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Video Premiere: THOT – Icauna

‘ICAUNA’ is the first chapter from Belgian outfit THOT’s highly anticipated new record, FLEUVE. ICAUNA is the Latin name of l’Yonne, the river that runs through the region of France where THOT’s mastermind, Grégoire Fray, was born. In this track, …

NO OMEGA – Culture

In a nutshell: Although the member changes, this is clearly a new and very strong NO OMEGA album which I recommend to all hardcore, screamo, punk, crust lovers. It even has a post-metal influence, but like I said earlier, this is a band that is hard to label. Well done guys. Looking forward to future gigs and works.

Dialects Tour Diary

We’ve been fans of Dialects for ages now and were lucky enough to catch them at this year’s Strangeforms Festival in Leeds where, for this observer at least, they played one of the standout sets of the weekend. That show was the last night of their first tour for a while so we got Conor from the band to give us a few thoughts from the road.

Only Echoes Remain

Only Echoes Remain grabbed our attention last year when we caught their second ever gig and were impressed at how fully formed they sounded for such an early stage in their journey. Now they are on the cusp of releasing their debut album, The Exigent, so we sat down with Arran, Craig and Simon for a chat about their whistle-stop year.

Video Premiere: Hey Colossus – Potions

Photo by Julie R Kane “When a band changes direction musically it can very often be a moment where they either collapse, or it becomes a defining moment in their history. Not that Hey Colossus ever stray too far away from their original ethos, yet over …

Video Premiere: YAGOW – Time To Get Rid Of It

YAGOW are a German three piece playing spaced out Krautrock but with elements of shoegaze and doom thrown in for good measure, the end result being something akin to a heavier Spacemen 3 in places; it’s seriously good stuff. Their self-titled debut alb …

Exclusive Album Stream: Zolle – Infesta

Following on from yesterday’s premiere of the video for ‘Magnum’ we now have a stream of Zolle’s full album for your listening pleasure. A couple of years on from their 2nd album, Porkestra, they are back with a third installment. Infest …

Video Exclusive: Zolle – Magnum

We first crossed paths with Zolle back in 2013 when Phil Johnston described their self titled debut album as “instrumental in delivery but with zero pretentiousness or poe faced introspection. Zolle aren’t re-writing musical history here or breaking do …

Under The Influence with Massimo Pupillo from Zu

For those unaware of Zu (and what have you been doing with yourselves, frankly?), they are signed to Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings and are an avant garde jazz/noise/mathcore trio who are just as comfortable in face-melting free-jazz hardcore as they are in drawn out experimental doom. It’s every type of heaviness under the sun, but with jazz saxophone solos. We asked bassist Massimo to pick 3 influential albums & unsurprisingly he came up with some fascinating choices.

Exclusive Track Stream: Driven By Machines – Wake Up, You’re Alive!

Chad Murray’s Driven By Machines project returns with ‘Wake Up, You’re Alive!’ (a quote from The Simpsons episode One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Blow Fish, natch), the first track from the new EP;  ‘A Stillness That Moves’. The EP marks the first …

Forest Swords – Compassion

Compassion is simply magnificent, already a firm favourite to be my album of the year with not a dull moment or wasted second.

Under The Influence with Gavin from Lush Purr

Lush Purr first came to our attention about 18 months ago when they featured on Song By Toad’s David Cameron’s Eton Mess compilation where Chad Murray described them as having “the muffled charm of The Beta Band with the staggered pop sensibilitie …

Exclusive Album Stream: Bruce Harper – Self Titled

Somewhat confusingly Bruce Harper are a band; consisting of Lorenzo Bassi (synth, samples, vocals), Marco Lacanna (drums) and Paolo Ferrari (synth, samples, drum machine), three of whom have previously been involved in post-rock/psychedelic projec …

Under The Influence with Valerian Swing (plus track premiere)

Valerian Swing have long been one of the more interesting ‘heavy’ bands around. Ahead of the release of their new album Nights, we have an exclusive listen to brand new track ‘Five Walls’ and Francesco Giovanetti gives us a bit of insight in to what makes them tick musically.

Exclusive Video Stream: Luca D’Alberto – Her Dreams

Set for release in June, Endless is the new project from Luca D’Alberto – the Italian composer who counts Wim and Donata Wenders, Peter Lindbergh and Lars Von Trier’s Zentropa as fans. Endless is an imaginative body of work that transcends the tropes o …

Exclusive Album Stream: Subsound Split Series #7 : Thisquietarmy / Thank U for Smoking

Canadian solo drone guitarist THISQUIETARMY crossed paths with the Sardinian postrockers THANK U FOR SMOKING on their respective European tours, sharing the stage together in Belgium, France, Germany and Italy in the spring 2016. In the spirit of creat …

Exclusive Album Stream: The Kraken Quartet – Separate | Migrate

The Kraken Quartet are an Austin based group of four drummer / percussionists who make beautifully intricate and melodic music reminiscent of Do Make Say Think or Tortoise. Having been around since 2012 they have forged a reputation on the back of thei …

Under The Influence with Kerry & Stewart from Bad Owl Presents

We have long admired the work of Bad Owl Presents in Leeds; for the last few years they have been tirelessly championing the math & post rock scene putting on bands from all over the country in a series of outstanding lineups, including their annual 2 day celebration of the scene Strangeforms Festival. Here Kerry & Stewart give us an insight in to the records that inspired them to do such great work.

Video Premiere: Emil Amos – Lonesome Traveler

Many of you will already know Emil Amos as the driving force behind Grails, Holy Sons, Lilacs & Champagne and more. On June 2nd, via Pelagic Records, he releases a new album called Filmmusik. Fresh from that album we have this brand …

Exclusive Track Stream: Lodo – La Muela De La Cruz

Lodo | Facebook | Bandcamp Lodo (‘mud’ in Spanish) take their name and inspiration from the way of playing post-metal for bands such as Neurosis, Pelican, Cult Of Luna and Moho. As the music of these bands is a sludge-doom at times, or always, com …

Exclusive Album Stream: Ghost Against Ghost – Still Love

Ghost Against Ghost is writer and producer Christopher Bono who utilizes his classical background to sculpt this expansive and engaging series of compositions, contrasting heavy walls of sound with ambient passages, contemporary classical and expe …

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