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

Video: Audiolepsia - Charlotte

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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Video: Bear The Mammoth - Decembering

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








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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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Saturday, May 13, 2017 0 Engineers

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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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 0 Engineers

Video: Synopsys - A Whisper In The Evening

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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Thursday, May 04, 2017 0 Engineers

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017 0 Engineers

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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