“Mid-summer…when the alchemy of Nature transmutes the sylvan landscape to one vivid and almost homogeneous mass of green; when the senses are well-nigh intoxicated with the surging seas of moist verdure and the subtly indefinable odours of the soil and the vegetation. In such surroundings the mind loses its perspective; time and space become trivial and unreal, and echoes of a forgotten prehistoric past beat insistently upon the enthralled consciousness.”
H. P. Lovecraft, “The Tomb”
Nature is chaotic, random, and imperfect. There is no perfect symmetry, order, nothing follows the rules; each of its parts is unique unto itself. And in this imperfection we can find perfection. Not in the sense of something tangible, but in a more profound sense. If everything we could hear, see, smell, touch were perfect, we might as well just curl up and pass on to whatever lies next; there would be nothing to explore, to contemplate, to surprise us. Yet in imperfection we can explore, contemplate, and be surprised. As we delve into the questions Nature presents to us we tangentially discover things about us and our world on a much deeper level. Something spiritual. And that makes us happy, and what is happiness but taking one step closer to finding perfection in Ourselves?
If there’s one thing Agalloch is synonymous with, it’s nature. Each of their releases has the band exploring haunted, snow-capped forests and reveling in the majesty of vast and intimidating mountain and valley landscapes. If you pop on any Agalloch record, you are going to be transported into a neo-folk cum black metal whirlwind of mysticism, intrigue, and Earthen beauty. For their latest release, The Serpent and the Sphere, we get to listen to the black metal shamans take their well established sound one step further. But, how could they go beyond their already perfect interpretations of Mother Earth in all her natural beauty? Well, by tackling something more astral.
Posted by ChristopherMammal
ESSENTIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Bookmark the Hybrid Circle page on Facebook. This is where you will go on Monday. June 30, to download your full, free copy of the album. Yes, they’re giving it away. Go here:
A Matter Of Faith is nothing short of magnificent. The band calls it post-prog metal, which is another tag to add to your dictionary of genres. What you’ll hear is a stunning blend of prog metal with injections of djent, metalcore and electro-prog rock.
Hybrid Circle formed in Italy in 2010. In 2012 they recorded their debut album, Before History. Last year they released an EP, Science Fiction. The new full-length album has a futuristic theme set to the sound of the metal of the future. Hats off to Antonio Di Campli (vocals), Simone Di Cicco (guitar and backing vocals), Alessandro Mitelli (guitar), Giuseppe Costantino (keyboard and samples), Matteo Mucci (bass) and Vittorio Del Prete (drums).
Damn, I’m playing the album again for about the fourth time. It’s addictive.
Do you see the brilliant spheres?
This night knows countless years.
You step out onto your porch, gaze up, and look right through histories upon histories in the universe. Yet, you are here, glaring into a majesty you can’t even begin to comprehend. You look into infinite space, you see stars that haven’t existed for millions of years, planets that have come and gone, and bygone times you never knew or would have imagined existed. And you are here. You feel small, but unwittingly fulfilled that you are part of it all, whatever it is. You are part of that history, that energy, that existence that just maybe some other being is gazing of towards. You look down, across the cityscape, into trees, over to your dog, or to where ever your Earthly abode is and you feel a loving connection; gratitude to where your feet ground you. You are happy to be alive and given the chance to ponder and appreciate, to feel pain and loss, to experience love and life. You look back up and feel one.
For me, trying to describe the objective sound or style found on The Old Believer would be doing The Atlas Moth a huge disservice. I could say the record calls to mind White Pony-era Deftones with heavy black metal and post metal influences, but it’s so much more than that. I could say textures and layers of music paired with intriguing and introspective lyrics create journeys through the human and celestial mind and soul. I could say that visceral (and very understandable) blackened screams running in tandem with a beautiful baritone clean singing as well as layer upon layer of ominous keys, melodic and crushing guitars, thick grooved bass, and hypnotizing drum all work perfectly together to create a marrow chilling dynamic. I could say this album just about brought me to tears. But no. I’m just going to shut my mouth and implore you to take my word for it that this record needs to be in your collection and in your ears as soon as possible. I’ll just leave you with another sample lyric that hit me particularly. Peace Love and Metal! 5/5
To become whole I must first fall
The sky is the only one who knows how
To assemble the pieces like before
Eruption leads to rebirth
Just let go
The Old Believer is out June 10th 2014 through Profound Lore Records. You can order through their site to get the super cool physical CD (you dip the cover in water and it changes!!!) or go digital through Bandcamp. Give The Atlas Moth a ‘Like’ on Facebook and if you didn’t take my suggestion to listen to the advance stream the other day, here ya’ go.
I was lucky enough to have an early work day and see that The Atlas Moth were streaming an advance stream of their upcoming album The Old Believer courtesy of Pitchfork. That was about 4 hours ago, I haven’t stopped listening since. O’ what a lucky day it’s been!!!
I loved their previous release An Ache for the Distance, and damn, not to downplay that release, but this blows that out of the water in every regard. From songwriting to performance to production The Old Believer is a massive improvement and maturation in every sense.
If you happen to dig on bands like Isis, The Ocean, Cormorant, and other proggy post metal bands and haven’t heard of or bypassed The Atlas Moth before, here is your chance to redeem yourself.
The Old Believer is out next week (June 10th, 2014) through Profound Lore Records (USA, EU, and ROW orders can be made through Profound Lore, if you just want digital, check the bands Bandcamp page). If you are a fan of cool physical CD formats make sure you grab this on CD. You can dip it in water and the artwork changes :)
Posted by WarpRider
Release Date: 12 May 2014
Length: 29 Minutes
Genre: Post Hardcore / Post Metal / Alt Metal
Studio Albums: N/A
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Label: Nasoni Records, Tartarus Records, Mulligore Production
Release Date: Jan. 2014
Genre: Post Sludgy Stoner Metal
Studio Albums: 2 previous LPs
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Label: Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions
Release Date: April 18th, 2014
Genre: Black/Post Metal
Studio Albums: 1 previous LP (Al Azif)
Location: Bordeaux, France
Posted by Irmelinis
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Genre: Post metal/alternative/post hardcore
Studio Albums: 2 EP’s, Beyond The Legend 2009, V.I.T.R.I.O.L 2012
For fans of: The Ocean, Underoath, ISIS, Deftones
Posted by Irmelinis
Label: Invictus Distro
Length: 52 minutes
Genre: Post rock/post metal with hardcore vocals
Previous releases: This is their debut
Location: Winchester, UK
Recommended for fans of: Explosions In The Sky, Devil Sold His Soul, Cult of Luna
Echoes has one of the best looking album covers I’ve ever seen. That is also what drew my attention to them in the beginning of this year and it made me want to order a physical copy of their album (+ t-shirt), instead of “only” a digital one like I usually go for. It was very pleasing to find out that their music is just as elegant and tastefully executed.