ALBUM REVIEW: Black Star Riders - "Heavy Fire" - *By: Richard Maw* *Album Type: *Full Length *Date Released: *03/02/2017 *Label: *Nuclear Blast *“Let's not mince words here, this is straightforward hard...
Monday, March 20, 2017 2017, Experimental, France, Instrumental, Post-Rock, Recommendation
Band: Cloud Shelter
Album: S/T EP
Label: Self Released
01. Silent Landscape
03. Cold Mountain
Cloud Shelter is a post-rock band from Lyon, France.
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Friday, March 17, 2017 2017, Greece, Post-Metal, Recommendation, Sludge
Label: Art Of Propaganda
02. Little Defeats, Tiny Victories
03. Cracking Fractals
05. Counting Fives
Streaming / Buy | Mirror
Allochiria is a post-sludge band from Athens, Greece. They were formed in 2008, and released a self-titled EP in 2010. In January 2014, they released their first full-length album, Omonoia.
But on December 2016, Allochiria joined forces with Art of Propaganda for the release of the band’s second album, Throes. Having shared the stage with Deafheaven, Year of No Light, Altar of Plagues, and many more, as well as undertaking their first European tour in March 2015, Allochiria's live experience becomes readily apparent across the vast expanses of Throes. Although their music has often been likened to Neurosis, ISIS, Amenra, and Cult of Luna, Allochiria assert their own identity in the post-sludge realm with their deep exploration of very human themes. With Throes, its theme explores man as a social being, the corruption that defines him in modern societies, his vain struggles, painful routine, and the effect this has in the world around him.
In that regard, Throes retains the same concept as Omonoia, which has man in its main area of interest. But this time, Allochiria's pursuit of that concept is angrier and more direct, making for an even more intense listen. Speaking directly to mankind, Throes expresses anger, pain, and agony in a higher degree; living beings are being killed, drowned, destroyed, and left helpless, and the rest either cause this or witness it. We mourn a little bit, and then go on with our lives - we are hopeless and weak. This is Throes, and Allochiria are guiding its maelstrom.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017 Cinematic, Indie, Interview, Post-Rock, The Inquisition, USA
1. How did you came up with the name of the band?
Scott Telles (bass): It's a William Burroughs book. A compilation of his dreams.
2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?
Scott: Somebody brings in a riff, an idea or a song, and the rest of it beat it, cajole it, threaten it, and stomp on it until it cries out "Uncle!" and becomes a My Education song.
3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?
Scott: We all have large record collections and we all listen to a huge variety of music. Speaking personally, right now I'm going through a Cannonball Adderly and Martinis phase! But you can find us listening to everything from Arvo Part to Brian Eno, Cam'ron and Wolves In The Throne Room.
4. Which is the one album you can't live without?
James Alexander (viola): Stranded by Roxy Music.
Scott: The Saga of Doremi Fasol Latido by Hawkwind
5. What's the first record you've ever bought?
James: A 45 of a song called “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka. I have no idea why.
Scott: I ordered a bunch of records from one of those Columbia House offers. I can't remember them all, but I know I got the first Boston album and "Leftoverture" by Kansas. Hells yeah!
6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?
James: Current band? Goat.
Scott: Ash Ra Tempel.
7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?
James: Absolutely, and conversely we find out about so much great stuff from other parts of the world in the same way. Lately someone in Malaysia has been streaming some of our stuff.
8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?
James: I think you don’t really have a choice anymore. It would be nice if Spotify was more lucrative for musicians and bands on our end of the popularity scale, though.
Scott: I agree. We have never really seen any income from Spotify, but we make money from bandcamp all the time.
9. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?
James: I hope I’m still playing and recording music. I think it would be great if there were still a version of My Education to make music with, but I’ll settle for just being alive and healthy enough to play.
Scott: Can I quit my day job now?
10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?
James: That’s a good question. I used to scrutinize album covers for all the names, iconography, arcane symbols and so on. Then CDs came along, and I’d crack open the booklet inside and see if there was anything interesting, but the cover art was so small it lost significance. The only physical media I buy anymore is vinyl records, and I don’t know that the artwork really matters much to me anymore. I’m more interested in the quality of the vinyl. And if it’s something I am streaming, I probably never even see the artwork. Regardless, I guess I still think if you are releasing music as an album – no matter what the format – there should still be art and that art is still important whether anyone sees it or not.
Scott: And let's not forget about the credits. I gotta have the liner notes and credits. I'm an obsessive with my favorite artists, and I like to read who played what, who produced, etc etc.
11. What is you favorite album cover?
James: Henry Cow’s “Legend”. Of the three Henry Cow ‘sock’ covers, I think this sock most perfectly conveys the quintessence of the material within.
Scott: Matching Mole - Little Red Record - just brilliant.
12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?
James: vinyl all the way. My father loved vinyl records (he had a particular fondness for Greek artists Vangelis and Nana Mouskouri!) and he played them all the time. He built his own phono preamp and integrated amplifier. Whether it’s real or imaginary, nothing sounds better to my ears than a good vinyl record played on a proper setup. In the digital age there’s ever less and less that is real and intrinsic that we can hold onto anymore. The restrictions of the vinyl format do a couple of things as well - they force you to sit down and actually listen instead of just having music serve as background for your workout or whatever; and it forces the artist to really consider what is essential and that can fit into a 45 minute time block with a break directly in the middle.
Scott: I listen to vinyl a LOT, especially at home, but much of my most serious listening is done in the car on the CD player in traffic where I have almost no distractions. Then again, I still have a cassette deck in the van as well, so I'm omnivorous!
13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?
Scott: Playing our score for "Sunrise" outdoors on a giant inflatable screen smack in the middle of downtown Houston with the skyline all around us was pretty awesome. Dunk! Fest in Belgium was amazing - in fact, our whole 21 show European tour in 2013 is one of the highlights of my life!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 2017, Experimental, Greece, Instrumental, Post-Rock
Band: Six Steps Above The Earth
Album: Step 2 EP
Label: Aza Records
01. Darkness is Just Light Turned Inside Out
"Six Steps Above The Earth is, except of the place I live, a way to express myself slowly heavily and with minimalism. Through sound repetition and the feelings that it evokes to me, I fill and empty my mind leaving my hands free to play. But it's not just me, there are others at time to time that come or will come and offer their energy."
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Friday, March 10, 2017 2017, Hardcore, Norway, Sludge
Band: Jagged Vision
Album: Death Is This World
Label: Fysisk Format
03. Death Is This World
04. I Am Death
05. Feeble Souls
06. Emperor Of...
07. Seven Seals
Streaming / Buy
Since the very beginning Jagged Vision has been a force to be reckoned with in the Norwegian underground scene. Through vigorous touring and sharing stages with bands like Kylesa, Black Tusk, Orange Goblin, High on Fire, Kvelertak and many more, Jagged Vision has built a reputation of being an intense live experience.
The band released their debut through Kylesa-run Retro Futurist Records to international acclaim in 2014 following a 30 date tour throughout Europe with Kylesa. The Sludgelord said “Jagged Vision up the ante with more bone-crunching riffs played at full force that will leave you breathless through out.”.
“Death Is This World” sees Jagged Vision evolving their roots in hardcore and stoner metal into an intense machinery of heavy riffing. The album consists of 10 songs filled with blistering Hardcore Metal, sure to to wake even the most lethargic listener. Working with producer Phillip Cope (who’s first amendment was that they recorded everything in the highest bpm they could handle) takes Jagged Vision into a faster and more brutal landscape.
There is no compromise, no genre limitations and no rules. “Death Is This World” is a product of raw heavy emotion.
Unlike their debut album, “Harvest Earth” (2014), where vocalist Ole Urke Wik wrote all the tracks, “Death Is This World” is more of a collaborative effort in terms of songwriting. Following the departure of guitarist Daniel Vier and bassist Kato Austrått, Jagged recruited fresh blood to join the ranks of metal excellence – enter guitar prodigy Tommy Jacobsen and axe-man Morten Transeth, whom both help fan the flames of rage necessary for pleasing the metal hordes of the world.
Jagged Vision’s misanthropic agenda is deep set in the failing of man’s interpersonal relations. As the very earth that has been tread upon for thousands of years starts to crumble beneath the feet of its self-appointed master. “Every man for himself” seems to have become the universal law. As technology and culture evolves ever faster, man seems to regress to become more primitive and self-absorbed. Fueled by this, Jagged Vision come off as a rude awakening. spewing venom and pulling off the meanest riffs imaginable.
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 2017, Experimental, Instrumental, Post-Metal, Post-Rock, Progressive, Recommendation, Spoken Words, USA
Band: Sleep Maps
Album: No More Good Dreams
Label: Self Released
02. The Lonelies
03. Under The Pyramid
04. You Can't Escape
05. The Black Island
06. Recurring Dream
07. Approaching Wave
08. Left Alone
09. Those Days Are Gone
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Over the course of moving from Chicago, to Los Angeles, to New York, multi-instrumentalist Ben Kaplan has developed Sleep Maps from a solo project to a full band in time for the debut album, Fiction Makes the Future. Sleep Maps tend toward the dark side of post-rock, with spoken word samples.
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