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: 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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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

CLOAK OF ALTERING Streaming New Album “Plague Beasts”

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.

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Bandcamp Spotlight: AMINALS

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HORSEBACK Debut “The Inheritance (Changeling)” Video

Experimentalists Horseback have premiered the official video for their track “The Inheritance (Changeling)” over at Self-Titled Mag. The track comes from the band’s 2012 album, Half Blood, and is set to images of decaying and demolished buildings inhabited by geometrically-shaped smoke organisms. It’s a very odd and eerie video. You can check it out after the break.

You can also stream both Half Blood and their most recent album, Piedmont Apocrypha, below as well.

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KARYN CRISIS Announces New Solo Project GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES

New York’s underground metal queen, Karyn Crisis (Crisis, etc), has announced a new solo project that has been dubbed Gospel of the Witches. The new work will feature 13 tracks and is currently in the pre-production stages. Tracking for the effort will begin in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, etc). Gospel of the Witches will feature an impressive lineup that includes Danny Walker (Intronaut), Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), and Ross Dolan (Immolation). Crisis had the following to say on the upcoming effort:

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BORIS Announce New Album “Noise”, Stream New Track

Japan’s prolific rockers, Boris, have announced the release of their 19th full length album. The album will be entitled Noise and will be released through Sargent House on June 17th.  Pre-orders for the effort can be obtained at this location. Pitchfork has also premiered a pummeling new cut from the album, “Quicksilver”, which can be streamed after the break. Below you will also find the album’s artwork, track listing, and the band’s tour dates in support of the album.

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