MondoCon, a multi-disciplinary showcase that takes place in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 4 and 5, is always a blast. But this year Mondo/Death Waltz have a couple original releases set to premiere at the event that take things to a whole new level.
First, the supremely talented Deadly Avenger returns after eight years with the album Everyday is Kill. Next, there’s the debut of Dust Witch, a five-piece synth outfit releasing their Mirage seven-inch. Both will be available via Death Waltz Originals to purchase at MondoCon. A wider release will follow the event.
For those who can’t possibly wait until MondoCon to get a taste of the new Deadly Avenger after the long wait: Here’s an exclusive Deadly Avenger track you can’t even find on the album.
Deadly Avenger – Everyday is Kill
Damon Baxter (AKA Deadly Avenger) is back with his first new material in eight years, after releasing music on the legendary D.C Recordings & Wall Of Sound imprints. The purveyor of evocative, synth-driven experiences may not have been putting out new Deadly Avenger material, but his mark is all over popular culture.
Over the past few years he has supplied music for trailers for films such as Ant-Man, The Avengers, and John Wick. But he’s had that itch — the one talented musicians get when they have a creative urge that can’t be abated. In the face of that, he’s created a dark, neon-laden nightmare that unleashes eight years of pent up energy.
Deadly Avenger’s songs combine the big moves of Le Matos, Carpenter Brut, or Perturbator with the nuances of synth-loving composers such as Steve Moore and Cliff Martinez. The result is a wild and rewarding experience: tight, crunchy synth cuts that bounce and tracks that embark into the most measured of contemplations.
Everyday is Kill is pressed on 180g blue and yellow color-in-color vinyl that is limited to 500 copies. The artwork and layout is by Luke Insect. The cost is $25.
Dust Witch –Mirage
The band Dust Witch is making its debut on Death Waltz Originals. The label first got wind of the five-piece band from Daniel Danger, who created the release’s cover art. He saw them playing at a dive bar and instantly knew they were something special.
The band recalls the glory days of 1970s prog-rock crossed with the Suspiria soundtrack, creating a distinctive array of sound: tight, complex, and densely layered — tapping simultaneously into Goblin at their high-point and Yes at their most wild.
It’s important not to overlook the band component: live drums and guitar add a dense and compelling energy and human element to their synth foundation. “Mirage” is moody and dreamy, and utterly intense. Other cut, “Hibernaculum,” has the kind of mellow, organ-led satanic melody that would get you kicked out of church on any given Sunday.
Overall, Dust Witch is an act you’ve got to keep an eye, and both ears, on.
An exclusive gold, black and orange stripes (100 only) will be available when they perform the the Holodeck Records showcase on Friday night. Find out more about that event on Facebook. The MondoCon exclusive version is pressed on Black & Gold swirl vinyl (500 only) and is $15.
Online and record-store releases for both Deadly Avenger and Dust Witch will follow after MondoCon.