NJ quartet Sunrot identify themselves with the descriptor Compulsive Post Noise Power Sludge. In listening to the songs of the group’s recent split with fellow NJ crust apostles Inertia, I found that description to be weirdly accurate. Sunrot embrace the legacy of bands like Godflesh without being overt worshippers at the altar of typical industrial doom. There is a patina of grit and static overlaying every song, with vocalist Lex’s distorted shouts bringing to mind a lone survivor calling for help over the last functional radio frequency in some post-apocalyptic city. Samples and drones and harsh noise make appearances alongside thick walls of guitars and pounding low end throughout the band’s catalog, but the sound never gives way to the machine rhythms and clockwork precision of an industrial aesthetic. There is something refreshingly organic about Sunrot’s approach to noisy, crusty doom, and so I asked the band some questions about their sound and approach to heaviness.
UK drone/doom duo Ommadon have premiered the second half of their massive new track “Empathy for the Wicked”, which will appear on the record of the same name, over at Revolver. Stream the first half of the dismal composition at this location. Listening to the full 45-minute monolith will plunge you into a deep dark pit of despair of which there is no escape. In the case of drone and doom, that is definitely a good thing. Stream the track here.
Empathy for the Wicked will be released on July 15 via Golden Mantra.
[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.
Sunn O))) have released a ton of live unmixed and unmastered fan and taper audience recordings for streaming and downloading purposes. These recordings span from their 2002 Portland show at Blackbird to their most recent headlining show at Temples Festival in Bristol, UK, this year. The band offered the following comments:
“SUNN O))) live archives. Unmixed, unmastered raw footage grabbed by underground tapers which we now present to you.
We would like to invite you to also submit your own recordings of any of our concerts (even ones already posted) to this archive. If you have photos and visuals from the posted shows, please send them too. Hail to our great fans!”
Those recordings can be found here.
The band’s European tour dates can be found after the break.
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.
UK drone/doom outfit Ommadon have premiered the first half of their lengthy “Empathy for the Wicked” composition, which will appear on the record of the same name, over at CVLT Nation. The first half of the upcoming 47-minute opus is nothing short of devastating. It conjures a heavily oppressive and claustrophobic atmosphere that does not let up for a moment. If you have 23 free minutes on your hands, check out the track now.
Empathy for the Wicked is due out on July 15 via Golden Mantra. Pre-orders can be found 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.
UK drone/doom duo Ommadon have announced the release of their new full-length record and follow-up to 2014’s massive double LP, V. The new record will bear the title Empathy for the Wicked and will be released on July 15 via Golden Mantra (pre-order here). Recorded live, mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson, the album will boast one massive composition split into two parts. The album’s cover art can be found after the break along with a stream of previous release, V.
[Photo by Dani Ransom]
Portland one-man soundsmith Kyle Bates, a.k.a. Drowse (Sloths, etc), has announced the release of his debut full-length and follow up to the 2013 debut EP, Songs to Sleep On. The new record will bear the title Soon Asleep and will see a release through Oligopolist Records and APNEICVOID on June 9. Recorded by Bates himself, Soon Asleep features six new tracks that offer up highly-textured, hauntingly beautiful dream-like soundscapes. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break along with a stream of Songs to Sleep On.
WAKE and Primitive Man, two of the most promising young bands in extreme music are making preparations for their upcoming spring tour which will see them getting the party started right in Denver May 15 and bringing things to a close in St.Louis 5/28. With stops along the way in D.C., with The Body and Water Torture, and in Charm City at MDF with the millions of amazing bands that play that event every year.
This tour will cover both ends of the extreme music spectrum with Primitive Man bringing the slow, crushing, low-end pain with their punishing brand of blackened sludge/doom while WAKE will be providing the SPEEEED!! with the unending power and mania that is their hardcore/grind attack.
Continue after the break for tour dates and tour poster:
Hiram-Maxim will release their debut album early next month and the band has unloaded a massive new track titled “One.” The track is one hell of a crusher, coming in at more than eleven minutes and it holds strong throughout. This band is vicious and I’m really digging them, so they come highly recommended. Check out “One” after the jump. Continue reading
I only recently learned of Heavydeath, but I’m really glad I did. If you want to know what this band sounds like, their name doesn’t leave much to the imagination. The band is heavy as fuck and their new album Eternal Sleepwalker is a crusher of souls. Heavydeath has unleashed a new track off of the album over on CVLT Nation titled “Heavy As Death.” Check out the track below and see for yourself. Continue reading
Experimental doom outfit Hiram-Maxim have premiered the opening track from their forthcoming self-titled debut album over at Vice. The track, entitled “Visceral”, combines sludgy bass lines with Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness. The sprawling seven minute jam is a trip down the rabbit hole, where everything is noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd. Feel free to stream the track after the break.
Hiram-Maxim will be released through Aqualamb Records on March 3. Pre-orders can be sought after here.
Canadians Merdarahta, featuring Fuck The Facts’ Topon Das and Melanie Mongeon, recently released their new album, As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, on January 20. The band also features members of The Sun Through A Telescope, Mekhaya and others, and combines experimental ambient noise with doom and drone. In an interview with American Aftermath, Das discussed how Merdarahta came to be and how much of a departure it is from Fuck The Facts, as well as the writing process for As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, the theme behind the album and more. Continue reading