Bassist Evan Brewer has officially announced the release date of his sophomore solo album, Your Itinerary, as July 16th. The Sumerian Records-due Your Itinerary will boast the full-band addition of guitars, drums, piano and electronics from collaborators and peers such as Navene Koperweis (Animals As Leaders, Reflux), pianist Jeremiah Abel, and drummer Kyle Reese in contrast to the sole electric bass grooves of Alone. In turn, Evan has announced plans for a Summer tour alongside progressive metal act, Last Chance To Reason, in which he will be supported by drummer Alex Rudinger of The Faceless and Brandon Giffin of Cynic. Stream a new track entitled “Microscopic Scale”, peep the full tour details and check out what Evan Brewer, himself, had to say about the new developments, all after the jump. Pre-order Your Itinerary here. Continue reading
The Georgia based instrumental progressive rock group Wanzwa, whom you may have heard on our Speak No Evil II compilation, are currently streaming their third full length record on Youtube. Wanzwa III is what you would come to expect out of these guys and more. It’s a little heavier than its predecessor but still features a lot of irreverent wackiness that makes the band stand out. Stream the new album after the jump. Details on how to acquire the album will be made available in the coming weeks over at the band’s official website.
It’s time to journey to the bottom of the ocean with, well, The Ocean. The band’s new dual disc album, Pelagial, won’t be officially released until the 30th of this month. However, Spin.com knows you are itching to listen to it so they are providing an exclusive stream of the instrumental version of the new record. So go ahead and dive on in to this massive fifty-three minute opus. While you’re down there, say hi to Spongebob and Gary for me.
Ok, enough nautical puns.
Hello all! You may recall that back in March I released an instrumental band only compilation called Speak No Evil. Well the response was warm enough that I decided to create a sequel to it. Behold Speak No Evil II in all its glory. Just like the last addition, this compilation features a variety of musical styles with only one commonality: they’re all instrumental of course. I would like to thank the bands for their involvement. If you like any of the songs featured please go check out the bands and support them in anyway they can. They deserve it.
By Lane Oliver
Being the huge Pelican fan that I am, coming across a band that shares the name of a Pelican album is something you do not pass up. Whether or not Italy’s Australasia took their name from Pelican’s first full length LP is beyond me but I digress. Australasia put out their debut EP, Sin4tr4, on Italy’s up and coming Golden Morning Sounds records this year. This seven track long, twenty-two minute release is something to be marveled at for doing something a little different with the post-rock/metal style.
Misery Signals frontman Karl Schubach has uploaded an instrumental cover of Meshuggah’s “Do Not Look Down” to his Soundcloud. It is a very, very faithful rendition in that it sounds 95% like the original. Listen below and check out the original.
I am quite fond of instrumental bands and music. Without the presence of vocals, the music begins to speak for itself and creates a deeper meaning than any set of lyrics could do. This compilation features eight instrumental bands of different styles that are well deserving of attention and praise. You can view the track listing below as well as visit the band’s bandcamp sites.
Instrumental post-rock outfit, Caspian, have checked in with an update on the status of their upcoming full length. It turns out that the recording will commence TOMORROW. This is what the band had to say regarding the new album:
“We’ve finished writing our new album and will begin recording January 2 with production from Matt Bayles (Minus The Bear, Mastodon, Isis) and Will Benoit(Constants, Radar Studios).
We’ll be tracking the bulk of it at Q Division in Boston with Matt and then heading down to Will‘s for extra work all month.
Mixing will be happening out in Seattle late-April at Red Room, and we hope to get this out to you sometime late summer / early fall 2012! It’s been quite an experience putting this one together and we’re excited to get this started…”
Looks like I have another release to look forward to next year!
Thanks to The PRP for the update.
By Lane Oliver
Matt Stevens is an instrumental progressive rock artist hailing from North London and I present to you his new album entitled, Relic. Mr. Stevens was gracious enough to send me the album for my listening pleasure and I am so thankful that he did. Relic is one of 2011’s hidden gems.
By Lane Oliver
One of my most anticipated records has finally come into my possession. Russian Circles’ new album, Empros is THE album that I have been wanting in my hands since the day I had read that they were writing months ago. Their last album, Geneva, is without a doubt the band’s best work to date. So, I was a little skeptical of how they were going to top it. But it’s finally here. So, you can tell me if you think they topped it or not.
Saxophone virtuoso, Colin Stetson, released his new EP Those Who Didn’t Run a few days ago on Constellation Records. If you are not familiar with Stetson’s work, you are missing out. He does things with the saxophone I didn’t even think were possible! The EP features two tracks that are slightly over the ten minute mark and do not disappoint. I recommend you check this out immediately. Also, check out his most recent album, New History Warfare Volume II: Judges, which was released earlier this year. Stream the new EP below!
Instrumental technical metal enthusiasts, Blotted Science have released an edit of a new song “Omitted Eyes” from their upcoming album, The Animation of Entomology. It’s one minute and twenty-six seconds of jazzy, tech metal goodness that will leave you salivating and hungry for more. The new album will feature twenty four minutes of new music over the span of seven tracks. It will be released October 4th! Check out “Omitted Eyes” below!