• New Music 2015

    Jul 16 2015, 6h12 por noisesurfer

  • Maïak creates one of the best post-rock albums of 2015

    Abr 10 2015, 18h56 por Velvetleaf

    Maïak creates one of key post-rock releases of 2015. They created to something big, something to be heard! The album is called “A Very Pleasant Way to Die”.

    Filled with the symbolic weight of a catastrophe that arose as the punishment of man’s guilty arrogance in an outburst remained silent, Maïak delivers a dark and powerful instrumental rock that evolves between tenuous melancholy and chaotic blast. Released by Fluttery Records which usually release amazing post-rock, ambient and modern classical albums.

    This post-rock storm comes from Switzerland. If you haven't heard it yet, here they have “A Very Pleasant Way to Die” on Bandcamp.
  • music is the key to empathy

    Mar 11 2015, 21h49 por annaoj

    empathy is the light in humanity
    i want to feel more of it every day

    music showed me how
    all these songs are a collection of people’s memories
    and they resonate with me because

    i feel things you have felt before
    and if i haven’t felt it
    i want to understand it
    because i want to understand you
    because i care about you
    even though i know i will never meet see or speak to you

    i want to make a vested effort
    to stop invalidating people’s feelings
    because i have no barometer for your pain
    i will never fully understand the context of your life

    when i catch myself judging people
    i must wave those thoughts away

    when people treat me badly
    i must remind myself that there is a greater source of pain in their lives
    from the past or present
    this is not who they really are

    we were not born with this anger and hatred
    we learned it

    i was a disgusting child filled with anger
    and took it out on innocent people
    already a psychopath at age 5

    my behavior was sickening
    i did things to people that fill me with regret
    i hope that they forgot
    but i know that it’s somewhere in their minds

    violence never leaves you
    terror is vivid

    once someone has woven violence into your life
    even if you manage to rip out all the seams
    there will still be stitch marks left
    holes remain there forever

    sometimes it seems impossible but
    we can let our hatred rest
    instead of feeding ourselves rage and bitterness

    anger tarnished my mind
    it is too much to carry
    violence breeds violence

    i don’t want to be part of this cycle anymore

    empathy will lead the way

  • Mogwai @ The Tivoli, Brisbane.

    Mar 8 2015, 18h03 por Dsthenes

    Wed 4 Mar – Mogwai, Mick Turner

    Mick Turner spends 40 minutes creating slow-moving, somnolent guitar figures interspersed with distorted drags of cello bow, while a Jim White sound-a-like softly layers staccato drum patterns underneath. It’s a “solo” mode that could almost be The Dirty Three on benzos, but if so it shows that D3 is much more than the madcap antics of Warren Ellis.

    Mogwai has eight studio albums under its belt now. It’s the sort of longevity that adds frisson live: inevitably one fan favourite or another must give way.

    Thus the surprise isn’t so much the presence of Rave Tapes highlights like “Heard About You Last Night” or “Deesh”, nor the absence of heavy hitters such as “Like Herod” or “Glasgow Mega-Snake”. Instead it’s that, touring Rave Tapes, Mogwai’s main set emulates the newest releases relative introspection, mostly eschewing claustrophobic dynamics in favour of gentler build-ups and a vast, open sound.

    It works beautifully. On tracks such as “Heard About You Last Night”, “I’m Jim Morrison I’m Dead”, Hunted By A Freak, and 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong, Mogwai is crystalline and remote in a way I’ve never experienced: like sitting in a field staring up at the Milky Way. And even when the sound closes in, such as on Ten Rapid’s Ithica 27 ø 9 or Rano Pano, the effect is often gradual, or momentary, rather than an unrelenting vice of pure noise.

    The inclusion of “Teenage Exorcists” from Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. provides another unusual moment, with Stuart Braithwaite’s clear vocals harking back to some of the band’s earliest output.

    Read Mogwai @ The Tivoli
  • 2015 - Releases

    Fev 21 2015, 2h16 por XfnSnow

    Wasn't sure if this was going to happen, but not having a scrappy journal I forget to update regularly has left me feeling slightly 'without'. I've just agreed to start contribting to a new webzine too, which should be fully launched by April, but I'm hoping to keep this going as well, or at least use this as a drafting tool for more in depth reviews or articles. There is already a plethora of insanely good albums to imbibe your senses with this year. One thing I'm doing this time, is linking bands in more useful ways, so you won't have to stray from this page to get all the info you need on a band. Adding 'Bandcamp' links where I can and at least one link in the review to the band's facebook page (so you can make a habit of "liking" the stuff for further updates). Also, I used to shy away from likening projects to other bands too much, but I've found it draws ideas out of me if I do this, and the only reason I dislike reviewers who do this is that they rely too much on it to avoid describing a bands sound. So please explore and keep engaged in messages and comments.

    2014 JOURNAL

    2013 JOURNAL

    2012 JOURNAL

    2011 JOURNAL

    My own DIY project:
    Courtsleet - Facebook | SoundCloud | bandcamp |


    The Body & Thou - You, Whom I Have Always Hated

    I had heard the news of this collaboration last year and was sort of reticent about the implications of this amalgamation of sonic forces (really, because it seemed far too good to be true). Prior to the release of 'You, Whom I Have Always Hated', I'd only indulged some (admittedly totally awesome) DIY live footage of the two bands simultaneously converging upon some basic but utterly crushing ideas. What makes this collaboration a truly special event is the fact that Thou and The Body (fb links) are both totally distinctive in their realm... it's not as if 2 generic doom bands have just decided to play at the same time. There's elements to each band's sound that are brought in and actually play out simultaneously in a cacophony I can honestly describe as being one of the very heaviest dins I have ever subjected myself to. The Side A on this album is from the EP that was only released on vinyl last year, and hence this is my first time hearing those songs. Although the collaboration feels like it's in its infancy in this first half, this only exacerbates a primal ferine element which most sludge bands would sell appendages to acquire. Come the 2nd half of this LP, it feels like the super band have become completely aware of the devastating tools at their collective disposal, and what follows is nothing short of disorientating. Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity (official video) is the first of the "new" tracks and It contains everything that makes each band unique and brilliant in their own rite with even some new ground being covered in the 2nd half of the track which breaks down into huge slack pulses of bass which build until the cymbals crash back in simultaneously with Chip King's completely terrifying wails, which at the best of times give the amygdala a traumatizing workout. This moment just erupts in my system, sending paralyzing waves over me. It's quite widely available on CD and vinyl, but here's a link to Thrill Jockey Records' stock:


    Grimoire - L'aorasie des spectres rêveurs

    Few bands still induce that "where has this music been all my life" reaction in me during the first 50 seconds of their new EP. Québec's Grimoire (fb link) instantly set a drastically epic tone - the stage beautifully laid out for cavernous vocals to howl over gloriously balanced drums, guitars and bass... not to forget that summoning pastoral synth layer which runs throughout. This operates in the same circle as more well known projects such as Woods of Desolation or Germ, but somehow never manages to carelessly spill it's epic and hopeful tones into the superfluous realms, which the Australian masters of this genre can at times be quite guilty of. When clean vocals ornament the hoarded arrangement, the feeling of specters violently swirling around the room becomes a reality and during the opening of 'Cachot De Cristal' a momentous choral melody reigns over the long droning chord progression and reminds me sincerely of Mehdi Safa's ebullient and emotionally disarming approach to the vocals in his project *shels. Available to hear and purchase for a modest price: bc.


    Dynfari - Vegferð Tímans

    Dynfari (fb link) are a two piece atmospheric black metal band from Iceland playing with the sort of seminal, spirit accruing epic musical visions one expects from a nation largely made up of ancient glaciers and eerie barren, lunar landscapes. At the moment there are plenty of rumblings about Misþyrming, a fellow Icelandic collective with an epic and devastatingly sinister edge. I'm feeling really in my element with these 2 releases right now and am sincerely hoping the combination of the two records will draw more eyes to this emergence of sheer quality from Iceland's extreme music scene. The young duo are tapping into the same emotional dream world as Alcest and Les Discrets, with progressive arrangements and a massive sounding production, a morose nautical perspective is reflected. Hafsjór, A song containing some of my favourite moments on Vegferð Tímans is currently being streamed on Metal Hammer (direct link). Also, the label is hoping to use 'crowd funding' to release this on Vinyl. If my opinion means anything to you, this would be an extremely worthy addition to anyone's music collection.


    Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu

    Misþyrming (fb link) are a frigid force of raw, bitter and destructive self expression. This core 2 piece unleashed their debut full-length “Söngvar elds og óreiðu” (Songs of Fire and Chaos) in February and it has since been met with nothing but awe and adulation by the black metal community. This is evidenced by the Vinyl selling out almost instantly and the band landing their name on the roster of some of the more respectable metal festival line-ups later in 2015. Proving true to their name (Icelandic for Abuse), buzz saw riffs and organic drums find themselves perfectly balanced to deliver violence in a nefarious and understated production which summons the moss enshrouded spirit of bands like Gehenna, Vemod or Earth and Pillars. Although for reasons of proximity Misþyrming are more commonly being compared to Svartidauði and Sinmara, but for me, there’s something a little more refined to sole composer, Daugar’s irreverent sermons. Where Dynfari embrace the cold and translate it into a beautiful poignant hypothermic malaise, Misþyrming firmly reject it as a fucking nuisance – the unwelcome discomfort venting in to their appendages substantiating further justification for anger bordering on grief. But in their malice for the nature of their homeland, an even stronger co-creative connection is nurtured. bc.


    Hypnologica - Quantum

    Hypnologica (fb link) is a post-black metal project belonging solely to Adam Magnox, who composes and transmits his blissfully crafted woe/cosmic musings out of the beautiful and rurally cocooned UK city of Lincoln. This project made a great impression on me last year with debut album Sonar. In opening track 'Gravitanium', we're greeted with a swell of dilatant synths, hinting at an 'adagio for strings-esque' quality of melody, which is soon blown out of the heliosphere and into true interstellar space by the guitars and drums which cascade in, creating a blinding, perfectly balanced wall of pure but brutal energy. Try not to allow yourself to be so awestruck by this opening track that you forget to give the closer 'Cosmic Water' it's own independent listen (I only say this because I was guilty of just repeatedly going over this first track without letting the rest of the album play out properly). This is 35 minutes of scintillating epic music, which shows tenderness in some isolating ambient passages, and then ferocity through pummeling arrangements with almost alien touches of melodic character. There are some huge ideas here and like the best black metal, although a progressive nature pervades through the composition, Magnox knows when an idea should be allowed space to breath and as such the best moments are returned to and given repetition in a most rewarding fashion. Go experience this for yourself at bc.


    Ecferus - Prehistory

    Ecferus (fb link) is truly inspired and unique black metal from the US. This is product of a sole contributor known as Alp, who brings science and mythology together in a concoction that is perfectly represented by the music which creeps, crawls and seethes with the murk of an early Caïna record and the natural ubiety seeded deep within Negura Bunget's opus 'OM'. I really love this album for many reasons. One being it has this fervid misery instilled in every movement - dynamically it can be in a section that feels like it could have been more 'filled out', but there are layers left sort of open, which gives the vocals or acoustic instruments room to breath and also makes way for the subtle, individual textures on the present instruments to really come into effect. Although there are plenty of moments when we're treat to full throttle black metal, they don't dominate, making this reminiscent of bands who really allow their compositional process to reach outside of aspiring to retain more officious, overwhelming dynamics. One such example of a band who also does this well is Nucleus Torn, where metal is kept back in reserve only for the darker acts in their wider story. Get on this now:
    bc. It is another 'name your price' jaw dropper.


    Devouring Star - Through Lung And Heart

    Devouring Star (fb link) is a newly evolved project from Finland, playing exactly the sort of galvanizing black metal you don't quite dare to hope you'll find right at the dawn of a new calendar year. The musical ideas are built around expansive dissonant riffs, with glorious clashes creating gleaming and monolithic girth in the bands maliciously execrable, yet grandiose and honed sonic palate. Bands I would say are perfectly healthy reference points here would be Kreigsmaschine, Aosoth and Carpe Noctem. It's pretty much thanks to the feeling of discovery related to this band that I felt the urge/inspiration to keep up to this years best releases and start another journal of the same ilk to previous ones. 3 of the tracks are available to stream over on Daemon Worships Prod's bandcamp - bc.


    Sea Bastard & Keeper - Split LP

    This split was specially chosen to adorn my new setup. I'm just not the type of person this kind of shit happens to... that one day I receive a call from a very close friend/ex band mate who is obsessed with hifi gear, offering me his rebuilt/reconditioned Wharfedale E-50s for the cost of nothing but love... he was desperate to know they were going to a good home (every time I've seen him since, I've given him an expensive bottle of vodka). So this split arrived shortly after I'd assembled this audiophile's mecca in my room. I think My eye balls have been an inch further apart ever since. I had never heard of or heard anything by Keeper (fb link) until I stumbled on a special preview of '777'. I'm quite shocked this band isn't making more ripples right now, although they are both very new and seemingly in their embryonic stage, which is a terrifying prospect, given how veteran they sound already. I predict their next full length, whenever that will be, is going to be absolutely huge. Sea Bastard (fb link), I am already a little more acquainted with. Their contribution is a slightly longer track. It's every bit as awesome and has a similar pristine, organic and bone crushingly vast production. From what i can make out, both bands brought their 'A game' here, which is what I really want out of a split, because it shows the bands are honouring one another enough to put a piece of their soul onto the record, instead of just chucking in some song that didn't fit on the last full length etc. Anyway, although I am totally ritualistically listening to this exclusively at my new shrine to sound, here's the bandcamp to get acquainted.


    Kalmankantaja - Metsänkulkija

    So it was 13 days into the new year, and I was starting to feel edgy. I quickly scanned my body for where this unease was emanating from, and it was my black metal gland, weeping out for something new, harsh and more than just half-decent. I had a dig around and this was one of the first things that came up. Kalmankantaja (fb link) is Finnish black metal. It is perfectly rough, and actually for something so awash with noise, it sits gloriously in my ears. It's not what you call a good a production, it's what you call an appropriate production... which is far more important. The only band from my repertoire I'd liken this to in the response it elicits is one of my very favourite black metal acts Finster. Despite the fuel for this project seeming to be the primal energies drawing truly from an absolute black essence, the riffs are all abundantly packed with harrowing and emotively imprisoning melodies, all carrying the genuine prestige of the best 'second wave' black metal. Go and enjoy probably the 'truest' thing that will appear on this years list:


    Imperial Triumphant - Abyssal Gods

    Imperial Triumphant (fb link) are avant-garde black/death metal from New York. They are symbiotic of the emergence of challenging ideas prevailing this region. This music is deeply organic in texture and production and fiercely technical in performance. The heaviness isn't achieved through conventional measures, a clue to this being the fact that they actively site Penderecki's tone rows as an influence, which further still should give some idea of what levels of dissonance Abyssal Gods descend to. It also has the geographically characteristic use of psychotic and terrifying brass and strings in some atmospheric reprieves. Although I'm putting a lot of emphasis on this album belonging to it's scene, this is only so because of the illustrious experimentation and stature musical explorers based in the big apple share (Think, Epistasis (shares a member), Time of Orchids, Krallice, Castevet, Kayo Dot and Behold the Arctopus). I was a big fan of their 2013 EP release Goliath (bc), so am delighted they've formed a partnership with Code666 (fb), who have the album available for purchase for a sweet price: Order. If you want to taste the poison first, CVLT Nation are streaming this beast in it's entirety.


    Kalpa - Sequences*

    Kalpa, hailing from Athens Greece, gave me one of those weirdly satisfying "bandcamp" discovery moments. It's a strangely analogous feeling to stumbling on some rare gem in a dusty independent store while idly thumbing through record sleeves. I sort of have to keep returning this to see if it's as good as I remember. And every time it's even better than I remember. With the panache of similar post-metal/rock/instrumental acts If These Trees Could Talk, Sunpocrisy, Kokomo or Exxasens, Kalpa know how to paint vibrant panoramic epics with tasteful build-ups, creative riffs and not a whole lot of need for anything else. They are not afraid to just get straight to the point, which is refreshing. A common flaw for alot of aspiring post-rock artists is that they try to recreate Sigur Rós' 'Popplagið', but just do not have the tools or dynamic depth to pull it off without actually being horrendously boring and ineffective. Kalpa completely avoid this trapping with pristine production as fulfilling as any of the aforementioned artists. The fact that this is 'Name Your Price' is really quite astonishing bc. This is also Kalpa's debut album, so don't be tempted to keep this one to yourself. Be Kind. Spread the word.

    Wells Valley - Matter As Regent

    Inquinamentum - Void

    Ethereal Shroud - They Became the Falling Ash

    Addaura - ...and the lamps expire.

    Agos - Irkalla Transcendence

    Au-Dessus - Au-dessus

    Exgenesis - Aphotic Veil

    Urfaust - Apparitions

    Vivus Humare - Einkehr

    Pyramids - A Northern Meadow

    Leviathan - Scar Sighted

    Ghost Bath - Moonlover

    Outre - Ghost Chants

    Phantom Winter - CVLT

    Keeper - The Space Between Your Teeth



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  • Top 20 - 2014

    Jan 5 2015, 22h35 por garydavidson83

  • Sleepstream's post-rock / post-metal video: Cirrus Formed Antennae

    Dez 7 2014, 17h00 por Velvetleaf

    Sleepsteam is the post-rock / post-metal band has shocked the world with their second album "They Flew In Censored Skies" which came soon after the debut.

    Their latest video, Cirrus Formed Antennae is on YouTube.

    Sleepstream is known for creating deep atmospheres by well written melodies with guitars, cello and the violin. Sleepstream’s mindset for this album was to “capture” their live sound with their full-scale dynamics and give the listener the best possible perception of the energy their compositions have. It seems that the album will satisfy the listeners of post-metal and post-rock genre who thinks that atmosphere is important.

    You can listen to the album here.

    The album is released by post-rock, ambient, modern classical label, Fluttery Records. The label is giving away a free sampler, it includes 24 great tracks from the best post-rock, ambient, mod-classical artists around the world. You can download it free here.
  • The Kirbi - Emotions of Dayana`s Culture, 2014 г.

    Mai 3 2014, 4h03 por the_Kirbi

    Artist: The Kirbi
    Title: Emotions of Dayana`s Culture
    Label: Hi-Tune Records
    Released: 2014.04.28

  • Caspian @ Tempo

    Mar 24 2014, 3h41 por MaxFactor81

    Thu 20 Mar – Caspian, Meniscus

    It’s a gorgeous Thursday evening in the Queensland capital, the smell of the rain still hanging in the crisp air after an earlier downpour. Following a brisk walk to the Tempo, we are met with a killer blast of noise: that’s Hope Drone, eagerly conforming to their moniker by dousing the venue with bucketfuls of post-black metal (yep – everything is “post” these days) and death growls. It’s not all Cookie Monster-esque bluster, though – the quartet aren’t shy on melody and have their cleans and atmospherics down pat.

    Although Sydneysiders Meniscus are considerably easier on the ear than the local support, their minimalist brand of instrumental rock has long won them loyal groovers (if one were to judge by the crowd response). Familiar with Brisbane venues through a series of high-profile support gigs, the trio bring to mind God Is An Astronaut with the synths cut to a bare minimum. New track DVT is one of a clutch of reverberating, bass-heavy nuggets.

    It took US post-rock stalwarts Caspian quite a while to come down under; yours truly recalls trying to urge them to play Australian dates through Twitter as far back as 2009. Tonight, Brisbane hosts the second date of the long-awaited tour – twinned with the local release of the combo’s latest opus Waking Season.

    Formed during the genre’s mid-‘00s heyday, Caspian have since carved out and stuck to a distinctive sonic domain with several trademarks – graceful extended interludes, busy bass lines, monolithic codas – yet also got progressively heavier in a very earthy way. True to form, the siren-like Fire Made Flesh is an incendiary set opener, the Massachusetts quintet unleashing a mighty three-guitar assault. From then on, it’s a masterclass in ‘dude music’…

    That’s right, this is stone-cold dude music. Although there are a few statuette-like ‘heavy metal girlfriends’ in attendance, Caspian’s live oeuvre is testosterone-soaked through and through – the entirely-bearded and tattooed band even look like the majority of their audience. They’re regular blokes, too, with band spokesman and occasional vocalist Philip Jamieson upping the bonhomie by regaling the crowd with a story about mingling with koalas (“…like tiny old men with massive f***ing… what do you call ’em… talons. Epic.”) during the obligatory Lone Pine visit.

    Despite lacking the ethereal glide of Sigur Ros, Explosions In The Sky’s delicacy or Mono’s classical-inspired grandeur, Caspian still take us places on staples Malacoda, ASA and The Raven. Dedicated to the tour manager’s recent betrothal, career highpoint Sycamore is a valedictory finale, epitomising everything quality post-rock is about: a simple yet affecting lullaby-like motif, serene swells and a gradual buildup leading to an explosive sonic climax. Further up, further in.

  • 10 Reasons You Should Play the Guitar

    Fev 5 2014, 13h56 por Neue_regel_

    I just read a very interesting article:



    1. Have you ever wondered why guitarists seem so laid back and loose on stage? Some shredders even appear to be immortal, like the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. Maybe they just have access to really good doctors, but here’s another potential explanation: The axe might be as powerful as anything inside the medicine cabinet. Strapping on a Fender could boost your brainpower, sex life, six-pack, and more.

    2. Feel Serious Pleasure
    Who needs groupies? Simply plugging in your guitar, playing it, and listening to the music you’re creating can make you feel good—orgasmically so. According to a neuroscientific study from McGill University, hearing music triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, the same chemical that’s released during sex. That’s like musical masturbation.

    3. Wave Away Stress
    Whether it’s your boss or bills that give you anguish, grabbing your Gibson can help zap stress. A dual study from the Mind-Body Wellness Center and Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Applied Biosystems found that stress can be reduced on a genomic level by playing an instrument. Rocking out actually reverses your body’s response system to pressure.

    4. Send Pain Packing
    Forget popping pills: If you live with chronic pain, reach for a pick. According to a study from the University of Utah’s Pain Research Center, listening to music—and in this case, your own sweet licks—can take your mind off, and thereby reduce, pain.

    5. Sharpen Your Mind
    Did Einstein secretly shred? A new Scottish study says if you play the guitar—or any musical instrument, for that matter—you’re more likely to have sharper brain function, which can help guard against mental decline in the future. Open a songbook and study up.

    6. Roughen Your Ticker
    Rockers have killer chops—and cardiovascular systems: Researchers from the Netherlands found that patients who practiced music for more than 100 minutes a day showed a significant drop in blood pressure and a lower heart rate than those who didn’t. Three of the test subjects? Guitarists.

    7. Subconscious Seduction.
    Can’t wail yet? Don’t worry. Just carrying a guitar case can seriously boost the odds of women wanting you—even if they’re total strangers, finds recent research in Psychology of Music. How come? Studies show women associate musical ability with intelligence, commitment, hard work, and physical prowess—and ladies associate all those qualities with your ability to earn money. Israeli researchers recently sent friendship requests from a good-looking guy to 100 attractive, single women. In half the requests, the guy was holding a guitar. In the other half, he wasn't. Only 5 of 50 women accepted a friendship request from the guitar-less guy, while the man with the axe scored 14 attractive new “friends,” according to the study. The reason: Musical ability is linked to manliness.

    9. Strike It Rich
    You might not make it in the music biz, but your guitar could still help you earn the big bucks: Researchers from Michigan State University found that musicians who picked up an instrument at an early age and continued nurturing their craft throughout adulthood had a better chance of launching successful invention—logging patents, building businesses, and publishing pieces.

    10. Build More Brainpower
    Stuck at work without your six-string? You’re still giving your brain a workout: According to a Cambridge University study, musicians continue being creative even when they’re not playing their instruments. Researchers found that performers visualize music in terms of its shape, and then process that as a form of practice. Most don’t see it as such, but it’s a highly creative way of learning.

    And a Bonus reason:
    - Record Yourself, Reward Yourself
    Often times, guitarists will record their sessions or demo songs; that way, they can go back and practice them. But bring your recordings to the gym and you might see a physical benefit: Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences found that music doesn't just make for solid background noise while working out—it actually made exercising less exhausting for study participants.

    Neue regel's final note:
    - If not a guitar, then another string-like instrument like Piano could be impressive as well.