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Death may be your Santa Claus.

Goes without saying that there's plenty to be depressed about this holiday shopping season, so what we've got here is the special seasonal affective disorder edition. Reverend Gates's "Did You Spend Christmas Day in Jail?," recorded December 16, 1929, in New Orleans, perhaps says it best. Though his "The End of the World and Time Will Be No More," "Devil in a Flying Machine," "Kinky Hair Is No Disgrace," "Mannish Woman," "Meeting the Judge on a Monday Morning," and "Death's Black Train Is Coming" likewise contain messages worth heeding or ignoring as the case may be. And his "Good Bye to Chain Stores" deserves to send chills up the spines of Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Kmart-Sears alike.

ASUNDER
A Clarion Call
(Life Is Abuse doom-metal album)
asunder.info
lifeisabuse.com
"Twilight Amaranthine" (MP3)

WILLIAM BASINSKI
Disintegration Loop 1.1
(Vectors/Headz post-minimalist avant-ambient DVD depicting smoke in Lower Manhattan at dusk on 9-11-01)
mmlxii.com

REVEREND J.M. GATES
The Best of Reverend J.M. Gates: Are You Bound for Heaven or Hell?
(Columbia/Legacy 1920s–'30s shouted-and-sung sermon reissue)
legacyrecordings.com
"Good Bye to Chain Stores, Pt. 1" (Windows Media clip)
"The End of the World and Time Will Be No More" (Windows Media clip)
"Are You Bound for Heaven of Hell?" (Windows Media clip)

HOCICO
Wrack and Ruin
(Metropolis Mexican darkwave industrial-dance album)
hocico.com
"Tales from the Third World" (MP3 clip)
"Born to Be (Hated) — Original Odium" (MP3 clip)

LAIBACH
Anthems
(Mute 1985–2003 Iron Curtain industrial-rock reissue)
laibach.nsk.si

LIFEND
Inner Scars
(Cruz del Sur import goth-metal album)
lifend.org
"Blood-Red-Pain" (MP3)

RAMMSTEIN
Reise, Reise
(Universal Teutonic industrial-metal album)
rammstein.com
Go here for a sampler jukebox playing Reise, Reise

KARL SANDERS
Saurian Meditation
(Relapse quasi–Middle Eastern new age ambient-thrash-metal album)
relapse.com
"Awaiting the Vultures" (MP3)
"Whence No Traveler Returns" (MP3)

TEEN CTHULHU
Ride the Blade
(Life Is Abuse 12-inch vinyl grindcore album)
crazeone.com/rock.html
lifeisabuse.com
"Burning Fields" (MP3)
"The Aquaducts Will Run Red with the Blood of the Ceasar" (MP3)
"Fucking With Death" (MP3)
"Ready the Guillotine" (MP3)

UNPERSONS
"Self Portrait"
(Life Is Abuse 15-minute dirgecore single)
lifeisabuse.com
"Self Portrait (Edit)" (MP3)

WITCHCRAFT
Witchcraft
(Music Cartel stoner-metal album)
music-cartel.com

EXCELSIS VOL. 2: A WINTER'S SONG
(Projekt paleoconservative-Protestant ambient-goth Christmas carol compilation)
The Excelsis series at projekt.com
"black tape for a blue girl: Chanukkah, Oh Chanukkah" (MP3)
"Love Spirals Downwards: Welcome Christmas" (MP3)
"Audra: Let the Reindeer Live on My Roof" (MP3)


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