White Like Heaven

II

Marsen Jules

Marsen Jules - II

Released earlier this year on Oktaf records, Beautyfear, the latest record by the German electronic music producer Marsen Jules, may just be one of his most fully realized works yet.

Dealing equally in surging waves of ambiance and moody underwater experimentalism, Beautyfear never allows itself to settle into a singular monotonous vision, as it moves between moods that range from blissful, hopeful and uplifting to sombre and brooding.


Specters

Kimono

Kimono - Specters

After their intriguing excursion into lengthy jazz influenced territory on the 2012 Aquarium EP, earlier this month the Icelandic experimental rock group posted a new single entitled ‘Specters’.

Closer in sound to their last full length album ‘Easy Music for Difficult People’, on ‘Specters’the band opt for a more succint running duration of just over four minutes whilst combining the bands early fragmented post-hardcore tension with a harmonious refrains and anxious lyricism. 


Rhetoric of No

Indian

Indian - Rhetoric of No

In January the Chicago blackened noise troupe known as Indian, released their fifth album ‘From All Purity’.

From the opening distortion ridden riffs of ‘Rape’, it’s clear that the band have lost none of their ability to craft some of the most bleak, nihilistic sounding music around. Alongside their familiar low-end heavy doom, the band also employ buzzing power electronics creating additional space for Dylan O’Toole and former Wolves in the Throne Room guitarist Will Lindsay’s harsh blackened rasps.  


Old Man Gloom - Gift/Flood I/Branch Breaker

Excellent sound quality on this video taken at an Old Man Gloom Baltimore show back in 2012, I’m incredibly excited for their Scala show on Wednesday.


Malato Terminale

Cripple Bastards

Cripple Bastards - Malato Terminale

With a career spanning over two decades, in Febuary of this year the Italian grindcore legends Cripple Bastards announced their return with a savage new record entitled ‘Nero In Metastasi’.

Comprised of 18 tracks yet clocking in at just under 37 minutes there’s barely a second of musical excess throughout the entire record making ‘Nero In Metastasi’ a relentless, unforgiving yet deeply rewarding listen. Refreshingly there’s also a considerable amount of musical variety throughout the record as the band incorporate breakdowns and spoken word segments in their swirling sonic maelstrom.


"Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey."
 Pat Conroy
White Like Heaven returns 01/04/2014
"Ice Nature" by Doug888 is licensed under CC by 2.0

"Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey."

 Pat Conroy

White Like Heaven returns 01/04/2014

"Ice Nature" by Doug888 is licensed under CC by 2.0


Berserker

Clover

Clover - Beserker

Whilst Sludge might traditionally be synonymous with slow paced riffs and massive amounts of distortion. New York Trio, Clover appear to have altogether different ideas with their aggressive, fast-paced, math-influenced sludge metal.

While their sound definitely has sludge at it’s core, and there’s plenty of downtuned guitars and distortion to be heard throughout their latest album ‘Vultures’. The group largely eschew the slow burning songs associated with the genre in favor of high velocity riffs, meticulous  composition, short tracks lengths and constantly changing time signatures topped off by Guthaus’s corrosive vocals.


Kurtz

Koenraad Ecker

Koenraad Ecker - Kurtz

While the cello might be Koenraad Ecker instrument of choice on his debut solo album ‘Ill Fares The Land’ it’s manipulated, pulled apart and re-arranged to the point where it’s almost sonically almost unrecognizable.

However this only proves how effective Koenraad Ecker’s fusion of the inorganic and acoustic, is as banks of thrumming electronics burble between half-complete melodies and minimal beats forming five moody, darkly hypnotic compositions.


Rosids

Echoes Of Yul

Echoes Of Yul - Rosids

Two years after the release of their excellent second full length album ‘Cold Ground’, Polish experimental sludge act Echoes Of Yul have returned with a new EP featuring four brand new tracks and 7 alternative takes/reinterpretations and remixes of selected songs from the bands back catalog.

Whilst the remixes vary widely in style with the likes of James Plotkin, Different State, Stendek and more adding reworking the bands music the new tracks contain plenty of the bands familiar crushing guitar riffs, stirring drones  and warped electronic textures. 


Burn Down

Southern State

Southern State - Burn Down 

On their debut self titled EP Ohio trio Southern State, find an excellent balance between soaring post-rock, moody slowcore and gritty stoner metal.

Clocking in at just over 20 minutes the four tracks that comprise ‘Southern State’ recall everything from the finer moments of Texas post-rockers Explosions In The Sky to the distortion drenched doom of stoner metal legends Sleep.



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