Monday, February 15, 2016 0 Engineers

Poll: Best Release of 2015

So the poll for the best release of 2015 is up and will be up until February 15th! The order in which the releases are shown is randomized each time, so that the poll will be as objective as it can. I tried to include as many as possible albums and EPs in the poll, but still I probably have forgot some, so there is an option to write down YOUR favorite release of the year! You can vote to a maximum of 20 releases, so take your time to choose!  

Saturday, February 06, 2016 0 Engineers

Premiere: Coastlands - Western Skies

Coastlands' fantastic new single and vintage video from their forthcoming album:

You can stream & buy the track here:

More info:
Official Site
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 5 Engineers

Compilation: post-engineered vol.2

Band: Various Artists
Album: post-engineered vol.2
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. So Hideous - Yesteryear
02. Vasudeva - Stop Making Yourself Miserable
03. A Swarm Of The Sun - Infants
04. Errata - L'Eperdu Des Astres
05. Our Ceasing Voice - One Of These Nights
06. All We Expected - Flood
07. Adolf Plays The Jazz - Care
08. le_mol - Time To Get Pumped, Robert Pattinson
09. - Muzzle
10. Ranges - If I Were The Devil
11. BOG - The Dead [Fétichisme]
12. SVK - Wormwood (previously unreleased)
13. Telepathy - Cystine Knot
14. Astralia - Mekto
15. Pray For Sound - 23-55
16. cecilia::eyes - Loreta
17. Milanku - L'ineptie De Nos Soucis
18. Shipwrecks - Telescope
19. Outwailed - Dream Walls
20. All These Fallen Trees - Middle-Aged Mutant Financially-Responisble Turtles (Demo) (previously unreleased)
21. Set And Setting - Coping
22. Sleevenotes - Whiskey Dreams
23. Tengil - My Gift To You // The Tunnel At The End Of The Light
24. Amos Val - In the Afternoon a Great Event
25. If These Trees Could Talk - The First Fire
26. Capillaries - Seventy Five Down
27. Audrey Fall - Wolmar
28. Coastlands - Eons (Live in Seattle) (previously unreleased)
29. Cities Of The Plain - Edith Was The Love Of His Life,
30. Cloudkicker - Dovetail
31. Caves Of Steel - Last Citizen Of The USSR (Live at VIVID. A post-rock festival) (previously unreleased)
32. Colaris - Lemuria
33. Our Friend, Surrender - Wrap The Sun Around Your Wounds
34. Release The Long Ships - Rainmaker (previously unreleased)
35. Midas Fall - A Song Built From Scraps Of Paper
36. Spurv - Tre (previously unreleased)
37. Tidings - Mighty Fallen
38. Ashes And Iron - Superstition Drags Us Down
39. Kokomo - Monochrome Noise Love
40. Glaciers - Southwest Of Heaven
41. The White Mega Giant - Pulse Rate
42. -ghost island- - The Last Star's Light
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Artwork made by my friend Kapiller Ferenc.
You can see more of his work here:
Official Site

42 tracks, nearly 5 hours of music! This compilation has been in the making before vol.1 was released and finally I've managed to put the whole thing together! I want to thank all the bands who participated in this and their labels for giving permission to use the tracks and their patience! Enjoy and share! 

Let me know in the comments if you enjoy the compilations being so long or you prefer a compilation with around 20 tracks in the comments.
Also the next compilation (vol.3) will  focus on post & black metal mostly and I'm searching for a name. Something like "post-engineered vol.3 (blank) edition". I would appreciate it, if you threw some ideas.

Monday, February 01, 2016 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 074.Yndi Halda (answered by James Vella)

1. First the question all Yndi Halda fans would like to ask...What's the story behind the huge delay of your next release?

Not much of a story, I’m afraid. Nothing interesting, anyway. We live far away from each other and aren’t able to spend much time together. We also all have our own lives, jobs, responsibilities and obligations away from the band - some creative and some not - and it really took us all that length of time to finish writing and recording the album. 

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

It’s taken from an ancient Norse poem named Odin’s Raven Magic. The translation into English is “enjoy eternal bliss”, also the name of our first album. We saw a copy of the poem and we loved the shape of the words and their meaning. It fit perfect what we wanted to do musically. 

3. 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? 

We don’t have a standard procedure at all. Sometimes Jack or I will bring an idea for guitar to rehearsal and the band arranges it together into something useable. Sometimes one of us brings a fully-formed movement with suggestions for the whole instrumentation. Sometimes we just play in a room together. Sometimes Daniel and I write as a team together and then show the others. Likewise Jack and Oliver. It has never been a singular process, but all engaged and diplomatic. 

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

As I answer this interview I am listening to Damien Jurado. I’m a big fan of his. I have right now on my iPod: Angelo De Augustine, Deeradorian, A$AP Rocky, Hamad Elrebh, Julia Holter, KS Chithra, Lorde, Cindy Lee, Mbongwana Star, The National, Yong Yong. I like to keep it to a very small number of records so I can listen closely, and then replace one at a time. 

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

Mount Eerie - Dawn. The complete spectrum of human emotion across two sides of vinyl. 

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

UB40 - Food for Thought. I misheard the lyrics when I was a kid. I thought it was a song about being a green banana. 

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

Good question. There are a lot of bands I’d love to play with. I love The National. Mount Eerie too. It would be fun to play with a brutal black metal band but most of my favourites are broken up. Emperor, Weakling. Maybe REM. If you’re asking across history then John Coltrane. 

8. 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 it has made a huge difference. I think starting as an instrumental band helped at the beginning. The music traveled fairly easily without needing lyric translations. We’ve received notes from Nepal, Peru, Guam, a Navy ship. The level of interest from those places so far from our home is truly humbling. It makes being in a band so fulfilling, to know that our music can travel without us and can mean something to someone so far away. 

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

I like both. I know Spotify’s artist-compensation model is flawed, but as a music listener I like it plenty. I like to share mixtapes with Spotify. (You can listen to my mixtapes searching for alilysings). I check out a lot of new music on there and just consider it part of the search sweep, which also includes YouTube, Soundcloud, blogs and so on. Bandcamp I love. I spend a lot of time searching for new music on Bandcamp and deciding the price to pay artists. 

10. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

As a band, working on album #4, having finished world tours for albums 2 and 3. In our own studio where we can work all night without disturbing anyone. As a human, a much more difficult question.

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

Yes, I believe so. I love album artwork. I get swallowed up by a record sleeve in a very different way to being swallowed by the music itself, but I like it just as much. I think small-scale portrayals of the artwork are necessary but no competition and no replacement for a full 12” print. We spend a lot of time working on our artwork and it’s very important for us and for the record. 

12. What is you favorite album cover? 

High Time by Pit Er Pat.

13. 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 like vinyl. Big artwork print, solid sound quality, lots of space for sleeve notes, they look great on a shelf, no plastic. I’d be happy if the vinyl revival becomes the norm for a while. But it would be fun to see MiniDisc again too. 

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

Ask me again on my deathbed.

Yndi Halda are back with a new album after 10 years! "Under Summer" is going to be released on March 4th.

More info:
Preorder "Under Summer" EU | US
Friday, January 29, 2016 0 Engineers

Streaming: Brad Couture - Groundclouds EP

Band: Brad Couture
Album: Groundclouds EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. Minutes Before Daybreak
02. As The Fog Clears
03. We Rise
04. No Longer Colorblind
Streaming / Buy

"Hey, I'm Brad Couture. I'm a composer based out of Manchester, NH. I also write/record music under the name Sleevenotes.

My relationship with music began at the age of six in front of an old spinet piano. I quickly discovered that I preferred to play anything except whatever sheet music was placed in front of me. There was this whole world of possibility existing outside the page, and I was eager to explore it. Over time, I discovered the world of recording arts, and dove into recording my music for more than just my friends and family to hear.

The music I write is the culmination of my frustrations, daydreams, melancholy and joy. Each song and melody carries a piece of my life with it. I hope to connect with other people emotionally through my music - maybe they too, have felt what I have.

Life moves us all in different ways. It moves me to write music." - Brad

Thursday, January 28, 2016 0 Engineers

Video: Maserati - End Of Man

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 0 Engineers

Album: Outwailed - On Spirals / Out Of Reach

Band: Outwailed
Album: On Spirals / Out Of Reach
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

Side A - On Spirals
01. Dream Walls
02. Chased By
03. On Spirals

Band: Outwailed
Album: On Spirals / Out Of Reach
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

Side B - Out Of Reach
01. Fork Tongue
02. Out Of Reach

Outwailed is a post-metal / sludge band from Tampere, Finland.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 0 Engineers

Video: FJØRT - Lichterloh

Friday, January 22, 2016 0 Engineers

Streaming: Latitudes - Old Sunlight

Band: Latitudes
Album: Old Sunlight
Label: Debemur Morti
Year: 2016

01. Ordalian
02. Body Within A Body
03. Amnio
04. Gyre
05. In Rushes Bound
06. Altarpieces
07. Quandary
Streaming | Spotify

Latitudes were formed 2006 in Hertfordshire, primarily influenced by Neurosis, cinematic rock and doom metal. Their first EP, the all-instrumental Bleak Epiphanies in Slow Motion, was recorded by Mark Williams (Oceansize) and released October 2007 by Shelsmusic. The EP was described by Metal Hammer as “an artefact of great power and beauty” and as “dark and enchantingly melancholic” by Rock Sound, who included it in their top 75 records of the year.

Latitudes were consequently picked to play Damnation festival 2008, toured the UK twice with label mates *shels and played with bands including Baroness and This Will Destroy You, creating a reputation for crushingly intense live performances.

The band released their debut full length Agonist in October 2009, bolstered by vocalist Adam Symonds (Eden Maine) and new member Rich Harper on keys/atmospherics. Recorded by Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard) the record moved into darker, broader musical terrain.

Agonist was described as “a staggering debut” by Kerrang!, “breathtaking" by Rock Sound and “f**king brilliant!” by The Quietus. Latitudes subsequently toured the UK with Hammers and played with bands such as Nachtmystium and Minsk. By this point the band had advanced significantly into a darker, heavier beast fusing the spirit of 70s’ prog with dissonant post-hardcore and elements of black, death and atmospheric doom metal.

Second album Individuation - released July 2012 and again recorded by Chris Fielding - layered passages of singular riffing, pounding creative rhythms, dreamlike vocals and hauntological sound textures. The album was described as “mesmerising” by Kerrang! and “beautiful” by Terrorizer, who placed it in their top 50 of the year.

Latitudes subsequently played storming 2013 sets at Desertfest in London and Octernal festival in Leeds, headlined the second stage at last year‘s FOAD festival in Manchester and played the Damnation Festival pre-show.

Latitudes’ imminent third album Old Sunlight – once again recorded by Chris Fielding and mastered by James Plotkin (Sunn O))), Conan) - is their deepest, most expansive and forward-thinking work to date.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 073.The Black Heart Rebellion

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

We were young, enthusiastic, playing in a band but didn't have a name yet... I don't know, back then we didn't realise the name was going to stick with us for such a long time I think. I can imagine the name does raise some questions about actually fitting with the music we play. But we have learned to accept it, although nowadays we prefer just TBHR instead of fully pronounced. 

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?

Every song starts with the gathering of sounds, influences, atmospheres... We have a good idea of what the song should be like before we start jamming. Then we search for the basic rhythm, instrument or melody. And from there on we add layers, to come to the result we like the most.

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

That can change a lot! 
Right now I'm listening a lot to these records:
- Anna Von Hausswolff - The miraculous
- Cursed - Three, architects of troubled sleep
- Jerusalem in my heart - If he dies, if if if if if if
- Arca - Mutant
- Philip Catherine - Côté Jardin

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

Low - The curtain hits the cast

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

The first record that left an impression on me was a tape I got from Guns and Roses - Use your Illusion. The first record I bought was Nirvana's Nevermind when I was 6 or 7!

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

It must be very fascinating to share a stage, or just do a collaboration with Jordi Savall. He is a Spanish composer with a huge repertoire in traditional music. It's amazing how he can translate the feeling of a culture or people into the music. The record "Esprit d' Arménie" contains some of the best music of my entirely music collection.

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?

Of course. Without the internet we wouldn't be where we are now. I think the chance would be very small we had been to Japan, or our music had been released over there. 

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

It makes music a lot easier of course. There is a good and bad thing in that. The bad thing is that music gets consumed, without actually doing an effort and trying to understand what the artists want to say with their music. On the other side it's a luxury to have the chance to discover so much music. I'm sure my music taste would be different if the world wide web wouldn’t provide me with all the music available.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

I like the way things are going right now. If we have the chance to play a lot of live shows, that's the most important for me. It would be nice to get another opportunity to go to new places, like the times we went to Japan. I'd like to go to China one day.

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

For us it definitely is. It helps us to tell a story with more then just music. The visual side of music that takes your imagination on a trip is something that's very important. 

11. What is you favorite album cover?

I think Godspeed you! black emperor always has nice artwork. It's also more then just the "packaging" of a record. The artwork goes with the music, they use both to tell their story. For example their record "f# a# infinity" came with extra pictures, some kind of coin, and other weird stuff. It gets you in the right mood to listen to the music.

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 like the return of the vinyl, because it forces you to actually take your time to listen to the music. You get the chance to see and feel the artwork, read lyrics... Vinyl is definitely the medium that is able to draw the whole picture of a band. On the other hand, the mp3 format is also very useful... you are not bound to a specific place, the music moves with you. I like that a lot, sometimes I listen to records and I directly get memories of a specific place or time where I first heard that record. That's amazing.

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

The two times we went on tour in Japan are moments that will last forever. I remember sitting on the plane, and actually asking myself what we were going to do over there. I just couldn't get it that people on the other side of the world were actually wanting us to come over and play. But the whole experience was amazing. We met great people, we discovered a very unique culture, we played good concerts. Until this day I am still very honoured that we had that chance.

The Black Heart Rebellion released one of the best albums on 2015 with their third album "People, When You See The Smoke, Do Not Think It Is Fields They're Burning".

More info:
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