Saturday, December 24, 2016

The yearly tradition of making mixtapes of things I enjoyed throughout the year continues!

First up, we have "Satan's Blade" which brings the heaviness. There were quite a few great death metal albums this year and there's also some grind, sludge and doom thrown in there as well. Crushing.

 "Satan's Blade"

Absence of Sleep - 2016 Mixtapes
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1) "There Are No Saviours" by Ulcerate
2) "Machefer" by Fange
3) "Patterns of Repetition" by Piss Vortex
4) "Will to Reach" by Sumac
5) "Crematorium" by Hierophant
6) "The Synarchy of Molten Bones" by Deathspell Omega
7) "Chaosplasm" by Blood Incantation
8) "Not a Daughter" by Agoraphobic Nosebleed
9) "Redemptive Immolation" by Dead Congregation
10) "Swine" by Black Tomb
11) "Allt Hopp Ar Forbi" by Vanhelgd
12) "Winterbane" by Abbath


Next up, we have a mixtape of electronic based music ranging from a solid amount of synthwave with some ambient tracks, pieces from soundtracks and a few other random things thrown in for good measure.
A bunch of these were off of my top albums of the year and this is definitely my favorite mix.

 "Android Dreams"

Absence of Sleep - 2016 Mixtapes
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1) "Titles" by Steve Moore
2) "The End Where We Start" by The Black Queen
3) "Weapons for Children" by Perturbator
4) "Distant Dream" by John Carpenter
5) "Hunger Pains" by SPC ECO
6) "Cutthroat" by SURVIVE
7) "Maleficarum" by GosT
8) "In The Line of Fire" by Confrontational
9) "Sensorium" by Contact
10) "Blueprint for a Slow Machine" by 65daysofstatic
11) "The Tristar" by Dynatron
12) "Confrontation" by Dynastes
13) "Round One" by Meteor
14) "Stranger Things" by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
15) "Father’s Feud" by Ulver
16) "At The Bank" by Violent Magic Orchestra


And last but certainly not least is a mix that brings the riffs. Definitely the most eclectic mix of the bunch, it combines noise rock, post punk, hardcore and a few other bits and pieces for a solid mix.

 "Battle Charger"

Absence of Sleep - 2016 Mixtapes
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1) "Staring Contest" by Dazzling Killmen
2) "Wake Up" by Soft Kill
3) "Afrika" by Russian Circles
4) "Stasis" by Wrong
5) "Eraser" by Metz
6) "Surrogate" by The Dillinger Escape Plan
7) "Lingering Void" by Oxeneer
8) "Burlap" by Building
9) "Baby Teeth" by Whores
10) "Wreckage" by Alaric
11) "Untoxicated" by Helms Alee
12) "Head Wound City, USA" by Head Wound City
13) "Kingshit Cop" by Inhaler
14) "Strange Weather" by Spectres
15) "Bury Me Standing" by Holy Serpent

*Dazzling Killmen's "Face of Collapse" originally came out in 1994 but was re-issued this year and is such a great record I figured it was fair game to include. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Best of 2015 Mixtapes

It's been a while since I've posted anything here but I figured rather than posting a list of my top albums of 2015 on social media, I'd make several mixtapes, each of a different theme/genres, and put them up here instead. So here you are, highlights from my favorite releases of 2015.....

First off, we have "The Last Caress" which is the longest and heaviest of the bunch. Grind, sludge, hardcore, doom, death - as long as it's heavy, it fits into this mixtape.

 "The Last Caress"

Absence of Sleep - 2015 Mixtapes
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1) "Died A Million Times" by Monolord - from 'Vaenir'
2) "Breed Regret" by Yautja - from 'Songs of Lament'
3) "Constant Themes of Concrete" by Great Falls - from 'The Fever Shed'
4) "The Sorrower" by Cult Leader - from 'Lightless Walk'
5) "Decay in Hades" by Grime - from 'Circle of Molesters'
6) "The Sun In Our Eyes" by THROES - from 'To Dust'
7) "Vagabong" by Dopethrone - from 'Hochelaga'
8) "Lunar Mass" by Mammoth Grinder - from 'Cosmic Crypt'
9) "Thorn in the Lion's Paw" by SUMAC - from 'The Deal'
10) "The Deafening Call" by Of Feather and Bone - from 'Embrace The Wretched Flesh'
11) "The Sun Chaser" by Call of the Void - from 'Ageless'
12) "No Fate" by The Weir - from 'Calmness of Resolve'
13) "Crown" by Adolyne - from 'of Ash / of Shit / of Shame'
14) "Chaos Theory" by Hate Eternal - from 'Infernus'
15) "The Symbology of Ruin" by Phemut - from 'The Memory of Spring'
16) "Devotion to the Cosmic Chaos" by Sulphur Aeon - from 'Gateway to the Antiphere'


Next up, we have something a little more mellow - "These Empty Hallways" is a mix of post punk, space rock, new wave and generally just songs that are dark and moody. 

 "These Empty Hallways"

Absence of Sleep - 2015 Mixtapes
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1) "Carrion Flowers" by Chelsea Wolfe - from 'Abyss'
2) "Hot Traveler" by Failure - from 'The Heart Is A Monster'
3) "Selfish Love" by Soft Kill - from 'Heresy'
4) "New Hip Moon" by Grave Pleasures - from 'Dreamcrash'
5) "Return of the Empire" by Horror Vacui - from 'The Return of the Empire'
6) "Just Give Up" by NYVES - from 'Anxiety'
7) "Rehumanizer I" by Maserati - from 'Rehumanizer'
8) "Cowards" by Publicist UK - from 'Forgive Yourself'
9) "Can't Walk Out" by Graveyard - from 'Innocence and Decadence'


Riffs. This one is all about the riffs. "Tides of Titan" contains highlights from my favorite noise rock, riff rock and stoner releases.

 "Tides of Titan"

Absence of Sleep - 2015 Mixtapes
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1) "Bridgeburner" by Mutoid Man - from 'Bleeder'
2) "Spit You Out" by METZ - from 'II'
3) "The Life In Pink" by Pigs - from 'Wronger'
4) "Anxious Bedwetter" by American Heritage - from 'Prolapse'
5) "Van Sant" by WAINGRO - from 'Mt Hood'
6) "Legend" by Elder - from 'Lore'
7) "We See Fire" by Sofy Major - from 'Waste'
8) "Giver" by Godstopper - from 'Lie Down'
9) "In Toilet" by Meatwound - from 'Addio'
10) "Whiskey Liver" by DRUNK DAD - from 'Ripper Killer'


The final installment in the 2015 series of mixtapes is "Electroschock Therapy" which showcases my love for all things 80's inspired and synth-driven.

 "Electroshock Therapy"

Absence of Sleep - 2015 Mixtapes
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1) "Returning Light" by Dynastes - from 'The Prime Radiant'
2) "Meat Grinder City" by Irving Force - from 'Undercover'
3) "The Victim Machine" by Maniac Lover - from 'The Victim Machine'
4) "The Truck" by Steve Moore - from 'Cub (Soundtrack)'
5) "Shadow Hand" by Zombi - from 'Shape Shift'
6) "Shadowdancing" by Confrontational - from 'A Dance of Shadows'
7) "The Crucible" by Dynastes - from 'Soft Night'
8) "Division Ruine" by Carpenter Brut - from 'EP III'
9) "Cherenkov Blud Overdriver" by Dan Terminus - from 'The Wrath of Code'
10) "Unimara" by Majeure - from 'Union of Worlds'
11) "Nolan" by Ben Frost - from 'A U R O R A'

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Volumes 6 and 7

Greetings! I've been absent for sometime but I've recently been making mixtapes again and thus thought I would post a couple of them.

The first mixtape is "Within The Heart of The Sun" - a fine collection of space rock, fuzzy 90's alt rock and a hint of shoegaze. There are lots of forgotten gems in this one so have a listen.

"Within The Heart of The Sun"
Absence of Sleep - Volume 6
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1) Stars by Hum - from "You'd Prefer An Astronaut"
2) Empty Friend by Failure - from "Magnified"
3) Sweet Pea by Seam - from "The Problem With Me"
4) Sideways by Shiner - from "Lula Divina"
5) Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups - from "Swoon"
6) Atlantic Tired South by Projektor - from "Atlantic Tired South"
7) Beauty School by Deftones - from "Diamond Eyes"
8) Come In Alone by My Bloody Valentine - from "Loveless"
9) The Same Place by Centaur - from "In Streams"
10) Hummer by Smashing Pumpkins - from "Siamese Dream"
11) Coat of Arms by The Life and Times - from "Suburban Hymns"
12) Vaporize by Year of the Rabbit - from "Year of the Rabbit"
13) Catch the Breeze by Slowdive - from "Just For A Day"

The next installment is "As Distant Time Passed Through The Deep" - a psychedelic journey through all time and space. Put on some good headphones for this one.....

"As Distant Time Passed Through The Deep"
Absence of Sleep - Volume 7
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1) The Rising of the Black Sun - Astra – from “The Weirding”
2) The Righteous Path Through The Forest of Old – Mammatus – from “Mammatus”
3) Drunken Leaves – Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound – from “When Sweet Sleep Returned”
4) Churchfuzz – Flavor Crystals – from “Ambergris”
5) Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) – The Mars Volta – from “De-Loused in the Comatorium”
6) Fool’s Guild – Crime in Choir – from “Gift Givers”
7) Dogwood Rust – Comets on Fire – from “Avatar”
8) Rise to Glory – Earth – from “The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull”
9) Bison Eyes – Quest For Fire – from “Quest For Fire”
10) The Whirlings – Dead Meadow – from “Shivering King and Others”
11) February MMX – Ulver – from “Wars of the Roses”
12) Technical Knowledge as a Weapon – Mugstar – from “Sun, Broken…”
13) Icy Rom – Naam – from “Naam”
14) Stormy High – Black Mountain – from “In The Future”
15) 7 by 7 – Hawkwind – from “Space Ritual”
16) Until The Sun Dies (Part One) – Crystal Antlers – from “Tentacles”
17) The Siren – Graveyard - from “Hisingen Blues”

Monday, January 11, 2010

Considered to be Information

It's been a long while since I've posted anything and I apologize, it's been a hectic few months.

The latest installment in mixtapes in "Considered to be Information" a not so healthy does of noise rock and it's kin. Enjoy.

"MIXTAPE" Version - download

"Considered to be Information"
Absence of Sleep - Volume 5

01) Kittens - Pinata (from "Tiger Comet")
02) Young Widows - Lucky and Hardheaded (from "Old Wounds")
03) Anion - Piss Warm Goats Milk (from "Carrion King 7"")
04) Made Out Of Babies - Swarm (from "Trophy")
05) Transistor Transistor - The Price of Gasoline (from "Ruined Lives")
06) Anodyne - Plastic Will (from "Lifetime of Grey Skies")
07) Hide Your Daughters - C'est Toi, Pas Moi (from "The Teen Girl's Guide to Social Success")
08) Breach - Murder (from "Venom")
09) Unsane - Last Man Standing (from "Blood Run")
10) Fight Amp - Elbows Off (from "Manners and Praise")
11) Coalesce - New Voids in One's Resolve (from "OX")
12) Harkonen - Baristas Get Stalked (from "Shake Harder Boy")
13) Cursed - Reparations (from "Two")
14) Playing Enemy - The Closer to Ceasar (from "Cesarean")
15) KENmode - Frye (from "Mennonite")
16) 5ive - Kettle Cove (from "Hesperus")
17) The Jesus Lizard - Slave Ship (from "Liar")

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sometime World Mixes

These three new mixes come from Marcus at the wonderful Sometime World blog which hosts a ton of really good music, focusing for the most part on prog rock and psych. Here are his mixes and what he had to say. Thanks again Marcus!

Sometimeworld Mix 1.0


Gentlewomen, men & bloggers in general, i give you this interesting mix i threw together recently. Bands included are Negative Zone, Pure Reason Revolution, C-Mon & Kypski, Black Bonzo, Porcupine Tree, Ulver, Will-o-the Wisp, Secret Machines & Shadow Gallery. If your a fan of this blog or prog rock in general i urge you to give it a listen. Additionally i have also edited the transition from song to song, giving the entire thing a breezy/flowing feel. Some interesting covers are also included, such as Ulver giving their own rendition of Sabbath's Solitude (which can be found on their latest studio record "Shadows Of The Sun".) The closing 'bonus' track i also included is very interesting, obviously the title 'Floydian Memories' should give you some kind of idea as to what exactly is involved.

1. Cats (3:24)
2. The Bright Ambassadors of Morning (11:56)
3. Spirits High (4:52)
4. Leave Your Burdens (3:47)
5. Moon Touches Your Shoulder (5:47)
6. Farewell (2:36)
7. Solitude (3:44)
8. Serpent's Kiss (3:49)
9. Daddy's In The Doldrums (8:00)
10. Hold Out Your Hand/Island (7:01)
11. A Smart Kid/Tinto Brass (11:24)
12. Floydian Memories (24:36)


Sometimeworld Mix 2.0


If you downloaded the first mix i uploaded a few weeks ago you would of noticed a great deal of the tracks included were rather new, majority ranging from the years 2000 to present. For this second mix i decided to wind way way back and include some tracks from the 70s. Again majority of the groups included can be found elsewhere on this blog. Included you will find a great mix of straight out prog, kraut and some fusion here and there. Bands included are Octopus, Ethos, Osanna, Novalis, Al Di Meola, Eloy, Alan Parsons Project, Out Of Focus, Steve Hillage, Tai Phong & Führs & Fröhling. Also like the last mix, i have again mixed the tracks so they blend into one another smoothly.

1. The First Flight Of The Owl (5.20)
2. Open Up (6.39)
3. Variazone 3 (shuum...) (1.36)
4. Aufbruch (9.22)
5. Midnight Tango (7.21)
6. The Bells of Natre Dame (4.48 )
7. Some Other Time (3.55)
8. Blue Sunday Morning (8.04)
9. Musik Of The Trees (4.52)
10. For Years & Years (8.03)
11. Sarabande (2.21)
12. Mighty Echoes (7.14)


Sometimeworld Mix 3.0


This third StW mix comes to you after some positive comments left for the previous mixes. Again you will notice personal edits blending track to track giving the entire thing a nice flowing feel. This 3rd StW mix is entirely instrumental.

Groups included are Quaterna Requiem, Richard Wright, Finch, Fuhrs & Frohling, Happy The Man, Sahg, Jean Michel Jarre, Trettioariga Kriget and Camel.

1. Ramoniana (6:19)
2. Waves (4:15)
3. Scars On The Ego (8:46)
4. Gentle Breeze (5:26)
5. Stumpy Meets The Firecracker in Stencil Forest (4:21)
6. Whisper of Abaddon (1:20)
7. Oxygene (Part II) (7:13)
8. Mediterranean C (3:46)
9. Night Flight -77 (5:57)
10. Ice (10:06)


Monday, July 27, 2009

Volumes 3 and 4

A little double post action with two brand new mixes for your listening pleasure. I've also modified the format a little bit and will now be uploading a "mixtape" version where the entire mix is one .mp3 (as I have been) and also an alternate version which is simply a folder with the mp3's in order (at a few peoples request). Enjoy and don't forget to submit your own mixes!

The first new mix is "Under Dust They Slept", a really mellow, minimalist collection of ambient, classical, and drone.... a great headphone mix indeed.

The second mix, "Within White Walls", is a fuzzy mix of music that draws heavily on the reverb drenched wall of sound made famous by the early shoegaze bands such as My Bloody Valentine, who appear on this mix as well.

"Volume 3 - Under Dust They Slept"


1) Ulver - Vowels (from "A Quick Fix of Melancholy")
2) Clint Mansell - Welcome to Lunar Industries (from "Moon OST")
3) Flawless Imperfection - Grylloidea (from "Amber Glow of Silence at Twilight")
4) Stars of the Lid - Dungtitled (from "And Their Refinement of the Decline")
5) Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Morning (from "Insen")
6) Deaf Center - White Lake (from "Pale Ravine")
7) This Will Destroy You - Freedom Blade (from "Field Studies Split")
8) Hammock - Miles To Go Before Sleep (from "Kenotic")
9) William Basinski - Unnamed 1 (from "Melancholia")
10) Mountains - Bay (from "Sewn")
11) Johann Johannsson - The Rocket Builder (from "Fordlandia")
12) Aethenor - Untitled 3 (from "Deep In Ocean Sunk The Lamp of Light")

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"Volume 4 - Within White Walls"


1) My Bloody Valentine - Soon (from "Glider")
2) Projektor - We Were Diamonds (from "Atlantic Tired South")
3) Elliott - Carry On (from "Song In The Air")
4) The Cure - The Hanging Garden (from "Pornography")
5) The Depreciation Guild - Butterfly Kisses (from "In Her Gentle Jaws")
6) Isis/Aerogramme - Low Tide (from "In The Fish Tank")
7) Silversun Pickups - Melatonin (from "Carnavas")
8) M83 - Run Into Flowers (from "Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost")
9) The Notwist - Good Lies (from "The Devil, You + Me")
10) Failure - Solaris (from "Fantastic Planet")
11) Team Sleep - Our Ride To The Rectory (from "S/T")
12) Telefon Tel Aviv - The Birds (from "Immolate Yourself")
13) Byla - Closer to the Center (from "S/T")

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Our second reader submission comes from Alex who runs a great blog called webuilttheworldandmissthestars and it's a solid mix of real-screamo, metal and post-hardcore bands with a few obscure German bands thrown into the mix. Thanks again to Alex and keep the mixes coming!

"Dresscode - Vol. 1"
1) Cease Upon The Capital - Cell
2) Mallorys Last Dance - This Is How It Ends
3) Antitainment - Waterride The Lightning
4) Longing For Tomorrow - TCO 99
5) Thoughts Paint The Sky - There's a life vest under your seat
6) Chuck Ragan and Nagel - No Rubber Tired Vehicles Beyond This Point
7) Minus The Bear - Burying Luck
8) Klimt 1918 - Skygazer
9) Test Icicles - Circle.Square.Triangle
10) The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg - Infernal Music
11) Yourcodenameis:Milo - Translate
12) Leng Tch'e - Tightrope Propaganda
13) Japanische Kampfhörspiele - Der Hund kriegt Nichts
14) War From A Harlots Mouth - Heeey, Lets Start A Band
15) Haunted Shores - Glass Canvas
16) The Rorschach Tragedy - The Fall That Stands Against Us
17) Adolf Hitler Klan - 1984