Exclusive Premiere: Deadwood – Traditorem

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Deadwood. It’s not the popular series depicting the 1800s America, primarily North Dakota. Al Swearengen haven’t started a solo-project. This is the sole project of a fellow Swede named Daniel Jansson, an under-the-radar mixture of black industrial, power electronics and dark ambient. Originally, the project had the name Deadwood Murder and started out as a split between him and Blodulv, a swedish black metal project, in which he’s been involved, originally. This split was titled “The Havoc We Seek“, and was released by Forgotten Wisdom Productions back in 2004. A year after that, the project evolved into Deadwood and he got his first full-length album released on Cold Spring Records titled “8 19“. Now we’re in 2005. Since then, Daniel Jansson have been putting out releases under the name of Deadwood about every third year or so, with the exception of the time-span between 2010 and 2012. After three years the album “Ramblack” was released, which was back in 2008. Two years later he had an off-shoot of the same album but instead on cassette, on Night Bird Records. Then he had a hiatus in between 2010 and 2014. Now in 2014 he came back in February with the album “Sheolic“, an album that was recorded between 2009-2011, roughly during the time when he made an off-shoot to another record-label to release his third album on cassette – other than that – he’s remained loyal to Cold Spring. At least when it comes to full-length albums. So we’re intrigued to be giving you something special.

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He’s constantly been paving the way to yet another downfall, focusing on the downfall of men. This is music for those whom want to endure that downfall. It’s a bleak introduction to our own human self, to what makes humans primitive, and what makes us destructive. This takes Swedish black industrial and such a step further, as the different flavors of industrial converge into a rather satisfactory dark ambient atmosphere. Finishing what he set out to build. The trilogy of “8 19“, “Ramblack” and “Sheolic” are completed – as “Sheolic” was put out. Putting a lid on the ambition to move further. Probably a finishing move with a deathly touch. We’re proud to be bringing you an unheard track, at least if you do not own the CD, from this release – titled “Traditorem“. We hope you’ll enjoy the absolutely devastating, but rather sublime atmosphere and the chain-linked vocals that move forward the rhythm. A rather decaying rhythm that will make you question your own morale. At least so long as you are listening. Stream the whole track down below, exclusively from Invisible Guy. Let’s hope that you can endure. The covert art was done by Laetitia Mantis.

Premiere: Skullflower – Black Sunshine

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Cold Spring is shipping the “Skullflower / Mastery Split“-release tomorrow, which makes this even more interesting, since I’m going to premiere a track for you together with Cold Spring. Since stuff has been moving a lot quicker then expected, it’s coming now. The split is compromised of the three tracks by Skullflower, titled as “Wolf Age“, “Red Crystal Serpent” and “Black Sunshine“. Mastery has one track which goes by the name of “Blood Electric“. The artwork is simply astounding and minimalistic in every sense possible, but there’s no need to not have any dead space. In particular, the track that I’m going to share with you, has everything you’d ever want to hear that’s related to Skullflower. Crackling noises, hissing environments, ritualistic enchantment, high-pitched distorted vocals, and a sense of dismay. A continuous stream of distortion that is slowly making a rhythmical gesture towards you, together with the vastness of the underground. This full-on balsamic noise for your soul isn’t ever going away any time soon. It reflects the spirit of them. Anyway, we’ve decided to let you listen to the track “Black Sunshine“, which is the A3 track on this vinyl-only release. You can either get it in a standard edition limited to 400 copies, or in the special edition which includes 100 hand-numbered copies on green vinyl, which can only be bought from the Cold Spring mailorder directly. If you like what you’re hearing, don’t forget to buy it. Down below is also some information about the release from the label itself.

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SKULLFLOWER presents a trinity of sombre meditations evoking Europe after the rain, drowned ruins, sunken dreams: spiders run across harpsichords in deserted schlosses and chateaus, doors slam and phantom demon choirs are summoned at seances by Blatavskian crones, whose impenetrable china blue dolls eyes open onto Tibetan vistas, terrible, ancient and remote…

MASTERY is improvised one man cosm(ag)ick from Ephemeral Domignostika. Total berzerker black metal, rooted in the tradition of true grim blackness, but filtered through Mastery’s cracked perception, transforming this into something beyond true; a droned out and damaged, outsider blackness, that sounds pretty much unlike almost any other black metal.

Ltd x 500 copies.
Standard edition: 400 copies on purple vinyl.
Special edition: 100 hand-numbered copies on green vinyl through Cold Spring mailorder only!

Track listing:

Skullflower:
A1: Wolf Age (7:13)
A2: Red Crystal Serpent (7:50)
A3: Black Sunshine (9:15)

Mastery:

B1: Blood Electric (17:40)