Thursday, March 31, 2016 0 Engineers

Video: Nothing - Eaten By Worms

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 0 Engineers

Video: Kiasmos - Drawn

Monday, March 28, 2016 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 078.Toundra (answered by Alberto)

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

Victor, our former guitar player, wanted a short name, he suggested "something like tundra". After some research I found that tundra in french sound and looked really cool (Toundra). And there wasn't any bands called Toundra, something really important.

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?

Well, definitely a mix of both: we build the songs jamming around a main riff.

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

We've been listening to a lot of prog music lately. King Crimson, Rush, Opeth... But we also like more punk-rock oriented music, such as At the Drive-in or Fugazi.

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

I'd say Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.

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

The first I bought by myself was The Real Thing by Faith No More.

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

Right now... Alcest or Opeth. They seem really nice people besides his obvious great musicianship.

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?

It definitely helps. A couple of weeks ago I sent like 30 records to Taiwan. And we also get so many attention from Malaysia.

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

We definitely love Bandcamp, we use it for our first three records and many people gives us support through the platform.Focusing on Spotify... I like it as an user, but I'm not a big fan as a musician.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

With another two or three albums out and still touring...

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

We attracted many people to our music thanks to our album's artwork. So, yes, definitely.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

Mars Volta's Frances the Mute. It's amazing.

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 vinyl a lot. Artwork is huge, and all the ritualistic feeling about playing a record... feels awesome. I also consume digital music through Spotify as I said before, but only when I'm not at home.

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

There's a lot of great moments, but one I liked a lot was when we played for almost 1000 people in Madrid. At the time we appeared on stage everyone cheered enthusiastically. I get chills every time I think of that.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 0 Engineers

Streaming: We Deserve This - Multiple Echoes EP

Band: We Deserve This
Album: Multiple Echoes EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. Multiple Echoes (feat. Thomas Graedtke)
02. We Are Leaving Earth (feat. Thomas Graedtke)
03. Relevanz (feat. Thomas Graedtke)
04. Everything Is Fine, I`m Already Dead
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We Deserve This is an instrumental post-rock project by Jan-Dirk Platek from Germany.

Friday, March 18, 2016 0 Engineers

Streaming: Dotlights - What If They're Right And You're Wrong

Band: Dotlights
Album: What If They're Right And You're Wrong
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. Probability Of A Faxmachine
02. Treble Will Find Me
03. If Trees Gave Off Wifi They'd Be Everywhere
04. Revolver Sandwich
05. What If You're Right And They're Wrong
06. Alright Everybody, This Is A Lottery
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Dotlights is a guitarist turned laptop-producer from the Netherlands. Working out of a small home studio in a quiet town near the German border, he uses guitars, stomp box loop machinery and sampled instruments to create minimalistic ambient bliss. His new release called "What If They’re Right And You’re Wrong" consists of six tracks, all of which feel like a natural progression from previous releases. Like his work on "Qualm" these new tracks lean heavily on guitars drenched in delay and reverb, although the songwriting feels a little more focused, with more room for beats, bass-synth and mangled guitar textures. "What If They’re Right And You’re Wrong" is available on all major digital channels.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 0 Engineers

Streaming: Valerinne - Monumenta

Band: Valerinne
Album: Monumenta
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. Edifice
02. Palinopsia
03. Solastalgia
04. Terra Amata
05. Downstream
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Bucharest based post-metal band Valerinne came together in early 2012, when Alexandru Das (guitar/soundscapes), Liviu Stoicescu (bass) and Mircea Smarandache (drums), joined efforts in their desire to play instrumental, atmospheric, haunting, loud and emotional music, completed by live visuals. 

Valerinne’s music takes an organic approach to the post-rock genre. The compositions are ample and dramatic, almost soundtrack-like and evoke a wide range of mental images. The sound spectrum swings from dreamy and fragile to gloomy walls of noise and harsh brutal droning sound intensity.

The band released its debut album, Kunstformen der Natur, in late 2012. Since then they have embarked on a European tour together with Bucharest ambient/drone band Environments, have shared the stage with Amenra, Environments, Atlantis, Maybeshewill, Tides from Nebula, Our Ceasing Voice, Stephen O'Malley and have played at the 2013 Dunk! Festival. 

At the end of 2013 the band released its second album, Arborescent, which takes the aesthetic of their first release further, yet sounds completely different. 2016 started for the band with the double release of their new album Monumenta and a split EP with Tauusk, "Telemetry".

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Friday, March 11, 2016 0 Engineers

Streaming: The Fifth Alliance - Death Poems

Band: The Fifth Alliance
Album: Death Poems
Label: WOOAAARGH, Dingleberry Records
Year: 2015

01. Your Abyss
02. Fall Of Taira
03. Death Poems
04. Dissension
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The Fifth Alliance was conceived in Breda, The Netherlands late 2006. The newly formed band took inspiration from chaotic hardcore bands like Coalesce, Botch, Converge combined with heavy acts like Isis, Cult Of Luna, Poison The Well, which resulted in the band self-released EP, ‘Fear Consumption’, in 2007. Their follow-up EP ‘Reflections On Consciousness’ saw the light of day through Crossfirecult Records in 2009, packed with dissonant riffs, rhythmic twists and heavy grooves. Playing numerous shows strengthened the band as a solid, tight playing force to be reckoned with.

In 2010 and 2011, the band encountered some setbacks from leaving band members, which allowed them to re-direct their musical course. Reinforced by a new rhythmic section, the band slowly labored forward with writing new songs and drawing more and more influences from sludge and doom music.

By Summer 2012, the band started recording their first full length album ‘Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin’. Their new album, which was released on Demons Run Amok Entertainment delivered massive, sludge/doom/hardcore merged into seven epic tracks, ranging from slow, gut wrenching riffing, claustrophobic screaming by vocalist Silvia, to hectic and fast blasts. ‘Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin’ deals with isolation, loss, self-destructive nature of man, organized religion and blind consumption.

With the recent release of their new album ‘Death Poems’, The Fifth Alliance leapes forward in terms of intelligent arrangements, subtle passages and building immense layers of atmosphere, led by Silvia Berger’s heartfelt screaming of pure emotion and beauty merging ‘Death Poems’ into a heavy outburst of blackish sludge, gutwrenching doom and hypnotic (post)hardcore/metal.

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Sunday, March 06, 2016 0 Engineers

EP: No Real Pioneers - Renounce

Band: No Real Pioneers
Album: Renounce
Label: Self Released
Year: 2015

01. Desolation
02. Isabel
03. Clouds Below
04. Bless

No Real Pioneers is a three-piece band from Vilnius, Lithuania. Since their inception in 2011 they have been perfecting their blend of post-rock, screamo and indie, while gigging as much as possible.

Saturday, March 05, 2016 0 Engineers

Album: Pelican - Live at Empty Bottle December 15, 2015

Band: Pelican
Album: Live at Empty Bottle December 15, 2015
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016

01. The Tundra
02. Ephemeral
03. Vestiges
04. Lost In The Headlights
05. Last Day Of Winter
06. Strung Up From The Sky
07. GW/Mammoth

"This is a recording of most of our set at The Empty Bottle in Chicago on December 15, 2015 (we cut out a few songs that didn't sound that great). Also on the bill that night were Goatsnake, Cloakroom, and Canadian Rifle. It was a very fun night and we're glad we can share it with you." - Pelican

Friday, March 04, 2016 0 Engineers

EP: Eloi Casellas & BLAK - Vostok (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Band: Eloi Casellas & BLAK
Album: Vostok (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2015

01. BLAK - Vostok
02. Eloi Casellas - Zarya3
03. Eloi Casellas - Irina
04. Eloi Casellas - Nikolai

BLAK and Eloi Casellas (a band member of BLAK) partnered to write the soundtrack for the motion picture "Vostok". BLAK's track with the self titled name is an amazing instrumental post-rock composition, influenced by the early Mono tracks. Eloi Casellas completes this beautiful soundtrack contributing 3, more ambient oriented, instrumental tracks. The only downside is that the EP has a running time of approximately 18 minutes. Well there is always the repeat button...

Thursday, March 03, 2016 0 Engineers

Video: O'Brother - Your Move

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 0 Engineers

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