I hope you had a good holiday season and you are surviving the bleakness of winter. It's time for my quarterly Mizmor update, so I'll get right to it.
Firstly, the Mizmor web-store is being stocked with a whole bunch of new merch (a mix of brand new and reissued items). Starting February 18 at 10 am PST, you can buy the following new products from the store:
"This Unabating Wakefulness" - crew neck sweatshirt, t-shirt, and back patch
"Wholly Doomed Black Metal" - long-sleeve shirt, t-shirt, and back patch
"Haunted" - hoodie
Mizmor logo - metallic pins and embroidered, cut-to-shape patches
"Mizmor" - CS and CD
"Mishlei" - CS and CD
"Yodh" - CS
"Cairn" - CS
Sorceress: "Beneath the Mountain" - CD
Still available in the store:
"Yodh" - 2LP and CD
"Cairn" - CD and t-shirt
"Yodh: Live at Roadburn 2018" - 2LP and CD
"This Unabating Wakefulness" - LP
Mizmor logo - sticker
Take a look around the store now to preview the goods.
Some of you may have noticed a title in that list that you don't recognize, which brings me to my next bit of news. I am reissuing "Beneath the Mountain" by Sorceress. Sorceress was my old band with M.S.W. (Hell), Andrew Black (Mizmor live), and Blake Ferrin. Here's a bit about the release:
Sorceress was a band that existed from 2008-2011 in Salem, Oregon, inspired by the mid-2000’s stoner-rock/doom-metal explosion. Formed out of the wake of its predecessor, Love Machine (2006-2007), its same four members sought to continue down a road of stoney heaviness hinted at by the final track, “Sorceress,” on Love Machine’s only full-length album, Red Love White Magic. Similarly, Sorceress wrote and recorded only one full-length album, Beneath the Mountain, in 2009, which was effectively the last thing we did as a band. Shortly after the release of the album, I moved to Germany and the band went on hiatus. During this hiatus I wrote and recorded two songs for Sorceress that never came to fruition in the band. These lost songs were released in 2016 as part of the A.L.N. - Iyov cassette alongside one other track created during this time, Mizmor’s, “0.” This tape served as a prequel to the official Mizmor discography, which began in 2012. Upon returning from Germany I ended the band and we performed one last show in 2011. During the end of Sorceress, our drummer Matt (a.k.a. M.S.W.) began his solo endeavor, Hell, and I would shortly after begin mine, Mizmor; it’s been through theseoutlets that Sorceress’s story has been preserved. Following interest resultant from Sorceress’s appearance on the Iyov cassette, I decided to resurrect this little piece of history instead of letting the album solely exist in the void of our personal archives. Though a little late, this CD honors of the tenth anniversary of Beneath the Mountain and is limited to 100 copies. We self-released the original CD in an edition of 100 copies and this is the first time since that the album has been released.
Starting Feb. 18, you can buy the CD here and the digital album here.
In promotion of this store update, I will be auctioning off some rare items on the Mizmor Instagram. Available will be two copies of the "Cairn" 2LP test pressing, a "Cairn" test cassette, a "Mishlei" test cassette, and a "Mizmor" test cassette. These will be available one at a time as a series in the days surrounding the store update on 2/18. The first one starts tomorrow, 2/14 at 9 am PST and runs for 24 hours. Follow @whollydoomedblackmetal to participate. Next up, Gilead Media pre-orders. Gilead Media is reissuing "Cairn" 2LPs and CDs as well as releasing "Mishlei," a 3LP collection of older Mizmor songs, and an Emma Ruth Rundle & Mizmor book. Here's the info about the new items:
"Mishlei" - a compilation of Mizmor's music made between 2013 and 2015, between the self-titled full length and "Yodh". Originally released across an EP and three splits, and clocking in at 75 minutes of wholly doomed black metal, these five songs together make up a unique full-length listening experience all their own. These works find the project at its most transitional, chronicling a period of time rich with progress in both the spiritual and sonic aspects of the Mizmor journey. Those familiar with Mizmor's past releases may remember the triple cassette Psalter Boxset from 2017, the middle tape of which compiled these songs under the title "Mishlei" for the first time. Hearing these songs together inspired a "Mishlei" CD release in 2018. And now, in 2020, the collection is finally getting the vinyl treatment from Gilead Media in efforts to preserve and refresh these more underground, lesser known releases from Mizmor. This 3LP vinyl edition will be presented in a 6-panel gatefold jacket with flooded black pockets and overall matte finish (similar to the "Ceremonies of Humiliation" 3LP set by THOU). All audio is fully re-mastered for this collection. The 6th side of this set features a laser etching of the stunning cover graphic illustrated by Bryan Proteau. The tracks that comprise "Mishlei" were originally released as: "Untitled Winter EP," Hell/Mizmor split, Mania/Mizmor split, Mizmor/Dross split.Pre-orders for all items available here. They are expected to finish between March and late April. I will have copies of all after release for those who want to buy from me personally. European distros will get copies of the two vinyl releases when they release.
"Mizmor & Emma Ruth Rundle - Artist to Artist" Book - In the summer of 2019, leading up to the release of "Cairn," the third full-length album by Mizmor, the idea was born from the mind of Adam Bartlett (Gilead Media) and A.L.N. (Mizmor) to do something for the album's promotion that was more unique and meaningful than the typical cycle of surface deep digital magazine features. Something that would directly serve the artist and their vision for the album's narrative. The idea was to do an artist-on-artist conversation between A.L.N. and a close friend, someone who could ask the right questions and provide a more intimate perspective on the subject matter. The result was in incredible, in-depth conversation between A.L.N. and Emma Ruth Rundle. The conversation took place in person at A.L.N.'s home in Portland and was followed by a trip to an old growth forest on the Oregon Coast where Emma took a large number of portraits. A heavily edited version of the conversation was published on Metal Hammer's website alongside the full album premiere of "Cairn" with a portion of Emma's original photos. However, the sheer volume of the original content delivered by A.L.N. and Emma far exceeded any digital press outlet's capacity for hosting features, and a much larger story still existed in the shadows. In light of how special this whole endeavor turned out to be, Gilead Media is publishing a hard copy version in the form of a book, with the complete conversation and photo bank (over two hours of text transcribed and 25 photos). The conversation sheds a bright light on the themes and creation of "Cairn" and also highlights both Emma's and A.L.N.'s individual upbringings, lives, and how they view concepts like god, religion, art, life, and death as both people and artists. It is the proper companion to the album. Of the original 17,700 words of the full discussion, only 5,700 were published alongside the original album stream premiere. "Artist to Artist..." will be presented as a 78 page 6"x9" book, limited and hand-numbered to 150 copies. Each one autographed by both A.L.N. and Emma Ruth Rundle.
Finally I want to highlight all of our confirmed live dates for 2020. They are as follows:
4/11* - Portland, OR - Star Theater (more info and tix soon)
4/19* - Tilburg, NL - Roadburn Festival
5/28 - Seattle, WA - Northwest Terror Fest
6/5 - Austin, TX - Oblivion Access Fest
8/1* - Pittsburgh, PA - Migration Fest
* = performing "Cairn" in full
My live bandmates and I are currently hard at work learning the "Cairn" set and I am very excited to get to share it with you all soon. Visit the Mizmor website for ticket links to all shows.
Thanks everybody for supporting me and my art and music. As a thank you to you I am offering a special discount on all my digital music on Bandcamp. Enjoy 20% off anything on Bandcamp from now until 2/18 buy using the code "sisyphus" at checkout.
Although I have the privilege of working with record labels on certain releases and merch items, a lot of the products you see out there, including these 16 new store items highlighted at the beginning of this newsletter, are still being independently created and sold directly by me. Mizmor has always been at its core a one-man operation and I am still committed to devoting most all of my time and energy to this work and art. Eternal gratitude to you, who make this all possible with your support!
New Mizmor preorders up at Gileadmedia.net - “Mishlei” 3LP collection of Mizmor songs from 2013-2015; Mizmor + Emma Ruth Rundle book featuring a 17,000 word conversation and 25 photos, signed by the artists; “Cairn” 2LP & CD reissue. I will have copies of all after release (April) - support Gilead Media now! More info on their website.
I would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that I will be posting A LOT of new merch to the Mizmor webstore in the next couple weeks. This includes the entire discography across cassette and CD, t-shirts, long sleeves, crew necks + hooded sweatshirts, and back patches of classic designs, new embroidered patches and pins, and the release of new music: Sorceress’s one and only full length, “Beneath the Mountain” (2009) on CD/Dig. More info soon.
Mizmor is headed to Austin for the first time in June to play at this year's Oblivion Access Fest. Tickets at oblivionaccessfestival.com
Click "Store" above or visit mizmor.bigcartel.com directly to order.
Mizmor will perform at Northwest Terror Fest for the first time next year! Very excited to be a part of it. See you May 28th, Seattle. Tickets on sale 11/29.
Excited to return to Pittsburgh August 1st for the third installment of Migration Fest, performing "Cairn" in full. Tickets available January 30th here.
UPDATE: THE STORE HAS REOPENED!
It's been busy since last I wrote. I'll get straight to it. Mizmor just got back from our first tour. We went out with the closely related project Hell, playing some dates down the west coast, east coast, and one in the Netherlands. It was equal parts insane fun and grueling brutality, playing two sets every night between the two bands. Thank you everybody who came out and supported us and thanks to all who helped make it happen. We couldn't have asked for a more memorable and successful time out on the road. The tour happened alongside the release of "Cairn," the new Mizmor full-length album and I have leftover merchandise pertaining to both.
The Mizmor web-store will reopen Monday, October 28th at 10 a.m. PDT, complete with "Cairn" 2LPs (a few leftover tour editions in addition to the regular edition), Hell/Mizmor tour long-sleeves (very limited quantity), "Cairn" CDs, tapes, t-shirts, long-sleeves, and more.
A note about the "Cairn" record jackets: the gatefold jackets for the album got delayed multiple times by the plant. Everyone who has ordered the record from anywhere is still waiting. If you pre-ordered from Gilead, keep up to date on their progress here. My copies of the record are affected by this as well, which is why a tour edition exists in the first place. Tour editions ordered online include the regular jacket too (this edition contains a card prompting the buyer to contact the label for a free gatefold upon completion; since they are done they will just be included now). Thus all "Cairn" 2LPs, tour edition or regular, ordered from me will ship out at a later date. I'm estimating the first week of November, but it could be earlier or later. Just want you to know you are technically preordering when you buy this item. The jackets are finished and en route to label HQ. It's all happening now/soon.
The reception of "Cairn" has been overwhelming. Thank you to all the folks who wrote about and reviewed it, interviewed me, posted about it, etc. And to the team I have in my bandmates and record label; without y'all the amazing quality of this album and tour simply wouldn't be possible. It's been a huge relief to get this album out into the world and seeing it being regarded positively is just so awesome. Thank you.
Mizmor live at the Satellite in L.A. - Photos by Chad Kelco
We will be taking some much needed time off, but not for long. Work on the full "Cairn" album set will begin shortly as we have been invited via Emma Ruth Rundle's curation of this year's Roadburn Festival to present it in its entirety as a live experience. Tickets here. In case you missed it, Emma and I recently did a detailed, artist on artist conversation/feature around "Cairn," talking about the album, god, faith, art, life, and death; the conversation features a bunch of stunning portraits she took. Check it out here.
Our dear M.S.W. will be moving away for school soon so our close friend Nate Myers (Eternal Warfare) will be playing drums for Mizmor for the next year or two. Nate did a great job stepping in to help us perform our set at the last Migration Fest when M.S.W. broke his ankle (and we love spending time with him too); it's a good and natural fit for the group. Thanks so much for your time with us so far Matt, you will be missed.
We will be performing the "Cairn" set once in Portland in early April before flying out to Roadburn. We have a couple more 2020 shows yet to be announced also. More info on those later.
There's lots coming up in terms of releases. Firstly, the interview with Emma Ruth Rundle mentioned above is getting turned into a book. The online version published to Metal Hammer is only a small portion of a much longer conversation. Her stunning portraits similarly represent only a fraction of all the shots we got. Gilead Media will be presenting the complete experience as a small "Cairn" companion book due sometime in early 2020.
Photo by Emma Ruth Rundle
Next, Gilead Media is going through the Mizmor catalog and reissuing everything on vinyl. Preorders for the third pressing of "Yodh" are already live here. Due to popularity, the next record to be repressed is "Cairn." Between my copies I'm selling online now and what's left over at Gilead, we are selling the final 10% of the 1500 originally pressed (and that's only from mail-order and online distribution over the last four months, leaving none for retail stores), so it's time to get more out there already. The process will get started soon, unsure of a sale date. After that the "Mishlei" album, a compilation of the Mizmor EP and splits released between 2013 and 2015, will get its first vinyl treatment. And finally the self-titled full-length (2012) will see its first vinyl release as well. Both these will be early-mid 2020 I think.
Lastly, Tartarus Records from the Netherlands will be doing limited cassette versions of self-titled, "Mishlei," and "Yodh" in their signature gorgeous packaging, due end of year (or possibly early 2020). I will be independently reissuing the "Cairn" cassette soon (first issue almost gone) and maybe some of the other albums on CD or tape alongside the aforementioned reissues.
Other news: Evil Greed is now the official European merch store of Mizmor. You can grab a handful of different shirt designs, "Cairn" 2LPs/CDs, and more on their website. Customers from Europe and Asia are encouraged to check out their stock to save on shipping (also check Throat Ruiner / Deathwish Inc EU and Burning World Records; UK check Dry Cough Records). I recently curated a podcast for Evil Greed on Spotify of a collection of music that moves me. Listen to it here.
What else is new? I recently was a guest on the Heavy Metal History podcast. We talked about "Cairn" and the recording process. Listen to it here. There have been a couple updates to the Mizmor Bandcamp page since last I wrote. I am now offering the digital albums of both "Cairn" and "Yodh: Live at Roadburn 2018" - buy/stream here. I've updated the Mizmor website with some photos people took of us performing on tour. Check out the gallery here. If you are a photographer that shot us, please email me your pictures.
There is more on the horizon, but this is all that can be revealed for now. Thank you so much everybody. I deeply appreciate your support of Mizmor.
New in the store (as of 10/28)
"Cairn" - 2LP:tour-edition/2LP/CD/CS/TS/LS
Hell/Mizmor Tour Long-Sleeve
Mizmor logo sticker
Still available (as of 10/28)
"Yodh" - CD
"Yodh: Live at Roadburn 2018" - 2LP/CD
"This Unabating Wakefulness" - LP
Urzeit: "Anmoksha" - Test Pressing
A.L.N. lapel pin
New on Bandcamp
"Cairn" digital album
"Yodh: Live at Roadburn 2018" digital album
Discography: 7 releases/6+ hours of music
New and notable features
It is with immense honor that Mizmor will return to Roadburn Festival 2020, performing “Cairn” in full as part of Emma Ruth Rundle‘s curation, “The Gilded Cage.” I love this festival. So many good artists, people, friends, and experiences. Can’t wait. Thanks Emma and Walter! Visit roadburn.com for more info and tickets.