The Machine - 'Offblast!' (Album Review) - *By: Victor Van Ommen* *Album Type:*Full Length *Date Released:*01/06/2015 *Label:*Elektrohasch *These space cadets lift off from the harbor town of Rott...
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Friday, August 28, 2015 2015, Ambient, Experimental, One Man Band, Post-Rock, Russia
Band: City Of Echoes
Album: Wishful Thinking EP
01. The Absence Of Truth
02. Empty Expectations
03. Wishful Thinking
04. Endless Journey
City Of Echoes is an one man band formed by Alex Buharin, member of Winds With Hands, One Day Of December, Carve The Luce. His music is about a man's life in the city and around outskirts, about reminiscence and moments that we will never bring back.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015 Interview, Post-Rock, Screamo, The Inquisition, USA
1. How did you came up with the name of the band?Name is from a documentary on Dario Argento. Got sued in 2011 for using it…shortened it.
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?The songs are either written on the piano in full or entered into a notation program on my phone if any instruments are unavailable. It’s better for me to have a strong idea of how the entire piece will play out initially and work to explore the various permutations of it with the band. Not really into jamming… we have to use our time wisely.
3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?During the writing of Laurestine there was a lot of Vivaldi, Max Richter, Suffocate For Fuck Sake and The Weeknd on at home.
4. Which is the one album you can't live without?The Smashing Pumpkins: Adore.
5. What's the first record you've ever bought?Nirvana: Nevermind. With my allowance...
6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?Olafur Arnalds. It would be fantastic to play alongside a chamber ensemble and composer of that magnitude.
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?The internet absolutely aids in getting the music to fans and trolls alike. I was most surprised by our reach in Russia but maybe some of the more histrionic, romantic style chords resonate there… Ahuenno
8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?These are fantastic promotional tools but my feeling is that we are on the precipice of a change in the model within the next five years or so. We have to develop a happier medium between the accessibility of product without completely devaluing it.
9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?Sounding very different.
10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?For our purposes, only if it’s coupled with a strong album. A nice cover with substandard or mediocre sound means you have a friend who’s a great graphic designer.
11. What is you favorite album cover?MONO: Hymn To The Immortal Wind. The cover tells you everything about the record sonically and conceptually.
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’m not one of those audiophiles or purists but I believe some it has to do with the tangible and ritualistic (take out of jacket, study sleeve/lyrics, immerse yourself in record as needle hits, etc.) elements of it. When your music is on a phone some of the time you’re less invested and more blocking out the sound of people on the L train or gearing up for a workout.
13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?Recording the orchestra and choir for Laurestine was the textbook cliche dreams coming true moment. It’s one thing to carry that sound with you in your “head” for years but another all together to have it and your hard work realized by exceptionally talented musicians at the top of their game. Forever grateful.
So Hideous are releasing their new album on 16 October via Prosthetic Records.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2015, Instrumental, Post-Metal, Post-Rock, Progressive, UK
Band: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster
Label: Self Released
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster hail from London, the meeting of five minds who share a love for atmospheric art-metal. Bringing together elements of post-rock and progressive metal, as well as diverse influences from glitch to stoner rock, they generate a unique and mesmerizing sound. Moments of reflective serenity and complex spiraling soundscapes mix with massive riffs and crushing climaxes to take audiences on a journey.
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Band: A Swarm Of The Sun
Album: The Rifts
Label: Version Studio
01. There's Blood On Your Hands
03. The Nurse
05. The Warden
07. The Rifts
08. These Depths Were Always Meant For Both Of Us
09. All The Love And Glory
The Swedish duo A Swarm Of The Sun will release their third album, "The Rifts", on January 30, 2015. It is a bleak and beautiful journey through the innermost landscapes of the heart and soul. A brooding album about losing hope, dreams falling apart, isolation and final moments of clarity and redemption. Unquestionably, this is the band's darkest and most emotional album to date.
A Swarm Of The Sun is Erik Nilsson and Jakob Berglund. "The Rifts" is written and produced by the band, and recorded by Erik Nilsson at Garaget Studio and The Church of Brännkyrka. Drums are performed and recorded by Karl Daniel Lidén (Vaka, The Old Wind) at Studio Gröndahl. The album is mixed and mastered by the acclaimed Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, Refused, Khoma, Pg.lost).
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Label: Self Released
01. Fear Of Complacency
02. Whiskey Dreams
05. This Ss How I Self-Destruct
Sleevenotes is an one man band from New Hampshire, USA. His tracks can be described as a mixture of post-rock and indie.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Experimental, Instrumental, Interview, Post-Rock, The Inquisition, USA
1. How did you came up with the name of the band?
Chuck (guitars): After a few months of practicing and kicking around names, my wife suggested we call it GLACIER and we loved that, and just made it plural.
Wig (bass): We decided to name the band Blood for the King and we loved that, so then we just made it plural and called it Glaciers.
Matt (guitars): The band was named before I joined, however I have to say that I was really attracted to the name. It inspires a sense of heaviness on a geologic time scale.
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?
Chuck: Well, I tend to bring a riff or half-baked pie or corndog to a practice and then it takes a life on of its own. Like a conventional oven. The first album, And The Sea Won the Battle, was pretty much carved out on my own and then taught to the other guys, however it would not be fair to say I wrote it on my own. The second and most recent album, Mirrored Through The Ancients, was definitely written as a band, where everyone contributed. We spent a lot of time writing the second album together.
Wig: No, Yes
Matt: Generally songs are born from a basic idea or riff that chuck brings to the practice space and we collectively develop parts, add color, etc. Less frequently songs come out (like Southwest of heaven) of just improvising in the practice space.
3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?
Chuck: Life and fatherhood is my biggest influence at this point in my life - at home, I tend to listen to a fair amount of jazz music, or play important classic albums to my daughter. I'll get adventurous in my car. At the beginning of the bands formation, I was definitely listening to a fair amount of instrumental music, and searching for experimental 'out there' music, but I feel that as of late, I listen to more conventional or punk/rock music, such as all of John Reis's projects, a lot of 70s stuff like Television, Ramones, Misfits, Damned, or even stuff like The Wipers. I love High On Fire, Mastodon too.
Wig: Punk, metal, weird rap, world funk, soul, mathrock, and a few other things
Matt: I like to look to nature for inspiration, sometimes I imagine what an eddy in a river or a gust of wind blowing leaves across the ground sound like in a guitar melody. I've been listening to a lot of 70's proto-metal, kraut rock and proggy stuff. I also keep gravitating toward metal / post-metal stuff that is more on the sludge,doom side of the scale.
4. Which is the one album you can't live without?
Chuck: Uggh. Soulside "Hot Bodi-gram", Slint "Spiderland", Hot Snakes "Automatic Midnight", Sonic Youth "Goo", Blonde Redhead "Fake Can Be Just As Good", Radiohead "OK Computer", Replacements 'Let It Be', Husker Du "Zen Arcade" Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures"...Jesus I can't do one, sorry. I could type this out for days.
Wig: Purple Rain
Matt: Mars Volta - De-loused... really impossible question.
5. What's the first record you've ever bought?
Chuck: I remember buying a Beach Boys tape in fifth grade. vinyl? I still remember the day I went to Budget Tapes & Records in Charleston, WV and bought an Agent Orange, Suicidal Tendencies and MDC LP in 7th grade. Or maybe it was Gov't Issue or Verbal Assault. Formative years!
Wig: Maiden / Number of the Beast
6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?
Chuck: Minor Threat or James Brown.
Wig: Shellac [also borrow their gear]
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?
Chuck: Well, the internet definitely enabled us to do it ourselves, and handle the direct to consumer aspect of self releasing our album. I love that. We never even considered asking another label to put out our records. Whenever we release a new album, vinyl collective's message board was really supportive and drove an incredible amount of sales. Thanks guys. A few other blogs wrote some really awesome things. As far as places? We saw a decent amount of orders going to Norway and Australia - that's pretty mind blowing.
Wig: Yes, I was surprised that anyone outside of our practice space would ever care about it.
Matt: No question, really impressed by how many people in Europe and Eastern Europe are into this style of music.
8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?
Chuck: Sure. We don't do the band as a full time job, so my opinion on this matter will be different that what Taylor Swift, or even a hard working touring band that relays on every penny says. I don't have a team of people in place to employ, or rely on album sales to support my family. If I did, I might feel different. But - times are changing, and how people consume, digest and poop out music is different than what it was even 12 months ago, and I believe you have to adapt. So if that means we stream music for free, give away mp3s, and stand on a milk crate asking for $12 for a vinyl version, then so be it. I'm just happy to be creating music with my best friends.
Wig: Yes, bandcamp is awesome, I wished that I went to band camp when I was a kid.
Matt: Definitely yes but to echo what Chuck is saying that we can afford the lumps you take in a DIY environment because Glaciers is not the only thing we do as individuals.
9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Chuck: - same place as we are now - best friends creating sonic soundscapes and songs as a form of self-expression and artistry (as well as a good excuse to bring beer).
Wig: playing punk music and much better looking
Matt: World tour, signed to a major label, quitting day job... just kidding
10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?
Wig: The artwork is important to those who choose to look at the artwork
Matt: The artwork will always be a critical part of the equation especially with instrumental bands.
11. What is you favorite album cover?
Wig: Spinal Tap - The Black Album
*Smell the Glove or The Black Album, is the name of a fictional album by the mock heavy-metal band Spinal Tap in the movie This Is Spinal Tap. It was released by Polymer Records, a parody of Polydor, who released the movie's real-life soundtrack album)
Matt: Floyd "Wish You Were Here"
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?
Chuck: CDs are a disposable piece of plastic, whereas with vinyl, there's a much more tangible wow factor to them. Plus they have been around forever, and people were able to make cool things with them, such as color vinyl, shaped discs and picture discs. CDs? Not so much. I guess I would prefer vinyl, although I love digital. I'm more about the music/message than the format to be honest.
Wig: Vinyl will be there for us when Y2K shuts down the digital era
Matt: It's great! love the inconvenience!
13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?Chuck: I can remember us drinking rose wine and eating del taco once in orange county in the middle of night, and just being so happy to be with my friends. Other than that, I remember when we were writing Mirrored Through the Ancients, that we had really created something special as band.
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