Hello there, readers. Lane and I came up with the idea to do a Bandcamp Spotlight to highlight some of the bands that we have trouble dedicating entire posts to. Nothing against the bands, it’s just a time issue. So, let us proceed into the first edition of SVB’s Bandcamp Spotlight series. 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
Nullingroots returns with their 4th studio album “Into the Grey” and it’s blackened post-metal done right. Somber and depressive riffs cloud my mind as percussive bliss shatters my thoughts, all while the vocals scream such beautiful nothings loudly and unforgivably. I’ve been slow to listen to much black metal this year, let alone post-rock musings, so hearing this combination of music together and done right was easily something I could enjoy and get down with. Nullingroots gives us only 5 songs on this album but the longer tracks grabs a hold of me and never lets me go.
Austrian post-black metal act Harakiri For The Sky took my world by storm a few years back, so I was quite pleased to learn that they would be unleashing some new material in 2018. The band will release their new record Arson in February and we have gotten a taste of the radness already. You can check out “Tomb Omnia” off of the album below. Spoiler: it rules. Continue Reading
Arkansas rock band (proclaimed “humcore” by our own Lane Oliver) released their terrific new 7″ EP Lonely Frontier earlier in the year and they have now released a music video for the track “Pinholes.” I’m loving this band and their output is 100%. Check out the very DIY video below and be sure to stream/pick up their new EP now. Continue Reading
Post rock outfit WATTER have detailed their forthcoming record History of the Future. The greatly anticipated follow up to 2014’s stunning This World will be released October 20th by Temporary Residence Ltd.
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.
Guitarist John Johnston (Congress, Slow Learners, Brutal Poodle) along with bassist David Graham and drummer Ben Goldberg have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming release Alternative Classics.
Johnston’s work in the past has ranged from Neurot Records-Esque doom/hardcore, to power pop. The common thread seems to be a first rate ear for writing songs. “Bridge and Tunnel” is no exception. ViewMaster is not unlike elements of American 6 string aces like Castor, or Chavez.
Noise is quite an interesting “genre” as it is like black metal in my mind: it can encompass multiple other genres yet still be solely in the main genre. (Post-black metal, I’m looking at you kid, although you do carry a lot of fucking gold.) Now, when I think of noise, I think of bands from Amphetamine Reptiles (I am fucking old), KEN Mode, Today Is The Day (their early records and later records are so much tits that conventional lingerie has trouble holding that shit in), and Fashion Chic. You know, musicianship where there is a musical know how to break rules, a driving rhythm section of doom, and lyrics that hint at possible hilarity but lead to an idea that there is pain and anger. And then comes along CHRMR with their self titled EP. This album…let’s talk about this album’s bandcamp first shall we?
Prog-Metal and prog-rock tend to get thrown around a lot these days, with many of the new bands growing up with massive prog bands such as Dream Theater being their influence, flaunting and showing their chops with six string arpeggio sweep picking techniques, odd time signatures and a massive amount of chops in the riffage department. This can lead to great music but also to undeniable wankery and pretentiousness that can cause any amount of cohesiveness to be lost in translation.
There is the flip side to this coin, where there is a vast amount of musicianship, but song craft and layers are used, creating a sound that is vastly under rated and under appreciated. The band Zombi comes to mind, the duo who create prog-rock as a love letter to the 1980’s horror movies that we all love and cherish, where sounds come together to create an amazing sound wholly reminiscent while also being entirely their own.