Merkabah – Moloch

Noise, progressive rock, and jazz come together on this new Merkabah album, Moloch. I’m just starting to listen to this thing, and am pretty stunned by how tight, twisted, and volatile these songs are. There’s some serious excitement in these tracks. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom

While Angel Guts: Red Classroom might be Xiu Xiu’s most freakish record, I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by some of the purely freakish tracks here.

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

Mogwai’s latest album sees the famed (mostly) instrumental rock band incorporating a lot more synths and electronics with some mixed results.

Murmur – “Bull of Crete”

Stream: Murmur – “Bull of Crete”

Chicago’s Murmur is making some of the strangest, most exciting metal music today. The quartet is set drop its self-titled sophomore album next week, and above, you can stream its nine-minute-long second track, “Bull of Crete.” The playing on this multi-phased piece is freaking tight and the beyond-virtuoso percussion of drummer Charlie Werber is really on display here. Enjoy!

Murmur is due out January 21 via Season of Mist.

Guerilla Toss – Pink Elephant

Some abrasive, strange sounds coming from the band Guerilla Toss on the track “Pink Elephant,” which is a cut from the band’s latest full-length on NNA Tapes. The title of this album: Gay Disco. Hah! It’s pretty clear that these guys don’t take themselves too seriously, but their music is still an eye-wideningly weird portrayal of post-punk, noise rock, and no wave. Enjoy!

Mogwai – “The Lord Is Out of Control”

As I’ve said, famed experimental rock outfit Mogwai is going to be dropping a new full-length album early next year via Sub Pop records.

The band has recently dropped another track from this forthcoming LP via the music video embedded above. Enjoy!

The Debauchees – Big Machines and Peculiar Beings

While the Debauchees songs and sound are admirably weird, there’s a certain stiffness in their playing that leaves me cold on a few tracks on this full-length debut.

Kayo Dot – Hubardo

After ten years of being a band, Kayo Dot releases what might be it’s gaudiest album. However, I can’t help but be enamored with the strong playing, ambitious concept, and impressive mix of influences most of the time.

Zammuto – “Need Some Sun”

It would seem that ex-The Books member Nick Zammuto has a second album–huh?–on the way. Not only does this video note that, but the single above is essentially all the proof you need.

“Need Some Sun” is one of Zammuto’s smoothest tracks yet, not really showcasing a lot of the strange, over-the-top eccentricities that were featured on his full-length debut. What seems most consistent about this track are Zammuto’s esoteric and personal lyrics, which are backed up with tense but quiet percussion and bass. The bassline actually reminds me a bit of something I’d hear Tool toy with back in the 90s–yes, of course I mean that in a good way!

Check a glowing review of Zammuto’s debut full-length below:

Locrian – “Exiting the Hall of Vapor and Light”

Chicago experimental rock outfit Locrian drops another set of eerie visuals on a track from their new album, Return to Annihilation. The LP is out now via Relapse records, and you can check a review for the album below: