Monday, May 08, 2017, 10:58 CET:

BISON "Your Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient":

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You are not the ocean. You do not orchestrate a beautiful cacophony of life and death, struggle and destruction, creation and dependance. You are not the sole reason for the existence of a nation of creatures to live and abide your stark and simple rules. You are not married to the moon. You do not allow the constellations to be your map. You do not destroy cities and drown their citizens. You do not embrace land's golden hem as your child, with calm and tenderness. You do not crash and spray craggy shores with fury and passion. You are not unstoppable. You are not powerful. You are not necessary.

You are the patient. You are controlled. You are cared for, out of duty. You are maintained with medicines and examinations. You are met with cold hands and protocol. Your most intimate self is put on a form. You are questioned about pains and thoughts. You are dependent on those with knowledge. You are helpless. You are tired and bed ridden. You do no harm and you do not help. You are monitored and caged. You are kept away from others. You are contaminated. You are sick. You are keeping yourself sick. You do not know how to recover. You do not want to recover. You do not know what recovery is.

Vancouver metal veterans BISON are making a devastating return with their brand new album titled You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient; already a serious contender for the album title of the year award. After 2012's Lovelessness, the four-piece's last album for Metal Blade Records, the band was joined by Shane Clark on bass, former lead guitarist of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. The EP 1000 Needles, released in 2014, already hinted atwhat to expect from their 5th full length album: a thundering opus of epic filth and splendor.

"It was important that the songs fit together to tell a bit of a story“, guitarist and vocalist James Farwell explains. „A story of a new life and escaping the city, while still being tethered to it. Life is a constant fight, and though I have taken the fight to a more natural and beautiful place, that struggle still persists. This is an album of daily living. It is for everyone."

While Lovelessness was recorded in Chicago by Sanford Parker (Yob, Pelican, Nachtmystium), the band decided to record this new album in their hometown, with long time friend Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders. "I wanted to also steep myself in music that was not necessarily heavy in the obvious sense, so I was listening to lots of blues while writing the album: Peter Green, Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf. There was also lots of instrumental rock music playing on my long commutes to Vanceouver for work and rehearsals“, James Farwell comments, and guitarist and vocalist Dan And adds: "The new songs still sound like 'us,' whatever that means, but we aren't concerned with shying away from whatever influences creep up. The older we get and the longer we play together, the less we give a shit about trying to sound like anything in particular".


Format: LP/ CD/ Digital
Label: Pelagic Records
Distribution: Cargo
Genre: Sludge Metal
Release Date: 23/06/2017

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bisonbc
Bandcamp: http://bison.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.pelagic-records.com

 

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 16:28 CET:

PAPER BEAT SCISSORS "All We Know":

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Over the last decade the project of Montreal’s dislocated Brit Tim Crabtree has consistently pleased critics on both sides of the Atlantic and the new EP brings a deeper sense of maturity in its content and execution.

Crabtree says that the themes in the record revealed themselves to him slowly:

I don’t always realize what is preoccupying me, thematically, until after a project is completed. I was thinking back over the songs, and realized that the word “know” turned up in every song on the EP – more than that, it was in half of the titles, even the Weather Station cover.

He feels that “the EP is about “knowing” and what this means – as humans we’re so fickle and fallible, and the idea of truly “knowing” anything with any kind of certainty just seemed impossible and ridiculous to me. And yet, we can only act, individually and collectively, based on what we think we know.”

Musically the EP moves away from the broad cast of characters that pepper 2015’s Go On to be very centred around a core band of Crabtree (voice and guitar) JJ Ipsen (Hayden) on bass and Marshall Bureau (Great Lake Swimmers) on drums. Crabtree says that this wasn’t, at least at first, intentional on his part.
I initially set out to record an acoustic EP. On the final day in the studio JJ and Marshall came by, mainly to hang out, but we decided to see if there were some spots that would benefit from some drums and bass. Within a few minutes of them starting to play it became evident to me that I had to rethink everything and have them more deeply involved in the project. We started over and it turned into much more of a band record”.

Recorded mainly in rural Ontario with Andy Magoffin (longtime engineer for Great Lake Swimmers) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire)’s Skybarn studio the broad musical palette present on prior Paper Beat Scissors is expanded once more. Long-time collaborators Pietro Amato (the Luyas, Bell Orchestre - French horn) and Sebastian Chow (Islands – violin) are joined by new in the shape of the aching viola of Pemi Paull and Andy Magoffin’s alto horn contributions on Didn’t Know with Crabtree adding piano, clarinet, and baritone saxophone to round things out.

Paper Beat Scissors European Tour 2017
May 28 - Bocholt, Germany, Vogelhaus
May 29 - Hamburg, Germany, Molotow
May 30 - Mainz, DE: Schon Schön
May 31 - Cologne, DE: Weltempfanger
June 1 - Münster, Germany, Gleis 22
June 3 - Vienna, AT: Haus Der Musik
June 4 - Augsburg, Germany, Bedroom Disco
June 5 - Munich, Germany, Theatron Pfingstfestival
June 7 - Regensburg, Germany, Heimat Regensburg
June 8 - Prague, Czech, Potrvá
June 9 - Karlsruhe, DE: Substage
June 10 - Orbe, CH: Hessel
June 11 - Allschwill, CH: Out in the Green festival
June 12 - Paris, FR - Le Pop In (SOLO)


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Forward Music Group
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Indie Folk
Release Date: 02/06/2017

Links
Official: http://www.paperbeatscissors.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/paperbeatscissors
Bandcamp: https://paperbeatscissors.bandcamp.com
Label: http://forwardmusicgroup.com

 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017, 14:14 CET:

THE SOUNDBYTE "Solitary IV":

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Led by the visionary musician Trond Engum, composer and guitarist for Norwegian experimental band The 3rd and The Mortal, The Soundbyte is a solo venture intended to pierce the dark heart of avant-garde and experimental metal.

Since their formation in 1998 in Trondheim, Norway, The Soundbyte has become an unstoppable vehicle for creative exploration and one which has found Engum drawing on a myriad of outsider influences ranging from Norwegian folk, electro-acoustic and ambient forms of progressive and post- rock. In collaboration with fellow The 3rd and The Mortal member and accomplished drummer Rune Hoemsnes, in addition to the central line up for Solitary IV – their fourth full-length installment and first for new label Temple of Torturous Records – the album also consists of contributions from several excellent guest musicians, including amongst others the expressive vocal styling of singers Tone Åse and Kirsti Huke.

Built almost entirely around Engum’s unique guitar sound, Hoemsnes’ signature rhythms and haunting and ethereal vocal work The Soundbyte has created what is undoubtedly their finest work to date and 2017’s most progressively breathtaking record. Solidifying the duo’s off-kilter vision for sonic expression and paying painstaking attention to every detail, it is a multifaceted endeavor designed for constant re- visitation and one that will reward listeners time and time again.

Recorded by Engum himself, co-mixed with Michael Tibes (Helloween, Kamelot) and mastered by Neil Pickles (Piano Interrupted, Fernandez 4), Solitary IV by The Soundbyte will be released on 30th June via ToT Records as a deluxe digipack with a limited LP release to follow this Autumn.

Tracklist
1. Fanfare

2. Descending
3. North

4. Lamentations
5. Floating

6. Estranged
7. Solitary


Artist: The Soundbyte
Title: Solitary IV
Format: CD, Digital
Label: Temple Of Torturous
Distribution: Cargo Records, UK: Plastic Head, Switzerland: NonStopMusic, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous, North America: RED Music
Genre: Experimental Metal, Dark Folk
Release Date: 30/06/2017

Links
Official: http://thesoundbyte.com
Label: http://www.templeoftorturous.com

 

Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:19 CET:

AMANTRA "As It Should Have Been":

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Amantra is Thierry Arnal, also known as Fragment. from France. As It Should Have Been is the second album from Amantra and it is an record for followers of Jesu / Pale Sketcher, Shoegaze Electronica, dark wave & synthesizers...

All music on As It Should Have Been is written by Thierry Arnal except The Internal by Godflesh and the track We All Faulter by acclaimed Shoegaze operator Justin K Broadrick of Jesu and Godflesh fame.

Format: Digital, CD, LP
Label: Atypeek Music/ Avalanche Recordings
Genre: Shoegaze
Release Date: 19/05/2017 (EU)

Links
Yotube: http://urlz.fr/5arw
Bandcamp: https://avalancherecordings.bandcamp.com/album/as-it-should-have-been
Label: http://www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:17 CET:

CANTENAC DAGAR "Stilletonne":

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Cantenac Dagar is a french instrumental duo from France consisting of Stéphane Barascud and Aymeric Hainaux. The duo operates with banjo, bells a cassette player and rhythm from the mouth aka human beatbox.

Rituel pour l’invention d’une sensibilité ra- dicale. Cantenac Dagar fait gure d’électron libre sur les scènes souterraines de l’hexagone. Réuni depuis 2013, le duo mené par Stéphane Barascud et Aymeric Hainaux persiste dans un chan- tier musical singulier avec un instrumentarium restreint (banjo, human beatbox et lecteur k7). C’est en sondant un immense tissu de matière criarde teintée d’un folklore inconnu qu’ils puisent leur énergie, une énergie dure et sensuelle par l’usage du silence et de l’éclatement des formes. Après plusieurs sorties en CDR et K7 sur Isola Records, leur propre label, mais aussi sur Toma- turj et Trzecia Fala, c’est une belle collaboration qui s’opère avec le mythique S.K Records (qui fête ses 20 ans cette année !) et Atypeek Music pour coucher leur musique sur 33t et digital, et proposer Stilletonne, une pièce enregistrée à Fructôse, Dunkerque, en février 2016. Deux versions di érentes du même morceau. La face B n’est autre que la naissance, la face A une réinterprétation dans la foulée. NB : Pour l’entièreté de sa musique, Cantenac Dagar emploi une méthode d’enregistre- ment toute personnelle : en direct avec un dictaphone en face des enceintes. La mise sur disque reste tout aussi archaïque sans master, ni mix, ni même post-production, la matière sonore brute est gravée directement sur le support.

Label: Atypeek Music/ SK Records/ Isola Records
Genre: Drone, Ambient, Experimental
Release Date: 19/05/2017 (EU)

Links
Official: http://www.cantenacdagar.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TunguskaLastTransmission
Bandcamp: https://cantenacdagar.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:15 CET:

PU "Tunguska - Last Transmission":

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Far more than in music, Pù is rooted in friendship and metaphysical doubt. The band is guided by a desire that the former musical expériences of its two members could not satisfy. From one note to the next, from one arpeggio to another, inspiration grew and renewed a desire they thought gone. Over the months, their remote collaboration gave birth to a musical microcosm that grew stronger and filled up with dark humors. Therefore, Pù draws inspiration from the ten years maceration of two lonely men and aims at expressing their melancholy and their internal dissonances.

With a view to create soundscapes that stimulate everyone ́s anima without going through words that would influence the imagination, the duo only hopes to carry through its music as much shadow as light, including all its shades of brightness and darkness. The four tracks that compose Tunguska: Last Transmission are a first step towards an elsewhere that is still to be defined, between urban oppression and pastoral poetry.


Format: Digital, CD
Label: Atypeek Music
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 19/05/2017 (EU)

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TunguskaLastTransmission
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/puofficial
Label: http://www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:28 CET:

LLNN/ Wovoka "Traces/ Marks":

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Copenhagen's LLNN have created "a bleak soundtrack to a cinematic, post-apolocalyptic landscape, or indeed a grim and rainy Monday in June", Terrorizer said about their stunning debut album Loss, which was released 1 year ago through Pelagic Records. The massively heavy tightly-woven sonic fabric that these 4 young Danes create has been critically acclaimed throughout the European press landscape.

The Marks material which forms their part of this split album was written (and partially self- released) before Loss -- but the first scrunching riff of opening track The Guardian, trudging along the simple and relentless drums until Christian Bonnesen's truculent vocals take the song to the next level of blackened intensity, make it 100% clear that this material is in no way any less mature than the debut's'. Much like on Loss, the wavering drone synths that are effortlessly merged with a raw hardcore-driven darkness define the subtle idiosycratic nuances of LLNN's very unsubtle, painfully overwhelming sound.

"Wovoka’s musical volleys are both panoramically expansive and crushingly claustrophobic“, LA Weekly wrote about these 4 dark souls from the West Coast. Emerging from a near 2-year slumber since debut album Saros saw the light of day, Wovoka are contributing one single 18- minute opus to this album, continuing right where LLNN have left off. With compositions of truly epic proportions which transcend the cliches of heavy music, the band has scorched their position in the Los Angeles underground as one of the most volatile, unrelenting acts in the area. Wovoka have understood that true heaviness lies in reduction – reduction of tempo, reduction of a musical idea to its core, to its bleak essence. Lyrically, Traces is transgressing the nature of grief that comes from loss, in a fierce representation of the sheer emotional weight of fear, and the finality of greeting the end of one’s mortal coil.

Belgian artist Ammo was comissioned to create the stunning artwork, which perfectly reflects the music on this release. The vinyl version comes with a hand-numbered 5-colour screen-print. Limited edition on brass & black wax, which looks like an impact crater.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Pelagic Records
Distribution: Cargo
Genre: Post-Metal
Release Date: 16/06/2017

Links
LLNN Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/llnnband
LLNN Bandcamp: https://llnn.bandcamp.com
Wovoka Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialwovoka
Wovoka Bandcamp: https://wovoka.bandcamp.com
Label: http://pelagic-records.com

 

Thursday, April 06, 2017, 10:13 CET:

NIHILING "Batteri":

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Batteri is the 4th album from Hamburg based Nihiling. It is an album that reveals two contrasting sides of the band, just like the electrical poles of a battery: The first four tracks offer an intriguing combination of post-rock and indie-pop songs, with guitar sounds remniscent of bands like The XX and Foals and the songwriting of EF and Immanu El.

The other four songs are more straight post-rock oriented, long instrumentals but offering a lot of rhythm. Influences range from Explosions In The Sky to This Will Destroy You, like on the song Idiot. Both album parts combined create an integral whole that is Batteri - Nihiling's most refined album to date.

Live in Germany
16.05. Bayreuth - Glashaus
17.05. Rodewisch – Ars Vitae
18.05. Regensburg - W1
20.05. Monheim – Sojus 7
21.05. Freiburg – Slow Club


Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte
Distribution: Cargo Records
Genre: Post-Rock
Release date: 05/05/2017

Links
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nihiling
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nihiling
Label: http://kapitaen-platte.de

 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017, 16:00 CET:

BALL "s/t":

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Intensely disturbed, dirty, smut peddling, Swedish slime hardrock-psych-madness from the deepest cesspool of humanity.  Fucked up subhuman fuzz guitars. Depraved, screaming vocals. Gut rumbling bass and caveman drums. A nightmare of revolting sounds. Ball is hardrock from hell. 

This is the much-anticipated follow up to their acclaimed single Fyre Balls. Ball´s debut album is a deranged acid hard rock tour-de-force that will have you gasping…and gagging.

The mysterious S. Yrék Ball, previously known to some from the murky occult underground of Northern Europe’s most infamous secret societies, formed Ball.  Yrék has now dedicated himself to making music and to live the good life outside of the covens and black magic orders. Backed by his two older brothers they form a fierce and fearsome power trio. The guys aren’t very talkative but say their main interests, apart from banging on their instruments, are booze, girls, horror comics, monster model kits, pinball and arcade games. 

The bands debut single Fyre Balls released by Horny Records, was pressed in two editions in a total of 1000 copies and immediately sold-out. The single then got re-released by the noted US label Waxploitation. Ball has gotten many favorable offers for international tours but for the moment live shows are not happening as at least one of the band members is currently on probation. But we’re glad that they at least are together and have been able to create this album, nothing short of a miracle considering the circumstances. We hope that they will eventually be able to tour the world. Watch out!


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Horny Records (Subliminal Sounds)
Genre: Hardrock-Psych
Release Date: 19/05/2017

Links
Official: http://www.ball666.biz
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ball666beyaz
Label: http://www.subliminalsounds.se
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SubliminalSounds.music

 

Monday, April 03, 2017, 11:23 CET:

EMIL AMOS "Filmmusik":

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Emil Amos is not only the drummer of OM, Grails, Lilacs & Champagne, and singer and guitarist of Holy Sons, but a true multi- instrumentalist. Filmmusik is the first album he has ever issued under his own name.

After a career that's stretched over 50 records over the last 20 years on many esteemed underground labels (Drag City, Thrill Jockey, Temporary Residence), Amos brings together all of his signature sonic styles under one record's concept.

The vastly different sounds of his four bands are blended into one kaleidoscopic union that plays like a soundtrack to a very lonely and suspicious European suspense film from the 70's. Two of the songs were actually featured in the film Suit of Lights, due for release next year.

Fans of Grails get two moody piano ballads that were recorded for their new record Chalice Hymnal and a track intended for use in a chase scene. Lilacs & Champagne listeners get several tracks that didn't fit onto their last LP, and Holy Sons fans get a couple vocal-driven songs like Bed of Nails II, a song that's been recorded many times and played live, but never released. The meticulously labored- over artwork was done by Eric Adrian Lee who is known for designing various re-issues for Morricone and Stelvio Cipriani for Death Waltz. All in all, this is a real record-diggers fantasy LP! Ltd. edition purple wax available.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Pelagic Records
Distribution: Cargo
Genre: Soundtracks
Release Date: 02/06/2017

Links
Emil Amos: http://www.facebook.com/emil.amos.9
Grails: http://www.facebook.com/grailsongs
Holy Sons: http://www.facebook.com/HolySons
Lilacs & Champagne: http://www.facebook.com/lilacsandchampagne
OM: http://www.facebook.com/om.band
Label: http://pelagic-records.com

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