The Abyss Stares Back – boxset pre-order online

The Boxset is up for pre-order. All info in our store.

If you’re interested in a single release: we’ll sell remaining copies of the Amenra/Vvovnds split LP in our store from May 20th. Around the same date we’ll ship the first parcels of the boxset.

The Abyss Stares Back – boxset

Hypertension records announce a series of split releases featuring previously unreleased songs by Amenra, Scott Kelly, Primitive Man, Drums Are For Parades, Nihill, Alkerdeel, Mathieu Vandekerckhove, Hessian, Vvovnds The Music 

The record-industry is dead, long live the underground! 
Today’s crisis in the record-industry might seem to be a curse, not only for the big money consuming mastodons but also for the smaller and independent labels more prone to take artistic risks. At the Hypertension Records HQ we embraced the challenge and turned it into a blessing. Instead of holding our horses we took a giant leap, got creative and started working at by far our most ambitious project our nine years old history.

So what’s the fuzz all about?
In the span of one year (May 2014 – December 2014) Hypertension  plans to release five split 12″s - each featuring exclusive tracks – one side by artists like  Nihill (nl), Primitive Man (us), Scott Kelly (us – Neurosis) and on the other side Belgian powerhouses like  Amenra, Drums Are For ParadesHessianMathieu Vandekerckhove (Amenra, Syndrome),  Vvovnds and AlkerdeelHypertension is proud to be contributing to the creation of some unique partnerships between bands that admire and respect each other. 

This is our way to celebrate the passion, creativity and pureness of independent music. This is our way to challenge the status-quo, support amazing local bands and give (cult) foreign bands some well-deserved exposure. .

The Art

This is a Hypertension project so we’re pretty sure you didn’t expect the story to end here. For all the artwork, lay-out and visual content of this series we will be teaming up with some great artists who all got close links with Hypertension.

Up and coming artist Tom Vanuytrecht/White filth will be responsible for the artwork. Tom is an early adaptor of all things Hypertension, following and collecting our releases from day one. For the 12”-series he created different object/shrine-light installations that will feature on the front cover of every record. Stefaan Temmerman, in-house photographer of the Church Of Ra, Amenra crew member, freelance concert photograph and a brilliant photo artist, will be responsible for all the band photos and the images of Tom Vanuytrechts’s installations/artwork for the records. Steebz Khuan will be responsible for making sure everything fits the right graphic standards. José Carlos Santos, Lisboa resident and writer for Terrorizer and Rock-A-Rolla, will guide you through every release with liner notes/ background info.

The Series

It was Fredrik Nietzsche who said: “without music life would be a mistake. ” We couldn’t agree more..  So when looking for an appropriate title for our project we ended up rephrasing our friend Frederik by adopting the title: ‘The Abyss Stares Back’. Matching the atmosphere provoked by the shrine light installations of Tom Vanuytrecht it also refers  to the underground movement we proudly support.

Pré-order for the series start Thursday April 17thEach record will be a gem, pressed on 180gr. vinyl, receiving a high quality treatment for your sonic and acoustic pleasure.
There will be a one time only pressing of 500 copies, no less, no more, no repress.

At a cost of 110 euro (excl shipping) each package will contain four parcels including:

  • Five 12”s (on clear vinyl, first come, first serve).
  • A limited edition t-shirt.
  • A limited 2-cd including all tracks of the series.
  • Printed pictures w/ liner notes for each 12” (by José Carlos – Terrorizer)
  • A slipmat.
  • A poster.
  • A deluxe collectors-box to store all records and specials
  • For 10 euro extra you can upgrade the box with a ticket for an exclusive acoustic Amenra show in the marl caves of Riemst (region Hasselt-Maastricht-Liege)

The first 100 copies will get an extra gift: we’ll randomly throw in test pressings, special art prints by Vanuytrecht, other Hypertension releases,… Remaining copies will be sold in the Hypertension-store, by the bands and by a select amount of distro’s.

Release Dates (TBC)

May 2014: The Abyss Stares Back # 1: Amenra / Vvovnds
June 2014: The Abyss Stares Back # 2: Hessian / Primitive Man
September 2014: The Abyss Stares Back # 3: Mathieu Vandekerckhove/ Scott Kelly
October 2014: The Abyss Stares Back # 4: Drums Are For Parades / ???
November 2014: The Abyss Stares Back # 5: Nihill / Alkerdeel

Trailers are available on our Vimeo and snippets of all songs will be released on our Soundcloud.

Mass II reissue in April 2014

Flashback to 2005! Belgium’s leading doom/sludge metal act AMENRA independently releases ‘Mass II’, an extremely limited edition collector’s item pressed on CDR and silkscreened LP. The record is only available at one of their legendary concerts, at an abandoned chapel in their hometown of Ghent. Mass II becomes a much sought after hidden gem…

Fast-forward to 2008, Amenra finally decides to remaster and officially release ‘Mass II’ through Hypertension Records, as with the 2005-edition the record sells out in no time.

Now another 4 years later, due to popular demand both band and label have decided to re-release this rare classic. The 2014-version of Mass II will be available in digipack including enhanced video.

With “Mass II”, AMENRA delve deep into the forgotten yet painfully honest solitude, longings, disappointments and aching needs at the heart of secret selves.As usual, they create dark landscapes with cinematic qualities, creating lush, repetitive rhythms, that resonate a sense of sonic darkness. Transcending the limits of time and space, AMENRA embark on a journey of painstaking subtlety and crushing disruptions. With dense, reverberating guitar work and mesmerizing rhythms, AMENRA create colossal compositions, testament to their sheer talent for creating a threatening, apocalyptic feeling.

Mass II will be available April 8th, special package including a limited Mass III shirt through our store.