Have A Nice Life ‎– Deathconsciousness

2 × CDr, Album, Slim DVD-Case


The Plow That Broke The Plains
CD1-1 A Quick One Before The Eternal Worm Devours Connecticut 7:52
CD1-2 Bloodhail 5:40
CD1-3 The Big Gloom 8:06
CD1-4 Hunter 9:45
CD1-5 Telephony 4:38
CD1-6 Who Would Leave Their Son Out In The Sun? 5:19
CD1-7 There Is No Food 4:00
The Future
CD2-1 Waiting For Black Metal Records To Come In The Mail 6:17
CD2-2 Holy Fucking Shit: 40,000 6:28
CD2-3 The Future 3:50
CD2-4 Deep, Deep 5:25
CD2-5 I Don't Love 6:13
CD2-6 Earthmover 11:28



According to the website the cat for this release is el01.

The album title is consistently referred to as DEATHCONSCIOUSNESS in all caps.

This is the second pressing of this CD-R. Comes with the 75 page booklet: “On An Obscure Text”.

"All songs were recorded at 2 Brainard in Middletown, Connecticut."
"Have A Nice Life at separate times during this recording, included Thao, Brian, Will, and Cody."


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October 31, 2015
the sounds of a live of misery, loneliness and depression
all in 2 discs of perfect music that mixes industrial, shoegaze, post-punk and a bit of post-rock and dark ambient to create something on it's own league
i can't stress enough how amazing this album is


July 27, 2015

anyone else missing bloodhail from their copy of this


May 28, 2015

how come it says this is the second pressing but there's no first pressing entry on discogs?


April 7, 2015
I'm trading this for any of the vinyl editions with the same cover. Contact me here if you could be interested.


December 10, 2014
Anyone noticed that the jacket gets horribly smudged when you lay a single finger on it?
Is there any way to remove these smudges?


February 6, 2014
Seems like Flenser is repressing a double vinyl soon. Save your money.


August 13, 2011

I’ve wanted to write about this band and their music for quite some time now but never could discover the words that I wanted to use to describe them. I think that one of the main reasons why I’ve become so attracted to this record is that I hadn’t quite heard something played in this fashion and in such continuity before and done to a degree that I’ve come to appreciate over the course of a few years. Having been released in early ’08, the record itself has had time to settle throughout its respective musical circles and suffice it to say, it has managed to hold its own particularly well despite similar releases of comparable sounds.

This double album is not so much about any one genre; indeed, many musical elements are showcased here. A lot of shoegaze is present as is a bit of post-rock and even drone at points. The shoegaze elements work particularly well – I don’t find too many albums these days who have been able to replicate the effect that is played throughout Half a Nice Life’s music. The third track perhaps most heavily hints at this with vocals sounding like they’ve been partially submerged as well as liberal use of effect pedals and other equipment that produce a certain dreamlike quality to it reminiscent of 80s and early very early 90s shoegaze groups (think The Jesus and the Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine).

However, I don’t think that these reasons alone account for the band’s consistent appeal since I’ve known about them. The fact that they do so many things in the album and do it well should indeed speak for itself. It flows very well from the very first track. Texturally rough, but beautiful and seductive. It took me a fairly lengthy amount of time to fully appreciate the record for what it is and I’m still finding small details about it that make that even more pronounced.

What’s interesting is that the people behind the Connecticut, US-based band took almost eight years to put out their very first full length album when it was formed in 2000, perhaps more involved in other projects at the time including bands like The Danger Strangers and then-active In Pieces. Their second release entitled Time of Land was released two years later comprising of just four tracks and although of equal caliber to Deathconciousness, not much else has been heard from this group that we know of, at least not in any official capacity.

“Bloodhail” and “The Big Gloom” proved to be surefire hits, however there is a lot more to be discovered as you listen throughout the album including “Holy Fucking Shit, 40,000″ as well as “I Don’t Love” found within the second half of the album: an incredible washed out wall of sound that really satisfies and compliments the entire album very, very elegantly.

Double albums are usually very ambitious and prove themselves out with their reception. And despite the hype that this band got when Deathconciousness was released, Half a Nice Life has honestly out done themselves with such a fine quality release and I have no doubt that the record will continue to be a staple of the genres that it represents.


May 13, 2008

I have heard Have A Nice Life's "Deathconsciousness" compared to more different genres and artists than anything before it. It is also heaped so much praise, it is somewhat challenging to listen to it without bias. I was immediately inclined to judge it as over-hyped. However, once I got past the hype and really got into the heart of the album, I found a very enjoyable piece of work.

Let's start with the comparisons. The name drops I've heard when people are sizing up this album have honestly been a pretty wide variety of bands which includes Joy Division, Sunn O))), Skinny Puppy, My Bloody Valentine, and many others. Ignore the comparisons. Elements from these various bands are indeed present, but this album really does stand out as a rather unique recording. A number of the tracks are catchy and memorable. A few of the songs really stick with you, but not so much because of clever pop hooks. If you're a fan of ambient / noise / industrial work, these elements are present throughout the whole album, but are more ornamentation to the song writing. They are present in a very tasteful, unobtrusive way that makes the whole album very rich. The guitar work has strong shoegazer and drone elements. The song writing could appeal to fans of older bands like Joy Division or even The Cure. It is really a superb collection of styles that work in a very unique way.

The album certainly suffers from way too much hype, and is a bit inconsistent at times. Some of the production is dubious, and would be marked against it if this somewhat flawed production style didn't accentuate the diy feel of the album, which really is part of its charm. After I got past the albums minor faults, I found an album that I feel should be heard by any fan of interesting and usual music.