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Telepathy – 12 Areas

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Instrumental music is a rising voice in the modern metal scene. There were always ensembles that created such music but with recent releases like Animals as Leaders and Conquering Dystopia, 2014 is already set to be a great year for instrumental metal. Into the broil we can now add Telepathy with their intelligent and emotionally taxing 12 Areas. Telepathy bring a unique sound to the instrumental arena: instead of focusing on technically extravagant passages, they turn instead to overbearing, post-metal sensibilities. 12 Areas is a dark and somber creation, channeling influences from Isis and other post-metal ilk.

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The Mire – Glass Cathedrals

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Glass Cathedrals

01. Penance
02. False Idol
03. Trance Monolith
04. Triple Gemini
05. Dark Sun
06. Glass Cathedrals
07. Embers
08. Pale Heart
09. Black Waltz
10. Stone Devils

[02/06/14]
[Self Released]

Post-metal and sludge as we know it are generally associated with meandering and complicated song structures, ever evolving in tone and atmosphere with little in the way with repeating segments. That was until 2009, when Brighton, UK based group The Mire — who were born out of the brief dissolution of Bossk — took the genre’s melancholic atmosphere and massive riffs and made them work in the context of condensed pop-inspired song structures and vocal hooks with their EP Volume I, beating The Ocean‘s 2010 game-changer Heliocentric to the punch. 4-minute tracks with cleanly-sung refrains were nearly unheard of in the genre, and to no surprise, the formula works; The Mire strive to bring emotion, soul, and immediacy into a genre that has all the potential to be deeply resonant with not just the mind, but the heart as well.

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isis panopticon

Isis‘ monumental 2004 album Panopticon has aged fairly well, but with it nearing its 10 year anniversary, I’m sure it’s difficult for the powers that be to let such an influential record pass by the decade mark without doing something special. That’s why Ipecac Recordings will be reissuing the album with a glossy remaster this April. Fret not though, the dynamic won’t be lost, and it’s got the now defunct band’s seal of approval.

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III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb

 

01. Lungs
02. Oh Wretched Son
03. Swarming Funeral Mass
04. Seek No Shelter Fevered Ones
05. A Flood Of Eyes
06. Below Lights

[03/18/14]
[Century Media Records]

The ever-revolving door of black metal supergroup Twilight has made it an incredibly interesting project to follow. Over the years and the course of three albums, members of some pretty formidable bands have come and gone, including Xasthur Nachtmystium, and Isis to name but a few. So, naturally, the final chapter in their blackened tome comes complete with a new line-up, this time boasting members of The Atlas MothLeviathan and Sonic Youth(!?). That’s all well and good in terms of pedigree, but how does the music match up to the promise?

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Junius – Days of the Fallen Sun

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Days of the Fallen Sun

01. (Meditations)
02. The Time of Perfect Virtue
03. (Shamanic Rituals)
04. A Day Dark with Night
05. (The Purge)
06. Battle In the Sky
07. (Nothingness)
08. Forgiving the Cleansing Meteor

[02/18/14]
[Prosthetic Records]

There is usually an inverse relation between energy and longevity. Some bands burn bright and turn to a crisp in the process and end up rehashing their original releases. Some bands need time to take off, preferring a long culmination of style that might be hard to keep track with. The rare bands, those we’ll take with us into the rest of our lives, are those that can produce intense emotion and keep their pace at the same time. Junius are quickly turning out to be of the latter, rarer breed. Their fifth EP, alongside two full albums, is nothing short of a near perfect creation. It knows when to be harsh, when to be epic, and when to be still.

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 junius days of the fallen sun

In the interest of all things post- and reverb drenched, here’s a brand new Junius track. ‘Battle In The Sky‘ is taken from the band’s new EP Days Of The Fallen Sun, which will be available from the 18th of February, and is genuinely my first encounter with the band. I gave the other pre-release track from the album, Forgiving The Cleansing Meteor, a cursory listen and while I enjoyed it, ‘Battle In The Sky‘ is far more immediate in it’s latter-day Isis-ian post-something meanderings. See for yourself:

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junius days of the fallen sun

I’ve always had a flirting enjoyment with shoegazing alt rock group Junius, but I never quite committed to fandom. Not entirely sure why that is, because the sort of melancholic atmosphere that this Bostonian group are dealing with works remarkably well on a playlist that includes the likes of Isis, Deftones, Alcest, — pretty much everything and anything post-whatever related. Certainly an enjoyable band, but they never really stuck around for me for very long. Hopefully their new EP Days of the Fallen Sun will change that.

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Old Man Gloom

Pissed-off sludge supergroup Old Man Gloom (featuring members of Isis, Converge, and Cave-In) wowed pretty much everyone in 2012 with their fifth album No. While the group have been around in some form and fashion since at least 1999, No seemed to be their breakout and garnered the group a lot of buzz and critical acclaim.

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john skibeat

2013 has seen large growths in the, quite frankly, already sweaty regions of punk n’ roll, progressive metal and retro blues rock. Naturally, this has made me a very jolly fellow. You might be able to spot a few of the more impressive additions in my all-singing, all-dancing end of year list. Happy xmas to one and all!

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