Thursday, 13 June 2019

***ALBATROS exclusive song premiere***

"Towering Terreur"
exclusive song premiere
For fans ofRespire, Envy, Aleska, Sed Non Satiata and Bökanövsky


I am excited to share a new song with you! Today's premiere comes from Québec's ALBATROS and is the fourth track on their new, second full length 'Futile' was written over the last 3 years. It's being released on vinyl by Dingleberry in Germany, Les Disques Rabat-Joie and their own label Le Mort Records here in Canada, with a cassette release via No Funeral Records. The 10 tracks were recorded at Le Pantoum, their friends' studio and creative space in Québec City. Recording and mixing were done by Simon ''Poupon'' Provencher and mastering by the master Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studio.

They will be touring Europe in late July/early August, hitting five countries in around 20 days, playing 10 shows. Here's what you need:


Time for the premiere!

(2019) ALBTROS "Towering Terreur" (from 'Futile')
This is the fourth track out of ten and is a fucking banger. Imagine Envy, Respire and Sed Non Satiata coming at you simultaneously and you're pretty much there. Thick, driving screamo/post-hardcore with a few very smooth transitions, creating an epic behemoth in just 2:48. Seriously this song kicks ass and so does the rest of the album!

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

LONG DISTANCE RUNNER

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Chaotic Hardcore / Metallic Hardcore
Related artists: Parents, Sere, How Get and Human Resource.
CountryAuckland NEW ZEALAND
Years Active2016-present
Song: "The Downcast"
Album: "No Escape"
Year: 2019
For fans ofParents, I Am A Curse, Orchid, Niboowin, We Are Among Storms, Anemone, Bermuda Love, Dangers!, Comadre, DSGNS, Machina Genova, Thumbscrew, Lentic Waters, Cassilis, Craneo, Litany For The Whale, Millions Of Them, Norma Jean, Council Of Rats, and Lavotchkin.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

LONG DISTANCE RUNNER hail from New Zealand and are likely most well known for being ex-Parents. I have been jamming Parents for years, so when this band surfaced in 2017 I was pretty stoked. I enjoyed their 2017 debut 'No Value', but it was 2019's 'No Escape' that shook me and left me reeling. While I was in New Zealand I became a member of Swallows Nest and had I stayed in Dunedin I bet I would have played with this band a bunch (as the bands are good friends) and there was even talk of me going on one of the members' radio show, but alas I moved back to Canada.

Their first EP 'No Value' was released on 7" by the band and is an obvious extension of Parents, but moves into heavier hardcore and more obvious screamo influences. Opener "" is a ragin' short time, while the next/title track "No Value" plays like a slowed down, melodic version of Dangers!. "The Mask" is my personal favourite on this debut release, as it starts out pretty playful and is reminiscent of Comadre before they employ dual vocals at 35 seconds, and then the song takes flight as an epic, crushing, melodic, hardcore jam.

In 2019 LONG DISTANCE RUNNER first released a two-song teaser of "Eulogy" and "Fear of Life" before officially releasing their sophomore, self-released 7" 'No Escape'. It becomes bludgeoningly clear soon into opener "The Downcast" that this band gotten much, much more aggressive, and I fucking love it. It begins in an atmospheric cave, eventually Boba Fetting its way out with a disgustingly angry and powerful remainder, complete with vicious vocals and a thick, dense core. "Eulogy" is next and is short, but a lengthy slap in the face that manages to create palm-to-face contact that for its 1:26 tenure, including a bombastic conclusion that reminds me of Australia's Machina Genova. By the time you finish "The First Lie" you'll likely find yourself very impressed with the absolute tenacity in the screaming department, as they coat everything in a violent, suffocating tar that I just can't get enough of. "Fear of Life" rips through in 1:16, reminding me of Thumbscrew before the even shorter "Black Mirror" tears out of the speakers and blisters the eardrums. Closer and title track "No Escape" is a masterful and wonderful raging hardcore song with enough weight to knock out an unsuspecting listener, and hot damn that conclusion post 1:20 is apocalyptic and vaguely reminiscent of the U.K.'s Lavotchkin.

I don't know what they're up to next but good god I'm keen as and I'll be all the fuck over it. You'll find this EP listed again in our Best Of 2019 cuz it rips.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2017 - No Value 7"EP (stream/donate/download here)

2019 - No Escape 7"EP (stream/buy here)

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(2019) LONG DISTANCE RUNNER - "Fear of Life" (from 'No Escape')

(2019) LONG DISTANCE RUNNER - "The Downcast" (from 'No Escape')

(2019) LONG DISTANCE RUNNER - "The First Lie" (from 'No Escape')

(2017) LONG DISTANCE RUNNER - "The Mask" (from 'No Value')

(2017) LONG DISTANCE RUNNER - "A Savage Place" (from 'No Value')

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LONG DISTANCE RUNNER additional links
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Monday, 10 June 2019

***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #7 (July)***

(((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))
July 2019 mp3 MIX #7
 => ***DOWNLOAD HERE*** <=
https://www72.zippyshare.com/v/93w9rhqD/file.html
...and updates

Woah this summer is nuts. Zegema Beach Records Fest 2019 is now complete and holy smokes what a time it was. And what's this? I leave for tour in just over two weeks? Wowza! So this month will have literally no posts from June 25th or so and I won't be returning until July 15th, making this the longest stretch without a post by quite a bit. I'm pretty busy so I'll just get to it, although I should say that two of the six songs in the blog mix are previously unreleased and highly amazing!

Hey, CROWNING / SWALLOWS NEST European tour!


Also, until the two Daves leave for tour ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS is having a 25% off sale! All orders over $40 can use the code "EUROTOUR" to get 25 % off their entire order...no restrictions! Check out the stores below.



I also made three teaser videos compiling the bands from each night, so check'em out below!




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Here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#5 that was reviewed in May:

1) coming tomorrow

2) BERMUDA LOVE - "Ghost"

3) DRIFT - "Fade"

4) SECTIONED - "Life's True Beauty"

5) ALESKA - "Quand la lumiere disparait"

6) ITALLRETURNSTONOTHING - "Sync Rate Zero"

Album reviews:
SENZA 'Even A Worm Will Turn'
BLUE NOISE 'everyone goes away eventually'
мятеж 'Riot/Mutiny'

Much love,

Dave @ (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))

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ZBR Store/Bandcamp

ALESKA / YAROSTAN 'Split' 2xLP
Aleska
Yarostan
BLUE NOISE 'everyone goes away eventually' LP
(listen here)
BLUE NOISE 'blue noise' EP cassette
(order here for US / here for everywhere else)
BLUE NOISE 'never born' EP cassette
(order here for US / here for everywhere else)

APOSTLES OF ERIS / RAINING 'Split' EP
Apostles Of Eris
Raining

мятеж 'Riot/Mutiny' EP
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***Interviews/live shows/premieres coming up this month for sure:
- JAZZBRUNCH exclusive song premiere
- Derek Black podcast (Phoenix Bodies, Mara'akate, Bird Brain)
- ERAI exclusive song premiere
- ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS Fest 2019 recap/videos

***Interviews/live shows/premieres posted last month:
- SPOILED BRAT song premiere
- ANTONIO LEIRIAO interview (Mara'akate, Usurp Synapse, etc.)
- NUVOLASCURA exclusive interview
- ZBR Fest preview/reminiscing
AU BOUT DE MES LÈVRES song premiere

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***The following page have changes:
- nada
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As always, on or around the 1st of every month, I will be posting a ZIP file with songs for the upcoming month with ALL specifics deleted from the tags, so unless you already know the band, there is NO information regarding each track.

During the following month, I will post reviews for those bands and link the tracks to the review so you can associate the two together. This way you can listen to a new song/band and have little-to-no bias. Below, I have re-posted the June mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

OLD MIX
***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #6 (reviewed in June)***
https://www72.zippyshare.com/v/tRwZs82d/file.html
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The new OMSB mp3 Mix #7 is just five tunes (fest and tour coming up) and includes:
*-* a band that existed from 1996-1999 and flew under my radar until this year
*-* the best release of 2019? I think so
*-* members of Totem Skin and Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket in a new band? Premiere? YES!
*-* that incredible band that was recently banned from the U.S. for five years
*-* a German band that owns, especially in the vocal department

NEW MIX
NEW => ***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #7 (reviewed in July)*** <= NEW
https://www72.zippyshare.com/v/93w9rhqD/file.html
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Any bands/labels that are interested in having their stuff reviewed, please email zegemabeachrecords@gmail.com: with "Open Mind Saturated Brain" as the subject. Please keep in mind that I don't review everything, just what jives with the blog. I will, however, listen to everything you send me. I would recommend emailing with an idea for a song/album premiere 2 months prior to that song/album release date for a much stronger chance at being reviewed on this blog. Bands that have already had their discography reviewed can also submit new albums for review if they include song/album premieres.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

SECTIONED

BandSECTIONED
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Math Metal / Experimental / Sludge
Related artistsFrontierer.
CountryEdinburgh SCOTLAND
Years Active2012-present
Song: "Life's True Beauty"
Album: "Annihilated"
Year: 2018
For fans ofFrontierer, Meshugga, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Psyopus, The Armed, Into The Moat, Shai Hulud, The End, Noise Trail Immersion, Unearth, Left Astray, Lavotchkin, Thumbscrew, The Red Chord, Between The Buried And Me, Rosetta and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Label(s): Self Released / Bastion Records
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

I found out about SECTIONED after hearing Frontierer, as four members of this band joined Frontierer in addition to this pulverizing beast. SECTIONED match the intensity of their other band, but do so in a much more straightforward way (read as "less guitars that sound like lazer beams") by continually charging the listener with a furious, constant onslaught of noise, generally falling somewhere between Meshugga and The Armed.

Although I enjoy their debut 'Monotonne' EP, which has darker Isis-esque vocals instead of the throatshredding screams of the new material, I do find myself seldom revisiting it. I personally favor closer "Rot" with its mixture of The End heaviness and Rosetta atmosphere. 2013's 'Outlier' opens with the nightmarish "Parasite", riding a mind-altering intro that takes over four minutes to finally go supernova. Things go back to more typical SECTIONED with "Trismus", featuring a plethora of ridiculous guitarwork that reminds us all that 80% of this band also plays in Frontierer. The vocals on this record are more reminiscent of their 2012 debut and don't really do it for me, as they don't add all that much to the experience - it sounds like rehashed Shai Hulud vocals a lot of the time. "Neverbeen" has a ton of instrumental wankery that'll have you scratching your head and reminding you that you love early Dillinger Escape Plan and Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza. "Hell Away From Home" inserts a seriously creepy midsection and closer "The Body As A Deadweight" sounds like 8 minutes of calculated death.

In 2014 the band participated in a split titled 'SCTNDSHRDDR' with SHRDDR, and it is at this point in time that those vocals really start hittin' the spot. After a short shocker of an opener the band goes absolutely ballistic on "Repeater" but it's the 1:42 "Placid" that steals the show with a fucking timewarp beginning that subsequently beats the listener into submission until they are erased from the history of time.

2018's 'Annihilation' could not be more appropriately titled, and it opens with the title track which rips and tears at the listener like a mechanical attack dog, leaving nothing but shreds of remains. "Beautiful Struggle" is loaded with breakdowns and a dizzying vocal spectrum, "Starved Lives" comes apart at the seams by the end, "Release" bounces around like a frenzied swarm of bees and is a straightup goddamned mindfuck. "Portrait" is also worth noting as it spends the first half mincing up any bones you might have left in your body and the latter dipping into a technological swamp that will leave your brain utterly fried. In the end, a fried brain is probably what they're going for. Ahhalalajsdfoisdfjds;aocx m-

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DISCOGRAPHY

2012 - Monotonne digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)

2013 - Outlier cdrEP (stream/donate/download here)

2014 - SHRDDRSCTND split cdEP (stream/donate/download here)

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

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(2018) SECTIONED - "Release" (from 'Annihilated')

(2018) SECTIONED - "Beautiful Struggle" (from 'Annihilated')

(2018) SECTIONED - "Portrait" (from 'Annihilated')

(2014) SECTIONED - "Placid" (from 'SHRDDR' split)

(2014) SECTIONED - "Repeater" (from 'SHRDDR' split)

(2013) SECTIONED - "Neverbeen" (from 'Outlier')

(2012) SECTIONED - "Rot" (from 'Monotonne')

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SECTIONED additional links

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

***AU BOUT DE MES LÈVRES exclusive premiere***

"Entre la violence des corps I, II, III"
exclusive song premiere
For fans of: Daïtro, Elände and Commuovere


For the third time I am very stoked to be the first to bring you a new AU BOUT DE MES LÈVRES track. This isn't just a song though, it is three chapters of rage, melancholy and the erosion of memories inspired by the "infamous" photographer Antoine d'Agata in more than seven minutes. The cassingle releases via Le Blast, Larry Records and Callous Records on three different versions! It was written, recorded and mixed by Gabriel and Oli in their jam basement and mastered by "our lovely friend" Antoine Boily-Duguay in his studio.

(2019) AU BOUT DE MES LÈVRES "Entre la violence des corps I, II, III" (from 'Entre la violence des corps I, II, III')

LYRICS

Rêver à l'envers
Puis ternir la douleur
Dans le mouvement des crachats
Que traîne la distance
Rituel d'angoisse
Qui frappe à nouveau
Dans la porte des corps
La Mort

[...]

Puis arrive le printemps de tes yeux ciel de gris

[...]

"Ceci aura-t-il donc un nom?"

[...]

Thursday, 30 May 2019

***ZBR Fest - preview/reminiscing***

It's just nuts to think that in less than 24 hours I'll be at the second Zegema Beach Records Fest. As I scramble to try and get everything ready before catching the ferry tomorrow at lunch, I figured I'd reminisce a little about the first 2017 Zegema Beach Records Fest in Toronto as well as showoff the 2019 ZBR Fest (#2) in hopes to meet some new people this weekend.

Well, first off, I had a poster made that I wasn't able to use so goddammit let's use it now. Thanks to Ania for the poster and all the edits I kept sending.



I have just deactivated the ticket pre-sales so everyone who bought a ticket just needs to tell me the name and address from their order and you'll get a bunch of free shit at the door. You can check out the Zegema Beach Records Fest 2019 website here or check out the event pages for Day 1 (May 31st) here, Day 2 (June 1st) here and Day 3 (June 2nd) here.

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The first Zegema Beach Records Fest back in 2017 was a surreal experience. I had tried a mini-fest a few years prior in Hamilton (review and videos linked here) with very poor attendance (and it fucking had Respire, Edhochuli, Terry Green, Black Love and Old Soul...to name a few!), so I was worried to shit about it for the full fest. As we booked that pre-fest night months in advance we didn't know we'd be competing with a Daughters show...and we lost. But for the proper Day 1 and Day 2 shows it was the complete opposite. Day 1 in particular was packed, especially at the end when Respire put forth a stirring performance and I remember looking out during the final The World That Summer set and seeing Luke Hoskin from Protest The Hero among the sea of my friends' faces and I nearly cried.


As I'm trying to get ready for this second fest I have left out some amazing bands in the smaller list below and I apologize. I love you and you were amazing, and another reminder that all the videos I took from those nights can be seen in the review posts for the pre-fest show here, Day 1 here and Day 2 here.

CROWNING / I was probably most excited to see them over any band at the fest, and holy smokes we didn't see the extended ending/breakdown coming and it destroyed everyone.

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PEOPLE'S TEMPLE PROJECT / I still haven't heard this opening song recorded yet and it might be my favourite of theirs. It's short and it's fucking amazing.

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WHAT OF US / I'd been wanting to see this band since their inception and they did not disappoint. My band followed and my drummer asked me, "How the fuck are we supposed to follow that!?!?"

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COMMUOVERE / Considering the band broke up shortly after this tour I can honestly say this was one of the most important sets I've ever seen in my life. They tore shit up, good god science almighty.

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TERRY GREEN / My bestest of friends and present at pretty much every ZBR show in Ontario ever, Terry made me cry.

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RESPIRE / Yo...Respire. I need say nothing else, except maybe that this video is one of the best I've ever shot.

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TERRIBLE AS THE DAWN / An incredible two-piece that too many people missed out on because they were on the pre-show day. Definitely check this shit out. Oh, and we put out their tape :)

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MASSA NERA / The only returning band from the first ZBR Fest is my entire family's good friends Massa Nera from New Jersey. The pretty much stole the fest and they had lost their vocalist just a few days prior...so yeah, this time I'm beyond fucking excited.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

'Even A Worm Will Turn' by: SENZA

Year: 2019

pre-order 12"/tape from:

Review by Dave Norman:

I've been following SENZA pretty closely after hearing their Jeromes Dream cover of "How Staggering Is This Realization" which was easily one of the best cover on that 30-band compilation. A few months afterward I was lucky enough to premiere both a song from their split with Akira (linked here) and the entire split with Antiphony (linked here). I continued speaking with the band and about 3-4 months ago they started sending me rough versions of their first full length, and needless to say, I was barking and frothing at the mouth after hearing them. A month or two ago I was sent the final masters and jesus fucking christ you are not ready for this. It is a remarkable album that will undoubtedly stand the test of time and go down as one of the shriekiest, fastest and most explosive albums of the last few years. Three members, all doing vocals, and each laying waste to their instrument simultaneously. I simply cannot ask for more.

If you missed that live video of SENZA playing on May 11th at Post 134, then I've got your next 10-ish minutes covered cuz this thing is unreal.

This video catapulted me from excited to fucking loopy in regards to the band's upcoming Zegema Beach Records Fest 2019 performance in Vancouver on May 31st, 2019. Click here for the show info or here to buy tickets to the fest.

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(2019) SENZA - 'Even a Worm Will Turn' full album stream

1 - "Tunnel Vision I" is a dreary, dark and uncomfortable opener that is really just an intro to the album an nowhere near as ferocious as everything that comes after.

2 - "Born of Dirt" was first premiered in January on the Zampler #12 compilation and is a flawless emo-violence track that takes the intensity of Jeromes Dream and mixes it with the musical prowess of Neil Perry and the screamo/metallic influence of Dispensing Of False Halos.

3 - "Misornithist" will leave you a bloody mess with that cataclysmic breakdown come 48 seconds and its subsequent barrage of drums and screaming.

4 - "Tunnel Vision II" goes back and forth between blistering emo-violence and chill, jammy screamo.

5 - "Constant Air of Casual Indifference" is a 44-second acoustic guitar interlude that harks back to the opener.

6 - "American Robin" is a clusterfuck of precise destruction with a commanding palm-mute transition at 18 seconds and a whole lotta ridiculous drumming.

7 - "Imposter" includes an excellent, subdued, lone guitar progression that continues to overlap with the rest of the band at seemingly random intervals, giving the listener a few good shocks.

8 - "Sentience" begins with the line, "Every breath is a battle" which the band promptly answers musically at 36 seconds with a barrage of instruments that break off and isolate a huge bass riff which leads everyone back in order to lay waste to your fucking life.

9 - "Swarm" calls the rainy/marching interlude back into play but for over three minutes of subtle nightmare sounds.

10 - "Inner Immolation" includes a 2/2/5 mindfuck halfway through with a devilishly good palm-mute/roll that sounds like a giant fucking bulldozer leveling a city.

11 - "Even A Worm Will Turn" takes the first minute to build to a second minute that is essentially just a prodigious climax followed by a lush, acoustic outro.

12 - "Echoes" is a behemoth at over 9 minutes in length, like climbing a mountain and then taking a few minutes to take in the epic view. The perfect closer.

Fuck me...the perfect album.

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

ALESKA

BandALESKA
GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists: Shall Not Kill, Dead For A Minute and Esteban.
CountryMetz FRANCE
Years Active20011-present
Song: "Quand la lumiere disparait"
Album: "Construire ou détruire"
Year: 2019
For fans of: Daïtro, Young Mountain, Yarostan, Envy, Marée Noire, Quasar, Viva Belgrado, Vientre, Joliette, Sed Non Satiata, Chalk Hands, Aporia, We Never Learned To Live, EUX, Milanku, Nous Étions, La Parade, The Solexine Chapter, Black Love, Bökanövsky, Rosetta, ShizunePotence, Massa Nera, Carrion Spring, Les Deux Minutes De La Haine and Amanda Woodward.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records
This post's artist is from the May 2019 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the May 2019 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2019 Mix#6 here.

I'll be the first to admit that I unknowingly had my head in the sand regarding ALESKA for far too long. The band emailed me (as in Zegema Beach) in early 2019 to see if I was interested in helping release their newest 12"LP. I jammed it and was floored, quickly asking if I could do a cassette version alongside fellow French screamo band Yarostan. After doing further delving, I noticed that they started releasing in 2012 and literally every release has been excellent. I thought I had my ear to ground regarding French screamo/post-hardcore but alas it was an anthill.

Most bands start out with a sound and then branch out, eventually reaching their own, unique voice - assuming they don't break up first. In ALESKA's case it's like they this shit mapped out years in advance, as although the sound is honed with each release, debut 'The Waiting' EP is more than obviously the same band as 2019's 'Construire ou détruire'. Honestly, there isn't really much to improve upon since that initial EP. It opens with the decent "Growing elitism" before getting even darker with "The wait". Closer "Turtle race" is the penultimate track here as it balances a beautiful intro with playful screamo and heavy'n'harsh hardcore...but I mean c'mon, at times I got lost and thought I was listening to Kidcrash because there is so much variety on here.

The following year (which would be 2013 unless my math is off...hardy har har) ALESKA was included on a three-way split with Mariesena and Bears with two tracks of completely different makeup. "...and we are not afraid of eternity!" is a rip-roaring good time of raging hardcore with a plethora of screaming while "Friends and foes" is nearly four times the length and is more like a life story, complete with relaxation, anger, beauty, chaos and a touch of math class. Both tracks are fantastic but completely different. They also released a single titled "We don't believe in Santa Claus anymore" that takes the cake as the shortest and most intense ALESKA track recorded to date.

In 2014 they released another three-track EP, this time titled 'Time is a curse', which is the first release to really encapsulate everything the band had done well up to that point, fleshes them out, and displays them as something that really feels like a complete piece of work. Opener "Erased from the map" sounds like something Jesse Mowery would write combined with Potence so this is definitely my favourite of the three. "Passengers" begins like a Hundreds Of AU song before dipping into post-hardcore with singing.

Following a year of silence ALESKA came back in 2016 with their first full length, aptly titled 'LP'. "Instaurer le vide" has an epic build and is an obvious choice for opener, mixing influences from Black Love, Rosetta and Sed Non Satiata that plays out swimmingly. "Du gris au noir" is a menace, taking the cake as best song on here as it'll leave you gasping for air come 1:45. "De la cime au cimetière" has fantastic guitar interplay following the two-minute mark and a driving, epic conclusion that will leave you both satisfied and spent. "Leaves, trees and me" is a swirling, instru-metal affair for nearly five minutes, and then the band lays waste to the song, holy hell. "Que reste-t-il?" is pretty frantic and reminds me of Marée Noire, especially in the vocal department. "Our illusion is creation" has quite a few slower, chill moments but at 3:54 and then it doubles in size, splits and you've got two, gargantuan screaming elementals battling it out. Wait...what? Eh whatever. Closer "Combler le vide" has strong Rosetta vibes with all dem spacey guitars and whatnot, making this a very strong album through and through.

So it was 2019's 'Construire ou détruire' that threw me through a loop, as the 8-track album is phenomenal. Following a brief introductory interlude ALESKA drop the best song they've ever written with "Indispensibles", sounding like a pissed off Daitro and, strangely enough, Yarostan's new material to boot. The swing at 48 seconds is unbelievable and would get my hairy booty a-shakin' if I ever get to see it live, and is the catalyst for a sensational guitar progression that cuts through the dual vocals at 1:10. The instrumental shift at 2:10 is a lush and layered time-bomb that explodes right before three minutes is truly epic fashion...then the double-screaming kicks in again and I'm fucking dead. Seriously this song is fucking ace. "Vanite Illusoire" is a post-everything track that gives me Aporia and Respire feels, as does the massive, epic "La Derniere Lueur" that keeps it cool for the first four minutes but cannot contain itself thereafter. "Construire" is another lengthy track at 7:16, expertly mixing clean vocals and screaming, always keeping it interesting and creating a nice middle-ground that is neither too soft nor too heavy. Next up is the short "Un Eternel Recommencement" that packs a punch in less than three minutes like only a French screamo band could. Second to last is the behemoth also known as "Detruire" weighing in at 9:24. Due to the length of the 12" the final song from the LP is included as a bonus track, but appears on the Zegema Beach Records cassette version, and thank science for that because "Quand la lumiere disparait" is probably my second favourite tune as it spends its time teetering between tranquil deep space post-hardcore and crushing post-metal...uhhhhh so Rosetta? Fuckin' great album, I say.

The first 10 ALESKA / YAROSTAN split cassette orders get these beautiful, 100% unique, marble swirl cassette case versions.

Pressing info:
/54
30 silver
20 red/silver/black/white marble swirl
4 one-off test marble swirl
Buy Aleska/Yarostan split cassette /54

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DISCOGRAPHY

2012 - The Waiting EP (stream/donate/download here)

2013 - 3-Way split w/Mariesena & Bears (stream/donate/download here)
2013 - We don't believe in Santa Claus anymore digital single (stream/donate/download here)

2014 - Time is a Curse EP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - LP LP (stream/buy here)

2019 - Construire ou détruire 12"/LP (stream/buy here)
2019 - Construire ou détruire split cassette w/Yarostan 2xLP (stream/buy here)

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(2019) ALESKA - "Indespensibles" (from 'Construire ou détruire')

(2019) ALESKA - "Quand la lumiere disparait" (from 'Construire ou détruire')

(2019) ALESKA - "Un Eternal Recommencement" (from 'Construire ou détruire')

(2016) ALESKA - "Du gris au noir" (from 'LP')

(2016) ALESKA - "Leaves, trees and me" (from 'LP')

(2014) ALESKA - "Erased from the map" (from 'Time is a Curse')

(2013) ALESKA - "We don't believe in Santa Claus anymore" (from 'We don't believe in Santa Claus anymore')

(2013) ALESKA - "...and we are not afraid of eternity!" (from '3-Way' split)

(2012) ALESKA - "Turtle race" (from 'The Waiting')

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

***BLUE NOISE exclusive album premiere***

'everyone goes away eventually'
exclusive album premiere
For fans ofConverge, Deafheaven, City Of Caterpillar, ['selvə], An Autumn Of Crippled Children, Nic (aka ██████) and Respire

'everyone goes away eventually'

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Maya Chun's BLUE NOISE is more than remarkable - it's fucking breathtaking. The screamo/black-metal/post-everything solo project from Ann Arbor, Michigan is influenced specifically by Deafheaven, City Of Caterpillar, Rosetta, Isis, Republic Of Dreams, Alcest and Ostraca, so chances are anyone reading this will love it. It's epic, cathartic, existential bliss that I simply cannot get enough of.
pressing info: /54 (first 10 orders also receive marble swirl cases)
*** 30 dark blue ***
*** 20 blue/silver/black/white marble swirl ***
*** 4 one-off marble swirl ***

Order from Zegema Beach Records:

(2019) BLUE NOISE "everyone goes away eventually" (from 'everyone goes away eventually')
The title track to the LP is, to put it lightly, fucking stupid good. Following a brief but jarring feedback with subdued drums intro, the song lets loose like a storm of death come 20 seconds. Those agonizing shrieks, lightning drums and violent guitar/bass culminate at 40 seconds in a massive serotonin release thanks to a sensational, mathy, Edhochuli-swing. This somehow transitions beautifully at 1:20 and shifts to an almost pop-punk vibe...is it Leer? Fuck I dunno but that's a helluva hook. The next 20 seconds are dedicated to an explosive in-and-out breakdown over-top a swelling atmospheric riff that exhausts itself by the two-minute mark. Yet, instead of extinguishing it lingers, offering a womb-like embrace for another minute-and-a-half before concluding. That's a fuckin' experience, holy shit. So far this is the best song I have heard in 2019.

(2019) BLUE NOISE 'everyone goes away eventually' full stream

I thought I'd just post a few notes about each track, or this would turn into a very long post.

1 - "hapless" (2:32) / good goddamn that devilish close come 2:02

2 - "what a pity" (4:18) / that lush guitar at 2:32 and subsequent destruction...it be good

3 - "take it upon thyself" (3:30) / the anguished shrieks along with a synthy-sounding An Autumn Of Crippled Children section post-one minute

4 - "sleight of hand" (3:40) / doomy, atmospheric, hellish with a spectacular ending

5 - "regression" (1:43) / shortest yet poppiest track...uhhh except for the last part

6 - "everyone goes away eventually" (3:30) / so good it makes me weep

7 - "it cannot be helped" [formerly "one"] (3:27) / the stop/start at 2:10 usually makes me fall over

8 - "drained" [formerly "two"] (4:18) / both staggering and gorgeous, like a mountain

9 - "memory" (6:43) / a behemoth, especially the sludgy/Converge-esque outro that takes hold at 4:48

10 - "return to form" (4:41) / pretty ambient until about two minutes when the album finally goes supernova


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