#BAZUndergroundUpdates CLXXIII

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How about we make this short and sweet for once, eh?

So, let’s see what’s out there…

NE OBLIVISCARIS Now here is a giant bomb for you! While recording their new album during the pandemic, Ne Obliviscaris had the album Exul named one of the best albums of 2023 and this summer brought the album to stages all over Europe! Now celebrating their 20th anniversary, they are playing across their native Australia for the first time in four years and are also bringing The Ocean Collective and Rivers of Nihil along with them! In order to get a sneak peak on their live show you can check over here and watch the first part of Libera in their home city of Melbourne, and of course, if you find yourself actually in Australia you can head straight over here for your ticket to one of the four show tour, which starts in the beginning of September!

CRUCIAL BLAST The full digital discography, which includes 85 releases, has been made available over at Crucial Blast on Bandcamp for only $234.81USD, which is a whopping 50% discount! Find the collection right over here!

SUNN/BORIS Rejoice drone metal fans, for, Altar, the previously out of print collaborative album between Sunn O))) & Boris has been repressed on double vinyl. Get yourself a copy here.

TUMULATION Pure fucking filth and and destruction! Screams the bandcamp album page and who are we to argue? Haunted Funeral Creations appears to deliver exactly what it says on the tin and sometimes that’s just what the spirit needs. If that sounds like just your tonic, click here and grab a digital copy courtesy of Hammerheart Records. 

SUFFERING HOUR The fantastic extreme metal force Suffering Hour have made their excellent 2021 album The Cyclic Reckoning available again on a limited black vinyl pressing. Grab a copy here and if you don’t know the album already, well get yourself informed. You can also follow links to their collaboration with Malthusian, also available on a new vinyl pressing. Double dark, depressing joy!

Having to pay gigantic sums for international postage is a real gear grinder.

While it’s our default setting to link Bandcamp pages in the case of new and pre-releases, we thought it would be helpful to add some online stores that might provide a useful alternative.

So if you see a release you fancy, but it’s being sold in a far off land and you don’t want to fork out on exorbitant shipping, see if any of the links below can remedy the situation.

Dark Essence (Norway) Dark Essence (US)

Deathwish (EU) Deathwish (US)

Direct Merch (Australia)

eOne Heavy (EU) eOne Heavy (UK) eOne Heavy (US)

Ipecac (EU) Ipecac (US)

Metal Odyssey (EU) Metal Odyssey (US)

Napalm Records (Germany)

Prophecy Productions (Germany) Prophecy Productions (US)

Rough Trade (UK) Rough Trade (US)

Season of Mist (EU) Season of Mist (US)

Southern Lord (EU) Southern Lord (US)

Throne Records (World)

Transcending Obscurity (EU) Transcending Obscurity (US)

Although August might be kicking off snow, we have no doubt that one fall draws near things will pick up for sure. Until then keep those horns high!

By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman

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