Chrch – Light Will Consume Us All

Sacramento, California based doom band Chrch has joined the Neurot Recordings family for the release of their forthcoming full-length, Light Will Consume Us All, due for release this spring.

About the signing the band remark: “We are very excited to be working with Neurot for our next record. To be able to share the continuation of our narrative with the world through them is thrilling. Neurosis is the apex of integrity in music to us and it’s an honor to work with like-minded individuals for this release.”

Standing at a crossroads of light and dark, Chrch create epic, lengthy songs, with a massive low end, and a supernatural vocal presence, in a perfect blend of height and depth. Chrch has been hard at work crafting their particular sound since 2013. There is no image or gimmick to uphold, only the humble glorification of their fundamental musical elements.

This purity and honesty comes across in a striking manner on the band’s debut Unanswered Hymns (Battleground Records, 2015), a sprawling roller coaster of an album. Long-form songs build and dismantle as the band reaches sonic heights and beautiful plateaus. Severe, sometimes unrelenting, guttural vocals contrast with melodic singing, just as massive guitar fuzz gives way to cleaner parts. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios in Rocklin, California, it exudes a warm, organic tone that draws the listener in with a sound influenced by traditional doom, psych rock, drone, and ambience.

Chrch teamed up with Fister to release a split 12” via Battleground Records/Crown And Throne LTD, earlier this year. Their track, “Temples,” displays the increasing subtlety and intensity of Chrch’s songwriting. Intricate melodies and composition build upon the band’s thunderous drums, strong vocals, and gargantuan riffs.

The band’s second full length, Light Will Consume Us All, carries with it the same quality of songwriting that caught the attention of fans worldwide on their debut. Building upon this unyielding foundation, Light Will Consume Us All also continues Chrch’s narrative, traversing life’s epic journey of loss, reclamation and, ultimately, finding hope within the darkness.

Minimalist, indulgent, or straightforward? The music of Chrch calls the listener to inhabit it, allowing enough room for its transmutation into anything one desires of it.

Chrch is:
Eva Rose – vocals
Chris Lemos – guitar, vocals
Ben Cathcart – bass
Adam Jennings – drums
Karl Cordtz – guitar, vocals

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Ghastly – Death Velour

While Finland’s Ghastly may be a new name to many, those who delve deeply enough into the Death Metal underworld will recall the band’s debut album ‘Carrion Of Time’ released a few years back on cult Death Metal tastemaker label Me Saco Un Ojo (Morbus Chron, Undergang, Phrenelith). A few years have passed and the band now resurfaces with their masterfully executed 2nd album ‘Death Velour’.

While there’s no question Ghastly’s ‘Death Velour’ is a pure Death Metal album, it could hardly be confused with most of the current bands making the rounds. The nightmarish hallucinatory sound Ghastly invokes conjures the horror of rotting in incomprehensible obscurity, passing into oblivion guided by a many-coloured spectre of strange origin across the Styx. An air of psych-induced weirdness and shrieking dread permeates the decomposed palette throughout the album’s cryptic duration.

Like discovering a forgotten relic of mysterious brilliance from the early Finnish Death Metal scene, Ghastly’s ‘Death Velour’ is a phantasm of blinding light onto the foreboding darkness of this mortal coil.

 

 

Human Cull – Revenant

HUMAN CULL release ‘Revenant’ on June 1st 2018, this will be the UK Grind trio’s second full length after 2014s blast exodus ‘Stillborn Nation’.

On ‘Revenant’ HUMAN CULL push their already frantic crust-tinged blast-heavy grind of the last release into overdrive, featuring a huge production from Will Blackmon (Gadget, The Arson Project) and furious instrumental performances running in the style of ‘FETO’ era Napalm Death or ‘Human 2.0’ Nasum.

Songs run between monstrous fleet-fingered trem picking blast-fests to open riffing frantic d-beats but rarely drop below FAST. Lyrics are primarily about totalitarianism, following the thematic setting of an imagined medieval cyber punk future. Think of the cover of Anticapital and imagine living there, feelings of monochrome horror and anxiety blend with commentary on modern stupidity, terrorism and propaganda.

Performances are tightly controlled throughout ‘Revenant’ , layered chainsaw guitars and growling bass underpinned by clean and audible drums could almost be called clinical if it weren’t for the organic songwriting and gritty textures of call and response twin throat-wrenching vocals and crumbling valve-based distortion.

The band display clear death metal and crust influences here, and this is certainly the closest to death metal their sound has come. Strong tones from the likes of Unleashed, the ever present Swedeath classics like Entombed and Obituary are found rubbing shoulders with the angular notes of Discordance Axis and Doom, flowing together in one gribbly monstrosity of a release.

This album is the most polished example of contemporary grind from these veterans of the UK scene.

Neolithic release new “Cult of Ignorance” EP

Following of their split release with Martyrdöd, Baltimore, Maryland-based crust/metal band Neolithic release their Cult Of Ignorance EP through Deep Six Records on March 16th.

The band draws much of their influence from d-beat hardcore and death metal, aiming to create their own sound of aggressive down-tuned pitch-black death/crust. The band’s lyrics touch on subjects of corruption, war, and death. The new band was only formed less than a year ago, in the Spring of 2017, by five Baltimore-area scene veterans, with vocalist Evan Harting (Putrisect), bassist Matt Mutolo (Putrisect), drummer Jon John Michaud (ex-Swarm Of The Lotus), and guitarists Mitchell Roemer (ex-Pulling Teeth, ex-Old Lines) and Dustin Thornton (ex-Ruiner). Influences from the early Earache catalogue artists like Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, and Brutal Truth are in play brought together with a more modern, brutal, crusty groove.

The  7″ EP comprises three new tracks of the band’s brutalizing, bottom-heavy death riffage. Surging atop pillaging hardcore/punk beats, the volatile vocal attack ranging from scathing to guttural through the tracks “Blinded,” “Cult Of Ignorance,” and “Rapacity.” The EP was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations and mastered by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege.

Airplay will be forthcoming via Aural Delights on March 15th.

LINKS

https://neolithicmd.bandcamp.com

http://www.instagram.com/neolithicband

http://www.deepsixrecords.com

http://www.facebook.com/deepsixrecords

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New Eagle Twin album – The Thundering Heard (Songs of Hoof and Horn)

Salt Lake City-based duo Eagle Twin   release their long-awaited third LP  The Thundering Heard (Songs Of Hoof And Horn) on March 30th via Southern Lord.

Eagle Twin’s sound resolves as a place where doom and blues collide. Gentry Densley’s dominating low-end vocal tone is like an instrument in itself, rumbling alongside towering riffs, and Tyler Smith’s powerful rhythmic propulsion. It is a compelling combination, particularly when you add melodious bluesy romp to the equation.

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Equally interesting are the stories that shape Eagle Twin’s musical output, drawing upon folklore, and also strongly informed by recent happenings in the world. Observing our relationship to nature, and the band’s own surroundings in the dead salt seas of Utah are themes that feature frequently across their musical canon. The Thundering Heard continues where the previous album, The Feather Tipped The Serpent’s Scale ended. In the band’s own words…

“As the great snake grew giant fractal antlers of snakes and turned in upon itself creating a new world, the mountains rise, and the antlers stab through like trees across the landscape. The record begins with the hoofed and horned animals of our world running from mountains and forests on fire. Eerily harkening to the recent events in California and the massive devastation by fire across the land.”

 

Formed in 2007, Eagle Twin comprises of guitarist/vocalist Gentry Densley of post-hardcore/jazz icons Iceburn and Ascend (with Greg Anderson) and drummer Tyler Smith, formerly of Form Of Rocket. Following a cult split 7″ with Night Terror in 2009, the band joined with Southern Lord for the release of their debut LP, The Unkindness Of Crows. Eagle Twin have toured alongside Earth, Sunn O))), Pelican, The Accüsed, and more, including sets at South By Southwest, The Power Of The Riff, Roadburn (where they have played multiple times), Hellfest, Desert Fest and more. A split LP with Pombagira would follow in 2010, followed by their follow-up LP, The Feather Tipped The Serpent’s Scale, released in 2012.

The Thundering Heard was captured with old friend and fellow Utah native Andy Patterson (SubRosa, Ascend), the album recorded, engineered, and mastered by Patterson, and produced by Patterson and Eagle Twin. Artwork and etchings by Sri Whipple with a nod to Zdeněk Burian, photographs by Russel Albert Daniels, design by Alex Mata, and assistance by Aaron D.C. Edge.

Pre orders are now live physically and digitally.

This is an impressive album and you can hear tracks on the Aural Delights Show on 15th March and 5th April.

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All Through Paradise

Raucous and powerful music from Melbourne (arguably the musical capital of the world at the moment) which captures some of the snarling loucheness of The Drones (Australian Version) and the attack of Bobbie Peru.

A genuine attack on the senses which demands regular listening.  If The Clash had sounded a bit more like this I would have liked them more……

The bio says

Formed late 2012 on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia The Braves came cutting through the surrounding noise to create a sound and a notoriety that is uniquely their own without jumping on coat tails and band wagons or rehashing what’s already come.
Starting with Djesse Bolte on bass and Kelly Watson on guitar, the two quickly found the drummer to suit in Ethan Leversha, the last outcast in town. With a mission statement fully in tact and the sound to follow The Braves started playing every opportunity they got from warehouse parties to backwash bars, artist collectives to the deserts and anarchist centres while building the ever-evolving mould of their music.
After catching wind of a 4 track demo 3PBS FM (a Melbourne radio station) they listed them as one of the most exciting up and coming bands of 2014. They continued honing they’re sound before putting out a series of self funded lo-fi oddities titles including ‘Taipan’ 10’’ single (2014), ‘South Paw Product’ (2014) ‘Suspiria’ 2 track (2015) and ‘Contra Totura’ E.P (2015) In 2016 after Kelly and Djesse paid a quick reconnaissance to Europe they crossed paths with Spooky Records to produce the album All Through Paradise (2017). An audio gazette of the life and times of The Braves which reaches into the brooding depths of middle eastern magic to the paranoia’s of Berlin street hassle and the everyday encounters / trials we meet.
With 4 star reviews for ‘All Through Paradise’ and what was dubbed to have “the ominous sonic atmosphere of The Birthday Party spiked with the jarring blues intensity of The Gun Club and the evocative noir imagery of Jim Thompson” The Braves return with Loki Lockwood back at the production helm, careening new sounds from the lads with a new album “Carry on the Con” due Feb 2018.

 

 

 

Black Somnia

Following up their critically lauded debut full-length Moros, Seattle-based avant doom metal band  Eye Of Nix recently completed their second album, Black Somnia.

Recorded by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Om, Pallbearer) at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon and mastered by the omnipresent Brad Boatwright (Gatecreeper, Necrot), Black Somnia  releases December 15th 2017, via newly-launched Scry Recordings.

Black Somnia centers itself on themes of fear, control, and anxiety while shape-shifting through a lens of blackened psychedelia and doom. Vocalist Joy Von Spain comments, “Black Somnia includes five new pieces and a re-imagining of ‘A Curse.’ Our goal for the recording was to frame the songs’ turbulence and tension with layers of atmosphere. We also worked intensively with occult artist/photographer Anima Nocturna (Carlos Melgoza) and an international group of Butoh performers to create the album’s ritual-based visual element.”

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The band was formed in 2012. Current members vocalist Joy Von Spain, guitarist Nicholas Martinez, new bassist Zach Wise (Hissing), and noise/sound collage artist Masaaki Masao strive to conjure music that’s threatening, beautiful, and harsh. They toured the west coast of America with noise veterans Blue Sabbath Black Cheer in 2013, then chose an expanded route including the rockies and southwest in 2015. Since their inception,they have shared the stages with diverse notable acts such as Voivod, Jarboe, SubRosa, Sea of Bones, King Dude, Lesbian, Worm Ouroboros, Eight Bells, Tengger Cavalry, and more.

Moros, their first LP, was released in 2015 via Eugene-based imprint Belief Mower (Muscle And Marrow, Hungers). The record was reissued digitally with two bonus studio tracks: “Blood In The Fire,” and “Rome Burned.”

A stunning 41 minutes of epic metal/rock this is a remarkably  good album with a great deal of variety dominated by stunning vocals from Von Spain. It will be featured on Sonic Attack 241.

photographs by Briana Jones