Friday, October 20, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Amenra - Mass VI


Band: Amenra
Album: Mass VI
Label: Neurot Recordings, Consouling Sounds
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Children Of The Eye
02. Edelkroone
03. Plus Près De Toi
04. Spijt
05. A Solitary Reign
06. Diaken
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Amenra was formed in 1999 in the West Flanders city of Kortrijk. The band was founded by vocalist Colin H. van Eeckhout and lead guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove. The two had been in the hardcore punk band Spineless and wanted to create music with more "heart and soul".The group released their debut studio album Mass I in 2003. Van Eeckhout suggested in 2017 that each Mass is created out of necessity to reflect on a certain experience or phase in the band members' lives and thus they never know which album will be their last. He also described 2005's Mass III as a "keystone moment of [Amenra's] existence" at which they "found direction". The band's next "turning point" came when they joined Neurot Records along side Consouling Sounds to release Mass VI. The label was founded by Neurosis; a band that has been influential in Amenra's style and career.

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Recommendation: To Destroy A City - Go Mirage


Band: To Destroy A City
Album: Go Mirage
Label: n5md
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Final Kiss
02. Never To Return
03. Beholder
04. Glance
05. Wavelength
06. She Knows
07. Go Mirage
08. Don't Be Afraid
09. Vanishing Point
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"Go Mirage" is the 3rd full-length album from Chicago cinematic-rock trio To Destroy A City. This follow-up to 2014's post-rock paragon "Sunless" has an added immediacy due to the soaring nature of guitarist Michael Marshall's step toward the mic. Yes... There are vocals! Post-rock for the most part, has mainly utilized vocals as a texture or afterthought. Yet, To Destroy A City have adeptly included vocals into their cinematic tapestries with ease, and in the process added another layer of melody, modesty, and a surprising sense of hope to their already affecting guitar-driven compositions. There is an air of instant gratification with "Go Mirage". It seems to push you forward to the next horizon, much as its title might suggest. Idealists might bark that To Destroy A City can't continue to fly the post-rock flag with such a vocalic album. The enlightened will find that the addition of vocals places the band as contemporaries to artists such as Caspian, Mogwai, and Album Leaf which have effectively used vocals as key components in their music.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: Barren Plains - Adrift


Band: Barren Plains
Album: Adrift
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV
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Barren Plains is an instrumental post-metal band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 091.GlerAkur

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

In 2008 I unexpectedly had the whole month of December off from work. The darkness and cold really leaves you no options but to find something fun to do at home. I decided to record a piece of music which was my Christmas present to everyone. I just sat down and started multitracking. The result was some sort of a Mike Oldfield/Philip Glass mashup. My girlfriend called the track GlerAkur because “Gler” means glass and “akur” means field. Simple as that. 7 years later when Prophecy offered me a contract this felt like the right name for the project.

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?

I guess it’s all of the above and more. Pretty much anything can inspire a song. When working in sound design you start listening to the world around you with much more depth. You’d be surprised how many harmonies there are around us all the time. A distant traffic jam mixing with crashing waves and seagulls, echoing against a harbor wall. That's music.

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

Oh, I can’t start naming musicians or bands, the list would be too long. Music is my passion and I can honestly say that I listen to all types of music. There is not a genre out there I don’t like. There are of course artists I don’t enjoy, don’t get me wrong. As an artist I think it’s important to explore your influences and role models. When it comes to writing and arranging music I’m not afraid to try and replicate a sound or to replicate a creative method developed by an artist I love. This is a way of exploring and honoring your influences. To me that adds depth to your art and subsequently to the whole realm of my existence. I have been doing that for a long time and have hopefully found a method of my own.

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

There are two albums I listen to from start to finish at least once a year. Ommadawn by Mike Oldfield and Gothic by Paradise Lost.

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

“Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden. It’s an epic masterpiece.

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

I think the act of touring is a fragile thing. It involves artists who are trying to promote their art, but at the same time it is tiresome and hard work. It is more important what kind of people you travel with, than what kind of music they play. Genuinely nice people that play decent rock would be the best combination for me.

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?

The internet, definitely. Honestly I’m surprised every time I see a review from blogs, magazines and zines from all over the world. This is our reality right now. If you have an online presence, you have a global presence. It’s exciting and chilling at the same time.  If I had to name one country in particular I would say Italy. The response from there has been extremely positive and I have no idea why.

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

I support the idea of people paying for music and it seems the only way to get even the smallest amount is to cater to the spoiled public. Bands are still generating some revenue through touring but the costs of tours leaves little behind these days. Just enough to get by, to stay fed and clothed until you go on the road again. In my case I’m not planing to make money from touring. My financial goal is to break even when I travel with my music. I make a living by producing and making music like a plumber or an electrician. It’s a trade, and I get payed by the hour. The music I write that does not end up in plays or scores anywhere else I use for my own and release under my own name, in my other band projects or as GlerAkur. It’s pretty bleak actually when I put it like that, but at least I’m making a living as an artist and I celebrate that fact every day.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

I will probably be scavenging for food in a post-nuclear wasteland somewhere in Africa. That is if I make it out of Europe during the firestorm. Until that happens I’ll be writing and/or producing music for stage, plays and movies.

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

Sure. There is always going to be logos and some sort of designed imagery for artists. Perhaps the classic “album-cover artwork” will become a thing of the past, or at least less important since physical copies are slowly disappearing.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

“Into the Pandemonium” by Celtic Frost. It’s horrifying. The whole gatefold sends chills through my spine.

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 think it’s a nostalgia thing with a certain generation. At this time this generation has money and is willing to spend it on music, but I guess we'll find out soon enough if it will survive. Rock music is slowly being pushed to edge of the industry and in some ways it’s turning into a novelty act. It’s gonna bounce back though but whether it will save the vinyl from extinction depends on the next generation of novelty rockers. I definitely enjoy the vinyl format because it kind of forces you to listen to whole albums, and that holds on to the ritualistic aspect of the musical experience. For digital formats I stream, mostly on YouTube, occasionally Spotify, but there is something about Spotify that bugs me. I don’t like to be fed options and recommendations through an algorithm. That sort of thing undermines the illusion of free will and it’s not a good feeling.

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

15 years ago I was a member of a cover band. We did weddings and other events and we usually treated our customers with accepting requests beforehand. If you sent us a list of songs within a certain timeframe we would learn the songs requested and usually everyone was happy with the result. This was easy money, most of the time. One night we’d been asked to do a lot of old time schlagers and pretty mainstream pop songs but there was this one girl at the company that booked us constantly complaining about the lack of rock music in our program. We decided to throw in one special request from her and we started playing Rock And Roll by Led Zeppelin. Immediately the people on the dancefloor disappeared, they all ran for cover, most of them holding their ears. Except for the girl whom we were playing the song for, and this old guy, and he was furious. We just focused on the girl though and she was having a blast. The guy came up on stage a few times screaming some unpleasantries but we always managed to push him off with our instruments as weapons. This made him even angrier. Then, during the solo, and I was nailing it, I saw him coming towards the stage again, the girl was headbanging and we were tight as hell. I was doing a one hand solo with my right hand throwing the devil's horns at the girl. Next thing I knew I was covered in beer. The old guy had gone to the bar, bought a large beer and he just ran back to the stage and threw it at me. Our drummer stopped playing and screamed into the snare mic: “THANK YOU GOOD NIGHT!” We left, the guy wanted to kick our asses and his friends had to hold him back. He was obviously wasted. The next day I took my guitar to a luthier to have it cleaned. I billed the old guy for the cleaning. The luthier charged the guy to much for the cleaning and we split the difference between our selves. I probably spent it on beer. It so happened that the gig took place at the basement bar of The National Theatre in Iceland, the very same place we recorded “The Mountains Are Beautiful Now”.

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Friday, October 13, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: This Patch Of Sky - These Small Spaces


Band: This Patch Of Sky
Album: These Small Spaces
Label: Equal Vision Records, Dunk Records, Science Of Silence Records
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Hiraeth
02. Coordinates (44°06'12"N 121°46'09"W)
03. Pale Lights
04. Paper Mountains
05. Her Beating Wings
06. Under Vermilion Cliffs
07. Bella Muerte
08. What Once Was Lost
09. Pale Lights (This Will Destroy You Remix)
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This Patch Of Sky is an experimental post-rock band from Oregon, USA.

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Video: Ólafur Arnalds - 0952

Thursday, October 12, 2017 0 Engineers

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Monday, October 09, 2017 0 Engineers

Video: INVSN - Deconstruct Hits

Friday, October 06, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Zaius - Of Adoration


Band: Zaius
Album: Of Adoration
Label: Prosthetic Records
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Phaneron
02. Echelon
03. Reformer
04. Sheepdog
05. Magnolia
06. Seirenes
07. Anicca
08. Colin
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On Of Adoration, Zaius offer a glimpse into a musical world turned upside down. Featuring an array of sweeping landscapes, rhythmic thought patterns, and complex concepts ringing out with stunning, crystal clear beauty - this isn’t your average instrumental record. Of Adoration is a 40-minute journey traversing genre while defying conventional time signatures. The instrumentation is thoughtful, challenging and without pause. 

Zaius’ Of Adoration is a record that will appeal to fans of Between The Buried and Me, Pelican, and If These Trees Could Talk.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: We Stood Like Kings - USA 1982


Band: We Stood Like Kings
Album: USA 1982
Label: Kapitän Platte
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Holy Ghosts
02. Four Corners
03. Nuages
04. Heat Haze
05. 33 Eleven
06. Grand Illusion
07. Night Owl
08. Machines
09. Eldoradosis
10. I Like That
11. Atlas Centaur
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Neoclassical post-rockers We Stood Like Kings saw the light of day in 2011. Half a decade and 120 shows all over Europe later, this 4-piece piano-based band hailing from Brussels has become a reference act in live soundtracks to silent cinema. You get the picture: We Stood Like Kings isn’t a band like any other. Since 2012 and with the utmost dedication, they breathe new life into well-chosen masterworks of the seventh art. 

Three projects have shaped We Stood Like Kings’ story so far. Together, these form a vibrant trilogy portraying two empires already lost – BERLIN 1927, USSR 1926 – and a third one – USA 1982 – that seems to be running headlong towards its own destruction. 

We Stood Like Kings will do anything to challenge the expected and successfully mix modern instrumental rock music with the treasures of yesterday’s cinema. Every release is another opportunity for We Stood Like Kings to design new ways of blending their musical universe – now refined and textural, then epic and intense – with images of breathtaking beauty. 

New perspectives unfold as universes meet. 

Signed to the small high-standard German label Kapitän Platte – known for their releases of Ef, Immanu El, The Hirsch Effekt –, We Stood Like Kings already recorded three full-length albums both on vinyl and CD.

Lovers of instrumental rock and silent cinema, beware!

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Mountaineer - Sirens & Slumber


Band: Mountaineer
Album: Sirens & Slumber
Label: Lifeforce Records
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Foam
02. Coma Fever
03. Measured Breaths
04. Womb
05. Pull The Blinds
06. Siren Song
07. Fog And Distant Light
08. Adrift
09. Goodnight
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Mountaineer was formed in late 2015 by guitarist Clayton Bartholomew (ex-Secrets Of The Sky, ex-Lycus), vocalist Miguel Meza (ex-Ashes Of American Flags) as well as guitarist Mike McClatchey, drummer Sean McCullough, and bassist David Small (all currently of Lament Cityscape) in Oakland. Mountaineer discovering and testing the wide space in between post-rock, shoegaze sludgegaze or post-metal.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 090.Nevborn

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

The name of the band is older than the actual line-up. Nevborn actually started more than 10 years ago and the band had a lot of different members before the first album. The sound of Nevborn never ceased to change and evolve. At the same time, the name is a contraction from newborn and never born as the reflect of Nevborn’s journey.

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?

It normally starts when someone shows a draft to the others and we start jamming different riffs around it. We try to enhance different parts of the song and when we are happy with the skeleton, we add some breaks to give punch and dimension to the track.

3. How this collaboration with Loïc of The Ocean on the new EP  came up?

The idea of the song was to create a discussion between father and son. We we just reached Loïc and asked him if he wanted to be part of this concept EP.He accepted and we were able to blend his amazing voice with Matthieu’s melodies !

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

Our influences are quite broad. We want our music to be a mix of all the style we individually like and that’s why we have difficulty to put ourselves into a specific music style.

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

Matthieu: Perdition City - Ulver
Alan: Polaris - Tesseract
Brice: From Parts Unknown - Every Time I Die
Mathieu: Precambrian - The Ocean
Nicolas: Vertikal - Cult Of Luna

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

Matthieu: Take a Look In The Mirror - Korn
Alan: Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses - Slipknot
Brice: System of a Down - System of a Down
Mathieu: Smells Like Them Spirit - Nirvana
Nicolas: 220km/h in the Wrong Lane - T.a.t.u

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

That is a tough question.. We would like to play with a lot of bands. For exemple Arcane Roots, Ulver, Cult of Luna, Toska, The Ocean just to name a few...

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?

It is the magic from our generation of musicians ! The internet allows a lot of young bands to project their music abroad. Without this tool, it was a lot more difficult in the past for people to reach a certain level of recognition. To answer the question, I’d say that the internet and blogs really helps to promote bands and give them more ‘’views’’ and ‘’followers’’. Fans can also easily discover more music form the same genre and develop their own criticism and musical tastes. None of us thought that our next vinyl would be available in Japan…

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

We really appreciate bandcamp. The online platform managed to bring the public closer to the artist. We also have our songs on Spotify and other music streaming platforms and it generates no income but at least we gain some views.

10. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

In 10 years, we’ll be all mid-30s… It is really difficult to think of the future of the band, especially if the Nevborn’s ‘’curse’’ strikes again… We hope we’ll be recording some new tunes or in the middle of a European tour. We hope to reach these new goals, but 10 years is a long way to go...

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

Absolutely ! This is the thing that makes an album interesting. That’s why we try to always associate the concept of the music to the artwork. The goal is to create something that we are happy to show to our listeners. We want the people that buy our albums to see the package as a precious object more than a common CD.

12. What is you favorite album cover?

Matthieu: Challenger - Knut


Alan: In Waves - Trivium


Brice: New Junk Aesthetic - Every Time I Die


Mathieu: S/T - Closet Disco Queen


Nicolas: Vertikal - Cult Of Luna

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?

You cannot illegally download a vinyl because behind the music lies a philosophy and an art that is not convertible to be sent on ‘’the pirate bay’’. The object is even more important that just the music itself.

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

When we played for the first time at the ‘’Rockaltitude festival’’ at Le Locle in Switzerland. When had the pleasure to play amongst some big names in the music industry and we had a blast !

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 0 Engineers

Compilation: Various Artists - #FuerzaMéxico


Band: Various Artists
Album: #FuerzaMéxico
Label: Run Golden Boys
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. 2nd Cockpit - 8
02. Anathéme - Baisers De Glasgow
03. Argovia - Waves
04. Arms And Sleepers - Time Will Tell
05. Baikonur - Auguri
06. Cegvera - Refractive Errors
07. Codices - Illuminate
08. Endless - Solve Et Coagula
09. Ikiatari - Gatatttack!
10. Jean Loup - Gran Keet
11. Joliette - Henry Coyote
12. Kokomo - Monochrome Noise Love
13. Lisboa Bear - Jupiter
14. Lost In Kiev - Insomnia
15. Meniscus - Overhag
16. Mi Triste Bisonte - Overly
17. Nordic Giants - Together
18. Pray for Sound - Monophonic
19. Ranges - The Ascensionist
20. Run Golden Boys - Aurum
21. Set And Setting - Ephemerality
22. Spurv - Mellom Broen Og Elven
23. Sunset Images - Roads
24. Takami Nakamoto - La Ciudad
25. The Chapel Of Exquises Ardent Pears - L'Eloge De La Folie 04:53
26. This Patch Of Sky - And So They Watched As The Years Passed Us By
27. Tourettes - Neblina
28. Vinnum Sabbathi - Gravity Works
29. Viva Belgrado - Por La Mañana, Temprano
30. Vyctoria - Ahora Veo Más Claro
31. We Lost The Sea - A Gallant Gentleman
32. Yo Triceratop - El Capitán
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Greetings,

A couple of days ago, Mexico City was struck by an earthquake which destroyed a lot of houses and, sadly, ended several lives.

We want to ask for your help now.

We are putting with a lot of song of good friends, and the proceeds will be used to buy food and basic supplies for the people who lost everything.

How can you help? 

Acquiring this playlist set in "name your price".

Furthermore, the art of this playlist will be released as a print, and the proceeds will be used to buy more food and basic supplies. The art was made by Johna R.

Thanks for your time and support. #FuerzaMéxico - Run Golden Boys
Monday, September 25, 2017 0 Engineers

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Streaming: Ranges - The Ascensionist


Band: Ranges
Album: The Ascensionist
Label: A Thousand Arms, dunk! records
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. The Wanderer
02. Seven Sisters
03. The Ascensionist
04. Called Not To A New Religion, But To Life
05. The Greater Lights
06. The Lesser Lights
07. Seven Veils
08. In The Arms Of Kings And Gods
09. Babylon The Great (Part I)
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Ranges is an instrumental post-rock band from Bozeman, Montana. The five-piece brings a captivatingly succinct approach to a musical genre focused on the exploration of time and expanse while still staying true to the founding elements of the genre. Driven by deep concept and storyline, every note and climax is molded to a narrative that pushes the band and the listener to explore deeper compartments of their being both sonically and spiritually. Founded in 2013, Ranges has been writing and releasing music relentlessly to further grow as musicians and as humans. 

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Friday, September 22, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Upcdownc - I, Awake


Band: Upcdownc
Album: I, Awake
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Am I Awake? Part 1
02. Am I Awake? Part 2
03. Am I Awake? Part 3
04. Am I Awake? Part 4
05. Awake Part 1
06. Awake Part 2
07. Awake Part 3
08. Awake Part 4
09. Adrift Part 1
10. Adrift Part 2
11. Adrift Part 3
12. Adrift Part 4
13. Looming Part 1
14. Looming Part 2
15. Foreboding Part 1
16. Foreboding Part 2
17. Black Dracula
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‘I, Awake’ is the new album from progressive, sludge, horror synth outfit Upcdownc. Following 17 years of producing constant heavy, instrumental, fuzzy noise this will be the band’s first album as a 3 piece. The concept behind the music and artwork is based on the idea of sleep, dreams, nightmares and fears coupled with extreme anxiety and night terrors. ‘I, Awake’ explores the transitions between sleep and waking life.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 0 Engineers

Video: Io Echo - Harm

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Wyatt E. - Exile To Beyn Neharot


Band: Wyatt E.
Album: Exile To Beyn Neharot
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Nebuchadnezzar II
02. Ode To Ishtar
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Imagine yourself listening to post-metal  / doom in the desert. That's what Wyatt E. managed to create. A combination of instrumental post-metal with elements of doom, drone and oriental.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017 0 Engineers

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Sunday, September 10, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: If Anything Happens To The Cat - Mångata


Band: If Anything Happens To The Cat
Album: Mångata
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Lakesides, Endless
02. Raven Steals The Light
03. Echo Park
04. Beijing Fury
05. Five Lion Mountain
06. Out And Into the Vast
07. Seren
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Mångata is Swedish for the road-like projection of the moon in the water. Mångata is also the name of our second album. The album is loosely based around the concept of water. Each song harks back to an experience or story revolving around bodies of water. Stylistically we took a different approach than on our first album ‘Sun Drunk Moon’ focusing more on beefing up our sound, producing a more technical yet more melodically layered record.

Mångata contains 44 minutes of new music, spread over 7 songs. The album was recorded at Much Luv studio during the hottest days of summer 2016 with help of producer/engineer Tim De Gieter and was mastered by Swedish producer and Cult of Luna-drummer Magnus Lindberg at Redmount Studios. - IAHTTC

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Thursday, September 07, 2017 0 Engineers

Video: Architects - Doomsday

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 0 Engineers

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Friday, September 01, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Rosetta - Utopioid


Band: Rosetta
Album: Utopioid
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Amnion
02. Intrapartum
03. Neophyte Visionary
04. King Ivory Tower
05. 54543
06. Détente
07. Hypnagogic
08. Qohelet
09. Intramortem
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Rosetta's sixth full-length album, and third major independent self-release. 

Since 2003. Fully independent since 2013. Still finding the intersection of heavy and beautiful. 

No more words needed. Throw some bucks if you are able to!

Thursday, August 31, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Our Ceasing Voice - Free Like Tonight


Band: Our Ceasing Voice
Album: Free Like Tonight
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. The Arsonists
02. Gone
03. Free Like Tonight
04. New York In The Rain
05. Annabelle
06. Monochrome
07. Times Of Regret
08. Genovese Syndrome
09. Delusion Of Love
10. Everything We'll Ever Be
11. Countings
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Austrian ambient rockers Our Ceasing Voice have always thrived on change. At the heart of their new sound are vocals as distinctive as the music itself: dark and poetic, dramatic and brave. It's a soundtrack for late hours of long summer nights. Music for the times when every kiss goodbye seems too brief, and when farewells still bear the hope of sweet reunion.

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Monday, August 28, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Chalk Hands - Burrows & Other Hideouts EP


Band: Chalk Hands
Album: Burrows & Other Hideouts EP
Label: Future Void Records
Year: 2017







Tracks
01. Burrows
02. Arms
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Remember when you first heard a mix of post-rock with screamo, bands like Envy, La Dispute, Sed Non Satiata etc? That's the feeling you get when you here Chalk Hands' debut EP! That feeling of excitement, listening to something different, yet so familiar! The only downside? Chalk Hands leave us wanting more! Hopefully that will come soon enough!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017 0 Engineers

Video: Deadhorse - Conflict



You can listen two tracks of their forthcoming album "Crescendo" on their bandcamp and preorder the album here.
Sunday, August 20, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Magma Waves - .​.​.And Who Will Take Care Of You Now


Band: Magma Waves
Album: .​.​.And Who Will Take Care Of You Now
Label: Narshardaa Records
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. I Am Afraid Of You
02. Blind The Sun
03. Scrt
04. Portals
05. Fall Of Columbia
06. The Great Attractor
07. Cloak & King
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Magma Waves is an instrumental post-rock band from Duisburg, Germany. "and who will take care of you now" is their full-length debut album on vinyl via Narshardaa Records. It is a record to drown in. Its powerful, heavy soundwalls go along beautifully with atmospheric post-rock melodies. The seven songs are perfectly filling over 60 minutes of an auditive journey.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: GlerAkur - The Mountains Are Beautiful Now


Band: GlerAkur
Album: The Mountains Are Beautiful Now
Label: Prophecy Productions
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Augun Opin
02. Can't You Wait (Album Version)
03. HallAlone
04. Strings
05. Fagurt Er Á Fjöllunum Núna
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GlerAkur is the moniker Icelandic composer and sound designer Elvar Geir Sævarsson has chosen to represent the unique cinematic music he creates apart from his engagement as a sound engineer at the National Theater of Iceland. Icelandic for 'Glass Field', GlerAkur draws inspiration from post rock, drone and ambient music, as well as black and doom metal, blending and bending sound into hypnotic waves of dreamlike atmosphere that Rolling Stone hailed as 'brutally irresistible', calling for comparison to 'Metallica covering the live half of Pink Floyd's 1969 album Ummagumma.' 

"The Mountains Are Beautiful Now" is the debut full-length from GlerAkur, following the release of 2016's introductory EP, "Can't You Wait", which was nominated for an Icelandic Kraumur Award, chosen by the country's top journalists and radio hosts and bestowed annually to the best albums released in Iceland (see Björk, Sigur Rós). Written for and inspired by The National Theatre of Iceland's 2015 production of the play "Fjalla-Eyvindur & Halla" by Jóhann Sigurjónsson, "The Mountains Are Beautiful Now" was recorded with four guitarists, two drummers and a bassist in the basement bar at the Theatre. 

"Fjalla-Eyvindur & Halla" made its debut in 1911. It was one of the first Icelandic plays ever written and the first piece of Icelandic literature since the medieval Icelandic Sagas to gain significant recognition abroad. Moreover, it was the first play in the country's history to be translated into other languages, among them German and English. Being a play of so many firsts, it is no wonder that Sigurjónsson's work so strongly contributed to the formation of Iceland's unique cultural and national identity. At its very heart, "Fjalla-Eyvindur & Halla" tells the ever-repeating story of how human beings are destroyed by the grinding forces of society, nature and love. The play's Herculean storyline is the perfect partner to the thunderous, skyscraping sound of GlerAkur

Perhaps Rolling Stone said it best when describing GlerAkur, saying "What seemed at first to be huge, gray slabs of unrelenting distortion proved, over a full set's exposure, to be four guitarists issuing multiple, weaving strands of sustain and harmonic feedback, resolving into slow-motion melodies hammered into the air by two drummers."

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 0 Engineers

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Streaming: Glacier - Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow; Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool.


Band: Glacier
Album: Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow; Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool.
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017





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01. Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow;
02. Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool.
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Formed in Boston in 2012, Glacier is a five-piece instrumental band who's music fully embodies their name: a crushingly loud and unrelenting force.

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Friday, August 11, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: When Icarus Falls - Resilience


Band: When Icarus Falls
Album: Resilience
Label: Czar Of Bullets
Year: 2017








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01. One Last Stand
02. Into The Storm
03. The Lighthouse
04. Resilience
05. A Blue Light
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Formed in 2007 in Lausanne, When Icarus Falls materializes the exploration of dark musical universes, oscillating between hazy atmospheres and heavy riffs. When Icarus Falls' musicians are well known for their intense stage performances, which brought them many times on the roads throughout Europe and China.

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Recommendation: BLAK - Between Darkness And Light


Band: BLAK
Album: Between Darkness And Light
Label: Elusive Sound
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. In The Absence Of Light - Eigengrau
02. Impression Of An Even Deeper Darkness - Illusion
03. Temples Drawn By The Blind - Revelation
04. Black Drips In The Sky - Overwhelming
05. Colors Awake - Perception
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“Between Darkness And Light” is the debut album by Roda de Ter, Catalonia heavy instrumental rock/post-rock band, BLAK.Mixed and mastered by Randy Cordner at Beast Mansion, “Between Darkness And Light” reveals BLAK as a band blessed with an extraordinary ability to create powerfully evocative and stunningly beautiful classical-influenced compositions with haunting atmospherics and an expansive, cinematic sound.

You are in a forest gazing up at the thick whistling and chirping canopy, watching as the sun appears from behind the clouds. You slow your breathing down. You pay attention to the air passing in and out of your lungs and you close your eyes. Everything goes black yet everything comes alive. Your senses are heightened. You listen acutely to every sound close, far, loud and quiet. You smell deeply and differentiate between all the subtle odours. You feel intoxicated by the oxygen-heavy exhalations of the trees as the whispering wind scatters spice-scented decaying leaves like confetti on the path in front of you. You feel the sun’s rays beaming down on you. Your mind feels calm and transparent as the sun’s light enters right through you. There is an explosion of colour and light behind your closed eyes. You are illuminated.

Sometimes you need to hold on to one sense to really start feeling with the others. Attention amplifies sensation. The situation does not change yet how we perceive and experience it does. You need to rise above the noise to take in a view and notice the smallest of details. You need to attentively listen to music or soft spoken words to allow them to reach an emotional level, sparkle the heart and drive your imagination.Only then do they rekindle possibilities. Only then do they fuel your dreams.

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Streaming: Twilight In Versailles - Möbius


Band: Twilight In Versailles
Album: Möbius
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Möbius
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Möbius is a comprised of a single 80-minute composition. The album features multiple movements and a plethora of sound textures.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017 0 Engineers

Compilation: Various Artists - Open Language: Volume II


Band: Various Artists
Album: Open Language: Volume II (Side A)
Label: A Thousand Arms
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Heron - Shores
02. Vasudeva - Turnstile
03. Shipwreck Karpathos - Bring Down The Sky
04. KYOTY - R
05. Seeress - Attractor
06. Legendary Skies - Beyond The Horizon
07. Sioum - Welcome To New Beginnings And Technological Advancements
08. X SUNS - Twelve Hours
09. Long Hallways - A Butterfly On The Battlefield
10. Ravena - Teraphim
11. Deadhorse - Corruption
12. ARCHIATOR - The Mast
13. HarborLights - And Yet It Moves
14. This Patch Of Sky - Bella Muerte
15. The Mighty Missoula - Regression
16. Outrun The Sunlight - Remaining In A Constant State Of Discomfort
17. From Oceans To Autumn - Arrival
18. Glacier - Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool.
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"Open Language: Volume II [Side A]"is a compilation featuring post-rock bands solely from the United States. 


Band: Various Artists
Album: Open Language: Volume II (Side B)
Label: A Thousand Arms
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Sound Architects - Amihan
02. Glasgow Coma Scale - Southern Crosses
03. Run Golden Boys - Aurum
04. NOIR|REVA - Nuance
05. Antethic - Modulor
06. Closet Disco Queen - Délicieux
07. Celestial Wolves - Aeolist, Descend!
08. Black Sails For Red Seas - Silfra
09. Faltre - Riven
10. Astralia - Exhale
11. We Stood Like Kings - Night Owl
12. City By The Sea - Chicago
13. Niño Koi - Nigredo
14. GENA - Past
15. Only Echoes Remain - Distant Echoes
16. The Ills - Laugh Will Tear Us Apart
17. Lazybones Flame Kids - A Ride In An Amusement Park
18. Spruce Trap - Preparing To Leave All This; Preparing To Leave
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"Open Language: Volume II [Side B]"is a compilation featuring post-rock bands from around the world.

Within the A Thousand Arms circle, post-rock has come to be known as “the global scene that acts like a local.” Those working within the genre know that its reach is worldwide, and due to its nature as a largely-instrumental form, boundaries and borders are rendered insignificant. Working within a niche art form necessitates a sense of togetherness, one that forms the bedrock of artist relations.Without language barriers, the music is left to speak for itself, and the translation is universal. Steadying itself on this “open language,”A Thousand Arms has spent the past year and a half dedicating itself to making the world of post-rock a bit smaller, joining bands from all over the map onto free compilation albums and giving them a platform to be discovered and enjoyed by a wider audience. In some cases, this project has even acquainted bands with one another, opening them up to new allies across the world.

In July of 2016, “Open Language: Volume I” debuted, featuring two “sides,” each available for individual download. Side A collected 17American bands, while 17 international artists comprised Side B. Te comp included track premieres by Bright Like the Sun, Ranges,Coastlands and Rhone. Ten, in January 2017, “Hemispheres: Volume I” emerged, using a similar template – this time, Side A featured bands from the Northern Hemisphere, while Side B surveyed the Southern. Track premieres were provided by Au Revoir, Appalaches,Of the Vine, Old Solar, Sleeping Bear, Glories and Into Orbit. Both comps feature artwork by individuals actively working within the post-rock scene – Brian Morgante of Flesh & Bone Design (“Open Language”) and Xavi Forne of Error! Design (“Hemispheres”).

The calendar has come back around and it is time now for “Open Language: Volume II.” Gathering some of their favorite tracks from albums released in the past year, this volume again covers both an American half and an international half. It brings together a large collection of exciting new artists as well as a few long-standing favorites, and features exclusive artwork by LUXINVICTUS. With its fingers placed firmly on the pulse of the global post-rock scene, A Thousand Arms is confident that it is bringing you some of the best that the genre has had to offer in recent months. Of course, this is meant as a vehicle for discovery, and the hope is that it acts as a launching pad for even more joyful exploration. Amongst many great tracks, listeners will find exclusive premieres from LegendarySkies, Deadhorse, KYOTY and We Stood Like Kings. “Open Language, Volume II” is available for free download on A Thousand Arms’ Bandcamp page since Friday, July 28th, 2017. - David Zeidler of Arctic Drones

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Streaming: From Oceans To Autumn - Ether​/​Return To Earth


Band: From Oceans To Autumn
Album: Ether​/​Return To Earth
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Quintessence/Core
02. Medium
03. Air/Elysium
04. Stratus//Vapor
05. Arrival
06. Live Again
07. Visible Light II
08. Keep A Watchful Eye
09. Isle
10. 211 South
11. Reconnect
12. Through The Ages
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From Oceans To Autumn is an atmospheric post-rock/metal band from Charlotte, NC, USA.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 0 Engineers

Video: Blak - In The Absence Of Light - Eigengrau

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Album: Hexis - Tando Ashanti


Band: Hexis
Album: Tando Ashanti
Label: Alerta Antifascista, Halo Of Flies
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Tando
02. Ashanti
03. Molestus
04. Ritualis
05. Calamitas
06. Nocturnus
07. Opacus
08. Cordolium
09. Resurrectio
10. Septem
11. Praesagium
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Hexis is a band from Copenhagen, Denmark, playing a mix of hardcore and doomy black metal. The band has existed since 2010, but has already played almost 300 shows in The US, Canada, Japan, Cuba, Island, Russia, the UK and all-over Europe.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 0 Engineers

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Recommendation: Sonic Black Holes - Disclosure


Band: Sonic Black Holes
Album: Disclosure
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Tsar
02. As Close As Forever Gets
03. Cope
04. White Sands Losing Grounds
05. Aleppo
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Sonic Black Holes is an instrumental post-rock band from Hamburg, Germany.

Music for driving through illuminated cities at night.

No samples or keyboards used in the making of this recording. Long live the microphone! Darkness and a proper stereo recommended.

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Monday, July 10, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Dead Register - Fiber


Band: Dead Register
Album: Fiber
Label: AVR Records / Throne Records
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Alone
02. Fiber
03. Drawing Down
04. Grave
05. Entwined
06. Incendiary
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Dead Register is a genre-bending, monolithic, gothic-tinged, gloomy, melodic, “doom-gaze” based in Atlanta. In late 2013, M. Chvasta (vocals, bass, bass vi) recruited his wife, Avril Che for her bass synth, textures, keys, and background vocal accompaniment. Skeletons of mechanical songs were created with programmed beats, which were replaced in 2014 by the refined drumming of Chad Williams.

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Streaming: Black Hole Distortion - Abyssal


Band: Black Hole Distortion
Album: Abyssal
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Abyssal I
02. Abyssal II
03. Abyssal III
04. Abyssal IV
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Black Hole Distortion is a post/experimental band from Athens, Greece.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: Moonraccoon - Sunrise City


Band: Moonraccoon
Album: Sunrise City
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. The Launch
02. Rendezvous
03. Afterlife
04. Legacy
05. On the Run
06. Just in Time
07. Final Hour
08. Endgame
09. Stardust
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Moonraccoon is a synthwave / retrowave band from Sweden. No further info is available.

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The Inquisition: 089.Synopsys

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

To be honest, the name of the band was already Synopsys before we started to bring our project the way it is today. We played different styles of music in our past musical explorations. But as we are quite often qualified as a cinematographic band, we think that the word synopsis, as we use it for a summary of a film, is something quite close to our musical style.

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?

We use all the ways that we can to create songs. We like to think that we try to let the music go its own way, so every moment of creation is important for us. Jamming could open some doors that computer composition can not, and inversely. For this album, we recorded a lot of material, at the studio, everyone by it own at home, sometimes phones memos or complete composed track on computer. Then we decided to chose and combine all these sounds / tracks / riffs to make an album. At this step we built a pre-production on computer to know what the album will sound like and to organise the tracks.

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

A lot of different influences. Post-rock and metal naturally but a lot of classical music, electro experimental, classic rock, ambient music, films, books … We let inspiration comes from all possible ways.

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

As we are 5 we had to pick more than one album, but Isis’s Oceanic / Autechre LP5 / Led Zeppelin eponymous & Black album from Metallica are our favorite albums if we have to choose one for each musician.

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

Led Zeppelin - eponymous, Nirvana - From the muddy banks of the wishkah, Wu Tang - WACDC - Ball Breaker, Metallica - Kill Em All

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

Probably Russian Circle and Isis if one day they come back to stage.

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?

Synopsys is a musical project with not label yet. Like most bands we are doing everything by ourselves. And internet and blogs are very useful to spread our music around. Because of its direct links to the band’s music, it make it easy to be discovered by people from all around the globe. We are already surprised to send our physical supports to Russia, Canada, Norway… But that's thanks to blogs like post-engeenering.

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

We like Bandcamp because it is a most complete platform. You can sell merchandising. But Spotify is perhaps more « sharing around » and is clearly used by more people. But when someone buy your music on Bandcamp, the possibility to decide a price higher than the band ask is important for the artist support. Not because that we raise more money, we do not make music for money first, but because of how encouraging it is. There is something more friendly with Bandcamp. We can send email to thanks our fans and keep a good contacts with them. We think it is an important side of the music-sharing support we use, and Bandcamp do it well.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

We hope we’ll have spend many times on stage, and composed one more album, exploring news soundscapes and collaborating with new artists again and again.

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

As we are two graphic designers and visual artists in the band, we like to think that artworks are important. And it seems to be, as we can read some comments from new listeners who come sometimes first for the visual side of the project. It can sound marketing-like but this just some analysis to help us to answer the question.On an other point of view, the artistic point of view, Artwork are also important for us because of the cinematographic aspect of our music. That’s why we made the artwork for « Le temps du rêve » quite abstract and metaphoric. As our music and lyrics could be.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

Pink floyd - Dark side of the moon


Neurosis - Times of grace


Red hot chili peppers - Californication


Nirvana - Nevermind

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?

Vinyls have something about affective. Because, we think, of their analog aspect. We know that today every vinyl have been recorded on computer, and the recorded sounds are no-more 100% analog if you consider the work from recording / mixing on computer before engraving vinyl. But there is something more affective. The large artwork probably. The manipulation of the object before listening. There is a real interaction with the object and the sound, vibrations, defaults …

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

One of our best experience as a band was when we played a cine-concert (concert film) inside a wonderful movie theatre in Avignon. The screen behind us was so big ! Peoples sitting in their armchairs and we really felt the interaction between sound and images. A vibrant moment for us !

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Streaming: Empusae feat. Colin H. Van Eeckhout - Lueur


Band: Empusae feat. Colin H. Van Eeckhout
Album: Lueur
Label: Consouling Sounds
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Guiding Light
02. Retinae Tenebrae
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With the complexity of the music, it may surprise you to find that Empusae is actually a project created by a single man, Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe. Empusae exercises a surreal science of structure that throbs and pulsates in an almost obsessive manner. The music is almost suggestive of a mechanical assembly line in its clock work clunks and clangs. It builds into a tense, yet haunting soundscape and rivets itself into the memory and refuses to be forgotten.

On "Lueur", Colin H. Van Eeckhout (CHVE, Amenra, Kingdom, Absent In Body, Sembler Deah, Harlowe) joined Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe with his variety from clear (CHVE, Amenra's Afterlife) to hardcore vocals (Amenra), in a more church/ritual like approach.

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Recommendation: BOG - Unshriven


Band: BOG
Album: Unshriven
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Vague Dreams
02. Heedless
03. Spare
04. Marrow
05. Vanish
06. Fellow Traveller
07. Primus Inter Pares
08. Stay
09. Mère
10. Ninety-Two
11. Unshriven
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BOG is a four-piece post-metal band from Vienna, Austria, founded by Tim Primbs as an emotional outlet to cope with several experiences with death. Narrative arcs follow the woven dynamics of the sound. Sonic leitmotifs, ambient layers and authentic songwriting create an unmistakably unique sound.

Unshriven is a concept album, or, more precisely, a station album: 11 tracks shape 11 stations. Two parallel levels (reality and metaphor) tell the stories of two travelers. The first level reveals the story of the 17-year-old, seriously ill girl. The second level is the accompanying metaphor: it tells of Sputnik's journey through colours, emptiness and darkness, of its homesickness and its attempt to return home. An ambivalent construct of hopeful, melancholic melodies and raw, destructive energies creates the emotional sonic images that make the last journey of life comprehensible. Distinctive ambient sound layers, acoustic leitmotifs and dynamic sounds from time and space are accompanied by the voiceover of thanatologist Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross.

Unshriven has various guest musicians from the Austrian and American post-rock scene and other related genres. For the album production, Tim Primbs cooperated with Matthew Prokop (Lehnen), Josh Wing (Sól, USA), Joel Boyd (Lehnen) and Julia Schwarzer (CAYES, AT) and Chris Pobaschnig (Mountain, AT). Will Benoit, known for his work with post-rock bands like Caspian, Junius, City of Ships and Lehnen, did the mixing and mastering.

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Streaming: Postvorta - Carmentis


Band: Postvorta
Album: Carmentis
Label: Third I Rex
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. 15
02. Colostro
03. Cervice
04. Patau
05. 13
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While there are many bands that traverse and explore the same terrain as heavy titans Neurosis and Isis, very few of those bands embrace these influences and yet do not feel like imitators.

Postvorta , the pulverizing sextet from Ravenna, Italy are ones who incorporate a similar style as their influences, but move themselves and the listener through stunning corridors of sound.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: Saule - Saule


Band: Saule
Album: Saule
Label: Avantgarde Music
Year: 2017








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01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV
05. V
06. VI
07. 0
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Avantgarde Music is proud to present the self-titled debut album of a brilliant newcomer named Saule. Saule was formed in Poland in 2015, which has come to have the most creative and ever-surprising extreme metal scene of any European country - and for underground music, in general. It is incredible the amount of new bands and great music that this country is giving to fans for the past 15 years - and let's not forget the past! - both in metal, post-rock and prog metal fields.

And that's precisely where Saule comes in with the album Saule. The band's formation process and search for the proper people took about two years, and it resulted in a carefully crafted debut album recorded during the late autumn of 2016 in Satanic Audio. A work of vast vision and rigorous repose, the sound across Saule is focused around post-metal and post-rock genre, but strongly deriving from black metal and acutely coated in subtle ambient echoes. 

Given Saule's rather brief existence and minimal experiences so far (although they've already made their live debut with landmates Thaw and others), the band presently prefers to keep a minimalistic outlook and would love to let the music do the talking. Open your ears to Saule!

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Monday, June 19, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Shipwreck Karpathos - Bring Down The Sky


Band: Shipwreck Karpathos
Album: Bring Down The Sky
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016








Tracklist
01. FLY!
02. Circle City Ghosts
03. Installation 1138
04. Bring Down The Sky
05. Create, Destroy, Rebuild, Repeat.
06. The Sound So Loud It Becomes Silence
07. No Heretics, Please
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Shipwreck Karpathos is a five man instrumental post-rock band from Portland, USA.
Currently the guys are trying to release their album on vinyl for the first time so any help would be great. You can preorder it and help them out here: https://www.diggersfactory.com/vinyl/804/shipwreck-karpathos-bring-down-the-sky-2xlp

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