Sunday, December 28, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: The Hope Avenue - Braille (EP)

Band: The Hope Avenue
Album: Braille EP
Label: Self-released
Year: 2008


01. Domino's
02. Caugth in a Dreamer's Reality
03. Jasmine
04. Life on Casette
05. March

The Hope Avenue were an experimental three piece band from Cornwall. They stopped making music in 2008. The band consisted of Craig Broad, who is meanwhile playing with Anon, They Move (bass), Dave Watson (guitars) and Jonny Hipgrave (programming)

They had two releases, “Braille” [2008] and “Journey’s End” [demo, 2007]. For the fans of 65daysofstatic....
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 4 Engineers

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas to everyone and your families!!!!!
....and some good presents :)
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Album: Vanessa Van Basten - Psygnosis (EP)

Band: Vamessa Van Basten
Album: Psygnosis (EP)
Label: ConSouling Sounds
Year: 2009

01.Tutto Avanti All'indietro
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Two years after the critically acclaimed "La Stanza di Swedenborg: Vanessa Van Basten returns with two brand new epic tracks collected on this beautiful EP, which was written by all band members.

This Italian heavy post-rock ensemble don't constrict themselves to the laws of The Great Postrock Bible. In stead they blend in psychedelica, ambient influences, metal and shoegaze to result in a unique musical experience.
Dreamlike and cinematographic sounds collide with heavy and dark sonic assaults: the music is incredibly crafted and reveals more of its intrinsic beauty every time it is played.

Vanessa Van Basten has kept their lo-fi attitude as the tracks were recorded in the rehearsal room and at home with the aid of a technician and feature a human drummer (no more drum computer this time) that has toured with the band in the past.

The EP comes in an oversized folded cover with a sixteen page booklet inserted and is strictly limited to 500 copies.



Thursday, December 11, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: Moving Mountains - Foreword (EP)

Band: Moving Mountains
Album: Foreword (EP)
Label: Self Released
Year: 2008

02.With One's Heart In One's Mouth
04.Lights & Shapes

Moving Mountains is a New York-based indie rock band. Combining emotional vocals with elements of post-rock, the band has often been compared to such acts as The Appleseed Cast and Thrice.

The band was formed in Westchester, New York in 2005 by Gregory Dunn (guitar/vocals) and Nicholas Pizzolato (drums). A self-titled demo EP was leaked to the public in early 2006 and their debut album "Pneuma" was released independently in early 2007. Later that year, Frank Graniero (guitar/vocals) and Mitchell Lee (bass) completed the band’s line-up. In 2008, "Pneuma" was reissued by Deep Elm.

After much delay, a new Moving Mountains EP entitled "Foreword" is planned for release in Fall 2008.

Official Site
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 3 Engineers

Album: Beware Of Safety - Dogs

Band: Beware Of Safety
Album: Dogs
Label: The Mylene Sheath
Year: 2008

01. Nu Metal
02. The Supposed Common
03. Step or Stone
04. Hexa
05. Circa
06. Dogs
07. Yards and Yards
08. Light of Day
09. The Laughter Died
10. Raingarden

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Beware Of Safety is an instrumental rock quartet from Los Angeles, California. The group released its new album, “Dogs” in November 2008.

Those who enjoy their instrumental rock to emphasize the "rock" should take note of Beware of Safety. This quartet out of Los Angeles concocts an explosive creation that leaves no prisoners. And while the music is loud, noisey, and aggressive, the band really shines in the post-trauma aftermath, showcasing a more sophisticated side that really speaks towards the band's natural talent and understanding of its art.
- The Silent Ballet

Official Site
Thursday, December 04, 2008 0 Engineers

Video: Isis - Not In Rivers But In Drops

Thursday, November 27, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: Echoes Therein Gale - Echoes Of Darkness

Band: Echoes Therein Gale
Album: Echoes Of Darkness
Label: Thonar Records
Year: 2008

01. Echoes Of Darkness Dissolve The Silence
02. Foes Of Light Beautify My Solitude
03. Like A Dream Of Immense Beauty
04. Silent Tears For The Sanguine Dawn
05. In The Maelstrom Of Nocturnal Lust
06. Serene Escape Of A Dolorous Romance

Echoes Therein Gale is an experimental/dark ambient band from Greece. Atmospheric yet intense is the sound of the band. “Echoes Of Darkness” is their debut album and it has been released this November by Thonar Records. The band has also collaborated with the japanese cyber punk writer Kenji Siratori and has released an ep.

Echoes Therein Gale is not just music. It's a nigthmare that was born back in 2006. A neverending story of darkness, grief and hope. The music is just the soundtrack of this horrible dream...

Official Site
Buy from Mono-culture store or directly from the band's Myspace page
Saturday, November 22, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: La Dispute - Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair

Band: La Dispute
Album: Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair
Label: No Sleep Records
Year: 2008

01.Such Small Hands
02.Said The King To The River
03.New Storms For Older Lovers
04.Damaged Goods
05.Fall Down, Never Get Back Up Again
06.Bury Your Flame
07.Last Blues For Bloody Knuckles
08.The Castle Builders
10.Then Again, Maybe You Were Right
11.Sad Prayers For Guilty Bodies
12.The Last Lost Continent
13.Nobody, Not Even The Rain
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La Dispute is a five-piece band from Grand Rapids, MI. Most frequently referred to as Post-Hardcore (but sometimes also Progressive Rock and Screamo).

La Dispute has spent roughly the last year of its existence writing and recording their first full length album, called "Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair," in hopes of accurately displaying their growth both as individuals and as a single artistic unit while creating an end product that encourages the listener to both think and feel.

Drawing its title from an Asian folktale, "Somewhere" attempts to prompt discussion regarding the aspects of ourselves that prevent us from maintaining our happiness as people by documenting both their own experiences in the matter and the experiences of those around them, while musically encouraging the listener to expand their notions of music and art by exploring time signatures, tempos, dynamics, song structures, etc. The result of countless sleepless nights, exhaustingly precise recording sessions, and a diligence bordering psychosis, "Somewhere" is far and a way the bands most mature, articulate, and diverse release thus far expanding significantly upon the groundwork from its previous two short releases. Recorded at Studiotte in Grand Rapids by Joel and Troy Otte with artwork by Nick Satinover, "Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair" attempts to display an unceasing passion for art, emotion, love, community, and any other aspect of life that similarly inspires humanity to create for the better.

Official Site
Buy from No Sleep Records or Bandmerch.
Thursday, November 20, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: My Sleeping Karma - Satya

Band: My Sleeping Karma
Album: Satya
Label: Elektrohasch Records
Year: 2008


01. Ahimsa
02. Interlude I
03. Satya
04. Interlude II
05. A-staya
06. Interlude III
07. Svaatanya
08. Interlude IV
09. Brahmachary
10. Apangraha
11. Interlude V
12. Sandi

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Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. My Sleeping Karma combines the organic aspect of psychedelic groove rock with emotional shades of aphasian landscapes. That was the inTention of the debut album and it still remains. Guitar, bass and drums in love with a soundboard. But now is the time to take a step beyond. My Sleeping Karma's new album "Satya" has been released september 20th on Elektrohasch Records. And time is the major keyword in the context of "Satya". The conditioned mind is always moving between the past and future, and this movement activity creates the illusion of time. Use your illusion and you will discover the voice within. My Sleeping Karma is enlightment.

Official Site

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Sunday, November 16, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Ashes And Iron - Silens

Band: Ashes And Iron
Album: Silens
Label: Self Released
Year: 2008

01.Black Pavillions
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Ashes And Iron is a band hailing from Saint Louis, US and consists from six band members:
Thad Martin - Drums
Dave Lawrence - Bass
Chris Denton - Guitars
David Miller - Guitars
Ian Mahan - Guitars
Kenny Snarzyk - Keyboards/Vocals

They have released their first demo which is free for everyone to download from their site. The demo has three tracks and its playtime is 30'. During hearing the EP you're completely stunned by the doomish melodies of theirs. I have to admit though that 30' are not enough to satisfy your need for a mix of post-metal, sludge and doom, so I heard it 4 times in a row.

Maybe they found the element that Sirens used to attract the sailors, but believe me when I say that this is the most exciting and interesting EP I heard for a while, and this is only a demo. Let's hope that they'll release a full length album, which will be even more stunning. Great job guys!!!

Absolutely recommended for fans of Cult Of Luna, Isis, Callisto.

Official Site
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: One Second Riot - S/t

Band: One Second Riot
Album: S/t
Label: Music Fear Satan records
Year: 2008

01. Cut
02. Die elektrish leben machine
03. True to my heart
04. Brautigan
05. The sea
06. Into a stranger
07. Balcony
08. South west trains
09. Clay mud & dust
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Duet of terrible children, sons of punk-rock and noise, One second riot develops a personal musical universe, made from atmospheres sometimes intimate, sometimes close to the mass hysteria from where a skinned voice is extirpated, cutting through a path between noise, post-hardcore and industrial music.

Official Site
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Various Artists - Falling Down Compilation

Band: Various Artists
Album: Falling Down Compilation
Year: 2008


CD 1
01. KYLESA - Set The Controls (Unreleased)
02. KEHLVIN - Rollercoaster Jr. (Unreleased)
03. AMENRA - Terziele - Tottedood (Unreleased)
04. KNUT - Fast Forward Bastard (Unreleased)
05. PELICAN - Aurora Borealis
06. OCOAI - Manifestant
07. TEPHRA - Rivers Eyes
09. TIME TO BURN - Candle In Wind (Unreleased)
10. CORTEZ - Idylle (Unreleased)
11. EINNA - Il Ne Reste Que Des Epines
12. YEAR OF NO LIGHT - Cimmeria (Unreleased)
13. IRA - Long Live The Parts II
15. YOG - Breaking The Spell (Unreleased)
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CD 2
01. ROSETTA - Départe
02. CALLISTO - The Fugitive
03. OVERMARS - The Road To Awe
04. SCOLD FOR WANDERING - Un Monde à Notre Image... (Unreleased)
05. CELESTE - Mais Va Vendre Ton Dédain
06. CALDERA - Hockomock-A Place Where Spirits Dwell (Unreleased)
07. I PILOT DAEMON - Holy Cobra (Live)
08. ASIDE FROM A DAY - March Of The Stones
09. ZATOKREV - Story Of A Thousand (Unreleased)
10. RORCAL - Descend From Wherever We Shall Ascend (Unreleased)
11. DIRGE - The Coiling (Unreleased)
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CD 3
01. MAÏNO - Yokaï (Unreleased)
02. UMEÄLVEN - 6'23 (Unreleased)
03. ZERO ABSOLU - Sans Ailes (Unreleased)
04. GENERAL LEE - Our Last Struggle Winter
05. ENO - Ser Roen
06. LLORAH - Echos
07. ERRATA - Nephelion (Cut Version)
08. ANOTHER MOON - Un Message du Futur (Avant-Première)
09. STUNTMAN - Sacrifice Healing
10. SULLIVAN14 - Preston
11. INYS - L'Ombre et le Reflet (Unreleased)(Cut Version)
12. AS IT FALLS - Empires (Unreleased)
13. MADAME DE MONTESPAN - Une Minute Contre L'Eternité
14. KALVRIA - Tear Apart
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"FALLING DOWN" Compilation
1000 copies
3 CD
40 Bands
7 Countries
With Unpublished tracks
Nothing more to say...

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Album: Monolith - Eclipse

Band: Monolith
Album: Eclipse
Label: Anthropic Records
Year: 2008

01. Apparition
02. Ascend
03. Surface
04. Born Of Fire
05. Descend
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This lesser known post-rock / sludge band will blow you away. We would highly recommend this for fans of bands like Pelican and Cult Of Luna. Smoke a huge bowl for this one.


Monday, November 03, 2008 3 Engineers

Album: God Is An Astronaut - God Is An Astronaut

Band: God Is An Astronaut
Album: God Is An Astronaut
Label: Revive Records
Year: 2008

02. Post Mortem
03. Echoes
04. Snowfall
05. First Day Of Sun
06. No Return
07. Zodiac
08. Remaining Light
09. Shores Of Orion
10. Loss
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Thanx to data.hypercomplex from atpr.

God Is An Astronaut are an instrumental three piece hailing from the Glen of the Downs, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. They formed in 2002 and released their debut album "The End of the Beginning" in 2002 on their own Revive Records label. Their two music videos for "The End of the Beginning" and "From Dust to the Beyond", received airplay on MTV UK and on other MTV European networks.

"All Is Violent, All Is Bright" (released in2005) is the band’s second album. The album features their build ups from serene ambiance to searing intensity and is a closer representation of their live sound. The single "Fragile" from the album has also received plays on MTV2 UK’s 120 minute show and MTV’s “The Comedown” show.

God Is an Astronaut released an EP called "A Moment Of Stillness" in 2006.

Their third album, "Far From Refuge", was released in April 2007 on Revive Records and as a download via their website.

Nowadays in November 2008 they are releasing their fourth self title album.

Official Site
Buy it from either their myspace site or their official one.
Sunday, November 02, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: Adolf Plays The Jazz - Stealth (EP)

Band: Adolf Plays The Jazz
Album: Stealth (EP)
Label: Self-released
Year: 2008


01. Nothing to Lose
02. Stealth
03. Nameless
04. Overseas
05. Strange World

Adolf Plays the Jazz is a Greek post rock band formed in Athens in the year of 2002. They started creating music for soundtracks of films their friends made. Their musics aim is to combine the art rock of the 70's (head music) with todays post rock feeling (heart music) through a punk//do it yourself//lo-fi - attitude.

Adolf plays the jazz
stands against the promotion system which serves plastic art and fake idols...their stuff is free, which means that no-one has the right to earn money from it...their belief is to spread their music with the only and honest way , hand to hand and word of mouth.

Adolf plays the jazz has nothing to do with politics and especially fascism

Official Site
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Album: The Samuel Jackson Five - Goodbye Melody Mountain

Band: The Samuel Jackson Five
Album: Goodbye Melody Mountain
Label: Honest Abe
Year: 2008

01. Face the Fax
02. Hey Now, Who Really Cares
03. After the Avalanche
04. Eye Eat Lotus
05. Goodbye Melody Mountain
06. So Many Cowboys, So Few Indians
07. Slow Motion Simulator
08. How to Evade Your Obsessive Shadow

The Samuel Jackson Five, or the SJ5, started up a couple of years ago as a failed drum’n’bass-project. After numerous changes in material, instruments, visions and band members, we've finally released our debut album. It has received good reviews and enabled us to do a fair amount of gigs. The Samuel Jackson Five have always been an alternative to the mainstream acts and see no reason to change that now. We let each individual explore and push their own limits, without losing focus on the melody. The outcome is ever changing but often leads to ethereal, experimental, improvised, dynamic music. Or at least thats what we think.

Official Site
The album will be released the 10th of November. Look for buy info at the band's official site or Myspace page.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: Parhelia - Untitled (EP)

Band: Parhelia
Album: Untitled EP
Label: Self-released
Year: 2008

01. Cronin
02. Nervous Calm
03. Summer Fades
04. Bran
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Parhelia are a 4-piece from Dublin Ireland, who play refined Instrumental Post- Rock. They released their debut Ep “First Light” in 2006.

Since the release of the Ep Parhelia have undertaken tours in Ireland and Norway and appeared alongside acts such as Dead Soul Tribe, 65 Days of Static and most Notably Guns N’ Roses and Therapy? on the Irish leg of the Download Festival!

The band are currently writing and rehearsing for their upcoming album which is due to commence in October 2008.

Parhelia have recently released an ep of material performed acoustically.

Official Site

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Album: Dirge (UK) - Demos Vol.1 (EP)

Band: Dirge
Album: Demos Vol.1 (EP)
Label: Self-released
Year: 2008

03.Purgatorial Snares
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Dirge from UK is a one man band.The man behind this name is Robin Urbino and plays all the instruments and do the vocals also.
The first demo is a 3 track EP and is absolutely outstanding. Hopefully Robin will release Demos Vol.II soon enough.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 0 Engineers

Band: Aoria

Band: Aoria
Album: If I Slow Down Everything Will Disappear
Label: Self-released
Year: 2006

01. You Really Gave it All Didn't You?
02. Assassination
03. Overflow

Aoria is a four-piece outfit from Sweden that plays rock music with the electro-pop influence of The Cure. The songs of this three-song EP are strongly written and the intricate composition of the songs makes repeated listens essential, and yet enjoyable. "Assassination," is very reminiscent of Oceansize and A Perfect Circle, no doubt fans of both would enjoy this EP. Even though the songs that make up If I Slow Down Everything Will Disappear pass the five-minute mark, they do not bore nor do they seem repetitive at all. We highly suggest looking into this band, you will be pleasantly surprised -

Band: Aoria
Album: I Know You Came Here to Erase Me
Label: Self-released
Year: 2007

01. A Slow Moving Storm
02. The Host

Aoria's third two-song EP. While the previous demo had more a new-wave meets rock aspect to it, these two songs tread different water. “A Slow Moving Storm” is just that - a slower moving track that seems to draw an awful lot from the post-rock world, but with dramatic vocals akin to OK Computer-era Thom Yorke. The second track here, “The Host,” is a little closer to the music of their previous release. The vocals still have that Yorke-esque quality, the music is a bit more rock oriented, but still drifts into dreamy post-rock sequences here and there. Overall, this is another nice venture, though we'd like to see what Aoria could do with a full and proper release. -

Official Site
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Album: Lights At Sea - Lights At Sea

Band: Lights At Sea
Album: Lights At Sea
Label: Self-released
Year: 2008


01. Noir
02. 19
03. Bateau
04. Be Silent
05. The War Came Home
06. Steps

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Lights at Sea has been making music in one form or another since 2001, but officialy started in February 2007 in Grand Rapids, Michigan after one of the members came home after being abroad for five and decided to start playing music with his old friends in The City Sleep ( a local instrumental outfit that had been together since 2001.) Lights at Sea began to record basement demos and soon recruited more people to the band. Once the group was comfortable as a five piece, they went into the studio, recorded their debut cd/ep and have now self released it online.

With many shows coming this winter, and a full length planned to be recorded next summer, there is a lot going on at the Lights at Sea camp.

Buy from the band's Myspace page or from cdbaby
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: AristeiA - How To Kill A King

Band: AristeiA
Album: How To Kill A King
Label: Self-released


01. The Might Of The Sword
02. Feedback King
03. Stairway To Heaven Part 2: The Stampede Into Heaven
04. I'll Take Mine Black
05. Panda Vs. Satan
06. The Might Of The Dragon
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AristeiA formed in November 2005 shortly after guitarist Adam Steinfink moved to Portland from Austin. Ben Meyercord and Brandon Gordon had been playing music together when Adam moved in and they began a search for a drummer. After meeting Vincent Covarrubias (formerly of the Red Channels), AristeiA immediately began writing and playing shows. Influenced heavily by Explosions in the Sky, Radiohead and Mogwai, AristeiA has received comparissons to Slowdive and Yume Bitsu. They have received recommendations by the Portland Mercury and have been creating an ever increasing fanbase in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since their inception they have released three records to stellar reviews by numerous online and print publications, creating an ever-increasing fan base. "Floating melodies intertwine with pounding rythms to carry you on a journey across winter soundscapes"...

Official Site
Buy hopefully at some time from the band's Myspace page or from CdBaby
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: We're From Japan - Now Breathe

Band: We're From Japan
Album: Now Breathe
Label: Zankyo Records
Year: 2008


01. Black Bag Work
02. Bleed
03. Climb Mountain, O Snail
04. There Are Horses In The Streets
05. In Every Hive, A Queen
06. Run Shoot Don't Panic
07. September 13, 1848

We’re From Japan! began in January 2003 in Portland, OR. They performed their first show to a sold out crowd that same month. Since that date they have played approx. 15 shows at various clubs throughout the Portland area including the prestigious Musicfest Northwest where they were one of the 200 applicants accepted out of more than 1000. Other shows have included evening performances at Holocene, The White Eagle, The Jasmine Tree, Jimmy Mak’s, The HiHi Gallery, Kellys Olympion, etc. After completing two demo recordings which earned them press in the Willamette Week, The Portland Mercury as well as a glowing review in Music Liberation Project, they have just completed their first album, To Telescope, in 100% hand made packaging. Their music has been compared to Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, Sonic Youth and even composer Henryck Gorecki. The sound created by We’re From Japan! is elegant, dynamic, explosive and always compelling. In 2005, We’re From Japan! released their second album, 48 Minutes, 07 Seconds, Then the Open Air.

Official Site
Friday, October 10, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: Upcdowncleftcrightcabc+start - Embers

Band: Upcdowncleftcrightc abc+start
Album: Embers
Label: Tap N Tin Records
Year: 2008

01. Embers and Ashes
02. Get to the Chopper
03. Out Flowers
04. Murmurs pt 2
05. New Chapters
06. McDoomish
07. Murmurs pt 1
08. Cascades
09. Fire Flies
10. The Creeping Fear

Upcdowncleftcrightcabc+start are a mainly instrumental post-rock 4 piece from Kent. They signed to Indie label Tap n Tin records in late 2004 and on February 14th 2005, released their first double AA 7" single "Stand shadowless like silence/Sadako's fury". This was proceeded by a live Xfm session with John Kennedy on May 5th and their second single "Shallows" (available on 10" vinyl only) on August 1st 2005.

Their debut album "And the battle is won" was released on October 24th 2005 to rave reviews by the music press (see below).

In 2006 the band recorded their first Radio One live session at Maida Vale studios which was broadcast on the Huw Stephens show on March 7th. The band spent most of 2006 recording/writing their 2nd album "Embers" and also had their first U.K tour promoting “And the battle is won.

Their live sound has been described as "Brutal and loud, yet melodic and almost orchestral" Upcdownc's sonic explosion feels massive in any venue.

Official Site
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 4 Engineers

News: Pelican Robbed in Rome

This post is quite different from our usual posts and is about a very sad incident of post-metal giants Pelican in Rome, Italy.

The below message is from Pelican. Please spread the word.

Our otherwise excellent tour of Europe hit a severe stroke of bad luck this week. Two days ago we had a spare half hour to spend in Rome before heading to the venue, so we decided to go see the Coliseum. We parked nearby and went to take a brief twenty minute walk around the area. When we returned to our van we found that it had been broken into, despite being parked on a major street in broad daylight. Four bags were stolen, the contents including computers, passports,wallets, ipods, our soundguy's microphone collection, and, most devastatingly, a number of personal journals and two portable recording devices containing hours of song ideas that are now lost forever.

The calculated loss of this theft is several thousands of dollars. Unfortunately our band only earns us a very meager living and some of us are already in the hole from years of trying to make a living as musicians. This incident therefore poses a evastating loss and puts us in a very compromised financial position. Although we realize that there is a worldwide financial crisis going on, if there are those of
you who have the means and desire to help out our gratitude would run deeper than words could express. We've set up a Paypal account at the address Anything you can offer, even simple condolences, would go a long way. Thanks so much for reading.


This message was initially posted in the band's Myspace page. So, if anyone can offer to the band it would be of great help.

Edit from Laurent: This is Laurent from Pelican. First, I wanted to thank EVERYONE who has responded with such warmth and kindness.
We are immensely grateful. Beyond that, I wanted to append this blog entry to shed some light on the difficulties I AM personally facing as a result ...
in doing this, I am looking to do no more than essentially respond to the ONE comment from someone that seems to suggest we should've expected this somehow,
are unseasoned travelers, or should just get over it?!? During this robbery, I lost my passport and greencard and had ALL my credit cards used immediately by the thieves.
The endless hours on the phone I've spent already to contest charges, on top of the stress of now being an identity-less French citizen simply trying to return home to the states, is so so difficult.
I have traveled my whole life; this has NEVER happened to me. I lost hours of music that I wrote for Pelican, and there is no backup for this
... my tour diary is gone, too. Countless moments of creativity and recollection at how hard we've worked and all we've been lucky to experience ...
those moments are lost forever. I am pen and paper in hand all day trying to remember songs, memories, etc.
just piecing my life together. We will persevere, and the kindness of our community is a huge help ... thank you for all your gestures of support.
Monday, October 06, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Sundaysounds - Sundaysounds

Band: Sundaysounds
Album: Sundaysounds
Label: Self-released
Year: 2007


01. Introiutus
02. Yearning (Isabella II)
03. Sunday Afternoon
04. Black Ice
05. To the Absent
06. DNA
07. Saellvertu
08. Papershell
09. Goodnight, Burning Star

Sundaysounds is the one-man-project from 25 year old Steffen Petry from Germany who writes, records and produces all songs. It is based on the idea of a new world of media due the fact that the music is free for all and only available on the internet. There are no live performances or "real life"-releases planed. Sundaysounds started its public appearance on ( in 2007. Currently, there are new songs in progress that will be released as a conceptual album in (hopefully) late 2008. Further information will be published here soon. For the first time, guest musicians will appear to work with Sundaysounds.

Official Site
Thursday, October 02, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Deepset - The Lights We Shed Shall Burn Your Eyes

Band: Deepset
Album: The Lights We Shed Shall Burn Your Eyes
Label: KittyWu Records
Year: 2008

01. Put your dreams to sleep
02. Where were they (when the fun went out)
03. Close to a cure
04. Have you ever danced with the devil under the pale moonlight?
05. If you can still hear this whispering, you are dying
06. Every instance in time is a journey of hope

Inspired by life, friendships and their surroundings, “The Lights We Shed Shall Burn Your Eyes” is the debut full-length from Malaysian instrumental quartet, Deepset, released on KittyWu Records.
“The Lights We Shed Shall Burn Your Eyes” is a musical photo album, each track a polaroid capturing a story from every band member. Recorded by Irwan Syah at Greenhouse Studio in June 2008, the album is their personal vignette of life in Malaysia’s Klang Valley, but this could just as well translate to any other geographical location. Juxtaposing life’s little pleasures against the drudgery of the everyday, the six tracks on the album invite listeners to embark on a journey of finding themselves. Standout tracks include "Put Your Dream To Sleep" and "If You Can Still Hear This Whispering, You’re Dying".

Deepset’s music is driven by an unwavering passion for making and sharing music that is real. Much of the band’s creations are a melodic interpretation of their collective personalities and life experience. A distinctive trait in Deepset’s music is the lack of any repeating riffs, which its members liken to a movie where the story organically unfolds and no scene is repeated twice.

Many have likened their sound to a bittersweet blend of varied influences; from the subtle yet violent sonic beauty of Japanese instrumentalists, Mono, to the intertwining melodic details of indie favourites, Broken Social Scene. But the most powerful aspect of Deepset’s music is as reflected in its name: the great emotional depths each track evokes.

Deepset is Mohd Lothfi Mohd Salleh (guitar), Hafiza Ahamed (guitar), Mohd Asshad Saaban (bass) and Azman Abdul Aziz (drums).

Official Site
Sunday, September 28, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Thursday / Envy - Split

Band: Thursday / Envy
Album: Split
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
Year: 2008


01.As He Climbed The Dark Mountain
02.In Silence
03.An Absurd And Unrealistic Dream Of Peace
04.Appeared And Was Gone


05.An Umbrella Fallen Into Fiction
06.Isolation Of A Light Source
07.Pure Birth And Loneliness

More than two years after Thursday first put the idea in our heads, Temporary Residence Ltd. is proud to finally bring together two influential bands from two very different places. Recorded in Spring 2008, both bands turn in some of their most inspired work yet. In addition, Thursday invited Anthony Molina of Mercury Rev to remix the dark instrumental "In Silence" into the pitch-black closing track, "Appeared And Was Gone," providing the perfect transition into the massive dynamics of Envy. Beginning with the subtle electronics of the symphonic opener, "An Umbrella Fallen Into Fiction," Envy thrashes and burns through a trio of thoughtful face-melters. Also the artowrok was made by acclaimed poster artist, Dan Grzeca.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: General Lee - Hannibal Ad Portas

Band: General Lee
Album: Hannibal Ad Portas
Label: Basement Apes Industry
Year: 2008

03.Our Last Struggle Winter
04.Colossal Rains
05.A Dead Issue
06.Hannibal Ad Portas

Since 2002, General Lee never stopped to look forward their own definition of chaos, melting intensity, blackness and emotion in a shape that belongs to abrasive hardcore music. After some recording try-outs they definitely head out with a mammoth disc in the name of Hannibal Ad Portas. This disc plays with feelings and contrasts by creating a tense climate near to the break. Icy and oppressive atmospheres, heavy and melancholic riffing are mixed ton an abrasive hardcore and a blowing off and cathartic screaming. A music that blurs and destroys the usual plans to be reconstructed in pain...

In a darkening world with blurred possibilities, General Lee take the road of introspection to arrive to a dramatic understanding of the mind's surroundings. Unleashed with a grand dimension of upsetting melodies, Hannibal Ad Portas is evolving from musical damnation to salvation in 6 no-easy-to-listen tracks. One kind of heavy doom.

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Album: Uzi And Ari - Don't Leave In Such A Hurry

Band: Uzi And Ari
Album: Don't Leave In Such A Hurry
Label: Own Records
Year: 2005

01. The Past The Orchards On The Right
02. Lungs Out
03. Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz
04. The Protagonist
05. Blood And Vibrance
06. Keep Eyes Open
07. It Doesn't Work
08. Perestroika

Rioting quieter than most, Uzi and Ari seems to essentially be the solo project of one Ben Shepard, of Salt Lake City - It Is Freezing Out is his second long-play collection following last year’s Dont Leave In Such A Hurry. These songs are well fleshed-out by an assortment of accomplished musicians, each lending their own nuances to proceedings, but at this album’s core beats the heart of a single man only.


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Album: Lifestory:Monologue - Hold Me In The Wind, My Friend

Band: Lifestory:Monologue
Album: Hold Me In The Wind, My Friend
Label: Self Released
Year: 2007

01.Dancing & Kisses
02. Ultimate!
03. Wolves Behind Me
04. Sway The Stalks
05. Rejoice, Rejoice

A singer who doesn’t sing, but rather a theatrical magnet, who passionately speaks and yells. A guitarist who plays with a bow, another who sings so high. Cymbals, snares, bass, keys and a DIY light-board attached to a guitar strap. An art-rock collective. A visual display and a musical experience.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Poetic DiZeaZe - ThiZiZPoeticDiZeaZe

Band: Poetic DiZeaZe
Album: ThiZiZPoeticDiZeaZe
Label: Self Released
Year: 2008

01.Hackle In EclipZe
02.LipZtick'Z Lilt
03.DiZZection Of Zomething
04.Z (Part I)
06.Z (Part II)
07.Decorated With Your Colorful Portrait

Poetic DiZeaZe is a prog-experimental rock/metal band, hailing from Iran, which was formed in the middle of 2007.The band lineup included Kiavash Kia and Alireza Saeidian on guitars and Kasra Saboktakin on bass guitar. The influences are in many different genres and styles such as prog-rock/metal, psychedelic, experimental, industrial, thrash metal, death metal, space rock, post-rock, ambient, electronic and....;overall Poetic DiZeaZe is completely subliminal and never wanted to be anything but their self the first album ThiZiZPoeticDiZeaZe already been recorded and will be out soon!

Thanx to Poetic DiZeaZe for giving us their demo for posting it! Good luck guys!
You can contact the band through this email:
Monday, September 22, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Don't Mess With Texas - Los Dias de Junio

Band: Don't Mess With Texas
Album: Los Dias de Junio
Label: Moonlee Records
Year: 2007

01. Los Dias De Junio
02. He Builds Houses Like Trees
03. Go Straight To Hell Boy
04. I Am Vengeance, I Am The Night
05. Kad Ja Podjoh
06. Sun Is Going Nova
07. Like When We Was Kids
08. 14:47
09. We Are All Astronauts

Don't Mess With Texas was formed in Zagreb, Croatia in January of 2004. After the break up of Radio Free Isaac (and prior to that the bands Nikad and Lunar), Neven, Ozren and Saša decided to form another band and soon invited Ivana to join the band on bass. After the recording of their first album, Slobich replaced Ivana and the line up had been solidified. During three years, band had frequently toured in support of their highly acclaimed self-titled album and played numerous shows in Croatia and across Europe (Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina) arousing the interest of many fans with genuine instrumental music that defies easy categorization.

Official Site
Sunday, September 21, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Stellardrive - Omega Point

Band: Stellardrive
Album: Omega Point
Label: Only4Stars Records, Le Sonotone, Dvs Records/Believe
Year: 2008


01. Departure
02. What Everyone Can See Through The Window
03. Magnetic Drum Calculator
04. Islandsix
05. Saggitarius A
06. Turbulences (A Nice Day To See All The Damages Done)
07. Turbulences (Post Damages Reconstruction - Sjukdom Remix)
08. Departure (The End Of All Things Part.1 - Sjukdom Remix)
09. Departure (The End Of All Things Part.2 - Nao Remix)

Stellardrive consists of three guitarists, a bass player and a drummer that also makes use of keyboards, machines and a clarinet. Almost automatically this means we have to deal with an instrumental post-rock band. This is true with this quintet (according to the biography. Strange thing is, the band picture consists of six guys, maybe the sixth guy is involved with the visuals) from France. Several members are known from Aside From A Day and Gantz. These bands have quit, so now their full attention goes out to Stellardrive. In 2005 and 2007 the band already recorded the EPs ‘ERS-1’ and ‘ERS-2’ and except for the track “Resonances” from ‘ERS-1’ ‘Omega Point’ is a compilation of these EPs with the addition of three remixes. Especially the tracks from the latest EP are the most outstanding on ‘Omega Point’. During the years they slightly shifted from melancholic post-rock in the vein of Mogwai and Red Sparowes to the energetic and the hopeful version of the likes of Maserati.

Although they do nothing new, the songs are high quality post-rock tunes with great hooks and melodies. The established names shouldn’t be ashamed if they have written these songs. The remixes included are shortened versions of the tracks “Turbulence” and “Departure” with electronic sounds woven into it, nothing special in contrary to the original songs. Nevertheless, the main part of this release are the regular songs of Stellardrive and these are an outstanding starting point for new things to come.

Official Site
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*Previews posts here and here
Thursday, September 18, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Burst - Lazarus Bird

Band: Burst
Album: Lazarus Bird
Label: Relapse
Year: 2008

01.I Hold Vertigo
02.I Exterminate I
03.We Are Dust
05.Cripple God
07.(We Watched) The Sliver Rain
08.City Cloaked

Burst is a progressive metal band from Sweden. They were formed in 1993 by Jesper Liveröd, Linus Jägerskog and Patrik Hultin. Guitarists Robert Reinholdz and Jonas Rydberg joined the band a bit later. According to their label, they are considered to be one of Sweden's brightest metal prospects.

The band is known to add progressive elements to their hardcore/metal music making them different from most of the other metalcore bands. Their vocals are a mixture of melodic vocals (Reinholdz) and screaming (Jägerskog) . They are currently signed to Relapse Records.

Burst were formed by a couple of friends for no real intention but to just make fast paced, heavy music. They were initially called Dislars. Their older music was more grindcore and crust punk oriented. They played a few live shows across Sweden. They later started playing a brutal style of hardcore punk. The more they improved their playing skills, the band shifted towards a more progressive style while still sticking to their Hardcore roots. They later decided on the name Burst. The band then began to take their music more seriously and decided to record demos. During this period they toured heavily. They eventually inked a deal with Melon Records. Their first two studio albums were released there. However, the band was not satisfied with the results and began to add more changes to their music. They released a few EPs after this.

In 2003, Burst released Prey On Life through Relapse records. This is the album that not only set the bands style but also gained them more popularity. This was because Relapse was a more well known label, having in its roster bands like Nile and Mastodon, as well as many well known bands in the metal community. The release was generally well received. By touring with Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon and other bands, Burst began to slowly rise in popularity. Before writing their new album, they knew what direction they had to go. Instead of sticking to a formula that worked, they intended to push themselves even further. The result was Origo, which was praised by magazines such as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and Kerrang and saw the band becoming more popular than ever before.

Burst's new record, "Lazarus Bird", was recorded at Bohussound Studio in Kungalv, Sweden, and produced by Burst and Fredrik Reinedahl. Relapse Records is scheduled to release the new album September 16, 2008 in the United States, September 19, 2008 in Germany, and September 22, 2008 in the rest of Europe.

Official Site
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Werckmeister Harmonies - Bastille Drone

Band: Werckmeister Harmonies
Album: Bastille Drone
Label: Self Released
Year: 2007

01.Reverse After Rebirth To Walk On Dead Steps
02.Bastille Drone/Christ's Crown Gradually Tightened/We Are Me?

A band hailing from Japan, and probably took their name from a 2000's Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, based on the novel The Melancholy of Resistance (1989) by László Krasznahorkai.

"Werckmeister Harmonies, dis-orchestral rebellion, situation de la musique, reject & reconstruct. We may harm you."
That's all we know about this band.

Monday, September 15, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Canyonsofstatic - The Dissapearance

Band: Canyonsofstatic
Album: The Dissapearance
Label: Former Airline Records
Year: 2008

01. Maps And Mazes
02. The Disappearance
03. Blinding Cold, Casket Black
04. 1:17
05. Are We Still The Good Guys
06. Shelter
07. Slowly To Sea

In the midst of a desperately cold Wisconsin winter in 2005, canyonsofstatic formed in an unheated practice space. They wore hats and coats to keep warm and gloves with the tips cut off to keep their fingers from freezing during the long hours of rehearsal. By the time the cold became unbearable, it was spring and canyonsofstatic’s sound had already been born from those initial months of shivering together. canyonsofstatic started as an experiment between friends, a dusting off of instruments so to speak. The songs evolved from a collective process and what came out was a complete surprise to the group – epic instrumental music. Ross Severson on guitar and Nathan Gaffney on drums form walls of sound with reverb drenched noise and trailing delays, blanketed with crashing cymbals and driving beats. Chris Biertzer on bass navigates his way through the landscape of sound adding melody to the chaos, and Aggie Severson .. keys delicately keeps the balance and perspective. All this was wrapped into a live performance that adds homemade abstract films as a visual aspect to the music. It is truly an experience of sight and sound that allows the listener to imagine and interpret the music however they choose. canyonsofstatic previously self-released two EPs and has just released their first full-length album “The Disappearance” on Former Airline Records.


Sunday, September 14, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: Einna - Les Angoisses D'arcadie (EP)

Band: Einna
Album: Les Angoisses D'arcadie (EP)
Label: Swarm Of Nails / Communication Is Not Words
Year: 2008

02.12 Livres De Chair
04.Il Ne Reste Que Des Épines

Einna born from the ashes of Stanley Millgram, a band who has shared the stage with formations such as : Cortez, Overmars, Coliseum, Lords, Amenra and well of others, return transfigured... They have released an EP called "Les angoisses d'Arcadie" recorded by Silvin Suquet (I Pilot Daemon, Plebeian Grandstand.).

No link, guys...Sorry!
We were asked kindly by their label to delete the download link and we respected their will.This blog usually does not post albums without a link for the visitors to try them out, but in the other hand we like to introduce new remarkable bands to more people. Einna surely belong to these bands.So listen to the tracks in their myspace and if you like them, order the CD. We believe, that you won't be dissapointed.

Saturday, September 13, 2008 0 Engineers

Album: Zalem - Demo (EP)

Band: Zalem
Album: Demo
Label: Self-released
Year: 2007

03.Twin Sal

Zalem are:
Antoine Gerzé: Guitar
Olivier Leturdu: Guitar
Charles Guérin: Bass
Jean Philippe Vial: Drums

Zalem formed in 2004. The band was directed towards at the same time ambient , rock music, combining various influences of each musician. The band hopes to share its music with many people. Zalem plays the music that leaves much place of imagination and feelings. In near future, Zalem will add some new musicians in his band to enlarge his sound.

A huge thanx to Zalem and especially to Antoine for sending us their demo and some promotion stuff to share around.

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Album: The Calm Blue Sea - The Calm Blue Sea

Band: The Calm Blue Sea
Album: The Calm Blue Sea
Label: Self-released
Year: 2008


01. We Happy Few
02. Literal
03. The Rivers That Run Beneath This City
04. Now Those Ashes Are at the Bottom
05. After the Legions
06. This Will Never Happen Again

Instrumental rock has long been the red-headed stepchild of the music industry. Instrumental anything is often relegated to background music, but Explosions in the Sky, The Calm Blue Sea and their local brethren have elevated the visability of the genre and are exploring new boundaries to bring mainstream attention to music that was once an afterthought in the minds of music fans.

Based in Austin, Texas; The Calm Blue Sea came into being early in 2007 when ex-members of other popular Austin acts (Go Nova, Tammany Hall Machine, Dragonfly Jones, Black Noise Revival, Wax Museum Pandemonium, and others) decided they wanted to start a new band, on that would creat bold, epic new post-rock that ranges from "sweet calmness" to "near chaos."

In the summer of 2007, The Calm Blue Sea recorded a four song live demo in their home studio in south Austin. It has since caught the attention of club owners and thanks to the internet, music aficionados all over the world.

The Calm Blue Sea
’s self-titled debut album is only six songs, but clocks in at 46.5 mins. Both of these things are completely standard and expected in the instrumental genre. What’s fresh and unique to The Calm Blue Sea are the bold peaks and valleys of their songs. The piquant crescendos and decrescendos are hallmarks of skilled songwriting and composition. Most striking are the soft, ethereal piano choruses, bookended by driving guitar verses that hold your attention and simultaneously leave you wanting more.


The Calm Blue Sea is being self released by the band and is currently available for purchase digitally from the following locations as well as at their shows and local record shops around Austin.
Buy at emusic
Buy at Amazon
Monday, September 08, 2008 1 Engineers

Album: Hellas Mounds & Empires - Split

Band: Hellas Mounds & Empires
Album: Split
Label: Saw her Ghost Records
Year: 2008


01. Unease From Up North (Empires)
02. Perpetual Downpour (Empires)
03. How Shall Thy Kingdom Stand (Hellas Mounds)

"In an exhilarating display of east-meets-west/north-meets-south Minnesota's Empires and Arizona's Hellas Mounds join together to form one massive unforgetable chunk of majesctic instru-metal. While Empires continues to showcase the barren, frozen wastelands of the midwest. the Hellas Mounds debut delivers one giant slab of dense, arid doom as expansive as the desert that surrounds them."


Empires hails from Minneapolis MN, and consists of 4 members. The band is purely instrumental and has doom metal tendencies. They have 2 demos and an album called Through Trial and Tribulation Comes Triumph, released on Saw Her Ghost Records during the summer of 2007. Brian (bass) is also a member of the black metal band ManeThereN, aka Grudlevitikh.
Andy, Jim and Kevin, are also session members and live performers for ManeThereN.

Hellas Mounds
HELLAS MOUNDS, formed in early 2006, is a sonic flood of sounds, textures, and atmosphere that pulls you under barely letting up for even a moment to gasp for air. Even though they have not been around long they have already made a lasting mark while being compared to Mogwai, Red Sparowes, and Rosetta.
2007 saw the release of ‘The Last Ferry To Cydonia Demo Sessions EP’
Official Site

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