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CROWHURST with GAVIN BRYARS Incoherent American Narrative, January 24th, 2020

BEHOLD… What do Aphex Twin, Tom Waits and CROWHURST have in common besides vast and challenging discographies? They’ve all at one point collaborated with GAVIN BRYARS, one of the world’s most important and celebrated living composers. Recorded in an 18th century hotel in the French Pyrenees, the new album by CROWHURST recomposes and gives new life to elements of released and unreleased works by BRYARS. The end result are pieces that feel as close to the symphonic drone of Monoliths-era Sunn 0))) as they do to BRYARS’ collaborations with Brian Eno on Discreet Music or his masterwork The Sinking Of […]

Album Review: Monte Luna – Drowner’s Wives

Once again, not my style right from the gate.In my opinion this sounds like poorly-executed psychedelic rock, which, sad to say most of psychedelic rock is, at the start. (Truckfighters suck. Change my mind.) I’m failing to hear what is even so “psychedelic” about this album at all, as Drowner’s Wives gives me the vibe of a group of curly-mustached, neck-bearded hipsters who got together to make what they believe a blend of psych/stoner rock is – or what they think it is. Great job at being revolutionary, or what ever they’re going for. Now, I’m not saying I don’t […]

Album Review: Municipal Waste – The Last Rager

I’m not about to sit here and tell you I’ve been a fan of, well, anything Tony Ferrera and his band of self-styled hard-partying miscreants has done under the banner of MONOLITHIC…erm, sorry…MUNICIPAL WASTE. To be honest, the whole idea kinda rubs me up the wrong way. Sure, EXODUS had its moments of fun for fun’s sake in the likes of ‘Toxic Waltz’, and don’t even get me started on the never-deserved-to-be-in-the-Big-Four-anyway ANTHRAX, but at least occasionally they’d kick out some decent jams to make up the difference. Not so with these guys, and I’m not really sure how, nearly […]

WACKEN METAL BATTLE USA 2020 Battles Return – Band Submissions Open Now!

Applications for 2019 will open September 30, 2019 at 6:00AM PST and end November 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST W:O:A Metal Battle – Official Trailer HERE Wacken Metal Battle USA 2019 Spotify Playlist HERE For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes. For the fourth year, Wacken Metal Battle USA is returning to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds […]

INTERSTITIA: Pax Aeternum To Release Ever Onward Ever Inward Full-Length Debut From Ambient Electronic Soloist; ‘Savage In The Sun’ Premiered At New Noise Magazine

Pax Aeternum will release Ever Onward Ever Inward, the debut full-length by instrumental ambient/electronic solo act INTERSTITIA, late this July. With the album’s cover art and other details, preorders have been issued, and the first single, ‘Savage In The Sun’, has been premiered through New Noise Magazine. INTERSTITIA is the solo work of Asheville, North Carolina resident Graham Scala. When not collaborating with other on various bands and projects over the years, including Harmonic Cross, Highness, Forensics, Bleach Everything, and Souvenirs Young America, among others, Scala routinely works on material at home, some of which has manifested to the outside […]