WREKMEISTER HARMONIES Streaming New Album “Night Of Your Ascension”


Experimental collective Wrekmeister Harmonies (J.R. Robinson, Indian, The Body, Yakuza, etc) premiered their upcoming record, Night of Your Ascension, at Noisey. The album will officially be released on November 13 via Thrill Jockey Records and can be purchased here. Night of Your Ascension features two massive tracks, highly experimental compositions that transcend genres and defy categorization. Experience the album at this location.

The band’s forthcoming tour dates with Bell Witch can be found below.

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CORRECTIONS HOUSE Stream New Album “How To Carry A Whip”

Experiemental drone outfit Corrections House, which features members of Neurosis and Eyehategod, released their new album How To Carry A Whip today and if you haven’t heard it, or need more of a reason to get this album, you can stream the album in full right now. These guys are heavy and weird and I think everyone needs to stream it. GET DRONED.      Continue reading

WREKMEISTER HARMONIES (THE BODY, INDIAN, Etc) Streaming New Track “Run Priest Run”

WH Katie Hovland [Photo by Katie Hovland]

Wrekmeister Harmonies have premiered a new track from their upcoming full-length, Night of Your Ascension, at Revolver. Titled “Run Priest Run”, the new track features 12 minutes of slow-burning, experimental doom. Cataclysmic bass lines and primal percussion thunder throughout the track, while multiple layers of instrumentation, noise and vocals meld together above the rhythm. Stream the track after the break.

Wrekmesieter Harmonies is a music collective, led by J.R. Robinson, which boasts a cast of nearly 30 musicians including  Lee Buford and Chip King (both of The Body), Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Cooper Crain (Cave), Marissa Nadler, Mary Lattimore, Olivia Block, Eric Chaleff (Bloodiest), Dylan O’Toole and Ron DeFries (both of Indian), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit), Solomon Lee Walker, Chris Brokaw (Come), and Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors).

Night of Your Ascension will be released on November 13 via Thrill Jockey. Pre-order here.

The band’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below as well.

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SUNN O))) Announce New Album “Kannon”

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Drone kings Sunn O))) have announced the release of a new full-length album to be released later this year. The new record will be titled Kannon and will be released on December 4 via Southern Lord Records, with a limited number of white vinyl available on Record Store Day, Novmber 27. It follows their 2014 collaboration with Scott Walker, Soused, and it is the first “solo” studio album from the outfit since 2009’s Monoliths and Dimensions. It was recorded and produced by longtime collaborator Randall Dunn and will feature guest appearances by Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, and Steve Moore to name a few. The album will be split into three tracks simply titled “Kannon 1, 2 and 3”. An official press release told of the album’s thematic nature:

The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: specifically “goddess of mercy” or “Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World.” She is also sometimes commonly known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩) amongst a plurality of other forms. There is a rich lineage behind this idea tracing back through many Asian belief systems, with as many names and cultural personifications of the idea.

Sunn O))) commissioned critical theorist Aliza Shvartz to write text and liner notes around these ideas and topics. She also explores the relations and perceptions to their approach to these ideas via the metonym of music and Sunn O)))’s place/approach within the framework of music and metal overall.

More information on the upcoming album will be released in the coming weeks.

Interview – SUNROT


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.   

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OMMADON Streaming Second Movement Of New Track “Empathy For The Wicked”

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.

HARMONIC CROSS Announce New Album “It Is Finished”, Stream New Track

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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.

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SUNN O))) Releases Live Archives Of Fan Recordings


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.

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JASON W. WALTON (AGALLOCH) Streaming New Track “Yakshi”

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.”

Check it out at this location and stream the previously released track, “Alp”, if you missed it.

Mara is out now via Red Orchard Records. Pick up your copy here.

OMMADON Streaming First Movement Of New Track “Empathy For The Wicked”

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.

JASON W. WALTON (AGALLOCH) Streaming New Track “Alp”

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.

OMMADON Announce New Album “Empathy For The Wicked”

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.

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DROWSE (SLOTHS) To Release New Album “Soon Asleep”

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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.

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PRIMITIVE MAN Announce Spring Tour Dates With Canadian Grinders WAKE

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:

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