Wednesday, December 31, 2014 3 Engineers

Poll: Best release of 2014!


So the time has come! The poll is up and will be open until 31st December. There are 100 choices for the best release of the year and you can select up to 20 albums. You are welcome to add your own answer at the end of the poll!

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Friday, November 28, 2014 0 Engineers

Album: Ilydaen - Maze


Band: Ilydaen
Album: Maze
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014








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01. Lux
02. 1/121
03. Curves & Saeptums
04. Argon Walls
05. Breach
06. Quandary
07. Sokkole
08. Daedalus
09. Shelter
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Ilydaen [ilidæn] is a post-rock band created in 2009. Thw post-rock label is not so quite accurate while the band is none of what you could expect. It gives more energy than a post-rock band, as well as more occasions to be drown into self-reflexion and vague feelings. It's the way we're trying to give the audience a chance to be close to them. They had the chance to train themselves over 2 euro tours and more than 50 shows, the release of several studio works and they’re looking forward to growing more and more...

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Album: Damascus - When Last We Met


Band: Damascus
Album: When Last We Met
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014








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01. Everything Was Burning
02. Breathless
03. Ever Since
04. When Last We Met
05. Morning Star
06. Wake
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Damascus is an instrumental post-rock/metal band from New Jersey, USA.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 0 Engineers

EP: Across The Snow - Ghost Ships


Band: Across The Snow
Album: Ghost Ships EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014








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01. Baychimo
02. Octavius
03. S.S. Ourang Medan
04. Mary Celeste
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Across The Snow is the one man post-rock/Ambient project of Jackson Harden.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 024.Pray For Sound


1. How did you came up with the name of the band?

Well, I knew I wanted the band name to have some relation to my ear because of how much that stuff has affected my life. I couldn’t come up with something for months, but then one night I was listening to Steven Wilson’s Insurgentes and the song “Harmony Korine” came on. One of the lines in the first verse is: “Pray, for sound, to quiet the howling” and it just instantly stuck. I’m not a very religious person, but “Pray For Sound” perfectly shows the complete desperation I experienced to hear again.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

Not really. Every song has been written pretty differently. For Monophonic, I wrote the majority by recording riffs with my looper pedal and then came up with leads while the riffs repeated.For Dreamer, we did all kinds of stuff. Some of the songs we came up with while just jamming.  Conceiver, for example, was written just by jamming. For other songs, I came up with a “skeleton” and we improved on it from there as a band. Nick came up with the majority of Sleeper while playing with his looper. Chris came up with a skeleton for Sonder while laying down some guitar tracks at the studio. We all added our own parts on top. Day Bringer was written while Steve was jamming on a synth and we were all sitting around the studio.For some of our new, unreleased material, I’ve been opening up fresh, blank Pro Tools sessions, recording a part or two and then moving on. I plan to go back and develop some of the parts into full songs once I have about 50 of these sessions. I’ve also been playing around with a program called Guitar Pro to help with arrangements. With that, I can type in the sheet music for various parts I’ve come up and hear how the layers will sound without having to ever pick up my instrument.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?

My influences are pretty eclectic. Music-wise I listen to just about everything. Lately I’ve been rocking Black Clouds, Gates, Thursday, Taylor Swift, Slipknot, Damien Rice, and Jakob.Some of my other favorites include: Between the Buried and Me, Brand New, Coheed and Cambria, Hammock, Manchester Orchestra, Moving Mountains, pg.lost, Pink Floyd, Russian Circles, and Stars of the Lid.I also draw influences from movies and nature/ the weather. At some point I’d like to write an album that is centered around the themes of a movie. Gotta find the right one though!

4. Which is the one album you can't live without?

This is a tough question, but I’m going to go with The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky. That album pretty much completely changed how I listened to music. I finally realized music doesn’t necessarily have be technical to be great. There are so many simple layers on this album that come together to create beautiful melodies. Some runners up:Key by pg.lost, Colors by Between the Buried and Me, Deadwing by Porcupine Tree

5. What's the first record you've ever bought?

Well this is going to be embarrassing… My grandmother bought me my first two CDs.  She got me a Hanson CD and a Spice Girls CD haha. The first album I personally bought with my own money was Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the 36 Chambers. I used to be quite the gangster.

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with ?

There are SO many I’d love to share the stage with.  Some that initially popped in my head are Explosions in the Sky, Porcupine Tree, and Caspian. Explosions in the Sky because they’ve had such a huge influence on me and got me into the post-rock world. Porcupine Tree because I think Steven Wilson is a musical genius and I would hope some of that would somehow rub off on me if we were standing on the same stage haha. Caspian is probably the most well known post-rock band from our home town, so it’d be really fun to play with them too.

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?

Yes! Big time! Everyone that has posted about Pray For Sound has been extremely supportive and has gotten us the majority of our exposure, especially outside of the US. As far as being surprised about reaching a specific country…They all surprise me still.  It completely blows my mind that there are people halfway around the world, paying their hard-earned money to listen to our music.

8. Do you support the idea of Bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?

Of course! Monophonic and 23:55 were both released as “pay-what-you-want” with no minimum.  We decided against doing it for Dreamer because we felt like we had proven ourselves, but we do still keep it pretty cheap though…Anyway, I think it’s a great way for new bands to get exposure. All of our music is on Spotify. We actually do pretty well on there…I don’t really understand all the negativity. It gives people a chance to check us out, and we make a few bucks off it every month.I’ve also seen plenty of our music being torrented. At this point, I really don’t mind that either. I’m more than happy to have people listen to our music and get to know us rather than just write us off because they didn’t want to pay. If Pray For Sound was my main source of income, some of these answers may be different. Either way though, I fully support the idea of pay-what-you-want and streaming services because it gives unknown bands a way to get some exposure.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Certainly still making music for Pray For Sound. In the next 5 years I have some high hopes for the band. I’d like to accomplish the following: 2 full lengths, a couple US tours, a European tour, get some solid distribution and finally, get some placement/ licensing deals.

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?

I think it’s extremely important. I’ve always been a huge fan of albums as a whole (rather than singles).  I think you can really tell a story with a full album and the artwork greatly enhances the experience. An album without artwork is an unfinished product in my opinion.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

Tool’s Lateralus artwork has always been a favorite of mine. The vinyl version is a picture disc too which just tops it off. I hate to mention them again, but I also really like All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone by Explosions In The Sky.  I love the way it looks like a painting.


12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

I don’t really notice a huge fidelity difference compared to high quality digital formats, but I think that’s why most people are buying vinyl now. The huge artwork is what does it for me. Plus there's a cool, raw quality to the sound. I personally enjoy the imperfections of vinyl. It gives the music a little extra personality. These days, if I really like the music or band I’ll get vinyl, otherwise I’ll just opt for the digital album and put it on my phone.

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?

After playing a show at The Middle East in Cambridge we were all hanging out in our van between bands. We saw probably about 50+ cops drive by in the span of about 10 minutes.  Turns out the people responsible for the marathon bombings in Boston had just robbed a 7 Eleven, stolen a car, and shot a cop right down the street from us.  That was pretty intense.

Pray For Sound recently released their album "Dreamer" on vinyl via Science Of Silence.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 0 Engineers

Album: Viva Belgrado - Flores, Carne


Band: Viva Belgrado
Album: Flores, Carne
Label: Tokyo Jupiter Records
Year: 2014








Tracklist
01. Báltica
02. De Carne y Flor
03. Madreselva
04. Höstsonaten
05. Los Olivos
06. Cáncer, Capricornio
07. ~
08. La Reina Pálida
09. Osario
10. Córdoba, 2014
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Viva Belgrado is post-hardcore/screamo band from Córdoba, Spain.

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Monday, November 24, 2014 0 Engineers

Streaming: To Destroy A City - Sunless


Band: To Destroy A City
Album: Sunless
Label: n5MD
Year: 2014








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01. The Messenger
02. Theta
03. Stand Before Me
04. Escape / Return
05. Last Contact
06. First Light
07. Understanding In The Between
08. Daylight Station
09. Visionaries
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Chicago-based To Destroy A City was formed after Andrew Welch (drums/synths/programming), Jeff Anderson (guitar/keyboards), and Michael Marshall (guitar) met through various iterations of previous musical projects. When the three finally sat down together in the summer of 2010, they moved quickly, writing and recording their debut within a year's time. The self-titled album was released by n5MD in September 2011. The remix companion album, Rebuild, was released in 2012 and featured reworked tracks by local scene-mates as well as other artists from the n5MD roster. To Destroy A City’s sophomore full-length album entitled Sunless is due in the fall of 2014. On Sunless, To Destroy A City expands on where they left off, drawing from cinematic, literary, and musical influences to craft a sprawling yet cohesive follow-up. Sonically, To Destroy A City moves effortlessly between delicate ambient passages to beat-induced grooves to soaring melodic peaks. Electronic beat production is intertwined with live percussion, while layers of guitars, synths and pianos forge the melodic foundation of the tracks. The uninitiated may find To Destroy A City analogous to label mates Lights Out Asia and port-royal, and, due to some periodic drifting into similar spaces, the wide-screen ambient guitar duo Hammock.

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Friday, November 21, 2014 0 Engineers

Band: A Film In Color


Band: A Film In Color
Album: A Study In Terror (Single)
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014








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01. A Study In Terror
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Band: A Film In Color
Album: To Scale A Mountain EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014








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01. I
02. II
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Ambient instrumental band based out of Northern New Jersey.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 023.Black Clouds

1. How did you came up with the name of the band? 

It just fit the music...it was a dark period for us musically after our last band broke up. Although, we turned that negative vibe into a positive one by forming this band. 

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it? 

There is a lot of experimenting with sounds and textures to form ideas. That said, there is often a goal in mind, either thematically or conceptually. Justin and Ross flesh it out on guitar, bass, and keys. Then Jimmy comes in with fresh ears and as a band we piece together the full songs with drums. 

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

Influences (as a band) for the most part are soundtracks, movies, and bands like Nine Inch Nails and Sigur Rós...artists who aim to perform on a grander scale. It's all about setting the tone/vibe and creating an actual experience for everyone's ears and eyes. That said, we all listen to a plethora of stuff individually and have a shared admiration for a lot of bands and artists. It would be tough to make a concise list here. 

4. Which is the one album you can’t live without? 

Ross: Either Aimee Mann - "Bachelor no. 2" or These Arms Are Snakes - "Easter". Very different, but both are just perfect and have a huge impact on me. 
Jimmy: Not sure. I guess Ramones - “Ramones” or Queens Of The Stone Age - “Songs For The Deaf” 
Justin: Pretty difficult to choose one, but Sigur Rós - “( )” is a pretty big staple for me. 

5. What’s the first record you've ever bought ? 

Justin: First LP was Iron and Wine - “Sea and the Rhythm” ( I got into vinyl pretty late - only about 5 or 6 years ago). The first ACTUAL album was probably a tape by Green Day or something in the early 90s. 
Jimmy: Wayne's World Soundtrack 
Ross: Tape: Metallica - "And Justice For All" CD: NIN - "Broken" LP: Sunny Day Real Estate - "Rising Tide" 

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with ? 

Nine Inch Nails 

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

YES! Knowing people listen to us in Greece or Russia is pretty crazy. There is no doubt that the internet is a huge part of growing as a band. Blogs, YouTube, bandcamp, and even torrent sites are crucial in reaching those places. 

8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like spotify? 

Yes, definitely. Bandcamp really helps smaller artists out namely because of keeping a high percentage of profit from sales. Spotify is also a great service because it instantly puts a band’s music in the hands of anyone with a computer or phone. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

Still writing the music we want in a way that is fresh and challenging. Also, hopefully working on film scores/soundtracks, movie trailers, and touring in bigger rooms with bands we look up to. 

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era? 

Yes - it totally is. It’s such an important piece to the overall work - especially in our case where we try to thematically blend visuals with the music and don’t use vocals to convey any message. It’s fair to say that artwork is a huge part of steering our writing/creative process. To us, we feel it's just as important today as it was in the analog days. 

11. What is your favorite album cover? 

Jimmy: Probably Radiohead's Kid A.

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format? 

Justin: Vinyl is rad because it forces you to be in the album. You have to pull it out of the jacket, and flip it over. It makes you sit, listen, and focus. Digital is great, but in terms of really connecting sometimes vinyl is more engrossing. 
Jimmy: People want something tangible and something that's real. With download cards it also makes sense to buy vinyl because it's only a little bit more than an itunes purchase and you feel like you own something. You can hold it. I prefer digital and vinyl equally. It just depends on the situation at the time. 
Ross: I think playing an iPod in the car, on a treadmill, or walking is a way to give background noise or provide accompaniment to a task or activity. Listening to a record IS the activity. No fast forwarding, doing it to speed up a drive/run. The task is putting the record on, caring for it, collecting it, and listening to it. 

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band? 

Justin: Backstage right before we played the 9:30 Club in DC. It’s kind of a childhood (and even adult) dream as a musician growing up in the area - since it’s just such an iconic venue. So, right before and during our show - was just surreal - like WE ARE ACTUALLY DOING THIS! 
Jimmy: Headlining the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC with our friends opening the show. Dream come true. #1 Bucket list check. 
Ross: We have played some really amazing shows, but I think the first practice together with just the three of us in a room when we made it through our first whole song together as Black Clouds was a pretty refreshing and surreal moment.

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