Sunday, April 16, 2017

LEE ALTOMARE: 1976 - 2010

photo by Matthew Melnick 

for the benefit of those new to us, Lee Altomare was our founding member / guitarist / best friend. He passed away on this day in 2010. We continue to be impacted by his absence, yet we also remain inspired by his presence.
we've grown accustom to re-calibrating ourselves so we can settle into the latest "new normal", which is a practice that was blueprinted by Lee. when you hit those seemingly multiplying patches of bad luck, don't just pack it up, close it down, and dwell on the failings; dig in your heels, focus on what works, and build upward.
we miss him everyday, and hope we're doing right by him.
thanks for being here, everyone. please take a minute to check out Lee's final song, "Tablespoon Cataract", from our split 7" with Bastard Noise on Haunted Hotel Records. available now

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

the aborted Communion zine












during this recent "hiatus" i came up (translation: stole from Bloodyminded ) with the idea to put together a "zine", using song titles and lyrics from our in-development full length as text. after pouring over the works of New Juche  and Dylan Thompson, and then looking at these crude, almost jokey pieces, i decided that it's best to leave visual art to people who know what they are doing, and to keep my aesthetic contributions to myself. 

i've always had aspirations to work in visual mediums of artistic expression; comics, film making, sculpture, etc.... but i never could get the image in my head to cooperate with what took shape on the page. it was around age 14-15 that i decided to try and write them down instead, and i found that to be much more agreeable. attempts at collaboration with visual artists have almost always fallen apart (with the exception of Ethan Lee McCarthy , who succeeds where i fail in these departments), so out of frustration and curiosity i still take a stab at it from time to time. 

most of these photos came from various tumblrs that i follow, as well as pieces cooked up for my abandoned art tumblr Progressive Displacements

Saturday, April 1, 2017

HOMEBODY EPHEMERA

It is our esteemed pleasure to announce the launch of HOMEBODY EPHEMERA:


This company will specialize exclusively in grindcore inspired toys, collectibles, and off-beat merchandise options for all.

To commemorate this launch, we're offering a sneak peak at prototypes for the inaugural product line; a set of fully posable action figures of the Communion Memescot Triptych!

                                                    the suicidal 'n sassy BLORT



the curiously kinky HYMEN BALACLAVA


and last but not least, The Blast Beast known as RABID BAT


each of these Prime (Ad)Ministers of Platonic Lustmord will come packaged with a vial of Weaponized Rohypnol and a copy of this exclusive Communion mini-comic that outlines their origin;


and if you opt to join the Homebody Ephemera Homebound Collector Delivery Service you'll receive as a gift the Pockmarks Chase Variants of each figure, who will come packaged not only with everything seen here, but special accessories that when clipped together will create a detailed diorama of the Triptych's secluded hideaway; the Libido Abattoir.

click here for pre-order link!  


Thursday, March 23, 2017

2 years later

buy the BASTARD NOISE / THE COMMUNION split 7" from HAUNTED HOTEL RECORDS


BASTARD NOISE do a loving tribute / homage / eulogy to our departed friend Lee Altomare of THE COMMUNION. Its truly a remarkable and beautiful track, something very hard to pull off in the noise genre.
 New York's own THE COMMUNION give us "TABLESPOON CATARACT" , which is the final track that Lee played on. Really intense grindcore that pulls influence from death metal, black metal and hardcore.
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Friday, November 6, 2015

it’s been the proverbial “long road” with this release, so the fact that it’s finally out still hasn’t hit me yet. but enough talk; here’s a few years worth of “ah fuck” in 40+ minutes;

HELMSPLITTER/THE COMMUNION Split Album out now! For fans of AUTOPSY, BASTARD NOISE, NOISEAR, PORTAL, PRIMITIVE MAN, RORSCHACH, SERPENTINE PATH, TRIAC!

Order the CD for only $10 with free shipping at
http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd119.html

Stream the entire album for FREE,
then purchase the Digital Download for only $6.66 at

https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/great-violence-and-hidden-depths-split
Order the CD for only $10 with free shipping at
http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd119.html

Stream the entire album for FREE,
then purchase the Digital Download for only $6.66 at

https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/great-violence-and-hidden-depths-split
HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH PRODUCTIONS BRINGS TOGETHER TWO OF THE MOST VILE FORCES IN THE UNDERGROUND, HELMSPLITTER AND THE COMMUNION, FOR SPLIT ALBUM OF "GREAT VIOLENCE AND HIDDEN DEPTHS"! FORGED IN THE MIDWEST, HELMSPLITTER RETURN TO HPGD POWERING FORWARD INTO A REALM OF BLACKENED THRASH AND VIOLENT SELF-MEDICATION. EXTREME EVIL FOR A WORLD OF SHIT! MISANTHROPY, PAIN, FRUSTRATION AND DESPAIR LYRICALLY COMPLIMENT THIS MOLOTOV COCKTAIL OF BLACK METAL, SLUDGE, DEATH METAL, CRUST PUNK, THRASH AND DOOM METAL. HELMSPLITTER'S TRACKS WERE RECORDED, MIXED AND MASTERED BY SCOTT CREEKMORE (BROKEN HOPE, NUM SKULL, LIVIDITY). FOR FANS OF ABSU, BLOOD DUSTER, BONGZILLA, CRAFT, CROWBAR, DARKTHRONE, DESTROYER 666, EMPEROR, EYEHATEGOD, GOATWHORE, HORNA, IMMORTAL, LEVIATHAN, MARDUK, MAYHEM, SLAYER, SOILENT GREEN, 1349 AND WATAIN

BLACKENED SLUDGE GRIND, HARDCORE DEATH NOISE, PERVERSE SURREALISM! THE COMMUNION HAIL FROM BETHPAGE, NY AND HOLD NOTHING BACK ON THIS BLUDGEONING SPLIT RELEASE. NOT EASILY DEFINED OR CATEGORIZED, THIS METAL/HARDCORE QUARTET QUARTET CREATE ANGST-RIDDEN EXPLOSIONS, A TWISTED PERCEPTION OF BLACK METAL SHRIEKING, BLAST-BEAT TAKEOFFS AND SWINGING SLUDGE RIFFS. A DISGUSTING DISPLAY SURE TO PLEASE FANS OF PUKE GRIND, HATE SLUDGE, JUNK NOISE, SURREAL DEATH, SCABBY BLACK, SUICIDAL DOOM, GUTTER THRASH... AND OTHER SUBTERRANEAN MUTANT SOUNDS FROM AESTHETIC ISOLATIONISTS. THE COMMUNION'S TRACKS WERE RECORDED/MIXED BY JAY NEWMAN AND MASTERED BY ALAN DOUCHES AT WEST WEST SIDE MUSIC. THIS RELEASE FEATURES ARTWORK BY ETHAN LEE MCCARTHY (PRIMITIVE MAN, WITHERED, VERMIN WOMB, CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE). FOR FANS OF ABSCESS, ANTAEUS, ARABROT, AUTOPSY, BASTARD NOISE, BODDICKER, DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT, THE KILL, NOISEAR, PORTAL, PRIMITIVE MAN, RORSCHACH, SERPENTINE PATH, STARKWEATHER, TRANSIENT AND TRIAC


TRACK LISTING:

Helmsplitter
1. When Black Rains Fell
2. The Ancients Beneath
3. Denied The Light Forever
4. My Darkness Complete
5. Monuments Of Man's Depravity / A Grave Best Left Forgotten

The Communion
6. Graft
7. Volunteer Widower
8. Next Time I'm Coming Inside
9. Hymen Balaclava
10. Gallstone Seedbed