Friday, August 17, 2018, 10:23 CET:

MADDER MORTEM "Marrow":

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Marrow is the seventh album from Madder Mortem – one of Norway’s most unique metal bands. Following up on Red in Tooth and Claw from 2016, and two successful European tours with fellow Scandinavians Soen, the band is hungrier and heavier than ever before.

Marrow is complex album, covering a wide register of genres and expressions – from folk/prog moments to avant garde, from pretty and ballady to challenging modernistic tonality and harshness. With Agnete M. Kirkevaag’s dynamic and powerful vocals on top, as always. Lyricwise, the album is about sticking to the essence of yourself. Your ideas, your thoughts, your values. To stay true to your roots – your marrow.

Their most doomy album to date, and at times both heavier and cathier than it’s predecessor Red in Tooth and Claw, the new album Marrow is a perfect album for those thunderous Autumn storms.


Tracklist
01. Untethered
02. Liberator
03. Moonlight Over Silver White
04. Until You Return
05. My Will Be Done
06. Far From Home
07. Marrow
08. White Snow, Red Shadows
09. Stumble On
10. Waiting To Fall
11. Tethered


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Dark Essence Records
Distribution: Soulfood (Germany), Plastic Head (International)
Genre: Progressive Metal
Release Date: 21/09/2018

Links
Official: http://www.maddermortem.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mmortem
Bandcamp: https://maddermortem.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.darkessencerecords.no

 

Monday, August 13, 2018, 12:20 CET:

SVIN "Virgin Cuts":

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SVIN celebrates its 10th anniversary as a band by releasing Virgin Cuts – the band’s most complex and thoroughly produced album so far. The album is out on September 21st 2018 on the Danish label Mom Eat Dad Records.

Since debuting in 2011 with the album Heimat, SVIN has made a deep impact on the international music scene, with four previous studio albums and numerous tours and concerts all over Europe and Russia with highlights such as Roskilde Festival (DK), Eurosonic (NL), by:Larm (NO) and 12 Points Festival (IR). SVIN recorded their latest critically acclaimed album, Missionær (2016), in the legendary Sundlaugin studios founded by Sigur Rós in Iceland, with inspirations from the epic surroundings.

Virgin Cuts is the fifth studio album from SVIN, but the first as a trio. Since parting ways with a member the band has developed an ambiguous, often darker and more complex sound performed on woodwinds, electronics, drums and guitars with guest features on violin, vocals and keyboards.
Virgin Cuts was recorded in only one cold day in a small studio on the outskirts of Copenhagen and bears the witness of an album that is highly improvised, collectively composed and a band on a constant journey within the music. Virgin Cuts presents a unique kind of music that leads the listener into a sonic loophole between noise-infested rock, droney landscapes, new age minimalism and dusty afro- tripping; etheric chords from the keyboard merges with almost hip-hoppy drumbeats and psychedelic guitar-patterns. Drawing heavily on inspiration from nature, folklore, ceremonial music and avant- garde, SVIN transcends the genre-borders in music and continues to surprise the listener throughout the entire album.

"When dealing with a departure of a member you suddenly look at the band and the unity with new eyes and you start to dissolve the ways you have been doing things before. When working with Virgin Cuts we really felt we could open up and work more freely with the music than ever - take more chances and work in new directions. This album kind of marks how we ‘cut’ our way through a lot of issues." - SVIN


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Mom Eat Dad Records
Distribution: Phonofile/ Rillbar
Genre: Experimental
Release date: 21/09/2018

Official: http://www.svin-music.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/svin-music
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/svinmusic
Bandcamp: https://svin.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.momeatdad.com

 

Monday, August 13, 2018, 09:00 CET:

THE CLOUDS WILL CLEAR "Recollection Of What Never Was":

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The Clouds Will Clear is an instrumental post-rock band from Germany founded in 2013. The four members (Angelo, Tobias, Gerold and Andreas) create a sound that falls between lush post- rock, organic ambient and ethereal cinematic soundscapes with a hint of electronica (Echoes and Dust). Delicate radio voice recordings add to an experience that is quite distinctive.

Combining guitars, bass, drums, synths and samples The Clouds Will Clear offer subtle patterns of layered guitars alongside with electronic sounds and backed by a rhythm section heavily mirroring these delicate tensions created by melodic instruments. The band is inspired by a range of different artists from This Will Destroy You and Russian Circles to Boards of Canada. The Clouds Will Clear’s live performance is complemented by visuals providing nature and urban imagery. This engaging sonic and visual journey lets you immerse into another world.

In spring 2014, The Clouds Will Clear released their self-titled debut EP – this output was the result of Angelo and Tobi sharing a variety of instrumental duties in a studio set-up as a duo. With the objective to bring their sound on stage, a four-piece line-up was formed and a series of live performances followed in 2014-2016. After a creative hiatus and with a new drummer, who also took over the role as visual artist, the band recorded their first full-length album Recollection Of What Never Was due out September 21, 2018 via Tonzonen Records.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: H'Art
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 21/09/2018

Links
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecloudswillclearmusic
Bandcamp: https://thecloudswillclear.bandcamp.com
Label Official: https://www.tonzonen.de

 

Tuesday, August 07, 2018, 09:48 CET:

TOMMY AND THE COMMIES "Here Come...":

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The furious eight song debut album from Canuck purveyors of Mod-Punk/ Hooligan-Pop!

From swingin’ Sudbury, Ontario, CA (nada), here come Tommy And The Commies with their debut recordings for Slovenly Recordings, Tommy And The Commies Here Come... is 8 blistering tracks of hooliganistic mod-punk madness featuring Jeff Houle, also known as the sole brain behind budget rock cult faves Strange Attractor, and his brother Mitch, known 2⁄3 collectively as the power-pop force Statues of P. Trash Records fame.

Swagger drenched youngster frontman Tommy Commy recruited Strange Jeff by dragging him into a bathroom stall during a punk show, playing him an inaudible demo on a phone. The Houle Two agreed to join forces for Tommy’s first foray into the world of record making on the strength of giving Spiral Scratch era Howard Devoto a run for his dosh on the vox on any given holiday. This kid has GOT IT, BABY!

In a perfect modern world, songs like Devices, and Suckin’ In Your 20’s would be massive chart smashes on the level of Teenage Kicks. Those days are long gone, but here we are in 2018, giving YOU what you need, and what THEY don’t deserve.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Slovenly Records
Distribution: Cargo (GAS, UK) Differ-Ant (France)
Genre: Punk-Rock
Release Date: 28/09/2018

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tommyscommies
Bandcamp: https://tommyandthecommies.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.slovenly.com

 

Monday, August 06, 2018, 08:36 CET:

PHAL:ANGST "Phase IV":

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Viennese band Phal:Angst's quite quirky signature sound is taken to the next level on their fourth album Phase IV. Since the band's foundation in 2006 this unique blend of electronic industrial and post rock has made the band hard to classify but highly individual.

The cinematographic, epic tracks on Phase IV are inspired by industrial / electronic artists like FRONT 242, COIL, THROBBING GRISTLE, NURSE WITH WOUND, KRAFTWERK, EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN, film works by ANGELO BADALAMENTI & DAVID LYNCH, JOHN CARPENTER and GOBLIN as well as guitar driven bands like EARTH, BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE, JESU, NEUROSIS or MOGWAI.

The mood is generally dystopian and melancholic, however some sunny spells occasionally break the gloom. As before, you will not find any standard song structures, but tracks that take their time to develop, grow, mutate and tilt. Visuals turn the band's live shows into intense multimedia performances. For these films Phal:Angst use found footage-, cut & paste- und rearrange-techniques and original material.

Like critically acclaimed Black Country (2014) Phase IV was recorded by Alexandr Vatagin (Valeot Records, Slon, Tupolev, Port Royal, Werner Kitzmüller) who also served as the co-producer this time. It was mastered by Alex Psaroudakis, mastering engineer from Brooklyn/New York, who worked for Sterling Sound (one of the world's top mastering studios) till 2017 and has been a freelancer since then. He won 3 Latin Grammy Nominations, 1 Goya, Best Jazz LP at the Akademia Music Awards, he worked for BUSTA RHYMES, KALASH, GREEN VALLEY and many others.

Following their release tradition this album also includes some remixes. This time the band managed to make one of their dreams come true and get remixes from artists who have inspired the band substantially. One is by industrial-metal pioneer JUSTIN BROADRICK (GODFLESH) who also made substantial impacts in grindcore (NAPALM DEATH), post rock (JESU) and experimental hip hop / dubstep (TECHNO ANIMAL). The second one is by WILL BROOKS aka MC DÄLEK from DÄLEK, who revolutionized hip hop by merging it with ambient, noise- & krautrock at the beginning of the millenium.


Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Bloodshed666 Records
Distribution: Hoanzl (AT), Al!ve (Europa), CD Baby (USA), Rebeat (Digital)
Genre: Post-Rock/ Industrial
Release Date: 28/09/2018

Links
Official: http://www.med-user.net/phalangst
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/phalangst
Bandcamp: https://phalangst.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.bloodshed666.net

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 08:50 CET:

MOTO TOSCANA "s/t":

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Welcome to the world of MOTO TOSCANA. Sludgefunk Doomdisco - melodic vocals, uncompromisingly tight, groove-oriented drums and a distorted bass wall conjure up the intense sound of the trio.
The band brews an ultimately completely independent mix, which is used not only in DOOM, STONER & PROG, but also in detail at FUNK. In concerts the combination of guitarless and monster sound, clears any doubt, because not even the thickest sound needs more than just three people and four strings.

Tracklist
1. Sickandtwisted
2. Sweet Demise
3. Craving

4. Dolorous
5. Never Over

6. All Of It

7. Ride

8. Exclusive

9. Among The Dead


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: H'Art
Genre: Alternative Prog-Doom
Release Date: 31/08/2018

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mototoscana
Bandcamp: https://mototoscana.bandcamp.com
Label Official: https://www.tonzonen.de

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 11:11 CET:

MARLA & DAVID CELIA "Daydreamers":

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Daydreamers is more than just an album, it's the diary of two travellers. For some years, David Celia & Marla (Marlene Winkler) have been going on long tours together, then settling down in Toronto to reflect and write songs. Filled with nostalgia and confidence, the two have explored many lands, playing over 200 shows all over Europe, Canada & Russia with their voices and guitars. The eleven songs on their first joint record are also eleven musical postcards for anyone who has ever dreamt of being on the move. Their vocal harmonies blend together with hints of 60’s folk, yet remain timeless and make you want to sing along.

Marla and David’s first meeting was at a festival in Germany. The chemistry was incandescent - and they soon discovered their musical harmonies glowed as brilliantly as their fresh romance. But with Marla hailing from Heidelberg and David calling Mississauga home, how could this musical partnership flourish? Their intercontinental relationship was solidified in Toronto when David produced Marla’s debut album Madawaska Valley in the summer of 2016 - released on Melting Pot Music.

David Celia is a musical renegade, a troubadour, a musician’s musician. He’s been recording and playing music for over two decades and tours regularly across Canada, Germany, the UK and other parts of Europe. Songs from his four solo albums are played on radio and TV around Europe and North America. David is a true triple threat - a wizard on the guitar, a dynamic sideman, and a tasteful producer.

Being both German and Spanish, Marla combines an exuberant flare with youthful frankness. Her honest voice is both husky and lush, depending on what she is expressing. Cello was her first musical love. Later, she gained stage experience performing in musicals, theatre and opera. Together, David and Marla are as likely to make you laugh with their absurd banter as bring you to tears with their tender harmonies. They recently did an extensive European tour - initially opening for each other - but later combining their sets and becoming one act. The duo finalized the songs on this new album while touring Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Returning to Toronto, David and Marla took their colourful collection of songs to Don Kerr’s studio The Rooster. As Ron Sexsmith’s drummer and a seasoned producer, Kerr not only played the drums but also set the ambience for the bed tracks. Later at Organica, David’s home studio, the magical intimacy that surrounds every song on this album, continued evolving. Daydreamers will inspire you to fly to all the places in the world where Marla and David have shared their music and left their mark. The warm and vulnerable songs act as both windows into their lives and mirrors into your own.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: eliterecords
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Folk
Release Date: 17/08/2018

Links
Marla official: http://www.marlamusica.com
Marla Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marlamusica
David Celia official: http://www.davidcelia.com
David Celia Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/davidceliamusic
Label: http://www.eliterecords.de

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 11:19 CET:

PARDANS "Spit and Image"

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Jazz-punk outfit Pardans are fast becoming one of Denmark’s most exciting new bands. Alumni of Copenhagen’s famous Mayhem collective, they follow in the footsteps of some of the region’s most exciting exports, including Iceage (whose live-band currently include 2 members of Pardans), Marching Church and Lower. However Pardans adds a new and jazzy sound to the beloved scene by making music that shares a mentality with the 70s ‘No Wave’ scene; experimental, unconventional and utterly unique.

Since forming in 2015, the five-piece has been building a reputation for its frenzied sound and energetic live shows. The band blends their punk roots with elements from a multitude of genres, and a diverse array of artists such as Ornette Coleman, David Bowie, Scott Walker and Captain Beefheart come to mind when listening to Pardans.

Explosive from the outset, the band let their intentions known on opening track Burning House Bedding. Intense and cohesive instrumentals play question and answer with frontman Gustav Berntsen’s exasperated vocals, chopping, changing, and creating a wonderfully disjointed atmosphere from their unconventional set-up, which includes a tenor saxophone, piano and viola.

From lead single (Hookers With) Hidden Depths, with its infectious bass line and sax hook that sounds like a twisted soundtrack to a 40s Noir film set in a smoky New York jazz café, through to When Come The Rats, a menacing and heavy eruption of beats and riffs, the album is a 13-track collection of fascinating explorations into melody and rhythm that defy the norm.

Following the release of their debut Heaven, Treason, Women in 2016, the band have been on and off the road with Iceage and Marching Church through Europe, interspersed with headline gigs of their own, including the closing set at Copenhagen’s infamous Salon Pissoir on Christiania’s Pusher Street and a writhing set at this year’s SPOT festival. Following the release of Spit and Image, the band are heading to the UK, France, Netherlands and Denmark (TBA) to perform live.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Tambourhinoceros
Distribution: For local distributors see https://tambourhinoceros.net/distribution
Genre: Jazz-Punk/ No Wave
Release Date: 05/10/2018

Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pardansk
Bandcamp: https://pardans.bandcamp.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/pardans_online
Label: http://tambourhinoceros.net

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 11:11 CET:

LOVE MACHINE "Times To Come":

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It's all about energy, groove, repetition and minimalism. Doing nothing but the right thing at the right time. It's about the depths of the universe and of the human soul - Love Machine's blend of Americana and Krautrock will make you feel it!

These five dudes are obsessed with hitting the road and getting on stage to perform their own vision of what Rock 'n' Roll ought to be these days.

It's about digging deep in traditions while creating a new utopian cosmos on their own... It's about idolizing the sound of America's West Coast while being some weird Krautrock slacker... But don't you dare to say they are torn! Love Machine exactly know what they want. It is you to go nuts! You won't have any choice...

Their live performance is driven by one of the rarest and most moustachized rhythm groups around these days and is completed by some dual guitar love odyssey that will finally convince you to quit your job and start living. Sitting enthroned above all it is vocalist and percussionist Marcel Rösche who will free you from your last believe in sanity and reason. Being a preacher, a shaman, a maniac and an exhibitionist this cat will take you on a trip you can't escape from. Open your heart, take off your clothes and join Love Machine for a magical and sweaty carpet ride into the core of the ultimate freak-out!

After releasing their latest album Times To Come on Unique Records in March 2018 and a one month enduring tour through Germany, Austria and Czech Republic - completed by a phenomenous home coming in front of 600 people - Love Machine is back on the road this summer! Besides festival and club shows this second part of Times To Come tour includes a support for Motorpsycho, an appearance for legendary WDR Rockpalast and a show at Reeperbahn Festival.

Live
20.07.2018 - DE Bochum, Bochum Total
21.07.2018 - DE Witzenhausen, Der Klub
26.07.2018 - DE Düsseldorf, zakk w/ MOTOR PSYCHO
28.07.2018 - DE Burg Herzberg Festival
04.08.2018 - DE Aschaffenburg, Secret Show
10.08.2018 - BEL La Truite Magic
31.08.2018 - DE Celle, MS Loretta
01.09.2018 - DE Düsseldorf, Golzheim Fest
05.09.2018 - DE Dresden, Ostpol
06.09.2018 - DE Leipzig, Ilses Erika
07.09.2018 - DE Gersdorf, SoJungNimmermehr
08.09.2018 - DE Frankfurt, Yachtclub
13.09.2018 - DE Köln, Buhmann & Sohn
14.09.2018 - DE Heidelberg, Beatfabrik
15.09.2018 - DE TBA
21.09.2018 - DE Hamburg Reeperbahn Festval


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Unique Records
Distribution: Believe Digital/ grooveattack, Clear Spot International
Genre: Americana/ Krautrock
Release Date: Available now

Links
Official: http://www.lovemachinegermany.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LoveMachineGermany
Bandcamp: https://lovemachinegermany.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.unique-rec.com

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 07:36 CET:

TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING "No Tether":

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No Tether is the new album from Australian quartet Tangled Thoughts of Leaving. Having toured the world, earning a cult following for their sonic explorations of doom-jazz, post-metal and piano-drive prog on earlier releases Deaden The Field, Failed by Man and Machine and Yield To Despair, the band have taken 3 years to produce their latest record. Sharing stages with contemporaries such as Russian Circles, The Ocean, MONO, sleepmakeswaves, Boris & This Will Destroy You has informed their experimentations, but they have pushed into a realm all their own.

The sonic concepts for No Tether emerged in the wake of performing Yield To Despair (2015) live. There were some tonal mine shafts in the vein of Yield that, after playing the record live repeatedly, the band felt there were greater depths to explore - longer doom passages and darker, feedback-driven tones. But the overriding feeling in the band was that there was a tangent to be taken, with faster, more free-form compositions. The addition of Paul Briggs on guitar also drove this transition.

One of the central concepts to the sound of No Tether, is to never trust the riff, to never let it settle - as soon as the riff and the beat forms, Tangled are willing to de-construct it, change its form and fold it back on itself. This is evident through the post-metal beat-down of The Alarmist, the drone of Cavern Ritual and the wild prog of Binary Collapse - as soon as the central riffs and beats are presented they are subtly morphed on each subsequent re-presentation.

This concept was initially explored in a series of huge recorded jams at Studio Sleepwalker's Dread in early 2016. Hours of material was recorded, with the band focussing on pushing as hard against the grain of Yield as possible - fast riffs and grinding beats throwing as many vicious shapes out as possible. At one stage, the record that was emerging was going to be one continuous song cycle snaking through various noise-scapes - but eventually the different textures and movements separated from one another and the seven songs that make up No Tether emerged.

The recording process for No Tether was approached as a cycle of continuous writing, recording, review and re- recording. Some songs were recorded at multiple times in the year from January 2017 to January 2018, informed by new information emerging elsewhere in the record. Some songs were recorded live with minimal overdubs - the improvised interplay of drums and piano on Inner Dissonance and the wild drum and distorted bass grids of No Tether are the best evidence of this - with other pieces meticulously pieced together in long recording sessions.

No Tether is also a record of its environment. The soundscape presented by the record - the sounds of frogs, trains, birds flying past microphones - are all drawn from the environment directly outside Studio Sleepwalker's Dread in North Dandalup, Western Australia, where the album was written and recorded.

The artwork for No Tether was once again produced in collaboration with Sydney artist Teo Treloar. During the writing and recording of No Tether, various pieces from Treloar's series, Another Grey World, were placed around the studio, setting a visual tone for the record. The cover image and Treloar's repeated study of Dürer's Melencolia polyhedron in various drawings reflected the approach the band was taking with No Tether; in the mechanical sense with angular riffs being constantly morphed and represented in different forms, and in the emotional sense, reaching out to capture an unobtainable and somewhat unexplainable feeling.


Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records (world)/ Dunk! Records (EU)
Genre: Post Metal/ Rock
Release Date: 27/07/2018

Links
Official: http://tangledthoughtsofleaving.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TangledThoughtsOfLeaving
Bandcamp: http://music.tangledthoughtsofleaving.com
Label world: http://www.birdsrobe.com
Label EU: https://dunkrecords.com

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