The release of Xerxes new album Collision Blonde is slowly drawing near and the band has released another new track off of the album for all of us to enjoy. This track is titled “A Toast” and it’s very post-punk meets standard Xerxes sound. I love this track and have listened to it… Numerous times already. Check it out after the jump and see if it tickles your fancy. Or anything else. Continue reading
Post-punk/new wave outfit Publicist UK (Goes Cube, Revocation, etc) have announced that will begin recording their debut full length recording next month. The band will be recording the new effort at Wild Arctic Sounds in Dover, New Hampshire with Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, etc) and will be mastered by former Amphetamine Reptile in-house engineer Dave Gardner. A mid-2015 release through Relapse Records is expected.
The band’s demo tracks “Slow Dancing To This Bitter Earth” and “Never Gone To School” can be streamed after the break.
Publicist UK is: Zachary Lipez (Freshkills) on vocals, Dave Obuchowski (Goes Cube) on guitar, Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, etc) on drums and Brett Bamberger (Revocation, ex-East of the Wall) on bass.
Belgian post-metal outfit Charnia have premiered their forthcoming debut full length, Dageraad, over at CVLT Nation. The record features 35 minutes of enthralling soundscapes and crushing doom that call to mind the most tranquil moments of bands like Mogwai and the intensity of early Isis material. Check it out for yourself over at CVLT Nation now.
Dageraad will be released on September 20th via Consouling Sounds. Pre-orders can be placed here.
Finnish post-punk outfit Beastmilk have partnered with Magic Bullet Records and Svart Records to reissue two of their early releases, the White Stains on Black Tape single and the Use Your Deluge EP. Initially released in 2010 and 2012 respectively, these efforts provided the framework for the Beastmilk of today. Following the release of their debut full length Climax in 2013, Svart Records’ supply of both releases were depleted overnight due to fans clamoring to get their hands on the band’s back catalog. Due to the increasing demand, Magic Bullet Records will reissue both releases digitally and on vinyl on October 14th for North American audiences.
Pre-ordering information is not yet available. Until then, you can stream both releases after the break.
Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.
How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?
Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.
What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?
The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.
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.
After a series of EP’s and splits with the likes of Fight Amp, Helms Alee and Kowloon Walled City, Philadelphia noise rock quartet Ladder Devils are prepping to release their first proper full length. The new album, entitled Clean Hands, will be released on November 4th via Brutal Panda Records. The first official taste of the record comes in the form of the mid-paced, grungy jam “The Combine”, which can be streamed over at Noisey. The album’s official artwork and track listing can be viewed after the break.
Post-metal enthusiasts Rosetta have premiered a new track from their forthcoming EP, Flies to Flame, over at Noisey. The new track is the expansive, nearly 10 minute “Soot”, which envelops the listener in multi-faceted instrumentation and an almost cosmic-inspired atmosphere. Take 10 minutes out of your day and stream the track after the break.
Flies to Flame will be released on October 14th via Translation Loss. Pre-orders for the EP can be placed here. The EP follows the band’s critically-lauded 2013 album, The Anaesthete, which can also be streamed below.
Instrumental metal duo Sisters Of… have announced the release of a new full length record and their follow up to their 2013 debut, Follow Me As A Ghost. The new record will bear the title The Serpent, The Angel and The Adversary and will be released sometime this Fall via Crowquill Records. The band’s own Aaron Coker had the following to say about the upcoming release:
“With our new record we really wanted to take more chances in expanding our sound from where we started with our EP. To go even further with our aggressive side, and to explore any ideas we had with melody and beauty. With us having such diverse tastes in what we listen to and write, we came away blown away with what we could come up with if we just gave every idea an honest chance.”
The band have also released the album’s track listing and a video trailer, which can be seen after the break. Check out their first release, Follow Me As A Ghost, below was well.
Portland noise makers Rabbits have premiered the official video for their track “So Fake It’s Real”, from their most recent effort Untoward, over at Gear Gods. The video is a very gritty-looking performance clip in which director Whitey McConnaughy created all with analog and homemade equipment. You can check out the video after the break and read on how McConnaughy put the video together over at Gear Gods.
Up and coming Philadelphia post-punk group Dark Blue (members of Clockcleaner, Ceremony and Paint It Black) are currently streaming “Here On the Chandelier”, the second single off of their upcoming Jade Tree Records debut LP, Pure Reality, exclusively over at BrooklynVegan. In addition, the band have announced a slew of tourdates with various guests including Dick Diver, PC Worship, Free Time and Pleasure Leftists. Stream “Here On The Chandelier” here, pre-order Pure Reality here and peep full tour dates for Dark Blue below. Continue reading
It’s difficult to reconcile that Happy Diving has only been a band for a little under a year. With only a four track demo out so far, the criminally unknown East Bay, California band embody a natural propensity for eased songwriting with catchy hooks and melodies that suggest a band in the long term, combining the groove and drive of early Weezer and California X alongside the depressive morose of shoegaze and dream pop into a unique concoction all their own. Today brings the second single, “Sad Planet”, off of the group’s recently announced, upcoming debut LP, Big World, recorded earlier this year with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr). It’s a track that’s more of the same, in a best way possible. Stream “Sad Planet” along with the first single “Weird Dream” below and pre-order Big World, due October 21st via Father/Daughter Records, here.
The Japanese post-rock titans Mono have announced that they will be releasing two new albums this year, The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness. Both albums will feature contrasting styles (The Last Dawn is reported to be “lighter” and Rays of Darkness “heavier”) and will both be released on October 24th (Europe), 27th (U.K.), 28th (North America) and November 5th (Japan). The band commented on the upcoming releases:
“When we started in 1999, we set out with a simple mission: from bliss to bludgeon, no matter how long or winding the path may be. After ‘For my parents’, we had finally reached the logical conclusion of that era, it was time to remember where we started and re-think where we were heading!
Less strings? Louder? Quieter? Lighter? Darker? Yes. “The Last Dawn” and “Rays of Darkness” are a pair of new albums. Recorded simultaneously yet conceptually, and creatively disparate, the two act as both opposing and complementary sides to a story. No strangers to narratives, the twin albums explore familiar themes: hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Those elemental parts of life, and the complicated relationships that we create have, never been more resonant through our music.”
The band have also shared the track “Where We Begin” from The Last Dawn and can be streamed after the break. The band will also be embarking on Asian and European tours in support of the releases. Those dates can be found below along with album pre-order information and artwork and track listings.
The upcoming sophomore effort from French noise rockers Pord, Wild, can now be streamed in full over at Scene Point Blank. The album will be officially released next Tuesday, September 8th via Solar Flare Records and can still be pre-ordered here. But in the meantime, stream the 40 minute, caustic album at this location.
The band’s upcoming European tour dates can be found below.
Your Tuesday just got a lot heavier thanks to Arizonian sludgemakers Sorxe and their monolithic debut, Surrounded By Shadows, which is officially out today. The nearly 60 minute behemoth erupts with earth-shaking, sludge-ridden grooves that feature tremendous low-end and infectious rock swagger. When the album isn’t churning out skull-caving riffs, its enveloping you in sprawling, ambient, Neurosis-esque passages that can be as haunting as they are tranquil. Sorxe have crafted an album that is extremely heavy but accessible as well. We at American Aftermath are proud to present to you Surrounded By Shadows in its entirety. Feel free to stream it after the break. The album can be purchased digitally through the band at this location.