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.

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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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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GODFLESH Streaming New Album “A World Lit Only By Fire”

godfleshThe gods of industrial metal Godflesh will release their new album A World Lit Only By Fire on October 7th and the band has teamed up with NPR to stream the album in full. That’s right! One of the most anticipated albums of the year is currently streaming and you can hear it right now! You can head over right now and give it a listen. You better fucking do it.

GODFLESH Streaming New Track “Imperator”

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Aural annihilators Godflesh are back with “Imperator”, the second single off of the group’s upcoming return LP, A World Lit Only By Fire. Holding true to initial claims of the upcoming album as a return to form, the new track is classic Godflesh, pounding rhythms, nasty tones and simplistic but utterly gnashing riffage in tow. Check “Imperator” out below and look out for A World Lit Only By Fire everywhere October 7th on CD/LP/Digital Download via Avalanche Recordings and cassette via Hydra Head Records.

YOUTH CODE Streaming New EP “A Place To Stand”

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Los Angeles-based EBM/Industrial group Youth Code are currently streaming their latest EP, A Place To Stand, in full over at Pitchfork. Consisting of four new original tracks and four remixes of past material by CLIPPING, Sanford Parker of Corrections House, God Module and Silent Servant, the newly Josh Eustis (Nine Inch Nails, Telefon Tel Aviv, Sons Of Magdalene) produced EP by the frenetic electronic duo sees the group expanding their soundscape to include more melodic synths and layered, complex rhythms, in addition to a brief varied vocal approach on the A-Side closer “A Litany (A Place To Stand)” which trades the group’s usual harsh vocals for an expanded spoken word diatribe. Stream A Place To Stand via Pitchfork here and pre-order the record via Dais Records here, due September 23rd.

Concurrently, Youth Code are due for a record release show on the same date at The Complex In Glendale, with support by High-Functioning Flesh and Them Are Us Too. The duo will also support VNV Nation and Skinny Puppy with Haujobb late Fall on the month-long Alliance Of Sound Tour. Full details for those live dates are provided below.

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DOOMSDAY STUDENT Streaming New Track “Lifeboat Blues”

Disorienting noise rockers Doomsday Student (Ex-Arab on Radar) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, A Walk Through Hysteria Park, over at Impose Magazine. The track is the jarring, disjunctive “Lifeboat Blues”, which sounds as if it could be playing at a demented carnival. Feel free to stream the swirling acid-trip of a song after the break.

A Walk Through Hysteria Park will be released on October 21st through ThreeOneG. Pre-orders for the record can be placed here.

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WRECK AND REFERENCE Announce Samples Project “Spill/Fill”

Wreck and Reference will follow up their most recent full length, Want, with a massive collection of samples entitled Spill/Fill.  Spill/Fill will feature 75 samples that collectively clock in at a mere eight minutes in length. This samples album will be available for free download on the band’s Bandcamp page starting September 15th.

In the meantime, stream Wreck and Reference‘s Want and watch the video for their track “Bankrupt” after the break.

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