Exclusive Interview: WRECK AND REFERENCE

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. 

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Review: ANATOMY OF HABIT – “Ciphers + Axioms”

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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.

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WAYFARER Streaming New Album “Children Of The Iron Age”

wayfarereAtmospheric 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

OLD MAN GLOOM Documentary “Here Is A Gift For You” Now Playing

OLD MAN GLOOM Announce New Record!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

NERO DI MARTE Streaming New Track “Dite”

NeroDiMarte_Derivae_CoverOkay. 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

KAYO DOT Streaming New Album “Coffins On Io”

kayo-dot-coffins-on-ioI 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

KAYO DOT Streaming New Track “The Mortality Of Doves”

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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.

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IDES OF GEMINI Streaming New Track “May 22, 1453″

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.

WRECK AND REFERENCE Announce Samples Project “Spill/Fill”

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.

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MEGATON LEVIATHAN Streaming New Track “The Foolish Man”

Experimental drone/doom outfit Megaton Leviathan have released a new eight minute behemoth of a track over at CVLT Nation. The sprawling, psychedelic jam is entitled “The Foolish Man” and features guest sitar from Henry Barnes of Bastard Noise. The track comes from the group’s new record, Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell, which is officially out today and can be ordered here. In the meantime, stream “The Foolish Man” over at CVLT Nation now.

IDES OF GEMINI Streaming New Track “The Chalice & The Blade”

Ides of Gemini have premiered the first taste of their forthcoming album, Old World New Wave, over at Noisey. Our first glimpse into the trio’s new recording comes in the form of the hauntingly beautiful and hypnotizing “The Chalice & The Blade”. Stream the ghostly number over at Noisey now.

Old World New Wave will be released on September 16th via SIGE Records and Neurot Recordings.

ANIMALS AS LEADERS And DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Announce Fall North American Tour

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Animals As Leaders and The Devin Townsend Project have announced dates for a shared co-headlining North American Fall tour with direct support from djent/prog up and comers Monuments. Peep the tour dates and details after the jump (courtesy of Metal Injection).  Continue reading