According to a statement on their Bandcamp page, Lithuania’s Autism made a conscious decision to explore “even more disturbing and uncomfortable topics” on their sophomore album Film Noir and, as a result, created an album rife with potent, melancholic atmosphere.
The band paints with shades of post-metal and post-rock, casually nodding to the progenitors and frontrunners of these respective genres while decidedly taking a much darker turn. Though void of vocals or lyrical narrative, the band explore the aforementioned topics and purvey such a dismal atmosphere through the use of moody instrumentation and textures, as well as harrowing audio samples culled from tragic events. The album is driven, as said best by the band themselves, by a “mood of pessimism and menace”, which is something rarely witnessed within the post-metal genre.
Extreme metal, to the outsider, is often seen as terrifying, or that “rape your dog, kill your family shit” to morons I’ve worked with in the past. However, it takes a special sort of band to invoke terror in the hearts of hardened fans of heavy music. Slagmaur, a Norweigian black metal band, fits the bill.
For a while now Cambridge, ON’s Marc Bourgon has been known as the incredibly nice (how stereotypically Canadian, eh?), really tall and super talented bassist of Greber and Fuck the Facts. But for the past few years, he’s also been working on an experimental solo project, dubbed Cancelled. Following 2013’s Threshold Adjustment, Bourgon now presents his new offering, titled Tenebrific, which will be released independently on March 3rd. The EP, which was mixed by none other than Kurt Ballou and mastered by Ryan Butler, features three tracks encompassing elements of industrial, doom and drone into an unconventional, diverse sound that is subtle and airy, yet also harsh and aggressive.
Bourgon recently took the time for an interview with Svbterranean to discuss what it’s like doing a solo project, how it all started and why he chose the name Cancelled. He also talks about the writing and recording process for Tenebrific and the meaning behind the title, as well as Cancelled’s ambiguous sound, how the project differs from his other bands and much more.
L.A.-based technical death metal band So This Is Suffering have unleashed their new full-length record, titled Palace of the Pessimist, today (February 24) through Unique Leader Records. They’ve also teamed up with No Clean Singing for a full stream of the album. Check it out after the break.