Stereogum with Catharsis PR are streaming the new Lake of Blood CS in it’s entirety. Until we make the stream available ourselves this is the only place online to hear the entire release.
Many comments, emails and reviews have noted the use of cassette tape format claiming it to be some stylistic choice. I’d like to discuss the economies of running a collective like Cult of Melancholia briefly. I am sure this applies to many of our peers.
This release took well over a year to record, mix and master as a collective. Rollie Ulug who has recorded every official Cult of Melancholia is also a member of our collective and a full time recording engineer. He has a career and cannot afford to record us for free and a lot of our records are recorded in the middle of the night or very early in the morning to fit into his busy schedule and allow him to graciously wait for payments that were often partial and mostly late. When Cult of Melancholia began we all knew we wanted to produce high quality recordings as a collective creating the music we wanted to hear.
During the course of recording the Lake of Blood release we also recorded two Public Confession releases (demo and 10“), Whip Hand demo CS and the Burnt Offerings compilation featuring new music from many of our newer projects all with the same high quality sound and attention to detail we try to put into every release. This is not a cheap process.
A brief list of costs associated with producing all this:
80-100 mile round trips to the studio each session. The gas and car repairs of doing that well over 120 days in the last 2 years.
Equipment repairs, rentals, upgrades, practice space rental,
Taking time off work for recording, shows, West Coast and Southwest excursions.
I could go on and on. The point is cassette tapes are a cheap, analog format that allows us to still showcase music we believe in and collaborate with artists to make packaging that brings justice to these tapes. We’ve ventured into lathe cut vinyl for the new Public Confession but we still did only, 33 copies because all the above facts listed are incredibly expensive to do on the budget of a DIY label financed by our real life paychecks and not the releases we will never recoup the cost of doing entirely ourselves.
If you enjoy our releases and wish to see to release new or re-release current tapes onto vinyl, CD, tape in the US or are in an international markets then contact us and we can begin a dialogue. Keep in mind that we are not interested in working entities who do not respect our desire for creative autonomy, do not intend to ever pay us for records sold, and wish to market us as something we are not. We know how to read a contract and have scraped by just fine without the support of anyone but longtime fans, friends, and the small DIY metal and punk sphere we inhabit here on the West Coast.
For new listeners and fans . Thank you for checking out our humble DIY operation. Please buy our releases and not just download them. If we sold 20‰ of the amount of downloads our releases in total have had we would be able release and distribute our releases on many formats in many countries and play in places far from Los Angeles. Even more new releases will be in our webstore this week. Thank you for your patience and stay tuned for some incredible new projects slated to debut on tape or vinyl in 2014 being recorded now.
Stream the new Public Confession 10” in its entirety over at Cvlt Nation.
Logo by THM. Artwork by SP. Written, recorded and released by Cult of Melancholia. Details of distros and websites to purchase this and other releases for our international friends coming soon. We haven’t forgotten about our loyal followers abroad and we thank you for your patience. We want to make sure you pay a fair price for shipping.
Public Confession’s Morbid Thoughts 10“ has arrived. Available for sale online later this week. Members of Lake of Blood, Doctorshopper, Whip Hand, and more. Expect a stream and more thorough look at the intricate packaging early next week. This edition is limited to 33 copies.
The 10”, Burnt Offerings compilation CS (featuring remastered Gravehammer, Public Confession, Lake of Blood tracks) and long awaited Lake of Blood CS will also be available for purchase at Cvlt Nation & Crash the Clubs show November 13th in Santa Monica featuring: The Body, Harassor, White Doves, Doses, and Public Confession.
Download this mixtape from cvltnation to hear a track from the soon to be available Omnipotens Tyrannus from Lake of Blood. Featuring contributions from Scott Miller[the collects] (Sutekh Hexen, Al Queda) & Jef Whitehead [wrest] (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice).
The compilation also includes material from Mania, Rhinocervs, & Bone Awl.
Omnipotens Tyrannus soon to be available from Cult of Melancholia.
Doctorshopper live @ Que Sera in Long Beach, CA.
Affordable Care Act.
Scripts & Chains (new song).