Friday, September 08, 2017, 09:02 CET:

HELIOGABALE "Ecce Homo":

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Active since 1992, Heliogabale have always been able to renew themselves, to surprise and to be reborn from ashes. Collaborations with other musicians and sound engineers (Karl Blake, Fisherman, Didier Petit, Eugene Robinson, Steve Albini, Iain Burgess among others) and the artistic choices have always
given Heliogabale a special status in the musical landscape in France.

Heliogabale is a Paris band whose road met Steve Albini’s, Al Sutton’s or the late Iain Burgess (rip). This time they stopped by the doorstep of French sound engineers Jean- Charles Versari and Al Sutton who recorded and mixed down the band’s seventh album to be released in September 2017. The mastering was done at the Climax studio by Rémi Salvador. Since the beginning in 1992, Heliogabale have been using change and evolution as keywords of the musical identity of the band; each album was a break with the previous one, highlighting a unique style.

Ecce Homo, the new opus contains 9 songs (for the first time ever the songs are sung in French) and a new line-up with a new bassist (Brice Pirotais), dressed up in shadows and lights: some sort of an inventory, polaroid cuts from lives where gymnopedical melodies intervene in the band’s rhythmical universe. And as Sasha Andrès sings: «Je ne suis pas, tu n'es pas non plus, on est plus, il me semble, non, plus du tout, calibré (I'm not, you're not either, we're more, it seems to me, no, not at all, calibrated)»


Format: Digital, CD
Label: Atypeek Music/ Les Disques Du Hangar 221
Genre: Alternative french Rock/ Noise Rock
Release Date: Out now (09/2017)

Links
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HELIOGABALE-47350647006/
Bandcamp: https://heliogabale.bandcamp.com
Label: www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Friday, September 08, 2017, 09:01 CET:

CUT THE NAVEL STRING "The Black Box Session by Peter Deimel":

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Cut The Navel String was a rock band and, despite its industrial metal approach, it never totally drowned into chaos and a depressive, inhuman and destructive feeling. Overall, their work stays rather human, and doesn't quite "explode" the "rock" drawer in which they evolve (as we can still hear it in some of the vocals, guitar, drums, etc.). It's a shame the band stopped after their first album Takis (Roadrunner Records, 1995); following their evolution could have been interesting... Cut The Navel String possibly could have become more abstract in their works, more intense, and could even have really scared their listeners.

The musical style of Cut The Navel String just can't be defined in three words. It suggested that they were influenced by a variety of different landscapes. There was nothing industrial in their instruments (no machines here), it was all in the way they played their riffs (sometimes mechanical, unstructured, chaotic, or depressive), the general atmosphere and the at times simplistic drums (which wasn't always played as one could've expected).

Depending on the tracks, the style could've been evolving from industrial metal to something nearing noise rock music, or from dark new wave from the 80s to some sort of chaotic hardcore...

And here we are, thinking of other bands such as Pitch Shifter (Desensitized), Killing Joke, a zest of Godlfesh (way not as tortured though), some of the No One Is Innocent's first album (that would have ingested something very toxic), and even Voidvod (for their trashiest disharmonious riffs)...

The Black Box Session by Peter Deimel was recorded and mixed in May 1993 at Black Box Studio by Peter Deimel & Ian Burgess. Deimel, producer, engineer and co-founder of the Studio Black Box based in Noyant la Gravoyere, France worked with numerous bands including Chokebore, Tocotronic, dEUS, Steakknife, Shellac, We Insist! etc.

This retrospective release will be available on limited edition vinyl of 300 copies and digital via Atypeek Music.


Format: Digital, LP
Label: Atypeek Music
Genre: Noise/ Industrial
Release Date: Out now (09/2017)

Links
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cutthenavelstring
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cut_CTNS
Web: http://atypeekmusic.com/Cut_The_Navel_String.html
Label: www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Friday, September 08, 2017, 09:00 CET:

DERBY DERBY "Love Dance":

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Derby Derby is a french instrumental trio for radical music. The 3 musicians met in spring 2016 to question themselves about time and space. Love Dance is the result of these consultations. This debut album was executed by a minimalist bass, a repetitive drum and an electrified trumpet. Beat obsession, drone and the expansion of time (le temps qui s'étire) provide a solid, enriched and rough yet comfy sound. Derby Derby rushes into a circular and earthly dance'n' trance.


Format: Digital, CD
Label: Atypeek Music/ Ormo Records
Genre: Experimental/ Drone/ Noise/ Kraut
Release Date: Out now (09/2017)

Links
Web: http://atypeekmusic.com/Derby_Derby.html
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sylvaindidou/derby-derby-love-dance
Label: www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Thursday, September 07, 2017, 09:21 CET:

SHADOW RAY "Eyes, Gleaming Through The Dark":

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Shadow Ray sounds like a modern hero - he is emotional, but not afraid to die.

Stoically yet warm-blooded, he on this debut album Eyes, Gleaming Through The Dark leads his listeners through a 45 minutes’ voyage of innovatory pop - a series of eight songs composed as dense clouds of bowed guitars and dusty synths meeting around a soulful voice.

Lured by this voice, you now find yourself with Shadow Ray on an undersea tour through slow motion swaying seaweed, psychedelically colored chorals and
moments of sun- and moonshine piercing the ocean’s surface and reaching the ocean floor.

On heavily wandering beats Shadow Ray walk these floors, curiously studying everything he passes. Strangely, he seems to know the way, because he is not afraid to remove his eyes from the path that he follows. No, he is taking his time to patiently look back, to his sides and sometimes up on the shimmering, night sky- like underside of the water mirror.

Shadow Ray is a modern hero to whom looking over one’s shoulder is not a sign of weakness; quite the contrary. He even loses his footing sometimes, floating nearly weightlessly, watching the surroundings from new angles.

Determined to complete his unpredictable route, Shadow Ray leads you safe and dry- shod through his moist safari of time, eyes, moons and a darkness, leaving you with a shadow in your mind. - Line Gøttsche, Summer 2017

Behind Shadow Ray is the Danish musician, singer and composer Anders Holst. Being a manifest part of Copenhagen’s music scene, Holst has taken part in a broad array of alliances such as Won’t Lovers Revolt Now (Morningside Records), Ektoplasma and the critically acclaimed duo Anders Holst/ Mads Emil Nielsen (Clang). Recently, Anders Holst has released new works with the guitar sextet Cirklen plus the multi-national, many-media ensemble Bog Bodies.


Format: LP, Digital
Label/ Distribution: Rillbar
Genre: Experimental Pop
Release Date: 20/10/2017

Links
Official: http://www.andersholst.dk
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/anders-holst
Pre-order: http://rillbar.dk/da/katalog/anders-holst/shadow-ray

 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 12:11 CET:

THE SPACELORDS "Water Planet":

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Prepare your spaceship to sail through the dynamic flows of The Spacelords' sound!

The new trip in three extra long parts on Water Planet is an intensive psychedelic journey and magical expedition of cosmic dimensions.

Previous albums Synapse (2014) and Liquid Sun (2016) were voted among the best albums of the year in the international blog and fanzine sphere. The new album Water Planet is space-rock with kraut/ desert-rock influences and a certain stoner- rock flair.

Water Planet is available on LP, CD and digital formats. The vinyl is limited to 1000 copies and comes in a gatefold cover+inlay and is pressed on high quality blue splatter vinyl + download-code.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: H'Art
Genre: Spacerock
Release Date: 20/10/2017

Links
Official: http://www.and-the-world-is-next.de/spacelords/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/the.spacelords
Bandcamp: https://thespacelords1.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.tonzonen.de

 

Monday, September 04, 2017, 08:11 CET:

FOTOCRIME "Always Night":

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Fotocrime is the new group led by R. Pattern (aka Ryan Patterson, formerly of Coliseum) and including Nick Thieneman (also of Young Widows, guitar) and Shelley Anderson (bass). After over a decade as the singer-guitarist of post-hardcore trio Coliseum, Pattern forged ahead on his own with a new vision, sound, and moniker: Fotocrime. Backed by danceable, battle hymn drum machines and layered synths, Fotocrime brings a monochrome clarity to its electronic- meets-organic post-punk with driving bass, single-note guitar work, and Pattern’s unmistakable drawl.

The Always Night 12" EP on Golden Antenna Records follows Fotocrime’s self-released Always Hell 7", which was issued in early 2017 and quickly sold out of its limited edition pressing. In addition to two songs from the 7" (Always Hell and Plate Glass Eyes), Always Night features three new exclusive tracks and a remix by Ben Chisholm, producer and multi-instrumentalist for Chelsea Wolfe. All songs were produced by Pattern’s longtime collaborator J. Robbins (Jawbox).

Openers Duplicate Days and At Play In The Night Tide expand on Fotocrime’s dark post-punk sound with expanded melodic sensibilities and Thieneman and Pattern’s guitars interweaving alongside pulsing synthesizer sequences. The Trance Of Love enters new territory altogether, introducing the band’s first entirely electronic music (showing hints of early German EBM influence) and stark backing vocals from bassist Shelley Anderson.

The collection is rounded out by Tectonic Shift (Continental Mix) a remix and reconstruction by Ben Chisholm, known for his role as Chelsea Wolfe’s longtime bandmate, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Chisholm’s lush arrangement features Pattern’s dark Leonard Cohen- esque vocals riding along a wave that crests and descends into darkness.

Always Night is a menagerie of trenching musical interplay and synth- driven melodies, all preaching in a darkness that is both inescapable and spellbinding. Forging a connection between the shadows of the under- belly of the mid-century American Dream, the ghostly corners of post- war Europe, and the present moment, Fotocrime breathes new life into Cold War paranoia, modern-day malaise and smoky noir.

FOTOCRIME Always Hell (Official Music Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW2ETyfa7zk


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Post-Punk, Electronic
Date: 03/11/2017

Links:
Official: http://fotocrime.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fotocrime
Bandcamp: https://fotocrime.bandcamp.com/releases
Label: http://www.goldenantenna.com

 

Friday, September 01, 2017, 08:32 CET:

MONOPHONA "Girls On Bikes Boys Who Sing:

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On October, 20th Luxemburg-based Trip-Hop trio Monophona will release it's third album Girls On Bikes Boys Who Sing, the follow up to the acclaimed 2015 album Black On Black. The new songs are a logical follow-up to Monophona's own trade mark of compositions: a mixture of Trip-Hop and Indietronic that is on one hand electronic and dark as well as intimate and warm. Reminiscences to Tricky and Portishead are valid and the beautiful voice of Claudine builds a connection to the likes like Björk or Fever Ray.

The main difference with the two other albums is that this one is more political:
"With everything that happened in the world these last two years, it seemed impossible to write only about personal matters and shut out world events. When we were young, we didn’t think that the world in the 21rst century would be like this - we thought it might be freer, more tolerant. Unfortunately while more and more people have access to individual freedom, many still have to fight for the most basic human rights, like to ride a bike if they want to, to sing about whatever is on their mind... This explains why this album is a little angrier than its predecessors."

Girls On Bikes Boys Who Sing will be released on vinyl, CD and digital on German label Kapitän Platte.

Live
20.10 Rotondes Lux (Lux)
29.10 Archspace London (UK)
31.10 Glocksee Hannover (Ger)
01.11 Haekken Hamburg (Ger)
02.11 Forum Bielefeld (Ger)
03.11 Forum Mannheim (Ger)


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte
Distribution: Germany: Cargo Records, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous FR: Differ-Ant, AT: Hoanzl, CH: Irascible, IT: Andromeda
Genre: Indietronic/ Trip-Hop
Release date: 20/10/2017

Links
Official: http://www.monophona.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/monophona
Bandcamp: https://monophona.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/monophona
Label: http://kapitaen-platte.de

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 10:15 CET:

GET YOUR GUN "Doubt Is My Rope Back To You":

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Doubt Is My Rope Back To You is the long awaited sophomore full-length album from danish alternative rock trio Get Your Gun.

Get Your Gun hails from the northernmost part of the musical underground of Denmark. The trio was formed in 2008 by brothers Simon and Andreas Westmark.

In 2014 Get Your Gun released their acclaimed debut album The Worrying Kind and went on to tour in Europe with more than 100 concerts - e.g. England, France and Germany. After one and a half year of touring, the two brothers, Simon and Andreas Westmark returned to their homebase located in the Northern part of Denmark and 2016 was spent writing the soon to be released album; then recorded with Anders Lagerfors in Nacksving Studio One (Gothenburg, Sweden), in the beginning of 2017. The uncompromising dualism on the debut is modified and the moods blend on the coming album, Doubt Is My Rope Back To You. The band’s tremendous, dynamic fluctuations are now armed with a greater patience bolstered by hypnotic rhythms, atmospheric layers, and Andreas Westmark’s proclaiming vocals.

In September the single You’re Nothing will be released along a music video.

In support of the release of Doubt Is My Rope Back To You the band will be on European tour this fall on the following dates:

01/09 Soundrive Festival, Gdansk, Poland
22/09 Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
10/10 Angers, France
11/10 Paris, France
13/10 London, UK
26/10 Fuga, Bratislava, Slovakia
02/11 Genklubi, Tartu, Estonia
03/11 Fontaine Palace, Liepaja, Latvia
04/11 Legendos, Vilnius, Lithuania
23/11 RADAR, Århus, DK
24/11 Studenterhuset, Aalborg, DK
25/11 Loppen, Kbh, DK


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Empty Tape
Distribution: Membran Media/ Phonofile
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date: 13/10/2017

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/getyourgundk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/getyourgundk
Bandcamp: https://getyourgun.bandcamp.com
Label: http://emptytape.dk

 

Friday, August 25, 2017, 12:10 CET:

WOBBLER "From Silence To Somewhere":

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Wobbler is Norway’s leading symphonic prog band, formed in Hønefoss, Norway in 1999.

Classic prog influences (Gentle Giant, Yes, King Crimson, Museo Rosenbach, Genesis, PFM and so on) and a vast array of vintage sounds. Features members of Tusmørke, White Willow, The Chronicles of Father Robin and ex-Jaga Jazzist.

Highly regarded by prog connoisseurs across the globe, Wobbler has an extensive fanbase in Scandinavia, Europe and North-America. They’ve previously released three highly acclaimed albums, this is their first on Karisma Records.

On From Silence To Somewhere Wobbler cooks an enigmatic, multi flavoured and adventurous brew in the olde black cauldron. Poignant and edgy guitar riffs, melancholic and harmonious verses, powerful crescendos, energetic spinet driven passages and the odd touch of flamenco and italian recitals. Four epic songs, clocking in at 47 minutes. Thematically spun around a wondering view on metamorphosis, change and alchymism – a bit of a continuation from the previous album Rites at Dawn, but slightly darker and more introspective. Musically, there’s a connection to all of the three previous albums, while at the same time making new ground. Inspiration from renaissance music and old Italian prog has seeped into the mix, as well.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Soulfood (Germany), Plastic Head (International)
Genre: Progressive Rock
Release Date: 20/10/2017

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial
Bandcamp: https://wobbler.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.karismarecords.no

 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 11:17 CET:

INC. NO WORLD "Living":

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In the world, not of it.

Brothers Andrew Aged (lead vocals/ guitar) and Daniel Aged (bass, production, vocals) aka Inc. No World have created a small ripple that is ever enveloping.
Drawing from a place of true introspection, the brothers carry a passion for music that is clear in message, kind in its intention, and backed by a discipled musicianship.

Bold, ethereal, soulful, uplifting and tender could describe the sound.

Distinguished UK label 4AD released the brothers' debut album No World in 2013 to critical praise and open ears worldwide. As Light As Light their second album was released in fall 2016 on the brothers' own label No World Recordings, marking a new iteration of the band while retaining their raw, soulful sound. Fresh off performing their original score of Gulliver's Travels for LACMA'S Bring The Noise Series, Inc. No World are preparing to release their next effort titled Living in September 2017 across Europe.

Living invites new and familiar terrain for the brothers. Gospel, improvisation, instrumental elements cementing their sound as an inspired, uplifting voice in music.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: The Big Oil Recording Company
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Alternative/ Indie, R&B
Release Date: 15/09/2017

Links
Official: http://www.inc-no-world.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Inc.Life
Bandcamp: https://incnoworld.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.bigoilrec.com

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