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Download: 22 Songs of Shred and Doom from Hydra Head Records ft. Xasthur, Torche, more

Hydra Head phones it in
Hydra Head phones it in

Santa Claus is known for being a carols-and-hymnals sort of fella, but once the summer equinox hits, he's all black cut-offs, devil horns and doom-metal.

Why do you think he keeps that wicked beard? It's versatile.

As far as gift-giving goes, this one may be arriving out of season, but we're not complaining. L.A. metal-of-many-stripes institution Hydra Head Records has just dropped the free 22-song digital sampler, Phoning It In.

More than just a primer on the label co-founded by ISIS frontman Aaron Turner, the compilation also features a few rare and unreleased tracks alongside time-tested songs from Toche, Pyramids With Nadja, Harvey Milk, Xasthur, Bohren, Oxbow, Daughters and numerous others.

It also marks the launch of Hydra Head's digital store -- which means MP3s, a big move for one of the best vinyl labels in town.

The heavy, heavy Phoning It In track listing:

01. Oxbow + Philippe Thiphaine - "Coalking" from Songs for the French

02. Daughters - "The First Supper" from Daughters

03. Bohren and Der Club Of Gore - "Unkerich" from Dolores

04. Knut - "Calamity" from Wonder

05. The Austerity Program - "Song 27" from Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn

06. Pyramids With Nadja - "Another War" from Pyramids With Nadja

07. Helms Alee - "Lionize" from the "Lionize" / "Truly" 7-inch

08. Hayaino Daisuki - "Ghosts of Purgatory" from The Invincible Gate Mind...

09. Harvey Milk - "I Know This Is No Place For You" from A Small Turn...

10. La Gritona - "Tony Alamo" from Demasiado Tonto Para Los Ninos Listos...

11. Stephen Brodsky - "Here In Spirit" from Here's to the Future

12. Jodis - "Continents" from Secret House

13. Nihill - "Mundus Subterreanus" from Krach

14. Cave In - "Retina Sees Rewind" from Planets of Old

15. Kayo Dot - "II. Whisper Ineffable" from Coyote

16. Keelhaul "THC for One" from Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity

17. Clouds - "New Bombs" from B Chuggas May Be Logging

18. Xasthur - "UNTITLED 4/05" from 2005 Demo

19. GridLink - "Amber Gray" from Amber Gray

20. Greymachine - "Wasted" from Disconnected

21. Bergraven - "Hunger" from Till Makabert Vasen

22. Torche - "UFO" from Songs For Singles


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