Experimental duo Wreck and Reference have released a new surprise EP on their Bandcamp page. Titled Alien Pains, the new release features four covers/reinterpretations of four tracks from Guided by Voices‘ 1995 album Alien Lanes. Check out the EP after the break. Continue Reading
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Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune, et al) is poised to release her third full-length album, Diminution, in just a matter of days. Out Friday, April 13, Diminution is a haunting opus in which layers of ethereal instrumentation craft a dense, otherworldly listening experience. Utilizing droning soundscapes, minimal piano, and her own voice, Abdul-Rauf‘s spacious, textural music sits at the crossroads between beauty and melancholia.
In anticipation of its release, we reached out to Abdul-Rauf to give us the rundown of the upcoming effort. Check out a special track-by-track breakdown of Diminution after the break. Continue Reading
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Experimental outfit Insect Ark have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Marrow Hymns, via Revolver. The new track is the doom-laden “Sea Harps” and it is as psychedelic and ethereal as it is menacing and lurching. Project mastermind Dana Schechter says of the track:
“‘Sea Harps,’ a favorite in our live sets, is loosely based on the Greek myth of the Sirens. Broadcasting an ominous and lonely call into the night, the Sirens’ song was irresistible to all who heard it, luring sailors to an untimely and violent death.”
Check out the track after the break.
Marrow Hymns will be released on February 23 via Profound Lore.
British Shoegazers AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE have returned after an extended hiatus which originated in 2013. The band has released 2 new singles along with a forthcoming reissue of their titanic 3rd album Road Eyes. Plans pertaining to a new album have been detailed on the band’s social media pages.
Towering post-metal is enveloped by monolithic, transcendental sound on Hundred Year Old Man‘s new EP, Rei.
Instead of worshiping solely at the altars of Neurosis and Isis, as many similar bands tend to do, Leeds’ Hundred Year Old Man approach the post-metal scene a bit differently. While crushing, dynamic sludge is integral to the genre’s sound, Hundred Year Old Man tend to focus more on creating potent moods and immersive atmospheres, as made evident by this new EP. The band’s 2017 Black Fire single dipped its toes into the wavering ambient waters, but was very much a brooding, doom-laden affair through and through. On Rei, however, the sextet embrace the ambient and atmospheric aspects of their sound and create an enthralling experience that swallows listeners whole. Continue Reading
Lurker of Chalice’s self titled work isn’t riffy, it isn’t structured, but it takes the feel and basic riff structure of black metal and marries it with the bleak soundscapes of dark ambient. It is cinematic, it is heavy, but not conventionally so, with many songs barely having percussion. There’s not a lot in the way of riffs to keep it anchored as “metal”, but the tone of the music can’t really be described without using that word. It is one of the darkest albums I’ve ever heard in my life. I’ve revisited it many times, and every time is like the first. It feels like a nightmare. Continue Reading
In my opinion, there are bands you love, and then there are legitimately important bands. Often times, the two will not meet. You can enjoy a band, and if you’re a reasonable person, admit that they’re not genre luminaries or trendsetters. Most bands aren’t. There’s nothing wrong with that. For example; I love Mgla, but to argue that they’re much more than just another really proficient black metal band seems silly to me. They’re not. They’re just good at relying on tropes that others have created to great effect. Godflesh, on the other hand, is not just a band I love, but a band who actually shaped heavy music in the late 80s and early 90s. And now, they’ve returned, yet again, after the stellar “reunion record” 2014’s A World Lit Only By Fire. And with this return, made the most varied album of their career.
Ulver have always been an interesting band. Starting in the early ’90s, amid the rise of Norwegian black metal, they eventually expanded their sound into an avant-garde, electronic project. Still making insanely good music, the band has unveiled a new EP titled Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, which is available now. Check out a stream of the release below and find out more here. Continue Reading
Halloween is upon us; that glorious time of year in which low-budget horror films are viewed, copious amounts of horrid candy are consumed, and “edgy” kids decorate their rooms with goofy macabre decorations raided from Spirit Halloween stores across the nation. In preparation for this beloved holiday, we at Svbterranean have something special for you weirdos.
Presenting Razor Blades & Chocolate: a new digital compilation with a cheesy name that compiles noise, drone, darkwave, industrial, experimental and generally spooky-sounding acts. This 90 plus-minute mixtape is the perfect soundtrack to your own grisly murder or psychotic breakdown. Check out the compilation after the break via Bandcamp.
As usual, if you enjoy any of the artists featured on this compilation, please support them in any way you can.
CLOAKROOM have become the godfathers of their hybrid of emo stoner doom over the span of their 5-year career. Exceptional songwriting chops, time spent in cultishly followed bands, and a vocalist with a lilting tenor have all expedited this ascension. On their 2nd full-length Time Well they seem to manage to best their previous releases and also lay claim to a spot alongside contemporary greats.