Tag Archives: Post-rock

Mogwai – “RAVE TAPES” Review

Mogwai - Rave Tapes

Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Genre: Post-rock / Instrumental

Label: Rock Action

Mogwai… Mogwai… Mogwai… Mogwai is the name of a band that is just as beautiful to listen to as it is to type the name. The Glaswegian collection are revered as one of the most important bands in post-rock worldwide and while the genre has reached an undeniably stagnant and stale stage, Mogwai still manage to cause a stir of excitement with each release: lately with their soundtrack for Les Revenants, their remix album “A Wrenched Virile Lore” and now this, “Rave Tapes”, the 2014 addition to their already healthy discography.  Continue reading

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Introducing #5

Heat + work = Exhaustion. But the ball will roll again! Here are some of my favourite discoveries of the past two or so months.

GLASS GANG

The trouble with the accessibility of the internet is that while you can find gems, you can also find duds… and the ratio swings more to the latter. However, Glass Gang fits with the former. Imagine the intensity and emotional (guitar) drone from the likes of Planning For Burial and Have A Nice Life, but with a chillwave feel thanks to some well co-ordinated electronic drumbeats, along with whispering vocals intertwined with it all.

The mixture is something that feels unexplored even in this age where it seems the grounds for inventing something new has gotten depressingly small, so it’s a completely refreshing experience to hear what Glass Gang are doing.

So far, they have two tracks available for download from their soundcloud: Waves and Time. Both are great promisers from the trio and so it’ll be interesting to hear what comes next. If you’re into your shoegazy drone, with a touch of electronic influence, then Glass Gang are worth keeping your eyes and ears on.

Listen to: Waves, Time.

DEAFHEAVEN

Cue scoffs from everyone who listened to Deafheaven’s latest release “Sunbather” when it came out… but the band, headed by originators George Clarke and Kerry McCoy, only became an experience to me last week after heavy recommendations to listen to “Sunbather”. While I was completely ignorant and disregarded the band before, I was shown the error of my ways…

Deafheaven basically mix the ambient post-rock phrases of Mono with black metal, while retaining a slight ‘catchy’ feel – just imagine what Torche does for sludge, and you’re there. However, don’t expect some sort of uplifting form of black metal here; the darkness and feeling of pure loathing remains the same but with sombre textures, as if close to understanding pain and why it happens.

Basically, if you were anything like me and decided not to give “Sunbather” your time due to the overwhelming (and well-deserved) hype, then take it from someone who was like you: IT’S FANTASTIC.

This could be a landmark release in metal.

Listen to: Dream House, Vertigo, Please RememberLanguage Games, Punk Rock/CODY (Mogwai cover).

ISLET

Islet are a weird bunch. You realise this within ten (maybe five) minutes into a live performance of theirs – something I was lucky enough to witness at this year’s Old Town Festival in Carmarthen. Islet are only a four-piece from Cardiff, but with their constant change in direction, style and instrumentation you’d swear there were more members hidden away somewhere.

Generally skipping within the indie borders, their experimentalism often sees them in musical spasms and sudden bipolar shifts, making them excitingly unpredictable. In the live setting, the members rotate between instruments, each adding their own (it seems) personal touch with their playing style for each instrument. You can also expect members to jump through the crowd and abuse speakers with drumsticks.

The band has released their debut album “Illuminated People” after a couple of mini-albums,  as well as a single/EP for Triangulation Station, which is their most addictive and catchy material I’ve been exposed to so far. If you have to opportunity to see them live, then GO.

Listen to: Triangulation Station, We Shall Visit, Ringerz.

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Dragged Into Sunlight Live Review/Interview

So I had the opportunity to catch Dragged Into Sunlight and Bossk on their UK tour in London, and interview T of DIS before the gig. Check out my review of the live performances and the interview – T had some very interesting things to say.

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Teeph – “VIETNAMASTE” Quick Review

Teeph – Vietnamaste
Genre: Noise Rock/Math Rock/Sludge

Label: Unsigned

Teeph are a groove-filled noise rock trio that consists of originators Sesar Sanchez (guitar) and Alex Coffin (drums) as well as later member Matt Shilts (bass). “Vietnamaste” is their second album, following 2009’s self-titled, and takes a more light-hearted approach, although there are still some pretty intense moments to be had. Continue reading

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My “Damnation Festival 2012″ Experience

Sorry to disappoint, but you won’t find the review of Damnation 2012 here… but you will find it over on Eyesore Merch‘s far nicer blog by simply clicking HERE. Have a look, comment your thoughts/highlights and share it!

Anyway, it was my first Damnation Festival and was a great experience, I can definitely see myself going again.

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Dragged Into Sunlight – “WIDOWMAKER” Review

Dragged Into Sunlight – “Widowmaker”
Genre: Doom Metal/Experimental Drone

Label: Prosthetic Records

Last year in the metal underground, one band managed to capture the attention of all lovers of the extreme with a re-release of their debut “Hatred For Mankind”, and that band was Dragged Into Sunlight. The obscure bunch from Liverpool refer to each member by single letters (T (vocals), A (guitars), C (bass) and J (drums)), play with their backs to the crowd at gigs and always wear ski masks for promo shoots; and while this might raise a few weary eyebrows over the ‘kvlt’ behaviour, DIS certainly have the musical ‘balls’ to back it. Continue reading

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If You’re Going To… Damnation Festival 2012

Being an extreme metal fan in the UK, one of the most notable disappointments about it is the lack of British festivals that provide line-ups of bands that push their genres to the extreme. Yeah, we have Bloodstock, but is it really extreme? There’s Supersonic too, but line-ups often require a certain taste (especially in noise, electronic or rock/metal). However, Damnation is a sort of balance between the two, never shying away from putting on extreme bands, bands that won’t sell out a stadium but will definitely have people talking about their performances for years. In a sense, Damnation Festival is the UK’s version of the USA’s Maryland Death Fest and France’s Hellfest, on a smaller scale. Continue reading

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