When one first hears of the band Fire!, one may be tempted to first imagine a hardcore punk act, brutally tearing down establishments one performance at a time; an in-your-face barrage of aggression which unleashes your adrenaline and demands your attention. Is this not how one would generally imagine “Fire!” after all? A cry shouted out in the wake of uncontrollable destruction which will shortly reduce all around it to ash? It is a powerful force to say the least.
Yet there is another, more subtle side to fire which many tend to overlook. The flames can emerge, small … Read more
Book of Sand is a black metal one-man band that has been around since 2009, and The Face of the Deep is their fifth full-length. It seems that, specifically for this release, they went out of their way and dove head first in experimental and avant-garde waters. However I feel they did so in the shallow and might have broken their neck…
Their previous catalogue comprises pretty traditional black metal with various external influences that almost go unnoticed if it were not for the addition of violin. Some songs are very decent, like “Arran Boat Song“, with its contemplative monotony, … Read more
A song about mothers of this world, and of Onamika, which you’ll remember from previous Amogh songs. On IV, they’re ditching the whole “concept album” things, and rather go for an “album of concepts”. Each song is like a soundtrack to a short movie, and we can appreciate that with Aai. The song draws strong connections with world music, as well as jazz, and with a touch of metal too. I think it’s wildly successful at what it wants to be, and I honestly can’t wait to hear more from Amogh IV.… Read more
The second release from Argentinian avant-garde jazz sextet Sales de Baño is Horror Vacui, an intriguing live performance. The ensemble is led by bassist and composer Carlos Quebrada, and also features flute, trumpet, keyboard, guitar, and drums. They definitely play “outside” a lot, but what I appreciate here is that it’s often difficult to tell what is composed and what is improvised. Quebrada has done an excellent job, at times approaching a sophisticated chamber music sound and at others harsh avant-noise.
At first, it may seem that the playing here is somewhat aimless in the way that avant-garde music … Read more
UK’s The Mire is a black metal band fond of experimentation, and not so much of preconceived ideas about the genre. They’ve been active since 2009 with a two-song demo, and Vice Regalia is their most recent release, which classifies as an EP, clocking in at just under 25 minutes. Unfortunately, the band has announced this release as their final one, and apparently won’t be making new music anymore.
The band blends clean singing with different styles of harsh vocals, which pulls them towards the side of avant-garde black metal just a little, sound-wise. To that is added their experimentation, … Read more
This week’s been a great one for post-[insert genre] music: I finally got into deafheaven’s Sunbather album and it’s awesome, the new Second to Sun releases are getting more post-black kinda stuff, the new album Laurestine from So Hideous is gorgeous, and in the weeks prior, there has been even more cool post stuff! That brings me to Hadean, which released their second effort, On Fading, last week. And it’s a real kick in the brains!
Firstly, there is saxophone (and other wind instruments) and piano that are not used timidly and accompany marvellously the barrage of distortion, … Read more
Unexpect was like a great friend to me. A friend I looked up to and kept impressing me. More than just a friend, Unexpect was a brother, a sister, a father, a mother, and a band with which I shared tastes and brainwaves. After years of respectable works and inspiration, now, here lies Unexpect. A jewel of avant-garde metal leaves us, today, in mourning. Let’s hear again some of their most beautiful works:
However, there is a silver lining to this bleak day, as the members of Unexpect are working on new material with other bands. First of which is … Read more
The avant-garde group Thinking Plague needs your help to fund their seventh full-length album. With about 45 minutes of material and 6 songs, the album with the projected name of Hope Against Hope would come somewhere in September of 2016. The band asks $8,000 for studio time and production of the album. Right now they’re at just under $2,000, so almost a quarter of the way there and there are only 3 days passed! Feel free to contribute any amount!… Read more
Lately I’ve been very busy – and tired – because of work, music, relations… basically everything other than writing about weird music that only 10 people know about worldwide. Also, I’ve felt very overwhelmed recently, with the huge ass pile of new and amazing music that fell upon me. I also felt like I couldn’t convey how amazing these bands were, and that I am a poor music blogger. But I recalled that I’m not a reviewer and my role is not to critique or review albums, but just to talk about the music that I like, and that I… Read more
True math! Upsilon Acrux is one of these bands that really mesmerize you, on every listen. Their music is so dense and complex, both harmonically and rhythmically, that it’s difficult to listen to their album, Sun Square Dialect, as background music, while doing other tasks. You might find yourselves trying to keep track of the changing time signatures or just trying to figure out what’s happening, and how it got there! It’s truly music for the brain.
Using two drummers has many advantages and disadvantages, the formers being for the listener, and the latters being more technical, and for … Read more