Wednesday, February 21, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Once Upon A Winter - .existence

Band: Once Upon A Winter
Album: .existence
Label: Aza Records
Year: 2018

01. I've Seen The Skies Shatter
02. In The Chronicles Of Mediocre Egos
03. Cognitive Dissonance
04. Unsettling Minds Climax In The Darkest Hours
05. Purple Midas
06. .existence

Once Upon A Winter is a post-rock solo project from Greece. Created by Ilias Kakanis in 2012, Once Upon A Winter has released an EP in 2014, in 2017 his debut album "Selective Depression In Chase Of The Big Bang" and in early 2018 his second one.

“..A man finds himself, to his great astonishment, suddenly existing, after thousands and thousands of years of non-existence…”

"There are stories of life, stories of love and passion, stories of anticipation. In these stories, just like in music, you seek resolution to any tension. Learn to embrace the tension, for you’ll find your real self in it. Tension is the creative period for all the stories you’ll tell. Thank you everybody for the support." - Ilias

Monday, February 19, 2018 0 Engineers

Compilation: post-engineered vol.4

Band: Various Artists
Album: post-engineered vol.4
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018

01. Lights & Motion - Reborn
02. I Am Sonic Rain - Aurora
03. Floating In Space - Timeless Horizon
04. To Destroy A City - Beholder
05. Thot - Duna
06. Man Mountain - Memory Trace
07. GrimLake - The Reality Of The Naive (previously unreleased)
08. Dirge - Red Dawn Tibesti
09. No Metal In This Battle - Alaska Beach
10. Collapse Under The Empire - A Place Beyond
11. Teller - Baton Rouge
12. Outlander - Six
13. Krane - III : Tactical Level
14. Lost In Kiev - Nuit Noire
15. Spoiwo - FLN (live) (previously unreleased)
16. Mountaineer - Womb
17. Ravena - Valta (Remastered)
18. Health - Hurt Yourself (Almeeva Remix)
19. Toundra - Cielo Negro
20. Caves Of Steel - Zorgh
21. In Lights - Search
22. Meniscus - Head Rush
23. Spook By Horses - Crude Shrines & Blessed Veins (previously unreleased combined)
24. VVilderness - Devour The Sun_ (instrumental)
25. Zaius - Seirenes
26. Far Behind The Sun - ARP244
27. GlerAkur - Strings
28. NevBorn - Daídalos (feat. Loïc Rossetti)
29. All Shall Be Well (And All Shall Be Well And All Manner Of Things Shall Be Well) - Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Reimagined
30. Diary Of My Misanthropy - Are You Dreaming
31. Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet - Avfärd
32. Autism - Brittle Bones
33. Cataya - Vis-à-vis (previously unreleased)
34. Six Steps Above The Earth - Earth Gazing (previously unreleased)
35. A Light Within - Page #35 (An Educated Gentleman)
36. Once Upon A Winter - Purple Midas (previously unreleased)
37. Përl - Jhomo Langma (Deval, part. II)
38. musicformessier - Ursa Major
39. We Stood Like Kings - Grand Illusion
40. Pillars - Finalita
41. Lavinia - Drop (Red House Painters Cover) (previously unreleased)
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Artwork by our long time blog partner Kapiller Ferenc.
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41 tracks and nearly 5 hours of music! It took a while to assemble this enormous compilation, but in the end it came out as imagined!
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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Friday, February 16, 2018 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 095.Jack Maniak

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

"Maniac" is a famous song of the 80s. Jack Maniak came to me pretty quickly. Jack is the hero of my albums; a teenager who have special abilities.

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 depends, I usually start with a powerful melody; then i construct around this. Or I start with an introduction and I find riffs or melodies to go on. I try to adapt sounds for each story of my songs.

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

I have metal roots, I play in 2 other bands Idensity (death metal) and Område (avant-garde); my main instrument is drumming but I play more keyboards now. My drumming experience gives me what I need to find good grooves (even for the bass which is very important in synthwave). I don't listen to metal anymore (or just a few), I am back in the 80s for the moment.

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

Queen - Greatest Hits II

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

It was Megadeth "youthanasia", Iron Maiden "Live After Death" the same day!, great visual and powerful sound.

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

Probably Carpenter Brut or Volkor X; I like the approach of Carpenter with live instrument (including drums), it merges the metal and electro world.

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 we need a good support to spread our name, I have the chance to have Jet Set Trash as a label but we always need more and more visibility; Jack Maniak just started few weeks ago but my other bands had reviews in Peru or Mexico for example.

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

Well it depends, there are good and bad points on it; digital release are the future and you can discover a lot of bands with it and at a lower price; the key is to do music for passion,if you have to earn your life with music, it is definitely not the good way.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Well the only thing I know is that I will always do music. I don't know in which terms but I could do it alone in my room if I have not enough money to spread it.
10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?
Yeah it is very important, the artwork has to fit with the spirit of the project, well I should say it is better because not everyone can afford to pay professional artworks.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

Mine of course, Jack Maniak - Code 403 cover done by Julian Gamella :)

I like Jeff Grimal's art too, he made impressive paintings for Område project.

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 vinyl replace temporally Cd's but it is a small market. Digital and "spotify(s)" are probably the future.Cd's will be dead soon, only few labels want to work with this media

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

Jack Maniak is a one man band, so it's very special because you have to manage everything (including the costs). It's a good feeling to decide but sometimes it is hard to think of everything.I try to have joy as much as i can on what i do, but being alone make the project really alive because you have to be everywhere.

More info:
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Friday, February 09, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: A Light Within - Epilogue EP

Band: A Light Within
Album: Epilogue EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018

01. Page #9 (Shells)
02. Page #54 (Chemical Drive)
03. Page #27 (Surrounded By Astronauts)
04. Page #35 (An Educated Gentleman)
Streaming / Buy

A Light Within is set to release “Epilogue”, the final conceptual installment in a three-part series containing transcribed diary entries written from the perspective of a reflective mind. Throughout the pages be prepared to hit an emotional remembrance of life experiences, love scenarios, and a metaphorical loss of it all.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 0 Engineers

Video: le_mol - The Waltz King

Saturday, February 03, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Far Behind The Sun - Story Of Collapsing Galaxies

Band: Far Behind The Sun
Album: Story Of Collapsing Galaxies
Label: Ghost City Recordings
Year: 2017

01. VCC1316
02. ESO128EN013
03. NGC1068
04. IC1318
05. GCG53517
06. ARP244
07. PGC12651
Streaming / Buy

Far Behind The Sun – The young, instrumental post-rock/metal band from Kempten (Germany) consists of 4 musicians. Their sound reels in the audience from their daily routine and takes them on an extraordinary listening experience. The band’s songwriting is characterized by various musical components, such as impelling and complex rhythms, harmonic and melancholy melodies, atmospheric sound surfaces, and intense metal elements. This diverse arrangement inspires the audience to dream, to meditate and to lose themselves in the “here and now”. At the same time it incites to headbang and shoegaze, as insiders of the genre would put it. The band’s light show formidably accentuates the auditory ambience, and thus makes an attendance of FTBS’s live show definitely worthwhile.

Since 2015, the band’s first album has thrilled more and more fans who have supported numerously a successful crowd-funding project and thus have made possible the second album (released 17.11.17).

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Friday, February 02, 2018 0 Engineers

Album: Morrow - Fallow

Band: Morrow
Album: Fallow
Label: Alerta Antifascista, Halo Of Flies Records
Year: 2017

01. Auguries Of Menace
02. Beyond The Cleaved Land
03. The Hunt
04. A City Of Gristle
05. Crown In Red
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Morrow are a violin and cello driven atmospheric crust band, in the vein of Ictus, Fall of Efrafa and Remains of the day. They began their post civilisation odyssey in 2016’s “Covenant of Teeth” the somber string laden D beat, seated in the forests and ice scapes of future primitive cultures. “Fallow” picks up where their debut ended; following the same protagonists as they leave the safety of the forests in search of knowledge amongst the sweltering, vibrant and violent carcass cities in the desert south. It is a far more raucous record; a pandemonium of drums and throaty cello as our characters face a chaotic, terrifying and majestic landscape, one of bared teeth amongst the sand storms and screaming voices. Fallow features guest vocals from members of Gattaca, Monachus, Autarch, Wildspeaker, Hyena, Sol and Fall of Efrafa.

buy Alerta Antifacista (EU) | Halo Of Flies Records (US)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 0 Engineers

Video: Kiasmos - Blurred (Bonobo Remix - Official Music Video)

Monday, January 22, 2018 0 Engineers

Album: Locktender - Friedrich

Band: Locktender
Album: Friedrich
Label: i.Corrupt.Records, Deadwood Records, Middle Man Records, Zegema Beach Records
Year: 2018

01. The Monk By The Sea
02. View Of A Harbour
03. Wreck In The Sea Of Ice
04. Seashore With Shipwreck By Moonlight
05. The Chasseur In The Forest
06. Morning Fog In The Mountains
07. Winter Landscape
08. The Abbey In The Oakwood
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After taking a two year hiatus to pursue family/travel/school/work, the members of ‘Men As Trees’ have relocated and reformed as Locktender in Cleveland, OH. Locktender is a concept focused hardcore band concentrating on artists and their works interpreted through music, lyrics & art. Every album is an artist, every song is a different work. 

Our first three songs took quick looks at individual works by William Blake, Earl Nightingale & Raphael Gleitsmann. Our first full length LP, Kafka, was released in 2013 and focused on five short works by Franz Kafka. This was followed by another split for which a Herman Melville short story was used. Our second LP, Rodin, based on four sculptures, was released in 2014 and was supported by a second European Tour. Our third LP is based on the works of Caspar David Friedrich, was released in 2018.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 0 Engineers

Compilation: Various Artists - Hemispheres Vol.II

Band: Various Artists
Album: Hemispheres Vol.II (Side A)
Label: A Thousand Arms
Year: 2018

01. Wess Meets West - Skylar, There's Rot
02. And So I Watch You From Afar - I'll Share A Life
03. Pillars - Subtract/Submerge
04. Staghorn - Trins Chado Ocho Rio
05. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert - Patient Glaciers
06. Kalouv - Depois Do Escuro
07. Gullwing - Eris
08. Wozniak - Ghosting
09. Outlander - Downtime
10. Through A Glass, Darkly - Until Light Failed Me
11. Shy, Low - Dissension
12. Girih - Eigengrau
13. Hallowed - Malak
14. Vyctoria - Ascenso-Descenso
15. In Lights - Memory
16. Oldernar - Universal Language
17. Forgotten In The Woods Again - This Is What Happens When People Have Ideas
18. Glories - As Walls Keep Shifting

Band: Various Artists
Album: Hemispheres Vol.II (Side B)
Label: A Thousand Arms
Year: 2018

01. Violet Cold - Brave New Void
02. The Last Sighs Of The Wind - New Horizons
03. hubris. - Beyond Styx
04. Bear The Mammoth - Decembering
05. Dumbsaint - Another Scene
06. Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet - Ovisshet
07. All We Expected - Nomad
08. OVUM - The Light Illuminates My Heart
09. Hiboux - From The Good Mountain
10. Echotide - Into The Half Light
11. Ayden - What if?
12. Shipwrecks - Haven
13. Burning Bones - Soft Like Silk; Bright Like Gold
14. MMTH - Tidal Waves
15. Synopsys - A Whisper In The Evening
16. Teller - The Wary and Watchful
17. Archaique Smile - The Glow Of A Days
18. iiah - Kintsugi

A Thousand Arms Presents: "Hemispheres: Volume I". A compilation featuring post-rock bands from the Western (Side A) and Eastern (Side B) Hemisphere.

To add "Hemispheres: Volume II [Side A+B]" to your Bandcamp Collection click the following link and redeem an unused download code:

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 094.Dirge (answered by Stéphane L.)

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

Marc T. came up with this name back in 1994. The relation between the meaning of this word (« funeral chant/music ») and the very nature of the music seems pretty obvious.

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? 

At the time of the And Shall The Sky Descend / Wings Of Lead Over Dormant Seas albums, we used to improvise some parts during rehearsals, generally the most abstract and atmospheric ones. Because it was the most interesting way for us to explore certain moods and certain non-structured pieces. But beside this very specific era, we never jam. Even the most primitive structures or riffs are worked at home, then reworked, modified, transformed, adapted later with the whole band. Our songs are 80% finished when we finally bring them in the rehearsal room. Most of the time, tracks start then develop with one or two or three guitar riffs, in some other (rare) cases with a sample but I won't say there's a recurring modus operandi while creating a Dirge's song. We let things flow. Same goes for the lyrics, even though, and that's the only real standard procedure for us, words always come to life once the track is fully completed.

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

Our primordial roots are quite obvious : Godflesh, Neurosis, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, The Cure... But all these structuring influences have been absorbed and digested for a long time now. The four of us have really different and various musical preferences. It goes from industrial to dub, passing by movie soundtracks, blues, classical, death metal, french songs, psychedelic, post punk/goth, electro... To give you an insight (and talking just for myself), I've been listening these last months to stuffs like Dälek, Lea Porcelain, Tropic Of Cancer, Death, Emma Ruth Rundle, Marissa Nadler, Throane, Myrkur, Butthole Surfers plus a bunch of old favourites (Cocteau Twins, Einstürzende Neubauten, Death In June, And Also The Trees etc).

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

Too many to name it. Let's say Pornography by The Cure.

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

October by U2. On tape.

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

To stay in a realistic world, and in order to have a package connected with the same spirit, but different enough to avoid any common field, I would name artists like Lycia, SubRosa, Anna von Hausswolff or Wardruna.

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? 

Of course all these blogs and webzines, from the smallest to the biggest ones, do help bands like us to spread their music across the world. And therefore reaching countries we'd never have thought about, like Iran, India or United Arab Emirates...

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

We have to adapt to our times and, unfortunately I don't think we have other real alternatives concerning this new way to grasp music. These days, music is often seen as a « consumer product », something to burn off quickly, something to skim through rather diving into. The time spent downloading, listening, storing or throwing and so on and so forth, has became wealthier than a simple CD or LP. But in another hand, despite these changes, despite the dematerialization, I know that a lot of people, young or old, give to Art the value its deserves. So we have to trust these people (especially with the kind of music we're doing), trust their faith in artists' « handcraft », trust their will to support music and musicians. Bandcamp, Spotify or Deezer are not my ideal, but it is the way things are today. But I also know that piece of art's lovers will always prefer a beautiful vinyl than a simple 320ko mp3. And these people will always exist.

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

Yes of course. Artwork, as well as the songs themselves, the production and even the tracklist are significant parts of a whole called « piece of art » (regardless of the quality of this piece). Yesterday, the cover was often the first interaction you had with an album, even before the music. And I still like this idea of visual incarnation of the sound.

10. What is you favorite album cover?

I'd say all the graphic works of Vaughan Oliver for the English cult label 4AD, especially Treasure (Cocteau Twins), Medusa (Clan Of Xymox), Tocsin (Xmal Deutschland), Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun (Dead Can Dance) among others. 

I also really appreciate Peter Saville's work for the Factory label like Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures & Closer albums or New Order's Brotherhood. 

I also really love the Wildhoney cover by Tiamat, Sympathy For The Devil by Laibach, the Sumerland 12'' by Fields Of The Nephilim, Icon by Paradise Lost, All The Pretty Little Hoses by Current 93 and so many others I forgot. All these artworks have a lot to say, far beyond their graphic nature...

11. 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?

Because vinyl seems to be the most aesthetic response, the most graceful rebellion against our modern and disincarnate world, against the very-compact, the very-easy-to-get, the very-quick-to-listen. And it is also our favorite format, both aesthetically and sonically.

More info:
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 0 Engineers

Streaming: Doppälgängär - Melencholia

Band: Doppälgängär
Album: Melencholia
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018

01. Inexorable Pain
02. In This World, Not Of It
03. Aokigahara (Sea Of Trees)
04. Dreams In Dysthymia
Streaming / Buy

Doppälgängär is a post-metal band from Sweden. For fans of Cult Of Luna, Omega Massif.

official site
Saturday, January 13, 2018 0 Engineers

Post-engineering's TOP 20 for 2017

Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Metal

The Ascensionist
Label: A Thousand Arms, dunk! Records
Genre: Post-Rock

Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Metal

Of Salt And Sea
Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Rock

In Lights
This Is How We Exist
Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Rock

Collapse Under The Empire
The Fallen Ones
Label: Moment Of Collapse
Genre: Post-Rock

To Destroy A City
Go Mirage
Label: n5MD
Genre: Post-Rock

Of Adoration
Label: Prosthetic Records
Genre: Post-Rock / Post-Metal

Label: Aloud Music Ltd
Genre: Post-Rock

Label: Czar Of Crickets
Genre: Post-Rock / Post-Metal

Le Temps Du Rêve
Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Metal

Chalice Hymnal
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
Genre: Post-Rock / Psychedelic

Label: Relapse Records
Genre: Black Metal / Folk

Music For Imaginery Film #1
Label: United We Fly
Genre: Post-Rock

Chelsea Wolfe
Hiss Spun
Label: Sargent House
Genre: Alternative / Folk / Goth

Our Ceasing Voice
Free Like Tonight
Label: Self Released
Genre: Alternative / Indie / Post-Rock

Silent Whale Becomes A° Dream
Label: Elusive Sound
Genre: Post-Rock

Label: City Slang
Genre: Ambient / Modern Classical / Electronic

Label: Sargent House / Hassle Records
Genre: Post-Punk

Mass VI
Label: Neurot Recordings / Consouling Sounds
Genre: Post-Metal / Ritual

Friday, January 12, 2018 0 Engineers

Video: Long Distance Calling - Ascending

Thursday, January 11, 2018 0 Engineers

Video: Harakiri For The Sky - Heroin Waltz

Thursday, January 04, 2018 0 Engineers

Album: Diary Of My Misanthropy - Leviathan

Band: Diary Of My Misanthropy
Album: Leviathan
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017

01. Sleep Peacefully, Giant Monster
02. Are You Dreaming
03. Leviathan
04. War Is Peace
05. Black Mirror
06. Rest In Peace

Diary Of My Misanthropy is an atmospheric instrumental music project, founded by Vladyslav Tsarenko in 2013 as a one man band, and developed into a full-fledged 3-piece band in 2015.


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