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2018.08.29

OUT NOW! Bryan Lewis Saunders ‎– Near Death Experience CD / Old Captain

“The bastard son of William S. Burroughs, Antonin Artaud and Crispin Glover. Hilarious, awful, heartbreaking and brutally honest, his Stand Up Tragedy is some of the best shit I’ve heard in a decade” - Lydia Lunch. Bryan Lewis Saunders is a multi-media artist, poet, videographer, and performance artist from Tennessee mostly known for his disturbing monologues and somniloquies, a master of an outlandish universe of his spoken word. In 2006 he started his own label, Stand-Up Tragedy Records, and since 2007 has been performing in Contemporary Art Museums, Media Arts Schools, and at music festivals mainly in Western Europe. “Near Death Experience” is a 2010 recording, originally produced by Erratum as an LP release, that takes his twisted world and jams it into a 74-minute mindfuck. He channels his disturbance into his creativity, using visual art and musical performance as alternative ways to deal with recurring demons and mental health issues, conveying a message about the power of addiction. “For hundreds of years, artists have been putting themselves into representations of the world around them. I am doing the exact opposite. I put the world around me into representations of myself as I find this more true…” - B.L. Saunders. “Near Death Experience” is an extreme sound poetry collaboration with music from Joachim Montessuis, Marcelo Aguirre, Christopher Fleeger, Michael Peck, John Duncan, Spastic Dementia, Kaontrol Kontraos, Murmurists, and Tracy Lee Summers, from harsh noise to heavy drone, an impressive and immersive piece of contemporary art. Limited edition of 300 copies printed in a lavish, full-color glossy 4-panel digipak with a 20-page booklet with all the lyrics. First 50 copies come with an exclusive A3 folded poster.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/bryan-lewis-saunders-near-death-experience

2018.08.22

OUT NOW! Jääportit ‎– Kauan Koskematon / Halki Lumisen Metsän CD / Old Captain / Faust

Two cult recordings from 1998 / 99 of pure Nordic beauty for the first time on CD! Icy frostbitten portals of the early years are now once again open! Jääportit is a Finnish dark ambient / neoclassical project centered around Tuomas M. Mäkelä and has been active since 1997. ‘Halki lumisen metsän’ material is minimalist alike Mortiis, ranging from deep, cloud-like drones to almost oppressive militaristic percussion and harmonies, while ‘Kauan Koskematon’ is majestic yet mournful, a forever milestone in dungeon synth winter epic tradition of the 1990s’. Calm and tranquil yet bewitching and mesmerizing winter ambient. A 6-panel matte-laminated Digipak with original images including the front cover by Aslak Tolonen (Nest) limited to 300 copies. First 50 copies come with an exclusive front cover A3 folded poster.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/j-portit-kauan-koskematon-halki-lumisen-mets-n

2018.07.19

OUT NOW! Proscriptor ‎– The Venus Bellona CD / Old Captain / Faust

The occultic and atmospheric solo project of Proscriptor McGovern (of ABSU fame) smears an avant-garde style of Pagan music with 'The Venus Bellona' – an invigorating and magic(k)al listen to reveal 'the inner domains of immortality'. Awareness factor: the planet Venus is the sphere closest to the Earth and its longitude is based upon the actual epoch of time. With Venus' perihelion passage, it is known for a fabulous role as an adulate goddess in Greek mythology. Venus also represents the alchemic(k)al metal of copper, (the fourth "Dalkhu" of fire) whereas "Bellona", on the other hand, is the Latin term for "war goddess" to complete the bewilderment of the album title. Proscriptor comes to you with 'The Venus Bellona' – a collection of deathless fables gathered from a wide variety sources: from his ancestral attributions of Scottish heritage to superstitions and the Dominion folklore of Thoth. Handed down to his shadow from generation to generation, and once told in musky crofters’ cottages and draughty castles, these spellbinding tales of 'The Venus Bellona' will thrill and possess followers of all durations. Lightlessness of sound, which is sometimes motionless, is essential in occultic and atmospheric music. Recorded by Proscriptor McGovern in Texas (Autumn Equinox: 1995). First released by Cold Meat Industry's subsidiary label Cruel Moon International (1995). Re-mastered by Equitant in Texas (Summer Solstice: 2018). Reproduced by Old Captain's subsidiary label Faust (2018). Limited edition of 300 copies printed in a lavish, full-color glossy 4-panel digipak with an 12-page booklet. First 50 copies come with an exclusive front cover A3 folded poster, as the special edition version comes with a limited t-shirt press.

2018.07.19

OUT NOW! Equitant – The Circle Of Agurak CD / Old Captain / Faust

The first release on Faust, a dungeon synth sub-label of Old Captain. The first US dungeon synth recording back from 1993 by a great artist, Equitant, formerly a member of Absu. The album in fact features his former bandmates Proscriptor (flute) and Shaftiel (voice). A 10 track solo debut of a genuine occvlt tradition. Original demo tracks + unreleased tracks from 1993. Rarity. A limited CD edition in a 6-panel gloss-laminated Digipak. 300 copies. The special edition comes with two (black / white) T-Shirts and an exclusive front cover A3 folded poster.

2018.06.09

OUT NOW! Shinkiro – Archive: Volumes I - III 2CD / Old Captain

Shinkiro is a dark ambient project from Japan, formed in 2003 by Manabu Hiramoto who dwells in organic isolation full of pulsating drones and elegiac solaris ambiances. Based on the old recording sessions in 2003 - 2007 this release captures the darkest and most beautiful moments of Shinkiro’s music: low-key synth textures merged with rhythmic cadences and slight distortions gradually unfolding roaming melodies, magnetic and cold undercurrents, ethereal epiphanies and ever present longing for the unattainable abyss. Three early unreleased albums assembled for the first time together manifest thrilling, oneiric and existentialist nature of Shinkiro’s nature exposed in its dark and cinematic mosaic: Japanese voice samples blended with strained piano parts, machinery industrial noises, ominous drones, ritual percussion, hypnotic hardware pads leading to the event horizon. Dissolve in the myriad of mysterious emanations towards colossal eschatological pleroma. Recommended for those who follow Lustmord, Apoptose. Amazing music is accompanied with an exquisite layout executed by Mauro Berchi (Eibon Records) and produced as a 2CD edition in a 4-panel gloss-laminated Digipak limited to 250.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/shinkiro-archive-volumes-i-iii

2018.06.09

OUT NOW! Gerstein – Kiawaltz CD / Old Captain

“Kiawaltz” is commissioned and compiled by Old Captain to commemorate the early musical rituals composed by Maurizio Pustianaz, a famous Italian experimental artist known since 1984, and his project Gerstein, whose first recordings featured on this compilation represent solo melancholic piano ballads, experimental harsh sounds, synth-guitar powerful extravaganza within post-industrial style. These rare materials were obtained from the original 1986/89 tape releases issued 30 years ago by such labels as Misty Circles, Infektion Prod., Minus Habens Records, Broken Flag, Bekko Bunsen and Slaughter Productions. File alongside Psychic TV, Ain Soph. The layout is made by Mauro Berchi (Eibon Records) and the CD comes in a 4-panel gloss-laminated Digipak limited to 250.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/gerstein-kiawaltz

2018.06.01

Old Captain's sub-label Faust

Faust is a dungeon synth sub-label of Old Captain launched in May 2018 specialized in resurrecting obscure pearls of 1990's.
"A cold wind blows the last of the dried leaves from the branches above. The fading light of the setting sun reveals a fissure in the sheer rock wall ahead. Entering the cavern, the dancing light of your torch reveals a staircase hewn from stone, descending into darkness. As you begin your descent, you hear faint melodies echoing from some unseen chamber. Unwilling to turn back, you continue into the depths, the darkness surrounding you. You walk along a seemingly endless corridor, searching for the source of the music. You couldn’t find your way out now, even if you wanted to. The dungeon has claimed you as its own. Dungeon Synth is the perfect soundtrack for this kind of escapist fantasy."

2018.05.20

OUT NOW! Coph Nia ‎– The Tree of Life and Death 3CD (OCCD39) / Old Captain

Recorded almost two decades ago this obscure compendium by Aldenon Satorial for years remained a secret now regained to enlighten the pilgrims’ progress. ‘A Collection of Dead Drones and Aborted Soundscapes’ as a subtitle for the album, sums up a gateway to the darker realms reflecting the inherent duality of being. From mortal sins to immortality the symbolic circle made of branches and roots encapsulates us to provide ancient esoteric vitality Coph Nia is famous for. Discover your Verus Pastor at the base of the tree where ‘Everything Is True’. A 3CD set (25 tracks / 225 minutes) in a 6-panel matte-laminated Digipak in edition of 250 copies. The special edition comes with a T-Shirt.

2018.05.20

OUT NOW! No Festival Of Light – Divide Et Impera 2CD (OCCD38 / NOF105) / Old Captain / Eibon Records

No Festival Of Light is the best kept secret in the annals of dark industrial Swedish tradition. For decades Fredrik Bergström’s guilty pleasure lingered at the backyard of the world to sporadically cast a shadow of minimalist ritualism and evaporate in enchanted air again. An unorthodox approach and such deceptively simple music itself stirs all the senses to trigger morbid addiction, affection and unconscious share in blasphemous conspiracy. The 2CD set manifests rhythmic and ambient mind-numbing versatility of the project ranging from the debut “Divide Et Impera” (1994) mixed by Jouni Havukainen / In Slaughter Natives, to cryptic “Tape 1” (1996) originally released by Slaughter Productions, to various arcane compilation tracks featured on labels like Abyss, Slaughter, Thaglasz, Art Concept, to rare unreleased two live sets in Belgium and the USA in 1998/99. “Within the pleasures of the flesh, rests the Salvation of the human spirit”. For the lovers of early Cold Meat Industry and Slaughter Productions era, projects like Morthound, Ordo Equilibrio or Kranivm. A 2CD edition in a 4-panel gloss-laminated Digipak in edition of 300 copies. Co-released with Eibon Records. The special edition comes with a T-Shirt.

2018.05.12

OUT NOW! Coph Nia ‎– The Tree of Life and Death T-Shirt / Old Captain

A 100% cotton T-Shirt. Silk-screened. Limited edition. Sizes M, L, XL, XXL available. Fruit of the Loom TS. Black.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/coph-nia-the-tree-of-life-and-death

2018.05.06

OUT NOW! No Festival of Light ‎– Divide et Impera T-Shirt / Old Captain

A 100% cotton T-Shirt. Silk-screened. Limited edition. Sizes M, L, XL, XXL available. Fruit of the Loom TS. Black.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/merch/no-festival-of-light-divide-et-impera-t-shirt

2018.03.29

OUT NOW! Merzbow ‎– Exoking CD / Old Captain

Merzbow 'Exoking' record is a rare allegedly lost tape from obscure 1990's. Unknown Mix (40:58). Recording: Unknown (1990s). Sources: Unknown. Mixed and mastered from original 4ch Cassette Master Tape at Munemihouse, Tokyo on March 2018 by Masami Akita. Released as a 4-panel matte-laminated Digipak in edition of 300 copies.

2018.03.15

OUT NOW! First Human Ferro ‎– Ephemeron

"Ephemeron" is an unreleased album by FHF сomposed by Olegh Kolyada in 2005-2008. Due to its evanescent nature it destined to be in the shadow for a decade till 2018. The only known track from this archival Panoptikvm series was 'Sacral Sin' featured on a famous compilation "Sacral Symphony" by EE Tapes in 2008 (with 1000schoen, Troum, Cisfinitum and Rapoon). 8 tracks in low-key, minimal and nostalghic dissonance. Cover image is courtesy of Mauro Berchi.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/first-human-ferro-ephemeron

2018.02.25

OUT NOW! Koufar ‎– Phoenicianism CD / Old Captain

"Phoenicianism is an attempt to put on display the further identity crisis that many of the Lebanese face. Whether its over there, or here in America the confusion reigns supreme. Arab or Phoenician? Western or Eastern? Christian or Muslim? Identity often dictates politics, but with the Lebanese that is not consistent. Historically the only thing consistent is instability. An instability creating frictions that slowly grind against one another until the only eastern answer is reached, violence. Caught between Eastern values and Western luxuries.This album attempts to reflect all of this, while mixing in the artists own personal experiences of living a life of dualism. Misbaha beads or "Worry" beads? Christ or Shams? Allah or Mawt? Walk the edge of the boxcutters razor and make your offering." Remastered and accompanied with an exclusive material the CD is released in a full-colour matte-laminated 6-panel Digipak in edition of 300 copies. The special edition comes with a T-Shirt.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/koufar-phoenicianism

2017.11.17

OUT NOW! Caroline K ‎– Now Wait For Last Year CD / Old Captain

Old Captain re-releases a masterpiece of experimental electronic music commemorating 30 years since its first release in 1987! "She was unique. Had a bad time in her childhood, her later years were never comfortable. But somehow she got an intensity, feeling of direction. Anything she didn't know, she just learnt it. Awful history in the countryside, then in London, carrying the banner against injustices. I was in the studio many times with her, the single mindedness. Brilliant technician. Long time before sampling took hold, Caroline had 4-track loops, proper innovation. A bit insecure, had to be in a band (natural for the period) to begin, but when she got on her own, I honestly think her material is up with the best classical musicians, with rock'n'roll - just listen."- by Danny Ayers, Nocturnal Emission, husband of Caroline K. Limited to 300 copies in a 4-panel matte-laminated black & white Digipak.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/caroline-k-now-wait-for-last-year

2017.08.29

OUT NOW! Chöd ‎– Bardo Thodol 2CD / Old Captain

The Tibetan word "Chöd" means "to cut off' or "to slay", represented in icons by the victory banner and ritual knife. In Chöd, an adept symbolically offers the flesh of their body in a form of a tantric feast. The skin of the practitioner's body represents surface reality or maya: it is cut from bones, the true reality of the mindstream. The similarities between the Chöd ritual and the prototypical initiation of a shaman are obvious, although there is an essential difference between the two: the shaman's initiation is involuntary, whilst a Chod(pa) chooses to undertake the ritual death of a Chod ceremony as a will. Traditionally, Chöd is regarded as challenging, potentially dangerous and inappropriate practice for meditating practitioners. An external Chöd is to wander in fearful places where there are deities and demons, whereas an internal Chöd offers one's own body as food to the deities and demons: the Ultimate Chöd is to realize the true nature of the mind and cut through ignorance. Enter the charnel fields of the obscure monk of the Chöd project to witness the offering of a corpse to the vultures of the tradition that inspires terror. The object of ignorance, the root of samsara, which is holding the "I" as truly existent must be killed as the inner enemy, delusions, and the way of the dharma practice: to achieve liberation, ultimate happiness, cessation of all the sufferings, rebirth and death. Pure occult Evropean tradition in flesh and bones to hurt you. Filed alongside Zero Kama or Ain Soph. Raw, elemental, primordial 22 tracks / 100 minutes of the original ritual retrieved from 1996-1999 DAT-tapes. The layout is executed by Mauro Berchi (Eibon Records). A 300 2CD edition of Chöd's legacy in a 4-panel matte-laminated Digipak.

Bandcamp: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/ch-d-bardo-thodol

2017.06.29

OUT NOW! Lasse Marhaug – White Inferno CD (co-released with Narcolepsia)

During a hellish blizzard in the winter of 1996 Norwegian noise artist Lasse Marhaug locks himself up in his home studio in Trondheim and records the harshest noise of his life. Marhaug's attempt to obliterate the arctic climate with total sonic destruction fails, but the recorded onslaught results in the "White Inferno" cassette, released on Macronympha's Mother Savage Noise Productions label. The material reflects Marhaug's modus operandi at the time: dense analogue tape overload, and could be seen as a more bloody-minded sister-release to his better known "Science Fiction Room Service" album of the same year. Fast forward 21 years and Ukrainian Old Captain Records ask Marhaug to dig out the original master tapes from his mouldy archives and remaster it for a CD release. In the process an obscure piece recorded at the same sessions surfaces, previously issued on an Ecuadorian compilation cassette, but included here as a bonus. So if you wanted to know what Norwegian noise music sounded like 20+ years ago, here it is: "White Inferno", remastered from the original DAT-master tapes to maximum volume for a new generation of music fans to endure and enjoy. Co-produced with Portuguese finest label, Narcolepsia. 300 copies in a 6-panel Digipak.

2017.06.07

OUT NOW! Svartsinn – Collected Obscurities CD (co-released with Cyclic Law)

“Collected Obscurities” is a collection of tracks from various compilations and also gathers unique collaboration works with Northaunt, Allseits, Psychomanteum and Gydja. These were released between 2002 and 2012 and many have now been unavailable for a long time. Also included is an early alternate version of “September Dirge” from the “Elegies For The End” album. Obscure and oppressive is the world of Svartsinn, explore this special selection of some of the finest Dark Ambient soundscapes released in the past decade. Prosper In Darkness…Edition of 500 copies in a 4-panel clear spot UV on black Digipak. Co-released by Old Captain and Cyclic Law.

2017.05.16

OUT NOW! Vladimir Hirsch – Scripta Soli CD / Old Captain

Scripta Soli (“The writings of the earth”) is a thematic contemplation triggered by a great Czech artist in the form of a fictive experience during an apocalyptic war catastrophe, perceived by a person imprisoned in the bunker. Epically dramatized, it consists of 12 figurative parts to strip moral vacuum accumulated by memories, fears, visions and expectations of the inevitable, like echoes from the devastated core, sonically interpreted by the ground and aborted on the surface. Vladimir Hirsch offers expressionist sharpness and contrast to gouge out the focal sound from the background cacophonous substance to evoke stark and haunting imagery behind. Proving his expertise and repertoire he renders field recordings, electroacoustic and digital techniques through his typical metamorphic musicalization of primarily non-musical elements realizing the shrill, dynamic realities of the inner conflict: the titular sonic earth eventually turns into a grave. Limited to 300 copies in a full-colour matte-laminated Digipak.

2017.04.16

OUT NOW! Vidna Obmana – The Face That Must Die CD / Old Captain

Vidna Obmana is a pseudonym used by Belgian artist Dirk Serries. He has been one of the most significant names in the ambient scene for more than three decades, releasing over more than 50 solo albums and numerous collaborations. Apart from his main ambient colleagues, Vidna Obmana originates from the industrial cassette network scene in early eighties. ‘The Face That Must Die’ was recorded when Vidna Obmana was slowly transforming into his trademark ambient signature. In-between the noise outbursts and his melancholic ambient music Vidna Obmana produced a few albums which are industrial-oriented but more of an orchestral and percussion nature, in the vein of Autopsia. With turntables, shortwave radio, voice and synths Vidna Obmana recorded one of his most underrated albums full of tribalesque, doom-risen and dark ambient atmosphere. Originally released in a limited run on Vidna Obmana’s own Mechanical Orchestration Music and almost around the same time issued by Trev Ward’s The Order Ov Wolves, who also narrates the opening track, this is verily an indisputable masterpiece accompanied with four rare vinyl tracks from the same obscure era to turn the edition into a true collector’s precious document. Limited to 300 copies in a 4-panel matte-laminated black & white Digipak.

CD: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/vidna-obmana-the-face-that-must-die
T-Shirt: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/merch/vidna-obmana-the-face-that-must-die
T-Shirt + CD set: https://oldcaptain.bandcamp.com/merch/vidna-obmana-the-face-that-must-die-ts-cd-set