“Within The Walls”
BLOODYMINDED is a heavy electronic band that was formed in New York, in 1995, after the dissolution of the early American industrial noise group Intrinsic Action, founded by Mark Solotroff in 1984. The group’s live shows are extremely energetic, characterized by layers of screeching analog synthesizer, aggressive vocals, and a copious amount of feedback. While BLOODYMINDED operate within the noise scene, their sound is broadly informed by their industrial forbearers, NYC pre-punk and noise rock, and British hardcore and grindcore. BLOODYMINDED has performed with diverse artists covering noise, power-electronics, experimental, avant-garde, death-rock, industrial, hardcore, metal and punk. Although currently based in Chicago, members also live in Brooklyn, New York, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Toulouse, France.
“Within The Walls” is the band’s fifth full-length studio recording and the first to be issued since their 2006 album, “Magnetism.” Numerous false starts led to the band entering the studio with acclaimed doom metal producer, Sanford Parker, to finally commit the new set of songs to tape (no, computer). The album is based on the concept of “love and loss in a time of great sadness,” and it follows themes established by members Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff in their offshoot band, The Fortieth Day. Reyes and Solotroff closely collaborated on the lyrics, working in both Spanish and English. Released on LP, CD and digital, this marks the first BLOODYMINDED full-length on vinyl. In addition to basic black, a special edition of 100 copies will be released on white vinyl, with a silk screen print based on the front cover artwork, printed by Erin Page of Kill Hatsumomo Prints.
Along with core members Xavier Laradji, James Moy, Isidro Reyes, Pieter Schoolwerth and Mark Solotroff, select guest musicians were drafted to assist with the album. Longstanding BLOODYMINDED family member, David Reed (Envenomist, Luasa Raelon), who has played live with the band on numerous occasions, was brought in to create an atmospheric opener for the album. He was aided by Blake Edwards (Vertonen), Solotroff’s ex-band mate in Anatomy of Habit and Animal Law. Edwards created a collection of metal-on-metal textures that add to the disquieting feel of “All The Cities Are Occupied.” Along with co-producing, Sanford Parker played lead synthesizer on the album closer, “Inverted Ruins,” a remake of the Locrian song – which Solotroff originally sang on – from that group’s 2010 album, “Territories.” Edwards reprised his dark metallic drones for the uncharacteristically melodic song. What happens in between those two songs is a bombastic, high-fidelity assault of electronic noise, screams, feedback and purgation.
During the long gap between albums, the members of BLOODYMINDED were hardly idle. Laradji stepped up his role as a publisher, releasing increasingly lavish editions of art and negative-culture books under the Timeless banner. Moy established his reputation as a true death-industrial force, with solo work under the charming Anal Hearse moniker. Reyes remained exceptionally busy, performing live and releasing over a dozen full-length albums with The Fortieth Day, and in 2012, he released his first solo work through the esteemed Mexican label, Ruido Horrible. Based in Brooklyn, Schoolwerth continues his successful painting career, and until early 2013, he helmed Wierd Records, releasing numerous acclaimed recordings of minimal-synth, cold wave and challenging electronic music. His weekly parties under the Wierd name brought hundreds of dark music artists to eager, debauched, late-night audiences in NYC. Solotroff worked closely with Reyes in The Fortieth Day and he recorded and toured in the synth trio Nightmares (with David Reed and Jonathan Canady), while also joining the doom band Animal Law and later co-founding the group Anatomy of Habit. He has made guest appearances, live and/or recorded, with Alma Negra, The Atlas Moth, Brutal Truth, Consumer Electronics, Indian, Locrian, Rabid Rabbit, etc. Although his solo microphone-feedback performances have become infrequent, he has also been recording and performing with Thrill Jockey artists Wrekmeister Harmonies, since late-2011. Solotroff continues to oversee the noise, synth and metal label, BloodLust!, which he founded in 1994.
PRE-PRODUCTION AT CONSERVATORY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. RECORDED BY SANFORD PARKER AT ENGINE MUSIC STUDIOS, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. ADDITIONAL RECORDINGS MADE IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS; CHICAGO, ILLINOIS; COLUMBUS, OHIO; MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN; QUEENS, NEW YORK; AND MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. PRODUCED BY SANFORD PARKER AND BLOODYMINDED. MASTERED BY COLLIN JORDAN AT THE BOILER ROOM, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. ALL MUSIC BY BLOODYMINDED, EXCEPT “INVERTED RUINS” – BY ANDRE FOISY AND TERENCE HANNUM (LOCRIAN). ALL LYRICS BY ISIDRO REYES AND MARK SOLOTROFF, EXCEPT “INVERTED RUINS” – BY TERENCE HANNUM (LOCRIAN). ALL RECORDED SOUNDS BY BLOODYMINDED, EXCEPT “ALL THE CITIES ARE OCCUPIED” – METAL-ON-METAL BY BLAKE EDWARDS, SYNTHESIZER BY DAVID REED; AND “INVERTED RUINS” – METAL-ON-METAL BY BLAKE EDWARDS, SYNTHESIZER BY SANFORD PARKER. BLOODYMINDED IS XAVIER LARADJI, JAMES MOY, ISIDRO REYES, PIETER SCHOOLWERTH, AND MARK SOLOTROFF. 2013, BLOODYMINDED.
LIGHT SLEEPER – GOING UP WARM – HUMAN – GIVING BACK – THE LIFE OF A CELL – THOSE DOGS – THOSE COCKSUCKERS – A MEETING PLACE – AN INNER MIGRATION – ROUGH SLEEP – GAZING OUT – FROM A COLD PLACE – WITHIN THE WALLS / DORMIR A SOBRESALTOS – APENAS TIBIO – VIDA HUMANA SECULAR – APENAS APORTANDO ALGO – Y ESOS PERROS HIJOS DE PUTA – UN PUNTO DE REUNION – UNA MIGRACION INTERNA – ENTRE EL DORMIR Y LA VIGILIA – ATISBO – DESDE ESTE RINCON HELADO – AMURALLADO
Track Name: Night Strikes
BAD AIR – DISSOLVE – SMALL BODIES – WINGSPAN – SANITARY REFORM – TREATMENT – BLURRING BOUNDARIES – MIASMA – CHEMICAL MESSANGERS – SLOW REACTIONS – IN HAPPIER TIMES – LYING DORMANT – SYMBIOTIC PEACE – LIQUID ENVIRONMENT – ANCIENT SEAS – NIGHT STRIKES – TAKE MY SOUL – TAKE AWAY MY LIFE / CUERPECITOS DE ALAS LARGAS – DISUELTOS EN EL AIRE – MIASMA – HERALDOS DE LA DESCOMPOCISION – REACCIONES RETARDADAS – EN EPOCAS DE PROSPERIDAD – PAZ SIMBIOTICA – MARES ANCESTRALES – SUBMUNDOS LIQUIDOS – ADORMECIDOS – ALIMENTANDOSE ENTRE SI – VIENEN DE NOCHE – A ROBARSE MI ALMA – A TRAGARSE MI VIDA
Track Name: Disintegration
CLOUDS – SHAPES – FIGURES – FLAMING SWORDS – COFFINS IN THE AIR – MOUNDS OF BODIES LYING UNBURIED – WARNINGS – DROUGHT – FAMINE – PESTILENCE – A BLAZING STAR – DYING OUT – LANGUID COLOR – HEAVY MOTION – A SOLEMN FORERUNNER – SLOW AND SEVERE – JUDGEMENT – UNIVERSAL – HARD HEARTS MELT INTO TEARS – INTO PROPER PUBLIC WORKS – REPENTANCE – HUMILIATION – CONFESSION – SHAME – REGRET – GUILT – A WASTED SOUL – A WASTED LIFE / ADVERTENCIAS – ASTRO ERRANTE QUE AL PASAR AGONIZA – GRAVE AVANZAR DEL PROFETA SOLEMNE – UNIVERSALMENTE JUICIOSO – LAS NUBES IMITAN ESPADAS DE FUEGO – ATAUDES FLOTANTES – CADAVERES SOBRE CADAVERES SOBRE CADAVERES – SIN SEPULCRO – LOS CORAZONES MAS CURTIDOS LLORAN – EN PREPOTENTE PENITENCIA PUBLICA – DESHONRA – CULPABILIDAD – CONFESION – HUMILLACION – ANTE LA AUSENCIA DEL ALMA – LA VIDA NO TIENE SENTIDO
Track Name: Fatal Breath
IN THE VIOLET HOUR – ON THE FINAL TRAIL – LAMENTATION – BLOOD ON SNOW – SIX FEET DEEP – FOREVER – FORGOTTEN – FEAR OF EMPTY SPACES – SEARCHING – SHRIEKING – FROM THE INSIDE – WE DRAW IN DEATH AS WE BREATH – TOTAL CORRUPTION – SORROW – AS YOU CROSS THE PORTAL – THAT DOOR YOU CAME TO SEAL SHUT – IN THE DARKEST HOUR – FEAR OF CROWDS – WITNESS THE SCOURGE – THE WRATH – SIN EATER – UPON THE FOG OF COMMON BREATH / AL RESPIRAR LA MEDULA ASIMILA MUERTE – CORRUPCION INMUTABLE – EN ESPERA DE LA OSCURIDAD – ES LA HORA VIOLETA – VIAJE POSTUMO ENTRE LAMENTOS – SOBRE LA NIEVE SANGRE – TRES METROS ABAJO EL OLVIDO PERPETUO – UN PAVOR AL VACIO – ANGUSTIA AL TRASPONER EL UMBRAL – ESA PUERTA QUE VENISTE A SELLAR – DEVORADOR DE PECADOS – NO EVITES LAS CONGREGACIONES – SE TESTIGO DEL ESCARMIENTO – LA IRA DUERME EN EL VAHO – DEL ALIENTO COLECTIVO
Track Name: Circular Relations
KINGDOMS OF LIFE – DIMENSIONS – VERSATILITY – SURVIVAL TACTICS – INVISIBLE AND SUBVISIBLE WORLDS – METAMORPHOSIS – FREEDOM IN A TEARDROP – BREAKING DOWN IN THE FACE OF ART – MOLECULAR COMBAT – GENETIC THIRST – WAITING – GRASPING AT AIR – CIRCULAR RELATIONS – FEEDBACK THEORIES – TRAFFICKING – COMMUNITY / LIBERACION EN UNA LAGRIMA – FRENTE AL ARTE DISOLVERSE – REYNOS LATENTES – DIMENSIONES – ADAPTABILIDAD – TACTICAS DE SOBREVIVENCIA – MUNDOS INVISIBLES Y SUBDIVISIBLES – MUTACIONES – COMBATE MOLECULAR – ACECHANDO LA SED HEREDADA – AFERRANDOSE AL AIRE – RELACIONES CICLICAS – TEORIAS DE RETROALIMENTACION – COMUNIDAD – TRAFICO
Track Name: Outside the Gate
ARE YOU INSIDE? OR ARE YOU OUTSIDE? THE GATE – I CAN’T SEE YOU – I CAN’T HEAR YOU – THE SKY IS SO THICK – WITH SMOKE – ARE YOU DEAD? OR ALIVE? OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN? I CAN’T FIND YOUR FAMILIAR SCENT – WITH AIR SO FOULED – BY THE PUNGENT STENCH – OF MILLIONS OF DEAD CHILDREN
Track Name: Inverted Ruins
TRADITION HAS FAILED – DEBASED – NO ENLIGHTENMENT – DEGRADED – ONE AGE-LONG CERTAINTY – ANNIHILATED – DESTROYED – DISPLACED – BROKEN DOWN – STERILE