' upcoming release schedule is bonkers -- in addition to the new Beastmilk and Hexvessel 7"s, as well as the "Dawnbearer" 2LP repress, they've also got like 5 new releases coming out every week from May through June. Here's the Finnish/Scandinavian highlights:
05/09 - Sähkö-Isku - Sata kaljaa 12"
05/09 - Kovaa Rasvaa 7"
05/09 - Problems? - Ei tää lama päähän käy 7"
05/09 - Unicef - Käkimassaa 7"
05/09 - Kollaa Kestää - Jäähyväiset aseille LP
05/16 - Abhorrence - Completely Vulgar 2LP / CD
05/23 - Jess and the Ancient Ones LP/CD
05/23 - Callisto - Noir 2LP
05/23 - Sarcofagus - Envoy of Death LP
05/23 - Sarcofagus - Go To Hell 7"
05/23 - Kimmo Kuusniemi Band - Moottorilinnut LP + DVD
05/30 - CMX - Kolmikärjen veljeskunta 4LP
05/30 - Musta Paraati - Peilitalossa LP
05/30 - Reverend Bizarre - Crush The Insects 2LP
05/30 - Rattus - WC räjähtää LP
05/30 - Mana Mana - Maria Magdalena 7"
06/06 - Pelle Miljoona & NUS LP
06/06 - Pelle Miljoona & 1980 - Pelko ja viha LP
06/06 - Carpathian Forest - Strange Old Brew LP
06/06 - Candlemass - Ancient Dreams 2LP
has announced the signing of Finnish occult rockers Jess and the Ancient Ones and will be releasing their debut 7" on October 26 with a full-length LP to follow next year.
Svart will also release the new Fleshpress album "Acid mouth strangulation", their fifth overall, on the same date. In a similar vein, look for the new album "Holy testament I" from like-minded black/doom-metal act Sink which will be unleashed in 2012. Preview that one below:
Beyond all that, the label will also be doing a bunch more reissues (as usual), including stuff from Mana Mana sideproject Silmienvaihtajat, murder-punks Rytmihäiriö, cult punk-rockers Stalin, death metallers Disgrace and Xysma as well as the previously announced CMX 4LP box, the rest of the Sarcofagus discography and lots more. Start saving now -- shipping from Finland ain't cheap!
It's Thursday and I'm in NYC at this thing so your regularly scheduled news update has been preempted. No new video post either; deal with it. But! I do have an extra special guestpost from Teemu of Lupatarkastaja:
Today it would've been 15 years exactly from Mana Mana's singer/songwriter Jouni Mömmö's death. He died from a drug overdose at the age of 36 after years suffering from schizophrenia and depression. Mana Mana is a legendary Finnish band that has been cited as an influence by many later-day acts, mostly from music styles that require a certain dose of depression and anxiety. Mömmö's earthly problems can be heard through his work in Mana Mana. The original line-up recorded only one full-length album in 1990. The track presented today, "Mikä on sun taivas?" (Finnish for "What is your heaven?"), is a typical Mana Mana track, with many guitar tracks provided by Otra Romppanen (Psychoplasma, Enter) and an overall dark feeling created by Mömmö's vocals. Finnish lyrics play a huge role, but still, I believe the atmosphere is universal.