Locrian – Return to Annihilation

I wanted to write a few words about the latest Locrian album, Return To Annihilation. Whilst I wont be able to stock the record in The Archipelago Rises, I at least wanted to draw your attention to this masterpiece. If you’ve not heard of Locrian before, and you’d be forgiven (just barely, though) if you hadn’t, they are a metal/noise/drone act out of Chicago and have been plying their trade for the best part of the last decade. A slew of tape, CD and vinyl releases have been ushered unto the world and all have been critically acclaimed; if not publicly consumed. Comprising Andre Foisy and Terence Hannum, Locrian have also hosted a few collaborators along their journey. The last few releases has seen Stephen Hess become a fully-fledged 3rd member of the group, joining Locrian on the The Clearing release and now, Return to Annihilation.

Whilst Locrian may not be so well known, a situation totally un-befitting of the incredible creativity these gents eschew out of every pore, Return To Annihilation should put paid to that. Locrian’s debut release from a huge label (Relapse Records) sees them bringing a much more accessible album to the masses. Deftly crafting elements across the board of ‘metal’ genres, the album ebbs and flows between drone bliss, black metal blackness, post-metal juggernaut and instrumental beauty. Extensive use of Moog enhances the trippy feel but does not overstate its influence; it blends with the guitar and noise work seamlessly. Stephen Hess contributes driving work behind the kit which not only adds another dimension to the Locrian sound, but almost changes it completely. I say almost, because that unmistakable Locrian sound still remains ever-present, its just the added percussion really does enhance the whole. The pieces of sound art have now morphed into ‘songs’, and whilst I personally, have never had a problem consuming Locrian noise-art, this 3rd piece to the puzzle will help enable the uninitiated to dwell in the majik that this record delivers in spades.

If you have a penchant for creative, experimental music, have an open mind to the creative use (and misuse) of all instruments, whether machine based or human, Return to Annihilation is an absolute must-have record. A fully-immersive experience, and one that should be listened to with that ethos in ear.


A heap of new releases in stock

For those following this blog, I have been real slack recently and haven’t updated this for a little while. So here are all the new releases we’ve got in store since the last blog post.

Art of Burning Water – Love You Dead LP (Superfi Records)- http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/art-of-burning-water-love-you-dead-lp

Art of Burning Water – This Disgrace LP (Superfi Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/art-of-burning-water-this-disgrace-lp

Atomic Cries – Suspended Between The Mouth of God and the Fist of Man 7″ (Svart Records) –  http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/atomic-cries-suspended-between-the-mouth-of-god-and-the-fist-of-man-7

Brown Snake Kills Dog – Thicker Fog CDr (self released) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/brown-snake-kills-dog-thicker-fog-cdr

Daighila / Grinding Halt – Split 7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/daighila-grinding-halt-split-7

El Eje Del Mal / Inquiry Last Scenery – Split 7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/el-eje-del-mal-inquiry-last-scenery-split-7

Fan Zui Xiang Fa – Self Titled 7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/fan-zui-xiang-fa-self-titled-7

fun – 1/3 7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/fun-1-3-7

The Gar – City of Burning Identities (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/the-gar-the-city-of-burning-identities-cd

Good Throb – Good Throb 7″ (Superfi Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/good-throb-good-throb-7

Hark – Mythopoeia 7″ (Superfi Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/hark-mythopoeia-7

Henryspenncer – Saturn CD (Bookmaker Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/henryspenncer-saturn-cd

Keller – Keller tape (Blue Tapes) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/keller-keller-cassette

Kosmonaut – Green tape (Avant Archive) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/kosmonaut-green-cassette

LostPoet – Acapellas 4 The Culture tape (Blue Tapes) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/lostpoet-acapellas-4-the-culture-cassette

Nick van Breda / zzzounds – Split  7″ (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/nick-van-breda-zzzounds-split-7

Oliwa – Naturalia CD (Twiceremoved) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/oliwa-naturalia-cd

Oscillotron – Eclipse LP and CD (Cineploit) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/oscillotron-eclipse-lp


RL:ZZ – Phantom Silence CD (Witch Sermon Productions) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/rl-zz-phantom-silence-cd

Skip Skip Ben Ben – Sacrifice Mountain Hills CD (tenzenmen) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/skip-skip-ben-ben-sacrifice-mountain-hills-cd

Various – Silent Death CD (Metal Zone Distro) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/various-silent-death-cd

We Lost The Sea – The Quietest Place on Earth 2LP (Birds Robe Collective). Marble blue and black vinyl available – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/we-lost-the-sea-the-quietest-place-on-earth-lp

Winters in Osaka – Heptagon tape (Midnight Sea Records) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/winters-in-osaka-heptagon-cassette

Zoltan – First Stage: Zoltan LP (Cineploit) – http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/product/zoltan-first-stage-zoltan-lp

New Twiceremoved Records releases in store for your ambientdroneexperimental needs

Three new Twiceremoved Records releases in stock now. Very limited qtys, some now sold out at source. $7 each + post. Samples of tunes can be found on each listing.

Benjamin Dauer – The Pace of Which (/50)
A collection of Ambience laced with Field Recordings that are lush and reveal depth.

Easychord – So Lifeless, Sometimes (/50)
Easychord makes a texturally minimal, lush and overflowing sort of ambient music, droney, with use of tape loops music defined with marine mood whereof the favourite format is mid-length suites and large wavy soundscapes composed of drone textures.

Ophion – Sacrosant (/100)
Ophion is a UK duo who’s previous album “Pallor Absentis” came out on the Diametric label. It contained an almost 19 minute BVDub remix which will give you an idea of the sound terrain that this duo work in. Lush, dubby Ambience.


Appalache – Sourire, Debacle Records, Beta-Lactum Ring

We’ve got some nice experimental releases in from Debacle Records


We’ve also got the brand new Bookmaker Records CD release, Sourire by Appalache. Check it out here:


Linear Bells has a new cassette, ‘///’, limited to only 30 in the world and we’ve got a couple for you


New fuzz-rock from Tenzenmen


Some nice Beta-Lactum Ring releases as well


I’ve spent the past night going through the bigcartel shop, adding samples to listings or at least, linx to samples. Now you should be able to have a quick listen to everything we’ve got for sale. We’ve also simplified the shipping process. Everything is now available in the store for everyone in the world to buy and international orders will receive a Paypal Payment Request for the remainder of the shipping monies required to ship the order.

The Archipelago Rises DownLoad Series no. 3 (TARDLS003) is shipping with all orders.


TARDLS003, Witch Sermon, Twiceremoved, Gustav Franklin and more

The Archipelago Rises DownLoad Series number three is up and running. We’ve got a noise rock number from Winters In Osaka, short but sweet. It’s a pretty cool thing, and shows a divergent side to WiO’s usual noisier-side-of-the-spectrum output.

Limited to 40, this goes out with every order of a new item from The Archipelago Rises.

Righty then, we’ve got some new stuff winging its way down here. As always, very limited stocks:

Anonymeye – Six Improvisations for Computer and Guitar 3″CDr (Twiceremoved, limited to 150)
Linear Bells – Esther (Twiceremoved, limited to 100)
Gustav Franklin and Anna Kinbom – MARS500 CDr (self-released, limited to 20)
Plankton Wat – Mirror Lake LP (Sound of Cobra, limited to 300)
RL:ZZ – Shrine cassette (Unrest, limited to 120)
RL:ZZ – Fragment cassette (Phage Tapes, limited to 100)
Winters in Osaka – Last Days cassette (self released, compilation-type release)
Winters in Osaka – Further Beyond CDr (self released, compilation-type release)
Various – Seance dbl cassette (Worthless Recordings, limited to 100, check the mental here: http://www.discogs.com/Various-S%C3%A9ance/release/3574376)
Astro/Winters in Osaka – Reverberating Forest CD (Phage Tapes/Dismantle Records, limited to 500)
Quiet Steps – Secular CD (Tenzenmen)
Birdstriking – Birdstriking CD (Tenzenmen)
White – White+ CD (Tenzenmen)
Mr. Graceless – The Tree Ever Green CD (Tenzenmen)
Brown Snake Kills Dog – Others See What We Are Blind To CD and cassette (album constructed by Andy Lippoldt (Witch Sermon, ZZ, Persistence in Mourning, Winters in Osaka, RL:ZZ) and myself, utilising real instruments, fake computers and the tractor-beam of the internet, limited to 50)

The Tenzenmen, Twiceremoved and Brown Snake Kills Dog stuff will be up in the shop very soon, the rest are on their way.

I’m more than happy to hold things for people. In fact, some items have already been held, so please if you want something, let me hold it for you and I’ll email when it lands.


International Shipping back up and running in the bigcartel store

Hey all, just a quick note regards the infernal monolith that is Australia Post. The good news is we are up and running again with international shipping through the bigcartel store. The bad news is their international rates have changed once again, so I’ve had to remove individual shipping rates for each item and have added an International Shipping product in the store that you need to select on top of your purchase (if you’re not getting yr item shipped to an Australian address). You will pay the amount of shipping that listed with each item you buy + the International Shipping option in order to get yr item sent.

This may end up seeming like a lot of money, and if you buy multiple LPs, it WILL be a lot of money. HOWEVER, whatever you pay over and above what Australia Post will charge to ship yr item(s), WILL BE REFUNDED TO YOU. That is The Archipelago Rises shipping promise. The MAXIMUM shipping any buyer will pay when buying stuff at The Archipelago Rises will be the EXACT postage charge Australia Post charges me to send the item(s).

You can read more about it here:  http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/shipping-enquiries
There is a SHIPPING category in the Label section which has both international shipping options:  http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/category/shipping

REMEMBER, the maximum you will ever pay for shipping through The Archipelago Rises is the exact cost Australia Post charges to send the item.

And, after we make all the calculations, and yr still unhappy with the shipping cost, I will only be too happy to refund your total order before it gets sent out.

Twiceremoved Records influx!

We’ve got a whole heap of new jamz in from Twiceremoved. Lots of beautiful drone/ambient/experimental releases to wrap yr aural creativity around. We’ve also got a deal going where you can save 15% off yr Twiceremoved releases when you buy 2 or more. In celebration of Twiceremoved’s 1st anniversary as a label! 🙂 Use TWICEFIRST at checkout.

Linx to soundclips can be found on each listing. Go and explore!


New stuff in the shop

Arktika – Heartwrencher 12″
Caspian – Waking Season DLP
Dead Dragon Mountain – Huddled Masses Under the Burning Sky tape
Jagernaut / Terlarang 7″
Muse – The 2nd Law DLP
Number None – Strategies Against Agriculture tape
Persistence in Mourning – Absent God / Sleeping Giant tape
Persistence in Mourning – God is Not Here CD
Snapline – Future Eyes CD
Snapline – Phenomena CD
Sutcliffe Jugend – Blue Rabbit CD
Torturing Nurse / Automating – Split tape
Vomir – Processing the Wall tape
X is Y – Never Sever + LP 2CD



New stuff in from Vendetta Records, Sound of Cobra and re-stocks of Linear Bells

Howdoo all
Just a quick one to let you know of the most recent arrivals we’ve had here at The Archipelago Rises. I’m going to keep these blog posts quite short from now on as the larger posts with all the photos, links and music samples make the thing run very slow. Head on over to the bigcartel site and you’ll see pics and be able to listen to samples there.


First up, Vendetta Records out of Germany have sent us a bunch of gnarly heaviness for you to grimm out on:

Batillus – Furnace LP

Batillus / Whitehorse – split 12″

Batillus / Hallowed Butchery – split 12″

Salome – Terminal DLP

Austrasian Goat – Paved Intentions DLP

Sutekh Hexen – Empyraisch 12″

Hot Graves / Whitehorse – split 7″

Check them out here: http://thearchipelagorises.bigcartel.com/category/vendetta-records


We’ve started a new thing with Sound of Cobra, so we’ll be stocking their various psyche mindwarp releases as and when they’re available. Coming soon will be the new Expo 70 / Ancient Ocean split and Dead Skeletons single sided 12″, but at present we have the ultra-super-duper La Piramide Di Sange album ‘Tebe’. So definitely worth yr attention



Re-stocks, but only a few, so if you missed out last time (when they sold out in less than 24 hours), get in quick now!



Another batch of new arrivals from Twice Removed and Runningonair

Some new ambient/drone/experimental stuff to sink yr ears into!

2 new releases from TWICE REMOVED RECORDS

Berber Ox – Limiter CD-r, in an edition of 100

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Sima Kim – Songs CD-r, in an edition of 100

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4 new releases from RUNNING ON AIR

‘Whilst Runningonair Music is not genre specific when it comes to releases, a common thread of science, mathematics and technology, as it relates to the every day, has emerged.  These themes are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

When referencing external material Runningonair Music favours the present.  Many other excellent labels concern themselves with the past both in material and technology.  Therefore a relevant question might be what defines the time in terms of sound?’

Regolith – And… CD-r, in an edition of 100

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Joe Evans – Ecliptic Plane CD+DVD, in an edition of 100

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Daniel W J Mackenzie – Return Written Arrange CD, in an edition of 100

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Suborno – The Instrument LP, in an edition of 200.

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