Stockholm’s Svartanatt perfectly captures the sound and spirit of 60s and 70s rock in all its energetic and psychedelic glory. While there are plenty of bands that attempt to pay homage to the music eras long past, most come off as poor mimicry. This is not the case for Svartanatt. While their sound evokes the early Woodstock years, their music doesn’t stop there. As made evident by their forthcoming album, Starry Eagle Eye, the fuzz-laden psych rock of old is combined with elements of prog, dreamlike ballads, and all things eclectic. Continue Reading
In just a few short weeks, North Carolina progressive metal quartet As Oceans will release their third full-length album, Still Miles to Go, via Primitive Ways Records. The forthcoming effort sees the band pushing their sound further into realms only slightly touched upon in previous releases. The band’s groove-heavy brand of deathcore has become melded with more dynamic progressive metal elements, as well as atmospheric and post-metal qualities. Some songs faithfully hark back to the band’s previous material, while others offer something completely new. Continue Reading
Polish blackened death/thrash outfit Voidhanger have premiered their forthcoming, third full-length album, Dark Days of the Soul. The record is officially due out this Friday, March 2, via Agonia Records and can be purchased here. The band said the following of the record:
“Expect nothing but razor sharp riffs, hateful vocals and merciless drumming, that will turn your safe space into dust”.
Experience said razor sharp riffs, hateful vocals and merciless drumming after the break. Continue Reading
Finnish depressive black metal outfit Totalselfhatred have announced the release of their third full-length album. The upcoming record, which follows 2011’s Apocalypse in Your Heart, will be titled Solitude and will be released on April 27 via Osmose Productions. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break, along with a stream of the opening track “Solitude MMXIII”.
Insect Ark deliver a brooding, haunting, psychedelic doom opus with their second full-length album, Marrow Hymns.
The brainchild of New York multi-instrumentalist Dana Schechter, Insect Ark is a forward thinking project that has a penchant for crafting enveloping, often soul-crushing atmospheres. Its sound seems to draw from a wide range of influences, including doom metal, post-rock and psychedelia, but is none of those things as well. With Schechter’s ability to touch upon these various styles and meld them together seamlessly, and her usage of non-conventional instrumentation for music of this caliber, creates a truly unique listening experience that proves to be heavier and more dynamic than some of her more metal counterparts. Continue Reading
German winterdoom quintet Phantom Winter have premiered their forthcoming album, Into Dark Science, via The Sludgelord. The album will officially be released on March 2 via Golden Antenna Records and can be purchased here. The band issued the following comments regarding their new effort: Continue Reading
Savannah, Georgia’s Vatican and Shenandoah Valley, VA’s Heavens Die have announced a string of spring U.S. tour dates. The trek will begin on April 12 in Charleston, South Carolina, and conclude on May 4 in Baltimore. Old Wounds and Vamachara will be providing support on select dates. Check out the full schedule below.
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Chicago experimental musician Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, et al) has premiered the official video for his new track, “Goodbye Electric Sunday”, via Revolver. The track, which will appear on the forthcoming Broken Limbs Excite No Pity LP, is set to a rather somber, black-and-white directed by Jess Price. Lamont said the following of the video: Continue Reading
Chaos Echoes drift further into abstraction with their sophomore full-length release, Mouvement.
With the increasing popularity of bands like Deathspell Omega and Portal, there has been somewhat of a surge of experimental black and death metal bands in the underground scene. Much like the aforementioned acts, these bands utilize angular, dissonant guitars, atonal melodies and haunting atmospheres to craft well-constructed cacophonies that sound absolutely evil. But with most genre trends, the greater the influx of bands, the less distinguishable from each other they become. Fortunately France’s Chaos Echoes, a band that would be lumped into this category, breaks the mold and pushes the boundaries of this idiosyncratic style. Continue Reading