Friday, September 28, 2012 0 Engineers

Video: Hammock - Cold Front

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 0 Engineers

News: AMENRA Reveal Artwork, Tracklisting and Video Teaser for MASS V

To AMENRA, aesthetics are not merely supplementary to the musical experience but essential to it, and for their monumental new album MASS V, they have surpassed themselves. Today we can now proudly unveil the artwork for the album which will see the light of day on 26 November on Neurot Recordings.

All pictures supporting the artwork of MASS V were taken by Stefaan Temmerman and the artwork itself was made and assembled by Webecameaware. On the subject of artwork, the band revealed the following personal testimonial about how it came to be...

"In November we went out wandering through our own and neighbouring countries. Looking for the perfect setting for the artwork to the new album. After a couple of days our trail ended at the village of Wissant in North France. The site is a gathering of destroyed bunkers from the second World War. The force and strength coming from these weathered constructions was overwhelming. Concrete blasted to pieces, hundreds of bulletholes everywhere, the salt and sand were once covered in blood.
We drew respect from these stone temples, this once, was a world of pain. We stayed overnight at the site and slept on one of the bunkers just so we could get swallowed by the sea as tide came in and when the dawn brought first light, Stefaan Temmerman took the picture we knew was going to be perfect to represent our MASS V.
It was a long and cold night." - CHVE

We can also divulge the tracklisting for this colossal album:
1. Dearborn and Buried
2. Boden
3. A Mon Ame
4. Nowena I 9.10

AMENRA have released yet another trailer video crafted by their very own guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove which offers another brief but tantilising insight into the sounds of MASS V:

And on the subject of the release show, there will be an art exhibition at the AB venue, where Stefaan Temmerman, (amongst other artists including AMENRA bandmembers CHVE and Mathieu Vandekerckhove) will be exhibiting photographs by his hand. -
Monday, September 24, 2012 0 Engineers

EP: Bridges of Königsberg - The Five Colors [Remixed]

Band: Bridges Of Königsberg
Album: The Five Colors [Remixed] EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012

01. Five Colors [Connectedness Locus Remix]
02. No Longer There (Total Destruction) [To Destroy A City Remix]
03. Seals & Sanctions (Neon Night Riders) [Sioum Remix]
04. Gathering Spirits [Evan Ireland Remix]
05. Feathers Wrapped In Metal [LAKE R▲DIO Remix]
06. The Moon Cries For Mars [Lunar Day Remix]

Hailing from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Bridges Of Königsberg was born in 2009 from the minds of frontman Paul Petrosyan and guitarist Matthew Brakel. With the recruitment of drummer Aaron Krause and keyboardist Beth Hoffman, Bridges Of Königsberg came into being as a skillful and capable four-piece group. Blending elements of rock, electronica, and a number of obscure genres, We Have Many Faces EP was released in June of 2010 and demonstrated the bands diverse sound and emotional range.

Their first full length album, The Five Colors LP, firmly sets their designated genre as "undefined". They expertly mix hues of post-rock with progressive and experimental tendencies along with audio sampling which induces emotional responses bordering on hysteria. A listen through of any material of theirs is sure to leave the subject with insignificance coursing through their veins. The music is in you, and you are in the music.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 0 Engineers

EP: Almeeva - EP#2

Band: Almeeva
Album: EP#2
Year: 2012

01. Strobe
02. Bend
03. Fields
04. Flares
05. Snow

There is a million ways to make people dance in music, but there isn't a million ways to make your eyes wander in emptiness. Almeeva aka the multi-instrumentalist Gregory Hoepffner (Kid North, Radius System, Painting By Numbers) chose the path of progressive perdition. EP#2 jump into further abstraction, picking up where the distant waves of Egypt ended. Gone are the rock artifacts that still featured on the inaugraul EP#1, these 5 new tracks deliver a deeper vision of minimalism and groove. You can still blast it in your car, for a nightdrive on the highway. But watch out for ghosts. forget about everything, loose your mind but don't loose the pulse.

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Album: A Shelter In The Desert - Maze Of Memories

Band: A Shelter In The Desert
Album: Maze Of Memories
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012

01. It's Raining
02. Frustration, Rage, Freedom
03. Hard Times
04. Requiem For A Love
05. The Other Side Of The Road

A Shelter In The Desert (before named [ReSound] ) starts in 2009 in Mexico City, experimenting with sounds in a new-different way for that country, and finding its identity on post-rock and its likes. Guitar-driven melodies, delays and reverbs, that gives an atmospheric sound and also dramatic rhythm changes are a distinctive aspect of the band. In 2010 they released their first EP as [ReSound].

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 0 Engineers

Album: A Place Of Owls - The Oceanic Tomes (ft. Blake Tanberk)

Band: A Place Of Owls
Album: The Oceanic Tomes (ft. Blake Tanberk)
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012

01. Atlantis
02. Vineta
03. Yonaguni
04. Dwarka
05. Ys

A Place Of Owls is a one man post-rock band from the artist Ezra Hinton. Drawing from a huge library of influences, A Place Of Owls has created a catalog of vastly differing sonic experiences.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 0 Engineers

Video: Almeeva - Strobe

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 0 Engineers

Album: Magnetoscop. - Une Fleur Dans Le Goudron

Band: Magnetoscop.
Album: Une Fleur Dans Le Goudron
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012

01. Géranium
02. L'Homme
03. Ulan Bator (Où Jekyll Devient Hyde)
04. Après La Pluie I
05. Après La Pluie II
06. La Mèche
07. Feu
08. Opium
09. L'Armée Du Cancrelat

Magnetoscop. is band from Grenoble, France. The band was founded in 2010 by 5 musicians creating music that emerges conflicting emotions. 

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News: R.I.P. Hydrahead...

The Imminent Demise of Hydra Head Records

Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry  circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.

The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all.  The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances.

For the short term we will continue to operate as we have been, effecting our first step into shutdown this December, at which point we are cutting off new releases from the label. Thereafter, we will be remain operational only in the interest of maintaining our back catalog, with the ultimate aim of repaying our rather sizable debts. Grim though this prospect is, in the midst of it all I still feel an extreme gratitude for everything that has happened and for all the wonderful people with which we've been involved over the years. We've been lucky enough to work with some of the most unique and provocative artists of the last two decades, many of which have made indelible impressions in the underground, and by extension the larger world of music in general. We've also been fortunate to have had the support of a small but loyal following, who've constituted the very essence of our life force. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and love to each and every person who contributed to making this label what it is - all the artists who entrusted us as the custodians of their work, all the people that bought or listened to our releases, and all the people who performed the various label duties at various offices (and houses) across the continent.

...and this brings us to the present moment, where in all honesty we are in need of financial assistance from anyone and everyone who's willing to throw us a rope. Though it is highly unlikely we'll be able to resuscitate the label, we do wish to follow through on the final round of releases to which we're committed and pay off our debts to our artists and manufacturers. In order to do this we are initiating a massive sell-off of everything we can dig up and produce for the next 6-12 months. This will include discounted bundles of CDs/LPs/posters/etc, represses of certain titles for which we still have parts, test pressings, and whatever worthwhile items we can pull together. For anyone that is able and willing to fund our funereal arrangements please visit our direct mailorder or webstore and pick up whatever you can. Any and all support is greatly appreciated by our remaining team, and will be put to the best use possible.

There is no way to sum up nearly 20 years of incredibly important music, experiences, and evolution other than to say a big heart felt "thank you", and that we hope this closing will provide an opening into other even more positive and rewarding experiences for all of us and all of you who have been a part of our shared experience. For now we bid you all a very fond farewell....

-Aaron Turner
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 0 Engineers

EP: Ash Of Nubia - Medemia Argun

Band: Ash Of Nubia
Album: Medemia Argun EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012

01. Wrong Mistakes In The Right Place
02. Dust Of Hope
03. Your Zenith Is My Horizon
04. Soft As The Massacre Of Suns
05. Be What You Breath
06. In This Morning It Could Happen
Download | Mirror

Ash Of Nubia is Marco, Aldo and Fab from Torino. We're kinda post-rock band. We play desert, we sing ash.

Monday, September 10, 2012 1 Engineers

EP: THRONEonMARS - Red Pyramid

Album: Red Pyramid EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012

01. Pathfinder
02. Loss Of The Axis

THRONEonMARS is a post-metal/doom band from Elche, Spain.

Sunday, September 09, 2012 0 Engineers

Video: Hammock - Departure Songs Album Trailer

Friday, September 07, 2012 0 Engineers

Album: Syberia - Drawing A Future

Band: Syberia
Album: Drawing A Future
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012

01. Reinassance
02. Stampede
03. Colossus Collapse
04. Tidal Waves
05. Skissa
06. Drawing A Future
07. The Day After The End Of The World
08. Red Dawn
09. Framtíð
10. Ära

It is said that the name of the coldest area in Russia comes from the Turkish words for “asleep land”. Anyhow, Syberia's instrumental rock music gives off such a warmth and instrumental intensity that they attracted our attention from the very first minute. Dreamy passages and explosions of real magic.

Thursday, September 06, 2012 0 Engineers

Video: Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay Trailer

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EP: Autism - Falling Motion

Band: Autism
Album: Falling Motion EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012

01. Vertigo
02. Bleak Reverie
03. Crashing Silence
04. Cloudscapes
05. When Planets Collide

Autism is an instrumental post-rock studio project from Lithuania.

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Album: Okat - Sable

Band: Okat
Album: Sable
Year: 2012
Label: Self Released

01. Saudade Snare
02. Views of Distant Towns  
03. World's End Terminal
04. Boring Wells
05. Twisty Little Synapses
06. Sable in AM
07. The Bodies of Sleeping Birds Littered Among the Barren Highways
08. The Subtle Mechanics of Body Duplication
09. Birdlime

Okat is the solo project of award-winning Arizona musician Tyler Griffin. Drawing inspiration from minimalism, ambient, and drone, Okat focuses on dynamic melodies juxtaposed against drowning, tonal climaxes, breaking through genre labels to build music that is equally warm and yet somehow chilling.

Monday, September 03, 2012 0 Engineers

Single: Wilderness Act - This Peaceful Place

Band: Wilderness Act
Album: This Peaceful Place (Single)
Year: 2012
Label: Self Released

01. This Peaceful Place

"The first single following the debut EP released in June.

This music serves to create emotion and story for the listener. 'This Peaceful Place' and debut self titled EP are both bedroom written and produced tracks and are free for download.

Big thanks to Will Claxton for all 'This Peaceful Place' shots and artwork. You can see more of his work on this link. Look out for a full series of shots entitled 'This Peaceful Place'. " - Rich Iredale

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Album: Various Artists - Falling Down IIV

Band: Various Artists
Album: Falling Down IIV
Year: 2012
Label: Self Released


CD 1
01.Hopewell - This Is This
02. Year Of No Light & Mars Red Sky
- Green Rune White Totem
03. Ocoai -
Mère De La Lumière Du Matin (live recording)
04. The Flying Eyes
- Apollo Creed
05. Vanessa Van Basten
- Got To Say
06. Dyskinesia
- Tra I Ghiacci
07. Planning For Burial
- Friendship
08. Aidan Baker
- Instrumental B
09. Julie Christmas
- Scalps
10. The Winchester Club
- Burn It All Down (Pt.1)

CD 2
01. Black Sun
- Syntax Error
02. Rorcal
- Világvége V
03. Terra Tenebrosa
- Apokatastasis
04. Monarch
- Daggvrs
05. Syndrome
- Now And Forever (edit)
06. Ayahuasca Dark Trip
- Manantial
07. Ethereal Riffian
- March Of Spiritu (Rise Of Sheol)
08. Sendelica
- Ingrid Cold (edited remix)
09. Vespero
- Flight Of The Lieutenant
10. Mouth Of The Architect
- How This Will End

Endless CD
01. Magdalena Solis & Robert Krieger - Spirit Of A Hungry Beast (unreleased)
02. Crooked Man - DuskeyHead (unreleased)
03. Pelican - An Inch Above Sand (unreleased demo version)
04. Ahkmed -  Samar
05. Stoned Jesus - Malda Vale (preview)
06. Ninth Moon Black - Mors Carnis (preview)
07. Alunah - Call Of Avernus
08. Brightstar - Tide Pool (unreleased)
09. Across Tundras - Indian Summer Storms
10. Hotel Wrecking City Traders - Leshy (unreleased)
11. Lost In Kiev - I'm Stuck
12. The Great Old Ones - Visions Of R'lyeh (preview)
13. Zatokrev - Feel The Fire Pt.1 (preview)
14. Hexis - Nex
15. Hexis - Procella

"We're thrilled to share with you the Endless CD for free (the physical version is unfortunately sold-out, and we're honored to be able to do this choice). We thought some people could be pleased to listen these tracks. Feel free to share this link as much as you can. These bands deserve it. Thanks" - Falling Down Compilation Webzine

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