German blackened post-metal outfit Phantom Winter have announced the release of their third full-length album. The forthcoming album, which follows 2016’s Sundown Pleasures, will be titled Into Dark Science and will be released on March 2 via Golden Antenna Records. The album’s artwork, track listing and trailer can be found after the break.
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
Here’s me, talking about this year.
Fuck, what a year. My favorite band made their best record in a decade. My favorite lady (in music, at least 2 in life are way ahead of her) made her best record ever. I saw more shows than maybe every other year that were of the “I’ll never get a chance to do this” character. I watched my kid grow up a little and loved every second of it. I managed to not get stabbed by my wife. Music was at an all time high for me, especially black metal, and life was pretty good outside of how horrible everything is. I had to do a top 50, and even then, I felt like I left a ton of stuff off. Everything listed below got multiple listens, and if available, purchased on LP. Yes, I buy a lot of records. No I don’t regret it. I can truly say that every ranked record deserved their place. I would have loved to keep this to a top 10. I couldn’t. Oh well. I’ve excluded reissues and non full lengths, and some stuff I didn’t get a ton of time with I just threw in honorable mentions. Without further ado, here’s the kinda shit I like:
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.
About a month ago I posted about Austrian post-black metal act Harakiri For The Sky’s new track “Tomb Omnia” and now I’m here to tell you about another rad track off of the bands forthcoming album Arson. The new track is titled “You Are The Scars” and it comes in the form of a lyric video, which I usually don’t care for, but the execution of is rad. Check out the video below and take it in. Great shit is ahead in 2018. 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
New Zealand’s Spook the Horses continue to defy expectations with their third full-length album, People Used to Live Here.
As their career thus far has shown, Spook the Horses are not bound by genre limitations and flourish within their own artistic freedom. The band is in a constant state of evolution, unafraid to experiment with other musical styles and sounds. 2011’s Brighter was a dense, atmospheric marriage between post-rock and brooding post-metal, resulting in a enthralling dichotomy between soothing and crushing. In stark contrast, 2015’s Rainmaker retained its predecessor’s post-metal stylings, but introduced sludgier guitars and more angular post-hardcore elements into the mix. Fast-forward to 2017 and the band have once again modified their sound and the results are staggering, but in a very positive way. Continue Reading
New Zealand post-metallers Spook the Horses have premiered their forthcoming full-length, People Used to Live Here, via No Clean Singing. The album will officially be released this Friday, November 10, via Pelagic Records and can be purchased here. Compared to the swelling post-rock compositions found on 2011’s Brighter, and the sludgy dirges of 2015’s Rainmaker, People Used to Live Here show the band making yet another stylistic shift, opting for a more minimal and atmospheric approach. Check it out in full after the break.
It is sometimes surprisingly difficult to remember the first time you encountered a particular thing, even when that thing later turns out to be significantly meaningful, or something you really enjoy. Amenra is like that for me, in that I’m not sure when exactly I ran across them first or what led me to it. I do remember that the first exposure I had to them was seeing a video for their song The Pain. It Is Shapeless, which had been set to scenes from E. Elias Merhige’s dark surrealist film Begotten. If you haven’t seen Begotten before, its an extremely intense high contrast black and white art film that begins with a scene in which a god figure seated in a chair is disemboweling itself while vomiting filth. I had seen the film before and was always really drawn to its aesthetic and strangeness. It blew my mind a little that someone had decided to use it as a music video. Then the Amenra song began playing over it and somehow worked as a perfect complement in that moment. So, naturally I dove down the Amenra rabbit hole immediately afterward. Continue Reading
During my first year of university, I landed a bit of a dream part-time job when I got hired at a His Master’s Voice (HMV) store in downtown Ottawa. For those unfamiliar, HMV was at one point a well-respected music retailer known for their extensive selection of compact discs and vinyl. Near the start of my time employed there a record called Antenna by Boston based Cave In was released. The record received a perfect review in Alternative Press who subsequently compared it to Loveless, Mezcal Head, and You’d Prefer an Astronaut. An afternoon of work for myself around this time would include playing the record in the store while customers shop. My curiosity went from just that to total awe based on the high quality of their songwriting, guitar playing, and music.