Wednesday, August 16, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: GlerAkur - The Mountains Are Beautiful Now


Band: GlerAkur
Album: The Mountains Are Beautiful Now
Label: Prophecy Productions
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Augun Opin
02. Can't You Wait (Album Version)
03. HallAlone
04. Strings
05. Fagurt Er Á Fjöllunum Núna
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GlerAkur is the moniker Icelandic composer and sound designer Elvar Geir Sævarsson has chosen to represent the unique cinematic music he creates apart from his engagement as a sound engineer at the National Theater of Iceland. Icelandic for 'Glass Field', GlerAkur draws inspiration from post rock, drone and ambient music, as well as black and doom metal, blending and bending sound into hypnotic waves of dreamlike atmosphere that Rolling Stone hailed as 'brutally irresistible', calling for comparison to 'Metallica covering the live half of Pink Floyd's 1969 album Ummagumma.' 

"The Mountains Are Beautiful Now" is the debut full-length from GlerAkur, following the release of 2016's introductory EP, "Can't You Wait", which was nominated for an Icelandic Kraumur Award, chosen by the country's top journalists and radio hosts and bestowed annually to the best albums released in Iceland (see Björk, Sigur Rós). Written for and inspired by The National Theatre of Iceland's 2015 production of the play "Fjalla-Eyvindur & Halla" by Jóhann Sigurjónsson, "The Mountains Are Beautiful Now" was recorded with four guitarists, two drummers and a bassist in the basement bar at the Theatre. 

"Fjalla-Eyvindur & Halla" made its debut in 1911. It was one of the first Icelandic plays ever written and the first piece of Icelandic literature since the medieval Icelandic Sagas to gain significant recognition abroad. Moreover, it was the first play in the country's history to be translated into other languages, among them German and English. Being a play of so many firsts, it is no wonder that Sigurjónsson's work so strongly contributed to the formation of Iceland's unique cultural and national identity. At its very heart, "Fjalla-Eyvindur & Halla" tells the ever-repeating story of how human beings are destroyed by the grinding forces of society, nature and love. The play's Herculean storyline is the perfect partner to the thunderous, skyscraping sound of GlerAkur

Perhaps Rolling Stone said it best when describing GlerAkur, saying "What seemed at first to be huge, gray slabs of unrelenting distortion proved, over a full set's exposure, to be four guitarists issuing multiple, weaving strands of sustain and harmonic feedback, resolving into slow-motion melodies hammered into the air by two drummers."

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 0 Engineers

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Streaming: Glacier - Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow; Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool.


Band: Glacier
Album: Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow; Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool.
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017





Tracklist
01. Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow;
02. Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool.
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Formed in Boston in 2012, Glacier is a five-piece instrumental band who's music fully embodies their name: a crushingly loud and unrelenting force.

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Friday, August 11, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: When Icarus Falls - Resilience


Band: When Icarus Falls
Album: Resilience
Label: Czar Of Bullets
Year: 2017








Tracklist
01. One Last Stand
02. Into The Storm
03. The Lighthouse
04. Resilience
05. A Blue Light
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Formed in 2007 in Lausanne, When Icarus Falls materializes the exploration of dark musical universes, oscillating between hazy atmospheres and heavy riffs. When Icarus Falls' musicians are well known for their intense stage performances, which brought them many times on the roads throughout Europe and China.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017 0 Engineers

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Sunday, August 06, 2017 0 Engineers

Recommendation: BLAK - Between Darkness And Light


Band: BLAK
Album: Between Darkness And Light
Label: Elusive Sound
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. In The Absence Of Light - Eigengrau
02. Impression Of An Even Deeper Darkness - Illusion
03. Temples Drawn By The Blind - Revelation
04. Black Drips In The Sky - Overwhelming
05. Colors Awake - Perception
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“Between Darkness And Light” is the debut album by Roda de Ter, Catalonia heavy instrumental rock/post-rock band, BLAK.Mixed and mastered by Randy Cordner at Beast Mansion, “Between Darkness And Light” reveals BLAK as a band blessed with an extraordinary ability to create powerfully evocative and stunningly beautiful classical-influenced compositions with haunting atmospherics and an expansive, cinematic sound.

You are in a forest gazing up at the thick whistling and chirping canopy, watching as the sun appears from behind the clouds. You slow your breathing down. You pay attention to the air passing in and out of your lungs and you close your eyes. Everything goes black yet everything comes alive. Your senses are heightened. You listen acutely to every sound close, far, loud and quiet. You smell deeply and differentiate between all the subtle odours. You feel intoxicated by the oxygen-heavy exhalations of the trees as the whispering wind scatters spice-scented decaying leaves like confetti on the path in front of you. You feel the sun’s rays beaming down on you. Your mind feels calm and transparent as the sun’s light enters right through you. There is an explosion of colour and light behind your closed eyes. You are illuminated.

Sometimes you need to hold on to one sense to really start feeling with the others. Attention amplifies sensation. The situation does not change yet how we perceive and experience it does. You need to rise above the noise to take in a view and notice the smallest of details. You need to attentively listen to music or soft spoken words to allow them to reach an emotional level, sparkle the heart and drive your imagination.Only then do they rekindle possibilities. Only then do they fuel your dreams.

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Monday, July 31, 2017 0 Engineers

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