Photo by Rennie Elliot
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.
It’s been a pretty solid year, as far as heavy music is concerned. Some of my favorite artists surpassed even the highest of my expectations, such as Full of Hell, Primitive Man and Blood Sun Circle, while I feel lucky to have been introduced to a few stellar new acts. Bands like Chepang and Sunlight’s Bane completely blew me away with their debut full-length releases, which are both refreshingly unique and utterly intense. This year was also an incredible one for death metal, with a slew of legendary bands offering up impeccable releases, and in some cases, their best work in years. Without further delay, here are my top 20 picks for the best of 2017.
Your neighborhood weirdo is here with his list of favorite “you call that music?” that came out this year. Most of this stuff people will hate, but hopefully it’ll entice some to explore the world of noise music. This year was probably my least varied year as far as genres explored; I definitely spent most of my time and money on the experimental side of things.
2017 has come to a close, which means every blog and music publication gets to bombard you with their shitty opinions on what they thought the best music of the year was. Svbterranean is no different, I am sorry to say. Starting today, a bulk of our writers will begin posting their favorite releases of 2017. Feel to comment and tell us your favorites and what we might have missed. You can also troll us, we don’t mind.
Without further adieu, here is my top 30 releases of the year. There was a multitude of good releases this year and it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to JUST 30. These are the releases that made an impression on me and stuck with me the most year. Just like last year, my favorite records listed span across genres and are not limited to just the extreme music we typically cover on the site. I hope you find something you like. Get into it.
New York experimental duo Insect Ark have announced the release of their sophomore full-length album and follow-up to 2015’s Portal/Well. The new record, which was recorded and mixed with engineer Ethan Donaldson at Mozart Street Studios, will be titled Marrow Hymns (artwork above) and will be released on February 23 via Profound Lore Records.
The album’s track listing can be found after the break, along with a stream of new track “In the Nest”.
This album is fire. No, I don’t mean this in the millennial, teen speak kind of way. I mean, this album sounds scorched. It makes me feel physically hot. Continue Reading
Acclaimed Canadian duo MARES OF THRACE unveiled to the world that they are recording a new ep. Vocalist/Guitarist Trez recently announced on social media the outfit’s plans to record new material. This will be their first work after a 3-year hiatus in which Trez returned to academia and subsequently settled into a new career in Video Game design. Continue Reading
Brisbane’s Idylls deliver a half-hour of concussive noise metal in their third full-length record, The Barn.
Since 2011, this Australian quartet have been perfect their chaotic craft through a handful of splits, EPs and two hellacious full-length releases. The most recent of these aforementioned full-lengths, 2014’s Prayer for Terrene, sat at the apex of this evolution of madness: unleashing a maelstrom of off-kilter mathcore awash with noise and spiced with zany saxophone accompaniment. It was like a fiery collision between the most frenetic of Converge‘s material and the erratic weirdness of John Zorn’s Naked City. In short, Prayer for Terrene was insanity incarnate. Continue Reading
Weaving together elements of doom, drone, noise and sounds most unsettling, Gnaw create a unique sonic atmosphere that is soul-crushing and psychologically demanding. It would seem each of their releases gets more intense and outre than the last, with their third full-length effort, Cutting Pieces, sitting at the apex of this constant evolution. This 40-minute exercise in aural terror, which is now available through Translation Loss, is perfect for metalheads with masochistic tendencies.
Svbterranean recently caught up with three-fifths of the noise unit to discuss the new record, songwriting and more.
Photo by Samantha Marble
One-man black metal outfit Nekrasov has premiered his forthcoming eighth full-length album, The Mirror Void, via Decibel Magazine. The album will officially be released this Friday, November 10, via Prosthetic Records, and can be purchased here. The record is a cacophonous blend of noise, industrial and the rawest of black metal that fans of Gnaw Their Tongues and the like will be enamored with. Check it out after the break.