BATCH #2 of the PASSION AND TORMENT SERIES COMING SOON! CLICK HERE TO LINK TO BATCH #1, with releases by Dope (Russia), Dreadlords (US), Goblin War Trio (US), and Bondage (Peru); PNTS BATCH #2 will feature new releases by Degenerate Slug, Terrier, Gnus (Bosnian raw black metal), and a 3-way Dutch/Bosnian black-metal split, curated by Smoke's KvH, with Eeuwig, Arjen, and Nevelrijk.
Smoke - Het Laatste Oordeel /// one-sided LP, ltd. 100
In just a few years, and ~10 cassettes, Smoke established themselves as a strikingly original and bold voice in black metal, their works all improvised and recorded live. The key elemenets of the genre are there: blast beats; eerie, baroque chord figures more akin to "punk" than "metal"; and soup-thick mortuary atmosphere with concrete-bunker charm. In fact, as to that "bunker" reference, Smoke have often struck me as the German Oak of black metal—a perfect comparison, both in terms of the perhaps-cannabis-inspired improvisation, as well as their preparing for war in the most hopeless of rooms possible. This is a record that has been long in the Prison Tatt pipeline, a natural outgrowth of my personal correspondence and music swaps with Smoke visionary Kenneth vH (who's also a founder of Profectum Iri, another great improvised-music project, part of what's being called the Black Hermetic Order, projects propelling underground black metal in The Netherlands to its next logical plateau.) This first-time-on-vinyl offering for Smoke also marks their swan song. Het Laatste Oordeel is made up of three impossibly dark and irrepressibly eerie songs, and the sleeve, having a worn, crusty appearance, enchantingly hand-drawn by Osman aka Walpurgis Nacht, has been thoughtfully reproduced by Seizure Palace. This marks yet another first-time-on-vinyl milestone in underground metal that Prison Tatt is indeed very proud to present. Overseas customers, please inquire for a price: firstname.lastname@example.org
Het Laatste Oordeel, pt. II Excerpt
Sesso Violento - Molestador /// one-sided LP, ltd. 100
On their second one-sider for Prison Tatt, Sesso Violento continue to be the enigmatic, sympathetic, misogynistic, laughing-at-themselves raw-and-dirty black metalers as always. With each progressive release, they do more and more of their own thing, pressing their luck, whilst still delivering their flooring minimal-black-metal hooks, with only an odd collage-de-noise, and despairing acoustic guitar touching down for a moment here and there. Sesso Violento are unique in that they potentially torch across a great many time stones, with a definite, Napalm/Scum vibe, mid-80s Euro thrash, and a contemporary, inward-looking black-metal feel, along the lines of bands like Bone Awl and Cirrhus. Couldn't be happier to have Sesso Violento as one of Prison Tatt's "house artists," as there really is no one quite like them—they have that short, fast, loud power and urgency, as well as their beard-stroking, "house of ideas" quality of character. Minimal, but resonant packaging, all designed by the artist, printed expertly by Sezure Palace. The insert for this one is escpecially good; the iconic, Sesso Violento "knife," super-imposed over decaying, drecnched-yet-baking São Paulo slums. Overseas cusotmers, please inquire for an overseas price: email@example.com
OPPONENTS - Telepathic Times /// full LP, ltd. 166
This is the music of the apocalypse—environmental collapse, leading to glorious mutations, and striking new powers amongst the populace. The beats and polluted aether of 80s Sheffield come to Brooklyn—danceable, atonal, melodic, catchy, and very much not safe. As we adapt to the shower of toxins, we are made stronger, less fearful. A giant leap upward for OPPONENTS, and their first slab of vinyl, presents the song form with greater boldness than any previous release, yet with the same discretion that has marked OPPONENTS' progression, into this, a new kind of sci-fi music for a wasted millennium, after the crisis. Pop? Only if you're making popular music for the dried, smoking husk of the "what now?" urban metropolis, which OPPONENTS are. Songs that will dance in your head as you envision Ballardian landscapes, concrete islands where the infinite galaxy meets the gritty Brooklyn sidewalk. Mashroom-headed sleeve by Joshua Slusher; silkscreen-printed by Seizure Palace. Six tracks; a special edition of 166. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for overseas pricing.
Light Leading Light - Excerpt
Dead Communication - Excerpt
Run - Excerpt
Creeplings - Scritch / Aycayia /// one-sided LP, ltd. 100
Prison Tatt records is proud to bring you the first vinyl release from industrial music's most dynamic duo, Creeplings. Multi-instrumentalist, bringer of dense drones and haunted vocalizations, Bianca Bibiloni, who's recorded and performed as Ala Muerte, combines talents with synth virtuoso/multi-instrumentalist Joshua Slusher (OPPONENTS, Grand Selector, Spiritual Switchboard, Goblin War Trio et al.), and their collaboration brings about results a breed apart from any of their other projects. With an impressive, self-released CDr, and an equally impressive cassette (Cryptic Carousel) under their belts, Creeplings, on this record, approach beat-based, downtempo industrial like no other project I can think of; I've listened to these tracks over and over and grasped for enticing comparisons...if you could lay the most-etheric Broken Flag releases over the finer works of Chris and Cosey, you might get an idea of where this record will take you; the beats are prevalent, but not dominant, the melodic trails and synth figures seep in like the subtle onset of good hallucinogens. Ask me, it's just hot, hot, hot—but icy, too. United used a new stock for the labels—off-white, glossy, "classic"—a perfect companion to Bianca's collages which adorn the sleeve, artfully silkscreened by Seizure Palace.
An edition of 100, at a new, low-ish price. Sampled below is the dazzling introduction to "Aycayia." Like many smaller labels, Prison Tatt is not doing much International business these days, due to postal rate-hikes; overseas customers, please contact email@example.com for a specially calculated price.
Aycayia - Excerpt
Wretched Worst - Worse Than Jail /// full LP, ltd. 100
It's here, heads! Worse than Jail, the first full vinyl LP by Wretched Worst, Kentucky's nearly indescribable doom / sludge / noise / rock combo. Done fair justice by none of those labels, they are simply Wretched Worst, redefining heavy music since the latter part of the last decade. In just a few years of touring, releasing tapes, 7"s and CDrs, WW have amassed a huge fan base and rattled audiences to their core nationwide. And this LP plays pretty much like one their shows, with several short, chaotic "songs" (like Flipper viewed through heavy gauze) and at least a half-album's worth of the bands' mindbending, Dinosaur-on-the-move, extended-jam numbers.
Comes in a heavy-stock black-on-white silkscreened sleeve (printed by Seizure Palace) and one of our built-to-last vinyl stickers. Sleeve and label artwork by vocalist/illustrator Matt Minter.
International prices being what they are (due to recent $6+ USPS hikes on single-item air parcels), International customers are invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org on multiple-item orders, where I can't lower the price, but it costs the same to ship two LPs to the Netherlands as it does one, dig? So you can make the high cost of postage work for you, and only be charged an additional $1.50 on every item 3 and over.)
Limited to 100 pcs., hand-numbered.
Ditch Stench - Excerpt
Sores Are Food - Excerpt
***NEW~!*** Chaos*Majik - Telestic Madness : Majikal Musick /// full LP, ltd. 100
Todd Pendu is known not only in his home-borough of Brooklyn, but worldwide, through pendu.org, as a sound artist, designer, promoter/releasor of others' great musick, passionate/dedicated event organizer, and a humble student of the occult. His suitcase-circuit sound project of many years' standing, Chaos*Majik, has been released on cassette, digitally, and on several compilations. With art and sound collaborator Jesse Gelaznik, this release marks Chaos*Majik's first full-length set of recordings, coming to you with pride from Prison Tatt. This release has been in the works in one form or another for several years, dating from the most-germinal days of our label, and represents some of C*M's finest explorations, in a telepathic, Thelema-inspired erotic frenzy, sounding not too distant in their final presentation from Klaus Schulze's earliest and most-inspired works. These are not drones! This music moves, and has subtle intelligence and power. Limited to 100 pcs., wrapped in a folded sleeve that features images from the Pendu/Gelaznik-designed Majikian's Tarot. Comes with one of our high-quality vinyl stickers. (Please note: Due to the recent USPS Int'l. postage-rate increases, the Canada/World, single-item purchase price is quite high; our apologies, and overseas trades and distro are welcome and encouraged.)
ErotoGnosis - Excerpt
Chant ov Vamachara - Excerpt
Moloch - Depressive Black Metal Plague /// one-sided LP, ltd. 100
Ukraine's one-man black metal / ambient phenomenon Moloch had this vision for a one-sided LP, and we at Prison Tatt are more than excited to bring it to you. These are four anthems of esoteric despair; three previously issued on the Isolation der Essensz CD, but these versions are mastered for vinyl from Moloch's original, analog master recordings, different mixes entirely—more bottom heavy, rich with gloomy atmosphere, and Moloch's guitar sounds like an all-surrounding shroud of cobwebs; the fourth, a new, unreleased track, a powerful gut-punch that's worth the price of the package alone. Altogether, a must for existing Moloch fans and those yet to be. (Re)titled "Plague I-IV" these tracks represent a comprehensive vision of Moloch's finest DSBM compositions, and if you're not reaching for your razor by the end, you haven't listened closely enough. Sleeve designed by the artist, and silkscreened by Seizure Palace.
Plague II - Excerpt
Plague IV - Excerpt
Tomhet - Caliginous /// full LP - ltd. 100 copies, with color sleeve, and insert
Prison Tatt is proud to announce a new plateau for both the artist Tomhet and our label. Caliginous is the strongest work yet by the prodigious Canadian one-man black metal / dark ambient composer. Perhaps you're familiar with Tomhet's CS and split-CD releases, great works of focused energy, that encompass excellent songwriting and hearty chunks of evocative instrumental music. As undeniably great as those works are, Caliginous is yet the next great leap forward for Tomhet; six beefy, masterfully arranged, gloomy and pounding, intricate performances that demanded release as a full and comprehensive work. This is Prison Tatt's first full LP (with more to come soon), and our first color front, printed again by the great folks at Seizure Palace. All artwork by Tomhet. Comes with insert on heavy grey stock and one of our stickers. 100 copies pressed.
Breathing Self-Destruction - Excerpt
Once Upon a Forest - Excerpt
Anchored - Excerpt
Demonologists - s/t /// one-sided LP, hand-numbered, ltd. 100
Prison Tatt is proud to announce our latest release, from the Indiana-based horror-noise monolith Demonologists. This is quite seriously some of the finest material from the Cory / Dustin duo we've ever heard. These pieces step back a bit from the density and sheer-harsh onslaught of earlier releases, to reveal an even-more-layered, dynamic texture that wraps your head in white, woven gauze—a psychic dungeon of swirling sound, as nightmare-sonic or more so than any Demonologists release you could name. Sheets of digital steel cover a rain-soaked landscape, trapped souls seem to moan and cry in the distance, and the bell tolls for thee. Here at PT (where we know the Demonologists discography well), we are honored and feel fortunate to release these landmark tracks by this ever-evolving, hard-sound project. Cover photo by Cory of Demonologists; awesome silkscreen photo-reproduction sleeves by Seizure Palace. 100 copies pressed; comes with matte-black inner sleeves and one of our stickers.
Crystal Fangs - Excerpt
The Madness Reader - Excerpt
Lord Time - Forgotten Future /// one-sided LP, ltd. 200 (co-release with Universal Consciousness)
Brief, thunderous bursts of black-metal energy; intense, fast, mighty songs, rode by Lord Time's wicked-as-a-necromancer vocals, and each separated by a creepy instrumental interlude. A wild, one-sided black metal suite! This is a reissue and remaster for vinyl of the very-limited 2010 FF cassette on UC. Comes with a handsome letterpress insert, and labels, both thumb-printed, spattered and dripping with Lord Time's own blood! Silkscreened, folded-sleeve insert by the artist, printed @ Seizure Palace. Packaged finally in a heavy poly bag. First 20 orders receive a special "artist copy," each with multiple, unique locked-grooves on the "blank" side, created and lathed by the artist! A peerless item, great music, and a steal at any price. Co-release with Universal Consciousness, 200 pressed.
Forgotten Future - Excerpt
Long Distance Poison - The Bog Nebula /// one-sided LP, hand-numbered. Ltd. 100
Our latest release, from this cinematic, skyward-looking Brooklyn trio. Long Distance Poison reference 70s, Berlin-school electronics in the most pleasing of ways, which is to say just enough, but not too much. Their sound is ultimately all their own, a mighty, rumbling, but gentle monster that carefully wraps the listener's head in astral gauze. This sprawling, sidelong piece will give much pleasure, with its naturally progressing movements and improvisational wiggle-room. Subtle, primordial melodic figures ascend, flutter upwards and away, to reveal the tadpoles of nebulaic life dancing within, making up the core. Shifts happen, chords fall absent of gravity, and the piece evolves, blissfully organic. A pulse eventually emerges, and the more hard and ominous realities of the nebula circle and move in. Long Distance Poison never play any piece the same way twice, and Prison Tatt is pleased to be releasing this version of "The Bog Nebula," as we believe it's one of LDP's several masterworks thus far in their career. The record's urgent and haunting conclusion is sampled below. Comes in a heavy, silkscreened folded-insert sleeve by Seizure Palace, with art by the band. A great ride in vital, modern head music.
The Bog Nebula - Excerpt
The Communion - A Desired Level of Unease /// one-sided LP; limited, hand-numbered edition of 100
"Some predators are simply too large to avoid," goes the dark-ride barker's lead-in to The Communion's Desired Level of Unease. I don't think this record will meet with much ambivalence, as anyone who's been a fan of grind, black metal and sludge for the last ten or more years, watching those styles evolve, merge and coalesce naturally, will see The Communion for what they are, the right band at the right time. Prison Tatt first saw The Communion play at their memorial show for late guitarist Lee Altomare, and it was such an intense, vital set, charged with both suffering and human vitality, that it immediately became essential that we release a compendium of new material, or ANY material, by the band. It doesn't matter what you call it anymore—it's metal, extreme variety, drawing on hardcore, blast beats, and Lousiana mud that's been traded in for NYC muck—that black, dusty stuff that lives out between the cracks in the NJ Turnpike and the L.I.E. Above all, The Communion are great songwriters; they instinctively know how to put this shit together—music, lyrics and energy, so that not an ounce of the arrangement is wasted and we are left to be swept up in the melée. This is one of the records that we've been wanting to put out for the longest time, and it's very well worth the wait. Sleeve design by singer Nick; heavy-black-stock folding sleeve silkscreened by Seizure Palace. Comes with lyric insert on parchment-style paper, one of our new stickers, and ours and the band's best wishes for a good seat at the apocalypse.
Gash Ladder - Excerpt
Rabid Bats - Excerpt
Haare - Rautapilvi /// one-sided LP; ltd., hand-numbered edition of 100
Finnish occult sound-smasher Haare presents a new work, 20 minutes of ritualistic terror, some sounds taken with kind permission from Circle's Forest LP (a house favorite here at Prison Tatt.) Call it a "collaboration," a "remix," call it Rautapilvi. Listen to this record the way you would Tangerine Dream's Zeit, or your favorite Roland Kayn record—nice and loud, and on a good system (if possible); let Rautapilvi fill the room, the house. We're long-time fans of Haare here at the label, and are honored and grateful to Ilkka for allowing us to bring you this historic release, possessed of great power and creeping dread. Front cover design by the artist; sleeves printed by Seizure Palace.
Rautapilvi - Excerpt
Glass Coffin - Haunted By The Ghosts of the Damned /// one-sided LP; ltd., hand-numbered edition of 100
Cult black metal from black-noise/horrorscape master Josh Lay. Three twisted, hypnotic basement dirges infused with black metal fire, songs that pound like the buried alive, plus a haunting, instrumental outro, to leave the listener shaken and uneasy. Imagine a more-wired Defuntos or Mordheim, high on the opportunity to jam in German Oak's bunker. Great songwriting and a pervasive creepiness lurks in these four tracks of torture-basement ambiance, Glass Coffin's first release on 12" vinyl. Graveyard-ritual sketches by the artist, front and back; silkscreened sleeve printed by Seizure Palace.
My Hammer Will Decide My Fate - Excerpt
Starless Unholy Night - Excerpt
Husere Grav - Myths /// single-sided LP, ltd. 150
A restless, cinematic twilight, shot day-for-night—the funereal calm broken by the electromagnetic energy of troubled spirits. Low rumbles and sub-strata murmurs that conceal much more than is evident on a first listen. Otherworldly, Lovecraftian music that represents a new plateau in cohesiveness for this Texas-based, one-man monster project by black metal and noise veteran Todd W. Prison Tatt proudly brings you Husere Grav's latest and greatest, the sound of haunted souls locked in a desperate eternity, trampling one another in hopes of crossing over. Silkscreened inserts by Seizure Palace; cover design by the artist — a modified image from Brian De Palma's Sisters.
Myths III - Excerpt
Myths IV - Excerpt
Ives - Abandon /// single-sided LP, ltd. 200
One of the best American black-metal demo tapes finds it way onto vinyl, courtesy of Prison Tatt. This 2010 recording, the second release by Florida natives Ives, grabs the listener immediately with its cannibalistic fury and deftly composed bm anthems. Expect the unexpected, as these guys are pros, and work in variant tempos and even an ominous acoustic break. That said, this is an incredibly ferocious record, solid and completely in your face for the duration. Abandon is nothing less than a new milestone in the Prison Tatt catalog. Anyone who can sit still with this record on is not alive. A sleeve insert of moody, vintage photography, designed by the band and assembled by Tom Zahn; silkscreen-printed by Seizure Palace.
Burning the Incense Amanita Virosa - Excerpt
Lost in the Pleasures of Moonlight - Excerpt
Sesso Violento - Pacificador /// single-sided LP, ltd. 100
What sounds like the death of a Doctor Who-style computer, laid over some electric guitar rumble and squeal, heralds the coming of the vinyl debut of Sesso Violento, the second release by this mysterious black metal band with punk propulsion. Brazilians now living in the UK, that's about all I can tell you, and where I hesitate to drop the oft-heard comparison of Bone Awl, in this case the reference is valid, though Sesso V. tend to weave multiple concepts into each brief indulgence, and swap out propulsive blast beats as often as they use them for catchy breakdowns and vocal breaks that sound like orders from sci-fi air command. A throat-grabbing record that breaks new ground as it tastefully mines its influences. If black metal and American International Pictures had somehow thrived at the same time, Sesso Violento would be the house band, as there's something very "garage" about them; all the violence of the new generation of punked-up black metal, with a lunar module half-built in the practice space.
Biped Mane Craze
T.O.M.B. - Xesse /// single-sided LP, ltd. 100
T.O.M.B.'s one-sided Xesse LP is the scariest music yet by a scary band. Not so much black metal as simply "black." 20 minutes of empowered anguish and haunted souls. Up there with Nurse With Wound's re-imagined sanatorium Krautrock of Spiral Insana for sheer terror points, Xesse was fashioned in such a way as to not allow the listener to passively kick back and take it in; as the saying goes, "you'll pay for the whole seat, but you'll only use the edge." When I first received the master recordings on Xesse, I cautiously wrote back with an "are you sure?" to the band, as some of the frequencies emphasized on Xesse were so tension-producing as to appear at first listen like a possible "mistake." But no, T.O.M.B. had and have a plan, and I came around to personal notions of good fortune and gratitude that I would be releasing one of the more fucked-up and truly original records in recent memory, infused with diseased emotion, via the meticulous field recording the band does in "haunted" or "damned" locations (this time in my birthplace of Essex County, NJ.) Now, Xesse can be all yours, postpaid for $17 within the U.S. Mastered at Aardvark, sleeve inserts screen-printed by Seizure Palace.
Praise for T.O.M.B.
"This is pure aural sound of unsettling malevolence, and done extremely well."
"Industrial drone, haunted noise! ... ability to choose locations with disturbing histories and shape equally disturbing music...."
"...percussive pieces, contact mic investigations, lunar oscillation, ambient acoustics, incantations, a piano, metal surfaces, and natural tunnel reverberations."
"out in 'the wild' ... almost creating a new kind of USBM"
Luciferian Homage - Excerpt
Silence Is Suffering - Excerpt
KILT - Kitchen Sorcery /// digipak CD, ltd. 300
KILT are a real mind-fuck; about as good as two-man noisy improv gets. Their lurching, and wonderfully animate performances are like a giant amoeba, feasting on the nutrition of the spirit. The contrasting elements of high-volume trance/minimalism ala the Theatre of Eternal Music, the churning PE-style "riffs" that appear and then dissipate, and the hi-frequency dancing of Bob Bellerue and Raven Chacon's exuberant communications via sound-shattering are quite a thing to behold as well as hear. KILT are among the natural heirs to a certain brand of humanist, soulful power improvisation. Prison Tatt is proud to present the project's first silver CD, Kitchen Sorcery, combining two phantasmagorical studio sets with a dynamite live performance from 2007. Crisp and loud pro-mastering by Bob, horrifying cover drawing by Matt Minter.
"Harsh but colorful noise/ electro-acoustic squall" — Brian Turner, Music Director/DJ, WFMU-FM
Kitchen Sorcery 1 - Excerpt
Dhampyr - White Fire Laudanum /// digipak CD, ltd. 300
For an American Depressive black metal album, or more accurately a work of the "ambient psychotic," Dhampyr's White Fire Laudanum feels definitive, in a league with the best tracks from Marks of the Masochist and Xasthur; perhaps even surpassing them in terms of song composition (in this humble label's opinion!) It's a record that feels like a walk through a room full of cobwebs, and those thumps on the floor and ceiling are too jarring for one to possibly get a wink of sleep. The sadness is engufing; the melodies are bleak and baroque, while still packing a punch, also bringing vintage Burzum to mind. Songs like "Dans la Souffrance" will haunt you their with absorbing, tortured refrains. Prison Tatt is proud and honored to present the first physical release for this band, consisting of all-new material by Dhampyr, who otherwise eschew most label affiliations, and simply give the work away on the band blog.
Listen to two full tracks here.
OPPONENTS - Together We Will End The Future /// digipak CD, ltd. 300
The first non-CDr, non-tape release for OPPONENTS. Electric "songs" to topple all extant regimes. Grimy electronics rendered on vintage synths, environments reminiscent of Schnitzler, vintage Cabaret Voltaire, and The Golden Hour of the Future. Snatches of baroque melody and fuzzy, left-hand figures tumble in and out of scene, while Aaron's vocals texturize and provoke, and percussive washes reflect the Brooklyn concrete. A proud day for Prison Tatt to bring you this full length release, the sonic equivalent of a great, abstract novel. Unlike any other OPPONENTS release, unlike any other release by anyone. Full-color, high-gloss UV digipak with collage-art cover by OPPONENTS' Joshua Slusher.
Opposition 2 - Excerpt
Opposition 5 - Excerpt
Opposition 6 - Excerpt
Grasshopper - Calling All Creeps /// single-sided LP
Prison Tatt's first liberation. The first release on vinyl by the acclaimed Brooklyn duo. Spine-shuddering drones and subtle melody; improvised electronics and horns that sound through-composed, but aren't. Too often Grasshopper's music is interpreted as composition, perhaps because of Josh and Jesse's background in classical training. Their long-form creations amount to nothing less than the Irrlicht of contemporary noise/electronics (I said this of them long before I knew I'd be releasing their material.) This is a horrid dungeon, no question, but one where hope has not quite died, and pretty things, alluring demons in service to Jon Hassell or Miles Davis, occasionally flutter by the window bars. These things look and sound great; mastered at Aardvark, pressed by Bill Smith, with silkscreened insert by Seizure Palace.
Calling All Creeps - Excerpt