Damascus - Salutations, Distant Satellite!


Post Rock. Much more engaging than most PM, Damascus seem to like Mogwai and probably ASIWYFA. I find myself more intrigued by them than most music in the same genres.

Shelsmusic

This is a collection of various artists: mainly post *Shels, but also some slightly more mathy stuff like Pretend. It is paid for, but there is some quality stuff here.

http://shelsmusic.bandcamp.com/

Birth Of Flower - Moths


Punk. Vocals aren't great, but that's to be expected. Some of this reminds me of Beefheart. They might like him? Nothing amazing here, but it's alright.

Victor Florence


Acoustic Folk. Several albums on here, all good listening and quite relaxing.

Faith In Hours


Instrumental Progressive Rock hailing from the UK.

Dead Horse Beats - The Sounds Of The Swing Era


Think Hip-Hop/Rap with Gypsy/Swing Jazz samples. This shit is fucking excellent.

Carthasy - Apertures


A bit of Post Rock and a bit of Hard Rock. Worth a look. A lot of this is very laid back and good to relax to, but engaging enough so that it can still get you going.

Jamil Kelly - The Boy King

Some pretty good stuff here. Have a listen, and download for free if you like it. Genre is Hip-Hop/Rap. Lots of Trip-Hop influence, and a little atmospheric with his effects. There are two EP's up for grabs on here, both about 40 minutes long.

Few Quiet People



Few Quiet People is a Polish independent label for Ambient artists, and offers free downloads of all listed albums. Some of the artists like sine waves, so avoid if that isn't your thing.




Deers - 3 EP's (basically, one album)


Alternative Rock, but these guys seem to take inspiration from lots of different places... I hear a little bit of Dream Pop in there at times, and also Shoegaze and such. Worth a look.

http://wearedeers.bandcamp.com/

EDIT: After a few more listens, I hear little bits which remind me of American Football, Biffy Clyro and others. DOWNLOAD THIS NOW.

Clastic - Strata EP


Instrumental Math Rock. These guys have a bit of electronic influence, and they use it well and appropriately. This is a promising release.

Orion - Where Whales Go To Die EP


Progressive Metal/Ambient on ERG's. A little djenty, but listenable. Very much inspired by Scale The Summit, but not wanking all over the shop. You will have to pay to buy it, but it's only £1. There is a great intro to track one which sets the mood (a speech), and from there you get a good feel for how they sound. Not the most imaginative band in the world, but enjoyable.

Car Bomb - Centralia


Car Bomb are a Tech Metal/Mathcore group that have a very different approach to it. Low and punching rhythms are contrasted with extremely high pitched guitar licks, pick scrapes and sweeps played extremely quickly, with some fairly angry vocals. They seem to favour repetition and have some riffs which could be described as such, though they seem to use it sparingly, such as in tracks like Cielo Drive and Gum Under The Table. These guys don't use dissonance in the traditional sense, and you shouldn't expect to hear it in the rhythm at all (which is more rhythmic and chugging than it is melodic): it is the lead guitar which implements it so well, with fast sweeps and very squealy playing which, to an unseasoned listener, may seem rather hideous as they are very sporadic, and often only last a second long per bar. Mix in the vocals which can sometimes sound like they are breaking up, and you have a formidable band. The key thing to point out about this band is their use of appropriate technicality, and also when to give it a break: they are technical, but listening to this, I don't ever think that they are showing off or just trying to be technical to look cool: it's all very neat and all the instruments get a fair share (though I do sometimes feel like the bass should be doing more, as it seems to be just following the rhythm guitar: a big no-no). Furthermore, the drums are pretty good on this, and he has some really good and varied drum beats that really suit the rhythm and give a good structure to the band. What I think I like about the sound production-wise is how raw and organic it sounds: the guitar tone is pretty good, they don't lay on loads of shitty effects and the vocals are natural. As for knowing when to give it a break; there are some really good laid back sections here, like in Cellophane Stiletto, some of which have a teeny bit of jazz influence there. This is also apparent in the vocals, as his cleaner vocals are pretty good, and very refreshing to hear. The singer has got an awful lot of dynamic range and singing style; and he isn't afraid to show it. I have a little gripe with some songs like Cielo Drive and M^6 as they both annoy me rhythmically: the repetitive nature of the record makes the *chugchugchug* -pause- AAAAAhHHHH! *chugchugchug* -pause- AAAAAH! bloody irritating sometimes, and M^6 pushes it too far. However, you then get tracks like H5N1, Gum Under The Table, and the best track, Best Intentions, which really do make me forget about it once they start. Though it is a little short, this is a great album, and worth checking out if only for the rhythmic insanity and technical aspects.

8/10

What to expect: Extremely sporadic and chuggy Tech Metal/Mathcore. For fans of Meshuggah, TDEP and Psyopus.

Listen: Youtube

The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Discography


 The Speed Of Sound In Seawater are quite a big name in the more emo-influenced math rock scene. Here are 3 EP's by them. For fans of This Town Needs Guns.
 

Igorrr - Nostril


Yes, that is a fat naked man holding a poodle.

Igorrr is a rather unusual amalgamation of Baroque, Breakcore and Death Metal with a hint of Jazz and Trip-Hop. This is the followup to the "official" debut Moisissure, which is worth checking out before you listen to this. Nostril develops on what the debut had to offer by making it ten times more extreme and crazy: don't get me wrong, Moisissure as good, but in comparison to this is it a meek record bar a couple of tracks like Brutal Swing. Nostril has set the bar pretty high with tracks like Tendon, Cruciform Dachshund and Half A Pony, and unfortunately he, like many artists, fails to make the whole album reach an acceptable "bar height" in comparison to the best tracks.  Tendon is a stunning track which leaves you totally mindfucked; comfortably mixing breakcore at somewhat questionable speeds with classical piano work before breaking into a distorted metal section and even ending the song with a bluegrass breakdown - While I am impressed by this experimentation whichsomehow  works, I feel very tempted to skip over some tracks (in particular tracks 4-7), feeling bored and somewhat numb from after hearing Tendon: tracks like Melting Nails are okay and are enjoyable, but only really as standalone tracks, and seem a little bland when played shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the album. However, this does make the standout tracks stand out (no pun) more than if they weren't on the same record.

Production on this album is pretty good, and though I feel that at times the guitars sound a little too dirty, I can live with it. The beats sound very... expensive. They aren't massively out there and I wouldn't say they are as impressive or as experimental as other artists in Breakcore or Trip-Hop, but how original or creative they are isn't what this record is about; the mix of everything being what makes it work.

I notice that what makes tracks like Tendon and Moldy Eye and such so amazing is how "Igorrr" uses vocals so sparingly, and this really perfects the songs; adding yet another layer to what are already fairly intricate songs without overdoing it. The two closing tracks on this are what seal the deal for me; seeming very laid back at first (which they are), the closing track  closes with a symphonic and evil epic which leaves me in a very similar mood to the insanity that aforementioned tracks did. While you won't get any sort of emotional response out of this album other than being a little taken aback, you will likely get into this a great deal so long as you give it a chance.
 
Listen: Tendon , Unpleasant Sonata 

Foreign Bodies - Veins Are The Roads EP


Residing from Suffolk, these guys are a Hardcore band which are also inspired by Mathcore. Citing the Dillenger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die as prime influences, they make it very damn clear. The opening track of this EP, Captain Longshorts, gives this away and shows the influence while still sticking to the hardcore sound. Vocals are very clean and precise, and he maintains a good rhythm to his flow which compliments the drums well (something I don't hear in a lot of HC vocals): really belting his voice without going overboard and making it sound like he's trying too hard, though towards the end of Tempt his voice does irritate me, sounding somewhat strained. My criticism for this EP overall is that it sometimes strays a little close to genericism on tracks like Kiss The Ceiling and Parrot Farm. However, there is enough variation in the in the songs to overlook this, as the song structures are nice and varied but still stay relevant to the main theme of the respective songs, and furthermore they use more linear structures, which is always a plus in my books. The EP ends with Tempt, which begins with a brilliant riff which is very DEP-esqe, and then proceeds to really get down - the structure of the song is very linear and everything slots together perfectly, yet it retains the relevance which I discussed earlier.

Some of this stuff reminds me of Breather Resist, but Foreign Bodies have a much groovier sound that I feel a lot of modern Hardcore (including Breather Resist) lacks - I can really get into some of this stuff, whereas some bands in the same vein fail to do this to as much of an extent: the whole outfit seems very upbeat, and these guitar riffs sound it too - they don't just play stuff based around the minor scale to give it a darker sound, and also make good use of major harmony which makes them shine: many bands neglect it and just go for sounding what can usually be described as angsty. These guys show a lot promise.

6.5-7/10

What to expect: Hardcore with a bit of Mathcore influence that goes a little further than a generic song structure.

Listen: Youtube
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