THE EPICUREAN




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V/A “ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED - THE SONIC WORLDS OF JOHN MURPHY, A COMPILATION AND TRIBUTE” linie

“All My Sins Remembered” is a tribute to Australian musician John Murphy, who died on the 11th of October 2015, and at the same time a charity project with all proceeds from the sales going to his widow.

John Murphy was an inveterate collaborator, contributing to the most high-profile bands of the industrial scene, not only because he was such a versatile musician of immense talent, but also because he was such a great collaborator. His warm-heartedness was the basis of decade-spanning relationships with prestigious musicians; his perfection and reliability in both composition and preparing performances was common knowledge; as a session drummer he would fit in organically with the bands that employed him. As a result, a large number of musicians agreed happily and instantly to become a part of this project.

With an enormous effort and the help of many friends we have put together this compilation, featuring the vast majority of the projects John Murphy was involved with – whether as a solo musician, contributor, full band member or session musician. Carefully curated and compiled, it follows the chronology of his career, starting with his high school band MANDRIX and following through all the way to his last studio recordings with LAST DOMINION LOST.

A major part of this compilation are tracks featuring John himself, a treasure of yet unreleased recordings with ASSOCIATES, SHINING VRIL, KRANG, KRANK, BROWNING MUMMERY, KNIFELADDER, SOOTERKIN FLESH, BLOOD AND IRON, WERTHAM, FORESTA DI FERRO and GERECHTIGKEITS LIGA, as well as rare collaborative tracks with LUSTMORD, NEWS, WHIRLYWIRLD, HUGO KLANG, MAA, ORCHESTRA OF SKIN AND BONE, SLUB, DUMB AND THE UGLY, VHRIL, BORDEL MILITAIRE and THE WALKING KORPSES. John Murphy’s performances can also be heard on exclusive live recordings of BLOOD AXIS, SPK, WHITEHOUSE, NAEVUS, NIKOLAS SCHRECK, MY FATHER OF SERPENTS & DISCIPLES OF NONE and MANDRIX, while newly recorded personal dedications (partially making use of John Murphy recordings) come from OF THE WAND AND THE MOON, DIE WEISSE ROSE, GENOCIDE ORGAN, ANDREW KING and DAVID E. WILLIAMS. Last but not least there are his last live and studio recordings from March & May 2015 with THE GRIMSEL PATH, ZEENA SCHRECK and his last main band LAST DOMINION LOST.

This box set is limited to 750 copies and comes in a beautiful design by The Epicurean: Lavish black cardboard folder with full colour & gold print, containing three CDs housed in cardboard sleeves and an extensive 32-page booklet with texts by The Epicurean, Andrew King, Alan Bamford and Jon Evans, allowing for detailed insight in the three distinct periods of John Murphy’s musical career, as well as publishing unreleased photographs from his friends’ archives.

The Epicurean . cure.10
Format: 3 CD set & 32-page booklet
Release date: 6 June 20156
Conception & compilation: The Epicurean
Audio mastering: Hunter Barr
Essays: The Epicurean, Andrew King, Alan Bamford, Jon Evans
Packaging design & graphic design: The Epicurean
Photography: The Epicurean (John Murphy‘s jewelry), Zeena Schreck
(Booklet cover: John Murphy, Berlin, September 2014)



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ANEMONE TUBE
“IN THE VORTEX OF DIONYSIAN REALITY” linie

Extending the musical content and conceptual notions of the “Suicide Series” and the forthcoming “Golden Temple” album (early 2016, Raubbau), The Epciurean is delighted to offer an EP with brand new material, featuring the helping hands of Russian dark ambient artist Post Scriptvm on one track. Related to Nietzsche`s notion of the Wagerian music drama as a revelation of the abysmal truth about man, “In The Vortex of Dionysian Reality” allures us into the Dionysian dreamland, where tragedy reigns, in pursuit of the ultimate oneness. 

With its washes of noise and layers of piercing high frequency feedback on a subbase of wavering synths, “In The Vortex of Dionysian Reality” is a maelstrom of sound generating a hallucinatory reality. The atmosphere oscillates between aggravating frenzy and the archaic and the sacral, serving the mythical experience of music in a realm where all other means of communication have failed and music figures as the primordial language.

Black chrome C-41 tape with golden silk-screen print. Beautiful duplex gold/black printed cover, 300g natural pape, includes download code. Limited edition of 150 copies, hand numbered.

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Format: C-41 cassette & file download
Release date: 21. October 2015
Artwork, typography and design: The Epicurean
Playtime: 19:49 min (repeats on both sides)

1 In The Vortex of Dionysian Reality I - Le Pont Du Diable
2 Turm des Bösen (Die letzte Weisheit)
3 Terror Of Nature
4 In The Vortex of Dionysian Reality II
5 Evangelium Der Weltharmonie


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LAST DOMINION LOST
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“Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden” is a 2011 live recording of industrial veterans Last Dominion Lost with all exclusive, unreleased tracks. Active since 1992, Last Dominion Lost feature Jon Evans, John Murphy (Shining Vril, Krank, Ex-SPK/Whitehouse/Current 93) and Julian Percy. Through their pedigree, Last Dominion Lost are considered to justifiably carry the legacy of the legend that is SPK - and that’s also by their sound, as they stand for an undiluted brand of industrial music, combining shuddering analogue sounds, clanging metal rhythms and feedback with ritual percussion & chants. On “Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden” the main focus lies on the hypnotic, ritual and mental aspects of music, with an omnipresent metallic percussive backbone. It comes as no surprise to find the group reveling in dark subject matter like psychopathology, debasement and religious deviation, to which they manage to deliver an authentic soundtrack.

The LP is congruously accompanied by authentic photographs of the infamous Victorian era Lunatic Asylums in Kew and Beechworth, Australia. Last Dominion Lost take an ethically moved stance, commemorating the fact that from its beginnings as a penal colony, the majority of the early white Australians were drawn from the classes of the poor, dispossessed and desperate, long known as factors that encourage depression, alcoholism and psychological ill-being. The process of transportation was attended by squalor, disease and rape. These damaged individuals were then thrust into a harsh and alien environment, housed in circumstances worse than a modern refugee camp, and expected to build their own prisons – circumstances that effectively made mental illness was one of the colony's very first imports. From there the dismal history of mental hospitals took its course, evolving from incarceration over therapeutic occupation to, ultimately, medication. It is the practice of oppressing those who cannot “conform” to the norms imposed by the system, the root cause of the underlying aggression with which the Australian general public treated each other, and still continue to do.

This live album has been recorded at Kalyug Festival, Berlin in 2011 and is perfectly mastered by James Plotkin, providing the album a sharp, forceful & modern sound. Thus “Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden” can be considered the missing link between the grainy, demo-type 1990s recordings that became “The Tyranny of Distance” (Tesco, 2004) and the enthusiastically received “Towers Of Silence” album (The Epicurean / silken tofu, 2014), which displayed a very contemporary, indicatory approach at that classic industrial sound.

Beautifully duplex black/gold printed cover, 300g natural paper, postcard, 140g black vynil, black disco bag in transparent high quality sleeve with flap, includes download code. Limited edition of 253 copies, hand numbered. First 50 copies come with small postcard.

The Epicurean . cure.8
Format: 12" LP & file download
Release date: 21. October 2015
Artwork, typography and design: The Epicurean
Playtime: 37:42 min

1 Shell in the Chamber
2 Junk DNA
3 Wolfsquinte
4 Speed Racer
5 Erbkrank
6 Ritual in the Dark
7 Abjection
8 Perdue


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POST SCRIPTVM
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Seance is a retrospective of over a decade of concert performances by Post Scriptvm. This selection of 8 tracks, recorded at various locations, from 2003 through 2014, was carefully compiled to be listened to as a monolithic body of work, capturing the full spectrum of mind states and atmospheres conjured by PS – from the death-ambient claustrophobia of "Corners" and "Etherized Erosion", the hypnotizing analog textures of "Tarantula Pattern" and "The Binding", to the violent power electronics of "Exacerbation" and "Upon Decadent Scum".

Seance contains new, live versions of the tracks off every full-length studio album released by the project to date, making it an overview of Post Scriptvm’s‚ career, or a "Best of", presented live in concert. Mastered at the Trepan Studios, Brooklyn, NY, USA, April 2015.

Beautifully duplex black/gold printed cover, 300g natural paper, postcard, 140g black vynil, black disco bag in transparent high quality sleeve with flap, includes download code. Limited edition of 193 copies, hand numbered, first 50 copies come with stitched patch with PS symbol, small postcard and hand numbered special edition card.

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Format: 12" LP & file download
Release date: 21 October 2015
Artwork: Post Scriptvm
Typography and design: The Epicurean
Playtime: 39:06 Minutes

1 Tarantula Pattern
2 Upon Decadent Scum
3 Etherized Erosion
4 Ruins of Men
5 The Binding
6 Abortion of Memory
7 Corners
8 Exacerberation


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KRANK / THE GRIMSEL PATH
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KRANK, formerly also known as KRAANG in various spellings, is one of the main projects of prolific Australian drummer John Murphy (Shining Vril, Knifeladder, Last Dominion Lost, Ex-SPK). While doing percussion for a large number of bands on a regular basis, Murphy revives KRANK only in longer intervals, and shows up with a rare number of gigs and recordings. On this tape, which is the first official release by KRANK since the debut album “Chaos“ (Dark Vinyl, 1991), he shows that he is far more than just a percussionist, but also a virtuous sound manipulator and a master of sonic chaos. “NAOS Number 1”, which was recorded and produced together with Gerechtigkeits Liga`s Till Brüggemann in 2007 and 2012, is a twenty minute collage of abrasive noise particles, creepy voices and deranged fragments of percussion. In carefully chosen moments, the piece gives room to little islands of harmony, but at the same time avoids anything, that comes even close to a flow.

With their new project THE GRIMSEL PATH John Murphy and Jon Evans (Last Dominion Lost) team up again to further fathom their industrial roots. In the six fragmented tracks which were recorded live in Berlin 2012 a lot of sounds and structures echo the chaotic vortex of the longer KRANK piece – sampled sounds of dubious industrial origines, rudimentary beat particles, haunting voices and not at least a dark fatalistic atmosphere. Yet there is a subtle kind of order in every track, which makes this sonic journey more scenic and less unpredictable.

Label: The Epicurean
Release date: 22nd of August 2014
Artwork: Kristian Olsson
Design: The Epicurean
Limited edition: 100 copies
Packaging: Pro-dublicated transparent tape with silver silk screen print and 4-color cover, includes an individual download code

KRANK (Side A)
1. NAOS Number 1 20:00

THE GRIMSEL PATH (Side B)
1. Deviation 2:42
2. Scorched Earth 4:07
3. Hair Soap Candles 4:21
4. Run Please Master 3:11
5. Sideshow Of The Soul 3:14
6. End of Transmission 4:51



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LAST DOMINION LOST
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In Mumbai there are a number of brick towers, into which the Parsi people of India throw their dead ones, bound for their final journey up to heaven inside the vulture's bellies. This habit of sky burial derives from the Zoroastrian cult of Ancient Iran, where heaven was imagined as a very physical place. The towers, which remind of archaic silos, are called Dakhma or in English Towers of Silence.

The Australian unit LAST DOMINION LOST, originally founded in 1992 by Dominik Guerin (SPK) and Jon Evans, leave it to the listeners to guess where “Towers of Silence”, the allegorical title of their new album, really refers to – the fatal nature of physical life? The awkward edges between biological mortality and the idea of an eternal afterlife? The dreadful content which you may find inside what people built up? It's all open. One thing that LAST DOMINION LOST clearly show is how loud and infernal the silence of ending can be imagined. Screams of rage and anxiety intermingle with the shoutings of warriors – if the latter is not rather the croaking of vultures, which gather around corpses – until all is buried under an avalanche of infernal noise.

More than 20 years after the recordings for their debut album “The Tyranny of Distance” (Tesco, 2004), LAST DOMINION LOST come up with brand-new material recorded between 2012 and 2014, brilliantly mastered by James Plotkin in June 2014. Besides the core band members Jon Evans, John Murphy (Krank, Knifeladder, Shining Vril, Ex-SPK) and Julian Percy (Ratbag), “Towers of Silence” includes guest contributions by Ash Wednesday (Ex-Einstürzende Neubauten), Till Brüggemann (Gerechtigkeits Liga) and Annie Stubbs among others.

Label: The Epicurean (D), Silken Tofu (BE)
Release date: 22nd of August 2014
Mastering: James Plotkin
Design: The Epicurean
Playtime: 42:41 minutes
LP: 140g Black vinyl, High quality 400g cover sleeve, A4 inlay and black inner sleeves, Limited edition of 300 copies
CD: 4-page booklet and traycard in jewel case, Limited edition of 300 copies

1 Stagma
2 Sektor F
3 S.E.A.T.O.
4 Caesium Sunrise
5 Kavum
6 Hexatom
7 Chlorpromazine
8 Chöd Ritual
9 Minol
10 Towers Of Silence



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CON-DOM
“WE WHO WERE LIVING ARE NOW DYING”
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Super 8 short films and experimental movies of Mike Dando/CON-DOM, who has operated in the multimedia domains incorporating sound, film and performance since his early years. Dando confronts the audience in extreme ways, touching on taboo subjects suppressed or reduced to primitive stereotypes by the mass media of today. With a devastating barrage of noise he traces the unconscious religious subtext of modern mass society, cross-fades religious and political (border) phenomena and relates them with violent and pathological aspects. In the six short films, created in the 1980s to early 1990s and finally digitally restored in 2013, daily routine scenes are juxtaposed with grainy photos of criminals, dictators and clerics and book pages bearing crude, racist interpretations of Scripture, filmed line by line.

Label: The Epicurean (D), Silken Tofu (BE) & Peripheral Records (UK)
Editing: Industrial Recollections
Graphic Design: The Epicurean
Playtime: 55 minutes
Limited edition: 222 copies
Packaging: DVD digi pack, High quality 400 chromolux paper, includes woven patch with Con-Dom logo

1 Impressions of a System 6:12
2 The Coming of Christ 13:35
3 Our Pleasure in the Pain/Vilification 8:42
4 All In Good Faith 1 14:18
5 All In Good Faith 2 (Get Right With God) 6:52
6 Hunger for Death 5:57

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