Nov 142011

(NCS writer BadWolf brings us a bit of intriguing news . . .)

This is incredible news.

maudlin of the Well [yes, it’s like that on purpose] are one of metal’s best-kept secrets. During a too-brief career, they created two of the best avant-garde/progressive metal albums of all time: My Fruit Psychobells and Bath/Leaving Your Body Map. Led by Toby Driver (who transformed the band into evil jazz/metallic ambient band Kayo Dot), motW were blending jazz and metal nearly a decade before Shining and Ihsahn made it cool again.

In 2009 they reformed and released their third album, Part the Second, independently via free download.

Enough history, let’s talk music and news. maudlin of the Well made music of incredible quality that was likewise next to impossible to listen to. In that way I would call them the only true contemporary of Blut Aus Nord. While all of mauldin’s (and Kayo Dot’s) albums are worth listening to, 2001’s Bath/Leaving Your Body Map is their opus. I can only describe it as two hours of pure mania, at times mellow and at times invigorating. They have a unique talent for unnerving listeners and making gorgeous sounds at the same time –especially on Bath/Leaving Your Body Map. Sadly it’s been out of print for a very, VERY long time.

Fortunately for us, Driver and Co are reissuing this masterpiece on vinyl. Unfortunately, it’s limited to 300 copies. In any event, this is a great opportunity to re-discover the bad acid amazing that was(is?) maudlin of the Well. (details about the re-issue are after the jump, along with motW music . . .)


“I occasionally receive emails from people asking about whether the old maudlin of the Well double album, Bath/Leaving Your Body Map is available to buy. Until now, it hasn’t been… it’s been sadly out of print on CD for years, and we certainly don’t have any extra copies.

However, coming this winter, Antithetic Records (out of Florida) has teamed up with Blood Music (out of Finland) to re-release this legendary double-album on vinyl for the first time ever. This will be a box set, 4 LPs plus a 7-inch of “The Secret Song,” (and of course, download codes for all the music) replete with extras such as a brand new poster, 10th-anniversary T-shirt, and maudlin of the Well logo guitar picks (what!!!). Most of these extra items are bonuses that accompany pre-orders only!

Also, we need about 150 pre-orders in order to be able to even go into production, since this is a box set and will be quite expensive to produce.

So! If you’re interested, please head over to one of the labels’ stores (Antithetic for US and Canada and Blood Music for anywhere else in the world) and pre-order this baby!

BLOOD MUSIC — Worldwide (except USA/Canada):


And now, here’s a song:


  1. I think I checked out the last album and didn’t really dig it, but I think I need to check out these two albums. Love me some good avant-garde metal.

    • Part the Second is way closer to Kayo Dot’s style, but minus their… will to fuckery.

      It’s their weakest. Really the demos and B/LYBM are the essentials.

  2. maudlin of the well, lux occulta and ephel duath, are some of the most underrated avantgarde metal bands ever, and i think they are absolutely amazing!
    lux occulta here
    ephel duath

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