After four days of rehearsals at the awesome Wick Studios Subterranean Disposition 2016 is ready to perform for those of you attending Metal Obsession's 8th Bday featuring KING + moretommorrow. Personally, this is the most sonically dynamic material i have endeavoured to perform live and i am humbled that Dan, Retch, Catherine and Shaun were willing to step up and work hard to interpret these songs in there own way, I am super happy to be able to present the music alongside this group of talented musicians and cool people !! Terry Pics by Dan Nahum and Kitty Jane
Proud to announce the one and only Subterranean Disposition live experience for 2016, with a stellar line up of bands to celebrate Metal Obsession's 8 years of representing Australian Metal !! https://www.facebook.com/events/160242164436908/ Joining Terry Vainoras to help bring to life new album " Contagiuum and the Landscapes of failure" along with tracks from the 2012 self titled debut are a serious group of musicians from the Australian scene at large - Dan Nahum ( The Veil / Dead river runs dry ) Retch Bile ( Broozer ) Catherine Guirguis ( Ritual of Shadows ) Shaun Bryndzia ( Order of Chaos / Canyonaero ) A very rare performance, the first since 2013. December 9 at the The Tote Hotel
June 9, 2016
Another review of the soon to be released new album, this time from Dead Rhetoric:
When one thinks of Australian metal, one tends to look towards the more progressive and technical in nature. But bands like Subterranean Disposition continue to lurk in the shadows with their bleak and cold vision of darkness. Four years since their self-titled debut, the band has returned with a new release that does bring a very progressive form of metal, but in this case – its doom metal. Falling nicely into place with the avant-garde and interesting sound that many Hypnotic Dirge bands bring, Subterranean Disposition is far from your usual doom act. In addition to the usual instrumentation, you can look forward to hearing kemancheh, saxophone, and violin to add to the album’s atmosphere. Of course, it’s all effectively placed into the music – you’ll never get the sensation that something is there, ‘just to be there.’ It’s also rare to find much “straight-doom,” as some death and black metal also permeate the mix, leading to an album that is all about exploration, while keeping that isolationary and brooding doom mentality firmly centered. These are some lengthy songs – outside the 2-minute introduction, the remaining five tracks all exceed the 10-minute mark. This has its ups and downs. On the positive end, it gives the album’s many flavors plenty of opportunity to mix in without being overbearing. But there are times in the tracks where a particular moment seems to overstay its welcome, and some tighter editing may have allowed the songs to blossom more. Despite the length of the songs, Subterranean Disposition can’t be faulted when it comes to providing a fresh take on doom. The atmosphere of Contagiuum is chilling and sorrowful, as good doom should be, but the angles in which they accomplish them aren’t always the ways you might expect. It’s always better to over-extend your efforts than to have them fall short of your goals.
June 7, 2016
A review of the new album from Infernal Masquerade:
Arriving from Australia, today we have one-man battalion Subterranean Disposition’s second full-length released titled “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure”. Delivering over 60 minutes of crushing Death/Doom, the band keeps things fresh by adding extra atmospheric elements that blend very well together. Perfectly crafted for fans of slow and painful Doom music, this release is filled with unique ideas and interesting songs. Opening with the crushing riffs of “Hungry Ghosts on Rotten Soil”, the album sets a very dominant tone. This mood continues with the melancholic opening of “Wooden Kimono Fixative” and its disarming pairing of moody guitars and sultry saxophone. This opener nicely transitions into more familiar Death/Doom territories with gusto and crushing tempo changes. Remaining us of bands like Avrigus, “Embittered Final” turns darker and more atmospheric. The haunting female vocals give an extra level of eeriness to this already emotional track. Mixing influences that range from My Dying Bride, Doom VS and all the main players in the genre, tracks like “A Life Long Slumber” and “All Roads Lead to Perdition” continue to showcase Terry Vainoras’s mastery of the genre and solid song writing skills. While there are elements that always sound familiar, Subterranean Disposition has a very distinctive sound that is quite memorable and engaging. Closing with the hypnotic 12-minute behemoth “Aggressors Clothed as Victims”, we are treated to lush classical string instruments and a very unsettling atmospheric opening first few minutes. Overall, Subterranean Disposition is quite an engaging and unique one-man outfit. All tracks are full of cool and different ideas which make listening to this release a very rewarding and fresh experience. If you are looking for the power and desolation transmitted by Death/Doom Metal releases and have a knack for intense atmospheric elements, “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” is the release for you.
Here is another review of the upcoming second album, this one from fivealbums.chrisnee.co.uk
Now on their second album, Subterranean Disposition are an avant-garde doom band from Melbourne. Contagiuum And The Landscapes Of Failure will be released on Hypnotic Dirge next month and it's a six-song monster that begins almost innocently until the thumping drop that turns the intro track downright hellish. 'Wooden Kimono Fixative' introduces vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Terry Vainoras' sax, an unusual addition to the doom experiment and one that lends this a distinct character.
His vocals are flat-out gutsy and keeps the unorthodox approach in check, anchoring it in a wonderfully viscous underworld. 'Embittered' is intense from the off and packs a belting breakdown riff, just one of plenty on this record. Contagiuum... is arresting, heavy, harsh and unpredictable in equal measure, its slow pulse drawing the listener in and never really letting go. Fancy a challenge? Here's one worth investigating. The last song is phenomenal.
VIDEO PREMIERE: Subterranean Disposition premieres video for “All Roads lead to Perdition” on No Clean Singing | Pre-orders being accepted! May 17, 2016
Subterranean Disposition’s new album, entitled “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” is less than a month away! Thus we - with the help of No Clean Singing who is hosting the premiere - are releasing a new video clip for the track “All Roads Lead to Perdition” a song and video which conjures up images of collapse and apocalypse.
Terry Vainoras comments: “ All roads lead to perdition” touches lyrically on many facets of our decline as a species that could attribute to an extinction event or apocalypse in our lifetimes. To me the tone of the music invokes a similar feeling when reading Cormac Macarthy’s “The Road”- a post apocalyptic journey down that road to hell, so I have tried to combine that feeling with the lyric concepts in an open to interpretation way, following the dynamics of the music very close visually on its long trip, from ignorance to disorder, death and beyond."
No Clean Singing also provides some thoughts on the song and video on their article: "From the rising sun over a desolate landscape that accompanies the song’s opening, bereft notes to the scenes of a bleak and crumbling urban wasteland that soon follow, the imagery in the video begins to unfold in a rapidly changing montage of sights that provides a creative match for the haunting music.
The song itself is cloaked in gloom, with a heavy, rumbling undercarriage anchoring increasingly intense riffs and vocals (which vary from caustic shrieks to tyrannical roars to distorted yells and croaks). The band ratchets the tension as the song moves forward, like a spring coiling past the breaking point, the dissonance of the melody increasing… until it breaks, with a ghostly instrumental section that combines guitar, violin, and the rhythmic patter of drums (both mesmerizing and distressing).
The music’s desolate, anguished intensity returns soon enough, but the back half of the song also includes a sublime guitar solo that oozes pain like sap from a felled tree. The discordant sounds that flicker across the drifting ambience of the song’s finale seem a fitting way to conclude this hopeless but hypnotic journey."
Besides this, we’re now also accepting pre-orders for anyone interested in the CD version of the album, which includes full lyrics and artwork by Coby O’Brien. $10 + shipping for the new album, or $15 + shipping to include Subterranean Disposition’s 2012 debut self-titled album.
Again, the tracklisting for “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” is as follows: 1 - Hungry Ghosts on Rotten Soil 2 - Wooden Kimono Fixative 3 - Embittered 4 - All Roads Lead to Perdition 5 - A lifelong Slumber 6 - Aggressors Clothed as Victims
The "All roads lead to Perdition" video will premiere on No Clean Singing this coming Tuesday May 17. This is the second song to be released from the upcoming album " Contagiuum and the landscapes of failure" coming June 13 via Hypnotic Dirge Records/ Solitude Productions. If you missed it the first track " Wooden kimono fixative " can be streamed here: https://hypnoticdirgerecords.bandcamp.com/track/wooden-kimono-fixative
April 20, 2016:
It is a pleasure to reveal the track “Wooden Kimono Fixative” from the upcoming sophomore album “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” which will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records / Solitude Productions on June 13, 2016!
Taking the name from a Tom Waits coined phrase – ( Wooden Kimono being slang for a casket ) the track is a meditation on the human obsession with death and folklore of the end time. You can stream / download the new track at this location:
And the Subterranean Disposition second album entitled " Contagiuum and the Landscapes of failure " is now complete !!!
Stay tuned for Release date and details early this year, in the meantime here is what Toyland studios producer and engineer Adam Calaitzis had to say about the SD2 recording process:
In a more sombre light, Melbourne metal veteran Terry Vainoras came in for guitar tracking for his melodic doom/death project Subterranean Disposition, to complete the album ‘Soundtracks for our Landscapes of Failure’ at Toyland. Textures were pulled from classic BOSS analogue pedals including the BF-2 Flanger, 1983 DM-2 Delay pedal, and TW-1 T “Touch” Wah. A Marshall stack was utilised for more contemplative half-clean guitar parts, and a Mesa Boogie stack for the despair-laden heavy doom riffs. An impressive self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Vainoras even played saxophone on the album. Drums were also tracked at Toyland, with drum duties handled by Dan Nahum. Terry came in for dedicated day-per-song mixing sessions, and the mixes shaped up as epic doom metal in the vein of classic My Dying Bride or dISEMBOWELMENT, but with a unique identity; the spacious arrangements have been sculpted into cavernous musical introspections through very appropriate application of effects including Lexicon 224x Digital Reverberator, Lexicon 300 Digital Effects System, and AMS DMX 15-80S Digital Delay. Sure to be a monolithic release for 2016.
Studio progress update part 1: October 20, 2015
Recently I had the opportunity to welcome Iranian born, melbourne based Persian Kamancheh, Qeychak Alto, singer and song writer Gelareh Pour into Toyland studios to perform on a track from the forthcoming album entitled “Embittered”. Gelareh’s recorded performances are nothing short of absolutely amazing and has lifted the song into otherworldly places !
And with the session marked the end of tracking for the album, onto the final stage now of mixing…
Gelareh Pour live photo by Darren Gill
Studio update part 2 …we have decided to mix this album track by track, first track completed is called “ All roads lead to perdition “ Here I am meditating on the mix !
Recently i was very fortunate to catch up with long time friend and former bandmate Mark Kelson and spend an afternoon recording with him at his Kelsonic Studios. He was generous enough to let me use his telecaster and strat and we had a nice time getting some great " Apocalyptic Americana " clean, semi clean and drone sounds to complement the existing heavier guitars.
Couldn't be happier with the sounds, cheers Mark !!
Now its back to Toyland Recording Studio to finish tracking the vocals and keyboards with some guest musicians to perform some piano, flugel horn, trumpet and the mysterious Kemancheh.
The home stretch to completing album number two !
May 28, 2015. This week has seen a big burst of recording activity for the upcoming Subterranean album... tracked some vocals, then Bass with a wall of doom rig and some tasty pedals... and finally made my recording debut on Saxophone for two of the songs !! really close to completing tracking then on to mixing !!
Happy to report that 95% of the guitar tracking for the new album " Soundtracks for our Landscapes of failure " was completed yesterday at Toyland studio. Some old school analog pedals were used for textural sounds, The Marshall stack for half distorted / Half clean and The Mesa Boogie stack for the face melting doom riff dissonance. Great sounds and performances captured !! Terry S.D
December 16th, 2014
Subterranean Disposition has entered Toyland Studios to begin the recording process for the sophomore album Soundtracks for Our Landscapes of Failure. For this album drummer Dan Nahum (The Veil, Dead River Runs Dry) has handled all percussive duties. More recording will follow in 2015 with a Fall release on the cards.
‘I am honoured to have Dan play on this new Subterranean Disposition material, He has laid down a huge sounding drum foundation for me to build upon, a very tasteful “for the song” approach with some added percussive filigree that will bring the ambient passages on these epic songs to another level. And another chance to work with Adam Calaitzis at Toyland is always a great experience, the drums are massive even at this stage!
‘Working with Terry and Subterranean Disposition has been a privilege. This is one of the most dynamic and carefully thought-out representations of extreme doom metal that I have come across, and to contribute my playing to it means a great deal. Props also to Adam Calaitzis at Toyland, who pulled great, organic yet clear sounds and put me through my paces in terms of feel and arrangements. I can’t wait to hear the finished recording.
Listen to a demo of the song “ Wooden Kimono Fixative” which will appear on the
Our Debut Self titled album and All Hypnotic Dirge Records digital albums on Bandcamp are now available for free download / by-donation!! This means you don't need to pay $5.00 for the digital download of our releases anymore, but rather can pay whatever you want, or download the album(s) for free!!
Enjoy the music, and please spread the word about this. If we're going to have the downloads available for free, we want as many people as possible to gain access to this music!
Our philosophy is rooted in the principle of open-source and unlimited access!
DECEMBER 3, 2013
After releasing a debut album late last year on Hypnotic Dirge Records, Subterranean Disposition now offers up new music in the form of two songs appearing exclusively on this years HDR compilation double album ”The Wild haunts us still ” Released as a free download on the 2nd of December 2013.
“Wooden kimono fixative” is the first glimpse into SD’s sophomore album “Soundtracks for our landscapes of Failure” due in 2014. Taking the name from a Tom Waits coined phrase – ( Wooden Kimono being slang for a casket ) the track is a meditation on the human obsession with death and folklore of the end time.
Stream and Download “ Wooden Kimono fixative “ for free here:
“Frozen” on the other hand is a cover of the 1998 Pop Electronic song from Madonna. Says Terry “ Ever since I first heard this song when it came out I knew it was one of those songs that could transcend its genre and be powerful in another style. I believe this version stays true to the original while simultaneously fitting the mould of the drawn out light and dark landscapes of SD’s style”. Darcy Molan features on Saxophone.
Our Mini- Australian album launch tour has concluded and I just would like to thank you a whole bunch of you for helping make these shows a reality...
Firstly to Nick Skog and HDR, Mitch and Metal obsession and Karen from MMK promotions, to Lee From Lycanthia and Che from The Veil for there tireless organizing of the interstate gigs, to the amazing bands we shared the stage with in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane - Lycanthia, The Veil, Okera, Tamerlan, Gimpus and Awaken Solace... and to the mixers in each state: Dav Byrne, Adam Kaye and Glenn Thomas.
On the Subterranean front I thank Phoebe Pinnock and Megan Tassaker for there amazing guest vocal performances and to the three Doom sax men: Tim Bradtke, Nishchal Manjunath and Ben Byrne for there brutal playing and improvisations, truly humbling to have you guys onstage with us.
Last but not least to Shaun, Christophe and Retch for their friendship, the countless hours of jamming on the songs and there professional musicianship onstage and off.
We look forward to playing some more shows towards the end of 2013...Until then I hope everyone is enjoying our debut album !! Terry S.D
JANUARY 21, 2013
Hypnotic Dirge Records, Metalobsession.net and MMK promotions proudly presents a dual album launch for two of Australia's best Doom exports, Lycanthia and Subterranean Disposition, on their Australian east coast tour this February, March and April.
Longstanding Australian Death-Doom/Gothic Metal band Lycanthia are due to release their latest Album 'Oligarchy' in a digi-pak format, through Hypnotic Dirge Records. Their music is described as dark, aggressive and emotional sound scapes fused with classical elements. This sound is created with the use of Grim Male Vocals, mixed with Dual Female harmonies, Violins, Twin-Guitars, Bass, Drums and Keyboards/Piano. 'Oligarchy' has been described as "Pure gloom metal with emphasis on atmosphere, melody and captivating vocals" by doommantia website.
Mastered by Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios, Oligarchy is the perfect successor to their momentous EP 'Within The Walls', and see's Lycanthia develop their musical style with greater maturity and creativity. Bassist and Vocalist, Lee Tassaker, said "we are over the moon about being signed to Hypnotic Dirge Records and cannot wait to share the stage with fellow label-mates Subterranean Disposition. It's going to be great to share the music of our new album 'Oligarchy' with everyone, at our up and coming shows in VIC, NSW and QLD, over the next few months.
Starting life as the solo recording project of Melbourne metal veteran Terry Vainoras (Order of Chaos, Damaged, Insomnius Dei, Earth, Hellspawn, The Eternal) with a sound entrenched in a mixture of equal parts Doom, Death and Sludge with hints of the Experimental, Subterranean Disposition released it’s debut album through Hypnotic Dirge Records on the 27th of October in 2012, receiving critical praise through the worldwide metal media.
Terry has recruited a stellar line up of his favourite musicians to recreate the album as a live band: Christophe Delcourt on Drums (Away the Cinders), Shaun Bryndzia on Guitar (Canyonaero) and Retch Bile on Bass (Broozer). The touring group will also feature Phoebe Pinnock (Heaven the Axe) performing her vocal contributions in Melbourne and Megan Tassaker (Lycanthia) performing the female parts in Sydney, Brisbane and Gold coast, with a guest saxophonist at each show.
Terry has said “ The guys in the band have worked incredibly hard at interpreting the recorded work, teaching me a lot about these songs in the process. We are really excited to get out and perform this material live for the first time, and to do so with such a great touring partner in Lycanthia. See you all at the shows”
Saturday February 23 – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday March 16 – Bald faced stag, Sydney
Friday April 5 – Prince of Wales, Brisbane
Saturday April 6 – Miami shark bar, Gold Coast
Subterranean Disposition 2013- Left to right: Terry Vainoras- Guitar, Vocals, Retch Bile- Bass, Christophe Delcourt- Drums, Shaun Bryndzia- Guitar
One becomes Four... Plans are underway to make Subterranean Disposition a Live entity in 2013... Stay tuned for a Line up and tour announcement next month.
NEWS: November 1, 2012
As well as being available in digital download and physical formats directly from Hypnotic Dirge Records, The Debut album is now also available from these Distributors :
Le Crepuscule du Soir Productions (France) Firebox Records (Finland) Metal Maniacs (USA) Bindrune Recordings (USA) Sun and Moon Records (Romania) Grau Records (Germany) Solitude Productions (Russia) Endless Winter Records (Russia) Misanthropic Art Productions (South Korea) Pest Productions (China) Total Rust Music (Israel) Possession Records (Belarus) Arx Productions (Ukraine) Seance Records (Australia) Metalzone/Shiver Records (Belgium) Swampkult Productions (USA)
NEWS: October 14, 2012 Subterranean Disposition album streaming in full and available to order!
Subterranean Disposition is an experimental death-doom recording project from Terry Vainoras, a veteran of the underground Australian metal scene spanning a career almost two decades in length and also known for his involvement with Cryptic Darkness, The Eternal, and Insomnius Dei. The debut album from Subterranean Disposition is now available to order from Hypnotic Dirge Records, in both digipack and jewel cases formats. In addition to the CD version which is available for the label's website, the full self-titled album has also been made available for free streaming in its entirety at Hypnotic Dirge's bandcamp page where you can also purchase the digital download for $5.00.
Originally inspired by and conceived as a follow up to the music Mark Kelson had written for his and Terry’s Collaboration on the Insomnius Dei album ‘Illusions of Silence’, the debut self-titled Subterranean Disposition album explores further the use of dissonance and ambience, lending more dynamics to the long passages of darkness and light, crafted from the influence of early 90’s doom metal and modern sludge with forward thinking embellishments in song writing. Also permeating the record are the use of female vocals courtesy of Pheobe Pinnock, and guest saxaphone from D'arcy Molan, both musicians from the Australian scene. Considering all the elements present in the album, you can expect nothing less than an all-encompassing, broading, dark, and experimental ride through devastating darkness on the debut Subterranean Disposition album.