American post-rock band Pillars will release its new album, 'Of Salt and Sea' on December 15 via Indianapolis label In Store Recordings. The band’s sophomore full-length is a deep dive into instrumental cinematic soundscapes. Re-inventing themselves as an instrumental band, Pillars manage to capture your attention without actually singing a single word.
In the 9 tracks one will find moments of tranquillity, nostalgia drifting away, and more aggressive, chaotic and devastating places. Toeing a line that dips into post-metal, 'Of Salt And Sea' splits the sounds of bands such as Isis and Pelican opening the doors for Pillars to explore a range of sonic emotions.
A carefully thought out and melancholic, the title track 'Of Salt And Sea' fluctuates between catharsis and despair. Airy guitar gliding, drums mashing into your head, persistent bass build up impending doom while also leaving the room for melodies to crescent into light.
For fans of Red Sparrowes, Explosions in The Sky, Pelican. Preoder on In Store Recordings.
The American trio Earthless are all about shredding psychedelia and bouncing blues. Earthless will be playing three special sets as Artist in Residence at Roadburn Festival 2018. For the first set, they will showcase material from their upcoming 2018 album. In the second set Earthless join forces with Japanese legend Damo Suzuki. For the third set the trio steps into new territories with Japanese Kikagaku Moyo for East Meets West-jam.
With regards to the new 'Eris Harmonia' EP by Lakker, Ian told me: "We are trying to find answers through the music, which is a pure form of communication. It is abstract. Sometimes the only way to try to make sense of all the shit that is going on is to make sound. Shout, scream, make music. There are so many questions at the moment and so few answers are being given. [...] Problems are not going to be solved through music or this EP but it is a way to find a connection, and balance."
Watch the new video for 'Empress'. As good as gold.
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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