Monday, December 30, 2013

About pay-what-you-want

Just a very quick statement for clarification.

All of my releases will, eventually (when i get around to it), be pay what you want via Bandcamp (currently, who knows what the future of music streaming will be?).

I say eventually for two reasons.

  1. Not everything is actually up there
  2. Not everything will be immediately pay what you want from now on
About point 2, i figure that either a month, or when the release is sold out - whichever happens first - is a fair time to wait before you can pay nothing if you want, and you can pay nothing, i really don't care. 

A month is not long to wait, if you want it ASAP it's not going to be expensive.

Regarding pay what you want, my suggestion is pay a minimum of $2 or don't pay anything; less than $2 and you're mostly giving PayPal and Bandcamp a donation and PayPal certainly don't need it.

And for those who might like to know where their money is going (for our tapes and digital sales), this band is as self-sufficient as possible, we only record ourselves and we releases everything ourselves on cassette before it is re-released on vinyl by another label. We consider all releases not on Survivalist to be re-issues or licensed, this is why we do not consistently release music on the same label/s and never will.

So far money from all digital sales has gone back into buying things like microphones and upgrading recording equipment. I do everything on my own, mostly at home, the only part i don't have a hand in is the mastering.

Money from tapes/ merch goes to similar things, and occasionally gets us a night in a fancy beer emporium entirely on the band's dime or a meal on tour/ after a show.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Failures/ Romance

Earlier this year Column of Heaven quietly released two tapes. We didn't announce them for three main reasons:
  1. I don't do mail order, endless "where can i buy...?" e mails don't thrill me.
  2. We wanted to force people to buy from Analog Worship, Iron Lung Records, and Absurd Exposition and to pay attention to their distros more.
  3. They were short run experiments on cassette (Failures 150, Romance 100), and not meant to be held to the same standard as our more widely available releases.
Up until now they weren't going to go online for reason number 3; in the internet age everything is levelled and rehearsal tapes become weighted as the same as albums. But thanks to inevitable uploaders here they are, if you're going to listen to it it may as well be a direct copy and not some terrible rip.

One track from Romance was on bandcamp for about ten minutes, if you downloaded that, be aware that one reason it was pulled was because i made significant changes to it.

The material on both cassettes was culled from  the hours of discarded demos, experiments, audio sigils, unused versions of material that ended up elsewhere, rehearsals, bad ideas, broken equipment, broken thinking, and trans-dimensional communications that i have sitting around on my hard drive.

Art work for both was by the horribly talented Chelsea Watt

If it's important to you then the order of listening goes: Failures, Holy Things 7", Romance. The three releases form a somewhat related narrative, mostly related in my own brain and chaotic stabs at a personalised magickal practices and represent a chapter that has been firmly closed forever. There's some vague information about it all here

Expect advance peeks into the Column of Heaven side of the Suffering Luna split LP and the debut Wolves of Heaven LP, Unconditional, within the next few weeks. Both records will be out at the end of the winter.

Sunday, December 22, 2013


The much delayed Radioactive Vomit split is out now, Analog Worship has them for North America, Feast of Tentacles for Europe, if you're somewhere else in the world pick your king.

I think it might have been out a while, but i just received our band copies so here's my announcement post now.

One of our two songs has been on bandcamp for about a year, i'll upload the other one some time before the end of the year. Finishing up the next Column of Heaven release and the debut Wolves of Heaven release -- more on info on both of those around April time i guess -- has been taking most of my mental energy of late, so sitting about waiting for a file to upload to bandcamp hasn't been my priority.

Our two songs are about the short-reigning, sun-worshipping, sexually "interesting", gender fluid, teenage, Roman emperor Heliogabalus/ Elagabalus.

There's a lot of utter crap out there on the subject, particularly the book Divine Carnage which is possibly the single most spurious nonsense i've ever read (and i have read a lot of spurious nonsense).

It's hard to really get a good sense of what was going on with Heliogabalus, particularly as he was assassinated and undoubtedly rewritten as far more deranged than he actually was, but his continued legacy is in his after-life as a figurehead of decadence, amorality, apostasy, and anti-nomianism.

Our good friends Radioactive Vomit offer up two litanies to filth and garbage on the other side, and are one of the few contemporary "bestial" bands that we as a band can all agree on as having merit. That scene has basically become to the world of metal what power violence has been in hardcore for a long time, ie full of half baked, musically bankrupt, dim-wits releasing sub-par music under the guise of unquestionable authenticity.

Ouroborus endlessly consumes its own tail and complains it has shit in its mouth.