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Uma001 Werewolf Jerusalem – Black Chapel CD digipack 14€
Werewolf Jerusalem is one of Richard Ramirez’s most known, respected & prolific of his many projects. It’s been going since 2001, and since then the project has put out around two hundred releases taking in solo album, splits and compilations on Cdr, cassettes, vinyl and Cd format. The projects sound is based around atmospheric static studies, brutal drone matter, crackling textures and mood setting HNW. Initially influenced by the work of Chop Shop, theme wise the project often focus in on sci-fi, Giallo or old horror movies and Black Chapel takes inspiration from the last of these. The two tracks here show Ramirez in a mixture of tense and dark HNW construction, jagged and dense static texturing.
Black Chapel was first vinyl release by Urashima in February 2009 which defined the aesthetics of the label for more than a decade. Now CD digipack is released with the original artwork in just 199 copies; this is bound to be a revelation for anyone that missed it the first time around! Find out more pictures here
Uma125 Controlled Death – Symphony For The Black Murder Tape in wooden box 39€
Controlled Death is the dark-side project by the Japanese noise legend Masonna and Symphony For the Black Murder is its first official work recorded at Death Control Studios during 2017 and released in April 2018 as a vinyl edition of 199 copies. The activities of Controlled Death are like an archaic revival to the music experience before Masonna. We can also find the pathology image of the early industrial period and the shadows of Vienna actionists such as Hermann Nitsch. The existence and art that pierce through conspicuous consciousness and dives to areas of unconsciousness due to death and pleasure. The tracks on the album are based on obsessive and compulsive synth drones with voice, effects and tapes. The smell of death is soaked in every sound produced by the brilliant mind of Maso Yamazaki. Anxiety, alienation and hypochondria turn into deep paranoia and pain. Without hesitation, the bodies are emptied, leaving the field to an electronic purulence of rare disconcerting power: a perfect Symphony For The Black Murder.
Tape in black body with printing comes in black wooden box with laser engraving and closure with magnet limited to 99 hand numbered copies w/business card, poster, sticker, pin and two cardboards (plus download code for digital album). Find out more pictures here
Ushi014 Various Artists – Black Glove Mania CD in wooden box 29€
Urashima started releasing ten years ago a series of six Richard Ramirez (solo and with partner) ‘s HNW amazing projects devoted to Giallo movies on seven inches printed on black vinyl in a deluxe silver silkscreen on black cardboard sleeve, limited to twenty hand numbered copies and focused on dense static wall noise.
The projects involved was A Lizard In A Woman's Skin, Last Rape, Werewolf Jerusalem, An Innocent Young Throat-Cutter, Vice Wears Black Hose and Four Flies. Now reissued on CD, that include also Death Laid An egg, Death Carries a Cane and Interrabang, planned for the series and never released, in yellow (Giallo) wooden box with hand numbered cardboard in 99 copies, postcard, double side A3 poster and pins.
These eighteen tracks (two for each project) are deeply surprizing examples of the HNW at it’s most extreme! Find out more pictures here
Ushi015 The Gegogerigegege – 不安な演奏 10CD in wooden box 99€
Absolute backers of sound research that goes beyond the restrictions of the obvious and the frivolous are certainly The Gerogerigegege, a bizarre musical project born in 1985 in Shinjuku, one of the largest and most populated neighbourhoods in Tokyo, known for its gay community active since the 60s, led by the mysterious figure of the musician and composer Juntaro Yamanouchi.
The band's first live performances in the gay BDSM clubs of Shinjuku began at the end of 1986, but already in 1985, a first EP was circulating in the Tokyo shops: six tracks recorded in very low quality on a TDK C-30 cassette released on ZSF Produkt, the legendary Masami Akita label. To carry on the project and his very personal musical vision Juntaro creates his record label Vis A Vis Audio Arts which in 1987 licensed the first album Senzuri Champion. The vinyl shows a first real approach to the key elements of the sounds that have made the band famous and that slowly begin to take shape in the album tracks, where the explicit moans and sounds of masturbation are perfectly audible, accompanied by a drum rhythm and various tools not always definable. Then in 1988 here comes the legendary Showa album. This is not simply a record, but a work that mixes sacred and profane, proposing the recording in two long tracks of a squeeze between a man and a woman enclosed in the notes of Kimigayo, the Japanese national anthem in one of the most extreme examples of musical satire of all time. This collection of ten CDs follows the same non-musical structure, but have a concept completely different from Showa. It is based on “Anxious Performace” novel and could be consider Juntaro's sound testament as represents his visceral passion for vice, depravity and onanistic acts.
"Ero-tapes were known here in Japan in the 1960s, you’ll understand if you listen to the contents of this box-set, but the recordings were probably copied and shaped from the 1960s to 1980s. This is a dead end record. I also would like you to feel that this atmosphere and the bad sound quality that continues to inspire The Gerogerigegege is definitely an aspect of the work" Juntaro Yamanouchi 2020
The soul of The Gerogerigegege returns to be felt stronger, more powerful and fascinating than ever, in this ten-CD collection that comes in black wooden box with laser engraving and closure with a numbered certificate in 300 copies, a folding with liner notes by Juntaro Yamanouchi and a pin. Find out more pictures here
News August 26, 2020: uma100 Various Artists - LISTEN & DIE! box 6LP
I found handful copies of this long playing box reissue from the legendary Slaughter Productions six cassette box set, "Listen And Die!" (SPT 100), from 1997! This rare collection of the Italian/American Power Electronics Massacre was limited to 100 copies, and featured contributions from (in order of appearance) Iugula-Thor, Sshe Retina Stimulants, Atrax Morgue, Murder Corporation, Diktat, Discordance, Surgical Stainless Steel, Taint, Deathpile, Slogun, Skin Crime and Bacillus: 4 hours And 36 minutes of violent entertainment!
Box comes in a deluxe silver silkscreen on black cardboard and include inside
: six records on 140 gr black vinyl with total black label and total black inner sleeve
: six deluxe cover Lp with different artwork for each title
: each single record inside box package in a clear plastic sleeve to protect from shelf wear and damage
: sixteen pages booklet in A5 size, perfect replica of original artwork
: two yellow sheets replica of cover tape box
: A4 sized insert with new credits in luxury 160 gr ivory paper
: two exclusive Marco Corbelli photographs from family archive
Strictly limited to 199 hand numbered copies with dedication to Marco!
Contact us to place an order. Find out audio extracts here
News August 24, 2020: uma146 Pain Jerk - Neurotten LP
When I received this cassette from Marco I was impressed and surprised for original packaging! But as soon as I listened to it I was disoriented by the sonic assault that hit my ears!
Under processing reissue on vinyl of this tape originally released in 80 numbered copies on Slaughter Productions and out this autumn. Thanks to Kohei for his trust and a special thanks to Nobuki for the superb work for DAT mastering with the original audio!
News August 21, 2020: uma143 Incapacitants LP
“ The word “incapacitant” is from military usage, meaning a material that renders the enemy incapable of response or action, short of lethal force. In actual fact, there are hardly any weapons like that, but what if sound could be used to that effect, I half thought. It also sounded good, and so that became the name, which I still use today. Recordings from that long ago date, like I said, were issued by Teichiku for the two disc set, but what is used here on the first side is something with a rather different feel. I used a field recording, a rarity for me, as the base point. On top of a tape recording of an evening soundscape, I’ve applied karaoke echo, and somehow it came out sounding something like “Broken Promise” from the first side of John Duncan’s album Organic, so I titled it “Fulfilled Promise.” The second side is a collection of smaller pieces. Listening to such artless performances and recordings is a bit embarrassing but, at the risk of flattering myself, I think it has some degree of interest. It’s from almost forty years ago, but I hope you’ll enjoy the very first recordings under the name Incapacitants. “ – Toshiji Mikawa
Under processing reissue on vinyl of this amazing and never released tape with extensive liner notes by Toshiji Mikawa in Japanese (with English translation too) and out this autumn. Big thanks to Toshiji for this wonderful opportunity and a special thanks to Kato David Hopkins for the precious English translation.
News August 19, 2020: uma144 Merzbow - Rainbow Electronics gatefold sleeve 2LP
Rainbow Electronics is Merzbow masterpiece transformed from about 21 hours tapes for 14 fragments raw material tapes were recorded between 1987 and 1990 and mixed at ZFS Produkt studio, Tokyo 27-28 August 1990. Originally released on legendary Alchemy Records as ARCD-017 in Good Alchemy Series. Masami sent to us remastered audio (at Munemi house, Tokyo, 4 December 2019) split into four parts to be released on double LP with gatefold sleeve. Under processing and out this autumn.
News August 17, 2020: Queen Sheets
" Looking at an imposing like Megan Miller's 'Untitled Form (Barrier)' and it's materials made me think that any sound made by the structure's movement of bricks against each other piled in a virtual sling of moving chiffon would be perfect for textural, abrasive sound source. After some discussion with Megan, it was decided that a new structure would be built for a collaboration with The Rita that embraced not themes of fetishism, but expanded utilitarian themes around the use of nylon; the stockings, tights and nylon that women wore to work, what our mother's wore for warmth, comfort, and most importantly the virtual make-up of the fabric, the inherent qualities it featured. " – Sam McKinlay
The consequence of the collaboration between the two artists has ensued in double vinyl titled Queen Sheets. Both records are impressive, inspired and near perfect examples of Mr. McKinlay brutal sonic talents. A must have item for HNW/Noise fans; but also a great entry point into the genre to see how one of the masters of the form performs. Last copies available! Contact us to place an order. Find out audio extracts here
News August 14, 2020: The Passion Of Rubbers
Masonna is one of our favorite artists and certainly the Japanese G.R.O.S.S. label, created in the early nineties by Akifumi Nakajima aka AUBE, was undoubtedly one of the best noise labels specialized in tape releases, with amazing and great design and very high audio quality. We are trying to make happen a new reissue of The Passion Of Rubbers on vinyl replicating the original packaging of the box relying on Akifumi original drawings. It may be one of the best work ever released by Urashima. We will never stop thanking Maso for his trust and friendship and a special thanks to Satoru for his invaluable help. Indeed the work would be completely dedicated to Akifumi!
News August 12, 2020: Atrax Morgue Fanzines
Marco Corbelli’s artistic journey began in the early 90’s. Under the pseudonym of Marco Rotula, he started to release a series of fanzines in A5 format. The first was The Pleasure Agony, followed by Sick and Murders. The aesthetics of these first fanzines were very sophisticated and the content deals with topics that will follow Marco throughout his artistic career: sadism, schizophrenia, insanity, murder, psychosis, necrophilia, diseases, and most importantly death. In 1993, heavily influenced by his obsessions, Marco Corbelli began his musical activities creating the Slaughter Productions label and the Atrax Morgue project. Greatly inspired by Italian Power Electronics act The Sodality, with their 1987 LP Beyond Unknown Pleasures and from projects as Whitehouse and Brighter Death Now, pioneers of a minimal, evil and visceral electronic, Atrax Morgue released his first tape In Search Of Death which will be followed by a series of amazing cassettes in the succeeding years. Under processing on vinyl with new master by Andrea Marutti: Black Slaughter, In Search of Death, Woundfucker, Sweetly, Homicidal and Sickness Report plus a new ultra limited reissue of Necro Box that include three synth album masterpiece as Necro-sintesi, Necrophiliac Experience and Basic Autopsy Procedure and lastly Close to a corpse box set. Find out pictures here
News August 10, 2020: Controlled Death reissue
Controlled Death is the synth project by the Japanese noise legend Masonna and Symphony for the Black Murder was its first official work released in April 2018 on Urashima as a vinyl edition of 199 copies which immediately sold out at source. The activities of Controlled Death are like an archaic revival to the music experience before Masonna. We can also find the pathology image of the early industrial period and the shadows of Vienna actionists such as Hermann Nitsch. The existence and art that pierce through conspicuous consciousness and dives to areas of unconsciousness due to death and pleasure, leaving the field to an electronic purulence of rare disconcerting power: a perfect Symphony for the Black Murder . Out soon a new cassette reissue coming as a 99 hand numbered copies in amazing wooden box includes a poster, hand numbered cardboard, adhesive and pin.
Contact us to place an order, for the full catalog with titles available or simply for a question.