Thursday, July 26, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Listened to this for the first time today while walking to work in the rain. Perfect. Gloomy, yet gorgeous and uplifting.
Label/Date: Prophecy Productions, 2007
Genre: melodic metal, shoegazing black metal?
From: Avignon, France
LIYL: Novembre, My Bloody Valentine, Agalloch, Sigur Ros
one guitar, one drumset, whole lot of rock
Label/Date: Afterdark Records, 2006
Genre: instrumental stoner rock.
From: Melbourne, Australia
LIYL: Kinski, Queens of the Stone Age, Los Natas, Lightning Bolt, Karma to Burn, High on Fire
Review: silent ballet
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Holy fuck this cd is great! It has everything you could possibly love about heavy music. Big thanks to blend77 for the intro, it blew me away on the very first listen.
Download tracks 1-6: mediafire
Download tracks 7-10: mediafire
Label/Date: Self-released, 2007
Standout tracks: the long ones
Genre: psychdelic doom/drone
LIYL: Capricorns, Suma, Electric Wizard, Boris, Ufomammut, Isis, Mouth of The Architect, Disembowelment, Monkey3, Minsk
Purchase: thru their myspace
"The Pax Cecilia's second LP Blessed Are the Bonds is forged from the same fires that gave listeners Circle Takes the Square's As the Roots Undo and Dredg's El Cielo. It is epic, original, heavy, pensive, and savagely compelling music. It is transcendent. It taps into something above normal perception and does this with a strange lack of pretention. The sound is a mix of post-rock (Engine Down), alternative (Dredg), metal (Isis), and screamo (City of Caterpillar). The musicianship and songwriting are beautiful and the emotional weight of the album is relentless. And to top it all off, the album is free!" (go to their site to get one) - Nick Greer, sputnikmusic.com
Label/Date: self-released, 2007
LIYL: Circle Takes the Square, GYBE!/ASMZ, The Evpatoria Report, Maudlin of the Well/Kayo Dot, Eleventh He Reaches London, Gregor Samsa, A Whisper In The Noise, Envy, Agalloch
Label/Date: Retribute Records, 2006
Standout tracks: If Only, Amber
Genre: ultra heavy doom with clean female vocals
LIYL: Electric Wizard, SunnO)), Boris, Disembowelment, Grief, Suma, The Gathering
Label/Date: Tomlab, 2007
Genre: post-rock, krautrock, post-punk, doom, ambient, tribal, etc..
LIYL: Faust, Goblin, Circle, The Rapture, Neurosis, Tangerine Dream, Lorus, Neu!, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Groundtruther and DJ Logic - Longitude
Groundtruther and Greg Osby - Latitude
"Groundtruther have an interesting concept: electric/acoustic drummer Bobby Previte and eight-string guitar genius Charlie Hunter team up with an invited third member for albums of live improvisation. The first album, Latitude, was basically a continuation of Come In Red Dog, This Is Tango Leader (Hunter and Previte's first collaboration), with Greg Osby on sax adding an additional melodic element. For Longitude, DJ Logic is the invited guest, and the roles shift considerably. Since Logic has a wider sound palette than Osby does, Previte moves away from the electronic drums and triggered samples of earlier releases toward a more standard kit as Logic takes control of the "odd sounds." Hunter assumes more of a lead role without a melodic foil and often applies thick distortion. In fact, you've never heard so much distortion coming out of Hunter's rig, and it sounds fantastic. He also shows that he's a wicked lead player, and not always about sounding like two guys at once. Logic adds all kinds of interesting sonic flotsam and jetsam, and Previte really lets loose on a couple tunes. The album basically plays as serious grooves separated by shorter, sometimes ambient pieces, but it never gets boring or formulaic. It seems Groundtruther are just as versatile as they are musical. It will be interesting to see where the music goes when Altitude, the third in the trilogy, is released." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
Label/Date: Thirsty Ear, 2005, 2004
Genre: experimental/improv jazz-rock/ambient
"These uncanny atmospheres are the result of contrasting feels at play. These abstracted orchestrations featuring guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and electronic textures work in the cracks between jazz, folk, post-rock and classical, claiming a space between dark and light, both shimmering and haunting."
Label/Date: Preservation, 2007
Standout track: Rain In Sea
LIYL: Rachel's, Clogs, CJ Boyd, Belle Orchestre, Triosk, Hammock, Efterklang
Review: silent ballet
Saturday, July 7, 2007
"Phantomsmasher is James Plotkin's [not so] latest brain-teaser and arguably his most ferocious. Teaming up with drum-man-chine DAVE WITTE (Burnt by the Sun, Discordance Axis, Melt Banana) and voice-ripper/sonic guerilla DJ SPEEDRANCH, the trio has cast aside the limits of hardcore, electronics, and rock thus creating an inexplicable force of a sound. Soar through a windtunnel of guitar while being skinned alive by audiomulch vocals before you're pummeled by the filtered blastbeat sonic-crunch. Imagine your favorite genres being extracted to your harddisk, torn to shreds and spat back out in the form of metallic digital powder. Imagine DIY laptop hardcore geeks having convulsions and vomiting buttermilk. The music is much more appealing than that. Phantomsmasher is music that makes you feel excited about art once again." -Ipecac
Label/Date: Ipecac, 2002
Standout tracks: 2, 4, 6
Genre: experimental/electronic grindcore
LIYL: Discordance Axis, The Locust, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Old, Orthrelm, Fantomas, Naked City
Label/Date: Profound Lore Records, 2007
Genre: ambient drone metal
From: Athens, Georgia
LIYL: Nadja, Jesu, Swans, Neurosis, Hyatari
Review: digital metal
"SUPERNATURALS is an improvised session between the kings of deep noise Ufomammut and the amazing ambient postcorers Lent0. A super hypnotic and telluric monster in which the two bands play around repetitive atmosphere broken by fragile openings. Four guitars, a bass, a drumkit, a mic and synths create a monumental sound in six songs that are the prelude to the upcoming first record of Lent0 (Earthen - out september 2007) and the monolithic sequel of Lucifer Songs by Ufomammut."
Label/Date: Supernatural Cat, 2007
Standout track: 3
LIYL: Electric Wizard, Sunn O)), Nadja, Minsk, Esoteric, Jesu
Ufomammut's Website: ufomammut.com
Lent0's Website: lent0.com
The Good Fight for Harmony
Label/Date: self-released, 2005
Standout track: Swarming
Genre: Post-hardcore, screamo
From: Perth, Australia.
LIYL: Circle Takes The Square, Envy, Mouth of the Architect
Purchase: thru band website
Review: silent ballet
2 long tracks on this, Ash Ra Tempel's first release. The first being a monster psychedelic jam that sounds like something Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers) would record if he travelled back in time. The second track is an ambient number that sounds like early Eno, Popol Vuh and Neu's more ambient tracks.
Genre: Krautrock, psychedelic, ambient
LIYL: Acid Mothers Temple, Brian Eno, Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Tangerine Dream, Neu!
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