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THE GOSPELS OF THE GASH - THE ANNIHILVS NEWSLETTER
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Depression is a fascinating state of being from which to navigate the world. I'm finally on an upswing after a really long bad stretch, and am trying to maintain momentum. The recent unpleasantness in the country I call home has resulted in a great sense of forboding and trepidation about what is to come next. The election coincided with a sudden announcement by my boss that my weekly hours would be cut in half starting Monday November 14. After a 15-day vacation, during which I travelled across the country, this was an unexpected and—primarily for financial reasons—unwelcome turn of events.

I'm sure it's no surprise that 2016 has been an exceedingly challenging year for many of us, and it certainly has drawn to a dramatic close. I'm not ashamed to admit that, for the first time in nearly a decade, I was legitimately questioning what point there was in my continuing any of this. But, I've come out on the other side of that tunnel now, and  I remain dedicated to moving forward with the label, getting mailorder on track, and once again making this a fully functional venture.

The growing wave of anti-intellectualism, which has brought us to this ludicrous point in history, means we need art and music now more than ever. I've never been one to march or join demonstrations, but at the very fucking least, I can provide an outlet for dissenting voices.


INDUSTRIAL MUSIC IS PROTEST MUSIC 


I'd already begun preparing the label's 2017 roster long before the election, and formulating a new way by which to unleash this incredible assembly of obscure artists upon the world...

In August 1997, ANNIHILVS produced the label's first release, AMALGAM: A COLLECTION OF WAR POEMS. This split CD featured lo-fi ambient noise and PE by NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES, and unclassifiable, genre-bending electronics by NEGATIVE EIGHT, a side project of the weirdo cult industrial-metal hybrid NEGATIVEHATE.
That release was celebrated with a show at CREATIVE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, a local rehearsal space in Suffern, New York, where Chuck Scandura of NEGATIVEHATE worked.

The show's lineup consisted of: JAMES PLOTKIN, VAGINA DENTATA (previously known as CLOT, a band fronted by writer Tricia Warden, who had at the time published two books via Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 imprint), SIDE 3, as well as (of course) NEGATIVEHATE and NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES.  

It would be less than a year after that before I started producing events of my own, in NYC and beyond, with a revolving, evolving group of friends and compatriots, and I kept at it (with some periods of much-needed rest) until August of this year. My declarations of retirement from this aspect of my endeavours may well come to pass, but at present, I'm still planning to do APEX FEST VII this summer.

To commemorate our approaching 20th anniversary, ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX has initiated an aesthetic rebranding (with the aid of our friend Jorden Haley of BIRD OV PREY), a reorganisation of our mailorder workflow, and clearance of old stock.
I am extremely excited to present preorders for our first subscription bundle series for 2017.


Due to various factors, we fell behind on our 2016 release schedule, but it is my hope that we can get the year's final four releases out of the gate in the immediate future. They may not all happen by the end of the year, but they are definitely coming...

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.

Includes a bonus CD-R featuring collaborative material with THEOLOGIAN.

 

TELLADICTORIAN. PAINPUDDING

ANNIHILVS will be very proud to release PAINPUDDING, the debut CDEP by TELLADICTORIAN.

For the better part of the past decade, multi-disciplinary artist Nikki Telladictorian worked as one half of Pittsburgh-based industrial act PROMETHEUS BURNING, who released a series of increasingly fantastic albums ranging in style from hard-hitting rhythmic powernoise to retro electro-industrial inspired by late 80s/early 90s Wax Trax! era dance music. 
With the dissolution of PROBURN, Nikki has not missed a beat.
As she says herself, "The Painpudding EP is the result of one live session, with all content being improvised in the moment. Hail to the dark dreams that become reality."

We present an unmastered preview of the EP's third and final track, BLOOD IN THE PUDDING, which originally appeared in an edited form on the POSSESSED HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMAN TRIBUTE VOL. 1 CD-R/digital release from PHANTASMA DISQUES.
 

SPETTRO FAMILY. RIO LAPIS

ANNIHILVS brought this Italian occult electronics maestro to the east coast in 2013, for a series of brilliant performances during Halloween weekend, for the first AUTUMN DIRGES MICRO-TOUR.
In 2015, we committed to a repress of RIO LAPIS, previously issued on cassette by BLACK HORIZONS.
This digipak CD-R edition will feature two new tracks included for this release, with all new photography by Gretchen Heinel.
 

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.
Artwork by André Coelho (SEKTOR 304).
Co-released with MALIGNANT ANTIBODY.
 

Over the years, I have developed good friendships within the music scene in Providence, Rhode Island. The city is an incredible, seemingly endless font of talent, and I'm very excited to have the opportunity to present releases by a solid selection of Providence-based artists.

This bundle includes:

APEX2017-001
LONGPIG. SHRINE OF THE LONGPIG
DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies
+ bonus disc: remixes by SNOWBEASTS

APEX2017-002
LVMMVX & GYNA BOOTLEG. TBA

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies
+ bonus disc: collaboration with THEOLOGIAN

APEX2017-003
WORMS IN WOMEN AND CATTLE. SICK ROAD

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

APEX2017-004
SIRE. EVOCATION OF THE SERPENT

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

APEX2017-005
VVLTVRE. HANG ME: ARCHIVE OF ANNIHILATION

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

VVLTVRE. HANG ME
2XLP
released by CORLEONE RECORDS, 2012

APEX2017-006
KINTAAN. S/T

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

APEX2017-001
LONGPIG. SHRINE OF THE LONGPIG
DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies
+ bonus disc: SHRINE OF THE SNOWBEASTS

ANNIHILVS proudly presents the debut full-length by LONGPIG, a brutal collaborative effort featuring CYST, LVMMVX, and THE VOMIT ARSONIST. Suppressive, pulverising, and terrifying, SHRINE OF THE LONGPIG heralds impending armageddon in a clamourous series of joylessly discordant anthems.

"LONGPIG is, in essence, CYST, THE VOMIT ARSONIST, and LVMMVX playing in unholy unison..."

- Josh Yelle, LONGPIG

"Three cavemen make big loud sound, loud sound scary, loud sound good..."

- Andy Grant, LONGPIG

Also included is a remix disc featuring reinterpretations of the entire album by Providence-based electronica act SNOWBEASTS.

"This is really fun stuff to work with and get some anger out."

- R. Codec, SNOWBEASTS

 
[photo: desiree delorge]

APEX2017-002
LVMMVX & GYNA BOOTLEG. TBA

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies
+ bonus disc: WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED (collaboration with THEOLOGIAN)

Josh Yelle (KINTAAN, LONGPIG) has been working solo as LVVMVX for roughly two years now. LVMMVX constructs opaque walls of sound and capacious reverberations, generating impenetrable drones and sonorous percussion with an arsenal consisting of cello, voice, and effects.

GYNA BOOTLEG (former vocalist for garbage rock act TINSEL TEETH, current vocalist for deviant black metal band SIRE) is the ultimate modern provocateur, sliding sluglike across the edge between art and pornography, insolence and degeneracy.

Also included is a bonus disc featuring new tracks created by THEOLOGIAN, using source material from rehearsals for LVMMVX & GYNA BOOTLEG collaborative performances in Providence.
 

APEX2017-003
WORMS IN WOMEN AND CATTLE. SICK ROAD

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

The band previously known as MASTER OF PUSSY was fronted by Pippi Zornoza (RECTRIXVVLTVRE, WOLD, 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.

"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 (then known as MASTER OF PUSSY) performed at STARLAB in Somerville, Massachusetts on November 20, 2010, as part of the ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX "BLEAK NOVEMBER" tour featuring AUTHOR & PUNISHER, BATILLUS, and THEOLOGIAN. This show was presented by EXISTENCE ESTABLISHMENT.

APEX2017-004
SIRE. EVOCATION OF THE SERPENT

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

In 2015, ANNIHILVS hosted SIRE at two events in NYC. As always, their frenetic, deviant ritual was punctuated by diminutive frontwoman GYNA BOOTLEG, whose performances have by now become legend. Brandishing religious icons and body fluids with equal menace, this paragon of perversion emits possessed growls and enraptured screeches, as the band maniacally delivers razor-sharp hymns of desecration.

We are exceptionally proud to present the debut full length by SIRE, an unholy admonition of eleven raw and abrasive litanies, writhing in viscera, chewing glass and asking for more with a spiteful grin.

The album is mastered by Ken "HiWatt" Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY), with artwork by Josh Yelle.

Their performance on December 30, 2015 was captured in all its blasphemous glory:
 
SIRE live at Trans-Pecos, Dec 30, 2015 (FULL SET)

SIRE performing live at TRANS-PECOS on December 30, 2015, as part of the ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX event, "THE FUTURE."
Video shot by Frank Huang/PIT FULL OF SHIT.
 
[photo: johnny ray]


APEX2017-005
VVLTVRE. HANG ME: ARCHIVE OF ANNIHILATION

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

In 2016, ANNIHILVS released the long-delayed final EP by VVLTVRE, the duo of Pippi Zornoza and Annapurna Himal Wagner, which has been defunct for close to a decade. In 2017, we will proudly present HANG ME: ARCHIVE OF ANNIHILATION, a collection containing the four tracks from their double vinyl full-length, as well as a selection of other material collected from the band's all-too-brief existence. 

Also included with this bundle is an actual copy of the original 2xLP edition of HANG ME, released by CORLEONE RECORDS in 2012, packaged in a gatefold jacket with a 32-page silkscreened booklet.

“…think The Body crossed with Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, a sort of blacknoise doom, or a noise rock sludge, when the band lock into these dense looped rhythms, it almost sounds like a Lightning Bolt 45 spinning at 16 rpm. The [closing] track gradually begins to revert to the opening, like some sort of doom sludge palindrome, the sound getting more abstract, the rhythms more spare, a death march pound, over rumbling crumbling low end, laced with some cool tripped out backwards effects… splinters into some seriously harsh heaviness, reminding us a bit of Monarch for sure, but with a definite Whitehouse vibe, the sort of droned out buzz beneath near hysterically shrieked vox, which again eventually erupt into some pounding noise rock dirgedoom mathiness… WAY recommended for fans of Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Khanate, Moss, Bunkur, Gnaw Their Tongues, Monarch, Wicked King Wicker, Wolf Eyes, Otesanek, Habsyll, Human Quena Orchestra and other purveyors of slow, low sonic sickness” 

- Aquarius Records

 

APEX2017-006
KINTAAN. S/T

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

KINTAAN is the trio of Eric Grieshaber (VOSP, FINISHED), Marc Jameson (former member of SKIN CRIME), and Josh Yelle (LVMMVX, LONGPIG) who have been working together for the past decade, but have yet to produce a proper release. We intend to remedy this in 2017, with the digipak CD-R edition of their debut self-titled full-length. This will coincide with a vinyl edition released by CONCRETE LO FI, and a cassette on DANVERS STATE, with each format bearing unique artwork.

KINTAAN is heavy beyond heavy. An unsettling super-hybrid of psychedelic avant-doom and industrial noise, all coagulated into a dense and murky cloud of dissonance and malaise.

 

To commemorate the label's 20th anniversary, we're repressing six releases from the past couple of years to present them to the world once more.
 
This bundle includes all of the above, plus:

AUDITOR. FORM DESTROYER
DIGIPAK CD-R
repress: 100 copies

MURDEROUS VISION. ENGINES AND DISCIPLES
DIGIPAK CD-R
repress: 100 copies

M. BLADH & SEKTOR 304. RUBY
DIGIPAK CD-R
repress: 100 copies

VVLTVRE. MY WILL IS TO SELF-DESTRUCT
DIGIPAK CD-R
repress: 100 copies

TTMOA. EVEN SPILLED SEED CRAWLS TOWARD THE WOMB 
DIGIPAK CD-R
repress: 100 copies

SLAVERNIJ. S/T 
DIGIPAK CD-R
repress: 100 copies

AUDITOR. FORM DESTROYER
DIGIPAK CD-R

repress: 100 copies
 

M BLADH & SEKTOR 304. RUBY
DIGIPAK CD-R

repress: 100 copies
 

MURDEROUS VISION. ENGINES AND DISCIPLES
DIGIPAK CD-R

repress: 100 copies
 

VVLTVRE. MY WILL IS TO SELF-DESTRUCT
DIGIPAK CD-R

repress: 100 copies
 

TTMOA. EVEN SPILLED SEED...
DIGIPAK CD-R

repress: 100 copies
 

SLAVERNIJ. S/T
DIGIPAK CD-R

repress: 100 copies
 
Three new releases sharing the common trait of total bleakness. 
Three ways by which to bear our seal.

This bundle includes all of the above, plus:

APEX2017-007
UHLUHN. TBA

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

APEX2017-008
TTMOA. TBA

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

APEX2017-666
M. BLADH & KEVIN GAN YEUN. DIARY OF NECESSARY CRUELTIES

DIGIPAK CD
300 copies
+ 8 panel booklet, special packaging, additional inserts

APEX 2017 PENTANGOAT SEAL PIN
.85inch enamel pin
designed and produced by BIRD OV PREY

APEX 2017 PENTANGOAT SEAL PATCH
3inch embroidered patch
designed and produced by BIRD OV PREY

APEX 2017 PENTANGOAT SEAL STICKER
3.5inch vinyl sticker
designed by BIRD OV PREY


APEX2017-007
UHLUHN. TBA

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

As UHLUHN, Sean McCullough (LAMENT CITYSCAPE, MOUNTAINEER) creates bottomless voids of dense ambient dread. Drawing inspiration from Brian Williams' (LUSTMORD) discussions of infrasound, UHLUHN is an endeavour to generate a physiological response in the listener.

"I can't think of many people who actually knows what the hell they're talking about. People just think it's some kind of Holy Grail - you'll get this thing with the low frequencies, and you can kill people, and make all their hair fall out. Well, you can cause blisters, first degree burns with high frequencies. You can kill somebody, turn their insides to jelly. On paper you can. It is theoretically feasible to build the equipment, but not practical. A lot of the infrasound and low-frequency vibration has come from the military, and the American military in particular have produced all these myths and rumours. They have researched it, but people assume these things exist. As if, in some hangar there's this amazing equipment ready to be used on rioters ...! With very low frequencies, less than 10 Hz, you need massive concrete speakers driven by pistons, and massive amounts of volume, 130-180 decibels, like standing next to a rocket take off. The sheer shock wave of the sound would probably kill you anyway, let alone the frequencies."

- LUSTMORD, 1992

(clearly, Williams was proven wrong by the eventual development of the LRAD system, which did not exist at the time of this interview)

UHLUHN crushes the air from the very chests of those who dare to take this journey, displacing air molecules to summon nameless horror.

 


APEX2017-008
TTMOA. SURVIVAL BLOOM 

DIGIPAK CD-R
100 copies

One of our favourite releases of 2016 was EVEN SPILLED SEED CRAWLS TOWARD THE WOMB by TEN THOUSAND MILES OF ARTERIES (or TTMOA).
It is therefore an honour to once again have the opportunity to work with this project. Noah Lane Coleman's work places the listener in a cavernous, abyssal environment of utter despair. 

"[A] mix of blind rage and suffocating atmospherics that calls to mind early Swans and IRM, as well as Theologian and Gnaw Their Tongues."

- Heathen Harvest

Experience it yourself with this video preview of the track, SURROGATE:
 
SURROGATE was recorded in preparation for live appearance opening up for AUTHOR & PUNISHER in Spokane, WA on 4/28/15. Recorded straight to tape with no overdubs.


APEX2017-666
M. BLADH & KEVIN GAN YUEN. DIARY OF NECESSARY CRUELTIES

DIGIPAK CD
+ 8 panel booklet, special packaging, additional inserts
300 copies

A sinister collaborative embrace between revered underground multimedia artists Martin Bladh (IRM) and Kevin Gan Yuen (SUTEKH HEXEN), DIARY OF NECESSARY CRUELTIES instills  dread and  vibrates  the delicate  threads of fate through nine profanely ethereal, claustrophobic, and paranoia-evoking brutalist compositions.

In 2015, ANNIHILVS brought these visionaries, among others, to the east coast to perform as part of the APEX FEST VI festival tour. The two aesthetes, finding common ground in the wake of a successful tour, set out to explore sonic territories together, beyond their respective projects, to showcase new directions without compromising or deviating from their established sonic principles.

The end is nigh...
Embrace annihilation.
 


BIRD OV PREY designed the new PENTANGOAT seal for ANNIHILVS, included with this bundle in three forms: an enamel pin, embroidered patch, and vinyl sticker.
 


ANNIHILVS proudly presents the INDUSTRIAL MUSIC IS PROTEST MUSIC t-shirt.
Proceeds from the presales for this item, minus production costs, will be donated to EARTHJUSTICE, an organisation specifically selected by Gretchen Heinel for this release.

The shirts are printed by Sage at FOREST PASSAGE PRINTING, and will come with a vinyl sticker featuring the same design.

 


Additionally, Jorden Haley of BIRD OV PREY has designed the HYSTAGRAM icon, commissioned by Gretchen Heinel. Depicting the female reproductive system as The Ultimate Adversary, this design will be available as an enamel pin, with proceeds from all sales, minus production costs, donated to RAINN.

Plans for shirts are also being discussed.

 

 
There are two more new ANNIHILVS vinyl stickers coming soon:
 
 


 


The final THEOLOGIAN performance of 2016 takes place on December 6, at THE SILENT BARN. The fantastic lineup, curated by CHTHONIC STREAMS, features THISQUIETARMY (with live visuals by Philippe Leonard)RETRIBUTION BODY, and COPLEY MEDAL.

 


As work slowly continues on CONTRAPASSO, another in-progress preview track has been posted. 
We have received the first piece of artwork from NIHIL, who is reinterpreting Gretchen Heinel's beautiful images for the album's layout:
 

NATURE IS SATAN'S CHURCH, the double vinyl reissue of the 2012 collaboration between THEOLOGIAN and THE VOMIT ARSONIST, has finally been released by CIPHER PRODUCTIONS. Copies are now assembled and ready to ship.
 

CADABRA RECORDS' beautiful gatefold vinyl edition of H.P. Lovecraft's story PICKMAN'S MODEL, featuring sound design and original score by THEOLOGIAN, is now available from ANNIHILVS, in limited quantities.
 

CADABRA's gatefold vinyl edition of H.P. Lovecraft's THE LURKING FEAR, featuring sound design and scoring by THEOLOGIAN, is also available, in limited quantities.
 

CADABRA RECORDS is preparing to release H.P. Lovecraft's short story, THE TERRIBLE OLD MAN, featuring sound design and scoring by THEOLOGIAN, as a 7inch vinyl record.
 
- 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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