Sleepmakeswaves - EP (USA)


Excellent post-rock from one of the giants in the genre. This is a compilation EP of some earlier works and one from their 2010 release.


The Answer To All Your Questions - Vulgarity


Abrasive power electronics made with samples looped, chopped up, distorted, and stretched. With vocals shouted to great effect over.


Full Of Hell - Noise Vol 4


Their more noisecore-oriented works. Some power electronics involved too.


Mark Wynn - "James Dean makes me insecure, why does he have to be so shexy" the album


This'll set you back £3, but it's worth it. I picked a physical copy of this (with the booklet and all!) in the free section of my local record store. I hadn't listened to it until now because I'm a tosspot. It's kind of feel good anti-folk/punky stuff where the vocals are somewhere between mumbled, spoken, and sung. Typical British accent, too. Reminds me of a less refined, more youthful Noah And The Whale a-la their debut.

Sol - And The Mouth Of Time Is Open


Funeral doom with a slightly ritualistic feel to it. Good stuff!


Thou - Free discography


Not all the albums have been put uploaded yet, but the discography is slowly becoming fully free to download. 3 or 4 albums on here available to download!


Cleft - BOSH!

BOSH! cover art 

Cleft is releasing their first full length on February 10th and while you can pre-order their experimental mathy goodness on CD, Vinyl, or digital download, it is currently available for streaming HERE!

If you like what you hear then head on over to their Bandcamp and click to pre-order!

Have A Nice Life - The Unnatural World REVIEW


After many years and an obsessive online following waiting, Have A Nice have come back and soon their record will be in the mail. Beginning with a simple back-and-forth tremolo smudged to oblivion, the classic drum sound remains intact, as do the vocals. It does, strangely, sound much like something that would be on one of the more ethereal tracks on Deathconsciousness. Duel vocals are more apparent in this track and in later ones. It is expensive. This isn't the raw sound DC had on it. Over reverb and distortion higher-end guitar leads come in a way very reminiscent of bands in the post metal/atmospheric sludge scenes. While lacking the catastrophic introduction that was A Quick One..., a movement into a heavily bass-oriented riff as the follow up to the introducing track is here again. Much more punk here. While Bloodhail had slow depressive vocals from the start, Defenstration Song is more aggressive, rhythmically consistent, and with those dual vocals coming once more. But beneath it is a fairly standard group of progressions with a dull, predictable bridge. This by no means spoils the track; it getting progressively noisier and laden with squealing layers of dissonant feedback, the closing half minute repeating 'This is what it's like/is this what it's going to be like?', but it does take the shine off it, leaving me feeling quite ambivalent at times.

Drones are more present in this release, be it through reverb and delay-filled simple chord passages, through harmonics and feedback, or a piano being quickly "strummed" so that the sustained notes form together: very much how the likes of Charlemagne Palestine achieve a long and melodic and seemingly choral drone. Lumbering bass plays over sounding like a foghorn to guitar leads quickly picked at a fast and constant beat. So when the forth track comes in with what is essentially shoegaze-tinged drone metal a-la Nadja you can imagine my reaction. Moving in, a double bass, bells, chanting, crying vocals.

Have A Nice Life have matured considerably and with a refined sound to boot. Bands like Les Discrets in their more shoegazey works come to mind. Mid album, a sampled field recording before a return to the more aggressive upbeat playing. Something I occasionally notice is the louder vocals clipping to distortion; very much how Dan worked with the vocals in Giles Corey, particularly in The Haunting Presence. More genres are being brought in and it's only better for it. Some of it doesn't work as well. The bassline to Dan And Tim, for example, immediately reminded me of something A Brief History Of Love-era The Big Pink would release. Not that I dislike them hugely. Those swelling keyboards fade in and out of the song but until it gets properly going into a large, noisy, sad soundscape, it's lacking. A dull, generic bridge saved by beautiful but kind of typical chords gently downtuning with a whammy bar. As this repeats for a couple of minutes, it really starts to work and draw me in, but like Defenstration Song it can feel very inconsistent and built up on soft soil.

As an album, this will forever suffer from comparison to Deathconsciousness, and the near mimetic humour and fame which the album has on the inner circles of the internet's music boards will refuse to budge long after this has been released - even if critics do come to favour this one - simply for the influence Deathconsciousness had on the music scenes from which it was derived. However, unlike the relief of many long-awaited hiatuses from notorious underground artists, this isn't a disappointment. Quite the opposite. This is incredibly impressive, and is an excellent start to 2014.

Did I mention that it has drones in it?

Stream here

It will be released on February 4th, 2014.




Tortuganónima


Noodly tappy mathy rocky. Drummer really knows what he's doing, and allows a segue into a more post rocky sound very well.


Rabbit Hole Revelations - Stardust In Human Form


Rabbit Hole Revelations is a project I have followed ever since the debut, LP, which was a mind-blowing bowl of berries and cream of trip-hop goodness. And it's continued to impress.


Jon Mick - Beard Milk


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Stand up comedy. I'll let the artwork draw you in because let's be honest: that's either intrigued you or put you off for life.


Ortega - 1634


I came across this band through a free sticker included with an order, of all places. Atmospheric sludge. Little more uptempo that a lot of the other stuff, but the sound is still distinct. Makes for a more varied experience. Some of the riffing between the different guitars reminds me of how ASIWYFA play around with leads over progressions...



One Hundred Year Ocean - Where Were You While We Were Getting High?


Somewhere between twinkly midwestern emo and pop-punk. Bouncy, friendly, and it has the odd surprise to it.

Meatpacker - Split


Grindcore with a very lofi sound. Vegan lyricism and imagery. Bought a copy of this at a show.


Synsophony - Rabbit Hole


Dark ambient/noise/drone music. Rather good stuff. Really caught my attention, and it's very free flowing. Check it out.


Juleah - Entangled And Entwined


This isn't going to leave your eyes wide and your jaw slack, but Juleah, a psychedelic blues/rock solo project, has some good vibes, and won't disappoint those looking for something that's both smooth and has a bit of a punch.


Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel


Not a free DL (sorry), but a rather good album. Proggy post-rock with a heavy psychedelic element at times, that drones quite a bit.




A rather excellent work from the pioneer of stochastic music, Iannis Xenakis.

Full Of Hell - Rudiments Of Mutilation


Noisecore/grindcore. Sounds pretty much exactly like the artwork. Especially the dead stuff.