Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Hototogisu
Chimarendammerung

De Stijl No Cat

CD
£8.99


Brand new full-length recording from the duo of Matthew Bower (Skullflower/Total/Sunroof et al) and Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards/Zaimph/GHQ) features a more rock-reverent take on the kind of vertical screens of impossibly detailed overtone that defined their earlier albums, with Marcia's viola slow-burning fluttering afterimages of neon spirals deep into the air while Bower's guitar/microphone worship generates repeat-ascensions of overloaded ecstasy tone. Something grittier, more immediately tactile, that makes this their most dramatically meat-based orbit of hallucinated space/time vectors to date. Highly recommended.

Hototogisu
Robed In Verdigris

Nashazphone NP-03

LP
£12.99


Limited edition LP (500 copies and already completely sold out at source) from the duo of Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards, GHQ, UN, Zaimph et al) and Matthew Bower (Skullflower, Sunroof!, Total). This one is just totally monolithic, with deliriously over-amped guitar/electronics/vocal ecstasy building to plateau after plateau. Only their third vinyl release, this one features three massive slabs of feedback-illuminated deliverance that flatline rock modes with the most thunderous application of avant-aggression. Totally beautiful.

Hototogisu
Green

Heavy Blossom

CD
£2.99


The first ever release from the Hototogisu duo of Matthew Bower (Skullflower/Total/Sunroof) and Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards) that even approaches being ‘generally available', Green is a real CD - not a CD-R - pressed up for the group by the sainted Ed Hardy of Eclipse records and available in an edition of 1000 copies complete with a suave full-colour booklet reproducing a bunch of the duo's art. Anyone whose mind was blown by the vision of this pair powering their way through one of the most magical/unforgiving sets of Subcurrent 2005 will find plenty to drown in here. Tracks are shorter than on previous releases, though even more obsessively detailed. There are points where the cacophony is so insanely oversaturated that the noise starts to sound as if it's spontaneously giving birth to language: you start hallucinating words and sentences, almost as if the film protecting you from a constant bombardment of information-heavy environmental radiation has been blown apart. Green also features some of Hototogisu's most straight-ahead death/doom metal moves. Although they're not quite Skullflower, the first track features snatches of classic death metal riffs alongside the stomach-punch of a cheap drum machine and on their theme song, the beautifully ferocious “Heavy Blossom”, Mick Flower of Vibracathedral Orchestra plays drums. Alongside all the iron first action, there are some beautiful moments where Marcia and Matthew's voices melt into ribbons of pure white light and the whole thing floats to the ceiling. A modern classic, and possibly the best Hototogisu album to date. Highest recommendation.

Skullflower/Limepit
Split

Posh Isolation No Cat

LP
£7.99


Split LP of 333 copies with two tracks from Matthew Bower’s Skullflower – one long, inchoate feedback ritual and a shorter martial drums/guitar tattoo – paired with new material from Limepit, a black noise/vocal/drone group with connections to Heavy Blossom recording artists Sarah’s Charity.  Silkscreened covers with insert.

Ax
Metal Forest

Cold Spring Records CSR-167

CD
£9.99


Necessary culling/upgrading of a bunch of tracks from the mid-90s by this major UK underground outfit, the brainchild of Anthony Di Franco of Ramleh/JFK/Skullflower et al: Voyages presents devastatingly re-mastered tracks from OOP releases like 1997’s Astronomy, 1994’s Nova Feedback and 1995’s Ax II. Ax’s sound was extremely prescient, somehow tying together the kind of endlessly postponed cathartic metal of SunnO))) with thudding fists of electricity and bass heavy boombastics, birthing a thug-punk take on Butthole Surfers-play-Suicide that would appeal to fans of the most esoteric Zaimph sides as much as the early Zos Kia rituals. And the material has never sounded better, benefiting from a clarity and punch that is truly ear-lacerating.

Skullflower
White Wolf

Cold Spring Records CSR-12S08

one-sided LP
£9.99


Edition of only 100 copies one-sided LP from UK underground legends Skullflower: only ‘officially’ available direct from the label,  White Wolf presents a torrential side-long epic from Matthew Bower and co that takes off where Fushitsusha circa Tokyo Flashback 3 left off, with buzzing armies of transparent guitar oblivions dissolving in endless vectors of fuzz to the point that they generate hallucinatory arcs of classical string elegies, sounding a symphonic threnody w/a distant euphoric metal backbone. Bower’s recent work has been particularly amazing and the combination of classical scale and full in-the-red guitar violence is exceptionally potent here. Limited supply, obviously, comes in a white sleeve with a hand-stamped obi strip. 

JfK
La Bas: 1987-1992

Fourth Dimension Records FD2LP87

2xLP
£18.99


New vinyl collection of stray tracks and unreleased jams from this great UK underground group with a side that restores the full session featuring Matthew Bower (Skullflower at al) on guitar that was recorded at JTI on 29/1/90, two nights before Skullflower recorded the Xaman album at the same studio: JfK was the brainchild of Anthony Di Franco of Ramleh, Skullflower, Ax et al and they played a bizarre mutant form of thug-psych that took drum machines and monstrous acid bass and devoured them with shots of pure electricity. Think The Cramps, Chrome and The Buttholes given a furious post-Broken Flag dressing down. La Bas gathers a buncha choice shots into the void, including their great Temple Of Set/Sexodus 7” that came out on Fourth Dimension in 1992 alongside eight otherwise unavailable recordings and the tracks with Bower on guitar – including a previously unreleased alternate take of “Sexodus 90” – see him at his most iconoclastically testifying. Also comes with two more bonus tracks unique to the vinyl. A key piece of the puzzle from the depths of the UK underground. Recommended!

Skullflower
Bull & Gate Oct 7, 1987

Dirter No Cat

one-sided LP
£19.99


Devastating early live show captured on limited to 250 copies one-sided vinyl, only ‘officially’ available as a bonus LP with the 4xCD art edition set of early Skullflower albums released on CD by Dirter: this one documents the early Skullflower line-up in massively form-destroying glory, with Matthew Bower joined by Stefan Jaworzyn (Ascension/Whitehouse/Shock et al), Gary Mundy (Ramleh/Broken Flag) and Stuart Dennison live at the Bull & Gate in London on October 7th 1987.