Tuesday, April 25, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: musicformessier - Constellations I.


Band: musicformessier
Album: Constellations I.
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Pegasus
02. Ursa Major
03. Libra
04. Cassiopeia
05. Hydrus
06. Lyra
07. Octans
08. Orion
09. Triangulum
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musicformessier is Csarnogurszky István's atmospheric, ambient / post-rock studio project from Hungary.

Constellations I. is the first part of musicformessier's "Magnum Opus" ambient / post-rock double album. The second part will be released in the fall of 2017. Every single tone was played on the guitar, without the use of any synthesizers or pads.

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Monday, April 24, 2017 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 086.Féroces

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

Jérôme: When we decided to start this band, we thought of different options: we wanted a French name, as we only use French movie samples, and didn’t want something too obvious regarding the music we play, so we took almost the opposite. Féroces describes something cruel and savage, and while two of us come from the hardcore scene and love to play wild shows, our music is more about something melodic and sweet.

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?

Sébastien: Usually, Jérôme sends me what he calls a song, i.e. hundreds of themes on the guitar with a sample from a movie. Then, I choose the ones I find most interesting, rearrange them to build the structure of the song, add the synthesizers and basic drum parts, and then send it back to the others. Actually, when we first play a song “for real”, it is already close to the final version, we just rearrange transitions, synth levels, etc.

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

Sébastien: As a recording studio owner, I listen to (mostly) rock music all day long, so at home I’m more into electronic music. One of the last bands I listened to is Tobacco (maybe you can hear the influence of that band on my Donna remix).
Jérôme: I used to play in Emocore bands like Gantz and Hiro, but I can now say that I listen to a wide range of music from hardcore to electronic ambient music. Regarding my influences, I would have to say Slint, Microfilm, Mogwaï, Interpol, Joy Division, Fugazi and Amanda Woodward.
François: I listen to pretty much all kinds of music just to discover new stuff but I like rhythmical music with drummers playing creative fills (Interpol, Foals). I recently discovered a French band called Totorro and I love their style.

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

Sébastien: Nine Inch Nails “The Fragile”
Jérôme: Slint “Spiderland”
François: Interpol “Turn On The Bright Lights”

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

Sébastien: Michael Jackson’s Bad (and I’m not ashamed of it)
Jérôme: Kylie Minogue’s Locomotion (and I’m really proud of it)
François: Bryan Adams’ Waking Up the Neighbours (sorry guys)

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

Jérôme: I would love to play with Nirvana one day.

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?

Sébastien: Thanks to Youtube, one of our song has been played more than 20,000 times in Greece. It appears that it’s been added to a very popular Greek playlist. I would really like to go play there!
Jérôme: We promote our music by ourselves, and many people help us spread the word, via social networks. In fact, blogs and online communities have made us into what we are today.

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

Sébastien: We are on both services, and it’s been very pleasant to see that most of our fans are willing to pay more than what we ask for! But despite thinking that what Spotify and the other streaming platforms give back to the artists is quite ridiculous, we cannot, as a new band, decide that we won’t be available there…

9. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

Jérôme: Dead and buried
Sébastien: More seriously, if Jérôme starts exercising, we could definitely be playing “Même ça tu n’as pas le courage” :)

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

Jérôme: Sure, we spend a lot of time talking about the artwork. The harmonization of the music and the image must be coherent.
François: Also, some people like to buy vinyls just to have the artwork in a decent size and they keep listening to the digital albums.

11. What is your favorite album cover?

Jérôme: I would say “Unknown pleasures” by Joy Division, so many people around the world know these mountains, I got them tattooed on the top of my left arm.


François: I find the cover of “Is this It” by The Strokes very pleasant to look at.

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?

Jérôme: Actually, a lot of people listen to random music, in random mode, during their random lives, and I’m one random guy living in a random world. When you choose vinyl, you decide, you take the power back.
Sébastien: The process of listening to music is different depending on the media. I think listening to a vinyl is a more conscious action because you will most likely listen to the whole album, and not just a single that is part of a compilation. The object itself is also very different, and needs care. And there is a huge difference in terms of sound, the vinyl is always less compressed, subtler, more musical than CDs and other digital formats.

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

Jérôme: Each live show is special, sometimes I can forget where I am, who I am, what I do and forget. Only music and love can do this to me, this sensation is a drug and I would like to feel it every day.

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Recommendation: Astralia - Solstice


Band: Astralia
Album: Solstice
Label: Aloud Music Ltd.
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Exhale
02. Out Of Nothing
03. The Örnen
04. Abyss Of Light
05. Detachment
06. Farewell And Encounter
07. Solstice
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Astralia was born in La Floresta in November 2010, from the union of three music coming from different styles but with the common idea of creating songs with new sounds, new atmospheres, new textures, often developed from a few notes. Playing with instruments, they create organic ambiences where harmonic sensation coexist. Creations that inspired by nature and, as well as it does, ask for time and pauses. It’s a space trip, influenced by the most ambient post-rock that goes under your skin and it’s impossible to forget.

Astralia self-produced and self-released their first self-titled album, between November 2011 and February 2012. Two years later, after a positive reception amongst public and media / independent blogs, they released their new work, Atlas (May 2014, self-produced and self-released), together with a presentation tour in Portugal and North of Spain in Summer 2014. By then, they crossed paths with Aloud Music to re-release Atlas in vinyl, 3 different editions, one of them shared with the Belgian label Dunk! Records.
 
After some shows in Spain and the opening gig at AMFest 2015 (Barcelona), they toured Europe for the first time, playing in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland as well as in the famous Dunk! Festival in Belgium.
 
The new album “Solstice” was released by Aloud Music in April 2017.
 
Astralia is Roger Guzmán on guitar, Jordi Guzmán on drums and Albert Clemente on bass.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Outrun The Sunlight - Red Bird


Band: Outrun The Sunlight
Album: Red Bird
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Red Bird
02. Synergy
03. The Danger Of Alignment
04. Remaining In A Constant State Of Discomfort
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Outrun The Sunlight is a 4-piece instrumental progressive metal band from Chicago,USA.

From soaring guitar lines, complex rhythms and ambient soundscapes, “Red Bird,” demonstrates the vastness of metal music, taking influence from Caspian, Cloudkicker, The Contortionist and more. Traditionally grouped into progressive metal and djent, the quartet has made a conscious effort to transcend all conventions and constraints that factor into production, songwriting and image of those genres. Leaving behind direct-in guitar recording, programmed drums and in-house mixing/mastering, all four members performed and critiqued the album, creating the most organic and truest form of the band yet. “Red Bird” evokes cathartic feelings of love, growth and uncertainty, and being that it’s instrumental, it encourages the listener to create their own narratives in the music. 

This album is best listened to in a quiet space on your best set of headphones.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 0 Engineers

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Debut album out April 19th on Sportklub Rotter Damm.
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Sunday, April 09, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Lawoftheland - Dancing Explosions EP


Band: Lawoftheland
Album: Dancing Explosions EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Dancing Explosions
02. Second Nature
03. Departure One
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"It’s not an easy job for musicians to paint a picture with their songs, harder still if a song is devoid of lyrics and stripped back to just instrumentals. That’s where Lawoftheland have struck gold though – their songs fill an expanse that most musicians can only hope to."

"Lawoftheland do not create music, they create an event, a moment in time they want you to remember and reflect on. The group is not about them as a band, it’s about you and how you interpret them…. everyone will do that differently and that’s what they want. Look at any page, Facebook etc, that promotes them, there is no bio or about us as that would lead you and take away the very point of the band, an err of mystery, and I like that a lot."

"During the five minutes of the single, the listener is taken on a journey through the wilderness, merely by the dips and falls of the synths, guitar and drums, before being immersed into civilisation midpoint by the hum of conversation. The song so vividly manifests itself that you could almost imagine it playing alongside a film scene."

"Think Kraftwerk but played with guitars. They say a picture paints a thousand words, and that is what they have done but with sound, no words apart from an excerpt on the self-titled track 4 from Prince Ea. You could imagine training as a boxer, walking down the aisle, driving your car at high speed or relaxing on a beach. No words are there to sway your thoughts and emotions, you can just let your mind wander…….and I did."

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Friday, April 07, 2017 0 Engineers

EP: Curbeaters - Time Is Unforgiving


Band: Curbeaters
Album: Time Is Unforgiving
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Code Of Faults
02. Phreatic
03. Bitter Flood
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Curbeaters are/were kind of like “the father you never saw and didn't know was there, but suddenly he knocks at your door“. At least that's kind of like the case to well-known German acts Black Shape Of Nexus, Ira, Planks and Ultha.

The history

In 2002 all members of the project spent a lot of time on a German message board for underground DIY punk/hardcore/metal and they mutually knew each other from shows and festivals. Several ideas for projects were founded by memebrs of that board – non ever really gave birth to a record. Tom, Andy and Geb met for one weekend to practice and record a few ideas. Ralph was supposed to play bass but couldn't make it to that weekend. So the remaining members recorded the three tracks on this very record. There was never another proper rehearsal or plans to commence the band, but the instrumental tracks made their way through various channels and always got great feedback. The originally intended singer never made it to record vocals, so the whole thing just kind of faded to a distant memory and all members went on to play in some of the most well-known acts in German DIY metal/doom.

Fast forward to 2016

Andy and Ralph both ended up in Cologne, playing together in a black metal band called Ultha. Andy is a professional recording engineer and always kept up hope to actually finish the songs at some point. After an initial push by Timo (Golden Antenna Records) a few years back, to have Ralph record the vocals, the idea popped back up in 2016. Andy just opened his Goblin Sound Studio and Ralph is fairly well known for his trademark lyrics and vocal performance in now defunct Golden Antenna Records act Planks. Ralph wrote some lyrics and tried out the vocals – it turned out to be a perfect match for the three doom laden sludgy rock songs. Now hell froze over and Andy's persistence paid off: 'Time Is Unforgiving', a three song EP and the result of more than 15 years in the making. Limited to 300 records on vinyl distributed by the label which played a major part in why this thing came together after all these years.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Lights & Motion - Dear Avalanche


Band: Lights & Motion
Album: Dear Avalanche
Label: Deep Elm Records
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. This Explosion Within
02. Feathers
03. Silver Lining
04. Anomaly
05. Pandora
06. Perfect Symmetry
07. Everest
08. Lucid Dreaming
09. DNA
10. Anamorphic
11. Exhale
12. As They Sleep
13. All The Way
14. We Only Have Forever
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The latest offering in a discography often described as the ultimate symmetry of music and emotion, Dear Avalanche is the most accomplished and fully realized expression of sounds to date from cinematic post-rock powerhouse Lights & Motion. Although many claim he is a magician, the band's braintrust, Christoffer Franzen, is a storyteller...and a masterful one at that. From the majestic climax of "This Explosion Within" to the hopeful build of "Silver Lining" to the delicate innocence of "Anomaly", every Lights & Motion track tells its own story by transporting the listener through tenor and tone to a place where anything and everything is possible. This astonishing interplay of soul and sound is truly a work of art as it connects with the listener in a way that transcends the music itself. Franzen's ability to elicit emotion on a universal level and touch the heart without words, is simply beyond the limits of all imagination. With this expertly crafted collection of rich new soundscapes, Lights & Motion not only again delivers but also elevates the architecture of cinematic post-rock to awe-inspiring new heights. 

"I can safely say that this album was a big challenge and undertaking for me. I spent roughly two years writing it, and in that time I experimented a lot with trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone. By the end of it, I had written more than twenty-five songs and from them I chose fourteen to be featured on the album. I did things that I have never attempted before, such as recording a ten piece choir and incorporating a lot of vintage synthesizer sounds and electronics. I was determined to find new areas of my music that I hadn’t discovered, and looking back I think I did just that. The album is filled with lots of different textures that I created, like running choirs through distorted guitar amps or taking beautiful string recordings and processing them to sound otherworldly and ethereal. Every song brought with it a large canvas which I filled with interesting new sounds to help bring each composition to life," says Franzen. 

Franzen continues, "The album title just came to me and I instantly connected with it. While it may sound paradoxical because an avalanche is so dangerous, it reminds me that there is always a precious silver lining in everything that happens. Events in your life will threaten to overpower you, but there is strength in facing them head on, accepting them for what they are and choosing always to look for the positive message in all the hardship and struggle. I hope people listening to this album will feel like they've been taken on a journey, as I worked hard at creating a world of sonic panoramas to get lost in. Looking back, I think this is my most diverse album to date. The melodies are still very much present, but the sonic identities change as the album ebbs and flows. For me, the experience of making albums is a very solitary one. For several years I have lived with these songs, first in my head and then in my hands. Now I am ready to release them into the world. Getting to share them with everyone is the ultimate payoff after all this work, and one I'm really looking forward to." 

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Recommendation: Anomalie - Visions


Band: Anomalie
Album: Visions
Label: Art Of Propaganda
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Vision I: Towards The Sun
02. Vision II: The Wanderer
03. Vision III: A Monument
04. Vision IV: Illumination
05. Vision V: Starless Nights
06. Vision VI: White Forest
07. Vision VII: One With The Soil
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Anomalie is an Austrian atmospheric black metal band founded by mastermind Marrok (live-Harakiri For The Sky) in 2011.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 10 Engineers

Compilation: post-engineered vol.3 (the winter edition)


Band: Various Artists
Album: post-engineered vol.3 (the winter edition)
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. BOG - Mére (feat. Josh Wing of Sól) (previously unreleased)
02. Cranial - Towers
03. Suffocate For Fuck Sake - Stina
04. Throane - Un Instant Dans Une Torche
05. Gloson - Cringe
06. Creshna - For All I Know
07. Yanos - II. Denial
08. Allochiria - Counting Fives
09. Sunpocrisy - Eternitarian
10. Anagnorisis - Peripeteia
11. The Osedax - Son Of The Sea
12. Phantom Winter - Black Space
13. Black Table - Helm
14. Echoes Of The Moon - St. Anthony's Fire
15. Latitudes - Body Within A Body
16. The Fifth Alliance - Your Abyss
17. Sól - Transference
18. Postvorta - Set Them On Fire
19. Tellus Effluentia - Irretrievable
20. They Grieve - The Name Of The Void
21. Anomalie - Vision VII: One With The Soil (feat. Heike Langhans of Draconian)
22. Show Me A Dinosaur - Wojna
23. Raum Kingdom - Grace
24. Thurm - Modern Slavery Exists
25. Hvøsch - Tetiva (Chapter I)
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25 tracks and 1 more to be added next week, with a running time of 4 hours of pure black and post-metal! The compilation went a bit heavy this time!
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!  

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Toul Syes - Ikarosz EP


Band: Toul Syes
Album: Ikarosz EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016








Tracklist
01. Delta-v
02. 0 Kelvin
03. G2V
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Toul Syes is an instrumental post-rock band from Hungary.

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Monday, March 27, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Black Sails For Red Seas - Wave​:​I EP


Band: Black Sails For Red Seas
Album: Wave​:​I EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Cameron: First Light
02. Gallows
03. Imbued / Open Wounds
04. L'orpheline
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Black Sails For Red Seas is a post-rock band from Montreal, Canada.
For fans of Pelican.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: We All Die! What A Circus! - We All Die! What A Circus!


Band: We All Die! What A Circus!
Album: We All Die! What A Circus!
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. The Trouble Of Being Born
02. Emil Cioran's Nightwalk
03. Bluebird
04. A Fishing Rod For My Grandpa
05. Tears Do Not Burn Except In Solitude
06. What We Think We Become
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We All Die! What A Circus! is the solo studio project of João Guimarães from Portugal and was created in 2013. It all started with the release of the EP Drowning Gives Meaning To Breath (June, 2013) which consisted of soundscapes (synths, samples, field-recordings) mixed with post-rock and "folk" guitars with a minimalist approach focusing on the atmosphere. The song "Drowning Gives Meaning To Breath" was featured on the RibsOut Compilation 6 and the song "Hold" was featured on the compilation The Best Of Portuguese Post-Rock 2013 made by the Portuguese website Planeta Post-Rock. 

In September of 2014 the first full-length "Until The Cosmos Takes Me Back"was released featuring more drone elements, intricated guitar-work and a more layered sound, featuring two singles: From India To Gaza I, one of the highlights of the album with a strong guitar-lead dwelling in the air with its simplicity, and Old Village In Space which combines a sense of nostalgia with an eerie slow-pace solo. The album was considered one of the best Portuguese albums of the year by the website Bandcom and the song "Our Dust Turned Into This" was featured on the compilation The Best of Portuguese Post - Rock 2014 by Planeta Post-Rock. 

Between 2015 and early 2017 the new self-titled album was recorded expanding the sound of the project with a different concept, including elements of dark jazz, modern classical all warped up by reverb-drenched drone soundscapes and also post-rock guitar featuring drums for the first time.

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Monday, March 20, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Cloud Shelter - S/T


Band: Cloud Shelter
Album: S/T EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Silent Landscape
02. Kumo
03. Cold Mountain
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Cloud Shelter is a post-rock band from Lyon,  France.

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Friday, March 17, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Allochiria - Throes


Band: Allochiria
Album: Throes
Label: Art Of Propaganda
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Thrust
02. Little Defeats, Tiny Victories
03. Cracking Fractals
04. Lifespotting
05. Counting Fives
06. Denouement
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Allochiria is a post-sludge band from Athens, Greece. They were formed in 2008, and released a self-titled EP in 2010. In January 2014, they released their first full-length album, Omonoia. 

But on December 2016, Allochiria joined forces with Art of Propaganda for the release of the band’s second album, Throes. Having shared the stage with Deafheaven, Year of No Light, Altar of Plagues, and many more, as well as undertaking their first European tour in March 2015, Allochiria's live experience becomes readily apparent across the vast expanses of Throes. Although their music has often been likened to Neurosis, ISIS, Amenra, and Cult of Luna, Allochiria assert their own identity in the post-sludge realm with their deep exploration of very human themes. With Throes, its theme explores man as a social being, the corruption that defines him in modern societies, his vain struggles, painful routine, and the effect this has in the world around him. 

In that regard, Throes retains the same concept as Omonoia, which has man in its main area of interest. But this time, Allochiria's pursuit of that concept is angrier and more direct, making for an even more intense listen. Speaking directly to mankind, Throes expresses anger, pain, and agony in a higher degree; living beings are being killed, drowned, destroyed, and left helpless, and the rest either cause this or witness it. We mourn a little bit, and then go on with our lives - we are hopeless and weak. This is Throes, and Allochiria are guiding its maelstrom.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 085.My Education

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

Scott Telles (bass): It's a William Burroughs book. A compilation of his dreams.​

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? ​

Scott: Somebody brings in a riff, an idea or a song, and the rest of it beat it, cajole it, threaten it, and stomp on it until it cries out "Uncle!" and becomes a My Education song.​

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

Scott: We all have large record collections and we all listen to a huge variety of music. Speaking personally, right now I'm going through a Cannonball Adderly and Martinis phase! But you can find us listening to everything from Arvo Part to Brian Eno, Cam'ron and Wolves In The Throne Room.​

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

James Alexander (viola): Stranded by Roxy Music. ​ 
Scott: The Saga of Doremi Fasol Latido by Hawkwind​

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

James: A 45 of a song called “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka. I have no idea why. 
Scott: I ordered a bunch of records from one of those Columbia House ​offers. I can't remember them all, but I know I got the first Boston album and "Leftoverture" by Kansas. Hells yeah!

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

James: Current band? Goat. 
Scott: Ash Ra Tempel.​

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?

James: Absolutely, and conversely we find out about so much great stuff from other parts of the world in the same way. Lately someone in Malaysia has been streaming some of our stuff.

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

James: I think you don’t really have a choice anymore. It would be nice if Spotify was more lucrative for musicians and bands on our end of the popularity scale, though. ​
Scott: I agree. We have never really seen any income from Spotify, but we make money from bandcamp all the time.​

9. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years? 

James: I hope I’m still playing and recording music. I think it would be great if there were still a version of My Education to make music with, but I’ll settle for just being alive and healthy enough to play. ​
Scott: Can I quit my day job now?​

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

James: That’s a good question. I used to scrutinize album covers for all the names, iconography, arcane symbols and so on. Then CDs came along, and I’d crack open the booklet inside and see if there was anything interesting, but the cover art was so small it lost significance. The only physical media I buy anymore is vinyl records, and I don’t know that the artwork really matters much to me anymore. I’m more interested in the quality of the vinyl. And if it’s something I am streaming, I probably never even see the artwork. Regardless, I guess I still think if you are releasing music as an album – no matter what the format – there should still be art and that art is still important whether anyone sees it or not. 
Scott: And let's not forget about the credits. I gotta have the liner notes and credits. I'm an obsessive with my favorite artists, and I like to read who played what, who produced, etc etc.​

11. What is you favorite album cover?

James: Henry Cow’s “Legend”. Of the three Henry Cow ‘sock’ covers, I think this sock most perfectly conveys the quintessence of the material within.


Scott: Matching Mole - Little Red Record - just brilliant.​

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?

James: vinyl all the way. My father loved vinyl records (he had a particular fondness for Greek artists Vangelis and Nana Mouskouri!) and he played them all the time. He built his own phono preamp and integrated amplifier. Whether it’s real or imaginary, nothing sounds better to my ears than a good vinyl record played on a proper setup. In the digital age there’s ever less and less that is real and intrinsic that we can hold onto anymore. The restrictions of the vinyl format do a couple of things as well - they force you to sit down and actually listen instead of just having music serve as background for your workout or whatever; and it forces the artist to really consider what is essential and that can fit into a 45 minute time block with a break directly in the middle. ​
Scott: I listen to vinyl a LOT, es​pecially at home, but much of my most serious listening is done in the car on the CD player in traffic where I have almost no distractions. Then again, I still have a cassette deck in the van as well, so I'm omnivorous!

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

Scott: Playing our score for "Sunrise" outdoors on a giant inflatable screen smack in the middle of downtown Houston with the skyline all around us was pretty awesome. Dunk! Fest in Belgium was amazing - in fact, our whole 21 show European tour in 2013 is one of the highlights of my life!

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EP: Six Steps Above The Earth - Step 2


Band: Six Steps Above The Earth
Album: Step 2 EP
Label: Aza Records
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Darkness is Just Light Turned Inside Out
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"Six Steps Above The Earth is, except of the place I live, a way to express myself slowly heavily and with minimalism. Through sound repetition and the feelings that it evokes to me, I fill and empty my mind leaving my hands free to play. But it's not just me, there are others at time to time that come or will come and offer their energy."

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Friday, March 10, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Jagged Vision - Death Is This World


Band: Jagged Vision
Album: Death Is This World
Label: Fysisk Format
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Betrayer
02. Euthanasia
03. Death Is This World
04. I Am Death
05. Feeble Souls
06. Emperor Of...
07. Seven Seals
08. Serpents
09. Forlorn
10. Palehorse
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Since the very beginning Jagged Vision has been a force to be reckoned with in the Norwegian underground scene. Through vigorous touring and sharing stages with bands like Kylesa, Black Tusk, Orange Goblin, High on Fire, Kvelertak and many more, Jagged Vision has built a reputation of being an intense live experience.

The band released their debut through Kylesa-run Retro Futurist Records to international acclaim in 2014 following a 30 date tour throughout Europe with Kylesa. The Sludgelord said “Jagged Vision up the ante with more bone-crunching riffs played at full force that will leave you breathless through out.”.

“Death Is This World” sees Jagged Vision evolving their roots in hardcore and stoner metal into an intense machinery of heavy riffing. The album consists of 10 songs filled with blistering Hardcore Metal, sure to to wake even the most lethargic listener. Working with producer Phillip Cope (who’s first amendment was that they recorded everything in the highest bpm they could handle) takes Jagged Vision into a faster and more brutal landscape.

There is no compromise, no genre limitations and no rules. “Death Is This World” is a product of raw heavy emotion.

Unlike their debut album, “Harvest Earth” (2014), where vocalist Ole Urke Wik wrote all the tracks, “Death Is This World” is more of a collaborative effort in terms of songwriting. Following the departure of guitarist Daniel Vier and bassist Kato Austrått, Jagged recruited fresh blood to join the ranks of metal excellence – enter guitar prodigy Tommy Jacobsen and axe-man Morten Transeth, whom both help fan the flames of rage necessary for pleasing the metal hordes of the world.

Jagged Vision’s misanthropic agenda is deep set in the failing of man’s interpersonal relations. As the very earth that has been tread upon for thousands of years starts to crumble beneath the feet of its self-appointed master. “Every man for himself” seems to have become the universal law. As technology and culture evolves ever faster, man seems to regress to become more primitive and self-absorbed. Fueled by this, Jagged Vision come off as a rude awakening. spewing venom and pulling off the meanest riffs imaginable.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Sleep Maps - No More Good Dreams


Band: Sleep Maps
Album: No More Good Dreams
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Dreams
02. The Lonelies
03. Under The Pyramid
04. You Can't Escape
05. The Black Island
06. Recurring Dream
07. Approaching Wave
08. Left Alone
09. Those Days Are Gone
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Over the course of moving from Chicago, to Los Angeles, to New York, multi-instrumentalist Ben Kaplan has developed Sleep Maps from a solo project to a full band in time for the debut album, Fiction Makes the Future. Sleep Maps tend toward the dark side of post-rock, with spoken word samples.

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Monday, March 06, 2017 0 Engineers

EP: Wojciech Golczewski - Relay_Sat_01


Band: Wojciech Golczewski
Album: Relay_Sat_01 EP
Label: Data Airlines
Year: 2017








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01. DATA-01
02. DATA-02
03. DATA-03
04. DATA-04
05. DATA-05
06. DATA-06
07. DATA-07
08. DATA-08
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Born in 1980, Wojciech Golczewski is a polish composer who began writing music in his teenage years. Though he studied fine arts, both at an arts high school and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, he decided to focus his professional efforts entirely on music. Golczewski’s musical career started in the European demoscene, an art subculture where artists show off their programming and musical skills. Following a career in composing for video games including PlayStation 3 titles like Linger In Shadows and Datura, the composer scored his first feature film with Eraser Children, an Australian sci-fi. His other recent scores include the Norwegian thriller Dark Souls, the Icelandic crime thriller City State, werewolf film Late Phases and last year’s We Are Still Here, which was nominated for the 2016 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for the Best Horror Score .

Relay_Sat_01 is a free (pay what you want) bonus EP with take outs, demos and alternative parts from Wojciech's Reality Check and The Signal albums.

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Friday, March 03, 2017 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 084.Svarta Stugan

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

Late one night I was watching the last episode of season 2, Twin Peaks. In those last episodes of the series, Agent Cooper visits “the black lodge”. Those episodes was the thing that inspired me to ask the others in the band if they wanted to do some noise-music together. And then I think it was the drummer Emanuel that came up with the name “Svarta Stugan”, which is “black lodge” translated into Swedish.

2. How did you came up with the idea of a video game instead of a video clip and how difficult was to materialize it?

I was thinking about how a music video would look and what it should be about. And making a music video simply didn’t “feel” like a fun thing to do. Every band around is doing it and I find myself rarely watching more than a minute of each music video that comes to my attention. And then I saw in my facebook feed that a friend of mine was applying for a game development school. And then I thought, why don’t we make a game instead of a video.Then I started to ask around and came in touch with Stefan (who did develop the game) through a friend of mine.And then me and Stefan had like one Skype meeting per week for about eight months. I had the idea of making a shooter, since I have always loved “Gradius” and “R-type” and other retro nintendo shooters. But Stefan and I wanted the game to reflect the atmosphere in the music so the game became black and white. Stefan has really put some hard work into this.

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?

Usually I compose melody, harmony and basic groove and make these super poor demos of the song. And then we refine the song in rehearsal, live and when we record it. So it is a collective arrangement of all the songs. And sometimes we just make some noise together.

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

Right now I’m anticipating the new Timber Timbre record. And I am also keeping an ear out for the new Colin Stetson band “Ex Eye”, which sounds promising.Influences are early progressive 70’s music. Brian Eno in the 70’s. And bands from the 90’s and early 2000’s such as Radiohead and God Speed You! Black Emperor.

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

It changes from day to day but probably “Another Green World” - Eno.

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

I think Alice Cooper “Thrash” on cassette.

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

Tricky question. I would like to work with Mike Patton or Merzbow.

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. We haven’t established a fan base there or something like that but it is surprising when you find that someone from South Korea is listening to our music.It has helped us in getting gigs in Germany and bringing a few people to the shows. So the internet has been good to us.

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

Well, it seems that everyone has to decide what will work for them but bandcamp is a good thing and a good way to support your favourite struggling band. Spotify and other streaming services generate a very small amount of money for the bands and that is a problem.

10. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

Making music in some way. However, I’m into the idea that often, it is good for a music band to quit making music sooner than later. An example is the band Genesis. They made 5 great albums in the early 70’s. And then they made shit, according to me. Brian Eno made 5-6  great albums and then suddenly they didn’t have the same nerve. So probably we will only make like four albums. So in ten years, perhaps it is time to make something different. I would love it if Svarta Stugan left a legacy with four great albums and then no more.

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

Probably more important than ever. It is a way to make your band visible and stand out. I think that there are also more possibilities with artwork and a digital release. You could have it in any size and so on. I think it is important to be brave and do strange and not normal things. Don’t lock yourself up in a cage with ideas of what you should do and that you should do it like it has always been done.

12. What is you favorite album cover?

Hard to say. Perhaps “Hidden Persuaders” with the album art for the record “Elegies and Curses”.

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 think it is because you want something that looks good and that you can look at while listening. Some physical thing that is related to the music. I like vinyl and cassettes. We made a cassette-box which looked really nice. If someone wants one, check with “Hackebeil Records” or “Epileptic Media”.

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

We are a very kind band with very little rock’n’ roll lifestyle. I would say that every live show is something made with blood and sweat. So that’s where you will see our most vivid moments.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Sól - Upheaval


Band: Sol
Album: Upheaval
Label: Alerta Antifascista Records
Year: 2017








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01.Zone Tunnel
02.Transference
03.Fireblood
04.Kingdom
05.Upheaval
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Formed in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, Sól is a 5-piece post-metal band that explores the beauty and fear of the natural world. Comprised of brooding heaviness and atmospheric calm, their sound reflects the dense and expansive landscape of the Pacific Northwest. 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 0 Engineers

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Monday, February 27, 2017 0 Engineers

Crowdfunding: The Boats


The Boats are crowd funding their next album ‘2 Bears’. This time the band will be pressing a beautiful double vinyl album. There are some wonderful rewards for supporters, including t-shirts, signed albums and much more.
Please get behind this special album project and become part of the making of 2 Bears.

You can listen a track from "2Bears" here: https://soundcloud.com/the-boats-music/sets/warmgun

And support their crowdfunding project here: https://pozible.com/project/the-boats-2-bears

The Story

 "We are a dying breed ..  one of several Melbourne post-rock bands who can proudly say ‘we’ve been around forever’, ... well not quite forever. The Boats have been together for 14 years, and although we have not been playing a lot of shows of late, we have continued to create great music. The gap between our debut album ‘Los Musicos Periods’ and our followup record ‘Segundo’ (released in 2014) was way too long, 8 years to be precise. We like Segundo, as many others do, but the hiatus in between made us feel like we were trapped in a time bubble. So we vowed to keep 2 promises to ourselves: the next album would be produced and mixed by someone else (not in the band), and we would not wait another 8 years - it would be recorded this year. We are sticking to our promise!

We have been really hard at work, locked in rehearsal studios all year, gradually picking the tracks that stand out, slowly moulding and forming the material. One thing we can say about the new music: it’s back to the basics, back to what we are - a trio, and that means a wonderful mix between bass, guitar and drums and clever live overdubs (a touch of electronica), not to mention some wonderful guest players coming in to record and join us on new live shows in 2017.

So about that recording. Well, we will be recording with reputable engineer and producer, Neil Thomason. Neil gets it, he comes from that old school world of power rock, he loves analog tape and spent his 90’s playing guitar in rock outfits. He is the perfect choice to record our next album … "If a band asks me to be involved in making a record with them, the first thing I ask is 'What kind of record do you want to make?'  I see my job as one that involves ascertaining in as much detail as I can what it is the band wants to achieve with their recording, and then advising the best way I know about how the band can do that."

We like his approach and it’s a relief for us to have someone like Neil step in and take the helm, and allow us to be a band again ... to just kick back and play."

How The Funds Will Be Used

"First off, there is the actual recording process. We will spend 2 days with Neil @ Headgap recording to wonderful 2" analog tape. With a warmth and natural saturation that can only be afforded by analog recording, we will be caught in our element - a raw Melbourne three-piece post-rock band, enthused and emphatic with a story to tell the world. Naturally we need to pay for Neil's time and studio space, and the mixing that will follow.

We will then need to master our new record with a professional mastering engineer - and mastering for vinyl is a true art in itself.

Finally the album needs to be wedded to its natural physical format, irreplaceable, beautiful, tangible double vinyl.

All the while, we will be busy organising glorious artwork, creating and printing t-shirts, and preparing other goodies for you all to help celebrate the release of our third full-length offering.

If you feel like giving more than our target, we will deeply appreciate it, and not forget it."

The Challenges

"The biggest challenge we face is pulling off an album in two days of which we can be proud. Full stop.

With all the work that we've put into the songs over the past year, we are confident that our new material, combined with Neil's production skils and creative input from some special guests, will create a special and timeless musical gem.

We can't wait to share our new songs with you all!"

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Friday, February 24, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Cranial - Dark Towers / Bright Lights


Band: Cranial
Album: Dark Towers / Bright Lights
Label: Moment Of Collapse
Year: 2017








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01. Dark
02. Towers
03. Bright
04. Lights
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Cranial is a post, black metal band from Germany formed in 2014 from the ashes of Omega Massif.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Gloson - Grimen


Band: Gloson
Album: Grimen
Label: Art Of Propaganda
Year: 2017








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01. Prowler
02. Fabulist
03. Antlers
04. Cringe
05. Specter
06. Embodiment
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In the summer of 2012 in Sweden, a group of individuals came together with a solitary goal in mind - to create dark music offset with the smallest glimmer of hope. Instead of being inspired by political or religious themes, the band turned to their own personal and internal wastelands; to see what would manifest from their subconscious, writhing within this very cruel world.

It's nice to discover new bands and if that band's album is a punch in the face from start to finish, with a pause ("Specter") to let you take a breath and realize what's happening, before closure with the longest track of the album, then you can talk about the discovery of the year so far and definitely an early AOTY contender. 

Mastered by Magnus Lindberg Productions.
For fans of Cult Of Luna.

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Monday, February 20, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Autism - Film Noir


Band: Autism
Album: Film Noir
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Alive And Torn
02. In Anger
03. Humanity - Crescendo
04. Brittle Bones
05. Your Loudest Sound Is Change
06. 918
07. Film Noir
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Autism is an instrumental post-rock / post-metal band from Vilnius, Lithuania.

"This album, sharing the same name as a cinematic genre, is driven by a mood of pessimism and menace. While working on this album, we decided to explore even more disturbing and uncomfortable topics. Alcoholism, drugs, physical and psychological abuse, manipulation…it is all a part of our everyday life. We have used real samples of some actual tragic life events to create a greater emotional impact to the listener and make him aware. This is not a casual album to listen to, but we believe that “Film Noir” will succeed to deliver the message we wanted to communicate." - Autism

Artwork by our friend Sagby, Engender Art For Hope​.

Friday, February 17, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Ravenna - Laocoön



Band: Ravenna
Album: Laocoön
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016







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01. Teraphim
02. Valta
03. Unnok
04. Carrion
05. Laocoön
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Ravena is an American post-rock band from California, formed in 2012. With lengthy compositions from ethereal movements to ominous epilogue. As a three piece, Ravena have worked to build, destroy and rebuild an album that spans over the past 4 years. The first full length album, Laocoön, features 4 movements that encompass a spectrum of beauty and destruction.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 0 Engineers

Video Premiere: Cataya - Vis À Vis


We are honored to premiere the new video by Cataya. Track taken from the forthcoming split with Milanku later this year.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Third Meridian - Polarity



Band: Third Meridian
Album: Polarity
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017







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01. 3°W
02. Heroes
03. Darkside
04. [K]night Is Over
05. Tyr Island
06. The Last Escape
07. Moonlight Drive
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Third Meridian, it's an immersive dive into a cinematic universe where the association of sound and video will lead you straight to the euphoria.

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Video: stonefromthesky - Weightless

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 0 Engineers

Video: Overhead, The Albatross - Time (Hans Zimmer Cover)


Friday, February 10, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Buensuceso - Analogy: The Sun | Divided Line


Band: Buensuceso
Album: Analogy: The Sun | Divided Line
Label: Third-I-Rex / The Braves Records
Year: 2017







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01. With A Puff Of Wind, The Fire Of The Cave Went Out And Its Shadow Disappeared With Unfulfilled Desires
02. On The One Hand, The Poor Put Down, Surrendered Bought All The Things Were Taken, Much Cohesion, A Lot Of Sweetness
03. The Tulip Curse Came With The Arrival Of Fall
04. Wunderkammer
05. She Needed Two Words To Apologize... Whilst, He Needed An Eternity To Be Forgiven
06. Fate Forgive Us
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Buensuceso is a post-rock/metal band from Mancha Real, Spain.

The album takes inspiration from Platonic philosophy and “The Allegory of the Cave“. It observes the existence of an unreal world, focused on the blindness of an oblivious society, which is forced to accept the insipid, conformist and inhuman reality that lies behind human beings.

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Thursday, February 09, 2017 0 Engineers

Throwback Thursday: Sleep Maps - We Die For Truth


Band: Sleep Maps
Album: We Die For Truth
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014








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01. The Life Beyond
02. The Future West
03. Telegenesis
04. Army Of Empty
05. Biologic Trust
06. Death Has Two Faces
07. The World You Wanted
08. See You In A Thousand Years
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Sleep Maps is an one man psychedelic / post-rock with spoken words samples project from USA.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017 0 Engineers

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: ghost island - Assimilation


Band: ghost island
Album: Assimilation
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Your Hope
02. Your Joy
03. Your Doubt
04. Crushed
05. Your Fear
06. Your Equanimity
07. Assimilation
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ghost island is an ambient, post-rock band from Phoenix.

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Video: Klone - Immersion (Unplugged)


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Streaming: Into Orbit - Unearthing


Band: Into Orbit
Album: Unearthing
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Dark Matter 03:52
02. Stone Circles 05:41
03. Scattering Light 03:06
04. Equilibrium 08:02
05. Caldera 05:40
06. The Archer 04:43
07. Unearthing 03:36
08. Gilgamesh
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Into Orbit is a dynamic duo of guitar and drums whose immersive, genre-defying sound contains aspects of experimental rock, metal, prog, doom, ambience & drone.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 083.Glasgow Coma Scale (answered by Helmes Bode)

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

One of our friends came across this medical measuring unit for impaired consciousness “Glasgow Coma Scale”. We found this to be the perfect name for performing psychedelic post rock! Nice, too: It evokes associations to the Scottish band Mogwai for which some of us would give their left nut.

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? 

There is a lot of jamming, but Piotr and Marek are pretty much the riff-generators – with Piotr in particular being inspired right before falling asleep (not in band practice!). That is what “Enter Oblivion” refers to. Then we check which ideas we already recorded that might fit to the current theme. Then we start crafting. Finally, Piotr and Mr. S give the acoustic sound an “electronic bypass”.

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

I come from a trip hop past with Portishead, Lamb, Tricky or Massive Attack and really like the beats and the vibe. But there is so much great stuff out there in a lot of segments. I recently discovered polyrhythmical minimal jazz from Switzerland (Nik Bärtschs Ronin or Sonar) and kind of rediscovered the krautrock origins of our ancestors (CAN or Neu!). Ahead-of-his-time-krautrock-drummer Jaki Liebezeit just died recently! I had my Drum´n´Bass and Hip-hop phase as well with a New York revelation named Dälek. At home there is some headbanging stuff especially on Sunday mornings. I could go on for hours, but would you print it?

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

AUDIAC – Thank you for not discussing the outside world

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

I fear it was the Miami Vice Soundtrack. Doesn´t sound too much like rock and roll, huh? Well I was young and have no better excuses. Don Johnson with his alligator on his boat just seem to have impressed a 13 year old kid.

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

Them Crooked Vultures would be pretty cool – three legends in one place! Growl – Nirvana / Jones – Led Zeppelin / Homme – Queens of the Stone Age. Maybe this is a little out of reach. But a lot of whishes already came true: Tides from Nebula, Monkey3, Manescape, Mother Engine, Suns of Thyme… My Sleeping Karma is next on the realistic list. I just saw them last week with Green Orbit. Our gig with Long Distance Calling unfortunately was canceled by the club owner two weeks before the concert due to too few sold tickets in advance. The Euros seemed still to have a deep impact on the mostly male rock community when there is a concert on the same day. 

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? 

Honestly I am not sure about this, since we are not very well known. Is there any post-rock band how really is? I have seen people from New Zealand discussing our music in world wide web, which I think is “sweet as” and “fair enoughski, mate” (to say it in NZ-English)! I love the country so much and even though I´d rather rehearse than perform this would be the part of the world to tour! Just yesterday I also saw a review in a blog from Glasgow which I think is pretty suitable, too. Your post-engineering blog is special for me anyhow, since I have a lot of contact to engineers. I just love their way of thinking and would say that it is an interesting approach to deconstructing post-music. Are you guys engineers in a parallel universe or full time bloggers? Where are you located?

- post-engineering: For a long time now I'm just one person running the whole blog. This is just my hobby and in real life I'm in IT support. post-engineering's name is an inspiration mixing "School Of Emotional Engineering" band's name, which I find great & unique, and the word "post", which has 2 meanings: posting something on the blog and the most genres I'm dealing with (post-rock, post-metal, post-hardcore etc.).

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

Yeah, bandcamp is a good thing! We are on there as well. It´s pretty awkward these days anyhow. Our album, that our label fluttery sells, was online for free download on some website only two days after the release and now is also completely on YouTube. But there is an upside since it helps to spread our music. Hopefully the downloaders come to concerts or buy t-shirts which you can´t download yet. If people actually buy the album, we can make another one! But to be honest: A lot of bands I bought vinyl from or went to concerts I discovered through the internet as well. So it´s a janus faced type of thing. If you need people to notice you it is good being spread, even illegally. If you are renown as a band and try to make a living of it, it is probably disadvantageous. Let´s see how things develop…

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

In the studio in Berlin again with the Kowalski-Brothers working with Thies of the Tonbrauerei on our second album. Yes, it will take that long! But that would be twice as fast as Tool, wouldn´t it?

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

Well, with the possibilities of digital media, artwork could be taken to another level. Maybe digital albums should make more use of video or interactive design?

11. What is your favorite album cover? 

Are you asking Narcissus about his favorite reflection? Our artwork of course, thanks to Hummel Grafic Design!


 Despite this I´ll go for Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures and Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma.


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? 

Have you ever spinned a one and a zero around and had a holistic experience? With digitalization there is a paradigm shift towards dematerialization which is practical physical minimalism. And that could simultaneously be the cause of a countermovement towards haptic audio carriers with a more somatic feel. My first memory as a child is my father sitting in front of his record player totally absorbed by probably Arzachel, Cream or Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I own three different turntables (from an ancient Dual to modern 1210er replica), but I still find that these great devices all don´t work very well while riding the subway through Frankfurt.

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as an artist? 

Great but hard question. There have been many with different bands. Also with GCS it´s hard to pick one. Let me pick two. When we rehearsed the very first time together it was in a microscopic space near the airport on questionable equipment. The two guys threw a killer lick in three-four at me. We didn´t speak, just grinned from one ear to the other. Second moment was our very first gig which happened to be with the great Tides from Nebula from Poland. We only got the slot because we could convince the owner of the club that we had played countless gigs as a band before. First gig with the guys, there was no soundcheck-time, I never had played to a click live before and it still worked out great even though I was stirred up like whipped cream. I also love to recall the unique gigs and times with our band-friends from Manescape and Mother Engine. You guys rock like Carrara! (high-quality marble from Italy – note by the editor). By the way: Thanks for the interview dear post-engineers!

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