Sunday, February 28, 2010

Envy - A Dead Sinking Story

Envy were (i am pretty sure) one of the first bands to mix post-rock and screamo together. it's one of the best genre combinations ever, pretty much. i want to write more about this album but i'm not sure what words would do it justice.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Picastro - Become Secret

one of my favorite albums of 2010 so far. despite the album art looking like something a metal band would use, this is a relaxing yet dark folk / slowcore album. what seperates this band from others is the cello player, which adds to the whole eerie feel of the album. it's fairly short, barely reaching half an hour in length, but it's well worth a listen.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tera Melos - Idioms Vol. I

a short collection of cover songs by math rock experts Tera Melos. you could barely call this an EP, running for about 8 minutes, but it's great fun to listen to.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


awful name aside, this band is basically the japanese version of Modest Mouse, with the exception of the vocalist who is not quite as angry as Isaac Brock. this band never fails to put me in a good mood, it's some of the most uplifting music i've ever heard.

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Melt-Banana - Cell-Scape


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Monday, February 22, 2010

Hangedup - Clatter for Control

and another one.

i tried to find their s/t in high quality for a discog post but i couldn't. oh well.

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Hangedup - Kicker In Tow

explosive, poweful and dynamic post-rock created by a duo of viola and drums. it's surprisingly aggressive, even bordering on noise at some points.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Mogwai - Come On Die Young

this album has the ugliest damn cover ever.

aside from that, this is a pretty depressing and melancholy post-rock album. very guitar-based, but it's not as formulaic as most post-rock bands. the first half of the album is a bit slow, but it picks up in the second half with a bunch of amazing songs in succession.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Xanopticon - Psicicite

more breakcore. this is really really good though. despite being fast-paced and glitchy, it's not just random breaks thrown together. everything sounds precise and somehow relaxing and it is very easy to get lost in the album. this is something that i could listen to for a whole day and never get bored, as there is a huge amount of detail in this release.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Venetian Snares - Find Candace

Find Candace is meant to be an accompanying album to Doll Doll Doll, in that they focus around the same theme (sampling weird ass shit about children), but this is a lot more ambient than the all-out noise assault of Doll. as such it's a fair bit more accessible.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

maudlin of the Well - everything

2012 EDIT: i would not recommend downloading any of the links i uploaded except for Bath. not because there's anything wrong with the zips, but because the bitrate is kinda fucked for My Fruit Psychobells and i'm not sure but Leaving Your Body Map is probably a transcode... they're still here for posterity, though.

maudlin of the Well are an excellent progressive metal band from Boston. they came together in 1996 and released three albums over the course of 7 years, split up, then reformed in 2008 to release an entirely fan-funded album last year (that is one of the best of 2009, i might add). highly recommended.

also, they're better than Opeth.

their first album, released in 1997 (though this is the remastered version). it's the only album that has a female singer on it, if i recall correctly. this album isn't as strong as their others, but it should be considered a starting point for the band to expand upon this sound and is a very good album regardless.

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Bath is their second album, and probably their best. Toby Driver is an amazing vocalist and that is shown all too clearly on this album. his ability to go from soft, mellow singing into a death growl is amazing, and it is somewhat mimicked in the instrumentation. i have to say that this album can be a bit challenging, but it's worth it to persevere.

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Leaving Your Body Map was released in the same year as Bath, and they are considered companion albums. as such, there is no real departure from their sound, but it is still varied and interesting. this album has Gleam In Ranks, which is probably one of the best metal songs ever.

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and finally, the entirely fan-funded album, Part The Second. the elements of metal on this album have been toned down to the point where they're almost entirely gone. that doesn't make this a bad album, though; quite the contrary. the mellow sections of the previous albums have been expanded on and made into a beautiful 45 minute album. this is one of the best albums of 2009, easily.

a lot of formats (since it's fan-funded, they released it for free!)

haven't typed this much in a while.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Venetian Snares - Detrimentalist

great breakcore album. this isn't as heavy as Doll Doll Doll nor as beautiful as Rossz, but it's a solid and entertaining release. tracks like Satjban are fun as hell

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Electric Electric - Sad Cities Handclappers

pretty great math rock band from france. very fast and noisy with a pretty heavy use of synth. i'd say they're somewhat similar to Hella, only with their sound more fleshed out.

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Locomotora - Locomotora

more post-rock. this one isn't the most original band i've heard but it's still enjoyable. kind of progressive rock-ish at some points.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mimas - The Worries

this is by far one of my favorite post-rock albums. it isn't completely innovative, but original enough to stand out from the mass of build-up-to-crescendo bands that encompass the genre. the songs aren't so long that they get tedious to listen to, the vocalist is beautiful... yeah i love this.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Off Minor - The Heat Death of the Universe

very underrated screamo band with a bunch of ex-Saetia members. fucking crazy album, it's sort of hard to believe that it's delivered by a three piece.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

A Silver Mt. Zion - Horses In The Sky

beautiful album from the post-rock band containing a lot of ex-GY!BE members. this is their first album where all tracks contain Efrim Menuck's vocals; they can take a little while to get used to but i feel that they compliment the music well. the tracks on this album revolve around war and as such it is pretty depressing.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Boris with Michio Kurihara - Rainbow

collaboration between the well-known experimental band Boris and guitarist Michio Kurihara, who plays in Ghost and White Heaven among others. this release is not as heavy as most Boris output and instead focuses on more psychedelic elements, as to be expected. the title track is in particular very calm and features Wata on vocals, which is a nice change.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

dev/null - Lazer Thrash

insanely good breakcore album right here. the guy describes his music as 'grindcore without the inaccuracies of a human' and i'd have to agree with that. this is a thousand times better than most grindcore bands, though. songs like 'Old Extra-Wanky Break Thing' make me question whether or not i downloaded a corrupt track.

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Mi Ami - Watersports

i have absolutely no idea where i got this album from... it's pretty good though. this is difficult to classify, i guess i'd call it noise rock / (sort of) post-punk with tribal undertones. this isn't quite as intense as a lot of noise rock bands, though; it is often quite minimalistic, which is probably why i have trouble pinholing it into a single genre. the vocalist also sounds a bit like Johnny Whitney from The Blood Brothers, who i personally love, though i know there are some people who would be turned off by this vocal style.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Ringo Deathstarr - Ringo Deathstarr

another EP, this time from a shoegaze / 'noise pop' band who are pretty similar to the Jesus and Mary Chain. i like their name a lot.

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Ilium - Paint By Number

the math rock band, not the power metal band. fun little EP.

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Talking Heads - Remain In Light

pretty well known post-punk / new wave band. should be self-explanatory.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Guapo - Five Suns

have been lazy again; being back at school and my internet fucking up downloads have taken up a lot of my time and made me forget about this. nonetheless here is something.

Guapo are a progressive rock band, and strongly related to Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses, as the core members of Guapo are also in Miasma. great progressive rock. a bit more post-rocky than Miasma, though; a lot of the songs follow the build-up to climax style that is ever-present in post-rock bands in this album.

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