Thursday, October 14, 2010

Free Stuff Is Pretty Rad.


It feels good when you don't have to FIGHT for your free music, right? When an artist figures out "hey, nobody's making a fucking DIME selling music anymore anyways, I might as well give this shit away myself and possibly make some dough on merchandise and touring by getting my music out there as wisely and efficiently as possible"? It's kind of weird that shit-tons more musicians haven't figured it out yet, you know? Whatever.

Here are two killer recordings from artists who have figured it out, Bros who have stayed ahead of the curve by offering up their music for FREE to anyone who cares to hear it.
The Revolution will not be sold on iTunes.


SEPPUKU PARADIGM - MARTYRS OST (2008)


I have to start out by thanking Brother Aylmer for not only turning me on to Seppuku Paradigm via his wonderful film blog Unflinching Eye, but to the film Martyrs itself as well, not to mention the burgeoning NWOFHM (NEW WAVE OF FRENCH HORROR MOVIE) movement that has been churning out one sick and disturbing film after another for about the last seven years or so (see also: High Tension, Inside, Calvaire, Sheitan, Frontier(s)). Aylmer is indeed a master of his craft and I will allow him to expound on the strange, dark, and mindbendingly dystopic violence of Martyrs in his own words:

"A lot of fans of really violent movies were angered and offended by the violence in Martyrs because it's not entertaining or cathartic. The final act in particular is a grim, prolonged and extremely unpleasant depiction of one of the main protagonists being tortured, humiliated and beaten, that is about as far away from "fun" violence as you can get. In this respect it succeeds at forcing the viewer to really feel empathy for the victim of this atrocity far more effectively than Michael Haneke's Funny Games, because it doesn't indulge in Haneke's childish manipulation and insulting condescension."....


"The cinematography and stark production design are excellent, as is Benoît Lestang's incredible and disturbing make-up FX (he was a great talent who tragically took his own life in 2008). A lot of people dislike the abrupt change at Martyrs' mid-point into kind of metaphysical SF, but for me it works perfectly, and the end (which Fangoria's Tony Timpone accurately described as "approaching Kubrickian transcendence") literally had my jaw agape and my eyes bugging."

Indeed, an extremely fucked-up film worthy of an extremely fucked-up soundtrack--a soundtrack provided by the twisted minds that comprise the experimental French electro-rock duo Seppuku Paradigm. Haunting, sad, and even at times sort of rockin' (see standout track "Crisis", which builds epic amounts of Goblin-esque tension in a mere 48 seconds), this is a score absolutely fitting for the film it accompanies, a harrowing journey into malevolent psychological territories best left unexplored.

Plus, it's FREE!

Seppukuparadigm.com/Last.FM
Download HERE




CEPHALECTOMY - AN EPITAPH TO TRANQUILITY (2009)


We last checked in with Cephalectomy HERE, wherein I shared their brilliant, Lovecraftian 2004 release Eclipsing The Dawn (another album that can be downloaded for free via their official website). Billing their brand of off-kilter, hyperviolent death metal as "True Northern Mystigrind" (they hail from Nova Scotia), Cephalectomy have never hidden their worship of early Kataklysm, and if that statement makes you shudder with disgust then you need to go back and do some more research. Careening back and forth between acoustic passages, psuedoclassical composition, blast-ridden Agorophobic Nosebleed interludes, and good, old-fashioned deathgrind pummeling, An Epitaph To Tranquility is yet another excellent entry into the nearly 13-year-old Cephalectomy catalogue, and also the second to last (the band has already announced that their next album will precede imminent retirement). I urge you all to check it out, free of charge, as Cephalectomy, Illogical Contraption, and the very Gods of The Internet have always intended.

Cephalectomy.com /Last.FM/Metallum
Download HERE

Cheesy, yes. But this band kills.

9 comments:

Aylmer said...

Wow, thanks for the plug bro! Stoked that you liked MARTYRS as much as you did. I wish the French would come up with another horror masterpiece, but for now the movement seems to have stalled somewhat.

Have you seen the revolting goodness that is A SERBIAN FILM yet?

Anonymous said...

i liked how martyrs managed to keep switching horror genres seemingly every 20 minutes. haven't seen it in a while but they had revenge, torture, ghosts, and psycho religion one after another it was very fun.

stonerphonic said...

hell Aylmer, i spent half of last nite downloading movie soundtrack shit from your pages... lol.

i haven't had a chance to listen to the Hostel 2 ST, but i def did dig the movie heaps. not as good as the 1st one, but 2 still kicked along. and had sweet cameos.

free stuff pretty rad? with it all the way...

Shelby Cobras said...

Have not yet experienced SRPNSKI. Any tips on procuring it illegally via a series of tubes?

stonerphonic said...

http://www.zshare.net/video/7845603326901558/

Shelby Cobras said...

GRACIAS!

Shelby Cobras said...

I mean, not gracias. That shit was fucked up.

stonerphonic said...

you asked.
i delivered.
blue pill next time Neo....

Shelby Cobras said...

I knew what I was in for. Again, thanks for the link. I had been wanting to see that for quite some time...