A few of the lesser known US online metal distributors have some sales and promotions going on this month. Here’s a summary:
Full Moon Productions has dropped prices on most of their CDs to $5.00, and lowered prices on most other items as well.
Black Plague Records is currently offering all CDs for $5.00 each, with free shipping for the US and Canada. Their catalog is a pretty random mix of extreme metal, leaning heavily toward black and death metal.
Metal Centre is taking 40% off most of the CDs in their catalog. They have a very extensive selection with some pretty hard-to-find items, so there’s a good chance you’ll get lucky and find some import album you’ve been searching for at a very good price.
Negative Existence is offering a 10-20% discount on everything in their store, plus a buy 5 get 1 free deal. They too have a very extensive, well-organized catalog of extreme metal. They also offer free shipping to the US and Canada.
Finally, Autumn Wind Productions has a sale going on for 25-50% off most of the items in their catalog. They focus more on dark ambient, black ambient and neo-folk.
The Pacific Northwest’s Moribund Records is currently running a store-wide promotion where you can buy two CDs and get a third for free. Just head to the Moribund Records online store for more information on how to obtain the discount. The sale runs until April 18th, so there’s just about a week left.
Moribund Records focuses heavily on black metal, and their roster includes Azrael, Hiems, Horna, Behexen, I Shalt Become, Krohm and Sargeist. Their extensive online store features an excellent collection of extreme metal, including some releases that aren’t easily found elsewhere in the US!
Seattle-based artist Andrew Crawshaw (read my earlier post about him here) apparently has a cat named Rigby who has unfortunately fallen ill recently. As a result, Crawshaw has marked down a bunch of stuff in the Broken Press Webstore, so now is a great time to snag some of his unique, hand-screenprinted posters as well as help out a good cause!
Execution Magazine is a new publication geared towards musicians of all levels in the underground extreme music scene. They plan to feature instrument lessons, METAL guitar tabs, recording and studio tips, gear and show reviews, and much more.
Execution Magazine is currently offering free one-year subscriptions to the first 10,000 people who sign up, no strings attached. Just head over to ExecutionMagazine.com and sign up!
So you may have heard the news that Amazon.com recently launched an mp3 download service, comparable to that of iTunes, though without all the annoying DRM’ing. I spent some time exploring it, and noticed that there are really some awesome deals to be had, if you poke around long enough.
Probably the coolest thing I found (and one that made me wish I hadn’t already bought this CD for full price) was the fact that you can buy Fantomas’s “Delirium Cordia” album, in its entirety, for $0.99. A dollar! 74 minutes of bizarre, highly disturbing experimental weirdness! Seriously, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t buy this. Or maybe you haven’t heard about this album yet…
Fantomas is one of many Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, Faith No More) projects, and this particular album features one highly experimental song clocking in at over 70 minutes. Sure, the last 20 minutes are just white noise, but it’s all part of Patton’s plan. Fantomas has adopted a surgery-theme for this opus, and there’s plenty of grinding, chipping, moaning, and sloshing noises throughout, to really make you feel like some awful procedure is being performed on you. Featuring very diverse instrumentation, haunting atmopheric passages, and scattered bits of scathing metal riffing, this is one CD that will really freak out your friends. Oh, and it gets bonus points from me for containing a bit of throat singing.