Mixed, Not Stirred is a weekly column in which artists curate special, themed playlists via Spotify or other mediums.
In today’s Mixed, Not Stirred, Aaron Pickford of The Sludgelord and Sludgelord Records showcases some of his favorite bands/releases that he has discovered in the past six years in this special playlist. Pickford says of the playlist in his own words: Continue Reading
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
A band known to many. A band singular in vision and unity. A band willing to expand and ebb and flow and mix genres. A band that helps others express themselves artistically through their record label Neurot. A band whose individuals members have the same vision, integrity, and strength as the whole does. ( They have a fucking back patch that says “strength and vision” for fuck’s sake).
Steve Von Till, like the band he is part of, needs no introduction, but I’ll give a little one: he is the co-guitarist and co-vocalist of the band mentioned above, and like every other member of the band, he has side project(s) that are his vision of music, catharsis, and expression. Harvestman is the side that loves drone, ambiance, psychedelia and folk, as shown, once again, on the new album “Music for Megaliths.”
Photo by Niela Von Till
Harvestman – the experimental solo project of Neurosis‘ Steve Von Till – has premiered a new track from its upcoming album, Music for Megaliths, via The Quietus. Titled “The Forest is our Temple”, the seven-minute meditative track utilizes various droning instrumentation to create an immersive, transcendental experience. Check out the tune after the break.
Music for Megaliths will be released on May 19 via Neurot Recordings.
Photo by Niela Von Till
‘ Steve Von Till has announced the return of his Harvestman
solo project. Von Till will release the fourth full-length Harvestman
record, titled Music For Megaliths
, on May 19 via Neurot Recordings. Following 2010’s Trinity
, Music For Megaliths
was fully performed, recorded, and mixed by Von Till at his own The Crow’s Nest studio in Northern Idaho, with mastering handled by James Plotkin. The record’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break.
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.
The Body – No One Deserves Happiness
With the release of I Shall Die Here and their slew of recent collaborations, The Body has somehow gotten even more experimental with their already experimental style of noise/metal/whatever by straying into catchier, even poppier territory. The interesting combination of noisy, yet highly structured songwriting as well as frequent collaborator Chrissy Wolpert’s sung vocals mixing with Chip King’s signature distorted howls in the background reinforces that feeling of genres intermingling, but also creates something new and original.
In the last couple of years, Good Fight Music has been quietly carrying the torch for the late 90’s/early 00’s metalcore sound. With a roster that boasts some reactivated bands of that era (The Banner, Ion Dissonance) along with some more recent and progressive exponents of the genre (Axis, Of Feather and Bone, Old Wounds), they have kept the flame burning brightly where it could have easily sputtered out about half a decade ago. One of the label’s more recent highlights has been Michigan’s Hollow Earth. For those who are unfamiliar with the band, Hollow Earth formed in 2011 after three members of the band met while filling in as touring members of legendary metalcore outfit Shai Hulud. Continue Reading
One day before Neurosis unleash their new album, Fires Within Fires, the legendary Oakland band are offering up a full stream of the five-track release here via Noisey. Recorded by Steve Albini and featuring cover artwork by Thomas Hooper, the highly-anticipated album is out tomorrow (September 23) through Neurot Recordings. Continue Reading