Exclusive Interview: WRECK AND REFERENCE

As the year draws to a close, music journalists and bloggers reflect upon what was released in order to construct their year-end “Best Of” lists. It can sometimes be quite a daunting task putting these silly little lists together. “Did I forget anything?” “Well, this album should be placed at number 10 and this one at 15.” “I’ve been staring at the same computer screen for three hours; my life is in shambles.” But luckily, there are certain releases that were so good that it makes the process a little easier. So good, that you just can’t not  forget to mention them. For me, one of those albums is Wreck and Reference‘s Want. The bleak, experimental noise/ambient duo’s sophomore full length is unsettling and memorable in the all the right ways. American Aftermath recently caught up with the two musical architects Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner to talk a little bit about the record, the band’s sound and origins, pasta and sadness. 

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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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DIMESLAND Streaming New Track “Dying Foretold”

Oakland, California based avant-metal act Dimesland have premiered a new track from their forthcoming full length, Psychogenic Atrophy, over at Stereogum. The track, entitled “Dying Foretold”, is three minutes of disjunctive, noisy and complex riffs that contort and spiral about with the goal of psychological damage in mind. Stream the track for yourself at Stereogum now.

Psychogenic Atrophy will be released on December 9th. Stream another new track, “Are They Cannibals?”, after the break.

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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.

Former FACELSS Bassist Now Involved With FLESHWROUGHT

evanbrewerWe all love Evan Brewer because the dude is a bass master extreme. I’ve never seen anyone do things with a bass like he can and I am 100% sure that he is that bassist that can actually get laid (joking, bassists. No letter plz.). We were also worried when he left The Faceless recently. Where would be go?! What would he do?! Well, it has been announce that he is currently working with Jonny Davy (Job For A Cowboy) and Navene Koperweis (ex-Animals As Leaders) on their Fleshwrought project. This is very exciting because Fleshwrought is an insane group. After the jump you can read a very, very short statement from Evan about his involvement with the band and check out a track off of Fleshwrought‘s debut album.      Continue reading

WIZARD RIFLE Streaming New Track “Crystal Witch”

Portland trio Wizard Rifle have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Here In The Deadlights, over at Noisey. The new track is the nearly seven minute “Crystal Witch” and it is a complete acid trip. The wacky song begins with some slow-building layers of psychedelic tremolo-picked riffs and immediately switches to a procession of jarring, bouncing riffs that eventually bleed into a grumbling sludge metal section. If that sounds weird, that’s because it is, but in the best way possible of course. Head over to Noisey to stream the track now.

Here In The Deadlights will be released on October 28th via Seventh Rule Records. Pre-orders can be placed here.

CANNABIS CORPSE Announce Winter US Tour With MAMMOTH GRINDER And INANIMATE EXISTENCE

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Weed-based death metal project Cannabis Corpse (members of Municipal Waste) have announced dates for an upcoming nineteen date Winter tour with direct support from metallic hardcore outfit Mammoth Grinder and prog/tech-deathers Inanimate Existence. The tour will kick off November 28th in Wilmington, NC before concluding December 20th in Richmond, VA. Peep the full details below.  Continue reading

SWALLOWED Streaming Debut LP “Lunarterial” In Full

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In lieu of its release today, Finnish death/doom fiends Swallowed have made available their long-coming debut LP, Lunarterial, for full streaming and download over at Dark Descent Records official bandcamp. Borne in 2007, the meticulous death metal Fins have been honing their craft for years, having released only a careful discography of two demos and an EP,  outside of this year’s masterful album, no doubt, one of the year’s strongest releases within the genre. Stream and purchase Lunarterial  digitally via the Dark Descent widget below and pick the record up on vinyl via Me Saca Un Ojo Records here or on CD via Dark Descent here. HAIL DEATH.

 

 

MAYHEM Announce Headlining Tour With WATAIN And REVENGE

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The infamous Mayhem have announced dates for an upcoming 18-date Winter tour alongside Swedish peers Watain and Ross Bay annihilators Revenge. The band will be supporting their 2014 release, Esoteric Warfare, released this past June on Season Of Mist Records. Peep the full tour dates below and follow the tour’s official Facebook page here for future updatesContinue reading

WIZARD RIFLE Announce New Full Length “Here In The Deadlights”

Portland drugged-out, sludge-ridden math rock outfit Wizard Rifle have revealed the details surrounding their forthcoming sophomore album. The new record, which follows the group’s 2012 debut Speak Loud Say Nothing, is entitled Here In The Deadlights and is  due out on October 28th via Seventh Rule Records. The record was tracked by guitarist Max Dameron and was mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Melvins, etc) and Jesse Johnstone. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.

Pre-orders for the record can be placed here. The band’s previous album, Speak Loud Say Nothing, can be streamed after the break.

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REVOCATION Streaming New Track “Labyrinth Of Eyes”

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Revocation have unleashed “Labyrinth Of Eyes”, the third single from the group’s upcoming fifth LP and Metal Blade Records debut, Deathless. Taking a retreat from the brutality of the two prior singles, “Madness Opus” and “Deathless”, “Labyrinth Of Eyes” is a mid-paced, technical and rather notey number, invoking Cynic-ian overtones whilst  still maintaining the darker feel of the new album. Check out “Labyrinth Of Eyes” via Invisible Oranges here and pre-order Deathless out next Tuesday via Metal Blade Records here. Catch Revocation supporting Deathless now on the remaining dates of their current tour run with the legendary Crowbar, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse and later on their European run with Cannibal Corpse and Aeon and even later on their Australian run with Thy Art Is Murder, full details below.  Continue reading

FULL OF HELL Unveil New Track And Video “Blue Litmus”

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Audio terrorists Full Of Hell have released a video for “Blue Litmus”, the second single off of the group’s November 25th expected collaboration LP with renowned noise artist Merzbow, Full Of Hell & Merzbow. Directed by Jim Thayne, the video features live footage of the band interspersed with graphic videos of deaths, immolation and suicides blasted by a projector. Musically, the track unveils a further glimpse into the more apparent death metal/grind direction of the record, with a welcome change being a greater clarity for the basswork of Brandon Brown. Check out “Blue Litmus” below and look out for pre-orders (of which the first 100 will receive an exclusive noise tape compiling all of Full of Hell’s noise work in addition to extras) for Full Of Hell & Merzbow, set to start sometime this week via Profound Lore Records. A vinyl edition of the LP is due for release by A389 Recordings early 2015.  In addition, be sure to catch Full Of Hell on their upcoming Fall run with Weedeater and Lazer/Wulf, details here.

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MELVINS Streaming New Album “Hold It In”

Melvins‘ forthcoming collaborative album with Butthole Surfers members Jeff Pinkus and Paul Leary, Hold It In, can now be streamed in full over on Pandora. The album will officially be released next Tuesday, October 14th via Ipecac Recordings. If you cannot wait another week, and why would you want to anyway, head over to Pandora to check out the album now.

LAE Detail Forthcoming Debut Album “Break The Clasp”

Montreal-based experimental post-hardcore outfit LAE have unleashed the details surrounding their forthcoming, long-awaited debut album. The new album will be entitled Break The Clasp and will be released collaboratively through Battleground Records and The Compound on November 25th digitally and on CD, with an LP pressing due out in February of 2015.

The band were initially active in the mid 1990s under the name LAE-TSEU and impacted the Quebec art and post-hardcore/emo/indie scenes. As they were preparing to record their debut album, the band dissolved. Several years later in 2013, the band reactivated and revamped their lineup and set out to record their long-delayed album. The quartet recorded Break The Clasp with Today Is The Day frontman Steve Austin, who ended up providing lead vocals for the entire album, among other contributions. The band issued the following statement regarding the forthcoming release:

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ANATOMY OF HABIT (TORTOISE, INDIAN, Etc) Announce New Album “Ciphers + Axioms”

Chicago experimental noise/doom ensemble Anatomy of Habit (Indian, Tortoise, etc) have announced the release of their second full length record. The new record, which was recorded by Sanford Parker at Soma Studios, will be entitled Ciphers + Axioms and will be released on November 10th via Relapse Records. The experimental outfit boasts an impressive lineup featuring drummer John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake), guitarist Will Lindsay (Indian), percussionist Theo Katsaounis  (Joan of Arc), bassits Kenny Rasmussen (ex-Radar Eyes) and vocalist Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded). The album’s artwork, track listing and audio trailer can be seen after the break.

Pre-orders for Ciphers + Axioms can be placed here. Bandcamp pre-orders can be found here along with the band’s back catalog.

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