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SERVILE SECT
TRVTH”
EDITION: 250 LP (125 CLASSIC BLACK, 125 PINK WITH MINT GREEN SPLATTER)
CATALOG NUMBER: HB-012
RELEASE DATE: MAY 2011
AVAILABILITY: SOLD OUT

“Servile Sect is, inevitably, birthed from some genre-specific formula of influence and the parallels are, at times, easy to draw. What elevates their music above and beyond the coils of compartmentalization and inhibited thought is not easy to isolate. Trvth is a monument in its own right. Weaving together a vast canvas of influence that begins with psychedelics, passes the cosmos and lands in the wilderness of self induced free thought – Servile Sect are large in vision and large in sound. Surpassing the rudimentary hallmarks of ambience, noise, psychedelic hues, drone and black metal (all lazy comparisons when it comes to the blitzed euphoria that lies at the center of these drones and rhythms) to birth one of the most unique and intriguing records of the year.
It can be hypnotic – but certainly not solely because of the psychedelic cadence that permeates the field recordings, for the black metal movements of the song are equally hypnotic.
It can be euphoric – though not due to the crystalline clarity that seeps through during moments of climactic intensity, since the shuffled, fuzzed and meandering field recordings are light-bearing enough.
It can be aggressive – the relentless ‘solar storm’ assault that out shadows the majority of the second side is justification enough. Yet to hint at this during the more relaxed, trip inducing first side? How can this even come to be?
It is a unique experience. It is avant-garde in the sense that it innovates: there is a path that lies ahead. Too often the avant-garde label has summoned visions of dead ends, projects born in the fire and dying in the ashes. They have ideas that are interesting for one or two albums before dissipating. I get a different impression from Servile Sect. Trvth is a joy to experience. It is an experience that plays on manifold moods and feelings without every growing tiring. It is an experience that I forgot music could antagonize.” – Lurker

“SVRRENDER”
EDITION: 250 CS (COMPANION TO “TRVTH”)
CATALOG NUMBER: HBCS-033
RELEASE DATE: FEB 2012
AVAILABILITY: SOLD OUT

“Released as a cassette-only companion to the group's recent Trvth record, also released on Handmade Birds, Svrrender acts perfectly as an extension of Trvth, building on the band's sprawling blackened psychedelia and scorched blackbuzz drones. The record opens with sheets of thick buzzing synths, and swirling electronics, all over strange murky pulses, and laced with strange disembodied voices, before launching into a full bore blast of traditional sounding black metal fury, huge thick squalls of barbed riffage, programmed beats blasting wildly through the murk, the vocals a sick, raspy demonic croak, a blur of chaotic blackness, that manages to meld traditional BM tropes to something much more mysterious and experimental, the group infusing the seemingly traditional sound with all manner of unlikely texture and subtle warped FX. Definitely grim enough for unadventurous metalheads, but as this is Servile Sect, the sound soon shifts to something much more spacey and droned out, total psychedelic cosmic drift, thick undulating swells of crumbling rumbles and sci-fi shimmer, wrapped around chantlike vox and smeared layers and textures, and over the course of the five songs on the A side, the sound veers from that droned out celestial thrum to furious churning black metal blasts and back again, the whole side a dizzying twisted black/drone juggernaut.

The flipside is just as heavy, but in a completely different manner, taking the band's knack from blackened soundscaping, and applying it to a blurred, lumbering ultradoom, sort of SUNNO))) like in its slo-mo glacial heft, but the band's grim psychedelic dirgery somehow manages to take that sound and push it even further, the guitars grinding (or are they synths) and rumbling, streaks of spacey FX and glitched out electronics, not to mention heavily effected vox, swirl above whorls of feedback, and smeared synths, all anchored by a deathmarch ultradoom pound, a caveman creep wreathed in thick downtuned rumble and thrum, super hypnotic and heavy, but also caustic and abject and fucking massive sounding, not to mention somehow totally spacey and psychedelic. Easily some of the best stuff we've heard from these guys, which means you best get one quick, cuz this is LIMITED TO 250 COPIES!!” – Aquarius Records

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