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Nefarious Industries proudly celebrates 100 catalog releases with NEF100: Burn After Hearing, a compilation of fourteen exclusive tracks that showcase the harrowing sonic landscape of our eclectic roster. Originally founded as a collective of like-minded individuals seeking an outlet to release off-kilter music, Nefarious Industries has grown into a label that exhibits the most adventurous and challenging artists it can manage to locate.

NEF100: Burn After Hearing features new and exclusive songs from instrumental deviants and label co-founders EL DRUGSTORE, freshly reunited sludge thrashers ARBOGAST, D-beat technicians NEQUIENT, dissonant post-punk veterans RISK RELAY, and ambient/dark-hardcore alchemist GRIDFAILURE. We are especially excited to resurrect long-dormant avant-garde metal ensemble THE DRX and hypnotic doom-jazz trio ZEVIOUS. The stacked track list also includes crossover thrash veterans PSYCHOSOMATIC breathing new life into a well-known classic, as well as fresh material from post-hardcore noise-mongers BEDTIMEMAGIC, esoteric riff-trippers GEMATRIA, ambient drone mastermind ZVI, garage/math rock duo FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY, art-jazz punks CINEMA CINEMA, and experimental grunge collective HUMANS ETCETERA.

  1. EL DRUGSTORE – Rural Ecstasy
  2. THE DRX – Diamond Maker
  3. ARBOGAST – Purgative
  4. RISK RELAY – Intervention Undivine
  5. HUMANS ETCETERA – Odd Zoom
  6. PSYCHOSOMATIC – Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
  7. ZVI – Twocelled
  8. NEQUIENT – Kimota
  9. GEMATRIA – Black Gate No. 1
  10. BEDTIMEMAGIC – The Slumber Party (Part I)
  11. GRIDFAILURE – Blades And Arson Instead
  12. FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – House Of 1000 Corners
  13. CINEMA CINEMA – Nose-Level Collision
  14. ZEVIOUS – Death Wind

The compilation was marstered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia, and like one third of the Nefarious catalog) at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves in Queens, NY, and the collage-style artwork of NEF100: Burn After Hearing was handled by Eric Nyffeler who is responsible for many of the label’s releases (East of the Wall, A Fucking Elephant, El Drugstore, Maid Myriad, among others).

NEF100: Burn After Hearing will see physical release on June 14, 2024 as a limited edition LP pressing on 12" vinyl in black poly lined inner sleeve with full color insert (150 Black / 150 Black inside Transparent Red), an edition of 100 six-panel digipak CDs, and a run of 100 Smoke Tint cassette tapes.

"‘Rural Ecstasy’ is the sound of our band rebooting after significant time off due to plague, childbirth, and any other number of calamities. The basis for the song was me challenging myself to start from a simple open C chord rather than my typical discordant leanings. Everything after that opening arpeggio is what came out of me over the course of an hour or so, and Ro and Squid as always elevated the concept I brought to the table. There are a few other odds and ends from that recording session that will hopefully see the light of day at some point, and there is a wealth of material earmarked for EL DRUGSTORE that is yet to be recorded. Our output will likely continue to be sporadic as we all acclimate to the challenges of being middle-aged fathers producing infuriatingly complex music, but ‘Rural Ecstasy’ is proof that we will keep bumming your ears out in new and inventive ways." - Kevin Conway / EL DRUGSTORE

"Although written during a pre-pandemic America, ‘Intervention Undivine’ is actually a song from the future. The detuned storyteller has slipped by the old gods, divine or not, and the ruinous traditions of the past have been expelled. The call goes out to the lagging timelines: expel the moribund deist. Incur new frequencies. From tomorrow a call to the present; is anyone listening?" - RISK RELAY

"While gangs and assassins resort to using blades and arson instead of firearms in Japan and other countries where guns are heavily banned, regulated, or otherwise unavailable, GRIDFAILURE adheres to this methodology out of sheer work ethic. In the US, where guns outweigh the entire population and it's too easy to spinelessly open fire on one's enemy with their back turned, GRIDFAILURE would rather track down, corner, and make eye contact with the adversary while exacting the rightfully earned revenge. Lines are blurred between work and pleasure as vengeance is achieved, as one sector of the lyrics describe: 'At a time such as this one cannot be particular, To the living ones I wish to make you perpendicular, Blades sharpened or dulled, I’ll employ them all, Whatever can be utilized to detach your appendicular.'" - David Brenner / GRIDFAILURE

“‘Black Gate No.1’ was written as a transition piece between Gematria II: The Spindle of Necessity and our next record which we are currently working on now. This piece started with a bassline that was written with my musical system based on I Ching divination. I then borrowed melodies and concepts used throughout our first two releases and mixed that with some heavier musical influences. ‘Black Gate No. 1’ encompasses all we’ve done so far as well as points to some directions that we’ll explore in the future.” - Ray Suhy / GEMATRIA

“We recorded this track in 2006 during sessions for The Unquenchable Thirst. It was a bonus track we never released, so we had the original engineer Joe Johnston from Pus Cavern in Sac remix it in 2023. We were big Creedence Clearwater Revival fans and wanted to try ‘Green River’ with a punk rock twist. Hope you all like it!” - Jeff Salgado / PSYCHOSOMATIC

"'Purgative' embodies the cathartic nature of music, emphasizing its role in helping individuals cleanse themselves of life's burdens. The dark lyrics resonate with the band's signature raw energy and introspective themes." - Mike Scheid / ARBOGAST

“Stubbing your toe fucking sucks, almost as much as birthdays! So, equipped with inspiration, we wrote ‘House of 1000 Corners.’ It’s about a dude that stubs his toe in the middle of the night and then goes on a maniacal mission to rid his whole house of any and all corners. There’s just one problem, while cutting off one corner, our dude has actually made two! The lesson here is that sometimes when you try to eliminate problems from your life, you just end up with more problems. You’re better off accepting it and just being more careful next time. Try focusing on the positive aspects of your life instead of making more corners to kill yourself on.” - Christopher Henry / FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY