As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
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Chicago collective Wrekmeister Harmonies have released a new teaser trailer for their forthcoming album, Light Falls, which can be viewed after the break. The new record will be released on September 16 via Thrill Jockey and will see core members JR Robinson (guitar, vocals) and Esther Shaw (keys, piano, violin, vocals) joined by Godspeed You! Black Emperor members Thierry Amar (bass, contrabass), Sophie Trudeau (piano, violin, vocals) and Timothy Herzog (drums). Chicago musicians Ryley Walker and Cooper Crain (Cave) make appearances on the album as well.
The band is currently performing as a two-piece on tour with Marissa Nadler and Muscle and Marrow. The band will be touring as a five-piece later this year. Those dates can be found below.
Portland’s Muscle and Marrow have premiered their forthcoming album, Love, at Noisey. The record is officially due out this Friday, May 27, via The Flenser. Pre-orders can be placed here. The record is a highly-emotional, multi-faceted and powerful opus that defies categorization and showcases the duo really coming into their own. Check it out after the break along with their upcoming tour dates.
Read our review of Love here
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Portland experimental duo Muscle and Marrow have premiered a new track from their impending sophomore record, Love, at Flood Magazine. Titled “The Drooling Mouth”, the new track features an emotional struggle between haunting, atmospheric verses and doom metal adjacent, marching choruses. The slow-burning tune can be streamed after the break.
Love is due out on May 27 via The Flenser. Pre-order here.
The band will be joining Marissa Nadler and Wrekmeister Harmonies on tour this summer. Those dates can be found after the break as well.
With their 2014 debut album The Human Cry, Portland duo Muscle and Marrow established a unique musical identity for themselves. The Human Cry rested comfortably between doom, folk, Goth and ambient music, striking a balance between the four and other styles. Between Kira Clark’s haunting and jaw-dropping vocal chops and her dreary guitar playing, and Keith McGraw’s pulsing drumming and harrowing soundscapes, the band offered something that toed the line between gorgeous melancholia and intense, dark atmospheres. It set itself apart from other “dark music” albums because it didn’t rely on gimmicks and its raw, emotional expressiveness seemed genuine.
Portland experimental duo Muscle and Marrow have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Love, over at She Shreds Magazine. Tilted “Bereft Body”, the new slow-burning tune builds steadily with hypnotic vocals and repetitious guitar melodies that are gradually accompanied by layer after layer of instrumentation, eventually ending in a cacophonous burst. Stream the new track after the break.
Love will be released on May 27 via The Flenser.
Portland experimental duo Muscle and Marrow have premiered a new track from their upcoming sophomore album, Love, at Brooklyn Vegan. Titled “Black Hole”, the sprawling track begins with swelling mantra-like electronics before exploding into highly textural doom and gloom. Vocalist/guitarist Kira Clark’s soaring vocals give the thick track an even greater emotional punch. Clark had the following to say regarding the track: