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.
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.”
“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.
Bulbul, 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 →
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.
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.
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.
Who 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 →
Well what a fucking tour this one is. The Dillinger Escape Plan, Retox, Trash 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 →
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:
More official details are expected to be released in the coming months, but it has been confirmed that drone giants Sunn O))) and Norway’s own Ulver will release a collaborative album next year. The album will be entitled Terrestrials and will see a release through Southern Lord sometime in February 2014. More info to come. Do not act like you are not excited.
Sacramento’s own Death Grips have a history of surprising just about anyone that follows their exploits. 2013 proved to be no different due to various show cancellations and other controversies, but the band seems to be finishing the year out by dropping a new record for free on the internet with absolutely no warning whatsoever.
Philadelphia’s crafters of experimental metal madness, Cleric, are hard at work on their new full length record and follow up to 2010’s Regressions. No official details have been unleashed just yet but Decibel is exclusively streaming a demo version of a new track entitled “Resumption”. The track is an eccentric, nearly twelve minute pile of destruction that shape-shifts constantly. Head over to Decibel to have your mind blown. Also, check out their forthcoming touring schedule and Regressions after the break.
Kayo Dot’s new U.S. tour in support of their new wonderfully bizarre opus, Hubardo, begins this Friday November 8th in Baltimore. If you didn’t get a chance to pre-order the new record, the band will have copies available at these upcoming shows. Be sure to go to one of the following shows to have your mind blown.
Brisbane, Australia’s own Portal are celebrating Halloween in their own special way by surprisingly dropping a music video from a cut off their new album Vexovoid. It’s just as frightening as you think it is.