MAVETH And EMBRACE OF THORNS Streaming Split Tracks

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Helsinki black/death metal neophytes Maveth will be joining their-long-running Athens peers Embrace Of Thorns for an eight track split of epic proportions, spanning a hefty thirty-seven minutes and entitled “A Plague Through The Heavens” later this August. Set to be released by the excellent Dark Descent Records, two preview tracks for the release can be streamed below and album artwork by Daniel Desecrator can be viewed above. Pre-orders for the record are available via limited vinyl here or digital download here.

 

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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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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ZVI Announces Summer Tour

Kayo Dot guitarist and ex-So is the Tongue frontman, Ron Varod, will embark on a string of North American tour dates this summer in support of his Zvi solo project. The currently touring schedule as it currently stands can be seen after the break. You can also stream his self-titled debut album as well as his eerie cover of Deftones’ “When Girls Telephone Boys” (which will also appear on our upcoming Deftones covers compilation) below as well.

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BOTANIST Streaming New Track “Callistemon”

San Francisco musician Otrebor and his Botanist project have released a new track from the upcoming album, VI: Flora, over at The Quietus. The new track is entitled “Callistemon” and it features a lot of bright, angelically manipulated hammered dulcimer, as is the staple of Botanist’s sound, and indiscernible black metal-esque shrieks. Head over to The Quietus to get weird now.

VI: Flora will be released on August 11th via The Flenser.

YAKUZA Streaming John Coltrane Cover

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Yakuza have premiered their cover of jazz legend John Coltrane’s track, “Seraphic Light”, over at Revolver. The experimental rendition of the track can be found on the group’s recently released reissue of their 2002 album, Way of the Dead. Head over to Revolver to check it out now. You can check out the original after the break if you are interested.

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YAKUZA To Reissue First Four Full Length Albums And One Previously Unreleased Recording

Throughout next month, Chicago experimental metal outfit Yakuza will reissue their first four (currently out of print) full length albums along with one previously unreleased album through War Crime Recordings.

The band’s self-released 2000 debut Amount to Nothing and 2002’s Way of the Dead will be released on July 1st. The reissue of Way of the Dead will contain a cover of John Coltrane’s “Seraphic Light” as a bonus track. 2006’s Samsara and 2007’s Transmutations will be re-released on July 15th. Samsara will contain two bonus James Plotkin remixes of “Back to the Mountain” and “The Ballad of Mr. K”. Transmutations will feature Justin Broadrick’s remix of “The Blinding” as a bonus track.

On July 29th, Yakuza will release the previously unreleased improvisational recording Kabuki Mono. The album was originally recorded back in 2001.

In other related news, Yakuza have recorded over 100 minutes of new improvised material with Sanford Parker. The band plan to pick the best takes and release it sometime next year.

 

Lane’s Favorite Releases Of 2014…So Far

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It baffles my tiny, insignificant mind that 2014 has completed half of its cycle of torment and despair. Luckily a plethora of good music graced my ears and gave me the strength to make it through another six months of life. The following  10 releases have stuck with me the most during the past six months and keep me hyped for the quality that I assume will grace the remainder of the year. In no particular order, these are my favorite releases of the year so far.

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Review: BLEED THE PIGS – “Overcompensations for Misery”

After being exposed to Nashville, TN’s Bleed the Pigs’s debut EP Mortis Fatum I was intrigued by the promise this young band showed. While showing great potential they nonetheless fell short of expanding their
sound beyond the already aging Entombedcore sound pioneered by Nails and further popularized by a host of bands. However on their followup EP, Overcompensations for Misery they have smashed right thru the
glass ceiling and have, in my mind, established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the national punk/hardcore/powerviolence scene.

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Review: BODDICKER – “False Flag”

My attention was first alerted to the existence of Boddicker last fall when I was tasked with the responsibility of reviewing their split with Kata Sarka. I was immediately impressed with the unbridled fury Boddicker was able to contain in each of their songs so I was very much interested in reviewing their latest release, an EP entitled False Flag.

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Review: BULBUL – “Hirn Fein Hacken”

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The phrase “hirn fein hacken” translates from German to “get your brain chopped into pieces”. When a band names an album something of that caliber, they have a lot to live up to. Thankfully, the Austrian racket-makers Bulbul do just that. In the six-year gap between their last album, the eccentric trio have crafted a collection of 10 multi-faceted jams that are bursting with creativity and mild-schizophrenia. Hirn Fein Hacken is a gleefully weird, colorful and erratic album that defies categorization and places Bulbul at the forefront of all things weird.

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GODFLESH Streaming New Track “Ringer”

godflesh-declineFor the love of all things industrial, Godflesh has returned and it is magnificent. The band hasn’t released new music since 2001’s Hymns but the band will be releasing their new EP Decline And Fall, which is due out late next month. The band has just released their new track “Ringer” and it is a phenomenal piece of music. As a long time fan of Godflesh, I am so stoked that they are back and still crushing. Check out “Ringers” after the jump if you know what’s good for you.     Continue reading

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