Clandestine Abuse LP

Halo of Flies is having a pretty awesome run of LP releases over the last few months. Going back to last year’s The Makai and Protestant LPs, this year they’ve released the sublime debut of Light Bearer (ex Fall of Efrafa) and Northless’ follow up to 2010’s No Quarter for the Damaged CD/EP.

As with all the Halo of Flies LP’s I’ve received for review, this LP is superbly packaged and presented. The LP comes in a beautiful gatefold LP cover and the vinyl itself is striking orange color that’s hard to miss.

The music pressed onto this particular vinyl sees Milwaukee’s Northless continue their solid take on Neurosis styled rock with hints of angsty, angry sludge. It’s not as brilliant as label mate Light Bearer, but the band has convictions and their chosen style nailed down. More so than the last EP, I hear more of a Mastodon-on barbiturates vibe  (i.e. opener “Flesh & Ghost” and “Dead Ends”) here and there also, particularly in Erik Stenglein’s vocals and some of the more rumbling atonal up tempo riffs.

Otherwise both sides of the LP are pretty much rooted in heavy ebbs and flows of powerfully rendered and crumbling earthy sludge and post rock, that cuts out most of the atmospheric fluff and build up in favor of direct emotional mid paced pounding. None of the tracks are truly genre shattering or ground breaking but each of the relatively lengthy and enjoyable tracks make for a sturdy listen that doesn’t wander. Of note though is 9 and ½ minute closer, “The Storm”, the LP definite standout which is the one tracks that follows the predictable post rock formula of gentle build, (with the album’s only clean vocals), impressive lurching peak and appropriate let down. The tracks hints that the band can deliver something a bit more special than the rest of their solid but unspectacular back catalog.

Halo of Flies is why I finally invested in a record player and records like this make me glad I did. That being said, Clandestine Abuse seems like merely a taster for the epic double LP, Lapsus from Light Bearer. Look for a review shortly.

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Written by Erik T
June 9th, 2011


  1. Commented by: Plaguemyheavensblack

    This sounds really good. Wanna get my hands on some of these LP’s
    I live in Ontario and don’t really know of a Distro site that carries some of this stuff. Any suggestions or should I just try the label site?
    A little off topic i know but really wanna build up my record collection

  2. Commented by: gordeth

    ^ Try searching here:
    I found 4 distros that are carrying this.

  3. Commented by: NORTHLESS

    since myspace sucks, check out for more up to date NORTHLESS news and info. buy direct from Halo of Flies at, or grab a CD when they’re available shortly from Siege of Power at

    Split DLP coming in 2012 with Light Bearer.

  4. Commented by: Plaguemyheavensblack

    Nice. Thanks. Time to go broke!

  5. Commented by: stiffy

    Sounds like I need to check this out.

  6. Commented by: Bastard Sloth Records

    It is available here – in the distro section.

  7. Commented by: stiffy

    Ordered. Samples on youtube are crushing!

  8. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    dud- you are going to love the Light Bearer

  9. Commented by: stiffy

    I’ll look into that one next. I like this label doing the vinyl thing. That Makai was awesome as well.

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