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  • AILS 'The Unraveling'

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    AILS 'The Unraveling'

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    AILS 'The Unraveling'

    £21.99

    After Bay Area avant-garde cornerstones Ludicra called it quits in 2011, most of the band continued with their other musical endeavors, but former vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitar player / vocalist Christy Cather haven’t resurfaced in a big way until now—Ails marks the return of both to center stage.

    In 2015 the duo’s desire to play the music they love brought them together with like-minded friends Sam Abend (Abrupt, Desolation), Colby Bryn (2084, One In The Chamber), and Jason Miller (Phantom Limbs).

    The Unraveling, Ails’ epic debut album, is more than just the ghost of Ludicra. It stands firmly on its own, offering an intense synthesis of raucous black metal and melodic death metal driven by the formidable dueling vocals of Shanaman and Cather. These are songs of despair, heartache, inner torment, and physical and mental suffering that make an immediate and lasting impression.

    “Ails beautifully synthesizes melancholy melodic death metal, stately doom, and atmospheric black metal, teasing every iota of intensity from each individual note and capitalizing on Shanaman’s vocal might.” Noisey

    Debut album from new band featuring former vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitar player / vocalist Christy Cather from Bay Area metal cornerstones Ludicra. Also features Sam Abend (Abrupt, Desolation), Colby Bryn (2084, One In The Chamber), and Jason Miller (Phantom Limbs).

    Intense synthesis of raucous black metal and melodic death metal.

    Tracklisting:
    1. The Echoes Waned
    2. Dead Metaphors 
    3. Any Spark of Life
    4. Mare Weighs Down
    5. The Ruin
    6. Bitter Past

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  • Bell Witch 'Demo 2011'

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    Bell Witch 'Demo 2011'

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    Bell Witch 'Demo 2011'

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    Repress of long sold-out demo limited to 500 copies.

    Following the critical acclaim of last year’s Mirror Reaper, one of the most praised metal albums of that year. Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper is one of the best metal albums of 2017.

    A single monolithic track, it pays tribute to the band’s former drummer Adrian Guerra, who tragically passed away in 2016. The band initially made their presence known in the US doom scene with a well-received demo in 2011.

    At thirty-seven minutes, this recording is a massive statement of purpose which far-eclipsed the “demo” status implied by its name. It was recorded by Brandon Fitzsimons (Wormwood), the same engineer behind the band’s first effort, Longing.

    Demo 2011 showcases Bell Witch’s heavy-yet-minimalist sound now lauded as timeless, relevant and undeniably sorrowful.

    The Flenser is proud to unleash this new pressing of a classic moment in contemporary US doom with artwork by the band’s own Adrian Guerra (RIP).

    “Bell Witch turns funeral doom and its moribund focus into a beautiful hymn.” Pitchfork

    “Bell Witch have an uncanny ability to make their metal feel ancient, spiritual, even liturgical.” Tiny Mix Tapes.
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  • Bell Witch 'Longing'

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    Bell Witch 'Longing'

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    Bell Witch 'Longing'

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    Upon its release in 2017, Bell Witch’s “Mirror Reaper” cemented the Seattle duo’s status as one of doom metal’s most formidable acts. Its single, monolithic track also served as a tribute to the band’s former drummer Adrian Guerra, who tragically passed away the year before.

    Five years earlier, on the back of a highly praised demo, Bell Witch released their debut album, Longing. Featuring the original line-up of Dylan Desmond and Adrian Guerra (RIP), Longing was recorded by Brandon Fitzsimons (Wormwood, Samothrace). It is a time-stretching journey through darkness, pain, suffering, and doomed minimalism that is now considered a classic of the genre.

    Longing was originally released on CD by Profound Lore in 2012 and on vinyl by The Flenser. The vinyl edition has been out of print for several years until now. The Flenser is proud to offer a new pressing of this timeless masterpiece. Longing is packaged in a thick, old-style case-wrapped gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Bails (of Flesh)
    2. Rows (of Endless Waves)
    3. Longing (The River of Ash)
    4. Beneath the Mask
    5. I Wait
    6. Outro

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