Saturday, June 14, 2014

ACT OF IMPALEMENT - Echoes of Wrath / Hyperborean Altar On MC

CALIGARI RECORDS is proud to release Echoes of Wrath and Hyperborean Altar, the 2014 and 2013 demo recordings from Nashville's promising death metal trio Act of Impalement. 

Act of Impalement play metal from the gut and it comes out raw. This is no frill doom death metal and that's clearly in display in both demos. In Echoes of Wrath the songs are dirty suckerpunchers formed with a type of qualitative songwriting that’s only audible after repeated spins. It's a grower that reveals itself slowly and painfully. 

And in Hyperborean Altar we get the best of their formative years. This is Act of Impalement’s first official EP and shows the band honing in on a stripped down style that’s free of ornaments and full of uncompromising flattening mid tempos that fearlessly swallow you whole and spit you out.

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Listen: http://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/i-echoes-of-war-ii-hyperborean-altar

Limited to 100 copies.

Pro Tapes & Pro Covers

This is the 13th release of CALIGARI Records.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

HEAVYDEATH - Demo II & III Out On Tape

CALIGARI RECORDS is proud to release the second and third demo recordings of Sweden's HEAVYDEATH. 

Continuing the thick pace and miasmic sound outlined on Demo I, these two new recordings march on at doomladen pace and once again project dark evocations that are at once; mysterious, spacey and of course, very heavy. 

Demo II and Demo III clock in at well over forty eight minutes and solidifies and perfects the idiosyncratic style explored by Jonah Backman and Nicklas Rudolfsson in their first recording. 

Limited to 100 copies. 

Pro Tapes & Pro Covers 

This is the 11th release of CALIGARI Records. 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

HEAVYDEATH - Demo I Out On Tape

HEAVYDEATH is a doom death metal duo formed by Johan Backman (Necrocurse, ex-Runemagick) and Nicklas Rudolfsson (Necrocurse, Rapid Terror, Runemagick, The Funeral Orchestra) and this is their first recording. 

Demo I was self-released in early 2014 in an initial tape run of 35 copies. Subsequently, Heavydeath released a second run of 30 copies. The recording was conceived as a four-track demo; an intro, two dense doom death metal tracks and an instrumental at the end. Heavydeath's sound is highly idiosyncratic; obscure and almost spacey. There is a strange and unique vibe to these songs and there is a melodic undercurrent that infects their music and seems to want to escape the conventionalities of the metal genre. 

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Limited to 100 copies 



Limited wholesale & trades 

Coming Soon On CALIGARI RECORDS: HEAVYDEATH Demo II & III

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SKELETHAL - Deathmanicvs Revelation Out On Tape

Following their auspicious Morbid Ovation demo from 2012, comes Deathmanicvs Revelation, SKELETHAL's seven track EP and a confirmation that this duo from Lille are true inheritors to the most putrid of sounds. 

Pro Tapes Pro Covers 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Coming Soon On CALIGARI RECORDS... HEAVYDEATH

Demo 1 was self-released on a first batch of 35 copies at the beginning of 2014. It has since become Sweden's best kept death doom metal secret. In less than a month, CALIGARI RECORDS will be reissuing this four-track recording plus a bonus song. All pro and limited to 100 copies.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

FUOCO FATUO - The Viper Slithers On the Ashes of What Remains Out On Tape

The Viper Slithers in the Ashes of What Remains is the first full-length of Italy's FUOCO FATUO, and it follows on the path of the band's two 2012 EP's. It is crushing doom once again, only now the trio from Varese has heightened its senses and has delivered a much darker and more intense work. Over the course of five songs and more than fifty two minutes of darkness, Fuoco Fatuo never relent and craft bleak, monolithic and ominous landscapes, the likes of which extreme music hardly ever witnesses anymore. Enjoy slowly and fully...

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Limited to 150 copies

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

DEMON HEAD - Demo 2014 Out Now On Tape

CALIGARI RECORDS is proud to release Demo 2014, the four-song recording by Copenhagen's doom rockers DEMON HEAD. This cassette includes improved and definite versions of the songs that were featured in last year's demo Chaos Island Rehearsal 2013.

Demo 2014 is limited to 100 copies and is pressed in pro-tapes and pro-covers with full lyrics.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Soon On CALIGARI RECORDS...DEMON HEAD

In less than a month CALIGARI Records will be releasing the first demo from Danish doom band DEMON HEAD. The four song recording captures the original essence of old school doom and skips entirely all the musical evolution that has taken place during the last three decades of music. DEMON HEAD like their rock stripped down, blues-based and soulful and their musical creation perfectly reflects that. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

RITUAL DECAY - The Conquering Darkness - Out Now On Tape

The Conquering Darkness is the first demo by Memphis' most blasphemous trio Ritual Decay. Comprised of five songs of grimy and nasty guitars, ear-battering drums and an obsessive and utterly demented vocal assault, The Conquering Darkness is black death metal as it was always meant to be; ugly, heavy and definitive. 

Released by Caligari Records On February 1st, 2014 and limited to 100 copies. Pro Tapes Pro Covers. Comes with sticker. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CALIGARI RECORDS - Interview With PEST Webzine

Since this interview gives a nice insight into what goes into the label I figured I might as well include it in the official website. Thanks to the fine folks of PEST Webzine. 

Please present your label, when and where was it started, who is involved in its activities and what genres are promoted by it.

My label is called Caligari Records and at the moment is focused on tapes only. Hopefully, in the not so distant future I’ll be able to release seven inches and 12 inches but that’s nowhere in sight at the moment since I am extremely busy with my releases and the distro and surely, the current finances wouldn’t allow for releasing more expensive formats. 

Caligari Records started about a year ago in the same place where it’s run from now, my house. Basically I have a little studio I work out the ‘logistics’ out of and a big fucking closet that I have conditioned to function as the distro, which also solely focuses on tapes. 

Caligari Records is myself and whoever wants to help out. Basically, I finance all the releases and the distro, which is growing out of wholesale buys and trades. I have a few people who have been instrumental in getting the label off the ground, my artist collaborator Ronald who did the layouts for the first two releases and who will hopefully be able to help out in the future and my wife who is also an artist and dominates Photoshop and who to my annoying insistence helped out with the layouts in the subsequent releases. Also, I would say Kenny from Wohrt Records was pretty instrumental in the launch of the label, more as a mentor though, since he already had gone through what I was about to go through with my first releases, he functioned, I’d say as a ‘business advisor’ if you wanna throw a stupid fancy term. 

Genres? I wouldn’t want to pigeonhole the label this early, but it’s fair to say that Caligari Records is a metal label and an underground label. I don’t focus on any specific subgenres. As long as I dig it and it’s not some type of polished metal bullshit, I am open to it. Also, I’ve got no delusions, this music is meant to stay underground. That’s where it belongs, so Caligari Records is an underground label. 

Tell us a few words on each or the most important releases of your label, and which of them are still available for purchase.

All of my releases are important for different reasons. Alas, I have only six releases so far and I should have my seventh release out in a couple of months. Details are being worked out of that one. All of them are still available but the first two are down to just 2 or 3 copies. 

1st release – DEATHCULT – The Test of Time – Special because it was the first and because I had always wanted to start a label and when I got the CD version of it I thought it would look perfect on tape. Also, it is rather traditional black thrash metal and it was sort of a good first statement on what the label would be about: metal! 

2nd release – UNRU – Demo MMXIII – This recording blew my mind when I heard it. It’s black metal but very unorthodox. It’s really wild music, full of freedom and rage. At the time I caught on, it had only been self-released on CD and I was skeptical that it would garner much attention in part because of the music itself and in part because it seems to come from a group of musicians that I wouldn’t describe as your traditional black metal dudes, but it is the release that has so far garnered the most accolades.

3rd release – DON JUAN MATUS – Espejismos –Don Juan Matus is a heavy band that I would not classify as metal but whose music is dense enough to have grant them the pleasure of sharing a split with Angel of Damnation. This tape features a few new tracks and some alternate takes of songs included in their full-lengths and still Espejismos functions as a full experience and not some random cut and paste compilation job. Every once in a while I run into people who seem to be solid fans of Don Juan Matus and it surprises me because of where they come from. For instance, I had this dude from Malaysia asking me to press more than 100 copies and then there was a writer from Zero Tolerance Mag who was a big fan. In both cases, I was like, ‘really?’

4th release – FUOCO FATUO – 2 Ep’s in One Tape – I think this band will stand out in the near future. The track I’ve heard from their upcoming full-length is the type of doom metal I dig the most. I came to know Fuoco Fatuo while surfing around the web, their name got my interest and a full listen to their 2 EP’s convinced me that it would be nice to hopefully help raise their profile a little. I think that the evident aural progression between the two EP’s reveals how talented these Italians are and hopefully how much growth their music will experience moving forward.

5th release – SKELETHAL / INISANS – 2012 Demos Split – I love old school death metal. As I kid I grew up listening to classics like Maiden and Priest but I was about 17 when the whole Swedish wave broke out and I just remembered those years as being pretty fucking magical. Dirty music, rotten sound and absolutely heavy noise; that’s what it was and that’s what these two bands capture. Skelethal and Inisans reminded me of that wave of musicians and I think their 2012 demos deserve a bit more attention. I really hope both bands have more music in stock for us. 

6th release – RITUAL DECAY – The Conquering Darkness – This band from Memphis is fucking raw and The Conquering Darkness is their first recording. Ritual Decay seem pretty dedicated and portray themselves exactly as what they are; bloody merchants of evil. Their music is pretty intense and the vocals are just obsessive. Ugly all around and I support that.

What are the most important features you look for in a band that is or has the chance to be signed on your label?

OK, no band is signed to my label. There is no contract, just a beginning and an end and a whole bunch of e-mails in between. There is no signature, just two metalheads in a pact but I know what you are saying and what I look for is grit, sincerity and identity. I don’t like polished music and I hate symphonic arrangements and pretentious attempts. To me, music needs to be raw and true and it needs to have its own identity. I am not looking for a whole lot of originality, just a solid sense of what the band is and what the songs reflect. It all comes down to that. And oh yeah, being heavy helps.

How can a band get in touch with you? What should bands know before submitting their promos for your consideration?

Bands can reach me by writing to caligarirecords@gmail.com. I respond to all e-mails as soon as I can though if I ignore you please don’t be surprised. They can also reach out by visiting our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CaligariRecords) and sending a message there. I also have a website at www.caligarirecords.com where you can entertain yourself by looking at pictures against a black backgroun

What's the most important thing in the relationship between you and your bands? What is your label offering to its bands?

To be honest we don’t offer much besides the opportunity to be edited in a pro tape pro j card format and the promise that we will treat your music with the utmost respect. Tape is after all, the format of the traders, the format that in many respects helped foster the genre during the languid but prolific 80’s. Other than that, we reach out to bands we want to release because we love and respect their music and that is the ultimate treat. There is no money involved, just music and tapes and love, care and respect for the artform and for what the artists have created. So yeah, ‘love, care and respect’, very metal, right?

Is there anything you planned with your label and has not yet been completed?

Not really. I and my label live day by day. Tomorrow never comes, you know? I first hope to get Caligari Records to a point where it is self-sufficient and I don’t have to put money out of my pocket to keep it alive and I think I am getting to that point. There has been great support from certain individuals to whom I am very thankful for but let’s face it, by focusing on the tape format I am not doing myself any favors. On the contrary, I am cutting down my target market by about 98%. So yeah, in an ideal world there are a lot of things I’d like to do but most are just out of the question. So for now I’ll just be happy hoping that there will always be cool bands open to the idea of releasing their music on tape format via a small underground label.

How does the future looks for your label? Any major projects you would like to share with us?

I hope the future exists for a label like mine and I think it’s clear that metal is a genre with a very resilient following. We rehash our music, we pay tribute and we remember the greats and the underrated, so as long as that attitude continues I am good. I hope my tapes will live on people’s collections long after I am gone and long after the tape itself stops emitting a hi fi sound. Major projects? No. I produce tapes limited to 100 copies, so what can I tell you?

Monday, January 20, 2014

RITUAL DECAY - The Conquering Darkness - Listen Now!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

SKELETHAL / INISANS - 2012 Demos Split Tape Out Now

Caligari Records is proud to announce the release of the split tape between Skelethal and Inisans. Both recordings (Morbid Ovation and Morbid Vision of Death respectively) were initially self-released in 2012 and have now been reissued in pro tape pro cover format and limited to 100 copies. ORDER YOUR COPY HERE!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Coming Soon On CALIGARI RECORDS...RITUAL DECAY

In about three weeks Caligari Records will be releasing the first demo of Memphis black death metal band RITUAL DECAY, it is titled The Conquering Darkness. We expect to receive and approve the test tape this unholy week and to send the JCard for printing before the end of the year, so beware and be aware, RITUAL DECAY soon...in the meantime rejoice with their logo.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Coming Soon On CALIGARI RECORDS...

This is the other band that will share the split tape with the band in the previous post. They play death metal...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Coming Soon On CALIGARI RECORDS...

In about a month Caligari Records will be releasing a split tape featuring two of the best death metal demos of 2012. This is one of the bands...

Friday, November 15, 2013

FUOCO FATUO - 2 EP's in One Tape Out Now!

100 Copies
Pro Tape Pro Cover
$6.00
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

...and the band is FUOCO FATUO

We are stoked to report that someone actually responded correctly to the inquiry from the previous post within an hour. And that someone is a very knowledgeable chap from Germany. Hails!

The band whose first two EP's we are going to release in one tape is Italy's FUOCO FATUO, whose dense blend of doom and black metal had us at ugggh and is, needless to say, very Italian-sounding. What do we mean by that? We'll, if you've heard Fuoco Fatuo before you know what we mean and if you haven't then you better get your ass in line boy!  
We are now gearing up for a mid-November release.

Also in the works are a re-release of two of 2012's top death metal demos (hint: one is from Sweden and the other one is from France)in one tape and the first recording of Tennessee's best kept secret. More details to come...   

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Coming Soon On CALIGARI RECORDS...

This is a pic of the band whose first two EP's we'll be putting out next in a ONE tape format....if you can guess it, you are no genius but you get a FREE copy of the tape...as long as you don't live in Africa or Asia in which case we can't afford postage.

If you got the answer send it to caligarirecords@gmail.com - subject MUST say: YOUR NEXT RELEASE....or you don't get shit.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

DON JUAN MATUS - Espejismos Out Now!

100 copies
Pro Tape Pro Cover
$5.50
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Coming Soon: DON JUAN MATUS - Espejismos

CALIGARI RECORDS will soon be releasing Espejismos, a twelve-track tape by peruvian band DON JUAN MATUS. 

Don Juan Matus was formed in Lima, Peru in 2005 and has released three critically aclaimed full-lengths, the first one released in vinyl through Nasoni Records and the last two through Ostridium Records from Germany. The CD version of Mas Alla del Sol Poniente, their third, was released through Golden Procession from Japan. In 2008, Don Juan Matus shared a split with german doom band Angel of Damnation and more recently, in 2012, Wardance Records released a split with Oxido.

Facing an uncertain and perhaps unlikely future as members of the band live in different parts of the world, Espejismos presents a different more introspective side of the band. Espejismos features alternate versions of songs included in their albums plus five new tracks recorded individually by members of the band. Caligari Records will be releasing 100 copies of this tape in the coming weeks.