BOTANIST Streaming New Track “Stargazer”

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 Release New Album Trailer

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.

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Streaming New Album “Celestite”

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.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Streaming New Track “Celestite Mirror”

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.

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AGALLOCH Streaming New Album “The Serpent & The Sphere”

Agalloch's new album, The Serpent & The Sphere, comes out May 13.

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.

TWILIGHT Streaming New Album: “III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb”

twilightNoisy black metal supergroup Twilight, which features members of Leviathan, Sonic YouthThe 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

TAURUS Streaming New Track “No Thing Longing… Human Impermanence”

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.

No/Thing can be pre-ordered at this location.

Review: ZVI – “Self-Titled”

Zvi cover artZvi 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.

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