Bay Area one-man avant-garde act Botanist has premiered a new track from the upcoming album, VI: Flora, over at Tiny Mix Tapes. The new track is entitled “Stargazer” and it finds Botanist completely soaked in celestial instrumentation and glowing atmospheres. The speedy hammered dulcimer and the nearly inaudible, black metal-esque screeches offer an interesting contrast to the track’s overwhelmingly bright sound. Point your browsers here to stream the new jam.
VI: Flora will be released on August 19th via The Flenser.
Ides of Gemini have released the second official trailer for their forthcoming sophomore album, Old World New Wave, which is out on September 16th via Neurot Recordings and SIGE Records. The stunning new trailer was directed and produced by bassist/vocalist Sera Timms and shot by Timms and drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson. The nearly five minute clip captures beautiful, yet haunting imagery and is set to clips of new songs that will be featured on the record. You can check out the clip after the break.
The new instrumental sister album to Wolves in the Throne Room’s critically lauded Celestial Lineage, Celestite, can now be streamed over at The New York Times. The synth-laden opus will officially be released on July 8th via Artemisia Records and can be pre-ordered here. Head over to the NY Times to stream the album in full. Turn the volume up and space out, friends.
A new track from Canadian neo-folk outfit Musk Ox can now be streamed over at A.V. Club. The new, gorgeous 10-minute composition is entitled “Part 4 – Above the Clouds” and will be released on the trio’s new album Woodfall, which will be released on June 17th. You can stream the graceful track and prepare for a torrential downpour of tears at A.V. Club.
In case you missed it, be sure to stream “Part 3 – Arcanum” at Pitchfork.
After being exposed to Nashville, TN’s Bleed the Pigs’s debut EP Mortis Fatum I was intrigued by the promise this young band showed. While showing great potential they nonetheless fell short of expanding their
sound beyond the already aging Entombedcore sound pioneered by Nails and further popularized by a host of bands. However on their followup EP, Overcompensations for Misery they have smashed right thru the
glass ceiling and have, in my mind, established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the national punk/hardcore/powerviolence scene.
Wolves in the Throne Room have premiered the first taste of their forthcoming instrumental album and companion piece to 2011’s Celestial Lineage, Celestite, over at Pitchfork. The track in question is the nearly 15 minute opus “Celestite Mirror”, which shows the band taking a more ambient direction. You can stream the track at Pitchfork or after the break.
Celestite will be released on July 8th through the band’s own Artemisia Records. Pre-order your copy here.
The shape-shifting black metallers Agalloch are currently streaming their fifth full length album, The Serpent & the Sphere, over at NPR. The album follows up their 2010 full length Marrow of the Spirit and 2012’s 20 minute epic, Faustian Echoes. The album will officially be released on May 13th through Profound Lore. Head over to NPR to check it out now.
House favorites So Hideous have announced a string of summer dates with I Am Heresy courtesy of Metal Injection. As both of these bands have distinctly different sounds, these shows should be pretty amazing. One band produces some of the most mesmerizing blackendpostgaze and the other is a furious metalcore act, so yeah, you need to see at least of these shows. Continue reading →
The fantastic Nothing released a phenomenal album titled Guilty Of Everything last month and the band has now released a new track in commemoration of Record Store Day. This track is a cover of Low‘s “In Metal.” It’s haunting, it’s dark and it’s beautiful. Check out the cover below as well as the original. If you haven’t yet, I highly suggest picking up Nothing‘s new album Guilty Of Everything, out now on Relapse Records. Continue reading →
Agalloch have unveiled the dates for the first, west coast, leg of their Serpens In Culmination tour. The band will be supported a lot of awesome bands along the way including Jex Thoth, Obsidian Tongue, YOB and more. This tour will most definitely be amazing. Check out the dates below. Continue reading →
I am a huge can of post punk, especially when it is done correctly. I have recently (and by recently, I mean yesterday) learned of a new post punk artist who creates haunting and mesmerizing tunes under the moniker This Cold Night. The guys name is Chase Morledge and he is a phenomenon. I mean, it’s like the nineties and two-thousands never happened. This is so ’80s reminiscent that it’s fucking insane. Check out a full stream of his new album We Of Like Minds after the jump. Continue reading →
Noisy black metal supergroup Twilight, which features members of Leviathan, Sonic Youth, The Atlas Moth and Minsk, released their third album yesterday and if you have yet to pick it up or want to check it out before snagging it, you can now stream the album in full over on Pitchfork. It’s sickening, depraved and unholy. So, in short, it rules. Check out my favorite track off of the album, “Lungs,” after the jump and peep the whole record over here. Continue reading →
CVLT Nation have premiered a new tune from Portland psychedelic doom duo Taurus’ forthcoming album, No/Thing, which is out on April 1st. The new track is entitled “No Thing Longing… Human Impermanence”, and for its five minutes Taurus pummels you with buzzing, droning riffs that cycle around in an almost hypnotic fashion. All the while, Stevie Floyd and Ashley Spungin layer their hums, screeches and growls, to add to the song’s unsettling atmosphere. Head over to CVLT Nation to stream it now.
Zvi is the pseudonym under which guitarist Ron Varod crafts his aching, abysmal dirges. Varod has been linked to his work as the guitarist and vocalist of So is the Tongue and currently swings his axe with the avant-garde heavyweights Kayo Dot. One could attribute the sound of Zvi to the time Varod spent in both of the aforementioned bands. But the overall product is much darker and sinister than a lot of the music put out by both musical outfits, if you can believe that.
As you should know by this point, I am a huge proponent of post-rock, especially when it is done extremely well. Lane and I did a month-long column on the genre last year called “Post-Rockgust” and every day since I posted my last installation in that column, I have sincerely regretted leaving out one band: Dirge. This band is phenomenal in every aspect and I fell in love with them after listening to their 2011 album Elysian Magnetic Fields (albeit, quite a while after its release) and the other day I learned that the band was releasing a new record this year. And then I got the record, titled Hyperion and… Holy shit. It usually takes Dirge a while to release new albums and I can see why. They have a ton of shit to work through and perfect and they’ve done it. Continue reading →