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  • my playlist

    10 May 2007, 22:12 by sevensciences

    listen and tell me what you think about thanks stefan
  • New free Stellardrive EP download on Lost Children

    23 Apr 2007, 21:37 by LossofaChild

    Stellardrive's second EP 'ERS-2' was recorded during march 2007 @ Le cube by Yann Morel, Cyril Hentzen and Sebastien Descamps, and is a great progression from the first EP, taking the huge guitar sound and epic song structure then adding big melodic hooks to their new brand of instrumental rock. Download it for free here.

    Influenced by Red Sparowes, Mogwai, The Mars Volta, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and many others they are playing shows across France and Europe now and through the year so please go and visit them if you are lucky enough to be close to where they are playing!

    Again, please spread the word!

    Thanks

    Lost Children

    Complete list of releases :

    French Teen Idol
    Melancholic piano patterns, dreamy atmospheres, vocal samples and striking instrumental crescendos dominate this stunning second full length release
    ....Enlightened False Consciousness - Full Length

    Johnny Poindexter
    A post rock dream run through a shoegazers nightmare. It's atmospheric and haunting, yet textured and tuneful.
    ....Place Your Trust In Empty Spaces - Full Length

    Loss of a Child
    A classically-influenced instrumental rock noise that has unforeseen importance in the modern world of music.
    ....The Future Symphony - Full Length
    ....Caught and Lost - Full Length

    noise room
    Italian Instrumental Post-Metal band with subtle ambience and great use of varied instruments around the guitar base.
    ....The End of the Lord's Constellation - EP

    NorthVia
    Melodic instrumental post-rock, ranging from quiet ambience to distorted climaxes.
    ....Sleeping in Airports - Full Length

    Part Rocket
    Leftfield instrumental music, weaving from quiet and rhythmic, to full on intense and distorted mayhem.
    ....Kneel Before the Throne and Drink the Blood of your Own - EP

    Scissor Lock
    Ambient Electronica mixed with chilled out Post-Rock
    ....Above and Below - Double EP

    The Silent Ballet : Compilation
    Various compilation featuring Caspian, Yndi Halda, UpCDownC, Mt. and more.
    ....Volume 1 - Full Length
    Various compilation featuring God Is An Astronaut, Magyar Posse, From The Sky, Gifts from Enola and more.
    ....Volume 2 - Full Length
    Various compilation featuring The American Dollar, Sumner McKane, Romance of Young Tigers, Worriedaboutsatan and more.
    ....Volume 3 - Full Length

    Skyhaze
    Relaxed ambient experimental sounds.
    ....Anthology : 2005 - 2006 - Double Full Length

    Stellardrive
    Instrumental noisy post-rock band from France.
    ....ERS-1 - EP
    ....ERS-2 - EP

    Stray Borders
    Post-Rock influenced Alternative Rock from Wales via Chicago (though not literally - bonus points for people who get the references....).
    ....Deletive Expleted - EP

    Time.Space.Repeat
    Predominantly Instrumental, Shoegazing, Ambient, Space Rock. Which makes as much sense as they do but thankfully the music is a lot more co-ordinated!
    ....Early Transmissions - Full Length

    Transit
    Guitar lead instrumental rock influenced by a passion for nature, emotions and all kinds of music.
    ....Harmattan - EP : Demo
    ....Broadleaves vs Conifers - EP
  • pelican in dresden

    23 Apr 2007, 01:23 by Larvi

  • New French Teen Idol full length on Lost Children Net Label for free download!

    5 Apr 2007, 22:03 by LossofaChild

    "Enlightened False Consciousness" is French Teen Idol's stunning second release, following the 2005 self-titled debut album, and is available for free download here.

    Melancholic piano patterns, dreamy atmospheres, vocal samples and striking instrumental crescendos, some of the ingredients of French Teen Idol's debut album, are sill there, enriched by the continuous search for new musical solutions, including a more classical "song-structure" approach in some tracks.

    Fans of M83, Mogwai, Max Richter, latter day Radiohead or ambient and electronic music will find this of great interest!

    Hope you enjoy and feel free to forward to others!

    Lost Children

    Complete list of releases :

    French Teen Idol
    Melancholic piano patterns, dreamy atmospheres, vocal samples and striking instrumental crescendos dominate this stunning second full length release
    ....Enlightened False Consciousness - Full Length

    Johnny Poindexter
    A post rock dream run through a shoegazers nightmare. It's atmospheric and haunting, yet textured and tuneful.
    ....Place Your Trust In Empty Spaces - Full Length

    Loss of a Child
    A classically-influenced instrumental rock noise that has unforeseen importance in the modern world of music.
    ....The Future Symphony - Full Length
    ....Caught and Lost - Full Length

    noise room
    Italian Instrumental Post-Metal band with subtle ambience and great use of varied instruments around the guitar base.
    ....The End of the Lord's Constellation - EP

    NorthVia
    Melodic instrumental post-rock, ranging from quiet ambience to distorted climaxes.
    ....Sleeping in Airports - Full Length

    Part Rocket
    Leftfield instrumental music, weaving from quiet and rhythmic, to full on intense and distorted mayhem.
    ....Kneel Before the Throne and Drink the Blood of your Own - EP

    Scissor Lock
    Ambient Electronica mixed with chilled out Post-Rock
    ....Above and Below - Double EP

    The Silent Ballet : Compilation
    Various compilation featuring Caspian, Yndi Halda, UpCDownC, Mt. and more.
    ....Volume 1 - Full Length
    Various compilation featuring God Is An Astronaut, Magyar Posse, From The Sky, Gifts from Enola and more.
    ....Volume 2 - Full Length
    Various compilation featuring The American Dollar, Sumner McKane, Romance of Young Tigers, Worriedaboutsatan and more.
    ....Volume 3 - Full Length

    Skyhaze
    Relaxed ambient experimental sounds.
    ....Anthology : 2005 - 2006 - Double Full Length

    Stellardrive
    Instrumental noisy post-rock band from France.
    ....First - EP

    Stray Borders
    Post-Rock influenced Alternative Rock from Wales via Chicago (though not literally - bonus points for people who get the references....).
    ....Deletive Expleted - EP

    Time.Space.Repeat
    Predominantly Instrumental, Shoegazing, Ambient, Space Rock. Which makes as much sense as they do but thankfully the music is a lot more co-ordinated!
    ....Early Transmissions - Full Length

    Transit
    Guitar lead instrumental rock influenced by a passion for nature, emotions and all kinds of music.
    ....Harmattan - EP : Demo
    ....Broadleaves vs Conifers - EP
  • Quarter (year) Music Review

    30 Mar 2007, 11:30 by mat35

    Already a quarter of the year has gone by… Bur what for CDs (including leaks) during this time... Anything mouth watering, anything mind blowing... Well the answer would be no not really. A few grand release from 65daysofstatic, Explosions in the Sky, Novembers Doom, Dark Tranquillity, and Dødheimsgard... And a couple of average ones fromChimaira, Machine Head, and Jesu (Sundown/Sunrise is grand, Conqueror is average) all of which stand pale against the preceding album by each artist. And to be honest a 2006 late discovery for me has been the most enjoyable thing I’ve heard all year, and that’s Vanessa Van Batsen… That by no means, means 2007 has sucked just lacked that spark of greatness which I felt last year had.

    A top ten list so far would look like this:

    Explosions in the Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (9/10)
    65daysofstatic - The Destruction Of Small Ideas (9/10)
    Blackfield - II (9/10)
    Dødheimsgard - Supervillain Outcast (8.5/10)
    Dark Tranquillity - Fiction (8.5/10)
    Novembers Doom - Novella Reservoir (8/10)
    Jesu - Sundown/Sunrise (EP) (8/10)
    Annihilator - Metal (7.5/10)
    Chimaira - Resurrection (7/10)
    Jesu - Conqueror(7/10)

    Not exactly the strongest top ten list ever but all are buy worthy records. And it must be said that Porcupine Tree, and Shadows Fall records haven’t been listened to fully but from what I’ve heard they could probably/easily break into that list.

    Ensiferum, Norther and Rotting Christ probably haven’t been listened to enough for me to fairly say how good they are… But same goes for what was said about PT, and SF.

    So with that in mind and there are a few CDs I’ve seen in Terrorizer that I just haven’t been able to find... Maybe it’s time for the winter clouds part, and for the good Amazing (all of the above is good, I just want better after last year) music to beam down, blinding us with it’s sound.

    As far as gigs go, I’ve only actually attend two so far, as I didn’t end up going to Mastodon or Brutal Truth/Narcosis... And didn’t have the fundage to go down Nottingham for Celtic Frost... However Wacken, and Damnation later this year... Plus more gigs (most of which I still need o buy the tix for)... And the possibility of Leeds (which I’ve heard is already sold out) or Bloodstock Open Air – which appears to be growing this year... And the tickets are pretty fucking cheap! But GWAR was a barrel full of blood ridden laughs, and Cult of Luna was pretty cool.
  • Hipster Metal

    28 Mar 2007, 19:46 by Nigel_Hipster

  • New Instrumental EP release from Lost Children for free download

    11 Mar 2007, 14:06 by LossofaChild

    The debut EP from Italian Instrumental band noise room, 'The End of the Lord's Constellation', is now available to download for free here. Fans of Pelican and Cult of Luna will adore the heavy driving guitar riffs whilst the subtle sections and use of varied instruments will appeal to those who enjoy softer Mogwai.

    Hope you enjoy and feel free to forward to others!

    Lost Children

    Complete list of releases :

    Johnny Poindexter
    A post rock dream run through a shoegazers nightmare. It's atmospheric and haunting, yet textured and tuneful.
    ....Place Your Trust In Empty Spaces - Full Length

    Loss of a Child
    A classically-influenced instrumental rock noise that has unforeseen importance in the modern world of music.
    ....The Future Symphony - Full Length
    ....Caught and Lost - Full Length

    noise room
    Italian Instrumental Post-Metal band with subtle ambience and great use of varied instruments around the guitar base.
    ....The End of the Lord's Constellation - EP

    NorthVia
    Melodic instrumental post-rock, ranging from quiet ambience to distorted climaxes.
    ....Sleeping in Airports - Full Length

    Part Rocket
    Leftfield instrumental music, weaving from quiet and rhythmic, to full on intense and distorted mayhem.
    ....Kneel Before the Throne and Drink the Blood of your Own - EP

    Scissor Lock
    Ambient Electronica mixed with chilled out Post-Rock
    ....Above and Below - Double EP

    The Silent Ballet : Compilation
    Various compilation featuring Caspian, Yndi Halda, UpCDownC, Mt. and more.
    ....Volume 1 - Full Length
    Various compilation featuring God Is An Astronaut, Magyar Posse, From The Sky, Gifts from Enola and more.
    ....Volume 2 - Full Length
    Various compilation featuring The American Dollar, Sumner McKane, Romance of Young Tigers, Worriedaboutsatan and more.
    ....Volume 3 - Full Length

    Skyhaze
    Relaxed ambient experimental sounds.
    ....Anthology : 2005 - 2006 - Double Full Length

    Stellardrive
    Instrumental noisy post-rock band from France.
    ....First - EP

    Stray Borders
    Post-Rock influenced Alternative Rock from Wales via Chicago (though not literally - bonus points for people who get the references....).
    ....Deletive Expleted - EP

    Time.Space.Repeat
    Predominantly Instrumental, Shoegazing, Ambient, Space Rock. Which makes as much sense as they do but thankfully the music is a lot more co-ordinated!
    ....Early Transmissions - Full Length

    Transit
    Guitar lead instrumental rock influenced by a passion for nature, emotions and all kinds of music.
    ....Harmattan - EP : Demo
    ....Broadleaves vs Conifers - EP
  • Album of the Month - February - Minsk

    4 Mar 2007, 22:31 by Gioele_Emperor

    FEBRUARY
    -MINSK
    -THE RITUAL FIRES OF ABANDONMENT

    -Post-Metal
    -USA

    The latest and brightest star in the post-metal universe. In this album, the illinois-based band Minsk mixes elements of Sludge, Post-Rock, Drone and Metal to realize an epic, psychedelic, one hour-long trip that summarizes the best features of the Post-Metal genre: lengthy compositions shaped by slow spirals full of echoes and drones which create atmospheric and surrealistic soundscapes, mixed with raw and venomous electric explosions. The tribal percussions, the rare-but-effective saxophone solos, the raspy voice, the thundering bass, the multi-layered guitars, the subterranean electronic melodies: ev'rything in this records fits perfectly into position, delivering a nearly-flawless milestone of modern heavy music.

    Even in an extraordinary February, which has seen the realease of a number of tasty records, "The Ritual Fires of Abandonment" shines over the rivals (Nest, Jesu, Explosions in the Sky, etc), reaching the top - lovers of Isis, Neurosis and Cult of Luna: i'm telling you not to walk or run, but to FLYto the nearest record store and put your hands on this masterpiece.

    - Gioele.
    - www.rockline.it
  • [MIR2006] Converge - No Heroes

    26 Feb 2007, 20:30 by othiym23

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    It sure sounds good. That this is the first thought I have about Converge's eighth album, No Heroes, might in certain circumstances be construed as death sentenced through faint praise: I'm known for saying that proclaiming the genius of a record's production is the last line of defense against admitting, basically, that the music sucks. However, in this case, it's important, because the producer of No Heroes is in fact Kurt Ballou, the lead guitarist for Converge, and he has grown into a recordist (to use Steve Albini's preferred term) with a profound sense of how the warp and weave of the recording process itself shapes recorded music. The last two Converge albums (Jane Doe and You Fail Me) were both brilliant statements of purpose, and the two were almost entirely different from one another. No Heroes builds on them and introduces even more influences, obvious and covert, into the mix. It is a fully-realized collection of songs where Jane Doe was a unified single statement spread out over a (very long, sometimes exhausting) album and You Fail Me was a looser collection of songs, with their own strengths and weaknesses.

    To reassure longtime Converge fans, all that's really necessary to say is that Converge are still one of the heaviest and hardest fucking bands on the planet. There's more chaos and urgency than there was on You Fail Me, and the only influence is old-school emo, when a faint tinge of Fugazi starts to color some of the songs near the end. Ballou's been recording a lot of heavy bands over the last few years, and clearly he's been paying attention, because the band neatly dodges most of the pitfalls that come from being one of the most influential bands in a fairly narrowly-defined scene: at no point on this record does it sound like Converge is covering Converge, a small crisis that is beginning to dog otherwise brilliant bands like Neurosis and Isis. These songs, even when they remind you of familiar sounds, sound fresh and new. I mean that literally as well as figuratively: the songs avoid covering familiar ground, and the unadorned, deft engineering gives space to every instrument, which leaves a clear impression that this is music rooted in the now but built for the long haul (no silly production tricks here!). As always, the music is unpredictable, dynamic and discordant; the bluesy riffs that snuck into You Fail Me are detuned here and made to obey the shape of the songs in which they're found; it's ever less easy to dissect the punk from the thrash from the chug from the shred. Hundreds of young bands try to follow the trail Converge have blazed, but Converge makes Converge music: harsh, heavy, frantic and unique.

    Like Jane Doe, this album orients itself around a longer, slower middle track, which in this case is two tracks combined into one: "Grim Heart / Black Rose", a dirge that takes the slow-tempo chug of some of Converge's recent work and makes it do more sophisticated things. As always, only the dedicated decipherer of Converge's liner notes will be able to tell what the fuck Jake O'Bannon is yowling about (anyone who is not a 15-year-old kid has had the bemusing experience of watching a mosh of Converge fans crowding the stage, every lyric memorized, when to most other listeners the lyrics are completely blargldeharghly), but as on You Fail Me, there are some clean-sung vocals to provide gravity and context.

    Over the years, Converge's lyrics have grown less concrete and less cloying (if that's the right word to use where just about every song's lyrics are about how you tore my heart right out of my chest and spit on it, you evil damned broken heartless bitch) and are now more often engaged with the larger circumstances of being alive in a post-capitalist, post-decency America animated more by George W Bush's obdurate refusal to yield than any of the principles most of us were raised to care about. It seems strange to me that the least intelligible, most extreme bands in the post-hardcore scene (Converge, Darkest Hour, Discordance Axis, Curlupanddie) are often the ones with the most urgent things to say, but there you have it.

    It always takes me a while to figure out where each Converge album fits into the larger puzzle of their career; their sound is a singularly challenging one and the simple fact is that nobody else out there really sounds like them. The only way I can truly summarize No Heroes is to say that it does not betray the passion, commitment or originality Converge have brought to the rest of their career, and it slays, it brings fire, it demands to be heard.
  • Cult of Luna, Bossk Feb 20th 2007 Manchester, England

    21 Feb 2007, 01:59 by Shin2k35

    Tue 20 Feb – Cult of Luna, Bossk

    I missed the opening band and I'm afraid I didn't catch their name :(

    Bossk were brilliant. From the looks of their kit, they had a very nice setup. These guys knew what sound they wanted. They looked very young from where I was standing. They had a great sound and I was looking at their albums. Unfortunately I came halfway through Bossk's set, so this is going to be cut short :( but anyone into Isis particularly would really enjoy this band. I know I did!

    Cult of Luna after a lengthy set up process (and some very old school looking kit) got started. I was getting confused at how many band members there where and who did what at first. The lead singer (I think) looked a bit like Devvo. Haha. I was really impressed with CoL, they played a lot of the songs I wanted to hear :D and they played it perfectly. Very deep. Very heavy. Very relaxing.

    Good show.

    Not entirely sure on the setlist.

    I know they played.

    Waiting For You, Crossing Over, Leave Me Here, Finland The WatchTower, Adrift