RIYL: Spiritual droned out psychedelic mantras served with layers of fuzz and reverb

Label: Fuzz Club Records

‚ÄúHe who fears death cannot enjoy life” – Dead Mantra

Dead Mantra

Icelandic cult psychedelic trio Dead Skeletons are more than a band, they are rock n roll spirit guides, exploring the depths of light and dark, life and death, and all the spaces in-between in which a soul can find itself wandering through karmic iterations.

I must admit I almost crapped my pants when I found out that there was a new release by Dead Skeletons coming out. This bunch is at the core of what psychedelic expression is all about in both¬†sound and vision! Dead Skeletons was originally summoned¬†for an¬†art-exibit project in Iceland back in 2008 (with the track “Dead Mantra”)¬†by Nonni Dead (J√≥n¬†S√¶mundur¬†Au√įarson) and also features¬†Singapore Sling member Henrik¬†Bj√∂rnsson and Asteroid #4‘s¬†¬†Ryan Van Kriedt. ¬†The project quickly grew¬†into a spiritual vessel of immense magnitude with¬†grand explorations of shamanic trance inducing droned out psychedelic sounds. Gaining quite the reputation both for their visuals and sounds, their debut 10″ EP¬†“Dead Mantra” was released by Anton Newcombe (the Brian Jonestown Massacre) via his label A Records in 2010, followed by their debut-album “Dead Magick” in 2011. If you’re lucky enough to find any of the two pressings of the album you better be ready to trade¬†some mad money for it.. They’ve also released a few additional singles and EPs that are exceedingly hard to come by.

This double-album is a live recording of their performance at the legendary Berlin club SO36, which had¬†been revived especially for this night¬†back in December 2013. The energy¬†shared between¬†the trio and the crowd is a fullblown trancendental experience, caught on recording and pressed into the grooves of side A to C¬†in this set. Side D¬†contains a silk screened artwork, something which is often present in Dead Skeletons’¬†vinyl-releases. ¬†This is more than a¬†great¬†album, it’s a genuine piece of spiritual art!

Visual art has remained implicit to Dead Skeletons, with many album covers originating as paintings,¬†and¬†Nonni¬†painting on canvas as part of the group‚Äôs live show.¬†Nonni¬†also maintains his own art practice, gallery, and a range of hand painted t¬≠‚Äźshirts, all under the label DEAD. ¬†Dead ¬†Skeletons‚Äô creative practice explores themes of death and mortality, often through the lens of ¬†Buddhism and its karmic cycle. The band‚Äôs logo ‚Äď a skull encircled with their mantra ‚ÄėHe who fears¬†death cannot enjoy¬†life‚Äô has become an iconic symbol in the underground scene, apparent in¬†countless t-¬≠shirts, posters and tatoos.

 We here at Sly Vinyl are extremely proud to premiere the artwork for both variants of the album, handpainted by Nonni Dead!

*Fuzz Club exclusive edition:

-Limited to 300 handnumbered copies on¬†Black w/ Yellow & White Splatter,¬†¬†printed innersleeves featuring photography from the Berlin show, a silk screened D side and embossed Fuzz¬†Club logo. ¬†Available through the “Buy Now”-button underneath

Fuzz Club exclusive edition artwork:

Dead Fuzz Gatefold

Dead InGatefold

*Standard Edition:

-Limited to 1200 copies on 180g White Vinyl w/ Red and Black Splatter, printed innersleeves featuring photography from the Berlin show, a silk screened D side and embossed Fuzz Club logo. Available HERE

Standard edition artwork:

Dead Retail Gatefold

Dead InGatefoldRe



The Details

The Fuzz Club Exclusive version of Dead Skeletons - Live In Berlin features unique cover art by Dead Skeletons' J√≥n S√¶mundur Au√įarson aka Nonni Dead, and unique vinyl colourings. The album Live In Berlin captures a performance at Berlin's iconic SO36 club in 2013. This is a double 12" with gatefold cover and features a silk screened D Side and printed inner sleeves. There is another edition also available as well as CDs, cassettes, silk screened poster and limited edition tees and tote bags featuring a Dead Skeletons logo designed by Nonni. More details on the album will be released very soon! Vinyl will be delivered mid March.

Price $38.5

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