I think that someone had recommended me this band before in the past. I’m not entirely sure though. Today we’re going to talk a bit about Thoughts of Ionesco and their new ep ”Skar Cymbals”. Thoughts of Ionesco is a post hardcore band from Detroit. As i’ve been informed they’ve been defunct for many years now. Their new ep ”Skar Cymbals” will be released on June 23 through Corpse Flower Records. Four new tracks will be included in this release. This ep gave me the impression that these guys were perhaps longing for a return. Here you’ll definitely find uncompromising, music with a strong, jazzy vibe. ”Skar Cymbals” stands out for its heavy and genuinely experimental tune and that is what makes it so appealing to me. Each song is like a trip through surrealistic or dadaistic landscapes. Personally all i had to do was to simply get carried away by the frenzy that runs through their songs. I loved all four songs of them but the fourth one, namely ”Scar Symbols”, is simply epic. You need to listen to this one. I’d like to say that the band has gained another fan (i’m simply referring to myself) and may i say that this was one glorious return. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Scar Cymbals”.
Idre is a three piece band from Oklahoma City. Their new album ”Unforgiving Landscapes” will be released this May through Wolves And Vibrancy Records. 2 tracks are included in this release. So, before we start talking about this album, just sit back, relax and free your mind from whatever that’s been bothering you. A journey into gloomy landscapes is about to begin. I’ve been there before. The band’s debut album was indeed an excellent one. I, myself wanted to listen to a new album. The wait is over. Their music could be described as sludge meets dark wave meets post rock. Nevertheless ”Unforgiving Landscares” sounds a bit different compared to its predecessor. In my opinion, this time it is not that experimental. I feel that these guys knew what they wanted to achieve and they got it. This time they took a slightly different direction, that’s heavier if you ask me. The result is something that can be described as more than satisfying. As it has already been mentioned Idre’s new album is comprised of two tracks. Each track lasts for about twenty minutes. Let me remind you that it’s not that easy to write such a song. The way i see it, it is a true challenge. Your challenge is to take your message across. It is to make the listener get lost inside a sea of emotions. There is no doubt in my mind that Idre nailed it. These two songs form an album of darkened, enchanting music. As for me, i’m totally down with it, i loved it, i rocked thus i’d like to recommend it. Gentlemen from us it is a nine out of 10.
Instrumental power trio, Aluk Todolo, has released a new video trailer for their arcival release appropriately titled ”Archive Vol. 1”.
Over those ten years, including four full length albums, a collaboration and two EPs, Aluk Todolo have trodden a new path of sonic pursuits. Hailing from France, the exploratory trio get experimental with Krautrock drenched in black metal intensity. Whilst having never been able to be easily pigeonholed, Aluk Todolo’s sound has morphed and reshaped over the years.
Sloth Herder is a four piece band from the United States. ”No Pity, No Sunrise” is their debut, full length album. It will be released on March 24 through Grimoire Records. I’ve never heard of this band before in the past. I’m what you might call a newcomer to this band. So let’s waste no more time. Let’s see what we have here. Fourteen tracks are included in this release. From the very first second the band launches a sonic attack. I mean that track ”Antipathic Grades” caught me by surprise. However i managed to pull myself together. There are some many things happening here. I didn’t want to miss the action. Sloth Herder’s music is seriously extreme and heavy as hell. In my opinion it is also quite versatile. It’s what you’d get if Today is the Day, Napalm Death, Virus and Converge decided to jam together. Or maybe not. I believe you get the idea though. ”No Pity, No Sunrise” to me sounds overwhelmingly massive and relentless. The listener must know that this is going to get ugly. I personally liked all the album’s tracks. I have to say though, my two favourites are ”Inner Dissolution” and ”Burial Ethic”. Black metal is really strong in those two tracks. Overall i’d like to say this is one awesome album. It sure as hell sounds fresh and inspired. It is definitely one of the best albums i’ve listened to in months. Therefore i’d like to recommend it. Check out this link and have a first taste of this album.
We’ re just a week before the new year’s eve. Today we’ re back with a new review. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about an experimental album. Mirrors for Psychic Warfare is a collaboration between two members, namely Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Sanford Parker (Buried at Sea). Their first album ”Mirrors for Psychic Warfare” was released back in April by Neurot Recordings. Five tracks are included in this release. As i have already said the band’s music is quite experimental. Their music blend contains key ingredients like industrial, noise, drone and dark wave. And, yes, it definitely works. This album gave me a rather dark, cold taste. In my opinion it’s an album that you can easily call it a bit claustrophobic and esoteric. This is for sure layered music with a certain sense of charm if you will. It’s an album that will not reveal its secrets to you that easy. You need to give it a listen some times before you start feeling confident that you finally understood what it’s about. Even if you don’t fully understand it i can assure you this album is a hell of a ride. Personally it made me think about stuff and it also made me dream. So just sit back and listen to this album. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Mirrors for Psychic Warfare”.
Art of Simplicity is a five piece band from Athens, Greece. On the 23rd of October, the band released their new album ”When fables have a bitter taste”. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Uprising Studios by Giannis Fasoulakis. Artwork was made by Giorgos Chras.
Six tracks are included in this album. This is actually a concept album and it is about childhood traumas and unfullfilled expectations. And i must admit, listening to this album trully feels like someone is telling you a story. In my opinion the band’s music is heavy, a bit experimental and in a way quite smooth. Apart from that, this album sometimes sounds a bit dark and esoteric. These six tracks sound definitely inspired and they’ re also good written songs. A thing that made an impression on me is definitely the band’s vocals. Christos Kounelis has some serious vocal skills. As for a favourite track, that would had to be ”Τέλος” (in greek it means end), namely the album’s sixth track.
Trying to sum it up i would have to say that i enjoyed this album. Thus i would like to recommend it. This is our suggestion for today. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”When fables have a bitter taste”.
The Body is a two piece band from the United States. Back in march they released their latest album called ”No One Deserves Happiness”. Many people kept talking about this album so i decided to give it a listen to see what the fuss is all about. Thus i did.
Well, this is album is rather odd and fascinating at the same time. You might think there’s a bit of a contradiction here and perhaps there is. Nevertheless this is not your typical sludge album. First of all what puzzled me a lot was the album’s front cover art. In the beginning i thought it was a bootleg edition or something like that. But then i was informed that this was the right one. Never judge a book by its cover they say. So i pressed play.
”No One Deserves Happiness” includes ten tracks. It soon became clear to me that this is a ”hate it or love it” situation. I’m referring of course to the album’s experimental nature. I mean it would be rather pointless trying to describe its sound. And that’s because their music blend includes different styles of unique music. It is of course heavy as hell. No one can deny that. Those ethereal vocals also gave me the chills.
There are definitely so many things to discover here. This may be a cliche line but ”No One Deserves Happiness” is an album that you need to experience, not just listen. From the first four songs to ”Two Snakes”. I’m half way through and it’s already such a fascinating ride. I certainly did not expect those electronic parts at that song. But wait there’s more. ”Adamah” is pure gold. As i have already said i’m not sure how to describe this. You need to hear this, you need to feel how it is to explore new dimensions in different soundscapes. And then a huge monolith called ”Starving Deserter” stood in front of me. Damn, there’s so much beauty here.
Overall i have to say that this is a great album. If not the best album of this year then probably one of this year’s best albums. It would definitely be a 9,5 out of 10. As i said before it is a ”Hate it or love it” situation. But i think that you must listen to it many times to see what’s going on here. Check out these links below and find out for yourself.