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
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.
On Cette Erosion De Nous-Mêmes, Nesseria take more sonic risks than ever and they all pay off.
Since their inception in 2003, Nesseria have been in a constant state of stylistic evolution, refusing to stagnate creatively. The Orléans-based act began life with a spastic, grinding sound on their early demos and splits before pursuing a more blackened hardcore sound on their full-length releases, which reached its apex on 2014’s Fractures. Their third full-length recording, Cette Erosion De Nous-Mêmes, shows the band embarking on a new aural journey; presenting a staggering change in sound for a band with a history of dabbling in the more antisocial and gritty forms of extreme music. Continue Reading
Just like the title suggests, Spotlights‘ sophomore full-length is truly a seismic affair.
The sheer sonic weight and expressiveness of post-metal meld effortlessly with wavering, textural atmospheres à la shoegaze and 90s alternative drive throughout Spotlights‘ endlessly pummeling tunes. The towering, heavy sludge instrumentation, combined with ethereal vocals and kaleidoscopic soundscapes, creates a surprisingly effective dichotomy. Many similar acts tend to get wrapped up in their adoration for bands like Hum, Failure or Swervedriver to the point of complete mimicry. Spotlights, on the other hand, blend these influences damn near perfectly into a unique sound that is all their own.
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.
Brooklyn instrumentalists Sannhet deliver a melancholic and cathartic opus with their third full-length recording, So Numb.
In 2013, the trio turned heads with the release of their brooding debut, Known Flood. It’s blending of trudging post-metal, blistering black metal and introspective post-rock was met with critical acclaim and would serve as the basis for the group’s future releases. 2015’s lauded Revisionist stayed trued to the band’s post-black metal roots, but incorporated more emotive melody and tinkered with shoegaze-esque textures. With So Numb, the band leap even further into the shoegaze realm, resulting in a dynamic tour de force that is as somber as it is euphoric.
So much has happened in the bubble world of guitar rock over the last 17 years. Coincidentally, this happens to be the amount of time that has passed since Oxford, England, 4 piece Ride released their last album. That album, Tarantula, bore many of the hallmarks of a rapidly sinking ship: lyrical arrows aimed at band mates, further stylistic alienation, and the real kick in the shins – having the album deleted by the label that released it, one week after the initial release. It seems that time has been kind to that particular record and to the band’s discography in general. Thankfully for fans of the band co vocalist/ guitarist Andy Bell has a serious inclination for writing elite songs whether it be in projects Hurricane #1, Beady Eye, Oasis, or Ride.
Indiana’s Cloakroom have announced the release of their sophomore full-length album. The new effort, which follows 2015’s Further Out, will be titled Time Well and will be released through Relapse Records on August 18. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with the official video for their new track “Seedless Star”.
Pre-orders for the record can be found here.
I am a firm believer in the fact that the seasons influence my listening, and from what I can gather, the listening habits of others as well. Below The House, while an absolutely awesome record, also had the good fortune of reaching my ears on a day where it’s melancholy, delay washed warmth, fit the grey skies and slowly melting snow of my surroundings.
Alcest is often seen as at the forefront of the stupidly, but aptly named, “black gaze” movement. While many bands have attempted to combine the delay drenched spaciness of shoegaze with the raw, visceral sound of black metal, few have been at it longer or more effectively. Alcest took it a bit further on their last release, Shelter. Many people wrote Shelter off as a boring, conventional shoegaze album only worthy of note because it was a stylistic shift by a band who had received a bunch of praise for their pioneering, unique sound. I use the phrase unique because when Alcest first came to be, there were few, if any similar bands. On Kodama, Alcest has taken a step back, but in all of the right ways.