II. CATALOG PRICE DROPS
These past coupld weeks I went through the store and knocked down prices on Gilead releases, just in time for the consuming season! The following records now have permanent lower prices, take a look, and pick one (or more!) up if you haven’t already!
Of Sinking Ships – Of Sinking Ships LP $7.50
The Cancer Conspiracy – Omega LP $7.50
Frodus – Conglomerate International 2xLP $16.00
Krallice – Krallice Gatefold 2xLP $16.50
Hewhocorrupts/Phoenix Bodies Split 10″/Calendar $14.50
Rocky Votolato – A Brief History 10″ $8.50
BUY – http://www.gileadmedia.net/store

III. THOU “RETALIATION” 12″ FINAL PRESSING

Well, here they are! For those who don’t know the story, when we originally released the “Retaliation” 12″ by Thou, the jackets were, due to my own error, printed on white stock instead of chipboard stock. So I held on to the 500 misprinted copies just in case they may come in handy for a repress. Of course, they did. We blew through the first 500 on chipboard jackets in just a couple months and subsequently repressed this 12″ on white vinyl, 300 pieces.

That leaves these final 200 jackets, and this time around we’re going with BLACK vinyl, and I sure am glad we did, because they ended up coming through REALLY heavy, I’d say around 170 gram vinyl, it rules.

The package still includes all posters, inserts and “Human Annihilation” patch. This will never be repressed, once these 200 black copies are gone “Retaliation” is gone for good!
Buy it up – http://www.gileadmedia.net/store

IV. NEW “DISTRO” ITEMS
Now, I don’t really call myself a distro. And when most people get in touch I tell them that I don’t have time or space to run a distro, which is 100% the truth. I work too much, and don’t have a lot of time to do a distro properly, so I don’t really do it at all. But in some cases, I have to make a rare exception. Halo of Flies is one of those cases. Maybe it’s because Cory lives in Wisconsin, maybe it’s because he sings for Protestant, or maybe it’s because he is a legitimately good guy. But I love having his records around! Check out the two new Halo of Flies releases here! Oh yea, we got more (9 copies) Malfeasance/Retribution 10″s from Rimbaud Records, too!


PROTESTANT – ANTAGONIST 7″
Protestant are an outstanding band from the Milwaukee featuring some area scene veterans who are currently writing some of the most intense, pissed off and outstanding hardcore. Anyone who is a fan of hardcore withOUT the chugga will do well to check these guys out and buy everything they have available, including their full length “The Hate, The Hollow.” This 7″ features screen printed covers and an 8 page booklet.

Review from MRR
“They keep getting better. Last year’s The Hate. The Hollow. LP was pretty bad-ass, but these three tracks should place PROTESTANT amongst the best melodic crust bands going today. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that their songwriting is totally original – there are no obligatory TRAGEDY guitar leads, there are no by-the-numbers WOLFBRIGADE melodies, and while there might be an occasional (and slight) nod to ’90s Midwestern screamo from the guitars, it is set to absolutely pummeling crust, and the delivery is all PROTESTANT. The drums are full of fills and stops that come out of nowhere but always make sense, and the vocals are a touch less growled this time around, almost (dare i say?)intelligible, and it makes the songs more manic and removes a lot of the metal that often bogs down heavy bands. Additionally, the lyrics are bleak and well written, and the artwork/packaging is superb. This record kills.” (WN)
LISTEN – http://www.myspace.com/PROTESTANTMILWAUKEE
BUY – http://gileadmedia.net/store/product_info.php?cPath=21_24&products_id=86


NORTHLESS – NO QUARTER FOR THE DAMAGED LP+CD
Northless are another great band from Milwaukee, which is a place with no shortage of outstanding musicians. These guys really remind me of Big Business mixed with the dirging darkness of Neurosis, really outstanding stuff. Includes the CD packaged with the LP in a great printed insert.

Review from MRR
“No quarter for the Damaged is a beautifully packaged and well-presented record, top to bottom – from the awesome bi-fold insert containing a CD of the LP material to sheer quality fo the music itself. The lyric sheet is adorned with powerful art and a strong presence of thoughtfulness and passion. The art itself shares a similar aesthetic to releases by fellow Cheese-heads PROTESTANT, yet NORTHLESS distinguishes themselves as a separate and dangerous beast on these four songs of sludge, blues, and metal. i hear elements, if just a bit, of newer-era NEUROSIS, the better parts of PELICAN, and even slowed-down MASTADON licks maybe…all while maintaining a solid identity in a popular style. This is a bulldozer! – check it out!” (RM)
LISTEN – http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NORTHLESSMILWAUKEE
BUY – http://gileadmedia.net/store/product_info.php?cPath=21_23&products_id=87


THOU – MALFEASANCE/RETRIBUTION 10″
THIS IS THE FINAL TIME I WILL RECEIVE STOCK ON THIS ITEM. ONLY 9 COPIES!. We got the last few copies of this awesome 10″ from Rimbaud Records, so it’s not out of print and will soon be hard to find. We only have 9 copies so stock up now, we won’t get more, ever. The record comes packaged in an outstanding heavy-duty cardstock sleeve with stapled booklet. Very cool packaging.
Contains the songs: Their Hooves Carve Crates in the Earth
The Bleeding Genitals of Every Rapist Hang Bleeding From These Trees
BUY – http://gileadmedia.net/store/product_info.php?cPath=21_26&products_id=60

V. NEW HEART FELT WOOL CATNIP TOYS!
In previous updates you may have seen the catnip toys that we sell. These are all hand-made by my wife here at our very own home in Oshkosh. 15% of the sales buy food for the small mammals at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. Check out some of the new cat toys we have available!


CATHULHU CATNIP TOY – $6
I have been tempted to design a Cthulhu catnip toy for some time, whether it be the will of the Great Old Ones or a desire to please H.P. Lovecraft fans with feline companions. Either way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching your kitty mangle this literary monster and carry him about your home.

This Cthulhu catnip toy was hand stitched and is ready to be loved by your feline companion. Catnip is in pellet form. No glues are used to attach embellishments.

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

As with any toy, please remember that no toy is indestructible. Supervise your companion’s play, and remove any toys they have lovingly destroyed.
BUY – http://gileadmedia.net/store/product_info.php?cPath=31&products_id=83


PANDA WITH BAMBOO CATNIP TOY – $6
This panda catnip toy was hand stitched and is ready to be loved by your feline companion. Catnip is in pellet form. No glues are used to attach embellishments.

As with any toy, please remember that no toy is indestructible. Supervise your companion’s play, and remove any toys they have lovingly destroyed.
BUY – http://gileadmedia.net/store/product_info.php?cPath=31&products_id=85


PIGASUS CATNIP TOY – $8
Pigasus is a catnip toy straight out of your kitty’s wildest dreams! She was hand stitched and is ready to be enjoyed by your feline companion. Catnip is in pellet form, and the toy is stitched with embroidery thread for extra durability. No glues are used to attach embellishments.

As with any toy, please remember that no toy is indestructible. Supervise your companion’s play, and remove any toys they have lovingly destroyed.
BUY – http://gileadmedia.net/store/product_info.php?cPath=31&products_id=84

VI. THOU INTERVIEW, HWC/PHOENIX BODIES SPLIT 10″ REVIEW
I stumbled across a couple cool things online today, check out the following:

THOU Interview on Hammer Smashed Jazz!
http://hammersmashedjazz.blogspot.com/2009/10/thou-interview.html

HEWHOCORRUPTS/PHOENIX BODIES consumer review from The Sunday Experience
http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=58054418&blogId=514135714

VII. “SOCIAL NETWORKING” – TWITTER TEST PRESS CONTEST!
For whatever that term is worth, anyway. But if you want to stay up to day on all current Gilead Media happenings, cool limited merchandise coming in the future, and other fun happenings, then follow us on facebook and twitter!

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/gileadmedia
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/gileadmedia

In addition to just following us for fun, I will be giving away a THOU/BLACK SEPTEMBER TEST PRESS via twitter! On OCTOBER 21st the 3rd person to tweet back @gileadmedia after I make the announcement on 10/21 will win the test pressing! Make sure you’re following us so you don’t miss out!

That’s all this time around, lots of reading for you, and lots of fun items to check out! Get in touch with any questions!
-Adam/Gilead Media
eld@gileadmedia.net

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