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
Italian noise experimentalists Father Murphy have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Croce, over at The Quietus. The new track is entitled “So This Is Permanent” and it features sprawling, unnerving ambience/industrial noise and equally unsettling vocal mantras. The track can be streamed after the break. The album’s artwork, track listing, album trailer and Father Murphy‘s upcoming tour dates can be found below as well.
Croce will be released on March 17 via The Flenser.
One-man industrial black metal entity Gnaw Their Tongues has premiered a track from the upcoming anthology collection, Collected Atrocities 2005-2008, over at Sound Colour Vibration. The track in question is the seven-minute “Slaves”, which is a uncomfortable barrage of creepy atmospherics, samples, and walls of unholy sound. You can check out the noisy beast here.
Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 will be released on February 3rd and will be the first of several new releases expected to come from Gnaw Their Tongues in 2015.
Gnaw Their Tongues‘ first American live shows will take place at California Deathfest, which will commence on October 9-10 at the Oakland Metro.
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.
Formed in 2009 initially under a far more familiar Crowbar-ian banner, Ocean City, MD audio terrorists Full Of Hell have since grown into one of the most innovative acts in contemporary extreme music, bearing name to a consistent assault of constant reinvention bred from a seemingly unending wealth of existential woe and genre-weaving knowhow. On the live circuit, the quartet have fared similarly, holding their vile live exorcisms to the acclaim of endless punk houses and festival audiences the world over, slaying equally audiences Backtrack to The Body. While 2013’s Rudiments Of Mutilation seemed to serve as the band’s magnum opus and a comfortable defining point for the band’s shifting sound, this year’s Full Of Hell & Merzbow, a chance collaboration with the long-standing noise legend, marks the beginnings of yet another new trajectory into alienation for the initially hardcore-rooted band that proves that there is much hell left to explore. Continue reading
Full Of Hell and Merzbow announced a collaborative album a while back and if you, like me, have been dying to hear this monster, the time is now. The bands are currently streaming the album in full over on Pitchfork and if you do nothing else today, let it be this album. Trust me, this is something that you need to hear. Enjoy it here.
Chicago hardcore grind unit Sick/Tired are back with “In Articulo Mortis”, the second single off their upcoming third full length, Dissolution, out October 31st on vinyl and CD via A389 Recordings. The newly track is streaming over at Noisey and is a rare turn towards doom-ish longeivity for the grind unit, locking in at over five minutes. Check out “In Articulo Mortis” via Noisey here and pre-order Dissolution via A389 Recordings here. Sick/Tired will be touring in support of the record in Europe later this October with peers Corrupt Moral Altar, details below. Continue reading
Audio terrorists Full Of Hell have released a video for “Blue Litmus”, the second single off of the group’s November 25th expected collaboration LP with renowned noise artist Merzbow, Full Of Hell & Merzbow. Directed by Jim Thayne, the video features live footage of the band interspersed with graphic videos of deaths, immolation and suicides blasted by a projector. Musically, the track unveils a further glimpse into the more apparent death metal/grind direction of the record, with a welcome change being a greater clarity for the basswork of Brandon Brown. Check out “Blue Litmus” below and look out for pre-orders (of which the first 100 will receive an exclusive noise tape compiling all of Full of Hell’s noise work in addition to extras) for Full Of Hell & Merzbow, set to start sometime this week via Profound Lore Records. A vinyl edition of the LP is due for release by A389 Recordings early 2015. In addition, be sure to catch Full Of Hell on their upcoming Fall run with Weedeater and Lazer/Wulf, details here.
Audio terrorists Full Of Hell will be hitting the road for two weeks later this November, supporting stoner doom fiends Weedeater alongside prog metal act Lazer/Wulf. Peep the full details below and be sure to look out for Full Of Hell’s upcoming third LP and collaborative album with acclaimed noise artist Merzbow, Full Of Hell & Merzbow, everywhere November 25th on CD via Profound Lore Records. A vinyl release for the record is due at a later date via A389 Recordings. Continue reading
Audio terrorists Full Of Hell are currently streaming “Gordian Knot”, the first cut off of their upcoming collaborative LP with renown Japanese noise artist Merzbow, exclusively over at Noisey. Delivering on the band’s promise to continue to push their aural boundaries to further realms of harshness and inaccessibility, the new track deters away from the band’s groovier dark hardcore beginnings in place of a newer adherence to the rasp of death metal and grindcore, a direction the full album is due to pursue. Stream “Gordian Knot” via Noisey here along with an interview with vocalist Dylan Walker on the band’s new alliance with label Profound Lore, commentary on the development of the new album as well as information on the second bonus album included exclusively with the CD version of the band’s upcoming LP. In addition, Full Of Hell are set to embark on an Australian tour with Idylls and Machina Genova late November. Peep dates for that tour below.
Full Of Hell & Merzbow arrives November 25th on CD via Profound Lore Records and vinyl via A389 Recordings. Full Of Hell’s most recent release was an exclusive 2014 Record Store Day split with Dwid Hellion (Integrity) noise project Psywarfare.
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.
Noisy electronic trio All Leather (Retox, The Locust, Hot Nerds, etc) have the official video for their track “An Insufficient Apology” from their new 7″ of the same name, which is officially out today. The track is loud, abrasive yet extremely catchy and is set to a bleak, Dennis Bersales-directed clip depicting the life of a poverty-stricken young man. You can check out the video for yourself after the break.
An Insufficient Apology can be purchased here.
Western Massachusetts noisy powerviolence act No Faith are currently streaming their long-awaited EP, Dead Weight, in full. Written around the time of the group’s 2012 Painkiller Records debut LP, the tracks have undergone nearly three years of refining. Stream Dead Weight in full below and purchase the record on digital download here or on vinyl via Clean Plate Records here. Continue reading