Friday, October 29, 2010 4 Engineers

Album: Freedom Voyagers - Freedom Voyagers EP

Band: Freedom Voyagers
Album: Freedom Voyagers
Label: Fluttery Records
Year: 2010

01. Memorial Day
02. Pilot Berth
03. Break In The Clouds
04. Meditative Street Spiral
05. Pustoj

Freedom Voyagers is a Russian post-rock band, which they just released their first internet distributed EP. If you interested to buy a physical copy, send them a message on their MySpace page.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 0 Engineers

Video: Julie Christmas - Bow

A pre-taste of the album to be released on 9th November.

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Album: Some Are Gods - Demo

Band: Some Are Gods
Album: Demo
Label: Self Released
Year: 2010

01. Thus, We Send The Sheep Amongst The Wolves
02. The Peasant Prince
03. Faster, My Friend... The Old World Is Behind You

We don’t really create music. We like to say that music is an expression of our souls. What you hear is us. The energy flows through us. We want to remind everyone that music is the harmonic connection between everything in existence. Manifested during winter of 2009, we came into the stagnant and dying music scene of Lake Charles, Louisiana. We came together not only from similar musical backgrounds and similar musical influences, but we strive to bring something new to not only the local music scene, but all musical scenes worldwide. We hope to show something new that the post-rock world has not yet seen. We want to bring something new, but we also want to learn from others. Blending the heaviness of metal with the beauty of post-rock we hope to be an influencing factor that will sonically assault the ego and liberate the soul. - Some Are Gods

Official Site
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Album: Holoscene / Tunturia - Split

Band: Holoscene / Tunturia
Album: Split
Label: Self Released
Year: 2010

01. Now She Is Lost - Holoscene
02. Of The Valley That Was Paradise, They Made A Desert And Called It Peace - Tunturia
Download | Mirror

Alas, after an immeasurably long delay, we are finally pleased to present the split EP we did with our friends in Holoscene a little while back now. Initially this was intended to be put out as vinyl but, as time and circumstance where not as kind as we had hoped, we have opted to release it as a free download. Artwork created by the very talented Seldon Hunt whom we are grateful and honored to have involved with this project.

We hope to have more music available in the very near future. Thanks to everyone who made this happen. - Tunturia

Official Site

Thursday, October 14, 2010 1 Engineers

Album: Heirs - Fowl

Band: Heirs
Album: Fowl
Label: Denovali Records
Year: 2010


01. Dust
02. Fowl
03. Burrow
04. Tyrant
05. Men
06. Mother
07. Drain

Upon returning to Melbourne after 67 shows across Europe and Japan, Heirs commenced work on their second album, Fowl.

With the baton of core song-writing being handed from drummer Damian Coward to guitarist, Brent Stegeman, Heirs turned their attention toward their electronic underbelly, honing in on the industrial vapour and blackened ambiance that permeated their debut, Alchera, distilling the underlying sense of melody with an arresting sense of dread. Fowl displays a deliberate shift towards a broader sonic palette, enabling the band to incorporate disparate influences and approaches to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

Fowl deals with the human processing of the ornery – the filth we feed upon to entertain us, to sate our hunger, to gratify our sexual desires, to escape our reality or simply to facilitate our survival. Fowl is an exploration of the consumption of filth, the nourishment it provides and the way we excrete it back into the world, calling into question the notion of morality and its place in an increasingly faithless populace.

From wheezing blasts of industrial steam to weeping passages of gothic suspense, Fowl is a fully realized analysis of the repugnant. Its pugilistic rhythmic foundation, reverb soaked guitars, crackling electronics and deadpan dark-wave meditation create an abstract drone-scape of industrial dirge and metallic ambiance coalesced into an ambitious whole.

Recorded and mixed by Neil Thomason at Head Gap in June/July 2010, and produced by Brent Stegeman and Damian Coward, Fowl is a 45-minute journey inside the proverbial machine and represents a band confronting the visual and aural atrocities of the quotidian.

Brent Stegeman: Guitar/Synth/Electronics/Programming
Damian Coward: Drums/Electronics
Laura Bradfield: Bass Guitar
Ian Jackson: Guitar
Miles Brown: Theremin/Synth/Electronics

*Thanx to Deadlooop for the link

Official Site
Buy Australia | Rest Of The World
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Album: Vestiges - The Descent Of Man

Band: Vestiges
Album: The Descent Of Man
Label: Self Released
Year: 2010

01. Intro
02. I
03. II
04. III
05. IV
06. V
07. Outro

Yesterday as my eyes came across this band, I didn't had high expectations for this album as it was tagged as black metal and crust and they are not very much of my taste. In fact I passed that post. Something though, made me to go back and check this band. I think one of the reasons was the cover, that was not a usual black metal one. I'm glad I did!

This is a hell of a debut album, and even more if you realize that this band only formed in January! They combine a lot of different genres together and very successfully too. You can identify post-rock, black metal, crust, hardcore and even some elements of drone in an album of 46 minutes long. Vestiges can be described as the black metal version of Fall of Efrafa.

So as the band produced and released this album for free and by them selves support them in each way you can.

Vestiges formed in January of 2010 as a two-piece band. Influenced by hardcore, black metal, crust, screamo, and post-rock, the band set out to incorporate elements of each genre to articulate their message both musically and lyrically. A third member was added to the band shortly before entering the studio to record The Descent Of Man. The band plans to release two more albums, an EP and a LP, in order to complete their narrative. The band and a filmmaker are currently in the process of producing a film to visually capture the theme of The Descent Of Man.

The Descent Of Man follows the creation, the evolution, and the eventual annihilation of mankind. Today, we find ourselves hoping to reverse the damage that we have done and struggling to sustain what little earth we have yet to rape repeatedly. We validate this existence with stories that justify our behavior and our role in the natural world. The promise of salvation in a land we have yet to see has clouded our judgment in a land that is right before our eyes. Industrialization, militarization, overpopulation, theism, specie-ism, and nihilism are regarded as evolution and progress. Our greed and ignorance have been celebrated and our past has been forgotten. We were meant to be a part of nature. We were not meant to conquer nature. We were given life and we have done everything in our power to bring death upon everything in our path, including ourselves. There will be horrifying consequences for what we have done.

For man has sown contempt, man shall reap a bitter end.
Let our bodies replenish this earth, for the true color of man has shown! -

Thanx to ETS for introducing this band.

Official Site
Buy (Preorders will be available soon, so you can send an email to to be noticed when they do.)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 0 Engineers

Album: Sailors With Wax Wings - Sailors With Wax Wings

Band: Sailors With Wax Wings
Album: Sailors With Wax Wings
Label: Angle Oven Records
Year: 2010

01, Soft Gardens Near The Sun, Keep Your Distant Beauty
02. There Came A Drooping Maid With Violets
03. If I Should Cast Off This Tattered Coat
04. And Clash And Clash Of Hoof And Heel
05. Yes, I Have A Thousand Tongues, And Nine And Ninety-Nine Lie
06. God Fashioned The Ship Of The World Carefully
07. There Was One Who Sought A New Road
08. Strange That I Should Have Grown So Suddenly Blind

Hallucinations in red rooms with white spaces on the wall. The specter of Stephen Crane haunts the spaces. And the room. And the mind of Pyramids creator R. Loren, who has given flight to yet another stereophonic masterpiece, this time under the moniker Sailors With Wax Wings. The tale of its genesis has at least a few details in common with the following:

A musical path is born anew under sheets of soft lightning and distant thunder, beneath the heat strobes of the thick Texas night. What hisses slowly behind creaking doors reveals itself after a season of deliberate recombination. The atmosphere boils and dilates; instruments and voices soar skyward toward transcendence. The clouds lapse and disintegrate like the frayed fabric of R. Loren’s nettled psyche.

Finally, the offspring is birthed whole. It breathes the air, then overtakes it. The lift force has both a vertical and forward component. Always onwards, always upwards. In fact, a certain tall, handsome genius at Decibel magazine called Sailors With Wax Wings’ self-titled debut “a towering atmospheric triumph, a kaleidoscope of shimmering guitars and ethereal vocal incantations that cascades from dark and cavernous to sparkling and exultant—and back again.”

As usual, he was right. Sailors With Wax Wings flutters and oscillates seamlessly as one dazzlingly cohesive 53-minute suite. Inspired by the aforementioned hallucinations induced by the work of the late, great Mr. Crane, the timeless myth of Daedalus and Icarus, and a fleeting phrase on a Vast Aire album, SWWW combines R. Loren’s penchant for palpable sonic textures and mood-altering musicality with his desire to explore more melancholy compositions and a male/female vocal dynamic.

An all-star cast of musicians joins Loren in the full realization of his objectives. Their names read like the dream team of a musical mastermind with one foot in the indie-rock firmament and the other in doom-dirge purgatory. Read ’em and, like, weep:
  • Ted Parsons (Swans/Godflesh/Prong)
  • Colin Marston (Krallice/Behold…The Arctopus)
  • Aidan Baker (Nadja)
  • Simon Scott (Slowdive)
  • Dominick Fernow (Prurient/Cold Cave)
  • Vern Rumsey (Unwound)
  • Hildur Gudnadottir (Múm/Throbbing Gristle/The Knife)
  • Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride)
  • Jonas Renkse (Katatonia)
  • Marissa Nadler
  • J. Leah
  • James Blackshaw
  • and artwork by David Tibet (Current 93) and Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer/Pyramids)
But the proof that any of this ever happened—or that the results are any good—will not be found on a piece of paper or in a document posted on the Interweb. Least of all this one. Better now to stop reading and start listening. - myspace

Official Site

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 4 Engineers

Album: School Of Emotional Engineering - School Of Emotional Engineering

Band: School Of Emotional Engineering
Album: School Of Emotional Engineering
Label: Architecture
Year: 2004

01. To Be Continued
02. Refrain
03. Falling For Sylvia
04. Redline
05. Of Angel Dust
06. Refrain (Bloodline)
07. She Dreams In Car Crashes
08. Slicing The Skin Between My Toes

Due to lack of any music that impressed me this week, I thought it was a good opportunity to post an older album by School Of Emotional Engineering, which in fact is the inspiration of our blog's name, which the band inspired from a single line in Aldous Huxley’s prophetic social critique Brave New World.

School Of Emotional Engineering is a loosely defined ‘band’, more of a ‘project’ created by composer Ben Frost. Primarily Frost, alongside multi-instrumentalist and engineer Daniel Rejmer, bassist and guitarist Andy Hazel, violin player Russell Fawkus and drummer Jova Albers, School Of Emotional Engineering began originally in Melbourne, Australia as a live extension of Frost’s solo work.

School Of Emotional Engineering have performed live rarely, with as many as eight people on stage recreating the impenetrable wall of emotive sound found on the self-titled 2004 debut. All members of School Of Emotional Engineering have various side projects and either collectively or individually work in production roles (remixing, programming, etc.) for other artists including Björk.

The Music:
Reviews often describe School of Emotional Engineering as ambient or atmospheric, trip-hop, industrial and post-rock. Their debut album is often compared to the work of artists such as Icelandic band Sigur Rós or Canadian post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor. There is mostly a foreboding and visceral undercurrent that threatens to devour the subtle textures and somnolent ambiance in the music of School Of Emotional Engineering, which intermittently erupts in the form of tensely cut-up beats, abrasive snares and blasts of static interference. The cinematic identity of School Of Emotional Engineering is forged with sonorous nuances, droning basslines and live drums. Their debut album is essentially devoid of traditional song structures; instead, idle piano motifs, lush walls of guitar and inert soundscapes articulate the album’s emotional weight.

Db Magazine described School Of Emotional Engineering’s debut as “an atmospheric masterpiece”. However, in the media Frost has often suggested that most people seemed to have missed the point when comparing School Of Emotional Engineering to these bands, explaining that the output may be presented in such a way which is beyond the control of the artist at the point of release and the points of inspiration and preferred ‘genre alignment’ are convoluted.

Inpress Magazine described the album as “a slow-moving twilight journey through a gaunt and desolate landscape” and compared School Of Emotional Engineering to artists such as DJ Shadow (pointing specifically to the slower, darker, less funk-influenced album Endtroducing), Ulver, and even Black Sabbath. This particular review closes with the line: “School of Emotional Engineering is like getting stoned and floating face down in a swimming pool on a cold night, with steam rising the water and shafts of florescent light twinkling in your unblinking eyes. Bliss.”

Progressing beyond their first album the material leaking onto the internet from various works for film or compilations and undoubtedly what will be their forthcoming second album has, it seems, grown progressively more violent and arguably highlights the influence of their originally self-appointed peers Swans, Ulver and various underground black metal bands and even industrial artists such as Scorn, Coil and Nine Inch Nails.

Official Site
Friday, October 08, 2010 2 Engineers

Album: Del Rey - Immemorial

Band: Del Rey
Album: Immemorial
Label: Golden Antenna / At A Loss Recordings
Year: 2010

01. Return Of The Son Of Fog Rider
02. E Pluribus Unicorn
03. Innumeracy
04. Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars
05. Ouisch
06. These Children That Come At You With Knives
07. Ancestral

Eben English: guitar, bassVI, keyboards, drums, programming
Chris Cowgill: bass, bassVI, keyboards
Damien Burke: guitar, bassVI, bass, keyboards
Michael Johnson: drums, keyboards, programming

Twelve years of playing post-rock is a long time. Del Rey has done exactly this, and with "Immemorial" they release their fourth album. The driven post-rock contains psychedelic moments as well as some ambient influences (the beginning of "Ouisch"); actually, most of the time Del Rey shares tones from nineties instrumental rock with us.

The sound is very basic (Albini style) and that's no wonder since Shellac's Bob Weston shares the recording home with their producer Jason Ward. "Silent weapon for quiet wars" is the best example to describe Del Rey's sound. Melancholic melodies are accompanied by up tempo beats, switching quickly between the different parts of the songs. Sometimes the guitars are fragile, but most of the times they're heavy and striding towards the next breathtaking melody.

The band can be described as a stripped-down version of Mogwai on speed without keyboard and dragging parts. The Spartan approach pays off; Del Rey always stays to the core of the song. “These children that come at you with knives” is one of the best songs on ‘Immemorial” and you can hear Del Rey is an experienced band playing clean and heavy instrumental post-rock.

They are not the luckiest band on the planet since their van was robbed two times and also all their equipment was stolen from their practice room at the time the recording session of this album was halfway. Luckily they could finish the record otherwise we never heard beauties like “Return of the son of fog rider”. -

Official Site
Buy At A Loss Recordings | Golden Antenna
Saturday, October 02, 2010 1 Engineers

Video: inFictions - The Silence Of The Sea

Thanx to postrockxchange for this video.

inFictions is a band from Sheffield, UK. Other than that there is not much info about them.
You can download 4 of their tracks here.


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