Friday, August 31, 2012

Om - Advaitic Songs

Advaitic Songs is the latest record from Om, who have commenced another voyage of spiritual exploration. Click HERE for the review on Drop-D. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Idylls / Palisades split

Idylls released a storming LP earlier this year and have now dropped this split with Palisades, who have decided to break up. Since writing this review, Idylls vocalist Jordan announced he’s left the band too. So have a listen to his swansong with the band by checking out the review and stream HERE.

New Daylight Dies track

It’s been four long years since Daylight Dies released their last album Lost To The Living, personally one of my favourite albums of 2008. It was modern death/doom in excelsis, alongside their 2006 gem Dismantling Devotion. Now the band is preparing the release of new album A Frail Becoming and has finally posted a song to stream – ‘Infidel’. The first thing that grabs you about this song is the pace, it’s much more up-tempo… by comparison to the dreary melancholic pace that has always characterised their gloomy output. It’s testament to the band’s will to evolve, an evolution that will become much more clear when A Frail Becoming is released. Decibel are streaming the song HERE or check it out below:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Katatonia - Dead End Kings

Katatonia have, this week, released their ninth album Dead End Kings. After more than two decades, how does it fare against some of their career bests? Click HERE for the review.

New Converge video

Converge have released the music video for ‘Aimless Arrow’ from their eagerly anticipated new album All We Love You Leave Behind. Treading more melodic shades in Converge’s generally rather broad palette, ‘Aimless Arrow’ is two minutes and 40 seconds of cathartic aggression and energy and the hectic flashing images of the video suitably convey the urgency of the music, with Jacob Bannon’s pained howl and piercing guitars. All We Love We Leave Behind is definitely one of 2012’s most awaited hardcore albums of the year, for obvious reasons. Have a look and listen below:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New My Dying Bride track

My Dying Bride will release their new album A Map of All Our Failures on October 15th and are streaming a new song now – ‘Kneel till Doomsday’. After celebrating 20 years together last year with setlists spanning their career, the purveyors of all things death and gloom are looking to a new chapter in their tale with a new record. This “edit” of a new song gives an indication as to where they’re treading, and it sounds to be very much in the similar fields to that of last album (the wonderfully harrowing) For Lies I Sire.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tome - Demo MMXII

Behold, the latest edition to Ireland's doom halls - Tome. This two track demo has swiftly sold out but fear not, for a re-press is on its way. To find out why you should check these guys out, click HERE.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Alpinist announce hiatus

Sadly, German dark hardcore band Alpinist has announced their indefinite hiatus, in the form of a Facebook statement. After the success of two LPs, Southern Lord reissues, the split LP with Masakari and heavy touring, the band has decided to take a break, with no indication as to when exactly they will return but only a promise that they “will definitely be back”. Read the statement below.

hey punks,

we're making it short: alpinist is taking a break.

personal reasons led us to this hard decision. but we feel that the reason we have spent the last five years and almost 300 shows together, named friendship, was close to be falling apart and we had to make compromises to keep this band running. we need some time to talk about everything and will definitely be back at some point in the future.

all upcoming shows are cancelled. we are really sorry for that.

for now we can just say thank you for all the support you've showed us within the last almost six years and especially on the last tour which has been unbelievably amazing. we couldn't have had a better time. THANK YOU!

we will definitely be back!

alpinist is, was and will always be

julian, hendrik, benny, flo