PURE GROUND - Standard of Living LP


Standard Of Living, the new LP by Los Angeles’s Pure Ground, finds the duo moving further into the whirring electrical storm only suggested at by their more minimalist previous recordings, creating a soundtrack to a crumbling culture full of provisional one-two rhythms and syncopated bursts of white noise, complimented by grim arpeggiated melodies.  
Pure Ground have created a niche in the LA hard electronics underground making exclusive use of analog hardware to arrive at their sound, which straddles a fine line between early EBM on tracks like Poison and Second Skin, owing inspiration to Belgium’s Klinik and Front 242, and more melancholy minimal synth on downers In Silence and Tides
The one element that binds the new LP is the undercurrent of experimentalism pervasive in every song, which at times comes to surface on tracks like The Glory Of Absence, which merges the convoluted rhythms of In Phaze-era Portion Control with an industrial din and vocal delivery reminiscent of European power electronics groups like Genocide Organ.  
Lyrical themes focus on the disharmony between the natural, even spiritual, world, with the human dystopia of the post-industrial wastes, and the contradictory sensations of bliss and desperation, ecstasy and fear, bred in this climate. This is music for the end of days.  

Standard of Living is available in Europe on LP from Avant! Records and in the USA on cassette and LP from Chondritic Sound. CD edition courtesy of Eric Van Wonterghem’s Sleepless Berlin. 

Limited edition of 300 copies with inside-out jacket & printed inner sleeve.

PURE GROUND reveals Watch The Lines Grow

Standard Of Living, the new LP by Los Angeles’s Pure Ground, finds the duo moving further into the whirring electrical storm only suggested at by their more minimalist previous recordings, creating a soundtrack to a crumbling culture full of provisional one-two rhythms and syncopated bursts of white noise, complimented by grim arpeggiated melodies.  
Check out Watch The Lines Grow at HartZine 


HORROR VACUI - Return of the Empire LP


Bologna (Italy) goth peace-punk 5-piece strikes back! Since 2013 debut In Darkness You Will Feel Alright, the band has been touring both the Old and the New Continent and is now ready to deliver eight new tracks filled with disenchantment, scorn and a proper share of irreverence in leather.   
So this Return operates on two levels. First of all and most intuitive, being this their second album, it is their own return. Second meaning relates to the current state of asphyxiating climate of restoration in national politics. A few governments fell in the last few years and after a brief time of confusion, a new clean face in a white shirt is leading (but is he actually?) the country. By the looks of facts so far thou, one might be wondering if these government fools have a clue of what they’re doing. Lucky for us, Horror Vacui surely do!   

European press by Avant! & band’s own imprint Legion Of The Dead. 
Limited edition of 300 on marbled white wax with silkscreened extra artwork on thick cardboard. Standard edition of 700 on black vinyl.  Both come in printed innersleeve featuring lyrics and band pics.


BLACK BUG - Frozen Energy 7"


Back in 2008 Avant! second release ever was Black Bug debut single I Don’t Like You, a two-song synthpunk little masterpiece. Through the years the band led by polistrumentist Ruslav has moved from Sweden to Bordeaux, France and went under a few line-up changes, while releasing two albums on Eighteen Records and Hozac.   
This year Avant! and the band got back in touch and agreed it was time to put out one more piece of 7-inch wax. 
So it is a real thrill for us to welcome back Black Bug and to announce their new single Frozen Energy. Featuring vocals by Shawn Foree from synth-punk legends Digital Leather, this new two-song reestablishes the savage force of the band while at same time probing some previously unknown areas.  
Just take a listen to the mournful guitar arpeggio on Push You and you’ll feel what we feel. A perfect balance of straightforward, stripped-down synthetic punk and a glance to the dark side of early UK post-punk.  

Stream the single here
Watch the video for Push You here



QUAL - Sable


Qual is Lebanon Hanover’s bassist and vocalist William Maybelline.  
With his solo project he aims to examine his personal view on music, Maybelline moved from the pop touch of well-known and respected main band of his to cruise the slums of darker and even more extreme electronics.  To quote William's own words, Qual is about vile visions, despaired in a frowning black tower of pain. Concealed yearns of a desolate heart, trying to scratch that unscratchable rotting itch from within. Centuries of sorrow drenched in gloomy electronics that palpitate like human passions. A call for help.  

Debut album Sable is available on 33rpm black vinyl LP edition housed in UV glossy jackets (comes with lyrics insert and free digital download coupon), elegant 4-side Digipak limited to 300, and digital.


QUAL announces debut album


Qual is Lebanon Hanover’s bassist and vocalist William Maybelline
His debut album Sable is out May 28 on LP and CD
You can read more about it and exclusively stream O' Ornate Spade at S13 

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LOST TRIBE - Solace LP



Richmond, VA goth peace-punk combo is back after their huge 2011 s/t debut LP on Blind Prophet. Once again their sound is an epic odyssey through the graveyard dimension of punk, drawing inspiration from early crust, 80s California deathrock, UK anarchopunk, and the more tribal side of postpunk bands like Killing Joke. Solace combines piercing bass lines with earthquake-like drumming, strong vocals, darkly atmospheric synths, and razor-like guitars to weave a spell of death, lamentation, destruction, and disease over the listener. Punk from the wrong side of midnight. 

Released in Europe by Avant! and in the US by Mass Media Recs.
33rpm black vinyl 12", comes with insert sheet with lyrics.
Physical copies available HERE
Digital Edition available HERE

HOT GUTS - Wilds LP


The second full-length from Philadelphia based post-industrial group. What started off as a raw and gritty post-punk band in 2007 eventually evolved into a more refined foray into territories that cross between the electronic and organic, as well as the harsh and beautiful. Currently a duo, Wes Russell's signature rich baritone and unorthodox guitar stylings (at times more reminiscent of construction machinery than a guitar) are still very present while counterpart Shari Wallin (also of Void Vision) provides the synths and drum machines as well as backing vocals. Within this web of minimal electronics there are hints of EBM, neofolk, tribal industrial but there is an element of experimentalism that has always been present in Hot Guts that keeps things sounding fresh, and strangely contemporary throughout the recordings.

Comes on 33rpm black 12" vinyl.
Physical copies available HERE
Digital Edition available HERE