NJ quartet Sunrot identify themselves with the descriptor Compulsive Post Noise Power Sludge. In listening to the songs of the group’s recent split with fellow NJ crust apostles Inertia, I found that description to be weirdly accurate. Sunrot embrace the legacy of bands like Godflesh without being overt worshippers at the altar of typical industrial doom. There is a patina of grit and static overlaying every song, with vocalist Lex’s distorted shouts bringing to mind a lone survivor calling for help over the last functional radio frequency in some post-apocalyptic city. Samples and drones and harsh noise make appearances alongside thick walls of guitars and pounding low end throughout the band’s catalog, but the sound never gives way to the machine rhythms and clockwork precision of an industrial aesthetic. There is something refreshingly organic about Sunrot’s approach to noisy, crusty doom, and so I asked the band some questions about their sound and approach to heaviness.
Have a Nice Life and Giles Corey‘s Dan Barrett has released a new track from his upcoming electronic Black Wing project over at Noisey. The new track is the over seven-minute “Death Sentences”, which envelops the listener with its melancholic, yet bright and dense synths and Barrett’s moody vocals and lyrics. The track can be streamed after the break.
...Is Doomed will be released on September 25 via The Flenser.
Portland sound manipulator Kyle Bates (Sloths), AKA Drowse, has premiered the official video for this track “Melt” over at Exclaim.ca. The oscillating, haunting and multi-faceted track is set to a Victoria Ayers-directed clip depicting a myriad of images that range from bleak to abstractly beautiful. It’s a visually striking and very discombobulating video that works well with the song’s wall of disorienting, yet gorgeous sound. Check it out for yourself after the break.
Soon Asleep is available now via APNEICVOID. Stream the record after the break.
New York’s noisy, bass and drum duo Water Torture have announced that they will cease to be a band. The band’s statement is as follows:
Welp, its been real, thanks yall for the support over the years. We will be posting announcements for the final show/shows. And ill be posting a way to buy what ever merch is left as well. We had a really good run and made alot of friends over the past few years. Im sure there will be new projects from us as well, but there will be no further new recordings or tours. For now thanks for giving a fuck about what we did, we love you.
The band’s final release, 2014’s Pillbox, can be streamed after the break.
Agalloch/Self Spiller’s Jason W. Walton has premiered the second track to his new 7″ solo release, Mara, over at Decibel. The new track is the unsettling, droning “Yakshi”, which sounds as if you are trapped inside a pitch black abyss in which unseen, inhuman organisms are flying around you waiting for their chance to strike. Obsequiae‘s Tanner Anderson lends his throat-searing vocals to the track, only driving it further into frightening territory. Walton offered the following comments on the track:
“I wrote the Mara EP as a way to process and document my episodes with sleep paralysis…’Yakshi’ is the second and final track of Mara, and deals with the terror and helplessness one experiences when in the throes of sleep paralysis. In this state, your mind is awake, yet your body is paralyzed. Your cries of desperation travel no further than your own head and are obscured by the buzzing waves of darkness. ‘Yakshi’ encapsulates this experience and gives me surges of anxiety each time I listen.”
Mara is out now via Red Orchard Records. Pick up your copy here.
Sonic cyborg Tristan Shone, AKA Author & Punisher, has premiered his forthcoming full-length record, Melk En Honing, over at Noisey. The record will officially be released on June 30 via Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Records. Melk En Honing is a dark, monolithic opus that draws you into its torturous hymns effortlessly and refuses to let go. If you cannot wait until next Tuesday, and you won’t want to, feel free to stream the record at this location.
Author & Punisher also released the official video for the track “Shame” over at Crack Magazine. You can view that video after the break.
Agalloch and Self Spiller‘s Jason W. Walton has premiered a new track from his forthcoming 7″ release, Mara, over at CVLT Nation. The new track, titled “Alp”, features five minutes of chilling, droning soundscapes, somber piano and collections of field recordings. It’s a dark and surreal experience that is only heightened by the fact that the track and its B-side were thematically composed around Walton‘s struggle with sleep paralysis. Experience it for yourself at this location.
Mara will be released on June 21 via Red Orchard Records and can be pre-ordered here.
Industrial metal kings Godflesh have announced a string of fall North American tour dates in support of their critically-lauded album of 2014, A World Lit Only By Fire. The tour will commence on September 11 and extend through October 3. Experimental noise artist Prurient, who will be supporting the recently released Frozen Niagara Falls, will be providing accompanying the band on all stops. Those dates can be found below.
The forthcoming full-length album from noise innovator Prurient, Frozen Niagara Falls, can now be streamed in full over at Pitchfork. The 16-track opus will officially be released on May 12 via Profound Lore and can be purchased here. If almost 90 minutes of forward-thinking noise and soundscapes appeals to you, and it should, then the follow-up to 2011’s Bermuda Drain is right up your alley. Stream the opus over at Pitchfork now.
Prurient will soon be releasing their new double album Frozen Niagara Falls next month and a new track has arisen. Full of Prurient‘s standard noise and psychotry, “Greenpoint” is a phenomenal–repeat, PHENOMENAL– track. I love it. The track is a little over ten minutes, but it is such a wonderful listen. You can check out this feedback-driven beast after the jump. Continue reading
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Experimental sound architect Dominic Fernow, better known as Prurient, has released a new track from his upcoming record, Frozen Niagara Falls, over at Rolling Stone. The new track is the chaotic yet serene “Dragonflies to Sew You Up”, which features colorful layers of electronics writhing underneath a persistent, pummeling, mechanized rhythm. Check out what Fernow calls a “chaotic and decadent mess” after the break.
Frozen Niagara Falls will be released on May 12.
One-man industrial sound manipulator and honorary cyborg Tristan Shone, better known as Author & Punisher, is currently streaming his cover of Godflesh‘s “Body Dome Light” via his Soundcloud page. The catclysmic, robotic cover comes from the Godflesh tribute album, Fathers Of Our Flesh – Tribute To Godflesh, and can be streamed after the break.
Author & Punisher‘s European trek commences today in Hamburg, Germany. The eight-date trek will see Shone alongside digital hardcore legends Atari Teenage Riot on select dates. The touring schedule can be found below.
Shone is currently working on the next Author & Punisher full-length for Housecore Records
Fresh off their re-formation and their recent signing with the trusted purveryors in all thing metallic, Relapse Records, Florida death/grind unit Maruta announce the details of their label debut Remain Dystopian. Slated for a June release date , Remain Dystopian aims to top the band’s previous exercise in grind fury, Forward Into Regression.
WAKE and Primitive Man, two of the most promising young bands in extreme music are making preparations for their upcoming spring tour which will see them getting the party started right in Denver May 15 and bringing things to a close in St.Louis 5/28. With stops along the way in D.C., with The Body and Water Torture, and in Charm City at MDF with the millions of amazing bands that play that event every year.
This tour will cover both ends of the extreme music spectrum with Primitive Man bringing the slow, crushing, low-end pain with their punishing brand of blackened sludge/doom while WAKE will be providing the SPEEEED!! with the unending power and mania that is their hardcore/grind attack.
Continue after the break for tour dates and tour poster: