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THE GOSPELS OF THE GASH - THE ANNIHILVS NEWSLETTER
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For this month's newsletter, I'd written a very long, emotional essay about my life in the "scene" starting back in the early 90s. I've spent the past several weeks (years) locked in a deep internal struggle, falling deeper and deeper into despair about my inability to truly find my place in the world. I was preparing to announce the death of this label, and my intention to cease performing live after fulfilling various commitments. Today, I am not ready to make such bold declarations, but this may change.

Twenty years is a long time to struggle and work hard to make something happen. That has always been my goal. I've never sought to be "cool" or "hip" or even to really find "acceptance," but the current state of the "scene" has certainly contributed to a lot of frustration on my part. There is so much static out there in the wasteland of the Internet, and while we're in an era of unprecedented levels of connectivity, isolation is the actual result. What I should be focussed on is my ultimate goal of fostering community, but I feel more removed, more forlorn, than anything else.

As I enter the second decade of this particular folly, on the eve of such an auspicious celebration, I am not quite yet able to throw my hands up and say "fuck all of this," and certainly, even if I were, there would still be much to do before the actual final cut, and I have plans that will take me well into the new year. Perhaps those plans will be undertaken with a new name and a new agenda, this has yet to be decided, but that's something to be considered at a later date.

For now, I will simply surround myself with friends, get high as fuck, and let myself be swallowed by the music that I've dedicated my life to putting into the world. I'm turning 46 one week from today, and this weekend will be my birthday party.

Tomorrow we invade Providence, as we mark the occasion of ANNIHILVS reaching the second decade since its founding. Unfortunately, LINGUA IGNOTA has had to drop out of the lineup for medical reasons. We continue forward with the five-act lineup of T.O.M.B., SIRE, KINTAAN, COMPACTOR, and SNOWBEASTS.

SICK ROAD by WORMS IN WOMEN AND CATTLE has been delayed at the pressing plant due to some technical issues with the audio and art files, but things are back on track now, and copies are expected to arrive later this month. The album is available for Preorder.

On October 13-14, THEOLOGIAN joins COME TO GRIEF, FALLS OF RAUROS, HAXEN, UNEARTHLY TRANCE (and several more) in Portland Maine, for INTO THE AETHER, a two-day event curated by LAST MERCY EMISSIONS, the promoting entity spearheaded by Jon Morse of NYCTERENT.

The following weekend, on Saturday October 21, ANNIHILVS presents the AUTUMN ELECTRONIX FESTIVAL. The full details are still forthcoming, but we have already announced festival headliner VOID VISION, as well as THE HOLY CIRCLE, and ARIADNE. Today, I am proud to announce that SNOWBEASTS are also performing.
This event will take place at the amazing GARNER ARTS CENTER, a repurposed textiles mill in Rockland County was once a manufacturing center for Union Army uniforms during the Civil War.
Ken Bradburd (BLOATER) has curated the PSYCHOTROPES compilation of Indonesian and New York-based noise, experimental, and industrial artists on a 48 minute cassette released by his CONTINUUM imprint, and featuring a track from THEOLOGIAN.


"Compilation of NOISE and EXPERIMENTAL music from New York and Indonesia, 2017.

18 tracks of Harsh cutups, filthy drones, dank synths, jazz crud, power electronics, and noisecore."

Thanks to Sage at FOREST PASSAGE PRINTING, we will have the INDUSTRIAL PROTEST shirts on hand very soon, and preorder shipping will commence immediately.
 

THE FOREST PASSAGE, the HEATHEN HARVEST podcast, featured an extensive interview with yours truly. It took me over a week before I could work up the courage to listen to myself ramble on.
From the site:

Lee “Leech” Bartow joins us to discuss 20 years of antisocial media with Annihilvs Power Electronix. We review recent Annihilvs releases from SIRE, LONGPIGHUSERE GRAV, HOLY CIRCLE, and Leech’s soundtrack work with Cadabra Records on Clark Ashton Smith’s Inferno, H. P. Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth & The Lurking Fear, as well as the upcoming Call of Cthulhu. Leech reflects on his struggle with depression, overcoming struggles as an outsider, and industrial music as adversarial resistance against oligarchy and bigotry. We then look ahead to upcoming events, including Feral, Sire, Shabti, Longpig, Casas on Jul 1 in NYC,  Theologian, Omei, Compactor, Lvmmvx Jul 17 in CTAPEX XX (RI AUG 5th w/ TOMB, Sire, Kintaan, Compactor, Lingua Ignota, Snowbeasts), and the next phase of Annihilvs.
 

NOW AVAILABLE:
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CASAS. S/T


The fantastic new self-titled cassette release by NYC-based Noise/sludge outfit CASAS was released on July 1 via ANNIHILVS.
Somewhere within the venn diagram of doom/sludge metal, harsh noise, and power electronics, lies CASAS. Uncompromisingly heavy, and shocking as the subject matter which spawned it, CASAS is the tale of white European colonialism, and what it has cost the world.

The cassette has been featured by S3R, alongside the new HEAVY YOKE THEY WORE lathe-cut 7inch record by CASAS, released on DEATH BY SHEEP.

S3R recently posted an in-depth interview with Jackson Kovalchik of CASAS:

"...the formation of CASAS, wasn’t an attempt to be an advocate to social justice, or a figurehead in any kind of human rights movement. It is simple empathy in its most natural state. A person disgusted with the darkest evils of mankind that needed to scream out, to release.
I don’t have the answers, but I do know that regardless of what you believe,  release is necessary. And that is why CASAS is necessary."
 

NOW IN PRODUCTION AND AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER
(DELAYED - ON HAND LATE AUGUST)
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WORMS IN WOMEN AND CATTLE. SICK ROAD


The band previously known as MASTER OF PUSSY was fronted by Pippi Zornoza (RECTRIX, VVLTVRE, BONEDUST) between 2009 and 2011. Defunct for some time now, they nevertheless made an indelible impression on me during their time, and it has been my hope for years to present an official edition of this material. Included in this release is the original full-length album SICK ROAD, as well as live material recorded at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island on July 16, 2011, all remastered by John Stillings/STEEL HOOK AUDIO, and new art by Josh Yelle (LONGPIG, KINTAAN, LVMMVX)

Sonically, WORMS IN WOMEN AND CATTLE exist in the uncharted void between doom, sludge, and black metal, featuring a lo-fi and gritty sound brimming with guttural bass, searing guitar, and Zornoza's terrifyingly haggard shrieks.

"The emotional turmoil of Sick Road’s second half is unparalleled – it isn’t so much bleak as it is jubilantly maniacal. Though its whirring guitars and turbid drumming may owe a debt to other US black metal acts, Sick Road hammers away with an irreverence and furor rarely seen in more popular releases. By balancing the album’s extravagant bookends with a series of more focused compositions, Worms in Women and Cattle remains potent even while touching upon the post-metal elements that can drag down similar releases. There’s something about Sick Road that screams “cult classic”... more likely, it will remain one of those fascinating enigmas forever stuck in the purgatory of underground metal."

- Muzik Discovery, 2014
 

WORMS IN WOMEN AND CATTLE live at THE ALAMO, New Brunswick, New Jersey 11.13.11

WORMS IN WOMEN AND CATTLE (as MASTER OF PUSSY) live at STARLAB, Somerville, Massachusetts 11.20.10

ANNIHILVS commemorates our 20th year since the label's founding with a stacked bill at DUSK in Providence, headlined by our amazing friends T.O.M.B., joined by SIRE, KINTAAN, COMPACTOR, and SNOWBEASTS.

Sadly, LINGUA IGNOTA had to drop off on medical advice.

 
T.O.M.B.
SIRE
KINTAAN
COMPACTOR
SNOWBEASTS
The weekend of October 13 and 14, THEOLOGIAN joins COME TO GRIEFFALLS OF RAUROS, HAXEN, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, and many others in the lineup for INTO THE AETHER, a festival in Portland, Maine, presented by LAST MERCY EMISSIONS (Jon Morse of NYCTERENT).
On Saturday October 21, ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX proudly joins forces with the Garner Arts Center for the GARNER ARTS AUTUMN ELECTRONIX FESTIVAL, a specially-curated selection of acts representing many varied facets of electronic music.
Annihilvs is an independent underground record label founded by Rockland County native Lee M. Bartow in the Summer of 1997. Specialising in a broad spectrum of obscure forms of music, the label has since expanded to include several artists from around the globe. A great many live events in New York, and beyond, have been organised under the label's aegis, featuring acts reflecting many facets of the international underground music community. In August 2017, the label celebrates its twentieth anniversary.
Special guests _Floor_Funktion_  and Pope Joan II, from Nyack DJ collective {decompress} provide interludes between performances, while Bartow himself will open the event in his DJ incarnation Le Bourreau.
Combined with these live performances, we also present WORLDS WITHIN SHADOWS, an exhibition of visual art curated by Nyack-based photographer, performance artist, and videographer Gretchen Heinel.

The event takes place in the Garner Center's DYEWORKS building, an almost 8,000 square foot space with a towering wood-beamed ceiling.

"GARNER Arts Center is an interdisciplinary arts center that advances the creation and presentation of contemporary, experiential art within a repurposed 19th century textile mill complex. By providing access to a wide range of art forms, the organization strives to enrich, educate and connect diverse audiences. GARNER Arts Center is committed to igniting and realizing artistic ideas that emerge as a response to societal, economic, historic and environmental stimuli."


I now present the official announcement of yet another act on the festival lineup:
 
Snowbeasts - "Phantom Limb"
SNOWBEASTS - Phantom Limb
Robert Galbraith (aka Raab Codec) and Elizabeth Virosa (also of PATTERN BEHAVIOR) create haunted synth-experimental electronics, blending ominous cinematic ambience and darkly moving harmonies with intermittent but powerful modular squelches and lumbering beats. With five releases on Component Recordings and two on France's M-tronic Label, they are vital to the burgeoning Providence electronic scene.

RELEASED JUNE 6:
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THE HOLY CIRCLE. S/T


ANNIHILVS is very pleased to present the debut self-titled full-length by THE HOLY CIRCLE, a relatively new project formed by professor, writer, visual artist, and synthesis wünderkind Terence Hannum (LOCRIAN), featuring vocalist Erica Burgner-Hannum (UNLUCKY ATLAS/LOCRIAN), and drummer Nathan Jurgenson (SCREEN VINYL IMAGE). 

The trio have previously released the Polaris one-sided 7inch on Anathemata Editions, which was followed by a limited cassette/digital EP from Accidental Guest Recordings. The forthcoming album was recorded in the summer of 2016 by J. Robbins (JAWBOX, CLUTCH), at Magpie Cage in Baltimore, and is being produced in an initial run of 300 digipak CDs.

While the phrase, “dark pop” is easily applied here, it doesn’t begin to describe the complexities of THE HOLY CIRCLE’s sound. At times, one feels as though this music could have come straight out of 1983, and at others, the forlorn keyboard strains and heartbreaking chorals are achingly modern. Existing beyond the constraints of designations such as “goth” or “synthwave,” while the sonic palette may be—broadly speaking—downtempo and sombre, THE HOLY CIRCLE defies simplistic genre definitions, projecting a numinous aura of pure light.

CLRVYNT calls the album, "a moveable synthgaze feast," while BRAINWASHED says, "The perfect balance of the familiar and the fresh, it is an exceptionally captivating album."

 

ON THE HORIZON:
 
GYNA BOOTLEG+LVMMVX. PATIENT ZERO
VVLTVRE. HANG ME: ARCHIVE OF ANNIHILATION
KINTAAN. S/T

COMING SOON:

SKINCAGE. UNIMAGINED SPACE

SKINCAGE is Jon Ray, a purveyor of a unique brand of darkly ambient experimental soundtracks, often employing amplified found objects and handmade electro-acoustic instruments to construct epic pieces of bone-chilling bleakness. Following 2000's AXON, the amazing debut album on MALIGNANT RECORDS now-resurrected MALIGNANT ANTIBODY imprint, SKINCAGE sank further into obscurity until returning, seven years later, with the brilliant THINGS FALL APART, which was initially self-released and then reissued on Belgian label SPECTRE.

Now SKINCAGE returns, with a release both inspired by and dedicated to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Gaze through the window into a obscured mirror world, where flying creatures screech and squawk, held at bay only by the frantic sounds emanating from a lonely room in the attic.
Mastered by James Plotkin.
Digipak artwork by André Coelho (SEKTOR 304).
Booklet art by Josh Yelle (KINTAAN)
Co-released with MALIGNANT ANTIBODY.
 
Detail from Jason Barnett's art for the CADABRA RECORDS vinyl edition of Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth. Now available for preorder (see below). Josh Yelle/Pencilmancer (KINTAAN/LONGPIG/LVMMVX) created the calligraphy.
 

Detail of Alan Brown's art for H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu, both audio and art are still in progress, and this megalithic item will be coming from CADABRA RECORDS later this year...

 

THEOLOGIAN is scoring a short science fiction film by Tom Rotenberg.
This digital video art piece also features imagery by Jorden Haley/BIRD OV PREY.
 

DANVERS STATE RECORDINGS will release FORCED UTOPIA, featuring eight tracks by THEOLOGIAN, as a 60 minute cassette.
 
- Lee M. Bartow, AKA Theologian Prime, AKA Leech
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"The thought had made his breath quick. He had anticipated this moment so keenly, planned with every wit he possessed this rending of the veil. In moments they would be here-the ones Kircher had called the Cenobites, theologians of the Order of the Gash. Summoned from their experiments in the higher reaches of pleasure, to bring their ageless heads into a world of rain and failure."

- Clive Barker, The Hellbound Heart







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