Full Of Hell have released a short video teaser for their upcoming third LP, a collaborational effort with legendary Japanese noise artist Merzbow, simply entitled Full Of Hell & Merzbow. The record is poised for a November split release between Profound Lore Records and A389 Recordings, who will be handling CD and vinyl duties respectively. Besides a difference in format, the CD version is expected to contain an exclusive bonus noise disc consisting of manipulated Merzbow material in the vein of Wolf Eyes and Tribes Of Neurot according to a recent interview of guitarist Spencer Hazard by CVLT Nation. View the teaser below and be sure to catch the group on their current West Coast tour with labelmates Noisem and the legendary Dropdead, details also below. For the curious, two new tracks from the record can be heard via a filmed live set on the group’s recent UK venture, at the 6:40 and 16:30 marks. Continue reading
Botanist’s oddly beautiful new album, VI: Flora, can now be streamed in its entirety over at Noisey. The hammered dulcimer-infused black metal affair will officially be released next Monday, August 11th, via The Flenser. But we know you cannot wait four more days, so feel free to stream the album over at Noisey now.
Portland psychedelic doom outfit Megaton Leviathan have announced the release of their sophomore full length album. The new record will be entitled Past 21: Beyond The Arctic Cell and will be released through Seventh Rule Recordings on September 9th. The album, which was mixed by Mort Subite (V.I.I.R.L., etc), will follow the outfit’s previous record Water, Wealth, Hell on Earth. The new record’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break along with Megaton Leviathan upcoming live dates.
Post-metal outfit Minsk are reportedly in the process of recording their long-awaited follow up to 2009’s With Echoes in the Movement of Stone. The new record, which is being produced by Sanford Parker, is slated to be released in early 2015 via Relapse Records. Vocalist Timothy Mead had the following to say about the upcoming record:
“So much attention and care have gone into this process, this renewal. We knew that in order to really move Minsk forward in a meaningful way we would need to raise the bar all over again. This realization lit a fire within us to transcend what was. So many things had to fall into place to make it what we knew it needed to be. A new rhythm section, a second guitar for the first time since the early days of the band, additional vocalists, Sanford‘s contributions moving to the realm of synth/noise for this album. Lots of changes, to be sure, and yet the results will be unmistakably Minsk… just Minsk on a whole different level this time around. We cannot wait to share the fruits of these labors.”
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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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
†††, aka Crosses are a strange band that has been praised on this site for a good while now. The project released their debut LP earlier this year and have since released a few music videos, the latest of which is for the track “Telepathy.” I really like the track and this video is… Well, it’s fucking weird. I’m sure to Chino, this means something very deep, but much like System Of A Down lyrics, it is almost unintelligible to me. Regardless, check out the video after the jump. Continue reading
Bulbul, 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
From the mind of Dutch musician Mories (Gnaw their Tongues, etc), comes the third full length under his Cloak of Altering project, Plague Beasts. The album is official out now via Crucial Blast and can be streamed after the break. The album is a swirling maelstrom of electronic-infused black metal weirdness. Check it out.