• Hot Last.fm Parade (Top 20) - #1 Edição ( 23/03/2015)

    24 mar 2015, 12:27 av Rafael_Ramos

    Hot Last.fm Parade (Top 20) - #1 Edição ( 23/03/2015)


    O1. Hozier - Take Me To Church [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 1(x1))
    O2. Taylor Swift - Style [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 2)
    O3. Taylor Swift - Blank Space [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 3)

    OLD BUT GOLD: Pitty - Teto de Vidro

    O4. Ariana Grande - One Last Time [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 4)
    O5. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 5)
    O6. Madonna - Living For Love [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 6)
    O7. Sia - Chandelier [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak 7)
    O8. Imagine Dragons - Shots [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 8)
    O9. Maroon 5 - Sugar [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 9)
    1O. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 10)

    MID-BACK: Rihanna - Man Down

    11. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 11)
    12. Maroon 5 - Animals [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 12)
    13. Tove Lo - Habits (Stay High) [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 13)
    14. Echosmith - Cool Kids [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 14)
    15. Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 15)
    16. Rihanna - FourFiveSeconds (feat. Kanye West & Paul McCartney) [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 16)
    17. Madonna - Bitch I'm Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 17)
    18. Ariana Grande - Break Free (feat. Zedd) [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 18)
    19. Beyoncé - 7/11 [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 19)
    2O. Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass [DEBUT] (Weeks On: 1|Peak: 20)

    POSIÇÃO REVELADA: 25. Meghan Trainor - Dear Future Husband

    INDICAÇÃO: James Bay - Hold Back the River
    O cantor, compositor e violonista britânico James Bay recebeu o Critics’ Choice Winner, um dos principais prêmios do Brit Awards 2015, já arrebatado por músicos como Adele, Florence and the Machine, Jessie J e Sam Smith.
    A música indicada é seu single mais popular, foi Top5 no UK Charts e promete subir no US.
    Teu álbum de estreia, "Chaos and the Calm" está sendo lançado hoje, 23/03 e já atingiu o topo do iTunes UK, e sobe no iTunes US, atualmente está no Top15.
    DOWNLOAD: http://musiicexplosion.blogspot.com.br/2015/02/single-james-bay-hold-back-river.html

    INDICAÇÃO: Years & Years - King
    Trio de música eletrônica fundado em Londres, teu single mais recente, "King", foi #1 no UK Charts esse ano, a música se encontra no Top5 do iTunes UK. A coreografia do clipe da música teve produção de Ryan Heffington, o mesmo que criou a coreografia de "Chandelier" da Sia.
    DOWNLOAD: http://musiicexplosion.blogspot.com.br/2015/01/clipesingle-novo-years-years-king.html
  • music is the key to empathy

    11 mar 2015, 21:49 av annaoj

    empathy is the light in humanity
    i want to feel more of it every day

    music showed me how
    all these songs are a collection of people’s memories
    and they resonate with me because

    i feel things you have felt before
    and if i haven’t felt it
    i want to understand it
    because i want to understand you
    because i care about you
    even though i know i will never meet see or speak to you

    i want to make a vested effort
    to stop invalidating people’s feelings
    because i have no barometer for your pain
    i will never fully understand the context of your life

    when i catch myself judging people
    i must wave those thoughts away

    when people treat me badly
    i must remind myself that there is a greater source of pain in their lives
    from the past or present
    this is not who they really are

    we were not born with this anger and hatred
    we learned it

    i was a disgusting child filled with anger
    and took it out on innocent people
    already a psychopath at age 5

    my behavior was sickening
    i did things to people that fill me with regret
    i hope that they forgot
    but i know that it’s somewhere in their minds

    violence never leaves you
    terror is vivid

    once someone has woven violence into your life
    even if you manage to rip out all the seams
    there will still be stitch marks left
    holes remain there forever

    sometimes it seems impossible but
    we can let our hatred rest
    instead of feeding ourselves rage and bitterness

    anger tarnished my mind
    it is too much to carry
    violence breeds violence

    i don’t want to be part of this cycle anymore

    empathy will lead the way

  • there’s safety in music that doesn’t exist in reality

    10 mar 2015, 23:49 av annaoj

    why is it only socially acceptable to express our strongest emotions
    when they’re under the guise of art

    why have there been so many hit songs on the radio
    about grief and depression
    that we can sing along to and it’s fine
    but if you just talk about it then suddenly something is wrong with you
    you need to see a *professional*

    if you tell people you listen to death metal
    no one is going to say you need help
    but if you tell them you think about death
    people will direct you to a stranger on the phone

    fear and shame wrap around me
    suffocating me right at the moment i want to speak the most

  • jewel was homeless for a year when she was 18

    10 mar 2015, 03:11 av annaoj

    a few years ago i met a man who was homeless - living in his car

    he would come into the store that i worked at and sit on the couch
    the manager was chill she didn’t mind

    he brought a johnny rockets breakfast combo inside
    and gave his pomeranian the scrambled eggs

    jewel’s --standing still-- started playing on the store radio
    and we talked about how she used to be homeless

    her boss was sexually harassing her
    she said no
    he fired her

    she had to live in her car while she played gigs
    i wonder what her life was like that year
    before she got a record deal

    it bothers me that i can’t remember his name
    and have branded him in my mind as .that homeless guy.
    i think his name might be steve
    i hope i am right
    i hope he and his dog are still healthy

    i think of him when i listen to -standing still-

  • Sekten7 - I Will Be Light (2015) review industrial metal

    5 mar 2015, 20:15 av fabrykamagazine

    Sekten7 - I Will Be Light (2015 version) |self-released, single, 2015| 4/5 industrial metal

    The band’s name as well as its influences are connected with spirituality. Take the soul's rebirth during a cycle known as karma, for example. Many cultures have identified an astral realm (named in Tibetan as Devachan) where the spirit rests after its mortal vessel ceases to be. This is not a place of permanence however, but a dimension where the spirit can 'recharge' its energies through bliss and joy before it reincarnates and before the cycle ends.
    Seven is a potent number relating to basic human chakras, deadly sins, stars and many others. Finally, the 'light' as featured in the song’s title, is considered as the beginning of everything (including life after death) but also the final destination, a source of unstoppable joy, and a spiritual messaging system too.

    With so many references and a guitar driven industrial vibe, 'I Will Be Light (2015 Version)' turned out pretty addictive. The overall composition is reminiscent of the well known simplistic 90s approach with a fair share of both and guitar driven arrangements of proper weight. The intro is expressed with dark ambient, then phat synth-based arrangements come into play, followed by mid-tempo drums. The core of the track is built upon low, chunky, repetitive guitar riffs and the drumming theme mentioned above.
    There are select moments within the song where silence is incorporated to contrast the sounds and where metal guitar & electro synth amplitudes were slightly changed. As a result, these parts are accented better and draw the ear's attention more.
    If heavier instrumental parts stand for the 'darkness', then the beautiful female voice casts the 'light' into the entire track. Listeners will spot that even though guitars are catchy enough, the vocal melody is of a traditional Arabic tone. 'Hizbollah' by Ministry or 'Temple of Love' by The Sisters of Mercy may be the closest matches to give you an idea of how it works here.
    There's a feel of math rather than rage when it comes to the songwriting audible in this track. The spirit arises from the atmosphere because the mood is dark, heavy, hypnotizing, and seductive. Both the atmosphere and the repetitions make "I Will Be Light (2015 version)" a very memorable track.

    Daniel, who's currently the sole member of Sekten7 has been in industrial/metal bands for a long time. He played all instruments on the track but also produced, mixed, and mastered it. He has been looking for a vocalist and plans on making new Sekten7 songs in the near future.

    Many so called Lightworkers around the world have been reporting daily that the Earth energy grid has finally begun changing from the old 'me first' 3D patterns to the 'all is one' 5D type. Therefore, you may want to tune in also through this music; not just switching to somewhat corny New Age serenades but a solid heavy metal vibe as well. In any case, let the light-the spirit guide you as it neither knows boundaries nor judgment.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, March 5th, 2015. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
    Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=552


    Buy this song on: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Tribeleader

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  • 150,000+ plays and some musings

    1 mar 2015, 22:36 av garynotrashcoug

    The other night, quietly and with very little fanfare I passed 150,000 plays on Last.fm. Pretty much one year from the day that I passed my 100,000 milestone. It's amazing to me to think that I listened to 50,000 tracks in a year, but that's only half the story. That's not including stuff I heard on the radio, live performances, friends playing music when visiting their houses, watching something on youtube which I didn't scrobble, things I heard then deleted from my scrobble history because I hated them so much.... It's amazing how much music fills your life without really trying, much less when you're like me and have music going almost around the clock.

    I love Last.fm and as I've said in the past, it's sort of like "my facebook". Other people let facebook occupy much of their time and it becomes a big part of their lives. Last.fm is like that for me and the very ephemeral nature of the internet makes me worry about what I'll do if it ever disappears. I'll live, certainly and there are far worse things which can go wrong in life, but I suppose it is a dear hobby of mine and a great resource for discovering new music and connecting with other music fans. It also satisfies my oddly exhibitionist nature when it comes to my music collection and listening habits. I can't really explain it, much less understand it but I've always been this way. Music has been a big part of my life since I was very young and I suppose that, combined with whatever twisted miasma lies deep in my psyche causes it to manifest that way.

    I also mull over the fate of Last.fm since it seems like so many longstanding third party developers and website are disappearing. Tools I used to enjoy and often employee in these journal entries such as McKillaboy's badges and lastlabs. These are additonal tools which utilize Last.fm's API and it seems like they just aren't interested or are jumping ship for other reasons. Sure, it costs money to re-register a domain every year, maintain a server, etc, but the fact that they aren't even trying anymore leads me to believe that they may have succumbed to their consensus that Last.fm is dying. There still are a lot of people using this site and a lot of people supporting it (despite all the other users who do nothing but complain). This post in particular hints that Last.fm's developers have "big things" in store on the horizon. Fingers crossed, ever hopeful. I am grateful for the few third party developers who have stuck around, like Last.fm Tools (see below).

    Thank you for reading all of that (if you actually did) and now that I got that off my chest, it's time for some stats! You love stats as much as I do right?

    What I've (mostly) been listening to for the past 12 months:

    Top artists for the past 12 months:
    1. The Legendary Pink Dots
    2. Ween
    3. Beck
    4. David Byrne
    5. UB40
    6. Talking Heads
    7. Spiritualized
    8. 新居昭乃 (Akino Arai)
    9. 大谷幸 (Kow Otani)
    10. Herbie Hancock

    Top tracks for the past 12 months:
    1. The ByrdsYou Ain't Going Nowhere
    2. Bob DylanKnockin' on Heaven's Door
    3. Brian Eno & David ByrneEverything That Happens
    4. Chelsea WolfeWe Hit a Wall
    5. RideDreams Burn Down
    6. RideDecay
    7. The Stone RosesMade of Stone
    8. I Break HorsesDenial
    9. The Stone RosesI Wanna Be Adored
    10. Talking HeadsWarning Sign

    garynotrashcoug's top albums (year) 1. Joy Division - Heart and Soul (235)
    2. Killing Joke - Singles Collection 1979 - 2012 (132)
    3. Ride - Waves (102)
    4. Oingo Boingo - Best O' Boingo (94)
    5. Spacemen 3 - Recurring (90)
    6. Doves - Lost Souls (90)
    7. The Raveonettes - Pretty in Black (90)
    8. Cymande - Cymande (85)
    9. Spiritualized - Pure Phase (84)
    10. Blue Man Group - Audio (84)

    I suppose this type of journal entry is more for my own records, to go back and look at a snapshot from a previous year and see what my listening tastes were like at the time, more than anything else. Thanks for reading and to group leaders still present for letting me spam your journal feed and hey.....at least there's one McKillaboy badge which still works....
  • Albums of the Week (Neeshcast segment for 2015)

    22 feb 2015, 13:37 av neesh

    Each week I pick a different album, either from 1995 or 2005, for myself and listeners of Neeshcast to lend an ear to. It could be a first listen, or it could be the first in quite some time. Some truly groundbreaking albums came out 10 and 20 years ago. It’s nice to push them back into focus, and reflect on their influence.

    The Album of the Week from Wednesday, February 18, 2015 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (week 7) is the third dredg album, Catch Without Arms.

    I've put together a handy Spotify playlist including all of our Albums of the Week to date, with the exception of Cage’s Hell’s Winter, which is not in Spotify’s library.

    I encourage you to lend an ear to the Albums of the Week and share your thoughts! A new album is announced every Wednesday night during the Neeshcast between 7-11pm Central on Radio Xenu.
  • 2015 - Releases

    21 feb 2015, 02:16 av XfnSnow

    Wasn't sure if this was going to happen, but not having a scrappy journal I forget to update regularly has left me feeling slightly 'without'. I've just agreed to start contribting to a new webzine too, which should be fully launched by April, but I'm hoping to keep this going as well, or at least use this as a drafting tool for more in depth reviews or articles. There is already a plethora of insanely good albums to imbibe your senses with this year. One thing I'm doing this time, is linking bands in more useful ways, so you won't have to stray from this page to get all the info you need on a band. Adding 'Bandcamp' links where I can and at least one link in the review to the band's facebook page (so you can make a habit of "liking" the stuff for further updates). Also, I used to shy away from likening projects to other bands too much, but I've found it draws ideas out of me if I do this, and the only reason I dislike reviewers who do this is that they rely too much on it to avoid describing a bands sound. So please explore and keep engaged in messages and comments.

    2014 JOURNAL

    2013 JOURNAL

    2012 JOURNAL

    2011 JOURNAL

    My own DIY project:
    Courtsleet - Facebook | SoundCloud | bandcamp |


    The Body & Thou - You, Whom I Have Always Hated

    I had heard the news of this collaboration last year and was sort of reticent about the implications of this amalgamation of sonic forces (really, because it seemed far too good to be true). Prior to the release of 'You, Whom I Have Always Hated', I'd only indulged some (admittedly totally awesome) DIY live footage of the two bands simultaneously converging upon some basic but utterly crushing ideas. What makes this collaboration a truly special event is the fact that Thou and The Body (fb links) are both totally distinctive in their realm... it's not as if 2 generic doom bands have just decided to play at the same time. There's elements to each band's sound that are brought in and actually play out simultaneously in a cacophony I can honestly describe as being one of the very heaviest dins I have ever subjected myself to. The Side A on this album is from the EP that was only released on vinyl last year, and hence this is my first time hearing those songs. Although the collaboration feels like it's in its infancy in this first half, this only exacerbates a primal ferine element which most sludge bands would sell appendages to acquire. Come the 2nd half of this LP, it feels like the super band have become completely aware of the devastating tools at their collective disposal, and what follows is nothing short of disorientating. Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity (official video) is the first of the "new" tracks and It contains everything that makes each band unique and brilliant in their own rite with even some new ground being covered in the 2nd half of the track which breaks down into huge slack pulses of bass which build until the cymbals crash back in simultaneously with Chip King's completely terrifying wails, which at the best of times give the amygdala a traumatizing workout. This moment just erupts in my system, sending paralyzing waves over me. It's quite widely available on CD and vinyl, but here's a link to Thrill Jockey Records' stock:


    Grimoire - L'aorasie des spectres rêveurs

    Few bands still induce that "where has this music been all my life" reaction in me during the first 50 seconds of their new EP. Québec's Grimoire (fb link) instantly set a drastically epic tone - the stage beautifully laid out for cavernous vocals to howl over gloriously balanced drums, guitars and bass... not to forget that summoning pastoral synth layer which runs throughout. This operates in the same circle as more well known projects such as Woods of Desolation or Germ, but somehow never manages to carelessly spill it's epic and hopeful tones into the superfluous realms, which the Australian masters of this genre can at times be quite guilty of. When clean vocals ornament the hoarded arrangement, the feeling of specters violently swirling around the room becomes a reality and during the opening of 'Cachot De Cristal' a momentous choral melody reigns over the long droning chord progression and reminds me sincerely of Mehdi Safa's ebullient and emotionally disarming approach to the vocals in his project *shels. Available to hear and purchase for a modest price: bc.


    Dynfari - Vegferð Tímans

    Dynfari (fb link) are a two piece atmospheric black metal band from Iceland playing with the sort of seminal, spirit accruing epic musical visions one expects from a nation largely made up of ancient glaciers and eerie barren, lunar landscapes. At the moment there are plenty of rumblings about Misþyrming, a fellow Icelandic collective with an epic and devastatingly sinister edge. I'm feeling really in my element with these 2 releases right now and am sincerely hoping the combination of the two records will draw more eyes to this emergence of sheer quality from Iceland's extreme music scene. The young duo are tapping into the same emotional dream world as Alcest and Les Discrets, with progressive arrangements and a massive sounding production, a morose nautical perspective is reflected. Hafsjór, A song containing some of my favourite moments on Vegferð Tímans is currently being streamed on Metal Hammer (direct link). Also, the label is hoping to use 'crowd funding' to release this on Vinyl. If my opinion means anything to you, this would be an extremely worthy addition to anyone's music collection.


    Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu

    Misþyrming (fb link) are a frigid force of raw, bitter and destructive self expression. This core 2 piece unleashed their debut full-length “Söngvar elds og óreiðu” (Songs of Fire and Chaos) in February and it has since been met with nothing but awe and adulation by the black metal community. This is evidenced by the Vinyl selling out almost instantly and the band landing their name on the roster of some of the more respectable metal festival line-ups later in 2015. Proving true to their name (Icelandic for Abuse), buzz saw riffs and organic drums find themselves perfectly balanced to deliver violence in a nefarious and understated production which summons the moss enshrouded spirit of bands like Gehenna, Vemod or Earth and Pillars. Although for reasons of proximity Misþyrming are more commonly being compared to Svartidauði and Sinmara, but for me, there’s something a little more refined to sole composer, Daugar’s irreverent sermons. Where Dynfari embrace the cold and translate it into a beautiful poignant hypothermic malaise, Misþyrming firmly reject it as a fucking nuisance – the unwelcome discomfort venting in to their appendages substantiating further justification for anger bordering on grief. But in their malice for the nature of their homeland, an even stronger co-creative connection is nurtured. bc.


    Hypnologica - Quantum

    Hypnologica (fb link) is a post-black metal project belonging solely to Adam Magnox, who composes and transmits his blissfully crafted woe/cosmic musings out of the beautiful and rurally cocooned UK city of Lincoln. This project made a great impression on me last year with debut album Sonar. In opening track 'Gravitanium', we're greeted with a swell of dilatant synths, hinting at an 'adagio for strings-esque' quality of melody, which is soon blown out of the heliosphere and into true interstellar space by the guitars and drums which cascade in, creating a blinding, perfectly balanced wall of pure but brutal energy. Try not to allow yourself to be so awestruck by this opening track that you forget to give the closer 'Cosmic Water' it's own independent listen (I only say this because I was guilty of just repeatedly going over this first track without letting the rest of the album play out properly). This is 35 minutes of scintillating epic music, which shows tenderness in some isolating ambient passages, and then ferocity through pummeling arrangements with almost alien touches of melodic character. There are some huge ideas here and like the best black metal, although a progressive nature pervades through the composition, Magnox knows when an idea should be allowed space to breath and as such the best moments are returned to and given repetition in a most rewarding fashion. Go experience this for yourself at bc.


    Ecferus - Prehistory

    Ecferus (fb link) is truly inspired and unique black metal from the US. This is product of a sole contributor known as Alp, who brings science and mythology together in a concoction that is perfectly represented by the music which creeps, crawls and seethes with the murk of an early Caïna record and the natural ubiety seeded deep within Negura Bunget's opus 'OM'. I really love this album for many reasons. One being it has this fervid misery instilled in every movement - dynamically it can be in a section that feels like it could have been more 'filled out', but there are layers left sort of open, which gives the vocals or acoustic instruments room to breath and also makes way for the subtle, individual textures on the present instruments to really come into effect. Although there are plenty of moments when we're treat to full throttle black metal, they don't dominate, making this reminiscent of bands who really allow their compositional process to reach outside of aspiring to retain more officious, overwhelming dynamics. One such example of a band who also does this well is Nucleus Torn, where metal is kept back in reserve only for the darker acts in their wider story. Get on this now:
    bc. It is another 'name your price' jaw dropper.


    Devouring Star - Through Lung And Heart

    Devouring Star (fb link) is a newly evolved project from Finland, playing exactly the sort of galvanizing black metal you don't quite dare to hope you'll find right at the dawn of a new calendar year. The musical ideas are built around expansive dissonant riffs, with glorious clashes creating gleaming and monolithic girth in the bands maliciously execrable, yet grandiose and honed sonic palate. Bands I would say are perfectly healthy reference points here would be Kreigsmaschine, Aosoth and Carpe Noctem. It's pretty much thanks to the feeling of discovery related to this band that I felt the urge/inspiration to keep up to this years best releases and start another journal of the same ilk to previous ones. 3 of the tracks are available to stream over on Daemon Worships Prod's bandcamp - bc.


    Sea Bastard & Keeper - Split LP

    This split was specially chosen to adorn my new setup. I'm just not the type of person this kind of shit happens to... that one day I receive a call from a very close friend/ex band mate who is obsessed with hifi gear, offering me his rebuilt/reconditioned Wharfedale E-50s for the cost of nothing but love... he was desperate to know they were going to a good home (every time I've seen him since, I've given him an expensive bottle of vodka). So this split arrived shortly after I'd assembled this audiophile's mecca in my room. I think My eye balls have been an inch further apart ever since. I had never heard of or heard anything by Keeper (fb link) until I stumbled on a special preview of '777'. I'm quite shocked this band isn't making more ripples right now, although they are both very new and seemingly in their embryonic stage, which is a terrifying prospect, given how veteran they sound already. I predict their next full length, whenever that will be, is going to be absolutely huge. Sea Bastard (fb link), I am already a little more acquainted with. Their contribution is a slightly longer track. It's every bit as awesome and has a similar pristine, organic and bone crushingly vast production. From what i can make out, both bands brought their 'A game' here, which is what I really want out of a split, because it shows the bands are honouring one another enough to put a piece of their soul onto the record, instead of just chucking in some song that didn't fit on the last full length etc. Anyway, although I am totally ritualistically listening to this exclusively at my new shrine to sound, here's the bandcamp to get acquainted.


    Kalmankantaja - Metsänkulkija

    So it was 13 days into the new year, and I was starting to feel edgy. I quickly scanned my body for where this unease was emanating from, and it was my black metal gland, weeping out for something new, harsh and more than just half-decent. I had a dig around and this was one of the first things that came up. Kalmankantaja (fb link) is Finnish black metal. It is perfectly rough, and actually for something so awash with noise, it sits gloriously in my ears. It's not what you call a good a production, it's what you call an appropriate production... which is far more important. The only band from my repertoire I'd liken this to in the response it elicits is one of my very favourite black metal acts Finster. Despite the fuel for this project seeming to be the primal energies drawing truly from an absolute black essence, the riffs are all abundantly packed with harrowing and emotively imprisoning melodies, all carrying the genuine prestige of the best 'second wave' black metal. Go and enjoy probably the 'truest' thing that will appear on this years list:


    Imperial Triumphant - Abyssal Gods

    Imperial Triumphant (fb link) are avant-garde black/death metal from New York. They are symbiotic of the emergence of challenging ideas prevailing this region. This music is deeply organic in texture and production and fiercely technical in performance. The heaviness isn't achieved through conventional measures, a clue to this being the fact that they actively site Penderecki's tone rows as an influence, which further still should give some idea of what levels of dissonance Abyssal Gods descend to. It also has the geographically characteristic use of psychotic and terrifying brass and strings in some atmospheric reprieves. Although I'm putting a lot of emphasis on this album belonging to it's scene, this is only so because of the illustrious experimentation and stature musical explorers based in the big apple share (Think, Epistasis (shares a member), Time of Orchids, Krallice, Castevet, Kayo Dot and Behold the Arctopus). I was a big fan of their 2013 EP release Goliath (bc), so am delighted they've formed a partnership with Code666 (fb), who have the album available for purchase for a sweet price: Order. If you want to taste the poison first, CVLT Nation are streaming this beast in it's entirety.


    Kalpa - Sequences*

    Kalpa, hailing from Athens Greece, gave me one of those weirdly satisfying "bandcamp" discovery moments. It's a strangely analogous feeling to stumbling on some rare gem in a dusty independent store while idly thumbing through record sleeves. I sort of have to keep returning this to see if it's as good as I remember. And every time it's even better than I remember. With the panache of similar post-metal/rock/instrumental acts If These Trees Could Talk, Sunpocrisy, Kokomo or Exxasens, Kalpa know how to paint vibrant panoramic epics with tasteful build-ups, creative riffs and not a whole lot of need for anything else. They are not afraid to just get straight to the point, which is refreshing. A common flaw for alot of aspiring post-rock artists is that they try to recreate Sigur Rós' 'Popplagið', but just do not have the tools or dynamic depth to pull it off without actually being horrendously boring and ineffective. Kalpa completely avoid this trapping with pristine production as fulfilling as any of the aforementioned artists. The fact that this is 'Name Your Price' is really quite astonishing bc. This is also Kalpa's debut album, so don't be tempted to keep this one to yourself. Be Kind. Spread the word.

    Wells Valley - Matter As Regent

    Inquinamentum - Void

    Ethereal Shroud - They Became the Falling Ash

    Addaura - ...and the lamps expire.

    Agos - Irkalla Transcendence

    Au-dessus - Au-dessus

    Exgenesis - Aphotic Veil

    Urfaust - Apparitions

    Vivus Humare - Einkehr

    Pyramids - A Northern Meadow

    Leviathan - Scar Sighted

    Ghost Bath - Moonlover

    Outre - Ghost Chants


    Keeper - The Space Between Your Teeth



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  • melodic DIRT album review experimental rock 2015

    16 feb 2015, 13:43 av fabrykamagazine

    melodic DIRT - melodic DIRT |self-released, 2015| 4/5 experimental rock

    1. Another Day In The Life, 2. I'd Like To Fly, 3. Sounding For Me, 4. Out Of This World, 5. Away From My, 6. Falling, 7. From The Ground

    Here's the debut solo album of multi-instrumentalist Joe. His compositions are inspired by various music styles ranging from rock, grunge, metal and jazz, including bands like Deftones, Korn, Soundgarden, Nirvana, but also great instrumentalists such as Jimi Hendrix, Jackie McLean, Theloniuos Monk, John Coltrane or Miles Davis. Some of you may catch a few melodic and vocal lines comparable to The Young Gods' tunes as well. This interesting mix results in music that by no means makes for easy-listening, but remains original and intriguing, despite the multitude of influences.

    The material has undoubtedly been written for vocals and moods, actually one specific mood I'll elaborate below on. The instrumental parts played on drums, guitar and bass were added in the background, fitting between compositional parts very well. The lyrics are uttered in a spoken, languid manner rather than sung. If you however, imagined Joe as an opera singer and his tracks as classical, emotional compositions, you'd also picture him singing aloud rather than seemingly reciting poetry. Joe's rough voice is unmistakable and therefore, it is a large part of his potential. Just after a few tracks it will imprint itself into your mind, dominating the compositions along with dirty guitar vibrations.

    There are a lot of unclean tunes here, interspersed with melodies. The atmosphere brought by down-tuned bass and guitars is ponderous, lethargic. There's very little life, almost no energy, dynamics, or power on this album, but these songs were not written for such purpose at all. If you listen closely to the vocals, they do push their own melody into heavy compositions. This happens already in the two opening tracks - "Another Day In The Life" and "I'd Like To Fly".

    Most of the tracks on melodic DIRT last a bit over 3 minutes, which normally could be perceived as short. Here though, since the same arrangements repeat often and the overall mood is heavy, these songs sound as if they were prolonged. The guitar is sometimes employed to introduce a lighter, vibrating and memorable motif between all the other instruments, as it is in "Sounding For Me".

    When you get to "Out Of This World", you may have an impression that Joe was loosely improvising here, but there are a few specific, repetitive lines within the composition. The vocals are raspy and almost resonating. While listening to "Away From My", you'll notice a neurotic bass line which dominates the vocals at first. Joe doesn't use the typical intro-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus-outro structure. He uses a lot of verses with occasional bridges. This track is a good example of his creativity in that respect.

    When it comes to "Falling", this is indeed a free fall yet based on wisely planned arrangements. An initially annoying, high-pitched synth brings a looped melody thanks to which your ear will mainly focus on the melody instead of the grungy tunes introduced by the guitar-and-vocals combo. This follows the technique already used in "Sounding For Me", but expressed through a guitar there.

    The last track on the list, "From The Ground", sounds the heaviest and most apathetic at the same time. One could say that it describes the process of slitting veins and observing the dripping blood and escaping life, but make sure your reading of this track is not so dramatic. The drumbeats are arrhythmic, while the guitar only marks stops and makes another line of rhythm. There are many asynchronous, atonal sounds and little harmonious arrangements. Trust me, though - everything done on purpose.

    To sum up, not everyone expects music to be cheerful, swift or pleasant for the ear. Despite of its quite chaotic, slow and extended song structures, the individual formula of traditional industrial or drone metal music presented by bands such as Einstürzende Neubauten, SPK, Godflesh, Earth or Sun O))) has turned out to be inspirational for many listeners and performers. It is all about understanding the sound. If you're looking for a tune which a commercial radio station may not play, then melodic DIRT album is what you need. And here's exactly what Joe is winning you over with - not virtuosity but originality, because not many of you will be able to admit that they'd heard identical tunes before.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, February 15th, 2015. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
    Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=551

    Free official download: http://melodicdirt.com/

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  • Indie/Rock Playlist: February (2015)

    16 feb 2015, 08:43 av Criznittle

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    1. (00:00:22) Red Cabin – (IRP) Intro
    2. (00:02:00) Trevor Morris – A World Torn Asunder
    3. (00:02:22) Rabbit! – A Year In The Life
    4. (00:04:35) Incubus – Absolution Calling
    5. (00:03:19) We Are Z – Airbrush
    6. (00:02:43) Saint Rich – Am I Wrong
    7. (00:03:56) of Montreal – Apollyon Of Blue Room
    8. (00:02:47) Team Me – Are You Still In Love
    9. (00:03:25) Eaves – As Old As The Grave
    10. (00:04:23) The New Pornographers – Backstairs
    11. (00:02:58) St. Vincent – Bad Believer
    12. (00:02:57) Animal Noise – Bag of Bones
    13. (00:02:12) Rachel Goodrich – Bananas
    14. (00:03:27) Red Cabin – Barricade
    15. (00:05:09) Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – Billions Of Eyes
    16. (00:04:46) Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
    17. (00:02:05) King Creosote – Bluebell, Cockleshell, 123
    18. (00:02:24) Pretty Mery K – Boredom
    19. (00:03:26) Kishi Bashi – Brandenberg Stomp
    20. (00:03:08) Kero Kero Bonito – Build It Up
    21. (00:03:49) My Brightest Diamond – Ceci Est Ma Main
    22. (00:03:41) Adebisi Shank – Chaos Emeralds
    23. (00:02:57) The Yearning – Chasing Shadows
    24. (00:03:58) Ghastly Menace – Closing
    25. (00:03:47) Spirit Faces – Cloudplay
    26. (00:05:50) Frontier Ruckus – Crabapples In The Century’s Storm
    27. (00:02:03) Tacocat – Crimson Wave
    28. (00:03:20) Halcyon Drive – Crusoe
    29. (00:02:50) Trust Fund – Cut Me Out
    30. (00:04:01) Fort Lean – Cut To the Chase
    31. (00:02:57) Oscar – Daffodil Days
    32. (00:02:24) Sunbeam Sound Machine – Daibutsu
    33. (00:03:36) Agent Fresco – Dark Water
    34. (00:02:50) Bent Knee – Dead Horse
    35. (00:04:41) Siskiyou – Deserter
    36. (00:03:24) Diagrams – Dirty Broken Bliss
    37. (00:04:26) Absofacto – Dissolve
    38. (00:02:57) mewithoutYou – East Enders Wives
    39. (00:05:01) Fire-Works – Elephants
    40. (00:03:24) Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star
    41. (00:04:18) The Wombats – Emoticons
    42. (00:03:30) Ropoporose – Empty-Headed
    43. (00:02:21) Wilhelm – Erin’s Song
    44. (00:03:55) Admiral Fallow – Evangeline
    45. (00:03:55) Her Magic Wand – Everything at Once
    46. (00:01:20) Tall Juan – Falling Down
    47. (00:03:50) Irontom – Feel Good Inc
    48. (00:04:50) Dan Deacon – Feel The Lightning
    49. (00:02:45) Wulf – Fire
    50. (00:04:48) Django Django – First Light
    51. (00:04:35) Mitski – First Love, Late Spring
    52. (00:03:50) C Duncan – For
    53. (00:03:43) Evil Arrows – For Love Instead
    54. (00:03:38) Rival Boys – Fortune
    55. (00:04:29) Mini Mansions – Freakout!
    56. (00:02:35) Hands and Knees – Freakshow
    57. (00:04:36) Xu Xu Fang – Friend To The Unknown
    58. (00:03:29) Edda Magnason – Game Of Gain
    59. (00:02:59) Panic is Perfect – Go Go Go
    60. (00:03:45) French For Rabbits – Goat
    61. (00:04:31) Broken Social Scene – Golden Facelift
    62. (00:02:10) The Vaccines – Handsome
    63. (00:04:06) The Miserable Rich – Hey Ma
    64. (00:03:37) Peter Kernel – High Fever
    65. (00:05:29) Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
    66. (00:02:25) Julian Cubillos – I Explode The Bully With My Mind
    67. (00:03:33) Saint Saviour – I Remember
    68. (00:02:13) Minx – I Want A War
    69. (00:03:51) Reptar – Ice Black Sand
    70. (00:03:55) My Double, My Brother – I’ll Die
    71. (00:03:17) The Belligerents – In My Way
    72. (00:04:08) Alberta Cross – Isolation
    73. (00:04:19) No Monster Club – I’ve Retired
    74. (00:03:14) Electric Six – I’ve Seen Rio In Flames
    75. (00:03:22) Cold Weather Company – Jasmine
    76. (00:03:24) Twin Hidden – Join Hands
    77. (00:04:13) Moulettes – Keep It As A Memory
    78. (00:03:06) Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
    79. (00:03:52) Jose Gonzalez – Leaf Off, The Cave
    80. (00:02:55) Sidney York – Lily’s Kitchen
    81. (00:03:03) Mumm-ra – Lizzy Lu
    82. (00:03:50) Rusty Maples – Long Walk Home
    83. (00:04:16) Pompeii – Loom
    84. (00:03:09) To Kill A King – Love Is Not Control
    85. (00:02:27) Sea Parade – Meant For This
    86. (00:03:37) September Girls – Melatonin
    87. (00:03:01) Dorsal Fins – Mind Renovation
    88. (00:04:28) The Do – Miracles (Back In Time)
    89. (00:04:08) Hannah & The Heartbreak – Moon Dune
    90. (00:03:11) H. Hawkline – Moons In My Mirror
    91. (00:03:38) Felicity Groom – Move Your Muscles
    92. (00:04:09) Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
    93. (00:03:47) Rubblebucket – My Life
    94. (00:03:58) Logan Hyde – My Only Friend
    95. (00:02:39) Broncho – NC-17
    96. (00:05:06) Belle and Sebastian – Nobody’s Empire
    97. (00:04:23) Musee Mecanique – O, Astoria!
    98. (00:04:08) Carnival Youth – Octopus
    99. (00:04:24) Faded Paper Figures – On The Line
    100. (00:03:44) Vita Bergen – On The Run
    101. (00:02:37) Sigmatropic – Onion Rock
    102. (00:04:07) San Fermin – Parasites
    103. (00:03:51) Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
    104. (00:02:29) The Primitives – Petals
    105. (00:03:02) The Decemberists – Philomena
    106. (00:01:16) Quarterbacks – Pool
    107. (00:06:06) Old Wave – Riddles
    108. (00:03:22) The Mispers – Rio
    109. (00:03:56) Mr. Gnome – Rise And Shine
    110. (00:03:24) Work Drugs – Runaways
    111. (00:05:25) The Soil & The Sun – Samyaza
    112. (00:06:04) Mew – Satellites
    113. (00:04:06) Kids – Second Star On The Right
    114. (00:03:50) Ha The Unclear – Secret Lives of Furniture
    115. (00:01:43) Elizaveta – Sera Was Never
    116. (00:03:44) Moses Gunn Collective – Shalala
    117. (00:03:01) Mother Mother – Shout If You Know
    118. (00:03:41) Tiny Hazard – Silhouette
    119. (00:03:42) Radical Face – Sisters
    120. (00:03:05) The Elwins – So Down Low
    121. (00:03:26) Stereoshores – Somewhere Warm
    122. (00:03:26) Boss Moxi – Song of Joan
    123. (00:02:52) Hollerado – Sorry You’re Alright
    124. (00:03:14) Murder By Death – Strange Eyes
    125. (00:02:05) Quantum Keys – Strong People
    126. (00:03:37) Springtime Carnivore – Sun Went Black
    127. (00:03:04) Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
    128. (00:04:01) Cosmo Sheldrake – Tardigrade Song
    129. (00:03:13) Purple – Target
    130. (00:03:05) Royal Tongues – The Balance
    131. (00:04:25) The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy
    132. (00:02:58) The Mountain Goats – The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
    133. (00:02:14) Velociraptor – The Right To Call You
    134. (00:03:15) Stornoway – The Road You Didn’t Take
    135. (00:03:48) The Go! Team – The Scene Between
    136. (00:03:24) Born Gold – The Song Condemns Itself
    137. (00:03:46) Stars in Coma – The Value of Young Andre
    138. (00:03:59) Hollow Coves – The Woods
    139. (00:01:59) The Garden – This Could Build Us a Home
    140. (00:02:52) Mesita – Together
    141. (00:02:48) San Cisco – Too Much Time Together
    142. (00:03:53) Manchester Orchestra – Top Notch
    143. (00:02:47) The Meligrove Band – Tortaruga
    144. (00:04:14) Day Wave – Total Zombie
    145. (00:03:42) Trey Frey – Tres Frais
    146. (00:04:32) Deers – Trippy Gum
    147. (00:05:00) Syvia – Two Homes
    148. (00:04:59) Black Rivers – Voyager 1
    149. (00:02:20) Lunatics On Pogosticks – Waiting For You In Room 202
    150. (00:03:50) Them Bruins – Walk a Line
    151. (00:02:49) Imagine Dragons – Warriors
    152. (00:03:00) Tom Rosenthal – Watermelon
    153. (00:02:22) Ex Cops – Weird With You
    154. (00:03:35) Florence & The Machine – What Kind Of Man
    155. (00:03:20) The Raveonettes – When Night Is Almost Done
    156. (00:03:02) Soko – Who Wears The Pants
    157. (00:03:51) Firewoodisland – Winter is coming
    158. (00:03:10) Johanna Glaza – Winter Song
    159. (00:02:39) Rich Aucoin – Yelling In Sleep
    160. (00:03:15) OK Go – You’re a Fucking Nerd And No One Likes You

    Playing Time………: 09:20:41
    Total Size………..: 1007.78 MB