Friday, December 19, 2014

PODCAST: December 2014 Episode

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Traditionally, a warped sort of X-mas episode appears here in December, but there was a lack of new and dark holiday-related songs this year (no way!), so I can't put that kind of episode under your tree this time; however, this episode is loaded down with new music to check out (and, okay, *one* morbidly glamorous X-Mas obscurity from the vaults that I simply couldn't live without), so in that regard, let's consider this show a gift. 

One band that did deliver on a Christmas song this year: The Crüxshadows. Their free (or donations-appreciated) single "Light A Way (Back Home)" is available here. It's a bit jolly for the tone of this episode (not that there's anything wrong with that!), so I didn't include it here, but if you absolutely can't live without some goth-related X-Mas revelry, you can revisit the infamous last Out ov the Coffin Xmas Bonus Episode here.

You also may be wondering about the "Best ov 2014" show. That one is coming up next! Look for the upload around January 9th, after I've had a chance to fully soak in all the releases I may have missed. In the meantime, this episode is loaded with new music, because good bands just keep releasing new stuff, all the way up to the bitter end of the year.

This episode begins with a selection from Mitternacht, the latest album from the mysterious and ever-distraught, literally gothic, Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows. From there, we finally get to the lavishly packaged and amazingly extensive new box set from ROMEA Passage to Rhodesia. This double-album set (and DVD, and 10-inch, and hardbound book, and much more) is a concept album that shoukld really be taken as a whole, but as far as sound goes, it finds Jérôme Reuter returning to some of his early martial-pop sounds, as well as his more recent deep folk style, stretched across a little-known historical narrative.

The post-punk noir of Ritual Howls follows next, with a selection from their new Turkish Leather album, leading into the frenetic dark punk sounds of Canada's White Lung, taken from their new Deep Fantasy album. The Smiths' guitarist, Johnny Marr, steps in after that, with a post-punk-leaning track from his new solo album, Playland, and -- following a classic from the '90s goth vaults -- the set finishes with more dark-punk/deathrock from the new Lost Tribe album, Solace. 

The second set leads with a debut from the new Swedish post-punk band, Hemgraven, taken from their Sanddyner av glas album, followed by several early '80s classics (one of them being the ultimate drunken-feather-boa Christmas carol from Hanoi Rocks). The set closes with another post-punk/darkwave debut, this one from Warmline's very-simply-titled new album Sad, followed by the flipside (and title track) of the new single from Night Sins, entitled Down to Drown.

The darkwave/synth/industrial set for this show begins with a newly-unearthed 1983 rarity from Ministry, made doubly-surprising when you consider the source. Al Jourgensen himself not only acknowledged the band's early style for the first time in years by bringing up the lost track, but he then gave the song away for free. You can get the download here or here. Now that you're dancing, you'll be ready for another debut, this time from Italian darkwave act, Ash Code, who give you a slice of their new album, Oblivion

The set continues with a second taste of Hot Guts' new album, Wildsfolllowed by a classic from Front Line Assembly, who I finally got to see live in Atlanta the other day, along with the ever-promising relative newcomers in  Youth Code, from whom you will hear another taste of the year-end-list-favorite A Place to StandVelvet Acid Christ rounds out the set with the closing track from their new Subconscious Landscapes album.

The dark metal portion of the show begins once again with music from Atriarch's An Unending Pathway, before launching into a track from the new Cult of Fire 7-inch, Čtvrtá Symfonie OhněAbigor then makes their triumphant return to the show with a song from the heavily-praised Leytmotif Luzifer, hailed by many as a brilliant return to form, before the set concludes with a debut from the new Bölzer release, Soma.

All of that, plus: A closing track from the new Pallbearer album, Foundations of Burden; An instrumental debut from Ireland's Vircolac; Selections from the new and cult soundtrack vaults; and much more...

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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
(each band name is also a website link)

"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
Show recorded on: December 19th, 2014

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]

Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - If You Cold Only Read My Mind  [Mitternacht, 2014]
Angelo Badalamenti - The Arrow  ["Twin Peaks" (unreleased soundtrack) 1990]
ROME - A Farewell to Europe  [A Passage to Rhodesia, 2014]
Ritual Howls - Zemmoa  [Turkish Leather, 2014]
White Lung - In Your Home  [Deep Fantasy, 2014]
Johnny Marr - Back in the Box  [Playland, 214]
Autumn - Suffer the Wild Dogs  [Autumn, 1994]
Lost Tribe - Disease  [Solace, 2014]
Clan of Xymox - Theme I  [Medusa, 1986]
Hemgraven - Kains Irrläror  [Sanddyner av glas, 2014]
1919 - After the Fall  [Caged, 1982]
Hanoi Rocks - Dead By X-Mas  [Dead By X-Mas, 1981]
Marquee Moon - Beyond the Pale  [Beyond the Pale, 1985]
Warmline - Fade With My Heart  [Sad, 2014]
Night Sins - Down to Drown  [Down to Drown, 2014]
Hans Zimmer - No Time For Caution  ["Interstellar" (soundtrack) 2014]
Ministry - Anything For You  [Anything For You (digital single 2014) 1983]
Ash Code - Oblivion  [Oblivion, 2014]
Hot Guts - Kite and Shadow  [Wilds, 2014]
Front Line Assembly - Mindphaser  [Tactical Neural Implant, 1992] 
Youth Code - Consuming Guilt  [A Place to Stand, 2014]
Velvet Acid Christ - Empusa  [Subconscious Landscapes, 2014]
Popol Vuh - Brüder Des Schattens  ["Nosferatu" (soundtrack) 1979]
Atriarch - Revenant  [An Unending Pathway, 2014]
Cult of Fire - Vltava  [Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně, 2014]
Abigor - Temptation VI: Compos Mentis  [Leytmotif Luzifer, 2014]
Bölzer - Steppes  [Soma, 2014]
Vircolac - Codex Perfida  [Codex Perfida, 2014]
Pallbearer - Vanished  [Foundations of Burden, 2014]


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