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Slomatics Debut Video for Forthcoming Album

Belfast’s heaviest band Slomatics will be releasing their new album Future Echo Returns in September on Black Bow Records, and they’ve released a video of the track “Electric Breath” to make it known that you should be pretty damn psyched for the release. The video was created by Dermot Faloon, the album was recorded and mixed by Conan’s Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios in Cheshire and mastered for CD and LP by James Plotkin.

You can preorder the album HERE, and be sure to check out the video below…


ALIEN Day at Mondo is 4/26

If you worship the Alien franchise like we do here at Plotkinworks, you’ll want to head over to the Mondo website to have a look at the fantastic things they’ll be releasing for Alien Day. Items include an amazing batch of new silkscreened posters, various apparel, a new variant of the Aliens 2LP original motion picture soundtrack, and the debut release of the Prometheus original motion picture soundtrack on vinyl. Both the Aliens and Prometheus releases have been mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin.

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Hydra Head Records Reissues S/T & “Things Viral” From KHANATE On Vinyl

Preorders are open for NYC “extreme doom” group Khanate’s first 2 vinyl album reissues, including bonus material and LPs of previously unreleased recordings. The self-titled debut was originally released via Southern Lord Records in 2001, and quickly gained a cult status among an audience across many genres. Followed by the 2003 album “Things Viral”, Khanate’s style of extreme, yet restrained composition and brutal execution has often been aped, although never successfully. These high quality vinyl reissues have been carefully remastered by James Plotkin and contain the complete recordings for each session. Packaging has also been given an upgrade by Stephen O’Malley, both albums being presented in sturdy Stoughton-style gatefold sleeves.

A deluxe option includes 1 of 2 extremely limited white-label LPs of live radio performances from the earliest years of the band’s existence. Various color vinyl options are also available, as well as a minimalist t-shirt design.





SUMAC Debut New Track from Forthcoming Album What One Becomes

For those out of the loop of heavy, challenging music, Sumac is the recently formed trio of Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, Jodis, Lotus Eaters), Brian Cook (Botch, Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes), and Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists). What One Becomes, the follow-up to Sumac’s punishing debut album The Deal will be released on Thrill Jockey this summer. What One Becomes is available for preorder at Thrill Jockey’s website for CD and 2LP formats, including a limited version on clear vinyl. The album was mastered by James Plotkin, a longtime collaborator of Turner’s.

To keep their audience on the edge of their collective seats, Sumac has posted the album’s 2nd track “Rigid Man” on YouTube. One might find it difficult to comprehend how the band could get any heavier, yet they’ve managed to do so while expanding the depth and complexity of their compositions in the process.


Regurgitation Complete Recordings ‘86-87 Available for Pre-order from FOAD Records

Regurgitation Album ArtOn March 25, FOAD Records will begin shipping Regurgitation Complete Recordings 1986/1987. The album was mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin.

Regurgitation Complete Recordings 1986/1987 includes two demos Organic Backwash (1986) and Bathrooms Rule (1987), the track “Pesticide” from Speed Metal Hell Vol. 3 plus assorted soundboard recordings, gatefold sleeve liner notes from Plotkin and Jon “Metalion“ Kristiansen of Slayer Mag, and a fanzine-style booklet containing tape artworks, flyers, zine excerpts and rare photos.

From the liner notes by Plotkin:

These two demos are basically the start of my career as a musician/engineer/producer. In 1986, I was 15 years old and completely obsessed with thrash metal and anything underground. I had been playing guitar for two or three years, so the obvious thing at that point was to start a band. Finding like-minded musicians in the suburbs of New Jersey wasn’t easy in those days and I wasn’t even old enough to drive, so I got a few friends from school to enlist for the cause.

The LP is available in two versions: a die-hard version on “acid reflux” yellow and green splatter vinyl (limited to 100 copies) and a black vinyl version (limited to 400 copies).

Pre-order Regurgitation via FOAD Records.