Life is less than boring. Early last week, I developed a persistent burning pain in my stomach area, was sent to get X-rays and ultrasounds, and found out my endocrinologist no longer accepts my insurance. While I just found out the results of these scans are "normal," I'm left to wonder what is the cause of my pain until after August 4, when I'll be seen by a gastroenterologist.
In spite of the pain, on Thursday, we presented a fantastic night of dark music, with impressive sets by NYCTERENT, SCROTAL TEAR, FATHER MURPHY, and SEWER GODDESS. From stem to stern, the show was perfect. Many thanks to all participants and attendees for making it such a much-needed positive experience.
Next up, the label's 19th anniversary show, once again at Trans-Pecos, featuring HOGWASCHE (featuring Travis and Nick of WHITE WIDOWS PACT), a collaborative performance between TELLADICTORIAN and THEOLOGIAN, and headliners CENOTYPE. This takes place on Saturday August 13.
Lastly, I have made a decision regarding the future of ANNIHILVS:
When we celebrate our 20th anniversary in August 2017, combining the APEX XX event with APEX FEST VII, it will mark the final live event organised under the label's aegis with me at the helm. Two decades is a long time, and I've come to a point where I have to push myself to find enthusiasm and motivation to go through the stress required for these undertakings. This is by no means an "official" retirement from booking shows (yet), and in all likelihood I will be passing the promoting torch off to someone else, but I'm finally ready to step back. I can barely muster the energy to go to shows these days, let alone put them together. But, I still have a few miles to go before I sleep.
KALPAMANTRA presents yet another digital compilation featuring artists from the MALIGNANT RECORDS roster. THEOLOGIAN collaborates with SHOCK FRONTIER on this edition, and there is a new original THEOLOGIAN track as well. This compilation is full of good friends and collaborators of myself and this label, and boasts an amazing 34 tracks of beautifully bleak industrial music.
THEOLOGIAN continues our relationship with spoken-arts label CADABRA RECORDS. Having just completed work on a full length album of Clark Ashton Smith poetry—once again read by Lovecraft Scholar S.T. Joshi (as with the INFERNO 7inch)—we have commenced construction of the soundtrack to two short stories by surrealist Roland Topor.
LAMENT CITYSCAPE and THEOLOGIAN present WE ARE ALL BARBARIC SCUM,
from the collaborative album, SOFT TISSUE.
CIPHER PRODUCTIONS' double vinyl reissue of NATURE IS SATAN'S CHURCH is getting closer. There were some technical problems during the vinyl mastering process, but they are being handled. Immense thanks to Chris Groves for taking on this massive task.
On August 13, we will celebrate the 19th anniversary of the founding of ANNIHILVS, first with a live lineup featuring the dirty Jersey powernoise of CENOTYPE, a collaboration between TELLADICTORIAN and THEOLOGIAN, and NYC industrial-metallers HOGWASCHE. We'll switch gears after the bands for a late-night weirdo dance party. This event will also serve as my 45th birthday party...
Unfortunately, my lovely and talented friend Shari Vari had to drop off, but I'm working on filling the slot she left behind (no mean feat).
SLAVERNIJ was commenced as a partnership by Eric Eijspaart (MOWLAWNER) and Daniel Suffering (WHORID) following a collaborative release between those two projects in 2014. The self-titled SLAVERNIJ debut also features input from Mories. When GNAW THEIR TONGUES at long last began performing, ANNIHILVS jumped at the chance to bring Mories back to New York, where GTT headlined APEX FEST VI and, as both ADERLATING and SLAVERNIJ, collaborated live with Daniel Suffering on select dates of the APEX FEST VI tour. In the wake of these performances, SLAVERNIJ has expanded to include all three members for future material.
A sexual terrorism like no other. Blasphemy and sodomy...bloodlust and greed...
From the depraved minds behind heavy electronics acts WHORID, ADERLATING, MOWLAWNER, and GNAW THEIR TONGUES, spills the undulating, gurgling mass of grotesque sonic abuse known as SLAVERNIJ.
Taking their name from the Dutch word for Bondage, “a state in which a human is property of another, or is treated as such,” SLAVERNIJ creates oppressive, cavernous atmoSpheres, formulating dungeons of the mind, from which there will be no escape. SLAVERNIJ toys with depravity as its prime theme, wallowing in tension and terror. With tyrannical, undulating synthetic bass tones and grinding frequencies which rip at the listeners’ bare skin, this filth will leave you mesmerized by its nauseating beauty.
ANNIHILVS proudly presents the label debut of NYC filth electronics act SWOLLEN ORGANS, solo endeavour of Jimmy Aly (THE COMMUNION). FEELINGS ABOUT GENDER GUILT OVER TIME takes a long, hard, sweaty look at the tenuous relationship between gender roles. Fraught with uncomfortable quiet moments and overbearing aggression, this release is a disturbing examination of sexuality, through the lens of misanthropy.
Finally emerging after nearly six years of delays (and now, a change of title), ANNIHILVS presents the final EP from Providence duo Pippi Zornoza (WOLD, BONEDUST, RECTRIX) and Annapurna Himal von Wagner, in their incredible (and sadly, now long-defunct) post-doom incarnation VVLTVRE.
Terrifyingly heavy, bleak, and beyond abyssal, this release will stand as a fitting eulogy for one of the most incredible bands with whom this label has had the pleasure of working.
ANNIHILVS presents the newest album from HUSERE GRAV, a barren, frigid array of meditative, atmospheric drones. Reminiscent of early releases by JARL, ENTROPY AND ILLUSION transports the listener to an ever-expanding internal void, beyond the wall of sleep.