As a metal enthusiast who has lived through all the currently available formats via which we can currently consume music—vinyl, cassette, CD, MP3, streaming—I feel well qualified to assure readers that there’s nothing as good as vinyl. I don’t know what the magic is, but that’s what sounds best to these experienced ears. So, no surprise that when Travis Barnes was starting his new label, Things From Beyond, he wanted to take what was previously only available via digital streaming—Mexico City stoner/psych/doom quartet Satanico Pandemonium’s Espectrofilia album—and give it life on vinyl.
Espectrofilia will be the second vinyl release from these Mexican occultic doomsters—guitarists Miguel Castro and Sergio Oscura, bassist/vocalist Daniel Garcia and drummer/vocalist José Cosmo—and third overall since 2019. The band mines the super drop-tuned regions of the genre with tons of fuzz, sludge and shouted vocals in Spanish. It’s dark, heavy and haunting.
Here’s what the occult-obsessed band had to say about their third release, which will be available on vinyl in February 2022:
In the meantime, have a listen to the vinyl test pressing.