Sunday, 21 October 2018

***BLIND GIRLS exclusive premiere***

BLIND GIRLS
"The Ghost In My Eye"
exclusive song premiere
For fans ofCommuovere, Lord Snow, Capsule, Mahria, Frail HandsУлыбайся Ветру and Loma Prieta
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I've been following BLIND GIRLS for quite some time now, as the band sent me their 'Efflorescence' in late 2014. They've since released more material, gained a member, and preceding their completed 'Residue' album I visited the band on the Gold Coast in Australia earlier this year. So I've essentially been following the progression of the masters for nearly a year, and holy shit am I fucking stoked to finally share the first taste of their 11-song LP with the exclusive premiere of track six, "The Ghost In My Eye".

Before we move on, as both formats are very limited, we've got pre-orders up now for the 12" (black/150) and the tape (red/65), both of which are releasing on Zegema Beach Records and the band.

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(2018) BLIND GIRLS - "The Ghost In My Eye" (from 'Residue')
The song begins with tranquil guitar effects that seem as if they'll stretch on forever, but after the 30-second mark that peace is shredded and exchanged for passionately screamed vocals over top of ridiculous drumming and Euro-inspired ax-work. The song hits a swing at 57 seconds and rides that momentum until a much-needed catching of breath from 1:20 to 1:46 and then...and then holy shit. The song dives like an arrow from the heavens with A) phenomenal guitarwork, B) incredible cohesiveness and C) unworldy speed. That parts takes my breath away even now, after 20+ listens. There are 10 more tracks on this record and this isn't even my favourite. Expect more premieres from the band soon on blogs Apathy & Exhaustion, Sophie's Floorboard and Heavy Blog Is Heavy as well as a full album review by Jesse Mowery right here on OMSB.

If you have the chance catch BLIND GIRLS on tour with their new record in Japan with fellow Zegema Beach bands Sans Visage and Komusō.




ADDITIONAL LINKS & WHATNOT

'Residue' teaser trailer

Saturday, 20 October 2018

FRONTIERER

BandFRONTIERER
GenresPunk / Chaotic Hardcore / Metalcore / Tech-Metal / Math-Metal / Noise / Experimental
Related artistsSectioned, We, A Dark Orbit, When Knives Go Skyward, Mountains Under Oceans and Godhole.
CountrySCOTLAND
Years Active2011-present
Song: "Tumoric"
Album: "Unloved"
Year: 2018
For fans ofTony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Ion Dissonance, Psyopus, Coarse, The Chariot, Meshugga, Acacia Strain, Ed Gein, The Sawtooth Grin, Destroyer Destroyer, Botch, Deadguy, The End, Into The Moat, Between The Buried And Me, Cephalic Carnage, Engineer, The Red Chord, Unearth, .Crrust, Thumbscrew, Sectioned and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the October 2018 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the October 2018 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2018 Mix#11 here.

FRONTIERER is a band from both Scotland and Missouri which looks as if it began as a project between multi-instrumentalist Pedram Valiani and vocalist Chad Kepper that eventually expanded and absorbed more members from another band called Sectioned. They have released thrice since their 2011 inception with their most recent 'Unloved' garnering a lot of attention and for just reason. I think describing their sound isn't all that hard, although duplicating it would be nearly impossible. I have been telling my friends, "Do you like Psyopus and the ridiculous lazer guitars of Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza? Yes? Well then, fuck, you're gonna love FRONTIERER." It's a digital dystopia, and it is not something to bob your head to. This is high-level, unstable, experimental, sonically crippling, tech-metal shit right here.

The aforementioned debut release was digital EP titled 'The Collapse', which is the first of two releases created by only two people, which is fucking crippling for my brain to comprehend. This particular release is most heavy on the Psyopus influence, from what I can tell, as there are heaps more noodling and single notes mashed together in a riff frenzy. This is pretty noticeable on all tracks, but is especially obvious on the opener "The Collapse", a rip-roaring opener that literally has set the tone for the rest of their stellar catalogue, as well as that ridiculous midsection of "The Ascension". There are definitely indications early on that FRONTIERER was moving into the sci-fi sounds as a large makeup of their musical identity, but it is perhaps a little less obvious generally although jamming tracks such as "The Spiral" (my personal favourite), "The Override" and "The Swarm". One very helpful thing about this EP is that no song surpasses the three-minute mark, making it a short and concise listen, albeit not as mature in the production department as their later efforts. What am I trying to say? Sick debut.

'Orange Mathematics' followed two years later and still boasted but two members creating a swirling, cacaphonous concoction of poisonous, mathy, experimental metal/hardcore. The first thing I noticed here was the much deeper and honed recording and production on this release, as it sounds so much more full while still enabling the listener to pick out all of those mindboggling shifts. As per usual they open it with a straight-up banger in "Bunsen", laying waste to the speakers in just 2:08 thanks to an unraveling, violent close. The band's focus on peculiar/original guitar wankery becomes apparent on the second track, as "Cascading Dialects" includes a few examples of the music transforming into controlled noise, like the revving of an engine or the likely sound of intergalactic spaceships firing upon one another. This record truly pushes the envelope and is an obvious and telling precursor to their fantastic 2018 effort, taking those weird sounds and deliberating forcing them to their absolute extremes. Tracks such as "The Digital Tarpit", "Helium Vat", "Bleak", "Delorean Trails", "Exposure & Aperture", "Mt. Swath" and "Crystal Turbine" are perplexing in scope and delivery, but it is that mental stimulation that opens the mind to some truly unique and enthralling tunes. You've even got your electronic dance jam in "IALCCA" and a revamped version of "The Collapse" but my personal favourite is the absolutely bananas "Evil Dermis" and the utter insanity that spews forth from a minute and a half onward.  Listening to all 16 tracks in a row may put you into a coma, but at least you can't say that they shortchanged you.

It wasn't until this year when 'Unloved' was released that I heard about FRONTIERER, which stood out to me immediately due to the sick art. I then saw "for fans of Psyopus" so I immediately checked it out as that comparison isn't made often and I love me some Psyopus. I was blown away, as right away FRONTIERER goes right for the jugular with "Tumoric", a song boasting that any hopes of the band "chilling out" are flat out not happening. The relation in sound to bands such as Ion Dissonance, Psyopus and most obviously Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza are blatantly apparent, but incorporated in a way that is both complimentary as well as evolutionary. "Gower St." is a riot and even includes one of the only repetitive vocal lines in any FRONTIERER song, making it the closest thing to "catchy" that I can pin. That being said, there are also a plethora of instrumental system shocks that will stun you not just on the first listen, but on every listen, which is a hell of a feat. Most tracks are like a honed lazer beam capable of leveling entire cities, utilizing a myriad of unorthodox but very effective methods to engage the listener whilst simultaneously annihilating them. A prime example is "Bombgnasher", which sounds like a car losing control and the subsequent destruction of a multi-car collision during its final minute, making it once of the most experimental but also accessible listens as it is, like a carcrash, mesmerizing in a haunting kind of way. I wouldn't exactly call any of the songs soft, but there are "lighter" moments, such as the opening of "Heartless 101", the guitars early on in "The Sound Of The Dredge In Deathcount Woods" (although directly after Dr. Manhattan shows up and rips the song apart from a subatomic level) and the electronic second-half of "Neon Barnacle" are the closest things you're going to find.

So I have but one issue with FRONTIERER, and that is overstimulation. This music is intense to say the least, and listening to a song usually makes me smarter but also destroys a small section of my brain. If the more recent records were, say 8-10 tracks I would be able to probably run through it and experience it as a complete album, but when I'm trying to absorb 14-16 tracks that generally run almost five minutes in length my brain overloads and has to shut down. I think it'd be sick to see a 10-song LP every three years with a split or two in between, sharing the tracks amongst more than a single release and giving the listener something a tad more digestable. But I mean, considering the musical style this probably isn't something they're going for. Plus, I'm not in the band so they probably shouldn't listen to me.

Regardless of my album length qualms, FRONTIERER is fucking sick and I expect the next release to propel me into the future via the true sound of lightspeed.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2013 - The Collapse digitalLP (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Orange Mathematics cd/2x12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2018 - Unloved cd/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2018) FRONTIERER - "Gower Street" (from 'Unloved')

(2018) FRONTIERER - "Bombgnasher" (from 'Unloved')

(2018) FRONTIERER - "Darkside Moonstroll" (from 'Unloved')

(2015) FRONTIERER - "Evil Dermis" (from 'Orange Mathematics')

(2015) FRONTIERER - "Tunnel Jumper" (from 'Orange Mathematics')

(2013) FRONTIERER - "The Spiral" (from 'The Collapse')

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FRONTIERER additional links
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

LAUDARE

BandLAUDARE
GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Screamo / Black Metal / Doom / Jazz / Ambient / Shoegaze / Experimental
Related artists: Amber, Todo Para Todos, Hirnprolaps and Yanos.
CountryLiepzig GERMANY
Years Active2017-present
Song: "Begging Substance"
Album: "d.é.o.m.é."
Year: 2018
For fans ofCircle Takes The Square, Deafheaven, Light Bearer, La Dispute, Heaven In Her Arms, Crows-An-Wra, Chaos Echoes, Bach, Chopin, Rosetta, Cult Of Luna, Isis, Angel Eyes, Black Mountain, Ira and Old Psychiatrist's Club.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the October 2018 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the October 2018 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2018 Mix#11 here.

LAUDARE is an art project/band from Germany that I became aware of because the drummer of Amber sent me their stuff, and I still rue the day that band broke up with a full LP ready to drop...but then the vocalist peaced two days before recording and it never saw the light of day. I still have the instrumental wav of the entire record and goddamn, fucking goddamn.

Anyhoos, LAUDARE doesn't sound like Amber. In fact, I don't really know who the fuck they sound like, as they are most definitely their own entity. Dave, are trying to tell us that they are eclectic? Bahahaha, that's putting it lightly. A few genres I noticed whilst listening: instrumental rock, ambient, black-metal, hardcore, screamo, post-rock, spoken-word and jazz. To top it all off there is an unsettling weight in the songs which, at times, is peculiarly balanced with what I can only describe as folk/carnival rock.

The band's debut album is titled 'd.é.o.m.é.' and they were kind enough to send me a physical copy. And I'm fucking glad they did, cuz it's beautiful. Here a few pictures of it, including the piece of glass taped to the booklet and an awesome silver foil sticker. Not only is the packaging fantastic, but their website has a very cool, interactive platform for listening where you can walk around and as you pass through some interesting shapes you'll hear different songs off of the record. Very cool stuff. Check that out here.

"Plethora" opens the album as a 4:47 journey through eerie, ethereal, ambient, spoken-word/crooning post-rock that is as haunting as it is lush. Things get much more intense once "Black Hole Reign" begins with its dark, screamy and spacey intro and then jumps all over the map, settling into a slower groove midway through after some black-metal/shoegaze infused bits. "Begging Substance" is my personal favourite, as it shoots fire from the get-go, coating the listener in ballistic drums, throaty female screams and heaps of tremelo. It's also 6:03 in length and gets pretty doomy during the second half, with the midsection reminding me heavily of Light Bearer. "Collision ..." is the soft, uneasy intro to "... And Coherence", an epic myriad of heads, each with its own specific purpose to build the song into a behemoth. The cleverly titled "Whoever Doesn't Shine Is Darkness" is next, weaving a dream-like netting that is hung over the listener, and definitely reminds me of rock composed by a classical composer. Closer "Nadir" reminds me of "... And Coherence" in the way it is arranged, beginning slowly and building to its epic conclusion, although it doesn't peer over the ends of the spectrum like its predecessor.

So yeah, very cool music with very cool accompanying art - both physical and digital.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2018 - d.é.o.m.é. cdEP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2018) LAUDARE - "Begging Substance" (from 'd.é.o.m.é.')

(2018) LAUDARE - "Black Hole Reign" (from 'd.é.o.m.é.')

(2018) LAUDARE - "Nadir" (from 'd.é.o.m.é.')

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LAUDARE additional links
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