Tuesday, June 27, 2017 0 Engineers

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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Thursday, June 22, 2017 0 Engineers

Video: Hammock - Things Of Beauty Burn

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Postvorta - Carmentis


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








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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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Friday, June 16, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: A Lot Like Birds - Divisi


Band: A Lot Like Birds
Album: DIVISI
Label: Equal Vision Records
Year: 2017








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01. Always Burning, Always Dark
02. The Sound Of Us
03. For Shelley (Unheard)
04. Trace The Lines
05. Atoms In Evening
06. The Smoother The Stone
07. Infinite Chances
08. No Attention For Solved Puzzles
09. Further Below
10. Good Soil, Bad Seeds
11. From Moon To Son
12. Divisi
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A Lot Like Birds is a six piece progressive rock/post-hardcore outfit from Sacramento, CA, formed in September 2009, known for their tendency to experiment with several diverse genre influences and their incorporation of orchestral and ambient sound-scapes contrasted by chaotic, schizophrenic episodes. On January 9th of 2011, A Lot Like Birds announced that Kurt Travis (Ex of Dance Gavin Dance, Five Minute Ride, No Not Constant, and O! the Joy) would be the new singer and second front-man, alongside Cory Lockwood. With their acclaimed addition, the band quickly signed to Doghouse Records (All American Rejects, Say Anything, The Get Up Kids) and acquired The Artery Foundation (Asking Alexandria, Dance Gavin Dance, Alesana) as management.

Their debut album Plan B was the brainchild of the band’s guitarist/original vocalist Michael Franzino, who invited several talented musicians in the Sacramento scene (including various orchestral instrumentalists and a female vocalist) to perform on the record. They spent their first year of existence diligently perfecting their live set, building their fan base, and most recently, writing their sophomore album as a collaborative effort. Their live set is known for setting deep moods that swing from thoughtful, emotional build-ups to body-moving, epic climaxes.

After signing both deals, they entered Interlace Audio Recording Studio with producer / engineer Kris Crummet (Closure In Moscow, Fear Before, Dance Gavin Dance) to record their second full length, Conversation Piece.

After it's release in the fall of 2011, Conversation Piece received praise and they were called "one of post-hardcore’s most important new bands and one of the few capable of saving the scene." (-MindEqualsBlown.net).

A Lot Like Birds spent all of 2012 on the road, taking their new album and frenzied live antics to the masses. The positive reception to their high energy performances lead to a one month tour of Europe in February 2013. The band's growing fan base fueled powerful performances in London, Paris, Vienna, Budapest and 19 other cities.

A Lot Like Birds released their second LP 'No Place' with Equal Vision Records on October 29th, 2013 and their third LP 'Divisi' with Equal Vision Records on May 5th, 2017.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: Various Artists - Imperfect


Band: Various Artists
Album: Imperfect
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Violet Cold - Brave New Void
02. Sadness - Vivify
03. A Light In The Dark - Uncertain
04. Unreqvited - Kitsunebi
05. Show Me A Dinosaur - Unsaid
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Five-band split album between Violet Cold, A Light In The Dark, Show Me A Dinosaur, Sadness and Unreqvited from all over the world.


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Monday, June 12, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Archivist - Construct


Band: Archivist
Album: Construct
Label: Alerta Antifascista
Year: 2017








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01. Lamenting Configuration
02. Birth Of Ire
03. Property?
04. The Negotiation
05. Scorched Earth Policy
06. The Reconstruction
07. Mysterium Cosmographicum
08. Witch Finder
09. An Epiphany
10. The Theosophical Digressions Of Artificial Intelligence
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Archivist are a post-metal/blackgaze band with members from Fall Of efrafa, Light bearer. Archivist is the tale of human hubris, the end of the world, and the willingness of a child to accept the weight of our legacy.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Way Of Abyss - Parallels


Band: Way Of Abyss
Album: Parallels
Label: Corrosive Records
Year: 2017








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01. Medzo
02. Bloody Angela
03. Substantive Laws
04. Our Hymn
05. Ariane
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Way Of Abyss is a one-man project based in Lyon since 2007.

Dive deep into atmospheric music, inspired by all the best author of electronic, minimalist and post-rock/-metal music of our time.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Féroces - Victor EP


Band: Féroces
Album: Victor EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Ne Vous Retenez Pas
02. Carole
03. J'attends Qu'il M'arrive Quelque Chose
04. L'odeur Du Cuir
05. Slalomer Entre Les Ivrognes
06. Victor
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Second release (apart from their singles "Donna" and "Sometimes (Jamais On Ne Nous Dit Ces Choses​-​là)") from one of the blog's favorites and Féroces live up to our expectations! An excellent EP from start to finish with their unique french cinematic kind of way!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 0 Engineers

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Tuber - Out Of The Blue


Band: Tuber
Album: Out Of The Blue
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Out Of The Blue
02. Russian
03. Cat Class
04. Noman
05. Moon Rabbit
06. Luckily Dead
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Tuber grew up in a sunny place, south of Greece, in an island called Crete. They were hiding from the sun, jamming in dark studios and playing their music in rock caves. As they moved north, sounds became lighter, since they started miss hot ground. Balance came as a result of smash, dark embraced light and improvisation turned into an effortless and instinctive process. Tuber moved their interest into new forms, founding themselves experimenting with compositions that combine mixed styles and sounds from different ground. Focus is now on rock aesthetic flirting with psychedelic atmosphere and a touch of romantic mood. At this time Tuber live in Serres, forming their feelings and thoughts into music and words, still learning how to leave with reality and reinventing it with love. 

For fans of early Monkey3.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 0 Engineers

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Monday, May 29, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Audiolepsia - Muses


Band: Audiolepsia
Album: Muses
Label: dunk! records
Year: 2017








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01. Beatrix
02. Satine
03. Motoko
04. Evey
05. Charlotte
06. Clarice
07. Rachel
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Audiolepsia is an instrumental prog/post-rock band from Barcelona. Emotive melodies, full force moments, amazing and intense atmospheres.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Barrows - Obsidion


Band: Barrows
Album: Obsidion
Label: Tonzonen Records
Year: 2017








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01. Telekin
02. Entrada
03. Obsidion
04. Cocoon
05. Manna
06. Zenith
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Barrows fuses atmospheric and heavy music in the form of sprawling concept albums. The band creates entrancing, circling riffs and rhythms intercut with explosive peaks and brilliant subtleties.

The third album by Barrows depicts the experience of a man who is abducted from earth and brought to ​​​​"Obsidion", a place where dimension is indefinable and the boundaries of human consciousness cease to exist.

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Friday, May 26, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: onj. - Alone


Band: onj.
Album: Alone
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Sleepspeaks
02. A Spectrum
03. Breathe
04. Vows
05. Alone
06. Districts
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onj. is an instrumental post-rock band from North Carolina, USA.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: Antethic - Ghost Shirt Society


Band: Antethic
Album: Ghost Shirt Society
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Ilium
02. Modulor
03. Metamachine
04. Fragments
05. Cascadia
06. Tsunami Museum
07. Sentinel
08. The Moon Must Fall
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Antethic is an instrumental trio from St. Petersburg, Russia. The band plays atmospheric instrumental rock music. The latest album, 'Ghost Shirt Society', was released in April, 2017.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 0 Engineers

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Monday, May 22, 2017 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 088.Vasudeva

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

Vasudeva is a character in the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. We were all reading the book for a high school English class at the time we started this band and Vasudeva possessed certain characteristic we thought fit our band pretty well. He doesn’t speak much in the book but when does it’s normally a pretty profound or moving moment for the main character Siddhartha.

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?

Our songs normally start on an acoustic guitar or one riff gets brought to the table and we all brainstorm ideas off of it. Lately we’ve been inspired by a lot of stuff that’s not guitar music so ideas can also spur off using a new piece of gear like a synth or recording into tape machines/drum machines. Some songs have started with a bassline, I think it depends. Regardless of the inception of the idea the writing is always very collaborative.

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

We’re influenced by everything from music to films and books I think. But musically we are all over the place individually. Anything from Elliott Smith to EDM can be played back to back and be just as inspiring to us. What’s being played is constantly changing, we have a bit of musical ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) at times I would say.

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

For all of us this answer would be very very different but I think the one we can definitely agree upon is Transatlanticism by Death Cab For Cutie.

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

Green Album by Weezer, Dude Ranch by Blink 182 and Stankonia by Outkast.

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

Minus The Bear. Our band started because of Minus The Bear.

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?

Yeah absolutely. It’s cool to see how music is getting into new ears nowadays compared to even when we started in 2008. It’s a constantly changing place and it’s odd to try and keep up and pick up on what the next trend will be as far as what platform is up and coming. It can be overwhelming. To see our music doing so well in places we’ve never been, like Japan, is amazing to us, also other places in Asia as well and even Australia.

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

Being consumers ourselves we use those platforms a lot to find new music and support our friends. Spotify is more of an interesting topic to us than bandcamp, due to all the algorithms and stuff like that but ultimately it’s been an effective way for our band to get our music out to new people.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

Making records only released onto floppy disk.

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

To us it still is but to the average consumer it could be a different answer. The image can evoke an immediate indication of what the music or subject matter could be, but it also can be totally unrelated. Both methods can be effective

11. What is you favorite album cover?

The Sublime one with the guy with the back tattoo, all of The Smiths record covers, all Hannah Diamond single covers, Elliott Smith self titled, Weezer Pinkerton.





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?

It’s more physical than just buying an mp3. You get a really good look at how the artist wanted the entire collections of songs to be portrayed. The whole layout in hand while not really being able to skip ahead tracks makes for a much more immersive listen than on a Spotify playlist. Liner notes and special little details that only exist on the vinyl format are what make it all so special. We all love vinyl for sure. I love CDs still cause I drive a lot and it’s all I have in my car. Cassettes are great too. And I have an iPod classic I’m always updating and will never give up. It’s hard to say.

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

Being a band since 2008 and friends for even longer there are many vivid moments and stories. Most important ones being personal breakthroughs we’ve had together while writing or touring.Some of those moments are the ones we have to remember when things seem really bad.

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Friday, May 19, 2017 0 Engineers

Album: Everything Flows - Aphelion


Band: Everything Flows
Album: Aphelion
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. The Watcher
02. Spiral
03. Something Is Lurking
04. Sore
05. Dusk
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Everything Flows is a french post-metal band formed in 2014. They create progressive music that alternates loud riffs and atmospheric sections.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Synopsys - Le Temps Du Rêve


Band: Synopsys
Album: Le Temps Du Rêve
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








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01. Morning In The Wilderness
02. Reverie Of Rising Star
03. Impulse
04. Leviathan
05. Into The Abyss
06. Beyond The Black Ocean
07. Dusk
08. A Whisper In The Evening
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"Synopsis [sinɔpsis] nm: A brief summary of the major points of a subject or written work or story, either as prose or as a table; an abridgment or condensation of a work."

Synopsys is a french post-metal / post-rock band from France. Their debut album "Le Temps Du Rêve", released today, is one of the best albums I've heard lately and probably will be on lots of AOTY lists in December!

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Monday, May 15, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Silent Island - Fall Of Oceans


Band: Silent Island
Album: Fall Of Oceans
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. Distant Land
02. The Reef
03. Dolphin Rush
04. The Fallen Shallow
05. Singapore
06. Queen Hurricane
07. Niue
08. Drifting Bottles
09. The Journey Never Ends
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Silent Island is an instrumental ambient / post-rock band from Hungary.

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Recommendation: Hvørsch - Thornsmoat


Band: Hvørsch
Album: Thornsmoat
Label: Replenish Records
Year: 2016








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01. Tetiva (Chapter I)
02. Kapkan (Chapter II)
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" Thornsmoat. A two-chapter antiutopia about a tough fate of a black fox.a hunter and a couple of dogs are chasing the prey to a certain death. The burrow is clouded with smoke. everyone has burnt alive. He is the last of the free; his death is coming close. The only thing left is to run. Towards his fate - or away from it. Chewing his paws off trying to escape. Stuck in traps for days, animals die slowly and sorely, long before the hunter comes. You need 18 foxes to make a furcoat.

About an album in short: The message isn’t straightforward. Anti-utopias are always multi-faceted. Our work is based on a story about a fox and human cruelty, but if you dig deeper, you’ll uncover hidden parallels about witch hunts; people of faith are always offended by the existence of those who don’t share their ideas of the bible. They build the cult of the righteous; the hierarchy of power leads to punishment of those who oppose the views of the majority. As a rule, people give themselves the right to decide who lives and who doesn’t. The world isn’t just black and white, even separating situations by shade is subjective; it is also true when people judge, harm or kill on the grounds of difference. Primarily, the band leans not towards the cult of ideas, but the cult of sense and frugality towards everyone and everything. We don’t appreciate cruelty towards animals and everyone surrounding us. Associations and symbols of all that can be found in our lyrics and art. " -  Hvørsch

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Friday, May 05, 2017 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 087.If Anything Happens To The Cat


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

Sad story alert! When Pieter, Wouter, and I started the band seven years ago, it was just the three of us writing songs in Wouter’s bedroom. He had a little kitten which was always jumping on our stuff while we were trying to write songs. When Wouter went for a holiday, he asked his housemates to take care of the cat and left a little note saying “if anything happens to the cat” together with his phone number. Unfortunately, while Wouter was on holiday the cat made her great escape, and was never found again. At that time, we were looking for a name. When we saw the little note on the blackboard, we unanimously decided to name the band after it. 

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? 

Not really, it differs from song to song. Most of the time we start with a basic guitar idea and we see where it takes us during rehearsals. Afterwards, we’ll record demos to fine-tune the guitars. We do have some songs that initially started as a jam, and others which were almost completely written by only one of us, from start to finish. 

I think we’ve grown in this process as a band over the last couple years. In the beginning, we would all individually come up with our parts and that was that. Nowadays, we’re working as a collective and are thinking more in terms of what a specific part of a song needs to bring it to a higher level. On our upcoming album ‘Mångata’ we really focused on interweaving our sounds, producing a technical yet more melodically layered record. 

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

We all have pretty different musical influences and backgrounds, ranging from Explosions in the Sky and Mono to Editors to Led Zeppelin to Sonic Youth or August Burns Red. Lately, we’ve also been inspired by more electronic synth based music, like Emancipator, Bonobo, Apparat, Arms and Sleepers and so forth. 

It’s actually a nice thing to have an eclectic background within the band, and to try to mix this into something interesting. I think and hope that you can hear this somewhat in our music. Both our first album ‘Sun Drunk Moon’ as ‘Mångata’ are rather diverse and not necessarily ‘traditional’ post-rock. 

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

Hard question, but if I have to choose one, it has to be ‘Give me beauty… Or give me death!’ by EF. It’s a flawless album from the first second to the last, truly breath-taking. 

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

I’m not sure, maybe ‘Californication’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers or ‘Follow the Leader’ by Korn? I still secretly like both albums. 

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

Personally, I’d choose Sigur Rós. Even though they grew to play bigger stages, they remained true to their own original sound, which is something I can appreciate. You’d probably get five different answers if you’d ask all of us though. 

7. Did the internet and specifically blogs help to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

Social networks and blogs are without a doubt the most important media to get our music heard outside of our home turf. I’m still surprised every time we get a message from someone on the other side of the world saying they like our music, especially in this day and age with the abundance of music out there.

The most surprising order we ever got online, was probably from Lahore in Pakistan. The fact we got invited to tour in China last year was the highlight of our career so far. 

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

Yes, all our music is available as a ‘name your price’-download on Bandcamp. I think it gives people a great opportunity to discover new music, and allows them to support the artists they like. 
Bandcamp is also my main channel to discover new music. I love how you listen to an album and then it stops playing, just like a vinyl or CD would. It’s finite, just like the artist imagined it. It’s not a continuous flow of music like most other streaming websites. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years? 

I have no idea to be honest. I hope we can keep growing as a band, that we can keep playing nice shows, visiting new places, releasing new music which we’re proud of. We’ll see where it takes us! 

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

Yes, it is very important. There are so many bands and releases nowadays. Artwork can add an extra dimension which complements the music in many ways. For our new album, we worked together with BAART art collective. They did a great job creating a cover that reflects the sound of our music. 

11. What is your favorite album cover? 

I always liked the artwork of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. All their albums have a great design, but I especially like the cover of ‘Worlds Apart’. 

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 prefer to buy vinyl as well. I guess people appreciate the little work of art a vinyl is. In an age where all information and music is so easily accessible, it’s nice to slow down for a bit and listen to music carefully. Vinyl is a great medium for this. That’s why I’m very happy that our new album Mångata, available in September, will also be released on vinyl. 

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

That is without a doubt our China tour in October last year. We were invited to play five shows and travelled about 5000km in five days. It was such a great experience to play in some of the world’s biggest cities for entirely new crowds. People were so appreciative and generous, truly amazing;

If Anything Happens To The Cat currently funding their new album "Mångata" on Kickstarter. You can find more info about the campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/255338050/if-anything-happens-to-the-cat-full-album-2-mangat

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Streaming: Bereft - Lands


Band: Bereft
Album: Lands
Label: Prosthetic Records
Year: 2017








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01. We Wept
02. The Ritual
03. In Filth
04. Waning Light
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Bereft weave elements of doom and black metal into exhaustive, dynamic songs, creating their own style of powerful metal, unbound to any genre and fully conscious of the impression.

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Monday, May 01, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Fjord - Portrait For A Reflection


Band: Fjord
Album: Portrait For A Reflection
Label: Self Released
Year: 2016








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01. Stars In An Ocean Of Darkness
02. There Is Life Inside This Sapphire
03. Phoenix
04. A Breath As A Promise
05. Island Of Commitments
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A portrait… mine, yours… it’s just one’s reflection crafted by nature’s key elements. As you probably figured it out, “Portrait for a Reflection” is a tribute brought to the synergy between man and nature, the power of free will, alongside with the optimistic thought of belonging to an infinite universe. The album contains five songs, each one impersonating through title and sound emotions given by the nature’s five key elements.

"Portrait for a Reflection" is Fjord's second full-length album, but as opposed to "On Icy Shores", they approached it as an instrumental album right from the beginning. This allowed them to bring new dimensions to their sound, combining various post-rock, post-metal and progressive elements, among others, with the main purpose of bringing a fresh vibe to instrumental music. 

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Streaming: musicformessier - Constellations I.


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








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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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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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