Old fashioned metalcore was a thing of beauty. Really, it was just so abrasive and unpredictable that it seems more than shameful to lump it into a last.fm tag alongside <can’t justify typing modern metalcore band names>. While most early metalcore bands have adapted, disbanded or fallen into obscurity (barring the obvious; you’re a Heavy Blog reader so you know who I mean), there are some folks out there who crave the crushing nature of all that is grizzly, detuned and chaotic. Bleak, all the way from Syracuse in New York, capture the feelings and atmosphere of their title so fittingly that the word should be used solely to describe this band’s music from here on out. When Cult Of Luna is too sparse or if Botch is a bit too grating, We Deserve Our Failures is the record that doesn’t straddle the line between the two, more like it jumps on the fence and berates it verbally. It gives it a good fucking kicking too, just for good measure.
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A few month ago I popped over to catch Monuments’ most recent UK headline run. In support were Basick reps No Consequence and Murdock. Now, I surprisingly enjoyed the new No Consequence album but it was Murdock who I was there to see. After waiting (im)patiently for their first full length, I was left reeling by just how good it was. If you haven’t already given time to Dead Lung then you are a fool and I will smite you. It’s a frenetic, rich sounding album that skips across genres faster than the brain can comprehend. Before their raucous set, I managed to catch Aidan, the singer/songwriter/guitarist of Murdock for a couple of words. We jumped in his van (he was very gentle) and shared some words about Basick Records, Ireland and of course, chicken shits.
For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.
As is typical of these posts, quite a few inclusions recently received the Heavy Blog seal of approval via positive reviews. KEN Mode‘s Success (here), Jaga Jazzist‘s Starfire (here), Thy Art Is Murder‘s Holy War (here), WRVTH‘s WRVTH (here), Rosetta‘s Quintessential Ephemera (here) and Symphony X‘s Underworld (here) are all excellent albums worthy of your time. Additionally, there are quite a few inclusions that were featured in our ongoing “Post Rock Post” segment, which aims to recommend quality upcoming acts that we have recently been fawning over. Town Portal (here) and In Each Hand a Cutlass (here) are both great bands doing post rock justice and more than worthy of your time. Finally, four of our contributors have Ornette Coleman albums in their grids, demonstrating preparation for the second installment of our Jazz Club segment, in which we discuss the legacy of the eminent saxophonist. This was an excellent discussion that touched upon a broad range of topics, and we encourage you to check it out here.
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Head past the jump to see which receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Cult of Luna in all their acclaim as one of the greatest touring bands in not only post-metal, but for metal at large (this is an indisputable fact), rarely manage to touch down in North America for an extended stay. Even after slimming down their lineup to five members over the years, I would have to imagine that orchestrating travel, accommodations, and time off work for the entire band often ends up being more trouble than it’s worth. Sure, the band has at this point attained a “legendary” status as a critically-acclaimed band that contributed to the genre as an art form, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not like the act are a household name yet. And it’s a shame.
Australian blackened sludge metal act (and appropriately named) Hope Drone are one of our favorite up-and-coming and relatively unknown artists here at Heavy Blog. The group’s 2013 self titled and self-released record Hope Drone impressed us so much that we
begged asked the group to be a part of our inaugural compilation download, Heavy Comp Is Heavy: Volume One. Criminally unknown as they are, we weren’t the only ones to take notice; the group signed a deal with extreme metal mecca Relapse Records last year.
Now the results of this partnership are beginning to come to fruition as the band have announced their new opus Cloak of Ash, which will see release this summer. Accompanying this announcement is a stream of the nine-minute epic “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning.” Read up on Cloak of Ash and get a glimpse of greatness to come after the jump.
And so we return, just shy of the prime meridian. It seems as though Australia has been one of the hotspots in terms of metal and alternative rock goes. We’ve had some really talented young acts come from there in recent years. However, a little further South and slightly East, we tend to forget about New Zealand. After all, they did give us the almighty Ulcerate, who is one of best death metal bands of our generation. Now, however, the band that we’re discussing is a fairly young one, called Spook The Horses. Combining some killer post-metal with tinges of sludge and doom, their new album Rainmaker is definitely a good start for the band.
Sweden’s Cult of Luna may have announced just over a year ago that they’d be going on hiatus, but they left things pretty open-ended. In their December 2013 statement, they stated that “Maybe we’ll release another album next year or maybe in a decade we honestly don’t know. Sooner or later we will return in one form or another.” Well, there doesn’t seem to be any new music on the horizon, but the post-metal behemoths have announced a few dates in North America this May!
A little while back, I told you guys about a band named Herod who are making a huge racket over in Switzerland right now. At the time, we only had a small teaser of music, but now the band have returned with a brand new video for ‘We Are The Failure‘, a monolithic and churning mass of lumbering riffs that sways and twists. Climb the colossi below:
Apparently while on tour in the UK last August, Cult of Luna took up camp in BBC Maida Vale to record a three-track studio session. The audio is just now being made available, and it’s a phenomenal performance. The session was debuted on the latest episode of BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show with Daniel P Carter. Unfortunately, you can’t play each track on their own or automatically jump to them. Fortunately, I had nothing else to do and tracked down the playtimes for you.