Michael Kadnar is a busy guy. As a musician, he spends his time drumming for NY/NJ experimental metal band Black Table, as well as German post-metal/black/neocrust unit Downfall of Gaia. He also runs a forward thinking boutique record label called Silent Pendulum Records, that already has a short string of solid releases under its belt. I spoke with Mike about balancing the duties of being in several bands on two different continents, pushing a label forward, booking a fest, and about the musical landscape as he sees it. The label’s latest release is a reissue of the s/t record from Australian band Hope Drone:
Ambient trio Harmonic Cross (ex-Darkest Hour) have unleashed the official video for their track “Taman Shud” over at Noisey. The cinematic track, which comes from the group’s recently released album, It Is Finished, is set to an abstract and darkly beautiful clip that compliments the sonic nature of the tune quite well. The video can be viewed after the break.
It has been documented that I was not into Chelsea Wolfe until she started promoting Abyss. I have since gone back and listened and, while I do not dislike the music at all, I think Abyss may be Chelsea‘s grand slam. All of the songs so far released have been absolutely mind blowing, the most recent of which is currently playing. “Grey Days” is a bleak, outstanding, haunting track that thunders and lulls all at the same time. Check it out below. Do it. Continue reading
THE TIME HAS COME. THE RAPTURE IS UPON US. Oh, wait. No it’s not. It’s just the glorious new record by post-blackened revolutionaries Hope Drone. This band creates some haunting, mesmerizing, bastard-smashing tunes I’ve ever heard and I am seriously stoked that the release of Cloak Of Ash is almost here. Hope Drone have teamed up with Decibel to stream the album a week in advance and you have got to hear this shit. CHECK IT. Continue reading
Kentucky-based atmospheric black metal act Panopticon will release their new album Autumn Eternal in October and the band has issued a teaser of the album. Now, unlike most album teasers, the teaser for Autumn Eternal is a whopping THIRTEEN MINUTES LONG. Holy shit, right? Well, that’s thirteen minutes of Panopticon that I didn’t have before and I now do. Check out the teaser below. YES. Continue reading
Mankind’s inevitable extinction is not a foreign concept to heavy music artists. The mere idea of the human race ceasing to exist resonates profoundly within the metal and hardcore world. There are those who warn of the end of days and critique humanity, and there are those whose dissatisfaction with human beings instills a desire to accelerate the rate of the coming extinction. Either way, the concept is not a new one no matter how it is addressed. So what makes Locrian‘s Infinite Dissolution any different, other than the fact that is not strictly a “metal” album? The Chicago/Baltimore-based experimental trio’s approach to music attempts to revitalize an almost archaic concept and examine it with fresh eyes and ears. Locrian do not wish to preach to humankind about their self-destructive actions, nor do they wish to damn all of us on Earth either. Through multi-faceted compositions and non-linear narration, Infinite Dissolution urges the listener to reflect on the inevitability of the end; a bleak concept the band makes somber and beautiful simultaneously.
Have a Nice Life‘s Dan Barrett has premiered a new track from his new electronic-centered Black Wing project over at Tiny Mixtapes. The new track, which comes from the upcoming album …Is Doomed, is the eight-minute closing number “I Let Him In”. The track features melancholic yet bright and buzzing synths and atmospherics that will bring to mind the likes of Zombi, Salem, or the “Drive” film soundtrack of which Black Wing was partially inspired by. Head over to Tiny Mixtapes to check it out now.
…Is Doomed will be released on September 25 via The Flenser.
I didn’t know a lot about IIVII before going into this post, but now I’m into it. IIVII is the space-worshipping soundscape project of Josh Graham, who has spent time in the ranks of Red Sparrowes, Battle Of Mice and A Storm Of Light as well as various other projects. Josh will release the debut, self-titled album will be released next month and a music video for the track “On The Shores Of Markarian 335” has been released. It is a beautiful video with a great concept. You can check it out below. Please, do it. Continue reading
[photo by Ebru Yildiz]
Virginian experimental drone/ambient trio Harmonic Cross have announced the release of their debut full-length record. The new album will bear the title It Is Finished and will see a digitial release through Magic Bullet Records on July 17, with a vinyl pressing to follow on July 24. The release, which was tracked live and mixed by the band’s own Brent Eyestone and mastered by Dan Randall (“House of Cards”, “The Walking Dead”, etc), will feature six songs in the ambient vein that serve as a conceptual soundtrack to the Taman Shud Case. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found below.
No Clean Singing recently premiered the meditative, minimalistic “MLIAOI” from the album for your streaming enjoyment as well.
Agalloch/Self Spiller’s Jason W. Walton has premiered the second track to his new 7″ solo release, Mara, over at Decibel. The new track is the unsettling, droning “Yakshi”, which sounds as if you are trapped inside a pitch black abyss in which unseen, inhuman organisms are flying around you waiting for their chance to strike. Obsequiae‘s Tanner Anderson lends his throat-searing vocals to the track, only driving it further into frightening territory. Walton offered the following comments on the track:
“I wrote the Mara EP as a way to process and document my episodes with sleep paralysis…’Yakshi’ is the second and final track of Mara, and deals with the terror and helplessness one experiences when in the throes of sleep paralysis. In this state, your mind is awake, yet your body is paralyzed. Your cries of desperation travel no further than your own head and are obscured by the buzzing waves of darkness. ‘Yakshi’ encapsulates this experience and gives me surges of anxiety each time I listen.”
Mara is out now via Red Orchard Records. Pick up your copy here.
Agalloch and Self Spiller‘s Jason W. Walton has premiered a new track from his forthcoming 7″ release, Mara, over at CVLT Nation. The new track, titled “Alp”, features five minutes of chilling, droning soundscapes, somber piano and collections of field recordings. It’s a dark and surreal experience that is only heightened by the fact that the track and its B-side were thematically composed around Walton‘s struggle with sleep paralysis. Experience it for yourself at this location.
Mara will be released on June 21 via Red Orchard Records and can be pre-ordered here.
Montréal-based post-rock quartet C H R I S T have premiered their debut full-length record, T O W E R, over at Noisey. The record is available now via L’oeil Du Tigre and can be purchased here and here. The album delivers four sprawling, expansive pieces that pushes the boundaries of what is expected of bands that are labelled “post-rock”. The compositions are beautifully melancholic one moment and sinister the next. It will definitely lull you into a trance-like state if you are not careful. Listen for yourself after the break.
I don’t know a lot about Tidemouth, but after hearing a few of the bands new tracks, I am fucking stoked to learn everything I can about the band. The band has a strange edge to them that transcends genres and really has its own sound all together. Today the band has released not only a new song, but a new music video for a separate song all together. So TWO Tidemouth tracks for you to get buzzed to. Each track has it’s own vibe and they’re both rather different. Check out both “Vaccinate” and “Black Lung” after the jump. Continue reading
I’m always happy when my homies in Vattnet Viskar and I love their choices all around. From the music, to the art, it’s always great. Speaking of art, the band has released the album cover for their new record Settler, which currently holds a mid-June release date. The artwork doesn’t automatically scream post-blackened doom, but it is definitely intriguing. Check out the artwork at the top of this post and let us know what you think in the comments.