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
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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