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Bad Weeds Never Die (EP)
DUE 12-1-2017

As buzz continues to build around the heavy-music underground, something seems to have gone missing: the soul, and more importantly the songs. In the current climate, New York's Husbandry are a genuine oddity. They're a heavy, progressive-without-being-prog rock band with a real-deal singer, who aren't afraid to write actual songs and play them with unabashed flair and enthusiasm. In other words, they evoke that magical early-to-mid-'90s moment when great, unclassifiable bands like Quicksand, Jawbox and Shudder to Think flourished, while avoiding tired retro tendencies. Unlike so many heavy bands these days, they truly seem to want you to listen and remember what you hear.

And there's a lot to listen for. Husbandry's debut LP, 2016's Fera , was a critically acclaimed but often overlooked masterpiece, filled with songs that moved seamlessly from jagged riffs to soaring hooks.

The band's new EP, Bad Weeds Never Die, reaffirms and refines the Fera sound. Lead track "Elder Spencer Deery, which kicks off with a stomping groove from drummer Andrew Gottlieb, is textbook Husbandry. Chaotic mathcore outbursts alternate with a bright, anthemic chorus in which singer Carina Zachary reflects on her teenage brush with the Mormon faith. "Hierba Mala Nunca Muere" takes its name from a Spanish saying the English translation gives the EP its title meaning roughly "the more corrupt you are... the harder you are to kill," an apt sentiment given the EP's core themes of dark obsession. Inspired by classic '90s noise-rock of the Amphetamine Reptile school, the track features a funky swagger in the verse and Zachary's righteous belt taking the lead in the refrain. From there, the band flaunts its textural command, with guitarist Jordan Usatch offering up a gleaming, wistful melody that leads into a grinding breakdown and a surreal odd-time art-rock interlude. "Never Trust a Cuckold" finds Zachary meditating on sexual power dynamics, and specifically BDSM culture. ("It hints at the rituals of getting into character and the process of letting down your walls and hopefully discovering more about yourself," she says of the song.) The band's expert dynamic shifts between the airy verse and hectic chorus show how fully they commit to each mood they explore.

Similarly, "Misery Is a Butterfly," a cover of the title track from Blonde Redhead's 2004 LP, is a slow build from torch-song yearning to post-hardcore crunch, complete with a demented distorted-trumpet solo from guest artist Dave Levy and grand, quasi-orchestral synths from bassist Arnau Bosc. It's to Husbandry's credit that the song ends up sounding like one of their own: dramatic, driving and epic.

The EP concludes with a remix of "Elder Spencer Deery" by John LaMacchia, guitarist of veteran NYC avant-hardcore practitioners Candiria that sets Zachary's vocals against a field of ominous drones. It's a perfectly unsettling coda to the latest dispatch from a band that loves to keep the listener guessing. With Bad Weeds Never Die, Husbandry firmly establish themselves as high-order aesthetic risk takers as well as a band that's only getting better at penning songs you couldn't shake if you tried.

Bad Weeds Never Die was produced, engineered and mixed by Jon Markson (Such Gold, Self Defense Family, Drug Church) who also worked on Fera. Renowned engineer Brad Boatright mastered the album at Portland, Oregon's Audiosiege.

1. Elder Spencer Deery
2. Hierba Mala Nunca Muere
3. Never Trust A Cuckold
4. Misery Is A Butterfly
5. Elder Spencer Deery (Spylacopa Remix)

Carina Zachary - Vocals
Jordan Usatch - Guitars, bass vi
Arnau Bosc - Bass, vocals, bass vi, percussion
Andrew Gottlieb - Drums

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Inspired by the the lack of album art in the age of invisible music, Brooklyn-based record label AQUALAMB publishes 100+ page printed books of artwork and writings as physical accompaniments to its releases. Essentially, each album's art and liner notes (traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device) are reconfigured into an expanded book form. Each book also includes a download code for the music. For AQUALAMB's 17th release, Bad Weeds Never Die, the 120 page book made from a series of Exquisite Corpse drawings and Features notable artists including Guno Park, Christina Graf and John LaMacchia. The book was designed by HUSBANDRY's own Arnau Bosc.




Brooklyn's New Yorker post-rockers Husbandry (Aqualamb) and are heading out on tour this November with Prog Rock weirdos Moontooth.

Moon Tooth and Husbandry:
11/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/2 - Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry
11/3 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/4 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
11/5 - Denver, CO @ Moon Room
11/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
11/8 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground
11/10 - Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
11/11 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
11/13 - Nashville, TN @ The End
11/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/15 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/16 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

Husbandry and Rozamov:

10/20 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Well
10/21 - Florence, MA @ The 13th Floor Lounge
10/22 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East



Brooklyn's sludge metal outfit GODMAKER (Aqualamb) and Kansas City's newfound powerhouse HYBORIAN (The Company) are heading out on a co-headlining tour this July across the south, midwest and northeast.

7/13 - Greensboro, NC / Shiners*
7/13 - Shreveport, LA / Bears on Fairfield^
7/14 - Athens, GA / Little Kings
7/15 - Nashville, TN / The End
7/16 - New Orleans, LA / Siberia
7/17 - Houston, TX / White Swan
7/18 - Austin, TX / Sidewinder
7/19 - Denton, TX / Killer's Tacos
7/20 - Wichita, KS / Elbow Room
7/21 - Kansas City, MO / Union Library
7/22 - Lawrence, KS / Replay Lounge
7/23 - St. Louis, MO / FUBAR
7/24 - Chicago, IL / Burlington, w/Killer Moon, Faces of the Bog
7/25 - Akron, OH / Annabells
7/26 - Albany, NY / Fuzebox
7/28 - Brooklyn, NY / The Well
7/29 - Baltimore, MD / Joe Squared
7/30 - Philadelphia, PA / Kung Fu Necktie
*Godmaker Only
^Hyborian Only


Aqualamb Records is pleased to announce an official matinee show and party as part of the Northside Festival at Saint Vitus Bar on Saturday, June 10th in Greenpoint, Brooklyn from NOON until 6 for only $5 dollars.

The showcase will feature most of the bands from the roster including Lo-Pan, Hiram-Maxim, Black Black Black, Godmaker and Descender. The special afternoon matinee also includes sets from The Space Merchants (sophomore record out this fall), Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin, and new label friends Skryptor (featuring members of Cleveland noise rock pioneers craw and Dazzling Killmen). This is guaranteed to be the loudest, rowdiest, metalish, doomiest, darkest, nosiest show of the festival!



Hiram-Maxim Ghosts


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Limited Edition Ghosts Vinyl


AQUALAMB RECORDS announces its next release:
GHOSTS - the new LP by HIRAM-MAXIM! in Limited Edition 12-inch Splatter Vinyl, 100 pg book, and digital formats.

It's getting dark out there. People are seething. And when it all comes crashing down, this is the sound you'll hear. Ghosts, the second release from Cleveland's Hiram-Maxim, is a whorl of punishing noise and pounding beats, dark textures, bleak visions and howls of pain.

Fred Gunn's vocals are spoken and screamed, accusations and absolutions that take in personal suffering and state-sponsored acts of oppression. Lisa Miralia's processed vocals and DIY electronics conjure up synthetic squalls and clouds of distortion, warped and abrasive textures that obscure the dark, bloozy groove laid down by guitarist Dave Taha and drummer John Panza. And guest guitarist Oliver Ackermann, of A Place to Bury Strangers, adds sonic broken glass to the opener, "Behind the Blindfold" and the title track, "Ghosts".

Hiram-Maxim recorded Ghosts with Martin Bisi at his legendary BC Studio in Brooklyn, with some portions captured at John Delzoppo's Cleveland studio, Negative Space. Clocking in at 42 minutes, the record's seven tracks are as sprawling and expansive as those on the band's self-titled debut. That 2014 LP drew praise from outlets like Vice and Decibel. But Ghosts is a step forward, its songs more focused and more vicious.

Gunn did time in punk bands. Miralia is an established figure on the noise scene (her rig, featured in Gear Gods, is the envy of pedal geeks everywhere). Taha, whose previous band, Filmstrip, dealt in far-sunnier hooks, counts Elizabeth Cotten and Thurston Moore among his influences. Panza, meanwhile, plays with reckless abandon in several bands despite having only one lung. He lost the other to a bout with malignant pleural mesothelioma. He was lucky to survive.

The band takes its name from the Anglo-American inventor Hiram Stevens Maxim. He's best known for the Maxim gun, an ur-machine gun that helped turn Europe into an open-air slaughterhouse in World War I. It was an appropriate choice.


HIRAM-MAXIM on tour:



Lo-Pan In Tensions


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AQUALAMB RECORDS announces its next release:
IN TENSIONS - the new EP by LO-PAN! in Limited Edition 10-inch Vinyl, 100 pg book, CD and digital formats.

Lo-Pan's fifth release, In Tensions, is a new five song EP that sees the seasoned Columbus, OH band continuing their blistering trajectory, building on the infectious, riff-filled grooves of their 2014 full-length Colossus.

Their first on Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records (Husbandry, Black Black Black, Godmaker), In Tensions also marks the next stage in the band's ever-evolving direction — anchored by the anthemic lead single "Go West", an optimistic, sun-kissed, open highway anthem. Regarding the song, singer Jeff Martin explains "It's about setting out to accomplish a goal and then having that goal change along the way. And ultimately realizing the new goal was better than what you wanted in the first place." A perfect rallying cry for action in uncertain times, Martin continues, "And it's also about getting out and doing something…. So keep moving forward. Keeping progressing. Keep evolving."

And Lo-Pan has indeed been moving forward, both figuratively and literally. In Tensions is equal parts modern sludge metal and 90s-influenced alt rock -- synthesized to perfection. Jeff Martin has never sounded more soulful, confident and passionate on record. The riffs courtesy of the now former guitarist Adrian Lee Zambrano compliment the tribal influenced drums of Jesse Bartz and grounding bass lines of Skot Thompson, pummeling the listener on each repeated listen.

Recorded in Columbus, OH by Joe Viers, with mixings duties split between Jonathan Nunez (Torche, Shitstorm) and Ryan Haft (Wrong, Capsule) in Miami, and mastered in Chicago by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles), In Tensions is a sonic masterpiece created across multiple time zones -- the fruit of relationships forged through the band's unending dedication to the life of touring road dogs.

The band also hit a major touring milestone this year, having logged over 250,000 miles on their original van since 2005 — crossing the country countless times over on headlining tours and supporting the likes of Torche, High on Fire, Weedeater, KENmode, Whores, Fu Manchu, Atomic Bitchwax, Black Cobra and Bongzilla. Not surprisingly, they've become one of the most ferocious live acts in American heavy rock as a result.

And with In Tensions, they show no sign of slowing down. A full US tour in support of the limited edition Vinyl 10" EP is expected this winter along with a European tour in the Spring of 2017.

LO-PAN is:
Jeff Martin - Vocals
Skot Thompson - Bass
Jesse Bartz - Drums
Chris Thompson - Guitar


Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin

Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin


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AQUALAMB RECORDS announces its next release:
TRESPASSES - the debut LP by NATHANIEL SHANNON and the VANISHING TWIN, PREORDER NOW! in 100 pg book, CD and digital formats.

Comprised of 15 haunting tracks, the foundation that makes up Trespasses is the accumulation of nearly a decade of bedroom recordings by singer and multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Shannon. Never intended for the public, the songs on Trespasses present an uninhibited glimpse into the murky corners of Shannon's life-long fascination with the macabre.

Originally thought lost in the chaos of several breakups and subsequent moves throughout Brooklyn, Trespasses is an album that almost never was. Multi-track sessions for the songs were eventually unearthed and revisited, taking shape with the mixing and mastering assistance of Today Is the Day's sonic mastermind Steve Austin. The songs' dark themes are reinforced in the album's accompanying artwork, also created by Shannon who is an accomplished photographer and multimedia artist. Available in Aqualamb's signature format, the beautiful 100+ page printed book features original photo-collage images assembled specifically for the album. Also included are Shannon's handwritten lyrics and other short stories, making for a truly sublime debut album package.

Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin live:
Friday October - 28th - 7:00 PM
Memorial for Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin
Church of the Ascension, 127 Kent St, Greenpoint Brooklyn

Friday October - 28th - 9:00 PM
Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin
Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave Greenpoint Brooklyn

Inspired by the the lack of album art in the age of invisible music, Brooklyn-based record label AQUALAMB publishes 100+ page printed books of artwork and writings as physical accompaniments to its releases. Essentially, each album's art and liner notes (traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device) are reconfigured into an expanded book form. Each book also includes a download code for the music.





Fera Album Cover

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AQUALAMB RECORDS announces its next release:
FERA - the debut LP by HUSBANDRY, OUT NOW! in 140 pg book, CD and digital formats.

Fera (genitive ferae); (fem.)
wild animal, beast

Husbandry's debut full-length is a wild and sensual trip across nine unrelenting, masterfully crafted songs. The result of years of inspired experimentation compressed by the heat of a sweltering mid-July recording session, the band tore through production on the album's explosive tracks like beasts through a jungle. In under a week's time, without doctoring or pitch correction, the band emerged from the studio with Fera in tact. The album's undeniable immediacy is palpable, the fierce and frenetic energy indebted to its raw and feral origins.

"Their latest track 'So Long, Capricornian Crone' is a head-banging, body-swaying anthem- perfect to satisfy the yearn for wild we all crave. [...] Fronted by Carina Zachary, this four-piece band of rockers is the antidote to boredom, the counter to stagnation, and a thorough glimpse at the trajectory of modern rock." -

"The track is bouncy - got my head bobbing up and down - and there are plenty of riffs here that dug their claws right into me. It's a great blend of fantastic clean vocals paired with some really interesting chord progressions... And I fucking love Carina Zachary's voice; she nails her ranges perfectly, placing power behind each syllable and projecting her voice to the forefront." -

Carina Zachary - Vocals
Jordan Usatch - Guitars, bass vi
Arnau Bosc - Bass, vocals, bass vi, percussion
Andrew Gottlieb - Drums

August 25th - Record release show
Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale with Spotlights, Bangladeafy, Geometers.

August 26th
Easton, PA @ Mother's Bar & Lounge

August 27th
Baltimore @ Baltimore Free Farm with Naked Cult, Infinite Pizza, Newagehillbilly, Mother Moone

August 28th
Philadelphia @ Connies Ric Rac

Inspired by the the lack of album art in the age of invisible music, Brooklyn-based record label AQUALAMB publishes 100+ page printed books of artwork and writings as physical accompaniments to its releases. Essentially, each album's art and liner notes (traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device) are reconfigured into an expanded book form. Each book also includes a download code for the music. For AQUALAMB's 12th release, HUSBANDRY's debut full-length 140 page book was designed by HUSBANDRY's own Arnau Bosc.





MurderedMan Album Cover

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Order the self-titled LP ORDER NOW

AQUALAMB RECORDS announces its next release: the self-titled LP by MURDEREDMAN, due July 22nd in 100 pg book, vinyl and digital formats.

MURDEREDMAN’s sophomore LP, a selection of eight songs honed over three years, navigates between expansive, lush melodies and blastbeat-driven technical attacks. A striking display of restraint and release, this self-titled album diverges markedly from their prior recordings’ which were built on dissonant riffs and overdriven vocals’ by embracing open space and clarity. A patient and disciplined examination of anxiety and melancholy, this latest effort magnifies its extremes singularly, allowing them to flourish in contrast to one another.

Formed by four lifers of the Cleveland avant-rock scene, MURDEREDMAN built its sound on the bleakness of early goth-punk, the dirgy scum of the AmRep catalog, and the stark minimalism of no wave. A unified vision quickly emerged from this convergence of influences, leading to their raw seven-inch debut, followed by a handful of limited cassettes, and 2013’s LP, Love in Danger. On stage, MURDEREDMAN presents a dramatic live spectacle refined over their four year history while sharing bills with a diverse range of bands including ONO, Vaz, Obnox, Floor, Oozing Wound, and Tiger Hatchery.

The live experience showcases their enigmatic vocalist who creates a visual atmosphere through compelling manipulations of light, shadow, and reflection. His performative expressions highlight musical contrasts of beauty and brutality, often culminating in a mess of shattered mirrors, damaged gear, and scattered flowers. MURDEREDMAN is not just giving you music, they’re giving you theatre.

Order the self-titled LP ORDER NOW

David Russell - Vocals
John Delzoppo - Drums
Rich Raponi - Bass
Ron Kretsch - Guitars


July 9 - (Special Early Release Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class with Hiram-Maxim, and Glass Traps.

July 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ COBRA CLUB IN BROOKLYN, NY w/ Stats, Dan Friel and Hiram-Maxim

Inspired by the the lack of album art in the age of invisible music, Brooklyn-based record label AQUALAMB publishes 100+ page printed books of artwork and writings as a tangible accompaniment to its releases. Essentially, each album’s art and liner notes (traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device) are reconfigured into book form. Each book includes a download code for the music. For AQUALAMB's 13th release, MURDEREDMAN's self-titled 100 Page book was designed by MURDEREDMAN’s guitarist and Dangerous Minds Contributing Editor, Ron Kretsch. Art collages were crafted by their vocalist, visual artist David Russell Stempowski.

"The new LP’s lead-off track, (Pacing A Crime) is a patient and disciplined examination of anxiety and melancholy underpinned with a cathartic tension-and-release structure that borrows from goth, post-metal, and no-wave, setting the tone for a gripping and compelling album laced with darkness and brutality." -NewNoise

"MURDEREDMAN’s sonic assault is abrasive, acidic and unstoppable... both intelligent and primitive... Noise attack guitar nihilism, distorted bass grooves and bone shaking drum pummel all combine with frantic howls..." -Permanent Records, Chicago

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ORDER Black Black Black’s Altered States of Death and Grace Due 3-25!

Black Black Black

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"Black Black Black traffic in the kind of good-natured misanthropy of bands like Whores or KEN mode, but the musical gestures beneath the noisy exterior are all forward-charging, Kyuss-worshipping sludge n' roll. It's basically underground metal's version of a radio banger." -BrooklynVegan

Brooklyn "doom pop" rockers Black Black Black are set to release new, sophomore album Altered States of Death and Grace on March 25th via Aqualamb Records.

Stripped-down, psyched-out desert rock meets big-city darkness, in Altered States of Death and Grace's ten perfect gems of driving rock n' roll. Hip-shaking stomps and soaring hooks propel morbidly poetic songs about pills, decay, self-mutilation, Satanism, and other horror-flick delights, bearing titles like "Let's Bloodlet" and "Exorcist Everything." It is a clash of desert and city, light and dark, sweet and bitter - while the music radiates color, the lyrics are as black as the band name.

"Zoloft Manual" kicks off the album, showcasing the rich singing voice of frontman Jason Alexander Byers - Byers is formerly the vocalist of '90s Cleveland band Disengage (releases on Man's Ruin Records and other labels) and on Altered States of Death and Grace he croons, howls, and screams with a veteran's conviction. Second track "I Got Scabies" begins as a hellbound highway rocker and ends with clanging Daydream Nation strums. "Lloyd Needs Meds" follows, slowing things down to heavy, transcendent White Album bliss, the sounds of eerie voices and sharpening knives buried in the haze.

From start to finish, Altered States of Death and Grace is a supremely rocking album that traverses the whole spectrum but always keeps a foot in black.

Stream "Let's Bloodlet," featuring guest vocals by Dave Curran of Unsane, here>>

The album was recorded at Terminus Recording Studios and mixed at 28th Street Sound by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Mutoid Man), and mastered by Carl Saff (Fu Manchu, Sannhet).

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Zoloft Manual
2) I Got Scabies
3) Lloyd Needs Meds
4) Let's Bloodlet
5) Exorcist Everything
6) Let's Scare Death to Death
7) Jessup Jessup Jessup
8) Every Dentist Does
9) Slowly Severed
10) When Dying's Done

Aqualamb, the Brooklyn label of which Black Black Black bassist Johnathan Swafford is co-owner, will release Altered States of Death and Grace on March 25th in its signature format: the label has made a name for releasing music in the form of pristinely-designed, 100-page, softbound books. In Aqualamb's book series, each album's art and liner notes, traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of a music-playing device, is given an expanded space in which to shine. A download code for the music is included within each book. Altered States of Death and Grace's cover art was created by frontman Byers, with Aqualamb handling the book design.

Altered States of Death and Grace follows Black Black Black's self-titled debut album, released on Aqualamb in 2013.

Black Black Black has played shows with Torche, Weedeater, Doomriders, and more. The band joins Craw and STATS for a Craw reunion show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on March 12th.

Jason Alexander Byers - vocals
Jacob Cox - guitar
Johnathan Swafford - bass
Jeff Ottenbacher - drums

Dave Curran - guest vocals on "Zoloft Manual" and "Let's Bloodlet"
Jesse Quattro - guest vocals on "Slowly Severed"



Limited Edition (300 QT) Blue Vinyl with the NEW Exclusive Vinyl Only track "The Ambulance Was Late" Recorded May 2015. Mastered especially for vinyl and pressed at Gotta Groove in Cleveland Ohio.

ORDER The Space Merchants’ S/T debut OUT NOW!


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Aqualamb Records presents its next release: the self-titled debut album by The Space Merchants, out June 9th.

A self-proclaimed "country band traveling through space," The Space Merchants drive, jangle, and twang their way through sweet, haunting jams, as majestic as they are minimal. Theirs is a lo-fi psych experience, befitting of interstellar exploration as well as lonely highway trucking. .

Naming The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, and Bobbie Gentry as musical inspirations, and mining the realms of science fiction, religion and myth in their lyrics, the co-ed Brooklyn band marries backporch Americana with brain-blowing transcendence, a juxtaposition they themselves sum up as "like Johnny Cash explaining current theories in astrophysics."

On perfectly composed songs like "One Cut Like the Moon" and "Mainline the Sun," female and male voices intertwine in rich harmonies over bluesy guitar- and organ-driven rock. The instrumentation is classic, the song structures are tried and true. The Space Merchants follow a recipe that has been working since the birth of rock n' roll, yet these are songs that seduce, abduct, and lead guided tours of other worlds.

The dazzling/dizzying cover art is by Braulio Amado, whose work has graced the covers of The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek.
The tracklisting is as follows:

1) One Cut Like the Moon
2) Evil Itch
3) Mainline the Sun
4) Beatniks
5) Good Day to Die
6) Reavers
7) One Thousand Years of Boredom
8) Where's the Rest of Life



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The Craw Box set and 100 page book is out. Order this amazing project. Aqualamb designed the book and packaging in collaboration with Northern Spy Records.

You more than likely never heard of Craw but you should: "The songs are explosive, eerie and downright riveting, combining the visceral rush of metallic post-hardcore, the compositional majesty of progressive rock and the purposeful abstraction of experimental improv, while at the same time achieving a rare, insular coherence all their own.” Hank Shteamer, writer and project organizer

Hiram-Maxim’s S/T debut is out now!


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The self-titled debut album by Cleveland, Ohio band Hiram-Maxim, is out now! Named for the 19th-century inventor of the Maxim machine gun, Hiram-Maxim plumb the darkest depths of eerie, drunken psych, in line with Pink Floyd's early jams or the creepiest crawlings of Oxbow and US Maple.

Hiram-Maxim's debut consists of four songs, spanning 36 minutes. Frontman Fred Gunn whispers, groans, and howls as he details tragic deaths, self-destruction, and cannibalistic love. Dave Taha's guitars lay down heavy blues then veer out into the uneasy ambience of Moore/Ranaldo space, melding with Lisa Miralia's electronics to create a bed of paranoid textures. On drums, John Panza keeps it sparse and loose, goading the songs along on winding rambles toward their final destinations.

Hiram-Maxim is a free-form, free-falling affair spacious and improvisational. Live, natural, and totally unsettling, the album sounds as if it was recorded in one take in the attic of a haunted house. In truth, it is reported to have been recorded and mixed by John Delzoppo at Negative Space in Cleveland, Ohio and mastered by Chris Keffer at Magnetic North. The 100 page book was designed by Cleveland based Graphic Designer Ron Kretsch.


"[Hiram-Maxim's] 'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies." - Vice

"[Aqualamb's] first release of 2015 is a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding." - Steel for Brains

"More like an experiment in the deconstruction of sound than an album in the traditional sense... In another universe, one might call it punk rock. Here, it is gleefully and thoroughly fucked up." - The Obelisk

"Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness... Noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd." - American Aftermath

"Spread over four tracks, the music on Hiram-Maxim (Aqualamb) sounds mostly improvised, giving it a genuine feeling of unease as the four band members craft sounds that could be the soundtrack to undergoing a particularly intense k-hole whilst locked in a Salvador Dali museum overnight. The loose, free-form approach often gives way to violent bursts of noise such as on the brutally harsh 'Can't Stop' which sounds as if Throbbing Gristle had been force-fed mescaline." - Ghost Cult Magazine

Various Artists
Aqualamb Winter Label Sampler

For those of you new to the label, we're pleased to present our free Winter Label Sampler featuring songs from all our current artists. Included are new tracks from Hiram-Maxim, Godmaker and Descender along with classic tracks from Black Black Black, Vagina Panther and HHR.

Head over to our bandcamp page and download yours now!


We have some really cool stuff coming up for 2015! Releases that are locked down are Cleveland Ohio's psychedelic stone masons: Hiram-Maxim and New York space rockers: The Space Merchants.

Plus a ton more in the works with some other new bands and new output coming from current bands: Godmaker, Black Black Black , Descender , HHR , and Vagina Panther!

2015 is the year of the Aqualamb?



Hiram-Maxim (LP)

Hiram-Maxim's debut consists of four songs, spanning 36 minutes. Frontman Fred Gunn whispers, groans, and howls as he details tragic deaths, self-destruction, and cannibalistic love. Dave Taha's guitars lay down heavy blues then veer out into the uneasy ambience of Moore/Ranaldo space, melding with Lisa Miralia's electronics to create a bed of paranoid textures. On drums, John Panza keeps it sparse and loose, goading the songs along on winding rambles toward their final destinations.


Godmaker (LP)

Godmaker is two New Yorkers and two Kansans who combine forces to crush your soul, break your heart, and rattle your innards. This is punishingly/defiantly heavy music that inhabits darker parts of the sonic spectrum. Atmospheric and thunderously loud riffs are combined with bursts of sonic virtuosity and sparse minimalism to create structures that are violently technical while swinging as hard as they can. Listeners tend to be left hopelessly head-lobbing with a shit-eating grin.


Black Black Black
Black Black Black (LP)

NYC's Black Black Black creates heavy disillusioned doom pop. Featuring members of various rust belt rock bands, the debut from these Ohio expats is designed to conjure, cajole, and catapult the dead. Seven-eyed goats, alters, cults, and other dark visions were the inspiration for this insistent record.


And So We Marched (EP)

Taking its name from a typographic term, Descender is a Brooklyn-based band made up of four graphic designers. Drawing on influences ranging from early '90s indie and punk rock to hardcore and prog metal, Descender effortlessly fuses together a sound that defies easy classification.


Human Highlight Reel
Taking Drugs to Make Music to Sell Cars to. (EP)

Human Highlight Reel (HHR) crafts instrumental cinematic compositions for a post-apocalyptic era in music. HHR crumbles elements of rock into multi-sectioned chimeras that rarely travel in linear trajectories.


Vagina Panther
Judge (EP)

In our world of non-smoking rock venues and other diluted versions of what once was, VP return a bit of the dirty back to its rightful home of Rock. Rock 'n' Roll was never meant to be safe or clean.