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One of the best current post hardcore/shoegaze/art rock bands in the United States, CITY OF SHIPS, released their third full length record Ultraluminaltoday. Many an interviewer is quick to point out the influences in this band’s sound; namely HUM’S galactic bombast, and SWERVEDRIVER’S calculated guitar motifs. However, it should really be said that CITY OF SHIPS know the value of first rate songs and their new album is front to back, just that. I spoke to vocalist/guitarist Eric Jernigan about their new record Ultraluminal.
Italian noise experimentalists Father Murphy have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Croce, over at The Quietus. The new track is entitled “So This Is Permanent” and it features sprawling, unnerving ambience/industrial noise and equally unsettling vocal mantras. The track can be streamed after the break. The album’s artwork, track listing, album trailer and Father Murphy‘s upcoming tour dates can be found below as well.
Croce will be released on March 17 via The Flenser.
King Woman (Ex-Whirr, Miserable, Skin Like Iron, etc) have premiered a new track from their upcoming debut EP, Doubt, over at Noisey. The track is entitled “Burn” and revolves around hypnotic, buzzing doom riffs and vocalist Kristina Esfandiari’s smoky, haunting, crooning vocals. It’s hellbent to be stuck in your mind for the remainder of the day. You can check out the track at this location now.
Doubt will be released on February 17 via The Flenser.
As the year draws to a close, music journalists and bloggers reflect upon what was released in order to construct their year-end “Best Of” lists. It can sometimes be quite a daunting task putting these silly little lists together. “Did I forget anything?” “Well, this album should be placed at number 10 and this one at 15.” “I’ve been staring at the same computer screen for three hours; my life is in shambles.” But luckily, there are certain releases that were so good that it makes the process a little easier. So good, that you just can’t not forget to mention them. For me, one of those albums is Wreck and Reference‘s Want. The bleak, experimental noise/ambient duo’s sophomore full length is unsettling and memorable in the all the right ways. American Aftermath recently caught up with the two musical architects Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner to talk a little bit about the record, the band’s sound and origins, pasta and sadness.
When musical minds of various ilks come together, one can only assume that the byproduct of their union is one that is equally varied and experimental in scope. Anatomy of Habit is just that. The Chicago-based quintet is comprised of members who have shared their time in acts like Tortoise, Indian, Bloodyminded, Joan of Arc and Radar Eyes. With each member coming from a completely different musical background, what could their collective compositions sound like? The answer(s) is epic, dark, sprawling, traumatic and multifaceted. Ciphers + Axioms, the band’s proper sophomore full length is all of the adjectives previously listed and more. The 42 minute behemoth of an album effectively avoids being pigeonholed into one specific genre and provides enough twists and turns to keep the listener on the edge of their feet and interested despite the lengthy durations of the tracks.
Atmospheric blackened metal at Wayfarer released their debut album Children Of The Iron Age today and if you haven’t caught up with this bands madness, you are missing out. Wayfarer‘s music is tough to sum up, but it’s phenomenally crafted, haunting and mesmerizing. You can stream the entire album after the jump, courtesy of Decibel. Enjoy! Continue reading →
Between The Buried And Me‘s Tommy Rogers AKA Thomas Giles will release his new solo record Modern Noise next week and if you’re aching for some of his weird solo madness, then you can now hear a new track titled “We Wander Lonely.” Now, this isn’t exactly my taste, but it’s interesting. Check out the track after the jump, courtesy of Absolute Punk. Continue reading →
Lane and I have been enamored with Old Man Gloom for a good while now. We love the ape-inspired sludgy mayhem and all that comes with it. Well, Noisey recently released a forty-five minute documentary about the band and it’s pretty great. You can watch the entire doc after the jump. If you’ve ever seen any of Noisey’s past docs, you know that they do not half ass anything. Check it out. Continue reading →
Okay. I’ll admit it. I’ve never once listened to Nero Di Marte in all my blogging years. Not sure why, I’ve just never given them a spin. I have just checked out my first ever track by the Italian act and I gotta admit, I dig it. It’s weird, dark and heavy and I think it’s pretty rad. The band is currently streaming said new track, titled “Dite,” and you can check it out after the jump. Continue reading →
I have been quite excited about the new Kayo Dot album Coffins On Io, ever since Lane got me into the band earlier this year. The band is the perfect blend of weird and diverse and I have loved what I have heard off of the new album. Well, wait no longer. You can stream Coffins in full right now! All you have to do is click on over after the jump and click that magical play button. Enjoy! Continue reading →
Avant-rockers Kayo Dot have premiered a new track from their forthcoming full length, Coffins on Io, over at NPR. The new track is entitled “The Mortality of Doves” and it will envelop you in its sprawling soundscapes. The psychedelic behemoth carries an old-school progressive feel mixed with some jazz-elements and the standard Kayo Dot experimentation. Feel free to stream the new track, along with previous single “Library Subterranean”, after the break.
Coffins on Io will be released on October 14th via The Flenser.
Ides of Gemini have premiered another new track from their sophomore album, Old World New Wave, over at Pitchfork. The new track is the somber “May 22, 1453″ that slowly builds into a raw, doom-laden climax. Bassist/vocalist Sera Timms shed light on the new song’s subject matter:
“We’ve had a history as a band of gifts and opportunities being given to us in alignment with the lunar phases, so it seemed fitting to give something back. This song and really the whole album is that something. The song was inspired by the prophetic May 22nd lunar eclipse preceding the fall of Constantinople. If you can imagine that empire as your mind and the black moon as your mother, then you will know the meaning of the Old World New Wave.”
Head over to Pitchfork to stream the new track now.
Old World New Wave is available now via Neurot Recordings.
Belgian post-metal outfit Charnia have premiered their forthcoming debut full length, Dageraad, over at CVLT Nation. The record features 35 minutes of enthralling soundscapes and crushing doom that call to mind the most tranquil moments of bands like Mogwai and the intensity of early Isis material. Check it out for yourself over at CVLT Nation now.
Dageraad will be released on September 20th via Consouling Sounds. Pre-orders can be placed here.
Wreck and Reference will follow up their most recent full length, Want, with a massive collection of samples entitled Spill/Fill. Spill/Fill will feature 75 samples that collectively clock in at a mere eight minutes in length. This samples album will be available for free download on the band’s Bandcamp page starting September 15th.
In the meantime, stream Wreck and Reference‘s Want and watch the video for their track “Bankrupt” after the break.