Weekly Release Dump

Sunday, 7 January

Mental Cruelty – Purgatorium (technical deathcore)

Of Petra – So onto Itself (symphonic prog/Canterbury prog)

Monday, 8 January

Decline – EP1 (grindcore)

Léguman – A Tribute to Jacqueline Picon (instrumental progressive metal)

Livia – Le blaireau riche (chamber pop/trip-hop)

Tuesday, 9 January

Feeding Fingers – Do Owe Harm (microtonal post-punk)

Wednesday, 10 January

Garrett Wingfield’s Octopod – Monoliths & Sepulchres (experimental jazz/free jazz)

Tuesday, 11 January

Venetian Snares – She Began to Cry Tears of Blood Which Became Little Brick Houses When They Hit the Ground (experimental breakcore)

Friday, 12 January

Kayak – Seventeen (progressive rock)


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Venetian Snares – She Began to Cry Tears of Blood Which Became Little Brick Houses When They Hit the Ground

The Music

The Thoughts

Venetian Snares is a well-known Canadian electronic music experimenter; he’s been at it since at least 1997 with Fake:Impossible. Today, with his twenty-fourth full-length studio album (from what I can gather), Aaron Funk delivers a surprising blow to the unprepared listener. Indeed, She Began to Cry Tears of Blood Which Became Little Brick Houses When They Hit the Ground is an album most hectic that seems to be unable to keep a steady focus for more than a minute.

First of all, the twelve song titles read like surrealist snippets, each creating its very own … Read more

Garrett Wingfield’s Octopod – Monoliths and Sepulchres

The Music

The Thoughts

For full disclosure, yes, I’ve backed this project on indiegogo. Nonetheless, I think this album is a really awesome one! Monoliths and Sepulchres is the debut full-length from Denton, Texas-based experimental jazz unit The Octopod. The aptly-named Octopod features eight musicians, including three horn-blowers (correction: five). As such, their music is heavily textured and rich. The album moves from free jazz during the prelude, postlude, and interludes to composed scores in the main tracks. Consequently, the result is a highly aberrant album that’s nonetheless a more than recommended listen. Its theme is to grow progressively … Read more

Jan Wouter Oostenrijk, Dios Trio, Lucky Cerruti, Léguman, Omnea, Schnack, Jonny Turner, Libera Scientia, and Estuarine

Jan Wouter OostenrijkWe Are Connected
[Listen to audio previews here.]
Dutch electric quartertone guitarist Jan Wouter Oostenrijk comes back with his fourth album, We Are Connected. This album is a bridge between Maghrebi jazz, rock music, and desert blues. It’s full of really interesting ideas, and the odd grooves – especially in 9/8 – are more than noteworthy; I can’t get the bass and drums line of “Hurriya” out of my head! Moreover, all songs are in different maqamat, which is really the centrepiece of the album.

Dios TrioII
Dios Trio is an instrumental band… Read more

Unreal Overflows – Latent

The Italian progressive technical death metal crew known as Unreal Overflows soon will release their third full-length, Latent. Often compared to Death, Cynic, Atheist, and other early tech-death entities, Unreal Overflows embed some jazz music theory knowledge into a melodic, technical, and progressive form of death metal that totally warrants the aforementioned comparisons. More up to date, they sound a lot like Contrarian, who recently released a very good retro-tech-death album with To Perceive Is to Suffer. Latent is definitely in that vein, too, somewhat paying homage to the pioneers of the genre while bringing something new to … Read more

Perfect Beings – Vier

Coming out on the nineteenth, Perfect Beings‘ third album, Vier, excels at making new symphonic progressive rock. As soon as the four-part opening track “Guedra” starts, you know what you’re getting into. If the polyphonic vocal introduction didn’t sell it, maybe the next, odd-metred riff with accompanying woodwinds solo will. Still not convinced? Just let the polymetric backing track to the next solo sink in! My point is that the album is filled to the brim with fascinating moments, if you take the slightest moment to analyze them. Indeed, they are so well crafted that they aren’t jarring … Read more

Weekly Release Dump #5

    Sunday, 31 December

Dove LadyF (experimental pop/noise jazz)
King Gizzard and the Lizard WizardGumboot Soup (experimental rock)

    Monday, 1 January

BrojobTalk Shit Get Kissed (deathcore)

DéracinéDéraciné (grindcore/skramz)
EstuarineSic erat scriptum (blackened technical death metal)
Inquinamentum8342 (progressive black metal)
ProcessProcess (tap rock)
Vantana RowVagina (experimental pop/cybergrind)
Омега Клустерϴе Нижт (chiptune progressive metal)

    Tuesday, 2 January

Crown MagnetarThe Prophet of Disgust (technical deathcore)
Lauri Kadalipp Social JazzFeels Just Right (jazz)

    Friday, 5 January

OmneaOmnea (progressive rock)
ŌOTØ (formerly … Read more