Pioneer of drone metal Dylan Carlson presents the first single from his upcoming album, 'Scorpions In Their Mouths.' Psychedelic buzzes, crawling pace, hypnotic repetitive drones, slow riffs and steadfast amplifier worship!
Artwork: the artist (and wife of Dylan) Holly Carlson.
Last year I gladly put HADES, the debut album by Constantine Skourlis on my 2017 top list. Borrowing from classical musicianship, Constantine demonstrates an innovative approach to ambient music. Highly emotive and delicate, HADES lies within evocative inquiry into social justice issues. The inspiration for the album came when Constantine was spending time on the Lesbos Island, the dramatic gateway for thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the war zone.
The second track 'Divide', so immediately mesmerising by its chime bells, has now been remastered into its primordial state. I asked Constantine about this special version of 'Divide':
The entirety of HADES was made up of recordings of classical instruments, e.g. cello, violin and piano that were heavily processed to leave only the feeling of the original. The acoustic version of ‘Divide’ is a distillation of the pure initial form of the album. Classical instruments take back the central role.
The Japanese CD edition of HADES is coming out with an extra track in May, 2018.
My Belgian adventures brought me to TEDxBrussels 2018 | A Brave New World where I had an honour to invite Christel Morvan and Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe (Empusae) to perform live as a TEDtalk. The video 'SOMA' and the soundtrack were specifically created for the event under the theme of Huxley's 'Brave New World'.
It was Vilnius Punk-Hardcore scene that introduced me to extreme music and radical politics. As a teen activist I found shelter in various underground venues throughout Lithuania and the rest of Europe. Together with my grrrlfriends, we hosted a radio show 'Atviras Galas' dedicated to non-commercial music and feminist agenda, we set up gigs and naively hoped for significant socio-political changes. Years went by. I moved to the UK. Revolution did not happen. My taste in music became darker, grittier and more bizarre. Post-metal, sludge and doom. Desolation to spare with industrial, experimental, noise, ambient and dark techno.
One grim day I was chatting with a mate about the disappearance of the DIY culture. Mutually grim we mourned. Out of grimness an exciting idea of starting a new platform for extreme music was born. I wanted to give voice to underdogs of the scene, to add a personal, more intimate approach and most importantly to keep it DIY. Mutual Grimness - for extreme music artists and fans, who find catharsis in riffs (and beats) and refuge from the misery of life in music.
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