Mogwai's new album 'Every Country's Sun' will be released on 1st September 2017. While the band stays true to themselves, expect increased electronic elements. Listen to the new track 'Coolverine.'
SUMS is an explosive match between the maestro of techno Kangding Ray and the veteran of post-rock Barry Burns (Mogwai) (featuring percussionist Merlin Ettore). Burns creates Mogwai-esque atmospherics with a guitar and synths, while Ettore adds break-neck drums and Kangding Ray fuses everything together into spatial techno-esque electronics. Kangding Ray plays the guitar too, returning to his roots before he was producing electronic music. SUMS was first conceived by Berlin Atonal and will release on 12" vinyl and digital, on May 12th.
Author & Punisher is one of the most original one-man industrial / drone projects in the world. Tristan Shone draws inspiration from industrial automation and plays unique DIY devices. If you haven't seen Tristan playing live, watch this insane Boiler Room video. For fans of Justin K Broadrick, Godflesh, Necro Deathmort and Corrections House.
IIVII (pronounced ivy), the drone/ambient/electronica project created by former Neurosis collaborator and founding member of Red Sparowes, Battle of Mice, and A Storm of Light, Josh Graham, will release their sophomore album "Invasion" on June 23rd via my favourite label Consouling Sounds.
Never meet your heroes, - they say... Meet your heroines! Pharmakon (Margaret Chardiet) stays true to herself with her new album 'Contact' (released on Sacred Bones Records). Known for short ruthless performances of power electronics/industrial/noise, the New Yorker jumps off the stage screaming her guts out straight in your face. Tracks from newly released album ‘Contact’ are rife in conflicts between body and mind.
The Bug's mix ' Ambient Riff' not only mirrors the work with Dylan Carlson of Earth (new album 'Concrete Desert'), but also offers ambient guitar riffs by Justin K Broadrick, The Body, Monolord, Aaron Turner (SUMAC) and more. Stream on Redbull Radio.
1. The Bug vs Monolord – Fade Out
2. The Bug vs Aaron Turner (Sumac) – Suicide Bridge
3. The Bug vs Aidan Baker (Nadja) – Drugged
4. The Bug vs Heather Leigh – Bardo Thodol
5. The Bug vs The Body – Save Our Souls
6. The Bug vs JK Flesh – Lost At Sea
7. The Bug vs Aaron Turner (Sumac) – Eschaton
8. The Bug vs Nadja – The Stone (The Bug Remix)
9. The Bug vs Fennesz – High
10. Neil Young – Guitar Solo No. 5
11. Earth – Seven Angels
12. Caspar Brötzmann / FM Einheit – Solingen
13. Brian John McBrearty – Let The Wind Guide You
14 Ry Cooder – Paris, Texas
15 The Bug Vs Earth – Pray feat. JK Flesh
16 Sunn 0))) – Richard
Let's celebrate extreme music at Roadburn 2017. Pack your sunglasses, earplugs and enjoy!
Deafheaven, Gnod, Amenra, Baroness, Chelsea Wolfe, Oathbraker, Oranssi Pazuzu, Warning, Batushka, Zeal & Ardor, Perturbator, Sumac, Author & Punisher, Wolves In The Throne Room, King Woman, Telepathy, Pallbearer, Emma Ruth Rundle, Subrosa, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson of Earth, Oxbow and so many more!
Forest Swords aka Matthew Barnes nearly gave up making music due to hearing problems… But then in his bedroom Matthew recorded 'Engravings', noting that “if one day my hearing does go, then at least I’ve created things that I’m proud of.” Forest Swords meticulously blend in psych, experimental, drone, ambient with dub, tribal and indie producing a warm almost non-electronic sound. Mathew picks up a guitar during live shows himself and at Rewire festival was joined by a fellow bass guitarist. 'Compassion', the follow-up to 2013's critically acclaimed debut 'Engravings', will be released on 5th May 2017 via Ninja Tune. Watch the video for new single 'Arms Out'.
Wrexham Wizards (or bastards and by the way, Jess is from South Africa) premiered their new video! Y Proffwyd Dwyll (meaning the false prophet) by Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard is a black widow that seduces you, traps you and calmly but unwaveringly ensnares you in her tangled web. Jessica’s gentle and ethereal vocals is captivating. Melody is catchy yet still heavy. Watch the video on Vevo!
Situated in The Hague (Netherlands), Rewire festival started in 2011. Throughout the years, it blossomed into an exceptional celebration of forward thinking music. Embracing values of education, innovation and experimentation, today Rewire festival attracts mélomanes from all around the world. It’s not simply a festival, it’s an experience. Three days of extreme and adventurous music, conceptual shows by day and club shows at night, talks, workshops, multidisciplinary performances and screenings spread across the city’s key cultural and nightlife venues will please even the most refined of palettes.
March 31 to April 2, the 7th edition invites you to theatres, churches, historical buildings and clubs for Swans, Slowdive, Pharmakon, Arca, Daniel Lanois, Daniel Wohl, Forest Swords, Helena Hauff, SHXCXCHCXSH, Jeff Mills & Tony Allen, SUMS: Kangding Ray & Barry Burns (Mogwai), These Hidden Hands and many more contemporary artists. Three days of plunging into a blackened well and lifting up for a euphoric respite.
The timetable is online now here!
Forest Swords aka Matthew Barnes nearly gave up making music due to hearing problems… But then in his bedroom Matthew recorded “Engravings”, noting that “if one day my hearing does go, then at least I’ve created things that I’m proud of.” Forest Swords meticulously blend in experimental, drone, ambient with dub and indie producing a warm almost non-electronic sound. Listen to his new track 'The Highest Flood' and catch him at Rewire 2017 (The Hague, March 31-April 2).
Autism was born as a one-man-band studio project in the gloomy neighbourhoods of Eastern Europe (Lithuania). On his own Tomhet released two albums - 'Falling Motions' and 'The Crawling Chaos'. A turning point was when Tomhet was joined by his fellow musicians and Autism became a four-piece instrumental post-metal/post-rock band.
'Film Noir' stands out for its menacing sound and pessimistic themes. The title accurately depicts the style and cinematic feel the band creates within each track. Listen to the full album on bandcamp. For fans of Pelican, Russian Circles and Red Sparowes. Stream 'Film Noir' on bandcamp.
New track by the eclectic Zeal & Ardor. Unorthodox melodies, Satanic vibes, provoking lyrics and black metal influenced riffs.
OHHMS have a great live reputation. Blending in post-metal, sludge, stoner and psych rock, Britons create an atmosphere which is simply mental! Check out OHHMS new single 'The World' from their forthcoming album 'The Fool'.
Situated in The Hague, Rewire festival is an event that extreme and adventurous music fans are not allowed to miss. Actually, Rewire is not simply a festival, it’s an experience. Three days of diverse music, conceptual shows by day and club shows at night, talks, workshops and screenings spread across the city’s key cultural and nightlife will please even the most refined of palettes.
Swans, Daniel Lanois, Helena, Hauff, Pharmakon, SHXCXCHCXSH and so many more. This time I present Arca, the Venezuelan producer known for his transcendental music and collaborations with Bjork, Kayne West, FKA twigs, Kelela Arca (Alejandro Ghersi) will deliver one of the most bizarre performances of the fest.
Mark the dates on your calender - March 31-April 2, The Hague.
Sweden is considered to be the birth place of post-metal. It has given us the mightly Cult of Luna, and now it's about time to discover more. The Moth Gatherer has just released their third album 'The Comfortable Low' on Agonia Records. It is an EP with two new tracks.
Ritual festival is taking place in Leeds, 8-9 April for the second time. This novel platform for underground bands has plenty on offer for anyone with an ear for the extreme. The party starts with a Friday night pre-show featuring Akercocke, Fen, The Infernal Sea and Sathamel.
Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Mathieu Vandekerckhove (Syndrome/Amenra) and CHVE - Colin H Van Eeckhout (Amenra/CHVE) created a unique collaboration under the name Absent In Body. Watch the official video and stream the 20 min album via Noisey.
Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Mathieu Vandekerckhove (Syndrome/Amenra) and CHVE - Colin H Van Eeckhout (Amenra/CHVE) started a new project. A record will be limited to 500 vinyl copies, and will be released on Hypertension on January 20, 2017.
Japanese post-rockers released a documentary video "Journey Through Hell", a story about the “Requiem For Hell” through exclusive footages from the studio sessions and interviews with the band. Enjoy!
2016 was not a good year politically.. Then Leonard Cohen died... Yet it is not over, and we have to acknowledge its generosity too. Bleak, mournful, ruthless, Downfall of Gaia have just released a new album Atrophy.
New live video by Icelandic (atmospheric) rockers SÓLSTAFIR. Scandinavian titans... or bearded vikings... or Icelandic cowboys... well, epithets do not matter! What matters is that they are recording their seventh album.
When boundaries between music and cinema are blurred. New video “Let it Roll” by the Californian project Mustard Gas & Roses is a beautiful short film by Koen Mortier. Moreover, Mustard Gas & Roses, with Mike Gallagher (ISIS) in front offer a pleasant Isis-like sonic experience.
A new track by the Portland experimental metal duo the body. A contribution to the ongoing Adult Swim Singles Program.
Americans SubRosa premiered their new video for 'Troubled Cells'. 'Troubled Cells' is not only a cinematographic chef-d’oeuvre filmed in the Mojave Desert, it is also a political statement of support for LGBTQ. The video is an effort to spread awareness about injustice LGBTQ people face in the Mormon community. Exclusion from the church is believed to be a major cause of suicides among LGBTQ Mormons.
New album 'Older Terrors' by Esben and the Witch will be released on the 4th of November. Review is coming soon ;) For now listen to a 13 min track 'Sylvan' and enjoy the haunting voice of Rachel. For fans of Chelsea Wolfe, dystopian future movies, FVNERALS and DARKHER.
Audrie & Daisy movie tells heartbreaking stories of raped teenage girls in the USA. Audrey commited suicide. Daisy survived but she and her family suffered great injustice. "This community just wanted to expel the family from within, torture them to the point where they had to leave town. We couldn't believe that was going on in our country", says Bonnie Cohen, one of the directors of the documentary (Cohen also produced and directed Inside Guantanamo).
Among the many things I admire about Damnation is that it is constantly moving forward. The 12th edition offers a meticulously crafted and diverse line-up. Four stages will host European, British and American virtuosos of metal in two weeks time (November the 5th starting from one 1pm, Leeds University Union).
Swedish post metal heroes Cult of Luna will share the Jägermeister stage with the American heroine Julie Christmas giving us a chance to hear ‘Mariner’, the studio album that apparently was never supposed to be played live. The closing performance on the Jägermeister stage is legendary Electric Wizard.
There is a tank truck load of more bands on the bill to check out too! The filled-in space between the headliners shines: the fourpiece from Midlands Conjurer, metal folk singer Darkher, Portuguese doom metal Sinistro... It is clear that a lot of thought has been put into curating this killer line-up. Get your ticket from www.damnationfestival.co.uk
Metal? Orgy? Voyeurism? Can these go together tastefully? Oh yes! Oathbreaker presents their new video for "Immortals", a track from their acclaimed new album 'Rheia.'
Isis is one of those bands whose records play on my turntable for 15 years and I won't ever get tired of them... When the legendary band split up, they left a huge gap that no one seems to be able to fill in. Yet, the Californian project Mustard Gas & Roses, with Mike Gallagher in front offers a pleasant Isis-like sonic experience. Do not miss out on Mustard Gas & Roses and listen to their new album "Becoming" via Invisible Oranges.
Listen to the new album of the doomy trio FVNERALS. “Wounds” has a particular atmospheric sound, female vocals and takes you to an unmapped territory, when doom metal meets post rock and shoegaze. 7 very slow tracks.
Stream via Noisey!
ROADBURN has just announced some of its thrilling line-up. This year the festival is curated by John Dyer Baizley (Baroness) and includes Coven, Warning, Gnod, Zeal & Ardor, Perturbator, Schammasch, Pillorian, Les Discrets, Oranssi Pazuzu and of course Baroness.
Tickets on sale Oct 20.
For now sit back and listen to metal revisited - blackened blues by Zeal & Ardor, because devil is kind.
A new track by Colin H. Van Eeckhout premiered on Echoes and Dust. Gritty, shamanic, schizophrenically repetitive ‘La Petit Chevalier’ takes you to the dark side. Enjoy the chance to hear 'La Petit Chevalier' live - CHVE will hit the (European) road in October-November.
A full stream of 'Forever and A Day' is now available on Soundcloud.
Premiere of the Come wander with me/Deliverance by Anna von Hausswolff music video via The Quietus. Directed, photographed and produced by Anna's sister Maria von Hausswolff.
The faraway country in the Eastern Europe, Lithuania, has quite a few hidden gems to offer. A new and very promising band Erdve unapologetically combines black metal with sludge. Two tracks are now on bandcamp will make your cabin explode!
Mathieu Vandekerckhove (also Amenra) releases his second solo album "Forever and A Day". On "Forever and A Day" Mathieu was working with Dehn Sora (Treha Sektori) adding a unique droning aesthetic to the minimalistic acoustic soundscapes. Vinyls and CDs out on Consouling Sounds.
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 issues, 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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