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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ANATOMY OF HABIT (TORTOISE, INDIAN, Etc) Preview New Track “Then Window”

Experimental outfit Anatomy of Habit (Tortoise, Indian, Bloodyminded, etc) have released a preview of a new track from their forthcoming record, Ciphers + Axioms, over at CVLT Nation. The clip may only be a three minute excerpt of the 20 minute closing track “Then Window”, but it gives you a preview of the haunting doom to come. Check out the clip for yourself over at CVLT Nation and check out the first half of the record, “Radiate and Recede”, if you missed it.

Ciphers + Axioms will be released on November 10th via Relapse Records. Pre-orders can be placed here.

ATRIARCH Streaming New Album “An Unending Pathway”

Portland occult metal outfit Atriarch have premiered their forthcoming album, An Unending Pathway, over at Pitchfork. The goth, doom, black metal and hard rock hybrid will officially be released on October 27th via Relapse Records and can be pre-ordered here. While you are checking out,  stream the album in all its gloomy glory over at Pitchfork.

MEGATON LEVIATHAN Streaming New Track “The Foolish Man”

Experimental drone/doom outfit Megaton Leviathan have released a new eight minute behemoth of a track over at CVLT Nation. The sprawling, psychedelic jam is entitled “The Foolish Man” and features guest sitar from Henry Barnes of Bastard Noise. The track comes from the group’s new record, Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell, which is officially out today and can be ordered here. In the meantime, stream “The Foolish Man” over at CVLT Nation now.

BLACKWOLFGOAT Streaming New Album “Drone Maintenance”

The new album from experimental act Blackwolfgoat, Drone Maintenance, can now be streamed in full over at Decibel. Despite the album’s title, Drone Maintenance is not strictly drone. The album is full of solo guitar work that combines elements of psychedelia, folk and others along with loud reverberating drones. The album is officially out today via Small Stone Recordings and you can get your copy at this location. Be sure to stream the record first over at Decibel.

The Body Initiate IndieGoGo Campaign For New Van

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Portland, OR experimental doom/noise outfit The Body have initiated an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign for a new van. Perks ranging from stickers to exclusive campaign only t-shirts and pizza parties are available at varying donation levels. Take a look at the campaign here.

The Body had two releases earlier this year, a collaboration LP on RVNG Intl. with The Haxan Cloak entitled I Shall Die Here and a collaboration LP on Vinyl Rites with doom brothers Thou entitled Released From Love. They are currently working on a second collaboration LP with Thou.

IDES OF GEMINI Streaming New Track “The Chalice & The Blade”

Ides of Gemini have premiered the first taste of their forthcoming album, Old World New Wave, over at Noisey. Our first glimpse into the trio’s new recording comes in the form of the hauntingly beautiful and hypnotizing “The Chalice & The Blade”. Stream the ghostly number over at Noisey now.

Old World New Wave will be released on September 16th via SIGE Records and Neurot Recordings.

BLACKWOLFGOAT Announce New Album “Drone Maintenance”

Blackwolfgoat, the experimental drone project of one Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, etc), will release its new full length album late next month. The new record will be entitled Drone Maintenance and will see a release through Small Stone Recordings on August 26th. The album is described as a quasi-concept album in which Shepard is sent into the future to repair rogue drones. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.

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OMMADON Announce New Album “V”; Preview New Track

Scottish drone/doom act Ommadon have announced the release of their fifth full length album, aptly-titled V. The new record was recorded live and will feature two new sprawling tracks that clock in at a combined 90 minutes. The record was mastered by Billy Anderson and will be split across four sides of vinyl. Terrorizer is currently stream side-A of the record, which comes in at a astounding 23 minutes. Point your browsers here to check it out.

V will be released on August 5th via Domestic Genocide. Pre-orders can be found herehere (U.K.) and here (Netherlands).

SLEEP Streaming New Track “The Clarity”

Artwork for Sleep's "The Clarity," the band's first new material in 20 years.

Sleep have premiered the first new track since the release of 1999’s Jerusalem/Dopesmoker over at NPR. The track is entitled “The Clarity” and is apart of the Adult Swim’s 2014 Singles Program, which will also feature new tracks from Mastodon and Deafheaven. The nearly 10 minute track combines the droning atmosphere of sister band OM with that classic Sleep low-end doom. The band have plans to release the single on a limited edition 12″ vinyl pressing in the near future. Until then, check out the track after the break.

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OWLFOOD Announce Tour Dates

Boston experimental drone enthusiasts Owlfood have announced a handful of U.S. tour dates that will commence this Sunday, July 13th. The band will be playing five cities in the course of one week and will include an appearance at Gilead Fest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin along side The Body, Thou, Kowloon Walled City and others. The band will be touring in support of their most recent release, the 27 minute long opus Destroyers of the Moon. The band will be joined by the likes of Windmills by the Ocean (Isis, Blacktail) and Taiga (Bryant Clifford Meyer of Isis) on select dates. You can check out the dates and stream Destroyers of the Moon after the break.

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SUNN O))) & SCOTT WALKER Collaborating On New Album

scott0It has been reported via 4AD that experimental musician Scott Walker and legendary drone band Sunn O))) will be collaborating on an album to be released later this year. I am not extremely familiar with Scott Walker, but after listening to a track (see below), I am 100% positive that this will be one of the weirdest releases of the year. Should be interesting regardless. Check out a Scott Walker track and a Sunn O))) track after the jump.       Continue reading