Most of today’s news has consisted of the word ‘stream’ somewhere, so forgive me for not being very creative with my vocabulary. All this new music is easy to get lost in, and really, if ‘stream’ is the best word to describe the act of listening to music online, then why bother trying to come up with something longer for the sake of avoiding redundancy. Besides, have you seen the name of this website? We thrive on redundancy.
Anyway, on point: Palms, the post-rock/metal supergroup featuring former Isis members fronted by Deftones‘ Chino Moreno, are releasing their self-titled debut album next Tuesday, June 25th through Ipecac Recordings. However, you can listen to the entirety of the album now through Spin! Go give it a listen.
Summer is basically upon us, well at least it is here, but I’ve been wondering what sort of albums will act as the soundtrack for the days where the sun actually manages to show itself. Beyond more obvious contenders like the new Scale The Summit effort and the latest Coheed And Cambria album, I’m putting my money on the upcoming debut from Palms, which, if somehow you’ve managed to avoid this fact thus far, is comprised of members of both Deftones and Isis and creates some of the most lush and beautiful post-rock you’ll hear all year.
The band have been teasing material for a long time now, but most recently debuted the album opener on the Radio 1 over here in the UK. It didn’t take long for it to get uploaded to internet thankfully, so you can listen to it below:
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Three seems to work. As a group. Three is just the right collection of ideas such that you can compare and contrast easily and gain a meaningful insight — it just seems right. So here’s a collection of three awesome bands with something new to offer, grouped together for no real reason other than it felt right. Plus, good luck comes in threes, so there’s a good chance you’ll dig all three!
Lavania create surging post-rock soundscapes with ‘New Blood‘
If you like your metal subtle and patient then Lavinia are for you. Those warm-hearted rapscallions over at MetalSucks have premiered a stream of a new track by the band named ‘New Blood‘ from their new 7″, Take Shelter. It’s beautiful, it’s dreamy and it winds and twists through a whole plethora ideas before reaching a climatically huge ending that would easily please fans of Pelican, Frames or If These Trees Could Talk.
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01. Counter Culture Complex
02. No; I’m in Control
03. Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick
04. The Terror Pulse
05. The Promises of God
06. Romeo Must Never Know
07. Secret Vasectomy
08. Figure Your Life Out
10. Why Don’t You Just Quit?
[Season of Mist]
It took four albums and more than a decade’s worth of waiting but Winnipeg, Canada’s KEN Mode have finally broken out. They hit it big with their fourth LP Venerable, which won the Juno Award for Heavy Metal album of the year in Canada; since then, they have toured with the likes of Revocation, Kylesa, and The Atlas Moth. Although they’re leagues away from selling out arenas, what success they have achieved lately is by all means well deserved, as the band deliver a unique and explosive performance both on record and even more so live. This is most certainly evident on their newest effort, Entrench, which is not only an exemplary showcase of the trio’s talents, but a perfectly timed icing on the cake and the full stop to an impressive chapter of their career.
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Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
01. Killing Birds With Stones
02. The Welding
04. Sore Sight For Eyes
05. Milk Leg
08. Blood From A Stone
09. The Way Down
[Century Media Records]
Intronaut are one of the most interesting progressive metal/post-metal bands out there. Best described as a mix of all the right aspects of Neurosis and Isis, these four dudes wowed everyone back in 2010 with Valley Of Smoke, and ever since then have hopped on countless big-name tours, with the most recent being a Meshuggah/Animals As Leaders tour, which was basically prog heaven. But when a band has such a stellar album, it makes the amount of pressure put on the band rise tremendously. Would they be able to top their best work? Would they succeed or would they fail? After may listens to their newest album, Habitual levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) the answer is simple: they have surpassed everything they have ever done.
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Palms, the Deftones/Isis supergroup, have finally completed work on their debut album! The post-rock quartet featuring Jeff Caxide (bass/keyboards), Aaron Harris (drums), Clifford Meyer (guitar/keyboards), and Chino Moreno (vocals) announced their formation and left everyone wondering whether or not this supergroup was actually going to see the light of day instead of fading away without significant output, which has been the fate of many similar acts over the years. Their dedication was locked in when the group announced that they had signed to Ipecac Records, where they will put out their self-titled debut later this year. Now, Aaron Harris has confirmed that the group has officially wrapped up recording.
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We love instrumental music. We love concept records. Sometimes combining both of these traits is tricky, and making it a worthwhile listen is even trickier. Charlotte, NC based post-metal group From Oceans To Autumn are doing just that with their series Pareto Analysis, which takes its name and concept statistical technique in decision making that is used for selection of a limited number of tasks that produce significant overall effect. It uses the Pareto principle – the idea that by doing 20% of work, 80% of the advantage of doing the entire job can be generated. Work smarter, not harder.
Taking influences from the likes of Isis, Rosetta, Earth, and Sunn O))), From Oceans To Autumn weave thoughtful introspective ambient passages with momentum-building instrumentation. We are proud to present the stream for Pareto Analysis Volume II: The Vital Few from this promising unsigned band, below.
Pareto Analysis Volume II: The Vital Few
is the second part of the Pareto Analysis
series. Volume II
was recorded at The Lodge Studios in Charlotte, NC from December 2012 to February 2013. It was engineered and mixed by From Oceans To Autumn guitarist Brandon Helms in late February and mastered at A Clearer Sky Recordings in early March. All instruments were recorded live.
Pareto Analysis Volume II is available for pre-order at Bandcamp. If you like what you hear, follow the group on Facebook!
Despite things being very quiet since the band’s inception, Palms (featuring Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and former Isis members Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer) have been getting a fair bit of hype as word spreads of the band’s existence. I mean, Deftones have been playing with post-rock influences for some time now, so the idea of Chino’s haunting vocal style over some sludgy/post-metal style instrumentals is one of the most promising premises on which to build a supergroup that I’ve personally seen.
Like I said though, things have been quiet ever since the project was announced, and the idea that the band were going to fizzle out without seeing a substantial release was real possibility, especially considering how often its happened to similar supergroups in the past. You can chalk Palms up to “definitely happening” though, because a release date to their debut album has been announced. Palms will be available June 26th on Ipecac Records.
A new unmixed track tiled ‘Tropics‘ was streamed from Chino’s Mixlr broadcast, but it’s no longer available and all rips of the track have apparently been wiped clean from the internet by Warner Brothers Music. I don’t know why Warner Brothers is removing the track when Ipecac Records will be the label releasing it, but if it’s still out there, you’re gonna have to do a bit of digging to find it. If anyone comes across it, let us know how it sounds, eh?
UPDATE: A copy of the song has been found that has yet to be removed. Act fast!
UPDATE #2: aaaaand it’s gone.
It seems that with the disbanding of Isis that post-metal, especially in the underground, has been on the rise. Every day there are new bands coming out of the woodwork to make a name for themselves and to unleash their music on the world. In a sea of bands it’s very hard to standout, that is until you meet He Whose Ox Is Gored. The band, hailing from Seattle, are self-described by member Brian McClelland as “a full on doomgaze band now [evolved from atmospheric post-hardcore]“. In my eyes, they’re a post-metal/doom metal band that mix elements from The Sword, Isis, and Neurosis to make a super awesome sound rich with walls of textures and layers upon layers of great songwriting. Their albums are all “pay what you want” and you can get them on their Bandcamp.
In regards to their upcoming album, Brian also had this to say: “We’re in the writing process right now. As soon as that’s finished we head into Red Room Studios with Robert Cheek behind the board. Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Pelican, Botch, Planes Mistaken For Stars) is signed in to mix, so were pretty stoked about that.” Right now they’re in talks with a few different labels, so an official release date is pending, but we will have the news as soon as it is released.
So go download their stuff and follow them on Facebook!
Cult of Luna
01. The one
02. I: The Weapon
03. Vicarious Redemption
04. The Sweep
06. Mute Departure
08. In Awe Of
09. Passing Through
Cult Of Luna is one of those bands that have a huge cult following when it comes to sludge and post-metal. Few bands can proudly call themselves art-metallers and not be mistaken. With such great albums as Salvation (2004), Somewhere Along The Highway (2006) and Eternal Kingdom (2008) they have truly put their name as one of the leading forces in post-metal/sludge. With Vertikal, Cult Of Luna rightfully pays homage to Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (1927), a science-fiction silent film that was considered to be ahead of its time and was for many years. A movie that artistically inspired many others like “Dark City”, “Blade Runner” and to some extent even the award winning videogame “Bioshock”. It is truly a work of art that has withstood the test of time. So how does Cult of Luna’s aural representation of this classic stand up?
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