AAX-077 : Sutekh Hexen - Become [1/4" tape on 5" reel]

31.10.12 - Midnight on All Hallow's Eve...


Sutekh Hexen

format: ¼" tape reel - 5"
copies: 99 hand-numbered copies

music: An entity which needs no introduction, SUTEKH HEXEN have been tainting everything in their audio path with bleakness and decay for almost 2 years now. Embracing this concept wholeheartedly and twisting it into a new manifestation,Become is 2 side-long pieces of saturated, seething harshness dubbed onto recycled vintage reels of ¼" tape. Each reel has been hand-selected from a stockpile filled almost exclusively with an assortment of antique radio programs, muddied classical orchestrations and doomsday sermons about the book of Revelations. The level of audio decay is entirely dependent on the previous life of each tape reel, varying between typical tape characteristics to extreme degradation where the source material is nearly unitelligible.

To enhance the ritualistic nature of participating in the transforming audio signal, the packaging becomes a candlelight projector, the illuminated sygil flickering and dancing at the whim of the wind; an appropriately uncontrollable aspect to match the individually differing experiences that each recycled reel becomes for every listener.

NOTICE: Become has been dubbed onto recycled reels of vintage tape stock which has previously been played an unknown amount of times in possibly despicable conditions. An assortment of audio ailments such as dropouts, warble, pitch-bending, static, crackle, hiss & extreme frequency shifting are to be expected, and all flaws which may arise are entirely condoned as adding cohesion to the release concept.
packaging: Reel boxes painted gloss black with hand-cut square viewing window for transparent projector slide. Cover, instructions and insert laserjet printed in black onto black cardstock. Recycled tape spooled onto new clear 5" reels with Sutekh Hexen logo rubber-stamped onto face. Reels serial-numbered on side two in black ink. Entire box contained in clear plastic sleeve. Also Includes 2 tealight candles in ziploc.
Released October 31st, 2012 CE.
Tracklisting:A1 - 15:00 - Five Faces of Decay
B2 - 14:48 - The Voice : The Void
Runtime - 29:48 - Minutes

Purchase from Auris Apothecary HERE.
View the promo video HERE.
Stream the album HERE.


Servile Sect - "SVRRENDER"

The artwork/design for the vinyl release of Servile Sect's companion album to their previous full-length "TRVTH"released on Handmade Birds earlier this year. This release will be out VERY SOON. Please check out the links below for more info:

"Some of Servile Sect's most accomplished and oppressive sounds to date. The original limited cassette edition, being released Summer Solstice, 2011 on Handmade Birds. Servile Sect released the "Trvth" LP, to tremendous critical acclaim, and it sold out rapidly.  Come, Winter Solstice, 2011, they return with a companion to the "Trvth" LP. "Svrrender" is the most exciting material yet from SS, and dare we say it...our favorite. If you are still hunting for a copy of "Trvth,"."


Inspiration: cosmic mysticism, residual effects from LSD, NASA and fantasies of extra-dimensional travels. All relevant themes to the SS aesthetic and on-going mission.
Process: Appropriated 60's sci-fi paintings, NASA satellite imagery and iPhone photography of Xmass lights while on a long Winter walk in Clovis, CA (2010).  


SUTEKH HEXEN - "Empyräisch" LP

Now available: SUTEKH HEXEN - "EMPYRAISCH" LP   Empyräisch, released by Vendetta Records, collects “Ordo Advarsarial” “Dæmons” and “Shadows” seven-inch releases + a bonus track.  The intention was to collect the rare and / or out of print 7" material and make available on one hauntingly beautiful LP presentation. Fuck eBay and Discog record flippers...  The incentive track "Order of Nine" was previously available on the painfully limited v/a RESUMING TREATMENT: The First Year CDr box set released on July 16, 2010 | 100 copies // PLEASE NOTE: that "Shadows" is still available for order via Holy Terror and it comes with a ltd 6.66" embroidered SH sigil patch. HERE.

"In ancient cosmologies and, also, in Aristotelian philosophy, the empyrean denoted a topography of fire and aether, one which functioned as a space in the highest heaven and as a dwelling-place for God. Sutekh Hexen, using the German adjectival form for empyrean, revisit the content from “Ordo Advesarial: Daemons: Shadows” reshaping the presentation of the album. Spanning thirty minutes, “Empyräisch” gazes up to the firmament subsumed by flames to create their own source of light and matter. Vestiges of times past are presented here."  - C. Shafii

Limited to 500 copies.
400/black vinyl
100/gray vinyl

Design/layout: Kevin Gan Yuen
Photography: A.E. Csaky



I recently had the pleasure of working with a couple of the best people currently involved in experimental music. Reto Mäder (Bern/Switzerland) and Steven Hess (Chicago/USA) and their band URAL UMBO for their new cassette release on the MERZ TAPES catalog, curated by Cameron Shafii (Oakland, CA) this relatively new label's attention to details continues to release great material that pushes the revival of the cassette format experience even further.

Below are a series of photographs found and /or taken my me in various locations: the broken piano at an old rehearsal space in SF that was torn down, the fell tree in the snow from when I went camping in the High Sierra's in 2010 and the "Urban Algae" series that I explored downtown SF with the intent on capturing for the project and documenting the beauty of life within urban decay. The rest are all from personal interest. These all served as my digital thought-board. Drawing influence through "II" came naturally and I can honestly say that it felt good and I was confident to dive head-first into this one. It should also be noted that the jcards were printed on vellum, with an intent of the stained glass effect.

All these combined elements yielded the final result and compliment a GREAT album.
Please check it out an excerpt from the release HERE

I have a MASSIVE back-log of completed art/design projects from before SUTEKH HEXEN left for tour, so I will be trickling it all onto this blog with writings throughout the next few weeks or so... its very very busy here between recording and rehearing, my day-job at Image Comics and freelance-madness.

Thanks for reading. Till next time!

Hearing Loss : Spiritual Gain:  "The Audio Medium" by the Cancer Conspiracy, S/T by Khanate, "the Ape of Naples" by Coil, "Occult Rock" by Aluk Todolo, "Judgement of the Dead" by Pagan Altar, "Anti-Deluvian Chronicles" by My Dying Bride, S/T by Pinkish Black, "AH MA RA" by Arktau Eos, "Only Theatre of Pain" by Christian Death, S/T by Wreathes and "Bass on Top" by the Paul Chambers Quartet. 


"Breed in Me the Darkness: the Second Coming Mixes by Andrew Liles" LP/CD

Sutekh Hexen - "Breed in Me The Darkness: the Second Coming Mixes by Andrew Liles", LP + 7"  on PESANTA URFOLK. Deluxe CD/Digital edition on AURORA BOREALIS // Available Winter 2012. More detailed information on the sessions, artwork and format-specifications on this incredible release soon. 

BELOW: the Stella Natura festival exclusive test pressing. Each are limited to 50, hand numbered. "Comes with screen printed 12x18 metallic core folded jacket." FURTHER: the deluxe 6-panel CD digipak edition package preview: spot UV layers in magenta.

BOOMKAT have launched player excerpts for preview.
Thanks for listening.

BH-50 Provocative Rituals art zine

"Featuring art and writing, all in a theme of violent eroticism, from Josh Lay, Terence Hannum, Jóhannes Gunnar Þorsteinsson, Kevin Gan Yuen, Komissar Hjuler und Mama Baer, Chris Bickel, Genevieve Larson, Ryan Whittier Hale, Thomas Ekelund, and J Hartmann along with lots of Black Horizons design. An object of fantastic transgression, not for the faint of heart. Printed on pearl stock, with black metallic card stock cover and OBI, and a black metallic envelope. Limited to 50 copies."

Purchase here:

BLACK MASS RISING Movie Premiere, Oakland CA.

"Kevin Gan Yuen from Sutekh Hexen joined the amazing line up of the Movie Premiere, this tueasday in Oakland 7th August MMXII.

Following The Dark Path to To Light!

Live guitar journey at the Oakland Metro Opera House.
THANKS to Shazzula and the players of the evening.
It was an astonishing evening. 

Additional info on the film and items available for purchase here: