Band: Birds Of Passage
Album: Without The World
Label: Denovali Records, Futurerecordings
02. Scarlet Monkeys
03. Fantastic Frown
04. Pray For A Sunny Day
06. The Patterns On Your Face
07. All My Lines
09. Whisper A Word
10. My Own Mind
11. Those Blackest Winter Nights
12. Alone And Raw
Alicia doesn't need the bombastic spectacle of a band to evoke emotions, with the help of different instruments, used in a minimalistic way and combined with field recordings she doesn't create specific songs, she builds up a mood. You maybe can describe Birds Of Passage as a singer songwriter for people who don't like singer songwriter music. There's no typical song structure, there's no melody to chase after ' but there's a development which absorbs you and which makes you start to think about elements you block out in your everyday life.
Band: This Will Destroy You
Album: Tunnel Blanket
Label: Suicide Squeeze Records, Monotreme Records
01. Little Smoke
02. Glass Realms
03. Communal Blood
05. Killed The Lord, Left For The New World
07. Black Dunes
08. Hand Powdered
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Band: Her Name Is Calla
Album: 2011 Sampler
Label: Self Released
01. Pour More Oil
02. Long Grass
04. Into the West
05. New England
06. Hideous Box Into Hidden Body (Rare Rehearsal Take)
Also includes an exclusive rare track, Hideous Box / Hidden Body.
Leeds / Leicester / York, United Kingdom based six piece Her Name Is Calla (formed in 2004).
Their 2008 released album, ‘The Heritage’, was described as ‘a masterpiece of modern music ’ by the Sonic Dice and the band described as ‘one of the most daring, unconventional bands the UK has to offer’, by Drowned in Sound.
The band have released a number of highly acclaimed singles and EPs and their latest album ‘The Quiet Lamb’ during summer 2010 via Denovali Records. They're about to release a new EP call "Maw" for their European Tour.
The current band line-up is as follows:
Thom Corah - Live Synthesis, Trombone, Vocals, Percussion
Sophie Green - Violin, vocals
Michael Love - Bass, Vocals, Percussion
Tom Morris - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synthesis
Adam Weikert - Drums, Synthesizers
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Sensual Noise is an experimental and atmospheric down-tempo band ,that stands for an original collaboration of an eclectic variety of influences, coming from Belgium. We go for a creative approach to contemporary atmospheric music.
Think in terms of layers and intensity, contemplation and outbursts of frantic enthusiasm, supported by 2 guitars and 2 bass players providing a spacious sound filled up with low-end heaviness.
We did mini-tours with Corova and Downfall Of Gaia through Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. We shared stages as well with bands as Kylesa, Rosetta, Amenra, Bossk, Ef, Tephra, Overmars, Jakuzi’s Attempt, Alpinist, Time To Burn, .Maudlin, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep and many more...
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Label: Make Mine Music
01. People Say This Place Is Slowly Dying
02. The Village Is Asleep
03. Evening Silhouettes
04. With Our Backs To The City
05. Summer Message
06. Afternoon, Shadowed
07. The Weather Is Not Your Friend
08. These Walks Saved Us
09. Ghosts I Have Known
11. Washed Up
Album: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1
Label: Southern Lord
01. Old Black
02. Father Midnight
03. Descent to the Zenith
04. Hell’s Winter
05. Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
In 2005, Earth reinvented themselves. After a nine-year hiatus, Dylan Carlson returned with a bigger lineup and, this time, a surprising sound. The slow motion was still there, as were the winding, deliberate riffs. But on Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method, Earth's monolithic blast had given way to furrowed blues, the volume reduced to a gentle, living-room purr. Two years later, Earth re-recorded "Ouroboros Is Broken" for Hibernaculum, a short album that smartly recast four tunes from the first iteration of Earth in Carlson's new, infinitely arid style. That eight-minute reworking was a revelation, suggesting that not only were Carlson's riffs wonders-- maximum volume, or minimum-- but so were his control and patience. Above a steady drum trot, he bent that old theme with careful diligence, sometimes repeating notes, sometimes omitting them, sometimes letting them radiate. The metalhead knew his jazz and his Jerry Garcia. Here, he wielded those influences perfectly.
The second iteration of Earth has now been recording and touring longer than the first, foundation-shifting phase of the band. You'd be excused, then, for assuming that it's time for Carlson to slip back into the shadows or to again push restart. Rather, on Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1, he returns for his fourth LP with drummer Adrienne Davies, whose tasteful, robust, and slow swing has provided essential ballast for Carlson's thinly etched guitar since 2005. Carlson and Davies do make two personnel changes, though, and they prove essential: The K Records polyglot Karl Blau replaces longtime Earth bassist Don McGreevy, while the swelling organ and horns of Steve Moore are swapped for the much more versatile cello of Lori Goldston.
These shifts don't turn Earth into a new band, but they do provide a fresh context for Carlson's guitar. On the brilliantly winding "Descent to the Zenith", for instance, Goldston plays against him ever so gently, pushing against his pull, emphasizing the way his lines keep chasing their own tails. Moore's organ used to make Carlson's ideas sound bigger; here, by contrast, Goldston makes them sound smarter. On the album-closing title track, the quartet makes torpid circles for 20 minutes, the guitar, bass, and cello revolving separately around a melody. It's as mesmerizing as an early Earth marathon, just that much more intricate.
"Father Midnight" is a tease in tension, with Carlson repeatedly sliding back and forth along a melody and Davies occasionally leaning into her snares and cymbals with added oomph. It suggests that Earth are about to break character, to roll suddenly like a rock band, to get loud. They, of course, never do. Goldston and Blau are essential to that feeling, as she runs knotty strands of dissonance through Carlson's staggered figures. What's more, Blau plays bass like a songwriter, meaning that he makes choices and takes chances a simple sideman might miss. On "Father Midnight", he's the tension-baiting free radical. Blau sometimes steps with Carlson, thickening his leads and keeping it simple; but he often steps out of that role with stray notes in spots that don't necessarily belong or truncated progressions that let the band slip past. For a unit recording together for the first time, this Earth makes complex, counterintuitive choices.
It might be tempting to dismiss Angels of Darkness as a showcase for one of the electric guitar's best craftsman. Carlson's finesse, after all, has never been better than on these five tracks. A master of tone with an ear for clarity and subtlety, he makes his rests as evocative as the notes themselves. And given the band's recent, steady gestalt, it's also tempting to dismiss Angels of Darkness as just another new album from the second Earth-- you know, the quiet band that's metal only by legacy and label. This isn't a radical reinvention as much as it's a refinement; the backing band and its leader have never been better. But when has Earth's music not been about hard-fought rewards and slow revelations? In the 90s, Earth's heavy metal offered an escape, a massive shelter of volume and drone. But the intricacies of this Earth-- Carlson's harmonics and harmonies, Davies' careful builds, Blau's unexpected bass maneuvers, Goldston's adventurous versatility-- demand attention and immersion. That is, check in, not out, and you'll rarely hear four players with as much quiet command.
Band: Radius System
Album: Architects Of Yesterday
Label: Self Released
03. Feed Feed Connect
04. Siberian Winter
05. Air Leaks
06. Vacant Before
07. Parallel Notebooks
08. Of Yesterday
10. Picture Goodbye
Band: Terra Tenebrosa
Album: The Tunnels
Label: Trust No One Recordings
01. The Teranbos Prayer
02. Probing The Abyss
03. The Mourning Stars
04. The Arc Of Descent
05. Guiding The Mist / Terraforming
06. Through The Eyes Of The Maninkari
07. The Tunnels
Terra Tenebrosa rise out of the ashes that once was Breach.
"The Tunnels" is an ominous and cinematic voyage through the dark mind and psyche of Terra Tenebrosa monarch, The Cukoo.
Since Terra Tenebrosa is a brand new band, their biography is more or less a blank page. Worth mentioning though is that the band features ex-members of the old Swedish beast that was Breach.
Album: Mare Decendrii
Label: SIGE Records
01. As Freedom Rings
02. We Speak in the Dark
03. Blanket Made of Ash
04. Eating Our Bodies
05. Iron Water
What sets this album apart are the favored strings and vocals, a kind of mystic experience of chanting monks, and sudden, terrifying screams (it was late, the room was dark – the air was heavy with We Speak in the Dark, when suddenly a short, primal scream sends me scrambling for the lights). Mamiffer’s moody As Freedom Rings is a thirteen minute piano heavy, constantly climbing, well crafted organic theme for night time redwood trekking. Alone. In the fog.
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Band: Spectral Empire
Album: Last Call To Arms
Label: Self Released
03. In Anticipation Of Gratification
04. Song 16
05. As The Faultlines Fracture
06. Like Blood To A Vampire
07. Deus Ex Unda
"We recorded this album right before we split up. Most people never heard it, but we did play most of the songs live at one point. We put this up for you to enjoy." - Spectral Empire
Label: Cuckundoo Records, Make My Day Records
02. The Trap
04. Later Than You Think
05. Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute
08. All Our Ends
09. Spun Infinite
On 5 March 2007, the band released a limited 7” single (Yuki/Forever the Optimist) through Cuckundoo Records, and have been tipped by BBC Radio One as one of the hottest new bands in the country. The band recorded a session for Huw Stephens ‘s show on BBC Radio 1, which was broadcast on 29 March.
This was followed by a performance at the Latitude Festival and a UK tour, both in July, with the lineup including Peter Wright, who became a member after the tour. Another single - “Two Words and a Gesture” was released in November 2007.
In December 2007, Vessels traveled to Minneapolis, USA to record their debut album with producer John Congleton in Pachyderm studios. They completed recording of the ten track album in 12 days and returned to the UK for a nationwide tour. On June 16th, they released “A Hundred Times In Every Direction” and the album was released on August 18, which is entitled White Fields & Open Devices.
2010 was a busy year for Vessels with another trip to the U.S. to record their second album, Helioscope, again under the production of John Congleton but this time at The Track studio in Dallas, Texas. Followed by their first single release from the new album, ‘Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute’ which includes guest vocals from solo artist Stuart Warwick adding a new dimension to Vessels' unique sound. The year was then rounded off with a small collection of UK tour dates including Stuart Warwick himself, and a lengthy European tour in support of Oceansize.
Now in 2011, Helioscope was released on Cuckundoo Records on the 21st March following another UK tour and Vessels are excited to announce a number of European tour dates throughout May.
Album: Common Era
01. Come See
02. Never Came Close
03. A Walk
04. Perfect Life
05. Keep Still
06. Different Heart
07. Make Me Return
08. Common Era
09. Very Careful
The band's development began in the primordial muck on October, leapfrogged to the 1960s with Colorless, and now lands with one foot in the krautrock of the 1970s and the other in the shoegaze/post-punk of the 1980s. (Let's hope that next, they pass over their grunge record and skip right to dubstep.) This is Belong's least mysterious album by far, with a greater emphasis on vocals, perceptibly changing chords, and rock rhythms. They used to sound like Tim Hecker having a dream about JAMC, My Bloody Valentine, or even Joy Division. Now they evoke such acts much more directly, as well as the distantly thundering drums of Can at their most elemental. Those drums especially temper Belong's sublime omnipresence, and their music comes to sound flattened here.
Belong often do a great job of separating these key influences from their unique style, but it feels like too much of a genre exercise to maintain album-length interest. Opener "Come See" is a tour de force of reconstituted krautrock: A gale of melody-drenched distortion and interference twists around a sinewy bass and drum figure. Sustained chords fall through one another to the sound of rending metal. Elongated vocals pull back against the pulse, and it's all capped by a stuttering feedback solo. The song is so comprehensive in its homage and mighty in its execution that it renders the rest of the album somewhat redundant, as Belong continue to mine the same vein with diminishing returns.
The dark synth-pop mood of "Never Came Close" should make for a change of pace, but Belong's murkiness obscures songwriterly differences, emphasizing instead a sameness of surface: muffled voices and broad strokes of glittering melody. The song's endlessly echoing snare also illustrates how limp their version of the motorik pulse can feel; it actually drains tension from the music. It's not that there isn't cool stuff here after the first track-- the curling bass line and stately progression of "A Walk" make it sound favorably like a chillwave M83, and its opening flourish is especially neat. But "neat" is where Common Era seems to stop. Most of the songs are solid, with the possible exception of the slackened "Keep Still", but none after the first has much capacity to surprise us or deepen the palette. -pitchfork.com
Album: We Move Through Negative Spaces
Label: Drifting Falling Recordings
03. With Glowing Hearts
04. Early Evening Bleeds Into Night
05. A Snowflake In Her Hand
06. The Owls Won't See Us In Here
07. Every Passing Hour
08. The Ocean Between You And Me
Inspired by a myriad of artists ranging from This Will Destroy You to The Album Leaf to Tim Hecker and Eluvium, Kontakte have produced an album that despite its initial intensity, reveals more of itself within its numerous layers of melody and texture – a hypnotic record that evokes the sense of escapism in which it was conceived.
Band: Tom Vourtsis
Label: Music Ruins Lives
01. Ghost Doze
05. Attic Summers
Label: Lone Vigil Recordings
01. The Golden Path
02. Ghost Town
03. The Eye
Band: Hungry For Hands
Album: I Was Hungry For Hands EP
Label: Self Released
Album: The Saint
Label: Self Released
01. The Saint
All songs were self-recorded, and produced by Gespenst.
Band: Explosions In The Sky
Album: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
01. Last Known Surroundings
02. Human Qualities
03. Trembling Hands
04. Be Comfortable, Creature
05. Postcard From 1952
06. Let Me Back In
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Band: The Seven Mile Journey
Album: Note For The Synthesis
Label: Fluttery Records
02. The Alter Ego Autopsies
03. Simplicity Has A Paradox
04. The Engram Dichotomy
06. The Etiology Diaries
Band: Keira Is You
Album: Nothing Else Will Happen
Label: Daydreem Records
01. Keira Is You
03. In Your Bed
05. Lustful Thoughts
06. Being A Fool Is Convenient
08. Lost (Partially)
09. Endless Silence
11. No Need To Fight
Their debut full-length Nothing Else Will Happen was released on Daydreem Records in the fall of 2009 to be followed by their common tour with Jeniferever.
Formed in 2008, the band did two European tours and their upcoming release “One of those things that you do once in a lifetime and hopefully learn a lesson from” EP (7th of April 2011, Flix Records)) was recorded at Tonteknik Recordings in Umea, Sweden with Magnus Lindberg (member of Cult of Luna).
The band consists of Jakub Radomski (vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, bass), Jacek Pełka (drums), Łukasz Michno (bass, accordion) and Tomasz Korgul (keys, synthesizers, guitar, violins).
Label: Denovali Records
The former members joined in 2004 as a quartet and started working out a sort of introspective and implosive approach, taking their cue from a wide range of influences including seminal bands such as Neurosis, Earth and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. After a short time break, in late 2005, Lento expanded into a five piece act, and began structuring the basement of a more elaborate mood. Incorporating elements of ambient, doom and hardcore, lento has created a perfect opposition between sludge heavy riffs and ambient psychedelic suites. Lento’s tone is a blend of heavily down tuned guitars, apocalyptic slow tempos, systematic drones and resonant feedbacks, their live sets alternate from hardcore assaults to intimate collapses of the signals.
Band: Dead Sea Apes
Album: Soy Dios EP
Label: Soul Desert Records
01. Soy Dios
02. Soy Dios II
03. Soy Dios III
Download (The band kindly asked not to put a link, but you can stream it here.)
Their debut single Soy Dios was released in December 2010, a nine-minute instrumental inspired by the Mexican psycho-Western El Topo and backed by two equally epic remixes. Several more tracks are currently in the works for a new EP, to be released in February or March 2011, including Astral House which was recently played by Stuart Maconie on his Freakier Zone show on BBC 6Music.
As well as working as an instrumental trio, Dead Sea Apes regularly collaborate with other musicians, such as Canadian singer-songwriter Gabe Minnikin, and Stray Light's Ellen Poliakoff; and in December 2010 they played an extended improvised set with legendary Can vocalist Damo Suzuki.
The group are currently arranging more gigs for 2011.
Band: Arms And Sleepers
Album: Nostalgia For The Absolute
Label: Self Released
03. Croix Rouge
04. Lovers Arctic
06. The Dying Animal
09. Tonight We're Thinking Of You
10. The Hidden Sea
11. Quiet Camera
"Nostalgia For The Absolute" is the first in a series of albums and EPs to be released by Arms And Sleepers in 2011, and acts as an introductory piece to the 3rd official full-length, out in May also via Expect Candy.
Label: Self Released
02. Nazi Synthesizers
Album: Winter EP
Label: Self Released
01. Pet Seminary
02. Schindler's Lisp
03. Anarchy In The Ukraine
Drawing heavy influences from fellow post-rock acts such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise, Mogwai, and Russian Circles; Kuato creates a powerful, unique experience for their listeners. Intense dynamic changes, harmonized guitar melodies, heavy hitting drums, and driving bass are all major staples of the group.
Their first EP, released on October 25, 2010, was met with almost instant critical acclaim. Within only two months of its release, it was chosen by critics from the Halifax independent newspaper, “The Coast”, for their “Best Albums of 2010” list.;
Band: Various Artists
Album: Tokyo Jupiter Compilation II
Label: Tokyo Jupiter Records
01. The Black Heart Rebellion - Sinnerman
02. The Caution Children - Abatwa Asks The Question
03. Nonrem - 借りた右腕
04. Trachimbrod - Values
05. Via Fondo - Nya utsikter: del 1
06. Orfèvre - Disparaître Ici
07. Up There: The Clouds - Roots In The Air
01. Syndrome - Floating Veins
02. MilanKu - La Nausée
03. Seila Chiara - Brace Yourself! This Is I We’re Leaving
04. TotorRo - John Baltor
05. Erfara - Deceiver
06. Gottesmorder - Ex Captivitate Salus
07. Keep Your Opinions To Yourself - Nine
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Belgium : The Black Heart Rebellion, Syndrome
France : Seila Chiara, Orfèvre, TotorRo
Italy : Up There: The Clouds, Gottesmorder
Sweden : Trachimbrod, Via Fondo
United States : The Caution Children, Keep Your Opinions To Yourself
Canada : MilanKu
Japan/Singapore/Asia : Nonrem, Erfara
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Band: Signo Rojo
Album: Promoalbum 2011
Label: Self Released
01. Lashing The Hellespont
02. The Beast Beneath
03. These Machines Used To Kill
04. The Calling
05. Dying Sun
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"Pale nothing"... That could be seen as somewhat indicative of the national character of the nation that has spawned some of the best harder-edged musical groups around these last decades.
Also cheap furniture.
Signo Rojo is an entity with both fleet firmly planted. One foot is anchored in the deep sludge of southern USA and the other planted in the ethereal world of introspective post-metal. The dangly bits in between have, on the other hand, been dipping into a wide variety of places. Be it crust-punk, doom-metal, classic prog or hardrock, Signo Rojo's privates has had an intimate history with it.
The band proper was formed in the late autumn of 2009, when the four members met at a local metal-show. They began writing almost immediately and spent the following winter and spring cooked up in the rehearsal room constructing and shaping a dynamic live-set that continues to evolve to this day. The following summer they started their crusade of gathering as much live experience as possible with their hopes set high on a touring future. A hardworking band is a healthy band and Signo Rojo craves the excitement, the energy and the positive social interactions you only get at a live show.
We have just uploaded the new promoalbum on our myspace in it's entirety! We hope you will enjoy it and here's how you can get a FREE downloadable copy of that promoalbum.
What you need to do is easy as pie, you just have to send one email, ONE email and that's it!
What kind of email you ask? We'll that's sort of up to you.
In a nutshell what we want you to do is this:
You send an email to a promotional outlet, a music-blog, a radio station, a magazine, a promoter, a label, a tourbooker/venue (if you have a music blog/page of your own or if you invite a bunch of friends to our facebook fanpage we'll count that too) ANYTHING you can think of that may find our music interesting and forward the same email to email@example.com ( please, no penis-enlargement suggestions though. We get enough of those as it is) and then you'll receive one free digital download of the new promoalbum to do with as you wish.
Good deal huh?
This way we'll get help promoting the band and you get free shit, if that isn't a win-win situation i don't know what is.
And please, BE CREATIVE! You don't have to limit yourself to the suggestions we gave earlier, do something completely out of left field if you want. Go nuts! If there are some stand-outs among the contributions those contributors may get some other free goodies on top of the album.
Well, there it is. Now go forth and promote! And we hope you enjoy our music!
Album: No House
Label: Self Released
01. Zee Germans
03. This Can't Wait!
05. Young Man, You Will Die Of This Company
06. Slowly, We Take Steps (Astronaut)
Solkyri are a post-rock band from Sydney, Australia. The three-piece have a broad range of influences which include the heavyweights in the post-rock scene to the depths of progressive rock, electronica and experimental fields. Solkyri combine subtle ambient textures, crushing distortions and pulsating walls of sound to form this beautiful yet haunting brand of captivating and engaging instrumental rock music.
Forming in 2006, Solkyri have managed to score support slots for post-rock workhorses Sleepmakeswaves, Meniscus, Mushroom Giant and Panzer Queen. In February 2010, Solkyri released their debut EP titled 'No House'.
Label: Monotreme Records
02. Waifs & Strays
03. The Beat Of Our Own Blood
04. A Drink To Remember
05. Deception Pass
06. Cathedral Peak
07. Where The Hills Fall Towards The Ocean