Experimental metal outfit Minsk will be unleashing their new album The Crash & The Draw in April and the band has just unleashed its first track off of the highly anticipated record. The track is titled “To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure,” and if you want to have your mind absolutely blown, this is the track to do it with. Check out some mad Minsk action after the jump. Continue reading
Pyramids are a band that I have always found myself listening to when I had no idea what kind of music I wanted to hear. The bands sound is so weird and so varied that it is instantly interesting. Pyramids will unleash their new album A Northern Meadow next month and they have released a new track for your streaming pleasure. The track is titled “The Substance Of Grief Is Not Imaginary” and it’s fucking phenomenal. Check out the track below. You’ll listen to it three times just to begin to take it all in. Continue reading
Hiram-Maxim will release their debut album early next month and the band has unloaded a massive new track titled “One.” The track is one hell of a crusher, coming in at more than eleven minutes and it holds strong throughout. This band is vicious and I’m really digging them, so they come highly recommended. Check out “One” after the jump. Continue reading
Experimental doom outfit Hiram-Maxim have premiered the opening track from their forthcoming self-titled debut album over at Vice. The track, entitled “Visceral”, combines sludgy bass lines with Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness. The sprawling seven minute jam is a trip down the rabbit hole, where everything is noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd. Feel free to stream the track after the break.
Hiram-Maxim will be released through Aqualamb Records on March 3. Pre-orders can be sought after here.
Canadians Merdarahta, featuring Fuck The Facts’ Topon Das and Melanie Mongeon, recently released their new album, As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, on January 20. The band also features members of The Sun Through A Telescope, Mekhaya and others, and combines experimental ambient noise with doom and drone. In an interview with American Aftermath, Das discussed how Merdarahta came to be and how much of a departure it is from Fuck The Facts, as well as the writing process for As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, the theme behind the album and more. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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.
We 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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.