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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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

ANATOMY OF HABIT (TORTOISE, INDIAN, Etc) Announce New Album “Ciphers + Axioms”

Chicago experimental noise/doom ensemble Anatomy of Habit (Indian, Tortoise, etc) have announced the release of their second full length record. The new record, which was recorded by Sanford Parker at Soma Studios, will be entitled Ciphers + Axioms and will be released on November 10th via Relapse Records. The experimental outfit boasts an impressive lineup featuring drummer John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake), guitarist Will Lindsay (Indian), percussionist Theo Katsaounis  (Joan of Arc), bassits Kenny Rasmussen (ex-Radar Eyes) and vocalist Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded). The album’s artwork, track listing and audio trailer can be seen after the break.

Pre-orders for Ciphers + Axioms can be placed here. Bandcamp pre-orders can be found here along with the band’s back catalog.

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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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KAYO DOT Streaming New Track “Library Subterranean”

kayo-dot-coffins-on-ioAvantgarde rockers Kayo Dot will release their new album Coffins On Io in October and the band is currently streaming their new track “Library Subterranean,” which you can hear below. This is a pretty phenomenal track and it absolutely flies by and doesn’t seem like it was even close to eight and a half minutes long. Check out “Library Subterranean” after the jump or blow your brains out.     Continue reading

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.

KAYO DOT Announce New Album “Coffins On Io”

Avant-rockers Kayo Dot have announced the release of their seventh full length album and follow up to 2013’s ambitious Hubardo. The new record will be entitled Coffins on Io and will see a release through The Flenser on October 16th.  The new six track effort will represent yet another change in the ever-evolving sound of Kayo Dot. Frontman Toby Driver described the sound as ” a sexy combination of Type O Negative, Peter Gabriel, Sisters of Mercy”. Driver further comments on the overall theme and vibe of the upcoming album:

“Basically the vibe that we’re going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir— Blade Runner.”

Driver continues:

“I wanted to make a good record to put on while you drive across the desert at night under a toxic, post-apocalyptic atmosphere…There’s a weird underlying theme of murder, shame and death.”

The album’s artwork and track listing are available for viewing after the break.

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AA Exclusive: Stream BULBUL’s “Kanzla”

EOM068_coverRGB-1024x1024Bulbul, who are named after a family of songbirds found throughout Asia and the Middle East, truly live up to their name. This band creates exotic, expressive metal that I find myself trying my damnedest to describe, only to come up with “fantastic.” The band, hailing from Austria, will release their latest offering Hirn Fein Hacken in early  June and I am proud to bring you a stream of one of the best tracks on the release: “Kanzla.”     Continue reading

EPISTASIS Streaming New Track “Witch”

New York’s experimental metal outfit, Epistasis, have premiered a new track over at No Clean Singing for your ears’ punishment. The new track is entitled “Witch” and will appear on the group’s forthcoming EP, Light Through Dead Glass, which is out on April 1st via Crucial Blast. The track combines Deathspell Omega-esque black metal, noisy barrages, doom, and graceful trumpet playing, into an oddball amalgam that is quite mesmerizing as well as terrifying. You can stream the new track over at No Clean Singing now. Pre-orders can be obtained at this location.

If you’re in the Brooklyn area, be sure to check out the band’s record release show. Details after the break.

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EPISTASIS Streaming New Track “Finisterre”

Invisible Oranges have premiered a new track from New York City’s experimental metal outfit Epistasis’ forthcoming EP, Looking Through Dead Glass, which will be released on April 1st through Crucial Blast. The band combines elements of post-rock and dissonant black metal to create a noisy, yet melodic brand of heavy goodness. There’s even a trumpet thrown in for good measure! All of this can be witnessed during their new track “Finisterre”s dismal six minutes. Head over to Invisible Oranges to check out the explosive track now.

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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SUNN O))) & ULVER Collaboration Now Streaming In Full

SULVERNNWho doesn’t want more Sunn O))) in their life? I posted about the band last week and now I’m here to inform you all that the drone kings are currently streaming their collaborative effort with Ulver in full over on Pitchfork. This album is spectacular and I highly suggest you stop whatever it may be that you are currently doing and listen to it. You’ll thank me later. Head on over to Pitchfork now. You can check out an except of the track “Eternal Return” after the jump.       Continue reading

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, RETOX, TRASH TALK & SHINING Tour Announced

TDEP TourWell what a fucking tour this one is. The Dillinger Escape PlanRetoxTrash Talk and (Norway’s) Shining are teaming up for one beast of a tour for the month of April. I mean, holy shit, is that a line-up or what? I’m personally not a fan of Shining (not this one anyway), but the other three are all amazing bands. You can check out the full poster and dates after the jump.      Continue reading

PSYCHOFAGIST Call It A Day

Italian technical metal outfit Psychofagist recently announced that the band will be going their separate ways. The band have released a handful of mind-splitting releases and didn’t quite get the recognition they deserve and where definitely on to something unique with their music. The band’s official statement reads:

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