Tuesday, 30 October 2018

***CROWNING / MARÉE NOIRE split exclusive premiere***

"Trakata" & "Toucher la Lune"
exclusive song premieres
For fans ofLoma Prieta, Itto, Kid Feral, Curtains, Back When, Hundreds Of AU and Youth Funeral

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Aaaaaand holy shit I don't think anyone saw this coming, but Zegema Beach and Crowning are teaming up yet again, this time to bring you a sensational split cassette between the chaotic Chicago five-piece and Quebec's Marée Noire. The split came about when both bands toured together in early 2018, with this sexy cassette being the residue. Each band contributes three new tunes on the split, with the tracklisting switching back and forth between Crowning and Marée Noire, making it as much of a collaboration as a split. I am very proud to share the last two tracks off of the release today, with the entire thing becoming available tomorrow, Wednesday October 31st, 2018 on Zegema Beach Records with European copies being taken care of by Sunsetter Studios. Pre-orders are up now and both bands will have their copies by the end of November. Fucking stoked!

(2018) CROWNING - "Trakata" (from 'Marée Noire' split)
Recorded during the Envy tribute cover session, this song blazes through as aggressive as any Crowning song to date. It begins with screaming and super crunchy instrumentals but by 24 seconds it has slowed down considerably, employing more vocalists on a very dim-lit stage. By the time the first minute concludes the song has congealed to an extremely dense and heavy metalcore mass that begins consuming listeners at 1:12 with vicious screams emanating from multiple members simultaneously. I. Still. Fucking. Love. Crowning.

(2018) MARÉE NOIRE - "Toucher la Lune" (from 'Crowning' split)
Good lordy lou, Marée Noire got waaaaaaay heavier! Taking their post-hardcore/screamo from last year's demo and basically taking a torch to anything slow, melodic and pretty, this song is angry as fuck and you can definitely hear it. Comparisons to Amanda Woodward and Le Pré Où Je Suis Mort are kinda null and void at this point, as I would trade in the sounds of Ostraca, Cassilis and Hundreds Of AU instead. The rolling drums over spacey guitars from 40 seconds onward is great, especially when it climaxes at 1:11. Oooooo baby!

Sunday, 28 October 2018

LE PRÉ OÙ JE SUIS MORT

BandLE PRÉ OÙ JE SUIS MORT
GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Screamo / Ambient
Related artists?.
Country: Annemasse FRANCE
Years Active2006-2010
Song: "Une Fois de Plu"
Album: "Le Pré Où Je Suis Mort"
Year: 2008
For fans of: Sed Non Satiata, Amanda Woodward, Envy, Archives, Carcajou, Aporia, BokanovskyNous Étions, Nionde Plågan, Gantz, Mihai Edrisch, Quasar, Les Deux Minutes De La Haine, The Solexine Chapter, Milanku, Amber, Evylock, Yarmulke and Aussitôt Mort aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Denovali Records / Communication Is Not Words / In Girum Nocte / Ape Must Not Kill Ape / Moment Of Collapse Records / IFB Records / Arctic Radar Records
This post's artist is from the October 2018 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the October 2018 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2018 Mix#11 here.

LE PRÉ OÙ JE SUIS MORT were shown to me by Andrew of Locktender (formerly Men As Trees) and became an instant hit with me because...c'mon now, this is exactly what French post-hardcore/screamo means. I love my Sed Non Satiata, Amanda WoodwardAussitôt Mort, The Solexine Chapter and Les Deux Minutes De La Haine so this is very much like those bands but with a very post-rock, spoken-word twist. Most songs are quite lengthy with their shortest being more than six, and they cover a lot of ground in that time, swaying back and forth between super chill spoken word and epic post-hardcore with screams slathered on thick as molasses.

Their debut EP was a self titled obviously called 'Le Pré Où Je Suis Mort'. "Vision" is a good opener, giving the listener a plain view of their obvious pillars. There's the spoken word stuff, gruff screaming, ridiculous drumming from three minutes onward and hot damn I love that guitar intertwining around the five-minute mark. "Une Fois de Plu" is next, opening with a slow, dreamy intro with beautifully whispered French lyrics, it picks up speed at 40 seconds only to revert back that sweet, lulling opening. As the song progresses we are met with more aggression and by two minutes the band starts dipping in and out of heavier moments, reminding me of a mixture of Envy and Nous Étions. The melodic passage from four minutes is also noteworthy, as it fades the song out and gives a nice, accessible bookend to the track. "Terre Promise" is a wonderful, driving track that features mesmerizing, woven guitar progressions that form a stunning setting and react with perfectly placed drums and bass to truly immerse the listener. The vocals that meet up after two minutes with the aforementioned intricate and lush guitars, create a truly emotional experience that brings Sed Non Satiata's stronger material to mind. Closer "Silence" is the true behemoth of the EP clocking in at 13:54, more than double the length of their other songs here. It does a wonderful job of covering everything that the band is capable of, but I do think the nearly 14 minutes run-time can be a bit taxing, although that entire, lengthy midsection is intoxicating.

The band's final output is the lengthy "L'Avenir Nous Appartiendra" that was released on a 4-way split 12" with Men As TreesDolcim and Dying In Motion in 2010. Leading off the release, the band pours every last drop of their passion into this 11-and-a-half minute epic swan song. After a minute of intro, the song really kicks in, harnessing a fuller sound with more higher pitched screaming instead of low-end stuff and fantastically layered instrumentals. There's a break at two and a half minutes for a mere 30 seconds before the song shoots off again in a style not unlike Daïtro before settling into a dreamy, atmospheric groove from about three to nearly seven minutes. The second half reminds me of Japanese screamo more than anything, with Yarmulke bearing a very close resemblance. This was actually the last song I ever heard by LE PRÉ OÙ JE SUIS MORT and it's ended up becoming my favourite.

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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2008 - Le Pré Où Je Suis Mort cd/12"EP

2010 - 4-Way split w/(Men As Trees, Dolcim & Dying In Motion) 12"LP (contributed "L'Avenir Nous Appartiendra")

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(2010) LE PRÉ OÙ JE SUIS MORT - "L'Avenir Nous Appartiendra" (from '4-Way' split)

(2008) LE PRÉ OÙ JE SUIS MORT - "Vision" (from 'Le Pré Où Je Suis Mort')

(2008) LE PRÉ OÙ JE SUIS MORT - "Terre Promise" (from 'Le Pré Où Je Suis Mort')

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LE PRÉ OÙ JE SUIS MORT out of print mp3 discography download

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

***PIQUE exclusive premiere***

וֹט'
exclusive EP premiere
For fans of: Funeral Diner, Snag, Shotmaker, Closure, People's Temple Project, TrotskyChivàla, Lautrec and Indian Summer


I was informed of PIQUE's existence when my good friend Eric (drummer in People's Temple Project) shot me some demos of their new project with them on guitar. Eric had just recently released the Nayru tape on his new label Larry Records. The three-piece play a lo-fi, throwback screamo style which ends up sounding like a loose mix of Indian Summer, Funeral Diner and Eric's other band People's Temple Project. Each song is about one to five minutes and will bash you over the head and lull you to sleep, or the other way around. The five songs were record at Jam Rock Studios and recorded/mixed/mastered by John Shields. There are 65 cassettes (25 of them are special editions with a patch and koozie) and an additional format release of mini-cds by Friendly Otter. Mike Giurato also made 25 shirts that the band will have for sale. Very cool stuff!

(2018) PIQUE - 1 - "Aparte" (from 'לוֹט')
The opener has a light motif, using clean guitars and yelly screaming to create a welcoming but still aggressive introduction. The spoken word section bleeds wonderfully into the climax/close at the one-minute mark.

(2018) PIQUE - 2 - "In a Position of Power" (from 'לוֹט')
This song begins much more like a PTP jam, with rolling drums, a wall of guitars and fully screamed vocals. This song is only 1:10 but it packs a punch and brings The Flying Worker to mind.

(2018) PIQUE - 3 - "So Much Rope" (from 'לוֹט')
The lulling intro guitars for this song pique (ha) my interest immediately, and once the vocals and speedy drumming all line up it begins its ascent to the best song on here, as from the midsection onward the song takes a chill pill (save the last 20 seconds) and creates an eerie, moody, damp atmosphere that gives me all the feels.

(2018) PIQUE - 4 - "Our Lot in Life" (from 'לוֹט')
Perhaps the most chaotic of the five is the second last track, bringing to mind Funeral Diner during the all-out intro and Lautrec for the relaxed section. A very good song and the longest on the EP, which also happens to include a C-3P0 quote from A New Hope.

(2018) PIQUE - 5 - "These Five Lakes Can't Hide You" (from 'לוֹט')
The closer boasts dual vocals and a cool stop/start dynamic that does an excellent job of propping up the first 30 seconds before getting pretty dang epic, with a outro not unlike European screamo.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

SHORT BLOOMING, THE

BandTHE SHORT BLOOMING
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artistsThoughts Paint The Sky.
CountryEssen GERMANY
Years Active2006-2007
Song: "Abendkasse"
Album: "Zu wahr um schön zu sein"
Year: 2006
For fans ofKilled By Malaise, Welcome The Plague Year, Catena Collapse, Belle Epoque, Weak Wrists, Dispensing Of False Halos, Saetia, Danse Macabre, Moss Rose, Caught In The Fall, The Apoplexy Twist Orchestra, Deers! and Battle Of Wolf 359 aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Yehonala Tapes
This post's artist is from the October 2018 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the October 2018 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2018 Mix#11 here.

THE SHORT BLOOMING were another band whose name encapsulates their existence to a t. This particular band were around for less than two years in Essen Germany from 2006 until 2007, releasing but a single cdrLP titled 'Zu wahr um schön zu sein'. Sure, they had a few other physicals but the initial LP houses all of their released material. They played a darkened, dual-screaming and spectrum-jumping screamo that could definitely be likened to bands such as Killed By Malaise, Dispensing Of False Halos and Battle Of Wolf 359, with a touch of early Saetia sprinkled on top.

Their LP contains 8 fantastic jams, beginning with the awesome "Abendkasse" and its stop/start chaos with a few very memorable isolated guitars notes and a plethora of back and forth screaming between the primary vocalist and drummer. Gianna's vocals are very shrieky and at the forefront while her poisonous delivery is accentuated by Daniel's call and response. "Von Fingerabdrücken, Schneeflocken und so" follows and has an awesome Welcome The Plague Year-esque, dreamy, atmospheric section led by earthy bass and perfect guitars that begins at 40 seconds and builds with the screaming to a climax before briefly revisiting that sick shit. The band then shifts gears and delivers a lulling, short, instrumental, self-titled track titled, obviously enough, "The Short Blooming" before busting out more acidic hardcore with "Wishful Thinking" and the most toxic and jarring of all their recorded vocals. At the halfway point the LP likely reverts to the '2006 Demo' songs, as their recording quality is a bit more muddy and the songs, although great, aren't of the caliber of the opening four. "Kostenfrage", "Repetition Kills Peculiarity" and "Gefangen are all decent but "Nex one, please!" is my favourite of the initial recordings as its driving swings always get my head bobbing.

It's a shame there isn't more information and live videos of this pretty obscure but much loved German band. Discography download below, enjoy!

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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2006 - Demo cdr
2006 - Zu wahr um schön zu sein cdrLP

2007 - Zarathustra Has Been Killed In The 70's, Spectres & Vlado Petrik split (two songs from the LP)
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(2006) THE SHORT BLOOMING - "Abendkasse" (from 'Zu wahr um schön zu sein')

(2006) THE SHORT BLOOMING - "Wishful Thinking" (from 'Zu wahr um schön zu sein')

(2006) THE SHORT BLOOMING - "Von Fingerabdrücken, Schneeflocken und so" (from 'Zu wahr um schön zu sein')

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THE SHORT BLOOMING out of print mp3 discography download / additional links

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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.

ORDER 12"/150
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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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Monday, 15 October 2018

AMBIEN

BandAMBIEN
GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsKilgore Trout, Loud?, War Crimes and A MARC Train Home.
CountryFairfax, Virginia U.S.A.
Years Active2017-present
Song: "Bury You By the Sea"
Album: "This House is a Ghost"
Year: 2018
For fans ofNionde Plågan, Nous Étions, Teleportoise, Leveless, Druse, IscarioteSuis La Lune, La Dispute, Deftones, O'Brother, Majority Rule, Cult of Luna, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutyou, Frail, At the Gates, Defeater, Crash of Rhinos, Have Heart, Go Deep, Birds in Row and Lhasa aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the October 2018 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the October 2018 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2018 Mix#11 here.

Tommy Sheffield used to do vocals in Kilgore Trout. Yep. And then for 10 years, nothing in the musical department (although he did have a book published in that time!). Earlier this year he sent me his first foray back into heavy music via AMBIEN, a post-hardcore/screamo band from Fairfax, Virginia. Not similar in many ways to his previous band, AMBIEN is a three-piece that extends to darker places, but always with a beam of shining light leading us through the black. It is interesting to note that the lyrics for this release were written the day before recording or improvised on the spot.

Their debut EP 'This House is a Ghost' opens with "New Storm" and it wastes no time getting massive, heavy and epic just a few seconds in. Right off the bat my first band comparison is Nionde Plågan due to those vocals, but AMBIEN definitely harness the aggression and shed the light melodies for the most part. I enjoy the brief slowdown and noodles after the one minute-mark that lead to a swelling breakdown at 1:14. "APA" is next, which is drowned in down-tuned guitars, gutteral, sinister vocals and some ridiculous closing drums. "Sleep Paralysis" is the dreamy, ambient interlude but dishes out more than the typical one, as this includes a build with various vocals chiming in from beautiful guest singing to distant screams and an electronic outro. There is more melodic crooning at the onset of "The House I Grew Up In" that is utilized in both verses and builds the bridge to those crushing choruses. After a few minutes the song has expanded and contracted to the point where it becomes unstable and by 3:33 it collapses in on itself in one triumphant and destructive breakdown. This is definitely the song with the most variation and it stands out as the band's most mature, complete and rewarding listen. Closer "Bury You By the Sea" is probably my favourite of the five, as the driving undertones never let up, creating a sense of urgency amidst the crushing waterfall that is the band's sound. Oh, and that guitar outro solo is the bomb.

Apparently the band is writing for another release come 2019. Hell yeah.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2018 - This House is a Ghost EP (stream/buy here)

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(2018) AMBIEN - "The House I Grew Up In" (from 'This House is a Ghost')

(2018) AMBIEN - "Bury You By the Sea" (from 'This House is a Ghost')

(2018) AMBIEN - "APA" (from 'This House is a Ghost')

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

***PODCAST #28 w/Sean Warkentine + Adrian Copeland (An Ant And An Atom + Alder & Ash)***

In July of 2018 we had the first visitors to our Nanaimo home, as Sean Warkentine aka AN ANT AND AN ATOM and Adrian Copeland aka ALDER & ASH stayed over during their summer quest together that should have been called the "So Many Fucking As" tour. Both play genres that are out of my current grasp of proper comparisons, so I will just say they both play noise music with drone and doom undertones. In this four-part podcast we discuss a myriad of things and it comes off as the most intellectually stimulating of the 28 casts of pod this far. Be sure to check out band of their bandcamp and social media pages, and I've also got videos of An Ant And An Atom playing live at ZBR Fest linked here.

An Ant And An Atom (Bandcamp / Facebook / Sean's other band Touching God)
Alder & Ash (Bandcamp / Facebook / Official website )



1
HIRETSUKAN - "19 Year Barrier" (Adrian)
TODAY IS THE DAY - "The Cold Harshness of Being Wrong Throughout Your Entire Life" (Sean)
BUCKET FULL OF TEETH- "Capital Distracts and Imprisons" (Dave)

2
SHOSTAKOVICH - "String Quartet No 10, in A flat, Op. 118 - 2nd movement" (Adrian)
ARCA - "Alive" (Sean)

3
CARLOS CIPA- "Wide and Moving" (Dave)
MEMOTONE - "Ritual" (Adrian)

4
FOOD FOR ANIMALS - "Tween My Lips" (Sean)
GEZAN - "Man Machine" (Sean)

TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR - "Wartime at the Apollo" (Dave)
METH. - "The Mother's Garden" (Dave)

~Dave

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PODCAST #28 linked here
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Friday, 12 October 2018

***EMMA GOLDMAN exclusive video interview***

Ever since I saw and met EMMA GOLDMAN at my first Vancouver show I've been smitten. That happened to be their debut cassette EP release show and they have just recently released a new track on the 'Red Gate Compilation Mixtape' and will be appearing alongside fellow screamo friends Diva Plavalaguna and Terrifying Girl's Gigh School this Saturday October 13th for GLAM FEST at Red Gate.

I caught up with Pavel, Victoria and Felix prior to the Dad Thighs cassette EP release back in September, as both Victoria and Felix play in that band, with Pavel having filled in on drums on a tour, as is discussed in this interview! We discuss their formation, recent U.S. tour, bands that blew them away on said tour (aka Hawak) and their future plans (gasp, LP!?). Check out the 15-minute video interview below and come say hi to the band as well as myself milling around GLAM FEST.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

NEW RUINS

BandNEW RUINS
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Metalcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsFrail Hands, Wax, Heisse, Open Border and Grief.
CountryHalifax, Nova Scotia CANADA
Years Active2018-present
Song: "Dagger"
Album: "New Ruins"
Year: 2018
For fans ofSecret Arms, Lyed, The Bled, The Fall Of Troy, Prize The Doubt, Arkata, Since By Man, Versus The Mirror, Glassjaw, Cold Craving and Birthday Boyz aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the October 2018 Mix. This is track #?.
You can download: the October 2018 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2018 Mix#11 here.

NEW RUINS is a new band from Halifax over on the East side of Canada. I became aware of their existence relatively early on as they boast members of Frail Hands, Hiesse and Rinoa and a member was interested to hear my opinion so I was sent this. I am hella glad I was, too, cuz it's a sick debut EP. The band definitely dips into the hardcore/metalcore realm more than the screamo when, at least when comparing them to their other musical endeavours, as guitarist Yousef (sick riffs that are all over the place) and vocalist Nick (who somehow makes screaming catchy) are the most notable forces in the attack. If you were to try and pin a few bands' sounds to NEW RUINS it wouldn't surprise me if you said The Bled, The Fall Of Troy and a bit of Prize The Doubt.

So in early 2018 they released their self titled, five-track EP 'New Ruins'. The first thing that jumped out at me was the eclectic mixture of styles contained in just the first song alone. "Waltz" is definitely the most progressive song, featuring clean, almost choir-esque singing, a biting guitar lead that could hook a shark, dual screaming as well as perfect drum and bass accents. "Dagger" is a bit more straightforward, definitely giving some nods to The Fall Of Troy with those guitars, but it's the vocal lines that stick with me the most, in particular "cuz I'm spending all my time alone". There's also a cool spoken word section and some throat-shredding screams. Next up is "Flesh", my personal jam. At 2:06 it is definitely the most straightforward affair on the record which is led by a chorus of, "Waiting for me to bleed out! Holding in all my insides!" and raging instrumentals. "Jean City" was the first single released from the EP and I find it to be the weakest of the five, but it's still a very good song it just doesn't have the heaviness of the strong sections and the hooks of the memorable parts. "Narcissism" is a fitting closer, as the first half is your typical, varied and engaging NEW RUINS stuff with the second half being more chaotic and destructive than even "Flesh".

The band is currently planning on a split release with Curtains, whom also have been reviewed here, so keep your eyes and ears open for that ridiculousness.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2018 - New Ruins EP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2018) NEW RUINS - "Flesh" (from 'New Ruins')

(2018) NEW RUINS - "Dagger" (from 'New Ruins')

(2018) NEW RUINS - "Waltz" (from 'New Ruins')

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NEW RUINS additional links
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

...AND ITS NAME WAS EPYON

Band...AND ITS NAME WAS EPYON
GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists: Without, She Dreamt: She Was The Sea, I Would Run That Stop Light For You, Anamanaguchi and Feed Me The Forest.
CountryLos Angeles, California U.S.A.
Years Active2018-present
Song: "Dark Histories"
Album: "...and its name was Epyon"
Year: 2018
For fans ofPeople's Temple Project, Mothlight, Saetia, Eyes Of Verotika, D'Amore, Storm The Bastille, Harrison Bergeron, Robots Don't Cry, Truman, Trotsky, Snag, Hawak, Funeral Diner, The Spirit Of Versailles and In Wolves Clothing aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Learning To Be Loved
This post's artist is from the October 2018 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the October 2018 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2018 Mix#11 here.

...AND ITS NAME WAS EPYON is a new band from Los Angeles that released their Gundam-inspired, late 90s/early 2000s influenced screamo earlier in 2018 and I've been fucking smitten ever since. The band released their self titled EP digitally, with a split tape following soon after with a member's noise/ambient project Without. The three songs continue to make the hairs on the back of my head tingle and the band has told me that they have already written their next material which should be released in the near future. Keep an eye out for those, as they are apparently in line with the sound initially developed on their debut release.

Speaking of their debut release, '...And its name was Epyon' begins with "War in the Pocket" and a very odd sound clip, followed by frantic, driving and intense screamo not unlike People's Temple Project, Robots Don't Cry and Eyes Of Verotika. There are a plethora of dual vocals, soft ambient bits with Level Plane-esque clean guitars, all followed by destruction set to a beat. "Dark Histories" is an eerie, atmospheric jam with distant wails leading a slow build that climaxes in a payoff that gives me chills. I love the lyrics and placement of everything in the second half, especially that line that may or may not be "Everything hurts, the memory turns to grey" and the subsequent, broken screams/chaos that ensues. "Return to Forever" is the most emo of the trio, utilizing the wailing to a more extreme degree and combining them with twinklier, more upbeat instrumentals, in contrast to the dark ambiance of the previous song. After the two-minute mark the song crashes into its wildest moments and carries the listener forth on the shoulders of an anthemic, screamy close.

What a fucking debut, holy shit.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2018 - ...and its name was Epyon / Without split cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2018) ...AND ITS NAME WAS EPYON - "Dark Histories" (from '...and its name was Epyon')

(2018) ...AND ITS NAME WAS EPYON - "War in the Pocket" (from '...and its name was Epyon')


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