Saturday, April 28, 2007

MJ Harris/ Martyn Bates - Murder Ballads (Complete)

Former Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris traffics in the isolationist ambiance of Lull; Martyn Bates is the emotive voice of literate cult-pop duo Eyeless in Gaza. The unlikely pair--one given to terminally frigid drone, the other to impassioned, bittersweet voicings--finds common ground in folk music's most macabre tradition, the murder ballad. These ghoulish parables are awash in blood and tears, the strands of love, hate, birth, death, sin, and salvation entwined within like the roots of an ancient tree. Mothers callously kill their children, suitors slay their maidens without remorse, and fate exacts its cruel price from all. The three discs that make up THE MURDER BALLADS were originally released separately. Each album contains a set of four extended interpretations linked to a common theme. While such sinister songs as "The Cruel Mother," "Lucy Wan," and "The Bonny Hind" may be familiar to followers of traditional and revisionist folk, Harris and Bates' brilliant approach extracts every last drop of dread from the time-worn words. Harris' bleak backdrops slither, knell, and resonate while Bates sings in a mournful melodic whisper. On the third album, INCEST SONGS, Bates' vocals are subtly multi-tracked, sounding like the lament of a congregation of despairing angels.

* large files but totally worth you time if you're into ambient/ soundscapes!!! :)

Murder Ballads (Drift)
mp3 - 360kbps
rar - 119mb

Murder Ballads (Passages)
mp3 - 320kbps
rar - 57mb

Murder Ballads (Incest Songs)
mp3 - 320 kbps

rar - 107mb

* Thanks to a very kind visitor, we now have the missing bonus track: Thanks Eric!!!
The Bloody Gardener was featured on an Italian compliation that was in an issue of a magazine called Music for the Empty Quarter.
mp3 - 320kbps


Anonymous said...

It seems to the destiny of almost all music blogs - no or only a few comments. so here a big thanks for sharing all this stuff.

herr k. (totally fuzzy)

H. said...

Thanks herr k...and for picking up my blog also, much appreciated. I'm still a frequent visitor of totally fuzzy. :)

Anonymous said...

I have the missing track to this set. It's called The Bloody Gardener and was only featured on an Italian compliation that was in an issue of a magazine called Music for the Empty Quarter. If you're interested, email me at Be glad to cpmplete this awesome collection of murder ballads for you.

Anonymous said...

This is such an awesome post, and an awesome blog all around! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much, great music :)

ashkara said...

Wow, I love this music! Thank you for sharing it.

konstantinou said...

Thank You for it!

1HOMBRE said...


Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you! Literally unobtainable.

Pablo said...

¡Muchas gracias por compartir!.
¡Más material de Mick Harris por favor!.


Baalmont said...

Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!


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edlorado said...

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edlorado said...

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l'innommable said...

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Leslie Lim said...

I would like to share it with all my friends and hope they will like it too.